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July 31, 2020

UPDATE from BCSS Superintendent Tanners July 31, 2020

Last night (Thursday, July 30, 2020) the Bogalusa City School Board met and voted for our school
Calendar. The school Calendar that will be followed for BCSS will delay the start of school until after Labor Day.

School will begin on September 8th and we will go to school through June 11, 2021. We are required to provide quality education for 360 minutes a day, so we had to add days to the calendar even though we have omitted the WPFF (Washington Parish Fair) and Mardi Gras holidays.

The calendar will be posted on our website for you to look at. No other holidays have been changed. (Also, the calendar is shown below).

Virtual School applications are still being processed through next week. In last week’s letter the date was mistakenly printed, and it should have said through August 7. Please get your applications filled out on line if you are interested in Virtual School for your children. We will be setting up times for parents to come in, with their children, in small groups prior to the beginning of school, to teach each family how to log on, view lessons, and upload items.

In our calendar, we will have teachers returning the week of August 24. If you are a teacher, please watch for information from your Principals.

We continue to work diligently to prepare for the upcoming year, and we know that school will not be like it has ever been before. But, we will do our very best to provide quality education whether your child/family has chosen virtual or face-to-face options for learning. Thank you in advance for your patience as we move forward during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call your child’s school or drop an email in the email hotline on our website. We will call you back or email you the answer to your question.

Thank you again, and hope to see you soon!
Sincerely,
Lisa Tanner, Superintendent


Washington Parish School System Revised Calendar

On July 23, 2020, the Washington Parish School Board voted to delay the start of school. This is the revised calendar. Please note that these dates are subject to change.

Obituary

Elder Arthur Louis Thompson
May 12, 1939 - July 25, 2020

Obituary

Richard Earl Bates
September 21, 1946 - July 30, 2020

Obituary

James Danny Bankston
January 17, 1947 - July 29, 2020

Obituary

Shelton James Hano
October 27, 1977 - July 29, 2020

Tropical Weather Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1. Hurricane Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas tonight, move near or over the Northwestern Bahamas and be near or east of the Florida peninsula on Saturday and Sunday. Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph. Some strengthening is possible today, and Isaias is expected to remain a hurricane for the next few days.

Disturbance 2. A small area of low pressure located a couple of hundred miles east-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands have become less organized since yesterday.  The system is moving northward toward less favorable environmental conditions, and the chance of this system becoming a tropical depression is decreasing. 

Disturbance 3. A westward-moving tropical wave is located about 1000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Some slow development of this system is possible while it turns northwestward over the western Atlantic by early next week.

Local Weather Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today in History for July 31st

AP Top Stories July 31, 2020 AM

July 30, 2020

Slidell Woman Convicted of Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today that Rachel E. Lipps (age 39 and of Slidell) pled guilty 
on July 29, 2020 to thirty-three counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. 

According to court documents, between January 2013 and October 2017, LIPPS served as a part-time bookkeeper for a business domiciled in Slidell, Louisiana.  Lipps reportedly fraudulently printed and cashed checks made payable to herself and several of her creditors.  In addition, Lipps reportedly forged the signature of the business's co-owner on a check. In all, Lipps stole $473,978.53 from the business and its owners. 

The court set sentencing in this matter for November 10, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.  With regard to wire fraud, Lipps faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years, a fine of not more than $250,000, three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment fee for each count.  With regard to aggravated identity theft, Lipps faces a mandatory consecutive sentence of two (2) years, a fine of no more than $250,000, a supervised release term of up to one (1) year following any term of imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment fee.


This matter was handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Saint Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Duane A. Evans is prosecuting the case. 

Obituary

Eunice May Lewis
October 28, 1921 - July 25, 2020

Washington Parish Narcotics Detectives Capture Wanted Man

Yesterday (July 29, 2020) Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives located Christopher Rashad Brown (age 30 and a resident of Highway 438), who was wanted on outstanding felony warrants. Detectives first observed him on Choctaw Road, traveling at an excessive rate of speed. After a chase, during which Brown dangerously failed to yield at two intersections, detectives were able to stop him on Highway 1072 and take him into custody.

During the arrest, detectives discovered a quantity of methamphetamine, suboxone and cash. He was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on two counts of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, two counts of distribution of illegal drugs, obstruction of justice and traffic offenses.

Brown was in the Washington Parish Jail on one previous occasion. In 2011, he was jailed for distribution of illegal drugs and obstruction of justice.

