December 30, 2017

Obituary

J S Thomas
February 3, 1928 - December 29, 2017


Obituary

Doris Dean McGraw Little
April 4, 1941 - December 26, 2017


Slidell Police Arrest “Nigerian Prince” Fraudster

After an extensive 18-month investigation, Slidell Police report they have arrested a “Nigerian Prince”, Michael Neu (67 of Slidell ) who SPD suspects to be the “middle man” in hundreds of financial transactions, involving phone and internet scams, designed to con money from victims across the United States. Some of the money obtained by Neu was subsequently wired to co-conspirators in the Country of Nigeria.
Most of us have seen e-mails about a Nigerian Prince who claims that you are the named beneficiary in a will, to inherit an estate worth a million or more. They ask for personal financial information is needed to "prove" that you are the beneficiary and to speed the transfer of your inheritance.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal hopes this arrest serves as a reminder for Slidell residents to be leery of such scams. Chief Fandal said, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”


Did a Thief Accidentally Send Selfies to Victim?

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on October 24th a high-dollar deer camera was stolen from a property on Holloway Road in Roseland. The camera, being equipped with cellular service, sent photos to the victim.
The photos are allegedly of the suspect who must not have realized the camera was sending his selfies to the owner.
Anyone able to identify this "selfie-incriminator" is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.


Teens Shoot Their Way In to Steal Electronic Cigs

In the early morning  hours of December 27, 2017, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office began investigating a burglary at the Create-A-Cig Shop on University Ave. in Hammond. With the assistance of the Louisiana State Police and the Hammond Police Department, detectives were able to make two arrests and recover some of the stolen items.
The two shot their way into the establishment. Once inside, they shot into the glass cases and stole a large amount of merchandise, including several electronic cig’s valued over one thousand dollars.
With the help of the business owner, assisting law enforcement agencies and this video, detectives identified, located and  booked this brazen duo.
Jason Paul Shelton (17) of Hammond and Shane Michael Freeman (18) of Walker were charged with aggravated burglary.


Teens Steal Electronic Cigs from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Obituary

Charles Ray Corkern
December 28, 1932 - December 27, 2017


Obituary

Florence Spikes
December 20, 1948 - December 21, 2017


Obituary

Joe King
March 20, 1928 - December 17, 2017


Dangerously Cold Temperatures Coming

A much colder air mass will move into southern Mississippi and southeast Louisiana, beginning on New Years Eve, with a prolonged period of much below normal temperatures expected to remain in place through at least Friday of next week.
Overnight low temperatures will be especially cold with lows in the middle and upper teens Monday and Tuesday nights. Low temperatures Wednesday and Thursday nights will not be quite as cold, but most areas will still be well below freezing. Daytime high temperatures will be roughly 20 degrees below normal, and have trouble getting past 40 degrees New Years Day and Tuesday. Highs will only be slightly warmer Wednesday and Thursday.
As the cold air arrives Sunday, precipitation will be departing the area, but there could be a brief period of a wintry mix of precipitation as the precipitation ends Sunday evening. If this occurs, it would likely be to the north of Interstates 10 and 12. No significant accumulation is expected.

December 29, 2017

BOLO on Endangered Juvenile from Slidell


Obituary

Robert Wesley Crain
January 10, 1949 - December 27, 2017


Obituary

Joan Marie "Meme" Irwin Newman
September 25, 1944 - December 27, 2017


Obituary

Glynn Arthur Hebert
December 29, 1938 - December 24, 2017


Obituary

Maureen Dudley
February 13, 1958 - December 19, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 26-27, 2017

Dantrell Brown was booked 12/26 on the charges of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, Domestic Abuse Battery, and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100
Ashley Hartzog was booked 12/27 on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Heroin, Possession of CDS in Presence of Juvenile (2 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts)
Albert Schloegel was booked 12/27 on the charges of Theft 750-5000, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Heroin, Possession of CDS in Presence of Juvenile (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts), and Failure to Appear
Quintin Balderas was booked 12/27 on the charge of Aggravated Assault

December 27, 2017

The Bogalusa Case of the Stolen Hover Boards

It all started on December 1st, when the Bogalusa Police Department was called to Wal Mart about  property damage to the chain link fence located in the garden center. Management there observed two hover boards lying next to the fence where a hole had been cut. Devon Cotton (28) of Bogalusa was identified as the suspect in the theft of several other hover boards over a two to three week period.
Then, on December 21st, a BPD Detective was in the store conducting an investigation on an unrelated matter, when he was notified that Devon Cotton had just fled the store with another stolen hover board and left the parking lot in a white GMC Yukon. The vehicle was located at a residence in the 600 block of Michigan Ave. Cotton attempted to escape out of the rear door of the residence and was confronted by Officers. Cotton ran back into the residence and then dove out of a window. Cotton fled on foot into a nearby wooded area and the dog chase team from Rayburn Correctional Center was called out to help search. Cotton was eventually located and taken into custody. 
Cotton suffered a severed tendon to his thumb when he dove through the window of the residence. He was taken to Our Lady of Angels Hospital in Bogalusa and then to University Hospital in New Orleans. He was treated and released into the custody of the New Orleans Police Department. Upon his release from Orleans Parish Jail, Cotton will be returned to Bogalusa and booked on warrants charging him with Theft between $1,000.00 and $5,000.00, Criminal Damage to Property and Resisting an Officer.  

