February 18, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 16-17, 2019

Ashley Hollie was booked 02/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Forgery, and Theft 1000-5000
Joseph Kennedy was booked 02/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Posession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Wendy Perret was booked 02/17 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Anthony Russo was booked 02/17 on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Possession of Schedule II Drug, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Tristian Mizell was booked 02/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
April Seal was booked 02/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

February 16, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 15, 2019

Damon Brown was booked 02/15 on the charges of Theft Auto Recovery, Theft 1000-5000, and Contempt of Court
Cody Walker was booked 02/15 on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
Christopher Traylor was booked 02/15 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Corey Lott was booked 02/15 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear
Emmitt Warren was booked 02/15 on the charges of Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot (3 counts), Resisting an Officer With Force or Violence, Theft Less Than 1000, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle (5000 to 25000)
Paul Carter was booked 02/15 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, No Drivers License, No Insurance, Possession of Marijuana, Switched License Plates, and Failure to Appear
Runeshia Abron was booked 02/15 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Cindy Perkins was booked 02/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Contempt of Court
Lanika Warren was booked 02/15 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (2 counts), Obstruction of Justice, and Theft Less Than 1000 (2 counts)
Cherish Lorio Martin was booked 02/15 on the charge of Parole Violation
Ashley Lee was booked 02/15 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine and Failure to Appear
Paul Ard was booked 02/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Justin Boyd was booked 02/15 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Obituary

Phillip M. Strickland
November 05, 1976 - February 15, 2019

Today in History for February 16th

February 15, 2019

Two $1000 Scholarships to be Awarded

Each year, Franklinton Chamber of Commerce partners with Washington Parish School Board to award $1000 scholarships each to two area high school seniors that exemplify leadership and community involvement as well as a commitment to the total school program. The deadline to apply is March 29, 2019. Click here for the application and to find out if you are eligible to apply 


Mandeville Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash on I-12

Thursday evening (February 14, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a
single vehicle fatal crash involving a motorcycle on I-12 eastbound near LA 59 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 53-year-old Edward E. Schwarz of Mandeville.

Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Schwarz was riding a 1997 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle eastbound on I-12 and, for reasons still under investigation, the motorcycle traveled beyond the right side of the roadway and crashed into a tree. Schwarz was transported to Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival.

Initial findings have indicated to Troopers that a medical condition could have been a contributing factor.

Lacombe Resident Killed in Crash on LA 434

Early this morning (February 15, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to
a single vehicle fatal crash on LA 434 south of I-12 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 38-year-old Alonzo Peter Casler of Lacombe.

Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Casler was driving north and, for reasons still under investigation, his vehicle traveled across the southbound lane and through a ditch, before the front of the vehicle impacted a tree.

Casler was not wearing a seat-belt. He was pronounced deceased on-scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

Obituary

Marjorie "Margie" Robinson Robichaux
November 4, 1931 - February 14, 2019

Obituary

Neil Jackson Rushing
April 21, 1932 - February 14, 2019

Obituary

Josephine Dykes Brumfield
October 1, 1933 - February 14, 2019

Obituary

Cindy Cefalu Verret
November 10, 1953 - February 13, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 13-14, 2019

Louis Babin was booked 02/13 on the charge of Theft 1000 to 5000
Mark Hunt was booked 02/13 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Battery, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Michelle Thomas was booked 02/13 In For Court
Alex Magee was booked 02/14 on the charge of Probation Violation
Scott Shubert was booked 02/14 on the charge of Probation Violation
Kurtis Gabler was booked 02/14 on the charges of Theft 1000-5000, Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Trespass, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Stolen Property
Tony Robertson was booked 02/14 In From Court

A Lot Happening at the AARP Bogalusa Chapter Meeting!

