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February 12, 2016

State Treasurer John Kennedy Delivers GOP Response to Governor Edwards Solutions to Budget Woes

This man knows what he talking about! He has been warning us for years of the problems we now face. The solutions he proposes are a much better alternative than the huge taxing of Louisiana citizens and businesses proposed by Governor Edwards. 





February 12, 2016

Update on Feb. 10 Story of Mardi Gras Day Shootings in Hammond

Yesterday, TPSO Detectives placed into custody 18 year old Jervarion Smith of Hammond, for shooting an 18 year old  on February 8, 2016.   Smith turned himself in and was charged with Aggravated Second Degree Battery.  The shooting was the result of an alleged argument over a dice game.

The investigation is still ongoing.  Additional details regarding the case will be released as they become available.



February 12, 2016

Slidell Woman Faces Hit & Run and Other Charges

Following a hit and run crash and short pursuit down French Quarter streets today, 35 year-old Slidell resident, Michelle Young, faces several charges after her reckless actions resulted in two pedestrians being moderately injured.

Troopers patrolling the French Quarter observed Young driving her Saturn sedan against traffic on Bourbon Street at a high rate of speed and hit two pedestrians.   Following a pursuit in which Young operated her vehicle in an extremely reckless manner, a Trooper was able to utilize his patrol vehicle to stop and disable Young's vehicle before any other pedestrian traffic was injured.

Young was transported to Central Lock-Up and booked on Hit and Run Driving, Negligent Injuring, Reckless Operation, Flight from an Officer, Traveling Against Traffic on a One Way, No License Plate, Suspended Driver’s License, and Failure to Yield.

The injured pedestrians were transported to a local hospital and treated for moderate injuries.



Obituary

ROBERT LEE GLASS, JR AGE 35 and a resident of Franklinton died early Wednesday February 10, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a former off-shore platform operator and a huge LSU Tigers fan and he liked watching the New Orleans Saints. Robert was a big kid himself as he loved playing with his young children and enjoyed spending good times with his family. 



Obituary

Ernest Clifford Taylor passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  Ernest was a resident of Bush, Louisiana at the time of his passing.



February 12, 2016

Motorcyclist Killed in High Speed Crash in Slidell

David Chester Loder, Jr. (age 54) from Slidell died shortly after 5:30 PM, on Thursday February 11, 2016 when he attempted to pass another vehicle on the right shoulder, ran off the right side of the roadway, entered the ditch, and struck a culvert. Loder was ejected from the motorcycle and sustained severe injuries.  He was transported to Lakeview Hospital in critical condition, where he later succumbed to his injuries. As part of the on-going crash investigation, blood samples were obtained and will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.



February 12, 2016

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Ronald Warren was booked 02/11 on the charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder and Armed Robbery

Kyle Warren was booked 02/11 on the charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, Domestic Abuse:  Pregnant Woman, Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment, Domestic Abuse Battery:  Strangulation, and Contempt of Court

Kenneth Reed was booked 02/11 In From Court

Phyllis Sumrall was booked 02/11 on the charge of Theft 1500 or More

Kendrell Pryor was booked 02/11 on the charges of Attempted Burglary and Criminal Damage to Property

Dantrell Brown was booked 02/11 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise

Tyrell McGowan was booked 02/12 on the charge of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder



February 11, 2016

STPSO Assists Stranded Boaters in Lake Pontchartrain 

At about 6 am Saturday morning, the the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a man who was stranded aboard a boat in Lake Pontchartrain.

The man had headed out earlier that morning to go duck hunting with another man and two juveniles for Youth Waterfowl Weekend when the motor on the mud boat they were in died, and the four became stranded just off Goose Point. 

Members of the agency's Marine Division were dispatched to the area and located the vessel. They relocated the juveniles to the Sheriff's Office boat as a safety precaution and towed the stranded vessel to safe harbor.

No one was injured. 



Obituary

Barbara Angeline Page, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 63, born on September 4, 1952 in Independence, LA. She died on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.



