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August 29, 2012

Power Outages

As of 5:00 pm, the following power outages were reported by the various power companies

Washington-St. Tamany Electric Coop reported 3077 out in Washington Parish, 11,429 in St. Tammany Parish and 606 in Tangipahoa Parish

CLECO reported 488 out in Washington Parish and 54,149 in St. Tammany Parish

Entergy reported 2676 out in Washington Parish, 1331 in St. Tammany Parish, and 39,288 in Tangipahoa Parish

We know the crews will be doing their best to restore power. Best of luck to all!

August 29, 2012

Update on Tropical Storm Isaac

Coordinates
29.8N
90.9W
70mph
NW @ 6mph

As of 2PM today, Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm with winds of 70MPH. The weather conditions we are currently receiving will continue throughout the day into late evening. Our area is no longer under a hurricane warning but the threat of tornadoes still exist and may be extended beyond 4PM today.
All parish schools arec losed for the remainder of the week.

August 28, 2012
Update from the Washington Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
4:00 PM CDT Tue Aug 28
Location: 28.7°N 89.2°W
Moving: NW at 8 mph
Min pressure: 975 mb
Max sustained: 80 mph
Isaac has strengthened slightly since the last advisory and now has sustained winds of 80 mph. A slight increase in wind speed is forecast before landfall with a maximum intensity of 85 mph now forecast. Such a small change does not significantly alter the expected wind impacts.
The only other change to mention is that HPC has updated the rainfall graphic to spread out the expected rainfall as we had been discussing. The entire area will have a threat of heavy rainfall and flash flooding due to Isaac's slow forward motion. We are still forecasting widespread rainfall amounts of 10-16 inches with isolated higher amounts.

August 28, 2012

Parish Council meets in Regular Session

Following a 5:30 pm Public Input meeting (regarding tax ordinances previously introduced) that produced no public input, the Washington Parish Council met in its regularly scheduled session at 6:00 pm. Reports by Parish President Richard Thomas and Washington Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Director Tommy Thiebaud focused on activities in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac.

Thiebaud addressed the unpredicability of path of Isaac and expressed his concern over the high winds and high rainfall totals that are forecasted for Washington Parish. Thiebaud reported that parish leaders had met earlier in the day, that sandbag locations were open throughout the parish, and that shelters were being opened for residents.
President Thomas reported that his staff has been working in "Hurricane Mode" and ready to respond to any needs that arise. Also, Thomas expects to accomplish cleanup after the storm primarily with parish work crews. Thomas received telephone calls with offers to help from Kevin Davis, Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security andand Emergency Preparedness, as well as State Representative Ritchie, and U. S. Senator Vitter.
Four ordinances were introduced,

  • An Ordinance Revising the Planning and Building Permit Fee Schedule
  • An Ordinance adopting Compost Facility Requirements
  • An Ordinance to Recover Damages to Parish Property and Establish Fines for cleanup of Pasish Property resulting from Private or Commercial Operations
  • An Ordinance providing for millage rate adjustments for 2012

Public Hearings will be held on the ordinances at the next scheduled meeting of the Council. In other business,

  • One ordinance was adopted, an Ordinance to levy taxes for the 2012 tax roll on all property subject to taxation in Washington Parish
  • Finance Director Donna Alonzo announced that Washington Parish Government now has a facebook page, the purpose of which is to provide information to the public.
  • Heard from Scott Gardner, candidate for 22nd JDC Judge.

August 28, 2012
President Grants Limited Disaster Declaration, Governor Jindal Requests Full Declaration to Protect Life, Property

BATON ROUGE – Following a very limited federal disaster declaration by the President of the United States that only granted a portion of the state’s request, Governor Bobby Jindal sent a letter to the federal government requesting a full disaster declaration for the state.
The White House issued a release today which states that “the declaration builds on resources already deployed by FEMA and makes Federal funding available for certain emergency activities undertaken by the state to prepare for and respond to the storm.” However, the limited declaration does not provide for reimbursement of expenses that the state is taking to prepare for the storm.

August 28, 2012

Slidell implements a Curfew for Hurricane Isaac

The Mayor has issued an emergency order for a dusk to dawn curfew for the City of Slidell starting tonight (Tuesday) through tomorrow night (Wednesday). This is to keep traffic off the streets until the city is deemed safe. This will not apply to emergency personnel, first responders or any other emergency situations.

Also, with the anticipated low lying street flooding expected, we will not tolerate people driving through these areas that may cause property damage. Violators will be arrested.

August 28, 2012

UPDATE On Fatal Hit and Run in Lacombe
Following an extensive investigation into the hit and run fatality, Troopers have placed 26 year old John Oalmann of Madisonville, LA under arrest on charges of Negligent Homicide, Hit & Run Driving, Improper Passing of a Bicycle, and Careless Operation. Oalmann was taken into custody without incident and was booked accordingly into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

Obituary

LUTHA MAE VARNADO WISE, AGE 83 And a resident of Franklinton died at 9:37 am Monday August 27, 2012 at Riverside Medical Center. Obituaries

Obituary

TOMMY L. WILLIAMS, AGE 54 And a resident of Mt. Hermon passed away at 9:30 pm Saturday August 25, 2012 at his home. Obituaries

August 28, 2012
Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest in Connection with Looting
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested three Slidell area men in connection with the looting of multiple watercrafts docked in the area of Lakeshore Estates.
Last night, several area residents relocated their boats to that area in an effort to protect the vessels from the storm. Early this morning, one of those boat’s owner checked on his boat and discovered it had been broken into. He immediately called the Sheriff’s Office and reported the incident.
Deputies responded to the scene this morning and began an investigation. A short time later, a Sheriff’s detective questioned a man staying on a nearby boat. During questioning, the man admitted he witnessed a friend of his and another man take property early this morning from three nearby boats and place the property on his boat. The property was recovered and has since been returned to its rightful owners.
The stolen property has an estimated value in the thousands of dollars.
The man on the boat (Jerrett Pittman – 248 Deanna Dr, Slidell – DOB: 9/21/1994) was initially arrested and released on summons for L.R.S. 14:69 – Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. Subsequently, deputies determined that Pittman was also involved in the actual looting.
The other two suspects (Cody Page – 401 Rustling Pine, Slidell DOB: 5/20/1990 and Ryan Dussor – 326 Oriole Dr, Slidell – DOB: 11/18/1991) were located and all three were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail with three counts of L.R.S. 14:62.5 – Looting.

Sheriff Strain issued a strong warning to anyone considering taking advantage of others during this time. “We will absolutely not tolerate anyone preying on others during this time of disaster. If someone loots a business or home in St. Tammany Parish, the full force of this Sheriff’s office will be dedicated to finding them, putting them in jail, and making sure they are charged to the full extent of the law,” Sheriff Strain said.
Looting during a declared state of emergency carries a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000 and imprisonment of not less than three years nor more than 15 years at hard labor, without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

August 28, 2012

Closures

Washington Parish School Superintendent, Darrell Fairburn, has announced that all schools in the Washington Parish School System will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Washington Parish Courthouse will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, August 28 and 29

Washington Parish Government offices will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, August 28 and 29 but will be staffed to answer calls as needed on the storm. The telephone number is 985-839-7825

August 28, 2012

Red Cross Shelters in Washington Parish

In Response to TS Isaac, WP President Richard Thomas has asked that Red Cross assist in opening shelters for those who do not feel safe in their homes. Shelters will be opened on Tuesday August 28, 2012 at 6:00 am and remain open until such time as the weather subsides. Shelter locations are:

Franklinton High School

1 Demon Circle

Franklinton, Louisiana

Elizabeth Sullivn Memorial United Methodist Church

51 Avenue B

Bogalusa, Louisiana

It should be understood that these shelter are safe havens only and do not have back up electricity. We urge residents to bring necessities such as pillows, blankets, prescription medication, and personal hygiene articles. For further information on shelters you may call WP Emerency Operation Center at 985-839-7825 . We ask that everyone plan ahead and be careful whether they choose to stay at home or make use of these facilities.

August 28, 2012

Sand Bag Fillng Locations

In response to Tropical Storm Isaac, Washington Parish has been monitoring and will have sand bag filling available at the following locations beginning at 10:00A.M. on Monday, August 27, 2012:
WP Public Works #1 801 Pearl Street, Franklinton, LA
WP Public Works #2 – 7 Mile Rd/Hwy 10 (Yacc Bldg), Franklinton, La
WP Fire District #7 – 17380 Bill Booty Road, Bogalusa, LA
President Thomas request all citizens to remain vigilant and continue to monitor local media. Updates can also be seen on wpgov.org and on facebook under Washington Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness.

August 27, 2012

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Issues Notice Re: Hurricane Isaac

More on the story

August 27, 2012
St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office Prepares for Saturated Patrols during Isaac

August 27, 2012

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF BANK ROBBERY

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Logan Mills, 24 of Mandeville, was found guilty on Monday, August 20th, 2012, of armed robbery, armed robbery additional penalty with a gun, 2 counts of attempted murder of a police officer, and aggravated obstruction of a highway. A twelve member Washington Parish Jury deliberated 2 ½ hours after the seven day trial before returning the verdicts to 22nd Judicial District Judge A. J. Hand. Assistant District Attorneys Leigh Anne Wall and Julie Knight were in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Mills and Walter Roy Aswell, 23 of Mandeville, were arrested in April 2011 by the Bogalusa Police Department after an armed robbery occurred at a local bank. Mills and Aswell were wearing ski masks and gloves as they ordered the bank teller to give them money at gunpoint. The two robbers fled in a stolen vehicle into Mississippi. Bogalusa Police received and returned gunfire as they chased the vehicle until it became disabled. Mills and Aswell were found to be wounded upon arrest.
District Attorney Walter Reed commented after hearing that Mills had been found guilty, “My Assistants and the Bogalusa Police did a great job in getting this case to trial. It took a lot of man hours and hard work to get all the evidence ready for this complicated case.”
Aswell pled guilty as charged on August 17, 2012, to armed robbery, armed robbery additional penalty with a gun, 3 counts of attempted murder of a police officer, and aggravated obstruction of a highway. Aswell was sentenced on Tuesday, August 21st to 25 years in prison.
Judge Hand will sentence Mills on September 10, 2012. Armed robbery with a gun is punishable by imprisonment from 15 to 99 years. Attempted murder of a policeman is punishable by imprisonment from 20 to 50 years. Aggravated obstruction of a highway is punishable by not more than 15 years in prison.

August 27, 2012

Gov. Jindal Urges Louisianians to Get Prepared for Tropical Storm Isaac, Encourages Voluntary Evacuations in Hurricane Watch Areas

BATON ROUGE – Following a meeting of the Unified Command Group at the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Governor Bobby Jindal urged Louisianians to get prepared for Tropical Storm Isaac and encouraged voluntary evacuations for people in parishes in the hurricane watch zone that are in low lying areas, areas South of the Intracoastal Waterway and areas outside of levee protection.
Governor Jindal said, “Tropical Storm Isaac continues to track westward and a hurricane watch is in effect for 15 Louisiana parishes. This includes the New Orleans metro area and the parishes adjacent to Lake Pontchartrain. The National Weather Service expects the storm to become a hurricane in the next 12 hours and the current forecast shows it will become a Category 2 at landfall. More on the story

August 27, 2012

Price Gouging Law in Effect Following State of Emergency Declaration
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell reminds citizens and businesses that Louisiana price gouging laws are in effect following the state of emergency declaration from Governor Bobby Jindal as a result of conditions created by Tropical Storm Isaac.
Price gouging occurs when a seller prices merchandise much higher than is reasonable or fair. The price gouging statute prohibits the raising of prices above the pre-emergency levels unless there is a national or regional market commodity shortage. This means that sellers of gasoline and petroleum products, hotels, motels, and retailers are prohibited from raising prices during this state of emergency unless they incur a verifiable spike in the prices they have to pay as part of doing business. The price gouging laws carry both civil and criminal penalties.
This state of emergency extends from August 26, 2012 through Tuesday, September 25, 2012, unless terminated sooner. If you suspect price gouging, please contact the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office at 800-351-4889 and your local law enforcement officials.

