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May 22, 2015

Lacombe Woman Jailed for Cruelty to 2-Year Old

Trenique Faciane, a 40 year old Lacombe area woman has been arrested after Louisiana Heart Hospital officials notified Sheriff’s office detectives yesterday evening that a young female child, showing potential signs of abuse, had been admitted to the hospital’s emergency room.

At approximately 5:30 pm yesterday, a 9-1-1 call from the residence reported that the child was vomiting and unresponsive.  Fire District #3 EMS personnel responded to the residence and transported the child to the hospital.

Faciane is the foster parent and is an owner of Wee Wisdom Learning Center, a privately owned child care facility in Slidell.  She admitted to beating the child with a hairbrush, shaking her, and dropping her into a bathtub and was booked for second degree cruelty to juveniles.

The child was transferred to a south shore hospital.  According to hospital personnel, she remains there in critical condition.

May 22, 2015

Homeless" Man Found With Over $800 Cash 

Yesterday, Slidell Police arrested 59-year-old Franklin Jones for being intoxicated in public and for urinating in public . Mr. Jones has been begging for money at the intersection of Gause and Interstate 10 for well over a year. Mr. Jones has been offered a job on multiple occasions, but chooses not to work because he makes a better living by begging people for money. Due to a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, it is perfectly legal for Mr. Jones to beg for money. Yesterday, however, Mr. Jones drank too much alcohol, began stumbling into the roadway, stole a shopping cart, then decided to urinate on the side of the road in front of multiple people. A mother, with her young children in tow, found this to be appalling (as would most people) and called Slidell Police. Mr. Jones was subsequently arrested and found with over $800 cash in his pockets (For those of you wondering, Mr. Jones’ money was not seized. It is his to keep).



Rupert Earl Breland, age 80, born on May 18, 1935 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.  He was a Member and Deacon of Superior Avenue Baptist Church and also taught Sunday School for many years. He was an ordained Baptist Minister. He taught school in Louisiana and Mississippi for 40 years. Former First Vice President of Louisiana Teachers Association. Boy Scout Leader Troop 86. He made three canoe trips to Canada with scouting. Former President of the Bogalusa Lions Club. Former Citizen of the year in 1972. Honored by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for years of teaching hunter safety. 

May 22, 2015

Sheriff Seal Cautions About Boating Safety 

This past week was designated National Boating Safety Week.  As school ends and more families and individuals will be on the water, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal cautions parish residents about boating safety.    Boating safety rules apply regardless of the size of the boat or the reason for being on the water.  Click here, for some common sense tips.

“Some of the most heart-wrenching experiences we have are when we search for drowning victims,” said Sheriff Seal.  “Such times are very difficult for families and for our officers.  Please exercise extreme caution while on the water and always make certain a responsible adult is present.” 

May 22, 2015

Proposal to Remove La. Black Bear from Endangered List

Thanks to a highly successful public-private partnership spanning more than two decades, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the Louisiana black bear – the inspiration for the “Teddy Bear” – from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

The Louisiana black bear is a subspecies of black bear unique to Louisiana, western Mississippi and eastern Texas. In 1902, it became part of American culture when, during a hunting trip near Onward, Mississippi, President Theodore Roosevelt spared one from his trophy collection. 

To read the rest of the story, click here.

May 22, 2015

Lewis Galloway Found Guilty of Sex Crimes

A St. Tammany Parish jury deliberated just a half-hour Wednesday before finding Lewis E. Galloway, 70, of Covington, guilty of two counts of molestation of a juvenile under 13 and one count of sexual battery. Galloway faces up to 99 years in prison. 

Over a three-year period, ending in March 2012, Galloway molested two girls, who were 9 and 10 years old when the abuse started. One of the victims testified that Galloway touched her inappropriately and made her touch him. She said she also witnessed him do the same to the other girl, who did not testify.  The victim who testified said Galloway gave both girls money and played a game that required them to lift their shirts to reveal themselves to him when he used a certain word. 

Another victim, now 22, also testified that when she was 9 or 10, Galloway molested her multiple times. 

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department were the investigating agencies, Assistant DA Nick Noriega was the prosecutor. and the trial was held before Judge August J. Hand.  Galloway will be sentenced at a later date.

May 22, 2015

Alfred Gaines Sentenced to 40 Years for Rape & Sexual Battery

Alfred M. Gaines Jr., 50, of Hickory, pled guilty Thursday to forcible rape and sexual battery of a 4-year-old girl who had been left in his care.  Judge August J. Hand sentenced Gaines to 40 years on the rape charge and 40 years on the sexual battery charge. The sentences will run concurrently. 

The girl’s mother trusted Gaines to care for the child for a short time while she ran errands. But once the mother left, Gaines played pornographic movies and performed an oral sexual act on the child. The crime came to light later when the girl told her mother what happened.  The St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.  

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office was the investigating agency and Assistant DA Nick Noriega was the prosecutor.

May 22, 2015

Gov. Jindal Issues Marriage and Conscience Executive Order 

Governor Bobby Jindal has issued an Executive Order to protect religious liberty and prevent the state from discriminating against those with deeply held religious beliefs. 

Governor Jindal said, “In Louisiana, the state should not be able to take adverse action against a person for their belief in traditional marriage. 

"That’s why I’m issuing an Executive Order to prevent the state from discriminating against people, charities and family-owned businesses with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman.

"We don’t support discrimination in Louisiana and we do support religious liberty. These two values can be upheld at the same time.

To read the full press release and the order itself, click here.

May 22, 2015

DHH Encourages Precautions While Swimming This Summer

Summertime is here, which means Louisiana families are already starting to get active and enjoy the water. Whether you are taking a trip to a lake, going for a dip in the pool or just pulling out the water-based yard toys, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) advises you to take precautions to keep yourself and your family safe from risks associated with water activities such as drowning and infection from germs.

"There are a number of beautiful options for us to enjoy the water during the summer months," said DHH Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert. "We don't want to discourage anyone from swimming, but we do want to make sure everyone is careful and takes the proper precautions."

Click here, for important general swimming tips and swimming in pools and in bodies of water. THEY MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE OR THE LIFE OF A LOVED ONE!

May 22, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Steven Lewis was booked 05/21 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Kenneth Reed was booked 05/21 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property

Kevin Hawkins was booked 05/21 In For Court

May 22, 2015

St. Tammany Parish Hospital Ranks in Top 5% Nationwide 

COVINGTON – St. Tammany Parish Hospital adds yet another national ranking for patient experience and quality, ranking in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ recognizes St. Tammany Parish Hospital for providing outstanding performance in delivering a positive experience for patients during their hospital stay. Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.  

Additionally, St. Tammany Parish Hospital received 4 stars in a Medicare patient experience survey, one of the state’s best scores. 

“We are honored to be singled out in these ways,” said STPH President and CEO Patti Ellish, "but it's really the people who make us what we are. There's a feeling of family here, and we believe the high marks we earn stem directly from our commitment to our employees and our collective commitment to our patients."

Click here to read the full press release.

May 21, 2015

Bogalusa Council Meeting – An Exercise in Democracy

The Bogalusa Council meeting Tuesday evening, May 19 once again saw approximately sixty persons in attendance and once again, several residents expressed their concerns during the Public Participation segment of the meeting.  At times Council members responded, at times they were seen taking notes, and at times Mayor Perrette responded.  But the point is, residents were free to express their concerns and address issues.  Perhaps those addressing the Council will not have their problems resolved but their concerns were heard.  Click here to read more about the Bogalusa Council meeting.


Herman G. Whitfield, age 95, born on August 25, 1919 in Bethel, NC, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA. 

He was a WWII Veteran serving 33 years as a Master Drill Sergeant in the United States Army and Reserves. He was a member of First United Pentecostal Church since 1971. 

May 21, 2015

Former Hannan Teacher Arrested for Distribution of Marijuana

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office has arrested a former teacher with Archbishop Hannan High School for two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of distribution of a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance (marijuana).

Camille Brennan (922 Hidalgo St, New Orleans – DOB: 8/30/1985) was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail this afternoon, after turning herself in at the Sheriff’s office.  Detectives had obtained warrants for Brennan’s arrest late yesterday, May 20.

On May 1, 2015, Brennan supplied two juvenile female students at the school with brownies, laced with marijuana.  School officials were alerted to the incident by one of the girl’s parents that evening.  The same day, the school’s principal contacted the Sheriff’s office and we immediately began an investigation.

Yesterday, Brennan admitted to detectives that she supplied the girls with the marijuana brownies.

The investigation is on-going, and other charges might be forthcoming.

Brennan resigned from the school while under investigation in the case.

May 21, 2015

Take Advantage of La.'s Blueberry Harvest

Source:  Johnny Morgan, LSU Ag Center

In addition to popular warm-season fruit like peaches and watermelons, blueberries are becoming better known for their healthful properties.  More interest in blueberries has led to more acreage in the state.

