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September 19, 2014

DEPUTIES MAKE ARRESTS AFTER OBSERVING ILLEGAL DRUG TRANSACTION
On the afternoon of September 18, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force detectives observed an illegal drug sale in the parking lot of a service station on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa.  After the sale was completed, both the seller and buyer went their separate ways.  Deputies pursued them and arrested two persons.  
Roxanne Bernadette Fortenberry, 25, Bogalusa, was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule II Drugs.  She was placed in the Washington Parish Jail with bond set at $5,000.  She met the conditions of her bond and was released later in the day.
Pernell D. Cotton, 36, Varnado, was arrested and charged with three counts of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs.  Cotton is in the Washington Parish Jail with no bond.
A significant amount of illegal drugs and cash were seized from Cotton along with the Chevrolet Tahoe he was using to transport and sell drugs.
“Let this be a lesson to drug dealers,” said Sheriff Randy Seal.  “We are watching you and will arrest you when we have cause to do so.  I commend our Drug Task Force detectives for their continued effort to identify and arrest drug dealers in Washington Parish.”

 

 

September 19, 2014

Legislation Provides for Special Deer Hunting Season for Honorably Discharged Louisiana Veterans on Private Lands
Honorably discharged, Louisiana resident veterans will have extra hunting dates on private lands during the 2014-15 Louisiana deer hunting season.   This season will run concurrently with the open Youth Season in all zones. 
This special deer season, which is available for youth (ages 17 and younger) and physically challenged hunters, precedes the opening weekend of regular firearms season.
The 2014-15 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet contains the complete listing of all deer season dates in the 10 designated deer areas in the state. To view the booklet on line, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations .

 

 

September 18, 2014

16-year Old Files False Police Report
In an attempt to identify a possible suspect in a complaint filed by a 16 year old girl about a suspicious man near a bus stop, an investigator with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office this morning conducted a stakeout near that location. 
The investigator did not observe any suspicious vehicles matching the description given by the girl.  While there, he noticed the girl and her mother arrive to wait for her bus.  The detective approached them and asked – since they were at the scene of the complaint – if the girl could help re-enact the incident.
The girl was immediately hesitant with her response and her ability to provide any additional information.  Within a few minutes, she admitted to the detective and to her mother that, while she did see a vehicle matching that description in the area yesterday, she fabricated the story about the driver’s attempted interaction with her.
The girl was arrested for falsifying a police report and was released to the custody of her mother.

 


 

Obituary

ELIZABETH BLACKWELL THOMAS, AGE 83 and a resident of the Thomas Community died at 6:30 AM Wednesday, September 17, 2014. She passed away peacefully at her home with family by her side. She was a long time member of Thomas First Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening.

 

 

September 18, 2014

Strain Reminds Horse Owners to Protect for Mosquito Borne Diseases
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M, is reminding horse owners to be vigilant in protecting their horses and vaccinate their animals for both Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and the West Nile Virus (WNV).
So far, there are seven reported cases of EEE and one case of WNV.  Horses are infected the same way humans are infected – by being bitten by infected mosquitoes.
If a mosquito bites an infected bird, EEE or WNV can be spread to horses, dogs, cats and humans. These mosquito-transmitted diseases can cause inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord. The diseases cannot be spread from horses or other animals to humans.


Prevention includes avoiding mosquitoes, removing standing water and using mosquito repellants that are safe for horses and humans. Horses can also be vaccinated. So far, there is no vaccination approved for people.
State Public Health Veterinarian with the Department of Health and Hospitals Dr. Gary Balsamo said, “You should protect yourself from mosquitoes no matter where you live in Louisiana. Eastern Equine Encephalitis is not the most common threat, but it does result in the most severe symptoms in humans.”

 

 

September 18, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings


George Crain was booked 09/17 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension and Attachment
Devonta Flowers was booked 09/17 on the charge of Criminal Damage
Ashley Magee was booked 09/17 on the charges of Criminal Damage and Aggravated Assault
Claudia Morris was booked 09/17 In From Court
Melissa Cummings was booked 09/17 In From Court
Demarauis Wilson was booked 09/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Crawford Polk was booked 09/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Jamie Hardin was booked 09/18 on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Angela Dykes was booked 09/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Resisting Arrest
Samson Martin, Jr. was booked 09/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation

 

 

September 18, 2014

SHERIFF’S OFFICE HOSTS TRAINING EVENT
September 9-11, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal hosted a three day jail legal issues update in New Orleans.  Sheriff Seal joined eleven other Louisiana Sheriffs and a total of ninety-eight participants from five states for the training event.  Training was conducted by the  National Institute for Jail Operations and focused on constitutional jail requirements.  Participants were provided not only statutory and case law relating to various jail issues but also practical advice on how to implement jail management procedures designed to help make jails defensible in the event of litigation.
Sheriff Seal stated (in part), “This is the second year our Office has hosted a national training event and we are already planning another one for 2015.”
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley serves as a member of the NIJO Jail Training Advisory Committee.

 

 

September 17, 2014

3rd Annual Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival - Don't Miss It
The population of Bogalusa is expected to increase by about half next weekend when people from across the region gather at Cassidy Park to celebrate the third annual Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival Sept. 26-27.
Since its inception, the festival has attracted accolades and big crowds due to top-notch musical lineups. And its hand-crafted, Louisiana-focused, family friendly atmosphere prompts visitors to return regularly and to bring their friends.
This year, the two-stage lineup includes JJ Grey & Mofro, the Ruthie Foster Band, the Devon Allman Band, Mike Zito and the Wheel, Johnny Sansone with guest Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles, Big George Brock, Paul Thorn, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Big Daddy O, the Petty Bones, Keenan Knight, Trent and Zac, and the Mandeville High School Jazz Band.
Approximately 20 food vendors will offer succulent regional specialties, and about that many art vendors will provide opportunities for visitors to purchase a wide range of the unique, hand crafted products of their creative imaginations.
Besides all that, there will be art classes and train rides for the kids, a splash pad and playground, harmonica workshops for people of all ages, canoe rides, free admittance to the on-site Pioneer and Native American museums, and much more to occupy those who aren't dancing in front of the stage while the music fills the air.
The BBHF opens from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and continues from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are just $10 per day in advance, and children 12 and under get in free. Check it out and purchase tickets online at www.bogalusablues.com.

 

 

September 17, 2014

National Hunting and Fishing Day Activities, September 20
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on September 28. NHFD is a national event celebrated by all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September.
Events include exhibits on LDWF management programs, shooting and fishing demonstrations, exhibits from local chapters of Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club and CCA, and supporting businesses from the local communities. Attendees have the chance to try their skills at the shooting ranges, fishing ponds and boating activities, as well as learn about wildlife through interaction with live animals.
For more information, go to http://wlf.louisiana.gov/news/38455

 

 

Obituary

Wesley Bowman, age 83 and a native of Louisiana, passed away on Sept. 13, 2014.  Mr. Bowman was a doting husband and a nurturing parent and grandparent who was dearly loved by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a good man and a good friend. Mr. Bowman served in the United States Army as a young man, seeing duty in the Korean War. He was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as a switchman for 42 years. Mr. Bowman was also a proud member of the Williams Boulevard Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and actively involved with the Bus Ministry for many years. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. 

 

 

September 17, 2014

Progress On Bogalusa Community Center Revealed
At last evening's Bogalusa City Council meeting, discussion regarding establishment of a Community Center began during a Public Hearing on an Ordinance authorizing the Mayor 

to enter into a contract with RLC Architecture for a Community Center and Safe Room.  Residents Gloria Kates and Fate Farrell provided favorable comments regarding the establishment of the Center.  Kate's comments primarily supported the establishment of a Safe Room for citizens displaced by storms, a situation she had experienced in 2002.  Farrell's questions and comments spoke to the location and inclusion of a Boy's and Girl's Club.  Mayor Charles E. Mizell provided information that the location being considered is near the Sports Complex on Avenue B.  An environmental impact study has been completed on the proposed site and funding, in the form of grants, is being explored.  The Council approved the Ordinance.

In other business, the Council heard concerns regarding litter and possession of too many dogs by some - a situation that can be disturbing to neighbors. 
Mayor Charles Mizell touted all the events in Bogalusa and complimented the Bogalusa Police Department.  Councilman Michael O'Ree encouraged residents to become involved in resolving problems in our communities.  He stated that if we do nothing or say nothing, we are at fault as well.  His comments received a standing ovation.
Go to the Washington Parish TV site and click on the Government Meetings folder to view video of the meeting.

 

 

September 17, 2014

Congressional Candidate Predicts Oil & Gas Boom
Speaking before the Bogalusa City Council last evening, Congressional Candidate Harris Brown predicted an oil and gas boom in our area, producing 300,000 jobs that will pay $2500 per week. 
Harris, a resident of the northern part of Louisiana, has a background in row-crop farming, tree farming, oil and gas industry, and volunteerism.  Brown characterizes himself as a solid conservative who will cut taxes, pass flood insurance reforms, create jobs, repeal Obamacare, end over-regulation and defend our Second Amendment rights.

 

 

September 16, 2014

Deputies locate body in Lake Pontchartrain
(Update on previous story)

At approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies located a male body floating in the lake just east of the Twin Spans.  The man is believed to be the same person seen jumping over the side rail of the  westbound twin span over the weekend.
Sheriff’s office marine division deputies were entering day three of the search for the man after motorists reported seeing him exit his vehicle and jump from the bridge at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
Since that time, deputies have been canvassing portions of eastern Lake Pontchartrain with boats equipped with underwater imaging devices and helicopters.
Investigators are on the scene and the body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for a positive identification.

 

 

September 16, 2014

Free P.A.D. Screenings Sept. 29 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital
Are you at risk? Get screened for free!
Peripheral Arterial Disease is the narrowing of the arteries outside the heart that causes diminished blood flow.
Am I at risk?  P.A.D. affects 8-12 million people in the United States, 1 in every 20 Americans older than 50 has P.A.D., 1 in every 3 people with diabetes has P.A.D.  Typical signs and symptoms include:  Claudication: fatigue or cramping in the leg muscles while walking or climbing stairs, Pain the legs and/or feet or legs that heal slowly, poorly or not at all, Poor nail growth and decreased hair growth on toes and legs, Sores or wounds on toes, feet or legs that heal slowly, poorly or not at all.
The screenings are noninvasive and only take minutes.  Call (985) 871-6088 for an appointment.

 

 

September 16, 2014

Program on Government Contracting Offered
If you have considered the possibility of government contracting but didn't know where to start, the Southeast Louisiana Business Center program "Government Contracting: Everything You Wanted to Know Plus a Little Lagniappe" is a good place to start.  It is offered Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 9am to 11am at the St. Tammany Administrative Complex - Building B, 21454 Koop Drive in Mandeville, Louisiana.  There is no cost to attend.
Topics include:  Should you market to the government?, How to get started, things "TO DO", Are you ready to bid?, set aside programs, and subcontracting.
For more information, call (985) 549-3831 or email lsbdc.slu@lsbdc.org

 

 

September 16, 2014

2014 Book Festival This Saturday
Please forward this information! Share with all your Facebook friends, and pass along by word of mouth!!!
Saturday, September 20th, 2014, the Washington Parish Library will be hosting it's first annual BOOK FESTIVAL with more than 25 International, Regional, and Local Authors to meet and participate in book talks. The event is sponsored by Barnes and Nobles and The Friends of the Washington Parish Library.  It will be held at the Franklinton Branch.  Call (985) 839-7805 for more information.
There will be something for the whole family. Don't miss it!

 

 

September 16, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Christopher Williams was booked 09/15 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Battery, and Public Intimidation (2 counts)
Justin Brumfield was booked 09/15 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Marijuana, Discharge of Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Pauline Catalano was booked 09/15 In For Court
Hussein Faour was booked 09/15 In For Court and on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500
Jacob Jarrell was booked 09/15 In For Court
Genesis Salcedo was booked 09/15 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Joe Tippy was booked 09/15 In From Court
Kelvin Warren was booked 09/15 In From Court

 

 

September 15, 2014

SKIN CANCER SCREENING IN BOGALUSA
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital will hold a free skin cancer screening from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Neilsen’s Pharmacy, 1619 Columbia St., Bogalusa. The screening is available to patients who have not had a physician perform a skin screening in the past 12 months and includes a visual exam performed by a physician. For more information, call (888) 616-4687 or go to www.marybird.org/stph

 

 

September 15, 2014

ANOTHER SCAM HITS WASHINGTON PARISH
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal warns parish residents of yet another scam that has claimed at least one victim in the parish.
The victim received a call from a woman who claims to work for Grand Central Gift Awards, a company that is under contract by the federal government to distribute federal grants in the amount of $7,000 each.  The victim is instructed to go to a local chain drug store and purchase a $299 green dot reloadable card.  The victim then is instructed to call (206) 855-3333 and give the pin number to the card.  The caller advises that the grant process has already been started and that the $7,000 grant check will be mailed soon.
Did the parish resident receive a check for $7,000?  No.  The only thing he received was a hard lesson in how the scam operates.  It was a lesson that cost him $299.
Sheriff Randy Seal cautions parish residents about becoming scam victims.  “If someone calls and offers you anything for free, hang up on them.  It is a scam!  The caller may have a sweet voice, or the caller may have a convincing story, but it is a scam.  Don’t fall for it.  Just hang up.  You can always report scams to our office, but there is little we can do.  Most scams originate outside of the United States, even though they may have a local telephone number.  Just hang up on them.”

 

 

September 15, 2014

Child Passenger Safety Emphasized
Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force will be conducting FREE Child Safety Seat Check events across Louisiana this Saturday, September 20, 2014 in order to reduce the number of children injured and killed in motor vehicle crashes. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 123,000 children under the age of 13 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2011. Crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 13.
Adults - Pay Attention:   Nearly 3 out of 4 child restraints are installed improperly.  Louisiana State Police urges everyone to help reduce injuries and the tragic loss of life by buckling up themselves and their children — Every trip, Every time.

 

 

September 15, 2014

ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP  LEADS TO  DRUG  ARREST
It started out as a routine traffic stop by a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputy.  It ended in the arrest of a Bogalusa female for Possession to Distribute Schedule I Drugs.
On September 6, while patrolling Highway 21 south of Bogalusa, a WPSO patrol deputy observed a vehicle pull slowly into a motel parking lot and then exit on Highway 21.  The vehicle was being driven in an unsafe manner.  The deputy activated his emergency blue lights and was finally able to get the driver to pull to the shoulder of the road.  The driver had no driver’s license and no proof of insurance.  He was issued a citation.
While talking with the driver, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.  He asked for permission to search the vehicle and the driver gave permission for the search.  Inside the glove box, the deputy discovered a plastic bag containing 57 grams of  marijuana.  The driver denied knowing the marijuana was in the car but a passenger admitted that the illegal drugs belonged to her.
Arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail was Katina Patrice Harrell, 41. Bogalusa. She was later released on a $30,000 bond. 
Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the value of patrol activities in the parish.  “Our deputies move throughout the parish, either responding to calls or looking for suspicious activity.  This arrest is a prime example of good, pro-active law enforcement.  If criminals think we sit around waiting for a call to come in, they are mistaken.  We are on the move so that we can more quickly respond to any situation that develops.  I commend our fine patrol deputy for being alert and taking another drug dealer off of our parish roads.”

