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Michael Baggett was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Careless Operation, and No Permit/Registration/Eye Goggles (Motorcycle)
Alex Miller was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jennifer Abelseth was booked on the charges of Simple Kidnapping (4 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Attempted Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute
Michael Germann was booked on the charges of Stopping Standing or Parking Prohibited in Specific Places, No Drivers License, No Insurance, and Open Container
Mark Fortenberry was booked on the charges of Open Container in Vehicle and Impeding Flow of Traffic
Matthew Perry was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Darron Dillon was booked on the charge of Attachment
Jacob S. Freeman (28), a resident of Cedar Road in Bogalusa, is in the Washington Parish Jail charged with indecent behavior with juveniles, two counts of pornography involving juveniles, computer solicitation of a minor, four counts of possession of illegal drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on February 20, 2020 and remains in jail with his bond set at $500,000.
Freeman’s arrest came about as a result of an investigation by WPSO Detective Demmie Rice into allegations of sexual activity with juveniles. During the investigation, and during the process of taking custody of vulnerable minors, Detective Rice discovered the illegal drugs. Assisted by Lt. Chris Hickman and patrol deputy Chad Cassard, Detective Rice took Freeman into custody and placed him in jail. Due to the egregious and sensitive nature of this matter, further information will not be disclosed.
“The details of this case are shocking,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Hearing the facts of the entire sordid matter literally made me sick to my stomach and I am so grieved over the damage that has been done to vulnerable juveniles. Where does Mr. Freeman belong? Exactly where he is, residing in a dormitory inside the Washington Parish Jail. Thank you, Detective Rice, for your hard work.”
Last Saturday (February 22, 2020), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Kyle Stogner, assisted by Rayburn Correctional Center officer Jacob Waskom, conducted a traffic stop on Sullivan Drive in Bogalusa. The driver initially gave a false name, but was eventually identified as Cleotha Martin (25), a resident of Wilbur Dillon Road in the Angie area. When Martin exited his vehicle, he immediately swallowed a small, clear plastic bag containing an unknown substance. Although Martin resisted the officers, they were able to control and handcuff him.
Deputy Stogner called for backup and patrol deputy Chad Cassard and Rayburn Correctional Center officer Jonathan Stringer arrived to assist along with Sgt. David Cupp. After the newly arrived officers took control of the vehicle, Martin was transported to Our Lady of Angels Hospital for medical clearance before being transported to jail.
An inventory of Martin’s vehicle yielded numerous items, including $30,264 cash, a 9mm handgun, methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin and oxycodone pills. All items were inventoried and seized in addition to the vehicle in which Martin was traveling.
Martin was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with five counts of possession with intent to distribute the various illegal drugs, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present, possession of illegal drugs, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and driving under suspension. He remains in jail with his bond set at $250,000; however, he cannot be released on bond until he makes a mandatory court appearance.
Martin has three previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail. In 2013, he was arrested for traffic offenses. In 2015, he was arrested and charged with five counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, two counts of distribution of illegal drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present and several traffic offenses. Martin was jailed again in 2016 for three counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft and resisting an officer.
“Fantastic job by our patrol deputies,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Martin’s record indicates he has no regard for the law or for his community. It is for persons like him that we have a jail and he is right where he belongs. I am so pleased at the pro-active work of our patrol deputies who do an outstanding job protecting each citizen of Washington Parish.”
Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced on Wednesday (February 26, 2020) his
retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of the 116th Congress.
"Today, I am officially announcing my retirement from Congress following the completion of my current third term, and I will not seek re-election in 2020.
When I announced my candidacy for this seat six years ago, I did so with the strongest of convictions. Our national defense had been weakened, our constitutional rights were being challenged, and our economy was in the tank. Simply put — Dianne and I both feared the direction our country was headed. Here at home, the people who live in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District are some of the finest citizens of this country, and we both felt that changes in Washington needed to happen. That’s why we chose to stand up and work towards doing something about it. Our district is filled with honest, hard-working, kind, and sincere people. It is because of this, and because of you, that I sought public office for the first time in my life, when I asked for your support to serve as your Member of Congress.
Last night (Tuesday, February 25, 2020) at 7:23pm, Franklinton Police Department Sergeant William Manning and Lieutenant James Holmes responded to a fire at the Fairground Apartments.Upon their arrival, residents advised at least one adult and two children were inside the burning building.
