August 22, 2019

Shoplifter Spits in Slidell Police Officer's Face

Tuesday afternoon (August 20, 2019), Slidell Police responded to a report of a shoplifting at the
Walmart Neighborhood Market, 637 Robert Boulevard, in Slidell. The assets protection employee observed 47-year-old, Paula Faciane, push out over $350 worth of groceries from the store.

When Slidell Police officers arrived, Faciane was attempting to flee to her vehicle, but was quickly apprehended. Faciane began to resist officers, then after being handcuffed, turned around and spit in an officer's face. The officer was treated at a local hospital for being exposed to the bodily fluids.

Faciane, who had been caught shoplifting three times in the past year, was charged with Theft (3rd offense - Felony), Resisting an Officer by Violence, Resisting an Officer by False Information, and Battery on a Police Officer.

Flag Presented in Honor of Washington Parish 200th Anniversary

Seth Descant, President of the Franklinton Chamber of Commerce, and Senator Beth Mizell presented to Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr., the United States Flag which was flown on March 6, 2019 over the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. per the request of Senator Bill Cassidy in honor of the 200th Anniversary of Washington Parish.

Click on "Read More" below the picture for the Congressional Record entry made by Senator Bill Cassidy.

Louisiana Republican Candidates Forum is August 25th


Obituary

Linda Diane Busby
December 15, 1948 - August 20, 2019

Obituary

Gladys Haddox Ingram
June 16, 1933 - August 21, 2019

Donate Blood at RMC August 23rd 11 AM to 4 PM

"Make the Right Call" and donate blood at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton tomorrow (August 23, 2019) from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Donors will receive a free lunch and a "Make the Right Call" t-shirt.

Obituary

Garfield W. Baham
January 13, 1942 - August 21, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 21, 2019

Desiree Lajoie was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts) and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Kane Beasley was booked on the charges of No Taillight, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Expired License Plate, and No Insurance
Robert Long was s booked In For Court
Tushilia Thompson was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
David LeBlanc was booked on the charges of Switched License Plates, No Drivers License, Expired MVI, No Insurance, Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear

Today in History for August 22nd

AP Top Stories August 22, 2019

August 21, 2019

Bogalusan Charged in Death of 8-Month Old

Last Wednesday (August 14, 2019), the Bogalusa Police Department responded to our Lady of the
Angels Emergency Room in reference to an unresponsive female infant, 8 months of age. The child died shortly after arrival at the hospital.

Based on information obtained at the hospital, and from speaking with family members, it was believed that the death was the result of non-accidental injuries. It was also determined that the child had been left by the mother for a short time that evening in the care of her boyfriend, 20-year old Tyrease Brumfield.

A criminal investigation was initiated, and an autopsy was performed the following day. It was determined by the medical examiner that the child died of injuries caused by blunt force trauma, and her death was ruled a homicide. Investigators determined the child was under the supervision of Brumfield when she received the injuries.

On August 15, 2019, Tyrease Brumfield was arrested for First Degree Murder in the death of this child, and placed in the Washington Parish Jail. No bond has been set.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mandeville Police Officer Impersonator Sought

The Mandeville Police are seeking the identity of the man who, on Sunday (August 18, 2019), caused a disturbance at the Discount Zone in Mandeville and then produced a wallet containing an unknown badge and identified himself as a Mandeville Police Officer.

Mandeville Police advises they would to contact him so he can pick up his "uniform"!

Anyone with information can call 985.624.3119.

And NO, it is not Drew Brees!

Two Jailed After Sending Kindergartner to School with Cocaine

Yesterday (August 20, 2019) a Slidell Police school resource officer discovered a 5-year-old kindergarten student in possession of a large amount of crack and powdered cocaine.

The school resource officer was made aware of the situation after an alert teacher saw the kindergarten student holding a bag of white powder. The bag of powder was discovered to be cocaine. The child was also found to be in possession of two additional bags of crack cocaine. Throughout the investigation, it was apparent the child had no knowledge about the drugs.