August 27, 2012

Troopers Investigate Fatal Hit and Run Crash in Lacombe

Lacombe, LA- Yesterday evening at 08:30 pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a fatal hit and run crash involving a bicyclist on LA 434/Lake Road in St. Tammany Parish. The crash occurred approximately one mile south of U.S. 190 and took the life of 20 year old Darnell Davis of Lacombe, LA.

Troopers’ investigation revealed that Davis was traveling north on LA 434 riding his bicycle near the east fog line of the roadway when, for unknown reasons, a 1990 Mazda 626 approached from the rear and struck the bicycle with its right front corner. After impact, Davis was ejected from the bicycle and came to rest across the northbound lane of LA 434.

Davis was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. Alcohol and/or drug impairment is unknown at this time pending toxicology results at the coroner’s office.

Upon impacting the bicycle, the Mazda fled northbound and was later discovered by Troopers in a parking lot near the intersection of LA 434 and U.S. 190. Troopers are continuing their investigation into the events of the crash and efforts to identify the driver are ongoing. Crime scene technicians from the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab are actively collecting evidence from the suspect vehicle and anyone with information regarding the crash is urged to contact Troop L at 985-893-6250.

August 27, 2012

Franklinton Police Department Activity

Officers with the Franklinton Police Department on August 24, 2012 from 0500 thru August 26, 2012 at 0500 responded to and investigated the following:
1. Officers responded to the 900 block of 16th Avenue in reference to a complaint of theft from a purse.
2. Officers responded to the 1700 block of Parker Street to stand-by in reference to repossession of a vehicle.
3. Officers responded to the 1000 block of Howard Street in reference to a complaint of harassment.
4. Officers took a report in reference to theft from a vehicle which was parked in the 1400 block of Greenlaw Avenue.
5. Officers responded to the 2000 block of Desmare Street in reference to burglary of a vehicle.
6. Officers responded to the 1700 block of Parker Street in reference to burglary of a residence in which a flat screen t.v. and window unit air conditioner was stolen.
7. Officers conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the arrest of Emery Booty of Franklinton, LA for DWI 2nd offense and failure to use turn signal.
8. Officers arrested John Robinson of Franklinton for disturbing the peace.
9. Officers arrested Jeffery Mooney of Bogalusa, LA after locating Mr. Mooney in a ditch near Sectionline Road. Mr. Mooney appeared to be heavily intoxicated and upon being arrested for disturbing the peace by intoxication Mr. Mooney became agitated and assaulted officers. Mr. Mooney was charged with Disturbing the peace by intoxication, resisting arrest, simple assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest by failing to give booking information.
10. Officers also issued seven citations for various offenses.

August 27, 2012

Sheriff’s Office Rescues Nine People From Lake Pontchartrain
Covington – A sinking boat in Lake Pontchartrain sent nine people into the water late Saturday night. The incident occurred nearly nine miles south of the Mandeville lakefront.
At approximately 11:15 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting that a boat in Lake Pontchartrain was submerged and all nine people on board were in the water. Deputies from the Marine Division of the Sheriff’s Office rushed to the scene with three boats along with the Sheriff’s Office helicopter.
Deputies arrived on scene and found the nine boaters floating in the water along a partially submerged boat. All persons were pulled from the water uninjured. The families were notified and met deputies at Mandeville Harbor to pick up their loved ones. The cause for the sinking was not known at the time of the incident and Wildlife and Fisheries was notified of the incident.

August 27, 2012

Slidell Police Department Arrest Information

More on the story

August 24, 2012

Washington Parish Office of the Sheriff Joins National Crackdown to Reduce Impaired Driving Fatalities
FRANKLINTON, Louisiana – If you drink and drive in Washington parish beware, the Washington Parish Office of the Sheriff is joining with law enforcement throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign August 17 to September 3, 2012.

The strong nationwide impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb alcohol impaired driving in August and through that Labor Day holiday weekend (6p.m. Sept. 3 - 5:59a.m. Sept. 7)

Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal said that Deputies will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

It is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter. Despite these laws, in 2010 more than 10,000 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was impaired.

“On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America. But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways,” said Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal. “Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving facilities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Washington Parish’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.”

During the Labor Day weekend in 2010, 147 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 or higher. Of those fatalities, 80 percent occurred from 6p.m. to 5:59a.m.

Obituary

CARLOS OCON SINGLEY, AGE 85

and a resident of Angie passed away at 6 pm Thursday August 23, 2012 at his daughter’s home in Varnado.

August 24, 2012

LOUISIANA RANKS SECOND NATIONALLY FOR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS
Louisiana ranks second in the nation for its efforts to improve teacher effectiveness, according to a national report released this week by Bellwether Education Partners. The study, which compared legislative and policy changes of 21 states over the past three years, specifically focused on evaluations, effectiveness, tenure and compensation. Louisiana was recognized for adopting sweeping changes in these areas, beginning with legislation passed in 2010 regarding educator evaluations and further strengthened by Act 1 of the recent legislative session. Act 1 is a key component of Louisiana Believes, the state's comprehensive plan to empower educators and parents to make the best choices for children.
"As more states embrace legislation and policies that focus on teacher-effectiveness reform, it is increasingly important to share information on state actions in order to make room for improvements across the board," said State Superintendent of Education John White. "Through meaningful reform, we can help keep our best teachers in the classroom, attract high-quality professionals to the field and ensure our students receive the best education."

August 24, 2012

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

David Gordon was booked 08/23 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Careless Operation

Emmitt Cain was booked 08/23 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Ulysses Garrett was booked 08/23 on the charge of Probation Violation

Roseph Williams was booked 08/23 on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Theft over 500

Jonathan Sigler was booked 08/23 on the charge of Protective Order Violation

Emmitt Crain was booked 08/23 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Steven Magee was booked 08/23 on the charge of Probation Violation

Tyler Stevens was booked 08/23 on the charge of Probation Violation

August 23, 2012

Sobriety Checkpoints planned across Washington Parish

Louisiana State Police Troop L with the assistance of the Bogalusa and Franklinton Police Departments will conduct two separate DWI checkpoints this weekend in Washington Parish. The checkpoints will be held on Friday, August 24th, 2012 at separate locations throughout the parish and will begin at approximately 8pm and 12am. In addition to increased DWI enforcement, Troopers will be focusing on motorists not wearing seat belts, unrestrained children in vehicles, and any dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, following too close, and especially driving while distracted.

The consequences of drinking and driving can be costly no matter how many drinks you have consumed. The task of stopping impaired drivers is a joint effort of law enforcement agencies and the public. By never allowing an impaired driver to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and reporting dangerous drivers to law enforcement, the public can play an important role in the reduction of crashes caused by impaired drivers. Making poor decisions in a vehicle such as driving impaired, driving while distracted, or not wearing a seat belt leads to serious injuries and deaths every day across the state. Making the responsible decision can mean the difference between life and death.

August 24, 2012

Joint Effort Leads to Arrest of Tickfaw Man

A joint investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Tickfaw man accused of possession of child pornography, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
Jerald Dickey, 56, of 14070 Old Genessee Rd., Trailer 2, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for possession of pornography involving juveniles. The multi-agency investigation was led by the Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit and the Slidell Police Department with assistance from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Dickey is charged with violating a state law forbidding a person to produce, distribute, possess, or possess with the intent to distribute pornography involving juveniles. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. To report suspected cases of Internet crime, call 1-800-256-4506.

Obituary

Joan Lea Stevens, age 68, born on September 24, 1943 in Pound, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Mandeville, LA. Obituaries

Obituary

Audrey Faye Rester, age 49, born on December 14, 1962 in Virginia, a lifelong resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Covington, LA. Obituaries

August 23, 2012
Two Meetings Monday Night by Parish Council
The Washington Parish Council will actually hold two meetings Monday, August 27, 2012. The Public Hearing/Meeting at 5:30 pm will first consider Ordinance No. 12-567 to consider rolling forward millage. The ordinance states the ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF TAX REVENUES TO BE COLLECTED IN THE NEXT TAX YEAR FROM THE INCREASED MILLAGE IS $2,532,834.85, AND THE AMOUNT OF INCREASE IN TAXES ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE MILLAGE INCREASE IS $33,255.08. The second ordinance to be discussed is Ordinance No.12-568 - An Ordinance to levy taxes for the 2012 tax roll on all property subject to taxation in Washington Parish The Council will discuss the two ordinances and invite public input.

The Parish Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 pm. The Agenda includes the introduction of three ordinances:

  • Ordinance No.12-570 – An Ordinance Revising the Planning and Building Permit Fee Schedule
  • Ordinance No.12-571 – An Ordinance adopting Compost Facility Requirements
  • Ordinance No.12-572 – An Ordinance to Recover Damages to Parish Property and Establish Fine for cleanup of Parish Property resulting from Private or Commercial Operations

The Council will also consider adoption of

  • Ordinance No.12-567 – An Ordinance providing for millage rate adjustments for 2012, as allowed by Article VII, Section 23(C) of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974 and LA R.S. 47:1705 (B), in the Parish of Washington, State of Louisiana and
  • Ordinance No.12–568 - An Ordinance to levy taxes for the 2012 tax roll on all property subject to taxation in Washington Parish

(If you are unaable to attend, the meeting will be broadcast LIVE on our Washington Parish Channel)

August 23, 2012

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Torrence Reed was booked 08/22 on the charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II (2 counts), Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Schedule 3.

Dustin Shores was booked 08/22 on the charge of Second Degree Battery

Odaria Williams was booked 08/22 In From Court

Larry Roberts was booked 08/22 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (3 counts)

Joseph O'Berry was booked 08/22 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary (2 counts)

Tina Gagloria was booked 08/22 on the charge of Theft 500-1500

Hannah Bernard was booked 08/22 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Theft by Fraud (2 counts)

Rachel Boone was booked 08/22 on the charge of Probation Violation

Randolph Alexander was booked 08/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage

August 23, 2012

Slidell Police Department Arrests

August 22nd, 2012:

Dobby Strickland, age 60 of 204 Mayfield Avenue, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court

Tatiana N. Sibrian, age 19 of 1424B Beech Street, Slidell, LA
Was issued a summons for Theft under $300.00 by shoplifting merchandise from JC Penney’s

Britney R. Thompson, age 23 of 301 Lakeside Blvd. Apt. 5206
Was arrested for Theft, Unauthorized use of a credit card, Identity Theft, Forgery and Bank Fraud

Tracy Bright, age 25 of 2192 Park Drive, Slidell, LA
Was issued a summons for Theft under $300.00 by shoplifting merchandise from Rouses’ Supermarket

Ross C. Shields, age 44 of 3242 Duncan Street, Slidell, LA
Was issued a summons for Simple Battery and two counts of Simple Assault

August 22, 2012

Strain: Identification Necessary to Help Recover Lost or Stolen Livestock
Recent horse thefts have prompted Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M, to urge permanently identifying your livestock.

