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November 30, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jerrick Henry was booked 11/24 on the charges of Following too Close with or without Accident, No Proof of Insurance, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Tyvonta Fortenberry was booked 11/24 on the charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile

Paul Moore was booked 11/24 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Justin Bickham was booked 11/25 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Use Turn Signal, Drivers License Not on Person, and Failure to Appear

Terry Thompson was booked 11/25 on the charge of Simple Burglary

Snooky Miner was booked 11/26 on the charges of Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear (3 counts) and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI (or other)

Tommy Clark was booked 11/27 on the charge of Aggravated Battery

Richard Holmes was booked 11/28 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting under 100, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Attachment (2 counts) 

Quinton Balderas was booked 11/28 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery

Shay Kagler was booked 11/28 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Hit and Run, Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, and Attachment

Samuel Tyson was booked 11/29 on the charge of Aggravated Assault

Howard Caughlin was booked 11/29 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)

Shanda Caughlin was booked 11/29 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery

Cory Wood was booked 11/30 on the charges of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm (2 counts)

Ray Perez was booked 11/30 on the charge of Criminal Trespass and Disturbing the Peace


MINNIE BELLE ATHEY BARBER, AGE 83 and a resident of Franklinton died at 4:10 pm Wednesday November 25, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church that enjoyed working in her yard. She liked to sing while working around the house or caring for her many great-grandchildren. Minnie enjoyed visiting antebellum homes and always saw the good in people. She was always a loving wife, mother and grandmother that adored the time spent with her large family. Minnie was honored to have helped care for so many young people in her own family or those that needed it. 


Doris Elaine Crain, 64, a resident of Franklinton, LA, died Thursday, November 26, 2015. She was a resident of Pine Crest State School for 45 years, and moved back and lived in Franklinton for the past ten years.

November 27, 2015

New on MHTV Outdoor Channel on our Washington Parish TV page

This week on the MHTV Outdoor Channel:  horsemanship programs for children on Across the Fence, the 11th day of training a wild stallion on Downunder Horsemanship, fishing for redfish and speckled trout  in Hopedale, La. on Fox Sports Outdoors, bucks in rut on Growing Deer TV, fall hunting questions are answered on Kentucky Afield, hunting sea ducks on Realtree Outdoors, a deer-hunting adventure in north La. on TP Outdoors Aventures, exploring underwater on Outdoor Oklahoma, trail riding on Michigan Magazine, and fishing the jungle near Venice, La. on Sportsman TV. 

Plus, new episodes of Paradise Louisiana with Don Dubuc, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Country Reporter, Fieldsports Britain, and farm shows including AGPHD, SUNUP, and FARMWEEK.

November 26, 2015

Choose Louisiana Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farms

As we enter the Christmas season, many families will be putting up a Christmas tree.  The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry has posted farms who offer a “Choose and Cut” option.  In our area, the following choices are listed.

  • St. Tammany Parish:  Shady Pond Tree Farm, 985-863-5569,, Directions:  On Pine Street, off Hwy. 41, near Pearl River, follow signs
  • St Tammany Parish:  Tiger Branch Christmas Trees, 504-236-4271 or 985-893-5520, email: ;  Directions:  6 miles north of Covington on Hwy. 25, turn right at Million Dollar Rd, follow signs to farm
  • Washington Parish:  Steele’s Christmas Tree Farm, 985-848-5133, 56459 Dollar Rd., Angie,

November 26, 2015

Grandmother Carjacked in Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a carjacking that occurred Tuesday night near Slidell.  A grandmother was waiting for her grandson outside a house on Pebble Beach Drive when a black man, described at 5’7” to 5’9”, approximately 190 pounds and wearing a light-colored hoodie sweatshirt and dark pants, exited the passenger side of the vehicle and approach her driver’s side window.

The man pointed a gun at the woman and demanded she get out of the car. He then got into the woman’s gray 2007 Lexus G35 (license plate YCX840) and drove off toward Eden Isles Boulevard with the dark-colored vehicle he arrived in following.

Anyone with information about this crime, is asked to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 985-726-7847.


Daphne Dillon Dyson, 42, a native and resident of Crossroads, MS, died Monday, November 23, 2015. She was a graduate of Bogalusa High School and attended Pearl River Community College and William Carey University.  Daphne was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Crossroads, MS. She loved spending time with family and friends. She was a talented basketball player and very gifted artist.


David Comans, age 70, passed away on November 24, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.


Mr. Conston Burris was born June 12, 1936 and he departed for glory on Monday, November 23, 2015.  He united with Bethel Church of Christ Holiness at a young age and remained a loyal servant until his departure. 


Glimmie Jackson, Jr. was born on January 24, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan and departed this life on Sunday, November 22, 2015 with his family at his bedside.

