June 24, 2019

Obituary

Evelyn “Eve” Knight Dean
November 26, 1946 - June 22, 2019

Obituary

Lillian Lee Patterson
March 6, 1978 - June 20, 2019

WPSO Makes Drug Arrest Sunday

Acting on information from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office on Sunday (June 23, 2019), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sgt. Justin Blackwell and Deputy Patrick Tomberlin responded to a residence on Ard Davidson Road, south of Highway 16 west.

Upon arrival, the officers noticed a male standing on the porch with a dark object protruding from the front pocket of his trousers. Believing the object to possibly be the handle of a pistol, officers advised the man to move his hand away from the pocket area. When they removed the object from the pocket, it was discovered to be a rectangular shaped eyeglass case which contained clear plastic baggies of methamphetamine and a clear glass pipe with residue inside. Grant Davidson (36) was arrested and later booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

During a search of Davidson's pickup truck, officers discovered a dark brown powder substance which field tested to be heroin, along with additional clear plastic baggies which are commonly used to package narcotics. Deputies then searched the front porch where Davidson had been standing and discovered a quantity of marijuana, a smoking bong, an air pistol and a LSU credit card holder containing cash.

“We’re always on the lookout for illegal narcotics in our parish,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Although this was not a normal drug operation, it produced good results and took even more illegal drugs out of our community. I congratulate Sgt. Blackwell and Deputy Tomberlin on a job well done.”

Hammond Man Accused of Rape of 16-Year-Old

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest on June 21, 2019 of Leroy George, Jr. (51) of Hammond on the charge of Second Degree Rape. George is accused of forcibly raping a 16-year-old female.

The incident took place on June 2, 2019, inside of an apartment in a complex located on Quick Boulevard in Hammond. George was taken into custody following a thorough investigation. Bond was set at $50,500. 

4th of July Jamboree at Pine Malt Stand


Bogalusa Strong June Meeting is Tomorrow

Come join Bogalusa Strong for their monthly meeting Tuesday (June 25, 2019) from  12:00 PM to
1:00 PM at the Bogalusa Country Club. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled “Moving Forward: Let's Make It Happen”. Moving forward into its second year, Bogalusa Strong wants to focus on what the community has identified as important to them and make some great strides in meeting these needs.

Bogalusa is experiencing a rebirth and continues to be a city full of passionate, caring people who are working together to create solutions.

A donation box for men, women, and children's gently used clothes, shoes, etc. and for blessing box items will be available at the meeting to support the homeless and those in need.

The lunch menu includes Salmon or Baked Chicken, Salad Bar, Baked Sweet Potato,  Wild Rice, and Grilled Peaches Dessert. The Bogalusa Country Club dining services is  under new management-Golden Pear Restaurant. Lunch is $10.00 and debit and credit cards are now accepted.

What is Bogalusa Strong? Bogalusa Strong is a collaboration of community members, leaders, businesses and organizations working together to improve quality of life by promoting physical, social, and environmental health. Supported by Mayor Wendy Perrette, the Mayor’s Wellness Council, Our Lady of Angels Hospital, LSU AgCenter, and the Louisiana Department of Health Well-Ahead Louisiana, Bogalusa Strong works to empower a vision for a healthier community. Bogalusa Strong meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the Bogalusa Country Club. 


Deputies Recover Body of 14-year-old from East Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of a 14-year-old Slidell-area boy late
Sunday night (June 23, 2019) in the East Pearl River.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division and Dive Team were dispatched to the East Pearl River near I-10 in reference to a juvenile that had gone into the water and had not resurfaced.

The 14-year-old boy was boating with family members on the East Pearl River when the group decided to tie their boat under the Interstate and go swimming.  When the rest of the group returned to the boat, the 14-year was not with them. 

Shortly before midnight, STPSO deputies located the boy’s body in the area where he had last been seen. The body was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for a cause and manner of death determination.

Sheriff Seal Awards Scholarship

The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association awards sixty-four scholarships each year to worthy Louisiana
high school graduates to provide assistance in furthering their education and training. One student is selected from each parish by the Sheriff of that parish. After a thorough review of all applications received, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal selected Nate Bracy, a recent graduate of Franklinton High School, as the recipient of the $500 scholarship.

Bracy has demonstrated scholarship and leadership throughout his high school career, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. He was selected to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference and Boys’ State as a representative of Franklinton High School. Additionally, he is a member of the Beta Club, the National Honor Society and Interact. Bracy received academic honors in Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, English, English II, English III and United States History, all the while taking dual enrollment classes at Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana Tech. He was a three year recipient of the Taylor Scholar Award.

Bracy intends to continue his education at Southeastern where he plans to major in civil engineering and pursue a career in the construction industry. In addition to his academic achievements, Bracy also demonstrated athletic leadership. As a member of the Demons baseball team, he was awarded First Team All-District honors and the Mrs. Jewel Tageant award.

Bracy, whose Father is a Bogalusa police officer and whose Mother is a school counselor, endured significant hardship in 2016 when the family home flooded with five feet of water. This created difficult financial circumstances for the family, but working together as a family unit, they persevered and slowly rebuilt their lives.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “It is such an honor for me to present this scholarship to such a worthy young man. Nate has demonstrated character and leadership which will be benchmarks for his future achievements. Washington Parish is fortunate to be able to claim him as a native son. I salute him as one of Washington Parish’s finest.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 22-23, 2019

Ritchie Martin was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace
Robert Hanson was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Derrick Gibson was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Hunter Coats was booked on the charges of Switched License Plates, Failure to Change Registration, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Branikin Crain was booked on the charge of Battery of a Dating Partner
Grant Davidson was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Olajawn Magee was booked on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)

Today in History for June 24th

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June 23, 2019

Mandeville Woman Begins Shooting After Fiance is Fired

Natalie Williams (32) of Mandeville is facing an attempted murder charge after she fired a gun
multiple times at several people, including a 1-year-old boy, over a dispute involving a trucker’s job and an 18-wheeler.