Slidell Police narcotics detectives conducted a search warrant at the child’s residence and came into contact with 23-year-old, Angelica Stanley, and 51-year-old, Ellis Cousin. The detectives discovered additional narcotics inside of the home, and also were able to determine (unbeknownst to the child) that the cocaine was being stored in the child’s clothing.
Both Stanley and Cousin were arrested for: Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (cocaine) with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Cruelty to a Juvenile.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 20, 2019


Chance Luke was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Pregnant Woman, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (3 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), and Possession of CDS in Presence of Juvenile
Raven Foster was booked on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
Bobby Ramsey was booked on the charge of Non-Consensual Disclosure of Private Picture
Kayla Morris was booked on the charges of Home Invasion/Ag Assault/Battery and Second Degree Battery
Victor Peters was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule III CDS, Resisting an Officer, Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Failure to Pay Fine, and Failure to Appear
Billy Thorbjornsen was booked on the charges of Simple Assault, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Contempt of Court
Anthony Voltolina was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Washington Parish Bicentennial Banquet is September 26th


Obituary

Edward Charles Smith
August 12, 1959 - August 15, 2019

Obituary

Walter Lee Smith
December 07, 1945 - August 16, 2019

Obituary

Connie Gail Frazier Brian
April 07, 1956 - August 19, 2019

Washington Parish Man Flees and Fights Before Being Jailed

On Monday (August 19, 2019), Dylan Miley (25), a resident of Highway 424, landed in the Washington Parish Jail after reportedly physically assaulting his wife, fleeing from Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and fighting with the officers after they caught up with him.
It all started when Detective Kody Glenn and Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre responded to a report of a man assaulting his pregnant wife at a residence on Highway 424. The two officers encountered a woman with visible injuries whose husband initially was hiding inside the house but then ran outside and fled in his pickup truck, heading west on Highway 424.

Both officers pursued Miley in their respective vehicles, with Sgt. Dupre being closest behind him. At times, Miley would suddenly apply his brakes, as if in an attempt to cause Sgt. Dupre to ram him. At one point, Miley stopped suddenly, put his truck in reverse, and collided with the pursuing patrol vehicle. Miley then fled again, headed to the driveway of his parents’ residence. At that time, Sgt. Dupre conducted a tactical maneuver and disabled Miley’s vehicle.

Sgt. Dupre and Detective Glenn then approached Miley’s vehicle. The vehicle doors were locked and Miley refused to exit after being given several verbal commands to do so. Sgt. Dupre then used his flash light to break the driver’s side window, at which point Miley attempted to gain control of Sgt. Dupre’s pistol. Miley continued to resist and attempted to pull Sgt. Dupre into the vehicle through the broken window. Sgt. Dupre was able to pull free and used his taser in an attempt to subdue Dylan.

After being tased, Miley attempted to drive his vehicle away, at which time he was administered a second taser burst. Detective Glenn then secured a tool from the bed of Miley’s truck and broke the passenger side window to gain entrance to the vehicle. Detective Glenn then was able to remove Miley from the truck and place him on the ground. Dylan continued to resist until he was handcuffed.

During the scuffle with Miley, Detective Glenn sustained a cut on his arm which required medical attention. Northshore EMS responded to the scene, treated Detective Glenn and evaluated Miley who was medically cleared. Meanwhile, Northshore EMS also responded to the scene of the domestic violence, treated the injured woman and transported her to the hospital. Detective Captain Tom Anderson and Patrol Deputy James Gregorio went to the hospital and obtained a statement from her.

Miley was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with domestic abuse strangulation, domestic abuse battery, domestic abuse on a pregnant woman, aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated assault with a vehicle on an officer, resisting an officer with force or violence , contempt of court and being a fugitive from the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole. Although a $50,000 bond was set for his current charges, he is not eligible for release due to his fugitive status.

Miley has been in the Washington Parish Jail six additional times dating back to April 2016. Previous charges include drug offenses, carrying a concealed weapon, domestic assault and failure to appear in court.

