July 16, 2019

La. Civil Rights Trail Meeting Scheduled in Bogalusa

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has announced the Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) will hold additional statewide meetings in July and August to help identify locations for the new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. A meeting is scheduled at the Bogalusa Community Family Life Center (837 E. 7th Street) on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 3:00 PM.

The trail will help share the overarching role Louisiana played in the Civil Rights Movement. These meetings are designed to get input from citizens, and to identify and interpret historic events, physical structures, and locations that helped shape Civil Rights history. The meetings will also provide an overview of the project, discuss the nomination process and criteria, and answer any questions attendees may have.

For more information about the meetings, contact Sharon Calcote at scalcote@crt.la.gov or (225) 342-8146.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 15, 2019

Latre Allen was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Kacie Kihneman was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Angela Breland was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Johnny Cardwell was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Joshua Hicks was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Tosha Williams was booked on the charge of Simple Assault
Tina Williams was booked on the charge of Aggravated Assault
Howard Hanson was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation

Today in History for July 16th

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July 15, 2019

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Bogalusa Man Convicted of Sexual Battery on 5-Year-Old

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Frederick C.
Mangrum, age 61 and of Bogalusa, guilty Thursday (July 11, 2019) of sexual battery of a victim under 13. Mangrum faces 25 to 99 years in prison when he is sentenced September 18, 2019 by District Judge William Burris.

Mangrum was found guilty of committing sexual battery on a 5-year-old girl in 2016. The defendant removed all the child’s clothes and then touched her inappropriately. The Bogalusa Police Department investigated the case with assistance from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Children’s Advocacy Center in Belton, Texas, and McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple, Texas.

Assistant District Attorneys Iain A. Dover and Holly McGinness prosecuted the case.

STPSO: BOLO on Theft Suspects


Help STPSO Locate This 16-Year-Old


Crash Claims Life of Franklinton Woman

The Franklinton Police Department has reported that a single vehicle crash Friday (July 12, 2019) on
Manning Drive claimed the life of Brigitta Dupre of Franklinton, Louisiana.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation however officers were able to determine the vehicle Dupre was operating left the right side of the roadway, veered sharply back over both lanes of traffic before striking a tree.

The impact caused the vehicle to flip and Dupre, who was unrestrained, was ejected.

Partner With Franklinton's Rotary & Chamber to Provide School Supplies


Gospel Summer Benefit Concert is August 3rd


Obituary

Gary P. Dufrene, Sr.
February 17, 1954 - July 12, 2019

Obituary

Tommy Edward Bates
October 07, 1955 - July 12, 2019

Traffic Stop on Highway 60 Results in Drug Arrests

While patrolling on Highway 60, Washington Parish Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner. Sgt. Dupre initiated a traffic stop and encountered two female occupants. The driver, Kasey E. Woodard age 27 and a resident of Highway 21 south of Bogalusa, had a suspended Louisiana driver’s license.
After obtaining permission to search the vehicle, Sgt. Dupre discovered a quantity of methamphetamine and Suboxone. Patrol Deputy James Gregorio arrived to assist and both the driver and passenger, Melissa Lee Miller Thomas (40), a resident of Willa Villa in Bogalusa, were placed under arrest and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

Woodard was booked on the charges of Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, Expired MVI, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs. Thomas was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs. Both remain in jail with their bond set at $10,000.

Each woman has been in the Washington Parish Jail several times. Woodard’s arrest record dates to 2009 and includes five arrests for various charges including forgery, drug offenses and burglary. Thomas has been in the jail at least eight times since 2006 on charges including numerous drug offenses, auto theft, burglary, firearm theft, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

“The future doesn’t look bright for these women,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “unless they can make a dramatic change in their lifestyles. Their choices thus far have produced nothing positive. Let’s hope they make positive future choices. Thanks, Sgt. Dupre, Deputy Gregorio and all of our officers, for all you do.”

