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July 11, 2020

Election Results for July 11, 2020

The unofficial election results are in! With 3355 of 3934 precincts statewide reporting at press time,
Louisiana Democrats voted for Joe Biden (80%) and Republicans voted for Donald Trump (96%). Biden got 77% of the Democrat vote in Washington Parish, 77% of the Democrat vote in St. Tammany Parish, and 74% of the Democrat vote in Tangipahoa Parish. Trump got 98% of the Republican vote in Washington Parish, 95% of the Republican vote in St. Tammany Parish, and 97% of the Republican vote in Tangipahoa Parish.

Beth Wolfe defeated Rick Swartz (55% to 45%) in the race for the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, District 3–Division D. Voting in this election were voters in St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Helena, East Feliciana and West Feliciana parishes. St. Tammany Parish voters (with 168 of 169 precincts reporting) went for Swartz (58% - 42%), Washington Parish voters went for Swartz (54% - 46%), Tangipahoa Parish Voters went for Wolfe (77% - 23%), Livingston Parish voters went for Wolfe (72% - 28%), St. Helena Parish went for Wolfe (75% to 25%), East Feliciana Parish went for Wolfe (50.2% - 49.8%) and West Feliciana Parish went for Swartz (55% - 45%).

In the City of Bogalusa, voters approved the 1/4% S&U tax re-dedication 63% to 37%.

If you are following other election results or want more detail, go to https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Graphical and choose your parish.

Today's Message from Judge Beth Wolfe

Election Day is finally here. Please cast your vote today! The polls will be open from 7am until 8pm.

Follow her on Facebook and visit her website.

Local Weather Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today in History for July 11th

July 10, 2020

What is on the Ballot for Tomorrow?

The primary purpose of the election tomorrow (July 11, 2020) is for voters to elect the candidate of
their choice to be nominated and represent their political party (Democratic or Republican) for President of the United States and to elect members to their state central committee and parish executive committees, if applicable. In addition, some parishes will have local races and/or local or parish-wide propositions.

Voters (in St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Helena, East Feliciana and West Feliciana Parishes) will choose between two candidates for the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, District 3–Division D.  The choices are Richard A. "Rick" Swartz (currently a District Judge in the 22nd JDC) and Elizabeth "Beth" Wolfe (currently a District Judge in the 21st JDC). The Court of Appeal Judgeship is an open seat due to Judge Will Crain being elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Also on the ballot in some precincts of Bogalusa is a 1/4% S&U tax re-dedication item. It reads as follows: Shall the City of Bogalusa, State of Louisiana (the "City"), pursuant to Article VI, Sections 29 and 30 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974 and other constitutional and statutory authority, be authorized to rededicate the unexpended and future net revenues of the City's existing one-quarter of one percent (1/4%) sales and use tax, originally approved at an election held on November 17, 2007 (the "Tax"), as follows: (i) all unexpended net revenues of the Tax previously collected to provide support to the City's industrial park, as well as all future net revenues of the Tax, shall be rededicated and used to pay retirement benefits and costs related to pensions, including but not limited to payments owed to the City of Bogalusa Employees Retirement System (COBERS) for employer contributions for active employees of the City and payments toward the unfunded accrued liability as determined by the actuary for COBERS, provided that (ii) any future net revenues of the Tax exceeding the City's obligations to COBERS for a fiscal year as described in (i) above may be budgeted and used for operation and maintenance of the City's industrial park (annual revenues of the 1/4% sales tax are approximately $545,000)?

Voting hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Don't forget to bring your picture ID to the polls!

To see your Sample Ballot, go to https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/sampleballot and select your Parish, Ward, and Precinct.

Hammond Man Charged With Rape, Batteries, and Home Invasion

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that 38 –year-old Hammond resident Travis
Walker was arrested yesterday (July 9, 2020) and charged with Second Degree Rape, Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Sexual Battery, and Home Invasion.

