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September 21, 2019

Bogalusa Fiscal Administrator Presents Status Report

Albert J. “Joey” Richard, III, the Fiscal Administrator appointed to the City of Bogalusa May 31,
2019, presented a Status Report Thursday morning (September 20, 2019) at a hearing presided over by 22nd District Judge William J. “Rusty” Knight.

Richard reported that he met with the Bogalusa Council Chairman, Mayor, and Department heads to explain administration requirements and to set operating procedures and is receiving cooperation of the Council, Mayor, and employees. Further, Richard had hired legal counsel, an actuary, and landfill engineers. Richard indicated that he is reviewing all departments for potential expense reductions and is also reviewing all fees and charges for services in order to increase revenues.

Richard reiterated the major financial issues as
  • an unfunded accrued pension liability in the COBERS Plan of $22,000,000 as of June 30, 2018
  • a Landfill Fund deficit of $456,000 as of December 31, 2019 and $2,100,000 owed to the Choctaw Landfill Joint Venture with Washington Parish
  • structural annual budget deficits in all funds of $1,200,000 that will require additional revenues or expenditure reductions
Regarding the COBERS Plan, Richard
  • stated that as of June 30, 2018, the actuarial accrued liability was $26,491,000 and had assets of $4,246,000
  • described a decrease in Plan assets due to under-funding over the past four years
  • indicated that the City had rededicated $544,000 in sales and property taxes for 2019 and that additional revenues will be sought, with voter approval, in the spring of 2020
Regarding the Choctaw Landfill issue, Richard advised Judge Knight that he had met with Washington Parish and has another meeting on September 20th, with the goal of resolving the issue without litigation. Judge Knight advised that he wanted to review any negotiated resolution of the issue before it is finalized.

Resolving the financial woes of the City of Bogalusa, a situation that has developed over many years, is a complicated task and one that will not be quickly accomplished. The Status Report presented was, in the opinion of some of those present at the hearing, short on specifics and did not meet their expectations.

Click here for a previous related story and background.

Mandeville Police Department Statement on Fallen Officer

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mandeville Police Captain, Vincent “Vinny”
Liberto Jr.

Captain Liberto was a highly decorated and respected law enforcement officer, who was known across the entire country. Captain Liberto graduated from Brother Martin High School in 1979, and after graduation joined the United States Marine Corps. Captain Liberto was honorably discharged as a sergeant, after serving his country for over 10 years. Captain Liberto joined the Mandeville Police Department in January of 1994. He climbed through the ranks and earned multiple prestigious awards during his years of service, including Officer of the Year. Captain Liberto was a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, and was also a polygraphist.

Captain Liberto leaves behind a loving wife and seven children. Several of his children are active law enforcement officers and military. Captain Liberto was 58 years old.

As mentioned earlier, any information in relation to the actual incident, resulting in Captain Liberto’s death, will be disseminated by the Louisiana State Police. There will be more information released about Captain Liberto, the man he was, and his services, at some point next week.

Thank you all for your respect, sympathy, and understanding during today’s incident. It will be a rough couple of weeks for the entire law enforcement community in the New Orleans Metro Area, especially the Mandeville Police Department.

See previous related story "Video Report: One Mandeville Police Officer Dead, Another Injured in Shooting"

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 20, 2019

Derick Gatlin was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II CDS (2 counts)
Jeffrey Miley was booked In From Court
James Barber was booked on the charge of Probation Violation

Today in History for September 20th

September 20, 2019

Video Report: One Mandeville Police Officer Dead, Another Injured in Shooting

The Louisiana State Police are investigating a shooting near Hwy. 22 and 190 in Mandeville,
Louisiana that occurred today (September 20, 2019) shortly before 2:00 PM. One Mandeville Police Officer is reported to be deceased and another injured from gunfire. Identities have not been released at this time. Two perpetrators are in custody.

Traffic Stop in Lacombe Uncovers Large Stash of Illegal Drugs

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has taken a significant amount of narcotics off the streets following a traffic stop Thursday afternoon (September 19, 2019) on Fish Hatchery Road in Lacombe.

Harold Batiste (46) of Lacombe was detained for resisting an officer after he refused to exit his vehicle and was repeatedly uncooperative with deputies. A search of Batiste and the pickup truck he was driving uncovered a large stash of illegal narcotics, cash and drug paraphernalia. 

