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Two arrests, officer tazed at Watermelon Festival

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FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News & UPSO) - Union Parish sheriff’s deputies made at least two arrests over the Watermelon Festival weekend, one that involved a deputy getting tazed.

Lareta Hogg, Plano, Texas, was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Sunday after a disturbance at the Diamond Club involving more than an 1,000 people that deputies and Farmerville police were trying to break up.

Deputies reported that they observed two women fighting and that one was tazing the other. A deputy told Hogg to drop the weapon and when she refused she was tazed by the deputy. Deputies said Hogg then came toward the deputy, but another deputy grabbed her from behind holding her arms down. However, Hogg managed to taze the first deputy in the left arm.

The other deputy then pulled the suspect away but lost her in the large crowd that failed to disperse. The deputy later identified Hogg inside the club and arrested her on charges of resisting an officer by force and battery of a police officer. Both charges are felonies. Her bond was set at $6,600.

In a second incident, a father struck his son in the head with a WD-40 can that resulted in the 16-year-old juvenile receiving seven staples to close the wound.

Deputies said the son had called the father, Richard D. Evans, 49, of 100 Joel Sharp Rd., Farmerville, to pick him up at the Watermelon Festival where they began arguing about how late the son should stay out. The father even stopped and asked two reserve deputies to counsel his son about his attitude.

They then drove home where another argument ensued and the son was hit with the can.

Evans was booked into the parish detention center on a charge of aggravated battery. His bond was set at $6,600. The juvenile was issued a summons for ungovernable juvenile-simple battery.

 

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