Mother and Son Killed by Impaired Driver on Christmas Eve

Louisiana State Police report that Shelly Mulkey (19) and Ryan McCollum, Jr. (Mulkey's 7-month-old son) were killed in a fiery crash in Tangipahoa Parish on Christmas Eve night (December 24, 2017). The at-fault driver, Jillian Pamela Ramsay (36) of Loranger, was impaired and speeding and fleeing the scene of an earlier crash when she crashed into vehicle occupied by the young mother and her son. She fled the scene of this accident also. A gas tank was ruptured in the collision, resulting in both vehicles catching fire.
Ramsey was treated and released from the hospital. After being released, Ramsay was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on two counts of Vehicular Homicide, Hit-and-Run, and Careless Operation.
Ryan Joseph McCollum, Sr. (24), the driver of the vehicle in which his fiancee and son were passengers, was transported to North Oaks Health Systems by Acadian Ambulance. His condition was not reported.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 22-25, 2017

Robert Drummond was booked 12/22 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)
Jamar McGowan was booked 12/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 1-10 Over Limit, and No Drivers License
Victor Tate was booked 12/23 on the charges of Simple Assault (2 counts), Aiding and Abetting Others to Enter/Remain Premises, and Resisting an Officer
Danny Chain was booked 12/23 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Jason Jefferson was booked 12/24 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of Access Card (in excess of 50 counts)
Zarius Brown was booked 12/24 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts)
Jeremy Perry was booked 12/24 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Richard Collins was booked 12/24 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, Domestic Abuse Battery, and Resisting an Officer
Tristan Gill was booked 12/24 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Kiefer Dedon was booked 12/25 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Obstructing Public Passage(s), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Four Arrested for Holiday Brawl at Walmart

A large fight inside of the Slidell Walmart on Natchez Drive on Saturday (December 23, 2017) has resulted in the arrests of Alexis Neal (19) of Slidell, Majara Walker (38) of Slidell, Seanice Warren (17) of St. Louis, Missouri, and Morgan Walker (22) of Slidell for Disturbing the Peace by Fighting.
The brawl took place in the produce section, some involved sed pepper spray, and involved over ten people. At least two people had to be transported to local hospitals for minor injuries.
The motive of the fight was due to a previous conflict between two different families, and by chance, the two groups encountered each other at Walmart.

Obituary

Carl “Sammy” Leland Lively
February 6, 1930 – December 22, 2017


Obituary

Beryl Jean Thompson Knight
January 29, 1940 - December 22, 2017


December 23, 2017

Man Arrested After Threats Made Against Slidell Church

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Dusty Gerchow (37) of Slidell area man for terrorizing after he made threats to kill members of the Slidell's Open Arms Ministry Church.
After the threats were reported on Tuesday (December 19, 2017, patrol deputies investigated along with members of the Crisis Intervention Team. An Order for Protective Custody was obtained and Gerchow was taken into custody and transported to a facility in St. Charles Parish to be evaluated. Following a criminal investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Terrorizing on Gerchow. A search of his home located a cache of weapons and ammo, along with body armor.
Gerchow was associated with the church and known by the congregation and the pastor. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has dealt with Gerchow in the past regarding disturbances and reports of erratic behavior on his part.
Gerchow has been released from the facility in St. Charles Parish, was placed in the St. Charles Parish jail, and will be returned to St. Tammany at a later date.


Obituary

Mattie Lee Magee
April 17, 1931 - December 13, 2017


Obituary

Clifford Eugene Weary
October 21, 1970 - December 14, 2017


Obituary

Willie Elbert Magee
June 16, 1968 - December 14, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 21, 2017

Barney Ritchie was booked 12/21 on the charges of Attachment (3 counts)
Glynn Talley was booked 12/21 on the charges of Aggravated Second Degree Battery and Failure to Appear
Logan Flickinger was booked 12/21 In For Court
Peggy Sue Mezquite was booked 12/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs
Ju Juan Elzy was booked 12/21 on the charge of Probation Violation


