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Jena man is cltarged after high speed chase from Grant Parish A Jena man was apprehended and arrest- ed in LaSalle Parish last Friday morning fol- lowing a high speed chase from Grant Parish along LA 8. Officers said the suspect reached speeds in excess of 100 per miles an hour at times during the chase. Ralph P. Lirette, 49, of 1763 East Jena Drive in Jena, was arrested and charged with possession of CDS II, cocaine, and possession of CDS III, hydro- codone. He was booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail in Jena. Grant parish authorities said a motorist reported Lirette stand- ing beside his truck, naked, on LA 8 near Pollock. Pollock Chief of Police Chris Paul and Grant Parish Deputy Sheriff Harry Robertson respond- ed to the call. When Lirette saw the officers, he jumped in his truck and headed east on LA 8 to- ward Jena. The two Grant officers pursued the truck driven by Lirette. When Lirette crossed Little River into La- Salle, the Grant Parish officers were joined in the chase by a LaSaile Parish deputy who kept the Sheriff's Office and other officers informed constantly of the rate of speed and location of Lirette. Meantime, Jena Police set up a road block near the intersection with LA 3104 (Midway cutoff road) and another Jena officer was dis- patched to the intersection of LA 8 and LA 127 in Jena. Sheriff Scott Franklin and sev- erai other deputies headed west on LA 8 in hopes of heading the speeding truck off before it reached a heavy populated area. Meantime, back on the chase route, Li- rette attempted to turn on LA 772 (golf course road), but because of his speed was unable to make the turn and continued east on LA 8. With officers closing in on him, Lirette turned into the gravel pit just east of LA 772, operated by TXI, and officers were able to get him stopped. The two Grant Parish officers quickly placed Lirette into custody. During the course of the ar- rest, Chief Paul saw a clear plas- tic bag of suspected crack cocaine between the driver's seat and console. Deputy Robertson also found on the driver's floorboard a blue tablet marked Watson 540. While Lirette was being searched, three green tablets marked Wat- son 503 and one blue tablet marked Watson 540 was found in his left front pants pocket by Robertson. Shortly thereafter, the offi- Ralph Lirette cers turned over the evidence to LaSaile Chief of Narcotics Robert Terrai who logged and tagged the evidence which was later carried to the crime lab for positive iden- tification. Sheriff Franklin commended all the offi- cers, from Grant, LaSaile and the Jena Police, for their assistance in this case and for bring- ing it to a successful conclusion. "When a suspect flees from officers, it plac- es everyone in a dangerous situation," Frank- lin noted. "Not only is the suspect and officers in danger, but motorist on the highway where the chase is taking place are in danger." "We are thankful officers took this suspect into custody before he reached Jena," the Sheriff said. Olla man arrested after investigation An 18-year-old Olla man was arrested last Thursday, March 10, at a residence in Olla on charges stemming from an ongoing undercover narcotics operation by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Detectives. Dannen Taylor Poole, 18, was arrested and charged with distribution of CDS II, meth, and ille- gal carrying of a weapon. LaSaile Parish narcotic detectives received information that Poole was at the residence of Rikki Evans, located on LA 127 north in Olla, and they, along with LPSO deputies responded to the location. Officers were allowed into the resi- dence and found Poole, along with other occupants, present in the home. Poole was immediately arrested and the owner of the residence was con- tacted and asked to return home. Once present, permission was giv- Dannen Taylor Poole en by the owner for narcotic detectives to search the residence for any type of illegal activity. Detectives located a quantity of suspected methamphet- amines as well as several other items of drug paraphernalia throughout the home. All of these items were seized as evi- dence in the case. A search of Poole's vehicle revealed a loaded Smith and Wesson 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun hidden under the driver's seat. Narcotic detectives had prior evidence that Poole pos- sessed this weapon while engaging in the selling of metham- phetamines to undercover operatives with the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office. "Anytime you add weapons to a drug deal, the danger to the public increases tenfold," Sheriff Scott Franklin said. "Our guys knew this person was armed and we decided to remove this threat from the streets before the worst happened." Franklin thanked Louisiana Probation and Parole Officer, LaSalle Parish Narcotic Detectives and deputies for their efforts in taking another drug dealer off the streets and also praised the citizens who took the time to get involved and provide in- formation that helped take this person down. "This is just another example that the people of LaSalle Parish are tired of this type activity and will do what it takes to rid our communities of this element." by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office for unauthorized entry of inhabited dwelling. Jerry L. Pritchard, 36, of Trout, arrested on March 9 by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office for domestic abuse bat- tery. Sedrick Wilson, 36, of Jena, arrested on March 9 by the LaSalle Parish, Sheriff's