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April 06, 2020

A Message from WPSS Superintendent Frances Varnado

"We are saddened by the fact that Governor Edwards has extended his order for schools to remain
closed until April 30. We miss our students and staff but will continue to keep their safety and well-being as our number one focus.

Our “grab and go” feeding program will stop on April 8 for a short break. We will resume feedings on Wednesday, April 22. The feeding sites will continue to be Enon Elementary, Mt. Hermon, Franklinton Primary, Thomas Elementary, and Wesley Ray Elementary schools. Meals can be picked up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM.

Teachers have been reaching out to students to make sure they are well. Teachers are also providing resources that families may use in order to keep students engaged in learning if they wish. The assignments and suggestions are completely optional. These are not required and will not be graded.

Many high school students have enjoyed the Jumpstart Summer opportunity that we have offered in the past. It is very unfortunate that we have had to cancel the Washington Parish Jumpstart Summer program for this summer.

We know that our seniors are as distraught as we are about the ending of their last year of high school. One area of concern for seniors are their grades. The Department of Education has waived all State testing, attendance, and seat-time requirements. We will calculate final grades for seniors based on work that was completed prior to March 13, when school was dismissed. Final grades for seniors will be posted in Parent Command Center by April 30. Any questions regarding the final grades should be addressed via email to your school counselor or principal. Another area of concern is graduation ceremonies. With the extension of school closing, it will not be possible to host graduation ceremonies in early May as scheduled. However, we are not canceling graduations. The ceremonies will be postponed until June or July. We will keep you updated as the exact dates are decided.

This is a time of uncertainty and concern for everyone. We will continue to update you as we receive information and decisions are made for our school system. Please check our district website and our district Facebook page on Friday mornings for regular updates.

Stay safe, wash your hands, and keep reading!"

Frances Varnado, Superintendent

The 2020 Census is Happening Now

You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. Shape your future. Start here: https://www.2020census.gov/ or call 1-844-330-2020.

Your response matters. The census can shape many different aspects of our community, including health clinics, fire departments, schools, roads and highways, and much more.

How is our communities responding? Not great!
  • National 34.7%
  • Louisiana 33.1%
  • Washington Parish 23.8%
  • Angie 14.6%
  • Bogalusa 32.8%
  • Franklinton 29.6%
  • Varnado 17.1% 

Obituary

Dennis Holsapple
January 31, 1950 - April 5, 2020

COVID-19 Update (Mississippi) April 5, 2020 at 6 PM

This map shows total cases reported in Mississippi since March 11, 2020.  100 new cases and 8 new deaths reported today. Counties close to us (adjacent to Washington Parish, Louisiana): Pearl River County has reported 52 cases (two deaths), Pike County has reported 28 cases (no deaths), Walthall County has reported 12 cases (no deaths), and Marion County has reported  cases (no deaths).

Click here for a breakdown by county and more information.



COVID-19 Update (Louisiana) April 6, 2020 at Noon

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) today reports 1,857 additional COVID-19 cases and 35 additional deaths. The number of reported Louisiana cases has risen to 14,867 and reported deaths now stands at 512.

Washington Parish has 92 reported cases and 2 deaths. St. Tammany has 637 reported cases and 17 deaths. Tangipahoa has 186 reported cases and 2 deaths.

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Pedestrian Dies in Crash on US 11

Pearl River – On Monday, April 6, 2020 shortly after 12:00 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State
Police Troop L responded to a fatality crash involving a pedestrian on US 11 at North Second Avenue in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 29-year-old Michael A. Rogers of Brownsville, TX.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as a Toyota Tundra, driven by 54-year-old Teddy E. Torrance of Slidell, was traveling north on US 11. At the same time, Rogers ran into the northbound travel lane and was struck by the Tundra. Rogers sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the crash scene. Torrance was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was uninjured.

Torrance submitted to a breath sample that detected the presence of alcohol, but was not over the legal limit. As part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were collected from Torrance and Rogers. Torrance was issued a summons for L.R.S. 14:98.8 (Operating a vehicle while under suspension for certain prior offenses). Any other criminal charges will be forwarded to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office. The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.

