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February 28, 2019

Alabama Man Arrested on His Way to Court in Stolen Car

Leroy Campbell (64) of Saraland, Alabama was recently released from jail and expected to appear in
court Wednesday (February 27, 2019); however he was rearrested after he was spotted driving a stolen vehicle.

Wednesday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputies spotted a stolen Honda Accord headed west on I-12 and a pursuit ensued. Eventually deputies, with the assistance of Louisiana State Police, were able to block the stolen vehicle on a roadway behind several local businesses. No one was injured in the pursuit and Campbell was taken into custody.

Campbell, who has a history of arrests for burglary and auto theft, was released from the St. Tammany Parish Jail Friday (February 22, 2019) and plead guilty Tuesday (February 26, 2019) on unrelated charges for felony possession of stolen property. He had paperwork in his possession indicating he was to appear again in 22nd Judicial Court Wednesday morning for a status hearing. The Honda was stolen from a Covington-area business. Video surveillance showed an unidentified black male leaving in the car, which had been left in the parking lot with the keys in the ignition.

Campbell was charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Property, Improper Lane Use, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway, No Seat-Belt, Driving Under Suspension, and Open Alcoholic Container.


Dutch Oven Cooking is March 9th at the State Park

Join the @BogueChittoDutchOvenCookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a Dutch Oven Gathering, as they prepare a variety of dishes in this outdoor cooking method that is growing in popularity.

Cooking demonstrations begin about 9:00 am and pots will be on the table for a tasting at 12:00 pm. This happens every 2nd Saturday at the Bogue Chitto State Park.

Amite Oyster Festival is March 15-17


Obituary

Larry Spears
August 18, 1955 - February 27, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 27, 2019

Matthew Swindle was booked 02/27 on the charges of Aggravated Flight from an Officer (2 counts), Ran Stop Sign (8 counts), Ran Red Light, and Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway (2 counts)
Valerie Carroll was booked 02/27 on the charges of Forgery, Theft Less Than 1000, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court
Jenna Cosse was booked 02/27 on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (5 counts), and Theft 5000-25000
Elizabeth Reedy was booked 02/27 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Felony Principle to Theft
Derrick McGowan was booked 02/27 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment
Trinett Moses was booked 02/27 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault/Child Endangerment and Attachment
Latoya Jackson was booked 02/27 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Kalib Travis was booked 02/27 on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s) and Failure to Appear (5 counts)

Today in History for February 28th

AP Top Stories February 28, 2019 AM

February 27, 2019

FPD: Theft From Hibbett of Over $23,000 and Narcotics Arrest

Today (February 27, 2019), Franklinton Police Department Sgt. Steve Lang and Pfc. Justin Stogner responded to the Hibbett Sporting Goods store in Franklinton in reference to a theft complaint totaling approximately $23,146 to include 212 pairs of shoes along with various other Hibbett merchandise.
Officers detained Jenna Cosse (25), the manager of Hibbitt Sports. Also detained was Hibbett Sporting Goods employee Elizabeth Reedy (25). Reedy was located inside a vehicle in the business parking lot and was initially unresponsive to the officer’s presence. Officers reportedly detected the strong odor of marijuana from the vehicle, Reedy appeared to be under the influence, and was found to be in illegal possession of narcotics.

Detectives concluded, through evidence and suspect admission, that the two employees were engaged in a narcotics for merchandise exchange as well as trading merchandise for cash.

Cosse was charged with Theft between $5,000 and $25,000, Possession of Legend Drug, Possession of Schedule III Narcotics, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession Schedule IV narcotics (4 counts). Reedy was charged with Principals to Felony Theft between $5,000 and $25,000, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II narcotics and Possession of Schedule IV Narcotics.

Chief Justin Brown praised the work of his officers, adding “the use and distribution of illegal narcotics within the Town of Franklinton is an ongoing battle our officers face every day and a battle we are committed to fighting. There are so many families affected by addiction and unfortunately, this addiction typically results in arrest or death.  In this case, these two young women will have a difficult road ahead of them. However, they will also have an opportunity to seek out treatment, should they choose it. In either case, the Franklinton Police Department will uphold the law by protecting the lives, property and safety of our residents and business owners. If you violate the law, you will be held accountable.”

Washington Parish Government Surplus Property


List of Surplus Property

Bogie Bear and the La. Wildlife and Fisheries Exhibit

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries traveling exhibit with Bogie Bear is on display through March 29, 2019 at the Bogalusa Branch of the Washington Parish Library. The exhibit highlights wildlife in our area and has information about endangered Louisiana species.