Around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon (June 21, 2019), Slidell Police received several 911 calls about a female who was shooting at people in the parking lot of the Travel Centers of America at 1682 Gause Boulevard). When officers arrived, they located three victims who claimed that Williams tried to kill them after her fiancé was fired from his job as a truck driver.

One of the victim’s, who is the owner of a trucking company, confronted Williams and her fiancé outside of an 18-wheeler in the back parking lot of the Travel Centers of America. The owner decided to fire Williams’ fiancé for poor job performance and evict them from their 18-wheeler. An argument ensued, at which time William retrieved a firearm and began firing several rounds at the owner of the trucking company. Williams then pointed the gun at the victim’s truck, and fired several more rounds inside the cab of the truck. Inside of the truck were the victim’s fiancé and their 1-year-old son. Miraculously, no one struck by the bullets.

Slidell Police officers arrived on the scene within minutes and were able to locate Williams, who was hiding in a nearby patch of woods. Williams was arrested without incident, and was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder.

Bogalusa Man Dies in St. Tammany Crash

On Friday June 21, 2019, at approximately 10:00 PM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
were notified of a serious injury crash on LA 437 near Playmakers Rd. in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 42-year-old Eric Jason Quave of Bogalusa.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Quave was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro northbound on LA 437. As Quave’s vehicle entered a right curve, his vehicle traveled into the southbound lane and into the ditch on the southbound side of the roadway. After entering the ditch, Quave’s vehicle impacted an embankment and overturned.

Quave, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from his vehicle. He sustained severe injuries and was transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital by Acadian Ambulance in critical condition. Shortly after Quave’s arrival, he succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

Today in History for June 23rd

June 22, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 20-21, 2019

Todd Frisbie was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Improper Lane Usage
Steven Lewis was booked on the charge of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s)
Brandie Bailey was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1/Ecstasy and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Malcolm Beal was booked on the charges of Vehicle Burglary and Parole Violation
Deana Clawson was booked In For Court
Daniel Lawrence was booked In For Court
Malcom Moses was booked on the charges of Driving On One Way Roadways/Rotary Traffic Island, Careless Operation, Expired License Plate, Driving Under Suspension, Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), and Contempt of Court
Angelle LaCroix was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Expired MVI, Driving Under Suspension, Contempt of Court (3 counts), and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Jason Jones was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Adrionne Peters was booked on the charges of Proper Equipment Required on Vehicles, Expired License Plate, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs
Deona Pittman was booked on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500 and Contempt of Court
Dequantus Conerly was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)

Today in History for June 22nd

June 21, 2019

Obituary

Loretta E. Parker
August 7, 1958 - June 19, 2019

Obituary

Jerry James Beard
March 17, 1947 - June 20, 2019

Obituary

Amanda Kay Watson
February 4, 1984 - June 18, 2019

Runaway Juveniles Sought by Washington Parish Sheriff's Office

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office requests the public’s assistance in locating two runaway juveniles who were last seen on Robert Sumrall Road in the Lawrence Creek community. It is believed they may be together.
Debbie Stockstill, 14, and Malachi Crockett, 15, may be in either the Franklinton or Tylertown area.

Any person who has information about the location of either of these juveniles are asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434.

“Please help us find these children,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “We have no idea why they fled, but we do want to locate them and pray that no harm comes to them. If you have any information whatsoever, please call and let us know

June 20, 2019

WPSO Solves Burglary With Arrest of Abita Springs Man

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have been working to solve a residential burglary
which occurred recently on Highway 1075. The investigation led to the arrest yesterday (June 19, 2019) of Nicholas Lane Miller (22), a resident of Abita Springs.

Detectives noticed there was no sign of forced entry into the residence, leading them to believe the intruder possibly had a key to the house. The homeowner identified Miller as someone he had hired recently to work at his house and shortly afterwards he noticed his house key was missing. Investigative report by detectives tied Miller directly to the burglary and he was located and arrested.

Items reported missing from the house includes firearms, collectible coins and a safe. Any person with knowledge of this burglary, or any person who has purchased any items from Miller, is asked to contact Detective Corbet Hunt at (985) 839-3434.

Miller had a previous stay in the Washington Parish Jail from December 4, 2018 through January 22, 2019, charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

“It appears Miller has a propensity for burglary,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “At the young age of 22, he is not going down a good path for the future. Hopefully, he will realize the consequences of his poor decisions and make some lifestyle changes. Meanwhile, if he or anyone else wants to continue with a life a crime, they can be assured that we will be hot on their trail and determined to arrest them and put them in jail.”

Help Locate This Missing Runaway Juvenile


Obituary

Glynn Donnell Ross
September 09, 1949 - June 14, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 19, 2019

Carla Landry was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs/Tetrahydrocannabinols or Symthetic Cannabinoids, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Nicholas Miller was booked on the charge of Simple Burglary
Kimberly Spears was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Brittany Walker was booked In From Court
Chad Thomas was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Criminal Trespass
Lena McElveen was booked In For Court and on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)

Today in History for June 20th

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June 19, 2019

Shoplifter Drags Slidell PD Officer and Flees Into MS

Robert E. Myers (51) of Picayune, Mississippi is facing serious charges after he dragged a Slidell
Police officer with his vehicle and attempted to run over another officer, after shoplifting from Walmart.

Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, June 18, 2019), Slidell Police were called to Walmart at 39142 Natchez Drive about a shoplifting in progress. Myers fled from the store but officers located him in the parking lot. Two officers approached Myers' truck and asked him to step out and speak with them. Myers refused and attempted to leave. One officer, trying to stop Myers, was dragged for a short distance through the Walmart parking lot. Myers aggressively accelerated through the Walmart parking lot and attempted to run over another officer, who was able to maneuver out of the path of Myers’ truck.

