June 29, 2017

Slidell Traffic Stop Leads to Heroin and a Gun

A New Orleans man was arrested early Wednesday morning for transporting heroin into Slidell, while also illegally carrying a firearm. Early Wednesday (June 28, 2017) morning, Slidell Police officers stopped a vehicle on Old Spanish Trail for not having a license plate. Officers discovered that Alonzo Clavo (22) of New Orleans was transporting heroin, with the intent to distribute it to someone in the Slidell area. Clavo was also illegally carrying a Glock 9mm pistol. "When you mix firearms with illegal drugs, it is a recipe for violent crime," says Chief Randy Fandal.
Clavo was arrested and booked with possession with the intent to distribute heroin, illegal carrying of a weapon, no license plate, driving under suspension, and no proof of insurance.

Thursday Afternoon Train Crash in Slidell

Around 2:00 p.m. Thursday (June 29, 2017) afternoon, Slidell Police responded to a crash involving a vehicle and a Kansas City Southern train.
The incident started when a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Thomas Dunaway (59) of  Slidell was involved in a minor accident. The accident caused the vehicle to spin off of Gause Boulevard and onto the railroad tracks. Around the same time, a southbound train was quickly approaching the intersection. Dunaway was able to safely get out of the vehicle before the train crashed into the rear of the Crown Victoria. No one was injured during the incident.
The accident had the busy intersection of Gause Boulevard and Front Street shut down for about an hour.

Tangi Man's Reason for Fatal Hit & Run: “Just to Scare Them”

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports Bennie Jones (54) has earned a spot at the Parish Jail by  being arrested yesterday (June 28, 2017) for a hit and run that occurred at the KOA Campground on June 18, 2017.  He is charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of attempted second degree murder. 
Deputies, responding to the hit and run, found first responders already on the scene attempting to render aid to the two pedestrians who had been struck by a vehicle while walking on the shoulder of the road.
Jones stated he is responsible for the death of Ponchatoula resident Walter Collier (31) and for injuring a 30-year old female when he struck them with his grey Toyota Camry. Jones’ motive was personal in nature and alleged his intention was just to scare them.

Bogalusa Police Find Unresponsive Man With Drugs

On Thursday, June 27 at approximately 5:23 AM the Bogalusa Police Department received a call, reference to an unresponsive person, asleep in his vehicle while parked in a parking lot on Superior Ave. EMS was called to administer aid to the subject later identified as Steven L. Crenshaw (44) of Bogalusa. Crenshaw slowly became responsive and he seemed intoxicated but there was no odor of alcohol.  Crenshaw exited his vehicle and voluntary started emptying his pockets. Crenshaw removed from his pocket 3 pills identified as Gabapentin 660 mg. Several more pills of Gabapentin were located in a pill bottle inside the driver's door pocket. Also located in Crensha's pants pocket was suspected crystal meth. 
Crenshaw was treated by EMS personal and after it was determined that he didn't need any further medical assistance, he was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Legend Drug (Gabapentin), and Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone.

Traffic Stop Leads to Bogalusa Woman's Arrest

On Tuesday (June 27, 2017) Bogalusa Police Officers observed a vehicle on Ave F and the driver was not wearing a seat belt.  The vehicle was occupied by the driver and 2 passengers.  Officers observed in plain view, drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. After searching the purse of Twanna Meiners, officers located 2 meth pipes, a straw with meth residue inside of it, 1 pill identified as Alprazolam, a pill identified as Acetaminophen with codeine phosphate and a small portion of Suboxone.
Meiners was arrested and charged with Possession of drug Paraphernalia. Possession of Meth, Possession of Legend Drugs, Possession of Schedule 3 drugs (Suboxone), and Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 28, 2017

Emily Boone was booked 06/28 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Simple Battery, and Second Degree Battery
Markus Conerly was booked 06/28 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation) and Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment
Judy Gros was booked 06/28 In From Court
Hunter Jones was booked 06/28 In From Court
Christian Herring was booked 06/28 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Union Grantham was booked 06/28 on the charge of Probation Violation

STPSO and NAMI Introduce Crisis Intervention Team

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s new Crisis Intervention Team were introduced to local behavioral health professionals and hospital and emergency medical personnel today (June 28, 2017) at a forum hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness - St. Tammany at Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building.
The CIT is made up of four patrol deputies who completed 40 hours of crisis intervention training, facilitated by the nationally recognized San Antonio Police Department Crisis Intervention Team. 
The goal of the team is to address the growing number of attempted suicides, behavioral health, PTSD, and substance abuse related calls. The team also works to address the homeless issues in the parish and to train other departmental personnel. 
CIT deputies work hand-in-hand with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the St. Tammany Parish Government, the 22nd Judicial District Court System, the Coroner’s office, the School Board, and other entities, both public and private.