Sergeant Manning forced open the apartment door and he, along with Lieutenant Holmes, entered the burning structure which was engulfed in smoke. Officers located a badly burned female who was unable to escape and drug her from building to safety. The officers entered the burning building on three separate occasions in search of occupants and subsequently extinguished the fire. No children were located within the structure. Following the ordeal, Sergeant Manning was taken to Riverside Medical Center where he was treated for smoke inhalation.
The actions of Sergeant Manning and Lieutenant Holmes saved the life of the female occupant. Their selfless efforts which came at extreme danger to themselves, prevented the fire from spreading to neighboring apartments and potentially claiming the lives of other residents. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Chief Justin Brown praised the valor of Sergeant Manning and Lieutenant Holmes. Both officers have been submitted for the American Police Hall of Fame Silver Star for Bravery and Life Saving Award.
Following Public Hearings on two matters, the Washington Parish Council on Monday evening
(February 24, 2020) addressed their Agenda.
First was the introduction of Henry and Patricia Harrison, the Krewe of Pepe Parade King and Queen. They and Johnny Passman reported on the growing Mardi Gras activities associated with the 43 year old Krewe of Pepe. See the video beginning at 4:10.
Later, Washington Parish President Richard Ned Thomas read a proclamation appointing March 8, 2020 as Realtors Appreciation Day and made the presentation to Councilwoman and local realtor Kim Wagner. See the video beginning at 23:40.
Washington Parish Librarian Al Barron provided an update on the Angie Branch project. The project will establish the branch at the intersection of Hwys. 438 and 21. A bid received to build the branch is expected to be rejected and will be re-bid in hopes of a lower bid. See the video beginning at 18:15.
The Council also
Approved an Ordinance to abandon 0.52 miles of Mitch Road Parish Road
Approved an Ordinance authorizing the termination of the Choctaw Road Landfill Joint Venture, acquiring the undivided 41.9% interest of the City of Bogalusa in the landfill, and entering into a mutually-beneficial agreement with the City of Bogalusa for disposal of residential solid waste. The action follows approval by the Bogalusa Council of a companion Ordinance. See the video beginning at 12:20
Approved a Resolution that will assist the Town of Franklinton with skilled labor and mechanized equipment towards driveway, parking area, road rehabilitation, drainage and flood control
Approved a Resolution returning Oliver Road to the Washington Parish Road System Maintenance List
President Thomas and his staff provided their reports. In addition to the Realtor Appreciation Day proclamation, Thomas provided information about a Northshore Technical Community College program and advised of improvements by the Parish at the Bogue Chitto State Park. See the video beginning at 27:30 for more on the President's report
Following Council Discussions (beginning at 36:35), the meeting adjourned.
Jerry Galloway was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000 and Failure to Appear
Joshua Abelseth was booked on the charges of Simple Kidnapping (4 counts)
Cody Springer was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Valerie Carroll was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Aaron Jerrell was booked on the charges of Expired MVI, Switched License Plates, No Drivers License, No Insurance, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana
Hannah Temples was booked on the charge of Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden
Jonathan Spencer was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Extortion, and Battery of Infirm
Richard Vangelder was booked on the charges of Improper Lane Usage and Driving Under Suspension
Byron Smith was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
This morning (February 25, 2020) shortly after 2:30 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop
L responded to a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on LA 1064 eastbound near Whittington Rd. in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 26-year-old Jacy C. Core of Tickfaw.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Core was standing in the eastbound lane of LA 1064 wearing dark clothing in an unlit section of the roadway. Core was struck by an eastbound Nissan Altima. Core sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology is pending on Core. The driver of the Altima was properly restrained and uninjured in the crash. Also, the driver of the Altima provided Troopers with a breath sample which detected no evidence of alcohol.
The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.
The LSU AgCenter will offer a class on Lawn Care in Louisiana on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at
LSU AgCenter’s Washington Parish office in Franklinton (1104-B Bene St.). A class on Propagating Plants at Home will be held on Monday, April 6, 2020, at LSU AgCenter’s Tangipahoa Parish office in Amite (305 East Oak Street). Both classes will be from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
In the lawn care class, Horticulture Agent Mary Helen Ferguson will cover topics such as choosing and establishing turfgrasses; fertilizing lawns; and managing common weeds, insects, and diseases of turf. Louisiana Master Gardener and retired LSU AgCenter Agent Annie Coco will address layering, stem cuttings, and starting plants from seed in the propagation class.