Deputies located approximately 193.0 grams of suspected heroin, approximately 105.3 grams of powder cocaine and approximately 67.2 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $5,500 of suspected drug proceeds.

Batiste was arrested on the charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I (Heroin), Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II (Cocaine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer (two counts), Transactions Involving Proceeds Drug Offenses, Improper Lane Use, Illegal Window Tint, and Stop Lamps Required.

“This man is a dangerous drug dealer in our community, and I am proud of the work of our deputies who made this traffic stop and successfully removed these very dangerous drugs off our streets,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

Slidell Shrimp Boat Captain Arrested After Altercation

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Slidell-area man Wednesday afternoon
(September 18, 2019) after an altercation between two shrimp boat captains in the area of Rigolets Pass near Geoghegan Canal.

The captain of one of the boats, Casey Russell (35) of Slidell, had become angry after locating another individual shrimping “in his spot.” Russell had deployed his boat’s anchor and circled the victim’s boat, causing the anchor to hook the boat’s nets and lines. Russell then dragged the boat, causing it to sustain significant damage and take on water.

Russell was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries assisted in the investigation and also cited Russell for  Interfering with a Commercial Fisherman.

Washington Parish Animal Shelter Adoption Event is Saturday


Obituary

Cindy Polkey
May 29, 1968 - September 19, 2019

Obituary

Ruth Jackson-Joyner
October 27, 1930 - September 05, 2019

Obituary

Amanda Brown Smith
March 11, 1951 - September 15, 2019

Washington Parish Charter- “Amended and Restated”

Article by Washington Parish Council


The amended and restated Washington Parish Home Rule Charter is up for ratification on the Oct. 12th ballot. The Charter is the “Operating System”, or Constitution of the Parish Government. The current Charter was drafted 1997 for the transition between the old Police Jury form of government to the President/Council form we have today. It is difficult to update/revise or amend the Charter. In order to do so, it requires the formation of a Charter Commission, a recommendation to the Parish Council from the Charter Commission, a 2/3 affirmation vote of the Parish Council to send to ballot, and ratification by the electorate through a public vote. The Charter has never been amended or updated because of the immense difficulty and expense.

The current Charter is a transitional document that changed the form of government. While Police Juries still exist in Louisiana, most are in very rural parishes. A Home Rule Charter gives local governments more autonomy from legislative interference. Unlike the Police Jury that had 14 jurors and 14 districts where each juror had executive and legislative authority, our Home Rule Charter provides clear separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches of the Parish Government creating a balance of power to better represent the constituency and more evenly distribute Parish services and resources.

Due to the transitional language of the current Charter, some ambiguous language as determined by Parish legal professionals, a multitude of grammatical and typographical errors and the need to update to conform to modern legal standards, the Washington Parish Council (acting as the Charter Commission), the Parish Attorney, the Head of the Civil Division of the District Attorney's Office, the Parish President, and Directors of the Washington Parish Government Administration have taken on this daunting task. Numerous public meetings have been held, and a large amount of effort and time has been used to bring the citizens of Washington Parish an amended and restated Charter which we hope will last at least another 20 years.

There is not an overabundance of changes or additions, but there are enough changes along with the grammatical and typographical errors, including transitional language, to justify putting the amended and restated Charter on the ballot. Having the complete amended and restated Charter on the ballot is more sensible and economical than having piece by piece voted on. We sincerely believe that all parties involved have put personal interests aside to come up with a document to best serve the public.

The updated version can be seen on the Washington Parish Government Website. The new language appears in red. This is NOT a tax.

Click here for the Washington Parish Government Website or click here to view on the Mt. Hermon Web TV website.

Bogalusa Man Gets 40 Years for Sexual Battery of 5-Year-Old

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that Frederick C. Mangrum (61) of Bogalusa was
sentenced Wednesday (September 18, 2019) by District Judge William Burris to 40 years in prison for sexual battery of a victim under 13.

Mangrum, who had rejected a 10-year plea offer, was convicted of the crime by a Washington Parish jury on July 11, 2019. He 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.

UPDATED at 4:06 PM: Headline corrected to 40 years

Mt. Hermon Woman Gets 20 Years For Forgery

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that Stephanie D. Wilson (55) of Mt. Hermon was
sentenced Wednesday (September 18, 2019) by District Judge William Burris as an habitual offender to 20 years in prison for forgery. Burris found Wilson guilty as charged after she rejected a one-year plea offer.

