January 31, 2018

Two 19 Year Olds Booked for Spotlighting Deer

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) enforcement agents working on a joint operation cited two men for alleged night hunting violations on January 27, 2018 in Washington Parish and Walthall County. .
Agents cited Holden W. Saucier (19) of Franklinton and Paul L. Page (19) of Poplarville for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle, and possession of alcohol by a minor.
After receiving several complaints about night hunting, agents set up surveillance and observed illegal activity first off Harvey Jefferson Rd. and then off State Line Rd. in Louisiana. The two traveled in Mississippi where they were stopped.
Agents seized the vehicle, spotlight, an firearms and  booked the two into the Walthall County Jail.

No Cost Flu Shots at Health Unit Wednesday


Vicious Dog Attack Reported in Bogalusa

The Bogalusa Police Department reports that on January 26, 2018 an eight year old boy was attacked by two vicious bulldog-mix dogs in the 800 block of Ontario Ave.  The breed of dogs were a bulldog mixture. Several neighbors had to physically force the dogs off of the victim.  The dogs later attempt to attack another person in the area. The dogs were “put down” because of their vicious behavior. ,
The victim suffered injuries to both legs and the left side of his neck.and was initially transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington and later transferred to Children's Hospital in New Orleans where he underwent surgery for his injuries. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 29, 2018

Billy Crain was booked 01/29 In For Court
Darnell Reed was booked 01/29 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary (2 counts), Simple Burglary (2 counts), and Resisting an Officer
Samantha Palmisano was booked 01/29 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Bradley Jenkins was booked 01/29 on the charges of Attachment, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Bradford Lott was booked 01/29 on the charges of No Taillight, No License Plate, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (2 counts) and Possession of Marijuana


Obituary

Dorris Brown McGehee
March 11, 1929 - January 28, 2018


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Morris W. Strickland
March 11, 1939 - January 28, 2018


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Benjamin Louis Thomas, Sr.
January 9, 1943 - January 27, 2018


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Elnora Robinson
February 16, 1929 - January 23, 2018


Mrs. Elnora Robinson was born February 16, 929 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Rossie (Sophia) Weary in Tylertown, Mississippi. She departed this life on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 88 years of age. She left this early life and transitioned to her period of eternal rest at the St. Tammany Hospital in Covington, LA.
Early in life, Elnora became a member of New Zion Baptist Church of Angie, LA under the leadership of the late Rev. A.L. Owens where she remained a member until her death. She served as a Sunday School Teacher, Missionary and Usher. She was also an owner of B&R Grocery Store in Varnado, LA.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories, four daughters, Wynett Mark of Bogalusa, LA, Mae (Otis) Mark, Patricia Nichols and Leatrice Smith of Varnado, LA; one son, Lionel (Amenda) Mark of Varnado, LA; three sisters, Rev. Altease Holmes and Minister Classie Hatcher of Chicago, IL and Donice Mark of Beaumont, TX; and one brother, Odell Jacob Weary of Bogalusa, LA; two granddaughters she raised as her own, Akesa Mark of Varnado, LA and Shareca (Pastor Dennis) Smith of Crowley, LA; 15 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rossie Weary and Sophia Woods Weary Pigott; husbands, Otis Mark and Shelton Robinson; two sisters, Selena (Roy) Holmes and Geraldine Mark; three brothers, L.J, L.W., and Chance Weary, Sr.
Visitation will be held Friday, February 2, 2018 at the chapel at Crain and Sons Funeral Home, Bogalusa, LA from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. followed by a family hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at New Zion Baptist Church, 63428 Jones Creek Road, Angie, LA at 12 noon with Reverend Linza R. Cotton, pastor officiating.

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Wilton Baker
May 17, 1950 - January 20, 2018


January 30, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 27-28, 2018

Tremain Chambers was booked 01/27 on the charge of Attachment
Myron Robinson was booked 01/27 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs and Attempted Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute
Lee Banjavaich was booked 01/27 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Shelly Benjamin was booked 01/28 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Loud and Abusive Language and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100 (2 counts)

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Frank "LaRue" Forbes
February 23, 1951 - January 26, 2018

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BILLY WAYNE KING SR
APRIL 3, 1949 ~ JANUARY 25, 2018 (AGE 68)


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Grant G. Thomas
August 1, 1966 - January 25, 2018


January 28, 2018

Community Awareness Meeting in Bogalusa January 30th

Due to an increase in vehicle and residential burglaries, Chief Kendall Bullen and Mr. Fate Ferrell have come together in bringing forth a community meeting in hopes of informing the community about these incidents as well as ways to help prevent them.
The meeting will take place at 5:30 pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church 837 E 7th Street and the entire community is invited to be there. 

