December 29, 2016

DNA Evidence Leads to Arrest in Burglary at National Guard

After parking their vehicles at the 205th National Guard Center in July to travel to Slidell for training, 25 of our local National Guardsmen had their vehicles damaged and burglarized.  Franklinton Police responded to the Center on Monday July 25, 2016 and began an investigation that has resulted in the arrest of Evantrell Tennessee (age 18) of New Orleans. Tennessee was booked December 28, 2016 on the charges of Simple Burglary (26 counts), Criminal Damage (27 counts), Theft of Firearm (4 counts), Criminal Trespass, and Vehicle Burglary
DNA tests on evidence collected at the scene led to the arrest of Tennessee. Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith said in July, “It is sad because, while people (our National Guardsmen) are out there protecting us and training to possibly go to war to protect us, and we have someone who break into their vehicles.”

Prior to his arrest, Tennessee was in St. Tammany Parish Jail for an August arrest charging him with Simple Burglary (2 counts), Resisting an Officer, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Marijuana or Synthetic Canniboids, and Taking Contraband to and from a Penal Institution. 
In April of 2016, Tennessee was one of four arrested after a foot chase by NOPD in connection to car burglaries. Those arrested worked as a team, some serving as lookouts while others pulled on door handles and then broke into the vehicles. 
He was also charged in Orleans Parish on November 22, 2015 with Illegal Possession of a Stolen Auto Over $500, Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms, Aggravated Flight From Officer (Life Endangered), and Criminal Trespass.
Police suspect others were involved in the Franklinton case and more arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Evantrell Tennessee was booked 12/28 on the charges of Simple Burglary (26 counts), Criminal Damage (27 counts), Theft of Firearm (4 counts), Criminal Trespass, and Vehicle Burglary
Wendi Holmes was booked 12/28 on the charge of Probation Violation

December 28, 2016

I-12 Traffic Stop Near Hammond Nets Half Million Dollars in Cocaine

A traffic stop Wednesday (December 28) on I-12 near Hammond resulted in two arrests and discovery of approximately 16.3 Kilograms of Cocaine with an estimated street value of $464,550.00.
Troopers stopped a 2014 Ford F-150 driven by Maria Delores Daniel for a traffic violation. During the course of the traffic stop, Troopers became suspicious of criminal activity and requested written consent to search the vehicle. Troopers received written consent to search the vehicle and received an alert to the vehicle by K-9 “Rex”. During the search, Troopers discovered 16.3 Kilograms of Cocaine within the vehicle. 
Maria Delores Daniel and her passenger, Julio Cesar Cisneros were both arrested and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for Possession of Over 400 grams of Cocaine.

Franklinton Mayor and Aldermen Swearing-in Ceremony

Franklinton Mayor Richard Dillon and members of the Board of Aldermen were sworn in last evening (December 27, 2016) by District Judge Bill Burris.  

Angie Man Charged With Attempted 2nd Degree Murder

On December 23, Detectives from the Criminal Investigative Division of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Isaiah Alexander (18) of  Angie for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder.
The Sheriff Office received a call around midnight from a passing motorist of a man off the roadway on Fornea Road who was bleeding badly. WPSO Deputies and EMS responded and discovered a man lying on the side of the road who appeared to have been shot 4 times, 2 bullet wounds to his face, one to the shoulder and one to his leg. He was able to tell Deputies and Detectives who shot him. 
Detectives determined that the victim was returning from a church service and was in contact with the shooter, Isaiah Alexander. The victim had agreed to pick Alexander up and give him a ride to his house in Varnado.  After the victim picked up Alexander, they stopped at several ATM machines and ended up at a secluded area near an abandoned gravel pit where the shooting took place.  The victim was able to walk or crawl back to the roadway until he was discovered.
A search for Alexander was initiated and, after reaching out to his family, Isaiah Alexander turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office. The motive for the shooting is still under investigation. However, Alexander confessed to the shooting and leaving the area not knowing whether the victim was dead or alive.

