November 30, 2017

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrests of Bogalusa and Angie Men

Tyrell Davon McGowan, (30) of Bogalusa and Trevor D. Smith (25) of Angie were arrested on numerous charges by Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputy Tyler Lindsey on November 22, 2017. While patrolling in the Angie area, Deputy Lindsey observed a vehicle with no license plate or inspection sticker and made a traffic stop.
As Deputy Lindsey approached the suspect vehicle on foot, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. As McGowan and Smith exited the vehicle, Deputy Lindsey noticed they were very nervous and searched each man for weapons as he detained them. McGowan gave permission for Deputy Lindsey to search the vehicle. The search revealed several packages of narcotics and a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol which turned out to be stolen.
McGowan was charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs (4 counts), possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs (3 counts), possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV drugs, distribution of Schedule I drugs (3 counts), possession of legend drugs without a prescription, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present, possession of a stolen firearm, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, no license plate and no inspection sticker.
Smith was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 28, 2017

Terry Kemp was booked 11/28 In From Court
Jarvis Diamond was booked 11/28 In From Court
Stacey Grimes was booked 11/28 on the charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm (5 counts) and Possession of Stolen Property
Andrew Hunt was booked 11/28 on the charges of First Degree Rape, Oral Sexual Battery, Sexual Battery, and Aggravated Crime Against Nature

Bogalusa Man Indicted on Murder and Armed Robbery

A Washington Parish grand jury indicted Dakeithan D. Matthews (22) of Bogalusa, Tuesday (November 28, 2017) on charges of second degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm. Matthews is accused of shooting to death Jon Kelly Smith, of Lumberton, Mississippi, and using the handgun to rob another victim on July 1, 2017.
Pearl River County Sheriff's Office had contacted Bogalusa Police Department and advised that Smith, who had been shot three times while in Bogalusa to collect a debt, had travelled back to Mississippi and had died from his gunshot wounds.
Matthews was arrested by BPD on July 12, 2017.

Obituary

William Alec Leon Simmons
May 31, 1985 - November 26, 2017


Obituary

Patrick "Sonny" Conques
August 16, 1941 - November 28, 2017


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Russell Wiley Crawford
December 09, 1939 - November 27, 2017


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Wanda Dykes McDaniel
October 05, 1939 - November 26, 2017


Franklinton Man Indicted in Death of Tylertown Man

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Joshua Cole Stinson (36) of Franklinton, on a charge of running a stop sign on July 12, 2017 that resulted in the death of Curtis Simmons of Tylertown, Mississippi.
The fatal crash occurred on LA 25 at the intersection of LA 438. Following the impact, Simmons' truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and collided with a culvert. Simmons was not restrained at the time of the crash and was ejected from his vehicle.

Obituary

Hazel Hunter
Died November 24, 2017


November 29, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 27, 2017

Brandon Miller was booked 11/27 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Theft of Firearm (8 counts), Theft 25000 or More, Criminal Conspiracy to Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (8 counts)
Joseph Busby was booked 11/27 on the charges of Attempted Simple Burglary and Vehicle Burglary
Scottie Route was booked 11/27 In For Court
Percy Griffin was booked 11/27 on the charges of Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Assault With a Firearm

November 28, 2017

WPSO Arrests Five – Seeks Another

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested five area residents in connection with a residential burglary that occurred on Highway 60 in Bogalusa. The burglary was interrupted when the homeowner arrived home to see a vehicle backed up to his front door. The suspects quickly drove away but the homeowner discovered that  numerous firearms, jewelry and a large sum of money were missing.
The burglary investigation has resulted in the arrests of Dustin Stanley Bailey (35) of Bogalusa, Chelsie Lynn Bourne (25) of Bush, Joshua C. Grimes (32) of Bogalusa, Stacey Todd Grimes (48) of Bogalusa, and Brandon Michael Miller (27) of Bogalusa on a variety of charges that include burglary of an inhabited dwelling, theft of firearms, theft of more than $25,000, criminal conspiracy to burglary of an inhabited dwelling. possession of Schedule III drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present, contempt of court, obstruction of justice, accessory after the fact, and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. 
Jason Todd Grimes is being sought as a fugitive. Any person who knows his location is asked to call Detective Kody Glenn as (985) 839-3434. A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of Jason Todd Grimes.
Numerous stolen items have been recovered, including $14,000 in cash.

Obituary

Nead Tate
January 1, 1929 - November 21, 2017


Obituary

Bonnie F. Pierce
July 29, 1950 - November 20, 2017


Franklinton-Area Man Charged With Burglary

Alex Keith Magee (30), a resident of Wilson Road in Franklinton, is in the Washington Parish Jail charged with the October burglary of a residence on Jamieson Creek Road and the theft of a dirt bike and attempted theft of a motorcycle. The homeowner had a home security camera system that captured the burglary as it occurred and the burglar was identified as Alex Magee.
Magee was located an arrested November 22, 2017. He has been in the jail three previous times, including a 2007 burglary. Magee is a suspect in other related offenses.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “Another burglar off of our streets and into our jail. That is good. I compliment the homeowner for having a video security system. That is a great tool for any homeowner and helps to quickly identify thieves and others who would are up to no good.”