December 22, 2017

Obituary

Charles Ray Williams
September 6, 1935 - December 19, 2017


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 18-20, 2017

Jonathon Barber was booked 12/18 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Lewis Gray was booked 12/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Thaddeus Jefferson was booked 12/20 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Juan Flores was booked 12/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, and Careless Operation


Obituary

Bernell R. Johnson-Jones
July 23, 1947 - December 20, 2017


Tangipahoa Parish: 7 Arrested in Vehicle Burglary Ring

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards  reports that deputies have arrested seven (7) involved in a vehicle burglary ring responsible for multiple vehicle burglaries in Tangipahoa Parish, St. Tammany Parish and in Livingston Parish over the past two weeks.
Early Tuesday morning (around 2:30 am on December 19, 2017), an attentive resident reported to TPSO that multiple subjects were creeping around pulling on car doors. Deputies quickly responded and found four subjects inside a vehicle:  a male juvenile (16), Donavan J. Smith (18) of Hammond, Trevon C. Guidroz (17) of Ponchatoula, and Juleah Knight (17) of Hammond. Multiple stolen items were located in their vehicle.
Detectives executed search warrants on two residences in Ponchatoula, where detectives located a stolen firearm, laptop, drug paraphernalia, and numerous personal items stolen from recent vehicle burglaries. Two additional persons were arrested at one of the residences: Ashley Scarbrough (21) of Ponchatoula and Myquela Stewart (18) of Ponchatoula. After further investigation, Jake Daughtery (17) of Robert Jake arrested.
The crew were charged with crimes committed in the Ponchatoula area, the Creeks Apartments on Hwy 51 north of Hammond, in Deer Field and Rock Ridge subdivisions in Loranger, and are linked to multiple crimes in surrounding parishes.


December 21, 2017

Operation ‘Not So Trustee’ Nets Multiple Arrests

Following an extensive investigation, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force has made multiple arrests related to contraband being introduced into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
The investigation revealed that inmate Justin Olivieri (26) led a narcotics distribution network in the jail. The narcotics and other contraband were being dropped outside of the jail where inmate trustees could locate  and smuggle them back into the facility. The contraband was mostly being delivered by Olivieri's girlfriend, Melanie Barletto (37) of Slidell. Erin Dutton (31) of Mandeville and inmate trustee Christopher Conway (38) also conspired with Olivieri and Barletto to introduce contraband into the jail.
Arrested in the operation and booked on numerous charges were inmate Olivieri, Barletto, Dutton, inmate trustee Conway, as well as inmate trustee Casey Collins (35), inmate trustee  Joshua Felton (22), inmate trustee Joseph Austin (28), Kimberly Lee (40), inmate trustee John Bigner (34), Lauren Bigner (30), and inmate trustee Blayne O'Neal (29).


Help Find This Person Missing from Slidell


Obituary

Nancy Jean Eizel Price
Died: December 13, 2017


Obituary

Joseph Junior Freeman
April 10, 1941 - December 18, 2017


Obituary

John David Dufren, Jr.
June 26, 1964 - December 20, 2017


Kentwood Man Killed in Robbery Attempt

Source: wafb.com
Kentwood police are investigating their first homicide in almost a decade. Investigators say Wesley Housely (60) was shot and killed Monday night (December 18, 2017) during an attempted robbery at his home.
Responding to reports of a person suffering from a gunshot wound, Officers responded to the 1200 block of Dumaine Street and found the body of Wesley Housely, who had been shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office.
Chief Michael Kazerooni says two men wearing dark clothes and masks entered Housely’s home and attempted to rob him. Housely was shot multiple times after a brief struggle with the suspects, according to the police chief. The suspects are both described as average height; one was stocky and one was slender. Both suspects will face the charge of first degree murder, among other charges.
Anyone with any information about the suspects or the crime is asked to call the Kentwood Police Department at 985-229-6305. All callers can remain anonymous.

Mt. Hermon Has the Christmas Spirit

Mt Hermon Christmas Parade 2017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

December 20, 2017

Slidell: A Traffic Stop – Help From K-9 Thor – Drug Arrest

Shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday morning (December 17, 2017), a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a red Infinity G35 after observing the vehicle run a stop sign in Slidell. Before the deputy could exit his patrol car, the driver of the Infinity, Trequan Rollins (24) of Slidell, exited his vehicle, fled on foot, and then discarded a loaded semi-automatic handgun from the waistband of his pants.  
K-9 Thor and his handler were called to help in the pursuit. They quickly located Rollins hiding in a nearby backyard and he was taken into custody and charged with numerous drug, traffic and other violations.
Deputies discovered 7.6 ounces of marijuana, 2.8 ounces of cocaine (packaged for individual sale), a scale, plastic bags and $460 in cash inside Rollins’ vehicle.