“What we have seen over the years is that lost or stolen cattle and horses are more likely to be recovered if they are marked/tattooed, branded or have a microchip implant. When market prices are high as seen in cattle, you tend to see more thefts, but identification is a huge deterrent since these animals are hard to resell and are traceable,” said Strain.

LDAF Animal Health and Food Safety regulations require equines more than one-year old to have permanent identification such as a brand, tattoo or microchip implant.

If you have information on this type of criminal activity, call the LDAF Crime Stopper hotline at 800-558-9741. Louisiana law requires that an ownership identification brand used on livestock must be registered with the Livestock Brand Commission. For additional information, contact the Livestock Brand Commission at 225-925-3962.

August 22, 2012

Slidell Man Arrested for Molestation and Indecent Behavior with Juveniles
A Slidell resident has been arrested and charged with one count of molestation and two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
On Saturday, agents with the Louisiana Attorney General’s High Technology Crime and Fugitive Apprehension Units arrested 34-year-old Kevin Lee Rieckmann of 1561 Hunters Point. The multi-agency investigation was led by the Slidell Police Department with assistance from the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Border Patrol, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and East Jefferson Levee District Police Department.

Rieckmann was booked into the Jefferson Parish Prison as a fugitive and was then transported to the St. Tammany Parish Prison. The investigation continues, and Rieckmann could face additional charges.

If convicted, Rieckmann could receive up to seven years in prison for each count of indecent behavior with juveniles and up to 10 years in prison for the molestation charge.

August 22, 2012

Slidell Police Arrest Child Molester

On August 16th, 2012 Slidell Police arrested Donald J. Winn of 135 Meadowmoss Drive, Slidell, LA and charged him with Indecent Behavior of a Juvenile under 13 years of age and two counts of Molestation of a juvenile under 13 years of age.

The arrest came after a family friend of one of the victims came forward on August 8th with a concern that Winn was possibly touching several young girls. The names of the victims and locations of occurrences will not be released to protect the identity of the victims.

The case was immediately assigned to Det. Brian Brown who made contact with the parents of two of the victims. The mother was very cooperative and allowed the girls’ ages 7 and 5 to be interviewed at the Hope House. During the interview both girls disclosed that Winn had touched them in their private area.

Based on the information obtained during the interview, warrants were issued for the arrest of Donald Winn. Investigators located him at work in Mandeville and with the assistance of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office; Winn was taken into custody without incident and booked at the Slidell Police Department.

Since Winn’s arrest, more victims have come forward, and investigators expect that there will be additional charges files against Winn.

Anyone that believes that their child may be a victim is asked to contact Detective Brian Brown at 985-646-4367 or email him at bbrown@slidellpd.com

Obituary

Reba Dian Gaither Penton age 60 passed away August 22, 2012 at her residence in Bogalusa La. Obituaries

Obituary

JOHNNY BOYD JENKINS, AGE 55 and a resident of Franklinton died at 5:00 am Monday August 20, 2012 at his home. Obituaries

August 22, 2012

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information (for August 21)

Christian Ellis was booked 08/21 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Jonathan Anders was booked 08/21 on the charges of Aggravated Burglary, Theft over 1500, and Criminal Trespass

Bregette Craft was booked 08/21 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Lebrandon Crosby was booked 08/21 on the charge of Aggravated Burglary, Theft over 1500, and Criminal Trespass

August 22, 2012

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information (for August 20)

Rochael Brumfield was booked 08/20 In From Court

David Stucker was booked 8/20 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License, Expired MVI, and Failure to Honor Written Promise

Randall Urbanski was booked 08/20 on the charges of Possesion of Stolen Property (5 counts)

Kenneth Haley was booked 08/20 In From Court

Andrea Burkhalter was booked 08/20 In From Court

Douglas Dendinger was booked 08/20 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice, Intimidating of a Witness, and Battery on a Police Officer

August 21, 2012

Bogalusa Boat Races Coming Up September 1 & 2

Great fun at a great price can be had at the Bogalusa Boat Races coming up September 1 and 2. For only a $10 entrance fee for spectators (children under 15 get in for free), the whole family can have have a special time together from 9am to 5pm. Food and drink available. Look at the announcement to the left of this page for details.

August 21, 2012

Arrests Made in Co-Op Theft
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office have arrested seven people in connection with organized retail theft.

Authorities estimate the thefts amounted to approximately $150,000. Three of the people arrested were employees of the Kentwood Co-Op, one was a relative of one of the employees and the rest were individuals who were allegedly buying stolen merchandise from the employees.

LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said, “When a co-op is not making money because of theft, those losses are put back on the farmer in the form of higher prices. It’s not fair to our hardworking farmers.”

Missing items included: horse feed, cattle feed, dog food, shelled corn, alfalfa bales and cubes, chicken feed, protein tubs, bagged minerals, mineral blocks, salt blocks, dewormer blocks, iron clay pea seeds, sorghum seed, milk replacer, herbicides and a 16 foot galvanized gate. The arrests occurred between Aug.13-17.

The employees suspected and charged with one count of organized retail theft and simple burglary are Oscar Joey Sharp of Kentwood and Michael Stewart of Fluker. Employee Fredrick Shropshire of Magnolia, MS is charged with organized retail theft and principal to simple burglary. Amos Floyd Womack III of Kentwood, Darrell Sanders Jones of Kentwood, Robert N. Hutchinson, Jr. of Tangipahoa and Michael Samuel Trabona of Amite are charged with organized retail theft.

The investigation is ongoing and authorities say more arrests could be made.

If convicted of stealing what amounts to a value less than $500, a person shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than two years, or may be fined not more than $2000, or both. If convicted of stealing what amounts to a value more than $500, a person shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than 10 years, or may be fined not more than $10,000, or both.

The Kentwood Co-Op is a farmer owned co-op that supplies farming and ranching feed and supplies.

The Livestock Brand Commission employees are commissioned law enforcement officers with statewide jurisdiction and have a primary responsibility to investigate any farm related crime as well as livestock theft.

August 21, 2012

Narcotics Investigation Leads to Discovery of Marijuana Grow House
Slidell, LA- A collaborative investigation by Louisiana State Police Region I Narcotic Detectives, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Drug Enforcement Administration has led to the discovery of a large scale Marijuana indoor grow operation in a Slidell neighborhood.

Approximately three months ago, information obtained following a traffic stop in the Troop L area led LSP detectives to 51 year old Timothy O’Neil III suspected of cultivating Marijuana plants at his residence. After further investigation utilizing undercover agents, detectives gathered enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for O’Neil’s Slidell residence. Upon executing the warrant, authorities discovered numerous Marijuana plants being grown with an elaborate watering, filtration, and lighting system in addition to a large collection of semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons.

August 21, 2012

Slidell Police Department Arrest Information

August 20th, 2012:

Jessica B. Ulmer, age 36 of 8 Mockingbird Road, Covington, LA
Was arrested for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Speeding

Natasha C. Talbot, age 22 of 815 Fremaux Avenue Apt. 1C, Slidell, LA
Was issued a summons for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Jeffery S. Willis, age 36 of 104 S Seashore Avenue, Long Beach, MS
Was issued a summons for Theft under $300.00 by shoplifting merchandise from Wal-Mart on Natchez

Denzel L. Francis, age 20 of 1320 Forestwood Drive, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Theft under $300.00 by shoplifting merchandise from Wal-Mart on Natchez

Thaddeus H. Sudds, age 19 of 2821 Annette Street, New Orleans, LA
Was arrested for Theft under $300.00 by shoplifting merchandise from Wal-Mart on Natchez

Heather N. Aycock, age 18 of 141 Hoover Drive Apt. 115, Slidell, LA
Was issued a summons for Theft under $300.00 by shoplifting merchandise from Wal-Mart on Natchez

 

 

August 20, 2012

Washington Parish Jail Bookings

From 08/16 through 08/19

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August 20, 2012

Body of Mandeville Man Found in Lake
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office retrieved the body of a Mandeville man from Lake Pontchartrain early Saturday afternoon.
The exact cause of death is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s office and the Coroner’s office; however, no obvious signs of foul play are apparent.
The deceased has been identified by the Coroner’s office as Charles Ellis (black male, DOB: 10/7/1952) of Mandeville. Mr. Ellis is believed to have been in the Lake Saturday morning, possibly swimming near the area of the Mandeville harbor.
Toxicology tests are pending. Anyone with information which may be helpful to the investigation is asked to call Det. Rachel Smith at 985-726-7839.

August 20, 2012
Slidell Police Department Arrests
From 08/16 through 08/19

August 20, 2012

Unrestrained Hammond Man Killed on Interstate 55
Hammond, LA- On Friday, shortly after 3:00 pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 55 at the northbound exit ramp to U.S. 51 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash took the life of the unrestrained driver 31 year old William Panter of Hammond, LA.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Panter was traveling north on Interstate 55 in a 1999 Ford pickup truck when, for unknown reasons, he drifted off the right side of the roadway. The Ford pickup continued off road traveling through the grassy median between the service road and the interstate for approximately 630 feet before impacting a support pillar for the overhead interstate exit sign.

Panter was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred and was transported to North Oaks Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Alcohol and/or drug impairment is unknown at this time pending a toxicology exam.

During the course of the crash, the vehicle severely damaged a support pillar for the overhead exit sign above both northbound lanes of the interstate. Due to the extent of the damage, neither the vehicle nor the sign could be removed from the scene until a Department of Transportation and Development repair crew arrived with a crane and additional heavy equipment.

Upon the arrival of the DOTD equipment, both northbound lanes of Interstate 55 was closed for public safety while the sign was removed and dismantled. Northbound traffic was diverted off the interstate at the LA 22 / Ponchatoula exit.

Obituary

Charles Ray Pounds
(August 30, 1944 - August 19, 2012) Obituaries

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Mildred E. Warner
(December 8, 1925 - August 18, 2012) Obituaries

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Thad Wayne Haik
(January 4, 1954 - August 17, 2012) Obituaries

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Laverne Gates Fornea, age 86, born in Columbia MS on June 20, 1926, a resident of Varnado, LA for more than 60 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 16, 2012 in Gulfport, MS. Obituaries

August 20, 2012

Good nutrition helps school success
Success in school starts with good nutrition at home, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames. And that means a healthful breakfast, lunch and after-school snacks.

“Breakfast is your body’s morning refueling stop,” Reames said. “Research shows that breakfast eaters have better school attendance and less tardiness. They have fewer hunger-induced stomachaches or headaches.”

Breakfast also helps students concentrate better, solve problems more easily, and have better muscle control, according to Reames. Also kids who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight. She said skipping breakfast can lead to overeating during the day. More on the story

Obituary

PATSY CARROL WILKINSON BLOOMQUIST, AGE 67
A resident of Mandeville, native of Franklinton died at 4:20 PM Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Mandeville. Obituaries

August 17, 2012

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Identify Theft

Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal announces that the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating identity theft which is occurring throughout the parish. According to Sheriff Seal, checking account numbers, bank routing numbers and other identifying information is being utilized to produce counterfeit checks and other forged documents. Unauthorized purchases are being made and charged to parish resident’s banking accounts. The practice appears to be wide spread.
Sheriff’s Office investigators are pursuing several leads and one arrest has been made. One such lead indicates that mail is being stolen from mailboxes. Sheriff Seal cautions all parish residents to be very careful about leaving unattended mail in their mailboxes.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated. Further information will be provided as the investigation develops.

