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SCAM ALERT

Friends, 

   As we are going through this trying time of COVID-19, let us caution you about a scam that has been brought to our attention. 

A person will call you claiming to be with a law enforcement agency. Upon establishing whom they are talking to, the person will advise that you owe a certain amount of money to an agency or government entity. After telling you this, they will tell you that they have sworn out a warrant for your arrest. They will then tell you that the warrant can be stopped by your complying with paying the debt owed to the agency. The person will ask for you debit/credit card number or ask you to get a cash card or money transfer service to take care of the debt. Most companies or agencies that debts are owed to have went through extensive processes to notify you of any owed debt or charges. So DO NOT GIVE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION  to this person. This person is trying to scam you to get you account number or extort money from you that is not owed to them.

Victims of fraud should attempt to take down as much information from the caller as possible, including the phone number and details of the instructions provided to resolve the issue. They should then contact their local police department.

 

 

Phone scams targeting registered sex offenders in Allen Parish.

The scam works by someone calling a registered sex offender claiming to be a law enforcement official and telling them that they are not complying with their registration requirements. Sometimes the caller claims there is a warrant for the offender's arrest.

The caller then tells the offender that the only way they can resolve the issue is by buying a cash card or arranging a money transfer.

Anyone getting a call should not make any transaction without verifying that the call is valid, adding that law enforcement will never solicit registered sex offenders for money to comply with their registration requirements.

Issues with registration compliance are only resolved by an offender appearing at an approved registration site, or by personal contact with a law enforcement official.

Victims of fraud should attempt to take down as much information from the caller as possible, including the phone number and details of the instructions provided to resolve the issue. They should then contact their local police department.

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SHERIFF'S MESSAGE- COVID-19

MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF HEBERT

 

As of today, March 23, 2020, Allen Parish has had two reported cases of COVID-19.  Both were reported to be inmates in the Federal Detention Center in Oakdale. 

I want to reassure everyone that there will be no interruption or reduction in law enforcement protection from the Sheriff's Office or any of the police departments in the Parish.  I, and all of the Law Enforcement leaders, met today and we are fully committed both individually and collaboratively to making sure the residents of Allen Parish are fully protected.

Further, for those with loved ones in the Allen Parish Jail, my medical staff has implemented stringent anti-viral procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of those incarcerated.  I have arranged with the phone company to give every inmate one free 15 minute call a week to contact friends or family.

The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office encourages everyone to take steps against possible infection.  Quarantine procedures are voluntary and I strongly encourage everyone to take every precaution to reduce or eliminate unnecessary exposure.  The latest Order of the Governor can be found at https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/93

For anyone unsure as to whether their employment is impacted by the Governor's Order that goes into effect this afternoon at 5 p.m., please go to IDENTIFYING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE DURING COVID-19 for more information.

We will present new information as it becomes available. 

OFFICE RESTRICTIONS

Friends,

  As we go through this time, please know that we are doing all that is possible to stop the infection of the public and our staff. Please see the Announcement below for information. BE SAFE & GOD BLESS!!

 

Click on this link for Document: Office Restrictions Pandemic.pdf

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

In an effort to reduce and limit the spread of COVID-19 in the parish of Allen, Louisiana, and to preserve the health and safety of all members of the public, between 12:00 am Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and Monday, April 13, 2020, the following are hereby in effect:

 

Access to Allen Parish Sheriff's Office Administration Buildings are hereby restricted and closed to public access.  All operations will continue in full effect but will be handled remotely.

 

Any and all other business should be handled through electronic means. Payments should be made via electronic payments at allenparishso.com online payment system or via mail by money order or cashiers check payable to Allen Parish Sheriff, P. O. Box 278, Oberlin, Louisiana  70655.

 

 

Entry into the Allen Parish Courthouse is also hereby restricted except for the following instances:

 

1) Persons under subpoena or notice to appear; 2) Persons applying for an emergency order; 3)Government employees processing emergency applications;

No additional friends or family members will be allowed to enter.  Only the person applying for the order will be allowed entry.

 

Legal deadlines, including liberative prescription and preemptive periods applicable to legal proceedings in all courts, administrative agencies, and boards have been suspended until at least Monday, April 13, 2020, per Proclamation Number JBE 2020-30 issued by Governor John Bel Edwards.

INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS

Friends, 

 Here is the latest information from the Louisiana Depatment of Health on the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), Please read and Take ALL Precautions necessary. BE SAFE & GOD BLESS!!