Please RSVP to Mary Helen (firstname.lastname@example.org, 985-277-1850, or 985-839-7855) if you plan to come to one or both classes. For accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact her at least one week before the event.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrests of 18-year-old Khaelan Dion Ross of
Covington, 18-year-old Leonidas Cannon of Slidell, and a 15-year-old male
juvenile for the burglary of a business in Hammond.
On February 20, 2020, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Patrol Division responded to an alarm call at “Kountry Korner” located on Morris Road in Hammond.
Deputies observed the business had signs of forced entry and contacted the Criminal Investigations Division to assist. During further investigation, it was learned that over $1,000.00 in merchandise was stolen during the burglary. Detectives quickly obtained identifying information on the suspects, also learning that a juvenile may have been involved.
At approximately 5:00 a.m., detectives placed the three subjects in custody for Simple Burglary related to the incident.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Thursday, February 20, 2020, TPSO
detectives arrested 25-year-old Devin Saxon at his residence on Perry Trail Road in Arcola for felony possession of stolen property and three counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen property.
Detectives executed a search warrant on Saxon's residence after a stolen Polaris Ranger UTV was located on Goodbee Cemetery Road in the ditch by Tangipahoa Parish maintenance workers. The UTV was reported stolen on February 10, 2020 by a Roseland resident. The UTV was stolen from under the resident's porch during the night. With help from witnesses, detectives were able to track the stolen UTV to the residence of Devin Saxon.
Saxon was currently a suspect in the UTV theft and several other thefts and burglaries in the area. Detectives recovered stolen property from a burglary that occurred on Russell Town Road on February 8, 2020 and stereo equipment and a car radio.
On Friday February 21, 2020, detectives received further information that two guns stolen at the time of the Polaris Ranger theft were being hidden by 21-year-old Dallas Dugas residing at the same address. Detectives revisited the property and discovered the two stolen guns hidden under Dallas Dugas's bed. Dallas Dugas was arrested for two counts of possession of a stolen firearm and one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number after detectives discovered a third gun hidden with the other two stolen guns.
The investigation remains ongoing with additional charges and arrests likely.
Heather Debellevue was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Sean Miller was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Cleotha Martin was booked on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting an Officer, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction of Justice, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Driving Under Suspension, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession of Schedule V Drugs
Rashon Lewis was booked on the charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder
William Brumfield was booked on the charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder
Roderick Lewis was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Loud and Abusive Language and Possession of Marijuana
James Rogan was booked on the charge of Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Laquita Thompson was booked on the charges of Attempted Theft by Shoplifting, Driving While Intoxicated, Switched License Plates, and No Drivers License
Mark Amos was booked on the charge of Attachment
Desmond Ramirez was booked on the charge of Attachment
Kemo Magee was booked on the charges of Battery on an Officer With Injury and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence
Garrett Talley was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Ran Stop Signal
Mark Braud was booked In From Court and on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Earnest Thurston was booked In From Court
Summer Simmons was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Robert Rodrigue was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts) and Domestic Abuse Battery
The owner of a Mandeville-area business was booked today (February 21, 2020) into the St.
Tammany Parish Jail after she bilked would-be customers out of thousands of dollars.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating Danielle Gaspard, owner of Belissimo Interior Design Build, in early February after numerous residents reported they had paid her money to complete jobs which were either not started or not completed.
Gaspard, age 35 and a resident of Ponchatoula, was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on six counts of felony theft totaling $77,851.81. She was booked in St. Tammany, after bonding out of the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on similar charges.
In all of these cases, money was given by the victims to Gaspard or her company in exchange for work that was never done or materials that were never ordered. The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges will be forthcoming.
Gaspard also has holds for both the Lafourche and St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Offices.
Nicholas Burkhalter was booked on the charges of Monetary Instrument Abuse/Counterfeit Moneys, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, Failure to Yield/Driveway Road or Alley, Failure to Use Turn Signal, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Improper Right Turn, Improper Lane Usage, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Ran Red Light, Obstructing Public Passage(s), No Drivers License, Expired MVI, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Obstruction of Justice
Ember Fabiano was booked In From Court
Jacob Freeman was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
On Sunday, February 23rd the Krewe of Pepe will roll through the streets of Franklinton. The parade
will take the traditional route, beginning at Jack Brown’s and rolling through downtown, ending near the Franklinton Primary School. Officers are going to be throughout the route and blocking streets during the parade.
