March 31, 2017

Woman Jailed in Tangipahoa on Bank Fraud

It took some time, but when the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office received a bank fraud complaint on September 2, 2016, their Financial Crimes Unit began their investigation. The report was that a citizen’s routing and account numbers from their financial institution had been compromised and used to make payments on utility accounts in the Baton Rouge area without their consent. Detective Travis Pitman conducted an extensive investigation on financial records from the utility company and researched methods of transmission of the stolen financial information.
As a result, Baton Rouge resident Jasmine Thompson (24) was identified as a suspect and on March 24, 2017, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrested Thompson on Bank Fraud. Thompson is currently incarcerated at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail awaiting arraignment on her charges.
Continual inter-agency cooperation between law enforcement jurisdictions has continued to be a success. These partnerships aid in and prevent further crimes from being committed in our communities.

Obituary

Daulton William Kennedy 
July 30, 1933 - March 31, 2017 

Washington Parish Inmate Arrested on New Charges

Source: WPSO Press Release 
On March 22, 2017, William Jacob Williams (30) was arrested March 22, 2017 on charges of domestic violence by aggravated assault, domestic abuse by battery strangulation, domestic violence by child endangerment, false imprisonment and cruelty to a juvenile. He was charged on March 30 with the additional charges of first degree aggravated rape and carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

During the course of the investigation of the March 22nd charges, a patrol deputy uncovered information indicative of  inappropriate sexual relationship with a minor female. An interview was scheduled with the Child Advocacy Center, at which time the minor provided details of non-consensual sexual encounters with Williams. Williams was interviewed and admitted to sexual encounters with the minor.
Williams has remained in jail since the March 22nd arrest and his bond has been increased to $408,000.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 30, 2017

Rechard Robbins was booked 03/30 on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, No Drivers License, and Possession of Marijuana
Demario Warren was booked 03/30 on the charges of Second Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault With Firearm
Ricky Roach was booked 03/30 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Jeffrey Goings was booked 03/30 on the charges of Bank Fraud (3 counts)
Presious Anderson was booked 03/30 In From Court (not pictured)

Covington Man Killed Crossing Busy Roadway

At approximately 08:37 PM last night (March 30, 2017) the Covington Police Department responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on US Hwy 190 at the intersection of E. 35th Ave, which claimed the life of 56 year-old Joseph Foreman (pictured here), a Covington resident.
Officers determined that Mr. Foreman was attempting to cross Collins Blvd, at the intersection of E. 35th Ave. when he was struck by a 2008 Ford Taurus operated by Nathaniel Magee, a 33 year-old Marrero man. Foreman was airlifted to North Oaks Trauma Center in Hammond, where he was later pronounced deceased.
Field sobriety tests of Mr. Magee led officers to suspect he was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the crash and toxicology results are pending. Mr. Magee was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for DWI 1st Offense and Vehicular Homicide.

March 30, 2017

Obituary

William Thomas "Tubby" Fornea
October 27, 1924 - March 29, 2017

Obituary

Julian Carl Leet
April 7, 1936 - March 29, 2017

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Katie "Tenny" Beall Temples
February 13, 1932 - March 29, 2017

Obituary

Fletcher R. Hopkins
April 5, 1930 - March 28, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 29, 2017

Darrell Jarrell was booked 03/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container in Vehicle, and Obstruction of Highway
Charolotte Branch was booked 03/29 In From Court
Joshua Benoit was booked 03/29 In From Court
Kennith Pierce was booked 03/29 In From Court
Eric Thomas was booked 03/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence (3 counts), and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Johnny Dillon was booked 03/29 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine
Rekelia McGowan was booked 03/29 on the charges of Altering Prescription for a CDS (3 counts)
Joram Gartman was booked 03/29 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts), and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Washington Parish Sheriff Prevails in Federal Court

On March 28, 2014, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to information that a wanted person living in Arkansas would be at a family gathering at a residence on Highway 430.
The person, Roger Dale Magee, had an outstanding warrant for failure to pay child support. Deputies went to the location and located Magee sitting on a patio with several other persons. When deputies approached Magee and advised him he was under arrest, he became angry and hostile and declared he was not going to jail.
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Mandeville Police Officer Placed on Administrative Leave

Source: MPD Chief Gerald Sticker Press Release
Mandeville Police Officer Becky White has been placed on administrative leave and is the subject of an internal affairs investigation due to an off-duty incident in Ponchatoula late Monday night March 27th. White is alleged to have been driving her marked Mandeville police unit while intoxicated. I am unable to provide any additional details as this investigation is ongoing.
“Rest assured that this allegation will be taken very seriously and that a thorough investigation will be conducted.”
Chief Gerald Sticker

