Category Archives: Press Release

New Louisiana Law Prohibits Mobile Device Use in School Zones

 Sheriff Russell reminds drivers that the Louisiana Legislature passed a new law effective August 1, 2014 prohibiting the use of mobile devices in school zones.  “Laws have been in place regarding certain uses of mobile devices while driving for some time, however this new law prohibits any use of a...
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Ouachita Sheriff’s Office Investigates Reported Armed Robbery

                      Ouachita Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported armed robbery in western Ouachita Parish on August 18, 2014.  The suspect allegedly approached the victim demanding money and her purse. The victim refused and struggled with the suspect, during which he struck the victim several times with...
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PRESS RELEASE – Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

During the early morning hours of Aug. 20th, 2014, a Uniform Patrol Deputy conducted a traffic stop on I-20 in West Monroe.  Subsequent investigation revealed the driver, Quontell C. Gilliam, Monroe, LA., had approximately 5.5 lbs. of packaged Marijuana in the car.  Gilliam was arrested and booked at OCC on...
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PRESS RELEASE – TWO ARRESTED IN ARSON INVESTIGATION

  An arson investigation conducted jointly by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigators and the Ouachita Parish Fire Department has resulted in the arrest of Laurence William McDonald, age 48 and Jennifer Ann Cormier, age 48, both of Calhoun.  During the investigation of a recent fire damaging an occupied residence...
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PRESS RELEASE – TRAFFIC STOP YIELDS 39 KILOS OF COCAINE

On August 9, 2014, deputies with the Metro Narcotics Street Crime Unit initiated a traffic stop of a commercial tractor-trailer car hauler on I-20 near Camp Road in West Monroe.  Subsequent investigation revealed 39 kilos of powder cocaine were in a hidden compartment of one of the vehicles on the...
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