Washington Parish Art Association Show and Sale

Over 20 local artists will have their work on display when the Washington Art Association has its
annual show and sale event on Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2019, from 2 to 5. The event will be at the same location as in the past several years. The large, beautiful home of artist Sara Bateman Nelson, located at the intersection of Louisiana Highways 25 and 38 at Clifton, is about 5 ½ miles north of Franklinton. The address and entrance is 28035 Winfred Bateman Road. There is plenty of parking space. There will be a big sign announcing the show in the yard.

A lot of art work will be for sale as artist have been working for the past year to produce new works. It will be a social/cultural occasion for everyone to view the art, visit, and enjoy the afternoon.

There is no charge for the event. On display will be oils, watercolors, art prints, wood art, and various other media. Artists range from professional to hobbyists to those just beginning their adventure with painting. All are members of the Washington Art Association, an organization in existence since spring of 1976.

“The show has been a beautiful presentation every year. It makes me proud of the community and talent here,” said Ann Warner, co-chair of the show with Sara Nelson and Anne Crawford. “This is our big event of the year. We are looking forward to seeing you. This is the opportunity for many artists to show a body of work. You can have beautiful fine art for your home at reasonable prices. Buy work that keeps its value. However, sales are not our only purpose. We want to showcase art in our area.”

Obituary

James David Parker, Sr.
December 26, 1935 - February 26, 2019

Obituary

Charline Hennick
June 26, 1950 - February 26, 2019

Obituary

Carey Schilling Wascom
September 1, 1926 - February 26, 2019

Washington Parish Bicentennial Event is March 6th


Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 26, 2019

Christopher Rachal was booked 02/26 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts)
Dwayne Hebert was booked 02/26 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Javauntae Bell was booked 02/26 on the charges of No License Plate, Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Eric Fortenberry was booked 02/26 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500 and Simple Burglary

Walter Reed Ordered to Report to Federal Prison

Source: NOLA.com
Former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed and his attorney, Richard Simmons Jr., address the media after Reed was ordered by a federal judge to report to prison to begin serving a 4-year sentence. Reed must surrender by April 1 to start serving his sentence for mail fraud, wire fraud, lying on his income tax returns and other charges.

Live: Michael Cohen Testifies Before Congress

Today in History for February 27th

AP Top Stories February 27, 2019 AM

February 26, 2019

Pearl River Man Sentenced For Indecent Behavior With Girls

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jason W. Thomas (58) of Pearl River was
sentenced Monday (February 25, 2019) to serve 1½ years in prison for two counts of attempted indecent behavior with a juvenile. District Judge William “Rusty” Knight sentenced Thomas to 3½ years on each count but suspended 2 years of the sentence if Thomas follows the conditions of probation. Knight sentenced Thomas to three years of probation to be served after the jail term. Thomas, who had no prior criminal arrest record, also was ordered to receive treatment and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The sentence came just days after a St. Tammany Parish jury found Thomas guilty of the lesser charges. Thomas initially was charged with two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile for making inappropriate comments about the body parts of a 14-year-old girl, touching her bottom sexually over a period of about three years, and having her take partially nude photos of herself with his camera.

When the victim told family members what was happening, another woman revealed that Thomas had made similar comments to her and that when she was about 12 years old, he walked nude in front of her several times and French-kissed her against her wishes.

Both victims made impact statements to the court before the sentencing.

Obituary

Michael "Mike" Dickerson
October 19, 1972 - February 21, 2019

Obituary

Larry Bickham
November 10, 1963 - February 19, 2019

Obituary

Eric Dwayne Lee
February 13, 1968 - February 25, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 24-25, 2019

Dustin Stein was booked 02/24 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)
Briana McNeese was booked 02/25 In From Court
Austin Jenkins was booked 02/25 In From Court
John Gipson was booked 02/25 In From Court
Nina Whiteside was booked 02/25 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info
Todd Payne was booked 02/25 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
Jamie Ishman was booked 02/25 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Theft Less Than 1000 (2 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500, and Monetary Instrument Abuse/Counterfeit Moneys
Latasha Cook was booked 02/25 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Anthony Ratley was booked 02/25 In For Court
Johnnie Hudson was booked 02/25 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice
David Braud was booked 02/25 on the charges of Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles, Failure to Appear (2 counts), Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Obituary

