May 31, 2017

STPSO Sheriff to Make Major Changes

Failure of voters to renew the St. Tammany Parish Jail sales tax and the subsequent revenue loss of over 10% is forcing Sheriff Randy Smith to make quick, drastic cuts to the 2018 budget. Although the shortfall mostly affects the jail, Sheriff Smith has to make cuts all across the agency in order to not cripple the jail operations.
  • The controversial transitional workforce program will shut down.
  • The workforce will be cut by 13%, for a total of 104 positions.
  • Capital and operating funds will be slashed by over 3.5 million dollars. This includes patrol cars, police equipment, technology, travel, education, and training. No STPSO employee will receive a cost of living or a merit raise for fiscal year 2018.
  • The St. Tammany Parish Jail’s inmate population will be reduced by 33%, from 1212 inmates to 876 inmates, all of which are Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates.

Obituary

Rhonda Hewitt
May 26, 1960 - May 24, 2017


UPDATE: Kentwood Man's Crime Spree and the Man-Hunt

(An Update on our May 30th Story)

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) responded to a residence on Hwy. 1054 near Kentwood on Monday (May 29, 2017) at 11:23 am. The complainant stated that Bryan Menard (26) of Kentwood had threatened family members with two loaded shotguns before leaving the scene. Family members advised that Menard burglarized a neighboring residence and stole a 30-06 rifle before coming to his grandparent’s home on Hwy. 1054. Menard surprised the family when he emerged from underneath the house where he crawled his way from the back to the front where everyone was gathered. Menard then held the family members at gunpoint and instructed one of them to enter the residence and retrieve his grandfather’s two shotguns and ammunition. Menard threatened to shoot someone if his demands were not met. Menard fled, now armed with two loaded shotguns, leaving the stolen rifle behind.
 
A short time later, Tangipahoa Parish 911 received communication from an unknown female on Hayden Road stating she was being held against her will inside of her vehicle. Details later revealed that the female was being held at gunpoint by Bryan Menard. Deputies immediately responded to Hayden Road where they located the female and Menard. Menard allowed the woman to exit the vehicle as he assumed a tactical position, armed with a shotgun aimed at deputies. Deputies gave numerous loud verbal commands for Menard to put down his weapon, which he refused to do and fired several shots at deputies. Fragments from the shotgun blast struck one deputy in the arm, another in the head, and one K-9 in the face resulting in minor injuries. Deputies returned fire at Menard as he fired several more times before fleeing in the wooded area.

Within fifteen minutes, several agencies arrived to assist. They included U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (provided air support), the Kentwood Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Independence Police Department, and Roseland Police Department. A tight perimeter was maintained and the Wilmer Volunteer Fire Department provided traffic control and assisted in making contact with residents in the area. With the support of these agencies, a short time later, Menard was located and taken into custody without further incident.

It was learned from the female kidnapping victim that Menard, armed with two shotguns, told the female to drive while he consumed methamphetamine. Menard threatened the hostage with death if she refused to comply. The female victim drove Menard around the Wilmer and Kentwood area. The female was able to text 911,  identify who was holding her captive and provided updated locations as she remained fearful not knowing if her texts to 911 were successful.  The victim reported that Menard warned her he would use her as a “human shield” if approached by law enforcement.

Menard was interviewed and stated he was wanted by probation and parole. Menard further stated he had been ingesting methamphetamine before and during his crime spree. Menard, a convicted felon, chose to arm himself with two shotguns fearing someone was going to harm him. He admitted to threatening to kill the female while she drove him around aimlessly without particular direction. Menard said when he saw deputies arriving, he knew that he didn’t want to go back to jail so he felt firing at deputies before fleeing into the woods was his only option. Menard said, after he fled into the woods, he prepared for war by reloading his firearm as he waited for deputies to approach.  Menard continued in his statement that he got tired of waiting, so he walked into an open field where he was ordered to surrender.   Upon his capture, Menard was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and one shotgun.

This investigation is ongoing. However, at this time, Menard is being charged with Aggravated Burglary, Armed Robbery, Second Degree Kidnapping, False Imprisonment, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of CDS II, 3cts of Attempted First Degree Murder on a Police Officer, 1ct of Injuring or Harming a Police Dog, Probation Violation, and Failure to Appear.

A Timely Message From Sheriff Randy Seal

As we begin the summer season, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal has a message to all of us and especially to graduating seniors. To graduates, Seal says, “Congratulations, good luck and stay safe. Remember to always keep your eyes focused on the One who created you in His image!” Good advise to all of us!
Click here to read the full text of Sheriff Seal's message

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 30, 2017

Christopher Wilkerson was booked 05/30 on the charge of Attachment
Jacob Freeman was booked 05/30 In From Court
Shannon Brock was booked 05/30 In From Court
Sonny Morgan was booked 05/30 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstruction of Justice and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Darrin Busby was booked 05/30 on the charge of Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Shandreika Owens was booked 05/30 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Resisting an Officer (3 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute
JY Sanders was booked 05/30 on the charge of Domestic Abuse battery
Otis Elzie was booked 05/30 on the charge of Failure to Appear

