February 28, 2017

Washington Parish Council Meeting of February 27, 2017

WP Council 02272017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Obituary

Harry Jack Forbes
February 24, 1950 - February 27, 2017

Dollar General Store in Abita Robbed Friday

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who robbed an Abita Springs-area Dollar General store Friday (February 24, 2017) afternoon.
The man is described as white, approximately 6-foot tall with a slender build, wearing dark blue running pants with a white stripe on the side, a black sweatshirt, a baseball cap and sunglasses. 
He walked around the store for approximately 20 minutes before approaching the checkout counter. He then implied he had a weapon under his shirt and demanded the cashier give him money. The cashier gave him an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and the man fled in what appeared to be a gold in color, older-model Nissan Altima. The vehicle had what appeared to be a red or dark-colored hood.
Anyone who recognizes this man or this vehicle or has information about this crime, is asked to call Det. Crabtree at 985-726-7839.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information For February 28, 2017

Cory Coleman was booked 02/27 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Deonta Lee was booked 02/27 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Appear
Louis Davis was booked 02/27 In From Court

February 27, 2017

Ex-Tangipahoa Landfill Manager May Have Taken More Than $18,000 from Scrap Metal Sales

An investigative audit has found that the former Tangipahoa Parish Landfill manager appears to have directed $18,533 from the sale of Parish-owned scrap to himself rather than the Parish and allowed a contractor to dispose of roofing debris without paying the required fees, the Legislative Auditor said in a report released today.
Between April 2013 and April 2016, the Parish sold all of its scrap metal to Hwy. 16 Scrap Yard. The owner of the scrap yard told auditors that on several occasions he paid the landfill manager directly with cash or with a personal check. Checks totaling $18,533 were paid to the landfill manager. The scrap yard had no records to verify any cash payments.
Auditors also found that the landfill manager allowed a contractor to dispose of roofing debris without paying a fee to the Parish. Parish records showed that $49,330 should have been collected for the debris, but was not. The contractor told auditors that he paid the landfill manager $50 cash for each trip instead of the required per ton fee. According to Parish records, the contractor made 331 trips to the landfill between 2013 and 2016, which could potentially total $16,550 in cash payments to the landfill manager instead of paying the Parish $49,330.

Motorist Killed in Crash with Bulldozer on I-55 Near Amite

Friday (February 24, 2017) evening, Louisiana State Troopers responded to a crash on I-55 near Amite that claimed the life of Deanna Lawson (55) of Denham Springs.
Troopers believe that James Lockhart (48) of Galliano was attempting to relocate a Cat DC5K Bulldozer from the center median to a “lowboy” semi-trailer, which was parked on the right northbound shoulder of I-55.  As Lockhart entered the right northbound lane, his Bulldozer was hit on the right side by a 2007 Saturn Ion driven by Lawson. The Saturn Ion sustained total damage to its front end. Despite being properly restrained, Lawson suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
At the time of the crash, the location was not an active construction site and there were no warning signs for oncoming traffic. Lockhart was cited for Careless Operation. The investigation is ongoing and any additional finding will be forwarded to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Obituary

Willie Holliday
May 1, 1925 - February 26, 2017

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Wilda Thomas
December 29, 1927 - February 25, 2017

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Mattie Helen Rhymes Smith
December 17, 1921 - February 25, 2017

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Gary Joe Crowe
January 23, 1946 - February 24, 2017

Obituary

Joy "Jody" Nadine Cutrer
January 22, 1961 - February 21, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 27, 2017

Jacoby Graves was booked 02/26 on the charges of Attachment (4 counts)
Tina Bonilla-Oliver was booked 02/26 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Allan Stedge was booked 02/26 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Possession of Marijuana
Michael Jenkins was booked 02/26 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Appear
Thomas Peters was booked 02/26 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Improper Lane Useage
Corey Ruffin was booked 02/26 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Kyle Hamm was booked 02/26 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine
Frank Anderson was booked 02/26 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Attachment (5 counts)
Reece Carroll was booked 02/26 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs
Typolia Peters was booked 02/26 on the charges of Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense), and Driving Under Suspension
Edgar Talley was booked 02/26 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and No Taillight
Jermaine Peters was booked 02/26 on the charges of Open Container in Vehicle, Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Improper Lane Useage and Driving Under Suspension
Tyler Sharp was booked 02/26 on the charge of Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 26, 2017

Tracy Burnett was booked 02/25 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Hermon Garrett was booked 02/25 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Chad Allen was booked 02/25 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary and Theft Under 750
Raymond Lebouef was booked 02/25 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 25, 2017

Justin Williams was booked 02/24 In For Court
Amanda Crain was booked 02/24 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Michelle Jenkins was booked 02/24 on the charges of Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Ran Stop Sign, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, No Proof of Insurance, No License Plate, No Taillight, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance
Gregory Myers was booked 02/24 In From Court
Halley Honaker was booked 02/24 on the charge of Probation Violation
Jordan Burris was booked 02/24 In From Court
Terry Jefferson was booked 02/24 In From Court
Zachary Hardin was booked 02/24 on the charge of Probation Violation
Shonnon Carlson was booked 02/24 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts) and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300

