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March 30, 2019

Jury Convicts Stepson of Murdering Stepfather in Covington

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Daniel T.
Hamilton (19) guilty Friday (March 29, 2019) of second degree murder for shooting his stepfather to death in their Covington home in 2016. The jury also found Hamilton guilty of two counts of solicitation for murder for planning to have the victim’s brother and sister-in-law killed because they requested that his bond be revoked so that he could await his trial in prison. Daniel Hamilton faces mandatory life in prison when he is sentenced on May 20, 2019.

The jury deliberated about 1½ hours before finding Hamilton guilty of killing James “Kenny” Hamilton and of planning to kill his aunt and uncle. Prosecutors told jurors that Daniel Hamilton shot his father six times in the back of the head with a .22-caliber gun on Friday, March 4, 2016, as the elder Hamilton sat in a chair in the family room and finished his evening meal. Prosecutors presented text messages showing that the father had refused his son’s request the preceding week to borrow his truck.

After killing his father, Daniel Hamilton fled in his father’s truck to a pizza parlor in Abita Springs, where he joined friends about 8:30 p.m. He also tried to use his father’s debit card at a Wal-Mart. Daniel Hamilton then spent the next two days, drinking and partying with friends at a hunting camp. He tried to sell the murder weapon to his friends and allowed them to shoot it.

Daniel Hamilton even returned to his father’s house with his friends, refused to let them inside, and passed his father’s dead body to retrieve a Play Station game system, which he and his friends took to various stores to sell.

James Hamilton’s body was discovered the following Monday, three days later, when he failed to show up for work, and family members and friends went to check on him.  The murder weapon was located at the hunting camp, where Daniel Hamilton had spent the weekend, and it was under a sweatshirt that he had been wearing.

After his bond was revoked and he was sent back to prison to await his trial, Daniel Hamilton talked to another inmate and to his girlfriend about having the aunt and uncle killed. He also confessed to an inmate and said his only regret was that that he didn’t look his father in the face when he shot him.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 29, 2019

Ravon Brumfield was booked on the charge of Simple Battery
Mackayla Hart was booked on the charge of Simple Battery
Kimberly Davis was booked on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Anthony Ratley was booked In For Court
A'jai Allen was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (Ecstasy/Molly/MDMA), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)

Today in History for March 30th

March 29, 2019

NTCC and DA's Office Create Diversion Partnership

Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) and The Office of District Attorney Warren
Montgomery have partnered to create an educational opportunity for low-risk, first-time offenders enrolled in a rehabilitative program offered by Montgomery’s Office.

Through the new partnership, participants in the District Attorney’s Pre-Trial Intervention Program, commonly called Diversion, will be able to attend NTCC as a condition of the program and an alternative to prosecution. Diversion is typically offered to first-time offenders of non-violent crimes. Participants are required to complete a number of conditions, aimed at changing the behavior that led to the criminal offense. Those conditions often include substance abuse counseling, anger management, drug screening, community service, and more.

“This partnership is designed to provide misdemeanor offenders with employable skills in an effort to help them become productive citizens that support our community,” Montgomery said. “By investing in our Diversion participants now, we significantly decrease the risk that my office will have to prosecute them in the future for criminal behavior.”

Click here for the full press release

Ponchatoula Man Wanted on Numerous Charges

Asanti Wilson (30) of Ponchatoula is wanted by the Ponchatoula Police department after he fled from officers attempting to arrest him Tuesday (March 26, 2019). Officers, armed with multiple city and fugitive warrants, went to his residence in the Village Oaks Subdivision and found him in a vehicle in the driveway. Wilson refused to cooperate with officers. He then  proceeded to drive recklessly, attempted to run over to officers, crashed into the carport at the residence, and drove across the yard. The vehicle came to a stop in a ditch.
Wilson fled on foot until he reached a heavily wooded area and could no longer be seen. Hammond Police Department Officers and K-9, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Air Support, and the Department of Homeland Security assisted in the search for Wilson but were unsuccessful.

Numerous drug-related items were located during the search of Wilson’s residence to include a bill counter, weighing scales, drug manufacturing equipment, a handgun, and large amounts of different narcotics.