Obituary

Elaine Carter Schilling
October 19, 1925 - June 27, 2017


Obituary

Billy Earl Brumfield
October 06, 1966 - June 18, 2017


Franklinton Police Chief Releases June Stats

Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith provided his department's stats at the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting on June 27, 2017. Information provided is actually inclusive of May 22 to June 27 of 2017. The report reflected a total of 881 Calls for Service, divided into the headings of Public Assistance, Traffic, and Criminal Patrol.
Responses for Public Assistance included general complaints (374), extra patrols (67), medical calls (34), alarms (49), and suspicious persons or vehicles (37).
Traffic activity included traffic stops (61), vehicle crashes (25), hit and runs (3), reckless operation (15), DWI (2), and citations (69).
Criminal Patrol responses included disturbances (35), fights (2), simple battery (4), criminal damage to property (1), burglaries (2), theft and shoplifting (14), narcotics (2). Officers made 37 total arrests.
Chief Smith also reported that, during the reporting period,
  • he has made a special effort to visit with young children,
  • the Investigation Division has and is working a fraudulent check cashing ring,
  • Sgt. Eckert was recognized as the Franklinton Rotary Club police Officer of the year,
  • Officers have assisted Bogalusa Police Department with DWI checkpoints, and
  • Officer John Herring is in school to become a POST certified School Resource Officer

Chief Smith reminded everyone to be safe for the 4th of July celebrations.

FPD Chief Smith on July 27 2017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Riverside Medical Center Achievement Announced

HIMSS Analytics has announced that Riverside Medical Center achieved Stage 6 (on a 7 stage scale) on the EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM), something that only 32% of U.S. hospitals they track have achieved. 
The model evaluates the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals. Among other implications, hospitals that have achieved Stage 6, such as Riverside Medical Center, have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment. These benchmarks allows RMC to improve patient care and the patient’s ability to access their medical record. 
“This is an outstanding accomplishment for Riverside Medical Center and the communities we serve. Since September 2016, when I became administrator here, I have had the pleasure of watching our team members at Riverside Medical Center work endless hours to ensure the best healthcare possible is offered to our rural community. I am proud to be a part of this organization, and I thank each member of our team on their hard work in making this prestigious recognition possible,” stated Peter Sullivan, CEO.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 27, 2017

Dale Dyson was booked 06/27 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)
Dewayne Stein was booked 06/27 on the charges of Attachment (3 counts)
Scottie Route was booked 06/27 In For Court
Ryan White was booked 06/27 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Michael Talley was booked 06/27 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Steven Crenshaw was booked 06/27 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Drug Free Zone - Violation of Uniform CDS
Carey Gendron was booked 06/27 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Nathaniel Remington was booked 06/27 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of Access Card
Adreane Kuhn was booked 06/27 on the charges of Theft of 750 or Less (2 counts)
Ricky Lester was booked 06/27 on the charges of Protective Order Violation and Intimidating of a Witness
Victoria Lester was booked 06/27 on the charges of Protective Order Violation and Intimidating of a Witness
Demile Kagler was booked 06/27 on the charges of carnal Knowledge of Juvenile and Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor

STPSO's Highway Enforcement Unit is Productive

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s new Highway Enforcement Unit have had a productive June so far. Some noteworthy incidents include:
  • June 9: A traffic stop on a rental car resulted in the arrest of Derek James (24) of Tacoma, Washington as a fugitive from Washington State for escaping custody on a robbery charge.
  • June 12: A traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Skippy Myers (36) of Lafayette as a fugitive out of St. Landry Parish and on two active warrants through St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Appear on original charges of Possession Schedule II, Possession Schedule III, DWI and Driving Under Suspension.
  • June 19: A traffic stop resulted in the seizure of 24 one-pint bottles of prescription-type Promethazine Hydrochloride syrup and 50 pounds of marijuana. Kevin Dewayne Denson of San Antonio, Texas, was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II; Possession of a Legend Drug Without a Prescription and Improper Lane Use.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, “In a short time, our Highway Enforcement Unit has been very successful in making several proactive arrests and reducing the availability of dangerous drugs being dispersed in St. Tammany Parish."

Body of Missing 9 Year-Old Believed to be Found

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards and Parish President Robby Miller report that after almost 48 hours of searching, the body of who is believed to be that of 9-year-old Gabrielle McCoy was recovered this morning around 7:00 approximately two miles south of the Highway 40 bridge near Serenity Sands Camp Ground, where she was last reported to have been seen. Gabrielle disappeared Sunday afternoon after she was swept away by rushing waters on the Tangipahoa River. 
Nearly 100 responders from over 15 agencies came together to work selflessly and relentlessly and cohesively around the clock. Sheriff Edwards asked that everyone keep Gabrielle’s family and friends in your prayers. He also wishes to respectfully thank and acknowledge the following for a job well done. 
Tangipahoa Parish Government, GOHSEP, the Loranger, Amite, Independence, Ponchatoula, Manchac, Hammond Fire Departments, Louisiana Search and Rescue (LASAR), St. Tammany Parish, Livingston Parish, St. John Parish, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Offices, Dive and Rescue Educators, East Side Fire Department and Dive Team, Gonzales Fire Department and Dive Team, Wildlife and Fisheries, TPG- Fire Administration, the United States Coast Guard, Red Cross , the Hammond PD, Independence PD, TPOHSEM(Tangipahoa Parish Office Homeland Security Emergency Management) and last but never least the men and women from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. We would also like to acknowledge all Vendors that donated food and ice and the Property Owner and Acadian Ambulance Services. 
The body recovered this morning has been transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Corner’s office for positive identification. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 26, 2017

