Driver Killed In Richland Parish Crash

May 24, 2021

Holly Ridge – On May 23, 2021, shortly after 6:30 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on I-20 near Holly Ridge. This crash claimed the life of 32-year-old Ian Pettit of Delhi.

The initial investigation revealed a 2015 Kia Sorento, driven by Pettit, was traveling east on I-20 and struck the rear of a 2012 Peterbuilt 18-wheeler that was also traveling east. After impact, the Sorento became lodged under the 18-wheeler and caught fire.

Earlier today, just before 9:15 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 20, just west of Delhi. This crash claimed the life of a Rayville man.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed the crash occurred as a 2008 Nissan Altima, driven by 38-year-old James Haring III, was traveling east on Interstate 20. For reasons still under investigation, the Altima rear-ended an 18-wheeler that was also traveling east in the outside lane. / wisegie

Former Richwood Correctional Center officer, Demario Shaffer,  pleaded guilty Monday in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to cover up the physical assault of five inmates by himself and other correctional officers in violation of the Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. 

Shaffer, 33, of Delhi, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to conspiring to falsify documents with the intent to obstruct and influence a matter within federal jurisdiction.

Catholic Diocese of Shreveport

Pope Frances has appointed a new Bishop to preside over the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Bishop Michael Duca will be transferred from Shreveport, where he’s been for the last ten years. He’s replacing Bishop Robert Muench, who’s held the position since 2002. Duca says he didn’t see it coming, but he’s looking forward to serving the people of Baton Rouge.

"I was completely suprised by this appointment and while I am sad to leave the good people of the Diocese of Shreveport, I immediatley accepted the appointment without reservation", said Duca.

Federal prosecutors say a 28-year-old Delhi man has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography. 

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said in a news release Daniel Brown entered his plea Monday before U.S. District Judge Robert James.

 Finley says Brown used the Internet and Facebook, pretended to be a teenager, and directed an out-of-state 12-year-old child to produce and send him child pornography.

She says Brown received the child pornography using his computer in Delhi on Oct. 28, 2014.


James set sentencing for Dec. 5.