February 25, 2017

Walthall County S. O. Responds to Burglary/Two Arrested

After responding to a burglary in progress this morning (February 25, 2017), Walthall County Sheriff Office deputies took two into custody: Melvin Swanigan and Elisha McKenzie. While interviewing the victim, deputies realized that the McKenzie had kicked out the back window on a patrol car and escaped on foot into the nearby wood line. Investigator Jerry Martin found McKenzie, who had freed herself from the handcuffs, walking down the road not too far from where the burglary took place.
McKenzie was charged with Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Felony Escape, Conspiracy to Commit A Crime, Destruction of Government Property, Petty Larceny, and Trespassing.
"Good job to the deputies and investigators for making a quick arrest on the burglary and as well getting the escaped female back into custody, too many times people escape and aren't apprehended until months later which allows them to possibly commit several other crimes. Thankful for the good teamwork that we have at WCSO" - Sheriff K. Breland

Obituary

Rosa Lee Andrews
June 27, 1935 - February 19, 2017


Obituary

Betty B. Franklin
January 20, 1948 - February 16, 2017


Do We Want Our Kids Taught Evolution Theory Only?

Senator Beth Mizell Facebook Post
"The State of Louisiana has new Science Standards for K-12 education to be considered by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) on March 7th. These standards present evolution and Darwin's theory without any discussion of what most Christians believe as the basis for our world. 
Whether it's called "intelligent design" or creationism, the Federal government currently doesn't allow its teaching in public schools. A concept is to "teach the controversy" and allow both sides to be presented to the students for discussion and the students then arrive at their own conclusion. In this way students are educated from both points of view. 
If you are concerned about the fact that only one view is to be presented you may want to make your opinion known to BESE (bese.louisiana.gov) or attend the meeting on March 7th. I will give specifics on time and location when I know them."

Trooper Hit While Investigating Crash

A Louisiana State Trooper was hit Thursday (February 23) evening while investigating a crash on I-59 near Slidell.  He was seated inside his fully market police vehicle which was parked on the shoulder and his emergency lights were on. A vehicle driven by Diane Michael Harris (22) of Slidell crashed into a vehicle driven by Ronald Dwayne Tillery of Boonville, Arkansas. The impact propelled Tillery's vehicle into the rear of the Trooper's vehicle. The impact caused the Trooper to be ejected from his vehicle into the median. He sustained minor injuries and was transported to Ochsner Medical Center by Acadian Ambulance.
Harris was cited for Careless Operation and No Seatbelt. Tillery was cited for Driving with a Suspended License and No Insurance. There were no other injuries in the crash.
Last night’s crash represents the third crash this year where a Trooper in the Troop L area was hit and injured by a vehicle during the course of his duties. In all three crashes, carelessness or impairment were contributing factors. Thankfully, all three Troopers survived the crashes.
If you find yourself passing a police officer, first responder, or any other vehicle stopped on the shoulder, please slow down, move over, and pay attention to your surroundings. Aside from being the law, it is the right thing to do.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 24, 2017

Callie Painter was booked 02/23 In From Court
Lenzie Watson was booked 02/23 In For Court
Glenn Castle was booked 02/23 In For Court
Angela Ard was booked 02/23 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Cassie Vince was booked 02/23 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Simple Escape, and Theft Under 750
Shelton Ard was booked 02/23 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)
Narvin Winston was booked 02/23 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Obituary

Julius Leon Jackson 
March 17, 1947 - February 22, 2017 

Obituary

Kimberly Sunshine Jones 
August 24, 1981 - February 10, 2017 

Man Steals Diamond Ring the Day Before Valentines

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who walked into a Covington-area department store the day before Valentine’s Day and stole a diamond ring. He is described as a white man, with straight, short hair and goatee and dressed in blue jeans, a long-sleeved denim shirt and tennis shoes.
The walked around the store for several minutes, left, and re-entered the store.  He then asked to see one of the diamond rings that were on display. After being handed the ring, the man ran out of the store with the ring in his hand and drove off in the two-toned white minivan.
The ring is described as having 1 carat total weight, with three diamonds. It is valued at $5,000 and is a size seven. Contact Det. Foltmer at (985) 276-1330 if you have information about this crime.

Florida Men Busted Using Counterfeit Credit Cards

After employees at several Covington-area businesses reported suspicious subjects possibly using stolen credit cards, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies located and arrested Florida residents Eric Jackson (26), Garian Brown (23), Isaiah Toy (19), and Raymond Jenkins (25) Monday (February 13, 2017). 
The men had already purchased several thousand dollars of clothing, Nike shoes and sports equipment using counterfeit credit cards, and they were attempting to purchase high dollar gift cards when deputies arrived. A stack of counterfeit credit cards was located in one of the stores’ restrooms and more were located concealed inside a hidden compartment in their vehicle. Deputies also located several thousand dollars in jewelry purchased from an Alabama jewelry store hidden inside the vehicle.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit is working with the affected banks and other agencies, to identify the full scope of this fraud ring.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 23, 2017

