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January 31, 2019

Obituary

Rochester Hart
September 25, 1944 - January 28, 2019

Obituary

Tori BreAnn Lambert
June 07, 1992 - January 30, 2019

Obituary

Rayfus Marshall
October 25, 1946 - January 27, 2019

Franklinton Man Indicted On Charges Of Raping Two Girls

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Lucas
Damon Thomas (36) of Franklinton on charges of first degree rape of a victim under 13, sexual battery of a victim under 13, second degree rape, and sexual battery.

Thomas is accused of raping and committing sexual battery on a 10-year-old girl between December 1, 2017, and September 9, 2018. He is also is accused of raping and committing sexual battery on a 15-year-old girl between June 1, 2018, and August 31, 2018.

Franklinton Man Gets 70 Years for Killing His Mother

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced today (January 31, 2019) that Christopher Rashad
Dillon (25) of Franklinton abruptly pleaded guilty Tuesday (January 29, 2019) near the end of his second day of trial for shooting his mother to death and injuring two others, including a Franklinton police officer. District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Dillon to a total of 70 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

On December 19, 2013, Dillon went to a neighbor’s home and shot the man, while attempting to rob him. The gunshot shattered the victim’s right arm and forced him to have to learn how to use his left hand. Dillon then returned to his home two blocks away and shot his mother, Robin Dillon, as he rummaged through her purse.

Franklinton Police Department officers arrived at the scene and pretended he was going to surrender, but instead fired a shot, striking Sgt. Chad Dorsett in the forearm. The bullet passed through Dorsett’s arm and was stopped by his bullet-proof vest. Dillon prevented officers from entering the residence by claiming he was holding his mother hostage. Unbeknownst to officers, she already had been shot and lay dying on the floor of her bedroom. After about an hour of the standoff, Dillon started a fire in his mother’s bedroom, and crawled through his bedroom window as the trailer home became engulfed in flames. He was arrested by officers on the scene.

Dillon initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and was judged incompetent to proceed with the process. But an intensive review of his mental status by state mental health professionals later determined that Dillon was exaggerating the extent of his mental illness.

Dillon was sentenced to 40 years in prison for manslaughter, 50 years for two counts of attempted first degree murder, and 49½ years for one count of attempted armed robbery, all of which are to be served at the same time. But consecutive to those sentences, he also was ordered to serve 20 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The surviving victims and a relative of the homicide victim were present in court and supported the terms of the plea and the sentences.

Today in History for January 31st

AP Top Stories January 31, 2019 AM

January 30, 2019

Tangi Man Charged With Computer-Aided Solicitation of Minor

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office was contacted on January 24, 2019 by the Nebraska State
Patrol advising of an active internet crimes case linking Tickfaw resident   Rodney Magee (21) to a juvenile female in the Nebraska area.

Upon investigation and review of case files, a warrant was obtained and Magee was taken into custody at this residence without incident. He was charged with computer-aided solicitation of a minor.

Sheriff Edwards urges parents to keep an eye on their children’s online activity, especially if kids become defensive. "Our kids are vulnerable and they spend a lot of time in the same place as sexual predators, the Internet,” says Edwards. “It starts with a simple conversation on the computer, however can quickly escalate into something much more dangerous. If you think something is going on, always trust your parental intuition and look further,” Edwards adds.

Obituary

Elise Gail Fernandez Simone
November 30, 1947 - January 27, 2019

Obituary

Ann Scott Burkhalter Bishop
April 21, 1944 - January 21, 2019

Obituary

Dr. Richard Truitte Hortman
October 08, 1929 - January 29, 2019

Suspected Meth User Fights Deputies and Varnado Police Chief

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies Justin Blackwell and James Gregorio responded Monday (January 28, 2019) to a report of a man causing a disturbance with passing traffic on Highway 21 in Varnado. While responding to the scene, the deputies were informed that Varnado Police Chief Louis Adams was fighting with the male subject.
When the deputies arrived, they saw the man running towards a wooded area with a knife in his hand. Deputy Blackwell ordered him at gunpoint to drop the knife but the man put the knife in his front pocket. Deputies Blackwell and Gregorio then wrestled the man to the ground and placed him in handcuffs.

The man reportedly had made entry to a residence without permission and told the homeowner someone was trying to kill him. Chief Adams had responded to the residence and escorted the man outside, at which time the man produced the knife and attempted to cut Chief Adams. The man then entered another residence, repeated his allegation that someone was attempting to kill him, and fled toward the wooded area where he was ultimately subdued by the deputies.

The man was identified as Joseph Henry Demary (33) of River Ridge, Louisiana. Demary reportedly admitted to consuming crystal meth.  As he was being transported to the jail, Demary began kicking at the doors and windows of the patrol vehicle. Deputy Blackwell stopped his vehicle and, with the assistance of officers of the WPSO  Drug Task Force, placed Demary in leg shackles in addition to his handcuffs.

Demary continued to be physically aggressive at the jail and had to be subdued and restrained by jail officers before being placed in a cell.