Patricia Sandifer Barber
May 14, 1950 - February 25, 2019

Today in History for February 26th

AP Top Stories February 26, 2019 AM

February 25, 2019

Police and Pals Day in Bogalusa is April 27th


Obituary

Anne Evelyn Curtis
February 28, 1944 - February 23, 2019

Obituary

Christopher Anthony Luper
January 18, 1984 - February 21, 2019

Obituary

Elbert Archie Grantham
April 28, 1938 - February 23, 2019

Tangipahoa Parish Designated Certified Retirement Community

Louisiana's Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, along with the Louisiana Office of Tourism,
announced today (February 25, 2019) that Tangipahoa Parish joins nine other Louisiana communities as a Louisiana Certified Retirement Community. Nungesser congratulated Tangipahoa Parish and the City of Kaplan, another designated community announced today, and added, “With nearly 76 million baby boomers nearing retirement in the coming years, many states are working to draw them to their areas, and we thought we should take advantage to not only grow tourism but help spur economic development.”

Previously designated communities in Louisiana include  Lafayette Parish, Lake Charles, Natchitoches, Ruston and Lincoln Parish, Toledo Bend and Sabine Parish, Shreveport-Bossier City, Houma and Terrebonne Parish, and Thibodaux.

“Whether you are ready to retire or just starting a family, we invite you to Move Here to Tangipahoa Parish,” said Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Carla Tate. “Our parish has many wonderful opportunities for retirees to enjoy. We know retirees are active and vibrant and we welcome them with open arms to experience and be a part our great parish.”

Criteria used to become a certified retirement community includes: climate, demographics, tax structure at the state and local levels, local housing availability, public safety and crime index, employment and volunteer opportunities, healthcare and medical services, public transportation, recreational areas, and festival and fairs, just to name a few.

Today in History for February 25th

AP Top Stories February 25, 2019 AM

February 24, 2019

Obituary

Lane Knight
August 10, 1969 - February 22, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 23, 2019

Thomas Allemand was booked 02/23 on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Samuel Thomas was booked 02/23 on the charges of Criminal Trespass (2 counts), Failure to Appear, and Disturbing the Peace/Loud and Abusive Language
Margaret Lucas was booked 02/23 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Fight (2 counts)

Today in History for February 24th

February 23, 2019

Obituary

Myrtis M. Crosby
September 6, 1918 - February 21, 2019

Obituary

Jerry Cancienne
August 19, 1942 - February 21, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 22, 2019

Damion Thompson was booked 02/22 on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Contempt of Court
Keltron Hewitt was booked 02/22 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500
Kenneth Robertson was booked 02/22 on the charges of Theft of a Motor Vehicle (1000 to 5000) and Attachment
William Beal was booked 02/22 In From Court
Eric Archuleta was booked 02/22 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)

Today in History for February 23rd

February 22, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 20-21, 2019

Leigh Ladner was booked 02/20 In From Court
Christian Washington was booked 02/20 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Loretta Easterling was booked 02/21 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Failure to Appear
William Brumfield was booked 02/21 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Failure to Appear
Stacy Brumfield was booked 02/21 on the charge of Simple Escape
Ricky Applewhite was booked 02/21 on the charges of Simple Escape and Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute
Christopher Patterson was booked 02/21 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Heroin, Ran Stop Sign, No Proof of Insurance, and Drivers License Not on Person
Antoine Brumfield was booked 02/21 In For Court
Johnny Tarver was booked 02/21 In For Court

Franklinton Police Investigating Report of Gunfire

At 6:17 PM today (Friday, February 22, 2019), Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown reported that an investigation is ongoing into a gunshot being fired outside the Fairgrounds Apartments in Franklinton.
The FPD received a 911 call at approximately 3:00 PM about a gunshot and officers responded to the Fairgrounds Apartments. Responding officers found an individual lying on the ground with an apparent ankle injury. The subject was transported to the hospital for treatment. The investigation revealed that the injured subject and another individual had allegedly engaged in an altercation over the sale of narcotics. During the altercation, a handgun was produced and fired. One subject fled on foot while the other was left on the ground suffering from an injury. No one was injured due to the gunfire.

Patrolman Thomas Mitchell detained the fleeing subject a short time later while Patrolman 1st Class Anthony Cox and K-9 Finley conducted back track of the subjects last known direction of travel. 

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

February 20, 2019

Traffic Stop Results in Arrest of Tangipahoa Fugitive

A late night traffic stop near Madisonville Tuesday night (February 19, 2019) resulted in the arrest of
an Albany man and the recovery of a stolen pickup truck.

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy, who was patrolling in the area of Louisiana Highway 22 near Madisonville, conducted a traffic stop on a white Dodge Ram 1500. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Livingston Parish.

