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January 31, 2020

State Fire Marshall Investigating Deadly Franklinton Fire

The State Fire Marshal reported that deputies were on the scene Thursday morning (January 30,
2020) of a fire investigation in Franklinton involving one death.

Washington Parish firefighters responded to a trailer fire call in the 30000 block of West Old Columbia Road overnight. The body of one male occupant was discovered inside.

At this time, the cause is still under investigation but it is not considered suspicious.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

Obituary

Stella Jo White Farriel
September 30, 1946 - January 28, 2020

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 30, 2020

Jerry Barber was booked on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500
Joseph Busby was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Kathy Sandifer was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts) and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Jesse Pittman was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Battery on a Police Officer (2 counts), Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear
Lindsey Dykes was booked In From Court

Today in History for January 31st

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January 30, 2020

Arrest Made in Livestock Theft in Tangipahoa Parish

Colson K. Lambert (23) of Bogue Chitto, Ms., was arrested by the Louisiana Department of
Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission on January 24, 2020. Lambert is charged with six counts of theft of livestock.

According to investigators, the LDAF received a complaint from a public livestock market in Tangipahoa Parish that someone illegally removed cattle from the livestock market and took them out of state. Following an investigation, it was determined Lambert was allegedly in possession of the cattle after leaving the public auction market on January 14, 2020.  Investigators were able to link Lambert to the theft through video from security cameras.

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said, “Our public livestock markets provide a legitimate and professional avenue to sell livestock from local producers.  Our brand inspectors move swiftly to respond to complaints in an effort to recover stolen property.”

All six head of cattle were recovered by LDAF brand inspectors and have been returned to the sale barn.

The LDAF Livestock Brand Commission was assisted in this investigation by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Help Slidell Police Identify This Counterfeit Suspect

Slidell Police reports that over the last two months, the individual in the video has been passing counterfeit $100 dollar bills at multiple businesses all over Slidell and the New Orleans Metro area. He may have also hit the Baton Rouge area.

Take a good luck at this guy. He’s an older white male, he has a scar on the right side of his face, and at one point had a large bandage on his right hand, but now appears to have a small bandage on the same hand. He was seen getting into a white Honda Accord at one location in Slidell, and a grey Jeep SUV, possibly a Jeep Compass, at another location in New Orleans.

This man is using counterfeit $100 bills that have been passing the counterfeit pen test. They appear real, but after you really look at them, they are apparent fakes.

Someone out there knows the identity of this man. If you have any information, contact Slidell Police Detective Michael Giardina at 985-646-6172 or mgiardina@slidellpd.com, submit a tip on our website www.slidellpd.com or our Facebook page, or you can call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Help STPSO Identify This Suspect


Obituary

Dorothy Mae Thomas
October 24, 1924 - January 29, 2020

Obituary

Margie Yates Jenkins
September 5, 1921 - January 29, 2020

Cub Scout Pack 104 District Awards Banquet

On January 26th, Cub Scout Pack 104 of Franklinton celebrated the outstanding achievements of leaders and youth at the Istrouma Area Council Nashoba District Awards Banquet held at the Bogue Falaya Hall in Covington, LA. Among the many award recipients in the district were Pack 104 Tiger Scout Joseph Kieffer and Cubmaster Nicholas Crawford.

Joseph received recognition for selling over $1000 dollars in product during the annual popcorn fundraiser held district-wide. Pack 104 is incredibly proud of Joseph’s hard work and dedication to Cub Scouts and to his community.
Left: Tiger Cub Scout Joseph Kieffer
Center: Pack 104 Cubmaster Nicholas Crawford
Right: Nashoba Sr. District Executive Dorothy Garcia presenting top popcorn sales award to Tiger Cub Scout Joseph Kieffer

Cubmaster Nicholas Crawford received several accolades for is achievements in Cub Scout leadership, including the Scout Leader’s Training Award and Den Leader Award. He also received his 35 Year Veteran Pin. Pack 104 is grateful to have Nicholas as a valued leader in the local Cub Scouting Program in Franklinton. His many years of leadership and dedicated service to the youth of Washington Parish is greatly appreciated.

Cub Scout Pack 104 proudly serves all youth in Washington Parish. Cub Scouts welcomes both boys and girls to the organization in kindergarten through 5th grade. If you have a child who would like to join Cub Scout Pack 104, please contact Cubmaster Nicholas Crawford at (985) 750-1856 or New Member Coordinator Krissy Haga by emailing pack104.franklinton@gmail.com.