Kentwood Town Meeting to Deal with New Library

Kentwood is slated to get a new library and Mayor Irma T. Gordon asks that the Kentwood Community attend the Town Meeting on Monday, January 29, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. at the Kentwood Branch Library in support of the Tangipahoa Parish Public Library Programs and Resources.
The Library Millage that will be on the March 24th ballot will also be discussed and questions are welcomed. The Mayor emphasizes that the millage is not a new tax but a renewal and taxes will not go up. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 26, 2018

Justin Saucier was booked 01/26 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Hannah Harp was booked 01/26 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Ran Stop Sign
Raymond Camardelle was booked 01/26 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
David Braud was booked 01/26 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine and Failure to Honor Written Promise


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Douglas Andrew LeBlanc, Sr.
August 17, 1944 - January 25, 2018


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Christopher Calvin Knight
April 11, 1976 - January 24, 2018

January 27, 2018

Kentwood Mardi Gras Parade is Saturday, February 3rd


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Raymond Todd Kuhn
June 22, 1970 - January 26, 2018


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Joseph Latimore Knight
December 20, 1931 - January 25, 2018


Franklinton Area Man Arrested for Fifth Time

Alex Magee (30), a resident of Wilson Road near Franklinton, was arrested by Washington Parish Sheriff Office detectives on January 25 for burglary of two businesses north of Franklinton and aggravated assault with a firearm. Magee was out of jail on bond from another burglary when he committed these crimes.
The business burglaries occurred at two convenience stores: one on Sam Thomas Road in the Hackley community in October 2017 and another on Highway 430 on January 16. Both businesses suffered significant damage when Magee forced his way inside while they were closed. Physical evidence left at the scenes led to an identification of Magee as the burglar.
The arrest for aggravated assault with a firearm came as a result of a November 2017 shooting complaint on Thomas Cryer Road in the Mt. Hermon community, in which Magee was identified as the person who fired numerous shots into an occupied vehicle.
Magee’s latest arrest is his fifth arrest since 2007 on charges that includes burglary, criminal trespass, resisting an officer, obstruction of a court order, and theft of an automobile.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Magee must have some inner desire to serve time in a state prison, because that seems to be where he is headed. The only time he is not committing a crime is when he is behind bars. It seems obvious he has no respect for anyone and is too lazy to work and earn an honest dollar. Good job, detectives!”

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 25, 2018

Stephen Meiners was booked 01/25 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Wanda Kennedy was booked 01/25 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Todd Payne was booked 01/25 on the charges of Theft Under 1000 and Criminal Trespass
Rebecca Massett was booked 01/25 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Theft Under 1000, and Criminal Trespass
Angela Lott was booked 01/25 on the charges of Probation Violation, Theft 750-5000, and Theft Auto Recovery
Alex Magee was booked 01/25 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary (2 counts), Criminal Damage, Theft 1000-5000 (2 counts), Theft of Firearm, and Aggravated Assault With a Firearm
Jay Bell was booked 01/25 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

January 26, 2018

$5000 Reward Offered in Osyka Shooting

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Peter Paul Capo
November 30, 1959 - January 23, 2018


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Donald Andrew Freeman
July 24, 1975 - January 22, 2018


McKinney Selected as Corrections Deputy of the Year

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal recognized Kyle McKinney as the Corrections Deputy of the Year in a recent ceremony in his office.
McKinney, a resident of the Mt. Hermon community, has served as the jail transport officer since August 1, 2016. He transports inmates to and from various corrections facilities throughout the state, performs local inmate transfers, and is always willing to help out in the jail as needed.
Sheriff Seal commented. “Kyle is a tireless worker and an excellent employee. He never hesitates to come out and work at any time he is needed, even on weekends. He always makes certain inmates are available for court appearances as scheduled. He is a man of integrity and we are fortunate to have him on our staff.”

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Billy Spencer
January 22, 1944 - January 25, 2018


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Johnny Mack Passman
November 2, 1947 - January 24, 2018


Washington Parish Man Dies in Causeway Crash

Source: Bob Warren: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
Authorities have recovered the body of the driver of a truck that crashed over the side of the southbound span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway early Wednesday (January 24, 2018). The driver has been identified as Christopher Knight (41) of Franklinton. 
The red Chevrolet truck he was driving had the name of a Mississippi Company, Wallace Steel Erectors, on the side.
The truck was pulled from Lake Pontchartrain on Wednesday and the body was recovered just before nightfall. 

Hunter's Safety Class Offered in Franklinton

A Hunter's Safety Class is scheduled for March 24 (from 1-5pm) and March 25 (from 1-3pm) in Franklinton. Franklinton Fire & Rescue is hosting the class at 415 11th Avenue. Participants must be at least 10 years old and must attend both days.
For more information, call Cpl Angela Whaley at the Washington Parish Sheriff Office, 985-839-7846, ext 1020 and/or click here.

Slidell: Missing 2-year-old Child Found Safe

An out of state family spending the night at the Holiday Inn Express in Slidell woke to find their 2 year old boy missing. The parents last saw their child when they went to sleep but, at some time during the night, the boy woke up and wandered out of the room. Slidell Police responded around 7 am Wednesday (January 24, 2018) and, fearing the worst, about twenty officers began canvassing the area searching for the missing child.
Approximately thirty minutes later, the little boy was found sleeping in an adjacent hotel room. It appeared the little boy exited his room during the night and then began going door to door trying to get back into his room. The child found a vacant hotel room with a door that was not fully closed or locked, went inside,  climbed into bed, and went to sleep. 

