June 30, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 29, 2019

Jeffery Miley was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Undry Warren was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, License Plate Light Required, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, No Drivers License, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Scott Hess was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Ran Red Light
Kendall Rowell was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts) and Failure to Appear
Nicalas Brown was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts) and Failure to Appear

Today in History for June 30th

June 29, 2019

Obituary

Danny Smith
February 10, 1942 - June 28, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 28, 2019

Adria Cassidy was booked on the charges of Careless Operation, Hit and Run, and No Drivers License
John Oday was booked on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)
Ritchie Martin was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Criminal Trespass
Michael Blackwell was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI or Other, Open Container in Vehicle, and Possession of a Firearm or Concealed Weapon by Person Convicted of Domestic Abuse Battery (2 counts)
Thomas Allemand was booked on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Indasha Lowe was booked on the charge of Business/Commercial Burglary
John Martin was booked on the charges of Sexual Battery (2 counts)
Careka Newkirk was booked In From Court
Eric Sartin was booked In from Court

Obituary

Jacob Gordon Lynn, Jr.
November 22, 1936 - June 28, 2019

Today in History for June 29th

June 28, 2019

TPSO Looking for Two Convicted Sex Offenders

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public's assistance in locating two convicted sex offenders wanted for failing to register as a convicted sex offender.

Wanted are Sedrick D. Watts (49) and Willie Lee Toney (43), who is also known as “Popeye Toney”.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these two sex offenders is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. TPSO Detective Glynn Cacioppo is the lead investigator. 

Help STPSO Find This Missing Runaway Juvenile


Obituary

Patricia Ann Carpenter Noble
December 28, 1935 - June 24, 2019

Obituary

William Mike Dunaway
June 6, 1952 - June 27, 2019

William “Mike” Dunaway, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019, at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, at the age of 67. He was retired from Rayburn Correctional Center as Lt. Col.

“Mike" is survived by his loving soulmate of 14 years, Daisy Blackwell of Bogalusa, LA. One stepson Brent Jarrell of Bogalusa, LA. One grand-son Landyn Jarrell of Bogalusa, LA. One special nephew Randy Garza of Bogalusa, LA. Also one special niece Michelle Dunaway of Abita Springs, LA. He is also survived by numerous other nieces and nephews and other family members and friends.

“Mike” is preceded in death by his parents, Buford Paul & Mattie Lee Dunaway. Two sisters Brenda Dunaway and Wanda Fay Hodge. Two brothers Robert Hodge and James Irvine.

Services will be at Brown-McGehee Funeral Home in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Visitation will be on July 1, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The Funeral Service will be July 2, 2019 at 12:00 PM. Interment will be at Kennedy Cemetery in Buck Branch, Mississippi.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 27, 2019

Tarsha Lowery was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Michael Lowery was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (Ecstasy/Molly/MDMA), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear
Marion Catalano was booked In From Court
Kelly Long was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Sterling Burdett was booked on the charges of Theft of Firearm and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Quenterrious McGowan was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS, Criminal Conspiracy and Contempt of Court
John Arrington was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Cecilia Graves was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Jessie Ross, Jr. was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule V Drugs and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug Without Prescription or Order (2 counts)
Kevin Blackwell was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs (2 counts)

Today in History for June 28th

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June 27, 2019

Franklinton Aldermen Discuss Purchase of Fire Tanker Truck

The Franklinton Board of Aldermen had previously established the need by the Fire Department for a new tanker truck. Bids were opened at the meeting on June 11, 2019 and the matter was referred to a committee for review. At the meeting on June 25, 2019, Alderman John Daniel, speaking for the committee, recommended the bid for a 3000 gallon tanker, with required apparatus, on a 2011 International at the bid price of $168,000. The recommendation also included the purchase of an extended warranty, using $100,000 from the fire department's savings, and financing  the balance over three years.

A recommendation was made by Alderman Butler that the Board's attorney review documentation and report back to the Board. Aldermen Daniel and Sharp suggested approving the bid pending the review of documentation. No vote was taken to approve the bid.

