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October 14, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 12-13, 2019

Wanda Jones was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Criminal Trespass
Jeffery Hines was booked on the charges of False Imprisonment and Domestic Abuse Battery
Keldon Clark was booked on the charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault/Drive-By Shooting, and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Treshawn Davis was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Fletcher Nealy was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense), Protective Order Violation, and Resisting an Officer

Today in History for October 14th

October 12, 2019

Unofficial October 12th Election Results

Here are the unofficial results of the October 12, 2019 election from the Louisiana Secretary of State.


  • Governor: John Bel Edwards with 47% of the vote will be in a runoff with Eddie Rispone who received 27% of the vote.
  • Lieutenant Governor: Incumbent William "Billy" Nungesser with 68% of the vote defeated Willie Jones who received 32% of the vote.
  • Secretary of State: Incumbent Kyle Ardoin with 41% of the vote will be in a runoff with "Gwen" Collins-Greenup who received 34% of the vote.
  • Attorney General: Incumbent Jeff Landry with 66% of the vote defeated "Ike" Jackson, Jr. who had 34%.
  • Treasurer: John M. Schroder with 60% of the vote defeated Derrick Edwards who had 35% of the vote and Teresa Kenny who had 5%.
  • Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry: Incumbent Mike Strain with 57% of the vote is defeated his challengers and will remain in office.
  • Commissioner of Insurance: Incumben t Jim Donelon with 53% defeated his opponents and will remain in office. 
  • Constitutional Amendment 1- Tax Exemptions for Outer Continental Shelf: Defeated 47% to 53%.
  • Constitutional Amendment 2- Amend Education Excellence Fund: Approved by the voters.
  • Constitutional Amendment 3- Remedy for Unconstitutional Tax Paid: Approved by the voters 58% to 42%.
  • Constitutional Amendment 4- Allow New Orleans Property Tax Exemptions: Defeated 37% to 63%.


  • Associate Supreme Court Justice (1st District): Will Crain with 39% is will be in a runoff with Hans Liljeberg with 32%. Scott Schlegel received 17% of the vote and Richard Ducote won 11% of the vote.
  • BESE (District 6): Ronnie Morris with 49% of the vote and Gregory Spears with 22% of the vote appears to be in a runoff.
  • 22nd District Judge (Division F): Vincent J. "Vinny" Lobello with 26% of the vote appears to be in a runoff with Harold Bartholomew, Jr. who received 19%. 
  • Washington Parish Coroner: Incumbent Rogelio A. "Roger" Casama will retain his office with 67% of the vote over Challenger John "Trey" Tucker who received 33%.
  • State Senator (12th District): Incumbent Beth Mizell with 69% is the winner over Challenger Darrell Fairburn with 31%.
  • State Representative (District 74): Larry Freiman with 82% is the winner over Cindy Winch with 18%.
  • State Representative (District 75): Incumbent Malinda Brumfield White won handily over Challenger Phillipp Bedwell 64% to 36%.
  • Washington Parish Sheriff: Incumbent Randy Seal received 53% of the vote, defeating Challengers Olander Smith who received 45% of the vote and Demille Topps who received 2% of the vote.
  • Washington Parish President: Incumbent Richard Ned Thomas was reelected with 52% of the vote over Challenger Ryan Seal who had 48%.
  • Washington Parish Council (District 1): A runoff between Joe Culpepper with 45% of the vote and Melvin Keith with 33% of the vote will determine who wins the seat of Incumbent Perry Talley, who received 22%.
  • Washington Parish Council (District 2): Shawn Rice defeated Kendall Amacker 56% to 44% to fill the seat of Incumbent Mike Fussell.
  • Washington Parish Council (District 3): Challenger Kim Wagner defeated Incumbent Chris Workman 57% to 43%.
  • Washington Parish Council (District 4): Clark Harry defeated Gloria Kates 63% to 37% to fill the seat of Incumbent Levi Lewis.
  • Washington Parish Council (District 6): Incumbent Reginald McMasters defeated Challenger Shane Smith 57% to 43%.
  • Washington Parish Council (District 7): Challenger Carley King defeated Incumbent David Anthony 56% to 44%.
  • Home Rule Charter Proposition: Failed to pass with 58% voting no and 42% voting yes to pass it.
  • City of Bogalusa,  Proposition 1 is to renew a 2.73 mil property tax for 10 years: Passed 62% to 38%.
  • City of Bogalusa,  Proposition 2 is to renew a 7.84 mil property tax for 10 years: Passed 64% to 36%.
  • City of Bogalusa,  Proposition 3 is to renew a 4.02 mil property tax for 10 years: Passed 65% to 36%.

