July 31, 2017

Pearl River Man Charged With Fatal Stabbing

Slidell Police responded to a domestic related incident on Pine Tree Street Sunday (July 30, 2017) evening and found Douglas Evans (30) of Lacombe suffering from multiple stab wounds. Evans later died at a local hospital. 
Police report that, earlier in the evening, Joseph Thibodeaux (25) of Pearl River was arguing with his fiancĂ©, which escalated to the point of Thibodeaux grabbing a knife. Thibodeaux began threatening to stab multiple people inside of the house. Douglas Evans, the uncle of Thibodeaux’s fiancĂ©, intervened and attempted to deescalate the situation. Thibodeaux turned on Evans and began stabbing him multiple times. Thibodeaux then fled the residence in a vehicle, but was caught later Sunday evening by the Jones County Sheriff’s Office in Mississippi.
Thibodeaux waived extradition and was transported back to Slidell, where he now faces a Second Degree Murder charge.

STPSO Finds and Books Man Wanted by NOPD for Murder

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office responded Tuesday (July 25, 2017) to a Slidell area woman's report about a man acting suspiciously and ended up arresting a man wanted for second-degree murder by the New Orleans Police Department.
The caller reported that the suspect saw her leaving her home and starting walking away. After she drove away, the suspect walked back toward her home and she became concerned.
The responding deputy located a man in the back seat of a vehicle at another residence. Upon questioning, the man provided several different fictitious names and the reason he gave for being in the neighborhood continued to change. Ultimately, the man was identified as Roosevelt Rumbley (29) and that he was wanted by NOPD for a second-degree murder and wanted for probation violation.

Obituary

Daniel "Candy Man" Learned
November 10, 1937 - July 30, 2017


Bogalusa: Burglar ID'd When He Raised His Mask

The Bogalusa Police Department responded to an alarm activation at the Tobacco Discount on Memphis Street on Sunday, July 23, 2017. The front door glass had been shattered and numerous packs of Newport and Kool menthol cigarettes had been taken. Video surveillance footage caused detectives to identify the burglar as Darnell Reed (46) of Bogalusa. Although he wore a mask, the suspect raised the mask to look around. 
Reed was later observed walking on Columbia Street near Davenport Avenue. He was carrying a large plastic bag that contained two boxes of candy and a large amount of Newport and Kool cigarettes. Those items were determined to have been stolen in a burglary of the Tiger Den Exxon located just outside the city limits on LA 21 South. Reed was charged with Possession of Stolen Things and this case was turned over to the Washington Parish Sheriff's Department.
Reed was also charged with Simple Burglary of the Tobacco Discount. A warrant for Simple Burglary will be issued on Reed for another convenience store burglary that occurred in the city limits of Bogalusa and he is the suspect in other convenience store burglaries in the Bogalusa area.

WPSO Seeks Help Recovering Stolen Delivery Truck

A Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched Friday (July 28, 2017) to a Highway 25 business about a stolen delivery truck. It was last seen in the parking lot on Monday (July 24 2017). The deputy observed the fence at the front of the business property to be laid over as if the truck had been driven through the fence. 
The stolen vehicle is a 2008 White Sterling flatbed delivery truck bearing Louisiana License Plate B676394. 
“Once again we call on the public to help us locate this stolen vehicle. Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact the WPSO Criminal Investigative Division at 985-839-3434,” said Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for July 30, 2017

Milton Bounds was booked 07/30 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign an Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Santos Garcia-Ortega was booked 07/30 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, Failure to Use Turn Signal, Open Container in Vehicle, and No Drivers License
Kumar Hany was booked 07/30 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Driving Without Headlights, No Drivers License, and Open Container in Vehicle
Amreek Uppal was booked 07/30 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Clinton Spears was booked 07/30 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Domestic Abuse Battery, and Contempt of Court

Obituary

Tommie Lou Brumfield Stafford
June 15, 1946 - July 29, 2017


Call From Paranoid Person Leads to Drugs & Arrests

Last night (July 29, 2017), the Walthall County Sheriff's Office and Tylertown Police
Department seized drugs, paraphernalia, and other drug related items while responded to a call about someone believing they were being looked for by authorities.

