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May 31, 2019

Mandeville "Pill Mill" Doctor Pleads Guilty

Anil Prasad, M.D. (62), a neurologist from Mandeville pleaded guilty Thursday (May 30, 2019)
before U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo of the Eastern District of Louisiana for his role in a scheme to unlawfully prescribe controlled substances, namely oxycodone and hydrocodone, without performing required face-to-face examinations, and his role in a scheme to commit health care fraud. Sentencing is set for September 4, 2019.

Prasad admitted that he conspired with others to unlawfully distribute and dispense controlled substances at a medical clinic that was, in actuality, a pill mill. Prasad admitted that he rarely performed face-to-face examinations of patients at the clinic. Instead, Prasad admitted he pre-signed prescriptions for controlled substances for patients.  Those patients then picked up the prescriptions from the clinic after making a cash payment to the clinic. Prasad also admitted that he pre-signed prescriptions before traveling internationally, and that patients would pick up those prescriptions while he was out of the country.

In total, Medicare and Medicaid paid approximately $1,657,461.15 for those prescriptions, Prasad admitted.

Click here to read the full press release

Obituary

Russell "Rusty" Hartzog
September 06, 1960 - May 29, 2019

Obituary

Henry Wayne Evans
October 12, 1936 - May 30, 2019

Obituary

Hazel "B" Abram
July 28, 1931 - May 31, 2019

Fiscal Administrator Named for City of Bogalusa

At a hearing this morning (May 31, 2019) in the Washington Parish courthouse in Franklinton, Judge
William J. “Rusty” Knight appointed Albert J. “Joey” Richard, III as the Fiscal Administrator for the City of Bogalusa, as recommended by the Attorney General and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

Present at the hearing were representatives from the Attorney General's Office, Bogalusa City Attorney Dale Branch, Mayor Wendy Perrette, Councilwoman Gloria Kates, Albert Richard, and other interested parties.

Judge Knight's comments indicated that he will be actively involved in overseeing the fiscal administration process. Knight set a date of September 20, 2019 for a report on 1) current conditions, 2) priorities, and 3) a long-term plan of action.

Richard is listed as the Manager of RICHARD CPAS, LLC, on the Louisiana Secretary of State's website. The company is domiciled in Metairie. The company's website is http://richardcpas.com/ . The website reflects that Richard has 40 years of professional accounting and auditing experience.

In addition to the appointment of the Fiscal Administrator, the Order approved by Judge Knight also states that all costs and expenses associated with the Independent Fiscal Administration be paid by the City of Bogalusa and that the Independent Fiscal Administrator "shall have all the authority, powers, and duties as outlined by La. R.S. 39:1351-1357". Click here for an Overview of the Laws on Fiscal Administration.

For background, see the following previous stories:
Bogalusa Will Come Under Fiscal Administration and
Will the City of Bogalusa Continue Governing Itself?

Obituary

Earnest D James
May 22, 1949 - May 26, 2019

Today in History for May 31st

AP Top Stories May 31, 2019 AM

May 30, 2019

Two in Custody – One Sought in Sandy Hook Area Shooting

Earlier today, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division was asking for information on the whereabouts of Jamal Cordell Smith (17) and Cameron Shyheim Warrick (20). The two were wanted for questioning in reference to a suspicious shooting that occurred in the Sandy Hook area on May 25, 2019. The two were believed to be in the Sandy Hook / Angie La. area.
Smith and Warrick are now in custody. However, the Marion County Sheriff's Office is also now needing to speak with Lantarrious Crumedy for questioning.

If you have any information, please contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 601-736-5051 or our Dispatch at 601-736-2711.


Help Locate This Missing Kentwood Teen

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office's Juvenile Investigations Division is asking for your assistance in locating missing teen, 14 -year -old Jerney Stewart of Kentwood, LA.

Jerney was last seen by her mother before she ran away from their residence on May 23, 2019. Jerney is believed to be in the Hammond area.

Anyone who may come in contact with, or knowing of her whereabouts is asked to contact the TPSO at 985-345-6150, 985-902-2011, or local law enforcement.

Tips from Community Lead to Pearl River Man's Arrest

A Pearl River man has been arrested after tips from the community led members of the St. Tammany
Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force to his residence where narcotics and a stolen firearm were located Wednesday (May 29, 2019).

Members of the STPSO Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the home of Gary Slaydon (52) in the Pearl River area.  The search revealed numerous legend drugs, Suboxone and narcotic paraphernalia, including used syringes. A handgun that had been reported stolen out of Mississippi last year was also found in the home.

Slaydon was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Schedule III CDS (Suboxone), Possession of a Legend Drug (2 Counts), and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force is comprised of members of the STPSO and Mandeville Police Department.

Obituary

Carolyn McNabb Bates
December 14, 1941 - May 29, 2019

Obituary

Royce C. Arthur
June 30, 1931 - May 29, 2019

Obituary

Jimmie Marshall Stokes, Sr.
September 8, 1944 - May 28, 2019

Obituary

Horace Wilson
December 17, 1936 - May 29, 2019

Obituary

Sidney Joseph Billiot
October 23, 1931 - May 29, 2019

Bogalusa Firemen Respond to Two Fires With One Fatality

Yesterday (March 29, 2019), the Bogalusa Fire Department responded to two fires, one of which
resulted in a fatality.

