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August 31, 2019

Two Killed in Crash on LA 440 Near Mt. Hermon

On Friday August 30, 2019 at approximately 7:30 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop
L responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on LA 440 west of LA 450 in Washington Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 37-year-old Terry A. Haney Jr. of Baton Rouge and 35-year-old Johnny Tyrell Harvey of Mt. Hermon.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Haney was driving a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero westbound on LA 440. For reasons still under investigation, Haney’s vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and crash into a tree. Haney and his front seat passenger, Harvey, were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Both occupants sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased on scene. As part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were collected for analysis.

Washington Parish Candidates Forum is Sept. 21st


Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 30, 2019

Andrea Burkhalter was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000 and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Ember Fabiano was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Driving Under Suspension
Joshua Latino was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment

Today in History for August 31st

August 30, 2019

Slidell Man Found Guilty of Sexual Battery of a Juvenile

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Charles Morgan
(58) of Slidell guilty Thursday (August 29, 2019) of Sexual Battery of a Juvenile under 13. Morgan faces up to 99 years in prison when he is sentenced by District Judge Richard Swartz, Jr., on October 18, 2019.

The crime came to light in August 2014, when the victim responded with reluctance to a family member’s suggestion that they visit the defendant’s residence. When the adult family member asked why victim did not like spending time with Morgan, the victim revealed that Morgan had sexually assaulted him on multiple occasions over several years. One of the victim’s parents then immediately notified law enforcement.

Morgan was ultimately arrested and charged. He has had prior felony convictions for possession of cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as multiple DWI convictions.

After deliberation, the jury returned with a verdict of guilty as charged.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Luke Lancaster and Tiffany Dover.

Slidell Police Rescue Suspect Stuck in Storm Drain

Shortly after 10:00 p.m. last night (August 29, 2019), a Slidell Police officer attempted to stop a
motorcyclist after observing him drive reckless while fleeing from a local Walmart. The motorcyclist, identified as 27-year-old Charles Mizell of Slidell, refused to stop and lead officers on a chase.

Mizell tried to flee on I-10 but crashed his motorcycle in a ditch near Old Spanish Trail. After the crash, Mizell climbed into a large storm drain which ran underneath I-10, but ultimately got stuck. It took nearly two hours for officers to rescue Mizell from the drainage pipe.

Mizell was eventually taken into custody and transported to a nearby hospital due to injuries sustained during the crash, and by him being stuck in the storm drain.

Mizell was booked into the Slidell City Jail on the charges of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway, Driving Under Suspension, Reckless Operation, and No Insurance.

It is suspected that Mizell was shoplifting from Walmart, but that is still under investigation at this time. More charges may be filed at a later date.


Varnado Store Museum Exhibits Fair Memorabilia

The Varnado Store Museum in Franklinton has an extensive collection of Fair memorabilia, including drawings for the early Fair catalog covers, catalogs, Fair posters, special newspaper sections, advertising posters, & photos from past to present.

The exhibit opens Saturday, September 7, 2019. (closed Labor Day and Fair weekends).

Click here for their Facebook page and to keep up with what's going on there!
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Update on Hurricane Dorian

While hurricanes are notorious for their uncertain behavior, tracking models suggest Dorian will make landfall in Florida and then take a turn northward. If so, this will be a blessing for our area.

From Washington Parish President Richard Ned Thomas:

"Due to the uncertainties with Hurricane Dorian, it is vital that you stay informed and prepared. All residents, if you haven’t already done so, should be preparing and as always have an emergency plan in place. Now is the time to make sure your generator is in working order and that you have all necessary supplies you may need for (7) Days. I continue to urge everyone to remain vigilant and stay tuned to local media."

Obituary

Bobby Ray Schilling
August 27, 2019

Obituary

Jerry "Sticker Head" Warner
September 22, 1950 - August 26, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 29, 2019

Michelle Magee was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Matthew Magee was booked on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500 and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Shawna Dillon was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Jaquatveious Sartin was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Resisting an Officer, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Battery on an Officer With Injury, Attempted Escape, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attempted Second Degree Murder (2 counts), and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon (2 counts)
Annie Sartin was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Accessory After the Fact, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Johnny Morrow was booked on the charge of Sexual Battery
Jaquanya Sartin was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Accessory After the Fact, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Michael Davis was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Heroin
Barrett Dunaway was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Zack Morrow was booked on the charges of Cruelty to Animals and Attempted Criminal Damage to Property
Jeffery Schilling was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear

Today in History for August 30th

AP Top Stories August 30, 2019 AM

August 29, 2019

Feds Charge Former Sheriff Jack Strain In 16-Count Indictment

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that Rodney J. Strain (a/k/a Jack Strain), age 56 and from
Abita Springs, Louisiana, was charged today (August 29, 2019) by a federal grand jury in a 16-count Indictment with conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, soliciting a bribe, and offering a bribe. The charges are for his role in the privatization and operation of a work release program that operated in Slidell, Louisiana between 2013 and 2016.

Documents reflect that Strain, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff from 1996 to 2016, decided to privatize the work release program. Strain and two of his close associates with the STPSO, David Hanson and Clifford “Skip” Keen, agreed to make Keen’s adult son (J.K.) and Hanson’s adult daughter (B.H.) owners of the Slidell work release program, with the understanding that J.K. and B.H. would funnel much of the profits to Hanson and Keen.  Hanson and Keen agreed to give regular payoffs to Strain and his selected family members from the funds they received.

St. Tammany Workforce Solutions, LLC was created to operate the program. The newly-formed company was owned by J.K. (45%), B.K. (45%), and the actual operator of the program (10%) who is only identified as Person 2.

On June 4, 2013, Strain entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement on behalf of STPSO with St. Tammany Workforce Solutions, LLC. Thereafter, numerous persons reportedly received payments.  J.K. and B.H. received at least $1,195,000, much of which they transferred to their fathers. A younger relative of Strain's received $30,000 per year for a no-show job at the facility. Payoffs to Strain took multiple forms: regular cash payments of at least approximately $1000, a $4000 check to Strain's son as a kickback, and $2500 in campaign funds.

Hanson and Keen were charged for their roles in the scheme in November 2018.  They pleaded guilty on February 27, 2019, and are currently awaiting sentencing before United States District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle.

If convicted, Strain faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years for Count 1, twenty years for each of Counts 2 through 13, and ten years for each of Counts 14 through 16.  He also faces, per count, a fine of up to $250,000, three years supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment per count.

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

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division and thanks the Metropolitan Crime Commission for its assistance.  Assistant United States Attorneys Jordan Ginsberg, Supervisor of the Public Corruption Unit, and Elizabeth Privitera, Supervisor of the Violent Crime Unit, are in charge of the prosecution.

Click here to read the indictment and additional details.

Strain was indicted on June 11, 2019 by a St. Tammany Parish grand jury on two counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated incest, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and sexual battery. Strain pled not guilty to the charges. Click here to read the story.

Drug Task Force Nabs Drug Dealer

Press Release from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office


Hedrick Lamar Bickham (61), a resident of A. J. Brumfield Road north of Franklinton, thought he could avoid his sixth arrest by fleeing from Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotic detectives. He was wrong and is now in the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics, aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer with force or violence, obstruction of justice, criminal damage to property and traffic offenses. His bond has been set at $50,000.

On August 28, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force detectives were conducting operations in the Franklinton area. A suspicious vehicle left a residence known to be an illegal narcotics location and eventually turned north on 11th Avenue. After noticing the driver commit traffic offenses, a narcotics detective activated his blue light and siren, after which the driver stopped in the parking lot of the Bridge Store. As the detective exited his vehicle and approached the suspect’s vehicle on foot, the driver suspect suddenly sped away, heading north on Highway 430.

Learn About the Washington Parish Home Rule Charter

The Washington Parish Council would like to invite the citizens of Washington Parish to an informational presentation on the revised and restated Home Rule Charter. The parish is currently operating under the transitional charter that was established when we moved from a Police Jury to a Council-President form of government over 20 years ago. The revised and restated Charter will be on the ballot for approval this October 12th.

The presentation outlining the changes and updates to the charter will be held at Pine High School Gymnasium on September 21, 2019, beginning at 10am.

Update on Hurricane Dorian

On its current forecast track, Dorian is expected to make landfall somewhere along the east coast of Florida on Monday. Beyond Monday, Dorian's track remains uncertain with a large spread in model forecast tracks. It is expected to turn north, but when is the question. We will all have to wait it out!

