September 24, 2018

Obituary

Thomas Doyle Penny
October 14, 1938 - September 23, 2018

Thomas Doyle Penny passed away on Sept. 23, 2018 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington La. at the age of 79. He was a resident of Bogalusa La., and member of Annunciation Catholic Church. He retired from the Box Plant here in Bogalusa La.

He is survived by two sons, Matthew Penny “Wanda” of Bogalusa La, and Mark Elloitt Penny “Amy” of Bogalusa La. One brother Charles Edward Penny of Bogalusa La. One half sister Carolyn Chatman of Bogalusa. Grandchildren Cameron Penny, Madison Penny Wascom, Seth Penny, Sydney Penny, Grace Penny. One great-grandson Connor Penny.

He is preceded in death by his wife June Mixon Penny, his parents Osa and Hazel Penny, brother Osa Penny III, and sister Meriam Crowe.

Visitation will be in the chapel of Brown McGehee Funeral Home on Wednesday Sept. 26, 2018 from 10 a.m. until time for service in the chapel at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Ponemah Cemetery. Father Pat Wattigny will officiate.

BPD Police Chief on Crime Reduction

Bogalusa Police Chief Kendall Bullen appeared before the City Council to announce plans for Bogalusa to participate in the National Night Out Against Crime initiative, the first time Bogalusa has participated since the initiative began 35 years ago. Bullen noted that he reached out to people in the community to assist and expects community leaders to participate.

Bullen credited his officers, spoke of changing the mindset of the community regarding crime, and said that the community agrees with him that “enough is enough”. He also spoke of the need for people to report crime and remarked that “there is more good people in this town than criminals”. Since being appointed Police Chief in December of 2016, Chief Bullen has engaged the community in various ways.

In November of 2017, Chief Kendall Bullen and the Bogalusa Police Department hosted the first “Bogalusa Police and Young Adult Retreat”, during which the youth enjoyed the weekend playing basketball, volleyball, and fishing. (Click here to read about it)

In July, 2018, the Chief and the Bogalusa Police Department held a Policemen VS Preachers basketball  tournament. (Click here to read about it)

It all helps!

Lacombe Woman Gets 30 Years for Foster Child's Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced today that Trenique C. Faciane (44) of Lacombe was sentenced Friday (September 21, 2018) to 30 years in prison for killing her 22-month-old foster child. Faciane owned a daycare at the time of the child’s death. She entered an “Alford” plea, meaning she did not admit her guilt but conceded that the evidence, if presented at trial, would likely have resulted in a guilty verdict.

STPSO deputies said Faciane admitted beating the toddler, Madison Parrott, with a hairbrush, shaking and dropping her in a bath tub on May 21, 2015. The child later died, and the cause was determined to be multiple blunt force trauma with bleeding on the brain.

Family members of the victim, including the mother, grandmother, and siblings wrote statements about the impact of the girl’s death on their lives.

Bogalusa Police Department Reports on Enforcement Program

The Bogalusa Police Department has been working a program to enforce Louisiana’s seat-belt and child restraint laws. The program was funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) that started October 1, 2017 and concludes September 30, 2018.

Assistant Chief of Police Gene Crosby stated the program was conducted during off-duty (overtime) hours. During the past eleven months officers issued 586 seat-belt, 34 No Child Restraints, and 136 “other” traffic related citations.

The LHSC grants were awarded statewide. As a result of the program every region in the State of Louisiana has experienced improvements in seat-belt usage since 2010. The grant also provided funds for DWI enforcement and violations related to the possession or consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 and vendors selling alcoholic beverages to minors.