Demary was charged with obstructing a public passage, two counts of unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, resisting an officer by force or violence, resisting an officer by flight on foot and aggravated assault upon a peace officer.  His bond was set at $50,000.

“This situation could have gone bad very quickly,” said Sheriff Randy Seal.  “While under the influence of illegal narcotics, Demary posed a real and substantial threat to residents and to officers who arrived on the scene.  The box cutter knife he wielded  had the potential of inflicting serious wounds to the officers who eventually subdued him.  Kudos to  Deputy Blackwell, Deputy Gregario and Chief Adams for being able to apprehend Demary without injury to anyone.”

Sheriff Seal continued.  “This is an ongoing problem faced daily by our fine jail staff.  Persons under the influence of illegal drugs and persons with mental health issues must be properly cared for. With few resources at their disposal, our nurse and jail officers do an outstanding job of managing such persons.  Just in the last three years, 639 inmates were placed on detox protocols for significant drug or alcohol abuse.  In addition, 76 inmates were referred for mental health evaluations.  We must never, ever, underestimate the valuable services provided by our jail staff.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 29, 2019

Essie Hicks was booked 01/29 on the charge of Attempted Introduction of Contraband Into Penal Institute
Robert Westmoreland was booked 01/29 on the charges of Theft 1000-5000, Criminal Trespass, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Brittnie McClendon was booked 01/29 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise

Today in History for January 30th

AP Top Stories January 30, 2018 AM

January 29, 2019

Need a Job? Here are Some Available

Anyone interested in joining the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy or Corrections Officer should contact our Recruiter through our website. Click here

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office has the following available positions: full time corrections officer and part time corrections officer. Click here

Riverside Medical Center is looking for a qualified Surgical Scrub Technician. Click here

Find many other available jobs. Click here

Obituary

Mildred A. Cook
November 25, 1959 - January 27, 2019

Obituary

Albert William Crawford, Jr.
November 6, 1976 - January 26, 2019

Justin Brown Appointed Franklinton Police Chief

After an extensive interview process, Mayor Richard Dillon and the Board of Aldermen are pleased
to announce the appointment of Major Justin Brown to the position of Chief of Police for the Town of Franklinton. Major Brown will serve as acting chief from February 1 until the time of his swearing-in ceremony, tentatively scheduled for February 12, 2019. Major Brown's appointment follows the recent resignation of Olander Smith, who has served as Chief of Police since December of 2015.

Major Justin Brown is a 24-year law enforcement officer and 17-year military veteran. He attended both Southeastern Louisiana University and the Community College of the Air Force, where he majored in Criminal Justice. He has extensive experience in all aspects of law enforcement, having served as an investigator, narcotics officer, patrolman, and dispatcher. Most recently, he has served in the assistant chief role at the Franklinton Police Department. Brown holds numerous certifications and instructor credentials, including Louisiana POST Firearms Instructor, Forensic Interviewer, FBI Certified Sniper, FBI Post Blast Investigator, Active Shooter Instructor, Swift Water Rescue Operator, Certified Homicide Investigator, First Aid / CPR and Combat Medic Instructor, and Critical Incident Stress Management Counselor. He has been twice named Officer of the Year and has received the Life Saving Award during his tenure at the Franklinton Police Department. Major Brown has been instrumental in the planning and development of the department's crisis response program through our school system. Major Brown has written and facilitated a number of grants for the Town of Franklinton.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 28, 2019

Logan Jarrell was booked 01/28 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Otis Harrell was booked 01/28 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks Under 500
Charles Ross was booked 01/28 on the charge of Simple Battery
Fredrick Anderson was booked 01/28 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Joseph Demary was booked 01/28 on the charges of Obstructing Public Passage(s), Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling (2 counts), Aggravated Assault Upon a Peace Officer, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, and Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence
Chazity Magee was booked 01/28 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Brittany Purvis was booked 01/28 on the charge of Contempt of Court

Today in History for January 29th

AP Top Stories January 29, 2018 AM

January 28, 2019

Former Deputies and Inmates Indicted in Jail Rape and Beating

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted five
former deputies with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and 16 inmates Monday (January 28, 2019) in connection with a rape and a beating at the parish jail last year.

Click here for previous story

Former deputies Frank Smith (22) of Mount Hermon, Elliot Smith (21) of Mandeville, John Donaldson (30) of Franklinton, and Pamela P. Willis (48) of Tylertown,  Mississippi were charged with malfeasance in office for “intentionally performing any duty lawfully required of him/her in an unlawful manner or by intentionally refusing or failing to perform any duty lawfully required of him/her, as such an officer or employee” between September 4, 2018, and September 5, 2018:

Another former deputy Austin Rogers (19) of Franklinton was also charged with malfeasance in office for a time period between July 26, 2018, and September 5, 2018.

Frank Smith and Elliot Smith also were charged with aggravated second degree battery for using a power cord to harm the victim between July 26, 2018, and September 5, 2018. In addition, Frank Smith was charged with second degree battery on the same victim between July 26, 2018, and September 5, 2018.

