March 22, 2019

Obituary

Wilton "Ray" Mitchell
March 16, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 21, 2019

Stephaine McKenzie was booked 03/21 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, No License Plate, Possession of an Alleged Substance, and Failure to Appear
Mary Young was booked 03/21 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Joshua Foxworth was booked 03/21 on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Simple Assault (2 counts), Resisting an Officer (2 counts), and Disturbing the Peace
Patrice Williams was booked 03/21 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Possession of Stolen Property
Roger Magee was booked 03/21 on the charge of Probation Violation

Today in History for March 22nd

March 21, 2019

Obituary

Michael Dewayne Johnson
December 23, 1966 - March 19, 2019

Obituary

David Watson, Sr.
March 15, 1963 - March 20, 2019

Obituary

Hilton Richard, Jr.
March 18, 1963 - March 17, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 20, 2019

Charles Jones was booked 03/20 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Probation and Parole Hold
Patrick John was booked 03/20 on the charge of Identity Theft and Obstruction of Justice
Richard Lee was booked 03/20 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court
Brandon Lotts was booked 03/20 In For Court

Obituary

James "Lefty" Monroe Spears
February 05, 1934 - March 18, 2019

Today in History for March 21st

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March 20, 2019

STPSO Awarded $148,099 for Underage Drinking Enforcement

As an ongoing commitment to keeping our roadways safe, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office
has been awarded $148,099 by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to be used as part of the statewide Fatal and Injury Crash Reduction Effort. The primary objective of this effort is to reduce fatal and injury crashes on Louisiana roadways, and funds will be used to supply additional manpower to conduct extra seat belt enforcement, DWI patrols and underage alcohol enforcement in St. Tammany Parish.

“Our goal is to save lives by using these funds to raise awareness with the goal of reducing the number of fatal and injury related crashes in St. Tammany,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “We want people to know that we are out there every day looking for drivers that are under the influence, and we hope the checkpoints this funding provides will serve as a deterrent,” Sheriff Smith said. “If you choose to consume alcohol, don’t drive. Have a designated driver or call a cab. If all options fail, call us and we will find you a safe ride.”

Stephen Culotta Named Covington Police Chief

Stephen Culotta (pictured left) has been appointed by Mayor Mike Cooper (pictured right) for the permanent Chief of Police position and the appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Covington City Council last night (March 19, 2019).

Chief Culotta was joined by his family, friends, and nearly the entire police department, showing their support of his appointment. Chief Culotta has been a member of the Covington Police Department for over 20 years and has progressed through the ranks towards his goal of Chief of Police.

Chief Culotta stated, “I am truly honored by the trust and confidence that Mayor Cooper and the Covington City Council has instilled in me. Covington is my home, and our community has an amazing group of men and women who work for the Covington Police Department that they can be proud of I am excited for this chance to serve our citizens, and I can promise that we will continue to give them the Covington Police Department that they’ve not only come to love but deserve.”

Obituary

Willie Daniel Foster
June 04, 1926 - March 17, 2019

Obituary

Ruby Kennedy Dragon
March 19, 2019

Mandeville Police Gets Free Tourniquets and Training

The Mandeville Police Department recently outfitted all of its officers with new tourniquets that were
provided free of charge ($1,250.00 cost) by the nonprofit organization, “The Spirit of the Blue Foundation.” Along with basic first aid training and lifesaving measures such as quickClot, tourniquets are a simple, yet invaluable tool that can be quickly applied to save a life on scene when seconds count.

The tourniquet training was provided free of charge ($1,500.00 cost) by John “Brad” Gilpin, President of FDL Group; a company that specializes in tactical first aid training of first responders.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation 501(c)(3) is based out of Rochester, NY and is dedicated to the enhancement of officer safety and vitality throughout the law enforcement community by promoting public awareness for their protection and fulfilling safety equipment and training needs. The Spirit of Blue Foundation develops and executes fundraising campaigns nationally with the support of partner non-profits, national retailers and safety equipment manufacturers. Fundraising proceeds are distributed in the form of Safety Equipment and Training Grants to law enforcement agencies across the country from local to federal levels. Since 2011 the Foundation has awarded 87 grants in 35 states.