Today in History for April 6th

Obituary

Monroe Alex Schilling
January 30, 1951 - April 4, 2020

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April 05, 2020

Mailbox Thief Nabbed in Washington Parish

On April 3, 2020 Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy James Gregorio, assisted by Sgt. David Cupp, responded to a complaint from a citizen on Highway 60 that mail had been stolen from his residential mailbox. The complainant was able to give a physical description of the thief and the vehicle he was driving. The description given matched a previous description posted on social media with a picture of the suspect’s vehicle.

The next day, Sgt. Charlie Easterling observed what he believed to be the suspect’s vehicle in a parking lot off of Sullivan Drive in Bogalusa. The suspect vehicle sped off and Sgt. Easterling gave chase heading towards Mississippi. As Sgt. Easterling pursued the vehicle, the driver turned off onto a road near the river and encountered a locked gate. At that point, Sgt. Easterling, assisted by patrol deputy Roy Scroggs, took the driver into custody.

When the driver’s vehicle was searched, officers discovered several pieces of mail in plain view. The recovered mail contained personal checks and money orders totaling more than $50,000. The intent, according to the driver, was to enter his name in the “pay to” section of the checks and money orders and cash them at local businesses. Apparently, the scheme had been going on for several days both in Washington Parish, Tangipahoa Parish and Mississippi.

Arrested was Matthew David Williams, age 33 and a resident of Seal White Road in Crossroads, Mississippi. Williams was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with theft, possession of stolen property and aggravated flight from an officer. In addition, Williams is out on bond from Tangipahoa Parish and is on probation for other crimes. Since postal theft is a federal crime, this case has been referred to United States Postal Service inspectors. It is likely that Williams will also face federal charges.

This is the fifth time the Crossroads resident has been in the Washington Parish Jail, beginning with an arrest in 2006. Various charges in the past have included possession of illegal drugs, resisting an officer, public intimidation, assault, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, theft by fraud and other offenses. It is unknown at this time whether or not Williams has been incarcerated in Pearl River County or elsewhere in Mississippi.

Any person who has been a victim of mail theft is asked to contact Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Captain Tom Anderson at (985) 661-2024 to see if their mail has been recovered.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This postal thief has relocated to a new zip code; namely, 70438, which is the mailing zip code for the Washington Parish Jail. He should be quite familiar with his new address since he has been there several times. Let’s hope he is able to reside at his new home until some wise judge sends him on to the penitentiary. I am grateful to all of our officers who were involved in this matter, and particularly to Sgt. Charles Easterling, whose definitive actions resulted in Williams’ arrest. I offer my thanks also to the alert citizen who took a picture of the thief’s truck and posted it on social media.”

COVID-19 Update (Mississippi) April 4, 2020 at 6 PM

This map shows total cases reported in Mississippi since March 11, 2020.  183 new cases and 8 new deaths reported today. Counties close to us (adjacent to Washington Parish, Louisiana): Pearl River County has reported 49 cases (one death), Pike County has reported 26 cases (no deaths), Walthall County has reported 12 cases (no deaths), and Marion County has reported 7 cases.

Click here for a breakdown by county and more information.



COVID-19 Update (Louisiana) April 5, 2020 at Noon

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) today reports 514 additional COVID-19 cases and 68 additional deaths. The number of reported Louisiana cases has risen to 13,010 and reported deaths now stands at 477.

Washington Parish has 81 reported cases and 2 deaths. St. Tammany has 560 reported cases and 14 deaths. Tangipahoa has 171 reported cases and 2 deaths.

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Two Killed in Tangipahoa Parish Crash

On Saturday, April 4, 2020 shortly before 12:00 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
responded to a fatal crash involving a single-vehicle on LA 442 near the Livingston Parish Line in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash has claimed the lives of the driver and passenger that are pending identification.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as a Dodge Dakota was traveling east on LA 442. For reasons still under investigation, the Dakota traveled off the roadway and struck a tree. After this impact, the vehicle ignited and became engulfed. Tickfaw Fire Department extinguished the flames and located two occupants. The two occupants were pronounced deceased on the scene, and their identity is pending by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.

St. Tammany Parish Creates Virtual Court

Through a collaborative effort between the District Attorney’s Office of Warren Montgomery, the Parish Clerk’s Office, the Public Defenders Office, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, a “Virtual Court” has been created to help continue the criminal justice process.

Click here to read the press release and details of how the Virtual Court will operate.

We will follow up on whether this process will be implemented in Washington Parish.

