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September 30, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 28, 2018

Frank Anderson was booked 09/29 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear (4 counts), Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), and Expired Drivers License
Terry Watson was booked 09/29 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Lebrandon Crosby was booked 09/29 on the charges of Monetary Instrument Abuse/Counterfeit Monies and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Kiefer Dedon was booked 09/29 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Damage, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Carla Simmons was booked 09/29 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II CDS

Today in History for September 30th

September 29, 2018

Bogalusa Mayoral Candidates Hosted at Senior Center

A Bogalusa Mayoral Candidate Forum was held Thursday (September 27, 2018) at the Washington Parish Council on Aging in Bogalusa. The event was sponsored by the Washington Parish Council on Aging, the Washington Men's Club, and the Washington Parish NAACP. Emma Dixon welcomed everyone and Moderator Charles M. Hughes posed questions to the candidates in attendance: Wendy O'Quinn Perrette, Doug Ritchie, James "Mack" McGehee, and Tina Ratliff. Candidate  Brian McCree was not in attendance.

The candidates introduced themselves and then responded to the questions on the following topics: youth and teen activities and issues, city finances, senior citizen issues, police and public safety matters, and street and infrastructure issues.

Fosters Available for Adoption

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Obituary

Emily Hope Hill
April 4, 1924 - September 26, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 28, 2018

Trent Brown was booked 09/28 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense), Resisting an Officer, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Michael Jarrell was booked 09/28 on the charge of Failure to Appear
James Pack was booked 09/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts) and Failure to Pay Old Fine (2 counts)
Marcus Lowery was booked 09/28 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Justin Brumfield was booked 09/28 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Today in History for September 29th

September 28, 2018

Tangipahoa Murder Suspect Located in the Parish Jail

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on September 23, 2018, Edmundo Ambrocio Reyes (42) of Tickfaw, was charged with Second Degree Murder in the stabbing death of Jonathon Delacruz (27) at their residence on September 21, 2018.

The incident occurred as the result of an argument between the two and Reyes fled the scene prior to deputies arrival. On September 22, 2018, detectives identified Reyes as the suspect in this incident.

As detectives secured a warrant for Reyes's arrest, it was learned that Reyes had been booked into the parish jail on unrelated charges by the Louisiana State Police (DWI and Careless Operation).

Reyes remains behind bars on a $154,000 bond.

Amite Woman Pleads to Crimes Against Disabled Woman

Bridget Lambert (21) pleaded guilty on Thursday, September 27, 2018 in the Eastern District of Louisiana to one count of a forced labor conspiracy for conspiring with members of her family to obtain forced labor from a woman with cognitive disabilities.

Lambert admitted that, in Amite and between August 13, 2015, and June 30, 2016, she and other members of her family forced the victim  to live in a locked shed in the backyard and to perform housework and yard work in exchange for food and water. Lambert further admitted the victim was subjected to routine physical abuse, threats, and verbal and psychological abuse designed to ensure her continued compliance with the family’s orders.

“Human trafficking is modern day slavery and the U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to seeking justice on behalf of all victims including vulnerable individuals such as D.P.,” said U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Bogalusa Burglary Suspect “Chased, Caught, Cuffed”

When homeowners living south of Bogalusa returned home, they discovered their home had been burglarized. A television and other electronic equipment were missing. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to lift fingerprints from the scene. The fingerprints matched those of Aaron Blackwell (25), a resident of Charlevoix Street.

On September 26, 2018, Blackwell was located and arrested. During the process of being arrested, Blackwell ran from detectives but was caught and transported to jail on the charges of Failure to Appear, Failure to Pay Fine, Simple Escape, Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Simple Burglary.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Chased, caught, cuffed. That says it all. Congratulations to our officers for another job well done.”

Plea in $1.7 Million Theft from Franco's Athletic Club

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Emily L. Davis (43) of Ponchatoula pleaded guilty in Covington on Wednesday (September 26, 2018) to theft and identity theft in a scheme that bilked her former employer, Franco’s Athletic Club of more than $1.7 million.

Davis, the club’s former finance director, was sentenced to ten years but all was suspended but one year and that year will be served under house arrest. That will allow Davis to work and make restitution payments. She paid $100,000 in restitution and will have to make monthly payments totaling $25,000 over the next three years. Franco’s owners agreed to the terms of the plea.

Co-defendant Jennifer E. Thompson (47) of Mandeville, the club’s former human resources director, awaits trial.

St. Tammany Sheriff Reports on Huge Undercover Operation

In a press conference yesterday (September 27, 2018), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith
revealed that his Narcotics Task Force successfully conducted a two month undercover operation in the West 30s neighborhood of Covington that led to 22 arrests of men and women charged with drug related offenses. “We were asked by community leaders in June of this year to intervene and help remove a dangerous element from this North Covington neighborhood,” Sheriff Smith said. “This area has been rife with multiple drive-by shootings, an unsolved murder, robberies, other reported shootings, and in-the-open drug dealing,” Sheriff Smith also said.

The Sheriff also noted that while completing the West 30s investigation, Narcotics Task Force deputies across the parish made an additional 88 arrests, seized 17 firearms, conducted 22 residential search warrants, received and assigned 85 tip-line complaints and documented numerous new confidential informants.