Obituary

Alberta "Pat" Spencer Ladner
July 20, 1926 - March 19, 2019

Obituary

John William Burns, Sr.
December 5, 1925 - March 15, 2019

Obituary

Aurilus Perkins, Sr.
March 20, 1936 - March 13, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 19, 2019

Russell Blackwell was booked 03/19 on the charge of Parole Violation
Anthony Stogner was booked 03/19 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Major Thomas was booked 03/19 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Donald Tate was booked 03/19 on the charges of Aggravated Burglary and Telephone Harassment/Obscene
Cody Morris was booked 03/19 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Trespass, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1/Ecstasy, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
James Thompson was booked 03/19 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Chequietta Henry was booked 03/19 on the charges of Theft 1000-5000, Failure to Appear, and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Donna Schiro was booked 03/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Driving Under Suspension, Careless Operation, Expired License Plate, and No Proof of Insurance

Today in History for March 20th

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March 18, 2019

Ponchatoula Man Gets 151 Months on Sex Exploitation & Gun Charges

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today (March 18, 2019) that Daniel Justin Mahan (43) of Ponchatoula, Louisiana was sentenced Thursday, March 14, 2019 by United States District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to 151 months imprisonment, having pleaded guilty to receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors and violation of the Federal Gun Control Act. Upon release from imprisonment, he will serve a 5 year term of supervised release.

Mahan was arrested on March 15, 2018, by Special Agents of the FBI after a search warrant of his home where he was found to be in possession twenty-four (24) weapons and over 26,000 rounds of ammunition.  MAHAN has a prior felony conviction for bank robbery which prohibits him from possessing firearms and ammunition. 

The FBI’s investigation further revealed that MAHAN was also in possession of a laptop computer which contained images depicting the sexual victimization of prepubescent children.

Magic City Firefighters Auxiliary Hosts Fish Dinner Fundraiser


Obituary

Alexander R. Esteva
March 17, 2000 - March 15, 2019

Escapee From Amite Jail Has Been Apprehended

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports today that on March 17, 2019, convicted felon
Hulus Doughty (18),escaped from the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite, Louisiana. He was apprehended without incident within a short period of time.

Sheriff Edwards notes “procedural violations attributed to the escape. Although the antiquated design of the facility contributed, the physical plant remains intact and there is no cause for immediate concern. Due to the obvious need to keep security measures, techniques, and investigative tools safeguarded, no other details will be released.”

A full internal review of the incident is underway and corrective measures have been taken.

Homicide Suspect Wanted in Tangipahoa Parish

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking today (March 18, 2019) for the public's
assistance in locating homicide suspect Moises Meraz Rodriguez (33) who is also known as Adrian Morquedo Rubio (37) of Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

Rubio is accused of shooting Sergio Galindo, Jr. (29) of Hammond following a verbal altercation outside a residence on North Thibodeaux Road in Pontchatoula on March 17, 2019. .

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Rubio is asked to contact the TPSO (985-345-6150) or Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Kovan Banks is the lead investigator.  

Bail Bondsmen Arrested in Human Trafficking Investigation

A Bail Bondsman and his adult son business partner, operating out of offices in Covington and Amite
have both been arrested on multiple state charges stemming from a joint human trafficking investigation led by the Louisiana State Police and FBI.

Friday morning (March 15, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit, along with members of the FBI New Orleans Field Office, arrested James E. Johnson, Jr. (53) of Bush on the charges of Human Trafficking (2 counts), First Degree Rape (2 counts), and Sexual Battery.
 
Detectives had received information that Johnson had solicited sexual favors from multiple victims in exchange for bond debt relief. Search warrants were served at various businesses and properties in Covington and Amite. Detectives seized 27 firearms from Johnson’s residence and businesses.

While executing the search warrant at a business in Amite, Investigators discovered evidence of pornography involving juveniles that led to the arrest of Patrick Johnson (31) on the charges of Possession of Pornography Involving Juveniles (3 counts). 