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Skimming Devices Found in Washington Parish

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said the department’s Weights and Measures division is seeing an increase in skimming devices at gasoline pumps. The skimmers were found in Avoyelles, Calcasieu, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans, Rapides, St. Landry, St. Tammany, and Washington parishes.
“Our inspectors seem to be finding one or two skimmers on a weekly basis.” said Strain. These devices contained approximately 4,000 credit/debit card numbers, according to the Secret Service.
Some tips to protect your personal information:

  • Whenever possible, do not use the debit card function at the gas pump. Use it as a credit card in order to protect your pin number.
  • Monitor your debit/credit card
  • activity online and contact your bank to report unrecognized charges.
  • Whenever using a credit card, try to use a pump that is easily seen by gas station employees. Pumps that are less visible are commonly targeted because crooks can easily install a skimmer which normally takes very little time.
  • Check the pump card reader for signs of forced entry like bent panels or broken security tape.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 28, 2017

Brandon Jenkins was booked 03/28 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Richard Williamson was booked 03/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Driving Under Suspension
Cathy West was booked 03/28 In For Court

March 29, 2017

Washington Parish Council Addresses Full Agenda

With the Mt. Hermon School Student Council in attendance, the Washington Parish Council addressed a full Agenda on Monday (March 27, 2017): a Public Hearing on an application for funding under the Community Development Block Grant Program for Community Development (primarily related to Housing for low to moderate incomes (at beginning of the video), introduced three ordinances, and approved seven resolutions.
In addition, the Council heard an update from Bishop E. Rene Soule concerning a USDA grant that would impact economic development in the four parish area of Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, and East Feliciana Parishes. (Beginning 6:55 into the video). A Food Distribution Center is being proposed to develop, build, and operate a food distribution facility.
During the Public Participation segment,
  • Mike Daniels described Alive 2017, a Christian music festival to be held April 22, 2017 at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds and invited all to attend. The event is expected to become an annual event. (Beginning 39:30 into the video).
  • Residents Fate Farrell, Richard Berry and Malcolm Moses spoke in opposition to aspects of the Choctaw Road Landfill contract that is up for renewal. (Beginning 42:20 into the video). A Public Hearing will be held on the enabling ordinance April 10, 2017. Later in the meeting, Councilman Perry Talley expressed his concerns with the landfill renewal, beginning 1:06:50 into the video.
  • Ben Clayton spoke to the Council regarding a vision for a Ford truck assembly plant in Bogalusa. (Beginning 51:05 into the video).
Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff gave reports (beginning 54:10 into the video).  President Thomas emphasized the fact that for the eighth year, Washington Parish has failed to receive capitol outlay funds from the state despite the fact other parishes have. Thomas also reminded all in attendance that he is available to discuss any concerns any constituent may have.
The meeting concluded with comments from the Councilmen (beginning 1:05:15 into the video).

WP Council 03272017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Covington Teen Arrested for Exposing Himself to a Young Girl

A Covington-area teenager (age 16) was arrested March 21, 2017 after exposing his genitals to a 12-year-old girl as she walked home from a bus stop in the River Oaks subdivision. The victim went home and her parents contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. The responding deputy located the teenage boy, still inside of his vehicle, in the River Oaks subdivision. As the deputy attempted to detain the boy, he resisted arrest and began threatening the deputy. He was taken into custody and charged with resisting an officer and two counts of obscenity and booked into  the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center
Detectives have since received numerous reports of a teen, matching the same description and driving the same car (a white Honda Accord), approaching other young girls in the Arbor Walk, River Oaks and Riverwood subdivisions earlier this month. In all cases, the teen attempted to get the girls to approach his vehicle by asking for directions. He was described as a black male, wearing glasses, and was wearing what appeared to be a school uniform in some of the instances. All of the incidents occurred while buses were dropping off children in the afternoon hours.
Detectives are now looking for other girls who may be victims. If anyone has any information about this case, or is a victim, please call Detective Yvette Williams at 985-276-1326. This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges are possible.