“Drug dealers should never underestimate the diligence of our drug task force detectives,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “They are forever on the lookout for those engaged in the illegal drug trade and, sooner or later, they will find and arrest them. I appreciate their hard work on behalf of all the honest citizens of Washington Parish.”

Obituary

Lee Bertha Abram
August 25, 1950 - July 28, 2020

Obituary

Kenny Dewane Smotherman
December 06, 1946 - July 22, 2020

ATTENTION TANGI RESIDENTS: Back to School Bash is Tomorrow

Tangipahoa Parish Government advised that the Back To School Bash kicks off on tomorrow, Friday, July 31st from 9 a.m. to noon at Hammond Westside Montessori School 📍2500 W Park Ave, Hammond, LA 70403. *Please expect to drive-thru to get booksacks and supplies. 

Fifteen Apps Parents Should Know About

Parents, please take the time to see if your children have these apps on their devices. They are often used to entice young people into dangerous situations. If you find the apps on a device, check out the messaging and/or images sent to and from the devices. If you then find concerns, contact your local law enforcement agency for advice.

Source of images: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 29, 2020

Darryl Dyson was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Christopher Verzwyvelt was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Contempt of Court
Christopher Holmes was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court
Matthew Swindle was booked on the charges of Special Restrictions on Lamps, No Taillight, Resisting by Flight/Aggravated Flight, Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, Ran Stop Sign, Ran Red Light (2 counts), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Contempt of Court
Deonte McElveen was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear

Beth Wolfe Sworn in as 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Judge

Beth Wolfe was sworn in Tuesday (July 28, 2020) as 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Judge. Judge Wolfe expressed her thanks to “all of my friends, family, and supporters who helped make this day possible! To God be the glory!”

TPSO Investigates Shooting Death of Hammond Resident

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of 36-year-old Hammond
resident Wayne Bourliea. 
 
Yesterday morning ( July 29, 2020) around 8:15 a.m., a caller advised that an unknown male was found lying on the ground in a pool of blood inside of Z -Equipment, a local equipment shop on Hwy 190 in Hammond. Deputies discovered the body of Bourliea, an employee of the business. Deputies immediately secured the area and began processing the scene. 
 
Preliminary findings indicate that Bourliea was shot multiple times just a short time before 8:00 a.m. The shooter(s) fled the scene prior to deputy's arrival. No motive and/or suspect(s) have not been identified. Detectives are interviewing individuals connected to the victim and following up several leads. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
 
Anyone with information regarding the shooting death of our victim is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.  Detective Sergeant Jacob Schewbel is the lead investigator on this case. 

Tropical Weather Disturbances Today

Yesterday's Tropical Cyclone has developed into Tropical Storm Isaias.  

Local Weather Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Obituary

Roy Wayne Brumfield
October 01, 1946 - July 27, 2020

Today in History for July 30th

July 29, 2020

WPSO: Citizen Pursues and Apprehends Suspect

In an unusual turn of circumstances, a Franklinton man was pursued and apprehended by a citizen
after fleeing a hit and run accident on July 28, 2020. Steven M. Tew, a 21 year old resident of Plymouth Lane, was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of careless operation of a vehicle with accident, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and having no driver’s license.

The saga began when Tew struck another vehicle on Nobles Cemetery Road at the intersection of D.C. Crain Road, and then fled the scene. A witness, who was a former law enforcement officer, followed Tew’s vehicle until he crashed his car at another location on Nobles Cemetery Road. As Tew fled his vehicle, the citizen was able to detain and hold him until law enforcement officers arrived.

When Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Kyle Stogner arrived at the location, he was able to recover marijuana and methamphetamine that Tew had tried to conceal when he exited his vehicle. Tew was offered medical treatment by Northshore EMS which had arrived on the scene, but refused before being taken to jail. He was provided medical treatment by the jail medical staff after arriving at the jail.

“In this case, a concerned citizen made a quick apprehension possible,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “His experience as a former law enforcement officer was very helpful, enabling him to quickly detain Tew until Deputy Stogner arrived on the scene. We appreciate his assistance in this matter.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 28, 2020

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
Steven Tew was booked on the charges of No Drivers License, Careless Operation With Accident, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Marvin Carter was booked on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival CANCELLED

It has become clear that we must cancel the 2020 Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival scheduled for
September 25-26th.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 health concerns with the obvious need for urgent steps to contain its spread, we simply can not move forward with the festival as scheduled.