The AARP Bogalusa Chapter 4032 February meeting will be held 3:00 PM, Thursday, February 21,
2019 at Washington Parish Council on Aging, Senior Citizens Center, 603 Willis Avenue in Bogalusa. An exciting agenda is planned that includes observance of National Heart Awareness Month and a tribute to Dr. Gerald Berenson, guest speaker Dr. Dale Presser who is a practicing cardiologist with an office in Bogalusa, honoring civil rights hero Cleophus Guy as part of Black History Month, recognition of Outstanding Volunteer Marilyn Lott, and hearing from a U. S. Census Bureau representative about employment opportunities. (See details of the Agenda items below)

Today in History for February 15th

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February 13, 2019

Two Sought in Slidell Armed Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men who robbed a Slidell-area gas station early Wednesday morning (February 13, 2019).
Shortly before 5:30 a.m., two black males entered a gas station on Voters Road in the Slidell area. Both men were wearing clothing that partially blocked their faces. They were armed with handguns and demanded money from the cashier. 

The men fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information about this crime or the individuals in the photos, which were taken from surveillance video, is asked to call Detective Crabtree at 985-726-7839, the STPSO at 985-898-2338 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward through Crimestoppers.

STPSO Seeking Pearl River Area Runaway


Obituary

Charlotte Johnson
May 15, 1942 - February 12, 2019

Obituary

Kenneth Wilson Jenkins
November 26, 1951 - February 11, 2019

North Shore Pastor Otho Schilling Sentenced

U. S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that Otho Schilling (59) of Mt. Hermon, Louisiana was
sentenced yesterday (February 12, 2019) by U.S. District Court Judge Jay C. Zainey to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $202,632.00 for Theft of Government Funds.

According to court records, Schilling, while he was the pastor of a church in Bush, Louisiana,  beginning in 2005 up until 2016, required the church to pay his personal expenses, such as his health and car insurance premiums, car payments, and personal land note in lieu of the church paying him a salary directly. During this period, Schilling was receiving Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance   from the Social Security Administration in the amount of $1,728 a month.  Schilling  concealed both his earnings and employment from the Social Security Administration. Accordingly, Schilling fraudulently received over $200,000 in RSDI benefits he was not entitled to due to his employment with the church.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 12, 2019

Paul Jewell was booked 02/12 on the charge of Probation Violation
Tiffany Williams was booked 02/12 on the charge of Probation Violation
Kelvin Tate was booked 02/12 on the charge of Probation Violation
Issac Bonner was booked 02/12 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Shallon Freeman was booked 02/12 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of CDS in Presence of Juvenile, Failure to Appear, and Theft Less Than 1000

Today in History for February 13th

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Justin Brown Sworn In As Franklinton Police Chief

February 12, 2019

Washington Parish Council Holds Productive Meeting

The Washington Parish Council met Monday evening (February 11, 2019) and approved six resolutions, heard from the public, and received reports from Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff.

The Council approved a resolution to request the state legislature allow the Planning Commission to cancel meetings, rather than hold meetings, when there are no items on the agenda. The Council also approved resolutions to appoint members to the Tourism Commission (see separate article and video), Gas Utility District No. 1, Bogue Lusa Waterworks, Varnado Waterworks, and Washington Parish Fire Protection District No. 9.

During Public Participation,
  • Bogalusa resident Fate Farrell appealed to the Council for assistance in cleaning up areas in Bogalusa and received a great deal of feedback from Council members and the Parish President. (beginning 7:40 into video of the meeting). 
  • Bogalusa resident and City Councilman Mark Irvin addressed the Council on the issue of litter and disposing of tires. (beginning 20:40 into video of the meeting).
  • Rebeccah Stafford inquired about the opening of the parish animal shelter. (beginning 26:30 into video of the meeting). Public Works Director Wheat responded later into the meeting, beginning 39:30 into video of the meeting.
Parish President and his staff presented reports (beginning 28:20) that included information about the litter problem, a report on a recent tornado affecting the parish, and a report by Transportation Manager Donnell Merritt of work performed by parish work crews.

Washington Parish Tourism Addressed at Council Meetings

The Washington Parish Tourism Commission was the topic of discussion at a meeting Monday evening (February 11, 2019) of the Personnel Committee of the Washington Parish Council. Discussions were productive with the roles of the relationship between the Parish Council and the Tourism Commission being clarified and commitments being made toward transparency and coordination.

