Press Releases


Arrest 1/19/2017

   Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s deputies working on the burglaries and theft cases in the parish made an arrest today in connection with the theft of an ATV in November 2016.  Detectives charged Fulton Bridwell,32, of Ruffin Road, Elton, LA with Theft of a motor vehicle, Attempted Theft and Criminal damage to property. Bridwell and others were involved in thefts from residences on Dan Buller Road, Elton.  Additional arrests are expected and JDSO detectives are working with Allen Parish Deputies on crimes committed in their jurisdiction.


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Burn Ban

Officials from the Jeff Davis Parish Police Jury issued a burn ban for the parish effective October 31. The ban also includes a firework ban.   Because of the extremely dry weather conditions, the burning of trash or vegetation and any other open burning has been banned for a period of thirty days beginning October 31.   According to the proclamation issued, there will be a "thirty day ban on the use, discharge, or ignition of any and all projectile fireworks, including but not limited to bottle/stick rockets, missiles, roman candles, or any and all cylinder-launched devices…”   Sheriff Woods recommends that no fire ever be left unattended, even when in contained structures.

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office Updates Text Alert System on Website

The Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office will upgrade its text message alert notification feature on or before October 3rd to supplement an upgrade completed earlier this summer. The upgraded text alert system will feature a short URL in the message body, instead of a full URL. The messages will continue to come from 96167 or 470-219-3777. Below is an example of a current alert with a full URL and a sample of the same alert with a short URL:

As shown above, the message body will have a Subject line (the Press Release title, in the above example) and a From address of JDPSO. There will still be an option to change subscription at the bottom of the message.

To sign up for alert notifications from our office, to change your current subscription, or to unsubscribe from our alerts, please go to our Sign Up for Alerts page.

The Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office welcomes any feedback from the community on this text alert upgrade. To provide feedback, please let us know through our Contact Us form or call us at 337-824-3850.

As always, we wish to thank the public for their continued support of law enforcement. We believe the unique partnership we have between the public and law enforcement enhances the security and quality of life we all enjoy.

Sheriff Ivy Woods

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Mandatory Evacuation lifted; curfew still in effect

Parish and City officials met this afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Lake Arthur City Hall to evaluate the situation in Lake Arthur. The water has dropped an inch today and a total of about 2 1/2 inches since Friday.
Sheriff Woods, the OEP director for Jefferson Davis Parish is lifting the mandatory evacuation at this time, but the curfew from dusk to dawn is still in effect. Authorities will continue to monitor the levees and any additional flooding from the forecasted rain showers. 

Lake Arthur Police and Sheriff's deputies will be patrolling the area. There are restricted areas off limits on Grand avenue and Pleasant street for ALL persons except residents. 

The Red Cross has volunteers working in the area providing food, water and necessities to residents. 

Sheriff Woods wants to remind persons effected by the evacuation and residents who have flooding or damage to their home to go online and register for FEMA benefits.  FEMA can be contacted at 1-800-621-3362 or online at www.disasterassistance.gov

FEMA Relief & Curfew

The mandatory evacuation and dusk til dawn curfew for Lake Arthur is still in effect. Further flooding is still a threat.

Jefferson Davis Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness Director, Sheriff Ivy Woods are reminding people in the area they can now apply for aid by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA , to apply for benefits. Contact the Hotline—FEMA 1-800-621-3362 or online atwww.disasterassistance.gov to register. Even if you have not had damage at this time, if you are in the affected areas of Lake Arthur, Welsh, and Lacassine where flooding occurred, please go online or call and register.

Remember that officials from FEMA will never ask you for money in return for benefits. Never give personal information to anyone claiming to be working for an assistance agency without proper identification. Report any suspicious activity to our dispatch office at 821-2100. Don't be a victim twice!

