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September 16, 2019

STPSO: Federal Law Enforcement Agent Arrested

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Jerry Rogers, Jr. (46), a federal law enforcement
agent and former STPSO employee Monday (September 16, 2019) for defamation. Rogers is currently employed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and was an employee of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office from June 23, 1998, to Oct. 23, 2009, at which time he left on his own accord.

Rogers was arrested after it was discovered he sent numerous emails which included false information in relation to an open investigation. Rogers used a fake name to create an email account and then sent messages to the family members of a victim. The emails contained false information regarding the ongoing investigation as well as derogatory statements regarding the lead investigator and others closely involved in the investigation. The false information deprived the lead investigator of the family’s trust and confidence.

A warrant was issued through the 22nd Judicial District Court for Rogers’ arrest for violating L.R.S. 14:47 Defamation. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

Future Site of Washington Parish Veteran's Memorial Announced

A 3.8 acre tract of land, in Washington Parish, will be donated to Our Veterans Memorial Park, the non-profit organization formed to bring the Vietnam Veterans’ “Wall That Heals” to Franklinton in November of 2018. The land, located at the corner of Highway 10 and Dollar Road, is currently owned by Louisiana State University.

“We are grateful to LSU for choosing to honor our Veterans with this tract of land,” said Senator Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton). “This will become a beautiful memorial that Washington Parish will cherish”.

Charitable donations to Wall That Heals project exceeded the costs of planning the event. The additional revenue will be used as start-up money for the new permanent memorial.

“We’ve been in talks with the Lt. Governor’s office about design plans for the new park,” said Mizell. “We plan to honor each fallen war hero from Washington Parish in a solemn and inspiring way. We will release those designs very soon.”

Our Veterans Memorial Park hopes to open the new memorial by summer of 2021.

Obituary

Ephraim Marvin Duncan
April 19, 1927 - September 15, 2019

Obituary

Lillian Sorrell Penton
September 04, 1933 - September 15, 2019

Obituary

Robert D. “Bob” Lawrence, Jr.
July 22, 1938 - September 12, 2019

Today in History for September 16th

AP Top Stories September 16, 2019 AM

Make Plans to "Walk With A Doc"

Join Our Lady of the Angels doctors, team members, and gather a group of friends for a walk with a purpose. Get moving, get healthy, get health info and tips, and win prizes! Attend 4 sessions, get a free t-shirt. Attend 8 sessions, get a free pedometer.

September 15, 2019

Getting Ready for the 2019 Washington Parish Free Fair

Here are valuable links to help you enjoy the many attractions during this year's Washington Parish Free Fair.

Click here for the 2019 Fair Catalog

Click here for the Washington Parish Free Fair website

Click here for the Washington Parish Free Fair Facebook page

Some of the Main Stage (& Other) Highlights
Click the image for a clearer view



Obituary

Georgia Faye Garner Stafford
October 09, 1938 - September 13, 2019

Obituary

Sherry Jenkins Williams
June 25, 1960 - September 12, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 14, 2019

Mykenyia Holmes was booked on the charges of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Home Invasion, Child Desertion (3 counts), Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts), Protective Order Violation, and Failure to Appear
Robert Westmoreland was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Evan Leiva was booked on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and No Seat Belt
Kipp Nash was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Today in History for September 15th

September 14, 2019

Hot and Dry Weather for the Next Several Days

The weather in our neck of the woods is expected to be hot and dry, at least through Thursday of next week. The tropics are active but nothing threatening so far. For more more details, go to "Our Weather From NOAA" page above.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 13, 2019

Larry Smith was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse/Pregnant Woman
Joshua Godwin was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Contempt of Court
Agnes Moran was booked on the charges of Simple Battery (2 counts), Cruelty to a Juvenile(s), Resisting an Officer, Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee, and Battery on an Officer With Injury
Robert Jenkins was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, Attempted Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, and Contempt of Court
Paula Tarver was booked on the charge of Attachment
Donnie Magee was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Today in History for September 14th

September 13, 2019

Tylertown Burglary of Blackwell's Family Medicine Solved

On September 9, 2019, the Tylertown Police Department responded to a business burglary at Blackwell's Family Medicine. The business was under construction and numerous hand tools were taken.