The following inmates were charged with simple battery for the incident that occurred in the jail between September 4, 2018, and September 5, 2018: Toby J. Walker (38) of Bogalusa, Quenterrius K. McGowan (27) of Angie, Andre D. Lucas (27) of Bogalusa, Latrevious Lucas (19) of Bogalusa, Yamarai A. Brumfield (23) of Bogalusa, Eddie Jackson (18) of Bogalusa, Ja’Vontay M. Owens (25) of Bogalusa, Charles E. Ross (41) of Bogalusa, Deonta L. Lee (33) of Franklinton, Jackie Spikes (17) of Angie, Tramale D. Jenkins (27) of Franklinton, Russell L. Daniels (25) of Franklinton, Tyreef J. Williams (19) of Bogalusa, Dakeithan D. Matthews (23) of Bogalusa, and Kevin T. Crutchfield, Jr. (19) of Bogalusa.

Walker and another inmate, Samuel E. White (19) also were charged with first degree rape of another victim during the same incident on or about September 5, 2018.

WPSS, Bogalusa, & Bowling Green Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 29th

Due to a Winter Weather Advisory, all schools in the Washington Parish and Bogalusa Schools Systems will be closed on Tuesday, January 29th. Bowling Green School will also be closed. Bowling Green also announced that the basketball game against Wayne is still on schedule as of now, but stay tuned in case that changes. Mini-Buccanettes will NOT perform tomorrow evening. Mini-Buccanettes will perform on February 5th.


Obituary

Kenneth Creel
April 27, 1966 - January 27, 2019

Obituary

Charles Edward Jerrell
December 11, 1961 - January 28, 2019

Obituary

Rena Mae Ricks Taylor
December 17, 1937 - January 27, 2019

Obituary

Bobby Slaven
December 02, 1943 - January 27, 2019

Obituary

Robert Lea Smith
August 17, 1952 - January 26, 2019

Obituary

Gary Tompkins, Jr.
January 16, 1963 - January 25, 2019

Rain - Cold - Possible Snow in our Forecast

Moisture ahead and along a cold front will push an area of rain eastward Monday night into early Tuesday, mainly after 3 am. Cold temperatures will quickly filter in behind the front. There is potential for a changeover to snow by sunrise Tuesday morning. This would mainly be across Southwest Mississippi, and the northern portions of the adjacent southeast Louisiana parishes (North of I-12 from Baton Rouge to Washington Parish). Accumulations around an inch are possible.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 25-27, 2019

Reynaldo/Renoldo Jones was booked 01/25 on the charge of Attachment
Tony Dykes was booked 01/25 on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Contempt of Court, Attachment (2 counts), and Failure to Appear
Dion Stroyewski was booked 01/26 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, No Seat Belt, and Attachment (2 counts)
Ashley Taylor was booked 01/27 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery

Today in History for January 28th

AP Top Stories January 28, 2018 AM

January 25, 2019

Obituary

Leticia Annette Ridgdell
August 16, 1983 - January 15, 2019

Obituary

Grant L. Talley
August 03, 1949 - January 24, 2019

Obituary

Edward James Graff
February 4, 1927 - January 24, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 24, 2019

Brian Jackson was booked 01/24 on the charge of Probation Violation
Brandon Rodriguez was booked 01/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
William Gerald was booked 01/24 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Communicating False Information, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Simple Battery, Distribution of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs (3 counts)
Lee Lewis was booked 01/24 on the charges of Forgery and Attempted Auto Theft
Kristian Stoker was booked 01/24 In From Court and on the charge of Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles

Today in History for January 25th

AP Top Stories January 25, 2019 AM

January 24, 2019

Sheriff Seal and Chief Deputy Haley Speak at AARP Meeting

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 23, 2019

Dwayne Smith was booked 01/23 In From Court
Lisa Dunaway was booked 01/23 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
William James was booked 01/23 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, and Contempt of Court
Datchi Adams was booked 01/23 on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Contempt of Court
Alica Mixon was booked 01/23 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Jerry Vince was booked 01/23 In For Court
Dionte Fernandez was booked 01/23 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Probation Violation, and Contempt of Court

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center Opens in Bogalusa

The Small Business Administration Outreach Center will be opening on Monday January 28, 2019 at the Bogalusa Library.  The purpose of this opening is to assist both businesses and residents affected by the December 2018 flood event with low-interest federal disaster loans. The loans will be available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster.

Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that SBA acted to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. John Bel Edwards on January 18, 2019. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes in Louisiana; and Marion, Pearl River, Pike and Walthall counties in Mississippi.

SBA representatives will be on hand to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application. No appointment is necessary.

Obituary

Floyd Joseph Ardillo, Jr.
February 4, 1973 - January 23, 2019

Today in History for January 24th

AP Top Stories January 24, 2019 AM

January 23, 2019

TPSO is Looking for This Man!

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating 39-year-old Johnathan
Edward Easley of Amite. Easley is wanted for a felony theft that occurred on November 3, 2018, at approximately 12:30 a.m. at K&B Auto Sales in Tickfaw.

Easley also has outstanding warrants through Amite Police Department for aggravated flight.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIME STOPPERS 800.445.5245, or you may submit a tip on line through their website at www.tangicrimesttoppers.com. Click on the P3Tips icon to submit a tip.

