April 29, 2017

More About New Power Plant Near Bogalusa

See our story yesterday, April 28, 2017
Sources of this story include Commissioner Eric Skrmetta, LPSC , wdsu.com (Heath Allen, reporter), and the advocate.com

A new power plant slated for Bogalusa could generate millions in economic development, tax revenue and jobs. Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta announced Friday what he called "the first steps" toward making a new power plant near Bogalusa a reality.
The partially built Calpine power plant near Bogalusa that has been mothballed for nearly 15 years will be demolished and a 360-megawatt, natural gas-fired peaking plant owned by Entergy will be built on the site. 
Skrmetta said the transaction could mean as much as $40 million in tax revenue to Washington Parish over the lifetime of the unit. The potential overall economic impact for Washington and northern St. Tammany parishes, Skrmetta said, could be over a billion dollars.
Washington Parish President Richard Thomas and other parish officials have worked for years to have this dream become reality. “I am excited about this development for the people of Washington Parish,” said Thomas.
"We get excited when a new stop sign is put up. You have to look for it," Sen. Beth Mizell, (R) District 12, said. "So something this big will be meaningful to all the parish."
"It's going to be like hitting the lottery, a small Powerball for Washington Parish," Assessor Jimbo Stevenson said. "It's going to fund our schools. It's going to fund our sheriff's department. It's going to fund our clerk of court," Stevenson said.


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for April 28, 2017

Lyndrick Anders was booked 04/28 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500
Henry Morris was booked 04/28 on the charge of Parole Violation
Drew Breeland was booked 04/28 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Latoya Jackson was booked 04/28 on the charges of Battery of  School Teacher, Obstruction of Highway, Disturbing the Peace, Criminal Damage to Property, and Criminal Trespass

Obituary

Raymond Smith
January 30, 1964 - April 27, 2017


Obituary

Julie Jefferson Harry
February 04, 1921 - April 23, 2017


April 28, 2017

Harsh Words Heard at Franklinton Council Meeting

The Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday, April 25, 2017 was largely devoted to hearing and answering charges by businessman Doug Williams that he was not being treated fairly by the town in his effort to purchase a business property from the town. The exchange of words became heated at times.
Williams approached Mayor Richard Dillon in January, 2017 with a desire to purchase property in the Industrial Park, where he would construct a manufacturing facility. Williams advised he has the necessary bank financing arranged and owns the needed equipment. Williams expressed that he has been disappointed with the tenor of the initial meeting, what he considers unnecessary delays, and the town's request for personal financial statements.
Mayor Dillon said that, at the initial meeting, he advised Williams that the process of selling the town's property is a lengthy process and governed by state statute. Apparently factors slowing down the process are obtaining an appraisal of the property, the need to publish Public Notices to the public, the prudent process of vetting Williams, failure and delays of Williams to provide a business plan and other requested documents, and the cancellation of a scheduled April 24th meeting by Williams.
Weighing in on the controversy were Town Attorney Ellen Creel, the town's financial advisor Bruce Harrell, and WIDF Director Ryan Seal.
View video of the meeting below. Discussion of the Williams' issue begins at 2:24 into video of the meeting.

Franklinton Council 04252017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

New Power Plant Near Bogalusa Will Mean Millions

Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta has announced a major energy agreement and economic development between Energy, Calpine, and the Parish of Washington. The result is expected to be a more reliable energy source and the addition of millions of dollars in economic development to Washington Parish and surrounding parishes.
The abandoned, partially built Calpine power plant near Bogalusa will be demolished and a 360-megawatt, natural gas-fired peaking plant will be built on the site, with Entergy being the owner.
Washington Parish President Richard Thomas said, “I am excited about this development for the people of Washington Parish.
Details from a 11 am news conference today in Metairie will be provided when they are made available.

Franklinton Resident Killed in Amite Crash

Shortly after 1:00 PM on Thursday April 27, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a pedestrian fatality crash on LA 16 near LA 445 in Amite that claimed the life of Franklinton resident Raymond H. Smith (53).
Troopers determined that Smith was working with a lawn maintenance crew at a private residence on the shoulder of the roadway near the fog line. Smith was struck by a 2010 Ford Escape westbound on LA 16. The vehicle was driven by Hammond resident Marcela Irene Miller (26).  Smith sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.
The investigation is ongoing and any criminal charges will be forwarded to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office pending the completion of the investigation.