Gregory Magee was booked 02/22 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace, Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden, and Vagrancy
Joseph Denning was booked 02/22 In For Court
Crystal Duncan was booked 02/22 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100, Failure to Pay Fine, and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Lonzell Sims was booked 02/22 on the charge of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Jason Lorio was booked 02/22 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Aggravated Flight from an Officer (2 counts), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property (2 counts), Criminal Damage to Property Under 100, Speeding 41 or more Over Speed Limit, Improper Lane Useage, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Ran Stop Sign (7 counts)
Donald Myatt was booked 02/22 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Leigh Cutrer was booked 02/22 In From Court
Valerie Sumrall was booked 02/22 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts), Resisting Arrest by Flight, Switched License Plates, Careless Operation, No Insurance, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Driving Under Suspension
Alana LeBlanc was booked 02/22 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, Attachment and Obstruction of Justice
Charles Robinson was booked 02/22 on the charge of Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements

Obituary

Thomas Welder "Tommy" Smotherman, Sr.
March 1, 1938 - February 20, 2017


Obituary

Henrie Pearl Wilson
April 23, 1920 - February 19, 2017


February 22, 2017

Accident Near Franklinton Leads to Two Arrests


Following a single vehicle accident on Hwy. 436 near Franklinton on Wednesday (February 22), the driver was identified as Valerie Sumrall (38) a resident of Jenkins Road north of Franklinton. Jenkins had fled the scene of the accident and she had three outstanding warrants for her arrest.
Washington Parish Patrol Deputies and Drug Task Force Detectives notified the Rayburn Correctional Center canine team which also responded to the scene. Sumrall was soon arrested. Learning that a second person had been in Sumrall’s vehicle, the RCC canine team prepared to search nearby woods. When the canines were unloaded from the truck, a man stood up in the woods and surrendered. He was identified as Lonzell Sims (17), a resident of Harvey Road north of Franklinton and is accused of having a quantity of Xanax pills in his pocket.  
Sims is booked into the jail on one charge of possession of Schedule IV drugs. Sumrall is booked on the charges of careless operation of a vehicle, driving under suspension, no insurance, resisting arrest by flight, switched license plate and two counts of failure to honor written promises.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Sumrall is one of those folks referred to by our jail staff as a frequent flyer. That is an unfortunate commentary on the lifestyle she has chosen and the poor decisions she makes. Obviously she is not serving as a good role model for Sims who doesn’t seem to be starting his adult life in a good manner. I can only hope this is a wake-up call for him and that someone can intervene in his life and get him on the right path. Congratulations to our patrol deputies and our Drug Task Force detectives for their actions in this matter. Thanks also to the fine officers from Rayburn Correctional Center who are always willing to assist us.”

Obituary

Keith Thomas
January 18, 1965 - February 19, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 22, 2017

Tamara Spears was booked 02/21 In From Court and on the charges of Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kristie Lewis was booked 02/21 on the charges of Careless Operation, Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, and Negligent Vehicular Injuring
Leon Smith was booked 02/21 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs
Shedrick Bennett was booked 02/21 In For Court
Tracey Knight was booked 02/21 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court
Danny Chain was booked 02/21 In For Court

Grand Jury Returns Indictments in Fatal Shooting and 2 Rape Cases

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted five people Friday (February 17) with second degree murder and other charges related to a Slidell shoot-out that resulted in the death of Javonte Donaldson (19) a year ago in January.
Indicted are Christover A. Davis (22) of Slidell for second degree murder, Anthony Akeem Ussin (26) of Slidell for principal to second degree murder, Cody Winchell Hartley (20) of Slidell for principal to second degree murder and obstruction of justice,  Joshua Calvin Gayles (22) of Slidell for attempted second degree murder, principal to second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, three counts of attempted armed robbery with a firearm, and obstruction of justice, and Amira Shantell Bickham (19) of Slidell for principal to second degree murder and three counts of attempted armed robbery with a firearm.

The grand jury also returned indictments in two additional cases:
* John Eugene Burgess, 58, of Lacombe, was charged with four counts of first degree rape of a victim under the age of 13 in the rape of three victims, who were ages 10, 5, and 9 at the time of the crimes, between March and September 2016.
* Trey Allen Boudreaux, 18, of Pearl River, and a 16-year-old juvenile were charged with first-degree rape of a victim who suffered from a physical or mental infirmity. The crime occurred between Dec. 1, 2015, and August 23, 2016.
Photos not available for Amira Bickham or those indicted in the two rape cases.

Obituary

Cora Sue Williams Pope
January 12, 1938 - February 21, 2017


Obituary

Ethylene Seals Hartzog
August 25, 1919 - February 20, 2017 


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Cynthia L. Dyson
April 16, 1955 - February 16, 2017


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Rodney Wayne Brown, Sr.
October 25, 1955 - February 14, 2017


Truck Driver Killed in Crash near Franklinton

After 3:00 PM on Monday (February 20, 2017), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA 10 east of Franklinton. The driver of a log truck, Christopher Rex Blansett (30) of Sumrall, MS was killed in the crash.
Troopers determined that April Bertoniere (36) of Bogalusa was travelling eastbound in a Ford Explorer and was driving at a slow rate of speed partially in her lane and partially on the right shoulder. Christopher Blansett was driving a log truck also eastbound and attempted to pass Bertoniere when she abruptly turned left from the shoulder to enter a private drive on the westbound side of the road. Blansett aggressively applied the brakes in an attempt to avoid crashing into Bertoniere which caused his load to shift and slide forward and through the cab of his truck.
Blansett was killed. Bertoinere was not hit or injured. All drivers were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol is not suspected to have been a contributing factor. As the crash investigation progresses, any violations of Louisiana Law will be forwarded to the Washington Parish District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Good News for Crawfish Lovers