Amanda Buras was booked 06/26 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jonathan Stogner was booked 06/26 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jonathan Temples was booked 06/26 on the charge of Theft of Goods

June 26, 2017

“Car-Hopping” Burglar Strikes in Franklinton

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Kelvin D. Jackson (20), a resident of Howard Street in Franklinton, on June 14, 2017 for burglarizing an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of a sporting event. The owner of the vehicle had returned to his vehicle when he realized he had not locked it but a cell phone and cashier's check was missing. Witnesses stated they had seen an unknown person standing near the burglarized vehicle.
A break in the case came when a person attempted to cash the check. Officers interviewed that person and learned that Jackson had provided the stolen check. Jackson was then located and arrested.
“This was an obvious case of car-hopping,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “That is a term used when a criminal will enter a parking lot and go from vehicle to vehicle until they locate one which is left unlocked. I caution all parish residents to lock their vehicles at all times when it is outside of their presence, even in the driveway at home. An unlocked vehicle is an open invitation to a criminal to open the door and steal anything of value that might be inside.”

TPSO Seeking Two for Attempted Murder/Robbery

Three suspects have been identified by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office in the illegal narcotics transaction, robbery and attempted murder of a Tickfaw man on June 17, 2017. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and is reported in stable condition after being treated at North Oaks Medical Facility. 
A TPSO press release identified the suspects as Douglas Cosey,  Malik Warren (19) of Franklinton, and Benjamin White (22) of Hammond. After being taken into custody on June 22nd, Cosey identified Warren and White as also being involved in the robbery and shooting and that White was the shooter. 
Arrest warrants have been obtained for White and Warren, who are wanted for Attempted Armed Robbery and Attempted Second Degree Murder.


Missing 9 Year-Old in Tangipahoa - Day 2

The search for nine year-old Gabrielle McCoy of Roseland resumed at 5:30 this (June 26, 2017) morning, according to Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards. Gabrielle disappeared while swimming Sunday on the Tangipahoa River near Serenity Sands Beach on Highway 40 in Independence.
Members of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO), Independence Fire, Amite Fire, Loranger Fire, St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Search and Rescue (LASAR), Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Hammond and Ponchatoula Fire Departments searched for almost nine-hours yesterday. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 24-25, 2017

Tyrail Tate was booked 06/24 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Theft of Firearm
Derrick Townsend was booked 06/24 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Amanda Buras was booked 06/25 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Lasean Williams was booked 06/25 In For Court
John Riley was booked 06/25 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Drug Free Zone - Violation of Uniform CDS
Shaquille Berry was booked 06/25 on the charges of Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows, No Proof of Insurance, No Proof/Must Carry Registration, and Drug Free Zone - Violation of Uniform CDS

Obituary

Charles Keith Cooper Sr.
October 25, 1960 - June 23, 2017 


Obituary

Barbara Sheridan Stogner
June 25, 1929 - June 23, 2017


Obituary

Lucille Dufrene Matherne
February 5, 1932 - June 23, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 23, 2017

Jalen James was booked 06/23 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Driving While Intoxicated, and Failure to Change/Secure Registration
Kamaneisha Brown was booked 06/23 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), No License Plate, and Possession of Marijuana
Stacy Xedos was booked 06/23 In For Court

June 24, 2017

Slidell Woman Gets 36 Months for “Smurfing”

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that CRYSTAL LANGDON (35) of Slidell was sentenced June 22, 2017 after previously pled guilty to buying cold medications with the knowledge that they would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.
According to court documents, LANGDON was engaged in “smurfing,” which involves various individuals going to the same or nearby stores and each making individual purchases of restricted cold medication, which are then grouped together in order to make a batch of methamphetamine.
LANGDON admitted to the “smurfing” activity from May through June of 2015. The medication was given to another individual to produce methamphetamine at a house on Swan Street in Slidell.

Covington Man Indicted for Possessing and Making Silencers

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ROBERT LYONS (32) of Covington was charged with federal firearms violations in a recently unsealed two-count Indictment.
According to the Indictment, LYONS possessed firearm silencers and knowingly made firearm silencers.
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, LYONS faces, as to each count, a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of $10,000, three years supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment.