Reward Increases for Mt. Hermon Shooters

See two related articles dated April 11, 2017
The reward has been increased to $4,200 for information leading to the arrest of the shooters who terrorized the Mt. Hermon community on April 11, 2017.
Agencies which have contributed reward money are:
  • Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Mt. Hermon Baptist Church
  • Mt. Hermon United Pentecostal Church
  • Mt. Hermon Ruritan Club

WP Parish Man Jailed for Forcible Rape of 14-Year Old

After being notified about the sexual abuse of a minor female on March 16, 2017, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated and identified LaQuincy Donshae Stewart (20), a resident of Vernon School Road north of Franklinton, as the suspect in the forcible rape of the fourteen year old.
A warrant was obtained for Stewart’s arrest and Stewart, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on April 26, 2017. 
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “I can’t say enough about the good work of our patrol deputies and detectives. They work hard to solve crimes in our parish and put criminals in jail. While we go about our daily activities of work, school, shopping and whatever else we do, our officers are diligently working to protect us and to solve crimes. This includes the fine jail staff that have to manage the worst segment of our population twenty-four hours per day. Our Sheriff’s Office staff is top-notch.”

Franklinton Career Criminal in Jail for Tenth Time

Antonio Dillon (33), a resident of Old Columbia Road north of Franklinton, is back in the
Washington Parish Jail for the tenth time after being arrested by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives for the early April burglary of a residence on Old Lake Road in the Richardson area north of Franklinton. The residents there returned home April 5, 2017 to discover that a burglar had stolen numerous household goods, including a safe which contained cash and numerous personal items such as birth certificates, social security cards, vehicle titles, insurance papers and tax documents.
Fingerprints collected by detectives matched those of Dillon and he was arrested April 27, 2017 and charged with burglary, criminal damage to property, theft of firearms and being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are possible.
“This career criminal has been plaguing Washington Parish far too long,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “Now is the time for him to be vigorously prosecuted and sent to prison for a very long sentence. Every law-abiding citizen in our parish will be safer with Dillon behind bars. I congratulate our fine detectives for vigorously pursuing this matter and making the arrest.”

Houston Man Gets 35 Years for Rape of Abita Springs Girl

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Larry W. Robinson, Jr. (46), of Houston, pleaded
guilty Monday (April 24, 2017) to the forcible rape of a 5-year-old girl three years ago. As part of the plea agreement, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison without the benefit of parole and required to register as a sex offender for the rest his life, if he is ever released.
Robinson raped the girl in an Abita Springs home while she was left in his care. The crime came to light when the child described to a teacher one day at school what Robinson did to her on multiple occasions. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and ADA Blair Alford prosecuted the case with the assistance of ADA Blake Peters.
The parents of the victim supported the terms of the plea agreement.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for April 27, 2017

Colin Edwards was booked 04/27 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Ravon Brumfield was booked 04/27 on the charge of Criminal Damage
Antonio Dillon was booked 04/27 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Criminal Damage, Theft of Firearm, and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Matthew Hall was booked 04/27 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jene Martin was booked 04/27 on the charges of Forgery and Theft 750-5000

Kentwood Resident Arrested by AG For Fraud

Chantay Carter (44) of Kentwood was one of three persons that Attorney General Jeff Landry
Also arrested were Louis Boyd (30) of Woodville, Ms. on one count of Simple Battery of Persons with Infirmities for allegedly striking a disabled patient multiple times and Torin Mishey (24) of Alexandria on  one count of Simple Battery of Persons with Infirmities for placing a client in emergency protective restraints, without following protocol, which resulted in the victim being scratched and bruised.
“My office, using the resources we have, is working tirelessly to combat Medicaid fraud and arrest those who commit it,” said Attorney General Jeff Landry. “It is frustrating to me and my staff that people defraud programs created to help our State’s most vulnerable; and I will continue to fight against this type of criminal activity.”
announced today have been arrested on Medicaid fraud charges. Carter is charged on six counts of Medicaid Fraud for allegedly overlapping her billing for payment. Carter was employed by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) and submitted timesheets for her work as a provider at the same time she was working at the TPSO Jail. Carter was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

April 27, 2017

FCC's Administrative Professional's Event a Success

The Franklinton Chamber of Commerce hosted a celebration of Administrative Professionals' Day Wednesday, April 26th at the Hillcrest Baptist Church and it was a success. Those in attendance were treated to a good meal, door prizes, and a fashion show.
A big "Thank You" shout-out to the Chamber.

Adm Prof Day April 26 2017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Obituary

Stephen Stone Brister
April 5, 1949 - April 26, 2017 


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Michael Brock was booked 04/26 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Attachment (2 counts), and Contempt of Court
Smith Warren was booked 04/26 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Autumn Bonnet was booked 04/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
Joseph Freeman was booked 04/26 In For Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Failure to Pay Fine
Laquincy Stewart was booked 04/26 on the charge of Second Degree Rape
Carey Gendron was booked 04/26 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 (2 counts) and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Shemeckia Taylor was booked 04/26 In For Court
Jonwesley Vernon was booked 04/26 In From Court

April 26, 2017

WP Sheriff Seeks Assistance in Solving Burglaries

Burglars have been active in Washington Parish during April, burglarizing residences on Old Lake Road, Silver Ridge Road, Harry Kennedy Road, Highway 436, Dogwood Drive and other locations throughout the parish. Sheriff’s Office detectives are working to solve these crimes and anyone who has information about these or other crimes is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 985-839-3434, or email information through the “contact us” link on the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office website, www.wpso.la.gov. All information reported to the Sheriff’s Office will remain confidential.
In addition to reporting crime information, all citizens are encouraged to photograph and record serial numbers on all electronic equipment, firearms, power tools and any other valuables. Another excellent crime prevention tool is the installation of security cameras at businesses and residences.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “The partnership between the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and law-abiding citizens in the parish has been effective in solving many crimes. I am so pleased that our residents constantly assist us in providing information which leads to arrests. It is important also that you help us in solving this latest rash of burglaries. I thank you so much as we continue to work together to identify thieves and put them in jail. Every thief deserves to be in jail. No thief deserves to be in your community.”