Slidell Woman Booked in Picayune on Numerous Charges

Source:  Picayune Item (www.picayuneitem.com)
The Picayune Item is reporting that Picayune Police officers responded to a report of a woman slumped over her car seat in a parking lot on December 18 and found Amber Giordano of Slidell unconscious. Giordano's vehicle was listed as stolen by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and she was listed as a convicted felon.  
During a search of the vehicle, officers found a stolen .380 pistol, a syringe with suspected heroin residue, and five pills identified as Clonazepam. Officers also found suspected methamphetamine in a clear plastic bag on her person.
Giordano was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (2 counts), possession of paraphernalia, receiving stolen property, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Tyrese Nathan was booked 12/22 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace
Darryl Haik was booked 12/22 on the charges of Driving While Under Suspension, Expires MVI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Appear and No Seat Belt
Kelvin Tate was booked 12/23 on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Isaiah Alexander was booked 12/23 on the charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder
Mervis Johnson was booked 12/23 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Turn/Accident, Improper Lane Useage, and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Hunter Fornea was booked 12/24 on the charges of Telephone Harassment/Obscene, Simple Battery, and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Robert Abshire was booked 12/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
Charles Pickard was booked 12/26 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Preseent, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Jerry Creel was booked 12/26 on the charges of Conributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile, Soliciting Prostitution, and Enticing Persons Into Prostitution
Joe Jones was booked 12/26 on the charge of Vagrancy
Michael Packard was booked 12/26 on the charges of Speeding 31-40 Over Limit, Ran Stop Sign, Aggravated Flight From An Officer, and Driving Under Suspension

Court Rules Tangipahoa Parish Must Fund Jail Expenses

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards has released a copy of an opinion recently signed by Judge Jeffrey S. Johnson in a lawsuit filed against Tangipahoa Parish Government seeking reimbursement for hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses incurred by the Sheriff in taking care of prisoners in the parish jail.
The court referenced Louisiana statutes, La. Attorney General Opinion No 16-0151, and Jones v. St. Tammany Parish Jail and ruled “that the Parish is responsible for all fixed and reasonable costs of the Jail . . . and that the right to make decisions on what costs are necessary for safe-keeping of prisoners is reserved to the Sheriff of the Parish and not to Parish Government.”
Sheriff Daniel Edwards responded (in part) that his office “has been underpaid by more than $1 million by Parish Government in the last two years, and that shortfall has caused significant financial hardship to the Sheriff’s Office. We would hope that the Parish Council and Parish President Robby Miller would take note of the Court’s ruling and begin a serious dialogue with us in efforts to amicably resolve this dispute.” 

All-Natural Sports Drink Developed at LSU

Bogalusa City Council Approves Smoking Ordinance

This is video (abbreviated and edited) of passage of the smoking ordinance at the Bogalusa Council meeting December 20, 2016. It reflects that a motion was made to table the ordinance but that motion was withdrawn and passed after a motion was made to accept the ordinance as read.

Re: Bogalusa Smoking Ordinance (abbreviated) from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Assisting Escape Arrest Made – Escapee Still Sought

On 12/21/2016,  at approximately 5:00PM, 27 year old Shaquana Rebecca Williams of Hammond, girlfriend of escaped inmate Michael Dwayne Day, was taken into custody for her involvement in Day's escape where he walked away from the Tangi Food Bank. The investigation conducted by Sheriff's Office Detectives revealed that Williams and Day had planned the escape days prior to the incident. Williams admitted that she picked Day up from a convenience store just a short distance away and transported him to an undisclosed location where she gave him money and left with plans to return later. 
Williams was charged with Assisting Escape, a crime punishable up to 5 years, and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail where she awaits a Court Appearance Thursday (December 22) morning. 
This investigation is still ongoing and the Sheriff's Office asks the public again for any information that may lead to the location and arrest of Day. 

Help Mandeville Police Identify These Violent Thieves

On Saturday December 17, 2016 Mandeville Police officers responded to a shoplifting incident at T.J. Maxx in Mandeville. Store employees advised the officers two unknown black females, accompanied by several juveniles, stole eight Michael Kors purses priced between $129.00 to $200.00 each. The two females attacked a T.J. Maxx employee as they exited the store with the merchandise and threatened to retrieve a firearm from their vehicle. No firearm was produced in the incident. 
The females were seen getting into a silver or gray sedan, possibly a Honda Accord. An employee gave a license plate of VCU670 which was registered to a 2010 white Land Rover out of Shreveport, LA.
If you can identify either of these subjects please contact the Mandeville Police Department at 985-626-9711. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Vennette Foster was booked 12/21 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Trent Brown was booked 12/21 on the charge of Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment
Justin Thomas was booked 12/21 In From Court
Chanel Jackson was booked 12/21 on the charge of False Swearing
Tyrone Joseph was booked 12/21 on the charge of Home Invasion
Johnny Badassaro was booked on the charges of 2nd Degree Rape - Forcible Rape (4 counts) and Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile (3 counts)
Louis Davis was booked 12/21 In From Court
Morgan Cox was booked 12/21 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery - Strangulation and Domesstic Abuse - Child Endangerment (2 counts)

16 Year-Old Northshore High Student Killed in Crash

On Tuesday (December 20) afternoon, Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a single vehicle crash on LA 433 near Salt Bayou that claimed the life of 16 year-old Tyler Levy of Slidell, LA.
Investigators determined that Jonathan Lunsford of Slidell lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, overturned, and became submerged in the waterway. Lunsford and two juvenile passengers were able to escape the vehicle with minor injuries. Tyler Levy remained trapped within the vehicle. 
Levy was extricated from the vehicle by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division and St. Tammany Parish Fire District #1. Levy was transported to Oschner Medical Center-North Shore in critical condition and died Wednesday (December 21, 2016).