 

 

September 15, 2014

Great Programs Available At STPH
For the week of September 15 - 20, St. Tammany Parish Hospital is offering the following 

programs:  Co-parenting classes for divorcing parents, Toddler Talk, Bringing Up Baby, skin cancer screenings, prostate cancer screenings, a Boot Camp for New Dads, Connect With Your New Sibling, new baby support group, Tai Chi and meditation, and yoga.  For more information on these programs, go to http://www.stph.org/News/Default.aspx?nid=679

 

 

September 15, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Jeffrey Berry was booked 09/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Paul Ard was booked 09/12 on the charge of Attachment
Daniel Hamilton was booked 09/12 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Letina Self was booked 09/12 In For Court
Corbin Ikerd was booked 09/12 In From Court
Patrick Spencer was booked 09/12 In For Court
Vikki Vince was booked 09/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, and Open Container in Vehicle
Kurt Danos was booked 09/13 In From Court
Jessica Smith was booked 09/14 on the charges of Attachment and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Christopher Williams was booked 09/15 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Battery, and Public Intimidation (2 counts)
Justin Brumfield was booked 09/15 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Marijuana, Discharge of Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Pauline Catalano was booked 09/15 In For Court

 

 

September 15, 2014

Deputies attempting to locate man in Lake Pontchartrain
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office is attempting to locate a man who reportedly jumped off the eastbound twin span this morning.
At approximately 8:30 Sunday morning, the Sheriff’s office received a number of 911 calls from motorists on the twin spans who reported seeing a black Cadillac pull over to the shoulder at mile marker 258 (approximately two miles from the north shore). Witnesses said the male driver exited the vehicle and jumped over the side rail of the bridge.
Sheriff’s office patrol deputies, along with Sheriff’s marine division boats are on the scene attempting to locate the man. Deputies are also trying to identify the man through documents in the vehicle, which was registered in Mississippi.

 

 

Obituary

SANDRA BARBER CALLIHAN, AGE 59 and a resident of Franklinton died early Sunday morning September 14, 2014 at Regency Hospital in Covington. She enjoyed cross-stitching and tending her flowers. But her favorite pastime was fishing as she could spend hours enjoying the peaceful time. She was always a loving wife and mother.

 

 

Obituary

JAMES EARLIE STAFFORD, AGE 75 and a resident of Talisheek died Friday morning September 12, 2014 at his home. He was a former longtime retail manager with Woolworth who enjoyed fishing. He played football as a young man and later in life loved watching it any time he could.

 

 

Obituary

Sidney "Sid" Averette died Saturday, September 13 at Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA. He was 73 years old.  He was a veteran and served in the United States Air Force for more than 20 years from which he retired as Master Sergeant. During his time in the Air Force he traveled throughout the world and settled back in Bogalusa after his retirement.

 

 

Obituary

Nettie Faye Keaton age 74 passed away Sept. 12, 2014 at West Jefferson Hospital in Marrero La. She was a resident of Bogalusa La, and member of Palestine Baptist Church

 

 

September 13, 2014

Pink High Heel Fun Run/Walk
Lots of fun and a worthy cause.  This describes the 4th Annual Pink High Heel Fun Run/Walk sponsored by the Mt. Hermon Ladies Ruritan Club at the Washington Parish Fair Grounds on Saturday, October 25.  This is a colorful event - a family event  that benefits the Sallie Astor Burdine Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  We have all had friends and family members touched by breast cancer and by participating in this event, we can help make a difference.  
For more information, go to the Mt. Hermon Ladies Ruritan Club page or call 985-515-3979 or email:  pinkfunrun@yahoo.com.  See Ya'll there!

 

Obituary

Archie Vernon Stewart of Lee's Creek Community and member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church was born in 1930 and passed away Sept. 11, 2014 at AMG Specialty Hospital in Bogalusa.

 

 

Obituary

Patty Lou Hines Henley, a native of Bogalusa, and resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana passed away in her home on Thursday, September 11, 2014 surrounded by loved ones, and went to be with her Lord and Savior in Heaven. She was born August 17,1928 in Tylertown, MISS. Pat was an amazing mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend that opened her heart and home to everyone. She was an incredibly hard worker, and made a lasting impact on everyone she knew.

 

 

September 12,2014

RMC Blood Drive Monday
All are invited to Riverside Medical Center Monday, September 15 for a blood drive from 2 pm to 7 pm.  The Blood Mobile will be parked in front of the hospital.  The blood drive is a joint effort between Riverside Medical Center and The Blood Center.  Please come and donate.

 

 

September 12, 2014

Native American Cultural Day Set For November 8
Now through the end of the year will be a busy time for most of us.  Football season is underway, the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival is coming up, and the Washington Parish Free Fair will be enjoyed by most.  Plus, we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas between now and the end of 2014.
But you have to put on your schedule a unique, first-of-its-kind event to be held at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa on November 8.  The Native American Cultural Day will consist of seven Louisiana Native American tribes sharing their culture through traditional dance, dress, and crafts.  The tribes include the Coushatta, the Chitimacha, the Jena Band of Choctaws, the Tunica-Biloxi, the United Houma Nation, the Clifton Choctaw, and the Choctaw Apache.  Representatives of these tribes are travelling from across the State of Louisiana to Bogalusa in order to share their culture with us.
This educational and informative event is hosted by the Museums of Cassidy Park and the Intertribal Council of Louisiana/Institute for Indian Development, Inc. 
Admission is free.  Put this event on your schedule.  For more information, go to  www.museumsofcassidypark.org

 

 

September 12, 2014

Bogalusa City Council meets Tuesday, September 16 at 5:30pm
The Agenda for Tuesday's Bogalusa City Council meeting includes the Introduction of one Resolution, the Introduction of One Ordinance, and Public Hearings on two Ordinances previously introduced.  The Ordinance being introduced is to revise the revised budget. 
Time is set aside under the Public Participation part of the meeting for persons to address the Council.  Mayor Charles Mizell will address those in attendance and the Council.  Be there if you can and watch the meeting after Wednesday morning by going to the Video Library on our Washington Parish TV page and clicking on Government Meetings.

 

 

Obituary

ROSE HALEY McCLENDON, AGE 80 and a resident of Slidell died at 1:10 pm Wednesday September 10, 2014 at Ochsner Medical Center-Northshore. She was a native of the Hackley Community, and attended Thomas School where she played basketball but had resided in Slidell for over 16 years. Rose enjoyed gardening, cooking for others and often bowling with her family. She loved watching basketball, and was a big sports fan, including New Orleans Saints football.

 

 

September 12, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Alcraigious Smith was booked 09/11 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Attachment
Jeffrey Berry was booked 09/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Careless Operation
Paul Ard was booked 09/12 on the charge of Attachment

 

 

September 11, 2014

Washington Parish Planning Committee Meets Tuesday
The Washington Parish Planning Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the Council Chamber at the Courthouse.  The only specific items on the Agenda falls under Old Business and includes the following Topics:
> Noise – Commissioner Rogers
> Animals Shelter – Commissioner McKenzie
> Mobile Homes – Commissioner Warren
> Multiple Housing – Commissioner Thomas
> Sanitation – Commissioner Jones
> Towers – Commissioner Cooper
>  Fracking – Commissioner Cooper
Although many of these topics are of interest to many of us, the topic of fracking is particularly timely.  High prices are being paid landowners for leases in anticipation of drilling, wells are producing oil nearby in Tangipahoa Parish, and fracking is a big issue in nearby St. Tammany.

 

 

September 11, 2014

Hunters Reminded to Practice Treestand Safety
As the opening of the 2014-15 deer season approaches, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding hunters to make pre-hunt checks to ensure treestand safety and use appropriate safety gear to reduce the chance of accidents in the field.
Each year, a few hunters are injured when they fall from stands or their stands fail. Nearly all of these injuries can be prevented if hunters follow basic treestand safety rules. 
To review these rules and prevent an injury or worse, go to http://wlf.louisiana.gov/news/38448

 

 

September 11, 2014

AG Caldwell Warns Louisiana Citizens of IRS Telephone Scam 

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is warning citizens of a phone scam in which the caller claims
 to be an IRS official and attempts to intimidate the victim into making a payment via pre-loaded debit card or wire service.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and are often threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of business or driver's license. Calls often become hostile when the victim does not cooperate.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, Attorney General Caldwell and the IRS caution you that there are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will not:
1.      Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
2.      Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3.      Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4.      Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
5.      Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

•      Instruct the caller that you will contact the IRS.  The IRS can be reached at 1.800.829.1040 or www.IRS.gov.
•      If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should report the scam to the IRS at
www.IRS.gov and also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov.  Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your report.

 

 

September 11, 2014

STPH 1st HOSPITAL IN LOUISIANA TO EARN DHH WELLSPOT DESIGNATION
St. Tammany Parish Hospital is the first hospital in Louisiana to be designated a WellSpot by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals as part of the agency’s recently launched Well-Ahead Louisiana campaign to improve health and wellness throughout the state.
A WellSpot is a place, space or organization that has implemented voluntary changes to make healthy living easier for the citizens. There are three levels, and all WellSpots must be a tobacco-free environment, which STPH became in 2008.
“We are so proud to announce St. Tammany as Louisiana's first hospital to receive WellSpot designation,” said J.T. Lane Public Health Assistant Secretary. “Their designation as a Level Two WellSpot is evidence of their commitment to their patients, staff and to the community. DHH is proud to call St. Tammany a partner in wellness.”
To see the criteria STPH met to receive this designation, click here

 

 

September 11, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Kevin Stalley was booked 09/10 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Kristen Domingu was booked 09/10 In For Court
Christopher Rome was booked 09/10 on the charge of Attachment
Nathan Stover was booked 09/10 on the charge of Possession of Schedule I Drugs

 

 

September 11, 2014

Shooting in Independence - Suspect Sought
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday September 10, 2014, leaving one man in critical condition.
At approximately 4:00 pm, deputies responded to a residence on Blackcat Rd. in Independence regarding a disturbance with a firearm.   Upon arrival, it was learned that a 25 year old male subject had been shot.  The suspect is stated to be an unknown black male approximately 5’8” tall with dreads wearing a white Tee, jeans.  Allegedly the victim was standing outside of the Blackcat Rd. residence when the slender black male exited from the passenger side of a green Expedition and approached him.  After a few words were spoken, the unknown subject pulled out a pistol and fired one time at the victim before quickly fleeing the scene.  The older model Expedition was said to be driven by a bald, light skinned black male.  Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding this shooting to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.  
The victim is reported to be in critical but stable condition.

 

 

September 10, 2014

Slidell Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges
Michael D. Forsyth, of 717 Edgelake Road in Slidell, was arrested Tuesday as a result of a joint investigation involving the Attorney General’s CCU, Louisiana State Police, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations. An undercover investigation into the downloading and distribution of child pornography led agents to execute a search warrant at Forsyth’s residence, where they found numerous pornographic images and videos of children under the age of 13. Forsyth was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on 20 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles.
Attorney General Caldwell said, “It used to be that protecting our children meant locking the doors and windows, having a good watchdog and a pistol in the nightstand. Today, criminal predators sneak into our children’s bedrooms past locked doors and windows, watch dogs and pistols and, undetected through the internet, prey on our children. We now must use new and modern methods to stop these criminals. That is why our Cyber Crime Unit employs the latest technologies to provide new safeguards for our children."  Caldwell concluded, “Our children are messages we send forward to a time we may never see. We must make their journey a safe one.”

 

 

Obituary

Ruth Byrd born December 25, 1932 passed away September 8, 2014 at her residence in Picayune, MS at the age of 81. She was of the Baptist Faith.

 

 

September 10, 2014

LDWF Agents Issue 55 Citations for Hunting Over Bait During Opening Weekend of Dove Season
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents issued 101 dove hunting related citations during the opening weekend of dove season on Sept. 6 and 7 statewide.  Of the 101 total citations, 55 were for hunting doves over a baited area, including four from Washington Parish.  Most of the other charges were for hunting with an unplugged gun, hunting without a basic hunting license, placing bait, hunting from a moving vehicle, and taking non-game birds.  Agents also seized over 300 doves associated with the citations.
Dove season began on Sept. 6 with a daily bag limit of 15 doves and possession limit of 45 doves.  Please check the LDWF dove hunting web page found at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove for more information.
Hunting over a baited field for doves, placing bait, and taking non-game birds each brings a state penalty of $400 to $950 in fines and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting with unplugged guns and from a moving vehicle each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without a basic hunting license brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

 

 

September 10, 2014

Red light running is a top cause of crash deaths and injuries
Broadside 'T-bone' crashes are especially dangerous
Running through a red light or other traffic control is the most common cause of urban crashes and is also a leading cause of crashes that result in deaths or injuries. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission points out that crashes at intersections often involve a vehicle being hit broadside, which is one of the most dangerous types of collisions.
"Even when it involves a vehicle equipped with side airbags, a broadside hit can cause a rollover––one of the most dangerous events for occupants that can happen in a crash," said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

 

September 10, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Narvin Winston was booked 09/09 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Ladansia McClain was booked 09/09 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Sidney Cotton was booked 09/09 In From Court
Kevin Stalley was booked 09/10 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

 

September 9, 2014

Karl Bickham Sworn In As Washington Parish Enforcement Officer
Wayne Kuhn, attorney for Washington Parish Government, did the honors Monday night of swearing in Karl Bickham as Washington Parish Code Enforcement Officer.  Bickham's duties include enforcing parish ordinances, visiting construction sites, and checking permits of those doing business in the parish.  Bickham was administered the Oath of Office and received the support of the Washington Parish Council.

 

 

September 9, 2014

Two DA Candidates Address Parish Council
Two candidates in the November 4 election for District Attorney, Brian Trainor (right) and Alan Black (left), appeared before the Washington Parish Council Monday night.  After their introductory remarks, the candidates took questions and comments from Council members.  Discussions regarded the District Attorney's Diversion Program for non-violent first time offenders, costs of incarceration, and the willingness of the candidates to work with Washington Parish regarding the cost of operation of the District Attorney's office.  Each of the candidates committed to being tough on violent criminals, to offering programs for the first-time, non-violent offender, and to the DA being available more often in Washington Parish. 

