April 20, 2019

Bogalusa: Grant Approved for Veterans in Need of Housing

Press Release from Wendy Williams, Executive Director, Bogalusa Rebirth


Bogalusa Rebirth Community Development Corporation is overjoyed to announce that we have passed all the threshold requirements for our first $30,000 Affordable Housing for Rural Veterans (AHRV) grant to build and/or preserve housing for Veterans. This grant will be used as a match contribution to our upcoming project that we’ve partnered with Louisiana Housing Corporation and Enterprise Community Partners to include the construction of our first (3) single-family homes to include lots that have been donated by the City of Bogalusa, through our Cooperative Endeavor Agreement.

This grant was made possible through our partnership with Housing Assistance Council (HAC), as a RCDI recipient, and The Home Depot Foundation. As a local non-profit and certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), we are being provided financing, training, research and technical assistance to help us increase our capacity and allow us to better serve our community. HAC’s Veteran-focused efforts is an initiative that provides grants to community-based organizations to build housing and improve the ability to build and repair housing for Veterans.

You may ask yourself ... How can I help? As an AHRV grantee, it will be our goal as the housing provider to identify Veterans in need of housing and assess their specific necessity to ensure the right resouces are delivered. If you know a Veteran who needs help overcoming the challenges associated with getting into decent, affordable housing, please have them contact our office at (985) 735-SAVE. The first step with be the completion of our housing application which is located on our
website www.BogalusaRebirth.com - Click on the Affordable Housing Tab and print the application with instructions. The application may also be picked up at our office located inside the Bogalusa Post Office. You may also email any inquiries to BogalusaRebirth@att.net

If you would like copies of the application delivered to a location, please send me a request. 

Obituary

Marie Kennedy Pierce
February 10, 1939 - April 18, 2019

Obituary

Loyd Ardel Spencer
December 31, 1939 - April 18, 2019

Today in History for April 20th

April 19, 2019

Obituary

Ursaline Susan Smith
April 01, 2019

Obituary

Felicia Denise Magee Tyson
November 27, 1968 - April 12, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 18, 2019

Ali Saeed was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Chazity Magee was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Monica Bonnette was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug Without Prescription or Order (3 counts), Possession of Marijuana, and Contempt of Court
Guy Atchley was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Possession of Schedule III Drugs

Today in History for April 19th

TPSO Investigating Shooting Death of 13-Year-Old

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the
shooting death of 13-year-old Robert Stevenson of Natalbany.

Thursday night (April 18, 2019), at approximately 9:40 p.m., TPSO was notified that a large disturbance had taken place outside of a residence on Magee Road in Natalbany that resulted in gunfire. The victim was struck in the chest and later succumbed to his injuries at a local medical facility.

Rickey Nelson (54) of Independence has been charged with manslaughter.

Additional charges and arrests are believed to be forthcoming.

April 18, 2019

Sheriff Edwards Announces Candidacy for Re-Election

Today (April 18, 2019), Daniel H. Edwards announced his candidacy for re-election as Sheriff of
Tangipahoa Parish.

"I would like to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for re-election for Sheriff of Tangipahoa Parish. Serving as your Sheriff for the last 15 years has sometimes been challenging, yet it has always been one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences of my life.

While our Sheriff’s Department is one of the least funded in the state (per capita tax received), under my administration we have made huge strides as a department. From providing significant pay raises, implementing advanced records management and CAD systems, installing laptop computers in all patrol cars, having currently the newest and best maintained fleet of vehicles in the department’s history, to providing up to date training for both sworn and civilian employees, to seeing a reduction in crime across ALL categories reported in the Uniform Crime Reports last year, we are building a Sheriff’s Department you can all be proud of.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 17, 2019

Percy Griffin was booked In From Court
Luther Patterson was booked In From Court
Justin Mark was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault/Drive-By Shooting, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting an Officer, and Possession of Drug Parphernalia
Yamarai Brumfield was booked on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Accessory After the Fact, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Kenyate Harrington was booked on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present and Accessory After the Fact
Shamar Berry was booked on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present and Accessory After the Fact
Lucian Meyers was booked on the charges of Theft 1000-5000, Criminal Trespass (2 counts), and Failure to Appear
Sean bennett was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000-5000
James Spears was booked on the charges of Expired MVI, Expired License Plate, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Probation and Parole Hold
Daquantas McGowan was booked on the charges of Ran Stop Sign (4 counts), Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Driving Under Suspension, Attempted Aggravated Battery, Child Desertion, Resisting an Officer (2 counts), and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Laura Kennedy was booked In From Court
Michael Miller was booked In From Court

Today in History for April 18th

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April 17, 2019

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Covington Woman Indicted On Traffic Violations In Motorcycle Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury decided
Wednesday (April 17, 2019) to indict Jennifer P. Robinson (53) of Covington on three traffic violations—careless operation of a vehicle, making an improper turn, and no seat-belt—in an car accident that resulted in the death of an off-duty police officer last year.