Man Captured Who Escaped Custody in Franklinton

During an appearance late in the afternoon on December 16 before a 22nd Judicial District Judge, Brenzel Warren, age 42, was ordered to jail. While being escorted to the jail, Warren was able to break loose and flee. A manhunt ensued in the Franklinton area but Warren could not be located. It was suspected that someone picked him up.
On December 20, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office detectives received information that Warren was hiding in a house on Monroe Street in Bogalusa. Detectives and deputies went to the location and surrounded the house. Warren then surrendered without incident and was transported to the Washington Parish Jail. No bond has been set for him at this time.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented on Warren's poor decision to flee. "All he did was to earn an escape charge that is certain to give him more time in jail. It was a poor decision on his part, but he is a grown man and will have to suffer the consequences of his own behavior. I am pleased that our officers were able to locate and arrest him without harm to anyone."

Interstate Burglary Spree Duo Apprehended

In November 2016, the Slidell Police Department received reports of burglaries at a Wal-Mart located in Slidell and Detective Thomas McNulty noticed a similar "modus operandi” of the burglaries.  He subsequently was able to identify the two suspects involved in the burglary, the vehicle they used, and where the stolen items were being sold for cash.
Working with Detective David Carrick of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, they found that that Spencer Klimek and Amber Klimek have committed numerous and similar crimes throughout Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi, mainly targeting Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores.
The Klimeks were arrested for two counts of Simple Burglary on December 14, 2016, and they later admitted that they committed the burglaries to feed their heroin and crack cocaine habits.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said in part, “It still amazes me how well our law enforcement agencies work together on the north shore to bring down these criminal crews who think they can get away with committing crimes and victimizing our community”.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joseph Billings was booked 12/20 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (Morphine), and Possession of Heroin
Summer Pounds was booked 12/20 In From Court
Adrionne Peters was booked 12/20 In From Court
Myron Robinson was booked 12/20 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs and Attempted Introduction of Contraband Into Penal Institute
Brenzel Warren was booked 12/20 on the charge of Simple Escape
Chance Luke was booked 12/20 on the charge of Probation Violation
Robert Bunn was booked 12/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Leslie Woodall was booked 12/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Vennette Foster was booked 12/20 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Trent Brown was booked 12/21 on the charge of Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment

Parish Council Approves Two RMC Board Commissioners

At their Monday (December 19) meeting, the Washington Parish Council approved the appointments of Richard Watts (from Ward 1) and John Edward Nichols (from Ward 6) to the Riverside Medical Center Board of Commissioners.  Numerous other appointments were approved to other boards and commissions.
In addition, the Council 
  • approved the 2017 meeting schedule, 
  • added Silverado Lane to the list of parish roads, 
  • approved a resolution applying for a grant relative to assisting the Council on Aging, 
  • approved the Tourism Commission budgets, and 
  • heard reports from Public Works Director Leo Lucchesi and Road Manager Donnell Merritt.

WP Council 12192016 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Washington Parish Businesses Reminded to Apply for/Renew Licenses

Apply For or Renew Business License from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Justin Vaughan was booked 12/19 on the charge of Parole Violation
Kenneth Loper was booked 12/19 on the charge of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Joseph Billings was booked 12/20 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (Morphine), and Possession of Heroin

Three Washington Parish Residents Implicated in Major Crime

(Update and Details of December 17 Story)
At 1:20 p.m. on December 16, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report from a man that he went home for lunch and discovered his wife, his firearm collection and their vehicle was missing. WPSO deputies and detectives responded, along with officers from the Franklinton Police Department, the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Rayburn Correctional Center canine team.  After about thirty minutes, a Probation and Parole officer located the vehicle and the female victim on a hunting club road. The vehicle had become stuck in mud and the suspect fled into the woods. 
Officers converged on the area, searched the woods, and located Devonta Miller (17) of Franklinton.  He was into custody without incident. He was carrying three pistols and a mask and was still wearing latex gloves he used to avoid leaving fingerprints or other evidence. The arrest came within an hour of the complaint being received by the Sheriff’s Office. During subsequent interviews, Miller confessed to the crimes.
It was determined that Miller, posing as a package delivery person, pushed his way inside at gunpoint, pulled the mask over his face, tied up the victim, stole numerous firearms located in the house, abducted the victim, and sped away.  After turning onto the hunting camp road, Miller stopped the vehicle and sexually assaulted the victim.
It was further determined that Miller was assisted by Robert J. Lester (48) and Victoria Lester (18), both of Washington Parish.  Robert J. Lester prepared the fake delivery box, brought Miller to the residence, followed Miller when he left the residence, and picked up the stolen firearms as Miller threw them out of the vehicle.  Robert J. Lester confessed to his part in the crimes.  
Victoria Lester met Robert J. Lester, her uncle, who asked her to help him find a location to hide the stolen weapons. The niece identified an abandoned residence in a rural area near Franklinton where she and her uncle took the weapons and hid them. Once the location of the weapons was identified, Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to retrieve them. At this time, there is no reason to believe Victoria Lester was aware of the crimes which had been committed by Miller and her uncle.

