Investigation finds wanted man

A Ruston man was arrested early Tuesday after a Lincoln Parish deputy investigated a case of possible illegal dumping at a trash container site.

About 3 a.m. Tuesday, Deputy J. P. Ayers saw a truck with its lights and engine off at the trash dumpsters on La. Highway 821 near La. 33. Items in the back of the truck included a refrigerator and an oven, items often left illegally at the dumpsters. 

The passenger in the truck, Eddie E. Kennedy, 60, said he was picking up appliances left next to the dumpsters to take home. He said he had not been scavenging in the dumpsters.

Kennedy and the driver were asked for identification and when Kennedy returned to the truck, Ayers saw a Colt .38 revolver on the seat. The handgun was retrieved, and a records check indicated Kennedy was a convicted felon and not authorized to have a firearm.

The female driver said the vehicle was Kennedy’s, but the revolver was hers. However, since it was immediately next to Kennedy, he was arrested as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

A Sheriff’s Office K-9 performed a sniff of the exterior of the truck and alerted to the presence of narcotics inside. Before a search commenced, Kennedy said he had a used “crack pipe” in a cigarette box in the truck. The pipe, coated in suspected drug residue, was found in the driver’s side door.

In addition to the firearm charge, Kennedy was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for possession of drug paraphernalia; three warrants from Ruston City Court for driving under suspension, no insurance, and failure to signal; and three counts of probation violation.

Bail was set at $36,000.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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