Click here for the fully story

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 27, 2018

Frank Smith was booked 09/27 on the charges of Malfeasance in Office, Second Degree Battery, and Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Elliot Smith was booked 09/27 on the charges of Malfeasance in Office and Aggravated Second Degree Battery
John Donaldson was booked 09/27 on the charge of Malfeasance in Office
Pamela Willis was booked 09/27 on the charge of Malfeasance in Office
Jody Adams was booked 09/27 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Austin Rogers was booked 09/27 on the charges of Malfeasance in Office and Principal to Aggravated second Degree Battery
Tiffiney Carpenter was booked 09/27 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Improper Lane Usage

Today in History for September 28th

September 27, 2018

Obituary

Patsy Ruth Taylor Martin
June 29, 1945 - September 26, 2018

Franklinton Man Guilty of Aggravated Crime Against Nature With Boy (4)

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Jonathan Luper (27) of Franklinton guilty as charged of aggravated crime against nature with a child under 13. Luper faces a sentence of 25 to 99 years in prison when he is sentenced on October 8, 2018.

The victim, 4 years old at the time of the crime three years ago, told a grandmother that Luper had touched his private part and put it in his mouth. The grandmother alerted authorities, and the Bogalusa Police Department investigated the case.

During Luper’s arrest, investigators found a bunch of soiled baby diapers that Luper collected in a locked closet. Luper admitted to using the diapers to arouse himself when he masturbated. Crime lab tests confirmed his DNA on the diapers.

The trial began Monday, and the jury deliberated about an hour before announcing the guilty verdict.

Franklinton Man (63) Guilty of Raping Mentally Handicapped Man

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Eddie McBeth (63) of Franklinton  abruptly ended his trial Wednesday (September 26, 2018) with a guilty plea to second degree rape for raping a mentally handicapped man nearly three years ago. District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher sentenced McBeth to 25 years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.

The victim, age 21 at the time of the crime, suffers from mild mental retardation. He was attending a Halloween party on Oct. 31, 2015, when McBeth provided the victim alcohol and lured him away from the party while other guests were distracted by the serving of food. McBeth hid behind a bale of hay in a field and raped the young man. Afterwards, McBeth told the victim not to tell his parents. But early the next morning, the victim told his parents what happened, and his mother called the rape crisis line, operated by ADAPT.

ADAPT Executive Director Charlotte Fornea assisted the family in reporting the incident to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Detective Demi Rice conducted the investigation. JoBeth Rickles conducted a videotaped forensic interview of the victim at the Bogalusa Hope House. DNA from McBeth was found on the genitalia of the victim.

16 Inmates and 5 Former Washington Parish Deputies Arrested

On September 8, 2018, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office contacted Louisiana State Police Region I Detectives in reference to a criminal complaint which occurred at the Washington Parish Jail. As a result of the ongoing investigation, Troopers have secured arrest warrants for sixteen inmates and five former Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputies on multiple charges.


Troopers discovered evidence that between July 26th and September 5th, 2018, five WPSO correctional deputies and several inmates were involved in the beating of an inmate and separate rape of another inmate. Based on the evidence obtained, Troopers secured arrest warrants for the suspects involved. On Thursday September 27, 2018, the following individuals were booked without incident into the Washington Parish Jail on the related felony charges:

Obituary

Gary K. Bradley
January 21, 1956 - September 25, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 26, 2018

Jacoby Dyson was booked 09/26 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Usage, Possession of Marijuana (Second Offense), and Attachment (2 counts)
Derlon Crain was booked 09/26 on the charge of Business/Commercial Burglary
Aaron Blackwell was booked 09/26 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Failure to Pay Fine, Simple Escape, Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, and Simple Burglary
Steven Weaver was booked 09/26 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Juan Hernandez was booked 09/26 In From Court
Richard Hunt was booked 09/26 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Driving Under Suspension
Ronald Farmer was booked 09/26 on the charge of Attachment
Michelle Lawshe was booked 09/26 on the charge of Attachment

Today in History for September 27th

AP NEWSMINUTE on September 27, 2018

September 26, 2018

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Evening of September 26, 2018

See What All Happened at Franklinton Aldermen Meeting!

The Franklinton Board of Aldermen met Tuesday evening (September 25, 2018) and, in addition to handling routine matters,
  • approved the low bidder ($513.021.00) for sewerage work to be done from the Pearl Street lift station to the wastewater treatment plant. The work is funded by USDA at at no cost to the Town. The work should begin within a few weeks and be completed 120 days after it begins.
  • granted a permit for parade permit for Bowling Green School. The parade will be October 5, 2018.
  • approved an alcohol permit for 1231 Daiquiris at 1231 Greenlaw Street.
  • approved the re-subdivision property at 1427 Main Street.
  • heard police department, fire department, and financial reports.
  • heard from a resident about an unsafe area for pedestrians.
  • heard from Clint Magee, who is planning to open a family entertainment center in Franklinton. The project is expected to have a 13,000 square feet building on approximately three acres. Activities will include laser-tag, putt-putt golf, and arcade. (beginning at 25:50 into the video)

Butterfly Release in Memory of Loved Ones


Free Pet Vaccinations Thursday Morning in Kentwood


Obituary

Gregory Blake Tannehill
August 25, 1959 - September 25, 2018

Fire Chief Reports Stats and on Response Problems



Franklinton Fire Department Chief Dustin Wascom provided his monthly report to the Franklinton Board of Aldermen Tuesday evening (September 25, 2018). Wascom also described a manpower problem. He said that their call volume is increasing but help is dwindling.