On June 1, 2020, around 11:00 a.m., Walker is accused of forcing his way into a Hammond residence after a young female answered a knock at the door. Once inside the residence, Walker raped and assaulted the victim.

With the assistance of the Hammond Police Department and the Ponchatoula Police Department, detectives were able to identify Walker as the suspect and take him into custody without incident.

The investigation is on-going.  At this time, detectives are investigating additional crimes where Walker is a possible suspect.

Obituary

Ruby Hylon Magee Walley
January 15, 1949 - July 9, 2020

Franklinton Police Chief Gets Email from Freedom From Religion Foundation

Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown has reported that he received an email from the Freedom From
Religion Foundation, alerting him to "constitutional concerns regarding promotion of religion" on the FPD Facebook page. The Freedom From Religion Foundation considers certain posts to "amount to endorsement of Christianity", requests the Chief refrain from such posts, requests removal of all religious posts, and requests a response informing the Freedom From Religion Foundation of the "steps you take to address this matter".

Chief Brown commented (in part), "Apparently one of our followers turned us in. That's okay, Judas did that too, we know how that ended for him and we also know who wins in the end. Lions don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep."

Click "Read More" to view a copy of the email.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 9, 2020

Vallee Debellevue was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, Driving Under Suspension, and Obstructing Public Passages
Ashley Thomas was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Michael Barnes was booked on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Brett Carden was booked on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Simple Battery
Shanita Weary was booked on the charges of Theft 1000-5000 (2 counts)

Bogalusa City Schools Reopening Plan (As of July 9, 2020)

➢ School Plans Correspond with Louisiana Phases
  • Phase 1: All students will participate in Virtual Learning unless otherwise notified. More information will be provided if the state moves into Phase 1.
  • Phase 2: Students Pre-K through 12 grade will follow a Hybrid schedule consisting of both face-to-face learning as well as distance learning. Students will be split into two groups and attend school two days a week. All students will participate in required distance learning activities when they are not physically on campus. More details to follow soon.
  • Phase 3: Students in all grades will move into a traditional schedule on campus. We will continue to follow restrictions and guidelines from the CDC and the OPH as needed.
➢ Virtual Program options
  • Full virtual options are available for children Pre-K through 12 grade. For more information go to www.bogschools.org and click on Virtual learning.
  • A high quality curriculum will be used.
  • Students will be provided a Chromebook for use in Virtual Learning.
  • Students must have access to reliable internet connectivity.
  • Students must commit to the Virtual Program for a complete semester.
➢ Preparing for a safe start
  • Protocols will be in place as recommended by the OPH and CDC for prevention of the virus.
  • Students’ and staff members’ temperatures will be taken daily.
  • Social distancing will be required to the greatest extent possible.
  • Hand washing protocols will be followed.
  • Face coverings for students in grades 3 – 12 are strongly recommended to the greatest extent possible.
  • Faculty and staff will wear masks. 

Today's Message from Judge Beth Wolfe

Judge Wolfe's priorities in life are faith, family, and the Constitution of the United States.

Follow her on Facebook and visit her website.

Local Weather Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today in History for July 10th

AP Top Stories July 10, 2020 AM

July 09, 2020

Bogalusa City Schools Links

Look on the left margin of our website to find links to the Bogalusa City Schools website, Facebook page, and each school in the system. Parents and students can find the information they need to prepare for the reopening of schools as well as to stay informed during the school year.

This Week's Episode of "Our Lady of the Angels Talk With a Doc"

Our Lady of the Angels Talk With a Doc series is a health education feature to keep us informed on
health-related concerns and needs from subject matter experts as well as the services available in Washington Parish. Today’s episode features Our Lady of the Angels Women’s Services providers: Dr. Maria Christina Buenaflor, OB/GYN, Dr. Ronak Shah, OB/GYN, and Dr. Whit Gallaspy, OB/GYN. 