STPSO Investigating the Reported Killing of a Pit Bull

Statement by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the allegation published on social media involving the death of a pit bull, which allegedly occurred in the Slidell area on Sunday, May 28th. 
The allegations are that a man dragged a pit bull behind a pickup truck, ultimately killing the dog. The man then allegedly pulled over, unchained the dog, and left the scene. Witnesses took photographs of the suspect and published them to social media. The Humane Society of Louisiana sent out a press release about this incident yesterday, offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.
One major problem with how this entire incident unfolded is that no one consulted with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office prior to releasing information about this alleged incident. This has prevented, and made more difficult, the ability of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective’s to conduct a fair and unbiased investigation into this matter. We ask that everyone please press the figurative pause button for a moment and allow our investigators to gather witness statements, evidence, and anything else they need in order to come to a conclusion with how this incident should be handled.
The man involved HAS BEEN identified and is currently cooperating with detectives. As soon as the investigation is complete, we will update everyone with the outcome of the investigation. This matter is being taken very serious, and if a crime did indeed occur, the person responsible will be criminally charged.

WPSO Deputies Recognized as Outstanding Officers

Each year, various civic and fraternal organizations in Washington Parish recognize law enforcement officers for outstanding service to the community. Recently, two organizations honored two of them.
The Bogalusa Rotary Club honored Detective Demmie Rice at a ceremony during their weekly meeting. Detective Rice specializes in cases involving child, adult and animal abuse. She is recognized as the “go to” person for these particular crimes.
Magic City Post 24 of the American Legion recognized Patrol Deputy Tyler Lindsey recently at the American Legion Hall. Deputy Lindsey handles patrol duties primarily on the western side of the parish.
Sheriff Randy Seal attended each recognition ceremony. “These two fine officers exemplify the best of the best and I would put them up against any officers in the country. They serve with the highest degree of integrity to protect each of us as we go about our daily activities and I am so grateful for their devotion to duty and honor. I appreciate both the Bogalusa Rotary Club and the American Legion for honoring these fine officers.”
(Left to right in the left picture is Chief Deputy Mike Haley, Rotary President Rev. Bill Moon, Rice, Sheriff Randy Seal, and Lt. Tom Anderson. In the right picture are Sheriff Randy Seal and Lindsey)

Bogalusa Man Arrested for Drug Possession

(This report details arrests by WPSO. See our May 26, 2017 story “Burglary Solved in Bogalusa/Guns, Cash & More Seized” for details of actions taken by BPD)
On May 25, 2017, Washington Parish Drug Task Force Detectives were asked to assist the Bogalusa Police Department with a search warrant for stolen property. Officers with the two agencies arrived at a residence on N. Royal Street at approximately 3:00 pm to search the residence, outlying buildings and any vehicles at the location. BPD officers secured the front yard and detained five persons that were standing around the residence. Meanwhile, Drug Task Force officers entered the residence and secured it for the search.
Drug Task Force officers interviewed the five individuals that had been detained. Fernando Brister (27), one of the five, had keys to a vehicle parked outside the residence. A search warrant was obtained to search the vehicle and the search uncovered $30 in one dollar bills, a quantity of suspected synthetic marijuana, a plastic bag containing heroin, crack cocaine, Tramadol pills, Oxycodone pills, Hydrocodone pills, Xanax pills and Roxycontin pills. Drug Task Force detectives then conducted a thorough search of Brister’s person and discovered $3,161 in varying denominations of $100, $20, $10 and $1 dollar bills. 
Brister was booked on thirteen counts of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs.

Obituary

Dr. Eunice Hall Magee
January 27, 1922 - May 28, 2017


Obituary

Terry L. Verberne
August 26, 1951 - May 28, 2017


May 30, 2017

Crime Spree and Man-Hunt Near Kentwood Over

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Bryan Menard (26) is in custody after leading authorities on a short lived man-hunt in the Kentwood area Sunday (May 29, 2017). Menard is believed to have committed several crimes Sunday, including armed robbery and a possible car-jacking.  Menard also fired multiple shots at TPSO Sheriff's deputies while attempting to elude arrest.  
Around 3:30 pm on Sunday, deputies located Menard on Hayden Rd.  While armed with two loaded shotguns, he fired upon deputies just prior to fleeing on foot into a wooded area.   Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of US Customs air support, the Louisiana State Police, Kentwood Police Department, Independence Police Department and Wilmer Fire Department secured a perimeter in the wooded area where Menard was hiding.  Subsequently, Menard was located and taken into custody without incident at approximately 5:33 p.m. The chain of events surrounding  Menard's alleged crime spree are currently under investigation.    
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 29, 2017

Leigh Cutrer was booked 05/29 In From Court
Leonard Heltz was booked 05/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 1-10 Over Limit, and Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy

Bogalusa Rebirth Housing Fair is June 17th

Project Save Bogalusa, aka Bogalusa Rebirth, will be hosting the following home ownership event June 17, 2017. Recently, Project Save Bogalusa became certified as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) by the Louisiana Housing Corporation following the guidelines required by HUD. Home ownership is an American value, the cornerstone of our economy, and the key to building wealth.
But did you know that
  • According to Census data from 2010, the City of Bogalusa had a population of 12,232 and had 5798 housing units, and
  • Only 58% of those homes are owner occupied with 42% being rented, and
  • The City of Bogalusa had an astonishing 36.8% population of persons in poverty.