William Afton, LSU AgCenter agent in St. Tammany Parish, works with a number of blueberry growers, who use the crop to supplement their income.  “I would say the average size of an operation in my territory is about an acre,” Afton said.  These are normally “U-pick” operations, which do not require a lot of labor on the part of the grower, he said.  “From the end of May through the month of June is pretty much the window for blueberry production in the state,” Afton said. “By July the crop is drying up.” 

Now is a good time to discover how important blueberries are in maintaining good health, said LSU AgCenter nutrition specialist Heli Roy.

“Foods with a lot of color like blueberries have high levels of anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that help keep us healthy,” Roy said.  “They also neutralize free radicals in the body which  are produced excessively when you smoke or drink or by radiation like from the sun.”

May 21, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Melvin Lowe was booked 05/20 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Failure to Appear, and Failure to Pay Old Fine

Rekelia McGowan was booked 05/20 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Distribution of Schedule II Drugs

Barrett Dunaway was booked 05/20 on the charge of Theft 500-1500

Alvenio Culpepper was booked 05/20 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, Driving Under Suspension, Child Restraint Violation (2 counts), and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

Lakeisha Brister was booked 05/20 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts)

May 20, 2015

Sheriff's Office Intercepts Illegal Drug Delivery 

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force worked with United States Postal Service Inspectors on May 18 to intercept illegal drugs which were being shipped through the post office.  The shipped box had been damaged in transit and postal authorities smelled what they believed to be marijuana.  The box had been mailed from Los Angeles and was addressed to 28939 J.P. Francis Road in Angie. 

The two investigative teams took the box to Rayburn Correctional Center where it was placed in a room with two other cardboard boxes and a milk carton.  A narcotics canine then was allowed access to the room and quickly focused in on the box which was suspected to contain illegal drugs. 

The box was then returned to the post office to wait for the addressee to claim the package.  Agents waited on the perimeter of the post office property until a female arrived, claimed the package and exited the post office. 

To see what happened next and who was involved, click here.

May 20, 2015

Riverside Medical Center Announces Job Openings

Current job openings at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton include: 

  • OR Supervisor,
  • Registered Nurses, 
  • Registration Clerk and 
  • Phlebotomist. .

Visit for more information.

May 20, 2015

New Blog - Concerned Citizens for Good Government

Lorraine Bourn and "few who helped me joined with me and we formed a movement, 'Citizens for Good Government' and thus was born the engine for this blog.

The blog states, "Bogalusa was  a Mill City with a booming economy in its day.  Today it is a Mill City with half the population it had and struggling with a deficit budget. These aren’t easy times and difficult decisions must be made by our leaders. We plan to post the facts as best we can and let you be the judge as to whether our leaders are headed in the right direction to rebuild Bogalusa."

Look to the right of this page and click on "Read This Blog" under the logo. Check it out and come back often for updates.

May 20, 2015

Help Mandeville Police Catch a Burglar!

Mandeville Police Detectives are asking for help identifying the subject in the attached photographs. The individual is believed to be involved in a recent attempted residence burglary in the 2300 block of Jefferson Street. Detectives believe the suspect is in his early 20s, about 5’08” and about 150 pounds. He has dirty blonde/light brown hair and tattoos on both forearms. Anyone who can help identify the suspect is asked to call the Mandeville Police Department at (985) 626-9711.

May 20, 2015

Accounting Software Seminar Tomorrow at NTCC in Bogalusa

Northshore SCORE and the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce is offering a free seminar on Basic Accounting Software Usage tomorrow, May 21 at the Northshore Technical Community College in Bogalusa.  It is designed to familiarize attendees with the operation of programs such as QuickBooks.  

Persons interested may call (985) 549-3831 or the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce at (985) 735-5731.

May 20, 2015

Cancer Center to Host Survivors Day Picnic June 5 

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital is hosting a Survivors Day Picnic Celebration for cancer survivors and their families Friday, June 5 from 11am to 1:30 pm.  

Cancer survivor and St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister will present a proclamation designating June 5 as National Cancer Survivors Day. 

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital provides comprehensive cancer care that strives to positively impact the lives of cancer patients and their families on the Northshore. Services include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, as well as patient navigation, clinical trials and free community screenings. 

May 20, 2015

AG Caldwell Announces Settlement with Three Major Credit Bureaus 

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and 30 other state attorneys general today announced an agreement with the three national credit reporting agencies that will improve both credit report accuracy and the companies’ response to consumer disputes.

Equifax Information Services LLC, Experian Information Solutions Inc., and TransUnion LLC, will make a number of changes to their business practices that benefit consumers.  The settlement requires the agencies to provide greater protections to consumers who dispute information on their credit reports, and it limits certain information that can be added to a credit report.  Each agency must provide a link to its online dispute website

Under the settlement, the participating states will receive a total of $6 million.

Attorney General Caldwell encourages Louisiana consumers to check their reports at least once a year or before making any purchase that requires financing. Each major credit bureau is required to provide one free credit report per year to consumers. Consumers can access their reports by visiting


RANDY LEE JENISON, AGE 55 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died Sunday night May 17, 2015 after a truck accident near Vicksburg, MS. He was native of New Jersey and former resident of Pennsville, NJ but was a longtime resident of Louisiana and Washington Parish. Randy drove a tanker for Smitty’s Oil, where he was referred to as “Problem Child”. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding and working on his tractor. He liked to work in his yard and cut the grass. Randy cherished all the time spent with his family and adored all of his many grandchildren. 

May 20, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Lynn Breedlove was booked 05/19 on the charge of Theft 500-1500

Jonathan Stogner was booked 05/19 on the charges of Forgery (2 counts)

Elana Gagloria was booked 05/19 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Victoria Self was booked 05/19 In For Court

Sharonda Route was booked 05/19 In For Court

Kelly Stokes was booked 05/19 for Drug Court

Terry Self was booked 05/19 In For Court

May 19, 2015

STPSO Looking for Two 16-Year Old Runaways

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating two teenage girls who recently ran away from a Covington-area residence.

The two girls, 16-year-old Hannah Brooke Lavergne and 16-year-old Destiny Barthelemy, went missing from the Covington area on May 8.  They are believed to be in the New Orleans area and are known to frequent Canal Street and the French Quarter. They may also be in the area of Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East. 

Hannah Brooke Lavergne is a white female, 5' 2" and 120 pounds.  She has brown hair and blue eyes. Her lip, nose and naval are pierced and she has a diamond tattoo on her right wrist. Prior to living in the Covington area, Lavergne lived in the Lafayette area. 

Destiny Barthelemy is a black female, 5' 6", 140 pounds. She has dark brown eyes and dark brown hair. She has a tattoo of the word "loyalty" on her right wrist, "Kadem" on her left wrist and a leopard print tattoo on her left shoulder. Prior to living in the Covington area, she resided in the Marrero area.

Anyone who has seen or talked to either of these girls, or who may have information as to where they are, is asked to please call 985-898-2338.  Det. Gretchen Sanders is the lead investigator on the case.

May 19, 2015

Hancock Deputy Attacked - Suspects Sought

Source:  By Al Showers,

A Hancock County Sheriff's deputy was jumped during a late night traffic stop Monday, and the suspects are still at large.  After stopping a suspicious vehicle at a rest stop on Old Highway 90, the deputy's “concentration was diverted from the driver, and the driver at that point struggled with the deputy," said Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Don Bass.  Then, two other subjects got involved and the struggle ensued for quite a while."

Bass reports one suspect reached for the deputy's gun. Bass said the deputy's K9 may have saved his handler's life.  "He was able to press his button for his dog. The K9 was able to exit the vehicle and make contact with two of the three subjects and we believe they have been bitten by the K9 dog."

But the suspects managed to get away. Authorities report the trio, all described as black men, took off in a blue Lincoln Towncar with a dark colored top and custom rims.

Bass wouldn't speculate on whether he believed this attack is related in any way to recent violence against law enforcers in other parts of the country and in Mississippi.

Sheriff Ricky Adam said the deputy suffered a cut to the forehead and several other injuries. The deputy was released from an area hospital early Tuesday morning. 

The Bay St. Louis and Waveland Police Departments are assisting in the search for the suspects. If you have any information on the suspects or where they might be, you're asked to contact the Hancock County Sheriff's Department at (228) 255-9191.  To read the news story, click here.

May 19, 2015

A Law Enforcement and Citizen Relationships Event May 27

A Message From A. Nathan Young, Pastor of Faith Bible Church

In light of the growing unrest and disunity in our country, it is important that we become proactive in our approach to law enforcement and community relations. In the past, we have witnessed the tension that negative relationships between citizens and the police can create, even in our own community. We have also witnessed, more recently, in other parts of our nation, what can happen when the two do not work together to create good working relationships.

The purpose of this event will be to be proactive in our approach to law enforcement and citizen relationships. We desire to create awareness and understanding in West St. Tammany. Join us on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 7pm at Faith Bible Church as we interact with top law enforcement officials in our area. You will have the opportunity to ask them your questions and share your concerns.