All God wants is a relationship with YOU and ME

All God wants is a relationship with YOU and ME. Today is a good day to renew that relationship. Open up that dusty Bible!

Parish President Thomas on Guidelines for Local Businesses



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April 04, 2020

Slow The Spread

Defend Against COVID-19


COVID-19 Update (Louisiana) April 4, 2020 at Noon

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) today reports 2,199 additional COVID-19 cases. The number of reported Louisiana cases has risen to 12,496 and reported deaths now stands at 409. A total of 1,707 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized; of those, 535 patients require ventilation.

Washington Parish has 75 reported cases and 2 deaths. St. Tammany has 532 reported cases and 14 deaths. Tangipahoa has 131 reported cases and 2 deaths.

Click here for more information and links


COVID-19 Update (Mississippi) April 3, 2020 at 6 PM

This map shows total cases reported in Mississippi since March 11, 2020.  97 new cases and 6 new deaths reported today. Counties close to us (adjacent to Washington Parish, Louisiana): Pearl River County has reported 4 cases (one death), Pike County has reported 23 cases (no deaths), Walthall County has reported 12 cases (no deaths), and Marion County has reported 6 cases.

Click here for a breakdown by county and more information.



Walmart Informs Parish President Thomas of New Practices

Dear Parish President Thomas,

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, Walmart’s focus remains on the health and safety of our associates, customers and communities. I wanted to share with you the latest measures we’ve taken in our U.S. stores to promote health, safety and consistency in this environment, including regulating store entry and changes to the shopping process inside our stores.

Starting Saturday, April 4, we will limit the number of customers who can be in a store at once. Stores will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity. Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis.

Also, we will institute one-way movement through our aisles next week in a number of our stores, using floor markers and direction from associates. We expect this to help more customers avoid coming into close contact with others as they shop.

Key Measures:
  • To manage the store capacity restriction, associates at a store will mark a queue at a single-entry door (in most cases the Grocery entrance) and direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted.
  • Earlier this week, stores began using a single entrance and a single exit at all locations. This is designed to help prevent people from entering and exiting the same door at the same time.
  • We have also established queue lines that are staffed with associates and emphasized social distancing signage to remind customers how important it is to stay 6 feet apart.
Thanks,
Tice White
Director
Walmart - Public Affairs

Obituary

Michael "Mike" M. Applewhite
September 06, 1954 - March 28, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings April 2-3, 2020

Vallee Debellevue was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Contempt of Court
Tasha Rowell was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court
Judd Taylor was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear, and Simple Escape

Parish Jail Escapee Judd Taylor Caught in Biloxi

Judd Scott Taylor (33), a Washington Parish Jail trustee who escaped on March 29, 2020, was captured on April 2, 2020 in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was returned to Washington Parish yesterday (April 3, 2020) and booked into the Washington Parish Jail on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear, and Simple Escape.

Taylor waived extradition and jail deputies Chance Johnson and Barry Cooper transported him from the Harrison County, Mississippi Jail to Washington Parish. While Taylor was on the run, he received medical treatment for an arm injury suffered when he fell from the top of the jail fence while escaping. The investigation into the escape continues. Meanwhile, Taylor has been medically assessed and appropriately housed in the Washington Parish Jail. Bond has been set at $4000.00.

“He’s back where he belongs,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Many thanks to Harrison County law enforcement officers for making the capture.”

Click here for our previous related story.

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Today in History for April 4th

April 03, 2020

COVID-19 Update (Louisiana) April 3, 2020 at Noon

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) today reports 1,147 additional COVID-19 cases. The number of reported Louisiana cases has risen to 10,297 and reported deaths now stands at 370. A total of 1707 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized; of those, 535 patients require ventilation.

Washington Parish has 57 reported cases and 2 deaths. St. Tammany has 435 reported cases and 10 deaths. Tangipahoa has 55 reported cases and 1 death.

Click here for more information and links


COVID-19 Update (Mississippi) April 2, 2020 at 6 PM

This map shows total cases reported in Mississippi since March 11, 2020.  181 new cases and 3 new deaths reported today. Counties close to us (adjacent to Washington Parish, Louisiana): Pearl River County has reported 41 cases, Pike County has reported 21 cases, Walthall County has reported 11 cases, and Marion County has reported 5 cases. No deaths reported in these counties.

