WPSO arrests 2 women

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Springhill woman during a traffic stop last week and netted a second.

Amanda Renee Richardson, 36, of the 200 block of Roy St., Springhill, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of juveniles.

Sheriff Jason Parker said Dep. Jacob Winiarski observed Richardson’s vehicle as it crossed a yellow line eastbound on Williams Street in Springhill.

“The deputy initiated a traffic stop and observed two juveniles in the vehicle with Richardson,” said the sheriff. “Richardson said the children were not hers but belonged to an acquaintance.”

Parker said Richardson refused to make eye contact with the deputy and “seemed to be holding her arms over her hoodie pockets.”

“The deputy asked her to step out of the vehicle where he conducted a patdown for officer safety,” Parker said. “Richardson then became emotional, saying she was going to faint.”

Initially, Parker said Richardson denied consent to search her vehicle, but she allegedly admitted to have marijuana and methamphetamine in her bags.

“The deputy identified a small amount of suspected marijuana inside a Tylenol bottle, some natural marijuana inside a glass jar, a Hydrocodone pill, an Oxycodone pill and a glass smoking pipe,” Parker said.

Along with sergeants Josh McCormick and Aaron Barnes, Dep. Winiarski arrested Richardson and reportedly contacted the children’s mother – Melissa Michelle Moore – to retrieve them from Springhill PD.

“Upon her arrival and identification, it was discovered Moore had 2 active warrants through WPSO for contempt of court for improper supervision of a juvenile,” said the sheriff. “Both subjects were placed under arrest.”

The sheriff said Moore had possession of Alprazolam.

“Ms. Moore wouldn’t say anything about the pills but voiced how upset she was that she had to come pick up her children, and it ended in her arrest for warrants she believed were not real,” Parker said. “

Richardson and Moore were transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center. The juveniles were placed in the care of their grandmother.

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