Residents Address the WP Council With Issues & Questions

The Washington Parish Council Monday (April 24, 2017) evening introduced two ordinances enabling two Louisiana Community Development Block Grant applications to progress. They also approved two resolutions approving Fire Protection Districts #2 and #8 to hold elections for renewals of taxes  on October 14, 2017.
In addition, the Council
  • heard the quarterly report from the LSU Ag Center. (beginning 3:00 into video of the meeting)
  • heard from two residents regarding permitting, road maintenance and safety issues in Green Valley subdivision. The subdivision is a private subdivision with their own covenant rules. (beginning 13:00 into video of the meeting)
  • heard from resident Peggy Harris as to how she can obtain financial records of the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, commented on issues at a trailer park near Riverside Medical Center, and reported on the good job done by DOTD after a tornado struck her home. (beginning 26:00 into video of the meeting)
  • heard from Washington Parish Librarian Al Barron with an update on efforts to secure a location for a branch in the Angie community. He also gave a reminder of a community event featuring folk singer Bobby Horton. (beginning 31:30 into video of the meeting)

The Council also heard reports from Washington Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff. (beginning 31:50 into video of the meeting)
The meeting concluded with comments from Council members.

WP Council 04242017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for April 25, 2017

Joseph Peoples was booked 04/25 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Terri D'Gerolamo was booked 04/25 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500
Charles Murry was booked 04/25 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Heroin
Shawn Marlow was booked 04/25 on the charge of Terrorizing

Bogalusa Smoke-Free Event is Saturday Night


Another Mandeville Officer Terminated for Cause

Press Release from Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker
On February 20, 2017 Officer Johnny Sanders (who was then employed by MPD but off duty) was issued a criminal summons by the St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for misdemeanor theft of goods. The charge was pursuant to a shoplifting complaint at The Home Depot in Covington. Sanders’ was accused of stealing 2 batteries totaling $168.00. Sanders police commission was immediately revoked by the Mandeville Police Department and he was placed on administrative leave.
After we conducted our own internal affairs investigation, I personally terminated Sanders’ from the police department on March 17, 2017. Last night (April 23rd) the Mandeville Municipal Police Employees’ Civil Service Board heard Sanders’ termination appeal. The board ultimately upheld Sander’s termination. (Sanders criminal case has yet to be adjudicated at the 22nd JDC.)
“This now former officer’s action has discredited himself and has brought this department under disrepute. Those who break the very laws that they are sworn to enforce will not be tolerated and I will root them out unapologetically. This department and this city deserves better.” 

Obituary

Jerry Robert Gorum, Sr.
December 24, 1948 - April 26, 2017


Obituary

Melissa Kay Rodgers
July 22, 1968 - April 25, 2017 


Obituary

Willie Elliott Newsom, Jr.
March 02, 1966 - April 25, 2017


Obituary

Pearlean Washington
August 24, 1942 - April 17, 2017


Angie Man Faces 30 Years For Selling 4 Pills

A Washington Parish jury found Henry James McMillan (66) of Angie guilty Thursday (April 20, 2017) of distribution of oxycodone during an undercover operation two years ago. He faces up to 30 years when sentenced on May 8 by Pro Temp Judge Donald Fendlason.
McMillan was arrested after selling four Oxycontin pills at his home to a confidential informant for the Washington Parish Drug Task Force, which videotaped the transaction on July 29, 2015.
The informant also gave $10 to McMillan’s co-defendant, William Kennedy, for arranging the meeting. Kennedy previously had pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of oxycodone on October 10, 2016, and received a suspended sentence of 10 years in prison and five years of probation with drug treatment. He testified against McMillan at trial.

Pike County Seeing a Spike in Burglaries

From the Pike County Mississippi Sheriff's Office
The Pike County Sheriff's Office has received numerous Burglary calls in the last week. Residences have been burglarized on Cole Thomas Rd., Brooks Rd., J.J. Carter Rd., Franks Rd., Statham Simmons Rd., Moak Rd. and Hwy 48 Ext.
If anyone has information on these crimes or any other crimes please call the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 601-783-6767 or Crime Stoppers 601-684-0033.
The Investigations Division would like to remind the public to photograph and record serial numbers for all electronics, firearms, power tools, etc. A cheap, but effective home surveillance option is to install Wildlife Trail Cameras around the perimeter of residences and buildings. Cameras should be placed high enough to avoid detection by criminals and at an angle to avoid white light backwash at night. 