TPD requested assistance from the Walthall County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division and video surveillance was retrieved. Officers were able to identify Chris Young (age 56 and resident of N. Collins Street in Tylertown).

Search warrants were executed for Young's residence and vehicle and Young was arrested for Burglary of a Business. WCSO Investigator Justin Dyar was able to retrieve all the stolen hand tools that were taken by Young.

TPD Chief Brandon Bright and Sheriff Breland would like to thank the officers involved and the cooperation between the agencies.

All individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law.

Washington Parish Burglary Items Found in Walthall County

On September 6, 2019, the Walthall County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division received information from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Investigations Division that some stolen property had been sold to an individual in Walthall County, MS. Later that morning a search warrant was executed at 10 Houston Graves Rd., Tylertown, MS in Walthall County, MS.

WCSO Investigators along with Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents discovered a Miller welder, a commercial fan and a Springfield .22 rifle that had been taken in Washington Parish. Also, officers found five (5) long guns that had been taken in a residential burglary in Lincoln County, MS, THC Oil, and individually wrapped bags of marijuana.

Tanner Hughes (24) was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property, Trafficking in Stolen Firearms, and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (x2). Hughes was currently out on bond with the WCSO for Burglary of a Dwelling, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of a Dwelling, and Possession of Stolen Firearms.

Walthall County Sheriff Breland expressed his thanks to the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and investigators with the Walthall County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Breland would also like to remind the public that it is a crime to purchase stolen property and anytime someone suspects that property is stolen to call the WCSO at 601-876-3481.

All individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law.

STPSO: 1 Arrested, 1 Sought in Thursday Crime Spree

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to what was believed to be a two-vehicle
crash near Transmitter Road and Paquet Road in Lacombe Thursday afternoon (September 12, 2019).  Instead, it was learned that the individuals were driving a stolen vehicle from the New Orleans area, burglarized a residence, and attempted to steal a vehicle from the burglarized residence.

Upon arrival, deputies found an abandoned Mini Cooper partially in a ditch along Transmitter Road; and a Corvette, abandoned in a yard nearby. Deputies learned the Mini Cooper had been reported stolen out of New Orleans Thursday afternoon, and they later traced the Corvette to a burglarized residence on Transmitter Road.

A deputy located James Leonard (46) of Chalmette, the driver of the stolen Mini Cooper, walking nearby on U.S. Highway 190. He was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of Simple Burglary, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things $5,000-$25,000, and Theft of A Motor Vehicle $5,000-$25,000. He is facing additional charges in New Orleans.

Detectives are working to identify a second subject in the crime spree which began earlier in the day.

Franklinton: Fall Festival Decorating Contest


Obituary

Ronald Robert Seal
January 7, 1928 - September 12, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 11-12, 2019

Darryl Harris was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS, Distribution of Schedule II CDS, Possession Wisth Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (5 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Cindy Richard was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (7 counts)
Dane Perkins was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Stephen Brumfield was booked In From Court
Shannon Gibson was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Obstructing Public Passages, and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Mark Mier was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation and Simple Battery

Washington Parish Home Rule Charter - UPDATED

Home Rule Charter Presentation 2019 by David Miller on Scribd

Today in History for September 13th

AP Top Stories September 13, 2019 AM

September 12, 2019

AARP Sponsors 2019 Candidate Forum Sept. 26th

Correction
Washington Parish Sheriff Candidate Demille Topps (D) 
was not included in the announcement but will attend


Obituary

Mattie Fortenberry Seal
March 3, 1947 - September 11, 2019

Obituary

Margaret Ann Hill O'Neal
July 27, 1929 - September 08, 2019

UPDATE: Runaway Juvenile Located


Weather Disturbances to Keep an Eye On

The disturbance closest to us may form into a tropical depression within the next day or so. The Bahamas will get affected once again by heavy rainfall and gusty winds through Friday. Tropical Cyclone advisories may be provided later today.

