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Obituary

ZELMA HUNT SUMRALL, AGE 83 and a resident of Pine died Monday, April 21, 2014 at her residence. She was a member of Lawrence Creek Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading the Bible, tending to her flowers, cooking, and spending time with her family.

 

April 22, 2014

Information still sought on gunman in attempted murder
Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office are continuing their search for Finney Riley, the 30 year old Mount Hermon man wanted in connection with a March 29th attempted murder in the Abita Nursery subdivision.  Suspect info: Finney Riley (DOB 09/17/1983, last known address 3466 Hwy 1056, Mount Hermon)
Anyone with information about Riley’s whereabouts is reminded they can earn a reward for information leading to his arrest and indictment.  Call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867. Tips can be texted to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637); text TELLCS then the crime information. Callers or texters do not have to give their names or testify and can earn a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an indictment.
The initial news release incorrectly stated that the shooting occurred during the evening hours of Saturday, March 29th.  The incident actually occurred around mid-day that day.  Deputies were dispatched to the area of Eden Street and Spruce Street in reference to gun shots being heard. Moments later other deputies were dispatched to St. Tammany Parish Hospital in reference to a patient with a gunshot wound.  There they found a 23-year-old man who was undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to his chest. They also located the man’s vehicle, which had several apparent gunshot holes on the driver’s side door, window and rear quarter.
The victim has since recovered from his injuries.

 

 

April 22, 2014

Message From Justin Brown, Chairman of Recreation District #1 Citizen Group

"The 1st Washington Parish Recreation District #1 Citizens Group Meeting has been scheduled for April 30th, 2014 @ 7 pm. Originally, I wanted to use the court house but was told we couldn't due to lack of security. I have reached out to a local citizen and I am trying to get the 1010 Club in Franklinton. Once I get confirmation I will let you all know. If this falls through we will have it at Franklinton City Hall.

In the wake of the recent tax proposal I feel it is vitally important to keep the community informed.
Additional information can be found on Facebook at Washington Parish Recreation District #1 Citizens Group."

 

 

Obituary

Betty Jean Dicken Gilbert, (Mrs. John L.) age 88, passed away on April 20, 2014, in a Hammond, Louisiana., nursing facility, following several years of declining health.
Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, she graduated from Forest Hill High School. She attended Mississippi College in Clinton, where she was selected as a Freshman Beauty. Here she also met her future husband and lifelong mate, John L Gilbert, just home from serving his country in World War II. They married in 1947.
She gave birth to and raised four children and spent her life as a perfect example of a Godly mother and minister's wife. She and John L. also 'adopted' several other children that they had met while traveling on the foreign mission field. Fatima Lima Garcia is one example. They met her as a teenager in Brazil, invited her to the States to live with them and provided her with a college education. Following her graduation she returned to Brazil to serve as missionary/minister there.
The Gilberts spent most of their ministry in Louisiana, moving to Franklinton in 1978, where Betty was active in the First Baptist Church.
Betty was often described as the perfect pastor's wife, educating about missions, teaching Sunday School and playing piano or singing in the choirs of churches John L pastored. Anybody who ever met her could say that God had never put a kinder, gentler, and caring person on earth.

 

 

Obituary

REV. DENNY BRUMFIELD, AGE 47 and a resident of the Crain’s Creek Community died at 12:30 pm Sunday April 20, 2014. He was a minister of the Lord for over 25 years, first as a youth pastor at several churches and then as the pastor of Thomas First Baptist Church for over 12 years. Denny graduated from Bowling Green School in 1984 and continued to give back to the school by coaching youth football and basketball for many years. He also coached Dixie Youth Baseball for 20 years and enjoyed fishing when he could. Denny was a loving husband and a very “hands-on” Dad to his own children and a mentor to the hundreds of children he contacted over the years. Denny was a giving person that helped people through all walks of life. He was a friend to all those he met and he will be sadly missed.

 

April 21, 2014

Entergy Customer Service Representative Eunice Harris presents Stuart Parker, Chief Volunteer Officer for the Young Men’s Christian Association of Bogalusa (YMCA), with a $1,000 donation from Entergy to sponsor its "Afterschool and Tutoring Program." 
Though Parker is excited about receiving the $1000 donation, he says "the need for programs such as ours is far from being met.  All kids have potential but, in this Bogalusa area, our youth need additional help in reaching their peak academic potential."  Parker also says "according to data gathered by the National Afterschool Alliance, in 2009, more than 15 million school-age children were on their own after school; with more than 1 million in grades kindergarten through fifth.  In the U.S., only 8.4 million K-12 children participate in afterschool programs; but in 2009, 18.5 million more students said they would participate if a quality program were available in their community."
Parker further states that "during the hours between 3 pm and 6 pm are the peak hours for juvenile crime and other anti-social behaviors. We plan to provide a safe, relaxed, fun, productive, and educational environment that meets the needs of youth of the Bogalusa area. The YMCA's area of focus for the next three years is that of academic support for parents and schools enrichment for third through fifth grades, though our current programs for other youth will still function as they have. We plan to fulfill the need for afterschool program for second through fourth graders, while helping them achieve their goals. We are using an Annie E. Casey Foundation and Americas Promise Alliance developed toolkit to engage parents in developmental strategies to help our participants succeed. We will also use an established curriculum and staff training guide from the Afterschool Alliance and the SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool programs. This year we will introduce a survey to connect with school-day teachers to identify students to participate. We will coordinate between schools and parents with the goal of all parties staying informed about teachers' homework expectations in different subject areas. This process will allow the Y to establish which students needing the most help" says Parker.
"How can Entergy not donate to such a worthy cause, especially when it focuses on the most important asset in Entergy's communities -- the children," says Harris.  "In this program, Entergy is assisting with the development of the total child -- socially, physically, environmentally, and academically.  It creates enhanced relationships among parents, teachers, law enforcement, community leaders, and the children.  Therefore, Entergy is honored to be a part of such positive impact on educational initiatives," says Harris.

 

 

April 21, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Linda Hartzog was booked 04/17 on the charges of Theft by Fraud and Unauthorized Use of Access Card
Jeremy Lang was booked 04/17 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Jeffery Fornea was booked 04/18 In From Court
Kenneth Alexander was booked 04/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, Careless Operation, Child Restgraint Violation, and Criminal Damage to Property
Gary Williams was booked 04/19 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Brooke Ramsey was booked 04/19 on the charges of Criminal Damage, Unauthorized Entry of Inhabited Dwelling and Attachment
Joshua "Fat Boy" Foster was booked 04/19 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Brandon Pierre was booked 04/19 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Kenique Simmons was booked 04/19 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse Child Endangerment
Tammy Thorbjornsen was booked 04/19 on the charges of Drivers License Not On Person, Driving While Intoxicated, No Proof Of Insurance, Criminal Damage to Property, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Gary Bissell was booked 04/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Careless Operation, and Criminal Damage to Property
Christina Warren was booked 04/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, careless Operation, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Javon Morris was booked 04/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, Open Container in Vehicle, and Possession of Marijuana
Darnell Brock was booked 04/20 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Joseph Hartfield was booked 04/20 on the charge of Attachment
Matthew Stewart was booked 04/20 on the charge of Attachment
Lark Starnes was booked 04/20 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Movable, No Drivers License, Leaving Scene of Accident, and Failure to Report Accident
Charles Ritchie was booked 04/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Careless Operation, and Attachment
Michael Chatman was booked 04/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, Improper Lane Useage, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Marijuana
Kenyata Garner was booked 04/21 on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), and Open Container in Vehicle

 

 

Obituary

HEZZIE LARUE MARTIN, AGE 89 and a resident of Pine died at 9:05 pm Saturday April 19, 2014 at the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion Post in Bogalusa and a longtime farmer. Mr. Martin was a member of Pine Missionary Baptist Church and a former Gaylord employee.

 

Obituary

Patricia Ann Gaudreau Arabie born January 4, 1945 passed away April 19, 2014 in Slidell at the age of 69. She was born in Hattiesburg, MS. and was a resident of Bogalusa.

 

 

Obituary

JIMMY DALE STRAHAN, AGE 59 and a resident of Franklinton died at 2:04 PM Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. He loved animals especially his dogs and cats, he also loved to hunt and enjoyed fishing and being in the outdoors. He often watched Old Western Movies and T V Shows. He was a loving father to his children.

 

April 17, 2014

PARISH TEACHER ARRESTED FOR SEX CRIMES AGAINST JUVENILES

Murry J. “Joey” Duncan, Jr.,  45, a Junior High Special Education teacher at Mt. Hermon, was arrested April 16 by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators and charged with Pornography Involving Juveniles.  He was placed in the Washington Parish Jail and bond was set at $50,000.  While in jail, he was arrested again on April 17 for Aggravated Incest.  Bond has not been set for that charge and he remains in jail.

The investigation began with a complaint about sexual abuse involving a juvenile and resulted in Duncan’s arrest.  The investigation continues and additional charges will be forthcoming from Washington Parish and likely other jurisdictions.  A collaborative effort between Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators, the Department of Children and Family Services and Rayburn Correctional Center led to Duncan’s arrest.

When confronted with the allegations, Duncan confessed to improper behavior with juveniles and possession of child pornography. He stated, “I have been battling these demons for a long time.” Duncan gave consent to search his residence where child pornography was seized.  A thorough analysis of his computer, thumb drives and other accessories is being conducted by the Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to teaching at the school, Duncan was involved in other activities which placed him in contact with juveniles at athletic, church and camp events. He admitted to improper sexual behavior with at least two juveniles at a church summer camp held in another parish.  Those incidents are being investigated.

If any parent or guardians have any concerns about possible improper contact between Duncan and their child or any other children, they are asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Sexual exploitation of our children is a crime which defies explanation, but it is a crime for which Mr. Duncan will be held responsible.  I congratulate our investigators and other agencies involved for arresting this predator and placing him in jail where he belongs.”

 

 

April 17, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Informationogalusa

Micah Pittman was booked 04/16 on the charge of Simple Battery
Dennis Vanslyke was booked 04/16 on the charge of Attachment
Janice Vogt was booked 04/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Daniesa Hughes was booked 04/16 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks
Murry Duncan was booked 04/16 on the charge of Pornography Involoving Juvenile(s)

 

 

April 16, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jessica Creel was booked 04/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Cleon Lott was booked 04/15 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s), Possession of Scheddule III Drugs and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance
Monty Neely was booked 04/15 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of Access Card
William Robinson was booked 04/15 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Criminal Conspiracy
Nicky Emmons was booked 04/15 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Samantha Palmisano was booked 04/15 on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting

Micah Pittman was booked 04/16 on the charge of Simple Battery
Dennis Vanslyke was booked 04/16 on the charge of Attachment
Janice Vogt was booked 04/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

April 16, 2014

To watch the Monday meeting of the Washington Parish Council and/or the Tuesday meeting of the Bogalusa Council, go to our Washington Parish Channel page, and click on the "Government Meetings" folder in the Video Library.

 

 

Obituary

Jimmy Dale "Baby" Rhymes, 77, a resident of Bogalusa, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014.  He was born on Jan. 11, 1937, and worked at the paper mill from 1955 until an injury in April 1985 resulted in his disability retirement. Jimmy was an ordained minister of Jehovah's Witnesses, and he was faithful to the end of his life. He conducted many funeral discourses.

 

 

April 16, 2014

State Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Tangipahoa Parish
Hammond- Tuesday, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards requested Detectives with Louisiana State Police investigate a shooting in the 42000 block of Deborah Drive involving a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputy.

The preliminary investigation indicated that shortly after 12:30 p.m., deputies with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at a residence on Deborah Drive. When deputies arrived at the residence they encountered 48-year-old Michael J. Nichols actively attacking his mother, Barbara Nichols. Upon observing the imminent threat of life, deputies used lethal force fatally wounding him. Michael Nichols was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's office.

Barbara Nichols was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. No deputies were injured during the encounter. This case remains under investigation and once completed the findings will be forwarded to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office.

 

April 16, 2014

The Recreational District is Topic of Discussion at Parish Government meeting

Although the tax proposed by the Recreation District #1 has been pulled from the May ballot by the District’s Board of Directors, the issue was still the topic of conversation during the meeting of the Washington Parish Council Monday night.  Parish resident Gene White was on the Agenda to speak.  He stated that “the rug had been pulled out from under” him when he found that the proposal had been pulled.  He had apparently intended to speak in opposition.
Parish President Thomas explained a misconception by the public regarding the vote by the Council to place the tax proposal on the May ballot.  The Council simply voted to let the voters approve or disapprove the proposal.  The Council was not voting to support the tax but to allow the voters to exercise their constitutional right to approve or reject the tax.  The decision to pull the proposal from the May ballot was then made by the Recreational District Board.  Thomas reiterated that any questions the public may have about parish government will be answered and the public can keep up with parish government matters by calling, coming in, and going the website
www.wpgov.org, and the facebook page.
During the meeting, some from the audience advised of ongoing efforts to explore alternatives for funding development of the recreational complex.  Justin Brown is heading a citizens committee with a meeting for April 30 at a place to be announced and a study is to be made by Southeastern as to what the community needs with regard to recreation facilities. 

 

 

April 15, 2014

Have you ever heard of Reflex Sympathathetic Distrophy Complex Regional Pain Syndrome? 

If not, you are not alone.  However, during the Washington Parish Government meeting of April 14, 2014, President Richard Thomas declared April RSD-CRPS month.  Sunny Nichols, a victim of the condition, accepted the proclamation and briefly described the devastating symptoms. 

RSD-CRPS is a chronic systemic disease characterized by severe pain, swelling, and changes in the skin.  It often initially affects an arm or a leg and often spreads throughout the body.  Clinical features include  neurogenic inflammation (swelling in the central nervous system), nociceptive sensitisation (which causes extreme sensitivity or allodynia), vasomotor dysfunction (blood flow problems which cause swelling and discolouration) and maladaptive neuroplasticity (where the brain changes and adapts with constant pain signals).   CRPS is the result of an aberrant [inappropriate] response to tissue injury". Treatment is complicated, involving drugs, physical therapy, psychologic treatments, and neuromodulation and is usually unsatisfactory.  CRPS has the unfortunate honour of being described as the most painful long term condition of those that have been tested such events as amputation and childbirth.[7] Lack of social awareness has inspired patients to campaign for more widespread knowledge of CRPS and lack of clinical awareness has led to the creation of support groups seeking to self-educate with the latest research.

 

 

April 15, 2014

Update on April 9, 2014 Story

Update:  Lance Miller surrendered at the Sheriff’s Office yesterday afternoon.  He was released on a $15,000 bond.  Thank you for your assistance in making the public aware of his “wanted” status.

 

 

April 15, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Edward Pittman was booked 04/14 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Outstanding Warrants
Brittney Breland was booked 04/14 In From Court
Jerrica McKnight was booked 04/14 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of Access Card
Joseph Gerald was booked 04/14 on the charges of Pornography Involving Juvenile(s) (5 counts)
Lance Miller was booked 04/14 on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)
Montoya Allen was booked 04/14 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

April 14, 2014

PARISH MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

On April 12, a female complainant reported to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office that she had been the victim of domestic violence earlier in the day while driving to a camp on Paradise Drive and again after she had arrived at the camp.  The victim reported that she and Russell Lavell Gerald, 37,  a resident of Chess Gerald Road, had just left a local bar and she was struck and choked by Gerald while she drove her vehicle to the camp.  Once at the camp, she alleged, Gerald held a handgun to her head and fired shots inside the camp.

Officers investigated her complaint and determined it was valid.   A warrant was obtained for Gerald’s arrest and he was taken into custody at the camp and placed in the Washington Parish Jail.

Gerald was charged with Aggravated Assault, Domestic Abuse With Strangulation, and Illegal Discharge/Use of a Weapon.  Bond was set at $25,000.  He made bond and was released from jail on April 13.

 

 

Obituary

MARY CHARLENE LAMBERT KENT, AGE 84 and a resident of Franklinton died at 7:05 am Sunday April 13, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a native of Lawrence County, MS and a longtime resident of McComb. Mary has been a resident of Riverview Apartments in Franklinton since 1997 and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting and embroidery and was an excellent cook that was well known for her generous sharing of her good food with friends and family.

 

 

Obituary

Rita R. Stevens, 93 resident of Baton Rouge, LA and former resident of Bogalusa, passed away Saturday April 12, 2014 at her home in Baton Rouge.

 

 

April 14, 2014

MAN SENTENCED TO LONG PRISON TERM

COVINGTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Keefer Lamar Eaglin, 34 of Slidell, was sentenced to 80 years in prison as a career criminal on March 28th, 2014, by 22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner.  Gardner found Eaglin to be a career criminal due to Eaglin’s forcible rape conviction in 2013 and other prior convictions.

Eaglin was found guilty as charged of forcible rape on November 21, 2013.  A twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated for 1 hour before returning the guilty as charged verdict.  Assistant District Attorney Bruce Dearing was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.

Eaglin was arrested in January 2012 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a minor female victim was sexually assaulted.  Eaglin met the victim on the internet and paid for a cab to bring her from outside St. Tammany Parish to his Slidell home.  Eaglin forced the victim to have sex before agreeing to take her home.  The victim escaped at a gas station and called her family and the police.

Eaglin has prior convictions for theft and identity theft in 2009 and possession of cocaine in St. Landry Parish in 1999.  Forcible rape is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for not less than 5 nor more than 40 years. 

 

April 14, 2014

CAREER CRIMINAL SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Bernell Earl, 42 of Bogalusa, was sentenced to life in prison on April 4, 2014, by 22nd Judicial District Judge A. J. Hand.  Earl was found to be a career criminal due to his January 8th conviction for armed robbery with a firearm and his past convictions.

Earl was found guilty as charged on January 8, 2014 for armed robbery with a firearm.  A twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated for 20 minutes before returning the guilty as charged verdict.  Career Criminal Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case in the 3 day trial.
Earl along with Adriena Williams, 37 of Bogalusa, and William Branch, 29 of Slidell, were arrested in July 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after an adult male victim was robbed at gunpoint near Slidell.  The three robbers fled the scene in a black Lincoln sedan that Deputies stopped five minutes later on Interstate 10.  A search of the vehicle revealed the victim’s valuables and the guns used in the robbery.
Williams pled guilty to simple robbery on December 9th, 2013 and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
William Branch, 29 of Slidell, is awaiting trial for armed robbery with a firearm.

Earl has been arrested at least 10 times since 1991 and has 3 prior convictions for simple burglary and one for attempted simple burglary in 2000.  Earl also has convictions for illegal possession of stolen things and simple criminal damage to property in 2000 and theft by fraud in 1991.  Armed robbery with a firearm is punishable by imprisonment for not less than

5 nor more than 99 years in prison.   

 

April 8, 2014

MAN SENTENCED TO LONG PRISON TERM

COVINGTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Gary Fogg, 62 of Slidell, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Monday, April 7th, 2014, by 22nd Judicial District Judge Allison Penzato.  Fogg was found guilty of aggravated incest of a child under 13 years of age on March 21st, 2014.  A 12 member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated for two hours after the 3 day trial before returning the guilty as charged verdict.  Assistant District Attorney Julie Knight was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.

The victim’s mother gave a victim impact statement just prior to the sentencing.

Fogg was arrested in March 2012 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a girl was sexually abused.  The abuse occurred when the victim was 11 years old.  The victim told her mom about the abuse who called the police. 

Aggravated incest where the victim is under the age of 13 years is punishable by imprisonment from 25 to 99 years.

 

April 14, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Patrick Graves was booked 04/11 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm
Toby Cooper was booked 04/11 on the charge of Attachment
David Lavinghouse was booked 04/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule 3 Drugs With intent to Distribute, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Barrett Dunaway was booked 04/11 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Myrtis Dixon was booked 04/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Cedric Manning was booked 04/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Russell Gerald was booked 04/12 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault, Domestic Abuse Strangulation, and Illegal Discharge of Weapon
Stacy Ard was booked 04/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicaated (2nd Offense) and Improper Lane Useage
Kurtis Strong was booked 04/13 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Child Endangerment and Aggravated Battery
Edward Pittman was booked 04/14 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Outstanding Warrants

 

 

Obituary

Velma Lee Miller White, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 91, born on March 23, 1923 in Osyka, MS, passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

April 12, 2014

ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

On April 9, a routine traffic stop by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kevin Bond led to a drug arrest.

While patrolling on Highway 436, Deputy Bond observed a vehicle which failed to make a proper turn and which did not have a legible license plate.  The vehicle was stopped and a passenger was discovered to be in possession of an illegal drug, Roxycontin.  The passenger had no identification on his person and stated his name was James Craft.

A Drug Task Force officer arrived on the scene and properly identified the suspect as Edward E. Craft, 36, a resident of Ellis Road in Angie.  Craft was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Providing False Information and Failure to Appear.  He remains in the jail with bond set at $15,500.

“A seemingly routine traffic stop is not always what it seems,” said Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal.  “Sometimes such stops lead to the discovery of drugs, as happened in this case.  Other times, such stops lead to the discovery of wanted persons.  Our patrol deputies do an outstanding job in enforcing traffic laws in Washington Parish.  They are usually the first responders on a scene and have to deal with everything from traffic offenses to fatalities.  Their job is not an easy one, but they do it well.”

 

 

April 12, 2014

ROAD RAGE RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS

On April 10, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Bogalusa resident alleging that she and the passengers in her car were the victims of a road rage incident in which a shotgun was fired.

The victim reported she and her passengers were traveling south on Highway 21 and next to a pickup truck pulling a boat.  At the intersection of Highway 21 and South Columbia Street, one of the truck occupants pointed a shotgun at the victim’s car.  The truck then stopped at the intersection of White Williams Road when one of the occupants exited the truck and fired the shotgun two times in the direction of the fleeing victim’s automobile.  The victim continued to her place of employment and called the Sheriff’s Office to give a description of the incident, the vehicle and the occupants.   No one was injured by the gunfire.

Patrol deputies responded to the scene and were able to locate the truck and the occupants.   Patrick Shane Graves (top right), 37, a resident of Harold Mitchell Road, admitted to firing the shotgun.     He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault With A Firearm. He remains in the Washington Parish Jail with no bond. 

The driver of the truck, Toby G. Cooper (bottom right), 36,  a resident of Dillon Road, was arrested on an outstanding attachment.  He made bond and was released from jail on April 11.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Road rage is a prime example of allowing emotions to over-ride common sense.  There is no excuse for discharging a weapon in the direction of others in a situation such as this.  Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident.  The victims went home and the aggressors went to jail.  I encourage all persons to curb their emotions when driving or riding in a vehicle.  A vehicle can be a dangerous weapon, especially when driven or occupied by an armed person whose actions are being dictated by anger or any other negative emotion.  I congratulate Deputies Bond and Scroggs, along with Lt. Tom Anderson, for resolving this matter so quickly.  I am grateful no one was injured.” 

 

 

April 12, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Charlene Foster was booked 04/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Michael Lott was booked 04/10 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of Access Card and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Octavia Bickham was booked 04/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Thaddeus Bickham was booked 04/10 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Bret Gardner was booked 04/10 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of Access Card and Theft 500-1500
Ashley Thorbjornsen was booked 04/10 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Introduction of Contraband to a Correctional Facility
Christopher Frelich was booked 04/10 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Cyntia Amacker was booked 04/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and Possession of Schedule 3 Drugs With Intent to Distribute
Patrick Graves was booked 04/11 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm
Toby Cooper was booked 04/11 on the charge of Attachment
David Lavinghouse was booked 04/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule 3 Drugs With intent to Distribute, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

 

 

April 10, 2014

Strawberry Festival This Weekend and State Police Has Issued Traffic Advisory

The annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, which will take place this weekend April 11th through April 13th, is expected to bring over 300,000 visitors to the downtown Ponchatoula area. This increased traffic volume quickly overloads the surrounding interstate system causing dangerous backups from heavily congested off ramps and forcing intermittent closures of interstate exits. In an effort to improve the flow of traffic and ensure that everyone has a safe festival weekend, Troop L urges motorists to follow the following alternate routes. 

 

 

Obituary

STEVE “PETE” MORTON, AGE 69 and a resident of Franklinton died at 11:10 pm Monday April 7, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Era and a longtime resident of the New Orleans area.  Steve retired from Crescent Towing as a tugboat engineer

with 30 years of service and loved LSU football and the New Orleans Saints.  He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and was proud to be a charter member of the Father John LeBlanc Council #12245 of the Knights of Columbus.  He was an animal lover that enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, including feeding his fish, the birds and all his animals.  Steve loved riding his motorcycle any chance that he could and was always a loving husband, caring father and devoted grandfather to his large family.  He was a friend to all those he met and will be sadly missed.

 

 

Obituary

EVELYN BENNETT CARR, AGE 77 and a resident of Franklinton died just before midnight Tuesday April 8, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. Evelyn was a gentle woman, devoted wife and mother who lived her life with honesty, optimism, selfless-ness and a love for her family and her Lord. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton where she was a member of the A.W. Robbins Sunday School class. She enjoyed gardening and traveling. She has visited Europe and throughout the United States including Hawaii and a recent cruise to Alaska. Evelyn was a former clerical worker with the Louisiana Department of Transportation.

 

 

Obituary

Emmett W. Guy, Sr., 88, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA. A livelong member of Angie Baptist Church, he worked for 51 years in his family grocery business in Angie, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Velma White, passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

 

 

Obituary

Anna Louise Taylor born October 17, 1958 passed away peacefully April 7, 2014 in Houston, Texas. She was a native of Bogalusa and a Medical Assistant in the Medical Profession.

 

 

April 10, 2014

Washington Parish Government Meets Monday

The Washington Parish Government will meet in regular session at 6 pm at the courthouse in Franklinton Monday, April 14.  In addition to routine items, the following items are on the Agenda:

  • Introduction of Ordinance No.14-582 - An Ordinance to levy taxes for 2014 on Property subject to taxation in Washington Parish
  • Introduction of Ordinance No.14-583 – An Ordinance establishing areas where Unmuffled Compression Brakes are prohibited and establishing fines for violations
  • Introduction of Ordinance No.14-584 –  An Ordinance establishing areas where Unmuffled Compression Brakes are prohibited and establishing fines for violations.
  • Introduction and Consideration of Proposed WP Resolution No.14-647 – Declaration of Surplus Property
  • Gene White – Recreation proposed tax

The Council will also hear a report from Parish President Richard Thomas and any who want to address the Council during the Public Participation segment of the meeting.

The Council has always invited the public to attend and participate in the meeting.

 

 

April 10, 2014

14 year old cold case - Unexplained Death
HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding the unexplained death of 23 year old Joseph David Hayden of Olivia Holton Rd.  

On April 12, 2000, the sheriff’s office received information that 23 year old Hayden had been missing from his residence for a little less than 24 hours.  His truck, keys, and belongings were all in tact, only thing missing was Hayden. 

Regretfully, on April 13, 2000, Hayden’s lifeless body was located in a field nearby his residence on Olivia Holton Rd.  An autopsy revealed that Hayden’s death was of unknown causes and reflected a negative toxicology report.   
Almost 14 years to date later, Hayden’s family and detectives still have no answers.   In an effort to put this case to rest, and provide some closure for his family, Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information regarding Hayden’s death to please come forward.  Crime Stoppers, (800.554.5245), is always anonymous and awards up to $1,000.00 in cash for information leading to the closure of a case.

Detective Mike Sticker is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

 

April 10, 2014

Child located after reported missing in Abita Springs
A 6-year-old child reported missing Wednesday evening was located locked inside a neighbor’s bathroom.
Shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, the mother of a 6-year-old Abita Springs boy called 911 to report her son was missing.  She told deputies the child was playing outside their home when she went inside briefly to use the restroom.  When she returned the child was no longer in the yard.  She began looking for the child and called deputies when a neighbor, David Ledet, told her he saw the child get into a white vehicle.

Responding deputies immediately began canvassing nearby residences, searching for the child.  The boy was located within the hour, locked in a bathroom inside Ledet’s apartment.  Ledet’s residence is attached to the rear of the residence where the child and his family reside, but has a separate entrance.
David Ledet (DOB 8/27/1954) was charged with simple kidnapping.  He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. Additional charges may be added as the investigation continues.
Ledet’s address is not being provided to protect the identity of the child.

 

 

April 10, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Dustin Hobgood was booked 04/09 In From Court
Brittany Prevot was booked 04/09 on the charges of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment and Aggravated Battery (2 counts)
Edward Craft was booked 04/09 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Failure to Appear, and Resisting Arrest By Providing False Booking Info
David Wells was booked 04/09 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs

 

 

April 9, 2014

ONE ARRESTED, ONE SOUGHT FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

As a result of a joint investigation between the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children and Family Services, warrants were issued for Washington Parish residents Lance A. Miller, 42, and Carmen Russell, 41.  Each warrant was for one count of Cruelty to a Juvenile.

Sgt. Terry Harris headed the investigation which revealed that a juvenile was subjected to cruel and unusual disciplinary actions by two adults.  Those actions  included shaving the juvenile’s head, forcing the juvenile to dig a large hole with specific dimensions in the back yard and burning all of the juvenile’s personal belongings, including clothing.

Russell was quickly located, arrested and placed in jail.  She remains in the Washington Parish Jail with bond set at $15,000.  The Sheriff’s Office has been unable to locate Miller and asks the public’s helping in finding him.  Anyone with specific information about Miller’s location is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434.

“I am confident someone knows where Miller is hiding and will let us know,” said Sheriff Randy Seal.  “Once we find him, he will be in handcuffs and headed straight to jail.  If you know where he is, let us know.”  Seal continued, “ I am grateful for the good working relationship between the Department of Children and Family Services and the Sheriff’s Office.  It is a good partnership which works well to protect vulnerable children in our parish.”

 

 

April 9, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Antonio Davis was booked 04/08 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Carmen Russell was booked 04/08 on the charge of Cruelty to Juvenile(s)
Jessica Jenkins was booked 04/08 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Dustin Diddon was booked 04/08 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Raymond Hartfield was booked 04/08 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle (6 counts)

 

 

April 8, 2014

Franklinton Mayor Releases Statement

Franklinton Mayor M. Wayne Fleming has released the following statement regarding recently discovered problems at City Hall:

"The Town of Franklinton is currently in the process of our annual, independent audit.  During this time, we identified an overriding or circumvention of controls which resulted in the subsequent termination of two public employees.  The auditor has extended the scope of the audit procedures in order to fully identify and investigate the extent of the matter.  When the audit is complete it will be forwarded to the state legislative auditor's office.  The findings will be made final and official upon completion of their review process. Because the audit is performed by an independent outside source, is not complete, and has not been released to the legislative auditor, the Town does not have even preliminary draft audit findings to provide the public.

I would like the residents of Franklinton to know that we are taking all appropriate actions regarding this matter.  My office will continue to faithfully serve the public and diligently execute the oath of office we have been sworn to uphold.  Furthermore, I will ensure transparency is adhered to and all available documentation will become public record once the legislative auditor allows and in accordance with the law.  During this time my office is not permitted to release any additional information until authorized to do so."

Questions remaining to be answered by the investigations: 

  • How much money is involved? 
  • Can it be determined what residents and/or businesses were victimized? 
  • How long has the "circumvention of controls" been occuring? 
  • Exactly what crimes were committed? 
  • Will arrests be made? 

Rumors have abounded for weeks but have not been reported here.  We thank Mayor Fleming for his statement and look forward to full disclosure promised by the Mayor as soon as possible. 

 

Obituary

T. J. (Jack) Harry, 86, a resident of Bogalusa, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa. He was born on August 19, 1927 in New Orleans.

 

 

Obituary

Linda Gayle Young, 54, a resident of Bogalusa, died April 5, 2014, surrounded by family and friends at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington. She was a member Isabel Baptist Church. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter and friend. She will always be remembered as the first to offer help to those in need.

 

 

April 8, 2014

Announcement Regarding the Washington Parish Recreation District #1
Today we received the following announcement from Franklinton Police Department Major Justin D. Brown:
"Just to let you know the Washington Parish Recreation District board held a special meeting on April 7, 2014.  During the meeting the board voted unanimously to appoint me as chairman of a citizens group to research alternative funding for the Atoka Recreation Complex.  I will announce the public meetings and encourage everyone in the recreation district to attend.  Please publicize this information on your websites and papers.  Thanks so much,"

We will provide updates regarding any public meetings as they become available. 

 

 

April 8, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

William Boyette was booked 04/07 on the charges of Aggravaated Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment (2 counts)
Billy Boyette was booked 04/07 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment (2 counts)

Lonnie Brock was booked 04/07 In From Court
Brittney Breland was booked 04/07 In From Court
John Stewart was booked 04/07 on the charge of Purse Snatching
Victoria Williams was booked 04/07 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Dale Williams was booked 04/07 on the charges of Hit and Run, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Antonio Davis was booked 04/08 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

April 7, 2014

Press Release from the Washington Parish Recreational District # 1

To read the Press Release by the Washington Parish Recreation District # 1 regarding their decision to remove the tax from the May 3 ballot Click Here

 

 

April 7, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Janice Vogy was booked 04/04 on the charges of Identity Theft, Unauthorized Use of Access Card, and Attempted Felony Theft
Jennifer Augustine was booked 04/04 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Junior Gonzalez was booked 04/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and Open Container in Vehicle
Roderick Toomer was booked 04/05 on the charges of Simple Battery, Criminal Damage, and Home Invasion
Robert Ourso was booked 04/06 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Drivers License Not On Person
William Boyette was booked 04/07 on the charges of Aggravaated Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment (2 counts)
Billy Boyette was booked 04/07 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment (2 counts)

 

 

Obituary

ROBERT LOUIS SPENCER, AGE 97 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 11:25 am Thursday April 3, 2014 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. He was affectionately known as “Popsie” and “Pa Pa” to his family and was a native of Hattiesburg, MS and longtime resident of New Orleans. Robert moved fulltime to Washington Parish following hurricane Katrina. Robert began working for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company even before graduating from high school. In 1957 he was promoted to assistant superintendent of the New Orleans Unit. He later became cooperate vice-president and president of the New Orleans, Dallas and Louisville Units. A few years later he was asked to take over the Indianapolis, Detroit and Toledo Divisions. When he retired in 1982 he had worked for A& P for fifty years. He severed two years as a consultant.  Robert was a member of the Edgewater-East Baptist Church and enjoyed playing golf. He always kept a beautiful yard with an outstanding flower garden. He loved being with family and enjoyed family trips to Gulf Shores, Alabama and Percy Quinn State Park in Mississippi.

 

April 4, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joshua Foxworth was booked 04/03 In From Court
Richard Lee was booked 04/03 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Robert Rawls was booked 04/03 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Attachment (3 counts)

 

 

April 4, 2014

Three Tangipahoa Parish men behind bars for online child exploitation

Three Tangipahoa Parish men were arrested Tuesday in separate incidents for exploiting children online, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s Cyber Crime Unit (CCU). 
Investigators arrested 26-year-old William Knight, of 11030 East Nickens Road in Hammond, on charges of computer-aided solicitation of a minor and indecent behavior with a juvenile. The investigation initiated after Georgia authorities contacted CCU investigators about a complaint involving an adult male from Louisiana who was allegedly engaging in inappropriate chat applications with a juvenile in which the suspect requested nude photos of the victim. Agents were able to locate Knight as the suspect and made the arrest subsequent to a search warrant executed on his residence. If convicted, Knight faces up to 17 years in prison.
 In a separate case, investigators arrested 42-year-old Robert Shawn Ipavec, of 42734 Mike Cooper Road in Ponchatoula, on a single count of distributing pornography involving juveniles. The arrest stems from an undercover cyber crime investigation into the sharing of child pornography online. Investigators were able to determine that Ipavec had made videos of child pornography available for download. Ipavec faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.
44-year-old Leonardo Matascuso, of 49474 Pardo Lane in Tickfaw, also faces 20 years in prison after investigators charged him with a single count of possessing pornography involving juveniles. Forensic analysis of evidence collected during a search warrant at Matascuso’s residence showed that he possessed child pornography videos on his computer.

   

The arrests were made as a result of a joint effort by the attorney general’s CCU, Louisiana State Police, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations. All three men were booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

As internet crimes escalate, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is allocating resources to vigorously monitor, arrest, and prosecute online child predators. 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. 

 

 

April 3, 2014

Fugitive Apprehension Unit Makes 1000th Arrest
Louisiana’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) created by Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell made the unit’s 1,000th arrest Monday. Jason Lee Yates, 36, was apprehended in Grand Bay, Alabama, by FAU investigators and Mobile County Sheriff’s deputies after a three-state search by the attorney general’s FAU. Yates is charged with distributing pornography involving juveniles.
Louisiana FAU investigators say members of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit discovered Yates had downloaded child pornography while working for a business in Covington, Louisiana. Yates then moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, where Harrison County Sheriff’s investigators furthered the Louisiana investigation with their own, charging Yates with three counts of possessing child pornography. Yates was arrested and jailed.
Investigators with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit further discovered that Yates distributed child pornography while in Louisiana. A Louisiana warrant was issued for his arrest but, as soon as Yates bonded out in Mississippi, he moved to Alabama. There, FAU investigators along with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office located, arrested and booked Yates as a fugitive wanted in Louisiana. He is currently in the Mobile County Correctional Center awaiting extradition back to Louisiana.

 

 

April 3, 2014

End of School Summer Safety Bash

HAMMOND – Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Hammond Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce a joint public safety project – the 6th Annual End of School Summer Safety Bash.  The event will be held on May 22, 2014 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Mooney Park in Hammond, LA. The purpose of the event is to promote public safety, raise awareness, and share resources with our community children and their families as we move into the summer months. Last year’s event was a great success and we look forward to even more public participation this year!
This free event will provide information on being a good role model, making good choices, healthy living, underage drinking, crime prevention and awareness, environmental awareness, animal care, and fire safety to name a few topics.  There will be basketball, balloons, games, activities, and a lot of great safety information. In addition, there will be music, a fire truck, and other equipment on hand for the children to explore as well as it being a great opportunity for the children to meet and talk to their local law enforcement, firemen, and community leaders. There will also be a TPSO K-9 demonstration, a fun surprise by the Hammond Fire Department, and child I.D. kits offered. Free healthy snacks and drinks will be served.  The committee is asking that parents and guardians accompany their children at all times during the event. TRACC (Tangipahoa Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change) and the K.E.Y.S. (Keeping Every Youth Safe) Alliance will offer activities and information in addition to many more booths and activities.
Sponsors and participants are welcomed and needed. Booths are free with some requirements. If your agency or organization would like to participate please contact Jodie Rohner of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa for more information at tangicrimestoppers@gmail.com or 985-634-0590.

 

 

April 3, 2014

ATV Crash Kills Franklinton Woman in Washington Parish

Franklinton – On Wednesday, at approximately 12:55 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle crash that occurred on La. 450 and La. 16. The crash involved an all-terrain vehicle and claimed the life of Cynamon A. Warden (W/F 21) of Franklinton.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a Kawasaki four wheeler operated by Warden was southbound on La. 450 and a Nissan Maxima operated by Margaret A. Harris (W/F 73) of Franklinton was westbound on La. 16. Warden was approaching La. 16, disregarded a stop sign, a flashing red signal light, and entered the intersection into the path of the Nissan. The Kawasaki was struck on the left side by the front of the Nissan causing the Kawasaki to overturn several times. Warden was not wearing a helmet, was ejected, and received life threatening injuries.

Warden was initially transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital and then air-lifted to the Interim LSU Hospital LEVEL 1 Trauma Center in New Orleans where she later was pronounced dead. Harris was restrained and was not injured. Harris voluntarily submitted to a chemical test and no detectable alcohol was found in her system. A blood sample was collected from Warden for a routine toxicological analysis. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

April 3, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings

Joshua Yates was booked 04/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts) and Criminal Damage to Property

Marion Catalano was booked 04/02 on the charge of Monetary Instrument Abuse (Counterfeit Moneys)
Michael Mayfield was booked 04/02 on the charge of Theft Over 500
Jonathon Lewis was booked 04/02 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Adarrio Berry was booked 04/02 In From Court
Robbye Jenkins was booked 04/02 In From Court
Emelda Matthews was booked 04/02 on the charges of Driving Without Headlights, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Driving Under Suspension
Julie Pierce was booked 04/02 on the charges of No Turn Signals, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

April 2, 2014MAN FOUND GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED SIMPLE BURGLARY--COULD SERVE FROM 20 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON--
COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Christopher Garrott, 42 of Pearl River, was found guilty of attempted simple burglary on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014.  A six member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated for an hour after a two day trial before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Raymond Childress.  Garrott was charged with simple burglary while the jury convicted him on the responsive verdict. Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.  
Garrott was arrested in October 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriffs Office after Deputies responded to a possible burglary in progress near Abita Springs.  Garrott was observed running from the scene and was apprehended shortly after while hiding in the nearby woods. 
Judge Childress will sentence Garrott on April 7, 2014.  Attempted simple burglary is punishable by imprisonment for not more than six years.  However, Garrott could be sentenced from 20 years to life in prison if found to be a career criminal.
Garrott has been arrested at least 12 times since 1988 and has been sentenced to 13 ½ years in prison. 
Garrott was sentenced in1989 to 7 ½ years in prison for 10 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.  Garrott was sentenced in 1999 to 1 year in prison for illegal possession of stolen property.  Garrott was sentenced to 5 years in prison in 2010 for each of five convictions to be served concurrently.  Those convictions were for  possession of hydrocodone, methamphetamine, and MDMA, as well as distribution of marijuana and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.    

 

 

April 2, 2014

COVINGTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 4th DWI---SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON---
COVINGTON----District Attorney Walter Reed reports that George Davis, 31 of Covington, pled guilty as charged Tuesday, March 25th, 2014, to 4th offense DWI. Davis pled guilty after one witness testified before a 12 member St. Tammany Parish Jury.  22nd Judicial District Judge Raymond Childress sentenced Davis to 30 years in prison while suspending 15years and adding 5 years probation after Davis’release from prison.  Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Davis was arrested in December 2013 by the Louisiana State Police while a State Trooper directed traffic around an accident on hwy 36 in Covington.  An eighteen wheeler was stuck on the edge of the roadway and Davis was stuck in traffic slowly edging by the scene.  Davis window was down and the trooper smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.  Further tests revealed Davis to be impaired after he failed the standard field sobriety test and scored over twice the legal limit on the breathalyzer test.
District Attorney Walter Reed commented that, “Our community is just that much safer due to this conviction.  Hopefully this long prison sentence will make would be drunk drivers not get behind the wheel,” Reed concluded.

 


April 12, 2014

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED INCEST
COVINGTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Gary Fogg, 62 of Slidell, was found guilty as charged on Friday, March 21st, 2014, of aggravated incest of a child under 13 years of age.  The 12 member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated for two hours before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Allison Penzato.  Assistant District Attorney Julie Knight was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case for the 3 day trial.
Fogg was arrested in March 2012 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a girl was sexually abused.  The abuse occurred when the victim was 11 years old.  The victim told her mom about the abuse who called the police. 
Judge Penzato will sentence Fogg on April 9th, 2014.  Aggravated incest where the victim is under the age of 13 years is punishable by imprisonment from 25 to 99 years. 

 

 

Obituary

FRANKIE HAMILTON, AGE 53 and a resident of Franklinton died at 9:55 pm Tuesday April 1, 2014 at her home. She enjoyed taking long walks, singing, playing Yahtzee and Rummy. She loved to read and play with children. She also enjoyed cooking for her loved ones.

 

April 2, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Brandon Bigner was booked 04/01 on the charges of Underage Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Open Container in Vehicle
Linda Hartzog was booked 04/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Donna Menard was booked 04/01 In From Court and on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Shannon Schenk was booked 04/01 on the charges of Attachment and Failure to Appear
Edgar Talley was booked 04/01 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Joshua Yates was booked 04/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts) and Criminal Damage to Property

 

 

Obituary

SHIRLEY SPENCER BICKHAM, AGE 65

And a resident of Franklinton died peacefully at her home at 5:00 pm Monday March 31, 2014. She was a nature lover and enjoyed birdhouses and tending her flowers with her “green thumb”. Shirley adored her family and the time spent with her children and grandchildren was precious and meant the most to her.

 

 

Obituary

Duane Brown Clocksin, age 89 and a resident of Bogalusa, died March 31, 2014 at Resthaven Living Center

 

 

April 1, 2014

SCAMS CONTINUE IN WASHINGTON PARISH

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal cautions parish residents about continuing scams that are reportedly operating in the parish.  Residents, he says, should be very careful about responding to any appeal that asks them to  divulge personal information.

  • One such scam is a call from someone claiming to represent Publisher’s Clearinghouse and promising a quick cash award if the person will first send a pre-paid debit card to the caller. If you receive such a call, hang up immediately and do not talk with them.
  • Another scam is an urgent call from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service.  They’re probably not.  In this scam, the person is told they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.  The scammer threatens those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or the loss of a business or driver’s license.
  • Another tax scam involves fraudulent emails telling people they have a tax refund due and asking them to click on a link and fill out a form.  The IRS never requests personal or financial information by email, texting, or any other form of social media.  If you receive such an email, don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails.

Sheriff Seal says, “Be wise.  Don’t hesitate to ignore a phone call if you don’t recognize the number.  If the call is legitimate, the caller will leave a voice message.  Don’t hesitate to delete any email that is suspicious and never give out personal or financial information to anyone you don’t know and trust.”

 

April 1, 2014

MAN IN JAIL AFTER DECLARING THAT HE WOULD NOT GO TO JAIL

One of the consequences for not paying court ordered child support is being arrested and placed in jail.  That is what happened on March 28, when the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Roger Dale Magee, 49. 

A few days prior to the arrest, the Sheriff’s Office received information that Magee, a resident of Conway, Arkansas, would be in the parish during the weekend.  Magee, who owes thousands in back child support in Washington Parish, was located sitting on a patio at the rear of a residence on Highway 430 with several other persons.  When deputies approached and advised him he was under arrest, he became angry and hostile and declared that he was not going to jail.

Detective Corbet Hunt asked Magee to walk with the deputies to another area so that they could discuss the situation outside the presence of the others who were being very vocal and disruptive.    Magee pulled away from Detective Hunt and began walking to the rear door of the residence.  He was given verbal orders to stop, but refused to comply.  He continued to walk away from the officers who feared that he might have access to weapons if he went inside.

Magee was warned that a taser would be deployed unless he complied.  He continued to walk away and entered the back door of the residence.  The taser was deployed.  Magee continued to resist and complied only after the taser was deployed a second time.  He was then arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.  He remains in jail charged with Criminal Neglect of Family and four counts of Failure to Pay a Child Support Obligation of $39,178.56.

 

 

April 1, 2014

Speeding Unrestrained Motorist Dies in Interstate 55 Fatal Crash

Kentwood - Sunday evening, at approximately 7:40 pm, Louisiana State Police began investigating a single vehicle fatality crash on I-55 northbound near the Mississippi State Line in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash took the life of Bobby E. Ross (B/M 59) of McComb, MS.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1994 Mercedes 320, operated by Ross, was northbound on I-55 in the left lane traveling at a high rate of speed. Ross, for reasons under investigation, drifted left, entered the median, continued down an embankment, and overturned several times coming to rest on its roof in a water filled creek.  Ross was not restrained and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office. Alcohol use is unknown; however, a blood sample was collected for a toxicological analysis. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

April 1, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Tammy Ramp was booked 03/31 In From Court
Cynthia Campbell was booked 03/31 In From Court
Jonathon McCain was booked 03/31 In From Court
Devon Cotton was booked 03/31 In From Court
Donnie Ishman was booked 03/31 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Obstruction of Justice and Ran Stop Sign (2 counts)
Sherri Warren was booked 03/31 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Jamie McNeese was booked 03/31 on the chaarges of Attachment (3 counts) and No Passing Zones
Brandon Bigner was booked 04/01 on the charges of Underage Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Open Container in Vehicle
Linda Hartzog was booked 04/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

March 31, 2014

Detectives looking for man wanted for weekend shooting
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a man wanted in a shooting that occurred over the weekend in the Abita Nursery Subdivision near Covington.  Deputies were dispatched late Saturday night to the area of Eden Street and Spruce Street in reference to gun shots being heard. Moments later deputies were dispatched to St. Tammany Parish Hospital in reference to a patient with a gunshot wound.  There they found a 23-year-old man who was undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to his chest. They also located the man’s vehicle, which had several apparent gunshot holes on the driver’s side door, window and rear quarter.  The victim is currently recovering from surgery.
Detectives have since identified a suspect believed to be responsible for the shooting. Finney Riley (DOB 09/17/1983, last known address 3466 Hwy 1056, Mount Hermon), is wanted for attempted second-degree murder.
If anyone has information about this crime or knows Riley’s whereabouts, please call 911.

 

 

March 31, 2014

PATROL DEPUTIES MAKE DRUG ARREST

On March 26, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies on Lt. Chris Hickman’s shift were dispatched to Pigott’s Crossing in reference to a suspicious vehicle.  Upon arriving at the scene, Deputy Chris Galloway observed a vehicle in a yard on the north side of Pigott’s Crossing.  The driver of the vehicle was Byron Johnson, 35,  a resident of Bayer Street in Bogalusa.    Johnson advised the deputy that he had run out of gas and was waiting for someone to assist him.

At that time, Deputy Allen Dupre arrived on the scene as a backup unit.  Deputies noticed that Johnson was sweating profusely.  As the deputies questioned him, Johnson became hostile.   Deputy Galloway began to conduct a pat down search on Johnson when he noticed pills in Johnson’s jacket pocket and began to retrieve the pills.  At that time, Johnson became more agitated, attempting to prevent Deputy Galloway from taking the pills.  Johnson then struck the deputy in the chest with his elbow.  The deputies began to struggle with Johnson and were able to place handcuffs on him. 

After being handcuffed, Johnson attempted to flee across a neighboring yard.  Deputies pursued Johnson on foot.  After a brief chase, Deputy Dupre deployed his taser and stopped the flight.  Johnson then admitted to ownership of the pills.

Johnson remains in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Possession of Schedule III Narcotics With Intent to Distribute and two counts of Failure to Appear.  Bond has been set at $31,698.

Sheriff Randy Seal commended Lt. Hickman and his deputies for the arrest.  “Once again, a drug dealer has been taken off of the street and placed in jail.  Our deputies did a good job in quickly assessing the situation and bringing it to a satisfactory conclusion.  When our officers respond to a call of any kind, they never know what to expect, and must be prepared at all times to handle whatever arises.  Washington Parish citizens can rest better knowing our deputies are always out there doing their job.”

 

 

March 31, 2014

Impairment and No Seatbelt Use Contribute to Single Vehicle Fatal Crash
Folsom - Saturday evening, at approximately 4:15 pm Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a single vehicle crash on La. 40 west of La. 437 in St. Tammany Parish which left a Covington man dead.  Preliminary investigation revealed, that a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina operated by Woodruff Camus III (W/M 52) was traveling west on La. 40. Camus failed to negotiate a left hand curve, swerved left, and over-corrected causing the Chevrolet to travel off of the left portion of the roadway. After which, the Chevrolet struck a guard rail, several trees, and came to rest in a creek bed.  Camus was not restrained, received serious injuries, and was transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital where he later was pronounced dead. Alcohol use is suspected and a blood sample was collected so a toxicological analysis could be performed. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

March 31, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Anthony Silva was booked 03/28 on the charges of Theft Under 500, Theft 500-1500, and Theft of Assets From Aged
Jason Fazekas was booked 03/28 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Lindsey Fleming was booked 03/28 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Roger Magee was booked 03/28 on the charges of Resisting an officer and Attachment
Daniel Stogner was booked 03/29 on the charges of Interfering With a Law Enforcement Investigation and Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer with Firearm
Scott Brown was booked 03/29 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Fight
Catherine Ward was booked 03/29 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Movable
Shelton Blackwell was booked 03/29 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Angela Rachel was booked 03/30 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage

 

 

March 29, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

(Underlined Items previously reported)

David Mingo was booked 03/27 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot) and Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offensse)
Terry McClain was booked 03/27 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine (3 counts) and Simple Battery (3 counts).
Byron Johnson was booked 03/27 on the charges of Littering, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Possession of Schedule 3 With Intent to Distribute, Failure to Pay Fine, and Failure to Appear
Mabel Mingo was booked 03/27 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Albert Cecchia was booked 03/27 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Drivers License Not on Person
Dawn Weston was booked 03/27 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information

Trevor Graham was booked 03/27 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Probation Violation
Anthony Dillon was booked 03/27 on the charge of Attachment
David Worthy was booked 03/27 on the charges of Stalking, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence (2 counts), Aggravated Battery, and Attempted Escape

 

 

Obituary

KIM ANN LEDET JENKINS, AGE 54 And a resident of the Thomas Community died at 5:30 pm Thursday at Community Specialty Hospital in Lafayette. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and liked playing solitaire. Kim’s favorite daytime soap-opera was Days of Our Lives which she watched every day and she often played the Lottery and Clearing House knowing that her lucky day would come. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

 

March 27, 2014

TWO DRUG DEALERS ARRESTED IN BOGALUSA

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force Detectives were working in Bogalusa on March 25 when they received a call about a supposedly vacant house in the 900 block of Avenue E that was possibly being burglarized.  Upon responding to the address, they encountered a female exiting the residence.  She had a strong odor of marijuana on her person and there was a similar strong odor coming from inside the residence.

Detectives secured the scene and obtained a search warrant.  While searching the residence, detectives discovered marijuana, xanax pills, ecstasy, roxycontin, several bottles of promethazene with the labels torn off, digital scales and zip baggies.  Also discovered was $1,340 in drug money.  All property was seized and is being held for evidence.

Arrested in the drug bust were Nigena H. Wilson, 25, from Bogalusa, and Brent C. Collins, 27, from Hammond.  Another male fled the residence through the back door.  He has been identified and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.  Both Wilson and Collins were transported to the Washington Parish Jail.  No bond has been set at this time.

Wilson and Collins have each been charged with several counts of illegal drug possession, intent to distribute illegal drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“I’ve said it before and I will say it again,” said Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal.  “We will not let up in our fight against drug dealers in Washington Parish.  We will continue to seek them out, arrest them and place them in jail where they belong.   Selling and using illegal drugs are not victimless crimes.  Most burglaries and thefts are directly related to the illegal drug trade.  Honest, hard-working taxpayers should not have to put up with drug dealers.  They are a drain on the quality of life for all of our citizens.”

 

 

March 27, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Willie Jackson was booked 03/26 on the charges of Battery of a School Teacher and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Jeremy Wilson was booked 03/26 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Failure to Appear, Aggravated Arson, and First Degree Murder
Brandon Strickland was booked 03/26 on the charge of Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee
Sherman Stringer was booked 03/26 on the charge of Simple Arson
Jeffery Ikerd was booked 03/26 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Criminal Trespass
Jasper Hunt was booked 03/26 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Criminal Trespass
Zachary Riley was booked 03/26 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Criminal Trespass
John Neal was booked 03/26 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Criminal Trespass
Jeffery Riley was booked 03/26 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Criminal Trespass
Kenneth Pierce was booked 03/26 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Criminal Trespass
Jeremy Forbes was booked 03/26 on the charges of Attachment, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving Left of Center
David Mingo was booked 03/27 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot) and Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offensse)
Terry McClain was booked 03/27 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine (3 counts) and Simple Battery (3 counts).
Byron Johnson was booked 03/27 on the charges of Littering, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Possession of Schedule 3 With Intent to Distribute, Failure to Pay Fine, and Failure to Appear
Mabel Mingo was booked 03/27 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Albert Cecchia was booked 03/27 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Drivers License Not on Person
Dawn Weston was booked 03/27 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information

 

 

March 27, 2014

SHERIFF REQUIRES RESTITUTION FROM INMATES

Washington  Parish Sheriff Randy Seal has initiated two procedures aimed at recovering costs incurred by inmates in the parish jail due to their own actions.

The first procedure involves a formal disciplinary process for inmates who violate jail rules and regulation.  Shortly after taking office, Sheriff Seal instituted a formal disciplinary process in the jail whereby inmates are given required due process in an administrative hearing when that inmate has taken any intentional action that results in a monetary loss for the Sheriff’s Office or the parish.  Such actions range from destroying public property to vandalizing public property.

Inmates charged with such actions are given a hearing by a jail official to determine whether or not the inmate is guilty of any action that creates a monetary loss.  This would include such actions as destroying a mattress, destroying clothing or linens, or intentionally clogging a toilet with paper, cellophane or any other object.  If the inmate is found guilty in the administrative hearing, he/she is assessed a fine equal to the amount of damage the inmate caused.  That amount then is deducted from any current or future funds in the inmate’s account.

A recent example involved the intentional clogging of a toilet with potato chip bags and other items which resulted in a plumber’s bill of $75.  The three inmates housed in that cell were found guilty in an administrative hearing and assessed a penalty of $25 each to cover the cost of the plumbing bill.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, a second administrative procedure recently implemented by the Sheriff’s Office might be a first for the State of Louisiana.  If an inmate’s intentional actions create an otherwise unnecessary expenditure for the Sheriff’s Office, that inmate is sued in the Third Ward Justice of the Peace Court for the amount of the expenditures.  Once a judgment is entered, a lien or garnishment is placed against the inmate’s future earnings until the judgment is satisfied.

This procedure will be particularly effective for inmates who will serve a sentence with the Department of Corrections.  Earnings as an inmate laborer, plus any funds placed on that inmate’s account from any source, will be subject to seizure for restitution to the Sheriff’s Office until the amount of the judgment is satisfied.

