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October 22, 2019

Drug Take Back Initiative is This Saturday in St. Tammany

This Saturday (October 26, 2019) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office
will participate in a one-day collaborative effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove unused and expired medications from homes and medicine cabinets.

Bring your pills for disposal to the STPSO Administrative Building, 300 Brownswitch Road, in Slidell or the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex at 2070 Collins Blvd., in Covington. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps - only pills or patches.)

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Any identifying information should be removed from containers before being deposited.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office also has permanent drug take-back boxes at both of the above listed locations. This on-going initiative is a collaborative effort in partnership with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA), the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), and numerous Louisiana law enforcement agencies.

Since the permanent drug take-back boxes were put in place in late 2017, St. Tammany Parish residents have presented more than 700 lbs. of drugs for disposal.

Help Locate This 14 YOA Mandeville-Area Runaway


Council on Aging Announces New Tai Chi Classes

New Tai Chi Class at the Bogalusa Senior Center, located at 603 Willis Avenue in Bogalusa, will
begin on Monday, October 28th. The classes will be every Monday at 1:00 p.m. and run for six weeks.

New Tai Chi Class at the Pine Nutrition Site, located 27164 Hwy. 62 in Franklinton, will begin on Monday, November 4th. The classes will be every Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. To 10:00 a.m. And run for six weeks.

If you are a senior aged 60 years or older and would like to improve your health and manage arthritis pain, contact Clara at (985) 732-6869 for the Bogalusa classes or Leona at (985) 839-4535 for the Pine classes. 

As always, classes are free!

OLOAH - Don't Forget Your Flu Shot


Obituary

Toni Yvette Graves
January 05, 1961 - October 20, 2019

Obituary

Murdock Magee
October 12, 1942 - October 18, 2019

Obituary

Nancy Josephine Kennedy
November 18, 1930 - October 19, 2019

Washington Parish Bookings October 21, 2019

Ashley Bordelon was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Marlon Harwell was booked In From Court
Shelton Blackwell was booked on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Jarred Knight was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Resisting an Officer (2 counts)

Today in History for October 22nd

October 21, 2019

Obituary

Cresta Nell Wheat Morrison
December 15, 1934 - October 19, 2019

Obituary

Mildred Katherine Slocum
April 30, 1936 - October 19, 2019

Sheriff Randy Seal's Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is approaching, and I expect large groups of children to be out and about that evening, enjoying the festivities. My primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. With that in mind, I would like to offer the following safety tips. Please review these with your children before they begin their trick-or-treat adventure.

It's Now ATLAS CHEVROLET (formerly, Magee Autoplex)


25 Jail Inmates Earn High School Equivalency Diploma

While their family members looked on Saturday (October 19, 2019), 25 inmates at the St. Tammany Jail received their high school equivalency diplomas as part of the St. Tammany Parish Jail’s first graduation ceremony. Of the 28 who tested as part of the first class for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) course, 25 passed and earned their High School Equivalency Diploma.




Through a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office provides Department of Corrections offenders, who are convicted in and/or are returning to the Florida Parishes Regions of the state upon their release, with services that will assist them with their re-entry into the community.

Reminder: Bogalusa Strong Meeting Tomorrow, Oct. 22nd

Bogalusa Strong invites the public to join them at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

"We often hear....we don't have anything here for.....Well, this is just not true when it comes to support for emotional & behavioral health issues...PALS, Operation Angel, Children's Support, Drug Addiction Resources, Opioid Consortium, Future Washington Parish/Bogalusa Detox Center. The Bogalusa Strong Focus Group partners: ADAPT, OLOAH, WPCHS, VOA, and several other community partners want to make sure everyone is aware of these resources and new services. So "we don't have" can be replaced by "we now have...."

Plus, Our Lady of Angels will be providing flu shots.

What is Bogalusa Strong?
Bogalusa Strong is a collaboration of community members, leaders, businesses and organizations working together to improve quality of life by promoting physical, social, and environmental health. Supported by Mayor Wendy Perrette, the Mayor’s Wellness Council, Our Lady of Angels Hospital, LSU AgCenter, and the Louisiana Department of Health Well-Ahead Louisiana, Bogalusa Strong works to empower a vision for a healthier community. Bogalusa Strong meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the Bogalusa Country Club. 

Suspected Drug Dealer Arrested at Fair

A suspected drug dealer was arrested at the Washington Parish Free Fair late Thursday evening
(October 17, 2019). Acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force detectives located a suspicious person sitting in a vehicle in one of the parking areas on the north side of the fairgrounds.

The occupant of the vehicle was Kelvin Paul Dunn (44), a resident of Montecino Road in Bush, Louisiana. When detectives searched Dunn’s person and vehicle, they discovered a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, a quantity of unknown drugs, and over $12,000 in currency. All items were seized for evidence.

