Parish’s new Animal Control division proving successful 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

In February 2021, the Webster Parish Police Jury and Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement to help with  an over abundance of stray dogs and cats.

Now, at the one-year anniversary of the parish’s new Animal Control division, the program has been deemed successful.

“The main thing is to educate the public,” said Sheriff Jason Parker. “People need to know, according to the law, that their dogs can’t just run loose and get on other people’s property.”

Parker said when he was running for sheriff, a lot of complaints were tied to the lack of ordinance enforcement for strays. 

“Normally, deputies were the ones who had to deal with the strays,” he said. “They would get tied up on a stray dog call when we had domestics going on or speeders.”

The Webster Parish Police Jury agreed to expend $4,000 per month to the sheriff’s office and $2,000 to Webster Humane Association for the spay/neuter program.

Parker asked a deputy working at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center if he would like to take the job with Animal Control, and David Robinson said yes.

A member of the Heflin-based Robinson family, David Robinson was reared on a farm with all types of animals. It’s in his DNA, which is good since the animals he rescues are often more than dogs and cats.

“If it’s an emergency or something they think I need to take care of, they will call me 24/7,” said Robinson, who covers the entire parish. “We get a lot of calls about cattle out on the highway and on other people’s property … bulls at large that crossover to try and breed with other people’s livestock.”

He gets “quite a few horse calls,” he said. “It becomes an investigation for me. If I were a regular deputy, it would be too time consuming, but this is what I do. Usually, I can find the owner of the livestock.

“I’ve gotten calls for just about every kind of animal you can think of, including one snake,” Robinson continued. Luckily, for everyone involved, it was a rat snake that just needed to be relocated.

And while not every animal can be relocated or adopted, that is still the goal of Parish Animal Control, since they have no “pound” in which to house them.

Robinson works with LaMa in the northern part of the parish and Webster Humane Association in the south.

“They are good about putting lost dogs on their website,” he said.

Over the past year, Robinson has rescued or caught 1,200 animals.

“This month alone, I’m at 43 up until February 17,” he said. “It was mostly dogs, and the sad thing is, a lot of these are fighting dogs that people throw out.”

Robinson said he would like to see the public do more to help the rescue groups.

“They’re suffering,” he said. “Everybody’s full. The public doesn’t know how bad it is. It’s devastating.”

Michelle Lewis with LaMa, said in 2021, her group transported more than 500 Webster Parish animals to be adopted in other states.

“We normally do not do local adoptions,” she said. “We have partnered with no-kill foster-based rescues in Washington DC, Maine and Massachusetts with mandatory spay/neuter requirements.”

The sheriff said he hopes someday to put an animal shelter at Camp Minden near Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

“It wouldn’t be one of the inmate programs where they keep them in their cells,” he said. “But we would have trustees take care of the animals, feed them and clean their kennels. It would be good for everyone.”

It was a lucky day for Lucky in August 2021, when David Robinson found him roaming the area around the police jury office. Lucky was housed at BDCC for his stray hold time and then was neutered and fully vested. He is shown with his new owner in New York.

Parade leads MLK/Black History event

The floats were colorful, the day was beautiful and the message was clear to all young people: you are important and the sky’s the limit.

Combined with Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and Black History Month, the celebration in downtown Minden culminated at the Minden Civic Center with Battle of the Bands, Scholarship Awards, food booths and uplifting speakers.

Most Spirited Group:

1st Place – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

2nd Place – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

3rd Place – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

Best Band Performance:

1st Place – Bastrop High School

2nd Place – Woodlawn High School

3rd Place – Minden High School

Best Drumline Performance:

1st Place – Huntington High School

2022 MLK Endow A Dream Scholarship Recipients:

Ava Taylor – North Webster High School

Shahira Williams – North Webster High School

Maya Taylor – North Webster High School

Ada Gilbert – Minden High School

Brianna Davis – Minden High School

The event committee would like to thank everyone who helped make the day special.

(Parade photos by Bonnie Culverhouse.)

