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November 11, 2019


Burrell J. Carter
June 17, 1935 - November 11, 2019


JoAnn Winburn Sharp
December 1, 1939 - November 8, 2019

PROJECT: Cover Bogalusa

Bogalusa's Christmas in the Park is “Jazzed Up”

Bogalusa's Christmas in the Park is bigger than ever and all jazzed up with new additions, featuring
  • CHARACTER HALL-an enclosed heated/cooled space filled with interactive characters and picture perfect photo scenes! Meet Freddy Yeti, Puddles the Park Duck, and Patrick the Penguin!
  • CRAFT ROOM inside character hall-A fun filled place full of crafts, treats, and interactive games for the little ones!
  • STORY TIME WITH MRS. CLAUS-grab a pillow and take a break in Mrs. Claus’ cabin..listen to her read some of your favorite Christmas stories!
  • SELFIE STATION-life size gingerbread house, big enough for the whole family! Step inside and take a picture!
  • BACK STAGE SHOWS-grab a chair and enjoy local entertainment from singing to dramas!
  • LIGHTSHOW- walk through the lighted arch ways to find a beautiful musical presentation of lights! Stay a while and you’ll hear several of your Christmas favorites while watching colored lights dance across the stage!

Don’t miss the new additions to Christmas in the Park! Opening Thanksgiving night!

(Additions are on select nights, stay tuned for schedule)


James Starnes
July 27, 1945 - November 9, 2019

Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center Welcoming Ceremony

Press Release

Join Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials for a ceremony welcoming Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center to Bogalusa. This facility will enhance resources for substance use disorder treatment in Washington Parish.

Woodlake Addiction Recovery in Bogalusa will offer a full continuum of care of addiction and recovery services. The facility will have 50 inpatient beds; offer outpatient services and medical detox treatment. Woodlake Addiction Recovery anticipates treating over 1,000 patients annually.

The Bogalusa location is the tenth facility for Woodlake Addiction Recovery and will add approximately 50 jobs to this rural community.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Woodlake Addiction Recovery 400 Memphis St., Bogalusa, LA

Governor John Bel Edwards; Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health; Representative Malinda White; Randy Gomez, CEO, Woodlake Addiction Recovery; Rene Ragas, CEO, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital; Dr. Garland Anderson, Our Lady of the Angels, Family Medicine

Communities across the nation struggle to combat the opioid epidemic and rural populations are especially vulnerable. This is especially true in the Florida Parishes, per the Louisiana Opioid Data and Surveillance System. Provider shortages, lack of transportation, the stigma of addiction, and a need for additional resources have all contributed to a rise in opioid use in rural communities.

Washington Parish Bookings November 9-10, 2019

Richard Blackwell was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Drew Breeland was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Driving Under Suspension
Runeshia Abron was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Gary Touchstone was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Anna Holley was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
David Bonnette was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Joey Dunaway was booked on the charges of Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, and Hit and Run

Today in History for November 11th

November 09, 2019

AP Top Stories November 9, 2019 PM


Glennis Thomas
July 30, 1949 - November 7, 2019

WPSO: Kidnapped Children Returned – One Kidnapper Arrested & One Still At Large

Last night (November 8, 2019), the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Joshua Michael Abelseth (33), who was being sought on four counts of simple kidnapping which occurred earlier this week. Jennifer Abelseth, a second suspect, remains a fugitive and her location is unknown. It is believed that she may be in Alabama, either in the Hoover or Tuscaloosa area or perhaps in the Mobile area, although she could be anywhere, according to the WPSO report. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators, with the assistance of the FBI, are searching for her and are optimistic that she will be located. Abelseth’s options are reportedly limited since she has no vehicle and is believed to have no money.

The four children (identified as Alyssa Weathers, Noah Weathers, Cayden Abelseth and Lili Abelseth) were returned by Abelseth to the children's grandparents house in Washington Parish.

WPSO investigators had learned that Abelseth was back in Washington Parish and likely would take the children back to their grandparents’ house. WPSO detectives, patrol deputies and drug task force officers set up surveillance in the vicinity, spotted Abelseth drive up to the house, and saw him take the children inside. Once Abelseth drove away, officers made a traffic stop, arrested him and transported him to the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held on the simple kidnapping charges.

