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July 31, 2012
DEQ will be conducting a water quality survey on the Pearl River near Bogalusa
BATON ROUGE - - The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will be installing electronic monitoring equipment in conjunction with a water sampling survey on the Pearl River in Washington and St. Tammany Parishes. The equipment will be installed for a one week period during the time frame of July 30 through Aug. 17when weather and stream conditions are suitable. The survey is being conducted to gather water quality information that will be used to protect the water body. The data gathered from the survey will be used to identify suspected pollutants in the water body that may cause or contribute to low oxygen levels in the water.
Citizens are asked not to tamper with the equipment that will be mounted on rebar, fence posts, white PVC poles or buoys. During the survey, a bright red, non-toxic dye will be injected into the water. Citizens who notice the red coloration of the water should not be alarmed. The water body will return to its normal state and color by the end of the day. The dye is used to determine flow and distribution patterns of the river. These patterns are used to establish sampling points for the survey and to aid in the development of a model. The Bogalusa Waste Water Treatment Facility as well as the International Paper Mill outfall will be sampled by LDEQ Personnel during the survey.
For further information about the survey, please contact Chuck Berger with LDEQ at (225) 219-3366
July 31, 2012
No Shots, No School. It’s the Law!
School is Starting Soon – Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated?
BATON ROUGE—The new school year is almost here, but will your child be ready? Besides shopping for supplies, the back-to-school checklist should include making sure your child has an up-to-date immunizations record. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reminds parents that ensuring children have received their necessary vaccinations is not only important, it's the law. More on the story
 
 
 
 
July 31, 2012
MAN PLEADS GUILTY AS CHARGED IN BANK ROBBERY
FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Walter Roy Aswell III, 23 of Mandeville, has pled guilty as charged 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. 22nd Judicial District Judge A. J. Hand accepted the pleas and set sentencing for August 17, 2012. Assistant District Attorneys Leigh Anne Wall and Julie Knight were in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Aswell and another man were arrested in April 2011 by the Bogalusa Police Department after an armed robbery occurred at a local bank. Aswell and his accomplice were wearing a 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 Aswell’s vehicle. Aswell and his partner were found to be wounded upon arrest.
District Attorney Walter Reed commented after hearing that Aswell had plead guilty, “these Bogalusa Policemen reacted to this robbery with great courage and professionalism. My office is now working diligently to bring the remaining suspect to justice.”
Aswell’s alleged accomplice, Logan Mills, 24 of Mandeville, is awaiting trial on the same charges as faced by Aswell. Mills trial is set for August 13, 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.
July 31, 2012
MAN FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED FOR DRUGS
COVINGTON----District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Barry McQueen, 45 of Pearl River, was found guilty as charged of manufacture and possession of methamphetamine. A 12 member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated 35 minutes before returning the unanimous guilty verdicts to 22nd Judicial District Judge Peter Garcia after the 2 day trial. Assistant District Attorney Joey Oubre was in charge of preparation and presentation of the state’s case.
McQueen and two others were arrested in December 2011 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after deputies learned of their illegal drug activities. Deputies obtained information connecting the three to purchases of chemicals needed to cook meth. A search of McQueen’s home site revealed the meth lab and paraphernalia needed for production of methamphetamine as well as the drug itself.
The two codefendants arrested with McQueen pled guilty previously. Trina McQueen, 24 of Pearl River, pled guilty on May 8, 2012, to operation of a clandestine lab and was sentenced to 5 years probation. Anthony Alexius pled guilty as charged on Monday, July 23rd, 2012, to manufacture and possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Judge Garcia will sentence McQueen on September 6, 2012. Manufacture and possession of methamphetamine is punishable by imprisonment from 10 to 30 years.
Obituary
Millard A. "Butch" Sherman Jr. born November 15, 1952 passed away July 30,2012 at his residence at the age of 59.Obituaries
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Timothy Daniel Jacob, Jr. 23 years old, passed away Monday, July 30, 2012. Obituaries
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PEGGY ANN WHITEHEAD KING, AGE 58
And a resident of Bogalusa died at 7:45 am Saturday July 28, 2012 at Northshore Specialty Hospital. Obituaries
July 31, 2012
Slidell Police Arrest Information
July 31, 2012
Murder Suspect Sought in Tangipahoa Parish
At 5:36 pm on 7-30-2012 Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s office received calls for service on Durbin Road Extension in reference to gun shots in the street and vehicles speeding away. Upon Deputies arrival, a victim (Jarvis Mabry 9-5-88) was discovered in roadway with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. Mabry was conscious and alert and taken by Acadian to hospital where he is in critical condition. Deputies soon discovered a second gunshot victim (Larry Smith 8-15-91) in yard of 46355 Durbin Road Ext. Smith was unresponsive and bystanders were performing CPR on him where they were relieved by Sgts. Copeland and Carter of TPSO who continued CPR until Acadians arrival. Smith was not resuscitated and he too sustained a gunshot to the head. Tangipahoa Parish Coroners pronounced Smith deceased at the scene. Detectives identified the shooter suspect as:
Brandon M. Francois
10/28/1993
907 South Walnut Street
Hammond LA
Investigation is still ongoing however, warrants have been issued for second degree murder and attempted second degree murder for Francois arrest. Anyone having information of his whereabouts can contact Crime stoppers or Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office at (985) 345-6150.
July 31, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Ashley Hartzog was booked 07/30 In From Court
Terry Watson was booked 07/30 In From Court
Johnny Taylor was booked 07/30 In From Court
Herbert Wilson was booked 07/30 In From Court
Bethany Rogers was booked 07/30 In From Court
Andrea Burkhalter was booked 07/30 In From Cout
Alton Wilson was booked 07/30 In From Court
Brandan Sumrall as booked 07/30 In From Court
Kendon Grant was booked 07/30 In From Court
Jonathan Phelps was booked 07/30 on charges of Disturbing the Peace-Simple Drunk, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Criminal Damage, and Probation Violation
James Burns was booked 07/31 on charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense), Open Container, and Careless Operation
Tiffany Bulard was booked 07/31 on charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500, and Issing Worthles Checks 0-100
Obituary
Thelma Kitchens Matthews born February 6, 1925 passed away July 27, 2012 at the AGM Specialty Hospital at the age 87. She was a retired secretary for the State of Louisiana. She was a longtime resident of Bogalusa and a member of Palestine Baptist Church.Obituaries
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MYRTLE LEA GIVENS BATEMAN, AGE 91
And a resident of Royce City, TX died at 9:30 am Friday July 27, 2012 at the Royce City Health and Rehab Center. She was a native and longtime resident of Mt. Hermon who had resided in Texas for the last six years. Mrs. Bateman was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church who enjoyed sewing, cooking, and gardening. Obituaries
July 30, 2012
Slidell Police Department Arrest Information
July 30, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
John Robinson was booked 07/28 on the charges of theft 500-1500 (2 counts) and Failure to Appear
Christopher Laurent was booked 07/28 on the charges of Failure to Yield and Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense)
James Voth was booked 07/29 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information, Simple Assault, and Failure to Appear
Forest Walker was booked 07/29 on the charge of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit
Sedgie Haynes was booked 07/29 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense)
Larry Smith was booked 07/29 on the charge of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Triuna Allen was booked 07/29 on the charge of Burglary Inhabited Dwelling
Carrie Miller was booked 07/29 on the charge of Possessin of Stolen Property
David Menard was booked 07/29 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Speeding 41 or More Over Limit
Robert Conley was booked 07/29 on the charges of Speeding 1-10 Over Limit, No Proof of Insurance, and Speeding 11-20 Over Limit
Lionel Burton was booked 07/29 on the charge of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
July 27, 2012
2012-13 Louisiana Hunting Regulations Available Online
July 27, 2012 -- The 2012-13 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet is available now on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) website at
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations.
The booklet includes the 2012-13 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) regulations, WMA lottery hunts and physically challenged hunts, deer season dates, mandatory deer tagging information, and information on license fees and types. The booklet also includes the season dates and bag limits for quail, rabbit, squirrel and migratory game birds with the exception of the late waterfowl season. Duck and goose season dates and bag limits will be available on the LDWF website following the Aug. 2 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.
Printed copies of the booklet will be available mid to late August and found at local hunting license vendors and LDWF field offices. For contact information and addresses of LDWF field offices, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife-field-offices-and-telephone-numbers or call 225-765-2800.
For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or
rmyers@wlf.la.gov.
Obituary
Mrs. Remona Rose Spikes a native of Washington Parish and resident of Bogalusa, Louisiana departed this life on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the age of 60 at the LSU Bogalusa Medical Center - Bogalusa, LA. Obituaries
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Ethedic Bernett Jones (November 11, 1949 - July 17, 2012) Obituaries
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Johnny Will Monday, Sr. (March 29, 1936 - July 19, 2012) Obituaries
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J B Byrd age 73 passed away July 26, 2012 at La. Heart Hospital. Obituaries
July 27, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Anthony Woodard was booked 07/26 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Patricia Allred Hanson was booked 07/26 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Zechariah Crain was booked 07/26 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Steven Brown was booked 07/26 on the charge of Theft Over $1500
Riko Anders was booked 07/26 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Vivian Leann Graves was booked 07/26 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Tony Magee was booked 07/26 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Jeremy Addison was booked 07/26 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and No Seat Belt
Hunter Palmer was booked 07/27 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Erica Conerly was booked 07/27 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, Switches License Plates and Failure to Appear
Calvin Brock was booked 07/27 on the charge of Failure to Appear
July 27, 2012
Slidell Police Department Arrest Information
July 26th, 2012:
Jarred L. Kirsh, age 19 of 405 Foxcroft Street, Slidell, LA
Was arrested on two counts of Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court
Brandon L. Cuevas, age 26 of 1549 Boyd Davis Road, Talisheek, LA
Was arrested for Theft under $300.00 by shoplifting merchandise from Wal-Mart on Natchez
Arletha Greene, age 47 of 858 Ashville Drive, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance
Steven D. Re, age 36 of 27040 Quail Lane, Perkinston, MS
Was arrested for Theft of a Vehicle, Theft under $100.00, Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court and two counts of Failure to return a leased Movable
Lamel R. Silvan, age 38 of 701 North Taylor, Covington, LA
Was arrested for Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court
July 27th, 2012:
Kathryn D. Doss, age 22 of 58158 Patrick Street, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court
July 26, 2012
Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor Academy to Be Offered Aug. 7-9 at Waddill Refuge in Baton Rouge
July 26, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Education Section is offering a Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor Academy at Waddill Refuge in Baton Rouge on Aug. 7 through 9. Waddill Refuge is located at 4142 North Flannery Road and the academy sessions will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night.
Volunteer instructors are the backbone of LDWF’s hunter education program. Become a part of the team that makes a difference. One of the rewards of serving as a volunteer instructor is the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to preserve the future of hunting by passing on a time honored tradition. More on the story
Obituary
KAILYN MAKENZIE POLK, the 10 month old daughter of Shon and Brittany Dykes Polk died Thursday morning July 26, 2012 at LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa. Obituaries
July 26, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Fredrick Warren was booked 07/25 on the charge of Probation Violation
Jimmy Magee was booked 07/25 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace-Loud and Abusive Language and Aggravate Assault with a Firearm
Jerome Walker was booked 07/25 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks $300-$500, Issuing Worthless Checks $0 to $100, and Issuing Worthless Checks Over $500 (2 counts)
Keon Brown was booked 07/25 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
John Dolan was booked 07/25 on the charges of Sexual Battery and Indecent Behavior With Juveniles
Montoya Allen was booked 07/25 on the charges of Theft By Fraud and Possession of Stolen Property
Anthony Woodard was booked 07/26 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
July 26, 2012
Tangipahoa Roundup Targets "Dead-Beat" Parents
Sheriff Edwards was pleased to announce how smoothly a “parish wide” joint law enforcement effort went during the night of July 25. This Operation included personnel from Support Enforcement, Louisiana’s State Police and Probation and Parole, ALL Municipal Police Departments and Sheriffs Deputies deployed across the parish in search of persons wanted for Child Support warrants. We attempted execution of 208 outstanding attachments with arrears totaling in excess of $3,090,692.00 throughout the night of 7/25/2012. Currently 66 attachments have been executed which is approximately 31.7%. Money is still being collected from these warrants, but based on past roundups, we expect around $30,000 in back child support to be collected. "By working closely with our partners in law enforcement to serve the children and families of our state, we are sending a clear message that a parent's financial responsibility to their children cannot be neglected," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "The goal of a child support round-up is to go after those individuals who have avoided their financial obligation, collect money owed to the families and to put others on notice who are avoiding responsibility to their children.”
This Operation ran through the night and thus far 43 persons have been located and arrested. Sheriff Edwards said we will continue to search for the ones still outstanding and would recommend that if you have a warrant for non-support you should contact support enforcement office and rectify as soon as possible.
July 26, 2012
JOINT STATEMENT FROM SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION JOHN WHITE AND BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION PRESIDENT PENNY DASTUGUE
BATON ROUGE, La. - Wednesday, the First Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition for an injunction filed by a teachers' union seeking to halt the Louisiana Scholarship Program, interfering with offering parents the opportunity to make the best choice for the education of their children. The Louisiana Scholarship Program is a critical component of the Louisiana Believes plan, which at its core empowers those closest to children to make the choices they feel are best for students. A legal representative of a teachers' union is stooping to sending threatening letters to schools participating in the program warning of legal action for accepting money as part of the program.