Help Slidell Police Locate This Theft Suspect


Obituary

Rev. Gene F. Simpkins
October 19, 1935 - March 27, 2017

Obituary

Danon Dwaine Moran
June 22, 1970 - March 27, 2017 


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 27, 2017

Angela Rowell was booked 03/27 In From Court
Frank Cangelosi was booked 03/27 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Justin Williams was booked 03/27 In For Court
William Magee was booked 03/27 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Movable
John McGowan was booked 03/27 In For Court
John Seals was booked 03/27 In For Court
Smith Warren was booked 03/27 In For Court
Leigh Cutrer was booked 03/27 In From Court


Franklinton Police Investigating Shooting

Source:  Franklinton Police Department Post
On Sunday, March 26, 2017, at approximately 10pm, Franklinton Police Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Howard and Solomon Streets following a call from an off-duty dispatcher, who reported hearing multiple gunshots. Officers initially located evidence in support of a shooting and began the investigative process. A short time later, officers were notified that an individual, identified as 32 year old Jaris "Buck" Warren, was at the hospital suffering from a single gunshot wound to the leg.
Investigators are conducting interviews and have information leading to other involved parties. Anyone who may have additional information as it relates to this incident is urged to contact the Franklinton Police Department 985-839-2977.
(Shown in the picture are Major Justin Brown and ATF Agent Kathy Barton along with Explosives Detection K-9 "Ting" search for evidence.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 25-26, 2017

Donna Prizie was booked 03/25 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Jeremy Castleberry was booked 03/25 on the charges of Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy., Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Violation of Uniform Conrolled Dangerous Substances
Shane Pigrenet was booked 03/25 on the charge of Molestation of a Juvenile
Terrance Brown was booked 03/26 on the charges of Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Robert Smith was booked 03/26 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Contempt of Court, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Laken Jordan was booked 03/26 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Heroin

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 24, 2017

Timothy Graves was booked 03/24 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Jeremy Penton was booked 03/24 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI (or other) and No Seat Belt
Eric Dressner was booked 03/24 on the charges of Cruelty to Animals and Theft of Animals/Dogs
Matthew Cotton was booked 03/24 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense), Careless Operation Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and No Ignition Interlock Device
Tyrese Nathan was booked 03/24 on the charges of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s) and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Lesean Williams was booked 03/24 In For Court
Megan Stafford was booked 03/24 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment, and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Alisha Sanders was booked 03/24 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Christopher Henningsen was booked 03/24 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment
Nolan Sing was booked 03/24 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage

March 24, 2017

Search for One Results in Five Arrests by WPSO

A search by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force detectives and  Louisiana Probation and Parole agents on Thursday (March 23, 2017) for Fallon Marie Barber (33) as a probation violator has led to her arrest and four others.
Officers first went to an address on Cordy Temples Road where they believed Barber was staying. Barber was not there and the resident Janice Gerald (72) was advised not to notify Barber and let her know officers were seeking her. When officers located Barber at a residence on Highway 424, they learned that she had been alerted by Janice Gerald and Chasity Nicole Gerald (39) that officers were on their way. They were both later arrested on the charge of obstruction of justice based on cell phone evidence.
At the Highway 424 residence, officers arrested Fallon Marie Barber, Joseph Kennedy (33) on the charges of possession of Schedule II drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Ladarrius Taboah Carter (27), a resident of Brock Road, who was wanted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and who was charged with two counts of possession of Schedule II drugs, possession of marijuana, three counts of failure to appear and being a fugitive.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This had the potential of being a very dangerous situation for our detectives and the Probation and Parole agents. The notification that officers were on their way to arrest Barber could have offered her enough notice to flee or even could have offered the opportunity to ambush the officers as they approached the residence. Fortunately, this did not occur. I am so grateful that all of the officers were safe. We are always concerned about officer safety and cannot tolerate anyone taking any action to jeopardize their safety.”

W. P. Man Charged With Numerous Domestic Crimes

Acting on information from a concerned citizen, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies gathered evidence that William parish resident Jacob Williams (30),  physically abused an adult female, held her against her will, placed a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her in the presence of her children. Additionally, he struck one of her children, necessitating medical treatment.

Patrol deputies arrested Williams at his residence Wednesday (March 22) and charged him with domestic abuse by aggravated assault, domestic abuse by battery strangulation, domestic abuse by child endangerment, false imprisonment, and cruelty to a juvenile. Williams is being held in the Washington Parish Jail without bond on the domestic violence charges.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Once again, a concerned citizen boldly came forward and provided information which enabled our officers to solve this crime and make an arrest. I cannot over-emphasize the importance of our parish citizens reporting crimes to the Sheriff’s Office. Working together, we are a formidable team in our mutual fight against crime. Thank you for all you do and thanks to our fine deputies for their good work.”

