July 21, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 20, 2019

Roy Burnthorn was booked on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Failure to Appear
Tristian Mizell was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Shelton Ard was booked on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Krystal Ezell was booked on the charges of 1st Degree Rape (3 counts) and Contempt of Court
Darrell Larose was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)

Today in History for July 21th

July 20, 2019


Barbara Dale Travis Carter
May 15, 1954 - July 19, 2019


Ellen Knight
February 25, 1923 - July 19, 2019

Today in History for July 20th

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 18-19, 2019

Brady Caughlin was booked on the charge of Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA and Failure to Appear
Luis Guzman-Michel was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Phishala Fowler was booked on the charges of Simple Battery and Contempt of Court
April Seal was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jamil Clay was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Marijuana, Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Possession of Heroin, and Obstruction of Justice
Twanna Jackson was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Trevon Harris was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, License Plate Improper Display, and Drivers License Not on Person
Carrie Miley was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Obstruction of Justice

July 19, 2019

Father Found Guilty of 1st Degree Murder of 6-Week-Old Son

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Anthony
Dearmas (27) guilty Friday (July 19, 2019) of first-degree murder in the death of his son, 6-week-old Karter Smith. Dearms faces mandatory life in prison with no possibility of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence when he is sentenced August 19th before District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher.

In the early morning of May 10, 2017, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called to a mobile home in Slidell, where they found the severely injured child. The baby’s mother testified that she had left the 6-week-old twins and her 3-year-old son home with Dearmas while she went to work. She testified that she was still at work when she received a call from Dearmas, who said that Karter, one of the twins, wasn’t breathing.

The panicked mother then called a relative, who lived with them in the mobile home and who was returning home when he got the telephone call. The relative testified that when he walked in the house, he found Dearmas, sitting on the sofa and staring blankly at the child, who was already turning blue.

The relative called 9-1-1, but when paramedics arrived, Dearmas angrily tried to prevent them from administering medical treatment to Karter. A deputy on the scene ultimately grabbed the car seat the injured child was in from the hands of Dearmas so that paramedics could assist. The infant later died from his injuries.

When questioned by police, Dearmas initially stated that he had gone to take a shower and that Karter’s 3-year-old sibling had picked him up and dropped him twice. But Dearmas changed his story multiple times, ultimately admitting that he became frustrated because he could not soothe the screaming child, and struck him twice, knocking him to the floor.

Defense attorneys argued that Karter’s death was a manslaughter, not first-degree murder because Dearmas did not intend to kill the child. Prosecutors rebutted those claims, presenting autopsy photos that captured the severity of the child’s injuries, which included seven skull fractures. Prosecutors also showed Dearmas’s videotaped statements to police in which he admitted to striking the child, walking away to calm himself, but then returning to strike the crying child again.

“You don’t get to hit a baby, crush the entire right side of his skull and then say, ‘I didn’t intend to kill him,’” Assistant District Attorney Angad Ghai said during his closing argument.

Defense attorneys also argued that Dearmas’s judgment was impaired because of diminished mental capacity. Ghai and Assistant District Attorney Blake Peters, who assisted in the prosecution, presented psychiatrists who testified that they found Dearmas was mentally competent enough at the time of the crime to understand right from wrong.

The jury deliberated about 1½ hours before voting 11 to 1 in favor of the first-degree murder conviction, rejecting Dearmas’s claim that he was not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.


Kenneth Kennedy
June 23, 1927 - July 16, 2019


Columbus Donel Tullos
April 4, 1941 - July 17, 2019


Herbert Keaton Bush
July 01, 1946 - July 16, 2019

Today in History for July 19th

July 18, 2019

Bogalusa Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Charges in Federal Court

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that Aaron Johnson (42) of Bogalusa plead guilty
Wednesday (July 17, 2019) to one  count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than fifty grams of methamphetamine and more than five hundred grams of a mixture containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for October 22, 2019.

According to court documents, Johnson flew to California, where he obtained methamphetamine that he then mailed back to Louisiana. Johnson then returned to Louisiana to receive over a kilogram of high-purity methamphetamine, which law enforcement agents found in his house and vehicle.

The government filed a bill of information charging Johnson with a prior felony drug offense. As a result, Johnson faces a term of imprisonment of at least fifteen years and up to life, to be followed by at least ten years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $10,000,000.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Louisiana State Police, and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas D. Moses is in charge of the prosecution.

Click here for the Factual Basis on file and that contains further details.

Click here for a previous story of the arrest.