Message from Parish President Thomas

The number of cases in Washington Parish were up Tuesday by 28, Wednesday by 11, and today by 13. Please everybody do your part! Business must continue to require employees in contact with the public to wear masks and patrons should.

Task Force Seizes Over $7 Million Worth of “High Grade” Marijuana, Other Drugs, Vehicles, Firearms, and Cash

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Troopers and Task Force Officers from the Louisiana State Police
Narcotics/Violent Crimes task force seized over 5,300 “high grade” marijuana plants and multiple pounds of processed marijuana with an estimated street value of over seven million dollars. The illegal narcotics were taken from two grow houses in St. Tammany Parish and one in Orleans Parish. Four suspects have been arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on multiple charges related to the illegal narcotics operation.

As a result of a month’s long investigation targeting members of a drug trafficking organization, Troopers and Officers from the task force executed six search warrants in St. Tammany and Orleans Parish. In addition to the “high grade” marijuana plants, agents also seized a small amount of cocaine, suboxone, two vehicles, two firearms, and approximately $75,000 in US Currency. Subsequently, Hung Q Nguyen, Phi Q. Nguyen, and Tuan Q. Nguyen were each arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Creation/Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory, Drug Conspiracy, and Racketeering. Hau Trung Pham was also arrested and booked into the jail with two counts of Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

The Louisiana State Police Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force is comprised of narcotics agents from the Louisiana State Police, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Homeland Security Investigations, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Slidell Police Department and the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office. The task force was established as a cohesive partnership of federal, state, and local Northshore law enforcement agencies to proactively enforce narcotics laws and reduce violent crime in and around Northshore communities. If you would like to report illegal narcotics activity on the Northshore, please contact the task force at 985-543-4182.

Today's Message from Judge Beth Wolfe

A wise man once said, never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or an idiot from any direction. Judge Beth Wolfe has seen a little bit of everything in her 15 years as a Judge. Vote for experience on Saturday.

Follow her on Facebook and visit her website.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 8, 2020

Tristan Athey was booked on the charges of Simple Battery (3 counts), Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, and Contempt of Court
Micah Pittman was booked on the charges of No Seat Belt, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Anthony McNabb was booked on the charges of Probation Violation and Contempt of Court (5 counts)

Obituary

Timothy "Timmy" Dale Burkhalter
October 14, 1972 - July 06, 2020

Local Weather Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today in History for July 9th

AP Top Stories July 9, 2020 AM

July 08, 2020

10-year-old Slidell Girl Dies After Sustaining Neck Wound

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office advised today (July 8, 2020) that a 10-year-old girl died after she was stabbed in the neck early Tuesday (July 7, 2020) morning at her Slidell-area residence.

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 900 block of Channel Bend in Slidell in reference to a child who had been cut on her neck.

When deputies arrived at the residence, family members informed them the child had been injured and was unresponsive. Deputies rendered aide until emergency medical personnel arrived, at which time, the child was transported via ambulance to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, who will release an identity and cause and manner of death.

No charges have been filed at this time; however, the investigation in ongoing.

UPDATEAn article in nola.com is reporting that the victim is Ariel Scott and that the St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston has ruled her death a homicide. The cause was sharp trauma to the neck.

Washington Parish School System Links

Look on the left margin of our website to find links to the Washington Parish School System website, Facebook page, and each school in the system. Parents and students can find the information they need to prepare for the reopening of schools as well as to stay informed during the school year.

Frequently Asked Questions About Washington Parish Schools Reopening


Click here for frequently asked questions about the reopening of schools in the Washington Parish School System. If you do not find the answers to your questions, email your questions to   WPCOVID@WPSB.INFO.

Obituary

Monnie Bridges McNabb
July 21, 1939 - July 07, 2020

Obituary

John Wilson Helton
September 27, 1964 - July 1, 2020

Today's Message from Judge Beth Wolfe

On July 11th, please trust Judge Beth Wolfe with your vote for 1st Circuit Court of Appeal.

