August 24, 2019

Bizarre Chase This AM in Covington-Area Neighborhood

Shortly after 9 am Saturday morning (August 24, 2019), a resident in Tchefuncta Estates called the
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after finding a suspicious man in his backyard. The resident had given chase but had lost sight of the man after he fled into another backyard.

While deputies were en route to that call, several more calls came into 911 about the man, who was dressed in only a pair of shorts, was barefoot and was acting erratically. One resident reported he observed the man using his hose to take a shower.

Deputies had received similar calls about a suspicious man matching the same description and entering yards in Tchefuncta Estates on Thursday (August 22, 2019), but were unable to locate him at that time.

Neighbors assisted while deputies chased the man through the neighborhood for approximately an hour Saturday morning, before he finally gave up after being confronted by a neighbor as he exited the woods near a residential construction site.

Arrested was Christopher Verzwyvelt (36) of Covington on two counts of Criminal Trespass.

Big Bad Lumberjack Band Showcase is August 31st


Evelyn Louise Albritton Mitchell
June 29, 1931 - August 21, 2019


Charles Edison Stafford
April 5, 1928 - August 23, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 23, 2019

Kerry Leonard was booked on the charges of No Seat Belt, Switched License Plates, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Thomas Holmes was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Christopher Holland was booked on the charges of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s), Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Simple Battery

Today in History for August 24th

August 23, 2019

Keep an Eye on This Weather System

A tropical depression could form late this weekend or early next week as it moves westward to west-northwestward.

Hammond Police: Fugitives of the Month

If anyone knows the whereabouts of any of these individuals, please contact the Hammond Police Department at (985)277-5701 or Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa's anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245.

Impaired Woman Crashes Head-On into School Bus

An impaired driver crashed head-on into a school bus in Slidell early Friday morning (August 23,
2019). Luckily, no children were on board at the time of the crash.

Slidell Police report that Alexandra Alley (age 26 and of Baton Rouge) was apparently impaired and appeared under the influence of narcotics. Officers also located suspected narcotics inside of Alley’s vehicle.  Slidell Police also report that witnesses stated Alexandra Alley crossed over the center-line of the roadway. This caused a head-on collision into a school bus, causing the front wheel of the bus to fall off. The bus spun out of control, causing it to crash into an unmarked Louisiana Probation and Patrol police vehicle. The bus driver sustained minor injuries. The Louisiana Probation and Parole officer did not have any injuries. Alley was transported to a local hospital where she is currently being treated for minor injuries.

Upon her release, Alley will be booked into Slidell City Jail and charged with: Driving Under the Influence (2nd Offense), Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Legend Drug, Vehicular Negligent Injuring, and Improper Lane Usage.

Jambalaya Dinners TOMORROW - Franklinton Firemens Fundraiser

The Franklinton Firemens Association will be selling Jambalaya dinners Saturday (August 24, 2019) at noon at the Fire Station. The address is 415 11th Avenue next door to the Police Department and across the street from Creel Insurance.
They will have approximately 150 plates that will be sold outside of advance ticket sales. Please come out and support your Franklinton Firemen. Plates are $8.00 each. Jambalaya, corn, green beans, bread and cake. All monies produced from these sales will go to the Firemens Association for needed equipment purchases.

The station will be open for the public if you wish to come in to cool off and to eat. Or just bring the kids and let them see the fire trucks. Interested in becoming a volunteer? They will answer any questions or concerns you may have as well as provide you an application if you wish to join.

Missing Runaway Juvenile From the Covington Area


Melanie Holtzclaw Neal
February 27, 1978 - August 22, 2019


Emma Jean Sartin
May 23, 1958 - August 20, 2019


Sarah M. Dyson
September 22, 1944 - August 22, 2019


Marilyn Bateman
January 18, 1933 - August 21, 2019

Today in History for August 23rd

AP Top Stories August 23, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 22, 2019

Justin Saucier was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Krynicki Baker was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Anthony Dillon was booked on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Unlawful Use or Possession of Body Armor

August 22, 2019

Shoplifter Spits in Slidell Police Officer's Face

Tuesday afternoon (August 20, 2019), Slidell Police responded to a report of a shoplifting at the
Walmart Neighborhood Market, 637 Robert Boulevard, in Slidell. The assets protection employee observed 47-year-old, Paula Faciane, push out over $350 worth of groceries from the store.

When Slidell Police officers arrived, Faciane was attempting to flee to her vehicle, but was quickly apprehended. Faciane began to resist officers, then after being handcuffed, turned around and spit in an officer's face. The officer was treated at a local hospital for being exposed to the bodily fluids.

Faciane, who had been caught shoplifting three times in the past year, was charged with Theft (3rd offense - Felony), Resisting an Officer by Violence, Resisting an Officer by False Information, and Battery on a Police Officer.

Flag Presented in Honor of Washington Parish 200th Anniversary

Seth Descant, President of the Franklinton Chamber of Commerce, and Senator Beth Mizell presented to Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr., the United States Flag which was flown on March 6, 2019 over the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. per the request of Senator Bill Cassidy in honor of the 200th Anniversary of Washington Parish.