A firearm and drug paraphernalia were located inside the vehicle. The driver, Corey Rodgers (25) of Albany, was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Possession of a Firearm or Carrying Concealed Weapon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving Without a License. Rodgers was also booked as a fugitive out of Tangipahoa Parish, where he was wanted for burglary/unauthorized entry.

Obituary

Jean Hinote Moss
September 10, 1925 - February 19, 2019

Obituary

Gregory Allen Stringer
September 29, 1959 - February 15, 2019

Obituary

Janice Wheat Kemp
December 18, 1954 - February 17, 2019

Obituary

Duryl A. Johnson
July 26, 1949 - February 18, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 18-19, 2019

Bradford Lott was booked 02/18 on the charges of Home Invasion and Attempted 1st Degree Murder
Jermaine Wilson was booked 02/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Arkeem Buckhanan was booked 02/19 on the charge of Identity Theft

February 18, 2019

Obituary

Michael Kebbin Dyson
July 31, 1953 - February 13, 2019

Obituary

Katherine Rose Kennedy
March 29, 1928 - February 17, 2019

Obituary

Norman S. Taylor
January 18, 1927 - February 16, 2019

Obituary

Ella Melba Laseter Story
July 13, 1935 - February 16, 2019

Bogalusa Will Come Under Fiscal Administration

The Fiscal Review Committee met today (February 18, 2019) in Baton Rouge. The City of Bogalusa was one of three municipalities whose finances were addressed. Speaking before the committee were Mayor Wendy Perrette, Director of Administration Stacie Smith, Council members Gloria Kates and Oneita Graham, former Council member Thomas Kates, Senator Beth Mizell, and Representative Malinda White.
After discussions, the Fiscal Review Committee reached a unanimous determination that the City of Bogalusa is not financially stable and that the process should go forward to petition the court to appoint a Fiscal Administrator.

What happens now?

Click here for information about the entire process, the duties and powers of the administrator, the role of the Mayor and Council and appointed officials during fiscal administration, and more.

Click here for background information, article, and video

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 16-17, 2019

Ashley Hollie was booked 02/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Forgery, and Theft 1000-5000
Joseph Kennedy was booked 02/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Posession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Wendy Perret was booked 02/17 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Anthony Russo was booked 02/17 on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Possession of Schedule II Drug, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Tristian Mizell was booked 02/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
April Seal was booked 02/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

February 16, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 15, 2019

Damon Brown was booked 02/15 on the charges of Theft Auto Recovery, Theft 1000-5000, and Contempt of Court
Cody Walker was booked 02/15 on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
Christopher Traylor was booked 02/15 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Corey Lott was booked 02/15 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear
Emmitt Warren was booked 02/15 on the charges of Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot (3 counts), Resisting an Officer With Force or Violence, Theft Less Than 1000, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle (5000 to 25000)
Paul Carter was booked 02/15 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, No Drivers License, No Insurance, Possession of Marijuana, Switched License Plates, and Failure to Appear
Runeshia Abron was booked 02/15 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Cindy Perkins was booked 02/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Contempt of Court
Lanika Warren was booked 02/15 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (2 counts), Obstruction of Justice, and Theft Less Than 1000 (2 counts)
Cherish Lorio Martin was booked 02/15 on the charge of Parole Violation
Ashley Lee was booked 02/15 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine and Failure to Appear
Paul Ard was booked 02/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Justin Boyd was booked 02/15 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Obituary

Phillip M. Strickland
November 05, 1976 - February 15, 2019

Today in History for February 16th

February 15, 2019

Two $1000 Scholarships to be Awarded

Each year, Franklinton Chamber of Commerce partners with Washington Parish School Board to award $1000 scholarships each to two area high school seniors that exemplify leadership and community involvement as well as a commitment to the total school program. The deadline to apply is March 29, 2019. Click here for the application and to find out if you are eligible to apply 


Mandeville Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash on I-12

Thursday evening (February 14, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a
single vehicle fatal crash involving a motorcycle on I-12 eastbound near LA 59 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 53-year-old Edward E. Schwarz of Mandeville.

Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Schwarz was riding a 1997 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle eastbound on I-12 and, for reasons still under investigation, the motorcycle traveled beyond the right side of the roadway and crashed into a tree. Schwarz was transported to Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival.

Initial findings have indicated to Troopers that a medical condition could have been a contributing factor.

Lacombe Resident Killed in Crash on LA 434

Early this morning (February 15, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to
a single vehicle fatal crash on LA 434 south of I-12 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 38-year-old Alonzo Peter Casler of Lacombe.

Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Casler was driving north and, for reasons still under investigation, his vehicle traveled across the southbound lane and through a ditch, before the front of the vehicle impacted a tree.

