October 30, 2017

Obituary

Bryan Joseph Blackwell
July 6, 1957 - October 30, 2017


Obituary

Eugene Carter Corkern
September 19, 1932 - October 29, 2017


Covington Man Guilty of Sexually Abusing Children

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Charles L. Pineda (66) of  Covington guilty Friday (October 27, 2017) of two counts of sexual battery of a victim under 13. Pineda is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 12 before District Judge Raymond Childress. Pineda faces 25 years to 99 years in prison, with at least the first 25 years being without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
Following the jury’s guilty verdict, Childress set a $20,000 sentencing bond, over the objection of Assistant District Attorneys Blake Peters and Holly McGinness, who prosecuted the case.
Pineda, who was a friend of the victim’s family, was charged with sexually abusing one of the victims from the time she was about 8 years old until she turned 12 years old, from 2008 through 2012. The second victim was 5 years old when she was sexually abused by Pineda on or about Oct. 12, 2014.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 29, 2017

Ebony Cooper was booked 10/29 on the charges of Criminal Damage and Disturbing the Peace
Keith Cooper was booked 10/29 on the charges of Probation Violation and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
William Beal was booked 10/29 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Switched License Plates, and Driving Under Suspension
Roderick Toomer was booked 10/29 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Battery on a Correctional Facility Employee, Domestic Abuse Battery, Battery on a Police Officer, and Aggravated Assault
Jennifer Massey Ross was booked 10/29 on the charges of Accessory After the Fact and Possession of Stolen Property

Picayune Man Guilty of Battery, Burglary, Agg. Battery

A St. Tammany Parish jury found Brian Henry Pittman (34) of Picayune guilty last Wednesday (October 25, 2017) of aggravated battery, attempted armed robbery, and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. Sentencing is set for December 15, 2017 before Judge Richard Swartz. Pittman faces from 5 to 20 years for the aggravated battery charge, 25 to 99 years for the attempted armed robbery, and 6 to 24 years for the simple burglary.
The 44-year-old victim was cooking on a grill on the patio of his Slidell home on March 29, 2015, when Pittman entered the victim’s yard and asked for money. Pittman then brandished a knife, struck the victim in the face, and entered the victim’s home to look for items of value. Pittman was linked to the case by DNA found on a cap he left behind at the scene.

Obituary

Donna Smith Arceneaux
November 5, 1976 - October 24, 2017


Obituary

Everlena Warren
July 20, 1935 - October 26, 2017


Obituary

Leonard Parker
November 10, 1924 - October 28, 2017


Obituary

Billie Ann Corkern
June 21, 1930 - October 28, 2017


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Shelton "Shell" Ballard
January 25, 1931 - October 29, 2017


Obituary

Pamela Marie "Pam" Warren
July 21, 1976 - October 27, 2017 


October 28, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 27, 2017

Darrell Larose was booked 10/27 on the charges of Entry/Remain on Premises After Forbidden and Disturbing the Peace
Charles Martin was booked 10/27 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension (2 counts), Failure to Appear (2 counts), Drivers License Not On Person, Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, and Theft 750 or Less


Obituary

Michael Terry Summers
October 9, 1957 - October 26, 2017


Obituary

Amanda Lynn Weathers
February 17, 1981 - October 25, 2017


Obituary

Freeda Melissa Corkern Remington
August 9, 1927 - October 25, 2017


St. Tammany Parish Grand Jury Indictments for Murders and Rape

In addition to St. Tammany grand jury indictments previously announced (see separate article) of former St. Tammany deputies Kenneth Szalajeski and Jordan Anthony Hollenbeck, District Attorney Warren Montgomery has announced three other indictments returned by the St. Tammany grand jury on October 26, 2017. They are of a 17-year-old for killing his stepfather, a Pearl River man for second degree murder, and a Lacombe man for rape and burglary.
Daniel T. Hamilton (17) of Ragley, Louisiana is accused of the second degree murder of his stepfather, James K. Hamilton at the victim's Covington home between March 4 and March 7 of 2016. He is also accused of soliciting another person on September 1, 2017, to kill two people. 
Joseph Adam Thibodeaux, III (25) of Pearl River is accused of killing Douglas James Evans, Jr., in an incident on or about July 30, 2017. Thibodeaux also is accused of assaulting a household member with a knife in the presence of a minor, who was 13 years or younger at the time.
Ronald Douglas Moore, Jr. (25) of Lacombe is accused of entering a home on Monroe Street in Mandeville without authorization and raping a woman there between August 4, 2017, and August 5, 2017.

Franklinton Aldermen Approve Rate Increases

Following public hearings, the Franklinton Board of Aldermen approved water, sewage, and gas rate increases Tuesday (October 24, 2017). To read details of the increases, click here.
In other business, the Aldermen

  • approved a zoning change to facilitate the location of a new business, Tractor Supply Retail Store. It will be built near Magee Autoplex on Highway 10 east of Franklinton.
  • approved a resolution requesting LA DOTD, Division of Aviation to provide funds required to complete airport improvements.
  • approved the hiring of Ellen Waskom to begin training to fill the Municipal Clerk position upon the retirement of Merty Fitzmorris.
  • accepted the retirement of Christopher Jones from the Fire Department.
  • announced Trick or Treat hours to be from 6 pm to 8 pm on October 31st.