The Law Enforcement Panel will include Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain, District Attorney Warren Montgomery, and Public Defender John Linder.  Other Community and Political Leaders will also attend.

Please note that questions for the panel will be written and handed in. Pastor A. Nathan Young will also moderate the event.


Colonel Lola Mae Ball, USAF Nurse Corps, Ret. went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 15, 2015, in Boerne, Texas, her retirement home for the last 40 years.  Lola Mae, known as “Mae” to her family, was born on March 22, 1931, at home in Angie, Louisiana, raised on the family farm, attended Angie Elementary and High School and was a member of the Angie Baptist Church. Though her career and later life would take her far from her Washington Parrish, she would always cherish her close knit family and visits back “home.” 


CODY JAMES MULFORD, AGE 21 and a resident of Pine died Friday morning May 15, 2015. He attended High School in Washington Parish and was a member of Love Missionary Baptist Church. Cody worked at the Honea Law Firm in McComb and was a former college student. He was always athletic and enjoyed sports, hunting and the outdoors. Cody enjoyed traveling and was always a very friendly person that liked to kid around with people. He liked many different movies and books and loved spending time with his family especially his younger siblings. 

May 19, 2015

Arkansas Police Stand in for Father at Son's Graduation

Although this is not a local story, it is a true and timely story that epitomizes what is good in our country at a time when we have so much bad to report. 

Click here to read how law enforcement and a community came together to support a grieving family.

May 19, 2015

Plan Now to Attend Memory Walkers Longest Day Event

It's Free – It's Great Family Fun – It's for a Worthy Cause

Make plans now to be at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds in Franklinton on Saturday, June 20, 2015 for a 5K, a car/bike show, interaction and pictures with “Once Upon a Time” characters, and a River City Hit Squad Concert.  The event will last from sunrise to sunset, concessions will be provided by the Memory Walkers, and it is to benefit Alzheimer's Awareness and Research.  Contact Kreig Todd at 985.516.3855 for more information on becoming a business partner!  

For more information click here or to attain the registration forms for the 5K and/or Car/Bike Show, please visit or call 985.516.3855.

May 19, 2015

2015 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run 

Press Release From Franklinton Police Department

On Monday, May 18, 2015, members of the Franklinton Police Department participated in the 2015 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.  This year, players on the Franklinton Police Departments 5 & 6 year old little league baseball team joined in.  The torch was received from members of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and Rayburn Correctional Center. Police Department runners started at Boyd’s Auto and ran down Washington Street the 1.5 miles to Winn Dixie.  The torch was then handed back off to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and Rayburn Correctional Center officers where it was subsequently taken to St. Tammany Parish.  After the run, the police department players were treated to an frozen ICEE provided by Market Max. 

Pictured in the photograph (back row L-R) Corporal James Pugh, Charlie Lester and Major Justin Brown (front row L-R) Trey Knight, Kolt Killingsworth, Jon Wesley Magee, Drew Brown, Kaleb Dillon and Tristan Pierce (not pictured Cayman Pugh). Corporal James Pugh and Major Justin Brown are also two of the coaches of the Franklinton Police Department baseball team.  Thanks to Cody Magee and the other baseball parents who allowed their children to participate in this year’s run.

May 19, 2015

AG Caldwell Sues Sham Cancer Charities  

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced today that he has filed a federal lawsuit against four phony cancer charities and their operators, who allegedly scammed more than $187 million from consumers throughout the country. 

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona by Caldwell, 50 other attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission. It alleges that Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services and The Breast Cancer Society all lied about claims that consumers’ donations would provide direct support to cancer patients.

"It is downright despicable for any organization to exploit the plight of cancer patients to line their own pockets,” Attorney General Caldwell said. 

To read the rest of the press release, click here.

May 19, 2015

Third Conviction in Slidell Fatal Stabbing and Fire

A sentencing hearing will be held June 22 for Devin Baham, 24, of Slidell, who was the third defendant convicted in the 2012 murder of Ashley King who was stabbed 13 times and set on fire in her home.  Baham was found guilty of  manslaughter, aggravated arson, and obstruction of justice and faces life in prison. 

Andrew J. Sumner, 22, of Slidell, pled guilty March 9 to manslaughter, aggravated arson, and obstruction of justice for his role in King’s death and the fire. Sumner’s wife, Katelyn Lusich, 20, pled guilty in November 2014 to obstruction of justice and has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. 

To read the press release from District Attorney Warren Montgomery, click here.

May 19, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Bobby Dillon was booked 05/18 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense)

Darrel Dykes was booked 05/18 on the charge of Theft 500-1500

Kelly Stokes was booked 05/18 for Drug Court

Jonathon McCain was booked 05/18 for Drug Court

Johnnie Young was booked 05/18 In From Court

Mabel Mingo was booked 05/18 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Keith Kennedy was booked 05/18 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs and Failure to Appear

Liza Huber was booked 05/18 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs and Failure to Appear

Mark Fortenberry was booked 05/18 In From Court

Jacqueline Villalta was booked 05/18 In From Court

Diontrinise Westbias was booked 05/18 In For Court

Lynn Breedlove was booked 05/19 on the charge of Theft 500-1500


YVONNE FISHER PHARES, AGE 82 and a resident of Franklinton died at 5:49 pm Saturday May 16, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a longtime member of Bethel Baptist Church, where she often arranged the flowers for each weekly service. She loved planting and caring for her own flowers while also working in her yard. Yvonne enjoyed traveling, often to Tennessee to spend time with her family. She was always a loving wife, while caring for her husband, and she adored the time spent with her grandchildren and young great-grandchildren. 


Lawrence "Larry" Jacob Duca passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015 at his home in Mt. Hermon, LA.  He was a native of New Orleans, a resident of St. Bernard Parish for 30 years and a resident of Mt. Hermon for the past 7 years. 

May 18, 2015

Growing Herbs in Your Garden

Growing your own herbs can be very rewarding when it comes to enhancing your meals. But when flowers start appearing, what do you do? On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what you should do when your herbs start to bolt.

May 18, 2015

Covington Awarded as "One of Best Places to Work"

Statement From Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz

Yesterday (Friday, May 15) I had the opportunity to join Mayor Cooper and other members of the administration, department heads, and Council members in New Orleans at an event hosted by and the Times Picayune. At this event, the City of Covington was given an award for being one of the best places to work. The City of Covington was the only government agency to receive such recognition!!! 

I am proud to work for the City of Covington and more importantly work with some of the finest people I have ever had the opportunity to work with in my professional career. It really doesn't surprise me that we were recognized as a great place to work. It truly is. 

Chief Tim Lentz

May 18, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Tina Bonilla-Olivar was booked 05/15 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice

Terrance Morris was booked 05/16 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear

Amber Newman was booked 05/16 on the charge of Probation Violation

Douglas Feeley was booked 05/16 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Jonathon Talley was booked 05/16 In For Court

Duniele Anders was booked 05/16 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

Phillip Lorio was booked 05/16 In From Court

Shanique Adams was booked 05/16 In For Court

Patricia Babbs was booked 05/16 In For Court

Kerri Crawford was booked 05/17 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace-Simple Drunk

Bregette Craft was booked 05/17 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property (2 counts), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Jalentria Dokes was booked 05/17 In For Court

Angel Friego was booked 05/17 on the charges of Open Container in Vehicle, No Proof of Insurance, Careless Operation, and No Drivers License

Bobby Dillon was booked 05/18 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense)


Mr. Joseph Anthony Lorio Sr., resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Mandeville, LA, at the age of 65.  He was a supervisor of the #8 paper machine at Temple Inland. Joseph was an avid motorcyclist, a NHRA enthusiast, and enjoyed piloting. 


Mr. Silmon O'neal Seal, a resident of Varnado, LA; passed away Friday, May 15, 2015, at the age of 78. 


DOYLE WEBB “D.W.” “DUB” BATEMAN, AGE 82 and a resident of Franklinton died Thursday evening May 14, 2015 at his home. He was a native of Baton Rouge and a retired operator for Deltech Corporation. D.W. was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War Era and a faithful member of Enon Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He loved his church family and was actively involved with the Enon Agers, AWANA and vacation Bible school. He was also a founding member of the Hooper Road Volunteer Fire Dept. (now District 6). D.W. enjoyed his daily visits to “the Council” where for 6 years he proudly served as a member of the Washington Parish Council on Aging Board of Directors, three of which were served as Chairman of the Board. He was also a longtime member of the Central Lodge of the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons. In addition to spending time with his family he also loved “the country” and enjoyed feeding his birds, deer and turkeys every morning. 

May 18, 2015

What's Happening at STPH This Week

Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations May 18-23.

***NIGHTTIME, NAP WOES - Learning strategies to help your little ones go to bed for naps and nighttime. 

***SURVIVE DAT!- A Survive Dat! breast cancer support group for young survivors.  All are welcome regardless of where treatment was received. 