Obituary

Walter James
April 27, 1942 - December 16, 2017


Arrest Made in Victoria Secret Robbery

Mandeville Police has announced the arrest of Alicia R. Maloid (29) for the December 12th  armed robbery at the Mandeville Victoria Secret. Detectives traced down numerous leads, many which came from the public, and learned Maloid’s identity. Detectives secured an arrest warrant and, with the help of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Maloid was taken into custody today (December 19, 2017) at her Baton Rouge residence. 
Maloid will be brought back to St. Tammany Parish where she will be charged with armed robbery which carries a minimum 10 year sentence. Maloid has an extensive criminal history in the Baton Rouge area for theft, fraud, drug and related charges.
A search warrant on Maloid’s residence turned up several articles of Victoria Secret merchandise along with other brands that are suspected to be stolen. Ironically Maloid was sporting a VS “Pink” brand t-shirt when she was arrested. Detectives are still actively pursuing the remaining suspects and the investigation continues.

December 19, 2017

Obituary

Alma Orene Hallmark Hicks
January 22, 1947 - December 18, 2017


Audit Questions La. State Police Expenditures

An investigative audit by the Legislative Auditor into Louisiana State Police (LSP) operations found questionable travel expenses, improper use of public resources by former Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson and his family members, and possible violations of state law, the Louisiana Constitution, and the Internal Revenue Code.
Click here for more information and for a link to the entire 95-page report.

House Burglary Recorded on Video in Bogalusa

On Friday, December 15, 2017, the Bogalusa Police Department received a call about a residential alarm activation on Miller Place. When the BPD officers arrived, they observed a broken window in the rear of the residence but, after searching, did not find anyone inside. The residence was equipped with surveillance cameras and the officers were able to get video footage of the suspect breaking in.
The video showed a young black male wearing a hoodie knocking on the front door. When the suspect doesn't make contact with anyone inside, he walks to the rear of the residence and kicks out a window with his foot. The suspect stays inside the residence for approximately 4 minutes and then runs out the through the rear door.
A short time later, a person who matched the description of the suspect was observed walking on Long Avenue. The suspect, identified as Samuel White (18) of Bogalusa, was charged with Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 17, 2017

Kenneth Harry was booked 12/17 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine and Failure to Appear
Michael Magee was booked 12/17 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Eric Brodsky was booked 12/17 on the charge of Simple Assault


Slidell-Area Woman Arrested After Drugs Found in Her Home

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force arrested Brelle Lewis (19) of Slidell Friday (December 15, 2017) and in the process removed a significant amount of narcotics off the streets of St. Tammany Parish. Pursuant to a search warrant of her home, agents located 4,999 dosage units of Tramadol (a pain reliever) and 1,500 units of Carisoprodol (Soma - a muscle relaxer). Also living at the Slidell-area residence were Lewis’ mother, stepfather and four siblings, ages 6, 8, 10 and 13.
Lewis was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV CDS (2 counts), Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II CDS, and Possession of CDS in the Presence of Juveniles.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force includes members form the Sheriff’s Office as well as the Slidell, Mandeville and Covington Police Departments. The Task Force was assisted by officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection as well as Homeland Security during this investigation.

$90,000 Worth of Meth Found in Slidell Area Home

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant Thursday (December 14, 2017) at the home of Steven Zoerner (55) of Slidell and recovered approximately two pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $90,000. Detectives also recovered numerous dosage units of prescription medication, a small amount of marijuana, and assorted drug paraphernalia.
Steven Zoerner was booked into the St. Parish Jail on the charges of Possession of more than 400 grams of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule II CDS, Possession of a Legend Drug (three counts), Possession of Schedule I CDS, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
The STPSO Narcotics Task Force is comprised of detectives from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Mandeville Police Department, Covington Police Department and Slidell Police Department.

December 17, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 15-16, 2017

Jonathan Anthony was booked 12/16 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, and No Drivers License
William Brumfield was booked 12/16 on the charge of Attachment
Samuel White was booked 12/16 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Brent Crumedy was booked 12/16 on the charges of Home Invasion and Aggravated Battery (2 counts)
Shona Westmoreland was booked 12/16 on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Alex Weary was booked 12/16 on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Darnell Brock was booked 12/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Latimore Thompson was booked 12/15 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Obituary

Kenneth Ray Adams, Sr.
June 15, 1941 - December 16, 2017


Obituary

Keith Waddell
February 10, 1924 - December 16, 2017


Obituary

Judy Jacklyn Thomas Farmer
January 19, 1948 - December 15, 2017


Obituary

Delaine Brumfield Riley
September 10, 1934 - December 15, 2017


Obituary

Elois Dillon
May 3, 1950 - December 15, 2017


Obituary

John Hines Schilling, Sr.
February 7, 1935 - December 14, 2017

Woman Sought in Slidell-Area Bank Robbery


St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are working with the FBI in a joint investigation after a Slidell-area bank was robbed Saturday morning (December 16, 2017). A white female walked into the Chase Bank branch at 1943 Gause Boulevard East, implied she had a weapon and handed a teller a note, demanding cash. She then fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of stolen cash.
The suspect is described as a white female, with dark colored hair, approximately 5 foot, 3 inches tall and 160 pounds.
She was last seen on foot headed towards Interstate 10.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 911 or (985) 898-2338 or contact the FBI at 504-816-3000.

