June 30, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 29, 2018

Quantrell Porter was booked 06/29 on the charges of Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Home Invasion, and Failure to Honor Written Promise (5 counts)
Matthew Stevens was booked 06/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Careless Operation
Shawn Fox was booked 06/29 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distributte Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Distribution of Legend Drug, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs (2 counts), and Possession of Stolen Property
Benjamin Newcomb was booked 06/29 In From Court
Brent Jarrell was booked 06/29 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery

Bogalusa 4th of July Parade? What's the Theme?


Today in History for June 30th

June 29, 2018

Obituary

Chester Lee Hilliard
December 12, 1953 - June 22, 2018

Obituary

Haley M. Carter
July 7, 1927 - June 28, 2018

Bogalusa Man Arrested for Trespassing in Monroe

Source: Staff report | www.ouachitacitizen.com

Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies arrested Richard M. Duncan (56) of Bogalusa last week on the charge of disturbing the peace through drunkenness. Authorities received a complaint from a homeowner who said the suspect was walking in his yard, wearing only boxer briefs. The complainant said she heard a noise outside her house and looked out a window to see a nearly naked man in her yard. She told him to leave several times, but he refused, she claimed.

Deputies arrived at the complainant's house and found Duncan in the condition reported.

The complainant had previously informed Duncan she was armed when he stepped onto her porch. After she said she had a gun, Duncan got off the porch but refused to leave. He said he was homeless and staying at a nearby trailer, though he could not show deputies the place.

Duncan reportedly told deputies he was under the influence of methamphetamine, which he said he had smoked earlier.

Click here for the original story

Bogalusa – Burglary Investigation Leads to Drug and Gun Charges

On Wednesday (June 27, 2018), an investigation by the Bogalusa Police Department Detective
Division led detectives to a residence in the  700 block of Avenue B. Driving past the rear of the residence, detectives observed, in plain view, a air compressor matching the description of one stolen in a burglary of a vacant building in the 800 block of Avenue B.

A search warrant was obtained. As officers arrived to execute the warrant at the residence, Shawn Fox (42) of Bogalusa was getting in his vehicle. Fox was placed under arrest. A search of Fox's vehicle located a hammer drill stolen during the burglary. Also located in the vehicle was a .38 caliber handgun. During a search of the residence, officers observed narcotics in plain view.

A second search warrant was obtained for the search of narcotics inside the residence. The search located approximately 50 grams of methamphetamine, numerous Gabapentin tablets, several small baggies that contained drug residue, bundles of baggies commonly used to package narcotics for street level sales, 10 digital scales, 2 used glass meth pipes, a jar of unidentified white powdery substance, one ziplock bag containing disposable gloves, one packet of single sided razors commonly used to cut and process narcotics for street sales, a plastic bag with a powdery residue believed to be heroin, a jar of empty capsules  commonly used to package narcotics, a pill bottle that contained Suboxone Sublingual Films and a box of sandwich bags commonly used to package narcotics. Also located was a 9 millimeter handgun with an obliterated serial number, a .22 caliber handgun, and a .38 caliber handgun,

Fox was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Possession with Intent to Distribute Legend Drugs, 2 counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics.
The recovered property from the burglary was returned to the owner.
This matter is still under investigation and more arrests are expected.

This was a job well done by the BPD Detective Division, commanded by Capt. Wendell O'Berry and the help of BPD Patrol Shift "C", commanded by Capt. D. Ray Phelps. The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force assisted in execution of the search warrant at the residence.


Rotary Names Franklinton Police Officer of the Year 2018

Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith advised today that Steve Lang has been chosen Rotary Club Police Officer of the year. Steve is the oldest child of Bill and Daisy Lang, he has a sister Sandra and brother Allen, is married to Latina Lang, and has three children; Chris, Kelly, and Steven.
Steve started his career in law enforcement at the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office in July 1992. He attended and graduated from the LSU Law Enforcement Academy in Baton Rouge in November of 1992. He worked in the Washington Parish Criminal Patrol division for 12 years before becoming a supervisor in 1994. Steve retired from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office after 22 years of service.
Unable to sit still very long and having too much time on his hand, Steve began work at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in March of 2014.
He joined the Franklinton Police Department in April of 2016, where he is currently employed. He has 26 years of Law Enforcement experience. Chief Smith said “I am honored to present Corporal Steve Lang as the Rotary Club Police Officer of year.”

Slidell Man's Killer Gets Life Plus 40 Years in Prison

A Jefferson Parish judge sentenced Terrance Calloway of Houma on Thursday (June 28, 2018) to  life
in prison plus 40 years, for killing Cordaryle Robert of Slidell on June 25, 2016. The judge also sentenced Calloway to three months in jail for failing to stand.

Click here for more details of the case.

The father of four children, Robert was described in impact testimony as being a hard-working man who loved cars and horses – he belongs to a riding club. “Cordaryle was a warm-hearted young man who worked to provide for his family,” his fiancé Jaleesa Lewis wrote to the court.