Additional warrants have been issued for Asanti Wilson on the charges of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer (2 counts), Criminal Damage (3 counts), Possession with Intent to Distribute Sch.II Drugs (2 counts), Possession with Intent to Distribute Sch. I Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Firearm while Possessing CDS, Resisting by Flight- Vehicle, Resisting an Officer, and Creation/ Operation of Clandestine Laboratory.

Please contact the Ponchatoula Police Department if you have any information on the location of Asanti Wilson at 985-386-6548.

Area Easter Events from the Tourism Commission

The Washington Parish Tourism Commission has posted the following Easter events in the area, a
listing that will be updated as they are known.

  • Mile Branch Settlement April 13, 2019 - Community Easter egg hunt beginning at 10:30 am
  • Krewe of Unity April 14, 2019 - Easter Bash from 3-5 pm in Cassidy Park
  • Silver Creek Campground April 19-21 - Easter Eggstravaganza with Easter games, Easter Bunny, Easter Parade, Easter Potluck dinner
  • Bogalusa District A April 19 - Easter Egg hunt from 3-4:30 pm at Poplas Quarters Rec Center
  • Bogue Chitto State Park April 20 - Easter Event with egg hunt, crafts & games from 9 am-2 pm



Obituary

Robert "Bob" Breland
March 2, 1935 - March 28, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 27-28, 2019

Charles Bella was booked 03/27 on the charge of Probation Violation
Medel Morales-Guzman was booked 03/27 on the charge of Sexual Battery
Shaun Hill was booked 03/28 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Peggy Mezquite was booked 03/28 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
William Thomas was booked 03/28 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possesion of Schedule II Drugs
Jeromy Applewhite was booked 03/28 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Quantrell Porter was booked 03/28 on the charges of Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Home Invasion, Failure to Honor Written Promise, and Attachment (6 counts)
Jaris Warren was booked 03/28 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice
Frankie Crosby was booked 03/28 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Eric Sartin was booked 03/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Failure to Pay Fine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

March 28, 2019

Covington-Area Woman Hits Pedestrian – Has Son Hide Drugs

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Covington-area woman following an incident

that occurred Thursday morning (March 28, 2019) in a neighborhood off Three Rivers Road in Covington.

STPSO deputies were dispatched in reference to a vehicle striking a pedestrian. The victim was blowing grass clippings on the edge of the roadway in front of a residence. A van driven by Courtney McMahon (39) struck the victim.The victim told responding deputies that McMahon stopped her vehicle immediately after the crash. Witnesses observed her 15-year-old son exit the vehicle with a bag and attempt to conceal it in a nearby yard. Deputies retrieved the bag and found suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside.

McMahon reportedly admitted ownership of the bag and its contents and confessed to having had her son attempt to hide the bag before deputies arrived. Her 16-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle at the time.

The victim was not seriously injured, but was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.

McMahon was charged with Reckless Operation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II (methamphetamine), Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Appear for Driving Under Suspension (two counts), Possession of CDS with minors present (two counts), and Obstruction of Justice.

Missing Endangered Adult Sought


Obituary

Elvena Magee Bickham
August 10, 1927 - March 26, 2019

Obituary

Debra Ann Dillon
June 08, 1956 - March 26, 2019

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings March 27, 2019

William Thomas, III was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Methamphetamine
Peggy Mezquite was booked on the charges of Driving under Suspension and Possession of Methamphetamine
Arica Runfalo was booked on the charges of 2 counts of Theft under $1000.00
Richard W Lee was booked on the charges of Failure to Signal, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Alcohol in vehicle
Rodarrius Pittman was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Matthew Perry was booked on the charge of Failure To Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Shannon Worrell was booked on the charges of 2 counts of Failure To Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Jeremy Applewhite was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Fugitive from Outside Agency

Covington Woman Convicted Of Raping Child Over Several Years

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Sandra E.
Gaines (39) of Covington guilty Thursday (March 28, 2019) of two counts of aggravated rape and three counts of sexual battery for repeatedly raping a child under age 13 with another adult over several years. She faces mandatory life in prison when she is sentenced before Judge William J. Burris on April 10. Gaines’s longtime boyfriend, Robert Cardell Flowers, was convicted on the same charges in June 2015, and he was sentenced a month later to spend the rest of his life in prison.

The victim, now 18, testified during Gaines’ trial this week that the pair began touching her sexually when she was about 5 years old and that the abuse progressed and continued for several years through 2012. The victim testified that she was repeatedly raped during that time.

