May 20, 2019

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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Obituary

George Lawerence Thompson
January 24, 1947 - May 16, 2019

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Amber Michelle Hawk
November 04, 1994 - May 19, 2019

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.

Today in History for May 20th

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May 19, 2019

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

Today in History for May 19th

May 17, 2019

Obituary

Angie A. O'Bryant
June 01, 1922 - May 16, 2019

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

Today in History for May 17th

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May 16, 2019

Covington Woman Gets Life For Raping Child

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Sandra E. Gaines (39) of Covington was
sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday (May 15, 2019) for repeatedly raping a child under age 13 with another adult over several years. District Judge William J. Burris issued the life sentence for each of two counts of aggravated rape and 25 years for each of three counts of sexual battery of a child under 13. The sentences are to be served at the same time.

Gaines was convicted by a St. Tammany Parish jury in March after a three-day trial. Gaines’ longtime boyfriend, Robert Cardell Flowers (32), also of Covington, had been convicted by a St. Tammany Parish jury on the same charges in June 2015, and he also is serving a life sentence.

The victim, now 18, testified during Gaines’ trial that Gaines and Flowers began touching her sexually when she was about 5 years old and that the abuse progressed and continued for several years through 2012. The victim testified that she was repeatedly raped during that time. Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair prosecuted the case, with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Michael Cochran. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.

Morgan Brothers Jailed by Drug Task Force

Two Washington Parish brothers, Jimmy Ray Morgan (45), a resident of John D. Woods Road, and James Leon Morgan (55), a resident of Lawrence Creek Road, are in the Washington Parish Jail after
their arrest on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in the Hackley community north of Franklinton. The bond for each man has been set at $10,000.

While on patrol, a Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Drug Force detective observed James Leon Morgan throw a bag out of the window of the truck as the truck pulled into a parking lot. The bag was retrieved by detectives and contained methamphetamine, a glass smoking pipe and other drug paraphernalia.

During the arrest, James Leon Morgan was restrained without incident. Jimmy Ray Morgan, however, violently resisted the four detectives who were present, striking one of them in the head. Detectives restrained him and both Morgan brothers were transported to the Washington Parish Jail by uniformed patrol deputies who responded to the scene.

Jimmy Ray Morgan is charged with four counts of battery on a police officer, resisting a police officer with force or violence, possession of illegal narcotics and a traffic offense. James Leon Morgan is charged with possession of illegal narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice and littering.

“That,” said Sheriff Randy Seal, “is not what I would describe as a healthy family tradition. How sad that two brothers seem to have carved out a life involving illegal narcotics. I am so pleased our alert and pro-active narcotics detectives were able to make this arrest and get more illegal drugs out of our community.”

Obituary

Joseph "Joe" Hugh DeBlanc
June 20, 1946 - May 15, 2019

Obituary

Coach Bobby Lee Schneider, Sr.
October 30, 1932 - May 14, 2019

Bogalusa's Annual Budgetary Loan Request of $950,000 Approved

Today (May 16, 2019), the State Bond Commission approved the City of Bogalusa's application to issue a Revenue Anticipation Note not to exceed $950,000. On February 19, 2010, the Bogalusa City Council had approved an ordinance to issue the Revenue Anticipation Note and to seek approval from the State Bond Commission.

Mention was made at the hearing today that on February 18, 2019 the City of Bogalusa had been voted to be assigned a Fiscal Administrator, that steps are being taken to complete the process but that no fiscal administrator had been appointed.

Click here for background and video on this.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 15, 2019

Aimee Hill was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Justin Morris was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Denise Smith was booked In From Court
Gary Colston was booked on the charges of probation Violation and Failure to Appear

Today in History for May 16th

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May 15, 2019

STPSO to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint this Weekend

Deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this
weekend at an undisclosed location in St. Tammany Parish. 

The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

“We hope these checkpoints serve as a deterrent to drinking and driving,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “We ask our citizens to please make responsible decisions. If you choose to consume alcohol, don’t drive. Make a plan in advance. Have a non-drinking designated driver or call a cab.”

Obituary

Hildegard Mizell
April 25, 1934 - May 14, 2019

Obituary

Brisco H. Crain
July 10, 1930 - May 14, 2019

Driver Attempts to Avoid Arrest by Using False Name

Latita Robinson is the name she gave to Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre when he stopped her at 6:15 a.m. on Highway 21 north of Bogalusa. That name and the date of birth she provided could not be located in the criminal justice database. Nevertheless, she continued to insist that was her actual name and date of birth.
Circumstances leading to her May 15, 2019 arrest began when Sgt. Dupre noticed an automobile with emergency flashers driving north on Highway 21 at an excessive rate of speed. Following a pursuit, the driver stopped. When Sgt. Dupre approached the vehicle,  he detected a strong odor of marijuana. The driver admitted there was marijuana in the vehicle, at which point Sgt. Dupre placed her in handcuffs and searched her car.