Bogalusa Council Meeting Agenda for February 4, 2020

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING


Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Bogalusa City Hall, 214 Arkansas Street, Bogalusa, Louisiana

AGENDA:

1. Call to Order.
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Roll call:
4. The approval of the minutes held at the City Council Meeting January 21, 2020.
5. Recognition and Awards: None
6. Adoption of Resolutions: None
7. Introduction of Ordinances

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the retaining of Postlewaite and Netterville to provide Professional Accounting Services for the City of Bogalusa as per engagement letter dated January 16, 2020. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
AN ORDINANCE for the 2020 Revenue Anticipation Note. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with Professional Engineering Consultants Corporation Project No. 11505.01 Runway Rehabilitation Phase 1 (Project Design) at George R. Carr Memorial Airfield. (Introduced by President Irvine).
AN ORDINANCE by the City of Bogalusa to authorize a settlement of debts owed to the Choctaw Landfill Joint Venture by transferring its ownership interest to Washington Parish and entering a Multi-Year Agreement with Choctaw Landfill for disposal of residential waste and to provide for related matters. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).

8. Public Hearings & Adoption of Ordinances:

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with the low bidder Alan & LeBlanc for the LCDBG Sewer Project. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with America’s Water Infrastructure Act Compliance Service-Municipal H20 Proposal. (Introduced by Vice-President Keys).
AN ORDINANCE to approve the Planning and Zoning request to rezone from A-2 Residential to C-Commercial for a new business opening in the area. (Introduced by Councilwoman Kates).
AN ORDINANCE to approve the Planning and Zoning request the closing of an alleyway between Convenience Street and Church Street East of N. Royal Street with servitude rights. (Introduced by Councilwoman Kates).

9. Public Participation

10. Administrative Remarks

11. Other Council Discussion

12. Announcements: Next Council Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

13. Adjournment

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

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Judy Gray at 985-732-6211 ext. 249 describing the assistance that is necessary.

As required by LA. R. S. 42:14, the City Council will allow a public comment period at any point in the meeting prior to action on an agenda item upon which a vote is to be taken.

Bogalusa's Fiscal Administrator Reports to Fiscal Review Committee

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette, Councilwoman Gloria Kates, and Fiscal Administrator Joey Richard appeared before a meeting of the Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday (January 29, 2020). Richard provided a report to the committee and Mayor Perrette and Richard then responded to questions from members of the committee. The conversations were cordial, productive and informational.

Discussions included plans to resolve three financial areas of concern:(1) under-funding of the City of Bogalusa Employee’s Retirement System (with a net pension liability of more than $22 million), (2) under-funding of the City of Bogalusa's share of the Choctaw Road Landfill (with a net liability of over $2.9 million as of 12/31/2019), and (3) structural deficits (of about $1.2 million). Richard reported the plans to address the three areas of concern.

Regarding the Choctaw Road Landfill issue, Richard reported that a proposed resolution is expected to be finalized in Feburary, 2020 following approval by Washington Parish Government. Basically, the City of Bogalusa will sell its ownership in the landfill to Washington Parish in exchange for the debt. The City and the Parish will then enter into a 10-year contract, under which the City will pay approximately $320,000 per year.

Councilwoman Kates came before the committee with questions and comments toward the end of the meeting (beginning at 41:40 into the video).

The video below is the segment of the meeting dealing with Bogalusa. Click here to view video of the entire meeting.

Franklinton Board of Aldermen Meeting Report and Video

The Franklinton Board of Aldermen met Tuesday evening (January 28, 2020) and in addition to
routine matters,
  • heard Department reports from Reginald McMasters (Public Works) beginning at 2:25 into the video, Justin Brown (Police Department) beginning at 9:50 into the video, and Ellen Wascom (Administrative) beginning at 21:25 into the video,
  • voted to approve the engagement of Spangler Engineering for water system improvements (beginning at 25:20 into the video),
  • declared two vehicles to be surplus equipment and authorized their advertisement for sale 
  • voted to advertise opening for a detective position at the Police Department (beginning at 34:40 into the video), and
  • approved the Committee's recommendation of a $5000 donation to Alive Productions (beginning at 49:55 into the video).