Follow her on Facebook and visit her website.

Great Senior Health and Wellness Links

A big thanks to Anna and Abby for sharing the Simple Exercises for Seniors, and to Laura at http://endurabilities.com/ for the information she provided.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 7, 2020

Trent Crain was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Criminal Damage
Shaquille Lewis was booked on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Roxanne Fortenberry was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs

Local Weather Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today in History for July 8th

AP Top Stories July 8, 2020 AM

July 07, 2020

Rape Suspect Extradited from Virgin Islands to St. Tammany

On Monday (July 6, 2020), Troopers from the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit in New

Orleans with assistance from the US Marshals Service and local law enforcement in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, extradited 27 year-old Joseph William Haidler from the St. Thomas Bureau of Corrections USVI to Covington. Haidler was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for multiple felony charges related to the rape and sexual assault of a minor, which occurred in St. Tammany Parish.

Troopers began an extensive investigation in May 2020, which determined that Haidler traveled to St. Tammany Parish in December, 2019. On at least two separate occasions, Haidler, using an alias, solicited a minor victim for sexual acts, photographs, and videos through a popular social media application. Haidler then picked the victim up from her home and transported her to a location nearby, where he raped her.

Troopers obtained an arrest warrant in St. Tammany Parish, and the US Marshals Service arrested Haidler in St. John, US Virgin Islands in early June. Haidler was extradited back to St. Tammany Parish where he was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail with two counts each of trafficking of a child for sexual purposes, third degree rape, aggravated kidnapping, and computer-aided solicitation of a minor.

The LSP Special Victims Unit works tirelessly to rescue and seek justice for the victims of crimes involving the exploitation of children and the trafficking of humans for sex or labor. In this case, Troopers partnered with the Children's Advocacy Center-Hope House. The Hope House is a child-centered environment where families in St. Tammany and Washington Parish can get the help they need after abuse has been reported. They provide a path to recovery and a bridge to justice for victims of abuse. For more information, please visit https://www.cachopehouse.org/.

If anyone has additional information on this case or has been the victim of sex or labor trafficking in the Greater New Orleans area, please contact the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit at 504-310-7012.

Wanted by the Bogalusa Police Department

The Bogalusa Police Department advises that the following persons are wanted. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these persons is asked to call 985.732.3611 or 985.732.6238.
  • Everett Joseph Rhea, III (age 38) is wanted for Extortion
  • Briste C. Williams (age 25) is wanted for Attempted Second Degree Murder and Felony Hit and Run
  • Richard L. Copeland (age 33) is wanted for Attempted Second Degree Murder, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Illegal Use of Dangerous Weapons, and Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property



"Kids Fest Drive Through" is Saturday in Bogalusa


COVID-19 Testing Locations in Washington Parish


Blood Drive in Bogalusa at American Legion Next Tuesday


Obituary

Julius Harold Bankston, Jr.
June 5, 1943 - July 6, 2020

Obituary

Nercelia Wilson Butler
June 25, 1942 - July 04, 2020

Suspect in Bogalusa Shooting Arrested

Bogalusa Police Department Detective Captain David Miller reports the arrest of Michael Kevin
Barnes on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Illegal Use of Dangerous Weapons.

The arrest stems from a shooting that occurred on St. Louis Street on the night of June 21, 2020. A female subject was shot and sustained serious injuries, resulting in her being air lifted to a hospital out of town for emergency medical treatment. She is reported to have required multiple surgeries but will recover.

An investigation led detectives to identify Barnes and warrants were obtained for his arrest. Barnes was apprehended in St. Tammany Parish, and transferred to the Bogalusa Police Department where he was booked. 

The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 6, 2020

Michael Williams was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Mardeontae Lee was booked on the charges of Aggravated Arson, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, Attempted 1st Degree Murder (3 counts), and Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs
Kurtis Gabler was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear

Today's Message from Judge Beth Wolfe

As a District Judge for 15 years, Judge Wolfe has presided over countless criminal and civil cases, now she is ready to serve on the Court of Appeal.