During the search, Sgt. Dupre discovered a bag of marijuana inside the center console and a small cigar containing marijuana which was located in a plastic ashtray. He also discovered part of a pill of Adderall, a controlled medication. The driver admitted the Adderall was hers and that she did not have a prescription.

Sgt. Dupre advised the woman she was under arrest and would be transported to the jail where her true identity would be revealed through fingerprints. Upon hearing this, the woman confessed that her actual name was Tharazun L. Armon, age 25, and that she was a resident of Dauphine Street in Bogalusa.

Once Armon arrived at the jail, she was booked on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of Schedule II drugs, speeding, driving under suspension and resisting arrest by providing false information. She remains in jail with her bond set at $5,000.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This is yet another example of pro-active law enforcement. Sgt. Dupre’s patrol on Highway 21 yielded a good arrest and removed more illegal drugs from our community. Good job, Jay!”

WPSO Arrests Two - “They Weren't Washing Their Vehicle”

On May 13, 2019 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre was traveling south of Bogalusa on Highway 1075 when he observed a red SUV, with headlights on, sitting in a wash bay at a car wash. Sgt. Dupre pulled in behind the vehicle which had a Mississippi license plate and was occupied by two persons.
As Sgt. Dupre exited his patrol unit and approached the suspect vehicle, he observed sudden activity by the driver and the placement of an item in the glove box. Both suspects, each of whom had a black bandana tied around their necks, exited their vehicle at the direction of Sgt. Dupre. When asked if there were any weapons in the vehicle, the female passenger stated there was a pistol in the glove box. At that time, WPSO patrol deputies James Gregorio and Chad Cassard arrived and both vehicle occupants were handcuffed.

Sgt. Dupre retrieved a loaded .22 caliber revolver from the glovebox. Then, after receiving permission from the owner to search the vehicle, deputies discovered crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The vehicle occupants were identified as Jonathon Wayne McCain (30) of Jenkins Road near Franklinton and Brittany Nicole Granier (29) of Stemens Street in Petal, Mississippi. McCain was further identified as a convicted felon who is on probation for previous offenses.

McCain was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and violating his probation. His bond has been set at $50,000. Granier was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with a weapon present and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond has been set at $5,000.

Jail records indicate this is Granier’s first stay in the Washington Parish Jail. Records also indicate this is McCain’s 13th visit to the jail. His arrests began in July 2009, and have included a variety of charges including failure to appear in court, traffic violations, two separate arrests for driving while intoxicated, drug offenses, and being in possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

“This arrest is a good example of pro-active law enforcement,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Sgt. Dupre’s alert eye enabled him to spot criminal activity and take both illegal drugs and a loaded firearm out of our parish. I congratulate him, Deputy Gregorio and Deputy Cassard for a job well done. Once again, while honest citizens sleep in the comfort of their homes, criminals are out and about in our parish. That is, until our officers intercept them and escort them to jail.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 14, 2019

Shawda Brock was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Theft Less Than 1000, and Child Desertion
Tharazun Armon was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Special Restrictions on Lamps, Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Resisting Arrest
Aaron Blackwell was booked In For Court
Jimmy Morgan was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Driving Left of Center/Crossing Center Line, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, and Battery on a Police Officer (4 counts)
James Morgan was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Littering, and Obstruction of Justice
Corterio Williams was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jasmine Magee was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Attachment (8 counts)

Today in History for May 15th

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May 14, 2019

Obituary

Samuel "Sammy" Joe Prine
November 06, 1953 - May 12, 2019

Obituary

Edward Barber
December 25, 1929 - May 14, 2019

Obituary

Janie Foster Peters
January 25, 1945 - May 05, 2019

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings May 13, 2019

Myron Mark was charged with Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court", Criminal Damage to Property, and Criminal Trespass
Carlos Dillon was charged with Hit and Run, Reckless Operation of Motor Vehicle, Flight from an Officer, and Resisting an Officer
Bradford Lott was charged with Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Tammy Wells Pierre was charged with Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court" and Theft
Elizabeth Barron was charged with Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
James Calvin Dixon, Jr. – charge(s) not provided

Senator Mizell Receives Award from CWA of Louisiana

State Senator Beth Mizell was awarded the Ambassador Award for Defense of Family by Concerned
Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana at a ceremony in Baton Rouge on May 8, 2019.