Social Security Benefit To Increase in 2020

We thank Emma Dixon, President of Bogalusa AARP Chapter 4032 for the "heads-up"!

The cost of living adjustment (COLA), to take effect in January, will increase Social Security benefits
by 1.6 percent in 2020, an average of about $24 per month for individuals, the Social Security Administration announced Wednesday (October.9, 2019). The increase for 2020 is notably less than the 2.8 percent bump received this year, but higher than the average over the past decade (1.4 percent).

The COLA will boost the average Social Security monthly retirement benefit for a single person from  $1,479 to $1,503.

AARP Chief Executive Officer Jo Ann Jenkins says, “Social Security's annual COLA amount typically does not keep pace with all the increases in living expenses that most seniors face, including the costs of housing, food, transportation and, especially, health care and prescription drugs.” In addition, the monthly premium for Medicare Part B recipients is expected to be announced soon.

The Social Security program faces long-term funding challenges. According to the 2019 annual report from the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees, the trust fund reserves that help pay for Social Security benefits will be fully depleted in 2035, unless Congress passes new legislation. Once those funds are exhausted, the program would only be able to pay out 80 percent of what each beneficiary should be getting.


Grace Roy Gill
June 25, 1942 - October 10, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 11, 2019

Vallee Debellevue was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Diane Debellevue was booked on the charges of Careless Operation With Accident, Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Brittany Granier was booked on the charges of Simple Battery and Failure to Appear

Today in History for October 12th

October 11, 2019

UPDATE: STPSO Deputy Chief's Employment Terminated

Sheriff Randy Smith announces that as of 9 a.m. Friday (October 11, 2019), the employment of Gregory Longino, a 29-year veteran of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was terminated.

For our previous and related story, click here. reports (click here) that “Carlton Dufrechou, executive director of the Causeway, said Longino was headed north on the bridge and was clocked via radar at between 90 and 108 mph. After failing a field sobriety test, Longino refused a breath alcohol test, Dufrechou said, but agreed to a blood test, which was administered at State Police Troop L headquarters in Mandeville.”

Covington Man Dies in Vehicle Crash on I-12 Near Lacombe

Today (October 11, 2019) at approximately 10:34 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
responded to a serious injury crash involving one vehicle on Interstate 12 approximately 2 miles west of LA 434 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 67-year-old Michael Breithoff of Covington.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Breithoff was driving a Toyota Prius west on Interstate 12 in the left lane. For reasons still under investigation, Breithoff’s vehicle traveled off the roadway to the right and impacted a tree. Despite being properly restrained, Breithoff sustained severe injuries in the crash. He was transported to an area hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

Two From MS. Wanted for Thefts in St. Tammany

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office advised today (October 11, 2019) that two Mississippi
residents are wanted for theft, bank fraud and vehicle burglary.

On September 30, 2019, two subjects entered several local fitness clubs and stole personal items and vehicle keys from multiple victims’ lockers. The two then  burglarized some of the victims’ vehicles in the parking lot of the fitness clubs and made fraudulent charges with victims’ credit cards.

Following a social media post that was made by the STPSO with photos of the two wanted individuals, detectives were able to identify the subjects as DeShawn Magee (19) and Danielle Fountain (19), both from Mississippi. STPSO advises the two are known for committing similar crimes at gyms and fitness centers in Mississippi.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of both subjects on the charges of Misdemeanor Theft (3 counts), Vehicle Burglary, and Bank Fraud (14 counts).

Anyone who has information about their whereabouts or who may believe they are a victim of an unreported crime committed by these individuals, is asked to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338.

“Thanks to our followers on social media and our partners in Mississippi, these two criminals have been identified,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Now that we have their names, if you know where they are hiding, help us find them so they can be placed back behind bars.”