Sheriff’s deputies, DEA arrest dealers 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies and DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents arrested two men over the weekend and recovered 2 pounds of Methamphetamine with a possible street value of approximately $13,000.

James Leroy Pittman Jr., 40, of W. Monroe is charged with following too close, window tint, driving under suspension, WPSO warrant for driving under suspension, fugitive from Lincoln Parish and possession of Methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Jeffrey S. Southern, 50, of Quitman, is charged with aggravated flight from an officer, no driver’s license, possession of Methamphetamine with intent to distribute, simple possession of Sch. II, possession of Sch. I and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Jason Parker said the men were stopped on Interstate 20 east of mile marker 49 around 12:20 p.m. Saturday.

“We had been contacted by a DEA agent to be on the look out for the vehicle traveling east on I-20,” Parker said. “The vehicle was said to be carrying a large amount of drugs.”

Parker said Sgt. Shane Garner and Deputy James Rowland reported Pittman as the driver of the vehicle and knew he was driving under suspension.

“While we were trying to arrest Pittman, Southern, a passenger in the vehicle, jumped into the driver’s seat and took off,” said the sheriff. “A short pursuit followed and he was taken into custody at Stuckey Road and Solomon Cemetery Road.”

Parker said WPSO K-9 Preacher alerted to the drugs in the vehicle, however, a search turned up nothing.

“A backpack with the drugs was found in a ditch just over the hill crest where Southern had started running,” he said.

Lincoln Parish authorities were notified of the arrests.

“The sheriff there said these are known drug dealers, and they were very happy about the arrests,” said the sheriff.

DEA Monroe Post of Duty, Ruston Satellite Office, assisted with the investigation and seized all the Methamphetamine. Federal charges will be pursued.

“Initially, they are booked on state charges with us,” Parker said. “We are looking to push this through the federal court system, with that amount of dope.”

Pittman and Southern are currently housed at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.



This is not a Civil Service position. This position helps protect and serve our village.

Applicant must be P.O.S.T. Certified, minimum 1 year patrol experience, 21 years of age, computer and office skills, have a valid LA. driver’s license, clean driving record, and minimum high school or GED equivalent diploma. NO felony convictions. Other qualifications, information, and an application can be obtained at the Village of Dixie Inn City Hall, 60 Shell Street (Dixie Inn), Minden, LA., Mon. – Fri., 10am – 4pm. You must apply in person with the Mayor and Chief of Police. Call 318-382-5086 for an appointment.  The Village of Dixie Inn is an equal opportunity employer. 

Buds & Blooms annual event helps gardeners grow 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Have a brown thumb or just need a little advice for your green thumb? Buds & Blooms can help.

The annual event, hosted by Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners will take place from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, February 26 at First United Methodist Church, 903 Broadway, Minden. Registration begins at 8:30.

Greg Grant, Horticulturist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will speak on “Home Landscaping: Right Plant, Right Place,” giving 5 basic principles of landscape design, along with do’s and don’t’s.

He will also educate on “Everything You Learned About Gardening is Wrong!” – a lifetime of mind-blowing practical advice on being an earth-kind happy gardener.

Then Gary Stockton, Lincoln Parish Agent for LSU Ag Center will talk about vegetable gardening how-to’s with “Spring into Gardening.”

To make the day complete, there will be raffles, door prizes and great food. Cost is $15, with all proceeds going to 4-H youth gardening projects and scholarships.

UCAP releases list of needs for this week 

United Christian Assistance Program has the following needs for the week of February 21:

Food: Vienna sausage, tuna, lunch meat, canned chicken, chicken & dumplings, powdered milk and crackers.

Clothing: men’s pants (32 and 34 waist) and men’s shoes (9-10.5)

Household goods: queen sheets, towels, pots, pans and skillets.

UCAP is open  from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays for food, utility and rent assistance. Clothing is dispensed on Wednesdays only.

Arrest Reports 

February 17

Willie Lane, 37, of the 900 block of Devereaux St., Minden, was arrested by Minden Police on a bench warrant for criminal neglect of family.

