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August 23, 2016
Franklinton Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Downtown
The Town of Franklinton will hold a meeting with business owners, employees and anyone interested in assisting with the revitalization of the downtown business district.  The meeting will be Thursday, August 25 at 6 PM at Franklinton Town Hall.  Aldermen Heath Spears and John Daniel state “Although Franklinton has grown recently, the downtown area has been overlooked” and goes on to observe that “Every successful town/city has a thriving downtown area that encourages and invites new businesses and new consumers.”
The purpose of the meeting is to establish a Downtown Business District Committee to determine what is needed and wanted in the downtown area.  Aldermen Spears and Daniel will serve as representatives of the Town.  They invite the support and input from everyone in Franklinton.


August 23, 2016
Fugitive From Slidell in Custody on Charges Including Rape
On August 12, 2016, Christopher Allen Hargett was accused of beating an adult woman in central Slidell with his hands, feet, and household objects, raping her, imprisoning the victim and her small child, and threatening to kill them if they said anything.
On August 19, 2016 the U.S. Marshall Service’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Taskforce tracked down and arrested Hargett in New Orleans on Slidell Police Department warrants for Second Degree Rape, False Imprisonment, Second Degree Battery, and Criminal Damage To Property. Hargett also has an outstanding Mississippi arrest warrant for a parole violation stemming from a felony conviction in 2006 for Aggravated Assault where Christopher Allen Hargett stabbed one individual multiple times in the back and head, and then held three victims hostage. Christopher Allen Hargett has been arrested at least six times for various crimes, which included Felon Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Simple Assault of a Police Officer, and numerous Narcotics Violations.
Christopher Allen Hargett was transported from Orleans Parish Prison to the Slidell Police Department on August 22, 2016.  Due to the sensitive nature of the alleged crime, the names and ages of the victims cannot be released.


Obituary
Virgil Ray Hunt, age 86, born on January 31, 1930, passed away on Monday, August 22, 2016 at his home in Bogalusa, LA.


August 23, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Logan Jarrell was booked 08/22 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Judy Gros was booked 08/22 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Carla Wake was booked 08/22 on the charges of Forgery (38 counts) and Theft 750-5000
Jeannie Craig was booked 08/22 In From Court
William Stricklan was booked 08/22 on the charge of Stalking
Joshua Parsley was booked 08/22 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Theft 750-5000
Justin Thomas was booked 08/22 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Improper Lane Useage, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Texting While Driving, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


August 22, 2016
Bush Woman Booked With 38 Counts of Forgery
On August 22, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Carla Nicole Wake, 35, a resident of Eddie Penton Road in Bush, Louisiana on thirty-eight counts of forgery.  Wake has a lengthy history of forgery, issuing worthless checks and theft. She has been arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail ten times prior to the current arrest.
Wake had duped a boyfriend into opening a bank account with the promise that she would deposit funds from a $250,000 trust fund she had received from an ex-boyfriend. He believed her, opened the account, and assumed that Wake was depositing funds into the account. She wasn’t, and did not have authority to sign checks on the account, but was doing so without the current boyfriend’s knowledge. Detectives were able to locate and arrest Wake at a local business as she was in the process of attempting to cash yet another check.
Sheriff Randy Seal said, “Kudos to our detectives for arresting this career criminal once again and putting her in jail. She obviously has no regard for the law or for any person other than herself. I hope she will be our guest in jail for a long time. Jails are designed for people like her who have proven over and over that they cannot function in a free society.”


August 22, 2016
Hammond Shooting Victim in Critical Condition
A shooting in Hammond near the corner of East University Avenue and North Cherry Street at a local convenience store is under investigation.  Characterized as a drug transaction gone bad, Shamurcus Brown (32) was shot in the head and and his body pushed out of the fleeing vehicle.  
Police are looking for two suspects. The first suspect, who is believed to be the shooter, is pictured here.  The second suspect is David Mahoney (34) of New Orleans, who is wanted for Attempted Murder for this incident and wanted for an armed robbery that occurred in December of 2014. Police are also looking for a white 4-door Buick with damage to the front driver’s side that was occupied by the suspects and last seen leaving the area heading west on University Avenue.
If anyone knows the identity of the suspect, please contact Detective Joseph Drago at 985-277-5701 with the Hammond Police Department Criminal Investigations Division or call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa's anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL). Be a part of the solution, and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.


August 22, 2016
Slidell PD Looks for Suspect in Road Rage Incident



August 22, 2016
Man Shocks Deputy by Changing a Flat on Police Car 
Statement from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office
Normally, you hear stories about law enforcement officers helping a stranded citizen change a flat tire. It’s not everyday you hear of a citizen stopping to help a deputy change a tire…until now!
This past Saturday night, Deputy Sam Hyneman had a flat tire and pulled off at a local gas station to change it. As Deputy Hyneman began to change his tire, a young man walked up and stated he wanted to change the tire. Obviously, Deputy Hyneman was pleasantly surprised and somewhat shocked at this man’s offer. The citizen’s name was Joseph Butters. Mr. Butters went on to say that he wanted to change the deputy’s tire so he didn’t get his uniform dirty. Mr. Butters wanted to thank all St. Tammany deputies for keeping the parish safe, and this was his way of saying “Thank You”!
Well Mr. Butters, THANK YOU from all of the STPSO! Your kindness and your message means a lot to us.


August 22, 2016
Slidell Police Looking for Justin Lewis and Female Counterpart
Slidell Police Detective Giardina is seeking assistance in locating the whereabouts of Justin Lewis, and in identifying the suspected unknown female counterpart. Please contact Detective Giardina at 985-646-6172 or mgiardina@slidellpd.com. 



August 22, 2016
Sunday AM Crash Closes Gause Blvd. In Slidell
On Sunday, August 21, Gause Boulevard was closed for nearly three hours when 20-year-old Hunter Champagne lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole, and then the side of Marco’s Pizza.  The crash ruptured the gas line, and destroyed the electrical panels for the local businesses.  Atmos Gas worked to stop the gas leak.  Hunter Champagne, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested for driving under the influence, and driving with a suspended driver’s license. 


Obituary
Mamie Thomas McDonald age 94 passed away August 19, 2016 at Harvest Manor Nursing Home in Denham Springs La. She was a resident of Bogalusa and member of Bens Ford Baptist Church. 


Obituary
Carolyn Ann Martin age 73 passed away August 20, 2016 at Good Samaritans Nursing Home. She was a resident of Varnado La. 


Obituary
MARGIE THOMAS MAPLES DOUGHTIE, AGE 73 and a resident of French Settlement died early Sunday August 21, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Laplace, after being displaced following the recent flooding. She was a native of Washington Parish and was a beautician for over 40 years, both operating her own shop and working in other areas. Margie enjoyed the great outdoors and camping. She loved working in her garden and tending to her flowers. Margie was also an animal lover that enjoyed bird watching and she had a special place in her heart for her pet dog Mimi.


August 22, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Robert Harvey was booked 08/19 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace (Simple Drunk)
Demaine Washington was booked 08/19 In From Court
Michael Turlich was booked 08/19 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Distribution of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Theft of Firearm (2 counts)
John Warren was booked 08/19 In For Court
Palma Jefferson was booked 08/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, License Plate Expired, and Driving Under Suspension
Patrick Fairburn was booked 08/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), License Plate Expired, and No Proof of Insurance
Mark Woods was booked 08/20 on the charges of Attachment (4 counts)
Christopher Clark was booked 08/20 on the charges of No Taillight, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine), Failure to Appear, and No Proof of Insurance
Adam Branch was booked 08/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Permit/Registration, Eye Goggles (Motorcycle), No Insurance, and No Proof/Must Carry Registration
Freddie Slaughter was booked 08/20 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attempted Aggravated Battery, and Resisting an Officer (2 counts)
Alan Thomas was booked 08/20 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Off-Road Vehicles Prohibited on Highway, and No Drivers License on Person
Jaquen Causey was booked 08/21 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Criminal Trespass, and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Jeremy James was booked 08/21 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Principals
James Dillon was booked 08/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation


Obituary
DOROTHY MAE MILLER STINSON, AGE 77 and a resident of Mt. Hermon passed away early Friday August 19, 2016 at her home. She was a member of Bogue Chitto Baptist Church. Dorothy worked alongside her family for many years at their dairy, Stinson Farms.


Obituary
Mr. Horace Hobart Wheat of Crossroads, MS, passed away on August 20, 2016 at his residence at the age of 86.