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Today in History for April 3rd

AP Top Stories April 3, 2020 AM

April 02, 2020

Two Wanted for Armed Robbery of Dollar General

Source: Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc.

One person has been arrested and two are currently being sought in connection with an armed robbery of the Dollar General store in the Village of Tangipahoa on March 29, 2020 around 8:20 a.m.

Amite residents, 26-year-old Daiquan James and 28-year-old Justin Smith have been identified and are accused of robbing the store clerk at gunpoint. The subjects got away with cash and merchandise. James and Smith have also been linked to multiple business burglaries throughout Tangipahoa and four neighboring parishes.

Arrested in connection to the armed robbery was 22-year-old Dashanae Harold, the duo’s get-away-driver. Harold was charged with Principle to Armed Robbery and Contribution to the Delinquency of Juvenile. Harold had two minor children present during the commission of the crime.

“If you have information on this case please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1.800.554.5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip! Be a part of the solution and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000! “

Obituary

Buddy Wood
October 14, 1938 - March 29, 2020

Obituary

LaToya Lynette Span
October 30, 1982 - March 30, 2020

Obituary

Bonnie Mae Weary
February 04, 1954 - March 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update (Louisiana) April 2, 2020 at Noon

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) today reports 2,726 additional COVID-19 cases. The number of reported Louisiana cases has risen to 9150 and reported deaths now stands at 310. A total of 1639 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized; of those, 507 patients require ventilation.

Washington Parish has 50 reported cases and 2 deaths. St. Tammany has 399 reported cases and 9 deaths. Tangipahoa has 42 reported cases and 1 death.

Click here for more information and links


COVID-19 Update (Mississippi) April 1, 2020 at 6 PM

This map shows total cases reported in Mississippi since March 11, 2020.  104 new cases and 4 new deaths reported today. Counties close to us (adjacent to Washington Parish, Louisiana): Pearl River County has reported 36 cases, Pike County has reported 21 cases, Walthall County has reported 10 cases, and Marion County has reported 5 cases. No deaths reported in these counties.

Click here for a breakdown by county and more information.



Message from Bogalusa Mayor Wendy O'Quin-Perrette, April 2, 2020

First I hope this finds you safe and well and if you and your Family are suffering from or been
exposed to COVID19 know that you remain in my constant prayers.

Throughout this crisis I have been straightforward and direct about what Bogalusa needs. Right now Bogalusa needs our Citizens to stay at home. I fully understand as much as anyone that a single Mother without the availability of childcare may need to bring Her children to the grocery store...
  • Get in
  • Get what you need
  • Go home.
Playgrounds are wonderful opportunities for families to interact among themselves - they are NOT opportunities for parties and pickup basketball games. The continued actions of some of our citizens has led to protective measures being enacted throughout the City, specifically at those locations where individuals continue to congregate.

Sadly some of our Citizens have selfishly refused to comply with the Stay at Home orders of Gov.Edwards. Therefore on April 1, 2020, I enacted a citywide curfew from 9pm until 5am. Make no mistake, this curfew will be enforced-how strictly is up to you. Unless you are a health care worker or an employee going/coming from work-STAY AT HOME.

This crisis will get worse before it gets better but maybe if we work together we will see it end sooner.

I am proud of our City.

Please continue to monitor Bogalusa.org and City of Bogalusa on FB.

Social distancing equals social responsibility.

Mayor Wendy O’Quin-Perrette

Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced yesterday
(April 1, 2020) that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.

The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate $1,200 Economic Impact Payments to Social Security recipients who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits.

Message from Parish President Richard Thomas, April 1, 2020


Obituary

Joseph Meadows
June 24, 1923 - March 30, 2020

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings March 30-April 1, 2020

Corey Lott was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs,Contempt of Court, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Robert Patten was booked on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Ceaser Dixon was booked on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Illegal Possession of Burglary Tools, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Probation and Parole Hold, Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Resisting an Officer, and Theft 1000-5000
Nikki Stewart was booked on the charges of Vehicle Burglary, Criminal Trespass, and Possession of Stolen Things Under 1000-5000

Today in History for April 2nd

AP Top Stories April 2, 2020 AM

April 01, 2020

How to Tell the Difference Between COVID-19 and the Flu

Source: The original article is here from fmolhs.org


While the two viruses have some symptoms in common, they also have many differences. Learn how to differentiate between the two. As more cases of COVID-19 appear around the world, the first unusual symptom someone experiences can be quite alarming. They may wonder if it’s COVID-19 or the flu, another virus that’s spreading at this time. Check out the similarities and differences so you can better identify what your symptoms could be telling you.