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Charles Franklin Sullivan
October 08, 1932 - January 23, 2018


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Georgia Camille Brown
February 22, 1932 - January 23, 2018


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Ronald W Rushing
May 01, 1969 - January 17, 2018


Family-Friendly Bogalusa Fire Dept Event is April 14


Bogalusa Woman Arrested for Identity Theft

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Bogalusa resident Jami Tarver (41) on January 24, 2018 on the charges of Identity Theft, Injuring Public Records and Failure to Honor a Written Promise.
The offenses were discovered when a local citizen went to a medical facility to see a physician and learned that another person using her name and identification had been to the same facility earlier in the day. The person was identified as Jami Tarver.
The same day, Tarver also went to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and filed a police report using the stolen name and identification, reporting that she had been the victim of a crime that had occurred in Washington Parish.
Tarver is the subject of other ongoing investigations in Bogalusa and St. Tammany Parish.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Identity theft is a growing problem in the United States. I caution all of our residents to carefully guard all forms of personal identification and to release personal information only to known and reliable sources. I appreciate the quick work of our detectives to identify and arrest Tarver.”

Job Fair in Covington Seeking Applicants

Globalstar, a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services, will conduct a career fair on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Covington, Louisiana, located at 350 Holiday Square Blvd. LED FastStart® – the nation’s top-ranked, state workforce development program – is supporting the event.
The job fair seeks applicants interested in customer relations positions at the Globalstar Covington facility, including: customer relations specialist; bilingual customer relations specialist, fluent in Spanish; bilingual customer relations specialist, fluent in French; and bilingual customer relations specialist, fluent in Portuguese.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 24, 2018

Joey Craddock was booked 01/24 on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)
Summer Pounds was booked 01/24 In From Court
Christopher Saucier was booked 01/24 In From Court
Robert Abshire was booked 01/24 on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order and Parole Violation
Harold Catha was booked 01/24 In From Court
Stephanie Jackson was booked 01/24 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Andre Bergeron was booked 01/24 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Adrian Magee was booked 01/24 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Criminal Trespass, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500, and Failure to Honor Written Promise
James Thompson was booked 01/24 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise

January 25, 2018

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Christopher C. Creel
January 22, 1976 - January 20, 2018

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Edgie Morris Peters
November 14, 1959 - January 16, 2018


Man Found Guilty of Raping Child From Age 4 to 17

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Christopher Wayne Mullen (44) of Lacombe has been found guilty of Aggravated Rape and Molestation of a Juvenile. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced February 28, 2018, before District Judge Swartz.
Witnesses testified that Mullen repeatedly raped and molested the victim from the time she was four years of age until she disclosed the abuse at the age of seventeen. 
Another victim testified that Mullen also had raped and molested her when he she was between the ages of five and six years old. The acts of rape and sexual assault only came to light and ended when one of the victims was able to get the courage to disclose the abuse to her boyfriend who had his family help her to contact law enforcement.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 23, 2018

Gayden Felber was booked 01/23 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Careless Operation, No License Plate, Expired or No Inspection Sticker, Possession of Marijuana, and Introduction of Contraband Into Penal Institute
Timothy Wade was booked 01/23 on the charges of Vehicular Homicide and Driving While Intoxicated
Jami Tarver was booked 01/23 on the charges of Identity Theft, Injuring Public Records, and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Michelle Yarbrough was booked 01/23 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs

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Helen Means
August 14, 1952 - January 22, 2018


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Bernestine Jenkins
July 13, 1933 - January 19, 2018


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Leonard Charles Peters
October 28, 1935 - January 17, 2018


January 24, 2018

Bogalusan Killed in Head-On Collision on LA 21

On Monday (January 22, 2018), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on LA 21 near LA 1083 in Bush that claimed the life of Donald Andrew Freeman (42) of Bogalusa.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Denan Jade Jones (27) of Bush, was driving northbound on LA 21 and that traffic ahead of Jones had come to a stop due to a vehicle turning into a private drive. For reasons still under investigation, Jones crossed into the southbound lane and crashed head-on into a a truck driven by Freeman.
Jones was suffered minor injuries in the crash. Freeman was transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital by Acadian Ambulance in critical condition and succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Jones was cited for driving left of center. Any additional charges will be referred to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Mary Pizzolato Carter
January 3, 1931 - January 20, 2018


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Katherine Blood Cheramie
November 17, 1946 - January 20, 2018


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Rev. Charles Edgar Griffith
August 01, 1937 - January 19, 2018


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 21-22, 2018

Darrell Chiasson was booked 01/21 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Kedrick Smith was booked 01/21 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 drugs/MOJO (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Introduction of Contraband Into Penal Institute, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Austin Jenkins was booked 01/22 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs and Contempt of Court
Kimberly Mingo was booked 01/22 on the charges of No License Plate, No Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Honor Written Promise, and Child Restraint Violation (2 counts)