At 9:51 the Bogalusa Fire Department received a call of a fire at a single-family residence located at 638 Avenue H. State Fire Marshal deputies are investigating but Chief Moody reports that the only resident was an adult male, who died apparently of smoke inhalation. Chief Moody reported that no smoke detectors were in the residence and that the fire was electrical in nature.

The Bogalusa Fire Department also responded to a fire at 1340 Edward Lane, off of Highway 21. A fire started in a shed at the location and then spread to a neighbor's shed and to the neighbor's camper. No loss of life or injuries occurred.

Teen Arrested for Franklinton Trailer Fire

Source: Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office Press Release


The State Fire Marshal’s Office has arrested a 17-year-old girl for setting fire to her family’s manufactured home while her relatives were inside asleep. The girl was arrested on one count each of Aggravated Arson, Theft and Theft of a Firearm.

In the early morning hours of May 24, Washington Parish Fire District #2 requested the assistance of the SFM in determining the origin and cause of a fire at an occupied manufactured home located in the 20000 block of Graceland Road in Franklinton. After an assessment of the scene and collecting witness statements, investigators determined the fire was intentionally set on the exterior of the trailer and the teen was identified as a suspect. Witness statements indicated the girl’s relatives were asleep in the trailer when her sister woke up to the fire’s popping sounds. Once the rest of the family was alerted to the danger and escaped, it was discovered that the girl was already outside of the home, but had not attempted to alert or help any relatives.

During the investigation, it was discovered that several items, including a gun, were missing from the homeowner’s vehicle, which the teen admitted to taking. Once in custody, the teen admitted to the thefts and the arson but did not give a reason why. She was then booked into the Washington Parish Jail.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 29, 2019

Heather Comans was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Christopher Lloyd was booked on the charges of Improper Equipment, Driving With Suspended License Due to DWI or Other, Contempt of Court, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Adrian Butler was booked on the charges of 2nd Degree Rape and Possession of Heroin
Patrick John was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Stormy Schenk was booked on the charge of Aggravated Arson
Edward Lewis was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Cedric Payne was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine
Justin Wilderoder was booked on the charges of Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute and Distribution of Schedule III CDS
Steve Dillon was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm (2 counts), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Ronnie Williams was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Adam Thomas was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Gabriel Causey was booked on the charge of Simple Battery

Today in History for May 30th

AP Top Stories May 30, 2019 AM

May 29, 2019

Arrest Made in $100,000+ Tire Theft Case

On April 27, 2019, Slidell Police were called to the Matt Bowers Chevrolet dealership after a manager discovered 124 tires and wheels missing off of 31 vehicles, totaling a loss of approximately $120,000.

Click here to read our previous story

The investigation led detectives to Houston, Texas where detectives spent several days meeting with Houston Police and other neighboring agencies. They were able to identify 39-year-old, Eric Summage (Humble, Texas) and 44-year-old, Riley Richardson (Houston, Texas) as two of the primary suspects.
Eric Summage was arrested for felony theft over $100,000. Riley Richardson is still at-large and is wanted by Slidell Police. Other suspects have been identified, and detectives are in the process of issuing additional arrest warrants.

Slidell Police investigators have spent hundreds of man-hours investigating this case. Surveillance videos from multiple locations throughout the gulf south and Texas have helped with the identification of the suspects. Numerous search warrants have been conducted, and there are more to come. The suspects have been linked to multiple similar thefts along the I-10 corridor, and areas throughout the State of Texas. In total, it is believed that this professional theft ring is responsible for millions of dollars in tire thefts. Based off of the Slidell Police Department’s investigation, Summage and Richardson are also now wanted by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, which is out of San Antonio, Texas.

Chief Randy Fandal says, “Because of the hard work of our detectives, we have put a big dent in this elaborate theft ring. One arrest has been made, and there will be several more to follow. One message has been made VERY clear to these individuals…don't come to Slidell, Louisiana, to commit your crimes. I told you we would come find you no matter where you were hiding, and I’ve held true to my promise. We aren’t stopping here. We will continue to identify, hunt down, and arrest everyone responsible for this theft. We are in contact with multiple law enforcement agencies and sharing information to ensure these individuals are brought to justice and held responsible for every single theft they have committed.“

Slidell Police detectives Kyle Taylor and Joel Hoskins are responsible for the investigation. They can be contacted via e-mail at ktaylor@slidellpd.com or jhoskins@slidellpd.com.

Obituary

Rev. Kent Lynch
November 29, 1944 - May 27, 2019

Obituary

Winston Tony Ramirez, Sr.
December 11, 1946 - May 26, 2019

Astronomy Night is June 8th at Bogue Chitto State Park


Help STPSO Identify These Suspects


Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 28, 2019

Jerry Vince was booked In For Court
Christopher Bagert was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
David Thomassen was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500 and Criminal Trespass
Lakevion Hughes was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Obstructing Public Passages, No Insurance, and Drivers License Not on Person

TPSO Suspects Foul Play in Tickfaw Death

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office advises that on Sunday evening (May 26, 2019) at or around 7:00 p.m., the TPSO responded to a report of an unresponsive male inside of an apartment on
Meghans Loop in Tickfaw.