All tips through Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

Say a Sincere "Thank You" to Fire and Rescue

Franklinton Fire and Rescue recently shared the following:

  • 58,835 firefighter injuries were reported in the U.S in 2017.
  • Of these, 24,495 were injuries at the fire ground.
  • Strain, sprain, muscular pain resulted in almost half the major types of injuries received during fire ground operations (48%) and more than half during non-fire ground activities (56%).
  • The leading cause of fire ground injuries was overexertion or strain (29%).


  • In addition to injuries, there were 7,345 documented exposures to infectious diseases (e.g., hepatitis, meningitis, HIV, other) in 2017.
  • There were an estimated 44,530 documented exposures to hazardous conditions (e.g. asbestos, chemicals, fumes, radioactive materials, other) in 2017.
  • In 2017, there was an estimated 15,430 collisions involving fire department emergency vehicles responding to or returning from incidents.

Stay safe... Everyone Goes Home!!

Varnado Museum Quilt Seminar is Saturday, February 2nd


Human Remains Found Near I-10 Near Slidell

UPDATE: Slidell Police on Human Remains Identity
Slidell Police believe the human remains belong to that of Tony “Tiger” Bennett, a missing man who disappeared in early December of 2017. Bennett was last seen at Motel 6 in Slidell on December 13, 2017, which is in the vicinity where the human remains were found. Certain property found near the body led detectives to believe the remains belonged to Bennett. However, it is important to note DNA tests are being conducted in order to definitively identify the body.

Slidell Police investigators are working closely with the STPSO and the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office to determine manner and cause of death, as well as to confirm the identity of the body.

Original Story
What appeared to be human remains were discovered by a Louisiana Department of Transportation
and Development (LADOTD) work crew Tuesday (January 22, 2019) adjacent to I-10 and Gause Blvd. near Slidell. Workers with LADOTD were clearing debris along the interstate right-of-way when they observed what appeared to be badly decomposed human remains and called 911.

Responding deputies and investigators have turned the remains over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office for identification. There were no immediate signs indicating foul play and the investigation is ongoing.

No additional information is available at this time.

Two Arrested – Two Wanted in String of St. Tammany Burglaries

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified four subjects responsible for a recent string of vehicle burglaries (at least 18) that occurred on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Madisonville/Covington area, two of which are in custody at this time. All four suspects are from the Hammond area. Two vehicles were also stolen, both of which were then abandoned and recovered a short time later. All the vehicles had been left unlocked and the two vehicles that were stolen had the keys left in them.

With cooperation from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Damien Kelly (18) has been  taken into custody. A search warrant also found him to be in possession of several stolen firearms. Kelly was charged with Simple Burglary (18 counts), Attempted Simple Burglary, and Theft of a Firearm.

Randy Andrews (17) was taken into custody in Baton Rouge on unrelated charges. He has been charged with Simple Burglary (18 counts), Attempted Simple Burglary, Theft of a Firearm, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Jamone Bagent (18) and Andrea Carter (19) for similar charges. Detectives have recovered three firearms, electronics, and other various items that are believed to have been stolen in connection with these burglaries. The investigation is ongoing.

If you were a victim or have any information regarding these burglaries, the property recovered or know the whereabouts of Bagent and/or Carter, contact Detective Beau Long at 985-276-1333 or Corporal Dwight Evans at 985-276-1340.

Madisonville Suspect Dies in Attempted Robbery

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff has identified Mark Fisher, Jr. (36) of Madisonville as the suspect in
the Monday (January 21, 2019) armed robbery of the Thrift Village Drug Store in Luling. Fisher was shot by the store's pharmacist and died.

The investigation reportedly revealed that Fisher entered the pharmacy clad in black clothing, wearing a face mask and gloves, and armed with a handgun. Fisher reportedly ordered the store’s pharmacist and a clerk to go behind the store counter and began demanding drugs. The suspect then produced a zip-tie and strapped the clerk’s hands together. Before the suspect was able to zip-tie the pharmacist, the pharmacist retrieved his handgun, a scuffle ensued, and the suspect fled towards the front door. The suspect then turned around, charged toward the pharmacist, and the pharmacist fired one shot striking the suspect in the right leg. The suspect fled about 100 yards and collapsed. An autopsy showed that the suspect was shot one time, striking the femoral artery.

No charged are expected to be filed against the pharmacist.

Today in History for January 23rd

January 22, 2019

Two Bogalusans Accused of Theft and 23 Counts of Forgery

An investigation by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives and patrol officers resulted in the arrests last Thursday (January 17, 2019) of Bogalusa residents David Hill (32) and Lisa Ann Davis-Jefferson (43) on charges of forgery (23 counts), identity theft (23 counts), bank fraud (23 counts) and theft.
The investigation began after a parish man reported that his business banking check book had been stolen from his work vehicle. Once the suspects had been identified, Detective Kody Glenn, along with Patrol Sergeant Charlie Easterling and Deputy John Tullos, were able to locate and arrest Hill and Davis-Jefferson.

