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September 30, 2020

Pearl River Men Arrested for Stealing Catalytic Converters

Two Pearl River-area men have been arrested after detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s
Property Crimes Division uncovered they have been stealing catalytic converters off of vehicles in St. Tammany Parish and surrounding areas and selling them at a scrap yard in Mississippi.

Catalytic converters were reported stolen off vehicles at a parish parking lot in Pearl River, at a retirement home in Slidell, at a car dealership in Covington, at storage facilities in Mandeville and Pearl River and off state-owned equipment that was parked at a construction site in Covington.

While investigating these crimes, STPSO detectives learned that since the beginning of this year, Garic Aleman (50) and Averice Craddock (42) have sold more than 325 catalytic converters at a scrap yard in Gulfport, Miss. Those catalytic converters had a total scrap value of just under $49,000, but detectives pointed out the street value of them is extraordinarily higher.

Aleman and Craddock sold the catalytic converters to the scrap yard under a family member’s business name by using forged documentation, circumventing the required reporting practices in an attempt to thwart law enforcement.

On September 28, 2020, Aleman was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of Theft Between $1,000 and $5,000 (felony)

On September 23, 2020, Craddock was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on three counts of Theft Between $1,000 and $5,000 (felony) and one count of Theft Less Than $1,000 (misdemeanor)

However, this is an ongoing investigation, and detectives believe there maybe additional thefts that occurred in St. Tammany Parish that have not yet been reported. Additional charges and arrests are expected.

In addition, many of the catalytic converters were stolen outside of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, and detectives are currently working with their counterparts with the local municipalities and surrounding agencies as multiple agencies have open cases and/or charges pending against Aleman and Craddock.  

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has seen a rise in catalytic converter thefts throughout the parish in the last year. Many victims have reported seeing debris located under their vehicles (bolts, metal shavings, pieces of rust, etc.). This is the result of the part being cut off of their vehicles. Catalytic converters are extremely expensive to replace for the victim. Full size pickup trucks, RVs, vans and heavy equipment are targets for thieves.

“I am very pleased with all involved in making these arrests,” Sheriff Randy Smith said,” and I would encourage all residents to be vigilant by parking their vehicles in well-lit secure locations, checking on vehicles they may have in storage and calling 911 if they notice anything suspicious.”

Anyone with information about these crimes or believe they may be a victim, is asked to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985)898-2338.

STPSO Looking for This Runaway Juvenile



Obituary

Robert Daniel Magee, Jr.

August 30, 1962 - September 25, 2020

Obituary

Mitchell Magee

July 25, 1941 - September 25, 2020

Washington Republican Parish Executive Committee Endorsements

Washington Republican Parish Executive Committee

P.O. Box 371, Franklinton, LA, 70438

Phone: (985) 516-2732 | Email: dp70427@yahoo.com

Chairman: Darryl D. Peterson


The Washington Republican Parish Executive Committee endorses the following candidates for the November 3rd 2020 election.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 28-29, 2020








Trenton Statham was booked on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, No Drivers License, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court

Jonathan Magee was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Eugene Buck was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)

Tamara Chain was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Theft 1000-5000, and Attempted Theft by Shoplifting

Amanda Woodward was booked on the charges of Careless Operation, No Drivers License, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Patrick John was booked on he charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, Child Desertion, and Driving Under Suspension

Robert Spencer was booked on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, Open Container, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Contempt of Court

Jamikal Baker was booked on the charges of Parole Violation and Contempt of Court

Joshua Latino was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear

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September 29, 2020

Live: Trump-Biden Presidential Debate

LIVE at 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Sept. 29: President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden take part in the first presidential debate between the two candidates. The Cleveland, Ohio event is moderated by “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace.

Watch the Latest Washington Parish Council Meeting

This and previous meetings of the Washington Parish Council is on our "Government Meetings" page. There you will also find meeting video of the Bogalusa City Council and the Franklinton Board of Aldermen.

Obituary

Ralph Pierce

October 30, 1937 - September 28, 2020

Obituary

Lourenda Stewart

September 24, 1954 - September 29, 2020

Slidell Police Report 2 Separate Fatal Accidents

In less than a week, Slidell Police have investigated two separate fatal accidents.

