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January 21, 2020

Help STPSO ID This Theft Suspect


Sheriff Seal Seeks Public's Help to Identify Home Invader

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal is seeking the public’s help to identify a male subject who
forced his way into a parish residence. A few minutes after midnight on January 13, a male subject, dressed in all black and wearing gloves and a ski mask over his face, forced his way into a residence on Highway 424 (in the community north of Thomas) and into the bedroom of the victim, a 74-year old woman who was watching five sleeping children at the time.

The intruder, who was armed with a pistol, demanded money from the victim. When she told him there was no money in the house, he threatened to kill her and took her late husband’s 12 gauge shotgun from a gun cabinet in the bedroom. As he was getting the shotgun, she attempted to flee the bedroom, at which time he struck her in the back of the head with the pistol, causing an injury which required medical treatment. At that time he fled the residence.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward in this case. Any person with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers anonymously at (504) 822-1111 or go online at www.crimestoppersgno.org to leave information. Tipsters should use the case number 2020010529.

Sheriff Seal stated. “If you know anything about this crime, please contact Crimestoppers. This criminal must be stopped before he does the same thing to another person. Help us identify him so we can locate and arrest him. He is obviously a person with low morals and no regard for human life. Let’s put him in jail where he belongs.”

Obituary

Lavada Diane Williams Noble
December 01, 1947 - January 18, 2020

Obituary

Rayfus C. Hart
September 30, 1964 - January 18, 2020

Obituary

Mary Ausama
January 11, 1932 - January 14, 2020

Obituary

James "Jimmy" Earl Gann, Jr.
September 03, 1951 - January 17, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 19-20, 2020

Javious Magee was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Samuel Thomas was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kenyatta Scott was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Arthur Mingo was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

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January 20, 2020

Franklinton Police Investigating Attempted Murder

Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown has reported the investigation of an attempted murder that was
initially reported to them Sunday morning (January 19, 2020) in a call from Riverside Medical Center regarding a gunshot victim. 

Responding officers determined the shooting took place in the 1900 block of Desmare Street. Further investigation revealed that the 20 year old victim was shot after approaching a vehicle which had pulled up in front of a residence. At the time of the shooting, several witnesses were present and observed the suspect vehicle fleeing the area at a high rate of speed.  The victim was transported to RMC where treatment was provided before being transferred to another care facility.

Chief Brown advises that investigators have been working around the clock and information leading to arrest(s) will be forthcoming.

“Yet another senseless act of violence perpetrated by a senseless individual; an individual who was aided by other senseless individuals.  We, as a community, must place a higher value on life.  We must not allow the degradation of moral values to consume and overpower those who seek to live in peace with one another.  Our community is better than this and we must continuously demand better.  Participating in, advocating or otherwise turning a blind eye to crime only evokes a furtherance of crime.  Because of this, mothers will weep, families will become enraged and a community will suffer.  The lives of those involved will be forever altered and for what?  We will deliver justice. It will be appropriate, it will be swift and it will be shared amongst those who, at this very moment, fear the impending truth of what is to be their futures.”   - Chief Justin Brown

PAL Meeting is Tonight in Bogalusa


Bogalusa Strong Monthly Meeting is Tuesday, January 28th

The monthly meeting of Bogalusa Strong will be Tuesday (January 28, 2020) and feature presentations by Valerie Vincent and Christi Mitchell and Dr. Katie Queen.

What we eat everyday and the availability of healthy food is always a challenge but this challenge is getting easier due to the numerous healthy eating projects happening in the Magic City of Bogalusa. Healthy food is being grown at schools, community gardens, and gardens for cancer survivors. A local grocery store is making it easier to locate the healthier foods. Children and residents are learning how to make healthy food choices.

What about what we drink everyday? How does this affect our weight and health? Dr. Queen will share about the importance of knowing what is in your daily drinks and tell us about OLOAH's citywide challenge to "Rethink Your Drink".

Click here to "like" Bogalusa Strong on Facebook

Special thanks to the Bogalusa Rotary Club for hosting the Bogalusa Strong Monthly Meetings and Golden Pear for our meal.