Although he has 25 volunteer firemen, only eight to ten are active. Of those eight to ten, only two or three may actually respond to a call. Wascom made some harsh observations as to why some did not respond and said that certified letters will be going out asking for the return of equipment.

Franklinton Police Chief Releases Stats



Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith provided his department's stats at the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting on September 25, 2018. Information provided is actually inclusive of August 28 to September 24, 2018. The report reflected a total of 690 Calls for Service, divided into the headings of Public Assistance, Traffic, and Criminal Patrol.

Responses for Public Assistance included general complaints (265), extra patrols (68), medical calls (31), alarms (20), and suspicious persons or vehicles (52). Traffic activity included traffic stops (106), vehicle crashes (20), hit and runs (4), reckless operation (5), DWI (0), and citations (33). Criminal Patrol responses included disturbances (12), fights (2), simple battery (3), criminal damage to property (3), burglaries (1), theft and shoplifting (6), narcotics (0). Officers made 24 total arrests.

Chief Smith also reported that he arranged for C&N Railroad to bring a scaled train to ride kids around at the Franklinton Primary School while discussing train safety; PFC Anthony Cox gave a K-9 demonstration at the Franklinton Primary School; Officers have begun re-qualifying with firearms, and he attended an opioid meeting in Folsom sponsored by Senator Mizell. Chief Smith reported that Washington Parish leads the State of Louisiana in overdoses.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 25, 2018



Joshua Lane was booked 09/25 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court
Chelsea Hartzog was booked 09/25 on the charge of Probation Violation
Daniel Roach was booked 09/25 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Jerrold Montgomery was booked 09/25 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Wendi Holmes was booked 09/25 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Savannah Magee was booked 09/25 on the charge of Simple Battery
Lena McElveen was booked 09/25 on the charge of Probation Violation
Tracie Owens was booked 09/25 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Reginald Thomas was booked 09/25 on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
Robert Long was booked 09/25 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Possession of Marijuana, and Tampering With Surveillance Accounting Inventory or Monitoring Systems of Jail
Anthony Bailey was booked 09/25 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule IV CDS, Distribution of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Possession of an Alleged Substance


Today in History for September 26th

September 25, 2018

Slidell Robbery Suspect Turns Himself In

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office responded on Sunday, September 16, 2018 to a reported robbery of a convenience store on Highway 190 West in Slidell. The robber demanded all the money from the register and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

An accurate description of the perpetrator was obtained and confirmed through video surveillance. The subsequent investigation led to the identification of Tristan James (48) of Slidell, as a suspect, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Monday, September 24, 2018, James turned himself in and reportedly admitted to committing the robbery.

Blessing of the Animals is Saturday, Oct. 6


Obituary

Lori Ann Weary
June 12, 1963 - September 12, 2018

Obituary

Joshua Bridges
February 25, 1921 - September 14, 2018

Obituary

Patricia Marie Barber
September 15, 1951 - September 21, 2018

What Occurred at the Washington Parish Council This Week?

The Washington Parish Council met Monday evening (September 24, 2018)  and, in addition to routine matters,
  • voted to confirm the assessment of Aaron's, Inc. by the Washington Parish Assessor
  • voted to approve Fire Protection District No. 3 to call and hold an election on March 30, 2019 for the renewal of 17 mills for 10 years
  • voted to approve a resolution entering into an agreement with Capital area Finance Authority
  • President Thomas presented a proclamation to and heard a report from Carmen Gonzales about the autonomic nervous system disorder known as Dysautonomia (beginning 9:35 into the video). Learn more at www.dysautonomiainternational.org.
  • President Thomas announced Washington Parish Fair flag-raising ceremonies will be Friday, September 28 in Franklinton and October 5 in Bogalusa, starting at 10 am in both locations.
  • heard reports from President Richard Thomas and his staff (beginning at 16:35 into the video)

Following closing comments by members of the Council, the Council entered into Executive Session to discuss an issue with the City of Bogalusa concerning the Washington Parish Landfill. Following the Executive Session, the Council adjourned without further comments.

100 Years of Papermaking in Bogalusa

Source: Senator Beth Mizell Facebook Post (edited)
State Senator Beth Mizell and Representative Malinda White recently presented the Bogalusa Mill with a concurrent resolution from the Louisiana Senate and House of Representatives commending the mill on its 100th anniversary. The resolution was passed by both branches during the 2018 regular legislative session in Baton Rouge and is signed by John Alario, Jr., President of the Senate, and Taylor Barras, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Bogalusa Mill opened in January 1918 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Great Southern Lumber Company, the largest sawmill in the world at the time. It was the first kraft and pulp paper mill in Louisiana and one of the first in the U.S. South. The mill is the largest private employer in Washington Parish and plays a key role in the economic health of the area.

“We are deeply honored by this commendation and are grateful to the Louisiana State government for this recognition,” said Bernie Chascin, mill manager, Bogalusa. “We look forward to another hundred years of papermaking in Bogalusa".