Gaines’ attorneys acknowledged that the girl had been sexually abused by Flowers, but they said she lied when she included Gaines in the allegations. After almost two days of testimony, the jury rejected that argument.

Aldermen Address Water Meter Issues in Franklinton

On the Agenda for the Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night (March 26, 2019 was “Opening and acceptance of bids for water meter registers” (beginning at 21:31 into the video of the meeting). That was done and the one bid received for 200 registers at a total cost of $28,338 was approved. The Town is using a grant that will pay $25,000 of the purchase.

However, discussions then revolved around other water meter issues: the frequency of meter malfunctions, availability of meters to replace those that are broken, and how customers are billed while water usage is not being metered. Alderman Daniel pointed out that the Town is losing substantial revenue due to the situation. A lengthy discussion followed on how to have meters on hand to promptly replace meters that need replacement.

In other business, the Mayor and Board heard the monthly report on the Police Department (beginning at 1:45 into the video of the meeting) and the Financial Report (beginning at 7:22 into the video of the meeting), approved a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission to not approve a rezoning request from Circle G Corporation, approved a resolution establishing an annual Community Cleanup Day on the last Saturday of March, approved a resolution in opposition to transfer collection of taxes to the State Department of Revenue, accepted the resignation of a dispatcher from the Police Department, and discussed improvements and issues related to the baseball park and summer baseball program.



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Man Convicted In Stabbing Death of Girlfriend Near Covington

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Johnathan Lee
Nall (39) of Mobile, Alabama guilty Tuesday (March 27, 2019) of second degree murder and
terrorizing in the stabbing death of his girlfriend Melinda Denny (26), a mother of four. Nall faces mandatory life imprisonment when he is sentenced May 15, 2019 by District Judge August Hand.

The couple was traveling through St. Tammany on the way to Texas in the early hours of February 22, 2014, when their car ran out of gas. The pair began arguing, and Nall called his mother to ask for money. Nall’s mother became so concerned that she alerted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, which dispatched deputies to conduct a welfare check on the couple at a grocery store parking lot on Highway 21 about 1:38 a.m. The deputies allowed the couple to leave after about 45 minutes.

Hours later around noon, officers encountered Nall again at a gas station in Covington, where he held a gun to his head, threatened to kill himself and caused a two-hour standoff with deputies. The event ended when Nall fired the unloaded gun, and deputies subdued him with bean-bag rounds. Meanwhile, Denny was reported missing, and five days later her body was discovered in a wooded area off Brewster Road near Covington.

Prosecutors also showed jurors a videotaped confession from Nall, who eventually admitted to arguing with Denny, retrieving a knife, and pretending momentarily to be sleeping in the front seat of the car, before leaping into the back seat and stabbing her repeatedly. A medical expert testified that Denny was stabbed 12 times in the back and that from the appearance of the wounds, she most likely had been sleeping before the attack.

Nall’s attorneys did not dispute that he killed her, but they argued that he was insane and did not understand what he was doing—a claim that was refuted by prosecutors. Prosecutors told jurors that Nall was indeed psychotic but that his mental state was self-induced from taking drugs, which does not meet the legal criteria for an insanity defense. They pointed to Nall’s meticulous efforts to cover up his crime—hiding the body, hiding the knife, hiding his Jeep, washing his bloody hands, changing clothes, contacting family members to assist him in getting out of town after the crime—as proof that he knew right from wrong.

Ponchatoula Man Arrested in Child Pornography Case

On Wednesday (March 27, 2019), investigators from Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit in
partnership with the FBI- New Orleans Field Office, the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Louisiana Attorney General, Louisiana Probation & Parole, and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Darryl Crawford (43) of Ponchatoula for possession of 100 files of child pornography and the distribution of child pornography.

The investigation began on December 12, 2018, when an online undercover investigation yielded information that a device located at Crawford’s residence contained child pornography. Pursuant to a search warrant, investigators the child pornography on a laptop belonging to Crawford.

The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting http://la-safe.org/ and clicking on the “Suspicious Activity” link.

Update of Franklinton Fire That Claimed 2 Young Lives

State Fire Marshal's office has provided an update as they continue to investigate the circumstances
surrounding a deadly mobile home fire in Franklinton that claimed the lives of two children.

