April 20, 2019

Bogalusa: Grant Approved for Veterans in Need of Housing

Press Release from Wendy Williams, Executive Director, Bogalusa Rebirth

Bogalusa Rebirth Community Development Corporation is overjoyed to announce that we have passed all the threshold requirements for our first $30,000 Affordable Housing for Rural Veterans (AHRV) grant to build and/or preserve housing for Veterans. This grant will be used as a match contribution to our upcoming project that we’ve partnered with Louisiana Housing Corporation and Enterprise Community Partners to include the construction of our first (3) single-family homes to include lots that have been donated by the City of Bogalusa, through our Cooperative Endeavor Agreement.

This grant was made possible through our partnership with Housing Assistance Council (HAC), as a RCDI recipient, and The Home Depot Foundation. As a local non-profit and certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), we are being provided financing, training, research and technical assistance to help us increase our capacity and allow us to better serve our community. HAC’s Veteran-focused efforts is an initiative that provides grants to community-based organizations to build housing and improve the ability to build and repair housing for Veterans.

You may ask yourself ... How can I help? As an AHRV grantee, it will be our goal as the housing provider to identify Veterans in need of housing and assess their specific necessity to ensure the right resouces are delivered. If you know a Veteran who needs help overcoming the challenges associated with getting into decent, affordable housing, please have them contact our office at (985) 735-SAVE. The first step with be the completion of our housing application which is located on our
website www.BogalusaRebirth.com - Click on the Affordable Housing Tab and print the application with instructions. The application may also be picked up at our office located inside the Bogalusa Post Office. You may also email any inquiries to BogalusaRebirth@att.net

If you would like copies of the application delivered to a location, please send me a request. 


Marie Kennedy Pierce
February 10, 1939 - April 18, 2019


Loyd Ardel Spencer
December 31, 1939 - April 18, 2019

Today in History for April 20th

April 19, 2019


Ursaline Susan Smith
April 01, 2019


Felicia Denise Magee Tyson
November 27, 1968 - April 12, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 18, 2019

Ali Saeed was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Chazity Magee was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Monica Bonnette was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug Without Prescription or Order (3 counts), Possession of Marijuana, and Contempt of Court
Guy Atchley was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Possession of Schedule III Drugs

Today in History for April 19th

TPSO Investigating Shooting Death of 13-Year-Old

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the
shooting death of 13-year-old Robert Stevenson of Natalbany.

Thursday night (April 18, 2019), at approximately 9:40 p.m., TPSO was notified that a large disturbance had taken place outside of a residence on Magee Road in Natalbany that resulted in gunfire. The victim was struck in the chest and later succumbed to his injuries at a local medical facility.

Rickey Nelson (54) of Independence has been charged with manslaughter.

Additional charges and arrests are believed to be forthcoming.

April 18, 2019

Sheriff Edwards Announces Candidacy for Re-Election

Today (April 18, 2019), Daniel H. Edwards announced his candidacy for re-election as Sheriff of
Tangipahoa Parish.

"I would like to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for re-election for Sheriff of Tangipahoa Parish. Serving as your Sheriff for the last 15 years has sometimes been challenging, yet it has always been one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences of my life.

While our Sheriff’s Department is one of the least funded in the state (per capita tax received), under my administration we have made huge strides as a department. From providing significant pay raises, implementing advanced records management and CAD systems, installing laptop computers in all patrol cars, having currently the newest and best maintained fleet of vehicles in the department’s history, to providing up to date training for both sworn and civilian employees, to seeing a reduction in crime across ALL categories reported in the Uniform Crime Reports last year, we are building a Sheriff’s Department you can all be proud of.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 17, 2019

Percy Griffin was booked In From Court
Luther Patterson was booked In From Court
Justin Mark was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault/Drive-By Shooting, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting an Officer, and Possession of Drug Parphernalia
Yamarai Brumfield was booked on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Accessory After the Fact, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Kenyate Harrington was booked on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present and Accessory After the Fact
Shamar Berry was booked on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present and Accessory After the Fact
Lucian Meyers was booked on the charges of Theft 1000-5000, Criminal Trespass (2 counts), and Failure to Appear
Sean bennett was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000-5000
James Spears was booked on the charges of Expired MVI, Expired License Plate, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Probation and Parole Hold
Daquantas McGowan was booked on the charges of Ran Stop Sign (4 counts), Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Driving Under Suspension, Attempted Aggravated Battery, Child Desertion, Resisting an Officer (2 counts), and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Laura Kennedy was booked In From Court
Michael Miller was booked In From Court

Today in History for April 18th

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April 17, 2019

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Covington Woman Indicted On Traffic Violations In Motorcycle Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury decided
Wednesday (April 17, 2019) to indict Jennifer P. Robinson (53) of Covington on three traffic violations—careless operation of a vehicle, making an improper turn, and no seat-belt—in an car accident that resulted in the death of an off-duty police officer last year.

