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October 31, 2018



Paid for by the Doug Ritchie for Bogalusa Mayor Campaign

Arrest Made in Long Branch Cafe Burglary

Bogalusa Police Department Officers arrested Polanski O. Warren (21) of Bogalusa on October 28,
2018 for burglary of the Long Branch Cafe. On Sunday morning, October 21, 2018, the owner of the cafe reported the burglary. The owner reported that he was opening up at 9 am and, as he was unlocking the door, he heard a noise in the rear of the building. The owner walked to the rear of the building and discovered the door that separates the storage room from the kitchen area had been torn down. It appeared that the suspect entered the storage room by going underneath the building and tearing out the flooring.

According to the security camera footage, the owner was walking in the front door as the suspect ran out the rear door. The suspect was a male dressed in a black T shirt and blue jeans.

The BPD Detective Division took over the investigation. After speaking to witnesses and reviewing video footage from two different locations, BPD investigators identified Polanski Warren as the perpetrator. An Arrest warrant was issued for Warren on the charge of Simple Burglary.

This was great team work by the BPD Patrol Shift D and the Detective Division.

Bicyclist Killed in St. Tammany Crash

Tuesday night (October 30, 2018), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal
crash involving a bicycle on LA 36 near 7th Street in Covington. The cyclist did not survive the crash. Troopers are withholding the name of the deceased pending notification to next of kin.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the cyclist was riding a mountain style bicycle westbound on LA 36 on or near the solid white fog line. Troopers determined that the bicycle was not equipped with safety lamps as required by Louisiana revised statue. The cyclist was wearing dark colored clothing and was not wearing a helmet.

The crash occurred as 26-year-old Kristofer Donelle Brumfield of Covington was driving a 2014 Nissan Maxima westbound on LA 36 approaching the cyclist from the rear. The right front bumper of the Maxima impacted the bicycle. The impact caused the bicyclist to be ejected. He was transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

Obituary

Joanna Graves Duncan
August 16, 1934 - October 27, 2018

Obituary

Gregory Crain
November 29, 1952 - October 28, 2018

Obituary

Fredric L. Prescott, Sr.
January 26, 1933 - October 30, 2018

Obituary

Jo Ann Ingram
May 09, 1933 - October 30, 2018

Obituary

Julius Turnage
March 21, 1955 - October 29, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 29-30, 2018

Jacob Thomas was booked 10/29 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Aggravated Battery, and Contempt of Court
Daquandra Magee was booked 10/29 on the charge of Attachment
John Snow was booked 10/30 on the charge of Probation Violation
Bradley Fornea was booked 10/30 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear
Donnin Brown was booked 10/30 In For Court
Timothy Williams was booked 10/30 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 and Simple Escape
Kevin Hartfield was booked 10/30 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Timothy Chain was booked 10/30 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Obstructing Public Passages

Today in History for October 31st

AP Top Stories October 31, 2018 AM

October 30, 2018

Obituary

Thorleif "Thor" Thorbjornsen
September 12, 1961 - October 30, 2018

Obituary

Edward Glynn Strickland
October 16, 1930 - October 28, 2018

Obituary

Jerry D. Hall, Jr.
October 13, 1961 - October 28, 2018

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings October 29, 2018

Whitney Walker was booked 10/29 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Russell A. Hartzog was booked 10/29 on the charge of Public Drunkenness
Adria L. Cassidy was booked 10/29 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Kevin Hartfield was booked 10/29 on the charges of Theft, Fugitive from an Outside Agency, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Today in History for October 30th

AP Top Stories October 30, 2018 AM

October 29, 2018

Louisiana State Police Troop L Welcomes Four New Troopers

Today (October 29, 201), Louisiana Police Troop L welcomed four new Troopers from the recently graduated Class 98 to the Troop L family.

Troop L Headquarters is located in St. Tammany Parish at the intersection of US Hwy 190 and and North Causeway Blvd. Troop L encompasses four Louisiana parishes: Washington, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and St. Helena.

Pictured with Troop L Commander John Riles (center) are Jesse Sanders, Nicholas Folse, Javon Spears and William Huggins (left to right).