Obituary

Jewel Morgan
December 14, 1936 - September 10, 2019

Bogalusa Man Celebrates Birthday with Ride to Jail

A Bogalusa man celebrated his 54th birthday Tuesday (September 10, 2019) in the rear seat of a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol unit as he was being driven to the Washington Parish Jail. Darryl C. Harris, a resident of 1802 Davenport Street in Bogalusa, was booked into the jail charged with two counts of distribution of illegal narcotics, six counts of possession with intent to distribute illegal narcotics and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Harris remains in jail with his bond set at $400,000.
The arrest came as the result of an ongoing investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics at the Davenport Street residence of Harris. During a search of the premises, Sheriff’s Office detectives and patrol officers discovered quantities of heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and Oxycontin, along with drug paraphernalia and $531 which appeared to be proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs.

Harris has a history of incarceration for drug arrests from 2011 through his current arrest. In all, he has been in the Washington Parish Jail on seven previous occasions, with his birthday arrest bringing the number to eight.

“I extend my gratitude to Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Chad Cassard who took the lead on this case,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “He, along with Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives and officers from the Bogalusa Police Department, finalized the investigation with the search warrant and arrest. They did an excellent job in this matter as we continue our quest to seek out and arrest drug dealers in our parish. Hopefully, the $400,000 bond will keep Harris in jail and off the streets of our parish until the District Attorney’s Office can vigorously prosecute him and help ensure him a bed in a state prison.”

Today in History for September 12th

September 11, 2019

Election Called to Amend Washington Parish Home Rule Charter

REPOST:  ORIGINALLY POSTED MAY 27, 2019. (Best if watched in full-screen)

One of the actions taken by the Washington Parish Council last Monday (May 20, 2019) was to hold a Public Hearing and then to approve an ordinance ordering and calling a special election to be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 to authorize the amendment and restatement, in its entirety, of the Home Rule Charter of the Parish of Washington. The Council has been working on updating the charter for a long time and has invited and received input from the public.

A related power-point presentation is provided below.

Motorcyclist Killed in High Speed Crash Near Lacombe

On Tuesday afternoon (September 10, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on US 190 1.5 miles east of LA 434 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 45-year-old Michael Joseph Gros of Slidell.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Gros was riding a 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle eastbound on US 190. Gros merged into the westbound lane in an attempt to pass a row of five eastbound vehicles at a high rate of speed. While passing, Gros lost control of his motorcycle. The motorcycle traveled off the left side of the roadway, entered the ditch, and crashed into a telephone support rod. Despite wearing a DOT approved helmet, Gros sustained severe injuries in the crash. He was transported to an area hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

Daughter Brings THC Edibles to School – Mother Arrested

Alexandra Price (30), a Covington-area woman was arrested Tuesday (September 10, 2019) after her
11-year-old daughter brought THC-laced edibles to school and shared them with her classmates.

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy assigned as a resource officer at a Mandeville-area school alerted detectives after a student had a reaction to a gummy candy she was given by a classmate. The child had to be transported to a local hospital for medical attention.

The resource officer learned that an 11-year-old had brought the gummies to the school and passed them out to other students.

At the child’s residence, detectives located a variety of THC edibles and products, and related paraphernalia. The child’s mother, Alexandra Price, reportedly admitted that she had been making the products. She was charged with Possession of Schedule I CDS, Manufacturing of Schedule I CDS, Cruelty to Juveniles, Sale, Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug without a Prescription, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

The juvenile, who knew what the gummies contained, was arrested for Distribution of Schedule I CDS and released into the custody of a family member.

The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.

“I applaud our resource officer and the staff at this school who immediately alerted detectives to launch an investigation after a student became sick, preventing the possibility of more children consuming the THC-laced gummies,” Sheriff Randy Smith. “This is an example of how our schools and law enforcement work together every day to keep our children safe.”

Help STPSO Locate This 13 Year Old Runaway


Domestic Altercation in Kentwood Results in Stabbing

The Kentwood Police Department responded (apparently yesterday, September 10, 2019) to an
address on Vera B. Womack Drive, in reference to a domestic altercation, which resulted in a stabbing. Police determined that an altercation occurred between Talmadge D. Ennis and his wife, Kristen Martin-Ennis. Mrs. Martin-Ennis reportedly armed herself with a small kitchen knife and stabbed Mr. Ennis once in the upper chest/neck area. Mrs. Martin-Ennis fled the scene prior to officer's arrival.

