Ridgecrest police chief wants to put a stop to loud music

Published 11:38 am Thursday, March 29, 2007

Ridgecrest is a quiet little village, and for those who would speed through blaring loud music, beware: Police Chief Heath Edwards wants to keep it quiet.

“There are a lot of complaints about loud music,” Edwards said. “That’s an every day issue.”

Edwards is realistic about fighting the noise problem.

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“I’m doing my best to try to curb it,” he said. “I know I can’t stop it entirely, but I can write a ticket, which is a $150 fine.”

Edwards, who has been a Ridgecrest resident for more than 30 years, has been chief since January. He began working in law enforcement in 2000.

After working for the Ferriday Police Department for two years, Edwards moved to the Vidalia Police Department, where he still works full-time as a K-9 officer.

“There aren’t all that many calls [in Ridgecrest],” Edwards said.

“Most of the complaints are due to traffic, speeding and loud music violations.”

“We also have a problem with a lot of people riding four-wheelers on the road,” Edwards said.

“Things are pretty quiet here, so we don’t have any plans for a jail or anything of that nature,” he said.

“If it can’t be handled in the mayor’s court, or if someone needs to be held, they’re transferred to the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office.”