WPSO Jails Amite Man on His Birthday

Terry Wayne Stevens (42) of Amite celebrated his birthday on Sunday (October 28, 2018) with a trip to the Washington Parish Jail. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy Phillip Varnado observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner on Highway 10 and stopped the vehicle. 

WPSO Patrol Lieutenant Michele Clayton arrived on the scene and observed a methamphetamine pipe in plain view in the cup holder of the vehicle. Deputy Varnado then placed Stevens under arrest and a wrecker was called to tow the vehicle. While inventorying the contents of the vehicle, the officers discovered a small bag of marijuana, a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, a revolver, digital scales used to weigh narcotics for distribution, a marijuana grinder and rolling papers. In addition, there was an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

Stevens was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on various traffic, drug and firearms charges.

“I’m certain Mr. Stevens didn’t intend to go to jail on his birthday,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “but that is exactly where he landed. Congratulations to Deputy Varnado on a good traffic stop and the confiscation of illegal drugs. Once again, drugs were removed from our community. This is a good reminder to anyone in our parish that chooses to violate the law. When we catch you, we will put you in jail. Thanks, Deputy Varnado and Lieutenant Clayton, for a job well done.”

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings October 26-28, 2018

Tiesha T. Knox was booked 10/26 on the charges of 2 counts of Failure to Appear
April E. Rayburn was booked 10/27 to serve sentence from the Bogalusa City Court
Jarred M. Knight was booked 10/27 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace by Disorderly Conduct
Polanski O. Warren, Jr. was booked 10/28 on the charges of Simple Burglary and Resisting an Officer
Brittany A. Cook was booked 10/28 on the charge of Theft
Benjamin T. Magee was booked 10/28 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Willis Hartzog was booked 10/28 on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property
Ledarven R. Mingo was booked 10/28 on the charge of Driving while License is Suspended

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 28, 2018

Collin Cassidy was booked 10/28 on the charge of Simple Battery
Adria Cassidy was booked 10/28 on the charge of Simple Battery
Polanki Warren was booked 10/28 on the charges of Simple Burglary and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Ja'kari brown was booked 10/28 on the charge of Parole Violation
Cherish Lorio was booked 10/28 on the charge of Parole Violation
Terry Stevens was booked 10/28 on the charges of Driving Left of Center/Crossing Center Line, Open Container in Vehicle, No Proof of Insurance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Michael Brister was booked 10/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Amy Hunt was booked 10/28 on the charges of Battery of a Dating Partner, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, and Battery on a Police Officer

Today in History for October 29th

AP Top Stories October 29 AM

October 28, 2018

Obituary

Randy Temples
January 6, 1952 - October 27, 2018

Traffic Fatality on S. Choctaw Road in Washington Parish

During the rain on Thursday morning (October 25, 2018), the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office
responded to a report of a vehicle which had left the roadway of South Choctaw Road and overturned in a creek, possibly trapping the driver inside. Fire Districts 7 and 8, Franklinton Fire Department and Northshore EMS also responded.

The front section of the vehicle was totally submerged in the creek water. WPSO Lieutenant Terry Harris removed his outer uniform shirt and equipment and entered the creek along with a bystander and firefighter. The men were able to turn the vehicle upright while two firefighters removed the female driver through the window of the vehicle and carried her to a waiting ambulance. No other persons were in the vehicle.

Ambulance personnel provided medical assistance to the driver and were able to obtain a pulse before transferring her to Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton. She then was transferred from Riverside to North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond where she expired.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time due to facts that she died in Tangipahoa Paarish and family notification details are currently unknown. The cause of the accident has not been determined.

Sheriff Randy Seal praised the work of all first responders who were on the scene. “Although a cold rain was falling and the water level of the creek was elevated due to rain in the area, the first responders did not hesitate to enter the icy cold water to rescue the driver. I applaud them for their heroic efforts in the midst of very trying circumstances. Unfortunately, the driver did not survive. I ask all of our citizens to join with me in prayer and support for the victim’s family.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 26-27, 2018

Brent West was booked 10/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
Myron Mark was booked 10/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
John Lorts was booked 10/26 on the charge of Aggravated Battery
Brett Moore was booked 10/26 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Second Degree Battery, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Jason Grimes was booked 10/26 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling (2 counts), Theft of Firearm (8 counts), Theft 25000 or More, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (8 counts)
David Gubert was booked 10/26 on the Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Timothy Graves was booked 10/26 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)

