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November 27, 2019

Obituary

Helen Morgan Erwin
December 27, 1937 - November 26, 2019

Bogalusa Council Meeting Agenda for December 3, 2019

NOTICE OF BOGALUSA CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
Bogalusa City Hall, 214 Arkansas Street, Bogalusa, Louisiana

AGENDA:

1. Call to Order.
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Roll call
4. Approval of the minutes held at the Bogalusa City Council Meeting on November 18, 2019.
5. Recognitions and Awards: None
6. Adoption of Resolutions:
A RESOLUTION authorizing the retaining of Robert A. Neilson CPA, to provide Professional Accounting Services for the City of Bogalusa as per Engagement Letter dated November 21, 2019. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
A RESOLUTION authorizing Robert A. Neilson, CPA, to provide Professional Accounting Services for the LLA’s Statewide Agreed-Upon Procedures (SAUP’S), for the fiscal period ending December 31, 2019. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
7. Introduction of Ordinances:
AN ORDINANCE approving and adopting the City of Bogalusa Operating Budget and Capital Budget for the Fiscal Year beginning January 1, 2020. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
8. Public Hearings & Adoption of Ordinances:
AN ORDINANCE to approve the 2019 Revised Budget. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
AN ORDINANCE to issue a special use permit to American Dream Homes of Washington Parish, LLC for construction of condominiums allowing three (3) to six (6) multi-family units per lot of property located at West 16th and Avenue I and H, specifically Block 28, Lots 1-40, and to provide for related matters. (Introduced by Fiscal Administrator Richard).
9. Public Participation
10. Administrative Remarks.
11. Other Council Discussion.
12. Announcements: Next Council Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
13. Adjournment.

Signed: __________________________
Brenda Ford, City Council Secretary
City of Bogalusa___________________
214 Arkansas Street________________
985-732-6202_____________________

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Judy Gray at 985-732-6211 ext. 249 describing the assistance that is necessary.
As required by LA. R. S. 42:14, the City Council will allow a public comment period at any point in the meeting prior to action on an agenda item upon which a vote is to be taken.

Washington Parish Bookings November 25-26, 2019

Darryl Singleton was booked In From Court
Logan Thompson was booked on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Damion Thompson was booked on the charges of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon and Carrying a Concealed Weapon

Today in History for November 27th

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November 26, 2019

Deputies Respond to Covington-Area Fatal Crash

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office reported today that shortly before 7 p.m. Monday night
(November 25, 2019), deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash on West Frontage Road near Fairway Drive in the Covington area.

The investigation has revealed that Charles Juncker (66), for unknown reasons, failed to negotiate a curve and traveled into the opposing lane of traffic where he struck a 2014 Ford Explorer.

Juncker's passenger, a 91-year-old woman, was transported to a local hospital, where she died several hours later. Juncker and the driver of the Ford Explorer were transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Juncker was issued a citation for Careless Operation. Toxicology is pending and impairment is suspected to be a factor in the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

Today in History for November 26th

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November 25, 2019

Three Arrested & More Sought in St. Tammany Armed Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested three individuals and are looking to identify
and arrest more following an incident that occurred late Thursday night (November 21, 2019) in the Tammany Hills area near Covington.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to the area of Sixth Street and Henry Clay Avenue near Covington in reference to a report of an armed robbery. The victim had been lured to that area by a 15-year-old girl he met on social media. Once at the location he was met by the girl and her 13-year-old friend. He was then approached by a group of males, one of whom produced a handgun and demanded the keys to the victim’s vehicle. The males took cash and other items as well as the victim’s wallet and car keys before fleeing the area.

The two females were arrested that night for Armed Robbery and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center. On Saturday (November 22, 2019), one of the males, Kendalyn Barrie, was identified and arrested for Armed Robbery in connection with the crime. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. All three arrested resided in the Tammany Hills area.

Detectives are looking to identify the other individuals, described as black males, who were involved in the robbery.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

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Obituary

Lola Nell Knight
August 10, 1937 – November 25, 2019

Obituary

Peggye Smith Morris-Huddleston
August 22, 1936 - November 24, 2019

Obituary

Alston C. Williams
May 6, 1942 – November 24, 2019

Obituary

William Douglas Kennedy, Sr. 
June 14, 1938 - November 23, 2019

UPDATE: TPSO Arrests 2 in Murder of Independence Man

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reported today (November 25, 2019), the arrests of Gerrell Perry (18) of Independence and Julius Gales of Hammond in connection to the murder of 27-year-old Pere Jackson of Hammond. Additional arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

Perry was charged with Accessory to First Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice last Thursday (November 21, 2019). Gales, who was  initially taken into custody on the unrelated charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Parole Violation, was also additionally charged with Accessory to First Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice on Saturday (November 23, 2019).