According to Sancha Smith, CWA of Louisiana State Director, “CWA believes that marriage consists of one man and one woman. We seek to protect and support the Biblical design of marriage and the gift of children. We have many pro-family legislators, but probably none more so than our recipient. Senator Beth Mizell serves as the Vice Chair for a Senate Select Committee on Women and Children, she has passed numerous bills to strengthen parental rights and bills to protect children from inappropriate content on the internet. She has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and on numerous boards addressing family issues.”

Each of the eight Ambassador Award recipients was asked to provide the name of the person that they would like to recognize as the person who has been their strongest encourager in the area for which they are being awarded. Upon receiving the award, Senator Mizell recognized her greatest encourager – her daughter, Julie Stewart. According to Mizell, her daughter was a stabilizing force following the death of Senator Mizell’s husband. Stewart is also her daily encourager regarding legislative issues and personal issues of life. Joining Senator Mizell was Tara Baudoin, representing Life Counseling and Coaching, as the sponsor for the Defense of Family Award.

The other Ambassador recipients included State Senator Ronnie Johns, Congressman Mike Johnson, State Representative Katrina Jackson, State Representative Beryl Amadee, Congressman Clay Higgins, State Representative Valarie Hodges, and Senator John Milkovich.

For more information about CWA, visit the web at www.concernedwomen.org.

WPSO Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Folsom Man for Meth

On May 2, 2019, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives arrested James Niel Swain (46) of Folsom on the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  His bond was set at $25,000 and he was released on May 6, 2019 after meeting the conditions of his bond.
Swain was stopped on Highway 438 for a traffic offense. After the traffic stop, Swain exited his vehicle, leaving the driver’s side door open. Officers approached the car and noticed a clear plastic bag containing methamphetamine in plain view on the floorboard. Officers then searched the vehicle, finding a bag on the rear seat that contained additional methamphetamine, a digital scale, and small clear plastic baggies commonly used to distribute illegal narcotics.

Sheriff Randy Seal complimented the narcotics officers for making the arrest. “Obviously, Mr. Swain felt he could drive up from St. Tammany and sell drugs in Washington Parish without any consequence. Not so. Our narcotics detectives continuously work throughout the parish to identify and arrest anyone who is involved in the illegal drug trade. This was a good arrest which took meth out of our community and put a drug dealer in jail where he belongs. If you are involved in the illegal drug trade in Washington Parish, you may be the next one to be placed in cuffs and transported to jail. Our jail is never too full. We always have room for one more.”

Obituary

Bonnie Mizell Hunt Dial
February 12, 1938 - May 11, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 13, 2019

Charles Stogner was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment
Jonathon McCain was booked on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Brittany Granier was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Roy Tillman was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Ricky Applewhite was booked In For Court
Edward Polk was booked In For Court
Michael Crosby was booked In For Court

Today in History for May 14th

AP Top Stories May 14, 2019 AM

May 13, 2019

Obituary

Eric Colton Soileau
May 22, 1995 - May 12, 2019

Obituary

Aida Garcia Taylor
July 22, 1935 - May 12, 2019

Obituary

Evelyn Miller Talley
May 5, 1937 - May 12, 2019

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings May 9-12, 2019

Marteihsa Lucas was booked on the charges of Theft and 2 counts Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Markina Lucas was booked on the charge of Theft and Failure to Return Leased Property
Kimberly Truitt was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Chester Alsobrooks was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Gregory Peterson was booked on the charge of Aggravated Assault
Michael Burdick was booked on the charges of 2 counts Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"

Natalbany Man Dies in Crash on I-10

Shortly before 3:00 am on Saturday (May 11, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A
began investigating a single vehicle fatality crash on Interstate 10 at US Hwy 61 (Airline Hwy) in Ascension Parish. The crash claimed the life of 31-year-old Ray Anderson of Natalbany.

The initial investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Anderson was driving a 2011 Infiniti G37 eastbound on I-10. For unknown reasons, the Infiniti ran off the roadway to the right. Upon leaving the roadway, the vehicle became airborne and overturned. The vehicle then collided with a tree bordering the roadway.

Anderson was unrestrained at the time of the crash. He suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. This crash remains under investigation.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 11-12, 2019

Gregory Peterson was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kenny Thomas was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Open Container in Vehicle, and Contempt of Court
Markina Lucas was booked on the charge of Failure to Return Rental Property
Rashard Bickham was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Kimberly Truitt was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Fletcher Nealy was booked on the charges of Domestic Violence Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery

Obituary

Irby Ambrose Luquette
July 19, 1926 - May 11, 2019

Irby Ambrose Luquette age 92, passed away on Saturday May 11, 2019 at Trinity Rehab Center in Slidell, LA, he was born in Bancker, LA at his home on July 19, 1926.