"While we are happy for Louisiana's children that the ruling allows them to attend the school their parents think best, we find the kind of scare tactics used by the plaintiff to be shameful, " State Superintendent of Education John White said. "Trying to prevent people from doing what's right for their children is bad enough. Doing it with no basis whatsoever is disgraceful. School starts in three weeks. It's time to put politics behind us and start focusing on our kids."

"This is outrageous. We encourage participating schools to ignore the LAE's absurd actions and to move forward with providing children the opportunity their parents have decided is best for them," Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Penny Dastugue said.
July 26, 2012
Slidell Police Department Arrest Information
July 25th, 2012:
Bernel L. Ray, age 53 of 36226 Oceola Street, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting an Officer
Marcus Hardin, age 33 of 2640 NE 8th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL
Was arrested for Possession of Marijuana
Thomas Davis Jr., age 51 of 1771 Kent Street, Roseville, MN
Was arrested for Possession of Marijuana
July 26th, 2012:
Kenneth Watts Jr., age 26 of 30105 Susan Street, Lacombe, LA
Was arrested for DWI 2nd Offense and Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Rebecca B. Barron, age 44 of 1405 Piney Circle, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for DWI 2nd Offense and Improper Lane Usage
Melissa K. Wheat, age 39 of 964 Ashville Drive, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Failure to Appear and Probation Violation both from Slidell City Court
July 26, 2012
Burglary Suspects Arressted in Ponchatoula
On July 25, 2012 Deputy Kenny Schliegelmeyer developed information identifying a suspect in numerous burglaries in the Ponchatoula area. Schliegelmeyer found that a Erica D. Monroe 1/6/93 of 40025 Wagner Rd Ponchatoula had an outstanding FTA warrant for her arrest. Soon thereafter he located and arrested her and turned her over to Detectives where the investigation could be continued. Detectives were able to confirm her involvement in burglaries and identify a Benjamin “Jake” Loposse 3/18/92 of the same address who assisted in burglaries. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence where numerous items from burglaries were recovered which included two handguns. Also, during the search Loposse was found to be in possession of marijuana for which charged. Both subjects were booked into the Parish Jail on 16 counts of simple burglary. Investigation is still ongoing with more arrest to come.
July 25, 2012
Troopers investigate Early Morning Fatal Crash in Lacombe
St. Tammany Parish- Earlier this morning at 5:40 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash at the intersection of the Interstate 12 eastbound off ramp and LA 434 in Lacombe, LA. The crash took the life of 62 year old Covington resident Eulalio Hernandez.
Troopers’ investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Hernandez exited I-12 eastbound in a 1996 Toyota Corolla and came to a stop at the stop sign at the end of the off ramp. After coming to a stop, Hernandez failed to yield to oncoming traffic and proceeded forward into the intersection directly into the path of a 2007 Ford Explorer traveling south on LA 434. The Toyota Corolla was then impacted on its left side by the front end of the Ford Explorer resulting in both vehicles coming to rest within the intersection.
The driver of the Ford Explorer, 30 year old Christopher Blount of Lacombe, LA, was wearing a seatbelt and received no injuries in the crash.
Hernandez was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was transported to University Medical Center in serious condition where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries.
Alcohol and/or drug impairment is not suspected for either driver at this time pending a toxicology analysis.
July 25, 2012
Louisiana Moves Up in National Rankings for Overall Child Well-Being
Better But Still Nothing to Brag About
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, which ranks states on a series of child well-being indicators, and Louisiana has moved up two places to its highest-ever ranking.
The state moved to 47th place in the 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book, after being ranked in 49th place for the previous 10 editions. KIDS COUNT measures child well-being in each state using 16 data indicators, which are grouped into four categories: Health, Education, Family and Community, and Economic Well-Being. More on the story
July 25, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Gregory Magee was booked 07/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Disturbing the Peace-Simple Drunk
Edna Mestayer was booked 07/24 In From Court
Tommy Bell was booked 07/24 on Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Dent Dykes was booked 07/24 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Eric Dressner was booked 07/24 on the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
Kenneth Loper was booked 07/24 on the charge of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Christian Herring was booked 07/24 on the charge of Possesion of Stolen Property, Extortion, (2 counts) and Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information
Fredrick Warren was booked 07/25 on the charge of Probation Violation
Jimmy Magee was booked 07/;25 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language and Aggravatedd Assault with a Firearm
July 25, 2012
Attorney General Recovers $38 Million from Drug Companies Charged with Fraud
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced today that his office has recovered $38 million from eight pharmaceutical companies that he sued alleging unlawful inflation of drug costs paid by Louisiana taxpayers through the Medicaid program. Caldwell has made it a priority to aggressively pursue the recovery of taxpayer-funded Medicaid program dollars and has recovered more than $176 million since taking office.
July 25, 2012
Slidell Police Department Arrest Activity
July 24th, 2012:
Douglas S. Thorington, age 50 of 1243 St. Tammany Avenue, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Possession of Marijuana
Theresa D. Dougherty, age 36 of 4084 Coral Street, Bay St. Louis, MS
Was arrested for Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court
William R. Brookhart, age 55 of 3518 Fiesta Lane, Kalamazoo, MI
Was arrested for Probation Violation from Slidell City Court
Anthony S. Jordan, age 44 of 214 Venus, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court
Jack A. Morgan, age 32 of 1578 Alice Avenue, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Probation Violation from Slidell City Court
July 24, 2012
Blue Cross selected to administer state employee health plans
BATON ROUGE – The Office of Group Benefits (OGB) today announced that Blue Cross/Blue Shield has been selected to administer the major health plans that provide health coverage for state government employees, retirees, and their dependents, a move that will save more than $20 million per year.
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It is with mixed emotions of sadness and joy that we announce the homegoing of our dear mother; Gladys Adams, age 90. Obituaries
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DENVER LEE EZELL, II “DENNY” left this world too soon on July 20, 2012 at the age of 32. Obituaries
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JERRY WAYNE DUNCAN, JR. “WORME”, AGE 36
And a resident of Thomas died early Sunday July 22, 2012 at LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa.
July 24, 2012
LOUISIANA TOPS U.S. IN WORKFORCE TRAINING AND ECONOMIC GROWTH POTENTIAL
Business Facilities magazine ranks LED FastStart No. 1 for third consecutive year
Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal hailed new No. 1 economic rankings for Louisiana as clear evidence the state is outperforming the South and the nation as an emerging economic powerhouse. For the third consecutive year, Business Facilities magazine has ranked LED FastStart™ – Louisiana's customized workforce program for expanding companies – as the top state workforce development program in America. In addition, the magazine's 2012 Rankings Report lists Louisiana No. 1 for economic growth potential.
Gov. Jindal said, "With the help of our top-ranked workforce training program and one of the best business climates in the country, more and more companies are investing or expanding here to create great job opportunities for our people. These rankings are proof that our work to eliminate burdensome business taxes, overhaul our ethics laws, revamp our workforce training system and cut spending is paying off."
July 24, 2012
Meth Lab Found in Loranger
LORANGER – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Danny Null Jr. (DOB 3.1.85) was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines at his Loranger residence.
On July 23, 2012, Agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office received information that methamphetamines were being manufactured at a Loranger residence on Chappepeela Rd. Upon arrival, agents could smell a strong chemical odor that is associated to the manufacturing of meth. Upon entering the residence, agents observed a “one pot lab”, a HCL generator and one pint of methamphetamine oil. Other precursor materials were located in the residence.
Subsequently, Danny Null Jr. was arrested and charged with the manufacturing of CDS I narcotics.
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July 24, 2012
Washington Parish Council Hears Report on Library Branch at Enon
Al Baron, the Washington Parish Library Director, reported to the Washington Parish Council Monday night that the new Enon Branch is nearing completion. Remaining work includes septic work, AT&T fiber- optic cable, ramp and porch work, and the 1300 square foot (under roof) facility will be ready.