Hammond Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Detectives from the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit with assistance from the FBI New Orleans Division Child Exploitation Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, Hammond Police Department, and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office have arrested Nicholas Paul Duvic (23) of Hammond on 300 counts of Possession of Child Pornography, 300 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography, 1 count of Production of Child Pornography under 13 years old, and 24 counts of Video Voyeurism. He is currently being held on a bond of over $70 million.
The undercover operation that began in April resulted in a search warrant executed June 22, 2017 at a residence in Hammond and Duvic's arrest. During the search, investigators located numerous videos created by Duvic which had been filmed in various public and private locations he had access to in the Hammond area.
Investigators are now moving forward is to identify and notify potential victims. Due to the sensitivity of the investigation no further information will be released at this time. However, if you know Duvic and have any possible information pertaining to additional illicit acts carried out by him, please contact the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit at 225-925-3720.

NAAG Elects La. AG Landry as President-Elect

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry was elected this week to serve as the President-Elect of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).
NAAG provides training, research, and analysis to Attorneys General and their staff on how to better serve their respective states. NAAG also assists in relation building and communication between states, which has proven to be helpful when it comes to filing briefs and getting information out to the public.
"I am grateful for the assistance NAAG has provided to me and my staff," added General Landry. "I look forward to helping them carry out their mission and continuing to work with other Attorneys General across our country in an effort to strengthen states' rights, support economic liberty, and make our communities safer."
Attorney General Landry is expected to take over as President of NAAG in 2018.

STPSO Seeks Person of Interest in Fatal Stabbing

St. Tammany Parish detectives are searching for a person of interest in last night’s (June 22, 2017) fatal stabbing of Javier Ortiz Flores (20), at a trailer park in the Abita Springs area. The person of interest is a Honduran national, known as “Veto”. He is in his mid to late fifty’s, approximately 5’6” tall, medium build, has a dark complexion, shoulder length salt/pepper hair, and a moustache. He is believed to be in the Covington/Abita Springs area. “Veto” does not have a vehicle, and will more than likely be walking and/or on a bicycle.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of “Veto” is asked to call 911 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 22, 2017

Latasha Cook was booked 06/22 In From Court
Tiffany Brabham was booked 06/22 on the charges of Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line), No Drivers License, and Possession of Heroin
Jarius Caston was booked 06/22 on the charges of Cultivation or Production of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Firearm or Concealed Weapon by Person Convicted of Domestic Abuse Battery, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA (2 counts)
Brandon Wise was booked 06/22 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Failure to Use Turn Signal, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Under Suspension, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Richard Lee was booked 06/22 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, Contempt of Court, Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kitwana Neal was booked 06/22 In For Court

No Class Action in Bogalusa “Debtor Prison” Case

Source: Richard Rainey NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle told attorneys Wednesday (June 21, 2017 that he would not grant class action status to those plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the Bogalusa city court complaining that city Judge Robert Black had wrongfully jailed defendants who were too poor to pay their fines and court costs. The plaintiffs had sought to represent any future defendants who could face similar penalties for not paying their fines on time.
The judge could revisit the argument that the case should be treated as a class action, said Sam Brooke, deputy legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The SPLC filed the suit a year ago, accusing Black of running a "modern-day debtors' prison." But it's not an isolated case in Louisiana. New Orleans is grappling with a similar lawsuit.
Lemelle on Wednesday also instructed both sides in the Bogalusa case to continue working toward a settlement. Some headway has already been made. Black earlier this month agreed to refund the $50 fees collected from defendants who had missed their payment deadlines and asked for more time.
A trial date is scheduled for October 16.

Bogalusa Traffic Stop Results in Numerous Charges

Bogalusa Police Department Public Information Officer Percy Knight reports that, on Wednesday (June 21, 2017), BPD patrol officers observed a vehicle driving in the center of the roadway. They stopped the vehicle on Superior Avenue, and the driver, Brandon Wise, was unable to produce any form of identification or proof of insurance. 
Officers observed in plain view a digital scale, which is commonly associated with the sale and purchase of illegal narcotics.  Wise was placed under arrest and, when officers conducted a pat down search of Wise's clothing, a small amount of marijuana and three pieces of suspected crack cocaine were located.  Wise also had two active attachments on him from the city of Bogalusa and an outstanding felony warrant from the Hammond Police
Department.
Wise was arrested on the following charges: Improper lane usage/Driving left of center, Turn signal required. 2nd Offense possession of Marijuana, Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Driving while license is suspended, and Fugitive from another agency (Hammond PD).

Bogalusa's Christmas in July Raffle: Win $5000

Information from Christmas in the Park Secretary Kay Kay Varnado
The Christmas in July Raffle is underway, $5000 to be awarded. Will you be the lucky winner? This raffle is very important in the operation of the Christmas in the Park event. It is our only fundraiser and it helps us to cover the cost of light installation, new displays, & needed repairs throughout the holiday season. Without your support in this raffle, this event would not be possible. Only 150 tickets will be sold for $100 each.
Please contact us today to get your ticket. I can be reached at 985-732-6200 ext. 313 or text me 985-516-9050.


