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November 15, 2019

Former RCC Correctional Officers Indicted In Inmate’s Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury has indicted three
former officers at the Rayburn Correctional Center (RCC) in Angie on charges of malfeasance of office, conspiracy to commit malfeasance of office, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice in the death of an inmate earlier this year.

The former correctional officers, Brink Hillman, Gary King, and John Crain, are scheduled for an arraignment hearing on December 5, 2019 before District Judge William H. Burris. 

Hillman, King, and Crain, are accused of failing to execute their lawful duties, concerning a sickly inmate, who died while in their care on March 10, 2019. The former officers also are accused of tampering with evidence to distort the results of an investigation into the treatment of the inmate.

The officers were subsequently fired from RCC through administrative proceedings.

Assistant District Attorney David A. Weilbaecher, Jr., presented the case to the grand jury on October 30, 2019


Ronald Frank Welsh
August 3, 1957 - November 12, 2019

Washington Parish Bookings November 13-14, 2019

Malcolm Butts was booked In From Court
Charles Folse was booked In For Court
Murry Duncan was booked In For Court
Roseph Williams was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)

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Today in History for November 15th

November 14, 2019


Ricky Anthony Simmons
November 11, 2019


Velda "Jean" Smith Byrd
April 23, 1940 - November 13, 2019


Betty Hunt Erwin
June 19, 1935 - November 12, 2019


Earl Lee Cotton, Sr.
December 24, 1954 - November 10, 2019


Ervin James Hart
March 24, 1955 - November 03, 2019

Three Arrested at Parish Jail in Amite

Three Tangipahoa Parish residents were arrested November 8, 2019 on narcotics charges at the parish
jail in Amite. The incident began around 4:00 p.m., as TPSO Narcotics Agents observed Matthew Cooper (37) of Independence and Antonio Darnell Sheridan (48) of Hammond displaying erratic behavior while sitting in a vehicle in the parish jail parking lot.

Upon making contact, Sheridan attempted to flee from agents on foot. Sheridan reportedly attempted to throw away a glass pipe, commonly used to consume methamphetamine, and a large clear plastic bag containing approximately (7) grams of methamphetamine. After a brief struggle, Sheridan was detained and the items recovered. Sheridan was charged with the introduction of contraband into a penal institute, possession with intent to distribute CDS II, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting an officer.

Matthew Cooper was detained at the vehicle and found to be possession of a small piece of paper containing approximately .5 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Cooper was charged with the introduction of contraband to a jail facility and possession of CDS II.

While outside the jail facility attempting to conclude the aforementioned investigation, agents observed Kristina Sharp (33) of Independence walking toward Sheridan’s parked vehicle. Due to Sharp being a known associate of Cooper, she was detained pending further investigations. Sharp’s purse was located inside of Sheridan's vehicle. The purse reportedly contained a glass pipe commonly used to consume marijuana and suspected marijuana. Sharp claimed the purse to be hers and was charged accordingly.

Home Furnishings Theft Suspects Sought in Tangipahoa Parish

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that several individuals burglarized multiple units located at Clayton Mobile Homes in Hammond last week. The suspects entered several of the mobile home units and stole numerous pieces of home furnishings. The attached photo was taken from security cameras on the property.

The Hammond Police Department is currently working a similar case possibly involving these same suspects. If anyone is able to identity the subjects in the attached photos, please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Kirby Varnado is leading this investigation for the TPSO.

TPSO Looking for Three Armed Robbery Suspects

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public's help in gathering information regarding an armed robbery that occurred last night (November 13, 2019) at the Big Boss Truck Stop on Highway 442, just outside of Tickfaw. TPSO Deputies discovered the incident when they stopped at the truck stop to purchase fuel.

About 1:00 a.m. this morning, as deputies entered the Big Boss Truck Stop parking lot, they observed the front door to be locked as a patron was attempting to enter the store. Deputies immediately cleared the area and secured the perimeter. Upon approaching the back side fo the building, they observed an open door and glass shattered on the floor throughout the store. While securing the inside of the building, deputies located the frightened cashier who was hiding in a locked office. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that about 11:30 p.m., three unknown masked males armed with handguns executed a coordinated entry into the Big Boss Truck Stop. One of the males locked the front door as the others held the cashier at gunpoint. The armed masked men then ransacked the store, stole merchandise, and emptied the cash register. The cashier was forced to open the safe and the suspects got away with approximately $25,000 in additional cash.