The first suit filed against an inmate demanded restitution from an inmate for intentional actions which created a financial expense for the Sheriff’s Office.  A hearing was conducted before Justice of the Peace Billy W. Passman who subsequently issued  a judgment for restitution to the Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $1,036.45.  That particular inmate was convicted and sentenced is now in the custody of the Department of Corrections.  Any future earnings from work programs or income from any other source will be utilized to satisfy the judgment.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “It is not fair for the taxpayers of Washington Parish to bear a financial burden caused by the intentional act of any inmate.  Any person must be held accountable for their own actions, even inmates.  If an inmate chooses to destroy public property or create an unnecessary expense for the Sheriff’s Office, he or she will be held accountable.  It is simply an issue of fairness for the hardworking taxpayers of Washington Parish.  Thus far, this is the only time we have had to sue an inmate.  Hopefully, word is getting around that we will tolerate no foolish behavior from inmates.  We have a professional jail staff which operates the jail in a constitutional manner and will hold inmates accountable for their behavior.  They must remember that it is a parish jail, not a day camp.”

 

 

March 27, 2014

Washington Parish Noticeably Absent From Capital Outlay Funding for Southeast Louisiana
BATON ROUGE – Yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the capital construction proposal for the next fiscal year (FY 2015), which includes millions in funding for projects in Southeast Louisiana. The proposal was submitted Monday to the Legislature in the form of House Bill 2.
Governor Jindal said, “These investments will build on our work to improve learning environments, make our roads safer for families, and make Louisiana more attractive to companies who want to expand or invest in our state.”

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Obituary

BETTY LOU CREEL MIMS, AGE 74

And a resident of Franklinton died at 3:45 pm Tuesday March 25, 2014 at her home. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church that enjoyed baking all kinds of sweet-treats for her family. Betty loved to crochet and complete puzzles in her spare time. She was a loving mother and grandmother that adored her young great-grandchildren.

 

 

Obituary

Dorothy Mae Hodges, age 68, born on January 8, 1946 in Washington Parish, LA, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

William John “Bill” Heikkinen was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in December of 1916 to Lydia and John Heikkinen. His parents originally emigrated from Finland, along with the three oldest children. Bill was one of eight children. His father worked in the copper mines, as well as working timber and farming at home. His mother kept the home front, raising their large family.

 

 

Obituary

Gerald McDonald, age 63, born on July 2, 1950 in Bogalusa, LA,  a resident of Gonzales, LA, a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother,  passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Promise Hospital of Baton Rouge.

 

 

Obituary

Dorothy Elizabeth George, 90, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Azalea Land in Savannah, Ga., where she lived with her son and daughter-in-law for the past eight years. She was born in Bogalusa on Dec. 29, 1923 in, to Adolph Slade and Elizabeth Wells.  Dorothy grew up in Bogalusa. She married Lloyd George in 1943 in Alexandria. The couple settled in Bogalusa, where they were happily married for 55 years. Dorothy, her husband, Lloyd, and son, Stephen, were active members of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and canning the vegetables and fruits that were so much a part of their farm and lives. Dorothy and Lloyd were always generous with fresh vegetables and products from their farm, which was a labor of love.

 

 

March 26, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Conely Penn was booked 03/25 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Angela West was booked 03/25 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice
Nigena Wilson was booked 03/25 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule 3 Drugs With Intent to Distribute, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Posession of Schedule IV Drugs
Brent Collins was booked 03/25 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, and Possession of Schedule V Drugs

 

 

March 25, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Eugene Simmons was booked 03/24 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Shon Fortenberry was booked 03/24 In From Court
Jeffery Fornea was booked 03/24 In From Court
Michelle Gray Thomas was booked 03/24 on the charge of Probation Violation
James Fruge was booked 03/24 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Jeffrey Thomas was booked 03/24 on the charges of Simple Burglary (2 counts)
Russell Williams was booked 03/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and No License Plate

 

 

Obituary

Sidney Ira Thigpen, age 85, born on June 27, 1928 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014 his residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

TERRY LAWRENCE PATKE, AGE 71

And a resident of the Sheridan Community died at 5:00 am Monday March 24, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. He was a former employee of Boh Brothers Construction and a member of the Washington Parish Democratic Executive Committee for many years and served as Chairman recently. Terry enjoyed the outdoors and animal trapping. He liked playing cards with his friends each week and was an avid golfer that spent a lot of time on the course. Terry was always a loving husband, father, and grandfather that enjoyed all the time spent with his family.

 

 

March 24, 2014

SHERIFF RANDY SEAL RECEIVES PESTIGIOUS 2014 LOUISIANA SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP AWARD

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal has been selected to receive the 2014 Louisiana Support Enforcement Partnership Award to be presented March 27th at the Senator Russell B. Long Awards Ceremony & Luncheon in Lafayette. Sheriff Seal was nominated for the award by the Child Support Division of the Office of District Attorney and the Department of Children and Family Services.

The nomination stated:  “In late 2012, newly elected Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal contacted the District Attorney’s Office to suggest that we organize a roundup strictly for those persons having child support attachments.  Little did we know that Sheriff Seal’s suggestion would result in likely the most successful one-day roundup in DCFS history.  By the end of the round-up, 75 non-custodial parents had been arrested with 106 attachments being executed/cleared.  These 75 non-custodial parents owed a total of $1,564,852.20 and we collected $24,235.27 on 25 cases by March 4th, 2013.

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March 24, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Antonio Walker was booked 03/22 In From Court
Ernesto Quijano was booked 03/22 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Hedrick Bickham was booked 03/23 on the charges of Theft by Fraud and Obstruction of Justice
Crystal Thomas was booked 03/23 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Pauline Catalano was booked 03/23 on the charges of Monetary Instrument Abuse - Counter Moneys (2 counts)
Mark Williams was booked 03/23 on the charge of Monetary Instrument Abuse - Counterfeit Moneys
Dillon Barrick was booked 03/23 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, No Drivers License, and Failure to Appear
Eugene Simmons was booked 03/24 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery

 

March 24, 2014

DHH Issues Emergency Rule Banning the Sale or Use of Eight Additional Synthetic Drugs
The Department of Health and Hospitals last week issued an Emergency Rule banning the sale or use of eight additional synthetic cannabinoids, commonly marketed as synthetic marijuana, following reports from law enforcement officials of a high number of associated drug overdoses in recent weeks.
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, synthetic cannabinoids, which were first reported in the United States in 2009, are both 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.

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March 24, 2014

Distracted Teen Driver From Pine Leaves Motorcyclist Dead in St. Helena Parish

Saturday evening, at approximately 6:45 pm Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a three vehicle fatality crash involving a car and two motorcycles on La. 16 near O’Neal Lane in St. Helena Parish. The distracted driver, 19 year old Taylor Freeman of Pine crashed into a motorcycle killing 29 year old Jerry Worley III of Greensburg.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Honda Accord operated by Freeman was traveling westbound on La. 16 approaching O’Neal Lane. At the same time, a 2000 Harley Davidson Motorcycle operated by 51 year old Cline Hooper Jr. of Walker and a 2006 Honda Motorcycle operated by Worley were traveling, abreast, eastbound on La. 16 approaching O’Neal Lane. Freeman approached O’Neal Lane, crossed the center line, entered the eastbound lane, and continued westbound. While traveling the wrong direction the Accord struck the Harley Davidson and Honda head on ejecting Hooper and Worley.

Worley, who was wearing a D.O.T. approved helmet, was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Helena Parish Coroner’s Office. Hooper, who was also wearing a D.O.T. approved helmet, received moderate injuries and was transported to Our Lady Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Freeman, who was restrained, received minor injuries and was transported to Our Lady Lake Regional Medical Center in Walker.

Impairment is not suspected; however, blood samples were collected from Freeman, Hooper, and Worley so toxicological analyses can be conducted at the LSP Crime Laboratory. Those results and charges for Freeman are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

Obituary

RUBY BRUMFIELD CROWE SORENSON, AGE 86
And a resident of Pine died early Sunday morning March 23, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was an active member of Briarwood Baptist Church and formerly a longtime member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. Mrs. Ruby was a self-employed beautician for over 30 years. She loved cooking for her family and church family and would often share food with those in her community. Mrs. Ruby had a special place in her heart for her pet dog “Little Man”.

 

 

Obituary

John R. Holston born in Orvisburg, MS. August 8, 1925 passed away March 21, 2014 at his residence at the age of 88. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He served in the United States Navy during WWII on the USS Kenton.

 

 

Obituary

Neal Roach, age 33, born on April 20, 1980 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Malcolm Madison "Doodle" McMillan, age 89, born on September 14, 1924 in Angie, LA, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Franklinton, LA.  He was a veteran and served in the United States Navy during WWII.

 

 

Obituary

The battle with pain is over and the angel wings are hers as Linda Sue King peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 20, 2014, at the age of 69.  Linda spent more than 33 years working for the Washington Parish School Board in the cafeteria of Enon Elementary School.  For most of that time, even up until her retirement, she served as manager of the cafeteria.  Linda loved to cook but her greatest joy was the children.  They all knew her as “Mrs. Linda” and loved her. There are countless stories of how she gave milk money or recess money to many children when they didn’t have any or perhaps lost theirs.  Throughout the last few years it was not unusual to have young adults stop her in a store just to hug her and say “Do you remember me?” which she always did.  She was a devoted wife to her husband, a precious mother to her daughter, and a loving grandmother and great grandmother. Linda and her husband, J.M., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 10, 2013, and she was looking forward to making 51 years.  She was a faithful member of the Church of United Faith in Bogalusa.

 

 

Obituary

Claudine Rogers Hughes, age 93  born on November 26, 1920 in Kentwood, LA, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Northshore Specialty Hospital in Covington, LA.  She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, LA and Faith Sunday School Class.  Retired Bookkeeper 40 plus years for Lakeview Sand and Gravel Concrete Company, and a member of the Eastern Star.

 

 

Obituary

Annette Armour Phillips born December 11, 1923 passed away March 19, 2014 at the age of 90. She served the community as a nurse and retired from the Bogalusa Charity Hospital.

 

 

March 21, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joshua Wilkes was booked 03/20 on the charges of Introduction of Contraband-Penal Institute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Proper Equipment Required, and Attachment
Julie Rogers was booked 03/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Expired MVI
Brandy Lynn Bruno was booked 03/20 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice
Bradford Lott was booked 03/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Failure to Appear
Kristian Stoker was booked 03/20 on the charge of Probation Violation
Rickey Miley was booked 03/20 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Theft 500-1500
Macon Hoffpauir was booked 03/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Illegal Use of Controlled Dangerous Substance in Presence of Persons Under 17, Failure to Use Turn Signal, and Failure to Appear

 

 

March 21, 2014

Deputies looking for missing elderly woman
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing elderly woman.  Yvone Morel, 83, was last seen at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 20, leaving her home at 80403 Acorn Lane, northwest of Covington. She was driving a 2012 Nissan Versa, blue/grey in color with Louisiana license plate WRC321.  She was en route to Starlight Baptist church in Covington. According to family members, she never arrived at the church.  Morel is described as 4 foot, 11 inches tall, 115 pounds with grey hair worn in a bun.  She has no known medical history. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call 911.

 

March 20, 2014

Local Officers Recognized For DWI Prevention Efforts

BATON ROUGE— Strong laws, increased enforcement, committed prosecutors and special DWI courts are helping reduce the number of people killed by drunk drivers on Louisiana roads, according to Louisiana Highway Safety Commission officials.  Driving while intoxicated is a serious problem in Louisiana and across the nation. In 2012, 41 percent of the 722 people killed in Louisiana crashes were involved in alcohol-related incidents.

As part of efforts to keep a strong focus on the impaired driving problem, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission on Tuesday presented recognition awards to leaders from a variety of professions who have helped save lives. The awards ceremony was the sixth year the Commission has honored law enforcement officers and others for their commitment to keeping impaired drivers off the roads.  The awards program, started in 2008, was developed with the support and cooperation of Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries, Louisiana Sheriffs' Association, Louisiana Judicial Association, Louisiana District Attorneys Association, and Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police.

Among the law enforcement agencies, officers, deputies, district attorneys and judges presented awards for their extraordinary work in DWI enforcement was Bogalusa Police Department PFC James Cockrell, Franklinton Police Department Cpl. James Pugh, and Louisiana State Police Troop L Trooper Kevin Cefalu.

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Obituary

Audrey Tuttle Blackwell, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA.  Her favorite passtime was to cook and feed her family.

 

 

Obituary

EMOGENE DIXON WOOD, AGE 85
And a resident of Franklinton died at 9:00 am Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She was a longtime member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and many years ago worked at Clay’s Jewelers in Franklinton. Emogene later in life became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at Riverside Medical Center for many years. She enjoyed reading and looking at the beautiful photos in Southern Living and Good Housekeeping magazines. Emogene also loved tending to her own flowers in her garden.

 

 

March 20, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Nathan Womack was booked 03/19 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Jeremy Lang was booked 03/19 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Resisting an Officer (Flight On Foot), and No Bike Headlight
Heather Garza was booked 03/19 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Michael Jenkins was booked 03/19 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Failure to Appear
Eric Thomas was booked 03/19 on the charages of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, Hit and Run, and Careless Operation
Latasha Cook was booked 03/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

 

 

March 19, 2014

LDAF Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Underway
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Volunteer Fire Assistance Program (VFA).  “This program is invaluable to many small and rural volunteer fire departments with limited resources to pay for training and to purchase equipment necessary to prepare and equip fire crews for fire suppression,” Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said.  The VFA program is funded through the U.S. Forest Service and administered by the LDAF on a 50/50 cost share basis to qualifying fire departments to be used to organize, train and equip the crews for the prevention and suppression of fires.
Eligibility requirements:
• Any fire department that is based in a community with a population of 10,000 or less (latest census) is eligible to apply for funding under the VFA program.

• Departments serving a population greater than 10,000 are eligible to apply if the department is a “multi-community” department, providing no single community served has a population greater than 10,000. A department or fire district is considered to be “multi-community” if within the official area served there exists two or more recognized communities, each of which must contribute financial support toward, and combine other resources for the operation of a single department serving all of the communities involved.

• A single community fire department serving a population greater than 10,000 and NOT providing protection to a rural community is not eligible for VFA financial assistance.

• Fire departments must be National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant. NIMS compliance information can be found at http://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system

Applications and additional information about the grant is available at www.ldaf.la.gov. The deadline to apply for the grant is July 1, 2014.

 

 

March 19, 2014

GOV. JINDAL: LOUISIANA’S ECONOMY IMPROVING AT ONE OF FASTEST RATES IN NATION
Governor Jindal issued this statement following the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary.
“Today’s announcement further validates the fact that Louisiana’s economy is improving at one of the fastest rates in the nation. Because of all we have done to make Louisiana a great place to do business, we have now set another record for the total number of people working, and decreased our unemployment rate to the lowest level in the southern region, its lowest point since September 2008.  “We are thrilled that our hard work overhauling our ethics code, revamping the workforce training system, cutting taxes, and improving our education system has paid off.  Louisiana now has more jobs, more people, and higher incomes than any point in our state's history and our future is bright.”  Click Here For Details

 

 

Obituary

RICKY HOLMES, AGE 65 and a resident of Franklinton died at 7:15 pm Monday March 17, 2014 at his home. He was a former self-employed electrician and the owner of Franklinton Armature Works, Inc. for over 30 years. He was a member of Poplarhead Missionary Baptist Church. Ricky was an avid fisherman and loved all types of fishing. In earlier years he enjoyed duck and bird-hunting. He was truly a one-of-a-kind person who never met a stranger and was a friend to all he met due to his personable nature and great sense of humor. Ricky was always a loving husband, father and grandfather.

 

March 19, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Daniel Crafton was booked 03/18 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment (3 counts)
Charlotte Johnson was booked 03/18 on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Criminal Damage, and Probation Violation
Jamarcus Harrison was booked 03/18 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Gregory Dunaway was booked 03/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Resisting an Officer
Gary Harlen was booked 03/18 on the charge of Attachment
Dennis Bell was booked 03/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions
Dewayne Hyde was booked 03/18 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), No Seat Belt, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
James Sumrall was booked 03/18 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
David Bonnette was booked 03/18 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise and Failure to Appear
Nathan Womack was booked 03/19 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Jeremy Lang was booked 03/19 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot) and No Bike Headlight

 

 

Obituary

Georgine Knight Holcombe, age 92, peacefully left her earthly home on Monday, March 17, 2014.  The staff at Resthaven Living Center had provided her with loving and compassionate care since October.  Georgine was born on August 3, 1921 in Dexter, MS.  She married Austin Holcombe on November 13, 1944 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  They made a home in Bogalusa and their only son, Bill, was born in 1946.  Both of these loves have preceded her in death, in addition to a grandson,  Michael Scott Holcombe.  Our Georgine was a busy little lady during her 92.5 years on God's earth, and her church family at The Presbyterian Church consider her to be the ultimate role model and humble servant.  She worked at Crown Zellerbach from 1951 until 1986, then became a Pink Lady at The Bogalusa Medical Center from 1986 until September of 2013.  Georgine belonged to the Civic League, Ingleside Literary, Women of the Church, American Legion Auxillary, Business and Professional Women, Republican Women, World Day of Prayer Chairman, Treasurer of Daughters of the American Revolution, and was a Precinct Captain at Lakeview Polling booth for many years.  We were so privileged at the church to have her as a Sunday School teacher until September of 2012.  Georgine Knight Holcombe was the first women in Washington Parish to serve as a juror.  She was small in statue, but huge on being active and getting things done.  Georgine was loved by many and will be dearly missed by those who knew her best.

 

 

March 18, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Dennis Rodgers was booked 03/17 In From Court
Samantha Elshire was booked 03/17 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Daniel Crafton was booked 03/18 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment (3 counts)

 

 

March 17, 2014

Lots of Winners at the 8th Annual Museums of Cassidy Park Cook-Off and BBQ
The threatened bad weather reversed intentions and Saturday was a great day for cookers, volunteers, and visitors to the Cook-Off and BBQ in Cassidy Park.  There was no lack of great food for the approximately 600 visitors who also enjoyed music provided by "Big Daddy O" (Owen Tuft and his band). 
For the Peoples' Choice Award, each person with a ticket was given a bean at the entry gate.  Each competitor was given a bean jar.  The bean was placed in the bean jar of that person's choice for the best tasting food.  The winner was H.L.Brownstone Pork- A- Pepper Saloon.  (Captain Larrilyn Hickman.  H.L.Brownstone Pork-A-Pepper Saloon was also the winner (Captain Larrilyn Hickman) of "Best Decorated" booth.  The winner of the Grand Isle ticket was Hunter Thomas.
Other winners and the categories were:
BEEF: 
1st place-  Wing Bones, Captain Dr. Thomas Wingo, Hammond,  La. 
2nd place-Butt Rubb BBQ Team, Captain Chuck Owens, Columbia, MS.
3rd place-Wild Blue Cooking Crew, Captain  Shelbie Crain, Bogalusa, La.
FOWL:
1st place-Wing Bones, Captain Dr. Thomas Wingo, Hammond, La.
2nd place-H.C.C. 2, Captain Landon Tims, Bogalusa, La.
3rd place-Wild Blue Cooking Crew, Captain Shelbie Crain, Bogalusa, La.
PORK:
1st place-Butt Rubb BBQ Team, Captain Chuck Owens,
2nd place-Progressive Waste, Captain Clay Richardson, Franklinton, La.
3rd place-The Mayor's Team, Captain Charles Mizell, Bogalusa, La.
SEAFOOD:
1st place- Allen's Alley, Captain Kelly Dupont, Bogalusa, La.
2nd place-Wing Bones, Captain Dr. Thomas Wingo, Hammond, LA.
No 3rd place as there only 2 entries.
WILD GAME:

1st place-BPD Grill Masters, Captain Chief Joe Culpepper, Bogalusa, La.
2nd place-Progressive Wastes, Captain Clay Richardson, Franklinton, La.
3rd place- BPD Grill Masters, Captain Chief Joe Culpepper Bogalusa, La.

 

 

Obituary

JOSHUA LEE BREWER, The infant son of Aaron and Brittany Brewer of Pine was born into Heaven into the arms of God at on Saturday March 15, 2014 at LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa.

 

Obituary

Shirley Elizabeth Borde Sheridan, 80, born on September 28, 1933 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa, LA.  Shirley was a graduate of Bogalusa High School and a longtime member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years.  She retired from Council on Aging which was dear to her heart working with the Senior Citizens of Washington Parish and volunteered her time in many different capacities over the years.

 

 

March 17, 2014Deputies apprehend man wanted by MPD after high-speed pursuit
Following two high-speed pursuits late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies apprehended a man wanted by Mandeville Police for vehicle burglary.  A deputy first spotted Kris Livermore’s 1992 tan Mercury Grand Marquis driving 85 miles per hour on La. Hwy 434. The deputy attempted to make a U-turn in order to initiate a traffic stop, but lost sight of the vehicle as it sped down the highway.  A short time later, deputies on La. Hwy 59 spotted the same vehicle entering that highway from Interstate 12. They too attempted a traffic stop, but Livermore continued northbound on Hwy 59 into Abita Springs. With deputies in pursuit, Livermore travelled at speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour, passing several vehicles and driving against traffic at times in the southbound lane. As he entered Abita Springs, he lost control of his vehicle when attempting to maneuver a curve in the roadway and crashed into another vehicle near the intersection of Keller Street and Hwy 59. The driver and the four passengers in that vehicle sustained injuries and were transported to area hospitals.  Livermore exited his vehicle and fled on foot down Keller Street to Second Street. Deputies followed as Livermore climbed over fences and was located minutes later hiding under a stack of boxes. He was apprehended shortly after midnight near the intersection of Keller Street and Second Street.
Kris Livermore (DOB 12-17-1959; 22332 Strain Road, Mandeville) was arrested on the following charges and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail:
40:967 Possession of Schedule II CDS: cocaine 14:108 Aggravated flight from an office
40:1238.1 Distribution of a legend drug without a prescription
40:1023 Possession of drug paraphernalia
14:96 Aggravated obstruction of a highway of commerce
14:39 Negligent injury
14:108 Resisting an officer
In addition, Livermore was booked on two fugitive charges and an outstanding misdemeanor theft charge from 1997.

 

Obituary

Mildred Virginia Owen age 90 passed away March 14, 2014 at AMG Specialty Hospital in Bogalusa, La. She was a resident of Bogalusa and member of New Life United Pentecostal Church in Bogalusa, La.

  

March 17, 2014

PARISH MAN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE ARSONS
Working in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Johnny Erin Tarver, 23, who resides on Bahm Road in Franklinton.  Tarver was placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with twenty counts of Simple Arson.  Conviction of a single charge of Simple Arson where the damage is less than five hundred dollars is punishable by a fine of not more than twenty-five hundred dollars or imprisonment for not more than five years, or both.

On March 14, Deputies Anthony Jones and Allen Dupre responded to a location on Jim Edwards Road in reference to a brush fire that was not controlled.  The complainant who reported the brush fire stated that a white male driving a red four door sedan had stopped and tried to convince her the fire was a controlled burn.  The male refused to identify himself.

A short time later, Deputy Jones observed a red four door sedan approach the intersection of Jim Edwards Road and Highway 440.  Deputy Jones pursued the vehicle and determined that the vehicle was registered to Tarver who was wanted by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry for twenty counts of Simple Arson.  The vehicle was stopped and Tarver was arrested.

Bond for Tarver has been set at $30,000 on the current arson charges.  Additional arson charges are anticipated as the investigation continues.

Sheriff Randy Seal praised the cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.  “Commissioner Mike Strain and his investigators did an excellent job investigating these multiple arsons in our parish and identifying the arsonist.  It was a pleasure to work with him and his staff to apprehend this man and prevent additional arsons in Washington Parish.”

 

 

March 17, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Chrystal Bell was booked 03/15 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest by Flight, and Failure to Appear
Tommy Warner was booked 03/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Derodrick Spurlock was booked 03/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Christopher Davis was booked 03/15 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated Hit and Run, and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Corwin Norred was booked 03/15 In From Court
Benjamin was booked 03/15 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace, Resisting an Officer, and Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500
Trevion Harris was booked 03/15 on the charge of Simple Battery
Thaddeus Baham was booked 03/15 on the charges of Second Degree Battery (2 counts) and Simple Battery
Tommy Lewis was booked 03/15 on the charges of Simple Burglary and Criminal Damage to Property
Monica Watson was booked 03/16 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Open Container in Vehicle
Stephen Rester was booked 03/16 on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI

 

 

Obituary

JEWEL SCOTT TAGEANT, AGE 83

And a resident of Franklinton died early Friday March 14, 2014 at her home. She was a native of Natchez, MS and graduated from Washington High School in 1948 before attending Mississippi College. She received a Master’s Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and also from Nova University. Jewel and her family moved to Franklinton in the late 1960s where she later became the director of Head Start-Early Childhood Development Program before retiring with 20 years of service. She always had a special place in her heart for the children she worked with and cared deeply for the rights of all young people.

Jewel was a member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton where she was active in the Winsome Sunday School class, the WMU, Senior Singers and Merry Hearts group. She was a member of the American Legion-Women’s Auxiliary and the Waverly Club. Jewel enjoyed playing bridge and loved attending Franklinton High School Demon Baseball games and followed the team through many years. She loved watching her grandchildren play for the Demons and in all their other activities. Jewel was forever a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

 

 

Obituary

Charles Edward Blackwell, age 81, of the Plainview Community,  passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA surrounded by his wife and children.

Born July 20, 1932 in Bogalusa, LA.  He was a United States Army veteran  and retied mechanic.
He loved playing music and traveling.

 

March 14, 2014

SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS COPPER THIEVES

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators recently responded to a complaint about vandalism and theft at two parish churches.  Thieves stole copper from seven air conditioning units at Highland Baptist Church on March 11, causing approximately $20,000 in damage.  They also stole copper from two air conditioning units at Berry’s Creek United Pentecostal Church, causing an undetermined amount of damage.

Eric T. Dietrich, 23, and Robert N. Johnson, 34, were immediately identified as suspects.  Investigators were able to locate and arrest Dietrich (pictured middle right), who resides on Pierce Boulevard in Bogalusa, the same day the thefts were reported.  He has been charged with involvement in one of the church thefts with more charges possibly forthcoming.  Some of the copper which had been removed from the air conditioning units was located at local recycling centers and at the residence of Dietrich’s girlfriend, Nicole Francis Pettinga (pictured bottom right), 31.  Robert Johnson (pictured top right), who resides on Avenue E in Bogalusa, was found the next day hiding under Pettinga’s house on Pierce Boulevard.  He was arrested without incident for his involvement in one of the two church thefts, with more charges forthcoming for the other church theft.  Pettinga was arrested also as an Accessory After the Fact.  All three are in the custody of the Washington Parish Jail and the investigation continues.

Eric Dietrich has been charged with three counts of Theft and two counts of Criminal Damage to Property, all felonies.  He remains in jail with bond set at $10,000.  Robert Johnson has been charged with two counts of Theft and one count of Criminal Damage, all felonies.  He remains in jail with bond set at $10,000.  Nicole Francis Pettinga has been charged with one count of Accessory After the Fact, a felony.  She remains in jail with bond set at $5,000.

Sheriff Randy Seal complimented Detectives Damon Mitchell and Corbet Hunt who handled the investigation, as well as members of the Washington Parish Drug Task Force who participated in the arrests.  “Thieves who are too lazy to work and earn an honest income should be in jail and I am pleased at the quick work of our investigators to solve these cases.  Stealing is a despicable offense and stealing from a house of worship is without excuse.  We are blessed with an excellent team of investigators who are always on the trail of those who commit crimes in Washington Parish.”

 

 

March 14, 2014

Sheriff Strain closes Northshore Workforce
Sheriff Jack Strain Thursday morning contacted the managers of Northshore Workforce – the Covington based transitional work program – to notify them he was closing the program.

The process of relocating the program’s 148 participants to the St. Tammany Parish Jail for temporary housing began at approximately noon Thursday.  Forty-three participants who were at the facility were escorted by Sheriff’s deputies to the jail.  NSWF personnel throughout the day picked up 93 additional participants who were at job-sites and brought them to the jail.  The Sheriff’s office is coordinating with other employers to arrange pickup of 12 offshore workers.  The Sheriff’s office is working with the Department of Corrections to determine the facilities where the inmates will ultimately be reassigned.

“My decision to shut down Northshore Workforce today was made with the public’s safety in mind.  While some recent media coverage has drawn attention to incidents which occurred with the program years ago, there have now been three recent walk-offs from job sites or, as in the case of this morning’s incident, from the facility itself.  This recent trend has led me to the conclusion that St. Tammany’s residents are best served by closing the doors of this facility,” Strain said.

“I retain my belief in the Transitional Work Program model as envisioned by the Department of Corrections.  The idea behind the program, when implemented correctly, is a tremendous asset in our efforts to reduce Louisiana’s alarming incarceration rate.  We will remain in communication with the Department of Corrections to determine if a similar facility might be reopened sometime in the future,” Strain added.

 

 

March 14, 2014

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards Provides Update on Manhunt for Christopher Ricker
Search efforts for Ricker still continue in the Loranger area.   Enforcement from the TPSO, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hammond Police Department, Customs, Wildlife and Fisheries and the LSP, are still active pursuing the whereabouts  of St. Tammany Work Release escapee, Christopher Richer.  A possible sighting of Ricker was reported at approximately 11:00 p.m. last night. 
Currently, searches continue by air, water and on foot.  K9’s and handlers have also been deployed.
Anyone having information regarding Ricker’s whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.  Sheriff Edwards is also offering an additional $1,000.00 for any information leading up the Ricker’s arrest. 

 

 

March 13, 2014

Tangi Sheriff Looking For Escapee

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the sheriff’s office is currently searching for 35 year old (w/m) Christopher Ricker.  Ricker allegedly escaped from the St. Tammany Work Release Program early this morning. 
At approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning, the sheriff’s office  received a call from a female  stating that she had been abducted by Ricker early this morning  from her  Covington area workplace.  Allegedly, Ricker then held her against her will as he traveled to Tangipahoa Parish, then  putting her out of his 1999 blue Toyota Camry on Wardline Rd.  
Ricker was soon located by deputies traveling on Hwy 442 in Loranger.  After a short pursuit, Ricker  crashed his vehicle into a tree near Cherokee Beach,  exited his Camry, and jumped into the river.  Ricker was then observed to be headed east on foot. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have area surrounded and K9’s on the ground.
Anyone having information or if you see Ricker or any suspicious persons, please contact 911 immediately.

 

 

March 13, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Nicole Pettinga was booked 03/12 on the charge of Accessory After The Fact
Joseph Billings was booked 03/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Failure to Pay Fine, Ran Stop Sign, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Schedule V Drugs
Robert Johnson was booked 03/12 on the charges of Theft Over 1500 Criminal Damage, and Theft Under 500
Stephen Rester was booked 03/13 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI

 

 

March 12, 2014

Riverside Medical Center CEO Dr. Kyle Magee Reports on Improvements
At the regularly scheduled Washington Parish Council meeting Monday evening, Dr. Kyle Magee brought the Council and the public up-to-date on developments at RMC since August 5, 2013.

  • Embarked on starting RMC's own cardiology service and teaming with Louisiana Heart Center.   
  • Explored RMC having its own cath lab with construction staring soon.
    Moving forward with new cardiac rehab services
  • Participating in a new drug program with substantial savings to both RMC and patients
  • Expanding the Rural Health Clinic
  • Replacement of all radiology equipment with a corresponding equipment upgrade and substantial savings to RMC
  • Recruitment of a full-time surgeon, a family practice physician, and a new family nurse practitioner
  • Employment of a new ER group and an emphasis on improvement of quality care in a timely fashion
  • A renewed effort in promoting the hospital, proving health screenings and health fairs
  • Support from the RMC Foundation, a 501(c)3 chaired by Claire McGuire dedicated to raising monies for various projects at the hospital.

Dr. Magee responded to questions from the Council, reassuring the Council that RMC is financially sound and on track to improving services to the community.

 

 

March 12, 2014

Franklinton Mayor Announces Highway Resurfacing Work

Last night, during the regular scheduled meeting of the Board of Aldermen, Mayor Wayne Fleming announced that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will soon begin resurfacing Highway 10 (Washington Street) from CVS Pharmacy eastward to the city limits. The work will include widening of the road, work on the bridges on the span, drainage, and installing turn lines, similar to those in front of Winn Dixie, off Highway 10 onto Pearl Street.

The improvements will be at no cost to the town. Mayor Fleming expressed his appreciation to the DOTD, Senator Ben Nevers, and Representative Harold Ritchie. He also acknowledged that the project will be an inconvenience to the citizens and patrons of Franklinton and asked for their patience.

In other business, the Mayor reported on the sewer plant repair project, voted to hire Curtis E. Hart, II for the Public Works Department, and heard a report from Florence Manning on the Farmers Market.

 

 

March 12, 2014

Governor Jindal Announces Human Trafficking Legislation to Protect Victims, Punish Criminals
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Jindal announced human trafficking legislation that will ensure criminals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that victims of human trafficking are identified and protected.
The Governor said human trafficking occurs when a person is forced to provide commercial services against her will, often related to sex – and it is occurring at alarming rates in Louisiana. According to an analysis done by Shared Hope International, Baton Rouge ranks in the top 10 cities in the nation for human trafficking. The Governor said this proposed legislation will punish criminals to the fullest extent of the law and it will provide victims more tools for further protection.

Click Here For Details

 

 

Obituary

Susan Stogner, age 62, born on August 24, 1951, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.

 

 

Obituary

MIKE TULLOS, AGE 57

And a resident of Franklinton died at 10:30 am Monday March 10, 2014. He was an Electrical Engineer for Washington-St. Tammany Electric Co-op with 38 years of service and the owner of Tullos Electric for nearly 18 years. Mike was a member of Victory Baptist Church who enjoyed the great outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing alongside his family and especially enjoyed all the time spent with his grandsons as “hunting buddies” and at all their Little League ball games. Mike was a good cook that enjoyed hosting his friends and family and he was forever a devoted son, father and grandfather. He was always a friend to all those that knew him.

 

 

Obituary

Mildred Nellie Amacker Walker, 96, a resident of Bogalusa, was called home Monday, March 10, 2014, at Resthaven Living Center.  She was born in White Sand, Miss., on Oct. 10, 1917, to James Monroe Amacker and Rose Anne Breland Amacker. She attended Buck Branch High School and was the salutatorian of her graduating class in 1936. On July 6, 1941, she married Levert Eddie Walker of Varnado, and she was a homemaker who stayed home to raise her three children.  Born in the early part of the 20th Century, she lived through the depression and World War II. As a child she helped out in the fields, picking cotton and other crops, and as the eldest of 10, she helped her mother take care of her sisters and brothers. She was a Christian and enjoyed being a part of her Monroe Street Baptist Church family, attending services and Sunday school until her health kept her from going.

 

 

March 12, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Robert Jackson was booked 03/11 on the charges of Overtaking and Passing School Buses, No Drivers License, and No Proof of Insurance
James Spikes was booked 03/11 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Failure to Appear, and 1st Degree Murder
Jonathan Martin was booked 03/11 on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Attachment
Eric Dietrich was booked 03/11 on the charges of Theft Over 1500, Criminal Damage, and Theft Under 500
Christine Bryant was booked 03/11 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

March 11, 2014

SHERIFF’S OFFICE SHUTS DOWN METH LAB
On March 10, 2014, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force officers were assisting Sheriff’s Office investigators with a search warrant for stolen property located at 40110 Baham Road, Franklinton.  As Drug Task Force officers approached the residence, they noticed several  bottles used for methamphetamine manufacture scattered on the ground.  The officers also detected a strong odor consistent with the manufacture of meth coming from inside the residence through the open front door.  At this time, officers observed a white male, identified as Gary D. Touchstone, 32, walking from a residence next door.  Touchstone advised officers that he lived at the residence alone and gave permission for the house and property to be searched.  The search of the house and property revealed fifty-nine one pot meth bottles, several meth pipes, several empty blister packs of sudaphedrine, empty fuel containers, coffee filters, empty lithium battery packs and a bag of fertilizer.  All of the ingredients are used in the manufacture of meth.  Pot bottles are defined as bottles used for manufacturing meth.

Touchstone was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with Manufacture of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Operation of a Clandestine Meth Lab and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   He remains in the jail and no bond has been set at this time.

Due to the toxic environmental issues surrounding a meth lab, a professional meth lab cleaning crew was brought in to collect and dispose of all hazardous material.  The cost of the clean up was $1,600.

Sheriff Randy Seal complimented his officers for making the arrest and shutting down the meth lab.  “A meth lab is a very dangerous operation which produces a toxic and dangerous illegal substance.  Our officers did an excellent job in putting this drug dealer out of business and we will ask for restitution for the cost of cleaning up the lab.  The honest taxpayers of Washington Parish should not have to bear the burden of cleaning up a toxic site created by an illegal operation.”

 

 

March 11, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Parrish Thompson was booked 03/10 on the charges of Accessory To Murder and Obstruction of Justice
Tobias Toomer was booked 03/10 In From Court
Sidney Ritchie was booked 03/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3drd Offense), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Hit and Run
Gary Touchstone was booked 03/10 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Operation of Clandestine Meth Lab, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

March 11, 2014

Governor Jindal Marks Opening of 2014 Legislative Session, Highlights New Careers of Louisianians Across the State
BATON ROUGE – Yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal delivered his address at the opening of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session where he presented his legislative priorities and highlighted individuals in the audience who have started new careers in Louisiana as a result of the state’s economic growth.  Click Here For His Remarks

 

 

March 10, 2014

Slidell man on house arrest charged after removing monitoring device
A Slidell man who was on house arrest for charges out of Lafayette will now be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail after he removed his monitor device and fled following a fight with his father.  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 29172 Dinkins Drive Sunday night in reference to a fight between a father and a son.  The complainant advised his son, Justin Hoover (DOB 10/21/1984), kicked in the door to the residence after being told to leave.  He then punched his father in the face and knocked his mother down with the door. Hoover, who was on house arrest for an auto theft charge out of Lafayette, had fled the residence on foot prior to deputies’ arrival.  Deputies contacted the monitoring agency and were advised that Hoover had removed his ankle bracelet.  They set up a perimeter around the residence but were unable to locate Hoover.  Approximately 30-45 minutes after clearing the scene, the father called 911 to report that his son had returned to the home and deputies returned to the residence but were still unable to locate Hoover.

His ankle monitoring device was located on the porch of the home, and deputies contacted the Lafayette Sheriff’s Office and notified them of the incident.  After receiving an anonymous phone call Monday afternoon, deputies located Hoover hiding under a blanket in the backseat of a vehicle parked outside a Lacombe gas station.  Justin Hoover was taken into custody and arrested on the charge of 14:110.2 Tampering with a monitoring system.

He will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

 

 

March 10, 2014

Parish Government Meets Tonight

The Washington Parish Government meets tonight at 5:45 pm at the courthouse in Franklinton.  The subject of the hearing is Consideration of Adopting Proposed WP Ordinance No.14-581 - An Ordinance Establishing No Thru Truck Routes On Certain Parish Roads.  Following the public hearing, the Council will meet at 6pm in regular session to, among other items, vote on Ordinance No. 14-581.  The Council will also hear Parish President Richard N. Thomas' report and hear from any in attendance wishing to address the Council. 

(As always, video of the meeting will be available on our Washington Parish Channel the following day.  Simply, go to the Video Library, click on "Government meetings", and select the video.)   

 

 

Obituary

Rev. Dr. Frank Gutierrez, age 79, born on June 29, 1934 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA.

He was a veteran and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
He recently celebrated 50 years as a Gospel Minister having served in many locales. Pastor Gutierrez was currently serving as Spanish Minister at First Baptist Church in Bogalusa, LA, which he started. In 1979 he also received his doctorate degree in psychology and counseling and served many years in that role.

 

 

March 10, 2014

Commission Approves Revisions to Notices of Intent for Upcoming Hunting Seasons
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) has adopted amended notices of intent for the upcoming hunting seasons based on recommendations by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
 If approved, beginning with the 2014-2015 small game season, hunters would be allowed a three-day possession limit for rabbit, squirrel and quail. The daily harvest limit would remain eight for rabbits and squirrels, and 10 daily for quail.
 In additional action taken, the Commission amended the 2014-2015 deer season dates for Area 5 to close the still hunt season on the second Sunday in January, instead of the fourth Sunday in December. The still hunt season would remain “bucks only” unless “either sex” season is in progress.

 

March 10, 2014

Governor Jindal Announces Legislation to Further Protect Life in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE – Friday, Governor Jindal announced legislative proposals aimed at continuing to protect life in Louisiana.  These reforms will build upon the work Governor Jindal has done to make Louisiana the most pro-life state in the nation.
Governor Jindal said, “Promoting a culture of life in Louisiana has been an important priority of mine since taking office, and I am proud to support these bills this legislative session. In this state, we uphold a culture of life that values human beings as unique creatures who were made by our Creator.  These bills will build upon all we have done the past six years to protect the unborn.”   To read more about these proposals, Click Here

 

 

March 10, 2014

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED RAPE AND TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED INCEST--MANDATORY LIFE IN PRISON--

COVINGTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Joel Alden Sullivan, 41 of Covington, was found guilty as charged on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated incest.  The 12 member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated for 2 hours before returning the guilty verdicts to 22nd Judicial District Judge Richard Swartz.  Assistant District Attorneys Nick Noriea, Jr. and Jason Cuccia were in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case for the 3 day trial.

Sullivan was arrested in March 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after two girls and a boy were sexually abused.  One of the girls, who was abused in 2007-2008 when she was 13, told her foster mom who told police.  The other girl was abused from 2006-2008 when she was 10-11 years old.  The boy was abused from 2002-2005 when he was 10-13 years old.            

Judge Swartz will sentence Sullivan after a multiple offender hearing that is scheduled for March 13th, 2014.  Sullivan’s sentence could be enhanced if he is found to be a career criminal due to prior convictions for carnal knowledge in 2008 and possession of cocaine in 2004.  Aggravated rape is punishable by imprisonment for life without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.  Aggravated incest where the victim is under the age of 13 years is punishable by imprisonment from 25 to 99 years.

 

 

March 10, 2014

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED INCEST

COVINGTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Rory Vansant, 52 of Slidell, was found guilty as charged on Thursday, February 13th, 2014, of aggravated incest.  The 12 member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated for two hours before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge William Burris.  Assistant District Attorney Bruce Dearing was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case for the 4 day trial.

Vansant was arrested in May 2008 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a girl was sexually abused.  The abuse occurred from 2006 to 2007 when the victim was 10 years old.  The victim’s sister told a family member who reported to authorities. 

Judge Burris will sentence Vansant on May 6, 2014.  Aggravated incest where the victim is under the age of 13 years is punishable by imprisonment from 25 to 99 years. 

 

 

 

March 10, 2014

Detectives looking for help identifying women wanted for shoplifting at Covington and Slidell Target Locations
St. Tammany Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s helping in identifying two women wanted for shoplifting from the Covington Target store. On Saturday, February 22, 2014 two black female subjects entered the Covington Target store, located off of Highway 21, and stole several items, totaling $195. The women left the area in a silver Smart car. Images of the car and the women have been taken from surveillance video at the store. (pictured right)
If anyone recognizes the subjects or the vehicle, please call Detective Jason Mire at 985-276-1322.

 

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two women wanted for stealing nearly $1,000 in merchandise from a Slidell store.
On Friday, February 07, 2014 two black female subjects entered the Target store in Covington and attempted to shoplift a purse and five Nintendo 3DS game systems. The theft would have totaled $999.95, but the suspects discarded the merchandise upon noticing the asset protection associate.
However, the subjects left the Covington store and immediately went to the Slidell Target, where they were successful in stealing the same merchandise.
Detectives obtained three images of the suspects taken from surveillance video at the stores (pictured left.)  If anyone recognizes the subjects please contact Detective Jason Mire at 985-276-1322.

 

 

Obituary

JOHN HENRY COYLE, AGE 78

And a resident of Franklinton died at 8:10 AM Thursday, March 6, 2014 at his residence.

He was owner/operator of his welding shop, a dairyman and truck driver. He enjoyed woodworking. He loved to spend time drinking coffee with his buddies at the Palace.

 

 

Obituary

Michael Wayne Bertoniere, a resident of Franklinton, died March 6, 2014 in Lafayette, Louisiana

 

 

Obituary

Willie Ruth Nettles and a resident of Bogalusa died Friday, March 7, 2014 at the AMG Specialty Hospital in Bogalusa.

 

 

March 10, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Steven Hunt was booked 03/08 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense) and Domestic Abuse Child Endangerment (3 counts)
Keiasha Brister was booked 03/08 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Stacey Austin was booked 03/08 on the charges of Forgery, Theft Under 500, Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500, and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Malcolm Garrett was booked 03/08 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Todd Williams was booked 03/09 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Criminal Damage to Property

 

 

March 7, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Amber Chaney was booked 03/06 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Attachment, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Steven Magee was booked 03/06 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Emmitt Warren was booked 03/06 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Forgery, Attachment (2 counts), and Possession of Schedule I Drugs

 

 

Obituary

DORIS LEONA STRAHAN TONEY, AGE 78

And a resident of Baton Rouge died at 4:40 pm Wednesday March 5, 2014 at Landmark of Baton Rouge. She was a former Civil Service employee of the U.S. Geological Survey at Stennis Space Center. Doris enjoyed bird-watching and gardening with her plants. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Slidell where she was previously very active in Sunday School. Doris enjoyed collecting owl figurines and all types of bells.

 

 

Obituary

WHITNEY MATTHEW ELFER, AGE 61

And a resident of Franklinton died at 6:20 am Wednesday March 5, 2014 at his home. He was a former longtime resident of Harahan before moving to Washington Parish following Hurricane Katrina. Whitney was a former pipe-fitter at Avondale Shipyards for over 20 years and an avid fan of all types of sports. He was a motorcycle enthusiast who loved riding and working on them. Whitney was forever a very loving and supportive husband and father.

 

 

Obituary

Ida Pearl Bowman, born May 1, 1938, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. She was a native of Tylertown, MS and resided in Pine, LA. She was retired from Winn Dixie Deli and Bakery department. She was a devoted member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir. She loved helping others and spending time with her family and friends. She never met a stranger and will be remembered and loved by many.

 

 

March 6, 2014

Two Tangipahoa men arrested for Mandeville area burglary
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s investigators have booked two Tangipahoa Parish men for the burglary of a gold and coin store on Hwy 22 just outside Mandeville this morning.
The Sheriff’s office received an alarm notification from Dupre Coins and Precious Metals at approximately 5:15 a.m. this morning.  Minutes later, a deputy responding to check the business noticed a group of men walking from the rear of the building.  Two of the men fled east along Hwy 22.  Another man entered a car the group drove there and sped away west bound on Hwy 22.  The deputy ran back to his car and chased that vehicle, a 2005 black Lincoln sedan, to an apartment complex on Hwy 22.  When the deputy arrived, the get-away car had crashed into another vehicle and was empty.  The driver of that car was seen fleeing into a nearby wooded area.  K-9 deputies tracked his trail into the woods, while other deputies established a perimeter around the woods.  A short time later, a man was spotted exiting the woods onto an adjacent roadway and was taken into custody for questioning.  Other deputies who responded to the scene of the burglary noticed another man walking down Hwy 22 in the vicinity of the incident.  He was also taken into custody for questioning.
As a result of the investigation, the two men have been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail with one count of L.R.S. 14:62 (simple burglary).  Their information is as follows:
Quentrel Hogan (25687 McCarroll Rd, Springfield, LA – DOB: 3/21/1994) and Clarence Walls (13115 Stevenson Ln, Hammond, LA – DOB: 2/16/1996)
Sheriff’s investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for a third man, also from Tangipahoa Parish, who they believe was with Hogan and Walls at the time of the burglary.  They are working with authorities there to locate him.
The investigation continues into whether or not a fourth man was involved in the burglary.

 

 

March 6, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Lawrence Way was booked 03/05 on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Michael McHugh was booked 03/04 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Lauren Boone was booked 03/04 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
William Talley was booked 03/05 on the charge of Forgery
Decarlos Taylor was booked 03/05 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Ginger Marchand was booked 03/05 on the charge of Failure to Return Rental Property and Failure to Appear
Jessica Jenkins was booked 03/05 on the charges of Theft Under 500, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Rachael Shoemaker was booked 03/05 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Daquandra Odom was booked 03/05 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Resistsing an Officer, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Christopher Penton was booked 03/05 on the charge of Theft Under 500

 

March 5, 2014

Tangipahoa Parish Makes Narcotics Arrests

The Tangipahoa Parish Narcotics Unit is at it again!  Five more subjects have been arrested over the past two weeks as the result of an on-going narcotics investigation.  Additional arrest are believed to be forthcoming as agents and deputies take narcotics violators off our streets. 
•Crystal Burise (b/f dob 11/15/1981) of 44646 Parsonage Road Hammond, Louisiana ◦2 counts Distribution Schedule 2 (roxycodone)
 •James Butler (b/m dob 12/12/1992) of 70209 Rainey Street Tangipahoa, Louisiana ◦1 count Distribution Schedule 2 (hydrocodone)
 •Joshua Terrell (b/m 09/08/1987) of 706 Avenue C Kentwood, Louisiana ◦1 count Distribution Schedule 1 (synthetic cannabinoid)

•Carlton James (b/m 07/06/1979) of Tangipahoa, Louisiana ◦1 count of Distribution Schedule 1 (marijuana)
 •Keilon Washington (b/m 01/28/1988) of 910 Avenue L  lot #8 Kentwood, Louisiana ◦2 counts Distribution Schedule I (marijuana)

 

Obituary

WILVA MAE DIDON GARCIA, AGE 80

And a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 1:30 PM Sunday, March 2, 2014 at her residence.

She was a member of Mt. Hermon United Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed reading and working crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed watching hummingbirds outdoors and tending to her plants and flowers.

 

 

Obituary

JAMES WESLEY (J.W.) MULINA, SR., AGE 78

And a resident of Franklinton passed into eternity March 2, 2014 at his home after an extended illness. He was a loving husband and loved being with his family and always looked forward to their visits. J.W. was a member of New Hope Baptist Church near Folsom and a former dragline operator with the Louisiana Highway Department. He then went on to work and retired after many years of service from Dairymen, Inc. He loved camping, fishing and traveling around the United States when his health permitted. J.W. enjoyed drinking coffee at Boyd’s Auto Parts while swapping stories and reliving old-times. He was a horse and dog enthusiast and enjoyed the company of his animals. Years ago, J.W. often fox hunted and loved working and listening to his dogs.

 

 

March 4, 2014

Louisiana bicycle deaths increase in 2012
La. Highway Safety Commission says follow safety rules

Twenty-four bicycle riders in Louisiana were killed in crashes in 2012, the highest number in a decade. The increase came in a year in which the number of motor vehicle drivers killed in crashes declined.  "Fatal crashes involving bicycle riders can vary greatly from year to year," said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. "We're not certain of why these swings occur, but we do know that many of the crashes between bike riders and motor vehicles could be avoided."

As is the case with most other types of highway crashes, fatal crashes involving bikes are more likely to occur in evening hours. Also, a significant number of bicyclists' deaths involve alcohol. While many people may think bicycle accidents involve mostly children, the opposite is true. Only five of the fatal bicycle crashes in 2012 involved kids 15 years or younger.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission urges all bicycle riders and motor vehicle drivers to observe the law and common-sense practices.

· All bike riders should wear an approved helmet. Children under the age of 12 are required to wear an approved helmet.
· Every person riding a bicycle on a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.
· Bike riders should give appropriate hand signals when turning, stopping or decreasing speed.
· Every person operating a bike on a roadway must ride as near to the right side of the roadway as possible.
· People riding bikes on a roadway must not ride more than two abreast, except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
· Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bike riders are required to use the path and should not use the roadway.
· Wear bright clothing, especially at night, and use lights and reflectors if riding in the dark.
· Stay alert: Use your eyes and ears to observe traffic. Don't wear earphones while riding.
· Make certain your tires are properly inflated, your brakes work and other parts of the bike are in good working order.
· While passing a bicycle heading in the same direction, motor vehicle drivers must keep a safe distance of least three feet from the bicycle.
· Motor vehicle drivers should be aware that bicycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles.

 

 

March 3, 2014

LDWF Feral Hog Control Set for Week of March 10 on Pearl River and Sherburne WMAs
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be conducting aerial feral hog control utilizing helicopters on Pearl River WMA in the marsh south of Hwy. 90 (St. Tammany Parish) and on Sherburne WMA in the main body of the WMA as well as the North and South Farms (Iberville and Pointe Coupee Parishes) during the week of March 10.
The department is alerting the WMA users including nutria hunters, fishermen, birdwatchers and hikers that helicopter flyovers and associated gunfire may be  agency personnel conducting feral hog population control.
The purpose of the aerial population control with firearms is to reduce the feral hog numbers on both WMAs and subsequently reduce the habitat destruction. Damage to wildlife management areas and private property in recent years has increased as the feral hog population in Louisiana has increased.
Hog harvest by hunters on WMAs during hunting seasons has not been successful in keeping hog populations under control. The March timeframe was chosen since fall/winter hunting seasons will have concluded and turkey season will not have begun yet on Sherburne or Pearl River WMA.  Additionally, the marsh grass and trees will not have spring foliage, enabling helicopter crews to spot hogs.
LDWF personnel will be stationed at select WMA parking areas on the weekdays.  Helicopters will be over each WMA to alert the public of the ongoing hog control activities.
For more information: contact Jim LaCour at 225-765-0823 or jlacour@wlf.la.gov;  or Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

 

 

March 3, 2014

Single Vehicle Crash Kills Unrestrained Motorist in Washington Parish

Early Saturday morning at approximately 12:45 A.M., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on La. 38 near Franklinton in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of Roderick G. Mabon (B/M 54) of Franklinton.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Mabon was operating a 1994 Chevrolet S-10 westbound on La. 38 east of Old Columbia Road. Mabon, for reasons under investigation, veered right, traveled off of the roadway, entered a ditch, traveled approximately 250 feet, and struck a tree.  Mr. Mabon was not restrained and received fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office.

Impairment is not suspected; however, a blood sample was collected from Mabon so toxicological analysis can be performed at the LSP Crime Lab. Those results are pending and this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

March 3, 2014

St. Tammany deputies looking for missing 19 year old
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office is working with NOPD to find a missing Slidell area woman.
Hayley Howard (19 years old) was last seen at approximately 2:00 a.m. Saturday leaving the University of New Orleans campus in a silver 2002 Toyota Corolla with Louisiana plate XBP 643.  She was believed to be returning to the northshore when she left the university area.  Howard never returned to her home in the Cross Gates subdivision.
Howard is described as 5’-3” tall and 105 lbs.  She was last seen wearing a black dress and black shoes.
According to a friend, Howard called to say she had a flat tire on the southshore and that a passing motorist had stopped to help her.
The Sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about Haley’s whereabouts, or who may have seen a stranded vehicle matching Haley’s, to call 911.

 

 

Obituary

SHERRI LYNN ELLIS HARGIS, AGE 59

And a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 10:00 am Friday February 28, 2014 at her home. She was a former Licensed Practical Nurse that worked alongside her mother as a floral designer at Margie’s Florist for many years. Sherri loved working outdoors with her plants and gardening. She was an animal lover and had many pets that she often rescued as stray animals.

 

 

March 3, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Henry Sarmento was booked 03/01 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Donald Warren was booked 03/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Robert Schwab was booked 03/02 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Samuel Robinson was booked 03/02 on the charges of No Passing Zones, Failure to Pay Old Fine, Hunting Without Resident License, Proper Equipment Required On Vehicles, and Hunting Rabbits Closed Season
Charles Martin was booked 03/02 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Pregnant Woman
Robert wilson was booked 03/03 on the charges of Public Intimidation, Driving While Intoxicated, and Improper Lane Useage
Tyran Williams was booked 03/03 on the charges of Simple Battery, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Failure to Appear
Cordarrah Lee was booked 03/03 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

 

 

February 28, 2014

GOVERNOR JINDAL UNVEILS LEGISLATION IN SUPPORT OF VETERANS
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal unveiled three legislative proposals he will pursue during the upcoming legislative session in support of Louisiana veterans.
First, Governor Jindal will pursue legislation to expand residential lease protections for military service members and their spouses.
Second, Governor Jindal will pursue legislation that will establish a voluntary registry for veterans exposed to dangerous burn pits during wartime.
Third, Governor Jindal will pursue legislation that authorizes courts to create specialized Veteran's Treatment Court Programs.

Click Here For Details

 

 

February 28, 2014

Governor Jindal Presents Inaugural Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence to Duck Commander and the Robertson Family
Yesterday, Governor Jindal stopped by the Duck Commander headquarters in West Monroe, Louisiana, to present the inaugural Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence to Duck Commander and the Robertson family.  The Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence will be periodically awarded by the Governor to homegrown Louisiana businesses that grow and provide more opportunity, more jobs, and more commerce for the State of Louisiana.  Click here for the rest of the story

 

 

February 28, 2014

Body of Missing Alabama Woman Found

Sheriff Jack Strain reports on the circumstances of the case involving Melinda Denny, the missing woman from the Mobile, Alabama area. Deputies searched for six days before finding her body in a field off of Brewster Road Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Jonathan Nall, her boyfriend and travelling companion, has since been charged with second-degree murder in her death. He is being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail on an $800,000 bond.day morning. Johnathan Nall, her boyfriend and travelling companion, has since been charged with second-degree murder in her death. He is being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail on an $800,000 bond.