Fatal Single Vehicle Crash Near Covington

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred late Saturday night (December 16, 2017) in the Natchez Trace subdivision near Covington. The crash claimed the life of Samuel Collins (36) of Ponchatoula.
STPSO reports that Collins' vehicle exited the roadway, struck a tree, and became engulfed in flames.Prior to the vehicle catching fire, good Samaritans had pulled the driver from the vehicle and attempted to render aid.
Acadian Ambulance transported Collins to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Fire District 2 also responded to the scene.
Speed and alcohol use are believed to be factors in the crash.

Former DA Investigator From Bogalusa Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

MICHAEL J. COTTON (68) of Bogalusa and former Investigator for the District Attorney's office, has pleaded guilty to the one count Bill of Information charging him with soliciting sexual favors from a woman in exchange for obtaining a bond reduction for her boyfriend.
Between December 28, 2013, and July 10, 2015, COTTON offered to intervene in legal proceedings and obtain favorable legal outcomes for three females charged with crimes, their friends, family, and significant others who were charged with crimes in exchange for sexual favors.
In July 2015, COTTON demanded sexual favors from a 23-year-old female in exchange for seeking a bond reduction from $25,000 to a $30 signature bond for her boyfriend, a defendant in the Washington Parish jail.
Between December 2013 and March 2014, COTTON requested sexual favors from a 28-year-old female in exchange for arranging for her to retain custody of her minor children and eliminating a drug testing condition she had as the result of prior legal issues.
In January 2014, COTTON used his position to obtain a significant bond reduction for an incarcerated 23-year-old female with whom he had a relationship that involved sexual activity. 
COTTON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle set sentencing March 14, 2018.
“Mike Cotton was a profoundly corrupt member of the law enforcement community who victimized some of the most vulnerable women in Washington Parish,” stated Special Agent in Charge Eric J. Rommal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation New Orleans Field Office. “His guilty plea is an important first step toward holding him accountable for his abuses of power.”

Obituary

Byron Schilling
January 15, 1924 - December 14, 2017


A Bit of Christmas Comes to Franklinton Nursing Homes

Chief Olander Smith and Officers of the Franklinton Police Department and the Corbett W. Penton Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #47 visited Heritage Manor and Good Samaritan Living Center this morning (December 15, 2017). They also brought along the Franklinton High School Demonaires under the Direction of Kyle Jones to entertain the residents with a few Christmas songs. Officers gave each resident a Christmas gift and wished each one a Happy Holidays. Chief Smith gave the Administration and staff fruit baskets and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.
Chief Smith would like to thank the Demonaires for providing the entertainment and the Officers and staff of the Franklinton Police Department for working to put this event together.


FPD brings a bit of Christmas to Nursing Homes from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 14, 2017

Agnes Moran was booked 12/14 on the charges of Simple Assault (2 counts)
Leroy Carroll was booked 12/14 In From Court
Shawn Stewart was booked 12/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana

Help ID This Grinch Who Stole $300 From a Store Employee

Grinch steals $300 from a store employee from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Shoplifters Use Hammers to Intimidate and Steal

Slidell Police are investigating a bold shoplifting incident where two suspects, armed with hammers, chased and intimidated a store employee, busted open glass electronics cases, and stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. This happened Monday morning (December 11, 2017) at the Wal-Mart.
Slidell Police is asking for anyone with information to contact Detective Scott O’Shaughnessy at 985-646-4348 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Hammer Wielding Thieves from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Obituary

John Russell Farace
October 24, 1946 - December 12, 2017


Two Tried Stealing an ATM in Loranger – Now in Jail

Early this morning (December 14, 2017) around 2:00 a.m., a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy saw a truck backed up to an ATM in the parking lot of the Loranger Supermarket. They were trying to load it into the back of their truck.parking lot but fled when the deputy approached. Deputies pursued he truck until it crashed into a fence. The two suspects then fled on foot into a wooded area. 
At approximately 8:15 a.m., the subjects were spotted by TPSO detectives, they again fled on foot, but were quickly apprehended. It turns out that the truck was stolen from Kenner and had a stolen license plate.  
Arrested were Alfred Cobb (25) and Leonard Williams (33), both of Ponchatoula.
Detectives are still actively investigating the incident, therefore the charges are pending on both subjects. The TSPO is currently assisting the Kenner Police Department with an investigation into the stolen pick-up, as well as multiple stolen vehicles that have been recovered in Tangipahoa Parish from the Kenner area.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 13, 2017