Deputy J. Dyar, Captain T. Jordan, and Officer J. Greer responded and spoke with an individual who was acting as if he was under the influence of some type of illegal substances. Officers went inside the residence with permission and found an individual passed out with a needle in his arm. An ambulance was called for the individual who had just "shot up". That individual refused medical treatment. A disabled child was also found inside the residence and DHS was contacted. The investigation is still ongoing and several arrest warrants are expected to be signed by a judge stemming from this call.
"We currently have several deputies enrolled in a class for the use of naloxone, which blocks or reduces the affects of opioid medication and can be administered by deputies in overdose situations. Good job to these officers for going beyond the call and investigating further into the situation." Sheriff K. Breland

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for July 29, 2017

Roderick James was booked 07/29 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Simple Battery, and Aggravated Battery
Gary Davis was booked 07/29 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (2 counts)
Susan Boyd was booked 07/29 on the charges of Theft of Goods and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Jennica Keebler was booked 07/29 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (2 counts)
Robert Hodge was booked 07/29 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Use Turn Signal, No Drivers License, Drug Free Zone - Violation of Uniform CDS, and Driving While Intoxicated
Joseph Carter was booked 07/29 on a Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Tashira Haynes was booked 07/29 on the charges of Simple Battery and Resisting Arrest by Flight
Kenique Simmons was booed 07/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, No Seat Belt Child Restraint Violation, Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, and Contempt of Court
Leroy Bickham was booked 07/29 on the charges of Speeding 1-10 Over Limit, Improper Equipment, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Shelly Haynes was booked 07/29 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500 and Attachment

K-9 Thor Helps Locate Burglary Suspect

An elderly (87 years old) woman reported to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office that, on late Wednesday (July 26, 2017) night,  Michael Dunn (57) of Bush forced his way into her home on Narrow Road demanding $200. The woman reported that Dunn struck her and her 66-year old special needs son with the door.
Once inside the home, Dunn pulled the house phone from the wall and continued to demand money. After the son provided him with $50, Dunn fled the residence on foot, and the woman called 911. Arriving deputies set up a perimeter, and K-9 Thor and his handler were dispatched to the area.
After a brief track, K-9 Thor located Dunn hiding in a nearby wooded area approximately 250 yards from the home, but he continued to disregard deputies’ commands to quit resisting. Once handcuffed and in custody, Dunn was transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail and booked with Aggravated Burglary and Resisting an Officer.
The woman told deputies Dunn had previously worked for her as a gardener, but he was no longer employed by her.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for July 28, 2017

Russell Daniels was booked 07/28 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attempted Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, and Contempt of Court
Charles Ross was booked 07/28 In For Court
Rodney Hatcher was booked 07/28 In For Court
Shaun Warren was booked 07/28 on the charges of Home Invasion, Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment, and Aggravated Battery
Tommy Clark was booked 07/28 on the charges of Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Criminal Damage to Property
Barrical Harris was booked 07/28 on the charge of Aggravated Assault
Aaron Robinson was booked 07/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage

July 29, 2017

Obituary

Marler Pierre Leboeuf
August 26, 1946 - July 27, 2017

BPD Announces 1st Annual Extravaganza

The Bogalusa Police Department has announced their 1st Annual BPD Extravaganza! This year's theme will be "I love the 80's" along with an elimination dinner with a chance to win $1000.00. All proceeds will go to the Bogalusa Police Benevolence fund which will be used to help with any needs for the department and any charity/community benefit that the department would like to help.
Go back to the days of metal bands and big hair, find some leg warmers, muscle shirts or leggings to wear. A party to celebrate the best decade yet, you can even show up in a little red corvette. The music is sure to be loud and great, so grab you a friend or a date!
Where and when? Saturday, September 23 at 6 PM - 11 PM; B&C Hall, 139 Cumberland St, Bogalusa, Louisiana 70427
RSVP your ticket now!! $25.00 per person (must be present to win)
Call Kay Evans at 985-732-6208 or 985-516-2094, Tonia Deleon at 985-732-6204 or 985-241-2207, or Mandy Tervalon at 985-735-8000 or 985-516-7013. Also, click here for their events page on Facebook.


Deer Dies in Car Crash – Donated to Slidell Church

Slidell Police responded Wednesday (July 26, 2017) to a vehicle accident on Gause Blvd.
West (in front of the Grande Theater) in which a car struck and killed a deer. 

One of the responding officers, who is an avid outdoorsman, thought outside of the box. In almost all cases involving a vehicle versus deer crash, the deer is disposed of, or left to decompose on the side of the road. The officer decided to pair up with a local church to see if they were interested in using the deer meat to feed the hungry. The church agreed. The deer will processed for ground meat and the food will then be given away to feed the hungry in the Slidell community.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for July 27, 2017

Monica Bonnette was booked 07/27 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No Seat Belt
James Graves was booked 07/27 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No Seat Belt

One Dead and One Charged With DWI After Crash With Bulldozer

Louisiana State Police Troopers responded to a fatal crash on I-55 near I-12 Thursday (July 27, 2017) that claimed the life of Tyler Wayne Tullos (24) of Hammond. Dillon Ryan Majesty (23) of Independence was charged with 1st Offense DWI, Vehicular Homicide, Careless Operation and No Driver’s License.
Troopers determined that Majesty was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox northbound on I-55, the vehicle left the roadway and went into the median where it crashed into the rear of a bulldozer. The bulldozer was part of a construction crew working in the center median. Tullos died on-scene and Majesty, who suffered moderate injuries, was transported to North Oaks Health Systems by Acadian Ambulance.