Two Former St. Tammany Deputies Indicted

District Attorney Warren Montgomery and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith announced today the indictments and arrests Thursday (October 26, 2017) of two former Sheriff’s Office deputies in separate cases. 
Kenneth Szalajeski (35) of Folsom was indicted and arrested on two counts of distribution of marijuana and two counts of malfeasance in office. Szalajeski is accused of seizing marijuana and other contraband from a private citizen, while acting in the capacity of a Deputy Sheriff, and later distributing the marijuana to another private citizen on or about May 28, 2016, and on or about Oct. 25, 2016.
Jordan Anthony Hollenbeck (33) of Slidell was indicted and arrested with malfeasance in office. Hollenbeck is accused of, while working as a narcotics investigator, “established a relationship with an illegal prescription pill distributor in order to unlawfully receive narcotics for consumption” on or about Sept. 1, 2016. He also is accused of communicating information regarding one or more confidential informants to an illegal distributor of prescription pills for personal gain on at least two occasions—on or about April 10, 2017, and on or about July 13, 2017.

Opiod Deaths Nearby Since 2012

Message from Senator Beth Mizell
As we discuss Trump's message on the Opiod crisis, here are the numbers since 2012 on Louisiana--specificially, St Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington caught my eye. It's a sad picture and a tragedy for our state. 50 deaths in St Tammany, 15 in Washington and 5 in Tangipahoa should have all of us working toward solutions, It's not just a law enforcement issue. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 26, 2017

Ahmed Al-Iaswi was booked 10/26 on the charges of Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor, Pornography Involving Juveniles, and Indecent behavior With Juvenile(s)
Ezekiel Odom was booked 10/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
Nicholas Vaughn was booked 10/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
Wesley Herndon was booked 10/26 on the charge of Simple Arson

October 27, 2017

Way Too Much Violence!

The November 6, 2017 trial of Franklinton resident Margaret Stockstill, for the April 14, 2017 shooting death of Cody Crouch, has been delayed by District Judge Peter Garcia due to Kristin Copeland, the only eyewitness, not being available.
Crouch was the fiance of Kristin Copeland, the only eyewitness to the shooting and a friend of Stockstill. Copeland is not available to testify because – now get this – she has a new boyfriend and on October 17, 2017 she was arrested for the multiple stabbing of said new boyfriend, Patrick Day, during a domestic disturbance in Goodbee.
And, Patrick Day has since been arrested on warrants accusing him of domestic abuse battery/strangulation, criminal damage and aggravated assault with a firearm – said offenses committed during another domestic violence disturbance involving Day and Crouch. 

RMC's "Tailgate for TATAS" is November 4

Riverside Medical Center will host "Tailgate for TATAS" on Saturday, November 4, 2017

from 10 am to 2 pm. This is a family-friendly tailgate party to help raise awareness for breast cancer. There will be entertainment and jambalaya and gumbo cook-off contests. Proceeds go to women's health and education
Be sure to come out and support this worthy cause.

Fun Stuff at Bogue Chitto State Park

Boo Fest with trick or treating and haunted hay ride is coming tomorrow, Friday, October 27 beginning at 7:00 pm. Then, in two weeks, on November 11-12, the Best of America by Horseback trail ride will happen. Fun Fall events in a beautiful state park. 

Transient Worker and Career Criminal Arrested for Terrorizing Pearl River Family

The Pearl River Police Department is pleased to bring a little comfort to a family who had been tormented for several days by threatening phone calls and text messages from an unknown stalker, later identified as Melvin Pablo. Telephone recordings and text messages show that Pablo explicitly threatened to violently kill members of this local family and to brutally rape a pre-teen girl and pre-teen boy of that family. The family, whose name is being protected, stayed home from work and kept their children home from school for several days out of fear.
Pablo, a transient worker and convicted felon who had been arrested nearly twenty times, was arrested in Texas, transported to Pearl River, and booked on the charges of Terrorizing and  Improper Telephone Communications.
“Protecting Pearl River from violent criminals is absolutely our top priority. No one gets to make these kinds of horrific threats, especially towards small children, and get away with it. It doesn’t matter where these kinds of criminals run off to. My officers will track them down and bring them to justice,” said Chief “JJ” Jennings.

Kentwood's "Let's Go Pink" Walk is Saturday


Three Wanted for Burglaries in St. Tammany

Cameron Miller (DOB 5/9/1997), Corey Miller (DOB 1/4/1999) and Adam Perkins (6/29/1995) are wanted for multiple vehicle burglaries that occurred in recent weeks in the Mandeville area. Guns, credit cards and tools were taken during the burglaries. In all cases, the vehicles were unlocked. 
The men are likely in possession of some of the weapons stolen during the crimes and should not be approached.
Call 911 or Detective Foltmer at (985) 276-1330 if you have information about their whereabouts.
All three have been arrested for similar crimes in the past, and Adam Perkins is also wanted for a probation violation. They are believed to be staying in the Ponchatoula-Baton Rouge area but also have ties to the Robert and Covington areas. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 25, 2017

Kennith Pierce was booked 10/25 In From Court
Shamar Alexander was booked 10/25 In From Court
Christopher Miller was booked 10/25 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Switched License Plates, No Insurance, Expired Drivers License, and Excessive Noise (2 counts)




Obituary

Barbara Sue Fisher
June 25, 1945 - October 24, 2017 


October 26, 2017

Bogalusa PD: Two Pursuits – Two Stolen Vehicles – Two Juvenile Arrests

Over this past weekend, the Bogalusa Police Department patrol shift "D" were involved in two separate vehicle pursuits that resulted in two stolen vehicles recovered and two juvenile arrests.