Dunn was arrested without incident on charges of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $50,000. The following day, he met the conditions of his bond and was released.

“The very act of bringing illegal narcotics to the fairgrounds for sale sickens me,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Kudos to the concerned citizen who alerted us to this man and to our narcotics detectives who quickly located and apprehended him. We have zero tolerance for anyone who brings illegal narcotics to the fair for any reason, whether for personal use or otherwise.”

Washington Parish Bookings October 19-20, 2019

Cortney Forrest was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Warren Selman was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Operation
Christine Pierce was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Lisa Dunaway was booked on the charges of Parole Violation and Failure to Appear
Darrell Jarrell was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
John Doe was booked on the charge of Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info
Aimee Clasen was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Usage

Today in History for October 21st

October 20, 2019

Amite Woman Dies in Crash on LA 16

On Sunday, October 20, 2019 at approximately 12:14 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police
Troop L responded to a fatal crash involving two vehicles on LA 16 at Horseshoe Rd. in St. Helena Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 40-year-old Denise Self of Amite.

Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Self was driving a Ford Contour south on Horseshoe Rd. For reasons still under investigation, Self disregarded a stop sign as she attempted a left turn onto LA 16. On entering LA 16, Self’s vehicle was struck by a westbound GMC Sierra.

Self was unrestrained at the time of the crash. She sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. As part of the investigation, blood samples were collected from Self for scientific analysis. The driver of the GMC Sierra submitted a breath sample which showed no evidence of alcohol. As Troopers review the evidence, the investigation remains ongoing.

Obituary

Sara Inkenbrandt Walker
June 24, 1947 - October 19, 2019

Obituary

James D. Pettitt
January 20, 1923 - October 18, 2019

Today in History for October 20th

October 19, 2019

Slidell: 1st Homicide of the Year – 4 Teens in Custody

Slidell Police responded to reports of gunshots at the Slidell Housing Authority (1150 Martin Luther King Drive) Friday morning (October 18, 2019). When officers arrived, they located 33-year-old, Andre Johnson, shot to death inside of his apartment. Detectives discovered that four teenagers went to Johnson’s apartment to rob him of his marijuana, a struggled ensued and Johnson was shot.

The four teenagers (all from Slidell) fled the scene but were later captured on the outside perimeter of the Slidell Housing Authority.

Jawuan Wilson (17) was charged with Second Degree Murder, Nicholas Ordogne (18) was charged with Second Degree Murder and Possession of Marijuana, Revonte Charles was charged with Second Degree Murder, and a 16-year-old juvenile was charged with Second Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

The 16-year-old juvenile was transported to the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center. The others were transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail. If convicted of Second Degree Murder, the sentence is life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 18, 2019

Misti Stewart was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jeffery Wilkes was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Marcus Mangrum was booked In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
William Cutrer was booked on the charges of Vehicle Burglary, Attachment, Criminal Trespass, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Adarrio Berry was booked In For Court
Andre Lucas was booked In For Court

Franklinton Police Jail Suspect in Vehicle Burglary

Friday afternoon (October 18, 2019), the Franklinton Police Department asked for the public’s
assistance through social media in identifying a vehicle burglary suspect. FPD received numerous calls which led to the identification and subsequent arrest of William Robbie Cutrer (38) of Mt. Hermon.

Later in the day, Sergeant Steve Lang observed a white Toyota SUV in Fred’s parking lot matching the description of the vehicle driven by Cutrer. Cutrer attempted to elude Sgt. Lang by driving out of town across the river bridge. However, Sgt. Lang was able to stop Cutrer and he along with Patrolman Justin Stogner were able to take Cutrer into custody without incident.

Patrolman Justin Stogner charged Cutrer with vehicle burglary (Felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor). Cutrer was later booked into the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on the charges Vehicle Burglary, Attachment, Criminal Trespass, and two counts of Contempt of Court.

Chief Justin Brown commends the exemplary work of Sergeant Lang and Patrolman Stogner. Chief Brown would also like to thank the community for continuing to assist the Franklinton Police Department in keeping our community safe.

Today in History for October 19th

October 18, 2019

Obituary

Katherine "Katy" Stogner Collins
April 10, 1940 - October 18, 2019

Obituary

Nesta Georgina Seal
October 21, 1924 - October 17, 2019

Covington Man Indicted For Sex Crimes Involving Five Juveniles

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted
Charles Michael Folse, II (32) of Covington, Thursday (October 17, 2019) on three counts of first degree aggravated rape of a victim under 13, six counts of molestation of a juvenile, and one count of sexual battery.

