August 21, 2018

Two Arrested Following Shooting in Loranger

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrests of Kendrick Johnson, Jr. (27) of Baton Rouge and Montrey Taylor (17) of Independence for their involvement in a shooting that occurred on August 18, 2018 in Loranger. Shaun Toefield (17) of Loranger was sustained non-life threatening injuries and remains in a medical facility.

Johnson was charged with aggravated battery and Taylor was charged with inciting a felony, introduction of contraband-penal institute, violation of uniform controlled dangerous substance, and possession of schedule I drugs.

This investigation is active and on-going.   Additional arrest are believed to be forthcoming.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings for August 15-20, 2018

Malcom Moses was booked 08/15 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace by Intoxication
Frank Cangelosi II was booked 08/15 on the charge of Simple Burglary (Vehicle)
Chad R. Goutierez was booked 08/16 on the charges of 3 counts Running a Stop Sign, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Driving While License is Suspended, No Insurance and Switched License Plate
DaQuandra O. Magee was booked 08/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Timothy J. Watts was booked 08/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court) and Probation and Parole Hold
Cory C. Pearson was booked 08/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Adrian A. Magee was booked 08/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Kelly Long was booked 08/16 on the charge of Theft
Rashanda L. Magee was booked 08/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Jason W. Roach was booked 08/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Ashley L. Bowman was booked 08/17 on the charge of Theft
Alex D. Myers was booked 08/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Colton P. Loomis was booked 08/17 on the charges of Driving while License is Suspended, Running a Stop Sign and Open Container Violation
Steven Crenshaw was booked 08/17 Driving While Intoxicated and Turn Signal Required
Bradley L. Jenkins was booked 08/18 on the charges of 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Reginald B. Anders was booked 08/18 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace by Intoxication and Remaining After Being Forbidden
Gregory H. Thurman was booked 08/19 on the charges of Public Drunkenness and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Larence Way was booked 08/20 on the charge of Criminal Trespass
Harlon D. Bazor was booked 08/20 on the charge of Discharging a Firearm.
Marion J. Catalano was booked 08/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Sean D. Lang was booked 08/20 to serve a sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Tyrone McClain was booked 08/20 to serve a sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Tiffany A. Rester was booked 08/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for August 19-20, 2018

John Hallenbeck was booked 08/19 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Johnny Tarver was booked 08/19 In For Court and on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (3 counts)
Justin Gunnell was booked 08/20 on the charges of No Taillight, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Tonious Clark was booked 08/20 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Sheery Clark was booked 08/20 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Romel Harris was booked 08/20 In From Court
Howard Holden was booked 08/20 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Failure to Pay Fine
Demario Warren was booked 08/20 In For Court
Kelvin Jackson was booked 08/20 on the charge of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Linda Hartzog was booked 08/20 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Arnold Gilmore was booked 08/20 on the charges of Simple Battery (2 counts) and Home Invasion/Ag Assault/Battery NIBRS 13A

Today in History for August 21st

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Morning of August 21, 2018

August 20, 2018

Some of the Fair Entertainment Announced

The Washington Parish Fair Association has recently announced some of the entertainment we can look forward to during the fair this year.

  • The face of quality Gospel Music, the quartet Triumphant, will be on stage Wednesday at 7 pm
  • Louisiana’s own Chase Tyler Band will be opening for Sara Evans at the main stage on Thursday, October 18.  
  • Multi-platinum country music entertainer Sara Evans will headline the 2018 fair, appearing on the main stage Thursday night, October 18. 
  • Friday night openers will include Laine Hardy and Adam Doleac 
  • The Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae will headline the Friday night acts on the main stage.
  • Appearing on the main stage on Saturday evening@ 6 pm is Swingaroux, New Orleans Premiere Swing & Jazz Big Band. 
  • As the 2018 Washington Parish Free Fair winds down on Saturday, October 20, Al “Lil Fat” Jackson will be appearing on the main stage at 8 pm
This is just “whets our appetite” for the entertainment that is only a part of the Washington Parish Free Fair.

Click here for the Washington Parish Free Fair Facebook page and the latest announcements


Latest on the Bogalusa Council's Tax Proposals

At their meeting on August 7, 2018, the Bogalusa Council approved three resolutions designed to address the underfunding of the City of Bogalusa's Employee's Retirement System (COBERS). The system's funding mechanism has proven inadequate over the years and, as of the end of 2017, the City has a net pension liability of more than $22 million. This is one of the reasons that the LLA has told the Council that a state takeover of the City's government may occur.