The investigation is on-going. Additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming. Detectives believe that there is potential for additional unreported victims. Anyone with any information pertaining to this case is encouraged to contact the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit at 504-310-7000.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 16-17, 2019

Reginald Ratliff was booked 03/16 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Failure to Appear
Shawn Dykes was booked 03/16 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Bryce Landry was booked 03/17 on the charges of Attempted Theft, Criminal Trespass, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Robert Harvey was booked 03/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Tonious Anders was booked 03/17 on the charges of Armed Robbery (2 counts) and Carrying Firearm/Weapon on School Property
Brandi Bailey was booked 03/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs/Morphine, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs W/O Prescription or Order (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Attachment

Today in History for March 18th

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March 16, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 14-15, 2019

Luther Watson was booked 03/14 on the charges of Protective Order Violation and Contempt of Court
Bonnie Comans was booked 03/14 on the charge of Probation Violation
Donyale James was booked 03/14 on the charge of Probation Violation
Morris Madison, Jr. was booked 03/14 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Fight and Failure to Appear
Corey Hart was booked 03/14 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Fight and Contempt of Court
Kody Singletary was booked 03/14 In For Court
Victoria Williams was booked 03/14 In For Court
Steven Jarrell was booked 03/15 In From Court
Marvin Carter was booked 03/15 In For Court
Jacob Provost was booked 03/15 In From Court
Timothy Watts was booked 03/15 In From Court
Meloney Rogers was booked 03/15 In From Court
Emmanuel Hatcher was booked 03/15 on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300, Failure to Pay Fine, and Failure to Appear

Obituary

Elizabeth Kay Arthur Watson
May 3, 1959 - March 14, 2019

Today in History for March 16th

March 14, 2019

St. Tammany Teens Arrested After High Speed Chase

Three teenagers were arrested by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies early Thursday morning
(March 14, 2019) following a high speed chase in a stolen car. They reportedly confessed to numerous vehicle burglaries that occurred earlier this week.

Shortly after 1:45 a.m. Thursday, STPSO deputies responded to a report of a vehicle burglary-in-progress in the Greenleaves subdivision near Mandeville, when they observed a suspicious vehicle without a license plate leaving the area. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop and the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed onto Louisiana Highway 59. As the vehicle attempted to enter the on-ramp of I-12, the vehicle exited the roadway and crashed.

Two of the occupants, Edwin J. Holderness (18) of Covington and a 17-year-old female from Abita Springs, were taken into custody as they attempted to flee by running across the interstate on foot. The driver, a 16-year-old male from Covington, was later located hiding in an area off Little Creek Road.

The vehicle that the teens were driving was stolen Wednesday night from a Covington-area apartment complex after it was left unlocked with the keys inside. The vehicle contained numerous items reported stolen earlier in the week.

The investigation is ongoing. Detectives expect additional victims will be discovered as they process the recovered property, and additional charges are possible. If you believe you may be a victim of a vehicle burglary and have not filed a report, please contact Detective Penton at 985-276-1351.

Obituary

James "Buddy" Coon
February 25, 1944 - March 14, 2019


Today in History for March 14th

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March 13, 2019

Bush Man Gets 50 Years For Killing and Burning Ex-Girlfriend

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Gary L. Harris (57) of Bush was sentenced Tuesday (March 12, 2019) to serve 50 years in prison for killing his estranged girlfriend and burning her body in 2015. District Judge Raymond Childress sentenced Harris to 40 years on the manslaughter charge and 10 years for obstruction of justice by tampering with evidence. The sentences are to be served consecutively.
Childress also sentenced Harris’s brother, Ray S. Harris (67) of Bush, to five years in prison for accessory after the fact.

The case began unfolding on Sept. 20, 2015 when the victim, Nannette King (42), was reported missing after she left work and never made it back to the Bogalusa motel where she and her daughter were staying. Three weeks later, King’s badly burned body and car were found in a wooded area near Sun.

Gary Harris, who had lived with the victim many years and had an adult daughter with her, became a prime suspect when the investigation found inconsistencies in his story. His relationship with the victim was volatile, which had resulted in the victim and her daughter moving to Bogalusa.

Investigators believe Gary Harris lured King to the home they once shared to pick up her things and strangled her. Ray Harris ultimately confessed to picking up his brother from a location near where King’s body was found and to helping hide evidence of the crime.