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 21, 2017

Justin Stafford was booked 02/20 on the charge of Attachment
Claudia May was booked 02/20 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks on Closed Account (2 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300, Theft 750-5000, Theft of Goods, and Failure to Appear

February 20, 2017

Amite Inmates Escaped Yesterday – Captured Today

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Daeshawn Woolridge (19) and Christopher Woolridge (23) who escaped the parish Jail in Amite yesterday (February 19) about 3:00 pm are back in custody today as of roughly 10:00 am this morning.
Daeshawn Woolridge is a Department of Corrections inmate incarcerated on two Attempted second degree murder charges, Aggravated assault by a drive-by shooting and a Parole violation.  His brother Christopher, a parish inmate, was being held on two FTA warrants, Aggravated flight, two counts of Aggravated battery, two counts of Resisting arrest and an Attempted second degree murder charge.
Sheriff Edwards described an immediate multi-jurisdictional response that set up and maintained a perimeter within which the brothers were known to be. The area was described as a large wooded with dense undergrowth. The two were spotted attempting to break the perimeter and apprehended without any injuries to members of law enforcement.

Walthall County S.O. Dispatcher Dies in Fire

Walthall County Sheriff Kyle Breland announced the loss of Dispatcher Clarence Louge in a house fire on February 18. Louge had been employed with the Walthall County Sheriff's Department for 3 years but had 20+ years experience as a dispatcher.  
Sheriff Breland said, "I honestly have no words to express my emotions right now. It's hard losing a good employee, but losing a great friend is something that simply cannot be put into words. He will definitely be missed by those that knew him. The countless number of lives that have been saved just by him answering a phone will never be known. I am praying for his family and those of us that were close friends with him."

Obituary

Monroe McElveen
July 10, 1937 - February 19, 2017


Obituary

James "Jimmy" Charles Schwartz, Sr.
October 27, 1941 - February 18, 2017


Help Slidell Police Locate These Suspects

The two male suspects are wanted for questioning regarding a shoplifting incident that took place on February 4, 2017 at Target.
The female suspect is wanted for questioning as part of an ongoing investigation into counterfeit currency.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 20, 2017

Judd Davis was booked 02/18 on the charges of Aggravated Flight From An Officer, Driving Under Suspension, Ran Stop Sign (6 counts), and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Arica Runfalo was booked 02/18 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
John Snow was booked 02/18 on the charges of Obstructing Public Passage, Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Rasheed Moss was booked 02/18 on the charges of Carrying Concealed Weapon, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Tampering With Sign Identifying a Firearm-Free Zone, and Resisting Arrest by Flight
John Crain was booked 02/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Resisting an Officer, and Second Degree Aggravated Battery

February 18, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 18, 2017

James Collins was booked 02/17 In For Court
Daniel Levatino was booked 02/17 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery - Strangulation
Brent Newman was booked 02/17 In From Court
William McNeese was booked 02/17 In From Court
Jordan Burris was booked 02/17 on the charges of Domestic Abuse: Pregnant Woman and Domestic Abuse Battery
Jesse Patterson was booked 02/17 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine (2 counts) and Failure to Appear
Gilbert Robertson was booked 02/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)

February 17, 2017

Obituary

Leon Smith, Jr.
September 16, 1956 - February 14, 2017

Obituary

Carol Youngblood
October 1, 1933 - February 15, 2017

Obituary

Emma Mae Baker
December 12, 1937 - February 15, 2017

Two Former Franco’s Athletic Club Workers Indicted

District Attorney Warren Montgomery and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith announced the indictment and arrest of two former Franco’s Athletic Club employees today on charges of racketeering, theft, identity theft, and money laundering in a scheme that bilked the Mandeville company of more than $1.7 million.
Emily L. Davis (42) of Ponchatoula, the club’s former finance director, and Jennifer E. Thompson (45) of Mandeville, the human resources director are accused of taking more than $1.4 million in cash for their personal uses, erasing more than $165,000 in charges through the use of fictitious bank accounts, erasing more than $19,000 in personal loans from their employer’s 401K retirement fund, and laundering the proceeds by making cash deposits, totaling $300,000 in various personal bank accounts
The charges are based on an investigation by the joint Financial Crimes Task Force, headed by Sgt. Stefan Montgomery, Det. Jason Mire, and Assistant District Attorney Butch Ward.
Both women are in the custody of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 17, 2017

Walter Hopkins was booked 02/16 on the charge of Simple Robbery
Alante Berger was booked 02/16 on the charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile
Michael Brice was booked 02/16 on the charges of Violation of Uniform Contolled Dangerous Substances Act (2 counts), Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Contempt of Court, and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Michael Chatman was booked 02/16 In From Court
Cody Hall was booked 02/16 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession With Intent to Distribute III Drugs

February 16, 2017

Bogalusa Man Arrested: Really Dangerous Drugs Found

The early morning hours of February 16 were anything but normal for a Bogalusa man. Armed with a search warrant, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force entered the home of Cody Jared Hall (26) on Bankston Drive in Bogalusa. Inside they found a large amount of illegal narcotics including heroin, marijuana, Suboxone, Gabapentin, $3,100 cash, and various drug paraphernalia items.  The narcotics, cash, and an automobile was seized. The heroin had traces of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and linked to numerous overdose deaths.
Hall was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, possession with intent to distribute Schedule III drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and sale, distribution or possession of legend drugs without a prescription or order.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented (in part), “Hall was a major drug dealer operating in a quiet residential neighborhood and he earned and deserved his arrest and trip to jail . . Somewhere along the way, this young man failed to learn some important and meaningful life lessons. Society is reaping the benefits of Dr. Spock’s permissiveness. If you don’t correct a child when he is small, he will have the parents crying as an adult.”