During the incident, one of the gunmen fired a shot at the floor striking and destroying the cashier's cell phone that had fallen to the floor as two of the gunmen jumped over the sales counter. After taking all they could carry, the gunmen forced the cashier into the walk-in freezer and threatened to shoot him if he attempted to exit before they made their getaway. All of the suspects were wearing masks, hoods and gloves.

The cashier was not physically harmed as a result of this violent incident. Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. TPSO Detective Michael D'Amato is the lead investigator on this case.

WPSO Fugitive Kidnapping Suspect Captured

Jennifer Abelseth, who has been sought by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, was captured
today (November 14, 2019) in Tangipahoa Parish. Acting on information received, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigator Kody Glenn contacted the Sheriff’s Office in Tangipahoa Parish who went to a location in the Natalbany area and arrested Abelseth.

She faces additional charges in Tangipahoa Parish and remains in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail this morning awaiting transfer to Washington Parish where she faces four counts of simple kidnapping. Her husband, Joshua Michael Abelseth (33) was captured November 8, 2019 and remains in the Washington Parish Jail also charged with four counts of simple kidnapping.

Joshua Abelseth and Jennifer Abelseth, who lost custody of their children through court order, reportedly took the children from their grandparents’ home in Washington Parish and fled the state. Joshua Abelseth returned the children to the grandparents' home on November 8, 2019 and was subsequently arrested by WPSO.

“Thanks to the hard work and diligence of our investigators,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “this case was resolved in just a few days. The children are safe at home with their custodial grandparents and the kidnappers are in jail. That is a good outcome. I am grateful not only to our investigators but also to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, other law enforcement agencies and the media outlets who were quick to disseminate all information about this unfortunate event.”


Betty Zakowski Cagle
January 27, 1947 - November 12, 2019

Today in History for November 14th

AP Top Stories November 14, 2019 AM

November 13, 2019

Bush Woman Dies in St. Tammany Crash

This morning (November 13, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a
serious injury crash involving one vehicle on LA 59 near LA 1088 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 63-year-old Marlene D. Williams of Bush.

Troopers determined that that the crash occurred as Williams was driving a Hyundai Elantra south on LA 59. For reasons still under investigation, Williams’ vehicle traveled off the roadway to the right and impacted an embankment. Despite being properly restrained, Williams sustained severe injuries in the crash. She was transported to an area hospital where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries.

As part of the investigation, blood samples were collected by St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for scientific analysis. The investigation remains ongoing as Troopers review the evidence.

Woman Wanted for Slidell Burglary Tied to Multi-state Crime Spree

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have tied a vehicle burglary that occurred in the
Slidell area earlier this year to a couple wanted for similar crimes in other states.
On September 24, 2019, STPSO deputies responded to a vehicle burglary that occurred at a Slidell-area preschool. The thieves used the victim’s stolen driver’s license to cash checks in the Slidell and Ocean Springs, Mississippi areas and to rent a vehicle in Miami, Florida.

Using surveillance video, detectives were able to identify the vehicle used in the crimes as well as to obtain a positive identification of one of the two perpetrators involved in what is now believed to be a multi-state crime spree. Also, the duo may be responsible for other burglaries that occurred in other local jurisdictions around the same timeframe.

On Thursday, November 7, 2019 a warrant was issued by the 22nd Judicial Court for the arrest of Cariann Marie Veasey (DOB: 11/14/1987) of Boca Raton, Florida for Simple Burglary. The second subject involved, a black male, is still unidentified as of this time.

Veasey and the unidentified black male subject have apparently been on a crime spree across the south, and Veasey has multiple warrants issued for her arrest, including the following states: Louisiana, Mississippi, and possibly Alabama and Florida.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Carianne Marie Veasey or with information about the black male who is accompanying her on these crimes, is asked to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338.

Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas is Dec. 7-8

A post by Franklinton Christmas Festival is "Take a step back into the olden days at the beautiful Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas. It will sure be a day to remember. You can start your day with a fantastic horse and buggy parade, visit Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas, step across to Varnado Museum s Christmas Festival with Arts and Crafts. Then as their doors close for the day come downtown for Lights and Lollipops and end your night with the first ever Franklinton Lighted Christmas Parade." See the Facebook page of Franklinton Lighted Christmas Parade for details

Washington Parish Bookings November 11-12, 2019

Samantha Creekkiller was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, Driving Under Suspension, Expired License Plate, and Improper Lane Usage
Charles Corrente was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Michael Cook was booked on the charges of Possession o Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17YOA
Amanda Beal was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, and Contempt of Court
Frederick Weary was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Malcolm Haley was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (4 counts)
Amanda Freeman was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Brenton Morris was booked In For Court
Derrick Dones was booked In For Court
Rachael Spears was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear

Abita Springs Man Gets 50 Years For Sexual Battery Of A Minor

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jinel Sexton (39) of Abita Springs was sentenced
Friday (November 8, 2019) as a multiple offender by District Judge Scott Gardner to 50 years in prison for sexual battery of a victim under 13.

Sexton had been found guilty by a St. Tammany Parish jury on October 25, 2019 of committing sexual battery on a 12-year-old girl in January 2017. The victim first reported the incident to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in a call to 9-1-1. She said Sexton gave her three pills, which made her fall asleep, and she awakened in the bed with him touching her sexually.

The jury rejected Sexton’s claim that he was the one who fell asleep and woke up to find the victim on top of him. The jury voted unanimously to find him guilty. The defendant has prior convictions for simple burglary, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, simple battery, criminal damage to property and possession of marijuana.

Assistant District Attorneys Casey Dieck and Holly McGinness prosecuted the case with the help of District Attorney’s Office Investigator Chris Johnson. The case was investigated by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office under the guidance of lead detective Carli Messina.

Today in History for November 13th

AP Top Stories November 13, 2019

LIVE Impeachment Hearings

November 12, 2019

Addiction Recovery Center in Washington Parish is a Reality

Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials welcomed Woodlake Addiction Recovery to Bogalusa at a welcoming ceremony Tuesday morning (November 12, 2019). Occupying the old charity hospital facility, the center will offer addiction and recovery services and anticipates serving over 1000 annually. The facility will have 50 inpatient beds and offer outpatient services and medical detox treatment. An added benefit to our community is the creation of approximately 50 jobs.

Speaking at the ceremony were Governor John Bel Edwards; Dr. Rebekah Gee, Louisiana Department of Health Secretary; Representative Malinda White; Randy Gomez, CEO of Woodlake Addiction Recovery; Rene Ragas, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital CEO; Family Medicine Dr. Garland Anderson, Our Lady of the Angels.

The speakers described the opioid crisis that exists in our communities and how Woodlake will be addressing the crisis head-on, positively changing and saving lives. Representative Malinda White was recognized for spearheading the project, with Governor Edwards referring to her as “the most persistent person I have ever met” and Secretary Gee saying “you are unsinkable and you will not be told no”. White spoke, describing why bringing the facility to Bogalusa was (and is) near and dear to her heart.

Although it was a cold and windy morning, the ceremony was well-attended by local officials and other members of the community.

Help Slidell Police Identify This Jewelry Theft Suspect

The Slidell Police Department is asking for your help identifying a man responsible for stealing over $10,000 worth of jewelry from a local jewelry store.

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, around 4:00 p.m., an unidentified male entered RG Jewelers (1414 Gause Boulevard), brazenly opened a jewelry case, and stole over $10,000 worth of goods. The thief fled in a newer model Chevrolet Colorado (color: grey) pickup truck.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kyle Taylor at 985-646-6174 or You can also submit a tip on our website, If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111. You may be eligible for a cash reward.

Help Locate This 15-Year-Old From Slidell

Help STPSO Locate This 14-Year-Old

State Fire Marshall's Home Heating Safety Tips

The State Fire Marshal's Office wants to remind all families of these important home heating safety tips as they ready for what is being predicted as the coldest temperatures of the season yet:
  • Place space heaters 3-5 feet from combustible objects like blankets
  • Plug all heating appliances directly into wall outlets, not power strips or extension cords
  • Do not use stoves or ovens to heat homes
  • Don't overfill fireplaces/wood burning stoves
  • Do not leave candles/open flames (or space heaters) left unattended
  • Have working smoke alarms in your home!
Please watch the video and share it with your friends and loved ones!