Obituary

Lisa Harvey McClendon
June 14, 1962 - September 19, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 24, 2018

Jennifer Nelson was booked 09/24 on the charge of Identity Theft
William Kennedy was booked 09/24 In From Court
Michelle Thomas was booked 09/24 on the charge of Probation Violation
Timothy Williams was booked 09/24 In For Court
Ceaser Dixon was booked 09/24 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Darryl Harris was booked 09/24 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Marcus Mangrum was booked 09/24 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice and Resisting an Officer (2 counts)
Gerrold Dillon was booked 09/24 on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Jason Smith was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), and Simple Escape
Frederick Cambas was booked 09/24 on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Windy Cambas was booked 09/24 on the charges of Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Gary Becker was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs

Today in History for September 25th

Voter Registration Drive at Walmart in Bogalusa Today


September 24, 2018

Obituary

Thomas Doyle Penny
October 14, 1938 - September 23, 2018

Thomas Doyle Penny passed away on Sept. 23, 2018 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington La. at the age of 79. He was a resident of Bogalusa La., and member of Annunciation Catholic Church. He retired from the Box Plant here in Bogalusa La.

He is survived by two sons, Matthew Penny “Wanda” of Bogalusa La, and Mark Elloitt Penny “Amy” of Bogalusa La. One brother Charles Edward Penny of Bogalusa La. One half sister Carolyn Chatman of Bogalusa. Grandchildren Cameron Penny, Madison Penny Wascom, Seth Penny, Sydney Penny, Grace Penny. One great-grandson Connor Penny.

He is preceded in death by his wife June Mixon Penny, his parents Osa and Hazel Penny, brother Osa Penny III, and sister Meriam Crowe.

Visitation will be in the chapel of Brown McGehee Funeral Home on Wednesday Sept. 26, 2018 from 10 a.m. until time for service in the chapel at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Ponemah Cemetery. Father Pat Wattigny will officiate.

BPD Police Chief on Crime Reduction

Bogalusa Police Chief Kendall Bullen appeared before the City Council to announce plans for Bogalusa to participate in the National Night Out Against Crime initiative, the first time Bogalusa has participated since the initiative began 35 years ago. Bullen noted that he reached out to people in the community to assist and expects community leaders to participate.

Bullen credited his officers, spoke of changing the mindset of the community regarding crime, and said that the community agrees with him that “enough is enough”. He also spoke of the need for people to report crime and remarked that “there is more good people in this town than criminals”. Since being appointed Police Chief in December of 2016, Chief Bullen has engaged the community in various ways.

In November of 2017, Chief Kendall Bullen and the Bogalusa Police Department hosted the first “Bogalusa Police and Young Adult Retreat”, during which the youth enjoyed the weekend playing basketball, volleyball, and fishing. (Click here to read about it)

In July, 2018, the Chief and the Bogalusa Police Department held a Policemen VS Preachers basketball  tournament. (Click here to read about it)

It all helps!

Lacombe Woman Gets 30 Years for Foster Child's Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced today that Trenique C. Faciane (44) of Lacombe was sentenced Friday (September 21, 2018) to 30 years in prison for killing her 22-month-old foster child. Faciane owned a daycare at the time of the child’s death. She entered an “Alford” plea, meaning she did not admit her guilt but conceded that the evidence, if presented at trial, would likely have resulted in a guilty verdict.

STPSO deputies said Faciane admitted beating the toddler, Madison Parrott, with a hairbrush, shaking and dropping her in a bath tub on May 21, 2015. The child later died, and the cause was determined to be multiple blunt force trauma with bleeding on the brain.

Family members of the victim, including the mother, grandmother, and siblings wrote statements about the impact of the girl’s death on their lives.

Bogalusa Police Department Reports on Enforcement Program

The Bogalusa Police Department has been working a program to enforce Louisiana’s seat-belt and child restraint laws. The program was funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) that started October 1, 2017 and concludes September 30, 2018.

Assistant Chief of Police Gene Crosby stated the program was conducted during off-duty (overtime) hours. During the past eleven months officers issued 586 seat-belt, 34 No Child Restraints, and 136 “other” traffic related citations.

The LHSC grants were awarded statewide. As a result of the program every region in the State of Louisiana has experienced improvements in seat-belt usage since 2010. The grant also provided funds for DWI enforcement and violations related to the possession or consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 and vendors selling alcoholic beverages to minors.

Obituary

Pamela D. Henke
April 30, 1948 - September 22, 2018

Obituary

Danny Seals
July 18, 1951 - September 22, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 21-23, 2018

Thomas Holmes was booked 09/21 on the charge of Theft 1000 or More But Less Than 5000
Malik Warren was booked 09/21 In From Court
Jewel Brumfield was booked 09/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Isaiah Alexander was booked 09/22 In For Court
Scott Shubert was booked 09/22 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary, Theft Less Than 1000, Vehicle Burglary, Criminal Damage, and Criminal Trespass
Albert Byerley was booked 09/23 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Driving Left of Center/Crossing Center Line

Today in History for September 23rd

September 22, 2018

Bogalusa Council and School Board Candidates Forum

Candidates on the November 6, 2018 ballot for the Bogalusa City Council and the Bogalusa School Board met at the Bogalusa High School auditorium on September 20, 2018. The forum was sponsored by Citizens for Education and Community Improvement (CECI) and local attorney Bill Arata served as the moderator. Candidates were given the opportunity to introduce themselves, answer a series of questions, and make closing remarks to the audience during the approximately hour and half event.
Questions posed to the City Council candidates were:
  • What community initiatives do you plan on implementing, if any, to improve Bogalusa's overall aesthetic?
  • What are your thoughts on marketing Bogalusa's strengths to outsiders, travellers, tourists to create  more tax revenue to the City?
  • What is your plan to address risk factors affecting our youth?
Questions posed to School Board candidates were:
  • What have you done to help improve the image of the Bogalusa City Schools System (for current members) or What plans do you have to help improve the image of the Bogalusa City Schools System (for candidates)?
  • Do you support student accountability to create a safer learning environment for students who want to learn and how will you address disciplinary actions in schools?
  • What are your thoughts and your position on the proposed merger of the Bogalusa City Schools with the Washington Parish School System?