The charges involve five juvenile victims over a time period that ranged from April 2007 to June 2019.

Assistant District Attorney Ysonde Boland presented the case to the grand jury.

On June 26, 2019, Folse was arrested on multiple charges of sexual offenses against juveniles. Click here for that report.

Slidell Man Indicted on Rape of 2-Yr-Old & Molestation of 4-Yr-Old

A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Michael Lee Reynolds (56) of Slidell  Thursday (October
17, 2019) on charges of first degree rape of a victim under 13, two counts of molestation of a juvenile under 13, 20 counts of production of pornography involving juveniles under 13, and 51 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles under 13.

Reynolds is accused of raping a two-year-old child between October 2018 and June 2019 and molesting a 4-year-old child between June 2017 and April 2019. He also is accused of producing and possessing pornography of children under 13.

Assistant District Attorney Ysonde Boland presented the case to the grand jury.

Mother and Daughter Sentenced in Amite Abuse Case

Raylaine Knope (43) was sentenced on Thursday (October 17, 2019) to 336 months imprisonment today in the Eastern District of Louisiana for obtaining forced, unpaid household labor and services from an adult woman with cognitive disabilities, as well as for conspiring to obtain forced labor and misprision of a felony.  Knope’s daughter, Bridget Lambert (22) was also sentenced Thursday (October 17, 2019) to 48 months imprisonment for conspiring with Knope and their other family members to obtain forced labor from the victim.

On May 20, 2019, Knope pleaded guilty and at her plea hearing admitted that, between August 13, 2015, and June 30, 2016, in Amite, Louisiana, she conspired with other family members to obtain the victim's uncompensated household labor and services through a number of means, including by force, threats of force, and physical restraint.  Knope admitted that she forced the victim to live in a locked backyard cage and to perform housework and yard work in exchange for food and water. She further admitted that she and her co-conspirators subjected the victim to routine physical abuse, threats, and verbal and psychological abuse. As examples of this abuse, the defendant admitted that she once forced the victim to eat the cremated ashes of the victim's deceased mother. Knope also admitted that she used the abuse to obtain the victim's forced labor, and that she helped another co-conspirator steal the victim's monthly federal disability benefits. 

On Sept. 27, 2018, Lambert pleaded guilty and at her plea hearing admitted that, between August 13, 2015, and June 30, 2016, in Amite, Louisiana, she conspired with other family members to obtain the victim's uncompensated household labor and services by a number of means, including by force, threats of force, and verbal and psychological abuse.  Lambert further admitted that, on one occasion, she struck the victim in the head with a wooden board, causing the victim to bleed from her head, and on another occasion held the victim's arm in place so that a fellow conspirator could punish the victim by burning her with a cigarette lighter.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Field Office in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office.  The case has been prosecuted by Trial Attorney Risa Berkower of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Assistant United States Attorney Julia Evans of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and by the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office.

For previous related stories, click here and here and here.

More details of the crimes are contained here and here and here and here and here. 

Obituary

Lena Young
September 10, 1940 - October 12, 2019

Obituary

Chasity Dion Davis
September 30, 1984 - October 11, 2019

Obituary

Ora Bell Garrett Monday
November 14, 1936 - October 09, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 16-17, 2019

Isaiah Frith was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Wanda Jones was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence
Geremie Middleton was booked on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Taylor Marange was booked on the charges of Careless Operation and Driving While Intoxicated
Joshua Wilkes was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Failure to Pay Fine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jamyren Ladner was booked on the charge of Theft 1000-5000
Destin Kelly was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Kelvin Dunn was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs

Today in History for October 18th

October 17, 2019

Covington-area Man Arrested for First Degree Rape

A Covington-area man has been arrested after he raped his medically-handicapped neighbor.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted Wednesday night (October 16, 2019) by family members after a mentally-handicapped Covington-area woman was lured into a neighbor’s residence and repeatedly raped.

Joshua Brown, 24, was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of L.R.S. 14:42 First Degree Rape.

Covington-area Man Arrested For Taking Photos of Men in Public Restrooms

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Kyle Hanna (24), a Covington-area man, after he reportedly photographed/videoed men in local restrooms.

A medical professional contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office concerning Hanna taking photos/videos of men using restrooms at St. Tammany-area businesses. STPSO reports that it does not appear the men knew they were being photographed and Hanna reportedly told detectives he began taking the photos/videos, which he used for sexual gratification, in January 2019.

After obtaining a search warrant for Hanna’s phone, STPSO detectives learned that Hanna also took photos/videos of men in restrooms at locations throughout Tangipahoa Parish and in the Pineville, LA area. Law enforcement has been contacted in those jurisdictions.