The grand jury decided the evidence did not support a negligent homicide charge.

Robinson was making a left turn into a private driveway on Louisiana Highway 1082 (Old Military Road) from the northbound lane on August 25, 2018, when she collided with a motorcycle traveling in the southbound lane. The driver of the motorcycle was Ricardo Silva, Jr. (26), a New Orleans police officer, who died from injuries he sustained in the accident.

Obituary

Flora Mohon Gorenflo
April 10, 2019

Obituary

John William Bell, III
December 26, 1943 - April 15, 2019

Bogalusa Police Charge 4 in Drive-By Shooting

On Tuesday (April 16, 2019) at 4:24 PM, the Bogalusa Police Department received a call about the occupants in two different vehicles firing handguns at each other on East Sixth Street. The vehicles were gone when officers arrived.
Witnesses stated that they observed a black car driven by a subject known as Justin Mark and that Mark fired multiple rounds from a handgun at another vehicle while a passenger in Mark's vehicle had a firearm in his hand. According to witnesses, the occupants in the other vehicle returned fire at Mark's vehicle.

While officers were searching for the vehicles involved, Mark's vehicle was observed traveling on New Orleans Street. A traffic stop was conducted and officers made contact with the driver and two other occupants. BPD reports that the vehicle was driven by Yamarai Brumfield and the two occupants were identified as Shamar Berry and Kenyate Harrington. Justin Mark was not observed in the vehicle. The driver granted permission for officers to search the trunk of the vehicle and officers found Justin Mark hiding in the trunk behind a speaker box. Mark was escorted from the vehicle and placed under arrest.

In the trunk where Mark was hiding, officers located two baggies of suspected marijuana, a digital scale and a fully loaded .40 caliber magazine for a handgun. When officers searched Mark, six rounds of .40 caliber ammunition were located in his clothing. During the search of the vehicle, officers located 79 unspent .40 caliber bullets, 20 unspent 9mm bullets, and  two fully loaded handguns.

Brumfield, Berry and Harrington were also arrested and, along with Mark, transported to Bogalusa City Jail for booking. Upon arrival at the Bogalusa City Jail, officers located a clear baggie of suspected cocaine in the police car where Mark was seated.

Justin J. Mark (17) of Bogalusa was booked on the charges of Assault by a Drive-By Shooting, Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instruments, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Illegal Carrying of Weapons while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting an Officer and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Yamarai A. Brumfield (23) of Bogalusa was booked on the charges of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in the Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Accessory After the Fact of a Drive by Shooting and Possession or Carrying of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon.

Kenyate R. Harrington, Jr. (17) of Bogalusa was booked on the charges of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in the Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Accessory After the Fact of a Drive-By Shooting.

Shamar T. Berry (17) of Bogalusa was booked on the charges of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in the Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Accessory After the Fact of a Drive-By Shooting.

The other vehicle that was involved in this incident was not located but the investigation is still ongoing.

Fight at Amite Jail Injures Four Deputies

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the TPSO is investigating a fight that took place in the parish jail in Amite last night (April 16, 2019) that left four deputies with injuries.

Early yesterday evening, tempers began to flare up in a dorm housing multiple offenders that quickly escalated to a fight between a handful of inmates. TPSO Corrections staff immediately responded and diffused the situation. Moments later, several offenders turned on corrections staff resulting in four deputies receiving minor to moderate injuries. Additional responding deputies assisted in neutralizing the situation and regaining order. No offenders were injured during the incident.

"We are investigating the situation now to better determine the root cause and to determine how we can minimize it from happening again," Edwards says. “Our primary goal is safety - the safety of our staff and detainees. Our facility houses some offenders who have a history of violence both on the street and behind bars, a dangerous situation for deputies trying to restore order,” he continued.  All four deputies were treated for their injuries and released.

Sheriff Edwards appreciates the commitment to public safety of all his employees. This incident is a reminder that not only the men and women who serve in an enforcement capacity face danger day in and day out in their jobs. "My corrections staff has a very difficult job to do and sometimes they have to put their safety at risk to try and protect inmates from one another as in this incident, and several were injured. I truly appreciate their dedication and commitment to the jail operations," says Edwards.

A full investigation in underway. No charges have been placed at this time, however criminal charges on offenders are believed to be forthcoming as the investigation continues. 


Bogalusa AARP April Meeting Cancelled


Obituary

Annie Bell Caston Harrell
April 19, 1925 - April 15, 2019

Today in History for April 17th

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April 16, 2019

Mandeville Man Charged With Beating & Stabbing Small Dog

Matthew Forstall (29) of Mandeville is accused of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, after he reportedly
beat and stabbed a neighborhood dog. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were responded to the report Sunday afternoon (April 14, 2019) to a residence on America Street near Mandeville. 