As a result of his injuries, Mr. Ennis was airlifted to North Oaks Hospital, where he was treated and later released. Arrest warrants have been issued for Mrs. Martin-Ennis.

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Mrs. Martin-Ennis is urged to contact the Kentwood Police Department at (985) 229-6305.

"Art in the Park" is at Bogalusa Sept. 14th


These Pooches Ready for Adoption!

These pooches are temporarily staying at the Washington Parish Animal Shelter but need a permanent one. Come to the WPAS to look them over and/or call 985.205.2023.










shown left to right

Hippy is the sweetest girl at the WPAS, she is very skittish around new people but once she knows you she is the best friend anyone could have. She is about 2 years old.

Libby is a Shepard mix, about 2 years old. She loves playing and she is very active. Libby does well with other dogs and would make a wonderful family member.

Bob is three years old and he is house trained. Bob loves fenced in yards, loves treats and will sit and stay to prove that he is a good boy and deserves one.

Lucy is a spayed female who is perfect for an active family. She may be small but has tons of energy. She is about 2 years old.

Missing Pooches! Have you seen either of them?

The Washington Parish Animal Shelter is assisting the families reunite with their pooches. If you have seen either, please contact the WPAS at 985.205.2023.

Bear (and guess which one that is) is a very friendly male. Lulu is a six year old female. Both have families that miss them greatly.

Hurricane Season is Not Over Yet

Currently, we have three Disturbances out in the Atlantic.

Disturbance 1, the closest to Southeast Louisiana, could form into a tropical depression near South Florida as early as Friday and further develop over the eastern Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Who knows what after that!

Disturbance 2 is further out in the Atlantic and is showing little organization. It is forecast to move westward where conditions will become even less favorable for cyclone formation.

Disturbance 3 is way out there. Where it will go and if it will strengthen - nobody knows!

Obituary

Billy Ray Thomas
November 4, 1953 – September 10, 2019

Obituary

Marissa Claire Barrett
July 19, 1995 - September 07, 2019

Washington Parish Council Hears Report on Transit System

The Washington Parish Council met Monday evening (September 9, 2019) and, in addition to routine matters, the Council
  • approved a resolution related to the 2019 Planning and Building Permit Fee Schedule,
  • heard from Nancy McBeth, Director of the Washington Parish Council on Aging, regarding the transit program they operate. They have 9 buses (all handicapped accessible) and serve residents parish-wide while making about 1100 trips per month. The transit system has operated since 1983. Grant funds come from the Louisiana DOTD through Parish Government and to the Washington Parish Council on Aging. Listen to her remarks beginning 02:40 into video of the meeting.
  • approved a resolution to file an application with the Louisiana DOTD for a grant,
  • approved a resolution authorizing the Parish President to administer a Capital Outlay Project for the purpose of replacing the HVAC system in the courthouse,
  • heard reports from Parish President Thomas and his staff. (See separate article)
During Council Discussions,
  • Councilman Fornea reminded everyone of the September 21st Home Rule Charter presentation at 10 am at the Pine High School gymnasium,
  • Fornea also gave information on the impact that tourism can have on a parish with regard to jobs and sales taxes,
  • The Council changed their meeting schedule for October due to the Washington Parish Fair. Council meetings will be held at 6 pm on the 7th and the 21st for October.
See video of the meeting on our Government Meetings page.

Parish President Thomas Reports on $6,710,881 in Current Projects

Washington Parish President Richard Ned Thomas reported to the Parish Council Monday evening (September 9, 2019) on various projects that are being managed. The Washington Parish Solar Project  has received necessary approvals and will be located on a 500 acre site at the LSU Experiment Station on Bethel Road. Construction should begin in January, 2020.

Current active projects being managed and totaling $6,710,881 include
  • a $345,000 Capital Outlay Grant has been approved that will be used for the courthouse air conditioning replacement project,
  • a new library in Angie is under construction at an estimated cost of $200,000,
  • a courthouse sidewalk project in Franklinton is ongoing at a cost of $393,000,
  • a $1,625,000 landfill cell #7 project is going on,
  • overlay of Pope, Dollar, and Bonner Creek roads (7.82 miles) costing $736,000,
  • a LGAP grant is being used to replace air conditioning for two cells at the parish jail totaling $52,881
  • a HAZMAT grant of $1,846,000 will be used for window upgrades at the Franklinton Junior High School,
  • funding in the amount of $1,513,000 has been received from FEMA to elevate houses.
Thomas also reported on remodeling of the Registrar of Voters office, the Clerk of Court office, the main courtroom and various maintenance and equipment projects in the courthouse.