August 21, 2016
Troopers Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Crash on US 51 in Tickfaw
Shortly after 11:00 PM on Friday August 19, 2016, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal pedestrian crash on US 51 near the intersection of Pardo Rd. in Tickfaw, LA. The crash claimed the life of 36 year-old Joni Fricano of Independence.  
Troopers determined the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle driven by 37 year-old Kevin Weston of Independence.  Weston provided Troopers with a voluntary breath sample, which showed no amount of alcohol present.  Anyone with any information pertaining to the ongoing crash investigation is encouraged to contact Louisiana State Police Troop L at 985-893-6250.
 


August 19, 2016
BOLO on Abita Springs Vehicle Burglary Suspects




Obituary
Ethel “Louise” Newell Black, 94, born in Norfield, Mississippi and a lifelong resident of Bogalusa, died, Thursday, August 18, 2016.  
She retired from the Bogalusa Community Mental Health Clinic where she was an integral part of the office staff. She was a member and a volunteer for numerous community organizations including, Northside Elementary PTA, Bogalusa Duplicate Bridge Club, Ingleside Symposium, Bogalusa Civic League, Ladies Annunciation Catholic Church Alter and Rosary Society, Italian American Club, French Club, Ladies Mardi Gras Group GG’s, and the Bogalusa Country Club Golden Girls. Additionally, she was an avid reader with Mark Twain being her favorite author; she was a collector of classic books, stamps and fine coins, and one of her favorite long time hobbies was needlepointing.


Obituary
Walker B. "Rusty" Smith, age 60, born on January 9, 1956 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at his home in Bogalusa, LA.  Rusty was a well known brick layer in the construction business for 38 years.


August 19, 2016
LDAF on Food Crops, Water in Fuel Tanks, & Price Gouging
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., says 
  • pay close attention to consumption of food crops exposed to flood waters:  Surface crops such as leafy greens, tomatoes, string beans, berries, and corn; Underground crops, such as peanuts, potatoes, carrots, and garlic; Crops with a hard outer skin or shell, such as watermelon and winter squash; and Grains, nuts, corns, and similar products stored in bulk
  • Flood water can sometimes compromise fuel tanks.  Fuel inspectors with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Weights and Measures division will spot check fuel tanks for water. Motorists who believe they have fuel quality issues after the flood are asked to call 800-247-1086 to report the issue. 
  • Be aware that price gouging may occur.  For suspected price gouging, call 800-351-4889.


August 19, 2016
WPSO Seeks Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Person
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Tony Ron Schilling. He is 6’2’’, 250 lbs. He is 35 years of age and was last seen on August 16 around 0330 am hours. He was last seen wearing blue jean coveralls, slip on shoes, with a white t-shirt over his shoulder. He MAY BE IN NEED OF MEDICAL ATTENTION.
All hospitals are asked to check their registries for the missing adult and notify the WPSO immediately. It should be noted that HIPPA permits disclosure upon request by law enforcement and is authorized pursuant to 45 C.F.R. section 164.512.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is strongly encouraged to contact the WPSO.


August 19, 2016
Suspect Sought by Slidell Police Department
 



August 19, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Spencer Collins was booked 08/18 In From Court
Anthony Dillon was booked 08/18 In For Court
Gary Williams was booked 08/18 In For Court
Jonathan Corkern was booked 08/18 In For Court
Nikita Mark was booked 08/18 on the charges of Forgery and Theft by Fraud
Kyaria Mark was booked 08/18 on the charges of Forgery, Theft by Fraud, and Resisting an Officer
Donald Rogers was booked 08/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Attachment, and Open Container in Vehicle
Joseph Hernandez was booked 08/18 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Scott Freeman was booked 08/18 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Kevin Frilot was booked 08/18 In For Court
Robert Harvey was booked 08/19 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace (Simple Drunk)


August 18, 2016
Osyka Bank Robbers Captured
Source:  Pike County Sheriff's Office and wjtv.com
Gerard Nichols and James Sparrow have been arrested in connection with the Armed Robbery that occurred August 4th at the First Bank of Osyka, according to the Pike County Mississippi Sheriff's Office.  
Osyka Police, The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation worked together in this case.  They were looking for three people in connection with the crime.  Suspected robber, 41-year-old James Sparrow of Tornado, West Virginia, was arrested Wednesday. He was taken into custody at a hotel in St. Albans, West Virginia.  A juvenile was also taken into custody and could be charged as an adult.
Authorities said the other suspect, 41-year-old Gerald Nicholas turned himself in Tuesday evening.
The robber entered the bank and pulled a black mesh net over his head, displayed a gun, and demanded money. The took an unknown amount of money and took a bank employer’s car and was able to get away.


August 18, 2016
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
There are so many stories of good people helping those in need due to the recent flooding.  And there are so many stories that will never be known.  But the help is not being provided to receive recognition.  
  • Ben's Ford Baptist Church is holding a "Drive for Livingston Parish" over the next two weeks.  The are collecting non-perishable food items, water, cleaning supplies, and toiletries.
  • Mandeville Boy Scouts kicked off their Back to School Flood Relief benefit. Donations will help purchase school supplies for students affected by the recent flooding in southern Louisiana.   
  • Four deputies today (Thursday) went to Ascension Parish to help.  “It is not only our duty but our moral obligation to assist those in need.” Said Sheriff Seal. And this wasn't the first time.
  • The Swine Krewe (a group of guys from St. Tammany) learned that the Louisiana National Guard Air Wing based out of Hammond had been going non stop since the flooding started last week and had been getting by on MRE's, they went to Hammond and provided a lunch of barbequed chicken, beans, jambalaya, sausage and coleslaw. 
  • Constable Jeremy Freeman from Ward 2 of Washington Parish with a group of friends spent days in the Walker area helping to rescue flood victims.
These are just a few of the efforts that demonstrate the concern we have for one another.  God bless all of you.  You know who you are!


Obituary
WADE BAHM, AGE 90 and a resident of Franklinton died at 9:35 pm Tuesday August 16, 2106 at Good Samaritan Living Center. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church who loved tending to his many beautiful rose bushes. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. Wade was the Paint & Body foreman at Lynch Chevrolet for many years, while also having a body shop at his home. He served 12 years on the Washington Parish Police Jury of Ward 9.


Obituary
HOMER “SLIM” WESTMORELAND, AGE 88 And a resident of the Hays Creek Community died just after midnight Wednesday August 17, 2016 at the AMG Specialty Hospital in Covington. He was a member of Hays Creek Southern Baptist Church who enjoyed listening to old country and gospel music. Slim was a blacksmith, alongside his family, for most of his life and later worked as a diesel mechanic for Southern Truck Lines. 


Obituary
Georgia Dell Dixon, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, born on September 11, 1938 in New Orleans, LA, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton, LA at the age of 78.


Obituary
On August 17, 2016 Barbara Jean Stillwell Sykes was called to heaven. She was born June 30, 1941 in Bogalusa.


August 18, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Shelton Ard was booked 08/16 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Jacob Jewell was booked 08/16 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Velicity Burkhalter was booked 08/16 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Joseph Graffagnini was booked 08/16 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Angelle Lacroix was booked 08/17 on the charge of Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court


August 16, 2016
Our Lady of Angels Contracts to Manage Riverside Medical Center
Our Lady of Angels Hospital in Bogalusa and Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton have contracted for management services of Riverside Medical Center effective Monday, August 29, and has hired Peter Sullivan, MBA, to oversee operations at RMC as CEO. Sullivan has more than 30 years of administrative healthcare experience within the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System – most recently serving as Service Line Administrator for Neuroscience, Orthopedics and Trauma at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
“This is a great day for Washington Parish. This partnership provides the unique opportunity for our strong healthcare traditions to deliver enhanced coordination and quality of care for the patients we are privileged to serve,” said Rene Ragas, OLOAH President and CEO.  
“I look forward to serving alongside the talented team of professionals at Riverside Medical Center. The people of Franklinton have been very gracious. I am anxious to make the move to this wonderful community and make it my home,” said Sullivan.
“I am excited about this new chapter at Riverside Medical Center. The management contract aligns us with one of the largest providers of healthcare in the state,” said Brent King, RMC Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.  
The partnership teams up OLOAH (a 98 bed acute care hospital) staff and RMC (a 25 bed critical care hospital) staff to deliver a new level of healthcare services in Washington Parish. 


August 16, 2016
Sheriff Randy Smith Disgusted with The Times Picayune Cartoon 
Statement by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith
“During a time when our country is in dire need of unity, The Times Picayune decided to publish this racially divisive political cartoon in an attempt to insert an even bigger wedge between law enforcement and our citizens. Even worse, they decide to publish this in the middle of a natural disaster when all first responders, and citizens alike, are pulling together to help one another.
We have worked extremely hard to bring our community together during this trying time in our nation, and we have been extremely successful here in St. Tammany Parish. This is not appreciated and not accepted in our community.
I will not support The Times Picayune and encourage all of my constituents to do the same. There is no place for this in our community.”