***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION - Free Tai Chi and meditation classes.

***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents as well as professionals. 

For more information, click here.

May 18, 2015

Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 18, 2015

Gardeners should consider some of the new gomphrena varieties – globe amaranth – for their landscapes.

One new variety is Fireworks. Unlike older gomphrenas, Fireworks is very tall (3-4 feet) and has pink flowers with light sprinkles of purple.

Traditional gomphrenas, which we sometimes commonly called bachelor buttons and some people call globe amaranth, are an old garden standby. They have light purple, lavender, white, dark purple and pink flowers on plants that can be from 6 inches to 4 feet tall depending on the variety. Select the Audray, All Around or Las Vegas series if you prefer these smaller-growing varieties.

Gomphrenas do best in full sun with limited irrigation.

May 15, 2015

Dusky Gopher Frog Gets 170-acre Home

More than 170 acres in southern Mississippi will be protected from development to help the endangered dusky gopher frog.  The frog, which spends most of its life underground in burrows created by gopher tortoises, was placed on the endangered species list in 2001. There are only about 100 adults still living in the wild in Harrison County, Miss., north of Gulfport.

Some 1,544 acres in St. Tammany Parish, west of Pearl River, also was labeled as critical habitat, even though the frog has not been seen in the parish in more than 50 years.

Click here to read the rest of this story by Robert Rhoden,

May 15, 2015

Two St. Tammany Men Booked on Juvenile Pornography Charges

Two St. Tammany Parish men have been booked with hundreds of counts of possessing child pornography following a multi-agency investigation led by the state Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit.

Chad OFarrell, 28, of 30193 Lazy K Drive, Lacombe, was booked into the Slidell city jail on 400 counts of possessing and a single count of distributing pornography involving juveniles.

Thomas Fleming, 21, of 561 Beechwood Drive, Slidell, was booked into the Slidell jail on 100 counts of possessing and a single count of distributing pornography involving juveniles.

Investigations into both OFarrell (pictured left) and Fleming (pictured right) began as a result of cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The joint investigations involved the AG's cyber crime unit, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Slidell Police Department.

"Individuals who use the Internet to exploit our children will find no safe haven in Louisiana," Caldwell said.

May 15, 2015

Slidell Man Shoots at Girlfriend and Arrested

A Slidell man was arrested on attempted murder charges after he fired a gun at his girlfriend outside a Shell gas station on Highway 11 near Slidell.  While in route to the scene, deputies located the victim, a 19-year-old woman, walking along Highway 11.  She told deputies she had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend, Jermal “Bird” Randolph (DOB 2/11/90; 1701 Nellie Drive, Slidell). As the argument escalated, she told deputies, she requested Randolph bring her home but he refused and as   she attempted to exit the vehicle, Randolph pulled out a handgun and fired the weapon in her direction. 

Rudolph was located near a relative’s home in Pearl River, taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail and charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon.


Velma Loise Seal, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 101, born on July 12, 1913 in Kokomo, MS, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA. 


Marion Janice Lott age 87 passed away May 14, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington La. She was a resident of Bogalusa La. 


AARON PHILLIP RANSON KEMP, AGE 32 and a resident of Kenner died early Wednesday May 12, 2015 at his home. He was a former resident of Washington Parish and a 2000 graduate of Franklinton High School. He later attended the University of Louisiana-Monroe and was presently enrolled in the Doctorate program of Walden University. Aaron was a United States Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and later served as an Army Intelligence officer and instructor. He enjoyed poetry and was an artist. Aaron also enjoyed handling snakes and reptiles and had many as pets. 

May 15, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Ynika Henry was booked 05/14 on the charges of Criminal Damage, Simple Battery, and Contempt of Court

Keith Garrett was booked 05/14 for Drug Court

Chad Lorio was booked 05/14 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Resisting and Officer (2 counts)

Roy Forbes was booked 05/14 In For Court

Glenn Gerald was booked 05/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving Without Headlights, No Insurance, and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI

Kirby Still was booked 05/14 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Simple Burglary, and Possession of Burglary Tools

Tina Bonilla-Olivar was booked 05/15 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice

May 14, 2015

Louisiana Safe Boating Week Set For May 16-22

The State of Louisiana has issued a proclamation that recognizes May 16-22 as “Safe Boating Week” , which signifies the beginning of the spring and summer boating season.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will again be reminding all boaters to be safe, responsible and knowledgeable while on the water during this safe boating week.  Safe Boating Week is a time for all boaters to inspect their vessels to ensure that all required safety equipment is on board and that vessels are in good working condition.  Each vessel should have enough personal flotation devices (PFD) on board for all occupants and a sober operator. The penalties for DWI on the water are the same as on the road.   For more boating and PFD regulations, please visit

So far in 2015 Louisiana has reported nine fatalities.  In 2014 Louisiana reported 18 boating fatalities and in 2013 Louisiana reported 15 fatalities. 

LDWF Enforcement Division agents will be out in full force as always during the week to perform boating safety checks and driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) patrols.

May 14, 2015

Cattle Producers Seeing Higher Beef Prices

With beef prices near record highs, cattle producers are enjoying the good times. Producers still need to plan and manage their cattle to maximize their investments, and now might be the time to consider different strategies. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story.  

May 14, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Shannon Smith was booked 05/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Improper Parking in Roadway, and No Drivers License on Person

Eric Thomas was booked 05/13 on the charge of Contempt of Court

Christopher Magee was booked 05/13 on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling

Rodney Hatcher was booked 05/13 on the charge of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling

Daniele Anders was booked 05/13 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense) and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment

Larresha Youngblood was booked 05/13 on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting

Ynika Henry was booked 05/14 on the charges of Criminal Damage, Simple Battery and Contempt of Court

May 13, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Brandon McElveen was booked 05/12 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery

Derrick Gibson was booked 05/12 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Expired MVI

Ashley Bowman was booked 05/12 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

Alex Wilson was booked 05/12 In For Court

Jessica Catalano was booked 05/12 In For Court

Brandon Cole was booked 05/12 on the charges of Pandering and Prohibited Acts

Shannon Smith was booked 05/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Improper Parking in Road, No Drivers License on Person

May 13, 2015

Bring the Family to Bogalusa to see "Peter and Tink"

Bogalusa Parks, Recreation and Culture has announced a production of "Peter and Tink", a retelling of the story of Peter Pan.  The production is by Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre troupe from Southeastern Louisiana University.  "Peter and Tink" is written by Chelsea Krause and directed by Jim Winter.

The performance will be Friday, May 22 at 7pm at the Performance Pavilion at Cassidy Park.  Tickets will be $10 and kids 4 and under get in free.  For tickets, call (985)516-3870 or get them at Bogalusa City Hall.

May 13, 2015

LDWF Agents Save 3-yr. old From Drowning in Neighboring Parish

La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents were on vessel patrol around 5 p.m. May 10th on the Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish when they were flagged down by a woman from a dock near her residence on Home Port Road. The woman told them that a three year old boy was found face down in her pool a few minutes ago.

Senior Agent Marques Jr. raced to the pool about 25 yards from the dock and found the child lying on the ground next to the pool not breathing.  Marques Jr. put his hand on the child’s chest, felt the heart beating and then cleared the airway of the child by performing the head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver.  The child then let out a gasp of air that prompted Marques Jr. to lay the child on his side to promote more breathing.

The child was airlifted to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge and is expected to make a full recovery.


Kathleen M. Webb born February 15, 1925 passed away May 12, 2015 at Our Lady of Angels at the age 0f 90. 

May 13, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile

Charles is an intelligent, active pre-teen who would love to be part of a family unit. He enjoys family get-togethers and activities that include the whole family. Charles enjoys video games, but definitely not more than he enjoys outdoor activities. 

He likes bowling, going to the movies and exploring the country area of Louisiana, where fields and farm animals can be observed at close range. He also enjoys hunting, fishing and riding his bike on sunny days. He loves the game of baseball and would like to play on a baseball team someday soon. 

Charles is most successful when he has center stage and the undivided attention of the adults in his life, especially his parents. He sometimes he finds it hard to sit still after he is done with his schoolwork, because he'd rather be outdoors.

Charles is excited about the possibility of having his very own family but wants his potential parents to know he needs them to be active, supportive and committed to the very end. He specifically requested an active dad who will engage him in all types of outdoor activities. Despite his independent nature, Charles would love a family that will patiently help him to navigate successfully through his life's journey.

For additional information about Charles, or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit

May 13, 2015

Sprint and Verizon Customers May Benefit From Settlement

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced today that Louisiana, other states and the federal government have reached agreements with Verizon Wireless and Sprint to settle allegations that the two mobile-phone service providers placed unauthorized charges for third-party services on consumers’ bills, a practice known as “mobile cramming.”

Verizon and Sprint will provide a total of $120 million in restitution to affected consumers.  Consumers who are victims of cramming are charged a monthly fee, typically $9.99 per month, for  services the consumers have often never heard of or requested. Caldwell said. “I encourage those who were affected to submit claims through the restitution program.”