Today in History for September 22nd

September 21, 2018

Former DA Investigator Accused of Lying

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today (September 21, 2018) that Jeffery B. Montalbano (58) of  Mandeville was charged yesterday with making false statements to federal authorities.

According to the bill of information, on January 23, 2018, Montalbano met with a special agent with the FBI at 3601 Highway 190, Mandeville, Louisiana and said that neither he, nor an associate (Person 1), had ever received money from Defendant A, and that he had no idea federal agents visited the Office of the District Attorney for the 22nd Judicial District to investigate whether Montalbano had received money from Defendant A.

Montalbano reportedly knew that both of these statements were false, that, in November and December 2013, Person 1 received payments from Defendant A, half of which he then gave to Montalbano, and that Special Agents with the FBI visited the Office of the District Attorney for the 22nd Judicial District on about October 8, 2015, to investigate Montalbano's conduct during the prosecution of Defendant A.

If convicted, Montalbano faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, three years supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

District Attorney Warren Montgomery also commended the F.B.I. and U.S. Attorney’s Office for their work.  “My office has been cooperating and continues to cooperate with federal authorities,” stated D.A. Montgomery.  “Mr. Montalbano no longer is employed at the District Attorney’s Office, having resigned on April 9, 2018.”

U. S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

TPSO Mounted Division Pro Rodeo is Sept. 28-29 in Amite


Obituary

Margaret Brister Breitling
September 10, 1914 - September 20, 2018

Obituary

Norma Jenkins
June 18, 1921 - September 20, 2018

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings September 19-20, 2018

Charles L. Smoot, Jr. was booked 09/19 on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Carrying a  Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Illegal Use of a Weapon, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Aggravated Battery and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City court)
Michelle C. Magee was booked 09/19 on the charge of Theft
Rodney B. Wood ws booked 09/20 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While License is Suspended, No Motorcycle Endorsement, No Proof of Insurance, Eye Protection Devices, Expired License Plate and Probation Hold (Bogalusa City Court).
Orrin P. Thomas was booked 09/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court).
Robin S. Guidry was booked 09/20 on the charges of Theft and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Frederick L. Cambas was booked 09/20 on the charges of Theft, Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Windy J. Cambas was booked 09/20 on the charges of Entry or Remaining After Being Forbidden, Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 20, 2018

Ashlyn Gerald was booked 09/20 on the charges of No Turn Signals, Expired MVI, and Possession of Heroin
Clarissa Bellue was booked 09/20 on the charge of Probation Violation
Ladansia McClain was booked 09/20 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (5 counts)
Charles Smoot was booked 09/20 on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present (2 counts), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Failure to Appear, and Aggravated Battery
Kevin Crutchfield was booked 09/20 In From Court
Cody Huffman was booked 09/20 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (3 counts)
Scott Shubert was booked 09/20 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary, Theft Less Than 1000, Vehicle Burglary, Criminal Damage, and Criminal Trespass
Wallace Smith, Jr. was booked 09/20 on the charge of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm (2 counts) and Hate Crime
Jesse Thomas was booked 09/20 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Alex Weary was booked 09/20 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property

Today in History for September 21st

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Morning of September 21, 2018

Grand Jury Indictments Announced by D. A. Montgomery

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports (September 20, 2018) the following grand jury indictments:



  • Wayne Howard Conley, Jr. (28) of Franklinton of first degree rape of a victim under 13.  Conley is accused of orally raping a 6-year-old girl at her home in Bush on July 18, 2017.


  • Cameron Alphonso (21) of Slidell and Blaine Beyer Manalle (20) Slidell of second degree murder in the death of Jeffery Howell (46) of Pearl River. Howell, who had recently made it through surgery to remove a brain tumor, died of blunt force trauma to the head after a fight along the West Pearl River in June, 2018.


  • Kenya Despenza (39) of Slidell of second degree murder in the death of her aunt in late July, 2018. Despenza is accused of fatally stabbing Dianne Bercy, her mother’s sister, at the victim’s home in Slidell. Despensza was living with the victim at the time.


  • Nathan Stokes (39) of Covington, a former deputy for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, on charges of malfeasance and theft under $750. Stokes is accused of stealing a Taser from the Sheriff’s Office and reselling it.



September 20, 2018

WPSO Arrests Burglary Suspect Within 12 Hours

On September 20,2018 the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Scott Anthony Shubert (35) of Bogalusa and charged him with burglary of a a business, burglary of a vehicle, theft and criminal damage to property.