Deputies learned that a boy was out selling candy in the neighborhood when a small dog that was properly restrained on a porch at the residence on America Street bit him, causing a minor injury.

After being bitten, the boy told Forstall, a relative, about the incident. Forstall then went to the residence and beat and stabbed the dog with a fishing gaff, causing serious injuries to the dog.

Man Wanted in Fatal Hit and Run Nabbed in Slidell

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive
Apprehension Task Force, assisted Tuesday morning (April 16, 2019) in the apprehension of a man wanted in connection with a fatal hit and run out of Texas.

Jorge Granados (22) was arrested on charges of Failure to Stop and Render Aid following a crash that killed 5-year-old girl on March 21 in Austin, Texas.

Members of the Task Force made contact with Granados at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday at a residence on Foxbriar Court in Slidell.  He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail as a fugitive.

STPSO K9 Thor Catches Burglary Suspect

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was looking for a man after responding to a burglary in
progress on Darby Drive off Rosewood Drive near Folsom on April 15, 2019. Deputies located a black male, approximately 5’11 to 6’1 hiding inside the residence. The individual fought with deputies and escaped. He was last seen running toward the area of Chenel Farms.

STPSO deputies, along with officers from the Folsom Police Department, troopers from State Police and representatives from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection set up a perimeter in an area where they believed the subject was hiding.

Well, STPSO K9 Thor located him Monday night (April 15, 2019). Afterwards, Dakota Cyprian (25) of Folsom was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for a dog bite.

Upon his release, Cyprian was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the of Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence (3 counts), Aggravated Burglary with Battery, and Attempt to Disarm a Police Officer.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible.


Obituary

Barbara Ann Rayburn Lambert
January 29, 1938 - April 14, 2019

Obituary

Michael Kyle Taylor
June 26, 1979 - April 13, 2019

Obituary

Lou Ann Mayfield
June 29, 1938 - April 14, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 14-15, 2019

David Bonnette was booked on the charges of Self-Mutilation, Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee (2 counts), and Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence
Cody Jones was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Sheila Stogner was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II drugs (2 counts) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Antoine Brumfield was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Johnathon Barber was booked on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Attachment

Today in History for April 16th

April 15, 2019

Ponchatoula: Suspect in Custody After Chase by Complainant

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 39 year-old Christian Gordon of
Ponchatoula.

In early April, 2019, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office were investigating multiple residential burglaries that occurred on Saucier Road in Ponchatoula. Video surveillance footage from one of the residences assisted detectives in identifying Gordon as a suspect, resulting in an active warrant for his arrest.

On April 4, 2019, Gordon eluded arrest by fleeing from deputies during an attempted apprehension. Then, on April 9, 2019, Gordon was reported to be trespassing, while allegedly casing another property to victimize on Saucier Road. After contacting the sheriff's office, the complainant attempted to make contact with Gordon. Gordon fled on foot as the complainant chased behind him, subsequent leading to Gordon's apprehension and arrest.

Gordon reportedly later confessed to committing multiple residential burglaries on Saucier Road.

Gordon was booked on the charges of Home Invasion, Aggravated Burglary (3 counts),  Attempted Burglary, Criminal Trespass (2 counts),  Felony Criminal Damage to Property,  Resisting an Officer by Flight On Foot (2 counts), Possession of a Schedule I Controlled dangerous Substance/Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Kentwood Man Sought as Armed Robbery Suspect

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public's assistance in locating wanted suspect Walter Johnson, III (39) of Kentwood.

Johnson is accused of participating in an armed robbery that occurred on August 13, 2018 at the Happywoods Market and Deli in Hammond. Johnson is identified as one of two subjects that perpetrated the robbery while armed with a pistol.

Johnson is wanted by the TPSO on the charges of Armed Robbery, Simple Battery, and for being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Anyone with information on Johnson's whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Dale Athmann is the lead investigator on this case. Johnson is a black male and is described as being 6"3" in height, approximately 185 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Obituary

Billy Ray Sumrall
February 21, 1948 - April 14, 2019

Obituary

David Lamar Stewart
May 29, 1941 - April 12, 2019

Obituary

Willie Singleton, Jr.
January 07, 1960 - April 12, 1990

Obituary

Francis Elaine Bickham Dillon
August 19, 1949 - April 09, 2019

Today in History for April 15th

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April 13, 2019

Mandeville Man Charged With 6 Counts of Criminal Damage

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Jacob Pratt (20) of Mandeville, after he
reportedly broke windows out of and caused damage to several Covington/Mandeville area businesses and a family residence located in Mandeville.

Late Saturday night (April 6) and into Sunday (April 7) and Monday (April 8), the STPSO received reports from multiple businesses located along Hwy. 190 in Covington, Hwy. 59 in Mandeville and a Mandeville resident, that an unknown perpetrator had propelled some type of projectile into the glass windows of each business and the residence causing extensive damage to glass-work.

