August 22, 2019

Flag Presented in Honor of Washington Parish 200th Anniversary

Seth Descant, President of the Franklinton Chamber of Commerce, and Senator Beth Mizell presented to Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr., the United States Flag which was flown on March 6, 2019 over the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. per the request of Senator Bill Cassidy in honor of the 200th Anniversary of Washington Parish.

Click on "Read More" below the picture for the Congressional Record entry made by Senator Bill Cassidy.

Louisiana Republican Candidates Forum is August 25th


Obituary

Linda Diane Busby
December 15, 1948 - August 20, 2019

Obituary

Gladys Haddox Ingram
June 16, 1933 - August 21, 2019

Donate Blood at RMC August 23rd 11 AM to 4 PM

"Make the Right Call" and donate blood at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton tomorrow (August 23, 2019) from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Donors will receive a free lunch and a "Make the Right Call" t-shirt.

Obituary

Garfield W. Baham
January 13, 1942 - August 21, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 21, 2019

Desiree Lajoie was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts) and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Kane Beasley was booked on the charges of No Taillight, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Expired License Plate, and No Insurance
Robert Long was s booked In For Court
Tushilia Thompson was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
David LeBlanc was booked on the charges of Switched License Plates, No Drivers License, Expired MVI, No Insurance, Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear

Today in History for August 22nd

AP Top Stories August 22, 2019

August 21, 2019

Bogalusan Charged in Death of 8-Month Old

Last Wednesday (August 14, 2019), the Bogalusa Police Department responded to our Lady of the
Angels Emergency Room in reference to an unresponsive female infant, 8 months of age. The child died shortly after arrival at the hospital.

Based on information obtained at the hospital, and from speaking with family members, it was believed that the death was the result of non-accidental injuries. It was also determined that the child had been left by the mother for a short time that evening in the care of her boyfriend, 20-year old Tyrease Brumfield.

A criminal investigation was initiated, and an autopsy was performed the following day. It was determined by the medical examiner that the child died of injuries caused by blunt force trauma, and her death was ruled a homicide. Investigators determined the child was under the supervision of Brumfield when she received the injuries.

On August 15, 2019, Tyrease Brumfield was arrested for First Degree Murder in the death of this child, and placed in the Washington Parish Jail. No bond has been set.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mandeville Police Officer Impersonator Sought

The Mandeville Police are seeking the identity of the man who, on Sunday (August 18, 2019), caused a disturbance at the Discount Zone in Mandeville and then produced a wallet containing an unknown badge and identified himself as a Mandeville Police Officer.

Mandeville Police advises they would to contact him so he can pick up his "uniform"!

Anyone with information can call 985.624.3119.

And NO, it is not Drew Brees!

Two Jailed After Sending Kindergartner to School with Cocaine

Yesterday (August 20, 2019) a Slidell Police school resource officer discovered a 5-year-old kindergarten student in possession of a large amount of crack and powdered cocaine.

The school resource officer was made aware of the situation after an alert teacher saw the kindergarten student holding a bag of white powder. The bag of powder was discovered to be cocaine. The child was also found to be in possession of two additional bags of crack cocaine. Throughout the investigation, it was apparent the child had no knowledge about the drugs.

Slidell Police narcotics detectives conducted a search warrant at the child’s residence and came into contact with 23-year-old, Angelica Stanley, and 51-year-old, Ellis Cousin. The detectives discovered additional narcotics inside of the home, and also were able to determine (unbeknownst to the child) that the cocaine was being stored in the child’s clothing.
Both Stanley and Cousin were arrested for: Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (cocaine) with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Cruelty to a Juvenile.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 20, 2019


Chance Luke was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Pregnant Woman, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (3 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), and Possession of CDS in Presence of Juvenile
Raven Foster was booked on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
Bobby Ramsey was booked on the charge of Non-Consensual Disclosure of Private Picture
Kayla Morris was booked on the charges of Home Invasion/Ag Assault/Battery and Second Degree Battery
Victor Peters was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule III CDS, Resisting an Officer, Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Failure to Pay Fine, and Failure to Appear
Billy Thorbjornsen was booked on the charges of Simple Assault, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Contempt of Court
Anthony Voltolina was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Washington Parish Bicentennial Banquet is September 26th


