Four SPSO Deputies Recognized

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces four of his Deputies have completed their Louisiana POST Level 1 Certification for Basic Law Enforcement Peace Officers on May 12, 2021.

Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) was established by Act 397 of 1976 to develop training standards for peace officers in the State of Louisiana.

Deputy Josh Sandel, Deputy Jarod Weldon and Detective Shelly Sepulvado completed their 17 weeks, 305 hours of training at the LaFourche Sheriff’s Regional P.O.S.T. Academy in Thibodaux, LA.
Detective Chris Abrahams completed his 16 weeks of training at the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy in Plain Dealing, LA.

Deputy Sandel is a Patrolman under Lieutenant Jason Heard. Deputy Weldon is a School Resource Officer under Lieutenant Walter Meshell. Detective Sepulvado and Detective Abrahams are assigned to CID under Chief Detective Anthony Lowe Jr.

Sheriff Mitchell congratulates and commends these Deputies for their determination and sacrifice over the last four months. Sheriff Mitchell knows first-hand it was not an easy task, but these four Deputies have proven they have what it takes to serve and protect the citizens of Sabine Parish.

SOURCE: SPSO


Ceremony Held In Honor Of National Police Week

Mitzi Harris, Luci Collins and Glenda McComic with Project Celebration, Inc hosted a small ceremony this morning in honor of National Police Week.
 
PCI provided donuts, cinnamon rolls and orange juice. PCI wanted to show its appreciation of the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement agencies, as well as honor all officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
 
Several Deputies and Officers from across Sabine Parish were in attendance.
Sabine Parish Sheriff Chaplain Anthony Lowe Sr began with an opening prayer.
 
Chief Detective Anthony Lowe Jr gave statistics of fallen officers across the country and in Louisiana. Chief Detective Lowe said this job is a “calling”, not just anyone can handle or perform the job duties of a police officer.
CID Administrative Assistant Michelle Counts read a poem entitled “We Remember The Officers”.
 
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell read the names and information of the four officers who have died in the line of duty in Sabine Parish. They are Louisiana State Police Sergeant C.J. Miller, Sabine Parish Sheriff Detective Jimmy A Kinney, Many Police Officer Waymon W. Ferguson, and Zwolle Police Officer Howard Evans Jr.
 
Chief Deputy Brad Walker read some information and statistics about COVID-19 in law enforcement during the past year.
 
Many Police Chief Cheryl Wooley expressed her appreciation to law enforcement officers.
Detective Chris Abrahams expressed his love of the job and read a quote “I Am A Sheepdog”.
 
Sheriff Mitchell and his staff greatly appreciate PCI for showing its support of law enforcement.
 
Sheriff Mitchell also portrayed his sincere gratitude to the citizens of Sabine Parish for their overwhelming support of the job he is doing as the Sheriff of Sabine Parish.
 
SOURCE: SPSO

Update: Zwolle Police Department Continues Forensics Training

UPDATE: Chief Daniel Thomas announced Thursday that the ZPD has now completed another round of forensic training.

“Zwolle PD Completes level 2 of DNA analysis training. We would like to express our gratitude to The North Louisiana Forensic Sciences Center for making this training possible.”

Original Story: 

On Thursday, May 6th The Zwolle Police Department announced their completion of class one of a DNA analysis training course.

The local police department, led by Daniel Thomas, attended first part of the training class at the North Louisiana Forensic Sciences Center in Shreveport this week.

Everyone from the Zwolle Police Department was in attendance and ready to learn.

The Center, located in Shreveport, opened in 2017 and has been serving as the location for all DNA testing within North Louisiana.

The Caddo Parish Sheriff was eager for the center to open in 2017 stating; “”People think that DNA is something you can get by in just a matter of minutes,” Prator said. “The truth of the matter is it takes weeks to get a DNA sample back and it’s about $600 worth of work fo r each sample. There’s a lot of work to it. This will help to streamline that some and it will help to put everything under one roof.”

Now having served the community for nearly five years, the center has served its purpose and then some.

Chief of Police for Zwolle, Daniel Thomas, said that officers will continue to be trained “in order to make them more effective in solving crimes and making our community a better and safer place”

Chief Thomas would like to thank the North Louisiana Forensic Sciences Center for hosting this class. Chief Thomas is very proud of his officers on this great accomplishment.