Surveillance video of a vehicle seen near several of the businesses shortly before the damage occurred led the STPSO to the Mandeville home of Pratt. Jacob Pratt was arrested without incident on April 12, 2019 and booked on the charges of Felony Criminal Damage (2 counts) and Misdemeanor Criminal Damage (4 counts).

Anyone with information about these crimes or who believes they may have been a victim is asked to contact Detective Moreno at 985-276-1331 or 985-898-2338.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 12, 2019

William Nelson was booked on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property
Gary Dutruch was booked on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Obscenity
Walter Fox was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Christopher Smith was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Kimberly Henry was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Sheila Richardson was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

Today in History for April 13th

April 12, 2019

Obituary

Audrey Faye Sheridan
March 22, 1943 - April 9, 2019

Bogalusa AARP Presents "Stop Rx Greed" April 18th

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 11, 2019

Gary Mizell was booked In From Court
William Harvey was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Battery of Infirm, and Criminal Damage to Property
Kar Wallace was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (Ecstasy/Molly/MDMA), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Michael Turnage was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Nicholes Gonsoulin was booked on the charge of Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics

Today in History for April 12th

April 11, 2019

Second Suspect Sought in Folsom-Area Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a second suspect after a 19-year-old was
robbed at gunpoint in a rural area of Folsom on Tuesday evening (April 9, 2019).

The victim had made plans to meet with an acquaintance, who he identified as Cameron Perry (19) of Folsom, so the two could shoot guns. While the two were at the arranged location, a third individual got out of Perry’s vehicle holding a handgun and approached the victim. After robbing the victim of two firearms, Perry and the unidentified man left in Perry’s Dodge Charger.

Tuesday night, STPSO detectives located the vehicle in Covington and Cameron Perry was taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, Perry was found to be in possession of Xanax and marijuana. He was booked on the charges of Armed Robbery, Armed Robbery with a firearm, Possession of Schedule IV CDS, and Possession of Schedule I CDS.

As part of the ongoing investigation, a search warrant was executed Wednesday at a Covington-area residence. The guns taken during the robbery and the gun believed to have been used in the robbery were all located and subsequently recovered at that residence.

Anyone with information about this crime or the identity of the second individual involved is asked to call Detective Ben Williams at (985) 726-7855 or (985) 898-2338.

TPSO Warns of “The unexpected price of a workout!”

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards warns residents of a car thief or thieves are targeting unsuspected gym patrons. It began on April 2, 2019, as the TPSO and the Hammond Police Department began receiving multiple complaints from citizens reporting that their credit or debit cards were taken from their wallets and used to make excessive unauthorized purchases. It has been discovered the perpetrator(s) primarily targets elderly men who are going to the gym during the early morning hours. However, please don't be fooled. Thieves don't discriminate and anyone could be a target.















The investigative findings of these investigations have lead detectives to the unknown female in the attached photos. There are indications that the unidentified female is connected to these investigations. There is reason the believe she is a resident of Jefferson Parish and may live in the Westbank area.

If you recognize her or have information related to these crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 800-554-5245. It's EASY and they pay in CASH. You aren't even required to give your name to be eligible to receive a cash reward.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office would also like to remind residents to please lock your car doors and if you must leave your valuables behind, hide them. The best thing to do while going to the gym is to carry your belongings with you and place them in secured locker.

Obituary

Baron L. Davis
November 16, 1967 - April 09, 2019

Obituary

Billy Ray Harriel
March 14, 1951 - April 07, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 10, 2019

Amy Chiasson was booked on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info and Contempt of Court
Jeffery Sumrall was booked on the charges of Principle to Felony Theft and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Shane Anthony was booked In For Court
Austin Pitre was booked on the charge of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Alfonso Thomas was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Raymond Jones was booked on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Carey Gendron was booked In From Court
Jeremy Wilson was booked In For Court
Thomas Parnell was booked on the charge of Probation Violation

Today in History for April 11th

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TPSO's Newest K-9 Thwarts Drugs Intro Into Jail

TPSO K-9 Slash made his debut yesterday (April 9, 2019), when he thwarted the possible
introduction of illegal narcotics into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. Slash was tasked with conducting free air sweeps on vehicles as they entered the jail property for inmate visitation. While conducted the sweeps, Slash alerted on a vehicle for the presence of a narcotics odor emitting from the vehicle.

Occupying the vehicle at the time were Martha Reed (50) of Mt. Hermon and Canekia Robertson (30) and an infant. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered a quantity of suspected marijuana. Agents believe the females were going to attempt to smuggle the suspected contraband into the jail.

Reed and Robertson were placed into custody for possession of CDS I, possession of drug paraphernalia, introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, and child desertion. Robertson was also charged with an outstanding warrant.