What is Bogalusa Strong?
Bogalusa Strong is a collaboration of community members, leaders, businesses and organizations working together to improve quality of life by promoting physical, social, and environmental health. Supported by Mayor Wendy Perrette, the Mayor’s Wellness Council, Our Lady of Angels Hospital, LSU AgCenter, and the Louisiana Department of Health Well-Ahead Louisiana, Bogalusa Strong works to empower a vision for a healthier community. Bogalusa Strong meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the Bogalusa Country Club (except for holiday conflicts).


Obituary

Billy Sue Thurmond
July 8, 1934 – January 18, 2020

Today in History for January 20th

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January 19, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 17-18, 2020

Cody Blackwell was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (3 counts)
Calvin Massengale was booked on the charge of Obstruction of Justice (Damage/Conceal/Vandalism)
Nathaniel Walters was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Brandon Rodriguez was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Ran Stop Sign, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Expired License Plate, Expired Drivers License, and Failure to Appear
Billy Dillon was booked on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Open Container in Vehicle
Sidney Burns was booked on the charges of Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Contempt of Court
Joe Polkey was booked on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
James Lang was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Obituary

Louia Lee Davis
October 6, 1931 – January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020

Impairment Suspected in Crash That Killed Two

Shortly before 10 PM Last night (January 17, 2020), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
responded to a fatal crash involving several vehicles on I-12 westbound near US 11 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 77-year-old Grace Barthel of Mandeville and 55-year-old Ronald Destgermain of Mandeville.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as a Dodge Durango, driven by 35-year-old Nicholas Romain of Lacombe, was traveling westbound on I-12   in the left lane and came to a stop in the left lane with Romain unresponsive in the driver’s seat. This resulted in a four vehicle rear-end crash involving a Toyota Tacoma, a Honda Accord driven by Barthel, and an Audi A6. Barthel along with her passenger, Destgermain, sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver along with a passenger of the A6 received serious injuries and were transported to an area hospital. Romain and the driver of the Tacoma were not injured.

Impairment is suspected on the part of Romain. The driver of the Tacoma provided a breath sample that showed no evidence of alcohol. As part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were collected from Romain, Barthel, and the driver of the A6 for scientific analysis. Seatbelt use remains under investigation. Romain was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway of Commerce, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, and Possession of Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance.

The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.

Obituary

Steven Eugene Seals
April 29, 1955 - January 17, 2020

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January 17, 2020

Hammond Man Sought in Burglary of Wendy's

On January 14, 2020, at approximately 7:10 am, the Hammond Police Department began
investigating a burglary that took place at Wendy’s located at 1810 Southwest Railroad Avenue.

The suspect forcibly opened a safe and stole approximately $8000. Detectives were able to identify the suspect as Leroy Clyde Johnson, III (33) of Hammond. An arrest warrant has been issued for Johnson for 2 counts of burglary and 2 counts of felony criminal damage to property.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Johnson is asked to contact Detective Cody Taylor, with the Hammond Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, at 985-277-5756 or by contacting Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245. Be part of the solution and you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Hammond Burglary Suspect Found Hiding Under House

After being alerted by a watchful neighbor on January 16, 2020 at approximately 10:34 pm, the
Hammond Police Department was dispatched to the 600 block of South Cherry Street in reference to a black male subject jumping a fence at a residence across the street.
Upon arrival in the area and after a foot pursuit, patrol and K9 officers, along with the street crimes unit and narcotics officers, located the suspect, Terrance Johnson (19) of Hammond, underneath a house.

Johnson was placed in custody and while searching him, officers found additional stolen property in his pockets from a burglary that had just occurred, which the resident was not even aware of yet. The property was returned to the owner.

Johnson was booked on charges including Fugitive from TPSO, Simple Burglary, and 2 Counts of Resisting Arrest.

Help STPSO ID This Theft Suspect


$5000 Reward Offered in Ja’Quarius Taylor's Murder

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal announced that he has partnered with Greater New Orleans Crimestoppers to offer a reward for information which leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons who murdered Ja’Quarius Taylor, a resident of Varnado, on January 12, 2020. CrimestoppersGNO is offering a reward of $2,500. The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is also offering a reward of $2,500, bringing the total reward sum to $5,000.