Casler was not wearing a seat-belt. He was pronounced deceased on-scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

Obituary

Marjorie "Margie" Robinson Robichaux
November 4, 1931 - February 14, 2019

Obituary

Neil Jackson Rushing
April 21, 1932 - February 14, 2019

Obituary

Josephine Dykes Brumfield
October 1, 1933 - February 14, 2019

Obituary

Cindy Cefalu Verret
November 10, 1953 - February 13, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 13-14, 2019

Louis Babin was booked 02/13 on the charge of Theft 1000 to 5000
Mark Hunt was booked 02/13 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Battery, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Michelle Thomas was booked 02/13 In For Court
Alex Magee was booked 02/14 on the charge of Probation Violation
Scott Shubert was booked 02/14 on the charge of Probation Violation
Kurtis Gabler was booked 02/14 on the charges of Theft 1000-5000, Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Trespass, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Stolen Property
Tony Robertson was booked 02/14 In From Court

A Lot Happening at the AARP Bogalusa Chapter Meeting!

The AARP Bogalusa Chapter 4032 February meeting will be held 3:00 PM, Thursday, February 21,
2019 at Washington Parish Council on Aging, Senior Citizens Center, 603 Willis Avenue in Bogalusa. An exciting agenda is planned that includes observance of National Heart Awareness Month and a tribute to Dr. Gerald Berenson, guest speaker Dr. Dale Presser who is a practicing cardiologist with an office in Bogalusa, honoring civil rights hero Cleophus Guy as part of Black History Month, recognition of Outstanding Volunteer Marilyn Lott, and hearing from a U. S. Census Bureau representative about employment opportunities. (See details of the Agenda items below)

Today in History for February 15th

AP Top Stories February 15, 2019 AM

February 13, 2019

Two Sought in Slidell Armed Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men who robbed a Slidell-area gas station early Wednesday morning (February 13, 2019).
Shortly before 5:30 a.m., two black males entered a gas station on Voters Road in the Slidell area. Both men were wearing clothing that partially blocked their faces. They were armed with handguns and demanded money from the cashier. 

The men fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information about this crime or the individuals in the photos, which were taken from surveillance video, is asked to call Detective Crabtree at 985-726-7839, the STPSO at 985-898-2338 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward through Crimestoppers.

STPSO Seeking Pearl River Area Runaway


Obituary

Charlotte Johnson
May 15, 1942 - February 12, 2019

Obituary

Kenneth Wilson Jenkins
November 26, 1951 - February 11, 2019

North Shore Pastor Otho Schilling Sentenced

U. S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that Otho Schilling (59) of Mt. Hermon, Louisiana was
sentenced yesterday (February 12, 2019) by U.S. District Court Judge Jay C. Zainey to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $202,632.00 for Theft of Government Funds.

According to court records, Schilling, while he was the pastor of a church in Bush, Louisiana,  beginning in 2005 up until 2016, required the church to pay his personal expenses, such as his health and car insurance premiums, car payments, and personal land note in lieu of the church paying him a salary directly. During this period, Schilling was receiving Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance   from the Social Security Administration in the amount of $1,728 a month.  Schilling  concealed both his earnings and employment from the Social Security Administration. Accordingly, Schilling fraudulently received over $200,000 in RSDI benefits he was not entitled to due to his employment with the church.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 12, 2019

Paul Jewell was booked 02/12 on the charge of Probation Violation
Tiffany Williams was booked 02/12 on the charge of Probation Violation
Kelvin Tate was booked 02/12 on the charge of Probation Violation
Issac Bonner was booked 02/12 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Shallon Freeman was booked 02/12 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of CDS in Presence of Juvenile, Failure to Appear, and Theft Less Than 1000

Today in History for February 13th

AP Top Stories February 13, 2019 AM

Justin Brown Sworn In As Franklinton Police Chief

February 12, 2019

Washington Parish Council Holds Productive Meeting

The Washington Parish Council met Monday evening (February 11, 2019) and approved six resolutions, heard from the public, and received reports from Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff.

The Council approved a resolution to request the state legislature allow the Planning Commission to cancel meetings, rather than hold meetings, when there are no items on the agenda. The Council also approved resolutions to appoint members to the Tourism Commission (see separate article and video), Gas Utility District No. 1, Bogue Lusa Waterworks, Varnado Waterworks, and Washington Parish Fire Protection District No. 9.