In other business, the Council

  • heard a report from Road Supervisor Lavelle Gerald
  • heard a report from Director of Public Works Leo Lucchesi that included the rebuilding of John D. Wood east of Franklinton that connects Highways 10 and 16. Contracts will be signed within weeks on the 1.6 mile project.
  • heard a report from Washington Parish President Richard Thomas
  • held a Public Hearing on an ordinance revising Recreation District lines
  • approved the ordinance revising the lines

The next scheduled meeting will be August 13.

July 24, 2012
Murder Suspect Arrested
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of Asua Bartolo (DOB 8.24.50) of Tickfaw, LA for the murder of 55 year old Elias Bulnez Azua.
BARTOLO was arrested yesterday after deputies executed an arrest warrant at an address on HWY 51 in Tickfaw. BARTOLO was taken info custody without incident.
BARTOLO was charged with second degree murder for stabbing his brother, Elias Bulnez Azua, to his death.
Detectives are in the preliminary stages of the investigation and motive has not yet been determined.
July 24, 2012
Franklinton Police Department Activity
Officers with the Franklinton Police Department on July 23, 2012 from 0500 thru July 24, 2012 at 0500 responded to and investigated the following:
1. Officers responded to the 1300 block of Alford Street in reference to a complaint of criminal damage to property.
2. Officers responded to Dollar General on 11th Avenue in reference to a complaint of shoplifting. After further investigation, officers arrested Teaquilla Plowden of Franklinton for Shoplifting. Ms. Plowden was also found to be a fugitive from Abbeville, Lousiana.
July 24, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
John Altentaler was booked 07/23 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense)
Jonathan Barber was booked 07/23 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts), Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility, and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Rebecca Wheat was booked 07/23 In From Court
Glenn Wells was booked 07/23 In From Court
Lee Lewis was booked 07/23 on the charge of Aggavated Assault
Wendy Gregorio was booked 07/23 on the charge of Theft Over $1500
David Capdeville was booked 07/23 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Autumn Dykes was booked 07/23 on the charge of Probation Violation
Teaquilla Plowden was booked 07/23 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Richard Grimes was booked 07/23 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and Obstruction of Justice
Gregory Magee was booked 07/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Disturbing the Peace-Simple Drunk
July 23, 2012
Boaters - Be Careful On The Water
Recent reports from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries of the deaths of three boaters point out the need to exercise care while on the water. Allen Fontenot (66) from St. Landry Parish, William R. Druilhet Jr. (22) of Lake Charles and Christopher Rollins (25) of Westlake died in two separate incidents over the last two days after their boats capsized. Two of the three were not wearing personal flotation devices.
Take the Safe Boating Pledge. Make this summer safe.
"I pledge to boat safely each and every time I go out on the water, keeping myself, my family, my friends and fellow boaters from harm's way. I will always boat responsibly by:
•Wearing my life jacket and ensuring that everyone on board wears their life jacket (when in a small boat, or operating in rough water or threatening weather conditions)
•Remaining sober and alert - remembering that the use of alcohol contributes to accidents on the water
•Staying in control of my craft and respecting the right of others enjoying the waterways
•Knowing and obeying navigation rules, operating at a safe speed and maintaining a proper lookout"
July 4, 2012
Slidell Police Department Arrest Information
July 23rd, 2012:
Joseph C. Gibbens, age 26 of 1420 Hickory Street, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Bank Fraud, Monetary Instrument Abuse, Forgery and Possession of Stolen Things
Elizabeth F. Keister, age 40 of 309 3rd Street, Pass Christian, MS
Was arrested for Simple Battery
Christopher T. Lerog Jr., age 23 of 1515 South Grady Avenue, Picayune, MS
Was arrested for Theft under $300.00 by shoplifting merchandise from Wal-Mart on Natchez, Possession of both a schedule II and IV controlled dangerous substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Andrea C. Thrift, age 22 of 1515 South Grady Avenue, Picayune, MS
Was arrested for Theft under $300.00 by shoplifting merchandise from Wal-Mart on Natchez, Possession of both a schedule II and IV controlled dangerous substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kerry King, age 20 of 132 Southpark Drive, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court
July 24th, 2012:
Kaaren I. Kerns, age 26 of 26033 Little Fawn Drive, Lacombe, LA
Was arrested for DWI, Resisting an Officer, Improper Lane usage and Open Container in a Vehicle
Tracy F. Marino, age 43 of 30276 Highway 435, Abita Springs, LA
Was arrested for DWI, Failure to use a child restraint system, No Driver’s License and Switched License Plate
July 23, 2012
Slidell Man Found Guilty of Sexual Battery
COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Harley White, 54 of Slidell, was found guilty as charged of sexual battery on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012, after a 3 day trial. The twelve person St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated 3 hours before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge William Knight. Assistant District Attorneys Ken Dohre and Scott Gardner were in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
White was arrested in November 2010 by the Slidell Police Department after a minor male victim was sexually abused. The victim’s friend told his mother who called the victim’s mother and the Police were notified.
District Attorney Walter Reed pointed out that, “This conviction will keep this sex offender away from our kids for a long, long time.”
Judge Knight will sentence White on September 20, 2012. Sexual battery of a victim under age thirteen is punishable by imprisonment for not less than 25 nor more than 99 years.
Obituary
Marcell Brown Smith was born in Bogalusa, LA on January 16, 1939 to the late Anderson and Rosa Lee Brown. She departed this life on July 18, 2012 at Northshore Specialty Hospital in Covington, LA. Obituaries
Obituary
Joshua Heath "Spanky" McMillan, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 40, born in Bogalusa, LA on November 19, 1971, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA. Obituaries
Obituary
JOSEPHINE DAVIS PITTMAN, age 80 and a longtime resident of Pine, passed away Friday night July 20, 2012 at her daughters home in Denham Springs. Obituaries
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July 23, 2012
Tangi Sheriff Looking For Murderer
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the sheriff’s office is currently investigating a murder which occurred yesterday on Greg Dr. in Hammond.
In the early morning hours of July 22, 2012, the sheriff’s office was notified that the body of 55 year old Elias Balnez Azua of Tickfaw, was found inside a residence on Greg Dr. in Hammond. It was reported that the victim, later identified as Azua, had been stabbed numerous times resulting in his death.
It is believed that the victim may have known his offender.
July 23, 2012
Cassidy Park Museums Hosting Great Events in August
Check out the events at the Native American Museum and Pioneer Museum in Cassidy Park during the month of August. The information is posted in the left column just below the weather.
July 23, 2012
Washington Parish Council to Consider Revising Recreation District Lines
The Washington Parish Council meets at 6 pm Monday, July 23 and on the agenda is a Public Hearing to consider Revising Recreation District Lines. As usual, the Council will consider other business, hear reports from Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff, and provide time for persons to address the Council during Public Participation. The public is invited to attend.
(The meeting will be broadcasted LIVE on our Washington Parish Channel and retained in our Video Library until the next meeting of the Council.)
July 23, 2012
Franklinton Police Department Activity
Officers with the Franklinton Police Department on July 20, 2012 from 0500 thru July 23, 2012 at 0500 responded to and investigated the following:
1. Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call on Slash Street. After the ensuing investigation officers arrested John Altentaler of Franklinton and charged him with Domestic Abuse Battery.
2. Officers responded to the 400 block of 21st Avenue in reference to a complaint of theft.
3. Officers conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the arrest of Traesean Harrison of Abita Springs, Louisiana for possession of marijuana.
4. Officers conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the arrest of Andrew Dodds of Bogalusa and Terrence Robinson of Franklinton for Possession of Marijuana. Dodds was also charged with DWI 1st offense.
5. Officers conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the arrest of Tyrone Fox of Franklinton for Possession of Schedule 3 CDS.
6. Officers conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the arrest of Christine Cartier of Franklinton for Contempt of Court.
7. Officers arrested Eddie Sorrow of Tylertown, MS and charged him with DWI 1st offense, Careless Operation of a Vehicle, and Negligent Injuring. This was after Mr. Sorrow’s vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane of travel causing a head-on collision. The Driver of the other vehicle was reported to have substantial injuries.
8. Officers came into contact with Paul Smith who was passed out in the parking lot of the Bridge Store. Subsequently Mr. Smith was arrested for Disturbing the Peace and Public Intoxication.
July 23, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Eddie Sorrow was booked 07/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense), Careless Operation/Accident, and Negligent Injury
Betty Stringer was booked 07/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense) and Careless Operation
Tyrone Fox was booked 07/21 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule III Drugs
Paul Smith was booked 07/21 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Daniel Ashe was booked 07/22 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense), Careless Operation, and Failure to Appear
Drew Dodds was booked 07/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense) and Improper Lane Useage
Howard Hanson was booked 07/22 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise, No Proof of Insurance, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, and Expired MVI
Edward Conerly was booked 07/22 on the charges of Forgery (2 counts) and Theft by Fraud (2 counts)
Howard Arnold was booked 07/22 on the charge of Armed Robbery
John Altentaler was booked 07/23 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense)
Jonathan Barber was booked 07/23 on the charge of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
July 23, 2012
Slidell Police Department Arrest Information
July 20, 2012
DHH Confirms Four New Cases of West Nile Virus
Health Officials Encourage Residents to Take Precautions to Protect Themselves
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed four additional human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year's total to 14, which includes one case of neuroinvasive disease from St. Tammany Parish. The four new cases are from Bossier, East Baton Rouge, St. Tammany and West Baton Rouge parishes.
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July 20, 2012
Louisiana Ranked Among Top Five States for Best Business Climate in the U.S.
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal hailed Louisiana’s highest-ever business climate ranking – No. 5 by Business Facilities – as a fresh signal of Louisiana’s emergence as one of America’s top climates for business investment and job creation.
Louisiana rose from No. 7 in 2011 to No. 5 in the magazine’s 2012 State Rankings Report, after the state had climbed into the Top 10 at No. 8 in 2010, when Business Facilities also named Louisiana its State of the Year. More on the story
Obituary
Ned Victor Collett, Sr., age 86, born in Bogalusa, LA on March 28, 1926, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA. Obituaries
July 19, 2012
Washington Parish Booking Information
Lorenda Duncan was booked 07/18 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Daytona Dykes was booked 07/18 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Battery-Domestic Violence, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Criminal Damage to Property
Kenneth Cassard was booked 07/18 on the charges of Expired Drivers License, Failure to Honor Written Promise, No Turn Signal, and Driving Under Suspension
Emmitt Cain was booked 07/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Duffley James was booked 07/18 In From Court
Holls Bennett was booked 07/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Careless Operation
Wallace Westbrook was booked 07/18 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Derrick Jefferson was booked 07/18 n the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, Criminal Damage to Property, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Failure to Appear
Zachary Hilliard was booked 07/18 on the charge of Criminal Damage
Dre Lewis was booked 07/18 on the charges of Simple Burglary (3 counts)
Casey Painter was booked 07/19 on the charge of Driving While Intoxcated (1st Offense) and Careless Operation
Donna Smith was booked 07/19 on the charges of Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, Driving with Suspended License due to Prevous DUI, Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Felon Magee was booked 07/19 on the charges of Open Container, Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Honor Written Promise
July 19, 2012
Slidell Police Department Arrest Information for July 18
Melvan L. Martin, age 53 of 153 Morrow Drive Apt. A, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court
Perry L. Roach, age 67 of 3246 Reine Avenue, Slidell, LA
Was issued a summons for Simple Battery
Mark A. Carrasco, age 24 of 67140 P. Kennedy Road, Pearl River, LA
Was issued a summons for Possession of Marijuana
Jessica M. Horner, age 28 of 2101 Second Street, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Possession of Marijuana
Eugene K, James, age 43 of 58154 Patrick Street, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Simple Battery, two counts of Unauthorized Entry into an Inhabited Dwelling, two counts of Simple Assault and two counts of Criminal Damage to Property
Jerry O. Thompson, age 59 of 60385 Bryan Road, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for DWI and Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Cortez Wallace, age 25 of 111 Westchester Place Apt. A-5, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Simple Assault and two counts of Violation of a Protective order
Taylor Roussell, age 17 of 552 Driftwood Circle, Slidell, LA
Was issued a summons for Possession of Marijuana
July 18, 2012
Deputies Asking Public For Help Identifying Car Burglar/Thief
Covington – Detectives are looking for information leading to the identity of a suspect wanted in a series of car burglaries and vehicle thefts.
Deputies have been investigating a rash of car burglaries and vehicle thefts since May 1st of this year in the New Kingspoint subdivision located in the Slidell area. Over the past two and a half months, there have been approximately 12 vehicle burglaries and six vehicle thefts. Detectives believe that the suspect is gaining access to vehicles that are left unlocked. Several firearms have been taken from the burglarized vehicles as well as any car keys that he may find. The suspect later returns with the stolen keys and takes the vehicle.
Detectives have located surveillance video that captured the thief in the act. The suspect appears to be a young and slender black male, with a mark or tattoo on the top of his left hand. Anyone with information about the identity of this person is asked to contact Det. Matt Lewis at 985.726.7846.
July 18, 2012
Strain Warns of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus Threats
Baton Rouge, LA (July 18, 2012) - An increase in Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) cases in horses has prompted Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., to warn owners to vaccinate their horses.
July 18, 2012
MAN GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED RAPE
COVINGTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Louis Bordes IV, 23 of Slidell, has been found guilty as charged of aggravated rape. A twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated for one hour on Thursday, July 12th, 2012, before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Martin Coady. Assistant District Attorneys Harold Bartholomew, Jr. and Julie Knight were in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Bordes IV was arrested in October 2011 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after an adult female victim was raped at gunpoint near Slidell. The victim was at work at a local campground when she came upon Bordes IV in the laundry room. Bordes first demanded money and her phone before raping her. The victim was able to tell a coworker to call 911 and Sheriff’s Deputies found Bordes IV walking nearby a short time later possessing a handgun.
District Attorney Walter Reed praised the work of Bartholomew, Jr., Knight and the Deputies by commenting, “The hard work of my staff and the deputies will ensure that this rapist will not ever have another victim.”
Judge Coady will sentence Bordes IV on July 18, 2012. Aggravated rape is punishable by imprisonment for life at hard labor without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
Obituary
Dorothy Mae Pounds, a member of Lee's Creek Baptist Church, born in Foxworth, MS on May 10, 1926, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA. Obituaries
Obituary
ELAINE BROOKS CRAIN, AGE 41
And a resident of Pine died at 10:45 PM Monday, July 16, 2012 at West Jefferson Hospital in New Orleans. Obituaries
July 18 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Donald Rogers was booked 07/17 on charges of Littering and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kareem Spurlock was booked 07/17 on charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Failure to Appear, Illegal Discharge of a Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (2 counts)
Reginald Ginn was booked 07/17 In From Court
Tosha Watkins was booked 07/17 on charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Myrthy Wilkins was booked 07/17 In From Court
Christopher Williams was booked 07/17 In From Court
Delores Jones was booked 07/17 on the charge of Theft $500-$1500
Wilson Jones was booked 07/17 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, No Seat Belt, Improper Lane Useage, Expired Drivers License, Failure to Appear, and Driving Under Suspension
Lorenda Duncan was booked 07/18 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Moveable
Daytona Dykes was booked 07/18 on charges of Contempt of Court, Battery-Domestic Violence, Unauthorized Entry of An Inhabited Dwelling, and Criminal Damage to Property
Kenneth Cassard was booked 07/18 on charges of Expired Divers License, Failure to Honor Written Promise, No Turn Signals, and Driving Under Suspension
July 18, 2012
Franklinton Police Department Activity
Officers with the Franklinton Police Department on July 17, 2012 from 0500 thru July 18, 2012 at 0500 responded to and investigated the following:
1. Officers conducted a traffic stop and arrested Daytona Dykes of Franklinton for contempt of court, as well as, being a fugitive from another agency.
2. Officers also issued 6 citations during this time period.
July 18, 2012
Slidell Police Department Arrest Information
July 17th, 2012:
James N. Fontenot, age 56 of 120 Westminster Drive, Slidell, LA
Was issued a summons for Simple Battery
Fred Cook, age 44 of 4456 Pontchartrain Drive Apt. 19, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court
Dustin M. Welch, age 21 of 1509 Hunters Point Road, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Theft under $300.00 by shoplifting merchandise from JC Penney’s
Debra M. Zito, age 44 of 1519 Savannah Drive, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Theft under $300.00 by shoplifting merchandise from Rouses and Resisting an Officer
Aneesah T. Willis, age 21 of 718 N Walnut Street, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for Failure to Appear in Slidell City Court
July 18th, 2012:
Robert L. Antle, age 30 of 209 Goldenwood, Slidell, LA
Was arrested for DWI and Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
July 17, 2012
Beth Mizell Posts "Anonymously Frustrated"
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July 17, 2012
Diane Moore's New Post On Her Blog
Check out her new post, "On The Use Of The Common Fork and Knife".
Obituary
Jo L. Purvis, born in Bogalusa, LA on May 1, 1926, died on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at Canon Hospice, an Ochsner affiliate, in New Orleans, LA. Obituaries
July 17, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Crystel Klobus was booked 07/16 on the charges of Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden, Criminal Damage to Property, Disturbing the Peace, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Christopher Schilling was booked 07/16 on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Home Invasion, Criminal Damage to Property, Disturbing the Peace-Simple Drunk, and Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence
James Lowery was booked 07/16 on the charges of Disturbng the Peace and Battery-Domestic Violence
Alexis Varela was booked 07/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Wilton McCain was booked 07/16 on the charge of No Seat Belt
Donald Rogers was booked 07/17 on the charge of Littering and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kareem Spurlock was booked 07/17 on the charge of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Failure to Appear, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (2 counts)
Reginald Ginn was booked 07/17 In From Court
July 16, 2012
Big Drug Bust in Tangipahoa Parish
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that in a joint investigation between the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Task Force, four subjects are behind bars after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a large quantity of cocaine being transported from Houston, TX to Jacksonville FL.
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July 16, 2012