The arrest came within twelve hours of the crime being reported to the Sheriff’s Office. A review of surveillance video at an area business reportedly revealed Shubert selling some of the stolen property. Shubert was quickly located and most of the stolen property was recovered.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Great work by our detectives. Another thief behind bars is always a good thing for the honest citizens of Washington Parish. If any citizen has purchased property from Scott Schubert, they are asked to contact Detective Kody Glenn at (985) 839-3434, extension 2054.”

Screaming the Blues Art Exhibit is Sept. 27 in Bogalusa


Obituary

James "Jimmy" Lloyd Voth
June 17, 1964 - September 16, 2018

Obituary

Braxton Bennett
March 03, 2016 - September 17, 2018

“Let Freedom Ring” and Welcome the Wall That Heals

As Chairman of the Bring the Wall to our Veterans Committee, Senator Beth Mizell is asking help from the community to make the events a success. Mizell is asking that the community help get out the news of the exhibit and that decorations for the Fair be left up to welcome veterans and visitors in November.


This year, in addition to welcoming visitors to the our great Fair, we have another reason to welcome visitors. The Wall That Heals will arrive at the Fairgrounds November 13th and the exhibit will close on November 18th.

Mizell urges us to "roll out the red carpet in warmth of welcome" and "in gratitude to our Vietnam Veterans and the families of those listed on The Wall".

She notes that this year's Fair theme is "Let Freedom Ring", which is so appropriate as preparations are made to welcome the exhibit.

Bogalusa Police Track Down Attempted Murder Suspect

Bogalusa Police Department officers responded on Monday, September 10, 2018 to the Power Food Store on Sullivan Drive after receiving a call of a person shot. Officers found a male victim with a single gunshot wound to his lower back. The victim was transported by ambulance to North Oaks Hospital in Hammond. The shooter had fled the scene.

A witness on the scene reportedly identified the shooter as Charles L. Smoot Jr (36) of Bogalusa. BPD officers also reviewed the store's video surveillance footage which reportedly showed the victim having a confrontation with Smoot, who was recognized by the BPD officers. A warrant was issued for Smoot's arrest.

The BPD Detective Division received information that Smoot was in New Orleans. On Tuesday (September 18, 2018), officers from the BPD Detective Division drove to New Orleans and found that Smoot was staying in a Hotel in the Warehouse District. The New Orleans Police Department SWAT team responded to the hotel and located the room where Smoot was staying. Smoot was taken into custody without incident,  transported to Central Lock Up in New Orleans for booking, and transported to Bogalusa City Jail on Wednesday (September 19, 2018).

Smoot was booked on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Possession or Carrying a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instruments, Illegal Carrying of Weapons and Aggravated Battery. Smoot was also arrested for an active attachment for Failure to Appear in the Bogalusa City Court.

WPSO Deputy Recognized as a Carnegie Hero

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is pleased that one of our deputies, Ronald (Ronnie) W. Manning, is recognized as a Carnegie Hero for his heroism in rescuing two parish women from a burning car in July 2017.
Ronnie is a retired firefighter who has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since July 1, 2008.  Ronnie effectively serves as a process server, making certain that all legal documents from the courts and the Clerk of Court office are delivered to the intended recipients.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “What a tremendous honor to have one of our own nationally recognized by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission for his heroic life-saving action on July 14, 2017.  Deputy Manning is an humble man who seeks no recognition on his own. It was our pleasure to nominate him for this prestigious award. Congratulations, Ronnie, for a job well done!”

Manning is among sixteen (16) recognized on September 20, 2018 for acts of extraordinary heroism, risking their lives for others found in perilous circumstances.

Manning saved the lives of Bridget D. Stogner and Brittany R. Purvis on July 14, 2017. Stogner, 34, and Purvis, 30, were in the front seats of a sedan that left a rural road (Quave Road) and came to rest on its passenger side at the edge of a wooded area. Its front end caught fire. Manning, 68, was on duty and saw smoke and flames and heard screams for help. He brought a small fire extinguisher from his vehicle and emptied it on the fire that issued from the engine compartment. Unable to extinguish the fire, Manning retrieved a hammer from his vehicle and used it to break out an opening in the sedan’s rear windshield. Inside the car, Stogner had crawled to the rear windshield. Manning, partially entering the vehicle despite the front-end flames, grasped her arms and pulled her through the opening. Manning then fully entered the vehicle through the opening and knelt on the rear, passenger-side door. He extended his arms out and told Purvis to grasp his arms; she did so. He grasped her arms and backed toward the rear windshield, then exited through the opening as he removed her from the vehicle. Flames grew to engulf the front passenger compartment. Stogner suffered smoke inhalation and a cut to her head.

On February 2, 2018, WoodmenLife recognized Deputy Manning and presented him with their Life Savers Award.

Click here for our previous and related stories.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 18-19, 2018

Harrison Turner was booked 09/18 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Edward Papiska was booked 09/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kennith Pierce was booked 09/19 In From Court
Roxanne Fortenberry was booked 09/19 In From Court
Brittany Walker was booked 09/19 In From Court
Bridget Stogner was booked 09/19 In From Court
Kimberlee Hagan was booked 09/19 on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
William Burge was booked 09/19 on the charges of Leash Law Violation and Resisting an Officer

Today in History for September 20th

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Morning of September 20, 2018

September 19, 2018

Help STPSO Identify This Person

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying this person of interest in a theft investigation He is wanted for questioning. Several items were taken from a victim’s Slidell-area front yard in early September. If you have information about this crime or know the identity of the individual in the photo, please call Det. Bauer at (985) 726-7844 or (985) 898-2338.