 

LINK to Document: COVID-19 FAQ 3-15-20 (GOV).pdf

 

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Updated March 15, 2020


Q: What are coronaviruses and what is COVID-19?
A: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among
animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then
spread between people such as has been seen with recent outbreaks of MERS and SARS. The most recently
discovered coronavirus is COVID-19, which is an infectious disease that was unknown before an outbreak in
Wuhan, China in December 2019.

Q: Is there a special information phone number for people to call with additional questions about COVID-19?
A: Yes. Louisiana 211 is partnering with the Louisiana Department of Health to ensure citizens access to the most
current information available for COVID-19. Simply dial 211 or text LACOVID to 898-211.

Q: How many cases of COVID-19 are there in Louisiana?
A: The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting cases of COVID-19 here. The website is updated twice daily,
at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. To date, most cases have been clustered in the New Orleans area.

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
A: For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no
symptoms (similar to the common cold) to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing


Q: How would I become infected with COVID-19?
A: COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth when a person
infected with the disease coughs or exhales. These droplets can land on objects or surfaces, and can then be
transmitted from a surface when a person touches it and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth. People can
also become infected if they breathe in the droplets from the person who has COVID-19. This is why it's
important to stay at least 6 feet away from an infected person.


Q: How can I help protect myself?
A: The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There are simple everyday
precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available,
use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available,
cough into your elbow.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


Q: Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?
A: Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease
seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness.


Q: What is the risk to children?
A: There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-
19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Infections in children have been reported, including in very
young children, but there are no presumptive positive cases in children in Louisiana. There is an ongoing
investigation to determine more about how this outbreak affects children.


Q: Is COVID-19 fatal?
A: While people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. and abroad, the majority of people who have been
diagnosed with COVID-19 do recover. The virus appears to only be severe if it reaches the lungs and remains
untreated. Most otherwise healthy people can recover from COVID-19 at home.


Q: How do I know to get tested?
A: If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, contact your primary care
physician for guidance. The Department of Health recommends COVID-19 testing for any patient with fever,
respiratory symptoms and a negative influenza test. After a test, all patients should remain isolated until they
are cleared by a physician or public health official. If you do not have a doctor or if you do not have insurance,
contact your nearest community health clinic. This website lists all of these clinics: www.lpca.net/main/forpatients/
find-a-health-center.


Q: What is Louisiana's testing capability?
A: Louisiana has a testing capability of several hundred patients. This number changes constantly as test kits are
used up and more arrive. The Office of Public Health has ordered additional testing kits from the CDC and has
been pleased that they arrived in a timely fashion.
Currently, the samples are coming to the OPH from provider referrals and are being accepted based on Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Commercial testing is now also available, and any positive private
lab tests that come back positive will be verified at the OPH lab in Baton Rouge and confirmed by the CDC lab in
Atlanta.


Q: What should I do if I have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
A: You should self-isolate and limit your contact with other people and you should contact your primary care
physician for guidance. If you develop a fever and a cough, you should contact your doctor.


Q: Should I go to the ER?
A: You should go to the ER if you are seriously ill (difficulty breathing, confusion, dehydrated). If you are sick with
typical cold symptoms, call your primary care doctor.


Q: What is the latest on the state's response to COVID-19?
A: On March 13, Governor John Bel Edwards declared a public health emergency in Louisiana. This makes certain
resources available to state agencies and local governments to assist them in responding to outbreaks of COVID-19. That declaration includes protections against price gouging and bans state employees from international
travel to Level 2 and Level 3 countries as designated by the CDC.


Additionally, the Louisiana Department of Health has ordered health care facilities in the state, including
hospitals and nursing homes, to restrict visitors to those deemed essential, vital or necessary to the care and
well-being of patients, clients and residents.
Also on March 13, the Governor signed a proclamation that immediately halts any gathering of more than 250
people until Monday, April 13. This limitation includes the closure of all K-12 public schools statewide effective
March 16, and it limits church services to gatherings to 250 people or fewer.
Separately on March 13, the governor postponed the April 4 elections until June and July.
Mirroring the federal government's response, we have moved from a 'containment' approach in which we
focused on travelers to a 'mitigation' approach in which we anticipate and plan for person-to-person
transmission in the community. We are focused on state and local government preparedness and are providing
support to health care providers, schools, businesses and community members to ensure they are adequately
prepared to take action to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


Q: Does the state's restricted visitors policy mean no visitors can enter a health care facility?
A: No. Health care facilities can allow visitors at their discretion, in consultation with families and responsible
parties. This order also doesn't apply to situations involving end-of-life care. However, no one who meets the
definition of a "restricted person" can be allowed in a health care facility.


Q: Can children still get school meals?
A: Yes, according to the Governor's recent order. It requires schools to use appropriate social distancing
measures and continue to provide meals or other essential services with applicable staff. Parents should contact
their child's school for specific instructions.