West Nile virus increase corresponds to heavy rains
Recent rains have provided the environment needed to increase mosquito populations, which also increases the likelihood of more cases of West Nile virus.

For the past few weeks the number of West Nile virus cases has risen to numbers not seen in recent years, and standing water seems to be the main reason, according to LSU AgCenter entomologist Tim Schowalter.

“Female mosquitoes require standing water to lay their eggs. And if we can deny this, there is a better chance of keeping their numbers low,” Schowalter said.

When standing water is available near the home, the mosquito has all it needs to reproduce.

“She has to have a blood meal or she will die before laying her eggs. More on the story

July 16, 2012

DCFS Marks One Year since Launch of Child Abuse Hotline, 50,000 Reports Reviewed
BATON ROUGE - Since launching it's 24-hour, toll-free, statewide hotline, 1-855-4LA-KIDS, one year ago, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has reviewed more than 50,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. More on the story

July 16, 2012

Former Deputy Sheriff Indicted

A former Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Deputy has been indicted on four counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
Clarence “Jeremy” Brister, 37, of 8275 Vincent Road #611 in Denham Springs, was indicted by a Livingston Parish grand jury on three counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count of molestation of a juvenile. Prior to his arrest in January, Brister had been a deputy with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s office for 18 months. He was immediately fired upon his arrest.
Each count of indecent behavior with a juvenile carries the possible sentence of up to seven years in prison. Additionally, Brister is facing a sentence of up to ten years in prison for the molestation charge. If convicted, both charges would require Brister to register as a sex offender. Brister’s arraignment is set for August 29.

July 16, 2012

Samantha Jaume Murderer Sentenced to Life

District Attorney Walter Reed reports that on Wednesday June 27, 2012, Dominic Robinson age 32, appeared in Judge August Hand’s courtroom to be sentenced.

Robinson was convicted of First Degree Murder of Samantha Jaume in Mandeville in 2008. During the trial, because of Hurricane Gustav the Judge dismissed the jury before the penalty phase could begin. This procedural issue has been to the Louisiana Supreme Court over these many years along with the many defense attorneys being assigned the case, which has caused extended delays.

Robinson tendered a waiver of any further proceedings and requested to be sentenced without the imposition of the death penalty. He waived all of his rights to appeal as well as any request for commutation of sentence in this case along with waivers of all appeal rights for his conviction and sentence from Terrebonne Parish.