Obituary

Edward Charles Smith
August 12, 1959 - August 15, 2019

Obituary

Walter Lee Smith
December 07, 1945 - August 16, 2019

Obituary

Connie Gail Frazier Brian
April 07, 1956 - August 19, 2019

Washington Parish Man Flees and Fights Before Being Jailed

On Monday (August 19, 2019), Dylan Miley (25), a resident of Highway 424, landed in the Washington Parish Jail after reportedly physically assaulting his wife, fleeing from Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and fighting with the officers after they caught up with him.
It all started when Detective Kody Glenn and Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre responded to a report of a man assaulting his pregnant wife at a residence on Highway 424. The two officers encountered a woman with visible injuries whose husband initially was hiding inside the house but then ran outside and fled in his pickup truck, heading west on Highway 424.

Both officers pursued Miley in their respective vehicles, with Sgt. Dupre being closest behind him. At times, Miley would suddenly apply his brakes, as if in an attempt to cause Sgt. Dupre to ram him. At one point, Miley stopped suddenly, put his truck in reverse, and collided with the pursuing patrol vehicle. Miley then fled again, headed to the driveway of his parents’ residence. At that time, Sgt. Dupre conducted a tactical maneuver and disabled Miley’s vehicle.

Sgt. Dupre and Detective Glenn then approached Miley’s vehicle. The vehicle doors were locked and Miley refused to exit after being given several verbal commands to do so. Sgt. Dupre then used his flash light to break the driver’s side window, at which point Miley attempted to gain control of Sgt. Dupre’s pistol. Miley continued to resist and attempted to pull Sgt. Dupre into the vehicle through the broken window. Sgt. Dupre was able to pull free and used his taser in an attempt to subdue Dylan.

After being tased, Miley attempted to drive his vehicle away, at which time he was administered a second taser burst. Detective Glenn then secured a tool from the bed of Miley’s truck and broke the passenger side window to gain entrance to the vehicle. Detective Glenn then was able to remove Miley from the truck and place him on the ground. Dylan continued to resist until he was handcuffed.

During the scuffle with Miley, Detective Glenn sustained a cut on his arm which required medical attention. Northshore EMS responded to the scene, treated Detective Glenn and evaluated Miley who was medically cleared. Meanwhile, Northshore EMS also responded to the scene of the domestic violence, treated the injured woman and transported her to the hospital. Detective Captain Tom Anderson and Patrol Deputy James Gregorio went to the hospital and obtained a statement from her.

Miley was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with domestic abuse strangulation, domestic abuse battery, domestic abuse on a pregnant woman, aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated assault with a vehicle on an officer, resisting an officer with force or violence , contempt of court and being a fugitive from the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole. Although a $50,000 bond was set for his current charges, he is not eligible for release due to his fugitive status.

Miley has been in the Washington Parish Jail six additional times dating back to April 2016. Previous charges include drug offenses, carrying a concealed weapon, domestic assault and failure to appear in court.

“This young man’s very poor choices should earn him several years in a state prison,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “He endangered the life of his pregnant wife, his unborn child, law enforcement officers and all other persons who were traveling on Highway 424 at the time. I encourage the District Attorney’s Office to vigorously prosecute him.”

Today in History for August 21st

August 20, 2019

Obituary

Odell Pittman
November 22, 1929 - August 13, 2019

Obituary

Ja'Keithon Breshard Cotton
August 26, 1993 - August 09, 2019

Available for Adoption at Washington Parish Animal Shelter

Some of the choices for a furry friend adoption are the following:
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All are ready for a new home! Call (985) 205-2023 today and click here to follow us on Facebook.

Council on Aging Health & Resource Fair is September 20th

The Washington Parish Council on Aging is hosting the Washington Parish Council on Aging Health and Resource Fair on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 10 AM to 12 PM. The event will be at 603 Willis Avenue in Bogalusa.

The Health & Resource Fair is designed for persons aged 60 and above to increase health awareness through education and prevention.  Available services are Flu shots, Wellness Screenings. 

20+ Vendors will be available to provide information. 