For video related to the case, click the following link:  http://vimeo.com/87872145

 

 

February 28, 2014

PURSUIT ENDS WITH DRUG ARRESTS

On the evening of February 27, 2014, Detectives assigned to the Washington Parish Drug Task Force tried to perform a traffic stop on a Cadillac sedan which ran a stop sign on Camellia Street in Bogalusa.  As Detectives approached the vehicle on foot, the sedan sped away.  Detectives pursued the vehicle as it went down the street and alleys of the Pleasant Hill area.  The driver finally crashed on West 8th Street between Avenues C and D.

Detectives apprehended and arrested two suspects who possessed an unmarked pill bottle containing 32 Roxycontin pills and one Xanax pill, 8.6 grams of marijuana and $1,141.00 in cash.

Suspects arrested were (pictured top right) Myron Travan Robinson, 21, who resides on Avenue E, and (pictured bottom right) Steven Dakota Rodgers, 24, who resides on Avenue C.  Both arrestees were transported to the Washington Parish Jail.  Bond has not been set at this time.

The driver of the vehicle, Robinson, is charged with Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Marijuana Second Offense Felony, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Running a Stop Sign (two counts).

Rodgers is charged with Possession of Schedule IV Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II drugs.

Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “While most of our citizens are inside their homes enjoying a peaceful evening with their families, our Drug Task Force Detectives are working throughout the parish to locate and arrest drug dealers.  I congratulate our officers for a job well done.”

 

 

February 28, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Andrea Hart was booked 02/26 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jason Fazekas was booked 02/26 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Herbert Thomas was booked 02/26 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Leaving Scene of Accident, and No Drivers License

Vonder Alston was booked 02/27 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Gerald Lott was booked 02/27 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Patrick Spencer was booked 02/27 on the charges of Simple Burglary and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Andrew Oliver was booked 02/27 In From Court
Roy Watson was booked 02/27 In From Court
Steven Rodgers was booked 02/28 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Myron Robinson was booked 02/28 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign (2 counts), No Turn Signals, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs

 

 

February 26, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Zelaya Mancia was booked 02/25 on the charges of No Passing Zone and No Drivers License
Ellen Bickham was booked 02/25 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Andrea Hart was booked 02/26 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

Obituary

MARY JEANETTE RATCLIFF, AGE 71

And a resident of Franklinton went to be with her Lord at 6:00 am Wednesday February 26, 2014. She was a lifelong member of Trinity Baptist Church, which she cared for deeply and served for many years as church treasurer. Mary was an accountant for nearly 40 years at Kaylor Bookkeeping and thoroughly enjoyed her work. She served for many years on the Washington Parish 911 Board and enjoyed going out to eat with friends and family. In earlier years, Mary enjoyed playing softball and in later years loved playing dominoes and the card-game Phase 10 often eating her favorite Blue Bell ice-cream any chance she could.

 

 

February 25, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Victor Green was booked 02/25 In From Court
Jacob Thomas was booked 02/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Blake Jones was booked 02/24 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Expires MVI, Improper Lighting License Plate, No Proof of Insurance, and Driving Under Suspension
Raven Theriot-Mabile was booked 02/24 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Brandon Miller was booked 02/24 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Terry Watson was booked 02/24 on the charge of Probation Violation
Guan Batiste was booked 02/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine
Donald Myatt was booked 02/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Edward Conerly was booked 02/24 on the charges of Simple Burglary and Attempted Simple Burglary
Jason Seal was booked 02/24 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, no License Plate, and Failure to Appear

 

 

February 24, 2014

LDWF Dove Hunter Survey in Progress through March 16
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is surveying dove hunters across the state to share their experiences and opinions about dove hunting.  Topics include season dates, hunting activities, hunting success, ammunition used, as well as demographic variables.
To participate in this on-line survey visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting  and follow the link provided. Interested hunters will have until March 16, 2014 to participate in the survey.  The full survey consists of 13 questions and an additional section provides space for comments. The survey can be taken by anyone, but LDWF is interested in the opinions of dove hunters.
For more information, contact Dr. Jeff Duguay, LDWF Wildlife Division, at jduguay@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2353.
 

 

Obituary

Rita Faye Miller Leslie, age 53, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, born on September 21, 1960 in California, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Mandeville, LA.

She retired after 25 years from Wal-Mart in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

PEGGY HAROLD BATEMAN, AGE 88

And a resident of Franklinton died early Sunday morning February 23, 2014 at her home. She was a native of New Orleans and a former secretary with the Tulane Medical School Biology Department who enjoyed scrabble and doing crossword puzzles. Peggy loved painting and was a good artist, including several painted family portraits. She liked to watch movies and was a longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church, which she loved very much. Peggy was a loving mother and grandmother that received her greatest joy and comfort from the time spent with her family.

 

 

February 24, 2014

Loranger Resident Arrested On Numerous Charges

On February 22, 2014, at approximately midnight, deputies arrested 33 year old Loranger resident on multiple traffic and narcotics charges.  Luke Timberlake was traveling in a green 1995 Toyota Camry on HWY 40 in Independence when he was pulled over by Deputy Todd Bankston for a traffic violation.   The preliminary roadside investigation revealed that Timberlake was occupying a vehicle with switched plates, and no registration or insurance.   The investigation also revealed that Timberlake had a lengthy history of traffic and narcotic violations. 
While conducting a vehicle search subsequent to arrest, Deputy Bankston located an orange prescription pill bottle with a disfigured label containing forty-six pills under the front driver’s seat.  Thirty orange capsules believed to be Adderall XR 20mg Schedule II, three blue and white capsules believed to be Adderall 15mg Schedule II, five white tablets believed to be Soma 350mg Schedule III, five yellow oval tablets believed to be Lortab 325mg Schedule III and three green capsules believed to be Vistaril 25mg.
At this time and in addition to his traffic violations, Revised Statutes 32:322B Failure to Dim , 32:415 Driving Under Suspension , 47:536.1 Switched Plate , 32:861 No Insurance and 47:501 Failure to Secure Registration , Timberlake was additionally charged with Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Two Counts, Possession of Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance, Two Counts, Possession of Legend Drug, One Count, and Failure to Appear (4 counts)

 

February 24, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jerry Rogers was booked 02/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Pamela Duhon was booked 02/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Dylan-Buzz Busby was booked 02/22 on the charges of Criminal Damage and Leaving Scene of Accident
Calvin Brock was booked 02/22 on the charges of Distribution of Legend Drugs, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, and Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility
Edward Bright was booked 02/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, and Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility
Michael Hardiman was booked 02/22 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk

 

 

February 21, 2014

Governor Jindal Honors Louisiana’s Longest Married Couples
BATON ROUGE – Yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal held a reception at the Governor’s Mansion to honor Louisiana’s longest married couples. Ten couples were honored, with the longest married couple being Norman and Norma Burmah of Marksville, who have been married since January 26, 1931.
Governor Jindal said, “Supriya and I were honored to spend time with these couples. The couples are an example to all of us about the incredible institution of marriage.”
Louisiana’s longest married couple – Norman and Norma Burmah – was married in 1931. Norman is 102 years old and Norma is 99 years old. They have two daughters, six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. The Burmahs are members of the Louisiana Family Forum’s (LFF) Marriage Hall of Fame.
Since 2002, LFF has identified Louisiana’s longest married couple to honor the institution of marriage. LFF’s first recognized Longest Married Couple was George and Germaine Briant in 2002. The Briants were followed by Fernand and Emily Cavalier. Governor and First Lady honored the Cavaliers at the Governor’s Mansion in February 2008. The Governor and First Lady continued the tradition of hosting Louisiana’s Longest Married Couple at the Governor’s Mansion every year, honoring Newton and Anna Leger in 2009, Bennett and Pearl Robin in 2010, and Ralph and Dorothy Richards in 2011.

 

 

February 21, 2014

Deputies arrest man for breaking into home, fighting with ex-girlfriend
Joshua Ponseti (last known address: 810 Penn St, Mandeville – DOB: 1/18/1986) was arrested yesterday evening for one count of L.R.S.14:60 (aggravated burglary).

A Mandeville area woman called the Sheriff’s office yesterday afternoon to report that Ponseti, a former boyfriend, broke into her home earlier in the day and that the two engaged in an argument over a cell phone.  Ponseti pushed the woman to the floor before he left the residence.  During the investigation, it was learned that Ponseti was a participant in Northshore Workforce, a private transitional work program in the Covington area.  Ponseti was located a short time later at his place of employment in Mandeville.  After questioning by investigators, Ponseti was arrested without incident and brought to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

Ponseti’s bond has not yet been set.

 

 

Obituary

Barbara A. Duca passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014 at Regency Hospital, Covington at the age of 68. Born in New Orleans, lived in Arabi for most of her life and most recently in Mt. Hermon, LA.

 

 

Obituary

RICHARD L."RICKY" GLOVER BORN NOVEMBER 3, 1962 PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 20, 2014 AT HIS RESIDENCE IN BOGALUSA AT THE AGE OF 51. HE ATTENDED PLAINVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH.

 

 

Obituary

Terry Lynn Byrd And a resident of Franklinton died peacefully at his home at 1:15 a.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014. He was a life long member of Springhill Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. Terry served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1960. He later worked and retired from Southern Natural Gas Company. He enjoyed traveling, camping, and watching his great grandchildren play. He was a loving father, brother, and grandfather

 

 

Obituary

And a resident of Thomas died at 12:32 AM Thursday, February 20, 2014 at his residence.

He was a member of Thomas Baptist Church. He was a retired metal worker with Kaiser Aluminum. He loved to deer and turkey hunt and also fishing at the camp in Kentwood. He loved working alongside his grandchildren.

 

 

February 21, 2014

PARISH MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

On February 12, a Hattiesburg, Mississippi, hospital notified the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office concerning a female who was at the hospital for treatment resulting from  a domestic disturbance which occurred inside her home in the Franklinton area the previous day.  The Sheriff’s Office contacted the Hattiesburg Police Department which assisted in obtaining an initial statement and photographic evidence of the victim’s injuries.  After the initial report was made, the case was referred to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division since the alleged crime took place in Washington Parish.

Washington Parish investigators met with the victim, obtained medical records, and collected additional evidence sufficient to obtain two arrest warrants for the identified perpetrator, Aaron Jerry Lee Cox, 32,  Nobles Cemetery Road, Franklinton.  The warrants are for Domestic Abuse Battery Involving Strangulation and Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment.

Cox was arrested on Friday, February 21, and placed in the Washington Parish Jail with a bond set at $10,000.

 

February 21, 2014

Arrests Made In Kentwood

Over the past several months Agents from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office Narcotics,  the Tri Parish Narcotics Task Force and the Louisiana State Police,  have conducted Undercover Narcotics Operation in the confines of Kentwood, Louisiana. Agents were able to produce approximately 30 warrants for distribution of various types of narcotics, on 16 suspects.  As of February 20, 2014 and as a result of this operation the following subjects have been arrested:

  • Desmond Cryer b/m 07/24/1983 of 1610 Martin Luther King Drive Kentwood, Louisiana
    5 counts Distribution Schedule II cocaine and Hydrocodne
    1 count Distribution of Schedule I marijuana
  • Cryer is currently incarcerated in Avoyelles Parish awaiting transport to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail
    Lindsey Newman w/f 11/17/1988 of 10553 Highway 38 Kentwood, Louisiana
    1 count Distribution of Schedule II Oxycodone
  • Jacob Shelton w/m 10/06/1985 of 69496 M.L. Varnado Road Kentwood, Louisiana
    1 count Distribution of Schedule I Synthetic Cannabinoid
    1 count Distribution of Schedule II Adderall
  • Shelton is currently incarcerated in Hunts Correctional Facility awaiting transport to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail
    Andra Smith b/m 12/18/1990 of 1215 12th Street Kentwood, Louisiana
    1 count Distribution of Schedule I marijuana
  • Richard Stewart b/m 04/20/1982 814 of Avenue A Kentwood, Louisiana
    3 counts Distribution of Schedule I marijuana
  • Brad Wright w/m 05/15/1967 of 77490 of Highway 1054 Kentwood, Louisiana
    1 count Distribution of Schedule II Oxycodone
  • Robert Wright w/m 12/24/1988 of 72082 of North River Road Kentwood, Louisiana
    4 counts Distribution of Schedule II Oxycodone
  • Dominic Ciccio w/m 12/12/1992 of 302 7th Street Kenwood, Louisiana
    1 count Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule Ii Hydrocodone
    1 count Distribution of Schedule II Cocaine
  • Obadiah Hampton b/m 05/18/1981 of 500 Avenue F Kentwood, Louisiana
    1 count Distribution of Schedule I marijuana
    1 count Distribution of Schedule II cocaine
    This investigation is ongoing.  Additional arrests are expected to be forthcoming.

 

 

February 21, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Shay Kagler was booked 02/20/2014 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of Access Card, Contempt of Court (2 counts), Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts) and Failure to Pay Fine
Donald Williams was booked 02/20 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of Access Card
Gary Bell was booked 02/20 In From Court
David Ingram was booked 02/20 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Trespass
Edward Roberts was booked 02/20 on the charge of Criminal Trespass
Tiffany Menard was bookied 02/20 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise and Attachment
Jody Hartfield was booked 02/20 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Brandon Hall was booked 02/21 on the charges of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment, Aggravated Assault:  Domestic Violence, and Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence
Joey Freeman was booked 02/21 on the charges of Defamation (2 counts)

 

 

February 20, 2014

MISSISSIPPI MAN ARRESTED FOR LAKEVIEW BURGLARY

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Damon Mitchell was able to make a quick arrest of a Mississippi man for the February 6th  burglary of Lakeview Sales on Highway 10 east of Bogalusa.

Darrell Swindle, a resident of Pearl River County, was captured on the store’s video surveillance camera system.  Swindle was recently released from prison and is currently on parole in the State of Mississippi.

With the assistance of Detective Corbett Hunt and the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Mitchell was able to locate Swindle in Mississippi and arrest him.  Swindle is currently being held in the Pearl River County Jail awaiting extradition to Louisiana.

A handgun was stolen in the burglary and has not been recovered.  Investigators do have leads on the location of the weapon and hope to recover it in the near future.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented.  “The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office is a great ally and is always ready to assist when we have a case that crosses state lines.  I appreciate Sheriff Allison and his fine staff.  I congratulate Detective Mitchell for a job well done and remind those who want to burglarize parish businesses that cameras may be recording your every move.”

 

 

February 20, 2014

NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY STUDENTS VICTIMS OF BURGLARY AT MT. HERMON HIGH SCHOOL

The Northlake Christian Academy basketball team visited Mt. Hermon on January 21, 2014, for a basketball game.  Northlake lost the game, then discovered another loss when they returned to the team bus for the drive home.  It was discovered that the bus had been forcibly entered and three I-pads had been stolen from various backpacks stored on the bus.

A similar theft occurred on February 3, 2014, when Northlake returned to Mt. Hermon for another game. Two additional I-pads, cellular phones, money and other miscellaneous student property was stolen from backpacks stored on the bus.

The cases were assigned to Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigator Demetria Rice.  She pursued many leads, worked with school officials, interviewed several suspects and witnesses, worked with school officials and even obtained a search warrant to intercept electronic communications in order to identify and apprehend the ones who committed the crimes.

The investigation resulted in the arrests of four youth ranging in ages from twelve to sixteen years of age.  Each has been charged with two counts of vehicle burglary and criminal damage to property over $1,500.00.  The investigation continues and more arrests are possible.

Sheriff Randy Seal complimented Detective Rice on a job well done.  “Detective Rice pursued every lead in this matter and identified those responsible.  I congratulate her for solving this case and recovering the stolen items.”

The juveniles were released into the custody of their parents pending trial.

 

 

February 20, 2014

Annual LDAF Shade Tree Sale Dates Set
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will hold its annual shade tree sale on various dates throughout the state, Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said.
“Consumers know they’ll be able to purchase a variety of hardwood and pine seedlings that are descended from superior stock,” Strain said. “Since the seedlings can be purchased in small packets they are manageable for just about any home gardener.”
Two types of seedling packets will be offered.
Pine packets contain 20 loblolly or slash seedlings. Hardwood seedling packets contain six seedlings including two bald cypress, river birch, green ash, shumard oak and red maple. Both pine and hardwood packets are priced at $6 each.
Packet species content may vary in some cases, depending on availability.
All seedlings are bare-root and come with planting and care instructions. They will be available on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved in advance.
“Some years we sell out of certain species before the week is out, especially some of the hardwoods, so we encourage folks to come early during the sale,” Strain said.
Location for our area is:  Hammond Office at 47076 N. Morrison Blvd., 985-543-4057, on Feb. 24-28 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

 

February 20, 2014

Mississippi Man Accused in Timber Theft
A man from Picayune, Mississippi is accused of not paying three different landowners for timber investigators say he cut near Mount Hermon, La.   Sixty-year-old Donald Ray Berry was arrested in Bogalusa, La. Monday, Feb. 17 by investigators with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF). Berry is the owner/operator of Hospitality Logging.
Investigators say this arrest comes on the heels of a two month long investigation conducted after three separate Washington Parish landowners filed complaints against Berry. Between June and November 2013, Berry allegedly cut timber for these separate landowners and failed to remit full payment for forest products as required by law. Berry entered into agreements with the landowners to harvest a total of 36 acres of marketable timber from property owned by the victims.
“At the conclusion of the timber harvest, each landowner says they realized that they were owed additional payments from Berry. Efforts to settle these complaints with Berry were unsuccessful,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. 
Berry is charged with three counts of failure to remit payment to owners for timber. Investigators say the landowners are owed $550, $1,539.86 and $5,521.30. Berry was booked into the Washington Parish Jail. His bond is set at $15,000.

 

 

February 20, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jerry Rayborn was booked 02/19 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
James Austin was booked 02/19 In From Court
Demarius Holmes was booked 02/19 In From Court
Leonard Lewis was booked 02/19 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Resisting an officer (Flight on Foot), Obstruction of Justice, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Russell Holden was booked 02/19 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

February 19, 2014

Tangipahoa Sheriff Requests Help In Identifying Suspects

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in identifying the three subjects displayed in these photos.  

 

  


On  February 9, 2014, these subjects are believed to have burglarized a camper parked at a residence on S. River Rd. in Kentwood, LA. 

Anyone able to identify one or all of these subjects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

 

 

Obituary

GEORGE ANTHONY 'TONY" BIGLANE BORN SEPTEMBER 15, 1967 IN FT. STEWARD GEORGIA PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 16, 2014 AT HIS RESIDENCE HERE IN BOGALUSA. HE SPENT MOST OF HIS YOUNG LIFE IN BELLE CHASE AND GRETNA LA.   AFTER SCHOOL GEORGE WENT TO WORK WITH BARRIERE CONSTRUCTION AND WHERE HE SPENT MOST OF HIS CAREER, TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AS MASTER MECHANIC AND FORMAN IN THE FIELD OF CONSTRUCTION. HE WAS WELL LIKED BY HIS PIERS AND CO-WORKERS.

 

 

Obituary

SUSANNE ELIZABETH "BETH" NEW BORN JUNE 19, 1954 PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 13, 2014 AT HER RESIDENCE AT THE AGE OF 59.

 

 

February 19, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Clarence Warren was booked 02/14 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Attachment and Driving Under Suspension
Jared Hardin was booked 02/14 on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property
Luther Bangs was booked 02/14 on the charge of Simple Battery
Autumn Mason was booked 02/14 In From Court
Edgar Talley was booked 02/14 In From Court
Torrance Partman was booked 02/14 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Ran Stop Sign, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Joshua Roberts was booked 02/15 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Brent Crumedy was booked 02/15 on the charges of Aggravated Flight From An Officer, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, and Ran Stop Sign
Michael Mayfield was booked 02/15 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Michael Baggett was booked 02/15 on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, and Obstruction of Justice
Tamara Spears was booked 02/15 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Kristyn Williams was booked 02/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Cherri Simmons was booked 02/16 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense)
Randell Dykes was booked 02/17 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Malfeasance in Office
Donald Berry was booked 02/17 on the charges of Failure to Return Rental Property (3 counts)
Danny Frances was booked 02/17 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Cassidus Martinez was booked 02/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Paul Rodrigue was booked 02/18 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Driving Under Suspension
Christopher Magee was booked 02/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, and Distribution of Schedule III Drugs
Charlotta Magee was booked 02/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedudle I Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Jerry Rayborn was booked 02/18 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Erik Smith was booked 02/18 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace-Domestic Violence, Aggravated Assault, and Domestic Abuse-Child Endangerment
Jeremiah Levy was booked 02/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Michaael Zweifel was booked 02/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Alvin Magee was booked 02/18 In From Court
William Copanos was booked 02/18 In From Court
Amber Pope was booked 02/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Shawn Fox was booked 02/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Helvin Williams was booked 02/18 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Ursula Crosby was booked 02/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

Obituary

Wilma Lee Chauvin, 93, resident of Baton Rouge, LA passed away February 15, 2014 in Denham Springs, LA.

 

 

Obituary

SHYRLENE BALL RILEY, AGE 62

and a resident of Mt. Hermon died February 14, 2014 at her home of natural causes. She was a member of Trinity Baptist of Franklinton but currently attended Mt. Hermon United Pentecostal Church. Shyrlene loved attending sporting events of all types from Mt. Hermon High School to even little league games of all types. She also enjoyed going to Bluegrass Festivals.

 

 

Obituary

NATHAN JENKINS, AGE 61
And a resident of Franklinton died at 9:30 PM Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Pontchartrain Guest House in Covington.
Nathan began his educational journey at “The Little White School House” with Ms. Bates. He joined the Washington Parish Activity Center in 1974. From the very beginning he was known for his big heart by the way he treated everyone, which was with a big smile and a hug. Through the years He performed every job at the Center from painting crafts, to packaging flatware to working on the lawn crew with Mr. Ricky Conely and the guys. In 1999, he experienced independence like he had never known when he moved into “His” apartment. It was through this and his many years work at the Center that his bond with Ms. Elnora Martin grew into one of unconditional love. There are no words to describe the great loss the Center will have for our forever friend. He was loved by so many and will continue to live within their hearts. He enjoyed serving his Lord.

 

 

February 17, 2014

LDWF Reports Record Low for Boating Fatalities in 2013
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division’s Boating Safety Program is reporting a record low of 13 boating fatalities for Louisiana in 2013. 
The previous low for boating fatalities was 19 in 1992 with a high of 79 in 1974, which was the first year boating incident statistics were recorded.  Louisiana averaged 69 boating fatalities a year from 1974 to 1979, 52 a year from 1980-1989, 32 a year from 1990-1999, 37 a year from 2000 to 2009.  Since 2010 Louisiana has averaged 25 boating fatalities a year including 30 in 2012, 36 in 2011 and 21 in 2010.
 “While we are always striving for lower boating incidents and fatalities, we are happy to report this record low for boating fatalities for 2013,” said Col. Jeff Mayne, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  “It shows that some of our boating safety initiatives are working and that boaters are doing a great job of adhering to our safe boating regulations.”
 LDWF contributes the drop in boating fatalities to the mandatory boating education class, stricter driving or operating a vessel while under the influence (DWI) enforcement and introducing new regulations for wearing a personal flotation device (PFD).

 

February 15, 2014

TEACHER ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office participated with several other law enforcement agencies to identify and apprehend a Kentwood High School teacher for child pornography.  Kenneth Dillon, 64, Kentwood, was charged with Pornography Involving Juveniles and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.  Dillon is the Jazz Ensemble Teacher at Kentwood High School.

The proactive child pornography investigation led officers to the Dillon residence Friday morning, February 14, where a search warrant was executed.  A preliminary search of the Dillon residence revealed the presence of sexually explicit images of children, including one video which depicts a child approximately eight years old engaged in sexual intercourse with an adult.  Officers arrested Dillon and seized multiple electronic items.

The following agencies participated in this investigation:

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office
St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office
Louisiana State Police

 

 

February 14, 2014

SHERIFF’S OFFICE SHUTS DOWN METH LAB IN BOGALUSA

The Washington Parish Drug Task Force shut down a Bogalusa meth lab the evening of February 12.  Acting on tips from concerned citizens, officers went to a residence on Avenue J and discovered an active meth lab being operated by James Kirt Perry, age 50.

Drug Task Force detectives regularly monitor the purchase of pseudoephedrine at area drug stores and noticed that Perry was purchasing as much pseudoephedrine as was allowed.  A follow-up investigation provided information that Perry might be manufacturing meth at various locations in Bogalusa, including the residence on Avenue J.  

It was determined that Perry was at the Avenue J location, so detectives went there and observed Perry through the window holding a plastic jug with a tube inserted into the top.   The jug contained a milky liquid which identified it as a methamphetamine manufacturing device. Detectives were able to enter the residence and found many ingredients commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Perry was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held on a $50,550.00 dollar bond.

A professional methamphetamine cleanup crew from Ascension Parish was brought in to clean up the dangerous lab.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the discovery of the meth lab and the arrest of James Perry. “A meth lab is so toxic and dangerous.  It is disturbing that the lab was operating in a residential area, posing a threat not only to the persons operating the lab but also to nearby residents.  I congratulate our Drug Task Force officers for a job well done.”

 

 

Obituary

BARBARA ANN ALSOBROOKS SIMMONS, AGE 75
And a resident of Franklinton died at 11 AM Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at her residence.
She was a member of Mt. Zion United Pentecostal Church and she loved to attend church services. She enjoyed reading and gardening.

 

 

Obituary

KEVIN CHARLES CUNNINGHAM, AGE 56
And a resident of Franklinton died Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at his residence.  He was a member of Fisher United Methodist Church. He was a self-employed fisherman for many years. He also worked as offshore personnel with crew boats. He worked construction and enjoyed working on boat motors. He loved his many dogs.

 

 

Obituary

NORBERT JOHN NAUMAN, AGE 88
And a resident of Franklinton died at 2:52 am Wednesday February 12, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.  He was a native of Dubuque, Iowa and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was employed in the meat packing industry for the Dubuque Packing Company and served on the Board of Directors of Dupaco Credit Union.  Upon retirement he moved to Franklinton, Louisiana and became the co-owner of Parish Packing Company. He continued to work in the meat packing business for several years in South Bend, Indiana. Once again upon retirement he returned to Franklinton.  Norbert was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the local American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed gardening and sharing the harvest with family and friends and he loved playing golf.

 

 

Obituary

Gena Perrette Adams died on Tuesday evening, February 11, 2014 in the LSU Bogalusa Medical Center. She was born on February 14, 1958 in Bogalusa, LA and spent most of her life here.

 

 

Obituary

Phillip D. Miller, 43, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington due to complications from the flu.
Phillip began his life in Brewton, Ala., on May 13, 1970. He was a great man who loved spending time with his family, whether spending recreational hours on the water or under the hood with a wrench in his hand. Harley-Davidson were his motorcycle of choice and he enjoyed burning up the roads with his friends.
Phillip always had a beautiful smile and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. His main occupation was as a crane operator working throughout the Southern region. Phillip never met a challenge he could not tackle. He was a perfectionist at everything he did. He always strived to do his best.

 

 

February 14, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Connor Sullivan was booked 02/12 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Delois Jones was booked 02/12 In From Court and on the charge of Attachment
Jamie Hardin was booked 02/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Trameka Roberts was booked 02/12 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Criminal Conspiracy, and Failure to Appear
Lena McElveen was booked 02/12 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine (2 counts), Failure to Appear, and Attachment
James Perry was booked 02/13 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule CDS and Attachment (2 counts)
Jon Creel was booked 02/13 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Attachment
Hayward Partman was booked 02/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Obstruction of Highway

 

 

February 12, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Vickie Fussell was booked 02/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Steven Seals was booked 02/11 on the charges of Probation Violation, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court
Donovan Kimball was booked 02/11 on the charge of Probation Violation
Kasey Woodard was booked 02/11 on the charge of Forgery
Rhonda Gonzalez was booked 02/11 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Forgery
Christopher Miller was booked 02/11 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts) and Possession of Marijuana

 

 

February 11, 2014

Franklinton Police Officer Recognized

Franklinton Police Officer Chad Dorsett was recognized by The Safariland Group as one of the latest police officers whose life was saved by wearing body armor.  The ceremony at the Franklinton Police Department was conducted by Chief Donald Folse, who praised Dorsett for his professionalism and calm during the December, 2013 incident in which Dorsett was wounded.  Both he and Safariland representative Erik Belsom stressed the importance of wearing the protective armor.  Belsom presented Dorsett with a new vest and a plaque.  Franklinton Alderman John Daniel emphasized the town's support for providing the police officers with the equipment they needed to do their job and to do it safely.  To view video of the ceremony, go to our "Original Productions" page and click on the video.

 

 

Obituary

Mary Ethel Riley, age 72, born on June 11, 1941 in Ronaldstown, MS, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2014 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA surrounded by family.

 

 

February 11, 2014

First Lady Jindal Announces Governor’s Mansion Going Red for Heart Health Month
BATON ROUGE – First Lady Supriya Jindal announced that the Governor’s Mansion has gone red February 10th through February 16th as a part of Heart Health Month, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, … and for Valentine’s Day! More than 787,000 people in the U.S. died from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases in 2010. That’s about one of every three deaths in America.  This year marks the sixth year in a row that the Mansion will be lit red to highlight the impact of cardiovascular disease on all citizens, but particularly on women and children.
First Lady Supriya Jindal said, “Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and kills approximately one woman every minute. Additionally, one out of every 100 infants is born with a congenital heart defect. These staggering statistics are why it is essential to live a healthy lifestyle and recognize the early warning signs of heart disease. While we highlight heart health this month, it is important to take preventative measures year round.”

 

 

Obituary

Eugene C. Rester, Sr., age 86 went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, February 10, 2014.

He was the owner/operator of Rester's Texaco Station for 44 years. He loved the Lord and his church for 60 years were he served as a dedicated deacon and adult Sunday school teacher at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Joseph Emile Messina, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 54, born on February 26, 1959, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

February 11, 2014

COLLEGE BOARD REPORT RANKS LOUISIANA FIRST IN THE NATION IN ADVANCED PLACEMENT IMPROVEMENT FOR THE CLASS OF 2013
Growth Among all Louisiana High School Students is Tops in the Nation
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Department of Education today announced Louisiana high school seniors are outpacing the nation in the increase of graduates scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams and qualifying for college credit, according to the College Board's 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation. The report shows the number of seniors scoring a qualifying score of 3 or higher increased from 1,531 in 2012 to 1,911 in 2013, representing a 25 percent increase, ranking Louisiana first in the nation. Nationwide, the increase from 2012 to 2013 was six percent. Additionally, Louisiana ranks third in the nation for the increase in the percentage of graduates taking an AP exam during high school, increasing 4.1 percentage points from 11.1 to 15.2 percent, representing an increase of more than 1,500 high school seniors taking an AP exam from 3,931 in 2012 to 5,516 in 2013. Likewise, the number of AP exams taken by high school seniors increased by 42 percent from 2012 to 2013, ranking Louisiana first in the nation.
"As more seniors in Louisiana leave high school with college credits already under their belt it is further proof that the hard work being done in our classrooms is paying off for our students," said State Superintendent John White. "And, it's not just the most recent cohort of high school graduates. We are seeing proven success and enrollment increases across all grade levels in Advanced Placement."
Advanced Placement courses allow high school students to earn college credit while working towards their high school diplomas. Students enrolled in the college-level courses receive high school credit for the subject in which they take the AP class, and college credit upon earning a qualifying score on a standardized AP exam.

 

 

February 11, 2014

LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIPS ARE IMPORTANT TO SHERIFF’S OFFICE

The arrests earlier this week of twenty-three persons involved in cocaine distribution in and around Bogalusa highlights the importance of law enforcement partnerships which have been developed by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal has reached out to federal and state law enforcement agencies to combine resources in the constant effort to combat drug trafficking in the parish.    The Washington Parish Drug Task Force, comprised of Sheriff’s Office detectives and officers from the Bogalusa and Franklinton Police Departments, has been an effective tool in combating the drug trade.  By combining resources with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Louisiana State Police and other agencies, Sheriff Seal has been able to expand the fight against drugs to a new level.

Sheriff Seal commented, “Col. Mike Edmondson, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, and Keith Brown, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, New Orleans Field Division, have been generous in funneling their resources and manpower into our parish to help us battle drug dealers.  Working with them and the Bogalusa Police Department, we were able to take some major drug dealers out of our neighborhoods and put them in jail where they belong.  This was a lengthy investigation which would not have been possible without the resources provided to us by federal and state law enforcement agencies.    The investigation is not over.  We will continue to work with our partner agencies to identify and arrest anyone who is involved in the drug trade in Washington Parish.  Are more arrests forthcoming?  Absolutely!”

Sheriff Seal pledged that the Sheriff’s Office will continue to be aggressive in its fight against all types of crime in the parish.  The Sheriff’s Office is an active participant in the Louisiana State Police Drug Task Force and recently joined the United States Secret Service Task Force to expand the ability to investigate and solve currency crimes which occur in Washington Parish.

 

February 11, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Arthur Phelps was booked 02/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Criminal Conspiracy, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act
Leroy Comeaux was booked 02/10 In From Court
Billy Moran was booked 02/10 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Dominique James was booked 02/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Criminal Conspiracy
Brandon Morris was booked 02/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts) and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act
Jahi Brown was booked 02/10 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act
Michael Scott was booked 02/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Criminal Conspiracy, and Failure to Appear
Larry Cotton was booked 02/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Criminal Conspiracy
Kenneth Foster was booked 02/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Criminal Conspiracy
Michael Slocum was booked 02/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Criminal Conspiracy
Richard Brown was booked 02/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Criminal Conspiracy, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Anthony Exkano was booked 02/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Criminal Conspiracy, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act
Sara Cooper was booked 02/10 on the charge of Attachment
Angella Forrest was booked 02/10 on the charges of Possession With intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Firearm-Alcoholic Beverage OUtlet, Distgribute to Persons Under Age 18, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act
Jackie Brister was booked 02/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
Curray Fortenberry was booked 02/10 on the charges of Damage to Property With Intent to Defraud
Christy Gill was booked 02/10 on the charges of Theft Under 500 and Theft Over 1500
Vickie Fussell was booked 02/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

February 11, 2014

Multi-Agency Operation Attacks Narcotic Trafficking in Washington Parish 
 A lengthy investigation involving the Louisiana State Police, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Bogalusa Police Department resulted in two search warrants and several narcotic arrests in Bogalusa early Monday morning.   
Through the combined efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement, various criminals participating in drug trafficking in the City of Bogalusa were brought to justice today.  This operation culminated with 23 arrests as well as the seizure of contraband.  Detectives were able to gather information of drug trafficking that led to two search warrants and several arrest warrants for cocaine distribution throughout southeast Louisiana.   
Louisiana State Police, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, US Customs Border Protection Marine and Air Branch, US Department of Homeland Security, and the Louisiana National Guard Counterdrug Aviation Unit executed search warrants at 1301 Victoria Street and 725 Mississippi Avenue in Bogalusa.  Detectives recovered various amounts of illegal drugs, weapons, and drug paraphernalia.  In addition to the search warrants, several state and federal arrest warrants were issued for individuals having extensive criminal histories. 

 

 Arrested on Federal

Warrants for Conspiracy

to Distribute Cocaine

Raymond Bridges (age 53)

· Mary Doughty (age 66)
· Darin Fields (age 32)
· Gerard Jackson (age 44)
· Donelle Pigott (age 50)
· Donnie Pittman (age 52)
· Alex Scott (age 32)
· Torrance Scott (age 35)
· Walter Vaughn (age 49)

· Derrick May (age 34)

 

 

 

 

Arrested on State

Warrants for Conspiracy

to Distribute Cocaine 

 

Jack Brister (age 68)
· Richard Brown (age 53)
· Dominque James (age 23)
· Kenneth Foster (age 55)
· Michael Slocum (age 24)
· Michael Scott (age 47)
· Larry Cotton (age 47)
· Charles Smoot (age 31)


 

 

 

 

 Arrested on State

Warrants for Conspiracy

to Distribute Cocaine &

Possession WITD

Marijuana

 

· Arthur Phelps (age 50)
· Jahi Brown (age 21)
· Anthony Exkano (age 59)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrested on state arrest

 warrants for conspiracy

to distribute cocaine,

possession with intent

distribute marijuana,

violation of a drug free zone,

 possession of controlled

 dangerous substances (CDS)

in presence of persons

under 17 years of age,

possession of CDS with a

 firearm, possession of

firearm by person convicted

 of certain felonies:

 

· Brandon Morris (age 31)·

Angelle Forrest (age 37 

 

The operation yielded 10 federal narcotic arrests, 13 state felony narcotic arrests, and 5 handguns seized.  Narcotics removed from the streets included marijuana, crack cocaine, and powdered cocaine.  

 

 

February 10, 2014

Don’t fall for ‘one ring’ cell phone scam

Don’t know the number calling you? Then don’t return the call. That’s the message from the Louisiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section about a new cell phone scam gaining national momentum.
This is a new type of cramming scam that is targeting people across the country, according to the Better Business Bureau. The “one-ring” scam-- dubbed such because victims’ phones ring only once before the call is disconnected--can result in unauthorized charges being added to wireless monthly bills.
How it Works

-Scammers from outside the country are robo-calling cellphones at random.

-Your phone will ring once, and then stop. When you answer, no one is there.

-If you are curious and call it back, you are charged as much as $20 for an international call.

The calls typically originate from outside the U.S., with victims reporting the calls coming mainly from Caribbean nations such as Grenada, Antigua, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands. Area codes for these calls include 268, 473, 809 and 876.
Cell phone users are advised to ignore calls from out-of-state numbers they don’t recognize, and immediately report any unauthorized charges to cell carriers.

 

 

February 10, 2014

Shoplifting Suspects in Covington

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify three women wanted for shoplifting at a Covington-area beauty supply story.
On January 16, three black females stole approximately $1,800 worth ofcologne and perfume from the Ulta Beauty store in Covington.

The two younger females appear to be twins, one having partially dyed green hair and a substantially large tattoo on her left arm. The third female appears to be older, possibly the mother of the younger two.
If anyone recognizes one or more of the individuals in the photograph taken from surveillance cameras at the store, please call Detective Jason Mire at 985-276-1322.

 

 

February 10, 2014

Wanted for Shoplifting in Covington

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Covington Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects wanted for shoplifting at two different stores on the same day. On January 2, two suspects entered the CVS located at 1850 North Highway 190, Covington and stole several bottles of alcohol. After the theft they went to the Walgreen’s located at 1203 Highway 190 Business, Covington, and stole several other items. They were seen leaving in a light colored four door vehicle, possibly teal or light blue. If you recognize either man from this surveillance photo, please call Detective Jared Lunsford at 985-276-1330.

 

 

Obituary

Candice Gardner Tarver, 57 of Angie, LA went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 6, 2014.

 

 

Obituary

Earl Magee, age 94, born on May 9, 1919 in Washington Parish, LA. He retired from Gaylord Paper Mill and St. Tammany Sheriff's Office. Earl passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

February 10, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joshua "Fat Boy" Foster was booked 02/08 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Possession of Marijuana, and Attachment (3 counts)
Leslie Myers was booked 02/08 on the charges of Speeding 31-40 Over Limit, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Possession of Stolen Property, and Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Shawn Rambaud was booked 02/09 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Resisting an Officer (2 counts), Public Intimidation (2 counts), and Careless Operation

 

 

February 7, 2014

Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship Program Underway
The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program will award scholarships providing assistance to worthy Louisiana students in furthering their education and training with resources made available through the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary membership Program.  According to Program Chair, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne, “This Scholarship Program is a meaningful expression of the Program’s respect for education. It demonstrates our confidence in Louisiana’s youth…our future leaders.”
Scholarships of a maximum of $500 each will be awarded to graduating high school students from each parish where the Sheriff is an affiliate of the Honorary Membership Program.  There are no restrictions on the purposes for which scholarships are spent. The scholarships are not loans and will be awarded as gifts to defray the rising costs of tuition and related expenses in higher education. The only limitations are that applicants be permanent residents of Louisiana, scholarships be utilized in higher education within the state of Louisiana, and students be enrolled as full-time, undergraduate students.
Completed applications must be submitted to the Sheriff of the parish of the applicant’s permanent Louisiana residence by April 1st. Further, applicants must be eligible for admission to the school indicated on the application. The award will only be paid for attendance at institutions of higher learning within the state. All scholarship winners will be announced by May 1st of each year.
Washington Parish Sheriff Seal stated, “Louisiana Sheriffs’ are pleased with the Honorary Membership Program’s ability to bring scholarships to Louisiana students bound for higher education. To continue to do so and fund other important projects and initiatives, continued support of the Honorary Membership Program is essential. We could not function without our Honorary Members.”
For further information regarding the Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program, contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-839-3434.

 

 

February 7, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Kenneth Spears was booked 02/06 on the charge of Criminal Conspiracy
Adolfo Wilson was booked 02/06 on the charges of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Aggravated Assault With a Firearm (2 counts)
Frankie Crosby was booked 02/06 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Attachment
Steven Taylor was booked 02/06 on the charges of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Theft by Fraud, and Failure to Appear
Hezzie Carter was booked 02/06 on the charges of Aggravated Rape and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Rodney Wood was booked 02/06 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Attachment
Darren Magee was booked 02/06 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions

 

 

February 7, 2014

Alcohol Suspected in Two Vehicle Fatality Crash in St. Helena Parish

Wednesday, at approximately 2:00 pm Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle fatality crash involving an 18-wheeler on La. 10 near Darlington in St. Helena Parish. The crash resulted in the death of the suspected impaired driver, Thomas Harrison (B/M age 47) of Paulding, MS.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Harrison was traveling eastbound on La. 10 in a 2002 Ford pick-up while a 2007 Freightliner 18 wheeler, driven by Calvin Green (B/M 43) of Natchez, MS, was westbound on La. 10. Harrison, for reasons under investigation, crossed the center line and entered the westbound lane striking the front left steering axle of the Freightliner. The impact caused the Ford to rotate coming to rest in the westbound lane of La. 10. The impact caused the Freightliner to slightly rotate coming to rest partially crossing both lanes of La. 10. Harrison was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Helena Parish Coroner's Office and Green was not injured.

Green was restrained at the time of the crash and alcohol use is not suspected. Harrison was properly restrained at the time of the crash and impairment is suspected on his part. Toxicology results are pending and the crash remains under investigation.
Driver impairment continues to be a leading factor in fatal crashes across the state. A person’s ability to make good decisions is diminished as alcohol is absorbed in the body. This can begin after consuming just one drink. Troopers continue to urge motorists to remain vigilant while on area roadways, pay close attention to their surroundings, never drive impaired, and always have a plan. This plan should include always choosing a designated driver when consuming alcohol or taking medications that could potentially cause impairment while driving.

 

 

February 6, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jessic Fordor was booked 02/05 on the charges of Attachment (4 counts) and Speeding 11-20 Over Limit
Danny Woodward was booked 02/05 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

Obituary

LEROY NIELSON, AGE 80

and a resident of Thomas died at 9:38 pm Monday February 3, 2014 at his home. He was a longtime member of Lawrence Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Leroy began his hard-working career as a lifelong Dairyman at the young age of 12 and continued successfully until he was physically unable. He was always a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

 

 

February 5, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Michael Weldon was booked 02/04 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jeremy Turner was booked 02/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Failure to Pay Old Fine
Thomas Newsome was booked 02/04 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Criminal Trespass
Danny Newsome was booked 02/04 on the charges of Theft 500-1500, Criminal Trespass, and Resissting an Officer
Chad Freeman was booked 02/04 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Antonio Brumfield was booked 02/04 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

 

February 4, 2014

Strain Lauds Congress for Final Passage of Farm Bill  
“For more than a year, we have struggled to gain stability for the nation’s farmers while a long-term Farm bill was in limbo. I am happy to hear our congressional leaders have finally resolved their differences and voted in favor of a five-year Farm Bill. It was certainly overdue.
“The agriculture, forestry and aquaculture industries are the largest sector of our state’s economy comprising of more than 85percent of the surface area of this state. Valued at about $11.4 billion, these industries combined make up one of Louisiana’s largest and most economically dependent industries. With more than $140 billion in exports last year, agriculture continues to improve our balance of trade through trade promotion programs and opening new products for American goods. This in turn promotes rural development and creates needed jobs here at home.
“The legislation is an extremely important piece of legislation for the U.S. farmer and rancher as it sets the course for the largest industry in Louisiana and America. The Farm Bill promotes an economically healthy U.S. agricultural sector that is in and of itself one of the foundations of our economy.
“The five-year Farm Bill will now provide much needed certainty for agricultural producers, allowing them to plan and make business decisions as they continue to produce a safe and abundant supply of food, fiber, and fuel. Their ability to do so is vital to our national security and economy. Of course, the risk of not having a  five-year Farm Bill makes it more difficult for producers to secure financing for planting next year’s crop, leaves livestock producers in drought-stricken regions of the country without important disaster assistance, and important export promotion programs are frozen.
“The new Farm Bill provides mechanisms for much needed market protection, natural resource conservation and disaster assistance programs. If managed properly, agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture are infinitely renewable and sustainable. This bill will provide farmers and ranchers certainty for the coming year and allow the United States Department of Agriculture and its related agencies to begin planning for its implementation.
“The United States leads, feeds, clothes, and provides fiber for its people and much of the world. This is the greatest challenge of our generation. We must ensure America’s agricultural economy remains strong.”
President Barack Obama is expected to give final approval of the Farm Bill.

 

February 4, 2014

Three Vehicle Crash Leaves Jefferson Man Dead in St. Tammany Parish

Yesterday at approximately 2:30 pm, Louisiana State Police initially responded to an injury crash on La. 25 near Folsom in St. Tammany Parish.  The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Chevrolet pick-up operated by James Albury (W/M 76) of Mount Herman, La. was traveling northbound on La. 25. A 2004 Nissan pick-up operated by Gary White (W/M 66) of Jefferson, La. and a 2011 Chevrolet pick-up operated by Robert Ables (W/M 53) of Foley, Al. was traveling southbound on La. 25.

Albury, for reasons under investigation, crossed the center line completely entering the southbound lane. White swerved onto the southbound shoulder to avoid Albury; however, the front of the 2001 Chevrolet struck the front of the Nissan. As a result of the impact, the 2001 Chevrolet overturned coming to rest on La. 25 and the Nissan was pushed to the right, traveled off of the road, and struck a fence. In an attempt to avoid the 2001 Chevrolet, which was disabled in the roadway, Ables swerved right, traveled off of the road, and side-swiped the Nissan.

White was transported to the Interim LSU Hospital LEVEL 1 Trauma Center in New Orleans with moderate to serious injuries. He eventually succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead later that evening. Albury and Ables were not injured.

All parties were restrained at the time of the crash. Alcohol is not a factor on White's nor Ables' part. Alcohol and narcotic use are suspected on Albury's part and a urine sample was taken for a toxicological analysis. Those results are pending and this crash remains under investigation.  Albury was arrested for DWI, Improper Lane Usage, and Vehicular Homicide. He was booked in the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

While the toxicology results in this crash are still pending, Troopers remind drivers about the dangers of impaired driving. Impairment remains a leading factor in fatal crashes across Louisiana. Even after having just one drink a person’s decision making abilities are hindered. Troopers urge motorists to have a plan before they begin drinking or taking medications, prescription or over the counter.

 

Obituary

CHINESA MARTIN THOMAS, AGE 73

And a resident of Thomas died at 12:25 PM Sunday, February 2, 2014 at her residence.   She was a member of Crain’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Rev. Quinion Thomas Burch 89 of Grand Bay, AL passed away on February 2, 2014 in Grand Bay, AL. He was born on April 21, 1924 in Smith County, MS. He was a retired minister, who enjoyed working in the garden; he was a gun enthusiast, and an auxiliary deputy sheriff with the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. He also served his country proudly with the United States Army during World War II.

 

 

Obituary

Beth Ann Breland, age 69, born on April 23, 1944 in New Orleans, La, a resident of Bogalusa, LA passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Houston Lamar Killens, 74, of Bogalusa, Louisiana, passed away on February 1st, 2014.

Houston was born October 30th, 1939 to George W. Killens and Bernice Barnes Killens. He attended church at Mitchell Chapel Church of God in Crossroads, MS. He married Mary Saracen in Houston, Texas. He worked as a heavy equipment operator, glazier and construction worker for many years. Houston "Coach" Killens was an avid basketball player and coached little league baseball and football over three decades in both Bogalusa, Louisiana and Houston, Texas.

 

 

February 4, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Seager Knox was booked 02/03 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
William Knight was booked 02/03 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation)
Johnny Taylor was booked 02/03 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)

Ann Crosby was booked 02/03 In From Court
Jonathan Watts was booked 02/03 on the charges of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and Theft 500-1500
Sara Cooperwas booked 02/03 on the charge of Attachment
Sheila Odom was booked 02/03 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts) and Probation and Parole Hold

 

 

February 4, 2014

U. S. Attorney Visits Washington Parish

Kenneth A. Polite, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, visited Washington Parish on January 31  to meet with parish officials and discuss local issues.  Many topics of interest were discussed, including drug enforcement, jail issues, mental health issues and training.
Mr. Polite, 37, grew up in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans and is the son of a NOPD officer.  He was valedictorian at De La Salle High School, attended Harvard University and Georgetown Law School, and has worked as a federal prosecutor in New York City. 
Washington Parish Chief Deputy Mike Haley, representing Sheriff Randy Seal who was unable to attend, spoke of Mr. Polite’s visit.  “From what I understand, this was the first visit to Washington Parish by a sitting United States Attorney.  It was an honor to have Mr. Polite and members of his staff in our parish. Sheriff Seal and I met him previously at a meeting in New Orleans and continue to be impressed with his credentials, his knowledge of local law enforcement issues and his dedication to serving all of the citizens of the thirteen parish area he represents.   We believe he will be a strong ally to the Sheriff’s Office in our fight against crime.” 

Picture, left to right:   
Quinn A. Smith, Law Enforcement Coordinator, Eastern District of Louisiana
Mike Haley, Chief Deputy, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office
Kenneth A. Polite, United States Attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana
Lewis Murray, Assistant District Attorney, 22nd Judicial District
Richard Thomas, Washington Parish President
Shane M. Jones, Community Outreach Specialist, Eastern District of Louisiana

 

 

February 3, 2014

Single Vehicle Crash Kills Pedestrian in Washington Parish

At approximately 1:40 am Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a one vehicle fatality crash involving a pedestrian on La. 438 near Warnerton in Washington Parish.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Buick Lucerne operated by Brody R. Reed (W/M 22) of Franklinton was traveling westbound on La. 438. Two pedestrians, Melanie Rivero (W/F 49) and Alexis Bergeron (W/F 31) both of Tylertown, MS were walking with traffic in the westbound lane. While traveling westbound in the lane the front right of the Buick struck both pedestrians. Rivero was pronounced dead by the Washington Parish Coroner's Office and Bergeron sustained minor injuries, but refused medical care.

Reed was restrained at the time of the crash and not injured. Speed and Impairment are not factors on Reed’s part. Impairment is suspected on Rivero's part and a blood sample was collected for a toxicological analysis. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

While the results in this crash are still pending, Troopers remind pedestrians and drivers that impairment continues to be a leading factor in fatal crashes across the state. A person’s ability to make good decisions is diminished as alcohol is absorbed in the body. Troopers will continue education programs and enforcement campaigns to reduce impairment on our roads. Troopers also urge both motorists and pedestrians to remain vigilant while on area roadways and pay close attention to their surroundings. Louisiana State Law requires pedestrians to utilize sidewalks where accessible or walk along the left shoulder as far away from the roadway as possible. Pedestrians should walk against the flow of traffic, wear light colored clothing, and stay out of travel lanes at all times.

 

 

February 3, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Demetris Wilson was booked 02/02 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, Improper Lane Useage, and Open Container in Vehicle
Leelynn Dillon was booked 02/02 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Buffie Dillon was booked 02/02 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Kendall Kennedy was booked 02/02 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Criminal Damage to Property
Sharon Durr was booked 02/02 on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting
Jason Branch was booked 02/02 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Seager Knox was booked 02/03 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
William Knight was booked 02/03 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation)
Johnny Taylor was booked 02/03 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)

 

 

February 3, 2014

Entergy’s Louisiana Utilities and United Way Support Super Tax Days
VITA tax preparation sites help local citizens file and claim Earned Income Tax Credits
BATON ROUGE, La. – Many Louisiana families making less than $52,000 a year are missing out on valuable tax credits that could make a difference in their lives.  That’s why Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. and Entergy Louisiana, LLC have partnered with United Way agencies across the state to help raise awareness of federal Earned Income Tax Credits and support free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites to help qualifying residents secure
their share of these refunds.
“Imagine the difference an additional $3,000 or more in federal tax credits could make in the lives of families in need of financial help,” said Phillip May, president and chief executive officer of Entergy Gulf States Louisiana and Entergy Louisiana. “These extra dollars could be used to purchase groceries, medicines and other goods, pay utility bills or even provide education tuition or a down payment on home.”  Based on income and the number of children in the household, qualifying working families could receive up to $6,000 through EITC.  During Louisiana Super Tax Day events beginning Feb. 1 and throughout tax season, residents who earn less than $52,000 can visit local VITA sites for free assistance in determining if they qualify receive the tax benefits. VITA volunteers also can help file tax returns for qualifying residents. All VITA services are provided free of charge, and tax preparers are certified by the IRS.
“We’re proud to continue our partnership with the United Way in fighting for a better quality of life for our customers who need this assistance,” said May. “A little extra money goes a long way.”
For more information on free tax help, visit entergy.com/eitc or call 211.

 

 

February 1, 2014

Deputies go above and beyond to help children in need
After being called to a Slidell-area home for a welfare check earlier this month, two St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies took it upon themselves to make sure a group of children got a hot meal.
Deputy Rickey Edwards was dispatched to a home in the Kingspoint area of Slidell on Jan. 8 in reference to five young children that had been left home alone. It was nearing 9 p.m. and a school night.  A neighbor had called to report the children had been left at the home and the father had been begging for money around the neighborhood.
When Deputy Edwards responded to the home he found the children, ages 13, 11, 7 and twin 5-year-olds, alone at the residence. The oldest child and the twins were sleeping on the floor in one of the bedrooms, and the two others were waiting up for their father, who they said had gone to bail their mother out of jail.  The house contained no beds and very little food.  Deputy Edwards described it as clean, but lacking basic household essentials.
While talking with the children, he learned the family had recently moved to the area from Texas, and they were struggling with no family in the area to help.  The 11-year-old told Deputy Edwards that she was hungry and had not eaten since lunch. Since it was getting late and he knew the children had school in the morning, he encouraged them to go lay down with their siblings while he cooked them some food, using two boxes of macaroni he found in the house.  Prior to that, Deputy Edwards said, it appeared the children had been drinking outdated and curdled milk.
Deputy Ed Stone also responded to the home, and when he saw the lack of food and the obvious need, he went to a nearby store and, using his own money, he purchased $100 worth of food and household items for the children.
The deputies and Lt. Calvin Lewis stayed with the children until the father returned at 11:15 p.m. He told deputies he was out of work and training to be a boxer. He said that while the family received food stamps, he had not had chance to go to the grocery.
Deputies also contacted the Department of Children and Family Services to provide the family with any assistance available to them.

 

 

Obituary

PEGGY THOMAS McKENZIE, AGE 71

And a resident of the Forest Haven Community died at 9:15 pm Thursday January 30, 2014 at her home. She was a longtime member of Forest Haven Missionary Baptist Church and a former bank teller at Washington Bank. She enjoyed shopping and having a good meal with friends and family. Peggy loved reading and spent all the time she could with her family. She was always a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother and will be sadly missed by all that knew her.

 

 

Obituary

A. Renee Acuna was born in Bogalusa, La, where she resided until the last four years of her life, she pasted away in her sleep in Hattiesburg, MS, at 8:13 pm, Jan 30, 2014. If she could say anything to us today, it would be that her real life has just begun. She is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and her beloved husband Alvaro Mario Aucna.   She had been a secretary for the Bogalusa Lumber Company, Judge A J Jones, and for Acuna's Carpet Center and Christian Bookstore. Many people remember seeing her working in her yard tending her flowers. She will be sorely missed.

 

Obituary

Geneva Ann Ulvik Stuart born February 19, 1949 passed away at her residence January 28, 2014 in Angie, La. She had attended Pine Baptist Church.

 

 

January 31, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Ronald Cotton was booked 01/30 on the charges of Simple Burglary (2 counts), Possession of Stolen Property, Obstruction of Justice and Theft Under 500
Willie Bickham was booked 01/30 on the charge of Simple Battery
Kris Cobb was booked 01/30 on the charges of Illegal Transmission of Monetary Funds and Theft Over 1500
Alex Magee was booked 01/30 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Obstruction of a Court Order
Alvin Long was booked 01/30 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Resisting an Officer
Thomas Bennett was booked 01/30 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)

 

 

Obituary

Robert F. Carpenter, age 72 passed away Jan. 22, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington La.He was a resident of Bogalusa La.

 

 

Obituary

Lisa DeLoy Baker born April 12, 1957 passed away January 23, 2014 at her residence in San Diego California at the age of 56. She was the Associate Director of marketing for the San Diego Symphony.   She touched so many lives in the San Diego Area that they will open the Symphony Hall to hold a memorial service in her honor on February 5, 2014.

