June 24, 2019

Hammond Man Accused of Rape of 16-Year-Old

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest on June 21, 2019 of Leroy George, Jr. (51) of Hammond on the charge of Second Degree Rape. George is accused of forcibly raping a 16-year-old female.

The incident took place on June 2, 2019, inside of an apartment in a complex located on Quick Boulevard in Hammond. George was taken into custody following a thorough investigation. Bond was set at $50,500. 

4th of July Jamboree at Pine Malt Stand


Bogalusa Strong June Meeting is Tomorrow

Come join Bogalusa Strong for their monthly meeting Tuesday (June 25, 2019) from  12:00 PM to
1:00 PM at the Bogalusa Country Club. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled “Moving Forward: Let's Make It Happen”. Moving forward into its second year, Bogalusa Strong wants to focus on what the community has identified as important to them and make some great strides in meeting these needs.

Bogalusa is experiencing a rebirth and continues to be a city full of passionate, caring people who are working together to create solutions.

A donation box for men, women, and children's gently used clothes, shoes, etc. and for blessing box items will be available at the meeting to support the homeless and those in need.

The lunch menu includes Salmon or Baked Chicken, Salad Bar, Baked Sweet Potato,  Wild Rice, and Grilled Peaches Dessert. The Bogalusa Country Club dining services is  under new management-Golden Pear Restaurant. Lunch is $10.00 and debit and credit cards are now accepted.

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


Deputies Recover Body of 14-year-old from East Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of a 14-year-old Slidell-area boy late
Sunday night (June 23, 2019) in the East Pearl River.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division and Dive Team were dispatched to the East Pearl River near I-10 in reference to a juvenile that had gone into the water and had not resurfaced.

The 14-year-old boy was boating with family members on the East Pearl River when the group decided to tie their boat under the Interstate and go swimming.  When the rest of the group returned to the boat, the 14-year was not with them. 

Shortly before midnight, STPSO deputies located the boy’s body in the area where he had last been seen. The body was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for a cause and manner of death determination.

Sheriff Seal Awards Scholarship

The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association awards sixty-four scholarships each year to worthy Louisiana
high school graduates to provide assistance in furthering their education and training. One student is selected from each parish by the Sheriff of that parish. After a thorough review of all applications received, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal selected Nate Bracy, a recent graduate of Franklinton High School, as the recipient of the $500 scholarship.

Bracy has demonstrated scholarship and leadership throughout his high school career, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. He was selected to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference and Boys’ State as a representative of Franklinton High School. Additionally, he is a member of the Beta Club, the National Honor Society and Interact. Bracy received academic honors in Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, English, English II, English III and United States History, all the while taking dual enrollment classes at Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana Tech. He was a three year recipient of the Taylor Scholar Award.

Bracy intends to continue his education at Southeastern where he plans to major in civil engineering and pursue a career in the construction industry. In addition to his academic achievements, Bracy also demonstrated athletic leadership. As a member of the Demons baseball team, he was awarded First Team All-District honors and the Mrs. Jewel Tageant award.

Bracy, whose Father is a Bogalusa police officer and whose Mother is a school counselor, endured significant hardship in 2016 when the family home flooded with five feet of water. This created difficult financial circumstances for the family, but working together as a family unit, they persevered and slowly rebuilt their lives.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “It is such an honor for me to present this scholarship to such a worthy young man. Nate has demonstrated character and leadership which will be benchmarks for his future achievements. Washington Parish is fortunate to be able to claim him as a native son. I salute him as one of Washington Parish’s finest.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 22-23, 2019

Ritchie Martin was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace
Robert Hanson was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Derrick Gibson was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Hunter Coats was booked on the charges of Switched License Plates, Failure to Change Registration, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Branikin Crain was booked on the charge of Battery of a Dating Partner
Grant Davidson was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Olajawn Magee was booked on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)

Today in History for June 24th

AP Top Stories June 24, 2019 AM

June 23, 2019

Mandeville Woman Begins Shooting After Fiance is Fired

Natalie Williams (32) of Mandeville is facing an attempted murder charge after she fired a gun
multiple times at several people, including a 1-year-old boy, over a dispute involving a trucker’s job and an 18-wheeler.

Around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon (June 21, 2019), Slidell Police received several 911 calls about a female who was shooting at people in the parking lot of the Travel Centers of America at 1682 Gause Boulevard). When officers arrived, they located three victims who claimed that Williams tried to kill them after her fiancé was fired from his job as a truck driver.