The first accident occurred shortly before 10pm on Tuesday (September 22, 2020) on the Robert Boulevard/Interstate 12 overpass, and claimed the life of 50-year-old Jennifer L. Hutchinson. Hutchinson, who was walking in the roadway, was struck by two separate vehicles. The drivers of both vehicles stated they did not see Hutchinson walking along the overpass. Hutchinson was transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans, but later succumbed to her injuries.

Both drivers voluntarily submitted to a chemical test, both of which yielded negative results. Toxicology is pending for Hutchinson, however, impairment is suspected to be a contributing factor. At this time, no charges have been filed in this incident. The investigation is on-going.

The second accident occurred Sunday (September 27, 2020) evening, shortly after 9pm. A 2004 Chevy Avalanche, driven by 26-year-old, Cornelius Guitroz of Marrero, was travelling south on Highway 11. A witness stated the vehicle crossed into the northbound lane, and almost struck another vehicle head-on. Guitroz apparently overcorrected to avoid the collision, causing the vehicle to flip and crash into a nearby tree line. Guitroz sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. St. Tammany Fire District #1 extricated three children from inside of the vehicle, all of which miraculously survived and only sustained minor injuries.

Speed is suspected to be a factor in the crash, and toxicology is pending.

Search Continues for Man Missing on Pearl River Canal

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Operations Division are back out this morning (Tuesday, September 29, 2020) searching for a man who went missing Sunday after falling into the water at the seal near lock three on the Pearl River Canal. They are being assisted by Louisiana SAR K9, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today as they continue their search. 



BOLO For This Camper Stolen Near Pearl River





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Obituary

William Earl Leonard

September 22, 1961 - September 23, 2020

Changes in Polling Places in Washington Parish

Last night (Monday, September 28, 2020), the Washington Parish Council approved a Resolution changing a number of the polling places (see below) for the November 3, 2020 and December 5, 2020 elections. Click on "Read More" below to read the full resolution.

The changes are a result of the Secretary of State's Emergency Election Plan, the public health proclamations of the State of Louisiana, and is at the request of the Washington Parish Clerk of Court. The changes provide for social distancing and other safety guidelines for the health and safety of polling commissioners and voters.

Today in History for September 29th

Obituary

Ruby Marie Seal

October 17, 1939 - September 25, 2020

September 28, 2020

Missing Runaway 16 Year-Old Sought by STPSO


Obituary

Gerald Simmons

November 05, 1942 - September 27, 2020

Obituary

Sarah Elizabeth Parker

May 20, 1994 - September 24, 2020

Obituary

Clyde Thomas

January 17, 1947 - September 28, 2020

Obituary

David E. Bryant

May 12, 1968 - September 26, 2020

Obituaries

Pat and Cathy Branch

September 26, 2020

WPSO Arrests Convicted Felon on Numerous Charges

Yesterday (September 27, 2020), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies Kyle Stogner and Chance
Johnson were patrolling on Highway 21 north of Bogalusa when they encountered a speeding vehicle traveling southbound. The deputies pursued the speeding vehicle and were able to stop it on Florida Avenue near North Border Drive.

Upon approaching the vehicle, deputies recognized the driver as Ja’Vontay M. Owens, age 27 and a resident of Mercedes Street in Bogalusa, a wanted person with outstanding warrants. In addition to the arrest warrants, Owens also was arrested for possession of various quantities of illegal drugs and other charges.

After Owens was handcuffed, he reportedly confessed to having a quantity of illegal drugs concealed in his underwear. Two bags of drugs were retrieved, with one containing marijuana and the other containing heroin and methamphetamine. A search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of cocaine along with a loaded 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol. The pistol had one round of ammunition in the chamber and fifteen rounds in the magazine.

Lt. Chris Hickman and Detective Chad Cassard arrived to assist and an additional quantity of heroin was discovered concealed in an overhead sunglass holder. Also seized was $350 dollars in cash, three cell phones and the vehicle which was registered to an individual with a Folsom, Louisiana address.

Owens was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of five counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated flight from an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, contempt of court, battery and twelve traffic offenses. His bond was set at $200,500.

Owens has a previous stay in the Washington Parish Jail. In July 2018, he was arrested for two counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of illegal drugs, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, battery and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

“His record speaks for itself,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I can think of no conceivable legal reason why he should be driving in our parish armed with a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol and a quantity of illegal drugs. I seriously doubt he was on his way to church. Good job, deputies!”