Elderly Man Found Dead at Boat Launch Near Lacombe

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, conducting a routine patrol at the Main Street Boat
Launch near Lacombe, shortly after 8:00 am today (October 11, 2019) observed what appeared to be the roof of a vehicle submerged in the water.

Members of the STPSO Marine Division, the STPSO Dive Team, Fire District 1, Fire District 3, Fire District 4 and Acadian Ambulance responded to the scene. A man (described in the STPSO press release as an elderly man) was pulled from the vehicle and emergency personnel attempted life-saving measures, but unfortunately those efforts were unsuccessful.

The body was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for identification and a determination on cause and manner of death. Early indications from the investigation do not suggest that foul play was involved.

“It’s always unfortunate when a life is lost,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Our prayers go out to this man’s family as well as the deputies and emergency personnel who worked tirelessly in an attempt to save him.”

Fair Time Street Closures, Parade Route, Safety Tips & More

Source: Franklinton Police Department

On Wednesday (October 16, 2019), the Washington Parish Free Fair parade will line up parade entries (except for marching bands and dance groups) at the Franklinton High School. (See parade officials for information the morning of the parade)

  • At 9:30 AM all streets on the Parade route will be closed and floats will be brought onto Washington Street.
  • At 9:00 AM all westbound traffic will be diverted off Hwy. 10 onto Section line Rd. (High School Road), traffic coming onto Washington St. from Woods Rd. will be directed to Section Line Rd.
  • The parade will still start at 10:00 AM traveling its traditional route from the intersection of 15th Ave. and Washington St. to Main St. then into the Fairgrounds.
  • The Franklinton Police Department, with assistance from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department and  Rayburn Corrections Center, will be at intersections to monitor traffic and assist with pedestrians. Remember, for public safety purposes, once the route is closed there will be no vehicle traffic allowed on the route. Keep an eye on the little ones, especially around trucks, trailers, and floats that are moving. If there is an emergency on the route, contact an officer and emergency services will be contacted.

Also, 10th Ave. (Junior High) from Howard St. to Bene St. will be one-way only into the Fair Grounds. This is to allow the emergency vehicle's a clear route to and from the Fairgrounds.

There are "No Parking" signs along 10th Ave. and several areas from 11th Ave. to Ellis Cemetery on Bene St.; parking on the grounds of Ellis Cemetery is not allowed. Any vehicle parked in the cemetery grounds will be towed away at the vehicle owner's expense.

The Franklinton Police Department is once again offering wristbands for parents and guardians of small children and special needs individuals. The bands can be used to write your name, your child’s name and phone number. Place the band on your child’s wrist or on an item of clothing that cannot easily be removed. Also, please take a photograph of your child each day you are coming to the Fair in the event your child becomes separated from you, you will have a recent photo to share with Officers. These bands will be available for pick up at the Franklinton Police Department dispatch before the Fair and at the Franklinton Police Department command post during the Fair at no cost. (These bands are for identification purposes only and cannot be used for the Carnival rides)


Billy F. Thomas
October 13, 1959 - October 10, 2019

What's On the Ballot for Saturday, October 12th

Go to and follow the directions to find YOUR

All Washington Parish voters will have choices for statewide offices: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, and Commissioner of Insurance.

All Washington Parish voters will also have choices for the following offices: Associate Supreme Court Justice (1st District), BESE (District 6), State Senator (12th District), District Judge (Division F), Sheriff, Coroner, and Parish President.

All Washington Parish voters will have choices for State Representative: either District 74 or District 75, depending on where you live.

All Washington Parish voters will have choices for Parish Council Member (except for District 5, where Thomas R. "Rusty" Fornea is unopposed.

All Washington Parish voters will have four (4) Constitutional Amendments to consider. Click here to review them

All Washington Parish will have on the ballot a proposition amending and restating the Home Rule Charter for Washington Parish.

Voters in Bogalusa will have three propositions on the ballot: Proposition 1 is to renew a 2.73 mil property tax for 10 years (Click here for details); Proposition 2 is to renew a 7.84 mil property tax for 10 years (Click here for details); Proposition 3 is to renew a 4.02 mil property tax for 10 years (Click here for details).