January 23, 2018

Franklinton Man ID'd in Theft of Fireman's Truck

After a lengthy investigation, Slidell Police report they have identified Zarius Brown (30) of Franklinton as the one who stole a Slidell fireman's truck last November.
On November 8, 2017, Slidell Police responded to St. Tammany Fire District #1, Station 13, after a fireman, returning from a call for service, came back to discover his personal truck stolen from in front of the fire station. The truck was a 2006 white Ford F-250, FX4 with black running boards and chrome exhaust pipes. The truck has a unique license plate, which is a professional firefighter’s plate (#3247).
Brown was later found to be selling parts of the stolen truck on social media sites. Digital forensics was reportedly able to positively link Brown to the theft. Unfortunately, the truck has never been recovered, and is believed to have been broken down into several different parts and pieces.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Zarius Brown is asked to contact the Slidell Police Department at 985-646-6174, or call your local law enforcement agency. Brown is known to frequent the Hammond and Franklinton area.

Two Dead in Pike County Crash

On January 19, 2018, a two vehicle crash killed Rebecca Smith (63) and Jimmie Lott (38), both from Braxton, MS.. The crash on Hwy. 98 East involved a pickup driven by Smith, with Lott being a passenger, and a truck owned by Herring Gas and driven by Bryan Ryals (35) from Tylertown and Payne Ryals (11) as a passenger.
Rebecca Smith and Jimmie Lott were pronounced dead on scene. Bryan and Payne Ryals had no injuries from the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

Teen Runaway Sought by Tangipahoa Authorities

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in locating teen runaway,  Mackenzie Rose Intagliata (15) of Roseland,.
Mackenzie is believed to have left her home around 4:00 am this morning and believed to be traveling with her boyfriend, Jayvionte Tupac Harris (15). They may be traveling to Dellwood, Missouri, which is suburb of St. Louis, and in the company of Harris’s older brother.
Mackenzie is approximately 5’ tall, 115 pounds, with strawberry-brown curly hair.
Anyone with information regarding Mackenzie’s whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.


Slidell: Arrest Made in Shooting of Innocent Bystander

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested Michael Sirelle Bickham (42) of Slidell in the shooting of an innocent bystander (54) during an altercation on Sunday afternoon (January 21, 2018)).
Bickham reportedly had heard his girlfriend arguing with her children’s father outside a home on Beech Street and he exited the home armed with a pistol. An altercation ensued between the two men and Bickham discharged the weapon. The bullet struck an unintended victim, a friend of Bickham’s who was standing nearby. Bickham drove his friend to the hospital and then fled. A neighbor reported the shooting and the victim was located at a local hospital.
Bickham was arrested shortly after 8 pm when he returned to the hospital to check on his friend’s condition. Bickham was charged with Second Degree Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Assault With a Firearm. 

STPSO Investigating Armed Robbery Near Abita Sprngs

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Friday night (January 19, 2018) near Abita Springs.
Shortly after 9 pm a man was talking to a friend in his vehicle at the park on Carnation Street in the Abita Nursery Subdivision when a man walked up to the vehicle and robbed him at gunpoint. The suspect took the man’s wallet and handgun before firing into the air and fleeing the area on foot.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5 foot, 10 inches tall with a slender build. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark pants.
STPSO K-9 responded to the scene but was unable to get a good track.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call (985) 898-2338.

Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident and Standoff with Deputies

Cory Christian McDonald (40) was arrested on multiple felony charges following a domestic disturbance incident that resulted in a standoff with STPSO deputies Friday night (January 19, 2018).
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in Mandeville and located the female victim walking on Oak Street. Before she was transported to a local hospital by Fire District 4, she informed deputies that the suspect was armed with a shotgun and was still at the home.
Deputies located McDonald barricaded inside a detached building in the back yard of the residence. McDonald reportedly fired two rounds through the side wall and window of the building in the direction of deputies. After a lengthy standoff, STPSO SWAT team members forced entry into the building and took McDonald into custody following a brief struggle. McDonald was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated.
Once released, he will be charged with Second Degree Battery, False Imprisonment While Armed with Dangerous Weapon, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Attempted First Degree Murder of a Police Officer.

