December 13, 2018

Obituary

Shelia Hookfin
August 10, 1958 - December 07, 2018

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Elmon Darventaz Simmons
March 30, 1975 - December 07, 2018

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Gary Timothy Poist, Sr.
April 10, 1944 - December 12, 2018

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Bobbie Jean Crowe Gaines
February 21, 1936 - December 12, 2018

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George Carlos Jenkins
November 13, 1943 - December 11, 2018

8.6 Pounds of Heroin Seized During St. Tammany Traffic Stop

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 8.6 pounds of black tar heroin during a traffic stop yesterday (December 12, 2018). After the STPSO's Highway Enforcement Unit made the stop, the two occupants gave contradicting information about their destination.


The driver of the vehicle was identified as Gabriela Gonzalez (39) and the passenger was Elizabeth Alvarez (42), both of Houston. An investigation was conducted by the STPSO Narcotics Task Force Unit and Homeland Security Investigations, and with the assistance of K-9 Echo, deputies located the heroin in a container inside the vehicle.  Deputies seized the illegal narcotics and arrested both Gonzalez and Alvarez on the charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (Heroin). Gonzalez was also booked for Following Too Close.

The STPSO Narcotics Task Force Unit is composed of detectives from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Mandeville Police Department.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 11-12, 2018

Victor Gavin was booked 12/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Probation Violation
Ronald Christal was booked 12/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (Ecstasy/Molly/MDMA), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Seat Belt, Switched License Plates, and No Drivers License
Thomas Hebert was booked 12/12 on the charge of Attachment
Sharion Medious was booked 12/12 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100 and Failure to Appear
Vivian Edwards was booked 12/12 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Cedric Oatis was booked 12/12 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule 1 drugs (Ecstasy/Molly/MDMA), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Convicted Felon in Posssession of Firearm
Demarcus Powell was booked 12/12 on the charges of Improper Turn/Accident, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS, and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Fred Fland was booked 12/12 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500
Christopher Smith was booked 12/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Slidell Man Indicted for Rapes of Juvenile Girls

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted James
Bishop (67) of Slidell on Wednesday (December 12, 2018) of two counts of aggravated rape of a victim under 13, two counts of molestation of a juvenile, and production of pornography involving juveniles.

Bishop is accused of molesting and raping two girls on separate occasions over a period of years from the time the girls were ages 8 and 9.

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December 12, 2018

Juveniles Arrested for Burglarizing Vehicles in Madisonville Area

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested four juveniles in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred last month in the Madisonville area. Several unlocked vehicles were burglarized during the month of November in the subdivisions of Kathman Acres, Village at Bocage, Twin Pines and Fairfield Oaks.


On December 6, 2018, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division arrested three Madisonville-area juveniles in connection with those burglaries. The three juveniles, who are all under the age of 16, were booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on burglary and firearms-related crimes. A fourth juvenile was arrested December 11, 2018, issued a summons, and released into the custody of a parent.

Detectives have recovered firearms, weapons, electronics, a camera and other various items that were stolen in connection with these burglaries.

The investigation is ongoing and investigators are still trying to locate victims and additional perpetrators. If you were a victim or have any information regarding these burglaries, please contact Detective Beau Long at 985-276-1333.

STPSO Now Dispatching for Covington Police

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith and Interim Covington Police Chief Stephen Culotta
announced that beginning today (Dec. 12) all 911 calls made to Covington Police will be answered and handled by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Communications Division.

In an effort to improve efficiency and reduce the duplication of services, STPSO dispatchers, in addition to answering calls originating from unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, will now answer calls originating from inside the city limits of Covington. They will then dispatch as appropriate whether it be to a Covington Police unit, an STPSO patrol deputy, or to Covington Fire Department or Acadian Ambulance dispatch as required.

The Sheriff's Office dispatchers already answer 911 calls originating from the city limits of Abita Springs, Madisonville, Folsom and Sun.

Consolidating dispatch services allows for a more seamless approach to policing parish-wide and quicker response times for our residents.  Additionally, combining these services allows for streamlined communication among our front-line law enforcement officers.