Other officers responding to the scene spotted Myers on Gause Boulevard as he was attempting to get onto I-10. Slidell Police officers chased Myers into Mississippi, where he ultimately lost control of his truck on Highway 607. After the crash, Myers was taken into custody. Myers told Slidell Police officers that he didn’t think they could chase him into a different state. Myers was sadly mistaken.

Mississippi Highway Patrol, who assisted Slidell Police during the pursuit, booked Myers into the Hancock County Jail for: Driving with a Suspended License, Reckless Driving, and No Insurance. Once Myers satisfies those charges, he will be extradited back to Louisiana where he will face charges of Theft (3rd Offense – Felony), Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer, Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle upon a Peace Officer, No Insurance, and Driving with a Suspended License.

Myers suffered minor injuries during the crash. No Slidell Police officer was injured during the incident.

Meet Candidate for Sheriff Olander "Smitty" Smith

My name is Olander “Smitty” Smith and I am asking for your support and vote to become your next
Sheriff of Washington Parish. I have pondered the question of running for Sheriff for months. With the encouragement of a number of law enforcement colleagues and personal friends, I came to the conclusion we need a new direction and change in Washington Parish if we truly want to be a safe, secure, and special place to raise our families. I am fully invested, professionally and personally, in the well-being of our parish and its future.

I was born and raised in Washington Parish. This is home for me and my family. I am married to Elisa Williams-Smith and we have six children and 12 grand-children. I started my 33-year law enforcement career with Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO) in 1977. From there I became a State Trooper with the Louisiana State Police (LSP) in 1979. I rose from Trooper to commander of Troop L in Mandeville and was eventually promoted to commander for Region 1, consisting of Troops A, B, C, and L; encompassing 23 parishes. During my career with the LSP I spent time not only as a Trooper, but I also served with the Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) Team; served as a narcotics sergeant; oversaw the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit; supervised the communications center; commanded the Technical Support Unit; and oversaw the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information. I decided to retire in 2010; however, Sheriff Randy Seal personally requested I serve as a Deputy Chief, again with the WPSO. I served there from 2012 until 2015, at which time, due to differences of opinions, I resigned. At the request of the Mayor and City Council of Franklinton I again came out of retirement to become Chief of Police for the City of Franklinton until 2019. I now want to serve the citizens of this great parish in a larger capacity. I am committed to the well-being of this parish and its citizens. This is why I want to be your Sheriff.

Along with my professional career and family, I am an active member of various community groups and organizations, such as Louisiana State Troopers’ Association, Magnolia State Peace Officer Association, Washington Men’s Club, Louisiana Chiefs’ of Police Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and Eureka Lodge #27 Prince Hall Mason. Additionally, I am a member of the boards for the Washington / St. Tammany Electric Co-op, Franklinton Area Economic Development Foundation, and the Washington Parish 911 Board. I have also previously been a member of the Washington Parish Fair Association, Washington Parish Gas District #2, and the Central State Troopers’ Association.

Our deputies do an amazing and thank-less job. However, they could benefit from strategic guidance that only experienced and dedicated leadership can provide. I bring over 33-years of full-spectrum law enforcement experience as well as command expertise to provide our dedicated deputies with strategic guidance, supervision, and commitment as well as I promise to always serve as an example of integrity and discipline so that they can better serve the parish.

My name is Olander “Smitty” Smith and I am asking for your support and vote on 12 October 2019 to become your next Sheriff of Washington Parish.

Experience * Integrity * Commitment

Obituary

Betty Joyce Hughes
May 21, 1946 - June 17, 2019

Obituary

Lyndia B. Ross
February 28, 1944 - June 15, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 18, 2019

Tina Harvey was booked on the charges of Theft of Firearm (3 counts), Theft 5000-25000, Forgery, Theft Less Than 1000, and Exploitation of the Infirm
Karrie Magee was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Charles Bowden was booked on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Orrin Thomas was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Lathomas Hinton was booked In From Court
Lenard Lee was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Failure to Pay Fine
Chad Carden was booked on the charges of False Imprisonment (2 counts), Domestic Abuse Battery, Resisting by Flight/Aggravated Flight, Ran Stop Sign (3 counts), Switched License Plates, Possession of Marijuana, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Speeding 41 or More Over Limit, Failure to Appear, and Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Reggie Conerly was booked on the charges of Battery of Infirm (2 counts)

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June 18, 2019

Missing Youth Zachary Conner Has Been Located


Senator Beth Mizell Announces Campaign for Re-election

Senator Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton) will be seeking re-election this fall. Beth Mizell was first elected
to the State Senate in 2015. She is completing her first term. The election will be held on October 12th, coinciding with the gubernatorial election. District 12 encompasses all of Washington Parish and significant portions of Tangipahoa Parish and St. Tammany Parish.

“It  has been my honor to serve District 12 in the State Senate for the past 4 years,” said Mizell. "I am pleased at many of our accomplishments for the citizens here but there is still plenty of work to do.”

Mizell acquired funding this year to begin building state highway 3241, which will connect St. Tammany Parish to Washington Parish. She ended the wasteful Washington Parish Reservoir Commission and re-allocated the remaining $700,00 to improvements at Bogue Chitto State Park.  Mizell formed a Broadband Task Force in the Senate to eliminate all obstacles to providing broadband to rural Louisiana communities.

Mizell also authored important legislation in 2017 which required minors to show a proof of ID before receiving an abortion. This past session, she carried the landmark Love Life Amendment on the Senate Floor to its final passage and signage by Governor Edwards.

Senator Mizell was also honored to chair the committee to Bring the Wall to Our Veterans, which facilitated the Vietnam Wall visiting Franklinton in 2018.

“I feel like in my first term, I have been able to fight against wasteful spending, increased taxes and big government action while still achieving much needed accomplishments for District 12,” said Mizell. “I look forward to a second term where we can do even more for our community, especially with rural access to broadband internet.”

Burglary of Bogalusa Business Solved Same Day

Early Monday morning (June 17, 2019), a burglar struck a Bogalusa business located on Highway 10
east. As soon as the business opened and the owner discovered the burglary, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified. Patrol Lieutenant Chris Hickman and Patrol Deputy Chad Cassard responded to the business.

