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Family disturbance nets one arrest

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s office responded to a call this morning around 2 am at 201 North fourth street, Welsh.  When deputies arrived Welsh Police were on scene with a family disturbance. 

Deputies determined from statements obtained that a 16 year old juvenile female was struck in the head by her mother with a metal pot, punched in the head and pushed to the ground. 

Donita Lashae Jackson, 41, of 201 North fourth street was arrested and booked into the parish jail on charges of Cruelty to a juvenile. No bond is set at this time.

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Deputy recognized for life saving response

Deputy Brant Duplechain (right) with the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office (JDSO) was recently recognized for his heroic actions that saved a man's life earlier this month.

Duplechain is pictured here with JDSO Patrol Commander Douglas Britnell (left), who presented him with a plaque for his actions and quick thinking while on duty.

At approximately 1103 hours, August 31, 2018 a 911 call was received in reference to a worker at the Hardy Rice Drier had his hand severed by an auger.

The caller said they tried a tourniquet but was not stopping the bleeding and the victim was losing consciousness.  

Deputy Duplechain was working the Lacassine Substation and was monitoring his radio. Deputy Duplechain closed the substation and responded to the call due to the severity of the injury and his close proximity.

Upon Deputy Duplechain’s arrival, he observed Robert Buatt (retired Wildlife and Fisheries Agent) was attempting to hold pressure on the severed limb to stop the bleeding but was not successful. 

Deputy Duplechain retrieved his medical bag from his unit and applied a tourniquet on the victim, Randy James Mallett, and stopped the bleeding.

Deputy Duplechain then cut open the auger pipe with a grinder and sledge hammer and retrieved Mallett’s severed hand.

He placed the severed hand in a bag of ice and gave it to Acadian Ambulance personnel upon their arrival. Mallett was air lifted to a trauma center where he survived.

Without Deputy Duplechain’s actions, Mallett would not have survived.Sent from my iPhone

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Sheriff's office moves to new location

JDSO moves to new location


After over five decades in the courthouse, the majority of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office (JDSO) operations are in the final stages of moving to a new location.


Sheriff Ivy Woods began negotiating the purchase of the former West Behavioral Hospital several months ago, for the purpose of consolidating more divisions of the agency under one roof. The purchase was finalized in spring of this year, and the new facility is located at 1530 La. Hwy 90 west, just east of the new Jeff Davis Parish Jail.  The new location will house many of the day-to-day public operations of the agency. These operations include divisions handling taxes, civil, occupational licenses, bonds, tickets and investigations, as well as administration.


Since the Jeff Davis Parish Courthouse was constructed in 1964, along with approximately 27 years in the former Coca Cola Bottling Co. building on Robert’s Ave., JDSO has been operating out of the same facilities until mid-September, when the transition to the new location began.


The additional property includes two structures: a smaller building at the front of the property previously used for outpatient services and the larger, main facility previously used to house patients, located further into the property.


The larger facility will house the administration division, commanders’ offices, detectives’ offices, the Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) and public services operations involving taxes, civil issues, tickets, occupational licenses and bonds. The main building will also provide areas for meeting and training purposes, as well as allow adequate space for employee’s to work.


Prior to the move, administration, along with OEP, public service operations and communications were operating out of an approximately 4,000 square foot area in the main office at the courthouse, while members of the investigations and patrol divisions, D.A.R.E., and their respective commanders were operating out of the Robert’s Ave. location in approximately 2,670 feet of office work space. Although some employees will remain at their current locations, the new main office building will increase the agency’s operating space by over 11,400 square feet.


“It may sound like we are already working in a lot of space, but for a public agency of this magnitude, and considering all that we handle, it’s not,” explained Woods. “In every area of our operations, we have several people sharing small, cramped office spaces filled floor to ceiling and wall to wall with files. We’ve outgrown our existing facilities, and our employees have also been functioning out of old and outdated accommodations for a very long time. This move is long overdue.”


Woods also explained the new facility will provide more effective and efficient service to the public, while allowing more organization in a cleaner environment to both the public and agency employees. The overall move will provide employees with ample space in which to work, function and grow as an agency, as well as provide much needed storage for files and security for sensitive operations.


“Members of the public who must interact with our employees for public services will be able to do so quickly and easily,” continued Woods. “Although this move will require some adjustments, both on our part as an agency, as well as the public’s, we are confident it will ultimately have a positive affect on our parish and community.”