The infant child was released to a family member by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

TPSO K-9 Slash is a one -year- old Fox Red Labrador Retriever who is trained in narcotics detection. Slash was purchased using funds that were previously seized and awarded to the the sheriff's office through the illegal distribution of narcotics throughout Tangipahoa Parish. K-9 Slash is currently assigned to the narcotics division to assist in narcotics related investigations. “The funds seized from local drug dealers and awarded to us are actually being used to buy assets and equipment that make our job easier,” said Sheriff Edwards.

High-School Student Arrested for Video Voyeurism

The Slidell Police Department advises that a high school student was arrested Tuesday afternoon (April 9, 2019) after placing a camera underneath a teacher’s skirt and then disseminating the video through social media.

The teacher, who was busy helping another student, was unaware of the incident until later that day. When the victim was made aware of the video, a complaint was filed with Slidell Police. Investigators identified John Zeringue, III (18) of Slidell as the person responsible for taking the video.

Zeringue reportedly later admitted to the incident and was arrested for Video Voyeurism (felony).

St. Tammany Law Enforcement Torch Run is May 21st


Teens Arrested After Breaking into Alton-Area Business

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two male juveniles after they broke into an
Alton-area business early Tuesday morning (April 9, 2019).

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning, a 14-year-old and 16-year-old broke the front glass of a business on Highway 11 in Alton. During this incident, the duo stole more than $460 worth of cigarettes and tobacco products. Shortly thereafter, the two teenagers were caught on surveillance, stealing an exterior camera and ice from another nearby convenience store.

After receiving an anonymous tip, STPSO detectives located the teenagers in the nearby Eagle Lake Trailer Park Tuesday afternoon. They were attempting to give away what remained of the stolen cigarettes and tobacco products after smoking some of the stolen merchandise.

Both teenagers were arrested and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on the charges of Business Burglary, Criminal Damage, and Theft. The 14-year-old was also booked for Drug Law Violation after he was found to be in possession of marijuana.

Slidell Couple Charged in the Death of Their 3-Month Old Son

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell-area couple, Kevin Scott (28) and Samantha Hotard (27), on charges related to cruelty to a juvenile following the death of their three-month-old son.










On Monday (April 8, 2019), the STPSO was contacted to conduct an investigation into the death of a three-month-old male child who was found unresponsive in a Slidell-area home.  The child was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The child’s remains were turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for autopsy, where it was determined the child suffered a non-accidental fracture to the right arm.

The subsequent investigation resulted in the arrests of Scott and Hotard. Scott has been charged with Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles and Hotard has been charged with Cruelty to Juveniles.

The death investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.

Fashion Show Event is in Franklinton, April 24th


Obituary

Lorna Nell Addison Thompson
September 27, 1945 - April 09, 2019

Today in History for April 10th

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 9, 2019

Russell Gerald was booked on the charges of Simple Battery and False Imprisonment
Mary Young was booked In For Court
Teesha Kennedy was booked In For Court and on the charges of Bank Fraud, Forgery, Identity Theft, and Theft Less Than 1000
Kayla Johnson was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000 and Monetary Instrument Abuse/Counterfeit Money(s)

Pete the Cat and his Big Easter Adventure!

Join the folks at the Franklinton Library on Saturday, April 13th @ 11:30 A.M. for Pete the Cat and his Big Easter Adventure!

Snacks will be served along with a fun Easter activity!

April 09, 2019

Reward Offered for Info on St. Tammany Timber Fire

Today (April 9, 2019), the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry advised that a reward
up to $2,000 is being offered by the Louisiana Forestry Association for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for allegedly setting a fire that burned nearly 300 acres of pine timber in St. Tammany Parish. The property is owned by Weyerhaeuser. Damage is estimated at more than $200,000.

The fire happened around 11:30 a.m. last Wednesday (April 3, 2019) on John Bennett Road off of Hwy. 36 East in Abita Springs. It took thirteen LDAF firefighters and the District 7 (Pearl River) Volunteer Fire Department approximately seven hours to get the blaze under control.

“Right now, it is uncertain whether the fire was intentionally set or whether it was an act of negligence. We’d like to speak with anyone who may have information regarding this incident,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

If convicted of arson, the person or persons responsible could face up to 15 years at hard labor and/or up to a $15,000 fine. A conviction of negligence is a misdemeanor and the person or persons responsible could face a fine of no more than $300 and/or up to 30 days behind bars.

Anyone with information can remain anonymous and is urged to contact the LDAF at (225) 925-4500 or the LDAF Wildfire Hotline 1-855-452-5323.