One of the victim’s, who is the owner of a trucking company, confronted Williams and her fiancé outside of an 18-wheeler in the back parking lot of the Travel Centers of America. The owner decided to fire Williams’ fiancé for poor job performance and evict them from their 18-wheeler. An argument ensued, at which time William retrieved a firearm and began firing several rounds at the owner of the trucking company. Williams then pointed the gun at the victim’s truck, and fired several more rounds inside the cab of the truck. Inside of the truck were the victim’s fiancé and their 1-year-old son. Miraculously, no one struck by the bullets.

Slidell Police officers arrived on the scene within minutes and were able to locate Williams, who was hiding in a nearby patch of woods. Williams was arrested without incident, and was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder.

Bogalusa Man Dies in St. Tammany Crash

On Friday June 21, 2019, at approximately 10:00 PM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
were notified of a serious injury crash on LA 437 near Playmakers Rd. in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 42-year-old Eric Jason Quave of Bogalusa.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Quave was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro northbound on LA 437. As Quave’s vehicle entered a right curve, his vehicle traveled into the southbound lane and into the ditch on the southbound side of the roadway. After entering the ditch, Quave’s vehicle impacted an embankment and overturned.

Quave, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from his vehicle. He sustained severe injuries and was transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital by Acadian Ambulance in critical condition. Shortly after Quave’s arrival, he succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

Today in History for June 23rd

June 22, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 20-21, 2019

Todd Frisbie was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Improper Lane Usage
Steven Lewis was booked on the charge of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s)
Brandie Bailey was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1/Ecstasy and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Malcolm Beal was booked on the charges of Vehicle Burglary and Parole Violation
Deana Clawson was booked In For Court
Daniel Lawrence was booked In For Court
Malcom Moses was booked on the charges of Driving On One Way Roadways/Rotary Traffic Island, Careless Operation, Expired License Plate, Driving Under Suspension, Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), and Contempt of Court
Angelle LaCroix was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Expired MVI, Driving Under Suspension, Contempt of Court (3 counts), and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Jason Jones was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Adrionne Peters was booked on the charges of Proper Equipment Required on Vehicles, Expired License Plate, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs
Deona Pittman was booked on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500 and Contempt of Court
Dequantus Conerly was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)

Today in History for June 22nd

June 21, 2019

Obituary

Loretta E. Parker
August 7, 1958 - June 19, 2019

Obituary

Jerry James Beard
March 17, 1947 - June 20, 2019

Obituary

Amanda Kay Watson
February 4, 1984 - June 18, 2019

Runaway Juveniles Sought by Washington Parish Sheriff's Office

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office requests the public’s assistance in locating two runaway juveniles who were last seen on Robert Sumrall Road in the Lawrence Creek community. It is believed they may be together.
Debbie Stockstill, 14, and Malachi Crockett, 15, may be in either the Franklinton or Tylertown area.

Any person who has information about the location of either of these juveniles are asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434.

“Please help us find these children,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “We have no idea why they fled, but we do want to locate them and pray that no harm comes to them. If you have any information whatsoever, please call and let us know

June 20, 2019

WPSO Solves Burglary With Arrest of Abita Springs Man

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have been working to solve a residential burglary
which occurred recently on Highway 1075. The investigation led to the arrest yesterday (June 19, 2019) of Nicholas Lane Miller (22), a resident of Abita Springs.

Detectives noticed there was no sign of forced entry into the residence, leading them to believe the intruder possibly had a key to the house. The homeowner identified Miller as someone he had hired recently to work at his house and shortly afterwards he noticed his house key was missing. Investigative report by detectives tied Miller directly to the burglary and he was located and arrested.

Items reported missing from the house includes firearms, collectible coins and a safe. Any person with knowledge of this burglary, or any person who has purchased any items from Miller, is asked to contact Detective Corbet Hunt at (985) 839-3434.

Miller had a previous stay in the Washington Parish Jail from December 4, 2018 through January 22, 2019, charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

“It appears Miller has a propensity for burglary,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “At the young age of 22, he is not going down a good path for the future. Hopefully, he will realize the consequences of his poor decisions and make some lifestyle changes. Meanwhile, if he or anyone else wants to continue with a life a crime, they can be assured that we will be hot on their trail and determined to arrest them and put them in jail.”

