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Obituary

Debra Ann Oliver age 60 passed away Jan. 29, 2015 at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans La. She was a resident of Varnado La. and a member of Ben's Ford Missionary Baptist Church.

 

 

January 30, 2015

MANHUNT IN BOGUE CHITTO SWAMP
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives conducted a manhunt in the Bogue Chitto swamp off of Highway 16 during the late afternoon and evening of January 27.
The St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office had contacted Washington Parish seeking assistance in locating Dennis O’Keefe, 31, who was allegedly in Washington Parish.  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office had a warrant on O’Keefe for theft and he was a suspect in several other thefts and burglaries in their parish.  Washington Parish narcotics detectives were already investigating O’Keefe on suspicion of the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine. 


 

 

Washington Parish detectives determined that O’Keefe was staying at a camp on True Light Road and were conducting surveillance at that location.  They observed O’Keefe, accompanied by a woman identified as Naomi Manton, 33, and a seven year old male, in a boat on the Bogue Chitto River.  Detectives identified themselves and asked O’Keefe to return to the bank so they could talk with him.  Instead, O’Keefe steered the boat to the opposite bank of the river, exited the boat and fled into the dense woods.

You've just gotta read the rest of the story.  Click here,  It reads like a good short story!

 

 

January 30, 2015

District Attorney Warren Montgomery Welcomed in Franklinton
A large crowd of residents and elected officials came out to a "Meet and Greet" event at the Washington Parish Courthouse to welcome District Attorney Warren Montgomery to Franklinton.  Although Montgomery says he resides in St. Tammany Parish, he feels right at home in the more rural Washington Parish.  Montgomery noted that the event began with a prayer and pledge of allegiance to the flag.  His own office meetings start off with a prayer, that he didn't know if was legal or not, and was advised by Aubrey Posey that it was legal in Washington Parish.

  
He said that although he grew up in Metairie, his wife is from Wisconsin and he said "if you think Washington Parish is country, you should visit Wyoming". 
Montgomery committed to those present to spend a lot of time in Washington Parish and wants to work with the elected officials and residents to move forward.  His comments were serious at times, often light-hearted and warmly received by those present.

 

 


January 30, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Ashley Miller was booked 01/29 on the charge of Probation Violation
Dustin Bryant was booked 01/29 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Shandreika Owens was booked 01/29 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Chad Morgan was booked 01/29 on the charges of Fail to Comply in Person Sex Offender Registration and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Nathan Womack was booked 01/29 on the charges of Attachment and Simple Burglary

 

 

January 29, 2015

Don’t Get Sidelined with a DWI on Super Bowl Sunday

This weekend is the Super Bowl, largely considered the most popular sporting event in America. In preparation for the big game and the many football parties it inspires, Louisiana highway safety officials are reminding spectators, armchair quarterbacks and football party hosts of the importance of planning ahead to ensure everyone gets home safely.

A record 112.2 million people watched last year’s televised match-up, and there could be an even bigger audience when the New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.

“Whether we tune in for the game or the advertisements, gathering to watch the Super Bowl has become an American tradition. The last thing anyone wants is to be sidelined with a DWI, or worse to cause an accident on the way home,” said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
Click here, for more on this.

 

 

January 29, 2015

More Dangerous Synthetic Marijuana Compounds Banned
Linked to two Louisiana deaths and numerous hospitalizations
Gov. Bobby Jindal and officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), and Louisiana State Police (LSP) announced the ban of multiple new synthetic marijuana compounds called "PX 1," "PX 2" and "MDMB-CHMICA" this week.  These “designer” drugs, sold under names such as Blue Diemond and Mojo, have been linked to recent deaths and numerous hospitalizations in Louisiana hospitals in the past few months. 
Parents should talk to their children about synthetic marijuana now, especially with Mardi Gras and spring break quickly approaching.  Synthetic cannabinoids are untested, dangerous and addictive, with health risks including:

  • Severe agitation, anxiety and paranoia;
  • Fast, racing heartbeat and elevated blood pressure;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Muscle spasms, seizures and tremors;
  • Intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes; and
  • Suicidal and other harmful thoughts and/or actions.

Click here, for more information.

 

 

January 29, 2015

Missing Man May Pose Danger to Himself and Others
At approximately 1:18 a.m. this morning, Covington Police received a 911 call concerning the welfare of Kevin Hernandez. Emergency personnel responded to his home address in the 400 block of Purslane Drive and Mr. Hernandez fled the scene.
The Covington Police Department is requesting the public’s help in locating Kevin Hernandez so that he can be evaluated by medical professionals. He is described as a 33 year-old black male, approximately 5’11”, last seen wearing a black hoodie. Officers have reason to believe that Mr. Hernandez may pose a danger to himself or others and it is unknown if he has any weapons. Anyone coming into contact with Mr. Hernandez, or knowing his whereabouts, is urged to call 911 immediately and not to try and approach him.

 

 

January 29, 2015

Local Bank Accounts Hacked Using ATM “Skimmers”
Sheriff Jack Strain is asking anyone that used ATMs at bank locations in Covington and Slidell on or around Friday January 23, 2015, to check their accounts.
Members of a Middle Eastern/Armenian interstate crime ring that operates across the United States installed “skimmers” on Whitney and Resource Bank ATMs on Friday morning, January 23rd. They were removed on Friday night, approximately 12 hours later. The skimmers were specific to the type of ATM machine, not the bank. Therefore, any bank with a particular brand ATM could be a potential victim.  The crew that installed the “skimmers” in St. Tammany is suspected to be from the Miami, Florida area, and are believed to have hit the Dallas area before traveling through St. Tammany.
The suspects installed a molded plastic cover over the existing credit card slot, outfitted with a tiny card reader. They also installed a pinhole camera above the keypad, enabling them to see the customer enter their PIN.  As of noon on Tuesday, the suspects were attempting to make withdrawals using the card numbers in Celebration , Florida.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are working with U.S. Secret Service agents locally and in Florida as well as with law enforcement agencies in other parishes, State Police and representatives from the banking industry.
If you think your account may have been hacked, call 985-898-2338 to file a report.

 

 

January 29, 2015

Two Arrested for Burglarizing Vehicles in Slidell Area
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two Slidell-area teens whom they believe burglarized more than 20 vehicles over the past week.
Justin Warren (DOB 12/09/1996; 2214 Robin Street, Slidell) was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail, and a 14-year-old was booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, both on simple burglary charges.
The two confessed to burglarizing more than 20 vehicles in the Thompson Road area of Slidell.  Guns, electronics and other items were stolen from the interior of unlocked vehicles.  Some of the stolen property has been recovered, and additional charges are expected.
If you live in the Thompson Road area and you believe your vehicle may have been burglarized sometime over the last seven days, call Sgt. Brian Beech at 985-726-7850.

 

 

January 29, 2015

St. Tammany Sheriff Warns of Scams
As tax season approaches, Sheriff Jack Strain would like to warn residents to be cautious of various tax scams that are often used by criminals this time of year.
In one such scam, victims are being contacted by individuals who claim they are with the Internal Revenue Service “Criminal Investigations Division.”
During the phone call, the scammers use scare tactics and threaten criminal charges to convince the victims to purchase prepaid debit cards to settle their supposed debt to the IRS.
Remember, the IRS NEVER requests payment by way of “Green Dot” or any other similar pre-payment card.
If you are contacted and you believe the call is legitimate and that you actually do owe money to the Internal Revenue Service, you are encouraged to contact the IRS yourself. The IRS can be reached through the website www.irs.gov.

 

 

Obituary

Andrew James Sprehe, Sr., 75 years old of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton, LA.  He retired from Temple-Inland after 45 years.

 

 

January 29, 2015

STPSO Gets High Marks on Audit
The results of an exhaustive external audit of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office’s 2014 financial statements are complete, and the auditor’s findings paint an excellent picture of the agency’s financial practices.
Metairie-based Pailet, Meunier & LeBlanc, LLP conducted the 2014 audit, which was performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and those outlined in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.
Again this year, the Sheriff’s office has received an unmodified audit opinion with no findings.  This is a clean audit rating and the highest rating achievable through the auditing process.
The audit is now complete and has been submitted to the Legislative Auditor’s office.  The auditor’s comments during the exit interview speak volumes about the financial practices of the Sheriff’s office.
“I have never seen an agency of this size with such exemplary record keeping, financial safeguards and transparency."
Rodney LeBlanc, C.P.A.
Pailet, Meunier & LeBlanc, LLP

 

 

January 29, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Naomi Manton was booked 01/28 on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Flight, Simple Kidnapping, Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment, and Operation of Clandestine Meth Lab
Nancy Nimo was booked 01/28 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Operation of Clandestine Meth Lab
Terry Wilson was booked 01/28 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Jonathan Esteve was booked 01/28 on the charge of Aggravated Domestic Violence Assault

 

 

Obituary

Helga Rauh Meckling, age 77, born on November 11, 1937 in Neustadt Germany, passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at her residence in Franklinton, LA.

 

 

January 28, 2015

Three Area Residents Cited for Deer Hunting Violations
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisianans for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 24 in Tangipahoa Parish.
Agents cited Brandon McElveen, 27, of Mt. Hermon, Todd Sigrist, 47, of Kentwood, and Rainey Thibodeaux, 33, of Kentwood, for hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses, no possession of deer tags, taking deer using illegal methods, taking over the daily limit of deer and possession of illegally taken deer.  McElveen and Sigrist were also cited for taking deer during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public road and taking over the yearly limit of deer.
Agents additionally cited McElveen for discharging a firearm from a public road.  Sigrist was additionally cited for illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving under suspension and possession of untagged deer.  Thibodeaux was also cited for not wearing the required amount of hunters orange clothing.
Agents seized 11 deer and two rifles in the case.
Click here, for details of the investigation, arrests, and other details.

 

 

January 28, 2015

Riverside Medical Center Responds to Family Medical Clinic Closing
The following are excerpts of RMC's response to St. Tammany Parish Hospital's announcement of the closure of Family Medical Clinic:  

“Like many of you, we are saddened to learn that St. Tammany Parish Hospital has decided to stop operating Family Medical Clinic on Riverside Drive in Franklinton. The physicians of Family Medical Clinic have been a fundamental part of quality healthcare delivery in the Franklinton area for many years.  It was the intention of Riverside to continue our relationship with the physicians of Family Medical Clinic and St. Tammany Parish Hospital. However, this is no longer possible now that STPH has unilaterally decided to cease operations of its employed Family Medical Clinic.”
“TO THE CITIZENS OF WASHINGTON PARISH: Have no fear as to the future viability of Riverside Medical Center as plans are already in progress or have been implemented to increase the services of this hospital and greatly improve its financial stability. More to come soon.
Washington Parish Hospital Service District #1”

Click here, to read the complete text of the response.

 

 

January 28, 2015

Family Medical Clinic in Franklinton To Close

In a letter dated today and addressed to "To our Washington Parish Patients and Families", St. Tammany Parish Hospital announced that it " must end operation of Family Medical Clinic when our current agreement expires October 27, 2015."   The letter is signed by St. Tammany Parish Hospital President and CEO Patti Ellish, Dr. Libeau Berthelot, Dr. Mark James, Dr. Chris Foret and Dr. Caroline Battles.

Click here, to read the letter.


 

January 28, 2015

Bert Jones Pleads Guilty To Forcible Rape of Teenagers
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Bert Jones, age 24 of Slidell, pled guilty on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, to two counts of forcible rape, 1 count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, and 1 count of computer-aided solicitation of a minor.   22nd Judicial District Judge Raymond Childress sentenced Jones to 50 years in prison for each count of forcible rape, 20 years in prison for carnal knowledge of a juvenile, and 10 years in prison for computer-aided solicitation of a minor to be served concurrently.   Assistant District Attorney John Alford was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
The two female teenage victims and some family members and friends were present at the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, and supported the plea agreement.  Judge Childress allowed the defendant to face the victims and apologize for his crimes. 
Jones was arrested in February 2014 by the Slidell Police Department after one of the victims told her school counselor that she had been sexually assaulted.   Jones passed himself off as a teenager while befriending the victims.  Jones met one victim on social media and lured her to meet him before he sexually assaulted her.  Jones and the other victim were out for a walk to a friend’s house when Jones sexually assaulted her.
Jones was sentenced as a career criminal due to a prior conviction for felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2010.  Forcible rape is punishable by imprisonment for not less than 5 years nor more than 40 years.

