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September 22, 2020

Obituary

Kenneth Dale Alford

May 22, 1966 - September 20, 2020

Obituary

Betty Cox Billiot

May 24, 1932 - September 20, 2020

Franklinton Chamber's Fall Decoration Contest Application



Slidell Couple Indicted on Mail Fraud Charges

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that on September 19, 2020, William Lewis (41) and Jill
Lewis (40) of Slidell were charged in a two-count Indictment for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud. 

According to Court documents, beginning on or before January 31, 2014 through in or around January 2016, the defendants conspired to submit numerous false insurance claims for reimbursement to the United States Postal Service (“USPS”), causing the USPS to mail checks to William and Jill Lewis for approximately $42,000. For example, the two falsely claimed that they had sent expensive jewelry and other items through the mail and that the USPS lost the items. They also submitted forged invoices from retailers to the USPS to support the reimbursement amounts. The defendants also submitted a false claim to the USPS, representing that William Lewis purchased an Omega watch in the amount of approximately $4,999 and that the USPS lost the watch in the mail. 

If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years of imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000, and restitution to the USPS in the amount of approximately $42,000.

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser praised the work of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, for its work in investigating this case. U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sharan E. Lieberman.

A Bogalusa 11-Year-Old Dies From Crash Injuries/Mother Arrested

On Sunday, September 13, 2020, just before 6:00 pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a serious injury crash on LA 21 south of LA 3124 in Washington Parish. One of the passengers in the vehicle, 11-year-old Jahni Green of Bogalusa, was ejected during the crash and transported to a local hospital. On September 15, 2020, Jahni Green succumbed to injuries he sustained in the crash.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Narfseea Green was traveling north on LA 21 in a 2011 Nissan Versa. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle left the roadway and overturned. Another child passenger, 4-year-old, sustained minor injuries. Narfseea Green sustained moderate injuries.

Troopers determined that Narfseea Green was over the legal limit of alcohol at the time of the crash; a drug toxicology test is still pending at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. Troopers obtained an arrest warrant for Narfseea Green on the following charges: Vehicular Homicide, Careless Operation, No Child Restraint, and No Seatbelt. She was arrested on September 22, 2020, and booked into the Washington Parish Jail. 

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists to make good, safe decisions such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, obeying the speed limit, and avoiding all distractions which can often mean the difference between life and death. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children. Properly restraining children in age and weight appropriate car seats and/or seat belt systems could save their lives. Troop L is a grant-funded child seat fitting station. Nationally certified technicians are available every Tuesday from 2pm – 5pm, no appointment is necessary and this service is free. Ensure the safety of your child in the vehicle and get your seat checked.

BOLO on Stolen Heavy Equipment



Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 20-21, 2020

Gary Crumedy was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and No Drivers License

Bryan Hillman was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500 and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment

William Magee was booked on the charges of Cruelty to Animals, Disturbing the Peace/Loud and Abusive Language, Off Road Vehicles Prohibited on Highway, Resisting Arrest by Flight, No Drivers License, and Contempt of Court

Zechariah Crain was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Simple Escape, and Resisting Arrest



WPSS Issues Guidance on Football Games

The Washington Parish School System has issued the following guidelines for Junior High School football games and stated that High School guidance will be similar, but may vary according to opponents. 

"Students in the Washington Parish School System have worked extremely hard preparing for football season. We are excited to begin the season in the coming weeks. In order to abide by the State guidelines governing events & gatherings, we have adopted the following guidelines for games in WP stadiums. We will always make safety our top priority.

1. We ask all spectators to self - screen. If you are exhibiting any symptoms stay home.

2. Spectators are asked to wear a face covering in the stadium.

3. We ask that you maintain 6 feet distance from others outside of your household.

4. The fixed seating capacity limit in stadiums is 25%. Therefore, all tickets will be presale.

5. We will offer each participant the opportunity to purchase two tickets.

6. If seats remain available, the host school will offer general admission tickets. 

Schools will be releasing announcements in the coming days regarding when tickets will go on sale.  