The Similarities Between COVID-19 and the Flu - Both COVID-19 and influenza are viruses, a type of germ that can’t be destroyed with antibiotics. Both viruses are contagious respiratory illnesses that can cause mild to severe symptoms, and both are primarily spread through water droplets that travel when an infected person sneezes, coughs or speaks. While it is possible for both to infect through contact with germ-covered surfaces, this isn’t the main way either virus spreads.

Understanding the Flu - The flu has a few characteristic symptoms, including: Fever, Fatigue, Headache, Body aches, Cough, Sore throat, Runny or stuffy nose. After someone becomes infected with the flu, they often experience symptoms within two days, and people can spread the virus before, during, and after they have symptoms.

Understanding COVID-19 - COVID-19 typically results in the following symptoms: Fever, Dry cough, Difficulty breathing, Shortness of breath. These symptoms can show up anywhere from 2-14 days after someone becomes infected. It is possible for people to have no symptoms at all while still being able to transmit the illness to others.

If you experience any of the symptoms above, call your primary care physician’s office for advice. They can help you understand what next steps to take and help you get on the path to better health.

Turkey Hunting Season Opens Saturday

Turkey hunting season begins Saturday (April 4, 2020) in Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) wants to remind hunters to use social distancing practices due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To purchase a hunting license, click here. For turkey hunters, turkey tags can be printed online by logging into LDWF’s license website and can be printed on any 81/2 x 11 printer to be used as a valid tag.

Turkey hunting in Area A runs from April 4-May 3, Area B from April 4-26 and Area C from April 4-19.

For more information on turkey hunting in Louisiana, click here.

LDWF also reminds turkey hunters planning on hunting on state wildlife management areas (WMAs) that a free self-clearing permit is required for all activities on WMAs. The check-in portion must be completed before each day’s activity. The check-out portion must be carried by each person while on the WMA and must be completed upon exiting the WMA.

LDWF encourages visitors to WMAs to utilize LDWF’s free WMA Check In/Check Out App to complete the self-clearing process. The LDWF WMA Check In/Check Out App allows users to check in and check out electronically via their smart device or web portal.

Paper permits for checking in and checking out remain available at the WMAs permit stations. However, the LDWF WMA Check In/Check Out App eliminates the need for handling paper and is a good social distancing practice during the coronavirus pandemic.

The app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for your Apple or Android device. Click here to download. The web portal is available here .

Obituary

Allen Preston Alsobrooks
September 28, 1939 - March 31, 2020

City of Bogalusa Announces Curfew

A MESSAGE TO THE CITIZENS OF BOGALUSA

As of today, April 1st, Washington Parish has 39 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and two deaths. However, only 209 tests have been performed. Our neighboring parishes reported 270 cases in St. Tammany Parish, and 33 cases in Tangipahoa Parish. There are over 6,400 confirmed cases statewide. Unfortunately, we expect, based on all available information and the current daily upward trend, that the numbers will continue to rise for a time. We encourage our citizens to continue to use all mitigation strategies put out by the C.D.C., follow advice and guidelines from Government officials, stay informed, and let’s do all that we can to stop the spread of this deadly virus. Social distancing, no large gatherings, hand washing, etc. will work if we all work together.

In order to do all that we can to help stop the spread of the Corona virus and keep our residents safe, the City of Bogalusa is announcing a citywide curfew, which will go into effect tonight. The curfew is in place from 9 pm until 5 am, and is in effect until further notice. Businesses deemed essential, as well as employees deemed essential, are exempt from the curfew if travelling to and from work. Some essential businesses who may be closed to the public, still have employees at work during the night time hours.

The Bogalusa Police Department will begin enforcement of the curfew beginning at 9 pm tonight, April 1st. We ask the cooperation and support of our citizens for the safety of our community in this fight against the virus.

We understand that the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office will also be implementing a parish wide 9 pm to 5 am curfew beginning tonight.