Deonta Miller was charged with two counts of aggravated rape, one count of aggravated burglary, one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of carjacking.   Robert J. Lester, was charged with convicted felon in possession of a firearm, principle to aggravated kidnapping, principal to carjacking, and principal to aggravated burglary of an inhabited dwelling. Victoria Lester was charged with accessory after the fact.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Sacha McGehee was booked 12/16 In For Court
David Landry was booked 12/26 In From Court
James Ramsr was booked 12/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Lashondra Harrington was booked 12/16 on the charge of Non-Consensual Disclosure of Private Picture and Failure to Appear
Dylan Seal was booked 12/16 In From Court
Anthony Morris was booked 12/16 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Pay Fine
Stephen Pierce was booked 12/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Robert Lester was booked 12/17 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Principal to Aggravated Kidnapping, Principal to Car Jacking, and Principal to Aggravated Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Deonta Miller was booked 12/17 on the charges of 1st Degree Rape (2 counts), Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Kidnapping, and Carjacking
Johnny Cardwell was booked 12/17 on the charge of Aggravated Assault
Jamaneil Brown was booked 12/17 on the charges of No License Plate, No Drivers License, No Insurance and Failure to Appear
Terrance Crummedy was booked 12/18 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, No Drivers License, Switched License Plates, Open Container in Vehicle, and Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information
Victoria Lester was booked 12/18 on the charge of Accessory After the Fact

Covington Police Lt. Graduates FBI National Academy

Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz announced that Lt. Joey Mayberry, only the second in Covington Police history, graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy last Friday (December 16). Chief Tim Lentz, Past President of the Louisiana chapter of FBI National Academy Associates, was able to attend the graduation in Quantico, VA.
Mayor Cooper joins Chief Lentz in congratulating Lt. Mayberry on this wonderful accomplishment, and his representation of the City of Covington and the Police Department at this exclusive training.

Illegal Alien Arrested for Homicide Warrant After Traffic Stop

A man from El Salvador, who openly admitted to being in the United States illegally for over 10 years, was detained for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) after a St. Tammany Parish deputy discovered he had an outstanding international warrant for homicide with the El Salvador authorities.
On Friday, December 9, 2016, a St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop in Covington on 36-year-old Juan Sanchez-Roldan. Upon checking Sanchez-Roldan through N.C.I.C (National Crime Identification Center), the homicide warrant from El Salvador was discovered. Sanchez-Roldan was detained and later picked up by federal authorities.
The details of the homicide in El Salvador are unknown. Sanchez-Roldan had an address from the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was in St. Tammany Parish for construction type work.

Fugitive Caught After Car and Foot Chase at Black Jack

Anthony Ricardo “Spud” Lee, 29, a resident of Lee Road, is now in the Washington Parish Jail facing multiple charges. Lee, who had an outstanding warrant for a burglary of a residence on Frankie Miller Road, was discovered driving his blue PT Cruiser in the Black Jack area of Washington Parish.
Lee led detectives on a car chase.  When he crashed into a metal fence, Lee fled on foot into nearby woods.  Drug Task Force detectives pursued Lee into the woods, caught up with him when he became entangled in vines and brush, and took him into custody after a fight in which one detective was injured. When Lee was searched, detectives found marijuana, a marijuana grinder and a digital scale inside the pockets of his overalls.
Lee was booked on charges of burglary, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest by flight on foot and resisting an officer with force or violence. 
“Obviously, Lee has chosen a life of crime for his profession,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Whatever time he spends in jail is well earned. I am pleased our detectives were able to locate and apprehend him and I’m so glad our detective was not seriously injured. This is another example of the constant danger faced by our officers as they work throughout Washington Parish to help keep us safe. Never forget that these fine men and women will be away from their families and working on upcoming holidays while most of us are at home enjoying the holiday celebration. Please continue to keep our officers and their families in your prayers.”