Jackson had been reported missing since November 15, 2019. His vehicle was located in Hammond later in the day of November 15, 2019 and his body was located near the edge of a wooded area on Dead End Street in Natalbany on November 18, 2019.

Sheriff Edwards is continuing to ask the public for help in gathering information that will lead to all of those responsible for taking the life of Pere Jackson. Please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

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Washington Parish Bookings November 23-24, 2019

Colton Owens was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Loud and Abusive Language and Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden
William Etzold was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Johnny Trail was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving Under Suspension, and Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Highway
Derrick Gibson was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Norwood Warren was booked on the charge of Attachment
Elizabeth Thomas was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Jesse Culbreath was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kameron Harris was booked on the charge of Criminal Damage

Obituary

Janice Craft Bertucci
November 13, 1948 - November 22, 2019

Today in History for November 25th

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November 23, 2019

Obituary

Kaydence Mae Buffinet
July 08, 2019 - November 20, 2019

Washington Parish Bookings November 22, 2019

Michael Rogers was booked on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
Blandon Rowell was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Brooke Kennedy was booked on the charges of Criminal Mischief, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Glenn Wells was booked on the charges of Obstructing Public Passage(s), Resisting an Officer, and Possession of Heroin
Bryce Landry was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts) and Failure to Appear
Charles Pickard was booked on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Troy Bennett was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Pokeyto Peters was booked on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence and Battery on a Police Officer

Today in History for November 23rd

November 22, 2019

Slidell: Two Arrests Made in McDonalds Shooting

Slidell Police have arrested Joshua Dixon (19) and Aaliyah Richardson (17), both of Slidell, in
connection with the shooting at McDonalds (3301 Pontchartrain Drive) that occurred Wednesday evening (November 20, 2019). Dixon was charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Richardson was charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder. More arrests are expected to be made.

Responding to a report of shots fired at the location, Slidell Police learned that a group of teenagers were involved in an altercation outside of the restaurant, resulting in an exchange of gunfire. One person had a graze wound to their hand. No one else was injured during the altercation.

The shooting incident sparked an outcry of concern by local residents, as well as a misconception of an increase of crime in our community. Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal made note of these issues, and wanted to publicly address them in the following statement:

Obituary

Ronald Keaton
April 6, 1956 - November 20, 2019

Ransomware Attack on Louisiana Government Still Problematic

On Tuesday (November 19, 2019), Governor Edwards advised that State websites and many online
government services had been affected as the state’s cyber security experts continue to respond to an attempted ransomware attack on state servers early Monday morning.

State services, including Louisiana’s Office of Motor Vehicles, continue to be affected. It was announced yesterday (November 21, 2019) that, “although significant progress has been made in the restoration of OMV customer services, OMV has announced that statewide offices will remain closed until Monday, November 25, 2019, to ensure systems are operational.”

Members of the public with business that is not available online should call the agency they need to work with directly.

“While it is nearly impossible to prevent all cyber attacks, because we have prioritized improving Louisiana’s cyber security capabilities, we were able to quickly neutralize the threat. The majority of the service interruption seen by employees and the public was due to our aggressive actions to combat the attack,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said. “We are confident we did not have any lost data and we appreciate the public’s patience as we continue to bring services online over the next few days.”

The Office of Technology Services has confirmed that this attempted ransomware attack is similar to the ransomware targeted at local school districts and government entities across the country this summer. There is no anticipated data loss and the state did not pay a ransom.

Full restoration of services may take several days. Louisiana State Police and several federal agencies are investigating this attempted ransomware attack.


STPSO Awarded Funding to Deter Drinking & Driving

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has been awarded a $194,230 grant by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission as part of the statewide Fatal and Injury Crash Reduction Effort.

Funds will be used
  • to supply additional manpower to conduct extra seat belt enforcement, DWI patrols and underage alcohol enforcement in St. Tammany Parish,
  • to increase deputy patrols in neighborhoods and on our highways during weekends and holidays,
  • to conduct sobriety checkpoints throughout the year, and 
  • to participate in the state-wide Click It or Ticket, Buckle Up in Your Truck and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns to educate residents on the importance of wearing seat belts and not drinking and driving.
“We want people to know that we are out there every day looking for drivers that are under the influence, and we hope the checkpoints this funding provides will serve as a deterrent,” Sheriff Smith said. “If you choose to consume alcohol, don’t drive. Have a designated driver or call a cab. If all options fail, call us and we will find you a safe ride.”