Let’s work together to have a GREAT SEASON!!"

Obituary

Carolyn Sue Newcomb

July 10, 1944 - September 20, 2020

Obituary

Bernard Albers, Jr.

May 10, 1942 - September 20, 2020

Drugs, Cash and Firearm Located During St. Tammany Traffic Stop

A routine traffic stop Saturday (September 19, 2020) night near Slidell uncovered a large amount of drugs and cash and a firearm.

Shortly before midnight Saturday, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop on a black Kia Soul in the area U.S. Highway 190 East and Sunset Drive near Slidell. The vehicle ultimately stopped in the 100 block of Shamrock Drive. Deputies detected a heavy odor of narcotics emanating from the vehicle’s interior and a search was conducted.

During the search deputies located approximately 52.4 grams of suspected heroin (packaged for sale), 7.1 grams of suspected powder cocaine, 10.0 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 18 suspected Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) pills, 105 grams of suspected marijuana, $1017 in cash and an assortment of drug paraphernalia.

The occupants admitted to deputies they had discarded several items from the vehicle as they were being pulled over, and during a search of the area, deputies located a pistol with an extended magazine in a ditch next to the vehicle.

The driver, Darrell Coleman (31) was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of Driving Left of Center (misdemeanor), Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS - heroin (felony), Possession of Schedule I CDS – MDMA (felony), Possession of Schedule I CDS – marijuana (misdemeanor), Possession of Schedule II CDS – cocaine  (felony), Possession of Schedule II CDS - crack cocaine (felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (misdemeanor), Illegal Carrying of Weapons in the presence of CDS (felony), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (felony), and Obstruction of Justice (felony). Bond has been set at $900,000.00.

The passenger, Eldridge Brown (35) was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS - heroin (felony), Possession of Schedule I CDS – MDMA (felony), Possession of Schedule I CDS – marijuana (misdemeanor), Possession of Schedule II CDS – cocaine  (felony), Possession of Schedule II CDS - crack cocaine (felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (misdemeanor), Illegal Carrying of Weapons in the presence of CDS (felony), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (felony), and Obstruction of Justice (felony). Bond has been set at $400,000.00.

“Thanks to the proactive work of our deputies these two criminals as well as their illegal drugs and a firearm were taken off the streets of St. Tammany,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

Tropical Disturbances Today

Again, our "weather-maker" is Tropical Storm Beta. Impacts on the Florida Parishes: Rain and flash flooding from Beta till the end of the week; no threats likely from the disturbance south of Florida; no threats to us from Hurricane Teddy; and who knows what Tropical Storm Paulette will do? TS Paulette has been all over the Atlantic and is expected to move southward and southwestward Wednesday night and Thursday. For more information on Beta and other tropical disturbances, go to https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=5 and click on the disturbance. 

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Today in History for September 22nd

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September 21, 2020

Juvenile Arrested After Murdering His Dad’s Fiancée

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a 14-year-old Slidell-area boy Monday (September 21) morning after he shot his dad's fiancée.

Shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday the juvenile called 911 to report his dad’s live-in fiancée had been shot.

Deputies responded to a residence in the 2200 block of Pelican Street and located the female deceased with a gunshot wound. The body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

The juvenile admitted to shooting the woman over a dispute. He was arrested for one count of L.R.S. 14:30.1 Second-Degree Murder and will be booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.  

“Unfortunately this is another domestic related homicide,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Our prayers go out to the family affect by this tragedy.”

Obituary

Julius Ladell Birch

October 03, 1937 - September 19, 2020

Tropical Disturbances Today

Our "weather-maker" is Tropical Storm Beta (below). For more information on Beta and other tropical disturbances, go to https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=5 and click on the disturbance. 