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Obituary

Joseph H. "Toby" Jones
January 5, 1931 - January 28, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 29, 2020

Steven Weaver was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense), Resisting Arrest by Flight, and Switched License Plates
Christopher Evans was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI (or Other)
Latisha Jones was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
James Thomas was booked on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting an Officer, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Lance Woodward was booked on the charge of Criminal Damage
Ricardo Mark was booked on the charge of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS
Lee Lewis was booked on the charges of Molestation of a Juvenile (2 counts)
Candy Stringer was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, and Contempt of Court (4 counts)

Today in History for January 30th

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January 29, 2020

St. Tammany Parish 2020 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule


Obituary

Kathleen Woodard Phelps
September 5, 1937 - January 28, 2020

Obituary

James M. Atchley
August 30, 1941 - January 18, 2020

Obituary

Louis Helton
October 28, 1937 - January 28, 2020

Pedestrian Dies in Crash on LA 21

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020 shortly before 11:30 PM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop
L responded to a serious injury crash involving a pedestrian on LA 21 northbound near LA 59 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 71-year-old William M. Asprodites of New Orleans, LA.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Asprodites was walking in the northbound lane of LA 21 wearing dark clothing. Asprodites was struck by a Ford F150 pickup truck traveling northbound on LA 21. Asprodites sustained serious injuries and later succumbed to those injuries at an area hospital.

As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology is pending on Asprodites performed by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the F150 was properly restrained and uninjured in the crash. Also, the driver of the F150 provided Troopers with a breath sample which detected no evidence of alcohol.

Council on Aging Lunch Menu for February, 2020

Contact the Washington Parish Council on Aging at (985) 732-6869 or click here for their Facebook page.

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 28, 2020

Kurtis Gabler was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Attachment
Ivy Russ was booked on the charge of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s)
Donald Ishman was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear, and Failure to Pay Fine
Qwandarious Rowe was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Today in History for January 29th

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January 28, 2020

Obituary

Patricia Ann Kyger
July 1, 1959 - January 27, 2020

Obituary

Megan Louise Magee Becker
October 11, 1990 - January 24, 2020

Obituary

Juanita Rachel Magee
September 21, 1928 - January 22, 2020

Washington Parish Council Hears About Ambitious Plans

When the they met Monday evening (January 27, 2020), the Washington Parish Council approved eight resolutions, heard from residents during the Public Participation segment of the meeting, and were advised of big plans for the future from Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff.

Five resolutions were approved concerning board appointments and three were related to routine compliance reports. Another resolution (beginning at 9:30 in video of the meeting), to approve Fire District's 7's request to hold an election on May 9, 2020 to levy an annual parcel fee of $29.67, was initially considered to be added to the Agenda. After consideration, the resolution was not added to the Agenda, and is to placed on the Agenda for the next Council meeting.

During the Public Participation segment, the Council
  • heard from one resident, apparently regarding the Fire District 7 parcel fee matter (beginning at 15:50 into video of the meeting),
  • heard a presentation regarding plans to start a new cub scout pack in Franklinton (beginning at 16:20 into video of the meeting),
  • heard from one resident on an issue related to theft of dogs, (beginning at 19:30 into video of the meeting).
President Thomas and his staff made their report to the Council (beginning at 24:40 into video of the meeting). Included in the report were steps taken and ambitious plans that will be of great benefit to Washington Parish. Grants recently completed, currently pending, and currently active total $75 Million.

Following Council Discussions, the meeting was adjourned.

Obituary

Jacqueline M Martin
May 23, 1954 - January 22, 2020

Valentine's Day Silent Basket Auction at RMC Feb. 10-13

Don't miss Riverside Medical Center's Valentine's Day Silent Basket Auction. All money raised goes to the American Heart Association to help with heart health research. Items will be available to view from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., February 10-13.

Organized by the Riverside Medical Center Foundation.

For more about what's going on at RMC, go to their Facebook page.

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Master Cattleman Program Begins March 3rd

The Master Cattleman Program begins March 3, 2020 at the LSU Ag Center (4-H Office) in Amite.

Quilt Seminar is Feb. 15th at Varnado Store Museum


Local Weather Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Obituary

Joshua Ryan Seal
August 10, 1990 - January 25, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 27, 2020

Christine Cartier (Bryant) was booked on the charge of Principals
Ricky Crain was booked on the charges of Fail to Comply in Person Sex Offender Reg T-3
Zack Brumfield was booked on the charge of No Drivers License
Phylicia Presson was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Shandrieka Owens was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Herman Thomas was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
James Graves was booked In From Court

Today in History for January 28th

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Obituary

Winona Pollock Mitchell
November 29, 1920 - January 27, 2020

Obituary

Doris Talley
October 29, 1942 - January 27, 2020

Covington Man Jailed in Washington Parish

Timothy T. Rodosta (43), a resident of Adolphus Road in Covington, has been in the Washington
Parish Jail since his arrest on January 24, 2019. Rodosta is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm with illegal drugs present, attempted armed robbery, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and being a fugitive from St. Tammany Parish.