After repeatedly refusing to stand for receive his sentence, Calloway stood only after his sister had an outburst in the audience. Noting that the woman spoke out in court and used foul language, Judge Mentz held the woman in direct contempt of court and ordered her to pay a $200 fine.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings for June 28, 2018

Jennifer D. Nelson was booked 06/28 on the charge of Theft of Identity
Quantrell K. Porter was booked 06/28 on the charges of Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property,  Aggravated Battery and Home Invasion
Anna M. McNeese was booked 06/28 on the charge of Resisting an Officer
Charles G. Hallinan Jr was booked 06/28 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Erica E. Parker was booked 06/28 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 28, 2018

Alton Wilson was booked 06/28 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
John Fornea was booked 06/28 on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Simple Burglary and Theft Less Than 1000
Tyler Rester was booked 06/28 on the charges of Speeding 41 & More Over Limit, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, and No Drivers License
Gregory Brown was booked 06/28 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice and Possession of Marijuana
Jennifer Nelson was booked 06/28 on the charge of Identity Theft
Michelle Cosse Magee was booked 06/28 on the charge of Identity Theft
Eugene Buck was booked 06/28 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Jeffery Sumrall was booked 06/28 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise

June 28, 2018

Bogalusa's Christmas in July 2018 Raffle – Get Your Tickets

The Christmas in July 2018 Raffle is underway and $5000 will be awarded on July 12, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. This raffle is very important in the operation of the Christmas in the Park event. It is the only fundraiser and it helps to cover the cost of light installation, new displays, and needed repairs throughout the holiday season.
Only 150 tickets will be sold for $100 each. Please contact Kay Kay Varnado, Christmas in the Park Secretary, today to get your ticket. She can be reached at 985-732-6200 or text 985-516-9050.
Will you be the lucky winner?

Obituary

Janice Faye Hurst
October 01, 1955 - June 26, 2018

Obituary

Nancy Helen Ingram
March 9, 1935 - June 27, 2018

Franklinton Police Chief Releases June Stats

Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith provided a report of his department's activities at the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting on June 26, 2017. Information provided is actually inclusive of May 22 to June 27 of 2018. The report reflected a total of 723 Calls for Service, divided into the headings of Public Assistance, Traffic, and Criminal Patrol.

  • Responses for Public Assistance included general complaints (253), extra patrols (36), medical calls (31), alarms (43), and suspicious persons or vehicles (50).
  • Traffic activity included traffic stops (127), vehicle crashes (19), hit and runs (4), reckless operation (12), DWI (2), and citations (48).
  • Criminal Patrol responses included disturbances (22), fights (1), simple battery (3), criminal damage to property (4), burglaries (3), theft and shoplifting (11), narcotics (2). Officers made 47 total arrests.

Chief Smith also reported that investigators are working a homicide which occurred Friday evening (June 22, 2018) in the 2400 block of Greenlaw Avenue.

Come and Enjoy Bogalusa's 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

The annual Bogalusa 4th of July Parade will be held on July 4th at 10 a.m.
Fireworks will start about dark around 8:30 p.m at the Bogalusa High School stadium.

Obituary

Gerald Wayne Planche, Sr.
August 18, 1941 - June 26, 2018

Obituary

Adarene (Ada) Seal
August 23, 1958 - June 23, 2018

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings for June 27, 2018

David J. Bonnette Sr was booked 06/27 on the charges of 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Shawn L. Fox Sr was booked 06/27 on the charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Meth, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon While in the Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Possession or Carrying of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Legend Drugs, 2 counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule III Narcotics and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things
Michelle R. Cosse was booked 06/27 on the charges of Theft of Identity and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 27, 2018

Trevor Penton was booked 06/27 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Martin Wells was booked 06/27 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, and Criminal Conspiracy
Dondre Owens was booked 06/27 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Possession of Marijuana

June 27, 2018

Drive-Through Daiquiri Ordinance Approved in Franklinton

At a meeting of the Franklinton Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night (June 26, 2018), a Public Hearing was held (beginning at 12:45 into video of the meeting) on an ordinance that basically would legalize the sale of daiquiris with alcoholic content. Several parish and town residents spoke during the Public Hearing. Following the Public Hearing, the Board voted 3 to 2 to approve the ordinance. Voting for the ordinance were Alderwoman Patrice Crain, Alderman John Daniels, and Alderman Darwin Sharp. Voting against the ordinance were Alderman T. J. Butler and Alderman Heath Spears.
Click here for previous related story

Franklinton Council 06262018 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

La. Supreme Courts Confirms D.A. As Parish’s Legal Advisor

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced today (June 27, 2017) that the Louisiana Supreme Court has unanimously reversed the judgment of the courts below and rendered a decision, confirming his role as the legal advisor to St. Tammany Parish.



“I attempted to resolve this dispute in a peaceful manner,” Montgomery said in response to the ruling. “After the people’s vote on November 21, 2015, I was compelled to ask the Courts for a judicial clarification of the law. Now, the state’s highest court has spoken.”

Washington Parish is 2nd in State for Opioid Deaths

Submitted By Gail Brigham
The Washington Parish Coalition on Human Services heard a presentation from Deputy Chief Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, June 26 at 9:30am at Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial Church, Bogalusa. Twenty-five people were in attendance. Haley stated that Louisiana physicians write 108 prescriptions for every 100 people in the state.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, in 2016, there were 63,632 drug overdose deaths in the United States. The CDC further estimates that of those, 42,249 deaths involved any opioid. Haley said, “According to the Louisiana Commission on Prevention of Opioid Abuse, Washington Parish is number two of five parishes that lead the state in opioid deaths.”