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Today in History for September 21st

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September 20, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 18-19, 2020

Amanda Dickerson was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Usage, and Driving Under Suspension

Zachary Spears was booked on the charges of Probation Violation and Probation and Parole Hold

Drake Rentrop was booked on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500

Aimee Clasen was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence and Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault

Christopher Jones was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Augustus Craft was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts), and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500

Na'toria Moses was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Bond Surrender



Tropical Disturbances Today

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Obituary

Earnie Pierce

May 21, 1963 - September 17, 2020

Obituary

W.E. Knight

October 10, 1949 - September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Free COVID-19 Testing Resumes in Washington Parish

 

Obituary

Steven Black Simmons

September 06, 1951 - September 16, 2020

Obituary

Everett Paul Cedotal

December 11, 1949 - September 16, 2020

Slidell-area Mom Arrested After Juvenile Shoots Himself in Leg

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Kimberly Taylor (34), a Slidell-area woman Thursday (September 17, 2020) after her 16-year-old son accidentally shot himself. According to a report by STPSO, Taylor allowed her 16-year-old son to live with his cousin, a convicted felon, at a residence in the Rocket Ranch Trailer Park near Slidell.

The juvenile was at the residence with the cousin, Dane Williams (29), when he accidentally shot himself in the knee shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Thursday. 

Taylor, who was living in a separate trailer next door, was alerted after her son was shot. She called 911 before driving him to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. She has been charged with Improper Supervision of a Minor. She was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail, after detectives learned she was knowing allowing her minor child to live with a dangerous felon.

Williams, who is currently on probation, has multiple prior convictions in Louisiana and in other states for a variety of charges, including, accessory after the fact to attempted second degree murder, felony theft and driving under the influence. Warrants have been issued for his arrest on Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Obstruction of Justice. 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Dane Williams is asked to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338. He is believed to be driving a gold Ford F-150 with a Florida license plate.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 17, 2020

Shanda Honake was booked on the charge of Possession of Stolen Things $25,000 or More

Stephen Brumfield was booked on the charges of Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements, Failure to Give Notification of Sex Offender 21 Day Required State Issued ID Card by Sex Offender, Possession of Stolen Things $5000-$25000, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Emelda Mathews was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Contempt of Court (3 counts), and Bond Surrender

Larry Newkirk was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia



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Today in History for September 18th

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September 17, 2020

Obituary

James "Jamie" Wilson Adams

May 8, 1971 - September 13, 2020

Obituary

Glory Dean Brown

July 26, 1939 - September 13, 2020

Obituary

Larry Elmer Duncan

September 04, 1961 - September 10, 2020

STPSO Officer Recognized for Saving Family from Fire

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is recognizing Criminal Patrol Division Sgt. Jon Philley, who saved a family from a fire and did so without regard for his own safety. 

Sgt. Philley was working a detail at the I-10 rest area on September 12, 2020 when a Good Samaritan alerted him to a nearby camper and pickup truck on fire. Sgt. Philley immediately sprinted towards the danger and began banging and yelling on the camper door, waking and alerting the occupants of the camper. 

While doing this, propane tanks contained in the bed of the pickup truck began to explode. Within seconds of the camper becoming engulfed in flames, all five occupants, including a 10-month-old baby, escaped the blaze without injury.

The extreme heat, flames, toxic smoke, and several explosions of propane bottles made the situation extremely dangerous, and if it was not for the swift response and bravery of Sgt. Philley, the five family members would have undoubtedly perished. 

Sgt. Philley learned the family was traveling from Georgia back to Lake Charles, where they evacuated from Hurricane Laura. The family lost their home, vehicles, and all belongings in the storm, and had purchased the camper in Georgia with the intention of using it as a temporary residence.

Neighbors Steal From Neighbors – Arrests Made

Yesterday (Wednesday, September 16, 2020), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Gregorio responded to a report of theft from a residence on Highway 436. The homeowner was in the process of moving out and when she returned to obtain more property, she noticed the house had been broken into and several items were missing. Deputy Gregorio took the report and asked the homeowner to call again if she discovered additional items were missing.

Later in the day, the homeowner called again and Deputy Gregorio and Lt. Michele Clayton responded to the residence. Evidence left behind at the victim’s residence led the officers to the house next door. They went to the next door neighbor’s house and were unable to get anyone to come to the door, although they could hear someone moving around inside the house.