Wilson has six prior felony convictions: for issuing worthless checks in December 2010, theft in November 2010, attempted possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance by fraud in November 2010, theft in January 2011, theft of goods in March 2015, and theft in October 2016. She also had a misdemeanor conviction on two counts of theft by fraud in January 2011.

In the most recent incident of forgery, the victim made a complaint to the Franklinton Police Department in March 2018 about checks that had been stolen from her account and cashed with her forged signature. Investigators identified Wilson as the one who cashed the forged checks, which totaled more than $1,300. Wilson initially lied to officers investigating the case and said she was cashing the checks for the victim but could not explain various discrepancies.

Assistant District Attorney Iain Dover prosecuted the case.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 19, 2019

Chad Freeman was booked In From Court
Damon Brown was booked In For Court
John Burge was booked In For Court
Randishia Lott was booked on the charges of Speeding 1-10 Over Limit, No Insurance, Child Restraint Violation (2 counts), Simple Battery on a Police Officer, and Failure to Appear
Willie Crain was booked on the charge of Simple Burglary
Nicholas Fields was booked on the charges of Home Invasion, Criminal Damage, and Simple Robbery
Cassidus Martinez was booked on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine and Failure to Appear
Judd Taylor was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear

Today in History for September 20th

AP Top Stories September 20, 2019 AM

September 19, 2019

Kentwood Residents Arrested for Child Endangerment & Drug Offenses

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports today the arrests yesterday (September 18, 2019) of Kentwood residents Joseph Hammons (49) and Marylee Bellau (26) on narcotics-related charges.
Hammons and Bellau were taken into custody after arriving at a location where a search warrant was being conducted with a small child in back seat of their car. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed both subjects to be in possession of illegal narcotics.

Hammons was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of  drug paraphernalia, and child endangerment. Bellau was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of CDS II, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child endangerment.   

The child was released to a family member at the scene. 

Help TPSO Locate the Driver of This SUV

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the
owner/driver of this dark-colored SUV.

Yesterday morning (September 18, 2019), a caller advised that while returning home from an outing, an unknown white male driving a green-colored SUV pulling a utility trailer loaded with a tractor was pulling away from their driveway. The complainant followed the green SUV to the intersection of Hwy. 1054 and Hwy 16 where contact was made with the driver.

The driver, described as a white male in his 30’s, medium build, with blonde hair, then unhooked the loaded trailer from the SUV and fled eastbound on HWY 16.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this case to please call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. TPSO Lt. Blane Sanders is the lead investigator.

Two Arrested in Kentwood-Area Auto Theft

Today (September 19, 2019), the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division advised that last Saturday (September 14, 2019) Austin Owens (20) of Hammond and Raven Chelsea Short (29) of Loranger were arrested in connection with an auto theft that occurred on September 12, 2019, on Hwy 440 in Kentwood.

Further investigation by TPSO Detectives and Narcotics Agents resulted in locating a stolen truck, trailer, and lawn equipment. The two offenders were taken into custody and the stolen property was returned to the owner.
Sheriff Edwards would like to thank the public for their assistance in this investigation.

Obituary

Jeffery Ryan Schilling
April 14, 1987 - September 18, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 18, 2019

Dodecanese Alexander was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Dale Williams was booked In From Court
Timothy Murray was booked In From Court
Jason Duncan was booked In From Court
Kayla Phelps was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Impeding Flow of Traffic, Failure to Appear, and Theft Less Than 1000
Kristian Stoker was booked on the charges of Improper Equipment, Driving Under Suspension, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Glenn Gerald was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Samuel Thomas was booked on the charge of Criminal Damage

Today in History for September 19th

AP Top Stories September 19, 2019 AM

September 18, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 17, 2019

Autumn Bonnet was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot
Gary McIntyre was booked on the charge of Simple Arson
Jacob Thomas was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Edward Warren was booked In For Court
Christopher Warren was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Home Invasion, Simple Assault, Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, and Aggravated Assault

Obituary

Thomas Elvin Watts
December 21, 1938 - September 17, 2019

Today in History for September 18th

AP Top Stories September 18, 2019 AM

September 17, 2019

Slidell Police Defuse a Potentially Deadly Situation

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. today (September 17, 2019), Slidell Police received a 911 call about a man with a gun who was homicidal and suicidal, and possibly holding another man hostage.