 

 

Obituary

Diaz Dewitt McElveen, Jr., 93 years of age and a life-long resident of Bogalusa, Louisiana, passed away Sunday, January 26, at the Post- Acute Specialty Hospital in Hammond. He was an army veteran of WWII and worked at the paper mill and the chemical plant from which he retired. He was a member of Superior Avenue Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years, as well as being an active member of the community at large.

 

 

Obituary

Vernell Sumrall Crockett, age 86, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA.

Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

 

 

Obituary

EMERINE JENKINS GAY MCNEESE, AGE 79

And a resident of Franklinton died at 2:45 am Tuesday January 28, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a longtime member of Star Hill Missionary Baptist Church and a former waitress at many area restaurants. Mrs. Emerine had a “green thumb” and loved gardening and enjoyed cooking and baking for her family, often submitting her best things into the Washington Parish Fair. She loved reading and was a newspaper delivery-woman for the Daily News for 22 years.

 

 

Obituary

Rayford Charles Seals, 73, resident of Bogalusa, LA passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at Northshore Specialty Hospital in Covington, LA.
Rayford gave years of service to the youth of Bogalusa and attended Palestine Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Hazel Mulford Thompson. age 89, born on November 2, 1924 in Foxworth, MS, a member of Main Street Baptist Church, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, our mother, Mary Kathryn Williams Byrd, went home. A resident of Prairieville, she was born in Bogalusa on May 31, 1927, the first daughter of James Delos and Gertrude Robertson Williams.

 

 

January 30, 2014

Tickfaw Woman Found Deceased in Bayou DeZaire
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies discovered a 37-year old Tickfaw woman’s body in Bayou DeZaire (Madisonville) early Tuesday morning.
The body was in the water between a large boat and a pier along the water’s edge.  At the time of the discovery, the water temperature had dropped to dangerously cold levels and the body was in a place that made escape from the bayou extremely difficult.
Investigators have determined the woman had been dropped off at the boat – which belonged to a friend – Monday evening.  The boat’s owner called to have the Sheriff’s office check on the woman after he could not reach her on her phone Tuesday morning.
The investigation into the woman’s death is still ongoing; however, there were no signs of a struggle on the boat and investigators have not uncovered any other indications of foul play.
The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office is expected to release soon its findings on the cause and manner of death.  That agency will also release the identity of the woman.

 

 

January 30, 2014

LSU Ag Center Presents Gardening Program at Franklinton Library
Put it on your calendar!  Saturday, February 8, 10am to 11:30am LSU Ag Center horticulturalist Scotty May will lead a discussion entitled "Non-Traditional Spring Vegetable Gardening Techniques".
The program will discuss techniques that include planting in pots, raised beds, and inverted baskets.

 

 

January 30, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Sabrina Lewis was booked 01/28 on the charges of Simple Burglary (2 counts)
Cherish Lorio was booked 01/28 on the charge of Probation Violation
Jacob Provost was booked 01/28 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500
Dewayne Smith was booked 01/28 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery

 

 

January 28, 2014

Parish Council Approves Ballot Measure

The Washington Parish Council met in regular session Monday, January 27. The Agenda item receiving the bulk of the comments and consuming most time was the following resolution, which the Council unanimously passed:

  • Introduction and Consideration of Proposed WP Resolution No.14-643 – A Resolution approving the holding of an election in Recreation District No. 1 of the Parish of Washington, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, May 3, 2014, to authorize the incurring of debt and issuance of bonds and the levy of a special tax therein.

The Council's action does not approve the tax but approves placement of the tax proposal on the ballot for voter approval. 

Both proponents and opponents of the tax spoke at the meeting.  Proponents point to the dilapidated condition of current facilities, the inadequacy of those facilities, and the positive economic impact the new facility will have on our area.  Opponents of the proposal objected to the size of the facility, that the plan should be "scaled back", that the tax proposal is a property millage to be voted on by all voters while only about 20% of voters will actually pay the tax, and that the tax proposal in conjuction with recently approved taxes and other anticipated tax proposals creates a burden on our taxpayers.  Some at the meeting indicated that meetings of the Recreation District were not adequately advertised and that the boundaries of the District were not available to the public.  Both the Recreational District representatives and Council members disagreed with those comments. 

To view the meeting in its entirety, go to our Washington Parish TV page, click on the "Government Meetings" folder in the Video Library, and the click on "WP Government Meeting January 27, 2014".  If you have problems call David at (985) 515-0666.


 

 

 

January 28, 2014 (10:52 am)

Advisory: Statewide Winter Weather Advisory and Highway Prioritization Plan
Louisiana State Police is closely monitoring the winter weather that is forecasted for the upcoming days and urge citizens across the state to keep abreast of the latest weather and travel conditions before traveling on roadways and potentially exposing themselves to dangerous conditions.
For real time updates on roadway closures, crash locations, and pertinent safety information, visit and like the Louisiana State Police Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LouisianaStatePolice, follow the LSP Twitter feed @LAStatePolice, or access the DOTD travel information database by calling 511 or logging onto 511la.org
Based on current weather forecasts, DOTD and LSP have developed the following proactive roadway prioritization and detour plan based on the anticipated deterioration of weather and road conditions.
The closures will allow DOTD and first responders to best utilize resources in order to keep the following roads open:
•I-10 from the Mississippi Line State line to I-12 will remain open
•I-12 from Slidell to Airline Hwy will remain open
•US 61 to US 190 Mississippi Bridge will remain open
•US 190 from the Huey P. Long Bridge in Baton Rouge to Opelousas will remain open
•I-49 from Lafayette to Shreveport will remain open
•I-10 from Lafayette to Texas will remain open
•Baton Rouge to New Orleans US 61 will remain open
•I-55 from I-12 to Mississippi will remain open
•I-59 from I-12 to Mississippi will remain open
In the case that these main arteries begin to ice over, the National Guard will be staged with graders in Lafayette and Hammond to plow the roadways.
In addition to the above listed highways, DOTD is focused on keeping the following bridges open:
•Sunshine Bridge
•Old Bridge in BR
•Luling Bridge
•Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans
•The CCC Bridge in New Orleans
Based on roadway and weather conditions, DOTD expects to start closing portions of the following roadways.
•DOTD expects to close the Interstate 10 Twin Span Bridge
•DOTD expects to close the Horace Wilkinson Bridge
•DOTD expects to close the Audubon Bridge
•DOTD expects to start closing portions of US 90 from Lafayette to New Orleans starting tomorrow.
•DOTD is going to keep the Plaquemines Ferry open
•DOTD has contacted the Louisiana trucking industry to remind them of possible weather and using alternate routes, such as I-20.

 

 

January 28 ,2014

Message from Washington Parish President Richard Thomas

"As of the 2pm briefing, we are now under a Winter Weather Warning.  Starting Tuesday morning we will see a transition fom freezing rain to sleet and snow.  Accumulations of ice could be a tenth of an inch with snow accumulations of 1-4 inches.  Washington Parish Government Public Works crews will be putting sand on parish bridges and will be on call for any problems that may arise after the weather subsides.

Washington Parish Government and Washington Parish Courthouse will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  All Washington Parish Schools are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

We urge all residents to make preparations early for this upcoming winter weather.  Remain vigilant and remember that although the winter precipitation may end, the temperatures will remain below freezing which will make traveling hazardous.  We strongly urge residents to remain off the roads unless absolutely necessary."

 

 

January 27, 2014

St. Tammany Sheriff urges residents to shelter in place, stay off roads during winter storm
Sheriff Jack Strain Jr. urges everyone to be prepared for extreme winter weather in the coming days.

Wet and icy conditions are predicted, and everyone is encouraged to shelter in place.

For your safety and for the safety of our deputies on the road, please stay off the parish streets and highways until it is deemed safe. Roads are expected to ice over as early as Tuesday morning and will likely stay that way through at least Wednesday, causing dangerous driving conditions and prompting roadway closures.

Power outages can also be expected as ice forms on tree branches and power lines.

 

January 27, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Rose Fornea was booked 01/25 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jeffrey Barber was booked 01/25 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Negligent Vehicular Injuring (2 counts), Driving With Suspended License Due to Prrevious DUI, and Failure to Appear
Wendy Dubroc was booked 01/26 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling

 

 

January 26, 2014

Cassidy Park Museums Announce February, 2014 Schedule Of Activities

Look to the left side of this page for the February schedule of events announced by the Museums of Cassidy Park.

 

 

January 26, 2014

Murder Suspect Arrested in Tangipahoa Parish

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Criminal Investigations Unit of the sheriff’s office investigated a murder which occurred late Thursday night at Roy’s Night Club in Natalbany, LA.
At approximately 11:40 p.m., shots were fired as a result of a fight that was taking place between 2 subjects inside of Roy’s Night Club.  During the altercation, 19 year old Wilkaman Nunnery of Natalbany, intervened and produced a handgun.    Nunnery then pointed the weapon at 17 year old D’Markus McKnight of Hammond, LA, and fired one shot striking the victim.   As the victim fell to the ground, Nunnery then proceeded to fire two more shots at the victim resulting in his death.  Nunnery then fled the scene. 

A warrant on the charge of second degree murder was issued for Nunnery’s arrest and on Friday Nunnery turned himself in to TPSO Detectives. Additionally, the bar was cited for having an underage subject inside of the establishment. 

 

 

January 26, 2014

Texas man booked on dog fighting charges
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Texas man Thursday, Jan. 23 on dog fighting charges.

After St. Tammany Parish Animal Control received an anonymous complaint of possible animal cruelty, deputies responded to a home at 37314 Powell Road, Slidell.  At the residence, deputies found 15 pit bull dogs. All appeared to be malnourished and exhibited wounds consistent with dogs that had been used for fighting.

The dogs were seized by Animal Control, and Ramel Varrick Johnson (402 Southbrook Drive in Killeen Texas – DOB 10/18/1970), was charged with 15 counts of L.R.S. 14:102.5 – Dogfighting, training and possession of dogs for fighting. It is believed that Johnson, while he gave the Texas address as his residence, has actually been living at the Powell Road address where the dogs were found.

He was arrested at the residence without incident.  He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail; his bond has not yet been set.

 

 

January 26, 2014

LOUISIANA MARKS SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF POPULATION IN-MIGRATION
For the sixth consecutive year, Louisiana has experienced net population in-migration, with more people moving into Louisiana than leaving the state. Louisiana now has more jobs, more people, and higher incomes than any point in the state's history. Released today, the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest measure of population patterns continues a healthy trend for Louisiana after the state experienced a quarter-century of migration losses, with more people leaving Louisiana than moving into the state for 25 years in a row.  Click Here For More On The Story

 

 

Obituary

EDITH MARIAN JOHNSON COUROULEAU, AGE 81

passed away the 24th of January 2014 at Northshore Specialty Hospital in Covington, LA. She was a resident of Franklinton, LA for many years and was born in Cleveland, OH. She had retired from civil service and was formerly a stewardess with Capital Airlines. She made and sold woodcrafts at the Washington Parish Free Fair for many years and enjoyed gardening and working with telecommunications equipment.

 

 

Obituary

KATHLEEN ROSE SCHERER, AGE 56

And a resident of Franklinton died Saturday January 25, 2014 at her home. She was a native of New Orleans, a former resident of Destrehan and had lived near the Stony Point Community for 10 years. Kathleen enjoyed traveling and loved gardening and spending time outdoors. She was a true animal lover and had a special place in her heart for her many pet cats.

 

 

Obituary

Paul Brett Fornea went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday January 22, 2014. Paul Brett, his families "Rock" was often decribed as being bigger than life. He was a devoted father and husband to Paige Fornea of 22 years.

He was known for having an excellent work ethic and encouraged his boys to let this be important in their lives.He was well known for encouraging and coaching sports in the area. He was an advid sportsman and enjoyed deer and turkey hunting and fishing.

Paul always encouraged his boys and others to have a strong foundation to face all. One of his favorite scriptures Luke 6: 48 & 49.…He is like the man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock; and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon the house, and could not shake it, for it was founded upon a rock…But he that heareth , and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

He was a member of Angie Baptist Church and attended with his family and he will be missed and remembered by many friends and his family.

 

 

January 26, 2014

Governor Jindal Submits Budget to Increase Funding for Higher Ed, K-12 Schools, Healthcare
Friday, Governor Bobby Jindal submitted a balanced budget proposal to the Legislature that holds the line on taxes, increases funding for higher education, increases funding for K-12 schools, increases funding for healthcare, and continues to help foster an environment where businesses want to invest and create jobs. The Executive Budget also continues to shrink the size of government and help grow Louisiana’s private sector economy to create more good paying private sector jobs.  Click Here For More On The Story

 

 

January 23, 2014

Recreation District 1 Tax Resolution To Be Considered at Parish Government Meeting Monday

The Washington Parish Council will meet in regular session at 5pm, Monday evening, January 27 in their chambers at the courthouse in Franklinton.  The primary item on the agenda is the following resolution:

– A Resolution approving the holding of an election in Recreation District No. 1 of the Parish of Washington, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, May 3, 2014, to authorize the incurring of debt and issuance of bonds and the levy of a special tax therein.

The matter is not unexpected, as the District purchased the property a couple of years ago but needs funding to bring the project to fruition.  While the project is an ambitious one, proponents point to benefits to our young people and the economic benefits to the community similar to what has happened in other communities that built comparable facilities. 

The Council has always encouraged attendance of their meetings by the public and invited public input on matters before them.  Proponents and Opponents of the resolution should take note that the time of the meeting is 5pm instead of the usual 6pm.

 

 

January 23, 2014

Advisory: Troopers Urge Driving Safety During Forecasted Winter Weather

STATEWIDE NEWS RELEASE 

Weather forecasts currently indicate a strong possibility of rain and/or sleet along with cold weather in parts of Louisiana tonight and tomorrow. The wet precipitation on the roadways has the potential of freezing, causing ice to form. This type of weather pattern can be dangerous for motorists who are traveling along Louisiana highways as most are not accustomed to such driving conditions.
The Louisiana State Police urges motorists to keep abreast of the latest weather and travel conditions before deciding whether a trip is necessary as rain or sleet can cause bridges and overpasses to ice quickly, particularly in the evening and early morning hours if temperatures are below or near the freezing mark. If conditions deteriorate, motorists are encouraged to refrain from driving until conditions improve. If bridges/overpasses accumulate ice, the Louisiana State Police will work closely with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to take appropriate measures.
As conditions change, motorists are reminded to drive responsibly and be prepared for uncertain driving conditions. The Louisiana State Police offers the following winter weather driving tips:

• Reduce speed
• Allow extra time to reach your destination
• Allow extra space between vehicles
• Do not drive using the cruise control in icy conditions
• Anticipate stops (such as stop signs and traffic signals) and brake gently while stopping
• If you encounter a skid, take your foot off accelerator and steer into the skid till you regain control
• Use low beam headlights if it is raining/sleeting
• Ensure all vehicle occupants are properly restrained

This would be an excellent time to check the condition of your vehicle’s tires, battery, windshield wipers and antifreeze. Low tread on tires can cause a vehicle to lose traction in all weather conditions. Weak batteries can prevent vehicles from starting in cold weather. Anti-freeze will protect your engine and radiator from freezing up due to cold temperatures.

If you should have vehicle problems, be sure to stay with your vehicle, as freezing temperatures can be life-threatening. Have a survival kit: emergency first aid kit, blankets, jumper cables, high-energy or dehydrated foods, flashlight with extra batteries, extra (charged) cell phone battery, emergency flares, and bottled water.

If you experience difficulties or witness hazardous situations while on the highway, notify your local State Police Troop office by dialing *LSP (*577) from your cell phone or contact your local law enforcement agency.

 

 

Obituary

FAYOLA COTTON TREAT TAYLOR, AGE 75

and a resident of Franklinton died at 2:10 am Wednesday January 22, 2014 at her niece’s home. She was a longtime member of Acy’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church and a former retail clerk for Southern Baptist Bible bookstores. She was involved in pastoral and missionary work for 40 years. Fay enjoyed cooking for her family and loved writing poetry and stories.

 

 

Obituary

Robert F. Carpenter, age 72 passed away Jan. 22, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington La.He was a resident of Bogalusa La.

 

 

January 23, 2014

MAN FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED FOR GUN AND DRUGS--Sentenced to Life in Prison--

COVINGTON----District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Clifton Daigle, Jr., 46 of Covington, was found guilty as charged on November 14, 2013, for a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of heroin.  22nd Judicial District Judge William Knight sentenced Daigle on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, to life in prison as a career criminal.  Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the state’s case.

Daigle was arrested in May 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a traffic stop.  Daigle’s vehicle was swerving in the roadway before it was pulled over by deputies.  A search revealed a syringe and spoon with heroin residue and a shotgun behind the seat

District Attorney Reed commented, “I sadly realized a few years ago that heroin usage was on the rise.  Great work by deputies and my office to stop this violent drug abuser and remove him from our society.” Reed concluded.

Daigle was sentenced as a career criminal to life in prison due to convictions in St. Tammany Parish for felon in possession of a firearm and possession of heroin in 2013, and simple robbery and possession of oxycodone in 2004.  Daigle has prior convictions in Jefferson Parish for aggravated battery in 1991 and simple robbery in 1984.
 

 

January 23, 2014

FIVE BOGALUSA TEENAGERS PLEAD GUILTY IN ARMED ROBBERY CASE

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Jamarcus Harrison, 18, Malik Robinson, 16, Quinterius Moses, 17,  Raynis Bridges, 16, and Rashad Pittman,17,  all of Bogalusa have pled guilty in  22nd Judicial District Court.  Moses pled guilty on August 21st and Harrison pled guilty on September 6th, both in 2013, to two counts of simple robbery. Robinson pled guilty on September 9th, 2013, to simple robbery.  Pittman and Bridges pled guilty January 6th, 2014.  Bridges pled guilty to two counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault.  Pittman pled guilty to two counts of armed robbery and attempted second degree murder.  Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.  The two victims were very helpful and very satisfied with the resolution of the case.  

22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Moses and Harrison to a total of 14 years in prison, 7 years on each robbery charge to run consecutively, and 5 years probation.  Robinson was sentenced to 7 years in prison plus 5 years probation.  Judge Gardner sentenced Bridges to 15 years in prison for armed robbery with a firearm and 10 years for aggravated assault to all run concurrently.  Judge Gardner will sentence Pittman on February 13th, 2014.
All five defendants were arrested in May 2013 by the Bogalusa Police Department after two male victims were robbed at gunpoint in unrelated robberies.  The first incident occurred as the group less Robinson robbed a victim of his bicycle.  Pittman deployed a taser on the victim while Bridges shot in the victim’s direction as the victim ran away to call police.  The second incident occurred later that night after the other victim had pulled over with car trouble.  The group including Robinson took the victim’s phone, wallet, and knapsack while Pittman brandished his taser and Bridges revealed his gun.  The victim was able to get away and call police.  Moses and Harrison were arrested a few minutes later and Robinson was arrested later that night.  Bridges and Pittman were arrested the next day.

 

 

January 23, 2014

Man calls 911, fabricates story because he needed a place to stay

A man who called 911 to report a home invasion from a home on Chris Kennedy Road near Pearl River Friday night changed his story several times before admitting that he really just needed somewhere safe to stay.

Derrion Lemoine (3/24/1995) initially called 911 and, using his mother’s name, claimed to be a female victim of a home break-in.  While on the phone with dispatchers he pretended to be attacked and threw the cellphone in a ditch.

When deputies arrived on scene they did not find a female victim, but instead found Lemoine, who was eager to confess to his alleged wrongdoings even before deputies had a chance to question him.

Lemoine said he broke into the vacant home, attacked a woman there with a box cutter, took her cellphone and threw it into a nearby ditch.  Lemoine’s eagerness to confess and the deputies’ inability to locate a female victim caused them to question Lemoine’s story.

After being questioned further, Lemoine admitted to making up the whole incident and told deputies he intended to spend the night in the vacant house, but became concerned that a man he had previously stiffed on a cocaine deal would find him and cause him harm.

Lemoine was arrested for injuring public records and misuse of 911, and he was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.  When asked why he used his mother’s name when making the initial report, Lemoine told deputies that was the only female name he could think of at the time.

 

 

Obituary

Michael James Spurlock, a resident of Covington, LA, age 32, born on January 13, 1982 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

 

 

January 23, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Lillian Keating was booked 01/22 on the charges of Theft Over 1500, Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Damage, and Aggravated Burglary
Christopher Mizell was booked 01/22 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
George Keating was booked 01/22 on the charges of Theft Over 1500, Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Damage, and Aggravated Burglary

James Warren was booked 01/22 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear
Cullen Kennedy was booked 01/22 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
James Carlan was booked 01/22 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Improper Equipment
Charles Smoot was booked 01/22 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Obstruction of Justice, No Turn Signals, and Failure to Appear

 

 

January 22, 2014

Burglary Suspects Arrested in Tangipahoa Parish

HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on January 19, 2014, several burglary suspects were arrested after being spotted by an off duty TPSO deputy leaving a Hammond residence. 
On Thursday, January 16th, 2014, deputies responded to a residence on Hwy 445 in Loranger in reference to a residential burglary.  When deputies arrived, the homeowners stated that a back window of their residence was compromised and their home had been burglarized.   An investigation revealed several subjects that may be connected to the crime.  Through internal intelligence, information and photos of the suspected subjects were disbursed to all TPSO enforcement.
In the late evening hours of January 19, 2014, an off duty TPSO deputy observed several subjects fitting the description of the suspects leaving a residence on Rufus Bankston Rd.   He observed as the subjects entered a black 2014 Jeep bearing a Missouri Plate.   Additional deputies quickly located the Jeep on University Ave. and eventually made contact with the occupants on Crystal St.   As a result of making contact, all five occupants were identified including Louis Perry (DOOB 1.1.92) of Hammond and Jarvis McKnight (1.6.91) of Hammond, who were instantly recognized.  Both  subjects had outstanding warrants and were taken into custody. The remaining occupants were ordered to stay in the vehicle.
During the roadside investigation, deputies could smell raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  The center rear seat passenger identified as Juan Jackson (11.28.93) of Hammond, was observed leaning around in the back seat as if he were hiding something.  Subsequently, a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana was located on Jackson’s person.   Jackson was taken into custody at this time and charged with possession of marijuana.
A search of the suspects’ vehicle revealed multiple items, including a handgun, that were reported stolen from the Hwy 445 burglary.   This investigation is still on-going.  

Perry had outstanding attachments for Failure to Appear, issued by TPSO and was additionally charged on an outstanding warrant for arrest for the charge of Simple Burglary.  Perry was additionally charged with simple burglary:  McKnight had an outstanding arrest warrant for the charge of Simple Burglary. Additionally charged with simple burglary; Juan Jackson was subsequently charged with possession of marijuana.

 

 

January 22, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

James Ingram was booked 01/21 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
James Peters was booked 01/21 In From Court
Kennis Sanders was booked 01/21 on the charges of Failure to Pay Old Fine and Failure to Appear
Tyron Warren was booked 01/21 on the charges of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment, Theft Under 500, and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Brandon Hicks was booked 01/21 on the charges of Attachment, Unauthorized Use of Access Card, and Theft Under 500
Lillian Keating was booked 01/22 on the charges of Theft Over 1500, Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Damage, and Aggravated Burglary
Christopher Mizell was booked 01/22 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
George Keating was booked 01/22 on the charges of Theft Over 1500, Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Damage, and Aggravated Burglary

 

 

January 21, 2014

Governor Jindal Announces Funding Hike for Higher Education & New Workforce Incentive Fund
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined leaders from higher education systems across Louisiana to announce a funding increase of $141.5 million for higher education institutions for the next fiscal year. The funding hike represents a 6.66 percent increase over the budget for the current fiscal year. This funding includes a new higher education workforce incentive initiative of $40 million that will better prepare Louisiana students to compete in the new global economy.  Click Here For More On The Story

 

 

January 21, 2014

Two Vehicle Crash on I-55 Involving High Speed Kills Independence Woman

Today at approximately 10:00 A.M., Louisiana State Police Troop L was notified of a fatality crash on I-55 north near I-12 in Hammond. The crash took the life of 60 year-old Gussie Miller of Independence.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2010 Mercedes 350, operated by Clifford Durio (age 31 of LaPlace), was southbound on Interstate 55 near I-12 and a 2007 Ford Fusion, occupied by Gussie Miller (Driver) and front passenger Jerome Miller of Independence, was northbound on Interstate 55 near I-12.

While traveling southbound on Interstate 55 at an unsafe speed, Durio veered right causing the Mercedes to exit the roadway. Durio over-corrected while steering back toward the travel lanes and lost control. The Mercedes crossed the southbound lanes of I-55, entered the center grass median, and rolled onto its roof. Upon exiting median, the vehicle slide up an embankment and became airborne crossing into the left northbound lane of the interstate. While upside down and airborne the left rear of the Mercedes struck the front left area of the Ford. The upside down Mercedes and upright Ford came to rest in the left lane of I-55 northbound.

Miller was transported to North Oaks Hospital with life threatening injuries where she later died. Jerome Miller and Durio were also transported to North Oaks with minor injuries.

Speed was determined to be a major contributing factor on Durio's part. All parties were restrained. Impairment is not suspected; however, blood samples were collected from both drivers for a toxicological analysis. Those results are pending.

Durio was charged with negligent homicide, negligent injuring, reckless operation, felon in possession of a firearm, and driving under suspension. He was placed under arrest and booked at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

January 21, 2014

Grand Opening of Firemen's Federal Credit Union - Bogalusa Schools Branch

Saturday, January 25th is the Grand Opening of the Bogalusa Schools Branch of the Firemen's Federal Credit Union.  Join the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce and public officials celebrate this addition to our community from 10am to 2pm with a Ribbon Cutting at noon and meet managers Paige Carbonne and Dawn Breedlove.  There will be food, music, prizes and lots of fun with a special performance by the BHS Band and the Paperdolls.

 

 

January 21, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Hunter Stokes was booked 01/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Brandon Strickland was booked 0/1/18 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Chance McElveen was booked 01/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Negligent Vehicular Injuring
Jerry Owens was booked 01/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Bradley Jenkins was booked 01/19 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Moveable

 

 

January 20, 2014

Teen Dies in St. Tammany One Vehicle Crash
Early this morning at approximately 1:30 A.M., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle serious injury crash on US 190 Business eastbound near I-10 in Slidell. The crash took the life of 19 year old Brandon Taylor Grubbs-Harwell of Pearl River.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta operated by Grubbs-Harwell (W/M) was traveling eastbound on US 190 Business at a high rate of speed. Grubbs-Harwell passed two eastbound traveling vehicles, veered right, exited the roadway, and struck a utility pole. The Volkswagen continued, overturned, and came to rest in a ditch. During the crash Grubbs-Harwell received serious injuries and was transported to the Interim LSU Hospital LEVEL 1 Trauma Center in New Orleans where he later died.

Speed is considered to be a factor in this crash. Grubbs-Harwell was restrained at the time of the crash and alcohol is not considered to be a factor. A blood sample was collected from Grubbs-Harwell so a toxicological analysis can be performed at the LSP Crime Lab, results are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Police urge every motorist to obey all traffic control signs, always stay vigilant behind the wheel, avoid distractions while driving, and always properly buckle up. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle (cars and trucks), regardless of seating position, always to remain buckled up (day and night). Motorists who choose to drive aggressively pose a danger to themselves and everyone else on the roadway. Operating a vehicle at a high rate of speed increases its stopping distance and your chances of being seriously injured in the event of a crash. Louisiana State Police will continue to focus on high-risk driving behaviors to make the roadways of Louisiana safe.

 

 

Obituary

PERRY ALAN PORTER, AGE 56

And a resident of Franklinton, Louisiana went to be with his Lord at home in the early morning of January 18, 2014. With his faith in Christ as his foundation, he devoted his life to both his family and his ministry.

He was born July 23, 1957 in Baton Rouge and graduated from Central High School. Perry earned a Bachelor’s of Education degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA and a Masters in Church Music from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He ministered to churches through music and as pastor in Bogalusa, LA, Opp, AL, and most recently Macon, GA for over 27 years. A talented musician, Perry enjoyed singing and touring with the Sons of Jubal and the Centurymen sharing the love of Christ through music and song. His beautiful singing voice, quirky sense of humor and warm laugh will be missed by all that knew him.

 

 

Obituary

Bogalusa resident Murton Seal, Jr. age 75 passed away Friday January 17, 2014 after a short illness. Mr. Seal was a retired Captain with the Bogalusa Fire Department and security guard with Vinson Security. He was an active member of Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church serving as a deacon.

 

 

Obituary

ELOISE BEDWELL JARRELL, AGE 77

And a lifelong resident of Pine died at 6:40 pm Thursday January 16, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer. She was a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church and also a member of Order of the Easter Star #239. Eloise was a Licensed Practical Nurse since 1969 and retired after 30 years of service at Riverside. Even after retirement she continued on as a Hospital Volunteer to be with the people she cared about. She loved traveling all over the United States, even to Hawaii and Alaska, and finished just four short of visiting every continental state. Eloise enjoyed bargain shopping, especially her favorite of Hudson’s Dirt Cheap and she also enjoyed scrap-booking.

 

 

Obituary

RODNEY WAYNE SHARP, AGE 59

And a resident of the Stoney Point Community died at 11:00 am Thursday January 16, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was a former correctional officer for the Louisiana State Department of Corrections who loved fishing and the outdoors. He often sold watermelons and other produce throughout Washington Parish. Rodney was an animal lover and loved his pet dogs, Lil’ Bit and Peanut. He had a special place in his heart for his family and most loved spending all the time he could with his young grandchildren.

 

 

Obituary

Bobby Phillip "Phil" Smith born December 12, 1958 passed away January 16, 2014 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg MS. at the age of 55. He was a member of Angie Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Janell E. Lassley, age 84, born on September 5, 1929 in French Settlement, LA, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2014.

 

 

Obituary

Lexie Seal Thomas, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 90, born on October 6, 1923 in Varnado, LA, passed away on Thursday, January 16,2014 at the LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

January 17, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Russell Daniels was booked 01/16 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Failure to Pay Fine
Harvey Bazor was booked 01/16 on the charge of Resisting an Officer
Christina Murray was booked 01/16 on the charge of Resisting an Officer
Ray Gatlin was booked 01/16 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Anthony McNabb was booked 01/16 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Failure to Dim Headlights, Improper Lane Useage, and Driving Under Suspension
James Martin was booked 01/16 on the charges of Armed Robbery and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Arthur Rester was booked 01/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Christina Mocsary was booked 01/16 on the charge of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)
Roy Forbes was booked 01/17 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise

 

 

January 16, 2014

Kentwood Police Chief Pleads Guilty in Missing Evidence Case
Kentwood Police Chief Gregory Newton pleaded guilty today to one felony count of malfeasance in office in connection with a missing evidence case involving $2,000 in cash, prosecutors from the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office said.
In April 2012, approximately $11,000 was stolen from a home in Kentwood during a burglary. The money was recovered by Mississippi authorities and was subsequently turned over to Kentwood Police Chief Gregory Newton. When the money was to be returned to the victim, the amount was short by over $2,000. Louisiana State Police began an investigation in Dec. 2012 after receiving a citizen complaint about the missing cash. Newton, who was the sole guardian of the missing evidence, pleaded guilty to tampering with the cash.
Newton was given a five-year suspended sentence, five years of active probation and fined $2,500 plus court costs by 21st Judicial District Court Judge Wayne Ray Chutz. As a term of the agreement, Newton was required to resign immediately from his post as police chief and has paid full restitution to the victim. Criminal Division Director Kurt Wall prosecuted the case for the attorney general’s office at the request of 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, who recused his office from the case.

 

 

Obituary

Lexie Seal Thomas, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 90, born on October 6, 1923 in Varnado, LA, passed away on Thursday, January 16,2014 at the LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Russell Dykes age 76 passed away Jan. 15, 2014 at Northshore Specialty Hospital in Covington la. He was a resident of Bogalusa La.

 

 

Obituary

Janice Frrnea Freeman age 74 passed away Jan 15, 2014 at Northshore Specialty Hospital. She was a resident of Varnado La. Visitation will be held in the chapel Friday from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. saturday from 8 a.m. until time for service at 2 p.m. burial will be in Freeman Cemetery.

 

 

Obituary

Betty Jean Hammons age 79 passed away Jan. 13, 2014 at Resthaven Living Center where she was a resident.

 

 

Obituary

Athalee Carrier age 79, passed away Jan. 11, 2014 at L.S.U. medical Center. She was a resident of Bogalusa La, and member of Plainview Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Nezzie Martin Turner passed away January 11, 2014 in her home in Mandeville, La.with her family by her side at the age of 86.She was born on March 26, 1927and was a former resident of the Pine Community for many years before residing in Bogalusa. Nezzie was a member of Pettit Memorial Baptist Church.

 

 

January 16, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

James Spikes was booked 01/15 on the charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, and Failure to Appear
Neko Holmes was booked 01/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Jennifer Cosse was booked 01/15 on the charges of Simple Escape, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Attachment, Driving While Intoxicated, and Speeding 21-30 Over Limit
Darren Johnston was booked 01/15 on the charge of Aggravated Assault With Firearm
Russell Daniels was booked 01/16 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Failure to Pay Fine
Harvey Bazor was booked 01/16 on the charge of Resisting an Officer
Christina Murray was booked 01/16 on the charge of Resisting an Officer

 

January 16, 2014

2013 St. Tammany Crime Statistics Released
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain today released the year-end crime stats for 2013.  The numbers show that crime was down in almost every category in St. Tammany Parish last year.  Significantly, there were zero murders in unincorporated St. Tammany for the first time in recorded history.  The numbers were equally impressive in other categories.   The number of reported rapes, aggravated assaults and batteries are also down substantially from the previous year.
Perhaps the most remarkable comparison is how the numbers have decreased over the past thirty years.  Despite the explosive growth in the parish’s population during that same period of time, the crime rate has actually decreased – both in individual categories and in the overall numbers.  The chart below shows the numbers for 30, 20 and 10 years ago.
The Sheriff’s office crime solve rate also remains among the best in the nation – approximately twice the national average for both violent and nonviolent crimes.  The most recent figure (2012) for the national violent crime solve-rate is 46.8 %, compared to the Sheriff’s office rate of 89.15 % in that category last year.  For non-violent crimes, the 2012 national average was 19%, compared with the Sheriff’s Office rate of 41.13 % last year.

 

 

January 16, 2014

Entergy Charitable Foundation Announces New Grant Deadlines
Grant application dates for 2014 are Feb. 1 and Aug. 1.
Entergy Corporation shareholders renewed their commitment to improving the communities Entergy serves by investing $3.2 million to fund the Entergy Charitable Foundation grant programs for 2014.  Entergy Charitable Foundation 2014 grant application deadlines are Feb. 1 and Aug. 1.  To access guidelines and an application from the Entergy Charitable Foundation, go to “Our Community” at www.entergy.com.
The Entergy Charitable Foundation is dedicated to strengthening communities served by Entergy through investments in education, poverty solutions and environmental programs.  "Giving back to the community is an integral part of Entergy's corporate and our Louisiana utilities’ mission," said Phillip R. May, president and chief executive officer of Entergy Gulf States Louisiana and Entergy Louisiana. 
Entergy shareholders annually reinvest more than $16 million in shareholder profits through a number of grant programs. The programs benefit almost 3,000 nonprofit organizations in communities where Entergy operates.   
“Entergy is committed to improving our communities through partnerships with our local nonprofit partners,” said May. “We encourage organizations to submit projects for consideration in February and August. Together, our efforts will boost local economies and benefit all our stakeholders.”

 

 

January 15, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Roy Angelo was booked 01/14 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Criminal Trespass
Larry Haire was booked 01/14 on the charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Operation of Clandestine Meth Lab
India Smith was booked 01/14 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Damage to Property, and Resisting an Officer
Carolyn Spurlock was booked 01/14 In From Court
Robert Crumedy was booked 01/14 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Essie Hicks was booked 01/14 on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)

 

 

January 14, 2014

LOUISIANA RANKS FIRST IN NATION FOR EDUCATION REFORMS
BATON ROUGE –  Today, StudentsFirst released its annual State Policy Report Card that named Louisiana as the top state in the nation.  StudentsFirst is a non-profit education policy group that evaluates states on whether the right policy environments are in place to best serve students and raise achievement levels.
The ranking highlighted Louisiana as a national leader for innovative education policy.  StudentsFirst praised Louisiana for establishing a strong teacher evaluation system, empowering parents with information, increasing choice in education through the scholarship program and charter schools, and management of the Recovery School District.
Louisiana retained its 1st in the nation ranking from StudentFirst’s 2013 report card, showing that Louisiana continues to be on the front lines in the education reform effort.

 

 

January 14, 2014

FORMER BOGALUSA CITY COURT CLERK PLEADS GUILTY AS CHARGED

FRANKLINTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Helen Cotton, 46 of Bogalusa, pled guilty as charged on Monday, January 6, 2014, to 6 counts of filing false public records, 8 counts of injuring public records, and 6 counts of theft.  22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Cotton to 5 years in prison for the 6 counts of filing false public records and the 8 counts of injuring public records.   Judge Gardner sentenced Cotton to 10 years in prison all suspended with 5 years probation, to be served after Cotton’s release from jail. Cotton must make restitution in the amount of $55,000 during her probation.  Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.

Cotton was arrested in March 2013 by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office after money was found missing at Bogalusa City Court.  Cotton had served as the long time City Court Clerk before her arrest stemming from an investigation by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.  The investigation which reviewed court financial records from 2006 to Cotton’s resignation in November 2011, revealed missing money and altered pubic records.

Filing false public records is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years.  Injuring a public record is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years.  Theft is punishable by imprisonment at for not more than 10 years.

 

 

Obituary

Norma Corinne Planche of DeRidder, Louisiana, was born October 24, 1940, in Varnado, Louisiana, to Louis and Pollyann Williams Seal. She passed from this life on January 13, 2014, at the Beauregard Memorial Hospital in DeRidder.   Norma graduated from Varnado High School in 1959. Working as a secretary at the Tullos Motor Company in Bogalusa, Louisiana, she met Joseph Brewster Planche. They were married on February 28, 1962, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.   After being stationed in several places in the United States and abroad, Norma and her family were transferred to Fort Polk, Louisiana, and began making their home in DeRidder in 1977. After retiring from the US Army in 1980, the Planches decided to remain in DeRidder. Norma’s beloved husband passed away after a short illness in 1985.   Norma remained in DeRidder until her death. She kept a beautiful home for her family, ran a family farm, volunteered in her children’s classrooms, and welcomed everyone into her life with a warm smile. She especially enjoyed entertaining her children’s friends. After Scott and Pam moved from home, Norma ran a daycare and loved neighborhood and community children for over 10 years. She was known as Ms. Norma and was adored by many in DeRidder. Norma was an avid fan of LSU and the New Orleans Saints, as well as all sports. She was a member of First Baptist Church, DeRidder.

 

 

Obituary

JAMES ARTHUR “JIMMY” WOOD, AGE 88

And a resident of Franklinton died at 12:50 AM Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

He was a rural mail carrier with the U. S. Postal Service for 35 years. He was a founding member of Hillcrest Baptist Church where he was a deacon emeritus. He was a volunteer with the Fire Department. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in WWII where he was wounded 3 times and received Purple Hearts. He was in Italy and Southern France.

 

 

Obituary

C. W. Jarrell, age 85, born on March 22, 1928 in Poplarville, MS, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.   He was a retired United States Army Reserve veteran. He was a member and Past Master of Center Lodge #244 of Bogalusa, LA and #461 of Varnado, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Amber Diane Knight, age 33, born on January 25, 1980 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

January 13, 2014

Man calls 911 needing a woman, got arrested instead

Kareem Collins called 911 Saturday night and told dispatchers he “needed a woman.”  We are guessing he wasn’t looking for one to come and run his criminal history, but that is what he got.  The responding deputy soon discovered that Collins was a convicted sex offender – a non-compliant one to boot.  Our Would-be Romeo had failed to contact the proper authorities when he moved from New Orleans to Slidell – a big no-no for convicted sex offenders.

Collins didn’t get the woman he was looking for Saturday night but he did get a ride to the St. Tammany Parish Jail after he was arrested for failure to register for a change of address.

 

 

January 13, 2014

Husband stabbed by knife thrown by wife

A Slidell-area woman called 911 early Monday morning to report that she “accidently” stabbed her husband when she threw a knife at him during an argument.

Shawdaysha Eckman told responding deputies that she and her husband were arguing when she picked up a knife and threw it at him in an attempt to scare him.  Eckman’s husband said he attempted to move out of the path of the knife but was not quick enough. The blade struck his left arm, leaving a 1 to 1-and -a-half inch puncture wound.

Ms. Eckman was arrested for aggravated battery, related to domestic abuse. She was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

 

 

Obituary

ESTELLE “DOCK” DYKES ALFORD, AGE 97

And a resident of Mt.Hermon died early Saturday January 11, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mandeville. She was born August 19, 1916 at her home in rural Kentwood, LA to the late Walter and Pauline Brumfield Dykes. She was the youngest girl of a family of eight, all of whom preceded her in death.
Estelle, better known as “Dock” to her friends and relatives was the epitome of caregiving. It is the family’s belief that she was given the nickname because she “was always nursing someone back to health”. Upon graduation from Mt. Hermon High School, she postponed her career to care for her ailing mother who was partially paralyzed from a stroke. In later years, Dock provided constant care for her husband during his battle with cancer. She is remembered as “being by his side the entire time in and out of the hospital”. When her sister Hazel neared the end of her life, Dock cared for her at times in her home and until the end at the hospital. Throughout her many years of living in the Mt.Hermon community, Dock, a wonderful cook, baked cakes, candy and her famous chicken and dumplings for her neighbors, family members, and church family. When her immediate family gathered at her home for holiday meals, a grand-daughter recently commented that “Mam-maw was always the last to sit down because she wanted to make sure that we all had what we needed”.
Although Dock was known for her selflessness and desire to improve the lives of her family, friends, and neighbors, she was also known for her many talents. She attended beauty school after her mother’s passing and owned and ran her own beauty shop in Kentwood for several years. Long after she closed the business, she was often known to comment on hairstyles of her family members stating that a different style or color may be more “flattering!” Her skills as a seamstress were exhibited in the beautiful clothing sewn for her daughters and then again for granddaughters when they were born. She enjoyed quilt-making and her great-grandchildren benefited from the baby quilts made upon their births. Her artistic abilities were evident in her ceramic making, a hobby in the 1970’s and 80’s, in her work at Bogue Chitto Baptist Church and with the Washington Parish Homemaker’s Club. A granddaughter recently stated that “I still have the cookbook with the front cover that Mam-maw drew”. She also loved music and played the piano “by ear” which may have been known only to close friends and family.
Dock was a longtime member of Bogue Chitto Baptist Church, where she actively participated in the Women’s Mission Union and various other committees. She was the chairman of the WMU Centennial in 1988. Dock often provided floral arrangements for the altar on Sundays using flowers grown at home. Her chicken and dumplings was a staple at church gatherings. In later years, she often spoke of her enjoyment of her Sunday School class taught by Hugh Fortenberry. “Helping out” with Vacation Bible School was always a priority during the summer. She always encouraged her children and grandchildren to use their “talents” in serving others as well.
Despite her numerous gifts and accomplishments, she remained humble and selfless in her love for family and friends.

 

 

Obituary

Gregory Allen Haik, age 56, born on March 25, 1957 in Bogalusa, LA, passed on Friday, January 10, 2014 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

January 13, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jeffery Schilling was booked 01/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Laura McCarty was booked 01/10 In From Court
Dusstin Milton was booked 01/10 on the charge of Probation Violation
Leanna Brown was booked 01/10 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jonathan Sigler was booked 01/10 on the charges of Attachment and Theft Over 1500
Trenton Magee was booked 01/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Attachment
Heath Hartzog was booked 01/11 on the charges of Forcible Rape (4 counts)

 

 

January 13, 2014

WASHINGTON PARISH MAN CHARGED WITH FOUR RAPES

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Heath G. Hartzog, 29, Franklinton, and charged him with four forcible rapes.  He is being held in the Washington Parish Jail with bond set at $150,000.  Forcible Rape is a crime for which there is no time limitation for prosecution and is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for not less than five nor more than forty years for each rape conviction.

According to Sheriff Randy Seal, the four rapes of two parish women occurred over a period of approximately five years.  Each forcible rape was the result of a domestic situation in which the women were either handcuffed or physically forced to submit to the rapes.

Initial contact with one of the victims began late in 2013 when the woman met with investigators and to speak with them in regards to domestic violence related issues pertaining to her ex-boyfriend, Heath Hartzog.  Information obtained during the interviews disclosed two rapes of the woman and led to another woman who also had been raped twice.

WPSO investigators thoroughly investigated the statements and circumstances provided by the two women and determined that four forcible rapes had occurred.   Warrants then were obtained for the arrest of Hartzog who was out of state at the time.  Hartzog was arrested on January 11 when he returned to Washington Parish.

Sheriff Seal commented, “The two victims did the right thing by coming forward.  There is no time limit on the prosecution of forcible rape and I am pleased that our investigators were able to piece together the elements of these crimes and obtain warrants for his arrest.  I encourage any victim to come forward at any time so that we can investigate crimes committed against them.  No victim should ever be ashamed to tell what happened to them and our Victims’ Services Officer is always available to work with any victim.”

Specific details of the crimes and the names of both victims are being withheld to protect their identity.

 

 

January 10, 2014

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF ARMED ROBBERY WITH A FIREARM
COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Bernell Earl, 42 of Bogalusa, was found guilty as charged of armed robbery on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014.  A twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated for 20 minutes before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge A. J. Hand.  Career Criminal Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case in the 3 day trial.  
Earl along with Adriena Williams, 37 of Bogalusa, and William Branch, 29 of Slidell, were arrested in July 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after an adult male victim was robbed at gunpoint near Slidell.  Williams called the victim and lured him to her location with a story of car trouble.  The victim was then approached at gunpoint and his personal property was stolen.  The three robbers fled the scene in a black Lincoln sedan.  The victim called 911 and reported the vehicle description helping Deputies stop the getaway car five minutes later on Interstate 10.  A search of the vehicle revealed the victim’s valuables and the guns used in the robbery.
Williams pled guilty to simple robbery on December 9th, 2013 and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
William Branch, 29 of Slidell, is awaiting trial for armed robbery with a firearm.
Judge Hand will sentence Earl on February 20th, 2014.  Armed robbery with a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 15 to 99 years.  Earl could face life in prison if found to be a career criminal.  Earl has 3 prior convictions for simple burglary and one prior conviction for attempted simple burglary all in 2000.  

 

January 10, 2014

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY JOHN ALFORD IS PRESENTED WITH THE FIRST “ST. SLAMMANY” AWARD

COVINGTON---District Attorney Walter Reed has established the “St. Slammany” award to recognize the outstanding prosecution achievement of one of his Assistant District Attorneys.  This first award is presented to Assistant District Attorney John Alford.  Alford is the son of long-time trial attorney Bill Alford and graduated from Covington’s St. Paul High School in 2000.  John then graduated from LSU in 2004 and from Mississippi College School of Law in 2008.  John served as an Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish for five years.

District Attorney Reed commented, “I am very proud of all my Assistant District Attorneys and this year to recognize our newest ADA for this first “St. Slammany” award.  John hasn’t been here long but has made a strong prosecution impact.  The apple did not fall far from the tree,” Reed concluded.

This award is presented each year to an Assistant District Attorney who is eager to try felony criminal cases before a jury especially to prosecute career criminal and habitual offenders.  This ADA will exhibit command and control in the courtroom, a great work ethic in the preparation of cases for trial, and the ability to communicate with the Court, the public and co-workers in order to make our communities as safe as possible.

 

 

January 10, 2014

Railroad History Day

The Museums of Cassidy Park will host Bogalusa’s Annual Railroad History Day, Jan. 25th, 2014 from 10:00 am ‘til at the Pioneer Museum.  Railroad subjects will be shown on the museum’s flat screen TV beginning at 10:00 am.  The film will cover the GM&O and how WWII was won because of our railroads readiness allowing transportation of supplies to the troops.
This is Bogalusa’s Centennial Year.  The rail day program will feature the New Orleans Great Northern steam locomotive  #22 which is presently cosmetically restored on the Washington Parish Fairgrounds.  Since this engine was built in January. 1914 it would be fitting to tell its story on its 100th birthday.  It is the only N.O.G.N. locomotive still in existence.  The Pioneer Museum classroom will feature former railroaders and rail enthusiast to share their stories in an informal setting.  Coffee & tea will be provided for this event.
Railroad music and songs will be played live during the event inside the museum.  This will be low volume acoustic music.  Anyone wanting to perform their favorite RR number is invited to join.  We already have a commitment from vocalist from New Orleans, Mississippi fiddle players, as well as guitar and keyboard musicians who will demonstrate the different musical chords unique to different RR steam whistles.
Operating RR models  are on hand and individuals with RR artifacts, models, photos etc. are invited to bring them for display, sale, or trade.  The museum will be prepared to scan and save and documents or picture you wish to add to our RR records.
Once again, to help fund the event, the Museum will raffle an Amtrak train round trip, Picayune to Meridian, MS., for two with accommodations  for one night in Meridian historic bed & breakfast, The Century House.  Cost:  $1  Tickets are available at the Museums and from Museum members.  The drawing will be held at 4:00pm at the Pioneer Museum 1/25/2014.

 

 

January 10, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Emmitt Cain was booked 01/09 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Rebecca Athey was booked 01/09 on the charge of Forgery
Faith Athey was booked 01/09 on the charge of Forgery

 

 

January 10, 2014

Entergy Makes $5000 Donation To Bogalusa Help Center

Entergy Customer Service Representative Eunice Harris presents to Bogalusa Help Center’s Volunteer President Gene Hayman a $5,000 donation from Entergy.  “The Bogalusa Food Bank serves all of Washington Parish, Bogalusa, Angie, Varnado, Pine, Franklinton, Mt. Herman, and all points in between”, says Hayman.  “It provides supplemental canned and packaged foods to small children, handicapped individuals, and low income families on a monthly basis.”  Hayman welcomes food donations from other businesses or individuals who see the need and who share the same passion as Entergy.
“Entergy has always been willing to assist in fulfilling some of the needs of its low income customers”, says Harris.  “Giving back to communities you serve always makes you feel good.  It’s a way of saying ‘thank you for being an Entergy customer’”, says Harris.

 

 

January 9, 2014

Attorney General Caldwell Warns of Fake Court Appearance Email Scam
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell warns of an email scam that instructs recipients to appear in court. The fraudulent email with the subject line "Notice of Appearance in Court" is purportedly sent from a “court clerk” instructing recipients to appear for “illegal software usage.”
 The emails deceptively impersonate the domain name of several well-known law firms and contain an attachment, purportedly a copy of the court notice, which may link to a computer virus. The emails request the recipient bring an “identity document” on the specified court date. The law firms mentioned in the emails confirm the emails did not originate from them.
 Sanettria “Sam” Pleasant, head of the Attorney General’s Public Protection Division, said her office has fielded about 20 calls and emails from consumers this week about the fake messages.
 “Ignore and delete these emails. They are not official court notices and recipients do not need to appear in court,” Pleasant advises.

To report a scam or file a complaint, please contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-351-4889 or online at www.agbuddycaldwell.com.

 

 

Obituary

Robert Gregory Taylor, a resident of Crossroads, MS, age 54, born on July 8, 1959 in Picayune, MS, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Slidell Memorial Hospital in Slidell, LA.

 

 

January 9, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Dale Wilkerson was booked 01/08 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Chris Johnson was booked 01/08 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Speed Unsafe For Road Conditions
Loretta Hebert was booked 01/08 on the charge of Aggravated Battery
India Keys was booked 01/08 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Gregory Dean was booked 01/08 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Emmitt Cain was booked 01/09 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

 

 

January 9, 2014

Museums of Cassidy Park Activities in January

Two great events you might want to participate in are being offered at the Cassidy Park Museums this month.  On January 21 a Pine Needle Basket Class will be held at the Pioneer Museum Classroom from 10am till noon.  Tuition is free to museum members and $10 to non-members.  There is a $5 supply fee.  Call 985-335-4340 to reserve a place in the class.

Secondly, Railroad Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 25 from 10am til at the Pioneer Museum.  This free-to-attend event is presented each year in January and, with the activities and information provided, is a great way to provide the family with a fun-filled day.

 

 

January 9, 2014

DOMESTIC FIGHT RESULTS IN SHOOTING

On January 7, 2014, while investigating a shooting that took place at a residence on Borel Road in the Rio Community of southern Washington Parish, Sheriff’s Office investigators determined that Loretta Hebert, 50, had shot her boyfriend, Gregory Dean, 50, in the groin with a .22 caliber pistol.  Dean was not seriously injured and was treated and released from a local hospital.

Hebert and Dean, who met online, were drinking and became involved in a physical altercation.  Hebert left the residence and returned with a pistol, laid it on the counter and told Dean to leave.  According to Hebert, Dean refused to leave, threatened physical violence and began to advance on her.  At that point she picked up the pistol and fired once, striking Dean in the groin.

After being shot, Dean removed several handguns from the residence and hid them in nearby woods.  The couple then called the Sheriff’s Office, claiming that the shooting was accidental.

The case was assigned to Detectives Damon Mitchell and Raymond Myers who interviewed both Hebert and Dean.  Their investigation determined that the shooting was not accidental and that other weapons had been hidden in the woods.  Detectives recovered the other weapons.

It was determined also that Dean had a criminal record, having been convicted in Florida in 2009 for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Cultivation of Marijuana, and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  He was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with Domestic Battery Abuse and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  He remains in the jail with bond set at $ 100,000.

Hebert, the aggressor, was also arrested, charged with Aggravated Battery.  She was released on $50,000 bond on January 9.

Sheriff Randy Seal commended Detectives Mitchell and Myers on their work.  “Our detectives sorted out the details, realized this was not an accidental shooting, and made good arrests.  Domestic violence incidents are always complicated matters involving lots of emotion.  In this case, the combination of alcohol, raw emotion and firearms led to a tragic incident.  I appreciate the good work Detectives Mitchell and Myers did on this case.”

 

 

January 8, 2014

UPDATE

Skeletal Remains Identified

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office has provided the Sheriff’s Office with an identification for the skeletal remains found earlier this week in an abandoned home on West Street, near Bayou Liberty, in the Slidell area.
The remains have been identified as that of John Felton Winston, an individual who was reported to the Sheriff’s Office as missing in January 2010.
The investigation in to the circumstance surrounding Winston’s death is ongoing and no more information is available at this time.
Sheriff Jack Strain Jr. applauds the Dr. Pramod Menon and the Coroner’s Office staff for the work it did to identify the remains and looks forward to working with them to fill in the pieces surrounding Winston’s disappearance and death in hopes of providing his family, who never gave up searching for this man, some sort of closure.

 

 

January 8, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Helen Cotton was booked 01/07 In From Court
Montier Lewis was booked 01/07 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Crenarta Baker was booked 01/07 In From Court
Jason Grimes was booked 01/07 on the charge of Failure to Appear
John Brice was booked 01/07 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense) and Resisting Arrest by Flight
Christopher Rome was booked 01/07 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Katty Beal was booked 01/07 on the charges of Aggravated Assault, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Dale Wilkerson was booked 01/08 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

 

January 8, 2014

Sheriff’s office locates skeletal remains in Slidell area home
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies located yesterday what are suspected to be human skeletal remains in a long-abandoned home on West Street, near Bayou Liberty, in the Slidell area.  Based on their condition, the remains are suspected to have been in the structure for several years.  The remains have been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office for possible identification and/or determination of cause of death.
More information about the identification process will be provided as it becomes available.

 

 

January 7, 2014

Arrest made in double homicide
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain announced today the arrest of a Metairie man in connection with the murder of his father, Jacob Middleton, Sr. and the elder Middleton’s two year old daughter.  Jacob Middleton, Jr (1601 Haring Rd, Metairie, LA – DOB: 7/8/1996) was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail this morning on two counts of 1st degree murder.  The Sheriff’s office received a call yesterday morning from Middleton Sr’s wife, who found the victims in their Covington area home.
During questioning by Sheriff’s office investigators early this morning, Middleton admitted to shooting his father and his half-sister.  He indicated that his actions were the result of, among other things, his hatred of his father for what he claimed was years of abuse and family violence.
Middleton is being held without bond.
“I want to commend our investigators and all the deputies who worked throughout the night to resolve this case.  We are sorry for the tragic loss this family is experiencing, but hope they feel some comfort and closure through this arrest,” Sheriff Jack Strain said.  “Any time a crime such as this occurs with such a young victim, it makes us want to hold onto our own children and remember the blessings of family.  These crimes defy explanation or logic, but we will remember those who were lost in this senseless tragedy and pray for those they leave behind,” Strain said.

 

 

Obituary

Henry Clyde Blow, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 54, born on October 31, 1959 in New Orleans, LA, passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the LSU Bogalusa Medical Center in Bogalusa, LA.   Henry was an Artist in Woodworking and always made things at the Washington Parish Fair in Franklinton, LA. He was a member of the Bogalusa Lions Club and he was a volunteer for the Bogalusa Venture Crew #313 Boy Scouts of America.