Franklinton Man Dies in Boating Incident

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries issued a press release today (July 18, 2019) that
enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Iberville Parish that occurred on July 12, 2019.

The body of Bud T. Henley (52) of Franklinton was recovered from the Grand River shortly after being involved in a head-on collision with another vessel around 7 a.m. on July 12, 2019.

Henley was the operator of a 17-foot vessel when he collided with another 17-foot vessel.  Henley was ejected from the vessel into the water where he was found deceased.  Both Henley’s passenger and the other operator sustained injuries and were taken to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  It is unknown at this time what caused the vessels to collide.  Henley's body was turned over to the Iberville Parish Coroner's Office to determine an official cause of death.  Henley was found without wearing a personal flotation device.

Click here for the obituary of Bud T. Henley

BOLO - Help STPSO Identify These Suspects

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in identifying the individuals in these photos. They entered a Lacombe-area business together on July 9 and while the male subject distracted the cashier, the female subject walked out with more than $200 worth of merchandise from the store without paying. If you have information about this crime or know the identity of these individuals, please contact Detective Long at (985) 276-1333 or (985) 898-2338.

Driver Killed in I-12 Crash in St. Tammany Parish

At approximately 10:00 am on July 17, 2019, Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a
fatal crash on I-12 eastbound east of LA Hwy 59 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash took the life of 39-year-old Gary T. Mercer Jr. of Brusly.

The initial investigation revealed that Mercer's vehicle ran off the roadway onto the grassy shoulder and struck an unoccupied John Deere tractor that was parked near the tree line.

Despite the fact that he was properly restrained, Mercer suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash.


Debra Magee Berry
October 01, 1961 - July 15, 2019


Ina Claire Anthaume Seal
February 24, 1932 - July 17, 2019

Reminder: Partner With Franklinton's Rotary & Chamber to Provide School Supplies

Please drop off donations by Friday, July 31st to the Franklinton Chamber of Commerce (211 Eleventh Avenue) or any Rotary Club member. They are asking for generic backpacks, Elmers glue, 24 count crayons, wide rule composition books, loose paper, Kleenex, paper towels, zipoc bags, #2 pencils, color boxes, and pencil tip erasers.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 16-17, 2019

Dale Williams was booked on the charges of Probation Violation and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Robert Oliver was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Sarah Kubricht was booked on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Gary Davis was booked on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, Resisting an Officer, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts)
Jimmy Adams was booked on the charges of Aggravated Rape and Sexual Battery
Cheryl Meaux was booked on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
Charles Martin was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence, and Domestic Abuse Battery
Roosevelt Brumfield was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500 and Failure to Appear

Bogalusa Strong Meeting to Feature Census Presentation

Bogalusa Strong for their monthly meeting Tuesday (July 23, 2019) from  12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at the Bogalusa Country Club. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled “Census 2020: Why Is It Important to Bogalusa?” by Qiana W. Wiggins, Partnership Specialist with the United States Census Bureau. Learn more about how Bogalusa and the surrounding communities can benefit from the census and how to support these efforts.

The lunch menu includes Artichoke Chicken with Lemon Caper Wine Sauce over Wheat Pasta or Baked Chicken, Salad Bar, Summer Vegetable Gratin, and Roasted Brussel Sprouts for $10.00-Debit and credit cards now accepted.

The Bogalusa Rotary Club hosts the Bogalusa Strong monthly Meetings.

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.

Today in History for July 18th

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Fun Time! Police & Pals Day in Bogalusa July 20th

July 17, 2019


Brandon Michael Wilkerson
May 18, 2000 - July 15, 2019

Tangipahoa Parish Man Sentenced Drug and Firearms Charges

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that on June 26, 2019, James Jackson (35) of
Hammond,was sentenced to serve 73 months in federal prison on gun and drug charges. Jackson pled guilty on December 6, 2018 to distribution of cocaine base (“crack”) and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Jackson was arrested by members of the DEA Task Force and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies after law enforcement officials made controlled purchases of cocaine and heroin from Jackson and his co-defendant, Jerry Pea.

Co-defendant Pea is scheduled to be sentenced on September 11, 2019. Pea faces a sentence of five to forty years on the drug counts and a consecutive five years on the firearm charges to which he has pled guilty.

“As Sheriff of Tangipahoa Parish, I am proud to partner with the local DEA Office and its agents to target drug dealers ruining the lives of people in our Parish. This is just one example of how combining our efforts with DEA and other local partners, such as Hammond Police Department, can help take drug dealers off our streets”, said Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards.

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser praised the work by the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Maurice Landrieu is in charge of the prosecution.