Franklinton Man Sought for Fleeing Custody

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office asks the public’s help to locate Brenzel Warren, 42 years old, last known address is 2215 Williams Street in Franklinton, Louisiana.
Warren is being sought for fleeing from custody while enroute to the Washington Parish Jail early in the evening of December 16.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Warren is asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434. Callers may remain anonymous.

Home Invasion, Kidnapping, Sexual Assault in Franklinton

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a home invasion, kidnapping and sexual assault which occurred Firday (December 16) afternoon southwest of Franklinton.
After a manhunt, Deonte (correct spelling unknown) Miller , age and address unknown, was taken into custody and is being questioned by Sheriff’s Office detectives.
This tragic incident began when Miller, posing as a package delivery person, gained entry into a rural home. He burglarized the home and forced the female resident to accompany him away from the scene. At some time during the encounter, he sexually assaulted her. At one point she was able to escape.
Agencies participating in the manhunt were Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Probation and Parole and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Due to the complexity of this situation and many still unknown factors, it is expected that no definitive information will be available until Monday.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “This was a dastardly crime committed by Miller. Our detectives will continue to work this crime throughout the weekend. Our sincere condolences go out to the victims in this matter. Please keep them in your prayers and please be very cautious about opening your door to anyone you don’t know. Always ask for and obtain proper credentials and always look to see if a marked delivery truck is in your driveway. If you have any doubts or concerns, call 911 immediately to be connected to our office.”
Anyone who has any information about the person in the attached picture is asked to call the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434.

Deputy Clears Call "Cows have been mooooooooved back into the fence"!!

Officers responding to various calls never know what they will run into.  Such was the case when St. Tammany Parish Deputy Brad Guarino was dispatched to a residential alarm in a rural part of St. Tammany Parish, When he arrived he had to keep a large rooster from getting into his police car and then, with the help of other deputies, were tasked with getting an escaped calf back into the pasture where it had escaped. After getting the calf back under fence, he cleared the call the only way he knew how..."dispatch, the cows have been moooooved back in the fence..."!!

Angie Man Arrested Third Time for DWI

On December 14, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Angie Resident Dewey Sumrall (64), for multiple offenses, including a third Driving While Intoxicated offense.  
A motorist reported his vehicle being stuck by another vehicle on Mitch Road. The at-fault driver drove away, crashed into a utility pole on Mitch Road, and fled the scene, this time on foot. Another motorist called to report a man hiding in a ditch alongside Highway 21. Deputies responded and found Sumrall hiding in the ditch. 
Sumrall was charged with a third offense of driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended due to a previous driving while intoxicated offense, hit and run, careless operation of a motor vehicle, felony criminal damage, no motor vehicle insurance, and failure to transfer vehicle ownership. 
“This is a stark example of the danger of driving after consuming alcohol,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal (in part). “Fortunately, in this incident, no one was killed or injured, but this is not always the case.”

Angie Burglary and Gun Theft Case Solved

On December 14, 2016, members of the WPSO Criminal Investigative Division arrested Jody Ashley, an Angie area resident for Simple Burglary of a Business, Theft of a Firearm and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  In November of 2016 the victimized business owner believed that he had accidentally left the business unlocked for a very short time and when he returned he discovered he was missing a hunting rifle.
The break came in the case when WPSO Detectives were in Mississippi recovering stolen property from another case and learned that Jody Ashley had sold a rifle to an individual in Marion County, Mississippi. The rifle was recovered, traced to the business ownr, and Ashley admitted taking it.  
Sheriff Seal said (in part)“I want to personally thank Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall and his deputies for their assistance in solving this case. During my administration we have worked hard to build relationships with our neighboring parishes and counties. I also want to commend our Criminal Investigative Division for their continuous hard work.”

Sheriff Seal Announces Promotion of Terry Harris

Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal announces the promotion of veteran officer, Terry Harris to Lieutenant for Criminal Patrol Shift D. Terry replaces retiring officer, Lt Ernie Corkern.
Lt. Harris is a native of Franklinton and a graduate of Franklinton High School and the Slidell Regional Police Academy. Lt. Harris began his career with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office in 2005 and holds numerous professional law enforcement certificates. 
“Terry brings a wealth of experience, good judgment and a genuine passion for helping people. It is an honor to promote such a passionate and dedicated law enforcement officer.” said Sheriff Seal.

Mt. Hermon Couple Arrested for Cruelty to Juveniles

Foster parents Stanley Billiot, 53, and Melinda Billiot, 51, residents of Highway 1055 in Mt. Hermon, were arrested on December 14 by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives. They were placed in the Washington Parish Jail with each being charged with two counts of cruelty to juveniles. Both were released on December 15 after posting a $5,000 bond each.
The matter was handled by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives working in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. Further details are being withheld to protect the privacy of the juveniles who were removed from the home.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “In such matters, we work closely with the Department of Children and Family Services. The protection of children is always a priority with the Sheriff’s Office.”