(paid for by Olander "Smitty" Smith)

Today in History for October 11th

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 9-10, 2019

Laura Nuber was booked In For Court
Stacie Vining was booked In For Court
Shannon Smith was booked In For Court
Tina Harvey was booked on the charges of Theft of Firearm (3 counts), Theft 5000-25000, Forgery, Theft Less Than 1000, Contempt of Court, and Exploitation of the Infirm
John McIntyre was booked on the charges of Cultivation or Production of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Michaael Phillips was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute
Jacob Jarrell was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
William Ashwell was booked on the charges of No Turn Signals, Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, No Proof of Insurance, Resisting an Officer (2 counts), and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence
Juleah Knight was booked on the charges of Attempted Bank Fraud and Forgery
Lanika Warren was booked on the charge of Attachment

AP Top Stories October 11, 2019 AM

October 10, 2019

Covington Police Searching for Shooting Suspect

The Covington Police Department, with the assistance of the St.Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office
responded Wednesday evening (October 9, 2019) to a complaint of a shooting in the area of W. 31st Avenue and N. Van Buren Street. Officers’ located a victim who suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was treated at a local hospital and has since been released.

The investigation identified the shooting suspect as Skylar Whitney Bedford (34), who fled the scene before the officers' arrival. Bedford remains at large. Bedford is wanted for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Possession of Firearm by Person Convicted of Certain Offenses. Bedford has an extensive violent criminal history and is considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone from the public has information related to this shooting or knows the whereabouts of Skylar Bedford, contact the Covington Police Department at 985-892-8500. You may also contact Crimestoppers, where you can remain anonymous and earn a cash reward by calling 504-822-1111.

TPSO: Operation "Eagle Wings" Drug Roundup Results

Narcotics agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland
Security Enforcement recently executed multiple arrest warrants as the result of on-going undercover operation “Eagle Wings”, targeting narcotic sales and distribution in Tangipahoa Parish.

The investigation, which included numerous controlled purchases of illegal narcotics, resulted in warrants on nineteen (19) suspects. Seven fugitives were arrested during the roundup, while twelve remain at large.

Arrested on a variety of narcotics charges were Rhiheen Williams (24) of Hammond,  Jennifer Anthony (37) of Independence, Samantha Palmisano (39) of Hammond, Joseph Dantzler (58) of Hammond, Raymond Dantzler (57) of Hammond, Trenier Smith (20) of Amite, and Jamarcus McClendon (22) of Hammond.

Wanted are Jonas Tyrell Turner (37) of Hammond, Renell Vontrell Wilson (26) of Hammond, Willie Braziel Jr. (46) of Hammond, Byron Daniels (48) of Hammond, Kevin Gross (51) of Hammond, Marques Harrison (38) of Hammond, Jerald Lee Booker (50) of Hammond, Byron Weary (54) of Hammond, Debra Wells (60) of Ponchatoula, Rashas Woolridge (37) of Ponchatoula, Jateren Leonard (26) of Natalbany, and Steve Courtney (38) of Tickfaw.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of the aforementioned fugitives is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Beware: Amite Livestock Auction's Email Compromised

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office advises that Amite Livestock Sales Auction Barn reported
last week that fraudsters have compromised the company’s email account and are sending emails out to customers soliciting financial information to include bank account and routing numbers. This is SCAM or a scheme referred to as “spear phishing”.

TPSO Financial Crimes Detective Michael D’Amato is asking anyone who may receive one of these emails to disregard and delete them. Do not send any personal or financial information out via an email sent by the Amite Livestock Sales Auction Barn's email service.

If anyone has sent their financial information, they are urged to contact their financial institutions right away and contact the TPSO at 985.345.6150 to file a report.


Edward “Boo” Charles Richardson
January 10, 1978 - October 07, 2019

Two Arrested for Over $40,000 in Damages at St. Tammany Dirt Pit

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two individuals after it was discovered they were responsible for causing a significant amount of damage at a local dirt pit.

On September 28th, STPSO deputies responded to a dirt pit on Highway 1129 near Covington after an employee discovered damage to the work site and to pieces of equipment when he reported to work that morning.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office learned that Riley Authement (22) of D’Iberville, Mississippi, and a 17-year-old family member from Covington had entered the dirt pit property on an ATV at some point during the night prior, damaged the property by digging holes and caused more than $10,000 worth of damage to a tractor and more than $30,000 worth of damage to an excavator.