Suspects Sought in Loranger Groceries Theft

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the subject in the attached photo.

On July 15, 2019, two females were caught by video surveillance cameras stealing approximately $400 worth of groceries from the Loranger Supermarket located on Hwy. 40.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Earl McFarland is the lead investigator on this case.

Juveniles (from 14 to 17 YOA) Arrested for Burglaries & Thefts

Over the past two weeks, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office's Burglary Task Force and the
Hammond Police Department began parallel investigations into multiple burglaries and auto thefts reported in the Hammond area. As a result, three (3) juveniles from the Hammond area were arrested ranging in age from 14 to 17 years old. Detectives also obtained confessions from the juveniles resulting in the closure of numerous vehicle burglaries cases and three (3) auto thefts committed between the dates of July 6-11, 2019.

Video evidence collected and information gathered from community members allowed detectives to identify the suspects, who specifically searched for unlocked vehicles in subdivisions for property described as firearms, electronics, money and for vehicle keys that were inadvertently left behind.

STPSO Seeks Missing Juvenile

Kentwood Back 2 School Giveaway Day is Saturday

Bogalusa Summer Fun Day is Saturday in Goodyear Park

Cancer Survivorship Garden at the Y

Today in History for July 17th

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July 16, 2019


Raelynn Ariana Bland
July 11, 2019 - July 11, 2019


Faye Dorthy Parnell
October 01, 1941 - July 09, 2019

Abita Springs Opts Out of Agreement with the STPSO

Press Release from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Randy Smith announced today that Abita Springs Mayor Dan Curtis has elected not to renew the town’s Intergovernmental Agreement with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. The current agreement, which was put in place in January of 2017, by the former Abita Springs mayor and Sheriff Randy Smith, provided for an enhanced and dedicated law enforcement presence in the Town of Abita Springs, through which Abita Springs’ residents enjoyed 24-hour-a-day dedicated law enforcement coverage within the town. In addition, a ranking supervisor was assigned to serve as the town's liaison with the Sheriff's Office.

Shortly after taking office, Mayor Curtis sent Sheriff Smith notice, dated January 23, 2019, of his intention to cancel the current Intergovernmental Agreement, effective July 23, 2019.  For the past several months, Sheriff Smith has attempted to address the concerns of Mayor Curtis, including providing, at Mayor Curtis' request, a proposed revised agreement, which provided for only two full-time dedicated STPSO deputies to be assigned to the town, as opposed the four deputies and one supervisor currently assigned to the Town of Abita Springs.  The sheriff also provided the mayor a proposed three-month extension of the current Intergovernmental Agreement, in order to give additional time to come to an agreement between the Town of Abita Springs and the STPSO.

The mayor, through his attorney, Edward Deano, informed the STPSO that the mayor has no intention of signing any agreements with the Sheriff’s Office and that the Intergovernmental Agreement will cease to be effective and ultimately expire on July 23, 2019.

The sheriff advised the mayor and the Town Council through its attorney that should the Town of Abita Springs wish to reconsider its decision to deprive its citizens and businesses of the enhanced law enforcement services previously provided by the Intergovernmental Agreement, the sheriff would be willing to meet with them at any time to discuss the matter.   Although the sheriff is disappointed with Mayor Curtis' decision, the sheriff would like to reassure the citizens of the Town of Abita Springs, that although there will no longer be a dedicated 24-hour-a-day presence within the town, the Sheriff's Office will continue to respond to calls for service by the citizens of Abita Springs in the same manner as calls for service are handled throughout unincorporated St. Tammany Parish.

BOLO - St. Tammany Looking for Theft Suspect

Kentwood: "Night Out With Police" is August 6th


Verna Louise Boyd Adams
July 27, 1928 - July 12, 2019


Bud Tony Henley
December 25, 1966 - July 12, 2019

La. Civil Rights Trail Meeting Scheduled in Bogalusa

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has announced the Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) will hold additional statewide meetings in July and August to help identify locations for the new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. A meeting is scheduled at the Bogalusa Community Family Life Center (837 E. 7th Street) on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 3:00 PM.

The trail will help share the overarching role Louisiana played in the Civil Rights Movement. These meetings are designed to get input from citizens, and to identify and interpret historic events, physical structures, and locations that helped shape Civil Rights history. The meetings will also provide an overview of the project, discuss the nomination process and criteria, and answer any questions attendees may have.