 

 

 

September 9, 2014

United Way Washington Parish Campaign Kicks Off
The Washington Parish Campaign kicks off Thursday, September 11, 2014 with a luncheon at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Bogalusa located at 541 Avenue F in Bogalusa.  The Keynote Speaker will be William S. Wainwright, Ph.D., Chancellor of the Northshore Technical Community College.  Tickets are $10. 
Washington Parish President Richard Thomas announced a Tailgate Party at the Courthouse in Franklinton Friday, September 12 at noon.  Hot dogs and chili will be provided for a $5 donation and great door prizes will be given out.  The Tailgate Party is hosted by the WP Government, WP Sheriff, WP Assessor, WP Clerk of Court, the District Attorney, and the Mayor of Franklinton.

 

 

September 9, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Naomi Manton was booked 0908 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Corwin Norred was booked 0908 In From Court
Cortney Forrest was booked 0908 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Jimmy Yates was booked 0908 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Jarius Caston was booked 0908 on the charges of Possession of CDS with Weapon Present, Driving Without Headlights, No Proof of Insurance and Possession of Marijuana
James Perry was booked 0908 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Arkell Tynes was booked 0908 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Michael "Micha" Pounds was booked 0908 on the charge of Fraud - Attempting to Obtain CDS
Wilson Jones was booked 0908 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)

 

 

Obituary

BETTY SUE FORTENBERRY MILLER, AGE 84 and a resident of Mt.Hermon died at 11:50 am Sunday September 7, 2014 at Heritage Healthcare Center in Hammond. She was a longtime member of Bogue Chitto Baptist Church and former First Grade teacher at Mt.Hermon School for over 30 years. Mrs. Betty enjoyed playing the piano and crocheting.

 

 

September 8, 2014

Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival Coming Up
The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival is working hard to transform its community by offering a truly extraordinary experience for music lovers, and those who want to steep themselves in Louisiana culture, in a beautiful, family-friendly environment on the last weekend of September. 
We offer two days of music by: J.J. Grey and Mofro, Ruthie Foster, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Johnny Sansone with Chief Monk Boudreaux, Big George Brock, Paul Thorn, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Big Daddy O, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, the Petty Bones, Keenan Knight, Trent and Zac and the Mandeville High School Jazz Band.
While the music is the primary focus, there is a lot more. About 20 food vendors will offer mouth watering dishes like shrimp and grits, boudin egg rolls, and wings and Creole rice. And about a score of art vendors will offer hand-crafted items including paintings, jewelry, belts and bags made from retired New Orleans fire hoses, and goods carved from trees downed by Hurricane Katrina.
Visitors of all ages will also have the chance to take part in Harmonica Workshops, take canoe rides through our Cassidy Park venue and along the Bogue Lusa Creek, and to get educated in our Pioneer and Native American museums.
Children 12 and under get in free of charge.  BBHF also offers them art classes, a splash pad and playground, and their own Kids' Zone.
For additional information, please visit bogalusablues.com online or check us out on Facebook. We are also available for on-air appearances the week leading into the festival. Anyone who is interested in that, please let me know asap for a booking.

 

 

September 8, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Lester Bankston was booked 09/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Ricky Crain was booked 09/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Chad Lorio was booked 09/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Obstruction of Highway
Corbin Ikerd was booked 09/05 In From Court
Stephen Morris was booked 09/06 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot) and Attachment (2 counts)
Kennis Roberts was booked 09/06 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice and Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II
Tony Normand was booked 09/06 on the charges of Possession of Schedudle II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Use Turn Signal
Travis Parrott was booked 09/06 on the charges of Attachment (6 counts)
Kurt Danos was booked 09/06 In From Court
Katina Harrell was booked 09/06 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I
Lonnie Holmes was booked 09/06 on the charges of Improper Passing or Backing, Switched License Plates and Hit and Run
Sarah Jones was booked 09/06 on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Principle to Criminal Damage
Jeremy Bickham was booked 09/07 on the charges of Hit and Run, Battery on a Police Officer, Criminal Damage, Driving Under Suspension, Disturbing the Peace, and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Angel Magee was booked 09/07 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot) and Ran Stop Sign
Jessica Catalano was booked 09/07 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Naomi Manton was booked 09/08 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

 

 

September 8, 2014

DRUG TASK FORCE MAKES BOLD APPEARANCE IN BOGALUSA
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force made a bold appearance Friday night, September 5, on the streets of Bogalusa.   Sixteen officers, comprised of Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies, Bogalusa police officers and Franklinton police officers worked several neighborhoods in Bogalusa looking for signs of drug activity.  Sheriff Randy Seal accompanied the officers as they targeted areas which are known to be hotbeds of illegal drug dealing.
During the evening, several groups voluntarily dispersed when officers entered the area in which they had gathered.  Most fled quickly on foot when officers appeared, some leaving drugs behind.  At one abandoned house, dominoes were left on the porch in playing position and drugs were left behind, scattered both inside and outside the house.
Six arrests were made during the evening.  Three were arrested and remanded to the custody of the Bogalusa Police Department for processing.  Three others were arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.  Those three were: 







 






Travis C. Parrott (left), 26, Bogalusa, who was arrested on five outstanding attachments. Parrott remains in jail without bond. 

Stephen Darnell Morris (middle), 22, Bogalusa, who was arrested on two outstanding attachments and Resisting an Officer by Flight on Foot.  Morris remains in jail with bond set at $4,750.
Tony Joseph Normand (right), 35, Fort Smith, Arkansas, and formerly of Bogalusa, who was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Normand remains in jail with bond set at $5,000.

 

 

September 8, 2014

ILLEGAL WEAPONS SEIZED BY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
During the aftermath of the August 26 shooting at the Sportsman’s Inn in Bogalusa, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives seized eight weapons and assorted illegal drugs at a residence on Dauphine Street in Bogalusa.  The weapons were common types used in criminal activity by drug dealers either to protect themselves or to intimidate citizens and law enforcement officers.
Weapons seized included two SKS assault rifles, one M4 .223 rifle, two semi-automatic 9mm pistols, one semi-automatic .380 pistol, one semi-automatic .40 caliber pistol and one .22 rifle.  It is believed that some of the weapons were involved in the motel shooting and they have been turned over to the crime lab for analysis.  Crime lab results will be used in the prosecution of the three motel shooters.

 

 

Obituary

DOROTHY SHERIDAN LADNER, AGE 91 and a resident of Franklinton died at 8:00 pm Saturday September 6, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a member of Springhill Baptist Church and a longtime Licensed Practical Nurse for Heritage Manor and later at Riverside Medical Center. She enjoyed gardening and playing music, which she was well known for her piano playing, and loved watching old movies. She was most proud of her service during World War II in Washington, DC as a decoder for the OTS department.

 

 

Obituary
Pearl Edna Barkman age 74 passed away Sept. 6, 2014 at Our Lady Of The Angels in Bogalusa La. She was a resident of Bogalusa La and retired production supervisor for American Fabric.

 

 

September 8, 2014

Crash Leaves One Dead, One Seriously Injured in St. Tammany
Sunday morning at approximately 7:10 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L were notified of a single vehicle crash on LA 433 east of I-10 in St. Tammany Parish. Upon further investigation, Troopers concluded the crash took place at approximately 4:30 am and resulted in the death of the vehicle’s front passenger and serious injuries to the driver, 31 year old John Cole both of Slidell, LA.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Cole, an off-duty Slidell Police Officer, was traveling west on LA 433 in a 2005 Jeep Wrangler, when for reasons under investigation, he failed to maneuver a left curve in the roadway causing the Jeep to run off road to the right. Upon leaving the roadway, Cole overcorrected to the left and lost control of the vehicle resulting in the Jeep entering a ditch and overturning. Cole was not properly restrained at the time of the crash and was transported to the Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans with serious injuries.
Front seat passenger in the Jeep, 31 year old Daniel Hanlon, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.
Impairment is suspected on Cole’s part and a blood sample was collected for a toxicological analysis. Those results and charges are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

Obituary

Dorothy Victoria Jones, a resident of Foxworth, MS and former resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 96, born on August 27, 2014 in Walthall County, MS, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Marion General Hospital in Columbia, MS.

 

 

Obituary

Carey A. Alford, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 79, born on December 5, 1934, passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.
He was a retired dairy farmer and feed and seed salesman. He worked different areas in farming and loved being a cattleman.

 

 

September 5, 2014
Large Marijuana Takedown In Tangipahoa

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and with the support of the Hammond Police Department seized nearly 320 large marijuana plants, and over 250 pounds of processed marijuana, with an estimated street value of an approximately 1 million dollars, yielding 4 arrests.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the discovery of a “cartel like” marijuana grow located deep in a wooded area in the Village of Tangipahoa.  Click Here for the rest of the story.

 

 

September 5, 2014

Mississippi man arrested for stealing money from Scholarship Fund
A Mississippi man has been arrested for stealing more than $4,000 from a scholarship fund set up to honor a local girl who died in an automobile crash.
You may remember that after a four-day search last March the body of Northshore High School graduate and University of New Orleans student Haley Howard was located when her submerged vehicle was pulled from the Irish Bayou on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain.
Following her death, Howard’s friends and family established a scholarship fund in her memory and a fundraising run/walk was held April 6 to benefit that fund.
Jonathan Lee Holcomb, manager of a sporting goods store in Slidell, was instrumental in setting up that event.  Click Here to read what he did next.

 

 

September 5, 2014

Four connect on dating website, end up in jail Monday night
Four individuals who met on a dating Website ended up in jail Monday night after their first date did not go quite as planned.
The four spent time at two different restaurants/bars in the Madisonville area, then boarded a yacht that was tied to the dock along Water Street in Madisonville.  At approximately 9:00 p.m., the group started the watercraft’s engines, which caused it to break free from its moorings and travel across the Tchefuncte River.  Before coming to rest, the boat struck another yacht, a smaller boat and a pier.  The four individuals then fled on foot.  It only got worse.  For the rest of the story, Click Here

 

 

September 5, 2014

SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES MAKE FRANKLINTON DRUG ARREST, SEIZE PISTOL
On September 4, 2014, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives assisted Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole Agents and Franklinton Police Officers in a residence check on 16th Avenue in Franklinton.  The objective of the residence check was to determine the whereabouts of Alvester Thomas who was supposedly living at that address.
Upon arriving at the residence, officers encountered a male and female who were inside.  The male, identified as Dedrick Eugene Cooper, 37, was acting suspicious so was searched by officers who discovered a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, marijuana, cocaine and  $160.42 cash in his trouser pockets. 
Cooper was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.  He was charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs,  Possession With Intent To Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance With A Weapon Present. Bond has not been set at this time.
After discovering the weapon and narcotics, officers asked the homeowner, identified as Kathlyn Magee, 44, for permission to search her residence.  She granted permission. During the search, officers discovered 22 grams of marijuana, crack cocaine and $480.50 in cash.  Magee admitted that the drugs and cash were hers. 
Magee was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.  She was charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Failure to Appear.  Bond has not been set at this time. 
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Drug dealers throughout our parish need to understand that we are on their trail, so it is best for them either to  get out of the drug trade or get out of the parish.  We may not catch them today, but we will continue to pursue them until they are in jail.  It doesn’t matter if they are selling drugs in Franklinton, in Bogalusa, or anywhere else.  We are looking for them and will eventually find them.  As they can see from this arrest, all law enforcement agencies are working together to rid our neighborhoods of drug dealers.”

 

 

September 5, 2014

BOGALUSA MOTEL SHOOTERS IDENTIFIED AND ARRESTED
Shortly after 3:00 a.m. on August 26, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots having been fired at the Sportsman’s Inn Motel located on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered that multiple shots had been fired at the occupants of a second floor room occupied by two California males and one Bogalusa female.   There was evidence that as many as thirty-two shots had been fired in the direction of the room in which the three were staying.  There is no evidence of return gunfire from the motel room and none of the occupants of the room were struck by the flying bullets.
For the rest of the story, Click Here

 

 

September 5, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Dedrick Cooper was booked 09/04 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Kathlyn Magee was booked 09/04 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I, and Failure to Appear
Gereme Middleton was booked 09/04 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Failure to Appear
Ronald Sandifer was booked 09/04 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, and Contempt of Court
Ronald Strahan was booked 09/04 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Smith Warren was booked 09/04 on the charge of Criminal Trespass
Spencer Collins was booked 09/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Lester Bankston was booked 09/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Ricky Crain was booked 09/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Chad Lorio was booked 09/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Obstruction of Highway

 

 

Obituary

FRANKIE PENNY, AGE 96 a resident of Mt. Hermon died Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She loved crocheting, gardening, quilting and traveling. She belonged to the Mt. Hermon Garden Club and the Bogue Chitto Homemakers Club.
She was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. She was a retired registered nurse of over 30 years, having been employed at Pikes Medical Center in Kentwood for the majority of her career.
She was also the last living Real Daughter of the Sons of the Confederate Veteran of Louisiana. Her father enlisted in the Civil War at Camp Moore on May 13, 1862 and fought with the 3rd Louisiana Calvary.

 

 

September 4, 2014

Washington Parish Council meets Monday
The Washington Parish Council meets in regular session, Monday September 8, 2014 in Council Chambers at the Courthouse in Franklinton.  Two persons are on the Agenda to address the Council:  Alan Black, Bogalusa native and candidate for District Attorney, and Ed Glockner to speak on concerns with the Fire Districts.
Also on the Agenda are consideration of two Resolutions:

  • Resolution No. 14-661 – A resolution approving the holding of an election in Washington Parish Fire Protection District No. 1, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, December 6, 2014, to authorize the incurring of debt issuance of bonds therein.
  • Resolution No. 14-662 – A resolution approving the holding of an election in Washington Parish Fire Protection District #7, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, December 6, 2014, to authorize the levy of special taxes therein.

The Council will also swear in Code Enforcement Officer Karl Bickham, hear Parish President Richard Thomas' report, and hear from the public during the Public Participation segment of the meeting.  The public is invited to attend.

 

 

September 4, 2014

Governor Jindal Reminds Hunters to Take Advantage of Sales Tax Holiday
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal highlighted the 6th Annual “Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday" that runs from Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th, and reminded hunters to take advantage of the holiday to purchase the supplies they need for hunting season.
Governor Jindal said, “This sales tax holiday is a great way for our sportsmen and their families to save money while preparing to explore our state’s hunting grounds and the great outdoors. Outdoorsman can purchase guns, ammunition, safety gear and many other accessories all tax free, and the holiday also helps boost sales for our hunting stores, further growing our economy. Louisiana is the Sportsman's Paradise and this weekend provides a great opportunity for our people to purchase the supplies they need to get outside and experience all Louisiana has to offer.”