February 18

Archie Franklin, 48, of the 200 block of Hall St., Minden, was arrested by MPD for driving while intoxicated (third offense), driving under suspension and improper lane usage.

James Alvin Compton, 52, of the 3500 block of Hwy. 160, Benton, was arrested by Springhill Police for possession of Methamphetamine, public intoxication and battery of emergency room personnel.

James Wade Hoss, 44, of the 7000 block of Hwy. 80 W., Ruston, was arrested by Springhill PD for monetary instrument abuse.

February 19

Kimber Lissette Turner, 36, of the 300 block of Centerpark Dr., Springhill, was arrested by Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies for improper lane usage, no driver’s license, possession of Methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

James David Collins, 46, of the 1800 block of Firetower Rd., Shongaloo, was arrested by WPSO for domestic abuse battery and simple battery.

February 20

Charles Asante Reynolds, 23, of the 1800 block of Clay St., Shreveport, was arrested by MPD for possession of Natural Marijuana and possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance.

Kelly D. Harris, 43, of the 100 block of Camp St., Minden, was arrested by WPSO on two counts of driving under suspension.

Woman uses debit card 29 times ‘by mistake’ 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Webster Parish Sheriff’s investigators have arrested a local woman for taking advantage of an elderly person.

Sharon Mosely, 49, of the 800 block of Methodist Camp Road, Minden, is charged with felony theft.

Sheriff Jason Parker said T.D. Kemp Jr. arrested Mosely after investigating the woman who was employed as a sitter with the elderly and infirmed through a Homer-based, business.

“During the timeframe of November 2021 to current, Mosely used the complainant’s bank debit card to purchase goods and services for her own personal use without authorization from the account holder, who was her client,” Parker said. “Mosely was granted use of the debit card in the scope of her assigned duties for purchasing groceries for the client, but it was revealed that Mosely also paid her own cell phone bill, paid for appliance rental and Door Dash for large quantities of food on numerous occasions.”

Mosley was reportedly taken into custody at her residence and transported to the sheriff’s office where she allegedly admitted she conducted the unauthorized transactions “by mistake all 29 times,” the sheriff said.

She was booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

Webster Parish Civil Suits 

The following are civil suits filed with Webster Parish Clerk of Court between February 1 – February 16.

February 1

Green, Akiyah Nacole vs. Minden Medical Center, damages

Republic Finance LLC vs. Aragon, Rebecca A.

Liles, Tommie Sue Brown, succession

Citibank NA vs. Rivera, Cecelia, monies due

Garrett, Mitchell James, vs. Garrett, Stephanie Roberts, divorce w/children


February 2

Ratcliff, Willie Ray vs. Ratcliff, Sandra Henderson, divorce


February 3

Barksdale Federal Credit Union vs. Murray, Dillon, suit on note

Dean, Christopher vs. Dean, Crystina, divorce

Nolan, Ashley vs. Nolan, Chazz, protective order

Monarch Mansions LLC vs. Blue Hills Specialty Insurance Company Inc., damages


February 4

Moore, Shelly Yvonne and Moore, Ebony Sharmaine vs. French Jr., William H., Watford Insurance Company, C&J Trucking LLC, damages

Ward, Brianna Lewis vs. Ward, Tecarrius D., divorce

Gandy Jr., George vs. Gandy Amanda, divorce w/children

Putman Restoration LLC vs. Jones, Glendolyn and Jones, S.J., monies due

Wells, Regina vs. Baker, Darren Duane, protective order


February 7

Metts, Krista Cheyenne vs. Ramsey, Jack Cory, custody

Cherry William vs. JG Wentworth, structured settlement

Bozeman, D. Martin vs. Credit Financial Repair LLC, structured settlement


February 8

Williams, Carlton Rand vs. Vaughn, Nina, divorce

Wingfield, Natylin Beatty vs. Wingfield, Bret Dee, divorce

Martin, Leslie Lorraine vs. Martin, Christopher Lee, divorce

Johnson, Roderick vs. Hodges Gavin J., damages

Bossier Federal Credit Union vs. Harris, Wanda F. And Harris, Ricky R, monies due