Obituary

David Joel Carruth
March 29, 1964 - August 13, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 19, 2019

Tyron Warren was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Steven Bedgood was booked In From Court
Chuck Jarrell was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Herman Sartin was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Leslie Woodward was booked on the charges of Probation Violation, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear
Emilee Williams was booked on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)
Dylan Miley was booked on the charges of Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Aggravated Assault With a Vehicle on an Officer, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Pregnant Woman, Contempt of Court, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Incumbent Parish Councilman Withdraws Re-election Bid

Levi Lewis, the incumbent Washington Parish Councilman for District 4, yesterday (August 19,
2019) filed a Notice of Withdrawal, ending his bid for re-election to the position. Voters will choose on October 12, 2019 from the two remaining candidates who qualified, Clark Harry of Angie and Gloria W. Kates of Bogalusa.

An Objection to the Candidacy of Levi Lewis, Sr. was filed by the State of Louisiana, Board of Ethics on August 16, 2019, alleging that, at the time he qualified on August 6th, Lewis had failed to file 2015, 2016, and 2017 Tier 2 Annual Personal Financial Disclosure Statements and had failed to pay the resulting fines, fees, and penalties of $7500. It was noted that Lewis paid $2500 on August 8, 2019, $4000 on August 8, 2019, and $1000 on August 9, 2019. The filing notes that per La. R.S. 18:492(A)(6), an action objecting to the candidacy of a person who qualified as a candidate shall be based on the grounds that the defendant falsely certified on his notice of candidacy that he does not owe any outstanding fines, fees, or penalties pursuant to the Code of Governmental Ethics.

A hearing was held Monday (August 19, 2019) and a Judgment was issued ordering Lewis' withdrawal from the October 12, 2019 election. Subsequently, Lewis filed his Notice of Withdrawal.

Today in History for August 20th

August 19, 2019

Obituary

Ruby Nell James Knight
September 24, 1933 - August 18, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 17-18, 2019

Katherine Vonhoven was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Sherry Hunt was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts) and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
Tyren Harris was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

Today in History for August 19th

August 17, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 15-16, 2019

Billy Yeager was booked on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Theft of a Motor Vehicle 1000-5000 (2 counts), Theft of Firearm, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Criminal Trespass
Misti Stewart was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500, and Theft Less Than 1000-5000
James Stewart was booked on the charge of Obstruction of Justice
David Mingo was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Austin Gill was booked on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Flight, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Contempt of Court
Steven Glover was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Michael Lewis was booked on the charges of Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Tyrease Brumfield was booked on the charge of First Degree Murder
Stacie Creel was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Benjamin Holmes was booked on the charges of No Taillight, No License Plate, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs
Larry Roberts was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)

Obituary

Monroe Wade May
June 29, 1944 - August 15, 2019

Today in History for August 17th

August 16, 2019

Can You Believe This Medicaid Fraud Case?

Editor's Note: This is not a local story, but I just had to post it!

In May 2017, after receiving information from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor Darryl Pupera, General Landry’s office began investigating A New Direction Support Services (ANDSS) for fraudulently billing Medicaid for services not rendered and services provided by unqualified staff. ANDSS, owned by Lanice Stamps, was a New Orleans behavioral health provider operating without a license. In less than a year, from September 2016 until July 2017, ANDSS billed Medicaid for 38,289 claims totaling $7.7 million. The company was paid nearly $2.5 million for said claims.

A Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI) analysis showed that Stamps was fraudulently receiving Medicaid benefits while spending over a million dollars of fraudulently obtained Medicaid provider funds on personal expenditures (in just one year) during the operation of ANDSS. The investigation uncovered various records that were doctored and forged. The number of hours billed compared to the amount of staff computed to each staffer would have worked 22.9 hours a day providing services to clients. Many of the parents interviewed revealed that their children did not receive any services from ANDSS and that some of their children were diagnosed with nonexistent severe mental health issues.

What’s more: as we have continuously seen with the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion, despite having over a million dollars in her bank account, Stamps applied and received Medicaid welfare benefits for her herself and her four children.

Stamps, 46 of New Orleans, was arrested in October 2017 on ten counts of Medicaid Fraud. Under the terms of her conviction, Stamps pled guilty to one count of felony theft and $1.3 million was seized from her bank accounts. Judge Fred Crifasi sentenced her to 15 years with the Department of Corrections with all but one year suspended. The sentence also included three years active supervised probation, $1,000 fine plus court costs, 300 hours of community service, random drug testing, and to continue to pay restitution on the current balance of $142,858.43.