Baby Bottle Found with Illegal Narcotics During Traffic Stop

The St. Tammany Parish Highway Enforcement Unit arrested a Florida man for having a baby bottle
Ernest Felton, II (23) of Coconut Grove, Florida was stopped for a traffic violation on I-12 and deputies located a baby bottle inside of the vehicle which contained approximately 4 to 5 ounces of a purple colored liquid, suspected to be Promethazine Codeine. This is a popular recreational street drug, which is really prescription-strength cough syrup, which goes by the slang term of “purple drank”. Felton was booked into the St Tammany Parish Jail for Possession of Schedule V CDS and for Driving Left of Center.
Felton has quite the extensive criminal history: Resisting Arrest by Violence (2009, Florida), Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon (2010, Florida), Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (2010, Florida), and Attempted Second Degree Murder (2016, Baton Rouge, LA).
full of “purple drank”, otherwise known as Promethazine Codeine.

Burglar Suspects Sought by Pike County Sheriff's Office

The Pike County Sheriff's Office advises they are trying to locate Karen Stevenson (19) and Jonathan LeBlanc (30).  The two are wanted for a Burglary on Osyka Progress Road on February 1, 2017 and February 2, 2017.
Stevenson and LeBlanc could still be in Pike County or may have travelled back to Louisiana. 
Anyone with information are asked to call 601-783-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033.

Pearl River Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Former Girlfriend

Ronald A. Brown (58), formerly of Pearl River, pleaded guilty Monday (February 13) to attempted first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for shooting his girlfriend in 2015. District Judge Raymond S. Childress sentenced Brown to 25 years in prison for the attempted murder and 10 years on the firearm charge, with both sentences to be served at the same time.
On April 27, 2015 the victim arrived home and found Brown hiding inside her kitchen. The two struggled, the victim got to her vehicle, and Brown shot her in the head as she tried to get away. The victim drove herself to the Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Brown shortly afterward.
Five years earlier, Brown had pleaded guilty to attempted second degree kidnapping for holding a knife to a different victim’s neck and preventing her from leaving for three hours. In that case, he was given a five-year sentence with all but 18 months of it suspended, and five years of probation.

Lacombe Man Shoots Self After STPSO Pursuit

Source: SARA PAGONES | THEADVOCATE.COM 
A  man shot himself in the head, crashing his vehicle in Lacombe early Thursday morning during a pursuit by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies, Capt. Daniel Seuzeneau said.
The man had made suicidal threats earlier in the evening, Seuzeneau said, and deputies were pursuing him when he crashed on U.S. 190. Deputies discovered that the man had shot himself once in the head.
He was transported to a hospital and is still alive, Seuzeneau said.
No law enforcement officers involved fired their weapon, he said.
The Sheriff's Office has not released the man's name. An investigation is underway.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 16, 2017

Catherine Jenkins was booked 02/15 on the charges of Simple Arson, Resisting an Officer (2 counts), and Aggravated Assault
Tonia Howard was booked 02/15 In From Court
Spencer Collins was booked 02/15 In From Court
Patrick Spencer was booked 02/15 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana Prohibited Acts - Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Jessica Hunt was booked 02/15 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Angel Spencer was booked 02/15 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order

Covington Man Arrested for Burglarizing Cars

St. Tammany Sheriff’s detectives have arrested Brandon Joseph Gray (27) of Covington after he burglarized several vehicles at a Covington-area condominium complex.  On February 4, 2016 six vehicles were burglarized and four days later three more were hit. Sunglasses, electronics, shoes, makeup, wallets, purses, cash, credit cards, clothes, perfume, BBQ and kitchen sets, a skateboard and even a pack of gum were stolen out of the vehicles while their owners slept. In all cases, the vehicles had been left unlocked.
Gray was arrested February 8 after surveillance video caught him making multiple charges at local businesses using credit cards that was stolen out of some of the vehicles. He has been booked for bank fraud (2 counts), simple burglary (9 counts), and criminal damage.
It is unknown at this time if Gray acted alone or with others. Detectives are also looking into the possibility that Gray is responsible for other vehicle burglaries in surrounding neighborhoods.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are possible.

February 15, 2017

Governor Re-Appoints Bush Resident to Commission

Yesterday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions. Mary Lee Oliphant, of Bush, was reappointed to the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission. Ms. Oliphant is a realtor associate with Gardner Realtors and a dog breeder. She will serve as a commercial dog breeder on the Commission. 
The Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission was created within the office of the governor for the purpose of assisting the governor's office of community programs to ensure and promote the proper treatment and well-being of animals. 
For a complete list of the Governor's announced appointments, click here.