February 9

Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB as trustee of Stanwich Mortgage Loan Trust vs. Green, Billy Ray, executory process

Barksdale Federal Credit Union vs. Green, Johnathan aka Green Jonathan, monies due

Cherry, William vs. JG Wentworth Originations LLC, structured settlement


February 10

Reeder, Kenyon vs. Farmers Property and Casualty Insurance Co., damages

Carter, Olivia vs. Taylor, Kerry, custody

Morris, Latarya Nicole vs. Morris, Javonte J., protective order

Brewster, April vs. Brewster, Russell, divorce


February 14

Wiley, Gary Wade and Wiley, Delois Annette vs. Wiley, Caleb Wade and Ferguson, Hayley Michelle, custody

Bank of America NA vs. Pipes, Kathy, monies due

Republic Finance LLC vs. Hardy, Angela G., monies due

US Bank Trust National Association vs. Carter, Curtis Ray Sr., executory process


February 16

Capital One Bank USA vs. Henderson, Jamikal, monies due

Capital One Bank USA, vs. Bank, Monty E., monies due

State of Louisiana vs. Bradley, Krissy and Jones, Rita, forfeiture

Leonard, Marshal W. vs. Leonard, Brianna P., divorce w/children

Upcoming Events 

February 22

1 p.m. Break Up With Salt by the LSUAg Center, offered at the Webster Parish Library’s main branch. For more information, call 318-371-1371.

6 p.m. Family Movie Night in the Minden Stewart Center. Movie: Eternals. Anyone under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Free popcorn and drinks. Call (318) 371-3080 for more information.

February 23

10 a.m. Pancakes & Pj’s Family Movie Day at the Springhill branch of the Webster Parish Library. Pancakes, popcorn, (pjs optional). 

February 24

5:30 p.m. Council Chambers at Minden City Hall. Retail businesses and restaurants: Find out how national TV coverage may impact your business. 

February 26

9 a.m. until noon: Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Buds and Blooms Gardening Seminar, sponsored by Piney Hills LA Master Gardeners, at First United Methodist Church. All proceeds go to support local student 4–H projects.

March 5

Jonquil Jubilee Garden Tour, Gibsland, La.

April 5

Greater Minden chamber’s Annual Awards Gala, celebrating 80 years. Presented by Minden Medical Center.

April 15-17

Spring Highway 80 sale between Minden and Dixie Inn.

May 7

9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tradition with a Twist Quilt Show presented by Piney Needles Quilt Guild. South Main Mall, Springhill. Free admission.

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Police seek public’s help to solve murder case 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

When Tyrone Sumlin left this earth September 14, 2017, he knew one thing for sure.

“He knew his mama loved him,” said Ruthie Sumlin, Tyrone’s mother. “We’d talked that day on the phone – it was about 5:54 in the afternoon – that was the last thing I said to him. ‘Son, I love you.’ He said, ‘Mama, I love you, too.’”

And it was the last time Ms. Sumlin heard her 33-year-old son’s voice. His body was discovered in the front yard of a Quarles Street residence later that night. He had been shot in the back of the head with a .380 caliber handgun. Neighbors said they heard what they believed was a gunshot around 9 p.m.

“I got the call around 11:30 that night,” Ms. Sumlin said. “We thought he’d been taken to the hospital, but he wasn’t there. When we got to the place where he was, I knew he was dead. I could see his feet on the ground over by his vehicle. It just upset me so much to know he’d just been there all this time, and I didn’t know it.”

A task force headed by Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper has been assembled to reopen the unsolved murder case.

Minden Police detectives, investigators with the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Jason Parker have joined forces to reopen the unsolved murder case from 2017 in hopes someone will come forward with information.

“If you or someone you know has information on this case, please come forward for the sake of his family, specifically his mother Ms Ruthie Sumlin,” Cropper said. “Remember, your information is very important and you can remain anonymous.”

Tyrone’s mother believes someone knows what happened because her son knew so many people.