Camera surveillance revealed a male breaching the warehouse wall of the business and entering between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. He then loaded two bags with merchandise, went outside, then returned and picked up two more items. The total cost of the stolen items was $1,500. Video footage reviewed by the store owner and employee, along with deputies, showed a clear profile of the burglar’s face who was quickly identified as Charles Dale Bowden (55), a former employee of the business.

WPSO detectives took over the case and obtained a warrant for the arrest of Bowden, a resident of the Crossroads community in Pearl River County, Mississippi. Detectives  coordinated with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office and arrested Bowden at his home. Bowden was transported to the Pearl River County Jail and is expected to be transferred to the Washington Parish Jail later this week where a bond amount will be set for charges of burglary and criminal damage.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “I congratulate the business owner for having surveillance cameras. This simple tool captured the burglary in progress and enabled quick identification of the burglar who was arrested and jailed the same day of his crime. Our patrol deputies and detectives did an excellent job on this case and we are grateful to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison and his officers for their assistance. I cannot over-emphasize the importance of surveillance cameras at our businesses and homes.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 17, 2019

Adreane Kuhn was booked In From Court
Chelsea Hartzog was booked In From Court
James Graves was booked In From Court
Tristan Gill was booked In From Court
Carey Gendron was booked In From Court
Susan Boyd was booked In From Court
Thaddeus Baham was booked In From Court
Dwayne Smith was booked In From Court
Brenton Morris was booked In From Court
Rebecca Beer was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Brooke Naquin was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage (2 counts)
Rodriguez Daniels was booked In From Court
Raymond McGhee was booked In From Court

Today in History for June 18th

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June 17, 2019

Walthall County Sheriff's Office Seeks Armed Robbers

The Walthall County Sheriff’s Office, Investigations Division, is currently investigating an Armed
Robbery and Aggravated Assault that happened on June 14, 2019. Three black males in a black sedan robbed an individual at gunpoint and then assaulted the victim with one of the firearms.

One of the suspects was identified as Cedric “Lil Ced” May. May is described as a black male with multiple tattoos, 5' 10”, 145 lbs., and 26 years of age. May is associated with the street gang, Vice Lords, and his last known address was 1664 Hwy 583 North, Jayess, MS.

May is currently wanted by the WCSO for Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Conspiracy to Commit these crimes. May also has a warrant with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

WCSO is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the two (2) other suspects and the whereabouts of all three. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Walthall County Sheriff’s Office at 601-876-3481 or Crimestoppers at 601-467-1878.

One Teen Dead, Two Critical in Hammond Rollover Crash

On Sunday June 16, 2019, at approximately 9:25 PM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
were notified of a fatal crash on Interstate 55 near US 51 (S. Morrison Blvd.) in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 15-year-old Solomon Short of Ponchatoula.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as 38-year-old Viola Oliver II of Ponchatoula was driving southbound on I-55 in the left lane. Oliver lost control of her vehicle as she attempted to exit to US 51. The vehicle overturned 4-5 times, before coming to final rest upside down on the I-55 West Service Road.

Three unrestrained juvenile occupants were ejected from the vehicle during the crash sequence. Solomon Short was transported to North Oaks Hospital in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after his arrival. The two additional juvenile occupants also sustained moderate injuries in the crash. They were transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge by Acadian Air-med, where they remain in critical condition. Oliver was trapped within her vehicle. She was extricated by the Ponchatoula Fire Department and transported to North Oaks hospital by Acadian Ambulance in critical condition.

Impairment is suspected to have contributed to this crash. Oliver was issued a citation for Careless Operation and two counts of No Child Restraint (under 13 years old not properly restrained). Following the completion of the investigation and the results of the pending scientific analysis, Troopers will consult with the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office in reference to filing any additional criminal charges.

Milltown Classic 5K is June 29th at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa

Registration will start at 6 a.m. and race time is 7 a.m. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/bogalusarotary/



Liza Adams Thomas
January 30, 1938 - June 15, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 15-16, 2019

Lester Blackwell was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, Switched MVI, and Open Container in Vehicle
Teesha Kennedy was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Tammy Garcia was booked on the charges of No Turn Signals, Improper Turn/Accident, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Diane Debellevue was booked on the charges of Obstructing Public Passage(s), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, Introduction of Contraband Into Penal Institute, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Vallee Debellevue was booked on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Emelda Williamson was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Contempt of Court
Robert Johnson was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Shelly Haynes was booked on the charges of Speeding 41 & More Over Limit, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI, No Insurance, and Switched License Plates

Today in History for June 17th

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June 15, 2019

Obituary

Paula Miller
November 23, 1953 - June 12, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 14, 2019

Michael Calmes was booked on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Derrick Anthony was booked on the charges of Battery of Infirm, Resisting an Officer, and Failure to Appear
Lanika Warren was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer (2 counts), Obstruction of Justice, and Theft Less Than 1000
Estley Barber was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Simple Assault
Arkeem Buckhanan was booked on the charge of Simple Burglary
Charles Wells was booked on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Today in History for June 15th

June 14, 2019

One Sentenced in Case of Inhumane Treatment of Family Member

Jody Lambert (24) was sentenced yesterday (June 13, 2019) in the Eastern District of Louisiana to
120 months imprisonment for conspiring with members of his family in Amite, Louisiana to prevent a woman with cognitive disabilities from exercising her right to rent and occupy a dwelling without injury, intimidation, and interference because of her cognitive disabilities.

Lambert had plead guilty on October 18, 2018. At the plea hearing, Lambert admitted that, prior to June 30, 2016, he and other members of his family forced the disabled woman to live in a locked cage in their backyard, locked her in the cage at night with a metal chain and padlock, and that he and other family members had placed branches and a tarp over the cage to hide it from view. Lambert further admitted that while locked inside the cage, the woman was required to use a five-gallon bucket as a toilet. Lambert also admitted that he and other family members subjected the woman to routine physical violence and threats of physical violence. 

