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November 15, 2019

Former RCC Correctional Officers Indicted In Inmate’s Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury has indicted three
former officers at the Rayburn Correctional Center (RCC) in Angie on charges of malfeasance of office, conspiracy to commit malfeasance of office, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice in the death of an inmate earlier this year.

The former correctional officers, Brink Hillman, Gary King, and John Crain, are scheduled for an arraignment hearing on December 5, 2019 before District Judge William H. Burris. 

Hillman, King, and Crain, are accused of failing to execute their lawful duties, concerning a sickly inmate, who died while in their care on March 10, 2019. The former officers also are accused of tampering with evidence to distort the results of an investigation into the treatment of the inmate.

The officers were subsequently fired from RCC through administrative proceedings.

Assistant District Attorney David A. Weilbaecher, Jr., presented the case to the grand jury on October 30, 2019

Obituary

Ronald Frank Welsh
August 3, 1957 - November 12, 2019

Washington Parish Bookings November 13-14, 2019

Malcolm Butts was booked In From Court
Charles Folse was booked In For Court
Murry Duncan was booked In For Court
Roseph Williams was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)

AP Top Stories November 15, 2019 AM

Today in History for November 15th

November 14, 2019

Obituary

Ricky Anthony Simmons
November 11, 2019

Obituary

Velda "Jean" Smith Byrd
April 23, 1940 - November 13, 2019

Obituary

Betty Hunt Erwin
June 19, 1935 - November 12, 2019

Obituary

Earl Lee Cotton, Sr.
December 24, 1954 - November 10, 2019

Obituary

Ervin James Hart
March 24, 1955 - November 03, 2019

Three Arrested at Parish Jail in Amite

Three Tangipahoa Parish residents were arrested November 8, 2019 on narcotics charges at the parish
jail in Amite. The incident began around 4:00 p.m., as TPSO Narcotics Agents observed Matthew Cooper (37) of Independence and Antonio Darnell Sheridan (48) of Hammond displaying erratic behavior while sitting in a vehicle in the parish jail parking lot.

Upon making contact, Sheridan attempted to flee from agents on foot. Sheridan reportedly attempted to throw away a glass pipe, commonly used to consume methamphetamine, and a large clear plastic bag containing approximately (7) grams of methamphetamine. After a brief struggle, Sheridan was detained and the items recovered. Sheridan was charged with the introduction of contraband into a penal institute, possession with intent to distribute CDS II, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting an officer.

Matthew Cooper was detained at the vehicle and found to be possession of a small piece of paper containing approximately .5 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Cooper was charged with the introduction of contraband to a jail facility and possession of CDS II.

While outside the jail facility attempting to conclude the aforementioned investigation, agents observed Kristina Sharp (33) of Independence walking toward Sheridan’s parked vehicle. Due to Sharp being a known associate of Cooper, she was detained pending further investigations. Sharp’s purse was located inside of Sheridan's vehicle. The purse reportedly contained a glass pipe commonly used to consume marijuana and suspected marijuana. Sharp claimed the purse to be hers and was charged accordingly.

Home Furnishings Theft Suspects Sought in Tangipahoa Parish

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that several individuals burglarized multiple units located at Clayton Mobile Homes in Hammond last week. The suspects entered several of the mobile home units and stole numerous pieces of home furnishings. The attached photo was taken from security cameras on the property.

The Hammond Police Department is currently working a similar case possibly involving these same suspects. If anyone is able to identity the subjects in the attached photos, please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Kirby Varnado is leading this investigation for the TPSO.

TPSO Looking for Three Armed Robbery Suspects

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public's help in gathering information regarding an armed robbery that occurred last night (November 13, 2019) at the Big Boss Truck Stop on Highway 442, just outside of Tickfaw. TPSO Deputies discovered the incident when they stopped at the truck stop to purchase fuel.

About 1:00 a.m. this morning, as deputies entered the Big Boss Truck Stop parking lot, they observed the front door to be locked as a patron was attempting to enter the store. Deputies immediately cleared the area and secured the perimeter. Upon approaching the back side fo the building, they observed an open door and glass shattered on the floor throughout the store. While securing the inside of the building, deputies located the frightened cashier who was hiding in a locked office. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that about 11:30 p.m., three unknown masked males armed with handguns executed a coordinated entry into the Big Boss Truck Stop. One of the males locked the front door as the others held the cashier at gunpoint. The armed masked men then ransacked the store, stole merchandise, and emptied the cash register. The cashier was forced to open the safe and the suspects got away with approximately $25,000 in additional cash.

During the incident, one of the gunmen fired a shot at the floor striking and destroying the cashier's cell phone that had fallen to the floor as two of the gunmen jumped over the sales counter. After taking all they could carry, the gunmen forced the cashier into the walk-in freezer and threatened to shoot him if he attempted to exit before they made their getaway. All of the suspects were wearing masks, hoods and gloves.

The cashier was not physically harmed as a result of this violent incident. Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. TPSO Detective Michael D'Amato is the lead investigator on this case.