Obituary

Robert Carl O'Berry
April 1, 1938 - April 8, 2019

Obituary

Irma Lee Cesario Callendar
January 13, 1929 - April 09, 2019

Obituary

Bobbie Stogner Carter
(September 25, 1935 – April 9. 2019)

Obituary

Rebecca Anne Sandifer Hartsfield
December 01, 1940 - April 07, 2019

Obituary

Margaret Ann Rowell Spears
April 18, 1942 - April 8, 2019

Obituary

Lori Annette Crawford
November 16, 1964 - April 8, 2019

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 8, 2019

Kimberly Spears was booked on the charges of Improper Backing/Accident, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Andrew James was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Charles Merritt was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Today in History for April 9th

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April 08, 2019

Pearl River Man Gets Life x 2 For Killing Ex-Wife and Her Boyfriend

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jason Matthew Magee (39) of Pearl River was
sentenced today (April 8, 2019) to spend the rest of his life in prison for shooting his estranged wife and her boyfriend to death in 2017. District Judge August Hand sentenced Magee to two consecutive life sentences. Magee was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder after a week-long trial in February.

Magee and his former wife, Jennifer Wallace Magee (a 32-year-old nurse), had been separated for more than a year and were going through a divorce when the crime occurred on June 19, 2017. Jason Magee had spent that afternoon out with their two children, ages 6 and 8, and they were saying goodnight to their mother over the telephone in Magee’s truck when one of them asked to speak to her boyfriend. Magee grew enraged, drove the children to his parents’ home in Pearl River, and then drove a short distance away to Jennifer’s home. Magee kicked his way into the home and, as prosecutors described, executed both victims with “military precision” in one minute and 34 seconds.

The shootings left Jennifer Magee and Donald R. Gros, then a 34-year-old EKG technician, dead of multiple gunshot wounds. Magee confessed over the phone to his stepfather that he had shot his ex-wife, but he fled. With assistance from the U.S. Marshals Task Force and the Pearl River Police Department, he was later arrested after emerging from the woods.

The jury rejected claims by Magee’s lawyers that he was acting in self defense after Gros pointed a gun at him and a scuffle broke out.

Jason Magee’s brother, James C. Magee, is currently on death row for killing his estranged wife and young son back in 2007.

Hammond Man Charged with Shooting Paintball Gun at Semi

Last Friday (April 5, 2019), Troopers with Louisiana State Police arrested Nicholas V. Scott (20) of
Hammond after he shot at an 18-wheeler with a paintball gun. 20-year-old Nicholas V. Scott of Hammond was arrested for various charges as a result of the incident which occurred on I-55 in St. John the Baptist Parish.

The investigation reveals that a driver of an 18-wheeler traveling north on I-55 called LSP. The driver of the 18-wheeler stated that, as a gray Ford Mustang passed him, he noticed what appeared to be the barrel of a gun emerge from the passenger side window. The victim stated he then heard what sounded like multiple gun shots, and realized his vehicle was being struck.

Troopers from Troop B and Troop L located the vehicle and discovered a paintball gun in the vehicle. Scott, a passenger in the Mustang, reportedly confessed to firing the paintball gun at the 18-wheeler on I-55. He was charged with Aggravated Assault and Simple Criminal Damage to Property.

Teens Accused of Armed Robbery in St. Tammany

Two teenagers are behind bars after they reportedly robbed another teenager at gunpoint Saturday
(April 6, 2019) evening near Covington in St. Tammany Parish. Blayne Bedford (17) of Covington and Caleb Wood (18) of Bush were arrested April 7, 2019 on the charges of Armed Robbery and Armed Robbery with a Firearm

The victim, a 17-year-old from the Lacombe-area contacted the STPSO Saturday night to report he had been robbed at gunpoint after getting in the car with an acquaintance and another teenager. The victim told deputies he had contacted Bedford about a ride home. When Bedford picked up him up from a Mandeville-area residence, Wood was driving the vehicle. The two drove him to the area of 11th Street in Tammany Hills near Covington, where the victim believed the three were going to a party. Once at this location, Bedford produced a handgun and robbed the victim of his cellphone, wallet, watch, bag, shirt and shoes. Wood then struck the victim in the face with a closed fist, causing a laceration and a swollen left eye and told him to get out of the vehicle.

Later that same night, Bedford reportedly posted photos on social media of Wood and himself with some of the stolen items.

The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.

Friends of the Cemeteries meeting is Wednesday, April 10th


Obituary

Charles H. Spears
May 06, 1931 - April 07, 2019

Sheriff Seal: National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Sheriff Randy Seal asks all Washington Parish residents to join him in remembering victims of crime
during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week which is celebrated the week of April 7, 2019, throughout our nation.

According to the most recent crime victimization survey, United States’ households were victimized by 13.3 million property crimes in 2017 and residents twelve years of age or older experienced 3.1 million violent instances of victimization.