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 24-26, 2017

Octaria Moore was booked 11/24 In For Court
Dustin Glover was booked 11/24 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court
Elisjah Hatcher was booked 11/26 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Patrick Parker was booked 11/26 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery

Obituary

Geraldine Gibson Passman
March 8, 1937 - November 25, 2017


Obituary

Richard Nielsen Seals
March 03, 1930 - November 25, 2017


LSP: Hit and Run Driver Removed Body from His Windshield

Saturay night (November 25, 2017), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal hit and run crash on US 190 in Slidell that claimed the life of Calvin Lefort, Jr. (59) of Slidell. A fluid trail from the suspect vehicle would ultimately lead to the arrest of Larry Dean Kellett (48) of Slidell.
Troopers determined that Lefort was riding a bicycle westbound on US 190 and was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by Kellett. The impact caused Lefort to become lodged in the windshield of Kellett’s van. Following the crash, Kellett stopped his vehicle on the shoulder, removed Lefort from the windshield,  dumped his body near the ditch, and then fled the scene. A passerby later observed Lefort’s body and called 911. Lefort was transported Slidell Memorial Hospital where he died.
Troopers further determined that the suspect vehicle was dripping fluid after the crash and followed the fluid trail to the residence of Kellett’s girlfriend, where Kellett and his van were both located. Kellett admitted his involvement in the crash. Kellett was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Negligent Homicide, Felony Hit-and-Run, and Driving Under Suspension. 

Obituary

J. L. Magee
July 9, 1956 - November 24, 2017


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Dianne Guy Wall
October 28, 1946 - November 24, 2017


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Frankie Spencer
March 28, 1925 - November 23, 2017


November 27, 2017

WPSO Searching Searching for Escapee

Update: Timothy John Williams was captured Saturday night in Bogalusa. He was discovered at a house on Michigan Avenue. Williams resisted arrest; however, after a brief struggle, Williams was subdued and handcuffed inside the house, and returned to the Washington Parish jail.
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for Timothy John Williams (30), who escaped from a work assignment Friday night. Williams is a white male, six feet one inch tall and bald. He sometimes goes by his street name of Kojak. The last known address for Williams is 430 Huron Avenue in Bogalusa.
Williams was being held on a $3,500 bond for a theft charge and was assigned to clean and perform other chores in and around the jail. Sometime during the night he was able to escape detection and walk away from the jail.
Although Williams was jailed on a non-violent offense, anyone who encounters him should use caution. Any person who knows a possible location for Williams is asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434. It is not necessary to reveal your identity.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “All of the details of this escape are not known at this time, but we are reviewing the entire time frame beginning with just prior to noticing that he was missing. Our search for him extends throughout Washington Parish and beyond. He is listed on the national criminal justice database, so any arrest anywhere in the United States will alert arresting officers that he is wanted for escape. At this time, our efforts are focused on locating Williams and we will not cease searching for him until he is found. If anyone has contact with Williams, please encourage him to call and turn himself in. That certainly would be the easiest route for him to take at this time.”

November 25, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 22, 2017

Amber Palmer was booked 11/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Samuel Wood was booked 11/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Duane Whitney was booked 11/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (3 counts)
Alex Magee was booked 11/22 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Theft of Auto/Vehicle, and Attempted Theft Auto/Vehicle
Sheyenne Seal was booked 11/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Marijuana
Trevor Smith was booked 11/22 on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Tyrell McGowan was booked 11/22 on the charges of No License Plate, Expired Inspection Sticker, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (4 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs (3 counts)
Shawn Thomas was booked 11/22 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Obituary

Jabus "Jay" L. Kelly
April 24, 1940 - November 23, 2017


Obituary

Robert Joseph Estave, Jr.
July 2, 1969 - November 22, 2017


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Douglas Dakota "Cody" Jones
March 7, 1985 - November 20, 2017


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Mitchell Wayne Polkey
September 7, 1985 - November 19, 2017


November 24, 2017

Bogalusa Council Hears About Events, Issues, & More

At last evening's (November 21, 2017) meeting of the Bogalusa City Council, Mayor Wendy Perrette addressed the Council and the audience (beginning at 1:11:10 into video of the meeting) and spoke well of the working relationship with Bogalusa City Schools Superintendent Lisa Tanner, reminded all of the Christmas Parade on Thursday (November 23rd), remarked on the recent Young Adult Retreat sponsored by the Bogalusa Police Department, and encouraged all to participate in Small Business Saturday on November 25th.
Department Heads Louis Busby and Landon Tims provided reports on the Airport, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation. Busby provided updates on grants that continue to upgrade the airport. Tims' report included information on the progress in demolishing condemned structures in the City, street repairs with the assistance of the Parish and DOTD, he thanked the Council for passing a resolution that makes possible the cleaning up of Bogalusa Creek, and announced the replacing of the Poplas Recreation roof and various other work being peformed.
An issue regarding activities for seniors at the Senior Center was discussed. Council woman Kates initiated the discussion by suggesting there was a lack of program activities for persons at the Center, that the Center was inadequately funded, and that language in the ordinance providing funding was not as approved by the voters. Kates introduced a resolution to correct language in the ordinance. While expressing support for the Senior Center but needing time to review the issue, a Council majority voted to table the resolution.
The Council also heard a presentation by Charlotte Champagne with United Way and heard a very positive presentation from Lisa Tanner, Superintendent of the Bogalusa School System. The Council also heard from residents with input on various issues and concerns. 