The incident took place in the 1500 block of Florida Avenue. Slidell Police officers worked to clear the area to ensure everyone’s safety, while hostage and crisis negotiators worked to make contact with the suspect. Approximately an hour after the initial call, the Slidell Police S.W.A.T. team was successful in taking the man into custody, without incident. No one was injured during the incident. The man was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation. The incident is still under investigation and criminal charges may be filed at a later date.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal says, “As a community, we should be proud of the way our officers handled this situation. At a time when children were getting home from school, our officers ensured everyone’s safety and well-being. Most importantly, the situation was diffused without anyone being injured. It was a great team effort which resulted in a positive outcome.”

Pearl River Clean Sweep is Saturday, Sept. 21st


Obituary

Suan Latricia Payne
July 01, 1979 - September 13, 2019

Miss Silver Creek Woman-less Pageant is Sept. 27-28

Silver Creek Campground in Mt. Hermon will be celebrating 19 years of camping fun later this month with hot dogs, cake, and ice cream, as well as live entertainment. The Miss Silver Creek Woman-less Pageant will be held and include the crowning of "Misss (Not so Miss) Silver Creek.

The "Queen's Basket" will include, but not limited to, gift cards from Bass Pro Shops, Home Depot, Wal Mart, and Lowe's.

Click here for more about events at Silver Creek Campground.

Obituary

Gregory Eugene Pounds
July 23, 1950 – September 15, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 15-16, 2019

Shanita Weary was booked In From Court
Randall Lott was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Theft Less Than 1000
Brent Wempren was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Off-Road Vehicles Prohibited on Highway, No Motorcycle Endorsement, No Permit/Registration/Eye Goggles (Motorcycle), and Driving Under Suspension
George Watson was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Simple Assault
Tristen Jenkins was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Jessica Hunt was booked on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
David Magee was booked on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Carmen Freeman was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Brooklyn Magee was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Rayford Goings was booked on the charge of Possession of Heroin
Tanya Voth-Singley was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Matthew Slade was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Charlotte Branch was booked on the charges of No Taillight, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and No Proof of Insurance
Brandon Spurlock was booked In For Court
Ryan Fulcher was booked In From Court
Samuel Silva was booked on the charge of No Drivers License

September 16, 2019

STPSO: Federal Law Enforcement Agent Arrested

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Jerry Rogers, Jr. (46), a federal law enforcement
agent and former STPSO employee Monday (September 16, 2019) for defamation. Rogers is currently employed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and was an employee of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office from June 23, 1998, to Oct. 23, 2009, at which time he left on his own accord.

Rogers was arrested after it was discovered he sent numerous emails which included false information in relation to an open investigation. Rogers used a fake name to create an email account and then sent messages to the family members of a victim. The emails contained false information regarding the ongoing investigation as well as derogatory statements regarding the lead investigator and others closely involved in the investigation. The false information deprived the lead investigator of the family’s trust and confidence.

A warrant was issued through the 22nd Judicial District Court for Rogers’ arrest for violating L.R.S. 14:47 Defamation. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

Future Site of Washington Parish Veteran's Memorial Announced

A 3.8 acre tract of land, in Washington Parish, will be donated to Our Veterans Memorial Park, the non-profit organization formed to bring the Vietnam Veterans’ “Wall That Heals” to Franklinton in November of 2018. The land, located at the corner of Highway 10 and Dollar Road, is currently owned by Louisiana State University.

“We are grateful to LSU for choosing to honor our Veterans with this tract of land,” said Senator Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton). “This will become a beautiful memorial that Washington Parish will cherish”.

Charitable donations to Wall That Heals project exceeded the costs of planning the event. The additional revenue will be used as start-up money for the new permanent memorial.

“We’ve been in talks with the Lt. Governor’s office about design plans for the new park,” said Mizell. “We plan to honor each fallen war hero from Washington Parish in a solemn and inspiring way. We will release those designs very soon.”

Our Veterans Memorial Park hopes to open the new memorial by summer of 2021.

Obituary

Ephraim Marvin Duncan
April 19, 1927 - September 15, 2019

Obituary

Lillian Sorrell Penton
September 04, 1933 - September 15, 2019

Obituary

Robert D. “Bob” Lawrence, Jr.
July 22, 1938 - September 12, 2019

Today in History for September 16th

AP Top Stories September 16, 2019 AM

Make Plans to "Walk With A Doc"

Join Our Lady of the Angels doctors, team members, and gather a group of friends for a walk with a purpose. Get moving, get healthy, get health info and tips, and win prizes! Attend 4 sessions, get a free t-shirt. Attend 8 sessions, get a free pedometer.