This has been a tough decision for all of the many volunteers and board members. The cancellation will impact our community along with artists, attendees, our board members, production teams and the Bogalusa community as well.

Although we will not be seeing our festival goers in 2020, you can be sure we will be back in 2021!

Please keep checking our Facebook page, our website and Instagram for some videos of some of our past acts as we continue to share our love for the music that bring us all together.

"The Best Cure for the Blues... is the Blues"

Source: Statement from Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival

This Week on "Washington Parish Community Connect"

This week’s episode of WP Community Connect features a public education update from Lisa Tanner, Superintendent, Bogalusa City Schools, and Frances Varnado, Superintendent, Washington Parish School System.





Know Your COVID-19 Risk


Obituary

Christopher Jay Acosta, Jr.
May 24, 1986 - July 20, 2020

Obituary

Olive Velma Burris
January 22, 1928 - July 27, 2020

Franklinton Police Chief Brown Releases Stats

Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown provided his department's stats at the Franklinton Board of
Aldermen meeting on July 28, 2020. Information provided is actually inclusive of June 9 to July 27, 2020. The report reflected a total of 1265 Calls for Service, divided into the headings of Public Assistance, Traffic, and Criminal Patrol.

Responses for Public Assistance included general complaints (567), extra patrols (156), medical calls (29), alarms (57), and suspicious persons or vehicles (41). Traffic activity included traffic stops (141), vehicle crashes (40), hit and runs (2), reckless operation (13), DWI (3), and citations (84). Criminal Patrol responses included disturbances (22), fights (5), simple battery (1), criminal damage to property (7), burglaries (7), theft and shoplifting (11), narcotics (5). Officers made 17 total arrests for 49 offenses.

Chief Smith elaborated on high-profile cases, commented on staffing, and answered questions from the Aldermen.

See his report beginning at 6:50 into the video of the meeting. Also, click here for the presentation to two FPD Officers Awarded the American Police Hall of Fame's Life Saving Award and the Silver Star for Bravery.

In other business, the Aldermen
  • held a public hearing on millage rates and then approved the resolution 
  • heard an administrative report from Ellen Waskom
  • accepted the resignation of Nolan Ross
  • voted to advertise for two positions in the Public Works Department

Two FPD Officers Awarded the American Police Hall of Fame's Life Saving Award and the Silver Star for Bravery.

Two Franklinton Police Officers were recognized Tuesday (July 28, 2020) for their heroic actions that
saved a woman's life on February 25, 2020. Sergeant William Manning and Lieutenant James Holmes were presented the American Police Hall of Fame's Life Saving Award and the Silver Star for Bravery.

Click here for more on the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting.

The two officers had responded to a fire at the Fairgrounds Apartments in Franklinton. Their heroic actions saved a woman's life. Chief Justin Brown submitted their names and information to the American Police Hall of Fame who issued the two awards to the deserving officers.

The video and Chief Brown's comments best tells the story. Later, each of the Aldermen praised the efforts of the two officers and also recognized the fine work of the entire Franklinton Police Department on a daily basis.

Tropical Weather Disturbances Today


Local Weather Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today in History for July 29th

AP Top Stories July 29, 2020 AM

July 28, 2020

Obituary

Lucille Moses Nichols
March 22, 1936 - July 24, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 27, 2020

Arthur Dorsey was booked on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Tyren Harris was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Bryan Foster was booked on the charge of Aggravated Assault
Kevin Robichaux was booked on the charges of Cultivation or Production of Marijuana and Contempt of Court

Obituary

Michael Bolds, Sr.
December 24, 1948 - July 24, 2020

Tropical Weather Disturbances Today


Obituary

Eddie Johnson, Sr.
April 25, 1925 - July 23, 2020

Live: AG Barr testifies before House Judiciary Committee

Obituary

Richard Ellis Mitchell
January 2, 1945 - July 25, 2020

Obituary

Rileigh Grace Norred
July 22, 2020

Local Weather Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today in History for July 28th

AP Top Stories July 28, 2020 AM

July 27, 2020

LDWF New Regulation on Nighttime Take of Outlaw Quadrupeds

Beginning August 1, 2020, properly licensed Louisiana and non-resident hunters may take outlaw
quadrupeds (feral hogs, coyotes and armadillos), nutria and beaver at night on private property the entire year with the landowner’s permission. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law a new regulation (Act 175 of the 2020 Regular Louisiana Legislative Session) in June, which allows for the nighttime take of these animals without a permit.