June is National Home Ownership Month and the housing fair will feature other organizations focused on housing topics such a first-time home ownership, obtaining a clear title on heir property, foreclosure prevention, programs for homeowners repair and improvements, and the availability of housing choice voucher programs.
The goal of the housing fair is to inform the public on the opportunities that are available to them and ways to make the community a great place to live.

Bogalusa Resident Killed Crossing Hwy on Mobility Scooter

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded late Sunday (May 28, 2017) evening to a crash on LA 60 near the intersection of LA 439 in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of Sherry S. Byrd (57) of Bogalusa.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Byrd was leaving a residence on the north side of LA 60 riding an electric mobility aid scooter. Byrd was hit by a vehicle driven by Amanda Brooke Lloyd (28) of Bogalusa. Byrd sustained severe injuries in the crash and was transported to Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, where she succumbed to her injuries. Lloyd was properly restrained at the time of the crash and was uninjured. 
Lloyd provided Troopers with a voluntary breath sample, which showed no amount of alcohol present. As part of the ongoing crash investigation, blood samples were collected from Byrd. The results are pending scientific analysis. The investigation is ongoing. The investigative report will be forwarded to the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office at the conclusion of the investigation.

Franklinton PD Finds 38.6 Grams of Marijuana & More

While investigating a domestic violence complaint Sunday, May 28, 2017, Corporal Clay Arceneaux and Patrolman William Seals encountered a vehicle operated by 27 year old Dustin O. Williams which was obstructing a public roadway. 
Upon approaching the driver and vehicle, officers observed a handgun on the floorboard near Williams’s feet. Williams was asked to exit the vehicle and officers smelled the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed 38.6 grams of packaged marijuana, additional packaging materials, digital scales along with the loaded semi-automatic handgun.
As a result, Dustin O. Williams was placed under arrest and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Obstruction of a Public Passage and Open Container.


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 28, 2017

Dustin Williams was booked 05/28 on the charges of Obstructing Public Passages, Open Container in Vehicle, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Olivia Becnel was booked 05/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless 

Soccer Camp in Bogalusa June 26-30

The City of Bogalusa will once again be hosting Challenger Sports British soccer camp at the Avenue B Sports Complex. This is an amazing camp experience for the children of our community. Whatever soccer skill level your child may have, this camp will offer an experience unlike any other camp.

STPSO Investigating Skydiving Accident

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a skydiving accident, which occurred shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Sunday (May 28, 2017) at the Royal Golf Course in Slidell.
The preliminary investigation indicates that a skydiver instructor and a trainee performed a tandem jump and, for unknown reasons, the instructor loss consciousness shortly after leaving the airplane. The main parachute did not open, resulting in the reserve parachute to open. It is unknown if the reserve parachute opened properly, but witnesses say that both skydivers hit the ground very hard. 
The male instructor was pronounced dead at the scene, and the trainee was airlifted to a hospital in the New Orleans area. The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified. The incident is still under investigation.

Pedestrian Killed Crossing I-10 in Slidell

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded late Sunday (May 28, 2017) evening to crash on I-10 East near Gause Blvd. That claimed the life of Gregory Lance Britt (28) of Covington.
Troopers determined that Britt was attempting to cross I-10 and was struck by a 2000 Toyota Solara driven by Briana Renae Butler (22) of Covington. Britt was killed on impact. Butler and her two passengers were properly restrained at the time of the crash and treated for minor injuries at Slidell Memorial Hospital. 
Louisiana Law prohibits any pedestrian from crossing an interstate highway, except in the case of an emergency.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 27, 2017

Geremie Middleton was booked 05/27 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Kristal Rome was booked 05/27 In From Court
Ritchie Martin was booked 05/27 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Tasha Rowell was booked 05/27 on the charges of Forgery and Failure to Appear
Justin Crain was booked 05/27 on the charge of Attempted Kidnapping
Jacoby Dyson was booked 05/27 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)

Obituary

Larry Gene Daniel
February 5, 1945 - May 26, 2017


Obituary

Jackie Orr McVea
December 31, 1939 - May 26, 2017


Obituary

Charles Larry Miley
August 19, 1943 - May 25, 2017


Dangerous Felon Caught in Walthall County

Late Friday (May 26, 2017) night and after receiving several tips from the US Marshals and A.T.F. about the location of Keidox Magee, who was wanted for Burglary, Kidnapping, Domestic Violence Aggravated Assault and was considered armed and dangerous, a team of about seven Walthall County Sheriff's Office deputies apprehended Magee at a house on Houston Andrews Road. 
While serving the warrant it was discovered that two other subjects at the residence had outstanding warrants through Walthall County. They are identified as Jasmine Garner, arrested on a Domestic Violence warrant, and Eddie Dillon, arrested on Probation Violation warrants.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 26, 2017

