Two suspects arrested for illegal drug sales

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces the arrest of Malik Quendell Newton (age-24) and Kianna Ezernack (age-23), both of Many, on May 9.
 
The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team had been investigating Newton’s illegal drug sales at Apollo Plaza Apartments in Many for several months. Newton lived with his girlfriend, Ezernack, and her small child in C-Building at the complex.
 
T.N.T. Agents were able to obtain a search warrant for the apartment where Newton and Ezernack were living. Agents located 3 – firearms, numerous pills, and drug paraphernalia inside the apartment.
Newton was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession of schedule II (Amphetamines), Possession of schedule V (Promethazine), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile, Possession of firearm while in possession of CDS, a warrant for 2-counts of Distribution of schedule II (Meth), a warrant for Illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.
 
The warrant for Illegal use of weapons stems from an incident on the night of March 30, 2022, where Newton was observed on Apollo Plaza Apartment video shooting a rifle multiple times in the field at the border of the property.
 
Ezernack was booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail for Possession of schedule II (Amphetamines), Possession of schedule V (Promethazine), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile, Possession of firearm while in possession of CDS.
 
Newton’s total bonds were set at $70,300 and Ezernack’s bond was set at $20,500 by the 11th Judicial District Court.
 
Both subjects are still currently incarcerated.

Sheriff’s Office warns residents of jewelry scam

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports shortly after 9 AM on Wednesday, May 11, a man sold some fake gold jewelry to a victim in the City of Many.
 
Detectives just received a report of the man and woman trying to sell jewelry in the City of Zwolle on Tuesday evening, May 10.
 
The man is of Middle-Eastern descent, 5’6″ tall, medium build, black hair, short black beard, dressed really nice. The man was driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee and had a female passenger.
 
The SPSO received information that others have bought gold jewelry from this man during the last few weeks and it turned out to be fake.
 
Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives are attempting to obtain video from a local bank and ATM as well.
Sheriff Mitchell asks everyone to be aware and if you have any information or can identify this man, please contact Sabine CID at 318-590-9475 or submit a tip through this App.

Cash reward increased for information on burglary at VFW Hall

The VFW HALL is offering a $2500 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of anyone involved in the burglary at the VFW Hall. Cash and other items were taken. Any information contact (318)315-0078. This incident happened May 4 on Dahlia Vines St in Zwolle. Crime Stoppers are also offering $500 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of anyone involved in the burglary at the VFW Hall. Crime Stoppers can be contacted at 318-256-4511.


Deputies receive Level 1 certifications

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell and Chief Deputy Brad Walker announce Deputy Harold Pardee and Deputy Noah Sepulvado received their Level 1 Louisiana Basic P.O.S.T. Certifications.
 
Graduation exercises for the 51st basic training class of the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy took place on May 10. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator was the guest speaker.
 
Eleven agencies were represented when graduates took the oath of office, receive their badges, and participate in a special ceremony where family and friends assist them with pinning on their badges for the first time.
 
Class participants received 535 hours or more of peace officer training in areas including law, patrol activities, traffic services, report writing, investigations, firearms, first aid, and criminal justice.
Deputy John Ebarb, Deputy Earl Pearce, Deputy David Gentry, Lt Jason Heard, and Deputy Keith Gentry joined Sheriff Mitchell and Chief Deputy Walker in congratulating Deputies Pardee and Sepulvado on their hard work and accomplishments.
 
Deputy Pardee works in the Sabine Parish Sheriff Civil Office and serves civil processes. Deputy Noah Sepulvado works as a Patrol Deputy under Lt Heard.

Kohlman McGee promoted to Sergeant at ZPD

Chief Thomas and The Zwolle Police Department would like to congratulate new Sergeant Kohlman Mcgee. Kohlman is going to be a great asset to the department and the community. Keep him in your prayers as he steps into his new position. Congratulations!!!!


State Police Cadet Class 100 Graduates 51 New Troopers, 5 in Troop E for Central Louisiana

Baton Rouge – Louisiana State Police announced the graduation of its 100th Cadet Class on May 12.  51 individuals completed their dedicated journey and became Louisiana State Troopers.

Troop E welcomes five new Troopers in Central Louisiana. After months of intensive training, their hard work and determination culminated in the privilege to protect the citizens of Louisiana. They are Shannon Constantine, Bronson Dauzat, Charles Dranguet, Brooke Francis, and Tristen Nicholas.