WPSO Fugitive Kidnapping Suspect Captured

Jennifer Abelseth, who has been sought by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, was captured
today (November 14, 2019) in Tangipahoa Parish. Acting on information received, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigator Kody Glenn contacted the Sheriff’s Office in Tangipahoa Parish who went to a location in the Natalbany area and arrested Abelseth.

She faces additional charges in Tangipahoa Parish and remains in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail this morning awaiting transfer to Washington Parish where she faces four counts of simple kidnapping. Her husband, Joshua Michael Abelseth (33) was captured November 8, 2019 and remains in the Washington Parish Jail also charged with four counts of simple kidnapping.

Joshua Abelseth and Jennifer Abelseth, who lost custody of their children through court order, reportedly took the children from their grandparents’ home in Washington Parish and fled the state. Joshua Abelseth returned the children to the grandparents' home on November 8, 2019 and was subsequently arrested by WPSO.

“Thanks to the hard work and diligence of our investigators,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “this case was resolved in just a few days. The children are safe at home with their custodial grandparents and the kidnappers are in jail. That is a good outcome. I am grateful not only to our investigators but also to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, other law enforcement agencies and the media outlets who were quick to disseminate all information about this unfortunate event.”

Obituary

Betty Zakowski Cagle
January 27, 1947 - November 12, 2019

Today in History for November 14th

AP Top Stories November 14, 2019 AM

November 13, 2019

Bush Woman Dies in St. Tammany Crash

This morning (November 13, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a
serious injury crash involving one vehicle on LA 59 near LA 1088 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 63-year-old Marlene D. Williams of Bush.

Troopers determined that that the crash occurred as Williams was driving a Hyundai Elantra south on LA 59. For reasons still under investigation, Williams’ vehicle traveled off the roadway to the right and impacted an embankment. Despite being properly restrained, Williams sustained severe injuries in the crash. She was transported to an area hospital where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries.

As part of the investigation, blood samples were collected by St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for scientific analysis. The investigation remains ongoing as Troopers review the evidence.

Woman Wanted for Slidell Burglary Tied to Multi-state Crime Spree

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have tied a vehicle burglary that occurred in the
Slidell area earlier this year to a couple wanted for similar crimes in other states.
On September 24, 2019, STPSO deputies responded to a vehicle burglary that occurred at a Slidell-area preschool. The thieves used the victim’s stolen driver’s license to cash checks in the Slidell and Ocean Springs, Mississippi areas and to rent a vehicle in Miami, Florida.

Using surveillance video, detectives were able to identify the vehicle used in the crimes as well as to obtain a positive identification of one of the two perpetrators involved in what is now believed to be a multi-state crime spree. Also, the duo may be responsible for other burglaries that occurred in other local jurisdictions around the same timeframe.

On Thursday, November 7, 2019 a warrant was issued by the 22nd Judicial Court for the arrest of Cariann Marie Veasey (DOB: 11/14/1987) of Boca Raton, Florida for Simple Burglary. The second subject involved, a black male, is still unidentified as of this time.

Veasey and the unidentified black male subject have apparently been on a crime spree across the south, and Veasey has multiple warrants issued for her arrest, including the following states: Louisiana, Mississippi, and possibly Alabama and Florida.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Carianne Marie Veasey or with information about the black male who is accompanying her on these crimes, is asked to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338.

Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas is Dec. 7-8

A post by Franklinton Christmas Festival is "Take a step back into the olden days at the beautiful Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas. It will sure be a day to remember. You can start your day with a fantastic horse and buggy parade, visit Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas, step across to Varnado Museum s Christmas Festival with Arts and Crafts. Then as their doors close for the day come downtown for Lights and Lollipops and end your night with the first ever Franklinton Lighted Christmas Parade." See the Facebook page of Franklinton Lighted Christmas Parade for details

Washington Parish Bookings November 11-12, 2019

Samantha Creekkiller was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, Driving Under Suspension, Expired License Plate, and Improper Lane Usage
Charles Corrente was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Michael Cook was booked on the charges of Possession o Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17YOA
Amanda Beal was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, and Contempt of Court
Frederick Weary was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Malcolm Haley was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (4 counts)
Amanda Freeman was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Brenton Morris was booked In For Court
Derrick Dones was booked In For Court
Rachael Spears was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear

Abita Springs Man Gets 50 Years For Sexual Battery Of A Minor

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jinel Sexton (39) of Abita Springs was sentenced
Friday (November 8, 2019) as a multiple offender by District Judge Scott Gardner to 50 years in prison for sexual battery of a victim under 13.

Sexton had been found guilty by a St. Tammany Parish jury on October 25, 2019 of committing sexual battery on a 12-year-old girl in January 2017. The victim first reported the incident to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in a call to 9-1-1. She said Sexton gave her three pills, which made her fall asleep, and she awakened in the bed with him touching her sexually.

The jury rejected Sexton’s claim that he was the one who fell asleep and woke up to find the victim on top of him. The jury voted unanimously to find him guilty. The defendant has prior convictions for simple burglary, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, simple battery, criminal damage to property and possession of marijuana.

Assistant District Attorneys Casey Dieck and Holly McGinness prosecuted the case with the help of District Attorney’s Office Investigator Chris Johnson. The case was investigated by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office under the guidance of lead detective Carli Messina.