However, Mayor Wendy Perrette is quoted in a Bogalusa Daily News article as stating the Council “did not follow proper procedures and Tuesday’s actions will likely need to be rescinded.” Councilwoman Gloria Kates responded that the allegations were "ludicrous and an executive body witch hunt". Click here to read the article

THE LATEST
On August 17, 2018, the City posted Notices that include Notice of Public Meeting (to be held on September 18, 2018) and a second Notice of Public Meeting (for the September 21, 2018 Council meeting, including the Agenda). Click here to read the Notices

Apparently, the Council will consider a resolution on August 21, 2018 to repeal the resolution approved on August 7, 2018; also, the Council will consider a resolution(s) on September 18, 2018 to call a special election on December 8, 2018 asking voters to

  • (i) authorize the levy of a new 3-mill property tax in the City for the purpose of paying retirement and pension benefits to the City of Bogalusa Employees Retirement System (“COBERS”), 
  • (ii) rededicate 12.5% of the City’s 1% Sales Tax approved at an election held on March 15, 1955, for purpose of paying retirement and pension benefits to COBERS, and 
  • (iii) rededicate half of the City’s 1/4 % Sales Tax approved at an election held on November 17, 2007, for purpose of paying retirement and pension benefits to COBERS. 

The Council was advised by Bradley Cryer, Assistant Legislative Auditor and Director of Local Government Audit Services, on July 18, 2018 that they have until September 30, 2018 to provide a firm corrective action plan or face the very real possibility that the City would be placed under a fiscal administrator. Click here to read the article and view the video

Theft Suspects Lead Slidell Police in High Speed Chase

After stealing over a thousand dollars worth of merchandise from six different Slidell business, the two accused thieves led Slidell Police on a high-speed chase Thursday (August 16, 2018), which ended on the Twin Spans.

Slidell Police had responded to several theft complaints, all of which involved a black Infinity M35 with a temporary Louisiana license plate. Officers observed the Infinity in the parking lot of Walgreens, attempted to stop it but the driver, Terry Sims (24) of New Orleans, fled from officers. A high-speed chase down Gause Boulevard and onto I-10 ended on the Twin Spans after three tires literally blew off the Infinity due to the reckless driving. Sims rode on the rims of the Infinity until both he and his passenger, Ieasha Theophile (27) of New Orleans, decided to jump out of the vehicle. Slidell Police quickly apprehended both Sims and Theophile. The two were taken to a local hospital for “road rash” due to them jumping out of the moving vehicle. They were later booked into the Slidell City Jail.

Theophile is facing six theft charges and Sims is facing six theft charges, hit and run, and aggravated flight from an officer. Merchandise from Rue 21, Academy Sports, Walgreens, At Home, Dollar General, and Bed Bath and Beyond were recovered from inside of the Infinity.

Louisiana State Police also assisted during the pursuit.

Obituary

Earlene R. Taylor
June 14, 1940 - August 17, 2018

Obituary

Derek McKinley Adams
April 11, 1981 - August 15, 2018

Today in History for August 20th

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Morning of August 20, 2018

August 19, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for August 18, 2018

Brandon Wise was booked 08/18 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Calvin Brock was booked 08/18 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, No Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, Obstruction of Justice, and Switched License Plates
Joel Johnson was booked 08/18 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Victoria Williams was booked 08/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Today in History for August 19th

August 18, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for August 17, 2018

Jason Roach was booked 08/17 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Ritchie Martin was booked 08/17 on the charges of Obstructing Public Passages, Disturbing the Peace/Loud and Abusive Language, and Attachment
Tabitha Moore McBeth was booked 08/17 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Chad Goutiere was booked 08/17 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign (3 counts), Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, and Switched License Plates
Timmothy Watts was booked 08/17 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Failure to Honor Written Promise

Obituary

Bettie Chelette Racine
May 13, 1931 - August 13, 2018

Today in History for August 18th

August 17, 2018

Last Day for Soccer Sign-Ups in Bogalusa is Tomorrow


Slidell Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

On Thursday (August 16, 2018), Troopers with the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit (SVU) along with FBI Agents arrested Benjamin Bell (52) of Slidell and charged him with 500 counts of Pornography involving juveniles.

The case began in July of 2017 when the FBI New Orleans Field Office and LSP Detectives were conducting online investigations into those who possess/distribute images of child pornography. Investigators observed files indicative of child pornography that were traced to an address in Slidell. In October of 2017 Investigators executed a search warrant on a residence in Slidell, and several electronic devices were seized as a result. The devices, which belonged to Bell, were forensically examined and numerous digital images containing child pornography were found.