Betty McGehee
November 21, 1927 - November 12, 2019


Lillian Powe
October 30, 1930 - November 12, 2019


James Michael Pittman
July 3, 1935 – November 11, 2019


Dorothy Sturtevant
December 13, 1924 - November 10, 2019


Rev. John Taylor Lowery
May 19, 1937 - November 10, 2019


Martha Jane Bateman Mizell
October 8, 1933 - November 10, 2019

Today in History for November 12th

November 11, 2019


Burrell J. Carter
June 17, 1935 - November 11, 2019


JoAnn Winburn Sharp
December 1, 1939 - November 8, 2019

PROJECT: Cover Bogalusa

Bogalusa's Christmas in the Park is “Jazzed Up”

Bogalusa's Christmas in the Park is bigger than ever and all jazzed up with new additions, featuring
  • CHARACTER HALL-an enclosed heated/cooled space filled with interactive characters and picture perfect photo scenes! Meet Freddy Yeti, Puddles the Park Duck, and Patrick the Penguin!
  • CRAFT ROOM inside character hall-A fun filled place full of crafts, treats, and interactive games for the little ones!
  • STORY TIME WITH MRS. CLAUS-grab a pillow and take a break in Mrs. Claus’ cabin..listen to her read some of your favorite Christmas stories!
  • SELFIE STATION-life size gingerbread house, big enough for the whole family! Step inside and take a picture!
  • BACK STAGE SHOWS-grab a chair and enjoy local entertainment from singing to dramas!
  • LIGHTSHOW- walk through the lighted arch ways to find a beautiful musical presentation of lights! Stay a while and you’ll hear several of your Christmas favorites while watching colored lights dance across the stage!

Don’t miss the new additions to Christmas in the Park! Opening Thanksgiving night!

(Additions are on select nights, stay tuned for schedule)


James Starnes
July 27, 1945 - November 9, 2019

Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center Welcoming Ceremony

Press Release

Join Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials for a ceremony welcoming Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center to Bogalusa. This facility will enhance resources for substance use disorder treatment in Washington Parish.

Woodlake Addiction Recovery in Bogalusa will offer a full continuum of care of addiction and recovery services. The facility will have 50 inpatient beds; offer outpatient services and medical detox treatment. Woodlake Addiction Recovery anticipates treating over 1,000 patients annually.

The Bogalusa location is the tenth facility for Woodlake Addiction Recovery and will add approximately 50 jobs to this rural community.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Woodlake Addiction Recovery 400 Memphis St., Bogalusa, LA

Governor John Bel Edwards; Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health; Representative Malinda White; Randy Gomez, CEO, Woodlake Addiction Recovery; Rene Ragas, CEO, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital; Dr. Garland Anderson, Our Lady of the Angels, Family Medicine

Communities across the nation struggle to combat the opioid epidemic and rural populations are especially vulnerable. This is especially true in the Florida Parishes, per the Louisiana Opioid Data and Surveillance System. Provider shortages, lack of transportation, the stigma of addiction, and a need for additional resources have all contributed to a rise in opioid use in rural communities.

Washington Parish Bookings November 9-10, 2019

Richard Blackwell was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Drew Breeland was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Driving Under Suspension
Runeshia Abron was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Gary Touchstone was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Anna Holley was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
David Bonnette was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Joey Dunaway was booked on the charges of Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, and Hit and Run

Today in History for November 11th

November 09, 2019

AP Top Stories November 9, 2019 PM


Glennis Thomas
July 30, 1949 - November 7, 2019

WPSO: Kidnapped Children Returned – One Kidnapper Arrested & One Still At Large

Last night (November 8, 2019), the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Joshua Michael Abelseth (33), who was being sought on four counts of simple kidnapping which occurred earlier this week. Jennifer Abelseth, a second suspect, remains a fugitive and her location is unknown. It is believed that she may be in Alabama, either in the Hoover or Tuscaloosa area or perhaps in the Mobile area, although she could be anywhere, according to the WPSO report. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators, with the assistance of the FBI, are searching for her and are optimistic that she will be located. Abelseth’s options are reportedly limited since she has no vehicle and is believed to have no money.