Deputies discovered a 64 -year- old male identified as Lucky Williams inside the residence deceased. The TPSO has a person of interest in custody for questioning. Foul play is suspected.

Details surrounding this case are not being released - as this is an ongoing and active investigation.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for anyone with information related to the death of Mr. Williams to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. TPSO Detective Ray Lentz is the lead detective on this case.


Today in History for May 29th

AP Top Stories May 29, 2019 AM

May 28, 2019

Obituary

Pansy Funeral Barnes Tyson
January 02, 1931 - May 25, 2019

Obituary

Queen Victoria Long
December 01, 1927 - May 23, 2019

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings May 25-27, 2019

Patrick John was charged with Fail to Appear "Bogalusa City Court", Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Sherry Westmoreland was charged with Fail To Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Mikal Spikes was charged with Fail To Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Sterling Burdette was charged with Obscenity and Disturbing the Peace by Intoxication
Page Strahan was charged with Fail to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Rodney Wood was charged with Fail to Appear, Reckless operation, Driver Must be Licensed, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting an Officer
Richard Rogers was charged with Driving Under Suspension and No Turn Signal
Darryl Harris was charged with Fail to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Haley Wheat was charged with Fail to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Adra Cotton was charged with Theft, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 2 counts Resisting an Officer
Erik Smith was charged with No Light on License Plate, No Brake Lights, Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, Resisting an Officer, and 3 counts Fail to appear

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 27, 2019

Tabitha Lowe was booked on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Sean Wyers was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Pay Fine
Justin Burns was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving With License Suspended Due to Previous DWI or Other, and Speeding 1-10 Over Limit
Andrew Johnson was booked on the charges of No Seat Belt, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Attachment (2 counts)

Obituary

Lynell Hyde White
August 08, 1949 - May 26, 2019

Today in History for May 28th

AP Top Stories May 28, 2019 AM

May 27, 2019

Help Support the Bogalusa Fire Department!

Music provided by Epic, door prizes, a cash bar, and the famous BFD jambalaya! Get your tickets soon. Prices go up at the gate! Message Magic City Firefighters Auxiliary- MCFA  for more details!
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A MEMORIAL DAY MESSAGE FROM RICHARD DUCOTE


Election Called to Amend Washington Parish Home Rule Charter

One of the actions taken by the Washington Parish Council last Monday (May 20, 2019) was to hold a Public Hearing and then to approve an ordinance ordering and calling a special election to be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 to authorize the amendment and restatement, in its entirety, of the Home Rule Charter of the Parish of Washington. The Council has been working on updating the charter for a long time and has invited and received input from the public.

A related power-point presentation is provided below.
The Council also
  • approved an ordinance adjusting commercial customer fees of the Choctaw Road Landfill
  • approved an ordinance creating the 2020 Census Washington Parish Complete Count Committee
  • approved a resolution related to funding of a sidewalk project in downtown Franklinton
  • approved a resolution related to and agreement with Barriere Construction Co., LLC for asphalt overlay on Greentree Drive and Dollar Road
  • acted on three resolutions of appointment to Washington Parish Communication District, Washington Parish Fire District No. 1, and Mt. Hermon Water District
  • heard reports from Parish President Thomas and his staff.
Go to our Government Meetings page to view video of the full Council Meeting.


Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 25-26, 2019

Blake Villars was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Obstruction of Highway
Randell Wilson was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving Under Suspension, Switched License Plates Failure to Change/Secure Registration, Switched MVI, Open Container in Vehicle, and Ran Stop Sign
Nicholas Gholar was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation and Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation
Ronald Simmons was booked on the charges of Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI or Other
Randall Smith was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Improper Lane Usage

Obituary

Arthur Gates
January 29, 1932 - May 24, 2019

Obituary

Colonel Michael B. Stupka
June 09, 1937 - May 26, 2019

Obituary

Janella Otzenberger Pierce
September 27, 1932 - May 25, 2019

Obituary

James F. Freeman
October 8, 1954 - May 24, 2019

Today in History for May 27th

AP Top Stories May 27, 2019 AM

May 26, 2019

21-Year-Old Driver Killed After Crashing Into Horse

This morning (May 26, 2019), at approximately 2:53 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police
Troop L responded to a fatal crash on LA 1040 [Old Baton Rouge Highway] near Baker Lane in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 21-year-old Javonte Lamone Johnson.

Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Johnson was driving a 2011 Ford Fiesta eastbound on LA 1040. A dark colored horse was standing in the eastbound lane. Johnson braked and swerved slightly to the left, but struck the horse. The impact caused heavy damage to the windshield and roof of Johnson’s vehicle. Following the crash, Johnson’s vehicle continued beneath the horse, ran off the left side of the roadway, and overturned.