February 11, 2016

New Episodes Posted on MHTV Outdoor Channel

Pond fishing and fishing for Reds on Americana Outdoors, dealing with a dangerous horse on Down Under Horsemanship, Texas Hog Hunting on Fieldsports Britain, removing predators on deer hunting properties on Growing Deer TV, rabbit hunting with great dogs on Kentucky Afield, visit a winery on Kentucky Farm Bureau's Bluegrass & Backroads,  good fishing in Delacroix and the final Youth duck hunt of the season on Paradise Louisiana, a 12-yr. Old handicapped young man on a monster elk hunt on SOA Outdoor Adventures, and meet a little hunter with a big heart on Outdoor Oklahoma.

Plus, new episodes of The American Rancher, Sportsman TV, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Michigan Magazine, Small Town Big Deal, Fox Sports Outdoors, Across the Fence and farm shows Voices of Agriculture, SUNUP, Real Virginia, FARMWEEK, AGPHD, and This Week in La. Agriculture (TWILA).  Click here and check 'em out on our Washington Parish TV page





February 11, 2016

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

James Morgan was booked 02/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, No Drivers License, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Joseph Peoples was booked 02/10 on the charge of Armed Robbery

Stacy Xedos was booked 02/10 on the charge of Contempt of Court

Mitchell Talley was booked 02/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Matthew Zillow was booked 02/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Robert Bunn was booked 02/10 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

Lorenz Youngblood was booked 02/10 on the charge of Theft Under 500



February 10, 2016

Gov. Edwards to Address the State on Budget Crisis

Tomorrow, Governor John Bel Edwards will make a special address to the citizens of Louisiana to discuss the historic budget shortfall facing the state ahead of a special session of the Louisiana Legislature. The special address will be aired statewide at 6:30 pm on all major network television and radio stations, as well as Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB).

"The challenges facing Louisiana are so severe, and the risk of doing nothing is so big, that it is important for me to outline these problems directly to the people," said Gov. Edwards.

Click here for the full press release.



Obituary

Erma Lorene Isabel Horton, resident of Franklinton, and passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016.  Heady-Radcliffe Funeral Home & Cremation of Lagrange, KY is in charge of arrangements.



Obituary

Frances Ruth Seal, a resident of Angie, LA, age 66, born on May 22, 1949, died on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.



February 10, 2016

Mardi Gras Day Shootings in Hammond

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports on two separate incidents that occurred in the early morning hours of February 9, 2016, in Hammond, LA.  

At approximately 4:30 a.m., an 18 year old black male was checked into North Oaks Medical Center with two gunshot wounds to the leg.  He stated that several subjects were outside of an apartment located on Rufus Bankston Rd. playing dice.   An argument ensued between two of the subjects and one pulled out a black semi automatic and fired several shots striking the victim twice in the leg.  The suspect is identified as a black male, approximately 120 pounds and was wearing a black hoodie and brown pants.  The victim received non-life threatening injuries as a result of the shooting.

In what is still believed to be a completely separate incident, on that same morning at around 9:30 a.m., a male subject called 911 stating that the passenger (19 year old Gerrell Lee) in his vehicle had been shot while near the intersection of Rufus Bankston Rd. and Wardline .  Lee died as a result of the gunshot wound.  At this time, detectives are actively investigating this homicide and are interviewing witnesses who were in the area at the time of the alleged shooting. 

Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information regarding this shooting to please come forward and contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. 



Obituary

Evan McKenzie Knight, 32, a resident of New Orleans, passed away, February 9, 2016 at University Medical Hospital.  Evan graduated from Bogalusa High School and served in Afghanistan with the Louisiana National Guard. 



February 10, 2016

Franklinton Woman's Club Annual Love Coffee is Tomorrow





February 10, 2016

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Darrian Brumfield was booked 02/08 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage and Attachment

Tremale Jenkins was booked 02/08 In From Court and on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Fight) and Failure to Appear

Damien Ponton was booked 02/08 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace (Fight)

Lewis Gray was booked 02/08 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Fight) and Failure to Appear

Melissa Magee was booked 02/08 In From Court

Janis Allen was booked 02/08 In From Court

Anthony Dillon was booked 02/08 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Stolen Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Marijuana, and Resisting an Officer

Trammy Drott was booked 02/09 on the charge of Theft 500-1500

Ashley Packwood was booked 02/09 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Aggravated Assault



Obituary

THEODORE G. “TED” SCHILLING, JR., AGE 78 and a resident of Baker passed away Sunday evening February 7, 2016 at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. He was retired from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System as a teacher and supervisor for many years.