Were You Affected by the 2016 Floods?

Information from Louisiana State Representative Malinda White
Records show that District 75 had 1,163 households with a FEMA verified loss resulting from the 2016 floods, yet only 85 have completed the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program survey as of June 5, 2017. This means that 93% have yet to take the first step in receiving this much-needed assistance. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The survey is the first step flood-impacted homeowners must take in order to participate in the program.
The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program is dedicated to helping homeowners affected by the March and/or August 2016 floods repair and restore their damaged homes, or get reimbursed for work already completed. In order to qualify for the program, you must complete a quick survey. You can take the survey and learn more at http://restore.la.gov/
 or by phone at (866) 735-2001 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 21, 2017

Jonathan Kieff was booked 06/21 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Paul Simison was booked 06/21 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Expired License Plate, Open Container in Vehicle, and Driving While Intoxicated
Alexis Sanders was booked 06/21 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Dillon Babin was booked 06/21 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I drugs and Possession of Schedule I - Tetrahydrocannabinols or Synthetic Cannabinoids
Gregory Hart was booked 06/21 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery - Strangulation


Obituary

Mark Vincent Powell
July 24, 1957 - June 20, 2017


Obituary

Bruce Edward Jenkins
December 22, 1957 - June 17, 2017


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Zachary Resident Killed in Crash on LA 10

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a three vehicle fatal crash on LA 10 yesterday (June 21, 2017) morning in St. Helena Parish that claimed the life of Brittney Mornesha Robinson (27) of Zachary.
Troopers determined that Robinson crashed into the rear of a vehicle driven by Brian Terrell Calahan (31)  of Greensburg, who had slowed to turn. After the initial crash, Robinson’s vehicle was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by Adronicus L. Matthews (48) of Denham Springs. Despite being properly restrained, Robinson sustained severe injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on-scene.
Callahan and Matthews were also properly restrained. Callahan was transported to Greensburg Medical by Acadian Ambulance. Matthews was uninjured. 

Obituary

Roberta Taylor
November 16, 1942 - June 17, 2017


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Deloris K Stokes
April 14, 1942 - June 18, 2017


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Robert Dillon, Jr.
April 07, 1959 - June 15, 2017


Franklinton Man Gets 15 Years for Armed Robbery

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Lavarion Savon Jefferson (18) of Franklinton, was sentenced June 12, 2017 to 15 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence for armed robbery with a firearm. A Washington Parish jury had convicted Jefferson May 11, 2017 after a two-day trial.
The crime occurred last year, when Jefferson and another man entered a Franklinton home on June 21 at 12:30 a.m. and walked into the bathroom, where a woman had been bathing her two-year-old son. Pointing a gun at the victim, Jefferson said, “Look at your son, not at me.”
Dressed in black pants and a dark hoodie, partially covering his face, Jefferson demanded to know where cash was kept in the home. The victim told him where to find a bedroom safe and coin jar, which together contained $230. The men then fled with the cash. An investigation by the Franklinton Police Department identified Jefferson as the gunman.

Former Fontainebleau Coach Pleads to Molesting Student

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that William L. Leto (38) of Bush, a former math teacher and assistant girls’ basketball coach at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville, pleaded guilty Monday (June 19, 2017) to molestation of a juvenile by a teacher.
District Judge Richard Swartz, Jr., sentenced Leto to five years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Upon release, Leto must register as a sex offender for 25 years.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip last year that Leto was having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student. An investigation determined that Leto’s contact with the student began on social media and turned sexual.
Assistant District Attorney John Alford prosecuted the case.

Slidell City Prosecutor Reginald Laurent Announces Candidacy for Judge

COVINGTON—Slidell City Prosecutor Reginald “Reggie” Laurent announced June 15th in front of
the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center that he is seeking to become the next District Judge in Division H.
“I want to add a new dimension to our judiciary,” said Laurent, a lifelong Slidell resident. “My experience, values, vision, education, and knowledge of the people in the Northshore community will raise the bar. I wish to enhance, rather than simply maintain or lower the standards.”

Franklinton Woman Cited For Animal Cruelty

Yesterday (June 19, 2017) evening Franklinton Police Lt. James Holmes observed a suspicious vehicle quickly speed away from a secluded area and then noticed several puppies next to the street. Lt. Holmes advise Sgt. Brandon Manning who was able to stop the vehicle.
Rita Mooney of Franklinton admitted to Officers she had dropped the puppies off in hopes someone would find them. Mooney was charges with misdemeanor animal cruelty and released until her court date in August.
The puppies were turned over to animal control for safety and have since been taken by the Humane Society of Louisiana. They will be evaluated by a Veterinarian and placed for adoption. For more information and an application to adopt please go to www.humanela.org
The Franklinton Police Department and Animal Control would like to remind everyone that we take animal cruelty very seriously and encourage everyone to spay and neuter there animals, please contact local animal shelters if you cannot care for the dogs or cats.