Troop E covers a total of 8,067 square miles and 9,314 miles of highway in Natchitoches, Sabine, Winn, LaSalle, Grant, Vernon, Rapides, Avoyelles, Catahoula, and Concordia Parishes

Throughout the Louisiana State Police Training Academy, cadets received training in various subjects including crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, impaired driving detection, traffic incident management, defensive tactics, fair and impartial policing, ethics in law enforcement and leadership in addition to a rigorous physical training regimen. Having successfully completed the LSP Training Academy, the newly graduated Troopers will deploy across the state, where they will participate in a 10-14 week field-training program while supervised by a veteran Louisiana State Trooper.

For more information on the process of becoming a Louisiana State Trooper, please visit our recruiting page at http://lsp.org/recruit.html or contact your local LSP Public Information Officer at http://lsp.org/public.html.  The Louisiana State Police Commission is currently accepting applications for upcoming academy classes.  For more information on cadet testing, visit the Louisiana State Police Commission website at http://laspc.dps.louisiana.gov/laspc.nsf.

Visit http://www.lsp.org/recruit.html for more information on the hiring process, qualifications, physical fitness standards, and frequently asked questions. LSP Recruiters can be reached at LSPRecruiting@LA.gov.

For those applicants not meeting LSP minimum qualifications at this time, immediate positions are available within the Louisiana Department of Public Safety Police through the Louisiana State Civil Service System. Visit http://www.lsp.org/dps_police.html and http://www.civilservice.louisiana.gov for more information.


Sabine Parish youth encouraged to participate in Summer Reading Program

The Sabine Parish Library will hold its 2022 Summer Reading Program from June 3 – July 15. This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.”

A Kick Off Celebration will be held on Friday, June 3 at 10 am at the Many Community Center featuring Musician Johnette Downing.

The Summer Reading Program will take place at the library’s main branch in Many on the following days:

Mondays at 10 am for ages 0-2

Tuesdays at 10 am for ages 3-4

Wednesdays at 10 am for ages 5-7

Thursdays at 1 pm for ages 8-12

The program will take place at the library’s Toledo Branch on Tuesdays at 1 pm, Zwolle Branch on Tuesdays at 1 pm and at Converse Branch on Tuesdays at 2 pm.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

ATTENTION: Educators, Law-enforcement, health-care providers, mental-healthcare providers, teens 16 years and older, parents, clergy, administrators, blue and white collar workers, etc.

We invite you to attend a 2-DAY, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). ASIST is similar to a CPR skill that resuscitates someone to physically breath again, whereas ASIST helps resuscitate someone into wanting to keep breathing. The cost to you is $0, because we want everyone to have an opportunity to learn this skill. It is our belief, that suicide can be prevented if we all learn how to recognize someone who may be thinking of suicide and help them agree to work towards safety. All mental health professionals, in the nation, can receive 12 CEUs after this training, through Livingworks education, for a $60 fee. 

Avoyelles Parish: May 16/17, 30/31, & Aug 2/3 (CLHSD)

Vernon Parish: June 6/7 (Leesville) (CLHSD)

Red River Parish: Jun 20/21 (Coushatta) (Christus)

Bienville Parish: July 25/26 (Arcadia) (Christus)

 REGISTER HERE: https://www.savecenla.com/asist


Save a Life: Buckle Up

The Many Police Department recently received a Special Wave Enforcement grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to partner with the state in its annual Click it or Ticket program.  

May 23 through June 6 the Town of Many Police Department will check to make sure everyone is properly secured in their vehicles, drivers and passengers alike. Extra patrols will be on duty to ensure  citizens are safe as they travel on city streets and roads throughout town. 

“This campaign is to raise awareness that wearing a seat belt is one of the safest habits to learn, from the time your children are passengers in a vehicle,” said Many Police Chief Cheryl Wooley.  “One of the safest choices you can make is to buckle up EVERY TIME you get into a vehicle, especially for children.”

Many Americans understand the lifesaving values of the seat belt as the national use rate was 90.7% in 2019. Seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2018. In contrast, of the 22,215 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2019, 47% were not wearing seat belts. 

The consequences of not wearing or improperly wearing a seat belt are clear. When a person is properly restrained in a seat belt, the chance of being ejected from the vehicle in a crash is close to zero but almost always results in death if ejected because of not wearing a seat belt. Air bags are not enough to project you in a crash and can seriously harm or kill you if you are not properly restrained in your seat belt. In 2017, 54% of unrestrained passengers ages 13-15 were killed in vehicle crashes. 

With school about to be out and the summer holidays fast approaching, more people will take to the roads on vacation. Always be sure you and your passengers are properly buckled in to keep everyone safe even if you are involved in a wreck. Constantly remind your children to buckle up properly during the whole ride and always make sure they are buckled in prior to moving the car, no matter how short or routine the trip.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, NHTSA.org, has information about properly restraining vehicle occupants including infants and small children.  Always remember to buckle up when getting into a vehicle before you begin driving. The life you save just may be your own.