August 16, 2016
WP Sheriff Randy Seal Shames Times Picayune/Nola.com
In a letter addressed to the Times Picayune and nola.com, Washington Parish Sheriff responded to a cartoon they published (see above) reflecting different responses by police to white and black people.  
“I strongly object to the inflammatory editorial cartoon reflecting different responses to "white people" and "black people."
At a time when our country is being divided by various agendas, you chose to publish this very inappropriate statement which serves no purpose other than to inflame passions and pander to misconceptions. Shame on you for engaging in such brash and unprofessional yellow journalism which violates every tenet of professional ethics.
You owe every law enforcement officer a personal apology for your extremely inappropriate behavior and, at the least, you should publish a strong retraction.
Meanwhile, I encourage all law-abiding citizens to refrain from purchasing any print copy of The Times Picayune and to avoid any businesses which support you with advertising dollars. Our community deserves much better than what you provide.”


Obituary
ADILEE CREEL PIERCE RESTER, AGE 82 and a resident of Franklinton died early Sunday morning August 14, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church who enjoyed spending time relaxing on her front porch while watching the many birds and squirrels that ate from her feeders. Adilee also enjoyed talking to her friends on the phone. 


Obituary
Edward J. Pierce, Sr. age 60, born in Bogalusa, LA on January 13, 1956, passed away on August 14, 2016 at his residence in Angie, LA.  He was a United States Veteran.


August 16, 2016
BB&H Festival Offers Family Fun & Food & More!
The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, in Bogalusa's beautiful Cassidy Park, will have a lot of attractions besides its two stages of stellar musical performances on Sept. 23-24.
The family-friendly event will include a Kids Zone, and will offer kids of all ages harmonica and even didgeridoo workshops, plus the opportunity to take part in a drum circle. And children aged 12 and under get in free.
Of course, as a Louisiana festival, there will be a wide range of succulent food, including seafood platters, crawfish pie, shrimp and grits, smoked sausage poboys, and snacks like roasted peanuts, snowballs, and nachos. And although sign up is closed to food vendors, it remains open for vendors of quality, hand made arts, crafts, soaps and even jellies.
To apply for a spot, or for additional information on the lineup and more, visit www.bogalusablues.com online.


August 16, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Quenterrious McGowan was booked 08/15 In From Court
Troy Singleton was booked 08/15 on the charge of Attachment
Glenn Wells was booked 08/15 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Lachristin Wells was booked 08/15 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Donna Whitmer was booked 08/15 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Duane Whitney was booked 08/15 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Micah Pittman was booked 08/15 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction


August 16, 2016
LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain Issues Advisories to Flood Victims
Protect Homes and Businesses from Pests after Flooding:  Once flooding recedes and repairs begin on homes and businesses, take steps to prevent the spread of termites and rodents.  If your community floods and soil around your home or business washes away, you will need to re-treat that area.  Strain also adds that everyone should be mindful of other pests and rodents that will be attempting to get away from flood waters and looking for food. “Rats carry disease. You may want to get a licensed pest control company to put out traps. Consumers should contact the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry at 225-925-4578 to make sure the pest control companies you hire are fully certified and licensed.”
Hire Licensed Arborists/Contractors to Work on Storm-Damaged Trees and Property:  “Anyone doing tree work in Louisiana is required to obtain a license through the LDAF,” Strain said. “Hiring only licensed-professional arborists protects you, the homeowner, since licensed arborists are not only trained to properly execute tree work, but they must also maintain liability insurance. I also urge you to get a written estimate and, while you may be required to pay a reasonable deposit, you should never pay for the job in full up front.” 


August 16, 2016
LDWF Agents Continuing With Rescues of Flood Victims
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 3,139 people and 603 animals to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.
Agents began search and rescue missions around 4 a.m. on Aug. 12 and have ran search and rescue missions around the clock ever since. They are still ongoing and the number of people and animals rescued will rise. Agents will also remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.
To view pictures and the numbers of rescues by parish, click here.


August 15, 2016
Link to Disaster Relief


August 15, 2016
Some Parts of Wildlife Management Areas Closed
Heavy rain in south Louisiana the past few days has flooded parts of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Wildlife Management Areas, forcing closure of some roads and walk areas.
  • Boyce Tower Road on Maurepas Swamp WMA has been closed.  Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 122,098 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes. 
  • The Swamp Walk at Joyce WMA has been closed. Joyce WMA, which consists of 27,487 acres, is located in southern Tangipahoa Parish about five miles south of Hammond in the Pontchartrain Basin. 
  • At Pearl River WMA, the south end of Oil Well Road has been closed. Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,032 acres, is located in St. Tammany Parish, five miles east of Slidell.  


August 15, 2016
STPSO and FBI Investigating Late Morning Bank Robbery
Statement by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office
Late this morning, around 11:20 am, two masked gunmen entered Gulf Coast Bank and Trust at1900 Oak Harbor Boulevard in Slidell and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are conducting a joint investigation into the robbery. No further details are being released at this time. If anyone has information in reference to this robbery, they are asked to contact the F.B.I. at 504-816.3000 or the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-726-8000.
**NOTE** We know this is very vague. Please understand that we are still attempting to obtain the facts and hope to be able to release more information in the near future.


Obituary
James Edward Muse, III, 52 years old of Kentwood, Louisiana, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2016.  Eddie graduated from Valley Forge Academy in 1982, Clemson University in Clemson, SC in 1987 and obtained his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from John Hopkins University in 1991. He began his Mathematical Science career with NSA in 1988 at Fort Meade, VA and eventually transferred to Denver, CO.  In 2001, he began working for Bits Systems as a Software Engineer. He immediately fell in love with Denver’s mountains, especially skiing and elk hunting. In 2011, he was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig Disease and returned home to Kentwood where he bravely walked a torturous journey, surrounded by family and friends. His team of caregivers became his family over the years. 


August 15, 2016
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Reports on Response to Flooding
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
“Over the past few days these flood-waters have caused destruction and devastation not only to our parish, but neighboring communities as well. Coordinated efforts by the TPSO, Parish Government, the National Guard, the Louisiana State Police, and other agencies provided water, food and supplies to thousands of stranded motorists on I-12 near Albany in Livingston Parish, provided search and rescues in the very vast impacted area, and recovered the bodies of two persons who lost their lives in this catastrophic event. 
The body of 20 year old Alexandra Budde of Hammond was located yesterday (Sunday) afternoon inside of her vehicle in Tickfaw.  It is believed that her vehicle was caught in raging flood-waters, and washed from the roadway leaving it completely submerged underwater.
On Friday August 12, 2016, a 59 year old white male resident of the Village of Tangipahoa was reported missing after being swept away by rushing flood-waters and his body was recovered early Sunday morning.  
With over 17 inches of reported rainfall in some areas of our parish over the past few days, the TPSO and all First Responders successfully evacuated over 2,500 residents, fourteen horses, and a countless number of family pets.”



August 15, 2016
LDAF Responds to Historic Flooding
LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain and State Forester Wade Dubea delivered 50 pet crates to a shelter location in Lafayette accepting animals. The LDAF also provided 100 pet crates to Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge which is serving as a shelter.
“We work closely with our partners such as the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to ensure that anyone who evacuates to a shelter that accepts pets has the accommodations needed. For many people, their pets are like family and they don’t want to evacuate without them. We do not want anyone putting themselves in harm’s way because they can’t leave their pet behind,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
Additional actions taken by LDAF:
Emergency fuel operations activated to support lifesaving and emergency support   missions.
The food distribution division is on standby for mass feeding support.
A shelter team out of Alexandria is in Baton Rouge to assist with pet sheltering operations.
For livestock owners, an equine evacuation site is available at the Lamar Expo Center in Gonzales.


August 15, 2016
LDWF Rescues 2982 People and 566 Animals
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 2,982 people and 566 animals to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.  Agents began search and rescue missions around 4 a.m. on Aug. 12 and have ran search and rescue missions around the clock ever since. The following are the rescues by parish since 4 a.m. on Aug. 12 till 5 a.m. on Aug. 15.
  • Tangipahoa - 305 people and 108 animals
  • Washington - 3 people
  • Livingston - 143 people and 57 animals
  • St. Helena - 25 people
  • East Baton Rouge - 1,422 people and 223 animals
  • Iberia - 41 people and 3 animals
  • Lafayette - 828 people and 113 animals
  • East Feliciana - 49 people and 5 animals
  • West Feliciana - 2 people
  • Vermilion - 92 people and 27 animals
  • Acadia - 22 people and 2 animals
  • St. Landry - 22 people and 14 animals
  • Ascension - 28 people and 14 pets
Search and rescue operations are still ongoing and the number of people and animals rescued will rise. Agents will also remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.