Walthall County Officers Struggle With Suspect and Victim

Last Night (April 24, 2017) a Walthall County Deputy, while trying to arrest a suspect for a domestic violence assault, was forcefully attacked and bitten. The deputy called for assistance and Tylertown Police Officer J. Hill and WCSO Deputy J. Dyer responded. 
The suspect was handcuffed but, due to his fiancé trying to assist the suspect, he was able to get his hands in front of himself and began fighting with officers again. Another deputy was kicked in the face by the suspect while trying to restrain him. 
Both the suspect and his fiancé were arrested. The suspect has been charged with two counts of felony assault on a law enforcement officer and Mississippi Department of Corrections has placed a hold on him. 
"The initial responding deputy did an excellent job in handling the situation until back up arrived. And a special thanks to Officer Hill and Deputy Dyar for their quick response. This is one of many reasons why we are working everyday to get more funds to put extra deputies on the road. Extra deputies not only helps keep the citizens of Walthall County safe but officers as well. No one should have to answer a call like this by themselves and it shows how quickly a normal everyday call can turn into what could possibly be a fight for an officers life. Thankfully the deputies weren't seriously injured." Sheriff K. Breland

Reminder: Folk Singer Bobby Horton in Franklinton Tomorrow


Obituary

Willie Fae Hodges
January 6, 1943 - April 25, 2017 


Obituary

Rebecca "Becky" Peters Day
August 07, 1959 - April 24, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for April 24, 2017

Tammy Drott was booked 04/24 In From Court
Eric Causey was booked 04/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Possession of Marijuana
Jonathon Barrington was booked 04/24 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment
William Phelps was booked 04/24 on the charge of Letting a Disorderly Place
Jennifer Daughdrill was booked 04/24 on the charge of Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Lena McElveen was booked 04/24 on the charges of Letting a Disorderly Place, Possession of Marijuana, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Contempt of Court, Failure to Pay Fine (2 counts) and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Norman Thomas was booked 04/24 on the charges of Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Matthew Ventura was booked 04/24 In For Court
Dane Morgan was booked 04/24 on the charges of Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Rumeal Morris was booked 04/24 on the charge of Sexual Battery
Wayne Jenkins was booked 04/24 In From Court
David Easley was booked 04/24 on the charges of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles (5 counts)
Leigh Cutrer was booked 04/24 In From Court
Dudley Sullivan was booked 04/24 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, Terrorizing, Public Intimidation, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

April 25, 2017

Bogalusa Fugitive Murder Suspect Apprehended

Brandon Lotts (30), of Bogalusa has been apprehended in Yuba County, California on a warrant for First Degree Murder.
On Tuesday, September 29, 2015 the Bogalusa Police Department investigated a homicide near E. 5th St and Sullivan Dr. in Bogalusa. Brandon Lotts was identified as the shooter that claimed the life of Trevante Toney (21) of Lumberton, MS.  
Lotts will be extradited back to Washington Parish to face trial for the charge.

Letter to the Editor - Re: Racism Displayed at Council Meetings)

Bogalusa resident Lorraine Bourn expressed her thoughts about displays of racism at Bogalusa Council meetings in a Letter to the Editor dated April 22, 2017.

"For a year or so I faithfully attended City Council meetings in the hope that participating would help our city move in a positive direction. I stopped attending due to the racial strife presented at just about every meeting. The racism I witnessed was not from the Mayor or City Council members. It was from the few speakers that repeatedly accused the City of making decisions based on color. They could not accepted that the City did not have the money to blacktop a street in front of a black church which badly needed repair. It was not accepted that other streets that received a great deal of traffic were given priority. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with many black men and women of our parish on various civic endeavors and have never experienced the racial venom displayed at City Council meetings. It amazes me that a speaker who accuses the City of racism states a black should hold the position of Public Works Director. Why not a person of whatever color who can do a good job? I do not believe they speak for the majority of our black community. Peace, my brothers and sisters, peace. Let’s work together in peace!"

Narcotics Overdose Leads to 4 Arrests in Bogalusa

Reported by Bogalusa Police Department
On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at approximately 12:32 PM a female was dropped off and abandoned at the entrance of Our Lady of Angles Hospital in Bogalusa.  She was unconscious and not breathing.  Medical staff immediately recognized her condition as a narcotics overdose. After being treated by the medical staff, the female regained consciousness and told officers with the Bogalusa Police Department that she had consumed heroin at a residence in Bogalusa.
Officers went to the residence to conduct an investigation and it resulting in the following arrests.
  • Dane Bee Morgan (33) of Bush on the charges of  Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone, Possession of Heroin and possession drug paraphernalia.
  • Norman Thomas (52) of Bogalusa on the charges of Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone and possession of schedule II narcotics.
  • Lena Whitney (33) of Bogalusa on the charges of Letting a disorderly place (1st offense), possession of marijuana,  and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone.
  • William Edward Phelps (50) of Bogalusa on the charge of Letting a disorderly place.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for April 21-23, 2017