Today in History for November 13th

AP Top Stories November 13, 2019

LIVE Impeachment Hearings

November 12, 2019

Addiction Recovery Center in Washington Parish is a Reality

Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials welcomed Woodlake Addiction Recovery to Bogalusa at a welcoming ceremony Tuesday morning (November 12, 2019). Occupying the old charity hospital facility, the center will offer addiction and recovery services and anticipates serving over 1000 annually. The facility will have 50 inpatient beds and offer outpatient services and medical detox treatment. An added benefit to our community is the creation of approximately 50 jobs.

Speaking at the ceremony were Governor John Bel Edwards; Dr. Rebekah Gee, Louisiana Department of Health Secretary; Representative Malinda White; Randy Gomez, CEO of Woodlake Addiction Recovery; Rene Ragas, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital CEO; Family Medicine Dr. Garland Anderson, Our Lady of the Angels.

The speakers described the opioid crisis that exists in our communities and how Woodlake will be addressing the crisis head-on, positively changing and saving lives. Representative Malinda White was recognized for spearheading the project, with Governor Edwards referring to her as “the most persistent person I have ever met” and Secretary Gee saying “you are unsinkable and you will not be told no”. White spoke, describing why bringing the facility to Bogalusa was (and is) near and dear to her heart.

Although it was a cold and windy morning, the ceremony was well-attended by local officials and other members of the community.

Help Slidell Police Identify This Jewelry Theft Suspect

The Slidell Police Department is asking for your help identifying a man responsible for stealing over $10,000 worth of jewelry from a local jewelry store.

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, around 4:00 p.m., an unidentified male entered RG Jewelers (1414 Gause Boulevard), brazenly opened a jewelry case, and stole over $10,000 worth of goods. The thief fled in a newer model Chevrolet Colorado (color: grey) pickup truck.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kyle Taylor at 985-646-6174 or ktaylor@slidellpd.com. You can also submit a tip on our website, www.slidellpd.com. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111. You may be eligible for a cash reward.

Help Locate This 15-Year-Old From Slidell


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State Fire Marshall's Home Heating Safety Tips

The State Fire Marshal's Office wants to remind all families of these important home heating safety tips as they ready for what is being predicted as the coldest temperatures of the season yet:
  • Place space heaters 3-5 feet from combustible objects like blankets
  • Plug all heating appliances directly into wall outlets, not power strips or extension cords
  • Do not use stoves or ovens to heat homes
  • Don't overfill fireplaces/wood burning stoves
  • Do not leave candles/open flames (or space heaters) left unattended
  • Have working smoke alarms in your home!
Please watch the video and share it with your friends and loved ones!

Obituary

Betty McGehee
November 21, 1927 - November 12, 2019

Obituary

Lillian Powe
October 30, 1930 - November 12, 2019

Obituary

James Michael Pittman
July 3, 1935 – November 11, 2019

Obituary

Dorothy Sturtevant
December 13, 1924 - November 10, 2019

Obituary

Rev. John Taylor Lowery
May 19, 1937 - November 10, 2019

Obituary

Martha Jane Bateman Mizell
October 8, 1933 - November 10, 2019

Today in History for November 12th

November 11, 2019

Obituary

Burrell J. Carter
June 17, 1935 - November 11, 2019

Obituary

JoAnn Winburn Sharp
December 1, 1939 - November 8, 2019

PROJECT: Cover Bogalusa


Bogalusa's Christmas in the Park is “Jazzed Up”

Bogalusa's Christmas in the Park is bigger than ever and all jazzed up with new additions, featuring
  • CHARACTER HALL-an enclosed heated/cooled space filled with interactive characters and picture perfect photo scenes! Meet Freddy Yeti, Puddles the Park Duck, and Patrick the Penguin!
  • CRAFT ROOM inside character hall-A fun filled place full of crafts, treats, and interactive games for the little ones!
  • STORY TIME WITH MRS. CLAUS-grab a pillow and take a break in Mrs. Claus’ cabin..listen to her read some of your favorite Christmas stories!
  • SELFIE STATION-life size gingerbread house, big enough for the whole family! Step inside and take a picture!
  • BACK STAGE SHOWS-grab a chair and enjoy local entertainment from singing to dramas!
  • LIGHTSHOW- walk through the lighted arch ways to find a beautiful musical presentation of lights! Stay a while and you’ll hear several of your Christmas favorites while watching colored lights dance across the stage!

Don’t miss the new additions to Christmas in the Park! Opening Thanksgiving night!

(Additions are on select nights, stay tuned for schedule)

Obituary

James Starnes
July 27, 1945 - November 9, 2019

Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center Welcoming Ceremony

Press Release

What:
Join Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials for a ceremony welcoming Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center to Bogalusa. This facility will enhance resources for substance use disorder treatment in Washington Parish.

Woodlake Addiction Recovery in Bogalusa will offer a full continuum of care of addiction and recovery services. The facility will have 50 inpatient beds; offer outpatient services and medical detox treatment. Woodlake Addiction Recovery anticipates treating over 1,000 patients annually.

The Bogalusa location is the tenth facility for Woodlake Addiction Recovery and will add approximately 50 jobs to this rural community.