WD-40 Can Found With Drugs Inside – Arrest Made

Source: picayuneitem.com
Picayune Police Department narcotics officers observed a vehicle swerving and initiated a traffic stop on Monday (July 24, 2017) . During that stop the detectives spoke with the driver, identified as Charles Cody Delaughter (32) of Pearl River, La. The release states that during the stop, Delaughter’s eyes appeared bloodshot and his movements appeared slowed. Delaughter agreed to a field sobriety test, which led to his arrest for DUI.
A search of the vehicle revealed a WD-40 can with a false bottom containing oxycodone, morphine, clonazepam, Xanax, Gabapentin and a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana, the release states.
He was additionally arrested for two counts of trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and careless driving.

Help TPSO Locate These Two Suspects

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office Financial Crimes Unit is looking for two subjects on outstanding warrants for Unauthorized Use of an Access Card on separate incidents.
Christopher Charles Guillory (25) was identified from video surveillance and with help from the community. In this case, a resident from St. Tammany Parish reported to the TPSO that her debit card was stolen during an auto burglary and had been used at multiple retailers in Tangipahoa Parish. 
Hannah Grace Hensarling (20) of Jennings was also identified by video surveillance in a separate case of Unauthorized Use of an Access Card.  
Anyone with information to the whereabouts of either wanted subject, please contact the Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

Obituary

Jeremy Slate Addison
September 7, 1975 - July 20, 2017

Mushrooms and LSD Land Two in Jail

Bogalusa Police Department's Major Percy Knight has advised that on Thursday (July 27, 2017) morning, the BPD investigated a call about two people sleeping in the alley behind Dirt Cheap. Officers woke up a male and a female who were on the ground sleeping. The two are identified as Gary Davis (28) and Jennica Keebler (26), both of Pearl River.
On the ground near where Davis and Keebler were sleeping, officer located a food bag that contained a zip lock bag with mushrooms, a small amount of LSD, and a spoon and a digital scale use for weighing illegal narcotics.
Davis and Keebler were arrested for Possession with intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Narcotics (Mushrooms), Possession with intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Narcotics (LSD) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Ronda Sylvest Varnado Memorial Award Established

The Washington Parish Council on Monday (July 24, 2017) passed a resolution establishing the Ronda Sylvest Varnado Memorial Award that recognizes acts of heroic and selfless acts and bravery performed in the line of duty. The award is named for the volunteer fireman who recently lost her life responding to an emergency in the Mt. Hermon community.
Ronda Sylvest Varnado was later named the first recipient of the award.

Ronda Sylvest Varnado Memorial Award Established from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for June 26, 2017

Charles Westmoreland was booked 07/26 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Useage, Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, and Failure to Appear
Christopher Traylor was booked 07/26 In From Court
Darnell Reed was booked 07/26 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Roderick James was booked 07/26 on the charge of Parole Violation
Mark Williams was booked 07/26 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Sidney Taylor was booked 07/26 on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs
Malik Watkins was booked 07/26 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Hedrick Bickham was booked 07/26 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100 (2 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Expired Drivers License, Speeding-Prima Facie, and Switched License Plates
Tommy Burton was booked 07/26 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Financial Report Shows Washington Parish in Good Shape

Washington Parish Government's Finance Director Donna Graham provided financial information to the Parish Council Monday (July 24, 2017) evening that reflects revenues and expenditures are consistent with the amounts budgeted (beginning at 13:55 into video of the meeting). The information provided is consistent with the audit report provided by Wilson LaGraize with the firm of Kushner and LaGraize at the June 26, 2017 meeting. At that time, LaGraize commented that all funds have positive net positions, the parish is on a positive track, no deficiencies were found in internal controls, and the bonded debt of the parish was paid in full in May, 2017. LaGraize also commended Parish President Richard Thomas for his stewardship (see the WP Council meeting of June 26, 2017 on our Government Meetings page beginning at 5:35 into video of the meeting).
In other business Monday evening, the Council heard a report from Henry Harrison on the LSU Ag Center (beginning at 4:40 into video of the meeting), established the Ronda Sylvest Varnado Memorial Award and named Ronda Sylvest Varnado as the first recipient (beginning at 6:25 into video of the meeting), and heard reports from Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff.  Finance Director Graham presented her report as described above (beginning at 13:55 into video of the meeting), Public Works Director Lucchesi described problems with mosquito abatement and a program involving the study and  monitoring of mosquitos (beginning at 22:00 into video of the meeting), and Transportation Manager Merritt reported on work performed on the roads (beginning at 29:35 into video of the meeting).