“Butch or Butchie”, as he was so affectionally known, was so loved by family and friends. He would spend quality time with his children by going to basketball and softball games, and helping them with their homework. He took time to encouraging others to do well in school. Butch also loved barbecuing and cooking. He loved watching sports, (football & basketball), western movies. He especially loved to listen to jazz and old school music.

After 30 years of faithful and dedicated service, he was a custodian and assistant direction of the Detroit Public School System. Butch retired from Western International High School where all the students and colleagues loved him.

November 26, 2015

Ponchatoula Woman Shoots Boyfriend With Assault Rifle

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 32 year old Ponchatoula resident Winter Flowers for shooting her boyfriend in the abdomen with an assault rifle late Tuesday afternoon.

The investigation revealed that, following an argument between Flowers and 38 year old Monroe Meyers, Meyers threatened Flowers with the assault rifle.  But when he put it down on the bed, Flowers shot Meyers.  Flowers says Meyers was rushing toward her and in the moment of being frightened, she shot him.

Meyers is reported to be in critical condition. 

Subsequently, Flowers has been charged with second degree aggravated battery.  During the time of arrest, Flowers was found to be in possession of numerous illegal narcotics and was additionally charged with possession of CDS IV, possession of CDS II, possession of a fire arm while in possession of a CDS, and possession of a fire arm with an obliterated serial number.

November 24, 2015

A Thanksgiving Proclamation

On November 23, 2015 Washington Parish President Richard Thomas read and the Council endorsed a Thanksgiving Proclamation.  It is both a reminder of what we have and to whom we should give thanks!  

November 24, 2015

Parish Council Hears Reports from Residents and Staff 

At Monday evenings meeting of the Washington Parish Council, the Council heard reports from President Thomas and his staff.  They included 

  • Donna Graham on budget information, 
  • updates by Leo Lucchesi on the Animal Shelter and the Washington Parish Government building expansion, and 
  • President Thomas on replacement of road signs, resignation of Walter Smith from the board of Washington Parish Fire District 9, the reappointment of Colston Martin to the same board, recognized the passing of Claude Bloom who had served the parish on the Planning Commission, and announced hours of operation during the Thanksgiving holiday.  

President Thomas also read a Thanksgiving Proclamation recognizing God's hand in the blessings we enjoy (beginning at about 25:00 into the video).

During Public Participation, 

  • Becky Harris reported that during dinner on a recent cruise, she was surprised how well known was our Washington Parish Fair.  People from West Virginia, Washington DC, Oklahoma, and Missouri all knew about the fair and had learned about it from handouts.
  • Kristina Knight, Community Outreach Director for the Riverside  Medical Center, reported that RMC was hosting a replacement blood drive to benefit little Jett Self from 10 am to 2 pm.
  • Bill Barse with Doggone Express, an all-volunteer 501-C organization, spoke about a program they have using inmates to train service canines dogs for veterans with PTSD, autism, sight and hearing challenges and other problems.  Both the dogs and individuals benefit by getting “second chances”.  Doggone Express has relocated to Washington Parish.  For more information, go to and go to the video on our Government Meetings page beginning at about 10:00 into the video.

November 24, 2015

District Attorney Employees Donate to Covington Food Bank

Employees of District Attorney Warren Montgomery have been busy collecting and moving 1,224 pounds of non-perishable food items, donated by fellow workers to the Covington Food Bank.  The food bank services three parishes, including St. Tammany and Washington parishes, which make up the 22nd Judicial District.

The office divided into six teams that competed to bring the most food.  The big winner was the office’s Felony Division, contributing 400 pounds to the total. Shown below right are Yvette Roussel, Development Associate at the Covington Food Bank (second from the right), with employees of District Attorney Warren Montgomery. 


November 24, 2015

WPSO Receives Traffic Safety Grant 

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal announces receipt of a $35,380 grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) for additional traffic safety enforcement in the parish.

The mission of LHSC is to work with local jurisdictions to reduce traffic crashes and resulting deaths, injuries and property damage. Driver factors such as drinking after driving, speeding and not using restraint devices contribute to some of the most severe traffic crashes which often result in fatalities.

Louisiana has a primary seat belt law which means officers can stop and ticket anyone they observe not wearing a seat belt. “We don’t want to write tickets,” said Sheriff Seal, “but we will if it means saving lives. If you see our deputies checking for seat belt compliance during the holiday season or any other time, it is for your safety. We want you to go home to your family at the end of the day.”


Claude Anthony Bloom, Jr. , a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. He was 62 years old, born on December 2, 1952 in New Orleans, LA.