The arrest was the result of an alert Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeant who spotted Rodosta behaving in a suspicious manner in the parking lot of a gasoline station south of Bogalusa. When Sgt. Jay Dupre approached Rodosta to question him about his suspicious behavior, he observed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside Rodosta’s vehicle.

After obtaining permission from Rodosta to search his vehicle, Sgt. Dupre discovered a pistol and black gloves. In addition, Rodosta was wearing a black stocking on his head which seemed suspicious. Examination of the stocking revealed hand-cut holes for a person’s eyes and mouth.

Rodosta was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail with his bond set at $150,000. If he is released on bond, he will be transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail to face charges there.

“Excellent, pro-active law enforcement,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “It seems likely that Sgt. Dupre prevented a possible robbery. I congratulate him for being alert and for handling this matter .”

Obituary

Verta Mae McElveen
May 16, 1942 - January 26, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 24-25, 2020

Timothy Rodosta was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Attempted Armed Robbery
Allison Burns was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Bryson Knight was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Usage
April Whittine was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000
Frank Hamilton was booked on the charge of Criminal Trespass
Ollie Anders was booked on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Obituary

Marion Antoinette "Doll" Gray Willson
July 09, 1936 - January 24, 2020

Obituary

Chuck Harland
August 19, 1943 - January 24, 2020

Today in History for January 27th

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January 24, 2020

Help TPSO ID These Suspects

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in locating the subjects pictured in the attached photo.

On December 1, 2019, the unidentified females were captured on video surveillance using a fake check from a local church to purchase gift cards and other items from the Walmart in Amite.

If you recognize either of the accused, please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. Detective McFarland is the lead investigation, 985-902-2043.

Suspects Sought in Theft of ATM at Arcola

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two subjects responsible for destroying a local storefront and stealing an ATM.

Around 1:00 a.m. on January 20, 2020, two subjects crashed a minivan into the Quickway on U.S. 51 in Arcola before driving away with an ATM. Surveillance video from the scene shows a silver Dodge Caravan (an early 2000 model) and two suspects backing the minivan into the convenience store, destroying the front entry and compromising the support system for the ATM. The suspects then grab the machine, load it into the vehicle and drive away.

The suspects are still unknown at this time. Anyone having information or who may be able to identify either subject is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. The lead investigator on this case is Detective Terry Lane, 985.345.6150.

Amite Man Accused of Selling Drugs for Stolen Guns

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that six people were arrested last week in an
undercover operation that began with allegations of drug activity at an Amite area residence.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit began investigating on January 15, 2020. Information was received that Jerry Summerford (51) was selling drugs out of his residence on Hwy. 1054 and accepting stolen property - more specifically stolen firearms - as payment. Undercover agents conducted surveillance of the residence and by noon had reportedly witnessed two illegal hand to hand narcotics transactions

Agents moved in on the residence and secured the premises as a search warrant was obtained for the home and property. The subsequent search yielded the seizure of approximately (25) grams of methamphetamine, (.3) grams of marijuana, tramadol prescription medication, (12) firearms, and multiple gun parts.

Arrested at the residence were Jerry Summerfield (51) of Amite, Brandon Baker (45) of Amite, Joshua Lumetta (30) of Amite, Melissa Burns (49) of Amite, Aaron Wallace (38) of Kentwood, and Kirk Lumetta, Sr. (53) of Amite.

Obituary

Amy Arnell Stewart
December 15, 1945 – January 23, 2020

Boxing Championship and Arts & Crafts Sale at RCC


Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 23, 2020

Malik Watkins was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Cameron Kihnel was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Speeding 11-20 Over Limit
Brandon Carroll was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Dedrick Cooper was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Principal to Attempted Second Degree Murder, and Failure to Appear
Floyd Landry was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (6 counts)
Kenyatta Scott was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Fight
Kathlyn Magee was booked on the charge of Accessory After the Fact of Attempted Second Degree Murder
Mashanna Buckley was booked on the charge of Accessory After the Fact of Attempted Second Degree Murder
Sharon Durr was booked on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI or Other

Today in History for January 24th

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January 23, 2020

Wanted by Slidell Police

Slidell Police Department is looking for 33-year-old, Charles Barnes, AKA: Baby Charles. Barnes was caught on surveillance video stealing a purse from the Electric Avenue nightclub in Olde Town Slidell. Barnes is believed to have been accompanied by 32-year-old, Lindsay Rolston, and 32-year-old, Ashley Sylvas. Both are currently wanted for Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court. Barnes is wanted for Theft.

Baby Charles has an extensive criminal rap sheet and is known to run from the police.

If you know there whereabouts of any of these individuals, contact the Slidell Police Department at 985-643-3131.