Mr. Luquette was preceded in death by his loving parents Eraste and Dora Luquette; his sisters Irma Stark, Beulah Wright, and Eunice Howard; a brother Louis LuQuette; and a daughter Evelyn Deville.

Mr. Irby is survived by two grandsons Lauren and Chad Touchet, numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, as well as numerous friends.

Visitation will be held at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home Chapel, on Tuesday May 14, 2019, from 9:00 am until service time of 12:00 noon. Interment will follow at Palestine Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Fred Brumfield officiating.

Today in History for May 13th

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May 11, 2019

A Report on the Bogalusa Council Meeting of May 7, 2019

Mayor Wendy Perrette read and presented Proclamations to Reverend Bill Moon, Citizen of the Year and retiring pastor of the ESM Methodist Church, and to Emma Dixon, President of and representing AARP. Reverend Moon's comments and the presentation begins at 3:00 into video of the meeting. Emma Dixon's presentation and her comments begin at 17:55 into video of the meeting.

In other business,
  • the Council passed a resolution in support of the U.S. Bicycle Route 90 through Louisiana, 
  • the Council passed a resolution opposing proposed legislation to transfer administration and collection of local taxes to the Louisiana Department of Revenue,
  • the Council introduced four ordinances: one authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement for professional services at the airport, one authorizing the Mayor to accept the low bidder Nobles Construction for General Dynamics interior improvements, one authorizing the Mayor to contract with the Washington Parish Sales/Use Tax Centralization Commission and Sheriff, and one to amend the ordinance providing for sanctions to compel attendance by council members at council meetings.
  • the Council held Public Hearings and approved two ordinances: one authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Kyle Associates, LLC for a loading dock at the International Paper facility in the Industrial Park and one setting Ad Valorem tax rates and levying taxes for 2019 as required by law.
During Public Participation (beginning at 38:20 into video of the meeting), the Council heard from business owner Nathan Alford regarding sewerage billing resulting from a water leak. The Council also heard from resident Fate Farrell regarding the need to cleanup certain areas of the city and other issues. Dana Walker also spoke to the Council regarding activities engaged in by the non-profit Brilliant Minds.

During Administrative Remarks (beginning 50:20 into video of the meeting), reports were provided by Police Chief Bullen and Fire Chief Moody. Mayor Perrette reminded all of the Car Show at Zestos, announced the City had placed 4th in the Cleanest City contest, and thanked all for attending.

Following Council Discussions, the meeting was adjourned.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 9-10, 2019

Clifford Miller was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Glenn Burton was booked on the charges of Fail to Comply in Person Sex Offender Reg T-1 and Failure to Appear
Larry Johnson was booked on the charge of Simple Battery
Vanessa Fisher was booked In From Court

Today in History for May 11th

May 10, 2019

Washington Parish Council Hears Reports and Takes Actions

Washington Parish Road Supervisor Donnell Merritt provided his monthly report at the Parish Council meeting Monday, May 6, 2019. The report reflects a tremendous amount of work for the residents of Washington Parish.


The Council also
  • heard a very positive report from Finance Director Donna Graham (beginning 53:35 into video of the meeting),
  • heard a report from Public Works Director Ken Wheat on projects in the parish (beginning 58:30 into video of the meeting),
  • heard a presentation by Qiana Wiggins, Partnership Specialist for the United States Census Bureau (See separate story),
  • adopted an ordinance related to measuring the length of roads, 
  • adopted a resolution to seek bids for the construction of new cell at the Choctaw Landfill, 
  • introduced an ordinance calling a special election to amend and restate the Home Rule Charter, 
  • introduced an ordinance adjusting commercial customer fees of the Choctaw Road Landfill, and 
  • approved appointments to various commissions.
Video of the full meeting can be seen on our Government Meetings page at http://www.mthermonwebtv.com/p/government-meetings.html

Fatal Crash on LA 437 in St. Tammany Parish

On Thursday night (May 9th, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a
two vehicle fatal crash on LA 437 near Playmakers Rd. in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 66-year-old Richard Gomez of Marrero.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Gomez was southbound on LA 437. As Gomez’s truck traveled through a curve, the right side tires exited the roadway and struck a tree, which had fallen near the edge of the roadway. Gomez’s vehicle then traveled back to the left, across the center line, and into the northbound travel lane where it was struck by a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Katelyn Zeigler of Folsom.

Gomez was not restrained at the time of the crash. He was ejected from his vehicle and sustained severe injuries. He was transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival. Zeigler was properly restrained and sustained minor injury in the crash.