WP Council 07242017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Slidell Woman Beats Intruder Into Submission

A Slidell woman is being credited with subduing a man who forced his way into her home on Carey Street late Monday (July 24, 2017). Rakeem Ash (23) ran toward the homeowner, punched her in the face several times, and forced his way into the home. The woman armed herself with a wooden club and began to strike Ash until he was subdued.
Slidell Police arrived and found Ash acting very excited and apparently under the influence of narcotics, according to their report. He was taken into custody, transported to a nearby hospital, and then booked into the Slidell jail on the charges of Home Invasion and Simple Battery.
The suspect told officers he didn't remember the incident but admitted to taking drugs earlier.

Obituary

August 24, 1935 - July 27, 2017
Dottie Sue Spears Freeman

Obituary

Rondy LaShad Vernon
January 24, 1980 - July 22, 2017


July 26, 2017

WP Farms Now Included in Grants for 2016 Flooding

Farmers and ranchers in Washington Parish and adjacent parishes, who suffered losses as a result of flooding in March and August of 2016, are now eligible to apply for recovery grant money.  
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture of Forestry will administer the program. The funding is part of the $1.6 billion congressional appropriation for Restore Louisiana.
Click here for more information.

Drugs Found in Lacombe Included Drugs in the Toilet

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force located a variety of drugs inside a residence on W. Chestnut Drive in Lacombe at daybreak on Wednesday (July 26, 2017) pursuant to a search warrant.  
While searching the home, they discovered approximately 47 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 20 grams of marijuana, 20 Oxycodone, paraphernalia associated with the weighing and packaging of crack cocaine, $10,038 and a counterfeit $100 bill.
Some of the crack cocaine was located in a toilet, as one of the residents, Brent Lewis (33) was attempting to discard evidence. The money that was recovered is believed to be proceeds from the sale of crack cocaine.
Lewis and his girlfriend, Shaunna Bickham (28), were booked on a variety of drug related charges. Lewis was additionally charged with Obstruction of Justice for attempting to discard evidence in toilet.

Help Bogalusa Police ID These Two Suspects

The two individuals pictured here are burglary suspects. If you can ID them, please contact the Bogalusa Police Department at (985) 732-3611 or Crime stoppers at 504-822-1111.

Miss Silver Creek Woman-less Beauty Pageant

Silver Creek Campground in Mt. Hermon will celebrate its 17th anniversary July 28-30. Looking for something out of the ordinary? Well, on Saturday, the Miss Silver Creek Woman-less Beauty Pageant will be held on July 29th at 7:00 pm. Entertaining guests for the evening will be "Trailer Swiff & the Swiffin Wet Jets." The "Queen" will receive a gift basket, consisting of gifts from Silver Creek, Bass Pro, Home Depot, & Lowes. Homemade Cupcakes & Ice Cream will be served. Expect lots of laughter & fun. 
Admission $7 per person, 2 & under are free.

Please Support This Blood Drive for Steve Scalise


Bizarre Behavior Lands Picayune Man in Slidell Jail

On Saturday evening (July 22, 2017), Slidell Police responded to a call about a man who was acting “bizarre” at a Kangaroo Express gas station.
A mother reported to Slidell Police on July 22, 2017 that, while standing in line (with her two children) to be checked out at a Kangaroo Express gas station, Samuel Cole (41) of Picayune licked his lips at her 6-year-old son, knelt down, and ran his finger down the boy’s nose and across his lips. The woman grabbed her children, ran out of the store, and called 911.
According to witnesses, Cole allegedly continued his strange behavior as he was “making people uncomfortable by staring at them” while he stood at the front door of the gas station.
Slidell Police officers located Cole leaving the gas station. He reportedly admitted to officers that he touched the boy on the nose, but denied the other allegations. Even while interacting with officers, Cole was still acting erratically and strange. The mother of the 6-year-old boy decided to pursue charges against Cole for simple battery for the unwanted touching of her son.
Cole was booked into the Slidell City Jail on one count of simple battery, and has since bonded out.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for July 25, 2017

Lance Smith was booked 07/25 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
David Jacobson was booked 07/25 on the charges of Simple Burglary and Possession of Marijuana
Stacie Vining was booked 07/25 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Walter Fland was booked 07/25 on the charge of Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute
Christopher Bangs was booked 07/25 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Contempt of Court (3 counts)

Help Locate This Runaway From Lacombe


Husband and Wife Charged With Kidnapping in Washington Parish

Shortly before midnight on Friday (July 21, 2017), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to a report of a possible kidnapping on A. Moses Road in Angie. When deputies arrived at the location, they observed a female standing in the front yard and screaming hysterically, alleging that her son had been kidnapped by his biological father. The female, who had a bloody knee and abrasions, said that Keenan Argene Moses (31), a resident of Live Oak Cemetery Road in Angie, had come to her house, grabbed her young son and forced him into the rear of an automobile driven by his wife, Christin Eve Moses (25), also a resident of Live Oak Cemetery Road.