Franklinton Police Make Arrests in Attempted Murder Case

From information published by the Franklinton Police Department, four persons have been arrested for their involvement in the January 19th attempted murder on Desmare Street in Franklinton, Louisiana.

On Wednesday (January 22, 2020), Finney Riley (36) was booked into the Washington Parish Jail  on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Bond was set at $250,000.

On Thursday (January 23, 2020), Kathlyn Magee (35) of Franklinton was booked on the charge of Accessory After the Fact to Second Degree Murder, Mashanna Buckley of Hammond was booked on the charge of Accessory After the Fact to Second Degree Murder, and Dedrick E. Cooper (43) of Hammond was booked on the charge of Principal to Attempted Second Degree Murder.
Franklinton Police Chief received a call Sunday morning (January 19, 2020) from Riverside Medical Center regarding a gunshot victim. Responding officers determined the shooting took place in the 1900 block of Desmare Street. Further investigation revealed that the 20 year old victim was shot after approaching a vehicle which had pulled up in front of a residence. At the time of the shooting, several witnesses were present and observed the suspect vehicle fleeing the area at a high rate of speed.  The victim was transported to RMC where treatment was provided before being transferred to another care facility.

Additional arrests are expected as detectives continue to piece together details of the shooting.

Obituary

Rubin Charles Newman
December 20, 1933 - January 22, 2020

Obituary

Melissa Ann Sheridan Jenkins
January 7, 1966 - January 22, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 22, 2020

Frank Taylor was booked on the charges of Simple Burglary and Attachment (2 counts)
Finney Riley was booked on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
William Verlander was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Larry Smith was booked In For Court
Austin Gill was booked on the charges of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile (3 counts)
Kristen Cox was booked on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal, No Proof of Insurance, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Keybian Lewis was booked In From Court
Zachary Spears was booked In For Court

Today in History for January 23rd

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January 22, 2020

Slidell Police 2019 Crime Statistics – Overall Crime Down 3.4%

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal has released the Slidell Police Department’s 2019 Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), and has also included the crimes statistics from the past nine years. “We are proud to report that overall crime is down 3.4%,” says Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal. “The downward trend is even more impressive when you consider the fact our community continues to grow.

While violent crime is slightly down, property crime, such as thefts and auto thefts, are up. Vehicle break-ins are categorized under “Theft”, which has contributed significantly to the rise in numbers. “We can’t stress enough for people to lock their car doors and hide all valuables out of sight,” says Chief Fandal.

Our officers and residents should be extremely proud of the work they have done. We will continue to move forward and work diligently to maintain the quality of life our citizens have come to expect and deserve,” says Chief Fandal.

STPSO Investigating Catalytic Converter Thefts

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a series of thefts involving
catalytic converters, which have occurred over the past month.

Since December 19, the STPSO has taken reports of eight catalytic converters or other exhaust-related parts being stolen from parked vehicles at businesses in West St. Tammany. In addition, there was one attempted theft of a catalytic converter reported from a local vehicle dealership.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward through Crimestoppers.

Six Arrested in Washington Parish Drug Roundup

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, assisted by Louisiana State Police narcotics officers, recently concluded an investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics in Washington Parish. Six persons were arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail. Five remain in jail with bonds set and one has been released after posting bond.
  • Dayon Deleco Dyson, 45, a resident of Hilltop Drive in Franklinton, remains in jail charged with battery, failure to appear in court and sale of illegal narcotics. This is Dyson’s sixth time in the parish jail since 2014 on various charges including several counts of failure to appear in court, aggravated flight from an officer, several traffic offenses and the sale of illegal drugs. His bond has been set at $141,716.
  • Lacorte Jermaine Cooley, 30, a resident of Highway 35 in Sandy Hook, Mississippi, remains in jail charged with two counts of failure to appear in court and the sale of illegal drugs. This is Cooley’s fourth time in the parish jail since 2012 on various charges including theft, drug offenses, trespass and sale of illegal drugs. His bond has been set at $151,500.
  • Keithen Ishman, 30, a resident of Breland Road in Bogalusa, remains in jail charged with two counts of sale of illegal drugs. This is Ishman’s fourth time in the parish jail since 2010 on various charges including convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and numerous drug charges including his current charges. His bond has been set at $200,000.
  • Jonathan Elmer Lowery, 42, a resident of Royal Street in Bogalusa, remains in jail charged with six counts of sale of illegal drugs. According to jail records, this is Lowery’s first time in the parish jail. His bond has been set at $250,000.
  • Dominique Dykes, 29, a resident of Greenlaw Street in Franklinton, remains in jail charged with two counts of sale of illegal drugs and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. According to jail records, this is her first time in the parish jail. Her bond has been set at $100,000.
  • Willie R. Bickham, 58, a resident of East Fifth Street in Bogalusa, was jailed for sale of illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute and possession of illegal drugs with a weapon present. According to jail records, this is his first time in the parish jail. He has been released after posting a $75,000 bond.

