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October 23, 2020

Missing Endangered Adult



Obituary

Bettye Jean Brown

September 14, 1955 - October 16, 2020

Obituary

Robert Spec McClendon, II

September 13, 1955 - October 17, 2020

Obituary

Leonard Mayfield

October 07, 1938 - October 22, 2020

Obituary

Elva Jo Boyd Rogers Porter

November 1, 1931 - October 22, 2020

Obituary

Freddie Jenkins Corkern

January 17, 1927 - October 22, 2020

Former Slidell Pastor Arrested for Molestation

The former pastor of a Slidell-area church was booked Thursday (October 22, 2020) night into a Georgia jail as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish, after detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants for his arrest on molestation charges.

An investigation into claims Patrick Wattigny had sexually abused a minor in 2013 while serving as pastor of St. Luke’s Church in Slidell, culminated Thursday with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office issuing warrants for his arrests on four counts of Molestation of a Juvenile. All four counts are in connection with the same victim.

STPO's press release states that Wattigny started grooming the victim, who was 15 at the time, through general conversation, which led to telephone and text message conversations and eventually in-person visits, at which time the acts of molestation occurred on at least four different occasions. Some of those instances occurred in the church rectory. 

Wattigny was arrested at a residence in Georgia Thursday night, and booked into the Troup County Jail, where he is awaiting extradition to St. Tammany Parish.

“It is deeply disturbing when an individual in a position of authority uses that position to prey on the most defenseless of our population – our children,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 22, 2020

Jason Bell was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Crystal Duncan was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Cody Morris was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Jesse McDowell was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Probation Violation

Chance Thomas was booked on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Distribution of Schedule IV CDS, and Failure to Appear



Tropical Disturbance Today

A broad area of low pressure located near Grand Cayman Island has become much better organized since yesterday, and a tropical depression could form during the next couple of days while the low moves slowly toward the northwest. This system is now anticipated to move near western Cuba this weekend and move slowly across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by early next week. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 50% and formation chance through 5 days is at 60%.



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Today in History for October 23rd

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Florida Man Found to Have Makings of Marijuana Grow Operation in Lacombe

While investigating a suspicious vehicle in the Lacombe area Wednesday (October 21, 2020) night, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies located the makings of a marijuana grow operation. A deputy was conducting routine patrols on Bremermann Road in Lacombe when he observed a suspicious vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Raymond Justice (age 22) of Bradenton, Florida, told deputies he was travelling to Florida from California. 

Inside the vehicle, the deputies located 170 bags of suspected marijuana seeds, individually packaged raw marijuana and THC wax. Several items used for the manufacturing and cultivations of marijuana, including premium planting soil, ultraviolet lights, a portable grow tent, blower motors and PH testers, were also located inside the vehicle along with a 40-caliber pistol.

Raymond Justice was arrested and booked in the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of Illegal Possession of Firearms in presence of CDS, Possession of Clandestine Laboratory, Transportation of Clandestine Laboratory, and Possession of Schedule I Narcotics. Bond has been set at $40,000.00.

“Thanks to an alert deputy and proactive policing, this criminal is now off our streets and any future plans he may have had to illegally grow marijuana have been thwarted,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

October 22, 2020

Second 2020 Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden

Connecticut Man Accused by STPSO of Transporting Heroin

A Connecticut man was arrested yesterday (Wednesday, October 21, 2020) by the St. Tammany Parish
Sheriff’s Office after he was caught attempting to transport heroin through the parish.

At approximately noon on Wednesday, a deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country after observing the vehicle swerve while driving northbound on Interstate 59 near Slidell.

During the traffic stop, the driver, Felix Osorio (age 51) of New Britain, Conn., consented to a search of the vehicle. More than 13 pounds of heroin and fentanyl was located hidden in the vehicle’s battery.

Osorio was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count each of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS (heroin) and Improper Lane Use.

Homeland Security Investigations assisted with the investigation.

“I created the Highway Enforcement Unit in 2017 in response to the large amount of illegal drugs that were coming through our parish along the I10/I12/I59 corridor,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Thanks to the proactive work of the deputies on our Highway Enforcement team, another drug dealer is behind bars and the dangerous narcotics he was transporting have been seized.”