Beginning at 1:00 PM on that day, Alford St., from 14th Ave. to 17th Ave., will be barricaded. As well, there will be NO PARKING on T.W. Barker Dr. from Lenora St. to Alford St., in front of the Primary School. ONLY pedestrian traffic will be allowed in this closed area.
Parade organizers will be issuing permit numbers for all floats and cars in the parade; if a vehicle does not have the parade decal, it will be removed from the route.
The 2020 parade permit DOES NOT include ATV’s, 4-wheelers, and side-by-sides, nor does it include golf carts, unless they are street legal under La. RS 32.299.3 or La. RS 32:299.4 which requires UTV’s and Golf Carts to be registered with the State of Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles and have liability insurance, also all drivers of these vehicles are required to have a valid driver’s license. Anyone operating these types of vehicles illegally will be issued a citation under La. RS 32:299. The driver will be allowed to park the ATV; if the ATV is stopped again during or after the parade the driver will be cited again and the ATV will be impounded pending proof of ownership and insurance.
The Washington Parish School Board prohibits all-terrain vehicles and horses on any school property, which includes the field across from the Primary School.
Anyone riding horses in the parade must have proof of an annual negative Coggins Test. If this particular certificate is not presented at the time of the parade, the rider will not be allowed to enter the horse in the parade.
Anyone wishing to sell food during or after the parade must apply for a vendor permit at the Franklinton City Hall.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that during the second day of trial, Branden Thibodaux
(34) of Pearl River pleaded guilty to two counts of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorneys Tiffany Dover and Angad Ghai and was investigated by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
In July of 2018, the defendant had attempted to inappropriately touch a juvenile under the age of 13. A relative of the victim contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office the next day after learning of the incident from the victim. Sheriff Deputies responded and investigated the crime. During the course of the investigation, a second victim was identified and interviewed.
Following the testimony of a relative of the first victim, Thibodaux interrupted the trial and changed his plea to guilty as to both counts. The court then sentenced the defendant to 12 years in prison on each count. The two victims and their families were present in court and expressed their support for the sentencing terms.
Patrick Brewer was booked In For Court
Charles Folse was booked In For Court
Joshua Ponseti was booked In For Court
Tytiona Purvis was booked In For Court
Syheim Bell was booked on the charge of Simple Arson
Javanta Dillon was booked on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Simple Arson
Daevon Gay was booked on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Simple Arson
Kadarrius Virgil was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault/Drive-By Shooting, Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon (2 counts), and Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
Kayla Peters was booked on the charge of Bank Fraud
Wallace Westbrook was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Yesterday evening (February 18, 2020) shortly after 5:00 PM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police
Troop L responded to an injury crash involving several vehicles on US 190 West near LA 433 (Thompson Rd.) in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 67-year-old Linda C. Adams of Lacombe.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as a Ford Fusion, driven by 38-year-old Justin Martindale of Slidell, was traveling eastbound on US 190. Martindale’s vehicle struck the rear-end of an eastbound Ford Crown Victoria then struck a westbound Hyundai Elantra head-on. Martindale and his passenger along with the driver and passengers of the Hyundai Elantra were transported to an area hospital with moderate to serious injuries. Once at the hospital, Adams, a passenger in the Hyundai Elantra, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver and passengers of the Ford Crown Victoria were not injured.
At this time, impairment is not suspected. As part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were collected from Martindale and the driver of the Hyundai Elantra for scientific analysis. The driver of the Crown Victoria provided a breath sample that showed no evidence of alcohol. All occupants were restrained at the time of the crash. Martindale was cited for Careless Operation.
The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.
Autumn Bonnet was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Kelly Mixon was booked on the charges of Careless Operation and Hit and Run
William Lacost was booked on the charge of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm
Robert Long was booked In For Court
Robert Abshire was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Alvin Crumedy was booked on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II CDS
Raphael Roberts was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS (8 counts), Distribution of Schedule II CDS (9 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana
Late in the evening of February 11, 2020, Washington Parish Patrol Deputy John O’Hern responded to a report of a home invasion in a rural area south of Bogalusa. Deputy O’Hern learned that the female occupant of the home was startled by someone kicking in the front door. The male subject then entered the house and, seeing the homeowner, fled out the back door.