In addition, Public Works Director Ken Wheat reported on substantial emergency preparedness funding that will be coming available, Finance Director Donna Graham reported that all funds are in a positive situation, and Transportation Manager Donnell Merritt reported on road maintenance and projects across the parish.

The reports by President Thomas and his staff begins at 8:15 into video of the meeting.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 10, 2019

Joshua Gault was booked on the charges of Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Hit and Run, Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Tracy Drennan was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Open Container in Vehicle
Amy Holden was booked on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
James Bailey was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation and Resisting an Officer With Force or Violence

Today in History for September 11th

AP Top Stories September 11, 2019 AM

September 10, 2019

Remembering September 11, 2001

The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda] against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks. A good account of the attacks are at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks.

Watch the video tribute below. (watch full-screen)



Tangipahoa Parish Celebrating 150th Anniversary

Tangipahoa Parish is celebrating its 150th Anniversary with events on September 21st that include a Time Capsule Event, a Parade, and a celebration.

The celebration will "commemorate and honor our proud past, recognize the milestones that made a significant impact along the way, and reflect our promising future." The celebration promises to be interesting and a family event with a historical exhibit, video documentary, entertainment, fun activities for the kids, concession, and plenty of cake. Click here for more information and more events scheduled.

Slidell Man Stopped for Traffic Violation – Fled – Heroin Found

Sunday morning (September 8, 2019), Louisiana State Troopers from Troop A arrested Jerry Mosley
(40) of Slidell, Louisiana after he was found to be in possession of heroin during an I-10 traffic stop near Port Allen in West Baton Rouge Parish.

After the traffic stop at approximately 9:50 am, Troopers became suspicious of criminal activity and, while Troopers were speaking with Mosley, he attempted to flee the scene on foot.

Shortly thereafter, Troopers apprehended Mosley and took him into custody. After taking Mosley into custody, Troopers discovered nearly 4 kilograms of heroin in his vehicle.

Mosley was arrested and booked in the WBR Parish Jail for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Resisting an Officer, and several traffic charges.

Obituary

Brenda Ann Girard
February 5, 1949 - September 10, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 9, 2019

Savanna Smith was booked In From Court
Chester Alsobrooks was booked on the charges of No Headlight Bike, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jacquez Johnson was booked on the charges of Principals, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Timothy Nicholson was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Drew Preis was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Trever Courtney was booked on the charge of Attempted Criminal Damage to Property

Obituary

Vance Darnell Wilson
November 18, 1963 - September 03, 2019

Meet & Greet for Sen. Beth Mizell is Sept. 16th in Independence


Today in History for September 10th

AP Top Stories September 10, 2019 AM

September 09, 2019

Obituary

Mary Beth Bankston
March 7, 1934 - September 7, 2019

Obituary

Connie Lee Madden Raborn
July 16, 1952 - September 08, 2019

RMC's Butterfly Release Event is September 22nd

Riverside Medical Center will be releasing butterflies September 22, 2019 under the oaks of RMC
behind the hospital in remembrance of those lost to honor their life and memory. Registration begins at 1 pm and the release will take place at 2 pm.

All butterfly reservations must be made by September 13th. Butterflies can be reserved at Riverside Medical Center–1900 South Main Street Franklinton, LA 70438 or by purchasing a ticket online for a convenience fee.

All proceeds donated to Riverside Foundation

Click here to purchase ticket(s).

Mandeville Woman Indicted for Selling Anabolic Steroids

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser today (September 9, 2019) announced the September 4, 2019
unsealing of a seven-count Indictment charging Natalie Barton (41) of Mandeville with crimes that include conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute anabolic steroids and conspiracy to misbrand drugs.

According to the Indictment, Natalie Barton and her husband owned and operated websites from which they sold anabolic steroids, including substances sold under the names “Desoxy-T Acetate,” “Celtic Mass,” and “Dienolone Acetate.”  These prescription drugs were dispensed without valid prescriptions issued by licensed practitioners, and without labels that complied with the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. 