Detective Chad Cassard and Detective Captain Tom Anderson responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Captain Anderson obtained a search warrant for the neighbor’s residence from a 22nd Judicial District Court Judge and all officers, assisted by Lt. Brent Goings and Detective Kevin Bond, made forced entry into the house and arrested an occupant, Shanda Honaker (44), who gave her address as Bush, Louisiana, with a previous address of Military Road in Varnado.

As the officers were thoroughly searching the residence, they discovered Stephen Kyle Brumfield (26), hiding in the attic. Brumfield, who gave an address on Lee Road, was also arrested. The continued search of the residence, the attic and a vehicle belonging to Brumfield resulted in the discovery of illegal drugs and paraphernalia as well as items stolen from the victim’s residence.

Brumfield and Honaker were transported to the Washington Parish Jail. Brumfield was booked on charges of possession of stolen property, possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements and other charges related to his failure to satisfy state law regarding his sex offender status. His bond was set at $25,000.

Brumfield’s jail history in Washington Parish began with an arrest in 2012 for aggravated rape and aggravated incest. This was followed by a 2013 arrest for driving while intoxicated and a 2016 arrest for possession of illegal drugs. In 2019, he was remanded to the jail by the 22nd Judicial District Court. His most recent arrest marks his fifth stay in the Washington Parish Jail.

Honaker was booked into the jail on a charge of possession of stolen property. Her bond was set at $5,000. She has three previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail. In 2018, she was arrested for conspiracy to possess illegal drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Later in 2018 she was remanded to the jail b the 22nd Judicial District Court. Still later in 2018, she was arrested for possession of illegal drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“Brumfield and Honaker were anything but good neighbors,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “They displayed very poor judgment from the beginning to the end of this entire episode and are good examples of who should be in jail. Congratulations to Deputy Gregorio, Lt. Clayton and all of our detectives for a job well done.”

Escaped Inmate from Kentwood Caught in Hancock County, MS

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office advised today (September 17, 2020) that escaped inmate Terrence “TJ” Brewer (25) of Kentwood, Louisiana  was located and taken into custody on Wednesday (September 16, 2020) in Hancock County Mississippi.

The TPSO had advised that Brewer escaped on September 10, 2020. Brewer had been in jail for 38 days prior to his escape on charges of Criminal Damage, Burglary, and a Probation and Parole violation. 

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office website reflects that Terrence Oneal Brewer was arrested by a Waveland Police Department Officer and charged with False Identifying Information, Motor Vehicle: Resisting/Obstructing Arrest, Disorderly Conduct: Failure to Comply With Command of Law Enforcement, Aggravated Assault on Police (2 counts), and Hold for Other Agency. 

The two images of Brewer shown here include one that was provided with the TPSO Press Release of his escape and the other is a “mug shot” on the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. 

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 15-16, 2020

Cara McClendon was booked on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, and Obstruction of Highway

William Morris was booked In From Court and on the charge of Contempt of Court

Brittany Granier was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Distribution of Legend Drug, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, and Contempt of Court

Amanda Nealy was booked on the charges of Possession of CDS With weapon Present, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Bond Surrender

Steven Crenshaw was booked on the charges of No Taillight, No Turn Signals, Driving Under Suspension Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present

David Hill was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court



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September 16, 2020

Pike County, MS.: 3 Charged for Allowing 3 Yr. Old to Smoke Marijuana

On September 14, 2020, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and MDWFP began an investigation after receiving a social media post showing a small child smoking marijuana that was given to him by an adult. 

The investigation revealed that Anna Waldron, William Albright, and Kalie Green allowed a three (3) year old child to smoke marijuana on more than one occasion. 

Anna Waldron, the mother of the child, was charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Child and Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana. 

William Albright was charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Child, Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana, Distribution of Marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Game Animal in Captivity.

Kalie Green was charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Child.

Also arrested and not pictured was Samantha Dykes who was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia. 

Child Protective Services was notified and took custody of the child. 