“This young man’s very poor choices should earn him several years in a state prison,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “He endangered the life of his pregnant wife, his unborn child, law enforcement officers and all other persons who were traveling on Highway 424 at the time. I encourage the District Attorney’s Office to vigorously prosecute him.”

Today in History for August 21st

August 20, 2019

Obituary

Odell Pittman
November 22, 1929 - August 13, 2019

Obituary

Ja'Keithon Breshard Cotton
August 26, 1993 - August 09, 2019

Available for Adoption at Washington Parish Animal Shelter

Some of the choices for a furry friend adoption are the following:
  • BUSTER!!! Buster is a boxer mix and is super sweet and loving. He loves his pool time, is very active, and plays well with other dogs. 
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  • Lab puppies.  

All are ready for a new home! Call (985) 205-2023 today and click here to follow us on Facebook.

Council on Aging Health & Resource Fair is September 20th

The Washington Parish Council on Aging is hosting the Washington Parish Council on Aging Health and Resource Fair on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 10 AM to 12 PM. The event will be at 603 Willis Avenue in Bogalusa.

The Health & Resource Fair is designed for persons aged 60 and above to increase health awareness through education and prevention.  Available services are Flu shots, Wellness Screenings. 

20+ Vendors will be available to provide information. 

Obituary

David Joel Carruth
March 29, 1964 - August 13, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 19, 2019

Tyron Warren was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Steven Bedgood was booked In From Court
Chuck Jarrell was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Herman Sartin was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Leslie Woodward was booked on the charges of Probation Violation, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear
Emilee Williams was booked on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)
Dylan Miley was booked on the charges of Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Aggravated Assault With a Vehicle on an Officer, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Pregnant Woman, Contempt of Court, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Incumbent Parish Councilman Withdraws Re-election Bid

Levi Lewis, the incumbent Washington Parish Councilman for District 4, yesterday (August 19,
2019) filed a Notice of Withdrawal, ending his bid for re-election to the position. Voters will choose on October 12, 2019 from the two remaining candidates who qualified, Clark Harry of Angie and Gloria W. Kates of Bogalusa.

An Objection to the Candidacy of Levi Lewis, Sr. was filed by the State of Louisiana, Board of Ethics on August 16, 2019, alleging that, at the time he qualified on August 6th, Lewis had failed to file 2015, 2016, and 2017 Tier 2 Annual Personal Financial Disclosure Statements and had failed to pay the resulting fines, fees, and penalties of $7500. It was noted that Lewis paid $2500 on August 8, 2019, $4000 on August 8, 2019, and $1000 on August 9, 2019. The filing notes that per La. R.S. 18:492(A)(6), an action objecting to the candidacy of a person who qualified as a candidate shall be based on the grounds that the defendant falsely certified on his notice of candidacy that he does not owe any outstanding fines, fees, or penalties pursuant to the Code of Governmental Ethics.

A hearing was held Monday (August 19, 2019) and a Judgment was issued ordering Lewis' withdrawal from the October 12, 2019 election. Subsequently, Lewis filed his Notice of Withdrawal.

Today in History for August 20th

August 19, 2019

Obituary

Ruby Nell James Knight
September 24, 1933 - August 18, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 17-18, 2019

Katherine Vonhoven was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Sherry Hunt was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts) and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
Tyren Harris was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

Today in History for August 19th

August 17, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 15-16, 2019

Billy Yeager was booked on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Theft of a Motor Vehicle 1000-5000 (2 counts), Theft of Firearm, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Criminal Trespass
Misti Stewart was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500, and Theft Less Than 1000-5000
James Stewart was booked on the charge of Obstruction of Justice
David Mingo was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Austin Gill was booked on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Flight, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Contempt of Court
Steven Glover was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Michael Lewis was booked on the charges of Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Tyrease Brumfield was booked on the charge of First Degree Murder
Stacie Creel was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Benjamin Holmes was booked on the charges of No Taillight, No License Plate, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs
Larry Roberts was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)

Obituary

Monroe Wade May
June 29, 1944 - August 15, 2019

Today in History for August 17th

August 16, 2019

Can You Believe This Medicaid Fraud Case?