While Dorian poses no immediate threat to the area, all interests along the northern Gulf coast should continue to monitor Dorian's progress.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 28, 2019

Lance Morris was booked on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Gregory Tillman was booked on the charge of Sexual Battery
Kasey Whiddon was booked In For Court
Gerrell Lee was booked In For Court
Cordarrel Carter was booked on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II CDS
Lamar Warren was booked on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II CDS
Luther James was booked on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Hedrick Bickham was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Obstruction of Justice, Aggravated Flight From An Officer, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Improper Equipment, No Seat Belt, Criminal Damage Principle to Felony, and Littering
Anthony Martin was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Open Container in Vehicle, and No Seat Belt
Ronnie Pigott was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Failure to Appear

Today in History for August 29th

AP Top Stories August 29, 2019 AM

August 28, 2019

Obituary

Emma Jean Francis
April 29, 1964 - August 19, 2019

Tropical Storm Dorian to Become Major Hurricane

Tropical Storm Dorian is taking aim at Florida and forecast to make landfall Monday morning (September 2nd) with winds in excess of 110 mph. Thereafter, the track is uncertain. Hopefully, Dorian will be downgraded with regard to the winds but we will probably get plenty of rain from it next week.

Obituary

Ernest Claude Bush
February 17, 1929 - August 27, 2019

Obituary

Don Lewis Lea
September 30, 1936 - August 27, 2019

Washington Parish Man Charged With Negligent Homicide

Kenneth L. Martin (56), a resident of Frank Dillon Road, was arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday (August 26, 2019) and remains in the jail with no bond. Martin is charged with negligent homicide, 2nd offense driving while intoxicated, careless operation of a motor vehicle, driving with an expired driver’s license, no insurance, and having an expired license plate.

The arrest came as the result of a pedestrian who was struck and killed at the intersection of Old Columbia Road and Katherine Pigott Road. The investigation by the Sheriff’s Office revealed that Martin, who was intoxicated at the time, was driving southbound on Old Columbia Road at a high rate of speed when he entered a curve, left the roadway and struck the pedestrian.

In addition to being arrested previously for driving while intoxicated, Martin also has been in the Washington Parish Jail for second degree battery and resisting a police officer with force or violence.

“Never, never, never,” said Sheriff Randy Seal, “should anyone drive a motor vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol. Drinking and driving are a dangerous combination. If it is necessary to travel after drinking, always have a designated sober driver to get you safely to your destination.”

The name of the deceased was not included in the press release from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. However, other sources report him to be Jerry Warner, aka "Sticker Head", a well known personality in the Franklinton area.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 27, 2019

Steven Tew was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Chase Breland was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts)
Latoya Jackson was booked In From Court
Matthew Perry was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Kentrell Burns was booked on the charge of Failure to Seek Assistance
Michael Jenkins was booked on the charges of Theft of a Motor Vehicle (1000-5000) and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Virginia Thompson was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Brandon LaBarge was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

Today in History for August 28th

AP Top Stories August 28, 2019 AM

August 27, 2019

World Record Grapefruit Grown in Slidell

Today (August 27, 2019), Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., presented a certificate of recognition on behalf of the Guinness Book of World Records to the new title holder of the largest and heaviest grapefruit in the world.

Mary Beth and Doug Meyer of Slidell, La. in St. Tammany Parish grew a seven pound 14.64 ounce grapefruit that measured 28.75 inches in circumference. It beat the old record of one grown in Brazil which held the record since 2006.

“My grandchildren created a fairy garden at the base of the tree. One day, my grandson noticed the oversized grapefruit growing. At that point, we really started paying attention and monitoring its development,” said Doug Meyer. “This experience will always be a special memory for us and our grandchildren.”

“It’s not every day you get to present someone with a world record title,” said Strain. The LDAF provided an official notice of inspection document to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Obituary

Catherine McNabb Yarborough
April 01, 1926 - August 27, 2019

Obituary

Jack Arlen Gill
September 24, 1938 - August 27, 2019

Obituary

Jerry Robinson, Sr.
April 05, 1949 - August 23, 2019

Keep an Eye on Tropical Storm Dorian

A lot of uncertainty regarding the intensity and path of this storm as it approaches the mainland.

