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February 18, 2020

Mardi Gras Fun Day for Ages 5-9 in Bogalusa Feb 20th


John Clyde Brock
October 19, 1941 - February 17, 2020


Jessie Mae Magee
August 18, 1932 - February 11, 2020

Washington Parish Man Arrested for Home Invasion

Late in the evening of February 11, 2020, Washington Parish Patrol Deputy John O’Hern responded to a report of a home invasion in a rural area south of Bogalusa. Deputy O’Hern learned that the female occupant of the home was startled by someone kicking in the front door. The male subject then entered the house and, seeing the homeowner, fled out the back door.

As Deputy O’Hern was conducting the investigation, a call came in from another nearby residence that someone had attempted to gain entrance to that house. Deputy O’Hern relocated to that residence and located a subject in the woods adjacent to the house. He was able to arrest the person without incident and both homeowners identified him as the person who was at their respective houses.

Timothy Wells (43), a resident of Rayford Seals Road, was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with home invasion. He remains in the jail with his bond set at $20,000.

“Another knucklehead safely out of our community and into our jail,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Situations like this always have the potential of being dangerous. This time, no one was injured, and for that we are grateful. Deputy O’Hern’s prompt response and quick arrest likely prevented further incidents. Good job, Deputy O’Hern.”


Robert Lawrence Hicks
November 15, 1948 - February 11, 2020

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.” 2 Timothy 4:6

Robert “Rob” Lawrence Hicks was born on November 15, 1948 in Bogalusa, Louisiana to Valeira “Jack” Hicks and the late Robert “Bob” Hicks. Rob departed this life peacefully at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital on February 11, 2020.

Rob leaves to cherish his life: his wife, Marilyn Hicks; eight children, Kiley Kilbourne of Bogalusa, Louisiana, Keela (Eugene) Burdis and Keeda Hicks of Prairieville, Louisiana, Diamond Hicks of Seattle, Washington, Rodrick (Keisha) Alexander of Harvey, Louisiana, Roderick (Daphine) Robinson of Gulfport, Mississippi, Tina Robinson of Bogalusa, Louisiana, and Madeline Martin of Grand Prairie, Texas; his mother, Valeira “Jack” Hicks; three brothers: Charles Hicks of Washington, D.C., Gregory (Gloria) Hicks and Darryl (Sharon) Robertson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; one sister, Barbara (Matthew) Collins of Bogalusa, Louisiana; two aunts, Carol Burris of Avondale, Louisiana and Bernice Walker of New Orleans, Louisiana; two sisters-in-law: Barbara Morgan and Marynell Carson of Bogalusa, Louisiana and two brothers-in-law, Nevel Carson, Jr. of Bogalusa, Louisiana and Maurice Smith of Baltimore, Maryland; his ten grandchildren, Cameron Burdis, Chayson Burdis, Karson Duncan, Amaya Robinson, Nylan Alexander, Kamerin Alexander, JaRoderick Robinson, Acelynn Robinson, Mason Robinson, Roderick Robinson II; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert “Bob” Hicks; his sister, Valeria “Pena” Smith; and two dear friends, Melvin Torrence, and Henry “Shrimp” Mims.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 21, 2020 from 12:00PM until 2:00PM with funeral to follow at 2:00PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 837 E. 7th Street, Bogalusa, Louisiana with Rev. Christoper Matthews, pastor officiating. Interment to follow at Bogalusa Cemetery.

Crain and Sons Funeral Home – Bogalusa in charge of arrangements.


Brenda Kay Freeman
January 28, 1954 - February 17, 2020


Ruth Walker Seals
March 06, 1938 - February 16, 2020

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February 17, 2020

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Ben Nevers Tapped as Chairman of Governor's Rural Revitalization Advisory Council

Last week Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order formally establishing the Governor's Advisory Council on Rural Revitalization. The Council will identify the needs and issues facing Louisiana’s vital rural communities as well as solutions to removing any barriers that prohibit them from being more productive, healthy and attractive places to live and work.

"Rural communities across the country are in crisis, and we are no different here in Louisiana. They bear a disproportionate burden of poverty, lack adequate access to healthcare, education and other basic necessities. This council will help us identify their unique challenges and help implement effective and innovative Louisiana solutions," Gov. Edwards said. “It's in the best interests of our state to engage in a centralized and coordinated effort to further the revitalization of our rural areas and make certain the resources are available to help them grow in a sustainable way."

The advisory council will be comprised of 34 key state and local stakeholders appointed by the Governor who also appointed his retired chief of staff, former Senator Ben Nevers as chairman.

Ben Nevers, a Bogalusa native, served as Chief of Staff to Governor Edwards. From 2004 to January 11, 2016, Nevers was a member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 12, which includes parts of Washington, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa parishes. From 2000 to 2004, he was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 75.

The Council will develop and submit a comprehensive strategic plan to the Governor by January 5, 2021 and annual progress reports thereafter. 

Click here for the Executive Order and more information.

Pearl River Police Arrest Three Wanted Persons

The Pearl River Police Department reports the arrests last week (February 13, 2020) of three wanted by other agencies. Arrested were 22-year old Drake Rinkus, (Chalmette, LA) for multiple warrants from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Department, 19-year-old Connor Taylor (Carriere, MS) for multiple warrants from the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department and 23-year-old Jason Hammerstone (Carriere, MS) for a warrant from the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department. Hammerstone was additionally arrested for illegal possession of schedules I, II, and IV controlled dangerous substances.

The arrests were made after Pearl River County Sheriff's Department Investigators notified the Pearl River Police Department that Taylor, who was wanted for a residential burglary that included grand larceny of a side by side vehicle, was believed to be hiding-out in the area.

The Pearl River Police Department acted quickly and successfully apprehended Taylor, Rinkus and Hammerstone without incident.

STPSO Participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is joining other local law enforcement agencies in a
coordinated effort to reduce drunk driving fatalities during the Carnival season. The state-wide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that was used over the Christmas and New Year's holiday season is expanding this year to include Mardi Gras.

From February 14-27, 2020, additional deputies will be assigned to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers. The campaign, which is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, will also include DWI checkpoints. “Drunk driving is not acceptable and Mardi Gras is no excuse,” said Sheriff Randy Smith. “It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the parade.”

Remember that driving under the influence of illegal narcotics can also lead to a DWI arrest. In fact, some legal medications can impair your ability to drive. Always read warning labels and instructions on prescription and over-the-counter medications. “Our attitudes and actions have to change when it comes to drunk driving,” Sheriff Smith said. “If you choose to drink and drive—and it is a choice—you risk not only your own life but the lives of innocent people in our community.”

Sheriff Smith thanks citizens for their cooperation and patience when passing through these checkpoints and for recognizing the importance of raising awareness for safety issues.

Bogalusa Strong Monthly Meeting is Tuesday, February 18th

The monthly meeting of Bogalusa Strong will be Tuesday (February 18, 2020) and feature a presentation "Aiming for a Brighter Future with Brightside Social Services" by Evon Roquemore, CEO of Brightside. In addition, community announcements and Bogalusa Strong upcoming events are on the agenda. Learn more about

  • Well-Ahead LA Bogalusa Strong Mini-Grant
  • 1st Annual  We CAN-CER Vive Luncheon & Fashion Show
  • Washington Parish Coalition on Human Services
  • Bogalusa Strong Community Meeting
  • Breaking Barriers to Good Health Focus Group Events (City of Bogalusa Community Resource Guide-Coming soon!, Bogalusa Helping Hands Homeless Committee Meeting, We CAN-CER Vive Support Group)
  • Behavioral & Emotional Health Focus Group Events (PALS (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones)-Children of Addicted Loved Ones, Washington Parish Opioid Consortium Meeting)
  • Healthy Eating & Get Moving Be Healthy Focus Group Events (Rethink Your Drink Citywide Challenge for Businesses & Organizations, Neilson’s Farmacy Community Garden, Silvercise Senior Exercise Program, Walk with A Doc)

Click here for more details

Special thanks to the Bogalusa Rotary Club for hosting the Bogalusa Strong Monthly Meetings and Golden Pear for our meal.

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 (except for holiday conflicts).

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 15-16, 2020

Josheph Mandella was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Evelyn Miller was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Victor Green was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Yancey Holmes was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
James Morgan was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Simple Burglary, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Jasmine Dykes was booked on the charges of Simple Battery With Injury, Criminal Damage to Property, Criminal Trespass, and Failure to Appear
Robert Westmoreland was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Lajasmiera Toomer was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS and Failure to Appear
Richard Lee was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000 and Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Ladeano Lewis was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Xyke Barker was booked on the charge of Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana, No Drivers License, and Contempt of Court
Daniel McCain was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Contempt of Court

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February 16, 2020

Grandmother Arrested in Washington Parish for Jefferson Parish Kidnapping

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto reports the arrest on Saturday (February 15, 2020) of Evelyn
Miller (66) on charges related to the kidnapping of her granddaughter Friday evening (February 14, 2020) from Ochsner Hospital.

Just before 5:00 pm, Miller was arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at a hotel in Bogalusa. Adreana Miller was found during the arrest, and was unharmed. Evelyn Miller will be extradited to Jefferson Parish.

Sheriff Lopinto stated, “We extend our appreciation to our partners in law enforcement who assisted with this investigation, including the Louisiana State Police and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, and to our local media and members of the public who shared the information about the incident and helped us bring it to a swift closure.”