Bogalusan Was Growing Marijuana in His Window Sill

Source: Bogalusa Police Department Release
The Bogalusa Police Department received a call Monday afternoon of a possible marijuana plant being in a window of a residence in the 900 block of Long Avenue. When Officers arrived, marijuana plants could been seen in plain view sitting on the window sill. The shift of Capt. Wendell O'Berry made contact with the homeowner, Jarius Caston (28). Caston was placed under arrest for the following charges.
1.  Cultivation of Marijuana.
2.  Possession with intent to Distribute Marijuana.
3.  Possession of a firearm with a Controlled Dangerous Substance.
4.  2 counts Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in the
presence of a child under the age of 17. 

Pearl River Man Sought for Double Homicide

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance in locating a man responsible for a double homicide, which occurred yesterday evening in St. Tammany Parish.
Jason Magee III (DOB: 12-26-76), is currently wanted for two counts of First Degree Murder. Yesterday evening, Magee shot his ex-wife, and her boyfriend, to death in a home near Highway 41 and Max Mercer Road in Pearl River, Louisiana. The names of the victims are not being released at this time until proper next-of-kin notifications can be made.
Magee is described as 6’4” tall, 300 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen driving a black 2015 GMC Sierra bearing Louisiana license plate number C311473. Authorities believe this is an isolated domestic violence incident, however, are considering Magee armed and dangerous. He could be a danger to himself and others.
If you know the whereabouts of Jason Magee, please call 911 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Two St. Tammany Men Arrested On Child Exploitation Charges

Christopher Yates (39) of Slidell was booked on 30 counts of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13), one count of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children, one count of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles, one count of Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor, and one count of Video Voyeurism. This following a joint investigation between the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation’s (LBI) Cyber Crime Unit, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Slidell Police Department. 
Derrick Lockhart (40) of Covington was booked on two counts of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children, two counts of Indecent Behavior of Juveniles, and one count of Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor. This followed a joint investigation between the LBI’s Cyber Crime Unit and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
General Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes that have victimized children from infants to 16 years of age. To report child exploitation, call the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation at 800-256-4506.


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 19, 2017

Briana McNeese was booked 06/19 In From Court
Sean Ebers was booked 06/19 In From Court
Leslie Hayes was booked 06/19 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Pam Thomas was booked 06/19 on the charges of Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Resisting an Officer
Cody Hall was booked 06/19 In From Court

Obituary

Billy Ray Parker
October 12, 1932 - June 18, 2017 


Obituary

Beverly Ann Tisdale
August 5, 1949 - June 18, 2017


Obituary

Barbara Ann Kennedy
March 25, 1944 - June 18, 2017


June 19, 2017

Wet Weather Forecasted Now Thru Thursday

At 3:52 pm today, the National Weather Service requested an  IMMEDIATE BROADCAST for a Flood Watch. Very heavy rain is expected from Potential Tropical Cyclone Three as early as tonight and lasting until Friday. Expectation is for 4 to 8 inches with isolated areas greater than 10 inches. Coastal regions are expected to experience the worst of it.





Obituary

Bruce Dale Billings
May 26, 1957 - June 15, 2017


Father's Day Celebration Turns Deadly in Slidell

A family gathering celebrating Father’s Day turned deadly Sunday (June 18, 2017) night in Slidell. Slidell Police, responding to reports of gunfire in the 1300 block of Sunset Drive, found Eric Brown laying in the street and suffering from several gunshot wounds. Eric Brown was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
James Chaney (32), and his aunt’s fiancĂ©, Eric Brown (40), got into a verbal argument in the back yard at 1301 Sunset Drive. James Chaney armed himself with a firearm, the argument continued into the street and turned physical. James Chaney fired several shots at Eric Brown, striking him several times. Eric Brown ran down the street, where he later collapsed.
Investigators recovered the 9mm semi-automatic pistol inside the residence and charged James Chaney with one count of Second Degree Murder.
Merry Eve Dykes Dillon
December 24, 1934 - June 18, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Staff Makes Drug Bust

The evening of June 16, an alert Washington Parish Jail staff intercepted a cache of drugs which a probationer was attempting to smuggle into the jail. Leigh Edward Cutrer (37), a resident of Spring Valley Road in Bogalusa, was serving a probation sentence which required him to regularly report to the jail to serve a specified number of days as a requirement of his probation.
Acting on suspicion that Cutrer was attempting to introduce contraband, the jail staff intercepted him when he reported to jail Friday night and discovered a quantity of marijuana, hydrocodone pills and tobacco. The contraband was seized, Cutrer was placed in a cell block, and he was later formally booked on his new charges of felony introduction of contraband, felony possession of Schedule IV drugs and misdemeanor possession of Schedule I drugs.
“Our amazing jail staff does not receive the recognition they deserve,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “They are the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system and do an awesome job of managing the jail population. Their job is very demanding and very difficult, but they perform their duties in a very professional manner. I tip my hat to them for a job well done.”