2019 Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival Lineup

Friday, September 27, 2019
Main Stage
5:30 - PAPA MALI
7:15 - MIA BORDERS
9:00 - HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Main Stage
3:00 - TERRY "HARMONICA" BEAN
5:00 - BAND OF HEATHENS
7:00 - ERIC GALES
9:00 - PAUL THORN

Heritage Stage
11:45 - FHS JAZZ BAND
12:45 - BELIEVE/WPCAA
1:45 - CLAIRE KELLAR
3:00 - DAVID ST. ROMAIN
5:00 - DWAYNE DOPSIE

For information on ticket sales, RV and tent camping, and more go to the website by clicking here. 

Obituary

Rosalie Carmel Rera Grasso
November 26, 1928 - May 9, 2019

Obituary

Vada Lynne Blades Vidrine
June 09, 1944 - May 07, 2019

Obituary

Sydney Hayman Wheat
March 27, 1940 - May 05, 2019

Importance of 2020 Census Emphasized at Parish Council Meeting

The Washington Parish Council will be taking steps to maximize participation by Washington Parish
residents in the 2020 Census. The count of residents has an impact on political power and money received by the parish from the federal government. For instance, due to low participation in the past and related reapportionment, Louisiana's number of representatives in the House of Representatives has fallen from nine to five in the last several years.

Qiana Wiggins, Partnership Specialist for the U. S. Census Bureau, provided information on the Census process, reported that Washington Parish had less than 60% participation in 2000 and only a small improvement in 2010, that a major problem has been an under-count of children in the household, informed the Council that residents should apply for available positions that are paying $18 per hour, and encouraged the Council to form a Complete Count Committee and appoint a point-of-contact person for her to coordinate with.

Beginning in March 12, 2020, residents will be getting information in the mail on how to be counted. On April 3, 2020 census takers will begin knocking on doors.

Council members asked many questions and the Council has scheduled a Infrastructure Committee meeting at 5:00 pm on May 13, 2019 to follow up.

A synopsis of the 2020 Census process and the importance the census is presented below. In addition, watch video of the meeting at http://www.mthermonwebtv.com/p/government-meetings.html beginning at 2:00 into the video).

Today in History for May 10th

AP Top Stories May 10, 2019 AM

May 09, 2019

Obituary

Shelia Ramona Hogan Pittman
March 01, 1961 - May 04, 2019

Obituary

Richard Johnson
January 11, 1939 - May 07, 2019

Obituary

Charles Ray Dillon
March 17, 1942 - May 8, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 7-8, 2019

Eric Brumfield was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Katie Jones was booked on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
John Crain was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Steven Stovall was booked on the charge of Theft of Assets From Aged
Todd Smith was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kyle Hamm was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Marie Castleberry was booked on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
Cade Randall was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation (2 counts), Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts), Theft Less Than 1000, Protective Order Violation, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear

Today in History for May 9th

AP Top Stories May 9, 2019 AM

May 08, 2019

23rd Annual Milltown Classic is May 18th

Rotary Club of Bogalusa will host the 23rd Annual Milltown Classic, a 5k walk/run, on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Registration will be held at Cassidy Park, and runners will start and finish there.

Obituary

Dorothy Faye Hill
April 18, 1955 - May 7, 2019

Detergent Thieves Make Clean Getaway

On May 4, 2019, two thieves stole detergent from a local business on the west side of Washington Parish. The two unknown thieves entered the business and loaded up two baskets full of Gain detergent pods and attempted to leave through the front door without paying. An employee blocked one suspect from leaving the store, at which time the suspect shoved the basket into the employee with enough force to overturn the basket, spilling all of the merchandise on the floor before he fled. The fleeing suspect was bald and wore black shoes, a black tee shirt and gray camo pants.

The other suspect, an older male, then went to the rear of the store past two customers and exited through a back door, setting off the fire alarm. He had short facial hair and a tear drop tattoo near his left eye. He was wearing a white tee shirt and blue jeans.

Both suspects met outside the store and unloaded the basket of detergent pods into the trunk of a gray, possibly Ford Focus, automobile. The store employee was unable to obtain a license plate number because the plate had been covered with a plastic bag.

Most likely, the thieves stole the detergent pods for resale at a reduced price. The pods are a sought after commodity whose retail price makes them desirable for theft and resale.

Any person who recognizes these men or has bought detergent pods from either of them is encouraged to call the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detective division at (985) 661-2024. Callers may remain anonymous.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Help us clean up (pun intended) Washington Parish by getting these thieves into jail where they belong. Thankfully, no one was injured in this theft, but there is always the possibility of someone getting hurt any time a crime is committed. If you know something about this crime or any other crime, please call our detectives at the number listed above.”