Obituary

Derward Morgan
February 28, 1929 - July 23, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for July 24, 2017

Krystal Sumrall was booked 07/24 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of Access Card
Steven McIntyre was booked 07/24 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of Access Card
Bendrick Fortenberry was booked 07/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Nicole Hodgins was booked 07/24 on the charge of Probation Violation

Busting Into Homes Lands Covington Man in Jail

Makes us question: are we safe in our own homes?
Emmitt Roach (30) of Covington was arrested after busting into one home and attempting to do so at another Monday (July 24, 2017) morning. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office report says responding deputies were told by the initial victim that the man had attempted to break into his home by striking his front window with a statue from the yard. While they were at that residence making a report, a neighbor told the deputies that the suspect had entered into another nearby residence. Deputies surrounded that residence and, upon hearing a struggle from the inside of the home, they made forced entry through the front door and found Roach upstairs. 
The homeowner at the second home told deputies Roach produced a knife and forced his way into the residence. Once inside, he began to act erratically and appeared to be hallucinating and under the influence of an unknown substance.
Emmitt Roach was booked on the charges of Aggravated Burglary, False Imprisonment; Offender Armed,  Aggravated Assault, and Attempted Aggravated Burglary.

Man with Gun Fights with SPD Officers

A traffic stop early Sunday (July 23, 2017) morning resulted in a man reaching for a gun and fighting with Slidell Police officers.
When Slidell Police stopped a vehicle on Gause Boulevard, a passenger, Xavier Batiste (19) of Slidell, provided a false name and was acting aggressive towards the officers. The officers noticed Batiste reaching in his waistband, at which time the officers attempted to restrain Batiste. Batiste fled on foot, but was caught in a nearby parking lot. Batiste continued to fight with officers, who were eventually able to restrain him.
During a pat-down search, Slidell Police officers located a .357 Smith and Wesson revolver in Batiste’s waistband, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia. Batiste was arrested and charged with: resisting an officer by false information, resisting an officer by flight, illegal carrying of weapons, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal says, “This is another example of the dangers of being a police officer. This situation could have ended a lot differently. Luckily, no one was injured and another criminal is off our streets.”

Slidell Man Convicted of IPad Robbery at Gunpoint

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Kyran Javon Vaughn (20) of Slidell was convicted Friday (July 21, 2017) of first degree robbery and obstruction of justice for stealing an iPad from a man at gunpoint last September. Vaughn, who was convicted of simple kidnapping two years ago, is set to be sentenced before District Judge Raymond Childress on August 1, 2017.
The victim had just left his home in Slidell around 1 a.m. when a car drove up beside him and stopped. Vaughn, who was wearing a mask and carrying a gun, ordered the victim to empty his pockets and asked if he had a phone. The victim said he had an iPad and was ordered to give it to Vaughn with the password. The victim was then instructed to turn and run away.
Video surveillance in the area ultimately helped to track down Vaughn and the driver of the car. Vaughn later tried to prevent the victim from coming to court and tried to get the co-defendant to change his statement and lie.

July 24, 2017

Rondy Vernon Stabbed to Death in Slidell

Rondy Vernon (37) is dead after an apparent domestic dispute that occurred the morning of July 22, 2017 at residence in Slidell. When they arrived, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Deputies discovered Vernon with a single stab wound to the chest. The victim was transported to Slidell Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
The subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the victim’s long-time live-in companion, Michelle Adams, (31) on one count of manslaughter.
Vernon and Adams lived at the residence with their three children who were at home at the time of the incident. The children are now in the care of family members.

Walthall County: 21.52 Pounds of Marijuana Seized

Just before dark on Saturday (July 22, 2017) Walthall County deputies and MHP troopers were conducting a safety checkpoint at the intersection of Hwy 27 and Hwy 98 when a van traveling towards the checkpoint began to reverse away in an attempt to avoid the checkpoint. Trooper first class Craig James and Trooper Dan Speed initiated a pursuit which led them through the city of Tylertown.
When the vehicle was finally stopped, Curtis Willis was apprehended along with 21.52 pounds of marijuana. Willis is being charged with possession with intent to distribute, Careless Driving, Felony Fleeing, and DUI. 
"This is mainly a state agency case but we want to let the public know what exactly is traveling through their county at any given time. This case shows why our sheriff's office needs more funding now than ever to help deter the trafficking of drugs away from our county. Good job to the troopers, agents, and deputies on working together. Hopefully others will see this and it will make them second guess themselves when they come into Walthall County. " Sheriff K. Breland
Barbara Ann LeBlanc Taylor
September 30, 1938 - July 19, 2017