WPSO Makes Drug Arrest on Highway 10

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Norman Taylor was driving east on Highway 10
near Franklinton when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputy Taylor made a traffic stop near the Lawrence Creek Bridge, and upon his  approach to the driver’s side window, Deputy Taylor detected a strong smell of marijuana. When questioned, the female driver admitted that she had smoked marijuana recently.

A search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of marijuana, a digital scale, clear baggies which are commonly used to distribute illegal drugs, an open bottle of alcohol and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol which was fully loaded. A further search of the driver’s purse revealed a quantity of illegal pills.

The driver, Kelsey Morgan Lewis, age 23 and a resident of Avenue E in Bogalusa, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present and having an open container in her vehicle. She remains in jail with her bond set at $30,000.

“Another example of an alert patrol deputy,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “When our officers stop someone for speeding, they never know what the outcome will be. Thanks, Deputy Taylor, for a job well done.”

Franklinton Area Man Arrested for Sex Crimes

Elisio Carbajal Perez, age 35 and a Franklinton area resident, was arrested Sunday
(July 14, 2019) by the WPSO for sexual crimes against a victim under the age of twelve. Perez is charged with two counts of 1st degree rape, aggravated crime against nature and sexual battery.

Further details of the charges against Perez will not be disclosed in order to protect the identity of the young victim. Perez remains in jail with no bond. Perez has been in the Washington Parish Jail previously, charged with aggravated assault and resisting an officer.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “These sickening sexual assaults on young children are nothing less than pure evil. If anyone is aware of sexual crimes against children, please notify the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434. We will investigate!”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 12-14, 2019

Purvis Provost was booked on the charges of Theft 1000-5000 and Exploitation of the Infirm
Tyron Nelson was booked on the charges of Home Invasion and Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden
Jamaneil Brown was booked on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Kelsey Lewis was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Open Container in Vehicle
Kasey Woodard was booked on the charges of Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, Expired MVI, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Melissa Thomas was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Eliseo Perez was booked on the charges of 1st Degree Rape (2 counts), Aggravated Crime Against Nature, and Sexual Battery
Henry Garner was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Ronald Christal was booked on the charge of Criminal Trespass

Today in History for July 15th

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July 13, 2019

Richard Ducote Testifies Before Maryland Special Committee

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The Updated Path of Tropical Storm Barry


Video: Hurricane Center Update on TS Barry (7 am Saturday)

July 12, 2019

Pike County S.O. Seeking Sexual Battery Suspect

The Pike County Sheriff's Office, Criminal Investigation Division, is requesting the public's assistance in locating Marcus Antwione Jackson. He is wanted by the Pike County Sheriff's Office for his alleged involvement in a sexual battery.

Pike County Sheriff's Office asks that the public not approach Jackson as he has a history of violence.

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033 or the Pike County Central Dispatch at 601-783-2323

Another Missing Juvenile Sought by STPSO


Help STPSO Locate This 14-Year-Old


Video: Hurricane Center Update on TS Barry (1 pm Friday)

Obituary

Cornelius Sykes
June 20, 1946 - July 09, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 10-11, 2019

Julius Frelix was booked In From Court
Jennifer Ableseth was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Robert Harvey was booked on the charge of Attachment
Christopher Parrott was booked on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense)
Percy Smith was booked on the charge of Resisting an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Jamal Moseley was booked on the charges of Public Intimidation and Inciting a Felony
Frederick Mangrum was booked In From Court

Video: Hurricane Center Update on TS Barry (7 am Friday)

Probable Path of TS Barry - Updated 4 am Friday


Today in History for July 12th

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July 11, 2019

Child Rape Suspect Arrested in Harvey

A Slidell-area man was arrested in Harvey on warrants for rape following Slidell incident involving a
9-year-old child.

A Slidell-area woman contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night (July 10, 2019) after she came home and reportedly found her husband, Glenn Mills, Jr. (41), actively involved in a sexual act with a 9-year-old girl that was left in his care.

