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December 07, 2019

Three Arrested in November 5th Covington Shooting

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the Covington Police Department responded to the 900 block of North Florida Street in Covington to investigate a shooting where one man received a critical gunshot wound. Yesterday (December 6, 2019), Covington Police announced the arrests, with the assistance of the St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, of three persons in relation to the shooting.
Avery Fabre (19), Mikhail Washington (26), and Markell Powell (27) were each charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder. Powell was additionally charged with Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses, Distribution or Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of Marijuana or Synthetic Cannabinoids (Marijuana).

Obituary

Joyce Elizabeth Brown
January 20, 1930 - December 6, 2019

STPSO: Hit & Run Injures 2 Juveniles on a Bicycle

Shortly after 5:30 pm Friday (December 6, 2019) St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were
dispatched to the area of Beau Chene Drive and Oak Drive, in the Beau Chene subdivision in Mandeville in reference to a crash involving an SUV and bicycle travelling with two (2) juveniles.

The vehicle struck the juveniles who were riding together on a single bicycle. A 13-year-old female and a 6-year-old male were transported to a local-area hospital. The 13-year-old sustained non-life threatening injuries and the 6-year-old was airlifted to a Southshore hospital in critical condition.

In the early morning hours of Saturday (December 7, 2019), the STPSO was notified that an individual, later identified as Joel Evans Cairns (31) wished to surrender himself to deputies in reference to the hit and run crash.

Cairns, a Mandeville-area resident, was taken into custody without incident and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of Felony Hit And Run (2 counts), Careless Operation, and Driving Under Suspension.

Slidell Man Arrested Sex Crimes Against Children & Animals

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office has arrested Ian Bagley (33) of Slidell on 11 counts of
possessing pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13, 3 counts of producing pornography involving juveniles, 2 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles, 46 counts of sexual abuse of animals, one count of felony carnal knowledge with a juvenile, one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile, one count of computer aided solicitation of a minor, and one count of oral sexual battery.

“I am committed to protecting Louisiana’s children from those who seek to exploit and abuse them,” said General Landry. “I am grateful for the dedicated men and women at our office and with our law enforcement partners who find child predators, get them off our streets, and bring them to justice.” The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Mandeville Police Department, Slidell Police Department, and St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” pressed General Landry. “I encourage anyone with information regarding Ian Bagley to call the LBI toll-free at 1-800-256-4506; callers may remain anonymous.”

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December 06, 2019

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Milton Wayne Fleming
May 28, 1946 - December 3, 2019

The Case of a Slidell Teen Found Floating in a Texas Bayou

Kacie Doucet (38) of Lafourche Parish pleaded guilty Wednesday (December 4, 2019) to conspiring to distribute ketamine which resulted in the death of a Slidell, Louisiana teenager. The body of Vincent Stolese (18) was found floating in a Texas bayou on March 2, 2016.

In 2016, Stolese was living with his grandfather in Slidell after graduating from high school.

Doucet and others conspired to incapacitate the teenager with drugs so that he could be transported to law enforcement authorities in Texas. Two of the conspirators wanted the teenager so they would not lose the $6000 bond they had posted for him months earlier.

"Celebrating the Season" in Tylertown, MS

The Country Christmas Festival is a holiday tradition where local artisans demonstrate their crafts at several downtown businesses. Many businesses also offer free refreshments, making the Craft Show well received by both vendors and the public. The festival is part of the Walthall Chamber of Commerce Christmas promotion, “Celebrating the Season”.

THS Stage Band will perform two 30-minute sets – one at 4 pm and another at 5 pm during the Country Christmas Festival Craft Show at the Agri-Heritage Center on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. The CRAFT SHOW will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and how about all of these great vendors?

Klara Reid – crochet, jelly, pickles, bread, essential oils, salve
Dot Johnson - Baked Goods, Candies, Jewelry, and Crafts
Ashley Payne - face painting, handmade bath bombs, windchimes
Ragen Spears - soap, bath products, jewelry, hand-painted art
Diane Turnage – honey and sewing apparel
Stan Todd – hand-thrown stoneware pottery
Becky Dyson – wreaths, ceramic coasters, luminaries, Christmas decorations
Charlotte Starrett - stained glass gifts, chimes, and ornaments
Melinda Moak – baked goods and pecans
Gary Weaver - hand painted plaques, antiques, collectable knives, gifts from England
Ann Stevens – driftwood, silver jewelry, and cookies
Mary Buford - Baked goods, fashion wear, religious wear, Watkins Products, novelties
Rita Peterson - dip and dinner mixes, crochet, and embroidery
Glenn and Lois McCullough – wood crafts, hand-made furniture, and gifts
Ken Moss - jewelry, crochet, leather items
Stephanie Neal - Scentsy (waxmelts, warmers, kids stuff, etc.)
Debbie Whiitington - sunchimes, hand-painted ornaments, magnets, suncatchers
Jennifer Koepp – rocks, arrowheads, gemstones
Theola Smith - hand-sewn items, throws, bags, etc.
Lynne Sumrall - crochet
Sarah Boyce - bath bombs, candles, waymelts, pillow dresses, vinyl crafts
Victoria Schilling - gourd art
Lateria Magee - paparazzi
Ginger Calcote - wreaths, Christmas gifts, woodworking
Vicky Bales - Christmas Tree wreaths, angels, poinsettia wreaths, unicorn wall hangers
Shirley Hartman - welcome boards wreaths, candles, benches
Carla Johnson- homemade oven hangers, aprons, etc.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 5, 2019