Joshua Abelseth and Jennifer Abelseth, who lost custody of their children through court order, took the children from their grandparents’ home in Washington Parish and were believed to have fled the state.

“Great arrest,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our investigators have been working on this non-stop and I am so pleased the children are back home and safe. Joshua Michael Abelseth is in jail where he belongs and I am confident that Jennifer Abelseth will be able to join him as soon as we locate her. Sooner or later, we will locate her, arrest her and put her in jail. Jennifer, if you are reading this, call us and let us know where you are. Make it easy on yourself.”

Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center Ribbon-Cutting is Tuesday

A major step in addressing our addiction crisis in Washington Parish will be the opening of the Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials, will be on Tuesday, November 12th at 10:00 am at 400 Memphis Street in Bogalusa.

Woodlake Addiction Recovery in Bogalusa will offer addiction and recovery services at the old charity hospital facility that was recently vacated by Our Lady of the Angels. 

The results of addiction are seen in the tragic losses of lives, destruction of families, and has impacted our criminal justice system. Treatment, not prison, should be a better alternative.

State Representative Malinda Brumfield-White has stated, in part, that “it’s been a long journey putting this partnership together between the State, Our Lady of the Angels and Woodlake Recovery Center but well worth the efforts. I am proud to announce we are getting the BEST holistic recovery center in the state . .. “

Washington Parish Bookings November 8, 2019

Joshua Abelseth was booked on the charges of Simple Kidnapping (4 counts)
Dustin Stein was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Lucas Luper was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Today in History for November 9th

November 08, 2019


Leroy Creel, Sr.
March 06, 1947 - November 07, 2019


Alice Templet Hymel
September 11, 1954 - November 7, 2019

Slidell Man Gets 15 Years For Crimes With Juveniles

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Lenard “Andy” Turpin (52) of Slidell was
sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison Wednesday (November 6, 2019) for crimes that involved his coercing a group of juveniles to his home, providing them illegal drugs, and engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior with them.

District Judge Scott Gardner issued the following sentences: 10 years for attempted indecent behavior with a juvenile under 13, with two of the years to be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence; two years for possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance; 15 years for each of two counts of distribution of methamphetamine to persons under the age of 18; and six months for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Gardner ordered all of the sentences to be served concurrently.

The crimes took place on June 1, 2017, when Turpin picked up multiple juveniles, almost all under the age of 13, under the pretense that they would be attending his son’s birthday party at his home. When the teens arrived to Turpin’s home in Slidell, they found that no birthday party was underway, and Turpin’s son was not even home. Turpin began indulging and providing alcohol and marijuana to the underage children while making lewd and inappropriate comments to the girls.

Turpin then brought two of the juveniles upstairs, where he coerced them to smoke methamphetamine and attempted to get them to perform sexual acts on one another. Later, Turpin also groped and touched one of the girls while making sexual comments about her body. Turpin then brought the same victim upstairs and had her smoke meth with him.

The victims were eventually picked up by one of their grandparents and soon afterwards, their parents and police were notified. One of the juveniles was taken to the hospital, where she tested positive for meth. When St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies conducted a search at Turpin’s residence the next day, they found meth in his nightstand.

Assistant District Attorneys Casey Dieck and Luke Lancaster prosecuted the case.

MS. Men (Tylertown & Picayune) Indicted for Burglary

A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Levi Lee (17) of Tylertown, Ms. and Lance Rouse (25) of Picayune, Ms., in the aggravated burglary of a Covington home last December.

Lee and Rouse are accused of breaking into a home late one night in December 2018, entering the bedroom of a woman, and holding her at gunpoint while they stole her valuables, which included two shotguns.

Several days later, the men were arrested in connection with the robbery of a Bogalusa gas station and convenience store in which a clerk was shot with a shotgun matching the description of the one stolen in the Covington burglary. The clerk died days later from his injuries, and Lee and Rouse also face second degree murder charges.

(Click here for related story and video of their return to Washington Parish)

Assistant District Attorney Iain A. Dover presented the case to the grand jury.