When confronted by his wife, Mills fled the residence in his pickup truck prior to deputies’ arrival. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for Mills’ arrest on the charges of First Degree Rape and Aggravated Crime Against Nature.

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located Mills shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon at a residence off 2nd Avenue in Harvey, Louisiana. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish.

Safe Driving Tips for Inclement Weather


Video: National Hurricane Center Update on Tropical Storm Barry

Washington Parish President Declares State of Emergency


Arrest Made in Bogalusa for Threat Kill a Police Officer

The Bogalusa Police Department reports that on Tuesday afternoon (July 9, 2019, BPD Detectives
received information of a threat to police made on Facebook. The post was reportedly made under the Facebook page of Mac Mal. Detectives quickly identified this person as Jamal Moseley.

BPD reports that the post indicated Moseley wanted to "purge" a Bogalusa Police Officer on Friday, and he was recruiting others to assist him. There were also several other posts by Moseley indicating he wished to kill a police officer.

Detectives obtained two felony arrest warrants for Moseley for Public Intimidation and Inciting a Felony. Officers began a search for Moseley, as the Facebook post went viral. Moseley turned himself in at the Bogalusa Police Department.

A statement on the Bogalusa Police Department Facebook page states “It is your right to not like the police, but threatening to kill a police officer is a crime, and we will find such persons and arrest them. Moseley will not be purging police on Friday. He will be sitting in jail. Thanks for all of the warnings and support from our good citizens, and to the outside police agencies for their assistance.”

Obituary

Jerlean Bickham Barker
January 18, 1939 - July 04, 2019

Magic City Rebirth Festival for July 13th is Postponed


Obituary

Gordon A. Burgess
July 16, 1934 - July 10, 2019

Obituary

Tim Phelps
December 11, 1966 - July 10, 2019

TPSO Makes Arrest for Murder and Armed Robbery

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Detectives arrested Leslie Wayne Giddens (37) of Amite on July 8, 2019 for the May 26, 2019 murder of Lucky Williams (64) of Tickfaw.

The murder occurred at the victim's residence on Meghans Loop in Tickfaw. Giddens was developed as a suspect early in the investigation, and was linked to the murder through forensic evidence. Robbery is believed to me the motive. 

Giddens, who is already in custody on a probation hold violation, was booked with one count each of 1st degree murder and armed robbery.

Probable Path of Tropical Storm Barry - 10 am UPDATE


Probable Path of Tropical Cyclone Two - UPDATE


Today in History for July 11th

AP Top Stories July 11, 2019 AM

July 10, 2019

Probable Path of Tropical Cyclone Two


Back to School Giveaway is Saturday, July 20th in Bogalusa


Obituary

Leon Bascom Seal
December 28, 1932 - July 09, 2019

Sand Bag Locations - Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany

Town of Franklinton (limit of 10/person)

-Opening Thursday at 8am*
-For those living within Franklinton city limits*
-1108 Lenora St., Franklinton, LA

City of Bogalusa (limit of 10/person)
-Open as of Wednesday morning
-For those living within Bogalusa city limits*
-YouthBuild, 314 Austin St., Bogalusa, LA
-Main St. ballpark
-Ave B. ballpark

For All Residents Located Outside City Limits in Washington Parish
-Opening Thursday at 8am*
-WPFD #7, 17380 Bill Booty Rd., Franklinton, LA
-Yacc Rd., Franklinton, LA
-801 Pearl St., Franklinton, LA
-Varnado Town Hall

For Residents of Tangipahoa Parish
-Tangipahoa Parish Government's Public Works Office (44512 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, east of Hammond).
-Roseland Public Works Shop (63101 Commercial Street, Roseland)

For Residents of St. Tammany Parish
Sandbags will be available for distribution today (Wednesday, July 10, 2019) until 3:30p.m., at the following locations:
-St. Tammany Parish Government- Building C, 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
-St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn, 34783 Grantham College Rd., Slidell
-St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn, 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River
-St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn, 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
-St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn, 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington
Hours for sandbag distribution for tomorrow (Thursday, July 11, 2019) will be determined this afternoon after an updated briefing by the National Weather Service.