Today in History for October 28th

October 26, 2018

Obituary

Aristine McKelphin Johnson
November 23, 1932 - October 22, 2018

Obituary

Dorothy T. Smith
January 13, 1924 - October 25, 2018

Obituary

Paul McElveen
March 2, 1937 - October 25, 2018

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings October 22-25, 2018

Cherish R. Lorio was booked 10/22 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Davian M. Norman was booked 10/22 on the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting an Officer
Angela R. Lee was booked 10/23 on the charge of Entry or Remaining After Being Forbidden
Troy A. Bennett was booked 10/23 on the charges of Theft and Criminal Trespass
Shannon F. Freeman was booked 10/23 on the charges of Theft and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Shandrieka L. Owens was booked 10/24 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and 2 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Joshua Patterson was booked 10/24 on the charges of Entry or Remaining After Being Forbidden and Resisting an Officer
Ebony S. Fortenberry was booked 10/24 on the charges of 3 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Travis M. Singley was booked 10/24 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Gerald V. Williams was booked 10/24 on the charge of Resisting an Officer
Jakari L. Brown was booked 10/24 on the charges of License Plate Lights Required, Child Passenger Restraint System, Driver Must Be Licensed, No Insurance and Mirrors Not Present
Raymond L Magee was booked 10/24 on the charge of Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Numbers
Delisha Q. McGowan was booked 10/24 on the charges of of Driving While License is Suspended,  License Plate Required, Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Kenneth E. McCray, Jr. was booked 10/25 on the charges of License Plate Lights Required, Driving While License is Suspended and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Krystal D. Matthews was booked 10/25 on the charge Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Partnership to Combat Domestic Violence Announced

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced Thursday (October 25, 2018) that 12 local and state agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, outlining how they will work together to respond to domestic violence cases in St. Tammany Parish. Partner agencies include all local law enforcement agencies, the St. Tammany Parish Clerk’s Office, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Louisiana Probation and Parole, and Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Program.

The St. Tammany Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) is modeled after a similar partnership in Ouachita Parish where domestic violence homicides dropped 70% between 2010 and 2014.

CCRT's goal is to ensure that victim support and safety are prioritized throughout the legal process, that there is a just and swift outcome, and ultimately reduce domestic violence and domestic violence homicides.

Click here for the full text of District Attorney Montgomery's press release


Slidell Man Dies in Crash with Freightliner on I-55

Yesterday afternoon (October 25, 2018) Louisiana State Police Troop B was notified of a two vehicle fatal crash that claimed the life of 23 year-old Justin Weaver of Slidell, LA. The crash occurred on I-55 south at mile post 11.7.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2015 Freightliner, driven by 38 year-old Sidney Jarrell of Denham Springs, LA, was stopped in the right lane due to traffic congestion from a previous crash. A 2009 Mazda MZ6, driven by Weaver, was approaching the stopped traffic but failed to stop and struck the rear of the Freightliner. Weaver was pronounced dead on the scene. The front seat passenger in the Mazda, 22 year-old Samantha Niemeck was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. Jarrell was transported with minor injuries.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 25, 2018

Raymond Magee was booked 10/25 on the charge of Possession of Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number
Jackie Brister was booked 10/25 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Timothy Graves was booked 10/25 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)

Today in History for October 26th

AP Top Stories October 26, 2018 AM

October 25, 2018

October 24, 2018

Email Scam in Washington Parish

Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Press Release


A prominent business person in Washington Parish received a threatening email on October 19, 2018. The email is an obvious scam and an attempt to extort money.

The sender’s identity was revealed as, “My nickname in darknet is timotheus34.” The sender went on to say, “I hacked this mailbox more than six months ago, through it I infected your operating system with a virus (trojan) created by me and have been monitoring you for a long time. I have access to all of your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history. Accordingly, I have the data of all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos. I was struck by the intimate content sites that you occasionally visit. I took screenshot through the camera of your device, synchronizing with what you are watching.”

The sender then went to the heart of the email stating, “I think you do not want all your contacts to get these files, right? If you are of the same opinion, then I think that $832 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created.” The sender then provides a bitcoin wallet number and says, “As soon as the amount is received, I guarantee that the data will be deleted. I do not need it. Otherwise, these files and history of visiting sites will get all your contacts from your device. Also, I’ll send to everyone your contact access to your email and access logs, I have carefully saved it!”