Around 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday (March 27, 2019) Franklinton Fire & Rescue responded to a fire call in the 45000 block of Beau Drive north of Franklinton and found found two adults and three children outside of the mobile home. The family indicated there were still two children unaccounted for. Firefighters later located the bodies of the two children, one a 10-year-old girl, the other a 6-year-old boy, in separate bedrooms.

Witness statements indicate the 3-year-old boy noticed the fire and alerted a male adult. The male adult escaped through a window with the toddler. While the adult female attempted to access the other children, a neighbor pulled her from the home. In the meantime, the escaped adult male re-entered the home from the front where he pulled two of the children to safety. Attempts to reach the remaining two children were unsuccessful.

The three children that were able to escape were airlifted to Baton Rouge-area hospitals. A 4-year-old girl remains in critical condition, a 6-year-old girl is in the pediatric ICU and a 3-year-old boy is in stable condition. The adult male suffered mild smoke inhalation and cuts, but did not receive medical treatment. An adult female was unharmed by the fire.

The adults and three of the children were residents of the mobile home. The two additional children in the home at the time of the fire are cousins of the resident family. The deceased 10-year-old resided in the home, while the deceased 6-year-old was visiting for the night.

Official identification of the victims and preliminary causes of death are pending autopsies being conducted by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office.

Investigators believe the fire began in a bedroom in the center of the structure, where the 10-year-old was found. While an exact cause remains under investigation, there are no suspicious circumstances at this time. Smoke alarms were found in the home ; however investigators have been unable to confirm they were working.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind all residents that smoke alarms make a significant difference in your chances of surviving a fire. “If you lay your head down in your home tonight without knowing whether your family is protected by working smoke alarms, you are going to sleep in danger,” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning. The SFM would also like to encourage all families to develop and practice a home escape plan that leaves every person in your home aware of at least two exits out of every room in the house.


Sheriff Seal Honors Corrections Deputy of the Quarter

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal recently honored Sgt. Angie McMorris as the Corrections Deputy of the Quarter.

Sgt. McMorris has been employed with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office for the past six years. She serves in a variety of roles, including managing all inmate accounts and serving as a training instructor.

“Angie is a very valuable employee,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “She is always willing to take on any task assigned to her and serves in a vital leadership role. We are pleased to have Sgt. McMorris as a member of the WPSO employee family.”

Today in History for March 28th

AP Top Stories March 28, 2019 AM

March 27, 2019

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings March 25-26, 2019

Jemetria Newell was booked on the charges of 2 counts Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court" and Illegal Possession of Schedule 2 Narcotic
Charles Bella was booked on the charge of Unlawful Use of 911
Medel Morales-Guzman was booked on the charge of Sexual Battery of a Victim Under the Age of 13
Glendia Slater was booked on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property

Job Opening: Washington Parish Animal Shelter Manager

Washington Parish Government has announced a job opening as Parish Animal Shelter Manager. This is a full time position offering competitive salary, including a complete benefit package.
Requirements include graduation from an accredited four-year college or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the following knowledge, abilities and skills:
• Proficiency in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
• Proficiency using computer-based applications
• 24/7 emergency availability
• Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively
• Ability to work independently, efficiently, in an organized manner
• Ability and desire to maintain accurate records
• Detail oriented, professional, reliable
• Proficiency in working with social media, internet, email in the workplace
• Thorough knowledge of Parish and local municipal animal control laws
• General knowledge of proper humane techniques used in handling animals
• Successful completion of the Louisiana Animal Control Association Certification Academy or National Animal Control Association Training Program prior to appointment or within one year of appointment.

Interested candidates may submit a resume and request an application from Patrick Galivan at pgalivan@wpgov.org or by phone at 985-335-1304. Applications will be accepted until April 8th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

After close of the application period a series of applicable online test will be administered. Applicants receiving passing scores will be scheduled for an interview.

Washington Parish Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer, we offer employment free from discrimination based on Race, Color, Religion, Sex, National Origin, Disability or Age.

Two Children Die in Franklinton Fire

The State Fire Marshall's Office reports that Franklinton Fire and Rescue responded to a call in the 45000 block of Beau Drive in Franklinton, Louisiana around 12:45 a.m. this morning (March 27, 2019).

