July 16, 2019


Raelynn Ariana Bland
July 11, 2019 - July 11, 2019


Faye Dorthy Parnell
October 01, 1941 - July 09, 2019

Abita Springs Opts Out of Agreement with the STPSO

Press Release from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Randy Smith announced today that Abita Springs Mayor Dan Curtis has elected not to renew the town’s Intergovernmental Agreement with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. The current agreement, which was put in place in January of 2017, by the former Abita Springs mayor and Sheriff Randy Smith, provided for an enhanced and dedicated law enforcement presence in the Town of Abita Springs, through which Abita Springs’ residents enjoyed 24-hour-a-day dedicated law enforcement coverage within the town. In addition, a ranking supervisor was assigned to serve as the town's liaison with the Sheriff's Office.

Shortly after taking office, Mayor Curtis sent Sheriff Smith notice, dated January 23, 2019, of his intention to cancel the current Intergovernmental Agreement, effective July 23, 2019.  For the past several months, Sheriff Smith has attempted to address the concerns of Mayor Curtis, including providing, at Mayor Curtis' request, a proposed revised agreement, which provided for only two full-time dedicated STPSO deputies to be assigned to the town, as opposed the four deputies and one supervisor currently assigned to the Town of Abita Springs.  The sheriff also provided the mayor a proposed three-month extension of the current Intergovernmental Agreement, in order to give additional time to come to an agreement between the Town of Abita Springs and the STPSO.

The mayor, through his attorney, Edward Deano, informed the STPSO that the mayor has no intention of signing any agreements with the Sheriff’s Office and that the Intergovernmental Agreement will cease to be effective and ultimately expire on July 23, 2019.

The sheriff advised the mayor and the Town Council through its attorney that should the Town of Abita Springs wish to reconsider its decision to deprive its citizens and businesses of the enhanced law enforcement services previously provided by the Intergovernmental Agreement, the sheriff would be willing to meet with them at any time to discuss the matter.   Although the sheriff is disappointed with Mayor Curtis' decision, the sheriff would like to reassure the citizens of the Town of Abita Springs, that although there will no longer be a dedicated 24-hour-a-day presence within the town, the Sheriff's Office will continue to respond to calls for service by the citizens of Abita Springs in the same manner as calls for service are handled throughout unincorporated St. Tammany Parish.

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Verna Louise Boyd Adams
July 27, 1928 - July 12, 2019


Bud Tony Henley
December 25, 1966 - July 12, 2019

La. Civil Rights Trail Meeting Scheduled in Bogalusa

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has announced the Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) will hold additional statewide meetings in July and August to help identify locations for the new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. A meeting is scheduled at the Bogalusa Community Family Life Center (837 E. 7th Street) on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 3:00 PM.

The trail will help share the overarching role Louisiana played in the Civil Rights Movement. These meetings are designed to get input from citizens, and to identify and interpret historic events, physical structures, and locations that helped shape Civil Rights history. The meetings will also provide an overview of the project, discuss the nomination process and criteria, and answer any questions attendees may have.

For more information about the meetings, contact Sharon Calcote at scalcote@crt.la.gov or (225) 342-8146.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 15, 2019

Latre Allen was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Kacie Kihneman was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Angela Breland was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Johnny Cardwell was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Joshua Hicks was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Tosha Williams was booked on the charge of Simple Assault
Tina Williams was booked on the charge of Aggravated Assault
Howard Hanson was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation

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Bogalusa Man Convicted of Sexual Battery on 5-Year-Old

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Frederick C.
Mangrum, age 61 and of Bogalusa, guilty Thursday (July 11, 2019) of sexual battery of a victim under 13. Mangrum faces 25 to 99 years in prison when he is sentenced September 18, 2019 by District Judge William Burris.

Mangrum was found guilty of committing sexual battery on a 5-year-old girl in 2016. The defendant removed all the child’s clothes and then touched her inappropriately. The Bogalusa Police Department investigated the case with assistance from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Children’s Advocacy Center in Belton, Texas, and McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple, Texas.

Assistant District Attorneys Iain A. Dover and Holly McGinness prosecuted the case.

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Crash Claims Life of Franklinton Woman

The Franklinton Police Department has reported that a single vehicle crash Friday (July 12, 2019) on
Manning Drive claimed the life of Brigitta Dupre of Franklinton, Louisiana.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation however officers were able to determine the vehicle Dupre was operating left the right side of the roadway, veered sharply back over both lanes of traffic before striking a tree.

The impact caused the vehicle to flip and Dupre, who was unrestrained, was ejected.

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Gary P. Dufrene, Sr.
February 17, 1954 - July 12, 2019


Tommy Edward Bates
October 07, 1955 - July 12, 2019

Traffic Stop on Highway 60 Results in Drug Arrests

While patrolling on Highway 60, Washington Parish Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner. Sgt. Dupre initiated a traffic stop and encountered two female occupants. The driver, Kasey E. Woodard age 27 and a resident of Highway 21 south of Bogalusa, had a suspended Louisiana driver’s license.
After obtaining permission to search the vehicle, Sgt. Dupre discovered a quantity of methamphetamine and Suboxone. Patrol Deputy James Gregorio arrived to assist and both the driver and passenger, Melissa Lee Miller Thomas (40), a resident of Willa Villa in Bogalusa, were placed under arrest and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

Woodard was booked on the charges of Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, Expired MVI, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs. Thomas was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs. Both remain in jail with their bond set at $10,000.

Each woman has been in the Washington Parish Jail several times. Woodard’s arrest record dates to 2009 and includes five arrests for various charges including forgery, drug offenses and burglary. Thomas has been in the jail at least eight times since 2006 on charges including numerous drug offenses, auto theft, burglary, firearm theft, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

“The future doesn’t look bright for these women,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “unless they can make a dramatic change in their lifestyles. Their choices thus far have produced nothing positive. Let’s hope they make positive future choices. Thanks, Sgt. Dupre, Deputy Gregorio and all of our officers, for all you do.”