RCC Canine Team Captures Fleeing Suspect

Yesterday (September 27, 2020), the Rayburn Correctional Center canine team captured a suspect who had fled from a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy near Lon Miley Road and Highway 21 north of Bogalusa.

WPSO Deputy Kyle Stogner was patrolling on Highway 21 when he noticed a driver committing traffic violations near Paige Road. The vehicle was stopped near Lon Miley Road, at which time the driver exited the vehicle and fled into nearby woods. The Rayburn canine team arrived to assist and began a search of the woods. Approximately three hours later, the canine team located the fleeing suspect and took him into custody.

The fleeing man was identified as Trenton Kyle Statham, age 21 and a resident of Highway 62. Deputy Stogner arrested Statham and transported him to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked on charges of possession of marijuana, resisting an officer by flight, contempt of court, failure to appear in court and traffic offenses. On September 28, the 22nd Judicial District Magistrate Judge set Statham’s bond at $4,750.

Statham's previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail were on charges that included possession of illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs with a weapon present, vehicle theft, failure to appear in court, burglary, attempted automobile theft, criminal damage, criminal trespass, and contempt of court.

“Young Mr. Statham is on a fast track to a lifetime of incarceration if he doesn’t mend his ways,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I congratulate Deputy Stogner on a good arrest and I am so appreciative of the good assistance from the Rayburn canine team. These men and their canines are a wonderful asset not only to the Sheriff’s Office but also to all citizens of Washington Parish and surrounding areas.”

Obituary

Glennis Ray Andrews

November 26, 1965 - September 19, 2020

Safe Heating Tips Ahead of First Dip in Temperatures

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (SFM) is reminding all residents to practice safe home heating as our state prepares for the first dip in temperatures this fall season. The top safe-heating tips include: 

  • Place space heaters 3-5 feet from combustible objects like blankets 
  • Plug all heating appliances directly into wall outlets, not power strips or extension cords 
  • Do not use stoves or ovens to heat homes 
  • Don’t overfill fireplaces/wood burning stoves 
  • Do not leave candles/open flames (or space heaters) left unattended 
  • Have working smoke alarms in your home! 

The SFM’s Operation Save-A-Life program partners with local fire departments and districts to provide FREE smoke alarm installations, at any time of the year, for families in need of assistance accessing the critical emergency-alert equipment. 

In addition to having working smoke alarms, the SFM also emphasizes the importance of having planned and practiced escape routes for your home that include knowing two ways out of every room. 

To register for a free smoke alarm, or learn more about Operation Save-A-Life, visit lasfm.org

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 25-27, 2020








Tori-Breanne Gonsoulin was booked on the charge of Probation Violation

Joseph Miller was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Simple Drunk, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Prohibited Acts, Resisting an Officer, and Failure to Report an Accident

Shawn Chester was booked on the charge of Battery of a Dating Partner

Arissa Guidry was booked on the charges of Battery of a Dating Partner and Simple Drunk

James McKnight was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Marijuana, and Simple Escape

Kasey Woodard was booked on the charges of Obstruction of Justice, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Marijuana

Ja'Vontay Owens was booked on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal (4 counts), Ran Stop Sign (4 counts), Speeding 1-10 Over Limit, Driving Under Suspension, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Contempt of Court

Kathlyn Magee was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation

Timothy Robinson was booked on the charges of Off-Road Vehicles Prohibited on Hwy, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear

Adam Branch was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

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September 25, 2020

50 Pounds of Cocaine Seized in St. Tammany Traffic Stop

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office reports they arrested an Alabama man Thursday (September 24, 2020) night after he was caught trying to transport more than 50 pounds of cocaine through the parish.

A member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling on Interstate 12 near Slidell. The driver of the vehicle, Fabian De La Cruz Gonzalez (37), reportedly gave both verbal and written consent to search the vehicle for illegal possessions.

While searching the vehicle, the deputy located 20 prepackaged bundles of suspected cocaine, yielding an approximate weight of 54.2 pounds. The cocaine was concealed in a hidden compartment, which was built into the bottom of an unlocked tool box in the bed of the truck.  Gonzalez was also found to be in possession of $10,930, which is believed to be proceeds of narcotics transactions.

Gonzalez told the deputy he was traveling from Houston, Texas, and headed to his home in Birmingham, Alabama.

He was placed under arrest and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of Improper Lane Use, No Driver’s License, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II CDS (54.2 pounds of Cocaine), and Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses. The narcotics, currency and the vehicle were seized.