Obituary

Pamela D. Henke
April 30, 1948 - September 22, 2018

Obituary

Danny Seals
July 18, 1951 - September 22, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 21-23, 2018

Thomas Holmes was booked 09/21 on the charge of Theft 1000 or More But Less Than 5000
Malik Warren was booked 09/21 In From Court
Jewel Brumfield was booked 09/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Isaiah Alexander was booked 09/22 In For Court
Scott Shubert was booked 09/22 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary, Theft Less Than 1000, Vehicle Burglary, Criminal Damage, and Criminal Trespass
Albert Byerley was booked 09/23 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Driving Left of Center/Crossing Center Line

Today in History for September 23rd

September 22, 2018

Bogalusa Council and School Board Candidates Forum

Candidates on the November 6, 2018 ballot for the Bogalusa City Council and the Bogalusa School Board met at the Bogalusa High School auditorium on September 20, 2018. The forum was sponsored by Citizens for Education and Community Improvement (CECI) and local attorney Bill Arata served as the moderator. Candidates were given the opportunity to introduce themselves, answer a series of questions, and make closing remarks to the audience during the approximately hour and half event.
Questions posed to the City Council candidates were:
  • What community initiatives do you plan on implementing, if any, to improve Bogalusa's overall aesthetic?
  • What are your thoughts on marketing Bogalusa's strengths to outsiders, travellers, tourists to create  more tax revenue to the City?
  • What is your plan to address risk factors affecting our youth?
Questions posed to School Board candidates were:
  • What have you done to help improve the image of the Bogalusa City Schools System (for current members) or What plans do you have to help improve the image of the Bogalusa City Schools System (for candidates)?
  • Do you support student accountability to create a safer learning environment for students who want to learn and how will you address disciplinary actions in schools?
  • What are your thoughts and your position on the proposed merger of the Bogalusa City Schools with the Washington Parish School System?

Today in History for September 22nd

September 21, 2018

Former DA Investigator Accused of Lying

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today (September 21, 2018) that Jeffery B. Montalbano (58) of  Mandeville was charged yesterday with making false statements to federal authorities.

According to the bill of information, on January 23, 2018, Montalbano met with a special agent with the FBI at 3601 Highway 190, Mandeville, Louisiana and said that neither he, nor an associate (Person 1), had ever received money from Defendant A, and that he had no idea federal agents visited the Office of the District Attorney for the 22nd Judicial District to investigate whether Montalbano had received money from Defendant A.

Montalbano reportedly knew that both of these statements were false, that, in November and December 2013, Person 1 received payments from Defendant A, half of which he then gave to Montalbano, and that Special Agents with the FBI visited the Office of the District Attorney for the 22nd Judicial District on about October 8, 2015, to investigate Montalbano's conduct during the prosecution of Defendant A.

If convicted, Montalbano faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, three years supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

District Attorney Warren Montgomery also commended the F.B.I. and U.S. Attorney’s Office for their work.  “My office has been cooperating and continues to cooperate with federal authorities,” stated D.A. Montgomery.  “Mr. Montalbano no longer is employed at the District Attorney’s Office, having resigned on April 9, 2018.”

U. S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

TPSO Mounted Division Pro Rodeo is Sept. 28-29 in Amite


Obituary

Margaret Brister Breitling
September 10, 1914 - September 20, 2018

Obituary

Norma Jenkins
June 18, 1921 - September 20, 2018

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings September 19-20, 2018

Charles L. Smoot, Jr. was booked 09/19 on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Carrying a  Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Illegal Use of a Weapon, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Aggravated Battery and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City court)
Michelle C. Magee was booked 09/19 on the charge of Theft
Rodney B. Wood ws booked 09/20 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While License is Suspended, No Motorcycle Endorsement, No Proof of Insurance, Eye Protection Devices, Expired License Plate and Probation Hold (Bogalusa City Court).
Orrin P. Thomas was booked 09/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court).
Robin S. Guidry was booked 09/20 on the charges of Theft and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Frederick L. Cambas was booked 09/20 on the charges of Theft, Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Windy J. Cambas was booked 09/20 on the charges of Entry or Remaining After Being Forbidden, Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 20, 2018