Personnel Committee members Rusty Fornea, Levi Lewis and Perry Talley heard from Tourism Commission Manager Kathi Mayor and Commission Members Cynthia August, Henry Harrison, and Mark Irvine. (Commission members not present were Marilyn Bateman, Ella Rose Bickham, Diane Slocum, and Phyllis Sampere.) The Personnel Committee also heard from other Council members and persons in the audience.

Discussions included the reappointment of three commissioners, how tourism commissioner nominations are received, the role of the Parish Council in approving commissioners, the number of members making up the Commission, and how the Tourism Commission promotes tourism and coordinates with other agencies.

Commissioner Harrison, who has been on the Commission since it's beginning, offered the opinion that, although the Parish Council votes to approve or disappove nominations, the Council does not appoint Commission members. That opinion was determined to be inaccurate. In fact, it was learned that, instead of the Tourism Commission presenting nominations to the Council for approval, nominations are supposed to be made to the Council by private non-profit groups that have an interest in the tourism industry and by other entities.

Commissioner August referred to “misleading information”, apparently about the Tourism Commission, that has been provided by some. No details were given. Councilman Lewis stated that he felt “we have brought the Tourism Committe to trial without even letting them know what the charges are.” The charges he referred to were unclear.

Ultimately, the Parish Council approved the recommendation of the Personnel Committee to approve the re-appointment of Henry Harrison, Cynthia August, and Phyllis Sampere. 

Washington Parish - Let's Unite for Heart Health

Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, Riverside Medical Center & American Heart is hosting an event, “Go Red!”, focusing on the prevention of heart disease and stroke.  The event will be held Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant, 26450 Choctaw Road, Franklinton, Louisiana.
Heart disease and stroke cause more deaths each year than all cancers combined. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Get informed about the risks of heart disease and stroke. Know the red flags. Know your heart health story. Go Red inspires us to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities, and shape policies to save lives.

Click here to Register

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 11, 2019

Ojore Hebert was booked 02/11 In From Court
Ceaser Dixon was booked 02/11 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Kyleir Lee was booked 02/11 on the charge of Probation Violation
Malcolm Beal was booked 02/11 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Chad Freeman was booked 02/11 on the charges of No Insurance, No Motorcycle Endorsement, Driving Under Suspension, No License Plate, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Heroin, and Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Efrem Williams was booked 02/11 In For Court

Over 2 Pounds of Marijuana Found in Folsom Man's Vehicle

Randy Batiste (60) of Hay Hollow Road, Folsom, Louisiana was arrested Monday (February 12, 2019) and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana after a traffic stop on North Causeway Approach in Mandeville, Louisiana.
A Mandeville Patrol Officer stopped a white Jeep Liberty for improper lane use. During the course of the traffic stop, the investigating officer detected the strong odor of raw marijuana coming from within the Jeep. Batiste, who was also found to be driving with a suspended driver’s license, was detained. A search of Batiste’s vehicle turned up just over 2 pounds of suspected marijuana and over $2,500.00 in cash.

Batiste was booked for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, improper lane use and driving under suspension and remanded to the St Tammany Parish Jail.

Marrio Haynes, Jr. Wanted in Covington Shooting

The Covington Police Department is investigating a shooting which occurred in the 300 block of S.
Taylor Street, yesterday afternoon (February 10, 2019) at approximately 3:20 pm. Officers responded to the scene and located Demarriay Haynes (21) who had a non-life-threatening bullet wound to his leg and who was determined to have been a perpetrator in an apparent armed robbery gone wrong.

Demarriay Haynes, along with his brother Marrio Haynes, Jr. (20), are both accused of attempting to rob someone at a residence, shots were fired at the victim, and Demarriay was struck by a projectile. Demarray Haynes was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries and then was taken into custody on the charge of Attempted First Degree Murder.

Investigators are currently looking for the Marrio Haynes, Jr., and have a warrant for his arrest for Attempted First Degree Murder.

If you know the whereabouts of Marrio Haynes, Jr., please call the Covington Police Department at 985-892-8500. You can also contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111, where you can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Marrio Haynes Jr. is to be considered armed and dangerous.

Today in History for February 12th

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