Franklinton PD: Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses

The Franklinton Police Department has received complaints from the Washington Parish School
Board related to drivers passing stopped school bus while their RED STOP lights are activated. Anyone cited for passing a stopped school bus when the hazard lights are activated will be issued a citation and fined in the amount of $470.00.

The Franklinton Police Department will continue to monitor school zones and bus routes within the city to protect the children as they load and unload from school buses

Obituary

Ann Wade Pierce
June 27, 1946 - December 11, 2018

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Wanda Jane Hurd
January 6, 1954 - December 11, 2018

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Hilry J. Dykes
September 11, 1942 - December 11, 2018

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Tammy Varnado Ingram
February 2, 1958 - December 11, 2018

A Christmas Message from Sheriff Randy Seal

In the midst of the Christmas season, it is always a blessing to enjoy the spirit of Christmas. For
Christians, the season is a celebration as recorded in the New Testament gospels and as foretold by the prophet Isaiah. For others, it is a celebration of joy and thanksgiving. For all, it is a season defined by a spirit of love, light, hope, peace and joyfulness.

Christmas is a time to give and receive. While receiving is always fun, giving is even more fun. Giving brings the giver satisfaction, fulfillment and joy, especially watching children open presents resulting in smiles, laughter, hugs and happiness.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year was recorded by Andy Williams in 1963 and repeated by other vocalists throughout the years, including Louisiana’s own Harry Connick, Jr., in 2008.

The words of this song speak of the spirit of Christmas as the “happiest season of all.”

It is in the spirit of Christmas that I offer my gratitude to some very special people.

The wonderful staff of your Sheriff’s Office works hard each day to serve the citizens of our parish. Their unselfish devotion pays dividends for all. I am grateful for their sacrifices, knowing that some of them will be working to keep the rest of us safe while we enjoy family and friends on Christmas Day. Thank you, staff, for your service to the citizens of Washington Parish.

I am grateful to the citizens of our parish who support us as we work together to make Washington Parish a great place to live. As your Sheriff, I try always to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason. You expect no less and you deserve no less. Thank you for all you do for your Sheriff’s Office.

Following quickly after the Christmas season is our celebration of the beginning of 2019. New Year’s Eve and the days around the holiday are times of celebration, parties and often the consumption of alcohol. I hope all persons who celebrate the holiday with alcohol will do so responsibly. If you do celebrate with alcohol, don’t drink and drive. Always use a designated driver.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I look forward to continue serving you in 2019 and the years following.

Randy Seal
Sheriff

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December 11, 2018

Obituary

Anita Winkler Lott
July 14, 1936 - December 11, 2018

Slidell Man Charged With Hit and Run Driving

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Willis Barker, II of Slidell  in a hit and run
incident that occurred Friday evening. At approximately 8 p.m. Friday (December 7, 2018) STPSO deputies were dispatched to the area of Airport Road and Tiara Drive in Slidell where they found an unresponsive male laying on the shoulder of the roadway. He was transported to a Southshore hospital, where he remains in critical condition, but appears to be improving.

Members of the STPSO Traffic Division recovered evidence at the scene that led them to believe the vehicle involved in the crash was a red Nissan Versa. While canvassing the area Monday afternoon (December 10, 2018), deputies located a vehicle matching that description with damage consistent with the crash, parked at a residence on Bogie Drive.

Barker, the owner of the vehicle, was booked on the charges of Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Negligent Injuring, and Hit and Run Driving.