September 15, 2019

Getting Ready for the 2019 Washington Parish Free Fair

Here are valuable links to help you enjoy the many attractions during this year's Washington Parish Free Fair.

Click here for the 2019 Fair Catalog

Click here for the Washington Parish Free Fair website

Click here for the Washington Parish Free Fair Facebook page

Some of the Main Stage (& Other) Highlights
Click the image for a clearer view



Obituary

Georgia Faye Garner Stafford
October 09, 1938 - September 13, 2019

Obituary

Sherry Jenkins Williams
June 25, 1960 - September 12, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 14, 2019

Mykenyia Holmes was booked on the charges of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Home Invasion, Child Desertion (3 counts), Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts), Protective Order Violation, and Failure to Appear
Robert Westmoreland was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Evan Leiva was booked on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and No Seat Belt
Kipp Nash was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Today in History for September 15th

September 14, 2019

Hot and Dry Weather for the Next Several Days

The weather in our neck of the woods is expected to be hot and dry, at least through Thursday of next week. The tropics are active but nothing threatening so far. For more more details, go to "Our Weather From NOAA" page above.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 13, 2019

Larry Smith was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse/Pregnant Woman
Joshua Godwin was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Contempt of Court
Agnes Moran was booked on the charges of Simple Battery (2 counts), Cruelty to a Juvenile(s), Resisting an Officer, Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee, and Battery on an Officer With Injury
Robert Jenkins was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, Attempted Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, and Contempt of Court
Paula Tarver was booked on the charge of Attachment
Donnie Magee was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Today in History for September 14th

September 13, 2019

Tylertown Burglary of Blackwell's Family Medicine Solved

On September 9, 2019, the Tylertown Police Department responded to a business burglary at Blackwell's Family Medicine. The business was under construction and numerous hand tools were taken.

TPD requested assistance from the Walthall County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division and video surveillance was retrieved. Officers were able to identify Chris Young (age 56 and resident of N. Collins Street in Tylertown).

Search warrants were executed for Young's residence and vehicle and Young was arrested for Burglary of a Business. WCSO Investigator Justin Dyar was able to retrieve all the stolen hand tools that were taken by Young.

TPD Chief Brandon Bright and Sheriff Breland would like to thank the officers involved and the cooperation between the agencies.

All individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law.

Washington Parish Burglary Items Found in Walthall County

On September 6, 2019, the Walthall County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division received information from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Investigations Division that some stolen property had been sold to an individual in Walthall County, MS. Later that morning a search warrant was executed at 10 Houston Graves Rd., Tylertown, MS in Walthall County, MS.

WCSO Investigators along with Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents discovered a Miller welder, a commercial fan and a Springfield .22 rifle that had been taken in Washington Parish. Also, officers found five (5) long guns that had been taken in a residential burglary in Lincoln County, MS, THC Oil, and individually wrapped bags of marijuana.

Tanner Hughes (24) was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property, Trafficking in Stolen Firearms, and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (x2). Hughes was currently out on bond with the WCSO for Burglary of a Dwelling, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of a Dwelling, and Possession of Stolen Firearms.

Walthall County Sheriff Breland expressed his thanks to the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and investigators with the Walthall County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Breland would also like to remind the public that it is a crime to purchase stolen property and anytime someone suspects that property is stolen to call the WCSO at 601-876-3481.

All individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law.

STPSO: 1 Arrested, 1 Sought in Thursday Crime Spree

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to what was believed to be a two-vehicle
crash near Transmitter Road and Paquet Road in Lacombe Thursday afternoon (September 12, 2019).  Instead, it was learned that the individuals were driving a stolen vehicle from the New Orleans area, burglarized a residence, and attempted to steal a vehicle from the burglarized residence.

Upon arrival, deputies found an abandoned Mini Cooper partially in a ditch along Transmitter Road; and a Corvette, abandoned in a yard nearby. Deputies learned the Mini Cooper had been reported stolen out of New Orleans Thursday afternoon, and they later traced the Corvette to a burglarized residence on Transmitter Road.