Tipsters must contact Crimestoppers directly to be eligible for the cash reward and do not have to provide their name or be a witness. Any person who has information is asked to call Crimestoppers anonymously at (504) 822-1111, or go online at www.crimestoppersgno.org to post a tip. Another option is to go through the Crimestoppers GNO “SAY IT HERE” smart phone free app.

In announcing the reward, Sheriff Seal said, “By partnering with CrimestoppersGNO, we are able to offer a significant incentive for someone to come forward with valid information we can use to solve this tragic murder. We desperately want to bring closure to this family by identifying and arresting the murderer. If you know anything at all, please contact Crimestoppers and help us solve this crime and provide justice for Ja’Quarius.”

WPSO Continues Investigating Ja'Quarius Taylor's Murder

The investigative division of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the January 12, 2020 shooting death of Ja’Quarius Taylor of Varnado. With assistance from other local, state and federal agencies, detectives are tracing all leads and were able to make a significant evidence discovery on January 16 when the dive team from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office searched the bottom of the lake near where the body was discovered. The team was able to recover a key piece of evidence which is now being processed by a federal law enforcement crime lab.

“We have reached out to our law enforcement partners on the local, state and federal levels,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our intent is to leave no stone unturned as all agencies work together to solve this senseless murder. We want justice for Ja’Quarius and his family and are working diligently to discover the identity of the coward who took this amazing young man from our community. Please be patient with us as we take the necessary investigative steps to ensure evidence is properly collected and processed so that the murderer, whoever he or she might be, can be successfully prosecuted. Meanwhile, I ask everyone to keep this family, our community and our investigative team in your prayers.”

Obituary

Margie L Brumfield
November 22, 1933 - January 13, 2020

LSU AgCenter Offers Food Safety Training for Fresh Produce Growers

The LSU AgCenter, in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, is
holding a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training for growers of fresh produce who are required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety rule to attend such a training. This training will include an optional Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop and will take place on February 20 and 21, 2020, at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station (21549 Old Covington Hwy., Hammond). Those who are only interested in the part of the training needed for FMSA compliance have the option of attending only the first day of the training. Individuals must be present for all of the training on that day to get the certificate that verifies compliance with the training requirement.

While this meeting will be held in Tangipahoa Parish, growers from other parishes are invited.

For more details about the training or to register, please go to the following website: https://www.lsu.edu/departments/nfs/outreach/psa-training.htm

Those who plan to attend are asked to register in advance. The fee for the training is only $20 and includes lunch and refreshments.

LSU AgCenter Will Hold Watermelon Growers Meeting

The LSU AgCenter will hold a meeting for watermelon growers from 6:00 to 8:20 PM on Thursday,
February 6, 2020 at the AgCenter’s Washington Parish office (1104-B Bene St., Franklinton). Speakers will address disease, weed, and feral hog management and will include Drs. Raj Singh, Ron Strahan, and Mary Helen Ferguson, as well as a representative of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

While this meeting will be held in Washington Parish, growers from Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, and other parishes are invited.

Please RSVP to Horticulture Agent Mary Helen Ferguson (mhferguson@agcenter.lsu.edu, 985-277-1850, or 985-839-7855) if you plan to come. For accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact her at least one week before the event.

Four Slidell Teens Indicted for Second Degree Murder

District Attorney Warren Montgomery's Office reported yesterday (January 16, 2020) that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Nicholas Ordogne (19), Jawaun Wilson (18), Revonte Charles (18), and Jaydin Charles (16) for Second Degree Murder of a Slidell resident on October 18, 2019. Additionally, Nicholas Ordogne, Jawaun Wilson, and Revonte Charles were indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery with a Firearm.
File photo. The juvenile Jaydin Charles is not pictured

The four are accused of murdering Andre Johnson (33) at Johnson's apartment at the Slidell Housing Authority during a planned robbery in an attempt to obtain illegal drugs and money from Johnson. The four teenagers (all from Slidell) fled the scene but were later captured on the outside perimeter of the Slidell Housing Authority.

The Slidell Police Department investigated the case and Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Dover presented the case to the Grand Jury.