SOURCE: Zwolle PD


Investigation Leads To Arrest For Sabine Parish T.N.T

On Friday, May 7, 2021, the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at the home of Johnathan Dewayne Ebarb on Herman Leone Road near the Lanan Bay area of Toledo Bend Lake.
 
T.N.T. Agents began an investigation of Ebarb several months ago and were able to obtain a search warrant for his residence.
 
T.N.T. Agents located and seized approximately 6 grams of methamphetamine, Xanax pills, marijuana and measuring scales.
 
Ebarb was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession with intent to distribute schedule IV (Xanax), Possession of drug paraphernalia and a warrant for 3-counts Distribution of schedule II (Meth).
Ebarb’s bond was set at a total of $35,000 and he bonded this afternoon.
 
SOURCE: SPSO 

Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team Makes Arrest In Drug Investigation

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team and Detectives executed a search warrant at the home of John Matthew Tatum (age-44) on Highway 483 in the Converse area on March 6th, 2021.
 
T.N.T. Agents began an investigation of Tatum several months ago and were able to obtain a search warrant for his Hwy 483 property.
 
Agents and Detectives seized approximately 1.8625 pounds of methamphetamine, 388 grams of marijuana, 23 grams of synthetic cannabinoids, several smoking devices, measuring scales and three stolen firearms.
 
Tatum was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Synthetic Cannabinoids), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of firearm in the presence of a CDS and 3-counts of Illegal possession of stolen firearms.
 
A total $75,000 bond was set this morning by 11th Judicial District Court Judge Stephen B. Beasley.
Tatum remains in jail at this time.
 
SOURCE: SPSO

SPSO Recognizes National Police Week

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office recognizes National Police Week.
 
National Police Week is celebrated and recognized by police departments all over the country the week of May 9-15, 2021.
 
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week.
 
Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
 
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell and his staff honor all of our brothers-in-blue who have lost their lives to protect others.
 
SOURCE: SPSO 

Sabine Parish Sees Decline In Covid-19 Cases

Sabine Parish has been making strides in vaccinations through the “Stamp Out Covid Now” initiative offering mass vaccination drive-thru  sites throughout the parish. All sites will be open from 10am to 6pm. The dates and locations within the parish are listed below:

MANY – Thursday, May 13, Old Many Jr. High 850 Highland Ave

FLORIEN – Friday, May 14, Florien Civic Center

TOLEDO BEND – Monday, May 17, Toledo Town Adjacent Lot

CONVERSE – Tuesday, May 18, Converse High Parking Lot

MANY – Wednesday, May 19, Sabine Court House Parking Lot

PLEASANT HILL – Thursday, May 20, Pleasant Hill High Parking Lot

ZWOLLE – Friday, May 21, Zwolle Festival Grounds (2nd Dose)

Sabine Parish has seen a 31% decline in COVID-19 cases in a two week period. The parish had 2,935 cases at the time of the review (now up to 2,942) and 60 overall deaths due to the virus. Roughly 19% of the residents in Sabine Parish have been fully vaccinated. Of the residents in the 65+ bracket, 50% have been vaccinated.

The parish plans to continue to offer mass vaccination sites with a goal of seeing everyone eligible vaccinated.

Currently, The Sabine Parish Office Of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness is awaiting parental consent forms to offer Pfizer Vaccinations to twelve, thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen year olds in the Sabine Parish drive through Covid Vaccination sites. The forms are expected to arrive on Thursday, May 13.

 

COVID-19 Report 5-10-2021

Louisiana Positive Cases=462,868

Deaths=10,438

Hospitalized=324

Vented=34

Sabine Parish

Total Cases=2,942 (up 7 since Friday)

Total Deaths=60

As of 4/28/21 (LDH Parish update every Wednesday)

Presumed Active=24

Test Positivity Rate=2.20% (was 4%)

18.85% vaccinated in Sabine Parish

 

COVID-19 Report 4-26-2021

Louisiana Positive Cases=456,432

Deaths=10,342

Hospitalized=319

Vented=47

Sabine Parish

Total Cases=2,921

Total Deaths=60

Sabine Parish Completed Vaccinations=16.32%

As of 4/14/21

Presumed Active=41

Test Positivity Rate=1.90%

REMINDER:  Drive-Thru Vaccination Clinics available starting May 11th-20th! If you have any questions, call 318-256-2675.