Nanette Krentel Death Investigation Update

Nanette Krentel’s badly burned body was located inside the remains of her Lacombe-area home after fire burned the residence to the ground on July 14, 2017. An autopsy confirmed her cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head.
In an update on the investigation, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office advises that 
  • the intensity of the fire, is making this a difficult and lengthy investigation.
  • FBI agents have been provided access to the entire case file and are reanalyzing certain pieces of evidence and information obtained during the investigation.
  • STPSO detectives have narrowed down the time of her death based on video evidence, witness interviews, and digital records.
  • After examining the weapons and projectiles found near the body, at least one of the weapons found cannot be ruled out as the weapon used to kill Nanette Krentel.
  • The STPSO will continue to work with the FBI, State Fire Marshal’s Office and the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, until all leads are exhausted.
Sheriff Randy Smith said, “We remain committed to continuing to do everything in our power to bring justice for Nanette Krentel and closure to the family.”

Click here for background on this case

Obituary

Bobby Ray Anderson
July 30, 1932 - October 24, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 24, 2017

Joseph Freeman was booked 10/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500, and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100
Jacolvia Brown was booked 10/24 on the charge of Parole Violation
Runeshia Abron was booked 10/24 on the charge of Fraud-Attempting to Obtain CDS
Adonis Ard was booked 10/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Theft 750 or Less
Holly Ard was booked 10/24 on the charge of Theft 750 or Less
Stacy Brumfield was booked 10/24 on the charge of Probation Violation
Chad Williams was booked 10/24 on the charges of Speeding 41 or More Over Limit, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Kyleir Lee was booked 10/24 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Justin Chatellier was booked 10/24 on the charge of Contempt of Cou
rtRobert Butler was booked 10/24 on the charge of Failure to Appear

October 25, 2017

Washington Parish Councilman Pete Thomas Resigns

Washington Parish District 5 Councilman Pete Thomas announced his resignation from the Council at the Parish Council meeting Monday night (October 23, 2017). The reason for the resignation is that Thomas, who has served for six years, no longer lives in District 5. Thomas and his family suffered the loss of their house in a April, 2017 fire.
Parish President Richard Thomas and Pete's fellow Councilmen praised Thomas for his  years of service and wished him and his family well.
As mandated by the parish's Home Rule Charter, a replacement will be appointed by the Council to serve until an election is held to fill the balance of Thomas' term. The interim appointment will be ineligible to be a candidate in that election.


WP Councilman Pete Thomas 10232017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

WP Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting Death

Shortly after midnight on October 24, 2017, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call concerning a shooting death on Highway 16 south of Franklinton.
Donna Arceneaux (40), a resident of the Highway 16 address, was found in her bed by two friends who had been unable to contact her, went to her residence, and discovered her on a bed with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Deputies and detectives have been on the scene investigating what, at this time, is being treated as an unclassified shooting death. The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab has been on site processing the scene for evidence. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “It is always tragic when any person loses their life in such a manner. Our detectives will continue to investigate this shooting death until the matter is resolved. Meanwhile, I ask you to join with me in prayer for the victim’s family and friends.”


Former DA Investigator from Bogalusa Charged

Acting United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MICHAEL J. COTTON (68) of Bogalusa and a former Investigator with the 22nd JDC District Attorney's Office was charged today in (October 24, 2017) with soliciting sexual favors from a woman in exchange for obtaining a bond reduction for her boyfriend.
According to the Bill of Information, COTTON was responsible for investigating matters involving the issuance of bad checks, including initiating cases, reviewing records, interacting with victims, collecting fees and restitution from offenders, and obtaining warrants from municipal judges.
On July 10, 2015, COTTON is alleged to have demanded sexual favors from a female identified as “Victim 1” in exchange for seeking a bond reduction for her boyfriend from $25,000 to a $30 signature bond.
If convicted, COTTON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
Acting United States Attorney Evans reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Obituary

Barbara Waters Godsey
April 16, 1950 - October 23, 2017


Obituary

Chancellor Paul Jefferson
March 24, 1971 - October 20, 2017


Obituary

Jeffa Dee Peters
April 21, 1929 - October 19, 2017


Numerous Events in Bogalusa in Next Few Days

Over the next few days, the following events are scheduled:
Superior Avenue Baptist Church Fall Festival, Wednesday, October 25th, 5:30-8:00 P.M.
Business On The Block Fall Festival, Friday, October 27th, 5:00-8:00 P.M., at Cassidy Park, featuring Inflatables and a Pet & Kid Costume Contest, Sponsored by Bogalusa Businesses
Monroe Street Baptist Church Homecoming, Sunday, October 29th, 11:00 A.M., Dinner on the Ground after Worship Service.
First Baptist Church Trunk O Treat, Sunday, October 29th, 5:30 P.M.
Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church Trunk O Treat, Ave.B Sports Complex, Tuesday, October 31st, 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church Fall Festival, Sunday, November 5th, 4:00 P.M.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 23, 2017

Steven Keaton was booked 10/23 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Angie Stewart was booked 10/23 on the charge of Exploitation of the Infirm