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January 16, 2020

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff on LSA Sheriff's Scholarship Award

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces the opening of the application process for the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Scholarship Program. The LSA Scholarship Program will award scholarships providing assistance to worthy Louisiana students in furthering their education and training with resources made available through the Louisiana Sheriff’s Honorary Membership Program.

“Education is so important, “states Edwards. “The LSA Scholarship Program demonstrates the level of commitment we have for the students of Louisiana.” Each year Sheriff Edwards matches the LSA’s Scholarship Award. This means that a scholarship of $500 will be awarded to (2) two graduating high school students in Tangipahoa Parish.

There are no restrictions on the purposes for which the scholarship may be spent. The scholarship will be awarded as a gift to the recipients to defray the rising costs of tuition and related expenses in higher education. The only stipulations are as follows:

Slidell Caregiver Arrested - Are You a Victim?

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Rosalin Harrison (60) of Slidell after it was discovered she has been stealing from two of the people she was hired to care for, and detectives are looking for other potential victims. Harrison was arrested Wednesday (January 15, 2019) on arrest warrants for two counts of Exploitation of Persons with Infirmities and 10 counts of Bank Fraud.

Harrison, who was the caretaker for two intellectually disabled adults in Slidell, was found to have utilized the two subjects' bank accounts to pay multiple bills for herself. As part of her job, Harrison was a responsible for handling the subjects’ day-to-day needs, which included paying their household bills.

STPSO detectives believe Harrison may have other victims. If Harrison was a caregiver for you or a family member, and you believe you may be a victim, please contact Detective Plaisance with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit at (985) 276-1356.

“It is absolutely appalling that an individual entrusted by a family with the care of a loved one would violate that trust for their own personal gain,” said Sheriff Randy Smith.  “My office will aggressively investigate and arrest anyone who preys on our citizens.”

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Antique Theft Suspect(s) Sought by TPSO

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a burglary that occurred at a residence on Highway 51 in Amite on January 4, 2020. Suspect(s) are accused of stealing valuable antiques including five dinning room chairs and two sets of silverware.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public's assistance in gathering information related to this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers, at 800-554-5245. Detective Wayne Stewart is the lead investigator, (985) 748-3336.

STPSO Releases 2019 Crime Statistics

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith yesterday (January 15, 2020) released the 2019 crime statistics for unincorporated St. Tammany.

The agency once again reported a clearance rate for violent crimes that is nearly twice the national average and a clearance rate for non-violent crimes that is more than two and a half times the national average.

Sheriff Smith said this is a testament to the agency as a whole’s determination to keep St. Tammany Parish safe and hold criminals accountable for their actions, by making arrests. STPSO’s clearance rate for violent crimes in 2019 was an impressive 90.1 percent as compared to a 45.5 percent national clearance rate. STPSO’s clearance rate for non-violent crimes is even more impressive, with 45.5 percent of non-violent crimes being cleared in 2019. This is compared to a 17.6 percent national clearance rate.

Obituary

Cathryn Kay Willis
August 06, 1944 - January 15, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 15, 2020

Genista Nutt was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Dayon Dyson was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS, Failure to Appear (4 counts), and Battery of a Dating Partner
Joshua Foster was booked In From Court and on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Daytona Dykes was booked on the charges of Attachment and Interfering With a Law Enforcement Investigation
Willie Bickham was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II CDS, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Laken Harris was booked on the charges of Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Anthony Lucas was booked on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II CDS
Lacorte Cooley was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II CDS, Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Keithen Ishman was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II CDS (2 counts)
Jonathan Lowery was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS, Distribution of Schedule II CDS, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Today in History for January 16th

January 15, 2020

Mt. Hermon Man Dies in Fire

Ashley Rodrigue, the State Fire Marshall's Office Public Affairs Director, today (January 15, 2020) provided additional information about a fire death that occurred in Mt. Hermon on the morning of January 13, 2020. Initially, the only information released was that there was a fire at the 36000 block of Hwy. 1055 in Mt. Hermon, a victim had been found and SFM deputies were on scene. 

The State Fire Marshal's Office has not released the name of the deceased or the cause of death, stating “We do not identify victims as that is the role of the local Coroner's Office.” (Editor's note: The victim is presumed to be the resident at the Hwy. 1055 scene of the fire, Michael Gonzales.)