STPSO K-9 Finds Missing 14-year-old Child with Autism

Late Tuesday (February 14) night, St. Tammany Parish deputies were dispatched to Lacombe after a 14-year-old autistic child went missing. Deputies searched for hours and then called in K-9 Freya, who is a Bavarian Mountain Hound, and her handler, Deputy Ron Olivier. K-9 Freya, who specializes in finding lost children, took the scent from the missing child’s clothes, and started searching. After approximately twenty minutes, K-9 Freya found the missing child, curled up, hiding in the woods.
The 14-year-old, although scared, was in good health. The entire search lasted about three hours. Sheriff Randy Smith says, “This potential tragic story finished with a happy ending. Our canines are amazing animals who are invaluable to our deputies and citizens.”

Slidell PD Busts 2 With Stolen Assault Rifle and Narcotics

Employees from a Slidell McDonald's called Slidell Police Saturday (February 11) after witnessing suspicious subjects armed with guns in the parking lot. The subjects left before officers arrives but the employees provided information on their vehicle. Officers in the area conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle matching that description and identified the occupants as Kendall Blakely (27) of New Orleans and Timothy Marques (33) of Biloxi.
During the traffic stop, officers observed an assault rifle and a burning marijuana cigarette inside the vehicle, which led to the immediate pat-down of both subjects. Officers recovered nearly 8 grams of cocaine and three pills, believed to be Xanax, as well as the marijuana cigarette. Further investigation revealed that the rifle was reported stolen out of New Orleans.
The two were charged with numerous firearms and narcotics violations.


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 15, 2017

Nicholas Barber was booked 02/14 on the charge of Protective Order Violation and Home Invasion
Jessica Phelps was booked 02/14 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Christopher Holmes was booked 02/14 on the charges of Falure to Appear (2 counts)

Help Slidell PD Identify These Theft Suspects


February 14, 2017

Parish Council Makes RMC Board Appointment

The Washington Parish Council, in a unanimous vote Monday evening, appointed Lori Schilling from Ward 2 to the Riverside Medical Center Board of Commissioners to fill the vacancy created when Rachel Gill's term expired December 31, 2016. The Council had two applicants to consider, Lori Schilling and Rachel Gill. (See video beginning at 10:05)  The appointment is the latest in other new commissioner appointments made recently. Richard Watts (from Ward 1) and John Edward Nichols (from Ward 6) were appointed December 19, 2016.
In other business, the Council
  • heard from Washington Parish Library Director with information about expanded services, events, and training. (beginning 4:30 into the video)
  • appointed Jerome Warren to the Washington Parish Planning Commission.
  • heard from Merlin Duke with a reminder that the parish would celebrate its Bicentennial in 2019.

Chairman McMasters announced that, following the Council meeting on February 27, Public Participation is invited as the council reviews the Home Rule Charter.
WP Council 02132017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Litter Problem in Washington Parish Highlighted

At the Washington Parish Council meeting Monday (February 13, 2017) evening, the continuing litter problem was emphasized. The problem is discussed often by Parish President Richard Thomas and councilmen.  Road Supervisor Donnell Merritt's report included the fact that 367 bags of garbage had been picked up during the month. President Thomas then elaborated on the problem. Litter is not unique to Washington Parish. Click here to read of similar problems in St. Tammany
Councilmen also commented on the problem later in the meeting during Council discussion.

WP Road Report & Litter Problem from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Bogalusa Councilwoman Kates' Letter Re: Cemetery Assistance

Bogalusa Councilwoman Gloria Kates has written a "Thank You" letter to those who responsible for  garnering assistance to repair damages to cemeteries that occurred during last year's flooding events. 
During the January 17, 2017 meeting of the Bogalusa Council, Melvin Abrams pointed out the disrepair that existed at Bogalusa Cemetery. After reaching out to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office, an assessment team arrived in Bogalusa on January 25th, and on Feburary 7th Ryan Seidemann (from the AG's office) provided the good news that FEMA help is available and how to access it.

Agencies Team Up to Arrest 84 in Tangipahoa Parish

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced the success of Operation Resolution – a crime-fighting initiative with his Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, the Hammond Police Department, the Ponchatoula Police Department, Probation and Parole, Homeland Security Investigations, and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
Operation Resolution resulted in the arrests of 84 people in Tangipahoa Parish on crimes ranging from armed robbery to illegal carrying of weapons to drug possession with intent to distribute. 
“Operation Resolution’s success is a great example of what can be done when law enforcement agencies, from every level, work in collaboration,” said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 14, 2017

Demontreal Gatlin was booked 02/13 on the charge of Attachment
Nicholas Little was booked 02/13 on the charge of Arson With the Intent to Defraud
Leigh Cutrer was booked 02/13 In From Court
Casey Morgan was booked 02/13 on the charge of Attempted Armed Robbery
Laken Jordan was booked 02/13 on the charge of Attempted Aggravated Robbery (With Knife) and Attachment (2 counts)

February 13, 2017

Attorney General Unit Nabs Franklinton Man in Michigan

Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced the arrest of Nathan Stover (24) of Franklinton for
250 counts of Sexual Abuse Images and/or Videos of Children (under the age of 13). He was arrested by Michigan State Police as a fugitive from Louisiana. He was then extradited and booked into the Washington parish Jail as a result of a joint investigation between the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crime Unit and Michigan State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Franklinton Police Department, and the Louisiana State Police.
“The Louisiana Department of Justice is doing all we can to make our State a safer place,” said General Landry.”