A deputy located James Leonard (46) of Chalmette, the driver of the stolen Mini Cooper, walking nearby on U.S. Highway 190. He was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of Simple Burglary, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things $5,000-$25,000, and Theft of A Motor Vehicle $5,000-$25,000. He is facing additional charges in New Orleans.

Detectives are working to identify a second subject in the crime spree which began earlier in the day.

Franklinton: Fall Festival Decorating Contest


Obituary

Ronald Robert Seal
January 7, 1928 - September 12, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 11-12, 2019

Darryl Harris was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS, Distribution of Schedule II CDS, Possession Wisth Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (5 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Cindy Richard was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (7 counts)
Dane Perkins was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Stephen Brumfield was booked In From Court
Shannon Gibson was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Obstructing Public Passages, and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Mark Mier was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation and Simple Battery

Washington Parish Home Rule Charter - UPDATED

Home Rule Charter Presentation 2019 by David Miller on Scribd

Today in History for September 13th

AP Top Stories September 13, 2019 AM

September 12, 2019

AARP Sponsors 2019 Candidate Forum Sept. 26th

Correction
Washington Parish Sheriff Candidate Demille Topps (D) 
was not included in the announcement but will attend


Obituary

Mattie Fortenberry Seal
March 3, 1947 - September 11, 2019

Obituary

Margaret Ann Hill O'Neal
July 27, 1929 - September 08, 2019

UPDATE: Runaway Juvenile Located


Weather Disturbances to Keep an Eye On

The disturbance closest to us may form into a tropical depression within the next day or so. The Bahamas will get affected once again by heavy rainfall and gusty winds through Friday. Tropical Cyclone advisories may be provided later today.

Obituary

Jewel Morgan
December 14, 1936 - September 10, 2019

Bogalusa Man Celebrates Birthday with Ride to Jail

A Bogalusa man celebrated his 54th birthday Tuesday (September 10, 2019) in the rear seat of a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol unit as he was being driven to the Washington Parish Jail. Darryl C. Harris, a resident of 1802 Davenport Street in Bogalusa, was booked into the jail charged with two counts of distribution of illegal narcotics, six counts of possession with intent to distribute illegal narcotics and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Harris remains in jail with his bond set at $400,000.
The arrest came as the result of an ongoing investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics at the Davenport Street residence of Harris. During a search of the premises, Sheriff’s Office detectives and patrol officers discovered quantities of heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and Oxycontin, along with drug paraphernalia and $531 which appeared to be proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs.

Harris has a history of incarceration for drug arrests from 2011 through his current arrest. In all, he has been in the Washington Parish Jail on seven previous occasions, with his birthday arrest bringing the number to eight.

“I extend my gratitude to Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Chad Cassard who took the lead on this case,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “He, along with Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives and officers from the Bogalusa Police Department, finalized the investigation with the search warrant and arrest. They did an excellent job in this matter as we continue our quest to seek out and arrest drug dealers in our parish. Hopefully, the $400,000 bond will keep Harris in jail and off the streets of our parish until the District Attorney’s Office can vigorously prosecute him and help ensure him a bed in a state prison.”

Today in History for September 12th

September 11, 2019

Election Called to Amend Washington Parish Home Rule Charter

REPOST:  ORIGINALLY POSTED MAY 27, 2019. (Best if watched in full-screen)

One of the actions taken by the Washington Parish Council last Monday (May 20, 2019) was to hold a Public Hearing and then to approve an ordinance ordering and calling a special election to be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 to authorize the amendment and restatement, in its entirety, of the Home Rule Charter of the Parish of Washington. The Council has been working on updating the charter for a long time and has invited and received input from the public.

A related power-point presentation is provided below.

Motorcyclist Killed in High Speed Crash Near Lacombe

On Tuesday afternoon (September 10, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on US 190 1.5 miles east of LA 434 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 45-year-old Michael Joseph Gros of Slidell.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Gros was riding a 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle eastbound on US 190. Gros merged into the westbound lane in an attempt to pass a row of five eastbound vehicles at a high rate of speed. While passing, Gros lost control of his motorcycle. The motorcycle traveled off the left side of the roadway, entered the ditch, and crashed into a telephone support rod. Despite wearing a DOT approved helmet, Gros sustained severe injuries in the crash. He was transported to an area hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

Daughter Brings THC Edibles to School – Mother Arrested

Alexandra Price (30), a Covington-area woman was arrested Tuesday (September 10, 2019) after her
11-year-old daughter brought THC-laced edibles to school and shared them with her classmates.