Mandatory Evacuation for Lake Arthur

The Mandatory Evacuation scheduled for Lake Arthur is still in affect. The time for stopping all entry to Lake Arthur has been moved back.  No one enters Lake Arthur after tomorrow, Tuesday 8/16/16 at 4pm.

For the most up to date information on road closures controlled by DOTD go to http://www.511la.org

The following are the current road closures in Jeff Davis Parish: 

I-10 EB from HWY 165 to Acadia line

Wild Rd between 99&382

Bobby Rd east&west of 26

Ward Line Rd

Lyons @ 1126 south 

Lopez @ 1126

Ardoin .5 mile west of 26 to farm supply

Koll Rd west of Elton drive to farm supply

Hwy 90 E to Acadia parish 

Touchet Rd to Monger sign at W Division/Touchet

Monger Rd to Farm Supply

Berken from 1126 to Monger

Farm Supply from 1126 to 90

W Racca to Berken

Andrus Cove Cemetery Rd bridge is impassable


Remember, never drive through standing water.


Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 7, Section 23(C) of the Louisiana Constitution and R.S. 47:1705(B) that a public hearing of the Jefferson Davis Law Enforcement District in Jefferson Davis Parish will be held at its regular meeting place in Suite 102 of the Jefferson Davis Parish Courthouse, located at 300 North State Street, Jennings, LA on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 10:00 am to consider levying additional or increased millage rates without further voter approval or adopting the adjusted millage rates after reassessment and rolling forward to rates not to exceed the prior year's maximum. The estimated amount of tax revenues to be collected in the next year from the increased millage is $2,638,889.75, and the amount of increase in taxes attributable to the millage increase is $125,661.42.

Arrest 3/22/2016

  Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's sex offender division made a 3rd arrest on the same sex Offender in seven months. Keith Napoleon Achane, 44, of N. Kennedy street, Welsh was arrested again for Failure to register as a sex offender or child predator in violation of LRS 15:542.1(4). Achane was released from jail in January, and again in February and still refuses to comply with the orders to complete mandatory registration requirements. After his release from jail, Achane is given 21 days to comply and register as a sex Offender, in each incident he has failed to comply in the time given. Achane was booked into parish jail with no bond. Deputies assigned to the Sex Offender division monitor the offenders to make sure they comply with mandatory reporting and are not utilizing social media or traveling in areas forbidden by law.  


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Sandbags available for oncoming weather

Flooding in the area is possible over the next few days as heavy rains are expected in Jefferson Davis Parish.

For residents concerned that their homes may flood, several locations around the parish offer sandbags:

Sandbags are available Monday thru Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the following locations.

-Jennings Police Jury Road Yard on Airport Road
-Lake Arthur Community Center (Pick up bag first at Lake Arthur Police Department)
-Woodlawn Fire Station
-Welsh Police Jury Yard across from Welsh Community Center
-Hathaway Fire Station on Hwy 102
-Fenton Police Jury Yard on Estes Road
-Lacassine Fire Station on Ann Street

Weekend Arrests


Jefferson Davis Parish deputies responded to two disturbance calls this weekend that resulted in the arrest of two men. On Saturday 3/05/16 deputies were called to 809 N. Hwy 26 in Lake Arthur by an elderly victim. The victim reported she was injured while trying to keep Justin Trahan, 34, of 813 N. Hwy 26, Lake Arthur from driving away drunk. Deputies approached Trahan and discovered he was under the influence of alcohol and had trouble speaking with deputies and understanding commands. Trahan was arrested and charged with simple battery of the infirm and booked into the parish jail with no bond.

  On Sunday 03/06/16, Deputies responded to 801 N. Hwy 26 in Lake Arthur for a disturbance. When deputies arrived there was a male victim laying in the parking lot bloody and confused. Deputies were advised by a witness that the victim and a male subject had been fighting. Deputies located the other male, Christopher Duane Berras, 42, of 206 Downs st. Jennings and arrested him for 2nd degree Battery. Berras was booked into the parish jail with no bond.


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