June 24, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 22-23, 2018

Amanda Lankford was booked 06/22 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Jamil Clay was booked 06/22 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Nathan Hickman was booked 06/22 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), Possession of Heroin, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Logan Jarrell was booked 06/23 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

June 22, 2018

Talk - They Hear You

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Riverside Medical Center X-treme Kids Camp is July 27th

Join in the Fun! The last day to register is July 1st. To register contact Britney Bell at 985-795-4141, or visit http://rmchospital.com/XTremeKidsCamp


I-55 Crash Claims Life of Denham Springs Resident

Louisiana State Police report the death on Thursday (June 21, 2018) on I-55 near Independence of Denham Springs resident Bradley Bozeman (32).
Troopers determined that Bozeman’s vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and back across the right side, where it crashed into a tree. Bozeman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and sustained severe injuries. He was transported to Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Shortly after his arrival, Bozeman succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

BOLO on a St. Tammany Burglar


Slidell Couple Arrested on Dogfighting and Multiple Drug Charges

Following an investigation by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force, officers searched the Slidell-area home of Michael Ratcliff (40) and Antinette Johnson (29) and discovered and seized approximately 419.7 grams of cocaine, approximately 28 grams of marijuana, seven bottles of promethazine, assorted drug paraphernalia indicative of narcotics distribution, a money-counting machine, $2,066 in cash, and four vehicles.
Several pit bulls were also located on the property, some of which appeared to have facial and head lacerations commonly associated with illegal dog fighting. St. Tammany Parish Animal Services was contacted, resulting in the seizure of 15 dogs from the property.
Seven children, ranging from 4 to 12 years old, were also present at the home. The children were released into the care of family members.
Prior to executing the search warrant, detectives followed Michael Ratcliff (DOB 12/26/1977) from the residence and took him into custody without incident. Ratcliff’s live in girlfriend, Antinette Johnson (DOB 11/27/1988) was located at the residence and was also taken into custody without incident.
Michael Ratcliff was charged with numerous drug-related offenses plus the charges of Dog Fighting, Cruelty to Animals, Obstruction of Justice, and Fugitive/Probation Violation.
Antinette Johnson was charged with numerous drug-related offenses plus the charges of Illegal Use of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in the Presence of a Minor, Dog Fighting, and Cruelty to Animals.

Obituary

Tracy Raby Furr Bazor
January 6, 1964 - June 20, 2018

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John "Buddy" Fornea
April 09, 1949 - June 21, 2018

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Joey Boone
October 04, 1983 - June 20, 2018

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James Willard Keen
November 8, 1927 - June 22, 2018

St. Tammany Parish Hospital Has New CEO

St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 Board of Commissioners announced today (June 22, 2018) Joan M. Coffman as the new president and chief executive officer for the west St. Tammany Parish community hospital.
Coffman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis and master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans. Originally from New Orleans, Coffman worked with Tenet Healthcare Corp. as Assistant Administrator of Lindy Boggs Medical Center until 2005. She also served as CEO of the Louisiana Clinic, a multi-specialty physician clinic in New Orleans. Coffman most recently served as president and CEO of HSHS St. Mary’s in Decatur, Illinois, a campus of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), a multi-facility healthcare system serving Illinois and Wisconsin since 1875 as the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.
“We are excited to attract such an accomplished and proven hospital leader as Ms. Coffman,” said John Evans, board chairman. “Our search committee included local community physician leaders, board members and our partner Ochsner Health System. Among the seven of us, we find Joan to be an accomplished hospital executive and an excellent choice to lead our hospital into its next phase of growth to serve our population of patients and families.”

Man Gets 18 Years for Killing Pregnant Girlfriend in Car Crash

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that, after pleading guilty, Matthew Oneal, Sr., (26) of Picayune  was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday (June 20, 2018) for vehicular homicide and third degree feticide in the deaths of his girlfriend and their unborn child in a one-vehicle crash on I-59 in Pearl River three years ago. District Judge Richard A. Swartz, Jr., this was a "tragic situation" and that any lesser sentence would deprecate the serious nature of the offenses.
The 19-year-old victim was eight months pregnant when she and the couple's two-year-old were in a SUV being operated by Oneal on the night of February 29, 2015. Oneal crossed the center line, struck a tree on the opposite side of the road and ended up in a ditch. The victim was killed instantly. The 2-year-old was secured in a car seat and did not suffer any serious injuries. Oneal attempted to flee after the accident, leaving his family at the scene. He was apprehended by good Samaritans on the scene. His blood tested positive for synthetic cannabinoids.
The victim grandmother gave a victim impact statement to the court prior to sentencing. The grandmother said that although the victim's life ended that night "on the side of the road in a wet ditch," for her family, especially her surviving child, this tragedy continues. "We have to live with what happened that night for the rest of our lives," she said. The defendant also gave a statement, apologizing for his actions. He said he misses the victim every day.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings for June 20-21, 2018