February 8, 2016

Troopers Investigate Fatal Crash North of Covington

At about 8:00 am this morning on La. 437 north of Covington, 78 year-old Robert J Daix, Sr. of Bush, LA ran off the roadway and crashed into a large oak tree. Daix was unrestrained at the time of the crash and sustained severe injuries. He was pronounced deceased on-scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. Troopers do not suspect impairment to have been a factor in this crash. 



Obituary

George Johnson, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 78, died on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, LA.



Obituary

Richard Carroll Dyson, Sr., a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 64, born on February 16, 1951 in Oakdale, LA, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.



February 8, 2016

Nearly Time to Plant Citrus (Video)

It’s nearly time to plant citrus trees here in Louisiana — that is, after freezes are gone. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains which citrus are most and least tolerant of cooler weather and how to care for them.





February 8, 2016

Can You Identify This Pearl River Burglary Suspect

On October 8, 2015 the PitStop Bar & Grill was broken into and burglarized.  If you recognize this fine individual please contact the Pearl River Police Department, Detective Danny Hunter. 





February 8, 2016

Woman Dies in Crash Near Tickfaw

This morning Nakayla Sharree L Camp, a 19 year-old female from Little Rock Arkansas, was driving a 2003 Honda CRV southbound on I-55 near Tickfaw when her vehicle ran off the road and overturned several times.  nterstate 55 in the right lane.  Camp was ejected and sustained severe injuries.  She was transported to North Oaks Hospital by Acadian Air Med in critical condition. Camp’s front seat passenger, 19 year-old Shayla Michelle Hayes was properly restrained, but was also severely injured in the crash. Hayes was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.

Camp was issued a summons for careless operation and no driver’s license. On the completion of the investigation, Troopers will refer any additional charges to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office.



Obituary

Maxine George Kuhn of Franklinton, peacefully passed away at the age of 97 on Friday, February 5, 2016 in the presence of family members at Rest Haven Living Center where she resided for the past few years. Mrs. Kuhn graduated from Bogalusa High School, married the love of her life, and for 63 years made their home in Franklinton.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Franklinton since the 1940's, served as Cub Scout Den Mother, and volunteered in numerous capacities.  Her life was a busy one, full of constant activity, joy and love for others. 



Obituary

SAMMIE J. SYLVEST, AGE 83 and a resident of Franklinton died at 10:29 pm Friday February 5, 2016 at the Carpenter House in Baton Rouge. He was a native of Franklinton but lived in Indiana for 26 years before returning home to Washington Parish in 1996. Sammie was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. He was a former electrician for Navistar International and an active member of the Washington Parish Fire District 1. Sammie was always a very friendly person that enjoyed meeting and visiting with others. He was always quick to extend the hand of Christian fellowship even to those he just met because he never met a stranger.



Obituary

Wayne Morris passed away on February 6, 2016, at the age of 76, he was a resident of Bogalusa, LA.



Obituary

DENMAN GRAVES, AGE 77 and a resident of Franklinton died at 1:48 pm Saturday February 6, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was a member of Oral Missionary Baptist Church and a longtime dairy-hand for the Waskom and Hobgood family dairies. Denman enjoyed the great outdoors, including hunting and fishing, and earlier in life he loved rabbit hunting with his dogs.



February 8, 2016

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jeffrey Cox was booked 02/05 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), and Obstruction of Justice

Jessica Bennett was booked 02/05 In From Court

Brent Wempren was booked 02/05 on the charges of Improper License Plate Lighting, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Attachment (2 counts)

Jamarius Johnson was booked 02/05 on the charges of Off-Road Vehicles Prohibited on Highway, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Stolen Firearm (3 counts)

David Hunt was booked 02/05 on the charges of Forgery, Offenses Against Intellectual Property, and Unauthorized Use of Access Card

Benjamin Alfaro was booked 02/06 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (5th Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Prevous DUI, and Proper Equipment Required

Adreane Kuhn was booked 02/06 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language

Eric Johnson was booked 02/06 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Speeding 21-30 Over Limit

Stephen Bailey was booked 02/06 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Improper Lane Useage

Patrick Graves was booked 02/07 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk and Criminal Trespass

Leon Thomas was booked 02/07 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300

Adrian Ishman was booked 02/07 on the charge of Failure to Return Rental Property

Christopher Post was booked 02/07 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery (3 counts)

Darrian Brumfield was booked 02/08 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage and Attachment

Tremale Jenkins was booked 02/08 In From Court and on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Fight) and Failure to Appear

Damien Ponton was booked 02/08 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace (Fight)

Lewis Gray was booked 02/08 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Fight) and Failure to Appear



Obituary

Leroy "Slick" Seal, age 95, born on September 2, 1920, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016 at his residence in Varnado, LA.