Kentwood Man Guilty of Possession of Child Pornography

Randolph Ard (62) of Kentwood, Louisiana entered a plea of guilty May 3, 2018 to Possession of
Child Pornography. According to documents filed in federal court, on November 22, 2017, law enforcement officers with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation arrested Ard at his Kentwood home after finding that Ard was in possession of several items, including a laptop computer and thumb drive that contained images depicting the sexual victimization of prepubescent children. Court records also revealed that Ard was previously convicted in Tangipahoa Parish Criminal District Court for pornography involving juveniles and indecent behavior with juveniles on March 6, 2013. Ard was on state parole supervision at the time of his arrest.

Ard faces a mandatory minimum penalty of ten (10) years imprisonment up to twenty (20) years, followed by up to a life term of supervised release, and a $250,000.00 fine.

ARD will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon on August 8, 2019.

Manhunt Continues for Carjacking Suspect

A carjacking in Baton Rouge led to an alert being broadcast for the car. A police officer in
Independence spotted the car and gave chase. Due to traffic and safety conditions, the officer had to abandon the chase. Later, a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s deputy spotted the car entering Washington Parish and notified Washingon Parish Sheriff's Office. Two WPSO patrol deputies then chased the car through parts of western Washington Parish, back into Tangipahoa, into Pike County and then back to Tangipahoa. Once back in Tangipahoa, the driver of the vehicle abandoned the vehicle and fled.

A manhunt ensued and continued until approximately 10:00 p.m. last night (May 7, 2019). The suspect is still at large, presumably somewhere in Tangipahoa Parish unless he was able to contact someone and arrange to be picked up and transported out of the area.

Unverified reports are that the subject is armed and is from the Kentwood/Mt. Hermon area.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

The 2020 Census: See How Important It Is!

Today in History for May 8

AP Top Stories May 8, 2019 AM

May 07, 2019

Obituary

Joseph Harrell Hayman, Sr.
January 06, 1939 - May 04, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 6, 2019

Gary Dutruch was booked on the charges of Telephone Communications/Improper Language/Harassment/Penalty, Resisting Arrest, and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence
Mary Diaz was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jamar McGowan was booked on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal, Ran Stop Sign, Improper Turn, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Criminal Conspiracy
Aunitra Fields was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Karley Young was booked on the charge of Simple Battery
Michael Painter was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass (2 counts), Domestic Abuse Battery, and Criminal Damage to Property

Today in History for May 7

May 06, 2019

Cancer Benefit for John Ladner


This is National Hurricane Preparedness Week


Obituary

Robert David Gunnell, Sr.
April 24, 1958 - May 05, 2019

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings May 2-5, 2019

Randal Bennett was booked on Disturbing the Peace/Language,  3 counts Resisting an Officer, and Simple Assault
James Lang was booked on Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, and Possession Drug Paraphernalia
Ricky Applewhite was booked on 3 counts Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court" and Resisting an Officer
Ricky Rogers was booked on Theft and Criminal Mischief
Deanna Rhoden was booked on 2 counts Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Robby Blackwell was booked on 2 counts Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Marcus K Morris was booked on Driving Under Suspension
Darris Fields was booked on Failure to Appear
Andrew Yates was booked on Illegal Possession Of Stolen Firearm and Theft by fraud (under $1,000.00)
Tommy Dollar was booked on Careless Operation, No Drivers License, No Insurance, Use of/Abuse/Sale to Minors Involving Toxic Vapors
Gregory Honaker was booked on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Debbie Peters was booked on Criminal Damage to Property
Melika Brown was booked on 2 counts Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court" and Possession of Marijuana

Obituary

Harold Corkern
October 9, 1946 - May 4, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 5, 2019

Floyd Owens was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Turn/Accident, Open Container in Vehicle, Driving Under Suspension, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Failure to Appear, No Seat Belt, and Careless Operation
James Lang was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Andrew Yates was booked on the charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Theft Less Than 1000

Mark the Date: Coffee With the Chamber is May 8th


Today in History for May 6th

AP Top Stories May 6, 2019 AM

May 05, 2019

Obituary

Neil Andrew Ledet
March 4, 1936 - May 5, 2019

Mt. Hermon Man Jailed on Multiple Charges – He Fled But They Got Him!