13 Yr Old Arrested with Handgun at Mandeville School

This morning (November 8, 2019) just before 11 AM, acting on the tip from a fellow student,
Mandeville Jr. High Administration and the Mandeville Police Department  School Resource Officer (SRO) recovered a handgun from a 13-year-old white male who is in the 7th grade. The 7th grader reportedly made threatening comments directed towards our SRO.

The weapon is recovered and there are no credible threats to any of the students, staff, or School Resource Officers at this time.

MPD Chief Gerald Sticker advises the juvenile has been charged with  Carrying a Firearm on School Property/ Firearm Free Zone and will be booked into Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.

Three Indicted in Heroin Overdose Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Christopher Hickman (30) of Bogalusa and Raymond Magee (40) of Franklinton on a charge of second degree murder in the death of a 24-year-old woman from a heroin overdose.

The victim, Cheyenne Leonard, died of a heroin overdose on or about May 21, 2019 in Covington. Hickman and Magee also were charged, along with Hickman’s girlfriend, Leanna Stewart (25) of Mandeville, with Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin.
Detective Jessica Restel of the Covington Police Department led the investigation with the cooperation of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Tiffany T. Dover presented the case to the grand jury.

Covington Man Indicted on Sexual Battery and Rape of Juveniles

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Kenneth Certain (57) of Covington, on two counts of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 13 and one count of first degree rape of a victim under the age of 13.

Certain is accused of sexually assaulting two juveniles under the age of 13 over the course of several months. He is scheduled for trial December 2, 2019.

Assistant District Attorney Holly McGinness presented the case to the grand jury.

Arrest Made in Franklinton Hit and Run With Injuries

Source: Press Release from FPD Sgt. James “Tiger” Folks

On Wednesday (November 6, 2019), the Franklinton Police Department responded to a hit and run
crash with injuries on Hilltop Dr. The victims were transported to  Riverside Medical Center for treatment by relatives. Officers received information the suspect vehicle was described as a black Chevrolet Impala with heavy front end damage and that fled the area. This information was relayed to surrounding law enforcement agencies as well as posted to social media.

On Thursday (November 7, 2019), the Franklinton Police Department received numerous calls naming the suspected driver as Kendrick Brumfield (24) of Franklinton. Officers, with assistance from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and Bogalusa Police Department checked several previous addresses for the suspect without success in locating the vehicle or the suspect. At approximately 5:00pm Brumfield came into the Franklinton Police Department and notified Officers he was the driver of the hit and run vehicle.

During an interview, conducted by Sgt. Jared Stubbs; Brumfield told officers the location of the vehicle and that he was distracted, diverting his attention from the street. Brumfield further stated he panicked and fled the scene after striking the pedestrians with his vehicle.

Brumfield is charged with 2 counts of Negligent Injury, Hit and Run and Failure to report an accident.

Chief Justin Brown would like to thank the public for their assistance in solving this case. Without the continued  support of our community, crimes such as this one may go unpunished. As always, the mutual support of the Sheriff's office and Bogalusa Police Department strengthens our ability to provide the best law enforcement possible. Thanks to the officers who worked expeditiously with the public to bring resolution to this case.

Washington Parish Bookings November 7, 2019

Dustin Oubre was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Kendrick Brumfield was booked on the charges of Hit and Run, Failure to Report Accident, Negligent Vehicular Injuring (2 counts), Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court
Joshua King was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (3 counts), Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS (3 counts), and Failure to Pay Fine
Chad Goutierez was booked In For Court
Christopher Black was booked on the charge of Self Mutilation
Melissa Magee was booked In From Court

Today in History for November 8th

AP Top Stories November 8, 2019 AM

November 07, 2019

Jury Convicts Slidell Man of Distributing Heroin

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Anthony J.
Chaney (33) of Slidell on Wednesday (November 6, 2019) of two counts of Distribution of Heroin. Chaney faces from five to forty years in prison on each count, but as a multiple offender, he could face more time. He is scheduled to be sentenced December 3, 2019 by District Judge Raymond Childress.

Chaney was the target of a narcotics investigation by the Louisiana State Police in August 2017, and an undercover trooper conducted two buys from Chaney.