When:
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: 
Woodlake Addiction Recovery 400 Memphis St., Bogalusa, LA

Who: 
Governor John Bel Edwards; Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health; Representative Malinda White; Randy Gomez, CEO, Woodlake Addiction Recovery; Rene Ragas, CEO, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital; Dr. Garland Anderson, Our Lady of the Angels, Family Medicine

Why: 
Communities across the nation struggle to combat the opioid epidemic and rural populations are especially vulnerable. This is especially true in the Florida Parishes, per the Louisiana Opioid Data and Surveillance System. Provider shortages, lack of transportation, the stigma of addiction, and a need for additional resources have all contributed to a rise in opioid use in rural communities.

Washington Parish Bookings November 9-10, 2019

Richard Blackwell was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Drew Breeland was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Driving Under Suspension
Runeshia Abron was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Gary Touchstone was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Anna Holley was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
David Bonnette was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Joey Dunaway was booked on the charges of Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, and Hit and Run

Today in History for November 11th

November 09, 2019

AP Top Stories November 9, 2019 PM

Obituary

Glennis Thomas
July 30, 1949 - November 7, 2019

WPSO: Kidnapped Children Returned – One Kidnapper Arrested & One Still At Large

Last night (November 8, 2019), the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Joshua Michael Abelseth (33), who was being sought on four counts of simple kidnapping which occurred earlier this week. Jennifer Abelseth, a second suspect, remains a fugitive and her location is unknown. It is believed that she may be in Alabama, either in the Hoover or Tuscaloosa area or perhaps in the Mobile area, although she could be anywhere, according to the WPSO report. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators, with the assistance of the FBI, are searching for her and are optimistic that she will be located. Abelseth’s options are reportedly limited since she has no vehicle and is believed to have no money.

The four children (identified as Alyssa Weathers, Noah Weathers, Cayden Abelseth and Lili Abelseth) were returned by Abelseth to the children's grandparents house in Washington Parish.

WPSO investigators had learned that Abelseth was back in Washington Parish and likely would take the children back to their grandparents’ house. WPSO detectives, patrol deputies and drug task force officers set up surveillance in the vicinity, spotted Abelseth drive up to the house, and saw him take the children inside. Once Abelseth drove away, officers made a traffic stop, arrested him and transported him to the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held on the simple kidnapping charges.

Joshua Abelseth and Jennifer Abelseth, who lost custody of their children through court order, took the children from their grandparents’ home in Washington Parish and were believed to have fled the state.

“Great arrest,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our investigators have been working on this non-stop and I am so pleased the children are back home and safe. Joshua Michael Abelseth is in jail where he belongs and I am confident that Jennifer Abelseth will be able to join him as soon as we locate her. Sooner or later, we will locate her, arrest her and put her in jail. Jennifer, if you are reading this, call us and let us know where you are. Make it easy on yourself.”

Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center Ribbon-Cutting is Tuesday

A major step in addressing our addiction crisis in Washington Parish will be the opening of the Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials, will be on Tuesday, November 12th at 10:00 am at 400 Memphis Street in Bogalusa.

Woodlake Addiction Recovery in Bogalusa will offer addiction and recovery services at the old charity hospital facility that was recently vacated by Our Lady of the Angels. 

The results of addiction are seen in the tragic losses of lives, destruction of families, and has impacted our criminal justice system. Treatment, not prison, should be a better alternative.

State Representative Malinda Brumfield-White has stated, in part, that “it’s been a long journey putting this partnership together between the State, Our Lady of the Angels and Woodlake Recovery Center but well worth the efforts. I am proud to announce we are getting the BEST holistic recovery center in the state . .. “

Washington Parish Bookings November 8, 2019

Joshua Abelseth was booked on the charges of Simple Kidnapping (4 counts)
Dustin Stein was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Lucas Luper was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Today in History for November 9th

November 08, 2019

Obituary

Leroy Creel, Sr.
March 06, 1947 - November 07, 2019

Obituary

Alice Templet Hymel
September 11, 1954 - November 7, 2019

Slidell Man Gets 15 Years For Crimes With Juveniles

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Lenard “Andy” Turpin (52) of Slidell was
sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison Wednesday (November 6, 2019) for crimes that involved his coercing a group of juveniles to his home, providing them illegal drugs, and engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior with them.

District Judge Scott Gardner issued the following sentences: 10 years for attempted indecent behavior with a juvenile under 13, with two of the years to be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence; two years for possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance; 15 years for each of two counts of distribution of methamphetamine to persons under the age of 18; and six months for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Gardner ordered all of the sentences to be served concurrently.

The crimes took place on June 1, 2017, when Turpin picked up multiple juveniles, almost all under the age of 13, under the pretense that they would be attending his son’s birthday party at his home. When the teens arrived to Turpin’s home in Slidell, they found that no birthday party was underway, and Turpin’s son was not even home. Turpin began indulging and providing alcohol and marijuana to the underage children while making lewd and inappropriate comments to the girls.

Turpin then brought two of the juveniles upstairs, where he coerced them to smoke methamphetamine and attempted to get them to perform sexual acts on one another. Later, Turpin also groped and touched one of the girls while making sexual comments about her body. Turpin then brought the same victim upstairs and had her smoke meth with him.

