October 17, 2018

Man With Machete Robs Motorist Near Kentwood

Source: Robert Rhoden and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
A machete-wielding robber was arrested Monday (October 15, 2018) after accosting a motorist in the bathroom of an I-55 welcome center near Kentwood. The victim told deputies he stopped to use the bathroom and a man armed with a machete entered the restroom behind him and demanded money. The victim was able to talk his way out of the bathroom after giving the robber $60. The suspect then fled.

While gathering information and securing the scene, deputies learned that Randy Holmes, Jr. (18) of Greensburg, who worked for a contractor at the center, was unaccounted for. Fearing for Holmes’ safety, deputies began searching for him and found him in good health hiding in a dark area just south of the center. Holmes matched the description of the armed robbery suspect and reportedly confessed to the holdup. He was booked with armed robbery. 

Obituary

Caramie Renee' Givens
June 28, 1979 - October 16, 2018

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings October 16, 2018

Joseph C. Garner was booked 10/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Alton T. Wilson was booked 10/16 on the charges of Theft and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Jaquan D. Brumfield was booked 10/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, 2nd Offense of Possession of Marijuana and 3 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Tyrone McClain was booked 10/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
L A Johnson II was booked 10/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Dedrick K. Varnado was booked 10/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 16, 2018

Steven Rickett was booked 10/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Adrionne Peters was booked 10/16 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (2 counts), Possession or Dealing in Unregistered or Illegally Transferred Weapons, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present (2 counts), Careless Operation, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Resisting an Officer, Ran Stop Sign, Improper Turn/Accident (3 counts), Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, No Insurance, No Drivers License, Open Container, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Schedule V Drugs
Orlanz McGowan was booked 10/16 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs
Shaun Hobgood was booked 10/16 on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Flight, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts), Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Contempt of Court, and Driving Under Suspension
Amanda Woodward was booked 10/16 on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts)

Today in History for October 17th

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October 16, 2018

Obituary

Leslie Spears, Jr.
June 15, 1941 - October 15, 2018

Obituary

JM Rankin
November 23, 1940 - October 15, 2018

Obituary

Kyle "Cowboy" McMillan
March 27, 1978 - October 14, 2018

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings October 12-15, 2018

Ollie I. Berry was booked 10/12 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Christian H. Hutton was booked 10/12 on the charge of Public Drunkenness
Desmond C. Ramirez was booked 10/12 to serve a weekend sentence
Orlando McGowan was booked 10/12 on the charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana
Sharef Jackson was booked 10/12 on the charges of Driver must be Licensed and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Angela R. Lee was booked 10/13 on the charge of Public Drunkenness
Richard E. Conerly was booked 10/13 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
David J. Bonnette Jr was booked 10/13 on the charge of Battery-Domestic Violence
Branden S. Speights was booked 10/13 on the charges of Speeding, Driving while License is Suspended, and Reckless Operation
Devan M. Williams was booked 10/13 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Tail Lamps Required and Driving While License is Expired
Sean K. Westbrook was booked 10/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Tony O. Robertson was booked 10/15 on the charges of Driving while License is Suspended, No Insurance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Amanda Fox was booked 10/15 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Christy Gentry was booked 10/15 on the charge of being a Fugitive from an Outside Agency (Lafourche Parish)
Kaitlyn B. Jones was booked 10/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Amanda P. Lang was booked 10/15 on the charges of Entry or Remaining After being Forbidden and Disturbing the Peace

Obituary

Eld. Clyde Cooper
June 29, 1946 - October 15, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 14-15, 2018

James Thompson was booked 10/14 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Dominick Holts was booked 10/14 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of a Firearm or Concealed Weapon by Person Convicted of Domestic Abuse Battery, and Failure to Appear
Jackie Spikes was booked 10/15 on the charge of Simple Battery
Adam Branch was booked 10/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Contempt of Court

Today in History for October 16th

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October 15, 2018

Parish Man Bonds Out Within Hours After 120 MPH Chase

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Jay Dupre was operating radar on Highway 10
between Bogalusa and Franklinton late in the evening of October 11, 2018 and clocked an approaching vehicle at 89 mph in the 55 mph zone. The pursuit that followed reached speeds at up to 120 miles per hour.

The speeding vehicle entered the City of Bogalusa, continuing eastbound on Sunset Drive, then Union Avenue, then ran several stop signs before turning onto Sabine Street. At that time, Bogalusa Police Department officer Anthony Jones joined in the pursuit. Deputy Dupre conducted a tactical maneuver, forcing the fleeing vehicle to spin around in the road, at which time Officer Jones blocked the vehicle with his patrol unit.

The officers were removing the driver from the vehicle when the driver intentionally struck Officer Jones in the head with his elbow. Deputy Dupre and Officer Jones were able to subdue the driver, identified as Kelvin Jewel Thomas (19), a resident of Highway 424. Thomas reportedly said he fled because he had marijuana in his vehicle and that he had thrown the marijuana out of the car while being pursued.