Obituary

Dudley Larue Sullivan
July 4, 1965 - July 22, 2017


Senator Mizell Promoting Business With RCC

In a move to further promote economic progress in Washington Parish, Senator Beth Mizell authored a bill (SB163) in the last legislative session to allow local parish businesses to participate as vendors at Rayburn Correctional Center in Angie. The bill passed and was signed by Governor Edwards as Act 248.
Local businesses are encouraged to learn more and enroll as participants in two initiatives: the Hudson Initiative and the Veteran Initiative. Each offers small businesses more access to contracting with State agencies.
Click here for complete information on the Hudson Initiative.
Click here for complete information on the Veterans Initiative.
Click here to read Act 248.Call Senator Beth Mizell's office at (985) 839-3936 for additional assistance.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for July 22-23, 2017

Cristin Moses was booked 07/22 on the charge of Aggravated Kidnapping
Oliver Thornton was booked 07/22 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI and License Plate Improper Display
Keenan Moses was booked 07/22 on the charges of Home Invasion, Aggravated Kidnapping, Simple Battery and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Charles Bailey was booked 07/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Improper Lane Useage, Expired Drivers License, and Open Container in Vehicle
Terry Watson was booked 07/23 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Holly Freeman was booked 07/23 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling

Jury Finds Lacombe Man Guilty of Armed Robbery

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Kendell Cagler (36) of Lacombe guilty last Thursday (July 20, 2017) of armed robbery and being a convicted felon with a firearm in 2015. Cagler, who has three prior drug convictions, is scheduled to be sentenced by District Judge Richard Swartz, Jr., on Aug. 16, 2017.
The incident occurred May 18, 2015, after a small group of people, including Cagler, partied together, drinking alcohol and using drugs, at a house where the victim was staying. The victim then offered to give Cagler and two others a ride home, and they all left together. After the victim dropped off a female passenger, Cagler pulled out a gun, fired it, and ordered the victim to return to her house. The victim said Cagler hit her in the head with the gun when she resisted. Cagler ordered her and the other passenger out of the car. As they ran away, Cagler fired more shots and sped away.
Cagler was found not guilty of aggravated second degree battery.

Covington Man Cited for Theft from Crab Traps

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited Connor P. Green (28) of  Covington for theft from crab traps on Lake Pontchartrain on July 19, 2017. 
Agents were on patrol on Lake Pontchartrain when they observed Green harvesting crabs from crab traps.  Agents initiated a compliance check with Green and found that none of the traps he just harvested crabs from belonged to him. Agents seized four and a half boxes of live blue crabs and returned them back into the water.
Regulations state that no person other than the licensee or his agent shall remove the contents from a crab trap. Theft from crab traps brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for July 21, 2017

David Bonnette was booked 07/21 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Micah Pittman was booked 07/21 In For Court

July 21, 2017

FPD Chief Olander Smith Tapped for WST Board

Source: WST Facebook Post
Washington-St.Tammany Electric Cooperative takes pride in announcing its newest Director Mr. Olander Smith. Mr. Smith was selected to serve the remaining term of Mr. Hoyt “Chick” Boyd of Angie. 
Mr. Smith and his wife Elisa Williams Smith are residents of the Hackley community of Washington parish and attend Water Valley Church of God in Christ. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have five children with one deceased and eleven grandchildren. Mr. Smith retired from the Louisiana State police after thirty three years, achieving the rank of Major and directing four Troops. Mr. Smith has over forty years of public service in law enforcement and currently serves as police chief for the Town of Franklinton. 
Please welcome Mr. Smith to his new position with the Cooperative and keep him as well as all of the members of the Board of Directors in your thoughts and prayers as decisions are made affecting the Membership.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for July 20, 2017

Christina Rester was booked 07/20 on the charges of Cruelty to Animals (3 counts), Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Public Intimidation (3 counts), Attachment, and Battery on an Officer With Injury
Lanika Warren was booked 07/20 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Over 100, Criminal Trespass, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Resisting an Officer, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear
Andrew Anthony was booked 07/20 In From Court
Richard Peterson was booked 07/20 In From Court and on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Keith Sandifer was booked 07/20 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Contempt of Cruelty
Lederick Weary was booked 07/20 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Probation Violation
Deshadaric Holmes was booked 07/20 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
O'Bryan Magee was booked 07/20 In From Court