Chaney has multiple prior convictions, including Attempted Disarming of a Police Officer, Simple Burglary, a domestic violence case from Texas, as well as multiple possession of marijuana convictions. He also has a new pending felony charge in Orleans Parish for Second Degree Battery and Domestic Abuse Battery Involving Strangulation.

Assistant District Attorneys Blake Peters and Luke Lancaster prosecuted the case. The trial lasted two days.

Two Arrested in Franklinton Burglary – Thousands of Items Recovered

On Tuesday (November 5, 2019), the Franklinton Police Department received a complaint regarding a possible burglary at a residence on Main Street. When Officers arrived at the abandoned house, they observed a small SUV parked behind the home but were unable to  locate anyone in the residence or immediate area.

The vehicle, which was parked on private property, had containers with numerous items that appeared to have been taken from the residence. Officers called for a tow truck to remove the vehicle and secure the contents. Shortly after the tow truck arrived, a female, later identified as Ashley Wright (34) of Monticello Ave., New Orleans, appeared and stated that she had been using the SUV, which belonged to her mother. Wright reportedly gave several explanations as to why the vehicle was parked behind the house, but no explanation as to the items located inside the SUV.

Wright was transported to the Franklinton Police Department for questioning. Officers learned that another female had also been in the area and had walked into the wooded area behind the house. Officers continued to search the area and eventually made phone contact with Sara Katherine Hill (AKA: Kat Brooks) (43) of Folsom. Hill initially refused to come out of the woods, but after several hours she emerged and was taken to Riverside Medical Center for medical evaluation. Upon her release, Hill was transported to Franklinton Police Department by her family¸ and was interviewed regarding her connection to the burglary.

According to the FPD Press Release, both Wright and Hill admitted to taking several items from the residence and selling them online.

On November 6, 2019, Detectives contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and a search warrant was served on a residence near Folsom. Franklinton Police Department Officers along with St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives worked over seven hours to recover thousands of stolen items. It is estimated that the value will exceed $100,000 in recovered property.

During the investigation, Hill (Kat Brooks) continuously alluded to the fact she was a movie producer and worked in the film industry. Detectives verified Hill’s claims. She further stated some of the items were used as movie props.

Wright and Hill were both charged with Burglary and Trespassing and turned over to the Washington Parish Jail. This investigation is ongoing.


John Hall
December 22, 1938 - November 6, 2019

Washington Parish Bookings November 6, 2019

Chandler Spears was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Kendarras Pigott was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, Resisting an Officer, No Drivers License, and Contempt of Court
Jessica Poupart was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Nicholas Vaughn was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Robert Vince was booked on the charges of False Imprisonment/Armed With Weapon, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, and Domestic Abuse Battery
Andrew James was booked In From Court
James Stickley was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Loveless Hebert was booked on the charge of Protective Order Violation

Today in History for November 7th

AP Top Stories November 7, 2019 AM

November 06, 2019

Last Suspect Arrested for Slidell Dealership Tire Theft

In May of this year, Slidell Police issued an arrest warrant for 44-year-old, Riley “Rilo” Richardson
(Houston, TX), for being a key player in stealing over $100,000 in wheels from the Matt Bowers Chevrolet Dealership in Slidell, Louisiana.

“Rilo” is the last suspect Slidell Police is looking for in this case. Chief Randy Fandal says, “Several months, and hundreds of man hours later, our Slidell Police Department investigators brought down an elaborate, nationwide organized theft ring. Our message has been made VERY clear to these individuals, and anyone else who thinks they are going to prey on our businesses…don't come to Slidell, Louisiana, to commit your crimes. I told you we would come find you no matter where you were hiding, and I’ve held true to my promise. Multiple law enforcement agencies across Texas have piggybacked off of our investigation to ensure these individuals are brought to justice and held responsible for every single theft they have committed.“

Richardson was booked into the Slidell City Jail for felony Theft Over $100,000. Richardson was transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail where a bond will be set.

Can You Help Find This 16 Yr. Old Slidell-Area Runaway?

Can You Help Find This 14 Yr. Old Slidell-Area Runaway?