August 17, 2012

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Home Invasion
Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal has announced that the Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into a home invasion which occurred on the evening of August 13, 2012, at a home on Torrence Drive just outside the Bogalusa city limits. A female resident was attacked at her home and placed in the trunk of her vehicle. Robbery appears to be the intended motive of the attacker.

Unknown to the attacker, the resident had her cell phone on her person and made an emergency call from inside the trunk of her vehicle. Deputies from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with officers from the Bogalusa Police Department responded quickly. The suspect fled into nearby woods and has not been identified or located. The victim was rescued from her trunk by responding law enforcement officers.

The Sheriff’s Office is working several leads and has called in the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab to assist in the investigation. If anyone has additional information, they are encouraged to call Captain Tommie Sorrell at 839-3434. Callers may remain anonymous.

Sheriff Seal encourages anyone with information to please step forward. “The fight against crime in Washington Parish must be a joint effort between the Sheriff’s Office and the good citizens of the parish. Together, we can work to remove criminals from our neighborhoods and place them in jail where they belong. Crimes like this will not be tolerated and we are devoting all the resources of the Sheriff’s Office to bring this fugitive to justice.”

August 17, 2012
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards comments on an officer-related shooting which occurred on Saturday August 11, 2012, at Club 81 located within the Village of Tangipahoa.Read the story

August 16, 2012

Successful ponds require good management

For many people, just the act of fishing can provide relief from the stresses of everyday life. But catching fish can put food on the table, and for some, this is the best part of owning a recreational pond.

Properly managing stocking and harvesting is essential to a successful pond, according to Greg Lutz, an aquaculture scientist with the LSU AgCenter. “Following recommended stocking rates is an important first step in getting a pond started in the right direction,” Lutz said.

A fertile pond can produce up to 300 pounds of fish per acre per year with the majority being panfish and/or catfish, he said. For largemouth bass, harvest rates are lower – somewhere between 30-40 pounds per acre per year.

August 16, 2012

Governor Jindal Issues Statement on Shooting of St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Deputies
BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal issued the following statement on the shooting of St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s deputies this morning:
“Supriya and I were saddened to hear the news this morning about this terrible act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. The men and women of our law enforcement are heroes who run towards danger, not away from it, so that we can be safe. The Louisiana State Police will be working in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies to fully investigate this incident and make sure the suspects are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Governor Bobby Jindal issued an Executive Order calling for the flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff until Friday, August 17.

Obituary

Nelson Bateman Johnson, born August 15, 1924 was a lifelong resident of Angie, Louisiana, and went home to be with the Lord on August 15, 2012, his 88th birthday. Obituaries

Obituary

DANIEL EDMOND “DANNY” SMITH, AGE 47
And a resident of Franklinton died at 6:36 pm Wednesday August 14, 2012 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was born August 9, 1965 in Bogalusa and was known to most as Danny. He was a self-employed carpenter and an avid hunter. Danny was always at peace on his tractor or in his deer stand waiting for his big buck. Obituaries

August 16, 2012

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joshua Fitzmorris was booked 08/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Corey Ruffin was booked 08/15 on the charges of Third Offense Domestic Abuse Battery, Home Invasion, and Criminal Damage to Property

Melissa Hull was booked 08/15 on thecharges of Attempted Auto Theft and Vehicle Burglary (2 counts)

Maragret Hooper was booked 08/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Aggravated Assault

Malcolm Lee was booked 08/15 In From Court

Steven Cotton was booked 08/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts) and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Johnny Dillon was booked 08/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear

August 16, 2012

LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT DENIES HEARING FOR INJUNCTION IN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied a request for an injunction seeking to halt the Louisiana Scholarship Program. This decision comes after the First Circuit Court of Appeals last month denied the same petition filed by teachers unions seeking to interfere with offering parents the opportunity to make the best choice for the education of their children.
"Once again the courts have sent a clear message that we need to put politics behind us and turn our focus to where it needs to be - on the classroom and not the courtroom," said State Superintendent of Education John White. "The school year is already underway. It's time to stop trying to prevent parents from making the choices they feel are right and start believing in the people closest to the students."

August 16, 2012

Slidell Police Department Arrest Information

August 15th, 2012:

Joseph M. Staehle, age 17 of 211 Shady Lane, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Possession of Marijuana

Trellis A. Taylor, age 29 of 315 Brownswitch Road, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Possession of Marijuana, Driving under Suspension, No Liability Insurance, Expired Inspection Sticker and two counts of Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court

Timothy G. Hendricks, age 29 of 508 Driftwood Circle, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Dustin M. Welch, age 21 of 1509 Hunters Point Road, Slidell, LA
Was issued a summons for Theft under $300.00 by shoplifting merchandise from Wal-Mart on Natchez

Paul R. Dusek, age 31 of 467 Hickory Drive, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for DWI, Improper Lane Usage, Expired Inspection Sticker and No Proof Liability Insurance

Theresa L. Furby, age 52 of 209 Maverick Run, Pearl River, LA
Was arrested for DWI 2nd Offense and Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle

Gregory L. Miller, age 44 of 117 Bull Run, Pearl River, LA
Was arrested for DWI 2nd Offense and Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle

August 15, 2012

Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrests For Alcohol Sales To Minors
Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal announced that his office visited twenty parish businesses on the evening of Friday, August 10, 2012, and issued eight citations for sale of alcohol to minors. While employees of twelve of the establishments complied with the law and refused to sell alcohol to the minors who were assisting deputies, eight asked for no identification and sold alcohol.

Sheriff Seal emphasized that the Sheriff’s Office will continue to make random checks of stores and lounges which serve alcohol to help make certain that they are following the law in requiring identification and refusing to sell to minors. The Sheriff said, “The youth of our parish are a valuable resource and we will do all we can to protect them. Those who furnish or sell alcohol to minors are subject to arrest and prosecution. We will continue to make spot checks of all establishments which sell alcohol. I caution all employees to make certain they are following the law by requiring proof of age before selling alcoholic beverages.”

Sheriff Seal commends those establishments and their employees who were in compliance with the law Friday night.

Sheriff Seal’s strong message on enforcing the law regarding alcohol sales to minors was emphasized the same night. As deputies were returning to the Sheriff’s Office in Franklinton, they intercepted and arrested a minor who was driving while intoxicated. He was booked into the Washington Parish Jail. Sheriff Seal said, “Our deputies may have saved the young man’s life. He was well over the limits allowed by law and was a danger to himself and others as he drove the highways of our parish. We will not tolerate those who drink and drive in Washington Parish.”

Augusts 15, 2012
MAN FOUND GUILTY CHILD SEX ABUSE
District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Barton W. Naftsger, Jr., 37 of Picayune, Mississippi, was found guilty of sexual battery on Saturday, August 11, 2012. A twelve person St. Tammany Parish Jury returned the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge William Burris after 5 ½ hours of deliberation. Naftsger was initially charged with aggravated rape while the jury found him guilty of sexual battery. Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case during the four day trial.

Naftsger was arrested in September 2007 by the Slidell Police Department after the minor female victim told a family member about the sex abuse. The abuse occurred in Slidell during January 2007 when the victim was 7 years old.

District Attorney Walter Reed commented on this case by saying, “The sexual abuse of this seven year old child is an outrageous crime of violence. Thankfully, he will no longer be able to hurt other children. This child and her family need to begin the healing process."

Judge Childress will sentence Naftsger on September 21, 2012. Sexual battery of a child under 13 years of age is punishable by imprisonment from 25 years to life in prison.

August 15, 2012
Parish Council Met Monday, August 13
At its regularly scheduled meeting, the Parish Council introduced two ordinances that will be up for Public Hearings on August 27 at 5:30 pm. Those two Ordinances were

  • Ordinance No.12-567 – An Ordinance providing for millage rate adjustments for 2012, as allowed by Article VII, Section 23(C) of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974 and LA R.S. 47:1705 (B), in the Parish of Washington, State of Louisiana (Introduced by Ken Wheat) and
  • Ordinance No.12-568– An Ordinance to levy taxes for the 2012 tax roll on all property subject to taxation in Washington Parish (Introduced by Ken Wheat) Three resolutions were approved. These consisted of
  • Resolution No. 12 – 574 – A Resolution in Support of the Recreational Trails Program,
  • Resolution 12-575- A Resolution to admit Camp Road to the Washington Parish Inventory List, and
  • Resolution 12-576 – Declaration of Surplus Property (To be advertised in the newspapers).

The Council also heard from County Agent Henry Harrison (see separate article), representatives of the Re-Entry Program (see separate article), and heard reports from Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff.

August 15, 2012
Harrison Announces Retirement
County Agent Henry Harrison appeared before the Parish Council to thank the Council for the assistance provided to the LSU Ag Center for many years. Harrison also took the opportunity to announce his retirement at the end of August. Members of the Council and President Thomas congratulated Harrison upon reaching retirement, wished him well, and several of Harrisons achievements were mentioned.

August 15, 2012
Parish Council Receives Update on Re-entry Program
An update on an offender re-entry Program, recently conceived and still in the planning stages, was provided to the Parish Council Monday night by representatives Frankie Crosby, Jerome Warren, and attorney David Cressy. The program, designed to reduce recidivism by providing appropriate services to inmates being released from prison, apparently is being funded by the federal Second Chance Act through the State's Re-Entry Council. Mr. Cressy explained to the Council that he is a consultant with Tulane University who in turn is working with the Department of Corrections to address recidivism. The local program is being called the Washington Parish Re-entry Institute. Efforts will be made to help the offenders become employed and assist in having their records expunged. Similar non-profit (501-C) programs are starting up all over the State, according to Cressy, and he is trying to work with all of the coalitions that are being organized.


Crosby asked members of the Council to suggest names of persons to serve on the Board of the organization and also to asked Council members to donate between $1 and $100 each. Money received would be used as seed money to buy liability insurance, create a website, and for transportation costs.
Some members of the Parish Council expressed reservations about having a program that would bring in offenders from areas outside of Washington Parish. Cressy assured the Council that only offenders from the Washington Parish area would be served. Violent and Sex offenders would not be eligible for the services.

August 15, 2012
MAN FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED FOR DRUGS--Could Face up to Life in Prison--
District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Panagiotis Kondylis, 45 of Slidell, was found guilty as charged on August 7, 2012, for distribution of cocaine. A 12 member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated 3 hours before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Richard Swartz after the 2 day trial. Assistant District Attorney Jason Cuccia was in charge of preparation and presentation of the state’s case.
Kondylis was arrested in March 2010 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after deputies learned of his illegal drug activities. Deputies obtained information from confidential sources and conducted buys that resulted in the defendant’s arrest.
“Drug dealers are an especially destructive menace to our way of life. People get hooked on drugs and commit crimes to pay their drug bill. Removing a drug dealer has far reaching positive results.” commented District Attorney Walter Reed after hearing this trial result.
Judge Swartz will sentence Kondylis on October 3rd, 2012. Distribution of cocaine is punishable by imprisonment for not less than 2 nor more than 30 years where as Kondylis faces up to life in prison if found to be a career criminal. Kondylis has prior convictions for extortion and public intimidation, public bribery and malfeasance in office and racketeering all in 2006.