The email is obviously a scam. The sender, whose sentence structure indicates is likely from another country, is phishing for vulnerable persons who might have visited inappropriate sites.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This is a scam! If you receive such an email, delete it immediately. Email scammers are no different from telephone scammers. They are unscrupulous persons who use threats and intimidation to steal your money. Don’t fall for these scams. If you do receive an email scam and wish to report it, you may do so through the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. Go to the website and follow the link to file a complaint about an email scam.”

Boo Fest is at Bogue Chitto State Park October 26 & 27


Sheriff Randy Seal Announces Senior Thanksgiving Luncheons

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal has announced that the Annual Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon on the west side of Washington Parish will be Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Franklinton and on the east side of Washington Parish will be Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the American Legion Auxillary Magic City Unit 24 in Bogalusa.

Sheriff Randy Seal's Tips for Halloween Safety

Cries of “trick or treat” will soon be heard throughout Washington Parish. With Halloween only days away, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal offers safety tips for adults and children.



Report on School Consolidation Commission October, 2018 Meeting

Source: Commission Co-Chair Malinda Brumfield-White Facebook Post


"We had an informative, honest and lively dialogue during the Washington Parish & Bogalusa School Board feasibility study consolidation meeting on 10/22. The group is commissioned to study the feasibility of consolidating to one administration for the whole parish. This does not include consolidating schools, only administration. We currently have less than 7,500 public school students in our parish. Do you believe we are using our resources wisely to educate ALL our children with two administrations? NO parish in this state compares to the way we do business to educate our students. Do you feel we should continue to do business this way because it is what has been done for a century? Some may resist change, however change has occurred over the past 100 years, ie population shifts, technology, drug epidemic with families being destroyed across our parish, etc. The time is now to take a look at how we do business with our tax dollars to educate our children. If not now, when? This will not be an easy task for anyone on the commission, however we must work together to see if there are benefits with a merger. If no benefits yield at the end of the study, no harm done. If we find we can do more with less with benefits to the parish as a whole, the will of the people will decide at the end of the day with a vote.

What I’ve witnessed from the majority is NO new taxes to build or refurbish schools. Next step would be to see how we can do more with less until the will of the people decide they want a better environment for their children and future children.

Our neighboring parishes have thousands more public school students with one administration. Washington Parish has less than 7,500 with two school board systems. NO parish in this state compares to us.

Please voice your concerns, ideas, and more importantly educate yourself in the way we support education in Washington Parish.

Next meeting will be held in the Bogalusa High School Library, 11/26 5:30pm."

Click here for background on this

Obituary

Doris Rogers Graves
January 9, 1943 - October 22, 2018

Obituary

Jolene Marie Nitcher
July 24, 1961 - October 22, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 22-23, 2018

Randy Maness was booked 10/22 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500 and Contempt of Court
Devante Burris was booked 10/22 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Michael McBeth was booked 10/22 on the charge of Probation Violation
Kyle Hamm was booked 10/22 on the charge of Simple Battery

Today in History for October 24th

AP Top Stories October 24, 2018 AM

October 22, 2018

Obituary

Fannie Lou Ben Pierite
July 29, 1923 – October 20, 2018

Obituary

Shelby Grace Brumfield
October 20, 2018

Halloween Themed Rodeo is October 27 in Franklinton


Bogalusa City Jail Bookings October 19-21, 2018


Christopher P. Smith was booked 10/19 on the charges of Entry or Remaining after being Forbidden and Resisting an Officer
April E. Rayborn was booked 10/19 to serve sentence
Frederick Brown was booked 10/19 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Michael W. Carroll was booked 10/20 on the charges of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Stop Sign-Must Stop
Andria M. Gabriel was booked 10/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Marc P. Fortney was booked 10/20 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Jamison Hammette was booked 10/20 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Matthew P. Roberts was booked 10/20 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kevin T. Johnson was booked 10/20 on the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Illegal Carrying of a Weapon
Lovone A. White was booked 10/20 on the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Ricky A. Applewhite was booked 10/21 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Samuel N. Holmes was booked 10/21 on the charges of Possession or Carrying a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Derrick B. Mark was booked 10/21 on the charges of 2 counts of Resisting an Officer
Terry Burton was booked 10/21 on the charges of Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass
Devante D. Burris was booked 10/21 on the charge of being a Fugitive from an Outside Agency