For more information about the meetings, contact Sharon Calcote at scalcote@crt.la.gov or (225) 342-8146.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 15, 2019

Latre Allen was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Kacie Kihneman was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Angela Breland was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Johnny Cardwell was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Joshua Hicks was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Tosha Williams was booked on the charge of Simple Assault
Tina Williams was booked on the charge of Aggravated Assault
Howard Hanson was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation

Today in History for July 16th

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July 15, 2019

Editor's Note on Political Advertising

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Bogalusa Man Convicted of Sexual Battery on 5-Year-Old

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Frederick C.
Mangrum, age 61 and of Bogalusa, guilty Thursday (July 11, 2019) of sexual battery of a victim under 13. Mangrum faces 25 to 99 years in prison when he is sentenced September 18, 2019 by District Judge William Burris.

Mangrum was found guilty of committing sexual battery on a 5-year-old girl in 2016. The defendant removed all the child’s clothes and then touched her inappropriately. The Bogalusa Police Department investigated the case with assistance from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Children’s Advocacy Center in Belton, Texas, and McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple, Texas.

Assistant District Attorneys Iain A. Dover and Holly McGinness prosecuted the case.

STPSO: BOLO on Theft Suspects

Help STPSO Locate This 16-Year-Old

Crash Claims Life of Franklinton Woman

The Franklinton Police Department has reported that a single vehicle crash Friday (July 12, 2019) on
Manning Drive claimed the life of Brigitta Dupre of Franklinton, Louisiana.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation however officers were able to determine the vehicle Dupre was operating left the right side of the roadway, veered sharply back over both lanes of traffic before striking a tree.

The impact caused the vehicle to flip and Dupre, who was unrestrained, was ejected.

Partner With Franklinton's Rotary & Chamber to Provide School Supplies

Gospel Summer Benefit Concert is August 3rd


Gary P. Dufrene, Sr.
February 17, 1954 - July 12, 2019


Tommy Edward Bates
October 07, 1955 - July 12, 2019

Traffic Stop on Highway 60 Results in Drug Arrests

While patrolling on Highway 60, Washington Parish Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner. Sgt. Dupre initiated a traffic stop and encountered two female occupants. The driver, Kasey E. Woodard age 27 and a resident of Highway 21 south of Bogalusa, had a suspended Louisiana driver’s license.
After obtaining permission to search the vehicle, Sgt. Dupre discovered a quantity of methamphetamine and Suboxone. Patrol Deputy James Gregorio arrived to assist and both the driver and passenger, Melissa Lee Miller Thomas (40), a resident of Willa Villa in Bogalusa, were placed under arrest and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

Woodard was booked on the charges of Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, Expired MVI, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs. Thomas was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs. Both remain in jail with their bond set at $10,000.

Each woman has been in the Washington Parish Jail several times. Woodard’s arrest record dates to 2009 and includes five arrests for various charges including forgery, drug offenses and burglary. Thomas has been in the jail at least eight times since 2006 on charges including numerous drug offenses, auto theft, burglary, firearm theft, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

“The future doesn’t look bright for these women,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “unless they can make a dramatic change in their lifestyles. Their choices thus far have produced nothing positive. Let’s hope they make positive future choices. Thanks, Sgt. Dupre, Deputy Gregorio and all of our officers, for all you do.”

WPSO Makes Drug Arrest on Highway 10

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Norman Taylor was driving east on Highway 10
near Franklinton when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputy Taylor made a traffic stop near the Lawrence Creek Bridge, and upon his  approach to the driver’s side window, Deputy Taylor detected a strong smell of marijuana. When questioned, the female driver admitted that she had smoked marijuana recently.

A search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of marijuana, a digital scale, clear baggies which are commonly used to distribute illegal drugs, an open bottle of alcohol and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol which was fully loaded. A further search of the driver’s purse revealed a quantity of illegal pills.

The driver, Kelsey Morgan Lewis, age 23 and a resident of Avenue E in Bogalusa, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present and having an open container in her vehicle. She remains in jail with her bond set at $30,000.

“Another example of an alert patrol deputy,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “When our officers stop someone for speeding, they never know what the outcome will be. Thanks, Deputy Taylor, for a job well done.”

Franklinton Area Man Arrested for Sex Crimes

Elisio Carbajal Perez, age 35 and a Franklinton area resident, was arrested Sunday
(July 14, 2019) by the WPSO for sexual crimes against a victim under the age of twelve. Perez is charged with two counts of 1st degree rape, aggravated crime against nature and sexual battery.

