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August 11, 2020

District Judge Candidate Richard Ducote Addresses the Washington Parish Council

Richard Ducote, candidate for District Judge, Division J of the 22nd Judicial District Court, addressed the Washington Parish Council and those in attendance on August 10, 2020. 

Tropical Weather Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1. A low pressure system located about 900 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.  A better center of circulation is forming. Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for additional development, and  advisories could be initiated on a tropical depression as early as later today. The disturbance is forecast to move west-northwestward at around 15 mph across the tropical Atlantic during the next few days, and conditions are expected to become less conducive for development by the end of the week. Formation chance through 48 hours is high at 90% and formation chance through 5 days is also high at 90%. 

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Brenda Ann Turnipseed Schempp

October 13, 1944 - August 08, 2020

Seth Descant Announces Candidacy for Franklinton Board of Aldermen


I am excited to announce that I am running for the Franklinton Board of Aldermen. I’m starting my campaign by reaching out to you, my friends, neighbors, and community leaders, to ask for your endorsement, support, and volunteer effort.

Deciding to run for the board of aldermen was only made after great reflection. This community needs leadership that can generate results. You can expect to hear this phrase often in the coming weeks and months from my campaign: Let’s improve our quality of life. There are some basic facts about Franklinton that cannot be disputed:

1. We have a water crisis in this community. Clean drinking water is the most basic human need.

2. There are no public parks inside the town limits of Franklinton.

3. Traffic in our downtown area is dangerous and stifles business in that area.

4. Police departments around the country are at risk of losing funding, jeopardizing public safety.

Improving our quality of life starts with providing the basic standards for clean drinking water. Improving our quality of life is giving safe access to public recreation sites, whether through green spaces or fully developed parks. Improving our quality of life is making sure that businesses and customers are safe when shopping in town and encouraging visitors to come. Improving our quality of life is protecting the jobs of those that protect us day after day. Our quality of life is what makes this little town such an amazing place to live, work, and raise a family. This community is unique and must be preserved. It takes hard work and dedication and that is why I believe I am the right person at the right time for this position.

Today in History for August 11th

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August 10, 2020

St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office Arrests Man for Killing His Cousin

Carl C. Pitts, Jr. (43) faces a murder charge after being accused of shooting his cousin on Driftwood Lane, early Monday morning (August 10, 2020). Pitts is accused of shooting and killing Damona Moore (38). 

The St. Helena Sheriff's Office Detective’s Division, led by Chief Detective Laurie Sibley, interviewed witnesses which led to the arrest of Pitts. Pitts reportedly confessed to the shooting and killing of Moore.

The motive for the shooting is unclear at this time. Pitts is in custody at the St Helena Jail, charged with 2nd degree murder.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s K9 Division New Member

K9 Axel, a 6-month-old Belgian Malinois, was purchased by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office

earlier this year from a local breeder at six weeks old. Sergeant Ron Olivier, a certified canine trainer and a veteran with the STPSO K9 Division, immediately started his training. So far, K9 Axel has begun training on tracking and building searches and evidence recovery.

“He is learning very quickly,” Sergeant Olivier said. “He is a good dog. He is a smart dog.”

He is currently being trained on narcotics detection and will begin handler protection training when he is older. K9 Axel has at least six more months of training until he is ready to be in the field.

Once K9 Axel’s training is completed, he will replace K9 Thor, who will be retiring due to age.

“K9s play a vital role in our agency,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I am proud to have Sergeant Olivier, a certified K9 trainer, on staff to work with K9 Axel and all of K9 deputies.

BCSS Summer Feeding Program Resumes Grab & Go Bags


Bogalusa City Schools 2020-2021 Calendar


Washington Parish School System Reopening Video

Talley leaves DPEC And Democratic Party

Perry Talley, member of the Washington Parish Democratic Executive Committee and previously a Washington Parish Councilman, has issued the following statement as he resigns from the Washington Parish Democratic Executive Committee and prepares to change parties.


 Alvin Denman Strickland

September 06, 1951 - August 09, 2020


Woodrow Daniel Breland

September 04, 1959 - August 10, 2020

Tropical Weather Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1. A tropical wave and broad area of low pressure located about 600 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. A tropical depression could form during the next day or two while the disturbance moves generally westward to west-northwestward. Conditions are forecast to become less conducive for development by the end of the week. Formation chance through 48 hours is medium at 60% and  formation chance through 5 days is also medium at 60%. 