Obituary

Shirley Ann Cox Lott
May 9, 1941 - June 18, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 17-18, 2017

William Phelps was booked 06/17 In From Court
Elvin Munguia was booked 06/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and No Drivers License
Joseph Freeman was booked 06/17 In For Court
James Butler was booked 06/17 In For Court
Howard Hanson was booked 06/17 In For Court
Lewis Wilson was booked 06/17 on the charges of Aggravated Burglary, Simple Battery, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs
Wayne Magee was booked 06/17 on the charges of Failure to Comply: Address Change and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Kevin Crutchfield was booked 06/17 on the charge of Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Elgrie Payne was booked 06/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Switched License Plates, Driving Under Suspension, Registration -No Proof/Must carry, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and No Insurance
Chad Cothern was booked 06/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Terry Kemp was booked 06/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI or Other, and Careless Operation
Shean Sheridan was booked 06/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Ritchie Martin was booked 06/18 on the charges of Simple Assault (4 counts)

TPSO Seeking Hit and Run Driver

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that they are is looking for the person(s) responsible for a hit and run that occurred Sunday (June 18, 2017) night and that claimed the life of Walter Collier (31) of Ponchatoula and hospitalized a 30-year old female. 
TPSO deputies W. Club Deluxe Rd. at the KOA Campground where first responders were already on the scene attempting to render aid to the two pedestrians that were struck by a vehicle while they were walking on the shoulder of the roadway.
There are no reports of anyone physically witnessing the crash occur. However, a dark colored two-door sports car was seen leaving the area, speeding east toward Morrison Blvd. seconds after bystanders heard the crash occur.
Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information regarding this hit and run to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Motorcycle Tire Failure Leads to Fatal Crash on I-55

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded Saturday (June 17, 2017) to a three vehicle fatal crash involving a motorcycle on I-55 two miles north of LA 40 in Tangipahoa Parish. The motorcycle operator identified as Geza Ray Kovach, Jr. (32) was killed in the crash. 
Troopers to determined that Kovach's motorcycle sustained a tire failure and crashed. After crashing, the motorcycle was struck by a vehicle driven by Kenney Ray Rogers (52) of Magnolia, MS. The motorcycle operator was struck by a vehicle driven by Sherry Lynn May (36) of Bogue Chitto, MS. Rogers and May were uninjured in the crash.

Obituary

Larry Miller
December 17, 1938 - June 16, 2017


Obituary

Sidney Allen Cutrer
November 17, 1946 - June 15, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 16, 2017

Dequarius Simmons was booked 06/16 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment
Deona Pittman was booked 06/16 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Improper Turn/Accident, and Driving Under Suspension
Fredrick Weary was booked 06/16 In From Court
David Smith was booked 06/16 on the charges of Cruelty to Animals (3 counts)
Beiounca Watkins was booked 06/16 on the charges of Attachment, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear (4 counts)

June 16, 2017

Obituary

Michael Jerry Barber
August 31, 1953 - June 15, 2017


Tangi Rodeo is This Weekend

It’s one of the biggest rodeos in the South and it’s all happening this Friday and Saturday at the Florida Parishes Arena in Amite. It’s the Tangipahoa Parish Pro Rodeo. The gates open at 6 PM and the rodeo starts at 8 PM. There will be plenty of heart-pumping excitement for all members of the family plus a portion of the proceeds will go to help our local veterans. So come out and enjoy the toughest sport on dirt!
For more information go to www.tangipahoaparishprorodeo.net

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 15, 2017

Chad LaFrance was booked 06/15 In For Court
Anna Seals was booked 06/15 on the charge of Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment
Steven Seals was booked 06/15 on the charge of Probation Violation
Vincent Peters was booke
d 06/15 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs and Possession of Marijuana

Hammond Woman Pleads to Fraudulent Tax Preparation

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ROJONAH HARRIS (35) of Hammond, pled guilty June 15, 2017 to aiding and abetting in the preparation of false tax returns.
HARRIS was dba Harris Finance and Tax Service and regularly claimed false deductions and claimed false federal tax withholdings for her clients to generate unnecessarily large refunds to which they were not entitled. She charged substantial tax preparation fees, earning not less than $582,090 in return preparation fees for preparing tax returns for tax years 2011 through 2013.
In total, between tax years 2011 and 2014, HARRIS's activities resulted in inappropriate and unnecessary refunds of not less than approximately $1,115,578. As part of her plea, HARRIS acknowledged a loss to the IRS of not less than $1,115,578, and agreed to repay at least that amount in restitution.
HARRIS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than three years followed by up to one year of supervised release, and a $100,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk set sentencing for September 21, 2017.