Obituary

Forsheder Marie Chatman

August 26, 1962 - October 13, 2020

Obituary

Linda Jean Garrett Rhone

December 18, 1951 - October 11, 2020

Obituary

Arthur Rester

October 11, 1954 - October 21, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 21, 2020

Yamarai Brumfield was booked on the charges of Switched License Plates and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm

Stacy Sumrall was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Attachment, and Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info

Amanda Nealy was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Clois Blackedge was booked on the charges of Mirrors Required, Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Waymon Singley was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia



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Today in History for October 22nd

October 21, 2020

Grand Jury Indicts 18 St. Tammany Residents In Racketeering Gang Case

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced during a press conference Monday (October 19, 2020) that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury returned a historic 49-count felony indictment and 12 misdemeanor counts, charging 18 individuals with racketeering for their participation in a violent gang operating in the West 30s neighborhood.

Montgomery said the gang, known as the “Vulture Gang” or the “Hunger Gang,” has committed attempted murders, drive-by shootings, armed robberies, drug distribution, and all kinds of gun violence throughout the neighborhood, located just steps from the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center. The gang used violence to perpetuate a climate of fear, he said.

This is the largest known racketeering indictment on the Northshore, as well as the largest collaborative effort among law enforcement agencies, Montgomery said. The District Attorney’s Office began working with local, parish, and federal law enforcement agencies about a year ago to investigate the cause of a string of shootings in the West 30s community. The FBI dedicated a full-time agent, who has worked exclusively on the case for the past several months from the District Attorney’s Office, which has been base camp for all involved. The Covington Police Department and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office also spent many hours working on the investigation.

LDWF Bringing Fishing Program to Franklinton

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation are excited to announce the addition of two new parks to the Get Out and Fish! community fishing program this fall.  LDWF has collaborated with the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government and the Louisiana Office of State Parks to bring the Get Out and Fish! program to the Bayou Country Sports Complex in Houma and Bogue Chitto State Park in Franklinton.

Ponds at the Bayou Country Sports Park and Bogue Chitto (northern pond near the canoe launch) were stocked with 1,000 pounds of adult size channel catfish on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations. For more information visit http://ldwf.awsdev.covalentspace.com/page/get-out-and-fish.

Anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Licenses are available for purchase online at https://la-web.s3licensing.com/. By purchasing a fishing license, Louisiana receives matching funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education and fisheries management.

Obituary

Jessie Earl Moses

December 15, 1952 - October 08, 2020

Obituary

Eleanor "Pete" Alford Schilling

September 15, 1933 - October 20, 2020

WPSO Jails Convicted Felon for Possession of a Firearm

Yesterday (Tuesday, October 20, 2020), Yamarai Brumfield, age 25 and a resident of Rosa Pearl Lane in Bogalusa, was jailed on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Bond has been set at $150,000.00.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kyle Stogner was on Texas Avenue in Bogalusa when he observed a vehicle displaying a license plate which had been cancelled. He stopped the vehicle and encountered Brumfield who was compliant and gave permission for a search of the vehicle.

With the assistance of Lt. Chris Hickman and Detective Chad Cassard, the vehicle was searched and a semi-automatic pistol was discovered wrapped in a blanket and stored behind the driver’s seat. The 9mm handgun had one round of live ammunition in the chamber and sixteen rounds in the magazine.

Due to Brumfield’s status as a convicted felon, he was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail for possession of the firearm. This is his fourth arrest in Washington Parish.

In 2014, he was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, possession of illegal drugs with a weapon present and possession of drug paraphernalia. In 2017, he was arrested for three counts of attempted murder and simple battery. A 2019 arrest was for two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of illegal drugs with a weapon present, aggravated battery, and two counts of being an accessory after the commission of a felony crime.

“One more very dangerous and potentially lethal weapon removed from a convicted felon in our community,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “That is good, very good! I am grateful to our alert Deputy Stogner, Lt. Hickman and Detective Cassard. Pro-active law enforcement is an effective tool in the prevention of crime and I am always pleased to see great examples that our officers are working hard to protect all of the citizens of our parish.”

Crime Spree Suspect Caught in MS. - Returned to Washington Parish

Brent Jonathon Crain (age 36), a probationer who was recently released from prison, was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on Monday (October 19, 2020) after a crime spree that crossed state lines. The pursuit of Crain began on Sunday (October 18, 2020) when an Angie resident reported the theft of his truck and attached boat trailer.

As Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were responding to the theft, reports came in of two hit and run accidents involving the stolen truck. The first hit and run occurred on Highway 438 when another vehicle was forced to leave the roadway, at which time Crain exited the truck, approached the other vehicle and broke the driver’s side window before returning to the stolen truck and driving away.

Soon afterwards, Crain crashed head-on with another vehicle on Military Road. Both vehicles were disabled and Crain fled into the woods on foot. The canine team from Rayburn Correctional Center responded to the scene and tracked Crain to an area residence.

The homeowner stated that Crain had emerged from the woods and asked the homeowner to drive him to a location in Walthall County, Mississippi. Crain was driven to a residence across the state line in Walthall County. The homeowner then led officers and the canine team to Walthall County and pointed out the residence where he last saw Crain.

At this time, the Walthall County Sheriff’s Office was called on for assistance and Sheriff Kyle Breland and some of his deputies arrived, along with officers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The Walthall County officers entered the residence and determined that Crain was not inside. Officers then searched around the house and discovered Crain hiding in a shed on the property. Crain was taken into custody and booked into the Walthall County Jail. He waived extradition and was transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked on current charges plus other crimes he had committed in the parish. Bond has been set at $35,000.00.

Crain is charged with three counts of theft of a vehicle, two counts of hit and run and two counts of criminal damage to property. His offenses did not end there. Once in jail, Crain continued his criminal activity and was charged additionally by jail deputies with two counts of tampering with surveillance cameras, two counts of criminal damage to property, theft of jail property and possession of contraband in a correctional facility.

Crain has an extensive record of arrests in Washington Parish dating back to January 2007. His ten previous arrests were for a variety of offenses, including three counts of issuing worthless checks, vehicle theft, firearm theft, possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated battery, three counts of being a fugitive from another jurisdiction, three counts of theft, burglary, criminal damage to property and failure to appear in court.

“So many agencies contributed to this arrest,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our deputies and detectives, the Rayburn Correctional Center canine team, Walthall County Sheriff Kyle Breland and his deputies, along with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, combined their resources and skills to track Crain down and take him into custody. I am so grateful to all of these fine agencies and officers who are always willing to assist when called upon. All citizens of Washington Parish and Walthall County are fortunate to have the fine men and women of law enforcement who are always ready, willing and able to apprehend criminals and put them behind bars where they belong.”

Murder Arrest Made by Washington Parish Sheriff's Office

Yesterday (Tuesday, October 20, 2020), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Chris Hickman responded to a report of an altercation involving a weapon. When Lt. Hickman arrived near the intersection of Highway 439 and Highway 60, he discovered a man who had been shot and another man standing nearby with a pistol on his side and in a holster. Lt. Hickman removed the weapon and detained the man in his patrol vehicle.

Lt. Hickman was unable to locate a pulse on the victim who was discovered lying on the ground next to a lawnmower. Northshore EMS responded to the scene along with Detective Chad Cassard and Detective Raymond Myers.

Arrested without incident was Brandon Martina, age 25 and a resident of Pittman Road northeast of Franklinton. Martina was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on a charge of second degree murder. Bond has been set at $600,000.00.

“Any murder, regardless of the motive, is always tragic,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our collective hearts go out to the family of the victim and any others affected by this crime. Thanks, Lt. Hickman, Detective Cassard and Detective Myers for your quick response.”

"Trick or Treat" in Bogalusa - Times and Safety Tips



Obituary

Elder Hubert Edwards

April 24, 1926 - October 17, 2020

National Drug Take Back Day in Bogalusa is Saturday

The Bogalusa Police Department will be conducting a National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday in the parking lot of Neilsen’s Pharmacy, located at 1619 S. Columbia St. in Bogalusa, Louisiana.



Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 20, 2020

Nathan Vernon was booked on the charges of Theft of a Motor Vehicle 1000-5000 and Theft of Auto/Vehicle

Zarius Brown was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear

Brandon Martina was booked on the charge of 2nd Degree Murder



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Today in History for October 21st

AP Top Stories October 21, 2020 AM

October 20, 2020

Obituary

Mary Louise Freeman Stubbs

May 31, 1944 - October 19, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 19, 2020

Wendy Rawls was booked on the charge of Arson With Intent to Defraud

Brent Crain was booked on the charges of Hit and Run (2 counts), Theft of a Motor Vehicle 1000 to 5000 (3 counts), Theft Less Than 1000, and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500 (2 counts)

Paul Chauvin was booked on the charge of Protective Order Violation

Steven Crenshaw was booked on the charges of No Taillight, No Turn Signals, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present



Road Closure North of Mt. Hermon

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises that LA 450, north of Sweet Pea Lane, in Washington Parish is scheduled to be closed (both northbound and southbound) from 8:00 AM on Monday, October 26th until 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 29th. The closure will be 24/7. The reason for the closure is to replace a cross drain pipe. 