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 23, 2017

Catherine Ratliff was booked 03/23 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Fallon Barber was booked 03/23 on the charge of Probation Violation
Ladarrius Carter was booked 03/23 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Appear (3 counts) and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Chasity Gerald was booked 03/23 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice
Joseph Kennedy was booked 03/23 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana
Donna Seal was booked 03/23 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Janice Gerald was booked 03/23 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice
Cathy Knight was booked 03/23 In For Court
Brian Brumfield was booked 03/23 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Christopher Warren was booked 03/23 on the charges of Aggravated Assault (2 counts)

Obituary

Carolyn Burch Easley
October 22, 1933 - March 24, 2017


Obituary

J. Leroy Toney
August 17, 1936 - March 23, 2017


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Geraldine Davis Seals
January 30, 1939 - March 23, 2017

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Racie l. Nichols
December 20, 1976 - March 20, 2017


Kentwood Man Sentenced to “Time Served” for Meth Possession

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ERIC BROWN (38) from Kentwood was sentenced yesterday (March 23, 2017) after previously pleading guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Methamphetamine.
U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced BROWN to time served (30 months). Additionally, BROWN was sentenced to 3 years of supervised release.
When a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s deputy responded to a suspicious person report on June 22 2014 at 69062 South River Road in Kentwood, he observed individuals flee the residence and several outside the rear of the residence. He also detected an odor consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine at the rear of the residence. Brown and three others were sitting in a white Lincoln with, in plain view), twenty-four zip-lock baggies containing approximately three grams of methamphetamine and a Smith and Wesson .38 special revolver on the vehicle’s floorboard.
The deputy then met with a female at the residence who told the deputy that she and BROWN resided at the residence and that BROWN “cooked” methamphetamine in their bedroom the previous night. Deputies and DEA Task Force Officers searched the residence and found three inactive methamphetamine labs in a refrigerator in the master bedroom.

Can You ID This Cyber Stalking Suspect?

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking the public’s help in identifying the male subject in the attached photo.
This subject is wanted for questioning regarding a recent and active cyberstalking investigation being led by the TPSO. 
Anyone with information is being asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

LDE Revokes a St. Tammany Child Care's License

The Louisiana Department of Education today (March 23, 2017) revoked the license of Kidzone Preschool,an early learning center in St. Tammany Parish, and terminated its public funding after a toddler escaped the preschool's play yard and wandered into traffic. Staff there failed to report the incident to the Department's Division of Licensing and did not provide the child's parent with all of the details. The three-year-old reportedly left the school, was nearly struck by a vehicle, and was taken to the school whose staff had not noticed the child was gone.
"It's fortunate this young child is safe, but that doesn't change the fact this early learning center failed in its responsibility to care for its students," said State Superintendent John White. "We cannot tolerate such negligence, nor can we allow child care facilities like this one to operate in Louisiana."
Click here to read the full Press Release

March 23, 2017

Fatal Crash on Causeway Thursday Morning

Source:  wwltv.com
Causeway Police report a multi-car accident that happened around 2:30 am Thursday morning (March 22) on the Southbound lanes of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge claimed the life of one person.

A woman, who police believe was intoxicated, driving a compact car allegedly ran into a truck causing the truck to hit the guardrail. One person in the truck was killed and another was transported to the hospital.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 22, 2017

Mark Tarver was booked 03/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Turn Signals, Obstruction of Justice, and Driving Under Suspension
Alvin Magee was booked 03/22 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Drunkenness), Simple Battery With Injury, and Vehicle Burglary
Jennifer Dubea was booked 03/22 on the charges of Simple Robbery and Forgery
Lenzie Watson was booked 03/22 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense)
Willie Bickham was booked 03/22 on the charges of Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting an Officer, and Contempt of Court
Skylaar Moorre was booked 03/22 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Simple Escape
Kendric Lampley was booked 03/22 on the charges of Domesstic Abuse Battery (Strangulation) and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
William Williams was booked 03/22 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), Domestic Abuse (Child Endangerment), False Imprisonment, and Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)
Curtis Hart was booked 03/22 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Andrea Sumrall was booked 03/22 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Joseph Shelby was booked 03/22 In For Court 

Obituary

Michael Shane Lott
October 17, 1969 - March 19, 2017


Slidell Man Sentenced for Defrauding Investors

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JOHN GIBSON (32) of Slidell, was sentenced Wednesday (March 22) after pleading guilty to mail fraud.
U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced GIBSON to 18 months incarceration, and ordered restitution in the amount of $213,597.35. Upon release from prison, GIBSON will have to serve three years of supervised release.
GIBSON admitted that from 2008 to 2014, he solicited funds from individuals by falsely representing that he would use their funds to establish investment accounts. GIBSON admitted that he defrauded his investors by diverting their investment funds for his own personal use and benefit.