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Dr. James (Buster) M. Ellis, Jr.
July 05, 1932 - January 21, 2018


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Carolyn T. Kennedy
November 14, 1936 - January 19, 2018


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Billy Gene Watley
August 10, 1945 – January 19, 2018


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Kimberly Ruth Dubay
September 29, 1962 - January 16, 2018


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Dellaree Simmons Manning
October 18, 1922 - January 07, 2018


January 22, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 19-20, 2018

Donald Malley was booked 01/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Melanie Hanner was booked 01/19 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting an Officer
Rodney Mitchell was booke 01/20 on the charges of Aggravated Assault and Failure to Appear (5 counts)
Devon Cotton was booked 01/20 on the charges of Theft 1000-5000, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Resisting an Officer

January 20, 2018

Kentwood Man Indicted for Possession of Child Pornography

RANDOLPH ARD (“ARD”), age 62, of Kentwood, Louisiana, was indicted today for possession of child pornography. He was arrested November 22, 2017  at his home by law enforcement officers with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation. ARD was in possession of several items that contained images depicting the sexual victimization of prepubescent children.
Court records also revealed that ARD was previously convicted in Tangipahoa Parish for pornography involving juveniles and indecent behavior with juveniles on March 6, 2013.  ARD was on parole  at the time of his arrest.
Due to his prior conviction, if convicted, ARD faces a mandatory minimum penalty of ten (10) years imprisonment up to twenty (20) years, followed by up to a life term of supervised release, and a $250,000.00 fine.

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Andrew Sharp
December 4, 1941 - January 18, 2018


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Bobby Thomas
August 17, 1925 - January 19, 2018


January 19, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 18, 2018

Eric Archuleta was booked 01/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, License Plate Light Required, License Plate Expired, No Drivers License, and Contempt of Court
Trent Brown was booked 01/18 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Criminal Trespass
Bryan Schexnider was booked 01/18 on the charges of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile (2 counts) and Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor
Kirhun Williams was booked 01/18 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Brenzel Warren was booked 01/18 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, and Resisting an Officer

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John Robert Stogner
October 18, 1966 - January 16, 2018


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Joseph "Poppa Joe" Slocum
January 12, 1942 - January 15, 2018


Suspects Sought in Amite Walmart Theft of Computers

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the TPSO’s Organized Retail Theft Task Force is currently investigating a case of stolen laptops from the Amite Walmart.
TPSO Detective Earl McFarland has retained surveillance footage that indicates that the male and female in these photos are allegedly responsible for thefts that equate to over $3,000 dollars in computer equipment.
Sheriff Edwards is asking for assistance in the identifying these suspects. Anyone willing to come forward is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

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Todd A. Crain
October 29, 1965 - January 18, 2018


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John "Bub" Allen Carlisle, Jr.
September 21, 1924 - January 17, 2018


Vending Machine Burglary Suspects Sought in Tangi

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports Detectives are attempting to identify the two suspects in the attached photographs who are believed to be responsible for burglarizing the coin operated machines at both the Bedico Supermarket and Loranger Supermarket These burglaries took place in the early morning hours of October 31, 2017, and on January 4, 2018.
Both events were captured on video and indicated that the two suspects came prepared to break into the machines. In October, the suspects where driving a black Jeep Renegade registered in Pennsylvania. The suspects were driving a newer model red or maroon Ford Mustang for the January burglaries.
Anyone with information on these suspects are urged to contact Tangipahoa Parish Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. 

January 17, 2018

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Lonnie Allen
August 2, 1949 - January 16, 2018


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Dorothy Barber
October 28, 1929 - January 16, 2018


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Shirley Rhodus Booty
January 06, 1935 - January 15, 2018


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Carolyn Ann McCain
October 3, 1943 - January 15, 2018


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 16, 2018

Jami Tarver was booked 01/16 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Simple Burglary
Zachary Rogers was booked 01/16 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (3 counts) and Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Kelvin Jackson was booked 01/16 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Wilfred Husband was booked 01/16 on the charges of Molestation of a Juvenile, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana
Charles Ross was booked 01/16 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Tara Smith was booked 01/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Dustin King was booked 01/16 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics
Shanda Honaker was booked 01/16 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics

Slidell Shooting Has Resulted in Manslaughter Indictment

A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Frank William Beckendorf, III (20) of Slidell  Thursday (January 11, 2017) of manslaughter in the shooting death of Brett O. McCraney of Slidell on September 24, 2017.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office had responded to a report of shots in the parking lot at 4854 Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell and discovered McCraney with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to Slidell Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Frank William Beckendorf (20) of Slidell was identified by witnesses as the shooter and was still at the scene when STPSO deputies arrived. A verbal altercation between the victim and the suspect reportedly led to the shooting. 
McCraney and Adonis Young (26) of New Orleans had been charged with Disturbing the Peace and Second Degree Battery on July 6, 2017 in the beating of an elderly man (73) in what was reported as a road rage incident. At the time McCraney reportedly told officers he “felt like he had to defend his territory” and “show him what was up” and reportedly began to beat the elderly man.

Covington Man Indicted on Second Degree Murder

A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Cesar Roy Ronald Rivas Castillo (38) of Covington, Thursday (January 11, 2017) of second degree murder in the death of Felipe Arnoldo Rodriguez Saucedo who was found found in a vehicle on Airport Road north of Covington on September 19, 2017. Saucedo had fatal gunshot wounds to his head.  Castillo was arrested September 22, 2017.
STPSO reported in September that investigators had been working with ICE and believed that both the victim and the suspect are undocumented immigrants. 