August 15, 2016
Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Assisting Neighbors
Update from Chief Deputy Mike Haley
Saturday, August 13, Sheriff Seal dispatched four deputies and two boats to assist in rescue efforts in Tangipahoa Parish.  WPSO officers assisted in the rescue of approximately 50 persons and an equal number of pets.
On Monday, August 15, Sheriff Seal dispatched seven deputies and one boat to assist in rescue efforts and patrol duties in East Baton Rouge Parish.  WPSO officers left Washington Parish at 4:30 a.m . today and arrived in East Baton Rouge Parish at approximately 7:30 a.m.  The deployment is scheduled to continue through this week.    East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association are coordinating the assignment of outside agency deputies in Baton Rouge.  WPSO is a member of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association Task Force.



August 15, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Rodney Phillips was booked 08/12 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Shawn Rambaud was booked 08/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Careless Operation
Toni Carroll was booked 08/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Charles Stogner was booked 08/13 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, Speeding 41 or More Over Limit, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Obstruction of Justice, Reckless Operation of Motor Vehicle, No Seat Belt, and Resisting an Officer
Gary McIntyre was booked 08/13 In For Court
Sheikeil Ratliff was booked 08/13 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Theft of Auto/Vehicle, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Failure to Appear
Andrew Oliver was booked 08/14 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Christopher Bangs was booked 08/14 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Steven Bourne was booked 08/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Stolen Property, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Attachment (2 counts), Failure to Appear, and Theft of Auto/Vehicle


August 12, 2016
Gov. Edwards Declares State of Emergency
Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Louisiana as a result of severe weather. The declaration is in effect until Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.
“We are in constant contact with local officials and first responders, and assistance is already on the move to affected parishes,” said Gov. Edwards. “The most important thing to remember is to obey road signs and to constantly monitor the news for updates to ensure everyone’s safety. Every available resource will be used to assist citizens as this situation continues to unfold."
Click here to read the complete text of the declaration.
Information for the public regarding roads is available atwww.511la.org. Additionally, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is constantly updating their social media accounts and has emergency resources available at www.getagameplan.organd at www.emergency.la.gov.


August 12, 2016
Shelter Information for Parishes Affected by Severe Weather


August 12, 2016
Curfew Implemented in Tangipahoa Parish
Today, Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller and Sheriff Daniel Edwards have implemented a dusk till dawn curfew (8pm – 6am) for Tangipahoa Parish. Only essential personnel, those traveling to/from work and for emergency situations will be allowed on Tangipahoa Parish roadways.
Local leaders are strongly encouraging everyone to remain in place until this weather and flooding event is over. It is also highly encouraged for those who have experienced flooding in the past to evacuate their homes during the remainder of daylight hours today and before it is too late.
Anyone needing to be evacuated and/or needing assistance is asked to please call 9-1-1.


August 12, 2016
Video of Flood Waters in Washington Parish Fairgrounds


August 12, 2016
Video of Flood Waters in Tangipahoa Parish


August 12, 2016
LDWF Agents Performing Search and Rescue Missions 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 85 people and 12 animals to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.
Starting around 4 a.m. this morning, Aug. 12, agents have rescued 85 people and 12 animals mostly in St. Helena, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes.
Agents are currently performing search and rescue missions in these parishes and the number of people and animals rescued will rise over the course of the day. Agents will also remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.


August 12, 2016
WPSO Statement on Rain Event (as of 11:36 am on 08/12)
"Thus far, we’ve had no significant events in Washington Parish.
There are a couple of road closures due to high water and we have a report of one tree down on a parish road bridge.  To the best of my knowledge, there has been only one rescue of a man who attempted to drive on a flooded road.  I’m aware of no injuries in the parish.
Emergency Management is still forecasting an 18’ crest for the Bogue Chitto at Franklinton approximately midnight tonight.  That level will affect the Bogue Chitto Heights subdivision and low areas south of Franklinton in the Enon area.
Our deputies have gone door-to-door in Bogue Chitto Heights informing residents of forecast and advising them to be prepared to leave.
Much depends on how much rain we get this afternoon and tonight and, of course, how much rain falls north of here."


August 12, 2016
Latest Predictions on Bogue Chitto and Pearl Rivers
The latest predictive crest data for the Bogue Chitto and the Pearl Rivers is available at the following links: 


Obituary
Richard "R.A." Arlin Mizell, age 80 and born in Isabel, on February 21, 1936, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at his home in Franklinton, LA.  Member of Isabel Baptist Church. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean Conflict.


Obituary
Susan JoAnn Talley, age 82 and born in Poplarville on October 27, 1933, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at her home in Bogalusa, LA.  
Member of United Faith Pentecostal Church. Owner of Land of Sports of Bogalusa, LA.


Obituary
Sister Letha Weary, born on November 1, 1967, departed this life on August 7, 2016 in Angie.  She joined 
Springhill Missionary Baptist church at an early age where she remained a faithful member until she became ill. Letha was employed with Pride and Hope Missionary in Varnado until her health began to fail. 


Obituary
Shay Demile Kagler, born January 29, 1972, died August 6, 2016.  He joined Hayes Creek Missionary Baptist Church at a young age and accepted the Lord as his personal savior.  He later joined Outreach Full Gospel Baptist Church until the lord called him home.
Shay’s early education was in New Orleans, he was part of Franklinton High Class of '91, and received his GED through The Cenikor Program in Baton Rouge, La.  He loved to be outdoors, had a passion for nature and landscape, an was employed at Windmill Nursery in Folsom, La.
He had a great love for family and friends. He also enjoyed family gatherings. His smile and laughter for all those that knew him will never be forgotten. 


Obituary
John Warren Williams, 58, a resident of Franklinton, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016. 


August 11, 2016
Riverside Medical Center Opens Weight Loss Clinic
Riverside Medical Center announces the opening of a new weight loss clinic. Ideal Protein is a four phase medically designed and professionally supervised weight loss protocol. The average person has a weight loss of three to seven pounds per week. The Ideal Protein protocol stabilizes the pancreas and blood sugar levels while burning fat. One on one coaching in addition to delicious food choices are all a part of helping patients reach their weight loss goals.
“We are very excited to bring Ideal Protein to our network of clinics. As a partner in our patients’ health, we want to promote wellness and disease prevention. Obesity is a main cause of many health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and joint replacement. It’s not just a diet, it is a lifestyle change”, states Kristina Knight, Community Outreach Director.
The Ideal Protein clinic at Riverside Medical Center is now open and accepting new patients. Please call 795-4147 or email patientrelations@rmchospital.com for more information or to make an appointment with a weight loss coach.


Obituary
DOUGLAS SCHILLING, AGE 58 and a resident of Franklinton died early Thursday August 11, 2016 at his home. Doug loved gardening and fishing. He also enjoyed watching sports, including basketball and New Orleans Saints and LSU football. Doug worked for many years tying steel for J.W. Bryant on large construction projects throughout the area. 


Obituary
Sarah Stogner passed away at the age of 62. She was the first born child of Woodrow and Ada Dean Duncan.


Obituary
Linda Kay Magee died August 10, 2016.  Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Charles J. Buchanan, age 75, died July 30, 2016.


August 11, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kelly Perret was booked 08/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container in Vehicle, and Careless Operation
Timothy Goings was booked 08/10 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Justin Provost was booked 08/10 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Failure to Appear
Cheri Grayson was booked 08/11 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Failure to Appear
Jeffery Ingram was booked 08/11 on the charge of Attempted Rape


August 10, 2016
Video of the Franklinton Board of Aldermen - August 9, 2016
The Mayor and Aldermen took care of routine business Tuesday evening.  But the highlight of the meeting started about 1:10 into the video, when Franklinton resident Pat Jones expressed her thanks to the Mayor, Council, Police, Firemen, and other town employees; plus, she gave a short history lesson. Her comments were well done, well-received, and much appreciated.