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy assigned as a resource officer at a Mandeville-area school alerted detectives after a student had a reaction to a gummy candy she was given by a classmate. The child had to be transported to a local hospital for medical attention.

The resource officer learned that an 11-year-old had brought the gummies to the school and passed them out to other students.

At the child’s residence, detectives located a variety of THC edibles and products, and related paraphernalia. The child’s mother, Alexandra Price, reportedly admitted that she had been making the products. She was charged with Possession of Schedule I CDS, Manufacturing of Schedule I CDS, Cruelty to Juveniles, Sale, Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug without a Prescription, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

The juvenile, who knew what the gummies contained, was arrested for Distribution of Schedule I CDS and released into the custody of a family member.

The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.

“I applaud our resource officer and the staff at this school who immediately alerted detectives to launch an investigation after a student became sick, preventing the possibility of more children consuming the THC-laced gummies,” Sheriff Randy Smith. “This is an example of how our schools and law enforcement work together every day to keep our children safe.”

Help STPSO Locate This 13 Year Old Runaway


Domestic Altercation in Kentwood Results in Stabbing

The Kentwood Police Department responded (apparently yesterday, September 10, 2019) to an
address on Vera B. Womack Drive, in reference to a domestic altercation, which resulted in a stabbing. Police determined that an altercation occurred between Talmadge D. Ennis and his wife, Kristen Martin-Ennis. Mrs. Martin-Ennis reportedly armed herself with a small kitchen knife and stabbed Mr. Ennis once in the upper chest/neck area. Mrs. Martin-Ennis fled the scene prior to officer's arrival.

As a result of his injuries, Mr. Ennis was airlifted to North Oaks Hospital, where he was treated and later released. Arrest warrants have been issued for Mrs. Martin-Ennis.

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Mrs. Martin-Ennis is urged to contact the Kentwood Police Department at (985) 229-6305.

"Art in the Park" is at Bogalusa Sept. 14th


These Pooches Ready for Adoption!

These pooches are temporarily staying at the Washington Parish Animal Shelter but need a permanent one. Come to the WPAS to look them over and/or call 985.205.2023.










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Hippy is the sweetest girl at the WPAS, she is very skittish around new people but once she knows you she is the best friend anyone could have. She is about 2 years old.

Libby is a Shepard mix, about 2 years old. She loves playing and she is very active. Libby does well with other dogs and would make a wonderful family member.

Bob is three years old and he is house trained. Bob loves fenced in yards, loves treats and will sit and stay to prove that he is a good boy and deserves one.

Lucy is a spayed female who is perfect for an active family. She may be small but has tons of energy. She is about 2 years old.

Missing Pooches! Have you seen either of them?

The Washington Parish Animal Shelter is assisting the families reunite with their pooches. If you have seen either, please contact the WPAS at 985.205.2023.

Bear (and guess which one that is) is a very friendly male. Lulu is a six year old female. Both have families that miss them greatly.

Hurricane Season is Not Over Yet

Currently, we have three Disturbances out in the Atlantic.

Disturbance 1, the closest to Southeast Louisiana, could form into a tropical depression near South Florida as early as Friday and further develop over the eastern Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Who knows what after that!

Disturbance 2 is further out in the Atlantic and is showing little organization. It is forecast to move westward where conditions will become even less favorable for cyclone formation.

Disturbance 3 is way out there. Where it will go and if it will strengthen - nobody knows!

Obituary

Billy Ray Thomas
November 4, 1953 – September 10, 2019

Obituary

Marissa Claire Barrett
July 19, 1995 - September 07, 2019

Washington Parish Council Hears Report on Transit System

The Washington Parish Council met Monday evening (September 9, 2019) and, in addition to routine matters, the Council
  • approved a resolution related to the 2019 Planning and Building Permit Fee Schedule,
  • heard from Nancy McBeth, Director of the Washington Parish Council on Aging, regarding the transit program they operate. They have 9 buses (all handicapped accessible) and serve residents parish-wide while making about 1100 trips per month. The transit system has operated since 1983. Grant funds come from the Louisiana DOTD through Parish Government and to the Washington Parish Council on Aging. Listen to her remarks beginning 02:40 into video of the meeting.
  • approved a resolution to file an application with the Louisiana DOTD for a grant,
  • approved a resolution authorizing the Parish President to administer a Capital Outlay Project for the purpose of replacing the HVAC system in the courthouse,
  • heard reports from Parish President Thomas and his staff. (See separate article)
During Council Discussions,
  • Councilman Fornea reminded everyone of the September 21st Home Rule Charter presentation at 10 am at the Pine High School gymnasium,
  • Fornea also gave information on the impact that tourism can have on a parish with regard to jobs and sales taxes,
  • The Council changed their meeting schedule for October due to the Washington Parish Fair. Council meetings will be held at 6 pm on the 7th and the 21st for October.
See video of the meeting on our Government Meetings page.