“This protracted prosecution had many substantive and procedural issues which affect the imposition of a death penalty in this case. We have made every reasonable effort to impose the death penalty, but the delays, interruptions and circumstances warrant accepting a sentence to Life in prison without benefit of parole, suspension or commutation of sentence which brings some finality and closure to the victim’s family” District Attorney Reed stated .

“ This is a bitter pill to swallow both for my office and the family. The imposition of the death penalty requires a legally pristine and flawless criminal trial. This has not happened in this case” Reed stated.

“Over the years the District Attorney’s Office has maintained constant contact with the family’s representative. We thank them for standing with us. None of us find acceptance of this Life sentence to be satisfying” Reed concluded.

July 16, 2012

Slidell Resident Succumbs to Injuries Following Interstate 12 Crash
St. Tammany Parish- Following a two vehicle serious injury crash early Sunday morning, 28 year old Justin Dansby of Slidell, LA was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries at LSU University Medical Center in New Orleans. The crash occurred at 4:25 am on Sunday, July 15th in the westbound lanes of Interstate 12 approximately one mile west of U.S. 11 in Slidell.

Troopers’ investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Dansby was traveling west in the left lane of Interstate 12 in a 2005 Dodge pickup truck. A 2000 Peterbilt car carrier was traveling west in the right lane of I-12 ahead of Dansby. Both vehicles were traveling through the speed restricted construction zone near the U.S. 11 overpass. As Dansby exited the construction area, he accelerated passing several vehicles before moving into the right westbound lane behind the Peterbilt. For unknown reasons, Dansby failed to slow down as he approached the Peterbilt and struck the rear of the car carrier trailer causing his Dodge pickup to overturn several times.

The driver of the Peterbilt, 47 year old Porfirio Galvez, and front passenger, 50 year old Oscar Martinez both of Orlando, FL, were properly restrained and not injured in the crash. Galvez submitted to a breath alcohol test showing no detectable signs of alcohol in his system.

Dansby was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was transported to University Medical Center in serious condition where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries. Alcohol and/or drug impairment is unknown at this time pending a toxicology analysis.

While Troopers continue their investigation into the crash, motorists are urged to remain vigilant while driving and exercise patience especially throughout construction zones and high traffic areas. Driver attention and focus is especially critical during early morning hours when visibility is limited and driver fatigue is most common. Making poor decisions in a vehicle such as driving while impaired, driving while distracted, or reckless operation leads to serious injuries and deaths every day across the state. Making the responsible decision can mean the difference between life and death.

July 16, 2012

Lacombe Man Booked With Vehicular Homicide

Covington – At approximately 2:20 AM, early Sunday morning, the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting that a vehicle drove off the Main St. boat launch in Lacombe. The driver was able to swim to shore, but the passenger drowned inside the vehicle.
Dispatchers received a 911 call from Brandon Devezin (White male, D.O.B. 07/23/77 – 2112 Lapuirouse St, New Orleans) who reported the he drove his vehicle into Bayou Lacombe. Devezin was unable to give his location, however dispatchers quickly used the coordinates from his cell phone to pin point his location to the Main St. Boat Launch. When deputies arrived, they were informed that the passenger was still inside the vehicle. Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office Dive Team were dispatched to the scene along with a diver from Slidell Police Department, who was on duty that night.

At approximately 3:00 AM divers recovered the body of Devezin’s passenger from inside the vehicle, which was located approximately 130 feet from the launch. Contact the Coroner’s Office for identity of the passenger. Devezin admitted to drinking alcohol at a local bar prior to driving his vehicle into the bayou. Deputies detected clues of impairment and transported Devezin to the hospital to draw blood for analysis. Toxicology is pending at the State Police Crime Lab. Devezin was booked into the parish jail on the following charges:

L.R.S. 14:32.1 - Vehicular Homicide
L.R.S. 32:300 – Open Container

Devezin is currently still incarcerated at the jail with a combined bond amount of $100,750.00.

July 16, 2012

Keeping it Safer in Tangipahoa Parish

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 36 year old Anthony D. Doherty of Hammond, La after threatening to kill several subjects.
On July 15, 2012, deputies responded to a residence on Bake Lane where it was reported that Doherty engaged in an altercation with a resident and produced a knife. Reporting deputies stated that Doherty refused to leave the property and was threatening to kill everyone there. Doherty also threw a large rock through one of the resident’s bedroom windows.
Doherty was subsequently located and arrested on Old Baton Rouge Highway. During the investigation, deputies located an unspecified amount of crack cocaine on Doherty’s person. Once turned over to the custody of the parish jail, a crack pipe was located in the suspect’s shoe.
Doherty was charged with the following charges: Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDSII, Aggravated Assault, Simple Criminal Damage and for Introducing Contraband in the Parish Jail.

Obituary

KATHRYN VARNADO EDWARDS, AGE 83

And a resident of Ponchatoula, passed away in the early morning hours of Friday July 13, 2012 at her home. Obituaries

July 16, 2012

Bogalusa City Council to Meet Tuesday, July 17

The Bogalusa City Council will meet at 5:30 pm and hold a Public Hearing "to consider the roll forward of millage rates for 2012". The Regular Session meeting will begin at 5:45 pm. The Agenda items to be considered include

  • Guest Speaker Mr. Robert A. Neilson, CPA, to Present the 2011 Audit Report
  • Guest Speaker Mr. Marshall Jenkins to address the Council on Re-districting
  • Adopt the adjusted millage rate(s).
  • Set forth the adjusted millage rate(s) and roll forward to millage rate(s) not exceeding the maximum authorized rate(s).
  • Adopt other authorized millages or taxes.
  • Changing the zoning at 626 Superior Avenue from A-3 Residential to B-Business in order to open a Pediatric Clinic.
  • Public Participation
  • Administrative Remarks
  • Council Discussion

(The meetings will be broadcast LIVE on our Washington Parish Channel beginning at 5:30 pm and retained for two weeks in our Video Library under Government Meetings")

July 16, 2012

Slidell Police Department Arrest Information

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July 16, 2012

Domestic Disturbance Leads to Stabbing Death
A 27-year old Slidell area woman was stabbed to death early Sunday and her boyfriend’s mother has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for one count of L.R.S. 14:30.1 – second degree murder.
Just after midnight Sunday morning (Saturday night / Sunday morning), deputies were dispatched to a residence on Brookter St. in the Slidell area in response to a reported stabbing. Responding deputies encountered the victim’s husband outside the home. The couple was living in the home with his parents. The husband led deputies inside, where they discovered the victim lying on the floor of the home, suffering from stab wounds, and another woman standing over her, yelling at her. The woman was later identified as Joan Faye Hartman (w/f – 219 Brookter St – DOB: 2/24/1958).
Deputies administered first aid to the victim until Acadian Ambulance transported her to Ochsner Northshore hospital for further treatment. It was later learned the victim died from her injuries.
In the process of securing the home, deputies discovered Mrs. Hartman’s husband and the victim’s two children, all asleep in their bedrooms.
Mrs. Hartman was arrested at the scene and transported to the Sheriff’s Slidell complex for questioning, during which she admitted to stabbing the victim.
Hartman remains in the St. Tammany Parish Jail without bond. Second degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence at hard labor without parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

July 16, 2012

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

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Obituary

Glen Lott, a resident Bogalusa, LA, age 77, born on September 15, 1934 in Bastrop, LA, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2012 at his residence. Obituaries

July 13, 2012

Two Young Ladies Honored for Courage and Heroism

Today Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards honored two brave young ladies for their “Courage” and “Heroism” during a horrific event in their lives.
On April 27, 2012, 8 year old Mikayja Oliver was viciously attacked by 2 pit bull as she was riding bikes with her 11 year old friend Desiree Mitchell. During the attack, Desiree physically attempted to get the dogs off of Mikayja. When she realized that her efforts were not going to stop the animals, she ran for help. “Most adults put in a situation like that may not have handled themselves as composed and brave as Desiree did. Most of us would have panicked or even ran away.” states Edwards.
As Sheriff Edwards presented their plaques, he shared with Desiree that her extraordinary act of bravery has defined her as a true hero and has shown a pure demonstration of the strength of her character. Mikayja was presented with a plaque of courage. Courage because of her will to fight . Fight while maintaining a positive attitude during this entire experience. Many believe that her positive attitude is what has aided in her journey to recovery.

July 13, 2012

"Let's Get Growing" from County Agent Henry Harrison

For tips on popular vegetables to plant during these hot summer days (watermelons, okra, eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes) and how to care for your fruit trees, click Here

July 13, 2012

Pornography Involving Juveniles Arrest

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports an online undercover investigation conducted by cyber detectives lead to the arrest of Alex Neil Young (Age 27, White / Male; DOB: 06/28/85) residing at East Charles Street #2 in Hammond, LA 70401.
On July 12, 2012, sheriff's detectives assisted by Hammond Police and Federal Homeland Security Agents executed a search warrant at the Young residence after an investigation lead detectives to believe that images of child pornography were being collected at the residence. A search of the residence revealed the presence of multiple videos of children being sexually assaulted. Included in the suspected child pornography recovered from the Young residence was a video depicting a child approximately eight years old engaged in graphic sexual activity.
After completing their search, detectives arrested Young for possession of child pornography and he was transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for booking.

July 13, 2012

Slidell Police Department Arrests for July 12

July 12, 2012

Springfield Mayor and Police Chief Indicted
Today the mayor and police chief of Springfield were each indicted on four felony charges for conspiring to hide a woman’s 2011 DWI citation, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
In the four-count indictment returned by a Livingston Parish grand jury, Mayor Charles Martin, 62, and Police Chief James Jones, 48, are each accused of obstruction of justice, criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice, injuring public records, and criminal conspiracy to injure public records.

The charges stem from a conspiracy by Martin and Jones to conceal state evidence and to obstruct the prosecution of a suspect involved in an April 10, 2011 DWI arrest.
Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell said, “The two officials intentionally misused their authority and positions of public trust, and they knowingly tried to obstruct the prosecution of a DWI case.”
The Office of the State Inspector General conducted the investigation.