May 3, 2019, was the beginning of Eric Fortenberry’s latest stay in the Washington Parish Jail.
Fortenberry (49), a resident of Crystal Springs Road in Mt. Hermon, is being held with no bond for charges of simple arson, burglary of an inhabited dwelling, battery on a police officer, resisting a police officer, three counts of theft, burglary, two counts of criminal trespass and being a fugitive from another jurisdiction.

Fortenberry’s arrest by the WPSO was the result of a joint investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal into several thefts, burglaries and fires in the Pleasant Hill Road, R.J. Riley Road and Highway 1056 areas.

As Washington Parish Sheriff’s Officers were attempting to arrest Fortenberry, he broke loose and fled with one handcuff attached to his wrist. Officers from several agencies responded to help in the search for Fortenberry, including Rayburn Correctional Center Canine Team, Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole and Louisiana State Police. Fortenberry was located and taken into custody a short while later.

Fortenberry’s May 3 arrest is his seventh since 2007. His arrest record includes charges of vehicle theft, possession of illegal drugs, burglary, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass and probation violation.

Sheriff Randy Seal thanked all who assisted in the search for Fortenberry. “Our law enforcement partners from Rayburn Correctional Center, Louisiana State Fire Marshal, Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole and Louisiana State Police always stand ready to assist at any time we need them. We are so grateful for all they do for the citizens of Washington Parish. It seems Mr. Fortenberry is determined to spend time behind bars, which is exactly where he belongs. I am so grateful for all of the hard work devoted to identifying and arresting Eric Fortenberry.”

Washington Parish Man Arrested for 16th Time

Whitney Landon McNeese (35), a resident of Highway 438 north of Franklinton, began his 16th stay in the Washington Parish Jail after his arrest on May 3, 2019. Whitney is being held on a $10,000 bond for two counts of burglary and one count of failure to appear in court.

The arrest of McNeese by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was the result of an ongoing investigation into several burglaries committed in the Thomas community. Thanks to security cameras which had been installed by a homeowner, images of McNeese were captured showing him in possession of burglary tools and attempting to break into a shed behind the homeowner’s residence. McNeese was identified and arrested by WPSO detectives.

The ongoing investigation indicates that McNeese may have committed other crimes and sold some of the stolen items. Anyone who has purchased anything from Whitney Landon McNeese is asked to call Detective Corbet Hunt at (985) 661-2024.

McNeese’s history with the Washington Parish Jail began in October 2007 and includes arrests for theft, distribution of illegal drugs, burglary, criminal damage, resisting an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, possession of stolen property, criminal conspiracy, unauthorized use of a credit card, assault, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, obstruction of justice, criminal damage to property, fraudulent acquisition of a credit card and failure to appear in court.

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “While reviewing McNeese’s arrest history over the last eleven and a half years, I can only assume he is a career criminal. I am so pleased with the foresight of the homeowner to install security cameras and with the hard work of our detectives to identify and arrest McNeese. Please help us if you have purchased any item from Whitney Landon McNeese. Call Detective Hunt and tell him what you know. You may help solve other crimes which McNeese might have committed.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 4, 2019

Jacob Day was booked In for Court
Paul Page was booked on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated/Underage and Careless Operation
Qwandarious Rowe was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Theft Less Than 1000, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Vehicle Burglary
Scott Jenkins was booked on the charges of Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy, Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (5 counts)
Kellie Hebert was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Usage
Terry Jefferson was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Nicole Castilow was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Toby Mizell was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Contempt of Court
Willis Hartzog was booked on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated

May 04, 2019

Republican Parish Executive Committee's "Meet the Candidates"


Safe Sitter Class Offered at Riverside Medical Center

A Safe Sitter® class can give students the skills they need to be safe, and give you as parents peace of mind, because Safe Sitter® prepares students in grades 6-8 to be safe when home alone, responsible when watching younger siblings, and ready when they start babysitting.

Students must have completed the 5th grade to register for Safe Sitter. Cost of class is $40.00, and must be paid before the start of class.

To register please contact Britney Bell at 985-795-4141. Classes fill quickly so register early.

Guitars Recovered Following Burglary Arrest in Pontchatoula

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the May 1, 2019 arrest of Lucas Huntington (31)
of Pontchatoula, Louisiana moments after committing a residential burglary on Sable Lane in Ponchatoula.

Around 9:00 p.m., Deputy Brittney Vaccaro arrived at the residence and observed a white male carrying two guitar amps in his hands fleeing from the back side of the residence. Upon seeing Deputy Vaccaro, the subject dropped the items and continued to flee on foot into a nearby wooded area.

With assistance from the Louisiana State Police and Springfield Police Department, a secure perimeter was established and assisting deputies began canvasing the surrounding area. While doing so, Sergeant Ethan Dunn located a white male matching the description of the suspect riding a bicycle eastbound on Hwy. 22, near the perimeter area. The male subject was identified as Lucas Huntington, the victim's neighbor.