 

 

January 28, 2015

Joan Hartman Found Guilty of Manslaughter (Stabbing)
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Joan Hartman, age 56 of Slidell, was found guilty of manslaughter on Friday, January 23rd, 2015.  The twelve person St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated nearly two hours before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner.  Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia and Nick Noriea, Jr. were in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case in the 4 day trial.
Hartman was arrested in July 2012 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after an adult female victim was stabbed to death.  Hartman and the victim were arguing when Hartman stabbed the victim with a knife.  Another person pulled Hartman away and began tending to the victim on the floor.  Hartman stabbed the victim again causing her death.
Judge Gardner will sentence Hartman on Friday, January 30th, 2015.   Manslaughter is punishable by imprisonment up to 40 years.

 

 

Obituary

Ethel Hunt Wilson born May 7. 1931 passed away at home to be with the Lord with her family by her side on Tuesday Janurary 27, 2015 at the age of 83. She was born of Taft and Velma Hunt. Ethel was a devoted religious woman of the Pentacostal faith.

 

 

January 28, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Cody Argus was booked 01/27 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language and Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Norwood Warren was booked 01/27 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Nicholis Kephart was booked 01/27 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle (2 counts)
Bryan Sharp was booked 01/27 on the charges of Forgery (6 counts) and Contempt of Court
Joseph Provost was booked 01/27 on the charge of Probation Violation
Edward Papska was booked 01/27 In From Court
Shun Chapman was booked 01/27 In From Court
Kerron Conerly was booked 01/27 In From Court
Quarry Fortenberry was booked 01/27 In From Court
Phillip Pack was booked 01/27 In From Court
Kenneth Harry was booked 01/27 In From Court
Essie Williams was booked 01/27 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Naomi Manton was booked 01/28 on the charges of Resistsing Arrest by Flight, Simple Kidnapping, Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment, and Operation of Clandestine Meth Lab
Nancy Nimo was booked 01/28 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Operation of Clandestine Meth Lab

 

 

January 27, 2015

Parish Council Updated on Alzheimers
Kreig Todd, President of Memory Walkers which is a Alzheimers awareness and education organization in Washington Parish, appeared before the Washington Parish Council Monday evening.  Memory Walkers is closely associated with the Alzheimers Association.  Todd reviewed the previous year's activities and advised of activities that are planned.

  • A 5-k
  • A softball tournament
  • A poker-run for motorcyclists
  • The "Longest Day"

The "Longest Day" is symbolic of the long journey required to care for someone with the disease.  The free event is scheduled for June 20, 2015 to be held at the fairgrounds in Franklinton with featured entertainment being the River City Hit Squad. 
Put June 20, 2015 on your calendar and call Kreig at (985) 516-3855 for more information, to get involved in this worthy cause, and/or to make a donation.

 

 

January 27, 2015

Are you washing your hands properly?


Although there are many suggestions on how to stay healthy and reduce the risk of spreading germs, the most important one is, good hand hygiene. Handwashing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (think Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.

Click here, for more on RMC's and the CDC's suggestions. 

 

January 27, 2015

Update on Yesterday's Story "Missing Hunter Sought in PR Wildlife Management Area"

Robert “Rob” Varnado was located shortly before 3 pm today by one of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office search teams.
Varnado was hungry and thirsty but appeared to be in good spirits and good health. Emergency medical personnel checked him out at the scene and released him.  One of the deputies had just returned from picking up lunch, but gave it to Varnado instead.  It was, indeed, a very "happy meal." 
Varnado, 42 of Mississippi, was scouting potential hunting locations with a friend when the two got separated last Thursday.  His friend reported him missing Saturday after he had not heard from him, and members of the Sheriff's Office Operations Division, including deputies with K-9s, on ATVs, in boats and on foot, have been searching for him daily in the swampy area around the river.
Varnado told rescuers that he became lost in the woods after a storm moved into the area Thursday night.  Rising water prevented him from retracing his route back to the river's bank.  He spent the next five days trying to make his way out of the woods, without food and drinking only rain and river water.

 

 

January 27, 2015

Deputy Jumps into Frigid River to Help Save Driver
A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy was first on the scene and assisted two Good Samaritans in rendering life-saving aide after a vehicle became partially submerged in the Middle Pearl River earlier this month.
On January 18th, members of the Saint Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 10.  The driver of the vehicle was traveling west when he lost control, left the roadway, traveled a ways on the grassy median, down a steep embankment and came to rest in the Middle Pearl River in between the east and west bound spans of I-10.  The vehicle was submerged in approximately 3 to 4 feet of water, and the driver was wedged into the passenger side seat area. 
Deputy Zachary Bruno was the first responder to arrive on the scene along with Deputy Shawn Barrow from the K-9 Division.  Deputy Bruno, without hesitation, entered the frigid cold water to render aid to the driver.  Working with an unidentified female Good Samaritan Deputy Bruno was able to keep the driver’s head and neck stabilized through the open window.  A second unidentified Good Samaritan, who happened to be an EMT, arrived with his medical bag.
Fire district and Acadian personnel arrived on scene, the driver was transported to an area hospital for a leg and unknown other injuries.

 

 

Obituary

WESSIE THOMAS JONES, AGE 86 went to be with her Lord on January 26, 2015. She was a lifelong resident of Thomas and a faithful and dedicated member of Faith Tabernacle Church of Pine. She was born on March 26, 1928 to Frank and Eunice Thomas.

 

 

Obituary

Corine Leana McClendon, age 93, born on June 7, 1921 in Wesson, MS, passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

January 27, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Benjamin Lewis was booked 01/26 for Drug Court
Heather Davis was booked 01/26 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Cody Argus was booked 01/27 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language and Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Norwood Warren was booked 01/27 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery

 

 

January 26, 2015

Audit of Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Released
A CPA Audit contracted by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office of the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office was released today.  The audit was prepared by LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors for the year ended June 30, 2014.
Auditors report the sheriff's office sustained a net decrease in its general fund of more than $780,000, putting the office's overall net deficit in its fund balance at $1.16 million. Auditors say they have "substantial doubt" of the agency's ability to continue, but the office announced $1 million in cuts in contracts, pay for high-level officers, and elimination of non-critical positions. 


When contacted this morning, Sheriff Seal advised that he had taken office with a deficit and without needed records of revenue and expenses.  After the records were reconstructed, adjustments were made that consisted of deep cuts and layoffs.  (Click here to view the video 
of Sheriff Seal's press conference on May 15, 2014 addressing those cuts.)  In addition, the Sheriff indicated that the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office is not spending more than available revenues and the Office is now on a sound financial track.
The audit report indicates that the Sheriff's Office responded to other findings (listed below) to resolve the problems and prevent their reoccurrence.

  • more than $467,000 in assets is unsecured in local banks,
  • 13 of 21 tested inmate fund  transactions lacked supporting documentation for deposits or disbursements.
  • some prison inmates are discharged without getting all or some of the money in their inmate accounts.
  • of 30 credit card transactions that were tested, nine lacked the supporting documents needed to justify a purchase.

To view the entire report, click here.

 

 

January 26, 2015

Jail Visitors Arrested
Jamie Myres, 34, a resident of Harvey Jefferson Road in Angie, and Donna Scott, 24, a  resident of Second Avenue in Bogalusa were at the jail on January 20 to visit the same inmate, Brenton Morris.
At their assigned visitation time, Myres (pictured left below) and Scott (pictured right) were placed in the same visitation booth for their visit with Morris.  During the visit, the two women had a disagreement which led to a physical altercation that included hair pulling inside the small visitation booth.  During the altercation, Myres brought out a box cutter which she used to cut Scott on the ear and face.

  
Morris was separated from the women by a steel and glass partition and was not involved in the altercation.  Jail officers responded to the disturbance and separated the two women.  Northshore Ambulance Service was called.  Paramedics assessed Scott’s wound and indicated she should be taken to the hospital for treatment. 
Upon her release from the hospital, Scott was charged with Disturbing the Peace and placed in jail.  She was later released on a $750 bond.  Myres was arrested and placed in jail charged with Aggravated Battery and Introduction of Contraband with bond set at $75,000.  She met the bond and was released on January 23 with a bond stipulation that she was to have no contact with Scott.

 

 

January 26, 2015

RMC Foundation 1st Annual Golf Tournament


The Riverside Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce its 1st annual golf tournament. This three man scramble is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Franklinton Country Club. Entry fees are $300 per team, which includes 18-holes of golf, riding cart, food, and beverages. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each flight. For more information or to register your team, please call 985-516-0897 or 985-515-1627. All proceeds go to the Riverside Medical Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization

 

 

January 26, 2015

Missing Hunter Sought in PR Wildlife Management Area

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Special Operations Division are using their resources and equipment to search the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area for a missing hunter. Robert “Rob” Varnado, 42 of Mississippi, was hunting with a friend when the two got separated. He was last seen Thursday, and his friend reported him missing Saturday after he had not heard from him. Deputies searched the area all day Saturday and all day Sunday before returning this morning to resume their search. Varnado is described as a white male, 5 feet six inches tall and 157 pounds. He has green eyes and brown hair. He also has numerous tattoos, including the Star of David under his right eye and tear drops under his left eye. If anyone sees or hears from Varnado, they are asked to call Detective Justin Parker at 985-726-7852.

 

 

January 26, 2015

What's Happening at St. Tammany parish Hospital


Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of January 26-31:
***MAKE ANGER WORK FOR YOU - Learn ways to channel the powerful emotion of anger
***ACTIVE PARENTING - This workshop, geared toward parents with children 5-12 years old, teaches parents how to communicate effectively with their child, develop positive discipline skills and enhance family relationships
***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents as well as professionals

 

 

January 26, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Halley Honaker was booked 01/12 In From Court
Joseph Treadway was booked 01/23 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container in Vehicle, Improper Lane Useage, and Drivers License Failure to Change Address
Randall Urbanski was booked 01/23 on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Jonathan Barber was booked 01/23 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
George Garrett was booked 01/24 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)
Johnny Tarver was booked 01/25 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container in Vehicle, Careless Operation, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Rodrick Barker was booked 01/25 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Jamie McNeese was booked 01/25 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Bobby Ratliff was booked 01/25 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)

 

 

Obituary

J. D. McKENZIE, AGE 90 and a resident of the Hilltop Community died at 7:55 pm Sunday January 25, 2015 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. He was longtime member of Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church where he previously taught Sunday School. J.D. retired after many years as a bus driver for Pine School. He was also a dairy farmer and later became a beef cattleman. J.D. was a farmer all his life as he once raised cotton before dairying but he continued to work in his big garden as long as he was able. He was a devoted and caring husband to the love of his life, his wife of 63 years Gladys Slocum McKenzie, who preceded him in death and he always enjoyed and cherished the time spent together with his family.

 

 

Obituary

Webster Everett Brown, age 94, born on August 31, 1920 in Seattle, Washington, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.   He was a WWII Veteran and served in the United States Army Air Force.

 

 

Obituary

Louella G. Williams Applewhite, a native of Pine, LA and a resident of Madsonville LA, passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015, in St. Tammany Parish Hospital at the age of 77.

 

 

Obituary

TALMADGE LARUE SPEARS, AGE 45 and a resident of Franklinton died Saturday morning January 24, 2015 at his home. He was born April 20, 1969 and was a member of New Beginning Baptist Church in Thomas and a former offshore worker. Larue enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a heart-of-gold. He had a humble and kind spirit that always showed his love to others.

 

 

Obituary

D. V. BARBER, AGE 75 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 8:18 pm Friday January 23, 2015 at Tulane University Hospital. He was a former heavy equipment operator with Standard Gravel for over 30 years. D.V. worked hard all his life including in his gardens and around his home. He enjoyed hunting, being outdoors and spending time with his family.

 

 

January 26, 2015

STPSO Marine Division Rescues Three

Early Saturday morning, two deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Division were dispatched to the area of Lake Pontchartrain and Cane Bayou in reference to a vessel taking on water.
Deputies responded to the area and located a partially submerged 14-foot flat boat on the shoreline approximately a mile and a half east of Cane Bayou.
They came into contact with at 17-year-old from Mandeville, an 18-year-old from Abita Springs and an 18-year-old from Mandeville who stated they launch their vessel at Cane Bayou boat launch.
The three subjects stated they left their vessel along the shoreline while they set up their duck decoys, and shortly after noticed their vessel had begun to take on water. Due to rough water conditions, water was entering their vessel faster than it could be removed.
Deputies loaded the subjects onto a Sheriff's Office flat boat and safely relocated them to the Mandeville Harbor without injury.

 

 

January 26, 2015

Covington Man Killed in Tragic Accident
Shortly after 5:00 pm yesterday evening, Covington Police Officers responded to an accident involving a motorized skateboard in the 300 block of Boston Street that claimed the life of 31 year old Jerry Siles Jr. of Covington.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Siles was driving a ScooterX 49cc gas powered skateboard he  lost control and was thrown from the skateboard. Mr. 