Homeowners Team Up to Nab Thief

Early this morning (March 22), Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a 911 call regarding a burglary in progress on Highway 430. While enroute, they  learned the suspect had been detained by homeowners, but that the suspect was struggling.
Immediately upon arrival at the scene, deputies restrained and arrested Alvin Gregory Magee (52), a resident of Turnage Road near Franklinton. Magee was transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with disturbing the peace by drunkenness, simple battery with injury and burglary of a vehicle.
The scenario began when a homeowner who was dressing to go to work heard someone coughing outside of his residence and then saw Magee rummaging through the contents of his vehicle. Magee then went to the house next door, grabbed the handle of the storm door, and was attempting to open it. The first homeowner caught up with Magee, took him to the ground, and yelled for help. The second homeowner helped restrain Magee while the homeowner’s wife called 911. During the struggle with the homeowners, Magee bit one of them on the arm. When deputies arrived, they noticed Magee had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and slurred speech.
Magee is a regular resident of the Washington Parish Jail, having been locked up twenty times since 2008, including his latest incarceration. All of his previous arrests were for similar offenses and most were alcohol related.
“Alcohol is a liar and a thief,” says Sheriff Randy Seal. It promises a good time, but ultimately steals every semblance of a meaningful life. Mr. Magee is only one example of the tragedy of regular consumption of alcohol. The homeowners in this matter did a good job by capturing and restraining Magee until our deputies arrived. This is a good reminder for everyone to always lock your vehicles, keep a close watch on your neighbor’s house and call the Sheriff’s Office immediately if you need assistance.”

March 22, 2017

Pearl River Man Pleads Guilty to Raping Two Girls

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reported that Jeremy M. Guild (27) of Pearl River, pleaded guilty Monday (March 20) to two counts of forcible rape for raping two girls, ages 5 and 7 at the time. District Judge Raymond Childress sentenced Guild to 40 years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

The rapes were reported in July 2015 by the older girl’s stepmother. The child revealed to the stepmother that while staying at a relative’s home, Guild came into the room where she was sleeping and raped her. During their investigation, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies learned about the second victim, who revealed a similar story, but Guild also infected the 5-year-old with an STD.
Assistant District Attorney Becky Jo Hollen prosecuted the case.

Blues & BBQ Event in McComb March 23


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Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 21, 2017

Brian Creel was booked 03/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
David Morgan was booked 03/21 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Lawrence Walls was booked 03/21 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts), Failure to Pay Fine (2 counts), and Contempt of Court
Brooklyn Magee was booked 03/21 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Holly Jones was booked 03/21 on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts)

Mt. Hermon Pharmacy Burglarized – Arrests Made

During the evening of March 17, Washington Parish Sheriff Office deputies and detectives responded to a burglar alarm at Rawl's Pharmacy in Mt. Hermon. They discovered that forced entry had been made through a rear window.
Nearby on Highway 38, officers noticed young persons in a vehicle which obviously was having mechanical problems. Eye witness accounts and evidence collected at the crime scene led to the identification of a 16 year old male in the vehicle as the person who had entered the pharmacy. He was arrested and later transported to the Florida Parishes Detention Center.
While officers were still at the scene, an additional eye witness came forward and reported that another young man was concealing an item that was believed to be a pistol. Deputies located the pistol and discovered that the serial number had been filed off. The young man in possession of the pistol was determined to be Kody Allen Singletary (17), a resident of South Wood Drive in Slidell. Singletary was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
“This is another good example,” said Sheriff Seal, “of the importance of the partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and residents of Washington Parish. I am grateful to the witnesses who came forward to provide valuable information and to our officers who did an excellent job in quickly solving this crime.”

Obituary

Madison Claire Peco
May 14, 1998 - March 18, 2017


Obituary

Larry James Burris
November 13, 1943 - March 19, 2017


March 21, 2017

D. A. Montgomery to Host Reception for Crime Victims

District Attorney Warren Montgomery will host a reception April 4 at 5 p.m. at the Justice Center in Covington to honor crime victims in St. Tammany and Washington parishes as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Crime victims in both parishes are invited.