Follow her on Facebook and visit her website.

Local Weather Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today in History for July 7th

AP Top Stories July 7, 2020 AM

July 06, 2020

WPSS 2020-2021 School Calendar

On May 28, 2020, the WP School Board adopted a REVISED school calendar for 2020-2021. In order to maximize instructional time, days were added to the calendar. Should the WP Fair Committee decide to cancel the Fair, that week will become an instructional week for students. Also, if Mardi Gras is cancelled, those will be instructional days as well.

WPSS Reopening Plan 2020-2021

Have questions about the reopening of school in Washington Parish for the 2020-2021 year? Email them to WPCOVID@WPSB.INFO. An FAQ will be updated on the WPSB website based on questions received. 

The Washington Parish School System is planning to begin school on August 6, 2020 in a traditional manner. However, the school system has developed a plan for each possible phase in which schools may be required to open due to COVID-19. These plans are based on guidance from the LA Department of Education, the LA Department of Public Health, & the LA Governor’s Office. It is subject to change as guidance from these lead agencies change.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 4-5, 2020

Steven Hunt was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense), Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts), Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Allowing Unlicensed Minor to Drive, Child Restraint Violation (2 counts), and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Chester Alsobrooks was booked on the charges of No Bike Headlight, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
Kevin Blackmon was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Careless Operation, Expired License Plate, and Open Container in Vehicle

Abita Man Indicted for Murder, Sexual Abuse of an Animal, and Drug Possession

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury has indicted
John Jacob Jenkins (49) of Abita Springs on charges of second degree murder, sexual abuse of an animal, and possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance.

Jenkins is accused of killing Jennifer Deblonde Jacob (37) on October 7, 2019. He also is accused of “knowingly and intentionally filming, distributing, or possessing pornographic images of a person and an animal engaged in sexual contact.”

The grand jury also indicted Angela Lynn Griffin (47) of Covington, on a charge of sexual abuse of an animal in connection with the case.

Assistant District Attorney Blake Peters presented the case to the grand jury. An arraignment has been set for Aug. 25 before District Judge Raymond Childress.

Click here for previous related story.

Grand Jury Indicts Lacombe Man In Murder of Girlfriend

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted
Fernando Randolph Cortez (26) of Lacombe Thursday (July 3, 2020) on a charge of second degree murder. Cortez is accused of stabbing to death Sandra Aldridge, his live-in girlfriend, on April 17, 2020. The case has been assigned to District Judge William J. Knight.

The St. Tammany Sheriff's Office previously reported that Cortez called 911 to report that he had stabbed his girlfriend and himself during in altercation at their residence. Deputies located the mutilated body of a deceased female inside the residence.

Cortez was still at the residence when deputies arrived, and he became combative, forcing deputies to use non-life-threatening means to subdue him. Once in custody, he was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for non-life threatening stab wounds to his face and shoulder area. Cortez reportedly told deputies his stab wounds were self-inflicted.

Upon his release from the hospital, Cortez was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Second-Degree.

Assistant District Attorney William Macke presented the case to the grand jury.

Click here for the previous related story.

Franklinton Police Make Arrest in June Arson Case

On June 3, 2020 the Franklinton Police Department responded to an aggravated arson at a residence
on Bene Street. On arrival Officers located a fire which was quickly extinguished. Officers obtained video surveillance from the residence with images of two individuals pouring an accelerate and lighting a fire. The video was uploaded to FPD Social Media pages and, with the public’s assistance, both individuals were identified. One of the suspected arsonists was determined to be a juvenile (age 16) and the other an adult identified as Mardeontae J. Lee (age 22) of Franklinton. The juvenile’s identity is not being released due to his age.