“I created the Highway Enforcement Unit in 2017 in response to the large amount of drugs and firearms that were passing through our parish on our interstates and highways,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “This is an example of one of many successful stops made that has results in a large quantity of drugs being seized before they could make it into our community.”

Obituary

Maxie Lee Sonnier

November 23, 1943 - September 25, 2020

Obituary

Rose Ann Long Bush

April 23, 1963 - September 11, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 24, 2020

David Bonnette was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Ernest Reed was booked on the charges of Expired License Plate, No Drivers License, Possession of Marijuana, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)

Deshadaric Holmes was booked on the charges of Home Invasion, Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Contempt of Court (4 counts), and Bond Surrender



Obituary

Verdell Crain Brumfield

October 24, 1952 - September 24, 2020

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September 24, 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 September 22, 2020. Information provided is actually inclusive of August 25 to September 22, 2020. The report reflected a total of 690 Calls for Service, divided into the headings of Public Assistance, Traffic, and Criminal Patrol.

Responses for Public Assistance included general complaints (311), extra patrols (90), medical calls (25), alarms (41), and suspicious persons or vehicles (32). Traffic activity included traffic stops (50), vehicle crashes (38), hit and runs (3), reckless operation (4), DWI (1), and citations (21). Criminal Patrol responses included disturbances (9), fights (3), simple battery (1), criminal damage to property (3), burglaries (6), theft and shoplifting (4), narcotics (7). Officers made 13 total arrests for 31 offenses.

The Chief advised that all officers completed an Anti-Bias Training and that officers will undergo Firearms Training as well as Officer Safety Training in the next two weeks.

Chief Brown commented on staffing and answered questions from the Aldermen.

Mayor Dillon asked “Does the Town of Franklinton have contaminated water?”

The Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday (September 22, 2020) evening was well-attended by the public and once again mainly devoted to discussing the town's water quality. The Mayor and Aldermen facilitated a lengthy but informative meeting that included questions from the public and responses. Taking center stage were representatives of the Louisiana Department of Health, who regulates water systems. (Beginning at 5:00 into video of the meeting). Also present were Louisiana State Representative Malinda White and Senator Beth Mizell. 

At issue primarily are complaints of discolored or “brown” water and charges of contamination. The issue has been before the Board of Aldermen at the last two meetings. Click here for the stories and view the video. Similar issues are experienced by neighboring water systems. On March 13, 2018 WWLTV's Ashley Rodrigue reported on similar issues in Tangipahoa and St. Tammany Parishes. (Click here for that story). 

At the beginning of LDH's comments, Mayor Dillon asked “Does the Town of Franklinton have contaminated water?” The answer was unclear and became very technical. What is clear is that the public is not happy and that LDH's regulations, designed to make the water safe, is at the same time contributing to the discolored water problem. 

What is also clear is that the Mayor, the Aldermen, the Public Works Superintendent, Spangler Engineering, and LDH are working toward a solution. And the public is impatiently waiting.

STPSO Purchases Body Cameras for Enforcement Deputies

In an effort to improve transparency, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is equipping its enforcement deputies with body cameras, and citizens will begin seeing them in use as early as today (September 24, 2020). 

As one of his first actions for the new fiscal year, Sheriff Randy Smith signed a contract with Axon Enterprise (formerly TASER International) to purchase body cameras for all patrol, traffic and civil deputies. 

The $1.6 million, five-year contract includes not only the cameras, but also the necessary training and, more importantly, the storage and records management for the cameras and footage. As part of the contract, Axon Enterprise provided the necessary training on the usage of the cameras.

Sheriff Smith said purchasing body cameras has been one of his priorities since taking office in 2016, and when he exhausted all opportunities for grant funding to purchase the cameras, he made the cuts necessary to find the money in the agency’s general fund to purchase the cameras.

“We are excited to equip our deputies with this essential tool,” Sheriff Smith said. “This tool will help increase and promote transparency and accountability within the ranks and within the community we serve. Body cameras put everyone, deputies and citizens alike, on their best behavior.”

Six Arrested in Tangipahoa Parish for Drive-by Shooting

Six suspects, four adults and two juveniles (no images to show), have been arrested this week in connection with a drive-by shooting in Tickfaw.  The shooting occurred Monday evening, September 7, 2020, on West Trey’s Way in Tickfaw.