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 8-9, 2020

Mark Woods was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear, Failure to Pay Fine, Improper Equipment, and Attachment

Jamie Hardin was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Earnest Thurston was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery

Willie Brown was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs and Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute

Shelton Blackwell was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Probation and Parole Hold

Amanda Sumrall was booked on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Movable and Failure to Appear

Today in History for August 10th

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August 09, 2020

One Dead, Several Wounded at Trail Ride Event in Roseland

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for information regarding a shooting that occurred Saturday (August 8, 2020) night around 7:30 p.m. on Vernon Town Rd. in Roseland.

Multiple gunmen open fire in a large crowd during a trail ride event. One person was fatally shot and several wounded as a result of the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information regarding this tragic event to please come forward with information. TPSO Detective Matt Dean is the lead investigator. 

To submit anonymous information about a crime to local law enforcement, you may do so online through www.tangicrimestoppers.com or by calling 1-800-554-5245. You can also download the “P3 Tips” app to submit and track the status of tips on your smartphone.

Today in History for August 8th

August 08, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 7, 2020

Jaquan Brumfield was booked on the charges of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug Without Prescription or Order, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Contempt of Court

Lamar Dawson was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Theft Less Than 1000, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)

Thomas Alsobrooks was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Contempt of Court

Tiffany Roberts was booked on the charges of Attachment, No Seat Belt, Child Restraint Violation, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, and Expired Drivers License

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August 07, 2020

Amite Theft Suspect Sought

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public's assistance in identifying this male subject. He is accused of stealing merchandise from the Amite Walmart on July 7, 2020.

“If you have information on this case please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1.800.554.5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip! 

Be a part of the solution and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000! “

Source: Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc.

Shots Fired in Bogalusa Leads to “Marijuana Grow”

On Thursday morning (August 6, 2020), Officers assigned to the Bogalusa Police Department Criminal
Patrol Division responded to the 1300 block of Byrd Avenue in reference to shots fired.

During the course of the investigation, while searching a wooded area for the shooter, Officers discovered a marijuana grow consisting of 15 plants. A water hose was found with the plants, and it appeared they had been recently watered. Officers traced the hose back to a set of apartments on Byrd Avenue, and obtained a search warrant for the premises. While waiting for the search warrant to be signed, a subject exited the apartment, identified as Jaquan Brumfield. He was found to have active warrants from Bogalusa and New Orleans, and was placed under arrest.
BPD Officers then executed the search warrant at Brumfield’s apartment. Inside the apartment Officers seized a .40 caliber handgun, a 9mm handgun, an AR 15 Rifle, ammunition, marijuana seeds, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and over $5,100 in U.S. Currency.

Brumfield reportedly admitted to firing the shots that led Officers to the area. Brumfield was charged with Illegal use of a Dangerous Weapon, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Legend Drug, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Fugitive from an Outside Agency. 

Brumfield was booked into the Bogalusa City Jail, and later transferred to the Parish Jail. 

Washington Parish School System Revised School Calendar

The Washington Parish School Board adopted the revised 2020-2021 School Calendar during the August 6th board meeting. The revised calendar reflects changes to the opening date of school, Washington Parish Free Fair cancellation and spring holidays.


Roy R. Adams
March 2, 1943 - August 6, 2020


Susan McKeever Corkern
December 19, 1940 - August 6, 2020


Katrena Carol Miller
September 11, 1967 - August 01, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 5-6, 2020

Kristin Bourne was booked on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Billy Thorbjornsen was booked on the charges of Bond Surrender and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kacie Kihneman was booked on the charges of Probation Violation, Contempt of Court, and Probation and Parole Hold
Gary Loup was booked on the charges of No License Plate, No Proof of Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, No Motorcycle Endorsement, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Tyler McNabb was booked on the charge of Third Degree Rape
Richard Copeland was booked on the charges of Attempted Escape (2 counts), Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (2 counts), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, and Failure to Appear
John Arrington was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

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Today in History for August 7th

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August 06, 2020

More About LSU AgCenter's Free Nutrition Education Lessons

LSU AgCenter nutrition agents Amanda Gibson, Tiffany Williams and Katey Guedry discuss the upcoming FREE virtual nutrition education lessons. Register for a class below:

Adult registration: https://bit.ly/lsuadult
Youth registration: https://bit.ly/lsuyouth

Message from Washington Parish School System Re: Contact Information

Parents and Guardians:
WPSS encourages everyone to update contact information (phone number and email address) online ASAP. Important information from schools will be shared through phone calls, texts and emails.