If convicted, Natalie Barton faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years of imprisonment followed by at least 2 years of supervised release on the anabolic-steroid-related counts, and a maximum term of imprisonment of 3 years followed 1 year of supervised release on the misbranding-related counts.

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

Click here to read the Indictment

Amite Motorcyclist Charged in Death of Passenger

Shortly before 11:00 pm on September 6, 2019, Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal
crash involving a motorcycle on LA Hwy 445 south of US Hwy 190 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 24-year-old Marissa Barrett of Lumberton, MS, and resulted in the arrest of 36-year-old Dustin Cox of Amite.

The initial investigation by Troopers determined the crash occurred as Cox was riding a 1998 Kawasaki ZX750P southbound on LA Hwy 443 a high rate of speed. A Trooper attempted to stop Cox, but he refused to stop and the Trooper initiated a pursuit. Cox eventually turned eastbound onto US Hwy 190, and due to reckless driving behavior by Cox the Trooper stopped pursuing. A witness observed the motorcycle turn south onto LA Hwy 445, and a short time later the motorcycle was located. Troopers determined that while traveling southbound on LA Hwy 445, Cox sideswiped a southbound 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. As a result, the motorcycle left the roadway and struck a ditch embankment ejecting Cox and his passenger Barrett.

Cox and Barrett were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. Barrett ultimately succumbed to those injuries earlier today. Impairment on the part of Cox was suspected, and a toxicology sample was taken for analysis. Cox was charged with Vehicular Homicide, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Flight from an Officer, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Careless Operation, and Speeding. The driver of the Chevrolet was properly restrained and was uninjured, and impairment was not a factor.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is available at this time.

Help STPSO Identify These Suspects in $4000 Theft


Get Your Washington Parish Fair T-Shirt

The 2019 official fair t-shirt will be available for purchases on Saturday, September 21 and October 5 from 9:00 – 12:00 at the merchandise booth at the fairgrounds in Franklinton. While shirts have already been available for pre-order at area schools, these two dates are being provided so that fairgoers can have their shirt ready for the main event’s opening.

The largest free fair in the country will be in Franklinton, Louisiana from Tuesday, October 15th through Sunday, October 20th. Click here for more information on their Facebook page.

Purchasing pre-sale will also save money. Pricing for presale only is $15 per shirt and $17 for 2XL-5XL. The official t-shirt colors for sale will be Dark Heather Grey, Sport Grey, Pink, and White. The shirt features a design on the front and sizes 2T and up will be sold during the presale and fair.

Modeling the 2019 version of the Washington Parish Free Fair tshirt is from left
Rebecca Smith, Parade Chairman; Ava Roshto, Kal Roshto, Kaye Ladner Fair Secretary; Hal Ladner; Cole Ladner Fair President; Tra Ladner; Fair Queen Claire Ingram and Adrian Roshto, Merchandise Chairman

2019 BBHF 5K Run/Walk is September 28th

The 2019 BBHF 5K Run/Walk will start Saturday, September 28, 2019 (8 am to 11 am) at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa. Click here to purchase tickets

Senator Beth Mizell Has Meet N Greet in Bogalusa Today

Beth says the Saints game will be on at the meeting!

Obituary

Ben Rester
October 27, 1950 - September 6, 2019

It's a “BOOOO-Sterthon” - Low-Cost Vaccines & Free Microchips


PAL Meeting Tonight and Every Monday Night


                                                      (paid for by Perry Talley)

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 8, 2019

Brooklyn Magee was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Dustin Oubre was booked on the charges of Forgery (2 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks on Closed Account (2 counts), Attempted Bank Fraud (2 counts), Possession of Stolen Things 1000-5000, and Vehicle Burglary
Shania Wells was booked on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Driving Under Suspension, and Contempt of Court

Today in History for September 9th

AP Top Stories September 9, 2019 AM

September 08, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 7, 2019

Efrem Williams was booked on the charges of Failure to Give Notice of Sex Offender (Fees) and Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration
Timothy Rester was booked with Driving While Intoxicated/Underage and Obstructing Public Passages
Kendric Lampley was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)

Today in History for September 8th

September 07, 2019

Hunter Education Classes in St. Tammany Parish

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is partnering with Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries to host
hunter education classes at the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Training Center (39395 Pine St., Pearl River) this fall.