August 10, 2016
Mayor Perrette Accepts Painting Depicting Bogalusa Flooding
Mayor Wendy Perrette is shown accepting a painting from Summer Stewart that will be displayed at Bogalusa City Hall. This is a second painting completed by Summer which depicts the March 11, 2016 flood in Bogalusa. The painting captures a rain drop falling and the raging waters of the Bogalusa creek engulfing areas of Bogalusa. Included in the painting are: Annunciation Church and school, the museums of the park, Zesto, City Hall any the recently demolished YWCA. The painting is surrounded by the scripture Isaiah 43:2 "When you go through deep waters, I will be with you." 14"x 27" prints are available at McMillan's Gifts, Country Frames and Delta for $40. A portion of the sales will be donated to the children's playground at Cassidy Park. If you would like a signed, lower numbered art print for $75 please contact Summer Stewart at 985-294-7283.


Obituary
Earline Lundie departed this life Sunday, July 31, 20161 a 5:00 am at her residence. At an early age she joined New Jerusalem Baptist Church and later she moved to Bogalusa, LA where she joined Greater Salter Chapel AME Church, under the leadership of Pastor Earl Robinson, where she remained a faithful member until her health failed. 


August 10, 2016
Wet Weather Expected Next Few Days
The Washington Parish Government has posted a National Weather Service advisory that heavy rain is expected Thursday through Sunday.  The possible impacts are 
• Rainfall of 5 to 8 inches is expected for much of the area. Isolated higher amounts of up to 10 inches will be possible 
• Locally heavy rainfall will likely lead to ponding of water in low lying areas and areas of poor drainage, and some flash flooding will be possible
in the areas that receive the most rainfall.
• Rises on area rivers are possible and flood warnings may be needed


Obituary
Rachel Louise Crowe of Bush died August 5, 2016 at the age of 34. 


Obituary
LAWRENCE ARTILLUS “LARRY” MCGUIRE, AGE 98 and a resident of Franklinton died Sunday August 8, 2016 at the Ochsner Medical Center. He was a native of Kansas before serving his country as a United States Army soldier during World War II and the Korean War. Larry later sold maritime insurance while residing in the New Orleans area for many years. He and his wife Claire have lived in Washington Parish for 30 years where they have been active with various community groups, while also being active members of Holy Family Catholic Church. Larry was a proud veteran and was involved with the American Legion as well as the Rotary Club and Chamber organizations and the Riverside Medical Center Board. Each year Larry volunteered his time to the Washington Parish Free Fair, especially the Mile Branch Settlement, where the couple were previously Mile Branch Honorees and also recognized as Fair Parade Marshalls. Larry and Claire were also honored as Franklinton Citizens of the Year in 2008 for their commitment to our Community.


August 10, 2016
Flapjack Fly-In Sat. Sept. 3 in Bogalusa - Ya Gotta Go!



Obituary
Horrace V. Yates of Franklinton died August 9, 2016 at the age of 67. 


August 10, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Christopher Dickerson was booked 08/09 on the charges of Aggravated Rape and Sexual Battery
Dayna Hasney was booked 08/09 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Drag Racing, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions and No Insurance
Catlin Williams was booked 08/09 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Drag Racing, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions 
Dallas Magee was booked 08/09 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, No Drivers License, and Child Restraint Violation
Benjamin Thomas was booked 08/09 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI (or other), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Pay Fine
Danielle Swartz was booked 08/09 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts), Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine)
Kendric Lampley was booked 08/09 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation) and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Brittany Purvis was booked 08/09 on the charge of Failure to Pay Fine
Magen Patterson was booked 08/09 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Parole Violation, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Justin Jones was booked 08/09 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Parole Violation, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Dimorial Manning was booked 08/09 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Kelly Perret was booked 08/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container in Vehicle, and Careless Operation
Timothy Goings was booked 08/10 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court (2 counts)


August 9, 2016
Armed Robbery Suspects Sought by Pike County SO
The Pike County Sheriff's Office Investigation is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and apprehending the suspects involved in an armed robbery. On August 8, 2016, at 10:41pm, Holmesville Grocery, 7053 Hwy 98 E., McComb, MS was robbed at gunpoint by two masked suspects. The suspects fled east from the store toward Magnolia Holmesville Rd. north of Hwy 98.  One suspect is tall and slender and the other shorter, stocker and what appears to be long hair in a ponytail underneath his shirt. 
If you have any information or saw any vehicles parked alongside roadway near the store, call 601-783-5468 or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033.



Obituary
Deborah Ann Brumfield, age 61, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, died on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.  
She was a member of First Pentecostal Church in Bogalusa, LA.


Obituary
Frances Elaine Williams Harry, age 85, born on April 9, 1931 in Bogalusa, LA, died on Monday, August 8, 2016 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA.


August 9, 2016
Tylertown Teen Arrested for Rape and Sexual Battery of Juvenile
Franklinton Police Department Major Justin D. Brown has advised that Christopher Dickerson (18) from Tylertown, Mississippi has been arrested on the charges of First Degree Rape and Sexual Battery.  
On July 8, 2016, Sergeant James Folks was assigned an alleged sexual battery and rape case involving a juvenile.  Sergeant Folks interviewed Christopher Dickerson who provided a voluntary statement in which he implicated himself in the commission of the crimes.  Dickerson was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail.  
First Degree Rape carries a possible sentence of life imprisonment or the death penalty. The juvenile victim has been referred to Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Advocacy Center where mental health services will be provided.  Additional details of the investigation are not provided in order to protect the identity of the victim.


August 9, 2016
Proclamation Recognizes Achievements of Freddie Jefferson
Washington Parish President Richard Thomas read a proclamation Monday evening (August 8) at the meeting of the Parish Council, recognizing the service and achievements of Angie resident Freddie Houston Jefferson.  Thomas, a long-time friend who had served with Jefferson at the Washington Parish School Board, noted many of the positions held by Jefferson and his many years as a teacher where he taught and influenced many youth.
Parish Councilman Levi Lewis, who had been a student of Jefferson's, noted the influence Jefferson had on his life and career.  Many family and friends joined in the celebration.



August 9, 2016
Heroin Overdose Death Leads to Homicide Arrest
After an extensive eleven month investigation of the heroin overdose of Albert Marant, Slidell Police has arrested Joseph Laue for Second Degree Homicide and two counts of Distribution of Heroin. 
August 25, 2015 SPD responded to a call and found Albert Marant deceased from what appeared to be a drug overdose.  An autopsy was performed at the St. Tammany Parish Corners' Office and an overdose of opiates/heroin was determined to be the cause of death.  An investigation revealed evidence that Albert Marant's supplier was Joseph Laue and that he did provide the heroin that caused Laue's death.  
Slidell Police Chief E.J. Howard stated "With today's national heroin epidemic, everyone loses. One family lost their son as he battled with his own narcotics addiction, and another family’s son, Joseph Laue, now faces the possibility of life in prison. There is help out there for anyone struggling with addiction, The Operation Angel Program is just one of many designed to help those who are struggling."


August 9, 2016
STPSO Responds to Stabbing in Slidell
A 55-year old Slidell man was stabbed several times Sunday (August 7) evening following an argument. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office reports the victim and his girlfriend were visiting Patrick McCarty, who lives at the Grand Marchand Apartments on Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell.  For unknown reasons, the three got into an argument. The victim and his girlfriend were attempting to leave when McCarty attacked the victim with a knife, stabbing him several times. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries was transported to University Hospital.
Patrick McCarty (30) was arrested for LRS 14:34.7 Aggravated Second Degree Battery. He was booked in to the St. Tammany Parish Jail. His bond has not been set.


August 9, 2016
Man is Shot - Drives Himself to Hospital
Friday evening (August 5), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on Magnolia Drive in Covington in response to an individual being shot in the leg. Two men were having a disagreement over the price a contractor was charging for work performed at the suspect’s home. During the course of the argument, Darin Howie (49) of Covington, removed a handgun from his waistband and fired a single shot, striking the contractor in his left calf. The victim drove himself to St. Tammany Parish Hospital where he was later released with non-life threatening injuries.
Howie was booked in to the St. Tammany Parish Jail for LRS 14:34.7 Aggravated Second Degree Battery, and was released Saturday on a $25,000 bond.


Obituary
Talmage "Dewayne" Magee, age 65, born on March 26, 1951 in Bogalusa, LA, died on Monday, August 8, 2016 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.  He was a Vietnam Veteran having served in the United States Army.