Terrell Dyson was booked 04/23 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Failure to Pay Fine, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts)
Thomas Bennett was booked 04/23 on the charge of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Jairo Arboleda was booked 04/23 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Amber Newman was booked 04/22 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Ricky Holloway was booked 04/22 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit and Driving While Intoxicated
Lanika Warren was booked 04/22 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Over 100, Criminal Trespass, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Resisting an Officer, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear
Martika Lucas was booked 04/22 on the charges of Forgery, Theft 750-5000, and Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Jerry Galloway was booked 04/22 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Thaddeus Baham was booked 04/21 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule II drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession of Marijuana
Crystal Oliver was booked 04/21 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
William McCrory was booked 04/21 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Brennon Smith was booked 04/21 on the charge of Attachment

Obituary

Joyce M. Taylor
September 27, 1929 - April 21, 2017

Obituary

Robbie Gerald
February 19, 1983 - April 21, 2017


Obituary

Christopher Bernard Harris
September 18, 1967 - April 8, 2017


Mandeville Police Officer Dies in Off-duty Incident

Mandeville Police Detective, Lieutenant Minton “Vaughn” Whitehead died Sunday (April 23, 2017) just before noon after he fell approximately 20 feet from an extension ladder while he trimming trees at a residence off of Tantela Ranch Road near Folsom. Whitehead was airlifted to North Oaks Hospital in Hammond where he was pronounced dead.
The 64-year old Whitehead had been with the Mandeville Police Department for nearly 28 years, starting in 1989. He worked various assignments in patrol, investigations and fleet management. For the last several years he supervised the department’s investigations division.
MPD Chief of Police Gerald Sticker said, “Vaughn was more than an employee, he was family. We are a relatively small, close-knit department. Vaughn was respected and well-liked by all the men and women of this department and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vaughn’s family during this tragic time.” 

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash Near Abita Springs

Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to and investigated a two vehicle crash Friday (April 21, 2017) that claimed the life of 28-year-old Covington resident Dwight Donnell Johnson.
Troopers determined that Johnson was riding a 2015 Kawasaki motorcycle at a high rate of speed on LA 435 and passed several other vehicles prior to the crash. A 2000 Ford F-350 driven by Earl Gregory (60) of Abita Springs, entered LA 435 from a private drive. The truck was towing a tandem axle gooseneck trailer loaded with pine logs. Johnson’s motorcycle crashed into the rear axle of the trailer and Johnson was ejected from the motorcycle. Gregory was not injured.

TPSO Arrests 7 on Drugs, Currency, and Firearms Charges

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports today (April 21, 2017 that a total of seven people have been arrested on drug charges following two separate narcotics related search warrants executed by TPSO's Narcotics Agents and Street Crimes Unit. Both search warrants were served at residences on Blanch Lane in Hammond.
Arrested were Nadia McKinney (27) of Hammond, Brandon Perrin (31) of Ponchatoula, Montrey Collins (39) of Hammond, Clarence Hoyt (30) of Hammond, Mary Oneal (25) of Hammond., Jeffery Pierre (41) of Hammond, and Kerry Landry (41) of Hammond. 
Perrin, McKinney, and Oneal were on active probation and Landry was on parole. 
Numerous items of suspected contraband were seized, specifically methamphetamine, several digital weighing scales, drug paraphernalia, prescription narcotics, counterfeit currency and firearms.

3 From Slidell Busted in Nicholson, Ms. On Drug Charges

Source: http://www.picayuneitem.com
Picayune Mississippi Narcotics detectives conducted an undercover operation April 13, 2017 at a gas station in Picayune that resulted in three arrests and seizure of a 2005 Cadillac.
Arrested were Sandra Gonzales (40), Kesha Lemoine (40), and Mario Baughman (42), all of Slidell. Undercover officers reportedly purchased 10 Suboxone pills.  A search subsequent to the arrests resulted in the discovery of a clear bag containing 34 pills of Suboxone, a cut straw commonly used to ingest narcotics and another clear bag containing a single Suboxone pill in Lemoine’s purse.
Gonzales was arrested for the sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Baughman was arrested for conspiracy to sell a controlled substance. Lemoine was arrested for sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Obituary

Betty Jane Smith
March 22, 1933 - April 20, 2017


Stolen Vehicle Investigation Results in 5 Arrests by TPSO

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards states that five are now  in custody and deputies confiscated drugs, stolen property and weapons after patrol deputies followed up on a lead related to a stolen vehicle. 
Arrested yesterday (April 20, 2017) on Baptist Road in Hammond on multiple charges were James Roundtree (24) of Hammond, Shawn Landry (24) of Hammond, Bailey Johnson (23) of Tickfaw, Randon Williams (20) of Hammond, and Garrett Reid (26) of Hammond.  

