NPD investigates alleged threatening of Parish Council member



The Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation into the alleged threatening of  Natchitoches Parish Council Member Russell Rachal. Rachal filed a complaint with the police department against his fellow Natchitoches Parish Council Member, Rodney Bedgood.  Allegations were made stating Rachal had been threatened by Bedgood during a special called meeting  Jan. 3. Rachal later explained to detectives that as he was exiting the meeting, he was confronted by Bedgood who turned to him and made a threatening remark.

Based Rachal’s complaint, detectives spoke with various persons believed to have witnessed the incident. Based on the complaint and witness statements, Bedgood was issued a summons on one count of LA R.S. 14:122.2 Threatening a Public Official. He complied with the summons and voluntarily went to the NPD. Bedgood was issued a court date of Feb. 26.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation should contact Detective Bobby Beard at (318) 238-3914.

All information given shall remain confidential.