February 5, 2016

Pearl River is "POLISHING THE PEARL" 

We like what Pearl River is doing.  A town-wide spring cleanup event is underway in Pearl River.  The Mayor of Pearl River has set the dates for a Spring Cleanup Week as Sunday, March 6th thru Saturday March 12th.  The week will end with their  Annual town-wide "Polishing the Pearl Spring Cleanup Day" which will be held on Saturday, March 12th  and will include lunch for all volunteers immediately after the cleanup. 

If you would like to help in this organized cleanup event or would like more information please contact Alderman Cutrer at 985-863-5800. You can also put in your order for your "POLISH THE PEARL" T-Shirt. 

  



February 5, 2016

STPSO K9 Pindal to Get Body Armor 

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office K9 Pindal will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Pindal’s vest is sponsored by Wyna Stefanik of Sudbury, VT.    

K9 Pindal is a 6 1/2 year old Shepherd/Malinios mix used to track missing persons and criminals.  He is trained in criminal apprehension and handler protection and can also sniff for narcotics and evidence recovery.  

“K9 Pindal and all of our K9 deputies are valuable assets our agency, and we are incredibly thankful to Vested Interest in K9s for this wonderful donation, which will help keep K9 Pindal safe while he is doing his job to keep the citizens of St. Tammany Parish safe,”  Sheriff Jack Strain said.



Obituary

JAMES DENMAN MILLER, AGE 83, and a resident of Kentwood died late Tuesday February 2, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was born on September 10, 1932 in Mt. Hermon.



February 5, 2016

Pineapple Guava:  Beautiful Plant & Tasty Fruit

Pineapple guava is a plant you can grow as a privacy screen or grow into a tree. But, as LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, the pineapple guava has no major insect or disease problems and produces delicious fruit.





February 5, 2016

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jenna Cosse was booked 02/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Capriece Dawson was booked 02/04 In From Court

Larry Lofton was booked 02/04 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk

Jeffrey Cox was booked 02/05 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), and Obstruction of Justice



February 4, 2016

Jury Convicts Former Franklinton Town Clerk of Theft

FRANKLINTON—A Washington Parish jury found Capriece Dawson, 43, a former Franklinton town clerk, guilty of theft over $1,500 and malfeasance in office Thursday (Feb. 4) for stealing money that resulted in losses of more than $115,000 to the town. Dawson faces up to 10 years in prison on the theft charge and up to five years on the malfeasance charge when District Judge Richard Swartz sentences her March 3.

The jury deliberated about 1½ hours Thursday before returning the guilty verdicts. During the trial, which began Monday, jurors heard from another former clerk, Carmen Freeman, who pled guilty in August last year to theft over $1,500, malfeasance, conspiracy to commit theft, and other charges related to a similar scheme. Despite pleading guilty to conspiracy, Freeman, who was called by Dawson’s attorneys to testify, said she never saw Dawson steal any money. As part of her plea agreement, Freeman will spend three years in prison.  Click here to read more.



February 4, 2016

Jury Convicts Man Who Sparked Massive 2011 Manhunt

A Washington Parish jury found Kaunda Lopaz Magee, 40, guilty late Wednesday (Feb. 3) of several crimes he committed in 2011, when he broke into a home in Pine, raped the male occupant, and shot at police during a getaway that sparked a three-week, two-state manhunt. Magee faces an automatic sentence of life in prison on the aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping charges when Judge Martin E. Coady sentences him Friday (Feb. 5).

The victim managed to untie himself and call the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. When a Louisiana State Police trooper spotted the truck and began following it, Magee fired shots at the officers and led them on a chase that wound through Tangipahoa Parish and into Mississippi. Magee eventually wrecked the truck and fled on foot into a heavily wooded area.