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Roy J. Faul
January 18, 1946 - January 12, 2018


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Ola Hobgood
January 20, 1928 - January 15, 2018


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Larry Gene Edwards
March 06, 1946 - January 14, 2018


January 16, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 12-14, 2018

William Ratley was booked 01/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts), Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Resisting an Officer
Amanda Buras was booked 01/12 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Clint Walters was booked 01/12 In From Court
Regerick Jones was booked 01/12 on the charges of Attachment, Contempt of Court, and Probation Violation
Calvin Scott was booked 01/12 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Christopher Thames was booked 01/13 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Gary Mizell was booked 01/13 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Devin Knight was booked 01/13 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, License Plate Light Required, Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Highway, and Driving While Intoxicated
Rebecca Stewart was booked 01/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Speeding 1-10 Over Limit
Xavier Brumfield was booked 01/14 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Andrea Sumrall was booked 01/14 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Alexandra Williams was booked 01/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Highway, and No Taillight

Obituary

Bobby Oneal Cutrer, Sr.
August 19, 1930 - January 14, 2018


Obituary

Roby Graves
May 11, 1932 - January 13, 2018


Obituary

Freddie Rick
June 25, 1939 - January 13, 2018


Obituary

Tom Phillip Fury, Sr.
October 23, 1936 - January 12, 2018


Obituary

Sheldon Leon Dykes
February 17, 1965 - January 12, 2018


Obituary

Shawna Sharpe Gerald
January 14, 1978 - January 11, 2018


January 14, 2018

WP Sheriff Randy Seal Criticized for Christian Statements

A press release from the Freedom From Religion Foundation claims that they have “brought to an end a Louisiana sheriff’s sermonizing over the department’s official social media.” The release goes on to report that “A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal regularly invoked Christian scripture in his official statements as sheriff, statements that were reflected on the Washington Parish Sheriff’s official Facebook page.“



On January 13, 2018, Sheriff Randy Seal issued a statement that “A recent decision by me in my official capacity as Sheriff is being touted as a victory for the ardently anti-Christian Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). I want to set the record straight.” 

In our opinion, Sheriff Seal's decision was a responsible one and in the best interest of those he serves. 

To read Sheriff's Seal statement, click the "Read More" below.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 11, 2018

Shaderick Jackson was booked 01/11 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Rebecca Thomas was booked 01/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Contempt of Court
Michael Phillips was booked 01/11 on the charges of Careless Operation and Possession of Marijuana

Obituary

Joseph Leonard Hall, Jr.
January 13, 1938 - January 11, 2018


Obituary

Barbara Miller Newman Creel
June 26, 1950 - January 10, 2018


Obituary

Melissa Ann Foster
December 5, 1964 - January 9, 2018

January 12, 2018

Loss of Revenue Dominates Franklinton Aldermen Meeting

With sales tax revenues plummeting, the Franklinton Board of Aldermen expressed their concerns at their meeting Tuesday evening (January 9, 2018).
It was reported to the Board that the November - December, 2017 sales tax revenues came in $43,000 lower than the November - December, 2016 receipts. The trend has been noticed over time and it was suggested that the primary cause for the reduced sales tax revenues is the openings of Dollar General stores outside of the Town's corporate limits.
Comments included optimism that the opening of Tractor Supply will help and suggestions to extend the corporate limits.
To view the meeting in its entirety, click here.


Franklinton's Sales Tax Revenue Problem from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Joint Operation between STPSO and JPSO Results in Drug Arrest

Another drug dealer is off the streets thanks to a joint effort between the STPSO Narcotics Task Force, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and the STPSO SWAT team.
On January 8, 2017, the three teams executed a search warrant at Villa Du Lac apartments in Slidell. Melvin Hickerson (34) of Slidell was found in possession of approximately 9 pounds of high grade marijuana, several unknown pills, two loaded handguns, one loaded .556 caliber rifle, ammunition, body armor, scales, baggies consistent with the packaging and distribution of marijuana and $4,500 cash.
An infant child was present with Hickerson and is now in the care of family members.
Hickerson was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of a CDS in the Presence of a Minor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Body Armor, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, and Transactions Involving Proceeds From Drug Offense.

Obituary

Richard "Ricky" Turman Moore
December 12, 1944 - January 10, 2018


Obituary

George Elliott DeBlanc
October 5, 1939 - January 10, 2018


Obituary

Garrett "Max" Blades
November 01, 1989 - January 10, 2018


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 10, 2018

Gregory Stafford was booked 01/10 In From Court
Justin Thomas was booked 01/10 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
David Wells was booked 01/10 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Morris Shaffett was booked 01/10 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation (2 counts) and Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery

Obituary

Sonia Gayle Blackwell
August 29, 1971 - January 8, 2018


Help Mandeville Police ID These Suspects

The Mandeville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two individuals who used stolen credit cards at a Slidell Walmart just hours after they were reported stolen in a vehicle burglary in Mandeville on December 20th. The vehicle was parked in the Heritage Manor Nursing home parking lot, 1820 West Causeway Approach. The window was smashed and the victim’s purse removed.
On December 20th, just before receiving the burglary call, the Mandeville Police also responded to a report of suspicious activity in the area of Northlake shopping Center. The caller reported that two black males were “pulling on door handles” of parked vehicles. The caller snapped a pic of the two individuals and provided it to the responding officer.
If you recognize the suspects, call the Mandeville Police Department at (985) 626-9711 or Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