Deputies located the ATV and the two individuals at a nearby camp in Washington Parish.  Following an investigation into the matter, the 22nd Judicial District court issued warrants October 7th for the arrest of Authement and the 17-year-old juvenile. The juvenile was taken into custody Wednesday (October 9, 2019) during a traffic stop and Authement was picked up at his residence in Mississippi later that same day.

Authement was booked into the Jackson County Detention Center and is awaiting extradition to St. Tammany Parish, where he will be booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Simple Criminal Damage to Property $1,000-$50,000 (felony). The juvenile was booked into Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on the same charges.

STPSO Employee Arrested on Causeway Bridge

Gregory Longino, a 29-year veteran of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, is on administrative
leave after being arrested by the Causeway Police early this morning (Thursday, October 10, 2019). Longino is one of four  Deputy Chiefs and a member of the STPSO Executive Staff.

Longino was not on duty at the time and was driving his personal vehicle. Longino was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail and on the charges of Careless Operation and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. He was later released on a $5000 Personal Surety Bond.

“Greg Longino will be treated like any other citizen and will receive no special treatment,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

UPDATE: Missing 16-Year-Old Located


Linda Fauntleroy Tinney
October 22, 1944 - October 9, 2019


Garry Lee Dack
September 10, 1935 - October 9, 2019


Autumn Nicole Hartzog Scott
June 10, 1993 - October 7, 2019

October 09, 2019

Slidell: Suicidal Man Prompts School Lock-Down

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday, October 8th), Slidell Police were made aware of a
man, who was streaming a live video on Facebook, threatening to commit suicide. It was determined that the man was in the woods, somewhere in the vicinity of Gause Boulevard and I-10. Based on the information received, there was a possibility the man was very close to Little Oak Middle School and Boyet Jr. High School.

In coordination with the St. Tammany Parish Public School System, the decision was made to lock down both schools. At some point, someone THOUGHT they saw the suicidal man, with a gun, in the wood line near the schools. This prompted a large law enforcement response from both the Slidell Police Department and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. A perimeter was established around both schools while law enforcement officers searched the nearby woods.

The man in question, who was not from the Slidell area, was later found at the TA Travel Center on Gause Boulevard. It was determined that he was never near the school property. The man was transported to a nearby hospital to be evaluated. At this time, the man is not facing any criminal charges.

Slidell Police report that at NO TIME was there an immediate threat to schools; however, based off the information received at the time of this incident, the actions taken were to ensure the safety of the school children. The incident was resolved shortly after 2 p.m., after determining there was no threat to the nearby schools.

Help Locate This 16-Year-Old Runaway


Brittney Marie Walker Seal
August 14, 1984 - October 07, 2019


Julius Miley, Jr.
August 7, 1942 - October 4, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 8, 2019

Ladell Lewis was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Failure to Appear
Jesse Thomas was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Lewis Lang was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Brandon Spears was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Arthur Jones was booked In For Court
Steven Penton was booked on the charge of Terrorizing
Darian Naylor was booked on the charge of 1st Degree Rape
Christopher Robinson was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

Today in History for October 9th

October 08, 2019

Louisiana Operation Game Thief Pays Out $3950

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported yesterday (October 7, 2019) that
Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $3,950 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on October 2nd in Mansura.

The LOGT board reviewed 12 cases that included public tips from informants.  A total of 27 subjects were apprehended and a total of 62 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases. The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of deer, migratory game bird, alligator, oyster and fishing cases.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

Craft Show & Bazaar is Nov. 22nd in Tylertown

Wagon Rides through the 40-acre decorated park are $5.  Kids 12 and under ride free.  Come enjoy some great food and check out the nifty Christmas gifts and goodies.  No admission for the Bazaar.


W. C. Creel
August 31, 1943 - October 7, 2019


Quintin L. Magee
August 06, 1983 - October 08, 2019


Frank Seymore, Jr.
July 31, 1951 - October 03, 2019

Frank Seymore, Jr., 68, was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 3, 2019. He was born July 31, 1951, in New Orleans, LA to the late Frank Seymore, Sr. and Millie Burton-Kelley. He spent his early childhood in Fluker, LA and later relocated to Houston, Texas. Frank was employed with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for over 35 years. Frank could not remain still and returned to the working community with Tulane National Primate Research Center.