Ashlyn Gerald was booked 09/20 on the charges of No Turn Signals, Expired MVI, and Possession of Heroin
Clarissa Bellue was booked 09/20 on the charge of Probation Violation
Ladansia McClain was booked 09/20 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (5 counts)
Charles Smoot was booked 09/20 on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present (2 counts), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Failure to Appear, and Aggravated Battery
Kevin Crutchfield was booked 09/20 In From Court
Cody Huffman was booked 09/20 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (3 counts)
Scott Shubert was booked 09/20 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary, Theft Less Than 1000, Vehicle Burglary, Criminal Damage, and Criminal Trespass
Wallace Smith, Jr. was booked 09/20 on the charge of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm (2 counts) and Hate Crime
Jesse Thomas was booked 09/20 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Alex Weary was booked 09/20 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property

Today in History for September 21st

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Morning of September 21, 2018

Grand Jury Indictments Announced by D. A. Montgomery

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports (September 20, 2018) the following grand jury indictments:



  • Wayne Howard Conley, Jr. (28) of Franklinton of first degree rape of a victim under 13.  Conley is accused of orally raping a 6-year-old girl at her home in Bush on July 18, 2017.


  • Cameron Alphonso (21) of Slidell and Blaine Beyer Manalle (20) Slidell of second degree murder in the death of Jeffery Howell (46) of Pearl River. Howell, who had recently made it through surgery to remove a brain tumor, died of blunt force trauma to the head after a fight along the West Pearl River in June, 2018.


  • Kenya Despenza (39) of Slidell of second degree murder in the death of her aunt in late July, 2018. Despenza is accused of fatally stabbing Dianne Bercy, her mother’s sister, at the victim’s home in Slidell. Despensza was living with the victim at the time.


  • Nathan Stokes (39) of Covington, a former deputy for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, on charges of malfeasance and theft under $750. Stokes is accused of stealing a Taser from the Sheriff’s Office and reselling it.



September 20, 2018

WPSO Arrests Burglary Suspect Within 12 Hours

On September 20,2018 the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Scott Anthony Shubert (35) of Bogalusa and charged him with burglary of a a business, burglary of a vehicle, theft and criminal damage to property.

The arrest came within twelve hours of the crime being reported to the Sheriff’s Office. A review of surveillance video at an area business reportedly revealed Shubert selling some of the stolen property. Shubert was quickly located and most of the stolen property was recovered.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Great work by our detectives. Another thief behind bars is always a good thing for the honest citizens of Washington Parish. If any citizen has purchased property from Scott Schubert, they are asked to contact Detective Kody Glenn at (985) 839-3434, extension 2054.”

Screaming the Blues Art Exhibit is Sept. 27 in Bogalusa


Obituary

James "Jimmy" Lloyd Voth
June 17, 1964 - September 16, 2018

Obituary

Braxton Bennett
March 03, 2016 - September 17, 2018

“Let Freedom Ring” and Welcome the Wall That Heals

As Chairman of the Bring the Wall to our Veterans Committee, Senator Beth Mizell is asking help from the community to make the events a success. Mizell is asking that the community help get out the news of the exhibit and that decorations for the Fair be left up to welcome veterans and visitors in November.


This year, in addition to welcoming visitors to the our great Fair, we have another reason to welcome visitors. The Wall That Heals will arrive at the Fairgrounds November 13th and the exhibit will close on November 18th.

Mizell urges us to "roll out the red carpet in warmth of welcome" and "in gratitude to our Vietnam Veterans and the families of those listed on The Wall".

She notes that this year's Fair theme is "Let Freedom Ring", which is so appropriate as preparations are made to welcome the exhibit.

Bogalusa Police Track Down Attempted Murder Suspect

Bogalusa Police Department officers responded on Monday, September 10, 2018 to the Power Food Store on Sullivan Drive after receiving a call of a person shot. Officers found a male victim with a single gunshot wound to his lower back. The victim was transported by ambulance to North Oaks Hospital in Hammond. The shooter had fled the scene.

A witness on the scene reportedly identified the shooter as Charles L. Smoot Jr (36) of Bogalusa. BPD officers also reviewed the store's video surveillance footage which reportedly showed the victim having a confrontation with Smoot, who was recognized by the BPD officers. A warrant was issued for Smoot's arrest.