Bogalusa Council 11212017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

18th Annual Bogalusa Lighted Christmas Parade is Tomorrow


Obituary

Marjory B. Herrington
November 22, 2017


Obituary

Beverly Ann Pittman
September 04, 1937 - November 22, 2017


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William Robert "Bobby" Bates
July 19, 1955 - November 21, 2017


Kentwood Man Booked on Child Pornography

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) has arrested Randolph Ard (62) of Kentwood on 10 counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children under the age of 13. He was arrested and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail following a joint investigation between General Landry’s CCU, the State of Louisiana Probation and Parole Office, and the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office.
Ard is a registered sex offender who has previously been convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles and pornography involving juveniles.two registered sex offenders on multiple charges of child pornography.
“These horrendous Internet crimes against children continuously inflict damage, said General Landry. “Every time one of these videos or images is viewed, the child is re-victimized.”

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 21, 2017

Dustin Bailey was booked 11/21 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Theft of Firearm (6 counts), Theft of 25000 or More, and Criminal Conspiracy to Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling
Zechariah Crain was booked 11/21 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Contempt of Court (2 counts), and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Brittany Prevot was booked 11/21 on the charge of Probation Violation
Chelsie Bourne was booked 11/2 on the charge of Accessory After the Fact
Stacey Grimes was booked 11/21 on the charges of Accessory After the Fact and Obstruction of Justice
Joshua Grimes was booked 11/21 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present (2 counts)

Small Business Saturday Is November 25

Shoppers are encouraged to patronize locally-owned small businesses this holiday weekend, and then year-round. This strengthens our local economies by supporting local businesses, our friends an neighbors,  and the jobs that are created locally. 
On Saturday, November 25, Louisiana will join a national movement in celebrating Small Business Saturday, to recognize the strength, value and importance of locally owned small businesses to their communities and the state.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said, “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they do so much to showcase the skills, talent and culture that can only be found in Louisiana.

BOLO From St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office


BOLO From St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office


Obituary

Jonathan Mitchell "Johnny" Nicholson
October 11, 1963 - November 21, 2017


Obituary

Bonnie Sue Miller Foil
May 16, 1934 - November 20, 2017


Obituary

Walter Lee Magee
August 12, 1944 - November 18, 2017


November 22, 2017

Bogalusa Police and Young Adult Retreat a Success!

Bogalusa Police Department Press Release
Over the weekend of Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th, Chief Kendall Bullen and the Bogalusa Police Department hosted the first “Bogalusa Police and Young Adult Retreat”, located at Deep South Bible Camp near Henleyfield, MS.
The youth enjoyed the weekend playing basketball, volleyball, fishing and gathering around a bonfire on Friday night. Chief Bullen and the Bogalusa Police Department would like to thank Ben Lewis, Spade Morris, and Raymond Morris for speaking positive and encouraging words to the youth.
We would also like to thank the sponsors of the retreat: Travis’ Hometown Supermarket, Poole’s Bluff Bait Shop, Spade Morris, Kenita Nicoulin, Councilwoman Tamira Smith, Councilman Teddy Drummond and Councilman Scott Ard.
Chief Bullen stated that he w
as pleased with the success of the retreat and plans to have more in the future. 

Bedwell Sworn in as Washington Parish Councilman

Phillipp Bedwell was administered the Oath of Office Monday evening (November 20, 2017) by District Judge-Elect Billy Burris at the meeting of the Washington Parish Council.
Bedwell was appointed by the Council on November 6, 2017 to fill the vacant seat in District 5, a vacancy created when Councilman Pete Thomas resigned due to losing his house to a fire and relocated out of the district.  The District includes the Stateline area, Thomas, Pine, Ben’s Ford and the area around the Bogalusa Library and YMCA.


Phillipp Bedwell sworn in as WP Councilman from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Bogalusa: Two Arrested in Joint BPD and WPSO Action

On Monday (November 20, 2017) the Washington Parish Sheriff's Department requested the assistance of the Bogalusa Police Department at a residence in the 900 block of Avenue H. The Officers were at the residence looking for a large sum of money from an earlier theft. 
Verbal consent to search the residence was given and Officers located a baggie containing a white powder substance of suspected cocaine lying next to a scale in the living room area. Officers entered the bedroom and located a loaded syringe with a spoon lying next to it. Officers also located twelve pills, multiple syringes and spoons, and an ashtray containing roaches of suspected marijuana.
Duane J Whitney (37) of Bogalusa was arrested on the charges of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Legend Drugs (3 counts), Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Marijuana. Amber N. Palmer (32) of Bogalusa was arrested on the charges of Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Credit Card Fraud Suspects Sought by Pike County S.O.