Two Bogalusans Arrested on Drug and Weapon Charges

Early this morning (September 16, 2020), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jay  Dupre observed
a driver committing traffic violations at the intersection of West 8th Street and Avenue B in Bogalusa. Sgt. Dupre initiated a traffic stop and encountered Steven Lynn Crenshaw, Sr. (age 47 and a resident of Avenue H in Bogalusa) and Amanda Nealy (age 44 and a resident of Don Bates Circle in Bogalusa).

While talking with the occupants of the vehicle, Sgt. Dupre detected a strong smell of marijuana and noticed a pistol holster in plain view. He had both occupants exit the vehicle and placed them in handcuffs for safety reasons.

Deputy James Gregorio arrived to assist and he and Sgt. Dupre searched the vehicle after receiving verbal permission from the driver. During the search, the officers discovered a quantity of marijuana and methamphetamine along with a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol and drug paraphernalia. Both occupants were then placed under arrest and transported to jail.

Crenshaw was booked on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs with a firearm present, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic offenses. Nealy was booked on charges of possession of illegal drugs with a firearm present and possession of illegal drugs.

Crenshaw has seen the inside of the jail on several different occasions since 2007. Charges for his seven previous arrests included being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, sale or distribution of illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs, parole violation, traffic offenses, forgery, theft and multiple counts of failure to appear in court.

Nealy has one previous stay in the Washington Parish Jail. In March 2020, she was booked on charges of possession of illegal drugs, introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, resisting an officer, driving while intoxicated and traffic offenses.

“What these two were doing at two o’clock in the morning is anybody’s guess,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Whatever their plans might have been, those plans were thwarted by an alert Sgt. Dupre. Good job, Sgt. Dupre and Deputy Gregorio!”

WPSO: Woman Arrested at a Church for Illegal Drugs

This morning (September 16, 2020), Washington Parish Deputy Randall Garcia was dispatched to a church northeast of Franklinton to investigate a report of a suspicious woman at the front door of the church. Deputy Garcia encountered Brittany Nicole Granier, age 30 and a resident of Stemens Street in Petal, Mississippi. Granier was holding a puppy and two bags,

After obtaining verbal consent to search the bags, Deputy Garcia discovered a quantity of methamphetamine and cocaine, along with drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs for which she had no prescription. Granier gave a false name until after she had been transported to jail, at which time she revealed her actual name.

Granier was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on two counts of possession of illegal drugs, possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest by providing a false name and contempt of court. The puppy was turned over to the Washington Parish animal shelter.

Granier has been in the Washington Parish Jail on two previous occasions, both in 2019. In May, she was charged with possession of illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs with a weapon present and possession of drug paraphernalia. An October arrest was for battery and two counts of failure to appear in court.

“Good job, Deputy Garcia,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “It seems obvious this young lady has some serious quality of life issues and I certainly hope she can get her life turned in the right direction.”

Obituary

Jesse L. Stogner

January 16, 1934 – September 13, 2020

Obituary

Homer Rodric "Rod" Lea

June 25, 1955 - September 15, 2020

Obituary

Betty Reviere Crain

October 12, 1948 - September 15, 2020

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September 15, 2020

Arrest Made in Amite/Hammond Storage Facilities Burglaries

Yesterday (September 14, 2020), Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reported the arrest last week (September 9, 2020) of Ernest Roscoe Bradley Lankford (41) of Tickfaw on (9) counts of Simple Burglary, (4 ) counts of Attempted Burglary, Theft by Fraud, and Identity Theft. 

Detectives with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Burglary Task after they determined Lankford to be responsible for the burglaries at the Red Dot Storage Facility on University Avenue in Hammond and The Space Place Mini Storage Center in Amite. These incidents took place between August 19-28, 2020.

Detectives are still gathering information pertaining to this case and in the process of recovering and identifying stolen property. At this time, TPSO is asking anyone with knowledge of or who has purchased items from Lankford to contact the Burglary Division at Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office, 985-345-6150.