Parish President Thomas Reports on $6,710,881 in Current Projects

Washington Parish President Richard Ned Thomas reported to the Parish Council Monday evening (September 9, 2019) on various projects that are being managed. The Washington Parish Solar Project  has received necessary approvals and will be located on a 500 acre site at the LSU Experiment Station on Bethel Road. Construction should begin in January, 2020.

Current active projects being managed and totaling $6,710,881 include
  • a $345,000 Capital Outlay Grant has been approved that will be used for the courthouse air conditioning replacement project,
  • a new library in Angie is under construction at an estimated cost of $200,000,
  • a courthouse sidewalk project in Franklinton is ongoing at a cost of $393,000,
  • a $1,625,000 landfill cell #7 project is going on,
  • overlay of Pope, Dollar, and Bonner Creek roads (7.82 miles) costing $736,000,
  • a LGAP grant is being used to replace air conditioning for two cells at the parish jail totaling $52,881
  • a HAZMAT grant of $1,846,000 will be used for window upgrades at the Franklinton Junior High School,
  • funding in the amount of $1,513,000 has been received from FEMA to elevate houses.
Thomas also reported on remodeling of the Registrar of Voters office, the Clerk of Court office, the main courtroom and various maintenance and equipment projects in the courthouse.

In addition, Public Works Director Ken Wheat reported on substantial emergency preparedness funding that will be coming available, Finance Director Donna Graham reported that all funds are in a positive situation, and Transportation Manager Donnell Merritt reported on road maintenance and projects across the parish.

The reports by President Thomas and his staff begins at 8:15 into video of the meeting.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 10, 2019

Joshua Gault was booked on the charges of Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Hit and Run, Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Tracy Drennan was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Open Container in Vehicle
Amy Holden was booked on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
James Bailey was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation and Resisting an Officer With Force or Violence

Today in History for September 11th

AP Top Stories September 11, 2019 AM

September 10, 2019

Remembering September 11, 2001

The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda] against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks. A good account of the attacks are at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks.

Watch the video tribute below. (watch full-screen)



Tangipahoa Parish Celebrating 150th Anniversary

Tangipahoa Parish is celebrating its 150th Anniversary with events on September 21st that include a Time Capsule Event, a Parade, and a celebration.

The celebration will "commemorate and honor our proud past, recognize the milestones that made a significant impact along the way, and reflect our promising future." The celebration promises to be interesting and a family event with a historical exhibit, video documentary, entertainment, fun activities for the kids, concession, and plenty of cake. Click here for more information and more events scheduled.

Slidell Man Stopped for Traffic Violation – Fled – Heroin Found

Sunday morning (September 8, 2019), Louisiana State Troopers from Troop A arrested Jerry Mosley
(40) of Slidell, Louisiana after he was found to be in possession of heroin during an I-10 traffic stop near Port Allen in West Baton Rouge Parish.

After the traffic stop at approximately 9:50 am, Troopers became suspicious of criminal activity and, while Troopers were speaking with Mosley, he attempted to flee the scene on foot.

Shortly thereafter, Troopers apprehended Mosley and took him into custody. After taking Mosley into custody, Troopers discovered nearly 4 kilograms of heroin in his vehicle.

Mosley was arrested and booked in the WBR Parish Jail for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Resisting an Officer, and several traffic charges.

Obituary

Brenda Ann Girard
February 5, 1949 - September 10, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 9, 2019

Savanna Smith was booked In From Court
Chester Alsobrooks was booked on the charges of No Headlight Bike, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jacquez Johnson was booked on the charges of Principals, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Timothy Nicholson was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Drew Preis was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Trever Courtney was booked on the charge of Attempted Criminal Damage to Property

Obituary

Vance Darnell Wilson
November 18, 1963 - September 03, 2019

Meet & Greet for Sen. Beth Mizell is Sept. 16th in Independence