August 9, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jordyn Frierson was booked 08/08 on the charge of Contempt of Court
William Davis was booked 08/08 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Martika Lucas was booked 08/08 on the charges of Attachment, Contempt of Court (2 counts), and Failure to Appear
Damon Brown was booked 08/08 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (5 counts)
Tommy Thurmond was booked 08/08 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Christopher Dickerson was booked 08/09 on the charges of Aggravated Rape and Sexual Battery
Dayna Hasney was booked 08/09 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Drag Racing, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions and No Insurance
Catlin Williams was booked 08/09 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Drag Racing, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions 


August 8, 2016
Complementary Sports Physicals Provided FHS
LSU Rural Family Medicine Residents, LSU Faculty Physicians, Schultz Physical Therapy and nurses from Our Lady of the Angels Clinic and Riverside Medical Center partnered to provide complementary sports physicals and concussion education for nearly 200 Franklinton High School student athletes Friday, August 5th.  
Our Lady of the Angels also offers complementary sports physicals and football sideline coverage at Bogalusa High School and Ben's Ford Christian School, and hopes to begin expanding the program to include additional schools across the parish. 


August 8, 2016
Five Horses Killed by Virus in Washington & Tangipahoa
Horse Owners Advised to Vaccinate
Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is warning owners to vaccinate their horses. So far in 2016, five horses have died as a result of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).  “While the horses may have been vaccinated in the past, none seem to be up to date on their vaccinations,” said Strain.
Four of the horses were located in Tangipahoa Parish. The fifth horse was in Washington Parish.  
“Horse owners need to be mindful of both Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile. The rain we have, especially at this time of year, is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If a mosquito bites an infected bird, Eastern Equine Encephalitis or West Nile can be spread to horses, dogs, cats and humans.”
The mosquito-transmitted diseases can cause inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord.
Infected horses may show lethargy, weakness, paralysis, neurological symptoms and death. Prevention includes avoiding mosquitoes, using mosquito repellants that are safe for horses and humans, and vaccination for horses.
So far, there is no vaccination approved for people. Horse owners should contact their local veterinarian regarding proper vaccination protocols during this time of increased risk.


August 8, 2016
DA's Office Receives Veterans Court Grant
District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office has received a grant to study the feasibility of implementing a specialty court that would steer some military veterans who have committed crimes to drug, mental health, and other treatment, instead of jail. The initiative, spearheaded by Montgomery and District Judge Raymond S. Childress, will bring together a team of local officials and volunteers for three days of training, beginning Aug. 17.
“Our veterans have unselfishly served our country, and they deserve our best efforts,” Montgomery said. “We’ve assembled a very talented, specialized team to help us determine whether Veterans Court would be a useful tool in the 22nd Judicial District.”


Obituary
Bobby Ray “Coach Lamp” Lampton, a resident of Bogalusa for the past 66 years departed his life August 5, 2016 with his loving wife and children by his side.  
He graduated from Central Memorial High School and was a lifelong member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church.  He served on the Usher Board, Steward Pro-Tem, President of Sons of Allen, a Choir member and the Trustee Board.  He was employed with Crown Zellerbach, Gaylord, Temple-Inland and International Paper until he retired with 42 years.
Bobby loved Little League Baseball. He coached for 25 years with the Red Oak Dodgers and Green Oak Dodgers, and Bogalusa All Stars which he led to the Little League World Series. He also loved to play tennis and travel. 


Obituary
Kimberly Charmaine Seals, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at her residence at the age of 52. Kimberly was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church.  


August 7, 2016
Bogalusa Man Found Blocking Road Now in Jail
Friday (August 5), Joseph D. Stogner (49) of Bogalusa was found by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office passed out in the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Stogner had illegal narcotics in his possession as well as a fake urine kit which is typically used by drug abusers to falsely pass a drug urine test.
Deputies were responding to a report of a vehicle blocking Breland Road and that a man appeared to have passed out in the vehicle.  
Deputies woke Stogner, placed him under arrest, and transported him to the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held on three counts of possession of Schedule II drugs and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Stogner is currently on federal probation for narcotics violations.


August 7, 2016
Highway 10 Wreck Claims Life of 14 year Old
Dericka Wallace (14) from Folsom was killed Saturday morning (August 6) in a collision on Highway 10 near the intersection of Jimi Thomas Road. The teen-ager was a back seat passenger in a vehicle being driven by her sister, Earniesha C. Lott (25) of Folsom.  
Lott was attempting to pass another vehicle by crossing a double yellow line when her vehicle crashed with two other vehicles.  The teenager, who was unrestrained in the back seat, was pronounced dead on the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office. Two other children in the vehicle were wearing seat belts and were not injured. Drivers and passengers in the other vehicles sustained minor injuries.
Lott was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail on the charges of  negligent homicide, passing in a no-passing zone,  driving with a suspended license, and being a fugitive from the Kenner Police Department on a theft charge.
Lott is being held in the Washington Parish Jail with no bond set at this time.
Sheriff Randy Seal urged drivers to recognize the dangers of the roads, obey all traffic regulations, and drive with caution.  Seal noted that speeding, passing in “no passing” zones,  an careless driving causes lives to be lost.  


August 6, 2016
Letter to the Editor from Councilwoman Gloria Kates
District A Councilwoman Gloria Kates hosted an observational tour  with a group of concerned citizens, along with  parish, district,  and states officials. 


August 6, 2016
Franklinton Motorcyclist Killed in Crash Near Kentwood
A Franklinton man, 42 year-old Robert M. Dykes, was killed Friday afternoon when 76-year-old Kentwood resident Henry Butler Jr. made a left turn into a private driveway and directly into the path of Dykes’ motorcycle. The crash site was on LA 1055 near the intersection of LA 1054 in Kentwood. 
Dykes was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered severe injuries in the crash. Dykes was transported to North Oaks Health System by Acadian Air-Med in critical condition. Just before 9:00 PM, Dykes succumbed to injuries he sustained in the crash. Dykes was wearing an approved DOT helmet at the time of the crash. Impairment is unknown.  Henry Butler Jr. was properly restrained at the time of the crash. He was not injured. Butler submitted a voluntary breath sample, which showed no trace amounts of alcohol. The crash investigation is ongoing.


August 6, 2016
TPSO Deputy Gave Gun to Felon
Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
A former Tangipahoa Parish deputy sheriff is under arrest, charged with malfeasance in office for supplying a felon with a gun and ammunition, authorities said Friday (Aug. 5). Roxanne Hammond, 42, of Hammond was arrested July 27 after authorities searched her home in connection with a shooting involving her husband 
Roger David Hammond Jr., 42, was identified in a Livingston shooting and a search warrant of the couple's home produced numerous weapons and a large amount of ammunition.  that prompted investigators to obtain a warrant to search the couple's home. 
Investigators arrested Roger David Hammond on charges of possession of marijuana and other narcotics, being a convicted felon in possession of a gun and body armor and as a fugitive in the Livingston shooting. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said Roxanne Hammond's actions "do not reflect the core values and the integrity of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. I continue to demand high standards in my department. Illegal activity has no place here and will not be tolerated."


Obituary
Brody Dean Schilling was born August 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm weighing 2lbs. 0 oz., measuring 16 in. long. Brody was born at 32 weeks and 2 days...he lived life in the arms of his daddy, big brother, and his momma. We were so blessed with two hours of loving on him! He is now in the arms of God being loved even more! He is so handsome and has big blue eyes, a head full of dark hair, big hands, and big feet just like his daddy! We know Brody left this world being loved on! Life without this little man is going to be so hard and different as we have made so many plans for his life but know one day soon we will get to be with him again.


Obituary
MURLEEN ORA WALTERS WELCH, AGE 86 and a lifelong resident of Franklinton died early Friday morning at the Park Province Assisted Living Center in Slidell. She was a longtime active member of Centenary Methodist Church and a charter member of the Shasta Club. Murleen and her family were the owners for many years of Welch’s Hi Way Pak near Franklinton. She enjoyed quilting and loved cooking, hosting friends and family at her home and showing loving hospitality toward others. Murleen also enjoyed camping and traveling with her family and many years ago liked to square dance with her husband. She was always a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother.


August 5, 2016
Family Rescued from the Pearl River Near Bogalusa
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents rescued a family of five from the Pearl River Thursday afternoon, Aug. 4, in Washington Parish near Bogalusa.  A husband and wife with their three kids (a six yr old, a four year old, and a 23 month old) became stranded in an anchored boat about six feet in front of a low head dam near Bogalusa.
According to the father, the family was out fishing and was starting to head back to the boat launch when the motor lost power.  The low head dam’s current was forcing the 15 foot aluminum vessel down river towards the dam where they would have more than likely went over the dam capsizing the boat.  The father attempted to paddle but wasn’t able to reverse the direction of the vessel.  He then was able to put a boat anchor in the water that stopped their movement.  Once stopped the father was able to call for help.  Agents retrieved the family and then the boat.  
Agents arrived on scene around 2:00 p.m. and was able to retrieve the family of five that included a six year old, four year old and 23 month old.  Once they had the family safely on shore, the agents went back and retrieved the vessel.
“We’ve had some fatalities with these low head dams and this situation could have turned out very differently and ended with a very sad story,” said Col. Joey Broussard.  “This father’s quick thinking of putting the anchor in the water to stop them from going over the dam may have saved their lives.”
LDWF Senior Agents Lee Davis and Joel Cromp performed the successful rescue mission.