Affected consumers can submit claims by visiting and/or Consumers who have questions about the restitution programs can visit the program websites or call the settlement administrators at: (877) 389-8787 (Sprint), and/or (888) 726-7063 (Verizon). 

May 12, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Anthony Voltolina was booked 05/08 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Gararth Brown was booked 05/08 on the charges of Carjacking (2 counts), Possession of Marijuana, and Disturbing the Peace

Earline Brooks was booked 05/08 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Joshua Benoit was booked 05/08 In From Court

Brandon Walker was booked 05/08 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear

Jamie Hardin was booked 05/09 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)

Bobby Sartin was booked 05/11 In For Court

Chad Morgan was booked 05/11 In For Court

Kelly Stokes was booked 05/11 for Drug Court

Katherine Boyd was booked 05/11 In From Court

Daniel Martin was booked 05/11 for Drug Court

Thomas Bennett was booked 05/11 on the charges of Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear and Possession of Stolen Property

Monichea McCant was booked 05/11 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Pay Fine

Jessica Hunt was booked 05/11 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Theft of Firearm and Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling

May 11, 2015

DCFS Recruiting Additional Foster Families

This month, more than 4,300 children will be served by Louisiana's foster care system. With just 2,000 certified foster homes available in Louisiana, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is continually looking for foster and adoptive parents to open their hearts and homes to our state's most vulnerable residents - our children.

"To celebrate Foster Care Month, each May we make an extra push to recruit foster families," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "Children do best in families. By having foster homes in all areas of the state, children in foster care can stay close to home and in the same school."

Applicants who are interested in becoming a foster parent must be at least 21 years old, have sufficient income to meet their own basic needs and be in good physical, emotional and mental health. A foster parent can be single, married, divorced or widowed.

To find out more, click here.


NELLA CRAIN CORKERN, AGE 89 and a longtime resident of Metairie died at 6 pm Sunday May 10, 2015 at the St. Joseph Hospice. She was a native and former resident of Washington Parish. Nella retired from South Central Bell after a career as a switchboard operator and enjoyed tending to the chores around her house. She loved spending time with her family, especially watching her grandchildren play sports and seeing the things they were involved in. 

May 11, 2015

Want to Sell Your Art? - There's a Workshop for That!

Artist? Graphic Designer? Photographer? Videographer?

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at SLU announces two sessions of a workshop designed to get artists to do what other businesses do to get customers - narket the product so you can sell it!

Both sessions are on May 28:  9-11am at SLU's St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and 1-3 at the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce in Slidell.

The workshop is FREE but seating is limited, so you must register.  Call (985)549-3831 and/or go to here.

May 11, 2015

What's Happening at STPH This Week

Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations May 11-16, 2015.

***CO-PARENTING CLASSES - This is a two-part series for divorcing parents who want to keep their children from becoming children in the middle.  There’s also a children’s version for ages 6-12 years, held at the same times, to provide children help with issues they may confront as their parents go through a divorce.

***PREPARED CHILDBIRTH  Learn the signs of labor, stages of labor, what to expect during childbirth and the breathing and relaxation techniques used during labor.

***CANCER SUPPORT - This support group is open to any cancer survivor and care partner regardless of where treatment was received.

***INFANT/CHILD CPR - Learn the skills you need to know for choking and breathing emergencies among children.

***BRINGING UP BABY - Learn helpful hints and what to expect when caring for a new baby.

***A PONY RODEO - Join us as we gallop, jump and stomp to the story of “A Pony Rodeo.” Healthy snack provided. 

***BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS - The class for new dads, taught by veteran dads, teaches rookies how to care for a new baby - and a new mom – and the new fatherhood role. 

***CONNECT WITH YOUR NEW SIBLING - The class helps the siblings of newborns understand the changes that occur when mom and dad bring home a new baby. 

***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents as well as professionals. 

For more information, click here.

May 11, 2015

Luna Hibiscus – Ornamental Plant of the Week 

Named the Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 11, 2015, Luna Hibiscus comes in four colors and is a hardy hibiscus for Louisiana.

Plants grow 3 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide and should be planted in full sun 2-3 feet apart in spring after danger of frost through midsummer. 

Flowers are large 7- to 8-inch, eye-catching blooms beginning in late spring and continuing through September. These plants grow in average soil and can tolerate poor drainage and even do well submerged along ponds edges and in water gardens. 

Luna hibiscus attracts butterflies and works well in containers.


Jimmie Nell “Lady” Page, 80, resident of Bogalusa, LA passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. She was a member of Highland Baptist Church. 


JAMES JENKINS, AGE 70 and a resident of Denham Springs died late Wednesday May 6, 2015 at the Ochsner Medical Center of Baton Rouge. He was a native and former resident of Washington Parish where he was a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputy for 5 years. James was a retired Sergeant of the Louisiana National Guard after 21 years of service and a member of True Light Baptist Church. He was also a cross-country truck driver for over 30 years while working with DSI Transport. 

May 10, 2015

2 Hattiesburg Officers Killed; 3 Suspects in Custody

Source:  The Clarion Ledger

Authorities early Sunday morning arrested two brothers and a woman in connection with the fatal shootings of two Hattiesburg police officers, who were killed in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop Saturday night.  Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate  were taken to Forrest General Hospital, where they died shortly after arrival.

Tate (age 25) graduated South Pike High School, attended Southwest Mississippi Community College before joining the Hattiesburg Police Department, and was a recent graduate from the police academy.  Deen, 34, was a K-9 officer. He was named HPD Officer of the Year in 2012.

Authorities arrested Curtis Banks, 26, and Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, early Sunday morning. Marvin Banks and Calloway have been charged with two counts each of capital murder, and Curtis Banks is charged with two counts of accessory after the fact to capital murder.  No motive has been released and interviews are ongoing.  At this point, authorities are not discussing the motive. They said interviews with the suspects are ongoing. 

It is the first slaying of a Hattiesburg officer since Jackie Dole Sherrill was killed on New Year's Eve in 1984.

May 9, 2015

16-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder 

COVINGTON— Sixteen-year-old Eduardo Morales pled guilty Wednesday (May 6) to second-degree murder in the death of a 28-year-old man, who was gunned down during a pre-dawn argument that involved several men in a Slidell neighborhood in August 2013. 

Morales was charged as an adult and faces an automatic sentence of life in prison for the shooting, which resulted in the death of Clarence Adams of Slidell. Because of Morales’s age, he can be considered for parole after serving 35 years. 

A co-defendant, Daquan Ratliff, 20, pled guilty Monday to accessory after the fact for fleeing the scene with the weapon. He faces a five-year suspended sentence with five years of probation. A third defendant, Raheem Jamal Willis, still faces a second-degree murder charge and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.  

The murder occurred just before 3 a.m. on Aug. 18 at Walnut and Beechwood Streets in Slidell, after a dispute in a neighborhood bar spilled into the streets. Willis fired a rifle in the direction of Adams but put the weapon down to engage in a fistfight. Morales then picked up the rifle and fired it.  Adams was struck four times—once in his left arm, two in his left abdomen, and once in the head. Ratliff, Willis, and Morales then fled the scene. 

Assistant District Attorneys Louis Butler and Joey Oubre handled the case, which was investigated by the Slidell Police Department. Judge Peter J. Garcia accepted the plea agreements. 

May 8, 2015

Bogalusa's Festival in the Park Going On Now!

There is still time to experience a great time at Bogalusa's Cassidy Park, the scene of Bogalusa Chamberʼs 27th Annual Festival in the Park.  The event has been presenting quality musicians since 1988, in a family-friendly atmosphere in Cassidy Park—all in a free admission event that features crafts, food that highlights our local products, childrenʼs entertainment, a Duck Race, Festival in the Park Queenʼs pageant and music from near and far. 

Stage performances, Saturday, May 9th, will feature DeShawn Washington who gained national exposure last year on NBC's hit talent show "The Voice." Plus, Saturday is filled with other great entertainers.

And it's not over till its over!  Local gospel group Right Direction will be on stage Sunday afternoon, after the Motherʼs Day Essay Contest. And additional performers will be there to make you glad you came.

May 8, 2015


Arrest Made in Horse Abandonment Case

Update on May 5 Story

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Pearl River man for abandoning three horses in a secluded area of the parish earlier this week.

On Monday, May 4, deputies responded to an area just outside of Pearl River in reference to three abandoned horses. The horses appeared to be malnourished, neglected and showed signs of possible abuse.

One of the horses was in such a condition a veterinarian was unable to save it and it was euthanized. St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services took custody of the two remaining horses.

Information about the horses was posted on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office website and social media sites, and several people responded with information.  Detectives were then able to identify Floyd E. Williams Sr. (DOB 10/16/1946) as the owner of the three horses. Statements from witnesses placed Williams, his vehicle and his horse trailer in the area on the date the incident was originally reported.