Q: Is it safe to receive a package from any area where COVID-19 has been reported?
A: Yes. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the
virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions
and temperature is also low.


Q: Are you in regular contact with the federal government?
A: Yes. We are in constant contact with the CDC and HHS. On March 12, the Governor and other state officials
met with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D. In addition, we have standing calls across state health
departments and a standing call internally in Louisiana. This is all very important so that we all have the latest
data, are on the same page and can adapt our plans as conditions change.

VISITATION

Friends,

    This has been given to the Sheriff from the state, Please make the necessary adjustments and notifications.

 

Visitation.pdf

DWI CHECKPOINT

    Friends,

       The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office has secured a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, that allows our deputies to conduct Seat belt & DWI Checks in our parish. Tonight in an undisclosed location a DWI & SEAT BELT Checkpoint will be conducted in Allen Parish. Please DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE, WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT & BE SAFE. GOD BLESS!!

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SUBJECT AT LARGE

FRIENDS,

    Last night a Reeves Police unit initiated a traffic stop on Hwy 190 in the Reeves Town limits . Once the traffic stop was in effect, 4 Male subject were detained and 2 subjects ran from the stop. Chief Bertrand made a post on Facebook to notify the public of what was going on. 

    This morning at approximately 7:30 am one of the subjects, who ran, was detained and transported to Allen Parish Jail.

    One subject is still at large. The subject is described as a Hispanic Male, approx. 180 lbs, in his late 20's, Green pants, Red Shirt, and Tan Jacket

    If you see this person or a suspicious person in the Reeves area, Please contact Allen Parish Sheriff's Office or 911, Do Not approach him. 

    Thank You for Your assistance in this matter, BE SAFE AND GOD BLESS!!

POSSIBLE HEAVY RAIN EVENT

Friends,

     Due to the prediction of some heavy rain fall in our area, The Sheriff's Office and the Office of Homeland Security has made preparations to for this possible event.

 

     Sand and Sandbags will be available at all Police Jury Barns for those who wish to prepare for the coming weather event. 

 

     Oakdale & Oberlin Areas are predicted to receive 1 to 1.5 inches of rain with a possible increase to up to 2.5 inches.

 

     Please be prepared for this event. BE SAFE and GOD BLESS !!

 

Public Assistance Applicant Briefing for Hurricane Barry

It is the State’s responsibility following a Federally Declared Disaster to conduct Applicant Briefings which are high level overviews of the Public Assistance program and contain information specific to the declaration. This meeting is for all potentially eligible State applicants, including House of Worships and Private Non-Profits to attend.


The scheduled Applicant Briefing for Public Assistance for the Federally Declared Hurricane Barry (FEMA-DR-4458) is as follows:


HURRICANE BARRY DECLARATION INFORMATION
Declaration Date: August 27, 2019 - The State of Louisiana has received a federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Barry, FEMA-4458-DR for the following parishes:  

Allen Parish
       Allen Parish Police Jury
       602 Court Street
       Oberlin, LA 70655

       Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11:00 am



Permanent Repair and Emergency Work (Categories A-G):
Allen, Iberia, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vermilion 

For Emergency Work (Categories A & B only):
Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Orleans, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa, West Feliciana 

The deadline to submit an RPA is 30 days from the declaration date. The current deadline is September 26th, 2019

Should you need assistance, contact your State Applicant Liaison (SAL) or please email RPA.help@la.gov

Jeanne Savoy
State Applicant Liaison, Region 5 and 8
Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Office:  (225) 376-5114
Cell:  (225) 999-3605
Fax:  (225) 338-3259

SBA ASSISTANCE FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

Friends,

We were able to qualify for assistance through SBA, This is the Information.

 

SBA Release: Flood Victims Hurricane Barry

Disaster Field Operations Center West
Release Date: Sept. 11, 2019
Release Number: LA 16111-01

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Louisiana Businesses and Residents Affected by Hurricane Barry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Louisiana businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Barry that occurred July 10-15, 2019, announced acting Administrator Christopher M. Pilkerton of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. John Bel Edwards on Sept. 9, 2019.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Allen, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Catahoula, Concordia, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, La Salle, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vernon and West Feliciana parishes.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Louisiana with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” said Pilkerton. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “Beginning Friday, Sept. 13, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Garfield continued. The centers will be open on the days and times indicated below. No appointment is necessary.

ALLEN PARISH
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Allen Parish Civic Center
609 Tiger Lane
Oberlin, LA 70655
Opens 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13
Mondays - Fridays, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closes 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26

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