The BPD Detective Division received information that Smoot was in New Orleans. On Tuesday (September 18, 2018), officers from the BPD Detective Division drove to New Orleans and found that Smoot was staying in a Hotel in the Warehouse District. The New Orleans Police Department SWAT team responded to the hotel and located the room where Smoot was staying. Smoot was taken into custody without incident,  transported to Central Lock Up in New Orleans for booking, and transported to Bogalusa City Jail on Wednesday (September 19, 2018).

Smoot was booked on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Possession or Carrying a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instruments, Illegal Carrying of Weapons and Aggravated Battery. Smoot was also arrested for an active attachment for Failure to Appear in the Bogalusa City Court.

WPSO Deputy Recognized as a Carnegie Hero

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is pleased that one of our deputies, Ronald (Ronnie) W. Manning, is recognized as a Carnegie Hero for his heroism in rescuing two parish women from a burning car in July 2017.
Ronnie is a retired firefighter who has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since July 1, 2008.  Ronnie effectively serves as a process server, making certain that all legal documents from the courts and the Clerk of Court office are delivered to the intended recipients.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “What a tremendous honor to have one of our own nationally recognized by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission for his heroic life-saving action on July 14, 2017.  Deputy Manning is an humble man who seeks no recognition on his own. It was our pleasure to nominate him for this prestigious award. Congratulations, Ronnie, for a job well done!”

Manning is among sixteen (16) recognized on September 20, 2018 for acts of extraordinary heroism, risking their lives for others found in perilous circumstances.

Manning saved the lives of Bridget D. Stogner and Brittany R. Purvis on July 14, 2017. Stogner, 34, and Purvis, 30, were in the front seats of a sedan that left a rural road (Quave Road) and came to rest on its passenger side at the edge of a wooded area. Its front end caught fire. Manning, 68, was on duty and saw smoke and flames and heard screams for help. He brought a small fire extinguisher from his vehicle and emptied it on the fire that issued from the engine compartment. Unable to extinguish the fire, Manning retrieved a hammer from his vehicle and used it to break out an opening in the sedan’s rear windshield. Inside the car, Stogner had crawled to the rear windshield. Manning, partially entering the vehicle despite the front-end flames, grasped her arms and pulled her through the opening. Manning then fully entered the vehicle through the opening and knelt on the rear, passenger-side door. He extended his arms out and told Purvis to grasp his arms; she did so. He grasped her arms and backed toward the rear windshield, then exited through the opening as he removed her from the vehicle. Flames grew to engulf the front passenger compartment. Stogner suffered smoke inhalation and a cut to her head.

On February 2, 2018, WoodmenLife recognized Deputy Manning and presented him with their Life Savers Award.

Click here for our previous and related stories.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 18-19, 2018

Harrison Turner was booked 09/18 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Edward Papiska was booked 09/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kennith Pierce was booked 09/19 In From Court
Roxanne Fortenberry was booked 09/19 In From Court
Brittany Walker was booked 09/19 In From Court
Bridget Stogner was booked 09/19 In From Court
Kimberlee Hagan was booked 09/19 on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
William Burge was booked 09/19 on the charges of Leash Law Violation and Resisting an Officer

Today in History for September 20th

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Morning of September 20, 2018

September 19, 2018

Help STPSO Identify This Person

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying this person of interest in a theft investigation He is wanted for questioning. Several items were taken from a victim’s Slidell-area front yard in early September. If you have information about this crime or know the identity of the individual in the photo, please call Det. Bauer at (985) 726-7844 or (985) 898-2338.

Corporal Duane McNeese Recognized

In a recent ceremony, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal recognized Corrections Deputy Corporal Duane McNeese as the Corrections Deputy of the Quarter.

McNeese was selected for this award by vote of his colleagues in the jail. As a shift commander, Corporal McNeese has demonstrated leadership and loyalty to the mission of the jail.

Sheriff Seal commented, “I am pleased to award this token of our appreciation to Corporal McNeese. He has been an employee of the Sheriff’s Office for almost six years and has served faithfully in a variety of positions.”

