Haynesville woman jailed for forgery, theft

A Haynesville woman found herself incarcerated in Webster Parish after Minden police picked her up on warrants for forgery and theft.

Samantha Jade Childress, 25, of the 1500 block of Geneva Street, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 1, on two counts of forgery and one count of theft.

Minden police chief Steve Cropper says initially Officer Kenneth James was dispatched to Minden Athletic in reference to a forged check.

“One was in the amount of $175 and the other was in the amount of $339 for a grand total of $514,” he said. “We had affidavits from the banks indicating the checks were forged, and that report was turned over to Det. Chris Cheatham. After reviewing the report, Det. Cheatham contacted the manager at Minden Athletic.”

The manager told police Childress used two different checks on Sept. 26 and Sept. 30, Cropper says, and a local bank indicated both checks were forged.

“Based on that information, Det. Cheatham obtained an arrest warrant for two counts of forgery,” he said. “Apparently, the two checks were stolen as well; they were stolen from a victim in Homer. The victim in Homer had reported the theft to the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office.”

He says once the warrants were issued, she was picked up by Claiborne authorities, and on Oct. 1, Officer Dedrick Anderson went to Claiborne Parish, picked her up and transported her to Minden on the two warrants. She was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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