Magee was finally arrested Oct. 26, 2011, in Osyka, Mississippi, when he was shot by a resident in self-defense.



February 4, 2016

Most Wanted in Washington Parish

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal asks for the public’s help in locating several individuals who are wanted for criminal violations. “We want to find these ten individuals and put them in jail where they belong. They know we are looking for them and they are on the run. If you have knowledge of where any of these individuals might be, I ask you to call the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434”





February 4, 2016

Covington Man Arrested on Stalking Charges

Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz announces that Frederick Mayeaux of Covington, La has been arrested in connection with a stalking complaint made by an employee of a local business. The employee has identified Mayeaux as the one who came to the business on three separate occasions and overtly massaged his genitals and became sexually aroused.   committed lewd acts in front of her, putting her in fear for her safety.

As a result of these overt sexual acts made by Mayeaux, the victim became fearful for her safety and reported the incidents to the Covington Police Department.

Mayeaux made purchases on each of these occasions using a debit or credit card. Through transaction records from the business and records obtained from the bank through which the card was issued, investigators were able to identify Mayeaux as a suspect.



February 4, 2016

Jury Convicts Slidell Man of Attempted Rape of 5-year-old

A St. Tammany Parish jury found Terral W. Brand, Jr., 33, of Slidell, guilty Wednesday (Feb. 3) of the attempted aggravated rape of a girl who was 5 years old at the time. Brand faces 10 to 50 years in prison when District Judge Allison H. Penzato sentences him on Feb. 22.

The crime dates back to between Oct. 28, 2013, and Oct. 29, 2013, when the victim’s mother went on a work-related trip and left the child in the Brand’s care. During that time, the child disclosed to a friend of the mother that Brand had put his finger inside her, licked her private area, and rubbed his private part against hers. The babysitter told the mother, who contacted police.

The child later shared the same account with a doctor at Children’s Hospital and in an interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Covington. Brand admitted to police that he masturbated in front of the girl, but he said he was intoxicated and did not remember anything else. The jury deliberated nearly two hours before returning the guilty verdict.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jay Adair and Becky Jo Hollen.



February 4, 2016

2016 Black History Event in Bogalusa





Obituary

DAVID ANTHONY BOE, SR. AGE 69 and a resident of Franklinton passed into eternal rest on Wednesday evening February 3, 2016 at his home. A native of New Orleans and a resident of Washington Parish for the past 40 years, he had retired from Southern Bell/AT&T after a career as a line technician. David was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Folsom and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was also the first Fire Chief of the Bonner Creek Volunteer Fire Department. 



Obituary

Troy Brett Mayfield, age 49, born on September 10, 1966 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.



Obituary

Vera Faye Tynes, age 84, a resident of Robert, LA, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at North Oaks Hospital in Hammond, LA.



Obituary

MELBA TONEY THOMAS REYNOLDS, AGE 91 and a resident of Franklinton died Monday February 1, 2016 at Good Samaritan Living Center. She was an avid gardener that loved planting and caring for her flowers. Melba was a loving and caring person with a host of friends, especially the ones she met operating her grocery store for many years.



Obituary

Shantell (Baker) Butler was raised in the church and enjoyed time there.  At a later age she strayed away, but she acknowledged that the Lord helped her to turn her life around. She began to attend church and she would testify how God had changed her life. She then got a job with Maria’s Mexican Restaurant where she remained employed until her passing. 



February 4, 2016

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Crescent Vogt was booked 02/03 In From Court

Noah O'Berry was booked 02/03 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Carrying Firearm/Weapon on School Property, and Possession of Marijuana

Alton Thompson was booked 02/03 on the charge of Probation Violation

Wallace Westbrook was booked 02/03 on the charge of Parola Violation

Theresa Gendusa was booked 02/03 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Jenna Cosse was booked 02/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs



February 3, 2016

Bogalusa Pays Off $700,000 Budgetary Loan Early

As an indication of Bogalusa's improving financial picture, Mayor Wendy Perrette informed the Council Tuesday evening that the City paid the $700,000 budgetary loan a month early.  Although $1.9 million had been approved, the administration only borrowed $700,000 in 2015.  Recently, the Council approved a budgetary loan for 2016 up to $950,000.  