Assistant District Attorney Blake Peters prosecuted the case with assistance from Amanda Gritten, a student practitioner.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings March 11-12, 2019

Helen Sykes was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Language
Duane Eric Cottonwas booked to Serve Sentence from Bogalusa City Court
Laken C Harris was booked on the charges of 2 counts of Failure to Appear in Bogalusa City Court and Entry After Being Forbidden
Brian Brumfield was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property, Disturbing the
Peace/Intoxication and Entry/Remaining After Forbidden
Curtis Spikes, Jr, was booked on the charges of Urinating in Public and Fugitive From Outside Agency
Ricardo McGowan was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear in Bogalusa City Court

Obituary

William Bolton, Sr.
December 15, 1944 - March 07, 2019

Today in History for March 13th

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 12, 2019

Renita Boyd was booked 03/12 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Appear, Probation Violation, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Gerald Boyd was booked 03/12 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Andrew Vaughn was booked 03/12 In From Court
Dominic Wilson was booked 03/12 on the charge of Failure to Appear

AP Top Stories March 13, 2019 AM

March 12, 2019

Family Fest is Saturday, March 30th in Bogalusa

Save the Date for Family Fest! It is Saturday, March 30th at Goodyear Park from 9am to 1pm. There will be live entertainment, great food, interactive exhibits, shopping, free screenings and more! Kids will have a blast in the Play Zone with obstacle courses, stuffed animal clinic, face painting, and inflatables.

There will be lots of fun activities for the entire family – and it’s FREE! Click here to register today

STPSO Employee Arrested for Drug Law Violations

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office employee was arrested today (March 12, 2019) following a
criminal investigation by the STPSO. Terry D. Cederholm II (35), a patrol deputy for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Patrol Division, was arrested on a warrant that was issued through the 22ND Judicial Court on Tuesday morning (March 12, 2019).  Cedarholm’s employment with the Sheriff’s Office was immediately terminated.

Cederholm was initially hired to work in Corrections for the STPSO in 2007.  He left the STPSO in 2009 and returned in 2014.  He had previous assignments in Corrections and Court Security, with his most recent assignment being Criminal Patrol.

Cederholm was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of  Possession of Schedule IV CDS and Possession of a legend drug without prescription.

The investigation is ongoing and District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office has been consulted. No further details will be released at this time.

Bogalusa: City-Wide Cleanup Day is Saturday, March 6


Covington Lawyer Gets 20 Years For Child Pornography

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Victor R. Loraso (38), an attorney who lives in
Covington, pleaded guilty Monday (March 11, 2019) to 26 child pornography charges. District Judge Martin Coady sentenced Loraso to a total of 20 years in prison.

Loraso pleaded guilty to four counts of distribution of pornography of children under 13 and one count of distribution of pornography of children under 17. He also pleaded guilty to 13 counts of possession of pornography of children under 13 and 8 counts of possession of child pornography under 17.

The investigation began in Canada in 2017, when police arrested an individual, seized his computer, and determined that he had been exchanging pornography with someone in the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security then turned the investigation over to the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, which tracked the pornography to a computer owned by Loraso. The computer also revealed online accounts, which Loraso admitted belonged to him, in which he was chatting with pedophiles about the desire to molest children.

Loraso was first arrested in October, 2017 (click here for the story) and again in November, 2017 (click here for the story).

The case was investigated by Brian D. Brown, Supervisory Special Agent of the Attorney General’s Investigation Division. Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Authement and Michael Cochran prosecuted the case.

Cassidy Park and the State Park Getting Help

Washington Parish Government continues their efforts to assist other entities maintain and improve facilities that benefit parish residents and our neighbors. A resolution was approved at the last meeting (February 25, 2019) of the Washington Parish Council to provide labor and equipment and coordinate with the City of Bogalusa to make repairs both in Cassidy Park and other areas in the City. President Thomas announced at the meeting on March 11th that the work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 12th.

Also at the March 11th meeting, the Council approved a resolution to assist with labor and equipment for road work at the Bogue Chitto State Park. Parish residents find much to do at the park and it is also a great tourist attraction and of economic benefit to Washington Parish.

In addition to routine matters,
  • President Thomas provided his report and answered various questions by councilmen.
  • Public Works Director Wheat reported on the Bridge to Culvert program, progress on the Animal Shelter, improvements being made at the courthouse, a generator for the Bogalusa Health Unit, and cleanup being done near Poole's Bluff. 
  • Transportation Supervisor Merritt provided his monthly report.
Watch relevant excerpts of the meetings below and go to our Government Meetings page to see full videos of the meetings.