The purpose of the reception is to honor survivors of crime and the service providers who support them in their fight for justice. It will be held on the second floor, just outside the District Attorney’s Office, 701 N. Columbia Street, in Covington. Service providers will be on hand to discuss the programs they offer. Montgomery’s staff also will provide an update on proposed state legislative changes to sentencing guidelines, including those for violent crimes.
Those who wish to attend must R.S. V. P. to 
damontgomery@22da.comor 985-809-8349.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 20, 2017

Natoya Toomer was booked 03/20 on the charges of Theft Under 750 (8 counts), Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Failure to Appear (3 counts), Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Daniel Roach was booked 03/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Cassi Green was booked 03/20 on the charge of Simple Robbery
Niki Kennedy was booked 03/20 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Theft 750-5000
Justin Provost was booked 03/20 on the charge of Parole Violation
Ashley Hunt was booked 03/20 on the charge of Parole Violation
Cynthia Magee was booked 03/20 on the charge of Probation Violation
Bradford Forrest was booked 03/20 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Obituary

Loretta Lang Stewart
February 6, 1951 - March 19, 2017 


Obituary

Mary Evelyn Duncan Cutrer
December 27, 1936 - March 19, 2017


Obituary

Hunter Fornea
May 13, 1989 - March 18, 2017 


State Rep White's Scheduled Town Hall Meetings

Louisiana State Representative from District 75 Malinda Brumfield-White has Town Hall meetings scheduled for March 23 @ 5:30pm at Franklinton Town Hall and March 28th @ 5:30pm in at Bogalusa City Hall. 
White states, “As your representative of District 75, I feel it is my duty to keep you informed on what is going on in the legislature and how it impacts District 75. Please join me for one of the two town hall meetings held in our parish. We want to hear from you!"

Spring Art Show and Sale March 26 near Franklinton

The Washington Parish Art Association will hold its annual member Spring Art Show and Sale on Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 2pm to 5pm. 
The event will be held again at the home of Sara Nelson in Clifton, just north of Franklinton via Hwy 25. Follow signs.

Pair Arrested for Residential Burglary Near Franklinton

Responding to a citizen’s report of a suspicious vehicle at a residence on Jack Jones Road near Franklinton on March 15, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered that the residence had been burglarized and numerous items had been stolen.
The deputies located a vehicle matching the description provided and observed a female carrying items from the vehicle into another residence. The female was questioned and admitted that the items had been given to her by Randee Jerrell (30). Knowing that Jerrell was on parole, deputies summoned Probation and Parole agents to assist in the search for him. He was located hiding in his residence on Jack Jones Road. 

Randee Jerrell (30) was charged with burglary and parole violation. Andrea Sumrall (32), a resident of Bogalusa, was charged with possession of stolen property.
“Once again, an alert citizen provided information about a crime which had been committed in Washington Parish,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I can’t over-emphasize the importance of our residents alerting us to unusual activity so that we can follow up. It is so important to watch your neighbor’s house and your community. Let’s continue to partner together to identify and arrest criminals.”

Slidell Man Gets 10 Years in Prison for Rape

Charles J. O’Neill (38) of Slidell pled guilty to second degree rape on March 13 and  District Judge Martin E. Coady sentenced him to 10 years in the Department of Corrections and required O’Neill to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender.
O’Neill invited the victim to his home on June 2 last year, and when she arrived, he locked the doors and raped her. After she had left, he sent the victim a battery of text messages, apologizing for what he had done and begging her not to report the crime.
O’Neill was arrested and admitted in a statement to officers that the victim did not consent to intercourse.

Two Slidell Men Indicted on Rape Charges

A St. Tammany Parish grand jury on Wednesday (March 16) indicted John Colvert Braxton (35) and Charles Michael Morgan (56), both of Slidell, on aggravated rape charges in separate cases.

Braxton is accused of raping a child on many occasions, beginning in 2013, when she was 10 years old. The victim disclosed to her mother that Braxton woke her in the middle of the night many different times, brought her to the living room, and raped her while others in the home were sleeping. Braxton also is charged with aggravated crime against nature.
Morgan is accused of raping a boy from the time the child was 4 or 5 years old through age 7. The victim told his mother that Morgan touched him inappropriately, showed him pornography, and raped him.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 17-19, 2017

Neil Gendusa was booked 03/17 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Prentiss Sigrest was booked 03/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs
Danny Todd was booked 03/17 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Adonis Ard was booked 03/17 on the charges of Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Careless Operation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Gregory Peterson was booked 03/17 on the charge of Failure to Pay Fine
Robert Allen was booked 03/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Jeremy Norman was booked 03/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Failure to Appear
Wallace Stogner was booked 03/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kody Singletary was booked 03/18 on the charge of Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number