The victims were eventually picked up by one of their grandparents and soon afterwards, their parents and police were notified. One of the juveniles was taken to the hospital, where she tested positive for meth. When St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies conducted a search at Turpin’s residence the next day, they found meth in his nightstand.

Assistant District Attorneys Casey Dieck and Luke Lancaster prosecuted the case.

MS. Men (Tylertown & Picayune) Indicted for Burglary

A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Levi Lee (17) of Tylertown, Ms. and Lance Rouse (25) of Picayune, Ms., in the aggravated burglary of a Covington home last December.

Lee and Rouse are accused of breaking into a home late one night in December 2018, entering the bedroom of a woman, and holding her at gunpoint while they stole her valuables, which included two shotguns.

Several days later, the men were arrested in connection with the robbery of a Bogalusa gas station and convenience store in which a clerk was shot with a shotgun matching the description of the one stolen in the Covington burglary. The clerk died days later from his injuries, and Lee and Rouse also face second degree murder charges.

(Click here for related story and video of their return to Washington Parish)

Assistant District Attorney Iain A. Dover presented the case to the grand jury.

13 Yr Old Arrested with Handgun at Mandeville School

This morning (November 8, 2019) just before 11 AM, acting on the tip from a fellow student,
Mandeville Jr. High Administration and the Mandeville Police Department  School Resource Officer (SRO) recovered a handgun from a 13-year-old white male who is in the 7th grade. The 7th grader reportedly made threatening comments directed towards our SRO.

The weapon is recovered and there are no credible threats to any of the students, staff, or School Resource Officers at this time.

MPD Chief Gerald Sticker advises the juvenile has been charged with  Carrying a Firearm on School Property/ Firearm Free Zone and will be booked into Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.

Three Indicted in Heroin Overdose Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Christopher Hickman (30) of Bogalusa and Raymond Magee (40) of Franklinton on a charge of second degree murder in the death of a 24-year-old woman from a heroin overdose.

The victim, Cheyenne Leonard, died of a heroin overdose on or about May 21, 2019 in Covington. Hickman and Magee also were charged, along with Hickman’s girlfriend, Leanna Stewart (25) of Mandeville, with Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin.
Detective Jessica Restel of the Covington Police Department led the investigation with the cooperation of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Tiffany T. Dover presented the case to the grand jury.

Covington Man Indicted on Sexual Battery and Rape of Juveniles

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Kenneth Certain (57) of Covington, on two counts of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 13 and one count of first degree rape of a victim under the age of 13.

Certain is accused of sexually assaulting two juveniles under the age of 13 over the course of several months. He is scheduled for trial December 2, 2019.

Assistant District Attorney Holly McGinness presented the case to the grand jury.

Arrest Made in Franklinton Hit and Run With Injuries

Source: Press Release from FPD Sgt. James “Tiger” Folks

On Wednesday (November 6, 2019), the Franklinton Police Department responded to a hit and run
crash with injuries on Hilltop Dr. The victims were transported to  Riverside Medical Center for treatment by relatives. Officers received information the suspect vehicle was described as a black Chevrolet Impala with heavy front end damage and that fled the area. This information was relayed to surrounding law enforcement agencies as well as posted to social media.

On Thursday (November 7, 2019), the Franklinton Police Department received numerous calls naming the suspected driver as Kendrick Brumfield (24) of Franklinton. Officers, with assistance from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and Bogalusa Police Department checked several previous addresses for the suspect without success in locating the vehicle or the suspect. At approximately 5:00pm Brumfield came into the Franklinton Police Department and notified Officers he was the driver of the hit and run vehicle.

During an interview, conducted by Sgt. Jared Stubbs; Brumfield told officers the location of the vehicle and that he was distracted, diverting his attention from the street. Brumfield further stated he panicked and fled the scene after striking the pedestrians with his vehicle.

Brumfield is charged with 2 counts of Negligent Injury, Hit and Run and Failure to report an accident.

Chief Justin Brown would like to thank the public for their assistance in solving this case. Without the continued  support of our community, crimes such as this one may go unpunished. As always, the mutual support of the Sheriff's office and Bogalusa Police Department strengthens our ability to provide the best law enforcement possible. Thanks to the officers who worked expeditiously with the public to bring resolution to this case.

Washington Parish Bookings November 7, 2019

Dustin Oubre was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Kendrick Brumfield was booked on the charges of Hit and Run, Failure to Report Accident, Negligent Vehicular Injuring (2 counts), Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court
Joshua King was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (3 counts), Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS (3 counts), and Failure to Pay Fine
Chad Goutierez was booked In For Court
Christopher Black was booked on the charge of Self Mutilation
Melissa Magee was booked In From Court

Today in History for November 8th

AP Top Stories November 8, 2019 AM

November 07, 2019

Jury Convicts Slidell Man of Distributing Heroin

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Anthony J.
Chaney (33) of Slidell on Wednesday (November 6, 2019) of two counts of Distribution of Heroin. Chaney faces from five to forty years in prison on each count, but as a multiple offender, he could face more time. He is scheduled to be sentenced December 3, 2019 by District Judge Raymond Childress.