Andria M. Gabriel was booked 06/20 on the charge of Theft
Pamela R. Cooper was booked 06/20 on the charges of Theft and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Nicholas M. Nigro was booked 06/21 on the charge of Theft
Brittany R. Purvis was booked 06/21 on the charges of Theft, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Jeffery D. Freeman was booked 06/21 on the charges of Theft, Resisting an Officer and 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Nathan V. Lucas was booked 06/21 on the charges of 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 20-21, 2018

Charles Stogner was booked 06/20 on the charges of Careless Operation, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI (or Other), and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Jody Young was booked 06/20 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Failure to Appear
Derrick Ishman was booked 06/20 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Simple Kidnapping, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Pamelia Reams was booked 06/20 on the charges of Identity Theft (3 counts)
Tammy Garcia was booked 06/20 In From Court
Justin Boyd was booked 06/20 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Brent Baumgartner was booked 06/20 In For Court
Kayla Phelps was booked 06/20 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Impeding the Flow of Traffic
Stephon Crosby was booked 06/20 In For Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Melvin Lowe was booked 06/21 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Roderick Daniels was booked 06/21 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Adam Whitecotton was booked 06/21 on the charges of Possession of Alcohol by Person Under 21, No Seat Belt, Open Container in Vehicle, and Failure to Appear
Billy Boyette was booked 06/21 on the charges of Theft of Firearm and Failure to Appear (3 counts)

Vehicle and Foot Pursuit in Bogalusa Leads to Wanted Man's Arrest

On Tuesday (June 19, 2018), an officer with the Bogalusa Police Department Patrol Division attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on City Limits Road but the driver fled onto Mitch Road and Tree of Life Church Road before coming to a stop in the area of Joe Johnson Road in the Mitch Community. The driver then fled on foot into a residence where he was apprehended.
It was learned that the suspect, Derrick L. Ishman (40) of Bogalusa, had three felony warrants issued by the Bogalusa Police Department for the charges of Principal to Aggravated Battery, Principal to Aggravated Battery and Possession or Carrying a Weapon by a Convicted Felon. The warrants were issued after an incident that occurred on August 29, 2017 that involved Ishman and Marcus Raine as suspects. According to the victim, he was sitting in his parked vehicle in front of his residence on Main Street when Raine and Ishman arrived and Raine parked his vehicle in front of the victim's vehicle to prevent him from leaving. Raine and Ishman approached the victim, Raine demanded money that the victim owed him, and Raine allegedly struck him in the face with a handgun and told him to have his money by sundown. Raine was arrested for is involvement on November 2, 2017 and charged with Aggravated Battery, Simple Kidnapping and Possession or Carrying a Weapon by a Convicted Felon.

June 20, 2018

Bogalusa Police Lands Identity Theft Suspect After 6 Years

On Monday (June 18, 2018), the Bogalusa Police Department was notified by the Baton Rouge Police Department that they had in their custody, Pamela Reams (46) of Baton Rouge, who is wanted in Bogalusa on three active felony warrants for Theft of Identity.
In 2012, the BPD Detective Division was involved in an extensive investigation about identity theft and counterfeiting of checks that involved multiple law enforcement agencies within the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas that involved multiple victims. It also included the Louisiana State Police and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department. Three of the victims were from Bogalusa. During the course of the investigation it was determined that each of the victims had made payments to the LSU Hospital system by check. Counterfeit checks were written on the victims' checking accounts in Destin, FL, Foley, AL, and Pass Christian, MS for a total of $4,637.43.
It was suspected that Pamela Reams, an employee of the State Hospital’s billing system, obtained  customers' personal banking information and used this information to fabricate checks and identification cards. The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the Louisiana State Police Identified and arrested three other suspects back in 2012: Lisa Haynes, Meashune Wilson and Valencia Smith, all of Baton Rouge. 
Reams was transported to Bogalusa where she was charged and booked on three counts of Identity Theft.