19-Year-Old Killed in Mandeville Shooting

Early Saturday morning (March 18), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies responded a shooting on Ridgewood Loop in Mandeville and found that Vincent Cuccia (19) had been shot several times.  Cucchia was rushed to a nearby hospital but he died as a result of his injuries. 
St. Tammany Parish detectives arrested Jake Mills (19) on the charge of second degree murder. The investigation led investigators to believe an argument took place over a female. The argument escalated, which resulted in Cuccia being shot by Mills.
Sheriff Randy Smith says, "This was a senseless killing which resulted in the ruined lives of two young teenagers - one dead and the other who could potentially be sentenced to prison for the rest of his life. Sad."

Obituary

Mary Busby Parsley
September 14, 1938 - March 17, 2017


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Rhonda Bryant Goings
May 29, 1973 - March 17, 2017


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Evie Singley
September 12, 1921 - March 17, 2017

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Patricia Blackwell Pierce
March 17, 1927 - March 17, 2017


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Ernestine Johnson Potter
January 03, 1958 - March 11, 2017


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Carrington Finn and Courtland Harding Massengale
Died March 9, 2017 


March 17, 2017

Puppy Shooter Arrested

From a WPSO Press Release
In late February, a concerned citizen contacted the Magnolia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana and reported five abandoned puppies at the intersection of Monroe Creek Road and Frank Kennedy Road near Angie. The Magnolia rescuer discovered that someone had shot and killed each of the puppies. The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office began an investigation.
Following up on a tip, a detective interviewed Shawn Glen Jones (25), a resident of Dogwood Valley Road, who had a female dog of the same breed as the puppies. Jones first stated that he had given away the puppies but could not identify the person to whom he gave them. He later admitted the puppies were his, that he had
dropped them off at the location where they were found,  but denied shooting them.
Detectives learned that Jones had obtained a .22 caliber rifle just prior to the shooting. It was determined that Jones did not have the rife when he abandoned the puppies, but returned to his home, picked up the rifle and ammunition, returned to the location and shot the puppies.
Jones was arrested on March 15, 2017 on five counts of cruelty to animals. He remains in jail with bond set at $15,000.
“Our detective did an outstanding job in this matter. She worked diligently until she had sufficient evidence to arrest Shawn Jones,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Once again, tips from concerned Washington Parish citizens helped us solve a crime. If any person has additional information about this crime, I encourage you to contact Detective Demi Rice at the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.”

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Diane Rita Kinkaid Schwegmann
June 17, 1943 - March 14, 2017 


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Linda Robinson Brown
May 20, 1960 - March 12, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 16, 2017

Andrea Sumrall was booked 03/16 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property
Skylaar Moore was booked 03/16 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure o Appear
Tanya Voth was booked 03/16 In From Court
Alexandre Easley was booked 03/16 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Bradford Forrest was booked 03/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No Turn Signals
Mindy Saunders was booked 03/16 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Travis Parrott was booked 03/16 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Michael Penton was booked 03/16 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jody Miley was booked 03/16 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 300-5000

Man Arrested For Exposing Himself to Teenage Girls

Yesterday, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office posted the story on social media of a man exposing himself to young females and they posted a description and picture of the suspect's truck. STPSO reports that almost immediately, the phones began ringing providing the identify of the man.
With the assistance of the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office, Derrick Lockhart  (40) of Ponchatoula was picked up at his home early this morning (March 17, 2017) and charged with two counts of obscenity. 
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office thanks everyone who called in with information about this crime.

Slidell Woman Faces Up To 4 Years for “Smurfing”

CRYSTAL LANGDON (35) of Slidell, pled guilty yesterday (March 16) to buying cold medications with the knowledge that they would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. She engaged in a activity known as “smurfing,” which involves various individuals going to the same or nearby stores and each making individual purchases of cold medication, which are then grouped together in order to make a batch of methamphetamine. 
“Smurfing” is designed to get around restrictions of the sale of over-the-counter cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine, a precursor chemical that can be processed to create methamphetamine. 
LANGDON admitted to participating in this “smurfing” activity from May through June of 2015 and to buying over the counter cold medication that she gave to another individual so that he could use it to produce methamphetamine at a house on Swan Street in Slidell.
LANGDON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of four years, a fine of up to $25,000, and 3 years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set sentencing for June 15, 2017.