Davin Green was booked 12/13 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary (2 counts)
Delvin Jones was booked 12/13 on the charge of Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements
Tyrese Cotton was booked 12/13 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Failure to Use Turn Signal, License Plate Light Required, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Failure to Appear, and Resisting an Officer (2 counts)

Obituary

Sharron Wallace
March 5, 1951 - December 12, 2017  


Obituary

Layman Mitchell
February 24, 1957 - December 12, 2017


Obituary

Alvenia E Nichols
April 7, 1949 - December 7, 2017

December 14, 2017

Help Catch These Victoria Secret Robbery Suspects

The Mandeville Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday night (December 12, 2017) at Victoria Secret in the Premier Shopping Center. Five (5) individuals made out with stacks of merchandise valued in excess of $1,500.00. Two of the thieves were armed; one with mace, the other with a stun gun. One of the suspects sprayed two of the employees with the mace while a third employee was shocked with the stun gun. The suspects fled in what was described as a silver Honda with a temporary license plate.
The suspects were described as African American females; three were light skinned and two were dark skinned, and all were between 5'5" and 5'10" in height. They are all believed to be in their 20's. One of the subjects had red hair, another had a pony tail, a third one had a thick braid, and the shortest suspect had a blue baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Mandeville Police Department at (985) 626-9711.”


Victoria Secret Incident 12122017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Bogalusa Man Charged With Impersonating an Officer

On December 11, 2017, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Demontrey Lavon Mingo (22) of Bogalusa for impersonating a law enforcement officer.
A Franklinton area resident called the Sheriff’s Office reporting that an unknown male had come to the door of the residence and wanted to come inside. Although he was not dressed in a uniform and did not provide any law enforcement identification, he insisted that he was a law enforcement officer and needed to enter the residence. After being refused entry, the man then attempted to persuade the homeowner to step outside. The homeowner again refused and stated that a call was being made to the Sheriff’s Office. At that point, the unknown male fled on foot.
Two hours later, the impersonator returned to the area and was confronted by a neighbor who was aware of the ongoing issue. The neighbor called the Sheriff’s Office with a description of the man who once again fled. Responding deputies located and arrested the impersonator, identified as Mingo, on Highway 10 outside of Bogalusa. 
“The alert homeowner and the neighbor did the right thing,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “It appears that Mingo had criminal intentions and was using the scam of being an officer to gain entry into the residence.”

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 12, 2017

Michelle Knight was booked 12/12 on the charge of Attachment
Shawna Cassidy was booked 12/12 In From Court and on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Malik Watkins was booked 12/12 In From Court
Tena Warren was booked 12/12 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs

Angie Christmas Parade is Saturday


Take A Picture With Santa in Bogalusa December 15


Obituary

Ellery Givens
April 22, 1959 - December 12, 2017


Obituary

Leonard Stogner, Sr.
August 30, 1933 - December 12, 2017


December 12, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 11, 2017

Crenarta Baker was booked 12/11 on the charge of Telephone Harassment/Obscene and Contempt of Court
Jashma Crumedy was booked 12/11 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Ike Roberts was booked 12/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts) and Obstruction of Justice
Corey Ruffin was booked 12/11 In From Court
David Creel was booked 12/11 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Megan Young was booked 12/11 on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts) and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Demontrey Mingo was booked 12/11 on the charges of Impersonating a Police Officer and Attachment
Ricardo McGowan was booked 12/11 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Scottie Route was booked 12/11 In For Court

Obituary

Pamela "Pam" Jarrell Bateman
December 25, 1958 - December 11, 2017


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Eleanor Glynn Bigelow Applewhite
April 13, 1927 - December 11, 2017


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Samuel Jefferson Jerrell Sr.
August 28, 1932 - December 7, 2017


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Frank Bridges, Sr.
October 20, 1955 - December 03, 2017


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Willie Fortenberry
February 27, 1930 - December 05, 2017


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Gary Jefferson
February 26, 1954 - December 06, 2017


Take a Pic With St. Nic

Don't forget to come to the front lobby at Riverside Medical Center from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, December 14th to take a Pic with St. Nic

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 8-10, 2017

Nolan Waguespack was booked 12/08 In For Court
Ladell Lewis was booked 12/09 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Possession or Dealing in Unregistered or Illegally Transferred Weapons, Theft 750 or Less (2 counts)and Failure to Appear (5 counts)
Joshua James was booked 12/10 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment
George Diggs was booked 12/10 In For Court
Unshon Brister was booked 12/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Ricardo Burnette was booked 12/10 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

