Union Parish

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The dry weather over the past month has prompted burn bans in many local parishes.

Burn Bans are in effect in these parishes:

  • Caldwell
  • West Carroll
  • Union
  • Franklin
  • LaSalle
  • Lincoln

Under the bans, burning is against the law and you can be subjected to fines and jail time.

Union Parish – On September 9, 2018, at approximately 9:20 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 2 just west of Farmerville.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 51-year-old Tracy Fields of Farmerville, was traveling east on LA Hwy 2. Troopers suspect that due to Fields being impaired, his vehicle crossed the center line into the westbound lane and struck a 1991 Ford F-150 driven by 60-year-old Gregory Andrews of Bernice.

Wilderness Store

Mar 19, 2018
K. Ouchley

Less than three months after Union Parish was carved from Ouachita as a new political entity, William McKay died there intestate leaving a grieving widow and two-year old daughter.  In 1839, Union Parish was essentially wilderness and sparsely populated, the surge of immigration by settlers from eastern states just over the horizon.  McKay owned a store on the Ouachita River, either at what would later be called Alabama Landing or farther south at Ouachita City, or maybe even at the mouth of Bayou de l'Outre.

A man from Mexico pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of a rifle.

Gerardo C. Rodriguez, 53, of Mexico, pleaded guilty before to one count of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien. 

Car Stolen with Baby Inside from Union Parish Store

Oct 25, 2017
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Immediately after a woman got out of her car at a Union Parish convenience store 31-year-old Gregory Mitchell allegedly got in and sped off. The woman had her one-year-old in the back seat and called the police as soon as it happened.

Marion Police Chief Mark Dodd says a he received a call from a frantic mother in the morning about a kidnapping and theft. Dodd then began investigating at the rehab facility for drug and alcohol addicts that the suspect just left.

A hunter in Union Parish was killed in a fatal A. T. V. accident. The Union Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed that the man was killed on Sunday after the A. T. V. he was riding flipped over.

The accident happened Sunday afternoon in Marion, Louisiana.  

Sheriff Dusty Gates says 55-year-old Robert Michael Phillips from Arizona was hunting and was killed in the accident.

It is thought that Phillips died instantly when the vehicle rolled over onto him while traversing a hill. He was from Spring Valley, Arizona.