Obituary

Diane Thompson
April 13, 1950 - August 26, 2019

Obituary

Louis Cundiff
January 24, 1943 - August 25, 2019

Obituary

Gail Verberne McClendon
February 2, 1945 - August 24, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 24-26, 2019

Tony Schilling was booked on the charges of Battery of the Infirm (2 counts) and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Elizabeth Barrow was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500 and Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot
Adrian Fairley was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Obstruction of Justice, and Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault
Kenneth Martin was booked on the charges of Careless Operation, Switched License Plates, No Insurance, Expired Drivers License, Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), and Negligent Homicide

Today in History for August 27th

AP Top Stories August 27, 2019 AM

August 26, 2019

Slidell Man Found Guilty of Raping and Molesting a Juvenile

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced today (August 26, 2019) that a St. Tammany Parish
jury found Otto Alfaro (64) of Slidell guilty last Friday of aggravated rape and molestation of a juvenile under the age of 13. Alfaro faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence for aggravated rape. He also faces a minimum of 25 years to 99 years for the molestation charge, with at least 25 of those years without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He is scheduled for sentencing before District Judge August J. Hand on October 9, 2019.

Alfaro repeatedly sexually abused the juvenile in both Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes over the course of several years. The abuse began with fondling when the juvenile was 6 years old and progressed over several years.

Alfaro attempted to avoid authorities for several months by sleeping in his car in other parishes. While on the run, Alfaro attempted to apologize to the victim and to get her to forgive him for what he had done to her. The victim was also under severe pressure from those close to Alfaro to recant or change her story so that the defendant could avoid arrest and prosecution. Ultimately, the victim never wavered in her allegations against the defendant, despite five hours of cross examination by defense counsel.

“This case was a great example of how multiple organizations work together to form a safety net for children in need,” District Attorney Warren Montgomery said. “The organizations that should be applauded for maintaining the safety of this child are the Department of Children and Family Services, The Children’s Advocacy Center Hope House, the Audrey Hepburn CARE Center, the St. Tammany Parish School Board, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Holly McGinness and Casey Dieck.  The defendant was represented by Nicholas Linder.

STPSO BOLO: Man Out of Store Without Paying


Help Locate St. Tammany Runaway Bailey Penton


Slidell Woman Killed in Plaquemines Parish Crash

Shortly before 7:00 a.m. this morning (August 26, 2019), Troopers with Troop B began investigating
a two-vehicle fatality crash on LA 39 near Marc’s Lane. The crash took the life of 47-year-old Vondria Paloade.

The preliminary investigation revealed Paloade was traveling southbound on LA 39 in a 2006 Pontiac G6. For reasons still under investigation, Paloade ran off of the roadway to the right then swerved back to the left. She entered the northbound lane and struck a 2019 Jeep Cherokee that was being driven northbound on LA 39 by 46-year-old Cassandra Reddick of Braithwaite. Paloade was wearing her seat belt but suffered fatal injuries. Reddick was properly restrained and suffered minor injuries. She was transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans by Plaquemines Parish EMS.

Impairment is not suspected and toxicology reports are pending for both drivers. This crash remains under investigation and there is no further information available at this time.

Washington Parish Celebrates: A Message from Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal

What a privilege it is for me to serve as Sheriff of Washington Parish during our 200 year bicentennial celebration. The rich history of our parish and people established a legacy that will continue on through future generations, and I am so pleased to call Washington Parish my home.

The area we now know as Washington Parish was settled more than two hundred years ago, and reports were that life for the inhabitants at that time was very hard and even dangerous. It was during this time that General Andrew Jackson led his forces through the area as he headed south for what we now know as the Battle of New Orleans A few years later, our parish came into official existence on March 6, 1819, when the Louisiana legislature formally established parish boundaries and designated Washington as the name of the new parish. From then until now, our parish has remained a place of beauty, distinguished by rolling farmlands and huge tracts of timber.

As the land has flourished, so have its inhabitants. From what has been described as only a few inhabitants in 1813, our parish has grown by tens of thousands to our present population. Aside from our natural resources, including streams and rivers, it is the people of Washington Parish who make it a wonderful place in which to live and raise our families and who continue our heritage as people of this land.

The wonderful people who comprise the staff of your Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office are a significant part of our heritage which formally reaches back for two centuries. In honor of our staff, I worked to design and acquire a special bicentennial badge for each of them to display during this special year of celebration and to retain as a personal remembrance of the history of our wonderful parish. These fine folks honor you and me daily with their integrity as they work hard to continue our rich heritage and to maintain a wonderful parish for generations to come.