Children also are victims of crime, with national statistics indicating a very large number of children are either victims or witnesses to violence annually. In addition, untold numbers of children are victimized by the effects of the ongoing opioid crisis. Bullying and mistreatment by a parent, caregiver, or other adult are forms of victimization that jeopardize a child’s health, ability to succeed in school, and capability to contribute positively to their community.

“All too often,” said Sheriff Seal, “victims of crime are the least recognized persons in the criminal justice process. While much attention is given to those who commit crimes, too little attention and support is offered to crime victims. Join me, please, in honoring victims of crime during this special week of emphasis. Let’s be good neighbors to all persons who are victims of crime.”

Obituary

William "Bill" Richard Thompson
September 24, 1941 - April 06, 2019

Obituary

Lucille Penton
December 10, 1928 - April 06, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 6-7, 2019

Tori Breanne Gonsoulin was booked on the charge of Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles
Talage Ratliff was booked on the charges of 1st Degree Rape/Aggravated Rape and False Imprisonment
Angela Clark was booked on the charge of Aggravated Battery
Dexter Talley was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation
Lovone White was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Raymond Mark was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts)
Frederick Cambas was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Windy Cambas was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

Today in History for April 8th

AP Top Stories April 8, 2019 AM

April 06, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 5, 2019

Curtis Hart was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (4 counts) and Simple Battery
Jason Cumbus was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Ledonna Coleman was booked on the charge of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Monetary Instrument Abuse
Keybian Lewis was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts), Failure to Appear, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs/Ecstasy, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kayla Johnson was booked on the charge of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Monetary Instrument Abuse
Anthony Parta was booked on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI and Improper Lane Usage
Andra Tate was booked on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs

Today in History for April 6th

April 05, 2019

Obituary

Paul Dryman
August 8, 1945 - April 5, 2019

Obituary

Joyce Owens Creel
April 9, 1934 - April 4, 2019

Franklinton Man Convicted of Manslaughter in 2016 Shooting

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Demario G.
Warren (33) of Franklinton guilty Thursday (April 3) of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. He faces up to 80 years in prison as a repeat offender when he is sentenced by District Judge William Burris on June 19.

Warren fatally shot Kiniaki Williams (33) of Franklinton on May 31, 2016, at a Franklinton residence. Witnesses told Franklinton Police Department officers that Warren shot Williams and demanded to know where Williams kept his money. The witnesses said Warren also pointed the gun at them and threatened to kill them if they called police.

After finding no money, Warren left in his girlfriend’s vehicle. When the police arrived at the scene, Williams was still alive but unresponsive. He later died from a gunshot wound to his upper extremities. Warren was arrested about two hours after the shooting.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Cuccia prosecuted the case with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Shea Penton.

Three Wanted by WPSO - Now in Custody

The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office advises that three persons are now in custody who were wanted by the agency. Kayla Elizabeth Johnson (38) was arrested yesterday (April 4, 2019) and LeDonna E. Coleman (48) was arrested today (April 5, 2019). Johnson and Coleman (both from Kentwood) were wanted on warrants accusing them with attempting to defraud Washington Parish businesses with counterfeit $100 bills. Each was booked on the charge of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Monetary Instrument Abuse. Click here for the original story.











Andra Cordell Tate (37) arrested yesterday (April 4, 2019). Tate was wanted on six outstanding felony arrest warrants following the search of a house where he was a resident. Tate was not present at the time of the search. Tate was booked on the charges of  Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs. Click here for the original story.

Slidell PD Searching for Violent Robbery Suspect

Slidell Police are releasing incredible surveillance footage of a violent gas station robbery, and are asking for your help identifying the man responsible.

Shortly after midnight on Thursday (April 4, 2019), Slidell Police responded to a robbery of the Shell Gas Station at 1833 Old Spanish Trail in Slidell. A review of the surveillance video shows the suspect pull up to the store in a black Infinity SUV. The suspect violently batters the clerk, forcing her to open the cash register. The suspect takes the cash out of the register, as well as several packs of Kool cigarettes, and flees the store.

If you can identify this suspect, contact Detective Scott O'Shaughnessy at 985-646-4348. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You may be eligible for a cash reward.

Obituary

Penal Houston Robertson
March 02, 1937 - April 04, 2019

Jury Convicts Franklinton Man In Highway Incident Involving Wife

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Gregory S.
Stafford (25) of Franklinton guilty Tuesday (April 2, 2019) of aggravated obstruction of a highway. He was taken to jail and, as a multiple offender, faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced April 9, 2019 by District Judge Peter Garcia.

On December 13, 2018, Stafford was driving a pickup truck on Highway 436 in the Franklinton area when he rammed the back of his estranged wife’s car, pulled up next to her in the opposing lane of traffic, and then pulled into her lane of traffic to force her off the road into a ditch. Stafford then walked to the passenger side of the vehicle, took her phone, and removed the couple’s 10-month-old child from the vehicle. Stafford put the baby in his truck and drove off.