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 19-21, 2018


Arica Runfalo was booked 10/19 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Damarea Gay was booked 10/19 on the charge of Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot
Joseph Stogner was booked 10/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Usage, and Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows
Hannah Spears was booked 10/19 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Duane Bates was booked 10/20 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Dalton Caves was booked 10/20 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Fight and Possession of Marijuana
Shannon Smith was booked 10/20 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Resisting an Officer
Corey Ruffin was booked 10/21 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Brandon Jefferson was booked 10/21 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Failure to Pay Fine
Dajour Burkhalter was booked 10/21 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Lavone White was booked 10/21 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphenalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Kevin Johnson was booked 10/21 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Attachment (3 counts)
Michael Carroll was booked 10/21 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Ran Stop Sign
Matthew Roberts was booked 10/21 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jamison Hammette was booked 10/21 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Sam Holmes was booked 10/21 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Attachment

Today in History for October 22nd

AP Top Stories October 22, 2018 AM

October 20, 2018

Governor Edwards Touts Criminal Justice Reforms/Announces New Funding

Governor John Bel Edwards' October 18, 2018 press release touts his criminal justice reforms and announced new funding for community incentive grants, victim services, and reinvestment and reentry programs for offenders. This is in addition to legislation that removed the ban for people convicted of drug related felonies from getting food stamps and welfare benefits after they have been released from prison.

Click here to read the press release.

Pearl River PD Arrests Two – One on Numerous Charges

Yesterday (October 19, 2018), Chief Jennings and the Pearl River Police Department executed an arrest warrant on Urban Craddock, Jr. (44) and observed a Mossberg shotgun in plain view at the residence. Craddock is a convicted felon and not allowed to possess a firearm.  Officers secured the residence and obtained a search warrant. The search resulted in the discovery of three more firearms and a large amount of ammunition.
Craddock was arrested for aggravated battery, domestic abuse battery, aggravated criminal damage to property and hit and run driving, which were charges related to the incident that occurred in July. Craddock was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies.

Chasity Alphonse (44) was in the residence at the time of Craddock’s arrest. Alphonse had been advised on several occasions that Craddock had an active felony warrant for his arrest and that he needed to turn himself in. Alphonse refused to provide law enforcement with Craddock’s location and assisted him in evading arrest by hindrance, delay or prevention of communication to law enforcement of information relating to the potential arrest of Craddock; therefore Alphonse was arrested for accessories after the fact.

Great Halloween Venue for Our Tangi Neighbors!

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office advises the following on their Facebook page.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, along with Tangipahoa Parish Government invites the
community to join us for our first annual "Trunk or Treat" event.

Come out and have a spooky good time with us on Wednesday October 31, 2018, at the TPSO's Hammond Sub-station located at 15475 W. Club Deluxe Rd. from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m..

We're so happy we could scream! This fun-filled, family friendly, event will is a safe place for your children visit the deputy and first responder vehicles and get lots of candy as they go Trunk or Treating! The event is just another way for us to build unity in our community!

Also participating in the festivities are our friends from Crime Stoppers, the Ponchatoula and Independence Fire Departments, Magnolia State Peace Officers Association, and many, many more!

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Sat., Oct. 27


What?
Unwanted, outdated and unneeded prescription drugs

Why?
According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

When?
Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm

Where? 
Bogalusa: Nielsen's Pharmacy
Covington: Covington Police Department and STPSO Law Enforcement Complex
Slidell: STPSO Administrative Complex
Pearl River: Pearl River Police Department
Mandeville: Mandeville Police Department and Louisiana State Police Troop L
Hammond: Target Store

Pet Costume Contest & Bake Sale is Sat., Oct. 27 in Franklinton

From the Magnolia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana Facebook Page. Click here to visit their page.