Click here to read the full press release.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Field Office in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Tangipahoa District Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Risa Berkower and Nicholas Reddick of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Assistant United States Attorney Julia Evans, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and by the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Have You Seen This Missing & Endangered St. Tammany Youth?


Police and Pals Day is July 20th in Bogalusa




Causeway Police Officer Sentenced to 4 Years In Prison

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that William “Billy” Jones, Jr., a 46-year-old former
Causeway Police Department sergeant, was sentenced by District Judge Reginald T. Badeaux Thursday (June 13, 2019) to four years in prison at hard labor for malfeasance in office and four years on each of two counts of theft of a firearm, but the sentences are to be served at the same time. Two years of the sentence must be served without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Jones also must pay a $1,000 fine.

A St. Tammany Parish jury found Jones guilty of the charges on May 23, 2019. He was accused of stealing $6,300 in cash, cocaine, and two guns from the evidence room he supervised three years ago. He was fired from the Causeway Police Department.

“Mr. Jones held one of the most trusted positions in law enforcement, safeguarding the evidence seized during arrests,” Montgomery said at the time of the conviction. “This was a betrayal of that trust.”

Assistant District Attorney Angelina Valuri prosecuted the case, with the assistance of Holly McGinness.

Click here for our previous article and background on this story.

A Plea for Help From the Family of a 2-Yr. Old Missing for 18 Years

“Happy 20th Birthday to me, wherever I may be! Every year this is what my family and friends have to see! Hi, my name is Wesley Dale Morgan and I have been missing for almost 18 years. I was 2 years old when I went missing from my mother, Ruby Havard’s, home. My daddy is Dewey Morgan. My family has never given up hope, has faith in God, has continuously looked for me, and prays everyday that I will be brought home safely. It would be an amazing, awesome day if someone would bring me home safely where I can see and give my family along with myself, the greatest present ever! There are so many rumors, so much talk, but no one has come forward, in which, someone knows but can live knowing the truth and sleep peacefully while my family mourns not knowing. My missing case was never closed but has been brought back up with signs, billboards along with social media and anything the authorities can think of to find me and bring me home where I belong.

Please if you have any information about where I am, who is responsible or any information please contact the FBI 225-291-5159, EFSO 235-683-6825, or Crime Stoppers 225-344-7867. You may also contact The Missing and Exploited Children Hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678).

The pictures below are the billboard and pictures of what I may have looked like growing up. Please share in hopes that God blesses my family with the miracle of my return, grant them the peace they deserve, and have another child who I am now an adult removed from The Missing and Exploited Children’s List.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 12-13, 2019

William Crain was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Catherine Marshall was booked on the charge of Battery of a Dating Partner
Peggy Mezquite was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Skylarr Moore was booked In For Court
Krynioki Baker was booked In For Court
Saul Addison was booked In For Court
Candace Kinchen was booked In For Court

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June 13, 2019

Obituary

Antone "Tony" Lewis
June 13, 1970 - June 02, 2019

Franklinton Man Found Guilty of Falsifying Calls To 9-1-1

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Donald E. Tate
(48) of Franklinton guilty Wednesday (June 12, 2019) of false communication with the intent to cause an emergency response for an incident involving an ex-girlfriend.

District Judge William H. Burris is set to sentence Tate on August 14, 2019. The charge carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison. Tate has six prior felony convictions, including distribution of cocaine, false imprisonment while armed with a dangerous weapon, and first degree robbery. He is facing additional time if he is sentenced under state statute as a multiple offender.

Tate’s conviction Wednesday was for an incident that began after 10 p.m. on March 18 this year, when Tate forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s residence and got into a fight with her current boyfriend. Once Tate was forced out of the house, he called 9-1-1 about 10 times, making allegations about his ex’s new boyfriend, which were determined to be false. Tate accused the boyfriend of having a shotgun and an assault rifle. Prosecutors alleged Tate made the repeated calls to get the new boyfriend arrested and out of his ex’s life.

Assistant District Attorney David Weilbaecher, Jr., prosecuted the case. The Franklinton Police Department investigated it.

Washington Parish Jail Inmates Renovate Their Transportation Vehicle

Concerned with the ongoing problem of inmate transport security, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal was able to negotiate the purchase a 2003 Ford F-450 transport bus with a platform lift that can be utilized for transporting inmates with physical disabilities. The diesel bus, with only 47,000 miles, was purchased for $7,500. The bus was in good mechanical condition, but needed some body work.

The bus was transported to the rear yard of the Washington Parish Jail where jail trustees, under the supervision of jail staff, rehabilitated the exterior of the bus and transformed the interior to a secure vehicle for inmate transports. A radio, emergency lights and identification striping were added to fully equip the bus for secure inmate transport.

The bus saw its first use on June 10th, transporting inmates to the courthouse across the street. This eliminated the security issue of walking groups of inmates across busy Main Street and past members of the public. The bus also can be utilized for longer distance transports and for any inmate with a physical disability.

“Secure inmate transportation has been a problem for many years since the jail was relocated from Pearl Street to its current location in the early 1980s,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “We were finally able to locate this bus at a car dealership in north Louisiana and have been able to use inmate labor to transform it into a first class transport vehicle. I commend our jail staff for taking on this project and doing an excellent job supervising the renovation. This is a valuable addition to our fleet and one which will provide more security for the general public and for inmates being transported.”

Another Bribe Attempt at Washington Parish Jail Fails

Another attempt was made by Washington Parish Jail inmates to bribe a jail deputy. On June 5, 2019, inmate Andre Dune Lucas (27) asked a jail deputy if he was interested in making some money. The deputy notified his supervisors who authorized him to continue the conversation with the inmate.

During his next routine round through the jail, the deputy was once again approached by Lucas who repeated the offer and stated that all the deputy had to do was bring him some Bugler tobacco and narcotics. The deputy expressed interest in the offer and Lucas provided him with phone numbers to contact a person in the community.