July 12, 2012

Early Morning Fiery Crash takes Life of Truck Driver
At approximately 8:45 am this morning, all lanes of Interstate 12 near the Robert exit were reopened following an early morning fatal crash between two 18 wheelers. The crash occurred shortly after 2:30 am in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 12 approximately one mile east of the LA 445 / Robert exit.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the crash took place as a 2006 Freightliner 18 wheeler, driven by 40 year old Elmer Fernandez of Gaithersburg, MD, was accelerating slowly in the eastbound lane of I-12 after merging into traffic from the right shoulder. As the Freightliner continued eastbound at a slow speed, a 2003 Volvo 18 wheeler rapidly approached the slow moving Freightliner from the rear and attempted to pass the slow moving truck on its left side. While attempting to pass the Freightliner, the Volvo impacted the left rear side of the Freightliner’s trailer with its right front corner resulting in the Volvo running off road to the right. Upon leaving the paved roadway, the Volvo 18 wheeler impacted a large tree with its front end becoming fully engulfed in flames as it came to rest in the tree line on the south side of the interstate.

Fernandez was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured in the crash. He submitted to a breath alcohol test showing no detectable signs of alcohol in his system.

The driver of the Volvo 18 wheeler was properly restrained; however, received fatal injuries in the crash. The front passenger in the Volvo was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred and was ejected from the vehicle receiving moderate injuries. Alcohol use is not suspected pending the results of a toxicology analysis. Out of state family notification is currently pending for both occupants.

While Troopers continue their investigation into the crash, motorists are urged to remain vigilant while driving under all weather and roadway conditions. Driver attention and focus is especially critical during early morning hours when visibility is limited and driver fatigue is most common. Making poor decisions in a vehicle such as driving while fatigued, 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.

Contact the Louisiana State Police by dialing *LSP or (*577) on your cell phone to report impaired drivers and dangerous roadway conditions.

Obituary

Mr. Richard Earl Simmons, Sr., passed away at the age of 65 on July 10,2012 in Franklinton, LA. Obituaries

Obituary

LaDonna D. Simmons passed away on July 8, 2012 at the age of 28 at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home in Kentwood, LA. Obituaries

July 12, 2012

Convicted Sex Offender Being Sought

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in locating one Robert Lee Porter III, 27 years old of 43103 Henson Lane in Hammond.
PROTER is wanted by the sheriff’s office for failing to register as a sex offender.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Porter is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

July 12, 2012

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Covington Area Armed Robbery

At approximately 9:00 PM Monday night, the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Advanced Auto, located at 950 E. Boston St., Covington. Employees of the store reported that they were robbed at gunpoint by two black males.

Deputies arrived on scene within three minutes of the call being dispatched. A perimeter was established in the area and the K-9 Division was summoned to the location. The initial search was called off after several hours; however, the Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab and detectives processed the scene throughout the night.

According to the victims of the robbery, two black males entered the store and posed as customers. While the suspects were purchasing an item, one of them produced a handgun. The employees were forced to lie on the ground as the robbers took themselves and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store. The victims were unsure if the suspects got into a vehicle or fled the area on foot.

The suspects are described as two black males in their early to mid 20’s. One had a light complexion and the other had a dark complexion. Both were said to be around 6 foot in height or slightly taller. Both had a stocky build and one was wearing a green polo shirt. The other suspect’s clothing description was not known.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information regarding this crime to please contact Detective Jerry McDowel at 985.726.7837.

July 11, 2012

Governor Jindal Orders Limited Hiring Freeze
Governor Jindal has issued an Executive Order establishing a limited hiring freeze for the Executive Branch. The order will remain in effect throughout the FY 13 budget year which ends June 30, 2013, to achieve at least $13 million in General Fund savings.
The lengthy Executive Order may be reviewed at
http://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=newsroom&tmp=detail&catID=2&articleID=3521

Obituary

Larcie Seals Smith a loving Daughter, Wife, Mother, Sister and Grandmother, born May 24, 1928 passed away July 10, 2012 at her residence at the age of 84. Obituaries

Obituary

Ruth Hughes Warner age 84 passed away July 9, 2012 at her residence here in Bogalusa La. Obituaries

Obituary

Kassie LeAnn Magee Keen, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 28, born on August 15, 1983 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Monday, July 9, 2012 at the LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa, LA. Obituaries

June 11, 2012

Several Noteworthy Issues at July 9 Parish Council Meeting

  • Ordinance No. 12-566 was introduced to revise Washington Parish Recreation Districts Lines.This ordinance will be up for Public Hearing at the next scheduled meeting on July 23.
  • Wilson LaGraize with the firm of Kushner LaGraize, LLC presented his report on the recent audit of Washington Parish Government for the fiscal year ending December, 31, 2011.Mr. LaGraize advised that the audit was one of the best audits he had been a part of and complimented Donna Alonzo and the Finance Department.He spoke of the deficit in the General Fund without going into detail.The deficit, which must be eliminated by the end of 2012, is a result of a controversy between the parish government and the District Attorney’s Office, a controversy that remains to be resolved.
  • Leon Puissegur asked if any of the Council members had attended a recent meeting of the Riverside Hospital Board.He expressed his concern that Riverside had laid off employees after the voters approved a millage increase.He indicated that his understanding was that layoffs would not occur if the millage was approved.None of the Council members had attended the meeting but Councilman Posey reminded those present that the hospital board had regular monthly meetings and the questions being posed could be asked at any future meetings.
  • Suzanna Fussell addressed the Council, leading off with the statement, “I keep hearing you say it is a good audit . . . there is nothing good about overspending by close to a million dollars.I hope you notice that as you pat yourselves on the back.”Fussell questioned why it took so long to realize the problem with the District Attorney’s Office, asked whether budget hearings would be advertised and open to the public, and thanked the Finance Committee for not approving a millage proposed by the Recreation Committee.
  • The Council also heard a report from President Richard Thomas, Finance Director Donna Alonzo, Public Works Director Leo Lucchesi, and Road Supervisor Lavelle Gerald.President Thomas, with input from others on his staff, emphasized that the road project in on track, roads are being built substantially below norms, and numerous bridge projects have been completed over the last two years.

(To view the meeting in its entirety, go to our Washington Parish Channel and click on "Government Meetings" in the Video Library.)

July 11, 2012
Message From Senator Vitter
Dear Friend,
Louisiana is still suffering from the job-crushing moratorium put in place after the BP oil spill. The Obama administration shut down the entire offshore oil and gas industry and thousands of jobs were lost because of it. Many Louisianians, including myself, pleaded for answers to why this happened, but we could never get a clear one.
Now we’re seeing extremely alarming evidence showing that Obama administration officials may have tampered with the facts that led to their decision to put the moratorium in place. And further, administration officials may have been hiding information from our Congressional oversight and investigation efforts.
Immediately following the moratorium, I asked the Department of Interior’s Office of the Inspector General to investigate the oil spill report that led to the moratorium and a possible mistake in reporting the facts. At the time, Interior’s IG provided a summary back to me saying any mistakes were inadvertent, but new evidence shows there was likely collaboration between Department of Interior officials and their Inspector General.
It’s pretty outrageous and offensive to know that politics seems to be influencing the office of the Inspector General in addition to potentially manipulating the science. I’m demanding answers because Inspector General offices at federal agencies are supposed to be completely independent and have zero political influence.
In May, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), whose states were also negatively impacted by the moratorium, joined me in demanding those answers. The good news is that the appropriate oversight authorities are going to investigate.
I’ll make sure to keep you posted as we work to get to the bottom of Obama’s job-killing moratorium.
Sincerely,
David Vitter
United States Senator
July 11, 2012
Slidell Police Department Arrest Information for July 10

July 11, 2012

Stupid Driving Lands Pair in Jail

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of two Ponchatoula residents after driving recklessly through the streets of Ponchatoula.
In the late afternoon hours of July 10, 2012, Deputy John Eady was patrolling on Hwy 22 in Ponchatoula, when he observed a white Ford truck turn north on to East Rateau Rd. in a reckless manor. As Deputy Eady attempted to catch up with the vehicle, he observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and traveling in the center of the roadway. Eady then initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Christopher Lee Crochet, 31 of Ponchatoula, LA. At this time, CROCHET was unable to provide Deputy Eady with a valid license or proof of insurance. CROCHET also had several outstanding failure to appear warrants. CROCHET was taken into custody and subsequently charged with Careless Operation of a Vehicle, Driving Under a Suspended License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 3 Failure to Appear Warrants.
CROCHET’s passenger, Curtis j Watts, 23 of Ponchatoula, LA also had outstanding warrants. He was taken into custody and charged with Possession of CDSII and Fugitive of another Jurisdiction. While being detained, WATTS dropped a cigarette box to the ground. Upon picking it up, it was observed that it contained methamphetamines.
Both subjects were then transported to the Parish Jail for processing.

July 10, 2012

SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE EDITION OF "THE LOUISIANA VETERAN" LDVA NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

A special edition of The Louisiana Veteran, LDVA's quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Please click the link below to view it or paste the link to your browser:

http://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/files/51.pdf

July 10, 2012

New Education Benefit for Unemployed Veterans Has Strong Response
Within two weeks of being announced, a program to give skills training to some unemployed Veterans has garnered over 12,000 online applications, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Called the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), the program allows qualifying Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 to receive up to 12 months of education assistance. Maximum payments are equal to the full-time rate for the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, currently $1,473 monthly. More on the Story

July 10, 2012

Slidell Police Arrest Information July 6-9

More on the story

July 9, 2012

Attempted Murder Suspect Sought

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is offering a $1,000 reward for information regarding an attempted murder which occurred on May 25, 2012, on HWY 1045 in Amite, LA.
On the evening of the 25th, deputies responded to Gary Bryant’s residence on HWY 1045, where Bryant called 911 stating that he had been shot numerous times after an attempted robbery.
The shooter is described as having a thin build with a droopy eye and approximately 5’7” tall. Bryant also reported that the suspects (two unknown black males) fled the scene in a white SUV.
Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

July 9, 2012

Deputies Find Covington Man Deceased Along With Crude Incendiary Device

Last week, a landlord summoned deputies to a tenants’ residence in the Covington area after finding the tenant, Phillip Poteet (W/M – 19316 9th Ave., Covington – DOB: 7/05/76) unresponsive inside.

Around 1:00 p.m. last Thursday, the landlord of the residence at 19316 9th Ave., Covington and an acquaintance of Poteet became concerned when they were unable to make contact with Poteet. The two entered the residence and found Poteet deceased in his bed with an injury to his head. Deputies quickly arrived at the residence and began to assess the scene.

Upon entering the residence, deputies were met with a strong odor of gasoline. Inside the home, deputies found a crudely made incendiary device that was also attached to the trigger of a rifle. Several containers of gasoline and paint thinner were placed throughout the interior of the home. Fearing they would set off the device, deputies quickly evacuated the residence and called members of the Sheriff’s Office Hazardous Device Unit to clear the home of any hazards. Deputies closed the street to civilian traffic. Fire District #12 and Acadian Ambulance Service were dispatched to the scene.