“Medicaid fraud is a crime that robs our State of precious resources and endangers services to those in need,” said General Landry. “This conviction not only highlights the ongoing problems in the State's Behavioral Health Program but also the need for more Medicaid fraud detection and aggressive control efforts. I applaud Judge Crifasi, our investigators who work tirelessly to fight waste, fraud, and abuse and our prosecutors who work to ensure justice is served.”

Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money they are not entitled to. To report Medicaid fraud, abuse, and/or neglect in residential care facilities – call General Landry’s Medicaid Fraud Hotline at 888-799-6885.

Mandeville Woman Tried to Kill Her Former Attorney

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Patricia M. Currie (78) of Mandeville guilty Wednesday (August 14, 2019) of attempted second degree murder for trying to kill her former attorney. Currie faces from 10 to 50 years in prison when she appears before District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher for sentencing on September 30, 2019.

Attorney Keith Couture testified at trial that he was alone in a back office at his law firm on October 27, 2016, when he heard the door open. He walked to the front of the office and saw Currie sitting in a chair with latex gloves covering her hands, plastic grocery bags on her feet, and a white towel across her lap. Currie didn’t have an appointment, and when Couture asked her why she was there, she said she had come to kill him. Currie then moved the towel and raised the gun at Couture, but he was able to wrestle the weapon from her and call police.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrived and arrested Currie on the scene. Officers discovered that the gun not only was loaded but that Currie had four additional shotgun shells in her  undergarments and a box of additional ammunition in her car.

Currie testified in her own defense, admitting that she had gone to Couture’s office with her hands and feet covered and that she also had brought along a loaded shotgun, but she said she intended only to scare her former attorney—a claim rebutted by prosecutors.

“This was a cold-blooded, calculated attempted murder,” Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford said during her closing argument. “If it was not for the victim’s quick thinking to wrestle the gun away from her, he would be dead. We would not have heard from him but only be looking at his pictures.”

Couture had been Currie’s attorney during federal bankruptcy proceedings. Alford and Assistant District Attorney Angad S. Ghai also presented evidence that Couture may not have been the only attorney on Currie’s hit list. Just two hours before showing up at Couture’s office, Currie had been spotted in her red Camaro, parked in the woods outside the office of another attorney who had represented her for part of a three-decades-old legal dispute with the home owners’ association in her Mandeville neighborhood. An employee of the building where the law firm was located asked Currie to move her car from the woods to a visitor’s parking space, but she refused. She angrily gripped her steering wheel when she was told the attorney she wanted to see was not there and that police would be called. The worker noticed she was wearing blue latex gloves.

The jury deliberated just 15 minutes before voting unanimously to convict Currie.

Laurel, MS. Man Dies in 5-Car Crash on I-12

On Thursday (August 15, 2019) at approximately 5:30 PM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police
Troop L responded to a five vehicle fatal crash on I-12 near LA 1088 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 44-year-old Byron Lee Sanford of Laurel, MS.

Troopers determined that Sanford was driving a 2014 Ford F-150 eastbound on Interstate 12 in the left lane. Traffic ahead of Sanford had slowed to a stop due to traffic congestion. For reasons still under investigation, Sanford failed to observe the stopping vehicles ahead of him and crashed into the rear of a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck, causing a chain reaction five vehicle crash.

Sanford was unrestrained at the time of the crash. He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on-scene. The driver of the Chevrolet truck was properly restrained and sustained moderate injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

Impairment is not suspected to have been a contributing factor in this crash.

Tree Limb in Road Causes Death of Osyka Man Near Easleyville

Shortly before 5:00 am on Friday (August 16, 2019), Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 38 west of LA Hwy 43 in St. Helena Parish. The crash claimed the life of 36-year-old Douglas Glass of Osyka, MS.

The initial investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Glass, a Fireman with the Zachary Fire Department, was traveling westbound on LA Hwy 38 in a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. For reasons still under investigation, the Chevrolet struck a tree limb that was hanging across the roadway.

Glass was unrestrained at the time of the crash. He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.

Washington Parish Bicentennial Banquet Announced


Obituary

Dr. Chungsook ("Susan") Bae Lewis
September 22, 1945 - August 13, 2019

Today in History for August 16th

AP Top Stories August 16, 2019 AM