Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Stroller roams off to prison

James_R_JacksonTaking an evening stroll down the middle of the street has netted one Minden resident a stay in jail on more serious charges.

James Ray Jackson, 34, of the 800 block of Sibley Road, was arrested by Minden Police for felony possession of CDS Sch. I (marijuana) and simple obstructon of a highway.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Ofc. Danny Turner was patrolling Pershing Street when he observed a male subject walking in the middle of the road.

"The subject refused to get out of the road," Cropper said. "Turner got out and questioned why he was walking down the middle of the road when there were sidewalks on both sides of the street."

The chief said Turner checked for warrants on Jackson and during the process of questioning, patted him down for weapons.

"He could feel a hard, square-shaped box inside one of Jackson's pockets," Cropper said. "The officer asked Jackson what it was, and Jackson began to pull away. Turner tried to get a little bit of control, but Jackson kept resisting."

After Turner handcuffed Jackson, he reportedly located the marijuana in his pocket.

"Jackson has a prior possession charge, so it became a felony possession of marijuana and simple obstruction of a highway," said Cropper. "Jackson also had $240 in cash on his person."


Timothy_SavageIn an unrelated incident, police arrested 34-year-old Timothy Savage of the 1500 block of Miller Road for theft, simple damage to property, simple battery, aggravated battery, aggravated criminal damage to property, reckless operation and hit-and-run.

"About three weeks ago, we began taking complaints from a young lady dating Savage," Cropper said. "They were living together and had an argument and decided to split up. Savage left the residence and took several items that belonged to her."

The chief said Savage continued to harass the woman by sending text messages on her phone.

"Officers contacted Savage, told him to leave her alone and bring back the stuff he'd taken," Cropper said. "A week or so after that, he saw her driving down the road in Minden and rammed her vehicle to the point where it disabled his vehicle. He had to abandon it and fled on foot."

Numerous charges, complaints and arrest warrants were reportedly obtained.

"A few days after that, we got information that he had admitted himself into a Shreveport psychiatric hospital," Cropper said. "For the past couple of weeks, he's been there, trying to get treatment. We had warrants waiting for him once he was released, and Tuesday, Savage turned himself in."






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