December 27, 2016

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Dewey Sumrall was booked 12/15 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI or Other, Failure to Transfer Registration, No MVI, Careless Operation/Accident, Hit and Run, and Criminal Damage
Jonathan Eschete was booked 12/15 on the charges of No Seat Belt and Driving Under Suspension
Juan Tenorio was booked 12/15 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice and Leash Law Violation
Malcolm Butts was booked 12/15 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Roxanne Fortenberry was booked 12/15 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Travis Hughes was booked 12/15 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Troy Samford was booked 12/15 In From Court
Jeffery Jarrell was booked 12/15 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Anthony Lee was booked 12/15 on the charges of Improper Equipment, No Turn Signals, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence
Sacha McGehee was booked 12/15 In For Court

Roundup in Walthall County Nets 18

Yesterday (December 14), agents of the McComb Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Office, Walthall County Sheriff’s Department, Tylertown Police Department and U.S. Marshall Service conducted a round up operation of approximately 18 narcotics violators in Tylertown, Walthall County, MS. This operation has been dubbed “Double Entendre”. 
Arrestees included David Brister (for Sale of Methamphetamine -2 counts), Robert Jeffrey Conerly (for Grand Larceny, Conspiracy to Commit Grand Larceny, and for Possession of Methamphetamine and Hydrocodone), Colby Mitchell (for Burglary of a Building, Conspiracy to Commit to Burglary of a Building and ​Burglary of an Automobile), Hollie Nicole Berthelot (for Possession of Methamphetamine), Britanya Damond (for Unlawful sale of at least Two But Less than Ten Dosage of Oxycodone), Christopher Sorrow (for Sale of Alprazolam), Donavan Scott Beard (for Possession of Methamphetamine), Michael Allen Heully (for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine), James Parker Singletary (for Sale of Methamphetamine), Jeremy Wayne McKenzie (for Burglary of a Building and Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of a Building), Tramaine Wagner (for Sale of Marijuana), Charles Guy (for Sale of Adderall), James Russell Case (for Sale of Methamphetamine – 2 counts), Courtney Smith (for Sale of Methamphetamine), Bradford Booth (for Sale of Marijuana), Antonio Peters for Sale of Methamphetamine), Robert Todd Baughtman (for Sale of Norco), and Alton Weary (for Sale Alprazolam)
"We are extremely proud of the hard work and safe manner these officers have put into this operation and hope that this will be an eye opening experience for all of the individuals arrested to turn their life around. As far as the individuals that want to continue this type of criminal activity in Walthall County, all I can say is expect a visit from us in the near future." Sheriff Breland

Scary Domestic Violence Incident Leads To Arrest

Slidell Police responded to a domestic disturbance on December 11 and found a female victim who appeared severely battered and with extreme bruising under her eyes and ligature marks around her neck. The vicim said her boyfriend, Christopher Wayne Dixon,wrapped a phone charging cord around her neck, threatened to kill her, and then began punching her in the face repeatedly.  During the attack Dixon ripped out the victim's earrings and bellybutton ring.  Dixon's mother witnessed part of the incident and began yelling at her son to stop.  The victim was relocated to a hospital where it was found that the victim suffered from significant injuries and broken bones.
When detectives located Dixon, he fled into a wooded area and was later found to be hiding inside his residence. He then fled through the rear door but was caught after a brief foot chase. Dixon admitted to the domestic abuse battery and stated he would do it again. He was charged with Second Degree Battery, Domestic Battery (2nd Offense), False Imprisonment, and Criminal Damage to Property.
Dixon had unrelated outstanding arrest warrants for Failure to Appear, Criminal Damage, and Misuse of Telephone Communication. He has a criminal history of arrests for crimes including Felony Hate Crime, Domestic Abuse Battery, 2nd Degree Battery, Aggravated Battery, Simple Battery, Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Aggravated Escape, Simple Escape, Simple Burglary, Unauthorized Entry Of An Inhabited Dwelling, Unauthorized Use Of A Movable, Simple Arson, Attempted Purse Snatching, Theft, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Battery On Police, Resisting An Officer, Flight from An Officer, Drug Violations, Traffic Violations, Probation Violations, Failure To Appear Warrants, Fugitive Warrants, and other criminal charges. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Tina Thomas was booked 12/14 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jody Ashley was booked 12/14 on the charges of Theft of Firearm, Simple Burglary, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Jadell Varnado was booked 12/14 on the charge of Sexual Battery
Richard Holmes was booked 12/14 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Business/Commercial Burglary
Terry Watson was booked 12/14 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Contempt of Court, and Business/Commercial Burglary
Stanley Billiot was booked 12/14 on the charges of Cruelty to a Juvenile (2 counts)
Belinda Billiot was booked 12/14 on the charges of Cruelty to a Juvenile (2 counts)
Dewey Sumrall was booked 12/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI or Other, Failure to Transfer Registration, No MVI, Careless Operation/Accident, Hit and Run, and Criminal Damage
Jonathan Eschete was booked 12/14 on the charges of No Seat Belt and Driving Under Suspension