On Thursday, May 7th, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Williams for three counts of LRS14:102.1 Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. 

While being questioned by detectives, Williams adamantly denied that he dropped the horses off to fend for themselves.



May 8, 2015

Off-Duty Slidell Police Detective Rescues Baby Kitten

Wednesday afternoon, off-duty Slidell Police detective T.J. McNulty, was jogging through his neighborhood when he discovered a small baby kitten abandoned in the middle of the road. The kitten was lethargic, dehydrated, and was barely breathing.  Unable to locate the kitten's owner(s), Detective McNulty took the kitten home where he and his girlfriend, Hayley, nursed the kitten back to health by bottle feeding it. The couple then brought the kitten to the Slidell Animal Shelter, where she is now receiving excellent veterinary care, and is expected to make a full recovery. Hopefully, in about two weeks, the kitten will be available for adoption. 

May 8, 2015

Computer Thieves Being Sought by STPSO

On April 28, 2015 four unknown subjects, three males and one female, stole three Apple MacBook Pro Computers (combined value $7,750) from the Best Buy store, located at 69346 Highway 21, Covington. The suspects appeared to be Hispanic. The suspects stole also from the Best Buy store located in Baton Rouge approximately three hours prior.

We just recently received surveillance video from the Covington store.

If you have information about this case or recognize these individuals, please call Detective Jason Mire at 985-276-1322.

May 8, 2015

Dragon Boat Festival Raises Money for Cancer Center

Bring the Family to Madisonville for a Free Fun-Filled Day

For the second year, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is partnering with the St. Tammany Assessor's Office to enter a team in the 6th Annual Walgreens Greater New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival. The event, which raises funds for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, will take place Saturday on the Tchefuncte Riverfront in Madisonville. Admission is free for spectators. Races will run from approximately 9:30am - 4:00pm. 

May 8, 2015

Drift Roses Offer Smaller Plants & Great Blooms

Source:  Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist 

Roses are completing their initial spring bloom across Louisiana, and one group of roses is getting a good deal of attention. 

Drift series roses were created in response to increased consumer demand for smaller, everblooming plants. These plants fit a special niche in the shrub rose market. While Drift roses are not “everblooming,” they sure do produce an abundance of flowers during their blooming cycles from early April through November. They’re from Conard-Pyle/Star Roses, the same folks that gave us the Knock Out roses.

Appealing to today's busy gardener, these low-maintenance roses are highly disease-resistant. They require no spraying. Blackspot disease has been very minimal on plants grown in Louisiana. Bed preparation, irrigation and proper fertilizer management are the keys to success.

To read more on Drift Roses, click here.

May 8, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Kyle Lott was booked 05/07 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Danny Chain was booked 05/07 on the charge of Theft Over 1500

Jessica Virgil was booked 05/07 In From Court

May 7, 2015

DA Warren Montgomery Supports Justice System Study

Will follow every 2014 felony case from arrest to resolution in Washington and St. Tammany Parishes

District Attorney Warren Montgomery joined other St. Tammany Parish justice system officials in a press conference Wednesday (May 6) as the Northshore Business Council and Metropolitan Crime Commission announced a yearlong study of the criminal justice system in St. Tammany and Washington parishes.

Metropolitan Crime Commission President Rafael Goyeneche said his organization will conduct the study, called the St. Tammany Parish Criminal Justice System Accountability Project, for the first time in St. Tammany to provide valuable information about how the system is working. He praised the array of public officials, representing every area of the justice system, for standing with him to support the study.

Montgomery said he is thankful to the Northshore Business Council, a group of area business leaders, for financing the study, which is expected to cost $100,000 the first year. He said he also is excited about the wealth of information the study will provide. The study will follow every 2014 felony case from arrest to resolution, examining the performances of the offices of the Sheriff, District Attorney, Clerk of Court, and the judiciary. Goyeneche said all of the public agencies have agreed to open their records for the project.

May 7, 2015

CPD Chief Lentz Recognizes Donation to Kids

Statement from Chief Tim Lentz

Yesterday I had the opportunity to join Sgt. Russell Spinks, our President of the local FOP Lodge. The Lodge donated 6 brand new bikes and helmets to the Royal Family Kids organization. Their mission is to provide foster kids with positive life changing experiences. To learn more about what they do visit their site here.

I am so proud of the men and women of the Covington Police Dept.. They have really stepped up and they are making a positive impact in the lives of our most precious asset, the kids in our community. 

I am so proud to be their Chief. 

Tim Lentz


Linda Anne Gary Miller, Age 71 and resident of Hammond died at home, surrounded by her family, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. 

May 7, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Brandon Dunaway was booked 05/06 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Attempted Escape

Ashley Byrd was booked 05/06 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Theft by Fraud

Dustin Byrd was booked 05/06 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Theft by Fraud

Rudolph Warren was booked 05/06 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Kevin Ladner was booked 05/06 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (3 counts), Probation Violation, and Domestic Violence Assault

Kyle Lott was booked 05/07 on the charge of Failure to Appear

May 7, 2015

"I Got Caught" Seat Belt Campaign at Covington High

Statement from Chief Tim Lentz

This afternoon (May 6) we kicked off our annual "I Got Caught" seat belt campaign at Covington High School. Covington Police Officers and St. Tammany Parish Public School System Superintendent Trey Folse checked students as they left campus to make sure they were wearing their seat belts, except this wasn't your usual checkpoint. Instead of writing tickets to the kids without seat belts, we gave out t-shirts to those that were. The t-shirts say "I Got Caught" on the ...front and "wearing my seatbelt" on the back.

The goal we set with this program is to remind kids how important it is to wear their seatbelts in a positive way. Our hope is that handing out shirts instead of tickets will show our children that we really are here to protect them and have their best interest in mind. 

All of the shirts given out were purchased with donations.

May 7, 2015

LSU AgCenter Releases Home Vegetable Gardening Publications

The LSU AgCenter has published five new information brochures on home vegetable gardening in Louisiana.  The series is a practical guide to help you have a successful home vegetable garden, said LSU AgCenter vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot.  The Home Garden Series includes five publications, which are:

– Spring Harvest

– Fall Harvest 

– Growing Transplants 

– Weed Management 

– Raised Beds

“Growing your own vegetable transplants is very rewarding,” Fontenot said. “By using these basic tips, a gardener will be able to grow all kinds of exciting vegetable varieties in their own backyard.”

The Home Garden Series publications are available for free downloading here.

May 6, 2015

STPSO Looking for Vending Machine Thieves

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office are requesting assistance in identifying two white males who broke into several vending machines at Fontainebleau High School at approximately 3:15 a.m. Monday morning. The suspects used a crowbar to enter the vending machines and stole an unknown amount of change. Both suspects in the crime were wearing dark colored hoodies, one with an unknown yellow writing and the other with a Saints logo. They were seen leaving in a light colored car, possibly a Chrysler 300. If you have any information please contact Detective Jared Lunsford at 985-276-1330.


Mabel Alberta George age 98 passed away May 5, 2015 at Our Lady of Angels here in Bogalusa La. She was a resident of Bogalusa. 


Charlen Leeann Whitehead born March 12, 1994 went home to be with the Lord on May 2, 2015 at the age of 21. Charlen was born in Bogalusa and was of the Pentecostal faith. 

May 6, 2015

STPSO Looking for Armed Robbery Suspect in Abita Springs

"Bulletin" From the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

We are working an armed robbery in Abita Springs - unknown black male subject armed with handgun robbed the Jr Food Mart. K-9 tracked scent from the Jr Food Mart down Hwy 36 toward Covington. Even though the suspect is believed to have fled the area, we have extra deputies there this morning, especially around the Middle School. We'll have more information as it becomes available. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911.

May 6, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Marvin Magee was booked 05/05 In From Court

David Jones was booked 05/05 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling

Erik Miller was booked 05/05 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Entry/Remaining on Premises After Being Forbidden

James Cotton was booked 05/05 In From Court

Billy Thomas was booked 05/05 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Brandon Dunaway was booked 05/05 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Attempted Escape

May 5, 2015

Abandoned Horses Located Near Pearl River  


Shortly before midnight Monday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff' deputies responded to the scene of three abandoned horses near Pearl River.   They appeared to be malnourished, neglected and showed signs of possible abuse. One of the horses appeared to have a broken or badly injured leg in addition to being extremely malnourished.

Witnesses reported seeing a white Cheverolet pickup truck pulling a newer-model silver horse trailer in the area at approximately 8 p.m. Monday night.

Due to the horses' injuries, deputies were unable to load them into the agency's horse trailer Monday night.  Deputies stayed with the horses overnight and representatives from parish's Animal Services Department and a veterinarian responded to the location this morning to evaluate the horses and assist with moving them.

Representatives from Animal Services and deputies were able to load two of the horses into the trailer. Those two are now in the custody of Animal Services.  The third horse was not able to be saved, and the veterinarian was forced to euthanize it.

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office are working with the Animal Services to investigate this as a possible animal cruelty case.

Anyone who has information about these horses or may have seen the truck and trailer in the area Monday night is asked to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office at 985-898-2338 or Animal Services at 985-809-0183.

May 5, 2015

Antwonetta Jones Arrested - Case of Baby Found in Trash Compactor

***Update on yesterday's story***

A Slidell woman, 22-year-old Antwonetta Jones, is facing a second degree murder charge after being accused of giving birth to her daughter at her home, then discarding the baby inside of a trash compactor.

Yesterday morning (Monday, May 4th), Slidell Police responded to the Canterbury House Apartments after a maintenance employee discovered a baby inside of a box. With no leads or witnesses, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy of the deceased baby. It was discovered that the baby was a female, between 4-12 hours old, still had the umbilical cord attached, and, at some point, was breathing; indicating the baby was not stillborn.

Investigators spent the remainder of the day canvassing the apartment complex, and speaking with residents, in hopes of locating a witness. Around 1:00 a.m. this morning, Slidell Police received a 911 call from Ms. Jones’ mother who stated it was her daughter, Antownetta, whose baby was found in the trash compactor.  For the rest of the story, click here.

May 5, 2015

Schultz Physical Therapy Announces Grand Opening in Bogalusa

Schultz Physical Therapy announces their Grand Opening at 414 Avenue B in Bogalusa, Louisiana.  The event is scheduled for Friday, May 8 from 3pm to 6pm. The ribbon cutting and blessing is scheduled for 3pm with a tour and viewing of facility from 4pm to 6pm.  

Come out and welcome Jay and his staff!

May 5, 2015

Lt. Governor Traveling State for Tourism Week  

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne Monday kicked off a 20-stop statewide tour celebrating National Tourism Week and the industry's economic significance in Louisiana. Lt. Governor Dardenne will talk with industry stakeholders and the general public about impacts made by nearly 30 million Louisiana visitors in 2014 who spent over $11 billion and generated $836 million in state tax revenue. Last year marked a third consecutive record-breaking year for Louisiana tourism, and the fiscal result was a 38-to-1 return on investment for Louisiana taxpayers. 

May 5, 20115

Inmate Dies From Apparent Suicide 

***UPDATE*** (10:40am)

Shortly after 5:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 5,  while making rounds in the jail, Washington Parish Jail officers discovered the body of an inmate who appeared to have taken his own life. 

Timothy Bryan Barrett, 37, had been in the Washington Parish Jail since early February 2015.  He had been arrested by the Bogalusa Police Department and was being held as a fugitive for the State of Virginia.  (Records also indicate that charges included Resisting an Officer and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm when placed in WPSO Jail on Febuary 10, 2015)  Although Barrett was arrested in Bogalusa, that was not his permanent home.  His family is in Minnesota. 

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office asked for investigative assistance from Louisiana State Police and the District Attorney’s Office. Northshore EMS and the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office also responded.   At this time, State Police investigators and the District Attorney investigator are working with Washington Parish investigators, looking at every aspect of the apparent suicide.  Preliminary reports from all investigative agencies indicate no evidence of foul play.  The investigation is continuing. 

Responding to the suicide, Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “It is always regrettable when any individual decides to take his own life.  I extend my sincere condolences to Mr. Barrett’s family.” 

May 5, 2015

Suicide by Hanging Reported at Washington Parish Jail

A suicide by hanging is being reported by WPSO Chief Deputy Mike Haley.  The initial report is that Timothy Bryan Barrett (age 37), a fugitive from Richmond, Virginia apparently being held in the Washington Parish Jail, committed suicide early this morning. WPSO investigators and the Coroner are on scene.  State Police investigators, called by WPSO to do an independent investigation, are enroute.

The initial report is that there is no evidence of foul play.


Brian William Corkern passed away Friday evening, May 1, 2015. He was born in Washington Parish, the son of Vernon and Bertha Corkern and lived in the Franklinton area most of his life.
Brian's favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing and visiting with his many friends and large family. He was known for going out of his way to help friends in need, and recently spent the last 2 years caring for his elderly mother at her home in Covington until her passing in March. He truly had a servant's heart.




Floyd Felix Grabert of Mt. Hermon passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton, Louisiana. He was a member of Mt. Hermon Methodist Church, a cattleman, and former Fishing Tool Consultant for Brown Oil Tools. He loved to dance, hunt, be outdoors, and go to car shows.



May 5, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kelly Hobgood was booked 05/04 for Drug Court
Kelly Stokes was booked 05/04 for Drug Court
Phillip Lorio was booked 05/04 In From Court
Felix Dicharry was booked 05/04 In From Court
Alex Wilson was booked 05/04 In For Court
Jessica McIntyre was booked 05/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Hit and Run, Driving Under Suspension, and No Proof of Insurance
Daphne Leco was booked 05/04 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Ryan Hunt was booked 05/04 In From Court



May 4, 2015

Baby’s Body Found in Trash Compactor in Slidell

Slidell Police are currently investigating the death of a baby, who was found in a trash compactor at Canterbury House Apartments. A maintenance employee made the discovery around 9:15 a.m. this morning.

“We are at the very early stages of this investigation and will hopefully know more by this evening or early tomorrow morning,” said Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith. Slidell Police investigators are working closely with the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office in order to determine the cause of death, age of the baby, and other important clues that will help with the investigation.

At this time, there will be no further details released as this is an on-going investigation.


Alva Lea Myers, Jr., age 87, born on June 3, 1927 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Monday, May 4,2015 in Bogalusa, LA.  Alva was former Fire Chief of the Bogalusa Fire Department and served in the United States Navy in WWII. 

May 4, 2015

The Louisiana Veterans Festival Scheduled Saturday May 16

The 2nd Annual Louisiana Veterans Festival is pleased to announce its event will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Northshore Harbor Convention Center, in Slidell, LA, from 11 am – 9 pm.

The event will includes a car and truck exhibition, arts and crafts, Louisiana cuisine and beverages, children's activities, and live entertainment from Witness, Bag of Donuts, the TopCats, and the Molly Ringwalds.  

General admission is $8, Veterans is $5, and 12 and under are free.

All proceeds benefit the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build Program.  For more information, go to and check it out on Facebook at laveteransfestival.

May 4, 2015

What's Happening at STPH

Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations May 4-9.

***BREAST CANCER SUPPORT - This free support group is open to anyone receiving treatment or who has completed treatment for breast cancer. 

***NEW FAMILY CENTER TOURS - Expecting families learn all about the private birthing suites, rooming in, skin-to-skin program and more.

***GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP - For parents who have experienced the loss of a child.

***BREASTFEEDING INSTRUCTION - The benefits of breastfeeding will be discussed, as well as common concerns of the early breastfeeding period. 

***PLAY AND LEARN - Parents and their children, 16 months to 4 years, are invited to play and learn together through music and movement, arts and crafts, and storytime.

***CUDDLE BUDDIES - A learning and support opportunity for parents and a social playtime for babies.

***BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT - Expectant moms are also encouraged to attend this free program as well as new mothers – with their baby!

***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION - Free Tai Chi and Meditation classes.

***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents as well as professionals.

***SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION - Is your child safe in their car seat? Have your child’s safety seat inspected. 

For more information on these and other programs provided by STPH, click here.

May 4, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Antoinette Franklin was booked 05/01 In From Court

Brandon Walker was booked 05/01 In From Court

Tony Ervin was booked 05/01 In For Court

Emily Holmes was booked 05/02 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace

Howard Dunaway was booked 05/02 on the charge of Principle to Vehicle Burglary

Trevor Graham was booked 05/02 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary (3 counts) and Simple Burglary (3 counts)

Lawrence Morris was booked 05/02 on the charges of Careless Operation, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Resisting an Officer, No License Plate, No Insurance, No Motorcycle Endorsement, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, Failure to Appear (4 counts),and Driving Under Suspension

May 4, 2015

Frostproof Gardenia - Ornamental Plant of the Week

Frostproof gardenia, the Ornamental Plant for the Week of May 4, is a great plant for home gardeners to enjoy. It is widely used by landscape professionals and is an improvement over older gardenia varieties. 

Frostproof has fast growth, site adaptability and suitability to poorer growing conditions, making it more desirable than August Beauty, Mystery and dwarf varieties. It reaches a mature height of 5 feet with a spread of 4-5 feet. 

Try it soon for a low-maintenance, good-performing gardenia.  Frostproof has the fragrance of other gardenias and blooms early to mid-May through early summer.

May 4, 2015

Auditors Find More Than 54,000 Waiting for Medicaid HCBS  Services

More than 54,000 Louisianans were waiting for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) as of October 2014, according to a report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera. The waivers are designed to provide the elderly and those who have developmental or physical disabilities to choose the services and supports that best suit their needs.

The report, compiled by LLA’s Performance Audit Services staff, is the third in a series of reports designed to establish a baseline of information as Louisiana shifts to a Medicaid managed care system for long-term care services. The two previous reports looked at nursing homes and intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled. 