Open Road Cruisers Starting Again This Thursday


Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 11, 2019

Shawn Crain was booked 03/11 In From Court
Jemerious Williams was booked 03/11 In For Court
Alex Weary was booked 03/11 on the charges of Purse Snatching and Battery of a Dating Partner

Today in History for March 12th

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March 11, 2019

Obituary

Faith Broyles Alford
February 25, 1932 - March 10, 2019

Obituary

Dennis "Denny" Michael Bufkin
November 24, 1952 - March 09, 2019

Independence Man Dies in Tangipahoa Parish Crash

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded early Sunday morning (March 10, 2019) to
a single vehicle fatal crash on US 190 east of Baptist Rd. in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 33-year-old Archie Herbert Moore, Jr. of Independence.

Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Moore was driving westbound on US 190, traveled off the right side of the roadway, and crashed into a driveway embankment. The vehicle continued in the ditch and impacted a fence rail before coming to rest.

Moore was transported to North Oaks Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival.

Obituary

Dorothy Warner Cutrer
January 05, 1948 - March 09, 2019

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings March 8-10, 2019

Lee Roy Kelly was booked on the charges of 3 counts Failure to Appear in Bogalusa City Court
Chester Alsobrooks was booked on the charge of Criminal Mischief and Possession of drug paraphernalia
John Tyler Busby was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Language
Elsie Armond was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear in Bogalusa City Court
Anna Peters was booked on the charge of Public Intoxication
Kevin Fortenberry was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear in Bogalusa City Court
Haley Wheat was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear in Bogalusa City Court
Felicia Jefferson was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear in Bogalusa City Court
Judd S Taylor was booked on the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule 3 Narcotic
Glendia Slater was booked on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Disturbing the Peace, Criminal Damage
to Property, Resisting an Officer and Battery on Police Officer
Gail Johnson was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear in Bogalusa City Court
Paul Ard was booked on the charges of 2 counts Failure to Appear in Bogalusa City Court

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 9-10, 2019

Robin Beall was booked 03/09 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Joshua Hicks was booked 03/09 on the charges of Improper License Plate Lighting, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Duniele Anders was booked 03/09 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense)
Marion Catalano was booked 03/10 on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Demetrice Magee was booked 03/10 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery

March 09, 2019

Get Ready for Clock Confusion

Daylight Saving Time is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that evening daylight lasts longer, while sacrificing normal sunrise times. Clocks are adjusted forward one hour close to the start of spring (on March 10th this year) and adjusted backward in the autumn to standard time.

The effect is to cause a loss of one hour of sleep in the spring and an extra hour of sleep in the fall. The clock shifts sometimes complicate timekeeping and can disrupt travel, billing, record keeping, medical devices, and sleep patterns. Computer software often adjusts clocks automatically.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 8, 2019

Mairedeth LaBlanc was booked 03/08 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Obstruction of Justice
Brooke Naquin was booked 03/08 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Obstruction of Justice
Nolan Hunt was booked 03/08 on the charge of Obscenity
Jacob Day was booked 03/08 In For Court
William Seither was booked 03/08 In For Court
Haley Wheat was booked 03/08 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Contempt of Court, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Ronald Alexander was booked 03/08 In From Court

Today in History for March 9th

March 08, 2019

Biloxi Man Wanted for Float Theft

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has obtained an arrest warrant for a Biloxi,  Mississippi,
man wanted in connection with the felony theft of a Mardi Gras float from the  Covington Lions Club parking lot on March 3, 2019. The float was recovered the next day.

The STPSO had made a Facebook post on Monday evening (March 4, 2019) asking for the public’s assistance in locating the float. Within a short time of the STPSO posting, deputies located the float undamaged at a residence on Walnut Street in Slidell. The subsequent investigation revealed that Orlando K. Lyons, of Biloxi, MS removed the float from the Covington Lions Club parking lot with the intention of taking the float to Biloxi, MS. While on the way to Mississippi a mechanical failure occurred with the vehicle being used to tow the float, prompting Lyons to seek assistance from a family member who lived in the nearby Slidell area.