In other business, Aldermen
  • held a Public Hearing and then voted to approve an ordinance that establishes fines for the use of cell phones outside of school zones,
  • heard a report from Jay Pittman with Spangler Engineering about a problem with treated sewerage water backing up near the discharge point. He proposed using funds remaining from previous grant funds,
  • heard administrative and fire department reports,
  • introduced an ordinance to increase monthly sanitation rates by 40 cents to $16.20,
  • introduced an ordinance to amend closing hours for alcohol establishments. The ordinance will have the establishments close from midnight to 6:00 AM,
  • introduced an ordinance to amend the requirements related to daiquiri container markings,
  • heard from the daughter of an elderly Franklinton resident regarding a drainage problem.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 26, 2019

Charles Folse was booked on the charges of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s) (2 counts), Aggravated Crime Against Nature (4 counts), Sexual Battery, and Attachment (2 counts)
Brittnay Roberts was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Kevin Hartfield was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Cody Ansley was booked on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Failure to Yield Left, Switched License Plates, Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
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
Christopher Warren was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Home Invasion/Aggravated Assault/Battery, Simple Assault, Aggravated Assault, and Aggravated Assault With a Firearm
Karrie Magee was booked with Protective Order Violation

Today in History for June 27th

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June 26, 2019

Obituary

Estella Speights
August 12, 1942 - June 19, 2019

Obituary

Freddy Moses
August 08, 1948 - June 23, 2019

Washington Parish Man Arrested for Crimes Against Juveniles

Today (June 26, 2019), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Demmie Rice arrested Charles Michael Folse (32) on multiple charges of sexual offenses against juveniles. The arrest involved a joint investigation with St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives who are expected to charge Folse with similar offenses there.
Folse remains in the Washington Parish Jail charged with four counts of aggravated crime against nature, two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles, sexual battery and two counts of failure to appear in court. A “hold” from St. Tammany should keep him in the Washington Parish Jail until he is transferred to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

Due to the sensitive nature of this case, and in an effort to protect the juvenile victims as much as possible, additional details will not be released.

“Words are inadequate to express my emotions and depth of concern for the affected juveniles and their families,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Detective Rice handled this very sensitive matter with professionalism and dignity and I appreciate all she does to help protect families and children in our parish.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 25, 2019

Chance Brumfield was booked on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Aggravated Assault With a Vehicle on an Officer, No Drivers License, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Derick Briggs was booked on the charge of Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot
Tracey Temples was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Cody Springer was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Hannah Crain was booked on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jessica Talley was booked on the charge of Theft 5000-25000
Anthony Stogner was booked In From Court
Glen Jenkins was booked on the charges of Theft 1000-5000, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Chandler Harris was booked on the charge of Pornography Involving Juvenile(s)
Datchi Schillings was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Darion Clark was booked on the charge of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault

Today in History for June 26th

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June 25, 2019

Help STPSO Locate This Wanted Person

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in locating Jared Lapeyrouse. He was wanted for two counts of burglary.

On two separate days in April 2018, Lapeyrouse went to a residence in the Eden Isles area near Slidell and stole high end coolers, valued at $650 and $300, from the residence’s open garage.

Lapeyrouse is known to frequent the Chalmette and New Orleans areas and was caught on surveillance video, following one of the crimes, leaving in what appeared to be a red Toyota Camry.
If you have information about the location of Jared Lapeyrouse, please contact Det. Nelson at 985-726-7856 or call (985) 898-2338.