Siles was not wearing a helmet and sustained critical injuries. Mr. Siles was transported 

to St. Tammany Parish Hospital and later transferred to North Oaks Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Impairment is unknown and toxicology results are pending an autopsy.  The accident remains under investigation and additional details will be released as they are made available. Any witnesses to the incident are asked to call the Covington Police Department at (985)892-8500 or CrimeStoppers at (504)822-1111.

 

 

January 26, 2015

Speed Contributed to St. Tammany Parish Fatal Crash
On Saturday morning shortly before 4:00 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a fatal crash on LA 1088 near Fish Hatchery Road. The crash claimed the life of 56 year-old Brian Chopin of Mandeville, LA.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Chopin was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette north on LA 1088 at a high rate of speed. The vehicle entered a curve near Fish Hatchery Road and departed the roadway to the right. Chopin overcorrected the vehicle and lost control. The vehicle became airborne before striking several trees. The front seat passenger and Chopin’s wife, 53 year-old Lori Chopin of Mandeville, LA, was transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital with moderate injuries. Brian Chopin was pronounced dead on the scene. Both occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Impairment is unknown and toxicology results are pending an autopsy. The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

January 23, 2015

MCCA King and Queen Visit Visit Franklinton
Richard Jenkins and Deni Black, King and Queen of the Krewe of MCCA, made the rounds in Franklinton Thursday with their Dukes in attendance.  Among other stops encouraging all to join in the festivities to come, the King and Queen stopped at the Courthouse where they were welcomed by Washington Parish President Richard Thomas, Clerk of Court Johnny Crain, Assessor Jimbo Stevenson, Sheriff Randy Seal, and many others. 
Refreshments, including King Cakes, were served and a good time was had by all.

 

 

January 23, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Emerald (left) and Jade (right) love school for both the social and academic environments
Emerald, 13, and Jade, 12, look forward to being part of a family who enjoys sports, board and card games, and taking family vacations. Emerald has no lack of self-esteem, as she describes herself as smart, friendly, and fun. Jade is a bit more modest, as she just describes herself as smart. When asked what their favorite restaurant is, both girls responded without hesitation that it is Taco Bell.
Like most teens her age, Emerald is quite particular about what she wears and how she looks in it. In addition to her love for fashion, Emerald likes school for the social and academic atmospheres. Neither girl has a favorite subject, as they like all of their classes.
Both girls are excited at the possiblity of having a new forever family. Emerald's ideal family would have other children, but she would like be the oldest of the group. Jade also wants other children, but had no preference regarding her placement order in the family. Emerald and Jade enjoy living in Louisiana so much that she made a special request to remain with a family within the state.
For additional information about Emerald and Jade or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.la.gov.

 

 


January 23, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Daniel Lawrence was booked 01/22 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Kimberly Lee was booked 01/22 In For Court
Justus Bennett was booked 01/22 on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Jeffery Wilkes was booked 01/22 on the charge of Probation Violation

 

 

January 22, 2015

St. Tammany Sheriff's Office POST Academy Graduates 18 Officers
The graduation, which included the Session 19 Day Class and the Session N-8 Night Class, marks the first time since the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office opened its Training Center in 2009 that individuals from other agencies have attended the academy.  Thursday’s graduation included eight officers from the Covington Police Department and one from the Mandeville Police Department.
“We are very pleased that we were able to include Mandeville and Covington police officers in this academy class.  Anytime we can consolidate functions of government, it is a win-win for everyone involved.  The comradery established between these officers and our deputies was clear to everyone at the ceremony this morning, and they will benefit from this common bond for the rest of their careers.  Our residents benefit, as well, from the cost savings of not sending these department’s officers away to be trained,” Sheriff Jack Strain said.  Mandeville Police Chief Rich Richard and Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz concurred.

Editors Note:  Congratulations to my nephew Bret Andrew Miller, the son of the late Denver Wayne Miller who served as both a Franklinton  Police Officer and Washington Parish Sheriff's Deputy.  Bret is pictured in the bottom picture standing fifth from the right.
The newly sworn in Louisiana-certified peace officers completed more than 500 hours of academic and physical training, evaluation and testing at the academy.
Graduating from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office:  Deputy Walter Eason, Deputy Brandon Landry, Deputy Megan Sellstrom, Deputy Kyle Smith, Deputy Sean Brady, Deputy Sidney Lejeune, Deputy Clifton Lemoine, Deputy Jordan Moring, and Deputy Neal Sharp.  From the Covington Police Department:  Officer Lance Benjamin, Officer Brandon Crain, Officer Mark Dugas, Officer John Dupuy, Officer Timothy McJunkin, Officer Bret Miller, Officer Gaetano Montana, and Officer Brian Pereira.  From the Mandeville Police Department:  Officer Derek Dondeville

 
 

 

 

January 22, 2015

Register For "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" Workshop
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will open registration Jan. 30 for 125 participants in the 27th Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop set for March 27-29, 2015.
Women throughout Louisiana and neighboring states can participate in this educational, hands-on outdoor skills workshop at Camp Grant Walker in the rolling hills of central Louisiana. Women 18 years of age and older who like the outdoors are encouraged to sign up for this three-day workshop.
The $200 registration fee (check or money order only, made payable to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation) which must be submitted with the registration form provides for instruction in four classes, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, lodging, meals and a T-shirt.
Participants can enroll in four classes from a selection of more than 30 topics.  These subjects include deer management and hunting, shotgun, rifle, handguns, fly-fishing, kayaking, camping, archery, rappelling, fishing, boating/trailering, compass skills, outdoor photography, camp cooking and more.  Expert instructors donate their time and skills in classes taught in and around the nearby streams, lakes, wooded ridges and forest trails at Camp Grant Walker.
For more information, click here.

 

 

January 22, 2015

FPD Arrests New Orleans Subway Robbery Suspect
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, officers with the Franklinton Police Department arrested Reginald Wilson D.O.B. 07/19/1968. Officers received an anonymous tip regarding the possible whereabouts of Wilson. Outstanding warrants were confirmed through the New Orleans Police Department where Wilson was identified as the primary suspect in a recent rash of Subway Restaurant burglaries.
Officers converged on the area and initially observed an individual matching the description of the burglary suspect. For a brief time, the suspect evaded contact, however he was subsequently identified and taken into custody without incident. As of press time, NOPD detectives were enroute to the Franklinton Police Department to interview Wilson. Wilson has been arrested as a fugitive and will be turned over to the NOPD detectives for transport back to New Orleans. It is unconfirmed at this time, yet strongly suspected, Wilson has ties and/or family in the Franklinton area. FPD detectives are working with NOPD detectives to establish the connection and assist with the investigation in any way possible.

 

 

January 22, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jamie Myres was booked 01/21 on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institute
Donna Scott was booked 01/21 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Fight
Warren Gonzales was booked 01/21 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (3 counts) and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 3 Drugs
Brandon Walker was booked 01/21 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jonathan Wolfe was booked 01/21 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Failure to Appear
Cleon Henry was booked 01/21 on the charges of Theft Under (2 counts)
Russel Dexter was booked 01/21 on the charges of Principals (2 counts) and Criminal Conspiracy
Michael Wilkinson was booked 01/21 on the charge of Failure to Comply:  Address Change
Dianna Taylor was booked 01/21 on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)

 

 

Obituary

Cynthia Ann Kennedy age 58 passed away Jan. 21, 2015 at her residence in Angie La. She was a member of Angie Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

VIOLET HEBBLER JONES, AGE 78 and a resident of Enon died at 8:00 am Tuesday January 20, 2015. She was a longtime, active and devoted member of Enon Baptist Church that enjoyed studying her Bible. She was a servant at heart and was always willing to help her family and others in need. Violet was a true lady in how she presented herself and the way she treated people. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

 

 

January 22, 2015

Sheriff Office Looking For Scam Artists
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office reported the following incident: 
At approximately 8:15 p.m. on January 16, a black male and female entered the business of Kirkland's, at 5211 Pinnacle Parkway, Covington. The black male selected an inexpensive item for sale and conducted a quick change scam on the cashier, stealing one hundred dollars.
A quick change scam is a form of a short con which the thief/hustler confuses a cashier into giving more change than they should. The most lucrative quick change technique is the progressive, in which smaller denomination bills are given back to a cashier for consolidation into a higher denomination. For example, "Give me a five for these ones." (then, while holding the five and the ones…) "Wait, go ahead and give me a 10." And the person counts out the change the cashier just gave them.  If you recognize the persons in the video below, please contact Detective Jared Lunsford at 985-276-1330.


 

 

January 21, 2015

St. Tammany deputies assist in pursuit on Interstate 12
A morning high speed pursuit on I-12 to stop a female driver of a stolen vehicle involved Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Hammond Police, Louisiana State Police, and the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office this morning.
After passing La. Highway 434 near Lacombe, the fleeing vehicle ran over a Stop Stick, which was deployed by State Police, disabling at least one of its tires and causing the vehicle’s speed to slow down considerably.  The vehicle was then forced into the median, where it struck the guard wire before traveling into the westbound lane.  The driver continued westbound at approximately 50 miles per hour before using a gravel turnaround in the median to re-enter the eastbound lanes, where the pursuit continued. 
Working together, deputies and state troopers were able to decrease the fleeing vehicle’s speed to 40 miles per hour before it rammed into the rear of a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle. The driver attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by a Louisiana State Trooper.
The driver, Hydi Leard (DOB 5/4/1986: 52496 Hwy 1065, Independence), was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges:  Driver must be licensed, Operating a vehicle while Intoxicated, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Aggravated Criminal Damage, and Fugitive.  She is also facing charges in Tangipahoa Parish.

 

 

Obituary

JENNIFER LYNN SLAVEN FENDLEY, AGE 37 and a resident of the Isabel Community died at 9:30 pm Sunday January 18, 2015 as the result of an automobile accident. She was a longtime cook and kitchen manager of Main Street Café. Jennifer enjoyed life to the fullest and she adored her children and family. She was always a caring wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend that will be forever missed by those that knew her.

 

 

January 21, 2015

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF DRUG CHARGE
COVINGTON……District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Prentice Wallace, age 31of Slidell, was found guilty on Thursday, January 15th, 2015, of attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  A twelve person St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated an hour and a half before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Allison Penzato.  Wallace was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine before the Jury returned the responsive verdict of attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine.   Career Criminal Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Wallace and Leo Charles, age 31 of Slidell, were arrested in September 2013 by the Slidell Police Department after Police observed a drug deal between persons in two vehicles.   Charles and Wallace were in one vehicle making the drug sale when they sped away to avoid arrest.  Charles drove the two across the twin spans to Orleans Parish at speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour while Officers pursued them. Officers observed baggies being thrown from the defendant’s vehicle during the chase.  Charles crashed the car into the woods after exiting Interstate 10 at the Michoud Boulevard exit and the two fled on foot.  Charles was arrested after the Slidell Police Department Canine Unit arrived.  Wallace was arrested several days later on a warrant.  A search of the vehicle revealed cocaine residue.
Lindsay Rolston, age 27 of Slidell, was the person in the other vehicle making the drug purchase.  Rolston pled guilty to possession of alprazolam, a schedule IV drug, in May 2014 and was sentenced to 3 years probation.
Charles was found guilty in May 2014 of aggravated flight from an officer and aggravated obstruction of a highway and was sentenced to 35 years in prison as a career criminal.  Charles has prior convictions for unauthorized use of a vehicle in 2003, attempted simple armed robbery in 2005, unauthorized use of a vehicle in 2007, and obstruction of justice in May 2012.
Judge Penzato will sentence Wallace at a multi-bill hearing scheduled in February 2015.  Wallace could be sentenced as a career criminal due to prior convictions for possession of cocaine and 2 counts of distribution of cocaine.