August 15, 2012

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Anthony Benjamin was booked 08/14 on charges of Domestic Violence Battery (1st Offense) and Aggravated Domestic Violence Assault

Chadwick Sandifer was booked 08/14 on Second Offense Possession of Marijuana, Open Container, and Simple Drunk

Lyndlee Watson was booked 08/14 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Forgery, and Theft Under 500

Deborah Palmer was booked 08/14 on the charges of No License Plate, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)

Michael Jenkins was booked 08/14 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Improper Equipment

August 15, 2012

Franklinton Rotary Learns About Nurse-Family Partnership

Franklinton Rotary welcomed the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Nurse-Family Partnership at its August 9 meeting. Linda Serpas, Alison Blades, Martha Dardenne and Lisa Sprehe from the NFP team talked with the Rotary group about the values and benefits of in-home visits by registered nurses to first-time moms in Washington Parish. NFP mom Victoria Martin and her son Rihley Holmes attended as well to talk about what an influence the program has been for them.
The Nurse-Family Partnership is a voluntary home visitation program for first-time pregnant mothers, developed over 30 years ago by Dr. David Olds and presently available in 30 states. The program located at St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s Community Wellness Center has been in operation since 2004 and serving Washington Parish since 2008.
“Presently we have 167 clients and 65 babies enrolled, with 77 of whom reside in Washington Parish,” says Serpas, supervisor of the STPH program. “Each client has her own nurse visiting her at home every two weeks from pregnancy until the child is two years old. The goals of the program are to improve pregnancy outcomes, improve parenting skills and to encourage client self-sufficiency.”
Criteria for enrollment are: first-time pregnant and less than 28 weeks gestation, reside in St. Tammany or Washington Parish and Medicaid eligible. St. Tammany Parish Hospital offers the program at no cost to clients through generous grants and Medicaid funding.
To support the NFP or to learn more about enrolling, contact Linda Serpas at 985-871-6039 ext. 1.

August 15, 2012

Winner of Saints Tickets Winner Announced

Casey Hill of Bogalusa is the lucky winner of this year's raffle of a pairof Saints Season tickets! Marilyn Batemen, Executive Director of the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce, announced the winner and expressed her appreciation to the sponsors, ticket sellers, and those who purchased raffle tickets. A record 403 of 500 tickets were sold. Sponsors were International Paper and AT&T and the drawing was held at Yoyo's. Those selling the most tickets were Kim Venier with the most sold at 95, President Regina Runfalo with 84, Marsha
Hunt Adams with 36, Greg Castorena with 26, Stefanie Ritchie and Charlene Easterling with 34, Jerry Bailey with 20, Robin Day with 21, and Ramona Augustine with 12.

August 15, 2012

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Randolph Burge was booked 08/13 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Posession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Failure to Honor Written Promise

James Marcel as booked 08/13 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Lawrence Way was booked 08/13 on the charges of Simple Criminal Damage to Property, Resisting A Police Officer With Force or Violence (2 counts), and Simple Battery on a Police Officer

Michael McClendon was booked 08/13 In From Court

Connie Carpenter was booked 08/13 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense)

Rondey Jones was booked 08/13 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Obstructing Public Passage

Christina Smith was booked 08/13 on the charge of Accessory After the Fact

Taylor Williams was booked 08/13 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

Andrea Murrell was booked 08/13 on the charges of Battery-Domestic Violence (1st Offense) and Aggravated Domestic Violence

Alvin Magee was booked 08/13 on the charge of Simple Drunk

August 14, 2012

Mosquito repellents offer various levels of protection
The best way to avoid mosquito bites and the threat that comes with them is to avoid infested areas, wear protective clothing and use insect repellent, according to LSU AgCenter entomologist Dennis Ring. But he said not all repellants offer the same amount of protection.

“The best repellents will provide protection from bites for a long time from just one application,” Ring said.

Ring recommends DEET for the best protection.

“DEET is usually what you think of in OFF!,” Ring said. “Thirty percent DEET will last about six hours.”

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August 14, 2012
DHH Outlines Plan to Establish Sustainable Behavioral Health Care Services for Louisiana Residents
Today, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals outlined details of the department's plan to transition patients' care as it phases down operations at Southeast Louisiana Hospital (SELH). The department will build partnerships with private sector providers and target improved models of care focused on smaller residential settings as it deemphasizes the role of large state institutions.
"This is the right thing to do to ensure that the people of Louisiana have a sustainable behavioral health care system for the future," said DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. "Over the past few years, DHH has significantly transformed the way behavioral health care services are delivered in our state. However, too many of our resources are invested in large public institutions. This is not the best model of care for our residents or our taxpayers." (Based on census from FY 12, only 135 of the hospital's 774 residents, or approximately 17 percent, were from the Florida Parishes - St. Helena, Livingston, Tangipahoa, Washington and St. Tammany parishes.) More on the story

August 14, 2012

Second Arrest Made in Four Year Old Murder

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Kentwood resident, Brooklyn “Becc” Huber-Brown (8.16.79) for her involvement in the murder of her husband which occurred in April of 2008.
This morning, “Becc” was taken into custody and charged with second degree murder after new evidence has revealed her involvement in the murder of Christopher Slater Brown (8.16.79). Brown was shot and killed while sleeping in his bed at his residence on South Lewiston Rd. in Kentwood on April 9, 2008.
Aubrey Williams Sikes (4.27.89) is currently serving a life sentence after being charged and convicted with Brown’s murder.
This investigation is on-going therefore no additional information related to this case will be released at this time.

August 14, 2012

Slidell Police Department Arrests

August 13th, 2012:

Christopher A. Magee, age 46 of 1734 McArthur Drive, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court

August 14th, 2012:

Alonzo C. Stokes, age 19 of 1508 Magnolia Street, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Possession of Marijuana

Deante Turner, age 22 of 1150 Martin Luther King Blvd., Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Possession of Marijuana

Rebecca L. Blake, age 44 of 1405 Piney Circle, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for DWI 3rd Offense, Improper Lane Usage and Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage in a Vehicle

Obituary

Mary C. Granger born July 5, 1928 passed away August 13, 2012 at L.S.U. Medical Center at the age of 84. She was a a native of Bogalusa and attended Monroe Street Baptist Church. Obituaries

August 14, 2012

Strain Cautions Citizens to Prepare for Influenza Season
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) and LouisianaDepartment of Health and Hospitals (DHH) are monitoring reports of influenza virus H3N2v from county fairs in other states. These illnesses have been associated with swine exhibitors and people closely linked to swine at the fairs.

From July 12 to August 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting a total of 153 humans infected with H3N2v which is a variant of the respiratory disease caused by Type A influenza viruses. One (1) case of the virus has been detected in Hawaii, one (1) in Illinois, 120 cases in Indiana and 31 in Ohio. All cases are associated with exposure at county fairs, with the exception of the case in Hawaii which involved a person in contact with pigs on her family’s farm. More on the story

August 14, 2012
Department of Health and Hospitals Launches Living Well in Louisiana
Statewide physical activity, nutrition challenge includes activities for adults and youth
BATON ROUGE—Just in time for the new school year, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is introducing a fun, easy-to-do health challenge that empowers Louisiana families to own their own health and enjoy the benefits of exercising, eating healthy foods and overall living well.

The Department, through the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, is launching Living Well in Louisiana, a three-month wellness challenge in which participants earn points for physical activity and healthy eating, compete on teams or individually and track their progress at
www.livingwellinlouisiana.org.

Louisiana is the fifth-most overweight state in the country and has the fourth-highest rate of childhood obesity, according to the 2011 "F is for Fat" report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Being overweight and out of shape leads to many chronic diseases, and also causes decreased quality of life.

Living Well in Louisiana is designed to help people combat obesity and its related chronic illnesses by taking small but effective steps to eat right and exercise daily. More on the story
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Mr. Kenneth E. Wilson, Sr. passed away Saturday August 11, 2012 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA. He was a retired Sales Representative with LP&L and a veteran of WW II serving in the Navy in the South Pacific. He was a member of Superior Avenue Baptist Church, American Legion Post 24, and the IBEW.
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Marilyn Strahan (Died August 11, 2012) Obituaries
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Betty Zeagler (July 3, 1920 - August 11, 2012) Obituaries
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Johnnie B. Jenkins (February 9, 1923 - August 10, 2012) Obituaries
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Edith Murphy LeBlanc (February 26, 1921 - August 12, 2012)
Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. The world lost one of a kind on Sunday, August 12, 2012 in Biloxi, MS. Obituaries
August 13, 2012
Sheriff’s Office Seeks Information Locating Missing Folsom Man
Investigators from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office are seeking information concerning the whereabouts of a missing man from Folsom.
Deputies were contacted on August 1st of this year by a Folsom area resident who wished to report her son missing. The complainant, Margat Crear, informed deputies that she had not heard from her son, Alexander Crear, since early July. According to Ms. Crear, her son does not have a regular address and stays with various friends and family members. Ms. Crear became concerned when her son did not return to her residence to pick up his monthly Social Security check. Ms. Crear stated that this is a normal routine for Alexander to return home for his check promptly every first of the month.
After speaking with family and friends, Detectives learned that Alexander was seen sporadically throughout the week of July 7th to the July 14th. Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses in order to determine who saw him last. Alexander has a cell phone, however it is a prepaid cell phone and has not been activated in sometime. Detectives are currently waiting on his phone records as they continue to track down leads and ultimately find Alexander.
Alexander Crear is a black male, born on October 30th, 1987. He is described and being approximately 6 feet tall and 185 lbs. His hair is black with long braids. Alexander is currently unemployed and does not own a vehicle. Additionally, Alexander does not suffer from any known medical conditions according to family members. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the whereabouts of Alexander Crear to contact Det. David Carrick at 985.726.7836.
August 13, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Ryan Flynn was booked 08/11 on the charges of Allowing Unlicensed Minor to Drive, Prohibited Acts, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Daniel Hartzog was booked 08/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1sst Offense) and careless Operation
Rhonda Johnson was booked 08/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense) and Careless Operation
Jonathon McCain was booked 08/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense), Driving Under Suspension, Careless Operation, Failure to Appear, and Expired Inspection Sticker
Danny Lewing was booked 08/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Matthew Oakman was booked 08/11 on the charges of No Seat Belt and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Jennifer Freeman was booked 08/12 from Drug Court
Jessica Smith was booked 08/12 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Sarah Blackwell was booked 08/12 on the charge of Failure to Appear
August 13, 2012
Five Arrested in Tangipahoa Parish Shooting
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of five male subjects for firing shots into a crowd after an altercation at a party.
On August 12, 2012, it was reported that deputies initiated a traffic stop on a red Chevy SUV after reports that the occupants were in possession of firearms and were reported to have fired several shots. As deputies approached the area, they observed the suspect vehicle, a red Chevy SUV, traveling at a high rate of speed down Rufus Bankston Rd. While doing so, deputies observed one of the occupants throw several item out of the window.
At this time, deputies stopped the vehicle and detained the occupants. The subjects were identified as Wilfredo Agualera Matamoros (36) of Hammond (Driver), Juan Rodregues (31) of Hammond, , Jesus Migual Oquendo-Gruz (22) of Hammond, Angel Vega (27), and Pedro Martinez (38) of Hammond.
Deputy Sean Reilly soon arrived on scene after locating two firearms which were thrown from the vehicle. It was later discovered that one of the firearms, a Glock Model 23, was reported stolen out of Walker, LA.
The investigation revealed that the suspects were attending a party at a residence on Quick Blvd. when they were asked to leave after engaging in an altercation. It was reported that the subjects left the party, to later returned waving guns from their vehicle and eventually firing several shots.
Subsequently the subjects were transported to the Parish Jail and charged accordingly.
Wilfredo was charged with Littering, Possession of Stolen Property and Disturbing the Peace. Jesse Cruz was booked on Possession of Stolen Property, and Disturbing the Peace and Aggravated Assault with a Weapon. Pedro Martinez was booked on Possession of Stolen Property, and Disturbing the Peace and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. Angel Vega was booked on Possession of Stolen Property and Disturbing the Peace. Juan Rodregues was booked on Possession of Stolen Property and Disturbing the Peace.
August 13, 2012
GET YOUR SAINTS RAFFLE TICKET QUICK!
The Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce today issued the following update on the Saints Raffle Ticket:
"As of noon TODAY we have 309 Saints Raffle tickets turned in! Your odds are still very good—so hurry and buy your ticket by tomorrow! The cost is $25 a ticket, which is for two people for the regular season, in the Club Section 315, seats 19 & 20 in Row 17, with parking in the Dome covered lot, and valued at $5,640.00.