Johnson was unrestrained at the time of the crash. He was ejected from his vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Ownership of the horse is part of the ongoing investigation.

May 25, 2019

Obituary

Georgette W. Fournet
March 23, 1938 - May 24, 2019

Causeway Police Officer Convicted of Malfeasance and Guns Theft

District Attorney Warren Montgomery and the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission
announce that a St. Tammany Parish jury found William “Billy” Jones, Jr. (46) guilty Thursday (May 23, 2019) of malfeasance in office and two counts of theft of a firearm.

“Mr. Jones held one of the most trusted positions in law enforcement, safeguarding the evidence seized during arrests,” Montgomery said. “This was a betrayal of that trust. But I congratulate the honest law enforcement officers and Assistant District Attorney Jessica Brewster, who uncovered this crime, and Assistant District Attorneys Angelina Valuri and Holly McGinness, who delivered justice.”

Brewster, who oversees the Assets and Forfeitures Division of the District Attorney’s Office, testified during the trial that a defense attorney in another case contacted her in November 2016 to inquire about $6,300 in cash that the Causeway Police had seized six months earlier. State law requires law enforcement agencies to notify the District Attorney’s Office within 10 days of a seizure. But Brewster said she had not been notified of that seizure, and when she attempted to contact Jones, he avoided her calls, emails, and text messages. After several unsuccessful attempts to reach Jones, Brewster contacted the Causeway Police, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was brought in to investigate.

The investigation also uncovered missing cocaine. Investigators recorded a confession from Jones, but he testified during the trial that the confession was a lie.

Jones was also found to have stolen seized guns. Jones, a law enforcement officer for 25 years, was wearing his uniform when he sold the guns to a Washington Parish convenience store owner.

The jury deliberated for a little over an hour before finding Jones guilty. District Judge Reginald T. Badeaux set Jones’s sentencing date for June 13. Jones, who was fired from the Causeway Police Department, faces up to 5 years in prison for malfeasance in office and up to 10 years in prison for the firearms theft. Each count of the firearms theft carries a mandatory minimum of two years.

“We are pleased with the outcome of the trial and conviction of Billy Jones,” Causeway Police Chief Nick A. Congemi said. “Our officers displayed great professionalism in bringing one of their own to justice.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 24, 2019

John Riley was booked In From Court
Jeffery Jarrell was booked on the charges of Accessory After the Fact and Failure to Appear
Heather Tolbert was booked In From Court
Rodney London was booked In From Court

Today in History for May 25th

May 24, 2019

Obituary

Jesse B. Weary
August 07, 1947 - May 18, 2019

Bogus Bomb Threat at Franklinton High Gets Prompt Reaction

On Friday, May 24, 2019 at approximately 08:30 am, the Franklinton Police Department received
information relevant to a communicated bomb threat targeting Franklinton High School. No students were present on campus and all faculty members were evacuated to an alternate location. Law enforcement, fire and ems personnel cordoned off the area while investigators traced the source of the initial threat.

It was concluded, a text message was sent from a student in Franklinton, North Carolina to his/her father stating there was an active shooter at their school. The father in turn, inadvertently contacted the school board office in Franklinton, Louisiana and relayed the information as a bomb threat. It was further determined through communication and investigations in Franklinton, North Carolina, the threat was not viable.

The response to the information by our local agencies was decisive and immediate. Having trained extensively throughout the past school year contributed significantly to the success and coordination between multiple agencies.

Chief Justin Brown commends the prompt action by members of the Franklinton Police Department, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, Franklinton Fire Department, Northshore EMS, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Probation and Parole and Washington Parish Office of Homeland Security.

Obituary

Johnny Earl Sandifer
November 28, 1947 - May 22, 2019

Obituary

Ed Newman
February 12, 1943 - May 24, 2019

Obituary

Melissa Jackson Stubbs
May 27, 1964 - May 23, 2019

Troopers Investigate Fatal Crash Near Pearl River

On Thursday May 23, 2019 at approximately 2:45 PM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on LA 1090 (Military Rd.) at Forest Ridge Drive in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 70 year-old Daniel James Wehr of Slidell.

Troopers determined that as Wehr was riding a 2019 Slingshot Motorcycle [3-wheeled, open-air roadster] northbound on LA 1090 approaching Forrest Ridge Drive, his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Wehr was wearing a DOT approved helmet; however, he was not wearing the equipped seat-belt. Wehr sustained fatal injuries in the crash. He was pronounced deceased on scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 23, 2019

Justin Brumfield was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, No Seat Belt, and Drivers License Not on Person
Joshua Murray was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500 and Simple Battery
Kenny Moses was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault, Disturbing the Peace, Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden, Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence, and Criminal Damage
Lamontae Roberts was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500 and Simple Battery
Anthony Beaudette was booked on the charge of Aggravated Battery
Karl Miller was booked on the charges of Stalking, Disturbing the Peace, and Careless Operation
Kacie Kihneman was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Ryan Jefferson was booked on the charges of Simple Burglary (7 counts) and Theft of a Motor Vehicle 1000 to 5000
Cassidus Martinez was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Jonathon Becnel was booked on the charges of Home Invasion and 1st Degree Rape
Alesha Shamberger was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Brooklyn Magee was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Dana Williams was booked on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)