Upon arrival, several occupants were rescued from the home; however, two children, a 10-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, were unable to be saved. Three of the five occupants rescued were also children— a 6-year-old girl, 4-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy. All three were air-lifted to Baton Rouge hospitals for treatment. Two adults were uninjured.

SFM deputies are currently conducting their investigation into the origin and cause of this tragic fire.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

Pine First Baptist Church Car & Truck Show & Craft Fair

The Pine First Baptist Church is having their Car & Truck Show and Craft Fair on Saturday, May 4th
at 10:00 AM.

Cars may register at 9 AM and the registration fee is $25 per vehicle. Craft vendors may register at 8:00 AM and the cost for a 8' X 8' spot is $25.00.

Click here to visit their Facebook page

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 26, 2019

Zachary Davis was booked 03/26 In From Court
Michael Rogers was booked 03/26 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Criminal Damage to Property
Kevin James was booked 03/26 on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000 (2 counts) and Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden

Today in History for March 27th

AP Top Stories March 27, 2019 AM

March 26, 2019

Drive-In Movie Date Night at Cassidy Park is April 6th

A Drive In Movie complete with the movie, Green Book, on the big screen to be viewed from your car and a concession stand. It's at Cassidy Paark in Bogalusa. Cost is $20 per car. Tickets limited. Concession not included. PayPal money to BCACCommunity@gmail.com to reserve your spot.
Arrive at 7 pm. Movie starts at 8. No cars allowed in past 7:45. 18 and older to attend.

St. Tammany Sheriff Urges Residents to Lock Vehicles

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is urging residents to lock their vehicle doors following a
rash of burglaries in subdivisions throughout western St. Tammany. STPSO detectives are currently investigating reports of at least twelve (12) vehicles that were burglarized between March 17 and March 22.  All of the vehicles that were burglarized had been left unlocked, and personal items such as wallets, purses and cash were taken from the inside vehicles.

Detectives believe the individuals who committed these burglaries also stole a vehicle from a driveway in the Emerald Creek Subdivision on March 20. That vehicle, which was recovered in Tangipahoa Parish the same day, had also been left unlocked with the keys inside. Detectives believe the burglaries were committed by the same three or four male subjects, all of which appear in video surveillance to be in their early 20’s.

“Vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity,” Sheriff Smith said. “No matter how quick of a trip you may be making or how safe your neighborhood is, it is imperative to always lock your vehicle doors and to never leave purses or valuables in plain sight.”

Anyone with information about these crimes or who believe they may be the victim of an unreported vehicle burglary, is asked to contact Detective Foltmer with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office by calling (985) 276-1330.

Obituary

Charles Cavell Miller
August 6, 1930 - March 22, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 25, 2019

Christopher Robison was booked 03/25 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Tonya Bounds was booked 03/25 In From Court
Hannah Crain was booked 03/25 on the charges of Probation Violation and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Snooky Miner was booked 03/25 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Justin Umpierre-Rodriguez was booked 03/25 on the charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, Impeding the Flow of Traffic, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Jemetria Newell was booked 03/25 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Contempt of Court
James Thompson was booked 03/25 on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Ashley Hartzog was booked 03/25 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Julia Tynes was booked 03/25 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear

Today in History for March 26th

AP Top Stories March 26, 2019 AM

March 25, 2019

Two Shooting Deaths in Ponchatoula May Be Domestic Incident

At 2:25 PM this afternoon (March 25, 2019), Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reported a
double shooting that occurred at a residence on Kraft Road in Ponchatoula. Following a preliminary investigation, Sheriff Edwards has released the information that the bodies of Mica Sood Fitzhugh (41) and Robert Wolfe (44), both of Kraft Road, were discovered this morning after deputies responded to the residence in reference to a welfare check.

Throughout the day, the TPSO and the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab worked diligently to process the scene and collect evidence. Investigators have concluded their efforts and released the bodies to the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office for a full forensic review. Preliminary investigation indicates the incident to be domestic in nature. No suspects are being sought at this time.

The investigation is on-going. Addition details will be released as they become available. 