Our Lady of Angels Emergency Room reported that there were 93 persons with overdose issues from January to June 2018. Northshore Emergency Medical Services reported that in 2017, 267 calls were related to drug overdoses and that 242 were transported to area hospitals. Narcan, a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose, was used 255 times. Quoting from The Bogalusa Daily in 2017, “Our Lady of the Angels Hospital Communications Manager Angela Lambert said Friday that Mark Keller, who’s in charge of the emergency room at the hospital, told her Lambert “over the course of the last seven days there were 45 heroin presentations in the ER.”

Shooting Victim's Name Released by Franklinton Police

The Franklinton Police Department continues to investigate the Friday night (June 22, 1018) homicide that occurred on Greenlaw Avenue. The victim has been identified as Keith E. Magee, Sr., age 62 and a resident of Greenlaw Avenue in Franklinton.
Franklinton Police officers had responded to a 911 call of shots fired and located a deceased male (later identified as Keith E. Magee, Sr.) with multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle.
The Franklinton Police Department advises that their Investigations Division continues to process evidence and gather information related to the crime. If you have any information please contact the Detective Division at 985-839-4474; you may remain anonymous.

BOLO Issued for St. Tammany Shooter


Obituary

Kenneth Watson
December 8, 1963 - June 25, 2018

Congressman Abraham Calling for Censure of Maxine Waters

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, is calling on Congress to formally censure Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for urging her supporters to confront and harass members of the Trump administration.
“Maxine Waters comments calling for the harassment of Trump officials is not only uncivilized, it is dangerous. We have seen numerous instances around the country of unhinged liberals lashing out at conservatives because they cannot get over the fact that Donald Trump is the president,” Dr. Abraham said. “Evidently, Waters is the new radical face of the left. The left will take her words as a call to use intimidation and violence against any who oppose their extreme agenda, knowing that their party leaders have their backs. We cannot allow that behavior to continue, and the House should formally condemn her actions.”
H. Res. 966 has five other original cosponsors including Congressmen Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio; Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.; Jeff Duncan, R-SC; Glenn Thompson, R-Pa.; and Todd Rokita, R-Ind.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings for June 26, 2018

Rachel Voisin was booked 06/26 on the charge of Public Drunkenness
Marlon D. Harwell was booked 06/26 on the charge of Obscenity
Richard R. Williamson Jr was booked 06/26 on the charge of Entry or Remaining After being Forbidden
Mary A. Darouse was booked 06/26 on the charge of Contempt Of Court
Adont'e J. Miller was booked 06/26 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace
Mariah H. Brown was booked 06/26 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Language, Resisting an Officer, Entry or Remaining After being Forbidden and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 26, 2018

Lacorte Cooley was booked 06/26 on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Theft Less Than 1000, and Failure to Appear
Joshua Crawford was booked 06/26 on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000 and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Howard Roberts was booked 06/26 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, and Attachment
Karen Freeman was booked 06/26 on the charges of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institute and Criminal Conspiracy
Tiffany Knight was booked 06/26 on the charge of Parole Violation
Joshua Ard was booked 06/26 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS and Distribution of Schedule II CDS
Marlon Harwell was booked 06/26 on the charge of Obscenity

June 26, 2018

Obituary

Evelyn Quinnie Lyngstad Williams Hall
August 19, 1945 - June 25, 2018

Obituary

Julia Ette Baughman McCain
October 29, 1946 - June 25, 2018

Obituary

Roger Thomas Aucoin
September 15, 1938 - June 24, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 25, 2018

Nichelous Woodard was booked 06/25 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4 counts)
Kathlyn Magee was booked 06/25 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Rachel Woodard was booked 06/25 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (3 counts)
Kendric Lampley was booked 06/25 on the charges of Improper Lane Usage, No Turn Signal, Resisting an Officer, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Cedric Adams was booked 06/25 In From Court
Arlesha Brister was booked 06/25 In From Court
Chandra Barnes was booked 06/25 on the charge of Contempt of Court

UPDATE: Two Found Near Amite With Gunshot Wounds

In an update to our our story yesterday, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the two individuals with gunshot wounds found on the interstate yesterday afternoon (June 25, 2018) are still in critical, but stable condition.
Deputies responded to reports of a double shooting on I-55 near Amite to find Sylvia Foxx (35) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin lying in the roadway near the driver's side door of a Honda Accord, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Nearby was Shane Anthony Jones (44), also of Milwaukee, lying on the ground unconscious with a visible gunshot wound to the facial area.
Upon arrival, the female was conscious and receiving aid from citizens who witnessed the brutal roadside incident. Detectives have been able to corroborate witness statements and evidence found at the scene that the incident was the result of an attempted murder - suicide. The couple are reported to be in a long-term relationship; however, it is still unknown if they are husband and wife.
Upon completion of the investigation, Shane Anthony Jones could face charges of attempted second degree murder.

Some Great News for Washington Parish!