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 13, 2017

 
Terry Cox was booked 02/10 In For Court
Nicole Castilow was booked 02/10 on the charges of Hit and Run, Driving Under Suspension, and Failure to Appear
Jonathan Simmonds was booked 02/10 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation) and Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Daniel Varnado was booked 02/10 In From Court
Brittnie McClendon was booked 02/11 on the charge of Forgery
Clyde Courtney was booked 02/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Branden Knight was booked 02/11 on the charges of Impeding Flow of Traffic, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Terry Melancon was booked 02/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense), Improper Lane Useage, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI (or other), and Attachment (2 counts)
Clifton Pittman was booked 02/11 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Theft of Goods
Dustin Milton was booked 02/11 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Tyrell McGowan was booked 02/11 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Darius Dobson was booked 02/11 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows
Zachary Catha was booked 02/11 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Simple Burglary
Teresa Stohlton was booked 02/12 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Forgery
Steven Lewis was booked 02/12 on a Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Destiny Craft was booked 02/12 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Child Endangerment (2 counts) and Domestic Abuse Battery
Jennifer Hosey was booked 02/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Switched License Plates, No Insurance, and Driving Under Suspension
Brandon Cooper was booked 02/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Geremie Middleton was booked 02/12 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Rodney Williams was booked 02/12 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Lamarcus Traylor was booked 02/12 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Vehicle on an Officer, Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Careless Operation/Accident, Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Possession of Marijuana

February 10, 2017

Riverside Medical Center Chili Cook-off Fun

A great time was had by all at Riverside Medical Center's 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off that raised money for the American Heart Association.  
Winners were:  (1st Place) Sheriff Randy "Country" Seal, (2nd Place) Team: Tammy & Emily Team: Thelma & Louise" from Riverside Medical Center's Kitchen, and (3rd Place) Mike and Natalie Sharp Team: Tigers! 
Serving as judges were Billy Ray Breland, Aubrey Posey, Lisa Tanner, Ella Rose Bickham, Pete Thomas, Henry Harrison, Tammy Magruder, Sherrie Magruder, and Brent King.

Slidell Police Department Career Opportunities


Good Detective Work Lands CA Man in WP Jail

California resident Delvin R. Jones (36) is now in the Washington Parish Jail charged with buying a zero-turn lawnmower for $8066.49 using a stolen credit card in September of 2016. The purchase was made over the phone and the lawnmower was delivered to a Washington Parish address.  The local business owner later received a letter that the card had been stolen.
WPSO detectives determined that the New Orleans owners of the credit card had recently been to California on vacation. They also obtained a California license plate number from a person who noticed a strange vehicle in the yard where the lawnmower had been delivered and wrote down the license plate number. Detectives identified the fraudulent purchaser as Delvin Jones from Oakland, California. A warrant for Jones was listed in the national criminal justice database.
Jones was stopped for a traffic offense in Austin, Texas in January, 2017 and he was arrested. Officers with the WPSO traveled to Austin to bring Jones back to Washington Parish.
The lawnmower has not been recovered and the case remains under investigation. It is suspected that Jones may have committed similar thefts in other parts of the country.

GM&O Historical Society Event Sat., February 18


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 10, 2017

Kimber Schneider was booked 02/09 In From Court
Matthew Shinners was booked 02/09 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI or Other

Accused Slidell Drug Dealer Arrested (Guns, Drugs, Cash Seized)

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force on January 27th seized a large amount of narcotics, three loaded firearms and more than $1,400 in cash, while conducting a search of a known large-scale dealer’s Slidell-area home.
Working with Probation and Parole officers, STPSO narcotics detectives responded to a tip of drug dealing at the Carroll Road home of Jamar Wilson (28) and found what resembled a pharmacy of illegal narcotics: 16 grams of heroin, Xanax pills, promethazine, marijuana, narcotics packaging materials, a digital scale, and other unidentified narcotics. Detectives also located two handguns, one of which had been reported stolen out of Pearl River County in Mississippi and $1,428 in cash. 
A third loaded handgun was located on the person of  Wilson who is confined to a wheelchair after being shot during some of his past narcotics-related activities. Wilson was booked into jail on numerous drug and firearms charges.

Hammond Man Killed in Crash on I-55 Near Independence

On Thursday (February 9, 2017), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on I-55 north of LA 40 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash has claimed the life of Hammond resident Michael R. Varnado (56) and injured two others.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Carlton W. Walker (34) of Roseland was driving north on I-55 in the right lane, failed to slow for congested traffic and crashed into the rear of a 2012 Volvo Tractor-Trailer. Varnado, a passenger in Walker's vehicle, was pronounced deceased on-scene. Walker and a second passenger, Melanie Mathis (40) were transported from the scene by Acadian Ambulance to North Oaks Health System and treated for moderate injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Wesley Moody (50) of Hattiesburg was not injured in the crash.

February 09, 2017

Mt. Hermon Man Gets 35 Years On Rape Charge

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reported that, on Tuesday (February 7), David Peek (56) of Mt. Hermon was sentenced after pleading guilty to forcible rape (35 years), aggravated incest (25 years), and 27 counts of possession of child pornography with children under age 13 (20 years). The sentences will be served at the same time. Peek is required to register as a sex offender if ever released from prison. The victims' families agreed to the terms of the plea.