The Pike County Mississippi Sheriff's Office Investigations Division is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and apprehending the suspects involved in a credit card fraud investigation. The card numbers were used on October 31, 2017 at Wizard's Electronics in Summit, MS.
Suspects vehicle is described as a black Chevrolet Impala with aftermarket wheels and tinted windows. Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime, please call Central Dispatch at 601-783-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033.  


Reward Offered: Man Wanted for Questioning

Tradarrius Youngblood is wanted for questioning by the Tylertown Police Department.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for credible information on the whereabouts of Youngblood. Call 601-467-1878.


Money Seized Following Lacombe Arrest

In late October, the STPSO Narcotics Task Force, which is made up of members from STPSO, Mandeville Police Department, Covington Police Department and Slidell Police Department, began investigating Anthony Foster (31), who is convicted felon, after it was reported that he was selling crack cocaine from his residence located at 61060 N. 31st Street in Lacombe.
On November 14, 2017, STPSO Criminal Patrol deputies were dispatched to the residence in reference to Foster being involved in a disturbance with some individuals. Patrol deputies observed narcotics in plain view and contacted Task Force members, who in turn obtained a search warrant for the home. Detectives located approximately three pounds of high grade marijuana, 13 grams of cocaine, hydrocodone and Xanax tablets, a digital scale, a Hi-Point .45 pistol with an extended magazine, and $5,042. They also discovered a bank account held by Foster which contained an additional $8,209.62. All funds were seized as suspected proceeds from the sale of narcotics.
Foster was charged with numerous drug related offenses and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. 


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 20, 2017

Gerald Jones was booked 11/20 In From Court
Alex Miller was booked 11/20 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs, Attachment (4 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Calvin Massengale was booked 11/20 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court

Two Arrested in Ponchatoula on Gun and Drug Charges

Ponchatoula Police Department and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted each other on an incident which led to the arrest of Dylan Jordan (18) and Christian Harrell (17) for multiple drug-related charges and possession of stolen firearms.
On November 19, 2017, a citizen called PPD regarding a strong smell of marijuana coming from a vehicle that recently left the Walmart parking lot. Ponchatoula officers located the vehicle at the Circle K gas station just west of the interstate. Ponchatoula officers began to identify the occupants as the TPSO arrived to assist with their K-9 unit. With the help of the K-9, officers retrieved large amounts of marijuana, money, and firearms. Once the search was completed, the incident was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office.
Jordan was charged with Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Firearms while Possessing CDS, and Possession of Stolen Firearm. Harrell was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Firearms while Possessing CDS, and 2 Counts of Possession of Stolen Firearm.

November 21, 2017

Dummyline Road #2 To Be Closed for Repairs

Washington Parish Public Works crews will begin replacing five culverts on Dummyline Road #2 beginning Monday, November 27th. The road is expected be closed from then through Friday December 1st.  Detour signs will be posted at Spencer Cemetery Road and Gill Road.
Work is expected to last one week, weather permitting.

Great News for High School FFA Members

Today (November 20, 2017), Governor John Bel Edwards announced the creation of a statewide scholarship agreement between the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Student Association (FFA). The agreement calls for a $500 one-time scholarship for every Louisiana FFA member who graduates from a Louisiana high school and a $1,000 one-time scholarship for each state champion to any LCTCS college, beginning with the high school graduating class of 2017-2018. The scholarship offer will be valid for the fall semester following high school graduation only.
“Having a college degree or becoming certified in a certain specialty is one of the most important assets anyone can have who is interested in securing a good paying job, which is something our community and technical college system and the FFA understand,” said Gov. Edwards. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 18, 2017

Ashanti Blackburn was booked 11/18 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment, Simple Assault, Battery on a Police Officer, and Resisting an Officer
Luckey Pope was booked 11/18 on he charge of Oral Sexual Battery
Hugh Cutrer was booked 11/18 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, and Failure to Appear

Obituary

Marion Stiller LeBlanc
February 26, 1924 - November 19, 2017


Obituary

Alberta W. Robinson
March 9, 1934 - November 17, 2017


Undercover Operation Targets Underage Alcohol Sales

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office recently conducted two undercover operations targeting Juvenile Underage Drinking Enforcement (aka, J.U.D.E.) on both sides of the parish. A total of fifty five (55) businesses in St. Tammany were checked for compliance over a two-day period and fifteen (15) clerks were issued summonses for non-compliance.
The operations were funded by a federal grant through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. These compliance checks involve the use of a commissioned STPSO deputy who has not reached the age of 21.
With the holidays approaching, deputies want to ensure that alcoholic beverage outlets in St. Tammany Parish are in compliance with L.R.S. 14:93.11, which prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age. Penalties for violations of this statute can result in fines of not less than $500 nor more than $1000 or imprisonment for not less than thirty days nor more than six months, or both.