The deputy later called the numbers and spoke with Kekouya Dakonya Jackson, Jr. (18),  a resident of Highway 21 near Angie. Arrangements were made for Jackson and the jail deputy to meet at a certain time in the Pine area on June 6, 2019 for Jackson to give narcotics and tobacco to the deputy. That night, the deputy met Jackson at the pre-arranged location at which time Jackson gave him marijuana and tobacco to deliver to the jail with the agreement that payment would be made after the items were delivered.

While the transaction was occurring, Chief of Corrections Jim Miller, a jail sergeant and drug task force detectives were in the area. They were notified when Jackson left the scene and pursued him, making a traffic stop on Highway 62. When approaching Jackson’s vehicle, a drug task force detective observed a pistol on the seat next to Jackson. Jackson was arrested and booked into the jail on charges of possession of a stolen firearm, distribution of illegal narcotics, possession of illegal narcotics with a weapon present and criminal conspiracy.

Meanwhile, an internal jail investigation revealed that another inmate, Malik Robinson (21), was also involved in the conspiracy. Both Robinson and Lucas were arrested on additional charges of criminal conspiracy after warrants were signed by a 22nd Judicial District Judge.

“Once again,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “the integrity of our jail deputies prevailed. They did what was right and the outcome was good. Jail officers are the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system. Their job is very difficult as they deal daily with the most dysfunctional members of our society. My hat is off to them for a job well done.”

LaPlace Man Indicted With Murder in Overdose Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that today (June 12, 2019) a St. Tammany Parish grand
jury indicted Danearl Brown (46) of LaPlace on a charge of second degree murder in the death of a Mandeville man from a drug overdose.

Brown is accused of selling heroin last year to the 47-year-old victim, who used the controlled dangerous substance and died of drug overdose. Prosecutors allege that the heroin Brown sold to the victim was a direct cause of the victim’s death.

Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair presented the case to the grand jury

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Drug Dealer Charged in Drug Overdose Death of Mandeville Man
The Mandeville Police Department Chief Gerald Sticker reports that Danearl Brown (45) has been 

charged with Second  Degree Murder and Distribution of Heroin in the 2018 death of Christopher Stier (47) of Mandeville. Brown was booked March 7, 2019 into the St. Tammany Parish Jail where he remains on a $300,000 bond.

One June 2, 2018, Mandeville Police were dispatched to a residence on Villere Street. The initial investigation, which consisted of witness statements and various pieces of physical evidence, pointed towards a drug overdose. In November 2018, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office confirmed those suspicions, finding heroin and at least two different opioids in the victims toxicology.

In the following months, with the aid of assisting agencies, detectives carried out search warrants and followed up on investigatory leads that identified the suspected drug dealer who supplied the fatal doses.

“As Chief, I would like to commend my detectives for their tenacity in being able to piece together the final hours of Mr. Stier’s life and objectively connect him to his suspected dealer. I believe we have put together a solid case that will be instrumental in Brown’s prosecution.”

Grand Jury Charges Folsom Man With Rape and Molestation

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Joshua
D. Jones (34) of Folsom, Tuesday (June 11, 2019) with first degree rape of a victim under the age of 13 and molestation of a juvenile.

Jones is accused of raping and molesting a victim who was under 13 at the time of the alleged crimes, between December 7, 2015, and April 11, 2018.

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

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June 12, 2019

Sheriff Seal: Street Racers Will be Arrested

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be patrolling this weekend and throughout coming months for street racers in Washington Parish. Numerous complaints have been received about drag racing on Highway 438 near Angie, in the Blackjack community and at various other locations in the parish.

Surveillance will be increased and may include hidden cameras, drones, and perhaps even helicopters from other law enforcement agencies. Persons participating in drag racing in Washington Parish will be arrested. Spectators also will be identified and arrested.

“Street drag racing is a dangerous activity,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “We cannot tolerate such reckless behavior in Washington Parish. Sooner or later, either a racer or an innocent motorist is going to be seriously injured or killed. We simply cannot allow this to happen. If you are a drag racer or a spectator on a public road and we catch you, count on being arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Recent Washington Parish Drug Arrests

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force detectives continue to work undercover throughout the parish making arrests for the possession or sale of illegal narcotics. Techniques utilized by the detectives include patrol, surveillance and following up on tips from concerned citizens.
Recent arrests include:
  • Frankie Lee Crosby, Jr. (29), a resident of Parker Street in Franklinton, on March 28th for two counts of distribution of illegal drugs. 
  • Derick Gatlin (60), a resident of 13th Avenue in Franklinton, on April 2nd for two counts of distribution of illegal drugs. 
  • Larry O’Neal Cotton (52), a resident of Delta Lane in Franklinton, on April 2nd for two counts of distribution of illegal drugs and contempt of court. 
  • Andra Tate (37), a resident of 20th Avenue in Franklinton, on April 4th for two counts of distribution of illegal drugs, three counts of possession of illegal drugs, one count of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. 
  • Tori Breanne Corkern Gonsoulin (28), a resident of Highway 60 near Bogalusa, on April 6th for charges of cruelty to juveniles and distribution of illegal drugs. 
  • Nicholes Gonsoulin (31), a resident of Lee Road near Franklinton, on April 11th for conspiracy to distribute illegal narcotics. 
  • Jermaine Anders (29), a resident of Annie David Road in Franklinton, on May 20th for aggravated assault with a firearm, intimidating a witness, possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear in court. 
  • Chad Everret Carden (47), a resident of South Choctaw Road, on June 10th for distribution of illegal drugs, possession of marijuana, two counts of false imprisonment, domestic abuse, aggravated flight from officers, criminal damage to property, failure to appear in court, and five traffic offenses. 

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “These arrests are fine examples of the work being done by our drug task force detectives. Many times, while the rest of us are at home sleeping, they are working to identify and arrest those persons who violate our drug laws. I commend them for their hard work and diligence in getting drug dealers out of our community. As you can tell from the description of the persons arrested, some of these folks appear to be career criminals who have never learned how to live as honest, hard-working citizens. As long as they continue to ply their trade, our narcotics officers will continue to pursue and arrest them. That is our job and we will continue to do it while I am your Sheriff.”

Slidell-area Man Arrested for Attempted Rape and Burglary

Jonathan Lewis (23), a Slidell-area resident was arrested Tuesday (June 11, 2019) after he forced his
way into his ex-girlfriend’s residence in Lacombe and attempted to rape her.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office reports that Lewis arrived at his ex-girlfriend’s residence in Lacombe shortly before 11:30 a.m. and requested to be let inside. When she refused, Lewis forced his way through the front door and attempted to rape her. The victim was able to escape and drive to a family member’s residence, where she called 911. 

Warrants were issued for Lewis’ arrest Attempted Second Degree Rape and Aggravated Burglary with Battery.

Lewis was located by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies when he arrived at his residence Tuesday evening and was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the above listed warrants.

Obituary

Donald A "Duck" Hawk
December 8, 1961 - June 8, 2019

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings June 11, 2019

Carey Gendron was charged with Fail to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Glennis Andrews was charged with Fail to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Alexandria Brown was charged with Intimidation of a Witness
Shawana Holmes was charged with Improper Lane Usage and Fail to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Ryan Jefferson was charged with 3 counts Simple Burglary
Patrick Ezell was charged with Two Tail Lamps Required and 2 counts Illegal Possession of Schedule 2 Narcotic
William Tynes was charged with Fail to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"

Obituary

Jimmy Dale Brooks
December 15, 1980 - June 10, 2019

Message from Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal

In February 2011, after much prayer and deliberation, and with the encouragement of many
Washington Parish residents in whom I have great confidence, I made the decision to seek the Office of Sheriff of Washington Parish. In turn, you displayed confidence in me by electing me as your Sheriff for that term of office and then again four years later.

As the new election season approaches, I am pleased to announce that I am seeking a third term to continue serving you as your Sheriff. For the past seven years, I have demonstrated my effectiveness as your Sheriff and I intend to continue that effectiveness in the years to come.

As I said on the day I first took the oath of office as your Sheriff, Washington Parish is a special place. We are a community of significance. Our pioneering spirit runs generations deep and we have always been a community that reaches out to each other in a spirit of patriotism and love. It is that spirit that has enabled your Sheriff’s Office to effectively manage the many functions of our job and to be the quality law enforcement agency that our beloved parish deserves.

I have been a “hands on” Sheriff, making myself accessible to all persons who want to talk to their Sheriff. I have an open door policy for anyone to come to the office and talk with me at any time. I have freely given my personal cell phone number to thousands so they can reach out to me at any time. In case you don’t have that number, it is (985) 516-0237.

The staff I have assembled is doing an excellent job, whether it is in law enforcement, corrections or tax collection and distribution of tax funds to various parish agencies. I am so pleased to be able to work with these fine individuals, each one of whom stands ready to assist you with any questions or concerns you might have.

Your Sheriff’s Office has focused on helping victims of crime as much as we possibly can. We eagerly pursue those persons who commit crimes in Washington Parish and prey upon honest citizens.

I want to serve as your Sheriff for a third term and I ask for your support and prayers as we journey together through this election season leading up to a vote at the polls on October 12. Call me if you have any questions.

God bless you.
God bless Washington Parish.
God bless America.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 11, 2019

Tikyah Magee was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute
Jonathan Stafford was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4 counts)
Shannon Caples was booked on the charges of Simple Battery, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Aggravated Assault With a Vehicle on an Officer, Cruelty to a Juvenile(s), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Theft Less Than 1000 and Criminal Damage
Timothy Goings was booked on the charges of Speeding 31-40 Over Limit, Contempt of Court, Driving Under Suspension, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Robert Grande was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Patrick Ezell was booked on the charges of No Taillight and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)

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June 11, 2019

Grand Jury Indicts Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain on Sex Crimes

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced in a press conference that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Rodney Jack Strain, Jr. (56) of Abita Springs today (June 11, 2019) on two counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated incest, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and sexual battery. Strain (booking photo below) was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. Bond was set at $400,000 on each of the six counts for a total bond of $2,400,000.



Strain is accused of committing the crime of aggravated rape on one victim between June 1, 1979, and July 19, 1980, and another victim between January 1, 1975, and September 8, 1981. Strain also is accused of committing aggravated incest on a third victim and committing indecent behavior with the same victim, all between April 1, 1996, and July 1, 2002. In addition, Strain is accused of committing aggravated incest and sexual battery on a fourth victim on or about June 1, 2004.

Montgomery made the following statement: “In the Fall of 2017, the Louisiana State Police, FBI, and
IRS presented me with evidence that former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain had engaged in sex crimes. Over the following 18 months, we conducted a joint investigation, brought in the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and used the grand jury to confirm and corroborate the allegations. The results of that investigation were presented to the grand jury, which returned an indictment this morning. If found guilty of the charges, Mr. Strain will be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison. He has been arrested and taken to the St. Tammany Parish jail.

“I have a duty to pursue justice when a crime has been committed. The grand jury was presented evidence of sexual misconduct by Mr. Strain and made the determination that probable cause exists that Strain committed the violations as returned by the grand jury. Mr. Strain deserves a speedy trial by an impartial jury, and I will make sure he is given a fair trial.”

Criminal Division Chief Collin Sims presented the case to the grand jury and will handle the prosecution with Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Authement.