WP Woman Charged With Cruelty to Animals & More

Responding to a report of dogs killing a neighbor’s chickens due to the dogs having been neglected and not being fed, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Rice went to a house on Beck Graves Road off Highway 60 on July 20 to investigate. She discovered an abandoned residence and three malnourished dogs. Detective Rice and two responding patrol deputies found feces throughout the house and no water or food present for the animals.
Christina M. Rester (38), the owner of the property was located at her mother's residence, escorted back to the abandoned residence, and advised that she would be arrested and issued a summons for cruelty to animals, Rester became belligerent, shouting profanity to the officers and refusing to sign the summons.
As one of the deputies attempted to place handcuffs on Rester, she began to resist, pulled away, burned one of the deputies on the arm with her cigarette, and smashed the lit cigarette on the other deputy’s uniform shirt. Once handcuffed and placed in the rear seat of the patrol car, Rester continued to resist and verbally threatened the officers. Directing her attention to Detective Rice, Rester cursed her and stated that she would be fired.
Rester was booked on three counts of cruelty to animals, three counts of public intimidation, resisting an officer with force or violence, battery on an officer with injury and an outstanding warrant. She remains in jail with her bond set at $10,000. The neglected dogs were properly cared for.
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal laughed when he heard of the threat to take the detective’s job. “I assure Ms. Rester of two things. First, Detective Rice’s job is secure and certainly doesn’t depend on Christina Rester. Next, Ms. Rester’s choice to neglect the animals and to resist our officers who were doing their job, has earned her a well-deserved stay in jail. I appreciate the fine work of Detective Rice and patrol deputies Easterling and Dominguez.”

Obituary

Nan Pierson Simmons
May 23, 1932 - July 20, 2017


Lacombe Woman Died From Gunshot - Not From Fire

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of Nanette Krentel, a pre-school teacher and wife of St. Tammany Fire District 12 Chief Stephen Krentel, after an autopsy revealed her death was not caused by the fire that engulfed her Lacombe-area home late last week.
On Friday (July 14, 2017) deputies and fire personnel from several fire districts were dispatched to a home on Philip Smith Road in Lacombe and found the home fully engulfed in flames. 
After extinguishing the fire, a badly burned body was located inside the residence. The Coroner's Office used DNA to positively identify the body and performed an autopsy. The autopsy revealed a gunshot wound and determined that her death was not caused by the fire.
Detectives with the STPSO Major Crimes Unit are working the death investigation, which remains ongoing.
The fire investigation is being handled by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.
If you have information about this case, please call Detective Daniel Buckner at 985-898-2338.

Obituary

Eula C Seal
November 13, 1941 - July 20, 2017


Staff From Gov. Edwards Office Coming in August

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Office of Constituent Services, as part of a new Constituent Services Program, will be meeting with constituents face to face and offer assistance with questions and concerns regarding state agencies.
Deputy Chief of Staff Johnny Anderson and his staff will now visit communities statewide to meet in-person with the great people we serve,” said Gov. Edwards. 
The schedule includes meetings at St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers in Mandeville on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 9 am to 12 pm; Washington Parish Council Chambers in Franklinton on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm., and  Tangipahoa Parish Council Chambers in Amite on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. 
For more information, click here.

Obituary

Gerald Cleveland Smith
January 29, 1944 - July 19, 2017


SPD Looking for Man who Chased, Rammed Car

Slidell Police are looking for Kevin Spann (35), who is responsible for violently ramming his estranged girlfriend’s vehicle, causing her to crash Wednesday (July 19, 2017) morning around 10:00 am.
Witnesses observed a 2002 silver Chevrolet Cavalier purposely ramming another vehicle on Gause Boulevard, causing it to spin out of control and crash. When police arrived, they located an injured female inside of the crashed vehicle. The woman told police that her estranged boyfriend, Kevin Spann, was angry at her, chased her down Gause Boulevard, and continuously rammed her vehicle until she crashed. Witnesses say that Spann fled the area, heading towards Lacombe.
Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Spann for aggravated assault. Spann is believed to be in the Slidell or Lacombe area. Spann is 5’9” tall, approximately 210 pounds, and has a tattoo on his left forearm that says “K Dog”. The Chevrolet Cavalier is missing the drivers-side rearview mirror.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Kevin Spann is asked to call the Slidell Police Department at 985-643-3131 or 911.

Obituary

Bennie Jean Smith
January 22, 1950 - July 2017


Comments on Bogalusa Completed 2016 Audit

CPA Robert A. Neilson provided brief comments regarding his recently completed audit of the finances of the City of Bogalusa. Neilson informed the Council his opinion is an unmodified opinion (the best that can be given). He advised that a deficit occurred in 2016 due to about $400,000 in flood expenses, expenses that the administration expects to recover from FEMA.
Neilson reported that, because the City's funds had been so well managed over the previous two years, the City's ending fund balances are positive by about $7,000. Neilson stated, “Your revenues are down, your expenses are up and you still balance your budget. I don't think many people understand exactly what you are accomplishing with their money . . . You guys are knocking it out of the park.”
To view the full Bogalusa Council meeting of July 19, 2017 click here to see it on the City's website 
or click here to see it on our website.