Participants must sign up online and register in order to attend a specific class.

There are two more classes planned this year.

The following registrations are posted on the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries website:

Oct. 5&6 - https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/37893

Nov. 2&3 - https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/38633

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 6, 2019

Jacey Kennedy was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Usage, and Improper Turn/Accident
Marshall Presson was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Usage, and Open Container in Vehicle
Tremale Jenkins was booked on the charges of 1st Degree Rape/Aggravated Rape, Failure to Appear, Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics, and Simple Battery
Corey Lott was booked on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
Stephen Parker was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Probation Violation
Clotide Thompkins was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Blaine Stewart was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Expired MVI

The Oct. 12th Primary Election - Are You Registered and Prepared to Vote?

Campaigning is in "full swing" by candidates seeking office with Election Day (October 12, 2019) only a little more than a month away. And registration deadlines are fast approaching for voters to be able to cast a ballot. September 11th is the deadline to register in person or by mail. September 21st is the deadline to register online.
Click here for all you need to know about Registering to Vote.

The primary purpose of this election is for voters to elect the governor, statewide officials, various municipal officials, and to vote on four Louisiana Constitutional Amendments. In addition, some parishes will have local and parish-wide propositions. Learn about the candidates and the propositions.

Be prepared to cast your vote by clicking here. Review the sample ballot for your precinct by scrolling down to Precinct Ballots and clicking on Sample Ballot Search. Then follow the directions to see the ballot for your precinct.

Early voting begins September 28th and ends October 5th.

The Primary Election on October 12th will determine the winners and losers in many races. A "run-off" for the remaining races will be held in the General Election on November 16th.

Today in History for September 7th

September 06, 2019

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash With Tractor-Trailer in Hammond

Shortly after 9:00 pm on September 5, 2019, Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash involving a motorcycle on LA Hwy 3158 at Hipark Blvd. in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 24-year-old Jordan Russell of Ponchatoula.

The initial investigation by Troopers determined the crash occurred as Russell was riding a 2009 Yamaha R6 northbound on LA 3158 at a high rate of speed. At the same time, the driver of a 2017 Freightliner tractor-trailer was making a right hand turn off LA Hwy 3158 onto Hipark Blvd. The motorcycle crashed into the rear of the Freightliner, causing Russell to be ejected.

Despite wearing a DOT approved helmet, Russell was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The driver of the Freightliner was properly restrained and was uninjured, and impairment on his part was not a factor.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is available at this time.

Obituary

David Weston Kennedy
September 2, 1952 - September 4, 2019


Lineup for Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival

Friday, September 27, 2019
Main Stage
5:30 - Papa Mali
7:15 - Mia Borders
9:00 - Honey Island Swamp Band

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Main Stage
3:00 - Terry "Harmonica" Bean
5:00 - The Band of Heathens
7:00 - Eric Gales
9:00 - Paul Thorn

Heritage Stage
11:45 - FHS JAZZ BAND
12:45 - Believe Performing Arts Experience/ Washington Parish Community Arts Association
  1:45 - Claire Kellar Music
  3:00 - David St. Romain
  5:00 - Dwayne Dopsie

Go to https://www.bogalusablues.com/ for much more information.

Area Legislators Recognized for Pro-Life Voting Record

Malinda Brumfield-White, Louisiana State Representative District 75 and Beth Mizell, Louisiana State Senator District 12, are two of several legislators recently recognized by Louisiana Right to Life for their 100% Pro-Life voting record 2016-2019.
Click here for Malinda Brumfield White's Facebook page  and “Like” the page if you have not already done so.

Click here for Beth Mizell's Facebook page and “Like” the page if you have not already done so.

Louisiana Right to Life, established in 1970, works through education, legislation, activism, and service to restore the right to life in Louisiana by opposing abortion, euthanasia, and other life destroying actions.

LARTL promotes pro-life legislation at the State and Federal level and informs Louisianans on how their representatives stand for life.

Click here for the Louisiana Right to Life website and click here for their Facebook page