Washington Parish Government finances are in great shape. An audit report for 2017 was presented at the meeting of the Washington Parish Council Monday evening (June 25, 2018) by Wilson LaGraize. The report reflected a net gain in parish assets of $3,477,000, fund balances have increased by $475,000 and Washington Parish is debt-free. In addition, the audit resulted in an unqualified opinion which means it is a "clean" opinion with no deficiencies found in compliance or in internal controls. (Video of his report begins at 1:45 into the video of the meeting)
In other business, the Council

  • heard a presentation from Access Health Louisiana, located in Bogalusa, who offers many health-related services to Washington Parish
  • adopted three ordinances: one to accept Pine Cone Lane as a Washington Parish road, one to move the polling place in Ward 2 from the Mt. Hermon old library building to the Ruritan Club, and one to move the polling place in Ward 9, Precinct 1 to the new location of Washington Parish Fire District #2003
  • heard a report from Parish President Richard Thomas (beginning at 21:35 into video of the meeting). Finance Director Donna Graham recognized the contributions of staff members to having a good audit of the parish's finances, Public Works Director Ken Wheat reported on progress being made on road improvement projects and on the animal shelter project, and President Thomas addressed the Council.

Council members joined LaGraize in complimenting President Thomas and staff for managing the finances of the parish in such as way to achieve such a good audit report.

WP Council 06252018 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings for June 25, 2018

April E. Rayborn was booked 06/25 on the charges of 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Tyrone McClain was booked 06/25 on the charge of Theft
Edwin Alexander was booked 06/25 on the charge of 1st Offense Possession of Marijuana
Deshadaric D. Holmes was booked 06/25 on the charge of Aggravated Battery, Resisting an Officer and Possession of Marijuana
Daqunandra O. Magee was booked 06/25 on the charge of Careless Operation, Open Container, Resisting an Officer, Driving Under Suspension and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Two Found Near Amite With Gunshot Wounds

At 2:52 pm Monday afternoon (June 25, 2018), the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reported deputies were called to a scene on I-55 northbound near the Amite overpass where two people were found near a parked car with apparent gunshot wounds.
At 4:54 pm Monday, an update reported that both persons are in critical, yet stable condition.  Preliminary investigation reveals that the incident is a possible attempt at a murder-suicide. It is also known that the two individuals are not residents of Tangipahoa Parish but were just passing through the parish at the time the incident occurred.

June 25, 2018

Franklinton Police Department Investigating Shooting Death

On Friday night (June 22, 2018) at approximately 9:40 PM, the Franklinton Police Department responded to a 911 call of shots fired in the 2400 block of Greenlaw Street. Responding Officers located a deceased male inside a vehicle with multiple gunshots wounds. The victim's name is not being released at this time, pending all notifications by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office.
Anyone who may have information on this incident should contact the Franklinton Police Department at 985-839-4474.
As of 4:20 pm this date, we have been unable to obtain further details, such as victim's name, suspects, and circumstances of the crime, from the Franklinton Police Department.

Obituary

Robert "Robbie" Louis Applewhite
August 21, 1958 - June 24, 2018

Obituary

Ricky Wayne Barnes
May 22, 1960 - June 22, 2018

Woman Arrested After Trashing Slidell Restaurant

Jasmine Thompson (20), a customer at the China King restaurant in Slidell, was arrested by Slidell Police Thursday night (June 21, 2018 after she reportedly trashed the restaurant and hit the owner’s vehicle  because she was upset about her food order.
Slidell Police report that Thompson became irate with the employees of the restaurant after her food was “not made properly”. Thompson began throwing utensils and sauces all over the restaurant and started yelling racial slurs to the staff. As Thompson was fleeing the restaurant, she struck the owners vehicle with her car.
Witnesses called 911 and provided a description of Thompson’s car and her license plate. Slidell Police spotted Thompson driving on Old Spanish Trail and took her into custody without incident. Thompson was booked into the Slidell City Jail with: Criminal Damage, Disturbing the Peace, Hit and Run, and No Insurance.

Slidell Police Arrest Two in Separate Theft-Related Incidents

On Friday (June 22, 2018), an off-duty Slidell Police detective spotted a stolen dirt bike being driven around the Fremaux Town Center. The Suzuki bike was reported stolen earlier that same morning from the area of Savannah Drive in Slidell. The off-duty detective followed the stolen dirt bike until other officers arrived.  William Ballet (19), the driver of the bike, fled when he saw Slidell Police officers in the area. However, he ran out of gas and attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended.
Ballet reportedly admitted to officers that he had stolen the dirt bike, and was arrested for Theft of a Motor Vehicle.
In a second and separate incident, Joshua Sanzone (39) was arrested on Friday night (June 22, 2018). Slidell Police officers were dispatched to the parking lot of Ruby Tuesday in reference to a person attempting to burglarize vehicles. Witnesses reportedly observed Sanzone walking through the parking lot and pulling on door handles of parked vehicles. A citizen confronted Sanzone, who then took off running. Slidell Police arrived and caught Sanzone hiding behind a building.
Sanzone was placed under arrest for Attempted Burglary of a Vehicle.