 

 

January 21, 2015

Slidell Man With Bogalusa Ties Wanted For Carjacking and Aggravated battery
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a Slidell-area man who is responsible for a carjacking that occurred Monday morning in the parking lot of a Slidell Hotel.
At approximately 6:15 a.m. Monday, Jonathan Lane Roberts (DOB 05/02/84; 3220 Duncan Street, Slidell) approached a man at a gas station on Old Spanish Trail and asked him for a ride to the “next exit.”  The victim gave Roberts a ride and dropped him off at the Oak Harbor exit near the Sleep Inn.
He was helping Roberts remove his belongings from the truck, when Roberts hit him in the chest with what is believed to be a handgun and fled in the man’s black 1996 GMC Sierra pick-up truck (Louisiana license plate W831148).
Roberts is wanted on warrants for carjacking and aggravated battery.  Additional charges are possible.
Roberts is 6' tall, weighs 180-185, and has light brown, short straight hair, hazel eyes and a mole on his left cheek.   He has ties to the Bogalusa area as well as to the Westbank, Chalmette and Metairie.
Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

 

 

January 21, 2015

Sheriff Encourages Use Of WPSO Website
The recent capture of fugitive Luis Enrique Garcia-Madera emphasized the importance of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office website and its Most Wanted section.
On Thursday, the website featured Garcia-Madera’s picture posted on the Most Wanted page along with an article concerning his crime.  Madera had fled Washington Parish, but a  member of the public recognized his picture which led to his location at a dairy barn in Marion County, MS.  He was arrested, extradited to Washington Parish and placed in the parish jail.
The website was created for the benefit of both the Sheriff’s office and the citizens of Washington Parish.  It is a valuable tool for all citizens, giving them the opportunity to know who is in jail, who has been released and who is listed as Most Wanted.  In addition, the website contains links to media releases, sex offender locations and other information about the various functions of the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Seal encourages all citizens to visit the website frequently.  “The website is a source of valuable information for the general public.  It helps each person to keep up with activities of the Sheriff’s Office and gives them the opportunity to assist us in the apprehension of fugitives.”
Editor's Note:  The WPSO website is easily accessible from our News Right Now page by clicking on the WPSO logo near the top of the page.

 

 

January 21, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Ian Williamson was booked 01/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Use Turn Signals
Billy Hill was booked 01/20 on the charge of Probation Violation
Madera Luis Garcia was booked 01/20 on the charge of Aggravated Rape
Patricia Allred was booked 01/20 on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100
Crescent Vogt was booked 01/20 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Brandon Spears was booked 01/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Stolen Property
Teresa Rouse was booked 01/20 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Possession of Schedule 3 With Intent to Distribute (2 counts), Possession of Schedule I Drugs and No Taillight
Jamie Myres was booked 01/21 on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institute
Donna Scott was booked 01/21 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Fight
Warren Gonzales was booked 01/21 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distsribute Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Possession of Schedule 3 With Intent to Distribute (2 counts), Possession of Schedule I Drugs and Attachment

 

 

January 20, 2015

Medical Condition Suspected in Single Vehicle Fatal Crash in Washington Parish
Franklinton – Early this morning at approximately 7:55 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on La. 16 near La. 1072 in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of Violet Jones of Franklinton.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Dodge Durango, operated by Jones (W/F 78), was traveling westbound on La. 16, near mile marker 90, east of La. 1072. Troopers suspect that Jones possibly experienced a medical emergency while driving. Jones, for reasons under investigation, veered to the left, crossed the center line, and traveled off of the left portion of the roadway. The Dodge continued down an embankment, overturned, and came to rest in a ditch. Jones was pronounced dead on the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office.
Jones was restrained and impairment is not suspected; however, a toxicological analysis will be performed. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

January 20, 2015

Covington Crime Stats for 2014 Released
Today Chief Tim Lentz released the crime statistics for 2014. When you have so few crimes reported to begin with, small changes can make a dramatic difference in percentages.
In 2014 there were only two more persons crimes reported than the previous year and 49 more property crimes.  The most significant increase was reported thefts with shoplifting accounting for most of the increase:  38 in 2013 and 69 in 2014.
While the Covington Police Department responded to 661 motor vehicle accidents, 75 of those resulting in injuries.
The Covington Police Department regularly conducts safety campaigns aimed at increasing awareness in the public about driver safety.
One of the events we hold is the “I Got Caught” campaign. This campaign is aimed at our teenage drivers. Officers go to the local high schools and monitor the students as they leave campus. Students found wearing their seatbelts are given a shirt that says “I Got Caught” on the front and “Wearing my Seatbelt” on the back.
Another event is the ice cream giveaway, focused on drivers in general. Officers go out into the public and give away ice cream to drivers wearing their seat belts. The Covington Police Department hosts these positive enforcement campaigns and is constantly developing new ways to keep drivers thinking about safety, but ultimately the public can make the biggest difference. Wearing your seatbelt and reducing distractions while driving, such as texting and talking on the phone can make the most dramatic changes in the number of accidents and injuries reported.
Mayor Mike Cooper and Chief Tim Lentz jointly state, “The City of Covington remains a safe community to live, work and raise a family. We are proud of the men and women of the Covington Police Department that go to work every day to protect the quality of life we hold so dear.”

 

 

January 20, 2015

Washington Parish Planning Committee Meets Today
The Planning Committee meets today at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers in the Franklinton Courthouse and on the Agenda are the following items:

  • Election of a Chairman and Vice Chairman
  • Hear from Robin Galloway on the issue of dry mining in a flood zone
  • Hear from
     representatives of the Magnolia Chapter of Humane Society
  • Consider Ordinances related to:
    > Noise – Commissioner Rogers
    > Animals Shelter – Commissioner McKenzie
    > Mobile Homes – Commissioner Warren
    > Multiple Housing – Commissioner Thomas
    > Sanitation – Commissioner Jones
    > Towers – Commissioner Cooper
    > Fracking – Commissioner Cooper

 

January 20, 2015

Bogalusa City Council Meets Today
The Bogalusa City Council meets today at 5:30 pm at City Hall with an Agenda that includes the following:

  • Condemnation Hearing conducted by Honorable Judge Robert J. Black
  • Resolution authorizing the hiring of Stacy Smith as Director of Administration
  • Resolution in support of Robert Randall III to build four houses on Superior Avenue
  • Introduction of an Ordinance authorizing the hiring of Adams and Reese LLP as special bond counsel
  • Introduction of an Ordinance related to a incurring debt and issuance of a $1,990,000 note
  • Hearing from Craig Todd with the Alzheimers Association

The Public is encouraged to attend.  If unable to attend, you may view video of the meeting Wednesday on our Washington Parish TV page.

 

January 20, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Dustin Bailey was booked 01/16 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Glen McGrath was booked 01/16 on the charge of Telephone Harassment/Obscene
Elbert Miller was booked 01/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Joseph Treadway was booked 01/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container in Vehicle, Improper Lane Useage, and Failure to Change Address
O'Brien Magee was booked 01/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, Failure to Use Turn Signal, and Possession of Marijuana
Wiley Galloway was booked 01/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Proper Equipment Required, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
James Moore was booked 01/17 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Shawn Hano was booked 01/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit and Open Container in Vehicle
Alex Williams was booked 01/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Speeding 11-20 Over Limit
Mason Buff was booked 01/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Austin Darby was booked 01/18 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment
Brian Chapman was booked 01/19 on the charges of Off-Road Vehicle Prohibited On Hwy and Aggravated Flight From Officer
Chad Lorio was booked 01/19 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Resisting an Officer

 

 

January 19, 2015

High Speed Chase From St. Tammany to Baton Rouge
A Baton Rouge area man is in custody this morning after a pursuit which began in St. Tammany Parish and ended in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Lee Anthony Jackson (1680 O’Neal Ln, Baton Rouge - DOB: 11/20/1981) is being booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail as a fugitive from St. Tammany Parish. He will be returned to St. Tammany to be booked for aggravated flight from an officer, burglary, and armed robbery.
At approximately 10:30 this morning, the Sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a homeowner  in western St. Tammany who reported he had just been robbed.  The suspect had been in the process of burglarizing the home when the homeowner arrived.
St. Tammany deputies obtained a description of the suspect’s vehicle, a white Toyota Camry, and located the man on I-12 driving westbound.
After failing to stop for deputies, the resulting pursuit traveled through St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes.  Multiple attempts were made to stop the pursuit through the use of spike strips, but the driver was able to maneuver around them. Ultimately, two state police units used legal intervention on the vehicle near O’Neal Ln. in Baton Rouge, which ended the pursuit.
No injuries were sustained during the pursuit, which approached a top speed of 115 mph.

 

 

January 19, 2015

What's Happening at St. Tammany Parish Hospital January 19-24
Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for this week
***CO-PARENTING CLASSES - This two-part series for divorcing parents who want to keep their children from becoming children in the middle.  There’s also a children’s version for ages 6-12 years, held at the same times, to provide children help with issues they may confront as their parents go through a divorce.
***STORYTIME PONY RODEO - Part of the Let’s Go! 5210 program to help families get fit and eat healthy
***BRINGING UP BABY - Learn helpful hints and what to expect when caring for a new baby
***INFANT/CHILD CPR - Learn the skills you need to know for choking and breathing emergencies among children
***USING LAMAZE - Relaxation and pain control techniques will be practiced
***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips

For more information, click here.

 

 

Obituary

Wayne Champagne age 70 passed away Jan. 16, 2015 at AMG Hospital in Bogalusa. He was a resident of Bogalusa and a US Army veteran.  No memorial service is planned at this time

 

 

January 19, 2015

Interstate 12 Crash Kills Motorcyclist
Last night at approximately 10:20 pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle. The crash occurred on Interstate 12 eastbound near La. 3158 (Airport Road) in Tangipahoa Parish and it took the life of William Wilbert of Hammond.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Wilbert (W/M 46) and a 1994 Chevrolet truck operated by Wayne McGary (B/M 31) of Ponchatoula, were traveling eastbound on I-12, near mile marker 43, in the right lane. Wilbert, for reasons under investigation, was traveling at a high rate of speed, struck the rear of the Chevrolet, lost control, and was ejected. Wilbert suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.
McGary and his front seat passenger, James Wright (B/M 64) of Independence, were restrained and not injured. McGary voluntarily submitted to a breath test which indicated no alcohol was in his system. Wilbert was wearing a D.O.T. approved helmet and Troopers suspect impairment on his part. Toxicology samples were collected from him; those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

January 18, 2015

Aggravated Rape of a Juvenile Suspect Located
Update On Our January 15 Story
The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office today announced that Luis Enrique Garcia (age 22), an illegal immigrant wanted for Aggravated Rape of a Juvenile, was located and arrested today.  He was working at a dairy barn in Marion County, Mississippi and is currently waiting extradition to Washington Parish.

 

January 16, 2015

Riverside Wound Healing Center Now Open
Riverside Medical Center is proud to announce the opening of a new space for the Riverside Wound Healing Center.  The Wound Healing Center currently provides outpatient services to people with chronic wounds and will now be located at 951 J. Meadie Knight Road Franklinton, LA 70438.  The newly renovated space will allow more space to see wound care patients and is tailored to the needs of the wound center.  Since opening, Riverside Wound Healing Center has treated over 500 patients with chronic wounds. 
“The Wound Healing Center enables us to offer advanced wound healing therapies to our patients,” said Kyle Magee, MD, CEO of Riverside Medical Center. “A comprehensive approach to wound healing increases our patients’ quality of life and works toward limb preservation.”
The medical professionals at Riverside Wound Healing Center have extensive training in the field of wound healing and bring a comprehensive range of medical services to the community.  The goal of the wound center is to significantly increase patients’ wound healing rates, prevent lower extremity amputations, and improve patients’ quality of life.
The Riverside Wound Healing Center is a joint effort with Wound Care Specialists, a national wound care company that provides comprehensive wound services for hospitals and long term care facilities for advanced wound healing and limb preservation. Wound Care Specialists provides wound healing services for more than 90 wound centers nationwide. 
For more information about Riverside Wound Healing Center or to make an appointment, please call (877) 295-2273.

 

 

January 16, 2015

St. Tammany Crime Rates Down - Solve Rates Up
Today, Sheriff Jack Strain released the crime stats for the unincorporated areas of St. Tammany Parish.  The numbers show that our parish remains one of the safest places in Louisiana to live, work and raise a family.
Overall, crime in the parish is down 16% from last year.  It was the second year in a row that saw a double-digit drop in the parish crime rate.
Non-violent crime dropped 23% over 2013’s already low numbers.  Violent crime remained virtually unchanged from last year; however, the total number of violent crimes in St. Tammany has dropped nearly 46% over the past five years.


Our overall solve rate for 2014 was 61%.  The non-violent solve rate was 43%, and our violent crime solve rate was nearly 95% - an almost unheard of achievement for a jurisdiction of our size.  The national average for solve rates of non-violent and violent crimes are approximately 18% and 47%, respectively.1
“I am extremely proud of what the men and women of our agency have done this past year to keep our residents safe and to ensure justice for victims of crime,” Strain said.

 

 

January 16, 2015

Weaver Was Adopted Today From St. Tammany Big House Program

Update On Our January 9 Story
Weaver , one of the dogs in the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Big House dog adoption program, was adopted today by Teri D. Teri found out about Weaver on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and said he is exactly what she was looking for.
Anyone else interested in meeting or adopting one of the dogs in The Big House program or who would like to sponsor a dog for a veteran, please contact Deputy Chief Danell Gerchow at (985) 768-1165 or e-mail her at
danellgerchow@stpso.com for the necessary paperwork.