As Deputy O’Hern was conducting the investigation, a call came in from another nearby residence that someone had attempted to gain entrance to that house. Deputy O’Hern relocated to that residence and located a subject in the woods adjacent to the house. He was able to arrest the person without incident and both homeowners identified him as the person who was at their respective houses.
Timothy Wells (43), a resident of Rayford Seals Road, was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with home invasion. He remains in the jail with his bond set at $20,000.
“Another knucklehead safely out of our community and into our jail,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Situations like this always have the potential of being dangerous. This time, no one was injured, and for that we are grateful. Deputy O’Hern’s prompt response and quick arrest likely prevented further incidents. Good job, Deputy O’Hern.”
Last week Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order formally establishing the Governor's Advisory Council on Rural Revitalization. The Council will identify the needs and issues facing Louisiana’s vital rural communities as well as solutions to removing any barriers that prohibit them from being more productive, healthy and attractive places to live and work.
"Rural communities across the country are in crisis, and we are no different here in Louisiana. They bear a disproportionate burden of poverty, lack adequate access to healthcare, education and other basic necessities. This council will help us identify their unique challenges and help implement effective and innovative Louisiana solutions," Gov. Edwards said. “It's in the best interests of our state to engage in a centralized and coordinated effort to further the revitalization of our rural areas and make certain the resources are available to help them grow in a sustainable way."
The advisory council will be comprised of 34 key state and local stakeholders appointed by the Governor who also appointed his retired chief of staff, former Senator Ben Nevers as chairman.
Ben Nevers, a Bogalusa native, served as Chief of Staff to Governor Edwards. From 2004 to January 11, 2016, Nevers was a member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 12, which includes parts of Washington, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa parishes. From 2000 to 2004, he was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 75.
The Council will develop and submit a comprehensive strategic plan to the Governor by January 5, 2021 and annual progress reports thereafter.
The Pearl River Police Department reports the arrests last week (February 13, 2020) of three wanted by other agencies. Arrested were 22-year old Drake Rinkus, (Chalmette, LA) for multiple warrants from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Department, 19-year-old Connor Taylor (Carriere, MS) for multiple warrants from the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department and 23-year-old Jason Hammerstone (Carriere, MS) for a warrant from the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department. Hammerstone was additionally arrested for illegal possession of schedules I, II, and IV controlled dangerous substances.
The arrests were made after Pearl River County Sheriff's Department Investigators notified the Pearl River Police Department that Taylor, who was wanted for a residential burglary that included grand larceny of a side by side vehicle, was believed to be hiding-out in the area.
The Pearl River Police Department acted quickly and successfully apprehended Taylor, Rinkus and Hammerstone without incident.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is joining other local law enforcement agencies in a
coordinated effort to reduce drunk driving fatalities during the Carnival season. The state-wide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that was used over the Christmas and New Year's holiday season is expanding this year to include Mardi Gras.
From February 14-27, 2020, additional deputies will be assigned to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers. The campaign, which is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, will also include DWI checkpoints. “Drunk driving is not acceptable and Mardi Gras is no excuse,” said Sheriff Randy Smith. “It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the parade.”
Remember that driving under the influence of illegal narcotics can also lead to a DWI arrest. In fact, some legal medications can impair your ability to drive. Always read warning labels and instructions on prescription and over-the-counter medications. “Our attitudes and actions have to change when it comes to drunk driving,” Sheriff Smith said. “If you choose to drink and drive—and it is a choice—you risk not only your own life but the lives of innocent people in our community.”
Sheriff Smith thanks citizens for their cooperation and patience when passing through these checkpoints and for recognizing the importance of raising awareness for safety issues.
The monthly meeting of Bogalusa Strong will be Tuesday (February 18, 2020) and feature a presentation "Aiming for a Brighter Future with Brightside Social Services" by Evon Roquemore, CEO of Brightside. In addition, community announcements and Bogalusa Strong upcoming events are on the agenda. Learn more about
Well-Ahead LA Bogalusa Strong Mini-Grant
1st Annual We CAN-CER Vive Luncheon & Fashion Show
Washington Parish Coalition on Human Services
Bogalusa Strong Community Meeting
Breaking Barriers to Good Health Focus Group Events (City of Bogalusa Community Resource Guide-Coming soon!, Bogalusa Helping Hands Homeless Committee Meeting, We CAN-CER Vive Support Group)
Behavioral & Emotional Health Focus Group Events (PALS (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones)-Children of Addicted Loved Ones, Washington Parish Opioid Consortium Meeting)
Healthy Eating & Get Moving Be Healthy Focus Group Events (Rethink Your Drink Citywide Challenge for Businesses & Organizations, Neilson’s Farmacy Community Garden, Silvercise Senior Exercise Program, Walk with A Doc)
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).