Hanna was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charge of Video Voyeurism.

This is an on-going investigation and additional charges are possible.

La. Getting Over $2M in Johnson & Johnson Settlement

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon Inc. will pay states nearly $117 million – including
more than $2 million to Louisiana – for their deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices, Attorney General Jeff Landry announced today (October, 17, 2019).

Click here to learn more about it.

National Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children and that causes both kids who are bullied and who bully others to have serious, lasting problems. Bullying can be teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, making threats, spreading rumors, hitting/kicking/pinching, spitting, tripping/pushing, taking or breaking someone's things, and embarassing someone in public. Learn more at https://www.stopbullying.gov/




Slidell Motel 6 Clerk Kidnapped by Estranged Boyfriend

Joseph Sylve (37) of Slidell is facing aggravated kidnapping charges after he reportedly forcibly
kidnapped his estranged girlfriend from Motel 6 Wednesday night (October 16, 2019). Slidell Police responded to a 911 call from Motel 6 on Taos Street in Slidell after a witness observed a man drag the motel clerk out of the motel and force her into a vehicle. The victim was screaming for someone to call 911, at which time, the witness was able to obtain a good description of the suspect and his vehicle.

The investigation led officers to identify Sylve as the suspect and the victim was his estranged girlfriend.  Slidell detectives worked throughout the night and were able to locate Sylve and the victim in New Orleans. Sylve briefly fled from detectives but was quickly taken into custody. The victim sustained minor injuries during the encounter but was otherwise in good health.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal says, “This incident last night could have turned a lot worse had it not been for the quick and diligent work of our officers and detectives. The victim fought hard and was able to get the attention of a good witness, who immediately called 911. We are grateful for that. One could only assume what the end result may have been had it not been for the good witness and outstanding police work. We are all extremely lucky this incident didn’t have a different ending.”

Sylve was booked into the Orleans Parish Jail as a fugitive and is awaiting transfer back to Slidell. If convicted of aggravated kidnapping, Sylve shall be punished by life imprisonment at hard labor without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Breast Cancer Screenings at Nielsen's Pharmacy Oct. 25th


Obituary

Stephen Clement Ruf
July 12, 1966 - October 16, 2019 

Obituary

Betty Jane Rogers
October 12, 2019

Obituary

Alvin Ellery Hughes, Sr.
January 03, 1958 - October 15, 2019

Obituary

Anthony Joseph Manzella
October 12, 2019

Today in History for October 17th

October 16, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 15, 2019

Michael Ellis was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Drivers License, No Insurance, and Expired License Plate
Troy Bennett was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Forsheder Chatman was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Jesse McDowell was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Jamaine Johnson was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS in Presence of Juvenile, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Drug Free Violation of Uniform CDS
Keven Johnson was booked on the charges of Possession of Stolen Things 5000-25000 and Possession of Stolen Things 1000-5000 (3 counts)
Hannah Crain was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts) and Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Lee Allen was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and No Drivers License

Today in History for October 16th

October 15, 2019

Obituary

Augustus Magee, Sr.
April 05, 1933 - October 06, 2019

Obituary

Lydia Ann Moses
December 07, 1954 - October 13, 2019

WPSO: Single Vehicle Incident Leads to Arrest

Shortly after 4:00 a.m. on the morning of October 15, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol
Deputy Mike Thomas responded to a report of a single vehicle wreck on Highway 10 in the Stony Point in the western part of the parish. Upon arriving at the scene, he encountered a sports utility vehicle backed into a small opening off of the highway. The driver of the vehicle, Michael A. Ellis (30), a resident of Hodges Road, was not injured; however, Deputy Thomas determined that Ellis had no driver’s license, no insurance on the vehicle and was driving with an expired license tag. In addition, Ellis was in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ellis was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with contempt of court and possession of drug paraphernalia, along with the traffic offenses.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “One can only wonder what this fellow was doing in that location at that time of the day. We will never know what crime or crimes Deputy Thomas may have prevented by his decisive action in this matter. I appreciate all that he did.”

Obituary

Bobby Shane Magee
July 28, 1974 - October 12, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 14, 2019

Faith Fisher was booked on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Nicholas Gholar was booked on the charge of Attachment
Charles Corrente was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Careless Operation, and Drivers License Not on Person
Corey Dykes was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Gloria Belk was booked on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information and Attachment

Today in History for October 15th

October 14, 2019

Trunk or Treat in Tangipahoa Parish


WPSO: Bank Fraud and Forgery Suspect Arrested

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Juleah Marie Knight (18), a resident of North
Magnolia Street in Hammond, on October 10, 2019.