Randon Williams reportedly fled on foot but was quickly detained. As deputies continued their investigation they located multiple knives throughout the residence and in Randon William’s possession - along with suspected illegal narcotics.
A search also located needles and syringes with suspected methamphetamine, a small rolled cigarette butt believed to be marijuana, numerous small clear plastic bags containing suspected methamphetamine, glass smoking pipes, 2 firearms in a small ceiling cubby hole located in the laundry are, and the stolen vehicle.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for April 20, 2017

Donald Duncan was booked 04/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, and Failure to Appear
Laura Stelly was booked 04/20 on the charge of Introduction of Contraband Into Penal Institute
Wendell Dyson was booked 04/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy, and Open Container in Vehicle
Leigh Cutrer was booked 04/20 In From Court
David Easley was booked 04/20 on the charges of Indecent behavior With Juveniles (5 counts)
Benjamin Newcomb was booked 04/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, and Open Container in Vehicle
Derlon Crain was booked 04/20 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Henry McMillan was booked 04/20 In From Court
Jasmine Magee was booked 04/20 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Simple Assault, and Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language

April 20, 2017

Franklinton Woman Arrested in Folsom Homicide

St. Tammany Parish deputies responded last Friday (April 14, 2017) to a 911 call of a man shot in the Folsom community. The victim, identified as Cody Crouch (27), was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Margaret Stockstill (32) of Franklinton was arrested late Wednesday (April 19, 2017) afternoon and charged with Manslaughter.
A STPSO report reveals that an argument began Friday evening between Couch, Stockstill, and Couch's fiancé. The argument became physical and Stockstill armed herself with a .22 caliber revolver and shot Couch once in the lower abdomen. Stockstill admitted to shooting Couch but claimed self-defense. The investigation and evidence concluded that shooting Couch was not justified.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, "If you are going to take the life of another human being, it needs to be justified. That was not the case in this particular instance. It is very unfortunate that this happened, and it all could have easily been prevented. Tempers flared and someone lost their life because of it."

Be On Lookout for Prisoner Who Escaped Near Summit

The Mississippi Department of Correction is looking for inmate Antonio Henderson (23) who escaped today (April 20, 2017) during a work detail in Summit. He was last seen at 12:45 p.m. and is traveling in a white 2005 GMC truck with the words "Town of Summit Water Dept." written on a door. The license plate is G57924.
Henderson is serving two years for grand larceny in Leflore County. 
If you have seen Henderson or know of his whereabouts, please contact MDOC at (662) 745-6611.

Prominent Hammond Attorney Sentenced to 2.5 Years

Source: Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
Michael Thiel (66), a prominent criminal defense lawyer, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison Wednesday (April 19, 2017) for evading about $1 million in federal taxes over a 10-year period. Thiel resides in Baton Rouge and has a law practice in Hammond. Thiel must also pay $998,352 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. 
From 2003 through 2013, Thiel did not timely file income or employment tax returns and did not make timely payments of the taxes he owed. Though he had the ability to make the payments, he concealed his income and assets using trusts and nominees, acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart Goldberg said.
"As a result of today's sentence, criminal defense attorney Michael Thiel's decade-long effort to evade paying his income and employment taxes is over, and he will begin serving time in prison," Goldberg said. "Each April, the vast majority of Americans follow the tax law and pay their fair share. They have the right to expect that taxpayers who spurn these obligations will be held fully to account -- no matter their profession, wealth or position in the community."

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Help Slidell Police ID These Suspects

The suspects pictured here are wanted for questioning regarding a theft that took place March 4, 2017 at Kohl's in Slidell. They fled in a Ford Mustang.
If you can help Detective Seymour identify the suspects, please contact him at 985-646-4363.

Two Illegal Drug Retailers Behind Bars on Federal Charges

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that as the result of a joint investigation between the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Roger David Hammond Jr. (43) of Hammond  and Charlotte White (50) of Holden are behind bars on federal drug charges.
An investigation revealed that Hammond was traveling to the Baton Rouge area obtaining methamphetamine that he would later sell in Tangipahoa Parish. With assistance from Hammond Police Department, surveillance began that revealed Hammond driving to the Baton Rouge area, obtaining methamphetamine, and returning to Tangipahoa Parish. Hammond then met White on I-12 at the “weigh-station area” east of Pumpkin Center.  Still under surveillance, Hammond and White openly proceeded in an illegal drug transaction.
Search warrants were obtained and executed, resulting in the arrests of Hammond and White by the DEA. Hammond was also charged by the TPSO with multiple traffic violations and on an outstanding Domestic Violence warrant. 