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STPSO Arrests Man on Shoplifting and Ag Assault With Firearm

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives arrested Ian Lacour (28) of Covington, Tuesday (March 14, 2017) evening for shoplifting (2 counts) and aggravated assault with a firearm. 
Lacour was booked with one shoplifting incident that occurred March 14 at the Murphy gas station on Hwy 190 in Covington. He had also been sought and was booked with a shoplifting on March 12 at the Chevron on Hwy. 190 near Three Rivers Road. In that incident, Lacour was stopped by the cashier at which time he is reported to have produced what appeared to be a firearm and fled the premises.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for March 15, 2017

Alton Portrie was booked 03/15 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense), Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Contempt of Court
Arlandus Owens was booked 03/15 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Aaron Taylor was booked 03/15 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, and Contempt of Court
Kennith Pierce was booked 03/15 In From Court
Derrick Gibson was booked 03/15 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Shawn Jones was booked 03/15 Cruelty to Animals (5 counts)
Samantha Bates was booked 03/15 on the charge of Probation Violation
Randee Jerrell was booked 03/15 on the charge of Parole Violation

Obituary

Mary Jane Myers
May 02, 1950 - March 13, 2017


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Margie Cleaver
June 24, 1937 - March 11, 2017


March 15, 2017

Franklinton Board of Aldermen Recognizes BG Basketball Team

The Franklinton Board of Aldermen's meeting of Tuesday (March 14, 2017) began by recognizing the accomplishments of Coach Barry Seal and the Bowling Green girl’s basketball team. The team won the District South State Championship 3-A and was runner-up in state-wide 3-A. Mayor Richard Dillon made a presentation to the team on behalf of himself and the Board of Aldermen and also presented  each with a “Key to the City”.

Contentious Franklinton Board of Alderman Meeting

Although they have had their moments, Franklinton Board of Aldermen meetings characteristically are routine, with reports of progress and accomplishments, and without much disagreements.  Tuesday's (March 14, 2017) meeting began by recognizing the accomplishments of Coach Barry Seal and the Bowling Green girl’s basketball team.

But as the meeting continued, two issues consumed most of the time.  The first concerned a request for a donation by Mike Daniel and Stuart Varnado on behalf of the planned Alive Christian Music Festival (starting at 13:25 into the video). Two weeks ago, Daniel and Varnado first made the request and advised that the proposed festival would an annual event to be held at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds. This year's event is scheduled for April 22.  An often testy discussion followed about whether or not the Town should or could make such a donation.  The Board voted to ask for an Attorney General's Opinion on the matter and also voted to approve a donation should they receive a favorable decision from the Attorney General's Office.  Johnny Daniel also had comments regarding the matter (starting at 56:50 into the video).

Another issue was raised by a Franklinton businessman regarding the Farmers Market (starting at 41:21 into the video).  The issues concerned what types of businesses are allowed to sell at the Farmer's Market location, who has authority over and monitors activities at the Farmers Market, whether or not taxes are collected,  and what permits and licenses are required.
 

Franklinton Council 03142017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Cassidy Park Museums Cook-off and BBQ This Saturday

The 10th Annual Cassidy Park Museums Cook-off and BBQ will take place Saturday, March 18 from 2-5 pm. This event was cancelled last year by the March flooding and destruction that took place, but the park is mostly back and the weather should be wonderful for this event.
The event benefits the museums, which had to relocate temporarily to 750 Avenue F and is open 1-4 pm each Saturday and Sunday. It is unlikely the museums will return to the park, but they hope to find a new permanent location. This event will help in keeping the salvaged items on display and the doors open.
Bring your appetite!

TPSO Now Hiring Corrections Deputies

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is now seeking qualified full-time Corrections Deputies. TPSO offers a starting annual salary of $22,000 plus $6,000 State Supplemental pay of P.O.S.T. Certified and a  competitive Benefits Package that includes paid group health premiums, paid term life insurance premiums, ten paid annual leave days, and ten paid sick leave days.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a High School diploma or GED is required.
Contact the Recruiting Officer at 985-902-2063. You can download an application from http://www.tpso.org/

STPH Receives Patient Safety Award

St. Tammany Parish Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety by
the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that STPH is in the top 15 percent of 3,005 U.S. hospitals for patient safety.
“Patient safety is our highest priority at St. Tammany Parish Hospital,” said Patti Ellish, president and CEO of STPH. “We are pleased to be recognized by women for the quality care our physicians, nurses and staff provide each day at our hospital.”