Help Locate This Missing Runaway Juvenile


Obituary

Glynn Donnell Ross
September 09, 1949 - June 14, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 19, 2019

Carla Landry was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs/Tetrahydrocannabinols or Symthetic Cannabinoids, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Nicholas Miller was booked on the charge of Simple Burglary
Kimberly Spears was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Brittany Walker was booked In From Court
Chad Thomas was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Criminal Trespass
Lena McElveen was booked In For Court and on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)

Today in History for June 20th

AP Top Stories June 20, 2019 AM

June 19, 2019

Shoplifter Drags Slidell PD Officer and Flees Into MS

Robert E. Myers (51) of Picayune, Mississippi is facing serious charges after he dragged a Slidell
Police officer with his vehicle and attempted to run over another officer, after shoplifting from Walmart.

Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, June 18, 2019), Slidell Police were called to Walmart at 39142 Natchez Drive about a shoplifting in progress. Myers fled from the store but officers located him in the parking lot. Two officers approached Myers' truck and asked him to step out and speak with them. Myers refused and attempted to leave. One officer, trying to stop Myers, was dragged for a short distance through the Walmart parking lot. Myers aggressively accelerated through the Walmart parking lot and attempted to run over another officer, who was able to maneuver out of the path of Myers’ truck.

Other officers responding to the scene spotted Myers on Gause Boulevard as he was attempting to get onto I-10. Slidell Police officers chased Myers into Mississippi, where he ultimately lost control of his truck on Highway 607. After the crash, Myers was taken into custody. Myers told Slidell Police officers that he didn’t think they could chase him into a different state. Myers was sadly mistaken.

Mississippi Highway Patrol, who assisted Slidell Police during the pursuit, booked Myers into the Hancock County Jail for: Driving with a Suspended License, Reckless Driving, and No Insurance. Once Myers satisfies those charges, he will be extradited back to Louisiana where he will face charges of Theft (3rd Offense – Felony), Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer, Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle upon a Peace Officer, No Insurance, and Driving with a Suspended License.

Myers suffered minor injuries during the crash. No Slidell Police officer was injured during the incident.

Meet Candidate for Sheriff Olander "Smitty" Smith

My name is Olander “Smitty” Smith and I am asking for your support and vote to become your next
Sheriff of Washington Parish. I have pondered the question of running for Sheriff for months. With the encouragement of a number of law enforcement colleagues and personal friends, I came to the conclusion we need a new direction and change in Washington Parish if we truly want to be a safe, secure, and special place to raise our families. I am fully invested, professionally and personally, in the well-being of our parish and its future.

I was born and raised in Washington Parish. This is home for me and my family. I am married to Elisa Williams-Smith and we have six children and 12 grand-children. I started my 33-year law enforcement career with Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO) in 1977. From there I became a State Trooper with the Louisiana State Police (LSP) in 1979. I rose from Trooper to commander of Troop L in Mandeville and was eventually promoted to commander for Region 1, consisting of Troops A, B, C, and L; encompassing 23 parishes. During my career with the LSP I spent time not only as a Trooper, but I also served with the Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) Team; served as a narcotics sergeant; oversaw the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit; supervised the communications center; commanded the Technical Support Unit; and oversaw the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information. I decided to retire in 2010; however, Sheriff Randy Seal personally requested I serve as a Deputy Chief, again with the WPSO. I served there from 2012 until 2015, at which time, due to differences of opinions, I resigned. At the request of the Mayor and City Council of Franklinton I again came out of retirement to become Chief of Police for the City of Franklinton until 2019. I now want to serve the citizens of this great parish in a larger capacity. I am committed to the well-being of this parish and its citizens. This is why I want to be your Sheriff.

Along with my professional career and family, I am an active member of various community groups and organizations, such as Louisiana State Troopers’ Association, Magnolia State Peace Officer Association, Washington Men’s Club, Louisiana Chiefs’ of Police Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and Eureka Lodge #27 Prince Hall Mason. Additionally, I am a member of the boards for the Washington / St. Tammany Electric Co-op, Franklinton Area Economic Development Foundation, and the Washington Parish 911 Board. I have also previously been a member of the Washington Parish Fair Association, Washington Parish Gas District #2, and the Central State Troopers’ Association.

Our deputies do an amazing and thank-less job. However, they could benefit from strategic guidance that only experienced and dedicated leadership can provide. I bring over 33-years of full-spectrum law enforcement experience as well as command expertise to provide our dedicated deputies with strategic guidance, supervision, and commitment as well as I promise to always serve as an example of integrity and discipline so that they can better serve the parish.

My name is Olander “Smitty” Smith and I am asking for your support and vote on 12 October 2019 to become your next Sheriff of Washington Parish.