Robert Earl Ellzey
April 8, 1965 - October 28, 2019


Larry Wood Terrell
March 12, 1941 - November 06, 2019


Michael Gerald "Mike" Gilmore
May 6, 1964 - November 5, 2019

Domestic Violence Abuse Lands Parish Man in Jail

Today (November 6, 2019), Washington Parish Patrol Deputy James Gregorio and Sergeant Jay
Dupre responded to a report of domestic abuse at a residence on Highway 439. Upon arriving at the scene, officers reportedly discovered a female victim who had been physically abused and held against her will.

Officers arrested Robert C. Vince (48), a resident of the Highway 439 residence. Vince was transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with aggravated assault, domestic abuse and false imprisonment while armed with a weapon. He is being held without bond due to a hold from the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole as well as a mandatory court appearance due to the nature of the charges.

“There is never an excuse for domestic abuse,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Although the lady was harmed, I am so pleased her injuries were not serious. This entire situation had the potential of getting out of hand. I’m grateful for the intervention of Sgt. Dupre and Deputy Gregorio, two fine officers.”

Washington Parish Bookings November 5, 2019

Steven Lewis was booked on charges of Simple Rape and Obstruction of Justice (2 counts)
Raeshell Lewis was booked on the charges of Sexual Battery, Obstruction of Justice (2 counts), Video Voyeurism, and Non-Consensual Disclosure of Private Picture
Derrick Smith was booked on the charges of Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Improper Passing or Backing, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Obstructing Public Passage(s), Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, Ran Stop Sign (16 counts), Improper Turn/Accident, Failure to Yield, No Seat Belt, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Jaheim St. Amant was booked on the charges of Theft of Firearm, Home Invasion, and Armed Robbery (2 counts)
Sara Hill was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Simple Burglary
Ashley Wright was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Simple Burglary
Justin Chatellier was booked on the charge of Attachment
Justin Gunnell was booked on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Movable and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Dexter Talley was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear

Invitation to the Washington Parish Opioid Consortium Meeting

We hope you can join us & invite partners/community members

Washington Parish Opioid Consortium Monthly Meeting



Working Together to Complete Our Strategic Plan

Washington Parish Opioid Consortium Monthly Meeting Thursday, November 14, 2019 9:00 a.m. Pine First Baptist Church 27043 LA 62 Franklinton, LA

Please make every effort to attend and bring friends with you!! We will begin our strategic planning!

The History of the Washington Parish Opioid Consortium

In June 2019, Volunteers of America was awarded a twelve month HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Planning Grant. This grant was prepared with the assistance of Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, Florida Parishes Human Services Authority and ADAPT. We also had the support of Senator Beth Mizell and Representative Malinda White. Over the 12 month period, the Washington Parish Opioid Consortium will be implemented and meetings will be held to obtain input from parish leaders, those in the healthcare community, school systems, law enforcement, faith-based community and the general public. Based upon the input received from all parties, a Strategic Plan, a Workforce Plan and a Sustainability Plan will be written.

Based upon the information gathered and the three Plans, another grant will be written requesting funds to implement the program(s) identified in the plans that would best address the opioid crisis in Washington Parish. The Bogalusa Mayor's Wellness Council and Bogalusa Strong support these efforts to address the opioid epidemic in our city and parish.

If your schedule allows, we would appreciate your attendance at this meeting. 
Also, please bring a friend(s)!

District Attorney’s Office Provides Training For Criminal Justice Professionals

District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office hosted its annual training for criminal justice system professionals on October 29 and October 31 at the Bogue Chitto State Park Conference Center.

The Lewis V. Murray, III, Memorial Training For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, And Judges drew participants from the Louisiana State Park Rangers, Department of Corrections and Public Safety, Louisiana Probation and Parole Office, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bogalusa Police Department, and Franklinton Police Department.

Featured speakers included the following: Assistant District Attorneys David Merlin Duke, Shea Penton, David Craig, Iain Dover and David Weilbaecher; Joseph Dominick of the Florida Parishes Detention Center; Susan Johnannsen of the State of Louisiana, Community Forensic Services; and Stephen Allport and Robert Weir of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The speakers covered a range of topics, including “Juvenile Delinquency and Detention,” “Tactics Used at Criminal Trial,” “New Developments in the Law,” “Building a Sex Offense Prosecution Case,” “Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System,” and the “Policies and Procedures of the Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security.”