Cedric Adams was booked 05/26 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Johnson Hamilton was booked 05/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
Stephon Greely was booked 05/26 on the charge of Parole Violation
Reginald Payne was booked 05/26 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Lori Holland was booked 05/26 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Driving Without Headlights, Expired MVI, and Improper Turn/Accident
Marcus Morris was booked 05/26 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Jacob Ard was booked 05/26 on the charge of Resisting an Officer
Danny Chain was booked 05/26 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300 and and Issuing Worthless Checks on Closed Account
Rose Fornea was booked 05/26 In For Court
John Bono was booked 05/26 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Charles Jefferson was booked 05/26 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Open Container
Nicole Price was booked 05/26 on the charge of Telephone Harassment/Obscene

May 26, 2017

Burglary Solved in Bogalusa/Guns, Cash & More Seized

Major Percy Knight with the Bogalusa Police Department reports that a May 24th residential burglary has been solved. The burglary was in the 600 block of Richmond Street and two flat screen television sets, a Direct TV box, assorted jewelry, and a Nikon camera were taken.
Bogalusa Detective Patrick Lyons received information and subsequently obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 1200 block of N. Royal Street where stolen property, drugs and money were located. Another search warrant was obtained for the residence next door where Det. Lyons and WPSO Det. Damion Mitchell located three semi-automatic pistols which were stolen. One of the pistols was stolen from Bogalusa and another from St. Tammany Parish. 
In addition, Mitchell and Lyons located a AR-15 style rifle, 223 caliber with a high capacity with a 100 drum style magazine that was fully loaded, 4 push lawn mowers and 5 weed trimmers. Also an assortment of drugs and cash was seized.
Reginald Payne was charged with Simple Burglary and Possession of stolen property. Cedric Adams was charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Possession of Cocaine and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearms.
Major Percy Knight would like to thank all the officers and agencies involved in the recovery of the property. Det. Patrick Lyons, The Bogalusa Police Department's Patrol Shift of A/Capt. Troy Tervalon, the Detective Division, Drug Task Force of the Washington Parish Sheriff's Department and the K-9 unit from Rayburn Correctional Center.

WP Reservoir Commission's Existence Questioned

The Washington Parish Reservoir Commission met Wednesday (May 24, 2017) and heard a report from the Commission's attorney and heard from concerned citizens. 
Much of the meeting consisted of discussion of the Commission's appeal of the Army Corps of Engineer's decision that denied the Commission's previous permit application and hiring an engineering firm to conduct an Environmental Impact Study. In addition, discussions were had regarding the “footprint” or size of the project. 
Concerned citizens addressed the Commission regarding location of the reservoir, whether or not the Commission should hire an engineering firm without going through a bid process, and, in view of the Commission's inability to obtain property by eminent domain, whether the Commission's very existence remains relevant.

WP Reservoir Commission 05242017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Franklinton Police Chief Releases May Stats

Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith provided his department's stats at the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting on May 23, 2017. Information provided actually include the period of April 26 to May 22 of 2017. The report reflected a total of 677 Calls for Service, divided into the headings of Public Assistance, Traffic, and Criminal Patrol.
Responses for Public Assistance included general complaints (290), extra patrols (53), medical calls (28), alarms (32), and suspicious persons or vehicles (19).
Traffic activity included traffic stops (50), vehicle crashes (23), hit and runs (6), reckless operation (13), and citations (53). No DWI's were reported for the period.
Criminal Patrol responses included disturbances (24), fights (4), simple battery (3), criminal damage to property (2), burglaries (1), theft and shoplifting (7), narcotics (5). Officers made 52 total arrests.
Chief Smith also reported that, during the reporting period,

  • he spoke at Friendship Church
  • Officers Randall Penton, David Pettit, Rusty Jenkins, and Cody Magee cooked for the Franklinton High baseball and football teams for their end of the year banquets, and
  • Sgt. Brad Eckert attended Farm Day at Franklinton Elementary School and spoke to multiple classes about firearms safety.

FPD Chief Smith Report for May 2017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Mandeville Man Guilty of Molesting Three Girls 10 to 20 Years Ago

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Dwayne Callahan (55) of Mandeville, guilty Wednesday (May 24, 2017) of sexual battery of a victim under 13 and two counts of molestation of a juvenile for incidents that occurred 10 to 20 years ago. Callahan faces from 25 years in prison to life when he is sentenced by District Judge William J. Burris on July 21.
The sexual battery charge and one of the molestation charges stem from crimes that took place between 2001 and 2007. In one incident, Callahan entered a room where two girls were sleeping in bunk beds. He began touching one of the girls in a sexual manner, and when she said “no,” the other girl looked up and saw Callahan’s hand in the victim’s pants. The girls told family members, who contacted police. When the girl who witnessed the incident disclosed at the Children’s Advocacy Center what she had seen, she also revealed that Callahan had touched her the same way when she was 4 years old.
The other crime dates back to between 1997 and 1999, when Callahan was accused of molesting another girl in a similar way. The girl revealed the abuse during counseling.
Callahan also has a prior conviction for illegal discharge of a firearm. Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Authement and William Macke prosecuted the case.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 25, 2017