The family member contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday (March 4, 2019) after discovering the float was reported stolen via Facebook. Detectives have been in telephone contact with Lyons requesting a meeting to discuss the stolen float. Lyons claims he rented/bought the float, but he has yet to meet with detectives or provide any evidence to support his claims.

An arrest warrant was issued for Orlando K. Lyons (D.O.B. 04/05/1989) through the 22nd Judicial Court on Friday (March 8, 2019) for Theft over $5,000. Anyone who has further information or can assist with providing information on the whereabouts of Orlando Lyons, is asked to contact STPSO Detective Patrick Penton at 985-276-1351 or 985-898-2338.

Obituary

Hazel Walley Overton
October 29, 1923 - March 08, 2019

Obituary

Lavern Kennedy Case
July 10, 1929 - March 05, 2019

Obituary

Sandra Felicia Young
January 29, 1959 - March 03, 2019

Obituary

Barbara Robinson Williams
October 09, 1942 - March 01, 2019

Obituary

Vanuita "Nita" Stogner Thomas
September 09, 1935 - March 07, 2019

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings March 7, 2019

Cody Ansley was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear in Bogalusa City Court
Luther Whittine was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear in Bogalusa City Court
Brittany Gabriel was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear in Bogalusa City Court
Angelina Robinson was booked on the charge of City Probation Hold Bogalusa City Court

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 7, 2019

Britt Miley was booked 03/07 on the charge of Parole Violation
Earl Seal was booked 03/07 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Tommy Greely was booked 03/07 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon and Failure to Appear
Zachary Abram was booked 03/07 on the charge of Probation Violation
Todd Landry was booked 03/07 on the charge of Identity Theft
Woody McKenzie was booked 03/07 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Nicholas Primes was booked 03/07 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of Inhabited Dwelling
Stephen French was booked 03/07 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Today in History for March 8th

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March 07, 2019

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings March 5-6, 2019

Anna McNeese was booked on the charges of Fail to Appear "Bogalusa City Court", No Drivers License on Person, No Insurance, and No Seatbelt
Anthony Stogner was booked on the charge of Violation of Protection Order
Brittany Seal was booked on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Earl Winston Seal was booked on the charge of Illegal Possession of Schedule 2 Narcotic
Tommy Greely was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault with Firearm and Illegal Use of Dangerous Weapon

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 5-6, 2019

Jennifer Wright was booked 03/05 on the charge of Oral Sexual Battery
Adam Wright was booked 05/05 on the charges of Sexual Battery (2 counts) and Oral Sexual Battery
Tracey Bowden was booked 03/05 on the charges of Proper Equipment Required, Switched License Plate, Drivers License Expired, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Open Container in Vehicle
Charles Bowden was booked 03/05 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug Without Prescription or Order, and Open Container in Vehicle
Asha Ladner was booked 03/05 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Dustin Holden was booked 03/06 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Failure to Pay Fine, and Contempt of Court

Today in History for March 7th

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Art in the Park "Irish Style" in Bogalusa March 9th


March 06, 2019

Circus in Franklinton March 6th & 7th

The Big Top Circus will be in Franklinton, Louisiana on Wednesday & Thursday, March 6 & 7, 2019 with one performance each night at 6:00 pm at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds.

Tickets can be purchased at the Circus entrance or at the website zerbinifamilycircus.com for $15 per adult.  Each paid adult can bring two kids free with the coupon. The coupon is good for two kids ages 4–12 , kids 3 and under come in free and do not need a ticket. Additional children are $10 per child,

Obituary

Francis G. Robinson
March 02, 1938 - February 27, 2019

Obituary

Doris Corkern Tadlock
May 29, 1938 - February 28, 2019

Obituary

Ellis Ezekiel Bateman
February 23, 1932 - March 5, 2019

Obituary

Paul Frederick Walls, Sr.
July 19, 1935 - March 02, 2019

Today in History for March 6th

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March 05, 2019

Parade Float Stolen in Covington and Recovered

Shortly before 7:00 PM Sunday night (March 3, 2019), a parade float was stolen from the Covington Lions Club parking lot in Covington.  It was being stored at the location along with several other floats. The float is described as a 25 foot by 8 foot haywagon-style trailer float with a large green mask design on the front. It was seen being pulled from the location by a crew cab pickup truck headed westbound on Hwy 190 toward Hammond.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office reported that the float was recovered the next day (Monday, March 4, 2019) and was being returned to its owner. No further details have been provided.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings March 4, 2019