Obituary

Theophile "Ted" Titus
March 14, 1934 - November 18, 2017


Obituary

Mary Ann Castilow Woodward
March 9, 1958 - November 17, 2017


Obituary

Michael J. Kellar, Sr.
June 21, 1948 - November 17, 2017


Obituary

Patricia Renee Toney Sibley
Died: November 16, 2017


Convicted Felon from Roseland Sentenced for Gun Possession

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced the sentencing of DAVID SUMERA (31) of Roseland for possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. He was sentenced to 51 months followed by three years of supervised release.
According to court documents, on July 5, 2016, an undercover joint Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Hammond Police Department operation arrested SUMERA for selling a Smith & Wesson Model SD9VE, 9mm semi-automatic pistol to an undercover officer.  SUMERA was prohibited from possessing firearms because of previous convictions for simple robbery and possession of hydrocodone.

Hammond Woman Was Operating Fraudulent Tax Preparation Business

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ROJONAH HARRIS (35) of Hammond was sentenced November 16, 2017 for aiding and abetting in the preparation of false tax returns. She was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay $1,115,578 in restitution.
HARRIS owned and operated a tax preparation business in Hammond and, in various ways, fabricated and falsified supporting documentation to generate large refunds for clients.  HARRIS charged substantial tax preparation fees for the preparation and transmittal of these tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service. She earned not less than $582,090 in return preparation fees for preparing tax returns for tax years 2011 through 2013.
In total, between tax years 2011 and 2014, HARRIS prepared and filed not fewer than 267 false and fraudulent tax returns, resulting in inappropriate and unnecessary refunds of not less than approximately $1,115,578. 

November 18, 2017

Illegal Dumping of Tires in Washington Parish

Parish President Richard Thomas Jr is asking for the public's help. He welcomes any Information that will help with the ongoing investigation of illegal dumping of tires at Richardson Landing. Thank you to the WPG Crews helping with the clean up!

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 17, 2017



Wilson Rowell was booked 11/17 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Jael Quave Marshall was booked 11/17 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Patrick Mizell was booked 11/17 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Anthony Robinson was booked 11/17 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Joseph Crutchfield was booked 11/17 on the charges of Principal to Attempted Theft, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Brandon Carroll was booked 11/17 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Leroy Carroll was booked 11/17 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Ashley Castle was booked 11/17 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Neva Stephens was booked 11/17 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice, Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Kevin Crutchfield was booked 11/17 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, Failure to Appear, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Marquita Mobley was booked 11/17 on the charge of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery
Leonardo Tate was booked 11/17 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Dantwuan Woods was booked 11/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear and Speeding 41 & More Over Limit
Kristene Jarrell was booked 11/17 on the charges of Theft of Animals/Dogs and Theft 750 or Less
Jakyren Ladner was booked 11/17 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA

ID of Town Crier Burglary Sought by FPD

The Franklinton Police Department is asking if anyone can identify the individual in these photos.
Franklinton Police Department Detectives are seeking information on this individual for an early morning burglary at the Town Crier on Washington Street. If anyone has any information please contact Sgt. James Folks and 985-839-4474 Ext. 106


Obituary

"Bobby" John Robert Langford
November 16, 1954 - November 17, 2017


Bogalusa Police Arrests Eight on Drug and Gun Charges

Bogalusa Police Department Patrol Officers Bryce Jarreau and Will Seals responded Thursday evening (November 16, 2017) to a complaint about people standing in the road smoking marijuana and holding guns on the corner of St. John Street and Caston Avenue. They found six males standing behind a vehicle with the trunk open. 



The vehicle owner gave Officers consent to search his vehicle and, in the trunk of the vehicle, officers located a Colt ..380 pistol with an obliterated serial number, a Diamondback AR-15 pistol, five individual packaged baggies of suspected marijuana and eight xanax bars. Under the front passenger seat of the vehicle, officers located another pistol.
Officers got a consent to search the residence form the homeowner and inside the residence officers located a quarter pound of suspected Marijuana, scales for packaging and selling narcotics, baggies for packaging narcotics for street sale, liquid THC, other drug paraphernalia and marijuana gleanings scattered throughout the residence.
Quave J. Marshall (18) of Bogalusa, Anthony W. Robinson Jr (20) of Bogalusa, Joseph Crutchfield (19) of Bogalusa, Kevin T. Crutchfield (44) of Bogalusa and Ja'kyren D. Ladner (18) of Bogalusa were arrested on the charges of  Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 4 Narcotics, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, llegal Carrying of a Weapon while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile, and Illegal use of a Controlled Substance in the Presence of a Minor.
Neva A. Stephens (35) of Bogalusa was arrested on the charges of Obstruction of Justice, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile, Illegal Use of a Controlled Substance in the Presence of a Minor, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Narcotics.
A 15 year old male juvenile was arrested on the charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 4 Narcotics, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon by a Juvenile, and Illegal Possession of a Handgun by a Juvenile.
A 16 year old male Juvenile was arrested on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Obstruction of Justice.