Knight reportedly went to banks in St. Tammany Parish, attempting to cash stolen forged checks on a Bogalusa business, and stated she was an employee of the business; however, a telephone call from the banks to the business owner confirmed that she was not employed there.

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detective division was called in on the matter and was able to identify Knight as the person who was attempting to cash the forged stolen checks. She was located and taken into custody and charged with attempted bank fraud and two counts of forgery.

Sheriff Randy Seal cautions all business owners to make certain their checks are secure. “The only thing a thief has on his or her mind is to take what is yours,” the Sheriff said. “Don’t give them an opportunity. Carefully guard what is yours and call us anytime you feel that you are a victim.”

Sheriff Randy Seal Changes Party Affiliation

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal went to the Registrar of Voters’ Office this morning and switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

Sheriff Seal, who was re-elected to a third term on October 12th, says that he is not so much leaving the Democrat Party but that the Democrat Party has left him. In particular, Seal expressed his dissatisfaction with the Democrat Party's stance on abortion, the Second Amendment of the Constitution, and immigration.

Mandeville Man Arrested - Planned to Meet Teen for Sex

Shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Friday (October 11, 2019), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies
responded to a residence on Harry Lemons Road in Mandeville about a man who was at the residence attempting to locate a teenage girl who he said told him to meet her there.

Bruce Jourdan (57) of Mandeville had reportedly exchanged text messages with the 14-year-old, making plans to meet the girl at the residence to engage in sexual activities. He showed deputies he had knowledge of the girl being a minor, and had still continued to request sexual intercourse with her.

Jourdan, who was still at the residence when deputies arrived, was arrested on the charge of Computer-aided Solicitation of a Minor (felony) and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

The juvenile involved, who did not live at the residence, was located by deputies and deemed to be safe.

Advance Tickets for Midway at the Fair


Obituary

Mary Elaine Passman
October 12, 1947 - October 12, 2019

Join Bogalusa Strong at Meeting Tuesday Oct. 22nd

Bogalusa Strong invites the public to join them at their monthly meeting on Monday, October 22, 2019.

"We often hear....we don't have anything here for.....Well, this is just not true when it comes to support for emotional & behavioral health issues...PALS, Operation Angel, Children's Support, Drug Addiction Resources, Opioid Consortium, Future Washington Parish/Bogalusa Detox Center. The Bogalusa Strong Focus Group partners: ADAPT, OLOAH, WPCHS, VOA, and several other community partners want to make sure everyone is aware of these resources and new services. So "we don't have" can be replaced by "we now have...."

Plus, Our Lady of Angels will be providing flu shots.

What is Bogalusa Strong?
Bogalusa Strong is a collaboration of community members, leaders, businesses and organizations working together to improve quality of life by promoting physical, social, and environmental health. Supported by Mayor Wendy Perrette, the Mayor’s Wellness Council, Our Lady of Angels Hospital, LSU AgCenter, and the Louisiana Department of Health Well-Ahead Louisiana, Bogalusa Strong works to empower a vision for a healthier community. Bogalusa Strong meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the Bogalusa Country Club. 

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 12-13, 2019

Wanda Jones was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Criminal Trespass
Jeffery Hines was booked on the charges of False Imprisonment and Domestic Abuse Battery
Keldon Clark was booked on the charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault/Drive-By Shooting, and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Treshawn Davis was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Fletcher Nealy was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense), Protective Order Violation, and Resisting an Officer

Today in History for October 14th

October 12, 2019

Unofficial October 12th Election Results

Here are the unofficial results of the October 12, 2019 election from the Louisiana Secretary of State.

STATEWIDE OFFICES AND AMENDMENTS

  • Governor: John Bel Edwards with 47% of the vote will be in a runoff with Eddie Rispone who received 27% of the vote.
  • Lieutenant Governor: Incumbent William "Billy" Nungesser with 68% of the vote defeated Willie Jones who received 32% of the vote.
  • Secretary of State: Incumbent Kyle Ardoin with 41% of the vote will be in a runoff with "Gwen" Collins-Greenup who received 34% of the vote.
  • Attorney General: Incumbent Jeff Landry with 66% of the vote defeated "Ike" Jackson, Jr. who had 34%.
  • Treasurer: John M. Schroder with 60% of the vote defeated Derrick Edwards who had 35% of the vote and Teresa Kenny who had 5%.
  • Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry: Incumbent Mike Strain with 57% of the vote is defeated his challengers and will remain in office.
  • Commissioner of Insurance: Incumben t Jim Donelon with 53% defeated his opponents and will remain in office. 
  • Constitutional Amendment 1- Tax Exemptions for Outer Continental Shelf: Defeated 47% to 53%.
  • Constitutional Amendment 2- Amend Education Excellence Fund: Approved by the voters.
  • Constitutional Amendment 3- Remedy for Unconstitutional Tax Paid: Approved by the voters 58% to 42%.
  • Constitutional Amendment 4- Allow New Orleans Property Tax Exemptions: Defeated 37% to 63%.