“Many thanks to our Drug Task Force officers and their Louisiana State Police partners for their hard work in this investigation,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Drug cases such as these require lots of hard work over a period of several weeks and sometimes months. These six arrestees are not the only ones we have been looking at. We will continue to be vigilant and arrest anyone we find involved in the sale of illegal drugs. Drug dealers such as these don’t deserve to be on the streets of our parish plying their illicit trade. Our honest parish residents deserve better.”

Mandeville Police Department Releases 2019 Crime Report

The Mandeville Police Department released its is releasing its 2019 crime statistics, compiled from
seven categories which make up the national Uniform Crime Report that is reported to the FBI annually. Those seven categories are Murder, Rape, Robbery, Assault, Burglary, Theft, and Auto Theft. The city of Mandeville experienced increases from the previous calendar year in four of the seven categories.

Murders: There were 2 murders in Mandeville for 2019 (1 in 2018.) One of the murder arrests was was a drug overdose where the alleged dealer was arrested for homicide and the second murder was of Captain Vincent Liberto.
Rape: MPD investigated 2 rapes in 2019 (1 in 2018.)
Robbery: the numbers remain the same as the previous year with 3 in 2019 as in 2018.
Assaults: the numbers increased by 33% with 80 reported in 2019 (60 in 2018.)
Burglary: the numbers decreased  by 8%, with 23 reported in 2019, down from 25 in 2018.
Theft: Thefts is up slightly by 4.7% with 200 in 2019 and 191 in 2018. Shopliftings make up the bulk of these crimes.
Auto Thefts: Auto Thefts are down by 25% in 2019 with 6 stolen vehicles from 8 that were reported for 2018.

Pearlington, MS. Woman Dies in St. Tammany Crash

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020 shortly after 7:00 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
investigated a fatal crash on US 90 westbound near US 190 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 87-year-old Glenn R. Snyder of Pearlington, MS.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Snyder was driving a Lexus GS300 westbound on US 90. For reasons still under investigation, Snyder’s vehicle struck the rear-end of an unoccupied Chevrolet Express Van disabled in the roadway from a preceding crash. Snyder sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Snyder was not restrained at the time of the crash, and impairment is not suspected. The investigation is ongoing.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 21, 2020

Michael Branch was booked on the charges of Protective Order Violation, Contempt of Court (2 counts), and Theft 25,000 or More
Aleisha Diaz was booked on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (2 counts)
Joshua Price was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Possession of Marijuana
Robert Cahn was booked on the charge of Sexual Battery
Daymond Johnson was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment

Today in History for January 22nd

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January 21, 2020

Help STPSO ID This Theft Suspect


Sheriff Seal Seeks Public's Help to Identify Home Invader

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal is seeking the public’s help to identify a male subject who
forced his way into a parish residence. A few minutes after midnight on January 13, a male subject, dressed in all black and wearing gloves and a ski mask over his face, forced his way into a residence on Highway 424 (in the community north of Thomas) and into the bedroom of the victim, a 74-year old woman who was watching five sleeping children at the time.

The intruder, who was armed with a pistol, demanded money from the victim. When she told him there was no money in the house, he threatened to kill her and took her late husband’s 12 gauge shotgun from a gun cabinet in the bedroom. As he was getting the shotgun, she attempted to flee the bedroom, at which time he struck her in the back of the head with the pistol, causing an injury which required medical treatment. At that time he fled the residence.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward in this case. Any person with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers anonymously at (504) 822-1111 or go online at www.crimestoppersgno.org to leave information. Tipsters should use the case number 2020010529.

Sheriff Seal stated. “If you know anything about this crime, please contact Crimestoppers. This criminal must be stopped before he does the same thing to another person. Help us identify him so we can locate and arrest him. He is obviously a person with low morals and no regard for human life. Let’s put him in jail where he belongs.”

Obituary

Lavada Diane Williams Noble
December 01, 1947 - January 18, 2020

Obituary

Rayfus C. Hart
September 30, 1964 - January 18, 2020

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Mary Ausama
January 11, 1932 - January 14, 2020

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James "Jimmy" Earl Gann, Jr.
September 03, 1951 - January 17, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 19-20, 2020

Javious Magee was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Samuel Thomas was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kenyatta Scott was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Arthur Mingo was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Today in History for January 21st

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January 20, 2020

Franklinton Police Investigating Attempted Murder

Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown has reported the investigation of an attempted murder that was
initially reported to them Sunday morning (January 19, 2020) in a call from Riverside Medical Center regarding a gunshot victim. 