Message from Washington Parish OHSEP on Weather Threat

"Based on current forecasts, the greatest threat facing Washington Parish is flash flooding resulting from heavy rains. As of 2pm today, forecasts are predicting 6-10" of rain from Friday-Sunday. However, this amount can change depending on shifts in the track and/or how slow the system moves. Given the amount of rain predicted and the likelihood of flash flooding, now is a great time to refresh on the differences between flood watches and flood warnings! Know when to listen for further updates and when you should take action!"

Letter From Parish President Thomas on Tropical Weather


Franklinton Man Gets 25 Years For Molesting Teen Boys

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jonathan Young (36) of Franklinton  was sentenced Monday (July 8, 2019) to serve 25 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence for molestation and other inappropriate behavior with three juveniles over a period of at least four years.

Young pleaded guilty in March to molestation of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile, sexual battery, and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. District Judge Peter Garcia sentenced him to 25 years in prison on the molestation charge, seven years for indecent behavior, 10 years for sexual battery, and two years for contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. The sentences are to be served at the same time.

Young faces similar outstanding charges in Mississippi.

The Washington Parish case was investigated by Detective Demi Rice of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair. Family members of the victims said they were pleased with the outcome of the case.

Click here for a February 13, 2018 related story.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 9, 2019

Chad Cothern was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Justin Morris was booked on the charge of Aggravated Battery
Michael Henderson was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Joshua Foster was booked on the charges of No Drivers License, No Insurance, Resisting an Officer, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Darrin Kennedy was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Justin Crain was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Thomas Allemand was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Today in History for July 10th

AP Top Stories July 10, 2019 AM

July 09, 2019

Obituary

Gene Lionell Magee
September 15, 1955 - June 28, 2019

Help STPSO Find This Runaway Juvenile


Help STPSO Find This Missing Adult Female


Open Road Cruisers is Thursday, July 11th in Bogalusa


Magic City Rebirth Festival is July 13th


Tropical Weather Outlook UPDATE 1:52 PM


Obituary

Betty Martin Walters
July 02, 1947 - July 05, 2019

Tropical Weather Outlook


Rain is Back in Our Weather Forecast

An area of low pressure will drift into the northeast Gulf of Mexico just ahead of a weakening cold front by Wednesday, before turning west-southwest offshore the central Gulf coast on Thursday. Pockets of heavy rainfall are expected as the the low shifts westward. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) advertises a high chance of this system evolving into a tropical depression later this week.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 8, 2019

Nathan Thomas was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Jill Magee was booked on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Travis Hawkins was booked In From Court
Jamar McGowan was booked In From Court and on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jeffrey Kuchin was booked on the charges of Attachment (3 counts)
Trenton Statham was booked on the charges of Attachment and Theft of a Motor Vehicle Less Than 1000

Obituary

Chad Joseph Loup
May 21, 1968 - July 03, 2019

Today in History for July 9th

July 08, 2019

LABI’s SOUTHPAC Endorses Bedwell for State Representative

SOUTHPAC, a political action committee of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), today announced their endorsement of Phillipp Bedwell for State Representative for District 75.

“Phillipp Bedwell has spent his life serving our country and protecting our citizens,” Maura Donahue, chair of SOUTHPAC said. “Phillipp’s lifetime of service and his conservative principles will serve the people of Washington and St. Tammany Parishes well.”

“We encourage the business community to support Phillipp in his election this fall,” Bo Staples, Executive Director of SOUTHPAC said. “This is a critical election cycle for Louisiana, and the business community must support candidates who will work to better the business climate in the state. Phillipp’s deep roots in Washington Parish and his commitment to conservative ideas are why we’re excited to support his candidacy.”