The current office space in the courthouse and CID building will still be utilized by the Sheriff’s office, but the operations to remain in those locations will now have more room to function. The courthouse offices will still house the sex offender division and supporting members of the civil and transport divisions. The former CID building, located on Robert’s Ave., will maintain impound, storage and fleet maintenance, as well as the D.A.R.E. and SRO offices.


“This is an exciting historical event for our agency and the parish,” continued Woods. “We are anticipating this transition to go fairly quickly and we are working to make it as smooth as possible. However, we ask the public to be patient as we complete the process. In the meantime, all of our contact information will still be the same, and we will continue to provide the same services to the public.”

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Domestic disturbance arrests

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s office responded to a call Saturday night at 413 Bourgeois street, Apt #6 Lacassine of a domestic disturbance.

Upon arrival deputies observed two individuals arguing in the parking lot. The two were identified as Alicie Rosielee Southern,32,  and Corey Mckinley Kaough, 29, both reside at 413 Bourgeois st #6. Deputies discovered that the altercation before they arrived involved weapons, to include a kitchen knife and a semi auto 9mm pistol. 

Deputies placed the two under arrest for domestic abuse battery, aggravated assault, and domestic abuse aggravated assault. Both were transported and booked into the parish jail with no bond.

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Drug arrest

An early morning raid nets one arrest.  The combined Anti-drug task force and Jeff Davis Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant this morning at 404 N. Polk street, Welsh, La.  

Derek Anthony Cooper, 38, was arrested and booked into the parish jail on 5 outstanding warrants for 5 counts of Possession of CDS II with intent to distribute, and  2 counts of Production, manufacture, distribute, dispense or possess with intent to; Heroin or fentanyl.

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Domestic abuse arrest

Saturday Jeff Davis deputies were dispatched to the trailer located at 21259 South Frontage road lot #4, Iowa for a family disturbance.  When deputies arrived they spoke to the complainant who advised she was struck several times by her daughter.

Katie Rae Mott, 32, of 21259 South Frontage road Lot #4, Iowa was arrested and charged with domestic abuse battery and booked into the parish jail with no bond.

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Theft arrest

Wednesday September 5, Jeff Davis deputies were called in reference to a theft of a bicycle on Babineaux road, Jennings. When deputies arrived the complainant advised a white male was seen walking on the road,  and later observed on surveillance cameras in the victim’s yard taking the bicycle. 

With the help from neighbors, the suspect was located in a wooded area at the end of the road. The bicycle was recovered and returned to the victim.

The suspect, Joel Matthew Miller, 33, of 1044 Necessity Loop, Basile, LA was arrested on two counts criminal trespass, Theft and Obstruction of justice. He is currently incarcerated with no bond in the parish jail.

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Domestic Abuse battery arrest

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call about a disturbance.

When deputies arrived at  13018 Touchet Road, Jennings, LA, a female was found with a bloody face. Deputies arrested the husband, John James Dubose,38, of 13018 Touchet road, Jennings for domestic abuse battery. Dubose was transported to the parish jail and booked with no bond.

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Trespassing arrest

In another investigation deputies received a complaint on August 8, 2018 from a landowner that two individuals were living in an abandoned home on the property without permission.

Deputies responded to the residence at 21315 Meche Road, Welsh, LA and found two individuals present on the property. They advised that they had been given permission to move in by another person. A report was made and detectives were assigned to investigate the allegation.

The investigation revealed that the Parish Police Jury owns the residence located on the private property and that the two individuals discovered at the home are there unauthorized.

This morning deputies returned to the home at 21315 Meche road and arrested Derwin Robert David, 54, for criminal trespass. David is incarcerated in the parish jail on $500 bond.

Deputies are looking for the second individual, Raymond Kenneth Fielder, 58, who is also wanted for criminal trespass.


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traffic stop nets drug arrest

Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s patrol division made an arrest last night during a traffic stop.

Deputies questioned the driver when he could not produce documents to identify the owner of the vehicle.  A strong odor of air fresheners and numerous hanging air freshener dispensers were observed in the vehicle.

The driver, Eldar Azakov, 38, of  4726 Quiet Woods LN, Fairfax, VA also has a criminal history for possession of marijuana. Azakov was asked for consent to search the vehicle, he refused to give consent.

Deputies responded with a k-9 and the k-9 alerted to the odor of drugs in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 30 grams of marijuana and Amphetamine tablets.  Azakov was transported and booked into the parish jail on possession of CDS II, Possession of CDS I, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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