Editor's Note: This is not a local story, but I just had to post it!

In May 2017, after receiving information from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor Darryl Pupera, General Landry’s office began investigating A New Direction Support Services (ANDSS) for fraudulently billing Medicaid for services not rendered and services provided by unqualified staff. ANDSS, owned by Lanice Stamps, was a New Orleans behavioral health provider operating without a license. In less than a year, from September 2016 until July 2017, ANDSS billed Medicaid for 38,289 claims totaling $7.7 million. The company was paid nearly $2.5 million for said claims.

A Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI) analysis showed that Stamps was fraudulently receiving Medicaid benefits while spending over a million dollars of fraudulently obtained Medicaid provider funds on personal expenditures (in just one year) during the operation of ANDSS. The investigation uncovered various records that were doctored and forged. The number of hours billed compared to the amount of staff computed to each staffer would have worked 22.9 hours a day providing services to clients. Many of the parents interviewed revealed that their children did not receive any services from ANDSS and that some of their children were diagnosed with nonexistent severe mental health issues.

What’s more: as we have continuously seen with the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion, despite having over a million dollars in her bank account, Stamps applied and received Medicaid welfare benefits for her herself and her four children.

Stamps, 46 of New Orleans, was arrested in October 2017 on ten counts of Medicaid Fraud. Under the terms of her conviction, Stamps pled guilty to one count of felony theft and $1.3 million was seized from her bank accounts. Judge Fred Crifasi sentenced her to 15 years with the Department of Corrections with all but one year suspended. The sentence also included three years active supervised probation, $1,000 fine plus court costs, 300 hours of community service, random drug testing, and to continue to pay restitution on the current balance of $142,858.43.

“Medicaid fraud is a crime that robs our State of precious resources and endangers services to those in need,” said General Landry. “This conviction not only highlights the ongoing problems in the State's Behavioral Health Program but also the need for more Medicaid fraud detection and aggressive control efforts. I applaud Judge Crifasi, our investigators who work tirelessly to fight waste, fraud, and abuse and our prosecutors who work to ensure justice is served.”

Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money they are not entitled to. To report Medicaid fraud, abuse, and/or neglect in residential care facilities – call General Landry’s Medicaid Fraud Hotline at 888-799-6885.

Mandeville Woman Tried to Kill Her Former Attorney

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Patricia M. Currie (78) of Mandeville guilty Wednesday (August 14, 2019) of attempted second degree murder for trying to kill her former attorney. Currie faces from 10 to 50 years in prison when she appears before District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher for sentencing on September 30, 2019.

Attorney Keith Couture testified at trial that he was alone in a back office at his law firm on October 27, 2016, when he heard the door open. He walked to the front of the office and saw Currie sitting in a chair with latex gloves covering her hands, plastic grocery bags on her feet, and a white towel across her lap. Currie didn’t have an appointment, and when Couture asked her why she was there, she said she had come to kill him. Currie then moved the towel and raised the gun at Couture, but he was able to wrestle the weapon from her and call police.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrived and arrested Currie on the scene. Officers discovered that the gun not only was loaded but that Currie had four additional shotgun shells in her  undergarments and a box of additional ammunition in her car.

Currie testified in her own defense, admitting that she had gone to Couture’s office with her hands and feet covered and that she also had brought along a loaded shotgun, but she said she intended only to scare her former attorney—a claim rebutted by prosecutors.

“This was a cold-blooded, calculated attempted murder,” Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford said during her closing argument. “If it was not for the victim’s quick thinking to wrestle the gun away from her, he would be dead. We would not have heard from him but only be looking at his pictures.”