Washington Parish Man Jailed for Domestic Violence

Lucas Latino (24), a resident of Camp Road, remains in the Washington Parish Jail after his arrest on
Thursday (November 21, 2019) Latino faces charges of domestic abuse by strangulation, simple battery, aggravated criminal damage to property and resisting arrest by flight. The domestic battery charges require that he remain in jail until he appears before a 22nd Judicial District Judge.

Early Thursday morning, Washington Parish Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre, assisted by patrol deputy James Gregorio, responded to a report of domestic violence and damage to property on Camp Road. While driving to the scene, he encountered a pickup truck matching the description of the vehicle which had sped away from the scene. Sgt. Dupre pursued the vehicle on Jimi Thomas Road with blue lights and sirens for approximately one mile before the driver stopped. The driver was identified as Latino
.
The investigation revealed that Latino had physically assaulted his girlfriend who then fled to a neighbor’s house for safety. As the neighbor was calling the Sheriff’s Office for assistance, Latino rammed her residence with his truck and fled the scene.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the arrest. “Sgt. Dupre and Deputy Gregorio did an excellent job in quickly apprehending Mr. Latino. This is another example of a domestic violence situation which could have escalated without law enforcement interference. The act of domestic violence is absolutely unacceptable to this Sheriff and I am certain the District Attorney will follow through with appropriate action in this matter.”

Washington Parish Bookings November 21, 2019

Deborah Thomas was booked on the charge of Public Intimidation
Lucas Latino was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Battery of a Dating Partner, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, and Resisting Arrest by Flight
Deanna Anderson was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts), Failure to Pay Fine, and Contempt of Court

Today in History for November 22nd

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November 21, 2019

Hammond: Big Box Store Employee Arrested for Identity Theft

Tangipahoa Parish Daniel Edwards reports today that Tre'von Dixon (26) of Hammond was arrested on November 18, 2019 by the TPSO Financial and Cyber Crimes Unit after  a nearly three month investigation into a report of identity theft. The victim reported several unauthorized charges posted to her Region's bank account debit card made through Paypal amounting to nearly $1,000.00.

TPSO Detective Michael D'Amato was able to trace the IP address logs associated with the purchases to Dixon's residence in an apartment complex in Hammond.

It was learned Dixon was an employee at a local Big Box electronics store where the victim recently purchased a washing machine. It is believed this was the point of compromise for the victim's debit card information.

Dixon, along with his attorney, reported to the TPSO Hammond substation for questioning and Dixon confessed to his crimes. Dixon was booked for (1) count of Identity Theft.

Obituary

David Ernest McClendon, Sr.
April 11, 1969 - November 20, 2019

Help STPSO Locate This Missing Man

UPDATE: The Sierra truck has a Louisiana license plate W833594. Please call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office at (985) 898-2338 if you see a black truck with this license plate.

Washington Parish Bookings November 20, 2019

John Holden Crain was booked on the charges of Second Degree Battery and Aggravated Assault With a Firearm
John A. Crain was booked on the charge of Simple Battery
Marion Catalano was booked on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Attachment
Ashnia Anders was booked on the charges of Simple Battery and Home Invasion
Geremie Middleton was booked on the charges of Simple Battery and Home Invasion
Pamela Duhon was booked In From Court
Cadyn Painter was booked on the charges of Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Mufflers: Excessive Noise/Fumes/Smoke, and Failure to Use Turn Signal (2 counts)
Scott Jenkins was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Richard Hanson was booked on the charges of False Imprisonment Armed With Weapon, Domestic Abuse/Aggravated Assault, Second Degree Battery, Battery of a Dating Partner, Resisting an Officer, Battery on a Police Officer (2 counts), Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (6 counts)

Today in History for November 21st

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November 20, 2019

Obituary

Kenneth Ray Lea
November 15, 1945 - November 19, 2019

Washington Parish Bookings November 19, 2019

Raven Brown was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Trevor Owens was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, Probation and Parole Hold, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, and Battery on a Police Officer
Christopher Warren was booked on the charges of Hit and Run, Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, Obstruction of Justice, No MVI, No Insurance, Failure to Appear, and Failure to Change/Secure Registration
Jennifer Abelseth was booked on the charges of Simple Kidnapping (4 counts)

Obituary

Benjy Nell Brock
February 3, 1945 - November 18, 2019

Obituary

Sheila Ratcliff Stafford
August 19, 1960 - November 18, 2019

Today in History for November 20th

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November 19, 2019

Bogalusa Fiscal Administrator May Reverse Council Action

At the Bogalusa Council meeting Monday evening (November 18, 2019), Fiscal Administrator Joey Richard introduced the following ordinance: “AN ORDINANCE to issue a special use permit to American Dream Homes of Washington Parish, LLC for construction of condominiums allowing three (3) to six (6) multi-family units per lot of property located at West 16th and Avenue I and H, specifically Block 28, Lots 1-40, and to provide for related matters.”