Obituary

Robert Scott Tageant
December 19, 1979 - December 8, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 10, 2018

Andrew Anthony was booked 12/10 on the charge of Business/Commercial Burglary
Kristien Copeland was booked 12/10 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Jerry Peters was booked 12/10 on the charges of No Drivers License, Careless Operation With Accident, Failure to Report Accident, and Leaving Scene of Accident
Jemerious Williams was booked 12/10 In For Court
Dustin Vanslyke was booked 12/10 on the charge of Probation Violation
Kendrick Hall was booked 12/10 on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal (2 counts), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vhicle, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Attachment, Aggravated Resisting by Flight, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm
Ricky Roach was booked 12/10 on the charges of Armed Robbery (2 counts), Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Aggravated Burglary, Simple Burglary, and Attachment

December 10, 2018

Obituary

Donna Marie Hartzog
December 01, 1956 - December 09, 2018

Obituary

Dorothy Marie McGehee
September 26, 1930 - December 7, 2018

Help WPSO Identify This Person

The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary that took place on December 7, 2018, at a residence on Mitchell City Road in Bogalusa. The photos are of a person of interest and the vehicle he was driving. This person may have information about the burglary. 

If anyone can help identify this person, please contact Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Captain Tom Anderson at (985) 661-2024.

Bogalusa Help Center Receives $2500 Donation from Entergy

Entergy recently presents to the Bogalusa Help Center (BHC) with a $2,500 donation for its “Food for the Needy” program.  These timely funds will assist the needy with their holiday meals.  The BHC is a food bank that Entergy has partnered with over the years.

Pictured left to right are Wade Adam (Volunteer), Robert Ard (Volunteer), Carol Veck (Volunteer), Eunice Harris (Entergy Customer Service Representative, and Gene  Hayman (President and Volunteer).

Missing 10-Year-Old Boy Found in St. Tammany

With the assistance of other agencies and the public, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office found Nicholas Olano, Jr., a 10-year-old boy reported missing Saturday (December 8, 2018) after he ran away from a facility in the Mandeville area. The search began immediately and continued throughout Sunday and into Monday morning. Olano was found alive and hiding in a heavily wooded area at 8:42 a.m. Monday morning (December 10, 2018). He was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated, but other than being tired, cold and hungry, appears to be in good health.

Sheriff Randy Smith expressed his thanks to the numerous deputies who worked around the clock in very cold conditions, Louisiana State Police, Department of Corrections K-9 Team, Fontainebleau Park Rangers, staff of Pelican Park, Department of Children and Family Services, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, members of the community and members of the media. 

Obituary

Vickie Knight
August 10, 1953 - December 07, 2018

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Linda Jean Harper
December 29, 1946 - December 7, 2018

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William "Bill" Rainey, Jr.
March 28, 1939 - December 7, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 8-9, 2018

Dayon Dyson was booked 12/08 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (4 counts) and Failure to Appear
Daniel Levatino was booked 12/08 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Usage, and Open Container in Vehicle
Christopher Warren was booked 12/09 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Jason Bennett was booked 12/09 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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December 08, 2018

Washington Parish Election Results

In the only statewide contest in this election, the run-off for Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin (R)
appears to have defeated "Gwen" Collins-Greenup (D). With 96% of precincts reporting, Ardoin has 60% of the vote to Greenup's 40%. In Washington Parish, Ardoin led Greenup 67% to 33%.

For Washington Parish Council Member, District 5, Thomas R. "Rusty" Fornea (R) defeated Randy Thomas (R) 67% to 33%.

In the hotly-contested run-off for Mayor of Bogalusa, Incumbent Wendy O'Quin-Perrette (NOPTY) won against "Doug" Ritchie 56% (or 1061 votes) to 44% (or 842 votes). Also in Bogalusa, Oneita H. Graham (D) led Shelby C. Temples (R) 59% to 41% in the run-off for Bogalusa Councilman, District C.  Two of the three propositions on the ballot in Bogalusa to fund the City of Bogalusa Employees Retirement System (COBERS) were approved. Proposition 1 (3 Mill Tax) was defeated 51% to 49% (a margin of only 28 votes); Proposition 2 (1% Sales Tax Rededication) was approved 55% to 45%; and Proposition 3 (1/4% Sales Tax Rededication) was approved 56% to 44%.