October 24, 2017

Bogalusa Woman Arrested for Financial Exploitation of Elderly Relative

Angie S. Stewart (42) of Bogalusa was arrested today (October 23, 2017) for the financial exploitation of an elderly relative. If convicted, Stewart faces a possible fine of up to $10,000 and a possible prison sentence of up to ten years, or both.
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating Stewart's illegal activities in January of 2017. The WPSO Press Release states that Angie Stewart was granted power of attorney over her relative’s finances to ensure that the estate would be used solely for the care of the elderly relative. Instead, the finances were used to benefit Stewart, causing the elderly relative to endure severe financial hardship and the possible loss of her residence. The power of attorney was revoked in early 2017.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “There is no way that I can fully comprehend an evil deed such as this. Words cannot adequately express the disgust that I feel. Detective Rice spent many, many long hours on this case and did an exceptional job unraveling the complicated web of fraud and abuse which has gone on for the past several years. Finally, Stewart is being brought to justice and the matter is now in the hands of the criminal justice system to determine her fate. Thank you, Detective Rice, for your exceptional work.”

Two Mt. Hermon Teens Arrested After Gun Incident

On October 19, 2017, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Michelle Brumfield and Deputy Justin Blackwell responded to a report of numerous gun shots being fired on Thomas Cryer Road in Mt. Hermon. They discovered many spent shell casings in the roadway and, following an investigation, arrested two teens. Two weapons were recovered, one of which had been stolen previously in Denham Springs.
The younger teen was referred to juvenile authorities. The older teen, Johnell Kavon Matthews (17) was placed in jail on the charges of possession of a stolen firearm, illegal discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Lt. Brumfield and Deputy Blackwell did a great job. I appreciate all that these fine officers did and am grateful to the cooperative parents of these two teens. It is always disheartening to see young men like this involved in criminal activity. I hope this will serve as a wake-up call to them and help them to get on the right track to become productive citizens.”

Obituary

Nadine Lambert Bridges
December 15, 1927 - October 22, 2017


Owl's Well That Ends Well! - A Happy Ending

This is not a play by Shakespeare, but it is a story with a happy ending.
During the recent Washington Parish Fair, concerned citizens found an injured owl in a parking lot at the fairgrounds and brought it to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office command post. Detective Demmie Rice took custody of the owl and made contact with the Magnolia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana which in turn referred her to the Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary in Livingston Parish.
Detective Rice talked with Leslie Lattimore of Wings of Hope who agreed to take the owl and provide necessary care and treatment. Detective Rice then transported the injured owl and turned it over to Ms. Lattimore.
“This was our first owl rescue,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I am so grateful to the good folks who found it and brought it to us so we could locate a good rescue habitat. The Magnolia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana has always been a good partner in dealing with animal issues and we are now pleased to welcome a new partner, Wings of Hope. I am delighted this ended well.”

WPSO Solves Burglary Cases: Mt. Hermon Area Man Charged

Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Release
On October 17, 2017, Brady Lee Caughlin (25), a resident of Jim Edwards Road in Mt. Hermon, earned his fourth stay in the Washington Parish Jail and is charged with possession of stolen property (2 counts), burglary, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of heroin.
A Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigation revealed that Caughlin was involved in two residential burglaries, one on Tob Wilson Road and the other on Lee Road. A search warrant executed at Caughlin's residence resulted in the discovery of several items which had been stolen from the two residences. Those items included firearms, a four wheeler, dirt bikes, a generator, cameras, a large amount of ammunition and other property belonging to the victims.
Detectives learned that Caughlin had sold other stolen firearms to unknown individuals. Anyone who might have purchased a firearm or any other items from Brady Lee Caughlin is asked to contact Detective Corbet Hunt at (985) 661-2021 or (985) 839-3434. It is believed that Caughlin may have been involved in other thefts and the investigation continues.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 20-22, 2017

Lee Brandon was booked 10/20 on the charge of Simple Battery
Robert Warren was booked 10/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and Mufflers: Excessive Noise, Fumes and Smoke
Elliot Bickham was booked 10/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, and Failure to Appear
Derlon Crain was booked 10/21 on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Arlandus Owens was booked 10/21 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Resisting an Officer, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Christopher Tate was booked 10/21 on the charges of Hit and Run, Careless Operation, No Insurance, and No Drivers License
Destin Kelly was booked 10/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), No Seat Belt, and Open Container in Vehicle
Grant Davidson was booked 10/22 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Attachment
Eron Williams was booked 10/22 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)

October 22, 2017

Tylertown and Osyka Men Among Four Booked for Burglary

Source: The Daily Leader by Donna Campbell
Alex Rivero (30) of Tylertown, Courtney Barron (age not available) of Osyka, Ira King (27) of Brookhaven, Ms., Heather Wacker of Oakvale, Ms., and Kevin Rutland (26) of Ruth, Ms. were arrested after a homeowner reported to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office that he was receiving alerts on his phone that something was amiss at his vacation house that should have been unoccupied.
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said when deputies arrived, “There were three on scene, one down the road and and, about an hour later, one came out of the woods,” he said. “They scattered when they (the deputies) got there.”
Several of the five will be charged with two counts of burglary since it appears some were also involved in the earlier burglary at that address, Rushing said.