Curfew Order Issued by Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal

ORDER PROMULGATED PURSUANT TO LSA-RS 14:329.6

Whereas, in times of a public emergency, Louisiana Revised Statute 14:329.6 empowers the chief law enforcement officer of any parish to establish a curfew and prohibit and/or control pedestrian and vehicular traffic, except essential emergency vehicles and personnel as well as prohibit and control the presence of persons on public streets and places;

Whereas, the Honorable John Bel Edwards, Governor of the State of Louisiana, on March 11, 2020, proclaimed a public health emergency relative to COVID-19, and has subsequently extended that order through the month of April;

Now therefore I, Randy Seal, Sheriff of Washington Parish, Louisiana, and chief law enforcement officer of Washington Parish, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

Effective this date, April 1, 2020, and continuing thereafter until further notice, a curfew is in effect for all of Washington Parish between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. for all persons within the parish except for law enforcement and emergency personnel and those persons traveling to and from their place of employment or to and from any medical facility. The curfew extends to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Randy “Country” Seal
Sheriff of Washington Parish

COVID-19 Update (Louisiana) April 1, 2020 at Noon

The number of reported Louisiana cases has risen to 6424 and reported deaths now stands at 273. A total of 1498 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized; of those, 490 patients require ventilation.

Washington Parish has 39 reported cases and 2 deaths. St. Tammany has 270 reported cases and 6 deaths. Tangipahoa has 33 reported cases and 2 deaths.


A Message from Franklinton Mayor Richard Dillon


COVID-19 Update (Mississippi) March 31, 2020 at 6 PM

This map shows total cases reported in Mississippi since March 11, 2020.  136 new cases and 2 new deaths reported today. Counties close to us (adjacent to Washington Parish, Louisiana): Pearl River County has reported 32 cases, Pike County has reported 20 cases, Walthall County has reported 7 cases, and Marion County has reported 6 cases. No deaths reported in these counties.

Click here for a breakdown by county and more information.



Transparency Vs. Patient Privacy Regarding COVID-19

There has been much said about the conflict of providing citizens with information about the names
of persons who have tested positive for or died of COVID-19  and the the medical community's policy of silence. There is transparency with regard to the number of new cases and deaths and the efforts being made to address the pandemic. But people want to know more in order to determine if they have had any contact with those who have been infected.

Public health experts say that revealing the identities of those who have contracted the virus is not an option.
  • Ethically, doctors do not reveal the medical conditions of their patients. The Hippocratic Oath states that a physician will “respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know.” Patients would not trust their doctors if they felt their medical conditions would be revealed,
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) ensure that a person's  health records remain undisclosed to the general public long after their death. That means releasing names of anyone with COVID-19 would violate HIPAA,
  • Just wanting to know something like who died from coronavirus doesn’t entitle you to know and may only cause hysteria.
What officials can and are doing  is referred to as “contact tracing” investigation: finding out who has been in contact with the infected patient and advising them of best next steps. Perhaps easy when there were few deaths and infected patients, now is not so easy. The job has become enormous.

What do we need to do? With the exponential increase in the spread of the virus, all of us must focus more on protecting ourselves with frequent hand-washing and avoiding crowds.

Coronavirus Message from Sheriff Randy Seal

I remind all parish residents to be cautious of Coronavirus scams. These scams can come in the form of an email, telephone calls or misinformation posted on social media. Be suspicious of any person contacting you concerning the Coronavirus and offering to sell products for prevention, protection or recovery. Con artists may also create fraudulent online donation accounts or investment scams.

Always remember, the government, law enforcement, utility companies, banks and insurance companies never contact you by phone or online asking for personal information such as social security numbers, bank account numbers or other personal identification information. If you get such a request, give no information to the caller and hang up immediately. Also, NEVER respond to any request to send money in order to receive money or prizes.

Con artist callers often use demanding or offensive language, threatening arrest or some other penalty if you do not send money. Ignore them and hang up immediately.

Here are some “do nots” to protect you at all times:
  • Do not click on any links in an email or text message unless you are ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN the sender and link are legitimate.
  • Do not shop online unless you are certain of the security of the company website you are dealing with. Always look for the “secure” icon in the address or make certain the website address begins with “https.” Never shop with companies you don’t know or don’t trust.
  • Do not use public Wi-Fi to shop from a mobile device.
  • Do not share Facebook or other social media posts from sources or individuals you do not know.
Do use common sense when interacting with other persons over the internet, any form of social media and the telephone. Be extra careful at all times and continue to maintain social distancing.

