January 15, 2019

Bogalusa Mayor's Wellness Council Receives Award

The Bogalusa Mayor's Wellness Council was recognized for receiving the National Rural Health Community Star Award at the Washington Parish Council meeting Monday evening (January 14, 2019). Bogalusa is the first Louisiana to win the award in ten years. A number of important and innovate activities have been and are being undertaken, that includes a soon-to-open detox center, by the Wellness Council to make Bogalusa and Washington Parish to become the “healthiest community in Louisiana.”

Taffy Morrison delivered comments regarding the award and recognized Mayor Wendy Perrette and the diverse group of Council's leadership.

Workman Chosen as Washington Parish Council Chairman

At the first meeting of the new year, the Washington Parish Council chose District 3 Councilman Chris Workman as Chairman and District 7 Councilman David Anthony as Vice-Chairman. In addition, recently-elected Rusty Fornea, representing District 5, was sworn into office by Washington Parish Clerk of Court Johnny Crain.

The Council then got down to business. They adopted three Ordinances, approved five Resolutions, heard a presentation regarding the Bogalusa Mayor's Wellness Council Award, heard a presentation regarding Representative Malinda White's Award as Rural Health Legislator of the Year, and heard reports by Parish President Thomas and his staff.

One of the resolutions approved was to recognize parish employees Gary Nathaniel Sumrall and Shirley Lynn Cox for their heroic actions that saved a life during the November, 2018 flood event. (See separate story)


Larry Eugene Deaton
June 12, 1960 - January 13, 2019


Laura Adams Seals
June 08, 1961 - January 12, 2019

Two Parish Employees Recognized for Heroic Actions

Washington Parish Transportation employees Gary Nathaniel Sumrall and Shirley Lynn Cox were recognized Monday evening (January 14, 2019) at the Washington Parish Council meeting for saving the life of a stranded man on top of a vehicle during the flood event of November, 2018. The two were scouting parish roads and, while in a flooded area, they saw headlights and heard cries for help. They were unable to reach the elderly man in their first attempt. Returning to their vehicle, Sumrall retrieved and used a 50-foot length of hose to save the partially submerged man. The two then treated the man for hypothermia until assistance arrived to get the man to the hospital.
Their heroic actions were taken under very challenging conditions: in a flooded area, strong water currents, and in the dark. Immediate action was needed and, with perseverance and heroism, immediate action was take and they saved a life.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 14, 2019

Sean Ansman was booked 01/14 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense)
Scipio Burton was booked 01/14 on the charge of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Bradley Young was booked 01/14 on the charge of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment
Judith Gray was booked 01/14 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Richard Magee was booked 01/14 on the charges of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, Theft Less Than 1000, and Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden
Mary Diaz was booked 01/14 on the charges of Theft of a Motor Vehicle/1000 to 5000 and Contempt of Court

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January 14, 2019

Troopers Arrest Kentwood Man for Hit and Run

Yesterday (January 13, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A arrested Jacob H. Stewart (26) of Kentwood man for hit and run driving, narcotics violations and various other charges
for causing a crash on I-12 and fleeing the scene on the evening of November 4, 2018.

The investigation began shortly before 6:00 pm on November 4, 2018, when Troopers were notified of a two-vehicle crash on I-12 westbound near Satsuma Rd. When Troopers arrived, a driver stated that her vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle and that the driver of the vehicle her handed her his Louisiana ID card before fleeing the scene on foot. However, he left his vehicle on the shoulder of I-12.

Troopers determined the driver of the vehicle was Stewart. A search of the vehicle revealed a syringe filled with a substance Troopers believed to be narcotics. The syringe was submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, and the contents were determined to be Methamphetamines. Troopers obtained an arrest warrant for Stewart.

On the morning of January 13, 2019, Troopers located Stewart at a residence in Baton Rouge.