 

 

September 4, 2014

Louisiana's Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Upheld 
Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman upheld Louisiana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
In the Sept. 3 decision, Feldman ruled that the state’s ban does not violate the equal protection or due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Siding with the state’s attorneys, the Court also agreed that states have a legitimate interest in defining marriage through the democratic process.
The decision is the first of its kind in the country, as all other states have lost this battle.

 

 

September 4, 2014

Washington Parish Sheriff Hosts Training Event
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal is hosting a training event next week in New Orleans.  Due to the lack of hotel space in our parish, he has enlisted the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office to serve as  co-host.
Training will be provided by the National Institute For Jail Operations, a branch of the National Sheriffs’ Association.
Subjects covered will include Evolution of Corrections Law, Prisoner Communication, Access to Courts and Counsel, Use of Force, Civil Litigation, Duty to Protect, Prisoner Discipline, and Prisoner Searches.
The training has been approved by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association for continuing education hours for Louisiana Sheriffs.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has approved the training for legal continuing education hours for those Sheriffs who are also attorneys.
As of today, 87 persons have registered for the conference and will be attending from Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Kansas and Indiana.

 

 

September 4, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Shirley Hughes was booked 09/03 In For Court
Richard Davis was booked 09/03 on the charges of Theft by Fraud and Forgery
Barry Gholar was booked 09/03 on the charge of Sexual Battery
Todd Branch was booked 09/03 In For Court
Kelrick Hayes was booked 09/03 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)

 

 

September 3, 2014

BOGALUSA MAN ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED RAPE OF MINOR
Acting on a complaint from a family member, and following a thorough investigation, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Walter A. Johnson, 67, a Bogalusa resident, for aggravated rape of a minor.
Due to the age of the child and the nature of the crime, further details will not be released.
Johnson is being held in the Washington Parish charged with Aggravated Rape.  Bond has been set at $300,000.
Participating in the investigation were Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigator Damon Mitchell, Washington Parish Deputy Demi Rice, Rayburn Correctional Center Major Thomas Mitchell and the Children’s Advocacy Center.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the investigation and arrest.  “As a parent and grandparent, I am appalled at the thought of any adult committing sexual battery on a child.  Our staff did an excellent job gathering evidence to make an arrest in this

 matter.  I am so pleased with their hard work and the great working relationship we have with Rayburn Correctional Center and the Children’s Advocacy Center.”

 

 

September 3, 2014

Ward 2 Incumbent Constable Withdraws From Race
Colston Martin, two term incumbent Constable for Ward 2, withdrew his candidacy for the position Tuesday.  Martin cited personal reasons for his withdrawal and added that it has been his privilege to serve his community for the past twelve years.
Martin's withdrawal from the race results in Jeremy Freeman, the only other candidate in the November 4 election, to become Ward 2's Constable effective January 1, 2015.

 

 

September 3, 2014

Littering Issue Raised At Bogalusa Council Meeting
Littering, an issue addressed at previous meetings, was once again raised at the Bogalusa Council meeting Tuesday evening.  "Foots" Quin, a frequent visitor at Cassidy Park, decried the litter problem which includes condoms even in the newly contructed Splash Pad.  Quin challenged the police department to write tickets to those caught littering and suggested better signage at the park.
Mayor Charles Mizell responded that his administration has tackled the litter problem since he took office.  Acknowledging the lack of littering arrests. the Mayor suggested that such arrests are hard to make and that the solution is to increase awareness.
In other business, department heads made their reports to the Council. 
Robin Day reported on the continued revival of the downtown (Columbia Street) business district, Louis Busby reported on grant approvals for the improvement of the airport and increased use of the facilities there, Jerry Bailey reported on increased sales tax revenue, Sandy Bloom advised that property adjudicated to the City due to tax sales will be available for sale soon, and Landon Tims advised of upcoming events in the City of Bogalusa.
To view video of the meeting, go to our Washington Parish TV page and click on "Government Meetings" in the Video Library

 

 

Obituary

Albert Joseph Stewart Sr. born July 7, 1954 passed away September 2, 2014 at his residence at the age of 60. He was a native and a resident of Bogalusa. He attended the Church of United Faith Pentecostal Church here in Bogalusa.

 

 

Obituary

BETTY RAE SCHILLINGS TALLEY, AGE 77 and a resident of Franklinton died at 12:20 am Wednesday September 3, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She loved gardening and cooking for her family especially Sunday dinners. Betty enjoyed making crafts, playing Bingo and was a big football fan, both LSU and the Saints. She truly cherished all the time spent with her many grandchildren and family.

 

 

September 3, 2014

L.D.W.F. Providing Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on Private Land Leases on Sept. 6 Opening Day
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will provide public dove hunting opportunities for the Sept. 6 season opening on leased private land in three parishes.
The 2014-15 dove season opens Saturday, Sept. 6 in the north and south zones and hunters have multiple options available. LDWF has leased private land, the nearest location to us is in Wilmer, Tangipahoa Parish that is 152 acres prepared native grass pasture.   
For more information, go to http://wlf.louisiana.gov/news/38437

 

 

September 3, 2014

Gov. Jindal Issues Statement on ISIS Murder of Second American
Governor Bobby Jindal released the following statement after a member of ISIS murdered a second American citizen:
“The President said last week that his Administration currently has no strategy to deal with ISIS. There is no need to even comment on that, it speaks for itself.  I have no doubt about the President’s sorrow over the two murders of American citizens by ISIS.  I am certain that this grieves him deeply. And while grieving is important, it is no substitute for a strategy.  Let’s speak very plainly and directly about this – The Obama Administration does not have a strategy at all.   It’s not that we have a flawed foreign policy; we don’t have a foreign policy.  The President appears to simply careen from international crisis to international crisis, with no discernable governing principles.  The world is safest when America is strongest. A weak America invites chaos. And we are seeing exactly that on the world stage right now.  Peace through strength is not a slogan.  It is a truth. We can have peace through strength, or we can have chaos and war through weakness.”

 

 

Obituary

HOLLIS WAYLON JONES, AGE 73 and a resident of Bogalusa died early Tuesday September 2, 2014 at Rest Haven Living Center. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War Era and a member of the Masonic Lodge #101 of Franklinton. Hollis was a member of Bonner Creek Baptist Church and a former longtime truck driver for Blossman Petroleum. He was an avid sports fan that loved watching baseball and LSU football. Hollis enjoyed playing cards with his friends and cherished the fun times with his family. Everyone who knew him recognized that he always lived his life to the fullest.

 

 

September 3, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Rabiaad Pittman was booked 09/02 In For Court
Arthur Phelps was booked 09/02 In From Court
Smith Warren was booked 09/02 In For Court
Christopher Guillory was booked 09/02 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Failure to Appear, and Theft Over 1500
Walter Johnson was booked 09/02 on the charge of Aggravated Rape
Ondre Bickham was booked 09/02 on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (3 counts)

 

 

September 2, 2014

Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival: Food and Art, too!
The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, Sept. 26-27, 2014, attracts thousands of visitors every year by assembling top blues and other local music genre performers and setting them loose on two stages in a beautiful tree-filled, creek-graced central park. With a focus on family, we offer a Kid's Zone, Harmonica Workshops and Canoe Rides. And children 12 and under get in free of charge.
But there's lots more to the celebration of heritage and culture. That includes a tempting variety of scrumptious Louisiana foods and a wide selection of handcrafted art. This year, there will be approximately 25 food and 25 art vendors, according to Pam Knight, BBHF Food/Art chairperson.
Above all, Louisiana is known for its music and its food, and the BBHF aims to satisfy!
“Not only is the music lineup incredible this year, we've really upped our game with the food and art vendors as well,” she said. “The variety of Louisiana cuisine and culture in the food, and the quality selection from art vendors with original handcrafted merchandise will surely please festival goers.
“My returning personal favorites include boudin egg rolls with mayhaw pepper jelly, crawfish stuffed bread, and plenty of barbeque. Additional items featured this year will be Crawfish Monica, wings with Creole rice, shrimp and grits, and the list goes on.”
To further enrich the visitor experience and as part of its goal to support and promote area artists, the BBHF also provides opportunities for artists of handcrafted items to bring and sell their creations. That makes for a win/win/win situation. 
“In the art department, we'll showcase everything from beautiful handcrafted mixed metal jewelry to paintings from revered local and regional artists,” said Knight. “New additions this year will be handmade belts and bags from retired fire hoses from the city of New Orleans, and hand carved wooden goods from downed Katrina trees. And those who fancy themselves a musician, they can pick up one of the handcrafted cigar box instruments that will be offered this year. There will be a vast array of items for the most discerning buyer.”
To check out the lineup, for additional information or to purchase tickets, visit bogalusablues.com

 

 

Obituary

Edward “Arnold” Cooper Jr. Was called home on Monday, September 01, 2014 at 58 years young, while surrounded by his loving family.

 

 

Obituary

JOHN GEORGE SEAL, AGE 77 and a resident of the Canaan Community died early Sunday August 31, 2014 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He was a retired dairy farmer and cattleman that also sold bulls and cattle throughout the area. John was a longtime active member of Canaan Baptist Church who was never afraid to witness to others about his faith. He loved playing football as a young man and later watching football with his family. John liked to play his guitar and sing and listened to country music, especially his favorite artist George Jones. He was always a loving husband, father and grandfather that cherished the time spent with his grandchildren.

 

 

September 2, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kenneth Foster was booked 08/28 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Criminal Conspiracy, and Contempt of Court
Joshua Budde was booked 08/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Willie Cassady was booked 08/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Driving Under Suspension
Marvin Magee was booked 08/29 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation)
Russell Holden was booked 08/29 In From Court
Myron Mark was booked 08/29 In For Court
Anna D'Angelo was booked 08/29 on the charges of Theft by Fraud, Theft Under 500, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Corbin Ikerd was booked 08/29 In From Court
Christopher Mizell was booked 08/29 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Daniel Roach was booked 08/30 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
John Peters was booked 09/01 on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (3 counts), Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Resisting a Police Officer

 

 

Obituary

Kenneth M. Wilson age 81 passed away Friday August 29, 2014 at his residence in Varnado, La. He is retired from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Dept., and a member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Jessica Marie Ezell, age 92 and a resident of Bogalusa, Louisiana died August 29, 2014 at Resthaven Living Center.

 

 

September 1, 2014

Mississippi Motorcyclist Dies on Interstate 12 in Tangipahoa Parish Crash
Tangipahoa Parish – Early Saturday morning at approximately 12:45 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle that occurred on Interstate 12 eastbound near Interstate 55 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash took the life of Larry Seemann of Osyka, MS.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Seemann (W/M 49) and a 2012 Buick operated by Marlo Green (B/M 38) of Missouri City, TX. were eastbound on I-12, near mile marker 38, west of I-55. Seemann, for reasons under investigation failed to yield; struck the rear of the Buick, lost control, and was ejected. Seemann suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.
Marlo was restrained and impairment is not suspected on his part. Seemann was wearing a helmet, which was not D.O.T. approved and impairment is unknown on his part. Troopers collected a blood sample from Seemann for a toxicological analysis; those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

September 1, 2014

BBHF Poster Available Now Online
Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival Executive Chairwoman and Producer Malinda White announces that the 2014 BBHF Poster created by New Orleans artist, Richard C Thomas goes on sale beginning September 1, ONLINE ONLY!  The cost is $40.00 for unlimited, unsigned poster, $80.00 for 1-300 limited edition signed by artist, $120 for 1-100 limited edition signed by artist and includes an approved Henry Roeland Byrd aka Professor Longhair signature stamp.  All posters will have the BBHF official stamp!  Don't wait till festival day when you get a guarantee delivery of this collectible 2014 poster to your door in weeks.

Go to http://www.bogalusablues.com/

 

 

Obituary

Bobbie Ward O'Quinn, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 68, born on April 8, 1946 in Tylertown, MS, passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA.  Bobbie retired from Nellie Byers after 32 years of service. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

 

 

August 29, 2014

Drowning Dangers Still Present as Summer Season Comes to an End
As families celebrate this Labor Day Weekend, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reminds parents and caregivers that the potential risk of drowning, whether in a swimming pool or natural body of water, is still present.
Since 2000, DCFS has investigated 65 accidental deaths caused by drowning in an outdoor body of water. On average, four Louisiana children die each year in pools, lakes, rivers, canals, ponds and ditches.
"Hotter temperatures in Louisiana mean we often spend our Labor Day celebrations in the water," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "Whether swimming in pools, or boating in our lakes and bayous, it is important that someone always keeps an eye on children and is able to recognize when someone needs help and respond quickly in order to prevent tragedy."

 

 

August 28, 2014

Riverside Hospital Board of Commissioners Meet Today at 4 pm
RMC's Board will meet today at 4:00 pm at which time they are expected to address the St. Tammany Parish Hospital/Family Medical Center contract issue.  RMC contends that continuance of the contract, first made in 2002, exports revenue from Washington Parish and could lead to the demise of RMC.
At the August 25, 2014 meeting of the Washington Parish Council, the ball was more or less placed in RMC's court in that the Parish Council approved renewal of the contract conditional on approval of both the Riverside Medical Center Board of Commissioners and the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Board of Commissioners.
Resolution of the issue in a way that benefits residents of Washington Parish is the hope of us all. 
(Barring technical problems, the meeting will be broadcasted live on our Washington Parish TV channel at 4pm and video of the meeting will be saved in our Video Library)

 

 

August 28, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Steve Jarrell was booked 08/27 on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence (2 counts)
John Clifton was booked 08/27 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Loud and Abusive Language), Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Battery on a Police Officer, and Possesion of Marijuana
Joshua Foxworth was booked 08/27 on the charges of Hit and Run, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, No Insurance, and Failure to Appear

 

 

August 28, 2014

FPD Announces Sobriety Checkpoint
The Franklinton Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint this weekend. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

 

 

August 27, 2014

SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESPONDS TO SHOOTING AT LOCAL MOTEL
Shortly after 3:00 a.m. on August 26, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots having been fired at a motel located on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered that thirty-two shots had been fired at the occupants of a second floor room.  The shooters had fled by the time officers arrived.
One of the suspected shooters was wounded and is being treated at an undisclosed medical facility.  Others are being sought.
During the course of the investigation, Sheriff’s deputies recovered eight weapons and narcotics during a search of a Bogalusa residence.
Names, addresses and details of the incident are not being disclosed at this time so as not to hinder the ongoing investigation.  Once the investigation is concluded, further details will be released.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “It is disturbing that a gun battle of this magnitude occurred in our parish.  Our detectives and deputies are working hard to solve all aspects of this case.  One positive outcome of the investigation has been the removal of eight dangerous weapons from the streets of Bogalusa.  I congratulate our staff for their quick and professional response to this incident.”