Obituary

Margie Bridges
July 19, 1939 - October 10, 2018

Obituary

Bruce Leonard Thompson
August 22, 1952 - October 09, 2018

Obituary

Percy Payne, Jr.
March 08, 1949 - October 06, 2018

Obituary

Percy L. Brock
April 27, 1949 - October 14, 2018

Obituary

Janice Woods
February 14, 1957 - October 10, 2018

Obituary

Tessie S. Lewis
May 19, 1924 - October 11, 2018

Today in History for October 20th

October 19, 2018

Two Indictments Reported by District Attorney Montgomery

Yesterday (October 18, 2018, District Attorney Warren Montgomery reported the following grand jury indictments:


  • Jacques A. Garnett (52) of Atlanta of first degree rape of a person under the age of 13. Garnett is accused of raping an 11-year old girl in Slidell between November 1, 2016, and December 25, 2016.


  • Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Ricky Steinert (42) of Pearl River of one count of falsely swearing for the purpose of violating public health or safety and one count of malfeasance. Steinert is accused of falsifying information on a DWI arrest report on Jan. 16, 2016.


Combatting the Energy Phantoms That Haunt Your Home

Entergy Louisiana Wants You to Know!
Although you may be gearing up to ward off a horde of ghosts and goblins this Halloween, now is a great time to start combating the phantoms already haunting your home.

Phantom power, also known as standby power, vampire power or phantom load, is the energy used by certain plugged-in appliances and electronic devices, even when they are in standby mode or turned off.

The most common culprits include electronics with remote controls, built-in clocks or timers and instant-on features such as televisions, computers, printers, video game consoles and DVD players. While it might seem like a trivial amount, it’s spooky how much wasted energy can add up over time (as much as 10%).

Click here for money-saving tips

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 17-18, 2018

Colby Thomas was booked 10/17 on the charge of Simple Battery
Karrie Magee was booked 10/17 on the charge of Stalking
Chad Freeman was booked 10/17 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI or Other, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Talmadge Manning was booked 10/18 on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
Andrew Anthony was booked 10/18 on the charges of Theft of a Motor Vehicle (1000 to 5000) and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings October 17-18, 2018

Kacie Kihneman was booked 10/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Vernon Cooley was booked 10/17 on the charges of 2nd Offense Possession of Marijuana and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Gary W. McIntyre, Jr. was booked 10/17 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Language
Wesley Cardwell was booked 10/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Christopher R. Bankston was booked 10/18 on the charge of 2 counts of Resisting an Officer
Talmadge N. Manning was booked 10/18 on the charge of Theft
Alton T. Wilson, Jr. was booked 10/18 on the charges of Battery of a Correctional Employee and Resisting an Officer
Hannah M. Spears was booked 10/18 on the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Xanax, Possession Schedule III Narcotics and Possession of Legend Drugs

Today in History for October 19th

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October 17, 2018

Man With Machete Robs Motorist Near Kentwood

Source: Robert Rhoden and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
A machete-wielding robber was arrested Monday (October 15, 2018) after accosting a motorist in the bathroom of an I-55 welcome center near Kentwood. The victim told deputies he stopped to use the bathroom and a man armed with a machete entered the restroom behind him and demanded money. The victim was able to talk his way out of the bathroom after giving the robber $60. The suspect then fled.

While gathering information and securing the scene, deputies learned that Randy Holmes, Jr. (18) of Greensburg, who worked for a contractor at the center, was unaccounted for. Fearing for Holmes’ safety, deputies began searching for him and found him in good health hiding in a dark area just south of the center. Holmes matched the description of the armed robbery suspect and reportedly confessed to the holdup. He was booked with armed robbery. 

Obituary

Caramie Renee' Givens
June 28, 1979 - October 16, 2018

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings October 16, 2018

Joseph C. Garner was booked 10/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Alton T. Wilson was booked 10/16 on the charges of Theft and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Jaquan D. Brumfield was booked 10/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, 2nd Offense of Possession of Marijuana and 3 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Tyrone McClain was booked 10/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
L A Johnson II was booked 10/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Dedrick K. Varnado was booked 10/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 16, 2018

Steven Rickett was booked 10/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Adrionne Peters was booked 10/16 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (2 counts), Possession or Dealing in Unregistered or Illegally Transferred Weapons, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present (2 counts), Careless Operation, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Resisting an Officer, Ran Stop Sign, Improper Turn/Accident (3 counts), Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, No Insurance, No Drivers License, Open Container, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Schedule V Drugs
Orlanz McGowan was booked 10/16 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs
Shaun Hobgood was booked 10/16 on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Flight, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts), Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Contempt of Court, and Driving Under Suspension
Amanda Woodward was booked 10/16 on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts)