Claude received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and his MBA from the University of Wyoming. He served in the United States Air Force from 1974 – 1978. He was Vice President of Manufacturing for Gaylord Chemical and also former owner where he retired in December of 2009. He was a member and Past Commander of the American Legion and organized the 4th of July parade for several years. He was a member of the Rotary, a Paul Harris Fellow and a former member of the Washington Parish Planning Commission. Claude was a member of ESM United Methodist Church and served as Chairman of the Trustees. He was member of the Den of Roogaroo and the Magic City Carnival Association, and was also, MCCA King XXXIII.


Daphne Dillon Dyson, age 42, a resident of Crossroads, MS, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2015.


Marvin Adams, age 77, a resident of Angie, LA, passed away on Monday, Novermber 23,2015 at the Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe, LA.


On Tuesday, November 17,2015. at 5:12 at the Rest Haven Living Canter, God called Mrs. Inez Myres Pigott home to take her complete rest. 


The Sweet Angel of Mercy moved in quietly on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA and bore the spirit of Glenda Raye Magee.   She attended Central Memorial High School and received her Cosmetology degree from Moler Beauty College. 

Glenda worked many years for South Central Bell until her mom’s failed health demanded her attention as her caregiver. 


Mr. James “JB/Man” Brown, Sr. departed this life on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the age of 63 at Northshore Specialty Hospital in Covington, LA. 

November 24, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Levern Ezell was booked 11/23 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear

Christopher Black was booked 11/23 on the charge of Theft Under 500

Kenneth Martin was booked 11/23 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Criminal Damage to Property

Alex Rivero was booked 11/23 on the charges of Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy., Failure to Report an Accident, and Driving Under Suspension

Philana Cassidy was booked 11/23 In From Court

Richard Lavigne was booked 11/23 In From Court and on the charge of Attachment

Terry Thompson was booked 11/23 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

November 23, 2015

Parish Businessman Yancie H. Moseley, Jr. Arrested 

In a continuing investigation of a St. Tammany burglary and stolen property for which an arrest was made of Washington Parish resident Danny Chain, the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office focused on stolen jewelry and has made an arrest.

Detectives determined that Moseley Gold Buy owned by Yancie H. Moseley, Jr., age 71 and a resident of Poplar Hill Road in Franklinton, purchased items including a Rolex watch valued at $10,000, a 14 karat gold chain valued at $20,000, a diamond ring valued at $12,000, and a law school graduation ring valued at $900. Moseley paid $1,900 for the stolen items. $200 was paid by check and $1,700 was paid in cash.  Detectives further determined that purchase of the items purchased had not been properly documented and receipted according to Louisiana law and the gold had been disposed of without the waiting period required by law.

Moseley was arressted on November 20 and released the same day after posting a $7,500 cash bond.

Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “I congratulate our detectives for solving this crime. Crimes of this nature are not always easy to investigate and our detectives did a great job in developing information which led to the arrest.”

November 23, 2015

Senator Ben Nevers Named Edwards Chief of Staff


Louisiana Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards has announced that outgoing state Senator Ben Nevers will be his chief of staff and oversee the transition from the Jindal administration.  Nevers, 69, served five years in the House and 12 years in the Senate. A populist Democrat from Bogalusa, he championed Medicaid expansion. Nevers founded and co-owns NECO, an electrical contracting company for industrial businesses now run by his son. 

Edwards, asked if Nevers has the managerial experience to be the chief of staff of a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, said Nevers had served as a mentor to him when Edwards entered the state House eight years ago.  “He has my complete confidence,” Edwards said. “He is a gifted and talented man.”

State Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, who has been mentioned as a possible House speaker, said of Nevers: “Everybody likes him. It sets the right tone.”

For more on the story, click here.

November 23, 2015

Beware of Package Thief

The Mandeville Police Department is attempting to identify a male subject who stole mail order packages from the doorstep of a Weldon Park Home. On October 29th the Mandeville Police responded to the Weldon Park Subdivision on the report of a theft. 

The crime was captured on the victim’s home surveillance camera. The video shows a male subject clad in cap, long sleeve shirt, jeans and tennis shoes enter the victim’s front porch, and then leave with multiple boxes. The suspect appears to have a distinctive gait when he walks. Anyone who may have information helpful to this case is asked to call the Mandeville Police Department at (985) 626-9711.   

With the holidays upon us and the number of package deliveries will certainly increase along with the odds of being victimized. We recommend citizens try and schedule a delivery when a resident is home and available to receive it. 

November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Fixings Delivered to Needy by Deputy Assn.

Members of the St. Tammany Deputy Sheriff's Association spent this morning sorting and packing in preparation to deliver several families in St. Tammany all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. Deputies supply the Deputy Association with names of families they believe could benefit from this service. 

Lishman's Grocery partnered with the Deputy Association to make this event possible. A huge thank you goes out to Lishman's Grocery! 