In other business, the Council 

  • approved an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Grant Agreement with the State of Louisiana for improvements at the airport in the amount of $31,000.  The improvements are at no cost to the City.    
  • introduced an ordinance to establish an Adjudicated Property Program.  A Public Hearing and Council vote on the ordinance will be held on February 16.  
  • introduced an ordinance amending the agreement between the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the City of Bogalusa Contract No. 416012.   Public Hearing and Council vote on the ordinance will be held on February 16.  
  • heard from residents Foots Quinn and Fate Farrell during Public Participation.  Quinn had comments and suggestions related to the litter problem.  Farrell spoke on needed street improvements.
  • received reports from Fire Chief Richard Moody and Police Chief Joe Culpepper.
  • heard comments from Mayor Wendy Perrette, beginning at 13:45 into the meeting.
  • Councilman-at-Large Doug Ritchie announced that a town hall meeting is scheduled for February 23, 2016 at City Hall.  (Scroll down for separate article and video)

(To watch the complete video of the meeting, go to our Government Meetings page)





February 3, 2016

Bogalusa Town Hall Meeting Feb. 23 Announced

Bogalusa City Councilman-at-Large Doug Ritchie announced Tuesday evening that a town hall meeting is scheduled for February 23, 2016 at City Hall.  Ritchie said the town hall meeting, long-anticipated by some, is scheduled for 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and should identify areas that need improvement and possible solutions.  Residents are invited to participate.

Some residents have recently complained of their inability to fully express their concerns during the time set aside for Public Participation at scheduled Council meetings.  During Public Participation residents have a three-minute time limit to speak.  The town-hall meeting idea was proposed as a means to give residents more time to speak and, as Ritchie said, identify areas that need improvement and possible solutions. 





February 3, 2016

Former Walter Reed Assistant Facing Ethics Charges

Source:   SARA PAGONES AND KATIE MOORE| THEADVOCATE.COM  

Harry Pastuszek Jr., a member of former north shore District Attorney Walter Reed’s inner circle, has been chargedby the state Ethics Board with a raft of violations related to his lucrative and controversial contract with the St. Tammany Parish School Board.

The probe by the Ethics Board followed a series of 2014 reports by The New Orleans Advocate and WWL-TV that raised questions about Pastuszek’s deal with the school system. The School Board contract, which dated to 1992, earned $1.8 million for Pastuszek’s law firm — which he wholly owns — between 2011 to 2014 alone.

Pastuszek, who now lives in Florida, was once Reed’s top aide, and he became the School Board’s lawyer through his position as an assistant district attorney.  Pastuszek’s arrangement, as described by the Ethics Board, resembled Reed’s own deal with the St. Tammany Parish Hospital.  

Click here to read the full story.



February 3, 2016

Slidell PD K-9 Chase Loses Battle to ALS-Type Disease

Statement from Slidell Police Department

It is with a very heavy heart we share the passing of one of our own, K-9 Chase. Chase served the citizens and city he loved for just under a decade. On Monday, February 1, 2016, Chase lost his battle with Degenerative Myelopathy.

During his career, K-9 Chase assisted with the apprehension of over 100 criminals, took illegal narcotics off the streets, assisted numerous outside police agencies, and provided education and demonstrations to thousands of school children.



Obituary

Mrs. Virginia R. Smith, age 76, of Bogalusa, LA and former resident of Vicksburg, MS went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

She graduated from Central Memorial High School of Bogalusa Class of 1958. She also graduated from Sullivan Vocational technical college, with a degree in Accounting and Marketing. She worked for more than 25 years as a cashier. Many will remember her as always having a kind word, caring heart, and would give her last to help anybody.

Mrs. Virginia became A MEMBER OF THE Mt. Carmel Baptist church in 1970, under the leadership of the Rev. tom Bailey, Jr. she was a very active member of the church, a Sunday School member, a member of the Pastor Aide Club, Senior choir, Mission and she often attend Vacation Bible School.

Outside of church, Mrs. Virginia was a member of the AARP organization.