Nikko Pittman was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Simple Burglary, Domestic Abuse/Pregnant Woman, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, and Simple Kidnapping
Ethan Seals was booked on the charge of Sexual Battery
Derrick Anthony was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

Obituary

Irwin Aldrich Sticker
June 26, 1930 - December 04, 2019

Today in History for December 6, 2019

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December 05, 2019

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Danny Lee Francis
May 19, 1957 - December 01, 2019

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Margie Louise Ard Smith
November 01, 1946 - December 04, 2019

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Carroll Ray Dugan
November 23, 1946 - December 5, 2019

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Edwin Jay Burris
September 18, 1956 - November 30, 2019

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Bobby L. Stinson
November 07, 1943 - December 03, 2019

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John David Landry
June 29, 1963 - December 3, 2019

Murder Indictment in Mandeville Police Shooting

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Mark E.
Spicer, Jr. (21) of Covington, Wednesday (December 4, 2019) with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and three additional charges in a shooting that killed Mandeville Police Department Captain Vincent Liberto, Jr., and wounded a fellow officer on September 20, 2019.

Spicer also was indicted on charges of aggravated flight from an officer, obstruction of justice by tampering with evidence, and illegal possession of stolen firearms. He is accused of shooting Liberto and Officer Ben Cato as they attempted to make a traffic stop at the exit ramp from Causeway Boulevard to Louisiana Highway 22.

Liberto was a decorated U.S. Marine combat veteran who worked nearly 30 years in law enforcement, including 25 years at the Mandeville Police Department.

The investigation into the shooting was conducted by the Louisiana State Police with the assistance of local law enforcement agencies. “On behalf of the Mandeville Police Department, I would like to personally thank the Louisiana State Police for the hundreds of investigative hours they have put into detailing the events surrounding Captain Liberto’s murder,” Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker said. “Their objectivity and consummate professionalism throughout this investigation is to be commended. As we enter the next phase in our pursuit of justice for Captain Vincent Liberto Jr. and his family, I am equally confident in the capabilities and resolve of our District Attorney’s Office. My department, my community, and I all continue to stand with the Liberto family and will do so through final adjudication, no matter the length of time it may take.”

Assistant District Attorney Bruce Dearing, Chief of Trials, presented the case to the grand jury and will prosecute it, along with Criminal Division Chief Collin Sims.

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 4, 2019

Jerry Vince was booked In For Court
Larry Smith was booked In For Court
Joshua Hicks was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Jeremy Penton was booked on the charges of Probation Violation, Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements, Failure to Comply/Duty of Offender to Notify Law Enforcement, and Failure to Give Notification of Sex Offender 21 Day
Shannon Smith was booked In For Court
Laura Nuber was booked In For Court

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December 04, 2019

Heated Bogalusa Council Meeting Tuesday Evening

The stage was set for a heated Bogalusa Council meeting Tuesday evening (December 3, 2019) and what was expected to happen, did. A Public Hearing was held on the ordinance to facilitate the proposed construction of condominiums in the City. Residents and Council Members spoke in opposition, both to the ordinance and to Fiscal Administrator “Joey” Richard's perceived overreach of his authority. In the end, Richard disagreed with all objections, cast the only vote and approved the ordinance.

The ordinance in question was introduced by Richard at the November 18, 2019 meeting: “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 believed the proposal has merit, asserted his authority, and has reversed the previous decision by the Council.

Objections to the proposed construction included questions on drainage, the need for the housing, lack of a market study, lack of an impact study on the neighborhood and current residents, failure to consider alternate locations, and fears of a dramatic increase in traffic in the quiet neighborhood. The proposal's plan regarding the lease/purchase of the condominiums was also extensively questioned.

Objections were even more heated regarding the Fiscal Administrator's perceived overreach of his authority and his motives for approving a project that the residents and the Council oppose.

Most residents and Council Members apparently expected that the Fiscal Administrator's mandate was to solve the financial woes of the City, primarily concerning the retirement system funding and the Choctaw Landfill debt. They did not expect that the Fiscal Administrator would thwart the will of the people and their elected Council and Mayor in other matters.

The State's Fiscal Review Committee voted on February 18, 2019 to place the City of Bogalusa under Fiscal Administration and on May 31, 2019 William J. “Rusty” Knight appointed Albert J. “Joey” Richard, III as the Fiscal Administrator for the City of Bogalusa, as recommended by the Attorney General and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.