Obituary

Monique Daniels
April 24, 1965 - June 21, 2019

Press Release From Richard Ducote - La. Supreme Court Candidate

I am again confirming that I am running for the District 1 seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court to replace now federal judge Greg Guidry. I will accept no campaign contributions, and I will be completely independent from outside influences. My 41-year legal career has been committed to Constitutional principles, and dedicated to improving the lives of the vulnerable. I am the most qualified candidate, and the only one calling for full public transparency in the Judiciary Commission, the agency charged with policing misconduct by judges. I welcome the opportunity to meet with all interested voters to discuss the issues and answer any questions.
My qualifications are: Louisiana lawyer since 1978*One of the nation’s leading child abuse/domestic violence victim advocates and law reformers for 41 years*B.S.Tulane 1974* J.D. Loyola School of Law 1978*LL.M. (advanced law degree) Loyola Chicago School of Law 2011*Earned law degree while a probation officer in the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court*Created a special Tulane Law School program to provide lawyers for abused and neglected children*Appointed special assistant district attorney in 19 parishes*Tried cases in 50 Louisiana courts*Argued in every Louisiana appellate court*Tried cases in 45 other states*Admitted also in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Third, Fourth, Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals; and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Northern District of Ohio, the District of Colorado, and the Western District of Pennsylvania*Wrote over 25 laws for child abuse and domestic violence victims, and to prevent infanticide*Trained lawyers, judges, police, & psychologists at national & state programs for the American Bar Association, the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma, domestic violence coalitions, child welfare agencies, and law schools*Honored by Justice for Children, The Northern Plains Tribal Institute, The National Association of Social Workers, the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA, The LSU School of Social Work, the Louisiana Foster Parent Association, and the United Way*Sol Gothard Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization of Forensic Social Work*Preeminent “A-V” highest rating from lawyers and judges for ethics and ability for entire career*U.S. Supreme Court win for two sexually abused children*Judge Richard Ware Memorial Award from Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Board for years of work in child abuse prevention* Court appointed for many abused children*Years of adoption and foster care reform work*Quoted in national magazines and newspapers*Defended state in roadway suits*Proud father of four and grandfather of three children*Cases and writings cited in legal textbooks and law reviews*Many constitutional law cases defending due process and First Amendment.

Obituary

Vernon Ray Farr
October 12, 1947 - June 23, 2019

Parish Council and President Commended on Audit

Wilson LaGraize, with the firm of Kushner LaGraize, LLC, came before the Washington Parish Council meeting Tuesday evening (June 24, 2019) to report on the recently completed audit of Washington Parish Government. View the report here.  LaGraize's comments on the report begin at 2:15 into video of meeting. LaGraize remarked that it is a "very good audit", that President Thomas and his management team had done an excellent job, that the report reflects an "unmodified opinion" with regard to the primary government financials, and that it reflects an "adverse opinion" with it relates to the parish government's component units because they are not audited. Component units consist of the fire protection districts, gas utility districts, water districts, etc. LaGraize went on to note that the parish's net position had increased by $1.9 million and that Washington Parish is debt-free and commended both Parish President Richard Thomas and the Council.

Also during the meeting, in addition to routine matters,
  • the Council heard reports from President Thomas, Finance Director Graham, Public Works Director Wheat, and Transportation Manager Merritt.
  • President Thomas introduced Kelsy Knight, manager of the Washington Parish Animal Shelter. Public Works Director Wheat provided additional information about Mrs. Knight, who addressed the Council (beginning at 26:15 into video of the meeting)
  • President Thomas proclaimed July as Antique Automobile Appreciation Month and presented the proclamation to Chat Jones (beginning at 31:25 into video of the meeting)
  • Finance Director Graham recognized her team of Kristen Spears, Patrick Galavan, Ashley Sumrall,  Melissa Bateman, Charlotte Lewis, and Brad Toney (beginning at 34:30 into video of the meeting) 
  • Transportation Manager recognized the outstanding work done by the road crews and President Thomas echoed his sentiments (beginning at 41:15 into video of the meeting)
  • heard a report from a resident requesting repair of Fisher and Bonner Creek roads (beginning at 24:00 into video of the meeting)
  • the Council approved a resolution naming The Era Leader as the parish's Official Journal

Obituary

Rayfus Martin
January 12, 1930 - June 24, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 24, 2019

Tammy Branch was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense)
Joshua Spears was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Failure to Pay Fine
Natoya Toomer was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Contempt of Court
Davion Norman was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana
Jonathon Mitchell was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Sye Bloossman was booked on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
William Leger was booked on the charge of Failure to Comply/Duty of Offender to Notify Law Enforcement
Tonya Bounds was booked In From Court
Nina Whiteside was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Dalton Richardson was booked on the charge of Second Degree Battery
James Martin was booked on the charges of Second Degree Battery and Failure to Appear
David Parker was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Brian Taylor was booked on the charges of Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Highway, Driving Under Suspension, No Seat Belt, and Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense)

Today in History for June 25th

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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

Today in History for June 14th

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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.