 

 

Obituary

DARRELL RAY MCINTYRE, AGE 55 and a resident of the Bolivar Community passed away early Wednesday August 27, 2014. He was born June 1, 1959 and was a carpenter by trade. Darrell was a huge NASCAR fan and was a friend to everyone he met. He was a simple man with a wealth of knowledge and talent. No one could ever say that Darrell didn’t love people and that people didn’t love Darrell.

 

 

Obituary

GLENN RAYMOND ARDOYNE, AGE 61 and a resident of Franklinton died at 12:00 pm Tuesday August 26, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a former resident of Westwego and a member and former Chief of the District 2 Volunteer Fire Department. He was the Chaplain and a longtime member of the Franklinton Masonic Lodge #101 who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. Glenn loved being on his property near Stony Point where he raised all types of barnyard animals and livestock. He was a loving husband and father that will be missed by his many friends and family.

 

 

August 27, 2014

Sheriff’s office makes multiple arrests in overnight drug deal / shooting
Four people are in custody today after an overnight drug deal went bad in Oak Harbor near Slidell.
The individuals in custody are:  Jimmy Coyne (DOB: 1/17/91 – 300 Stonehill Rd, Folsom), Kelsey Schoenbeger (DOB: 12/19/95 – 28484 Wildwood St, Lacombe), Donice Garrett (DOB: 1/7/91 – 84158 Hwy 25, Folsom), and Jonathan Vines (DOB: 11/18/90 – 3350 Blanco St, Slidell)
The Sheriff’s office received a 911 call at approximately 12:30 am this morning reporting gun shots outside a residence on Cape Breton Drive.
Detectives have determined that the individuals named above, along with others, were at the house during an attempted drug deal.  During the exchange, shots were fired and one man was struck by gunfire.
That man, whose name is not currently being released, was transported to a south shore hospital where he underwent surgery this morning for injuries sustained to his abdomen and buttocks.  He is out of the intensive care unit and is expected to be released in a day or two.
This investigation is ongoing and other arrests are expected to be forthcoming.  Bond information and booking photos will be distributed as they become available.  Additional details about the incident will be released as the investigation progresses.
The individuals listed above are expected to be booked later today with the following offenses:
Vines:
L.R.S. 40:966(A)(1) – possession with intent to distribute Schedule I C.D.S. (marijuana)
Coyne:
L.R.S. 14:95.1 – convicted felon in possession of firearm;
L.R.S. 14:95(E) – illegal carrying of weapon during drug transaction;
L.R.S. 14:64 – armed robbery;
L.R.S. 14:64.3 – armed robbery with firearm (additional penalty);
Conspiracy to commit L.R.S. 14:64 – armed robbery;
L.R.S. 40:966(A) – possession of marijuana
Garrett:
L.R.S. 14:64 – armed robbery;
L.R.S. 14:64.3 – armed robbery with firearm (additional penalty);
Conspiracy to commit L.R.S. 14:64 – armed robbery;
L.R.S. 40:966(A) – possession of marijuana
Shoenbeger:
L.R.S. 14:64 – armed robbery;
L.R.S. 14:64.3 – armed robbery with firearm (additional penalty);
Conspiracy to commit L.R.S. 14:64 – armed robbery;
L.R.S. 40:966(A)(C) – possession with intent to distribute Schedule I C.D.S. (marijuana)
Conspiracy to commit L.R.S. 40:966(A) – distribution of Schedule I C.D.S. (marijuana)

 

 

August 27, 2014

Parish Council Has Contentious Meeting Monday Evening
With an overflow crowd attending Monday's (August 25, 2014) Washington Parish Council meeting, the Council moved from their Council Chambers to the large courtroom in the courthouse to hear from representatives of Family Medical Clinic, Riverside Medical Center, St. Tammany Parish Hospital and persons from the audience.  At the heart of the issue being considered was a resolution allowing Family Medical Clinic to renew a contract under which they are employees of St. Tammany Parish Hospital.  One hospital service district is not allowed to provide services in another hospital service district; however, approval by the Washington Parish Council makes it possible.  FMC and STPH has contracted under such approval since 2002.
The positions taken Monday evening by the respective parties appear to be as follows: 

  • FMC wishes to continue operating as employees of STPH and will not accept a similar contract with RMC
  • STPH wishes to continue the contract with FMC
  • RMC does not want FMC to continue such a contract with STPH, citing loss of revenues that will lead to the closure of RMC

The Parish Council heard from representatives of each of the parties and also heard from several in the audience in the meeting that lasted over three hours.  Council members urged the parties to reach a compromise.  Failure to do so will result in disastrous consequences for the residents of Washington Parish.  A consequence could be the closure of FMC and their relocation to St. Tammany Parish.  RMC representatives also forecasted the closure of RMC if revenues continue to be exported to St. Tammany Parish.
In the end, the Council voted to approve an amended resolution approving a five-year extension of the current FMC/STPH contract conditioned on approval by both the RMC Board of Commissioners and the STPH Board of Commissioners.
To view the meeting in its entirety, go to our Washington Parish Channel page and click on the Government meetings folder in the Video Library.

 

August 27, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Stephen Dillon was booked 08/26 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kenneth Gerald was booked 08/26 on the charge of Simple Battery
Lakilia Bearden was booked 08/26 on the charges of Forgery, Theft by Fraud, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Billy Hill was booked 08/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
Chad Hinton was booked 08/26 on the charge of Criminal Trespass
Katrina Sibley was booked 08/26 on the charge of Failure to Return Rental Property
Ondre Bickham was booked 08/26 on the charge of Illegal Possession of a Handgun by a Juvenile
Steve Jarrell was booked 08/27 on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence (2 counts)

 

 

August 26, 2014

DCFS Collects More than $2 Million in Arrears Through Casino Intercept Program
September marks three years since pilot launch 
More than $2 million in Louisiana gambling winnings have gone directly to the children of non-custodial parents who are behind on child support. As of June 2014, the Department of Children and Family Services' (DCFS) child support casino intercept program has collected $2,052,985.80 from 1,526 non-custodial parents who owed back child support.
The program, which launched in September 2011, collects child support arrears from casino winnings totaling more than $1,200 at 19 state-licensed casinos.
"It is a tremendous accomplishment to collect more than $2 million through casino intercepts in this amount of time," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "Each collection made, large or small, proves that this program is an essential tool for collecting what is owed to Louisiana's children."
August is national Child Support Awareness month. Research has shown that child support collections significantly reduce the federal, state and local costs of providing cash assistance to single parent families.
To date, Boomtown Belle has intercepted the most money of Louisiana casinos - $191,006. The single largest collection to date came from the Boomtown Belle in June 2014 totaling $23,465.
For more on the story, click here

 

 

August 26, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tregg Scott was booked 08/25 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts), Failure to Pay Fine, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Demetria Dickerson was booked 08/25 on the charges of Second Degree Battery and Home Invasion
Yancy Holmes was booked 08/25 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs
Bryan Sharp was booked 08/25 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension and Attachment
Stephen Dillon was booked 08/26 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kenneth Gerald was booked 08/26 on the charge of Simple Battery

 

 

Obituary

Peggy Lorraine Bannister Huth, age 87, born on July 16, 1927 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at her resident in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Phyllis Alice Lightweis Hunstock passed away peacefully on August 22, 2014 surrounded by family and friends at the age of 90. Born and raised in New Jersey, she met her soul mate and spouse of 69 years during World War II. Following their marriage, she moved south and spent most of her adulthood in Louisiana.

 

August 25, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Monica Truax was booked 08/22 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Probation Violation
Christian Alvarado was booked 08/22 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana
Corbin Ikerd was booked 08/22 In From Court
Ivan McGee was booked 08/23 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Open Container in Vehicle
Alvin Magee was booked 08/23 on the charges of Attachment and Failure to Appear
Rondy Vernon was booked 08/23 on the charges of Battery of Infirm, Criminal Damage to Property, Disturbing the Peace, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Armond Hull was booked 08/24 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts)
Samanatha Howell was booked 08/23 In For Court
Richard Jordan was booked 08/24 on the charges of No Seat Belt and Probation and Parole Hold
Marlon Harwell was booked 08/24 on the charge of Obscenity
Kevin Hutchinson was booked 08/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear (5 counts)

 

 

August 22, 2014

Slidell mother arrested for DWI with triplets in the vehicle
A 41-year-old Slidell mother was arrested Thursday evening for driving while intoxicated after she was pulled over for driving erratically with her three young children in the vehicle.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday a deputy was dispatched to Willow wood Subdivision near Slidell after several residents called to report a white GMC SUV driving recklessly through the neighborhood.
Residents told deputies the vehicle nearly ran over three people that were standing in their own yard, a man walking his dog and several mailboxes as well as narrowly avoiding at least one collision with another vehicle.
The suspect vehicle was observed pulling into the drive-thru at a local fast food restaurant on Gause Boulevard East and a traffic stop was initiated.
The deputy noted a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s breath, slurred speech, and extremely glossy eyes. The driver, Licia Greenleaf (DOB 02-10-1973; 109 Dillon Drive, Slidell) was unsure on her feet and could not stand without support.
The deputy also observed a set of triplets under the age of 3 in the back seat. The children were properly restrained in approved car seats.
Greenleaf admitted to having taken prescription medication (Lexapro and Xanax) and drinking wine before leaving her residence.
She registered a .209g% on the Intoxilyizer and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for 14:98 Driving While Intoxicated and 32:58 Careless Operation. Her children were released into the custody of a friend, and the case was forwardedto the state Department of Children and Family Services.

 

 

August 22, 2014

BOGALUSA MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO INTRODUCE CONTRABAND TO THE JAIL
An ongoing problem in the administration of any jail is the introduction of contraband.  While drugs are the primary type of contraband which persons attempt to smuggle into the jail, there are other items also, including tobacco and weapons.  Persons who attempt to bring in banned items include not only friends, but also parents and other family members.  The Washington Parish Jail staff is always on the alert for attempts to bring contraband into the jail.
Concerned that an attempt might be made to introduce contraband into the Washington Parish Jail during the evening of August 21,  Warden Jim Miller and detectives with the Washington Parish Drug Task Force set up surveillance which resulted in the arrest of David Shane Kellis, 39, Bogalusa.
Kellis was observed dropping off a container of synthetic marijuana and cigarettes into a trash receptacle located inside the public area of the jail building. The plan was for an inmate trusty to retrieve the trash bag while cleaning the area and bring the bag and its contents into the jail.   Kellis was arrested and placed in the jail with bond set at $50,000 on charges of Attempted Introduction of Contraband and Possession of Schedule I narcotics.   He posted bond and was released on August 22.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “The introduction of contraband into a jail is a serious matter which could result in harm to an inmate or an officer.  Anyone who has thoughts of bringing any banned item to the jail must understand that they will be arrested and placed in jail if we catch them.  We have zero tolerance for anyone who would attempt such an act.”

 

 

August 22, 2014

Qualifying Continues for November 4 Election
On the second day of qualifying (August 21), with one day remaining for candidates to qualify for certain offices on the November 4 ballot, the following persons were added to the roster of candidates.
District Judge, Division L:  Nanine McCool
Bogalusa City Marshall:  Willis M. Yarbrough
Washington Parish School Board, District 1:  "Liz" King
Washington Parish School Board, District 5:  Mary S. Adams
Washington Parish School Board, District 9:  Lesley D. McKinley
Bogalusa City School Board, District 4:  Patricia "Tee Tee Red" Holmes and Adam B. Kemp
Justice of the Peace, Ward 9:  Albert J. Brumfield is now reflected as being a candidate in Ward 9 instead of Ward 1)
Mayor of Bogalusa:  Wendy O'Quin-Perrette
Bogalusa Councilman-at-Large:  Teddy Drummond, Presious "PJ" Johnson, and Frank D. "Doug" Ritchie
Bogalusa Councilman, District A:  Penny Douglas Williams
Bogalusa Councilman, District D:  Malinda White
Bogalusa Councilman, District E:  Sherry Fortenberry and Edward Sartin, Sr.

(For those qualifying August 20, please scroll down to the story)

 

 

August 22, 2014

Liz King Announces Candidacy
In a facebook post, Liz King of Mt. Hermon announced that she will be a candidate for Washington Parish School Board, Ward 2, District 1.  King stated that she "would appreciate the opportunity to be a voice for our community's beloved school."  She faces incumbent Dan Slocum in the November 4 election.

 

 

August 22, 2014

CORRECTION:
In our report yesterday of candidates qualifying to run for office on November 4, 2014, we should have listed Mike Garic (not Mike Cario) as a candidate for Bogalusa City Marshall.  Our apologies to Mr. Garic.

 

 

August 22, 2014

Washington Parish Council To Address Controversial Resolution Monday Evening
The Washington Parish Council will once again address a controversial Resolution they originally passed on July 7, 2014 that approving Family Medical Clinic to renew a contract with St. Tammany Parish Hospital District.
The Agenda item related to the issue reads as follows:  Consideration of adopting of WP Resolution No.14- 653 - Rescinding due to prematurity of Resolution No. 14-651, which resolution authorized Family Medical Clinic, Inc. to enter into an agreement with St. Tammany Hospital Service District No. 1, d/b/a St. Tammany Parish Hospital.  
Dr. Chris Foret, Gerald Foret, and representatives of Riverside Medical Center appears to be scheduled to address the Parish Council regarding the issue.
At the heart of the controversy is a business relationship between Family Medical Clinic and St. Tammany Parish Hospital.  The physicians of Family Medical Clinic are employees of STPH under a contract made possible by Parish Government approval.  Normally, one hospital service district is not allowed to have a medical practice in another district. 
In his remarks to the Parish Council on July 7, 2014, representing the physicians of Family Medical Clinic, local attorney Richard Watts stated he had drafted the Resolution for the Council's consideration.  In addition he stated that passage of the Resolution would be in the best interest of all parties involved, that the Board of Commissioners of RMC were in in support of the Resolution, that the CEO of RMC had volunteered to come and speak in support of the Resolution but it was felt it was not necessary and that RMC is not equipped to treat patients with heart attacks.
At a subsequent meeting, RMC Attorney John David Allen, CEO Dr. Kyle Magee, RMC Hospital Board President Lionel Jones, and other RMC representatives urged the Parish Council to rescind Resolution #14-651.  They stated that assertions made by Watts were inaccurate, RMC is not in support of the Resolution, RMC had been misled regarding the date that the Resolution would be considered by the Council, no consultation was made with RMC, no RMC representatives were present on July 7, the Resolution makes possible a contract dangerous to the survival of RMC, and medical care revenue is being exported to St. Tammany Parish. Despite recognizing that they had passed the Resolution with inaccurate and incomplete information, the Parish Council failed to rescind the Resolution. 
At the August 4 meeting, the Parish Council revisited the issue but tabled the matter.

 

August 22, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joe Polkey was booked 08/21 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jessica Virgil was booked 08/21 on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Criminal Damage to Proprty
Natoya Toomer was booked 08/21 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Daniel Varnado was booked 08/21 on the charge of Probation Violation
David Kellis was booked 08/21 on the charges of Attempted Introduction of Contraband Into a Penal Institute and Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Monica Truax was booked 08/22 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Probation Violation
Christian Alvarado was booked 08/22 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana

 

 

August 22, 2014

MAN SENTENCED AS HABITUAL OFFENDER
COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Jason Hoover, 36 of Covington, has pled guilty as charged to operating a methamphetamine laboratory.  22nd Judicial District Judge Richard Swartz sentenced Hoover to 30 years in prison as a career criminal.  Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Hoover was arrested in March 2014 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force following up on a complaint received by the Covington Police Department and found a meth lab at Hoover's residence. 
Judge Swartz sentenced Hoover as a career criminal due to a prior conviction for attempted possession of a firearm by a felon in 2012.  Hoover also has prior convictions for possession of schedule II drugs in 2009 and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2007.  Operating a meth lab is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for not less than 5 nor more than 15 years.


 

August 22, 2014

MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON 
COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that William Branch, 30 of Slidell, was sentenced to life in prison today by 22nd Judicial District Judge A. J. Hand.
Judge Hand sentenced Branch as a career criminal to two life sentences to be served concurrently.  Branch has prior convictions for bank fraud in 2010, possession of marijuana in 2007, possession of cocaine in 2005, and theft in 2005.  Branch was found guilty as charged of armed robbery with a firearm and convicted felon possessing a firearm on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014. 
Branch, along with Adriena Williams, 37 of Bogalusa, and Bernell Earl, 42 of Bogalusa, were arrested in July 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after an adult male victim was robbed at gunpoint near Slidell.  Williams called the victim and lured him to her location with a story of car trouble.  The victim was then approached at gunpoint and his personal property was stolen.  The three robbers fled the scene in a black Lincoln sedan.  The victim called 911 and reported the vehicle description helping Deputies stop the getaway car five minutes later on Interstate 10.  A search of the vehicle revealed the victim’s valuables and the guns used in the robbery.
Williams pled guilty to simple robbery on December 9th, 2013, and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.  Earl was found guilty as charged January 8th, 2014, and was sentenced to life in prison on April 4th, 2014.
Armed robbery with a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 15 to 104 years.  Convicted felon possessing a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 10 to 20 years. 


 

August 22, 2014

MEN FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED OF ARMED ROBBERY--CODEFENDANTS GUILTY IN SEPARATE TRIALS--
COVINGTON---District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Regis Chatman, 22 of Covington, and Jamaal Calloway, 19 of New Orleans, were found guilty as charged this week in separate trials.  Chatman was found guilty Tuesday August 12, 2014, of armed robbery with a firearm. Calloway was found guilty Thursday August 14, 2014, of armed robbery with a firearm and felon illegally possessing a firearm. 
Chatman and Calloway were arrested in June 2013 by the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Department after an adult male victim was robbed at gunpoint near Abita.  The Victim was returning to a shelter where he had left his motorcycle during a rainstorm when the robbers approached him from behind.  Chatman brandished a gun while the robbers escaped with about $500.00.  Calloway took the gun from Chatman and fired shots in the air as the two were fleeing the scene.
Judge Burris will sentence Chatman and Calloway on October 8th, 2014.  Armed robbery with a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 15 to 104 years.  Calloway’s sentence may be enhanced to not less than 66 nor more than 208 years in prison if he is found to be a career criminal due to prior convictions for simple robbery and simple burglary in 2012.     

 

 

August 22, 2014

Hammond Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges 
A Hammond man has been charged with 16 counts of child pornography after an investigation led by Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) revealed the suspect had possessed and distributed pornography involving juveniles.
Investigators on Wednesday booked 19-year-old Brandon Brown, of 47164 Milton Road, into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on 15 counts of possessing and a single count of distributing pornography involving juveniles.  The attorney general’s CCU began investigating Brown based on a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Upon the execution of a search warrant at Brown’s residence, agents located numerous pornographic images and videos of children under 13 years of age.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison on each count.

 

 

August 21, 2014

Busy First Day of Qualifying
Qualifying for offices began Wednesday and will continue through Friday, August 22.  Those qualifying Wednesday are as follows:
District Judge:  Ray Childress (District A), August "A. J." Hand (District B), Richard "Rick" Schwartz (District C), Peter J. Garcia (District D), William J. Burris (District E), Martin E. Cody (District F), Scott Gardner (District G), Alison Hopkins Penzato (District H), "Reggie" Badeaux (District I), William "Rusty" Knight (District J), Mary Deveraux (District K), and Dawn Amacker (District L)
District Attorney:  Alan Black, Roy K. Burns, Warren Montgomery, and Brian F. Trainor
Bogalusa City Judge:  Robert J. Black
Bogalusa City Marshal:  Mike Garic, John W. Sumrall, Jr., and Dewitt Williams, Jr.
Parish School Board:  Daniel "Dan" Slocum (District 1), John E. Wyble (District 2), Bruce L. Brown, Sr. (District 3), John E. Breland (District 4), Robert Boone (District 5), Dewitt Perry (District 6), Lee Alan McCain (District 7), Emma "Lois" Route and Matthew Tate (District 8)
City of Bogalusa School Board:  Paul D. Kates (District 1), Eleanor W. Duke (District 2), "Rev" Raymond Mims (District 3, Curtis Creel (District 5), Calvin F. Hymel (District 6), Brad Williams (District 7)
Justice of the Peace:  Albert J. Brumfield, Jr. and Darwin R. Sharp (Ward 1), David C. Miller (Ward 2), Billy W. Passman (Ward 3), Kay Lewis (Ward 5), Donna Lambert Phillips (Ward 6), Bradford A. Kemp, Sr. (Ward 7), Jack Whaley (Ward 8), Rodney Bond (Ward 9)
Constable:  Terry Morgan (Ward 1), Jeremy Freeman and Colston Martin, Jr. (Ward 2), Robert K. McDaniel (Ward 3), "Bo" Pierce and Lavon D. Seals) (Ward 5), Donald Mizell (Ward 6), David Scott (Ward 7), Ronnie Nielson (Ward 8, and Robert D. Stafford (Ward 9)
Mayor of Bogalusa:  "Tina Ratliff" Boley and Charles Mizell
Bogalusa City Prosecutor:  David Marlin Duke
Bogalusa Councilmen:  Shawn Chatmon Ratliff (Councilman at Large), Gloria W. Kates and George Williams (District A), Justin Arnold, Erma Dixon, and Tamira Mose Smith (District B), Oneita H. Graham and Brian McCree (District C), "Big John" Magee (District E)

 

 

August 21, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Darrell Swindle was booked 08/20 on the charges of Business Burglary and Theft of Firearm
Tillis Morris was booked 08/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Hit and Run, No Seat Belt, Proper Equipment and Theft of Auto
Sonya Boney was booked 08/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs

 

 

Obituary

James Miller, age 70, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at his residence in Angie, LA.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

 

 

Obituary

RICKY WAYNE GILL, AGE 51 and a resident of Bogalusa died at 12:37 pm Monday August 18, 2014 at Ochsner’s Hospital in New Orleans surrounded by his family. He was a former Pile Driver for Cajun Constructors and a member of Isabel Baptist Church. Ricky loved classic cars, especially his favorite Chevrolet’s and enjoyed riding motorcycles and horses. He was an artistic person that often painted and did drawings.

 

 

August 20, 2014

Washington Parish Booking Information
Billy Dixon was booked 08/19 In From Court
Douglas Dendinger was booked 08/19 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice, Intimidating of a Witness, and Battery on a Police Officer
Henry Sarmiento was booked 08/19 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Desmond Martin was booked 08/19 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Richard Andrews was booked 08/19 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line), Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, No License Plate, Expired MVI, and Failure to Use Turn Signals
Jasper Hunt was booked 08/19 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Criminal Trespass

 

 

August 20, 2014

Franklinton Police Department Press Release
The Franklinton Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint this weekend. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

 

 

August 19, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Dominique James was booked 08/18 In From Court
Donte Woodard was booked 08/18 In From Court
Billy Dixon was booked 08/18 In From Court
Randee Jerrell was booked 08/18 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Drugs
Joella Jones was booked 08/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

August 19, 2014

MEN FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED OF ARMED ROBBERY--CODEFENDANTS GUILTY IN SEPARATE TRIALS--
District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Regis Chatman, 22 of Covington, and Jamaal Calloway, 19 of New Orleans, were found guilty as charged this week in separate trials.  Chatman was found guilty Tuesday August 12, 2014, of armed robbery with a firearm. Calloway was found guilty Thursday August 14, 2014, of armed robbery with a firearm and felon illegally possessing a firearm.  Two twelve member St. Tammany Parish Juries deliberated 1 hour each before returning the guilty verdicts to 22nd Judicial District Judge William Burris.  Career Criminal Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s 2 cases.  
Chatman and Calloway were arrested in June 2013 by the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Department after an adult male victim was robbed at gunpoint near Abita.  The Victim was returning to a shelter where he had left his motorcycle during a rainstorm when the robbers approached him from behind.  Chatman brandished a gun while the robbers escaped with about $500.00.  Calloway took the gun from Chatman and fired shots in the air as the two were fleeing the scene.
Judge Burris will sentence Chatman and Calloway on October 8th, 2014.  Armed robbery with a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 15 to 104 years.  Calloway’s sentence may be enhanced to not less than 66 nor more than 208 years in prison if he is found to be a career criminal due to prior convictions for simple robbery and simple burglary in 2012.     

 

 

Obituary

David Ethan Pounds, age 57, born on November 4, 1956 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.   He retired from the Louisiana National Guard after 20 years of service.

 

 

Obituary

BERRY L ANN BURNS STRINGER, AGE 60 and a resident of Bogalusa died at 11:04 pm Friday August 15, 2014 at Good Samaritan Living Center. She was a former cook at Main Street Café and a retail clerk at several businesses. Berry loved spending time outdoors especially at the Bogue Chitto River. She enjoyed camping on the river with her children, often with lots of other children, friends and family.

 

 

Obituary

JAMES LEVERN SHARP, AGE 78 and a resident of Enon died at 10:30 pm Friday August 15, 2014 at his home. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War Era and a member of Sharp’s Chapel Church of God. He was a former engineer and inspector with the Louisiana Highway Department. James was a big sports fan but especially LSU and New Orleans Saints football and NASCAR. He loved gardening and watching old Western movies. James was always a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

 

 

Obituary

Joann P. Petrolia age 66 passed away August 15, 2014 at her residence here in Bogalusa La. She is survived by two sons, Charles Sorrell of Red Bluff Calif, and David Lavinghouse of Bogalusa La.

 

 

August 19, 2014

Tangi Sheriff Needs Help In Amite Burglary
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public’s assistance in gathering information regarding a business burglary that occurred in the early morning hours of August 5, 2014.
At approximately 12:41 a.m., suspect(s) made entry into a local business, Star Equipment located in Amite, LA.  When detectives arrived on the scene,  it was observed that a large portion of the fence surrounding the area that housed the company’s equipment inventory was compromised.  It is believed that the suspect(s) cut through the fencing, and gained entry into the secured area.
While inside of the yard, it was observed that the suspect(s) purposely and repeatedly attempted to avoid detection from the security cameras as they  proceeded to steal 5 Kubota lawnmowers and a 20 foot trailer.
Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone is able to identify this person of interest and/or anyone with information regarding this burglary to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

 

 

August 19, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joseph Busby was booked 08/15 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Corbin Ikerd was booked 08/15 In From Court
William Beal was booked 08/15 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
John Robinson was booked 08/15 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Jessica R. Thomas was booked 08/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Billy Boyette was booked 08/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot) and Resisting Arrest
Sylvia Brumfield was booked 08/16 on the charges of Theft Under 500 and Simple Battery
William Brown was booked 08/17 on the charge of Simple Battery
Clinton Spears was booked 08/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Timothy Holden was booked 08/17 on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting

 

 

Obituary

Barbara K. Bennett born April 17, 1942 passed away August 14, 2014 at Heritage Manor nursing home in Covington, La. At the age of 72. She was a long time resident of Rio and a member of Palestine Baptist Church

 

 

August 16, 2014

Franklinton Police Advisory On "Purge" Threats
As some of you may have seen or at least heard about, "Purge" threats have been making there way around social media. The "threat" has even been found here in Franklinton and the police department has taken all appropriate precautions regarding the event.
For those not familiar with the "Purge," a simple internet search will take you to the 2013 movie in which any and all crime is legalized for a 12 hour period. The Purge Anarchy; An American Tradition (2014) is a follow-up to the original movie. In both movies, lawlessness is the theme and acts of violence to purge undesirables from the community surrounds the plot.
The Franklinton Police Department has received numerous phone calls regarding the social media post about our town and the matter is currently being investigated. The act of causing the general public to be in fear for their safety by communication of information that the commission of a crime of violence is imminent is deemed Terrorizing. Therefore, this matter is being treated as a criminal offense and the original author of the message is being sought. Anyone sharing the social media threat can also be charged under the terrorizing statute.
Facebook and Instagram have been contacted and searches are underway to identify those individual accounts where the "Purge" message has been posted. Despite removal of the post, information is able to be obtained through source code and website data.
One key aspect to remember is the "Purge" is a movie. In order for the event to transpire, there must be a suspension of government and that is not going to happen. Be assured that the Franklinton Police Department will continue to provide services and ANYONE caught acting in a manner consistent with the perceived threat will be dealt with accordingly.
Please go about your business as planned and do not let an internet hoax prevent you from enjoying your weekend.