Fernando Brister was booked 05/25 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (10 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs
Raymond Hartfield was booked 05/25 on the charge of Attachment
Jermaine Love was booked 05/25 on the charge of Parole Violation
Corey Patterson was booked 05/25 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation/Accident, and No Seat Belt
Kenneth Wheat was booked 05/25 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jabbar Rayford was booked 05/25 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jonathon McClendon was booked 05/25 In From Court
Cassandra Thompson was booked 05/25 on the charge of Aggravated Battery

Man Wanted by Slidell PD for Cyberstalking


Obituary

Jacquelyn Ott Rice
August 19, 1937 - May 26, 2017


Franklinton Departments To Get New Phone System

In addition to taking care of routine matters, the Franklinton Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday (May 23, 2017) to approve Mayor Richard Dillon to sign a lease/purchase contract with NEC Financial for a new phone system for all of the Town's departments. The new system will make use of recently installed fiber optic cable rather than copper cable, will utilize the internet, and will be at substantial savings to the Town. Billing will reportedly be reduced from about $4800 monthly to about $400 monthly.
Additionally, the Board
  • Accepted the resignation of Angela McVea from the Planning and Zoning Commission and appointed Thomas Richardson to the Commission.
  • Heard an progress report on the sewer project from Jay Pittman with Spangler Engineering.
  • Heard Police Department, Fire Department, and Financial reports.



Franklinton Council 05232017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 24, 2017

Kiara Martin was booked 05/24 on the charges of Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics With Intent, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Tremain Chambers was booked 05/24 on the charges of Theft of Firearm and Aggravated Assault With a Firearm (3 counts)
Jonathon McCain was booked 05/24 In From Court
Tom Ricard was booked 05/24 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500 and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Obituary

Shelton Dyess
June 29, 1946 - May 25, 2017

Obituary

Eloise Pierce Jarrell
April 10, 1931 - May 23, 2017


Obituary

Joyce Bernice Jones
April 14, 1934 - May 23, 2017


Obituary

Matthew Joseph Duncan
March 29, 1960 - May 24, 2017


May 24, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 23, 2017

Megan Stein was booked 05/23 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Possession of Heroin, and Failure to Appear
Medhat Alhashimi was booked 05/23 on the charge of Parole Violation
Arthur Dorsey was booked 05/23 on the charge of Probation Violation
Dustin Stein was booked 05/23 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery (2 counts) and False Imprisonment Armed With Weapon

Franklinton Report of Child Desertion Leads to Drug Arrest

When they were dispatched on May 20, 2017 to a report of a child alone in a vehicle,
During the investigation Officers received permission to search Cassidy’s vehicle where they located drug paraphernalia to include syringes and narcotics. Cassidy reportedly admitted to using Methamphetamine.
Franklinton Police Department Officers found a young child alone in a vehicle with the motor running. A short time later, Officers were approached by Shawna Brooke Cassidy (25),  who related the vehicle was hers and she had gone into a business for only a minute. Witnesses in the area reported it had been approximately 20 minutes before Officers were called.
The child was turned over to a family member and the incident reported to the Department of Children and Family services for follow up.
Along with Child Desertion, Cassidy was also charged with Possession of Schedule II Drugs (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule III Drugs (Suboxone) and Theft by Shoplifting under $100.00.
Cassidy was taken to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on additional outstanding warrants.

Washington Parish is Now “Debt Free”

In addition to acting on routine matters during their May 22, 2017 meeting, the Washington Parish Council

  • Made an appointment to Fire Protection District Number Five Board of Directors
  • Made an appointment to Recreation District Number One Board of Directors
  • Was advised by Darryl Peterson that the Republican Executive Committee had adopted highways 16, 21, and 25 and would pick up trash on the third Saturday of each month and invited all to join them.  They picked up 14 bags of trash on a ½ mile section of Hwy. 21 on May 20, 2017.
  • The lobby on the top floor of the courthouse is being retiled and painted
  • Monuments are being cleaned at Poole's Bluff where there will be a Memorial Day ceremony beginning at noon.
  • Speed limits on parish roads was discussed.
  • Finance Director Donna Graham announced that Washington Parish Government is now “debt free”, having paid off the remainder of the revenue bond indebtedness on May 1, 2017. The announcement received a round of applause.
  • Received a report that 146 bags of trash had been picked up and other work was done by road crews.

WP Council 05222017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Bogalusa Man Gets 12½ Years for Cocaine Distribution

Craig Antwon Jefferson (30) of Bogalusa was sentenced Monday (May 22, 2017) by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James on one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (cocaine) to twelve and a half years in prison and eight years of supervised release. 
According to the March 1, 2017 guilty plea, law enforcement officers pulled over Jefferson’s vehicle April 14, 2016 on I-10 in Calcasieu Parish for a traffic violation. An officer searched the vehicle and found 6.5 pounds of cocaine and 6 grams of marijuana in a backpack. When officers attempted to arrest Jefferson, he fled on foot and was later apprehended.