The same matter had been considered at a Public Hearing held on October 15, 2019. After input from the public and much discussion, the ordinance was not approved by the Council.

However, Fiscal Administrator Richard apparently believes the matter has merit and is exercising his authority to, in effect, reverse the previous decision of the Council. Richard introduced the ordinance and, after a Public Hearing to be held on December 3, 2019, will cast the only vote to approve or not approve the ordinance.

Before Richard introduced the ordinance, the Council voted unanimously to table the matter but, after much discussion, reversed that action. City Attorney Dale Branch was consulted and stated he was made aware of the matter only a few minutes before the meeting, that he did not know if the Council could thwart the action by the Fiscal Administrator, and that the matter may need to be resolved by the Court or by an Attorney General opinion.

The Council, and most of the residents who spoke, objected to Richard's actions. The objections can be summarized as that the will of the people and decision of the Council can be overridden by the Fiscal Administrator.
  • Some expressed their understanding that the Fiscal Administrator had only been appointed to resolve the City's financial woes. But Richard advised the Council that he has broad authority and has received confirmation that he has the authority to take the action which he is taking.
  • An objection was made that Richard already has his mind made up. But Richard stated that he will keep an open mind regarding a decision on the ordinance.
  • One objection was that Richard had apparently been given “absolute authority” and that was too much.
Mr. Richard responded to questions by residents and Council members and committed to listening to input during the Public Hearing on December 3, 2019.

To view video of the meeting, go to our Government Meetings page and scroll down to the Bogalusa Council meetings. There you will also find meetings of October 1, 2019 and October 15, 2019 in which the the matter of the condominiums is discussed.

Slidell: Two Arrested for Manufacturing Counterfeit Currency

Kenyatta Meads (44) and Lynn Pommier (46) were arrested by STPSO detectives on October 2, 2019 following the execution of a search warrant at a residence on Ninth Street in Slidell. Detectives found counterfeit money, as well as computers and other equipment utilized to manufacture the fake money. The two were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on charges stemming from the counterfeit money as well as in connection with narcotics and related paraphernalia found at the residence. Meads bonded out on October 25, 2019.

On November 7, 2019, STPSO detectives were executing another unrelated search warrant at a home on South Pontchartrain Drive in Lacombe, where Meads had been staying after he was released on bond from the October 2, 2019 arrest. Detectives uncovered more counterfeit currency as well as additional computers and equipment utilized to manufacture the fake money. Meads was arrested once again and booked back into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Ultimately, Meads will be arrested on a total of 191 counts of Monetary Instrument Abuse, one count of   Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, two counts of Possession of Schedule II Narcotics (Methamphetamine and Fentanyl) and one count of Possession of Schedule I Narcotics (Heroin).

Pommier was arrested for one count each of Monetary Instrument Abuse, Possession of Schedule I (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges and/or arrests are possible.

Obituary

Shanell Mark-Magee
March 19, 1977 - November 13, 2019

Obituary

J. C. McDonald
February 04, 1928 - November 15, 2019

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Vallerine Rogers Whitaker
August 09, 1924 - November 14, 2019

Obituary

Ulysses Elijah Garrett
July 17, 1947 - November 09, 2019

Body of Hammond Homicide Victim Located in Natalbany

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports today (November 19, 2019) that the search for missing Hammond resident Pere Eugene Jackson (27) ended late yesterday afternoon (November 18, 2019) after deputies responded to calls regarding a body found near a wooded area in Natalbany.

Pere was last seen at his residence on November 15, 2019, around 8:30 a.m. His vehicle, a silver 2007 Nissan Murano, was recovered on North Cherry Street in Hammond approximately two hours after he was last seen at his residence. 

Jackson's body was located near the edge of a wooded area on Dead End Street in Natalbany. Jackson’s death is believed to be the result of homicide. An autopsy to confirm the nature and cause of death has been scheduled. Information on how, or when Jackson died remains under investigation.