Responding officers determined the shooting took place in the 1900 block of Desmare Street. Further investigation revealed that the 20 year old victim was shot after approaching a vehicle which had pulled up in front of a residence. At the time of the shooting, several witnesses were present and observed the suspect vehicle fleeing the area at a high rate of speed.  The victim was transported to RMC where treatment was provided before being transferred to another care facility.

Chief Brown advises that investigators have been working around the clock and information leading to arrest(s) will be forthcoming.

“Yet another senseless act of violence perpetrated by a senseless individual; an individual who was aided by other senseless individuals.  We, as a community, must place a higher value on life.  We must not allow the degradation of moral values to consume and overpower those who seek to live in peace with one another.  Our community is better than this and we must continuously demand better.  Participating in, advocating or otherwise turning a blind eye to crime only evokes a furtherance of crime.  Because of this, mothers will weep, families will become enraged and a community will suffer.  The lives of those involved will be forever altered and for what?  We will deliver justice. It will be appropriate, it will be swift and it will be shared amongst those who, at this very moment, fear the impending truth of what is to be their futures.”   - Chief Justin Brown

PAL Meeting is Tonight in Bogalusa


Bogalusa Strong Monthly Meeting is Tuesday, January 28th

The monthly meeting of Bogalusa Strong will be Tuesday (January 28, 2020) and feature presentations by Valerie Vincent and Christi Mitchell and Dr. Katie Queen.

What we eat everyday and the availability of healthy food is always a challenge but this challenge is getting easier due to the numerous healthy eating projects happening in the Magic City of Bogalusa. Healthy food is being grown at schools, community gardens, and gardens for cancer survivors. A local grocery store is making it easier to locate the healthier foods. Children and residents are learning how to make healthy food choices.

What about what we drink everyday? How does this affect our weight and health? Dr. Queen will share about the importance of knowing what is in your daily drinks and tell us about OLOAH's citywide challenge to "Rethink Your Drink".

Click here to "like" Bogalusa Strong on Facebook

Special thanks to the Bogalusa Rotary Club for hosting the Bogalusa Strong Monthly Meetings and Golden Pear for our meal.

What is Bogalusa Strong?
Bogalusa Strong is a collaboration of community members, leaders, businesses and organizations working together to improve quality of life by promoting physical, social, and environmental health. Supported by Mayor Wendy Perrette, the Mayor’s Wellness Council, Our Lady of Angels Hospital, LSU AgCenter, and the Louisiana Department of Health Well-Ahead Louisiana, Bogalusa Strong works to empower a vision for a healthier community. Bogalusa Strong meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the Bogalusa Country Club (except for holiday conflicts).


Obituary

Billy Sue Thurmond
July 8, 1934 – January 18, 2020

Today in History for January 20th

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January 19, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 17-18, 2020

Cody Blackwell was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (3 counts)
Calvin Massengale was booked on the charge of Obstruction of Justice (Damage/Conceal/Vandalism)
Nathaniel Walters was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Brandon Rodriguez was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Ran Stop Sign, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Expired License Plate, Expired Drivers License, and Failure to Appear
Billy Dillon was booked on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Open Container in Vehicle
Sidney Burns was booked on the charges of Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Contempt of Court
Joe Polkey was booked on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
James Lang was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Obituary

Louia Lee Davis
October 6, 1931 – January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020

Impairment Suspected in Crash That Killed Two

Shortly before 10 PM Last night (January 17, 2020), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
responded to a fatal crash involving several vehicles on I-12 westbound near US 11 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 77-year-old Grace Barthel of Mandeville and 55-year-old Ronald Destgermain of Mandeville.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as a Dodge Durango, driven by 35-year-old Nicholas Romain of Lacombe, was traveling westbound on I-12   in the left lane and came to a stop in the left lane with Romain unresponsive in the driver’s seat. This resulted in a four vehicle rear-end crash involving a Toyota Tacoma, a Honda Accord driven by Barthel, and an Audi A6. Barthel along with her passenger, Destgermain, sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver along with a passenger of the A6 received serious injuries and were transported to an area hospital. Romain and the driver of the Tacoma were not injured.