On June 20, 2020, Patrol Officers located the juvenile in Franklinton The juvenile was interviewed by and reportedly confessed to his involvement in the crime. Detectives were unable to locate Lee and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On July 6, 2020, Detectives arrested Lee at his residence without incident. Lee was charged with 3 counts attempted first degree murder (Felony), 1 count aggravated arson (Felony), 1 count contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile (Felony) and 1 count simple possession of marijuana (Misdemeanor). The investigation is on-going and it is believed to be in retaliation for an earlier homicide which occurred on June 1, 2020 where Paul Robinson was arrested.

Chief Brown acknowledges the outstanding work of FPD Investigators for their relentless pursuit of those responsible. Chief Brown went on to thank the community for their assistance in identifying both individuals.

Veterans Park in Washington Parish Dedicated on the 4th

On the 4th of July, 2020, a group of approximately 75 persons gathered at the intersection of Dollar
Road and Highway 10 in Washington Parish to celebrate the dedication of the Veterans Memorial Park.

Louisiana State Senator Beth Mizell was the emcee of the event and reviewed how the park developed from an idea to the realization of a park to recognize veterans - past, present, and future. American Legion members were present to play taps and make a 21 gun salute.

The property is provided by Louisiana State University, funding is from unused funds to bring "The Wall That Heals" (a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memoria) to Franklinton in 2018, and the Washington Parish Government will maintain the park.

Today's Message from Judge Beth Wolfe

You’ll probably never appear in court, but If you do, you want a process that is fair and just. Judge Beth Wolfe has the experience to serve you on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal.

Follow her on Facebook and visit her website.

Local Weather Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today in History for July 6th

AP Top Stories July 6, 2020 AM

July 05, 2020

Driver Dies in Wrong-Way Crash on Interstate 55

On Saturday, July 4, 2020 after 1:00 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to
a fatal crash on Interstate 55 south of LA 10 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 23-year-old Hannah D. Mcallister of Hammond.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Mcallister was southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 in a Kia Optima. Mcallister’s vehicle impacted an Infinity QX6. The Infinity was then pushed off the roadway where it overturned and caught fire. After the first impact, Mcallister’s vehicle rotated in front of a northbound Dodge Charger that impacted it on its passenger side. Mcallister died as a result of injuries she sustained in the crash. All of the drivers and occupants involved were restrained and impairment is suspected as a contributing factor. As part of the investigation, a blood sample was collected for scientific analysis from Mcallister.

Obituary

Paula Jean Kennedy
November 12, 1958 - July 02, 2020

Obituary

John Nelson Parker
January 26, 1952 - July 3, 2020

Obituary

Inez Kennedy Crain
August 27, 1919 - July 3, 2020

Today's Message from Judge Beth Wolfe

Judge Wolfe's priorities in life are faith, family, and the Constitution of the United States.

Follow her on Facebook and visit her website.

Today in History for July 5th

July 04, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 3, 2020

Keith Byais was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse/Aggravated Assault
Tasharae Myers was booked on the charges of Theft of Firearm and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Carnell Smoot was booked on the charges of Monetary Instrument Abuse/Counterfeit Moneys (3 counts) and Theft Less Than 1000 (3 counts)

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Today in History for July 4th

July 03, 2020

Obituary

Frank "Zack" Myers
June 16, 1956 - July 02, 2020

Obituary

Louise Raborn
September 19, 1928 - July 02, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 1-2, 2020

Ryan Smith was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, Failure to Appear, and Probation Violation
Roy Burton was booked on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Ryan Fortenberry was booked on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Theft of Firearm, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm

Today's Message from Judge Beth Wolfe

Have you early voted yet? Early voting is open today and tomorrow from 8:30AM until 6:00PM each day. GEAUX VOTE early for Judge Wolfe!

Follow her on Facebook and visit her website.

Local Weather Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today in History for July 3rd

AP Top Stories July 3, 2020 AM

July 02, 2020

Have You Seen Me?