Today in History for October 17th

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Obituary

Leslie Spears, Jr.
June 15, 1941 - October 15, 2018

Obituary

JM Rankin
November 23, 1940 - October 15, 2018

Obituary

Kyle "Cowboy" McMillan
March 27, 1978 - October 14, 2018

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings October 12-15, 2018

Ollie I. Berry was booked 10/12 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Christian H. Hutton was booked 10/12 on the charge of Public Drunkenness
Desmond C. Ramirez was booked 10/12 to serve a weekend sentence
Orlando McGowan was booked 10/12 on the charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana
Sharef Jackson was booked 10/12 on the charges of Driver must be Licensed and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Angela R. Lee was booked 10/13 on the charge of Public Drunkenness
Richard E. Conerly was booked 10/13 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
David J. Bonnette Jr was booked 10/13 on the charge of Battery-Domestic Violence
Branden S. Speights was booked 10/13 on the charges of Speeding, Driving while License is Suspended, and Reckless Operation
Devan M. Williams was booked 10/13 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Tail Lamps Required and Driving While License is Expired
Sean K. Westbrook was booked 10/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Tony O. Robertson was booked 10/15 on the charges of Driving while License is Suspended, No Insurance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Amanda Fox was booked 10/15 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Christy Gentry was booked 10/15 on the charge of being a Fugitive from an Outside Agency (Lafourche Parish)
Kaitlyn B. Jones was booked 10/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Amanda P. Lang was booked 10/15 on the charges of Entry or Remaining After being Forbidden and Disturbing the Peace

Obituary

Eld. Clyde Cooper
June 29, 1946 - October 15, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 14-15, 2018

James Thompson was booked 10/14 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Dominick Holts was booked 10/14 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of a Firearm or Concealed Weapon by Person Convicted of Domestic Abuse Battery, and Failure to Appear
Jackie Spikes was booked 10/15 on the charge of Simple Battery
Adam Branch was booked 10/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Contempt of Court

Today in History for October 16th

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October 15, 2018

Parish Man Bonds Out Within Hours After 120 MPH Chase

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Jay Dupre was operating radar on Highway 10
between Bogalusa and Franklinton late in the evening of October 11, 2018 and clocked an approaching vehicle at 89 mph in the 55 mph zone. The pursuit that followed reached speeds at up to 120 miles per hour.

The speeding vehicle entered the City of Bogalusa, continuing eastbound on Sunset Drive, then Union Avenue, then ran several stop signs before turning onto Sabine Street. At that time, Bogalusa Police Department officer Anthony Jones joined in the pursuit. Deputy Dupre conducted a tactical maneuver, forcing the fleeing vehicle to spin around in the road, at which time Officer Jones blocked the vehicle with his patrol unit.

The officers were removing the driver from the vehicle when the driver intentionally struck Officer Jones in the head with his elbow. Deputy Dupre and Officer Jones were able to subdue the driver, identified as Kelvin Jewel Thomas (19), a resident of Highway 424. Thomas reportedly said he fled because he had marijuana in his vehicle and that he had thrown the marijuana out of the car while being pursued.

Thomas was charged with excessive noise, speeding 31-40 over the speed limit,  aggravated flight from an officer, resisting and officer with force or violence, simple battery on a police officer, obstruction of justice, and four counts of running a stop sign.

Thomas remained in jail only a few hours before posting a $10,000 bond for his release. A teen-age female who was in the vehicle with Thomas was not charged and was released to the custody of her mother.

Sheriff Randy Seal is grateful the chase ended without serious injury to any person. “Such excessive speed is a formula for disaster. I congratulate Deputy Dupre and Officer Jones for being able to end the chase and take him into custody. Night-time chases like this are frightening. There is no way the officer can know who is fleeing, whether it is possibly a fugitive or someone who has just committed a serious crime. I am so pleased everyone went home safe.”