November 23, 2015

STPSO Assists Enon Family to Reach Hospital Quickly 

Enon residents Barrett Jenkins and his wife are thanking two St. Tammany deputies for their help in quickly getting them and their baby to St. Tammany Parish Hospital Thursday morning.  Their two week old little girl started having breathing problems and the deputies met them at Barkers Corner and escorted them them to the ambulance.  

The good news is that the baby was treated and released.  The parents have said these officers are taken for granted, never thinking what they do for the public daily and that they owe them a great deal of gratitude for helping save their daughters life.  The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office stated, “We are honored that our deputies were able to help these parents in their time of need and happy that this adorable baby is going to be OK.”

November 23, 2015

Slidell Rapper Guilty of Attempted Murder of Brother and Friend

Local rapper Dondrique Lewis, 27, of Slidell, was found guilty of the attempted second-degree murder of his half brother and a longtime friend and sentencing is scheduled for January 6.  Lewis faces from 10 to 50 years in prison on each count. 

The motive of the shootings remains unclear, but the incident began on the morning of March 21, 2012, as Dondrique Lewis and his brother, Damian L. Lewis, 30, were visiting their sister’s home in Slidell.  A gunshot rang out and the Lewis brothers fled.  Shortly afterwards, Dondrique Lewis shot his brother in the the back of the head and then walked two blocks away and shot Andrew A. Jackson in the chest, hip, and hand.

November 23, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jason Spikes was booked 11/20 on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder (3 counts), Atempted Criminal Damage to Property, an Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Yancie Moseley was booked 11/20 on the charges of Daily Report of Entries, Retention of Pawned Items, Possession of Stolen Property, and Payment by Check Required

Courtney Clement was booked 11/20 In From Courtney

William Etzold was booked 11/20 on the charge of Parole Violation

Robert Jenkins was booked 11/20 on the charge of Probation Violation

Harold Catha was booked 11/20 on the charges of Protective Order Violation and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Vale Bumgarden was booked 11/21 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

David Held was booked 11/21 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Shelia Sharp was booked 11/21 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Kenneth Bush was booked 11/21 on the charges of Cyberstalking (2 counts) and Defamation (2 counts)

Jonathon McClendon was booked 11/22 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear

Joe Jones was booked 11/22 on the charge of Vagrancy

Jerry Singletary was booked 11/22 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language

November 23, 2015

Plants of the Week are Ornamental kale and cabbage 

Ornamental kale and cabbage are becoming increasingly popular as fall bedding plants for Louisiana. These plants have feathery leaves of robust colors that make them well-suited for landscape and container plantings.  Peacock kale, Nogoya kale, Osaka cabbage, Tokyo cabbage, Redbor kale, are just a few varieties with strikingly beautiful leaves.   

Flowering kale and cabbage have several uses in the landscape. Try them as a background plant for a pansy or viola planting. 

Flowering cabbage and kale management in the landscape is similar to that of garden varieties.

November 21, 2015

Results Are in for the November 21 Election

John Bel Edwards has won the election for Governor of Louisiana over David Vitter by a margin of 56% to 44%.   He carried Washington Parish with 55% and Tangipahoa Parish with 60% but lost to Vitter in St. Tammany Parish with 39% there.

Billy Nungesser was the winner over Kip Holden for Lieutenant Governor by a margin of 56% to 44%.

Jeff Landry has defeated incumbent Buddy Caldwell for Louisiana's Attorney General with a margin of  56% to 44%.

In the Senate District 12 race, Republican Beth Mizell has defeated Democrat Mickey Murphy by a margin of 58% to 42%.  Mizell carried Washington Parish with 51%, St. Tammany Parish with 75%, and Tangipahoa Parish with 53%.



Challenger David Anthony won over Incumbent Aubrey Posey for Councilman District 7 by a margin of 52% to 48% (61 votes).

In other races of interest, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain was defeated by challenger Randy Smith 52% to 48%, Kathy Edmonston won election to BESE District 6 with 57% of the vote, in the St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Court race Melissa Henry defeated Matt Faust 52% to 48%, Jake Groby defeated Jacki Schneider for St. Tammany Parish Council District 7 by a margin of 51% to 49%, T. J. Smith defeated Jimmy Strickland for St. Tammany Council District 14 55% to 45%, Michael Tassin defeated Angela Brown for St. Tammany Justice of the Peace Ward 8 by a margin of 67% to 33%, Robby Carter defeated Hunter Carter for State Representative District 72, Robby Miller defeated Carlos Notariano for Tangipahoa Parish President, and Joey Mayeau defeated Ronnie Bankston for Tangipahoa Parish Council District 6.

For more information on these and other races across the State of Louisiana,  click here.