A concerned citizen who was driving nearby saw the incident, called 911, and stopped to console the distraught victim. Stafford has a history of domestic violence against the victim, who sought a protective order against him after the incident last December and filed for divorce. He was convicted previously of burglary of an inhabited dwelling and accessory after the fact.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 4, 2019

Floyd Cooksey was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kayla Johnson was booked on the charge of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Monetary Instrument Abuse
Andra Tate was booked on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs

Today in History for April 5th

AP Top Stories April 5, 2019 AM

April 04, 2019

Folsom Man Robbed in Retaliation for Selling ‘Bad Drugs'

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested two people this week after they forced their way
into a Folsom area home shortly after midnight Monday morning (April 1, 2019) and robbed and pistol whipped a man. They told detectives the robbery was in retaliation after the man sold them bad drugs.

Alexis Walker (18) of Madisonville and Kristopher Wild (22) of Covington are accused of forcing their way into a home on Doris Road near Folsom and pistol-whipping Sean Burns (27), robbing him of $15 cash and his cellphone. Burns reportedly had sold the two something that was supposedly methamphetamine just days prior. When they realized the drugs were fake, they hatched the scheme to rob Burns in retaliation.

A search warrant executed at Wild’s residence, uncovered the firearm believed to have been used in the crime. Walker and Wild were charged with Aggravated Burglary with a Dangerous Weapon and Obstruction of Justice

It was discovered during the investigation that Burns was wanted on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court on unrelated charges. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on April 3, 2019. 

The case is still under investigation and additional charges are possible.

Bogalusa Police Helping Addicts Through Operation Angel

Mayor Wendy Perrette and Chief Kendall Bullen are proud to announce the Bogalusa Police Department was able to provide assistance through the Operation Angel program to its first candidate that was seeking assistance with an addiction to opiates. This individual was transported to the appropriate treatment facility where their road to recovery began.

Anyone knowing an individual seeking assistance with an addiction, please contact the Bogalusa Police Department and inquire about the Operation Angel program.

Obituary

Eva Naquin McNabb
March 22, 1934 - April 03, 2019

Two Women Wanted for Passing Counterfeit Money

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have obtained felony arrest warrants for two Kentwood
women after the pair attempted to defraud Washington Parish businesses with counterfeit $100 bills.

On March 26, 2019, a woman went to a food and grocery establishment in Mt. Hermon and attempted to purchase several items with a counterfeit $100 bill. The clerk refused the fake money, after which the woman left the store and entered a vehicle driven by another woman. Store surveillance cameras provided images of the female in the store.

Shortly afterwards, the two women drove to a nearby Dollar General store where one of them purchased items with the counterfeit money, receiving change in the process. The clerk then noticed the bill was fake and followed the woman to her vehicle, advising her to return the merchandise and the change she had received. At that time, the female customer advised the female driver of the vehicle to drive away. The clerk was able to obtain the license plate number of the vehicle in which the women were traveling.

With the assistance of detectives in Tangipahoa Parish along with information posted on Facebook pages, the two women have been identified as LeDonna E. Coleman (48) and Kayla Elizabeth Johnson (38), both residents of Kentwood, Louisiana. Washington Parish detectives obtained felony arrest warrants for the two women and are attempting to locate and arrest them on charges of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Monetary Instrument Abuse.

“Help us find these two women,” stated Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. “If you know their location, please call our office at (985) 839-3434. You may remain anonymous.”

Litter Problem is Major Topic at Parish Council Meeting

Litter is a topic of discussion at almost every meeting of the Washington Parish Council. At the
meeting on April 1st, many commented on the problem. As reported by Transportation Manager Donnell Merritt, 534 bags of garbage was picked up in March. Every month the report is about the same. Frankie Crosby reported on the cleanup day in Franklinton during which over 50 bags were picked up. But as soon as trash is picked up in an area, the trash is back! Why do people trash where they live? It takes such little effort to find a trash can or hold onto trash until we get home. Unfortunately, tickets for littering are not being written and fines are not being levied. But we have to take pride in our communities. Only then will we see a difference.

In other business,
  • the Council passed three resolutions: one supplementing the "No Thru Truck Routes" ordinance, one opposing proposed legislation to transfer adminisstration and collection of local taxes to the Louisiana Department of Revenue, and one authorizing President Thomas to obtain special counsel for opiod-related recovery claims.
  • the Council heard an update from Public Works Director Ken Wheat on matters related to the animal shelter
  • the Council heard from Frankie Crosby regarding the condition of Rod and Gun Club Road. The discussion of the matter once again highlighted the issue that the parish cannot fix roads that are privately-owned
  • the Council heard a report from Finance Director Donna Graham on a successful surplus property sale
  • the Council heard a report from Transportation Manager Donnell Merritt on work peformed during the month of March

Go our Government Meetings page to view video of the full meeting.