James "Boe" Walter Archer, Jr.
February 18, 1942 - January 13, 2019


Paulette Westmoreland Beall
July 31, 1943 - January 14, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 10-11, 2019

Ronnie Williams was booked 01/10 on the charges of Careless Operation, Open Container, and Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)
Felicia Howze was booked 01/10 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs/Tetrahydrocannabinols or Synthetic Cannabinoids, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Joseph Brown was booked 01/10 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Contempt of Court, Attempted Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana
Kevin Fortenberry was booked 01/11 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense), Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (3 counts), Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Appear
JaQuen Causey was booked 01/11 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Battery of a Dating Partner, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Louis Peters was bookd 01/11 on the charge of Probation Violation
Jermine Love was booked 01/11 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Crystall Mizell was booked 01/11 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Everett Rhea was booked 01/11 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold


Kerrie B. Branch
March 09, 1959 - January 12, 2019


Ruby "Jean" Hollingsworth Stogner
May 10, 1937 - January 12, 2019

Today in History for January 14th

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January 11, 2019

Black History Celebration and MLK Parade in Varnado January 19th

The 15th Annual Black History Celebration and MLK Parade will take place in Varnado Saturday, January 19. The parade begins as noon and the program follows.


Peggy S. Varnado
June 06, 1951 - January 11, 2019


Michael Schilling
January 10, 2019


James Sydney Stewart
April 14, 1935 - January 11, 2019


Audrey Bankston Seal
August 7, 1941 - January 9, 2019


Charles Louis Adams
December 11, 1947 - January 09, 2019


Russell McElveen
February 25, 1941 - January 9, 2019

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Republican Phillipp Bedwell Announces Candidacy for State Representative - District 75

Bogalusa, LA - Republican Phillipp Bedwell officially announced his candidacy for the State
Representative seat, Louisiana House District 75, that encompasses portions of Washington and St. Tammany Parishes. His announcement was held at the January meeting of the Washington Parish Republican Women's Club. Bedwell stressed his conservative beliefs, his community roots, and his qualifications for holding the office during his announcement speech.

“The people of District 75 have the opportunity to establish a new and better way for our area - one that returns the power to the individual and reestablishes the independence that this country was founded on,” Bedwell said. “If we do things right, we will get the government out of our lives except when absolutely necessary.”

Bedwell’s roots in District 75 are strong and deep. Both of his parents were raised in this district, where they eventually raised both Bedwell and his siblings. Here, Bedwell attended Terrace Elementary, Bogalusa Junior High, and Bowling Green High School. He then went on to attend and graduate from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in law enforcement.

January 10, 2019


Huey Franklin Reynolds
February 15, 1933 - January 10, 2019

Drummond Elected Bogalusa City Council President

At the first Bogalusa City Council meeting of 2019, Councilman Teddy Drummond was elected Council President (replacing Councilwoman Gloria Kates) and first-term Councilwoman Danielle Keys was elected Vice-President. The meeting was productive and and cordial, with many expressions of optimism for the years ahead.

Taffy Morrison appeared before the Council to announce that the Bogalusa Mayor's Wellness Council had received the prestigious National Rural Health Community Star Award (beginning at 6:10 into the video) for community health achievements. Bogalusa is the first Louisiana City to receive the award in the last ten years. Louisiana State Representative Malinda White was also recognized (beginning at 18:30 into the video) as having been named Louisiana Legislator of the Year for supporting rural health issues.

Seven Ordinances were introduced (to be considered at the next meeting on January 22, 2019) and Public Hearings were held on three Ordinances. An Ordinance to purchase equipment for the Fire Department was approved, an Ordinance to approve the 2019 Operating and Capital Budgets was tabled. An Ordinance to provide sanctions to compel attendance by Council Members at Council meetings was also tabled.