However, hunters are required to contact that parish’s sheriff office within 24 hours prior of attempted nighttime take. Also, no one who has been convicted of a class three or greater wildlife violation within the previous five years or who is prohibited from legal use of a firearm or participating in hunting activity can participate.

To see the full regulation, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/seasons-and-regulations and refer to page 25 in the 2020-21 hunting regulation pamphlet.

For more information, contact Melissa Collins at mcollins@wlf.la.gov.

Missing Loranger Teen

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc. reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking
for your assistance in locating missing teen 16-year-old Taylor Weaver of Loranger, LA.

Last night, July 26, 2020, about 7:20, Taylor left a Loranger residence headed in an unknown direction and has not been seen or heard from since. Taylor was last seen wearing dark warm-up pants and black tennis shoes.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of 16-year-old Taylor Weaver is asked to contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office at (985) 345-6150. Sergeant Detective Beth Russell is the lead investigator.

Obituary

Dominick A. Fedele
May 25, 1941 - July 26, 2020

Obituary

Pauline Baughman
August 22, 1936 - July 27, 2020

Summer Food Distribution CANCELLED

THE SUMMER FOOD DISTRIBUTION FOR TUESDAY JULY  28TH AT THE FAIRGROUNDS HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER. WE WILL ANNOUNCE A NEW DATE AS PRODUCT BECOMES AVAILABLE. 

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 25-26, 2020

Darius Dixon was booked on the charge of Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee
Mya Baker was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Simple Assault, Contempt of Court, Disturbing the Peace
Robert Grande was booked on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Ray Mizell was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Resisting an Officer

Obituary

Merle Jean Hoggatt Stringfield
August 23, 1932 - July 26, 2020

Weather Radar at 9:30 AM


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Today in History for July 27th

AP Top Stories July 27, 2020 AM

July 25, 2020

Tropical Weather Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1: Hurricane Hanna, the first Hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, is
packing 75 MPH sustained winds as it threatens Texas and Mexico. Hanna is expected to produce heavy rains across portions of southern Texas and northeastern Mexico.

Disturbance 2: Tropical Storm Gonzalo will be over the southeastern Caribbean on Sunday. It is expected to weaken into a trough of low pressure and continue on a west-northwestward track.

Disturbance 3: A Tropical wave a few hundred miles southwest of Cabo Verde Islands is expected to move westward over the next several days. A tropical depression could form by early next week.

Weather Radar at 9:00 AM - Rain Coming Our Way!


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July 24, 2020

Washington Parish Voter Choices on the Nov. 3rd Ballot

The three days of qualifying for public offices ended today. Washington Parish voters will choose a
U. S. Senator (15 qualified), a U. S. Representative (9 qualified), and a Public Service Commissioner (7 qualified).

Click here for the details on the above and for results of qualifying for offices in other parishes. Choose the November 3, 2020 election and then choose the parish.

District Judges: Two District Judge seats are contested: John A. Keller and Justin Marquez qualified for Division D; Ellen M. Creel and Richard Ducote qualified for Division J. Patrice "Patti" Oppenheim qualified for Division K and has no opposition. The incumbents for the other Divisions qualified with no opposition. They are "Ray" Childress (Division A), August J. "A.J." Hand (Division B), Richard A. "Rick" Swartz (Division C), William H. Burris (Division E), Vincent J. "Vinny" Lobello (Division F), Scott Gardner (Division G), Alan Zaunbrecher (Division H), "Reggie" Badeaux (Division I), Dawn Amacker (Division L).

District Attorney: Incumbent Warren Montgomery is challenged by Vincent Wynne for District Attorney for the 22nd Judicial District Court.

Justices of the Peace: All incumbent Justices of the Peace (Wards 1-9) will return to office unopposed.

Constables: Two Constable seats are contested. Jerry W. Fruge, Jr. and Lynnette Sharp will vie for Constable of Ward 1; incumbent Donald Mizell will face challenger Mark Richard for Constable in Ward 6.

City of Bogalusa: Bogalusa City Court Judge qualifiers were incumbent Robert J. Black and challenger David Merlin Duke. Incumbent Bogalusa City Court Marshal John W. Sumrall, Jr. is unopposed.