View video of the meeting below. Also, go to our Government Meetings page and scroll down to the Bogalusa Council meetings. There you will also find video of previous meetings in which the matter of the condominiums is discussed.

Obituary

John Truman Causey
December 31, 1930 - December 03, 2019

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Carl Wayne Stevens
August 03, 1943 - December 02, 2019

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Darrin Todd Spears
May 30, 1972 - December 01, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 3, 2019

Gage Bigner was booked on the charges of Simple Burglary and Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Kelly Quinn was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Carldato Magee was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000 and Outstanding Warrants (Misdemeaner)

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December 03, 2019

Road Improvements Highlighted at Council Meeting

Following a Public Hearing on an ordinance to adopt the 2020 Annual Operating and Capital Outlay Budgets, the Washington Parish Council took up a full agenda of items during their regular Council meeting Monday evening (December 2, 2019).

Included in the President's Report were reports by Finance Director Donna Graham, Public Works Director Ken Wheat, and Transportation Manager Donnell Merritt. Merritt reported on major road improvements at the Bogue Chitto State Park and elsewhere in the parish. Parish President Thomas pointed out that work at the Park is of benefit to the parish by improving tourism and is being done pursuant to an Intergovernmental Agreement with the State. Work performed under these Intergovernmental Agreements involves use of parish resources, with the State and other agencies paying for materials.

The Council
  • voted to approve the 2020 Annual Operating and Capital Outlay Budgets
  • introduced four ordinances that will be voted on at the December 16, 2019 meeting after Public Hearings on them. They included 1) an ordinance concerning a servitude agreement for Varnado Water Works District, 2) an ordinance providing for per diem compensation and other matters for Washington Parish Planning Commissioners, 3) an ordinance to amend the Washington Parish Alcohol Policy, and 4) an ordinance to adjust the salary of the Council Clerk
  • acted on five resolutions. The Council 1) approved one to request an attorney general opinion concerning requests for proposals and bids in reference to the Home Rule Charter of Washington Parish, solid waste disposal contracts and other matters, 2) tabled one to adopt the 2020 annual operating budget and adopt the amended 2019 annual operating budget of the Washington Parish Tourism Commission, 3) approved two related to the engagement of Kushner Lagraize, LLC to perform audit services, and 4) approved one concerning salaries and other matters for Justices of the Peace and Constables.
Resident and businessman Weldon Crawford spoke during Public Participation encouraging amending the Alcohol Policy.

Obituary

Katelyn Brooke Marcotte
April 16, 1996 - December 01, 2019

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Jerry Dean Cotton
October 17, 1934 - November 29, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 2, 2019

Chelsea Hartzog was booked In From Court
Nicholas Miller was booked In From Court
Kendric Lampley was booked In From Court
Micheal Jamieson was booked on the charge of 1st Degree Rape
Christopher Bangs was booked on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Simple Escape, Attachment, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

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December 02, 2019

Help STPSO Locate This 16 Yr. Old Runaway


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Mikel "Mike" Edwin Lambert
April 24, 1945 - November 30, 2019

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Delkue Landrum
December 31, 1928 - November 30, 2019

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Carlos Glynn Penton
December 30, 1938 - November 30, 2019

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John Harvey Hall
December 20, 1956 - November 27, 2019

ATF Offering Reward for Fugitive from Bogalusa

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New Orleans Field Division today announced a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the location and arrest of ATF fugitive Demarquiez Devon Harris. Harris was a resident of Bogalusa, LA and is considered armed and dangerous.

Harris is described as a 24-year-old black male with black hair and brown eyes, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing approximately 145 pounds. He was indicted in September 2019 as part of federal indictments for narcotics and firearms offenses against suspected members of the Snatcha Gang operating in the Bogalusa, Louisiana area.

Harris has prior convictions for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, illegal use of dangerous weapons, resisting and battery of a police officer, battery of a correctional facility employee, and obstruction of justice.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Demarquiez Devon Harris should contact New Orleans Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll free at 1-877-903-STOP(7867). Tips may also be submitted to Crimestoppers through the crimestoppersgno smartphone app. All calls and tips will be kept confidential.

ATF, along with our law enforcement partners, is committed to ensuring our communities are safe and that those who commit violent crimes such as this are held accountable. For more information about ATF, visit www.atf.gov.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings November 29-December 1, 2019

Tylina Imboden was booked on the charge of Criminal Mischief
Chase Holden was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Careless Operation
Roneka Allen was booked on the charge of Attempted Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute
Carlos Clark was booked on the charges of Improper Lane Usage, No Insurance, and Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)
Marcus Tennison was booked on the charges of Improper License Plate Lighting, Resisting an Officer, Open Container in Vehicle, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Myron Mark was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Latasha Cook was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jamie Ishman was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)

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