January 11, 2018

Tangipahoa Sheriff Sued Over Prisoner's Beating Death

Source: nola.com and Michael Kunzelman of the Associated Press 
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards and Warden Stuart Murphy failed to protect prisoner Tommy Joe Smith (40) from being beaten to death by a dozen other inmates last year in an attack that an eyewitness compared to a "shark feeding frenzy," a federal lawsuit claims. Relatives of Smith filed the lawsuit Tuesday (January 9, 2017).
Smith was jailed in January, 2017 for a probation violation stemming from his 2015 conviction for a sex crime that isn't specified in the suit. Staff at the parish jail in Amite didn't segregate Smith from violent prisoners even though they knew his criminal history increased his risk of being attacked, the suit claims. The suit says 12 inmates attacked Smith about 1:45 a.m. on January 31, 2017, shortly after he was confined in a two-tier dormitory housing roughly 21 inmates. A coroner concluded Smith died of blunt force trauma to the head with bleeding in his brain. "Smith's family was advised by the funeral home that due to the extent and severity of the damage to Smith's head, an open casket would not be possible," the suit says.
The suit, filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana, seeks unspecified damages. A great-grandmother and mother of Smith's two children are named as plaintiffs.

Click here for much more on this story.

Obituary

Shannon Nicole Sappington
January 29, 1977 - January 3, 2018


Obituary

Tommy J. Freeman
January 3, 1932 - January 8, 2018)


Arrest Made in Robbery of Bogalusa Fireworks Stand

On December 31, 2017, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a robbery of a fireworks stand in Bogalusa. Based on eyewitness accounts, Latrevious Lucas (18) of Bogalusa was identified as the suspect. Lucas reportedly turned off the electricity to the fireworks stand by tripping the breaker located behind the stand. He then jumped over the counter and attempted to grab the money box. The box was attached to the shelf by screws, so Lucas then took the cash from the money box, jumped back over the counter, and ran in the direction of Avenue L. A warrant was issued for Simple Robbery and Lucas was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail on January 8, 2018.
Lucas previously plead guilty to three (3) counts of simple burglary and two (2) counts of theft between $750-$5,000 and was placed on probation for five (5) years. Lucas remains in the Washington Parish Jail on a probation violation hold.
Sheriff Randy Seal said, “This is a case of a repeat offender. Lucas was given mercy with a probated sentence. Instead of taking advantage of this opportunity, he chose to squander it and continue a life of crime. I am reminded of a quote from an old Greek play, 'All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong.' Unfortunately this young man didn’t yield and now must face the severe consequences of his actions.”

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 9, 2018

indsey Dykes was booked 01/09 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Joseph Erwin was booked 01/09 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (5 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Disturbing the Peace, and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500.


16 Year-Old Killed in Madisonville Crash

Early Wednesday morning (January 10, 2018), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on LA 22 at the intersection of LA 1085 in Madisonville. The crash has claimed the life of Nathan Matthew Kiern (16) of Madisonville.
Troopers determined that Kiern was driving southbound on LA 1085, came to a stop at the intersection of LA 22, and turned left onto LA 22 directly into the path of a vehicle driven by Lauren Scherer McNeil (29) of Madisonville. The front of McNeill’s vehicle crashed into the driver’s side door of Kiern’s vehicle. Despite being properly restrained, Kiern was severely injured in the crash.
Kiern was transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital by Acadian Ambulance in critical condition but succumbed to his injuries shortly after his arrival. McNeill was transported to North Oaks Health Systems, where she was treated for minor injuries.

January 10, 2018

WP Council Elects New Council Leadership

In addition to addressing routine matters, the Washington Parish Council Monday evening (January 8, 2018) elected Perry Talley (District 1) as Council Chairman and David Anthony (District 7) as Vice-Chairman.
Parish President Richard Thomas provided his President's Report and Donnell Merritt provided the Road Report for the month of December. Darren Mizell was appointed to the Washington Parish Planning Commission, David Miller's resignation from the Washington Parish Tourism Commission was accepted, and Jason Smith's appointment to the Washington Parish Fire District 9 was introduced.