LOCAL OFFICES AND PROPOSITIONS

  • Associate Supreme Court Justice (1st District): Will Crain with 39% is will be in a runoff with Hans Liljeberg with 32%. Scott Schlegel received 17% of the vote and Richard Ducote won 11% of the vote.
  • BESE (District 6): Ronnie Morris with 49% of the vote and Gregory Spears with 22% of the vote appears to be in a runoff.
  • 22nd District Judge (Division F): Vincent J. "Vinny" Lobello with 26% of the vote appears to be in a runoff with Harold Bartholomew, Jr. who received 19%. 
  • Washington Parish Coroner: Incumbent Rogelio A. "Roger" Casama will retain his office with 67% of the vote over Challenger John "Trey" Tucker who received 33%.
  • State Senator (12th District): Incumbent Beth Mizell with 69% is the winner over Challenger Darrell Fairburn with 31%.
  • State Representative (District 74): Larry Freiman with 82% is the winner over Cindy Winch with 18%.
  • State Representative (District 75): Incumbent Malinda Brumfield White won handily over Challenger Phillipp Bedwell 64% to 36%.
  • Washington Parish Sheriff: Incumbent Randy Seal received 53% of the vote, defeating Challengers Olander Smith who received 45% of the vote and Demille Topps who received 2% of the vote.
  • Washington Parish President: Incumbent Richard Ned Thomas was reelected with 52% of the vote over Challenger Ryan Seal who had 48%.
  • Washington Parish Council (District 1): A runoff between Joe Culpepper with 45% of the vote and Melvin Keith with 33% of the vote will determine who wins the seat of Incumbent Perry Talley, who received 22%.
  • Washington Parish Council (District 2): Shawn Rice defeated Kendall Amacker 56% to 44% to fill the seat of Incumbent Mike Fussell.
  • Washington Parish Council (District 3): Challenger Kim Wagner defeated Incumbent Chris Workman 57% to 43%.
  • Washington Parish Council (District 4): Clark Harry defeated Gloria Kates 63% to 37% to fill the seat of Incumbent Levi Lewis.
  • Washington Parish Council (District 6): Incumbent Reginald McMasters defeated Challenger Shane Smith 57% to 43%.
  • Washington Parish Council (District 7): Challenger Carley King defeated Incumbent David Anthony 56% to 44%.
  • Home Rule Charter Proposition: Failed to pass with 58% voting no and 42% voting yes to pass it.
  • City of Bogalusa,  Proposition 1 is to renew a 2.73 mil property tax for 10 years: Passed 62% to 38%.
  • City of Bogalusa,  Proposition 2 is to renew a 7.84 mil property tax for 10 years: Passed 64% to 36%.
  • City of Bogalusa,  Proposition 3 is to renew a 4.02 mil property tax for 10 years: Passed 65% to 36%.


Social Security Benefit To Increase in 2020

We thank Emma Dixon, President of Bogalusa AARP Chapter 4032 for the "heads-up"!

The cost of living adjustment (COLA), to take effect in January, will increase Social Security benefits
by 1.6 percent in 2020, an average of about $24 per month for individuals, the Social Security Administration announced Wednesday (October.9, 2019). The increase for 2020 is notably less than the 2.8 percent bump received this year, but higher than the average over the past decade (1.4 percent).

The COLA will boost the average Social Security monthly retirement benefit for a single person from  $1,479 to $1,503.

AARP Chief Executive Officer Jo Ann Jenkins says, “Social Security's annual COLA amount typically does not keep pace with all the increases in living expenses that most seniors face, including the costs of housing, food, transportation and, especially, health care and prescription drugs.” In addition, the monthly premium for Medicare Part B recipients is expected to be announced soon.

The Social Security program faces long-term funding challenges. According to the 2019 annual report from the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees, the trust fund reserves that help pay for Social Security benefits will be fully depleted in 2035, unless Congress passes new legislation. Once those funds are exhausted, the program would only be able to pay out 80 percent of what each beneficiary should be getting.

Obituary

Grace Roy Gill
June 25, 1942 - October 10, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 11, 2019

Vallee Debellevue was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Diane Debellevue was booked on the charges of Careless Operation With Accident, Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Brittany Granier was booked on the charges of Simple Battery and Failure to Appear

Today in History for October 12th

October 11, 2019

UPDATE: STPSO Deputy Chief's Employment Terminated

Sheriff Randy Smith announces that as of 9 a.m. Friday (October 11, 2019), the employment of Gregory Longino, a 29-year veteran of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was terminated.