Further details of the charges against Perez will not be disclosed in order to protect the identity of the young victim. Perez remains in jail with no bond. Perez has been in the Washington Parish Jail previously, charged with aggravated assault and resisting an officer.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “These sickening sexual assaults on young children are nothing less than pure evil. If anyone is aware of sexual crimes against children, please notify the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434. We will investigate!”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 12-14, 2019

Purvis Provost was booked on the charges of Theft 1000-5000 and Exploitation of the Infirm
Tyron Nelson was booked on the charges of Home Invasion and Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden
Jamaneil Brown was booked on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Kelsey Lewis was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Open Container in Vehicle
Kasey Woodard was booked on the charges of Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, Expired MVI, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Melissa Thomas was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Eliseo Perez was booked on the charges of 1st Degree Rape (2 counts), Aggravated Crime Against Nature, and Sexual Battery
Henry Garner was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Ronald Christal was booked on the charge of Criminal Trespass

Today in History for July 15th

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Richard Ducote Testifies Before Maryland Special Committee

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July 12, 2019

Pike County S.O. Seeking Sexual Battery Suspect

The Pike County Sheriff's Office, Criminal Investigation Division, is requesting the public's assistance in locating Marcus Antwione Jackson. He is wanted by the Pike County Sheriff's Office for his alleged involvement in a sexual battery.

Pike County Sheriff's Office asks that the public not approach Jackson as he has a history of violence.

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033 or the Pike County Central Dispatch at 601-783-2323

Another Missing Juvenile Sought by STPSO

Help STPSO Locate This 14-Year-Old

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Cornelius Sykes
June 20, 1946 - July 09, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 10-11, 2019

Julius Frelix was booked In From Court
Jennifer Ableseth was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Robert Harvey was booked on the charge of Attachment
Christopher Parrott was booked on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense)
Percy Smith was booked on the charge of Resisting an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Jamal Moseley was booked on the charges of Public Intimidation and Inciting a Felony
Frederick Mangrum was booked In From Court

Video: Hurricane Center Update on TS Barry (7 am Friday)

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Today in History for July 12th

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July 11, 2019

Child Rape Suspect Arrested in Harvey

A Slidell-area man was arrested in Harvey on warrants for rape following Slidell incident involving a
9-year-old child.

A Slidell-area woman contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night (July 10, 2019) after she came home and reportedly found her husband, Glenn Mills, Jr. (41), actively involved in a sexual act with a 9-year-old girl that was left in his care.

When confronted by his wife, Mills fled the residence in his pickup truck prior to deputies’ arrival. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for Mills’ arrest on the charges of First Degree Rape and Aggravated Crime Against Nature.

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located Mills shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon at a residence off 2nd Avenue in Harvey, Louisiana. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish.

Safe Driving Tips for Inclement Weather

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Washington Parish President Declares State of Emergency

Arrest Made in Bogalusa for Threat Kill a Police Officer

The Bogalusa Police Department reports that on Tuesday afternoon (July 9, 2019, BPD Detectives
received information of a threat to police made on Facebook. The post was reportedly made under the Facebook page of Mac Mal. Detectives quickly identified this person as Jamal Moseley.

BPD reports that the post indicated Moseley wanted to "purge" a Bogalusa Police Officer on Friday, and he was recruiting others to assist him. There were also several other posts by Moseley indicating he wished to kill a police officer.

Detectives obtained two felony arrest warrants for Moseley for Public Intimidation and Inciting a Felony. Officers began a search for Moseley, as the Facebook post went viral. Moseley turned himself in at the Bogalusa Police Department.

A statement on the Bogalusa Police Department Facebook page states “It is your right to not like the police, but threatening to kill a police officer is a crime, and we will find such persons and arrest them. Moseley will not be purging police on Friday. He will be sitting in jail. Thanks for all of the warnings and support from our good citizens, and to the outside police agencies for their assistance.”


Jerlean Bickham Barker
January 18, 1939 - July 04, 2019

Magic City Rebirth Festival for July 13th is Postponed


Gordon A. Burgess
July 16, 1934 - July 10, 2019


Tim Phelps
December 11, 1966 - July 10, 2019

TPSO Makes Arrest for Murder and Armed Robbery

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Detectives arrested Leslie Wayne Giddens (37) of Amite on July 8, 2019 for the May 26, 2019 murder of Lucky Williams (64) of Tickfaw.

The murder occurred at the victim's residence on Meghans Loop in Tickfaw. Giddens was developed as a suspect early in the investigation, and was linked to the murder through forensic evidence. Robbery is believed to me the motive. 

Giddens, who is already in custody on a probation hold violation, was booked with one count each of 1st degree murder and armed robbery.

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Today in History for July 11th

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