Josheph Mandella was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Evelyn Miller was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Victor Green was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Yancey Holmes was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
James Morgan was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Simple Burglary, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Jasmine Dykes was booked on the charges of Simple Battery With Injury, Criminal Damage to Property, Criminal Trespass, and Failure to Appear
Robert Westmoreland was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Lajasmiera Toomer was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS and Failure to Appear
Richard Lee was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000 and Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Ladeano Lewis was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Xyke Barker was booked on the charge of Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana, No Drivers License, and Contempt of Court
Daniel McCain was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Contempt of Court
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto reports the arrest on Saturday (February 15, 2020) of Evelyn
Miller (66) on charges related to the kidnapping of her granddaughter Friday evening (February 14, 2020) from Ochsner Hospital.
Just before 5:00 pm, Miller was arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at a hotel in Bogalusa. Adreana Miller was found during the arrest, and was unharmed. Evelyn Miller will be extradited to Jefferson Parish.
Sheriff Lopinto stated, “We extend our appreciation to our partners in law enforcement who assisted with this investigation, including the Louisiana State Police and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, and to our local media and members of the public who shared the information about the incident and helped us bring it to a swift closure.”
Dustin Diddon was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Dennis Lee was booked on the charges of Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements (2 counts), Failure to Complete Sex Offender Annual Payment of Fines, No Drivers License, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, No Insurance, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Sarah Warren was booked In For Court
Selena Quave was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Tabitha Roberts was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Richard Andrews was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 28-year-old Folsom resident Dylon Joseph Van Vliet. Van Vliet was charged with simple burglary. The incident occurred on February 9, 2020, at residence on Cyprian Rd. in Loranger.
Two days later, the detectives were able to locate and recover the property stolen from the homeowner.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Jerry Vince (44)
of Bogalusa guilty of Molestation of a Juvenile Under Age 13 and Sexual Battery of a Juvenile Under Age 13. Jerry Vince also has four prior convictions for burglary, violation of a protective order, and two counts of Driving While Intoxicated. He faces 25 to 99 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 10, 2020 before District Judge Scott Gardner. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorneys Blair Alford and Angelina Valuri. The case was investigated by Detective Carli Messina of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
In March of 2018, the victim disclosed to a school counselor that she had been molested and sexually assaulted by the defendant. The counselor then notified the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services and the victim’s mother. Upon referral to a local Children’s Advocacy Center, the victim disclosed that the molestation and sexual assaults occurred for several years. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff officers were notified and arrested Vince on April 13, 2018.
During trial, the state presented evidence from three other juveniles who had also been sexually assaulted by the defendant. “The defendant didn’t stop at three victims, but today it stops with you.” Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford stated during closing statements. The jury voted 12-0 guilty on both charges.
Arlene Butler was booked on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI
Destyn Freeman was booked on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), Illegal Use of CDS in Presene of Person Under 17 YOA, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, and No Insurance
Bryce Landry was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Rachelle Rooks was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Jamikal Baker was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards today reported the arrest last week of Joshua J. Brumfield
(29), a wanted individual as well as the seizure of over a kilogram “2.2 pounds” of methamphetamine.
Sheriff Edwards reports that TPSO Narcotics were investigating tips and information on Brumfield, who has plagued the Tangipahoa and Livingston Parish border with distributing large quantities of illegal controlled dangerous substances. A search warrant was obtained and executed at the Red Roof Inn room in Hammond where Brumfield was renting. Officers took Brumfield into custody. The search of the room, and the subsequent search of the vehicle Brumfield was driving, resulted in the location of multiple bottles of Promethezine, a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun, multiple dose units of various prescription pills, multiple ounces of high grade marijuana, a quantity of cocaine, a large amount of United States currency,.and a quantity of methamphetamine.
Brumfield was booked into the TPSO Jail for his failure to appear warrant which had a hold without bond order and has pending federal firearms and narcotics charges.
Mariah Maddox, a female also present in the room, was issued a summons for possession of marijuana and released pending state charges.
The investigation and arrest was a joint effort between the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division, TPSO Criminal Investigations Division, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), United States Secret Service, and the Attorney General Office’s Fugitive Task Force.