November 20, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Danielle Swartz was booked 11/19 on the charges of Forgery, Theft 500-1500, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Marc Fortney was booked 11/19 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Tasha Pelligrin was booked 11/19 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Brandi Parker was booked 11/19 on the charges of Theft Over 1500, Exploitation of the Infirm, and Forgery

Jessica Poupart was booked 11/19 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear

Frederick Breland was booked 11/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Driving Under Suspension


EVA ROSE HUSSER JOHNSTON, AGE 66 and a resident of Franklinton died early Thursday November 19, 2015 at her home. She was a longtime active member of Bible Baptist Church where she sang in the church choir often helped in the kitchen preparing meals for gatherings and making coffee. Eva loved the Lord and enjoyed reading her Bible. She liked to solve crossword puzzles and enjoyed crocheting.

November 19, 2015

Christmas in the Park Coming Up - Don't Miss It!

Cassidy Park in Bogalusa is in the midst of a wondrous transformation that has taken place for the past 22 years. The much-loved forested expanse is in the process of becoming a wonderland of colored lights, music and more in advance of Christmas in the Park, which will open to the public after the Parade of Lights rolls through on Thanksgiving evening, November 26.

Thousands of people, from Bogalusa and well beyond, are drawn to Christmas in the Park every year. 

In the cool darkness of night, Christmas in the Park dazzles the wild and wooded space with more than a million colored lights shaped in the forms of angels, playful animals, toys, stars and more hanging from the towering trees and filling the lawns.

The attraction can be enhanced by sipping hot chocolate in the glow of a burning Yule Log or by paying a visit to Santa Claus. The young and the young at heart can get their pictures taken with the jolly old elf for just $5.

Christmas in the Park will be open nightly from Nov. 26-29 and on the weekends of Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 11-13, and then on Dec. 18 through Christmas.

Drive through is allowed from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and in case of rain. Walk through takes place from 7 p.m. through 9 p.m. During that time, an open trolley is available for anyone who prefers the open air experience but can’t walk the distance.

There will be no drive through period on Thanksgiving.

The entrance fee is $4 per adult, $1 per student and $8 per vehicle during the drive through hour.  

November 19, 2015

New MHTV Episodes on our Washington Parish TV Page

On MHTV Outdoors this week:  Tasty foods recipes on Across the Fence, how to make hounds pack on Benson's Kennel, feeding the hungry on Arkansas Game and Fish, Clinton Anderson continues his Outback Adventures on Downunder Horsemanship, shooting deer on the run on Fieldsports Britain, crappie fishing on Fox Sports Outdoors, red hot doe patrol on Growing Deer TV, hunting and talking about Kentucy Cottonmouth snakes, duck hunting and deer hunting on Paradise Louisiana, duck hunting in Alberta on Realtree Outdoors, a young girl's first elk hunt on SOA Adventures,  a young girl gets a 7 point deer in Louisiana on TP Outdoors Adventures, bird watching on Outdoor Oklahoma, and time in the woods on Louisiana Sportsman TV.

Plus, new episodes of Texas Parks and Wildlife, Illinois Outdoors, Michigan Magazine, Small Town Big Deal, AGPHD, SUNUP, Real Virginia, FARMWEEK, and TWILA (This Week in Louisiana Agriculture).

You can fast-forward, full-screen it, and watch it all on our MHTV Outdoor Channel. 


Willie Lee Magee 

Willie Lee Magee died November 16.  Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.


Chinesia Camille Moses passed away November 11, 2015.  Chinesia was a very upbeat, sweet, funny, loving person who loved her family and friends dearly. She always put others before herself and always gave her last to those in need. She loved decorating and planting flowers and was a true soldier in the army of the Lord. 

November 19, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Marris Jefferson was booked 11/18 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisiction (2 counts)

Casey Painter was booked 11/18 In From Court

Eric Oliver was booked 11/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation/Accident

Danielle Swartz was booked 11/19 on the charges of Forgery, Theft 500-1500, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

November 18, 2015

Franklinton Man Guilty of Attempted Burglary of Alderman’s Home

A Washington Parish jury found William Washington, 60, of Franklinton, guilty Tuesday of attempted simple burglary of  Alderman T.J. Butler’s garage.  Washington’s sentencing hearing has been set for Jan. 22 before District Judge Richard Swartz, Jr.

Franklinton police were called to Butler’s home on June 18 this year, after Butler walked into his garage and found an intruder, attempting to steal items.  Butler provided a detailed description and Washington’s last name to Cpl. Clay Arceneaux, who investigated the case for the Franklinton Police Department.  

A six-member jury deliberated an hour Tuesday before returning the guilty verdict.