The free training was open to anyone employed in the criminal justice system. It is named in honor of the late Lewis Murray, III, the longtime Assistant District Attorney who headed the Washington Parish District Attorney’s Office until his death in April 2018.

Bogalusa Strong November Monthly Meeting Cancelled

Bogalusa Strong's November meeting has been cancelled due to it falling during the Thanksgiving
Holiday Week. They wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

We CAN-CER Vive Tutu Trot is Saturday, Nov. 9th

Press Release                                                                     

(click the image for a clearer view)
Bogalusa Strong, the Cancer Association of Louisiana/Greater New Orleans, Bogalusa and Washington Parish local cancer survivors invites all community members to join them for the 1st Annual “We CAN-CER Vive” Tutu Trot this Saturday November 9th at 8:00 AM at Cassidy Park.

This event will raise funds to benefit Washington Parish cancer patients, survivors and their families to help them cope with the physical and emotional challenges of a cancer diagnosis and the survivors’ journey. The mission is to raise awareness, educate and support local cancer patients and survivors. The Tutu Trot provides an opportunity for families, community members, churches, businesses, and community organizations to run, walk, trot or wobble to support their neighbors, family members, employees currently on this journey or to walk in memory of a loved one. A day to celebrate the hope and strength of survivors.


Rose Mary Smith
March 09, 1957 - November 03, 2019

Today in History for November 6th

AP Top Stories November 6, 2019 AM

November 05, 2019

Franklinton Man Indicted on Sex Crimes – Victims Under 13

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Logan W.
Jarrell (26) of Franklinton, Thursday (October 31, 2019) on five counts of sex crimes involving victims under the age of 13.

Jarrell is accused of committing aggravated/first degree rape and sexual battery in November 2014 on a victim who was 11 years old at the time. He also is accused of aggravated crime against nature between January and April of this year on a victim who was under 13 years old. In addition, Jarrell is accused of sexual battery and indecent behavior between August 2008 and August 2010 with a victim, who was then 6 or 7 years old.

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


Glendron Brumfield Bouligny
May 23, 1944 - November 01, 2019

Osyka Civic Club 2nd Annual Christmas Pageant is Nov. 23rd

The Osyka Civic Club is hosting their 2nd Annual Christmas Pageant on Saturday, November 23,
2019 from 2 PM to 7 PM at the Osyka Baptist Church located at 113 Pike Street in Osyka, MS.

Hammond Man Dies in St. Tammany Crash

On Monday evening (November 4, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded
to a serious injury crash involving one vehicle on Interstate 12 approximately 3 miles west of LA 1077 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 60-year-old John B. Poche of Hammond.

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

Franklinton Fire and Rescue is Looking for Volunteers

A Message from Franklinton Fire and Rescue

Do you have what it takes to become a Volunteer Fire Firefighter?

When a fire, a disaster or medical emergency strikes, you take it for granted that your call for help will be answered, right? It will be…but only because there are volunteers who willingly contribute their time and energy to keeping our community safe. Our men and women are truly amazing, and they come from every walk of life; they work and live all around you.

A volunteer firefighter shares an unselfish, often underappreciated commitment to being there…ready to serve… whenever and wherever a crisis occurs. That is truly being a good neighbor.
Are you that kind of neighbor? Are you ready to stand up and do your part when the pager goes off? t isn’t a decision to take lightly. It takes training, hard work and courage, but it can also be the most satisfying and rewarding thing you've ever done.

We are always actively recruiting volunteers. If you think you're up to the challenge, then you can contact us by facebook messenger, dropping by the station, and/or calling us. Come join our team!!!

Click here for the website and click here for the Facebook page.

20th Annual Bogalusa Lighted Christmas Parade is Nov. 28th


Rudolph Pierce, Jr.
October 09, 1943 - October 28, 2019


Bobby Gisele Magee, Sr.
March 12, 1958 - November 01, 2019


John Murray Pierce
January 06, 1966 - November 02, 2019

Washington Parish Bookings November 4, 2019

Wes Hartzog was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, and Criminal Damage
Monica Smith was booked on the charge of Theft 5000-25000
Kenneth Mixon was booked on the charge of Stalking

Today in History for November 5th

AP Top Stories November 5, 2019 AM

November 04, 2019

Grand Jury Indicts Bogalusa Man In Infant’s Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Tyrease
Brumfield (20) of Bogalusa, Wednesday (Ocober. 30, 2019) of first degree murder in the death of an eight-month-old girl in August.