LDWF Agents Arrest 2 For Meth Possession

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested Roseland residents Willie I. Rhodus Jr. (42) and Shelia R. Hutchins (46),  for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while  possession of illegal narcotics, and violating wildlife management area (WMA) regulations.
Agents were on patrol when they found the subjects in a vehicle riding in a restricted area on the Sandy Hollow WMA. Agents' investigation resulted in the charges and bookings into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.
Rhodus Jr. was also cited for driving a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and with a cancelled license plate.  Hutchins also has six outstanding arrest warrants for writing bad checks.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Toby Miller and Senior Agent Lee Davis.

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November 21, 1923 - April 19, 2017


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March 23, 1936 - April 16, 2017 


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December 15, 1968 - April 11, 2017 


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for April 19, 2017

Lee Banjavaich was booked 04/19 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Haylee Parker was booked 04/19 In From Court
Orrin Thomas was booked 04/19 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Sherry Penton was booked 04/19 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Natasha Jackson was booked 04/19 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Open Container in Vehicle, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, and Resisting an Officer
Brandon Short was booked 04/19 on the charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Tampering With Sign Identifying a Firearm Free Zone, and Obstruction of Justice
Steven Seals was booked 04/19 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Nikko Pittman was booked 04/19 on the charges of Aggravated Assault (2 counts)


April 19, 2017

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Roger Hunt, Sr.
March 5, 1954 - April 18, 2017


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Lovell Johnson
June 22, 1959 - April 11, 2017


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Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for April 18, 2017

Ngoc Pham was booked 04/18 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Randy Miller was booked 04/18 on the charges of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile and Attempted First Degree Murder
Kenneth Wheat was booked 04/18 on the Charge of Theft 750 or Less
Kristopher White was booked 04/18 In For Court and on the charges of Vehicle Burglary (6 counts) and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Lafayette Brown was booked 04/18 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500
Bernadette Smith was booked 04/18 In From Court

STPH Scores Third Patient Safety Award in 2017

St. Tammany Parish Hospital earned national recognition for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, Healthgrades and Women’s Choice so far this year, in addition to recognition for quality and patient experience.
“Safety first and foremost is central to our core standards at St. Tammany Parish Hospital,” said Patti Ellish, president/CEO. “We are proud to be recognized nationally for safety because it affirms our commitment to create the highest quality, safest experience for our patients.”
STPH was one of 823 hospitals to receive an A for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients from The Leapfrog Group. Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recognized STPH for excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stay. The Women’s Choice Award® signified that STPH is in the top 15 percent of 3,005 U.S. hospitals for patient safety. Women’s Choice has also awarded recognition to STPH for America’s 100 Best Hospitals, Obstetrics, Heart Care, Cancer Care, Orthopedics and Patient Experience.

Ponchatoula Burglar Caught After Foot Chase

Early Monday morning (April 17, 2017), Ponchatoula Police Lieutenant Jeremy Ballard heard a burglar alarm coming from the business of Greenwave Carwash. Checking it out, Lt. Ballard saw a man later identified as (Ronnie Lumbley, age 52) walking from the rear of the business which had a broken window. When Lt. Ballard attempted to detain Lumbley, he fled on a bicycle. A chase began lasting several blocks and involving additional assisting officers. When caught, Lumbley chose to fight but was taken into custody and charged with Simple Burglary and Resisting an Officer (2 counts). 
Lumbley was currently on Parole for a previous burglary charge. 
"I'm proud of the fast response and teamwork displayed by my Officers," said Chief Layrisson. "By using investigative skill and good judgment, another criminal is behind bars. We are here to send a message that crime will not be tolerated in Ponchatoula."

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Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for April 17, 2017

Aaron Magee was booked 04/17 In From Court
Jana Denning was booked 04/17 on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Amanda Freeman was booked 04/17 on the charge of Probation Violation
Adam Lott was booked 04/17 on the charges of Careless Operation, Expired Drivers License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Heroin
Hugh Jones was booked 04/17 In From Court
Lawrence Walls was booked 04/17 In From Court
Dantin Sartin was booked 04/17 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)

April 17, 2017

Career Criminal Gets Life for Cruelty to a Juvenile

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Larry Bickham (60) of Slidell was sentenced Monday (April 17) to life in prison. Bickham, who had more than 10 prior felony convictions and four misdemeanor convictions, was on probation in 2014, when he exposed his 17-month-old daughter to cocaine, which landed her in a hospital emergency room.
Bickham was found guilty last November of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and simple cruelty to a juvenile for allowing the victim to be present during the manufacturing, distribution, or purchasing of cocaine. District Judge William J. Burris sentenced Bickham under the state’s habitual offender law, which increases penalties, to life in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence on the second-degree cruelty charge and 30 years on the simple cruelty charge. The sentences are to be served at the same time.
The toddler was rushed to the emergency room at Oschsner Hospital in Slidell on May 1, 2014 and tested positive for cocaine. Witnesses testified during the trial that Bickham used his home to cook and sell crack cocaine, while the child lived with him.