One Identified in National Guard Vehicle Burglaries in Franklinton

Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith has advised that an arrest warrant has been issued in the National Guard car break-in case from July. For Evantrell Tennessee (18).  Tennessee is currently in St. Tammany Parish Jail for an August burglary but will be booked on FPD's warrant upon his release. The FPD warrant is for Vehicle Burglary (26 counts), Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property (26 counts), Theft of Firearm (4 counts), and Criminal Trespassing.
In July, Franklinton Police discovered several vehicles belonging to National Guard soldiers had been burglarized at the Readiness Center and that thousands of dollars of damage had been done. The soldiers had left their vehicles at the center while on a training trip.  
Investigation continues and more arrests may be made.

Entergy Donates $2500 to Bogalusa Help Center

Entergy Customer Service Representative Eunice Harris presented a $2500 check to Gene Hayman, President and Volunteer of the Bogalusa Help Center recently.  “Entergy has always been a sponsor of food pantries throughout the areas it serves, especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Seasons”, says Harris.  “It’s just good to spread the joy of giving to those in need.”
“The Center helps to feed approximately 5000 families each year.  That’s about 8000 hungry mouths”, says Hayman.  Most bags contain between seven and eight cans of vegetables, bread, meat, rice, cornmeal, and bananas.  A family of three or more gets two bags.
Recipients are qualified as low income, elderly, or just those in need.  For Christmas, the Center gives a five-lb. hen, cranberry sauce, cake mix, canned sweet potatoes and anything extra that is donated.

Two Arrested for Possession of Officer's Stolen Weapon

A Covington resident who startled two black males sleeping on her back porch yesterday (December 13), called Covington police to report they had left behind a police style assault rifle.  Around the same time, a business called Covington police reporting that they found a gun stand from a police vehicle laying near the gate to the business.
An investigation revealed the .223 assault rifle belonged to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and was assigned to an Agent living in the Covington area.  The Agent did not realize his vehicle had been burglarized and he discovered that a Remingon 870 shotgun was also taken.
The two suspects (Cole A. Anderson, Jr. (17) and a 15-year-old), both from Covington, were located at McDonald's on Claiborne Hill and arrested after a brief foot pursuit.  The two were uncooperative when questioned about the location of the missing shotgun.  
Both were charged with Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Resisting an Officer.  Anderson was also charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.  More charges are likely as the two fit the description of suspects in two vehicle burglaries. 

Two Tickfaw Residents Killed in Train Crash

Two Tickfaw residents died Tuesday (December 13) after their vehicle collided with a train on LA 1064 in Natalbany. The crash claimed the lives of Colton Williams (23) and Justin B. Lang (23).  
Troopers determined that the cross-arms were down and red lights were flashing, signaling he approach of the southbound AMTRAK passenger train.  However, Williams (the driver) drove around the cross-arms and into the path of the train.  The train crashed into the left side of the vehicle, pushing it nearly 125 yards south of the railroad crossing. 
Both Williams and Lang were were both pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. There were 68 passengers aboard the AMTRAC train at the time of the cash. None of the passengers reported any injuries. 
Trains and cars do not mix. Never race a train to the crossing — even if you tie, you lose.

Unrestrained 19 Year-Old Killed in I-59 Crash

Denise A. Phillips (19) of Pass Christian, Mississippi has died from injuries received in a single vehicle crash that occurred December 12 on I-59 near Slidell. Troopers determined that Phillips lost control of her vehicle and the vehicle crashed into a tree and overturned, ejecting Phillips. Phillips was unrestrained at the time of the crash. She sustained moderate injuries and was transported to University Medical Center New Orleans by Acadian Air in critical condition. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, Phillips succumbed to her injuries. Impairment is not suspected to have been a factor in this crash.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

James Cotton was booked 12/13 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance (3 counts), Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Paul Ard was booked 12/13 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jeremy Penton was booked 12/13 In For Court
William Brumfield was booked 12/13 on the charges of Sale or Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order and Possession of Stolen Property

Man Faces Possible 40 Years For Downloading Child Porn

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that, on December 8, a St. Tammany Parish jury found Jason Yates (39), of Grand Bay, Alabama, guilty of downloading multiple files containing child pornography at his Covington office three years ago. The verdict was on five counts of possession of pornography of juveniles under 13 and two counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles.
Yates faces from 10 to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced by District Judge William Knight on Jan. 5, 2017.
Yates’ crime came to light when the investigation division of the Attorney General’s Office was alerted that files suggestive of child pornography had been downloaded to a computer at a Covington business. An investigation led to Yates, who was alone in the office when the files were downloaded.