WPSO Makes Drug Arrest on Highway 10

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Norman Taylor was driving east on Highway 10
near Franklinton when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputy Taylor made a traffic stop near the Lawrence Creek Bridge, and upon his  approach to the driver’s side window, Deputy Taylor detected a strong smell of marijuana. When questioned, the female driver admitted that she had smoked marijuana recently.

A search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of marijuana, a digital scale, clear baggies which are commonly used to distribute illegal drugs, an open bottle of alcohol and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol which was fully loaded. A further search of the driver’s purse revealed a quantity of illegal pills.

The driver, Kelsey Morgan Lewis, age 23 and a resident of Avenue E in Bogalusa, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present and having an open container in her vehicle. She remains in jail with her bond set at $30,000.

“Another example of an alert patrol deputy,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “When our officers stop someone for speeding, they never know what the outcome will be. Thanks, Deputy Taylor, for a job well done.”

Franklinton Area Man Arrested for Sex Crimes

Elisio Carbajal Perez, age 35 and a Franklinton area resident, was arrested Sunday
(July 14, 2019) by the WPSO for sexual crimes against a victim under the age of twelve. Perez is charged with two counts of 1st degree rape, aggravated crime against nature and sexual battery.

Further details of the charges against Perez will not be disclosed in order to protect the identity of the young victim. Perez remains in jail with no bond. Perez has been in the Washington Parish Jail previously, charged with aggravated assault and resisting an officer.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “These sickening sexual assaults on young children are nothing less than pure evil. If anyone is aware of sexual crimes against children, please notify the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434. We will investigate!”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 12-14, 2019

Purvis Provost was booked on the charges of Theft 1000-5000 and Exploitation of the Infirm
Tyron Nelson was booked on the charges of Home Invasion and Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden
Jamaneil Brown was booked on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Kelsey Lewis was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Open Container in Vehicle
Kasey Woodard was booked on the charges of Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, Expired MVI, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Melissa Thomas was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Eliseo Perez was booked on the charges of 1st Degree Rape (2 counts), Aggravated Crime Against Nature, and Sexual Battery
Henry Garner was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Ronald Christal was booked on the charge of Criminal Trespass

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Richard Ducote Testifies Before Maryland Special Committee

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Pike County S.O. Seeking Sexual Battery Suspect

The Pike County Sheriff's Office, Criminal Investigation Division, is requesting the public's assistance in locating Marcus Antwione Jackson. He is wanted by the Pike County Sheriff's Office for his alleged involvement in a sexual battery.

Pike County Sheriff's Office asks that the public not approach Jackson as he has a history of violence.

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033 or the Pike County Central Dispatch at 601-783-2323

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Cornelius Sykes
June 20, 1946 - July 09, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 10-11, 2019

Julius Frelix was booked In From Court
Jennifer Ableseth was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Robert Harvey was booked on the charge of Attachment
Christopher Parrott was booked on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense)
Percy Smith was booked on the charge of Resisting an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Jamal Moseley was booked on the charges of Public Intimidation and Inciting a Felony
Frederick Mangrum was booked In From Court

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Child Rape Suspect Arrested in Harvey

A Slidell-area man was arrested in Harvey on warrants for rape following Slidell incident involving a
9-year-old child.

A Slidell-area woman contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night (July 10, 2019) after she came home and reportedly found her husband, Glenn Mills, Jr. (41), actively involved in a sexual act with a 9-year-old girl that was left in his care.

When confronted by his wife, Mills fled the residence in his pickup truck prior to deputies’ arrival. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for Mills’ arrest on the charges of First Degree Rape and Aggravated Crime Against Nature.

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located Mills shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon at a residence off 2nd Avenue in Harvey, Louisiana. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish.

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Arrest Made in Bogalusa for Threat Kill a Police Officer

The Bogalusa Police Department reports that on Tuesday afternoon (July 9, 2019, BPD Detectives
received information of a threat to police made on Facebook. The post was reportedly made under the Facebook page of Mac Mal. Detectives quickly identified this person as Jamal Moseley.

BPD reports that the post indicated Moseley wanted to "purge" a Bogalusa Police Officer on Friday, and he was recruiting others to assist him. There were also several other posts by Moseley indicating he wished to kill a police officer.

Detectives obtained two felony arrest warrants for Moseley for Public Intimidation and Inciting a Felony. Officers began a search for Moseley, as the Facebook post went viral. Moseley turned himself in at the Bogalusa Police Department.

A statement on the Bogalusa Police Department Facebook page states “It is your right to not like the police, but threatening to kill a police officer is a crime, and we will find such persons and arrest them. Moseley will not be purging police on Friday. He will be sitting in jail. Thanks for all of the warnings and support from our good citizens, and to the outside police agencies for their assistance.”


Jerlean Bickham Barker
January 18, 1939 - July 04, 2019

Magic City Rebirth Festival for July 13th is Postponed


Gordon A. Burgess
July 16, 1934 - July 10, 2019


Tim Phelps
December 11, 1966 - July 10, 2019

TPSO Makes Arrest for Murder and Armed Robbery

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Detectives arrested Leslie Wayne Giddens (37) of Amite on July 8, 2019 for the May 26, 2019 murder of Lucky Williams (64) of Tickfaw.

The murder occurred at the victim's residence on Meghans Loop in Tickfaw. Giddens was developed as a suspect early in the investigation, and was linked to the murder through forensic evidence. Robbery is believed to me the motive. 

Giddens, who is already in custody on a probation hold violation, was booked with one count each of 1st degree murder and armed robbery.

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