A Washington Parish native, Phillipp Bedwell obtained his degree in law enforcement from Southeastern Louisiana University. Phillipp went on to serve in the United States Air Force as both a lieutenant and a captain in the USAF Security Police. After his military service, he went on to work at the US Department of Justice, holding various leadership positions within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He is a past Chairman and a current member of the Washington Parish Republican Executive Committee and serves on the Republican State Central Committee.

"Empowering small businesses and keeping government small is critical to creating good paying jobs for Louisiana families,” Bedwell said. “I’m honored to have secured the endorsement of SOUTHPAC, and I value their support in my efforts to bring conservative representation to District 75 and the legislature.”

La. AG: Be Smart With Your Smart Phone

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 6-7, 2019

George Rogers was booked on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Mark Tarver was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Torrence Ellis was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Tabitha Lowe was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Ritchie Martin was booked on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Movable
Dale Dyson was booked on the charges of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense), and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment
Shayla Rivas was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Brandon Hunt was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear

Councilwoman Kates on District A Summer Cleanup

“I, Councilwoman Kates, would  like to share that our District A 2019 Summer Clean Day on Sat, June 29, 2019 was a success. A Special thank you to our  participates:  Bonnie Bell Virginian Bonner, Larry Brown, Min Greg Jackson, Thomas Kates,  Regina Powell, Patrick Rhodes, Walter Levi, Min. Benjamin Lewis, Susan Williams, Stephanie Yarbrough, and Little Bailey,  the Washington Parish community Service team Ms. Hillary and Mr. McMillan.
This year there was a concentration in District A on  areas and property  blighted by wild growth of trees and bushes, growth on sidewalks, clogged drainage culverts, and trash in around  Redmond Street,  Dauphine Street, Poplas Street, North Border Drive, North and South Bankston, Church street. Austin Street, Sabine, Huron, Michigan, 2nd Ave, Louisiana,  Redmond heights/Oak Hill), 2nd Ave and sections of 3rd St, sections of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, sections of N. Columbia Road, Austin Street, sections of Bayer Street, just to name a few of areas visited.  Residents adopted a block  and some were from out of town and in town which adopted their own property to clean up.  Also we returned shopping carts to the perspective store in the Huron area.

A Special thanks again to Washington Parish President Thomas, AmWaste Management services, and especially property owner San Ball for allowing the District A Clean up day crew to assist in the much need removal of weeds and wile growth from her home.  We were small in number, but an attempt was made to keep Bogalusa beautiful. And to note request has been made via Pubic work orders, texts, emails, and phone calls to Public Works and other resources expressing that we are in need of assistance our ditches and creeks to be cleaned in District A  in which a snake and rat epidemic is on the arise.”

Obituary

Phillip Ned Lorio
November 14, 1951 - July 7, 2019

Reminder: WP Opioid Consortium Kick-Off Meeting is Thursday

The Washington Parish Opioid Consortium Kick-Off Meeting will be on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at
9:00 AM at Pine First Baptist Church located at 27043 LA. 62, Franklinton, Louisiana.

Recently, Volunteers of America was awarded a HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Planning Grant. This grant was prepared with the assistance of Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, Florida Parishes Human Services Authority and ADAPT. Senator Beth Mizell and Representative Malinda White were in support of the grant.

Over the next 12 months, the Washington Parish Opioid Consortium will be implemented and meetings will be held to obtain input from parish leaders, those in the healthcare community, school systems, law enforcement, faith-based community and the general public. Based upon the input received from all parties, a Strategic Plan, a Workforce Plan and a Sustainability Plan will be written. Another grant will be written requesting funds to implement the program(s) identified in the plan that would best address the opioid crisis.

The Bogalusa Mayor's Wellness Council and Bogalusa Strong support these efforts to address the opioid epidemic in our city and parish.

Washington Parish is now #1 per capita in Louisiana in opioid-related deaths. The opioid epidemic is harming the health and destroying and taking the lives of our loved ones; additionally, this epidemic is significantly affecting our healthcare, law enforcement, educational, legal and judicial systems.