Sheriff Seeks Identify of Armed Robber of Produce Stand

On June 11, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery at a produce stand on Highway 438 in the Thomas community. The victim reported that a male subject pulled up to the business, picked up produce items and set them on a scale. He then returned to his vehicle to get his wallet.
When the subject returned to the produce stand, he produced a hand gun, and forced the victim to hand over the money and lie on the ground. The robber then left the area traveling west bound.
The suspect is a male with dreadlocks and a ponytail. He was driving a newer model white Nissan with a Mississippi license plate. A female passenger was in the car.
Any person who has information about this robbery is asked to contact Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detective Raymond Myers at (985) 839-3434.
Sheriff Randy Seal said, “Once again, we call on area citizens to help us identify a criminal. We need to locate and arrest this man. If you have any information, please call and let us know. It is not necessary that you identify yourself.”

Slidell Man Arrested for Washington Parish Burglary

Idi Amin Muhammad (46), a resident of Javery Road in Slidell, spent one night in the Washington Parish Jail before being released after posting a $3,500 bond.
Muhammad’s June 9, 2017 arrest was the result of a burglary committed earlier in the year on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa. Several items of heavy duty cooking equipment were stolen. WPSO identified Muhammad as the suspect in the crime and with assistance from the STPSO, Muhammad was arrested.
During the booking procedure at the St. Tammany Parish Jail, Muhammad resisted and destroyed items in the booking office where he was being processed. He will face more charges in St. Tammany Parish as a result of his actions. After being booked into the jail, he was transported to the Washington Parish Jail by Washington Parish officials where he is charged with burglary.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “This is another example of cooperation with neighboring law enforcement agencies to identify and apprehend traveling criminals. Many thanks to Sheriff Randy Smith and the fine officers of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in arresting Mr. Muhammad.”

Texas Man Jailed for Sex Offenses in Washington Parish

Gary Wayne Mayfield (63), a resident of Rusk, Texas, is in the Washington Parish Jail charged with two counts of aggravated rape and one count of indecent behavior with juveniles. The crimes were committed several years ago against two juveniles in Washington Parish and were only revealed recently.
Mayfield, a former resident of Washington Parish, had relocated to Rusk, Texas.  Detectives obtained a warrant for Mayfield’s arrest on February of 2017, he was arrested in Texas, and returned to Washington parish on June 11, 2017 after unsuccessfully fighting extradition.
Additional information will not be released in order to protect the identity of Mayfield’s victims.
Sheriff Randy Seal complimented Washington Parish detectives on bringing the case to conclusion and working with Texas law enforcement officials to have Mayfield arrested and brought back to Washington Parish to stand trial. “As always, our detectives devoted necessary resources to make an arrest. Cases like this are always complicated and sensitive. I appreciate the hard work of our detective division.”

June 15, 2017

Tangi Man With a Record Arrested for WP Burglary

Washington Parish Sheriff's Office detectives have determined that Kacey Lee Lanier (28) of Amite was traveling with a motorist in Washington Parish when he got into an argument with the driver who dropped him off on Highway 62 in the Pine community. Lanier then made his way to a residence that was under renovation, burglarized the residence, and called for an unidentified person from Tangipahoa Parish to pick him up. He was noticed by several citizens who gave a good description. When his ride arrived, Lanier loaded the stolen items, that included a utility trailer and Kubota tractor.

Lanier was arrested and returned to Washington Parish on June 9th but released on June 11 after posting a $3,500 bond. The investigation into the burglary continues and Sheriff Randy Seal asks that any person who has knowledge of the location of the stolen tractor and trailer to please contact Detective Lieutenant Tom Anderson at (985) 661-2024.

According to an October 2016 article posted on Baton Rouge’s WBRZ website, Lanier was arrested by the TPSO in 2016 for obstruction of justice after he allegedly helped a murder suspect by allowing him into his home, helping him hide the gun used in the murder, driving the murder suspect to another area where the murder suspect stole a truck, and helping the murder suspect obtain another gun later used in a drive-by shooting. Details concerning Lanier’s incarceration and release in Tangipahoa Parish are not known at this time.

“There is more to this entire matter than meets the eye,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our detective division will continue to work on this case and will see it through to the end.”

Obituary

William Clinton Kahl
January 5, 1920 - June 14, 2017


Obituary

Elton Roy Miley
May 5, 1956 - June 13, 2017


Obituary

Joseph "Joe" Jones
February 7, 1937 - June 13, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 14, 2017

Susan Audibert was booked 06/14 In From Court
Essie Hicks was booked 06/14 In From Court
Jason Seal was booked 06/14 In From Court
Angel Gonzales was booked 06/14 In For Court
Kelvin Jackson was booked 06/14 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Ronald Farmer was booked 06/14 on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal, Aggravated Flight From An Officer, Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Latasha Cook was booked 06/14 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Odell Peters was booked 06/14 on the charges of Simple Battery, Aggravated Assault With A Firearm, and Contempt of Court