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings September 18, 2018

Nikki N. Hall was booked 09/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Cara L. McLendon was booked 09/18 on the charge of of Theft
Careyana B. Williams was booked 09/18 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace by Language/Disorderly Conduct

Obituary

Doris Branton
April 10, 1941 - September 17, 2018

Obituary

Margie Nelleen McKenzie
June 29, 1946 - September 15, 2018 

Obituary

Linda Paulette Bell
October 24, 1946 - September 15, 2018

Obituary

Glen E. Duncan
January 15, 1956 - September 15, 2018

Today in History for September 19th

Wild Game Supper & Archery Tournament is Saturday in Pine


September 18, 2018

First Meeting Held by Schools Systems Consolidation Commission

The first meeting of the Bogalusa City Schools/Washington Parish Schools systems Consolidation Commission  was held in Bogalusa Monday (September 17, 2018) and was primarily an organizational meeting. Commission members were introduced, officers were elected, and the audience was provided information about the process. The audience was also invited to submit questions that will be answered at the next meeting to be held on October 22, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the Franklinton Elementary Auditorium.

The commission was established by Act 413 (click here to read), sponsored by Louisiana State Senator Beth Mizell (District 12) and Louisiana State Representative Malinda Brumfield-White (District 75) and signed by the Governor on May 23, 2018. The purpose of the commission is to study the feasibility of consolidating the Bogalusa City and Washington Parish school systems, achieving one unified school district. The commission is tasked to submit a written report of its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the Bogalusa City School Board and the Washington Parish School Board not later than August 31, 2019. If the commission determines that consolidating the two school systems is in the best interest of the students, each school board will pass a resolution calling for an election to gain voter approval of the consolidation.

The commission consists of 24 members, serving without pay or per-diem. They are Darrell Fairburn, Lisa Tanner, Matthew Tate, Curtis Creel, Richard Thomas, Wendy Perrette, Donna Graham, Kurt Wamsley, Coylean Schlogel, Autainia Self, John Wyble, Shannon Dyson, Amanda Boyd, Jennifer Adams, Amanda Dillon, April Dugan, Steve Knight,  Michael Oree, Scott Breland, Malinda White, Scott Simon, Beth Mizell, Deloris Walker,  and Lacy Burris.

Slidell: Man Arrested for Damaging Pelican Sculpture

Slidell Police have arrested Steven Mortrud (33) of Slidell and he is accused of  intentionally knocking a painted pelican sculpture off its pedestal, causing significant damage to it. The victim (Professional Image on Front Street) posted a video of the incident on Facebook, which went viral and helped with the identification of the suspect.

The painted three-dimensional pelicans are a unique piece of artwork, which are displayed all across the City of Slidell, mostly in front of businesses. The next day, for unknown reasons, Mortrud reportedly returned to the scene of the crime to examine the damage, and then proceeded to kick the head of the pelican down the sidewalk, all of which was caught on surveillance video.

Monday (September 17, 2018), Mortrud turned himself in to Slidell Police and was booked with Simple Criminal Damage over $500.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings September 14-17, 2018

Michael A. Bonner was booked 09/14 on the charges of Theft and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Tomeka C. Harris was booked 09/14 on the charge of Theft
Waymon E. Singley was booked 09/14 on the charges of 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Jonathan K. Ferguson was booked 09/14 on the charges of 1st Offense Driving While Intoxicated, Driving while License is Suspended and Improper Lighting and Equipment
Marchelle D. Collins was booked 09/14 on the charges of 1st Offense Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding and Improper Lane Usage
Ronald C. Lane was booked 09/15 on the charge of Failure To Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Michelle R. Cosse was booked 09/16 on the charges of 3 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court), 4 counts of Misuse of 911, Disturbing the peace/Language and a Fugitive from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Department
Ryan A. Jefferson was booked 09/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Janice A. McNeese was booked 09/16 on the charge of Public Drunkenness
Kirsten S. Gatlin was booked 09/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Trey O. Smith was booked 09/17 on the charges of 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Brett K. Grubbs was booked 09/17 to serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Darrell D. Dunaway was booked 09/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Johnny N. Cardwell was booked 09/17 to serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Marteisha N. Lucas was booked 09/17 to serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Christopher D. Holden was booked 09/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court) and serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Ashleigh V. Schneider was booked 09/17 to serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Stacey Miller was booked 09/17 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Kristen M. Rome was booked 09/17 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Quincy J. Edwards was booked 09/17 on the charge of Entry or Remaining After being Forbidden