Chaney was the target of a narcotics investigation by the Louisiana State Police in August 2017, and an undercover trooper conducted two buys from Chaney.

Chaney has multiple prior convictions, including Attempted Disarming of a Police Officer, Simple Burglary, a domestic violence case from Texas, as well as multiple possession of marijuana convictions. He also has a new pending felony charge in Orleans Parish for Second Degree Battery and Domestic Abuse Battery Involving Strangulation.

Assistant District Attorneys Blake Peters and Luke Lancaster prosecuted the case. The trial lasted two days.

Two Arrested in Franklinton Burglary – Thousands of Items Recovered

On Tuesday (November 5, 2019), the Franklinton Police Department received a complaint regarding a possible burglary at a residence on Main Street. When Officers arrived at the abandoned house, they observed a small SUV parked behind the home but were unable to  locate anyone in the residence or immediate area.

The vehicle, which was parked on private property, had containers with numerous items that appeared to have been taken from the residence. Officers called for a tow truck to remove the vehicle and secure the contents. Shortly after the tow truck arrived, a female, later identified as Ashley Wright (34) of Monticello Ave., New Orleans, appeared and stated that she had been using the SUV, which belonged to her mother. Wright reportedly gave several explanations as to why the vehicle was parked behind the house, but no explanation as to the items located inside the SUV.

Wright was transported to the Franklinton Police Department for questioning. Officers learned that another female had also been in the area and had walked into the wooded area behind the house. Officers continued to search the area and eventually made phone contact with Sara Katherine Hill (AKA: Kat Brooks) (43) of Folsom. Hill initially refused to come out of the woods, but after several hours she emerged and was taken to Riverside Medical Center for medical evaluation. Upon her release, Hill was transported to Franklinton Police Department by her family¸ and was interviewed regarding her connection to the burglary.

According to the FPD Press Release, both Wright and Hill admitted to taking several items from the residence and selling them online.

On November 6, 2019, Detectives contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and a search warrant was served on a residence near Folsom. Franklinton Police Department Officers along with St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives worked over seven hours to recover thousands of stolen items. It is estimated that the value will exceed $100,000 in recovered property.

During the investigation, Hill (Kat Brooks) continuously alluded to the fact she was a movie producer and worked in the film industry. Detectives verified Hill’s claims. She further stated some of the items were used as movie props.

Wright and Hill were both charged with Burglary and Trespassing and turned over to the Washington Parish Jail. This investigation is ongoing.

Obituary

John Hall
December 22, 1938 - November 6, 2019

Washington Parish Bookings November 6, 2019

Chandler Spears was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Kendarras Pigott was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, Resisting an Officer, No Drivers License, and Contempt of Court
Jessica Poupart was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Nicholas Vaughn was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Robert Vince was booked on the charges of False Imprisonment/Armed With Weapon, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, and Domestic Abuse Battery
Andrew James was booked In From Court
James Stickley was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Loveless Hebert was booked on the charge of Protective Order Violation

Today in History for November 7th

AP Top Stories November 7, 2019 AM

November 06, 2019

Last Suspect Arrested for Slidell Dealership Tire Theft

In May of this year, Slidell Police issued an arrest warrant for 44-year-old, Riley “Rilo” Richardson
(Houston, TX), for being a key player in stealing over $100,000 in wheels from the Matt Bowers Chevrolet Dealership in Slidell, Louisiana.

“Rilo” is the last suspect Slidell Police is looking for in this case. Chief Randy Fandal says, “Several months, and hundreds of man hours later, our Slidell Police Department investigators brought down an elaborate, nationwide organized theft ring. Our message has been made VERY clear to these individuals, and anyone else who thinks they are going to prey on our businesses…don't come to Slidell, Louisiana, to commit your crimes. I told you we would come find you no matter where you were hiding, and I’ve held true to my promise. Multiple law enforcement agencies across Texas have piggybacked off of our investigation to ensure these individuals are brought to justice and held responsible for every single theft they have committed.“

Richardson was booked into the Slidell City Jail for felony Theft Over $100,000. Richardson was transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail where a bond will be set.

Can You Help Find This 16 Yr. Old Slidell-Area Runaway?


Can You Help Find This 14 Yr. Old Slidell-Area Runaway?


Obituary

Robert Earl Ellzey
April 8, 1965 - October 28, 2019

Obituary

Larry Wood Terrell
March 12, 1941 - November 06, 2019

Obituary

Michael Gerald "Mike" Gilmore
May 6, 1964 - November 5, 2019

Domestic Violence Abuse Lands Parish Man in Jail

Today (November 6, 2019), Washington Parish Patrol Deputy James Gregorio and Sergeant Jay
Dupre responded to a report of domestic abuse at a residence on Highway 439. Upon arriving at the scene, officers reportedly discovered a female victim who had been physically abused and held against her will.

Officers arrested Robert C. Vince (48), a resident of the Highway 439 residence. Vince was transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with aggravated assault, domestic abuse and false imprisonment while armed with a weapon. He is being held without bond due to a hold from the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole as well as a mandatory court appearance due to the nature of the charges.