Click on "Read More" below the picture for the Congressional Record entry made by Senator Bill Cassidy.

Louisiana Republican Candidates Forum is August 25th


Linda Diane Busby
December 15, 1948 - August 20, 2019


Gladys Haddox Ingram
June 16, 1933 - August 21, 2019

Donate Blood at RMC August 23rd 11 AM to 4 PM

"Make the Right Call" and donate blood at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton tomorrow (August 23, 2019) from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Donors will receive a free lunch and a "Make the Right Call" t-shirt.


Garfield W. Baham
January 13, 1942 - August 21, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 21, 2019

Desiree Lajoie was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts) and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Kane Beasley was booked on the charges of No Taillight, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Expired License Plate, and No Insurance
Robert Long was s booked In For Court
Tushilia Thompson was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
David LeBlanc was booked on the charges of Switched License Plates, No Drivers License, Expired MVI, No Insurance, Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear

Today in History for August 22nd

AP Top Stories August 22, 2019

August 21, 2019

Bogalusan Charged in Death of 8-Month Old

Last Wednesday (August 14, 2019), the Bogalusa Police Department responded to our Lady of the
Angels Emergency Room in reference to an unresponsive female infant, 8 months of age. The child died shortly after arrival at the hospital.

Based on information obtained at the hospital, and from speaking with family members, it was believed that the death was the result of non-accidental injuries. It was also determined that the child had been left by the mother for a short time that evening in the care of her boyfriend, 20-year old Tyrease Brumfield.

A criminal investigation was initiated, and an autopsy was performed the following day. It was determined by the medical examiner that the child died of injuries caused by blunt force trauma, and her death was ruled a homicide. Investigators determined the child was under the supervision of Brumfield when she received the injuries.

On August 15, 2019, Tyrease Brumfield was arrested for First Degree Murder in the death of this child, and placed in the Washington Parish Jail. No bond has been set.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mandeville Police Officer Impersonator Sought

The Mandeville Police are seeking the identity of the man who, on Sunday (August 18, 2019), caused a disturbance at the Discount Zone in Mandeville and then produced a wallet containing an unknown badge and identified himself as a Mandeville Police Officer.

Mandeville Police advises they would to contact him so he can pick up his "uniform"!

Anyone with information can call 985.624.3119.

And NO, it is not Drew Brees!

Two Jailed After Sending Kindergartner to School with Cocaine

Yesterday (August 20, 2019) a Slidell Police school resource officer discovered a 5-year-old kindergarten student in possession of a large amount of crack and powdered cocaine.

The school resource officer was made aware of the situation after an alert teacher saw the kindergarten student holding a bag of white powder. The bag of powder was discovered to be cocaine. The child was also found to be in possession of two additional bags of crack cocaine. Throughout the investigation, it was apparent the child had no knowledge about the drugs.

Slidell Police narcotics detectives conducted a search warrant at the child’s residence and came into contact with 23-year-old, Angelica Stanley, and 51-year-old, Ellis Cousin. The detectives discovered additional narcotics inside of the home, and also were able to determine (unbeknownst to the child) that the cocaine was being stored in the child’s clothing.
Both Stanley and Cousin were arrested for: Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (cocaine) with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Cruelty to a Juvenile.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 20, 2019

Chance Luke was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Pregnant Woman, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (3 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), and Possession of CDS in Presence of Juvenile
Raven Foster was booked on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
Bobby Ramsey was booked on the charge of Non-Consensual Disclosure of Private Picture
Kayla Morris was booked on the charges of Home Invasion/Ag Assault/Battery and Second Degree Battery
Victor Peters was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule III CDS, Resisting an Officer, Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Failure to Pay Fine, and Failure to Appear
Billy Thorbjornsen was booked on the charges of Simple Assault, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Contempt of Court
Anthony Voltolina was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Washington Parish Bicentennial Banquet is September 26th


Edward Charles Smith
August 12, 1959 - August 15, 2019


Walter Lee Smith
December 07, 1945 - August 16, 2019


Connie Gail Frazier Brian
April 07, 1956 - August 19, 2019

Washington Parish Man Flees and Fights Before Being Jailed

On Monday (August 19, 2019), Dylan Miley (25), a resident of Highway 424, landed in the Washington Parish Jail after reportedly physically assaulting his wife, fleeing from Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and fighting with the officers after they caught up with him.
It all started when Detective Kody Glenn and Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre responded to a report of a man assaulting his pregnant wife at a residence on Highway 424. The two officers encountered a woman with visible injuries whose husband initially was hiding inside the house but then ran outside and fled in his pickup truck, heading west on Highway 424.

Both officers pursued Miley in their respective vehicles, with Sgt. Dupre being closest behind him. At times, Miley would suddenly apply his brakes, as if in an attempt to cause Sgt. Dupre to ram him. At one point, Miley stopped suddenly, put his truck in reverse, and collided with the pursuing patrol vehicle. Miley then fled again, headed to the driveway of his parents’ residence. At that time, Sgt. Dupre conducted a tactical maneuver and disabled Miley’s vehicle.