December 09, 2017

Slidell Man Breaks Handcuffs During Arrest for Robbery

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Leval Butler (35) of Slidell for an early morning robbery today (December 8, 2017) at the Shell station on Highway 11.
STPSO reports that Butler entered the Shell station wearing a mask over his face. While threatening the clerk’s life, Butler removed an undisclosed amount of money from the register and fled on foot.
Responding deputies quickly established a perimeter and located Butler nearby with the stolen cash still on his person. Butler resisted arrest and broke a pair of handcuffs in the process. However, he was taken into custody and booked on the charges of Simple Robbery, Resisting an Officer with Force, and Simple Criminal Damage to Property
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Obituary

Hubert H. Mizell
July 06, 1914 - December 07, 2017


Bogalusan Arrested for September Shooting

On Tuesday December 5, 2017, Bogalusa Police Department officers arrested Yamaria Brumfield (22) of Bogalusa and booked him on felony warrants for Attempted First Degree Murder (3 counts).
Brumfield is accused of shooting multiple gun shots at two passing vehicles that were traveling on Bayer Street on September 8, 2017.  One of the bullets went through a car door, striking a female victim in the right leg.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 7, 2017

Danny Stogner was booked 12/07 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Probation Violation
Joshua White was booked 12/07 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Steven Bedgood was booked 12/07 on the charge of Probation Violation
Louis Crawford was booked 12/07 on the charge of First Degree Rape
Yamarai Brumfield was booked 12/07 on the charges of Attempted First Degree Murder (3 counts)
Tyvonta Fortenberry was booked 12/07 on the charge of Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements
Ashton Hines was booked 12/07 on the charge of Principals and Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property

Entergy Donates $2500 to Bogalusa Help Center

Entergy Customer Service Representative Eunice Harris presents a $2500 check to Gene Hayman, Volunteer & Board of Directors President of the Bogalusa Help Center. Also on hand to receive the funds were Patricia Branch, Vice President, and Wade Adams, Special Assistant to President Hayman. The Bogalusa Help Center celebrated its 30-year anniversary of helping others in November.
"I have seen the passionate work, first hand, of Mr. Hayman, his board members, local volunteers, and volunteers from more than a thousand miles away. And it just warms my heart to see such needy customers being served in the Entergy territory". And Entergy is proud to be a part of that passion” says Harris.


December 08, 2017

Declaration of Emergency Declared in Washington Parish

Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr signed this afternoon a Declaration of Emergency due to the Winter Weather forecast. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 6, 2017

Jason Grimes was booked 12/06 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling (2 counts), Theft of Firearm (8 counts), Theft 25000 or more, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (8 counts)
Jeffrey Ingram was booked 12/06 In For Court
Geremie Middleton was booked 12/06 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction


Obituary

Bettye Wicker Schilling Fussell
June 01, 1944 - December 07, 2017


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Hester J. Hartfield
May 24, 1943 - December 05, 2017


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Joseph Cazenavette
November 9, 1967 - December 3, 2017


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Rosie Lee Smith
August 23, 1943 - December 01, 2017


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Glenda Pierce Montgomery
November 26, 1938 - November 30, 2017


December 07, 2017

Kentwood Christmas Parade is Monday, December 11th


I-10 Traffic Stop Leads to Big Drug Bust

A traffic stop on I-10 in Calcasieu Parish has led to the arrest of Mai Ly Thuy Johnson (35) of Covington for multiple narcotics and weapons charges and her husband Dujuan Jerel Johnson (36) for Money Laundering.
When Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies made a traffic stop Monday (December 4, 2017) on  Dujuan Jerel Johnson, they found him in possession of $72,600. He was arrested for Money Laundering. The investigation continued and on Tuesday, led officers to an apartment in the River Chase area of Covington occupied by Mai Ly Thuy Johnson. There, Troopers and Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office discovered a Century Arms AK-47 Pistol, $9,614.00 in currency, approximately five grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a 20 ton hydraulic press [machined to press and brand kilograms of narcotics], vacuum sealer, table top currency counter, a stolen Ruger LCP .380 handgun, 3.3 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of $825,000.and several other items used for the distribution and manufacture of illegal narcotics.