Lots of Options for Your Fall Garden

Fall has started and it’s time to plant your vegetable garden. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains the different vegetables you can grow and guidelines for choosing the best plants.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 19, 2017

Russell Blackwell was booked 10/19 on the charge of Possession of Heroin
Mark Falgoust was booked 10/19 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Lewis Lang was booked 10/19 on the charges of Attempted Possession of Heroin and Possession of an Alleged Substance
Brandon Wise was booked 10/19 on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Driving Under Suspension, and Failure to Appear
Lisa Dunaway was booked 10/19 on the charge of Parole Violation
Garrett Hicks was booked 10/19 on the charges of Alcohol Possession by Person Under 21 and Possession of Fraudulent ID Documents

Obituary

Kenneth"Ken" Earle Collins, Sr.
April 25, 1936 - October 19, 2017


Obituary

Jodi Ann Herrington
June 27, 1979 - October 17, 2017 


Obituary

Jacob Paul Zeringue
December 3, 1979 - October 18, 2017 


October 20, 2017

Only One Minor Incident Reported on First Day of Fair

On October 18, 2017, the Franklinton Police Department responded to an incident at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds that began with an argument and led to a fight. During the altercation, witnesses told Officers one individual fired a BB gun at another individual, who sustained a minor injury to his back. Officers from the Franklinton Police Department and Rayburn Correctional Center quickly responded, after a foot pursuit, 2 individuals were taken into custody. Neither had a weapon on them at the time and a search of the area did not reveal any weapons. Another individual was located and taken into custody and later charged with Disturbing the Peace by Fighting.
The investigation continues and with more arrests to follow. Chief Olander Smith said, "We will not tolerate anyone fighting or causing a disturbance which would interrupt the Fair”. He commended officers for their quick response to the situation and apprehending the persons involved.

Organized Crime Snuffed Out Over A $7 Waffle House Tab

In the early morning hours of Saturday, October 14, 2017, Pearl River Police Officers responded to a call at Waffle House of two subjects that had left without paying their $7.00 bill and had fled in a U-Haul van. The van was located and Richard A. Brown, a resident of Indiana, fled on foot.  Stayshawn D. Stephens, driver of the van and a resident of California, was apprehended. With the assistance of K-9 Scout, Brown was located in a wooded area near I-59 and apprehended.
Officers found and seized several fake identification cards, counterfeit credit cards and credit card skimming devices, as well as a Waffle House receipt for $7.41.
The investigation uncovered an interstate criminal organization involved in a highly sophisticated identity theft scheme operating out of Los Angeles, California. Stephens and Brown had flown into New Orleans and are alleged to have driven to various gas stations and illicitly installed credit card skimming devices in the gas pumps.
Brown and Stephens were booked on numerous charges. This is still an ongoing investigation, and the Pearl River Police Department is currently working with the U.S. Secret Service Financial Crimes Taskforce and other local agencies.
Pearl River Police Chief “JJ” Jennings said, “Let this be a lesson on etiquette as well; pay your bill and tip your waitress.”

Goodbee Man Stabbed by His Girlfriend

A Goodbee couple is facing charges after two separate domestic violence incidents, one of which resulted in the man being stabbed multiple times.
Early Tuesday morning (October 17, 2017), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Jones Road off Tantella Ranch Road in Goodbee after neighbors called to report a disturbance.
Responding deputies found Patrick Day (31) of Goodbee suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was located in the woods across from a residence and airlifted to a local hospital. His wounds are not believed to life threatening.
His girlfriend, Kristin Copeland (28) was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for one count of Aggravated Second Degree Battery.
Upon release from the hospital, Day will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on warrants for domestic abuse battery/strangulation, criminal damage and aggravated assault with a firearm. These charges stem from an October 7, 2017 domestic violence incident between the couple.

Tickfaw Resident Booked on Child Pornography

Troopers with the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit conducted a joint undercover online investigation with the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office that led to the arrest of 52-year-old Vernon E. Sweeney Jr., (52) of Tickfaw.
During the execution of a search warrant on October 17, 2017, Troopers found evidence that Sweeney, a registered sex offender, was in Possession of Child Pornography. The investigation is ongoing. Sweeney was booked on one count of Distribution of Child Pornography (Under Age of 13), and Fifty Counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

Two Killed in Crash on I-55 High-Rise

Early Wednesday morning (October 18, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle crash on the elevated section of I-55 that claimed the lives of nterstate 55 northbound near milepost 21. The crash has claimed the lives of Earl J. Daigle (78) and his passenger Anna Nimon (73), both from Schriever.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Daigle's vehicle was struck from behind by a truck driven by Brian D. Gregoire of Ponchatoula. Daigle’s vehicle crashed into the right bridge rail, overturned, and then struck the left bridge rail. Nimon, the front seat passenger, was pronounced deceased on-scene and Daigle died after being transported to North Oaks Health Systems. Gregoire was not injured in the crash. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts and impairment is not suspected as a contributing factor. The investigation is ongoing. Any criminal findings will be forwarded to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office pending the outcome of the investigation.