 

 

January 16, 2015

AG's Office Arrests Slidell Man for Child Pornography 
A Slidell man was arrested today on one count of possessing pornography involving juveniles, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
27-year-old Thomas Kendall, of 321 Nassau Drive, was arrested as a result of a joint investigation involving the Louisiana Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Slidell Police Department, Louisiana State Police and Homeland Security Investigations. Kendall was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail without incident.
Kendall is charged with violating a state law forbidding a person to produce, distribute, possess, or possess with the intent to distribute pornography involving juveniles. If convicted as charged, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said, “We will continue utilizing the best resources available to capture Internet predators. Those resources include the latest technology and unparalleled partnerships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.”
The Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes which have victimized children from infants to 17 years of age. To report suspected cases of Internet crime, call 1-800-256-4506.

 

 

Obituary

Tracy Wheat, age 69, born on April 14, 1945 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

FLORESTAN JOSEPH “F.J.” ROBICHAUX, JR., AGE 89 and a resident of the Isabel Community died at 7:32 pm Thursday January 15, 2015 at his home. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Bogalusa. F.J. was the owner/operator of Franklin Southland Printing while his entire career in printing lasted over 50 years. He enjoyed fishing and bird watching and was an accomplished wood-worker that often hand-made items and gifts for his family and others. He was always a loving husband, father and grandfather.

 

 

January 16, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Deniro is a charming 9-year-old with big brown eyes and a smile that lights up any room! He has a cheerful character and loves engaging in conversation. He has an active imagination and spends his free time fighting crime like his favorite super heroes - Superman, Spiderman and Batman.
Deniro is in the third grade. He is at his his best when given positive reinforcements, such as a trip to McDonald's or Chuck E Cheese. Despite his small stature, Deniro's large personality allows him to talk his way into activities with the older children. Once he gives you that smile, he'll have you hooked!
Because Deniro is "all boy" when it comes to work and play, he would benefit from family with a strong male figure.
For more information about Deniro or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.la.gov.

 

 

January 16, 2015

Governor Jindal to Expose Truth About Radical Islam
Governor Jindal will address the Henry Jackson Society on Monday in London, where he will expose the truth about radical Islam and call for immigrant assimilation to strengthen countries and protect freedom.  Just a few excerpts are below:

  • The tried and true prescription must be employed again: a strong economy, a strong military, and leaders willing and able to assert moral, economic and military leadership in the cause of freedom.
  • I want America's allies to trust us and respect us, and I want our enemies to fear us.
  • A so-called religion that allows for and endorses killing those who oppose it is not a religion at all, it is a terrorist movement.

To view his prepared speech, click here.

 

 

January 16, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Demarcus Burton was booked 01/15 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property (2 counts), Resisting Arrest, Careless Operation, and Impersonating a Police Officer
Shay Kagler was booked 01/15 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Assault, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Aggravated Assault and Contempt of Court
Harley Smith was booked 01/15 on the charge of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling
Shernell Jackson was booked 01/15 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100(3 counts) and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300 (2 counts)
Matthew Stevens was booked 01/15 In From Court
Raymond Mark was booked 01/15 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Failure to Pay Fine, and Failure to Appear
Lisa Dunaway was booked 01/15 on the charges of Theft Over 1500 and Theft by Fraud (2 counts)
Kimberly Cooke was booked 01/15 on the charge of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s)
Duane Whitney was booked 01/15 on the charge of Aggravated Burglary
Michelle Cosse was booked 01/15 on the charges of Failure to Return Rental Property (2 counts) and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Cleve Bolton was booked 01/15 on the charges of Burglary and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Lisa Bailey was booked 01/15 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Operation of Clandestine Meth Lab, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA (3 counts)
John Bailey was booked 01/15 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Operation of Clandestine Meth Lab, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Persons Under 17 YOA (3 counts)

 

 

 

January 15, 2015

Sheriff's Office Seeks Illegal Immigrant 

In December 2014, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators began an investigation into a complaint about a juvenile rape which occurred in the parish.  The suspect was identified and investigators obtained an arrest warrant charging Luis Enrique Garcia Madera, 22, an illegal immigrant from Campeche, Mexico, with aggravated rape.
Madera had been in the United States for approximately one year, during which time he worked construction jobs in and around Washington Parish.  He is believed to have ties in St. Tammany Parish and New Orleans and often plays piano for churches. 


Once Madera learned of the initial investigation, he abruptly left his known residence in Franklinton and has yet to return or communicate with his family.
The Sheriff’s Office is working with the U.S. Border Patrol to locate Madera and return him to Washington Parish to face the aggravated rape charge.  Anyone with information about the possible location of Madera is asked to call Sheriff’s Office investigators at (985) 661-2021.  Any person providing information will remain anonymous.
Sheriff Randy Seal asks for the public’s help.  “If you know where Madera might be hiding, please let us know.  He committed a serious crime in our parish and must be brought to justice.”

 

 

January 15, 2015

Bogalusa Main Street Program Searching For New Businesses
Main Street Program Manager Robin Day with the Bogalusa Main Street Program is looking for people interested in starting, revamping or relocating a business to the downtown Columbia Street area of Bogalusa.  Specifically, Robin is soliciting a Ice Cream/Yogurt Parlor, a Bakery, and a Hobby Lobby type store.
Once the hub of business in Bogalusa, the Columbia Street area experienced store closures and a resulting loss of consumer traffic.  Buildings deteriorated and many thought it was the end of the historic district.  But when Mayor Mizell got Robin Day on board to revitalize the area, as part of a bigger trend known as Main Street Programs, everything changed.  Over the last few years, Robin has recruited numerous businesses and sponsored many events that have brought back the interest of residents and visitors alike.
Go to
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bogalusa-Main-Street-Program/154109811402191 and "Like" their Facebook page and call Robin at (985) 750-4054 to learn more.


 

 

Obituary

Sadie Bennett age 95 passed away Jan. 14, 2015 at Our Lady Of the Angels Hospital. She was a resident of Bogalusa and member of Heritage Baptist Church in Bogalusa. She was a retired packager for Red Bird Ice Cream. She also spent a number of years working at Brown-Mcgehee Funeral Home.

 

 

January 15, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Henry Morris was booked 01/14 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Kimberly Cooke was booked 01/14 on the charges of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s) - (2 counts)
Demarcus Burton was booked 01/15 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property (2 counts), Resisting Arrest, Careless Operation and Impersonating a Police Officer
Shay Kagler was booked 01/15 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Assault, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500 and Aggravated Assault
Harley Smith was booked 01/15 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling

 

 

January 15, 2015

Sheriff’s office crime lab employees obtain rare IAI certifications
Four St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab employees are now certified through the International Association for Identification, an exceptional accomplishment in the field of law enforcement.


Captain Dawn Powell and Deputy Nori Williams are now Certified Crime Scene Investigators and Sergeant Judy Kovacevich and Deputy First Class Alison Champagne are now Certified Crime Scene Analysts.  The certifications are good for five years. 
The IAI is the main professional association for those engaged in forensic identification, investigation and scientific examination of physical evidence.  Obtaining certifications through the IAI, validates a technician’s knowledge in the discovery, collection, documentation, and preservation of evidence.  Each program offered by the IAI consists of a rigorous educational process, a certification procedure and re-certification requirements.
“I am extremely proud of our Crime Lab employees who took the initiative to seek out and obtain these certifications,” Sheriff Jack Strain said. “This demonstrates our on-going commitment to provide the residents of St. Tammany Parish with the most highly trained, expert law enforcement personnel anywhere in the state.”

 

 

January 14, 2015

Washington Parish Reservoir Issues

The Washington Parish Reservoir Project along Bogue Lusa Creek in the Oak Grove Community is very controversial. Proponents call it a land grab and that it must be stopped. Though permits were previously denied by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission recently filed a new proposal and is seeking the corps’ approval to go ahead with the project. The reservoir would consist of 3262 acres but the watershed area would include 30,497 acres.
The following link is a recent Daily News article on the subject:
http://www.gobogalusa.com/…/article_39939aee-928b-11e4-9efa…
The following link is to comments by a proponent of of the project:
http://www.gobogalusa.com/…/article_acf12e6e-90fd-11e4-80f0…

 

 

January 14, 2015

FORMER  TEACHER  ARRESTED  FOR  SEX  WITH  STUDENTS
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received information this week that  a former teacher at Franklinton High School had engaged in sexual activity with juveniles.  An investigation was launched which culminated this afternoon with the arrest of Kimberly Shaw Cooke, 40, a resident of Bickham Street in Franklinton.  Officials at Franklinton High School cooperated with the investigation.  There is no evidence at this time to indicate that Cooke engaged in sexual activity with students while she was employed at the school.
According to information obtained during the investigation, including interviews and written statements, Cooke had sexual relations inside her home with at least two Franklinton High School students, both under the age of 17.
Cooke was arrested this afternoon and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where she will remain with no bond until her appearance before a magistrate.  She is charged with violation of Section 14:81 of the Louisiana Revised Code, Indecent Behavior With Juveniles.  The Act defines such behavior as “Any lewd or lascivious act upon the person or in the presence of any child under the age of seventeen, when there is an age difference of greater than two years between the two persons.”  
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “It is shocking and disappointing to hear news like this.   There is no excuse for such exploitation of  juveniles.  I commend our staff for acting quickly and making this arrest.”

 

 

January 14, 2015

“Big House” dog adoption program announces new veterans initiative


The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is expanding its Big House dog adoption program to include dogs trained to assist with veterans of our armed services.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office has partnered with Doggone Express, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Mt. Hermon, LA. Doggone Express helps Louisiana prisons and jails establish training programs called “From the Big House to Your House.”
Until now, the program at the St. Tammany Parish Jail has been able to accommodate three dogs at a time.  Today, Sheriff Strain announced that in the near future that number will be expanded to four dogs, two of which will be specially trained and dedicated for adoption by local service veterans.  
Click here for the rest of the story.

 

 

January 14, 2015

Fugitives Apprehended in Florida
Update on our January 12 story
The St. Tammany Sheriff's Office is pleased to report Dakota Alman and Clinton Stephenson were located in Ocala, Florida and are now in the custody of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
This group, which also included Adam Gunnerson, who turned himself in last week, have been linked to just under 30 vehicle burglaries in St. Tammany Parish dating back to September 2014.
They have also been tied to approximately 12 vehicle burglaries in the Marion County area of Florida as well as some in the city limits of Slidell.

 

 

January 14, 2015

AG Caldwell Joins With 24 Other States Opposing San Francisco Handgun Restrictions  Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined a group of 24 state attorneys 

general in presenting arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that would decide the constitutionality of a San Francisco locked handgun storage ordinance. Caldwell and his colleagues argue in their friend of the court brief that San Francisco’s handgun ordinance violates a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The Ordinance in question requires all citizens who possess handguns in their homes to disable them or store them in a locked container whenever the guns are not being physically carried on a person.

Click here for more on this story.

 

January 14, 2015

West Florida: Colony to Republic Program at the Library
The Republic of West Florida declared its independence on September 23, 1810. What would become the Louisiana parishes of East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, and West Feliciana staged a successful rebellion against an unpopular Spanish government and formed a sovereign state.
Washington Parish Library will host the history of West Florida as remembered by a man whose destiny was entwined with that of the Florida Parishes. This living history discussion will be offered in both Franklinton (Monday, January 26, 6:00 pm) and Bogalusa (Tuesday, January 27, 6:00 pm). Librarian Christopher Achess of the Ascension Parish Library will act in the guise of Don Carlos de Grand-Pré, Governor of Baton Rouge from 1799 until 1808, and will tell the fascinating and largely forgotten tale of West Florida, from colony to republic.  This program is free and open to the public please call 839-7806 (Franklinton)  or 735-1961 (Bogalusa) for more information or to register.