Office as a fugitive. Marcus Byrd, 28, of Jena, arrested on March i0 by14e LaSaUe Parish Sheriff'sOffie -for domestic abuse batteryd Tyler S. Cruse, 25, of Olla, arrested on March 11 by the OUa Police Department for simple battery. Tyler K. Brooks, 18, of West Monroe, arrested on March 12 by the Olla Police Department for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Mark A. Charrier, 45, of Jonesville, arrested on March 13 by the Jena Police Depart- ment for DWI (1) and careless operation. Dmarco Q. Mays, 21, of Columbia, arrested on March 13 by the Jena Police Depart- ment for DUS and improper tail lights. Other arrests reported The following people were booked into the LaSalle Par- ish Jail March 8-13,2011: Christie R. Wells, 32, of Olla, arrested on March 8 by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office for DWI (2), DUS, Open Container and possession of CDS II. Gary Don Randall, 28, of Olla, arrested on March 8 by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office for possession of CDS II and Open Container. Savanna R. Navario, 25, of Grayson, arrested on March 9 by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office for simple battery. Kimberly R. Navario, 43, of Grayson, arrested on March 9 SIRIUS SATELITE MUSIC While You Eat Inside Or On The Porch! Like us on Facebook THE JENA TIMES Olla-Tullos-Urania Signal 3A WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011 Four of the five members of the Olla Housing Authority Board, (from left) James T. Brown, Mike Duke, Sandra Murphy and Helen Barksdale, were administered their oaths of office by LaSalle Parish District II Justice of the Peace Debbie Chisolm at the March meeting of the Olla Town Council on Tuesday night of last week. Not shown is board member Sandy Ford. Olla Council Continued from page IA erationai condition and there have been no changes in mem- bership. He also said the de- partment responded to three fires in February: a structure and brush fire at 3304 Main St on February 6, a electrical jshort in HVAC system at 1249 Louise St on February 15 and a brush fire at 1116 Ash St. on February 20. Thompson informed the Council that the department is still in the running to receive a grant for a new tanker-pumper truck through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Act. The police department report consisted of 104 cita- tions issued, $30,462.82 in fines and court costs collect- ed, 9 arrests, one accident, 60 incidents, six complaints, 68 miles, 15 hours and three jdogs impounded for the month .0 f February. Three applications for oc- cupational licenses were re- viewed by the Council and ap- proved. The applications were Olla resident Sidney Emfinger was sworn in as a member of the Olla Town Council by District II Justice of the Peace Del> hie Chisolm during the council's regular March meeting held Tuesday night of last week. Emfinger, who previously served as a member of the council but chose not to seek relection last fall, was appointed by the council in February to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Stuart Glaeser. Emfinger was named to serve until a special election could be held in the fall of 2011 to fill the vacancy. (See story.) for: 1) The Look Boutique on 2419 West Front St. to Dawn Book and Sharon Lasiter for retail sales; 2) Ross Pitstop on Heavy rainfall reported in LaSalle last Tuesday Rainfall estimated at from 5 to 10 inches, depending on where you were measuring, fell in LaSalle Parish during a mas- sive storm system that moved through the parish on Tuesday night of last week. Areas around the Olla, Tul- los and Urania part of the par- ish reported rainfall in the 2 to 4 inches category. Around the central part of the parish, Jena and surrounding area, report- ed rainfall from 4 to 6 inches. However, in the lower part of the parish where the stron- ger storm cells moved through, rainfall was reported up to 10 inches in some locations. LaSalle Parish Director of Office of Emergency Prepared- ness Joe Paul Stevens, said the rain fell over just a few hours, primarily from 8 p.m. to about 3 a.m., flooding roads and some homes in the area. Flooding was also reported at some businesses in the par- ish, as well as heavy flooding at the Jena Elementary School buildings in Jena. Stevens said there were no tornadoes reported in the par- ish but strong straight-line winds caused some damage, primarily to timber. "One of the ceils that moved through LaSalle was so strong that The Weather Chan- nel called me and interviewed me during the height of the storm," Stevens said. Things were much worse in neighboring Catahoula Par- 4434 Main St. to Kennth and Cheryl Ross for convenience store and 3) Ross Pitshop- Beer Permit. ish where up to 12 inches of rainfall was recorded in a 6 to 7 hour period. Ellis Boothe, head of the Catahoula Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, said strong winds blew through the parish as up to 12 inches of rainfall was dumped in areas of the parish. Boothe said the bad weath- er started about 9 p.m. in his parish, but there were no re- ports of injures, but a lot of homes were flooded. Even with the strong wind and heavy rainfall, Central Louisiana did better than three Southeast Louisiana parishes - St. Helena, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa - which were hit heavily a few days earlier. Gov. Bobby Jindal declared these parishes as disaster ar- eas because of "tornado activ- ity, severe straight-line winds, heavy rain and flooding across the state." 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