Obituary

Stella McDaniel Heth
September 21, 1946 - October 18, 2017


Obituary

Johnnystein Brock
January 06, 1945 - October 13, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 18, 2017

Cardareus Carter was booked 10/18 on the charge of Attempted Arson
Emelda Matthews was booked 10/18 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Attempted Arson, Theft Under 750, and Failure to Appear

October 19, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 17, 2017

Anthony Voltolina was booked 10/17 on the charges of Contempt of Court (6 counts)
Brady Caughlin was booked 10/17 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property (2 counts), Simple Burglary, Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of Heroin
Travis Singley was booked 10/17 In From Court
Brandon Ishee was booked 10/17 on the charge of Probation Violation
Shanita Weary was booked 10/17 In From Court
Kent Magee was booked 10/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Failure to Pay Fine, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)

October 18, 2017

Three Jailed for Attempted Arson

Source: Picayune Item
Two Slidell Men and one from Pearl River County, Ms. Have been jailed after the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department, in combination with the state fire marshal’s office, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Lamar County Swat Team, averted an alleged attempt to intentionally set a home on fire.
The case began with a tip that Don Osbourn (54), a Pearl River County resident, enlisted the help of two men to burn the unidentified home down on Oct. 11, 2017. A team of investigators set up surveillance on the residence on October 11th and, just before 8 pm, they observed a suspect, later identified of Mikell Milling (43) of Slidell emerge from a shed near the home. Milling, who was wearing a gorilla mask, climbed onto the roof and poured flammable liquids through a vent pipe into the attic.  At that point, Milling was taken into custody.
The investigation determined that Osbourn hired Milling to burn the home and Joseph Gilley (43) of Slidell was also involved in the plot. Osbourn was arrested later on the night of October 11th and Gilley was picked up October 12th in St. Tammany Parish on a warrant.

Obituary

Leon C. Sampere
November 11, 1933 - October 15, 2017


Obituary

Earl Dyson
December 2, 1953 - October 16, 2017


Obituary

Tom Warren
April 02, 1934 - October 13, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 16, 2017

Keith Smith was booked 10/16 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Terry Baham was booked 10/16 In From Court
Derion Clark was booked 10/16 on the charge of Aggravated Assault
Selena Quave was booked 10/16 In For Court

October 17, 2017

Franklinton Police Arrest Convicted Felon

On October 15, 2017, at approximately 9:00 pm, Franklinton Police Department Officers were dispatched to a complaint of illegal discharge of firearms in the 1000 block of T.W. Barker Drive. Witnesses told Franklinton Police Department Dispatch a black male was seen running down Mason Street, following the shots. As Officers arrived in the area they observed a black male standing in the area. Officers spoke with the male who was identified as Lamarius Lowe of Franklinton.
During the course of the investigation and for Officer safety, a pat-down was conducted of Lowe where Officers discovered a firearm concealed on Lowe's person. Officers arrested Lamarius Lowe for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.
The initial complaint of illegal discharge of a firearm is still under investigation and may produce additional charges at a later date for Lowe.

Man Enters Bar With Samurai Sword – He's Arrested!

Source: Ponchatoula Police Department
Chief Layrisson reports that Shawn Verret was arrested after walking into a local bar holding a samurai sword around 2:00 am on October 15, 2017.
It was determined that earlier in the night, Verret was involved in a verbal altercation with another male inside of the Stray Cats bar and was asked to leave. Verret walked to his vehicle and a short time later he re-entered the bar with a mask on top of his head while holding a samurai sword. Verret was once again asked to leave the premises.
Officers quickly arrived on scene and located the mask and sword. Luckily, there were no injuries. Verret was taken into custody and charged through the state with Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Wearing a Mask in a Public Place, Terrorizing, and also Failure to Appear warrants through the city of Ponchatoula.
Shawn Verret is a convicted felon with a long criminal history that dates back to 1994. He has been arrested for numerous burglaries, numerous charges involving possession of illegal drugs, domestic abuse battery, and 4 armed robberies just to name a few.

Slidell Man Fires “Warning Shots” at his Friends

Samuel Sollberger (24) of Slidell is in jail after he fired “warning shots” at his friends during an argument. Slidell Police responded Saturday night (October 14, 2017) to the report of gunshots near the intersection of West Hall Avenue and Weilwood Drive. When officers arrived, they located several people fleeing.  Sollberger’s friends claim that a verbal argument led to Sollberger kicking them out of his house. As the friends were leaving, they allegedly heard someone inside of residence screaming for help. When they attempted to go back inside of the residence, Sollberger started firing his shotgun and pistol “over their heads as warning shots”. No one was hurt during the altercation.
Sollberger claimed that his friends were aggressive, and refused to leave his residence after he repeatedly asked them to leave. Sollberger then fired several rounds towards his friends as “warning shots”. Investigators located a Mossberg Maverick 12-gauge shotgun and a Raven Arms MP-25 pistol inside of the residence, which are believed to be the guns used during the altercation.
Sollberger was booked into the Slidell City Jail for Illegal Discharge of a Weapon. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

Slidell Man Dies in Early Morning Crash

The Slidell Police Department is investigating an early morning (October 16, 2017) crash which claimed the life of John Parker (20) of Slidell. The crash occurred on Gause Boulevard West in front of the Grande Theater.
The preliminary investigation indicates that Parker, for unknown reasons, crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a pickup truck, driven by Ronald Cittandino (56) of Slidell, hauling a trailer full of sand. 
Parker sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Both Cittandino and his 10-year-old passenger were uninjured. 