The TPSO is urging anyone with information to call the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 345-6150.  Anonymous tips and/or information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 800.554.5245, or through our website at tpso.org.

Obituary

Barry Darlynn McClain, Jr.
March 09, 1987 - November 10, 2019

Slidell Men Indicted In May Shooting Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury has indicted
Jules Clinton Johnson  (30) of Slidell, and Tony Smith (31) of Slidell with second degree murder in the shooting death of a 43-year-old man earlier this year.

Johnson also was indicted with possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon. Both men are accused of shooting to death Melvin Webb outside a Slidell bar in the early morning hours of May 19, 2019.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Smith Friday (November 15, 2019), with the assistance of a U.S. Marshals task force. Johnson was arrested in June.

Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford presented the case to the grand jury on November 7, 2019.

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Washington Parish Bookings November 18, 2019

Terry Buckhanan was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Michael Grabert was booked on the charge of Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Krista Newman was booked In For Court

Bogalusa Council meeting of November 18, 2019

Today in History for November 19th

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November 18, 2019

Reminder: Senior Luncheons are This Week!

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal has announced their Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheons. These are for senior adults only.

The luncheon on the east side of Washington Parish will be Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at American Legion located 63349 Highway 10 in Bogalusa.

The luncheon on the west side of Washington Parish will be Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Lasting Impressions Event Center located at 1004 Bene street in Franklinton.

Tylertown's Craft Show & Bazaar is Fri. & Sat.


Washington Parish Bookings November 15-17, 2019

Katie Morris was booked on the charges of Leaving Scene of Accident, Driving Under Suspension, and Careless Operation
Mya Baker was booked on the charges of Attachment and Contempt of Court
Lucas Luper was booked In From Court
Joshua Walters was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
Justin Hogan was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Hit and Run, Failure to Report Accident, Careless Operation, No Proof of Insurance, and Driving Under Suspension

Today in History for November 18th

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November 16, 2019

Election Results for November 16th

Unofficial returns from the Louisiana Secretary of State, with 99% of precincts reporting, reflect that Incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards with 51% will defeat Republican "Eddie" with 49% and remain Governor of Louisiana. About 32,000 votes separated the two. Washington Parish opted for Risponse (52%) over Edwards (48%).

In the only other statewide race, Kyle Ardoin handily defeated "Gwen" Collins-Greenup for Secretary of State by a margin of 59% to 41%. Again, these results are with 99% of precincts reporting.

In Washington Parish, Joe Culpepper defeated Melvin Keith in the run-off for Parish Council District 1 seat by a margin of 54% to 46% and 174 votes. This is with 100% of precincts reporting.

In the run-off for 22nd JDC District Judge (Division F), Vincent J. "Vinny" Lobello prevailed over Harold Bartholomew, Jr. by a margin of 54% to 46%. Washington Parish opted for Bartholomew 51% to 49% and 200 votes. This is with 100% of precincts reporting.

In the run-off for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (District 1), "Will" Crain won over Hans Liljeberg by a margin of 57% to 43%. This is with 100% of precincts reporting.

In the run-off for BESE (District 6), "Ronnie" Morris handily defeated Gregory Spiers by a margin of 72% to 28%. This is with 99% of precincts reporting.

St. Tammany Parish results show "Randy" Smith remains Sheriff, defeating "Tim" Lentz 57% to 43% and Michael "Mike" Cooper defeated Incumbent Patricia "Pat" Brister for Parish President 61% to 39%. This is with 100% of precincts reporting.

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Man Arrested for Second-Degree Murder in Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives, working together with members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, located and arrested Tony Smith (30) Friday afternoon (November 15, 2019).

A warrant was issued last week for Smith's arrest on the charge of second degree murder following a grand jury indictment.  STPSO detectives have been working with their counterparts with the U.S. Marshal’s Service to locate Smith.

Smith was located outside a business near the intersection of Gause Boulevard and Front Street in Slidell. He was taken into custody without incident and will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for L.R.S. 14:30.1 Second-degree murder in connection with a homicide that occurred May 19, 2019 at a business on Salmen Street in Slidell.

Suspect Sought in Slidell-Area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for James Salvant (19), a Slidell man in connection with a shooting that occurred Thursday evening (November 14) near Slidell.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Coast Boulevard in Slidell in reference to reports of gunshots being heard. A subject, in what is believed to be a silver or white Toyota Corolla, fired upon a second vehicle, which was occupied at the time by four individuals, as the two vehicle drove down Coast Boulevard.  The suspect vehicle then fled the area. After being fired upon, the driver of the other vehicle also attempted to leave the area but crashed into another vehicle near the intersection of Old Spanish Trail and Coast Boulevard.