Couture had been Currie’s attorney during federal bankruptcy proceedings. Alford and Assistant District Attorney Angad S. Ghai also presented evidence that Couture may not have been the only attorney on Currie’s hit list. Just two hours before showing up at Couture’s office, Currie had been spotted in her red Camaro, parked in the woods outside the office of another attorney who had represented her for part of a three-decades-old legal dispute with the home owners’ association in her Mandeville neighborhood. An employee of the building where the law firm was located asked Currie to move her car from the woods to a visitor’s parking space, but she refused. She angrily gripped her steering wheel when she was told the attorney she wanted to see was not there and that police would be called. The worker noticed she was wearing blue latex gloves.

The jury deliberated just 15 minutes before voting unanimously to convict Currie.

Laurel, MS. Man Dies in 5-Car Crash on I-12

On Thursday (August 15, 2019) at approximately 5:30 PM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police
Troop L responded to a five vehicle fatal crash on I-12 near LA 1088 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 44-year-old Byron Lee Sanford of Laurel, MS.

Troopers determined that Sanford was driving a 2014 Ford F-150 eastbound on Interstate 12 in the left lane. Traffic ahead of Sanford had slowed to a stop due to traffic congestion. For reasons still under investigation, Sanford failed to observe the stopping vehicles ahead of him and crashed into the rear of a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck, causing a chain reaction five vehicle crash.

Sanford was unrestrained at the time of the crash. He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on-scene. The driver of the Chevrolet truck was properly restrained and sustained moderate injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

Impairment is not suspected to have been a contributing factor in this crash.

Tree Limb in Road Causes Death of Osyka Man Near Easleyville

Shortly before 5:00 am on Friday (August 16, 2019), Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 38 west of LA Hwy 43 in St. Helena Parish. The crash claimed the life of 36-year-old Douglas Glass of Osyka, MS.

The initial investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Glass, a Fireman with the Zachary Fire Department, was traveling westbound on LA Hwy 38 in a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. For reasons still under investigation, the Chevrolet struck a tree limb that was hanging across the roadway.

Glass was unrestrained at the time of the crash. He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.

Washington Parish Bicentennial Banquet Announced


Obituary

Dr. Chungsook ("Susan") Bae Lewis
September 22, 1945 - August 13, 2019

Today in History for August 16th

AP Top Stories August 16, 2019 AM

August 15, 2019

Kentwood Resident Charged in Fraud and Prostitution Scheme

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced on Wednesday (August 14, 2019) that Dominique Alaina
Berry (30) of Kentwood was charged in a two-count bill of information with crimes of wire fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

According to the bill of information, Berry and another person only identified as R.S. met in about early 2013 and soon developed a romantic relationship. Berry began working for an escort agency under R.S.’s supervision, often engaging in prostitution activities. Berry and R.S. traveled nationally engaging in their prostitution scheme.

The enterprise evolved into one that involved meeting individuals online who were interested in companionship, arranging face-to-face interactions with them, and incapacitating them by giving them drugs, which the victims unknowingly ingested. Berry and R.S. would then steal the victims’ valuables.  The scheme was implemented on not fewer than 50 occasions throughout the United States.

Click here for the Bill of Information and more details.

If convicted, Berry faces a maximum term of seven (7) years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000.00, up to three (3) years of supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

U. S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Three Juveniles Arrested for a Washington Parish Burglary

Three Washington Parish juveniles were arrested Tuesday (August 13, 2019) for burglary of a parish residence. WPSO patrol deputy Dalton Manning initially responded to a report of a theft of a semi-automatic pistol from the homeowners residence. By the time Deputy Manning arrived, the homeowner had found several other items were missing, including new athletic shoes.

The following day, Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre followed up with the homeowner who, by that time, had discovered video games were missing, along with a diamond ring and a watch. Sgt. Dupre and the homeowner then viewed video  from the homeowner’s surveillance cameras. The video revealed three juvenile neighbors, all siblings, entering the residence when the homeowner was away. The juveniles were identified as living in the same neighborhood and were unaware the residence had video surveillance.