Obituary

George Ronald Thomas
November 6, 1942 - June 23, 2018

Obituary

Lauresa Stewart Watts
August 7, 1930 - June 22, 2018

Obituary

Jeremy Michael Gatewood
September 15, 1981 - June 20, 2018

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings for June 22-23, 2018

Donald D. Viverito III was booked on 06/22 to serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Jody M. Young was booked on 06/22 to serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Jason P. Ricker was booked 06/22 to serve a weekend sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Leroy Carroll was booked 06/22 to serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Callie N. McNeese was booked 06/22 on the charge of Theft
Summer H. Byrd was booked 06/22 on the charge of Theft
Kendarras Pigott was booked 06/23 on the charges of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon, 2nd Offense Possession of Marijuana, White Light Required on License Plate, Open Container, Resisting an Officer, Turning-Signal
Required, Driving While License is Suspended, No Insurance, Failure to Secure or Carry Registration and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 24, 2018

Pauline Lofton was booked 06/24 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Hunter Turner was booked 06/24 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Speeding 11-20 Over Limit
Heather McCarty was booked 06/24 on the charges of Criminal Damage and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Abel Halbert was booked 06/24 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Contempt of Court, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
James Fletcher was booked 06/24 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI (or Other)
Milton Lemus was booked 06/24 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Obstruction of Highway, Hit and Run, and No Drivers License

June 24, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 22-23, 2018

Amanda Lankford was booked 06/22 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Jamil Clay was booked 06/22 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Nathan Hickman was booked 06/22 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), Possession of Heroin, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Logan Jarrell was booked 06/23 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

June 22, 2018

Talk - They Hear You

Talk - They Hear You from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Riverside Medical Center X-treme Kids Camp is July 27th

Join in the Fun! The last day to register is July 1st. To register contact Britney Bell at 985-795-4141, or visit http://rmchospital.com/XTremeKidsCamp


I-55 Crash Claims Life of Denham Springs Resident

Louisiana State Police report the death on Thursday (June 21, 2018) on I-55 near Independence of Denham Springs resident Bradley Bozeman (32).
Troopers determined that Bozeman’s vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and back across the right side, where it crashed into a tree. Bozeman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and sustained severe injuries. He was transported to Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Shortly after his arrival, Bozeman succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

BOLO on a St. Tammany Burglar


Slidell Couple Arrested on Dogfighting and Multiple Drug Charges

Following an investigation by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force, officers searched the Slidell-area home of Michael Ratcliff (40) and Antinette Johnson (29) and discovered and seized approximately 419.7 grams of cocaine, approximately 28 grams of marijuana, seven bottles of promethazine, assorted drug paraphernalia indicative of narcotics distribution, a money-counting machine, $2,066 in cash, and four vehicles.
Several pit bulls were also located on the property, some of which appeared to have facial and head lacerations commonly associated with illegal dog fighting. St. Tammany Parish Animal Services was contacted, resulting in the seizure of 15 dogs from the property.
Seven children, ranging from 4 to 12 years old, were also present at the home. The children were released into the care of family members.
Prior to executing the search warrant, detectives followed Michael Ratcliff (DOB 12/26/1977) from the residence and took him into custody without incident. Ratcliff’s live in girlfriend, Antinette Johnson (DOB 11/27/1988) was located at the residence and was also taken into custody without incident.
Michael Ratcliff was charged with numerous drug-related offenses plus the charges of Dog Fighting, Cruelty to Animals, Obstruction of Justice, and Fugitive/Probation Violation.
Antinette Johnson was charged with numerous drug-related offenses plus the charges of Illegal Use of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in the Presence of a Minor, Dog Fighting, and Cruelty to Animals.

Obituary

Tracy Raby Furr Bazor
January 6, 1964 - June 20, 2018

Obituary

John "Buddy" Fornea
April 09, 1949 - June 21, 2018

Obituary

Joey Boone
October 04, 1983 - June 20, 2018

Obituary

James Willard Keen
November 8, 1927 - June 22, 2018

St. Tammany Parish Hospital Has New CEO

St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 Board of Commissioners announced today (June 22, 2018) Joan M. Coffman as the new president and chief executive officer for the west St. Tammany Parish community hospital.
Coffman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis and master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans. Originally from New Orleans, Coffman worked with Tenet Healthcare Corp. as Assistant Administrator of Lindy Boggs Medical Center until 2005. She also served as CEO of the Louisiana Clinic, a multi-specialty physician clinic in New Orleans. Coffman most recently served as president and CEO of HSHS St. Mary’s in Decatur, Illinois, a campus of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), a multi-facility healthcare system serving Illinois and Wisconsin since 1875 as the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.
“We are excited to attract such an accomplished and proven hospital leader as Ms. Coffman,” said John Evans, board chairman. “Our search committee included local community physician leaders, board members and our partner Ochsner Health System. Among the seven of us, we find Joan to be an accomplished hospital executive and an excellent choice to lead our hospital into its next phase of growth to serve our population of patients and families.”