The investigation continues and it is anticipated that other arrests will be made.

“There is no doubt,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “that the quick arrests of Hill and Davis-Jefferson prevented additional crimes against other Washington Parish residents. I congratulate our officers for their excellent work in this matter.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 19-21, 2019

Jasmine Magee was booked 01/19 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Resisting an Officer, and Contempt of Court
Donavan Melancon was booked 01/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Zachary Bland was booked 01/19 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Entre Dillon was booked 01/20 on the charges of Driving Left of Center/Crossing Center Line, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, No Drivers License, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Today in History for January 22nd

AP Top Stories January 22, 2019 AM

January 21, 2019

Obituary

Hazel Crain Temples
February 8, 1939 - January 19, 2019

Bogalusa Strong Community Meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 22nd

Bogalusa Strong will host the first Community Meeting of 2019 on Tuesday (January 22, 2019) from 12 PM to 1 PM at the Bogalusa Country Club. New members are invited to the meeting that will feature Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette speaking on "A New Year: Moving Forward". A hot, healthy lunch will be available for $10.
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.”

If you have questions, please contact Derek Covert at derek.covert@fmolhs.org or 985.730.6707.

Obituary

Mary A. Davis
September 21, 1933 - January 18, 2019

Obituary

Jerry Dean Solomon
July 16, 1937 - January 19, 2019

Today in History for January 21st

AP Top Stories January 21, 2019 AM

January 19, 2019

Obituary

Laurel Joan Givens
September 25, 2018 - January 16, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 18, 2019

Adarrio Berry was booked 01/18 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise, No Seat Belt, Driving Under Suspension, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Possession of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Roger Kent was booked 01/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Joseph Busby was booked 01/18 In From Court
Johnathon Bentley was booked 01/18 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Lisa Davis-Jefferson was booked 01/18 on the charges of Forgery (20 counts), Identity Theft (20 counts), Bank Fraud (20 Counts), and Theft 5000 to 25000
Wendi Holmes was booked 01/18 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary and Failure to Honor Written Promise

Today in History for January 19th

January 18, 2019

Missing 17-Year-Old from Bush Rescued – Sex Traffickers Accused

Source: Author Katie Moore|wwltv.com
This is about the search for a 17-year-old from Bush that led Florida law enforcement to rescue him and a missing Florida boy, and broke up a suspected human trafficking ring. Investigators said the boy was groomed by traffickers in a video game messaging app called Discord.

Click here for the story by Katie Moore|wwltv.com

Click here for the related story from the Florida Attorney General's Office



Wanted Sex Offender Apprehended in St. Tammany

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, and deputies assigned to the STPSO Operations Division assisted the U.S. Marshals Thursday (January 17, 2019) in the apprehension of a wanted sex offender.

Kevin Scott Marcantel (32) was wanted out of Jefferson Davis Parish on a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender. He is a known gang member with a violent history, and has ties to St. Tammany Parish.

Marcantel was located shortly before 5:30 p.m. in the vicinity of the Tammany Trace between Abita Springs and Covington. He was taken into custody and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail as a fugitive. Additional charges are pending.

Obituary

Jimmy Wilson
July 6, 1948 - January 16, 2019

Obituary

Jan Renee Allen
June 17, 1978 - January 17, 2019

RCC Boxing Championship is February 7th


Obituary

Katherine Harrington Weary
October 20, 1956 - January 14, 2019

Obituary

Claude Eugene Smith
February 25, 1936 - January 16, 2019

Obituary

Laura Mae Breland Pinter
December 07, 1935 - January 17, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 17, 2019

Byron Loyd was booked 01/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Careless Operation, Open Container in Vehicle, and Possession of Marijuana
David Hill was booked 01/17 on the charges of Forgery (23 counts), Identity Theft (23 counts), Bank Fraud (23 counts), Theft 5000-25000, and Contempt of Court
Wesley Magee was booked 01/17 In For Court
Jemerious Williams was booked 01/17 In For Court
Desiree Lajoie was booked 01/17 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule III Drugs (2 counts), and Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs
William Morris was booked 01/17 on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000 (5 counts), Monetary Instrument Abuse/Counterfeit Moneys (5 counts), and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Today in History for January 18th

January 17, 2019

Slidell Woman Accused of Theft from Former Employer

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Julie Blow Ray (40) of Slidell on
felony theft charges. The case began on January 4, 2019 with TPSO Morgen Webb investigating the report by a Hammond-area business of $1380.00 missing from the petty cash drawer.

Webb identified Ray, a former employee of the business, as a person of interest. During questioning on January 16, 2019, Detective Webb learned that Ray became upset when her employment suddenly came to an end. Ray reportedly admitted that she took multiple items from the location as she departed, including the cash.

"Some business owners don't get the police involved when they catch or have reason to believe that an employee is stealing from them; however we're pleased this wasn't the case here," stated Edwards. "We are always happy to return stolen property to the rightful owner and put the bad guy in jail." he continued.