Franklinton Man Guilty of Kidnapping and Rape in Home Invasion

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Deonta Miller (18) of Franklinton pleaded guilty Tuesday (November 14, 2017) to second degree rape, second degree kidnapping, and aggravated burglary in a home invasion last year in Franklinton.
Miller, whose trial was set to begin Tuesday, was sentenced by District Judge William Knight to a maximum of 40 years on the rape charge, 20 years on the kidnapping charge, and 20 years on the burglary charge, with all of the sentences to be served at the same time.
In December last year, Miller posed as a delivery man and gained entry into the victim’s home, where he stole a large number of guns and other valuables. He also forced the female victim to drive her car, full of the stolen goods, onto a desolate road and raped her. He then got the vehicle stuck in a ditch, and the victim escaped when he fled into the woods.
The evidence showed that an accomplice helped plan and execute the crimes. The alleged accomplice, Robert Lester, died while awaiting trial on the matter in jail.
Assistant District Attorney Lewis Murray prosecuted this case.

For more on this story, click here.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 16, 2017

Rayen Schillings was booked 11/16 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jeffery Schillings was booked 11/16 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Dylan Jenkins was booked 11/16 on the charges of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Battery on a Police Officer, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Theft 750 or Less (2 counts), Theft 750-5000, Theft of Firearm, and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence
Ronald Alexander was booked 11/16 on the charges of Contempt of Court (4 counts), Failure to Comply in Person Sex Offender Reg T-1, and Failure to Appear

Obituary

Johnny A. Leos
January 15, 1944 - November 16, 2017


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Jesse Ladner
March 03, 1957 - November 13, 2017


November 17, 2017

Covington: Help Find These 3 Runaway Teens


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Marilyn Alleno
May 7, 1940 - November 14, 2017


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James Robert "Jimbo" Miller
April 15, 1969 - November 14, 2017


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Trinity Sondra Tourne' Cothern
January 04, 1940 - November 16, 2017


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Flora Elaine Blades Williams
December 28, 1926 - November 15, 2017


WPSO Deputy Catches Man Weighing & Wrapping Drugs

While working a DWI detail on November 14, 2017, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy Jay Dupre observed a red pickup truck sitting motionless at the intersection of Frank Dillon Road and Hwy. 38. Deputy Dupre parked directly behind the red pickup truck and, with his blue lights flashing, approached the driver's side window. In clear sight was a scale used to weigh drugs and what appeared to be drugs that the driver was weighing and wrapping in aluminum foil.The male driver was so busy weighing and wrapping the drugs that he had not noticed the flashing blue lights behind him or the deputy standing next to the driver's side window – that is, until Deputy Dupre loudly announced his presence.
Once the driver exited the vehicle, Deputy Dupre searched him and discovered illegal drugs on his person as well a variety of other illegal drugs in the vehicle. The driver, Branden Lane Knight (29), was arrested and charged with possession of Schedule III drugs, possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and sale, distribution or possession of legend drugs without a prescription.
This is Knight’s second arrest in 2017. He was arrested and charged in February with possession of Schedule II drugs, possession of Schedule IV drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Help Slidell Police ID This Theft Suspect

Slidell Police are asking for your help identifying this suspect, who stole money from a handicapped, elderly lady. Somehow, this suspect obtained the victim’s ATM card, and was able to withdraw several hundreds of dollars out of her bank account. The video is from the First Castle ATM, located at 1402 Gause Boulevard, on Thursday, September 7,2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Giardina at 985-646-6172 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


STPSO Makes Arrest in November 3rd Lacombe Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Herman Williams (24) of Pearl River and charged him with Aggravated Burglary With a Dangerous Weapon and four counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder in a shooting that occurred at a Lacombe-area residence.on November 3, 2017.
When STPSO deputies responded to a report of a shooting on Mirmar Street in Lacombe, they found Jared  Kirsch (24) of Slidell laying immediately inside the front doorway of the residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Deputies also located four other individuals inside the residence who had sustained non-life-threatening injuries after Kirsh and Williams forced their way into the home and gunfire was exchanged. Detectives said the incident was likely drug related and the home was not chosen at random. Williams was not immediately identified, as he had fled the scene before deputies arrived.
On November 4, 2017, a warrant for his arrest was issued, and with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, Williams was located in New Orleans on November 14 and taken into custody. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 15, 2017

Jason Dutruch was booked 11/15 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Ricky Roach was booked 11/15 In From Court
Patrick Brown was booked 11/15 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Movable and Failure to Appear


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Gary Edward Reviere
September 15, 1942 - November 14, 2017


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Pauline "Jewell" Lowe
August 31, 1932 - November 14, 2017


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Kurtis Leon Strong
February 17, 1979 - November 13, 2017 


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Samuel "Bud" Lawrence, Jr.
June 8, 1983 - November 12, 2017


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Laurie Gros
January 18, 1961 - November 12, 2017


November 16, 2017

Washington Parish Reservoir: It Would Take a Miracle!