Corporal Duane McNeese Recognized

In a recent ceremony, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal recognized Corrections Deputy Corporal Duane McNeese as the Corrections Deputy of the Quarter.

McNeese was selected for this award by vote of his colleagues in the jail. As a shift commander, Corporal McNeese has demonstrated leadership and loyalty to the mission of the jail.

Sheriff Seal commented, “I am pleased to award this token of our appreciation to Corporal McNeese. He has been an employee of the Sheriff’s Office for almost six years and has served faithfully in a variety of positions.”

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings September 18, 2018

Nikki N. Hall was booked 09/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Cara L. McLendon was booked 09/18 on the charge of of Theft
Careyana B. Williams was booked 09/18 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace by Language/Disorderly Conduct

Obituary

Doris Branton
April 10, 1941 - September 17, 2018

Obituary

Margie Nelleen McKenzie
June 29, 1946 - September 15, 2018 

Obituary

Linda Paulette Bell
October 24, 1946 - September 15, 2018

Obituary

Glen E. Duncan
January 15, 1956 - September 15, 2018

Today in History for September 19th

Wild Game Supper & Archery Tournament is Saturday in Pine


September 18, 2018

First Meeting Held by Schools Systems Consolidation Commission

The first meeting of the Bogalusa City Schools/Washington Parish Schools systems Consolidation Commission  was held in Bogalusa Monday (September 17, 2018) and was primarily an organizational meeting. Commission members were introduced, officers were elected, and the audience was provided information about the process. The audience was also invited to submit questions that will be answered at the next meeting to be held on October 22, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the Franklinton Elementary Auditorium.

The commission was established by Act 413 (click here to read), sponsored by Louisiana State Senator Beth Mizell (District 12) and Louisiana State Representative Malinda Brumfield-White (District 75) and signed by the Governor on May 23, 2018. The purpose of the commission is to study the feasibility of consolidating the Bogalusa City and Washington Parish school systems, achieving one unified school district. The commission is tasked to submit a written report of its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the Bogalusa City School Board and the Washington Parish School Board not later than August 31, 2019. If the commission determines that consolidating the two school systems is in the best interest of the students, each school board will pass a resolution calling for an election to gain voter approval of the consolidation.

The commission consists of 24 members, serving without pay or per-diem. They are Darrell Fairburn, Lisa Tanner, Matthew Tate, Curtis Creel, Richard Thomas, Wendy Perrette, Donna Graham, Kurt Wamsley, Coylean Schlogel, Autainia Self, John Wyble, Shannon Dyson, Amanda Boyd, Jennifer Adams, Amanda Dillon, April Dugan, Steve Knight,  Michael Oree, Scott Breland, Malinda White, Scott Simon, Beth Mizell, Deloris Walker,  and Lacy Burris.

Slidell: Man Arrested for Damaging Pelican Sculpture

Slidell Police have arrested Steven Mortrud (33) of Slidell and he is accused of  intentionally knocking a painted pelican sculpture off its pedestal, causing significant damage to it. The victim (Professional Image on Front Street) posted a video of the incident on Facebook, which went viral and helped with the identification of the suspect.

The painted three-dimensional pelicans are a unique piece of artwork, which are displayed all across the City of Slidell, mostly in front of businesses. The next day, for unknown reasons, Mortrud reportedly returned to the scene of the crime to examine the damage, and then proceeded to kick the head of the pelican down the sidewalk, all of which was caught on surveillance video.

Monday (September 17, 2018), Mortrud turned himself in to Slidell Police and was booked with Simple Criminal Damage over $500.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings September 14-17, 2018

Michael A. Bonner was booked 09/14 on the charges of Theft and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Tomeka C. Harris was booked 09/14 on the charge of Theft
Waymon E. Singley was booked 09/14 on the charges of 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Jonathan K. Ferguson was booked 09/14 on the charges of 1st Offense Driving While Intoxicated, Driving while License is Suspended and Improper Lighting and Equipment
Marchelle D. Collins was booked 09/14 on the charges of 1st Offense Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding and Improper Lane Usage
Ronald C. Lane was booked 09/15 on the charge of Failure To Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Michelle R. Cosse was booked 09/16 on the charges of 3 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court), 4 counts of Misuse of 911, Disturbing the peace/Language and a Fugitive from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Department
Ryan A. Jefferson was booked 09/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Janice A. McNeese was booked 09/16 on the charge of Public Drunkenness
Kirsten S. Gatlin was booked 09/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Trey O. Smith was booked 09/17 on the charges of 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Brett K. Grubbs was booked 09/17 to serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Darrell D. Dunaway was booked 09/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Johnny N. Cardwell was booked 09/17 to serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Marteisha N. Lucas was booked 09/17 to serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Christopher D. Holden was booked 09/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court) and serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Ashleigh V. Schneider was booked 09/17 to serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Stacey Miller was booked 09/17 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Kristen M. Rome was booked 09/17 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Quincy J. Edwards was booked 09/17 on the charge of Entry or Remaining After being Forbidden

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 17, 2018

Kristopher White was booked 09/17 In For Court
Doris Simmons was booked 09/17 on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
John Riley was booked 09/17 In From Court
James Butler was booked 09/17 In For Court

Gun Safety in the Home - A Message from Sheriff Randy Seal

The recent firearm death of a two year old child inside a Livingston Parish residence is a stark
reminder about the importance of gun safety in the home. The Baton Rouge newspaper article concerning this tragedy goes on to state that at least 829 children in the United States got their hands on irresponsibly stored guns and shot themselves or other people between 2015 and 2017.