Franklinton voters voted “Yes” to approve all five of the “Wet-Dry” options. The February, 2018 Petition that was circulated in Franklinton and that triggered the vote was intended to gain voter approval for higher content alcohol to be served in the restaurants in Franklinton. The effort was successful. However, voters have also  approved options that will allow bars to sell alcohol of both low and high alcohol content.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 7, 2018

Russell Thomas was booked 12/07 on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs/MOJO, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Anthony McNabb was booked 12/07 on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Roy Short was booked 12/07 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs (4 counts), Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Sabal James was booked 12/07 on the charges of Possession With intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 drugs (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Charlie Dixon was booked 12/07 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Jerry Miniard was booked 12/07 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Richard Peterson was booked 12/07 on the charges of Theft 1000-5000 (2 counts)

On the Ballot for Bogalusa Voters

Bogalusa voters, in addition to the run-offs for Secretary of State, for Mayor of Bogalusa, and for Councilman, District C, you have the following propositions on the ballot:



City of Bogalusa Proposition No. 1 of 3
(3 Mill Tax)
Shall the City of Bogalusa, State of Louisiana (the "City"), under the authority of Article VI, Sections 30 and 32 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, and other constitutional and statutory authority, levy and collect a special tax of three (3) mills on all the property subject to taxation in the City, for a period of twenty (20) years beginning with the year 2019 and ending with the year 2038, inclusive (an estimated $217,500 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for one entire year), for the purpose of paying retirement and pension benefits to the City of Bogalusa Employees Retirement System (COBERS)?

City of Bogalusa Proposition No. 2 of 3
(1% Sales Tax Rededication)
Shall the City of Bogalusa, State of Louisiana, under the authority of Article VI, Sections 29 and 30 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, and other constitutional and statutory authority, rededicate the one percent (1%) sales and use tax that was approved at an election held on March 15, 1955, so that the proceeds of such sales and use tax may hereafter be used for any lawful municipal purpose, subject to a requirement that for a period of twenty (20) years, beginning January 1, 2019, a minimum of twelve and one-half percent (12.5%) of the proceeds of said 1% sales and use tax must be used for the purpose of paying retirement and pension benefits to the City of Bogalusa Employees Retirement System (COBERS) (said 12.5% portion currently estimated to be approximately $272,300 annually)?

City of Bogalusa Proposition No. 3 of 3
(1/4% Sales Tax Rededication)
Shall the City of Bogalusa, State of Louisiana, under the authority of Article VI, Sections 29 and 30 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, and other constitutional and statutory authority, rededicate the one-quarter of one percent (1/4%) sales and use tax that was approved at an election held on November 17, 2007, so that (a) 50% of the proceeds of such sales and use tax be used for: improving and/or maintaining the City's industrial park; constructing additions and improvements to existing buildings in the industrial park; and constructing, acquiring and improving additional buildings therein; and that (b) the remaining 50% of the proceeds of such sales and use tax be used for the purpose of paying retirement and pension benefits to the City of Bogalusa Employees Retirement System (COBERS) (each such 50% portion currently estimated to be approximately $272,300 annually)?

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December 06, 2018

Pearl River Man Gets 40 Years Fatal Stabbing

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Joseph Adam Thibodeaux (26) of Pearl River
pleaded guilty Wednesday (December 5, 2018) to manslaughter and domestic violence aggravated assault for stabbing to death his former girlfriend’s uncle.

District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Thibodeaux to 40 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and 5 years on the domestic violence aggravated assault charge, with the sentences to be served concurrently.

The crime occurred July 30, 2017, when Thibodeaux pulled out a knife while arguing with his girlfriend. Thibodeaux threatened the woman, with whom he has two children, and her uncle, Douglas Evans, of Lacombe, tried to intervene and calm Thibodeaux. Instead, Thibodeaux turned on Evans and stabbed him to death.

Several members of the victim’s family attended the hearing, including Evans’ mother, who told the court that losing a child is one of the most difficult experiences a person can face. The Slidell Police Department investigated the case. Assistant District Attorney Casey Dieck prosecuted it, and she was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Jerry Smith.

