Husband upset wife wears pajamas to school, causes disturbance at Julius Patrick Elementary, no one hurt

James Wren, 50, Ball, was arrested  about 4:30 p.m. at his home Thursday, Dec. 7, in connection with an incident at Julius Patrick Elementary School earlier that day.

According to the Alexandria Police Department, here’s a description of the incident:

The principal received information from a Town Talk reporter that someone was coming to the school to disrupt the school. The reporter identified the man as James Wren.

Wren was the husband of one of the teachers, who said her husband was upset because she was wearing pajamas to school, which was having a Family Reading Night and all teachers were asked to wear pajamas. The wife said her husband did not see her but they had spoken on the phone.

Wren also allegedly called The Town Talk and spoke to an editor. The wife said her husband told her he had also contacted the Rapides Parish School Board to report that teachers were wearing pajamas to school. According to the report, the wife allegedly told officers her husband said he was coming to campus to disrupt the school.

The wife said the last time she had spoken with Wren he was at Rapides Regional Medical Center with his mother. Officers went to the hospital and was advised Wren was not there. He was also not at the school and couldn’t be located in the area.

The Family Reading Night was cancelled.


Brewzer’s Bar fight leads to arrest Wednesday, Dec. 5

David Aycock, 40, of Prairieville, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and possession of marijuana Wednesday night, Dec. 5 in connection with a fight at Brewzer’s Bar, 1919 N. MacArthur Drive.

When officers arrived at the bar about 10:36 p.m., a man told officers that Aycock  and Eddie Jeter, 37, Deville, had been causing problems in the bar and fighting with other customers, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

According to the police report, Aycock and Jeter “disengaged” from the fight and ran to a nearby pickup truck. Aycock was the driver and Jeter was the passenger. Aycock allegedly yelled out of the truck’s window, “Watch this,” and backed out of his parking space while accelerating quickly towards several people that he had allegedly been fighting with inside the bar.

One man, who was standing in the parking lot, told officers he was not able to move quickly enough and the truck’s front bumper and driver’s side mirror hit him. Police said the truck did not stop and left headed north on MacArthur Drive. Acadian Ambulance arrived to treat the victim.

Meanwhile, the Louisiana State Police had pulled over the truck at North Bolton Avenue and Enterprise Road. The passengers appeared to be the same men from the bar. Troopers allegedly found a small, clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana belonging to Aycock.

When questioned about the incident at the bar, the men allegedly told officers they were involved in a fight at the bar. Aycock said of the truck incident, “I was trying to get the hell out of there and if I hit someone that got in the way, I did not mean to.”

Aycock was also arrested on a warrant, while Jeter was arrested on a charge of disturbing the peace.

Ball woman arrested at Wal-Mart on shoplifting charges

Jo Ann Lake, 46, 121 Shanghai St., was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 4 about 9 p.m. for allegedly stealing items from Wal-Mart, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

An employee with Loss Prevention told police he allegedly saw Lake taking items off of the shelves and placing them in bags.

She allegedly paid for some items but left without paying for the rest. The employee stopped Lake after she left the building. She allegedly had items valued at $851.30 in her shopping cart. The items included household goods and toys.

She was booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on charges of shoplifting, over $500. The report said Lakes kept asking to pay for the items instead of being arrested. She also asked if the officer would call Police Chief Darren Coutee “so he could help her.”

Carjacking reported in Alexandria near Wal-Mart

According to police reports, the Alexandria Police Department logged the following report Tuesday afternoon:

About 2:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to Huey P. Long Medical Center in reference to a battery. When officers arrived they were directed to a woman who said she was carjacked and beat up in an “unknown location in Alexandria near the Super Wal-Mart.” The woman said a man grabbed her out of her vehicle while she was at a red light near Wal-Mart.

The woman said the man allegedly hit her in the face with something, but she couldn’t remember much more about the incident.

The woman said the vehicle, a gold Toyota Tundra, belonged to her boyfriend.

The treating physician told police that an “unknown lady” brought the victim to the hospital but the lady didn’t provide any helpful information. The doctor also said the lady claimed she had found the victim and brought her to the hospital.

When asked again what happened, the victim told police she “suffers from depression and is on a lot of medication so her memory is not that good.”

According to the report, the victim said she needed a ride back to Gardner and asked officers to call her family to come get her.

About 5 p.m., the police department received a call from a man who said he was the victim’s boyfriend. He also said that his girlfriend was the last person to have his vehicle.

Crimes worth noting, Wednesday, Dec. 5

The Alexandria Police Department responded to the following calls, Wednesday, Dec. 5:

  • Vehicle burglary, Willow Glen Road, a purse was taken.
  • Criminal damage of a vehicle, Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2050 N. Mall Drive
  • Commercial burglary, 3717 Third St.
  • Burlgarly, 3631 Green Meadow
  • Unauthorized entry, 321 University
  • Burglary, 1920 Roanoke, a computer and jewelry were taken
  • Shoplifting, Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2050 N. Mall Drive.

Domino’s Pizza deliverywoman robbed on Hynson Street

A pizza deliverywoman reported she went to the 2400 block of Hynson Street about 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, to make a delivery when two suspects approached her. One of the two suspects in “the white jacket” allegedly grabbed the pizza and the pizza bag, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

Both suspects fled the area. The address where the woman was called to deliver the pizza was vacant, the report said.

Mom doesn’t want daughter to go to jail, offers to take rap, police says

Pamela Marsland, 44, 704 Slocum Drive, was arrested on an arrest warrant Monday afternoon after an investigation of a burglary, a police report with the Alexandria Police Department said.

Officers allegedly found a utility meter in a residence at 150 Sunset Drive. Officers called the utility department which reported that the meter belonged to the residence but had been reported stolen earlier that morning.

Marsland was arrested on a warrant from the Alexandria City Court. During booking at the Rapides Parish Jail, when advised that she would not be charged with possession of stolen property for the meter, the mother allegedly said she would “take the charge” before she let her daughter take the charge for the meter.

Police told Marsland to urge her daughter to talk with the detectives about the stolen meter, the report said.