During the Public Participation segment of the meeting (beginning at 54:30 into video), residents "Foots" Quinn, Carolyn Peters, Raymond Tate, and Debra Young addressed the Council. During the Administrative Remarks segment of the meeting (beginning at 1:04:24 into video of the meeting), Department Heads provided their reports and Mayor Perrette expressed optimism and her enthusiasm in working with Council.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 9, 2019

Whitney McNeese was booked 01/09 on the charges of Fraudulent Acquisition of a Credit Card, Theft 1000-5000, and Identity Theft
Shawn Singletary was booked 01/09 on the charge of Identity Theft
Candace Applewhite was booked 01/09 on the charges of Identity Theft and Theft Less Than 1000-5000
Christopher Miller was booked 01/09 on the charges of No Taillight, Driving Without Headlights, Expired Drivers License, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), No Insurance, Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II drugs, and Resisting an Officer (2 counts)
Meagan Petrolia was booked 01/09 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Clyde Smith was booked 01/09 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Resisting Arrest
Shakerian Allen was booked 01/09 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)

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January 09, 2019

Ponchatoula Man Loses Life in Fiery Crash

On Thursday night (January 8, 2019), a single vehicle crash in Livingston Parish claimed the life of
James B. Brunet of Ponchatoula. At approximately 11:00 pm on January 8, 2019, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 42 east of LA Hwy 63 in Livingston Parish. The crash took the life of 46-year-old James B. Brunet of Ponchatoula.

The initial investigation by Louisiana State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Brunet was driving west on LA Hwy 42 and for unknown reasons, ran off the roadway to the right. His vehicle struck some trees and became engulfed in flames.

Brunet was pronounced deceased on scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office.

Three Charged in Burglaries Near Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested three individuals after they were caught burglarizing vehicles Tuesday morning (January 8, 2019) at a condominium complex off Airport Road near Slidell.
A resident called to report his vehicles had been burglarized and that he had suspicious persons in the neighborhood. Responding deputies established a perimeter around the complex and two individuals matching the descriptions provided by a resident were observed attempting to flee the area by running through backyards and hopping fences. The two were located and detained with the assistance of K-9 Deputy Zarik and his handler. A third individual was located shortly thereafter, hiding in a nearby backyard, and was also taken into custody. They were found to be in possession of cash, jewelry and other items of value taken during the course of these burglaries.

Arrested were Derrick Bailey (18) and Darrius Mitchell (21), both of Harvey, and a 16-year-old Slidell-area juvenile. Each was charged with Simple Burglary (4 counts) and Resisting an Officer.


James Larry Wilson
August 01, 1948 - January 01, 2019

Slidell Man Gets 30 Years For Mojo Death of Teen

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Jamie D. Cooper (35) of Slidell pleaded guilty
Friday (January 4, 2019) to negligent homicide and distribution of synthetic marijuana for providing the drugs that led to the death of a Mandeville teenager in 2016. Cooper was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Covington Police Department officers were called to the Columbia Landing on March 13, 2016 and discovered the unresponsive body of a 17-year-old Mandeville boy. Another teenager, who had called the police, admitted that he and his friend had smoked a brand of synthetic marijuana, known as Mojo. The surviving teen said he passed out and awakened to find his friend on top of him in a ditch filled with water. The boy later was pronounced dead at a St. Tammany hospital.

The teens had bought the drugs for $20 from a middle man, Jarbari Pea (25) of Covington, who pleaded guilty in May of 2017 to negligent homicide and Distribution of Synthetic Cannabinoids (Schedule 1) for his role in the crime. Pea was sentenced to five years in prison on the negligent homicide charge and 10 years, with five of them suspended, on the distribution charge. His sentences are to be served concurrently.

Cooper provided the Mojo to Pea, and both men walked away with $10.

As part of the plea agreement, District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Cooper as a second felony offender to five years in prison on the negligent homicide count and 30 years on the distribution charge. Both sentences are to be served at the same time without the possibility of sentence reduction for “good time.”

Montgomery said this case should be a warning to students and to the larger community about the danger of the synthetic chemicals found in these manufactured drugs, which respond unpredictably in individuals. “Too many people, especially young people, are underestimating the danger of using marijuana and these synthetic compounds for recreation,” Montgomery said. “The consequences can be serious, even deadly.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 5-8, 2019

Gregory Pittman was booked 01/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Expired MVI
Kimberly Burnham was booked 01/06 on the charge of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery
Carlos Walker was booked 01/08 on the charges of No Turn Signals (2 counts), No Insurance, Possession of Marijuana, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present (2 counts), and Resisting Arrest by Flight
Shaun Levasseur was booked 01/08 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Corey Walker was booked 01/08 on the charges of Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present

Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith Resigns

After three years at the helm of the Franklinton Police Department, Olander Smith submitted his resignation Tuesday night (January 8, 2019) during the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting. His resignation is effective February 1, 2019.