WPSO and PRCSO Detectives Bust Chop Shop

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office in mid-May received a report of a pickup truck stolen from a location on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa and detectives traced it to a possible location in Pearl River County west of Poplarville.
On May 18, Washington Parish detectives and Pearl River County detectives were able to locate body parts from the truck at the suspected location which was owned by Billy Granger, Jr. (47). Parts had been installed on Granger's own truck and several other vehicles and pieces of equipment with either altered or obliterated serial numbers were discovered at the location.
Granger was arrested by the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Pearl River County Detention Center in Poplarville.
Granger was not charged with a crime in Washington Parish because there is not sufficient evidence that he was the person who stole the truck. Detectives are continuing to investigate, hoping to uncover evidence and identify any other persons who might have been involved in the theft.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 22, 2017

Kimberly Truitt was booked 05/22 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Shaon Meaux was booked 05/22 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Jessica Bourland was booked 05/22 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Kyleir Lee was booked 05/22 on the charges of Contempt of Court (7 counts)
Leigh Cutrer was booked 05/22 In From Court
Ricky Wilson was booked 05/22 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Larry Duncan was booked 05/22 on the charges of Principal to Simple Escape and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Michelle Lawshe was booked 05/22 on the charges of Protective Order Violation and Disturbing the Peace
Clifford Lawshe was booked 05/22 on the charges of Protective Order Violation and Disturbing the Peace

May 23, 2017

74 Year-Old Pleads Guilty to 500 Child Porn Counts

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Lanier D. Lively (74), of Slidell, pleaded
guilty last Tuesday (May 16) to 500 counts of child pornography involving juveniles under 13 years old. District Judge Raymond Childress scheduled Lively’s sentencing for July 3.
The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and the State Police were investigating Lively last year when police were notified that a computer that was tracked to Lively was downloading child pornography. When officers served the search warrant, Lively was in the process of downloading a series of child pornography videos. The videos included images of infant and toddler girls being raped by adult men. Lively admitted to collecting child pornography for years.
He faces 10 to 40 years in prison on each count.

Franklinton PD Arrests Covington PD Suspect

On May 21 the Franklinton Police Department received information from the Covington Police Department about possible child abduction, where an individual had produced a weapon. The information indicated the suspect maybe in route to an address in Franklinton. After a short search for the suspected vehicle Sgt. Brad Eckert assisted by Reserve PFC. Will Seals located and stopped the vehicle. The driver, Tremale Deonte Jenkins, and other occupants of the vehicle were detained for investigation. After receiving consent to search the vehicle by the owner, a 9mm handgun was located and a records check revealed the weapon had been reported stolen from Pike County Mississippi.
Jenkins, a convicted felon was arrested and charged possession of stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Covington Police Department was contacted and their Officers are currently investigating any other possible charges on the incident that occurred in Covington.

May 22, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 20-21, 2017

Gerrold Dillon was booked 05/20 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of schedule III Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Gerrod Dillon was booked 05/20 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Logan Thompson was booked 05/20 on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Flight and Improper Equipment
Shawna Cassidy was booked 05/20 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Child Desertion, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Contempt of Court
Gary Bridges was booked 05/20 on the charges of Terrorizing and Resisting an Officer
Nelson Johnson was booked 05/20 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault and Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)
Ashley Farmer/Gaudreau was booked 05/21 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Simple Battery (2 counts), and Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Tetrahydrocannabinols or Synthetic Cannabinoids)
Darren Kennedy was booked 05/21 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Theft 750-5000, and Probation and Parole Hold
Tremale Jenkins was booked 05/21 on the charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Darren Jenkins was booked 05/21 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Theft 750-5000, and Probation and Parole Hold
Dwayne Jenkins was booked 05/21 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Theft 750-5000

Little Lumberjacks Cheer Camp May 30-June 2


Obituary

Ronald Wayne McKenzie
February 29, 1952 - May 19, 2017


Tangi Sheriff Announces Personnel Changes

Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards announced today that Captain Stuart Murphy will be transferring from the Parish Jail where he served as Jail Administrator to TPSO headquarters and taking over supervision of the new criminal evidence facility as well as commanding the Water Patrol Division. Murphy has served in numerous capacities since joining TPSO in 1996 and will be replacing Captain Robert Bel, who is retiring in the coming months. 
The Sheriff is also pleased to announce that Hellary Greene, Jr. will be joining the Sheriff’s Office sometime later this year as the new Jail Administrator. Mr. Greene began his corrections career working for the Department of Corrections at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in 1984, and continued with DOC until his retirement in 2008. Sheriff Edwards thanked Mr. Greene for his willingness to leave a well-earned and comfortable retirement to return to jail administration. “I’ve looked for the right person for the last 2 years,” Sheriff Edwards commented, “and in Hellary Greene, I’ve found him.”