My name is Spike. I am a 10-month old dark tabby kitten with a bobtail. My human friend is a little boy who is heartbroken without me. Please help me get back to him. If you have seen me, please call 985-515-0666.

WPSO Jails MS. Man for Domestic Violence

A visit to his ex-girlfriend’s house in Washington Parish on Tuesday (June 30, 2020) landed Ryan
Nicco Smith (age 35 and a resident of Carriere, MS) in the Washington Parish Jail. Smith entered the woman’s residence without permission and committed battery on her in the presence of her child.

The victim called the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office for assistance. Patrol Sgt. Michael Thomas responded, but Smith had fled the scene when Sgt. Thomas arrived, likely headed to his residence in Mississippi. Sgt. Thomas broadcast an alert, asking other deputies to be on the lookout for the vehicle Smith was driving. Patrol Deputy Chad Cassard intercepted Smith in eastern Washington Parish and took him into custody.

Smith had outstanding warrants and was booked on those warrants as well as current charges. In addition to warrants for probation violation and failure to appear in court, Smith is charged with domestic violence strangulation and domestic violence child endangerment.

Smith has one previous stay in the Washington Parish Jail. In 2010 he was arrested by the Louisiana State Police for driving while intoxicated.

“Poor decisions, coupled with raw emotion, always produce negative results,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “and this incident is a good example. Three main priorities of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office are investigation of crimes, capture of criminals and protection of victims. I appreciate the response of our officers to protect this victim and to apprehend Mr. Smith.”

Message from Washington Parish School System Superintendent Frances Varnado

Washington Parish Families & Community,

I hope you and your families are healthy, safe, and well. I am coming to you today with several updates regarding the important planning our district and school administrators have been engaging in over the last several weeks as we prepare to welcome students and employees physically back to campus in August as scheduled.

Despite the uncertainty that lies with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to implementing a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school in accordance with guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). As a district, we are using available information and collaborating with local and state leaders to carefully and strategically plan for multiple potential scenarios for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Our commitment to our families is to provide strong learning opportunities for all students regardless of the scenario.

For the past several weeks, our teams have been planning for three possibilities for students’ return to campuses in August. Using guidance and expert knowledge from across the state, and knowing that health restrictions may call us to switch between scenarios, we are currently planning for the following types of learning situations:
  • Traditional learning with schools open to students as usual while following CDC recommended safety guidelines for class sizes, social distancing, and movement;
  • Hybrid learning with schools open to groups of students using a combination of traditional and distance learning; and,
  • Distance learning with teacher led remote instruction and learning.
Later this week, Superintendent of Education, Dr. Cade Brumley, will be providing additional guidance regarding the start of school. Upon receiving that guidance, our administrators will be working around-the-clock to secure plans to provide instruction while at the same time addressing the physical, mental, and social well-being of our students, and the needs of the community.

As we get further clarity regarding what families can anticipate, we will share that information. Parents and families can expect continued updates to be found on our school and district websites and Facebook accounts over the coming weeks.

While there are still many unknowns in the coming months, I want to assure our families that our school system is working hard to ensure that children will begin the upcoming year as safely and successfully as possible, given the current situation. As always, the health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priorities.

Frances Varnado
Superintendent
Washington Parish School System

Obituary

Carlton E. Smith, Sr.
July 21, 1935 - July 01, 2020

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Belva Jean Blough
June 27, 1946 - July 1, 2020

Bogalusa Man Dies in Crash After Hitting a Deer

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020 shortly before 8:30 pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash on LA 60 west of LA 1072 in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of 55-year-old John W. Helton of Bogalusa.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Helton was eastbound on LA 60 in a Chevrolet C1500 pickup when a deer entered the roadway in front of him. Helton’s vehicle impacted the deer and then exited the roadway into a ditch where it began to overturn. Helton was unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries during the crash. He was pronounced deceased on scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s office.