Rodeo Schedule at the Washington Parish Free Fair

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Mile Branch Schedule's Schedule During the Fair

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Down by the Branch Schedule at the Washington Parish Fair

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Washington Parish Free Fair Main Stage Schedule


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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 13, 2018

Ritchie Martin was booked 10/13 on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property
Aaron Johnson was booked 10/13 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Ladeano Lewis was booked 10/13 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Andreas Poole was booked 10/13 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Bobby Sartin was booked 10/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Ran Stop Sign and Improper Lane Usage
William Seither was booked 10/13 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (6 counts)
Derion Parlow was booked 10/13 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Introduction of Contraband Into Penal Institute

October 13, 2018

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 11-12, 2018

Darshia Travis was booked 10/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Failure to Yield/Driveway Road or Alley, Open Container in Vehicle, and Driving Under Suspension
Adam Bush was booked 10/11 on the charges of 2nd Degree Rape/Forcible Rape and Attachment
Kelvin Thomas was booked 10/12 on the charges of Excessive Noise, Speeding 31-40 Over Limit, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Ran Stop Sign (4 counts), Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Battery on a Police Officer, and Obstruction of Justice
Kasey Thomas was booked 10/12 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Bruce Dixon was booked 10/12 on the charges of Simple Battery (3 counts), Resisting an Officer, and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence

Today in History for October 13th

October 12, 2018

Astronomy Night at Bogue Chitto State Park is Tomorrow

Saturday, October 13, 2018, Pontchartrain Astronomy Society members will be in the Bogue Chitto State Park with a variety of telescopes to view the evening sky! For those of you who show up early, a special solar view waits for you!

Set up and viewing will take place at the meeting room outside area, so please join us for an informative and beautiful view of the sky.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Show up early!

Great Video on "The Wall That Heals" Coming in November

Obituary

Rev. Clarence Abrams
August 19, 1950 - October 04, 2018

Obituary

Freida Walker Smith
May 21, 1917 - October 11, 2018

Franklinton Man Sentenced In Cocaine Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced Wednesday (October 10, 2018) that Derrick Wilson (35) of Franklinton, Louisiana, was sentenced having pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute a quantity of cocaine hydrochloride. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman sentenced Wilson to 50 months incarceration followed by 3 years of supervised release.

The incident giving rise to his arrest stemmed from a September 27, 2015 traffic stop in Kenner, during which police seized one-half kilogram of powder cocaine from a car that he occupied with his girlfriend and co-defendant, Dominique Wise. According to court documents, Wise was sentenced to 3 years probation on July 18, 2018.

Washington Parish Man Arrested For Forcible Rape

Adam Bush (20), a resident of Robin Lane near Highway 440 northwest of Franklinton, was arrested
by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives on an arrest warrant charging him with Forcible Rape. Bond for Adam Bush has been set at $250,000.

Due to the sensitive nature of the crime and to protect the identity of the victim, additional information will not be released.

Sheriff Randy Seal was forthcoming in his response to the arrest. “The details of this crime are beyond comprehension of the decent citizens of our parish. It is inconceivable that anyone could violate the rights, privacy and sanctity of another person in such a despicable manner. I applaud both the forensic interviewer at the Child Advocacy Center and our detectives for making this arrest happen. Bush is now in jail where he belongs.”

Entergy Donates $2,500 to Bogalusa Help Center for Freezer

Entergy Customer Service Representative Eunice Harris presents a $2500 check to Bogalusa Help Center President and Volunteer Gene Hayman and Volunteer Paul Kates who is also a Bogalusa School Board member. 

The donation will purchase a needed freezer for the Help Center to store donated food from vendors for the recipients. 

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings October 10-11, 2018

Cordaro D. Levi was booked 10/10 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property and Battery on a Dating Partner
Chadrick A. Seal was booked 10/11 on the charge of Public Drunkenness
John D. Williams was booked 10/11 on the charges of Driving While License is Suspended, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Jay R. Bertoniere was booked 10/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Shakile D. Buckley was booked 10/11 on the charges of 3 counts of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Maxwell B. Carroll was booked 10/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear (Bogalusa City Court)
Larry D. Henderson was booked 10/11 on the charge of Theft
Bruce A. Dixon was booked 10/11 on the charges of 3 counts of Simple Battery, Resisting an Officer and Resisting Police with Force or Violence