Man Gets 18 Years for Killing Pregnant Girlfriend in Car Crash

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that, after pleading guilty, Matthew Oneal, Sr., (26) of Picayune  was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday (June 20, 2018) for vehicular homicide and third degree feticide in the deaths of his girlfriend and their unborn child in a one-vehicle crash on I-59 in Pearl River three years ago. District Judge Richard A. Swartz, Jr., this was a "tragic situation" and that any lesser sentence would deprecate the serious nature of the offenses.
The 19-year-old victim was eight months pregnant when she and the couple's two-year-old were in a SUV being operated by Oneal on the night of February 29, 2015. Oneal crossed the center line, struck a tree on the opposite side of the road and ended up in a ditch. The victim was killed instantly. The 2-year-old was secured in a car seat and did not suffer any serious injuries. Oneal attempted to flee after the accident, leaving his family at the scene. He was apprehended by good Samaritans on the scene. His blood tested positive for synthetic cannabinoids.
The victim grandmother gave a victim impact statement to the court prior to sentencing. The grandmother said that although the victim's life ended that night "on the side of the road in a wet ditch," for her family, especially her surviving child, this tragedy continues. "We have to live with what happened that night for the rest of our lives," she said. The defendant also gave a statement, apologizing for his actions. He said he misses the victim every day.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings for June 20-21, 2018

Andria M. Gabriel was booked 06/20 on the charge of Theft
Pamela R. Cooper was booked 06/20 on the charges of Theft and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Nicholas M. Nigro was booked 06/21 on the charge of Theft
Brittany R. Purvis was booked 06/21 on the charges of Theft, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Jeffery D. Freeman was booked 06/21 on the charges of Theft, Resisting an Officer and 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Nathan V. Lucas was booked 06/21 on the charges of 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 20-21, 2018

Charles Stogner was booked 06/20 on the charges of Careless Operation, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI (or Other), and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Jody Young was booked 06/20 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Failure to Appear
Derrick Ishman was booked 06/20 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Simple Kidnapping, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Pamelia Reams was booked 06/20 on the charges of Identity Theft (3 counts)
Tammy Garcia was booked 06/20 In From Court
Justin Boyd was booked 06/20 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Brent Baumgartner was booked 06/20 In For Court
Kayla Phelps was booked 06/20 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Impeding the Flow of Traffic
Stephon Crosby was booked 06/20 In For Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Melvin Lowe was booked 06/21 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Roderick Daniels was booked 06/21 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Adam Whitecotton was booked 06/21 on the charges of Possession of Alcohol by Person Under 21, No Seat Belt, Open Container in Vehicle, and Failure to Appear
Billy Boyette was booked 06/21 on the charges of Theft of Firearm and Failure to Appear (3 counts)

Vehicle and Foot Pursuit in Bogalusa Leads to Wanted Man's Arrest

On Tuesday (June 19, 2018), an officer with the Bogalusa Police Department Patrol Division attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on City Limits Road but the driver fled onto Mitch Road and Tree of Life Church Road before coming to a stop in the area of Joe Johnson Road in the Mitch Community. The driver then fled on foot into a residence where he was apprehended.
It was learned that the suspect, Derrick L. Ishman (40) of Bogalusa, had three felony warrants issued by the Bogalusa Police Department for the charges of Principal to Aggravated Battery, Principal to Aggravated Battery and Possession or Carrying a Weapon by a Convicted Felon. The warrants were issued after an incident that occurred on August 29, 2017 that involved Ishman and Marcus Raine as suspects. According to the victim, he was sitting in his parked vehicle in front of his residence on Main Street when Raine and Ishman arrived and Raine parked his vehicle in front of the victim's vehicle to prevent him from leaving. Raine and Ishman approached the victim, Raine demanded money that the victim owed him, and Raine allegedly struck him in the face with a handgun and told him to have his money by sundown. Raine was arrested for is involvement on November 2, 2017 and charged with Aggravated Battery, Simple Kidnapping and Possession or Carrying a Weapon by a Convicted Felon.

June 20, 2018

Bogalusa Police Lands Identity Theft Suspect After 6 Years

On Monday (June 18, 2018), the Bogalusa Police Department was notified by the Baton Rouge Police Department that they had in their custody, Pamela Reams (46) of Baton Rouge, who is wanted in Bogalusa on three active felony warrants for Theft of Identity.
In 2012, the BPD Detective Division was involved in an extensive investigation about identity theft and counterfeiting of checks that involved multiple law enforcement agencies within the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas that involved multiple victims. It also included the Louisiana State Police and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department. Three of the victims were from Bogalusa. During the course of the investigation it was determined that each of the victims had made payments to the LSU Hospital system by check. Counterfeit checks were written on the victims' checking accounts in Destin, FL, Foley, AL, and Pass Christian, MS for a total of $4,637.43.
It was suspected that Pamela Reams, an employee of the State Hospital’s billing system, obtained  customers' personal banking information and used this information to fabricate checks and identification cards. The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the Louisiana State Police Identified and arrested three other suspects back in 2012: Lisa Haynes, Meashune Wilson and Valencia Smith, all of Baton Rouge. 
Reams was transported to Bogalusa where she was charged and booked on three counts of Identity Theft.

Tickfaw Man Gets 6 Years for Heroin Crimes

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today (June 20, 2018) that Michael Penn (41) of Tickfaw was sentenced on June 13, 2018 to serve 72 months in prison conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute heroin.
According to court documents, Penn was the target of a narcotics investigation that was investigated by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hammond Police Department.  On five separate occasions, Penn sold heroin to an undercover officer with the Hammond Police Department at various locations within the Hammond area.  Each transaction was audio and video recorded.
U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hammond Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Brittany L. Reed is in charge of the prosecution.