The four children (identified as Alyssa Weathers, Noah Weathers, Cayden Abelseth and Lili Abelseth) were returned by Abelseth to the children's grandparents house in Washington Parish.

WPSO investigators had learned that Abelseth was back in Washington Parish and likely would take the children back to their grandparents’ house. WPSO detectives, patrol deputies and drug task force officers set up surveillance in the vicinity, spotted Abelseth drive up to the house, and saw him take the children inside. Once Abelseth drove away, officers made a traffic stop, arrested him and transported him to the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held on the simple kidnapping charges.

Joshua Abelseth and Jennifer Abelseth, who lost custody of their children through court order, took the children from their grandparents’ home in Washington Parish and were believed to have fled the state.

“Great arrest,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our investigators have been working on this non-stop and I am so pleased the children are back home and safe. Joshua Michael Abelseth is in jail where he belongs and I am confident that Jennifer Abelseth will be able to join him as soon as we locate her. Sooner or later, we will locate her, arrest her and put her in jail. Jennifer, if you are reading this, call us and let us know where you are. Make it easy on yourself.”

Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center Ribbon-Cutting is Tuesday

A major step in addressing our addiction crisis in Washington Parish will be the opening of the Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials, will be on Tuesday, November 12th at 10:00 am at 400 Memphis Street in Bogalusa.

Woodlake Addiction Recovery in Bogalusa will offer addiction and recovery services at the old charity hospital facility that was recently vacated by Our Lady of the Angels. 

The results of addiction are seen in the tragic losses of lives, destruction of families, and has impacted our criminal justice system. Treatment, not prison, should be a better alternative.

State Representative Malinda Brumfield-White has stated, in part, that “it’s been a long journey putting this partnership together between the State, Our Lady of the Angels and Woodlake Recovery Center but well worth the efforts. I am proud to announce we are getting the BEST holistic recovery center in the state . .. “

Washington Parish Bookings November 8, 2019

Joshua Abelseth was booked on the charges of Simple Kidnapping (4 counts)
Dustin Stein was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Lucas Luper was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Today in History for November 9th

November 08, 2019


Leroy Creel, Sr.
March 06, 1947 - November 07, 2019


Alice Templet Hymel
September 11, 1954 - November 7, 2019

Slidell Man Gets 15 Years For Crimes With Juveniles

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Lenard “Andy” Turpin (52) of Slidell was
sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison Wednesday (November 6, 2019) for crimes that involved his coercing a group of juveniles to his home, providing them illegal drugs, and engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior with them.

District Judge Scott Gardner issued the following sentences: 10 years for attempted indecent behavior with a juvenile under 13, with two of the years to be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence; two years for possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance; 15 years for each of two counts of distribution of methamphetamine to persons under the age of 18; and six months for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Gardner ordered all of the sentences to be served concurrently.

The crimes took place on June 1, 2017, when Turpin picked up multiple juveniles, almost all under the age of 13, under the pretense that they would be attending his son’s birthday party at his home. When the teens arrived to Turpin’s home in Slidell, they found that no birthday party was underway, and Turpin’s son was not even home. Turpin began indulging and providing alcohol and marijuana to the underage children while making lewd and inappropriate comments to the girls.

Turpin then brought two of the juveniles upstairs, where he coerced them to smoke methamphetamine and attempted to get them to perform sexual acts on one another. Later, Turpin also groped and touched one of the girls while making sexual comments about her body. Turpin then brought the same victim upstairs and had her smoke meth with him.

The victims were eventually picked up by one of their grandparents and soon afterwards, their parents and police were notified. One of the juveniles was taken to the hospital, where she tested positive for meth. When St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies conducted a search at Turpin’s residence the next day, they found meth in his nightstand.

Assistant District Attorneys Casey Dieck and Luke Lancaster prosecuted the case.

MS. Men (Tylertown & Picayune) Indicted for Burglary

A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Levi Lee (17) of Tylertown, Ms. and Lance Rouse (25) of Picayune, Ms., in the aggravated burglary of a Covington home last December.