 


January 14, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Charles Martin was booked 01/13 In From Court
Justus Sinnett was booked 01/13 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Richard Davis was booked 01/13 In From Court
Bregette Craft was booked 01/13 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Christopher Magee was booked 01/13 on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts), Simple Burglary and Theft Over 1500

 

 

January 13, 2015

Reservoir Issue is Major Topic at Parish Government Meeting
At the first meeting of the year, the Washington Parish Council re-elected Mike Fussell as Council Chairman and Pete Thomas was elected Vice-Chairman, replacing Andre Johnson.  
In addition to routine business, the Council
  • heard from Burlon Bateman, a parish resident who advised the Council that he and many other customers has issues with Cleco.  Cleco representatives were present as the Council was considering a Resolution to grant Cleco a 25-year franchise to use the public right of ways under the Parish's control for the purpose of running transmission lines.  Cleco representatives and Bateman agreed to meet in the field and Cleco committed to resolving any issues their customers have.
  • heard from several residents regarding the proposed reservoir.  Issues were raised regarding safety if the dam would break, closure of roads, EMT and Sheriff Office services, and conflicts that seem to exist between the reservoir district and the Parish Council as to who has governmental authority in certain areas.  One resident bluntly stated that the Reservoir Commission's effort to take property from private landowners to build the reservoir is simply a matter of stealing. (To view video of this topic, go to our Washington Parish TV page, click on the meeting, and fast forward to about 11 minutes into the meeting.) 
  • heard from Parish Librarian Al Barron regarding an unique event scheduled for September 26 (at the Franklinton branch) and 27 (at the Bogalusa branch).  The program will provide information about the Florida Parishes declaring their independence in 1810 and becoming the Republic of West Florida.
  • heard from Robin Galloway who has issues with a "dry mining" project in her area that she believes will cause flooding problems.  The issue is one that will be before the Planning Commission. (To view video of this topic, go to our Washington Parish TV page, click on the meeting, and fast forward to about 32 minutes into the meeting)

To view the meeting in its entirety, go to our Washington Parish TV page and click on the meeting.

 

 

January 13, 2015

Franklinton PD Offers Self-Defense Class
The Franklinton Police Department will be hosting a public self-defense class on January 26th and 27th from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at the Police Department. This class is FREE and open to the public.
Instruction will include awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progress to the basics of hand-on defense training.
Class size is limited and you must preregister by contacting Officer Brian Davidson at 985-205-5884 or Officer Bubba Pugh at 985-614-0355. Dress for the class is athletic/comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

January 13, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Eulalio Escoto was booked 01/12 - Drug Court
James Gatlin was booked 01/12 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Patricia Babbs was booked 01/12 In For Court
Jody Hartfield was booked 01/12 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

 

January 12, 2015

St. Tammany man indicted for aggravated rape located in Terrebonne Parish

On Thursday January 8, 2015, investigators with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit received information that a grand jury had indicted Keith LaFrance (DOB 7/8/1981;19471 Slemmer Road, Covington), for the crime of aggravated rape, and that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. LaFrance allegedly battered his girlfriend and proceeded to rape her in their Covington-area home in September of last year.  

Street Crimes Investigators proceeded to pursue LaFrance, obtaining multiple possible locations on his whereabouts in the Slidell, Pearl River, Covington and Mandeville areas, but were unable to locate him in St. Tammany Parish.  

Late that night, after a day of searching, investigators developed a lead that led them to Thibodaux, where they met with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit accompanied deputies with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office to a nearby trailer park, where it was believed LaFrance was staying. 

Investigators located LaFrance’s truck parked in a driveway of a mobile home, and LaFrance was located inside. He was taken into custody, without incident



January 12, 2015

Suspect Confesses to Crimes After Seeing His Photo on STPSO Facebook Page
Two more sought in multiple vehicle burglaries
After seeing his picture posted on the St.Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page as one of the individuals wanted for multiple vehicle burglaries in the Slidell area, a Slidell area man turned himself in to authorities Friday afternoon. Detectives are now looking for the other two men who were involved in the crimes.

   
On the afternoon of January 9, 2015, Adam Gunnerson (pictured left above) - (DOB 12/25/1990; 115 Bosworth Street No. 115, Slidell) came to the Slidell Law Enforcement Complex because he saw the Facebook post and recognized himself as being one of the subjects in the photograph.
Gunnerson subsequently confessed that he and two other subjects, identified as Dakota Alman (pictured middle above) - (DOB 8/10/1992; 610 16th Street East, International Falls, MN) and Clinton Stephenson (pictured right above) - (3/18/1989; 103 Barlow Street, Shreveport) , were responsible for burglarizing vehicles in the Mariner's Cove, Master's Point, River Oaks and Kings Point subdivisions.
Gunnerson was taken into custody and arrested on more than 20 counts of LRS 14:62 Simple Burglary and LRS14:67.15 Theft of a Firearm(s), as it relates to the vehicle burglaries.
Warrants have been obtained for Alman and Stephenson, and they are currently being sought by law enforcement. It was learned that the two immediately left the state upon being tipped off that the St. Tammany Parish Sherriff’s Office was looking for them, and they were last known to be in the Ocala Fla. area.

 

 

January 12, 2015

What's Happening at St. Tammany Parish Hospital
Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of January 12-17
***BREASTFEEDING INSTRUCTION - The benefits of breastfeeding will be discussed, as well as common concerns of the early breastfeeding period.
***PLAY AND LEARN - Parents and their children, 16 months to 4 years, are invited to play and learn together through music and movement, arts and crafts, and storytime at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center
***PREPARED CHILDBIRTH - Learn the physical and emotional changes that occur and how your baby develops throughout pregnancy
***CANCER SUPPORT - Family members and friends challenged by cancer diagnosis are invited to share experiences and quality of life after a cancer diagnosis
***POSITIVE DISCIPLINE - learn positive discipline strategies that will enhance your parental toolbox
***CUDDLE BUDDIES - a learning and support opportunity for parents and a social playtime for babies
***BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS - The class for new dads, taught by veteran dads, teaches rookies how to care for a new baby - and a new mom – and the new fatherhood role
***CONNECT WITH YOUR NEW SIBLING - The class helps the siblings of newborns understand the changes that occur when mom and dad bring home a new baby
***BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT - designed for people who have sustained brain injuries because of trauma, stroke, aneurysm or other neurological incidents
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents as well as professionals

 

 

January 12, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Santhia Sumrall was booked 01/09 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Expired MVI
Bryan Williams was booked 01/11 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language, Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk, Entry/Remain On Premises After Being Forbidden, and Battery on a Police Officer
Connor Cooley was booked 01/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Speeding 21-30 Over Limit
Thomas Allemond was booked 01/11 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)
Michelle Yarbrough was booked 01/11 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500

 

 

Obituary

Rev. John Lewis Gilbert of Hammond passed away at age 92 on January 11, 2015 in a Hammond health care facility. From 1942-45, Rev. Gilbert served on active duty in the US Navy (Air Corps). His unit was first stationed in Dutch Guyana, South America, where he was Radioman/ Navigator/Gunner on a PV 1. Their bombers hunted German U-Boats prowling in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. His unit was then transferred to the Aleutian Islands, where many bombing runs were made over Japan until the end of the war. Several close brushes with death signaled to Gilbert that ‘God was trying to tell me something’ and he answered the call to Christian ministry.  Read the rest of this obituary and others by clicking on the logo at the top of this page. 

 

 

Obituary

ROLLY R. HISCOTT, AGE 81 and a resident of the Bonner Creek Community died at 4:10 am Sunday January 11, 2015 at his home. He was a native of Watertown, New York that lived in California for many years and also Washington and Florida but had moved to Washington Parish recently. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War Era and attended Bonner Creek Baptist Church. Rolly was a brilliant machinist that could invent or develop many different things and was the owner/operator of Hiscott Components. He was a talented musician that played lead guitar and steel guitar and even invented a component for the Ernie Ball steel guitar. Rolly enjoyed flying powerful remote-control airplanes and even developed the Hiscott Throttle/Muffler control for model airplanes.

 

 

Obituary

Sidney R. Carroll age 69 passed away Jan. 10, 2015 at AMG Hospital in Bogalusa. He was a resident of Varnado, La. and a US Army Veteran.

 

 

Obituary

Bryan Keith Pittman, age 60, born on August 7, 1954 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015 in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Mrs. Yvonne Pittman, age 90 born on September 29, 1924 in Fairhope, AL, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA.  Mrs.Pittman was a resident of Bogalusa, a retired school teacher with the Bogalusa School System and a member of First Baptist Church.

 

 

January 12, 2015

24-Year Old Killed in Single Vehicle Crash
Last night, at approximately 8:30, the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office received a call reporting an overturned vehicle on Archie Singletary Rd. near Ridgewood Dr.  The caller also reported that a white male had been ejected from the vehicle.
Sheriff’s office traffic deputies, including one of our crash reconstructionists, responded to the scene.  The Sheriff’s office Crime Lab was also called to the scene for processing.
The initial on-scene assessment indicates that a Dodge pickup truck was traveling north on Archie Singletary Rd. when it left the roadway in a curve.  After striking a culvert, the truck vaulted and landed back on the roadway.  The driver was ejected from the vehicle during the vault.  It is believed that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, and speed is considered to be a factor in the crash.
Fire District #7 and Acadian Ambulance personnel attempted lifesaving efforts at the scene, but they were unable to resuscitate the man. 
Toxicology tests are pending with the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office.  The man’s address was listed as being near the crash site off Archie Singletary Rd.

 

 

January 12, 2015

Unrestrained Woman Dies in Tangipahoa Parish Single Vehicle Crash
Last night at approximately 8:50 pm Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a single vehicle fatal crash, on La. 445 at mile marker 4, just north of US 190 in Robert. The crash took the life of the unrestrained driver, Bridget Rodriguez (W/F 40) of Mandeville.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Toyota Sequoia, operated by Rodriguez, was traveling north on La. 445. Rodriguez, for reasons under investigation, veered to the right, lost control, ran off of the roadway and struck a tree. Rodriguez was ejected and partially pinned under the Sequoia as it overturned. Rodriguez received life threatening injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.
Impairment is not suspected in this crash; however, a blood sample was taken from Rodriguez for a toxicological analysis. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

January 9, 2015

Weaver Needs a "Furever" Home
Weaver is our next participant in the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office The Big House Program and is in search of a "furever" home!  He is a 2-1/2 year old mix breed and weighs approximately 55 pounds.
Read what Weaver says about himself.  Click here!

If you're interested in adopting Weaver, please contact Danell Gerchow at (985) 768-1165 or danellgerchow@stpso.com.

 

 

January 9, 2015

Sheriff Encourages Wanted Person To Turn Themselves In
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division has been working with other agencies to combat all types of criminal activity, including financial crimes.  Currently the Sheriff’s Office and the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office are attempting to locate five persons who have active warrants for Issuing Worthless Checks to area businesses.
Those five persons are Michelle Cosse, Anthony Gianelloni, Michelle Yarbrough and Jeri Seal.  

   
 

  
The Sheriff’s Office also is working with the Department of Children and Family Services to locate Patrick “Cody” Beall who fraudulently obtained benefits.  Beall has an outstanding warrant for Theft Over $1,500.
Each of these wanted persons is encouraged to turn themselves in.  Otherwise, they can expect a visit from a deputy and a trip to the jail in handcuffs.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Local businesses operate on a thin profit margin. It is not fair to them or to their loyal customers for a few individuals to steal from them  by giving bad checks.  If these folks don’t turn themselves in very soon, we will be knocking on their doors and escorting them to jail.  If you know any of these people, encourage them to do the right thing.  If you know where they are living, please let us know by calling our investigators at (985) 661-2021.”

 

 

January 9, 2015

Have You Seen These Burglary Suspects?
Over the past several days, Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office have been investigating vehicle burglaries in the Indian Village area of Slidell. As a result of the investigation, information was received that the suspects visited a Slidell (Natchez Dr) Wal-Mart, where one of the stolen credit cards was used. Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance from the store, which depicts two subjects who are possibly involved in the burglaries. We are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the subjects in the pictures. If anyone has information on the identity of these subjects, please call Detective Dwight Evans at 985-726-7832.

 

 

January 9, 2015

AG Caldwell appears before 5th Circuit to uphold Louisiana's constitutional ban on same sex marriage 
Today Louisiana went before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to defend the state's constitutional definition of marriage as being the union of one man and one woman.
Through the democratic process, Louisiana citizens have previously voted to establish this definition of marriage and to add it to the state’s constitution.   
Louisiana's Attorney General prevailed at the trial court level and was the first attorney general in the nation to win on this issue. Today's appearance was in support of the trial court's favorable decision.
Attorney General Caldwell said, “I was joined at counsel table today by constitutional law experts Kyle Duncan and Mike Johnson, both of whom I retained to assist my office with this important task of defending our constitution, which is the expression of the will of our Louisiana citizens.
"As I've said previously, as Louisiana’s attorney general, I will do everything in my power to uphold the will of our citizens and the right of states to manage their own affairs.”