During Public Participation,
  • Bogalusa resident Fate Farrell appealed to the Council for assistance in cleaning up areas in Bogalusa and received a great deal of feedback from Council members and the Parish President. (beginning 7:40 into video of the meeting). 
  • Bogalusa resident and City Councilman Mark Irvin addressed the Council on the issue of litter and disposing of tires. (beginning 20:40 into video of the meeting).
  • Rebeccah Stafford inquired about the opening of the parish animal shelter. (beginning 26:30 into video of the meeting). Public Works Director Wheat responded later into the meeting, beginning 39:30 into video of the meeting.
Parish President and his staff presented reports (beginning 28:20) that included information about the litter problem, a report on a recent tornado affecting the parish, and a report by Transportation Manager Donnell Merritt of work performed by parish work crews.

Washington Parish Tourism Addressed at Council Meetings

The Washington Parish Tourism Commission was the topic of discussion at a meeting Monday evening (February 11, 2019) of the Personnel Committee of the Washington Parish Council. Discussions were productive with the roles of the relationship between the Parish Council and the Tourism Commission being clarified and commitments being made toward transparency and coordination.

Personnel Committee members Rusty Fornea, Levi Lewis and Perry Talley heard from Tourism Commission Manager Kathi Mayor and Commission Members Cynthia August, Henry Harrison, and Mark Irvine. (Commission members not present were Marilyn Bateman, Ella Rose Bickham, Diane Slocum, and Phyllis Sampere.) The Personnel Committee also heard from other Council members and persons in the audience.

Discussions included the reappointment of three commissioners, how tourism commissioner nominations are received, the role of the Parish Council in approving commissioners, the number of members making up the Commission, and how the Tourism Commission promotes tourism and coordinates with other agencies.

Commissioner Harrison, who has been on the Commission since it's beginning, offered the opinion that, although the Parish Council votes to approve or disappove nominations, the Council does not appoint Commission members. That opinion was determined to be inaccurate. In fact, it was learned that, instead of the Tourism Commission presenting nominations to the Council for approval, nominations are supposed to be made to the Council by private non-profit groups that have an interest in the tourism industry and by other entities.

Commissioner August referred to “misleading information”, apparently about the Tourism Commission, that has been provided by some. No details were given. Councilman Lewis stated that he felt “we have brought the Tourism Committe to trial without even letting them know what the charges are.” The charges he referred to were unclear.

Ultimately, the Parish Council approved the recommendation of the Personnel Committee to approve the re-appointment of Henry Harrison, Cynthia August, and Phyllis Sampere. 

Washington Parish - Let's Unite for Heart Health

Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, Riverside Medical Center & American Heart is hosting an event, “Go Red!”, focusing on the prevention of heart disease and stroke.  The event will be held Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant, 26450 Choctaw Road, Franklinton, Louisiana.
Heart disease and stroke cause more deaths each year than all cancers combined. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Get informed about the risks of heart disease and stroke. Know the red flags. Know your heart health story. Go Red inspires us to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities, and shape policies to save lives.

Click here to Register

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 11, 2019

Ojore Hebert was booked 02/11 In From Court
Ceaser Dixon was booked 02/11 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Kyleir Lee was booked 02/11 on the charge of Probation Violation
Malcolm Beal was booked 02/11 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Chad Freeman was booked 02/11 on the charges of No Insurance, No Motorcycle Endorsement, Driving Under Suspension, No License Plate, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Heroin, and Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Efrem Williams was booked 02/11 In For Court

Over 2 Pounds of Marijuana Found in Folsom Man's Vehicle

Randy Batiste (60) of Hay Hollow Road, Folsom, Louisiana was arrested Monday (February 12, 2019) and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana after a traffic stop on North Causeway Approach in Mandeville, Louisiana.
A Mandeville Patrol Officer stopped a white Jeep Liberty for improper lane use. During the course of the traffic stop, the investigating officer detected the strong odor of raw marijuana coming from within the Jeep. Batiste, who was also found to be driving with a suspended driver’s license, was detained. A search of Batiste’s vehicle turned up just over 2 pounds of suspected marijuana and over $2,500.00 in cash.

Batiste was booked for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, improper lane use and driving under suspension and remanded to the St Tammany Parish Jail.

Marrio Haynes, Jr. Wanted in Covington Shooting

The Covington Police Department is investigating a shooting which occurred in the 300 block of S.
Taylor Street, yesterday afternoon (February 10, 2019) at approximately 3:20 pm. Officers responded to the scene and located Demarriay Haynes (21) who had a non-life-threatening bullet wound to his leg and who was determined to have been a perpetrator in an apparent armed robbery gone wrong.