Victims of these burglaries are asked to contact Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Kody Glenn at 985-345-6150, to report, identify, and/or claim recovered property.

Bogalusa Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash on LA 21

This morning (Tuesday, September 15, 2020), just before 9:00 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash on LA 21 south of LA 1071 in Washington Parish.  The crash claimed the life of 23-year-old Chad Hibley of Bogalusa.      

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Hibley was southbound on LA 21 in a 2013 Ford Explorer.  For reasons still under investigation, he exited the roadway and impacted a culvert followed by a utility pole.  Hibley was unrestrained and died on the scene due to injuries sustained during the crash.  Impairment is not suspected to be a factor.  As part of the ongoing investigation, a blood sample was taken from Hibley for scientific analysis.  The crash remains under investigation.  

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists to make good, safe decisions such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, obeying the speed limit, and avoiding all distractions which can often mean the difference between life and death. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 14, 2020

Terrell Brumfield was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

Tanisha Morgan was booked on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling

Steve Hopkins was booked on the charges of Simple Burglary, Resisting an Officer, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm

Katelyn Danos was booked on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Wesley Cardwell was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Cruelty to Infirm

Gilbert Robertson was booked In From Court

David LeBlanc was booked on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Criminal Damage, and Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property

Howard Krall was booked on the charges of Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Insurance, Contempt of Court, and Alteration/Removal of VIN Numbers Prohibited



Two More Arrests Announced in Roseland Trail Ride Shooting

Today (September 15, 2020), the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is pleased to report the arrest of 19-year-old Raheem Harold of Roseland. Harold was wanted by the TPSO on charges of one count of Second Degree Murder and two counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder.

These charges were the result of the homicide that claimed the life of 21-year-old Zion Hutcherson of Baton Rouge, LA.  Zion tragically lost her life on August 8, 2020,  while attending a trail ride in Roseland.

On September 6, 2020, Harold was taken into custody in Billings, Montana by the Billings Police Department.  He will be extradited back to Louisiana at a later date, then booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. 

Additionally, Raven Warford, age 27 and of Natalbany, turned herself into authorities on September 8, 2020.  Warford was subsequently booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on one count of Orders of the Governor, One Count of Negligent Homicide and two counts of Negligent Injuring. 

These latest two arrests bring the total to six arrested in connection with the incident. TPSO reminds the public this is still an active investigation.  Anyone with information regarding the events that took place at the trail ride on August 8, 2020 in Roseland is asked to contact Crime Stoppers, 800-554-5245.   Detective Matt Dean is the lead investigator on this case.

Additional arrests may be forthcoming.

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Obituary

Charmaine Marshay Dyson Anders

March 28, 1964 - September 11, 2020

Obituary

Anita Faye Magee Brumfield

March 01, 1952 - September 11, 2020

Obituary

William "W.A." Potts

September 24, 1944 - September 14, 2020

Obituary

Travis Anthony Williams

January 18, 1994 - September 11, 2020

Tropical Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1. A broad area of low pressure over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Any development should be slow to occur while the low meanders over the southern Gulf of Mexico for the next several days. Formation chance through 48 hours at 10% and formation chance through 5 days is at 20%. 

Disturbance 2. Hurricane Sally may bring historic flooding through Wednesday along portions of the Northern Gulf Coast. Sally is located about 65 miles East of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 105 miles SSE of Biloxi. Maximum sustained winds is 85 mph. Sally is moving NW at 2 mph. A northward turn is expected this  afternoon, followed by a slow north-northeastward to northeastward motion tonight and continuing through Wednesday night. On the forecast track, the center of Sally will pass near the coast of southeastern Louisiana today, and make landfall tonight or Wednesday morning. Sally is expected to produce 10 to 20 inches of rainfall with isolated amounts of 30 inches along and just inland of the central Gulf Coast. 

Disturbance 3. Hurricane Paulette is located about 405 miles NE of Bermuda and has 105 mph maximum sustained winds. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Paulette's strength is accelerating but rapid weakening is forecast to begin on Wednesday.