 
 

August 15, 2014
Entergy’s The Power to Care Fund Raises $2.3 Million for Customers in Need
Qualifying Louisiana customers receiving $828,197 in bill-pay assistance
Generous donations to The Power to Care of nearly $1.6 million from Entergy customers and employees in 2013 have been matched by shareholders for a total of $2.3 million in assistance funds for customers in need. 
Matching check presentations are being made to local nonprofit partners throughout the Entergy service area, including the Salvation Army right here in the Bayou State. This well-known service and outreach organization is receiving some $828,197 in assistance thanks to $581,676 in donations and $246,521 in matching funds.
To read the full press release, click here

 

 

August 15, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jeffery Sheridan was booked 08/14 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Phillip Lorio was booked 08/14 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Jody Erwin was booked 08/14 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Aggravated Flight From An Officer (2 counts), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and No Seat Belt
Janene Boni was booked 08/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs and Resisting an Officer
Christan Johnson was booked 08/14 In For Court
Starlet Overby was booked 08/14 In For Court
Terry McClain was booked 08/14 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence

 

 

Obituary

PATRICIA SOMMER SMITH, AGE 83 and a resident of Franklinton died at 2:40 am Tuesday August 12, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was a native of Chicago, Illinois that had a residence near the Stony Point Community since 1984. She was a 1953 graduate of Depaw University in Greencastle, Indiana where she was Phi Beta Kappa, PEO and a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Her husband’s U.S. Naval service took her to Guam following graduation where she taught typing and business courses to the native people, many whom continued to contact her years after.
Patricia and her husband traveled throughout Europe, visiting all its different countries and Germany on numerous occasions for U.S. Navy Reunions. She also visited Japan, the Philippines, and lived in Hawaii for several years before settling in Metairie for many years prior to permanently moving to Franklinton following Hurricane Katrina. Patricia loved the country living she experienced in Washington Parish and enjoyed listening to music and playing the piano.

 

 

Obituary

Lloyd Stogner, age 67, born on August 3, 1947, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at his residence in Franklinton, LA.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

 

 

August 14, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joshua Foxworth was booked 08/13 In For Court
Kurtis Strong was booked 08/13 In From Court
Shelia Johnson was booked 08/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Negligent Vehicular Injuring, and Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy
Tiffany Rester was booked 08/13 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Roger Collier was booked 08/13 In From Court
Bobby Brumfield was booked 08/13 on the charge of Probation Violation
Jeffery Sheridan was booked 08/14 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

 

August 14, 2014

SECRETARY LACERTE INVITES VETERANS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) today announced an August schedule of town hall meetings with LDVA Secretary David LaCerte to be held across the state.  The purpose of these meetings is to allow Louisiana Veterans to share experiences they have had with the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system including VA clinics,hospitals, and mental health services.
LDVA will compile the information Veterans share at the townhall meetings and will share findings with local, state, and federal elected officials as well as key staff at VA in hopes of influencing positive change and increased transparency.
The August schedule of meetings is as follows:
◾Tuesday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. in Ponchatoula at the Ponchatoula Community Center (300 North 5th Street, Ponchatoula, La.  Telephone:  Representative Pugh, 985-386-7844)
◾Thursday, August 14 at 9:00 a.m. in Abbeville at the Vermilion Parish Library (405 E. Victor, Abbeville, La.  Telephone: Senator Perry, 337-643-6425 or 337-517-7313)
◾Thursday, August 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Rayne at the Ballroom (401 Gossen Park Drive, Rayne, La.  Telephone:  Senator Perry, 337-643-6425 or 337-517-7313)
◾Tuesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Slidell at the Slidell City Hall Meeting Room (2055 Second Street, Slidell, La.  Telephone:  225-219-5000)
◾Wednesday, August 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Reserve at the Southeast LA Veterans Home (4080 W. Airline Hwy, Reserve, La.  Telephone:  985-479-4080)
◾Wednesday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. in Luling at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center (274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling, La.  Telephone:  Senator Smith, 985-764-9122)
◾Thursday, August 28 in Jackson at the Louisiana Veterans Home (4739 Hwy 10 in Jackson, La.  Telephone:  Representative Havard, 225-634-7470)

 

 

Obituary

Lesha VanEpps, a resident of Franklinton, LA, age 51, born on August 7, 1963 in Walthall County, MS, passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS.

 

 

Obituary

Morgan Louis Jones born December 5, 1946 passed away August 6, 2014 in Covington at the age of 67. He was a native of Bogalusa.

 

 

August 13, 2014

Health Department Issues Warning to Travelers and People Enjoying the Coast
There's still plenty of time this summer to enjoy the coast or the beach, whether it's along the Gulf Coast or the Caribbean. Before heading out, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) wants to warn travelers, beachgoers and fishermen about two diseases, Vibrio vulnificus and the chikungunya virus. 
Vibrio vulnificus
Louisiana's warm gulf waters are inviting, but may pose a risk for individuals with chronic liver disease or weakened immune systems. Vibrio vulnificus, one of the flesh-eating bacteria, has infected eight people in Louisiana this summer. The infections occur by exposing open wounds or cuts to warm seawater or brackish (briny) water, or by eating raw shellfish. This bacteria is commonly found in seawater and shellfish throughout the world, and is more abundant during the summer months. Louisiana typically reports five to 15 cases each year. The bacteria can invade the bloodstream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness with symptoms like fever, chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock) and blistering skin lesions. Other symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or fever.
Chikungunya Virus
DHH is also encouraging travelers headed to the Caribbean to "Fight the Bite" in the same manner they would protect themselves against the West Nile virus. Mosquitoes in the Caribbean may transmit the chikungunya virus (CHIKV) to residents and tourists. It's also being spread in parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
The virus causes fever and joint pains within three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Other symptoms can include muscle aches, headaches, joint swelling or rash. Chikungunya disease very rarely results in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling.
For more information, go to http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/3085

 

 

August 13, 2014

Louisiana Century Farm Program Seeking Applicants
The Louisiana Century Farm Program is preparing to recognize and honor Louisiana’s farmers, ranchers and forestry landowners who have owned family farm land for 100 years or more.
“This is an opportunity to have your family farm recognized for the many years it has contributed to the agricultural industry in the state of Louisiana,” said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
To be eligible for the program, one must be able to answer yes to each of these questions:  Has the farm been in your family continuously for at least 100 years? Does the farm have at least 10 acres of the original founder’s land? Is at least one owner a resident of Louisiana? Does the farm produce at least $1,000 in farming income annually?
**Tree farms have different requirements.
“This is an opportunity to document your families’ agricultural legacy in the area in which you live,” added Strain.
Applications are currently being accepted through December 31, 2014. There is no cost to apply. Applications may be found online at www.lsuagcenter.com/CenturyFarms or for more information, contact the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Lillie Adams Wiley at (318) 949-3225.

 

 

Obituary

Samuel Gregory Genco, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 65, born on November 30, 1948 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.
Retired Co-Owner of Genco's Amusement and Distribution Co., Bogalusa School Superintendent, Member of Annunciation Catholic Church, Member of the Knights of Columbus, Past King of MCCA and Bogalusa's outstanding citizen.

 

 

Obituary

Nicholas Michael DiFabrizio, born December 15, 1968, passed away on July 25, 2014.
The new star that appeared in the heavens tonight is called "Nicholas". A precious gift of 45 years. Always gentle in touch and feelings. A very special brother and son quietly slipped away. Nicholas was musically gifted in piano recording his own dreamscape journeys. Spiritually poetic more imaginative then ordinary speech with beauty of thought and artistic effect shown in his book of poem's, "Modern Day Angel". Loving memories of you dearest Nicholas will keep you forever close to us in our thoughts, our hearts and our soul.

 

 

Obituary

Dennis Michael DiFabrizio, born in Charleston, West Virginia, passed away July 22, 2014 at the age of 67.

 

 

August 13, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Trevor Owens was booked 08/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Levern Ezell was booked 08/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving Left Of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy, Obstructing Public Passage(s), and Possession of Marijuana
Bregette Craft was booked 08/12 on the charges of Probation Violation, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Simple Battery
Jeffery Myers was booked 08/12 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Jennifer Smith was booked 08/12 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Cheqvity Short was booked 08/12 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Roy Short was booked 08/12 In From Court
Gary Colston was booked 08/12 on the charges of Criminal Damage and Attachment
Joshua Foxworth was booked 08/13 In For Court

 

 

August 12, 2014

Proactive Interstate 12 Traffic Stop Leads to Significant Marijuana Seizure
Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson is pleased to announce the discovery of approximately 300 lbs. of suspected marijuana during a proactive interstate traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish.
Discovery of the contraband took place shortly after 9:00 am yesterday morning following a traffic stop on Interstate 12 near its junction with Interstate 55. Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L on routine patrol observed a 2015 Mazda CX-5 commit a traffic violation while traveling east on the interstate. Upon speaking with the driver, 26 year old Carlos Davis of Greenwood, MS, Troopers became suspicious of Davis’ behavior and subsequently requested a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 to respond to the traffic stop after Davis refused consent to search the vehicle. Following a positive alert by the TPSO K-9, Troopers’ search revealed the presence of approximately 300 lbs. of marijuana in the back seat and rear cargo area of the vehicle.
Davis was consequently placed under arrest without incident and met with Louisiana State Police Detectives to further the investigation. In coordination with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, a successful controlled delivery of the marijuana was conducted at a residence in Jackson, MS leading to additional arrests. Davis was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. Investigators estimate the street value of the seized narcotics to be approximately $250,000.

 

 

Obituary

DOUGLAS ELDEE LADNER, AGE 85 and a resident of Pine died at 4:00 am Monday August 11, 2014 at his home after a courageous 24 year battle with cancer. He was a longtime member of Pine Missionary Baptist Church that loved working in his garden. He enjoyed raising his chickens and formerly worked in the maintenance department at Resthaven Living Center. Douglas was born in Lumberton, MS on September 6, 1928 and married Molly Duncan on March 1, 1956. He always loved his family and cherished all the time spent with his grandchildren.

 

 

Obituary

Isabel Thomas Hayman age 90 passed away August 10, 2014 at Resthaven Living Center where she was a resident.

 

 

August 12, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Darrius Andrews was booked 08/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Marcus Kagler was booked 08/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kana Gilbert was booked 08/11 In For Court
Joe McNally was booked 08/11 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 (2 counts), Theft Under 500, and Simple Burglary
Leanin Dempjian was booked 08/11 In For Court
Cody Angley was booked 08/11 on the charge of Simple Battery
Trevor Owens was booked 08/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

 

 

August 11, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Herbert Parker was booked 08/08 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Nicholis Kephart was booked 08/08 on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Anthony Kephart was booked 08/08 on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Domestic Violence Battery
Ricky Knight was booked 08/08 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Lisa Guidry was booked 08/09 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Attachment (3 counts)
Gregorio Torres was booked 08/09 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Tony Kirkland was booked 08/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Judy Dale was booked 08/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage

 

 

August 11, 2014

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest in Tangipahoa Parish
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 26 year old Loranger resident Janaviene Bicknell after a traffic stop leads to the discovery of illegal narcotics.
On August 10, 2014,  at approximately 10:45 p.m., Deputy Ethan Dunn was patrolling the area near Hwy 1064 and Hwy 1065 when he observed a black Lincoln Navigator traveling west on Hwy 1064 with its front bumper hanging and beating on the tires as it traveled down the roadway.
At this time, Deputy Dunn initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle near the intersection of Hwy 1064 and Brownville Rd.  After following the vehicle for a short distance, the driver then pulled the Navigator to the side of the road and brought it to a stop.   Dunn then made contact with the driver identified as Janavieve Bicknell.   Bicknell was unable to provide a driver’s license, vehicle registration or insurance verification.  Dunn also learned that Bicknell had numerous outstanding arrest warrants and was wanted for questioning in reference to a recent burglary. 
Bicknell was subsequently taken into custody.  As a result of the roadside investigation, deputies also located drug paraphernalia and small amount of suspected methamphetamine inside of Bicknell’s vehcile.
Janavieve Bicknell was charged with LA R.S. 40:967C (Possession of Schedule II Drugs), R.S. 40:1023 (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), 5x FTA's for Traffic Offenses, and was issued a citation for R.S. 32:415 (Driving Under Suspension) and a Notice of Violation for insurance.

 

 

Obituary

OTTIS BARBER, AGE 85 and a resident of Thomas died at 1:34 AM Friday, August 08, 2014 at his residence.
He served in Japan in post-World War II. He was a Baptist minister for 38 years and a lifelong member of Lawrence Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He served his church and community all his adult life and will be sadly missed by family and friends.

 

 

August 8, 2014

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF SEX CRIME
FRANKLINTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Randy Jones, 59 of Bogalusa, was found guilty on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014, of attempted sexual battery of a child under age 13.  Jones was initially charged with sexual battery of a child under 13.  The 12 member Washington Parish Jury deliberated for 2 hours before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner.  Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case for the 3 day trial.
Jones was arrested in August 2013 by the Bogalusa Police Department after a female child victim was sexually abused.  Jones was an acquaintance of the victim and invited her on a bike ride where he sexually abused her.  The victim reported the abuse to a family member.
Judge Gardner will sentence Jones on August 20th, 2014.  Attempted sexual battery of a victim under 13 years of age is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 49 1/2 years. 

 

 

August 8, 2014

MAN PLEADS GUILTY AS CHARGED DURING TRIAL --SENTENCED TO LONG PRISON TERM AS CAREER CRIMINAL—
COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Melvin Burton, 48 of Harvey, pled guilty as charged on July 24th, 2014, to aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated obstruction of a highway, theft of goods and possession of heroin.  The trial was in its third day while the Jury was in deliberation when Burton decided to change his plea from not guilty to guilty as charged.  22nd Judicial District Judge Raymond Childress accepted the guilty pleas and sentenced Burton to 20 years in prison for each charge and ordered the sentences to run concurrently.  Career Criminal Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Burton was sentenced as a career criminal due to convictions in Orleans Parish for simple robbery in 1991 and theft in 1996 and 2010 and also simple escape in Jefferson Parish in 2000.  Burton has been arrested at least 30 times and has been convicted at least 22 times.
Burton along with Freeman Harris, 36, and Alexandra Smith, 33, both of New Orleans, was arrested in April 2014 by the Slidell Police Department after a car chase.  Burton and Harris were observed shoplifting at a local department store but sped away recklessly westbound on I-10 before they could be apprehended.  The Slidell Police Department employed a tactical vehicle intervention to disable the car and cause it to spin out while keeping all traffic clear of the incident.  Heroin was found after a search of the vehicle. 
The 2 codefendants, Freeman Harris, 36, and Alexandra Smith, 33, both of New Orleans, were less involved and both pled guilty as charged previously.  Freeman pled guilty on July 10th, 2014, to theft and possession of heroin on and was sentenced to 4 years in prison on each charge to be served concurrently.  Smith pled guilty on June 17th, 2014 to possession of heroin and was sentenced to 10 years in prison suspended and 5 years probation.
Possession of heroin is punishable by imprisonment for not less than 4 nor more than 10 years.  Aggravated obstruction of a highway is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years.  Aggravated flight from an officer is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years.  Theft of more than $500 but less than $1500 is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years. 