I hope you will enjoy seeing this image of our bicentennial badge honoring the rich history of Washington Parish.

Today in History for August 26th

AP Top Stories August 26, 2019 AM

August 24, 2019

Bizarre Chase This AM in Covington-Area Neighborhood

Shortly after 9 am Saturday morning (August 24, 2019), a resident in Tchefuncta Estates called the
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after finding a suspicious man in his backyard. The resident had given chase but had lost sight of the man after he fled into another backyard.

While deputies were en route to that call, several more calls came into 911 about the man, who was dressed in only a pair of shorts, was barefoot and was acting erratically. One resident reported he observed the man using his hose to take a shower.

Deputies had received similar calls about a suspicious man matching the same description and entering yards in Tchefuncta Estates on Thursday (August 22, 2019), but were unable to locate him at that time.

Neighbors assisted while deputies chased the man through the neighborhood for approximately an hour Saturday morning, before he finally gave up after being confronted by a neighbor as he exited the woods near a residential construction site.

Arrested was Christopher Verzwyvelt (36) of Covington on two counts of Criminal Trespass.

Big Bad Lumberjack Band Showcase is August 31st


Obituary

Evelyn Louise Albritton Mitchell
June 29, 1931 - August 21, 2019

Obituary

Charles Edison Stafford
April 5, 1928 - August 23, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 23, 2019

Kerry Leonard was booked on the charges of No Seat Belt, Switched License Plates, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Thomas Holmes was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Christopher Holland was booked on the charges of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s), Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Simple Battery

Today in History for August 24th

August 23, 2019

Keep an Eye on This Weather System

A tropical depression could form late this weekend or early next week as it moves westward to west-northwestward.

Hammond Police: Fugitives of the Month

If anyone knows the whereabouts of any of these individuals, please contact the Hammond Police Department at (985)277-5701 or Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa's anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245.


Impaired Woman Crashes Head-On into School Bus

An impaired driver crashed head-on into a school bus in Slidell early Friday morning (August 23,
2019). Luckily, no children were on board at the time of the crash.

Slidell Police report that Alexandra Alley (age 26 and of Baton Rouge) was apparently impaired and appeared under the influence of narcotics. Officers also located suspected narcotics inside of Alley’s vehicle.  Slidell Police also report that witnesses stated Alexandra Alley crossed over the center-line of the roadway. This caused a head-on collision into a school bus, causing the front wheel of the bus to fall off. The bus spun out of control, causing it to crash into an unmarked Louisiana Probation and Patrol police vehicle. The bus driver sustained minor injuries. The Louisiana Probation and Parole officer did not have any injuries. Alley was transported to a local hospital where she is currently being treated for minor injuries.

Upon her release, Alley will be booked into Slidell City Jail and charged with: Driving Under the Influence (2nd Offense), Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Legend Drug, Vehicular Negligent Injuring, and Improper Lane Usage.

Jambalaya Dinners TOMORROW - Franklinton Firemens Fundraiser

The Franklinton Firemens Association will be selling Jambalaya dinners Saturday (August 24, 2019) at noon at the Fire Station. The address is 415 11th Avenue next door to the Police Department and across the street from Creel Insurance.
They will have approximately 150 plates that will be sold outside of advance ticket sales. Please come out and support your Franklinton Firemen. Plates are $8.00 each. Jambalaya, corn, green beans, bread and cake. All monies produced from these sales will go to the Firemens Association for needed equipment purchases.

The station will be open for the public if you wish to come in to cool off and to eat. Or just bring the kids and let them see the fire trucks. Interested in becoming a volunteer? They will answer any questions or concerns you may have as well as provide you an application if you wish to join.

Missing Runaway Juvenile From the Covington Area


Obituary

Melanie Holtzclaw Neal
February 27, 1978 - August 22, 2019

Obituary

Emma Jean Sartin
May 23, 1958 - August 20, 2019

Obituary

Sarah M. Dyson
September 22, 1944 - August 22, 2019

Obituary

Marilyn Bateman
January 18, 1933 - August 21, 2019

Today in History for August 23rd

AP Top Stories August 23, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings August 22, 2019

Justin Saucier was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Krynicki Baker was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Anthony Dillon was booked on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Unlawful Use or Possession of Body Armor










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