No detour information is posted. 

Click here to see the DOTD Advisory

Tropical Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1. Tropical Storm Epsilon is moving toward the east-northeast and is expected to turn north and northwest later today. Epsilon is forecast to approach Bermuda on Thursday. Epsilon is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength by Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Disturbance 2. A trough of low pressure extends from the northwestern Caribbean Sea near the northeastern portion of the Yucatan peninsula southeastward into the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for significant development while the system drifts westward over the next couple of days.  Formation chance through 48 hours is at 10% and formation chance through 5 days is at 10%. 



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Today in History for October 20th

AP Top Stories October 20, 2020 AM

October 19, 2020

STPSO Participating in National Drug Take Back Initiative Saturday

This Saturday (October 24, 2020) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate with the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove unused and expired medications from homes and medicine cabinets.

Bring your pills for disposal to the STPSO Administrative Building, 300 Brownswitch Road in Slidell; to the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex at 2070 Collins Blvd. in Covington: or to Lakeview Regional Medical Center Physicians Plaza Entrance at 95 Judge Tanner Boulevard in Covington. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps - only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Any identifying information should be removed from containers before being deposited.

Thefts Solved and Arrest Made by WPSO

The October 16, 2020 arrest of Colby Ahmad Johnson, age 20 and resident of Otis Bickham Road north of Franklinton, solved several parish crimes, including the burglary of a business on Highway 438. Johnson’s crimes involved juveniles who were arrested and charged also.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Demmie Rice conducted the investigation which led to Johnson’s arrest and the recovery of stolen items including handguns and a four wheeler. All stolen items were returned to their victim owners. Other officers were involved in responding to the crimes, including Detective Captain Tom Anderson, Lieutenant Michele Clayton, Sergeant Michael Thomas and Deputy Chance Johnson.

Colby Johnson was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with burglary, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, theft of firearms and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His bond was set at $7,500.

“This is an excellent example of a team effort that resulted in a good outcome,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. Although our officers may be involved in responding to various crimes, they work together, compare notes, identify suspects and then move on to an arrest. I couldn’t be more pleased with the hard work of all of our officers.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 17-18, 2020

Jeffery Wilkes was booked on the charge of Simple Burglary

Marilyn Ockmand was booked on the charges of Attempted Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order

Kevin Blackwell was booked on the charges of Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, Attempted Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Attempted Possession of Marijuana, Resisting an Officer, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, and Expired License Plate

Brandon Creel was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear (3 counts)



Tropical Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1. A large low pressure system is located about 700 miles southeast of Bermuda. Based on overnight development trends, a special advisory will be issued on a tropical depression this morning. Formation chance through 48 hours at 100% and formation chance through 5 days is at 100%.

Disturbance 2. A broad area of low pressure could form in a couple of days over the southwestern Caribbean Sea.  Some gradual development is possible late this week while it moves slowly northwestward or north-northwestward over the western Caribbean Sea. Formation chance through 48 hours near 0% and formation chance through 5 days is at 20%. 



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Today in History for October 19th

AP Top Stories October 19, 2020 AM

October 17, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 16, 2020

Lebrandon Crosby was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery

Howard Dunaway was booked on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

Colby Johnson was booked on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Theft of Firearm (2 counts), Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile (3 counts), Aggravated Battery, and Business/Commercial Burglary

Desean Coleman was booked In From Court

Patrick Ezell was booked on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Distribution of Schedule III CDS



Tropical Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1. A non-tropical low pressure system, located about 500 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, is likely to develop into a subtropical depression during the next day or slow. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 80% and formation chance through 5 days is at 90%. 

Disturbance 2. A broad area of low pressure is expected to form in a few days over the southwestern Caribbean Sea while it moves slowly northward or north-northwestward over the western Caribbean Sea. Formation chance through 48 hours is near 0% and formation chance through 5 days is at 30%. 