Demontrey Mingo was booked 03/04 on the charge of Failure To Appear Bogalusa City Court
Jennifer Wright was booked 03/04 on the charge of Oral Sexual Battery victim under age 13
Adam Wright was booked 03/04 on the charges of Sexual Battery victim under age 13 (2 counts) and Principle to Oral Sexual Battery victim under age 13
Steven Taylor was booked 03/04 on the charges of Possession of Schedule 2 Narcotic, Probation Parole Hold, No Insurance, and Vehicle License Required
Asha Ladner was booked 03/04 on the charge of Probation Parole Hold
Ladarrell Warner was booked 03/04 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of MDMA Schedule 1
Jaylin Green was booked 03/04 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana
Charles Ross was booked 03/04 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Charles Bowden was booked 03/04 on the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine,  Possession Schedule 3 Drugs, Possession Legend drug with intent, and Possession of Alcohol in Vehicle
Tracy Bowden was booked 03/04 on the charges of Proper Registration Required, Switched License Plate, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Alcohol in Vehicle

Death of 17 YOA Inmate at Amite Jail Being Investigated

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that TPSO is investigating the death of 17-year-old
inmate Charles Williams at the parish jail. At this time, no signs of foul play are suspected. Jail staff was alerted that Williams was having difficulty breathing at approximately 8:46 a.m. this morning (March 5, 2019. Jail staff and the on-duty nurse provided aid and administered CPR until first responders arrived and assisted to no avail.

Preliminary investigation revealed no signs of trauma and no signs of foul play are suspected. Williams disclosed a history of asthma and was recently transported from the jail to the hospital for treatment for an allergic reaction and was released back to the care and custody of the jail. 

Williams was being held on four counts of attempted second degree murder by the Hammond Police Department since his arrest on January 29, 2019.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office will conduct the autopsy in this matter to determine the exact cause of death.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for March 4, 2019

Payton Knight was booked 03/04 on the charges of Aggravated Assault and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Steven Taylor was booked 03/04 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Probation and Parole Hold, No Proof of Insurance, and No License Plate
Kevin Mizell was booked 03/04 on the charge of Probation Violation
Percy Briggs was booked 03/04 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Darius Neal was booked 03/04 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Christopher Borchers was booked 03/04 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
La'Damion Keys was booked 03/04 on the charge of No Tail Light on Bicycle, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, and Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs
Jason Duncan was booked 03/04 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Today in History for March 5th

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March 04, 2019

Obituary

Bennie Ray Parsley
June 17, 1936 - March 2, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for March 2-3, 2019

Thomas Underwood was booked 03/02 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Careless Operation, and Drivers License Not on Person
Andrew Rombach was booked 03/02 on the charge of Possession of Heroin
Eli Lang was booked 03/02 on the charges of Resisting Arrest, Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden, Battery on a Police Officer, Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, and Simple Escape
Derion Clark was booked 03/03 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions
Cade Randall was booked 03/03 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, and Failure to Appear

Today in History for March 4th

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March 02, 2019

Franklinton Board of Aldermen Meeting of February 26th

The Franklinton Board of Aldermen met February 26, 2019 and, in addition to routine matters,
  • granted a permit for the Krewe of Pepe parade that will roll Sunday, March 3rd
  • heard from Mike Daniel, an organizer of the ALIVE Christian Music Festival. In its third year, the event is growing and is scheduled for this year on April 13th at the Parish Fairgrounds. 
  • heard reports on the fire department, the police department, and finances
  • recognized the retirement Nan Wood, a long-term employee of the Franklinton Police Department

Franklinton Police Report on Stats, Community Interactions, and Training

Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown provided his department's stats, for the period of January 22 to February 25 of 2019, at the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting on February 26, 2019. The report reflected a total of 747 Calls for Service, divided into the headings of Public Assistance, Traffic, and Criminal Patrol. The report also noted various community relation engagements and training received by the department's officers. (Be sure to click on "Read More", below the video screen, for details provided)