Huntington was detained  and subsequently charged with burglary and resisting arrest by flight. Deputies also recovered six (6) guitars and (3) additional amps valued over $3,000 from the suspects residence, all of which belonged to the victim.

STPSO Participating in Click It or Ticket Campaign

Press Release from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the National Click It or Ticket campaign during the month of May.

As part of this national campaign, the STPSO will increase deputy patrols in neighborhoods and on our highways to conduct extra seat belt enforcement and checkpoints throughout the month.

The extra manpower is being provided for this initiative by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, which also helps fund extra DWI patrols and underage alcohol enforcement throughout the year.

“Seat-belts and child safety seats save lives,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “We want people to know that we are out there every day looking for drivers who are not wearing their seat-belts and children who are not properly restrained. We hope the added enforcement this funding provides will encourage people to buckle up.”

Obituary

Lynn Dale Henley
May 12, 1947 - May 3, 2019

Obituary

Bonnie P. Moore
January 29, 1933 - May 2, 2019

Obituary

Albert Ray Magee
September 2, 1937 - May 1, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings May 2-3, 2019

Kerri Singletary was booked on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Michael Davis was booked on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of Drug Parphernalia
Michael Cowart was booked on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Larry Covington was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Kelli English was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
William Verlander was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Christopher Wallace was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts)
Robert Westmoreland was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Christina Story was booked on the charges of Obstruction of a Court Order, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest (2 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Aggravated Assault
James Swain was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No Turn Signals
Samuel Quinn was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Louis Peters was booked on the charges of Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements, Failure to Comply/Duty of Offender to Notify Law Enforcement, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, and Self Mutilation
April Seal was booked In From Court
Whitney McNeese was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear, Simple Burglary and Attempted Simple Burglary
Eric Fortenberry was booked on the charges of Simple Arson, Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Theft 1000-5000 (2 counts), Theft 5000-25000, Criminal Damage, Simple Burglary, and Criminal Trespass (2 counts)

Obituary

Arion Sonny Boy Barker
July 28, 1926 - April 29, 2019

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings April 30-May 1, 2019

La'Torius Levi was booked on 8 counts of Theft
Malik Robinson was booked on Convicted Felon Possession of Firearm, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, and Illegal Use of Weapons/Dangerous Instrumentality
Leekiba Gholar was booked on Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Tommy Bell was booked on  Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court", Turn Signal Required, and No Drivers License on Person
Guy Matthew Atchley was booked on Failure To Appear "Bogalusa City Court"

Slidell Man Gets 175 Years for Crimes Against Children

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that David Allen Hammond, Jr. (40) of Slidell was
sentenced Friday (May 3, 2019) to a total of 175 years in prison for 19 counts of production of pornography involving juveniles, 5 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles under 13, one count of distribution of pornography involving juveniles, sexual battery of a victim under 13, aggravated crime against nature, and obstruction of justice.  Hammond was found guilty on Thursday (May 2, 2019) after deliberating two hours and following a five-day trial.

The case came to light when a deputy for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was called out to investigate a possible missing juvenile that had fled Hammond’s residence in September, 2017. The officer found the 14-year-old girl in an abandoned property not far from Hammond’s home. The officer, who testified during trial, said the juvenile informed him that Hammond had sexually abused her, videotaped the act, and taken other pictures and videos of her.

When investigators searched Hammond’s home, they found over 6,000 photos and videos in multiple hard drives, tablets, smart phones, and camera equipment, which all contained child pornography of both the juvenile victim and other children and toddlers. Hammond had also been distributing pictures and video of child pornography to others using the app Flickr. Windows in Hammond’s home were covered by a black film that prevented anyone from looking out or seeing inside and the doors contained deadbolt locks that could only be opened from the inside with a key.

After his arrest on September 29, 2017, Hammond called his wife and sister from prison to have them hide or destroy evidence that was located on a hard drive that he had hidden from police. These calls were recorded and played to the jury during trial.

One of the victims addressed the court before the sentencing. “You kept me from freedom and the world, but I survived you,” she told him.

The grandmother of one of the victims also spoke to the court. “I never hated anyone in my life until I met you,” the woman said. “Her monster is dead to her. She is safe now.”

“I usually don’t take pleasure in sentencing people to jail,” Judge Knight said. “But guess what? Today I’m going to make an exception.”

D.A. Montgomery stated, “I applaud the outstanding work of my two prosecutors and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Adam Maillho and his team for bringing this to a successful prosecution”.