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Obituary

Betty Lou Simmons Guy
January 18, 1939 - December 06, 2018

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Walter Hershel Merritt
December 04, 1936 - December 05, 2018

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3 Arrested in Tangipahoa Home Invasion – Burglary - Attack

In the evening hours of November 28, 2018, a 65-year-old male, residing on Deluxe Lake Drive in
Hammond, Louisiana, was attacked and burglarized by two unknown masked males dressed in camouflage and armed with guns. The suspects entered the residence demanding money and the location of a safe. The suspects struck the victim in the face with their weapons multiple times and held the victim down while taking all of the possessions from his pockets and from his person. The suspects continued to burglarize and ransack the residence. Before leaving, the suspects beat the victim one last time and demanded he vacate his residence and not return until the afternoon of the next day. Fearing for his life, the victim left his residence and went into hiding until the next morning.

The next day (November 29, 2018), the TPSO responded to a possible burglary in progress at the Friendly Inn in Hammond. When deputies arrived, they observed the door to the room in question open with several occupants inside. One male subject aggressively walked toward deputies holding an unknown object and was detained. A search led to the discovery of an array of illegal narcotics, drug paraphernalia, an abundance of stolen property, stolen credit cards, identification cards, and even checks from a local bank bearing the name of the 65-year-old male who lived on Deluxe Lake Drive.

Ironically as the TPSO was in the midst of the investigation into the alleged burglary in progress, detectives were alerted of a reported home invasion that occurred the night before at the residence of a 65 - year-old male who lived on Deluxe Lake Drive in Hammond. Simultaneously, as detectives remained on-scene continuing to investigate the Friendly Inn incident, additional detectives responded to Deluxe Lake Drive where they met with the victim of the home invasion.

At the end of the day, as one case unfolded upon the other, three suspects were taken into custody: Brandon Michael Buras (22) of Folsom, Christina Deangelo (41) of Ponchatoula, and Jonathon Michael Easley (28) of Robert. They were charged with drug-related offenses, possession of stolen property, armed robbery, home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, false imprisonment, criminal damage to property, and identity theft. 

Abraham Running for Governor of Louisiana

Ralph Abraham, M.D., today (December 6, 2018) announced that he will run for Governor of
Louisiana. "I'm running for Governor, and I intend to win," he said. Ralph will have a formal campaign launch after the first of the year.

Ralph is a conservative Republican and has served in Congress since 2015 as the U.S. Representative for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District. It is the largest district in terms of area in the state and includes 24 parishes in North, Central and Southeast Louisiana.

As a Congressman, Ralph has worked on issues that affect all of Louisiana. He is a member of the Armed Services Committee and has helped secure funding and resources for Louisiana's military installations at Fort Polk, Barksdale Air Force Base and the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse. He is also Louisiana's only representative on the Agriculture Committee, and he has served on the Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Before joining Congress, he worked as a general family doctor in rural Richland Parish. He is also a veterinarian, veteran, farmer, and business owner. He also volunteers extensively as a pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol and the Pilots for Patients not-for-profit organization.

Ralph and his wife, Dianne, have been married for 43 years. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren. They are members of Alto Baptist Church.


Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 5, 2018

Juan Keys was booked 12/05 on the charges of Theft 1000-5000, Criminal Damage, Vehicle Burglary, and Criminal Trespass
Jordon Smith was booked 12/05 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Improper Turn/Accident (2 counts), No Proof of Insurance, No Drivers License, Attachment, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
John Riley was booked 12/05 In From Court
Fields Hartzog was booked 12/05 on the charges of Access Device Fraud and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Paula Tarver was booked 12/05 on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts)

Help TPSO Locate This Fatal Shooting Suspect

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that 36 - year -old Christopher Orlando Bell, Sr. of
Hammond, Louisiana is wanted by the TPSO in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred last night (November 5, 2018) around 11:05 p.m. on Chloe Dr. in Hammond.

A fatal gunshot wound claimed the life of 22 -year-old Tyreyon Garner of Hammond.

The motive appears to be domestic in nature. Anyone knowing of Bell's whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Dale Athmann is the lead investigator on this case. Bell is still believed to be in possession of a firearm and therefore should be considered dangerous.

Bell is a black male, bald, approximately 6' tall, and 195 pounds. Bell has multiple tattoos and was last seen wearing grey pants, a black sweatshirt, and black shoes.

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