For our previous and related story, click here.

nola.com reports (click here) that “Carlton Dufrechou, executive director of the Causeway, said Longino was headed north on the bridge and was clocked via radar at between 90 and 108 mph. After failing a field sobriety test, Longino refused a breath alcohol test, Dufrechou said, but agreed to a blood test, which was administered at State Police Troop L headquarters in Mandeville.”

Covington Man Dies in Vehicle Crash on I-12 Near Lacombe

Today (October 11, 2019) at approximately 10:34 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
responded to a serious injury crash involving one vehicle on Interstate 12 approximately 2 miles west of LA 434 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 67-year-old Michael Breithoff of Covington.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Breithoff was driving a Toyota Prius west on Interstate 12 in the left lane. For reasons still under investigation, Breithoff’s vehicle traveled off the roadway to the right and impacted a tree. Despite being properly restrained, Breithoff sustained severe injuries in the crash. He was transported to an area hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

Two From MS. Wanted for Thefts in St. Tammany

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office advised today (October 11, 2019) that two Mississippi
residents are wanted for theft, bank fraud and vehicle burglary.

On September 30, 2019, two subjects entered several local fitness clubs and stole personal items and vehicle keys from multiple victims’ lockers. The two then  burglarized some of the victims’ vehicles in the parking lot of the fitness clubs and made fraudulent charges with victims’ credit cards.

Following a social media post that was made by the STPSO with photos of the two wanted individuals, detectives were able to identify the subjects as DeShawn Magee (19) and Danielle Fountain (19), both from Mississippi. STPSO advises the two are known for committing similar crimes at gyms and fitness centers in Mississippi.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of both subjects on the charges of Misdemeanor Theft (3 counts), Vehicle Burglary, and Bank Fraud (14 counts).

Anyone who has information about their whereabouts or who may believe they are a victim of an unreported crime committed by these individuals, is asked to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338.

“Thanks to our followers on social media and our partners in Mississippi, these two criminals have been identified,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Now that we have their names, if you know where they are hiding, help us find them so they can be placed back behind bars.”

Elderly Man Found Dead at Boat Launch Near Lacombe

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, conducting a routine patrol at the Main Street Boat
Launch near Lacombe, shortly after 8:00 am today (October 11, 2019) observed what appeared to be the roof of a vehicle submerged in the water.

Members of the STPSO Marine Division, the STPSO Dive Team, Fire District 1, Fire District 3, Fire District 4 and Acadian Ambulance responded to the scene. A man (described in the STPSO press release as an elderly man) was pulled from the vehicle and emergency personnel attempted life-saving measures, but unfortunately those efforts were unsuccessful.

The body was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for identification and a determination on cause and manner of death. Early indications from the investigation do not suggest that foul play was involved.

“It’s always unfortunate when a life is lost,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Our prayers go out to this man’s family as well as the deputies and emergency personnel who worked tirelessly in an attempt to save him.”

Fair Time Street Closures, Parade Route, Safety Tips & More

Source: Franklinton Police Department


On Wednesday (October 16, 2019), the Washington Parish Free Fair parade will line up parade entries (except for marching bands and dance groups) at the Franklinton High School. (See parade officials for information the morning of the parade)

  • At 9:30 AM all streets on the Parade route will be closed and floats will be brought onto Washington Street.
  • At 9:00 AM all westbound traffic will be diverted off Hwy. 10 onto Section line Rd. (High School Road), traffic coming onto Washington St. from Woods Rd. will be directed to Section Line Rd.
  • The parade will still start at 10:00 AM traveling its traditional route from the intersection of 15th Ave. and Washington St. to Main St. then into the Fairgrounds.
  • The Franklinton Police Department, with assistance from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department and  Rayburn Corrections Center, will be at intersections to monitor traffic and assist with pedestrians. Remember, for public safety purposes, once the route is closed there will be no vehicle traffic allowed on the route. Keep an eye on the little ones, especially around trucks, trailers, and floats that are moving. If there is an emergency on the route, contact an officer and emergency services will be contacted.

Also, 10th Ave. (Junior High) from Howard St. to Bene St. will be one-way only into the Fair Grounds. This is to allow the emergency vehicle's a clear route to and from the Fairgrounds.

There are "No Parking" signs along 10th Ave. and several areas from 11th Ave. to Ellis Cemetery on Bene St.; parking on the grounds of Ellis Cemetery is not allowed. Any vehicle parked in the cemetery grounds will be towed away at the vehicle owner's expense.