Tickfaw Man Gets 6 Years for Heroin Crimes

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today (June 20, 2018) that Michael Penn (41) of Tickfaw was sentenced on June 13, 2018 to serve 72 months in prison conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute heroin.
According to court documents, Penn was the target of a narcotics investigation that was investigated by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hammond Police Department.  On five separate occasions, Penn sold heroin to an undercover officer with the Hammond Police Department at various locations within the Hammond area.  Each transaction was audio and video recorded.
U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hammond Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Brittany L. Reed is in charge of the prosecution.

Bogalusa Mayor's Health Council Continues Work

Tuesday morning (June 19, 2018), an enthusiastic group of Bogalusans gathered at Fireman's Federal Credit Union to continue planning for a more active and healthy citizenry. Welcoming those in attendance were Taffy Morrison (Bogalusa Strong and LDH Well-Ahead), Derek Covert (OLOAH and Bogalusa Strong), Mayor Wendy Perette, and Shasta Leininger (Fireman's Federal Credit Union).
Public Health Planning and Transportation Consultant Mark Fenton (www.markfenton.com) drew on his wealth of experience to engage participants in identifying environmental barriers that deter routine activities (such as walking, bicycling) and as Bogalusans move about the City to shop, participate in recreational activities, and attend schools and school functions.
Following Fenton's enthusiastic presentation, the group took a walking tour to see first-hand possible barriers to moving about the City and identify opportunities to make infrastructure improvements.
Moving forward, the effort will address overall health, such as healthy eating, active living, emotional and behavioral health.
The initiative is at no cost to the City and is funded by a CDC grant.
Upcoming events include the following:

  • Painted Playground Stencil Project at the YMCA on June 28, 2018 and at Byrd and Central Elementary on July 19, 2018.
  • Independence From Tobacco City-Wide Campaign on July 11, 2018.
  • Bogalusa Strong Monthly Meeting at the Bogalusa Country Club on July 24, 2018

For more information, contact Derek Covert at derek.covert@fmolhs.org.or or call 985-730-6707.

Abraham Bill Would Bring I-14 Through Central Louisiana

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., has cosponsored the  the I-14 Expansion and Improvement Act of 2018 to expand Interstate 14 from Texas through Central Louisiana and into Mississippi.
The proposed legislation was introduced by U.S. Reps. Brian Babin, R-Texas, Dr. Abraham and other members of the Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi delegations last week. Others cosponsoring the bill include U.S. Reps. Mike Conaway, R-Texas; John Carter, R-Texas; Kevin Brady, R-Texas; Mike Johnson, R-La.; and Greg Harper, R-Miss.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 19, 2018

Jasmin Bell was booked 06/19 on the charges of Improper Backing/Accident, Switched License Plates, No Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, and Failure to Appear
India Smith was booked 06/19 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Heather Tolbert was booked 06/19 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, and Contempt of Court
Shanda Honake was booked 06/19 In From Court
Steven Taylor was booked 06/19 on the charge of Parole Violation and Failure to Appear
Dustin King was booked 06/19 In From Court

Obituary

Brenda Nell Hutchinson Magee
April 26, 1955 - June 14, 2018

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Georgia B Martin
December 23, 1932 - June 14, 2018

June 19, 2018

D.A. Warren Montgomery Praises New Amendment Limiting Bail

District Attorney Warren Montgomery is praising state lawmakers for honoring his request that they amend the state’s criminal code to deny bail to defendants who have been convicted of serious sex offenses that are also crimes of violence.
The amendment was sponsored by Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt (District 1), approved by both legislative bodies, and recently signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards as Act 484.
“After conviction of any crime punishable by imprisonment for twenty-five years or more that is both a sex offense and a crime of violence, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that the release of the person convicted will pose a danger to another person or the community and that there is a substantial risk that the person convicted might flee,” the amendment says.
Last year, Montgomery directed his staff to draft proposed legislation when two of his Assistant District Attorneys secured a conviction of a child predator after a weeklong jury trial, and the defendant was allowed to remain out on bond for nearly two months until his sentencing. The defendant had proven ties to other states and two other countries, and he was facing 25 to 99 years in prison.