November 18, 2015

Bogalusa Council Hears Residents Concerns Tuesday Evening

At the Bogalusa City Council meeting Tuesday evening, the Council 

  • approved a Resolution proclaiming Wednesday, November 18, 2015 NTCC 85th Anniversery Day.
  • approved a resolution adopting the Washington Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan 2015
  • introduced two ordinances:  one to amend the 2015 budget and one to authorize the Mayor to contract with the successful bidder for the Brownsfield Assessment Grant.  Both ordinances will be up for Public Hearing at the next meeting on December 1.
  • held  public hearings on two ordinances:  one to approve the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the Washington Parish Communications District and the City of Bogalusa and one to rescind Ordinance 2377.  The Council voted to table both of the two ordinances.

Objection to approving the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement ordinance was made by the President of Local Union 89 which represents the police officers and dispatchers for reasons that included initial costs, ongoing expenses, safety concerns for the dispatchers, a conflict regarding duties in the Civil Service regulations,  and elimination of the availability of local services to residents.  Mayor Perrette disagreed with the objections made.  After a lengthy discussion (lasting almost 40 minutes),  the Council voted to table the matter.   (Watch the video beginning at 10:00 into the meeting).    

During Public Participation, the Council heard from several residents.  Concerns expressed included the need for a plan to address problems faced by the city, the rules governing citizens speaking at Council meetings, and procedures in place to respond to work orders.

Mayor Wendy Perrette addressed the Council and those in attendance beginning at about 1:00:00 into the meeting.  



Peggy Ruth Payne Triana, a former resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Timeless Grace in Carriere, MS. She was 84 years old, born on December 2, 1930 in Tylertown, MS.

November 18, 2015

Two St. Tammany Doctors Receive Awards

The St. Tammany Quality Network (STQN) presented its fourth quarter Medical Director Awards to two member physicians for implementing new technology and protocols, and providing education to continuously improve patient care.

Dr. Ricardo Blanco, a critical care specialist and pulmonologist, was recognized for the implementation of Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), which is primarily used for the diagnosis of lung cancer.  Dr. Malcom Gray Napier, a hospitalist at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, was also recognized for his contribution to improving sepsis care. 

“We are fortunate to have these dedicated and gifted physicians as part of our medical staff,” said Dr. Michael K. Hill, STQN Medical Director and Chief of Staff. 

November 18, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Tuan Nguyen was booked 11/17 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts) and Failure to Appear

Amos Beliew was booked 11/17 on the charge of Parole Violation

Ronald Christal was booked 11/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and No Drivers License

Marris Jefferson was booked 11/18 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisiction (2 counts)

Casey Painter was booked 11/18 In From Court

November 17, 2015

Toys From Cops Program Underway in Slidell

The Slidell Police Association will be hosting its 5th annual Toys From Cops events for 2015. The goal this Christmas season is to provide very special Christmas memories to dozens of Slidell’s ill, in-need, and impoverished children, as well as children of disabled or deployed military families. 

Several Christmas Parties will be held throughout Slidell and they are looking for citizens and businesses to help in raising money, providing items for a silent auction, or providing unwrapped toys to create this special Christmas memory for these children. 

If you feel it in your heart to make a donation, please contact Slidell Police Association President Michael Deckelman at 985-960-1525  or email him at

November 17, 2015

Mickey Murphy Lays Out Budget Priorities 

Following the latest report of the Revenue Estimating Commission Monday, Mickey Murphy (candidate for the Louisiana Senate District 12 seat) called for a new direction in budget priorities in Baton Rouge.

"Thankfully, January will end the Bobby Jindal era in Louisiana," said Murphy, a former college dean and retired army drill instructor. "It's time to end the budget gimmicks and corporate welfare and start investing in our people again. I will fight every day to end the midyear budget cuts that devastate our colleges, technical schools, and hospitals."  

On Monday, the revenue estimating commission announced a $500 million budget shortfall that will have to be reconciled through midyear budget cuts. This is the 7th year during the Jindal administration in which midyear cuts have been necessary to balance the budget. Once again, the cuts are expected to fall disproportionately on higher education and healthcare.

November 17, 2015

Stolen Boat Sought by Mandeville Police

The Mandeville Police Department is seeking assistance or information leading to locating this boat, a 20 foot 1982 light blue Star Skiff crab boat, that was stolen from Colbert Cove Marina on 11/17/2015. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mandeville Police Department at (985) 626-9711.

November 17, 2015

Have You Seen This Person Wanted by Mandeville PD

The Mandeville Police Department is attempting to identify a suspect who stole several items of clothing from Buckle, 3470 Highway 190. The incident occurred on November 12. The suspect was seen leaving the area in a dark gray Honda Civic with a temporary license plate. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mandeville Police Department at (985) 626-9711 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.