Obituary

Debra Jean Richardson
November 10, 1948 - October 15, 2017


Obituary

TerryLee P. Airhart
November 22, 1949 - October 14, 2017


Obituary

Leon Thomas, Sr.
February 28, 1929 - October 15, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 14-15, 2017


Allen Matherne was booked 10/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI or other
Jason Seal was booked 10/14 In From Court
Chad Carden was booked 10/14 In From Court
Jeanne Bowers was booked 10/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Failure to Appear
Zachary Davis was booked 10/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Regina Canoy was booked 10/15 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jennifer Smith was booked 10/15 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Richard Myers was booked 10/15 on the charges of Filing or Maintaining False Public Records, Insurance Fraud, and Failure to Appear
Walter Hopkins was booked 10/15 In From Court and on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Lamarius Lowe was booked 10/15 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Carrying a Concealed Weapon




Obituary

Judith Carol Brown
May 1, 1946 - October 13, 2017


Obituary

Merrel Flynn
December 12, 1937 - October 12, 2017


October 16, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 13, 2017

Joshua Crawford was booked 10/13 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Heroin, and Failure to Appear
Brandon Dueitt was booked 10/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container in Vehicle, and Careless Operation
Johnny Sandifer was booked 10/13 In From Court
Timothy Graves was booked 10/13 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Simple Battery, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment (2 counts), and False Imprisonment
Scottie Route was booked 10/13 In For Court
George Diggs was booked 10/13 In For Court
Jumarcus Palmer was booked 10/13 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Pay Fine

October 15, 2017

Election Results for Washington, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa

WASHINGTON AND ST. TAMMANY PARISHES: Alan Zaunbrecher won over Reginald Laurent 62% to 38% in a race for District Judge, Division H. The race for District Judge, Division E was much closer with each getting a statistical 50%. However, with 100% precincts reporting, Billy Burris received 16277 votes and Jay Adair received 15985.
WASHINGTON PARISH: The Washington Parish Fire District 2 renewal has been approved with 57% and the Washington Parish Fire District 8 renewal has been approved with 66%.
ST. TAMMANY PARISH: In the State Representative District 77 race, Rob Maness (REP) with 37% appears to be in a runoff with Mark Wright (REP) with 25%. Lisa Ward received 21% and Casey Revere received 18%. The runoff election will be held November 18, 2017.
Also in St. Tammany Parish, Council Member, District 2: Dave Fitzgerald (REP) with 70% of the vote has won the seat. Joe Freeman (DEM.) received 18%, Marvin Lawson (NOPTY) received 3%, and Clark Taylor (IND) received 9%. St. Tammany Fire District 8, Proposition 1: The 9.75 mil renewal was approved 62% to 38%. St. Tammany Fire District 8, Proposition 1: The 9.80 mil renewal was approve 61% to 39%. St. Tammany Fire District 8, Proposition 1: The 14.63 mil renewal was approved 59% to 41%. St. Tammany Fire District 12, Proposition 1: The 10 mil renewal was approved 67% to 37%.
TANGIPAHOA PARISH: For Clerk of Court, Gary Stanga has won over Arden Wells 79% to 21%.In the race for Justice of the Peace, Ward 2: Vickie Blades has won with 69% of the vote. Juandalynn Brumfield received 20% and Margie Simmons received 11%.
 

Statewide Election Results

In a statewide election for Treasurer, John Schroder (REP) with 24% and Derrick Edwards (DEM) with 31% are headed for a runoff on November 18, 2017. Other candidates for Treasurer received the following vote percentages:  Angele Davis (REP) 22%, Terry Hughes (REP) 3%, Joseph Little (LBT) 2%, Neil Riser (REP) 18%. John Schroder garnered 40% of the vote in Washington Parish, 35% in Tangipahoa Parish, and 52% in St. Tammany Parish. Derrick Edward received 20% of the vote in Washington Parish, 21% in Tangipahoa Parish, and 17% in St. Tammany.
Also in a statewide referendum, all three Constitutional Amendments have been approved by the voters. Constitutional Amendment 1: Exemption of property taxes for construction sites passed with 66%, Constitutional Amendment 2: Homestead exemption for unmarried surviving spouse passed with 67%, and Constitutional Amendment 3: Dedicate any new taxes (gas) into the Construction Subfund with 53%. 

October 14, 2017

Franklinton: Water - Sewer - Gas Rates to Increase

Residents of Franklinton may soon see their water, sewage and gas bills jump. Three ordinances were introduced at the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday (October 10, 2017) to increase water, sewer and gas rates. The Board will hear comments and vote on the ordinances at their 6:30 pm meeting October 24, 2017.
Water: While the flat rates will increase minimally (From $18 to $19 for residential and $21 to $22 for commercial), residents will see a 25% increase (from $2.00/1000 gallons used to $2.50/1000 gallons used); commercial users will see a 23.8% increase (from $2.10/1000 gallons to $2.60/1000 gallons).
Sewage: Sewage rates will see a bigger jump. The flat rates will increase from $19 to $22 for residential and $25 to $35 for commercial. Residential usage rates will jump $41.67%, from $3.00/1000 gallons used to $4.25/1000 gallons used. Commercial usage rates will jump 28.57%, from $3.50 /1000 gallons used to $4.50/1000 gallons used.
Gas: Residential users will see an increase in the monthly charge of 58.62% (from $7.25 to $11.50). Commercial users will see an increase in the monthly charge of 75.61% (from $10.25 to $18). Usage rates will apparently remain unchanged.
To hear the new rates proposed in the ordinances, click here - the proposed ordinances begin at 2:00 minutes into the video. 
To view the current rate structures, click here and then go to Chapters 20 and 11.

The Two Candidates for District Judge, Division "H" in the 22nd JDC

Website: http://www.azforjudge.com/


Alan Zaunbrecher on Senior Fraud from Mt. Hermon Web-TVon Vimeo.