Trespassing on RR Tracks Leads to Fugitive Capture

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that deputies assisted Canadian National Agent
Josh Fletcher in the area of Crapanzano Road at Highway 190 in Hammond that started with a subject trespassing on the railroad track armed with a weapon. The white male fled on foot into a wooded area. After setting up a perimeter that involved several responding deputies, the subject was apprehended.

He was identified as Anthony Holliday (34) of Ponchatoula. A search of the area where Holliday was first observed revealed a green bag containing four shotguns and a fishing pole. Authorities subsequently learned that Holliday was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants from the United States Marshals Office, Hammond Police Department, and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. The warrants consisted of  Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Possession of Stolen Property, and warrants for traffic violations.

Holliday was additionally charged with Flight from Officers, Criminal Trespassing, and Convicted Felon with Firearms. 

Obituary

Sandra Dee Hewitt
November 25, 1959 - January 12, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 16, 2019

Anthony Lee was booked 01/16 on the charges of Theft 5000-25000 and Probation Violation
Steve Marshall was booked 01/16 In From Court
Micheal Erwin was booked 01/16 In From Court
Zachary Davis was booked 01/16 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jamie Myers was booked 01/16 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
John Daquin was booked 01/16 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (4 counts) and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Nathaniel Walters was booked 01/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Barrett Dunaway was booked 01/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

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January 16, 2019

STPSO Releases 2018 Crime Stats

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office today (January 16, 2019) released the 2018 crime statistics for unincorporated St. Tammany, showing a continued decrease in crime and a continued above average solve rate. Click here for the full press release





















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Berlis Watson
October 31, 1946 - January 05, 2019

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Rosemary Engerran Marx
April 25, 1915 - January 15, 2019

The New Bogalusa Housing Development is a Big Deal!

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday (January 15, 2019) hosted by BGC Advantage and the Bogalusa Housing Authority. The subsidized affordable development of Pine Trace Homes I and II will be at five separate sites in Bogalusa, Louisiana: 1015 Union Avenue, 600 Brazos Street, 1200 Highland Park Loop, 700 River Terrace Drive, and 915 East 4th Street. The newly-named sites are Union Pointe (formerly Sunset Acres and Sunset Addition), Ivy Trace (formerly Bogue), The Oaks (formerly River Terrace), and Lumerton Cove (formerly Highland Park).


By January of 2020, 232 newly renovated units will be available to Bogalusa's most shelter-needy residents. The project is expected to create 281 jobs during the construction phase and 69 permanent jobs, all good for the local economy.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 15, 2019

Steven Regan was booked 01/15 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Jessica Gollihar was booked 01/15 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Dan Brown was booked 01/15 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Krynicki Baker was booked 01/15 In For Court
Joshua Parsley was booked 01/15 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jimmy Adams was booked 01/15 In For Court
Diona Sibley was booked 01/15 on the charge of Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile
Roderick Taylor was booked 01/15 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense) and Open Container in Vehicle
Steven Taylor was booked 01/15 In For Court

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January 15, 2019

Bogalusa Mayor's Wellness Council Receives Award

The Bogalusa Mayor's Wellness Council was recognized for receiving the National Rural Health Community Star Award at the Washington Parish Council meeting Monday evening (January 14, 2019). Bogalusa is the first Louisiana to win the award in ten years. A number of important and innovate activities have been and are being undertaken, that includes a soon-to-open detox center, by the Wellness Council to make Bogalusa and Washington Parish to become the “healthiest community in Louisiana.”

Taffy Morrison delivered comments regarding the award and recognized Mayor Wendy Perrette and the diverse group of Council's leadership.

Workman Chosen as Washington Parish Council Chairman

At the first meeting of the new year, the Washington Parish Council chose District 3 Councilman Chris Workman as Chairman and District 7 Councilman David Anthony as Vice-Chairman. In addition, recently-elected Rusty Fornea, representing District 5, was sworn into office by Washington Parish Clerk of Court Johnny Crain.

The Council then got down to business. They adopted three Ordinances, approved five Resolutions, heard a presentation regarding the Bogalusa Mayor's Wellness Council Award, heard a presentation regarding Representative Malinda White's Award as Rural Health Legislator of the Year, and heard reports by Parish President Thomas and his staff.

One of the resolutions approved was to recognize parish employees Gary Nathaniel Sumrall and Shirley Lynn Cox for their heroic actions that saved a life during the November, 2018 flood event. (See separate story)

Obituary

Larry Eugene Deaton
June 12, 1960 - January 13, 2019

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Laura Adams Seals
June 08, 1961 - January 12, 2019

Two Parish Employees Recognized for Heroic Actions

Washington Parish Transportation employees Gary Nathaniel Sumrall and Shirley Lynn Cox were recognized Monday evening (January 14, 2019) at the Washington Parish Council meeting for saving the life of a stranded man on top of a vehicle during the flood event of November, 2018. The two were scouting parish roads and, while in a flooded area, they saw headlights and heard cries for help. They were unable to reach the elderly man in their first attempt. Returning to their vehicle, Sumrall retrieved and used a 50-foot length of hose to save the partially submerged man. The two then treated the man for hypothermia until assistance arrived to get the man to the hospital.
Their heroic actions were taken under very challenging conditions: in a flooded area, strong water currents, and in the dark. Immediate action was needed and, with perseverance and heroism, immediate action was take and they saved a life.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 14, 2019