August 5, 2016
STPSO Hiring Corrections Deputies



August 5, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Larry Manning was booked 08/04 In From Court and on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Rashan Lewis was booked 08/04 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)


August 5, 2016
Waning Geraniums Can be Revived for Fall 
If your geraniums are waning in the heat of summer, all is not lost. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why these beautiful plants are struggling now, and what you can do to get them ready for a beautiful fall display.



August 5, 2016
National Farmers Market Week Coming Up!
National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13, 2016. “I love strolling through our local farmers markets. We have some of the best and freshest produce in the country and it’s always good to support the local farmer and our economy. Plus, when you meet a farmer, you get to know where your food comes from,” said Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
There are more than 8,600 farmers markets across the country. For a list of farmers markets in Louisiana, go to www.ldaf.la.gov.


August 4, 2016
Bank Robber Sought in Pike County Mississippi
The Pike County Sheriff's Office Investigation Division is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and apprehending a suspected armed bank robber.  The suspect was wearing dark blue coveralls, black shoes with white soles, a black baseball hat with the Chevrolet Emblem in center of cap, along with white lettering around brim of bill.  
The heavy set white male entered the First Bank in Osyka, MS on August 4, 2016, with a black handgun and took an undisclosed amount of money. He also stole one of the employee's personal vehicle:  a 2009 Nissan Maxima White 4 door with La tag # SYF 722. The suspect was last seen driving west on Hwy 584 toward Interstate 55. 
If you have any information you can reach us at 601-783-5468 or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033. 



August 4, 2016
Washington Parish Man Charged With 2nd Degree Murder
Approximately 2:00 a.m. on August 3, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Bogalusa Police Department that a citizen had come to the police department and reported a murder which had occurred at a residence south of Bogalusa. Patrol Deputies went to the scene at 61480 Shorty Bush Road and found Charles Joseph “Joey” Mixon, 41, outside the residence. 
WPSO detectives questioned Mixon  and he confessed to shooting a female and then disposing of her body. He led detectives to the site where detectives found a body which had been badly burned, making positive identification impossible.  The Louisiana State Police crime lab processed the crime scene for evidence and detectives are continuing to interview persons and sort through collected evidence. At this time, the motive for the murder has not been clearly defined.  The family of the victim, who was a resident of St. Tammany Parish, has been notified. The victim’s name will be released once DNA evidence positively confirms her identity.
Mixon has been transferred to the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held on a charge of Second Degree Murder. No bond has been set at this time.


August 4, 2016
Bogalusa Man Gets 50 Years in Prison for Robbing and Shooting Man
Demetric Q. Sowell (24) of Bogalusa has been sentenced to 50 years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence after pleading guilty to  attempted first degree murder, armed robbery, and armed robbery with a firearm. On July 7 last year, Sowell pulled a gun on a man at a home in Bogalusa, demanded money, and shot him in the eye when the man refused.  
Bogalusa Police officers responded to investigate and a short time later observed a convenience store video that showed Sowell (identified by his nickname of “Meechie”) trying to use the victim’s credit cards. 
Police then were notified that some men had fled another convenience store in a white Chevy Impala after trying to use the credit cards. Police spotted the vehicle and after a short chase,  the vehicle crashed.  Officers arrested the driver, Trevonne Mingo, and a juvenile and blocked off the area to search for the passenger (Sowell) who got away. Officers tracked down Sowell at his girlfriend’s house.
Mingo, who admitted to hiding the gun, was charged with accessory after the fact. Sowell also gave a statement, admitting to his crimes. 


August 4, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Brenzel Warren was booked 08/03 on the charge of Aggravated Battery
Frank Taylor was booked 08/03 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle, Intimidating of a Witness, Contempt of Court (2 counts), and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Errica Shreve was booked 08/03 on the charges of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Stalking, Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Failure to Appear
Jonathan Corkern was booked 08/03 In For Court
Brenton Stokes was booked 08/03 In For Court
Charles Mixon was booked 08/03 on the charge of Second Degree Murder
Dustin King was booked 08/03 on the charge of Probation Violation


August 4, 2016
Three Area Individuals Plead Guilty in Oxycodone Case
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that WALLACE STOGNER, age 61, of Bogalusa;DANIELLE MEISNER, age 31, of Mandeville; and KAREN SMITH, age 57, of Slidell,  pled guilty August 3rd to charges relating to illegal distribution of oxycodone pills.  Oxycodone is a prescription-only Schedule II controlled substance and a highly addictive and abused opioid drug.
STOGNER pled guilty to two counts of illegal distribution of oxycodone and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment.  MEISNER and SMITH each pled guilty to conspiracy to obtain controlled substances through misrepresentation and subterfuge, a crime which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 4 years.  All three defendants are scheduled for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt on November 9, 2016.


August 4, 2016
Abita Springs Man Sentenced for Marijuana Offense
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ALFRED FLINT, JR., age 59, of Abita Springs, was sentenced August 2nd after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute 27 kilograms of marijuana.
U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan sentenced FLINT to 3 years of probation and a $100 special assessment fee. 
On April 27, 2015, agents from Homeland Security Investigations received information that 2 packages containing 27 kilograms of marijuana were being sent to Abita Springs, Louisiana from Memphis, Tennessee. The packages were originally sent from Mexico and were addressed to Flint Plastering, Inc. On April 29, 2015, an undercover agent made a controlled delivery to a residence owned by FLINT. The agents then served a search warrant and recovered the marijuana as the packages were being opened by another individual in his garage. FLINT stated that he had allowed the other individual to use his address in order to receive the marijuana. FLINT stated that he was paid $500 for each package he received. 


August 4, 2016
Crash Claims Life of Independence Resident
Early this morning, 45 year-old Independence resident Karen Rae Phillips.was killed when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Sharhonda Deane Burton of Independence.  Louisiana State Police Troopers determined Phillips was walking within the northbound lane of US 51 in Hammond when she was hit and was thrown 100 feet from the initial point of impact. She was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Burton was not injured in the crash. 


Obituary
James 'Jim' Henry Pedigo, 87, of Sheridan, Louisiana passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Riverview Health in Noblesville.  
Jim retired from the Noblesville Foundry after 22 years of service. After retirement, he spent his time farming and working for the IN State Hwy Dept (which is now INDOT) and was the Elwood Police Captain for four years. As an antique lover, he also was the owner of the ‘Ole Shady Rest in Westfield for 25 years. He was a member of Hinkle Lodge 310 and the Moose Lodge 540 in Noblesville; and a member of the NRA. Jim was called 'Ole Squirrel Hunter by his friends, and also enjoyed fishing, trapping, turtle hunting and collecting pocket knives.


August 3, 2016
Two (One From Franklinton) Arrested on Attempted Murder Charges
On July 27, 2016, the  Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) was alerted by an anonymous source that  two males identified as 21 year old Christian Boudreaux of Hammond, LA  and  22 year old Shaquille Thomas of Franklinton, LA were responsible for numerous criminal activities including burglary, sales of narcotics and a recent Walmart parking lot shooting.  Information provided also included that  Boudreaux and Thomas were staying at a residence on West David Drive, in Hammond, Louisiana and that a stolen handgun was allegedly located inside of the residence.  Boudreaux and Thomas had outstanding warrants by the Hammond Police Department on 3 counts of attempted first degree murder and Boudreaux was a suspect in a residential burglary in July. 
In a joint operation, the TPSO and the Hammond Police Department located Boudreaux on July 28 and he was taken into custody without incident.  A search warrant executed at the residence resulted in the discovery of a stolen 9mm handgun suspected to be the weapon used in the attempted murder at the Walmart parking.   Also located in the residence were approximately twenty- four dosage units of MDMA Ecstasy and ammunition for a 223/556 rifle.  Later that day, Shaquille Thomas turned himself into authorities as was charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder.  
Additional arrests and charges are believed to be forthcoming.
  


August 3, 2016
WPSO Investigating Murder South of Bogalusa
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley has advised that detectives are investigating a Wednesday (August 3) pre-dawn murder south of Bogalusa.  The investigation is preliminary.  No names or details are being released at this time so as not to jeopardize the investigation.  
Chief Haley corrected rumored information that there was more than one victim and that the murder had been videotaped.  
We will bring you more information as it becomes available.