“There is never an excuse for domestic abuse,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Although the lady was harmed, I am so pleased her injuries were not serious. This entire situation had the potential of getting out of hand. I’m grateful for the intervention of Sgt. Dupre and Deputy Gregorio, two fine officers.”

Washington Parish Bookings November 5, 2019

Steven Lewis was booked on charges of Simple Rape and Obstruction of Justice (2 counts)
Raeshell Lewis was booked on the charges of Sexual Battery, Obstruction of Justice (2 counts), Video Voyeurism, and Non-Consensual Disclosure of Private Picture
Derrick Smith was booked on the charges of Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Improper Passing or Backing, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Obstructing Public Passage(s), Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, Ran Stop Sign (16 counts), Improper Turn/Accident, Failure to Yield, No Seat Belt, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Jaheim St. Amant was booked on the charges of Theft of Firearm, Home Invasion, and Armed Robbery (2 counts)
Sara Hill was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Simple Burglary
Ashley Wright was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Simple Burglary
Justin Chatellier was booked on the charge of Attachment
Justin Gunnell was booked on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Movable and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Dexter Talley was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear

Invitation to the Washington Parish Opioid Consortium Meeting

We hope you can join us & invite partners/community members

Washington Parish Opioid Consortium Monthly Meeting

Focus:

WE NEED YOUR INPUT!

Working Together to Complete Our Strategic Plan

Washington Parish Opioid Consortium Monthly Meeting Thursday, November 14, 2019 9:00 a.m. Pine First Baptist Church 27043 LA 62 Franklinton, LA

Please make every effort to attend and bring friends with you!! We will begin our strategic planning!

The History of the Washington Parish Opioid Consortium

In June 2019, Volunteers of America was awarded a twelve month HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Planning Grant. This grant was prepared with the assistance of Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, Florida Parishes Human Services Authority and ADAPT. We also had the support of Senator Beth Mizell and Representative Malinda White. Over the 12 month period, the Washington Parish Opioid Consortium will be implemented and meetings will be held to obtain input from parish leaders, those in the healthcare community, school systems, law enforcement, faith-based community and the general public. Based upon the input received from all parties, a Strategic Plan, a Workforce Plan and a Sustainability Plan will be written.

Based upon the information gathered and the three Plans, another grant will be written requesting funds to implement the program(s) identified in the plans that would best address the opioid crisis in Washington Parish. The Bogalusa Mayor's Wellness Council and Bogalusa Strong support these efforts to address the opioid epidemic in our city and parish.

If your schedule allows, we would appreciate your attendance at this meeting. 
Also, please bring a friend(s)!

District Attorney’s Office Provides Training For Criminal Justice Professionals

District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office hosted its annual training for criminal justice system professionals on October 29 and October 31 at the Bogue Chitto State Park Conference Center.

The Lewis V. Murray, III, Memorial Training For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, And Judges drew participants from the Louisiana State Park Rangers, Department of Corrections and Public Safety, Louisiana Probation and Parole Office, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bogalusa Police Department, and Franklinton Police Department.

Featured speakers included the following: Assistant District Attorneys David Merlin Duke, Shea Penton, David Craig, Iain Dover and David Weilbaecher; Joseph Dominick of the Florida Parishes Detention Center; Susan Johnannsen of the State of Louisiana, Community Forensic Services; and Stephen Allport and Robert Weir of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The speakers covered a range of topics, including “Juvenile Delinquency and Detention,” “Tactics Used at Criminal Trial,” “New Developments in the Law,” “Building a Sex Offense Prosecution Case,” “Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System,” and the “Policies and Procedures of the Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security.”

The free training was open to anyone employed in the criminal justice system. It is named in honor of the late Lewis Murray, III, the longtime Assistant District Attorney who headed the Washington Parish District Attorney’s Office until his death in April 2018.

Bogalusa Strong November Monthly Meeting Cancelled

Bogalusa Strong's November meeting has been cancelled due to it falling during the Thanksgiving
Holiday Week. They wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

What is Bogalusa Strong?
Bogalusa Strong is a collaboration of community members, leaders, businesses and organizations working together to improve quality of life by promoting physical, social, and environmental health. Supported by Mayor Wendy Perrette, the Mayor’s Wellness Council, Our Lady of Angels Hospital, LSU AgCenter, and the Louisiana Department of Health Well-Ahead Louisiana, Bogalusa Strong works to empower a vision for a healthier community. Bogalusa Strong meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the Bogalusa Country Club.

We CAN-CER Vive Tutu Trot is Saturday, Nov. 9th

Press Release                                                                     

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Bogalusa Strong, the Cancer Association of Louisiana/Greater New Orleans, Bogalusa and Washington Parish local cancer survivors invites all community members to join them for the 1st Annual “We CAN-CER Vive” Tutu Trot this Saturday November 9th at 8:00 AM at Cassidy Park.

This event will raise funds to benefit Washington Parish cancer patients, survivors and their families to help them cope with the physical and emotional challenges of a cancer diagnosis and the survivors’ journey. The mission is to raise awareness, educate and support local cancer patients and survivors. The Tutu Trot provides an opportunity for families, community members, churches, businesses, and community organizations to run, walk, trot or wobble to support their neighbors, family members, employees currently on this journey or to walk in memory of a loved one. A day to celebrate the hope and strength of survivors.