Today in History for July 8th

AP Top Stories July 8, 2019 AM

July 06, 2019

Obituary

Theodore "Teddy" Johnson, Jr.
April 28, 1948 - July 3, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 5, 2019

Gary Dutruch was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm and Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot
Gill Froust was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Usage, and Open Container in Vehicle
Joshua Geraldson was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass (2 counts)
Anthony Lee was booked on the charges of Theft 5000-25000 and Probation Violation
Sonny Porter was booked In For Court

Today in History for July 6th

Obituary

Andrew Wesley Harrington, Jr.
July 20, 1954 - June 30, 2019

July 05, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 4, 2019

Rory Breland was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Highway
Ruben Lopez was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Usage, No Drivers License, and Expired License Plate
Heriberto Solorzano was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Usage
Lester Blackwell was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Battery on a Police Officer
Ray Pack was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Attachment

Today in History for July 5th

AP Top Stories July 5, 2019 AM

July 04, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 2-3, 2019

Rachael Spears was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Scott Shubert was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Marianne Schuette was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Open Container in Vehicle, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Arthur Jones was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500 and Home Invasion (Aggravated Assault/Battery)
Rabetha Remington was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4 counts) and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Trevonne Mingo was booked In From Court
Richard Peterson was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)

Today in History for July 4th

AP Top Stories July 4, 2019 AM

July 03, 2019

Obituary

Alice Faye Freeman
September 2, 1941 - July 3, 2019

Obituary

David Anthony Cotton
August 03, 1964 - June 23, 2019

Bogalusa Council Hears Audit Report

At the Bogalusa Council meeting Tuesday evening (July 2, 2019), CPA Robert A. Neilson provided brief comments regarding his recently completed audit of the finances of the City. Neilson informed the Council his opinion is an unmodified opinion (the best that can be given). Neilson  advised that for the year ending December 31, 2018, the City had an excess of revenue over expense of $572,482 and an ending general fund balance of $655,357. Neilson offered the opinion that the City is going in the right direction to solve problems of the past.

During the public participation segment of the meeting, resident Fate Farrell questioned when the fiscal administrator would come to a public meeting. Mayor Perrette answered that the fiscal administrator is not expected to attend council meetings or to answer questions of the general public. (A report is scheduled in September, 2019 to be provided to District Judge William J. Knight. Judge Knight had asked that the report include 1) the current financial status of the City, the priorities identified by the fiscal administrator, and a long-range plan to address the problems). Councilman Kenny Kellis responded to a statement by Farrell that the fiscal administrator had taken over the City by saying that he is not “here to take over the city”.

In other business,
  • the Council heard reports from the Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments,
  • an ordinance was introduced providing for sanctions to compel attendance by council members at council meetings,
  • the public was reminded of the 4th of July parade and festivities in Bogalusa and the Magic City Rebirth festival,
  • Councilwoman reported on efforts to address homeless and opiod-abuse problems,
  • Councilwoman Kates reported on a cleanup in her district.

Supreme Court Candidate Richard Ducote Interview

Obituary

Tony Passman
April 9, 1970 - June 28, 2019

Today in History for July 3rd

AP Top Stories July 3, 2019 AM

July 02, 2019

Washington Parish Man Jailed for Child Rape

Logan Will Jarrell (25), a resident of Highway 62, was arrested on yesterday (July 1, 2019) by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives and placed in the Washington Parish Jail on three counts of aggravated rape of a child under the age of 12, one count of aggravated crime against nature and one count of failure to appear in court. No bond has been set at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Jarrell is no stranger to the Washington Parish Jail. The latest arrest marks his tenth stay in the jail since 2017 on charges including burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia and numerous counts of failure to appear in court.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Just a few days ago we arrested a different parish resident for sexual crimes against children. Now we have another. The sexual and physical abuse of children must stop! It is absolutely beyond my ability to adequately describe such brutal, heinous and cruel acts against innocent young children. Congratulations to our detectives for all of their hard work in this sad, sad matter.”