Each year in the United States, children are killed in accidental shootings and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 65% of there were in the family home or car. Additionally, the CDC estimates that more than 600 children are hospitalized each year with non-fatal unintentional shooting injuries.

Rodeo Event in Bogalusa is Saturday, Sept. 22nd


Today in History for September 18th

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Morning of September 18, 2018

September 17, 2018

Obituary

Lucien Albert Beaudette, Jr. 
April 4, 1943 - September 16, 2018

Angie Man Arrested and Stolen Boat Recovered

On September 15, 2018, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Justin Owens (29), a resident of Whitetail Road in Angie for the theft of a boat from a private boat launch off the Pearl River. The owner of the boat had been fishing in the area and left the boat tied up for a short period of time. Upon returning to the boat, it was discovered that the boat was missing.

WPSO Patrol Sergeant David Cupp and Deputy Tyler Lindsey responded and their investigation led to Owens. After being confronted by the officers, Owens reportedly cooperated and directed the officers to an address in Bogalusa where the boat was recovered.

Owens was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with theft of more than $5,000 but less than $25,000. He remains in jail with his bond set at $10,000.

“Good work, Sergeant Cupp and Deputy Lindsey,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “It’s always good to solve a crime and be able to put the thief in jail. Owens has chosen a path in life where jail or prison is the destination. I’m so pleased we were able to recover this stolen property and return it to its owner.”

Abraham Announces $75,000 for Franklinton Law Enforcement

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today (September 17, 2018) announced that the Town of Franklinton will receive $75,000 in federal funds to purchase two new police vehicles and equipment.

The grant comes from the US Department of Agriculture’s Community Facilities Grant Program. The grant will cover the total cost of the purchase.

“Our law enforcement officers do so much to keep our communities safe, so it is important that they have the resources they need to keep up their good work. I appreciate Sec. Sonny Perdue and the USDA for awarding these funds to Franklinton,” Dr. Abraham said.

Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith today expressed his appreciation for the funding and said the $75,000 may allow for the purchase of three vehicles.

Main Stage Lineup Released by Fair Association


Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 15-16, 2018

Keaira Pinter was booked 09/15 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Fight
Tiffany Dyson was booked 09/15 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Fight
Justin Owens was booked 09/16 on the charge of Theft 5000 or More But Less Than 25000
Corey Ruffin was booked 09/16 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Failure to Appear
Armontee Kemp was booked 09/16 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Robert Long was booked 09/16 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Anita Patke was booked 09/16 In From Court
Natoya Toomer was booked 09/16 In For Court
Michelle Magee was booked 09/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Todd Williams was booked 09/16 on the charge of Parole Violation
Dustin Milton was booked 09/16 In For Court
Dwayne Jenkins was booked 09/16 In For Court
James Singletary was booked 09/16 In For Court and on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise

Today in History for September 17th

AP NEWSMINUTE For the Morning of September 17, 2018

September 15, 2018

Night Out Against Crime is October 16th in St. Tammany

Sheriff Randy Smith has announced that National Night Out celebrations in St. Tammany Parish is set for Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Neighborhoods wishing to participate and requesting a deputy to attend may register by clicking here by Friday, October 5, 2018.

National Night Out is a nationwide crime prevention event. Traditionally, the event is held during the
month of August, but due to the extreme heat, some areas host National Night Out in October. The night is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support for anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities. It is a great chance to learn about crime prevention, while also celebrating your community and spending time with your neighbors and local law enforcement.

Representatives from all of the various divisions within the STPSO will be participating in this year’s National Night Out Against Crime.

Man Arrested After Gun Incident at a Bank in Franklinton

The Franklinton Police Department received a 9-1-1 call on Friday (September 14, 2018) at approximately 4:30 pm from Citizens Bank that a man, later identified as Wallace Smith, Jr. (73) pointed a firearm at a teller. FPD and WPSO officers responded. Then, a second 9-1-1 call redirected officers to a witness who was following the suspect in his vehicle. Officers caught up with the suspect's vehicle on LA25-N approximately 5 miles from Franklinton. A felony traffic stop was conducted and Smith was taken into custody without further incident.

A search of Wilson's vehicle located the firearm used in the crime. Further investigation reportedly revealed that Smith was in the drive-up line at Citizen's Bank and initiated a verbal altercation with the patron who ended up assisting law enforcement officers in apprehending him. According to the victim and witnesses, during the course of the verbal altercation, Smith allegedly made verbal threats and brandished a firearm. The victim stated that Smith made a racial slur towards him while pointing the weapon in his direction.

Following his arrest, Smith complained of chest pains and was transported to Riverside Medical Center for treatment. Smith will remain in custody during his medical treatment and, upon release, booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of Aggravated Assault (2 counts) with a hate crime modifier.

Night Out Against Crime is October 2nd in Bogalusa