Sgt. Dupre relocated to the home of the juvenile suspects, ages 11-14, and talked with their mother who fully cooperated with the investigation. Sgt. Dupre and patrol deputy James Gregorio then traveled to the juveniles' school and arrested the three juveniles. Later, in the presence of an adult family member, the three confessed to the crime. The location of the stolen items was revealed and they were recovered by deputies.

After consultation with a 22nd Judicial District Judge, the three juveniles were transported to the Florida Parishes Detention Center.

Due to their ages, the names and addresses of the juveniles and the location of the burglary will not be disclosed.

“Unfortunately,” said Sheriff Randy Seal, “these three young folks made bad decisions. My hope is this will be a learning experience for them and, with the help of family and friends, they will be able to turn this into a positive future filled with right choices. I am grateful to deputies Manning and Gregorio, along with Sgt. Dupre, who handled this matter. I am grateful also to the family members who fully cooperated. There obviously is great love in this family unit and I feel certain the ultimate outcome will be good for the three young folks.”

Suspects in Mt. Hermon Armed Robbery Identified

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have been working hard this summer to solve a June armed robbery which occurred at a business (Editor's note: The Dollar General) on Highway 38 in Mt. Hermon . At closing time, armed mask men came out of hiding from outside the business. They apprehended an employee who was in the parking lot, forcing the employee back into the business at gun point. Employees were forced to open the safe, allowing the robbers to take all the cash inside as well as other merchandise from inside the store. The robbers then fled in an unknown direction in their waiting vehicle.

WPSO patrol deputies initially responded to the scene, then turned the matter over to the detective division which was able to view video footage from another area business and obtain a vehicle description and direction of travel. With that bit of evidence, detectives traveled back and forth to Mississippi and Tangipahoa Parish attempting to solve the crime. Eventually, three suspects were identified.
During the investigation, one of the suspects committed a residential burglary in Tangipahoa Parish, but was interrupted by the homeowner who shot and killed the burglar. The other two suspects, who committed other crimes after the Washington Parish armed robbery, have been identified and captured. Ranel Houma Brumfield (24), a resident of Kentwood, is currently incarcerated in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on other charges. Lat’eisha Smith (24), a resident of Osyka, Mississippi, is currently incarcerated in the Pike County, Mississippi, Jail on other charges. Each man will be brought back to Washington Parish to face armed robbery charges.

“Dangerous persons,” said Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. “These robbers are dangerous persons who have earned the privilege of spending many, many years behind bars. Their heinous actions traumatized the innocent business employees who looked down the barrel of a gun, not knowing what their fate would be. Thankfully, no employee was physically harmed. I am so grateful for the hard work of our detective division and the excellent cooperation they received from the Sheriff’s Offices in Tangipahoa Parish and Pike County.”


Two in Washington Parish Jail After Two State Chase

While investigating the theft of a motorcycle and a pickup truck from the Rio community south of
Bogalusa, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to identify Allen Lyman Bell (43), a resident of Spencer Road in Magnolia, Mississippi, and Natalie Nicole Jordan (41), a resident of Fire Tower Road in Pearl River, Louisiana,  as prime suspects.

On August 12, 2019, Washington Parish detectives teamed with detectives from Pike County, Mississippi, and traveled to Bell’s residence to talk with him. As officers approached Bell’s house, Bell fled in his vehicle and Jordan fled on foot into nearby woods. Washington Parish Detective Kody Glenn pursued and apprehended Jordan. Bell  led Pike County officers on a chase which entered Washington Parish, at which point WPSO detectives and patrol deputies joined the pursuit.
Driving a Honda Civic, Bell led officers on an extended chase at 80-90 miles per hour on Old Lake Road, R.J. Riley Road, Crystal Springs Road, Highway 440, Highway 450 and finally Highway 10. At the intersection of Highway 450 and Highway 10, Bell drove into a ditch, then continued on Highway 10 at which point Bell rammed Washington Parish Detective Lieutenant Brent Goings’ pursuit vehicle before running off the roadway again and into another ditch, at which point his vehicle overturned. Lt. Goings took Bell into custody and summoned an ambulance to check him for injuries. Ambulance staff detected no injuries and cleared Bell for transport to the jail.