Louisiana Safe Boating Week is May 20-26

“Safe Boating Week” in Louisiana, which signifies the beginning of the spring and summer boating season, is May 20-26, 2017. It is a time for all boaters to inspect their vessels to ensure that all required safety equipment is on board and that vessels are in good working condition.
Each vessel should have enough personal flotation devices (PFD) on board for all occupants and a sober operator.  LDWF regulations also state that anyone 16 years of age and younger must wear a PFD while underway in vessels less than 26 foot long.  For more boating and PFD regulations, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating
.
Alcohol use is one of the leading causes of boating crash incidents and fatalities on the water, impairing a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. 
LDWF also wants to remind anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 that they are required to successfully complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower.  LDWF offers these classes free of charge statewide.
For a list of courses, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses
.  Since the safe boating course’s inception in 2003, over 100,000 boaters have been certified in Louisiana.
In 2016 Louisiana reported 24 boating fatalities.  So far in 2017 Louisiana has reported nine fatalities.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 18, 2017

Kenneth Wall was booked 05/18 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Daniel Nolan was booked 05/18 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Henry Mullen was booked 05/18 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (2 counts)
Daniel Crumedy was booked 05/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, No License Plate, and No Proof of Insurance
Chad Williams was booked 05/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Improper Turn, Driving Under Suspension, and Failure to Appear
Michael Anthony was booked 05/18 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Tiffany Knight was booked 05/18 on the charge of Parole Violation
Sheryl Johnston was booked 05/18 on the charges of Theft 5000-25000 and Exploitation of the Infirm
Garrett Hebert was booked 05/18 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Help for Flood Impacted Entities

Join TruFund for a series of informational sessions in your parish to learn more about how your business could receive $20,000 - $50,000 in loan assistance made available through the Restore Louisiana Small Business Program.
Make contact at www.TrueFund.org
, email RestoreLouisiana@TruFund.org, or call 225-922-4411.
Local informational sessions are scheduled May 23rd from 10am-12pm and 2:30pm to 4:30pm at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, May 25th at 11am to 1pm and 3:30pm to 5:30pm at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center in Hammond, and June 8th from 11am to 1pm and 4:30pm to 6pm at the Bogalusa Chamber in Bogalusa.

Milltown Classic 5K Coming UP

The 21st Milltown Classic 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa. The race begins at 8am and benefits service projects of the Bogalusa Rotary Club. All participants receive a T-shirt. Trophies awarded for each 10-year age group. 
For more information, call Brad Lewis at 985-735-9003.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on LA 36 in Covington

Thursday (May 18, 2017) morning, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle crash on LA 36 that claimed the life of Domario Rodricous Smith (32) of Covington.
Troopers determined that Smith was riding a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle westbound on LA 36 and Honora Kennedy Richard (52) of Covington was driving a 2006 Toyota Avalon eastbound on LA 36. Richard attempted a left turn but crossed into the path of Smith's motorcycle. 
Despite wearing a helmet, Smith sustained severe injuries in the crash. He was transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Richard was properly restrained and sustained minor injuries in the crash. 
The findings in the crash investigation will be forwarded to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office for consultation of charges.

Obituary

Peggy Lou Welch McDaniel
December 5, 1938 - May 17, 2017


Obituary

Shirley Strahan Thomas
October 23, 1947 - May 16, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 17, 2017

Chelsa Jones was booked 05/17 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Child Restraint Violation (1st Offense), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, Distribution Possession or Sale of Legend Drug Without Prescription or Order, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Anna Jones was booked 05/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, Possession of Marijuana, Obstruction of Justice, Introduction of Contraband Into Penal Institute, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jason Kennedy was booked 05/17 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), Domestic Abuse Battery, Simple Domestic Violence Assault, False Imprisonment, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Randal Turner was booked 05/17 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Lasean Williams was booked 05/17 In For Court
Leigh Cutrer was booked 05/17 In From Court

May 17, 2017

Man Shot Near Franklinton for Stealing Pistol

When Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a man shot on May 11, deputies found a gunshot victim lying on the side of Highway 25 south of Franklinton.
Investigation revealed that the victim was from Louisville, Mississippi and was visiting at the residence of Wilson Glenn Rowell (age 33 and pictured here), who resides on Highway 25 South. As the victim was attempting to leave and secure a ride back to Mississippi, Rowell discovered that the victim had stolen a 9 mm pistol from Rowell’s residence and was attempting to hide the pistol in his luggage.
Rowell confronted the victim and the victim pointed the pistol at Rowell, his wife and his mother. Rowell retreated to his house, retrieved his shotgun and confronted the victim. After a brief standoff, the victim threw the pistol to the ground and started running away. Rowell then fired three shots at the victim, striking him twice.
The victim was transported to an area hospital. When he is released he will be arrested and charged with theft of a firearm and three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.
Rowell was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and two outstanding warrants for contempt of court and failure to appear.
“Under Louisiana law, a person has the right of self-defense when life threatening situations occur,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “but Mr. Rowell made a serious error in judgment when he shot the victim after the threat had ended and the victim was fleeing. I appreciate the fine work of our officers in this matter.”