The suspects are accused of firing “multiple” rounds from 9mm handguns into a Tickfaw residence that was occupied at the time of the shooting. No injuries resulted. Detectives determined that the suspects traveled to the victim’s residence in two separate vehicles. 

The adults arrested are identified as Larry Robinson (18) of Independence, Christopher Johnson (18) of Independence, Ivy Rogers (19) of Independence, and Anthony Brumfield (18) of Amite. 

Each was charged with aggravated assault by a drive-by shooting and criminal conspiracy. Robinson was additionally charged with illegal discharge of a dangerous weapon. 

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 23, 2020

Gregory Honaker was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear

Robert Jenkins was booked on the charges of Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements, Fail to Comply in Person Sex Offender Reg T-1, and Failure to Complete Sex Offender Annual Payment of Fines

Clinton Hathcox was booked In From Court

Trenton Adams was booked In From Court

Jermaine Magee was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear

David Jacobson was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (2 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Skylarr Moore was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (2 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia



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September 23, 2020

TPSO Jail Ponchatoula Man – Charges Include Attack on K9

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards today (September 23, 2020) reported the arrest last Friday (September 18, 2020) of 43-year-old Troy Michael Fleming of Ponchatoula. Fleming was wanted by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office on numerous outstanding felony warrants.

Deputies located Fleming hiding in the closet of a residence on Khonke Hill Rd. Fleming was given loud verbal commands to exit the closet, however, he refused to comply. As deputies attempted to detain the subject, he began to violently resist arrest. TPSO K9 Vhari was deployed to assist deputies due Fleming’s violent behavior.

During the encounter, Fleming placed both arms around K9 Vhari's neck and began choking the K9 deputy. After a brief struggle, Fleming was taken into custody.

Fleming remains behind bars on the charges of Attempted injuring or killing of a Police Animal, Resisting  Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence (3 counts), Attempted disarming of a Police Officer, Battery on a Police Officer (3 counts), Outstanding Warrants, Probation Violation, and Fugitive From Another Jurisdiction.

Amite Police Investigating Shooting Death

Amite Police Chief Jerry Trabona is reporting the shooting death of Arkejen Freeman, age 22 and from
Arcola. Trabona said officers responded to the 400 block of 3rd Street around 9:30 p.m. Monday (September 21, 2020) and discovered the victim, who had been shot once in the torso with a .22 caliber weapon. Freeman was taken to Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite where he later died.

Detectives are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting, but they are searching for a male juvenile who is a person of interest in this case. 

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc., 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!

Obituary

Bobby Oless Matthews

August 18, 1947 - September 16, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 22, 2020

Narfeesa Green was booked on the charges of Vehicular Homicide, Careless Operation, No Seat Belt, and Child Restraint Violation

Nicholes Gonsoulin was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Failure to Appear, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, and Failure to Change/Secure Registration

Hunter Newman was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Domestic Abuse Battery, and Battery of a Dating Partner

Randy King was booked on the charge of Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs

Destiny Ard was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction



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September 22, 2020

Obituary

Kenneth Dale Alford

May 22, 1966 - September 20, 2020

Obituary

Betty Cox Billiot

May 24, 1932 - September 20, 2020

Franklinton Chamber's Fall Decoration Contest Application



Slidell Couple Indicted on Mail Fraud Charges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOLO on Stolen Heavy Equipment



Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 20-21, 2020

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

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

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

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



WPSS Issues Guidance on Football Games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary

Carolyn Sue Newcomb

July 10, 1944 - September 20, 2020

Obituary

Bernard Albers, Jr.

May 10, 1942 - September 20, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tropical Disturbances Today

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September 21, 2020

Juvenile Arrested After Murdering His Dad’s Fiancée

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary

Julius Ladell Birch

October 03, 1937 - September 19, 2020

Tropical Disturbances Today

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September 20, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings September 18-19, 2020

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

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

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

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

Christopher Jones was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

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

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



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Obituary

Earnie Pierce

May 21, 1963 - September 17, 2020

Obituary

W.E. Knight

October 10, 1949 - September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Free COVID-19 Testing Resumes in Washington Parish

 

Obituary

Steven Black Simmons

September 06, 1951 - September 16, 2020

Obituary

Everett Paul Cedotal

December 11, 1949 - September 16, 2020

Slidell-area Mom Arrested After Juvenile Shoots Himself in Leg

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

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

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

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

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