Bell was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of aggravated flight from an officer, burglary of an inhabited dwelling, two counts of vehicle theft, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was denied bond and must make a mandatory court appearance.

Jordan, meanwhile, returned voluntarily to Washington Parish where she was questioned, arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling, two counts of vehicle theft, theft of a firearm, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. She was denied bond and must make a mandatory court appearance.

The investigation into the criminal activities of Bell and Jordan continues and the arrest of at least one additional person is anticipated.

“Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal. Those words of Aristotle were true when he wrote them and they are true today,” stated Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. “I am glad to see these two rascals in jail where they belong and I welcome the arrests of any other persons who were involved in their thievery. I appreciate the hard work of all of our officers as well as the officers from Pike County. We are so blessed to have good working relationships with our neighboring Mississippi law enforcement agencies. They are always willing to assist us just as we are always willing to assist them.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 14, 2019

Chadwick Sandifer was booked on the charge of Theft of a Motor Vehicle
Earnest Thurston was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts)
Tyler Jones was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot

Today in History for August 15th

AP Top Stories August 15, 2019 AM

August 14, 2019

Riverside Medical Center's New Lab is Now Open

Monday afternoon (August 12, 2019), Riverside Medical Center gave the community a peek aat their new laboratory during an Open House event. The event was well attended, guided tours were conducted, and refreshments were provided. We understand that, between Monday evening and this today, the lab was opened for business. Great job RMC staff!

Help TPSO Identify This Person

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in identifying the female pictured in the photo.

Today (August 14, 2019), Sheriff Edwards reported that on August 7, 2019, this suspect was captured by video surveillance stealing a large amount of merchandise from the Robert Supermarket located on Hwy 190.

If you recognize this female, please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. TPSO Detective Earl McFarland is the lead investigator on this case.

Quail Run Development Site Plan, Video & More

Here is video of the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting last night (August 13, 2019) where the Quail Run Subdivision proposal was made and comments were heard from the residents. The proposed development would be on property across from Riverside Medical Center. Also included is the Site Plan and images of similar developments elsewhere.

Click the image to see it clearer. See the video below the Site Plan image. The proposal begins at 3:15 into the video and comments begin at 36:00 into the video. A decision has not been to approve the zoning variance that is needed.




Alabama Escapee Located at Mandeville-area Residence

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded Monday evening (August 12, 2019) to a residence on Rollins Street, north of Mandeville, after receiving information that a man wanted out of Alabama was hiding there. Chris Dwayne Williams (43), who was serving a 20-year sentence for manslaughter at the Childersburg Work Release Center, had left his assigned jobsite in Shelby County, Alabama on July 11, 2019. 

When deputies arrived at the home, Williams was present along with two acquaintances, Virgil Wilkerson (36) of Cordova, Alabama; and Tara Williams (30) of Mandeville. Williams attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended after a brief foot chase. He provided deputies with a fake name upon capture. Wilkerson and Williams admitted to harboring the fugitive and assisting him with utilizing an alias to conceal his identity.
Wilkerson was arrested on the charges of Accessory After the Fact to Simple Escape and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Tara Williams was arrested on the charge of Accessory After the Fact to Simple Escape. Chris Williams was charged with Resisting and Officer By Flight, Refusing to Provide Correct Identification, and Misrepresentation During Booking. Chris Williams was also booked as a fugitive from the Alabama Department of Corrections. He will be extradited back to Alabama at a later date.

“I am extremely pleased with the work of our deputies who immediately developed a plan to locate and apprehend the subject in the safest manner possible,” said Sheriff Randy Smith.