Bogalusa 2016 Audit Report Comments from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for July 19, 2017

Benjamin Sheridan was booked 07/19 on the charge of Aggravated Assault
Jeffery Sumrall was booked 07/19 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line), No MVI, Possession of Maarijuana, Obstructon of Justice, and Expired License Plate
Dequantus Conerly was booked 07/19 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Obstruction of Justice
Tynesha Johnson was booked 07/19 on the charges of Failure to Provide Proper Info, Obstruction of Justice, and No Permit/Registration/Eye Goggles (Motorcycle)
Nikita Mark was booked 07/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
David Shook was booked 07/19 In For Court
Stephen French was booked 07/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Manufacture/Cultivation of Schedule 1 Drugs, Improper Lane Useage, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Troy Samford was booked 07/19 on the charge of Probation Violation
Joseph Easterling was booked 07/19 In From Court
Aimee Humphries was booked 07/19 In From Court

Slidell Dad Indicted With 1st Degree Murder of Infant

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Anthony Dearmas (25) of Slidell with first degree murder Thursday (July 20, 2017) in the death of his 7-week-old son in May.
The baby had been left in Dearmas’ care and was found to be unresponsive when police arrived at a Slidell home on May 10. The infant later died as a result of blunt force trauma and multiple skull fractures.

Former STM Recreation Director Charged With Theft

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Anthony Benson Andre (58), former director of St. Tammany Parish Recreation District No. 4, was charged Thursday (July 20, 2017) with theft over $750 but less than $5,000 for the alleged misuse of district funds.
The charges stem from an investigative report by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office, which found personal charges on the district’s credit card and undocumented cash travel advances.
“When you are in a position of public trust, you will be held accountable,” Montgomery said.

Slidell PD Officers Intervene in Suicide Attempt

While patrolling last night, two Slidell Police officers observed a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot. Upon further investigation, the officers observed a hose running from the exhaust pipe to the inside of the vehicle. The officers immediately recognized this to be a suicide attempt. The officers were able to successfully talk to the person inside of the vehicle, stopped the suicide attempt, and were able to get this person the help they needed. There is no doubt that the officer’s actions saved this person’s life.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal wants to take this opportunity to remind people that there is help readily available in St. Tammany Parish. The S.T.O.P.S. program’s mission (St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide) is to reduce the incidence of suicide and its devastating aftermath in our community. By fostering prevention, intervention, and postvention resources, they seek to create a community safety net for individuals and families in crisis. If you, or someone you know, are feeling depressed (or are exhibiting signs of suicide), please call 211 or 1-800-273-TALK

Alcohol Thief Caught by SPD After Foot Chase

A man, who has been caught stealing from Walmart twice in the last three weeks, fled from Slidell police yesterday (July 19) as he tried to get away with hundreds of dollars worth of liquor.
Jarrett Trosclair (38) of Houma was caught on July 3rd at a Walmart for stealing over $600 worth of merchandise. Less than three weeks later, Trosclair was caught at another Walmart for trying to steal hundreds of dollars worth of liquor. This time, Trosclair tried to flee from Slidell Police, but was caught after a brief foot chase.

July 20, 2017

No Serious Injuries in Bogalusa Street Sweeper Crash

Major Percy Knight, Bogalusa Police Department's Public Information Officer, advises that at 6:55 Wednesday (July 19, 2017) morning BPD received a call about a vehicle accident at the intersection of S. Columbia Street and Long Avenue.  
Khadijah Buckley (22) of Bogalusa was traveling east on Long Avenue in a 2009 Nissan Altima when she failed to yield for the stop sign at the intersection of S. Columbia Street and struck a street sweeper that was traveling North on S. Columbia Street. The street sweeper was operated by Zachary Riley (21) of Bogalusa, who is an employee of the City of Bogalusa Public Works Division. The impact caused the street sweeper to overturn onto its side. Riley was properly restrained by a safety lap belt that kept him from being ejected. The Bogalusa Fire Department and Northshore Emergency Medical Service were also dispatched to the wreck scene.
Zachary Riley was transported by Northshore EMS to Our Lady Of Angles Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Khadijah Buckley was cited for Failure to Yield.

Amite Resident Killed / Sun Resident Injured in Crash

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded on Tuesday (July 18, 2017) to a fatal crash on LA 43 at the intersection of LA 16 in St. Helena Parish that claimed the life of Amite resident Jesus Luis Munoz (age 65).
Troopers determined that as he turned left onto LA 16 from LA 43, Munoz failed to yield to a vehicle driven by Sun resident Victor D. Pierce (60) who was towing a 20’ flatbed trailer. Following the collision, Pierce’s vehicle continued into the parking lot of Miller’s Grocery and crashed into two parked vehicles.
Munoz was properly restrained but was pronounced deceased on-scene. Pierce was also properly restrained at the time of the crash. He suffered moderate injuries and was transported to North Oaks Health Systems by Acadian Air Med.