Demarriay Haynes, along with his brother Marrio Haynes, Jr. (20), are both accused of attempting to rob someone at a residence, shots were fired at the victim, and Demarriay was struck by a projectile. Demarray Haynes was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries and then was taken into custody on the charge of Attempted First Degree Murder.

Investigators are currently looking for the Marrio Haynes, Jr., and have a warrant for his arrest for Attempted First Degree Murder.

If you know the whereabouts of Marrio Haynes, Jr., please call the Covington Police Department at 985-892-8500. You can also contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111, where you can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Marrio Haynes Jr. is to be considered armed and dangerous.

Today in History for February 12th

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February 11, 2019

Obituary

Debra Ann Smith
July 11, 1957 - February 01, 2019

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Melissa Freeman Simmons
November 16, 1967 - February 10, 2019

Bicentennial Volunteer Meeting is Wednesday

The Franklinton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Bicentennial Volunteer meeting Wednesday, February 13th at 6:00 pm at the Washington Parish Emergency Center, 54100 Dollar Road, Franklinton, Louisiana 70438.

PALS (Parents of Addictive Loved Ones) Meeting Tonight

PALS (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones) will meet tonight (February 11, 2019) from 6:00 pm to 7:30 at the Bogalusa YMCA. The sessions are free for parents, guardians, grandparents, and any person in a relationship with an addict. Must be 18 or older to attend. Childcare will be provided for attendees.

PALS is sponsored by the Bogalusa Strong Behavioral & Emotional Health Focus Group and ADAPT.

Get Your Cupcakes and Valentine's Basket Wednesday at RMC

Join the folks at the front lobby of Riverside Medical Center Wednesday (February 13, 2019) at 12:30 pm for their Cupcake War. Cupcakes will be available for $1.00, and there will be “to go” bags to make the perfect Valentines Day treat. There will also be a Valentine’s Basket Silent Auction as well, with a lot of great baskets to choose from. The Silent Auction will end at 2 pm.

Obituary

S. E. "Pete" Fricke
August 11, 1934 - February 9, 2019

Obituary

Robert Wayne "Bobby" Barber
August 20, 1961 - February 9, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 10, 2019

Daytona Dykes was booked 02/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Usage, and Driving Under Suspension
Kayla Brumfield was booked 02/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Usaage, Expired License Plate, Expired Drivers License, and Expired MVI
Lorenzo Lewis was booked 02/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear

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February 10, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 8-9, 2019

Tommy Clark was booked 02/08 on the charge of Simple Assault
Ronnie Williams was booked 02/08 In From Court
James Stringer was booked 02/09 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Careless Operation
Eddie Jefferson was booked 02/09 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Tamara Spears was booked 02/09 on the charge of Parole Violation
Billy McBeth was booked 02/09 on the charge of Parole Violation
Brandon Magee was booked 02/09 on the charges of False Imprisonment/Armed With Weapon, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Contempt of Court (2 counts), and Failure to Appear
Juanita Daigle was booked 02/09 on the charges of Accessory After the Fact (5 counts)

February 08, 2019

Runaway from Slidell Being Sought


Obituary

Unice Bee Roberts
November 09, 1941 - February 04, 2019

Jury Finds Bogalusa Man Guilty of Obscenity

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Marlon D. Harwell (58) of Bogalusa guilty of obscenity Wednesday (February 6, 2019). Harwell faces from 20 years to life in prison as a multiple offender when he is sentenced May 3, 2019

The Bogalusa Police Department had received numerous complaints from neighbors and parents who had seen Harwell masturbating in public view, while looking at schoolchildren boarding the bus at two bus stops near his apartment. On June 26, 2018, Harwell was caught in the act on the back porch of his home about 7:28 a.m., as Det. Jeffrey Bergeron observed from a neighbor’s window. Bergeron immediately placed Harwell under arrest.

A pretrial motion, filed by the state, allowed the introduction of evidence from four of Harwell’s previous convictions: obscenity in 2014, 2004, and 1998, and indecent behavior with juveniles in 1994. Harwell also has a pending case of indecent behavior with a juvenile, in which he is accused of abusing a child.

The jury deliberated a half-hour before finding him guilty. Assistant District Attorney David Weilbaecher, Jr. prosecuted the case before District Judge William Burris.

Wanted Covington Suspect Cedric Laurant, Jr. Surrenders

Yesterday (February 7, 2019), Cedric Laurant Jr., turned himself into the Covington Police Department without incident.

Laurant was arrested and charged with four (4) counts of  Attempted Second Degree Murder, then transported to the St Tammany Parish Jail.