Today in History for May 24th

AP Top Stories May 24, 2019 AM

May 23, 2019

City of Bogalusa Landfill Debt Continues to Grow

In an audit report of the Choctaw Road Landfill, the firm of Kushner LaGraize, LLC reported that the
City of Bogalusa's millage dedicated to funding their share of the Choctaw Road Landfill operations is not adequate. The outstanding balances owed by the City of Bogalusa consists of $401,482, $578,169, $799,974 and $356,321 from the years 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. As of December 31, 2018, the balance due from the City of Bogalusa was $2,135,946.

Click here for the full audit report

The Washington Parish Government and the City of Bogalusa are partners in the Choctaw Road Landfill that was opened in July of 1989. The agreed upon percentages for sharing of costs were 58.1% for the Parish Government and 41.9% for the City. Washington Parish Government is the "managing partner" and is responsible for the day to day operations.

Washington Parish Government gets its funding for the landfill from a 0.67% sales tax imposed parish wide, excluding the City of Bogalusa. The sales tax is for an indefinite period, and generates annual revenue of approximately $ 1,850,000. Bogalusa gets its funding from a 5-mill ad valorem tax. The tax expires in October of 2021 and generates annual revenue of approximately $366,000.

The City of Bogaiusa has experienced financial and economic challenges in managing the City's operations. Two major consequences have been (1) under-funding of the City of Bogalusa Employee’s Retirement System (with a net pension liability of more than $22 million) and (2) under-funding of the City of Bogalusa's share of the Choctaw Road Landfill (with a net liability of over $2.1 million).

On February 18, 2019, the Fiscal Review Committee of the Louisiana Legislative Auditor recommended the City for management by a court appointed administrator but it has not happened yet. On May 16, 2019, the State Bond Commission was advised that steps are being taken to complete the process but that no fiscal administrator had been appointed.

With regard to the landfill issue, several meetings were held during 2018 between parish and city officials and outside interested parties. However, a formal resolution has not been reached. It was reported that discussions of a debt for equity exchange for the City of Bogalusa and a corresponding operating agreement are being considered.

Obituary

Blakely Anne Mizell
December 19, 2015 - May 20, 2019

Slidell Man Indicted in Rape and Sexual Battery of Juvenile

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Donald
Phillip Boyle (66) of Slidell Wednesday (May 22, 2019) on first degree rape and sexual battery of a victim under 13 years old.

Boyle is accused of raping and having inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile boy who had been left in his care temporarily.

Assistant District Attorney Ysonde Boland presented the case to the grand jury.

Tow Truck Driver Guilty of Sexual Battery of Three Women

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Dale Boudreaux,
Jr. (53) of Covington guilty of three counts of sexual battery for three separate incidents, involving women he was assisting as a tow truck driver in Covington and Mandeville. District Judge William Knight set Boudreaux’s sentencing for June 10, 2019. Boudreaux faces up to 10 years in prison on each sexual battery count, and he will have to register as a sex offender.

During the one-day trial on Tuesday (May 21, 2019), three victims testified that on different occasions between June and October 2014, Boudreaux was called to assist them with towing a vehicle, but he took advantage of their vulnerability and touched them sexually without their permission. In one instance, he tried unsuccessfully to force the victim to perform oral sex on him. Boudreaux testified in his own defense, denying all of the allegations.

Assistant District Attorney William Macke, who prosecuted the case, told jurors this case was a matter of who they believed. The jury deliberated about one hour before finding Boudreaux guilty. Assistant District Attorney Sharry Scott assisted with the prosecution.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 22, 2019

Christopher Holmes was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jumetrus Bearden was booked on the charges of Improper Equipment, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Marijuana, and Failure to Appear
Cardereus Carter was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Darrell Jarrell was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Alvester Thomas was booked In From Court

Today in History for May 23rd

AP Top Stories May 23, 2019 AM

May 22, 2019

Obituary

Patrick Lloyd Corkern
June 9, 1945 - May 22, 2019

Bogalusa Strong Celebrates Anniversary May 28th – Join Them

Come join Bogalusa Strong to celebrate their one year anniversary on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from
12:00 – 1:00 pm at the Bogalusa Country Club. Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette will present “A Celebration of Hope” and OLOAH VP of Mission Integration Derek Covert's presentation will be “Vision for the Future & Community Input”.

The lunch meeting menu includes Smoked Chicken or Baked Catfish, Salad Bar,
Choice of Healthy Sides, and Fruit Delight Dessert – all for $10.00. FYI the Bogalusa Country Club dining services are under new management-Golden Pear Restaurant.

Cancer Survivor Event is Thursday, May 23rd at YMCA


Slidell Man Gets 38 Years For Robbing Two Elderly Men

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Jonathan J. Gabriel (42) of Slidell pleaded
guilty Tuesday (May 21, 2019) to two counts of armed robbery with a firearm and theft of a motor vehicle for robbing two elderly men last December. District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Gabriel to 38 years without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence on each armed robbery charge and five years for the vehicle theft. All sentences are to be served at the same time.