Hazardous Device Unit (HDU) members entered the residence and made the scene safe. Shortly afterwards, crime scene technicians from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab and detectives began processing the scene. The Coroner’s Office took possession of the body and has since ruled the death a suicide.

This incident is not the first time deputies and Fire District #12 have responded to Poteet’s residence. On March 15th of this year, Poteet’s attic caught fire from marijuana cultivation operation he had in it. Fire District #12 put the fire out and contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Poteet was subsequently arrested for the cultivation.

July 9, 2012
The right plants can enhance shady areas
Gardeners often gripe about how difficult it is to grow plants in shady areas of their landscapes – although trouble occurs mostly when sun-loving plants are planted in the shade.
Gardening in the shade can and should be just as enjoyable and successful as gardening in the sun. When the proper plants are selected for shady areas, the results can be beautiful and enduring. More on the story

July 9, 2012

Mandeville Man Arrested on 34-Counts of Child Pornography

A Mandeville man has been arrested and charged with 34-counts of pornography involving juveniles, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
Charles Cox, Jr., 36, of 4000 Florida St., Apt. C4, was arrested Friday as part of a joint investigation involving the Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Mandeville Police Department.
Cox is accused of violating a state law forbidding a person to produce, distribute, possess, or possess with the intent to distribute pornography involving juveniles. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has earned a solid reputation for vigorously monitoring, arresting, and prosecuting online child predators. The Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes such as identity theft, Internet fraud, and cyber-stalking. Yet, most of the unit’s investigations have involved crimes against children – boys and girls ranging from the ages of six-months-old to 17-years-old. Investigators have said computer-facilitated child exploitation impacts children of all races and socio-economic levels. To report suspected cases of Internet crime, call 1-800-256-4506.

Obituary

Hardy Thomas, a resident of the Pearl River Swamp, age 58, born on January 14, 1954 in Tylertown, MS, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at his residence. Obituaries

Obituary

RONALD SCHILLING, AGE 83 And a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 9:20 am Sunday July 8, 2012 at Riverside Medical Center. After serving in the Navy, he began a career in the dairy business initially with his father and later had his own dairy. Ronald was a loving husband, father, and granddaddy. He always believed in helping his family, friends and neighbors whenever he could. He enjoyed spending his mornings at Brooks General Store with his friends from the Coffee Shop Gang. Obituaries

July 9, 2012

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Calvin Dyson was booked 07/07 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense), Driving Under Suspension, and Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language

Eric Thomas was booked 07/07on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property, Disturbing the Peace - Domestic Violence, and Resisting an Officer

Lavelle Bickham was booked 07/07 on the charges of No Drivers License and Resisting an Officer

Ronda Taylor was booked 07/07 on the charge of Failure to Return Rental Property

Robert Grady was booked 07/07 on the charges of Open Container, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Probation and Parole Hold

Justin Jenkins was booked 07/08 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule I Drugs

Marty Galloway was booked 07/08 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Improper Lane Useage, Drivng with Suspended License Due to Previous DUI

Robert Abshier was booked 07/08 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense), Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, and Driving Under Suspension

Earl Boudoin was booked 07/08 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Donald Snyder was booked 07/08 on the charge of Simple Possession of Marijuana

Michael Spears was booked 07/08 on the charge of Theft of Animals/Dogs

Michael Baggett was booked 07/08 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (4 counts)

Michael Mims was booked 07/08 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Driving Under Suspension, and No Proof of Insurance

July 9, 2012

Bogalusa Police Department Incident Reports

July 2

Theft Under $500 in the 500 block of Caston Avenue

Criminal Damage to Property on Georgia Avenue

Theft Under $500 in the 300 block of Shenandoah

July 3

Simple Burglary in the 700 block of Avenue B

Simple Burglary in the 1800 block of Charlevoix

July 4

Theft Under $500 in the 1800 block of Jefferson

July 5

Simple Burglary in the 300 block of Napoleon

Criminal Damage to Property on Highland Park

Theft Under $500 on Superior Avenue

Criminal Damage to Property on Highland Park

Simple Battery in the 700 block of W. 5th

Simple Burglary in the 1000 block of W. 10th

July 6

Theft Under $500 in the 800 block of Berne Avenue

Theft Under $500 in Sunset Acres

July 7

Simple Burlary in the 200 block of Napoleon

Criminal Damage to Property in Oakhill Projects

Simple Burglary inthe 100 block of W. 15th

Criminal Damage to Property on Highways 10 and 21

July 8

Attemped Burglary in the 100 block of Sunset Drive

Obituary

Ollie Donell Bickham Obituaries

Obituary

Melvin (Curly) Reeve Fuller, age 85, a resident of Bogalusa, died July 6, 2012, at his residence. He was a graduate of Heflin High School and Louisiana State University. He was employed by Gaylord Container/Chemical Plant for 48 years. He was a member and deacon of Lee’s Creek Baptist Church of Bogalusa. Obituaries

Obituary

HAROLD BURTON RICE, AGE 80 And a resident of Pine died Friday afternoon July 6, 2012 at his home. He was a longtime employee of Wal-Mart at Brookhaven, Mississippi. Obituaries

June 8, 2012

The Board will meet as a committee-of-the-whole on Monday, July 9, 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, July 12, 2012, at 6:45 P.M., for the purpose of considering and transacting any necessary business.
A public hearing will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

July 8, 2012

A "Must Read" - Diane Moore's New Blog"MAKING THE LOOP TO LEIPER’S FORK"

July 8, 2011

Don't Miss Your Parish Government Meeting Monday Night!

The Washington Parish Council will meet in regular session Monday, July 9 at 6:00 pm in the Washington Parish Courthouse in Franklinton. Below is the Agenda:

1.Call to Order

2.Invocation

3.Pledge of Allegiance

4.Roll Call

5.Approval of Minutes – Minutes of the regular meeting of June 25, 2012.

6.Introduction of Ordinance No. 12-566 – An Ordinance to Revise Washington Parish Recreation Districts Lines by Amending Ordinances No.09-488 and 10-525. ( Introduced by

7.Public Hearing on Ordinance No.12-564 – An Ordinance to abandon 0.68 Miles of J.W. Riles Road Parish Road No.2-18.

8.Presentation of Audit – Kushner LaGraize, LLC

9.Public Participation

10.President’s Report

11.Council Discussion

12.Adjourn

(If you are unable to attend, you can watch LIVE on our Washington Parish Channel. Tune it and keep up with what's going on with your parish government)

July 6, 2012

Streamlining effort helps achieve substantial savings for state employees, retirees, and school boards
In the coming weeks, state employees and retirees will begin paying 7 percent less in monthly premiums for health coverage through the state Office of Group Benefits. OGB health plan premiums are deducted from employee paychecks a month in advance, so state workers’ July paychecks will reflect the change resulting from the lower premiums. Retirees’ benefit checks disbursed at the beginning of August also will reflect the change.
More on the story

Obituary
Sally O'Bryant Nettles, age 58, born on April 19, 1954 in Bogalusa, LA. She was member of Emmanual Missionary Baptist Church, passed away on Friday, July 6, 2012 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA. Obituaries
Obituary
JOHN MARION MOORE, JR., age 80 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 7:30 PM Friday, June 29 at his residence. Obituaries
July 6, 2012
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Edward Bright was booked 07/05 on the charges of Carrying a Cocealed Weapon, Simple Burglary, criminal Damage to Property, and Inciting To Riot
Lisa Bailey was booked 07/05 on the charges of Failure to Appear, License Plate Expired, Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language, Crimnal Trespass, and Protective Order Violation
Joe Mcanally was booked 07/05 on the charge of Careless Operation
Tiffany Menard was booked 07/06 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense), No Taillight, and Open Container in Vehicle
Paul Smith was booked 07/06 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Edward Lee was booked 07/06 on the charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder (2 counts), Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
July 5, 2012
Summer is a good time to start kids gardening
By Dan Gill
LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
By midsummer, many adults are thinking of ways to provide something for children to do until school begins. Why not start a gardening project? You can introduce your youngsters to the joys of gardening and at the same time exercise their bodies and brains.
To be successful during the summer months, plant seeds or plants that will thrive in our hot, humid climate. You can grow a good selection of flowers, vegetables and herbs. More on Summer Gardening

July 5, 2012

Fruit and Vegetable Producers’ Field Day Held at the LSU AgCenter Burden Research Center on July 2.

What's the best tasting cherry tomato? or the best tasting watermelon variety? or the most popular cucumber? Great information in this article from the LSU Ag Center. More on the story

Obituary

Paul Wilson Hebert age 61 passed away July 3, 2012 at his residence here in Bogalusa La. He was a member of the Pine Lodge #264 since 1978. Obituaries

Obituary

Joan L. Magee born May 12,1945 passed away July 2, 2012 at the he age of 69. Joan was a resident of Bogalusa and attended Union Avenue Baptist Church. Obituaries

July 5, 2012

Franklinton Police Department Activity Report

Officers with the Franklinton Police Department on July 3, 2012 from 0500 thru July 5, 2012 at 0500 responded to and investigated the following:
1. Officers responded to the Franklinton Police Department in reference to a criminal damage to property complaint which occurred in the 2000 block of Williams Street.
2. Officers responded to the 200 block of 18th Avenue in reference to a tree limb falling on a vehicle.
3. Officers responded to the 1000 block of Main Street in reference to a private property vehicle crash.
4. Officers took a complaint of theft that occurred in the 1100 block of Parker Street.
5. Officers arrested Ryan Brown of Tylertown Mississippi for Indecent Exposure.
6. Officers issued citations to Jared Moon, Jerry Chatman, Ritchie Martin, Alvin Gardner, and Jonathan Barber for various traffic violations.

July 5, 2012

Fleeing Suspect Apprehended at Baton Rouge Bus Station

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Burglary Task Force along with K-9 Deputies Albert Sharp and Mike Dean Jr. made another arrest in connection with the numerous vehicle burglaries which have occurred in the Hammond area.
James Janicholas KEYS, (2.20.93) of Quick Blvd. in Hammond was arrested and taken into custody after detectives confirmed his connection in the case and then learned of his intention to flee the state.
With assistance from the Baton Rouge PD, KEYS was subsequently located and apprehended at the Greyhound bus station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At this time, KEYS was detained on two outstanding warrants from the TPSO and arrested by Baton Rouge City Police for possessing marijuana. KEYS stated he was attempting to flee Louisiana and was headed to Indiana.
As a result of the investigation, detectives were able to recover some of the property which had been reported stolen during the string of burglaries.
Currently, KEYS faces approximately 74 counts of Burglary. Additional charges and arrests may be forthcoming.