The grand jury decided the evidence did not support a negligent homicide charge.

Robinson was making a left turn into a private driveway on Louisiana Highway 1082 (Old Military Road) from the northbound lane on August 25, 2018, when she collided with a motorcycle traveling in the southbound lane. The driver of the motorcycle was Ricardo Silva, Jr. (26), a New Orleans police officer, who died from injuries he sustained in the accident.


Flora Mohon Gorenflo
April 10, 2019


John William Bell, III
December 26, 1943 - April 15, 2019

Bogalusa Police Charge 4 in Drive-By Shooting

On Tuesday (April 16, 2019) at 4:24 PM, the Bogalusa Police Department received a call about the occupants in two different vehicles firing handguns at each other on East Sixth Street. The vehicles were gone when officers arrived.
Witnesses stated that they observed a black car driven by a subject known as Justin Mark and that Mark fired multiple rounds from a handgun at another vehicle while a passenger in Mark's vehicle had a firearm in his hand. According to witnesses, the occupants in the other vehicle returned fire at Mark's vehicle.

While officers were searching for the vehicles involved, Mark's vehicle was observed traveling on New Orleans Street. A traffic stop was conducted and officers made contact with the driver and two other occupants. BPD reports that the vehicle was driven by Yamarai Brumfield and the two occupants were identified as Shamar Berry and Kenyate Harrington. Justin Mark was not observed in the vehicle. The driver granted permission for officers to search the trunk of the vehicle and officers found Justin Mark hiding in the trunk behind a speaker box. Mark was escorted from the vehicle and placed under arrest.

In the trunk where Mark was hiding, officers located two baggies of suspected marijuana, a digital scale and a fully loaded .40 caliber magazine for a handgun. When officers searched Mark, six rounds of .40 caliber ammunition were located in his clothing. During the search of the vehicle, officers located 79 unspent .40 caliber bullets, 20 unspent 9mm bullets, and  two fully loaded handguns.

Brumfield, Berry and Harrington were also arrested and, along with Mark, transported to Bogalusa City Jail for booking. Upon arrival at the Bogalusa City Jail, officers located a clear baggie of suspected cocaine in the police car where Mark was seated.

Justin J. Mark (17) of Bogalusa was booked on the charges of Assault by a Drive-By Shooting, Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instruments, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Illegal Carrying of Weapons while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting an Officer and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Yamarai A. Brumfield (23) of Bogalusa was booked on the charges of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in the Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Accessory After the Fact of a Drive by Shooting and Possession or Carrying of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon.

Kenyate R. Harrington, Jr. (17) of Bogalusa was booked on the charges of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in the Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Accessory After the Fact of a Drive-By Shooting.

Shamar T. Berry (17) of Bogalusa was booked on the charges of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in the Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Accessory After the Fact of a Drive-By Shooting.

The other vehicle that was involved in this incident was not located but the investigation is still ongoing.

Fight at Amite Jail Injures Four Deputies

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the TPSO is investigating a fight that took place in the parish jail in Amite last night (April 16, 2019) that left four deputies with injuries.

Early yesterday evening, tempers began to flare up in a dorm housing multiple offenders that quickly escalated to a fight between a handful of inmates. TPSO Corrections staff immediately responded and diffused the situation. Moments later, several offenders turned on corrections staff resulting in four deputies receiving minor to moderate injuries. Additional responding deputies assisted in neutralizing the situation and regaining order. No offenders were injured during the incident.

"We are investigating the situation now to better determine the root cause and to determine how we can minimize it from happening again," Edwards says. “Our primary goal is safety - the safety of our staff and detainees. Our facility houses some offenders who have a history of violence both on the street and behind bars, a dangerous situation for deputies trying to restore order,” he continued.  All four deputies were treated for their injuries and released.

Sheriff Edwards appreciates the commitment to public safety of all his employees. This incident is a reminder that not only the men and women who serve in an enforcement capacity face danger day in and day out in their jobs. "My corrections staff has a very difficult job to do and sometimes they have to put their safety at risk to try and protect inmates from one another as in this incident, and several were injured. I truly appreciate their dedication and commitment to the jail operations," says Edwards.

A full investigation in underway. No charges have been placed at this time, however criminal charges on offenders are believed to be forthcoming as the investigation continues. 