The first robbery occurred on December 13, 2018, when Gabriel, wearing a mask, entered the trailer of a 75-year-old man in Lacombe, pointed a gun at him, and demanded money and guns. Gabriel pushed the victim into his bedroom and took cash, pills, and a 22-caliber revolver.

A couple of hours later, Gabriel knocked on the apartment door of a 92-year-old man, a World War II veteran, in Slidell. Gabriel pushed the gun into the victim’s stomach and escorted him through the apartment in search of valuables. Gabriel took prescription pills, cash, a watch, cell phone, and the victim’s vehicle before fleeing
.
An investigation by the Slidell Police Department identified Gabriel as a suspect and, when they searched Gabriel’s residence, officers found items belonging to both victims. Gabriel ultimately gave a statement, admitting to the robberies, claiming he was under the influence of drugs.

Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair, who prosecuted the case, had selected a jury for Gabriel’s trial, which was set to begin Tuesday, when Gabriel pleaded guilty. The 75-year-old victim passed away prior to trial, but the 92-year-old veteran was present for the guilty plea and was happy with the outcome.

Video: Lab Renovation at Riverside Medical Center

Jeffrey Vince, Riverside Medical Center's Lab Director, gives us a sneak peek of RMC’s new lab relocation!
The RMC laboratory is a full service lab, providing a full range of testing, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The laboratory accepts patient orders from any physician’s office and also provides services for local nursing homes and home health agencies. The laboratory provides quality care with the latest technology in laboratory equipment and is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Some of the testing that the laboratory performs includes the following: Iron, Total iron binding capacity (TIBC), Vitamin B12, Folate, C-reactive protein, Rheumatoid factor, Traceable creatinine, Glomerular filtration rate (GFR), Beta HCG, Micro albumin, Cholesterol, Triglyceride and Prealbumin testing. Lab services include Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Microbiology, and Blood Banking.

Riverside Medical Center provides patients the highest level of quality care from qualified staff in a safe and compassionate environment.

STPSO Report: Drug Trafficking Conspirators Arrested

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force and troopers from Louisiana State Police Region I Narcotics concluded a lengthy investigation Wednesday (May 22, 2019) with numerous search warrants and arrests being made related to a drug trafficking organization based out of Slidell.

Detectives and troopers reportedly identified the leaders of the organization as Jason Hotard and Kasey Johnson, along with their girlfriends Dawn Herbert and Turquoise Gillum. Also reportedly identified were 32 other individuals as being part of the drug trafficking organization. The organization was responsible for the distribution of heroin and other controlled dangerous substances in St. Tammany Parish, Orleans Parish and in south Mississippi.

Arrests warrants were issued for all parties known to be involved, and on Wednesday morning, search warrants were executed at 11 residential and business locations. The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics provided resources and manpower to execute at least one search warrant in southern Mississippi.  The Louisiana Department of Corrections – Division of Probation and Parole in addition to The Department of Homeland Security (HSI) also assisted in executing arrest warrants.

The organization’s base of operation was reported to be Roussell Towing, a Slidell-area towing business, and that the leaders would use this business to store and package large quantities of heroin.  and distribute the heroin throughout St. Tammany Parish, Orleans Parish and south Mississippi. STPSO also reports that detectives and troopers uncovered a second business associated with this drug trafficking organization. That business, Aariel Recovery, was advertised as a substance abuse clinic and is co-owned by Herbert.

Lagniappe: WPSO Went Looking for One – Arrested Three

On Tuesday (May 21, 2019) Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol Sergeant Justin Blackwell and deputy Patrick Tomberlin were dispatched to Husser Road near Franklinton in an attempt to locate a felony fugitive from Livingston Parish. The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office drug task force officers assisted. The wanted subject was located and taken into custody.
Medhat Amon Alhashimi (29), a resident of Hwy 450 near Franklinton, remains in the Washington Parish Jail until picked up by Livingston Parish law enforcement officers. Alhashimi has been in the Washington Parish Jail several previous times beginning with a May 2009 arrest. Previous charges include unauthorized use of a moveable, issuing worthless checks, possession of stolen property, drug charges, several theft charges and several charges of failure to appear in court.

While at the scene, officers also identified and arrested two other persons who had outstanding warrants in Washington Parish. Megan Hall (31), a resident of Dave Thomas Road in Angie and Michael A. Ellis (30), a resident of Jim Edwards Road in Mt. Hermon were transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

“Lagniappe is what we call it in Louisiana,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our officers went out to arrest a fugitive and discovered two other individuals with outstanding warrants. Good job! I am pleased we were able to assist Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard by locating and arresting Alhashimi. We always enjoy our cooperative partnership with surrounding law enforcement agencies.”

Wrong Time – Wrong Place – Now in Jail

Travis A. Beauvais (33), a resident of Chess Bankston Road in Mt. Hermon, was arrested

Tuesday (May 21, 2019) on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court. As Bankston approached the intersection of Highways 25 and 10, he was recognized by a member of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force who was aware of the outstanding warrant.