 

 

January 7, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Chance Thomas was booked 01/06 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice
Jonathan Barber was booked 01/06 on the charge of Failure to Appear
George Diggs was booked 01/06 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500
Helen Cotton was booked 01/06 In From Court
Raynis Bridges was booked 01/06 In From Court
Typolia Peters was booked 01/06 In From Court
Montier Lewis was booked 01/06 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Christina Johnson was booked 01/06 on the charges of Hit and Run, Criminal Damage to Property, and Negligent Injury
Donna Flynt was booked 01/06 on the charge of Attachment

 

 

January 7, 2014

Sheriff’s Office investigating double shooting on northshore
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating what appears to be a double homicide at a home near Covington.  The bodies of a 2-year-old girl and a man, believed to be her father, were found Monday morning in a home in the 72000 block of Carnation Street in the Abita Nursery subdivision.
It appears both victims were shot at close range inside the home. They were found at approximately 10 a.m. this morning by the child’s mother, who does not live at the residence.  It is unknown at this time how long the bodies had been in the home.
The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office is expected to conduct autopsies later today in an attempt to determine the cause and manner of death.  The victims’ identities will be released after that, pending family notification.

 

 

Obituary

Monique D. Jones, age 46, born on October 7, 1967, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014 at her residence in Isabel, LA.  She is survived by her husband, Fred A. Jones; three daughters, Megan Miley, Carlie Jones, Haylie Jones; one son, Johnathan Jones; her mother, Barbara M. Fussell; a sister, Tanya M. Corkern, a brother, Calvin J. Dufrene; five grandchildren, Hunter Miley, Sarah Jones, Colbi Miley, Bentley Jones and Fisher Miley.

She is preceded in death by her father, Calvin Dufrene.

Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

January 6, 2014

Tangipahoa Parish Deputy Arrested

AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces the following:
58 year old Independence resident Patrick Collins, a Tangipahoa Parish Deputy assigned to the parish jail, was arrested this morning for 1ct malfeasance in office, 2cts introduction of contraband into a penal institution, and possession with intent to distribute schedule 1 narcotics. Command staff at the jail developed information over the past few days indicating Collins would be introducing the contraband into the facility on January 6, 2014. The information was confirmed when a search of Collins’ work space revealed 4 separate packages containing suspected tobacco and marijuana. In a subsequent interview with TPSO narcotics agents, Collins’ admitted to bringing in the contraband and selling it to inmates. Collins’ is currently being processed and will be housed in St. John Parish pending bond.
“There is a fine line between working in a jail and being in a jail when you are willing to engage in criminal activity with those who you are charged with the custody and control of. Let this serve as a warning to others, the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s office will aggressively investigate and prosecute any person who compromises the security of our facility, regardless of who they are.” Sheriff Edwards.

 

 

January 6, 2014

Kentwood Man Arrested On Multiple Charges

KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 25 year old Kentwood resident Robert Wright.   On January 6, 2014, it was reported that Wright allegedly took a vehicle without the permission of the owner.  While deputies were canvasing the area looking for the suspect vehicle, it was reported that Wright arrived at a residence on Hwy 1055.  While enroute to the residence, deputies were additionally advised that Wright had several outstanding narcotics related warrants for his arrest.  Deputies arrived at the stated residence and made contact with Wright.  At this time, Wright became non-compliant and resistant with deputies.   Within moments, Wright was detained and taken into custody.
Wright was charged with resisting arrest, unauthorized us of a movable and 4 outstanding narcotics warrants.

 

 

January 6, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Lil Thomas North was booked 01/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense), Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and No Drivers License
Auther Berger was booked 01/04 on the charge of Aggravated Battery
Calvin Machella was booked 01/04 on the charge of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile
Brandon Strickland was booked 01/05 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DuI
Jeremy McClendon was booked 01/05 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kristy Wilkerson was booked 01/05 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace-Domestic Violence, Battery on a Police Officer, and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence
Chance Thomas was booked 01/06 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice

 

 

Obituary

Angela Denise Knight, age 7, born June 11, 2006 in Covington, LA, passed away on January 3, 2014 at the LSU Bogalusa Medical Center in Bogalusa, LA.

 

January 3, 2013

PISTOL SEIZED DURING ARREST

While checking out a suspicious person standing in the middle of  Dauphine Street in Bogalusa on the night of December 30, 2013, two members of the Washington Parish Drug Task Force encountered not only a hostile person, but also one who was carrying a semi-automatic pistol.

Task Force officers arrested Richard Hart, 27, of Bogalusa and placed him in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Obstructing a Public Passage, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence and being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  Hart remains in jail with bond set at $100,000.

When Task Force officers approached Hart in the middle of the street, he began to resist and pulled  a Springfield XD .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol on the officers.  In the struggle to subdue Hart, the officers fell to the ground with him before they were able to finally secure the pistol.  According to the officers’ report, Hart’s finger was on the trigger during the struggle.  “He was attempting to pull the trigger,” according to one of the officers, “but the weapon did not fire.” 

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the arrest.  “This is another example of the danger our officers face daily as they work to protect the citizens of Washington Parish.   I am so grateful that neither of our officers was injured and I am happy that this convicted felon is now in jail and can no longer pose a threat to society.  I expect that Hart will get a long sentence in the penitentiary for the crimes he has committed.”

 

 

January 3, 2014

EXTRA PATROLS ON NEW YEAR’S EVE PRODUCES ARRESTS

Sheriff Randy Seal’s plan to have extra patrols throughout the parish on New Year’s Eve resulted in the arrests of three persons for drunk driving. 

Sheriff Seal and several of his deputies spent the night traveling throughout the parish looking for impaired drivers.    Suspected impaired drivers were pulled over and field sobriety tests were administered.  Those failing the field tests were then transported to the jail where a breath analysis was conducted by a certified operator to determine the degree of intoxication.  Intoxicated drivers were then placed in the jail where they were not eligible for release until a minimum of eight hours had passed.

“This was a successful operation,” said Sheriff Seal.  “One DWI arrest each six hours is considered good.  We were able to make three.  That translates to three drunk drivers who we were able to place in the jail and keep away from the traveling public.  Our citizens should be able to drive throughout the parish without having to worry about drunk drivers.  We have zero tolerance for drinking and driving and will enforce the DWI laws without exception.”

New Year’s Eve 2013 and the early morning hours of January 1, 2014, were relatively quiet for the parish.  There were no reports of automobile wrecks and no major incidents.

“Be assured,” said Sheriff Seal, “that our efforts to find and arrest drunk drivers are not limited to holidays.  We are constantly on the lookout for impaired drivers.  If you drink any amount of alcohol, you should not be behind the wheel.  Always remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.”

 

 

January 3, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Eric Rogers was booked 01/02 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Obstruction of Justice
Jonathan Carlson was booked 01/02 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Brian Griffin was booked 01/02 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Brittney Anthony was booked 01/02 on the charge of Simple Battery
Robert Jenkins was booked 01/02 on the charge of Failure to Register and Notify as a Sex Offender

 

 

January 2, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jonathon McCain was booked 12/31 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Failure to Dim Headlights, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Neal Smith was booked 12/31 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Useage, and Open Container in Vehicle
Earl Clark was booked 12/31 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and Open Container in Vehicle
Lerunti McGowan was booked 01/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Use Turn Signal
Calvin Schmiderer was booked 01/01 In From Court

 

 

Obituary

LEVON DALTON NEWMAN, AGE 82

And a resident of Franklinton passed away at 3:45 am Sunday December 29, 2013 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War in 1953 and 1954. He was an accomplished self-employed contractor for 58 years who loved spending time with his family and his pet dog Jack. Levon enjoyed gardening and working with his cows. He was a longtime member of and enjoyed attending Mt. Zion United Pentecostal Church, which he helped to build both the old and new church sanctuaries.

 

 

January 2, 2014

Deputy in critical condition following early morning crash
A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy is in critical condition after he was involved in single-vehicle crash early Thursday morning.
Deputy Cody Talley was transported via Acadian Ambulance to University Hospital in New Orleans (A Level 1 Trauma Center). He underwent surgery this morning and is listed in stable but critical condition.
The Crime Lab and accident reconstruction deputies are currently trying to piece together what occurred.
Deputy Talley, who was nearing the end of his shift, is believed to have been headed east bound on Louisiana Highway 40 when his department-issued Crown Victoria crashed into the tree line approximately one mile east of Louisiana Highway 25 just past L Glass Road sometime between 4:30 and 5 a.m.
Deputy Talley is 26 years old and has been with the Sheriff’s Office since March 2010. He started working in corrections and was transferred to enforcement in April 2013.
Please keep in mind this was a single-vehicle crash that occurred during adverse weather conditions with no other witnesses. We hope to have more information to provide when the investigation is complete and after we are able to speak with our deputy.
At this time the thoughts and prayers of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office family is with Deputy Talley, his wife, his two young children (one of which is a newborn) and the rest of his family. Sheriff Jack Strain Jr. would like to ask the public to join us in praying for this deputy’s speedy recovery.

 

 

January 2, 2014

Entergy Reminds Louisiana Customers to Continue to Be Wary of Scam Artists
Entergy reminds you of a scam still targeting customers in Louisiana. As they have since late spring, con artists give you a call citing problems with your bill payment history, that their service would be disconnected within the hour if they didn’t pay up.  and saying that you must make a payment through one of several means. All this is geared to getting your personal account information and scamming money from you. 

If you believe you’re a victim of this scam, you should notify the proper authorities, such as the local police or the state attorney general’s office. If you believe your Entergy account has been affected, call 1-800-ENTERGY (1‑800‑368‑3749) to speak with an Entergy customer service representative.

 

 

Obituary

CHAD JACOB ELLIS, AGE 42

And a resident of Dayton, Tennessee died early Saturday December 28, 2013 in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He was a heavy equipment operator for KBR Power and Industrial Construction. Chad was best known for his fun-loving personality, loyalty to those he loved and his compassion for the people that he met. He will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him.

 

 

Obituary

LOUIS EDWIN GIRLING, SR., AGE 81,

a resident of Folsom, died late on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was born October 7, 1932, in Holmesville, Mississippi. He was a faithful Christian and an active, devoted member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Amite.

Louis received his early education in Osyka and Chattawa, Mississippi. He graduated from Ponchatoula High School in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, in 1950 where he earned the very first MVP award given for football in 1949. Louis was a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he programmed early computers and worked with experimental aircraft. He graduated from LSU with a degree in Physics and went on to a successful career as a Professional Engineer, specializing in Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering.

Professional highlights of his career include work on the Apollo and Saturn space missions, nuclear submarines, and experimental air and sea craft. Later in his career he provided professional engineering consultation to local industries including the oil and gas industry.

Although his professional accomplishments are impressive, Louis is best remembered for his kindness, patience, humility, scrupulous honesty, a devotion to family and friends, abiding concern for others, and a true passion and joy for living.

 

 

December 30, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Shane Cox was booked 12/27 on the charge of Speeding 41 or More Over Limit, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Expired MVI
Jasmine Hendrix was booked 12/27 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Kevin Stalley was booked 12/28 on the charge of Attachment
Hunter Fornea was booked 12/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Anthony Ratley was booked 12/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Open Container in Vehicle (2 counts)
Ricky Peters was booked 12/29 on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Obstruction of Justice, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Brittany Scott was booked 12/29 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Obstruction of Justice, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Raymond Bennett was booked 12/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Jessica Smith was booked 12/30 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Possession of Marijuana
Brian Dickerson was booked 12/30 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Aggravated Battery

 

 

Obituary

LOUIS RICHARD WOOD, AGE 83

And a resident of Franklinton died at 5:00 am Wednesday December 25, 2013 at his son’s home. He was a native of Washington Parish born December 2, 1930 and a United States Army veteran of the Korean War Era. Richard was a lifelong Dairyman, working alongside his family for many, many years.

 

 

December 27, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Kenneth Newman was booked 12/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Joella Jones was booked 12/25 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, and Probation Violation
Roberto Chavez was booked 12/25 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Ryan Freeman was booked 12/26 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500
Shawanda Mingo was booked 12/26 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Lakilia Bearden was booked 12/26 on the charges of Theft by Fraud (2 counts), Forgery, Unauthorized Use of Access Card, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Harrison Turner was booked 12/26 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Albert Cecchi was booked 12/26 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Fred Howell was booked 12/26 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear
Shane Cox was booked 12/27 on the charges of Speeding 41 or more Over Limit, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Expired MVI

 

 

Obituary

Jeretta T. Gaddy, age 82 and a resident of Bogalusa, died December 21 at Resthaven Living Center. She was retired from the City of Bogalusa, and a lifelong member of Main Street Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Helen Sue Simmons 73, passed away December 23, 2013 at L.S.U. Medical Center in Bogalusa, La.  Known as "Miss Helen from Moseley's," she spent over 20 years selling jewelry in both Bogalusa and Franklinton stores.

 

 

Obituary

Rebecca Lumpkin Crain, age 80 and resident of Bogalusa, died Tuesday, December 24 at Resthaven Nursing Home.

 

 

Obituary

Brandan Jacob Sumrall age 22, passed away December 21, 2013 at University Hospital in New Orleans La. He was a resident of Varnado La. He is survived by his parents Jesse and Paris Sumrall of Varnado La. Two brothers Steven Sumrall of Varnado La. And Dustin Sumrall "Keneshia" of Varnado La. Uncles Dewey and Glenn Sunrall of Varnado. Very special niece Khloe Sumrall. Very special nephews Brayden and Michael Sumrall. Also survived by other special extended family members.

 

 

December 23, 2013

Washingon Parish Jail Booking Information

Carrie McClendon was booked 12/20 on the charges of Attachment and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Christopher Dillon was booked 12/20 on the charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder of Police Officer (2 counts), Aggravated Arson, Attempted Robbery With Gun, and Attempted 1sst Degree Murder
Aquilla Baker was booked 12/20 In From Court
William "Bill" McNeese was booked 12/21 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Greg Haynes was booked 12/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Attachment
Joyce Carr was booked 12/22 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Dominic Kuchler was booked 12/23 on the charge of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment
Justin Stafford was booked 12/23 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs

 

 

December 21, 2013

Washington Parish rampage ends with officer injured, suspect's mother dead

Source:  fox8live.com
FRANKLINTON, La. - A man set his own home on fire with the body of his dead mother inside after shooting a neighbor and a police officer Thursday night, according to the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. 
According to the Sheriff's Office, one of the victims was returning home on 16th Avenue near Lenora when his neighbor, Christopher Rashad Dillon, approached him and demanded money. The victim said he did not have any money on him and was shot in the arm. He is currently in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 
The Dillon then returned to his home and barricaded himself inside. Dillon shot at one of the officers responding to the shooting, but thanks to the officer's flak jacket he was only shot in the arm. A spokesman with the sheriff's office said the bullet-proof vest likely saved his life. 
Police said Dillon then set fire to his own home before eventually surrendering. After the fire was put out police said the dead body of Dillon's mother, Robin Dillon was found inside the burned home. According to the Washington Parish Coroner, Robin Dillon died of a single gunshot wound. 
Dillon was treated for injuries at the River Parish Hospital and was then booked in the Washington Parish Jail on two charges of Attempted First-Degree Murder of a Police Officer and Aggravated Arson.

 

 

December 20, 2013

Governor Jindal Highlights State Police Operation Carpe Diem and Successes in Fight Against Crime
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson and other law enforcement personnel to highlight the conclusion of the state’s Carpe Diem initiative, a seven week mission that deployed troopers across the state to focus on crime apprehension related to drugs, illegal weapons, fugitives and sex crimes.  Over 160 troopers were deployed for the mission, which included patrol units, detectives, narcotics officers, special crimes units, intelligence officers, and air support. The effort was made possible through the state’s partnerships with local law enforcement across the state.
The mission, known as Operation Carpe Diem, concluded earlier this week. The statewide effort resulted in

•1,025 total statewide arrests
•$6.5 million of narcotics seized
•$340,802  suspected drug currency seized
•556 narcotics charges
•112 illegal weapons seized
•60 instances of illegal carrying of weapons
•637 fugitive charges
•36 possession of stolen property charges
•48 arrests for various sex crimes
◦27 prostitution/human trafficking charges
◦5 Internet Solicitation of Juveniles charges
◦9 child pornography charges
◦3 juveniles rescued

 

 

Obituary

Karen Seal Langlois, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 78, born on September 6, 1935 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the LSU Bogalusa Medical Center in Bogalusa, LA.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

December 20, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Roberto Chavez was booked 12/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Latreed Allen was booked 12/19 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, Protective Order Violation, Home Invasion, Resisting Arrest By Flight and Criminal Damage
Lamar Warren was booked 12/19 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Thomas Bennett was booked 12/19 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Bennie Davis was booked 12/19 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Michael Chaney was booked 12/19 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Roan Bickham was booked 12/19 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
Chatarra Gatena was booked 12/19 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule III Drugs (2 counts)
Jasper Stephens was booked 12/19 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Darrell Eschete was booked 12/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Allison Magee was booked 12/19 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Jason Thomas was booked 12/19 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Steven Brown was booked 12/19 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Crystal Duncan was booked 12/19 In From Court
William Phelps was booked 12/19 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Virginia McMillan was booked 12/19 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
William Phelps was booked 12/19 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Tiffany Thomas was booked 12/19 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs and In From Court
James Blackwell was booked 12/19 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Carrie McClendon was booked 12/20 on the charges of Attachment and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Christopher Dillon was booked 12/20 on the charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer (2 counts) and Aggravated Arson

 

 

December 20, 2013

SHERIFF’S OFFICE CONDUCTS DRUG  DEALER  ROUNDUP

December 19 was an unhappy day for drug dealers throughout Washington Parish.  A lengthy operation by the Washington Parish Drug Task Force led to warrants for twenty-one parish residents for selling drugs.

The roundup began at the crack of dawn Thursday morning and continued throughout most of the day.  Although all drug dealers could not be located, 15 were arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail with bond set at $75,000 for each count of selling drugs.  One drug dealer is already in prison and the warrant on him will be served at that location.  “We will continue to look for the others and we will catch them,” stated Chief Deputy Mike Haley.  “The easiest thing for them would be to come to Franklinton and turn themselves in.  Otherwise, they can be looking for us to come calling.”

The roundup was a coordinated effort between the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bogalusa Police Department.  Twenty-four law enforcement officers, including Sheriff Randy Seal and eight DEA agents, went throughout the parish with twenty-one arrest warrants.  Arrests were made first on the western side of the parish and then officers moved on to the east side for more arrests.

The months long investigation into drug dealing in the parish also resulted in the earlier arrests of four other persons for distribution of Schedule II drugs.  Those persons were Leonard Lewis, 40, Keith Collins, 43,  Shanda Holden and Steven Cotton, 32..

Keith Brown, Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Division of DEA, stated, “The prescription drug abuse epidemic is a cancer that continues to plague our country, including the citizens of Washington Parish.  Today’s effort shows the DEA is committed to utilizing our enforcement elements and intelligence resources in a combined partnership with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office to help stem the tide of illicit drugs.”

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal, who participated in the roundup, commented.  “I am sick and tired of these knuckleheads who sleep and loaf all day and prowl all night selling drugs.  They need to get a job and pay taxes.  The hard-working citizens of our parish should not have to put up with this behavior from the dope dealers.  We are more than glad to arrest them and put them in jail where they belong.  This won’t be the last bunch that goes to jail.  Anyone else we catch selling drugs in our parish is destined for a trip to jail.  Drug dealers should always remember that we are watching.”

Warrants in today’s roundup were for:

Jessica Archuleta, 32, Main Street, Franklinton
Thomas Bennett, 42, Strahan Cemetery Road, Franklinton
Roan Rayshun Bickham,30, Jamieson Creek Road, Franklinton
James Blackwell, 45, Hwy 21 North, Angie
Steven Brown, 25, Avenue L, Bogalusa
Michael Chaney, 38, J. Warren Road, Franklinton
Greg Conerly, 25, N. Royal Street, Bogalusa
Bennie Davis, 31,  John D. Woods Road, Franklinton
Chad Freeman, 35, Wilmuth Street, Bogalusa
Chaterra Gatena,23,  Woodrow Magee Road, Franklinton
Yancy Holmes, 32,  Duncan Road, Franklinton
Allison Elizabeth Magee, 20, Thad Mizell Road, Bogalusa
Virginia McMillan, 58, Amy Drive, Bogalusa
Torrence Partman, 33, Old Columbia Road, Franklinton
William Cody Phelps, 25,  Avenue E, Bogalusa
William Eddie Phelps, 46, Avenue E, Bogalusa
Jasper Stephens, 54, Lee’s Creek Road, Bogalusa
Jason Thomas, 36, 11th Avenue, Franklinton
Tiffany Thomas, 25,  Cordy Temples Road, Franklinton
Jimmy Lamar Warren, 37, Nobles Cemetery Road, Franklinton
David Wells, 35, North Border Drive, Bogalusa

Two defendants, Jasper Stephens and Bennie Davis, bonded out later in the day on December 19.  The remaining defendants remain in jail as of midnight, December 19.

As of midnight, December 19, only five of the wanted drug dealers were still at large.  Those five are Jessica Archuleta, Greg Conerly, Chad Freeman, Yancy Holmes and David Wells.  Those five are encouraged to turn themselves in at the Washington Parish Jail in Franklinton.  If anyone knows the location of any of these persons, they are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434.

 

 

December 19, 2013

TWELVE YEAR OLD ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER

Responding to a report from the Department of Children and Family Services, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the alleged abuse of an infant by a twelve year old parish girl.

Sheriff’s Officer investigator Terry Harris, assisted by Capt. Tommie Sorrell, conducted the investigation which revealed that a twelve year old female attempted to murder the eight month old child of her sister.

The twelve year old female was living in a home with her sixteen year old sister and the infant daughter of the sixteen year old.  According to testimony from the twelve year old, she was jealous of attention being given to the infant, so decided to kill the infant by administering liquid medication to the child while the mother of the child was bathing.  Two different doses of the medication were given over a two day period.

Adults in the home became concerned because the infant was sleeping for an extended time.  While being questioned as to why the baby might be in distress, the twelve year old confessed to her actions.  The infant was carried to Riverside Medical Center and has recovered from the effects of the medication  which had been given by the twelve year old.

The twelve year old was arrested for Attempted First Degree Murder of the child and is currently being held in the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center awaiting further disposition from the Juvenile Court.

“This is a tragic situation which really troubles me,” said Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal.  “I am so pleased the infant is okay and so concerned that a twelve year old child must now face the future having to deal with the issues she created for herself.”

[Names of all parties are withheld to protect the identities of the juveniles.]

 

December 19, 2013

Louisiana driver deaths down, pedestrian fatalities rise

Fewer drivers died in motor vehicle crashes in Louisiana last year, but the total highway fatality rate increased due mostly to more deaths involving pedestrians and bicycle riders.

Highway deaths totaled 722 last year compared to 676 in 2011. However, the number of vehicle drivers killed in 2012 dropped to 457 from 467 the previous year.   Pedestrian deaths jumped from 93 in 2011 to 121 in 2012, and bicycle deaths increased from 16 in 2011 to 24 in 2012.   Highway safety officials point out that 96 of the 121 pedestrian deaths last year occurred during evening hours when darkness limits visibility and when drunk driving is a greater problem. Alcohol use is a significant factor in many pedestrian deaths.

Other Louisiana statistics for 2012 include:

  • Seat belt use increased to 82.5 percent in 2013,
  • Crash deaths involving trains and motorcycles declined slightly
  • The percentage of alcohol-involved crash deaths remained at 41 percent for the third consecutive year, 
  • The fatal crash rate for youths ages 15 to 24 was slightly lower.
  • Alcohol-involved crash deaths were significantly higher in South Louisiana 
  • The 722 crash deaths during the year are considerably fewer than in 2007 when rates peaked at 993.
  • Statewide DWI arrests totaled 27,643.
  •  54 percent of drivers killed were not wearing seat belts.
  • Drivers in alcohol-related crashes are overwhelmingly males.
  • 49 percent of drivers killed were in cars, 31 percent were in pickups, 17 percent were in SUVs and 3 percent were in vans.

 

 

December 19, 2013

Gov. Jindal on Phil Robertson Suspension: I Remember When TV Networks Believed in 1st Amendment
BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal issued a statement this morning following the news of Phil Robertson being suspended by A&E from the show Duck Dynasty.
Governor Jindal said, “Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV.  In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views.  In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended "

 

 

December 19, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Gayle Burns was booked 12/18 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Roy Angelo was booked 12/18 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Tyler Simmons was booked 12/18 on the charge of Home Invasion
Roberto Chavez was booked 12/19 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Latreed Allen was booked 12/19 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, Protective Order Violation, Home Invasion, and Resisting Arrest By Flight
Lamar Warren was booked 12/19 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Thomas Bennett was booked 12/19 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs

 

 

Obituary

SHEILA TEMPLET DARITY, AGE 51

And a resident of Franklinton died at 1:30 pm Tuesday December 17, 2013 at Louisiana Heart Hospital. She was a very fun-loving person who always lived her life to the fullest. Sheila enjoyed going to and watching movies and loved every moment spent with her grandchildren and family. She was forever a dedicated New Orleans Saints fan and win or lose maybe their loudest supporter.

 

 

Obituary

Maxwell Greg Dugan, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 62, born on June 3, 1951, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.

Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

 

 

December 18, 2013

How to Have A Holly, Jolly Holiday Season
Tips and Tricks to Manage Holiday Stress
Despite our best efforts to stay organized during the holiday season, the hustle and bustle of travel, shopping and entertaining can be stressful on the mind and body.  The holidays can also be difficult for anyone who has experienced the loss of someone they loved.  As part of our "Healthy for the Holidays" campaign, the Department of Health and Hospitals encourages Louisiana residents to learn how to reduce stress and depression with a few tips to help them fully enjoy this time of year.
Stressful situations coupled with a rapidly moving holiday season can make it difficult to stop and regroup.  When necessary, take a mental break to diffuse any situation that may seem stressful or tense.  Soothing music, slowing your breathing and avoiding distractions during this momentary pause can help reduce stress and clear your mind.  Listen to your body, understand your limits and pace yourself.  Make sure to rest when you are tired.  Get enough sleep to re-energize and allow your body to recover both mentally and physically.
"Taking 15 minutes to decompress and evaluate a situation is a great way to calm stress and anxiety," said DHH Interim Assistant Secretary for the Office of Behavioral Health Dr. Rochelle Dunham.  "Learn to understand your mind's cues of what maintenance it might need and when.  When we learn to listen to ourselves and respond to those internal needs we can be successful in managing our emotions and actions."

Click Here For More Tips

 

 

Obituary

RAELENE ALICE DITTMAR, AGE 63

And a resident of Franklinton died early Tuesday December 17, 2013 at her home. She was a native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania and had lived in Franklinton for 10 years. Raelene was retired from the Williamsport Hospital as a housekeeper. She enjoyed sewing and loved doing crafts. She was forever a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

 

 

Obituary

Tanner Hayden Miller, 9 months old, born on February 25, 2013 in Covington, LA, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Children's Hospital in New Orleans, LA.

 

 

December 18, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Gill Taylor was booked 12/17 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Failure to Appear
Bobby Magee was booked 12/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Ran Red Light
Cary Lee was booked 12/17 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold, Driving Under Suspension, and Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)

 

 

A Friend Sent The Below To Me

I wanted to Share It With You

 

A little girl went
to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.
She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three
times, even.. The total had to be exactly perfect... No chance here for mistakes..
Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she
slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store with
the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.
She waited patiently for
the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment.
Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat
with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a
quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter.. That did it!
'And what do you want?' the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of
voice. I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in ages,' he
said without waiting for a reply to his question.
'Well, I want to talk
to you about my brother,' Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone.. 'He's
really, really sick....and I want to buy a miracle.'
'I beg your pardon?'  said the pharmacist.
'His name is Andrew and he has something bad
growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how
much does a miracle cost?'
'We don't sell miracles here, little girl.
I'm sorry but I can't help you,' the pharmacist said, softening a little.
'Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn't enough, I will get
the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.'
The pharmacist's brother was
a well dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, 'What kind of a
miracle does your brother need?'
' I don't know,' Tess replied with her
eyes welling up. I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an
operation. But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money..'
'How much do you have?' asked the man from Chicago .
'One dollar and eleven cents,' Tess answered barely audible.
'And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.'
'Well, what a
coincidence,' smiled the man. 'A dollar and eleven cents---the exact price of a
miracle for little brothers.'
He took her money in one hand and with
the other hand he grasped her mitten and said 'Take me to where you live. I want
to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the miracle you need.'
That well-dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon,
specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it
wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well.
Mom and Dad were
happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.
'That surgery,' her Mom whispered. 'was a real miracle. I wonder how
much it would have cost?'
Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a
miracle cost..one dollar and eleven cents...plus the faith of a little child.
In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.
A
miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law.

MY OATH TO YOU...
When you are sad.....I will dry your
tears.
When you are scared.....I will comfort your fears.
When
you are worried.......I will give you hope
When you are confused......I
will help you cope.
And when you are lost...and can't see the light, I
shall be your beacon...shining ever so bright.
This is my oath.....I
pledge till the end.
Why you may ask?....Because you're my friend.
Signed: GOD

 

 

Obituary

Wade Percy Knight, age 52, born on January 12, 1961 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

December 17, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Ariel Fedele was booked 12/13 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Simple Battery, and Failure to Appear
Jennifer Smith was booked 12/13 on the charges of Simple Battery (2 counts) and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Joshua Gordon was booked 12/13 on the charge of Simple Battery
Nigel Wilson was booked 12/13 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Darren Johnsston was booked 12/13 on the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
Lydia Fortenberry was booked 12/13 In From Court
Demond Peters was booked 12/13 In From Court
Fredrick Warren was booked 12/13 In From Court
Robert Toomer was booked 12/13 In From Court
Coleman Fowler was booked 12/13 In From Court
Alcraigious Smith was booked 12/13 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Linda Beard was booked 12/13 on the charges of Negligent Vehicular Injuring, Vehicular Homicide, and Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line
Aquilla Baker was booked 12/13 In From Court
Kevin Pack was booked 12/13 on the charges of Attachment (4 counts) and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Jennifer Hazelwood was booked 12/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Hit and Run, and Negligent Vehicular Injuring
Lance Smith was booked 12/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 Counts)
Rodney Hatcher was booked 12/15 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Possession of Marijuana
Bridget Bracey was booked 12/16 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Tyishia Sandifer was booked 12/15 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Ericka Conerly was booked 12/16 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Lance woodward was booked 12/16 In From Court
Virginia Sharp was booked 12/16 on the charges of Simple Battery and Failure to Appear
Oscar Sharp was booked 12/16 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Jonathan Magee was booked 12/16 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and No Turn Signal

 

 

December 17, 2013

Meth Lab Busted in Natalbany

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on December 15, 3013, the sheriff's office began investigating allegations of the manufacturing of methamphetamines at the residence on 16132 highway 1064 in Natalbany.   The primary suspect in the investigation is known methamphetamine violator, Daniel Ridgel (w/m, 01-11-1972).  With the address already being linked to prior methamphetamine manufacturing, and with the knowledge that Ridgel was in the residence, narcotics agents obtained and executed a search warrant.  During the search of the residence agents located, 3 active one pot meth labs, 1  processed meth lab, processed methamphetamine,  and all precursor materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.
The residence can only be described as deplorable and unlivable due to the amount of methamphetamine precursor materials throughout the residence.  The residence is already adorned with a placard marking the residence as a hazardous material contaminated location.  Agents also observed what is referenced as a burn out area in the kitchen.   This is where a "burn-out" (a fire) is created as a result of the manufacturing of methamphetamines.    Agents were able to get a taped statement regarding the methamphetamine activity.   Ridgel admitted to manufacturing methamphetamine for the last 6 months and causing the fire in the kitchen 3 days ago from manufacturing methamphetamine.
On December 16, 2013, Ridgel was subsequently charged with 4 counts manufacturing meth and 1 count possession with intent to distribute meth.  It should also be noted that Ridgel is on probation for a prior manufacturing charge.

 

 

December 16, 2013

Healthy for the Holidays: Makeover Your Holiday Meals

Eating more fruits and vegetables, opting for healthy alternatives keys to staying healthy this holiday season
The Department of Health and Hospitals is sharing tips for Louisiana residents to stay healthy this holiday season each day this week as part of its Healthy for the Holidays campaign. Each day this week, DHH will share different tips for staying healthy, including eating right, exercising, managing stress, avoiding substance abuse and safe traveling during the holidays. 
All day Monday, DHH will share tips on its Facebook and Twitter accounts about how to eat more fruits and vegetables while reducing the consumption of sugary and fatty foods during the holidays. Key tips are part of the USDA’s MyPlate Holiday Makeover. 
“I love spending time with my family during the holidays. As my grandchildren grow up, I know how important it is to set a good example of healthy eating,” said Secretary Kathy Kliebert. “I try to continue to eat lots of fruits and vegetables in addition to my holiday favorites. When my grandchildren see me eat the right foods, it sends the message that staying healthy is important at all times throughout the year.”

Click Here For Recommendations

 

 

Obituary

ORA ZADIE JOHNSON WALKER, AGE 87

and a resident of Franklinton died at 7:54 pm Sunday December 15, 2013 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She was a longtime member of First United Pentecostal Church of Franklinton who enjoyed cooking for her family. She loved growing her many flowers and liked to crochet.

 

 

Obituary

FELIX ABEL LUCITO, AGE41

And a resident of Franklinton died at 7:58 AM Sunday, December 15, 2013 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington.   He was a former supervisor at Hydes Slaughter House. He enjoyed listening to music and fishing.

 

 

Obituary

DIANNE MITCHELL STRAHAN, AGE 66

And a resident of Ponchatoula died at 10:29 am Thursday December 12, 2013 at North Oaks Medical Center. She was a longtime resident of Franklinton who enjoyed dancing and wearing and collecting her cowboy boots. Dianne loved to get dressed up, complete with a lot of her shining gold jewelry. She was very active in the rodeo and was a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the International PRCA. She was also a member of the regional Tri-State Rodeo Association and was an official timer of the Angola Prison Rodeo.

 

 

December 16, 2013

Body, vehicle recovered from Slidell-area waterway
Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Dive Team have recovered what they believe to be the body of a missing Slidell-area mother.  A vehicle matching the description of the one Crystal Friedman was driving was located shortly after noon today in an Oak Harbor waterway near Slidell.  Dive team members recovered what is believed to be Friedman’s body from inside that vehicle and crews are working to lift the car out of the water at this time.  The body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for identification.
The 28-year-old mother was reported missing Monday, Dec. 9 after she did not return home after going to a local bar to watch the Saints game the previous night. She was last seen that night at a gas station / convenience store located near Natal’s bar on Hwy 11.
On Friday, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office began using marine division boats equipped with side-scan sonar devices and the Sheriff’s office helicopter to search Lake Pontchartrain and the waterways near Eden Isles and the Rigolets.

 

 

December 16, 2013

Arrest Made in Kentwood Area Burglaries

On December 12, 2013, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s detectives received information from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office that  that several items stolen from Kentwood area burglaries were “hocked” to a local resident in Osyka, MS.  Detectives from both agencies joined forces and were able to recover numerous items that were reported stolen during burglaries in Pike County and Tangipahoa Parish.  Included in these items were several guns, generators, a chain saw, a pole saw, and numerous other items.   
Throughout the investigation detectives developed Jarrell Davis (DOB – 11/21/1988) of Kentwood, LA.  as a suspect.  Davis was booked into the Pike County Jail.  The TPSO plans to  charge Davis with several burglaries in the Kentwood area are pending his release from Pike County.  Additional are expected to be forthcoming.

 

 

December 16, 2013

Over $35.6M in FEMA loans Cancelled

Includes Over $1 million to Washington Parish Sheriff's Office

Friday, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced that $35.6 in Community Disaster Loans (CDLs) for nine Louisiana community entities have been cancelled under a provision that Sen. Landrieu authored as part of her fiscal year 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The provision fixed a flawed formula that prevented the cancellation of $286.7 million in CDLs in many Southeast Louisiana communities.

Under Sen. Landrieu’s provision the following loans have been fully cancelled

Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, Town of Jean Lafitte , Town of Grand Isle, City of Slidell, Village of Folsom, Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, Orleans Levee District, Regional Transit Authority (Orleans Parish), and Orleans Parish Communication District

“Sen. Mary Landrieu is a true friend to the citizens of Washington Parish. Through her efforts, FEMA has forgiven a 2006 post-Katrina loan to the Sheriff’s Office of more than $1 million,” said Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. “When I took office last year and realized that the Sheriff’s Office debt included more than $1 million due to FEMA, I contacted Sen. Landrieu and asked her to intervene for us. She readily agreed to do so and has worked hard with FEMA to convince them to forgive the loan. Without her successful efforts, taxpayers of Washington Parish would be faced with more than $1 million debt to FEMA. Thank you, Sen. Landrieu, for all you do for the good people of Washington Parish.”

 

December 12, 2013

Sobriety Checkpoint Scheduled for Tangipahoa Parish

Louisiana State Police Troop L will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday December 13, 2013 at an undisclosed location in Tangipahoa Parish. The sobriety checkpoint will run from 7:30 P.M. to 1:30 A.M. The checkpoint will be manned by Ponchatoula PD, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Southeastern University PD, Hammond PD, and Louisiana State Police Troop L as an ongoing proactive effort to remove impaired drivers from the roadways.

In collaboration with Tangipahoa Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change (TRACC) the participating law enforcement agencies are determined to make our highways safe for the citizens that we are sworn to protect.
TRACC has received a “Safe Communities” grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to help supplement and support the efforts of our local law enforcement agencies. This grant is being utilized to provide medical professionals to these agencies during the sobriety patrols to conduct “No Refusal” enforcement. The “NO REFUSAL” initiative works through the cooperative efforts of law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and district judges to quickly obtain search warrants for blood samples from suspected impaired drivers who refuse to submit a breath sample. During these specified enforcement efforts, prosecutors and judges are available to streamline the warrant acquisition process and help build solid cases that can lead to impaired driving convictions.

 

 

December 12, 2013

Single Vehicle Crash Kills Unrestrained Driver in Tangipahoa Parish
Shortly before 12:00 A.M. this morning, Troopers responded to a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on La. 22 near milepost 53 in Tangipahoa Parish.
The initial investigation revealed that a 2010 Buick La Crosse being operated by Dustin M. Tallo (W/M 44) of Ponchatoula was eastbound on La. 22. Tallo, for reasons under investigation, drifted off the right side of the road, impacted a driveway embankment, and became airborne. The Buick flipped several times and came to rest on its right side in the southbound lane of La. 22.

Tallo, the sole occupant, was unrestrained and ejected during the crash. Tallo was pronounced dead on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. At this time it is unknown if alcohol is a factor; however, a blood sample was collected from Tallo for a toxicological analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

Obituary

BETTY JEAN PRINE BOOTY, AGE 73

And a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 1:23 pm Wednesday December 11, 2013 at her home. She was a cafeteria worker at the Jackson State Hospital before becoming the Lunchroom Manager of Mt. Hermon School and later Franklinton Elementary School until her retirement. She developed a relationship with the young people she saw every day and generously helped those who were in need of food or clothing. Betty also worked alongside her husband and family on the Dairy Farm they maintained for many years.

She was a loving and caring person who enjoyed spending time with her family, often spending her time “rocking” the youngest children. She frequently did crossword puzzles and liked watching the news. Betty gardened and would often can the food she had grown. She was also a very good cook who loved to share with friends and family, who will always remember her chicken and dumplings and wonderful 7-layer coconut cake.

 

 

December 12, 2013

Unique set of counterfeit $100 bills turning up on Northshore
Every year, starting with Black Friday, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office anticipates an increase of counterfeit money and credit cards to be used.
This year has proven to be no different.  Deputies have seen a unique set of counterfeit $100 bills appear within the last couple of weeks in Covington and Slidell.  These bills (old style $100s) contain a security strip and watermark of Ben Franklin, which most counterfeit bills do not.  The only real giveaway for someone who is not trained in the security features, is that the paper is a little thicker and has a slick texture. The watermark is lightly printed on as well, and can be seen up close under light. Just be aware of this.  The bills are suspected to be from out of the country and have been passed in businesses from New York to Louisiana.  Retailers are asked to be extra careful when accepting large bills from customers during the busy holiday shopping time.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has prepared a short video on how to detect counterfeit bills and what to do if you think you may have one.   Click Here to View Video

 

December 12, 2013

SHERIFF ANNOUNCES AGGRESSIVE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT THROUGHOUT HOLIDAYS

In the wake of parish traffic fatalities, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal has instructed his deputies to aggressively enforce traffic laws during the upcoming holiday period.

Those who choose to drive while intoxicated can expect to be arrested and placed in the parish jail where they will remain for a minimum of eight hours, even after bond has been posted.  “There will be no exceptions,” Sheriff Seal stated.  “We will not release anyone who is intoxicated until they have had adequate time to sober up.”

There will be a focused effort on taking drunk drivers off of the road.  Several DWI checkpoints are scheduled throughout the holiday season.  The checkpoints will be held at various locations throughout the parish.

Sheriff Seal also instructed his deputies to be aggressive in giving tickets to reckless drivers, excessive speeders and others who violate traffic laws.  In addition, deputies will enforce seat belt and child restraint laws.

The Sheriff’s Office is not dependant on revenue received from traffic fines.  “In fact,” stated Sheriff Seal, “it costs the Sheriff’s Office money each time we write a traffic ticket.  The small amount we receive from the fine is offset by the cost of the deputy, the vehicle and other resources that we expend.  We don’t write tickets for revenue.  We write tickets for public safety.  The life we save may be yours.”

 

 

December 12, 2013

Man Booked in Clint Bickham Death

Charles Regan Toon, 35, was booked into the Washington Parish Jail the afternoon of December 11, 2013.  Mr. Toon is charged with:  Driving While Intoxicated, Vehicular Homicide, Negligent Vehicular Injuring, and  Driving Left of Center/Wrong side of highway
Mr. Toon was driving the vehicle that collided with the vehicle driven by Clint Bickham on Sunday, December 8, on Highway 25 just south of Franklinton.  Mr. Bickham did not survive the crash.

 

 

December 12, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Shawn Wallace was booked 12/10 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Protective Order Violation
Coty Manuel was booked 12/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, and Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Kenneth Lang was booked 12/10 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks

 

 

December 10, 2013
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER

FRANKLINTON-- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Eric Townsend, 26 of Franklinton, pled guilty to manslaughter on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 after 4 days of trial.  Townsend was initially charged with first degree murder no death penalty and chose to withdraw his previous plea and plead guilty to manslaughter.  22nd Judicial District Judge William Knight accepted the guilty plea and sentenced Hopkins to 30 years in prison.  Assistant District Attorneys Ken Dohre and Lewis Murray were in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.

Townsend and an alleged accomplice, Jeremy Wilson, 26 of Franklinton, were arrested in June 2009 by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office after two people were murdered in March 2008.  Townsend and the accomplice went to the victims’ home in rural Washington Parish.  The victims were at home at the time and were murdered.  The home was burned to the ground with the victims’ bodies inside. 

Wilson is awaiting trial on first degree murder charges.

Manslaughter is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for not more than 40 years.

 

 

December 10, 2013
MAN FOUND GUILTY OF SEX CRIMES

FRANKLINTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that John Riley, 69 of Bogalusa, was found guilty as charged today, December 4th, 2013, of 2 counts of sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile victim under age 13.  The 12 member Washington Parish Jury deliberated for 35 minutes before returning the guilty verdicts to 22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner.  Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case for the 3 day trial.

Riley was arrested in July 2012 by the Bogalusa Police Department after a minor male victim was sexually abused.  Riley befriended the 11 year-old victim in 2007 and paid him for odd jobs.  Riley abused the victim while he stayed overnight at Riley’s home.  The victim moved to another state at age 13 and the sexual abuse was revealed while the victim was in counseling. 
Judge Gardner will sentence Riley on January 13, 2014.  Sexual battery of a victim under 13 years of age is punishable by imprisonment for not less than 25 nor more than 99 years.  Indecent behavior with juveniles under 13 years of age is punishable by imprisonment for not less than 2 nor more than 25 years.

 

December 10, 2013
MAN FOUND GUILTY OF FORCIBLE RAPE

COVINGTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Keefer Lamar Eaglin, 34 of Slidell, was found guilty of forcible rape on Thursday, November 21, 2013.  A twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated 1 hour before returning the guilty as charged verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner.  Assistant District Attorney Bruce Dearing was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.

Eaglin was arrested in January 2012 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a minor female victim was sexually assaulted.  Eaglin met the victim on the internet and paid for a cab to bring her from outside St. Tammany Parish to his Slidell home.  Eaglin forced the victim to have sex before agreeing to take her home.  The victim escaped at a gas station and called her family and the police.

District Attorney Walter Reed commented, “This case illustrates how easily young people can be influenced.  We must be careful to monitor the effects of social media in all our lives.”   

Judge Gardner will sentence Eaglin on January 3, 2013.  Forcible rape is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for not less than 5 nor more than 40 years.

 

Obituary

JONATHAN CLINT BICKHAM, AGE 32

And a resident of Franklinton died early Sunday December 8, 2013 as the result of an automobile accident near Franklinton. He was born May 7, 1981 in Bogalusa and was a lifelong member of Acy’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Clint was a loving son, brother, and uncle. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Clint worked for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development as an Engineer technician while also becoming a nurse. Upon completion of Nursing School, Clint received the Nursing Excellence “Spirit of Caring” Award and began working at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Franklinton. He has been employed at Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center for the last 4 years.

Clint always enjoyed playing the piano, traveling, cooking for friends and family and gardening, but he most enjoyed having nephew James and niece Alyssa come over to play the Kinect video games, watch movies and sit around the campfire roasting marshmallows.

 

 

December 10, 2013

CRAIG’S LIST SCAM SHUT DOWN BY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

After having been alerted by a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. resident that he might be the victim of a scam advertised through the popular website, Craig’s List, Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to close down the local branch of the scam which operated out of a residence in Angie.

The scam involved a solicitation for an apartment maintenance person to work in Pittsburgh. Once the Pittsburgh resident answered the ad and expressed an interest in the maintenance position, he received an email response from a man identifying himself as Brandon Froome, offering him the position and stating that a check would be sent to cover his first week’s pay plus the cost of purchasing food and cleaning supplies for the apartment he would oversee.  Click Here For Rest Of The Story (Interesting)

 

 

December 10, 2013

Local pilot makes an emergency landing in a pasture

On board the single engine Areo 112 was 60 year old pilot and owner Nicholas Burtchaell of Folsom and instructor pilot Otis D. Briggs of Kentwood, LA.   The pilots reported that they were flying about 3000 feet and holding when the pilot noticed that there were losing oil pressure and quickly the system  failed completely.  The pilots then began to descend the airplane and at approximately 600 feet, the engine failed.   The pilots then began to look for a safe place to land the aircraft.  They quickly observed and claimed a pasture clear of houses and power lines where they would attempt to safely land the plane.   Moments later, the pilots did an outstanding job putting the plan on the ground.  Both pilots walked away without injuries.  The landing site was in Folsom near Turn Pike Rd.    The FAA was enroute to the incident location for assessment and removal of the aircraft.
Acadian and the Husser Fire Department also responded supported with the incident.    Everyone involved is extremely grateful for the successful outcome of this tragic event.

 

 

December 10, 2013

Washington Parish to Host Zachary Taylor Parkway Commission

Washington Parish will be hosting the Zachary Taylor Parkway Commission Meeting at the Bogue Chitto State Park on Wednesday January 8th  beginning at 10:00am.  Parishes who participate in the commission will be visiting our beautiful Washington Parish maybe for the first time and will be given a warm welcome.  Parishes that are members of the Zachary Taylor Parkway Commission attending will be Avoyelles, East Feliciana, Point Coupee, Rapides, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, West Feliciana and of course Washington Parish. 
Jeannine Bickham, Assistant to Washington Parish President Richard Thomas, advises that assistsing in the event are Kathi Mayor at the Tourism Commission,  Linda Crain from Franklinton Chamber, and  Marilyn Bateman from Bogalusa Chamber.  Sandi Miller is Meeting Coordinator for the commission and will head up the effort.

 

 

December 10, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Lindsey Green was booked 12/09 In From Court
Kimbo Robinson was booked 12/09 In From Court
Steven Brown was booked 12/09 In From Court
Vicky Smith was booked 12/09 In From Court
Lydia Fortenberry was booked 12/09 In From Court
Deandre Lawson was booked 12/09 In From Court
Traesean Harrison was booked 12/09 In From Court
James Freeman was booked 12/09 on the charges of Domestic Abuse:  Pregnant Woman, Failure to Appear, Driving Under Suspension, and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Richard Lee was booked 12/09 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Laderious Johnson was booked 12/09 on the charge of Aggravated Rape
Brenton Kent was booked 12/09 on the charge of Probation Violation
Edward Craft was booked 12/09 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

 

 

December 10, 2013

Sheriff’s deputies capture Livingston Parish man wanted in LA, MS
A man wanted in three jurisdictions was arrested Monday morning after a brief pursuit in western St. Tammany.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were alerted by employees at a Covington-area bank after 42-year-old Shane Richey of Maurepas attempted to cash a check that had been reported stolen. While en route to the bank, deputies determined the vehicle Richey was driving had also been reported stolen.
Deputies located the stolen vehicle on Louisiana Highway 59, where Richey was headed northbound, and a spike strip was deployed just south of Interstate 12. After passing over the strip, Richey drove onto Interstate 12. The pursuit continued, with Richey travelling at a very high rate of speed and passing other vehicles on the shoulder of the interstate.
Just west of the Lacombe exit, the vehicle lost one of its wheels and careened into the tree line. Deputies were then able to take Richey into custody.
Richey was arrested, and is being booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on two counts of possession of stolen property, one count of forgery and one count of aggravated flight.  Richey is also being booked as a fugitive on warrants for stolen vehicles out of Ascension Parish, Baton Rouge and Harrison County, Miss.

 

 

December 10, 2013
SAINTS 2014 PLAYOFF TICKETS FOR 2
The Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce is once again offering you the chance to win two Saints 2014 Playoff Tickets.  Ticket price is $25, only 100 will be sold, the drawing will be held the first week of January in 2014, and you do not need to be present to win.  Seats are numbers 19 and 20, Section 318, Row 17. 
Tickets are available from Board of Directors and at the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce located at 608 Willis Avenue in Bogalusa.  Call (985) 735-5731 or email bogalusachamber@bellsouth.net for more information.

 

 

December 10, 2013

Drugs and Firearms Leads to Arrest in Tangipahoa

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 20 year old Baton Rouge resident Ezra Shannon.   Shannon was apprehended on December 7, 2013, at the Hammond Tractor Supply Store located on HWY 190.
Deputies responded to the location in reference to a call for service in reference to a suspicious vehicle and an unknown subject with a firearm.  When they arrived, deputies located 20 year old Shannon, staggering down an isle of the establishment.   Deputies then identified themselves and advised Shannon to stop and remove his hands from his pockets.   Shannon neglected to do so and became extremely combative with deputies.  After a brief struggle, deputies detained Shannon and located marijuana and a loaded handgun in his possession. 
Subsequently Ezra Shannon II was charged with the following offenses: 14:95 Possession of firearm by convicted felon, 14:95(A) Illegal concealment of a firearm, 14:95(E) Illegal carrying of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, 14:37.2  Aggravated assault with a firearm on a peace officer,  14:103 Disturbing the peace by public intoxication, 40:966(E) Possession of Marijuana, and 14:108.2 resisting an officer by force or violence.

 

 

December 9, 2013

Alcohol Suspected in Washington Parish Fatal Crash

Early Sunday morning shortly before 6:00 A.M. a two vehicle crash killed a Franklinton resident and injured two others on La. 25 in Washington Parish. .

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2010 Ford F-150 occupied by Charles Toon (W/M 35) of Foxworth, Ms.(Driver) and Teresa Minarik (W/F 33) of Franklinton (Passenger) was traveling northbound on La. 25. A 2002 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Jonathan Bickham (W/M 32) of Franklinton was traveling southbound on La. 25 near milepost 25. Toon, due to his impairment, veered to the left causing the Ford to cross the center line, enter the southbound lane, and hit the Chevrolet head-on.

Bickham was properly restrained; however, he received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office. Toon and Minarik were both restrained and transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital with moderate injuries.

Alcohol is suspected on the part of Toon. A blood sample was collected from Toon and the results are pending a toxicological analysis at the LSP Crime Lab. Alcohol is not suspected on the part of Bickham, however general toxicology tests are pending an autopsy. Toon has been initially charged with Driving Left of Center, DWI, and Vehicular Negligent Injuring, and Vehicular Homicide. Toon will be booked into the Washington Parish Jail upon being released from the hospital. The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

Obituary  

Todd Allen Sheridan, age 51, passed away peacefully at his home in Bogalusa on Sunday, December 8, 2013. Todd will be lovingly remembered for his quick jokes and his laughter which always lit up any room. Todd was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing but the love of his life was deer hunting and going on hunting trips with his friends. He was a member of Mitchell's Chapel Church of God. Todd will also be greatly missed by the employees of Thomas Installation, where he has worked for many years.

 

 

Obituary

Richard "R. B" Simmons age 75 passed away Dec. 5, 2013 at his residence in Bogalusa La.

 

 

December 9, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jeffery Miley was booked 12/06 In From Court
Bobby Anders was booked 12/06 In From Court
James Newman was booked 12/06 on th charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Aggravated Flight From an Officer, and Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility
Charles Brumfield was booked 12/06 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Terrell Carter was booked 12/07 on the charges of Simple Battery and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Jason Hobgood was booked 12/07 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery-Strangulation Probation and Parole Hold
Timothy Ard was booked 12/07 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks
Dawn Taylor was booked 12/08 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace
Keith Crumedy was booked 12/08 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Bobby Dillon was booked 12/08 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Roy Angelo was booked 12/08 on the charge of Theft by Fraud
David Fornea was booked 12/08 on the charges of Aggravated Incest and Attachment

 

December 6, 2013

Man Sought For Shooting A Man In The Buttocks
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are looking for the man they believe is responsible for shooting  another man in the buttocks during an altercation Tuesday evening in Lacombe.
Shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to the Lacombe Heart Hospital in reference to a possible gunshot victim.  The victim told deputies that he was outside a friend’s house on Chestnut Street in Lacombe when three men walked up. He identified one of the men as Oliver “Olly” Cousin and second man as “Al”, but said he did not know the third.  Due to an ongoing feud, the victim and Cousin engaged in an altercation that turned physical.  Once the two were separated,  Cousin produced a pistol and shot the victim as he attempted to flee.  He was picked up by a passing motorist and transported to the hospital.
An arrest warrant for second-degree battery has been issued for Cousin.

 

Obituary

Joyce Hall Sanders born March 2, 1929 passed away December 5, 2013 at Heritage Manor in Franklinton, La. At the age of 83. She was born in Monticello MS.and was a longtime resident of Bogalusa. She in past years attended and became a member of Superior Ave. Baptist Church.

 

 

December 6, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Aleah Polk was booked 12/05 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)
Jermaine Anders was booked 12/05 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Richard Hart was booked 12/05 on the charges of Attempted Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and Contempt of Court
Jeffery Miley was booked 12/05 In From Court
Monica Bonnette was booked 12/05 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Hedrick Bickham was booked 12/05 on the charges of Issuing Worthless checks (2 counts) and Theft
Harold Johnson was booked 12/05 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line)

 

 

December 5, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Christopher Clark was booked 12/04 on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Ran Stop Sign (2 counts)
Tina Thomas was booked 12/04 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery and Failure to Appear
Kurtis Gabler was booked 12/04 on the charges of Simple Assault, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Driving While Intoxicated

Leslie Bennett was booked 12/04 In From Court
Myron Mingo was booked 12/04 on the charges of Attachment and Failure to Honor Written Promise

 

 

December 4, 2013

Improperly Restrained 4 Year Old Child From Franklinton Dies in Motor Vehicle Crash Near Varnado
Monday evening at approximately 9:00 P.M., Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a 2 vehicle fatality crash. The crash occurred in Washington Parish southbound on La. 21 near milepost 45 (north of Varnado) killing a 4 year old child, identified as Lavonne Darlene-Theresa Beard (W/F) of Franklinton, La.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Nissan Maxima operated by Linda D. Beard (W/F 26) of Foxworth, MS was southbound on La. 21 with Lavonne Beard. A 2013 Chevrolet Malibu operated by Joan K. Ezell (W/F 55) was northbound on La. 21 with Robby Burke (W/M 48). Beard, for reasons under investigation, veered to the left causing the Maxima to cross the center line and hit the Malibu head-on.

The 4 year old child was improperly restrained in a booster seat by the lap belt only and received fatal injuries. The Washington Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced the Lavonne Beard dead at the scene. Linda Beard received serious injuries and was transported to the Interim LSU Hospital LEVEL 1 Trauma Center in New Orleans. Joan Ezell and Robby Burke also received serious injuries; both were transported to Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Mandeville.

All the adult occupants were properly restrained. It is unknown if alcohol is a factor; however, blood samples were taken from Beard and Ezell and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for toxicological analysis. Linda Beard has initially been charged with two counts of Negligent Injuring and further charges are possible. The Investigation is ongoing.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children to be in a 5-point harness for as long as the child’s weight is within the range of the seat. A 5-point harness car seat is the best way to keep your child the safest in the event of a crash by aligning the harness in the center of the sternum area. This secures the child in place by covering the largest part of the body rather than soft tissue around the belly.

If a child's weight is too much for the car seat; a booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt is the next best option. The shoulder and lap belts are designed to keep the occupant secured in place. The booster seat works in tandem with the shoulder and lap belts. When properly secured they protect the body’s organs and soft tissue by crossing the hip bone, the sternum area, and shoulder bone along the largest area of the body. The lap belt alone allows the body above the waist to travel towards the impact in a crash. By being properly restrained a child's chances of receiving soft tissue, brain, or spinal cord injuries are greatly reduced.