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 7, 2019

Chad Goutierez was booked 02/07 In From Court
James Butler was booked 02/07 In For Court
Craig Painter was booked 02/07 In For Court
Rabetha Remington was booked 02/07 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Jonathan Barber was booked 02/07 on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Obituary

Ivey Jay Alexander
April 08, 1956 - February 01, 2019

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February 07, 2019

Missing Teen from Tangipahoa Parish

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in locating 13-year old runaway, Katlyn Gomez of Tickfaw, LA.

Katlyn was last seen on February 2, 2019, however has been in phone contact with her mother. Katlyn has told her mother that she has been staying with two friends in a neighboring parish.

Katlyn's mother does not feel like she is eminent danger, however she is only 13-years old. Katlyn has also ran away in the past.

Anyone knowing Katlyn's whereabouts is asked to contact the TPSO at (985) 345-6150. Sergeant Danny Sharkey (985) 748- 3351 is the lead investigator on this case.

Obituary

Jewell Anders
January 17, 1939 - January 28, 2019

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John Wayne Page, Sr.
July 16, 1962 - February 06, 2019

Obituary

Marvin Magee
September 27, 1944 - February 6, 2019

“Spud” Lee Arrested …….AGAIN!

The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office reports that last month (on January 16, 2019), Anthony Ricardo “Spud” Lee, 31, a resident of Lee Road near Franklinton was arrested once again by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives. While investigating the theft of 4-wheelers and farm equipment from a rural location in the State Line area, detectives collected physical evidence, forwarded the evidence to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, and identified Lee as the suspect.

At the time, Lee was incarcerated in the Walthall County, Mississippi, Jail for possession of a stolen firearm. He was returned to Washington Parish and booked into the jail charged with theft and violation of his probation.

Lee has a lengthy arrest record that includes attempted second degree murder, possession of stolen property, possession with intent to distribute illegal narcotics, possession of illegal narcotics with a weapon present, obstruction of justice, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer with force or violence, burglary, and traffic violations.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Our detectives did an excellent job investigating Lee’s latest crime and identifying him quickly. If anyone has purchased anything at all from Anthony Ricardo “Spud” Lee, I request they contact our detective division at (985) 661-6024.”

Franklinton Man Accused of Selling Vehicles He Didn't Own

Mark Anthony Braud (23) of Franklinton was arrested Monday (February 4, 2019) by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office after they received several complaints that Braud would advertise
for sale vehicles that he did not own. After receiving payment for a vehicle, he then would reportedly fail to deliver the vehicle to the purchaser.

Braud was charged with Theft Between $5000 and $25000 and released the following day after posting at $3,500 bond.

The investigation into Braud’s illegal activities continues. Any person who has been a victim of Mark Anthony Braud is asked to contact Washington Parish detectives at (985) 661-6024.

“Always know the person with whom you are doing business,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “Never give another person your hard-earned money until you are satisfied that the transaction is legitimate. Honest citizens of Washington Parish never deserve to be defrauded by a crook. Always be alert when conducting a monetary transaction”.

Cedrick Laurant, Jr. Wanted for Shooting in Covington

The Covington Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating Cedric Dejuan Laurant,
Jr.(19), identified as the shooter in an incident that occurred Tuesday (February 5, 2019) in Covington. One person was injured in the shooting, and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Warrants were obtained for Laurant's arrest on the charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder (4 counts).

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Covington Police Department at 985-892-8500. You can also contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111, where you can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Laurant is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone who may come into contact, please use caution and contact the police Immediately.

Two Arrested After Pursuit and Scuffle with Deputies

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested Chynna Dowling (27) of Mandeville and Cory Kendrick (25) of Lafayette just after midnight on Wednesday (February 6, 2019) after a brief pursuit and scuffle with deputies.
A deputy observed a vehicle travelling eastbound in the westbound lane of travel and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle fled, but not before striking a curb, damaging both passenger side tires. The driver committed numerous traffic violations, and used her vehicle to ram into a marked STPSO patrol unit during the pursuit on at least two occasions.

The vehicle was ultimately stopped and Dowling and her passenger (Kendrick) were arrested. Upon conclusion of the pursuit, deputies learned that Dowling’s six-year-old daughter was seated in the rear of the vehicle.  Dowling was found to have marijuana on her person, and additional marijuana was also located inside the vehicle.  The child was not injured and was released to the custody of a family member.

Dowling was charged with Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway of Commerce, Cruelty to Juveniles, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession of Marijuana, Driving Across Median, and Driving Under Suspension

Kendrick was charged with Attempt/Disarming of a Peace Officer, Resisting an Officer, and Simple Possession of Marijuana.