Lee and Rouse are accused of breaking into a home late one night in December 2018, entering the bedroom of a woman, and holding her at gunpoint while they stole her valuables, which included two shotguns.

Several days later, the men were arrested in connection with the robbery of a Bogalusa gas station and convenience store in which a clerk was shot with a shotgun matching the description of the one stolen in the Covington burglary. The clerk died days later from his injuries, and Lee and Rouse also face second degree murder charges.

(Click here for related story and video of their return to Washington Parish)

Assistant District Attorney Iain A. Dover presented the case to the grand jury.

13 Yr Old Arrested with Handgun at Mandeville School

This morning (November 8, 2019) just before 11 AM, acting on the tip from a fellow student,
Mandeville Jr. High Administration and the Mandeville Police Department  School Resource Officer (SRO) recovered a handgun from a 13-year-old white male who is in the 7th grade. The 7th grader reportedly made threatening comments directed towards our SRO.

The weapon is recovered and there are no credible threats to any of the students, staff, or School Resource Officers at this time.

MPD Chief Gerald Sticker advises the juvenile has been charged with  Carrying a Firearm on School Property/ Firearm Free Zone and will be booked into Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.

Three Indicted in Heroin Overdose Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Christopher Hickman (30) of Bogalusa and Raymond Magee (40) of Franklinton on a charge of second degree murder in the death of a 24-year-old woman from a heroin overdose.

The victim, Cheyenne Leonard, died of a heroin overdose on or about May 21, 2019 in Covington. Hickman and Magee also were charged, along with Hickman’s girlfriend, Leanna Stewart (25) of Mandeville, with Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin.
Detective Jessica Restel of the Covington Police Department led the investigation with the cooperation of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Tiffany T. Dover presented the case to the grand jury.

Covington Man Indicted on Sexual Battery and Rape of Juveniles

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Kenneth Certain (57) of Covington, on two counts of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 13 and one count of first degree rape of a victim under the age of 13.

Certain is accused of sexually assaulting two juveniles under the age of 13 over the course of several months. He is scheduled for trial December 2, 2019.

Assistant District Attorney Holly McGinness presented the case to the grand jury.

Arrest Made in Franklinton Hit and Run With Injuries

Source: Press Release from FPD Sgt. James “Tiger” Folks

On Wednesday (November 6, 2019), the Franklinton Police Department responded to a hit and run
crash with injuries on Hilltop Dr. The victims were transported to  Riverside Medical Center for treatment by relatives. Officers received information the suspect vehicle was described as a black Chevrolet Impala with heavy front end damage and that fled the area. This information was relayed to surrounding law enforcement agencies as well as posted to social media.

On Thursday (November 7, 2019), the Franklinton Police Department received numerous calls naming the suspected driver as Kendrick Brumfield (24) of Franklinton. Officers, with assistance from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and Bogalusa Police Department checked several previous addresses for the suspect without success in locating the vehicle or the suspect. At approximately 5:00pm Brumfield came into the Franklinton Police Department and notified Officers he was the driver of the hit and run vehicle.

During an interview, conducted by Sgt. Jared Stubbs; Brumfield told officers the location of the vehicle and that he was distracted, diverting his attention from the street. Brumfield further stated he panicked and fled the scene after striking the pedestrians with his vehicle.

Brumfield is charged with 2 counts of Negligent Injury, Hit and Run and Failure to report an accident.

Chief Justin Brown would like to thank the public for their assistance in solving this case. Without the continued  support of our community, crimes such as this one may go unpunished. As always, the mutual support of the Sheriff's office and Bogalusa Police Department strengthens our ability to provide the best law enforcement possible. Thanks to the officers who worked expeditiously with the public to bring resolution to this case.

Washington Parish Bookings November 7, 2019

Dustin Oubre was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Kendrick Brumfield was booked on the charges of Hit and Run, Failure to Report Accident, Negligent Vehicular Injuring (2 counts), Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court
Joshua King was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (3 counts), Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS (3 counts), and Failure to Pay Fine
Chad Goutierez was booked In For Court
Christopher Black was booked on the charge of Self Mutilation
Melissa Magee was booked In From Court

Today in History for November 8th

AP Top Stories November 8, 2019 AM