Disturbance 4. Tropical Storm Teddy is expected to become a large and powerful hurricane over the Central Atlantic in a few days. It is currently at about 1030 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and has 60 mph maximum sustained winds. Movement is WNW. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Disturbance 5. Tropical Storm Vicky is located about 500 miles NW of the Cabo Verde Islands. Maximum winds are 50 mph and movement is NW. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Vicky is likely to degenerate into a  remnant low by Wednesday.

Disturbance 6. An area of low pressure is located a few hundred miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands. A tropical depression is likely to form during the next few days while the system moves generally westward. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 50% and formation chance through 5 days is at 70%.  

Disturbance 7. A non-tropical area of low pressure is located over the far northeastern Atlantic Ocean and is forecast to move south-southeastward during the next few days. It could gradually acquire some tropical or subtropical characteristics this week. Formation chance through 48 hours at 10% and formation formation chance through 5 days is at 20%. 



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Washington Parish Opens 2 Shelters/Issues Voluntary Evacuation Order

A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for Washington Parish residents who live in low lying areas prone to flooding. If you have experienced flooding in the past, we urge you to move to higher ground today while there is still daylight and before Hurricane Sally makes landfall. 

Residents who live in structures unable to withstand hurricane-force winds, such as mobile homes or campers, are encouraged to take shelter with family and friends, or at either the Franklinton High School or Bogalusa High School shelter location. Shelters will open this evening, September 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm.

Please note that these are shelters of last resort and shelterees will have to follow COVID-19 mask mandate. Those coming to the shelter should bring their own pillow, blanket, and necessities for an overnight stay.

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Hollis McCullen was booked on the charges of Special Restrictions on Lamps, Illegal Blue Electric Lights, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Improper Lane Usage, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Criminal Trespass, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Battery on a Police Officer, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs

William Brumfield was booked on the charges of No Seat Belt, Expired Drivers License, and Resisting Arresst by Providing False Booking Info

Savanna Smith was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery

Louis Tate was booked on the charges of Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Failure to Appear

Toby Miller was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Bryan Disotell was booked on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault and Aggravated Domesstic Abuse Assault/Child Endangerment (2 counts)



Tropical Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1. A weak area of low pressure is over the western and southwestern Gulf of Mexico.
Development of this system is not expected. Formation chance through 48 hours at 0% and formation chance through 5 days is at 10%. 

Disturbance 2. Tropical Storm Sally is forecast to become a hurricane by tonight and is moving west-northwestward at 8 mph over the north central Gulf of Mexico. This general motion is expected today, followed by a decrease in forward speed and a turn to the northwest tonight and a northward turn sometime on Tuesday.  On the  forecast track, the center of Sally will move over the north-central Gulf of Mexico today, approach southeastern Louisiana this afternoon, and make landfall in the hurricane warning area on Tuesday. Afterward, Sally is expected to move slowly north-northeastward near the northern Gulf Coast through Wednesday. Sally is likely to produce life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and flash flooding along portions of the northern Gulf Coast starting late today.  Sally is expected to produce 8 to 16 inches of rainfall with isolated amounts of 24 inches over portions of the central Gulf Coast. Currently (7 am Monday), Sally is about 115 miles ESE of the mouth of the Mississippi and 165 miles SE of Biloxi, Mississippi with 65 mph sustained winds. 

Disturbance 3. Hurricane Paulette is moving away from Bermuda and is no threat to other land areas.

Disturbance 4. Tropical Depression Rene is stationary and expected to weaken and dissipate by Wednesday.

Disturbance 5. Tropical Storm Teddy is 1250 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands moving west at 14 mph. It is forecast to strengthen as it moves across the tropical Atlantic. A turn toward the northwest is forecast by Wednesday. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Disturbance 6. Tropical Storm Vicky (previously Tropical Depression 21) is way out there and expected to be short-lived.

Disturbance 7. A tropical wave near the west coast of Africa may develop as it moves westward. Formation chance through 48 hours at 10% and formation chance through 5 days is at 40%. 



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