Cora Elizabeth Smith Slade passed away peacefully at her home in Angie on Monday, November 16, 2015. She was 95 years old. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends, and community. She was an extraordinary person and always put her family before herself. She was a member of Angie Baptist Church where she previously taught Sunday school, assisted with Vacation Bible School, and served on various church committees. She was a retired dairy farmer, a wonderful wife to the late Jesse Edward Slade, a caring mother to four wonderful children, and a proud grandmother and great-grandmother. 


Elaine Richardson, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at her residence in Poplarville, MS.

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

November 17, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Demetric Sowell was booked 11/16 In For Court

Michael Spikes was booked 11/16 In From Court

Glenn Gerald was booked 11/16 In From Court

Janene Boni was booked 11/16 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

November 16, 2015

Severe Weather Heading Our Way

With severe weather possible Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning, the Franklinton Police Department is advising that today is a good time to review your general severe weather safety plan.

Tonight, we can expect a 30% chance of rain but over the next couple of days, more severe weather is expected.  Tuesday, we expect a high of 77 degrees but showers and thunderstorms are likely with a 70% probability of rain.  More severe storms with heavy rainfall is expected both Tuesday night and Wednesday and a 100% probability of rain. 

November 16, 2015

Riverside Medical Center Receives National Recognition

Riverside Medical Center today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.   Performance metrics from more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals were captured.

“We are extremely proud of this recognition. This is a testament to the hard work and quality care the staff at Riverside provides”, states Kristina Knight, Community Outreach Director.

To read more, click here.


REVERAND HARRY DELBERT McINTYRE, AGE 88 and a resident of Enon went home to be with his Lord at 2:25 pm on the beautiful Sunday afternoon November 15, 2015. Brother Harry, as he was fondly known, was born June 28, 1927 in the Great Southern Lumber camps of Georgetown, MS. Four years later, the camps moved to Enon, LA where he and his sister, Mary Louise, lived with Emma and David Corkern as much loved foster children. Harry went to school at Enon High School, and joined the Marines during the latter part of World War II. He served in the Marine Corps from 1945 through 1948, primarily in the clean-up of China. 

Bro. Harry returned to Enon, worked on tug boats and at the Gaylord Paper Mill until he was ordained as a Baptist minister at Enon Baptist Church. He then received his B.A. in Theology from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS and later received his M.Ed from Southeastern Louisiana University. Bro. Harry pastored several churches in Washington Parish and Mississippi and also taught fifth grade at Folsom Elementary for more than 20 years. He spent his retirement years residing in Enon and remained a member of Enon Baptist Church.


O. R. “Chuck” Spiers, Jr., age 54, born on September 9, 1961 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Ochsner Hospital Northshore in Slidell, LA.

November 16, 2015

Fatal Crash on LA 25 near Folsom Claims a Life

Shortly before 1:00 PM Sunday November 15th 2015, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on LA 25 just north of LA 40 in Folsom. The crash claimed the life of 74 year-old Metairie resident Sandra M. Buras.

Buras was southbound on LA 25 when her vehicle crashed into the rear of a southbound pickup driven by 58 year-old Mable Starnes Chaney of Franklinton, LA. After the initial impact, Buras’ vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, crashed into a ditch embankment, and became airborne.  Buras, who was not restrained, suffered fatal injuries.  Chaney was properly restrained and was not injured in the crash. 

November 16, 2015

Jindal Fighting Admittance of Syrian Refugees

Today, Today, Governor Jindal Issued an Executive Order to Prevent the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees in the State of Louisiana.  Noting the event in Paris in which 120 people were killed and over 350 other wounded on November 13 and that at least one of the extremissts was a Syrian refugee, Jindal issued the order and directed coordinated efforts by all agencies and offices in the State to cooperate with the order.

Click here to read the order.

November 16, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

John Morgan was booked 11/13 In From Court

Timothy Burkhalter was booked 11/13 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Attachment (2 counts)

Kentrell Williams was booked 11/14 on the charges of Attachment (3 counts)

Russell Daniels was booked 11/14 on the charges of Attachment

Jonathan Ruiz was booked with Underage Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Improper Lane Useage and Illegal Blue Electric Lights

Barry Lucas was booked 11/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Expired Drivers License, Obtruction of Highway, and Failure to Appear

Jamie Hardin was booked 11/14 on the charges of Careless Operation, Attachment (4 counts), and Driving Under Suspension

Cheryl Simmons was booked 11/15 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise and Failure to Comply/Address Change

Michael McCarty was booked 11/15 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension and Attachment (2 counts)

Kylier Lee was booked 11/15 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Public Intimidation, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Evelyn Davis Hargis Hoeffner, age 88, passed away on November 14, 2015, at her residence in Bush, LA.