February 3, 2016

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Kaunda Magee was booked 02/02 In For Court

Austin Givens was booked 02/02 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Rodney Davis was booked 02/02 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine, Contempt of Court and Possession of Stolen Property

Ariel Brown was booked 02/02 on the charge of Aggravated Battery

Dylan-Buzz Busby was booked 02/02 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk

Frankie Crosby was booked 02/02 on the charge of Attachment

Michael Rainey was booked 02/02 on the charges of Improper Equipment, Driving Under Suspension, No Ignition Interlock Device, and Probation Violation





February 3, 2016

Hammond Woman Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Scheme

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that Raven Hughes, age 28, of Hammond, pled guilty today to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft for engaging in a multi-year tax fraud scheme.

Hughes used names and social security numbers of unsuspecting persons to prepare false tax returns that claimed large tax refunds.  In total, Hughes caused not fewer than 148 federal income tax returns to be fraudulently submitted in the names of at least 103 different individuals between 2009 and 2012 and received approximately $199,050.

Hughes faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than twenty years, followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine for the count of mail fraud.  Hughes also faces a mandatory consecutive two-year sentence for the commission of aggravated identity theft.  U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for May 18, 2016.



February 2, 2016

Reminder: Chili Cook-off at Riverside Medical Center is Feb. 5

With only a $10 entry fee and $5 to judge and eat, this is a great event.  Plus all money raised goes to the American Heart Association.





February 2, 2016

Suspect Wanted by Covington Police Department

The Covington Police Department is seeking the publics’ help identifying a woman suspected of criminal damage to property, simple battery, and disturbing the peace stemming from an incident that occurred at Butter Krisp Diner, 1105 US Hwy 190 Business, on December 26, 2015.

If you think you may know this person, please call the Covington Police Department at (985) 892-8500. 





February 2, 2016

Severe Weather is Possible Today and Tonight

The National Weather Service indicates we may have frequent lightning, one or two tornadoes, and strong damaging winds today and tonight.  Beginning Wednesday, we should have some beautiful sunny days with milder temperatures for the rest of the week.





Obituary

On June 12, 1930, in Angie, Louisiana, God blessed the late Jerry Moses and Francis Mark Moses with their third child and eldest son, Brother Theodore Moses, Sr. He was affectionately known by many as “Thado.” He departed this life on January 28, 2016 at the age of 85. 



February 2, 2016

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Benny Cade was booked 02/01 on a Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear

George Case was booked 02/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Crystal Stockstill was booked 01/01 In From Court

Cole Hopkins was booked 02/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

David Gubert was booked 02/01 on the charge of Parole Violation

Ronald Alexander was booked 02/01 on the charges of Failure to Comply:  Address Change and Failure to Appear

Sean Ebers was booked 02/01 on the charge of Molestation of a Juvenile

Robert Bunn was booked 02/01 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Richard Jordan was booked 02/01 on the charge of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs

Tracy Burnett was booked 02/01 on the charge of Second Degree Battery



February 1, 2016

La. Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issues $16,800 in Rewards

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $16,800 to diligent citizens statewide in 2015.

The LOGT board reviewed a total of 43 cases in 2015.  A total of 72 subjects were apprehended and a total of 385 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases. The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of 27 deer cases,  three migratory game bird cases, seven turkey cases, three commercial fish cases and an alligator case.

LOGT was instituted in 1984, and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511. 



February 1, 2016

Now is a Great Time to Visit Your Nursery

You might not think winter is a good time to visit a nursery; but think again. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill gives some reasons why now is a great time to visit your nurseries and select plants like trees and shrubs.





February 1, 2016

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Wesley Dale Penton was booked 01/29 on the charge of Parole Violation

Austin Darby was booked 01/29 In From Court

Yvette Bearden was booked 01/29 on the charge of Failure to Return Rental Property

La Johnson was booked 01/29 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Careka Newkirk was booked 01/29 In From Court

Jamireo Wilson was booked 01/29 on the charges of Obstructing Public Passages, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Schoniger Donahue was booked 01/31 In For Court

Stacy Brumfield was booked 01/31 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Chester Alsobrooks was booked 01/31 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Justin Stafford was booked 01/31 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Obstruction of Highway

Benny Cade was booked 02/01 on the charge of Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear



Newswatch


On CBN Newswatch, Feb. 12: Homeland Security ramps up fight against terrorism; GOP candidates pushed on religious liberty bill in South Carolina; Keys to a Valentine's victory: how to launch your relationship; and more.




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