The fire department was called at 9:45 a.m. on the morning of January 13, 2020 after a social worker arrived to the camper to check on the occupant due to his health conditions and identified smoke in the air. Firefighters located a small, smoldering fire alongside the victim, which was extinguished.

State Fire Department investigators identified the interior damage as limited variations of minor to moderate heat and smoke damage. The victim was located between the kitchen counter and two recliners. The origin of the fire is believed to be where the victim's body was located. At this time, the exact cause of the fire remains undetermined; however, two electric heaters and a blow torch were found either beside, touching or very near the victim's body.

The investigation into the cause is ongoing at this time. An autopsy was conducted today and identification, as well as cause of death, is pending with the Washington Parish Coroner's Office.

Arrest Made in Over $100,000 Scam of Elderly Amite Man

In August 2019, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Financial and Cyber Crimes Unit received a report of an elderly man in Amite being scammed for several thousands of dollars in a home improvement scheme. TPSO Financial Crimes Detective Michael D'Amato and Louisiana Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs Investigator Christina Delgado began a joint investigation into several people cashing checks issued to a 86 - year old Amite man who suffers from diminished mental capacity.

It was discovered the victim had been scammed of over $100,000, after the suspects would claim to have performed work on the victim's residence and charged the victim exorbitant amounts of money with either little or no work performed. None of the alleged suspects have been found to be properly licensed contractors.

On January 13, 2020, one of the alleged suspects, Joshua B. Stokes (24) of Ponchatoula was brought in for questioning about his role in the scheme. Stokes was subsequently booked in the parish jail for (39) counts for charges related to Exploitation of the Infirm, Home Improvement Fraud and Criminal Conspiracy.

Sheriff Edwards reminds the public to always check the credentials for contractors soliciting jobs for large home improvement projects. Louisiana law requires contractors to be properly licensed with the state for home improvement projects over $7,500, and for plumbing, electrical and HVAC projects over $10,000. Contractor credentials can be searched and verified online at the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors at http://www.lslbc.louisiana.gov.

The TPSO Financial and Cyber Crimes Unit recommends consumers follow three simple rules of home improvement:
1. Always check contractor references and credentials
2. Always obtain a detailed written estimate of the work to be performed
3. Never agree to pay the full cost of the project until the work is at least 50% complete

Suspect Wanted for Hammond Trailer Fire Arrested

The State Fire Marshall's Office announced today the arrest on Tuesday (January 14, 2020) of Mark “Tookie” Lee (18) of Ponchatoula. Lee was wanted in connection with the intentionally set fire of a manufactured home in Hammond on October 14, 2019, which threatened several other occupied trailers.

Hammond Fire Department responded to the fire call in the 43000 block of Baham Lane. The State Fire Marshall's Office was contacted for assistance in the investigation after firefighters learned new information about the case suggesting it was suspicious in nature.

Video evidence and witness statements led to the identification of Lee as the individual who set the trailer on fire. Lee, who had been difficult to locate since the fire, was taken into custody by Hammond Police who arrested him on unrelated charges prior to his booking on the State Fire Marshal’s outstanding warrant for Aggravated Arson.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to thank the public as well as Hammond Police and Hammond Fire for their assistance with this case.

Mandeville Police Make Arrest in Reported Accidental Shooting

On January 15, 2020, Officers with the Mandeville Police Department responded to what was reported as an accidental shooting at 639 Village Lane South. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment but is expected to fully recover.

Mahmoud Sirbil (30) was arrested and booked into St. Tammany Parish Jail for possession of schedule I narcotics, illegal use of a weapon and illegal discharge of a weapon.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time and additional charges are pending.

Obituary

Darius Paul Johnson
February 12, 1968 - January 09, 2020

Obituary

Carolyn Sue Jones
October 12, 1961 - January 14, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 14, 2020

Estley Barber was booked on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)
Courtney Badeaux was booked on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
Crystal Williams was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Dominique Dykes was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts) and Contributing to Delinquency of Juveniles
Jasmine Trotter was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Brittnie McClendon was booked on the charges of Attachment (4 counts) and Failure to Provide Proper Info

Today in History for January 15th

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