In an over 2-hour meeting Tuesday evening (November 14, 2017), The Washington Parish Reservoir Commission tried to re-group and find a path forward to build a reservoir in the parish. Obstacles in that path include the inability to obtain property by eminent domain, inadequate funding to pay for engineers and lawyers and consultants, and community opposition to the current “footprint” (proposed Oak Grove location).
Commission President William A. Jenkins made a valiant and organized attempt to bring some clarity on how the commission should proceed to accomplish the purposes for which it was established.
Discussions primarily focused on alternate site locations, the need to stop spending the limited funds (approximately $800,000) remaining, and the (already settled) eminent domain issue.
Senator Beth Mizell, Representative Malinda White, and Parish Councilman Phillipp Bedwell, as well as numerous other parish residents, provided input.

For additional background information, click here and here and here.

WP Reservoir Commission meeting November 14 2017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Covington Attorney Re-Arrested on 20 New Charges

Tuesday (November 14, 2017), the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI) – under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Landry – re-arrested Victor Loraso (36) of Covington for multiple Internet crimes against children.
Last month, General Landry arrested Loraso (36 of Covington) on child pornography charges and asked the public for their assistance and information on the alleged perpetrator. New charges include 10 felony counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13), eight felony counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (over 13, but still minor), and two felony counts of Distribution of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13). 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 13-14, 2017

Geremie Middleton was booked 11/13 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense)
Allen Henry was booked 1114 on the charge of Probation Violation
Ronald McMorris was booked 11/14 on the charges of Theft 500-25000 (2 counts) and Criminal Conspiracy
Christopher Ghersanich was booked 11/14 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hol
Branden Knight was booked 11/14 on the charges of Obstructing Public Passenge(s), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug Without Prescription or Order, and Possession of Marijuana

Tangipahoa Crash Claims Life of Greenwell Springs Woman

Grace Diane Magee (29) of Greenwell Springs died in a crash early Wednesday morning (November 15, 2017) on I-55 south of LA 440 in Tangipahoa Parish.
Troopers determined that a pickup driven by Joni Diane Magee (51) was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer rig driven by Dustin M. Curran (29) of Halls, Tennessee. The force of the impact pushed Magee’s vehicle off the right side of the roadway, where it overturned and impacted several trees. None of the occupants in the pickup truck were properly restrained at the time of the crash. Grace Dianne Magee was seated in the front passenger seat of the pickup and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Two other passengers in the pickup, including a nine-month-old child, as well as the driver, Joni Magee, all sustained minor injuries in the crash.
Curran was uninjured in the crash. Speed is considered a contributing factor in this crash. Curran was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for Following too Closely, Negligent Homicide & three counts of Negligent Injuring. Any additional charges will be forwarded to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Slidell Man Dies in Fiery Crash

Troopers on the Northshore responded to an early Wednesday morning (November 15, 2017) crash on I-59 near Slidell that claimed the life of Leonar C. Lebell (49) of Slidell.
Troopers determined that Lebell crashed into the rear of a Tractor-Trailer as he attempted to overtake it. The tractor-trailer was driven by Gheorghe Ciota (58) of Shelby Township, Michigan. Following the crash, Lebell’s vehicle caught fire and became fully engulfed in flames. Lebell sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on-scene.

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Ethel Lee Manning
March 16, 1931 - November 8, 2017


November 15, 2017

Update on Fatal Deputy-Involved Shooting in Hickory

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has released an update on the shooting by STPSO deputies on Saturday (November 11, 2017) that left one man dead in the Hickory community. Deputies had responded to a report that a man had forced entry into the home on Holifield Lane, was shooting inside the residence, and was holding a female hostage.
When deputies arrived, the suspect exited the residence with the gun, and, despite deputies’ commands to drop the weapon, pointed it at deputies. In response, deputies fired at the suspect, who then quickly re-entered the residence. Deputies made entrance into the home and located Longoria lying on the floor.
Deputies escorted the uninjured female hostage out of the residence and secured the scene. EMS personnel began to render aide to Longoria; however, he succumbed to his injuries.
After speaking to witnesses, detectives know that, prior to deputies’ arrival, Longoria had held both the ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend at gunpoint and had shot at the boyfriend as he fled the residence.
As is standard in such incidents, the deputies involved, Deputy Christopher Graham, Deputy Eric Restel and Deputy Matthew Nelson, have been placed on temporary administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Rose Marie Rowell
March 30, 1957 - November 13, 2017


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Lillie Mae Hodges
March 17, 1932 - November 11, 2017


November 14, 2017

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Dr. Jerry N. Barlow
June 13, 1945 - November 11, 2017


Man Accused of $39,217.67 Bogalusa Wal-Mart Theft

Source: Bogalusa Police Department Press Release
Bogalusa Police Department Public Information Officer Percy Knight has reported that Wal-Mart contacted BPD on Saturday, November 11, 2017 about a theft involving an employee.
During the investigation, it was learned that on Friday, November 11, 2017,  Ronald McMorris (20) of Bogalusa was working a register at a check out line when he loaded forty-one (41) different gift cards for two people. McMorris is accused of swiping and loading cash on the gift cards at his register without taking payment from the suspects, for a total of $39,217.67.
McMorris was charged with Theft over $5,000.00 (2 counts) and Conspiracy to Commit Felony Theft.
The suspects that received the gift cards are wanted for questioning. They are both described as black males possibly riding in a black Chevrolet Tahoe. 