Obituary

Rose Mary Smith
March 09, 1957 - November 03, 2019

Today in History for November 6th

AP Top Stories November 6, 2019 AM

November 05, 2019

Franklinton Man Indicted on Sex Crimes – Victims Under 13

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Logan W.
Jarrell (26) of Franklinton, Thursday (October 31, 2019) on five counts of sex crimes involving victims under the age of 13.

Jarrell is accused of committing aggravated/first degree rape and sexual battery in November 2014 on a victim who was 11 years old at the time. He also is accused of aggravated crime against nature between January and April of this year on a victim who was under 13 years old. In addition, Jarrell is accused of sexual battery and indecent behavior between August 2008 and August 2010 with a victim, who was then 6 or 7 years old.

Assistant District Attorney Ysonde Boland presented the case to the grand jury.

Obituary

Glendron Brumfield Bouligny
May 23, 1944 - November 01, 2019

Osyka Civic Club 2nd Annual Christmas Pageant is Nov. 23rd

The Osyka Civic Club is hosting their 2nd Annual Christmas Pageant on Saturday, November 23,
2019 from 2 PM to 7 PM at the Osyka Baptist Church located at 113 Pike Street in Osyka, MS.

Hammond Man Dies in St. Tammany Crash

On Monday evening (November 4, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded
to a serious injury crash involving one vehicle on Interstate 12 approximately 3 miles west of LA 1077 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 60-year-old John B. Poche of Hammond.

Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Poche was driving a Hyundai Genesis west on Interstate 12 in the right lane. For reasons still under investigation, Poche’s vehicle traveled off the roadway to the left and impacted a tree. Despite being properly restrained, Poche sustained severe injuries in the crash. He was transported to an area hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

Franklinton Fire and Rescue is Looking for Volunteers

A Message from Franklinton Fire and Rescue


Do you have what it takes to become a Volunteer Fire Firefighter?

When a fire, a disaster or medical emergency strikes, you take it for granted that your call for help will be answered, right? It will be…but only because there are volunteers who willingly contribute their time and energy to keeping our community safe. Our men and women are truly amazing, and they come from every walk of life; they work and live all around you.

A volunteer firefighter shares an unselfish, often underappreciated commitment to being there…ready to serve… whenever and wherever a crisis occurs. That is truly being a good neighbor.
Are you that kind of neighbor? Are you ready to stand up and do your part when the pager goes off? t isn’t a decision to take lightly. It takes training, hard work and courage, but it can also be the most satisfying and rewarding thing you've ever done.

We are always actively recruiting volunteers. If you think you're up to the challenge, then you can contact us by facebook messenger, dropping by the station, and/or calling us. Come join our team!!!

Click here for the website and click here for the Facebook page.


20th Annual Bogalusa Lighted Christmas Parade is Nov. 28th


Obituary

Rudolph Pierce, Jr.
October 09, 1943 - October 28, 2019

Obituary

Bobby Gisele Magee, Sr.
March 12, 1958 - November 01, 2019

Obituary

John Murray Pierce
January 06, 1966 - November 02, 2019

Washington Parish Bookings November 4, 2019

Wes Hartzog was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, and Criminal Damage
Monica Smith was booked on the charge of Theft 5000-25000
Kenneth Mixon was booked on the charge of Stalking

Today in History for November 5th

AP Top Stories November 5, 2019 AM

November 04, 2019

Grand Jury Indicts Bogalusa Man In Infant’s Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Tyrease
Brumfield (20) of Bogalusa, Wednesday (Ocober. 30, 2019) of first degree murder in the death of an eight-month-old girl in August.

The child had been left in Brumfield’s care for a couple of hours on August 19, 2019, but the child was found non-responsive when the mother returned. The infant was declared dead a short time later at Our Lady of Angels hospital in Bogalusa, and an autopsy indicated that blunt force trauma caused massive damage to the child’s liver, which resulted in considerable and rapid blood loss.

The case was investigated by Bogalusa Police Department Detective Jeff Bergeron and presented to the grand jury by David A. Weilbaecher, Jr.

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Mississippi Inmate Escapee Sought

The Mississippi Department of Corrections is looking for Dennis Farrell Blansett (46), who left supervision earlier this afternoon (November 4, 2019).

Blansett, who is housed in the Pike County Community Work Center, was on a work detail for the Mississippi Department of Transportation at about 1:09 p.m. and was last seen in the area of Highway 51 three miles north of Bogue Chitto, MS. His record includes convictions on five counts of non-residential burglary and one count of taking a motor vehicle in Marion County.

If you see Blansett, please call 662-745-6611 or your nearest law enforcement agency.

Obituary

Prentiss Rickey Carroll
August 2, 1958 - October 29, 2019

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The Varnado Store Museum's Holiday Exhibit

Visit the Varnado Store Museum in Franklinton and check out their Holiday Exhibit. There are only about four weeks to see this exhibit as they are closed the weekend after Thanksgiving, the weekend of December 7th and 8th for their festival in the commercial building at the fairgrounds in Franklinton, and the weekend after Christmas and the weekend after New Year.