No injuries were reported as a result of the gunfire nor the crash.

Friday afternoon, detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of Salvant in connection with the shooting. Salvant is wanted for one count of Illegal Use of a Firearm and four counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of James Salvant is asked to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Officer at (985) 898-2338.

**Booking photo is from a prior arrest.

Obituary

Dianna Watson Smith
December 10, 1943 - November 13, 2019

Today in History for November 16th

November 15, 2019

Former RCC Correctional Officers Indicted In Inmate’s Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury has indicted three
former officers at the Rayburn Correctional Center (RCC) in Angie on charges of malfeasance of office, conspiracy to commit malfeasance of office, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice in the death of an inmate earlier this year.

The former correctional officers, Brink Hillman, Gary King, and John Crain, are scheduled for an arraignment hearing on December 5, 2019 before District Judge William H. Burris. 

Hillman, King, and Crain, are accused of failing to execute their lawful duties, concerning a sickly inmate, who died while in their care on March 10, 2019. The former officers also are accused of tampering with evidence to distort the results of an investigation into the treatment of the inmate.

The officers were subsequently fired from RCC through administrative proceedings.

Assistant District Attorney David A. Weilbaecher, Jr., presented the case to the grand jury on October 30, 2019

Obituary

Ronald Frank Welsh
August 3, 1957 - November 12, 2019

Washington Parish Bookings November 13-14, 2019

Malcolm Butts was booked In From Court
Charles Folse was booked In For Court
Murry Duncan was booked In For Court
Roseph Williams was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)

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Today in History for November 15th

November 14, 2019

Obituary

Ricky Anthony Simmons
November 11, 2019

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Velda "Jean" Smith Byrd
April 23, 1940 - November 13, 2019

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Betty Hunt Erwin
June 19, 1935 - November 12, 2019

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Earl Lee Cotton, Sr.
December 24, 1954 - November 10, 2019

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Ervin James Hart
March 24, 1955 - November 03, 2019

Three Arrested at Parish Jail in Amite

Three Tangipahoa Parish residents were arrested November 8, 2019 on narcotics charges at the parish
jail in Amite. The incident began around 4:00 p.m., as TPSO Narcotics Agents observed Matthew Cooper (37) of Independence and Antonio Darnell Sheridan (48) of Hammond displaying erratic behavior while sitting in a vehicle in the parish jail parking lot.

Upon making contact, Sheridan attempted to flee from agents on foot. Sheridan reportedly attempted to throw away a glass pipe, commonly used to consume methamphetamine, and a large clear plastic bag containing approximately (7) grams of methamphetamine. After a brief struggle, Sheridan was detained and the items recovered. Sheridan was charged with the introduction of contraband into a penal institute, possession with intent to distribute CDS II, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting an officer.

Matthew Cooper was detained at the vehicle and found to be possession of a small piece of paper containing approximately .5 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Cooper was charged with the introduction of contraband to a jail facility and possession of CDS II.

While outside the jail facility attempting to conclude the aforementioned investigation, agents observed Kristina Sharp (33) of Independence walking toward Sheridan’s parked vehicle. Due to Sharp being a known associate of Cooper, she was detained pending further investigations. Sharp’s purse was located inside of Sheridan's vehicle. The purse reportedly contained a glass pipe commonly used to consume marijuana and suspected marijuana. Sharp claimed the purse to be hers and was charged accordingly.

Home Furnishings Theft Suspects Sought in Tangipahoa Parish

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that several individuals burglarized multiple units located at Clayton Mobile Homes in Hammond last week. The suspects entered several of the mobile home units and stole numerous pieces of home furnishings. The attached photo was taken from security cameras on the property.

The Hammond Police Department is currently working a similar case possibly involving these same suspects. If anyone is able to identity the subjects in the attached photos, please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective Kirby Varnado is leading this investigation for the TPSO.

TPSO Looking for Three Armed Robbery Suspects

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public's help in gathering information regarding an armed robbery that occurred last night (November 13, 2019) at the Big Boss Truck Stop on Highway 442, just outside of Tickfaw. TPSO Deputies discovered the incident when they stopped at the truck stop to purchase fuel.

