EP Sheriff’s Office continues its fight against crime


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An Avoyelles Parish man is being transferred to Evangeline Parish to face charges for stolen tractor equipment.

Captain Keith Dupre, chief of detectives for the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, said the owner of tractor equipment stored on state Highway 115 in St. Landry made a complaint some equipment was stolen. Detectives began contacting salvage yards and located one in Marksville where some of the equipment was found.

Dupre said the equipment was valued at $6,000 and some of it was returned to its owner.

The sheriff’s office secured a warrant for Ray Christopher Dauzat, 25 (dob: 2-12-82), Highway 107 South, Plaucheville. The warrant was sent to the Avoyelles Sheriff’s Office and on Wednesday, August 13, Dupre said Dauzat was in the sheriff’s custody in Avoyelles waiting to be transferred to Evangeline Parish.

Dauzat’s bond has been set at $10,000.

Traffic stop leads to an arrest

A Pine Prairie man is facing charges after running from officers after a traffic stop was conducted August 11.

Dupre said Layton Michael Ashurst, 19, 1123 Railroad St., Pine Prairie, was stopped by authorities. During the stop, Ashurst allegedly ran from officers. Ashurst is believed to have taken the vehicle of a female he had been seeing without her permission. He entered the vehicle by breaking a window.

Dupre received a call Ashurst wanted to turn himself in, so Dupre picked him up at his residence. Dupre was booked into the parish jail on flight from an officer, criminal damage to property and unauthorized use of a moveable. His bond has been set at $12,500.

Property damage leads to fight with deputies

Dupre said Evangeline Parish deputies were called to a house August 7, for property damage. Upon arriving, deputies encountered Joshua Paul O’connor, 27, 861 Lithcote Road, Ville Platte. In an attempt to arrest O’connor, a scuffle began and O’connor allegedly hit an officer a couple of times before he was taken down. As a result of this investigation, O’connor has been charged with disturbing the peace by fighting, resisting an officer, battery on a police officer and simple criminal damage to property. His bond was set at $30,000.

Mills charged with worthless checks

Deputies arrested Boyd Lane Mills, 41, 1416 Redlick Road, Ville Platte, on theft charges August 6. Mills also was wanted on outstanding warrants for worthless checks and failure to appear. Dupre said more charges are pending against Mills, who appears to be responsible for a forgery case Detective Stanley Washington is working at this time. He said Washington has received complaints of forgery from a couple of stores in the parish.

Sheriff Eddie Soileau and his deputies will be attempting to execute worthless check warrants in the future as jail space allows. Soileau said during his campaign he was approached by several business persons asking for assistance with those charged with worthless checks. Soileau said his office will be contacting people to bring them through the judicial system and attempting to work with them for payment for worthless checks. He said they will continue to work these types of warrants so business owners can be reimbursed and “bad check writers” can pay their debt.

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