Frank loved the Lord and confessed his life to Christ at an early age. Upon his return to Louisiana, he renewed his baptismal vows and became a member of Sweet Rest Baptist Church, Franklinton, LA.

Frank loved his wife, children, and grandchildren. He had a great zest for life and love for the outdoors. His generous spirit touched the lives of everyone he met in his own way. He was very special to his family, friends, and those he mentored. Frank will be deeply missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank Seymore, Sr. (Leona) and Millie Burton-Kelley.

He leaves his legacy of love to his loving wife, Jennie Seymore; children, Danielle Young (Olan), Javier Seymore, Frank Seymore IV, LaQuana Warren, Kanisha Warren, Jerome Warren, Jr.; grandchildren, Angel, Bryan, Destiny, Kaliajah, Jerome; brother, Henry Winters; uncle, Samuel Burton, and a host of cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Friday, October 11, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (family hour 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) at Crain and Sons Funeral Home,

Homegoing Celebration on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Sweet Rest Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Norwert Hills, Jr. – Pastor Officiating.

Crain and Sons Funeral Home – Franklinton are in charge of arrangements.

President Thomas Provides Report to Parish Council

Washington Parish Richard Ned Thomas and his staff reported to and answered questions by the Parish Council Monday evening (October 7, 2019) on work being done throughout the parish, on finances, and on other noteworthy matters. The report is a regular feature of the meeting held twice each month.

Appointments were made to two Fire Districts and a financial report was made by Public Works Director Ken Wheat on behalf of Finance Director Donna Graham who was absent. Wheat reported on activities at the Parish Animal Shelter that included a number of adoptions, a Meet and Greet event at the shelter by the Magnolia Chapter of the Louisiana Humane Society, and continued improvements made at the shelter. Wheat also provided the quarterly Permit Office report. Transportation Supervisor Donnell Merritt provided his monthly report, reflecting a tremendous amount of work performed throughout Washington Parish.


In other business, the Council
  • introduced an ordinance to amend the 2019 Annual Operating Budget for the Washington Parish Government.
  • introduced an ordinance transferring ownership of 0.028 acres to the Washington Parish Communications District and approved a resolution facilitating the transfer. The Council heard a thorough explanation of the matter from Jim Coleman of the Washington Parish Communications District (beginning at 5:00 into the full video of the meeting which can be viewed on our Government Meetings page).
  • heard from Huey Pierce objecting to the Home Rule Charter matter being on the ballot for October 12th (beginning at 12:50 into the full video of the meeting which can be viewed on our Government Meetings page).
Following Council Discussions, the meeting was adjourned.

Bicycle Bandit Arrested

Source: Washington Parish Sheriff Office Press Release

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant David Cupp and Patrol Deputy Dalton Manning quickly solved a bicycle theft Thursday (October 7, 2019). Soon after receiving the complaint, the officers encountered Austin Hill (25), a resident of Allie Lane in Angie, as Hill rode the stolen bicycle along Highway 436.

What should have been a routine theft arrest evolved into more serious charges when Hill fled the scene on foot into a nearby field after stolen debit cards were found in his possession. The officers were able to run him down and take him into custody after a brief struggle. Even though Hill threatened to have the deputies fired for arresting him, he still went to jail.

Hill was transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he remains on charges of possession of stolen property, public intimidation and resisting an officer by flight and force. No bond has been set for Hill due to an outstanding fugitive warrant from the 21st Judicial District Court.

“Although this may seem to be a minor crime,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “there were victims and likely would have been more victims if Hill been able to use the debit cards. Thanks to the quick action of our officers, all stolen property was returned to its owners. Whether the crime is major or minor, we will respond and do all we can to solve the crime and put the criminal in jail.”

Disturbance at Hospital Leads to Arrest

On October 5, 2019, Officers with the Franklinton Police Department responded to Riverside Medical Center to assist the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies with an individual who was combative and resisting. When Sgt. Jared Stubbs and Pfc. James Harper arrived, they observed Tony Robertson (37) fighting with a deputy and a civilian. Officers restrained Robertson and attempted to return him into the hospital for evaluation.