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Lucille Varnado Weary
May 26, 1926 - June 29, 2020

Today's Message from Judge Beth Wolfe

Early voting is OPEN! Whether you vote today, or on Election Day (July 11th), vote for the most experienced candidate. Vote for Judge Beth Wolfe for 1st Circuit Court of Appeal.

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July 01, 2020

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Re: Washington Parish Government Offices

Washington Parish Government Offices remain closed to the public except for the following services:
1. Delivery of packages
2. Logging Permits (985.335.1307) please call for service
3. Occupational License (985.335.1304 or 1306) please call
4. Others by appointment only, please call 985.839.7825

Entrance to the administrative office of Washington Parish Government requires the following compliance:
1. “no touch” temperature will be taken.
2. We will log the date, name and phone contact information of the visitor.
3. Mask or face coverings are required, may be provided upon request.
4. Hand sanitizer is provided at multiple locations for frequent use.

Reopening of School 2020 – 2021: Message From Bogalusa City Schools Superintendent Lisa Tanner

To all Bogalusa City Schools’ families:

I know that each of you are concerned about what our year will look like when school reopens in the fall. Our preference will always be to provide educational opportunities for students face-to-face in our buildings while also providing opportunities for students to be served online if they choose. How we engage students in learning will be determined largely by the re-opening phase of our state.

As part of our planning process, the Bogalusa City School System has formed a Stay Strong 2020 task force, made up of several sub-committees. Parent feedback has been received through surveys and teacher/parent calls discussing preferences for educating our students and your children. This feedback, along with employee surveys and guidance from the CDC, LDH, and LDOE will guide our decision making.

The following is a general guideline for what to expect when returning to school in August.

4th of July Message from Sheriff Randy Seal

I wish each and every person an exciting and safe 4th of July holiday. This special day in the life of our country is a celebration of our independence 244 years ago; thus, the day is also referred to as
Independence Day.

It was July 4, 1776 that the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. This new Declaration of Independence was first published by The Pennsylvania Evening Post and has since become our nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty. Since that time, our nation has grown to include fifty states, each of which is self-governed, yet united as one.

A year later, on July 4, 1777, citizens of Philadelphia heard public readings of the Declaration and celebrated with fireworks, parades and other displays of patriotism to the new nation. July 4th was officially established by Congress as Independence Day in 1870 and we have continued to celebrate each year with firework displays, parades, picnics and other events.

As you celebrate July 4th this year, I remind you to practice safety, whether it is in the preparation and consumption of food or enjoying at-home fireworks. Always remember that fireworks can pose a fire and safety hazard for those who use them. I recommend that anyone shooting fireworks follow a few safety rules.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher available and know how to operate it properly.
  • Provide adult supervision for children around fireworks at all times.
  • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  • Point fireworks away from homes and keep them away from brush, leaves and flammable substances.
  • Always have a bucket of water or a connected water hose nearby.
If you are traveling this weekend, remember to always wear your seat belt and never drive if you are under the influence of any amount of alcohol or drugs. Not only do you risk your life if you drive impaired, you put occupants of other vehicles at risk also. If you must travel on our roadways, use a sober designated driver.

During this period of COVID-19 awareness as Louisiana remains in Phase 2, I remind you to practice safe social distancing and wear a mask if you are around persons other than close family members.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not remind everyone to honor our grand old flag which is the emblem of the land we love. For a touching lesson about the importance of our flag, go to your preferred search engine and find the lyrics to George M. Cohan’s “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

I stand for our flag on this 4th of July weekend and I encourage you to do the same as you have a fun, safe and healthy 4th of July celebration.

Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal

Obituary

Anthony Joseph Morris
January 27, 1955 - June 25, 2020

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Lemenda Rester Pope
April 14, 1929 - June 28, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings June 30, 2020

Lanika Warren was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse Aggravated Battery, and Resisting an Officer
Stanley Jones was booked on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Lance Smith was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Thomas Herrington was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts)