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April 24, 2015

Rendezvous on the Road in Bogalusa This Evening

Come out & join the crowd on Columbia Street Friday evening, April 24th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. for Rendezvous on the Road.

Experience historic downtown Bogalusa with great food, live music, and merchant specials.

April 24, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Lavrenti Brock was booked 04/23 on the charge of Probation Violation

Donald Guynes was booked 04/23 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Driving While Intoxicated, No License Plate, and No Proof of Insurance

April 23, 2015

Turtle Smuggling Lands Covington Man in Prison
Source:  Bob Warren, | The Times-Picayune   
Lawrence Treigle (age 33), of Covington was sentenced Wednesday, April 22 to 15 months in prison following a guilty plea to conspiracy to smuggle turtles out of the U.S., the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Treigle pleaded guilty in December to violating the Lacey Act which prohibits the sale or trade of wildlife and plants that have been illegally taken or harvested.
Treigle, a postal employee whose role in the scheme earned him $200,000, was part of a group that captured wild North American Wood turtles in Pennsylvania, shipped them via mail through the U.S., and ultimately exported the turtles to Hong Kong.

HUEY CLIFFORD GREEN, SR., AGE 64 and a resident of Franklinton died at 9:45 PM Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa.  He enjoyed farming and driving his tractor. He also enjoyed tending to horses. He liked to fish especially with his brother in law. 

Jack Foil, age 74 and a resident of Franklinton died early Wednesday morning April 22, 2015. 

April 23, 2015
Child Drowns in Pearl River Backwater 
Early in the evening of April 22, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of a child missing from a residence on Poole’s Bluff Road.  Investigators and patrol officers responded to the scene immediately and learned that a two year old male had wandered away from the residence and could not be located.   
Officers began an immediate search of the surrounding area, including trails leading into the swamp and to the backwaters of the Pearl River.  After following one trail into the swamp, a Washington Parish investigator discovered the child’s body face down in the water.  The child was retrieved from the water and resuscitation efforts were begun.  Unfortunately, the child could not be saved. 
The Department of Children and Family Services was notified and arrived at the scene to interview the child’s mother, grandmother and other children who were at the residence.  
The family was in the process of relocating from Arkansas to Washington Parish after a brief stay in St. Tammany Parish.  At the time of the child’s death, the mother was returning from St. Tammany Parish with personal belongings.  The child’s grandmother was at the residence with four children, one of whom was the victim. 
Sheriff Randy Seal was grieved to learn of the child’s death.  “As a father and grandfather, I am grieved to learn of the death of this innocent child.  I ask all residents of Washington Parish to join me in praying for peace and grace for this family.   As always, our officers responded promptly in hopes of being able to locate a missing child.  Unfortunately, in this case, the search turned into a recovery.  It is never easy for any officer to discover and recover the body of a child.  We must always lift our officers in prayer as they perform their daily tasks, never knowing what might lie ahead.” 

April 23, 2015
Arrests Made in Child Abandonment Case
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain announced today that one arrest has been made and an arrest warrant has been issued in connection with the abandonment of a two year old baby boy Monday.
Deputies made contact with both parents late Monday.  During investigators’ interaction with the child’s mother, her statements and actions were clearly intended to protect the child’s father, rather than the interests of their child.
As a result, Charity Hunter (27263 Snead Dr, Abita Springs – DOB: 4/10/1976) was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail Monday for one count of accessory after the fact to 14:93.2.1 – Child Desertion.  She was released yesterday on a $5,000 bond.
Hunter’s boyfriend and the child’s biological father, Nicholas Wolfe (same address – DOB: 3/17/1990) Wolfe was taken Monday to a local hospital for treatment of injuries he received after abandoning his son but prior to deputies’ arrival at his residence.  He was later transferred to another a medical facility for evaluation, where he remains.  A warrant for his arrest has been issued for child desertion.  Upon his release, he will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail as well.
The child was taken into custody by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
More information will be provided if it becomes available.

April 23, 2015
Mayor Perrette at State Bond Commission
This video provides insight into some of the challenges met by Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette as she addresses the financial issues of the City.
April 23, 2015
WPSO Solves Burglaries in Mt. Hermon Area
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators have been working to solve a rash of vehicle and residential burglaries in the Mt. Hermon area.  Acting on a lead from a Pike County, Mississippi, resident, Washington Parish investigators traveled to Pike County and interviewed two individuals in jail there.  
Washington Parish and Pike County investigators worked together and determined that thieves were crossing from Louisiana to Mississippi and back, committing thefts and burglaries in both states.  All clues led to a small group of juveniles who were traveling back and forth across the state line to commit the crimes.
Piecing together forensic evidence obtained from the scenes of the crimes along with leads from the Pike County resident, Washington Parish investigators arrested one juvenile in the Mt. Hermon area who participated in thefts of a go-cart, a golf cart, a John Deere Gator and other items from residences in Washington Parish and Pike County.  Investigators were also able to recover a stolen firearm from the residence of another juvenile who was not arrested but who is a suspect in the thefts.  The investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are likely.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the work of WPSO officers.  “Our investigative and patrol divisions did an excellent job in uncovering information which led to the arrest of the  juvenile and the recovery of stolen items.  It is not unusual for criminals to operate back and forth from Louisiana to Mississippi.  We have good working relationships with Sheriff’s Offices in Pike, Walthall, Marion and Pearl River counties and are always pleased when we can work with them to solve interstate crimes.  The same is true with St. Tammany and Tangipahoa as criminals also run back and forth between parishes.  Criminals may be on the move but they need to understand that we are on the move also and we will catch them eventually.”
Dewell D. Pittman, age 95, was born February 1, 1920 in Varnado, LA. He departed this life on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.
Dewell was a graduate of Varnado High School Class of 1937, and graduated at the Louisiana State University with a degree in law. Before graduating from Law School, Dewell joined the United States Army for two years before transferring to the United States Air Force. Dewell was a B-29 navigator during WWII, traveling to many different areas including Japan. His B-29, flying out of Saipan, was one of the first B-29 bombers used over Japan during WWII.
After returning from WWII, Dewell continued his studies at Louisiana State University finishing his degree in law, and remained in the Air Force reserve, retiring as LT. Colonel in 1980.
In 1948, he opened his law practice in Bogalusa, LA serving the community for over 60 years. He and his lovely wife of 67 years were well-known and loved throughout the community. They were members of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa for many years.
April 23, 2015
Recent Heavy Rains = Mosquitos = West Nile Virus
As summer quickly approaches, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) wants to remind you to take the necessary precautions and protect yourself and your family from West Nile. Louisiana has seen a lot of rain this April, so one of the most important steps you can take now is to check around your home for standing water.  Humans contract West Nile when they are bitten by mosquitoes infected with the virus. 
Protect yourself by wearing a mosquito repellent containing DEET if outside, wear long sleeved shirts and pants outdoors, and make sure your house has tight-fitting windows, doors, and screens.
Reduce the mosquito population by eliminating standing water around your home, which is where mosquitoes breed.

April 23, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Prentiss Chavers was booked 04/22 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Lavrenti Brock was booked 04/23 on the charge of Probation Violation
April 23, 2015
Covington Police Officers Attend Behavioral Health Training
Yesterday officers from the Covington Police Dept attended Behavioral Health Training sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). During this two day training officers learned how to identify and address mental health issues in the community. Officers from surrounding agencies were also in attendance. Some of our officers commented that this type of training should be mandatory for all police officers. I totally agree and we will work towards providing this training to every officer. A special thanks to Nick Richard and is staff at NAMI for conducting this valuable training.

April 22, 2015
Don't Forget - Journey for Jude is Saturday at the Fairgrounds

Jude is a bright, likeable 7 year-old.  He and his family are doing all they can to maintain quality of life while dealing with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  They can use our help!
A.B.A.T.E. of Washington Parish is sponsoring an event "Journey for Jude" Saturday, April 25 at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds.  It is free to attend and open to the public.  Please plan to be there.

April 22, 2015
Bruce Sampson's Believe Summer Camp Experience Returns to Washington Parish!
On June 8th, Bogalusa native Bruce Sampson will bring his team of talented director friends back to Washington Parish for a five-day performing arts camp called “Believe Summer Camp Experience.” The camp is open to all students in the parish and surrounding areas between 3rd and 12th grades (including 2015 graduates.) Chad Harry and the BHS Music Department will once again play host to the camp.
The schedule for the camp is 8:30am till 3:30pm – Monday thru Friday with the culminating stage show taking place at 7:00pm on Friday, June 12th in the Bogalusa High School auditorium. The cost is $60 for the entire camp and show and includes a souvenir t-shirt that will double as part of the student’s costume for the show.  For more information, click here.

Gene Autry Carnegie, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 72, born on December 18, 1942, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe, LA. 

ANITA FAYE NIELSON DYKES, AGE 76 and a resident of Franklinton died at 1:10 am Tuesday April 21, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a longtime active member of Stateline United Pentecostal Church, where she loved her church family very much and was always looking to help people in need. She was a prayer warrior for her church and the elderly or for her family or those that needed support. Anita was a 1956 graduate of Thomas High School and a retired seamstress after 40 years of service at Rutter Rex. She enjoyed crocheting, working in her yard and tending her pretty flowers. 

HARDY WARREN SMITH, AGE 89 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 8:45 am Tuesday April 21, 2015 at Good Samaritan Living Center. He was a longtime member of Bogue Chitto Baptist Church and a retired Dairyman, working alongside his family for many, many years. Hardy was also a former school bus driver for Mt. Hermon School and a United States Navy veteran of World War II. 

LEROY MILLER, AGE 80 and a lifelong resident of Mt. Hermon died Monday afternoon April 20, 2015 at his home. He was born in Tylertown on April 19, 1935 and was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War Era. Leroy was a longtime member of Bogue Chitto Baptist Church where he served as Sunday school director for many years. He loved his church and church family very much. Leroy retired as a foreman after a career with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and later worked at Seal’s Auto for many years, where he enjoyed visiting and joking with the countless friends he would encounter every day. He enjoyed woodworking and traveling, often to Gatlinburg, TN. Leroy loved his family and cherished all their time spent together. 

April 22, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Collins Palmer was booked 04/21 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Shekeil Ratliff was booked 04/21 on the charges of Protective Order Violation, Aggravated Assault, Attempted Escape, Attempted Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Tyranza Owens was booked 04/21 on the charges of Attachment and Ran Stop Sign

April 21, 2015
STPSO Requests Public Help in Identifying Shoplifters
Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in identifying three individuals wanted for shoplifting at a local grocery store.
On March 29, 2015, three individuals, two white males and one white female, stole items from Saia's Supermarket, located at 2225 Florida Street, Mandeville.
The suspects fled the scene in an older model Cadillac possibly Deville, white in color, but not before their photos were captured on surveillance video inside the store. They are believed to be from Tangipahoa Parish.
If you have any information about this crime or recognize the individuals in the photos, please call Detective Christopher Morgan at 985-276-1334.

April 21, 2015
D. A. Montgomery & Staff Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
District Attorney Warren Montgomery and 18 members of his staff volunteered Saturday (April 18) to participate in Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West’s “Bench, Bar, and Badge Build. ” Despite the rain, volunteers broke into crews and worked indoors, cleaning, painting, installing fixtures, and more inside several homes that are part of a Habitat community under construction along Wilkinson and America Streets in Mandeville. Habitat builds houses in partnership with families who qualify for home ownership based on need, willingness to partner with Habitat and an ability to repay a no-interest mortgage. Since 1981 Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West has built more than 230 affordable new homes with low-income families across western St. Tammany parish. 
And this is what the Habitat had to say:  "This past weekend sure was a busy one and we didn't let a little rain hold us back! We had Warren Montgomery, his staff and many more out for our 4th Bench Bar & Badge Build. Chaired by Nancy Picard, this build brings police officers, firefighters, judges, lawyers, DA's and more together to continue serving their community. We would like to thank all of you for serving our community every day and for giving back to that same community!

DELORES “NELL” REVIERE LOYD, AGE 74 and a resident of Lee Road died at 10 AM Monday, April 20, 2015 at her residence. 
She enjoyed spending time with her family and taking care of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

April 21, 2015
Washington Parish Relay for Cancer 12-Hour Event May 2  
Teams of Washington Parish residents will gather at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa, LA on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10a.m. until 10p.m. to relay against cancer.
Relay For Life is a fun filled event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. 
This year the theme, for the Washington Parish Relay for Life, is the Kentucky Derby “Racing for a Cure.” Come enjoy games, music, live entertainment, and even a hat contest!  
At 3p.m., everyone is invited to join our cancer survivors in a lap celebrating those who have survived cancer or who are currently battling cancer.  
Relay For Life’s Luminary Ceremony will take place at 9p.m. that evening, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease.  Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that will bear the name of someone who has battled cancer.  Luminaries may be purchased at the Survivor Tent for $10.00. 
Don’t forget to stop by each team camp site for fun filled fundraisers!
To make a donation, register a team or for more information on this Relay for Life Event please visit

April 21, 2015
Bogalusa Festival in the Park May 8-10
They're Planning it for you – Make Plans to be there!
The Bogalusa Chamberʼs 27th Annual Festival in the Park has been presenting quality musicians since 1988, in a family-friendly atmosphere in Cassidy Park—all in a free admission event that features crafts, food that highlights our local products, childrenʼs entertainment, a Duck Race, Festival in the Park Queenʼs pageant and music from near and far. 
Stage performances nationally known talented performers, regionally known native singers/songwriters, and local groups.  Click here, for more on what is planned for you!
Contact the Bogalusa Chamber at 985-735-5731 or email for more information.  

April 21, 2015
Slidell Firefighters Rescue Stuck Duck
Source: Heather Nolan, | The Times-Picayune   
Slidell firefighters spent more than two hours Sunday helping a duck that was trapped inside of a chimney at a home in the Eagle Lake subdivision.
Firefighters immediately spotted the stuck duck when they arrived around 7:20 p.m. - its head was sticking out of the bottom of the fireplace, St. Tammany Fire District No. 1 spokesman Chad Duffaut said.
They dismantled part of the fireplace to reach the duck, and took extra care in extricating it from the chimney, Duffaut said.
"It's not very often that we respond to these types of calls," Duffaut said. "However, we are always willing to help (if) we can - even animals in need."

April 21, 2015
Abandoned Baby Discovered at Residence in St. Tammany
The Sheriff’s office received a call Monday afternoon of an abandoned baby at a residence on Hwy 435.
The child, a two year old boy, was dropped off in the driveway of the residence Monday morning by his father.
The owners of the residence were unknown to the father, and the homeowners did not see the man while he was at their home.
The child’s mother and the homeowners separately called 911. The mother placed her call when her husband told her that he had dropped the baby at an undisclosed location.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services was notified, and the baby is being cared for with their assistance.
Sheriff’s investigators have been speaking with the child’s mother.  Deputies located the father and are preparing to interview him.
More information will be made available as the investigation continues.

April 21, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Treon Smith was booked 04/20 for Drug Court
Jerrad Wells was booked 04/20 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Rodney Davis was booked 04/20 on the charges of Theft Over 1500 and Possession of Marijuana
Kelly Quinn was booked 04/20 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Charles Johnson was booked 04/20 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

April 20, 2015
A Cow and a Pig on the Loose in Slidell
From Slidell PD Facebook Page
No Bull! Slidell Police are currently on the scene of a cow and a pig on the loose! Yesterday an alligator and now this!?  (See story & video below)  The cow and pig were spotted wondering around at the Home Depot at Gause Blvd and I-10. Slidell Animal Control, Officer Jake Morris, Officer Aucoin, and Sgt. Newman have everything under control! If you know who these animals belong to, or know how they got to Home Depot, please let us know.

April 20, 2015
Judge Rules Against Fracking Opponents in St. Tammany
Source:  Robert Rhoden, | The Times-Picayune   
Fracking opponents suffered a major defeat Monday morning (April 20) when a state judge ruled St. Tammany Parish cannot use its zoning regulations to block a proposed oil drilling and fracking project northeast of Mandeville. Judge William Morvant of the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge said parish regulations cannot trump state law and that the Department of Natural Resources' Office of Conservation is the sole regulator of oil and gas drilling in Louisiana. 
However, before Helis Oil & Gas Co. of New Orleans is free to start drilling, Helis needs a wetlands permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and an anticipated appeal will be argued.
Many citizens and some elected officials oppose the project due to concerns about pollution of the ground, air and the aquifer that supplies the parish's drinking water. Opponents have expressed concerns about the industrialization of the parish and the lowering of property values.
Others, including the North Shore Business Council, support the project, saying it can be done safely and would be good for the local and state economy.

April 20, 2015
Health Department Partners with Walmart to Promote Vaccinations for Infants
DHH says vaccinations are safe, effective and potentially life-saving
April 18 - 25 is National Infant Immunization Week, and this year the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Shots for Tots program is partnering with Louisiana Walmart stores to promote infant immunization. Each Walmart pharmacy will display a banner promoting the importance of getting immunized and include immunization schedules as inserts in all prescriptions filled during the week.
"Walmart has really stepped up to the plate to help raise awareness about the importance of infant immunizations," said Louisiana Shots for Tots coordinator Henry Homs. "We appreciate what they're doing and expect their actions will have a positive effect for our state's health."
Consider These Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child
  1. Immunizations can save your child's life.
  2. Vaccination is very safe and effective.
  3. Immunizations protect others you care about.
  4. Immunizations can save your family time and money.
  5. Immunization protects future generations.
For more information on this press release, click here.

SUSAN LAURA DILLON CAVES, AGE 62 and a resident of Bogalusa died early Monday, April 20, 2015 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington. 
She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed baking cakes. Her favorite place to be was on the Pearl River fishing. 

April 20, 2015
Alligator Caught Downtown Slidell
Sunday morning, Slidell Police were dispatched to a report of a small alligator who was crossing Gause Blvd. When Slidell Police arrived, the gator ran from officers, and tried to camouflage himself behind the City of Slidell sign. Officers called for backup from the Slidell Animal Control and expert alligator wrangler, Deputy Howard McCrea of the STPSO. After a brief struggle, the gator was apprehended, and will be released back to his natural habitat...the swamp. Warrants may be issued at a later date for jaywalking and resisting an officer!

April 20, 2015
Hanging Baskets Offer Unique Perspectives 
Hanging baskets offer a unique aesthetic perspective to patios and porches. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill offers some tips on maintaining the health and beauty of plants you choose for your hanging containers.

April 20, 2015
What's Happening at STPH

Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of April 20-25.
***GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP - a support group for parents who have experienced the loss of a child, from infant to adult 
***PLAY AND LEARN - parents and their children, 16 months to 4 years, are invited to play and learn together through music and movement, arts and crafts, and storytime 
***BALLET - a 3-week ballet series for young ballerinas 
***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION - free Tai Chi and meditation classes 
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents as well as professionals
For more information or to register for a class, click here.

April 20, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Eldridge McNeese was booked 04/17 In For Court
Frederick Taylor was booked 04/17 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Lee Lewis was booked 04/17 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
David Rogers was booked 04/17 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Decarlos Taylor was booked 04/17 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Resisting an Officer, and Failure to Appear
Everett Rhea was booked 04/17 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Resisting an Officer, Improper Turn/Accident, and No Drivers License
Javous Brown was booked 04/17 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Attachment
Tracy Hobgood was booked 04/17 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Attachment
Jermaine Wilson was booked 04/18 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Carl Rauschkolb was booked 04/19 on the charge of Cyberstalking
Shanita Weary was booked 04/19 on the charges of Cyberstalking and Protective Order Violation

April 17, 2015
There is Hope for Jett but Your Help Needed!
At birth, Jett Self of Franklinton was diagnosed with Leukemia.  He needed his first transfusion that day plus an additional eight transfusions April 6, 2015.  Ongoing chemotherapy is needed to eradicate cancer cells and medical treatment can last two to three years.  However, MOST ARE CURED AFTER TREATMENT.
Jett is being treated at Children's Hospital in New Orleans and he needs your help.
The Blood Center will be at Franklinton's Heritage Manor on Wednesday, April 22 between 2 and 7pm.
What can you do?  
  • Sign up to give blood.  Contact Brittany Branch 985-335-6052 (cell or text) or Bridget Harris at 985-335-0283 (text).
  • Recruit others via email, facebook, twitter, etc. to donate blood
  • Contact Suzy Potter at 504-939-9609 or about other options to help if you cannot donate blood.
You can donate blood every 56 days.  To donate you must be in good health, at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.  Now 16-year olds who weigh at least 130 pounds can donate with a signed Blood Center parental consent (go to to download a copy).  There is no upper age limit and individuals with high blood pressure or controlled diabetes can now donate.

April 17, 2015
Troopers Conduct Mock Vehicular Homicide Trial in Mandeville

Troopers were at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville this morning conducting a Mock Vehicular Homicide trial. The trial serves as a follow up educational component to the mock fatal crash conducted at the school last semester. It is important for youth and others to see the real-life consequences of making bad decisions.
The mock trial is made possible through the hard work and commitment of not only Troopers, but also Injury Prevention staff from the Interim LSU Hospital - ILH, several local judicial and legal experts, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, and assistance from WWLTV's Dennis Woltering. 
For more information on events in your area of the state, contact your local LSP Public Information Officer at

April 17, 2015
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival Announced
The Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival is proud to announce the 2015 entertainment lineup. This year is the fourth BBHF and we're taking things to the next level. Check it out and mark your calendar!
The Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival has quickly become known by blues travelers as one of the destinations along the blues music trails. 
What the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest is to springtime, the BBHF is to fall. So everybody mark your calendars! And to keep up with the latest news, visit or check us out on Facebook. 
In Bogalusa we know what to do with the Blues. We sing! We dance! We play them away!  Click here and read all about it!

April 17, 2015
“Purple up!” for Children of the Louisiana National Guard

April is Month of the Military Child, a month to encourage community awareness and support of military children, and, on April 15, people were urged to wear purple in recognition of the sacrifices and challenges of children of service members in the United States military, including its reserve forces.
The children of Louisiana National Guardsmen are among those that deal with these issues, including frequent absences of a parent – often during critical milestones in their lives – due to drill weekend, annual training, emergency state operations and overseas deployment.
“Purple Up Day is a great opportunity to show support this month for the children of Louisiana National Guard service members,” said Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard. 
To read more on the press release, click here.

April 17, 2015
Slidell PD Part of U.S. Marshall's Fugitive Task Force

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force takes down the biggest and baddest criminals in our area. In 2010, under the leadership of Chief Randy Smith, Slidell PD became part of this elite national task-force, and is currently the only law enforcement agency on the Northshore to have a member on the task-force.
Chief Smith says, “If there is ever a violent offender on the run, I have complete faith in the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force to find them and put them where they belong…behind bars. We have had two detectives on the Slidell Police Department who have been/currently are part of this group. It is truly a shining example of the trust, hard-work, and dedication of the Slidell Police Department and the individual detectives who have served."
Click here for an article by Andy Grimm, | Times-Picayuneon recent activity by the Task Force.

April 17, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
William "Billy" Breedlove was booked 04/16 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Johnnie Speights was booked 04/16 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Failure to Appear
Lindsey Dykes was booked 04/16 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Terry Wilson was booked 04/16 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace (Domestic Violence)

April 16, 2015
Slidell Child Pornographer Sentenced to 15 Years 
Source:  James Varney, | The Times-Picayune   
A child pornography consumer in Slidell pleaded guilty April 6 to multiple felonies. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Brian Michael Clark, 27, of Slidell, was arrested last October following an investigation spearheaded by the Louisiana Attorney General's office and including several law enforcement agencies. At that time, Clark was booked with 16 counts of possession of child porn and one count of distributing child porn.
In a case handled by Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Clark wound up pleading guilty of 13 counts of possession with the intent to distribute pornography involving juveniles and three counts of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13, the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney's Office said.
District Judge William J. Burris sentenced Clark to 15 years on each count. The sentences will be served concurrently, the DA's office said.

April 16, 2015
Mastermind of Credit Card and Check-Cashing Scam Gets 20 Years 
A 46-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday (April 15) for possession of methamphetamines, Viagra without a prescription and marijuana, and for committing a series of elaborate credit card and check-cashing scams last summer. 
A St. Tammany Parish jury had found the defendant, Eddie Matthews III, of Baton Rouge, guilty on March 31 of the two felony drug charges. Judge Scott C. Gardner found Matthews guilty of the misdemeanor marijuana possession charge on Wednesday, and Matthews also pled guilty the same day to 10 conspiracy and bank fraud charges. 
Gardner sentenced Matthews to 20 years in prison for the methamphetamine possession charge.  Matthews received lesser sentences on all of the other charges, but the time will run concurrently. Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea prosecuted the case, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the U.S. Secret Service, conducted the investigation. 
Matthews’ schemes began to unravel on August 30, 2014, after he attempted to use fraudulent debit cards to buy merchandise and put hundreds of dollars on gift cards at a Dollar General Store in Slidell. An astute store clerk alerted police, who began patrolling the area and located Robinson at another Dollar General in Slidell. 
For details on what he did, click here.

Houston Larry Pittman born September 15, 1936 passed away peacefully at his residence with his family at his side on April 15, 2015. He was a Mechanical Engineer at the Gaylord Paper Mill from where he retired and also served in the Army Reserve. He was a member of Plainview Missionary Baptist Church. 

April 16, 2015
Early Morning Crash Claims the Life of Hammond Resident
This morning, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 55 near Ponchatoula. The crash claimed the life of Nolan K. Bel a 37 year old resident of Hammond, LA. Speed and lack of seat belt use are primary factors in this fatal crash.  
Through the initial on scene investigation, Troopers were able to determine Bel was southbound on US 51 entering the southbound on ramp to Interstate 55 at a high rate of speed. Bel failed to negotiate the ramp and exited the roadway. After exiting the roadway, Bel’s vehicle overturned. Bel, who was unrestrained at the time of the crash was ejected from his vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. With the assistance of the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office, Troopers suspect the crash to have occurred between 1:00 and 3:00 am this morning. Blood samples were taken and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police crime lab for analysis. 

April 16, 2015
Caldwell on Challenge of EPA's Greenhouse Rule
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell issued the following statement today after attending oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on the legality of the EPA's proposed new emissions rules:
“The EPA's proposed rule is yet another example of unnecessary and misguided federal over-regulation that will hurt our economy and force Louisiana utility consumers to pay a heavy price. 
“The Court of Appeals heard arguments today that Congress did not give the EPA this far-reaching authority. 
“Our utility companies and businesses should not be required to spend millions and millions of dollars to plan for implementation of an illegal standard. 
“Our state agencies should not be mandated to spend valuable taxpayer resources to prepare for this unneeded and ill-advised plan. 
“We must continue to move forward, working together, to protect both our environment and our economy. Unfortunately, this flawed proposal utterly fails to do that.”

April 15, 2015
Parish President Thomas Urges Support for Tax Renewals
Tax renewals for the Library, Health Unit, Roads, and Courthouse and Public Buildings will be on the May 2 ballot.  President Thomas emphasized that these are renewals and not new taxes.  The millages up for renewal are 4.6 mills for the Library, 3.11 for the Health Unit, 4.13 for the Roads, and 1.03 mills for the Courthouse and Public Buildings Maintenance.
Thomas remarked that the Library is providing more services to the community than ever before (serving more than 400 persons per day), the Health Unit with 17 employees provide a myriad of needed services to our residents, roads are being improved and maintained with a reduced work force, and maintaining the aging Courthouse and other buildings is critical.  Millages in support of these services have, in most cases, been reduced or at the same levels as 30 years ago. 
Thomas asked for voter support to continue providing the services funded by the proposed renewals.

April 15, 2015
Food Assistance from the Help Center of Churches
Franklinton's Hillcrest Baptist Church Pastor Andrew Voss, who is also the Director of the Help Center for Churches, LLC, came before the Washington Parish Council Monday evening and provided information of on the Help Center of Churches.  Pastor Voss described the plight of many of area residents, how the Center was helping, and how the effort could be supported by individuals, schools, civic organizations and businesses.

The Center, operated exclusively by volunteers, provides food assistance to Washington Parish individuals and families who live at or below the federal poverty guidelines and have found themselves in need.  Washington Parish is one of the poorer parishes in the State with 25.7% below the poverty level compared with the state average of 19.1%.
Persons in need of assistance should go to 946 Ellis Street in Franklinton on Tuesdays between 9am and noon to register.  Food boxes are distributed 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Tuesdays.  
For more information, please call (985) 839-2541.

April 15, 2015
Facts on the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act
From the Governor's Office
  • HB 707 proposes to enact into law that the state shall not take any adverse action against a person, wholly or partially, on the basis that such person acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction about the traditional definition of marriage.
  • • What this means in practice is that the state will not be allowed to deny from a person or entity such things that they would otherwise be entitled to—such as a license, certification, accreditation, employment, state contracts, state benefits, or tax deductions—solely because of that person or entity’s views that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.
  • • This bill will attempt to stop potential cases of discrimination by the state against individuals on the basis of their view that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. 
For further elaboration and myths vs. facts, click here.

April 15, 2015
Governor Jindal's 2015 Legislative Package
The Governor has released his full legislative package and in he addresses:  Common Core, Religious Liberty, Protecting Sexual Assault Victims, Veterans, Higher Education, Education, Tax Credits, Gun Rights, Healthcare and Insurance.
For a description of the bills making up the package, click here.

April 15, 2015
Strain: Hire Licensed Horticulture Professionals
It’s that time of year when people will be working in their yards and doing some landscaping. While many find that work rewarding, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is urging Louisiana homeowners to use only licensed landscape horticulturists, arborists and landscape irrigation contractors (who must be licensed) when there is a need to hire out for these services at their homes or businesses. 
Before allowing any work to be done on their property
  • Ask to see their license
  • Ask for references
  • Ask to see a copy of their liability insurance and call the company or LADF for confirmation.
“Not everyone who claims to be a “yard specialist” is actually a landscaping professional.   Call the Horticulture and Quarantine Programs division at 225-952-8100 if there are any questions and go to  for a list of licensed horticulture professionals.

April 15, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
John Arrington was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest by Flight, and Theft by Shoplifting Over 100
Rhyounda Phillips was booked 04/14 on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Flight, Theft by Shoplifting Over 100, and Failure to Appear
Jason Kennedy was booked 04/14 on the the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Failure to Appear, and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Deana Guyn was booked 04/14 In For Court
Jacob Brumfield was booked 04/14 In From Court
Fred Daniel was booked 04/14 In From Court
Jill Magee was booked 04/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy., No Proof of Insurance, and Bribery
David Coleman was booked 04/14 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold, Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, and Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery
Alexis Dixon was booked 04/14 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Resisting an Officer, and Criminal Damage
Natoya Toomer was booked 04/14 on the charge of Probation Violation
Christopher Laurent was booked 04/15 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Zakery Thoele was booked 04/15 on the charges of Ddomestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation) and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment

April 14, 2015
Slidell's Bayou Jam Swings With the Yat Pack
The City of Slidell’s first two Bayou Jam concerts of the Spring 2015 season were cancelled due to inclement weather. Hopefully, Mother Nature will be merciful and let us have a concert this Sunday, April 19, with a performance by The Yat Pack at 5:30 p.m. in Heritage Park. Admission is free.
The Yat Pack strives to bring back the Swing Era. From the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin to contemporary artists like Billy Joel and Michael Buble, The Yat Pack delivers diversity, style and class with an added Vegas flair. The Pack is made up of David Cook, Tim Shirah, Don Delahoussaye, Mike Kobrin,  Barry Lacour, Larry Villalobos, Earl “The Cannon” Roesch, AJ Dicharry and Wally Rabalais. For more information, visit their website at
Concert‐goers are invited to bring their chairs, blankets, ice chests and picnic baskets to the park to enjoy the free concerts. On‐site catering from will be available for a nominal charge. Please note that park regulations prohibit pets in the park as well as the use of skateboards, scooters, barbeque grills and glass items.

Johnny Ann McNeese, a native of Enon, LA, age 72, born on December 28, 1942 in Bogalusa, LA, died on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Trinity Neurologic Nursing Home in Slidell, LA. 

April 14, 2015
Felix Adams, Jr. Sentenced to Life for Murder 
Felix Adams, Jr., a 22-year-old Slidell man was sentenced to life in prison without the benefit of parole Monday for shooting Leighton Powe, Jr. to death while trying to rob him of marijuana. He was found guilty on Feb. 12 of second-degree murder, armed robbery, and obstruction of justice. 
Leighton Powe, Sr. gave a statement before sentencing.  “There’s no words that can describe how we feel because in my house, there’s been nothing but tears and nothing but unhappiness since this day,” Powe said, referring to Sept. 7, 2013, the day his son was killed. 
Powe’s voice broke as he talked about life for him, his wife, and daughter, without the son who lived with him and woke him up every day at 4 a.m. for work. “My son is in prison in a marble wall,” he said, pleading for the life sentence. “I have to go to a marble wall to see my son.” 

Alton R. Morris, age 95, born on December 4, 1919 in Darbon, MS, died on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Veterans Home in Collins, MS.  
He was a WWII United States Navy Veteran. 

Glenn Sheridan lost his battle to cancer on Monday, April 13, 2015 at the age of 74.   He was a f
aithful member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and former Dixie Life Insurance Agent. Sheridan served 12 years as Washington Parish Police Juror. 

April `14, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Michael Crosley was booked 04/13 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Illegal Discharge of Weapon, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Lovell Robinson was booked 04/13 In From Court
Brittany Williams was booked 04/13 In For Court
Daniel Crafton was booked 04/13 In For Court
George Diggs was booked 04/13 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
John Arrington was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest by Flight, and Theft by Shoplifting Over 100
Rhyounda Phillips was booked 04/14 on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Flight, Theft by Shoplifting Oveer 100, and Failure to Appear
Jason Kennedy was booked 04/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Failure to Appear, and Failure to Honor Written Promise

April 13, 2015
Gunshots Near Lakeview Regional Medical Center - Suspect Sought
Statement from St. Tammany Sheriff's Office

At approximately 11:30 a.m. today, the Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting gunshots near Lakeview Regional Medical Center.
Witnesses reported seeing a white male fire two shots before fleeing the area on foot toward the U.S. Highway 190 Service Road. Deputies recovered one shotgun shell casing from the area where the man was reportedly standing. 
Sheriff’s deputies are working with Louisiana State Police, Mandeville Police and ATF in an attempt to locate the suspect.
Residents in the area who notice an unusual activity area asked to call 911.

April 13, 2015
Art Exhibit at Slidell Cultural Center April 12-18
Discover some of Louisiana’s most cherished works of art in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall. “Louisiana Treasures from the New Orleans Museum of Art,” opens on Saturday, March 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. during Arts Evening.The exhibit, featuring a selection of work by twentieth century Louisiana artists, showcases works by George Rodrigue, Clementine Hunter, Ida Kohlmeyer, George Dunbar and other iconic Louisiana artists. The exhibit will remain on display through April 18. The Slidell Cultural Center is located at 2055 Second Street, on the first floor of City Hall in Olde Towne Slidell. 

April 13, 2015
What's Happening at STPH This Week

Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of April 13-18
***CANCER SUPPORT - Family members and friends challenged by cancer diagnosis are invited to share experiences and quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.
***PLAY AND LEARN - Parents and their children, 16 months to 4 years, are invited to play and learn together through music and movement, arts and crafts, and storytime at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center.
***BALLET - Do you have an aspiring dancer in your family? If so, this is a 3-week ballet series for young ballerinas at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center.
***BRINGING UP BABY - Learn helpful hints and what to expect when caring for a new baby at Baby Care Basics.
***SURVIVE DAT! - A Survive Dat! breast cancer support group for young survivors.
***NEW FAMILY CENTER TOURS - Expecting families are invited to tour the St. Tammany Parish Hospital New Family Center to learn all about the private birthing suites, rooming in, skin-to-skin program and more.
***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION - Free Tai Chi and meditation classes.
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents as well as professionals.
For more information, click here.

April 13, 2015
Reserve Deputy Arrested in St. Tammany
Statement from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office 
Last night (Saturday - April 11), a volunteer with our reserve division, Danny Eckhardt, boarded and started one of our patrol boats docked on the Tchefuncte River. Eckhardt drove the boat downriver and, as he was approaching T-Rivers, ran the boat into a piling outside of that establishment, causing damage to the boat.
Eckhardt was not acting in any official capacity at the time.
Eckhardt was immediately de-commissioned following the incident. Sheriff’s deputies investigated the incident, along with agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. As a result of the investigation, Eckhardt was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail with  unauthorized use of a movable (by Sheriff’s office) and  operating a vehicle while intoxicated (by LDWF).  Eckhardt was released on a $7,500 bond.
The Sheriff’s office will be seeking restitution in court for damages to the boat.

Robert Glen Applewhite, 45, resident of Gretna, LA passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015 at his residence. 

CHARLIE W. PASSMAN, AGE 86 and a resident of Franklinton died at 8:20 pm Thursday April 9, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and attended Lawrence Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Charlie was a longtime grader-machine operator for the Washington Parish Police Jury and later retired as a supervisor. He enjoyed traveling with his family often to the mountains and loved watching old Western movies. Charlie always liked relaxing on the porch for his afternoon coffee. 

April 13, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Gary Davis was booked 04/10 In From Court
Daniel Huey was booked 04/11 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Appear, and Driving While Intoxicated
Travis Parrott was booked 04/11 on the charges of Cruelty to a Juvenile (4 counts)
Cannon Thomas was booked 04/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While Intoxicated, and No Taillight
Paige Lestelle was booked 04/12 for Drug Court
Danny Jones was booked 04/12 on the charge of Simple Battery with Injury

April 10, 2015
Springtime Brings Problems for Fish Ponds
Many Louisiana ponds experience partial fish die-offs during the spring due to a combination of disease and low oxygen stress, according to LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Greg Lutz. 
“Overcrowding, over-feeding or over-fertilizing almost always compound these problems,” Lutz said. 
Low temperatures during winter force fish into a state of slow motion in which they eat very little, and their immune systems respond very slowly.  “When temperatures begin to rise in the spring, disease-causing organisms, already naturally present in a pond, can get the upper hand on fish that are in a weakened state,” Lutz said. 
Other springtime problems caused by algal blooms, especially in deeper ponds, involve “turnovers.”  “This occurs when cool rain water or heavy wind on the pond surface breaks down layering patterns,” Lutz said.  Turnovers can cause oxygen levels to drop to a point where fish begin to suffocate. 
Mechanical aeration is required to raise oxygen levels once a depletion has begun. Pumps can be used to pull water from a depth of 2 to 3 feet and spray it back into the pond. 

Stephanie Marie Wells, age 38, born on September 9, 1976 in Bogalusa, LA, died on Monday, April 6, 2015 in Bogalusa, LA. 

April 10, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Keith Garrett was booked 04/09 Drug Court
Whitney McNeese was booked 04/09 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Jessica Weems was booked 04/09 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Devante Watts was booked 04/09 on the charge of Simple Battery, Possession of Marijuana, and 2nd Degree Battery
Richard O'Keefe was booked 04/09 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

April 10, 2015
Slidell Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges  
A joint law enforcement effort has led to the arrest of a Slidell man on 22 counts of child pornography, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced.
Investigators have arrested Jarrett Wayne Tillman, 19, of 1085 Claire Drive, as a result of a joint effort involving the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Slidell Police Department. The Louisiana Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit conducted an investigation into the possible possession of child pornography which led agents to execute a search warrant at Tillman’s residence. During the search, investigators discovered Tillman was in possession of numerous pornographic images of children between the ages of six and 14 engaged in sexual activities or posed in a sexual manner. Tillman was booked into the Slidell City Jail. 

April 9, 2015
Riverside Medical Center Co-Hosting Blood Drive for Newborn

Riverside, along with the Blood Center, will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, April 28th from 10 am - 2 pm. The blood drive is on behalf of newborn Jett Self, of Franklinton, who is a Leukemia patient. He is the son of Tylan and Brittney Self. 

April 9, 2015
Montgomery Speaks Out About Transitioning to DA Office
Photo by Reyna Rivas
District Attorney Warren Montgomery, speaking at the Leadership St. Tammany Alumni Foundation's breakfast, reflected that "Eight months ago there were political people who didn't want to be around me; I was going against a big machine.  Now they want to take their picture with me."  Montgomery said that his transition to the office has been smooth and that turnover has been smaller than some supposed. A handful of top people tied closely to Reed left before Montgomery took office in January, and since then perhaps another 10 or so have departed for various reasons.
Most of the questions posed by the audience after his remarks dealt with the district attorney's diversion program, an attempt to weed out people who don't need incarceration. Expanding that program can reap any number of rewards, Montgomery said, from economic (by reducing jail costs and crowding) to personal (by keeping some people's records clean). 
Montgomery advised that his office, employing 119 persons, is making progress in reducing the number of jury selections when defendants are planning to enter a plea agreement. 
He also described a new felony screening program to assure that defendants are properly charged and to speed up the process from arrest to conviction. “If you want to stop crime, you have to make sure that punishment is swift, that punishment is certain, and that punishment is proportionate to the crime committed.”  

April 9, 2015
Classic Car Show Coming Up May 2
The Franklinton Chamber’s spring Classic Car Show is just around the corner.  It promises to be an interesting and fun day for the entire family.  Come see the beautiful springtime in Mile Branch Pioneer Settlement, a great display of International Harvester antique tractors, and the spectacular cars in the Classic Car Show.  All three are admission free.

April 9, 2015
Teddy Bears Symbolize Child Abuse Prevention Month 
James Hingle with the Exchange Club of West St. Tammany brought Sheriff Jack Strain 20 “Time Out Teddy Bears.” 
Made specially for the National Exchange Club, Time Out Teddy bears are a warm, safe and loving friend to a child who has been abused, neglected or traumatized. The teddy bear serves as a calming tool for a child to hold in a time of crisis.  The bears will be placed in deputies’ patrol cars to be given out to local children as needed.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month as designated by Congress. 
Sheriff Jack Strain is happy to partner with the local exchange club to educate the parents and caregivers of St. Tammany on how to keep their children safe. In raising awareness, "we hope to reduce the actual number of incidents of abuse within our community."

April 9, 2015
La. Funding Helps Breeding Waterfowl Habitat in Canada
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) received a commemorative plaque at their April 2 meeting honoring 50 years of support for waterfowl breeding ground habitat conservation.
The recognition came from Ducks Unlimited at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference for financial support provided through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ State Contributions to Canada Program. 
The Commission directs statutorily-dedicated state funds through the program to enhance and protect breeding waterfowl habitat in Canada, where many of Louisiana’s migrating and wintering ducks are produced.
The money directed by the Commission is matched by Ducks Unlimited and matched again by North American Wetland Conservation Act funding before it goes toward land purchase, conservation easements, wetland and grassland habitat restoration, and habitat management in the Canadian prairies to benefit nesting ducks. 

April 9, 2015
Adopt-A-Child Profile
April is an intelligent 13 year old who is passionate about the arts. She enjoys writing poetry, playing the piano, listening to music and writing her own music. Because of her love of the arts, she aspires to pursue a career in the music industry, especially audio engineering. 
April has three younger brothers whom she is very close to. She would like to be adopted with her 11 year old brother, Warren, if possible. However, she hopes her forever parents will support her desire to maintain contact with brothers, John, 8, and David, 9. 
Warren is an 11 year old who is very mature and insightful. Many say he is wise beyond his years. Warren is known to be polite, respectful and soft spoken, especially to adults. He enjoys playing football, basketball and video games. Warren hopes to play professional basketball for his favorite team the Miami Heat.
Warren considers himself to be an intelligent young man with a good vocabulary. Like his sister April, he would like for them to be adopted together. Warren desires to continue contact with his younger brothers as well. 
For additional information about April and Warren or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit

Frank Tildon Burge, age 63, born on April 5, 1952 in Newington, GA, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa,LA. Frank was a veteran and served in the United States Marine Corp. 

RICHARD ARNOLD GOINGS, SR. AGE 74 and a resident of Franklinton died early Thursday April 9, 2015 at Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He was a longtime dredge operator around the state and he also worked and lived many years in Florida, where he was known only as “Pops”. Richard graduated from Franklinton High School in 1958 where he played several sports including his favorite baseball. He was an avid sports fan that loved watching all types of sports, especially his beloved LSU Tigers. Richard enjoyed listening to country music and any of the “oldies” and he liked fishing. He had a special place in his heart for his pet Dachshund Stumpy. 

April 9, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
James Fruge was booked 04/08 In For Court
Harlon Causey was booked 04/08 In From Court
Jermaine Lacour was booked 04/08 on the charge of Forcible Rape
Renee Spears was booked 04/08 on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of an Alleged Substance

April 8, 2015
Jeff Bergeron Recognized as BPD Police Officer of the Year 
The Bogalusa City Council met in regular session Tuesday, April 7 and in addition to addressing routine matters, the Council and heard from several residents with issues they needed Council help in addressing and heard from reports from department heads.
Mayor Wendy Perrette addressed the Council and those in attendance and
  • recognized Detective Jeff Bergon as the Bogalusa Police Officer of the Year
  • announced  that meetings would be held April 18th at Northside School regarding the city's Comprehensive Resiliency Plan as it affects Richardson Town and Poplas
  • reminded everyone that April 24th would be Rendezvous on the Road on Columbia Street
  • reported on progress of Austin Street Overlay
  • reported that scooters and bikes, intended to be used by the Police Department, had been disposed of in 2008 and that insurance on them, at $18,000 per year, had never been canceled.  The coverage has now been cancelled.
  • announced the addition of a BPD Officer to the Drug Task Force, as well as other adjustments in assignments at the BPD that will add officers on the street
  • reported on a March 19th meeting with the state's bond commission where they were approved for $1.99 million; however, the City will only draw on that approval as needed.  
  • will report at a April 20th meeting regarding her plan submitted to the Legislative Auditor to address the financial challenges of the City.
View the meeting in its entirety by going to our Washington Parish TV page and clicking on the meeting on the "Government Meetings" channel.  You can also view both this and archived meetings by going to and clicking on Council Meeting Videos in the City Services section.

April 8, 2015
Bayou Jam Concert in Slidell's Heritage Park April 12

The City of Slidell’s Bayou Jam concert series continues its Spring 2015 season on Sunday, April 12 with a free concert featuring The Band of Brothers at 5:30 p.m. in Heritage Park. Admission is free.  “These events are what our city is all about. Family, friends and neighbors all coming together to have a great time, ” said Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan.” Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and come on out to Heritage Park to enjoy great live entertainment with your family and friends.”
Originally from New Orleans, the band now lives in St. Tammany Parish and specializes in Classic Rock, Blues, Southern rock, and New Orleans classics. 
For more information, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375 or visit the city’s website at 

April 8, 2015
Dollar Store Robber Caught Red Handed 
After committing two robberies over the weekend, 46-year-old, Steven Franck’s luck ran out Sunday afternoon after he was caught red handed by Slidell Police.
On Saturday afternoon Slidell Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Dollar General store on Pontchartrain Drive. The clerk told officers that a white male entered the store, implied he had a weapon, and threated kill her if she didn’t give him all the money. The clerk complied drove away in a dark colored Mazda.
The next day Slidell Police responded to a report of another armed robbery at a Dollar General store on Gause Boulevard West. This time the robber tied up the clerk prior to fleeing from the store with cash. The clerk was able to free herself and immediately contacted Slidell Police. Knowing that the suspect fled from Saturday’s robbery in a dark colored Mazda, officers were on the lookout for a similar vehicle matching that description.
Shortly after the robbery, Officer Brad Hoopes located a 2002 black Mazda 626, driven by Steven Franck, and attempted to stop the vehicle. After a brief vehicle pursuit, Franck rammed the front of a police car, put the vehicle in reverse in an attempt to flee again, and eventually surrendered peacefully.
Inside the vehicle, officers discovered money strewn throughout the interior, and clothing which matched the description from the previous robbery. Franck cooperated with detectives and admitted to his role in the robberies of both Dollar General stores. Franck was charged with two counts of first degree robbery, false imprisonment, and resisting an officer by flight.

Alla Mac Guy born August 3, 1927 passed away April 7.2015 at the Lakeland Nursing Home at the age of 88. She was a native and long time resident of Bogalusa and a member of the First Baptist Church here in Bogalusa.. 

Teresa Diane Thomas, age 55, born on March 14, 1960 in Picayune, MS, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at her residence. 

April 8, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
James Ramser was booked 04/07 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of Access Card
Vance Bennett was booked 04/07 on the charges of Forgery and Theft 500-1500
Kaunda Magee was booked 04/07 In For Court
Jason Sanders was booked 04/07 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Following Too Close, Improper Lane Useage, and Driving Under Suspension
Nicole Null was booked 04/07 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Jaames Fruge was booked 04/08 In For Court

April 8, 2015
Ribbon-Cutting for New Communications Tower in St. Tammany

Chief Deputy Fred Oswald, Parish President Pat Brister and Fire District #4 Chief Rick Tassin cut the ribbon this morning on the newly constructed Hwy 36 communications tower – part of a new P-25 interoperable radio system for first responders in the parish.
We're well on our way to activating this system, which will provide seamless, consolidated communications for the Sheriff's office, parish emergency operations, municipal police departments, fire departments, the school system, and others. We will also be part of LWIN, the Louisiana Wireless Information Network. This integration will allow our parish's emergency personnel to be in constant contact with state personnel in times of emergency.
The completed system will incorporate eight towers such as this, linked by microwave to Baton Rouge, to achieve an unparalleled level of functionality and reliability for public safety communications.

April 8, 2015
Slidell Man Arrested for Burglary
A Slidell man was arrested early this morning on simple burglary charges after a homeowner caught him trespassing on his property and called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were dispatched to 109 Twins lane, Slidell, at approximately  6:30 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a white male attempting to burglarize the residence while the occupants were inside. 
Prior to arrival the subject fled into the wooded area behind the residence.  Upon arrival, Deputies set up a perimeter and were able to quickly apprehend Joshua Devillier (DOB  01/12/1995; 1353 Greenlawn Street, Slidell)  in the rear yard of the residence without incident.
Patrol deputies with the assistance of a detective started a door to door canvas of the neighborhood and learned Devillier had committed several other vehicle burglaries.  
He was arrested for LRS 14:27/62.2 Attempted Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, LRS 14:27/62 Attempted Simple Burglary and four counts of LRS 14:62 Simple Burglary. 

April 7, 2015
Journey for Jude Benefit - Local 7 yr. Old With Muscular Dystrophy
Jude is a bright, likeable 7 year-old.  He and his family are doing all they can to maintain quality of life while dealing with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  They can use our help!
A.B.A.T.E. of Washington Parish is sponsoring an event "Journey for Jude" Saturday, April 25 at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds.  It is free to attend and open to the public.  Please plan to be there.

April 7, 2015
Sheriff's Office Addresses Animal Issues
Like other areas of the state, Washington Parish has numerous animal complaints.   Most complaints received by the Sheriff’s Office involve dogs, but there are also occasional calls about other animals. 
When animal complaints are made to the Sheriff’s Office, a deputy will respond.  Action taken by the deputy depends on each individual situation and could result in a citation being issued to the dog’s owner. 
In situations when an animal is intentionally injured or killed,  the Sheriff’s Office will investigate in an attempt to identify the guilty party.  Once the guilty party is identified, he/she faces the possibility of arrest. 
At this time, there is no animal shelter in Washington Parish.  Attempts are being made by parish government to establish one.  If this is done, it will be a great asset to everyone in the parish. 
Sheriff Randy Seal asks all animal owners to use common sense in the management of their animals.  “We have small animals at the Seal house and they bring lots of pleasure. Enjoy your animals, but try to make certain they are not a nuisance to your neighbor.  Always be certain your animals are up to date on their vaccinations and health checkups and try to make certain they  remain on your property unless properly restrained.  Intentional cruelty to animals is never acceptable and we will investigate all such allegations and take whatever action is appropriate.” 
To read more on the law pertaining to dogs running at large, abandoning dogs, dangerous dogs, and other related issues, click here.

April 7, 2015
Franklinton Man Convicted of Aggravated Incest
FRANKLINTON – A Washington Parish jury found a 49-year-old Franklinton man guilty on April 2 of aggravated incest, sexual battery, and attempted sexual battery of a child under 13. The defendant, J.D. Thompson, who is a multiple offender, faces 66 to 198 years in prison. 
Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair prosecuted the case, which was investigated by Sgt. James Folks of the Franklinton Police Department and Emily Cook of the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services. 
Thompson was arrested Oct. 25, 2013, just days after the victim, then 14 years old, told a school guidance counselor that she had been using the restroom on Aug. 9 of the same year when the boyfriend of a family member entered the bathroom and began kissing and touching her inappropriately. Other family members who lived in the home were away at another relative’s house to watch the first New Orleans Saints’ pre-season game when the incident occurred. 
In a later interview with an investigator from the Child Advocacy Center, the victim described another incident that had occurred when she was 11 years old at the home of the same relative. The girl said Thompson came into her bedroom one night, got into bed with her and began kissing and fondling her. She said she told only a family member at the time. 
The victim, now 16, testified against Thompson. He has prior sexual battery and obstruction of justice convictions and had failed to register as a sex offender.   

April 7, 2015
RMC Welcomes Two New Nurse Practitioners

Riverside Medical Center is happy to announce the addition of Tara Jerez, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Mica Sood, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner to the Riverside Pediatric and Internal Medicine Clinic.
The clinic is open 5 days a week and is accepting new patients. For more information, please call 795-4294.

April 7, 2015
Northshore Technical Students Win Awards
Source: submission by Sheilia Singletary
Students from Northshore Technical Community College recently competed in the Louisiana Skills USA competition at South Louisiana Community College. Skills USA is a national organization that supports career and leadership development of high school and post-secondary students.
"Key to building a strong Louisiana workforce is the promotion of quality training in high demand fields of study, as best evidenced at the recent Skills USA competition," said William S. Wainwright, chancellor of NTCC. "We at Northshore Technical Community College are proud of all students who competed and we will continue to support those gold medal winners who will now go on to the National Skills USA Competition to be held in Louisville, Kentucky."
The following students placed in the competition and several will continue to the national level: Leslie Gardner (customer service), Nicholas Cox (Internetworking), Patrick Lockhart (welding), Jesse Sanders (criminal justice), Lemarkis Harry (information technology), Bonnie Moore (information technology), Victoria Peterson (care and development of young children), and Patrick Sanfilippo (welding). 
Faculty sponsors included Chelsea Smith, Hanan Carlton, Justin Jenkins, Remy Williams, Karolyn Harrel, Arlendra Zenon and Tony Mizell.

April 7, 2015
Bridal Wreath Complements Azaleas (Video)
Azaleas are superstars of spring. But flowering bridal wreath plays a supporting role in bringing out magnificent patches of color. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why bridal wreath spirea can be an excellent shrub for your landscape.  

April 7, 2015
Sea Salt or Table Salt?  LSU Ag Center Answers
Sea salt is a trendy food ingredient. LSU AgCenter area nutrition agent Kate Farbe said nutritionally it is not very different from table salt despite popularized claims that it is healthier.  “While the two products do have some differences, the actual sodium content of sea salt and table salt is usually the same,” Farbe said. 
Table salt is mined from salt deposits and undergoes processing to make smaller, more palatable and uniform granules. Sea salt is obtained from the evaporation of sea water. Farbe said sea salt has either no or little processing and may contain trace minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. 
Farbe said most people are consuming much more than the recommended daily allowance.  To cut back on sodium intake, Farbe recommends removing the salt shaker from the table and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer pre-packaged products. 

April 7, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
William Robinson was booked 04/06 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Domestic Violence Battery, Second Degree Battery, and Distribution of Schedule I Drugs

April 6, 2015
Puppet People at Parish Libraries – Thanks to Target
Submitted by Melinda Rawls Howell

Puppet people and various puppet animals have arrived and are now beginning to appear on one of three new puppet stages at  branches of the Washington Parish Library System thanks to a $1000 grant recently received from Target as part of that company’s program to give back to communities. 
The grant also made possible the purchase of musical instruments, CD players and a few big books for story time. Some of the 16 new puppet performers of the WPL Theatre are Silly Bear, Spotted Cow, a very colorful parrot, a dignified-yet-perky penguin, a cat, a dinosaur, a brunette girl with braids and a boy with an unruly thatch of blond hair. 
A workshop for the children’s librarians from the various branches was held for hands-on experience. The theatrics of the puppeteers at the library in Enon, Winola Holliday and Marian Porter, have already been seen in about 30 shows with the approximately 600 children in the audiences ranging from 4-10 years of age. 
 Some of the shows presented recently were “The Interrupting Chicken,” “Pete the Cat,”  “Dinosaur Pet,” and “My Pet Penguin.”  For upcoming performances check with your local branch of the WPLS. 

Janie Elsa "Elsie Adams Breland, age 97 passed away April 5, 2015 in Bogalusa, LA. You have to read this lady's full obituary.  Click on the Obituary Icon at top of page.

William Simonson born December 29, 1977 passed away April 5, 2015 at his residence at the age of 37. Arrangements are incomplete . Brown-McGehee are in charge of local arrangements.

Elma Lee Turnage Rester born January 29, 1923 went home to be with The Lord on April 6, 2015 . She was a native of Kokomo, MS and a longtime resident of Bogalusa. She attended Turnage Chapel Baptist Church in Foxworth, MS. 

April 6, 2015
Slidell Police Officer Shot Friday Evening – Expected to Make Full Recovery
Around 8:40 p.m., Slidell Police received a call from Olde Town Tavern in reference to a subject, identified as 28-year-old, Jeremy Lackey. According to witnesses, Mr. Lackey was drunk, belligerent, and was trying to “pick fights”. When police arrived, Mr. Lackey was being escorted out of the bar by his friends. For unknown reasons, Mr. Lackey pushed away from his friends, went to his motorcycle, and retrieved a gun. Officers immediately began giving commands for Lackey to drop the weapon. Lackey ignored the officers’ commands, pointed the gun towards the officers, and fired approximately 10 rounds. The officers’ positioned themselves between innocent bystanders and the shooter, and returned fired as Lackey began advancing towards the crowded businesses. During the incident, Sergeant Cliff Laigast was shot in the leg, but was able to continue to engage the suspect. K-9 Officer Justin Stokes released K-9 Scout, who sought after Lackey, and apprehended him before Lackey could fire more shots at officers.  For more on this story, click here.

April 6, 2015
WP Library System Director Al Barron Receives Award
Subimitted by:  Melinda Rawls Howell 
Washington Parish Library System Director Al Barron received the 2015 Anthony Benoit Mid-Career Award at a ceremony held recently at the Louisiana Library Association’s Convention in Shreveport. 
Donald Westmoreland, WPLS board president who is also director of the St. Tammany Parish Library said Barron has “worked well with the board, the parish government, with the various communities and his staff and was able to pull things together.”“Al Barron is transforming” the library system and “has made service to the public his priority” and “has found a way to bring new services, programming and even a replacement facility for Enon,” Westmoreland said.  
For more on this story, click here.

April 6, 2015
Covington PD Bringing Attention to Child Abuse Prevention
Statement from Chief Tim Lentz

This morning (April 6) our friends from the Exchange Club, Jimmy Hingle and Clay Madden presented Mayor Cooper and myself with stuffed animals and the Child Abuse Prevention hats. April is child abuse prevention month and the City of Covington is partnering with the Exchange Club to bring attention to this issue in our community. During the month of April you will see our officers wearing the CAP baseball hats. This is the only time of year they are allowed to wear a baseball hat. At the end of the month they have been instructed to give the hat away to a kid in our community. 
To learn more about the work of the Exchange Club visit 

April 6, 2015
What's Happening at STPH This Week

Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of April 6-11
***BABYSITTING CLASSES - Safe Sitting Babysitting Training for boys and girls 11 and older. This two-day program offers CPR, choking rescue, injury management, safety for the sitter, babysitting as a business, child care basics and more. The cost is $70 for members, $80 for nonmembers.
***GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP - A support group for parents who have experienced the loss of a child, from infant to adult.
***BREAST CANCER SUPPORT - This free support group is open to anyone receiving treatment or who has completed treatment for breast cancer. 
***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION - Free Tai Chi and free meditation classes.
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents as well as professionals. Free. 
For more information, click here.

April 6, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
The Jail has been unusually busy in the last few days.  For the most recent bookings, click here.

CHARLES HENRY KUCERA, AGE 79 and a resident of Sun died at 10:00 am Friday April 3, 2015 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He was a native of Zimmerman, Minnesota and longtime resident of the state while also being a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Chuck was a resident of Winter Haven, FL for many years prior to moving to Washington Parish 2 years ago. He made a career as a cross-country truck driver working with Transport America and others before retiring while working for Forward Air, Inc. Chuck was recognized for One Million miles without an accident along with other awards during his career. He enjoyed fishing and playing golf and he had a great sense of humor while telling jokes and old funny stories. Chuck loved eating with his family. He had a special place in his heart for his pet Chihuahua Sparky. 

April 6, 2015
Louisiana Ag Economy Grows Significantly
Louisiana agriculture as a whole contributed $12.7 billion to the state’s economy in 2014, as reported in the 2014 Ag Summary from the LSU AgCenter released today.  “For the third year in a row, Louisiana farmers had record-breaking values for many of their commodities,” AgCenter economist John Westra said.
The largest contributors to the 2014 increase were forestry, beef and soybeans.
  • Forestry in Louisiana showed a significant increase in value of 34 percent over 2013.  Market demand, led by housing starts, contributed to the increase in forest product values, he said. Total value is the delivered value from the forest plus the first-level processing from a log to raw lumber.
  • Another area that showed improvement the past year was in the cattle and calf sector, which grew by $231 million to $895 million in 2014 – an increase of 35 percent.  Strong prices were bolstered by the lingering effects of drought in the Plains and West that held down cattle production in those areas while consumer demand remained strong, Westra said.
  • Soybean value increased by $252 million or 28 percent to $1.16 billion in 2014.  Louisiana growers planted more acres to soybeans than any other cultivated crop.
To read more on the report, click here.

April 6, 2015
Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for May 2
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the fifth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 2 at nine different locations across the state.
During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.
LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.
Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.
The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.
In our area, classes are at:  
Livingston Parish
Denham Springs Bingo Hall
7813 Florida Blvd.
Denham Springs, LA 70726
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To register please call 225-765-2999.
St. Tammany Parish
Madisonville Branch of St. Tammany Parish Public Library
1123 Main St.
Madisonville, LA 70447
9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please call 504-284-2023 to register.

For a complete list of class locations statewide, click here.

April 6, 2015
Fatal Crash in Tangipahoa Parish
A fatal crash occurred shortly before 4:00 am Sunday on the elevated portion of Interstate 55 near Ponchatoula. Troopers’ preliminary investigation concluded that a Honda sedan and a Volkswagen passenger vehicle had recently been involved in a crash on Interstate 55 northbound. After the initial crash, the two vehicles stopped on the left shoulder and partially in the left lane. The involved drivers were outside of their vehicles discussing the crash, when a 2003 Toyota truck struck the Honda and its driver while traveling northbound. The driver of the Honda was killed in the second crash. Drug impairment is suspected for the driver of the Toyota truck, 43 year old Scott Parfait of Kenner, LA. He was subsequently booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on charges of Vehicular Homicide, Careless Operation, and Driving Under Suspension. Toxicology results are pending for Parfait and the identity of the deceased driver of the Honda is being withheld pending family notification.

Ellis "Jack" Jenkins, age 85, born on August 21, 1929 in Sun, LA, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Hospice House in Slidell, LA. 
He was a United States Army Veteran. A member of Westside Emmanual Baptist Church. He loved gardening and enjoyed mowing the Church yard. He also retired over 30 years from the Box Factory. He was a kind person and loved his family. 

Betty Joyce Walker Seal passed away at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas surrounded by her family. 
Betty was born May 21, 1932 in Bogalusa, Louisiana to Hugh Dudley (Babe) Walker and Mattie Mae Barber Walker. She loved working in her yard, but her greatest love was her husband and her family. The legacy that she leaves behind is her love of God and sixty-six years of a blessed marriage to her husband, Thayer. She was a member of Superior Avenue Baptist Church in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Betty graduated from Varnado High School in 1950 and was Valedictorian of her graduating class. She retired after a long and successful career at Joan of Arc Company in St. Francisville, Louisiana. She and her husband were residents of Picayune, Mississippi. 

April 3, 2015
La. AG Caldwell Leads Efforts to Protect States’ Authority to Define Marriage  
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm the States’ longstanding authority to define marriage and to prevent the federal government from encroaching on Louisiana’s law defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Caldwell led a group of 15 state attorneys general who filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court calling on the Court to allow states to continue to exercise the authority to define marriage according to the understanding of their citizens. According to Caldwell, if that authority were to be removed from the states, it would undermine the democratic process and marginalize the beliefs of millions of Americans.
“The people of Louisiana have always defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, and they have the fundamental authority under the Constitution to do just that,” Caldwell said. “The Supreme Court will decide whether to uphold Louisiana’s constitutional definition of marriage or to compel all 50 States to recognize a definition of marriage that did not exist in any state as few as 12 years ago. I am proud to lead an effort to protect the authority of Louisiana citizens to determine how to define marriage. I am grateful that the U.S. Fifth Circuit has already agreed with me, and hope the U.S. Supreme Court will too.”
Caldwell and the other AGs maintain that the U.S. Constitution has always left to States the democratic ability to define marriage. To say otherwise would eliminate the States’ longstanding authority to establish their own domestic-relations laws. 
Attorney General Caldwell urged the Supreme Court to acknowledge that the states, as laboratories of democracy, are the best places under our democratic system of government to determine whether to make changes to their own domestic-relations laws. The attorneys general assert that a federal standard for marriage would announce that state citizens are incapable of resolving this issue through constructive civil discourse.
Caldwell was joined by the attorneys general of Texas, Utah, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and West Virginia.
The case is DeBoer v. Snyder, 14-517  

April 3, 2015
Henna Coleus – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 6, 2015
Henna is a great landscape performer. Planted in spring when danger of frost has passed, plants will last until first frost in the fall. More information on this great plant:  Warm-season bedding plant, Grows to about 24 to 30 inches tall, Full sun to part shade, Colorful foliage in shades of gold and chartreuse brushed with burgundy on top and burgundy underneath and deeply toothed along the edges, Very heat tolerant, and No major pests. 

April 2, 2015
Bush Library to Host Plant Swap on Saturday (April 11)
Source:  NOLA Community Submission by Amy Althans

The St. Tammany Parish Library in Bush invites the public to a plant swap on Saturday (April 11) from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Gather seedlings, cuttings, seeds and divide clumps of your favorite plants to share and trade for something new to plant in your garden. 
"This is an opportunity to find new plants to replace those you might have lost during our recent freezes," said branch manager for the Bush library, Marjie Jahncke.
There will be members of the St. Tammany Master Gardener program on hand to offer advice and answer questions. St. Tammany Parish Library cardholders may also borrow books from the library to get help in improving or adding to the home landscape. 
Children and pets are allowed at this fun event, but be aware that they must be closely supervised since plants can be sharp or poisonous. 
For more information, call 985.886.3588 or check out This program is free and open to the public. No money will be exchanged. The swap will occur rain or shine. The library is located at 81597 Louisiana 41, Bush.

April 2, 2015
Dr. Wayne Breen's Wife Feared For Her Life - Lawyer Says
Source:  James Varney, | The Times-Picayune   
Kacie Breen shot her husband, Dr. Wayne Breen (pictured right), twice in the chest because she had no choice, her attorney said Thursday (April 2). Indeed, Kacie Breen took such a step only when it seemed to her own life hung in the balance, he said.
"The bottom line in this case is the victim is Mrs. Breen," attorney Paul Lea Jr. said. "There was a very substantial quarrel and she has the bruises, the scratches and the blood loss that prove it. She did not overreact; she was in imminent fear of bodily harm or death."
The fear reached a crescendo in the early morning hours of March 1. As a fight inside the couple's Folsom home escalated, Kacie Breen fled to the garage, Lea said, in an attempt to leave the house and go to her mother's. Dr. Breen pursued his wife and the shots were fired in the garage after she had reached the car, according to Lea.
"On the garage on the floor there is DNA evidence that substantiates all of this," Lea said. "That's where the argument had flowed to, and she was in the car attempting to leave the house."
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office says the investigation is continuing and declined further comment. 

April 2, 2015
The Easter Cactus - Another Beautiful Easter Plant (Video)
Everyone is familiar with the Easter lily, but there’s another beautiful Easter plant that’s not well known. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the Easter cactus – a relative of the Christmas cactus and the Thanksgiving cactus. 

April 2, 2015
Early April is azalea time in Louisiana
By Allen Owings LSU AgCenter horticulturist 
Early April is here, and that signifies the peak flowering season for azaleas across the state. Some years, flowering is earlier; some years, flowers come later. 
Azaleas are a prime example of a plant that needs to be in the right place. Proper management practices also are important to the long-term landscape enjoyment of Louisiana’s most popular flowering shrub.
Several practices will improve the performance of azaleas. Sunlight, bed preparation, how plants were planted, soil pH and fertilization are important items to consider.  For details on each of these practices, click here.
It is important to complete pruning spring-flowering azaleas by the end of June or the first part of July. If your azaleas flower in spring and fall, prune them within a few weeks after spring bloom is completed. But before you prune, decide if your plants need to be pruned at all. Pruning at the wrong time can reduce bloom display during the next flowering cycle.

April 2, 2015
CPD Chief Lentz Welcomes Two Grads from the Slidell Regional Police Academy
April 1 Statement from Covington Police Chief Tim LentzTonight I had the extreme pleasure of attending the graduation ceremony of class #52 of the Slidell Regional Police Academy. We welcome two new recruits, Edwin Masters and Katy Hart, to our family. We are very proud of what these officers accomplished over the past three months. Edwin was also able to secure the third place driving award and the second highest POST score. These two new recruits will now start their 16 week field training program where they will build upon their Academy training. 
Also a special thanks to the employees of the Police Department that attended the graduation tonight, welcoming our new recruits to our family. 
Again, congrats to Katy and Edwin on this major accomplishment in your career. We are proud of you. 

April 2, 2015
19 Officers Graduate from the Slidell Regional Police Academy 
Last night (Wednesday, April 1, 2015), nineteen recruits, who represented ten different law enforcement agencies, graduated from Class #52 of the Slidell Regional Police Academy.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith addressed the graduates and congratulated them on a job well done. “By graduating from the Slidell Regional Police Academy, the certificate you have received is earned, not given,” said Chief Smith. “When you leave here tonight, remember one thing. Everyone is watching everything you do. Police officers are held to a higher standard; more now than ever. Make sure you represent that badge and your department well,” Chief Smith told the graduates.
For more details and pictures of the event, click here.

April 2, 2015
New Hunting Regulations Approved by LWFC
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) has approved the 2015-17 hunting season dates and the 2015-16 General and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) rules and regulations.
Many changes were made including addition of pistols to allowable gear for deer hunting, hunting season dates, hunting area designations, approval of bird dog training, UTV regulations, and addition of days for turkey and deer hunting.  
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed and approved hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit  Also, for more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or

April 2, 2015
Statement from District Attorney Warren Montgomery on Home Rule Charter Review Committee Recommendations
Recently, at my request, the St. Tammany Parish School Board and the parish’s two public hospitals have passed resolutions stating that the District Attorney’s Office no longer serves as their legal representative. The Parish Council’s home rule charter review committee on Thursday (April 2) will propose an amendment to the full council—again with my support—that would allow Parish President Pat Brister to hire her own attorney, instead of relying on the District Attorney’s Office as her legal counsel.
I applaud these moves because they help to distance the District Attorney’s Office from politics and enable me to focus more intensely on the justice system. My election was a clear mandate from the people that they want change, that they want a justice system focused on justice, not politics. This is a move in the right direction.

April 1, 2015
Search for Missing Boater in Fourth Day
Source:  James Varney, | The Times-Picayune  
For the fourth day, searchers combed the Pearl River Navigational Canal seeking the body of a 31-year-old mother who vanished in it late Saturday. The search was hampered in the morning by dense fog.
Jonie Morgan, 31, went under by a sill in the canal near Bush. She had three children, aged 8, 6 and 5 with her, and all of them were wearing life vests when the boat they were using lost power and tipped over the small waterfall created by spring rains.
In the accident, Morgan's boyfriend, Terry O'Keefe, 41, was apparently hit in the head by the boat. His body was found early Sunday morning. Neither Morgan nor O'Keefe were wearing life vests when their boat capsized.
The three children were all rescued by teenagers. Leyton Page, 16, of Bogalusa, held the 8- and 6-year-old boys until help arrived. The 5-year-old daughter, who had gone under again with Morgan and was feared lost by onlookers, eventually popped up. She was spotted by Josh Miley, 19, on the bank and rescued in a boat captained by his pal, A.J. Holmes, 19.
The three children were all reported to be in good health. It was unclear Wednesday how much longer searchers will stay out on the canal looking for Morgan's body.
April 1, 2015
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jeremy Kihneman was booked 03/31 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court
Alisa Hathorn was booked 03/31 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kacie Kihneman was booked 03/31 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Simple Drunk), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of IV Drugs, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Drugs
Dustin Galloway was booked 03/31 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Ran Stop Sign
Janis Allen was booked 04/01 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Prohibited Acts, Theft by Shoplifting, and No Bike Headlight







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