The child had been left in Brumfield’s care for a couple of hours on August 19, 2019, but the child was found non-responsive when the mother returned. The infant was declared dead a short time later at Our Lady of Angels hospital in Bogalusa, and an autopsy indicated that blunt force trauma caused massive damage to the child’s liver, which resulted in considerable and rapid blood loss.

The case was investigated by Bogalusa Police Department Detective Jeff Bergeron and presented to the grand jury by David A. Weilbaecher, Jr.

Click here for a previous related story

Mississippi Inmate Escapee Sought

The Mississippi Department of Corrections is looking for Dennis Farrell Blansett (46), who left supervision earlier this afternoon (November 4, 2019).

Blansett, who is housed in the Pike County Community Work Center, was on a work detail for the Mississippi Department of Transportation at about 1:09 p.m. and was last seen in the area of Highway 51 three miles north of Bogue Chitto, MS. His record includes convictions on five counts of non-residential burglary and one count of taking a motor vehicle in Marion County.

If you see Blansett, please call 662-745-6611 or your nearest law enforcement agency.


Prentiss Rickey Carroll
August 2, 1958 - October 29, 2019

Help STPSO Identify This Suspect

The Varnado Store Museum's Holiday Exhibit

Visit the Varnado Store Museum in Franklinton and check out their Holiday Exhibit. There are only about four weeks to see this exhibit as they are closed the weekend after Thanksgiving, the weekend of December 7th and 8th for their festival in the commercial building at the fairgrounds in Franklinton, and the weekend after Christmas and the weekend after New Year.

Washington Parish Sheriff Seeks Third Vehicle Burglar Suspect

After the arrest October 30, 2019 arrest of two Washington Parish men for vehicle burglaries, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking a third person suspected of numerous counts of the same crime.

Any person who knows the whereabouts of Carey Williams, Jr., is asked to call the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at (985) 661-2024 or go to the Sheriff’s Office website at and leave a tip through email.

“If Mr. Williams is reading this notice, I advise you to come to the Sheriff’s Office and surrender voluntarily,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “This will be easier for you in the long run, because eventually we will locate and arrest you.”

Washington Parish Bookings November 3, 2019

Shirley Warren was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense), Driving Under Suspension, Open Container in Vehicle, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, and Failure to Apply for Louisiana Drivers License
Dennis Davis was booked on the charge of Simple Assault
Rodney Magee was booked on the charges of Vehicle Burglary, Resisting an Officer, Simple Battery, and Theft by Shoplifting Under 100
Lucas Luper was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Failure to Appear (2 count)

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November 03, 2019

Washington Parish Bookings November 1-2, 2019

Joelle Bernard was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Driving Under Suspension, and Open Container in Vehicle
Megan Crain was booked on the charges of Attachment and Failure to Appear
Elvis Singleton was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Jesse Brown was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, No MVI, and No Insurance
Victoria Wyman was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Careless Operation, and Driving Under Suspension

Today in History for November 3rd

November 01, 2019


Jimmy "Rusty" Williams, Jr.
May 20, 1977 - October 30, 2019


Allie Mae Branton
April 14, 1936 - October 31, 2019


Russell Wayne Boleware
January 30, 1970 - October 30, 2019

Abraham Announces $125,000 for Adapt Inc. of Bogalusa

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced today that Adapt Inc. of Bogalusa will
receive a federal grant in the amount of $125,000 from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program.

“Adapt provides an array of services to the Washington Parish community with the goal of identifying and preventing substance abuse and sexual violence,” Abraham said. "As a physician, I'm glad to see these federal dollars coming home to Louisiana where they can help to improve our communities."

Rusty Fornea, Executive Director of Adapt Inc of Bogalusa, said the funds will be used primarily for prevention and education, targeting nine to twenty year olds, and addressing underage drinking, marijuana use, and opiod use.  Adapt provides services throughout Washington Parish, primarily through the schools,  and in support of the Youth Coalition which consists of sixty-seven members currently.