 

 

Obituary

CASSIE TONEY BARBER, AGE 80 and a resident of Franklinton died at 3:02 AM Friday, January 09, 2015 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home.  She was a member of Acy’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Ruth Ann Tynes Corkern was born in her parents’ home in Stateline, Louisiana. Throughout her long and productive life she had a wide range of experiences and careers.
She grew up helping on the family farm, picking cotton and doing other chores along with her siblings and many cousins. She played basketball at Pine High School and at Southeastern University. She briefly taught in public school before joining the First State Bank in Bogalusa, Louisiana. After World War II she moved with her husband to their farm in Pine, Louisiana. During the 1950s and 1960s she worked at the Bogalusa Community Medical Center and at the Green and Reedy Farm Supply Company in Franklinton, Louisiana. In 1960 she founded the Franklinton Kindergarten, which she owned and operated until kindergarten became a part of the public school system. During the 1970s she managed several apartment complexes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and during the 1980s she helped manage the Long Beach Mini Warehouse in Long Beach, Mississippi owned by her sister, Evelyn Magee. She retired in 2005, at the age of 88.
In 2007 she moved to Lafayette, Louisiana. A lifelong gardener, she planted and tended a beautiful flower garden outside her apartment window in Lafayette.
She was a dedicated Christian, serving her church for her whole life. She began playing the piano in church as a young child and retired as a Sunday School teacher more than 80 years later. She continued to read the Bible daily for as long as she could – well past her 95th birthday.
She never lost her spirit of generosity, compassion, and sense of humor.

 

 

Obituary

Robert Randy Breland age 60 passed away Jan 8, 2015 at Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Ms. He was a past resident of Bogalusa and a resident of Carrier Ms.

 

 

Obituary

BILLY JOE CARRIER SR., AGE 68 and a resident of Breaux Bridge passed to heaven at 9:30 pm Wednesday January 7, 2015 at Lafayette General Medical Center. He was born July 30, 1946 in Port Sulphur, Louisiana, the oldest son of Floyd Carrier, Sr. and Dorothy Dunn Carrier. He graduated from Buras High School and always enjoyed fast cars, like his favorite corvette. Billy liked antiquing, camping and spending time with his family. He always said that if he had the chance to live his life over again he wouldn’t change a thing.

 

 

Obituary

Gloria Dell Freeman born September 18, 1945 passed away January 7, 2014 at Lane Memorial Medical Center in Zachary, La. At the age of 69. She was a longtime resident of Bogalusa.

 

 

January 9, 2015

Church Burglary Suspect Arrested
On Thursday, January 8, 2015, Detectives with the Franklinton Police Department arrested Katherine Westmoreland McCain W/F D.O.B 03/11/1977 of 1030 Howard Street in Franklinton.  Detectives were able to solve nine burglaries inside the Town of Franklinton to include the recently publicized break-ins at Holy Family Catholic Church, First Baptist Church and Trinity Baptist Church.  Several other business burglaries were cleared as well.  During interviews with the suspect(s), detectives determined they had also committed burglaries of Fisher Methodist and Clifton Baptist Churches.  Additional arrests are forthcoming and detectives are attempting to recover property which was reported stolen during the burglaries.  Multiple search warrants have been obtained and Franklinton detectives have notified the criminal investigations division of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. 
Heroin addiction and the need to finance the drug habit was determined to be the motive for the break-ins.  The Franklinton Police Department has documented what is believed to be two drug related overdoses within the last thirty days. Narcotics officers are currently working on identifying the source for the heroin along with other illicit narcotics.
Major Justin Brown, speaking on behalf of Chief Donald Folse, commended the hard work of Corporal Brian Davidson, Detective William Brumfield, Sergeant James Folks, and Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Detective Robert Harris.

 

 

January 9, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Katherine McCain was booked 01/08 on the charges of Burglary (3 counts) and Burglary of a Religious Building (3 counts)

 

 

January 8, 2015

Cadets Receive Low-Light/No Light Firearms Training
The 13 cadets in the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office POST Academy Class 19 participated in night live fire training Jan. 7 at the pistol range in Camp Villere. This very important no-light/ low-light training is part of the required 80 hours of firearms training needed for these men and women to achieve their POST Level 1 certification.

 

 

January 8, 2015

Unique Program Scheduled At Native American Museum
Francis Broussard will provide some intriguing lagniappe when he speaks on the  various artifacts he recently loaned to the Native American Museum in Cassidy Park, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11. He'll also offer visitors an opportunity to hear and experience the healing, transcendent power of Tibetan singing bowls.
Broussard is a Southeastern Louisiana University professor whose research is in Native American symbolism/iconography with ethnographic records. He is a member of the Louisiana Archeology Society and of the Academy of American Poets, and is an award-winning author.
The longtime teacher and collector of Native American, Asian and other antiquities will provide information on the new batch of historic and pre-historic gorgets, bar stones, boat stones, plummets, stone points and beaded pouches now on display in the museum.
Afterwards, Broussard, whose collection also includes bowls from Vietnam, will demonstrate how to make the bowls sing in the rich, resonating way that has, for thousands of years, been used to support meditation, and for sound healing and stress reduction.

 

 

January 8, 2015

Tale of West Florida: Colony to Republic
The Republic of West Florida declared its independence on September 23, 1810, staged a successful rebellion against an unpopular Spanish government and formed a sovereign government..  This Republic was comprised of what would later become the Louisiana parishes of East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, and West Feliciana.
A unique event to “tell the tale” will be hosted by the Washington Parish Library in both Franklinton (Monday, January 26, 6:00 p.m.) and Bogalusa (Tuesday, January 27, 6:00 p.m.).  The tale will be told by Ascension Parish Librarian Christopher Achess, who will act in the guise of Don Carlos de Grand­Pré, Governor of Baton Rouge from 1799 until 1808 and will tell the fascinating and largely forgotten tale of West Florida, from colony to republic. 
This program is free and open to the public.  Please call  839-7806 (Franklinton)  or 735-1961 (Bogalusa) for more information or to register.

 

 

January 8, 2015

Bogalusa Council Elects President and Vice President
Tuesday evening, the new Bogalusa City Council met for the first time and, in its first order of business, elected Teddy Drummond as President and Malinda White as Vice-President.  The process was presided over by City Attorney Dale Branch and the two officers were elected without opposition.
During the Public Participation segment of the meeting, the Council heard from residents.
  • Joel Miller asked the Council's assistance regarding a long-term problem he has had getting a tree removed near Entergy's power lines.  He was informed that the City cannot remove the tree and Entergy is the entity that must be contacted.  Mr. Miller also asked that something be done with the recently constructed bridge on Poplas Street.  Approaches to the bridge are more narrow than the bridge itself and creates a hazard.
  • Marcelleh Hanneman, representing the Museums of Cassidy Park, encouraged everyone to attend a special event at the Native American Museum on Sunday, January 12 at 2:00 pm.  Francis Broussard will speak on the  various artifacts he recently loaned to the Native American Museum in Cassidy Park and offer visitors an opportunity to hear and experience the healing, transcendent power of Tibetan singing bowls.
  • Fate Farrell encouraged the new Council to work together to improve community working relationships and to clean up the City of Bogalusa.
  • Angelo Pepe stated that he had a list of eleven violations of the City Charter and wanted to know who was the responsible person to present his claims.  City Attorney Branch advised he would meet Mr. Pepe to receive the claims.

In other business, Department Heads made their respective monthly reports.
To view the meeting in its entirety, go to our Washington Parish TV page.

 

 

January 8, 2015

Free Child Safety Seat Check Event

On Saturday, January 10, 2015, Louisiana State Police Troops L, LSU Interim Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center, the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force, and the Banner family of dealerships will hosting a free child safety seat inspection station at Banner Ford located at 1943 North Causeway Boulevard, Mandeville, La. 70471. Inspections will be from 10 am – 1 pm and no appointments are necessary.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children. Many deaths and injuries can be prevented simply by properly using child safety seats. Over the past three decades, approximately 9,000 lives have been saved by the use of child restraints according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Research has shown that approximately 96% of child safety seats are installed improperly. 

 

 

Obituary

FRANK LILLARD BATEMAN, AGE 92 and a resident of Denham Springs died at 3:10 pm Wednesday January 7, 2015 at Golden Age Nursing Home. He was a former longtime resident of Enon and a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II. Frank was a member of Enon Baptist Church where he formerly taught Sunday School. He was a former operator for Union Carbide that enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. Frank was very good at wood working and built many cabinets and remodeled many homes in the area. He was always a loving husband, father and grandfather and he had special place in his heart for his granddaughter Kelly.

 

 

January 8, 2015

Entergy Donates $5000 to Bogalusa Help Center Food Bank
Eunice Harris, Entergy Northshore Customer Service Representative, presents a $5000 Entergy check to Gene Hayman, President of the Bogalusa Help Center’s Food Bank.
The Center provides food to over 6,200 families annually who are low income, handicapped, or elderly.  “Washington Parish has much poverty”, says Hayman.  “Many of the residents are elderly, lack income, are on Social Security, or are disabled and are struggling just to get by.  Therefore, when distributing the food, we refer to the poverty guidelines to ensure their qualifications are valid.  Over the last six years, we have increased from assisting approximately 250 families per month to 525 per month in 2014.  The Center distributes supplemental canned and packaged foods,” says Hayman.
The Center purchases it food items in bulk and from stores that are most economical, with most of them being located within Washington Parish.
“Entergy is honored to assist in making a positive impact on families who are in need”, says Harris.  “A child who has been fed balanced meals is more likely to perform better academically, socially, and emotionally.  Therefore, Entergy is making a positive development in the lives of its needy customers in the communities it serves”, says Harris.

 

 

January 8, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Edgar Talley was booked 01/07 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Jarmal Gabriel was booked 01/07 In From Court
Charlene Locke was booked 01/07 on the charge of Attachment
Nicholas Toliver was booked 01/07 In For Court
Jeffery Brossette was booked 01/07 In For Court
Laken Adams was booked 01/07 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Nikita Harris was booked 01/07 In From Court
Tiffany Wallace was booked 01/07 In From Court
Michael Weldon was booked 01/07 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500

 

 

Obituary

M. ENOCH WELCH, AGE 80 and a resident of Franklinton died at 2:45 AM Tuesday, January 06, 2015 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. He was an ordained minister and longtime member and deacon of Bethel Baptist Church where he also taught Sunday school. Enoch retired from Standard Gravel after 40 years as a mechanic. He was such a knowledgeable mechanic that family, friends and former co-workers would always call him if there was a problem that needed his expertise. Enoch was very inventive and could always construct things to complete the work that needed to be done. He was very hands-on and a natural born teacher that raised his family by demonstrating the things he wanted them to learn. Enoch had a generous heart when helping his church or people in need.

 

 

Obituary

BOBBIE JEAN THOMAS VINCE, AGE 83 and a resident of Bogalusa died at 8:00 pm Tuesday January 6, 2015 at her home. She was a true caregiver to those that needed it. She often took care of her family members when they were sick and the young children of her community. Bobbie adored most of all the time spent with her babies, her young grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

 

January 7, 2015

State Health Department Advises Safety Precautions during Freeze
Department Recommends Wearing Warm Clothing and Checking on Loved Ones
Winter is here and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) encourages all residents to prepare for freezing temperatures. Temperatures throughout the state are expected to stay below normal throughout the week.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a hard freeze watch for most of Louisiana from this Wednesday night through Thursday morning.  According to DHH Medical Director and State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry, it is important to be especially attentive to the needs of young children, the elderly and others who may require special assistance during a freeze.
"It can be difficult to convince children to wear multiple layers of clothing, but it's important for their safety," Guidry said.
Guidry also recommends checking in with loved ones or neighbors who may not otherwise have access to heat.
Residents should take the following precautions during a freeze:
• Dress appropriately in warm clothes if you must leave your home.
• Never leave children or others who may need care in a vehicle.
• Consider purchasing extra food, water and other supplies you may need in a power outage.
• Avoid using a stove or oven as a heat source and avoid activities that could start a fire.
• Insulate unprotected outdoor pipes.
• Move pets inside.
• Leave cabinet doors under sinks open to expose pipes to household heat.
• Open a faucet to allow water to drip throughout the night.
• Move sensitive plants inside.
• Avoid driving in icy conditions.
• Have plenty of supplies.
• Know shelter locations (in the event of a power outage).
• Never use generators inside your home, enclosed areas, or wet conditions.
• Check on the elderly.