Sean Ansman was booked 01/14 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense)
Scipio Burton was booked 01/14 on the charge of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Bradley Young was booked 01/14 on the charge of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment
Judith Gray was booked 01/14 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Richard Magee was booked 01/14 on the charges of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, Theft Less Than 1000, and Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden
Mary Diaz was booked 01/14 on the charges of Theft of a Motor Vehicle/1000 to 5000 and Contempt of Court

Today in History for January 15th

January 14, 2019

Troopers Arrest Kentwood Man for Hit and Run

Yesterday (January 13, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A arrested Jacob H. Stewart (26) of Kentwood man for hit and run driving, narcotics violations and various other charges
for causing a crash on I-12 and fleeing the scene on the evening of November 4, 2018.

The investigation began shortly before 6:00 pm on November 4, 2018, when Troopers were notified of a two-vehicle crash on I-12 westbound near Satsuma Rd. When Troopers arrived, a driver stated that her vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle and that the driver of the vehicle her handed her his Louisiana ID card before fleeing the scene on foot. However, he left his vehicle on the shoulder of I-12.

Troopers determined the driver of the vehicle was Stewart. A search of the vehicle revealed a syringe filled with a substance Troopers believed to be narcotics. The syringe was submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, and the contents were determined to be Methamphetamines. Troopers obtained an arrest warrant for Stewart.

On the morning of January 13, 2019, Troopers located Stewart at a residence in Baton Rouge.

Obituary

James "Boe" Walter Archer, Jr.
February 18, 1942 - January 13, 2019

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Paulette Westmoreland Beall
July 31, 1943 - January 14, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 10-11, 2019

Ronnie Williams was booked 01/10 on the charges of Careless Operation, Open Container, and Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)
Felicia Howze was booked 01/10 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs/Tetrahydrocannabinols or Synthetic Cannabinoids, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Joseph Brown was booked 01/10 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Contempt of Court, Attempted Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana
Kevin Fortenberry was booked 01/11 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense), Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (3 counts), Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Appear
JaQuen Causey was booked 01/11 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Battery of a Dating Partner, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Louis Peters was bookd 01/11 on the charge of Probation Violation
Jermine Love was booked 01/11 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Crystall Mizell was booked 01/11 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Everett Rhea was booked 01/11 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

Obituary

Kerrie B. Branch
March 09, 1959 - January 12, 2019

Obituary

Ruby "Jean" Hollingsworth Stogner
May 10, 1937 - January 12, 2019

Today in History for January 14th

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January 11, 2019

Black History Celebration and MLK Parade in Varnado January 19th

The 15th Annual Black History Celebration and MLK Parade will take place in Varnado Saturday, January 19. The parade begins as noon and the program follows.

Obituary

Peggy S. Varnado
June 06, 1951 - January 11, 2019

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Michael Schilling
January 10, 2019

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James Sydney Stewart
April 14, 1935 - January 11, 2019

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Audrey Bankston Seal
August 7, 1941 - January 9, 2019

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Charles Louis Adams
December 11, 1947 - January 09, 2019

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Russell McElveen
February 25, 1941 - January 9, 2019

Today in History for January 11th

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Republican Phillipp Bedwell Announces Candidacy for State Representative - District 75

Bogalusa, LA - Republican Phillipp Bedwell officially announced his candidacy for the State
Representative seat, Louisiana House District 75, that encompasses portions of Washington and St. Tammany Parishes. His announcement was held at the January meeting of the Washington Parish Republican Women's Club. Bedwell stressed his conservative beliefs, his community roots, and his qualifications for holding the office during his announcement speech.

“The people of District 75 have the opportunity to establish a new and better way for our area - one that returns the power to the individual and reestablishes the independence that this country was founded on,” Bedwell said. “If we do things right, we will get the government out of our lives except when absolutely necessary.”

Bedwell’s roots in District 75 are strong and deep. Both of his parents were raised in this district, where they eventually raised both Bedwell and his siblings. Here, Bedwell attended Terrace Elementary, Bogalusa Junior High, and Bowling Green High School. He then went on to attend and graduate from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in law enforcement.

January 10, 2019

Obituary

Huey Franklin Reynolds
February 15, 1933 - January 10, 2019

Drummond Elected Bogalusa City Council President

At the first Bogalusa City Council meeting of 2019, Councilman Teddy Drummond was elected Council President (replacing Councilwoman Gloria Kates) and first-term Councilwoman Danielle Keys was elected Vice-President. The meeting was productive and and cordial, with many expressions of optimism for the years ahead.

Taffy Morrison appeared before the Council to announce that the Bogalusa Mayor's Wellness Council had received the prestigious National Rural Health Community Star Award (beginning at 6:10 into the video) for community health achievements. Bogalusa is the first Louisiana City to receive the award in the last ten years. Louisiana State Representative Malinda White was also recognized (beginning at 18:30 into the video) as having been named Louisiana Legislator of the Year for supporting rural health issues.