“He made a friend anywhere he went,” she said. “He was an athlete – he played all kinds of sports, but he also coached kids in sports.”

Ms. Sumlin said Cropper and Minden Police detectives have worked hard to solve the case.

“Shane (Griffith) has really worked hard on it,” she said. “He and the chief call and check on me a lot.”

Griffith said he will never give up looking for Tyrone’s killer.

“Every detective has one case that keeps them awake at night. For me it’s the Sumlin homicide,” Griffith said. “I have a personal relationship with the family as I coached Ty and his brother in baseball. I will never stop being Ty’s voice. I’ll never stop investigating this case until the cowards that committed this crime are brought to justice. I’ll never quit.” 

Ms. Sumlin said her one hope is that she will find out who shot her son.

“I don’t even have to know why,” she said. “I just want to know who.”

Cropper, who plans to retire at the end of the year, said this is the police department’s only unsolved homicide.

“I promised Ms. Ruthie I would get it solved before I left,” Cropper said. “And we’ve never really dropped it. Somebody out there knows something. I hope enough time has gone by now that they will speak up.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Minden Police Department at 318-371-4226 and ask for an investigator.

Beautifying boots on the boulevard

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A group calling themselves “Boots on the Boulevard” is looking to beautify Minden before Spring events bring visitors to the area.

“We have the big archery event coming in April,” Mayor Terry Gardner said. “We want to get this done before then and before HGTV televises and tourists start coming here.”

April 21-24, 2022 is the target date for Camp Minden to host the McKenzie Archery Shooters Association Pro/Am Tour and HGTV has only given a hint of Spring – possibly early May – when they will show Minden’s Kick Start episode.

Around 15 local community leaders and business owners gathered at the Greater Minden Chamber of Commerce office Tuesday to discuss ideas for making downtown Minden more appealing.

“We are going to work specifically on Jacqueline Park’s gazebo and Depot Hill,” said the mayor. “Speer Roofing is going to donate the work to replace the roof on the gazebo. Right now, we are cutting dead limbs and replacing some of the trees. Then, we are planning to put a ‘welcome’ sign one the concrete spot where the (Confederate) soldier used to be down by the railroad tracks.”

Sponsorships are being sold to fund the projects. Top sponsorship, called BrickTown – $1,000 –  will feature a brick with a name etched on it that will be permanently placed near the Jacqueline Park gazebo. This sponsorship includes a logo on a tee shirt. They will also receive a Facebook mention, name on a banner and 10 free tee shirts.

The Boulevard  sponsorship – $500 – receives a logo on tee shirt, Facebook mention, name on banner and 5 free tee shirts.

Garden sponsorship – $250 – includes name on tee shirt, Facebook mention and 2 free tee shirts.

Finally, Friend of Minden sponsorship – $100 – receives name on tee shirt and Facebook mention.
On Friday, April 8, there will be an unveiling of the projects, along with lunch provided by Republic Services.

Any person or business interested in a sponsorship, may call Mayor Terry Gardner at Minden City Hall, 377-2144 or see the form below.

Confederate soldier finds new home

The Confederate soldier statue, once located near Depot Hill in Minden, has been relocated to Pleasant Hill Battle Park in Mansfield.

There will be a dedication to the monument, owned by the Minden Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5. The dedication will be followed by a luncheon prior to the park’s annual re-enactment.

Tickets for the luncheon are $20 and cover the cost of the luncheon.

Another St. Jude fundraiser, another record 

Lest any among you think our rockin’ chair sees only the negative, let’s put that misconception to rest right off the get-go. There is occasionally something other than political shenanigans that makes us grin from ear to ear.

From our little haven we observed something very special last weekend. We saw a bunch of dedicated individuals give their time and a whole lotta generous people open their hearts and wallets to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It was a tremendous effort and the result was a check from our home town to St. Jude for almost two and a half million dollars.