The Franklinton Police Department is once again offering wristbands for parents and guardians of small children and special needs individuals. The bands can be used to write your name, your child’s name and phone number. Place the band on your child’s wrist or on an item of clothing that cannot easily be removed. Also, please take a photograph of your child each day you are coming to the Fair in the event your child becomes separated from you, you will have a recent photo to share with Officers. These bands will be available for pick up at the Franklinton Police Department dispatch before the Fair and at the Franklinton Police Department command post during the Fair at no cost. (These bands are for identification purposes only and cannot be used for the Carnival rides)

Obituary

Billy F. Thomas
October 13, 1959 - October 10, 2019

What's On the Ballot for Saturday, October 12th

Go to https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/candidateinquiry and follow the directions to find YOUR
SAMPLE BALLOT.

All Washington Parish voters will have choices for statewide offices: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, and Commissioner of Insurance.

All Washington Parish voters will also have choices for the following offices: Associate Supreme Court Justice (1st District), BESE (District 6), State Senator (12th District), District Judge (Division F), Sheriff, Coroner, and Parish President.

All Washington Parish voters will have choices for State Representative: either District 74 or District 75, depending on where you live.

All Washington Parish voters will have choices for Parish Council Member (except for District 5, where Thomas R. "Rusty" Fornea is unopposed.

All Washington Parish voters will have four (4) Constitutional Amendments to consider. Click here to review them

All Washington Parish will have on the ballot a proposition amending and restating the Home Rule Charter for Washington Parish.

Voters in Bogalusa will have three propositions on the ballot: Proposition 1 is to renew a 2.73 mil property tax for 10 years (Click here for details); Proposition 2 is to renew a 7.84 mil property tax for 10 years (Click here for details); Proposition 3 is to renew a 4.02 mil property tax for 10 years (Click here for details).


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Today in History for October 11th

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 9-10, 2019

Laura Nuber was booked In For Court
Stacie Vining was booked In For Court
Shannon Smith was booked In For Court
Tina Harvey was booked on the charges of Theft of Firearm (3 counts), Theft 5000-25000, Forgery, Theft Less Than 1000, Contempt of Court, and Exploitation of the Infirm
John McIntyre was booked on the charges of Cultivation or Production of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Michaael Phillips was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute
Jacob Jarrell was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
William Ashwell was booked on the charges of No Turn Signals, Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, No Proof of Insurance, Resisting an Officer (2 counts), and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence
Juleah Knight was booked on the charges of Attempted Bank Fraud and Forgery
Lanika Warren was booked on the charge of Attachment

AP Top Stories October 11, 2019 AM

October 10, 2019

Covington Police Searching for Shooting Suspect

The Covington Police Department, with the assistance of the St.Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office
responded Wednesday evening (October 9, 2019) to a complaint of a shooting in the area of W. 31st Avenue and N. Van Buren Street. Officers’ located a victim who suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was treated at a local hospital and has since been released.

The investigation identified the shooting suspect as Skylar Whitney Bedford (34), who fled the scene before the officers' arrival. Bedford remains at large. Bedford is wanted for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Possession of Firearm by Person Convicted of Certain Offenses. Bedford has an extensive violent criminal history and is considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone from the public has information related to this shooting or knows the whereabouts of Skylar Bedford, contact the Covington Police Department at 985-892-8500. You may also contact Crimestoppers, where you can remain anonymous and earn a cash reward by calling 504-822-1111.

TPSO: Operation "Eagle Wings" Drug Roundup Results

Narcotics agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland
Security Enforcement recently executed multiple arrest warrants as the result of on-going undercover operation “Eagle Wings”, targeting narcotic sales and distribution in Tangipahoa Parish.

The investigation, which included numerous controlled purchases of illegal narcotics, resulted in warrants on nineteen (19) suspects. Seven fugitives were arrested during the roundup, while twelve remain at large.

Arrested on a variety of narcotics charges were Rhiheen Williams (24) of Hammond,  Jennifer Anthony (37) of Independence, Samantha Palmisano (39) of Hammond, Joseph Dantzler (58) of Hammond, Raymond Dantzler (57) of Hammond, Trenier Smith (20) of Amite, and Jamarcus McClendon (22) of Hammond.

Wanted are Jonas Tyrell Turner (37) of Hammond, Renell Vontrell Wilson (26) of Hammond, Willie Braziel Jr. (46) of Hammond, Byron Daniels (48) of Hammond, Kevin Gross (51) of Hammond, Marques Harrison (38) of Hammond, Jerald Lee Booker (50) of Hammond, Byron Weary (54) of Hammond, Debra Wells (60) of Ponchatoula, Rashas Woolridge (37) of Ponchatoula, Jateren Leonard (26) of Natalbany, and Steve Courtney (38) of Tickfaw.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of the aforementioned fugitives is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.