SOURCE: Sabine Parish Homeland Security

Sabine Parish Graduation Schedule Announced

The Sabine Parish School Board has announced the graduation dates and times for the 2021 graduating seniors. The ceremonies will be live-streamed as well through the Sabine Parish School Board Facebook page as well as on the individual school sites, and the district website.

“We are proud to announce the Class of 2021 Graduation Schedule.

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2021”

Sabine Parish Graduation Schedule

Florien High School: May 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. – FHS Gym

Zwolle High School: May 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. – Zwolle Fiesta Grounds

Ebarb High School: May 20, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. – EHS Gym

Converse High School: May 20, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. – CHS Baseball Field

Many High School: May 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. – MHS Football Stadium

Negreet High School: May 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. – NHS Gym

Pleasant Hill High School: May 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. – Pleasant Hill Heliport

Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office Announces April Felony Arrests

On Thursday, May 6th, Sheriff Aaron Mitchell of the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office announced the Felony Narcotics Arrests for the month of April 2021.

Approximately 1060 grams of marijuana, 3356 pills, 309 grams of methamphetamine, several firearms, $10,890 in cash, as well as, other narcotics and drug paraphernalia were seized during these arrests.

The arrests were as follows:

Top row, left to right

Jared Davis Sanford

Possession of schedule II (Meth), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Resisting an officer, Driver must be licensed, Proper equipment required on vehicles, Owner to secure registration, Expired MVI, Certificate of insurance as proof.

Michael Leon Scott

Possession of schedule II (Meth), Resisting an officer by false name.

Kadezia Denise Rivers

Possession of schedule II (Meth).

Marilyn Sue Bass

Possession of schedule II (Meth), Possession of schedule II (Adderall), Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ronald Carnell Holland Jr

Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Adderall), Possession with intent to distribute schedule IV (Xanax), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of firearm while in presence of CDS, Illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile.

 

Second row, left to right

Ricky Dewayne Montgomery

Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Synthetic Cannabinoids), Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Colton Ray Pleasant

Possession of schedule II (Meth), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Aggravated second degree battery.

Laci Rae Hays

Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Operating vehicle while license is suspended.

Possession of schedule II (Caddo Parish Warrant).

Havana Robinson

Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Navada Scott Woodall

Possession of schedule II (Meth).

 

Bottom row, left to right

Johnny Terell Brumfield

Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (MDMA), Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (THC Edibles), Possession with intent to distribute schedule IV (Xanax), Operating vehicle while license is suspended, Careless operation.

Jonathon J Winfield

2-counts Distribution of Methamphetamine (Federal Warrant)

Samuel Cortez Brumfield

4/20/21 – Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (MDMA), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Obstruction of justice.

4/29/21 – 3-counts Distribution of schedule II (Meth).

Mark Allen Hebert II

Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession of schedule I (Marijuana), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of firearm while in presence of CDS, Reckless operation of a vehicle.

SOURCE: SPSO

Zwolle Police Department Completes DNA Analysis Course

On Thursday, May 6th The Zwolle Police Department announced their completion of class one of a DNA analysis training course.

The local police department, led by Daniel Thomas, attended first part of the training class at the North Louisiana Forensic Sciences Center in Shreveport this week.

Everyone from the Zwolle Police Department was in attendance and ready to learn.

The Center, located in Shreveport, opened in 2017 and has been serving as the location for all DNA testing within North Louisiana.

The Caddo Parish Sheriff was eager for the center to open in 2017 stating; “”People think that DNA is something you can get by in just a matter of minutes,” Prator said. “The truth of the matter is it takes weeks to get a DNA sample back and it’s about $600 worth of work fo r each sample. There’s a lot of work to it. This will help to streamline that some and it will help to put everything under one roof.”

Now having served the community for nearly five years, the center has served its purpose and then some.

Chief of Police for Zwolle, Daniel Thomas, said that officers will continue to be trained “in order to make them more effective in solving crimes and making our community a better and safer place”

Chief Thomas would like to thank the North Louisiana Forensic Sciences Center for hosting this class. Chief Thomas is very proud of his officers on this great accomplishment.

SOURCE: Zwolle PD