No matter who you are, that ain’t chicken feed. And it keeps alive an enviable streak. Minden remains the number one giver per capita to the childhood cancer research hospital. Rocker remembers the very first fundraiser for St. Jude. From the studios of KASO radio, Pete Treat and a bunch of friends and family raised a few thousand dollars. From small acorns grow mighty oaks.

Congratulations to all involved, and congratulations to the staff at St. Jude. Don’t you wish everyone in the country loved you as much as these folks down here?

And now, students, back to reality. Remember last time we wondered just what was the plan for all that property along the south side of Sheppard Street? It’s been de-treed for the most part and the de-treeing operation has now moved to the north side off the Fort Street intersection. From our rockin’ chair, it looks like we’re moving pretty quickly.

Rocker received a couple of messages this week that claimed to know a little something about what was being planned. One source who knows someone that knows someone said an architect has been hired to draw plans for a combination apartment complex/drive thru shooting range. Unique, but somebody might have zoning problems with that one. With our zoning commission, however, anything is possible.

Another source indicated someone or some group (congregation?) is wanting a possible bed and breakfast condo compound to handle an expected tourist stampede to our little town. That mega-migration is expected to hit shortly after HGTV airs the Minden edition of the show “Home Town Kickstart,” a series dedicated to giving your average small town a much-needed facelift.

It would be truly inspiring should the “if you build it they will come” theory bears fruit. We’re still waiting, though, for the powers that be to reveal how a new gazebo plus benches and a pair of renovations are the magic keys that will unlock this trove. 

Seems we need a few more attractions to attract the attractables. Rocker has a dish of crow and humble pie in the freezer, and we will gladly partake when this tourist tsunami materializes.

Further fueling speculation of what is in the future at Sheppard, or perhaps solving the riddle, is a pair of signs that have popped up on the property. The signs proclaim, “On the Move,” Another Ministry Project, St. Rest Baptist Church.  We’re told only the church leadership knows who will be ministering what to whom.  

Final thought: Condolences to those Mindenites who now find themselves residents in city council District B. A redistricting plan is on the table and new lines will be approved when council members decide to give a thumbs up, and that OK must happen before filing deadline for office.

When, and if, that plan is adopted (and there’s still one more “workshop” to be skipped), you new-B’s will be in for Halloween-type representation. You’ll never know whether you’re in for a trick or a treat, but you will be treated to some other-worldly representation. 


MLK event awards record number of scholarships

Mindenite and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed will serve as Grand Marshal of Saturday’s parade.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

The 2022 MLK/Black History Parade & Youth Rally – postponed last month – will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 19 in downtown Minden. 

As of Wednesday, there were 50 entries in the parade, according to co-chairman Michael Walker. That includes bands from Shreveport, Bastrop and Minden.

But that is not the most exciting part of the event.

“We are giving away six Martin Luther King Jr. scholarships to seniors heading to college,” Walker said. “That’s the most scholarships we have ever given out.”

Walker said the Minden Civic Center will be the site of food vendor, seven community service tables for the public and DJ Trey Oliver.

“We are going to have give-aways and several people who are going to speak the kids,” he said. “They are motivational speakers that we know are going to benefit our youth.”

Minden High School and Louisiana Tech graduate and current cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs L’Jarius Sneed will serve as Grand Marshal of the parade.

“He is going to take some time to talk to the youth, too,” said Walker.

All events of the day will be outside the civic center, and Walker said the committee wants to invite the entire community.

“This is for everybody,” he said. “And we want to make sure we thank all our sponsors who helped make it possible and, especially, the ones who made all these scholarships possible.”

Burn ban now statewide

Due to extremely dry conditions, State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain have issued a statewide cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to their authority under R.S. 40:1602. 

Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government.

This order shall not apply to prescribed burns by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, by those trained and certified by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, or by those who conduct prescribed burning as a “generally accepted agriculture practice” as defined by the Louisiana Right to Farm Law.

This order is effective at 8 a.m., February 25 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.

Upcoming Events 

February 18

9 a.m. until noon – Louisiana Workforce Commission-sponsored remote work virtual fair. Contact the Louisiana Workforce Commission to sign up or for more information.