Experience * Integrity * Commitment

Obituary

Betty Joyce Hughes
May 21, 1946 - June 17, 2019

Obituary

Lyndia B. Ross
February 28, 1944 - June 15, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 18, 2019

Tina Harvey was booked on the charges of Theft of Firearm (3 counts), Theft 5000-25000, Forgery, Theft Less Than 1000, and Exploitation of the Infirm
Karrie Magee was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Charles Bowden was booked on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Orrin Thomas was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Lathomas Hinton was booked In From Court
Lenard Lee was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Failure to Pay Fine
Chad Carden was booked on the charges of False Imprisonment (2 counts), Domestic Abuse Battery, Resisting by Flight/Aggravated Flight, Ran Stop Sign (3 counts), Switched License Plates, Possession of Marijuana, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Speeding 41 or More Over Limit, Failure to Appear, and Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Reggie Conerly was booked on the charges of Battery of Infirm (2 counts)

AP Top Stories June 19, 2019 AM

AP Top Stories June 19, 2019 AM

June 18, 2019

Missing Youth Zachary Conner Has Been Located


Senator Beth Mizell Announces Campaign for Re-election

Senator Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton) will be seeking re-election this fall. Beth Mizell was first elected
to the State Senate in 2015. She is completing her first term. The election will be held on October 12th, coinciding with the gubernatorial election. District 12 encompasses all of Washington Parish and significant portions of Tangipahoa Parish and St. Tammany Parish.

“It  has been my honor to serve District 12 in the State Senate for the past 4 years,” said Mizell. "I am pleased at many of our accomplishments for the citizens here but there is still plenty of work to do.”

Mizell acquired funding this year to begin building state highway 3241, which will connect St. Tammany Parish to Washington Parish. She ended the wasteful Washington Parish Reservoir Commission and re-allocated the remaining $700,00 to improvements at Bogue Chitto State Park.  Mizell formed a Broadband Task Force in the Senate to eliminate all obstacles to providing broadband to rural Louisiana communities.

Mizell also authored important legislation in 2017 which required minors to show a proof of ID before receiving an abortion. This past session, she carried the landmark Love Life Amendment on the Senate Floor to its final passage and signage by Governor Edwards.

Senator Mizell was also honored to chair the committee to Bring the Wall to Our Veterans, which facilitated the Vietnam Wall visiting Franklinton in 2018.

“I feel like in my first term, I have been able to fight against wasteful spending, increased taxes and big government action while still achieving much needed accomplishments for District 12,” said Mizell. “I look forward to a second term where we can do even more for our community, especially with rural access to broadband internet.”

Burglary of Bogalusa Business Solved Same Day

Early Monday morning (June 17, 2019), a burglar struck a Bogalusa business located on Highway 10
east. As soon as the business opened and the owner discovered the burglary, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified. Patrol Lieutenant Chris Hickman and Patrol Deputy Chad Cassard responded to the business.

Camera surveillance revealed a male breaching the warehouse wall of the business and entering between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. He then loaded two bags with merchandise, went outside, then returned and picked up two more items. The total cost of the stolen items was $1,500. Video footage reviewed by the store owner and employee, along with deputies, showed a clear profile of the burglar’s face who was quickly identified as Charles Dale Bowden (55), a former employee of the business.

WPSO detectives took over the case and obtained a warrant for the arrest of Bowden, a resident of the Crossroads community in Pearl River County, Mississippi. Detectives  coordinated with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office and arrested Bowden at his home. Bowden was transported to the Pearl River County Jail and is expected to be transferred to the Washington Parish Jail later this week where a bond amount will be set for charges of burglary and criminal damage.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “I congratulate the business owner for having surveillance cameras. This simple tool captured the burglary in progress and enabled quick identification of the burglar who was arrested and jailed the same day of his crime. Our patrol deputies and detectives did an excellent job on this case and we are grateful to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison and his officers for their assistance. I cannot over-emphasize the importance of surveillance cameras at our businesses and homes.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 17, 2019

Adreane Kuhn was booked In From Court
Chelsea Hartzog was booked In From Court
James Graves was booked In From Court
Tristan Gill was booked In From Court
Carey Gendron was booked In From Court
Susan Boyd was booked In From Court
Thaddeus Baham was booked In From Court
Dwayne Smith was booked In From Court
Brenton Morris was booked In From Court
Rebecca Beer was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Brooke Naquin was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage (2 counts)
Rodriguez Daniels was booked In From Court
Raymond McGhee was booked In From Court

Today in History for June 18th

AP Top Stories June 18, 2019 AM