The drawing will be Tuesday, August 14th at 6:00 p.m. at Yoyo’s Restaurant on LA Ave. (You don’t have to be there to win, but it would be great if you were!) Call us at the Chamber 735-5731 Or email bogalusachamber@bellsouth.net. We’ll deliver to you or one of these Board members has tickets:
Regina Runfalo, Rev. Bob Belknap, Greg Castorena, Jerry Bailey, Marsha Hunt Adams, Robin Day, Monica Moses, Haley Nobles, Ramona Augustine, Kim Venier, Stephanie Spikes and Chris Workman. These friends also have tickets: Lynn Kennedy, Stefanie Ritchie, Ellis Sampson and Charlene Easterling.

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS GREAT EVENT! THE WINNER IS ELIGIBLE TO PURCHASE PLAYOFF TICKETS.FOR SAINTS GAMES AND ALSO TO BUY TICKETS FOR THAT SUPER SPECIAL SAINTS SUPERBOWL (if we get offered them as we did in 2010!) THAT WILL BE IN NEW ORLEANS IN 2013!"
August 13, 2012
Southshore Man Booked With Video Voyeurism
St. Tammany deputies have arrested a southshore man after it was discovered he placed hidden video cameras in the home of a northshore woman.
William Gill Stroud, III (3309 Lake Trail Drive, Metairie – DOB: 9/8/1969) was booked Friday into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on three counts of L.R.S. 14:283 – video voyeurism and one count of L.R.S. 14:56 – simple criminal damage to property.
The victim in the case alerted the Sheriff’s office on July 20th when she discovered a small video camera hidden inside a hole drilled in the top of her bedroom entertainment center. A few days later, another camera was found in her bathroom ceiling. (NOTE: the criminal damage stems from the drilling of the entertainment center).
Detectives were able to determine the video had been transmitted wirelessly from the two cameras to a video recorder located in another area within the home. Search warrants are being prepared for various electronic devices seized in the case to determine if the video files were made accessible over the internet.
By viewing portions of the recorded video, the victim was able to identify herself and two of her juvenile children on the recordings.
St. Tammany detectives obtained arrest warrants for Stroud last week. He was arrested by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office at his Metairie residence Wednesday evening. Friday, Stroud was transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail. He was released on a $35,000 signature bond Friday night.
If convicted, Stroud faces up to 20 years at hard labor and a maximum fine of $10,000.
August 13, 2012
Slidell Police Department Information
 
 
August 10, 2012
Who is Paul Ryan?
Paul Davis Ryan (born January 29, 1970) is the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district, serving since 1999, and the presumptive Republican Party nominee for vice president in the 2012 election. Ryan is often cited for his views on economic policy and especially his proposed changes to Medicare. Having been considered a possible vice presidential running mate for the 2012 presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, the Romney campaign confirmed on August 10, 2012 that Ryan had been selected. Ryan is married, the father of three children, Catholic, a fitness enthusiast, and a fan of the Green Bay Packers. More on the story
Obituary
Inez Smith Russell, a loving mother, age 91, born on February 10, 1921 in Bogue Chitto, MS, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at her residence in Angie, LA after a lengthy illness. Obituaries
August 10, 2012
FPD K9 Hasko Instrumental in Drug Arrest
On August 9, 2012, PFC. James Pugh, along with FPD K9 Hasko, were on criminal patrol in Franklinton, LA. At approximately 11:00 PM PFC. James Pugh conducted a traffic stop in reference to improper lighting. Upon coming into contact with the driver of the vehicle, Brance Bridges of Franklinton, PFC. Pugh could smell what he believed to be marijuana emitting from the vehicle. At that time PFC. Pugh utilized K9 Hasko to provide a search pattern around the vehicle at which time K9 Hasko alerted on the vehicle. At that time PFC. Pugh searched the vehicle and located approximately 120 grams of suspected marijuana, a set of digital scales, along with a .38 caliber revolver. Mr. Bridges was arrested and charged with Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Possession of a firearm in the presence of narcotics, Possession of drug paraphernalia, and improper lighting. Mr. Bridges was then turned over to the Washington Parish Jail pending bond.
August 10, 2012
Reserve Deputy Class Graduates
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards proudly presents the 2012 Reserve Academy Graduates. Graduates completed 270 hours of training and, although serving as volunteers, In most cases are assigned to the same duties as regular officers. “In 2011, our Reserve Deputies contributed over 15,000 hours of community service in our Parish.” states Edwards. Pictured from Left to right: Damieon Tanner, Ponchatoula PD; Allen Busby, Ponchatoula PD; Richard Davidson, Ponchatoula PD; Alissa Cannon, TPSO; Ethan Dunn, TPSO; LT. Steven C. Redmond, TPSO; Wilson “Peewee” Gatlin, TPSO; Timothy Hurley, TPSO; Justin Kelley, TPSO; Todd Bankston, TPSO; Adam Rudolph, TPSO; Billy Gross, TPSO; James Stilley, TPSO
August 10, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Ulysses Garrett was booked 08/09 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Niles Jones was booked 08/09 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicaated (1st Offense) and License Plate Required
Robert Abshire was booked 08/09 on the charges of Failure to Comply Address Change and Forgery
Britney Kagler was booked 08/09 on the charges of Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Statute and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Michael Burns was booked 08/09 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Probation Violation
Veronica Westbrook was booked 08/09 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense) and Careless Operation
August 10, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information (failed to post yesterday)
Derrick Parker was booked 08/08 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Obstruction of Justice, Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense) and Careless Operation
Ashley Miller was booked 0808 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Terry Wilson was booked 08/08 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk, Failure to Appear, No Seat Belt and Aggravated Assault
Gary Colston was booked 08/08 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk and Resisting An Officer
Philana Cassidy was booked 08/08 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Sabrina Batten was booked 08/08 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300 (2 counts), Failure to Honor Written Promise, Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100, and Forgery
August 9, 2012
Two Women Booked in Theft of Social Security Checks
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s investigators have booked two Slidell area women with theft after determining they were fraudulently depositing Social Security checks.
At the time of the booking, the two women were already in the St. Tammany Parish Jail. Deborah Fisher (176 S. Military Rd, Slidell – DOB: 1/3/1954) is awaiting trial on one count of L.R.S. 8:654 – mutilating or disinterring human remains and one count of L.R.S. 8:652 – unlawful disposal of remains. Heidi Todd (176 S. Military Rd, Slidell – DOB: 3/17/1967) is in jail for one count of L.R.S. 8:652 – unlawful disposal of remains. The two were arrested in March of this year after Sheriff’s deputies discovered they had been keeping the body of Fisher’s deceased father in an ice chest in their apartment for approximately two years.
Detective Randy Loumiet (Loom’-e-ay) continued the initial investigation with an analysis of Social Security Administration records and local bank account records. Det. Loumiet determined that, after Charles Fisher’s death, Deborah Fisher and Heidi Todd continued to profit from his monthly Social Security income. Mr. Fisher received $1,315 per month from the S.S.A., which was directly deposited into his checking account. Deborah Fisher and Todd would electronically transfer the funds into Deborah’s account, which the two would use for their monthly living expenses.
The two year fraudulent income totaled $33,974.60.
August 9, 2012
Parish Government Meets Monday, August 13
The Washington Parish Government is scheduled to meet Monday, August 13 at 5:30 pm in their chambers at the Washington Parish Courthouse. Among items on the Agenda are
  • Introduction of Ordinance No.12-567 – An Ordinance providing for millage
    rate adjustments for 2012, as allowed by Article VII, Section 23(C) of
    the Louisiana Constitution of 1974 and LA R.S. 47:1705 (B), in the Parish
    of Washington, State of Louisiana (Introduced by Ken Wheat)
  • Introduction of Ordinance No.12-568– An Ordinance to levy taxes for the 2012 tax roll on all property subject to taxation in Washington Parish (Introduced by Ken Wheat)
  • Introduction of Ordinance No.12-569 – An Ordinance revising the Planning and Building Permit Fee Schedule (Introduced by Michael Fussell)
  • Resolution No. 12 – 574 – A Resolution in Support of the Recreational Trails Program
  • Resolution 12-575- A Resolution to admit Camp Road to the Washington Parish Inventory List
  • Resolution 12-576 – Declaration of Surplus Property

Henry Harrison with the LSU Ag Center is also on the Agenda to address the Council. The public is encouraged to attend. If unable to attend, go to our Washington Parish Channel to watch the LIVE broadcast.

 
 
August 9, 2012
Check Out "Booknotes", News of the Washington Parish Library
August 9, 2012
Unrestrained Mississippi Driver Killed on Interstate 55
Kentwood, LA- This morning shortly after 7:00am, an Osyka, MS resident lost her life in a single vehicle crash on Interstate 55 approximately three miles north of the Kentwood exit in Tangipahoa Parish. The driver, 43 year old Rhonda Davis-Strickland, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.
Troopers’ investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Strickland was traveling south on Interstate 55 in a 2008 Honda Accord when, for unknown reasons, her vehicle ran off road to the right and struck a bridge rail on a small interstate overpass. After impact, the Honda rotated counterclockwise while traveling in an easterly direction crossing the southbound lanes and the center median of Interstate 55. Upon crossing the median, the vehicle overturned several times and came to rest in the right northbound lane of the roadway.
Investigating Troopers do not suspect driver impairment to be a factor in the crash, pending the results of a toxicology exam.
While not all crashes are survivable, seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Troopers witness firsthand the remarkable difference the use of a seatbelt makes in reducing injuries and fatalities in crashes. Louisiana law requires every vehicle occupant, front seat and back seat, to be properly restrained day or night. Taking the time to buckle up every trip and every time is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
August 9, 2012
Back to School: Free Child Safety Booster Seat Event
On Saturday, August 18th, 2012, from 9:00am to 1:00pm Louisiana State Police Troop L in conjunction with the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force and the Central Tangipahoa Head Start will be hosting a child safety seat event in the Independence National Guard Armory parking lot, located at 55420 N. Railroad Ave, Independence, LA.
Free booster seats will be given to children meeting the following height and weight criteria:
· Child MUST be 40-100 pounds
· Child MUST be less than 4 feet 9 inches tall
· Child MUST be present
At the event, certified technicians will be on hand to conduct seat inspections ensuring proper installation of each child’s safety seat. In addition, parents and caregivers will be provided with life-saving information regarding the appropriate seat for each child’s age, weight, and height. There is no cost for the child seat installations/inspections, however parents should anticipate approximately 30 minutes of inspection time per seat.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children. Louisiana State Law requires the driver of a motor vehicle to ensure that EVERY child under the age of thirteen years in a motor vehicle equipped with safety belts is properly secured, regardless of seating position in the vehicle.
Child safety seats including booster seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash. When properly installed and used, child seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for children younger than one and by 54 percent for children between 1 and 4 years old. With an estimated misuse rate of 3 out of 4 seats, parents and caregivers are urged to take advantage of checkup events to have child restraints in their vehicle checked free of charge.
To schedule your appointment contact: Liz at 985-320-7215
In addition to Saturday’s event, Louisiana State Police Troop L serves as a grant-funded Child Passenger Safety fitting station every Wednesday from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm (excluding holidays). Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to inspect and to assist with installation of child safety seats at that time. In addition, CPS Technicians are available upon request to perform inspections at daycare centers, schools, and various community events. There are also programs available to those individuals who may not be able to afford a child safety seat.
August 8, 2012
County Agent Henry Harrison Has Some Timely Advise
The hot summer days can really slow us down, but there are lots of things that can be done in the home garden and home grounds. Henry provides great advise on our gardens, blueberries, roses, crepe myrtles and more. Check it out! Lets Get Growing
August 8, 2012

Scott Gardner Expresses Interest in Judgeship
Twenty-Second Judicial District Judge Will Crain is a candidate for Appeals Court Judge and, if he is successful November 6, a vacancy will be created that Prosecutor Scott Gardner would like to fill. Appearing before the Bogalusa City Council Tuesday evening, Scott expressed his desire to serve the people of Washington and St. Tammany Parishes.