Tip Leads to Arrest of Two Slidell Students on Gun Charges

A Crimestoppers tip has resulted in two Slidell Junior High students being arrested for numerous charges resulting from a firearm being brought to school last Friday. A 14-year-old initially brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to Slidell Junior High School and a 12-year-old took possession of it. The 12-year-old reportedly showed the gun to several students throughout the day, none of whom notified school officials or the school resource officer. The 12-year-old went even further and began threatening some of the students through social media. Both students were arrested and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.
Slidell officials are disturbed at how long (almost 24 hours) it took for the incident to be reported. So far, Slidell Police have identified twelve witnesses (all students) who physically saw the gun, or had knowledge of the gun being at school on Friday. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 5, 2017

Joshua White was booked 12/05 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Lanika Warren was booked 12/05 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Probation Violation
Aaron Taylor was booked 12/05 on the charges of Principals, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, and Contempt of Court
Callie Painter was booked 12/05 In From Court
Louis Tate was booked 12/05 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction


Narcotics Task Force Makes Multiple Arrests in Pearl River Area

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force wrapped up two unrelated narcotics investigations last month in the Pearl River-area that resulted in the arrests of four individuals and arrest warrants issued for another. Nearly one half ounce of Methamphetamine intended for distribution, more than 300 prescription pills intended for distribution, assorted drug paraphernalia, and 16 firearms were seized as a result of these two investigations.
Arrested were James Smith (62), Glynn Acy, Jr. (51), and Nicolas Payne (32), all of Pearl River. A summons was issued for Glynn Patrick Acy, III for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Arrest warrants were issued for Geoffrey Bennett of Pearl River for Flight from an Officer and No Seatbelt.
The STPSO Narcotics Task Force in comprised of detectives from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Mandeville Police Department, Covington Police Department and Slidell Police Department.

December 06, 2017

Just Throwing Drugs Out the Window Doesn't Work

Monday morning (December 4, 2017), Bogalusa Police Department Patrolman Josh Oalman was traveling behind a vehicle on W. 8th Street and could not read the license plate due to it being covered up. After the vehicle turned on Avenue B, Officer Oalman attempted to make a traffick stop. Officer Oalmann observed the driver lean over and throw several objects out of the front passenger window then continued driving. After a short distance, the driver pulled over and stopped the vehicle.
The driver was identified as Brandon Thomas (20) of Bogalusa. Officers located 3 white pills identified as Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride.
Thomas was arrested pm the charges of Possession of Schedule lll Narcotics, Obstruction of Justice, Improper Equipment (display of license plate) and a Probation/Parole Hold.

WP Council Replaces Brent King on RMC Board

The Washington Parish Council voted Monday evening (December 4, 2017) to replace Brent King as a Riverside Medical Center Commissioner, following the recommendation of the Council's Personnel Committee, and voted to appoint Dr. William A. Ferrante to the position.
The vote followed input from James Caleb Martin, Chris McClelland, Kenneth Seal, James T. Thomas, and Brent King. The Council heard comments that King was being “railroaded”, that there was “no reason for King to be removed”, that King “has done a fine job”, that King “has done his level best”, and that replacing King was an “injustice”. Councilman Mike Fussell voted against and all other Councilmen voted for the resolution to appoint King's replacement.
In addition to routine business, the Council voted to reappoint Tammy Magruder to the RMC board and voted to appoint Cynthia August to replace Violet Tate on the RMC board.
President Richard Thomas provided a report to the Council that included his announcement of the resignation of Public Works Director Leo Luchessi, Finance Director Donna Graham provided a report, and Donnell Merrit provided his report on road work performed in the parish.
Click here to watch video of the meeting in its entirety.


WP Council Replaces Brent King on RMC Board from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for December 4, 2017

Cherish Lorio was booked 12/04 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
William Freeman was booked 12/04 on the charge of Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Rickey Pittman was booked 12/04 on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Marijuana, License Plate Improper Lighting, Expired Drivers License, and Failure to Pay Fine
Brandon Thomas was booked 12/04 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Obstruction of Justice, Proper Equipment Required on Vehicles, and Probation and Parole Hold
Romel Harris was booked 12/04 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows, Ran Stop Sign, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, No Drivers License, Speeding 41 & More Over Limit, Failure to Appear, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Careless Operation, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Damien Owens was booked 12/04 on the charges of Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Terrorizing

December 05, 2017

Mandeville Snowball Stand Owner Pleads Guilty To Paying Teen Girls for Sex Acts

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Anthony Barton Fortune (57), owner of a Mandeville snowball stand, pleaded guilty as charged Monday (December 4, 2017) to paying four teenage girls money and drugs for sexual favors. District Judge Peter Garcia sentenced him to a total of 15 years in prison on the charges of Purchase of Commercial Sexual Activity of persons under 18 (5 counts), Production of Pornography,  Sexual Battery, Indecent behavior with a juvenile (6 counts), Distributing Xanax to persons under 18 (2 counts), and Distributing marijuana to persons under 18 (2 counts).
The crimes came to light when Mandeville police received a report that the snowball stand owner was paying teenage girls for sexual activities. Police later found about 40 photos of the girls posing nude and performing sex acts in the defendant’s apartment, which is connected to the back of the snowball stand. Two of the victims were 14 years old, one was 15, and another was 16 at the time of the crimes.
The victims supported the resolution of the case.