Beauvais was stopped, arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. He remains in jail with his bond set at $1,000.

“This is another good example of pro-active law enforcement,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I don’t know why Mr. Beauvais was in contempt of court, but hopefully this will be a lesson for him to always honor directives from a judge.”

Franklinton Man Jailed on Numerous Charges

On Monday (May 20, 2019) the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Jermaine Detron Anders (28), a resident of Annie David Road, on charges  including the possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated assault with a firearm, intimidating a witness and two counts of failure to appear in court.

Anders is no stranger to the Washington Parish Jail, having been incarcerated on five previous occasions beginning in December 2008. Previous charges were disturbing the peace, criminal damage to property, domestic abuse of a pregnant woman, and three counts of failure to appear in court. Anders remains in jail on his current charges, with his bond set at $2,350.

“Is it possible Mr. Anders likes our parish jail,” asked Sheriff Randy Seal. “There must be some attraction since he continues to return. Hopefully, one of these arrests will serve as a wake-up call for him to change his direction in life.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 21, 2019

Amanda Sumrall was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Theft Less Than 1000
Kelly Long was booked on the charges of Battery of a Dating Partner and Failure to Appear
Cornelius Kincaid was booked on the charge of Battery of a Dating Partner
Medhat Alhashimi was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Travis Beauvais was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Darnell Brock was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense), Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts), Home Invasion, Obstruction of Justice, Simple Battery, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Megan Hall was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Michael Ellis was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500 and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Lamar Brown was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court

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January 14, 1931 - May 21, 2019

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 20, 2019

James Watts was booked on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Gregory Seal was booked on the charge of Theft of a Motor Vehicle 5000-25000
Jermaine Anders was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Intimidating of a Witness, Failure to Appear (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Tracy Wilson was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Tommy Freeman was booked on the charge of Attachment
Curtis Martin was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear

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Amite Couple Pleads Guilty to Abusing Woman with Disabilities

Raylaine Knope (42) and Terry J. Knope, II (45) pleaded guilty today (May 20, 2019) in the Eastern
District of Louisiana to criminal civil rights charges arising from their abuse of an adult woman with cognitive disabilities. Both defendants pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to obtain forced, unpaid household labor and services from the victim, who is identified only as “D.P.” Raylaine Knope also pleaded guilty to one count of forced labor and one count of misprision of a felony. Terry J. Knope II, also pleaded guilty to one count of violating D.P.’s federal Fair Housing Act rights, one count of a hate crime, and one count of misprision of a felony.

At the plea hearing, the defendants, who were married at the time of the offense, admitted that, between August 13, 2015, and June 30, 2016, in Amite, Louisiana, they conspired with each other and with other members of their family to obtain D.P.’s uncompensated household labor and services through a number of means, including by force, threats of force, and physical restraint.  Both defendants admitted that they forced D.P. to live in a locked backyard cage and to perform housework and yard work in exchange for food and water. The defendants admitted that they and their co-conspirators subjected D.P. to routine physical abuse, threats, and verbal and psychological abuse designed to ensure her continued compliance with the family’s orders. As examples of this abuse, the defendants admitted that Raylaine Knope once forced D.P. to eat D.P.’s deceased mother’s ashes, and Terry J. Knope II, intentionally burned D.P. with a cigarette lighter while another family member held D.P. in place so she could not escape. Raylaine Knope also admitted that she used this overarching abuse to obtain D.P.’s forced labor, and that she helped Terry J. Knope II, steal D.P.’s monthly federal disability benefits. Terry Knope further admitted that, because of D.P.’s disability, he forced D.P. to live in the locked backyard cage and shot her with a B.B. gun at close range, and that he also helped others produce methamphetamine on his property. 

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Teen Gets Life For Shooting Death of Stepfather

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Daniel T. Hamilton (19) was sentenced
Monday (May 20, 2019) to life in prison for second degree murder for shooting his stepfather to death in their Covington home in 2016. District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher ordered that the sentence be served with the possibility of parole, based on new sentencing guidelines for offenders who were juveniles at the time of the crime.

“This was a heinous crime that was especially shocking because of the defendant’s age and relationship to the victim,” District Attorney Warren Montgomery said. “I am proud that my Assistant District Attorneys obtained justice on behalf of the victim’s family members. I hope they are now able to close this painful chapter of their lives.”

Zaunbrecher also sentenced Hamilton to 20 years in prison for each of two counts of solicitation for murder for planning to have the victim’s brother and sister-in-law killed. Hamilton was angry at the couple at the time because they had requested a revocation of his pre-trial bond after he was found in possession of a firearm in another parish. Zaunbrecher ordered one of the 20-year sentences to be served consecutive to the murder sentence; the other 20-year-sentence is to be served at the same time that Hamilton is serving the murder sentence.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 19, 2019

Curtis Chatman was booked on the charge of Simple Battery of Infirm
Sarah Harris was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Ricky Myers was booked on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
William McCrory was booked on the charges of No MVI, Driving Under Suspension, Proper Equipment Required, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Attachment (2 counts)

Camper Trailer Fire in Mt. Hermon Claims One Life

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshall reported yesterday that their deputies are investigating a fire involving one death on Tate Road in Mt. Hermon.