Always remember, your Sheriff’s Office continues to work around the clock to protect you. We can always be reached at (985) 839-3434 or, in an emergency, by dialing 911.

Randy “Country” Seal

Sheriff

March 31, 2020

Bogalusa Police Seeks Information on Shooting

On Monday night (March 30, 2020) shortly before 11:30 pm, Officers with the Bogalusa Police
Department were dispatched to a residence on Central Drive in reference to a shooting.

Officers discovered that a 31 year old male and a 26 year old female had both been shot multiple times. The male victim was shot and critically injured after opening the door of the residence when someone knocked and asked for him.

There are currently no suspects or motive and little other information available. The names of the victims are not being released at this time.

If anyone has anyone has any information concerning the shooting, please call the Bogalusa Police Dept. Criminal Investigations Division at 985-732-6238, or Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111.

Obituary

Dorothy Jenkins Courtois
March 27, 2020

Obituary

Johnnie Lou Williams Rester
January 16, 1939 - March 29, 2020

Obituary

Rosline Lizzett Tate
January 28, 1956 - March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update (Louisiana) March 31, 2020 at Noon

The number of reported Louisiana cases has risen to 5237 (a 30% increase since yesterday) and reported deaths now stands at 239 (a 29% increase since yesterday). This is 1212 additional cases statewide and 54 more deaths since yesterday. A total of 1355 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized; of those, 438 patients require ventilation.

Underlying conditions among COVID-19 deaths is as follows: Pulmonary (12%), Cardiac (21%), Diabetes (40%), Chronic Kidney Disease (23%), Chronic Liver Disease (2%), Immunocompromised (4%), Neurological (6%), Obesity (25%), No Underlying Conditions (3%).

Washington Parish has 28 reported cases and 1 death. St. Tammany has 220 reported cases and 4 deaths. Tangipahoa has 25 reported cases and no deaths (However, other reports are of a death in the Amite area).


COVID-19 Update (Mississippi) March 30, 2020 at 6 PM

This map shows total cases reported in Mississippi since March 11, 2020.  90 new cases and 4 new deaths reported today. Click here for a breakdown by county and more information.



WPSO – Search Continues for Jail Trustee Who Escaped

This morning (March 31, 2020), Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley
reported that the search continues for Judd Scott Taylor (32), who escaped from the Washington Parish Jail early Sunday evening (March 29, 2020).

Taylor, a white male trustee and resident of Bogalusa, escaped by climbing a jail perimeter fence. Jail video shows Taylor entering a waiting vehicle and leaving the area. Taylor is believed to be either in the Bogalusa or Amite area. According to the WPSO, Taylor is not considered to be a threat to the public. He had been booked by the Bogalusa Police Department into the Washington Parish Jail December 22, 2019 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (a “minor” warrant from Alabama), Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear. Bond had been set at $500.00.

"We will find him," stated Sheriff Randy Seal, "it's just a matter of time. Meanwhile, if anyone knows his whereabouts or the identity of the person who picked him up, they are asked to call the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office at (985) 839-3434. Let's get Judd Taylor out of our community and back into the jail where he belongs. Callers may remain anonymous."

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March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update (Louisiana) March 30, 2020 at Noon

The number of reported Louisiana cases has risen to 4025 and reported deaths now stands at 185. This is 485 additional cases statewide and 34 more deaths since yesterday. Washington Parish has 22 reported cases and 1 death. St. Tammany has 186 reported cases and 4 deaths. Tangipahoa has 18 reported cases and no deaths. A total of 1,127 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized; of those, 380 patients require ventilation.

 Click here for the ages of the deceased and their parish of residence.


COVID-19 Update (Mississippi) March 29, 2020 at 6 PM

This map shows total cases reported in Mississippi from March 11, 2020 to 6 p.m. March 29, 2020. New cases reported today: 89. Click here for a breakdown by county and more information.



Bogalusa High School Schedules ACT Testing June 13th & July 18th

Bogalusa High School has advised they will conduct ACT Testing on campus on both June 13 and July 18. They will have the capacity to serve 80 students each session. Sign up if you are interested at actstudent.org!

Note: If you were scheduled for the April 4 test, you must go online to change your registration for the June or July test.