Obituary

David Ray Hilbun, Jr.
March 12, 1976 - August 12, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 13, 2019

Arthur Jones was booked In For Court
Malcolm Beal was booked In For Court
Trina Galloway was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Disturbing the Peace
Mark Golloway was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace

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August 13, 2019

Tylertown PD Reports Car Stolen Near Hospital

The Typertown Police Department reported today (August 13, 2019) the theft of a car over the weekend from around the hospital area in Tylertown. The vehicle stolen was a Hyundai with Tag # WLQ 405.


















Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers @ 601-467-1878.

TPSO Reports on Cyber Attacks on School Board and Sheriff's Office

Yesterday (August 12, 2019), Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reported on the recent attack
on the Tangipahoa Parish School Board and the possible compromise by ransomware of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office operating network. 

However, as a result of measures taken to enhance the security of the TPSO's file backup system, no system data, crime data or file system data was lost or affected.

Sheriff Edwards reports that such attacks can result in more than monetary losses and network systems damage, it puts public safety and individual welfare at risk -- not to mention the exposure of highly sensitive and critical data.

For more on this incident, click here.

Community Tips and Complaints Lead to Arrests by TPSO

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reported today (August 13, 2019) that on August 9, 2019,
TPSO Narcotics Agents arrested two Ponchatoula residents following numerous tips and complaints regarding alleged illicit drug activity in the area of Barnes and Dunson Roads in Ponchatoula.

Agents went to a residence on Barnes Road that belonged to Jerry Wayne Barnes, Jr. (47) and made contact with Barnes and Brandon Tolley (33). Barnes advised that he had a concealed handgun in his waistband which was safely removed without incident. Tolley was detained for having outstanding arrest warrants.

Agents observed in plain view numerous drug paraphernalia items, suspected methamphetamine on a toolbox being prepared to be ingested, and other items consistent with illegal narcotics. At this time, both Barnes and Tolley were placed under arrest. Searches incidental to arrest revealed Barnes to be in possession of approximately 2 grams of processed methamphetamine and Tolley to be in possession of an empty used syringe.

Barnes was charged with Possession with the intent to distribute CDS II, Possession of a firearm while in possession of CDS II, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tolley was charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia, outstanding warrants, and possession of CDS II.

TPSO Reports Arrests for Drug and Gun Violations

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reported today (August 13, 2019) that on August 8, 2019,
the TPSO, assisted by the Hammond Police Department's Narcotics Unit, arrested four Hammond residents on narcotics and other related charges.

A residence on Happywoods Road, belonging to 47-year -old Sean Cyprian of Hammond, was identified as being the source of suspected illegal narcotics activity. Pursuant to a search warrant, agents contacted the following persons at the residence: Sean Cyprian (47), Joshua Cyprian (23), Kharuma Boyd (21), and Wayne Anderson (27). Boyd briefly attempted to flee before surrendering to agents. Anderson was located hiding in a cloths dryer near the back of the residence.

The search revealed two handguns, one hidden between the couch cushions and the other (which was later discovered to be stolen) in a bedroom closet. Also located were digital scales and packaging materials consistent with street level narcotics sales. Sean Cyprian was found to be in possession of multiple grams of marijuana. Wayne Anderson was found to be in possession of marijuana. Kharuma Boyd to be in possession of another individual's EBT card. Joshua Cyprian was taken into custody on active arrests warrants for the distribution of schedule II narcotics.

All four subjects were transported to the parish jail for proper booking.

Obituary

Pearlie Jean Lewis
April 09, 1945 - August 08, 2019

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Magnolia, MS. Man Dies in Crash Near Lacombe

On Monday (August 12, 2019) at approximately 3:30 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police
Troop L responded to a single vehicle crash on US 190 near LA 434 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 54-year-old Patrick Kevin Catanese of Magnolia, MS.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Catanese was driving a 2015 Toyota Tacoma eastbound on US 190. For reasons still under investigation, Catanese’s vehicle traveled off the roadway, entered a grass ditch and impacted a concrete drain wall. After impact, the truck overturned and crashed into a tree. Catanese was unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. He was pronounced deceased on scene.

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