Sgt. Dupre and Detective Glenn then approached Miley’s vehicle. The vehicle doors were locked and Miley refused to exit after being given several verbal commands to do so. Sgt. Dupre then used his flash light to break the driver’s side window, at which point Miley attempted to gain control of Sgt. Dupre’s pistol. Miley continued to resist and attempted to pull Sgt. Dupre into the vehicle through the broken window. Sgt. Dupre was able to pull free and used his taser in an attempt to subdue Dylan.

After being tased, Miley attempted to drive his vehicle away, at which time he was administered a second taser burst. Detective Glenn then secured a tool from the bed of Miley’s truck and broke the passenger side window to gain entrance to the vehicle. Detective Glenn then was able to remove Miley from the truck and place him on the ground. Dylan continued to resist until he was handcuffed.

During the scuffle with Miley, Detective Glenn sustained a cut on his arm which required medical attention. Northshore EMS responded to the scene, treated Detective Glenn and evaluated Miley who was medically cleared. Meanwhile, Northshore EMS also responded to the scene of the domestic violence, treated the injured woman and transported her to the hospital. Detective Captain Tom Anderson and Patrol Deputy James Gregorio went to the hospital and obtained a statement from her.

Miley was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with domestic abuse strangulation, domestic abuse battery, domestic abuse on a pregnant woman, aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated assault with a vehicle on an officer, resisting an officer with force or violence , contempt of court and being a fugitive from the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole. Although a $50,000 bond was set for his current charges, he is not eligible for release due to his fugitive status.

Miley has been in the Washington Parish Jail six additional times dating back to April 2016. Previous charges include drug offenses, carrying a concealed weapon, domestic assault and failure to appear in court.

“This young man’s very poor choices should earn him several years in a state prison,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “He endangered the life of his pregnant wife, his unborn child, law enforcement officers and all other persons who were traveling on Highway 424 at the time. I encourage the District Attorney’s Office to vigorously prosecute him.”

Today in History for August 21st

August 20, 2019


Odell Pittman
November 22, 1929 - August 13, 2019


Ja'Keithon Breshard Cotton
August 26, 1993 - August 09, 2019

Available for Adoption at Washington Parish Animal Shelter

Some of the choices for a furry friend adoption are the following:
  • BUSTER!!! Buster is a boxer mix and is super sweet and loving. He loves his pool time, is very active, and plays well with other dogs. 
  • BOB!!! He is a super happy hound mix. Very active and looking for someone with a fenced in yard (because he loves to run). He can live with other animals and kids.  
  • Lab puppies.  

All are ready for a new home! Call (985) 205-2023 today and click here to follow us on Facebook.

Council on Aging Health & Resource Fair is September 20th

The Washington Parish Council on Aging is hosting the Washington Parish Council on Aging Health and Resource Fair on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 10 AM to 12 PM. The event will be at 603 Willis Avenue in Bogalusa.

The Health & Resource Fair is designed for persons aged 60 and above to increase health awareness through education and prevention.  Available services are Flu shots, Wellness Screenings. 

20+ Vendors will be available to provide information. 


David Joel Carruth
March 29, 1964 - August 13, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 19, 2019

Tyron Warren was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Steven Bedgood was booked In From Court
Chuck Jarrell was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Herman Sartin was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Leslie Woodward was booked on the charges of Probation Violation, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear
Emilee Williams was booked on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)
Dylan Miley was booked on the charges of Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Aggravated Assault With a Vehicle on an Officer, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Pregnant Woman, Contempt of Court, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Incumbent Parish Councilman Withdraws Re-election Bid

Levi Lewis, the incumbent Washington Parish Councilman for District 4, yesterday (August 19,
2019) filed a Notice of Withdrawal, ending his bid for re-election to the position. Voters will choose on October 12, 2019 from the two remaining candidates who qualified, Clark Harry of Angie and Gloria W. Kates of Bogalusa.

An Objection to the Candidacy of Levi Lewis, Sr. was filed by the State of Louisiana, Board of Ethics on August 16, 2019, alleging that, at the time he qualified on August 6th, Lewis had failed to file 2015, 2016, and 2017 Tier 2 Annual Personal Financial Disclosure Statements and had failed to pay the resulting fines, fees, and penalties of $7500. It was noted that Lewis paid $2500 on August 8, 2019, $4000 on August 8, 2019, and $1000 on August 9, 2019. The filing notes that per La. R.S. 18:492(A)(6), an action objecting to the candidacy of a person who qualified as a candidate shall be based on the grounds that the defendant falsely certified on his notice of candidacy that he does not owe any outstanding fines, fees, or penalties pursuant to the Code of Governmental Ethics.

A hearing was held Monday (August 19, 2019) and a Judgment was issued ordering Lewis' withdrawal from the October 12, 2019 election. Subsequently, Lewis filed his Notice of Withdrawal.

Today in History for August 20th

August 19, 2019


Ruby Nell James Knight
September 24, 1933 - August 18, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 17-18, 2019

Katherine Vonhoven was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Sherry Hunt was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts) and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
Tyren Harris was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

Today in History for August 19th