Click here to update today.  First time users should contact the school and ask for the student’s PSN number to register.

Washington Parish School System Offers Meals Free to All Enrolled Students

Washington Parish School System today announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to
students under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the 2020‐2021 school year. All students will be served lunch and breakfast at no charge at the sites listed below.

Click here for more information. In addition, please contact: Washington Parish School System, Attention: Amanda Stafford, School Lunch Supervisor, P.O. Box 587; 800 Main Street, Franklinton, LA 70438, 985-839-3436, amanda.stafford@wpsb.info.

Enon Elementary School
14058 Hwy. 16
Franklinton, LA 70438

Franklinton Elementary
345 Jaguar Drive
Franklinton, LA 70438

Franklinton Primary
610 T.W. Barker Drive
Franklinton, LA 70438

Franklinton Jr High
617 Main Street
Franklinton, LA 70438

Franklinton High
1 Demon Circle
Franklinton, LA 70438

Mt Hermon
36119 Hwy 38
Mt Hermon, LA 70450

Pine Jr/Sr
1 Raider Drive
Franklinton, LA 70438

Thomas Elementary
30341 Hwy 424
Franklinton, LA 70438

Varnado Jr/Sr
25543 Washington St
Angie, LA 70426

Wesley Ray Elementary
30523 E Wesley Ray Rd
Angie, LA 70426


James "Jimmy" E. Jenkins
September 30, 1947 - August 04, 2020


Berry Alan Knight
April 11, 1966 - August 5, 2020


Shirley MacLachlan
April 21, 1944 - July 31, 2020

Help TPSO Locate These Two Teens

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public’s assistance in locating two missing/runaway teens. The cases are not related, however this year alone over 45 runaway teens have been reported.

“Finding missing juveniles, who are those under 18, is an important focus for this office,” states Sheriff Edwards. “Though the majority of missing juvenile cases lack a criminal component, our end goal is to see that children return home safe.”

At this time, we are asking community members to keep an eye out for the following two missing/runaway teens.
  • 17-year-old Desiree Stakes.  Desiree left her residence around 2:00 p.m. on August 3, 2020, and has not returned.  Desiree is described as 5'3" tall, 96 pounds, with blonde hair. 
  • 16-year-old Cardasha Harris. Cardasha left her Ponchatoula residence at 3 o’clock in the afternoon of August 5, 2020. Cardasha is approximately 5'3" tall and weighs about 160 pounds. 
Both families and our office are worried about the safety and well-being of these young girls.  Anyone knowing of their whereabouts is asked to contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office at 985-345-6150.  

One of the biggest tools for investigators in locating runaways is cooperation from parents and friends.  The more information a parent can provide, the better the chance that law enforcement has of determining where their child may be. We encourage all parents or guardians to take an active role and learn as much about their children’s friends as possible.

Senator Beth Mizell's Session News & Summer Update

Let's Move Louisiana Forward
From Beth's Desk
When regular session began in early March, we had not seen a positive COVID-19 case in most of the nation, certainly not in Louisiana. Little did we expect in mid-March when we shut down our state that we would still be in this situation at this point in August. But here we are.
Rural Broadband
The Rural Broadband bill I filed in January took on much greater importance and interest because of the COVID shutdown sending everyone to work or attend school from home. Those of us in rural Louisiana do not have the benefit of connecting to the internet like our urban citizens and it’s a terrific hardship, especially now.

My bill passed in regular session was vetoed by Gov. Edwards. After consultation and adjustments, the bill was passed in Special Session and signed by the Governor. The bill allows broadband providers to use the right of ways used by our Electric Cooperatives to install internet to our rural citizens. It also requires telecommunications companies and Co-ops to come to the Capital next January to testify on what has prevented them from installing rural broadband so that we can bring legislation to fix whatever problems has caused that obstacle.
Bogue Chitto State Park
Last year I had a bill that shut down the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission and had its remaining funds allocated to enhancement of Bogue Chitto State Park. A Town Hall with Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, myself and park staff was held to discuss what those enhancements may be. Some great ideas that were heartfelt were shared by citizens in attendance. 