Washington Parish Jail Bookings February 28-March 1, 2019

Melvin Fields was booked 02/28 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), and Resisting an Officer
Malcolm Lee was booked 02/28 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Jarred Knight was booked 03/01 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Sha Ron Davis was booked 03/01 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Zachary Hardin was booked 03/01 on the charge of Contempt of Court
James Allen McCain was booked 03/01 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Cameron Seal was booked 03/01 on the charge of Contempt of Court

Today in History for March 2nd

March 01, 2019

Two Accused of Residential Burglary by WPSO

William Earl Brumfield, Sr. (38) and Loretta Ridgedell Easterling (33), both residents of the same location on Mizell Loop Road, are in the Washington Parish Jail charged with burglary of a residence and failure to appear in court. Bond for Brumfield has been set at $12,500, while Easterling’s bond is $10,000.
Earlier this month, WPSO Lt. Chris Hickman responded to a report of the residential burglary. During the burglary, a television and money were taken. Detectives followed up and, through conversations with observant neighbors, they were able to affirm that Brumfield entered the residence while Easterling served as the getaway driver. Detectives obtained warrants for the pair and located and arrested them on February 21, 2019.

Both Brumfield and Easterling have previous arrests and stays in the Washington Parish Jail. Brumfield’s previous arrests were for distribution of illegal drugs and possession of stolen property. Easterling’s previous arrests were for failure to honor written promises and failure to appear in court.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “The best place for thieves is inside the Washington Parish Jail. I commend Lt. Hickman for his initial work on this case and our detectives for their persistence in identifying and arresting the thieves. This is another case of observant neighbors and law enforcement officers working together to solve a crime. This situation brings to mind an old song from the late 1950’s, the title of which was Get A Job. That is exactly what I recommend for these thieves.”

Man Gets 16 Years For Failing To Register As Sex Offender

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Michael Berry, 62, pleaded guilty Thursday
(February 27, 2019) to to the charge of failure to register as a sex offender, second offense. District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher sentenced Berry to 16 years in prison.

Berry was convicted of forcible rape in New Orleans and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on or about May 12, 1993. Upon his release from Rayburn Correctional Center in February 2016, he lived in different jurisdictions and ultimately registered as a sex offender in St. Tammany Parish. He scheduled an appointment on or about October 19, 2017 to complete the required change of address form, but he did not report as scheduled. When officers went to contact him at his registered address in Lacombe, they learned he had not lived there since October 2017. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals in New Orleans in July 2018.

Berry also had been convicted in New Orleans on August 24, 2015 for failure to register and bail jumping. He has prior convictions of aggravated burglary, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, and attempted burglary.

Slidell Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing $2 Million From Law Firm

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Latanya N. Arnold (49) of Slidell was sentenced
Friday (March 1, 2019) to serve three years in prison for theft over $25,000 for stealing more than $2 million over several years from the New Orleans law firm where she worked as the comptroller. Arnold, who has no prior arrest history, pleaded guilty as charged last week and has paid back $200,000 in restitution.

District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Arnold to 10 years for the crime, but he suspended seven of those years. He also ordered her to pay the remaining restitution once she is released from prison.

Between 2008 and 2017, Arnold wrote checks to herself and family members and made personal purchases, including airline tickets, clothing, international and domestic vacation packages, beauty and salon services, tuitions, Saints tickets, and lease payments for a Mercedes Benz. The scheme came to light in May 2017, when another employee at the law firm discovered an unauthorized $25,000 withdrawal from one of the law firm’s accounts and learned the funds were used to pay the bail for one of Arnold’s family members. The law firm’s owner then ordered an audit of all of the firm’s bank accounts.

Arnold, now confined to a wheelchair because of a severe health condition, apologized in court Friday to the victim for stealing his money and for violating his trust. Her husband, Raymond E. Arnold (50), also of Slidell, faces charges of theft over $25,000 and money laundering and is scheduled for pre-trial hearings March 11, 2019.

Brothers Sought as Runaways in Slidell/Pearl River Area


Silver Creek Campground 2019 Calendar of Events



Obituary

Diane Adele Sharp
March 23, 1959 - February 27, 2019

Obituary

Roland Bernard, Sr.
March 04, 1951 - February 23, 2019

Obituary

Mary Denese Short- Bridges
March 04, 1955 - February 25, 2019

Obituary

Sarah Grace Stogner
February 26, 2019

Today in History for March 1st

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