 

January 7, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Damien Ponton was booked 01/06 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Robert Darcey was booked 01/06 on the charge of Criminal Trespass
Joseph Stallings was booked 01/06 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Chester Alsobrooks was booked 01/06 on the charge of Attachment
Blanca Martinez was booked 01/06 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Richard McMillan was booked 01/06 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Theft Over 1500
James Kemp was booked 01/06 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Impropr Lane Useage and Open Container in Vehicle
Edgar Talley was booked 01/07 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

 

 

January 6, 2015

SHERIFF’S OFFICE EXTRADITES SEX OFFENDER FROM TEXAS
In December 2014, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators were contacted by a female crime victim who reported a sexual assault that occurred on her as a twelve year old child when she lived in Washington Parish.  The investigation led to the discovery of a second victim who also claimed to have been sexually assaulted as a young child by the same man.  The man was identified as George William Stogner, 57.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Stogner was in jail in Angelina County, Texas, where he was being held on other sexual assault charges on a child in Texas.  Sheriff’s Office investigators talked with a Texas investigator who interviewed him.  During the Texas interview, Stogner denied the Texas allegations but admitted to sexual abuse of the minors in Washington Parish.
Warrants were obtained for Stogner and he was extradited to Louisiana and placed in the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held without bond at this time.  He is charged with Aggravated Rape and Aggravated Incest.
During an interview with local  investigators after he returned to Washington Parish, Stogner confessed to the two Washington Parish sexual assaults as well as the sexual assault in Texas.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Words cannot express the emotions I feel when I learn that children have been sexually assaulted by an adult.  There is absolutely no rational explanation for such deviant behavior.  I am so pleased these victims came forward so that their allegations could be investigated and their predator can be brought to justice.  He is now in jail where he belongs.”

 

 

Obituary

JOHN DEVELLING BELCHER, JR. AGE 85 and a resident of Franklinton died at 6:45 am Tuesday January 6, 2015 at his home. He was born January 18, 1929 in New Orleans but grew up in Shreveport. He attended Byrd High School where he met and later married his high school sweetheart Alean Henson. John excelled in track, enjoyed boxing and became a Mason during his time there. He and his wife had 4 sons named after the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and later a daughter Beth. He also became a construction contractor before moving to Franklinton, where he helped build many buildings and businesses including the Washington Parish Courthouse in 1960 and later the entrance of the Washington Parish Fairgrounds. John was a charter member of Hillcrest Baptist Church that was very active in the Gideons organization and was also involved in many other area civic groups. He went on numerous church mission trips, enjoyed traveling and also liked duck hunting with his family.

 

 

Obituary

Elizabeth Whelan Jung, a resident of Baton Rouge, LA and former resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 98, born on August 13, 1916 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at St. Clare Manor Nursing Home in Baton Rouge, LA.
She was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church.

 

 

January 6, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Damien Ponton was booked 01/05 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jamarcus Harrison was booked 01/05 In From Court
Rosean Newson was booked 01/05 In From Court
Natasha Warren was booked 01/05 on the charge of Bench Warrant Failure to Appear

 

 

Obituary

RUTH LAVERNE CARTER MORGAN, AGE 80 and a resident of Franklinton died at 10:26 am Sunday January 4, 2015 at her home. She was a longtime member of San Pedro Missionary Baptist Church that enjoyed studying her Bible. Ruth loved music and earlier in life she sang and played instruments like the guitar. She enjoyed food and spending time with her family. Ruth adored her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

 


 

 

January 5, 2015

What's Happening At STPH
Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of January 5-10.
***NEW FAMILY CENTER TOURS - learn all about the private birthing suites, rooming in, skin-to-skin program and more. Free.
***BREAST CANCER SUPPORT -  open to anyone receiving treatment or who has completed treatment for breast cancer.
***BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT
***LIVING TOBACCO FREE - tools and resources you need to quit smoking for good
***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP -  join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips
***STOP BULLYING
***BALLET - class is for ages 2 and up
***SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION
For more information, click click here.

 

 

January 5, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Alvin Magee was booked 01/02 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Charlotte Bennett was booked 01/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Derek Moss was booked 01/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Kenneth Pigott was booked 01/03 on the charges of Material Witness and Attachment
Carol Jarrell was booked 01/03 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Carl Rauschkolb was booked 01/03 on the charge of Cyberstalking
George Stogner was booked 01/03 on the charges of Aggravated Rape and Aggravated Incest

 

 

January 2, 2015

Lottery Scratch Off Thieves Sought
There have been several thefts recently in the Mandeville area involving Louisiana Lottery Scratch Offs.
On December 19, a white male, entered North Lake Fuel, 3810 Highway 22, and stole the lottery ticket display from the counter while the cashier was not looking. That investigation is being conducted by the Mandeville Police Department.
A similar theft occurred at the Swifty's, 1701 Highway 59, on December 29. What appeared to be the same white male entered that business, distracted the cashier and ran out of the store with the display with the lottery tickets.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's detectives have obtained surveillance footage of several suspects redeeming some of the stolen lottery tickets at the Exxon On the Run, 2720 Florida Street, on December 22, 2014.
In the video, a white male, believed to be the same man that stole the lottery tickets, is seen cashing in some of the tickets. He is pictured wearing sunglass and was with and another white male wearing a baseball cap and a blonde white female wearing a workout suit. They all leave the business together in a dark colored Honda Civic.
If you recognize these individuals or have information about this crime, please contact Detective Jared Lunsford at 985-276-1330.

 

Obituary

Kathleen Letecia Mizell age 89 passed away January 1, 2015 at the residence of her daughter. She was a resident of Bogalusa La and a member of Plainview Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Greg Allen "Moby" Hall, born August 1, 1966 passed away January 1, 2015 at Our Lady of Angels Medical Center at the age of 48. He was a resident of Bogalusa and a was a member of I.B.E.W Electrical Contractors.

 

 

Obituary

Gwendolyn Bickham Knight, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 90, born on February 5, 1924 in Clifton, LA, passed away on January 1, 2015 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA.
She was a member of Superior Avenue Baptist Church. She retired as a Legal Secretary at Talley, Anthony, Hughes and Knight.

 

 

Obituary

DONNA LEIGH JAMES BANKSTON, AGE 48 and a resident of the Hays Creek Community died at 10:45 pm Wednesday December 31, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a longtime member of Hays Creek Southern Baptist Church and a 1984 graduate of Franklinton High School. Donna was a registration clerk at Riverside Medical Center for many years that really liked helping others that needed it. She was always a loving wife, mother and grandmother that enjoyed playing music and dancing with her grandchildren.

 

 

January 2, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Leonard Fowler was booked 12/29 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Protective Order Violation, and Resisting Arrest by Flight
Chameka Peters was booked 12/29 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, and Driving Under Suspension
Mathew Hennick was booked 12/29 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Probation Violation and Driving Under Suspension
Russell Williams was booked 12/30 In For Court
Nigena Wilson was booked 12/30 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Driving Under Suspension, Open Container, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Chantel Walker was booked 12/30 on the charges of Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Malik Robinson was booked 12/30 on the charges of Aggravated Burglary, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Resisting an Officer, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Tina Rowell was booked 12/30 on the charges of Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Shelton Blackwell was booked 12/30 on the charges of Theft Under 500, Criminal Trespass and Resisting an Officer
Joshua Seal was booked 12/30 on the charges of Provisions Applicable to Deer and Bear:  Times and Methods of Taking Penalties and Hunting From Moving Vehicle/Aircraft
Gregory Rombach was booked 12/30 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Driving Under Suspension, and Failure to Appear
Aquanis Roberts was booked 12/30 on the charges of Attachment (3 counts) and Failure to Appear
Timothy Goings was booked 12/31 on the charges of Improper Equipment, No License Plate, Expires MVI, Expired Drivers License, No Insurance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Robert Harvey was booked 12/31 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Theron Bickham was booked 12/31 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)
Kelly Barnes was booked 12/31 on the charges of Probation Violation and Speeding 1-10 Over Limit
Jonathan Barber was booked 01/01 on the charges of Criminal Damage, Simple Assault, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense) and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Alvin Polk was booked 01/01 In From Court
Grayson Henley was booked 01/01 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Joshua Cincale was booked 01/01 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Eldridge McDonnell was booked 01/01 on the charges of Stalking and Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)
Alvin Magee was booked 01/02 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk

 

 

January 2, 2015

Man Killed in Crash Near Greensburg
Greensburg – Shortly before 5:00 pm on January 1, 2014, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on LA Hwy 38 west of LA Hwy 43 in St. Helena Parish. The crash took the life of 23 year old Ramario R. Berry of Greensburg.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 37 year old Lamar B. Williams of Zachary was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer eastbound on LA Hwy 38. For unknown reasons the vehicle ran off the roadway to the right. Upon doing so the Chevrolet struck a culvert and caught on fire.
Williams was transported from the scene to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge with moderate injuries. Impairment on his part is suspected at this time, and a toxicology sample was taken from him and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Charges are pending.
Berry was transported from the scene to St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg where he later succumbed to injuries received in the crash. A third passenger in the vehicle, 20 year old Brandon Berry (also of Greensburg) was transported from the scene to St. Helena Parish Hospital with minor injuries. Troopers are attempting to determine seat belt use for all three occupants.

 

 

January 1, 2015

Wildlife and Fisheries Looking For Cadets
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training up to 24 cadets in May of 2015 to bolster the ranks of agents in the field.
The opening date for the “Wildlife Cadet” position will be from Jan. 1 to Jan. 23, 2015.  For six months, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws, and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training required for all state law enforcement officers.
Interested applicants can apply online through the Department of Civil Service website and must complete the LEAPS test to qualify for consideration. Please visit the civil service website at
http://www.civilservice.louisiana.gov/ for “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” and LEAPS testing application information.
For more information including a video about becoming an LDWF agent, please visit
www.wlf.louisiana.gov/enforcement/becoming-agent.

 

 

Obituary

Alice Rawls Jarrell, age 84, born on October 17, 1930 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

January 1, 2015

Hunters Stuck in the Mud
Two St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were called out to the Pearl River Wild Life Management area at 8:15 am Tuesday morning to rescue hunters stuck in the mud. Deputies arrived and rescued two 18 year olds, a 16 year old, and their dog.
The hunters later told deputies they failed to notice how far the falling tide had dropped, leaving them high and dry on a mud flat.


 

 

Obituary

Edna Mae Wheat, a resident of Carriere, MS age 95, born on September 2, 1919 in Henleyfield, MS, passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 in Covington, LA.
She was a member of Pinetucky Baptist Church in Henleyfield, MS.

 

 

January 1, 2015

Overturned Tug Boat Occupants Rescued
A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office marine deputy was called to the middle of Lake Pontchartrain Tuesday morning to rescue the occupants of an overturned tug boat.
The 48 foot tug capsized between Rigolets Pass and Chef Pass. Sheriff's office Cpl. Michael McCrea arrived at the vessel within 25 minutes and rescued two adult males.
The men were okay, just cold, wet and happy to be back on dry land.  The vessel overturned after it took on water from an unknown area below the deck.


 

 

January 1, 2015

Fireworks Thieves Arrested
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two Slidell men for stealing 19 cases of commercial-grade fireworks.  Sometime between December 23 and December 29, approximately 294 fireworks shells and fuses were taken from the rear of a locked box truck, which was parked within gated property off Browns Village Road.  The value of the stolen fireworks was between $8,000 and $10,000, and they were intended to be used New Year’s Eve night for a show in Bossier City.
After local media ran stories and information about the theft was posted on the STPSO’s social media pages, two individuals came forward Tuesday, believing they had purchased some of the stolen explosives from a man named Marcus Stewart (pictured top right).
In the early morning hours of December 31, deputies located and arrested Stewart.  When asked about the whereabouts of the fireworks, Stewart advised after stealing the items, he sold some of the fireworks and had used/ignited some of the fireworks himself.
Stewart also implicated an acquaintance, Donald Armlin Jr.(pictured bottom right), to be involved in the burglary.  Detectives located Armlin, who confessed to his involvement in the burglary by being a “look-out,” assisting in unloading stolen fireworks cases from the storage container, keeping stolen fireworks after the burglary, and disposing of evidence by igniting the fireworks.
Some of the fireworks have been recovered and returned the owner, but it is believed that some of the explosives may still be in the hands of individuals in the community.  We cannot stress enough how dangerous these explosives can be. If you believe you may have purchased stolen fireworks from Stewart and have them in your possession or otherwise know where some of the stolen fireworks may be located, please call Lt. Mike Dauth at 985-726-7823.

 

 

January 1, 2015

Robbery Suspect Being Sought by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's detectives are looking for Tyran Andrews, a 17-year-old black male (DOB 02-05-1997).  Andrews is wanted in an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 outside a home in the Kingspoint area of Slidell. On Dec. 17, Andrews robbed three teenagers at gunpoint, taking their cellphones and other personal belongings. Martin Mustacchia has already been arrested for accessory to that crime. Andrews is known to frequent the Chalmette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Tyran Andrews is asked to call Detective Brian Williams at 985-898-2338.