Seven Ordinances were introduced (to be considered at the next meeting on January 22, 2019) and Public Hearings were held on three Ordinances. An Ordinance to purchase equipment for the Fire Department was approved, an Ordinance to approve the 2019 Operating and Capital Budgets was tabled. An Ordinance to provide sanctions to compel attendance by Council Members at Council meetings was also tabled.

During the Public Participation segment of the meeting (beginning at 54:30 into video), residents "Foots" Quinn, Carolyn Peters, Raymond Tate, and Debra Young addressed the Council. During the Administrative Remarks segment of the meeting (beginning at 1:04:24 into video of the meeting), Department Heads provided their reports and Mayor Perrette expressed optimism and her enthusiasm in working with Council.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 9, 2019

Whitney McNeese was booked 01/09 on the charges of Fraudulent Acquisition of a Credit Card, Theft 1000-5000, and Identity Theft
Shawn Singletary was booked 01/09 on the charge of Identity Theft
Candace Applewhite was booked 01/09 on the charges of Identity Theft and Theft Less Than 1000-5000
Christopher Miller was booked 01/09 on the charges of No Taillight, Driving Without Headlights, Expired Drivers License, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), No Insurance, Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II drugs, and Resisting an Officer (2 counts)
Meagan Petrolia was booked 01/09 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Clyde Smith was booked 01/09 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Resisting Arrest
Shakerian Allen was booked 01/09 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)

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January 09, 2019

Ponchatoula Man Loses Life in Fiery Crash

On Thursday night (January 8, 2019), a single vehicle crash in Livingston Parish claimed the life of
James B. Brunet of Ponchatoula. At approximately 11:00 pm on January 8, 2019, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 42 east of LA Hwy 63 in Livingston Parish. The crash took the life of 46-year-old James B. Brunet of Ponchatoula.

The initial investigation by Louisiana State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Brunet was driving west on LA Hwy 42 and for unknown reasons, ran off the roadway to the right. His vehicle struck some trees and became engulfed in flames.

Brunet was pronounced deceased on scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office.

Three Charged in Burglaries Near Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested three individuals after they were caught burglarizing vehicles Tuesday morning (January 8, 2019) at a condominium complex off Airport Road near Slidell.
A resident called to report his vehicles had been burglarized and that he had suspicious persons in the neighborhood. Responding deputies established a perimeter around the complex and two individuals matching the descriptions provided by a resident were observed attempting to flee the area by running through backyards and hopping fences. The two were located and detained with the assistance of K-9 Deputy Zarik and his handler. A third individual was located shortly thereafter, hiding in a nearby backyard, and was also taken into custody. They were found to be in possession of cash, jewelry and other items of value taken during the course of these burglaries.

Arrested were Derrick Bailey (18) and Darrius Mitchell (21), both of Harvey, and a 16-year-old Slidell-area juvenile. Each was charged with Simple Burglary (4 counts) and Resisting an Officer.

Obituary

James Larry Wilson
August 01, 1948 - January 01, 2019

Slidell Man Gets 30 Years For Mojo Death of Teen

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Jamie D. Cooper (35) of Slidell pleaded guilty
Friday (January 4, 2019) to negligent homicide and distribution of synthetic marijuana for providing the drugs that led to the death of a Mandeville teenager in 2016. Cooper was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Covington Police Department officers were called to the Columbia Landing on March 13, 2016 and discovered the unresponsive body of a 17-year-old Mandeville boy. Another teenager, who had called the police, admitted that he and his friend had smoked a brand of synthetic marijuana, known as Mojo. The surviving teen said he passed out and awakened to find his friend on top of him in a ditch filled with water. The boy later was pronounced dead at a St. Tammany hospital.

The teens had bought the drugs for $20 from a middle man, Jarbari Pea (25) of Covington, who pleaded guilty in May of 2017 to negligent homicide and Distribution of Synthetic Cannabinoids (Schedule 1) for his role in the crime. Pea was sentenced to five years in prison on the negligent homicide charge and 10 years, with five of them suspended, on the distribution charge. His sentences are to be served concurrently.

Cooper provided the Mojo to Pea, and both men walked away with $10.

As part of the plea agreement, District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Cooper as a second felony offender to five years in prison on the negligent homicide count and 30 years on the distribution charge. Both sentences are to be served at the same time without the possibility of sentence reduction for “good time.”

Montgomery said this case should be a warning to students and to the larger community about the danger of the synthetic chemicals found in these manufactured drugs, which respond unpredictably in individuals. “Too many people, especially young people, are underestimating the danger of using marijuana and these synthetic compounds for recreation,” Montgomery said. “The consequences can be serious, even deadly.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 5-8, 2019

Gregory Pittman was booked 01/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Expired MVI
Kimberly Burnham was booked 01/06 on the charge of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery
Carlos Walker was booked 01/08 on the charges of No Turn Signals (2 counts), No Insurance, Possession of Marijuana, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present (2 counts), and Resisting Arrest by Flight
Shaun Levasseur was booked 01/08 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Corey Walker was booked 01/08 on the charges of Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present