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Today in History for October 17th

October 16, 2020

Obituary

Linda Elizabeth Todd Spears

May 01, 1949 - October 13, 2020

Obituary

Thelma Marie Kehoe

July 29, 1925 - October 15, 2020

PAR Guide to Constitutional Amendments on Nov. 3rd Ballot

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 14-15, 2020

Matthew Slade was booked on the charges of Theft 1000-5000, Theft Less Than 1000, and Criminal Damage

Sidney Burns was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Contempt of Court (2 counts)

Arion Brumfield was booked on the charges of Careless Operation, Possession of Marijuana, No License Plate, and Speeding 31-40 Over Limit

Roger Barber was booked on the charge of Probation Violation

Kacie Kihneman was booked on the charge of Parole Violation

Shanna Sanders was booked on the charges of Improper Lane Usage, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts)

Clyde Peters was booked on the charges of Home Invasion, Domestic Abuse Battery, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment



Tropical Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1. A broad non-tropical low pressure system located about 600 miles east-southeast of Bermuda has become a little better organized this morning.  Additional gradual tropical or subtropical development of this system is possible through the middle of next week while the low meanders over the central Atlantic well to the southeast of Bermuda. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 20% and formation chance through 5 days is at 40%. 

Disturbance 2. A broad area of low pressure is expected to form early next week over the southwestern Caribbean Sea.  Some gradual development of this system will be possible through the middle of next week while it remains nearly stationary over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Formation chance through 48 hours is near 0% and formation chance through 5 days is at 30%. 

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Today in History for October 16th

AP Top Stories October 16, 2020 AM

October 15, 2020

STPSO Announces Retirement of K9 Deputy Thor

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith has announced the retirement of K-9 Deputy Thor, effective Oct. 15, 2020. K9 Deputy Thor began his career with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in December of 2012 and provided eight years of dedicated service to the men and women of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of St. Tammany.  He worked as a dual-purpose canine, and was trained in narcotics detection and handler protection as well as in search and evidence recovery.

During his eight years with the STPSO, K9 Deputy Thor located many articles of evidence, including guns, other dangerous weapons, narcotics and stolen property, which had been hidden by the fleeing criminals, often times in heavily wooden areas. He successfully apprehended 52 wanted suspects and located 32 concealed narcotic locations throughout buildings, packages, vehicles and underground. He conducted 46 tracks and physically located 20 suspects. This accounts for a 43 percent success rate, which is far above the national average rate of 20 percent.

K9 Deputy Thor also conducted numerous demonstrations in the community and in local schools to familiarize residents and students with the role canines serve in law enforcement and particularly with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

In 2014, K9 Thor located and apprehended the “Spider Man” burglar who attempted to drown him.

In 2015, he saved the lives of deputies resulting in him being stabbed in the neck with a knife, sustaining significant injuries. His heroic actions during those incident earned him national recognition and a day named in his honor.  The late Pat Brister, the parish president, named October 23, 2015 as Deputy Thor Day, during a rally held in his honor.

He was awarded a Medal of Valor through North American Police Work Dog Association.

K9 Deputy Thor, a Belgian Malinois, is being retired due to age and health issues. He will spend his retirement in the care of his handler, Sgt. Ronald Olivier.

“K9 Thor has had a very impressive career here in St. Tammany, and we owe him our thanks and gratitude,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I wish him a long and well-deserved retirement.”

K9 Deputy Thor is being replaced by K9 Deputy Axel, an eight-month-old Belgian Malinois which was purchased by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office earlier this year.

Tractor Parts Thief Jailed by WPSO

On October 8, 2020. Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal utilized social media to ask for the public’s help to identify the person who stripped valuable parts from an antique tractor south of Bogalusa. Click here for that original story. A concerned citizen responded and provided information which led to the arrest of a suspect who sold some of the stolen tractor parts to a local recycling firm.

Based on that information, coupled with additional information from the person who saw a truck leaving the scene of the crime, as well as other information obtained during his investigation, WPSO Detective Chad Cassard obtained a warrant for the arrest of Matthew Richard Slade (age 46), a resident of North Jones Road located in the vicinity of the theft. On October 14, 2020, Detective Cassard, accompanied by Detective Raymond Myers, Lt. Chris Hickman and Deputy Kyle Stogner, went to Slade’s residence and arrested him. Slade was jailed, charged with two counts of theft and one count of criminal damage.