Help Slidell Police ID These Two Persons

The female is wanted for questioning regarding the theft and unauthorized use of a credit card on March 21, 2017 at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Pontchartrain Drive. Reference item 1703-1613
The male is wanted for questioning regarding the theft of a wallet at Slidell Memorial Hospital on March 28, 2017. Reference item 1703-2133.
If you can help identify these suspects, call Detective Seymour at 985-646-4363.

STPSO Investigating Domestic-Related Homicide in Folsom

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a domestic-related homicide, which occurred late Friday (April 14, 2017) night. In Folsom. Deputies responded a report of a male who had been shot while fighting with his fiance. The victim is identified as Cody Couch (27) of Folsom. 
All involved parties have been identified and are cooperating with authorities. No charges have been filed at this time, but the investigation is still on going. More details are expected to follow.

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October 1, 1920 - April 16, 2017 


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December 13, 1952 - April 15, 2017


Tip Leads to Seizure of Stolen Beer in Hammond

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit received information on Wednesday (April 12, 2017) of an individual enroute to Quicks Red & White store in Hammond selling cases of stolen beer. When detectives approached the business, they saw two male subjects near the rear of a parked vehicle. Detectives observed one of the subjects removing cases of beer from the vehicle and sell them to the other subject who was later identified as the store manager.
The driver of the parked vehicle was identified as Roger Granger (54) of Ponchatoula. His passengers in the vehicle were identified as Denise Granger (58) and Sheilia Sanderford (47). The store manager, Emad Zayed (52) of Kenner admitted to purchasing several cases of beer from Roger Granger. 
The Street Crimes Unit contacted the State of Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control whose agents conducted an inspection of the business and discovered 34 cases of beer not accounted for with proof of purchase. They seized 77 packs of beer and the Street Crimes Unit seized 10 more cases of beer from the trunk of Roger Granger’s vehicle. The three also admitted the 32 cases of beer seized from a search warrant on Herman Johnson Lane last week were in fact stolen by them and traded for narcotics.
Roger Granger, Denise Granger and Sheilia Sanderford were charged with felony theft and Emad Zayed was charged with felony possession of stolen property.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards would like to thank Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa and the public for their continued support in assisting law enforcement in solving crimes.  Together we remain united in keeping Tangipahoa safe!

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for April 15-16, 2017

Mark Manheim was booked 04/15 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear
John McGowan was booked 04/16 In For Court
Smith Warren was booked 04/16 In For Court
Leigh Cutrer was booked 04/16 In For Court

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July 2, 1930 - April 15, 2017


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Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for April 14, 2017

Dodecanese Alexander was booked 04/14 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Darrell Jarrell was booked 04/14 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Caprice Nicholes was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, No Seat Belt, No Drivers License, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Dena Talley was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Driving Under Suspension, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Jeremy Meyn was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug Without Prescription or Order, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, and Theft of Goods
Kenneth Newman was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Marijuana, Driving Under Suspension, Expired MVI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Jamarcus Robinson was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs (2 counts), Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Violation of and Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Skylaar Moore was booked 04/14 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Simple Escape
Duffley James was booked 04/14 on the charges of Obscenity and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
James Miley was booked 04/14 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

April 14, 2017

WPSO Sheriff Seal's Message on Mt. Hermon Shootings

As soon as the Sheriff’s Office received the early morning call about gunfire in the Mt. Hermon community, our patrol deputies responded immediately. Detectives and drug task force agents were called out and responded as quickly as they could get there from throughout the parish. In addition, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents were on the scene and assisted in the search.

Our fine officers saturated the area, interviewing victims and searching for any clues which might lead them to the shooters. DNA was collected from spent shell casings and has been submitted to the crime lab for analysis. As leads come in, each is thoroughly investigated. Our officers have worked diligently and tirelessly since the initial reports came in, and they will continue to work throughout the weekend, into next week and as long as necessary until this senseless crime is solved. You may be assured that the full resources of the Sheriff’s Office have been dedicated to this matter.

Unlike the thirty or sixty minute crime investigations seen on television, an actual investigation is very detailed and time consuming. Any investigation must be done in a thorough and precise manner so that charges brought against any individual(s) will withstand the scrutiny of the courts. The goal of any investigation is to develop evidence and make arrests that will result in convictions.

The gunfire did not target any particular person(s) or ethnic group or economic status and does not, at this time, qualify as a federal crime. From all accounts, it was a random act committed by reckless individuals who have no regard for the safety of anyone.

You may be assured that your Sheriff’s Office is “pulling out all stops” to solve this crime on behalf of the fine citizens of the Mt. Hermon community. Meanwhile, if anyone has any information which may lead to the identification of the shooter(s), please call (985) 839-3434, which is our main dispatch number, or call Lt. Tom Anderson direct at (985) 661-2024. Any bit of information, no matter how small, will be investigated and may be the key to solving this crime.

As an added incentive for help from the public, I am offering a $2,500 reward for information which leads to the identification and arrest of the person(s) who committed this crime. The tipster will remain anonymous.