Scott has been a prosecutor for 24 years. He started in the New Orleans District Attorney's Office in 1987. Scott was Chief of the Narcotics Strike Force, Chief of Trials, Prosecutor of the Year, and supervised twenty felony prosecutors, ten investigators and support staff. Since 1994 he has been a prosecutor in the 22nd Judicial District, covering Washington and St. Tammany Parish. Scott trains members of law enforcement and probation and parole agents. He has handled hundreds of felony jury trials and received multiple awards for his trial work on behalf of victims.

August 8, 2012
Bogalusa City Council Acts on Full Agenda
At its regularly scheduled meeting, the Bogalusa City Council
  • acted on three Condemnation Hearings. Regarding two of the properties, the Council voted to condemn the properties and to give the owners 10 days to bring the properties into compliance. A property owner appeared before the Council regarding the third property and, after discussion, voted to condemn the property but to give the owner 90 days to bring the property into compliance.
  • Approved the two Resolutions on the Agenda (insert hyperlink)
  • Introduced eight Ordinances. Seven of the Ordinances were on the Agenda (insert hyperlink). An eighth Ordinance to amend the zoning code to allow modular homes was added to the Agenda. All of the Ordinances introduced will be up for Public Hearings at the August 21 meeting of the City Council
  • Held a Public Hearing on an Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with the low bidder for the Poplas Street Bridge Utility Relocation. The Ordinance was then approved by the Council.
  • Heard from two citizens regarding re-districting
  • Heard from Scott Gardner regarding his interest in running for a judgeship in the 22nd Judicial District
  • Heard from a citizen with complaints of noise in his neighborhood and the need for some private landowners to clean up their property.
  • Heard Departmental Reports.

Mayor Charles Mizell addressed the Council and those in attendance. He commended his staff for their work, expressed how the city now does more with less, recognized that he and the Council has worked together without dischord, challenged the public to get involved, and thanked those in attendance for coming to the meeting

August 8, 2012
Big Changes Coming in Louisiana Classroms
About Louisiana Believes
Louisiana is implementing bold reforms to transform education, an initiative called Louisiana Believes. Louisiana Believes is based on three fundamental beliefs - a belief that all students can learn, a belief that empowering teachers and school leaders will unleash the learning potential of students, and a belief that families know better than government what is the best pathway to success for their students. These core values are the foundation of policies to ensure each student, in every grade, year after year, remain on track to succeed in college and professional careers.
About Common Core State Standards
In 2010, Louisiana adopted Common Core State Standards, which define what students need to learn in English language arts and math at every grade level in order to graduate fully prepared for college or a professional career. The new standards are more rigorous, more focused on critical content, and more relevant to what students need to know to be successful after high school. Students will be measured on their achievement of these new learning expectations in 2014-2015.

About Compass
Compass was created by Act 54 of the 2010 Regular Legislative Session and will be implemented this school year. For the first time, teachers will be evaluated, in part, on student learning. Half of a teacher's evaluation will be based on how much a student learned from one year to the next, and half of the evaluation will be based on observations by principals and administrators. These new evaluations will determine compensation, which was required by Act 1 of the 2012 Regular Legislative Session.
"Louisiana is raising the bar to prepare more students for college and career," said Penny Dastugue, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education president. "To ensure students can achieve these higher expectations, the state is providing the tools and training to improve instruction for our kids. High standards and better instruction will result in rising student achievement."
August 8, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Demarius Holmes was booked 08/07 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana
Ryan White was booked 08/07 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Anastasia Graves was booked 08/07 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100 and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Kathy Sandifer was booked 08/07 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense) and Reckless Operation
Brian Lewis was booked 08/07 In From Court
Michael Mendheim was booked 08/07 on the charges of No Passing Zone and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm
Kileon Perry was booked 08/07 In From Court and Failure to Appear
Milvell Wilson was booked 08/07 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Derrick Parker was booked 08/08 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Obstuction of Justice, Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense) and Careless Operation
Obituary
Webber Jarrell born May 26, 1926 passed away August 6, 2012 at the age of 86 at his residence in Carriere, MS. He was a retired foreman with the L.S.U. Forestry Department, and also served as the Minister and member of Temple Baptist Church here in Bogalusa. Obituaries
Obituary
Charles Albert Keaton, 87, born October 6, 1924 passed away Monday, August 06, 2012 at his home. He was born in, and was a longtime resident of Bogalusa. Obituaries
Obituary
Ernie Dale Knight,Sr. a United States Air Force Veteran, a resident of Slidell, LA, age 70, born on August 27, 1941 in Tylertown, MS, passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Greenbriar Nursing Home in Slidell, LA.
August 7, 2012
Slidell Police Department Arrest Information
August 7, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Paul Ad was booked 08/06 on charges of Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, Resisting an Officer and Battery On A Police Office
Reginald Stogner was booked 08/06 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
John Stafford was booked 08/06 In From Court
Wesley Dale Penton was booked 08/06 In From Court
Kathy Sandifer was booked 08/06 on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Aggravated Assault, and No Drivers License
Effie Robinson was booked 08/06 on the charge of Aggravated Battery
Gary Varnado was booked 08/06 on the charge of Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault Drive By Shooting, Illegal Discharge of Weapon, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway
Cathy Purvis was booked 08/06 on the charge of Malfeasance in Office
Janice Brumfield was booked 08/06 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks, Failure to Appear, and Malfeasnce in Office
Demarius Holmes was booked 08/07 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana
Ryan White was booked 08/07 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Simple Drunk
August 7, 2012
Robbery Suspects Sought by Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office
HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding an armed robbery which occurred at approximately 4:00 AM yesterday morning.
The robbery took place at 46376 N. Morrison Rd.( Tycer Mini Storage) while an unsuspecting male victim was loading his work truck with materials. Two unknown black males approached the victim at gunpoint and demanded money. Both suspects were dressed in dark clothing with one of the suspects wearing a mask.
After taking the victim’s wallet and business bank deposits, the suspects fled on foot from the scene.
Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information regarding this robbery to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
Detective Michael Christmas is the lead detective on this case.
August 6, 2012
Hammond Foster Father Indicted For First-Degree Murder in Toddler's Death
A Hammond man has been indicted for first-degree murder in the death of his 3-year-old foster daughter, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
Mark Johnson, 51, of 42265 Jefferson Drive in Hammond, was indicted today by a Tangipahoa Parish grand jury for the death of 3-year-old Faith Saucier who was in his foster care when she died from blunt force trauma to her body on April 16, 2011.
Following today’s indictment, Johnson was ordered held without bond. He will be booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Prison.
Obituary
Robert Gill, Sr.
BORN: February 22, 1919
DIED: August 5, 2012
LOCATION: Bogalusa, Louisiana