Two Killed in St. Helena Crash

At approximately 5:40 PM on Saturday November 11, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded Saturday (November 11, 2017) to a fatal two vehicle head-on crash on LA 16 east of Pine Grove in St. Helena Parish. The crash claimed the life of Ronette Spann (30) of Baton Rouge and  James Dorsey (47) of Independence.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Spann was driving eastbound, crossed into the westbound lanes and crashed head-on into a truck driven by Dorsey. Neither driver was wearing a seat-belt and both sustained fatal injuries.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 10-12, 2017

Benjamin Thomas was booked 11/10 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Charles Wise was booked 11/10 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness an Attachment
Shawn Daughetry was booked 11/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Judy Gros was booked 11/11 In From Court
Gregory Stafford was booked 11/11 In From Court
Kendrick Baker was booked 11/12 on the charge of First Degree Rape (Aggravated Rape)
Quentin Porter was booked 11/12 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Aggravated Domestic Violence Assault, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Domestic Abuse Battery, and Failure to Pay Fine

November 13, 2017

Suspect Killed by St. Tammany Deputies in Hickory

A man is dead following a hostage situation that occurred at a Hickory-area home Saturday night.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office were dispatched to Hollifield Lane in the Hickory area shortly before 10:00 p.m. Saturday (November 11, 2017) in response to a report of a man shooting a gun inside a residence and holding a female hostage.
When deputies arrived, the suspect exited the residence with the gun and pointed it at deputies. Deputies fired, killing the suspect. No other injuries were reported.
As is standard in such incidents, the deputies involved have been placed on temporary leave pending an investigation. No other information will be released at this time.
The investigation is ongoing.

Human Skull Found by Hunter Near Slidell

A human skull was discovered by a hunter Friday (November 10, 2017) in the woods of the wildlife refuge adjacent to the Palm Lake area in Slidell.
Investigators turned the skull over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office.
There were no immediate signs indicating foul play and no other skeletal remains were found in the area.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also responded to the scene.
The investigation is ongoing.

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Charles Phillip Keaton
August 31, 1948 - November 8, 2017


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Virgie Hughes
December 12, 1953 - November 10, 2017


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Jerry M. Brumfield
December 7, 1934 - November 9, 2017


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Rayford U Bickham, Sr.
December 05, 1948 - November 03, 2017


November 12, 2017

Pearl River Man Convicted of Robberies During Crime Spree

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Elliott W. Galloway (43) of Pearl River of two counts of first degree robbery and one count of attempted simple robbery for a crime spree he committed in April. Galloway, a multiple offender, faces 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced December 14, 2017 by District Judge Peter Garcia.
The first crime occurred at the Purple Cow convenience store and gas station just after midnight on April 15 this year, when Galloway entered the store and demanded money from the cash register, while placing his hand in his sweatshirt. Fearing he had a gun, the clerk handed over the money. Later, Galloway attempted to rob a Racetrack convenience store. Shortly afterwards, Galloway robbed the Circle K. He ordered the clerk to give him all the money in the register or he would start killing people. As the clerk put the money in a bag, Galloway ordered her not to call the police right away, put his hand in his pocket, and threatened her again.
Deputies later arrested Galloway, slouched in the seat of a car matching the description provided by victims. His door was open, he was parked near another gas station, and he actively resisted as officers tried to arrest him. A pocket knife was recovered from the seat of the car.
Galloway admitted to the robberies and to threatening to kill the clerk, but he claimed he never implied he had a gun. He also said he’d spent 17 years of his life in jail. Galloway’s prior convictions include first degree robbery in 1997, obscenity in 2003, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 2009, methamphetamine possession in 2009, heroin possession in 2010, aggravated assault in 2016, as well as a hit and run and two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated. Galloway blamed his drug and alcohol use for his troubles and said he would live longer in prison.
The jury deliberated for an hour, including a lunch break, before returning the guilty verdict. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Authement prosecuted the case.

Community Meeting in Kentwood on 20 mil Tax Proposal

Representatives of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board will be at Kentwood City Hall on Monday, November 13th at 6pm to meet with members of the community about the proposed 20 mil tax proposal. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for November 9, 2017

John Stewart was booked 11/09 In For Court
Logan Crain was booked 11/09 on the charge of Probation Violation
Antonio Dillon was booked 11/09 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Criminal Damage, Theft of Firearm, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Darrius Miller was booked 11/09 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Monetary Instrument Abuse (Counterfeit Moneys)