Washington Parish Fire District #9 firefighters responded to a camper trailer fire call in the 39000 block of Tate Road in Mt. Hermon around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.

One victim was discovered on the scene.

This investigation is on-going and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Homicide Suspect from Slidell Being Sought

The investigation by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office into an apparent homicide in the Slidell
has resulted in arrest warrants being issued for the arrest of Jules Johnson (30) of Slidell.  The warrants are for Second Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jules Johnson is asked to call the STPSO at (985)898-2338 or contact Detective Crabtree at (985)726-7839.

Sunday morning (May 19, 2019) shortly before 1:30 a.m., STPSO deputies responded to a report of a shooting at a business off of Salmen Street near Slidell. Deputies located a victim with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 17-18, 2019

Michael Branch was booked on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Sonja Vaughan was booked on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300 and Failure to Appear
Gage O'Keefe was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Kamaurie Hart was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Dayon Dyson was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Improper Lane Usage, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Cultivation or Production of Marijuana, Improper Turn/Accident, Expired License Plate, No Proof of Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Open Container in Vehicle
La Terek Toomer was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Tyson Smith was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, and Contempt of Court
Bobby Sartin was booked on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

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Wanted Man from Angie Captured

Bobby Oless Matthews, Jr. (49) of Angie became a fugitive when he fled from Washington Parish
Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies on April 12, 2019. Patrol Deputy Dalton Manning spotted a vehicle traveling at an excessive speed. Deputy Manning,  joined by Patrol Sergeant David Cupp, pursued the vehicle which fled at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The vehicle finally stopped in a ditch on Pearson Road. 

The driver, later identified as Matthews, fled on foot into adjacent woods. The Rayburn Correctional Center canine team responded and assisted deputies in their search for Matthews. They were unable to locate him, although they did track him to another road where it is assumed someone picked him up.

Inside the car Matthews had been driving, deputies discovered various narcotic pills in an unlabeled bottle. The car’s owner was identified and he later stated that he had loaned the car to Matthews earlier in the day. A warrant was obtained for Matthews' arrest.

Matthews remained a fugitive until yesterday (May 16, 2019) when he was spotted, arrested without incident and charged with possession of illegal narcotics, aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer by flight on foot, leaving the scene of an accident, speeding and running a stop sign. Bond was set at $10,000.

Matthews has been jailed at least four previous times since 2006 on charges that include drug offenses, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated battery, criminal damage to property and failure to appear in court.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Criminals can’t run forever. Sooner or later, we will find them. I’m so glad no one was injured during Matthews’ reckless driving episode and that he was eventually apprehended. Deputy Manning and Sgt. Cupp did an excellent job and all of us at WPSO are so grateful for the wonderful assistance we always receive from the staff at Rayburn Correctional Center.”

WPSO is Seeking Vehicle Thief

On Thursday (May 16, 2019) Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant Justin Blackwell
responded to a retail business north of Franklinton concerning the theft of a vehicle from the store’s parking lot.

The store manager stated she was retrieving shopping carts in the parking lot and noticed a person, who she believed to be a man, walking alongside the highway. The person was described as wearing a black hooded jacket, black pants, gloves and a white mask covering his or her face. Frightened by what she saw, the manager fled back into the store, locking the door behind her.

She then saw the person enter the parking lot and try to gain entry to her personal vehicle which was locked. The person then went to a nearby pickup truck, opened the door, went inside, cranked the truck, and then drove off in the direction of Mississippi. An alert was broadcast, but the truck was not located.

The owner of the pickup truck was shopping in the store and admitted that he left the truck unlocked with the keys in the ignition. He was later able to provide the vehicle identification number of the truck. The Sheriff’s Office continues to be on the lookout for the truck and has posted information on the nationwide criminal justice database.

“Whenever you park your vehicle, whether in a parking lot or at home, always remove the keys from the ignition and lock the vehicle,” cautioned Sheriff Randy Seal. “Thieves are always on the lookout for easy prey and an unlocked vehicle with keys inside is an easy target to steal. It is likely the pickup truck is far away from Washington Parish by now and I just hope it surfaces somewhere. As for the person in disguise, let this be a lesson to always be on the alert for any suspicious behavior. If you have cause to be concerned about someone’s appearance or behavior, call the Sheriff’s Office.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 16, 2019

Ashley Packwood was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence
Nina Hano was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence and Resisting an Officer
Roberta Barber was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence
James Dixon was booked on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Shandrieka Owens was booked on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, Hit and Run, and Aggravated Flight from an Officer
Gary Willis was booked In From Court
Bobby Matthews was booked on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Ran Stop Sign, Leaving Scene of Accident, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Tiffany Sharp was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Loud and Abusive Language
Agnes Moran was booked on the charge of Simple Battery
Tristen Jenkins was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jacoby Dyson was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI or Other