Impairment is suspected on the part of Romain. The driver of the Tacoma provided a breath sample that showed no evidence of alcohol. As part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were collected from Romain, Barthel, and the driver of the A6 for scientific analysis. Seatbelt use remains under investigation. Romain was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway of Commerce, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, and Possession of Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance.

The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.

Obituary

Steven Eugene Seals
April 29, 1955 - January 17, 2020

Today in History for January 18th

January 17, 2020

Hammond Man Sought in Burglary of Wendy's

On January 14, 2020, at approximately 7:10 am, the Hammond Police Department began
investigating a burglary that took place at Wendy’s located at 1810 Southwest Railroad Avenue.

The suspect forcibly opened a safe and stole approximately $8000. Detectives were able to identify the suspect as Leroy Clyde Johnson, III (33) of Hammond. An arrest warrant has been issued for Johnson for 2 counts of burglary and 2 counts of felony criminal damage to property.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Johnson is asked to contact Detective Cody Taylor, with the Hammond Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, at 985-277-5756 or by contacting Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245. Be part of the solution and you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Hammond Burglary Suspect Found Hiding Under House

After being alerted by a watchful neighbor on January 16, 2020 at approximately 10:34 pm, the
Hammond Police Department was dispatched to the 600 block of South Cherry Street in reference to a black male subject jumping a fence at a residence across the street.
Upon arrival in the area and after a foot pursuit, patrol and K9 officers, along with the street crimes unit and narcotics officers, located the suspect, Terrance Johnson (19) of Hammond, underneath a house.

Johnson was placed in custody and while searching him, officers found additional stolen property in his pockets from a burglary that had just occurred, which the resident was not even aware of yet. The property was returned to the owner.

Johnson was booked on charges including Fugitive from TPSO, Simple Burglary, and 2 Counts of Resisting Arrest.

Help STPSO ID This Theft Suspect


$5000 Reward Offered in Ja’Quarius Taylor's Murder

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal announced that he has partnered with Greater New Orleans Crimestoppers to offer a reward for information which leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons who murdered Ja’Quarius Taylor, a resident of Varnado, on January 12, 2020. CrimestoppersGNO is offering a reward of $2,500. The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is also offering a reward of $2,500, bringing the total reward sum to $5,000.

Tipsters must contact Crimestoppers directly to be eligible for the cash reward and do not have to provide their name or be a witness. Any person who has information is asked to call Crimestoppers anonymously at (504) 822-1111, or go online at www.crimestoppersgno.org to post a tip. Another option is to go through the Crimestoppers GNO “SAY IT HERE” smart phone free app.

In announcing the reward, Sheriff Seal said, “By partnering with CrimestoppersGNO, we are able to offer a significant incentive for someone to come forward with valid information we can use to solve this tragic murder. We desperately want to bring closure to this family by identifying and arresting the murderer. If you know anything at all, please contact Crimestoppers and help us solve this crime and provide justice for Ja’Quarius.”

WPSO Continues Investigating Ja'Quarius Taylor's Murder

The investigative division of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the January 12, 2020 shooting death of Ja’Quarius Taylor of Varnado. With assistance from other local, state and federal agencies, detectives are tracing all leads and were able to make a significant evidence discovery on January 16 when the dive team from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office searched the bottom of the lake near where the body was discovered. The team was able to recover a key piece of evidence which is now being processed by a federal law enforcement crime lab.

“We have reached out to our law enforcement partners on the local, state and federal levels,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our intent is to leave no stone unturned as all agencies work together to solve this senseless murder. We want justice for Ja’Quarius and his family and are working diligently to discover the identity of the coward who took this amazing young man from our community. Please be patient with us as we take the necessary investigative steps to ensure evidence is properly collected and processed so that the murderer, whoever he or she might be, can be successfully prosecuted. Meanwhile, I ask everyone to keep this family, our community and our investigative team in your prayers.”

Obituary

Margie L Brumfield
November 22, 1933 - January 13, 2020

LSU AgCenter Offers Food Safety Training for Fresh Produce Growers

The LSU AgCenter, in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, is
holding a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training for growers of fresh produce who are required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety rule to attend such a training. This training will include an optional Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop and will take place on February 20 and 21, 2020, at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station (21549 Old Covington Hwy., Hammond). Those who are only interested in the part of the training needed for FMSA compliance have the option of attending only the first day of the training. Individuals must be present for all of the training on that day to get the certificate that verifies compliance with the training requirement.

While this meeting will be held in Tangipahoa Parish, growers from other parishes are invited.

For more details about the training or to register, please go to the following website: https://www.lsu.edu/departments/nfs/outreach/psa-training.htm

Those who plan to attend are asked to register in advance. The fee for the training is only $20 and includes lunch and refreshments.