Thomas was charged with excessive noise, speeding 31-40 over the speed limit,  aggravated flight from an officer, resisting and officer with force or violence, simple battery on a police officer, obstruction of justice, and four counts of running a stop sign.

Thomas remained in jail only a few hours before posting a $10,000 bond for his release. A teen-age female who was in the vehicle with Thomas was not charged and was released to the custody of her mother.

Sheriff Randy Seal is grateful the chase ended without serious injury to any person. “Such excessive speed is a formula for disaster. I congratulate Deputy Dupre and Officer Jones for being able to end the chase and take him into custody. Night-time chases like this are frightening. There is no way the officer can know who is fleeing, whether it is possibly a fugitive or someone who has just committed a serious crime. I am so pleased everyone went home safe.”

Rodeo Schedule at the Washington Parish Free Fair

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Mile Branch Schedule's Schedule During the Fair

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Down by the Branch Schedule at the Washington Parish Fair

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Washington Parish Free Fair Main Stage Schedule


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October 14, 2018

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 13, 2018

Ritchie Martin was booked 10/13 on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property
Aaron Johnson was booked 10/13 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Ladeano Lewis was booked 10/13 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Andreas Poole was booked 10/13 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Bobby Sartin was booked 10/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Ran Stop Sign and Improper Lane Usage
William Seither was booked 10/13 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (6 counts)
Derion Parlow was booked 10/13 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Introduction of Contraband Into Penal Institute

October 13, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 11-12, 2018

Darshia Travis was booked 10/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Failure to Yield/Driveway Road or Alley, Open Container in Vehicle, and Driving Under Suspension
Adam Bush was booked 10/11 on the charges of 2nd Degree Rape/Forcible Rape and Attachment
Kelvin Thomas was booked 10/12 on the charges of Excessive Noise, Speeding 31-40 Over Limit, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Ran Stop Sign (4 counts), Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Battery on a Police Officer, and Obstruction of Justice
Kasey Thomas was booked 10/12 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Bruce Dixon was booked 10/12 on the charges of Simple Battery (3 counts), Resisting an Officer, and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence

Today in History for October 13th

October 12, 2018

Astronomy Night at Bogue Chitto State Park is Tomorrow

Saturday, October 13, 2018, Pontchartrain Astronomy Society members will be in the Bogue Chitto State Park with a variety of telescopes to view the evening sky! For those of you who show up early, a special solar view waits for you!

Set up and viewing will take place at the meeting room outside area, so please join us for an informative and beautiful view of the sky.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Show up early!

Great Video on "The Wall That Heals" Coming in November

Obituary

Rev. Clarence Abrams
August 19, 1950 - October 04, 2018

Obituary

Freida Walker Smith
May 21, 1917 - October 11, 2018

Franklinton Man Sentenced In Cocaine Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced Wednesday (October 10, 2018) that Derrick Wilson (35) of Franklinton, Louisiana, was sentenced having pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute a quantity of cocaine hydrochloride. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman sentenced Wilson to 50 months incarceration followed by 3 years of supervised release.

The incident giving rise to his arrest stemmed from a September 27, 2015 traffic stop in Kenner, during which police seized one-half kilogram of powder cocaine from a car that he occupied with his girlfriend and co-defendant, Dominique Wise. According to court documents, Wise was sentenced to 3 years probation on July 18, 2018.

Washington Parish Man Arrested For Forcible Rape

Adam Bush (20), a resident of Robin Lane near Highway 440 northwest of Franklinton, was arrested
by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives on an arrest warrant charging him with Forcible Rape. Bond for Adam Bush has been set at $250,000.

Due to the sensitive nature of the crime and to protect the identity of the victim, additional information will not be released.

Sheriff Randy Seal was forthcoming in his response to the arrest. “The details of this crime are beyond comprehension of the decent citizens of our parish. It is inconceivable that anyone could violate the rights, privacy and sanctity of another person in such a despicable manner. I applaud both the forensic interviewer at the Child Advocacy Center and our detectives for making this arrest happen. Bush is now in jail where he belongs.”

Entergy Donates $2,500 to Bogalusa Help Center for Freezer

Entergy Customer Service Representative Eunice Harris presents a $2500 check to Bogalusa Help Center President and Volunteer Gene Hayman and Volunteer Paul Kates who is also a Bogalusa School Board member. 

The donation will purchase a needed freezer for the Help Center to store donated food from vendors for the recipients. 

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings October 10-11, 2018

Cordaro D. Levi was booked 10/10 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property and Battery on a Dating Partner
Chadrick A. Seal was booked 10/11 on the charge of Public Drunkenness
John D. Williams was booked 10/11 on the charges of Driving While License is Suspended, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Jay R. Bertoniere was booked 10/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Shakile D. Buckley was booked 10/11 on the charges of 3 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Maxwell B. Carroll was booked 10/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Larry D. Henderson was booked 10/11 on the charge of Theft
Bruce A. Dixon was booked 10/11 on the charges of 3 counts of Simple Battery, Resisting an Officer and Resisting Police with Force or Violence

STPH Among Select Hospitals Earning Brilliance Awards

Vizient Southern States recognized St. Tammany Parish Hospital with a regional Brilliance Award as
a result of being selected to present at the 2018 Vizient Fall Connections Summit earlier this month. The award, presented to hospital employees Bert Lindsey and Ashley Wilson, recognizes STPH’s RADEO Committee, a hospital task force focused on Reducing Adverse Drug Events related to Opiods (RADEO).

The STPH abstract Lindsey and Wilson presented at the summit, “Reviving Non-Pharmacological Modalities: Acute-Care Response to the Opioid Epidemic,” was one of 472 abstracts submitted and one of only six to earn Brilliance Award recognition, Louisiana’s only hospital recognized this year.

Vizient Southern States is a membership alliance for not-for-profit health care providers that exists to ensure its members deliver cost-effective care by connecting them with the knowledge, solutions and expertise that accelerate performance.

Mt. Hermon Teen Charged With Burglary

On Monday (October 8, 2018) an observant Mt. Hermon neighbor saw a suspicious person walking around a nearby residence and then heard the sound of glass breaking. The neighbor called the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Justin Blackwell responded to the scene. It was discovered that the residence had been burglarized and various items, including firearms, were missing.

The suspicious person was identified as Colby Stokes (17) of Mt. Hermon. Deputy Blackwell began the search and observed Stokes riding in a vehicle being driven by another person. He made a traffic stop, arrested Stokes for Burglary of an Inhabited Residence, and recovered the stolen property.

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commended Deputy Blackwell for “a job well done.” The Sheriff went on to say, “The observant eye of a good neighbor was a key to solving this crime quickly. This is a great example of the importance of neighbors looking out for each other. Not only did the neighbor observe suspicious behavior, but also he took the important step of notifying the Sheriff’s Office.”

Today in History for October 12th

“Joey” Duncan of Mt. Hermon Convicted of Sexual Battery

According to a press release from Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal, Murray “Joey” Duncan, Jr. (49) of Mt. Hermon was convicted earlier this month in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge of sexual battery of a child under the age of thirteen. The offense occurred while Duncan was supervising children on a trip to Baton Rouge. Immediately upon conviction, Duncan was remanded to the custody of the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he will remain until he is sentenced in January 2019. State law requires that Duncan’s sentencing range will be from a minimum of 25 years to a maximum of 99 years.

Duncan still must stand trial for crimes committed in Washington Parish.
  • Duncan was initially arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office in April 2014 and charged with aggravated incest and pornography involving juveniles. 
  • His second Washington Parish arrest was in May 2014 for two counts of video voyeurism, molestation of a juvenile and pornography involving juveniles. 
  • Duncan was arrested for a third time in June 2014 for an additional charge of molestation of a juvenile. Overall, Duncan is alleged to have committed sexual offenses against seven juveniles.

Duncan had been released on bond and required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet which would identify his location at all times. After his conviction in East Baton Rouge Parish, he was placed immediately in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison to await sentencing.

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Justice may sometimes seem slow, but in this case it finally happened. For his sexual battery on a juvenile in East Baton Rouge Parish, Duncan will receive a significant prison sentence which is certain to be lengthened once he is tried and convicted in Washington Parish. This was a traumatic case for the Mt. Hermon community and I am happy for all victims and others affected by Duncan’s actions that he is finally receiving the justice he deserves. I congratulate our detectives as well as officials in East Baton Rouge Parish for their hard work in bringing Murry Duncan to justice. Our office looks forward to continuing to work with the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s office in Franklinton to prepare for Duncan’s trial here.”

October 11, 2018

Slidell Woman Arrested After Baby Found Unresponsive in Bathtub

Nancy Goodale of Slidell was arrested Wednesday (October 11, 2018) on the charge of Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles. The arrest followed an investigation of the death of Goodale's 11-month-old son who was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in the early morning hours of October 1, 201. The investigation reportedly determined she was under the influence and impaired at the time. 

Goodale told responding deputies she was bathing the baby in an upstairs bathroom and went downstairs to retrieve clothing. She said the child was face-down in the water when she returned minutes later. Goodale’s boyfriend, who was also present at the residence at the time of the incident, called 911 to report the baby was unresponsive. He immediately started CPR and ultimately the baby regained consciousness before being transported by medical service personnel to a local area hospital.

Medical staff determined the child had also sustained non-accidental injuries consistent with child neglect. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was immediately notified and took custody of the child, upon his release from the hospital. The child was noted to be in good condition.

Obituary

Leshia Newman Rohrer
February 24, 1961 - October 10, 2018

Obituary

Karen Galloway Cockrell
March 22, 1950 - October 10, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 10, 2018

John Burns was booked 10/10 on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info and Resisting an Officer
Charles Jones was booked 10/10 In From Court
Brittany Walker was booked 10/10 In From Court
Allen Magee was booked 10/10 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts) and Contempt of Court
Charles Copeland was booked 10/10 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Drug Take-Back Event in Bogalusa is October 27


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