Youth Business Fair in Bogalusa is November 9th

A Youth Business Fair will be held at Cassidy Park on Saturday (November 9, 2019) from 9 AM to 12 PM.

The event is hosted by Bogalusa, Did You Know? Kids ages 5-16 set up vendor booths to sell their items. The booths must be pre-registered and the booth pre-approved. This activity is aimed at teaching responsibility, the value of a dollar and aspects of being a business owner.

"An Evening With the Angels" Event is Tomorrow

 "An Evening With the Angels" is an event hosted by Our Lady of the Angels Hospital and will be Saturday (November 2, 2019) from 6 PM to 10 PM at American Legion located at 63349 Highway 10 in Bogalusa. Tickets for the event range from $50 to $1000 and available from

The event includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, provided by your favorite area restaurants, an open bar, music, live and silent auctions, and more. All proceeds help to enhance the innovation delivered by Our Lady of the Angels Hospital and Physician Group Clinics every day.

Last Person Sentenced (28 Years) in Disturbing Amite Case

Terry Knope (46) was sentenced to 336 months imprisonment yesterday (October 31, 2019) in the
Eastern District of Louisiana for conspiring with other members of his family to obtain forced, unpaid household labor and services from an adult woman with cognitive disabilities and for assaulting the victim, violating her rights, and for helping others manufacture methamphetamine on his property.

“Today’s sentence concludes the prosecution of one (of the) most appalling acts of depravity this District has seen in recent memory. Terry Knope along with co-conspirators, Bridget Lambert and Raylaine Knope, participated in truly horrific crimes against one of the most susceptible members of our society. I hope that the conclusion of this case will bring a measure of justice and finality to the victim,” said Eastern District of Louisiana U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser.

“The sentence handed down today to Terry Knope is most fitting for his appalling actions,” said Special Agent in Charge Bryan A. Vorndran of FBI New Orleans. “The conditions and torment the victim endured were simply unfathomable; no human deserves such treatment. Protecting the civil rights of all persons within the United States remains a cornerstone of the FBI’s mission.”

On May 20, Knope pleaded guilty to one count of forced labor conspiracy, one count of violating the victim's federal Fair Housing Act rights, one count of a Hate Crime, and one count of misprision of a felony. At his plea hearing, Knope admitted that, between August 13, 2015, and June 30, 2016, in Amite, Louisiana, he 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 he forced the victim to live in a locked backyard cage and to perform housework and yard work in exchange for food and water. He further admitted that he and his co-conspirators subjected the victim to routine physical abuse, threats, and verbal and psychological abuse designed to ensure the victim's continued compliance with the family’s orders. As examples of this abuse, the defendant admitted that he once intentionally burned the victim  with a cigarette lighter while another family member held the victim in place so she could not escape. Knope further admitted that, because of the victim's disability, he forced her to live in the locked backyard cage and shot her with a B.B. gun at close range, and that he also helped others produce methamphetamine on his property. 

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.


Mary Elizabeth "Cookie" Partman
October 04, 1946 - October 20, 2019

Slidell Woman Guilty In Stabbing Death Of Her Aunt

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Kenya A.
Despenza (40) of Slidell guilty as charged of second degree murder Thursday (October 31, 2019) for stabbing her aunt to death in the home they shared. Despenza faces mandatory life in prison when she is sentenced November 6, 2019 by District Judge Martin E. Coady.

The victim, Dianne Bercy, who had opened her home in Slidell to Despenza when her troubled niece had nowhere else to go, was stabbed 56 times sometime between the night of July 28th last year and the following morning. When family members did not hear from Bercy for a few days, they went to her home to check on her and found her body in her bedroom. Bercy’s car also was missing. Detectives later located the car at University Medical Center in New Orleans, where Despenza had admitted herself for a mental evaluation.

Washington Parish Bookings October 31, 2019

Bryce Landry was booked In For Court and on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts) and Failure to Appear
Asthon Sheridan was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Andrew Vaughn was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jamichael Spikes was booked on the charges of Armed Robbery (2 counts), Theft of Firearm, and Home Invasion
Duane Greely was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Darris Whittine was booked on the charge of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s)

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