The statutory penalties are as follows:

  • Aggravated Rape – Life
  • Aggravated Incest – With or without hard labor not less than 5 years, not more than 20 years
  • Indecent Behavior With A Juvenile – With or without hard labor not more than 7 years
  • Sexual Battery – With or without hard labor not more than 10 years


Obituary

Michael C. Holliday
December 8, 1948 - June 11, 2019

Attempt to Bribe Jail Deputy Results in Arrests

On June 6, 2019, an inmate offered a bribe to a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail Deputy if the officer would agree to bring contraband into the jail. The officer agreed that he would do it for the right price. The inmate, Demario Warren (33), then gave the officer a hand-written note containing a phone number and a name.

The officer immediately reported the bribe to Chief of Corrections Jim Miller and a plan was developed to snare the person who would attempt to introduce contraband into the jail. Meanwhile, inmate telephone monitoring by the jail investigator indicated another inmate, Shamar Markel Alexander (21), also was involved in the scheme.

Jail deputies contacted the name at the number provided by Warren and made arrangements for the contraband and money to be exchanged in the Wal Mart parking lot in Bogalusa. At the pre-arranged site on June 7, the jail deputy was approached by Gregory Mangrum (32), a resident of Redwood Avenue in Bogalusa. Mangrum provided the deputy with cash and marijuana and then went back to his own vehicle which was occupied by another person, Tyler Collins (26), a resident of Riverside Drive in Bogalusa.

Mangrum was unaware that the entire exchange was being watched by Chief Jim Miller, other jail deputies and members of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force. Once Mangrum attempted to drive off, he was stopped by officers who discovered a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol inside their vehicle. Mangrum and Collins were arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. Both Mangrum and Collins posted bail and were released from jail on June 10.

Mangrum faces current charges of criminal conspiracy, distribution of marijuana, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with a weapon present, failure to appear in court and contempt of court. Collins is charged with criminal conspiracy, distribution of marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with a weapon present.

The two inmates who participated in the conspiracy to introduce the marijuana into the jail remain in jail with additional charges of criminal conspiracy. Warren has been in jail since 2016 on charges of second degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and introduction of contraband into a correctional facility. Alexander has two previous stays in the jail on charges of burglary of an inhabited dwelling, theft of a firearm, and possession of illegal narcotics.

“I’ve bragged many times on the outstanding job performance of our patrol deputies, detectives and drug task force officers,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our jail deputies also do an outstanding job. Faced with the prospect of earning some easy money by bringing marijuana into the jail, our jail deputy went directly to Chief Miller and reported the bribe offer. This set in motion a detailed plan to arrest the conspirators and bring them to jail where they belong. I commend our jail deputies for a job well done. Too often, they are the overlooked segment of the criminal justice system, but they play a vital role in making certain the system works as it should. I am so pleased to have them serve alongside all of our other fine officers as we work daily to identify and arrest those persons who are a threat to the law-abiding citizens of our parish.”

What Has Washington Parish Government Done For You Lately?

The Washington Parish Council met Monday evening (June 10, 2019) and, in addition to taking care of routine matters, heard reports and comments that reflect what is being accomplished on behalf of the residents of Washington Parish. They include
  • installation of a generator for the Bogalusa Health Unit facility, 
  • improvements at the Washington Parish Jail,
  • installation of a generator at the Washington Parish Animal Shelter and the hiring of a manager for the facility,
  • substantial amount of road improvements and maintenance across the parish. Areas identified include Roy Hart Road, Nathan Brumfield Road, Hennessy Road, Peterson Road, City of Bogalusa roads, Spurlock Road, Lee's Creek Road, Old River Estates, Buford Creel Road, Dollar Road, Green Tree Drive, Holland Brock Road, Chess Bankston Road, Bonner Creek Road, roads in the Bogue Chitto State Park, and other locations.
These accomplishments are only the ones mentioned for the month of May. We should also recognize that our parish government is debt-free, that the animal shelter was built without any additional tax requests to the residents of the parish, that we have had “clear” audits now for years, and Washington Parish finances are in great shape.

Click here to see the full meeting video.

Bogalusa City Jail Bookings June 10, 2019

Isaac Youngblood was charged with Fail to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Keshondrick Gaines was charged with Fail to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"
Timothy Corkern was charged with Expired Motor Vehicle Inspection, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Eric Stevens was charged with Failure to Appear "Bogalusa City Court"

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 10, 2019

Brooke Naquin was booked on the charges of Speeding 1-10 Over Limit, No Drivers License, and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Melvin Doucette was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Chad Carden was booked on the charges of False Imprisonment (2 counts), Domestic Abuse Battery, Resisting by Flight, Ran Stop Sign (3 counts), Switched License Plates, Possession of Marijuana, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Speeding 41 & More Over Limit, Failure to Appear, and Distribution of Schedule II CDS
Deana Clawson was booked In For Court and on the charge of Contempt of Court
Larry Page was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Justin Provost was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Jacob Jones was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Yamarai Brumfield was booked on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Accessory After the Fact, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Juan Magee was booked In From Court

June 10, 2019

Tow Truck Driver Gets Six Years For Sexual Battery

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Dale Boudreaux, Jr. (53) of Covington was
sentenced Monday (June 10, 2019) to a total of six years in prison for three counts of sexual battery, involving women he was assisting as a tow truck driver. District Judge William Knight sentenced Boudreaux to six years on each count, and the sentences are to be served at the same time. Boudreaux also was required to register as a sex offender. Boudreau had faced up to ten years on each count.

During the one-day trial last month, 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.

One of the victims described in a written statement to the court the aftermath of the crime on her and her family. She said she had known Boudreaux for 25 years and didn’t hesitate to call him when her vehicle needed to be towed. But she said that afterwards, she developed panic attacks and anxiety in social situations where many men were present. “For four long years, I lived in fear that he would find me and do it again, or do something much worse…,” she wrote. “After I reported the crime I moved eight hours away. I refused to visit my daughter much out of fear I would run into him…What he caused in my life is awful.” She described those who were hurt by Boudreaux as survivors. “I said survivors and not victims,” she wrote. “I want him to know I fear him no more because fear equals control and I will not allow him to control the beautiful life I have with my husband, son, daughter, stepson, and all of my family, friends and loved ones.”

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