On Tuesday, Rapides dispatch officers received two calls in reference to door to door solicitors in neighborhoods near LA Highway 28 West. Deputies responded to both complaints and confronted two different subjects attempting to sell products from their vehicle.
After doing computer checks on the the individuals, deputies discovered one of them was wanted in another state for soliciting without a license, but it was a non-extraditable offense. After further investigation, the two subjects, later identified as 25-year-old Joanne Young of Manteca, CA and 30-year-old Jamie Almond of Pineville were both placed under arrest.
Young was arrested for Solicitation on Private Property and Almond was arrested for Criminal Trespassing. RPSO, as well as other local law enforcement agencies, had received complaints on individuals selling cleaning supplies. In checking with the Rapides Parish Sales and Use Tax Division, it is against parish ordnance 19-15 for anyone to go door to door selling anything.
Donna Andries, Tax Administrator with the Rapides Parish Sales and Use Tax office advised most of the businesses selling seafood on the roadways, have obtained licenses to do so through their office. They are considered an “Itinerant Vendor.”
If a complaint is made, a check with their office can determine if they have a valid occupational license. People going door to door are prohibited. Young and Almond were booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
RPSO detectives are also assisting and say the investigation is still ongoing.
- KLAX ABC 31 News, April 24, 2013