February 19

11 a.m. 35th annual MLK/Black History Parade and Youth Rally. Grand marshal of parade, J.J. Sneed.

Current until February 19

Minden Recreation Center. Baseball/softball registration. $45 per child.

February 22

1 p.m. Break Up With Salt by the LSUAg Center, offered at the Webster Parish Library’s main branch. For more information, call 318-371-1371.

6 p.m. Family Movie Night in the Minden Stewart Center. Movie: Eternals. Anyone under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Free popcorn and drinks. Call (318) 371-3080 for more information.

February 24

5:30 p.m. Council Chambers at Minden City Hall. Retail businesses and restaurants: Find out how national TV coverage may impact your business. 

April 15-17

Spring Highway 80 sale between Minden and Dixie Inn.

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LDWF sets up Zoom public meeting

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a Zoom public meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 2 to present and gather comments on the proposed 2022-23 and 2023-24 resident game hunting seasons, 2022-23 general and WMA hunting season, rules and regulations, 2023 general and WMA turkey hunting season rules and regulations and the 2022-23 migratory bird hunting season rules and regulations.

To attend the Zoom meeting contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 for contact information.

Routine stop nets alleged Ecstasy owner 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A routine traffic stop netted Minden Police the drug arrest of a local woman Tuesday evening.

Dominica Ki Unique Flournoy, 19, of the 300 block of White Oak Drive, Minden, was charged with possession of Ecstasy.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Chris Hammontree stopped a car in which Flournoy was a passenger when he observed it with blue headlights on Homer Road near Pine Hills Country Club.

“Lt. Hammontree made contact with the driver, Sean Simmons, and smelled the odor of burnt Marijuana,” Cropper said. “Simmons was not able to provide a driver’s license, proof of insurance or registration.”

With the aid of officers Ben Sparks and Jared McIver, Hammontree reportedly had Simmons exit the vehicle after learning his license was suspended.

“Simmons gave officers consent to search the vehicle, and they also asked Flournoy to exit,” said the chief. “Officers located a Marijuana bud in the driver’s seat and a jar with less than 5 grams of natural Marijuana in the back seat. They also found a digital scale in the center console and a piece of plastic with 7 Ecstasy pills in Flournoy’s wallet.”

Flournoy reportedly told officers the pills were for anxiety, but they allegedly field tested positive for Ecstasy.

Simmons was also arrested for blue headlights, driving under suspension and drug paraphernalia. He was transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center, according to the chief, since his charges were linked to a felony arrest.

Shattered windshield leads to drug arrest 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Police pulled over a local man with a shattered windshield late Tuesday night and arrested him on drug charges.

Louis Adam Theriot III, 38, of the 900 block of Hinton St., Minden, is charged with windshield obstruction, driving under suspension, possession of Methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said OFC. Anthony Miller and Off. Jason Lee originally stopped Theriot on Sibley Road because of the damage to his front windshield.

“The front windshield had major damage, totally obstructing the driver’s view through approximately half the windshield,” Cropper said. “When OFC. Miller contacted dispatch, he learned Theriot’s license was suspended.”

Theriot reportedly gave officers consent to search the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

“During the search, a total of 9.7 grams of Methamphetamine, a digital scale and new needles were located in a blue bag in the front passenger’s seat,” Cropper said. “The Meth was packaged for individual sale in four separate baggies.”

Theriot was booked at Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

Arrest Reports 

February 15

Jonathan Travis Joiner, 22, of the 400 block of W. Todd, Minden, was arrested by Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies for criminal trespass.

Felicia Anne Charles, 35, of the 100 block of Francis Street, Cotton Valley, was arrested by WPSO for cruelty to juveniles.

Sean Demonte Simmons, 21, of the 800 block of Clay St., Minden, was arrested for driving under suspension, drug paraphernalia and blue headlights.

February 16

Renee Michelle Colston, 32, of the 900 block of Brackin St., Minden, was arrested by WPSO on a warrant for possession of Sch. 2 Controlled Dangerous Substance.