August 3, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Richard Magee was booked 08/01 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, No Drivers License, Business/Commercial Burglary, and Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Orrin Thomas was booked 08/01 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Failure to Appear
Christopher Saucier was booked 08/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense) and Careless Operation
Gary Brumfield was booked 08/02 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Brenzel Warren was booked 08/03 on the charge of Aggravated Battery


Obituary
ELEANOR BUTLER BRIDGES, AGE 94 and a resident of Gulfport died at 8:58 PM Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Home Away from Home.  She did work as a volunteer at Air Force Military Hospitals. She was a graduate of Soule Business School. 


August 3, 2016
Mandeville Man Dies in Crash With 18-Wheeler
Last night (August 2, 2016) Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatality crash on I-10 in Iberville Parish. The crash took the life of 50 year old Marty Wyatt of Mandeville, LA.
The crash occurred when Wyatt rear-ended an 18-wheeler driven by 33 year old Alahundro Buckley of Picayune, MS.  Wyatt was unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Buckley was properly restrained and was not injured.


August 2, 2016
Amite Man Booked in Church Burglary
Source:   Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
A vehicle crash led authorities to the discovery of a burglary at a Roman Catholic church in Tangipahoa Parish -- and an arrest -- authorities said Tuesday (Aug. 2). Christopher Brewer, 27, of Amite was booked with burglary of a religious building and failure to appear in court, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The case began July 22 when Louisiana State Police and sheriff's deputies investigated a vehicle crash involving an injured Brewer on in Husser.  A trooper noticed that several items in Brewer's vehicle were marked with the name St. Dominic.
After finishing up at the wreck scene, the trooper went to the nearby St. Dominic Catholic Church, where he discovered someone had broken into the building. The trooper notified the Sheriff's Office, and the case was turned over to detective Mike Moore.
The undisclosed property was returned to the church, and Brewer was booked with the burglary July 25 after being released from the hospital. He remains in the parish jail with a hold placed on him by the state Department of Corrections' Probation and Parole Office.


August 2, 2016
STPSO Looking for 17-year-old Runaway
St. Tammany Parish juvenile detectives are asking for your assistance in locating 17-year-old Kody Singletary.
Kody was last seen in the Slidell area on June 21, 2016. Investigators do not suspect foul play as Kody has a history of being a runaway; however, there is a concern for his safety due to the fact he has not been seen in over a month. Kody is approximately 5’5” tall, has blonde hair, blue eyes, and weighs approximately 120 pounds. Kody’s ears are pierced and he has a tattoo of a religious cross somewhere on his body. Kody is also known to frequent Pearl River, Louisiana.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Kody Singletary, please contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-726-8000.


Obituary
DOLLIE MAE ATHEY, AGE 47 and a resident of Pine died early Tuesday morning August 2, 2016 at her home. She was a longtime employee of Schilling Greenhouses who enjoyed tending to her own flowers and working in her yard. Dollie loved caring for her pet animals and sewing. She had a kind heart, willing to help others and need and cherished the quality spent with her family.


Obituary
TIMOTHY ALLEN JENKINS, AGE 60 and a life-long resident of Amite died Sunday afternoon July 31, 2016 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. Timothy was born Monday July 6, 1956 to Bryant Jenkins and Margie Yates Jenkins. He was a 1974 graduate of Bowling Green School in Franklinton where he enjoyed playing basketball. Tim loved the outdoors including deer and dove hunting, feeding, watching and hunting wild turkeys and also fishing. He was the former owner/operator of Jenkins Farm and Nursery where he worked alongside his family for many years. Tim later became a pipefitter, often working in the oil fields and refineries in the area for Turner Industries.


August 1, 2016
Alert WPSO Patrol Sergeant Apprehends Fugitive
On July 31, WPSO Patrol Sergeant Allen Dupre observed a vehicle approach the stop sign on Dollar Road at Hwy. 10 and then start backing down Dollar Road away from Highway 10. Sgt. Dupre pursued the vehicle, the driver suddenly stopped, then proceeded back to Highway 10, ran the stop sign there and continued west on Highway 10.
With Sgt. Dupre in pursuit, the driver turned south onto Choctaw Road and eventually  lost control of the vehicle and went into a ditch.  Sgt. Dupre apprehended the driver, identified as Kevin Earl Jackson, 32, a resident of Gene Williams Road in Franklinton. It was determined that Jackson is wanted in Baton Rouge for theft of a motor vehicle. Additionally, the vehicle Jackson was driving when apprehended had been reported stolen from the Pine area on July 29.
Jackson was arrested on numerous charges and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held with no bond set at this time. 
“The Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division does an excellent job,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “These fine officers are usually the first to arrive at any scene and I cannot say enough good things about them. When they stop a vehicle, they never know who is driving or what their motive might be. In this case, it was a wanted felon who was arrested without incident. That is not always the case. I am so appreciative of the fine work of our patrol deputies who travel our roads daily to protect us. In this case Sgt. Dupre was able to solve two vehicle thefts, one locally and one in Baton Rouge.”


Obituary
Harry Chand, a resident of Meridian, MS, passed away July 28, 2016 at The Oaks Rehab Center in Meridian, MS. He was 93 years of age. He graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont with a degree in chemistry and was also a retired chemist in the petrochemical industry. 


Obituary
Kent Jenkins, 68, born in Bogalusa and a resident of Eureka Springs, AR, passed away on July 30, 2016 in Gulfport, MS.


August 1, 2016
BOLO Issued by STPSO on Lacombe Theft



Obituary
JESSIE BAHAM PENTON, AGE 96, died early Saturday morning July 30, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Washington Parish, having been born in Mt. Hermon and then graduating from Mt. Hermon High School in 1941. Jessie lived and worked in Bogalusa and Franklinton during her youth and later worked in retail sales at the Bogalusa Stores Commissary and the American Department Store. While in Franklinton, she was employed at the Red & White Grocery, Simmon’s Department Store and Babington’s. 
Jessie was an excellent seamstress and shared her talents with her family, teaching her nieces and great-nieces to sew. She loved craft projects, but her foremost passion was genealogy. Until recent years, she remembered the birthdays of every family member and sent greeting cards, including her great-great-nieces and nephews.  
Jessie was well known for her chicken and dumplings, friend chicken, seven-layer orange or lemon-glazed cake and homemade ice cream.


Obituary
Cade Drue Williams, born August 10, 1929 and a native of rural St. Helena Parish, passed away July 31, 2016.   He learned to milk cows by hand when he was ten years old, graduated from Greensburg High School April, worked for the Illinois Central Railroad in McComb, and served in the United States Army.  Cade was a dairy farmer, founder of Dairy Farmers’ Trucking Association, Inc., Tangipahoa Parish Fair Board member and president, served as Justice of the Peace, served on the Tangipahoa Parish Police Jury, served as Registrar of Voters in Tangipahoa Parish, and was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church.  He was a Mason, a member of Kentwood Lions Club, a member of Farm Bureau, served on Peoples Bank Board, served on the Board of Benefit Capital Life Insurance, served as Grand Marshall of Kentwood Dairy Day 1997 and Grand Marshall of the Kentwood Rotary Club Christmas Parade 2013. 


August 1, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jeremy Penton was booked 07/27 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jordan Cox was booked 07/27 on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Flight, Possession of Stolen Property, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Tylina Imboden was booked 07/27 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, No Drivers License, Careless Operation, and Misrepresentation During Booking
Austin Jenkins was booked 07/27 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Contempt of Court
Vickie Sue Dugan was booked 07/28 on the charges of Aggravated Assault, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence (2 counts), Battery on a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information
John Seals was booked 07/29 on the charges of Home Invasion, Aggravated Assault, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Failure to Appear
Tiffany Dunn was booked 07/29 In For Court
David Emmons was booked 07/29 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Landon Spears was booked 07/30 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Christina Seal was booked 07/30 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Matthew Wesley was booked 07/30 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Tamala Magee was booked 07/30 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, No License Plate, Expired MVI, and No Proof of Insurance
Jordan Lott was booked 07/30 on the charges of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s) - 2 counts
Tonia Howard was booked 07/30 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Mark Falgoust was booked 07/30 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Barry Magee was booked 07/30 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and Failure to Use Turn Signal
Landon Gerald was booked 07/31 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and License Plate Light Required
Kevin Jackson was booked 07/31 on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Ran Stop Sign, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Stolen Property
Erin Reviere was booked 07/31 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Richard Magee was booked 08/01 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, No Drivers License, Business/Commercial Burglary, and Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Orrin Thomas was booked 08/01 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Failure to Appear



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