WP Council 01082018 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Bogalusan Appointed to the La. Lottery Corporation

On January 5, 2017, Governor John Bel Edwards announced various appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions. Among those appointments were Carmen T. Jones of Bogalusa who was appointed to the Louisiana Lottery Corporation. Jones is a licensed real estate agent in private practice. She will serve as a representative of the 5th Congressional District.
The Louisiana Lottery Corporation approves the operating budget and the terms of major procurements of the corporation, serves as a board of appeal regarding retailer contracts, and adopts administrative rules in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act necessary for the operations of the corporation.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 8, 2018

Robert Smith was booked 01/08 on the charges of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and Theft 1000-5000
Latrevious Lucas was booked 01/08 on the charges of Simple Robbery and Contempt of Court
Billy Boyette was booked 01/08 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Obituary

Ganey Brumfield McKay
July 05, 1931 - January 07, 2018


Obituary

Megan Whynne Jones Miley
September 29, 1989 - January 05, 2018


Obituary

Alan Scott Brumfield
April 25, 1964 - January 01, 2018


Upcoming Classes on Starting a Business

Workshops are being offered by the Southeast Louisiana Business Center for persons interested in determining the feasibility of their business idea, planning to start or have recently started a small business, seeking a small business loan, or wanting to learn more about business planning. Topics of discussion will include writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources, and required licenses.
Hammond: Thursday, January 30th from 9 am to 12 pm at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center. For more information and to register, click here.
Slidell: Tuesday, May 22nd from 9 am to 12 pm at the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. To register and for more information, click here.

January 09, 2018

Obituary

Sammy L. Broyles
December 26, 1937 - January 08, 2018


Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 6-7, 2018

Steven Glover was booked 01/06 on the charge of Contempt of Court
James Thigpen was booked 01/07 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Harry Short was booked 01/07 on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Kevin Mizell was booked 01/07 on the charges of Attachment (3 counts)
Erskine Andrews was booked 01/07 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Fight and Criminal Damage
Isaac Carson was booked 01/07 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Fight and Criminal Damage
Jamarcus Johnson was booked 01/07 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Fight and Criminal Damage

Obituary

Howard Acey Hartfield
June 22, 1940 - January 05, 2018


Pedestrian Killed on US 190 in Lacombe

Louisiana State Police reports that Joseph Herrin Ordone (80) died on Friday morning (January 5, 2017)  at approximately 5:25 AM in a crash on US 190 near the intersection of Mill Road in Lacombe.
The initial investigation has led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Ordone was standing in the westbound lane of US 190. Ordone was wearing dark clothing, when he was struck by a 2017 Infinity QX8, which had been traveling westbound on US-190. After Ordone was struck in the initial impact, witnesses reported that he was struck by several additional vehicles. The crash investigation is ongoing. Presently, impairment is not being considered as a contributing factor in this crash.

Obituary

Joann Mizell
August 27, 1931 - January 4, 2018


January 06, 2018

Mandeville: Paying a Utility Bill Lands Three in Hot Water

On Thursday (January 4, 2018), a trip to Mandeville City Hall to pay a water bill turned into a seizure of, drugs, guns and money as well as the arrest of three suspects: Adrian Singleton (28), Trevell Hill (18), and Monterrio Batiste (18), all from Mandeville. While the trio was in the parking lot of city hall, a group of MPD Officers walked past their truck and detected a very strong odor of green marijuana.
Officers discovered a handgun concealed in Hill’s waistband and a second handgun on the front seat of the vehicle. Officers also recovered 22 grams of marijuana, 50 Xanax pills, over $1,900 in cash and a scale commonly used to weigh narcotics for sale.
Singleton was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Batiste was charged with simple possession of marijuana, and Hill was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a schedule IV narcotic. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 4, 2017

Jamie Hardin was booked 01/04 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Resisting an Officer, Failure to Pay Fine, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Jairo Arboleda was booked 01/04 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Anna Peters was booked 01/04 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Quintella Ellis was booked 01/04 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Justin Provost was booked 01/04 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Charles Ross was booked 01/04 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling

January 05, 2018

High-Speed Pursuit and Foot Pursuit in Bogalusa

In the early morning hours last Saturday (December 30, 2017), Bogalusa Police Officers attempted a traffic stop at the intersection of W. 7th St. and Ave F. due to the driver not wearing a seat belt and his vehicle having an expired license plate. The driver failed to stop and a high-speed pursuit began.
The driver, later identified as Efrem Williams (49) of Bogalusa drove onto South Border Drive where he lost control and struck a chain link fence and a green house on the property of the Bogalusa High School. Williams fled on foot while the passenger stayed in the vehicle. Williams was captured in a wooded area near the Bogalusa High School.
Williams was booked on the charges of No Seat Belt, Expired License Plate, Improper Lane Usage, Speeding, No Insurance, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, 2 counts of Resisting an Officer, Flight from an Officer, Criminal Damage to Property, Bogalusa City Court Attachment and a Fugitive from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for January 2-3, 2018

Damien Muse was booked 01/02 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicate, Careless Operation/Accident, and No Seat Belt
Bruce Robinson was booked 01/02 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation and Contempt of Court
Tylina Imboden was booked 01/03 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts), Probation Violation, Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, and Theft 750-5000
Brian Hines was booked 01/03 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Vivian Graves was booked 01/03 In For Court
Michael Talley was booked 01/03 on the charges of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Unauthorized Entry of Inhabited Dwelling, and Criminal Damage to Property Under 5000