Obituary

Dorothy Knight Gerhold
July 19, 1929 - August 16, 2018

Franklinton Woman Gets Life Sentence

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Margaret Stockstill (33) of Franklinton was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday (August 16, 2018) for killing her best friend’s fiancĂ©. A St. Tammany Parish jury found Stockstill guilty of second degree murder for the crime after a week-long trial before District Judge Peter J. Garcia in June.

Stockstill fatally shot Cody Couch (27) on April 14, 2017 during an argument at the home he shared with his fiancĂ©, Kristin Copeland. Click here for more details

Couch’s sister, Tina, read a statement from the couple’s 9-year-old son: “The hardest times are on Father’s Day, my birthday, and times when other kids have their dads around,” he said. “I have a hard time at night ‘cause I miss him so much.”

Other family members also gave statements about the impact of Couch’s death on them.

Garcia denied Stockstill’s request for a new trial. Assistant District Attorneys Blair Alford and Elizabeth Authement prosecuted the case.


Obituary

Katherine "Katie" Westmoreland McCain
March 11, 1977 - August 14, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for August 16, 2018

Justin Morris was booked 08/16 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Amanda Fenley was booked 08/16 on the charge of Attachment
Jesse Thomas was booked 08/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
William Phelps was booked 08/16 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Nicholas Little was booked 08/16 on the charge of Simple Assault
Veronica Magee was booked 08/16 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), and Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Highway
Ashlea Hobgood was booked 08/16 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Joey Craddock was booked 08/16 on the charge of Failure to Comply Sex Offender Social Media Violation
Jamarcus Robinson was booked 08/16 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS

Today in History for August 17th

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Morning of August 17, 2018

August 15, 2018

New Orleans Murder Suspect Nabbed in Slidell

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, assisted Wednesday morning (August 15, 2018) in the apprehension of a man wanted in connection with the August 2, 2018 shooting death of Dawan Gibson (27) on Alabo Street in New Orleans.

Members of the Task Force made contact with Toi Desilva (24) at a Slidell-area home shortly before 9 a.m., resulting in his arrest on a warrant for Second-degree Murder.

Desilva was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail as a fugitive from Orleans Parish.

White Linen Night is August 24th in Kentwood


Obituary

Virginia Bosworth Walker
March 17, 1935 - August 4, 2018

Obituary

Mary Nell Nelson
March 21, 1939 - August 06, 2018

Obituary

Gary Arnold Foil
November 03, 1942 - August 13, 2018

Former St. Tammany Deputy Pleads Guilty

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Szalajeski (36) of Folsom, pleaded guilty Wednesday (August 15, 2018) to two counts of distribution of marijuana and two counts of malfeasance in office.

District Judge Raymond S. Childress sentenced Szalajeski to ten years in prison with nine of them suspended on each of the distribution charges and five years with four of them suspended on each of the malfeasance charges. The sentences are to be served at the same time. In addition, Szalajeski was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and to serve three years of probation when he is released from prison.

While employed with the STPSO, Szalajeski seized marijuana, alcohol, and other contraband while conducting traffic stops on October 25, 2016, and May 28, 2016. But instead of handling the evidence properly, he distributed it to his girlfriend for personal consumption.

When the crime was discovered, Szalajeski was fired from the Sheriff’s Office, and he was later charged.

“As a law enforcement officer, this defendant was arresting citizens for the same conduct that he was personally engaged in,” District Attorney Warren Montgomery said. “This erodes the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system far beyond this one case. This will not be tolerated.”

Pups Available for Adoption

The Magnolia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana recently posted these adorable pups for adoption. They have more!

The Magnolia Chapter does not operate a shelter. They are a "no kill" foster based rescue that currently has foster homes housing dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. They sponsor a high volume, low cost spay/neuter program as well.

Click here for their Facebook page and more information.


Bogalusa City Jail Bookings August 14, 2018

Devin J. Gonzales was booked 08/14 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Roderick K. Ramsdell was booked 08/14 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Amy M. Landrum was booked 08/14 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Koneisha L. Flot was booked 08/14 on the charge of Simple Battery
Timothy B. Holden was booked 08/14 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for August 14, 2018

Deonte McElveen was booked 08/14 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Lonzell Sims was booked 08/14 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Sharlontia Gatlin was booked 08/14 on the charges of License Plate Expired, Driving Under Suspension, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, Failure to Appear (2 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100, Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jonathan Gay was booked 08/14 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Michelle Yarbrough was booked 08/14 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Today in History for August 15th

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Morning of August 15, 2018