Obituary

Guy Dewayne Hammond
March 21, 1956 – March 23, 2019

Obituary

Alvin Darrell Miller
July 20, 1941 - March 23, 2019

Obituary

Ethelee Schilling Spears
December 13, 1922 - March 24, 2019

Obituary

Lynn Marie Seal
June 8, 1949 - March 22, 2019

Obituary

Susan Denise Gann
May 21, 1962 - March 18, 2019

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings March 23-24, 2019

Justin Umpierre-Rodriguez was booked on the charges of Possession of Stolen Firearm, Driving under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, Impeding the Flow of Traffic, and Illegal Carrying of Weapons
Carol Forbes Varnado was booked on the charges of Simple Battery and Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Darwin Raul was booked on the charge of Operating a Vehicle Without Lawful Presence in United States of America
Janice McNeese was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Possession of Alcohol in Vehicle, and No Insurance
Kevin Freeman was booked on the charges of Turn Signal Required, Driving under Suspension, and No Insurance
Nicholas Fields was booked on the charges of 3 counts Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court",  4
counts Resisting an Officer,  Battery on Police Officer, and Criminal Damage to Property
Paul Garner was booked on the charges of Public Intoxication and Resisting an Officer
Joshua Patterson was booked on the charge of Aggravated Battery

FPD Press Release: Ballfield Parking in Franklinton

"With the start of Little League Baseball, the Franklinton Police Department would like to remind everyone of parking areas in and around the ball fields.

The red areas outlined on the map are “No Parking” any vehicle parked in these areas will be issued a citation.
There are 3 areas which are open to public parking that are outlined in blue and labeled PARKING.

Crain’s Funeral Home has given permission to park in their open lot next to the funeral home Parking in this area is at your own risk and all trash must be picked up. Parking is not authorized in the cement lot of Crain Funeral Home.

It is illegal to partially park in the street and vehicles will be cited for obstructing a roadway (under Louisiana Revised Statute 32:143 and possibly towed if the owner cannot be located.

Homeowners and residents in the area of the ball field, who have a vehicle parked illegally on their property, may have the vehicle removed at the vehicle owner’s expense by contacting a tow company.

Beginning on Thursday, March 28th, Officer’s will begin issuing citations to anyone who is parked illegally. We encourage everyone to use the designated parking areas to avoid traffic issues which have plagued this area in the past."

Obituary

Allen Mier
October 11, 1936 - March 23, 2019

Bogalusa Strong Meeting is Tomorrow, March 26th


Bogalusa: District A Easter Egg Hunt is April 19th


Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 23-24, 2019

Eloise Applewhite was booked 03/23 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Dolly Gill was booked 03/23 In For Court
Rodney Williams was booked 03/24 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Darwin Raul was booked 03/24 on the charge of Operating Motor Vehicle Without Lawful Presence in the US
Ricky Miller was booked 03/24 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Careless Operation

Today in History for March 25th

AP Top Stories March 25, 2019 AM

March 24, 2019

Retrieving Dropped Cell Phone Leads to Fatal Crash

On Saturday (March 23, 2019) at 12:23 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on I-12 near Airport Rd. in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of  Glenn Williams, Jr. (33) of Baton Rouge.

Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Williams eastbound on I-12 in the right lane. A 2016 Freightliner driven by Rolando J. Rivas (60) of Denver, CO. was traveling eastbound in the left lane. Rivas reached down to retrieve a cell phone, which had fallen on the floor. As Rivas reached for the device, his tractor trailer traveled from the left lane into the right lane and crashed into the left side of Williams’ vehicle. Both vehicles traveled off the right side of the roadway.

Williams was ejected from his vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on-scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. Rivas was transported to Ochsner Medical Center-North Shore, where he was treated for minor injuries.

Rivas was cited for Improper Lane Use. On completion of the investigation, Troopers will forward the findings to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office for consultation of any additional criminal charges.

Obituary

Willie Bea Byrd Brock
March 5, 1930 - March 22, 2019

Obituary

Ginger Ann Manning Barber
August 27, 1963 - March 22, 2019

Today in History for March 24th

March 23, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 22, 2019

Errol Varnado was booked 03/22 on the charges of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s) and Domestic Abuse Battery
Collins Palmer was booked 03/22 In From Court
Krista Newman was booked 03/22 In For Court
Anthony Stogner was booked 03/22 on the charge of Protective Order Violation

Today in History for March 23rd

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

AP Top Stories March 21, 2019 AM

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

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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.

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

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

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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

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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


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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

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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

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

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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.

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


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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

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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