Entergy Donates $500 to the Washington Men’s Club in Bogalusa

The WMC’s motto is to “mentor, educate, nurture, and serve.”   Some of the ways it lives by its motto is by sponsoring youth trips to museums, defraying costs for students to participate in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Program, the NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) Program, and the Bogalusa YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association); purchasing athletic camp equipment, and supporting faith-based Youth initiatives.  The WMC also assisted with renovations to the Cassidy Park after the August flood of 2016; donated to the Anonymous Closet (Students in Need), Robert Hicks Foundation, Washington Parish Democratic Executive Committee, I.D.E.A., LLC, Professional Women’s Service Club, just to name a few.
The men of the WMC also promote and encourage male health and fitness awareness, not just by teaching healthy lifestyle habits, but also by committing to walk three times a week at Cassidy Park.
“It’s these kinds of organizations that Entergy is proud to have within and around its service territory,” says Eunice Harris, Entergy Customer Service Representative for the Northshore. 
PERSONS IN PHOTO: Melvin Keith, WMC President (L), Eunice Harris, Entergy Customer Service Representative , and Janola Walker, WMC Treasurer and Entergy Bogalusa Lineman 

Northshore Community Orchestra Holiday Concert on Dec. 20

The City of Slidell invites you to attend the second annual Holiday Concert with the Northshore Community Orchestra on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Slidell Municipal Auditorium located at 2055 Second Street in Olde Towne Slidell. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free, but donations to support the Northshore Community Orchestra are appreciated.
The Northshore Community Orchestra is the only symphony orchestra in St. Tammany Parish where both youths and adults can make learning and performing music a lifelong endeavor. The orchestra, established in 1987, performs several full orchestra concerts performs throughout the year and its members (age 13-83 years of age) are from not only from Slidell and St. Tammany Parish, but also from surrounding parishes. 
For more information, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Steven Seals was booked 12/12 on the charges of Protective Order Violation (2 counts) and Possession of Durg Paraphernalia
Michael Phillips was booked 12/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Highway
Ronald Warren was booked 12/12 In For Court
James Cotton was booked 12/13 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance (3 counts), Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA

December 12, 2016

Darwin Sharp Defeats Doug Brown in Alderman Runoff

Unofficial returns reported by the Louisiana Secretary of State indicate that Darwin Sharp won the runoff for a seat on the Town of Franklinton Board of Aldermen.  Sharp received 344 votes to 304 for Doug Brown in a runoff election that saw a 28.6% voter turnout. 
Sharp will join fellow Aldermen T.J. Butler, Patrice Crain, John Daniel, and Heath Spears who were successful in the November 8 General Election that also saw Richard Dillon elected as Mayor to succeed retiring Mayor Wayne Fleming.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Brent Wempren was booked 12/09 on the charges of Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Contempt of Court, and Theft 750-5000
Darren Weary was booked 12/09 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine), Possession of Marijuana, Contributing to delinquency of a Juvenile, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Aaron Magee was booked 12/09 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Possession With to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Kristopher White was booked 12/09 In For Court
Alex Rivero was booked 12/10 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Colin Edwards was booked 12/10 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Sale or Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Winson McNab was booked 12/10 on the charge of Theft 5000-25000
Yancy Johnson was booked 12/11 on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Niki Sheridan was booked 12/11 on the charge of Simple Battery
Hunter Graham was booked 12/11 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Mable Mingo was booked 12/11 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Simple Battery, Contempt of Court, and Attachment (2 counts)

Bogalusa Man Gets 25 Years in Prison for Convenience Store Robbery

District Attorney Warren Montgomery has announced that Kyle Warren (26) of Bogalusa has pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery for robbing a Bogalusa convenience store and attacking the cashier and a customer with a pipe earlier this year.  Warren was sentenced December 6 to 25 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
Warren was one of two masked men who entered the Thrifty Shop in Bogalusa on February 9 with pipes and began to attack the cashier and a customer. The cashier and customer fought back, causing the masked men to flee. The event was captured on the store’s surveillance system. Ronald Warren, Kyle Warren's father, was also arrested and his trial is set for December 12.
Kyle Warren also pleaded guilty to domestic abuse battery by strangulation and second degree battery for attacking a pregnant woman last year. He was sentenced to five years in prison. He was sentenced to two years in prison after his guilty plea to theft for stealing money from a woman’s purse in a Wal Mart grocery cart. Both sentences will be served concurrently with the 25-year term.