Every occupant in a motor vehicle is required by Louisiana law to be properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. 96% of child restraints are installed improperly. Every Louisiana State Police Troop is a grant funded fitting station staffed by nationally certified child safety seat technicians. Each fitting station teaches parents/caregivers how to properly install the child restraint and how to properly buckle the child in the restraint. This service is FREE to the public.

 

 

Obituary

Dale Price Ford, a resident of Angie, LA, passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe, LA.  He worked with the Washington Parish School Board as a school bus driver for 32 years and with the U. S. Department of Agriculture as an inspector for the Animal Disease Eradication. He was owner and operator of the restaurant, Ole Hickory Barbecue in Angie, LA for 6 years.  He was a member of the Sandy Hook Baptist Church, Sandy Hook, MS.

 

 

Obituary

Evelyn Marie Baudoin, age 63, born on July 18, 1950 in New Orleans, LA, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on November 30, 2013 at University Hospital in New Orleans, LA.

 

 

December 4, 2013

Kentwood Man Booked On Burglaries

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of a Kentwood area man after burglarizing two vehicles. 27 year old Daniel Blades of Kentwood, LA, has been booked with 2 counts of vehicle burglary, 1 count burglary of an inhibited dwelling, criminal damage to property and possession of stolen property. 
Shortly after 6:00 a.m. Monday, the sheriff’s office was notified that vehicle burglary suspect, Daniel Blades, was walking on the side of the roadway on Hwy 38 near 1054.  Within minutes, Deputy L. Bridges located the subject and identified him as Blades.  During the roadside investigation, Deputy Bridges located several pieces of property, some which were identified as belonging to the vehicle burglary victim. Subsequently, Blades was taken into custody.

While enroute to the jail, Deputy Bridges was advised of another alleged vehicle burglary which just been reported on JT Connerly Road.  It was advised that the cloth top of a Ford Mustang had been compromised and a purse, money and a camera were reported missing.  During Deputy Bridges’ roadside investigation, he located a camera fitting the description of the one reported missing from the Ford Mustang and a knife handle.  Upon booking, Blades was charged with both burglaries.

 

 

December 4, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Ricardo Mark was booked 12/02 In From Court
Monica Truax was booked 12/02 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Matthew Cotton was booked 12/02 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Failure to Appear
Jessica Creel was booked 12/02 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Sandie Stansbury was booked 12/02 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Joeada Boutwell was booked 12/02 on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Hit and Run, and Driving Under Suspension
Jordan Burris was booked 12/02 on the charge of Extortion

Monty Neely was booked 12/03 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Kenneth Creel was booked 12/03 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No Drivers License
Judy Martinez was booked 12/03 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Seat Belt, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jerry Creel was booked 12/03 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No Seat Belt
Quanitra Wilson was booked 12/03 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Christopher Clark was booked 12/04 on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Ran Stop Sign (2 counts)
Tina Thomas was booked 12/04 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery and Failure to Appear
Kurtis Gabler was booked 12/04 on the charges of Simple Assault, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Driving While Intoxicated

 

 

December 2, 2013

195 High-Paying Jobs Coming to Neighboring St. Tammany

Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Pelican Energy Consultants CEO Kenny Bogle announced the company will retain its Louisiana corporate headquarters in Madisonville, La., where it also will expand its engineering center through a $5 million capital investment and the creation of 195 direct new jobs. Salaries for the new direct jobs will average $90,000 per year, plus benefits, and LED estimates the project will result in an additional 280 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 470 new jobs in the Southeast Region of Louisiana.

The company currently employs 158 people in Louisiana, including 86 engineering center employees and 27 corporate employees in Madisonville, and 45 employees at its Metairie, La., engineering center. Bogle founded Pelican Energy Consultants in St. Tammany Parish in August 2005 – just two weeks before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.  Click Here For More On The Story


 

December 2, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Michael Wise was booked 11/27 on the charges of Introduction of Contraband-Penal Institute, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Improper Turn/Accident, and No Drivers License
Sheyenne Seal was booked 11/27 on the charge of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment
Dylan Jenkins was booked 11/27 on the charges of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment and Failure to Appear
James Sstracener was booked 11/28 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Shavanda Ard was booked 11/29 on the charge of Simple Criminal Damage to Property
Christopher Guillory was booked 11/30 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Failure to Appear, and Theft Over 1500
Jonathan Varnado was booked 11/30 In From Court
Amy Robinson was booked 12/01 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Infgo, Resisting Arrest (2 counts), and Public Intimidation
Tyranza Owens was booked 12/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear (5 counts)

 

 

Obituary

CELESTE TAYLOR, AGE 46

and a resident of the Pine/Thomas Community died at 11:20 am Saturday November 30, 2013 at Lakeview Medical Center. She was born in New Orleans on December 4, 1966 but spent a great portion of her life in California before moving to Washington Parish with her family. Celeste was a licensed Cosmetologist and loved manicuring and hair-dressing. She was a best friend to her sons and family and will forever be missed.

 

 

Obituary

JIM GEORGE SANDIFER, AGE 90

And a resident of Franklinton died Friday evening November 29, 2013 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a former heavy equipment operator with Southeast Steel Manufacturing in New Orleans and a member of Lawrence Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He was well known for his love of playing the fiddle and he enjoyed listening to music. He often jokingly referred to himself as "Movie Star".

 

 

Obituary

PEGGY LANG CEFALU, AGE 72

And a resident of Baton Rouge died early Saturday November 23, 2013 at Our Lady of the Lake hospital. She was a native of the Sheridan community and longtime resident of Washington Parish.

 

 

November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving among top Louisiana holidays for crash deaths
The long Thanksgiving break in 2012 experienced more highway crash deaths in Louisiana than any other holiday period. In 2013, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is coordinating a statewide Click It or Ticket campaign over the Thanksgiving holiday aimed at saving lives by getting more motorists to buckle up.
Thirteen people were killed and 666 were injured in Louisiana highway crashes over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday last year. The four-day Memorial Day holiday ranked second with 11 killed and the five-day Mardi Gras break ranked third with 10 killed. Fatal and injury crashes are high during Thanksgiving because it ranks among the longest and most heavily traveled holidays. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that about 90 percent of Thanksgiving travel is by motor vehicle. The number of long-distance vehicle trips jumps by more than 50 percent during the holiday.
"Your chance of surviving a crash is greatly increased if you are buckled up," said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. "The few seconds it takes to fasten your seat belt can save your life or reduce the severity of injuries that could impact your quality of life for many years following a crash. Louisiana law requires drivers and passengers, both in front and rear seats, to wear their seat belts while a vehicle is in motion."
The Commission has provided grants to 52 local law enforcement agencies and State Police to participate in this year's Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign, which runs from Nov. 24 to Dec. 1. Local agencies use the grant money to conduct additional overtime patrols and checkpoints during the holiday period.
Click It or Ticket campaigns have been highly effective in convincing motorists to buckle up. Louisiana's seat belt use by front-seat occupants has increased by 14 percentage points since the first Click It or Ticket campaign was conducted in 2003. An observational survey conducted this year showed that 82.5 percent of front-seat occupants were buckled up. Research has shown that when seat belts are used properly the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers in automobiles is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.

 

 

November 26, 2013

13-year-old arrested for attempted second-degree murder
A 13-year-old is facing an attempted murder charge after he reportedly stabbed his mother’s fiancé with a knife Sunday near Slidell.
The man was attempting to discipline the 13-year-old when an argument ensued. The boy then grabbed a large kitchen knife and stabbed him in the back.
The mother’s fiancé was transported to Charity Hospital in New Orleans for treatment and the 13-year-old was transported to Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, where he was booked for attempted second-degree murder.

 

 

November 26, 2013

Practice and Promote Firearm Safety during Hunting Season
With the hunting season in full swing, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is joining with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to remind hunters that safety remains at the core of America’s hunting traditions.
“This is a time of year when a lot of firearms are in use and in transport,” said Fred Kimmel, LDWF Education Program Manager. “We want everyone who enjoys hunting opportunities in Louisiana to know that materials and resources are available to provide education and important reminders about how to be safe with their firearms in the field, on the range, at home and everywhere in between.”
NSSF’s campaign, “The Hunt isn’t Over Until You Are S.A.F.E.” is part of the Project ChildSafe program, which NSSF launched in 1998.  S.A.F.E. is an acronym for

  • Secure your firearms when not in use;
  • Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to firearms;
  • Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and
  • Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage.

Project ChildSafe emphasizes safely securing firearms when they are not in use as the #1 way to prevent firearm accidents.

 

 

Obituary

Charline Myers Walters, 86, was reunited with her family in their heavenly home on Friday, November 22, 2013. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lonnie T. Walters, and her son Donald Roy Walters. She was also preceded in death by her second husband, Horace Alexius of Covington. Born and raised in Bogalusa, she was a long-time member of E.S.M. United Methodist Church and enjoyed many years of membership in the Jessamine Chapter of the Eastern Star. For the past several years, she resided in Hattiesburg, MS.

 

 

November 26, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Robert Toomer was booked 11/25 In From Court
Brandon Ellis was booked 11/26 on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery
Condy Slade was booked 11/26 on the charge of Simple Battery
Keyvonte McKnight was booked 11/26 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs
Donnin Brown was booked 11/26 on the charge of Attachment
Joshua Moses was booked 11/26 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Failure to Honor Written Promise

 

 

November 25, 2013

Single Vehicle Car Crash Kills Unrestrained Driver in Washington Parish.

Shortly before 1:00 P.M. Friday afternoon, Troopers responded to a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on La. 436 eastbound near milepost 5 (Acys Church) in Washington Parish. The initial investigation revealed that a 2002 Infinity, operated by Jackie Cotton (W/F 50) of Franklinton, was traveling eastbound on La. 436. Cotton failed to negotiate a curve in the road and lost control. The Infinity traveled into the westbound lane and Cotton over-corrected causing it to rotate clockwise and travel off of the road. Upon leaving the road the Infinity struck a tree, overturned, and ejected Cotton as it came to rest on its passenger side.

Cotton, who was the sole occupant, was not restrained at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at Riverside Medical Center. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor; however, a blood sample was collected from Cotton so a toxicological analysis can be performed.

 

 

November 25, 2013

Unrestrained Driver Killed in Crash on I-55

This morning, shortly before 3:00 AM, Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash that occurred on I-55 northbound near milepost 29 in Tangipahoa Parish. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1997 Buick, operated by Mucio Vicencio Ruiz (O/M, age 49) of Hammond, was traveling north on I-55 and for unknown reasons drifted off the right side of the road onto a grassy embankment. Upon leaving the roadway, the Buick traveled approximately 200 feet striking a guardrail and a wooden post support. The Buick continued crossing over a concrete retaining wall and came to rest in the northbound lane of I-55.
Ruiz, the sole occupant, was unrestrained at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene. At this time it is unknown if impairment is a factor. Toxicology results are pending an autopsy.

 

Obituary

GEORGE LEWIS BROWN, SR., AGE 93

And a resident of Franklinton died after 8 pm Saturday November 23, 2013 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a 1937 graduate of Franklinton High School and a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton. George was a veteran of the United States Navy where he was a Pharmacist during his 20 years spanning all of World War II and retired in 1958 with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. He continued to receive education upon his retirement and later became a science teacher in Franklinton. He retired as the guidance counselor of Franklinton High School and at one time was active in the Boy Scouts and later was a charter member of the National World War II Museum.

 

 

Obituary

Linda Haik Cameron age 64 passed away Nov. 23, 2013 at the Louisiana Heart Hospital. She was a resident of Bogalusa La.

 

 

Obituary

JACKIE DALE COTTON, AGE 50

And a resident of Pine died Friday, November 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM as a result of an automobile accident.

She loved cookies, going to eat with her family and friends and always drank her ice tea from a mason jar.

 

 

Obituary

Lynda Fuller Pritchard life long resident of Bogalusa passed peacefully November 21, 2013 at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital at the age of 70.She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Lynda was the Executive Director of the Y.W.C.A for 20 years and served as the Teen Director. During these many years at the Y.W.C.A. in Bogalusa, the lives of many young girls were touched by her dedication and enthusiam for enriching the lives of the young ladies She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.

 

 

November 25, 2013

Reproductions of Bogalusa Postcards from The Early Years

Reproductions of Bogalusa Postcards from The Early Years Editions One thru Eight are available again.  Editions Nine and Ten with eight new scenes in each edition will be available in time for Christmas giving.
If you have the other eight editions, you may pre-order the new editions now.  Eight different cards in each set are  only $10.00 a set, ready for framing or for a photo album for yourself or gifts. Call the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce regarding these postcard reproductions - 985-735-5731 or email bogalusachamber@bellsouth.net

 

 

November 25, 2013

Grant To Sheriff's Office Designed To Reduce Fatalities

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office has obtained a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission in the amount of $22,480.00.  These monies are dedicated to the FY 2014 Fatal and Injury Crash Reduction Effort.  “Our goal is to serve and protect the citizens of Washington Parish, as we, your Sheriff’s Office took the oath very

pridefully to do just that”, said Sheriff, Randy “Country” Seal.  "Our office will be conducting Seatbelt/Child Restraint and DWI checkpoints as well as saturation patrols throughout the holiday season and into 2014.  Throughout the holiday season and coming year, our deputies will partner with other agencies within Washington Parish and Louisiana State Police to conduct such Safety enforcement activities.  We encourage everyone to enjoy the holiday season and no drinking and driving and to wear your seatbelt”, said Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal, “and lets look forward to a great 2014 in Washington Parish”. 

 

November 25, 2013

Entergy’s Louisiana Utilities Prepared for Winter Weather
Companies offer safety, money-saving and other tips

BATON ROUGE, La. – Ol’ man winter has decided to make his presence felt in the South this week. And while the Bayou State will be spared much of the sleet and snow falling in surrounding states, Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. are prepared to respond to any power outages that could be caused by the vast winter weather system.
“We’re fortunate that current forecasts don’t anticipate much impact from frozen precipitation in our service territory,” said Dennis Dawsey, vice president of transmission and distribution operations in Louisiana. “But with heavy rain over most of the state, winds out of the north and freezing temps in some areas, we could be affected. Crews are ready to safely restore power as quickly as possible.”
Customers are encouraged to download Entergy’s mobile app to access outage maps and information. In addition, storm-preparedness tips and online services are available to customers through “Entergy Storm Center,” “myAccount” and “View Outages.” Through myAccount, customers can sign up to send and receive text information about power outages at their homes and businesses through their cellphones. Registration is easy.  More on the story

 

November 25, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Michael Dillon was booked 11/22 on the charges of Arson With The Intent to Defraud and Principals

Rachelle Mizell was booked 11/22 on the charges of Arson With The Intent to Defraud and Principals

Christopher Mizell was booked 11/22 on the charges of Arson With The Intent to Defraud and Principals

Tyla Thomas was booked 11/22 on the charge of Attachment

Sharon Mizell was booked 11/22 on the charges of Arson With The Intent to Defraud and Principals

Jelesa Williams was booked 11/22 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Kenneth Dunn was booked 11/23 on the charge of Theft

Alvin Magee was booked 11/23 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Jonathan Varnado was booked 11/23 In From Court

Shelby Lumpkin was booked 11/23 on the charges of Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property

Cody Morris was booked 11/23 on the charges of Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property

Joseph Busby was booked 11/23 on the charges of Burglary and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs

Michael Rhoades was booked 11/23 on the charge of Simple Battery

Jennifer Crenshaw was booked 11/;24 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

 

 

November 22, 2013

Gov. Jindal: Obama Admin. Backs Off School Choice Lawsuit, But New Strategy to Red Tape Program to Death

Latest Ruling is a Victory for Equal Opportunity of Education
BATON ROUGE – In a ruling today regarding a motion to intervene in the suit against the Louisiana Scholarship Program, United States District Court Judge Ivan Lemelle stated the Department of Justice has abandoned its previous request that the Court permanently stop the scholarship program. Governor Jindal said that the Department of Justice abandoning its attempt to halt the scholarship program is a victory, but he warned that the Department of Justice's new strategy could "red tape and regulate the program to death."   Read More On The Story

 

 

Obituary

Glenda Sue Spears Carroll, a resident of Varnado, LA, age 57, born on April 20, 1956 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at her residence.

 

 

Obituary

Jewel J. Johnson age 81 passed away Nov. 20, 2013 at Lakeview Regional medical Center. He was a resident of Bogalusa La.

 

 

November 22, 2013

Parish Council Meets Monday Evening

The Washington Parish Council will meet at 6pm Monday in Regular Session.  Agenda items include

  • Public Hearing on  Proposed Ordinance  No.13-578 – An Ordinance to amend the 2013 Annual Operating Budget for the Washington Parish Government
  • Introduction of Ordinance No. 13-580 – An Ordinance to adopt the 2014 Annual Operating Budget and the Capital Outlay Budget for the WP Government.
  • Introduction and Consideration of Proposed WP Resolution No.13-634 – A resolution approving the holding of an election in Washington Parish Fire Protection District No. 8, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, April 5, 2014, to authorize the levy of a special tax therein.
  • Introduction and Consideration of Proposed WP Resolution No.13-635 - A resolution approving the holding of an election in Washington Parish Fire Protection District No. 4, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, April 5, 2014, to authorize the levy of a special tax therein.
  • Introduction and Consideration of Proposed WP Resolution No.13-636 – Resolution to accept Poplas Street Bridge, Bogalusa, LA. and Nobles Cemetery Road Bridge, Pine, LA.- Bridge Replacement Program;
    Project No. 713-59-0221 & 713-59-0222 
  • Introduction and Consideration of Proposed WP Resolution No.13-637 –
    Resolution Establishing a Special Revenue Fund to Administer and Account for the Proceeds of a One-Third (1/3rd) of One Cent Sales Tax Approved on October 19, 2013, Commencing January 1, 2014

The public is invited to attend and will be invited to address the Council.  If you are unable to attend, video of the meeting will be available for viewing on our Washington Parish Channel.  Click on "Government Meetings" in the Video Library.

 

 

November 22, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jacob Jarrell was booked 11/20 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Allen Davis was booked 11/20 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Obstruction of Justice
Cecil Talley was booked 11/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Resisting an Officer, No MVI, and Criminal Trespass
Joseph Billings was booked 11/21 In From Court
Robert Abron was booked 11/21 on the charge of Attachment
Rashaad Pittman was booked 11/21 on the charges of Armed Robbery (2 counts), Resisting an Officer, and Aggravated Second Degree Battery
David Dillon was booked 11/21 on the charges of Proper Equipment Required, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, and Possession of CDS with Weapon Present

 

 

Obituary

Mark Kevin Baggett age 58 passed away Nov. 18, 2013 at his Poplarville Ms residence. He was a native of Bogalusa La. Mark was a great father, grandfather, brother, son, and friend and had a deep passion for riding motorcycles. He also liked to work on and restore old cars and trucks. He was an avid rider in the Trail of Tears every year.

 

 

Obituary

Michael Knight, age 39, a resident of Bogalusa, LA passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe, LA.

 

 

Obituary

GARY LAVOY BENNETT, SR. AGE 75

And a resident of Bogalusa died at 12:30 pm Sunday November 17, 2013 at his home. He was a former truck driver and carpenter. Gary also was a preacher of the word and had visited many local churches.

 

 

Obituary

FRANCIS DOUGLAS SYLVEST, SR. eldest son of the late Rev. Hammond Alex and Arebell Spinks Sylvest was born in Washington Parish on May 24, 1925. He passed away at the age of 88 on November 17, 2013 at 12am. Deceased from Alzheimer’s and Chronic Aspiration Pneumonia. After being released from Our Lady of Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, Douglas returned to his home in Franklinton under Hospice Care. He went to be with his Lord and Savior a day later.

 

 

Obituary

Catherine Noreen Galloway age 90 passed away Nov. 17, 2013 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home where she was a resident. She was a charter member of Memorial Baptist Church, where she was active in WMU. She taught Sunday School and VBS. She was also member of the choir and music was a large part of her life.

 

 

Obituary

Charles Ernest Mitchell born October 31, 1946 passed away at his residence November 16,2013 at the age of 63.

 

 

November 22, 2013

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November 20, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joshua Jordan was booked 11/19 on the charge of Manufacture of Schedule II Drugs
Jashma Crumedy was booked 11/19 on the charge of Manufacture of Schedule II Drugs
Qatarrel walker was booked 11/19 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance
Collins Palmer was booked 11/19 on the charges of Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line), Obstruction of Justice, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence

 

 

November 19, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Arcell Causey was booked 11/18 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Kimbo Robinson was booked 11/18 In From Court
Ernest Peters was booked 11/18 In From Court
Kedric Green was booked 11/18 In From Court
Tracy Barber was booked 11/18 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Candace Watts was booked 11/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Gary Moran was booked 11/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and No Turn Signals

 

 

November 18, 2013

Note on 5th District Congressional Run-off Results

The run-off for the U. S. Representative, 5th Congressional District, pitted Vance McAllister and Neil Riser, both Republicans, against one another.  According to the Louisiana Secretary of State, McAllister won with 59.65% versus Riser with 40.35%. 
However, Washington Parish voters preferred Riser; 1941 votes were cast for Riser versus 1309 for McAllister. 

 

 

Obituary

David Leonard Smith, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 90, born on May 21, 1923 in Washington Parish, LA, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the AMG Specialty Hospital in Slidell, LA.   David was a member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He retired from Crown Zellerbach. He was a veteran and served in the United States Army during WWII.

 

 

November 18, 2013

DEPUTIES ARREST SUSPECT AFTER FOOT CHASE

Washington Parish Press Release dated November 18, 2013

On November 12, the Washington Parish Drug Task Force arrested Leonard Lewis, 40, Bogalusa, after a short foot chase on West 3rd Street.

When officers stopped Lewis in his car, he fled on foot, discarding a bottle of OxyContin while he ran.  OxyContin is a narcotic commonly referred to as Roxycontin.  Officers apprehended Lewis, retrieved the illegal drugs and seized $2,301 dollars in cash that was in his possession.  In addition, officers seized the vehicle out of which Lewis was selling the drugs.

Lewis was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail on charges of Distribution of Schedule II drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Obstruction of Justice and Resisting an Officer by Flight on Foot.  He remains in jail with bond set at $350,000.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented.  “The Drug Task Force is a valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Office as we continue our effort to fight drugs and to arrest drug dealers.  Mr. Lewis willingly chose to sell drugs and is now enjoying the fruit of his illegal activity as an inmate in the parish jail.  We will continue to seek out and arrest drug dealers throughout our parish.”

 

November 18, 2013
UPDATE ON YESTERDAY'S STORY OF SHOOTING IN MT. HERMON
As reported yesterday, At approximately 9:30 a.m., Sunday, November 17, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning an individual who had threatened his wife and fired weapons inside the house.  Deputies and detectives responded to the resident of Johnnie A. Ryals (pictured right), age 56, who resides at 37291 Highway 438, Mt. Hermon, LA 70450.
Johnnie A. Ryals, 56, was shot by a Sheriff’s Office sniper after repeatedly pointing a weapon at deputies and threatening to kill them.  The non-fatal shot resulted in the transport of Ryals to Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton where he was treated and then released to the jail.  Ryals remains in the Washington Parish Jail this morning charged with three counts of attempted murder, illegal discharge of a weapon, criminal damage to property, aggravated kidnapping and possession of marijuana.
Ryals remains in the Washington Parish Jail today with his bond set at $300,000.

 

 

November 18, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Michael Cook was booked 11/15 on the charge of Attachment
Cedric Manning was booked 11/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Kelly Silva was booked 11/15 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Jerrold Montgomery was booked 11/15 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Gary Roach was booked 11/15 on the charges of Failure to Pay Park Fees and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Devorus Montgomery was booked 11/15 on the charges of Burglary, Simple Escape, and Resisting an Officer
James Newman was booked 11/15 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Ofense) and Aggravated Flight From An Officer
Billy Dixon was booked 11/15 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Austin McCraine was booked 11/15 In From Court
Jonathan Varnado was booked 11/16 In From Court
Tara Smith was booked 11/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Francis Sylvest was booked 11/16 on the charges of Entry/Remain On Premises After Being Forbidden and Resisting an Officer
Bobby Gerbitz was booked 11/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, Child Restraint Violaation, and Obedience to Police Officers and Traffic Signs
Jacob Anthony was booked 11/17 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Angela Meredith was booked 11/1 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operaation, and No Seat Belt
Caleb Dyson was booked 11/17 on the charge of Attachment
Johnnie Ryals was booked 11/17 on the charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder of Police Officer (3 counts) and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Austin McCraine was booked 11/17 In From Court
Tyrone Fox was booked 11/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Driving with Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Richard Magee was booked 11/17 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Craig Painter was booked 11/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

Obituary

SALLIE BABINGTON KNIGHT, AGE 79

And a resident of Franklinton died early Saturday November 16, 2013 at her home. She was born June 14, 1934 in Franklinton, the first child born in the McGehee Clinic after her grandparents sold the house to Dr. W.R. McGehee to use as his clinic. Sallie was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and served as Treasurer and on the Administrative Council. She was also a member of the Franklinton Woman’s Club.

Sallie retired as Coordinator of Student Affairs for the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She was also a Notary Public for the university and a Senator with the LSU Staff Senate. Her input into the development of the Veterinary School and her devotion to the students was outstanding. Upon retirement she returned to Franklinton to manage her family-owned pharmacy Babington’s Drug Store.

Some of her favorite pastimes were watching Ole Miss sporting events and playing bridge. She had a great love for her beloved Ole Miss and served as an Ole Miss Ambassador for Recruiting.

 

 

Obituary

CLIFFORD EUGENE SANSPREE, AGE 79

And a resident of Franklinton died early Saturday November 16, 2013 at his home. He was a native of Atmore, AL and a deacon at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Cliff was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps with 22 years of service where he served 3 tours-of-duty during the Vietnam War and several more overseas assignments. He was active in the American Legion and had retired from Exxon-Mobil. Cliff enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a special friend, his pet dog Dusty.

 

 

Obituary

Ronald E. Linder died Friday November 15, 2013 at St Tammany Hospital in Covington, LA. Mr. Linder was 73 years old and a resident of Franklinton, LA.

 

 

November 17, 2013

Shooting Standoff in Mt. Hermon

Reporting time 1:30 pm

At approximately 9:30 a.m., Sunday, November 17, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning an individual who had threatened his wife and fired weapons inside the house.  Deputies and detectives responded to the resident of Johnnie A. Ryals, age 56, who resides at 37291 Highway 438, Mt. Hermon, LA 70450.  Mt. Hermon is a rural community located in the northwest sector of Washington Parish.  When officers arrived they learned that the wife had fled the home and Ryals was outside the home armed with at least seven weapons (6 long guns and 1 semi-automatic pistol).   
Deputies and investigators took positions around the house.  A Sheriff’s Office sniper arrived at the scene and also took a strategic position in front of Ryals.  Ryals was belligerent and hostile, yelling claims that ObamaCare had deprived him of insurance benefits and that he could not get his medicine.  During his tirade, Ryals pointed a rifle in the direction of deputies more than once, threatening to shoot them each time.  A Sheriff’s Office deputy and a negotiator  engaged Ryals in conversation, attempting to convince him to surrender peacefully.  Ryals continued to be belligerent and yelling obscenities at the officers.  Ryals once again raised his weapon and pointed it directly at deputies, again threatening to shoot them.  At that time, the sniper shot Ryals one time, striking him in the left ear.  Ryals continued to struggle after he fell and once again was pointing a weapon at deputies as they subdued him.  Deputies subdued Ryals and he was transported by Northshore EMS to Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton.  As of 1:00 p.m., Ryals remained in the emergency room and was being treated by hospital medical personnel.  Ryals’ wife was safely lodged at the home of a neighbor.
Also transported to Riverside Medical Center was one deputy who was being treated for exposure to a possible bloodborne pathogen from the blood of Ryals.  The deputy was treated and released.
 At this time, Washington Parish investigators are on the scene at Ryals’ residence.  The investigation will continue to determine all charges to be lodged against Ryals.  Once Ryals is released from treatment, he will be transported to the Washington Parish Jail.
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal, who was at the scene, stated, “This is yet another example of the extreme danger our officers face daily.  What started out as a peaceful Sunday morning ended with gunfire, all because of the reckless behavior of one individual who displayed a total disregard for the safety and welfare of others.  Our officers responded promptly and did an excellent job.”

 

 

November 15, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Stanley Polkey was booked 11/14 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks and No Seat Belt
Joshua Foxworth was booked 11/14 In From Court
Ericka Conerly was booked 11/14 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Coleman Fowler was booked 11/14 In From Court
Jonathan Varnado was booked 11/14 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI and No Seat Belt
Michael Cook was booked 11/15 on the charge of Attachment
Cedric Manning was booked 11/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)

 

 

Obituary

DEBORAH ANN HOBGOOD MILEY, AGE 58

passed away November 13, 2013 at Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe, LA. She was born April 6, 1955 and was a member of Pine First Baptist Church. Deborah Ann was a retail manager for Family Dollar after working for many years at Eckerd’s and Hudson’s Dirt Cheap in Franklinton. She always enjoyed spending time with her family.

 

 

Obituary

LOUISE ELIZABETH ANDERSON, AGE 86

And a resident of Kentwood passed away early Thursday morning November 14, 2013 at her home. She was a native of Poplarville, MS and a former secretary for NASA at the Michoud facility. Louise loved gardening and tending her flowers and enjoyed making crafts.

 

 

November 14, 2013

Announcement by Museums of Cassidy Park

The Museums of Cassidy Park will not be open for the regular afternoon weekend hours.  We will be open for Christmas in the Park starting on Thanksgiving night.  This is due to the park not allowing vehicle traffic through the park while the lights are displayed.  We will return to normal hours in January.

 

 

Obituary

Sue Magee Tullos Pierce, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 85, born on March 14, 1928 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa, LA.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Bogalusa, LA. She was a Teacher, Principal, Supervisor and Superintendent of Bogalusa City Schools for over 30 years.

 

 

November 13, 2013

Most Wanted

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today released the names of 18 non-custodial parents who owe nearly $866,000 in past due child support and are considered to be Louisiana's "Most Wanted" delinquent payors.
"The parents included on the Most Wanted list are non-custodial parents who repeatedly evade our efforts to collect the child support owed to their children," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "In previous years, this poster's publication has elicited tips about the current locations of many of Louisiana's delinquent payors and has in turn made them pay up."
Any member of the public who has information on the whereabouts of any person on DCFS' "Most Wanted" poster is encouraged to notify authorities or call 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578) and choose Child Support (option 1) and then option 5.
All of the "Most Wanted" making the list are ranked by amount owed*:  (Red denotes our tri-parish area)

•$128,220.55 - Richard C. Miller, 53 years old, last known living in Lake Ozark, MO
•$ 78,724.08 - Ricky Dale Richard, 56 years old, last known living in Westlake
•$ 75,277.95 - Jerald Roy Douglas, 45 years old, last known living in Marrero
•$ 70,435.88 - Dwayne Ballard, 42 years old, last known living in Luling
•$ 64,559.50 - James Alton Liverett III, 50 years old, last known living in Holden
•$ 59,223.86 - Calvin G. Blue, Sr., 56 years old, last know living in Folsom
•$ 49,606.68 - Richard Williams Prine, 57 years old, last known living in Denham Springs
•$ 45,015.76 - Brian Keith Thomas, 50 years old, last known living in Baton Rouge
•$ 41,397.31 - Patrick Neil Ronney, 45 years old, last known living in Gretna
•$ 40,649.00 - Hernes Lizardo Aparicio, 39 years old, last known living in Duluth, GA
•$ 36,503.59 - Elroy Timothy Hoover, 40 years old, last known living in Covington
•$ 33,746.77 - Louis Kipling Summers, 38 years old, last known living in Ridgeland, MA
•$ 25,986.02 - Alexander Dezara, 38 years old, last known living in New Orleans
•$ 24,893.86 - Gerald Phillip Piper, 43 years old, last known living in Alexandria
•$ 24,419.34 - William Bryan Smith III, 38 years old, last known living in Gulfport, MS
•$ 23,277.90 - Ryan Christopher Phelps, 33 years old, last known living in Valdosta, GA
•$ 22,615.43 - Jyles William Spencer, 37 years old, last known living in Hammond
•$ 21,434.00 - Donald Melvin Myatt, 47 years old, last known living in Bogalusa

 

 

November 13, 2013

L.D.W.F. Law Enforcement Training Facility Improvements Planned
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division’s training site will be upgraded with a $2 million multi-purpose training facility, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced today.
LDWF trains wildlife agent cadets and hosts continuing education courses for Enforcement Division agents and officers from other agencies at the department’s Waddill Outdoor Education Center on Flannery Road in Baton Rouge. The existing training facility is outdated and does not meet the current needs of the Enforcement Division.
“The new facility will provide additional classroom space and dormitory space,” said LDWF Col. Jeff Mayne. “We’ll be able to house an additional 48 law enforcement officers for in-service training that includes advanced boating crash incident investigation, DWI detection and continuing education coursework.”
The Waddill site is also utilized as a staging area for LDWF agents assigned to search and rescue missions during hurricanes or other natural disaster response efforts coordinated by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Federal funding for the new facility will be provided through NOAA’s Joint Enforcement Agreement and the US Coast Guard. Additional funding will come from the department’s Conservation Fund.
Site preparation will begin in 2013 and project completion is anticipated within two years.

 

November 13, 2013

CANCER CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP
 (Covington) –Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital announced Robert A. Leonhard Jr. its new cancer center administrator, responsible for development and operations of the comprehensive cancer center.  “Combining our broad range of cancer services last year was a first step in delivering on our promise to patients in west St. Tammany,” Kerry Milton, chief nursing officer and cancer center leadership team member, said. “And introduction of Rob as administrator this year truly takes us to the next level. His expertise makes him our ideal choice to lead this center as we deliver comprehensive cancer services, close to home on the Northshore.”

Leonhard, an experienced professional with over 20 years of senior leadership and consulting experience with special emphasis on fiscal, resource and operational management, has led several specialty hospitals in New Orleans and Ohio as CEO or COO. He joins the Cancer Center from LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center where he was quality improvement manager with oversight of all quality improvement projects associated with a multi-organization project.
 “Leading this comprehensive center is a bit of a homecoming for me,” Leonhard said. “I’m thrilled to be back among friends and family on the Northshore; but more than that, I’m excited to lead this team of accomplished and caring oncology professionals.”
 Leonhard received his bachelor’s degree in cardiopulmonary sciences from Louisiana State University’s School of Allied Health Professions, and his master of business administration from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. He has volunteered on leadership boards throughout his career and looks forward to involving himself similarly in the west St. Tammany community.

 

 

November 13, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Zackarie Serigny was booked 11/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Ran Stop Sign, Open Container in Vehicle, and Improper Lane Useage

Tiffany Thomas was booked 11/12 In From Court
Myron Robinson was booked 11/12 on the charge of No Drivers License
Monique Colter was booked 11/12 In From Court
Tyrell McGowan was booked 11/12 In From Court
Michael Dillon was booked 11/12 on the charge of Arson With Intent to Defraud
Demond Peters was booked 11/12 In From Court
Traesean Harrison was booked 11/12 In From Court
Sharon Mizell was booked 11/12 on the charge of Arson With Intent to Defraud
Marsha Seals-Middleton was booked 11/12 on the charge of Identity Theft
Justin Provost was booked 11/13 on the charges of Attachment and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Shannon Fornea was booked 11/13 on the charges of Theft and Failure to Appear(3 counts)
Jody Erwin was booked 11/13 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

November 13, 2013

“You’ll be Thankful You Got Your Flu Shot”
Today, the Department of Health and Hospitals officially kicked off its annual "Fight the Flu" campaign urging Louisianians in every corner of the state to get a flu vaccination. DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert reminded residents that a flu shot might be the difference between a happy or miserable holiday season.
"No one wants to be sick, especially during the holidays," said DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert. "If you travel, or have relatives coming to visit during the holidays, you need to be protected against the flu. You'll be thankful you got your flu shot. It's proven and effective in fighting seasonal flu and preventing the spread of this virus. We encourage everyone to get their seasonal flu shot to help protect not only themselves, but their families and friends as well."  Click Here To Read Much More About the Flu, Who Should Have The Shots, ETC

 

 

November 12, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Tristan Athey was booked 11/09 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Jonathan Varnado was booked 11/09 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Illegal Use of CDS In Presence of Minors
Austin McCraine was booked 11/09 (No charge listed)
Benny Nielson was booked 11/10 on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting
Eron Williams was booked 11/10 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Bench Warrant Failure to Appear (3 counts), and Attachment
Kinay Mingo was booked 11/11 on the charges of Sexual Battery (4 counts)
Jeremy O'Quinn was booked 11/11 on the charges of Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Jonathan Stogner was booked 11/11 on the charges of Attempted Theft and Forgery
Amanda Sumrall was booked 11/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Ryan Stenson was booked 11/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Zackarie Serigny was booked 11/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Ran Stop Sign, Open Container in Vehicle, and Improper Lane Useage

 

 

November 12, 2013

Fiery Crash Claims Life of Mississippi Man

Yesterday shortly after 9:00 P.M., a Carriere, MS man died as a result of a fiery motor vehicle crash on Interstate 59 in St. Tammany Parish.   The crash occurred as Gerardo Arreola (W/M age 57) of Channelview, TX was operating a 1997 Peterbilt tractor/trailer north on I-59. As the Peterbilt continued northbound, it rolled over a mattress in the right lane. The mattress struck the undercarriage of the truck and tore the airlines, fuel lines, and electrical lines from under the vehicle. This caused the trailer to become stalled in the right lane of I-59 with the lights disabled.

As the Peterbilt remained stalled in the right northbound lane, Thomas Neumann (W/M age 47) approached the stalled truck while traveling north in a 2006 Ford F-150. The Ford struck the rear of the Peterbilt's trailer. The Ford became engulfed in flames with Neumann still inside. Neumann sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office. Neumann was restrained and impairment is not suspected.   Arreola was not in the vehicle at the time of the crash. He submitted to a voluntary breath test, which revealed his BAC was .000g%.

State Police urge motorists to report any debris or objects on the roadway. State police also suggest motorists carry an emergency kit equipped with flares, in the event that they become stalled on the roadway at night. If your vehicle becomes stalled on the roadway immediately call *LSP (*577) or 911, position flares to warn on-coming motorists, get all the occupants to exit, and get to a safe location away from the vehicle.

 

 

Obituary

Jason Paul " JAZZ" Necaise born march 28, 1970 passed away November 10, 2013 at the LSU Bogalusa Center at the age of 43. He was a native of Bogalusa and he attended Main Street Baptist Church.

 

 

November 12, 2013

Bark For Life of Washington Parish Event - Put it on your family Calendar!

The 2nd Annual “Bark for Life of Washington Parish” will be held on Sat., December 14th at Goodyear Park beginning at 8 a.m. 

Pre-register you and your dog(s) at www.relayforlife.org/washingtonlabark for $20, each additional dog is $5. The money will support American Cancer Society’s support of services for area patients and their families, cancer research programs, community education, and advocacy initiatives.

Each registered pet will receive a goody bag of treats, cups, pens, a koozie, a bandana for each dog, and a lot more fun stuff! Santa Paws will be there as well for pictures!

Contact Tammy A. Sheridan, Event Chairperson with any questions.  The telephone number is 985-730-6399 and the fax number is 985-730-7096. 

 

 

Obituary

Charles Sherman Stafford II age 50 passed away Nov. 8, 2013 at LSU Medical Center.

 

 

 

 

November 11, 2013

Interesting Program At Franklinton Branch of the Washington Parish Library

On November 18 at 6pm, the Washington Parish Library, Franklinton Branch, will present a program "Cajun-Basques and Creole Basques of Louisiana:  the true origins of both".  The program is sponsored by the Louisiana Basque-American Society and Cultural Organization (LABASCO) and will be presented by Michael-Antoine Goitia-Nicholas.
The lecture will attempt to prove and assert that 80% of Louisiana Cajuns have Basque ancestry and 90% of the European-Creoles are likewise Basques; meaning that in fairness and fact, Louisiana is actually more Basque in heritage than actual French.

 

Obituary

BOB CHARLES SUMRALL, AGE 72

And a resident of Franklinton died at 7:17 pm Saturday November 9, 2013 at his home. He was a 1958 graduate of Thomas High School and a member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton. Bob was formerly a longtime livestock inspector for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture. He was a veteran of the U.S Army National Guard and the Merchant Marines. Bob enjoyed gardening and planting trees but his favorite pastime was surely hunting and fishing. He always loved spending time with his family and friends and visiting with the people he met.

 

 

Obituary

EUGENE “RED” MARTIN, SR., AGE 87

Passed away Friday November 8, 2013 at his home in Sheridan surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was born on February 8, 1926 in Zona, LA and was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He was an electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1077 for over 50 years and also the owner/operator of Red Martin Water Well Service for many years.

 

 

Obituary

Clarice Day Fowler, 92, resident of Magnolia, MS and former resident of Bogalusa, LA passed away Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Aston Court Assisted Living Center in McComb, MS. Ms. Fowler loved flowers especially the daylily. She also loved her family and friends as well as her friends at Pettit Memorial Baptist Church where she was a member.

 

 

Obituary

Phylis L. McGraw died November 8, 2013.  Phylis was born in Ft. Worth, TX, a longtime resident of Utica, MS, she retired and moved to Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

November 8, 2013

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER--COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON

FRANKLINTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Lafelix Miller, 31 of Bogalusa, was found guilty of manslaughter on Thursday, November 7th, 2013.  Miller was initially charged with second degree murder while the jury found him guilty of the responsive charge.  The twelve member Washington Parish Jury returned the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Reginald Badeaux.  Assistant District Attorney John Alford was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case for the 3 day trial.

Miller was arrested in June 2011 by the Bogalusa Police Department after he forced his way into a neighbor’s home.  Miller was naked and had blood all over his hands while telling the neighbors he had killed a woman.  Miller’s roommate arrived at their home two hours later and found the deceased adult female victim in their front yard.   

District Attorney Walter Reed commented, “Removing these violent career criminals from our society is the purpose of the habitual offender law.  This defendant now faces life in prison due to his past criminal record” Reed added.   

Judge Badeaux will sentence Miller on January 17th, 2014.  Manslaughter is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for up to 40 years.  Miller could face life in prison if found to be a career criminal due to prior convictions in 2008 for possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of methadone, and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

 

 

November 8, 2013

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF BURGLARIES--COULD FACE LONG PRISON SENTENCE

COVINGTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Blain Hebert, 25 of Slidell, was found guilty on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, of 10 counts of simple burglary and 1 count of attempted simple burglary.  The twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury returned the guilty verdicts after deliberating 10 minutes to 22nd Judicial District Judge William Burris after the 3 day trial.  Assistant District Attorney Bruce Dearing was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.

Hebert was arrested in June 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a burglary at a Slidell area home.  Hebert and an alleged accomplice broke into a home and were identified by residents.  The two fled the scene but were captured soon after at the accomplice’s home.  The subsequent investigation revealed that Hebert had committed many more burglaries and that there was a second alleged accomplice.

The two alleged accomplices are Kenneth Smith, 22, and Amber Leigh Ward, 19, both of Slidell, who are awaiting trial.

Judge Burris will sentence Hebert on December 11, 2013.  Simple burglary is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 12 years.  Attempted simple burglary is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 6 years.  Hebert could face a lengthy prison sentence if found to be a career criminal due to prior convictions for simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 2008 and 2009.  In addition, Hebert is still facing an aggravated burglary charge and an auto burglary charge.

 

 

Obituary

Dorothy Evelyn Brown, age 85, born on September 28, 1928 in Baton Rouge, LA, passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

November 8, 2013

WORLD FAMOUS JEWEL THIEF VISITS SHERIFF SEAL

The largest diamond in the world, the Star of India, was stolen from the American Museum of History in New York City in October 1964.  Also stolen at the same time were the Eagle Diamond, the DeLong Ruby, the Midnight Sapphire and twenty-three other precious stones.  Who would commit such a crime, one so daring that it received world-wide attention?

The burglar was a talented young man named Jack Roland Murphy.  An accomplished athlete, musician and artist, Jack was also a pioneer in the east coast surfboard industry, a sport that gave him the nickname “Murf the Surf.”

Murphy was captured two days later by the FBI and served a three year sentence in New York for his daring burglary.  After his release, he returned to Florida where he was tried, convicted and given double life sentences in Florida for crimes committed there.  Jack Roland Murphy was scheduled to spend the rest of his life behind bars
Recently, he visited with Sheriff Randy Seal.  Click Here For The Rest of the Story

 

 

November 8, 2013

Robbery Solved

On October 15, 2013, a Kentwood area man was traveling near HWY 10 between Wilmer and Arcola, LA when his vehicle was signaled to stop by an approaching vehicle. The approaching vehicle flashed its headlights to get the victim to stop. After stopping, the victim opened his door and was immediately met by an armed black male subject, who was later identified as Eric Oneal Selders (DOB 9.20.71) of Independence, LA. Selders produced a handgun and robbed the victim of approximately $80.00, leaving his wallet on the ground near his vehicle. Selders reentered the vehicle and left the scene.
Selders was arrested on 11/6/13 on unrelated charges. On 11/7/13 he was charged with 1 count of Armed Robbery, and 1 count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

 

 

November 8, 2013
DCFS Celebrates November as Adoption Awareness Month
Events to raise awareness of need for foster and adoptive parents
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Children and Families Services (DCFS) will host events across the state during November to celebrate adoptive families and honor the 506 families who adopted 733 children from Louisiana's foster care system in the past year.
November is Adoption Awareness Month in Louisiana and across the country.
"More than 500 families made a tremendous commitment by giving our foster children permanent, loving homes," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "During the month of November we will honor families who make a difference in a child's life through adoption."  Read More

 

November 8, 2013

Tangi Sheriff Needs Help Solving Burglaries

KENTWOOD – Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding several burglaries that have occurred at hunting/fishing camps on Hwy 51 in the Kentwood – Tangipahoa areas.   Over the past few weeks, forced entry has been made to several camps in that area and numerous items taken, including hunting guns, pellet and BB guns.  Sheriff Edwards is asking the community to please call and report any suspicious or unfamiliar activity in the area. 
Anyone having information regarding these burglaries is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.  All tip remain completely anonymous.

 

 

November 8, 2013

Local Cancer Center to Hold December 7 Free Cancer Screening
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital is hosting a free breast cancer screening Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m., on the Early Bird II, at St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s Community Wellness Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Covington.
An appointment is required for each screening. Call Mary Bird Perkins at 888-616-4687 for more information.
Clinical breast exams will be provided by a doctor for women age 18 and older. Screening mammograms are available for women age 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months. Mammograms are free for women without health insurance.
The American Cancer Society’s screening guidelines recommend women get a clinical breast exam at least every three years starting in their 20s and annual exams and mammograms starting at age 40. Breast self-examination is an option beginning at age 20.
During the skin cancer screening, a visual skin exam will be performed by a doctor. This screening is available to those who have not had a doctor perform a skin screening in the past 12 months.
For the colorectal cancer screening, easy-to-use take-home screening kits will be distributed. Men and women age 50 and older who have not been screened for colorectal cancer in the past 12 months are eligible.

 

 

November 8, 2013

DHH Issues Emergency Rule Requiring Drinking Water Systems in Louisiana to Raise the Level of Disinfectant in their Water, Increase Monitoring by 25 Percent
The Department of Health and Hospitals on Wednesday issued an emergency rule requiring that water systems in the state maintain a higher residual disinfectant level and increase their number of sampling sites by 25 percent. Most drinking water systems in Louisiana will be required to meet this new higher standard by February 1, 2014.
State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry and DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert signed the rule on Wednesday, following discussions with scientists, federal officials, industry leaders and water system operators. The Emergency Rule is based on scientific data and recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relative to the control of the Naegleria fowleri ameba that was discovered in two public water systems in the state. Read More

 

 

November 8, 2013

Gov. Jindal: We Won't Allow President Obama to Bully Louisiana into Expanding Obamacare
BATON ROUGE – Governor Jindal responded today to President Obama's call at an event at the Port of New Orleans for Louisiana to expand Obamacare.
“We will not allow President Obama to bully Louisiana into accepting an expansion of Obamacare.
“We have rejected Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Louisiana because it would cost Louisiana taxpayers up to  $1.7 billion over the next ten years and move nearly 250,000 Louisianians from private coverage to Medicaid.
“The disastrous rollout of Obamacare is a case in point that we don’t need top-down, one-size-fits-all federal mandates, and instead should continue to focus on health care solutions that make sense for Louisiana.
“Obamacare needs to be repealed.  The dysfunction of the website and the President’s broken promises on being able to keep your health plan are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to the problems with this law.” 

 

 

November 7, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Dylan Busby was booked 11/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and No License Plate

Paulette Carter was booked 11/05 In From Court
Brad Sampey was booked 11/05 In From Court
Bobby Anders was booked 11/05 In From Court
Joshua Lane was booked 11/05 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Shelby Lumpkiin was booked 11/05 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Joseph Busby was booked 11/05 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Obstruction of Highway, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Obstruction of Justicce
Jonathan Barber was booked 11/05 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Movable, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, and Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Bonnie Simmons was booked 11/05 on the charges of Theft by Fraud, Failure to Appear, Failure to Honor Written Promise, and Issuing Worthless Checks (2 counts)
Benton Larose was booked 11/05 on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property
Christopher Lott was booked 11/05 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Luis Bertrand was booked 11/05 In From Court
William Phillips was booked 11/05 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Wanda Patton was booked 11/05 on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)
William Patton was booked 11/05 on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenil(s)

Jeremy Smith was booked 11/06 on the charges of Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment, Criminal Damage to Property and Failure to Appear
Unshon Brister was booked 11/06 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense) and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance
Trevor Toney was booked 11/06 on the charges of Possession With Intent To Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Possession of Marijuana
Jordan Maye was booked 11/06 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance
Demontrey Mingo was booked 11/06 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, and Improper Riding in Vehicle
Laquarri Wilson was booked 11/06 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance
Trista McQuigg was booked 11/06 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear

 

 

November 5, 2013

Neighboring Tangipahoa Parish To Get New Plant

Crest will create 70 new direct jobs with project that will support electric utility customers
Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal, LED Secretary Stephen Moret and Crest Industries CEO Kenny Robison announced the company will build a $15 million galvanizing plant in south Tangipahoa Parish to serve customers in the electric utility and petrochemical industries. The Crest expansion will furnish galvanized protective coatings for utility poles and equipment. Based in Pineville, La., Crest selected Tangipahoa Parish to tap a workforce in close proximity to key customers, which include expanding petrochemical facilities and power providers. 
Crest Industries will create 70 new direct jobs averaging $45,450 per year, plus benefits. LED estimates the project will result in another 95 indirect jobs, for a total of more than 160 new jobs. In addition, the company will retain 559 existing jobs in Louisiana, and an estimated 230 construction jobs will be associated with the project. Crest has selected a preferred site in the Robert, La., area for the galvanizing plant and is completing a review of property characteristics before disclosing the precise location in Tangipahoa Parish.   Click Here To Learn More

 

 

November 5, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Tiffany Knight was booked 11/04 In From Court
Fredrick Warren was booked 11/04 In From Court
Everett Rhea was booked 11/04 In From Court
Renisha Lucas was booked 11/04 on the charges of Theft, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Resisting an Officer, and Simple Battery
Keith Payne was booked 11/04 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Failure to Honor Written Promise, and Resisting an Officer
Dylan Busby was booked 11/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and No License Plate

 

 

Obituary

JODY WILLIAM KENNEDY, AGE 49

And a resident of Stateline died Sunday night November 3, 2013 at his home. He was a former scaffolding supervisor with Brand, Inc. who enjoyed watching racing. He was especially fond of NASCAR and was an Earnhardt fan. Jody’s favorite thing was to spend time with his children, family and friends.

 

 

Obituary

Larinda Breland age 51 passed away Nov. 2, 2013 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a resident of Bogalusa La.

 

 

November 4, 2013

Bogalusa City Council Meets Tuesday Evening

The Bogalusa City Council will meet at 5:30 pm Tuesday.  Mayor Charles Mizell will address the Council and those in attendance, Department Heads will report to the Council, and the public will have the opportunity to address the council during Public Participation.  In Addition, the Council will take up the following items on the Agenda:

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES:

  • AN ORDINANCE to authorize the Mayor to acquire by the means provided for in the law a parcel of adjudicated property described as Lot 19 Block 11 L.A Pierce revised (less R/W) East 30 feet of Lot 2, West 30 feet of South 10 Feet of Lot 3 , South 5 feet of Lot 5 Lots 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16&17 and East 90 feet of Lot 22 Block 11 L.A. Pierce revised (less r/w for Hwy Lots 13-17 and 22 Blk. 11 L.A. Pierce Revised) S1/2 of Lot 3 Block 1 L.A. Pierce Revised.    ( Introduced by Councilwoman Graham)
  • AN ORDINANCE to Revise the 2013 Budget. (Introduced by Finance Committee)
  • AN ORDINANCE requesting zoning change at 409 Plaza from A-2 Residential to A-3 Residential for the purchasing of the YWCA property. (Introduced by Councilman Drummond).
  • AN ORDINANCE supplementing and amending Ordinance No. 1685, Ordinance No. 1064 and Ordinance No. 1416 regarding compensation of the Mayor in keeping with the provisions of the City Charter, not being effective during this administration. (Introduced by the Finance Committee).
  • AN ORDINANCE supplementing and amending Ordinance No. 1685, Ordinance No. 1964 and Ordinance No. 1416 regarding compensation of City Council members in keeping with the provisions of the City Charter, not being effective during this administration.(Introduced by Finance Committee).
  • AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Cypress Building Conservation for the Bogalusa Historic Structures Survey. (Introduced by Vice-President Ritchie).
  • AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor to enter into a grant agreement with State of Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of Cultural Development, Division Historic Preservation for a Historic Structures Survey. (Introduced by Vice-President Ritchie).

PUBLIC HEARING:

  • AN ORDINANCE to accept ownership of whatever rights the State of Louisiana through the Department of Transportation and Development may own in the property described as the portion of State Route LA 3124 (known as Columbia Street) from the Bogalusa corporate limits proceeding north approximately 2.75 miles to its intersection with State Route LA 10 (known as Louisiana Avenue). (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham.)
  • AN ORDINANCE to accept ownership of whatever rights the State of Louisiana through the Department of Transportation and Development may own in the property described as the portion of State Route LA 1075 (known as Avenue F) from the Bogalusa corporate limits proceeding north approximately 1.17 miles to its intersection with State Route LA 60 (known as West 10th Street).  Introduced by Councilwoman Graham.
  • AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Lease Agreement with A T & T Mobility, LLC to place an antenna on the City Limits Water Tower. (Introduced by Councilwoman Williams.)
  • AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Bogalusa to enter into a Lease Agreement with The New Dimension Fellowship Center, and repealing any and all ordinances in conflict herewith.  (Introduced by Councilwoman Williams.)

(If you are unable to attend, video of the meeting will be available for viewing on the Washington Parish Channel. Go to the video library at the bottom of the player, click on "Government Meetings" and then click on Bogalusa Council meeting).

 

November 4, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Emily Suzonne Sharp was booked 11/02 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Simple Battery (2 counts
Terrell Dyson was booked 11/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts) and Failure to Pay Old Fine
Melissa Haik was booked 11/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Thomas Clawson was booked 11/03 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Roderick McCray was booked 11/03 on the charges of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Domestic Violence Battery
Martin Wells was booked 11/03 on the charges of Aggravated Assault (2 counts) and False Imprisonment - Armed w/weapon (2 counts)
Michael Sheridan was booked 11/03 on the charges of Forgery (5 counts)

 

 

November 4, 2013

Parish Government Meeting Tonight

The Washington Parish Gov(ernment meets at 6pm tonight at the Courthouse in Franklinton.  Included on the Agenda are the following items:

  • Introduction of  Proposed WP Ordinance  No.13- 578 – An Ordinance to amend the 2013 Annual Operating Budget for the Washington Parish Government
  • Introduction of Proposed WP Ordinance No.13-579 – An Ordinance directing the levy and collection of a one-third (1/3) of one percent (1%) sales and use tax upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption of tangible personal property and upon the sale of services in the Parish of Washington, State of Louisiana (excluding the area within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Franklinton), for a period of ten (10) years, commencing January 1, 2014; and further providing for other matters in connection therewith.
  • Introduction of Proposed WP Resolution No.13-633 -A resolution providing for canvassing the returns and declaring the result of the special election held in the parish of Washington, state of Louisiana on October 19, 2013, for the purpose of authorizing the levy and collection of a one-third of one percent (.33%) sales and use tax within the parish (excluding the area within the municipal boundaries of the town of Franklinton).

President Richard N. Thomas will give his report to the Council and, as always, citizens will be offered the opportunity to speak to the Council during the Public  Participation segment of the meeting. 

(If you are unable to attend, video of the meeting will be available for viewing on the Washington Parish Channel.  Go to the video library at the bottom of the player, click on "Government Meetings" and then click on WP Government meeting).