The victim was 8 or 9 years old when Peek began fondling her and then had sex with her in his home. Several years later, a teacher became concerned and notified her parents. After the girl reported the abuse to her father, the family contacted police. Then another victim came forward with reports of inappropriate sexual conduct at Peek's home when she was between the ages of 9 and 12. 
Peek had claimed that any inappropriate touching was accidental or happened while he was sleeping. Investigators also found numerous images of child pornography on Peek’s phone.

Help Slidell PD Locate These People

Slidell Police are asking if anyone has information on the people in these photographs, to please call the Slidell Police Department at 985-643-3131 or Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for February 9, 2017

Christina McCain was booked 02/08 In From Court
Frederick Taylor was booked 02/08 on the charges of Simple Burglary (2 counts), Theft Under 750, Vehicle Burglary, Theft 750-5000, Theft of Goods, Criminal Trespass, and Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Delvin Jones was booked 02/08 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of Access Card and Theft 5000-25000

Traffic Stop Turns Up 150 Ecstasy tablets

A Houston man, while traveling thru St. Tammany Parish on his way to Biloxi, was arrested January 31 on drug charges after 150 Ecstasy tablets were found in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop conducted by a deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Highway Enforcement Unit.

When the deputy approached the vehicle, he smelled the distinct odor of marijuana, and he requested permission to search the vehicle. While searching the vehicle, the deputy located a small bag of marijuana under the center console in the front seat and two bags of Ecstasy tablets concealed inside a pair of socks in a duffle bag on the back seat.
Dominic Walker (21) of Houston, Texas was arrested and booked for Possession with Intent to Distribute Ecstasy, Possession of Marijuana and Improper Lane Use.

February 08, 2017

12 Charged in Amite Inmate Murder Described as “Shark Feeding Frenzy”

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office Press Release February 7, 2017
 
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that multiple arrests were made in connection to the tragic death of 40 year old Tommy Joe Smith of Independence, LA.

On January 30, 2017, at approximately 11:00 p.m., 40- year old Tommy Joe Smith of Independence, LA. was arrested by Probation and Patrol and booked into the parish jail on a probation violation.    After being booked and processed, Smith was escorted to and placed in a dorm room that was occupied by twenty-one other inmates, making Smith the twenty-second. 

An investigation led by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) Criminal Investigations Division reveals that shortly after Smith arrived in the dorm, he attempted to establish himself in a bunk on the second floor.  Allegedly at this time, Smith was told by other inmates that he wasn’t welcome on the second floor and needed to leave.   Smith then grabbed his matt and proceeded back downstairs.  Being compliant and non-confrontational, Smith was again met with the same adversity as he attempted to find a bunk on the first floor.   In over 40 interviews conducted by TPSO detectives, it was revealed that Smith, complying with the aggressive demands, was attempting to make his way to notify the pod deputy of his request to vacate the dorm when he was abruptly struck by an inmate from behind.   As Smith turned around to defend himself, he was brutally attacked my multiple offenders.   The vicious attack which occurred after lights out was described by other inmates as a “shark feeding frenzy”.  Meaning the attack was extremely brutal and very quick.

Upon recognition of the disturbance, the control deputy notified jail staff of the incident.   Within minutes, responding deputies entered the dorm and gained control.  They also observed one of Smith’s attackers attempting to facilitate CPR on Smith’s lifeless body.   Immediately the jail’s medical staff was notified and quickly responded to render aid.   Acadian and Amite Fire were also notified, arriving a short time later.

Consequently, Smith succumbed to death as a result of injuries sustained from this senseless and heinous attacked.  

As a result, 12 offenders were arrested for this brutal attack on Smith’s life, one of them being a juvenile offender. 11 of the offenders are charged with Second degree murder and Obstruction of justice, 2 of the 11 were additionally charged with Second Degree robbery for stealing Smith’s shoes while he was being attacked.  The juvenile, who is currently being held on unrelated homicide charges, was additionally charged with Principal to second to degree murder. 

“News of this unprovoked and heinous attack is extremely troubling. We strive to provide safety to all those in Tangipahoa Parish, including those incarcerated within the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. Through an investigative account of this incident, it has been discovered all protocols relating to a response to such an event were preformed expeditiously. Unfortunately, due to the number of individuals involved in the altercation, along with the incident occurring within a secured environment, our victim was limited with an escape. This type of environment provides many limitations when taking into account the safety of staff, emergency medical responders, as well as the inmates themselves,” says Edwards.        

Sheriff Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office considers this a senseless and tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family.  Sheriff Edwards pledges to have a full review of this incident to see if there is anything that the TPSO can do to ensure that this type of tragedy does not happen again.
 
Offenders charged in this case are the following:

20 year old Herman Bagent, 30 year old Brent Collins, 22 year old Lionel Brister, 27 year old Randall Holmes, 23 year old James Milton, 18 year old Eric Newman, 22 year old William Patterson, 22 year old Tyquan Davis, 19 year old Antwon Seymore, 38 year old Ronald Faulkner, 28 year old Travis Robertson, and one juvenile.  Faulkner and Robertson were among the group who were accused of stealing the victim’s shoes during the attack, therefore were charged with Second degree robbery.