About 1:00 a.m. this morning, as deputies entered the Big Boss Truck Stop parking lot, they observed the front door to be locked as a patron was attempting to enter the store. Deputies immediately cleared the area and secured the perimeter. Upon approaching the back side fo the building, they observed an open door and glass shattered on the floor throughout the store. While securing the inside of the building, deputies located the frightened cashier who was hiding in a locked office. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that about 11:30 p.m., three unknown masked males armed with handguns executed a coordinated entry into the Big Boss Truck Stop. One of the males locked the front door as the others held the cashier at gunpoint. The armed masked men then ransacked the store, stole merchandise, and emptied the cash register. The cashier was forced to open the safe and the suspects got away with approximately $25,000 in additional cash.

During the incident, one of the gunmen fired a shot at the floor striking and destroying the cashier's cell phone that had fallen to the floor as two of the gunmen jumped over the sales counter. After taking all they could carry, the gunmen forced the cashier into the walk-in freezer and threatened to shoot him if he attempted to exit before they made their getaway. All of the suspects were wearing masks, hoods and gloves.

The cashier was not physically harmed as a result of this violent incident. Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. TPSO Detective Michael D'Amato is the lead investigator on this case.

WPSO Fugitive Kidnapping Suspect Captured

Jennifer Abelseth, who has been sought by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, was captured
today (November 14, 2019) in Tangipahoa Parish. Acting on information received, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigator Kody Glenn contacted the Sheriff’s Office in Tangipahoa Parish who went to a location in the Natalbany area and arrested Abelseth.

She faces additional charges in Tangipahoa Parish and remains in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail this morning awaiting transfer to Washington Parish where she faces four counts of simple kidnapping. Her husband, Joshua Michael Abelseth (33) was captured November 8, 2019 and remains in the Washington Parish Jail also charged with four counts of simple kidnapping.

Joshua Abelseth and Jennifer Abelseth, who lost custody of their children through court order, reportedly took the children from their grandparents’ home in Washington Parish and fled the state. Joshua Abelseth returned the children to the grandparents' home on November 8, 2019 and was subsequently arrested by WPSO.

“Thanks to the hard work and diligence of our investigators,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “this case was resolved in just a few days. The children are safe at home with their custodial grandparents and the kidnappers are in jail. That is a good outcome. I am grateful not only to our investigators but also to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, other law enforcement agencies and the media outlets who were quick to disseminate all information about this unfortunate event.”

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Betty Zakowski Cagle
January 27, 1947 - November 12, 2019

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November 13, 2019

Bush Woman Dies in St. Tammany Crash

This morning (November 13, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a
serious injury crash involving one vehicle on LA 59 near LA 1088 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 63-year-old Marlene D. Williams of Bush.

Troopers determined that that the crash occurred as Williams was driving a Hyundai Elantra south on LA 59. For reasons still under investigation, Williams’ vehicle traveled off the roadway to the right and impacted an embankment. Despite being properly restrained, Williams sustained severe injuries in the crash. She was transported to an area hospital where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries.

As part of the investigation, blood samples were collected by St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for scientific analysis. The investigation remains ongoing as Troopers review the evidence.

Woman Wanted for Slidell Burglary Tied to Multi-state Crime Spree

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have tied a vehicle burglary that occurred in the
Slidell area earlier this year to a couple wanted for similar crimes in other states.
On September 24, 2019, STPSO deputies responded to a vehicle burglary that occurred at a Slidell-area preschool. The thieves used the victim’s stolen driver’s license to cash checks in the Slidell and Ocean Springs, Mississippi areas and to rent a vehicle in Miami, Florida.

Using surveillance video, detectives were able to identify the vehicle used in the crimes as well as to obtain a positive identification of one of the two perpetrators involved in what is now believed to be a multi-state crime spree. Also, the duo may be responsible for other burglaries that occurred in other local jurisdictions around the same timeframe.

On Thursday, November 7, 2019 a warrant was issued by the 22nd Judicial Court for the arrest of Cariann Marie Veasey (DOB: 11/14/1987) of Boca Raton, Florida for Simple Burglary. The second subject involved, a black male, is still unidentified as of this time.

Veasey and the unidentified black male subject have apparently been on a crime spree across the south, and Veasey has multiple warrants issued for her arrest, including the following states: Louisiana, Mississippi, and possibly Alabama and Florida.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Carianne Marie Veasey or with information about the black male who is accompanying her on these crimes, is asked to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338.

Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas is Dec. 7-8

A post by Franklinton Christmas Festival is "Take a step back into the olden days at the beautiful Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas. It will sure be a day to remember. You can start your day with a fantastic horse and buggy parade, visit Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas, step across to Varnado Museum s Christmas Festival with Arts and Crafts. Then as their doors close for the day come downtown for Lights and Lollipops and end your night with the first ever Franklinton Lighted Christmas Parade." See the Facebook page of Franklinton Lighted Christmas Parade for details

Washington Parish Bookings November 11-12, 2019

Samantha Creekkiller was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, Driving Under Suspension, Expired License Plate, and Improper Lane Usage
Charles Corrente was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Michael Cook was booked on the charges of Possession o Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17YOA
Amanda Beal was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, and Contempt of Court
Frederick Weary was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Malcolm Haley was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (4 counts)
Amanda Freeman was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Brenton Morris was booked In For Court
Derrick Dones was booked In For Court
Rachael Spears was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear

Abita Springs Man Gets 50 Years For Sexual Battery Of A Minor

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jinel Sexton (39) of Abita Springs was sentenced
Friday (November 8, 2019) as a multiple offender by District Judge Scott Gardner to 50 years in prison for sexual battery of a victim under 13.

Sexton had been found guilty by a St. Tammany Parish jury on October 25, 2019 of committing sexual battery on a 12-year-old girl in January 2017. The victim first reported the incident to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in a call to 9-1-1. She said Sexton gave her three pills, which made her fall asleep, and she awakened in the bed with him touching her sexually.

The jury rejected Sexton’s claim that he was the one who fell asleep and woke up to find the victim on top of him. The jury voted unanimously to find him guilty. The defendant has prior convictions for simple burglary, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, simple battery, criminal damage to property and possession of marijuana.

Assistant District Attorneys Casey Dieck and Holly McGinness prosecuted the case with the help of District Attorney’s Office Investigator Chris Johnson. The case was investigated by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office under the guidance of lead detective Carli Messina.

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November 12, 2019

Addiction Recovery Center in Washington Parish is a Reality

Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials welcomed Woodlake Addiction Recovery to Bogalusa at a welcoming ceremony Tuesday morning (November 12, 2019). Occupying the old charity hospital facility, the center will offer addiction and recovery services and anticipates serving over 1000 annually. The facility will have 50 inpatient beds and offer outpatient services and medical detox treatment. An added benefit to our community is the creation of approximately 50 jobs.

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

The speakers described the opioid crisis that exists in our communities and how Woodlake will be addressing the crisis head-on, positively changing and saving lives. Representative Malinda White was recognized for spearheading the project, with Governor Edwards referring to her as “the most persistent person I have ever met” and Secretary Gee saying “you are unsinkable and you will not be told no”. White spoke, describing why bringing the facility to Bogalusa was (and is) near and dear to her heart.

Although it was a cold and windy morning, the ceremony was well-attended by local officials and other members of the community.

Help Slidell Police Identify This Jewelry Theft Suspect

The Slidell Police Department is asking for your help identifying a man responsible for stealing over $10,000 worth of jewelry from a local jewelry store.

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, around 4:00 p.m., an unidentified male entered RG Jewelers (1414 Gause Boulevard), brazenly opened a jewelry case, and stole over $10,000 worth of goods. The thief fled in a newer model Chevrolet Colorado (color: grey) pickup truck.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kyle Taylor at 985-646-6174 or ktaylor@slidellpd.com. You can also submit a tip on our website, www.slidellpd.com. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111. You may be eligible for a cash reward.

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State Fire Marshall's Home Heating Safety Tips

The State Fire Marshal's Office wants to remind all families of these important home heating safety tips as they ready for what is being predicted as the coldest temperatures of the season yet:
  • Place space heaters 3-5 feet from combustible objects like blankets
  • Plug all heating appliances directly into wall outlets, not power strips or extension cords
  • Do not use stoves or ovens to heat homes
  • Don't overfill fireplaces/wood burning stoves
  • Do not leave candles/open flames (or space heaters) left unattended
  • Have working smoke alarms in your home!
Please watch the video and share it with your friends and loved ones!

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Betty McGehee
November 21, 1927 - November 12, 2019

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Lillian Powe
October 30, 1930 - November 12, 2019

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James Michael Pittman
July 3, 1935 – November 11, 2019

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Dorothy Sturtevant
December 13, 1924 - November 10, 2019

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Rev. John Taylor Lowery
May 19, 1937 - November 10, 2019

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Martha Jane Bateman Mizell
October 8, 1933 - November 10, 2019

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November 11, 2019

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

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

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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)

Obituary

James Starnes
July 27, 1945 - November 9, 2019

Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center Welcoming Ceremony

Press Release

What:
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.

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

Where: 
Woodlake Addiction Recovery 400 Memphis St., Bogalusa, LA

Who: 
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

Why: 
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