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|Two current, three former Ferriday police officers indicted|
Two current and three former Ferriday police officers, including the former police chief, were indicted by a Concordia Parish Grand Jury on Monday for 16 offenses, according to Dist. Atty. John Johnson.
Two officers -- John Hawkins and Ricky Hollins -- were on indicted on 11 of the 16 counts.
Also indicted on one count was an employee of a privately-owned towing service.
The indictments followed a lengthy investigation by the District Attorney's office involving scores of complaints against some of the officers working for the Ferriday Police Department. Johnson said 17 witnesses testified before the panel during an Oct. 1, 2007 session and again on Feb. 6, 2008.
Johnson said he could not offer comments on the Grand Jury's indictments but did praise the panel's work, noting, "I'll let the indictments speak for themselves. The Grand Jury worked tirelessly and followed the evidence where it led them."
Current Ferriday police officers indicted include:
• John Hawkins, 40, 120 Canal St., Ferriday, who had five true bills returned for simple battery, two counts of false imprisonment, and two counts of malfeasance in office.
• Rickey Hollins, 42, 200 South Oak St., Vidalia, had six true bills returned against him for simple battery, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, malfeasance in office and two counts of injuring public records.
Former officials indicted include:
• Ex-Police Chief Robert "Rock" Davis, 52, Ferriday, indicted on two counts - false imprisonment and malfeasance in office. Davis, a Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, resigned from that post on Tuesday.
• Former officer Juanita January, indicted for one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
• Former officer Willie Robinson, 41, 110 Loomis St., Clayton, indicted for false imprisonment and malfeasance in office.
The sixth person indicted was Arthur Johnson, a former employee of Barlow's towing service, indicted for one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Davis, Robinson, Hawkins and Hollins were booked and released Tuesday. Bonds were $6,500 for Davis and Robinson, $15,000 for Hawkins and $24,000 for Hollins.
The Grand Jury, made up almost entirely of women, included foreperson Michelle M. Burley, Kimberly Lynn Clark, Paula Pilgrim, Clara F. Seymour, Walter W. "Pete" Wheeler, Brenda Warner, Robbie Washington, Betty F. Jones, Sandra P. Tumminello and Edith Ann Hopkins.
The term of this Grand Jury was scheduled to expire October 8, but Judge Kathy Johnson granted a motion by the District Attorney to extend the jury's service for "a period not to exceed one year."
Grand juries typically serve six months, but this panel served one year.
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