The HCBS report also found that “the average wait times for waiver services ranged from 2.4 years to 10.4 years.” Wait times for programs for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities averaged 3.4 years, while wait times for programs for individuals with developmental disabilities averaged 7.6 years. Both averages are higher than national averages. 

To read the complete report, click here.

May 4, 2015

Health Care Consumer Survey for La. Residents

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) launched a web-based survey today to gauge Louisiana residents' awareness of health information technology (IT) tools and patients' rights to access personal health information.

The survey is a key factor in a collaborative effort of the Quality Forum and DHH to promote awareness and the use of health IT tools such as electronic health records (EHRs) and patient portals to improve health outcomes and health care decision-making for Louisiana residents. The effort also includes a focus on educating the state's residents about their rights to access and have copies of their personal health information.

The 10-question survey takes less than two minutes to complete and will provide a baseline of existing health IT awareness levels among Louisiana residents. The survey can be found at  and will remain active throughout the month of May.

May 3, 2015

Voters Approve Millages in Washington Parish - Not So in St. Tammany

Saturday's election results show that all millage renewals proposed in Washington Parish passed with a comfortable margin.  Voter turnout in Washington Parish was 6.8% (dismal).

Renewals on the ballot in Washington Parish were

  • 4.6 mills for the Libraries (72% voter approval),
  • 3.11 mills for the Health Units (73% voter approval), 
  • 4.13 mills for Road Maintenance (75% voter approval), and 
  • 1.03 mills for Courthouse and Public Buildings Maintenance (70% voter approval).

Renewal of a 6.43 mills for the Bogalusa School District also passed with 6.9% voter turnout and 69% voter approval.

In contrast, voters in St. Tammany Parish only approved one of the five proposals on the ballot.

  • 3.98 mills for Recreation District No. 7 received 42% voter approval,
  • a $14 Million Bond proposal for Recreation District No. 16 received 31% voter approval,
  • 4.15 mills for Recreation District No. 16 received 30% voter approval,
  • 5.00 mills for Fire Protection District No. 12 received 80% voter approval, and
  • 3 mills for Norshore Harbor Center District received 39% voter approval.

May 3, 2015

Brett Duncan Announces Candidacy for the State Senate District 12  

HAMMOND—Brett Duncan announced his intention today (May 2) to run for the Louisiana State Senate District 12 seat, which will be vacated with the retirement of Sen. Ben Nevers early next year. 

Duncan, 38 years old, is a local lawyer, combat veteran, small business owner, husband and the father of two young children. He currently serves as the President of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board. 

“I’m deeply concerned about what’s been going on in our Legislature the last few years.” Duncan said. “We seem to just be navigating from one crisis management situation to another. Folks in Baton Rouge are actually talking about closing universities like Southeastern and community hospitals like Lallie Kemp. Loyal, hard working teachers and public employees are often left feeling betrayed and dejected. I look at the situation and ask myself, Where are the leaders? Where is the courage? I know Louisiana. I know the greatness of Louisiana. I know Louisiana’s independent, hard-working, creative spirit, and I know that, together, we can do a whole lot better than what we have been getting from our current state officials.”

To read Duncan's press release, click Brent Duncan Announces Candidacy

May 3, 2015

RMC Shares Comments From Patient/Employee

"I knew I loved working for RMC but didn't realize how much I'd enjoy being a patient. Great,caring and most loving staff that has provided me the best, top quality care. Dr. Magee knew the treatment I needed and I immediately began feeling better. This is just what our community needs- a trust worthy hospital that provides top quality care here at home. Thanks RMC for believing in me and providing me with a promising career and thanks RMC for the quality of care I received as a patient and for being so supportive and caring. This is a great hospital and I am so proud and thankful to be a part of it. I look forward to seeing it grow as well as what it's going to do for our fine community. Our home town folks are the best and we deserve a hospital that will be growing and changing along with our community. God Bless Us!!!"

May 3, 2015

Hundreds Participate in Tickfaw 200 Poker Run at Mandeville

Deputies from the STPSO Operations-Marine Unit, working in conjunction with US Coast Guard Officers and Agents from La Wildlife and Fisheries, had a heavy presence on the Tchefuncte River yesterday as hundreds of powerboats participating in the Tckfaw 200 Poker Run converged at designated stops within St. Tammany. 

May 3, 2015

La. AG Caldwell Asks Court to Strike Down Gun Rights Law in California

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has asked a federal appeals court to uphold the fundamental Second Amendment rights of American citizens to keep and bear arms, arguing that a San Diego County law infringes upon that right.

“The Second Amendment deserves the same application on the shores of the Pacific as it does here on the Gulf Coast,” Caldwell said. “As Americans, our Constitution provides to us the right to keep and bear arms. San Diego County’s regulations severely limit that right, and the local law should be overturned by the Court.”

In addition to Louisiana, other states that joined the Amicus brief were: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. 

For the complete press release, click here.

May 1, 2015

Drug Dealers Arrested at Bogalusa Motel 

Acting on a citizen’s tip of unusual activity occurring on Columbia Street in Bogalusa, Washington Parish Sheriff’s deputies and Bogalusa Police officers discovered drug dealers operating out of a room at the Choctaw Motel in Bogalusa the evening of April 28. 

When officers arrived at the room, they found numerous illegal drugs scattered about along with weapons and three drug dealers.  Additional illegal drugs were discovered in their vehicle which was in the parking lot.  All three individuals were arrested and transported initially to the Bogalusa City Jail and then to the Washington Parish Jail. 

Arrested and charged with multiple offenses was Jamarius Charles Johnson, 19, a resident of Elm Drive in Bogalusa, Bryant Keith Myers, 18, a resident of Ontario Avenue in Bogalusa, and William Robinson, 41, a resident of Bund Street in Bogalusa,   (For the charges, see the story below)


Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “When we received this information, we acted quickly.  Suspecting that both illegal drugs and firearms might be present, we enlisted the help of the Bogalusa Police Department to provide additional personnel.”  By the way, Seal concluded, “We know there are other drug dealers out there.  We have them on our radar and there is always a place for them in the Washington Parish Jail.  Sooner or later we will have the privilege of introducing them to a four inch mattress and a steel bunk.”

May 1, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Christopher Traylor was booked 04/29 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of IV Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Glen Guyn was booked 04/30 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of an Alleged Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, and Driving Left of Center

Triuna Allen was booked 04/30 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear

Jamarius Johnson was booked 04/30 on the charges of Possession of CDS with Weapon Present, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II (2 counts), Possession of Marijuana, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs W/O Prescription or Order, Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

William Robinson was booked 04/30 on the charges of Possession of CDS with Weapon Present, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II (2 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Damian Owens was booked 04/30 on the charges of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, and Probation and Parole Hold

Bryant Myers was booked 04/30 on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Tommy Clark was booked 04/30 on the charges of Simple Assault and Driving Under Suspension

May 1, 2015

Courthouse Maintenance Millage is Small – Need is Big

The 1.03 millage renewal on the ballot Saturday, May 2 is expected to generate $182,000 annually and hopefully fund the $193,000 budgeted by Parish Government for Courthouse and Public Building Maintenance.  Parish Government has been experiencing increasing costs to maintain the aging buildings with regard to plumbing, electrical, HVAC, roofs, and sewerage issues.  In addition, the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office administrative building and jail lacks a funding source for but requires maintenance.

The fund balance for Courthouse and Public Building Maintenance has been reduced from $242,000 in 2010 to $70,000 at the close of 2014.

We all use the Courthouse and expect services from the entities housed there.  Get out and vote “Yes” for the millage renewal on the ballot.


MAE ELLEN SUMRALL RILEY, AGE 84 and a resident of Franklinton died early Thursday morning April 30, 2015 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was a longtime member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church and a wonderful cook for her friends and family. She enjoyed working in her garden and tending her flowers. Mae loved playing music on her guitar and she had written several songs which she loved performing and listening to. She also enjoyed square dancing in her younger years. 

May 1, 2015

Covington PD Puts Smiles on Kids' Faces

Statement from Chief Tim Lentz (edited)

I believe it was Helen Keller who once said "There is no greater joy in life as when you put a smile on a kid's face."

A couple of months ago I was approached by two of my officers, Daniel Owen and Lance Benjamin. They had noticed that our bike yard was over flowing and in disarray. They volunteered to come in on their off time and organize the yard. They did and reached out to local business owner Patrick Brooks who owns Brooks Bicycle Shop  in Covington.  Patrick was able to take 50 bikes and make them into 20 operating bikes. Today we delivered the bikes to the Boys and Girls Club where we put smiles on the faces of kids! Patrick Brooks joined us today made sure the bikes were adjusted properly. He also donated some lights and helmets for the kids. We truly appreciate the generosity of Patrick Brooks. If you are in town stop by his bike shop and thank him. 

I am also extremely proud of Officer Owen and Officer Benjamin for spearheading this project. They truly care about the City they police in and the kids of our community. 









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