Town of Franklinton: John L. Daniel and "Greg" Route qualified for Town of Franklinton Mayor. Five Town of Franklinton Aldermen will be chosen from a full slate of candidates. Qualifiers consist of Esco E. Burton, T. J. Butler, Jr., Patrice Crain, Frankie Crosby, Sr., Seth Descant, Richard D. Dillon, Jeamie F. "J" McCullen, "Blake" Orman, Darwin Sharp, and Heath Spears.

Village of Angie: Roxie Fornea is unopposed for Angie Mayor. Gilbert Hartzog, Jr. is unopposed for Angie Chief of Police. Three Angie Aldermen will be chosen from the five who qualified: Garnet M. Fornea, Reta S. Fornea, Olivia B. Hartzog, Darryl Knight, and "Kort" Pittman.

Village of Varnado: Paris C. Sumrall is unopposed for Mayor of Varnado. Louis Adams is unopposed for Varnado Police Chief. The three who qualified for Varnado Aldermen will fill the three positions. They are James L. "Jimmy" Ezell, Kimberly "Suzi" Kennedy, and Brian "Walk-Walk" Walker.

Three More Booked in Lacombe Double Homicide

Three more individuals have been booked in connection with the double homicide that occurred
Saturday (July 18, 2020) in the Big Branch area near Lacombe, bringing the total number arrested in connection with the crime up to six.

Monday (July 20, 2020), the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Peter Reimonenq (18) and Christopher Roberts (19) in connection with the murders. Both men were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of First Degree Feticide. At that time, warrants were issued for the arrests of  Shannon Amos Jr. (19) and Mikayl Young (19).

Amos was taken into custody Tuesday evening (July 21, 2020). He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of First Degree Feticide.

Thursday evening (July 23, 2020) the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Carwin Malone (40) and Treneka Young (40) after it was learned they were assisting Mikayl Young in eluding capture. They were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count each of Accessory After the Fact.

Friday morning (July 24, 2020) Mikayl Young was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of First Degree Feticide.

Click here for previous related story

Obituary

Kristy Fleming Bennett
March 13, 1980 - July 23, 2020

Obituary

Shirley Jenkins
July 3, 1943 - July 22, 2020

Obituary

Deborah Martin
February 9, 1956 - July 23, 2020

Obituary

Glenn Creppel
June 22, 1961-July 21, 2020

Second Summer Food Distribution is Next Tuesday

Second harvest Food Bank and Washington Parish Government will be hosting their second Summer Food Distribution at the Washington Parish Fair Grounds on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. This is a CFAP (COVID Food Assistance Program) distribution and will consist of one 17-lb box of assorted meat items, and one 20 pound box of produce items per family. Service is limited to two families per car, and a family member must be present to receive food.

Families do not have to prequalify to receive these items. Service is first come, first served. We will be distributing two tractor trailer loads of this product.

Start time is 9:00 AM.

Obituary

Mary Jane Magee
June 19, 1951 - July 21, 2020

Obituary

Deacon Rodney Robertson, Sr.
August 28, 1947 - July 23, 2020

"Let's All Be Counted"


Grand Jury Indicts Former Bogalusa Chamber Director on Theft Charge

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Marilyn G. Bateman, age 77 and of Bogalusa, Tuesday (July 21, 2020) on a charge of theft over $25,000.

Bateman, former director of the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce, is accused of stealing at least $100,000 from the organization.

Assistant District Attorney Blair B. Alford presented the case to the grand jury.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings July 22-23, 2020

Christopher Wilkerson was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts), and Simple Battery
Byron Kaigler was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence (2 counts), Battery on an Officer With Injury, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, and Contempt of Court
Purvis Provost was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage and Probation and Parole Hold
Christopher Ramsey was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Probation and Parole Hold
Carrie McClendon was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Obstruction of Justice, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Failure to Pay Fine, and Probation and Parole Hold

Tropical Weather Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1: Yesterday's Tropical Depression Eight is today's Tropical Storm Hanna. Strengthening is likely as it takes aim at the Texas coast. Heavy rains are expected across portions of southern Texas. Three to four inches of rain is expected along upper Texas and Louisiana coasts and areas of Mexico.

Disturbance 2: Tropical Storm Gonzalo will move westward to west-northwestward, moving into the eastern Caribbean on Sunday. It is expected to dissipate by the middle of next week.

Disturbance 3: A Tropical Wave is way out there and moving west. Formation chance for the next 48 hours is near 0%. Formation chance through 5 days is at 30%.