Smith is a resident of the Hackley community of Washington Parish. Prior to serving as Franklinton Poice Chief, Smith retired from the Louisiana State police after thirty three years, achieving the rank of Major and directing four Troops. Mr. Smith has over forty years of public service in law enforcement.

During his term as Police Chief and in addition to his primary duties, Smith initiated a Safety Expo for children, joined in efforts to address the parish's addiction crisis, promoted efforts to involve youth in the betterment of the community, worked with the District Attorney to address the plight of crime victims, and served on the Washington St. Tammany Electric Board of Directors.

Smith finished his brief remarks by sharing how you “get what you want” and that is by planning, by working, and by praying.

We wish Chief Smith the best in the future.

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January 08, 2019


Justine Conerly
June 20, 1985 - December 29, 2018

Pedestrian Struck and Killed on East Causeway Approach

The Mandeville Police Department responded this morning (January 8, 2019) to a crash that took the
life of Gregory Discon. The crash occurred on East Causeway Approach near the intersection of Kleber Street.

The investigation revealed that Discon had just been involved in a single vehicle accident immediately before the fatality that claimed his life. In that incident, a dog reportedly ran out in front of him causing him to strike the raised median and a street sign near the same location. His car was towed due to damage. A family member, Scott Discon, arrived to pick up the victim. The victim was in front passenger seat but after pulling off, realized he left personal effects on top of the car which blew off and into the street. Gregory Discon got out and proceeded to the rear of the car and began gathering his belongings in the lane of travel. A white 2014 Mercedes struck the victim, killing the victim instantly.


Julius Edward Bolton
August 05, 1955 - January 04, 2019


Joshua Caleb Murphy
July 7, 1977 - January 6, 2019

Bogalusa Woman Identified as Mandeville Crash Victim

Cassandra McClain, age 37 and of Bogalusa, has been identified as the pedestrian who died after being struck by two vehicles near Mandeville on Saturday evening (January 5, 2019), according to an article by Bob Warren, NOLA.com (Click here to read).  McClain died of multiple blunt force trauma to her head, chest and abdomen, the Coroner’s Office said.

St. Tammany Parish Coroner Charles Preston's office had requested help in identifying the victim and reported that the victim was not carrying ID or a cell phone and that she was African-American, believed to be in her mid to late 30s and wearing dark clothing and black earrings.

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L determined the victim, now identified as McClain, was wearing dark clothing and was walking in the eastbound lane of US 190 on the Bayou Castine Bridge. She was first struck by a vehicle driven by Melvin Ruiz (37) of Mandeville. Following that collision, McClain was also struck by a vehicle driven by Emily Anne Jeanfreau (17) of Mandeville. McClain was transported to Lakeview Regional Medical Center by St. Tammany Fire District 4 and was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital.


Essie Marie Newman
July 17, 1940 - January 03, 2019

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January 07, 2019

Arrest Made in Slidell After Man Robs and Batters Ex-Girlfriend

A man was arrested Sunday (January 6, 2018) after he reportedly robbed and battered his ex-girlfriend in a Slidell-area motel room before fleeing from authorities.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a motel on Yaupon Drive in Slidell shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday after a female occupant reported her ex-boyfriend, Kevin Martin (22), had forced his way into her room, battered her and stole her wallet, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash. She told deputies Martin then exited the motel room and ran toward a nearby shopping area.

With the assistance of a Slidell Police Department officer, who was working nearby security detail, STPSO deputies were able to locate Martin and, after initially resisting, was taken into custody. The stolen cash was located in the pocket of Martin’s jacket and was returned to the victim.

Martin was charged with Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Battery of a Dating Partner, and Aggravated Burglary.


Jeannie Spears O'Brien
December 8, 1946 - January 6, 2019

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