Slade has a record of six prior arrests in Washington Parish, beginning in 2007. Previous arrest charges include possession of heroin and other illegal drugs, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, probation violation and failure to appear in court.

“Many thanks to responsible social media and eyewitness citizens who came forward with valuable information,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “They were a valuable asset to Detective Cassard as he tracked down the thief. What kind of person preys on neighbors by stealing from them? The kind of person who deserves a bed in our jail.”

Obituary

Brooke Elizabeth Applewhite Freeman

June 01, 1989 - October 13, 2020

Obituary

Gregory Edward Varnado

August 11, 1959 - October 13, 2020

Nov. 2nd: All WPSS Students Return to School 5 Days Per Week

The Washington Parish School System has advised of the following important dates and COVID-19 safety reminders:

  • Oct. 14 - end of 1st 9 weeks
  • Oct. 15 - distance learners return
  • Oct. 19 - high school returns 4 days per week
  • Oct. 19 - report cards go home
  • Nov. 2 - all students in school 5 days per week
  • Nov. 3 - Election Day - no school 

**REMINDERS**

  • Staff & students in grades 3-12 wear masks.
  • Maintain social distance of 6 ft.
  • Wash hands regularly.
  • If sick, stay home.
  • If anyone in home tests positive for COVID, stay home & report to school.

Tropical Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1. A weak area of low pressure near the Lesser Antilles will move west-northwestward over the next couple of days. The system is not expected to develop but could produce heavy rainfall across portions of the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico over the next few days. Formation chance is near 0%.

Disturbance 2. A broad non-tropical low pressure system is expected to form over the weekend several hundred miles east-southeast of Bermuda. Some slow development will be possible thereafter into early next week while the system moves southwestward and then westward, passing about midway between Bermuda and the northern Lesser Antilles. Formation chance through 48 hours is near 0% and formation through 5 days is at 20%. 

Disturbance 3. A broad area of low pressure could form by early next week over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Some gradual development of the system will be possible thereafter while it moves slowly west-northwestward. Formation chance through 48 hours is near 0% and formation chance through 5 days is at 20%. 



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Today in History for October 15th

AP Top Stories October 15, 2020 AM

October 14, 2020

Bogalusa Woman Arrested for Heroin Possession

On Tuesday (October 13, 2020), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives Raymond Myers and Chad Cassard were traveling south on Sullivan Drive in Bogalusa when they observed a vehicle with an expired license tag being driven in a careless manner. After a short pursuit, the vehicle finally stopped on Highway 21 near the former Fury automobile dealership. The driver was issued a citation for an expired license plate and improper lane use.

One of the passengers was arrested. Tammy L. Ramp, age 59 a resident of Highway 60 west of Bogalusa, was found to be in possession of heroin. She was transported to the Washington Parish Jail where she was booked on charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $3,500.

Ramp has a previous arrest in Washington Parish. In September 2013, she was arrested and jailed on charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of illegal drugs.

“The possession of heroin,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “is an indication of a more serious problem and any amount heroin in our parish is always a threat to everyone. Great job, detectives!

Obituary

Janice Marilyn Buckhanan

August 02, 1951 - October 06, 2020

Obituary

Mary Holmes

April 26, 1936 - October 11, 2020

Obituary

Donnis Elton Honeycutt

July 19, 1944 - October 12, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 13, 2020

Kimberly Davis was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order

Donnie Magee was booked on the charges of Intentional Littering, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Failure to Appear, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Robert Jenkins was booked In From Court

Trevor Owens was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

James Dutruch was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Failure to Pay Fine

Tammy Ramp was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia



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House Ransacked – Intruder Arrested

Last Friday (October 9, 2020), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Mike Thomas responded to a report of a disturbance in a rural area southwest of Franklinton. Upon arriving at the residence, Sgt. Thomas discovered a male on the premises had entered the occupied house without permission by climbing through a window and had ransacked the house and destroyed property. Deputy Randall Garcia arrived to assist.

Wesley Bernard Williams, age 33 and a resident of Mike Fisher Road, was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, criminal damage to property, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear in court. His bond was set at $3,550.

Williams has two previous arrests in Washington Parish. In June 2007, he was charged with unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling and in November 2010, he was arrested and charged with criminal trespass, simple battery and being a fugitive from Louisiana’s 23rd Judicial District Court.

“A prompt response from Sgt. Thomas and Deputy Garcia resulted in a quick arrest,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “We may never know what gave rise to the intruder’s decision to do what he did. We do know, however, the homeowner was protected and it is always our goal to protect victims of crime.”

WPSS Issues Update on Students' Return to School

The Washington Parish School System issued the following guidance on delivery of instruction:

"After carefully monitoring bus capacity & making a few adjustments, WPSS is finally able to have students in grades PK-12 return to traditional learning on campus!

Beginning Monday, October 19, students in grades PK-12 will be in school 4 days per week (Mon-Thurs).

Please continue to follow district & school websites and Facebook & Instagram pages for updates."

Obituary

John Henry Blount

January 07, 1957 - October 11, 2020

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Randy Termayne Sanders

July 01, 1976 - October 06, 2020

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Lucille Carter

September 17, 1954 - October 05, 2020

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Clarence Douglas Freeman

January 8, 1937 - October 11, 2020

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Kenneth Wayne Haley

October 12, 1952 - October 8, 2020

Littering Violation Leads to Drug Charges

Shortly before midnight on October 12, 2020, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Jay
Dupre was on criminal patrol on Highway 439 when he witnessed the driver of a vehicle intentionally throwing litter out of the car. He stopped the vehicle and encountered two persons whom he arrested after finding illegal drugs. Donnie Caine Magee, age 41 and a resident of Otto Passman Road, and Kimberly Haley Davis, age 40 and a resident of Bush, were arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

Magee was booked on charges of possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, intentional littering and failure to appear in court. Davis was booked on two charges of possession of illegal drugs.

Magee has a long history of incarceration in Washington Parish with charges of aggravated battery, driving while intoxicated, second degree battery, possession of illegal drugs, introducing drugs into a correctional facility, being a fugitive from Louisiana Probation and Parole, domestic abuse with strangulation, simple battery, and contempt of court. 

Davis has two previous arrests in Washington Parish with charges of obstruction of justice and possession of stolen property.

“Thanks, Sergeant Dupre, for your alert law enforcement,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Even a non-violent offense such as intentional littering often leads to the discovery of more serious offenses. That was the case in this arrest and that is why our officers are always proactive as they patrol our parish, twenty-four hours per day.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings October 10-12, 2020

John Rushing was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Jerrime James was booked on the charges of Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Marijuana

Bobby Matthews was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Driving Under Suspension, and Stopping Standing or Parking Outside Business or Residence

Spencer Collins was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Kevin Stogner was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Gary McIntyre was booked In From Court

Ezron Moses was booked on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon



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Missing Teen From Loranger

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in locating 17- year old Kyle Ricker.

Kyle left his Loranger home on October 6, 2020, and has not been seen or heard from since.  He was last wearing a baseball cap, white tee-shirt, and black pants.  

Kyle stands about 5 feet tall and weighs about 105 pounds.

If you have seen Kyle or know where he may be staying, please contact the Sheriff’s Office, 985-345-6150.   Sergeant Beth Russell is the lead investigator.

STPSO Sex Offender Division Receives Grant

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Sex Offender Registry Division is a recipient of a $129,202 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking and funded through the Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program.

The money will allow the agency to upgrade technology, hire an additional compliance deputy, provide the funds for training and equipment needed for that individual. Compliance deputies ensure all sex offenders are registered as required and are complying with all aspects of their registration.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Sex Offender Registry Division currently consists of two compliance deputies and one field deputy. The number of registered sex offenders living and/or working in St. Tammany continues to grow every year, and with that the workload of that division continues to grow.

Currently the division manages and oversees 453 registered sex offenders who live in St. Tammany, an additional 30 who reside elsewhere but are employed in St. Tammany and an additional 133 who are currently incarcerated.  The state requires that all sex offenders that either live, work or attend school within the parish to be registered. The division also maintains records on both sex offenders that have relocated from St. Tammany to other areas, as well as sex offenders that relocate to our area.

“Keeping track of and notifying the public of the location of sex offenders is an important and time-consuming task, and the number of offenders living in our parish continues to grow,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “The deputies in our Sex Offender Division are working very hard and do an excellent job. This grant will enable us to continue that work with the addition of a much needed third compliance deputy.”