Robertson continued to violently resist, kicking officers and causing serious injury to one deputy which required medical treatment. Officers were able to gain control of Robertson and he was taken into the hospital for a mental evaluation.

Robertson was later medically cleared and released from the hospital. Robertson was arrested and charged with Battery on an Officer with Injury (Felony), Battery on a Police Officer (Misdemeanor), Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Interference with Medical Treatment. Robertson remains in the Washington Parish Jail with bond set at $7500. 

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 6-7, 2019

Tony Robertson was booked on the charges of Battery on an Officer With Injury, Simple Battery on a Police Officer, Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, and Interference With Medical Treatment
Jimmy Morgan was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court
Nicholas Miller was booked In From Court
Darryl Singleton was booked In From Court and on the charge of Contempt of Court
Alante Berger was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Adarrio Berry was booked In For Court
Selena Quave was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Orlando Burkhalter was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Austin Hill was booked on the charges of Possession of Stolen Things Under 1000, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Resisting Arrest, Public Intimidation, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Today in History for October 8th

AP Top Stories October 8, 2019 AM

October 07, 2019

Have You Seen Me? LDWF is Asking for Public’s Assistance

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is asking for the public’s help as it
seeks to gather information on the eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius). There has been no confirmed sighting of this species, once common in Louisiana, in more than 30 years. Click the image for a better view.

Anyone who sees the skunk is asked to report the sighting to LDWF. The sightings can be from roadkill, game cameras or inadvertent catch from fur trapping.

“At one time, the eastern spotted skunk was much more abundant than it is now,” said LDWF biologist Jennifer Hogue-Manuel. “We’re hoping that the public can assist us by reporting any sightings of this species.’’

The eastern spotted skunk is about the size of a large eastern gray squirrel. It has an upside down triangle on its forehead and narrow white stripe beneath its eyes. Two stripes run diagonal across the hip with a few white spots on its rear end. Its tail is bushy, white underneath and at the tip.

The striped skunk, easily identified in Louisiana because it is so common, has two white stripes down the back with a long, fluffy black tail.

To report sightings and for more information, contact Jennifer Hogue-Manuel at 337-735-8674.

Editor's Note: I know there will be groups organized to diligently and carefully search for the critter. Please let us know of your efforts and successes!

Men Who Cook! Charity Event to Support Hope House

Press Release from District Attorney Warren Montgomery

District Attorney Warren Montgomery is proud to be partnered with The Shack of Covington to help support the Children’s’ Advocacy Center Hope House and their charity event Men Who Cook! on November 3. Celebrity teams from across St. Tammany and Washington Parish are coming together with their favorite restaurants to offer up tastings for attendees to help support a great cause.

House is a wonderful, non-profit charity group dedicated to endings child abuse in our community.

Tickets are on sale now by following this link and you can donate to the celebrity team of your choosing. We hope to see you there!


Burnia Martin
June 1, 1921 - October 6, 2019


Charles Sharp
February 7, 1928 - October 4, 2019

Mississippi Duo Arrested Following Slidell-Area Battery

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Amos Trehern (45) and Kody Trehern (20), a
father and son from Long Beach, Mississippi, after they reportedly forced their way into a Slidell-area home last week severely beating a man.

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, STPSO deputies responded to a Slidell-area residence located in the 200 block of Bishop Drive in reference to an aggravated battery. The homeowner told deputies two men had forced their way into his home and attacked him, forcing him, at knife-point, to lead them to another man who was in a shed in the backyard. The intruders then beat the victim in the shed using a metal pipe, striking him multiple times in the head and body before fleeing the residence in their vehicle.

The homeowner refused treatment for his injuries. The second victim was transported to a local hospital where he remains at this time.

Warrants were issued for the arrests of Amos Trehern and Kody Trehern and the two were located late Friday evening (October 4) and arrested by Long Beach Police Department. They were booked into the Harrison County Jail and are awaiting extradition to St. Tammany Parish, where they will be booked on warrants for Aggravated Burglary and Attempted First Degree Murder.


Ernest J. Taylor
January 13, 1943 - October 07, 2019

Today in History for October 7th

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