 

November 4, 2013

Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office Looking For Robbery Suspect
On Sept. 27, 2013, detectives responded to an armed robbery at Alicia's Food Mart on Hwy 22 in Ponchatoula.  Two subjects entered the establishment wearing masks and gloves as they robbed the store.  One subject was armed as he held the cashier at gun point while the second subject emptied the cash registers. Through investigative measures, detectives identified 22 year old Duane Bissell (right) of Amite and 26 year old Nelson Pierre (left) of Ponchatoula as suspects.
Late last week, Bissell was arrested by Ponchatoula PD on unrelated charges. While in our jail, he was interviewed and ultimately confessed to the crime. He also implicated Pierre as his accomplice. Bissell was charged with armed robbery.
A warrant has also been issued for Pierre’s arrest.  

 

 

November 4, 2013

Military Order of Purple Heart Supports STPH Veterans Recognition Program
The Military Order of Purple Heart will present St. Tammany Parish Hospital with commendation for implementing Honor Red, White and Blue, a program to recognize veterans in the hospital and a check to help with costs of the program, at a ceremony Nov. 14, 12:15 p.m. in the hospital lobby.
St. Tammany Parish Hospital launched Honor Red, White and Blue as a way to recognize United States Veterans who are employees, volunteers, physicians or patients.
“At the suggestion of our Patient Experience Task Force, St. Tammany Parish Hospital honors the service and sacrifices of our armed forces,” said Patti Ellish, President and CEO. “It is a beautiful opportunity for us to show our respect.”
At patient registration, admissions personnel ask patients if they are veterans and secure permission to recognize them during their stay. Such veterans are designated with a star in their electronic record and an American flag sticker on the patient room nameplate. These visual markers allow staff to identify and thank each veteran for their service to our country.
In recognition of physicians, employees and volunteers, the hospital provides a special ID badge holder for veterans, enabling fellow team members to recognize their service to our country.
If a veteran dies while in the hospital, STPH offers the family a flag tribute. Throughout the hospital, an overhead page calls, “Attention, please, honor red, white and blue.” This is the signal for all available staff to assemble in the appropriate hallway to stand in silence as the veteran is escorted out, draped with an American Flag.
The Military Order of Purple Heart will present a check Nov. 14 to the hospital foundation for purchase of flags to be used in these tributes. The foundation will also provide funds for flag purchases by the hospital for the Honor Red, White and Blue program.

 

 

November 1, 2013

Sagging Pants May Lead to Robbery Suspect 
Have you seen a man owning these clothes?  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are trying to identify the man who robbed a Slidell-area gas station last weekend, and they are hoping that the clothing he wore during the robbery may help identify him.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on Oct. 26, a white man approximately 5 foot, 8 inches tall, held a knife to the cashier at the Cracker Barrel on Brownswitch Road and robbed the business. The man, whose face was covered by a bandana at the time, approached the business from Pawns Lane and fled back in that direction into the North Forest Subdivision, which is where detectives recovered some of the stolen property.

Detective have obtained surveillance footage from cameras at the gas station and are hoping the clothing the perpetrator was wearing at the time, a grey checked hooded jacket, a uniquely patterned belt, white tennis shoes and some colorful undergarments, may lead to his identity.

Anyone who knows who this man may be, is asked to call Detective Randy Loumiet at 985-726-7825.

 

 

Obituary

Waymon E. "Wildman" Singley, a resident of Angie, LA, age 60, born on January 24, 1953, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at his home in Angie, LA.

 

 

November 1, 2013

St. Tammany Hospital Guild Supports Food Bank
COVINGTON, LA – It was all treat with no tricks as the St. Tammany Hospital Guild donated 177 pounds of food to the Covington Food Bank, Oct. 31, Halloween Day.

“Halloween seemed a great day to bring our quarterly gatherings for the Food Bank. We are reminded of what a treat this basic sustenance is to so many in need,” David Brumfield, Guild President, said. “Our hospital guild is actively seeking new members as we have a variety of volunteer opportunities to meet individual interests and schedules.”
The St. Tammany Hospital Guild is an organization of approximately 115 members who donate 25,000 hours each year in 20 of the hospital’s departments. The Guild also raises funds through sales in the hospital gift shop to provide nursing and allied health scholarships for fall and spring semesters annually. These scholarships are awarded to deserving hospital staff members who are furthering their education in medical fields.  For more information about volunteering with the Guild, contact Shirley Primes at 985-898-4008.  (At center, Covington Food Bank’s Terri Turner-Marse receives food donations from Guild members (l-r) Marty Spear, Carol Gonzales, Jewell Lorio and Deanna Wehrung.)

 

 

November 1, 2013

SHERIFF ASKS PARISH HUNTERS TO HELP CURB LITTER

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal says he has received numerous complaints about deer corn sacks littering parish roads.  Sheriff Seal asks hunters not to place empty corn sacks in the bed of their trucks where they can be blown out or to leave them in the woods or pastures.  Instead, he asks hunters to properly dispose of empty sacks and make sure they don’t end up on the side of a parish road.

 

 

October 31, 2013

Weather Advisory

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:       ASCENSION             ASSUMPTION            EAST BATON ROUGE      IBERVILLE             JEFFERSON             LIVINGSTON            ORLEANS               ST. CHARLES           ST. HELENA            ST. JAMES             ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST    ST. TAMMANY           TANGIPAHOA            WASHINGTON            WEST BATON ROUGE        HANCOCK               PEARL RIVER           PIKE                  WALTHALL                

 

 

Obituary

Eva Simmons Simoneaux, a resident of Franklinton, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at the age of 95 at Nottingham Regional Rehab Center in Baton Rouge. Eva was born on March 23, 1918 to the late James and Velma Simmons; and graduated from Pine High School in Washington Parish. She loved watching birds and working with flowers. Eva was a loving wife, sister and aunt. She will be missed by so many.

 

 

Obituary

Wilda Mae Breland, age 88, born on May 5, 1925 in Henleyfield, MS, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Carpenter House in Baton Rouge, LA.

She was the owner and operator of the Needlecraft Nook on Columbia Street for many years.

 

 

October 31, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Ricky Miley was booked 10/28 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise, Failure to Appear, and Theft Over 1500
Chad Hennick was booked 10/28 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule 3 With Intent to Distribute, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs
Ervin Lightell was booked 10/28 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Tobias Toomer was booked 10/28 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Robert Galloway was booked 10/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Michael Miley was booked 10/28 on the charge of Attempted Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute
Laqonte Turner was booked 10/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Failure to Pay Fine
Michael Dillon was booked 10/28 on the charge of Exploitation of the Infirm
Sharon Mizell was booked 10/28 on the charge of Exploitation of the Infirm
Joseph Bickham was booked 10/29 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Lamarcus Traylor was booked 10/29 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts) and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Edward High was booked 10/29 In From Court
Sherman Davis was booked 10/29 In From Court
Angela Rowell was booked 10/29 on the charge of Theft by Fraud
Brandon Smith was booked 10/29 on the charges of Careless Operation, Hit and Run, and No Proof of Insurance
Floyd Landry was booked 10/30 on the charges of Attachment and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Raenard Willard was booked 10/30 on the charge of Aggravated Assault

Roy Angelo was booked 10/30 on the charges of Theft Over 1500 and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Jerry Galloway was booked 10/30 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Paul Dexter was booked 10/31 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Brent Newman was booked 10/31 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs

 

 

October 31, 2013

Company Relocating to Covington - Good Employment News For Our Area
A Global leader in calcined petroleum coke will make a $65 million manufacturing investment in Louisiana while creating 71 new direct jobs
Gov. Bobby Jindal and Rain CII CEO Gerry Sweeney announced the company will move its corporate headquarters from greater Houston to Covington, La., resulting in more than 140 new direct and indirect jobs in the area. The company was formerly headquartered in the New Orleans area before moving to Texas as a result of facility damage incurred from Hurricane Katrina. Company officials said Rain CII is moving back to Louisiana because of the state’s successful business climate and the quick recovery and revitalization of the Greater New Orleans area. 
Rain CII Carbon LLC – which produces calcined petroleum coke, an essential element in making aluminum – will create 71 new direct jobs with salaries averaging $102,700 per year, plus benefits. LED estimates the project will result in another 70 new indirect jobs, and the company will also retain 156 existing jobs in Louisiana as a result of the relocation. Of the total 71 new direct jobs, 56 will be created at the Covington headquarters, with the remaining 15 jobs split between plant operations in Chalmette, Norco, Gramercy and Lake Charles. Additionally, Rain CII committed to make a capital investment of $65 million over the next five years across its Louisiana manufacturing, research and logistics facilities.  Click Here For More Information

 

 

October 29, 2013

DWI arrest on Halloween can be more than spooky
While Halloween is usually thought of as an evening of safe fun for kids, over the years the Oct. 31 celebration has expanded to include parties for adults at bars and homes, often involving alcohol consumption.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission advises celebrants that police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers during Halloween, with the aim of protecting the thousands of children who will be trick-or-treating along streets, as well as motorists. Last year in Louisiana, crashes on Oct. 30-31 resulted in 266 injuries and one fatality.
"As we do for all holidays, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is encouraging the state's law enforcement agencies to step up their patrols and checkpoints, with a special emphasis on removing drunk drivers from our roads," said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
A DWI arrest in Louisiana is a serious offense, often resulting in suspects spending some time in jail. A DWI arrest can also involve paying attorney's fees, court costs, fines, increased insurance premiums and installation of an ignition interlock in your vehicle. In recent years, authorities statewide have been making about 30,000 DWI arrests annually.
The Commission urges partygoers to follow basic safety procedures such as:
· Planning ahead and designating a sober driver before going out to a party;
· Calling a taxi or getting a ride home with a sober friend or family member, if you have been drinking;
· Driving slowly and watching for children crossing streets, and
· Being especially alert for children darting out from between parked vehicles and from behind bushes and shrubs.

 

 

October 29, 2013

It’s Time to Fight the Flu, Louisiana!
DHH officials urge everyone six months and older to get a flu shot
Starting this week, parish health units around the state began offering flu vaccinations to all Louisiana residents of age to be vaccinated, the Department of Health and Hospitals announced Monday. In addition to protecting against the seasonal flu, new studies suggest the vaccine may also protect against heart attacks and stroke. 
Until now, flu shots at Louisiana's parish health units were reserved only for high-risk groups, in order to ensure that those who most needed the vaccine could get a shot. Based on the level of demand from the "high risk" population and the abundance of flu shots being offered at local clinics and pharmacies, DHH is now opening its vaccine to the general public.  Those who would like to receive the seasonal flu vaccination at a parish health unit should bring proof of insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. Those without insurance will be charged $10. Supplies at parish health units are limited, so call first or make an appointment.  For more information, Click Here

 

 

October 28, 2013

ST. TAMMANY PARISH HOSPITAL CELEBRATES GROUNBREAKING FOR EXPANSION OF EMERGENCY DEPT AND PRIVATE ROOMS
COVINGTON, LA- St. Tammany Parish Hospital executives and Board of Commissioners, along with representatives of St. Tammany Hospital Foundation, hosted contractors, architects and officials from the City of Covington, in a groundbreaking ceremony this morning.
“As one the largest and busiest emergency providers in our parish, we know we need to expand to serve the needs of our growing west St. Tammany population,” President/CEO Patti Ellish said. “We are excited to put shovels to the ground now that the planning, financing and bid process are complete.”
Milton J. Womack Inc. was the low bid at the Oct. 1 public bid opening. FL+WB are the architects on the project.
The ceremony marks the beginning later this month of the hospital’s latest expansion project, which will expand emergency services and add new private patient rooms.
The Emergency Department currently has 20 beds; the expansion will deliver 30 total emergency services beds. The expanded footprint for the emergency wing of the building will accommodate pediatric, geriatric and mental health crisis emergency response. The hospital intends to attract subspecialty physicians to elevate the level of specialized care available to these populations.
3North will be a new all-private-room unit, based upon the principles of the Healing Arts and Evidence Based Design, much like the 4South unit opened in April 2008. The unit will provide 21 private rooms to allow for loss of 11 beds on the first floor in the footprint of the expanded Emergency Department. Ultimately, the net gain on the hospital’s license will be 10 beds, taking the license to 232 beds.

 

 

October 28, 2013

Diane Moore's Post

Click on Diane's blog "A Word's Worth" on the right side of this page for her latest post and contribution to the Halloween season.  It's a great read!

 

 

October 28, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Ronald Peters was booked 10/25 on the charge of Gambling
Levern Ezell was booked 10/25 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Clinton Seal was booked 10/26 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Reginald Sartin was booked 10/25 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Distribution of Legend Drug
Ronald McMorris was booked 10/26 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Durwood Brumfield was booked 10/27 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting by Flight-Aggravated Flight, Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, and Ran Stop Sign
Tommy Compton was booked 10/27 on the charges of Theft and Possession of Stolen Property
Rickey Miley was booked 10/28 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise, Failure to Appear, and Theft Over 1500

 

 

October 28, 2013

Gov. Jindal: Fixing Obamacare Website is Easy Part, Critical Issue is Scheduling Grandmother’s Cancer Surgery

Governor Bobby Jindal appeared on “Fox News Sunday”  where he said that fixing the Obamacare website is the “easy part,” but the “real critical issue is when it comes to schedule your grandmother’s cancer surgery.” Governor Jindal stressed that the problems with the Obamacare website are “symptomatic of a bigger problem” in that the Obama Administration is either the most incompetent or most liberal administration in recent history.

 

 

 

Obituary

BILLY RAY CREEL, AGE 81

And a resident of Franklinton died at 8:48 pm Saturday October 26, 2013 at his home. He was a native of Franklinton born September 12, 1932 but also lived in Chalmette, LA, Addis, LA, Sevierville, TN and Spokane, WA. He retired from Dow Chemical in 1986 as a Senior Plant Operator. Billy was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served as a radio operator in a B36 “Peacemaker” Bomber based out of Fairchild Air Force base in Washington. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and was formerly a deacon of Addis Baptist Church.

 

 

October 25, 2013

SHERIFF’S OFFICE APPREHENDS  MOST  WANTED SUSPECT

Another one of Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted suspects was captured on October 24, 2013, by Washington Parish Detective Damon Mitchell and the U. S. Marshal’s Task Force.  Delrick Abrams, 41, whose residence is listed as being on Ockechobee Avenue, was apprehended in his vehicle on Standish Place in Bogalusa.  The saga began after Sheriff’s Office detectives investigated a complaint that led to warrants being issued for Abrams for Aggravated Rape, Oral Sexual Battery and Sexual Battery.  Each crime involved a juvenile victim.  The case was assigned to Detective Demi Rice.  After failing to locate Abrams, he was listed on the Sheriff’s Office website as one of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted suspect.  After being featured, Abrams began calling Detective Rice almost daily promising to turn himself in on the warrants.  He never kept any of his appointments to surrender, yet he continued to call as if saying, “Catch me if you can.”  Detectives sought the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Service to aid in apprehending Abrams.  Through the resources of their office, the arrest was made and Abrams was placed in the Washington Parish Jail.  No bond has been set at this time.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented.  “Mr. Abrams is now in jail where he belongs.  The sexual exploitation of juveniles is an inexcusable offense and I am so pleased our detectives were able to conclude this investigation and make the arrest.”

 

 

October 25, 2013

MULTIPLE ARRESTS MADE IN GAMBLING RAID

In cooperation with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division began an investigation of an illegal bookmaking operation in Washington Parish.  During the course of the investigation, State Police operatives placed wagers on NFL and NCAA football games at two separate locations in the parish.  The two locations were working together as one bookmaking operation.

The investigation concluded late in the day, Thursday, October 24, when LSP Gaming Agents, LSP SWAT officers, LSP Troop L officers and officers from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants at the homes of Larry Blackwell, 21313 Mitch Road and  Lee Henry, 428 Louisiana Avenue in Bogalusa.  Seven arrests were made, including the two principal suspects in the illegal bookmaking venture.  Cash and bookmaking paraphernalia were seized.

Larry Blackwell, 58, was arrested at his Mitch Road residence.  Lee Henry, 64, a Louisiana Avenue resident, was also arrested at the Mitch Road residence.  Others arrested at the Mitch Road residence and charged with gambling were Debra Faye Henry, 58, Ronald Ray Peters, 47, and Melvin Fields, 57.   Henry and Peters are residents of Bogalusa.  Fields is a resident of Franklinton.   In addition, Bogalusa residents Willie Dock Roberts, 30, and Lacorte Jermaine Cooley, 24, were arrested for drug offenses.  All seven persons are being held in the Washington Parish Jail.  Bond has not been set at this time.  All cases are being referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

 

 

Debra Faye Henry

 

Willie Dock Roberts

 

Larry Blackwell

 

Ronald Ray Peters

 

Lacorte Jermaine Cooley

 

Lee Henry

 

Melvin Fields

 

 

 

Sheriff Randy Seal commented.  “I am grateful to the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division for conducting this investigation and making the arrests possible.   State Police are a great ally for us as we work together to combat any type of criminal activity in our parish. We will not tolerate organized gambling in Washington Parish.”

 

 

October 25, 2013

JAIL TRAINING DRAWS NATIONAL CROWD

Jail supervisor training hosted by the Washington Parish and Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Offices drew a large number of participants at a recent training event held in New Orleans.  103 persons from eight states attended the three day seminar which focused on proactive jail management strategies.  Presented by the National Institute of Jail Operations, in affiliation with the National Sheriffs’ Association, the training was aimed at jail administrators and supervisors whose duty it is to manage a constitutional jail facility.  Attending from Washington Parish were Sheriff Randy Seal, Chief Deputy Mike Haley, Warden Robert McDaniel, Lt. Jim Miller and Sgt. Kristen Whaley.

Presenters were Gary DeLand, former Executive Director of the Utah Sheriffs’ Association and jail litigation expert witness, Capt. Sean Stewart from Pima County, Arizona, and Dr. Steve Sampson, a Georgia psychologist who regularly consults with corrections professionals.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented.  “We were thrilled to have so many people from various states attend this very important training event.  Since becoming Sheriff, I have focused on training for all of our employees.  We have conducted numerous training sessions for our staff and have sent our employees to several training seminars.  This is the first national training event we have hosted.  It was a great success and we are already planning to host another one in 2014.”

 

 

October 25, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joe McAnnally was booked 10/24 on the charge of Improper Use of 911
Torrence Scott was booked 10/24 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Bryan Williams was booked 10/24 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Delrick Abrams was booked 10/24 on the charges of Aggravated Rape, Sexual Battery, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Eldridge McDonnell was booked 10/24 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
John McGowan was booked 10/24 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Marty Galloway was booked 10/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Use Turn Signal, and Driving Under Suspension
Racheal Shoemaker was booked 10/24 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100
John Crain was booked 10/24 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Michael Riley was booked 10/24 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Shannon Marcel was booked 10/24 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Darryl Baham was booked 10/24 on the charge of Aggravated Rape
Willie Roberts was booked 10/24 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense) and Failure to Appear
Melvin Fields was booked 10/24 on the charge of Gambling
Lee Henry was booked 10/24 on the charge of Gambling
Larry Blackwell was booked 10/24 on the charge of Gambling
Debra Henry was booked 10/24 on the charge of Gambling
Lacorte Cooley was booked 10/24 on the charge of Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Ronald Peters was booked 10/24 on the charge of Gambling

 

 

October 24, 2013

Local Cancer Center to Hold  Free Cancer Screenings During November
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital is hosting two free breast cancer screenings during November.  

  • Monday, November 11, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. 
    Louisiana Heart Hospital, 64030 Highway 434, Lacombe
  • Friday, November 22, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m.
    Rouses, 50 Park Place, Covington

 

An appointment is required for each screening. Call Mary Bird Perkins at 888-616-4687 for more information.

Clinical breast exams will be provided by a doctor for women age 18 and older. Screening mammograms are available for women age 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months. Mammograms are free for women without health insurance.  The American Cancer Society’s screening guidelines recommend women get a clinical breast exam at least every three years starting in their 20s and annual exams and mammograms starting at age 40. Breast self-examination is an option beginning at age 20. 
During the skin cancer screening, a visual skin exam will be performed by a doctor. This screening is available to those who have not had a doctor perform a skin screening in the past 12 months.  
For the colorectal cancer screening, easy-to-use take-home screening kits will be distributed. Men and women age 50 and older who have not been screened for colorectal cancer in the past 12 months are eligible.

 

 

October 24, 2013

Pursuit ends with crash at Stennis Space Center guard shack
A man is in custody in Mississippi, awaiting extradition to St. Tammany Parish after he crashed into the guard shack at Stennis Space Center while attempting to flee from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. the man, who had not been positively identified as of Thursday afternoon, also struck a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy, sending him to the hospital, when deputies attempted to arrest him on narcotics charges.
The pursuit started at a location off Gause Boulevard in the Slidell area, took deputies onto Interstate 10 and into Mississippi, where the perpetrator drove past a guard and through the entrance gate at Stennis Space Center. He was attempting to circle back out of Stennis when he struck the guard shack and was apprehended.
Following extradition the man will be charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, aggravated flight and attempted murder of a police officer. Additional charges may be added.

 

 

Obituary

VERA CRAIN KENNEDY, AGE 90

And a resident of the Stateline Community passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at her home. She was born August 24, 1923 and a lifelong resident of Washington Parish. Mrs. Kennedy was a charter member of Forest Haven Missionary Baptist Church, which she loved dearly. She enjoyed listening to gospel music and attending all the services she could.

She retired as housekeeping supervisor with Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton with 20 years of service. Vera was Worthy Matron of the Pine Chapter of the Eastern Star in 1963. She was always a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother.

 

 

Obituary

Brenda Gayle Moore born September 28, 1941 passed away October 23, 2013 at her residence at the age of 72. Brenda was a native and longtime resident of Bogalusa, and was a member of Lee's Creek Baptist Church.

 

 

October 24, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

J. D. Thompson was booked 10/23 on the charge of Failure to Comply: Address Change
Emmitt Warren was booked 10/23 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Kenneth Alfred was booked 10/23 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Resisting Arrest, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and No Drivers License
Lonell Burton was booked 10/23 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

Roy Forbes was booked 10/23 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Joe McAnnally was booked 10/24 on the charge of Improper Use of 911

 

 

October 23, 2013

Three women arrested in Medicaid fraud scheme

(Note:  We primarily report news and press releases that originate from Washington Parish or nearby parishes or that impacts our area.  However, the news item below is representative of the waste and corruption rampant both in our state and elsewhere.  No wonder our state and federal governments have money problems!)
Three members of a Kenner personal care agency have been arrested for defrauding the state’s Medicaid program, announced the Louisiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
The unit’s agents arrested 38-year-old LaPlace resident D’Wan Jeanpierre-Nunnery following an investigation into Family Resources Unlimited Inc., a personal care agency located at 2401 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Kenner.  Also taken into custody were the agency’s executive director, 56-year-old Catherine Marshall and service coordinator, 46-year-old Juliette Jones, both of LaPlace.
From March 2012 through August 2013, the agency received more than $4 million in payments from the Medicaid program.   For more on the story, Click Here

 

 

October 23, 2013

Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce Announces Fall Festival Block Party

Plan now for a great family event on Thursday, October 31 from 5pm to 8pm at Goodyear Park on Avenue B in Bogalusa.  There will be a game truck, train rides, pony rides, a bounce house and candy.  The event also serves as an opportunity to donote to the community as party of a Food Drive and Coat Drive. 

Businesses interested in becoming involved may call the Block Committee at (985) 750-8596 or email Kallie Boleware at kboleware@yahoo.com

 

 

October 23, 2013

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED FORCIBLE RAPE

COVINGTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Darall Alexander, 57 of Slidell, was found guilty of attempted forcible rape on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.  Alexander was originally charged with attempted aggravated rape before the twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury returned the responsive guilty verdict after 3 hours of deliberation.  22nd Judicial District Judge Raymond Childress presided over the 2 day trial while Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.

Alexander was arrested in September 2012 by the Mandeville Police Department after an adult female victim was sexually assaulted.  The defendant came to the victim’s home to repair her roof.  Upon completing the work the defendant attacked the victim sexually but fled after the victim fought back and screamed.  Police found DNA evidence linking the defendant to the crime.

Judge Childress will sentence Alexander on October 29, 2013.  Attempted forcible rape is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 20 years. 

 

 

October 18, 2013
COVINGTON---District Attorney Walter Reed reports  that four individuals in his Child Support Enforcement Division recently received state achievement awards at the Louisiana Support Enforcement Association Annual Training Conference held in Baton Rouge.  Four veteran employees were recognized for their dedication and hard work in the area of child support enforcement.

Joseph Martinez and Jimmy Penton received the “Outstanding Parent Locate Specialist/Investigator in a District Attorney’s Office.”  These two individuals have over fifty combined years of experience locating parents who fail to support their children. 

Helen Draughon, a child support employee for over twenty-five years received the “Outstanding Administrative Professional in a DA Office.”

Diane Sonnier, a thirty year veteran child support employee was recognized as an “Outstanding Establishment/Enforcement Analyst in a DA Office”

Since 2006 the Child Support Division partnering with the State of Louisiana Child Support Agency has collected over $100 million dollars for children. 

 

 

October 18, 2013

MEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON---UNRELATED TRIALS

COVINGTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that 22nd Judicial District Judge Peter Garcia sentenced Charles Daughtry, 61 of Slidell, and Bryan Rucker, 33 of Pontchatoula, to life in prison on Wednesday, October 17th, 2013, after he found both men to be career criminals under Louisiana’s habitual offender statute commonly referred to as the "three strike" law.  Judge Garcia found both men to be “quad bills” meaning each had at least 3 prior convictions in addition to this last one.  Career Criminal Assistant District Attorney Nick Noreia, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case. 

Daughtry was found guilty on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013, of two counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and has prior convictions of 3 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 1999, 6 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 1990, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and possession of heroin in 1985, and simple burglary in 1976.

Rucker was found guilty on Thursday, September 5th, 2013, of aggravated flight from an officer and aggravated obstruction of a highway and has prior convictions of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and 2 counts of possession of cocaine in 2006, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 2004, and possession of cocaine in 1999.

 

 

October 23, 2013

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Announces Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Is October 26
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Hammond Police Department, in conjunction with the DEA and many other law enforcement agencies, have set up numerous collection sites where citizens can turn in their unneeded prescription medications – at no cost, and with no questions asked. 
In recent years, we’ve seen that prescription drug abuse constitutes one of the greatest public safety and public health epidemics of our time, inflicting devastating, long-term, effects on individuals – and destroying families, neighborhoods, and entire communities – all across the country.  Even more importantly, every individual has an essential role to play in creating awareness and educating themselves and others about prescription drug abuse.  Recent surveys indicate that more than half of those who admit to abusing prescription painkillers said that they got drugs “from a friend or relative for free”– not from their own doctor.   This illustrates the critical importance of getting old, unused, or expired drugs out of household medicine cabinets.  
Protect yourself, your family, our community and the environment from improperly disposed of medications. Having unused or expired medication in your home can lead to medication errors, accidental overdoses and inappropriate use. Disposing of medication by flushing them down the toilet or a sink or throwing them, in the trash can lead to the contamination of the water supplies and landfills. Bring unused and unwanted prescription medications for proper disposal by law enforcement officials, reports Edwards. 
Come join the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Hammond Police Department, on Saturday October 26, 2013, in the TARGET PARKING LOT at the Hammond Square Mall to safely dispose of any unwanted prescription drugs you may have in your home or possession.   We will be there to accept prescription medications from 10AM – 2PM.

 

 

October 23, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Christopher McMurrin was booked 10/21 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Brian Dunlap was booked 10/21 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana
Zachary Yaple was booked 10/21 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana

Jodi Thompson was booked 10/21 In From Court
Stephanie Crosby was booked 10/21 In From Court
Ann Crosby was booked 10/21 In From Court
Andre Braud was booked 10/21 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Wendy Hayes was booked 10/22 In From Court
Sharon Hihar was booked 10/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and No Parking Zone
Wendy Hayes was booked 10/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions
Terrance Lockett was booked 10/22 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Joe Polkey was booked 10/22 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Clarence Harris was booked 10/22 In From Court
J. D. Thompson was booked 10/23 on the charge of Failure to Comply:  Address Change
Emmitt Warren was booked 10/23 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Kenneth Alfred was booked 10/23 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Resisting Arrest, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and No Drivers License
Lonell Burton was booked 10/23 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

 

 

October 22, 2013

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Traffic Division competes in 2013 Gulf Coast Motor Competition
The members of the STPSO Traffic Division attended skills training for three days last week as part of the 2013 Gulf Coast Motor Competition. Using the skills they learned, they then participated in competitions on a Friday and Saturday. The deputies competed on two different courses that included four obstacles each.

DFC Casey Cagle placed first in the 50 and over category, and DFC Jon Meyers placed third in that same category. DFC Chris Nielsen placed ninth in the novice category. This is his first time competing. The team of DFC Cagle, Cpl. Matthew Cleland, DFC Nielsen and Lt. Danny Fonte placed fifth overall.

The event is a partnership with the Dream Day Foundation and directly benefits the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

 

 

Obituary

Dorothy E. Smith Watson, 83, a lifelong resident of Washington Parish, LA, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 21, 2013.   She was born on March 30, 1930, and through her life worked as a beautician and later retired from the Washington Parish School System.

 

 

Obituary

HELEN LOUISE WADDELL, AGE 90

And a resident of Franklinton died at 10:30 am Monday October 21, 2013 at her home. She was a native of Kansas but retired to this area nearly 30 years ago. Helen attended the Wichita Business School and enjoyed reading throughout her life. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton, where she was a member of the Merry Hearts. She was involved with the Order of the Eastern Star and Waverly Club and was a proud member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. Helen was a musical person who played the piano and often sang, but frequently enjoyed dancing with her loving husband. She was forever a caring wife, mother and grandmother.

 

 

Obituary

Mary Louise Levy, 84, resident of Bogalusa, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013 at her residence. Miss Levy was a graduate of Bogalusa High School, Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor in Music Education, Louisiana State University with her Masters in Music Education, University of Colorado, Boulder; University of California, Berkley; University of Southern Mississippi with thirty plus hours.   Miss Levy was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church where she was an organist for over 70 years. She was a member of the Annunciation Altar Society as well as the Rosary Society, and Oblate of St. Benedict. She received an Order of St. Louis Medallion for her work in the church. She was also the Catachetical instructor for elementary classes at all levels, a sponsor and instructor for RCIA, and a scripture study facilitator and instructor.  Miss Levy was also a member of Ingleside Literary Society, Cassidy Park Museums, Friends of the Library, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and Southeastern Louisiana, University Alumni Association.

 

 

Obituary

Judson David McGehee, a resident of Franklinton, LA, age 69, born on June 15, 1944 in Monroe, LA, died on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at AMG Specialty Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Randal L Lavinghouse age 65 passed away Oct. 20, 2013 at his residence here in Bogalusa. He loved to hunt and fish and was an avid L S U fan.

 

 

October 21, 2013

Rice Bran Thief Being Sought

ARCOLA, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in gathering information regarding a business burglary which occurred over the weekend at Land of Lakes Purina Company on Hwy 51 in Arcola.
An unknown black male, in a 2000 black Ford F150 hauling a 16 foot trailer was observed parked at the company’s loading deck, stealing bags of rice bran.   When the suspect saw that he was being watched, he jumped in his truck and fled the parking lot with his lights off.  The vehicle and trailer headed north on Hwy 51.  
The male subject is described as being approximately 5'6" tall, 150 pounds, with a black, white and grey stripped hoodie. 
Anyone having information regarding this burglary is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

 

 

October 21, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Alexis Bergeron was booked 10/18 on the charges of Improper Passing or Backing and Driving while Intoxicated
Destin Kelly was booked 10/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Possession of Marijuana, Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), and Ran Stop Sign
Jumetrus Bearden was booked 10/18 on the charges of Theft By Fraud and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Adolfo Wilson was booked 10/18 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Tonia Thomas was booked 10/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Keenan Moses was booked 10/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Floyd Landry was booked 10/19 on the charge of Failure to Appear
William Copanos was booked 10/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Careless Operation, and No Drivers License
Edwin Walker was booked 10/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving With Suspended License, and Improper Parking in Roadway
Jarrod Graves was booked 10/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Gerald Brock was booked 10/19 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Stalking
Bryman Cooper was booked 10/20 on the charge of Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden
John Riley was booked 10/20 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace-Fight
Andrew Dodds was booked 10/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Highway
Steven Briggs was booked 10/20 on the charges of Simple Drunk and Disturbing the Peace
Milton James was booked 10/20 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Raymond Mark was booked 10/20 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Resisting an Officer, and Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Christopher McMurrin was booked 10/21 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Brian Dunlap was booked 10/21 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana
Zachary Yaple was booked 10/21 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana

 

 

October 21, 2013

Wanted Suspect Arrested in Hammond

On October 18, 2013, the sheriff’s office received a Crime Stopper’s tip that a wanted suspect from the Hammond Police Department was possibly hiding out at a Morris Rd. residence eluding arrest.  Upon arrival, deputes secured all areas of the residence before knocking at the door.   While waiting for a response, deputies heard a loud banging noise from inside the residence, as if someone were hitting on a wall.   A short time later, 19 year old Lonell Taylor answered the door.  Deputies asked if 34 year old Tyree Dushon Wells of Hammond was inside of the residence.  Taylor responded, “no” and that Wells had not been to her residence for at least 2 weeks.    Since Taylor mentioned that Wells was not there, she gave deputies permission to search the residence.   As deputies were clearing the home, they located Tyree Dushon Wells hiding in the attic behind duck work.  Wells was then taken into custody without incident.   Dushon was wanted by the HPD for aggravated second degree battery and aggravated assault with a firearm for the HPD.    
Lonell Taylor was also taken into custody for accessory after the fact for hiding Wells in her residence.  

 

 

October 21, 2013

Joint investigation leads to arrest of online child predator
A Mandeville man faces charges for indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer aided solicitation of a minor, announced the Louisiana Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit.   39-year-old Jason McHenry, of 2615 North Causeway Blvd, Apt. D85, was arrested Thursday as a result of a joint undercover investigation involving the Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, and St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office.   McHenry was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. If convicted as charged, he faces up to 17 years in prison. 
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has earned a solid reputation for vigorously monitoring, arresting, and prosecuting online child predators. The Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes which have victimized children as young as infants to as old as 17 years of age. To report suspected cases of Internet crime, call 1-800-256-4506.

 

 

Obituary

Iva Aline Magee Nevers, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 89, born on November 30, 1923 in Enon, Mississippi, died on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Jean Whelan, a native of Bogalusa, born February 2, 1937 passed away Saturday, October 19 at Carrington Place Nursing Home in Baton Rouge.  Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home will handle arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

 

 

Obituary

James Delos "J. D." Creel, 84 a lifelong resident of Bogalusa passed away October 17, 2013 in Harrison, Arkansas.

Mr. Creel retired as the sole proprietor of Creel's Body Shop. He was a longtime Deacon in the Missionary Baptists Church organization. He recently moved to Harrison, AR, where he became a member of the Pine Street Baptist Church. His strong spiritual beliefs were evident to those who knew and loved him. Mr. Creel was always willing to help those in need and extend Christian hospitality to everyone. He enjoyed spending time with his family and held close the relationships with his friends.

 

 

October 20, 2013

Washington Parish Voters Approve Sales Tax Proposal

A 1/3 of one cent sales tax proposal by Parish Government was approved by 52% of the voters Saturday with a voter turnout of 19.2%.  A sales tax increase was defeated voters earlier this year by 62%. 

 

 

Parish President Richard Thomas and the Parish Council has contended that approval of the sales tax increase is necessary to fund mandated expenses (required by the state to assist in funding the offices of the Sheriff, Clerk of Court, Assessor, District Attorney, and District Court Judges).  A defeat of the tax proposal have likely resulted in lawsuits from those offices due to failure to pay expenses, unacceptable curtailment of services to parish residents, and a lowering of the parish's bond rating.

Voter approval this time around seems to have been the result of a more aggressive effort by both the Parish President and the Parish Council; in addition, community organizations got involved and reached voters by telephone as well as by various advertising methods.

 

 

October 20, 2013

Republicans Neil Riser and Vance McAllister In Runoff
The election for the 5th Congressional District Saturday resulted in the need for a runoff election on November 16 as two Republicans received the most votes with neither getting more than 50% Republican Neil Riser led the field of fourteen candidates with 32% of the vote and Vance McAllister came in second with 18%.

 

 

 

October 17, 2013

Veterans Win at Business - Wednesday, November 6, 2013  
Calling all veterans, reservists, National Guard members and military spouses! Are you interested in starting a small business? Are you in business and would like to learn more about resources available to help your business grow to the next level? If this sounds like you or a veteran you know, join us for this workshop created especially for you.

This event will take place Wednesday, November 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites located at 2015 Old Minden Road in Bossier City, LA from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM.

Topics will include:
 •Starting & Growing Your Business
•Financing Your Business
•Developing Marketing Strategies
•Government Contracting 
The cost to attend is $15, which includes a full breakfast, workshop materials and a gift!

 To register, click the register now link below or visit www.lsbdc.org/lsus.  Space is limited, therefore pre-registration is strongly recommended. Deadline to register is Friday, November 1st.

 

 

October 17, 2013

Governor Jindal Highlights New Evidence Processing Technology and Security Equipment for St. Helena Parish Law Enforcement 

GREENSBURG – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that $190,000 in capital outlay funding for new evidence technology and renovations at the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office has been submitted to the State Bond Commission for approval. The renovation project includes a new radio control room for booking offenders and taking tip calls to solve crimes faster, as well as a new evidence processing room and surveillance cameras.
The funding will help renovate a new building obtained by Sheriff Williams and the St. Helena Police Jury to better organize the sheriff’s departments in a larger space. Prior to the new building, the St. Helena Sheriff's Office was old and overcrowded, and evidence rooms were small and lacked an up-to-date system to process evidence collected by law enforcement.   Click Here For More On This Story

 

 

Obituary

CLARETHA McKLEMMERY BATES, AGE 78

and a resident of Franklinton died at 9:30 am Tuesday October 15, 2013 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a former longtime nurse’s assistant at Southeast Louisiana Hospital and attended Mount Zion United Pentecostal Church. Claretha was an animal lover who used to enjoy making jewelry. She often spent time helping to distribute food and supplies to those in need. She never met a stranger and was always a very kind, talkative and generous person.

 

 

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H. D. "Buck" Fortenberry, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 88,born on May 30, 1925 in Tylertown, MS, died on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.

He was a member of First Baptist Church. He retired from Gaylord. He was a veteran and served in the United States Army; and was a member of the Magic City American Legion Post #24.

 

 

October 17, 2013

DEPUTIES ARREST TWO MEN PASSING COUNTERFEIT BILLS AT THE FAIR

A quick response by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies resulted in the arrest of two Mississippi men who were passing counterfeit bills at the Washington Parish Free Fair.  On Wednesday, October 16, a Fair midway vendor reported someone was at his booth attempting to make a purchase with what appeared to be a counterfeit $100 bill.  Deputies responded quickly and apprehended two Sandy Hook, Mississippi, men in possession of more than $3,000 in counterfeit money.

The men, Rico Demond Haynes, 25, (pictured top right) and Kelsey Rokee Collins, 18, (pictured bottom right) were booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with Monetary Instrument Abuse and Theft By Fraud.  Additionally, Haynes is being held as a fugitive from Pike County, MS, and Tylertown, MS.
Bond had not been set as of 10:00 a.m., October 17.    If each man is able to post bond, Haynes will be held for extradition to Mississippi.

If convicted of Monetary Instrument Abuse, each man faces the possibility of a fine of up to $5,000, or imprisonment for up to ten years, or both.  In addition, each man may be required to pay full restitution to any person who suffered a loss.  If convicted of Theft by Fraud, each man faces the possibility of a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for up to two years, or both.

Upon the discovery of the counterfeit bills, Washington Parish investigators notified the United States Secret Service who dispatched two agents to the jail to interview the two men.  It is not known at this time what action the Secret Service might take in this matter.

Sheriff Randy Seal commended his deputies on the arrests.  “Apparently, these two criminals from Mississippi thought they could come to our Fair, make purchases with counterfeit bills and then pocket the legitimate bills they received in change.  That didn’t happen.  Once again, I want to emphasize our zero tolerance for any misbehavior at the Fair.   If you can’t come to the Fair and enjoy the activities in a lawful and peaceful manner, we will arrest you.”

 

 

October 17, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Corey Dillon was booked 10/15 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Molestation of a Juvenile (2 counts)
Michelle Gray Thomas was booked 10/15 on the charges of Theft, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Theft of Firearm
Brent West was booked 10/15 In From Court
Kenneth Rabalais was booked 10/15 on the charge of Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility
Rico Haynes was booked 10/16 on the charges of Monetary Instrument Abuse (Counterfeit Moneys), Theft by Fraud, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Kelsey Collins was booked 10/16 on the charges of Monetary Instrument Abuse (Counterfeit Moneys) and Theft By Fraud
Danniel Traylor was booked 10/16 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Highway, and No Drivers License On PErson
Frank Hamilton was booked 10/17 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace-Simple Drunk

 

 

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Joe G. Kennedy, age 83, died Tuesday, October 14, 2013 at Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe, LA.

 

 

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Elsie Rawls Van Atta, age 91, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, died Monday, October 14, 2013 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.

 

 

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Patricia Rhoden born January 27, 1947 passed away at her residence October 13, 2013 at the age of 66.

 

 

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Brenda Kay Watson, 51, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, born on October 27, 1961 in Leakesville, MS, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.

 

 

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Mary Ann "Sue" Miller, 77, a resident of Franklinton, LA, born on August 17, 1936 in Farmerville, LA, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton, LA.

 

 

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Leverette L. Smith, a resident of Pearlington, MS, age 85, born on March 1, 1928 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Stone County Nursing Home in Wiggins, MS.

 

 

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Jerry Ellis Adams, a family man and grandfather, died on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the age of 79.

Born June 24, 1934, he was a member of Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church of Bogalusa, LA. The Pearl River Swamp was Adams' playground where he enjoyed a lifetime of fishing and hunting with his many friends and family. However, as much as he loved the hunt, he really enjoyed sharing and cooking his catches at local fish fries for his beloved family and church friends. A native of Washington Parish, Adams was well known for his craftsmanship of building custom-made fishing boats. He also enjoyed spending quality time with his hunting buddies at the deer camp in Prentiss, MS.

Adams, also known as "Snake" early on in his life, began his career working as a meat-cutter for Rushing Grocery Store on Pleasant Hill, a trade he mastered in his Agriculture class at Bogalusa High School. Later he was employed by the Gaylord Paper Mill of Bogalusa, LA until he retired with 42 years of service as Head Operator in the Power House. During his tenure as a paper mill employee he acquired the nickname "Jug" which stuck with him to the end.

Adams and his wife donated the property that currently houses the Clayton W. Byrd 7th District Fire Station in the Ben's Ford community where he proudly served on the Civil Service Board.

 

 

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Evelyn Dick Cassidy, 95, a native of Amite and long-time resident of Bogalusa, LA, quietly succumbed in the presence of immediate family on Saturday, October 12, 2013. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 61 years, Charles J. Cassidy, her daughter, Carol Cassidy Bush, and her parents, George H. Dick and Addie Durnin Dick of Franklinton, LA.

As a young woman she was employed as a secretary at the Bogalusa Paper Corporation and participated in the City's 25th Silver Anniversary Jubilee Celebration as a member of the first Paper Queen Court.

As a wife and mother, Mrs. Cassidy enthusiastically served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, Camp Fire Leader and with the Northside Elementary School PTA. In later years Mrs. Cassidy was active with the Bogalusa Civic League, Ingleside Literary Quorum and Washington Parish Republican Women's Club. Mrs. Cassidy was a faithful member of Annunciation Catholic Church where she served as a past president of the Ladies Altar Society and the YWCA Board of Directors.

 

 

October 15, 2013

THEFT CLEARED BY ARREST

Belesha Robertson, 43, a resident of Tylertown, MS, was arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and charged with theft from a resident of a sitting service on Highway 438.  She was placed in the Washington Parish Jail on October 11 and released later that day after posting a $5,000 bond.

Robertson, an employee of the sitting service, allegedly entered an unauthorized portion of the residence and stole between $600 - $700 in change and paper currency which the resident had stored in a five gallon plastic jug kept in the bedroom closet.  Fortunately for the victim, the entire incident was captured on video.  Once arrested and confronted with the video evidence, Robertson admitted to the theft.

The official charge lodged against Robertson is Theft By Misappropriation Without Violence.  If convicted of the theft charge, Robertson faces the possibility of imprisonment for up to ten years, or a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Theft in any form is unacceptable.  Theft from a vulnerable person unable to defend himself makes the offense even worse.  I am so glad the video evidence, coupled with the actions of our deputies, led to her arrest within a few hours of the theft report.  Once again, I commend our deputies for a job well done.”

 

October 15, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Mary Diaz was booked 10/14 on the charge of Failure to Appear
David Crain was booked 10/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, Introduction of Contraband-Penal Institute, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Jermaine LaCour was booked 10/14 In From Court
Corey Dillon was booked 10/15 on the charge of Theft 500-1500

 

 

Obituary

GLADYS FLETCHER JOHNSON, AGE 62

And a resident of Bogalusa died at Heritage Manor Nursing Home on Monday, October 14, 2013.

 

 

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BRUCE LARUE KEMP, AGE 61

Born September 5, 1952 died at his residence on Sunday morning, October 13, 2013 in the Stateline Community. He was a member of Stateline Missionary Baptist Church and a retired employee with 29 years from the Louisiana Department of Transportation. He enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing and raising cattle on his farm. He will be happily remembered by family and friends for his sense of humor and his love for good food.

 

 

October 14, 2013

Girl Scout Rescued at Independence

On Saturday October 12, 2013, at  12:13 PM, the sheriff’s office was notified of a missing 13 year old Girl Scout with special needs who had  been missing for about an hour from a  camp in independence. Deputies immediately responded and began to map out the area around Whispering Pines  on Hwy 1054 in Independence.   
The area was searched by foot patrols, the TPSO Mounted Unit, and friends and family.   US Customs, and Cpt Stuart Murphy arrived with a helicopter  and began an air patrol.  Edwards stated that they searched almost every inch of the lake when they saw a small area which had not been seen.   The Custom’s pilot maneuvered the chopper in such a way that they were able to see the 13 year old, struggling in the water.  With help being too far away, the pilot placed the chopper several feet above the water, where Captain Murphy and the Custom’s Co-Pilot were able to jump from the helicopter into the water and swim to the young female.   
Aside from being her own hero today, much appreciation and thanks goes out to all TPSO team members and US Custom’s pilot’s Scott Bergeron and Carl Wegierski. TPSO  Lt. David Scherer had the ground patrols organized and patrolling all areas while Captain Murphy was in the air.   Within one hour, many families were saying prayers of thanks.   
The 13 year old female was found in fair condition with minor injuries.  She was graciously reunited with her family at the camp grounds and transported to a near by medical center for assessment. 

 

 

October 14, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Brandon Miller was booked 10/11 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Failure to Honor Written Promise
James Newman was booked 10/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Marion Catalano was booked 10/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Failure to Appear
Belesha Robertson was booked 10/11 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Zachary Abram was booked 10/12 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs
Carlos Dillon was booked 10/12 In From Court
Felix Polkey was booked 10/12 on the charges of Domestic Abuse:  Pregnant Woman and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment
Jeremy Johnson was booked 10/13 on the charges of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Robert Stidmon was booked 10/13 on the charge of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements

 

 

October 11, 2013

Hunter Education Requirements
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds hunters that they must have successfully completed an approved Hunter Education class prior to hunting if they were born on or after September 1, 1969. 
Younger hunters may hunt without Hunter Education certification if they are under the direct supervision of a person 18 years or older who has proof of Hunter Education certification or are directly supervised by a person born prior to September 1, 1969 and who has a valid hunting license.  Direct supervision means the hunter is within hearing distance of a normal voice and in direct line of sight of the supervising adult.

For more information, Click Here

 

October 11, 2013

L.D.W.F. Reminding Deer Hunters That Either Sex Tag Option Available During 2013-14 Season
The Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding deer hunters that the six tags issued with big game licenses for the 2013-2014 season include an either sex tag.   
During the season, licensed hunters can legally harvest three antlerless, two antlered and one deer of either sex. This means hunters may choose either a fourth antlerless deer, or a third antlered deer with the either sex tag. The total season harvest limit remains six.  
Changes have also been implemented in the number and boundaries of some Deer Management Areas. Please refer to the printed 2013-14 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet or the on-line version available at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations
Hunters are reminded that all deer must be tagged before being moved from the field and each harvested deer must be reported via phone at 1-866-484-4805 or via the on-line reporting system at https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com/start.php . Click on “Validate Deer Tags” when using the on-line reporting system. 
Hunters must report each deer harvested within seven days and instructions are provided on the deer tags issued to each hunter. 
Lifetime license holders, youth hunters 15-and-under, and seniors who are not required to purchase hunting licenses can obtain deer tags free of charge at any license vendor. 
For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov.

 

 

Obituary

David C. Shaw, a resident of Bush, LA, age 76, born on September 23, 1937 in New Orleans, LA, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mandeville, LA.

He was a member of Hebron Baptist Church. Director of Washington-St. Tammany Electric Co-op for 26 years. A member of the Sun Masonic Lodge #336 for 50 years.

 

 

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Ruth Lee Page age 82 passed away Oct. 10, 2013 at L.S.U. medical Center in Bogalusa La. She was a lifelong resident of Bogalusa.

 

 

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Mollie Joellen Herring age 70 passed away Oct. 10, 2013 at her residence in Bogalusa La.   A memorial service is planned for a later date.

 

 

October 11, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Sonja Butler was booked 10/10 on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Kiniaki Williams was booked 10/10 In From Court
Tiffany Thomas was booked 10/10 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Dakota Chavers was booked 10/10 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Inspection Sticker Expired or None

 

 

October 10, 2013

DHH Emphasizes Importance of Safe Sleep Environment for Infants During SIDS Awareness Month
In Louisiana, approximately 80 babies die each year from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is the broad medical term for sudden, unexplained deaths of infants before they reach their first birthdays. This October, as part of SIDS Awareness Month, the Department of Health and Hospitals is encouraging families to create a safe sleeping space for their babies. 
SIDS occurs when otherwise healthy babies die in their sleep for no apparent reason.  While health professionals do not know what causes SIDS, there are a number of steps parents and caregivers can take to reduce a baby's risk of SIDS. DHH's Bureau of Family Health runs a SIDS Risk Reduction and Safe Sleep campaign to educate parents about the importance of safe sleep in lowering a baby's SIDS risk.

For more information, Click Here

 

 

Obituary

RALPH BERNARD KERN, AGE 92 And a resident of Franklinton died at 6:34 am Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home.  He was the last survivor of seven siblings. He was a man that loved the outdoors where he enjoyed gardening and hunting. He also enjoyed traveling. He was baptized as a 7th Day Adventist.

 

 

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ANNA BELL BRUMFIELD CRAIN, AGE 77

And a resident of Pine died at 8:20 AM Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home.  She was a member of Crain’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church and the widow of Charles Ray Crain.

 

 

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Stephanie Sheridan Barber born March 30, 1959 passed away October 6, 2013 at her residence at the age of 54. She was a native of Bogalusa and attended Emmanuel Baptist Church.

 

 

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Rosie Evelyn Young born June 6, 1927 passed away October 7, 2013 at the Rest Haven Living Center at the age of 86. She was a member of Monroe Street Baptist Church.

 

 

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Ina Pearl Jones age 66 passed away Oct. 9, 2013 at Hertiage Manor Nursing Home. She was a resident of Bogalusa La.

 

 

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Mollie Joellen Herring age 70 passed away Oct. 10, 2013 at her residence in Bogalusa La.

 

 

October 10, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Edward Richardson was booked October 9 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Obstruction of Highway, Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Damon Brown was booked 10/09 on the charge of Burglary
Michael Cheese was booked 10/09 on the charges of Theft Over 1500 and Resisting an Officer

 

 

October 10, 2013

Sheriff’s Office Celebrates National Night Out Parties
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will join other south Louisiana law enforcement agencies in celebrating National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. 
There will be many National Night Out parties hosted throughout unincorporated St. Tammany Parish next Tuesday night. Residents are encouraged to participate in this annual event, and may do so by attending one of these events or registering and hosting one of their own. 
National Night Out is designed to increase lines of communication between residents within a community, and between that community and law enforcement.  Sheriff Jack Strain and his deputies will make a point to attend parties throughout the parish to meet residents and share crime prevention and awareness tips.

For locations, Click Here

 

 

October 10, 2013

Detectives looking for man who pistol-whipped, robbed elderly business owner 
A $5,000 reward is offered for the arrest and indictment of the individual who pistol-whipped and robbed an elderly business owner near Slidell last week.  The owner of Big T Tires off U.S. Highway 11 and one of his employees were closing up shortly after 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 when an unidentified man ran from a nearby wooded area, pointed a nickel-plated semiautomatic handgun at the two men and demanded money.  The perpetrator then struck the owner with the gun and robbed him of an undisclosed amount of cash.  After robbing the owner, the perpetrator ran back into the woods from which he came. 
The 80-year-old owner broke his hip when he was knocked to the ground, but was able to give detectives a description of the man responsible. 
The perpetrator is described as a black male, approximately 5’ 8” to 6’ tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a mask and dressed in all black.
Crimestoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for this crime, and an anonymous donor has added $2,500 to the reward for a total of $5,000.  
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Walter Matthews at 985-726-7845, 911 or Crimestoppers. 
The public can call Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111 or toll-free at 877.903.7867. Tips can be texted to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637); text TELLCS then the crime information. Callers or texters do not have to give their names or testify.

 

 

October 9, 2013

SHERIFF APPOINTED  TO  NATIONAL  COMMITTEE

Sheriff Mike Leidholt, current President of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and Sheriff of Hughes County, South Dakota, has appointed Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal to NSA’s Small, Rural Sheriffs Committee. 

The Small, Rural Sheriffs Committee is comprised of a select group of Sheriffs from throughout the United States who represent rural areas.  The committee meets twice annually to discuss specific needs of rural Sheriffs and rural communities and to formulate strategies for making rural law enforcement more effective.

Sheriff Seal, a recent graduate of the National Sheriffs’ Institute, has been active in the National Sheriffs’ Association since taking office last year and is excited about this new leadership role.  “I am honored to be recognized in this manner and to have the privilege of representing rural Sheriffs’ offices throughout the nation,” said Sheriff Seal.  “I plan to use this opportunity to help promote Washington Parish.  Yes, we are rural, but we have the same needs as larger areas.”

Chief Deputy Mike Haley, a lifetime member of NSA, commented, “This is a great honor for Washington Parish.  In a short time, our Sheriff has made a name for himself with his peers at NSA and has been recognized as a leader in rural law enforcement.  His selection for the National Sheriffs’ Institute, followed by his appointment to this important committee, is a definite plus for our parish.”

 

October 9, 2013

CHIEF DEPUTY RECEIVES APPOINTMENT

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley has been re-appointed to the Jail, Detention and Corrections Committee of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).  The appointment was made by NSA President Sheriff Mike Leidholt.  Chief Haley previously served on this same committee under an appointment from past NSA President, Sheriff Larry Amerson.

Haley, a lifetime member of NSA, has been active in NSA activities for more than twenty years and is a trainer for NSA.  Chief Haley also is a member of the Jail Training Advisory Committee for the National Institute for Jail Operations, a division of the NSA Center for Public Safety. 

Sheriff Randy Seal commented on Haley’s appointment.  “Many people do not know that our own Chief Deputy is known nationally for his expertise in law enforcement and corrections.  He has been a trainer for the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Utah Sheriffs’ Association, the American Jail Association and many other law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.  I am so pleased he agreed to come home and be a part of my administration.”

 

October 9, 2013

MAN DIES IN TRAGIC ACCIDENT

On October 8, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ernie Corkern, along with Deputies Jonathan Williams and Randy Reviere, responded to the scene of a tragic accident in the area of Highway 437, just north of the St. Tammany Parish line. 

While unloading logging equipment, Hillary Owens, 55, of Tickfaw, was crushed when a loading ramp of a heavy duty trailer fell on him.  Owens was pronounced dead at the scene by responding emergency medical personnel and the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office.

Other loggers at the scene estimated the steel ramp weighed approximately 2,000 pounds and it is unknown what caused the ramp to fall.  The ramp was eventually raised by air bags deployed by personnel from Fire Districts 1 and 8.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented.  “Our prayers are extended to the family of Mr. Owens.  This was a tragic event and I am grateful for the efforts of our deputies, firefighters and Northshore EMS personnel who responded so quickly.”

 

October 8, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Brett Grubbs was booked 10/07 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense) and Obstruction of Justice
Nicole Pettinga was booked 10/07 on the charge of Attempt To Acquire A CDS by Fraud
Rozzie Scott was booked 10/07 on the charge of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)

 

 

Opinion: Voters Should Approve Sales Tax Proposal

Beginning in less than a week the Washington Parish Government will ask voters to approve a 1/3 of one cent sales tax proposal. If successful, the funds would go to the Parish Government’s general fund to help pay mandated expenses dedicated to funding the civil, criminal and juvenile justice system in Washington Parish.

Mandated expenses are those required by the state to be paid. The Parish Government has no choice in the matter as the state forces every Parish Government to pay these expenses. The Parish Government is mandated (required) to fund entities such as the Sheriff's Office, Assessor's Office, the District Attorney's Office, the Clerk of Courts Office and services for judges.


Before this gets too boring, here's what the tax would cost you if approved. On a $10 purchase you would pay 3 cents. Yes, three pennies. If you buy $100 worth of groceries you would pay 33 cents. If you spend $1,000 on that new computer for the family, you'd pay $3.30. It's an extremely minimal amount as you can see and it would greatly benefit our Parish Government.