 

 

August 8, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kenneth Lang was booked 08/07 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Joseph Shelby was booked 08/07 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary
Charles Lewis was booked 08/07 on the charges of Attempted Theft and Criminal Trespass
Ronald Jones was booked 08/07 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Troy Samford was booked 08/07 on the charges of Attempted Theft, Criminal Trespass, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Herbert Parker was booked 08/08 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

 

 

August 7, 2014

Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festivel Poster

Submitted by Marcelleh Haneman

The excitement is growing for the third annual Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival on September 26-27. And besides a stellar lineup and lots of opportunities for family fun with a decided Louisiana flavor, the attraction now includes the chance to purchase what is sure to become a collector's item fashioned by a native son whose talents in the visual arts have earned him widespread critical acclaim.

Bogalusa born Richard Thomas, whose huge mural of local music legends has long greeted visitors to the Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans and whose four-frame 1989 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster of Fats Domino remains the top selling Jazz Fest poster of all time, has created a three-frame poster for BBHF III.

“I have a reason for loving Bogalusa,” the community minded Thomas said. “I decided to find a way we could work together.”

To get a poster, tickets or additional information on the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, visit www.bogalusablues.com.

Click here to read the full article.

 

 

Obituary

CHRISTY SMITH BARBER, AGE 53 and a resident of Franklinton died early Tuesday August 5, 2014 at North Oaks Regional Medical Center. She worked at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Robert where she enjoyed the duties she had and the friends she worked with. Christy enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and cherished all the fun times spent together. She was a devoted family member to her siblings, husband, children and granddaughter but had a special partner in her pet Yorkie Jaxon. She will be sadly missed by all that knew her. 


 

Obituary

Roselyn Virginia Wynn Vise, age 79, and a resident of Franklinton, passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of August 5th, 2014.   Miss Rose, as she was affectionately known, was born in Etowah County, Alabama on October 17, 1934. She often spoke of becoming a Christian when she visited a Methodist Camp Meeting at the age of 11. She met the love of her life while she was in high school and married Calvin Vise on September 8, 1951. Her dream was to have a big white house filled with children. Rose and Calvin began their marriage in Birmingham, AL and relocated to St. Bernard, LA in 1957 when Calvin was transferred with Southern Natural Gas Company. They were transferred again in 1966 to Franklinton where Rose found her big white house.

 

 

August 7, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tiffany Wheat was booked 08/06 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Dennis Vanslyke was booked 08/06 on the charge of Theft By Fraud
Justin Terrell was booked 08/06 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100

 

Obituary 
Kathleen H. Beard, age 89, passed away in Ridgeland, MS on Wednesday August 6, 2014. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Obituary

Betty Lou Duncan age 80 passed away August 6, 2014 at Our Lady Of Angels Hospital. She was a resident of Bogalusa and a member of Church of United Faith.

 

 

Obituary

Christopher Hunter Lewis, aged 53, died August 5, 2014 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.
He served as Justice Court Judge of the 5th Ward of washington Parish. LA. Chris was an active member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Bogalusa and served as Senior Warden of the church vestry. He was a member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Polled Hereford Association. He served the community in many ways as a participant in numerous organizations both civic and social. Chris and his wife Kay have, for many years, owned and run Lewis Insurance of Angie, LA.

 

 

Obituary

EARLANE SCHILLING BATEMAN, AGE 83 and a resident of Enon died after 10:00 am Tuesday August 5, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center where she was a former Nurse’s Aid for over 20 years. She was a longtime active member of Enon Baptist Church who would always be there for people in need. Earlane enjoyed crocheting, dancing and visiting the Smokey Mountains with her family. She was an excellent cook, especially her famous lemon pound cake, and was very good at making jelly of all different types which she shared with others. She loved angels and collected numerous figurines and statutes. Earlane was loved by all that knew her and will be sadly missed.

 

 

August 6, 2014

Hunter Education Reminder
As hunters begin to prepare for the 2014-15 hunting season, one thing they should not overlook is hunter education.  In the rush to prepare for the hunting season, hunters sometimes overlook the hunter education requirements and find themselves struggling to schedule a class at the last minute.
Hunters who have not completed hunter education should review the requirements for Louisiana and any other states where they plan to hunt.  Now is the time to register for a class and avoid the last minute rush.
Louisiana law requires that hunters born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, obtain Hunter Education Certification prior to hunting in Louisiana, unless they are under direct supervision of a qualified person.  A qualified person is someone who is a licensed hunter and was born before Sept. 1, 1969, or a person who is 18 years of age or older and has proof of Hunter Education Certification.  Direct supervision means the supervising person is in direct line of sight and within normal voice contact of the hunter they are supervising.
The minimum age for Hunter Education Certification in Louisiana is 10 years old.  However, it is a requirement that 10 and 11-year-olds must be supervised while hunting, even if they have received Hunter Education Certification.
For more information, go to http://wlf.louisiana.gov/news/38174

 

 

August 6, 2014

WASHINGTON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS FOURTEEN DRUG DEALERS – SEEKS ELEVEN MORE
August 5, 2014, was a good day for the honest, hard-working citizens of Washington Parish and a bad day for drug dealers.
A months long Sheriff’s Office investigation into the sale of illegal drugs in Washington Parish resulted in a drug roundup on August 5, when officers from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Franklinton Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Rayburn Correctional Center and the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole saturated the parish with twenty-five warrants in hand.  Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal accompanied the officers on the roundup.
Arrested during the August 5th  roundup and placed in the Washington Parish Jail were:
Cynthia A. Amacker, 55, Bogalusa, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Jessica M. Archuleta, 32, Franklinton, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Adarrio Darnell Berry, 35, Franklinton, Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, $75,000 bond
Kimberly H. Cox, 36, Tylertown, MS, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Issuing Worthless Checks, Failure to appear, $75,000 bond
Felix Herbert DiCharry, 43, Bogalusa, Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, no bond.
Charles A. Forbes, 54, Bogalusa, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Steven Jermaine Green, 26, Angie, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Patrick Hart, 37, Franklinton, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Morris LaPaul Jefferson, 34, Bogalusa, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Attachment, Simple Battery, $75,000 bond
Joshua Lee Martin, 31, Franklinton, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Failure to Appear, no bond
Mona L. McMillan 35, Thomas, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Brenton Morris, 25, Bogalusa, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Sade Janey Sims, 27, Franklinton, Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, four counts of Failure to Appear, $75,000 bond
Tiara Nicole Wilson, 23, Franklinton, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond.
Each of the fourteen arrestees remains in the jail at this time.
Missed during the roundup but still a target for arrest are:
Gregory S. Cambre, w/m, 49, believed to be out of the parish
Monigue Cambre, w/f, age unknown, believed to be out of the parish
Greg Conerly, b/m, 26, Bogalusa
Johnny Crosby, w/m, 36, Bogalusa
Veronica Gatlin, b/f, 48, Bogalusa
Randy Jerrell, w/m, age unknown, Thomas
Landon Jones, w/m, 22, Franklinton
Byron Kaigler, b/m, 30, Franklinton, believed to be in the Hammond area
Jamar McGowan, b/m, 30, Angie
Clifton Earl Raford, b/m, 58, Angie
Justin Terrell, w/m, 30, Thomas
Anyone knowing the location of any of the above wanted persons should notify the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434.
A bonus during the drug roundup was the recovery of a Honda four wheeler which is reported stolen out of North Carolina.  The vehicle was recovered at the resident of wanted suspect Jamar McGowan in the Angie community.
Sheriff Randy Seal was quick to comment on the investigation and arrests.  “We have been targeting these drug dealers for a long time.  We knew they were selling drugs and it took a while to make a solid case against each one of them.  They have been arrested now and will have to face a judge and jury to explain why they knowingly sold drugs in our parish.  We missed a few on this roundup because they weren’t home, but we will get them soon.  You can count on that.”
“I am sick and tired of drug dealers and their related crimes,” said Sheriff Seal.  “Most burglaries and thefts in our parish can be directly tied to the drug trade.  We know the names of other drug dealers and we are working daily to build cases against them.  Once we have enough evidence to sustain a conviction, we will obtain a warrant for their arrest. The Sheriff’s Office Drug Task
Force has done an excellent job and I commend them for their efforts.  I am very grateful to  the other agencies which provided manpower to make these arrests. We have a great relationship with each of these agencies and it is good to have the DEA involved in our efforts to combat the drug trade in Washington Parish.”
“If you are a drug dealer, child molester, sexual predator, thief, wife beater or any other kind of criminal, I am putting you on notice,” continued Sheriff Seal.  “We are watching you and we will always have room for you in the Washington Parish Jail.  Once we catch you, it will be our pleasure to give you an escort directly to jail.”

 

 

August 6, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Myron Mark was booked 08/05 In For Court
Cindy Stinson was booked 08/05 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)
Jessica Archuleta was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Travious Nelson was booked 08/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense), Driving Under Suspension, and Hit and Run
Adarrio Berry was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Drugs
Joshua Martin was booked 08/05 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Failure to Appear
Kimberly Cox was booked 08/05 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100, and Failure to Appear
Mona McMillan was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Sade Sims was booked 08/05 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule Drugs and Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Morris Jeffeerson was booked 08/05 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule Drugs, Attachment, and Simple Battery
Steven Green was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Ii Drugs
Felix Dicharry was booked 08/05 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Distriution of Schedule I Drugs
Charles Forbes was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Drugs
Cynthia Amacker was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Drugs
Shaun Warren was booked 08/05 on the charge of Simple Battery
Brenton Stokes was booked 08/05 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Distribution of Schedule Drugs
Tiara Wilson was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Drugs
Patrick Hart was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Drugs

 

 

August 5, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
John Brice was booked 08/04 In For Court
Rashaad Pittman was booked 08/04 In For Court
Christin Ulvik was booked 08/04 In For Court
Leonard McCants was booked 08/04 on the charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder
Dustin Hobgood was booked 08/04 In From Court
Frank Anderson was booked 08/04 on the charge of Probation Violation
Myron Mark was booked 08/05 In For Court
Cindy Stinson was booked 08/05 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)

 

 

August 4, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Lauren Boone was booked 08/01 on the charge of Probation Violation
Michael McHugh was booked 08/01 on the charge of Probation Violation
Jessica Naquin was booked 08/01 In From Court and Failure to Appear
Urian Morris was booked 08/01 on the charge of Aggravated Rape
Kera Moseley was booked 08/01 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Computer Fraud (2 counts)
John Robinson was booked 08/01 In For Court
Johnathan Boudreaux was booked 08/01 on the charges of Careless Operation, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Switched License Plates
Corbin Ikerd was booked 08/01 In From Court
Frank Anderson was booked 08/01 on the charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, Illegal Discharged/Use of Weapon, Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
James Stringer was booked 08/02 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Kevin Knight was booked 08/02 on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass
Orrin Thomas was booked 08/02 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation, Domestic Abuse Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, and Failure to Appear
Leonard Clanton was booked 08/03 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Kylor Lee was booked 08/03 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Improper Lane Useage, and Driving Under Suspension
Amanda Haynes was booked 08/03 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language
Anthony Boxwell was booked 08/03 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Simple Drunk), Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Battery on a Police Officer
John Brice was booked 08/04 In For Court

 

 

August 3, 2014

Louisiana State Police Seek Help Identifying a Fatality Hit and Run Vehicle
Friday night at approximately 11:00 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a serious injury crash involving a 4-wheel all-terrain vehicle on La. 10 at mile marker 197 west of Interstate 55 near Kentwood. The crash involved an unknown vehicle which rolled over a pedestrian and fled the scene.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2014 Can-Am Outlander 4-wheeler, operated by Matthew J. Mahler (W/M 22) of Vacherie and another 4-wheeler were traveling westbound in a drainage ditch that runs along the north side of La. 10 next to the westbound travel lane. Mahler, for reasons under investigation, struck a culvert in the ditch, flipped the Cam-Am, and was ejected. Mahler came to rest in the westbound lane of La. 10. Mahler's companion on the other 4- wheeler was attempting to render aid to him as an unknown vehicle (a small dark colored sedan) was westbound on La. 10 approaching their location. The companion attempted to alert the operator of the on-coming sedan; however, the sedan struck Mahler and continued westbound on La. 10 failing to stop.
Mahler sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to St. Helena Parish Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Mahler was not wearing a D.O.T approved helmet, alcohol is suspected on Mahler's part and a blood sample was collected for a toxicological analysis. Those results are pending.
Troopers believe that the unknown vehicle could have lower front bumper and undercarriage damage as a result of hitting/rolling over Mahler. This crash remains under investigation, and Troopers ask that anyone with any information regarding this crash please contact Louisiana State Police Troop L at 985-893-6250 or their local law enforcement agency.

 

 

August 1, 2014

Governor Jindal Highlights Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal highlighted the 2014 Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday which begins Friday, August 1 and ends Saturday, August 2 at midnight. On both of these days, most retail purchases are exempt from the four-percent state sales tax. Governor Jindal encouraged families to take advantage of this time to purchase school supplies and other materials for the upcoming school year.
Governor Jindal said, “With school quickly approaching for our children in Louisiana, the sales tax holiday is a great opportunity for families to purchase any back-to-school supplies their children may need for the upcoming school year.  Whether buying school materials or looking to make a bigger purchase, we encourage everyone to take advantage of this holiday and visit local stores this weekend.”
Included in the tax holiday is the four percent state sales tax on individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use and the first $2,500 spent on individual purchases. Items not eligible for the tax exemption include vehicles, most meals, laundry services, and purchases of taxable services such as hotels and sporting events.

 

 

August 1, 2014

2014 Motor Vehicle Law Amendments to Affect Louisiana Drivers
Beginning August 1st, 2014, numerous laws and amendments passed during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session will affect motorists throughout the state. Troopers would like to highlight several changes that both drivers and passengers should be aware of while operating a vehicle on Louisiana’s roadways.
The School Zone Cell Phone Ban is of of particular interest at this time of the year.  Motorists are now prohibited from using any type of hand held wireless communications device while traveling through schools zones during posted hours. The law includes use of a cellular/wireless device for engaging in a voice call, accessing, reading, or posting to a social networking site, and/or writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication. The school zone cell phone ban does not apply if the device is being used to report an emergency, is being used in a hands-free manner, or while the vehicle is lawfully parked. Upon first violation of the school zone ban the fine is $175, subsequent violations can be up to $500, and if a crash occurs during the time of the violation, fines can be increased.
For more amendments that you should know about, go to http://www.lsp.org/news.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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