McComb Summer Gymnastics Set For June 19-23


Kickball Kicks Off in McComb


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 16, 2017

Derrick Gibson was booked 05/16 In From Court
Eric Thomas was booked 05/16 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

BELIEVE Summer Camp Coming to Bogalusa


Cop Camp in Slidell May 30-June 9, 2017

Is your child interested in participating in Cop Camp? Cop Camp is a summer camp program sponsored by the Slidell Police Department and conducted by the Slidell Police Department School Resource Officers. The camp is designed for students aged 15 to 19 who have an interest in a career in public safety. The camp can host up to 40 students and lunch is provided by generous donations from area businesses and organizations. 
The students learn about various aspects of being a law enforcement officer, and the challenges officers face during their careers. Exercises throughout the week promote leadership and teamwork, and they complete the same physical agility test as the police academy cadets. The students get to see demonstrations from the swat team, K9, dive team, crime scene and the motorcycle units.
There is a $10 application fee and applications must be received by Friday, May 19th. Click here to print and fill out the application and turn it into the school resource officer at your child’s school, or email it to pcoleman@slidellpd.com
. Remember spots are limited!

Slidell Father Kills His 7-Week-Old Son

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office responded Wednesday (May 10, 2017 in reference to an infant who wasn't breathing. Karter Smith (7 weeks old) was revived by emergency medical technicians and rushed to a local hospital. Doctors determined that Karter had suffered severe head injuries. Investigators questioned Karter’s father, Anthony Dearmas (25) who told detectives that he punched Karter off of a couch, knocking him to the ground, causing him to fall on his head. Dearmas claimed he became frustrated due to Karter constantly crying.
Detectives placed Dearmas under arrest that evening and charged him with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. As the week progressed, Karter was determined to be brain dead due to his injuries, and as a result, passed away on Saturday (May 13, 2017).
St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head, and the manner of death to be child abuse homicide. As a result, Dearmas was additionally charged Monday morning with first-degree murder.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, "How someone can do this to a defenseless infant is beyond me. Even more disturbing is the fact this was his own child. Mr. Dearmas is where he belongs, behind bars.”

Plants for Your Landscape

Plants with golden colored leaves can accentuate your summer landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to some plants with golden foliage that can work well with many color schemes.

Obituary

Nelleen Spears Seal
March 5, 1949 - May 15, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for May 15, 2017

Theron Bickham was booked 05/15 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Attachment
Joseph Busby was booked 05/15 on the charges of Attempted Burglary and Vehicle Burglary
Stacy Brumfield was booked 05/15 on the charge of Probation Violation
Zachariah Hancock was booked 05/15 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana
Jerry Creel was booked 05/15 In For Court
Augustis Craft was booked 05/15 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Brandon Williams was booked 05/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Franklinton Police Resolve “Suicide by Cop” Incident

Franklinton Police report that Saturday (May 13, 2017), Sergeant William Manning and Corporal James Pugh responded to a report of a suicidal female. A witness advised  that the woman had been drinking alcohol and wanted to commit suicide by cop.
The officers observed the female with a handgun but she went back into the residence while placing the weapon to her head and would not communicate with the officers. Major Justin Brown arrived and negotiated with the woman for approximately forty minutes and, while taking the woman items she had requested, was able to grab her arm and take her to the ground.
The woman was restrained and subsequently checked by medical personnel. An Order of Protective Custody was obtained from the Coroner’s Office and the woman was transported to Riverside Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation.

Slidell Police Pursues and Deals With Man Brandishing a Machete

When Slidell Police Officer Marcev attempted to stop Rene Jaunet III for not wearing a seat belt Friday, (May 12, 2017), Jaunet allegedly fled, swerving into oncoming traffic, forcing other vehicles off of the roadway, disregarding a red traffic light, and driving at a high rate of speed. He eventually lost control of his vehicle and slid between two poles and struck a parked vehicle.
Jaunet reportedly exited the vehicle with a large machete and began swinging it while stating, “just shoot me”. Officer Marcev drew his service weapon for protection. The driver then dropped to the ground and began attempting to stab himself in the stomach with the machete. Officer Marcev switched to his taser, ordered him to drop the machete, and, when Jaunet refused, deployed his taser. The taser's prongs missed and Jaunet ran away while still carrying the machete. Officers surrounded the area and located Jaunet in an alleyway. Jaunet dropped to the ground, put the machete to his throat and began attempting to cut himself with it. Officer Marcev, with assistance from State Police Trooper Theriot, was able to talk Jaunet into putting the weapon down. Jaunet reportedly cried out several times during this incident for officers to shoot him and kill him and stated he needed help due to circumstances going on in his life.
Mr. Jaunet was taken into custody and brought to Slidell Memorial Hospital to be evaluated. Although this incident involved a cry for help, warrants will be pending for Jaunet upon his release, due to his reckless actions.
Chief Fandal stated: “although this began as a minor traffic violation, the driver put himself and others in danger due to his actions. I feel that it is very commendable that officers switched to less than lethal weapons when able to and were able to talk the driver into not harming himself. The driver was taken to the hospital and will hopefully get the help that he needs to get his life in order”.

Obituary

Lucille Simmons Smith
July 24, 1930 - May 13, 2017