July 5, 2012

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Michael McBeth was booked 07/04 on the charges of Failure To Honor Written Promise (2 counts) and Issuing Worthless Checks

William Tynes was booked 07/04 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Ronald Sandifer was booked 07/04 on the charges of Improper Equipment and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Robert Jenkins was booked 07/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (1st Offense) and Battery-Domestic Violence

Edwad Bright was booked 07/05 on the charges of Carrying A Concealed Weapon, Simple Burglary, and Criminal Damage to Property

Obituary

Clarence Bell, passed away at the age of 63 on July 1,2012 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattisburg, MS. Obituaries

July 5, 2012

Another One Bites The Dust!

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports on the evening on July 4, 2012, Tangipahoa Parish Deputies received a 911 call stating that TYRONE LLOYD (6.6.71) of 41002 North First Street Ponchatoula, LA had threatened and kidnapped the caller, however the caller was able to escape.
Deputies Albert Sharp, TPSO K-9 Titan, and William Phebus responded to the area and were able to locate LLOYD and execute the arrest.
LLOYD was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on the following charges:
1 Count Non-Support
1 Count Aggravated Kidnapping
1 Count Intimidation of Witnesses/Victim

July 4, 2012

Independence Day: A Day of Celebration

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States. More on this Day

July 3, 2012

Shakedown at Washington Parish Jail Serves As "Wake-Up" Call
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal wasted no time to begin fulfilling his pledge to clean up Washington Parish. He started with the Washington Parish Jail which has been the source of numerous complaints.
On Monday, July 2, at midnight, Sheriff Seal conducted a massive shakedown of the entire jail designed to rid the jail of cell phones, weapons, drugs and any other contraband which might be present. The Sheriff brought in tactical teams from Rayburn Correctional Center, Angola, Dixon Correctional Institute and Elayn Hunt Correctional Center to conduct a thorough search of the jail. All inmates were cuffed, removed from the jail and placed on waiting DOC busses while the jail was searched. Click Here For More on the story

July 3, 2012

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Stephon Brumfield was booked 07/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Resisting A Police Officer With Force or Violence

Kasey Thomas was booked 07/02 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling

Tracy Barber was booked 07/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)

Malcolm Lee was booked 07/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Eron Williams was booked 07/03 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Resisting Arrest

July 3, 2012

Suspect in 76 Burglaries Arrested in Hammond

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating wanted suspect 30 year old Benjamin White (aka BJ) of Quick Blvd. in Hammond.
White faces approximately 76 counts of burglary for his admitted participation in the numbers vehicle burglaries which have occurred throughout the Hammond area over the past weeks.
A tip led detectives to White’s whereabouts on July 2, 2012. While investigating the tip, detectives responded to Edge Wood Townhomes on Rufas Bankston Rd. Upon approaching the area, detectives positively identified White as the wanted suspect having the white tee shirt placed over his head. The identified subject bearing the same tattoo on his left arm as the subject in identified in the surveillance photo.
Detectives were able to arrest White on two outstanding warrants (Simple Battery and 1 FTA) pending the investigation. At this time, White faces approximately 76 charges of Burglary.
No property has been recovered at this time and detectives are still looking for information leading to the identity of the other two subjects.
Anyone with information is encouraged to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

July 3, 2012

Marijuana Grower Arrested in Kentwood

On June 29, 2012, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Agents and the LSP Narcotics Division placed one Charles Ferguson of Oilfield Rd. in Kentwood La in custody for the Cultivation of Marijuana.
After a one month long undercover operation, agents were able to locate 14 growing Marijuana Plants located on the Sandy Hollow Wildlife Management area (which backs up to Ferguson's property). Ferguson used this area in an attempt to conceal his grow operation. The estimated street value of these plants is approximately $14, 000.00.
Ferguson was subsequently taken into custody and charged with the Cultivation of Marijuana. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

July 3, 2012

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Wanted Suspects For Issuing Worthless Checks
Latoya T. Coleman (5.1.88)
62408 Church St.
Roseland, LA
Charge: 1 count of Issuing a Worthless Check.

Kimberly Irving (8.12.77)
390 Guzzardo Apt 10
Independence, LA
Charge: 1 count of IWC and 2 counts of FTA’s

Kioka Thurston (12.24.74)
1304 Martin Luther King
Kentwood, LA
Charge: 3 counts of IWC’s.

Rodrick C. Pool Sr. (12.26.73)
70292 Spruce Lane
Tangipahoa, LA
Charge: 4 counts of IWC’s and 6 counts of FTA warrants.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of aforementioned suspects is asked to please contact CRIME STOPPERS

July 2, 2012

New Blog Posted on Diane Moore's Blog "A Word's Worth"

Click on her blog to read "Summer Blooms"

July 2, 2012

Washington Parish School Board Meetings Scheduled

The Board will meet as a committee-of-the-whole on Monday, July 9, 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, July 12, 2012, at 6:45 P.M., for the purpose of considering and transacting any necessary business.
A public hearing will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

July 2, 2012

New Sheriff Sworn-In With Pomp and Ceremony

Although it was hot, those attending the inauguration ceremony of Sheriff Randy Seal were treated to cold drinks, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and more at its conclusion. The well-planned ceremony was presided over by Stephen Genco, and featured the Oath of Office being administered to both the Sheriff and then his staff by long-time and well-respected retired Judge A. Clayton James of Franklinton.

The event included the Presentation of Colors by the Sheriff's Office Color Guard, Pledge of Allegiance led by all Veterans in attendance, singing of the National Anthem by Christi Seal Brown, and musical selections from Eli Seals.

During his inaugural address the Sheriff expressed his appreciation to many, singling out his wife Sheila, his father and veteran law enforcement officer "Slick" Seal, and many family members. He also committed to creating a "model rural Sheriff's Office for the 21st century", and recognized top staff that includes Dr. Mike Haley as his Chief Deputy, Deputy Chief Olander Smith, Deputy Chief Shannon Lyons, Deputy Chief Jeff Boehm, Kelvin May, and Warden Robert McDaniel.

Sheriff Seal also spoke of Oneal Moore, a black deputy hired in 1964 who was murdered in 1965, and Creed Rogers, alos a black deputy seriously injured at the same time. The case has never been solved and Seal committed to erecting a suitable monument to the memory of Moore and to working with the FBI and other agencies to solve the case.

(View the video of this event by going to our Washington Parish Channel. In our Video Library scroll to the right and click on "WP Sheriff Inauguration")

July 2, 2012

Crain, Jr. replaces Crain as Washington Parish Clerk

During a well-attended ceremony, presided over by Attorney John Gallaspy, the Washington Parish Clerk of Court's Office was turned over to Johnny D. Crain, Jr. by his father, long-term Clerk Johnny D. Crain.

Following anecdotes by Mr. Gallaspy and reminisces from Mr. Crain, Sr., Mr. Crain, Jr. was administered the oath of office by his father. The new Clerk of Court expressed his appreciation to the many elected officials present, all others in attendance, and singled out his family and friends for special words of thanks.

The oath of office was administered to the staff by their new boss.

(View the video of this event by going to our Washington Parish Channel. In our Video Library scroll to the right and click on "Clerk of Court Inauguration")

July 2, 2012

Jimbo Stevenson Sworn In As Washington Parish Assessor

Jimbo Stevenson was sworn in today as Washington Parish Assessor at a ceremony that began at 8:00 am in the main courtroom of the Washington Parish Courthouse. Mr. Stevenson will serve on an interim basis until January, 2013, completing the term of Randy Seal who resigned to run a successful campaign for Washington Parish Sheriff. In January Mr. Stevenson will be sworn-in to the full term to which he was elected.

We apologize to the public and to Mr. Stevenson for our failure to video the ceremonies.

July 2, 2012

L.W.F.C. Sets 2012-2013 Early Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the dates for the 2012-2013 early migratory bird hunting seasons at their July 2 meeting. These dates, recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, are tentative pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval.
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July 2, 2012
L.W.F.C. ISSUES NOTICE OF INTENT FOR 2013 WILD TURKEY SEASON
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today issued a notice of intent with the proposed 2013 wild turkey season and regulation changes. The proposed season framework was presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Wildlife Division at the Commission’s monthly meeting. The public has 60 days to comment on the department’s recommendation.
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Obituary

Patricia Ann Barber (January 22, 1937 - June 30, 2012) Obituaries

Obituary

KATHLEEN ADELAIDE WELCH DAVIS, AGE 71
And a resident of Hattiesburg, MS died at 9:15 am Sunday July 1, 2012 at Wesley Medical Center. Obituaries

July 2, 2012

Legislative Luncheon 2012 - Reminder Reservations Deadline Friday, July 6

June 25, 2012 (Original Posting)

COME AND HEAR WHAT HAPPENED AT THE HOUSE AND SENATE THIS PAST SESSION WITH OUR GUEST SPEAKERS, REPRESENTATIVE HAROLD RITCHIE and
SENATOR BEN NEVERS.

“LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON 2012” will be TUESDAY, JULY 10TH IN the PARTY ROOM AT MARIA’S RESTAURANT 11:30 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY FRIDAY, JULY 6TH.


PAYMENT BY CASH, CHECK OR CREDIT CARD AND DUE WHEN RESERVATIONS ARE MADE. CALL BOGALUSA CHAMBER 985-735-5731 OR EMAIL bogalusachamber@bellsouth.net.


For Bogalusa Chamber members and their guests,
$15.00 per person: buffet, beverage, tax and tip included.

July 2, 2012

Two Arrested After Falsifying Identity

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest two subjects after falsifying their identity during a traffic stop.
On 1 July 2012, Deputy John Edwards conducted traffic stop on a green Dodge pickup. Upon making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, two of the three subjects provided Deputy Edwards with false information regarding their identity.
Upon further investigation, it was learned that 48 year old Brian Jones of Ponchatoula and 47 year old Marilyn Byrd of Hammond were occupying the vehicle along with the driver.
Brian Jones was subsequently taken into custody for Resisting Arrest. Marilyn Byrd was additionally charged with Resisting and with having an outstanding FTA with the 21st JDC and several open warrants with Hammond PD.