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Police Report

The Rayville Police Department made the following arrests for the week of Nov 6-12.
• Kelathian Payton, 19, 316 Russell St., Apt. 26, Rayville; discharging a firearm.
• James Templeton, 32, 304 Hayes St., Rayville; shoplifting.
• Demonte Johnson, 29, 117 Powell St., Delhi; driving under suspension and speeding.
• Dajia Caldwell, 19, 113 MLK Drive, Rayville; no driver’s license in possession and speeding.
• Jeremy Booker, 27, 304 Ashley St., Apt. #17; Rayville; damage to property greater than $100.
• Randy Porter, 27, 7873 Old Monroe Road, Bastrop; careless operation with an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.
• Jordan Smith, 18, 6700 Hwy 84, Ferriday; damage to property greater than $100.
• Jamarius Murphy, 25, 142 A South Circle Drive, Rayville; driving under suspension and disturbing the peace by loud music.
• Gary Lawrence, 40, 206 Pine St., Rayville; domestic abuse battery, two counts of simple battery, two counts of aggravated batter and six counts of possession of a legend drug.
• Melvin Lawson, 30, 343 Henryfield Road, Monroe; harassment.
• Roderick Henderson, 49, 108 Coenen Drive, Rayville; was charged with no driver’s license and no seat belt.
• Three juveniles were arrested this week. One was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm in a firearm free zone. One was charged with disturbing the peace by loud music and one was charged with disturbing the peace by fighting.
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The Rayville Police Department issued a total of 29 traffic citations this week. That number includes 23 for speeding, two for drag racing and one each for no proof of insurance, no driver’s license in possession, expired registration and wrong way on a one-way.
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Rayville Police Chief Willie Robinson advises motorists of the importance of keeping their vehicle documentation up to date.
“You are required by law to have a current motor vehicle inspection sticker, vehicle registration and proof of insurance in your vehicle any time the vehicle is in operation,” the chief said.
Chief Robinson also advised that anyone driving the vehicle should also carry a valid driver’s license.
Chief Robinson would also like to caution all individuals about keeping their record clean.
“I you do get charged with a crime, it can cause you problems in the future,” he said. “I know this may not sound meaningful when you get a charge, but the only way to get it off your records is to get an attorney to file an expungement which can be costly. I encourage you to think before you act.”
“Keep your music and noise at a respectful level,” the chief said.
He advised that his officers will be patrolling the town with their windows down to be alert for loud music.
“You will be arrested and charged with disturbing the peace by loud music for all violations of the noise ordinance,” he said.
Chief Robinson encourages all citizens to come by the Rayville Police Department at 900 Harrison St. or to call 728-4431 if you need his help in any way.

The Richland Beacon-News

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Rayville, LA 71269
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