Bogalusa Mayor's Health Council Continues Work

Tuesday morning (June 19, 2018), an enthusiastic group of Bogalusans gathered at Fireman's Federal Credit Union to continue planning for a more active and healthy citizenry. Welcoming those in attendance were Taffy Morrison (Bogalusa Strong and LDH Well-Ahead), Derek Covert (OLOAH and Bogalusa Strong), Mayor Wendy Perette, and Shasta Leininger (Fireman's Federal Credit Union).
Public Health Planning and Transportation Consultant Mark Fenton (www.markfenton.com) drew on his wealth of experience to engage participants in identifying environmental barriers that deter routine activities (such as walking, bicycling) and as Bogalusans move about the City to shop, participate in recreational activities, and attend schools and school functions.
Following Fenton's enthusiastic presentation, the group took a walking tour to see first-hand possible barriers to moving about the City and identify opportunities to make infrastructure improvements.
Moving forward, the effort will address overall health, such as healthy eating, active living, emotional and behavioral health.
The initiative is at no cost to the City and is funded by a CDC grant.
Upcoming events include the following:

  • Painted Playground Stencil Project at the YMCA on June 28, 2018 and at Byrd and Central Elementary on July 19, 2018.
  • Independence From Tobacco City-Wide Campaign on July 11, 2018.
  • Bogalusa Strong Monthly Meeting at the Bogalusa Country Club on July 24, 2018

For more information, contact Derek Covert at derek.covert@fmolhs.org.or or call 985-730-6707.

Abraham Bill Would Bring I-14 Through Central Louisiana

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., has cosponsored the  the I-14 Expansion and Improvement Act of 2018 to expand Interstate 14 from Texas through Central Louisiana and into Mississippi.
The proposed legislation was introduced by U.S. Reps. Brian Babin, R-Texas, Dr. Abraham and other members of the Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi delegations last week. Others cosponsoring the bill include U.S. Reps. Mike Conaway, R-Texas; John Carter, R-Texas; Kevin Brady, R-Texas; Mike Johnson, R-La.; and Greg Harper, R-Miss.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 19, 2018

Jasmin Bell was booked 06/19 on the charges of Improper Backing/Accident, Switched License Plates, No Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, and Failure to Appear
India Smith was booked 06/19 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Heather Tolbert was booked 06/19 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, and Contempt of Court
Shanda Honake was booked 06/19 In From Court
Steven Taylor was booked 06/19 on the charge of Parole Violation and Failure to Appear
Dustin King was booked 06/19 In From Court

Obituary

Brenda Nell Hutchinson Magee
April 26, 1955 - June 14, 2018

Obituary

Georgia B Martin
December 23, 1932 - June 14, 2018

June 19, 2018

D.A. Warren Montgomery Praises New Amendment Limiting Bail

District Attorney Warren Montgomery is praising state lawmakers for honoring his request that they amend the state’s criminal code to deny bail to defendants who have been convicted of serious sex offenses that are also crimes of violence.
The amendment was sponsored by Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt (District 1), approved by both legislative bodies, and recently signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards as Act 484.
“After conviction of any crime punishable by imprisonment for twenty-five years or more that is both a sex offense and a crime of violence, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that the release of the person convicted will pose a danger to another person or the community and that there is a substantial risk that the person convicted might flee,” the amendment says.
Last year, Montgomery directed his staff to draft proposed legislation when two of his Assistant District Attorneys secured a conviction of a child predator after a weeklong jury trial, and the defendant was allowed to remain out on bond for nearly two months until his sentencing. The defendant had proven ties to other states and two other countries, and he was facing 25 to 99 years in prison.

North Shore Correctional Officer Accused of Sexual Battery


A Tangipahoa Parish correctional officer, Gerad Yates (42) of Mandeville, was arrested Monday (June 18, 2018) on accusations that he "inappropriately touched" a Mandeville area woman and then exposed himself after the woman escaped his grasp, according to authorities.
Yates resigned his position with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office amid an investigation into the attack, which occurred last Tuesday (June 11, 2018). A woman told deputies that she was working in her yard and that day when a man stopped, they spoke, went inside the garage, where she says Yates inappropriately touched her beneath her clothing while making lewd comments
The woman reportededly demanded Yates stop and leave but he disregarded her commands and grabbed her arm in an effort to prevent her from exiting the garage. Further, when the woman broke free, she saw Yates with his pants down around his ankles, exposing himself. Yates reportedly left when a family member arrived.
Yates was arrested by detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, with which Yates was previously employed. From 2007 to 2009, he served as a court security officer and criminal patrol deputy. He was reportedlyfired from the St. Tammany sheriff's office for violating departmental policy.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings for June 18, 2018

Chad E. Freeman was booked 06/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Miricle L. Craft was booked 06/18 to Serve Sentence from Bogalusa City Court
Trevion L. Harris was booked 06/18 to Serve Sentence from Bogalusa City Court
Vernel Sartin was booked 06/18 to Finish Serving Sentence from Bogalusa City Court
Christopher P. Smith was booked 06/18 to Serve Sentence from Bogalusa City Court
John T. Busby was booked 06/18 on the charge of Theft
Linda G. Kemp was booked 06/18 on the charge of 2 counts of Theft
John K. Cooper was booked 06/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 17-18, 2018