A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Obituary
HELEN DILLON PITTMAN, AGE 79
And a resident of the Sheridan Community died at 1:00 pm Sunday August 5, 2012 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. Obituaries
Obituary
ERNEST (E.J.) JOSEPH LESTER, JR., AGE 64
And a resident of Mt. Hermon Community died at 8:46 pm Saturday August 4, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family after a two year battle with cancer. Obituaries
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August 6, 2012
Brother Stabs Brother in Kentwood
KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Friday August 3, 2012, Richard Peter Ballard Jr. (51) of McClendon Rd. in Kentwood was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery after stabbing his brother several times with a pocket knife.
That Friday afternoon, deputies responded to a residence on Simms Rd. where it was reported that the suspect, Richard Peter Ballard Jr. and his brother 48 year old Kenneth Ballard, were engaged in a verbal argument over family matters. The argument soon became physical resulting in Kenneth being hospitalized after being stabbed several times by his brother.
The victim is reported to be in stable condition with no life threatening injuries. Richard Peter Ballard Jr. was taken into custody without incident.
The suspect remains in the parish jail awaiting bond.
August 6, 2012
Franklinton Police Department Activiy
Officers with the Franklinton Police Department on August 3, 2012 from 0500 thru August 6, 2012 at 0500 responded to and investigated the following:
1. Officers conducted a traffic stop and upon further investigation officers arrested the driver, Richard Holmes of Franklinton for DWI first offense.
2. Officers responded to Dollar General located on 11th Avenue in Franklinton. After further investigation officers arrested Kimiko Brown of Franklinton for theft by shoplifting 1st offense.
3. Officers conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the arrest of John Busby of Bogalusa. Busby was charged with possession of marijuana.
4. Officers responded to reports of traffic crash. Upon further investigation officers arrested Christopher Laurent of Abita Springs for possession of Drug paraphernalia.
5. Officers responded to the 1500 block of Main Street in reference to a suspicious person complaint. Upon further investigation officers arrested Bobby Lewis of Jonesboro for Disturbing the peace by intoxication.
6. Officers responded to the intersection of Howard Street and Hilltop Avenue in reference to an automobile crash. Upon officers arrival it was learned that one of the vehicles involved had fled the scene. Officers investigated the crash and warrants have been issued accordingly.
7. Officers responded to the McDonalds parking lot in reference to an automobile crash.
8. Officers during this time period also issued 4 citations to various persons for traffic violations.
August 6, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Richard Holmes was booked 08/04 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense)
Stephanie Young was booked 08/04 on the charges of theft By ShopliftingOver $100, Child Restraint Violation - 1st Offense (3 counts), and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Jennifer Vice was booked 8/04 on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting Over $100, Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts), and Failure to Appear
Aaron Jerrell was booked 08/04 on the charges of Burglary Inhabited Dwelling, Theft by Fraud, and Possession of Stolen Property
Eric Robinson was booked 08/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense), Improper Lane Useage, No Drivers License, and Failure to Appear
HunterJones was booked 08/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense) and No Seat Belt
Mason Buff was booked 08/05 on the charge of Simple Criminal Damage to property Under $500
Loy Poole was booked 08/05 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense), Off-Road Vehicle Prohibited On Highway, and Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
Yancy Crain was booked 08/05 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Richard Magee was booked 08/05 on the charge of Unauthorize Use of Moveable
Jimmy Magee was booked 08/05 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Possession of Marijuana
Paul Ard was booked 08/06 on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, Resisting An Officer, and Battery on a Police Officer
Reginald Stogner was booked 08/06 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
August 3, 2012
Franklinton-Born Author J.M. Richardson Back in Town
On Saturday August 18, 2012 from 9:00am to 2:00pm., J. M. Richardson will be at the Washington Parish Library. Mr. Richardson will be presenting his new book “The Apocalypse Mechanism” and signing copies of his books. Read more by clicking on the Washington Parish Library Blog.
August 3, 2012
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX CRIMES
COVINGTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that James R. Day, 53 of Abita Springs, pled guilty on Monday, July 30th, 2012, to forcible rape, sexual battery, and indecent behavior with a juvenile. Day was initially charged with aggravated rape before pleading guilty to forcible rape. The victim’s family was present in court to observe Day plead guilty. 22nd Judicial District Judge Raymond Childress sentenced Day to 40 years in prison. Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Day was arrested in February 2012 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after sexually abusing two minor female victims. The victims were 10 and 5 at the time of Day’s arrest. The victims’ mother learned of the abuse and alerted police.
“Hopefully these victims and families can get some measure of closure after this defendant admitted his guilt in open court” stated District Attorney Walter Reed.
Forcible rape is punishable by imprisonment for not less than 5 nor more than 40 years.
Sexual battery of children under thirteen years of age is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for not less than 25 nor more than 99 years without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. Indecent behavior with juveniles under thirteen years of age is punishable by imprisonment for not less than 2 nor more than twenty-five years without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
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Harlan H. Irvine Sr. age 77 passed away Aug. 1, 2012 at his residence in Bogalusa La. He served his country as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army. Obituaries
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ALFRED H. NOBLES, AGE 83 And a resident of Pass Christian died at 3:10 PM Tuesday at the VA Medical Center in Biloxi. Obituaries
August 3, 2012
Bogalusa City Council Meets Tuesday, August 7
The Council will meet at 5:30 pm at City Hall on Tuesday, August 7. A lot is on the Agenda and the public is invited to attend. Bogalusa Council Agenda August 7, 2012
(If you are unable to attend, you can view the meeting as it is broadcasted LIVE on our Washington Parish Channel)
August 3, 2012
Slidell Police Department Arrest Information
August 2, 2012
SHERIFF RANDY “COUNTRY” SEAL ANNOUNCES APPREHENSION OF FUGITIVE
Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal, Sheriff of Washington Parish, announced today that Joseph “Joey” Lorio II, a 32 year old Bogalusa male was apprehended yesterday in the Ben’s Ford area of Washington Parish after an intense manhunt by Washington Parish deputies assisted by canine teams from Rayburn Correctional Center.
Lorio was being sought on several warrants which were signed by Judge Robert Black on June 6, 2012. Warrants included Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and Felony Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. Lorio was entered in the national NCIC database on that date as a wanted fugitive. In addition to local charges, Lorio was also being sought as a fugitive from South Carolina on probation violations, from Pearl River County, Mississippi, on a charge of attempted escape and from the Bogalusa Police Department. Other charges against Lorio included extortion and simple battery.
More on the story
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Dorothy Seal, age 89, a resident of Gulfport, MS and former resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 in Gulfport, MS. Obituaries
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Vivian O'quin Thomas born January 28, 1938 passed away August 1,2012 at the age the age of 81. She as a longtime resident of Bogalusa. She was a retired employee of the Bogalusa School System and was a member of Love Missionary Baptist Church. Obituaries
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Willow Branch, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2012 in Baton Rouge, LA.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments which are incomplete at this time.
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Ms. Cuba Nella Watson was a resident of Franklinton, LA, passed away at the age 68 on July 30,2012 at Northshore Specialty Hospital in Covington, LA. Obituaries
August 2, 2012
Let’s Get Growing by Henry Harrison, County Agent
It’s time for cool season crops to be planted. I guess when you look at this article heading you may say he is crazy. Summer just started, its 90° and he is talking about cool season planting. Well, to justify my logic good early seed bed preparation and other cultural practices for the garden site is critical during this time of year and yes – there are vegetables to be planted. Here is a listing of some of the crops you can plant. Plant broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, greens, cabbage, shallots, potatoes, snap beans, lima beans, squash, cucumbers, bell peppers and tomatoes. Now, doesn’t that read like a list for the spring? Most to all the crops planted in the spring can successfully be grow in the fall. More on the story
August 2, 2012
U.S. 190 Crash Takes Life of Unrestrained Teen Passenger
Lacombe, LA- Yesterday evening shortly before 9:00pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a fatal crash on U.S. 190 approximately 3.5 miles east of LA 434 in St. Tammany Parish. The single vehicle crash seriously injured the 19 year old driver, Brian Williams, and resulted in fatal injuries for the front passenger, 15 year old Thomas Populas both of Lacombe, LA. Neither the teen driver nor passenger was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Troopers’ investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Williams was traveling west on U.S. 190 in a 2008 Ford Mustang when he attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle ahead of him in the westbound lane. Upon attempting to pass the vehicle, Williams began to travel west upon the eastbound shoulder of the roadway when he lost control of the Mustang causing it to rotate clockwise and travel back across the eastbound and westbound lanes. As the Mustang rotated across both lanes of travel, it left the paved roadway and impacted several large trees along the north side of the roadway before coming to rest.
Williams was ejected from the vehicle during the course of the crash and was transported to the LSU University Medical Center in New Orleans with serious injuries.
Populas, the 15 year old unrestrained passenger in the Mustang, was thrown into the rear window area during the impact and was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.
Alcohol and/or drug impairment is unknown at this time pending a toxicology analysis. Charges are currently pending against Williams.
While Troopers continue their investigation into the events of the crash, the unfortunate lack of seatbelt use by either teen occupant is a testament to the importance of being properly restrained at all times. Louisiana law requires every vehicle occupant, front seat and back seat, to be properly restrained day or night. Troopers statewide participate in proactive injury prevention programs targeting young drivers with invaluable safety information; however, the task of keeping teens safe begins at home with parents providing a positive example and always wearing a seatbelt. Taking the time to buckle up every trip and every time is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

August 2, 2012

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Briefed on 2011-12 Deer Harvest

Aug. 2, 2012 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission received a report today on the 2011-12 deer season as compiled by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Wildlife Division.

The 2011-12 LDWF mail survey deer harvest index was down13 percent when compared to the 2010-11 deer season. A record mast crop and reduced hunter effort are considered the primary reasons for the decline in harvest, and a season that left many hunters with fewer than normal deer sightings.

Other contributing factors to the decreased harvest included; a relatively warm January resulting in limited deer movement; the second historic opening of the Morganza spillway which caused deer and other wildlife mortality and prompted a season reduction in those affected areas; and two very dry summers in a row. Research has shown that especially dry Junes are thought to increase the prevalence of hemorrhagic disease, the most significant deer disease and non-hunting source of mortality in Louisiana.

August 2, 2012
Slidell Police Arrest Information
August 1st, 2012:
Kisha T. Burches, age 33 of 18288 Woodsdale Road, Hammond, LA
Was arrested for Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court
Kathy S. Robertson, age 51 of 1020 Joe Buccaran Drive, Slidell, LA
Was issued a summons for Simple Battery
Christi Greene, age 51 of 1020 Joe Buccaran Drive, Slidell, LA
Was issued a summons for Simple Battery
Amber D. Giordano, age 26 of 132 Neptune Road, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Probation Violation and two counts of Failure to Appear all from Slidell City Court
August 2nd, 2012:
Theodore Smith Jr., age 64 of 2731 Clark Avenue, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for DWI, Expired License Plate and No proof of Liability Insurance
August 2, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Chadwick Bryant was booked 08/01 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Matthew Bryant was booked 08/01 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
John Dolan was booked 08/01 on the charges of Sexual Battery and Indecent Behavior with Juveniles
Mandi Thomas was booked 08/01 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100 (2 counts) and Issuing Worhless Checks 100-300 (3 counts)
Justin Keys was booked 08/01 on the charges of Obtaining Possession of CDS by Fraud, Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana, Resisting an Officer, and Reckless Operation
Shaquille Lewis was booked 08/01 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Possession of Stolen Property
Cheryl Magee was booked 08/01 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jakeithon Cotton was booked 08/01 In From Court
Demenica Westbrook was booked 08/01 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Armed Robbery, and Aggravate Kidnapping (2 counts)
Joseph Lorio was booked 08/02 on the charges of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile (2 counts), Extortion (2 counts), and Simple Battery (2 counts)
August 1, 2012
Parish School Board August Meeting Schedule
The Personnel Committee will meet on Monday, August 6, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the School Board Office.
The Board will meet as a committee-of-the-whole on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at its regular meeting place, the Parish School Board Office, 800 Main Street, Franklinton, Louisiana.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Washington Parish School Board will meet in regular session at its regular meeting place, the Parish School Board Office, 800 Main Street, Franklinton, Louisiana, on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at 6:30 P.M., for the purpose of considering and transacting any necessary business.
August 1, 2012
Fish kills likely during drought and high temperature conditions
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has asked the public to be aware of a possible increase in fish kills throughout area water bodies as a result of the recent weather conditions that have been affecting Louisiana.
The most common cause of a fish kill is the result of a drastic change in environmental conditions within a water body. During a drought, oxygen levels in a water body diminish, thereby affecting the native aquatic life which relies on specific ecological and biological conditions in order to thrive. Ecological hypoxia, or reduced oxygen in water, tends to be a common cause in the death of aquatic life within a water body. While factors such as an algae bloom or overpopulation may play a role in the occurrence of a fish kill, reduced water levels caused by a drought tend to drastically reduce the presence of oxygen in the water, thereby causing the aquatic population to perish.
“In addition to the recent drought, heavy rainfall that occurred this week may have contributed to organic loading and oxygen demand within certain water bodies in Louisiana,” said Chris Piehler, Administrator of DEQ’s Inspections Division. “Unfortunately, such sudden changes in the climate tend to negatively impact the quality of life of fish and other aquatic life residing in lakes, rivers, bayous and tributaries.”
For any questions or concerns about fish kills, citizens may contact the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality at (225) 219-3640 or Toll Free 1-888-763-5424.
August 1, 2012
Louisiana hay restrictions waived to help Texas ranchers
An executive order has been issued waiving size restrictions and permit fees on oversized loads of hay enroute to Texas. The Departments of Transportation and Development, Public Safety and Revenue will allow vehicles transporting round hay bales to be loaded side by side across trailers up to twelve feet in width and fourteen feet in height. Size is normally restricted to 8 feet 6 inches in width and 13 feet 6 inches in height. More on the story
August 1, 2012
Breastfeeding: It Does The Family Good
BATON ROUGE—August is National Breastfeeding Month, and Gov. Bobby Jindal proclaimed this month in Louisiana as an opportunity to highlight the health benefits of breastfeeding, encourage more families to choose this option and call on the community to support breastfeeding and make it easier for women and families to participate. More on the story
August 1, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
James Burns was booked 07/31 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense), Open Container in Vehicle, and Careless Operation
Tiffany Bullard was booked 07/31 on the charges of Failure to Appear(3 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500, and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100
Derek Moss was booked 07/31 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Floyd Cooksey was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
William Etzold was booked 07/31 on the charge of Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Chadwick Bryant was booked 08/01 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Matthew Bryant was booked 08/01 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
John Dolan was booked 08/01 on the charge of Sexual Battery and Indecent Behavior with Juveniles