Website: https://reginaldlaurent.com/

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 12, 2017

Nicole Castilow was booked 10/12 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Luther O'Neal was booked 10/12 on the charge of Aggravated Arson
Steven Seals was booked 10/12 on the charge of Parole Violation
Dale Williams was booked 10/12 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Lacristin Wells was booked 10/12 on the charge of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Joshua Crawford was booked 10/13 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Heroin, and Failure to Appear
Brandon Dueitt was booked 10/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container in Vehicle and Careless Operation
Johnny Sandifer was booked 10/13 In From Court

Obituary

Lamar Friend Brewer
December 3, 1925 - October 10, 2017


Obituary

Jessica Caine Travis
September 14, 1989 - October 12, 2017


Obituary

Stephanie "Stevie" Hoppen
December 19, 1949 - October 13, 2017


Obituary

Johnnye Mae Sibley Butler
March 07, 1914 - October 12, 2017


October 13, 2017

Covington Man Booked on Child Pornography

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has arrested Victor Loraso (36) of Covington on charges of child pornography, and he is asking the public for their assistance and information on the alleged perpetrator.
“Today’s arrest is another step forward in making our communities safer,” said General Landry. “However, our work is not done. I am asking anyone with information or concerns about Victor Loraso to please contact my Cyber Crime Unit.”
The arrest followed a joint investigation between the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Unit, Homeland Security investigations, the Louisiana State Police, and the Covington Police Department.
If anyone has information relative to Loraso, please call Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit at 800-256-4506.

Infant Left in Car All Day is Found Dead

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office began an investigation Wednesday (October 11, 2017) into the death of an 8-month-old baby boy after he had been left in a car from about 8:00 am until about 4:30 pm Wednesday.
The child's guardian thought she had dropped the child off at a daycare on her way to work Wednesday morning but she had not. She returned to the daycare to pick up the child but the baby was not there. Returning to her vehicle, the guardian found the infant unresponsive in the back seat, still in his car seat. Subsequently, the child was pounced dead at the scene.
It is believed the baby was inside the vehicle all day at the female guardian's place of employment in Hammond. “The guardian has been very cooperative and working with detectives. She’s obviously distraught. This is a tragic situation and that’s why we remind parents all the time that tragedies like this aren’t supposed to happen but they do," Sheriff Edwards said.
Sheriff Edwards would like to report that the ABC Academy, a daycare center in Natalbany, has no involvement with the case or with the child’s death.
Upon completion of this investigation, all evidence and findings will be sent to the DA’s office for review.

Washington Parish Fair Parade Route Information

The lineup for all parade entries (except for marching bands and dance groups) will be at the Eastgate Shopping Center, at 9:30 am. All streets on the parade route will be closed and floats will be brought onto Washington Street. This change will also mean there will be new and additional street closures.
At 9:00 am, all Westbound traffic will be diverted off Hwy. 10 onto Section line Rd. (High School Road) and  traffic coming onto Washington St. from Woods Rd. will be directed to Section Line Rd.
The parade will still start at 10:00 am and travel its traditional route from the intersection of 15th Ave. and Washington St. (First Finance). Once the route is closed, there will be no vehicle traffic allowed on the route. If there is an emergency on the route, contact an officer and emergency services will be contacted.

Obituary

Doris Taylor
June 30, 1932 - October 7, 2017 


Stop by the Tourism Commission Booth at the Fair!

The Washington Parish Tourism Commission will again provide an informational display during the Washington Parish Free Fair. It will be located in the front of the Old Armory building, with Junior Fine Arts and the Washington Parish Genealogical and Historical Society.
The Fair provides a great opportunity to inform our many visitors of all the attractions the parish has to offer and the Tourism Commission also provides local residents with information on attractions and activities in our surrounding area. The tourism office maintains brochures throughout the year, and local information is sent in packets in response to visitor queries.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 11, 2017

Joe Mcanally was booked 10/11 In From Court
Hans Wagner was booked 10/11 In For Court
Christopher Holmes was booked 10/11 on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Distribution of Legend Drug
Eugene Austin, Jr. was booked 10/11 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Andre Johnson was booked 10/11 on the charge of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s)
Lamariel Lewis was booked 10/11 on the charges of Reckess Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Ran Stop Sign, Aggravated Resisting by Flight, No Drivers License, and No Proof of Insurance
Dona Mixon was booked 10/11 on the charges of Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Distribution of Legend Drug

October 12, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for October 9-10, 2017

Toby Mizell was booked 10/09 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Joseph Jarrell was booked 10/10 on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Ryad Syouf was booked 10/10 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Violence Simple Assault
David Miller was booked 10/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Sheriff Seal Offers Advice for Fair Safety

With the dates of the 2017 Washington Parish Free Fair rapidly approaching, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal reminds parish residents and visitors to be cautious as they enjoy the fair.


Sheriff Seal offers the following suggestions for safety:

Obituary

Russell Paul Magee
July 21, 1968 - October 02, 2017


TPSO: Help us get this guy off our streets!

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your help in locating 22-year-old Marquanvius Jones of Hammond. Jones is accused of committing sexual battery during an incident that occurred on August 23, 2017, at a residence in the Hammond area. After a thorough investigation conducted by the TPSO, a warrant has been issued for Jones’ arrest.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jones is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-554-5245. Be a part of the solution and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000!
Jones is also welcome to visit the  TPSO and turn himself in! Jones can contact Juvenile Detective Suanne Guaraggi at 985-345-6150 or 985-902-2011.