Dillon Babin was booked 06/17 In For Court
Michael Reeves was booked 06/17 on the charges of Theft of Firearm and Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Paul Ard was booked 06/18 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear, Failure to Pay Fine (2 counts), and Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info
Angela Rowell was booked 06/18 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm (3 counts), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (2 counts), Disturbing the Peace, Criminal Trespass and Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile (3 counts)
Emelda Matthews was booked 06/18 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Attempted Arson, Theft 750 or Less, and Failure to Appear
Devon Moses was booked 06/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Simple Burglary
Christopher Gill was booked 06/18 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Misty Paxton was booked 06/18 on the Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving Under Suspension
Aimee Humphries was booked 06/18 In For Court
Trevonne Mingo was booked 06/18 In For Court
James Thompson was booked 06/18 on the charge of Simple Burglary

June 18, 2018

Looking to Adopt a Dog? Go to McComb Next Sunday


Obituary

Jerry Joe Rayborn, Sr.
June 12, 1941 - June 15, 2018

Obituary

Randy Brumfield
July 26, 1953 - June 17, 2018

Bogalusa Police Interrupt Burglary of Incarcerated Man's Residence

Responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a residence in the 700 block of Huron Avenue, Bogalusa Police Department Patrolman Anthony Jones found a vehicle parked under the carport of the residence. Jones found a back door open at the residence and saw two male suspects moving a refrigerator toward the rear door. Jones also observed the suspect vehicle contained numerous pieces of computer and electronic equipment and a trash can lid next to the vehicle contained numerous copper wires and electrical cords.
The suspects were identified as Devon D. Moses (38) and James V. Thompson (23), both of Angie.
It was learned that the suspects entered the residence through an open window under the carport and that Moses and Thompson did not have permission from the owner to be at the residence. The owner was in prison.
Moses was charged with Simple Burglary, Probation Hold and Failure to Appear in the Bogalusa City Court. Thompson was charged with Simple Burglary.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings for June 15-17, 2018

Megan L. Cowan was booked 06/15 on the charges of 2 counts of failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Kevin L. Blackwell was booked 06/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Richard R. Williamson Jr was booked 06/15 on the charges of 4 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Devon D. Moses was booked 06/16 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Probation Hold (Bogalusa City Court) and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
James V. Thompson was booked 06/16 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Laken C. Harris was booked 06/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Bonnie D. Truitt was booked 06/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court) and booked again on 06-17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Jody N. Miley was booked 06/17 on the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

June 17, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 15-16, 2018

Robert Jenkins was booked 06/15 on the charges of Second Degree Battery, Criminal Trespass, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile, and Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence
Christopher Webb was booked 06/15 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
William McCrory was booked 06/15 on the charges of Drivers License Not on Person, Careless Operation, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Resisting an Officer
William Scott was booked 06/16 on the charges of Criminal Mischief and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness

June 16, 2018

Body of Pearl River Man Recovered from River

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Office (STPSO) deputies responded to a report of a missing boater in the West Pearl River last night (June 15, 2018). According to family members, Chad Panks (33) of Pearl River was with his dog in his 15-foot aluminum vessel traveling to his houseboat around 2 a.m. Friday. Panks’ dog showed up at his residence alone around 3:30 p.m. Family memberes initiated a search and found Panks’ sunken boat around 4:30 p.m. and notified authorities. 
Around 9 p.m., the  STPSO Marine Division recovered Panks'  body and turned it over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.
LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident. Panks’ body was found without a personal flotation device.  Agents believe at this time that Panks’ vessel struck a submerged tree in the water causing it to sink.

June 15, 2018

Franklinton Woman Guilty of Murder of Best Friend's Fiance

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that today (June 15, 2018) a St. Tammany Parish jury found Margaret Stockstill (33) of Franklinton guilty of second degree murder in the death of her best friend’s fiance. Stockstill faces a mandatory life sentence when she appears before District Judge Peter J. Garcia for sentencing August 16, 2018.
The week-long trial centered on what happened the night of April 14, 2017, when Stockstill shot Cody Couch (27) to death. The jury deliberated less than an hour and rejected Stockstill’s claims that she shot Couch in self-defense.
The prosecution argued that Couch, his fiancee Kristen Copeland, and Stockstill planned  to spend the evening together playing cards and drinking at home in Folsom. But Couch left to play pool at a bar with friends and did not respond to Copeland's repeated calls and text messages. Copeland became angry and sent Couch a text that she was ending their relationship and burning his clothes and sent him a photo of the burning clothes.
Couch returned to the house around 10 p.m., an argument broke out between him and the two women, who had once shared a brief romantic relationship. When Stockstill pulled out her gun, Couch threw out his hands and said: “What are you going to do? Shoot me?” Stockstill fired a shot, striking Couch in the lower abdomen. On a cell phone video, Stockstill can be heard saying: “Got your a--!”
“This was a difficult case, but the successful prosecution is due to the thoroughness of the investigation and the preparation of my two Assistant District Attorneys, Blair Alford and Elizabeth Authement,” District Attorney Warren Montgomery said. “We’re blessed to have a high-performance team of prosecutors at the D.A.’s Office.”