Since then the Children’s Trail has been added, a wonderful shade cover was placed over the Children’s Playground, the Equestrian Area has a bathroom facility and the Mountain Bike Trail area is in the midst of a major expansion. 

There’s much more to come and this park will be the "shining star of our State Park system." That’s the term used by the Park Manager Tony Fricke, I love that prediction!
Veterans Memorial Park
Recently a sign was erected on Hwy 10 at Million Dollar Road (between Bogalusa and Franklinton) publicly announcing the Veterans Memorial Park would be on that site. It’s a beautiful property that was leased to the Veterans Memorial Park Committee from LSU for this specific purpose. 

The idea came from Matt Parker when we discussed how best to use the funds left from the Vietnam Wall visit in Franklinton. We wanted to make this a permanent dedication for Washington Parish to honor our veterans. 

There will be efforts coming to make the Park worthy of its name and I will keep you all informed.
In Conclusion
We have so much work to do here. We want our children to stay in Louisiana and raise their families here. We want our children and grandchildren to have schools that will offer quality education. We want roads and bridges that will attract new industries to come and allow us to move freely throughout our state. We want quality health care and an environment safe from crime in our communities. Those are hurdles we must climb together.

But–I will begin and end with broadband because that’s what it means to our citizens and the prosperity we want to see. Education, health care, economic prosperity–all depend on getting connectivity to our rural areas. It’s that simple. I plan to bring new legislation to push this forward when we meet again, which may be as soon as October. 

Mississippi is doing big things and we cannot be tolerant of being left in the dark in Louisiana. Please reach out if I can help in any way, and let’s move Louisiana forward together!

Please let’s all stay safe and follow guidelines so we can beat this COVID-19 as soon as possible!

~ Beth

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August 05, 2020

Franklinton Police Officers Respond to Medical Emergency

On July 31, 2020, Franklinton Police Officers responded to a medical emergency at a local grocery store
where a person had possibly suffered a heart attack and was unresponsive. Patrolman Anthony Cox, Patrolman James Harper, and Reserve Patrolman Thomas Mitchell arrived on the scene. After assessing the situation, Officers began preforming CPR utilizing their training.

Officers were able to revive the person and locate a weak pulse with shallow breathing as EMS arrived. EMS took over the care and applied the life-saving device AED (Automated External Defibrillator), which helped to stabilize the person for transport to Riverside Medical Center for more extensive treatment. Due to the life-threatening event Officers escorted the ambulance to the hospital so that further treatment could begin.

Franklinton Police Department Officers receive annual first-aid training which includes CPR certification.

Chief Brown applauds the quick thinking and decisive life-saving techniques performed by the officers.

Tips to Help Young Kids Mask Up

This Week's Episode of "Our Lady of the Angels Talk With a Doc"

Our Lady of the Angels Talk With a Doc series is a health education feature to keep us informed on
health-related concerns and needs from subject matter experts as well as the services available in Washington Parish. Today’s episode features Our Lady of the Angels Physician Group Pediatricians, Dr. Raghubir Mangat and Dr. Katie Queen.


Melanie Lisa Patterson
April 09, 1957 - August 03, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is Hiring

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Second Summer Food Distribution is Friday

Second Harvest Food Bank and Washington Parish Government will be having the second Summer Food Distribution on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 9:00 AM. 

This event will be held at Franklinton High School. They are expecting three eighteen wheeler loads, one each of meat, produce and milk. Shipments from Premiere Catering, the Covid Food Assistance Program (CFAP) vendor, has been confirmed. 

You do not have to pre-qualify. Two families per car. “First-Come, First-Served” until it is gone. 

Tropical Weather Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1: Post-Tropical Cyclone Isaias is over southeastern Quebec in Canada, continues to weaken, and is expected to dissipate.

Disturbance 2:  A small low pressure system located a few hundred miles southwest of Bermuda is forecast to drift southwestward during the next couple of days. Any development of this disturbance should be slow to occur.  Formation chance through 48 hours and through 5 days is low at 10%. 

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