Weather Radar at 9:42 AM


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Obituary

William Louis "Peter" Williams
December 06, 1940 - July 17, 2020

Obituary

Katherine Miller
June 26, 1936 - July 21, 2020

Today in History for July 24th

AP Top Stories July 24, 2020 AM

July 23, 2020

Faith Communities Census Weekend of Action Begins on Friday, July 24, 2020

Source: Emma Dixon, President of AARP Bogalusa Chapter 4032

Shape the future of your congregation, neighborhood, and community by supporting the 2020 Census. Over the next 10 years, data from the 2020 Census will inform the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds each year that support education, health care, emergency services, housing and food assistance, and more.

Obituary

Clyde Benjamin Brumfield, Jr.
March 04, 1961 - July 19, 2020

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 Dr. Richard Karlin, General Surgery, Our Lady of the Angels Surgical Services, and Ray Devlin, DNP, CRNA, Nurse Anesthetist Program Faculty, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing Faculty.


Obituary

James Larue Martin
July 27, 1944 - July 22, 2020

WPSO: Traffic Stop Leads to Bogalusan's Drug Arrest

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Dalton Manning was patrolling north of Bogalusa
yesterday (July 22, 2020) when he observed a motor vehicle violation. The driver of the vehicle was issued a citation. Her passenger went to jail.

Due to the strong odor of marijuana present, both the driver and passenger were asked to exit the vehicle. Sgt. David Cupp arrived to assist and he and Deputy Manning did a pat down search of each person. The search of the passenger Marcus D. Raine, age 35 and  a resident of Fordham Road in Bogalusa, reportedly revealed he was in possession of more than 25 grams of marijuana and other illegal drugs.

Raine was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on a third offense felony charge of marijuana and possession of other illegal drugs. His bond was set at $3,500.

“Another drug arrest, more drugs out of our community,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “That’s what it’s all about. Our narcotics officers, our detectives and our patrol deputies are active in our local quest to rid Washington Parish of as much illegal drugs as possible. Any person involved with illegal drugs should be constantly looking over their shoulders for the next available law enforcement officer to give them a free ride to the parish jail.”

Obituary

Eugene Irwin Sticker
July 24, 1955 - July 21, 2020

Tropical Weather Disturbances Today

1. Tropical Depression Eight. The depression is expected to strengthen and it could bring tropical-storm-force winds to portions of the Texas coast, where a tropical storm watch has been issued. The depression is expected to produce heavy rains across portions of Louisiana and southern Texas.

2. Tropical Storm Gonzalo. Forecast to strengthen for next 48 hours and then weaken. However, there is a high degree of uncertainty regarding intensity.



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Today in History for July 23rd

AP Top Stories July 23, 2020 AM

July 22, 2020

District Attorney Warren Montgomery Qualifies To Run For Re-Election

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery qualified early Wednesday (July 22) to run
for re-election to his position, representing Washington and St. Tammany parishes as the 22nd Judicial District’s top prosecutor.

Montgomery said that when he was elected nearly six years ago, the office had lost the people’s confidence. “Since taking office, I have reformed the Office of the District Attorney,” Montgomery said. “I am proud of my work as D.A.”

Montgomery pointed to a number of his administration’s accomplishments:

· Saved Taxpayer Dollars. Montgomery supported an independent study of the St. Tammany Parish criminal justice system by the Metropolitan Crime Commission MCC), which ultimately gave his administration high marks. Montgomery also commissioned an independent study by Economist Ed Bee, who used MCC data to determine the financial impact of changes under Montgomery. Bee found that between 2015 and 2018, Montgomery decreased the time from arrest to resolution of cases by 16 percent, resulting in a savings of about a million dollars to taxpayers.

Grand Jury Indicts Jo' Andre Dawson of Franklinton for Murder of Ja’Quarius Taylor

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury indicted Jo’Andre
Dawson, age 21 and of Franklinton, Tuesday (July 21, 2020) of second degree murder and obstruction of justice.

Dawson is accused of fatally shooting Ja’Quarius Taylor, 17, several times in the head near a large pond in the Angie area on January 12, 2020. Dawson also is accused of tampering with several items of evidence, following the shooting.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Corbet Hunt was the lead investigator. Assistant District Attorney David Weilbaecher presented the case to the grand jury. The defendant is currently being held at the Washington Parish jail on an $800,000 bond.

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Man Wanted by Hammond Police for Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc. is reporting that the Hammond Police Department is currently seeking the whereabouts of Willie T. Johnson who is wanted by the Hammond Police Department for one count of Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile.

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