Richard Ducote, candidate for District Judge, Division J of the 22nd Judicial District Court, addressed the Washington Parish Council and those in attendance on August 10, 2020.
August 11, 2020
Disturbance 1. A low pressure system located about 900 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. A better center of circulation is forming. Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for additional development, and advisories could be initiated on a tropical depression as early as later today. The disturbance is forecast to move west-northwestward at around 15 mph across the tropical Atlantic during the next few days, and conditions are expected to become less conducive for development by the end of the week. Formation chance through 48 hours is high at 90% and formation chance through 5 days is also high at 90%.
SETH DESCANT IS COMMITTED TO FIXING FRANKLINTON’S WATER CRISIS AMONG OTHER PRESSING CONCERNS
Deciding to run for the board of aldermen was only made after great reflection. This community needs leadership that can generate results. You can expect to hear this phrase often in the coming weeks and months from my campaign: Let’s improve our quality of life. There are some basic facts about Franklinton that cannot be disputed:
1. We have a water crisis in this community. Clean drinking water is the most basic human need.
2. There are no public parks inside the town limits of Franklinton.
3. Traffic in our downtown area is dangerous and stifles business in that area.
4. Police departments around the country are at risk of losing funding, jeopardizing public safety.
Improving our quality of life starts with providing the basic standards for clean drinking water. Improving our quality of life is giving safe access to public recreation sites, whether through green spaces or fully developed parks. Improving our quality of life is making sure that businesses and customers are safe when shopping in town and encouraging visitors to come. Improving our quality of life is protecting the jobs of those that protect us day after day. Our quality of life is what makes this little town such an amazing place to live, work, and raise a family. This community is unique and must be preserved. It takes hard work and dedication and that is why I believe I am the right person at the right time for this position.
August 10, 2020
Carl C. Pitts, Jr. (43) faces a murder charge after being accused of shooting his cousin on Driftwood Lane, early Monday morning (August 10, 2020). Pitts is accused of shooting and killing Damona Moore (38).
The St. Helena Sheriff's Office Detective’s Division, led by Chief Detective Laurie Sibley, interviewed witnesses which led to the arrest of Pitts. Pitts reportedly confessed to the shooting and killing of Moore.
The motive for the shooting is unclear at this time. Pitts is in custody at the St Helena Jail, charged with 2nd degree murder.
K9 Axel, a 6-month-old Belgian Malinois, was purchased by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office
“He is learning very quickly,” Sergeant Olivier said. “He is a good dog. He is a smart dog.”
He is currently being trained on narcotics detection and will begin handler protection training when he is older. K9 Axel has at least six more months of training until he is ready to be in the field.
Once K9 Axel’s training is completed, he will replace K9 Thor, who will be retiring due to age.
“K9s play a vital role in our agency,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I am proud to have Sergeant Olivier, a certified K9 trainer, on staff to work with K9 Axel and all of K9 deputies.
Perry Talley, member of the Washington Parish Democratic Executive Committee and previously a Washington Parish Councilman, has issued the following statement as he resigns from the Washington Parish Democratic Executive Committee and prepares to change parties.
Disturbance 1. A tropical wave and broad area of low pressure located about 600 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. A tropical depression could form during the next day or two while the disturbance moves generally westward to west-northwestward. Conditions are forecast to become less conducive for development by the end of the week. Formation chance through 48 hours is medium at 60% and formation chance through 5 days is also medium at 60%.
Mark Woods was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear, Failure to Pay Fine, Improper Equipment, and Attachment
Jamie Hardin was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Earnest Thurston was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Willie Brown was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs and Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute
Shelton Blackwell was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Probation and Parole Hold
Amanda Sumrall was booked on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Movable and Failure to Appear
August 09, 2020
Multiple gunmen open fire in a large crowd during a trail ride event. One person was fatally shot and several wounded as a result of the incident.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information regarding this tragic event to please come forward with information. TPSO Detective Matt Dean is the lead investigator.
To submit anonymous information about a crime to local law enforcement, you may do so online through www.tangicrimestoppers.com or by calling 1-800-554-5245. You can also download the “P3 Tips” app to submit and track the status of tips on your smartphone.
August 08, 2020
Jaquan Brumfield was booked on the charges of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug Without Prescription or Order, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Contempt of Court
Lamar Dawson was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Theft Less Than 1000, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Thomas Alsobrooks was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Contempt of Court
Tiffany Roberts was booked on the charges of Attachment, No Seat Belt, Child Restraint Violation, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, and Expired Drivers License
August 07, 2020
Patrol Division responded to the 1300 block of Byrd Avenue in reference to shots fired.
August 06, 2020
- 17-year-old Desiree Stakes. Desiree left her residence around 2:00 p.m. on August 3, 2020, and has not returned. Desiree is described as 5'3" tall, 96 pounds, with blonde hair.
- 16-year-old Cardasha Harris. Cardasha left her Ponchatoula residence at 3 o’clock in the afternoon of August 5, 2020. Cardasha is approximately 5'3" tall and weighs about 160 pounds.