North Shore Correctional Officer Accused of Sexual Battery


A Tangipahoa Parish correctional officer, Gerad Yates (42) of Mandeville, was arrested Monday (June 18, 2018) on accusations that he "inappropriately touched" a Mandeville area woman and then exposed himself after the woman escaped his grasp, according to authorities.
Yates resigned his position with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office amid an investigation into the attack, which occurred last Tuesday (June 11, 2018). A woman told deputies that she was working in her yard and that day when a man stopped, they spoke, went inside the garage, where she says Yates inappropriately touched her beneath her clothing while making lewd comments
The woman reportededly demanded Yates stop and leave but he disregarded her commands and grabbed her arm in an effort to prevent her from exiting the garage. Further, when the woman broke free, she saw Yates with his pants down around his ankles, exposing himself. Yates reportedly left when a family member arrived.
Yates was arrested by detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, with which Yates was previously employed. From 2007 to 2009, he served as a court security officer and criminal patrol deputy. He was reportedlyfired from the St. Tammany sheriff's office for violating departmental policy.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings for June 18, 2018

Chad E. Freeman was booked 06/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Miricle L. Craft was booked 06/18 to Serve Sentence from Bogalusa City Court
Trevion L. Harris was booked 06/18 to Serve Sentence from Bogalusa City Court
Vernel Sartin was booked 06/18 to Finish Serving Sentence from Bogalusa City Court
Christopher P. Smith was booked 06/18 to Serve Sentence from Bogalusa City Court
John T. Busby was booked 06/18 on the charge of Theft
Linda G. Kemp was booked 06/18 on the charge of 2 counts of Theft
John K. Cooper was booked 06/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 17-18, 2018

Dillon Babin was booked 06/17 In For Court
Michael Reeves was booked 06/17 on the charges of Theft of Firearm and Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Paul Ard was booked 06/18 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear, Failure to Pay Fine (2 counts), and Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info
Angela Rowell was booked 06/18 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm (3 counts), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (2 counts), Disturbing the Peace, Criminal Trespass and Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile (3 counts)
Emelda Matthews was booked 06/18 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Attempted Arson, Theft 750 or Less, and Failure to Appear
Devon Moses was booked 06/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Simple Burglary
Christopher Gill was booked 06/18 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Misty Paxton was booked 06/18 on the Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving Under Suspension
Aimee Humphries was booked 06/18 In For Court
Trevonne Mingo was booked 06/18 In For Court
James Thompson was booked 06/18 on the charge of Simple Burglary

June 18, 2018

Looking to Adopt a Dog? Go to McComb Next Sunday


Obituary

Jerry Joe Rayborn, Sr.
June 12, 1941 - June 15, 2018

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Randy Brumfield
July 26, 1953 - June 17, 2018

Bogalusa Police Interrupt Burglary of Incarcerated Man's Residence

Responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a residence in the 700 block of Huron Avenue, Bogalusa Police Department Patrolman Anthony Jones found a vehicle parked under the carport of the residence. Jones found a back door open at the residence and saw two male suspects moving a refrigerator toward the rear door. Jones also observed the suspect vehicle contained numerous pieces of computer and electronic equipment and a trash can lid next to the vehicle contained numerous copper wires and electrical cords.
The suspects were identified as Devon D. Moses (38) and James V. Thompson (23), both of Angie.
It was learned that the suspects entered the residence through an open window under the carport and that Moses and Thompson did not have permission from the owner to be at the residence. The owner was in prison.
Moses was charged with Simple Burglary, Probation Hold and Failure to Appear in the Bogalusa City Court. Thompson was charged with Simple Burglary.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings for June 15-17, 2018

Megan L. Cowan was booked 06/15 on the charges of 2 counts of failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Kevin L. Blackwell was booked 06/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Richard R. Williamson Jr was booked 06/15 on the charges of 4 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Devon D. Moses was booked 06/16 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Probation Hold (Bogalusa City Court) and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
James V. Thompson was booked 06/16 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Laken C. Harris was booked 06/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Bonnie D. Truitt was booked 06/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court) and booked again on 06-17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Jody N. Miley was booked 06/17 on the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

June 17, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 15-16, 2018

Robert Jenkins was booked 06/15 on the charges of Second Degree Battery, Criminal Trespass, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile, and Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence
Christopher Webb was booked 06/15 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
William McCrory was booked 06/15 on the charges of Drivers License Not on Person, Careless Operation, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Resisting an Officer
William Scott was booked 06/16 on the charges of Criminal Mischief and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness