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January 18, 2021

Bogalusa City Schools to Follow Hybrid Model



WPSS COVID-19 Positive Case Summary



Quilt Exhibit on Display at Varnado Museum Until March

The Varnado Museum will have their Quilt Exhibit on display until March. The Museum, located at 936 Pearl Street in Franklinton, Louisiana, is open Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and on Sundays from  1 pm to 4 pm. 

The museum is following social distancing guidelines. Contact them at 985.795.0680.

Visit their website at https://davarnadostoremuseum.com/ and like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/The-Varnado-Store-Museum-107085242654871/

Reminder: Who Gets the Vaccine Now & Where

Washington Parish Government advises that the following is the current list of pharmacies in Washington Parish that are receiving the vaccination and taking calls to schedule appointments for the current tier group (remember you must call the pharmacy first to get on the list; do not arrive at a location without an appointment):

  • Creel's Family Pharmacy, 26496 Highway 62, Franklinton, LA. (985) 848-5555
  • Nielsen's Pharmacy, 1619 S Columbia Street, Bogalusa, LA. (985) 732-7481
  • Sumrall's Pharmacy, 30304 Highway 21, Angie, LA. (985) 986-4433

These vaccines are currently available to:

  • Persons ages 70 years or older
  • Outpatient clinic providers and clinic staff
  • Urgent care clinic providers and staff
  • Community care clinic providers and staff
  • Behavioral health providers and staff
  • Dialysis providers and patients
  • Home health service providers and recipients
  • Dental providers and staff
  • Students, resident, faculty and staff of allied health schools (if not already receiving vaccine or in a plan to receive from their respective schools)

Obituary

Richard “Rick” Wayne Carter

March 09, 1948 - January 13, 2021

Obituary

Hayward Kenneth Schilling, Sr.

June 20, 1946 - January 15, 2021

Obituary

Russell Frank Goode, Jr.

May 15, 1932 - January 14, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for January 16-17, 2021

Michael Wise was booked on the charges of Improper Lane Usage, License Plate Light Required, Resisting an Officer, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession of Schedule II Drugs by the Louisiana State Police. Released on $7500.00 Bond.

Jeremy James was booked on the charges of Possession of a Firearm or Concealed Weapon by Person Convicted o Domestic Abuse Batery, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Identity Theft by the Franklinton Police Department. Bond set at $7500.00.

Valerie Carroll was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Bond Surrender by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at S10500.00.

Zachary Smith was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Improper Lane Usage by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3500.00 bond.



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January 16, 2021

WPSS: Questions About Quarantine



WPSS: Information on Delivery of Instruction

The Washington Parish School System advises that Governor Edwards has extended the modified phase 2 order which allows school systems to continue operating under phase 3 guidelines.

LA truancy laws have not been waved due to COVID-19. All students must be in school.



WPSS Accepting Pre-K Enrollment

The Washington Parish School System is still accepting Pre-K enrollment of any child who turned 4-years-old prior to September 30, 2020.

Distance learning continues to be an option for PK students in WP. Devices will be available next week to any student enrolled in WP PK.

Call your school for additional information.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for January 14-15, 2021

Willie Cauley was booked In For Court

David Corkern was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness by the Franklinton Police Department. Bond set at $5000.00.

Garrett Simmons was booked on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Misty Stewart was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Bond Surrender by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $250.00.

Joshua May was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $2500.00.

Tracey Barber was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Switched License Plates by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $5000.00.

Kenneth Kline was booked on the charges of Failure to Comply with Complete Registration Information, Fail to Comply in Person Sex Offender Reg T-3, and Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $15000.00.



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January 15, 2021

UPDATED: COVID-19 Vaccination Information

UPDATED TO ADD NIELSEN'S PHARMACY!

Washington Parish Government advises that Creel's Pharmacy (985-848-5555) in Pine, Sumrall Pharmacy (985-986-4433) in Angie and Nielsen's Pharmacy (985-732-7481 in Bogalusa are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and interested citizens that are 70 years of age and older are encouraged to call these pharmacies to put their name(s) on the waiting list.  

Please do not go to the pharmacies without an appointment. 

Also, the Bogalusa Health Unit is expected to receive an allotment of vaccinations for those 70 years of age and older. Citizens can call 985-732-6615 for more information.  

For vaccine locations in other areas, click https://ldh.la.gov/covidvaccine-locations/

For Frequently Asked Questions, click https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/faq/category/138

The Louisiana Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in Louisiana. As more vaccines become available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination.

Currently, these vaccines will be available only for:

  • Persons ages 70 years or older in the community,
  • Outpatient clinic providers and clinic staff,
  • Urgent care clinic providers and staff,
  • Community care clinic providers and staff,
  • Behavioral health providers and staff,
  • Dialysis providers and patients,
  • Home health service providers and recipients,
  • Dental providers and staff, and
  • Students, residents, faculty and staff of allied health schools (if not already receiving vaccine or in a plan to receive from their respective schools) 

Bogalusa Man Arrested After Traffic Stop – Drugs & Pistol Found

Late yesterday (January 14, 2021) the evening, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kyle Stogner and Detectives Raymond Myers and Chad Cassard were on criminal patrol near Angie when they spotted a vehicle which had been driven through a stop sign without stopping. The officers initiated a traffic stop and encountered Garrett Wayne Simmons, age 24 and a resident of Adams Street in Bogalusa.

Simmons had a loaded semi-automatic 9 mm pistol in his jacket pocket as well as marijuana and methamphetamine visible inside his vehicle. Simmons was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and running a stop sign.

“What started out as a routine traffic stop resulted in drugs and a weapon removed from our community,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I commend our officers for always being alert as they patrol our communities around the clock to help keep us safe.”

Obituary

Ronald Carruth Laird

May 16, 1941 - January 07, 2021

Obituary

Mattie Elizabeth Atwood Bridges

June 26, 1932 - January 13, 2021

Obituary

Charles Ray "Pee-Wee" Lee

July 06, 1937 - January 11, 2021

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Obituary

Tony Rankin Forbes

April 29, 1946 - January 13, 2021

Washington Parish Man Arrested After Fighting Deputy

Yesterday (January 13, 2021), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jay Dupre responded to a call for assistance west of Bogalusa. Arriving at the residence, Sgt. Dupre discovered the homeowner had been physically attacked by an intruder who had fled the scene. The intruder was identified as Damion J. Smith, age 29 and a resident of Highway 60.

Patrolling in the area, Sgt. Dupre encountered a person who fit the description given to him. The man admitted to being Damion Smith and gave statements verifying what Sgt. Dupre had been told previously. Sgt. Dupre advised Smith he was under arrest and attempted to place Smith in handcuffs. Smith pulled away, shoved Sgt. Dupre, and ran away. Sgt. Dupre pursued Smith on foot and caught up with him. As the two struggled, they rolled into a water-filled ditch and Smith continued to assault Sgt. Dupre until he was able to be restrained.

Bogalusa Police Department Officer Dillon Miller arrived to assist and transported Smith to the Bogalusa jail where he was detained before being transferred to the Washington Parish Jail. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Chad Cassard responded to the residence where the assault occurred to manage the investigation.

Smith was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of home invasion, domestic abuse, criminal damage to property, cruelty to a juvenile, resisting an officer by flight and resisting an officer with force. (According to the WPSO website, bond has been set at $2750.00.)

“It is never a good thing when someone physically resists arrest,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “It is always a good thing when the officer is able to control the situation with no injuries to either party. Many thanks to Sgt. Dupre for making this arrest, Bogalusa officer Miller for assisting, and to Detective Cassard for following up with the investigation.”

Obituary

Jessie Merle Fornea Jones

May 16, 1941 - January 13, 2021

Obituary

Clem Holloway

July 18, 1936 - January 07, 2021

Obituary

Brenda Donice Varnado Dykes

July 28, 1951 - January 12, 2021

Obituary

Bruce Wright Simmons

September 4, 1940 - January 11, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for January 13, 2021

Richard Tynes was booked on the charges of Expired MVI, Expired License Plate, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, and Possession of Heroin by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Casey Williams was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Damion Smith was booked on the charges of Home Invasion, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Possession of Marijuana, and Cruelty to a Juvenile(s) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.



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January 13, 2021

Justin Brown's Response to Being Replaced as FPD Chief


FPD Chief Replaced - Justin Brown Replaced by Olander Smith

In a fractious first meeting of the new Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen held Tuesday (January 12, 2021) evening, Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown was replaced by Olander Smith. The decision was made by Mayor Greg Route. It was opposed by three of the five Aldermen: Seth Descant, Heath Spears, and Darwin Sharp.

Route maintained that he has the authority to name his Administrative Staff, a position supported by James Knight who was also appointed by Route at the meeting. Administrative Staff positions include Municipal Clerk, Chief of Police, Town Attorney, Code Enforcement Officer, and Court Magistrate. Descant, Spears, and Sharp contend that the Mayor's appointments must have confirmation by the Board of Aldermen and they were armed with court decisions, an Attorney General Opinion, a state statute, and charter provisions they said supported their position. The Aldermen voted to request an Attorney General Opinion to help resolve the dispute and the Mayor was asked to delay the appointments until the Opinion was received. Mayor Route declined to delay his appointments. Following his appointment as Police Chief, the Oath of Office was administered to Olander Smith by District Judge Ellen Creel. Later in the meeting, Justin Brown delivered some strongly-worded comments regarding his removal as Police Chief.

In the end, the following appointments were made: Ellen Wascom as Municipal Clerk, Wilburn Magee as Code Enforcement Officer, Olander Smith as Police Chief, James Knight as Town Attorney, and Dan Foil as Court Magistrate. Appointments were also made to the Planning Commission. Jamie McCullen, Angela McVea, and Clay Carter were appointed to join Ella Rose Bickham, Jackie Tate, Scott Reedy, and Thomas Richardson on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Patrice Crain was elected by the Board to be Mayor Pro-Tem.

The dispute about the Police Chief issue and other appointments was not the only dispute during the meeting. Frankie Crosby addressed the Mayor and Aldermen and called on Aldermen Descant and Spears to resign. Crosby charged Descant with not being a resident of Franklinton for three years prior to qualification. Crosby charged Spears with not residing in Franklinton. The confrontation between Spears and Crosby was particularly highly-charged.

Routine matters on the Agenda were addressed. Of note was the introduction of an Ordinance to rename Section Line Road to Dr. James Stafford Drive. The Ordinance will be voted on at the next meeting and Dr. Stafford's resume will be heard at that time. Dr. Stafford was a well-known educator in Washington Parish and served in positions elsewhere in the State of Louisiana.

Click here to view the full video of the meeting

Obituary

Alan Lester Thomas

October 16, 1984 - January 10, 2021

Obituary

Ronnell Sartin, Jr.

October 31, 1969 - January 05, 2021

Washington Parish Animal Shelter Report

At the Washington Parish Council meeting Monday (January 11, 2021) evening, Kelsey Knight with the Washington Parish Animal Shelter reported on adoptions, low-cost vaccine clinic, partnerships with other agencies, and other accomplishments.

Reginald McMasters/Carley King Elected to Lead Parish Council

The Washington Parish Council, at their first meeting of the year on Monday (January 11, 2021),
elected a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman to lead the Council in 2021. Reginald McMasters was elected as Chairman and Carley King was elected Vice-Chairman, both by unanimous vote, in a process presided over by Attorney G. Wayne Kuhn. 

The Council addressed routine matters and also 

  • heard a report from Kelsey Knight with the Washington Parish Animal Shelter on adoptions, low-cost vaccine clinic, partnerships with other agencies, and other accomplishments. The report begins at 18:50 into video of the meeting
  • heard a report from George Martinez with the Permit Office on new construction (an increase) and inspections, beginning at 23:15 into the video. Martinez stressed the importance of inspections (8% to 12% failed) and provided the Council examples of electrical, plumbing, and other problems encountered. President Thomas stressed the importance of the Permit Office's work as it contributes to safety and lower insurance rates for residents
  • heard a report from Finance Director Donna Graham, beginning at 33:10 into the video. Her report included an update on the Choctaw Landfill, the Varnado Water Well District's $1.2 million project, and  improvements that the parish is helping with at the Bogue Chitto State Park
  • heard a report from Public Works Director Ken Wheat with a wrap-up of projects and accomplishments in 2020, beginning at 46:40 into the video.

President Thomas, beginning at 57:00 into the video, presented information regarding COVID-19 vaccine availability.

Following comments from Council Members, the meeting adjourned.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for January 9-12, 2021

Tanishia Morgan was booked on the charge of Bond Surrender by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $5000.00.

Ladell Lewis was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts) and Bond Surrender by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $21000.00.

James Sapp was booked on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Ernest Lester was booked on the charges of Second Degree Battery, Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Aggravated Assault Upon a Dating Partner, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Steven Tew was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (6 counts) and Bond Surrender by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $3500.00.



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Franklinton Mayor & Board of Aldermen Meeting January 12, 2021

More on this extraordinary meeting will be posted later. In the meantime, here is the video.

January 12, 2021

UPDATED: COVID-19 Vaccination Information

UPDATED TO ADD NIELSEN'S PHARMACY!

Washington Parish Government advises that Creel's Pharmacy (985-848-5555) in Pine, Sumrall Pharmacy (985-986-4433) in Angie and Nielsen's Pharmacy (985-732-7481 in Bogalusa are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and interested citizens that are 70 years of age and older are encouraged to call these pharmacies to put their name(s) on the waiting list.  

Please do not go to the pharmacies without an appointment. 

Also, the Bogalusa Health Unit is expected to receive an allotment of vaccinations for those 70 years of age and older. Citizens can call 985-732-6615 for more information.  

For vaccine locations in other areas, click https://ldh.la.gov/covidvaccine-locations/

For Frequently Asked Questions, click https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/faq/category/138

The Louisiana Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in Louisiana. As more vaccines become available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination.

Currently, these vaccines will be available only for:

  • Persons ages 70 years or older in the community,
  • Outpatient clinic providers and clinic staff,
  • Urgent care clinic providers and staff,
  • Community care clinic providers and staff,
  • Behavioral health providers and staff,
  • Dialysis providers and patients,
  • Home health service providers and recipients,
  • Dental providers and staff, and
  • Students, residents, faculty and staff of allied health schools (if not already receiving vaccine or in a plan to receive from their respective schools) 

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January 11, 2021

From the WPSS: January & February Dates to Remember


Full Agenda for First Meeting of Franklinton Board of Aldermen

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen will meet Tuesday (January 12, 2021) at 6:30 PM at the Franklinton Municipal Building, 301 Eleventh Avenue. This will be the first meeting of 2021 and of the newly elected Mayor and Aldermen. The Agenda is presented below.



AGENDA:

Other items added to the agenda will be done by unanimous vote of the Board of Aldermen prior to the beginning of the meeting.

Call meeting to order

Prayer and Pledge

Roll call

Old Business:

1. Approve minutes-December 8, 2020 Regular Meeting

New Business:

1. Selection of Mayor Pro tem

2. Grant authority Mayor and Mayor Pro tem to sign on all accounts for Town

3. Appointment of Municipal Clerk

4. Appointment of Chief of Police

5. Appointment of Town Attorney

6. Appointment of Code Enforcement Officer

7. Appointment of Court Magistrate

8. Departmental Reports

9. Declaration of Fire Department 1994 tanker as surplus equipment

10. Grant authority to begin bid process on 1994 tanker

11. Set minimum bid for 1994 tanker.

12. Introduce ordinance to change the name of Section Line Road to Dr. James Stafford Drive.

13. Mr. Frankie Crosby to address the Board concerning the Town Charter

14. Appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission

15. Review and authorize approval to ballot wording for March 20, 2021 election

16. Johnnie Daniel from Era Leader to address the Board

ADJOURN

Town of Franklinton is an equal opportunity employer and provider


Obituary

Charlene Jones

September 25, 1934 - January 06, 2021

Entergy Donates $3500 to Bogalusa Help Center

Entergy made a $3,500 donation to the Bogalusa Help Center at Christmas for the purchase of food for the needy. The Center feeds from 350 to 400 families monthly on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon via a drive-up-distribution method created by the pandemic. Along with about twelve, safety-conscious volunteers, Entergy has made contributions to the Bogalusa Help Center’s 35-year mission for many years.

Pictured left to right are Vice President Patricia Branch, Volunteer Paul Kates, Director Gene Hayman,  Board Member and Former Entergy Employee Janola Walker, Entergy Customer Service Manager  Eunice Harris, and Volunteer Tahj Morris. 


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January 09, 2021

Obituary

Dudley Talley

July 24, 1935 - January 08, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 8, 2021

Trenton Statham was booked on the charges of Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Bond Surrender (4 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $16,000.00.

Andrew Vaughn was booked on the charge of Bond Surrender by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $3500.00

Dakota Hogan was booked on the charge of Protective Order Violation by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $5000.00 bond.



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National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is Today

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is on Saturday, January 9 every year. The day encourages citizens to show appreciation to their local law enforcement.

Citizens show police officers that their work is appreciated and that they understand how difficult their job can be. It’s a day for police officers and the public to come together to make safer communities.

Each day local law enforcement is ready to protect citizens and a little positive recognition can go a long way. Let us all take a moment to show our Police Officers that the community appreciates their service!

January 08, 2021

Statement from Gov. Edwards on Record COVID Deaths

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement today (January 8, 2021) on COVID-19 deaths in Louisiana, after the Louisiana Department of Health reported 105 COVID deaths today, the second highest daily death count since the start of the pandemic. The highest number of deaths Louisiana has reported in a day was 129 deaths on April 14, 2020.

“Today, Louisiana is reporting 105 new COVID deaths, the second highest number since April of last year. We have lost nearly ten months of hard work to slow the spread of COVID in our state and, despite all warnings from medical professionals and public officials, some people still insist on ignoring the mitigation measures that are proven to work, including wearing face masks. Today, we mourn the loss of 7,833 Louisianans to this illness. These are people’s children and parents and friends and coworkers. They are our neighbors. They are our sisters and brothers. This should weigh heavily on the hearts of all Louisianans every time they leave their homes while COVID is so rampant. During this pandemic, each and every choice we make can have catastrophic impacts on our health and the health of those around us. As more people are infected, as our hospitals again reach their capacity, please do what is right – wear your mask, avoid gathering with people outside of your household, stay at home and get tested when you have symptoms, practice social distancing and wash your hands. As of today, nearly 100,000 doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered in Louisiana, which is good news, but the vaccine will not stop this current surge. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it will not matter if we do not get there.”

Special Election Set to Fill Luke Letlow's Congressional Seat

On Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed proclamations setting the dates for special elections in Louisiana, after consultation with Louisiana’s Secretary of State. Included is the election in Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District following the tragic death of Luke Letlow following a battle with COVID-19.

The qualifying period will be from January 20 to January 22, 2021. The primary will be on March 20, 2021 and the runoff, if necessary, will be April 24, 2021. 

Click here to read the proclamation.

LDWF to Stock Rainbow Trout at Bogue Chitto State Park

Grab your fishing gear and bring your friends and family to the Bogue Chitto State Park or another Get Out and Fish! pond for the opportunity to catch a fish you don’t land every day. Beginning the morning of January 14th, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will begin stocking 16 sites with adult-size rainbow trout, ranging from 1 to 2 pounds, making a perfect stringer for dinner.

Rainbow trout are native to rivers and lakes in western North America; yet, due to their popularity, these fish have been introduced throughout the United States through stocking efforts. When water temperatures are cool during the winter months, LDWF takes advantage to stock ponds and lakes with this cold-water fish. LDWF encourages anglers to keep their catch at these sites so the rainbow trout are harvested before temperatures rise.

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/

For additional stocking information, including specific locations and the stocking schedule, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?action=pagebuilder&pageID=get-out-and-fish.

71-Year-Old Man Charged With Sexual Battery of 88-Year-Woman

Stanley Narcisse Pichon, age 71 and of the Slidell-area, was arrested Friday (January 8, 2021) on sexual battery charges after it was discovered he victimized his elderly neighbor on at least three occasions. 

Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a Slidell area residence on Monday (January 4, 2021) in reference to a report of an 88-year-old woman with advanced Alzheimer's and dementia, who may have been sexually assaulted by one of her neighbors.

The incident was reported by the victim’s home health care nurse to a family member, who in turn reported it to the Sheriff’s Office. Pursuant to an investigation, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Pichon on three counts of Sexual Battery.

Pichon reportedly admitted to victimizing the woman on at least three separate occasions and acknowledged he knew the act to be wrong due to her diminished mental state. 

He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. No bond had been set at the time of this report.

Obituary

George Scott Bennett

April 10, 1959 - January 07, 2021

Obituary

Lila Faye Woodward Adams

February 5, 1939 - January 8, 2021

Obituary

Wendie Michele Armstrong Ciravola

March 23, 1972 - January 7, 2021

Obituary

Sidney "Butch" Albert Blakeman, Jr.

August 30, 1943 - January 7, 2021

Bogalusa Council Approves Budget/New City Prosecutor

The Bogalusa Council met once again via a “GO To Meeting” by phone or computer format Tuesday (January 5, 2021) and, despite technical problems, discussed and adopted the City of Bogalusa Operating and Capital Budgets for the Fiscal Year beginning January 1, 2021. The ordinance was the only item on the Agenda. Those present for the meeting included all Council Members, Mayor Wendy Perrette, Attorney Dale Branch, and Fiscal Administrator Joey Richard.

In addition, Mayor Perrette requested Council approval to employ Bryan Harris as City Prosecutor to fill the vacancy created when David Merlin Duke, the former prosecutor, was elected City Judge. Harris is a resident of Bogalusa and a graduate of Southern University Law Center. Following remarks from Harris and Council discussions, the Council approved the nomination.

Of note and not previously reported, the Bogalusa City Council at their December 15, 2020 meeting elected Councilwoman Danielle Keys to be President of the Council for 2021 and Councilman Kenny Kellis was elected Vice-President. Also during the December 15th meeting, the Council approved a resolution retaining Robert A. Neilson to provide accounting services. 

Obituary

Clenard Pigott

June 07, 1963 - January 06, 2021

Loupe Named WPSO Corrections Deputy of the Quarter

By vote of her peers and supervisors, Washington Parish Corrections Sergeant Diane Loupe was named Corrections Deputy of the Quarter for October, November and December 2020. On behalf of Sheriff Randy Seal, Loupe was presented a plaque by Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Haley.

Sgt. Loupe supervises the daily operation of the Washington Parish Jail, reporting directly to Chief of Corrections Jim Miller. She also coordinates the jail’s Zoom video conferencing program which allows the court magistrate and district court judges to conduct certain judicial procedures remotely. 

Sheriff Randy Seal commented on Loupe’s selection as Corrections Deputy of the Quarter. “Sgt. Loupe is an outstanding manager whose work has drawn praise from the judiciary and others who work with her. She is a vital part of the WPSO family and we are pleased to be able to honor her work.”

Angie Man Arrested for Drug Possession

Yesterday (January 7, 2021), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kyle Stogner and Detective Chad Cassard were patrolling in the Angie area when they observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of Highway 1071. As the officers drove to the vehicle which was obstructing the highway, the vehicle proceeded to Highway 21, turned north without signaling, then drove off of and then back onto the highway. The officers activated blue lights and were able to stop the vehicle in a business parking lot in Angie.

The driver of the vehicle was David Bryce Mingo, age 59 and a resident of Connie Simmons Road. A pat down search of Mingo revealed two plastic bags containing cocaine and marijuana in a pocket of his trousers. Mingo was arrested for possession of the illegal narcotics in addition to traffic offenses. He remains in the Washington Parish Jail pending a court appearance.

Mingo has a history of arrests in Washington Parish since 2014 when he was arrested for domestic violence. Four additional arrests since that time were for a variety of criminal acts, including automobile theft, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and several counts of failure to appear in court.

“One would think that a fifty-nine year old man would have modified his behavior by this age,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Obviously not in this case. I appreciate the good work of our alert officers who are always on the watch for criminal activity as they patrol our parish. Good work, men.”

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 6-7, 2021

Stacy Sumrall was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $4000.00.

Randell Flynn was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $4500.00 bond.

Keybian Lewis was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Lucian Meyers was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000 (2 counts) by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

David Mingo was booked on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, Ran Stop Sign, No Turn Signals, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Under Suspension and Improper Lane Usage by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.



LWFC Proposed Changes for Upcoming Hunting Seasons

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 hunting seasons, 2021-22 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2022 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations and 2021-22 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations at its meeting on Thursday (January 7, 2021).

Some of the proposed changes include: 

  • Clarification on use of legal gear in take of raccoon and opossum to allow use of archery gear and air rifles, which makes legal gear the same as for small game.
  • Removes the requirement to obtain a permit from LDWF enforcement in order to take nuisance wildlife and outlaw quadrupeds at night during hunting season on private property.
  • Change in tagging requirement that once a harvested deer has been tagged and validated, the hunter will no longer be required to possess antlers or sex organs as long as the tag remains with the carcass. This will allow fewer body parts transported to reduce the movement of potentially CWD infected material.
  • Move Washington and St. Tammany parishes into Area A for turkey season.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulation changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/resources/category/commission-action-items.

For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.

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Milton Lee "M.L." Fortenberry, Jr.

September 22, 1946 - January 06, 2021

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Rickey Paul Kennedy

March 13, 1954 – January 5, 2021

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Ronald William Farmer

November 27, 1939 - January 06, 2021

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Loretta Taylor McCain

June 25, 1963 - January 6, 2021

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Help Identify This Suspect in Truck Theft

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief James Travis is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect seen stealing a 2001 black Mazda extended cab pick-up truck from the Wilmer Quickstop on January 7, 2021, around 11:55 a.m.

The truck is utilized by the owner for a pesticide business and has large containers in the bed of the truck full of chemicals. There are placards on the side of the truck displaying the business name, however, they are magnetic and can be removed easily. 

“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! “



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Amite City Councilman Arrested for Election Fraud

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin this morning (January 7, 2021) announced their offices have arrested an Amite City Councilman on eight counts of election fraud. Emanuel Zanders, III is accused of violating LA RS 18:1461.2 by procuring or submitting voter registration applications that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent.

Councilman Zanders was arrested and charged on Monday (January 4, 2021) afternoon. His arrest was a result of the ongoing, joint investigation between the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation and the Secretary of State's Office. In October, the Tangipahoa Parish Registrar of Voters contacted the Secretary of State's Office with concerns that voter registration forms were being turned in with fraudulent address information. It is alleged that Councilman Zanders purposefully manipulated over twenty Louisiana citizens into illegally changing their voter registration by asking citizens to sign registration forms that he would later complete with a fraudulent address. It is further alleged that Councilman Zanders submitted another voter registration application on behalf of a citizen using his own address.

As Attorney General Jeff Landry noted at today’s news conference, one of the most sacred principles in our criminal justice system is that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty. 

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From the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office

The work by law enforcement officers never slows down and so it is with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. In addition to regular patrols, responding to incidents, and investigations, TPSO recently announced the following:

A warning to the public by TPSO Detectives of a recent increase in vehicle burglaries from the Loranger area south to Ponchatoula, LA. Detectives suspect that at least four individuals are responsible and warn that they are believed to be armed. The suspects are targeting unlocked vehicles and the public is urged to secure their vehicles each night. The public is asked to contact Detective James McGovern at (985) 902-2031 or Detective Kody Glenn at (985) 902-2018 with any information the public may have. 

TPSO asks the public's assistance in locating Dillon Joseph Vullo (20) of Pierre Part. Vullo is wanted for Possession of a Firearm by a convicted felon and Obstruction of Justice in connection with a New Year's Day shooting in Pumpkin Center. Vullo is believed to be driving a white in color Mitsubishi car. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Vullo, or the white Mitsubishi car involved in the shooting, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-554-5245.

The TPSO Burglary Task Force has arrested George Dylan Brasel (22) and Alex Overman (19) for the September 2020 burglary of Ponchatoula High School.




Sedrick Guzman (20) of Ponchatoula was booked into parish jail on January 5, 2020 on the charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder. Guzman is accused of shooting a male subject in the abdomen on December 25, 2020. The victim is in stable condition following surgery.  



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Jason "Shawn" Sanders

September 02, 1982 - December 29, 2020

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Bobby Joe Smith

May 9, 1934 - December 28, 2020

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Rev. Dr. Calvin Jackson, Sr.

November 08, 1956 - December 31, 2020

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Bessie Stokes Knight

June 15, 1927 - January 2, 2021

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Rev. James E. Magee, Sr.

April 10, 1945 - January 01, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings January 5, 2021

Christina Vaughn was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released. No bond information available.

Cody Applewhite was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set.

Robert Peters was booked on the charge of 1st Degree Rape/Vaginal by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set.

Devaulrick Allen was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.



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