(Reprinted in part from the "Inside Washington Parish" blog by Johnnie Daniels. To read the rest of the article, Click Here

 

 

Obituary

WILLIAM ESTER PENTON, AGE 92

And a resident of the Crain’s Creek Community died at 2:40 pm Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa. He was the longtime owner/operator of Penton Sand and Gravel and enjoyed farming. As a young man Ester joined Clifton Baptist Church and he was always quick to help other people. He enjoyed listening to Bluegrass music and keeping up with the news. Ester always looked out for the well-being of his family and was a blessing to all those he met.

 

 

October 7, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jason Grimes was booked 10/04 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of Access Card, Theft by Fraud, Vehicle Burglary, Resisting an Officer, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Joe Gammage was booked 10/04 In From Court
Lori Carlton was booked 10/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense) and Careless Operation
Mary Young was booked 10/04 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise and Attachment (3 counts)
Ashley Carden was booked 10/04 on the charges of Hit and Run and Criminal Damage
Jeremy Brumfield was booked 10/05 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Attachment (2 counts)
Brad Mitchell was booked 10/05 on the charges of Resisting Arrest, Obstruction of Justice, and Simple Drunk
Carlos Dillon was booked 10/05 In From Court
Erin Johnson was booked 10/05 on the charge of Criminal Damage
Carter Nettles was booked 10/05 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment (3 counts)
Jeffery Crosby was booked 10/06 on the charges of Theft and Obstruction of Justice
John Smith was booked 10/06 on the charges of Domestic Abuse:  Pregnant Woman and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment
Brett Grubbs was booked 10/07 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense) and Obstruction of Justice

 

 

October 7, 2013

Man Shot at Village of Tangipahoa

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that in the early morning hours of October 5, 2013, shots were fired in the parking lot of Club 81 in the Village of Tangipahoa.   As deputies were assisting in clearing the parking lot after the bar closed, they heard several gunshots coming from the crowded parking lot.   Deputies quickly began canvasing and securing the area.   
It was soon revealed that a 20 year old b/m, Kentwood resident had been shot in leg and needed medical assistance.   
While investigating, deputies learned that 21 year old Raymond Brown of Amite allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at the victim.  The victim immediately began running, subsequently getting shot with a non-life threatening wound to the leg.   
The investigation is still ongoing at this time.  A warrant for Brown’s arrest is currently being issued.

 

 

October 7, 2013

Picayune Man Killed in Single Vehicle Crash

Pearl River, LA – Saturday evening shortly before 8:00pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 59 approximately three miles north of the U.S. 11 / LA 1090 exit in St. Tammany Parish. The crash took the life of 77 year old Picayune, MS resident John McKean.

Troopers’ investigation revealed that the crash occurred as McKean was traveling northbound on Interstate 59 in a 1998 Ford pickup when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle began to drift into the left northbound lane. As the Ford drifted out of its lane, McKean overcorrected to the right causing the pickup to rotate in a clockwise direction and run off road to the right. Upon leaving the interstate, the Ford pickup continued off road striking a fence, overturning, and impacting a tree before coming to rest nearly 110 feet from the paved roadway.

McKean was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash; however, received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment is not suspected.

 

 

October 4, 2013

Suspect in Planned Armed Robbery Shot by Deputies

Today at approximately 1:30 pm Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office and Hammond Police Department were conducting a joint undercover investigation when a b/m approached one of our undercover agents near the intersection of Happywoods Rd and Old Baton Rouge Hwy with intentions of committing an armed robbery. Suspect pointed a handgun at the agent which resulted in a struggle over the weapon subsequently resulting in the exchange of gunfire. Suspect was struck several times (non lethal) and transported to local hospital for treatment. Only one agent sustained a minor laceration to his hand. Louisiana State Police responded and is processing the scene. Future updates may come later as they unfold.

 

 

October 4, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Brandon Ellis was booked 10/03 on the charge of Domestic Violence (2nd Offense)
Thomas Seal was booked 10/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Fallon Barber was booked 10/03 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Richard Davis was booked 10/03 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment, and Aggravated Second Degree Battery

 

 

Obituary

JOE GORDON, AGE 75

And a resident of Franklinton died shortly after midnight Thursday, October 03, 2013 at his resident. He was a native of Sunflower County, MS and a member of Fisher United Methodist Church. He retired as an oilfield supervisor for McClanahan Corp. and became a beef cattleman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking. He loved to Bar-B-Que and host gatherings for his friends and family. Joe was the beloved husband and best friend to his wife of 36 years Charlotte Honeycutt Gordon.

 

 

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SHANDA WHEAT PASSMAN, AGE 49

And a resident of Franklinton died at 6:20 PM Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at her home. She enjoyed to go fishing but especially loved shopping. Shanda was a good friend who often helped other people. She loved her family, but she was their Hero, after proving her strength and toughness during her four year battle with cancer

 

 

October 3, 2013

Louisiana State Police Advisory: Stay informed and prepared on the possible impacts of Tropical Storm Karen
Citizens across Louisiana are urged to remain informed and prepare for the possible impact of Tropical Storm Karen which has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. It is currently located near the Yucatan Peninsula. A hurricane watch has been posted from Grand Isle, LA to Indian Pass, FL. A tropical storm watch is posted from Morgan City, LA to Grand Isle, LA. The National Hurricane Center has given the system a 70 percent chance of development within the next 48 hours.
Karen could strengthen into a lower end Category 1 hurricane, but weaken back to tropical storm levels prior to landfall.

 

October 3, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Michael Brice was booked 10/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Jonathan Jones was booked 10/02 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Joshua Hart was booked 10/02 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, Resisting Arrest By Flight, Insurance Card/Document Altered/Counterfeit, Reckless Operaation of a Motor Vehicle, Ran Stop Sign, and Failure to Use Turn Signal
Sharon Sharp was booked 10/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Nadia Collins was booked 10/02 on the charges of Criminal Conspiracy, Theft 500-1500, and Failure to Appear
Richard Lumpkin was booked 10/02 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Obstruction of Justice
Ariel Brown was booked 10/02 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Criminal Conspiracy
Arnold Heron was booked 10/02 In From Court
Mel McGlaun was booked 10/02 In From Court
Brandon Forbes was booked 10/02 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana
Nichole Hodgins was booked 10/02 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Gail Gorsuch was booked 10/02 on the charges of Forgery, Theft by Fraud (2 counts), and Forgery
Gwendolyn was booked 10/02 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Brandon Ellis was booked 10/03 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)

 

 

October 2, 2013
Parish Council Meeting Friday
The Washington Parish Council, which normally meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, will instead meet Friday, October 4 at 5 pm. 
In Addition to regular items, such as President Thomas' report and Public Participation, the Agenda includes:

  • Adoption of Proposed WP Resolution No.13- 630 – A Resolution of the Annual Certification of Compliance with the State of Louisiana Off-System Bridge Replacement Program
  • Adoption of Proposed WP Resolution No.13-631 – A Resolution That The Washington Parish Council Is Hereby Establishing The Load Limits on Bridges Within the Off-System Bridge Program
  • Adoption of Proposed WP Resolution No.13-632 – A Resolution to Change Speed Limit on Thomas Road Parish Inventory No.1-15 
     

 

October 2, 2013

State Wildlife Management Areas and Refuges to Remain Open During Federal Shutdown
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) properties, including state wildlife management areas and state wildlife refuges will remain open during the federal government shutdown that affects federal wildlife refuges, preserves and national forest properties in Louisiana. 
As deer and resident small game hunting seasons open this week, Louisiana hunters can access nearly 1.5 million acres of LDWF-managed public hunting areas.

 

 

October 2, 2013

L.D.W.F. Enforcement Division Academy to Enroll 30 Cadets for Training This Fall
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training cadets in December to bolster the ranks of agents in the field in 2014. 
The cadets will train at the department’s training facility housed within the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. Successful completion of six months of intensive physical and academic training is required to graduate.
At the academy, 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 on line.  For more information, Click Here

 

 

Obituary

Helen Schmidt, age 88, a resident of Slidell, LA, passed away on Monday, September 30, 2013 at Ochsner Medical Center in Slidell, LA.

Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

 

Obituary

Ella Page, age 82, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Monday, September 30, 2013 at AMG Specialty Hospital in Bogalusa, LA

 

 

Obituary

Virginia McNeese Humphrey, age 87, a former resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Monday, September 30, 2013 in Waco, TX.

 

 

October 2, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Ashley Bowman was booked 09/30 In From Court
Jennifer Freeman was booked 09/30 In From Court
Raymond Bridges was booked 09/30 on the charges of Protective Order Violation, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Carina Locke was booked 09/30 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Michael McBeth was booked 09/30 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Failure to Appear
Gary Bridges was booked 10/01 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jabbar Rayford was booked 10/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Dawayne Stein was booked 10/01 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Stephanie Dyson was booked 10/01 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
JaKari Brown was booked 10/01 on the charge of Aggravated Rape
La Terek Toomer was booked 10/01 on the charge of Aggravated Rape
Raymond Mark was booked 10/01 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts), Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Simple Burglary
James Burt was booked 10/01 In From Court
Michael Brice was booked 10/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

 

 

September 30, 2013

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF DOMESTIC ABUSE BATTERY

COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that David Lee Killen, 42 of Covington, was found guilty as charged of domestic abuse battery involving strangulation on Thursday, September 26th, 2013. 22nd Judicial District Judge A. J. Hand presided over the 3 day judge trial before finding the defendant guilty.  Assistant District Attorneys Jack Hoffstadt and Julie Knight were in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.  
Killen was arrested in March 2012 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after an adult female victim was battered.  Killen and the victim were at home when Killen attacked the victim leaving strangulation marks on her neck.  The victim was later able to find her phone and post photos of her strangulation marks on social media.  Killen saw the photos and called police portraying himself as innocent.  Several other prior victims testified at the judge trial of their mistreatment by the defendant.
District Attorney Walter Reed commented, “Domestic violence is a cancer on our society.  This felony conviction should send a clear message that violence is never the answer to disagreements.”  Reed concluded. 
Judge Hand will sentence Killen on October 4th, 2013.  Domestic violence involving strangulation is punishable by imprisonment for up to 3 years.  Killen could face up to 6 years in prison if found to be a multiple offender.  Killen has a prior conviction for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling in 2006. 

 

 

September 30, 2013

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF ARMED ROBBERY

COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Derrick Jordan, 21 of Slidell, was found guilty as charged of armed robbery on Friday, September 20th, 2013.  A twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury returned the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge A. J. Hand.  Assistant District Attorney Julie Knight was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.  
Jordan was arrested in January 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a female pizza delivery person was robbed at gunpoint near Slidell.  Jordan and an accomplice drove up to the victim as she was finishing a delivery and demanded money.  The victim was able to describe the robbers’ vehicle to Officers who arrested Jordan the next day.
The accomplice, Dale Square, 28 of Slidell, pled guilty as charged to armed robbery on July 11th, 2013, and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
District Attorney Walter Reed commented, “It’s a good day when violent criminals are removed from our society.  These two men will spend most of their lives in prison for traumatizing that pizza driver.” Reed added.
Judge Hand will sentence Jordan on Thursday, September 26th, 2013.  Armed robbery is punishable by imprisonment from 10 to 99 years. 

 

 

Obituary

Margie Aletha McNeese Thigpen, age 87, born on April 18, 1926 in Franklinton, LA, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Gussie Tynes Sr. born August 14, 1931 passed away September 27, 2013 at his residence at the age of 82. He was retired from Gaylord Container , Box Plant Division and was a veteran of the Korean War .He was also a member of the Church of United Faith Pentecostal Church.

 

 

Obituary

Infant Asia Rae Knight passed away Sept. 26, 2013 in Angie La.

 

 

Obituary

Margaret Lee Jones, age 91, born on July 24, 1922 in Sharky, MS, passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at her residence in Raymond, MS.   She was a member of New Life UPC for 50 years.

 

 

Obituary

LEVA (LEE) MYERS FREMIN, AGE 90

And a resident of Franklinton for the last six years went home to be with her Lord Jesus on Thursday September 26, 2013. She was a resident of Gretna, LA for most of her life and was born in Tylertown, MS on October 15, 1922 to the late Herman H. Myers and Margaine Wood Myers. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton and formerly a member of Calvary Baptist Church of New Orleans for many years.

 

 

September 30, 2013

Tangipahoa Sheriff Looking For Robbery Suspects

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for assistance in gathering information about an armed robbery which occurred at approximately 8:45 PM Friday evening in Ponchatoula.   
It was reported that 2 unknown male subjects entered Alicia’s Food Mart located at 20508 Hwy. 22 bearing a silver handgun and demanding money.  Both subjects were wearing masks and dressed all black.  One subject held the clerk at gunpoint as the other subject robbed the store.   
The subjects then fled on foot toward Brown Rd.   It is possible that the subjects fled toward St. Tammany Parish in a silver SUV.   
Anyone having information regarding this robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

 

 

September 30, 2013

Robert Woman Arrested on Battery Charges

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 30 year old Tori Rose True of Robert, LA after allegedly beating 2 women,  one  being an 84 year old  female,  and striking a juvenile.   
On September 29, 2013, at approximately, the alleged suspect, Tori True, attacked and choked one subject and hit an 84 year old female over a domestic matter.  During the altercation, a 6 year old male, who was in the Hammond residence at the time, was struck in the face while attempting to defuse the situation.  
Tori Rose True was subsequently arrested and charged with cruelty to juvenile and 3 counts of battery.

 

 

September 30, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Timothy Graves was booked 09/27 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Joseph Kaltenhouser was booked 09/27 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Deandre Lawson was booked 09/27 In From Court and on the charges of Resisting An Officer (Flight on Foot), and Simple Escape
Timothy Abrams was booked 09/27 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Christina Brock was booked 09/27 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Criminal Conspiracy
Joe Gammage was booked 09/27 In From Court
Ynika Henry was booked 09/28 on the charge of Attachment
James Tate was booked 09/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Improper Lane Useage
Carlos Dillon was booked 09/28 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Robert Vince was booked 09/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Operaation of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kiandra Blackwell was booked 09/29 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Attachment (2 counts)
Larry Blackwell was booked 09/29 on the charges of Resissting an Officer and Resisting Arrest
Tammy Branch was booked 09/29 on the charages of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment
Jody Young was booked 09/29 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Attachment, and Speeding 11-20 Over Limit
Jesse Young was booked 09/29 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS, WE HAVE BEEN PRODUCING 30-MINUTE EPISODES OF A PROGRAM WE CALL "WASHINGTON PARISH TODAY".  MACK MCGEHEE, FORMER MAYOR OF BOGALUSA, IS HOST OF THE PROGRAM AND GUESTS HAVE INCLUDED WP PRESIDENT RICHARD THOMAS, BOGALUSA MAIN STREET PROGRAM MANAGER ROBIN DAY, BOGALUSA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DIRECTOR MARILYN BATEMAN, MT. HERMON BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR MICAH RUTLAND, WEDF DIRECTOR RYAN SEAL, BOGALUSA SCHOOL BOARD SUPERINTENDANT WILLIE "TONI" BREAUX, MUSEUMS OF CASSIDY PARK DIRECTOR LORRAINE BOURN, AND MAIN STREET BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR PATRICK MAGEE.  GREAT PROGRAMS ARE PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE!

 

WATCH OUR PROGRAMS WEEKDAYS AT 6 PM (RERUN THE FOLLOWING WEEKDAY AT 8 AM) ON OUR WASHINGTON PARISH TV CHANNEL.  (LOOK ABOVE THE VIDEO PLAYER FOR A LINK TO WATCH THE PROGRAMS IN HD) 

 

OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT WASHINGTON PARISH:  GOVERNMENT ENTITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, BUSINESSES, EVENTS, PERSONS, AND CHURCHES.  WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THEM!

 

 

Obituary

Pearley Lee Miller Warner, age 85, born on March 28, 1928 in Mississippi, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at St. Frances Nursing Center in Newport News, VA.

 

 

Obituary

Dr. Willard Joel Pevey of Nacogdoches, TX, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013, at the age of 83. He was born in Bogalusa on April 6, 1930, and was raised in Lee's Creek Baptist Church. He graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1947 and entered the United States Air Force, stationed in San Antonio, TX.

 

 

Obituary

Janet Brumfield Ritchie born November 19, 1955 passed away September 20, 2013 at her residence at the age of 58. Janet was a Social Worker for Kidney Dialysis and a graduate of Bogalusa High School.

 

 

September 27, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Russell Daniels was booked 09/26 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Properety, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, and No Proof of Insurance
Brandon LaSalle was booked 09/26 In From Court
Shun Chapman was booked 09/26 In From Court
Merritt Latino was booked 09/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
Dennis Sampson was booked 09/26 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Timothy Graves was booked 09/27 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

September 26, 2013

STEP-FATHER ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators, along with Bogalusa Police Department investigators, investigated allegations of physical and sexual abuse of a twelve-year old female by her thirty-five year old step-father.  The investigation led to the arrest of the step-father who was placed in the parish jail charged with three counts of Cruelty to a Juvenile and one count of Attempted Aggravated Incest.  Bond has been set at $100,000.

If convicted, the step-father faces a penalty of imprisonment up to ten years or a $1,000 fine or both for each count of Cruelty to a Juvenile.  If convicted of Attempted Aggravated Incest, he faces a possible sentence of imprisonment from twenty-five to ninety-nine years.

The investigation began after a report from the school system that the female juvenile had reported the sexual incident to school authorities.  According to information gathered by investigators and the Department of Children and Family Services, the incident began when the step-father became angry with the child over a letter he found in her book bag.  The anger led to physical abuse of the female juvenile and two siblings and an attempted sexual encounter with the female juvenile.  All three juveniles received physical injuries.  At the time of the incident, the mother of the children was at her job.

“This type behavior is disgusting and totally unacceptable,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal.  “I commend our investigators, Bogalusa Police Department investigators and the Department of Children and Family Services for their work.  Their quick actions enabled the step-father to relocate to his new living quarters at the parish jail.   Anyone who abuses children in any manner will be held accountable.”

All names are being withheld to protect the identity of the children who are currently in the custody of a grandparent.

 

 

September 26, 2013

Alcohol Sales to Minors Discovered

In an ongoing investigation led by Sheriff Daniel Edwards, over 90 retailors in Tangipahoa Parish have been cited over the past year for the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21. 
TPSO Juvenile detectives had undercover juveniles visit numerous retail locations and attempt to purchase alcohol illegally.  Over the past 12 months, nearly 500 undercover visits were conducted and 90 local retailors were cited for selling alcohol to minors. 
“We are making progress,” Edwards said. “I am extremely pleased with the efforts of my detectives. We see underage drinking and the purchasing of alcohol for underage consumption as a community-wide issue that will take the combined efforts of law enforcement and our community to combat.” he continued. 
Alcohol licenses can be taken away from store owners who sell alcohol to minors or “persist in putting profits before the safety of our youth.”  Selling alcohol to a minor can result in a fine of up to $500.00 and up to $1,000.00 on the second offense. A store owner's alcohol license can be revoked on a third offense. 
This is an on-going operation for the sheriff’s office and more store checks are planned.

 

September 26, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Sharrod Darden was booked 09/24 on the charges of Cruelty to a Juvenile (3 counts) and Attempted Aggravated Incest
Paul Ard was booked 09/24 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Craig Hartzog was booked 09/24 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Ronald Duncan was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Ran Stop Sign
David Keaton was booked 09/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Dennis Sampson was booked 09/25 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Open Container, and Possession of Drug Parapherlia
Omunnakwe Jackson was booked 09/25 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Russell Daniels was booked 09/26 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, and No Proof of Insurance

 

 

September 26, 2013

Three arrested in church burglaries  

 

   


Three Slidell family members have been arrested for burglarizing a local Slidell area church.  On Sept. 13, Eugene Wellington, pastor of El Bethel Apostolic Ministry located at 57361 Allen Road, Slidell, reported that his church, which is currently under construction, had been burglarized and multiple items including music equipment, water coolers, generators and additional electronics had been taken.  Three days later, he called St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives again to report that his church had been burglarized a second time and more items were missing. 
While investigating these two burglaries, detectives were made aware of a garage sale being held by individuals residing at 315 Brookter Road, Slidell.    Upon arriving at the residence, detectives noticed several speakers, a CD player and other electronic items advertised for sale on the front lawn of the home.  While inside the home speaking with homeowners, detectives also noted two water coolers in the living room and an additional speaker placed in the rear yard of the residence.  The homeowners, Clariese Jones, Paul Mikell and their daughter, Olivia Jones, were brought in for questioning and subsequently admitted to the roles they played in both burglaries at the church.  They told detectives that on the night of Sept. 12, they drove to El Bethel Apostolic Ministry located at 57361 Allen Road, Slidell.   While Paul Mikell waited outside in his vehicle, Olivia and Clariese Jones went inside the church building and removed multiple items including music equipment, water coolers, generators and additional electronics.   The trio then departed back to the Brookter Road residence to unload the items. However, later that same evening and before detectives were aware of the church burglary, deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, and Clariese Jones was booked on unrelated charges.  Paul and Olivia told detectives they and a third individual, currently only identified as Beaux, relocated several of the stolen items and sold them in order to obtain money to bond Clariese Jones out of the St. Tammany Parish Jail.  Prior to Sept. 16, after Clariese had been released from jail, Olivia and Clariese went to the church and again made entry and removed more items from within.  A search warrant was obtained for Brookter Street residence, and investigators recovered additional items that were reported stolen during the two burglaries.  Clariese Jones, Olivia Jones and Paul Mikell were arrested Monday, Sept. 23 for simple burglary of a religious building and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. They are each being held on a $30,000 bond.  

Clariese Jones B/F 02/20/1980 (2 Counts)
Olivia Jones, B/F 03/23/1996 (2 Counts)
Paul Mikell B/M 02/25/1982 (1 Count)

 

 

September 23, 2013

School Board President Indicted for Hit and Run

A St. Helena Grand Jury has today indicted Livingston Parish School Board President Malcolm L. Sibley in a hit and run case, prosecutors from the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office said.
On the morning of June 15, shortly before 5 a.m., Sibley, 66, was driving northbound on La. 43, just north of Greensburg, when his vehicle struck another southbound vehicle driven by 21-year-old William Cody Iasigi. Injuries sustained by Iasigi in the accident resulted in his death.

The investigation conducted by Louisiana State Police determined that Sibley had been the driver of the northbound vehicle which did not stop at the scene of the accident. Further physical evidence and witness statements indicated that Iasigi’s vehicle was probably on or across the double yellow line at the time of the accident.

 Sibley was arrested for hit and run driving for not stopping his vehicle and identifying himself or rendering proper aid. However, he was not found to be at fault or the cause of the accident itself.

Sibley’s arraignment is set for Friday, November 8, at the St. Helena Parish Courthouse. If convicted of hit and run, Sibley faces a $500 fine and up to six months in prison.

 

September 23, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Zachary Davis was booked 09/21 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Shadic Mark was booked 09/21 on the charges of Speeding 41 & More Over Limit, Drag Racing, and Driving Under Suspension
Michael Myres was booked 09/21 on the charges of Speeding 41 or More Over Limit and Drag Racing
Tyler Seal was booked 09/21 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of An Inhabited Dwelling
Don Johnson was booked 09/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Lawana Williams was booked 09/22 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise and Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500
Steven Seals was booked 09/22 on the charges of Failure to Provide Proper Info and Failure to Appear
Jamella Fleming was booked 09/23 on the charges of No Seat Belt, No Drivers License, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs

 

 

Obituary

Robert Terry Taylor, 54, born on September 15, 1959 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

September 20, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Labrandon Fowler was booked 09/19 on the charges of No Drivers License, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Failure of Non-Res to Secure Registration in La.
Matthew Jenkins was booked 09/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Probation Violation
Ryan Hunt was booked 09/19 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Johnny Dillon was booked 09/19 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Miranda Collins was booked 09/19 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs
Kelvin Warren was booked 09/19 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, Resissting An Officer (Flight On Foot), No License Plate, and Bench Warrant Failure to Appear

 

 

September 20, 2013

SHERIFF’S OFFICE TACTICAL TEAM RESPONDS TO INCIDENT ON HANSEN ROAD

At approximately 3:30 a.m., September 18, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was advised of a battery that had occurred on Hansen Road in the Isabel area.  Sheriff’s Office deputies and a Louisiana State Police Trooper responded to the call and met with the victim who had significant injuries to her face.  She advised that her husband, Ronald Willette, had beaten her that morning and was inside their residence next door.  The victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital where she was treated and released.

The deputies and trooper then went to Willette’s residence attempting to talk with him.  He looked through a window at the officers and refused to open the door after being commanded to do so.  Other Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the scene and all took up tactical positions around the residence.  Officers did not know if Willette had weapons and were concerned about a dog that was inside the residence and barking.

Officers called for backup and several more Sheriff’s Office deputies, the Sheriff’s Office tactical team and a Sheriff’s Office negotiator arrived.  After several unsuccessful attempts by the negotiator to talk with Willette and convince him to surrender, the command was given to breach the door.  The tactical team gained entrance into the residence and encountered Willette coming out of a rear bedroom.  He was taken into custody and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.  Fortunately for deputies, there were no weapons and the dog was friendly.

Willette, 43, was booked into the jail on charges of Battery Second Degree and Resisting Arrest.  Bond has been set at $10,000 with the stipulation that Willette have no contact with his wife.  Additionally, Willette was served with a Protective Order prohibiting him from having contact with his wife.  If convicted of Battery Second Degree, Willette could face a sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.  The penalty for Resisting Arrest is a sentence of up to six months in jail, or a fine of up to $500, or both.

“He beat his wife severely, and there is no excuse for that,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal.  “This could have been a dangerous situation for the responding officers and I am so pleased that the incident ended peacefully.  Willette is right where he belongs – in jail.”

 

 

September 20, 2013

SHERIFF ARRESTS DRUG DEALER

Miranda Keith Collins, 42, a resident of McGowan Road near Angie, was arrested by Sheriff Randy Seal and the Washington Parish Drug Task Force on September 19.  Collins was placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with two counts of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and one count of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs. Bond has been set at $500,000.

The arrest of Collins at his residence was the result of a six month investigation by narcotics officers into Collins’ drug activities in Washington Parish.  Surveillance indicated that he was selling drugs out of his residence and at other locations.  A thorough search of his property by narcotics officers and a canine team from Rayburn Correctional Center turned up marijuana which had been packaged and was ready for distribution.

If convicted of these charges, Collins, a habitual offender, faces many years  in the penitentiary.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Let this be a lesson to drug dealers in Washington Parish.  We are coming after you and we will eventually get you.  If you are selling drugs, you need to be looking all around and even up in the sky, because we are watching you.  Don’t get comfortable in Washington Parish, because your day is coming.”

 

 

September 19, 2013

Sheriff’s Office Looking for Three Men in Aggravated Burglary
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators are trying to identify three men wanted in connection with an early morning aggravated burglary outside Covington today.
Just before 9:00 am this morning, the homeowners reported that three unidentified masked and armed males had forced their way into their home on Eden St. in the Abita Nursery subdivision.  The men, believed to be two black males and one white male, were looking for money they believed was left in the home by the residents’ son, who was recently arrested and is currently in jail.  When the three men discovered the son had not lived at the Eden street residence prior to his arrest and there was no money there, they pistol whipped the couple.  The home’s alarm system activated, and the men fled in an older model, dark colored SUV, which was parked nearby.
The homeowners were transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.
The Sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about this incident to call 911 or Crimestoppers.  The public can call Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111 or toll-free at 877.903.7867. Tips can be texted to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637); text TELLCS then the crime information. Callers or texters do not have to give their names or testify and can earn a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an indictment.

 

 

Cassidy Park Museums
Remaining

September Events


Sept. 21st

Pine Needle Basket Class in the Museum Classroom 10:00 – 12:00
Call 985-735-9188 for information or to register

Sept. 22nd

Native American Museum

2:00 pm
Documentary: “Tales from the North American Indians” Treasures from children’s literature that reflects the ancient tradition of storytelling.

Sept. 28th

Blues and Heritage Festival

Museum Open


Sept. 29th

Native American Museum

2:00 pm
Documentary: “How to Trace Your Native American Heritage”

 

 

 

September 19, 2013

Unidentified Hit and Run Victim Discovered along Interstate 10

Wednesday afternoon Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating the death of an unidentified male pedestrian suspected to be the victim of a hit and run crash along Interstate 10 in St. Tammany Parish. The victim was discovered by an alert motorist shortly after 3:00pm lying in the grass along the westbound lanes of I-10 approximately three miles west of the LA/MS state line. At this time, Troopers are working to identify both the victim and the hit and run vehicle.

Troopers suspect the crash to have occurred around 2:00am as the male victim was walking near or on the right white fog line of Interstate 10 when he was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle. Impairment on behalf of the pedestrian is unknown at this time pending a toxicology exam.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the victim (B/M approximately 60 years old), the identity of the suspect vehicle, or the events of the crash is urged to contact Troop L at 985-893-6250.

 

 

Obituary 

Willie Lamar Byrd, 88, a resident of Isabel community, passed away, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at the LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa, LA. He was born January 17, 1925.

 
 
Obituary
Mya Jean Collett, age 76 born in Bogalusa, LA on June 8,1937, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA.
 
 
Obituary
Jeremy Alan Pope, 38, resident of Carencro, LA, passed away Sept 15, 2013.
 
 
September 19, 2013
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Candace Watts was booked 09/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Speeding 41 or More Over Limit
Demarquiez Harris was booked 09/18 In From Court
Gray McIntyre was booked 09/18 In From Court
Ronald Willette was booked 09/18 on the charges of Second Degree Battery and Resisting Arrest
Melissa Miller was booked 09/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Ii Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Theft of Auto
 
 
September 18, 2013
Announcing "Washington Parish Today" Program
The first episode of Washington Parish Today, hosted by Mack McGehee was broadcast on our Washington Parish Channel Monday evening and again Tuesday morning with guest Richard "Ned" Thomas. You can view our daily programs on our Washington Parish Channel at www.mthermonwebtv.com or on the Daily News site www.gobogalusa.com at 6:00 pm (rebroadcast at 8:00 am the next weekday morning).  In addition, when you go to the Washington Parish Channel at www.mthermonwebtv.com , look for the link above the video player "Watch
Washington Parish Today in HD.” Click on it to watch the most current and the archived programs. We have much more to offer on the site including over 70 TV programs and hundreds of movies. Check it out!
Also, view the news article at http://www.gobogalusa.com/news/article_9dd88b36-1e15-11e3-ba8f-0019bb2963f4.html.  We will have the second half of our interview with President Thomas on Tuesday, Bogalusa Downtown Development Association Manager Robin Day on Wednesday, Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marilyn Bateman on Thursday, and Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Pastor Micah Rutland on Friday.
We plan to have a new 30‐minute program each weekday at 6:00 pm.
 
September 18, 2013
CONTRABAND DISCOVERED OUTSIDE COURTHOUSE
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies who work the courthouse security detail routinely conduct perimeter searches of the courthouse, especially on days that inmates will be brought from the jail to the courtrooms.
On September 18, Sheriff’s Office Courthouse Deputy Johnny Causey discovered packaged tobacco and marijuana which had been placed outside the courthouse near the inmate entrance.  Causey seized the substances and turned them in to the jail’s Director of Security.
Although tobacco is not illegal, it is considered contraband for inmates and is not allowed inside the jail.  Marijuana, of course, is an illegal substance.  Some inmates value both tobacco and marijuana and each presents potential security problems if they are smuggled into the jail.  In this case, some person likely dropped off the substances with a pre-arranged agreement that an inmate would try to retrieve them while going to a court appearance.
Persons who might consider dropping off tobacco, marijuana, pills or any other illegal substances should be aware that cameras and staff will be watching.  Any person caught in this act will be arrested and placed in the jail.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “This will not be tolerated.  If we catch you dropping something off, you will go straight to jail.  It doesn’t matter if you are a family member or friend of an inmate.  You will go to jail.”
 
 
September 18, 2013
SHERIFF’S OFFICE MAKES MULTIPLE ARRESTS
A September 13th telephone call from Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton quickly caught the attention of the responding Sheriff’s deputy.  Upon arrival at the hospital, Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Williams discovered a male with several injuries which were alleged to have been inflicted by his girlfriend, her father, her brother and a neighbor.
According to the victim, he was recovering from injuries received in an automobile accident, was partially immobilized and was taking prescription medication for pain.  He stated that his girlfriend asked for his pain pills and he refused to give them to her.  When he refused, she became irate and started slapping him in the face.
The victim claims he retreated to his bedroom and attempted to lie down but his girlfriend continued to beat him.  She grabbed his hair, at which time he shoved her.  He stated that she then went to her father’s residence and returned with her father, her brother and a neighbor, all of whom began to beat him, stomp on his legs and feet and strike him on the face and head with a flashlight.  When the beating stopped, he asked his attackers to call an ambulance or to take him to the hospital.  They refused.
Later in the day, the victim was able to call a friend who transported him to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.  Once hospital personnel observed his injuries, they contacted the Sheriff’s Office.
After talking with the victim and investigating his claims, Deputy Jonathan Williams obtained arrest warrants for the following:
Ruben Stogner, 73, Otis Bickham Road
Ruben Earl Stogner, 24, Otis Bickham Road
Larry Duncan, 26, Otis Bickham Road
Mary A. Stogner, 44, also known as Mary Delong Voth, Otis Bickham Road
    
Each suspect was taken into custody and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Aggravated Battery Second Degree.  Bond for each was set at $10,000 and each remains in the Washington Parish Jail as of September 18.  In addition, Mary Stogner had other outstanding warrants which increased her bond to $16,050.  If convicted of Aggravated Battery Second Degree, each faces the possibility of being fined up to $2,000 dollars or imprisoned for up to five years or both.
“In this matter, the equation is simple,” said Sheriff Randy Seal.  “The victim had a legitimate prescription for pain medication.  His girlfriend wanted the medication for her own gratification.  The victim refused to give it to her and suffered a severe beating as a result of his refusal.  Deputy Williams did an excellent job in quickly investigating this matter, making arrests and putting all four suspects in jail.  I commend him.  Once again, I want to remind the criminal element in our parish that we will not tolerate incidents such as this.  If you commit a crime against the good citizens of our parish, we will pursue you, arrest you and put you in jail.  Our jail stays full most of the time but there is always room for one more.”
 
 
September 18, 2013
WWE Hall of Famer in Parish Jail
Tully Blanchard, a member of the original Four Horsemen of professional wrestling fame and a 2012 inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, was in the Washington Parish Jail recently. Blanchard, along with Ric Flair and Arn and Oly Anderson, formed the Four Horsemen in 1986 and were regular features on the professional wrestling circuit.
Blanchard rose to the pinnacle of wrestling, winning World Tag Team titles in both the National Wrestling Alliance and the World Wrestling Federation. He became the longest reigning National Wrestling Alliance World Television Champion and also won and defended the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship in 1985.
Recently, Blanchard found himself locked in a cellblock in the Washington Parish Jail, but not as an inmate. He was there to survey the jail for an upcoming jail ministry event.

 

 

September 18, 2013

CONVICTED FELON ARRESTED AGAIN

Melissa Ann Hull, 43, a resident of Mary Topps Road in Franklinton, found herself in more trouble when she reported to the Washington Parish Jail on September 13 to begin serving a one year sentence.

Hull’s sentence was imposed on September 11 for one year of hard labor for simple burglary of a vehicle.  She was ordered to report to the jail on September 13 to begin her sentence.

When Hull arrived at the jail, she brought personal items with her.  Lt. Jim Miller, Chief of Security for the jail, searched the items and discovered a significant number of pills carefully hidden inside a sealed feminine hygiene package.   The pills, including pain medications and other narcotics were confiscated and Hull found herself facing another criminal charge.

Hull was charged with introducing contraband into the jail.  If convicted of that offense, she faces the possibility of a fine ranging from $250 up to $2,000 dollars and imprisonment up to five years.  That would be in addition to the one year she has already been sentenced to serve.

Sheriff Randy Seal congratulated his jail staff on their diligence.  “Our jail officers are the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system.  They do a great job managing the jail and the inmates under very difficult circumstances.  Lt. Miller’s alertness in discovering this contraband may have prevented an officer or inmate from being harmed.”

 

 

September 18, 2013

NEW JAIL TECHNOLOGY

There is a new addition to the Washington Parish Jail lobby in Franklinton. An inmate kiosk has been placed in the lobby for the convenience of family members and friends of inmates who want to place money on an inmate’s account.

The person wishing to place money on an inmate’s account may use cash, a credit card or a debit card to make the deposit. An instant receipt is provided and the deposited funds are immediately credited to the inmate’s account. There is no cost to make a cash deposit and a credit card or debit card deposit will cost the depositor a small fee. This fee is offset by the depositor not having to purchase a money order.

The touch screen kiosk is simple to operate. One touch opens a menu which guides the user through each step of the process. Any fees associated with a deposit are explained during the step by step touch screen instructions.   Click Here For Full Story

 


September 18, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Tiffany Rester was booked 09/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kennith Pierce was booked 09/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Michael Murray was booked 09/17 on the charge of Simple Battery
Steven Cotton was booked 09/17 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule III Drugs

 

 

September 16, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Mitchell Hunt was booked 09/14 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Eric Russell was booked 09/15 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Christopher Jones was booked 09/15 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Mary Stogner was booked 09/15 on the charges of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Failure to Honor Written Promise, and Failure to Appear 2 counts)
Ruben Stogner was booked 09/15 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Ruben Stogner was booked 09/16 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Larry Duncan was booked 09/16 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery

 

September 14, 2013

Unrestrained Driver Killed in Washington Parish Crash

Franklinton, LA – A Franklinton resident was killed shortly before 5:00 pm Friday afternoon after being involved in a single vehicle crash on LA 10 in Washington Parish. The driver of the 1995 Ford pickup truck has been identified as 53 year old Michael Meredith of Franklinton, LA. The investigation into the events of the crash remains ongoing.The crash occurred approximately five miles east of the Franklinton city limits.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Meredith was traveling east on LA 10 in a 1995 Ford pickup truck. For unknown reasons, the Ford pickup traveled off the right side of the paved roadway resulting in the driver overcorrecting to the left and then back to the right causing the vehicle to overturn. As the vehicle overturned, the unrestrained Meredith was partially ejected from the truck resulting in fatal injuries.

Meredith was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment is not suspected at this time pending toxicology analysis.

 

Obituary

Mrs. Lennie Terrell, age 91, resident of Pine, LA. passed away at St. Tammany Parish Hospital on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements that are incomplete at this time.

 

 

September 13, 2013

MOST WANTED SUSPECT SURRENDERS

Marcus Lenard Kagler, 40, surrendered to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on September 12, 2013.  Kagler was listed on the Sheriff’s Office website’s Most Wanted page and has been the subject of two intense manhunts involving Washington Parish deputies and RCC canine teams.

Kagler, wanted for one count of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and three counts of Failure to Appear, was asked why he decided to turn himself in.  His reply, “I was tired of running and I knew you would catch me one day.”

Sheriff Randy Seal commented on Kagler’s surrender.  “That was a good choice for him to make because we would have eventually caught him.   I would recommend that any others on our Most Wanted list do the same thing because we are not going to cease our efforts to find them.”

The Most Wanted list can be viewed on the Sheriff’s Office website, www.wpsoweb.com

 

 

September 13, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Christina Warren was booked 09/12 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Tiffany Thomas was booked 09/12 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of Access Card (2 counts) and Failure to Appear
Marcus Kagler was booked 09/12 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Phlesher Mingo was booked 09/12 on a Probation and Parole Hold
Joshua Hart was booked 09/12 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and No License Plate

 

 

September 12, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Myron Robinson was booked 09/10 on the charge of No Drivers License
Stephon Brumfield was booked 09/10 on the charge of Attachment
Joseph Kaltenhouser was booked 09/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Joshua McClendon was booked 09/10 In From Court
Demetris Mingo was booked 09/10 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts) and Failure to Pay Fine
Stephanie Dyson was booked 09/10 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Alan Alexander was booked 09/10 on the charge of No Seat Belt, Telephone Harassment?Obscene, and Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language

Joseph Kaltenhouser was booked 09/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Sterling Pritchard was booked 09/11 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent To Distribute Schedule III Drugs, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs
Chad Hennick was booked 09/11 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent To Distribute Schedule III Drugs, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs
Joseph Billings was booked 09/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Melvin Bridges was booked 09/11 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery 3rd Offense
Patricia Allred was booked 09/11 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Spencer Kelehan was booked 09/11 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Christina Warren was booked 09/12 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

September 12, 2013

Four Minors Arrested at Independence High

On September 10, 2013, a 16yoa black male Independence High School student was arrested and charged after being suspected of smoking marijuana in a bathroom on the school’s campus.   A search of the juvenile’s property was conducted subsequent to arrest which revealed an unloaded 38 caliber handgun wrapped in a tee shift in the young male’s back pack.   The juvenile was charged with possession of CDS I, possession of a firearm while in possession of CDS I, possession of stolen property the (handgun), and possession of firearm in a Drug Free Zone. 
At this time, Independence High went on lockdown while a complete search of the school and campus was conducted.    As a result, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office additionally charged 3 other minors with narcotics related charges.  The 4 minors were then transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Juvenile Detention Center.

 

 

September 10, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Nicole Grant was booked 09/09 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Terena Ward was booked 09/09 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of Access Card, Resisting An Officer, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Myron Robinson was booked 09/09 on the charge of No Drivers License
Teddie Williams was booked 09/09 on the charge of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s) and Disturbingt the Peace
Robert Lacour was booked 09/09 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

 

 

September 9, 2013

MEN FOUND GUILTY IN UNRELATED TRIALS--BOTH COULD FACE LONG PRISON TERMS—

COVINGTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Charles Daughtry, 61 of Slidell, and Bryan Rucker, 33 of Pontchatoula, have been found guilty as charged in unrelated trials.  Daughtry was found guilty on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013, of two counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.  Rucker was found guilty on Thursday, September 5th, 2013, of aggravated flight from an officer and aggravated obstruction of a highway.  The twelve member St. Tammany Parish Juries returned the guilty verdicts to 22nd Judicial District Judge Peter Garcia.  Career Criminal Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s cases.

Daughtry and his accomplice, Robert Klein, 41 of Slidell, were arrested in May 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after two Mandeville homes were burglarized.  Daughtry entered the homes while Klein waited outside in a van.  Several items were stolen and Daughtry confessed to the burglaries after being arrested for other crimes.  Klein pled guilty to two counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling on July 25, 2013, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison suspended and 5 years probation.   

Rucker was arrested in April 2013 by the Louisiana State Police after he failed to pull over at a seat belt checkpoint near Covington.  Rucker sped off and wrecked his vehicle a short time later.  Rucker fled on foot leaving an adult female and five-year-old child in the vehicle. 

Judge Garcia will sentence Daughtry and Rucker on September 19, 2013.  Daughtry would be sentenced to prison for not less than one nor more than ten years for simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.  However, Daughtry could be sentenced up to life in prison if found to be a career criminal.  Daughtry has prior convictions of 3 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 1999, 6 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 1990, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and possession of heroin in 1985, and simple burglary in 1976. 

Rucker would be sentenced to not more than two years in prison for aggravated flight from an officer and highway obstruction.  However, Rucker could be sentenced up to life in prison if found to be a career criminal.  Rucker has prior convictions of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and 2 counts of possession of cocaine in 2006, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 2004, and possession of cocaine in 1999. 

 

 

September 9, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Taylor Barr was booked 09/07 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Deana Clawson was booked 09/07 on the charges of Hit and Run and Failure to Appear
Carolyn Spurlock was booked 09/07 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
David Crain was booked 09/08 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation/Accident
Alvin Magee was booked 09/09 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

September 9, 2013

Ponchatoula Pedestrian Struck and Killed on Interstate 12

Hammond, LA – Saturday morning shortly before 9:00am, 27 year old Ponchatoula resident Crystal Joiner was struck and killed by a vehicle as she walked across the westbound lanes of Interstate 12. The crash took place approximately two miles west of the LA 445 / Robert exit in Tangipahoa Parish.

Prior to the crash, Joiner and her boyfriend, 46 year old Tod Reddicks, were driving east on Interstate 12 when the couple became involved in an argument. As Reddicks brought the vehicle to a stop on the eastbound shoulder, Joiner exited, crossed both the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-12, and began walking along the westbound shoulder. Reddicks followed Joiner across the interstate and the two continued walking along the westbound shoulder when Joiner abruptly walked into the travel lane directly into the path of a westbound 2003 Chevrolet Tracker. Joiner was subsequently struck by the Chevrolet resulting in fatal injuries.

Joiner was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office and is suspected of being impaired at the time of the crash. Toxicology results are pending.

The driver of the Chevrolet Tracker, 60 year old Ethel LeBlanc of Bogalusa, LA, was properly restrained and received no injuries in the crash. No charges are expected to be filed.

 

 

Obituary

LESTER OWEN TURNER, SR., AGE 63

And a resident of Franklinton died at 9:15 am Sunday September 8, 2013 at his home. He was the longtime owner/operator of Parish Insulators and enjoyed gardening and listening to his favorite old-time rock and roll. Lester was a very friendly person who never met a stranger. He loved visiting with those he met and most importantly spending time with his friends and family.

 

 

Obituary

Geneva Penix age 87 passed away Sept. 8, 2013 at Resthaven Living Center. She was a resident of Bogalusa and member of The Church of Christ.

 

 

Obituary

Karen A. Farmer, age 51 and a resident of Bogalusa, Louisiana died September 7, 2013 at Rest Haven Living Center. 

 

 

Obituary

JOSHUA ADAM GUY, AGE 36

And a resident of Franklinton died at 1:20 pm Thursday September 5, 2013 at his home. Joshua was a kind-hearted person who loved his family and friends. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and in the woods where he could be the closest with God’s creation, and be one with it. Joshua loved to fish, garden, kayaking, going to the “camp” and spending time with friends and family, especially his niece and nephew, whom he adored.

Joshua was a self-taught Master flintknapper, but rarely kept any of his arrowheads because of his generous nature. He was also a very talented woodworker who enjoyed tinkering with old farm equipment and had recently begun playing the electric guitar.

 

 

Obituary

Onice "Red" Hill age 89 passed away Sept. 5, 2013 at AMG Speciality Hospital here in Bogalusa. He was a resident of Bogalusa. He served his country during WWII with the US Army and was involved in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Arndennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe, Ground Combat.

 

 

September 6, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Kyleir Lee was booked 09/04 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Purvis Provost was booked 09/04 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Noel Johnson was booked 09/05 In From Court
Edward Richardson was booked 09/05 on the charge of Sale, Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order and Resisting An Officer
Bradley Jenkins was booked 09/05 on the charge of Forcible Rape
Tiffany Garibay was booked 09/05 on the charge of Theft By Shoplifting
Kevin Johnson was booked 09/05 on the charge of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Off Road Vehicles Prohibited on Highway

 

 

Obituary

Leeke L. Magee succumbed in his long battle with cancer on August 31, 2013. He passed away in his home, his beloved wife and best friend, Evie, by his side. Leeke departed in peace, as a man of solid faith at the end of a life well-lived.

 

 

September 4, 2013

Kidnapping and Rape Arrest Made in Fluker

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that 23 year old Bobby Ray Dyson, of Guiteau Mill Rd. in Fluker, turned himself in yesterday at approximately 5:00 PM, on the charges of simple kidnapping and forcible rape.   
On September 3, 2013, at 12:30AM, Dyson contacted a former girlfriend and stated that he was parked in her driveway and wanted to talk.  When the victim exited her residence, allegedly Dyson grabbed her and forced her into his vehicle against her will.   Dyson continued to forcibly detain the victim as he drove to an unknown location north of Arcola and aggressively raped the victim.  The suspect then dropped the victim off on the side of the road several blocks away from her residence and fled.   The victim was able to walk back to her residence and contacted the sheriff’s office.   Detectives were able to make contact with Dyson and advised him to turn himself in.   Dyson complied without further incident.   Dyson is in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on a $250,000 bond.

 

 

September 4, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Daniel Seals was booked 09/03 on the charges of Theft Over 500 and Sexual Battery

Ricky Creel was booked 09/03 on the charge of Failure to Register and Notify As A Sex Offender

 

 

September 4, 2013

Family cricket business

(We Just Found This To Be An Unusual and Interesting Article)

A virus that has crippled the cricket industry in Europe keeps West Baton Rouge Parish breeder and grower David Fluker alert, but optimistic.  His operation, Fluker Cricket Farm across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, has been in business since the 1950s when his father started it as a fish bait enterprise.
Larger farms like his are more interested in shipping their crickets for animal feed, such as reptiles and birds at zoos, Fluker said. “Even hedgehogs like to eat crickets.”

“There are a number of cricket farms in the state and around the country, but we’re a little different,” Fluker said. “We’re the only farm that has crickets, mealworms, superworms and a complete line of other reptile products such as freeze-dried insects. We’ve kind of joined the two together.”

Fluker and his 24 employees ship more than 5 million crickets a week out of his facility to Petco, PetSmart, Wal-Mart and mom and pop stores across the nation, said Carlton.
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September 4, 2013

School success can start with healthy habits at home
It is not unusual for healthy habits to take a back seat to summer activities. Youngsters may stay up later and sleep in more. But with schools back in session, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Denise Holston-West says parents should reestablish consistent patterns for eating breakfast, family meals and bedtime.

Holston-West said youngsters need at least nine hours of sleep and parent should stick to the child’s bedtime routine even on the weekend.  “Sleep deprivation impacts their mood. It impacts their ability to concentrate and that is especially important in school,” she said.

Making sure your child gets a healthful breakfast is another way to positively affect their disposition and school performance, according to Holston-West.  “We know that breakfast eaters miss school less. They are less tardy. They concentrate more and are better able to problem solve,” she said.  A child who skips breakfast may have headaches and stomachaches, and may seem distracted, she said. A healthful breakfast will help sustain a child until lunch. 

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September 4, 2013

Attorney General Warns of Scam Targeting Senior Citizens
The Louisiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section is warning Louisiana seniors to be on guard for telephone con artists promising free medical alert devices. The Attorney General’s Office has seen an increase in reports of unsolicited telephone calls, which often trick consumers into thinking the calls are coming from a legitimate company.
“Consumers should be wary of unsolicited calls and refrain from sending any money for so-called free products,” cautions Sanettria “Sam” Pleasant, Director of the Attorney General’s Public Protection Division. She also advises that consumers should never provide personal financial information to anyone who calls them -- regardless of whom the caller claims to be.  “If a free offer requires money and personal information, it is usually a scam,” says Pleasant. 
Here is how the free medical alert device scam works: 
• The scammer calls the victim saying they are eligible to receive a free medical alert device.
 • The scammer asks the victim to provide personal information and pay money to cover costs associated with receiving the product.
• The scammer then instructs the victim to send a payment, usually via Western Union, in order to receive the free device.  Scammers make the calls, changing the name and number that appears on caller ID to show a real company’s name and landline phone number instead of the scammers’ own. The practice is called “spoofing.” 
Citizens who believe they may have been contacted by a con artist using the free medical alert device scam are encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free by calling 800-351-4889.

 

 

Obituary

Marguerite E. Scott, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 82, born in Fort Benning, GA on June 14, 1931, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2013 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA.   She was a member of the Eastern Star.

 

 

Obituary

CARRIE LYNN MIZELL THOMAS, AGE 52 And a resident of Enon died at 10:30 pm Sunday September 1, 2013 at Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center. She loved gardening and her favorite thing was cooking and hosting family gatherings.

 

September 3, 2013

Domestic Argument Leads to Interstate 10 Fatal Crash

Slidell, LA – Yesterday evening shortly after 8:30pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 10 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash took place approximately half a mile before the U.S. 190 Business/Fremaux Ave. exit and took the life of 25 year old Gautier, MS resident Lauren Gregor.

Troopers’ investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Gregor’s husband, 24 year old Cody Rafter also of Gautier, MS, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on Interstate 10. As the Chevrolet continued eastbound on Interstate 10, the couple became involved in a verbal altercation during which time Gregor grabbed and jerked the steering wheel violently to the right. As a result, the Chevrolet rotated clockwise as it traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Gregor, who was unrestrained at the time of the crash, was ejected from the vehicle and subsequently became trapped under the Chevrolet as it came to rest.

Gregor was transported to Ochsner Northshore Medical Center where she was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Rafter was wearing a seat belt and received minor injuries in the crash. Impairment is not suspected at this time pending toxicology analysis.

Troopers urge all motorists and passengers to make good choices while riding in vehicles. Poor decisions such as driving while impaired, not wearing a seat belt, and allowing distractions in the vehicle often result in life changing consequences for everyone involved.

 

 

September 3, 2013

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Sirmedra Pittman was booked 08/31 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicaated, Speeding 31-40 Oveer Limit, and Open Container in Vehicle
Freddy Anderson was booked 08/31 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and No Seat Belt
Jonwesley Vernon was booked 08/31 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
John Peele was booked 09/01 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Ismael Rosales was booked 09/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense) and Improper Lane Useage
Katina Rowles was booked 09/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and Driving Under Suspension
Roderick Taylor was booked 09/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Theresa Prizie was booked 09/02 on the charge of Fraud-Attempting to Obtain CDS
Rondy Vernon was booked 09/02 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Courtney Meyers was booked 09/02 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Christopher Dillon was booked 09/02 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery

 

 

September 3, 2013

PARISH RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON UTILITY WORKERS
On August 29, 2013, a parish resident, Kevin Lester Albrecht, 44, who resides on Fisher Road, was arrested by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a utility worker, one count of illegal discharge of a weapon, one count of resisting arrest and two counts of resisting an officer.  He was placed in the Washington Parish Jail and released later the same day after posting a $25,000 bond.

The incident began when utility workers from Washington St. Tammany Electric and Creel Brothers were clearing a power line right-of-way.  The workers reported Albrecht approached them and demanded they get off his property, although they were not on his property.  Albrecht left and then returned to the location with a pistol, firing one warning shot while the workers were in a utility bucket approximately 25 feet off the ground.    The workers quickly contacted their supervisor who then notified the Sheriff’s Office.  When deputies arrived at the scene, they encountered Albrecht outside his residence.  Albrecht then began yelling at the utility workers and was instructed by deputies to be quiet.  When asked about the pistol, Albrecht denied having a pistol.  Deputies took statements from all parties involved in the incident and then arrested Albrecht on the strength of the statements from the utility workers coupled with Albrecht’s actions after deputies were on the scene.  The case is being referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “Disputes such as this are never resolved through the use of firearms.  When emotions are running high, firearms should be left out of the picture.  When firearms are introduced and emotions are not controlled, the Sheriff’s Office will get involved and do what is necessary to prevent harm to all parties involved.”

 

 

September 2, 2013

LDAF Pilot Helps Nab Suspected Arsonists 
The Eastern District of Louisiana U.S. Attorney’s Office is crediting a Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) pilot with assisting in the identification and arrest of two men in connection with setting fire to the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge on February 9, 2012.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a pilot with the LDAF was on aerial patrol in a Cessna over Slidell, Louisiana, when he spotted smoke coming from the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in New Orleans East. The pilot reportedly observed Ryan Burlett, 34, and Damien Burlett, 39, in a small boat leaving the area of the fire at a high rate of speed.  The pilot took photographs of the men and also observed them allegedly setting two more fires on the marsh in the Refuge. 
The pilot then turned over the information to agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services for further investigation.
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said, “Our pilots are trained to look for suspicious activity when they are in the air. The quick thinking on his part was extremely beneficial to investigators as they worked to track down the individuals who are accused of committing this crime.” 
 

 

September 2, 2013

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over intensifies for Labor Day

Police and sheriffs’ deputies are working hundreds of extra hours leading up to the Labor Day holiday in a campaign designed to save lives by removing drunk drivers from Louisiana highways. State Police and 117 local law enforcement agencies have joined the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which began Aug. 16 and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 2.

The campaign is coordinated statewide by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, which provided grants to participating law enforcement agencies. Agencies are using funds from the grants to pay officers overtime to conduct saturation patrols, checkpoints and other enforcements efforts focused on drunk driving. Some agencies are implementing “no refusal” policies under which DWI suspects are tested for alcohol and sometimes drugs even if they refuse to voluntarily submit to a standard blood alcohol concentration test.

Increased numbers of people traditionally take to the road during the Labor Day holiday, which often results in more crashes that involve injuries and deaths. According to preliminary data, 331 fatal and injury crashes occurred in Louisiana during the 2012 Labor Day holiday, which resulted in seven deaths and 569 injuries.

Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, said the campaign focuses on impaired driving because alcohol is a leading factor in many of Louisiana's fatal crashes. Preliminary statistics for 2012 indicate that 40 percent of fatal crashes in Louisiana were alcohol related.

“Crash deaths in Louisiana and across the nation would take a significant plunge if impaired driving was eliminated,” LeBlanc said. “Campaigns that include high-visibility and strict enforcement, combined with public education, are highly effective in reducing highway deaths. Our Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign includes all those elements.”

Louisiana authorities made almost 30,000 DWI arrests in 2011.

 

Obituary

Phillip Eugene Magee II, resident of Bogalusa, passed away Friday, August 30, 2013, at LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa.

 

 

Obituary

JOHNNY J. SEAL, AGE 66

and a resident of Pine died at 4:00 am Sunday September 1, 2013 at his home. He was a retired Ford Motor Company mechanic and a longtime member of Pine First Baptist Church. Johnny loved constructing woodworking projects and spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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