Claire Jean Kennedy
July 26, 1934 - February 14, 2020

February 15, 2020


David Ray Johnson
November 29, 1955 - February 06, 2020


Landus Fred Warren
May 05, 1943 - February 13, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 14, 2020

Dustin Diddon was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Dennis Lee was booked on the charges of Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements (2 counts), Failure to Complete Sex Offender Annual Payment of Fines, No Drivers License, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, No Insurance, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Sarah Warren was booked In For Court
Selena Quave was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Tabitha Roberts was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Richard Andrews was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Failure to Appear (3 counts)

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February 14, 2020

Folsom Resident Charged With Loranger Burglary

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 28-year-old Folsom resident Dylon Joseph Van Vliet. Van Vliet was charged with simple burglary. The incident occurred on February 9, 2020, at residence on Cyprian Rd. in Loranger.

Two days later, the detectives were able to locate and recover the property stolen from the homeowner.

Residence Burglarized by Men Posing as Surveyors


James "Jimmy" Victor Casanova
November 10, 1941 - February 14, 2020


Robert James Moses
February 15, 1931 - February 10, 2020

Bogalusa Man Found Guilty of Child Sex Crimes

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Jerry Vince (44)
of Bogalusa guilty of Molestation of a Juvenile Under Age 13 and Sexual Battery of a Juvenile Under Age 13. Jerry Vince also has four prior convictions for burglary, violation of a protective order, and two counts of Driving While Intoxicated. He faces 25 to 99 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 10, 2020 before District Judge Scott Gardner. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorneys Blair Alford and Angelina Valuri. The case was investigated by Detective Carli Messina of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

In March of 2018, the victim disclosed to a school counselor that she had been molested and sexually assaulted by the defendant. The counselor then notified the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services and the victim’s mother. Upon referral to a local Children’s Advocacy Center, the victim disclosed that the molestation and sexual assaults occurred for several years. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff officers were notified and arrested Vince on April 13, 2018.

During trial, the state presented evidence from three other juveniles who had also been sexually assaulted by the defendant. “The defendant didn’t stop at three victims, but today it stops with you.” Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford stated during closing statements. The jury voted 12-0 guilty on both charges.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 13, 2020

Arlene Butler was booked on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI
Destyn Freeman was booked on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), Illegal Use of CDS in Presene of Person Under 17 YOA, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, and No Insurance
Bryce Landry was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Rachelle Rooks was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Jamikal Baker was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

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February 13, 2020

Arrest Made in Tangipahoa Parish – Drugs, Gun, Cash Found

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards today reported the arrest last week of Joshua J. Brumfield
(29), a wanted individual as well as the seizure of over a kilogram “2.2 pounds” of methamphetamine.

Sheriff Edwards reports that TPSO Narcotics were investigating tips and information on Brumfield, who has plagued the Tangipahoa and Livingston Parish border with distributing large quantities of illegal controlled dangerous substances. A search warrant was obtained and executed at the Red Roof Inn room in Hammond where Brumfield was renting. Officers took Brumfield into custody. The search  of the room, and the subsequent search of the vehicle Brumfield was driving, resulted in the location of multiple bottles of Promethezine, a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun, multiple dose units of various prescription pills, multiple ounces of high grade marijuana, a quantity of cocaine, a large amount of United States currency,.and a quantity of methamphetamine. 

Brumfield was booked into the TPSO Jail for his failure to appear warrant which had a hold without bond order and has pending federal firearms and narcotics charges.

Mariah Maddox, a female also present in the room, was issued a summons for possession of marijuana and released pending state charges.

The investigation and arrest was a joint effort between the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division, TPSO Criminal Investigations Division, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), United States Secret Service, and the Attorney General Office’s Fugitive Task Force. 

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 12, 2020

Marcus Gordon was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse/Pregnant Woman, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (4 counts), Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, and Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense)
Timothy Wells was booked on the charge of Home Invasion
Michael Brice was booked In From Court
Robert Bridges was booked on the charges of Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs/MOJO
Wendy Owens was booked on the charge of Probation Violation


Emma Jean Young
September 21, 1949 - February 05, 2020

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February 12, 2020

State Police Arrest Trooper for Child Pornography

This morning (February 12, 2020), a Trooper with Louisiana State Police Troop L was taken into custody charged with one count of Production and Distribution of Pornography Involving Juveniles. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit. The Trooper, identified as 41 year old Jason Boyet, has been placed on administrative leave following the arrest with all law enforcement property and gear recovered.

The investigation began as Special Agents developed information of a subject, later identified as Boyet, producing and distributing pornographic images on a web based application. Through investigative means, Agents identified Boyet as the online user and placed him into custody following an interview.

Boyet was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail without incident. The investigation remains ongoing with the potential for additional charges.

This investigation was made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the FBI-New Orleans Field Office.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 11, 2020

Kyle Ballard was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Morgan Pounds was booked on the charges of Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Albert Stewart was booked on the charges of Bank Fraud, Forgery, and Failure to Appear
Jarred Knight was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court                                                         
Steven Weaver was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Dequandra Odom was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Loud and Abusive Language and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness

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