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 17, 2018

Kristopher White was booked 09/17 In For Court
Doris Simmons was booked 09/17 on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
John Riley was booked 09/17 In From Court
James Butler was booked 09/17 In For Court

Gun Safety in the Home - A Message from Sheriff Randy Seal

The recent firearm death of a two year old child inside a Livingston Parish residence is a stark
reminder about the importance of gun safety in the home. The Baton Rouge newspaper article concerning this tragedy goes on to state that at least 829 children in the United States got their hands on irresponsibly stored guns and shot themselves or other people between 2015 and 2017.

Each year in the United States, children are killed in accidental shootings and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 65% of there were in the family home or car. Additionally, the CDC estimates that more than 600 children are hospitalized each year with non-fatal unintentional shooting injuries.

Rodeo Event in Bogalusa is Saturday, Sept. 22nd


Today in History for September 18th

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Morning of September 18, 2018

September 17, 2018

Obituary

Lucien Albert Beaudette, Jr. 
April 4, 1943 - September 16, 2018

Angie Man Arrested and Stolen Boat Recovered

On September 15, 2018, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Justin Owens (29), a resident of Whitetail Road in Angie for the theft of a boat from a private boat launch off the Pearl River. The owner of the boat had been fishing in the area and left the boat tied up for a short period of time. Upon returning to the boat, it was discovered that the boat was missing.

WPSO Patrol Sergeant David Cupp and Deputy Tyler Lindsey responded and their investigation led to Owens. After being confronted by the officers, Owens reportedly cooperated and directed the officers to an address in Bogalusa where the boat was recovered.

Owens was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with theft of more than $5,000 but less than $25,000. He remains in jail with his bond set at $10,000.

“Good work, Sergeant Cupp and Deputy Lindsey,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “It’s always good to solve a crime and be able to put the thief in jail. Owens has chosen a path in life where jail or prison is the destination. I’m so pleased we were able to recover this stolen property and return it to its owner.”

Abraham Announces $75,000 for Franklinton Law Enforcement

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today (September 17, 2018) announced that the Town of Franklinton will receive $75,000 in federal funds to purchase two new police vehicles and equipment.

The grant comes from the US Department of Agriculture’s Community Facilities Grant Program. The grant will cover the total cost of the purchase.

“Our law enforcement officers do so much to keep our communities safe, so it is important that they have the resources they need to keep up their good work. I appreciate Sec. Sonny Perdue and the USDA for awarding these funds to Franklinton,” Dr. Abraham said.

Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith today expressed his appreciation for the funding and said the $75,000 may allow for the purchase of three vehicles.

Main Stage Lineup Released by Fair Association


Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 15-16, 2018

Keaira Pinter was booked 09/15 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Fight
Tiffany Dyson was booked 09/15 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Fight
Justin Owens was booked 09/16 on the charge of Theft 5000 or More But Less Than 25000
Corey Ruffin was booked 09/16 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Failure to Appear
Armontee Kemp was booked 09/16 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Robert Long was booked 09/16 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Anita Patke was booked 09/16 In From Court
Natoya Toomer was booked 09/16 In For Court
Michelle Magee was booked 09/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Todd Williams was booked 09/16 on the charge of Parole Violation
Dustin Milton was booked 09/16 In For Court
Dwayne Jenkins was booked 09/16 In For Court
James Singletary was booked 09/16 In For Court and on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise

Today in History for September 17th

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Morning of September 17, 2018