Bogalusa AARP April Meeting Cancelled


Annie Bell Caston Harrell
April 19, 1925 - April 15, 2019

Today in History for April 17th

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April 16, 2019

Mandeville Man Charged With Beating & Stabbing Small Dog

Matthew Forstall (29) of Mandeville is accused of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, after he reportedly
beat and stabbed a neighborhood dog. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were responded to the report Sunday afternoon (April 14, 2019) to a residence on America Street near Mandeville. 

Deputies learned that a boy was out selling candy in the neighborhood when a small dog that was properly restrained on a porch at the residence on America Street bit him, causing a minor injury.

After being bitten, the boy told Forstall, a relative, about the incident. Forstall then went to the residence and beat and stabbed the dog with a fishing gaff, causing serious injuries to the dog.

Man Wanted in Fatal Hit and Run 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 Tuesday morning (April 16, 2019) in the apprehension of a man wanted in connection with a fatal hit and run out of Texas.

Jorge Granados (22) was arrested on charges of Failure to Stop and Render Aid following a crash that killed 5-year-old girl on March 21 in Austin, Texas.

Members of the Task Force made contact with Granados at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday at a residence on Foxbriar Court in Slidell.  He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail as a fugitive.

STPSO K9 Thor Catches Burglary Suspect

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was looking for a man after responding to a burglary in
progress on Darby Drive off Rosewood Drive near Folsom on April 15, 2019. Deputies located a black male, approximately 5’11 to 6’1 hiding inside the residence. The individual fought with deputies and escaped. He was last seen running toward the area of Chenel Farms.

STPSO deputies, along with officers from the Folsom Police Department, troopers from State Police and representatives from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection set up a perimeter in an area where they believed the subject was hiding.

Well, STPSO K9 Thor located him Monday night (April 15, 2019). Afterwards, Dakota Cyprian (25) of Folsom was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for a dog bite.

Upon his release, Cyprian was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the of Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence (3 counts), Aggravated Burglary with Battery, and Attempt to Disarm a Police Officer.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible.


Barbara Ann Rayburn Lambert
January 29, 1938 - April 14, 2019


Michael Kyle Taylor
June 26, 1979 - April 13, 2019


Lou Ann Mayfield
June 29, 1938 - April 14, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 14-15, 2019

David Bonnette was booked on the charges of Self-Mutilation, Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee (2 counts), and Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence
Cody Jones was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Sheila Stogner was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II drugs (2 counts) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Antoine Brumfield was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Johnathon Barber was booked on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Attachment

Today in History for April 16th

April 15, 2019

Ponchatoula: Suspect in Custody After Chase by Complainant

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 39 year-old Christian Gordon of

In early April, 2019, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office were investigating multiple residential burglaries that occurred on Saucier Road in Ponchatoula. Video surveillance footage from one of the residences assisted detectives in identifying Gordon as a suspect, resulting in an active warrant for his arrest.

On April 4, 2019, Gordon eluded arrest by fleeing from deputies during an attempted apprehension. Then, on April 9, 2019, Gordon was reported to be trespassing, while allegedly casing another property to victimize on Saucier Road. After contacting the sheriff's office, the complainant attempted to make contact with Gordon. Gordon fled on foot as the complainant chased behind him, subsequent leading to Gordon's apprehension and arrest.

Gordon reportedly later confessed to committing multiple residential burglaries on Saucier Road.

Gordon was booked on the charges of Home Invasion, Aggravated Burglary (3 counts),  Attempted Burglary, Criminal Trespass (2 counts),  Felony Criminal Damage to Property,  Resisting an Officer by Flight On Foot (2 counts), Possession of a Schedule I Controlled dangerous Substance/Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Kentwood Man Sought as Armed Robbery Suspect

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public's assistance in locating wanted suspect Walter Johnson, III (39) of Kentwood.

Johnson is accused of participating in an armed robbery that occurred on August 13, 2018 at the Happywoods Market and Deli in Hammond. Johnson is identified as one of two subjects that perpetrated the robbery while armed with a pistol.

Johnson is wanted by the TPSO on the charges of Armed Robbery, Simple Battery, and for being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Anyone with information on Johnson's whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Dale Athmann is the lead investigator on this case. Johnson is a black male and is described as being 6"3" in height, approximately 185 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.


Billy Ray Sumrall
February 21, 1948 - April 14, 2019


David Lamar Stewart
May 29, 1941 - April 12, 2019


Willie Singleton, Jr.
January 07, 1960 - April 12, 1990


Francis Elaine Bickham Dillon
August 19, 1949 - April 09, 2019

Today in History for April 15th

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