MALCOLM JOHN JAMES, AGE 88 and a resident of Franklinton died at 8:15 pm Friday November 13, 2015 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy after serving in the Pacific during World War II as well as during the Korean War. Malcolm was a former truck driver for Southern Truck Lines that enjoyed riding horses. He owned horses during the years and was once a member of the Sheriff’s Posse drill team. Malcolm was an active member and longtime deacon of Hays Creek Southern Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother that cherished the time spent with his family and grandchildren.

November 13, 2015

Leslie Ann Camellia Joins Louisiana Super Plants

Source:  LSU AgCenter horticulturist, Allen Owings 

Camellia season is here, and camellias are one of our popular evergreen shrubs. We typically think of azaleas for spring flowers, crape myrtles for summer flowers and camellias for fall and winter flowers in Louisiana.

Leslie Ann camellia is a great choice and the latest LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plant selection for 2015.  The flower petals are bi-colored and sometimes tri-colored with blends of pink, blush and white.  It is an early-season bloomer that blooms reliably every year – typically starting in late October and continuing until mid-to-late December. 

November 13, 2015

STPSO Motorcycle Officers Compete & Earn Awards

Twelve members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Traffic Division participated in the 17th annual Gulf Coast Motorcycle Skills Competition at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.  Participating were 156 law enforcement officers from 25 agencies from across the country and two officers from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police.  

Motorcycle operators learned new abilities with their motorcycles and expanded their skill levels, in turn creating a more confident and skilled rider during the course of their normal duties.

Three deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office placed in the top 10 in the novice class: DFC Patrick Casnave placed sixth overall, DFC Robert Ardeneaux Jr. placed seventh overall and DFC Josh Feraci placed eighth overall.

Proceeds from the annual event are donated to the "Make a Wish" Foundation, through St. Jude's Hospital.

November 13, 2015

Angels of Light Ceremony Honors & Memorializes Family & Friends

The 2015 Angels of Light ceremony will be held on Dec. 10, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the St. Tammany Parish Hospital main lobby, 1202 S. Tyler St., Covington. The event will feature live music, including harpist Jessica Meltz, and refreshments. 

The 2015 Hospice Tree for Life is decorated with Tribute Angels that can be purchased in honor of a friend or family member, whether living or deceased.  

The Tree for Life will be lighted during a beautiful holiday ceremony and every light on the tree symbolizes the extraordinary care and comfort that is provided to all hospice patients.

To purchase a Tribute Angel or for more information, contact Nicole Suhre in the Foundation office at 985-898-4171 or, or visit


ESTELL COSSE MACHELLA, AGE 68 and a resident of Franklinton died at 7:45PM Sunday at Riverside Medical Center.

She adored her children having raised them by herself. Her grandsons and great granddaughter was the apple of her eye. 

November 13, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joshua Foxworth was booked 11/12 In From Court

Christopher Traylor was booked 11/12 In From Court

Tiffany Knight was booked 11/12 on the charge of Parole Violation

Lawrence Jackson was booked 11/12 on the charge of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements

Jeffery Ingram was booked 11/12 on the charge of Resisting an Officer

Malik Magee was booked 11/1 on the charge of Armed Robbery

November 13, 2015

Mandeville Makes Another Arrest in Car Burglaries

On Friday November 13, 2015, the Mandeville Police Department arrested and charged 25 year old Jonathon Michael Loupe of 546 Barbara Road Paradis, La. with six (6) counts of vehicle burglary. The arrest stems from a string of vehicle burglaries from the Magnolia Ridge Subdivision on November 2nd.  Electronics, cash, and credit cards were among the items taken. Loupe turned himself in to Mandeville detectives this morning. 

Christina Hebert of Metairie, who is in jail in Jefferson Parish on the “Joe Vitt” car burglary, was tied to the Mandeville vehicle burglaries on November 9 and remains behind bars in Jefferson Parish.

November 12, 2015

Another Update on Candidates Murphy and Mizell

(See the previous Update below this one)  

Both Mickey Murphy and Beth Mizell have each issued statements today.  Read below.

November 12, 2015

Update on Senate Candidates Murphy and Mizell 

As you would expect with the November 21 election only nine days away, candidates continue working hard to get their messages out to the voters.  Determining who our next Governor, Lt. Governor, and  Attorney General will be are matters of importance.  But there are many others, including the race for  Louisiana Senate District 12.

Candidates Beth Mizell and Mickey Murphy have been busy getting their messages out to the voters.    Murphy has made charges and Mizell has responded.  (Click here for the Daily News article)  And, they  met Tuesday (November 10) in a debate (Click here for video of the debate) and each has released video ads supporting their bid for the Senate seat. 

How do we the voters decide?  Listen to and read what they have to say and then make our best informed choice on election day.  Click the images of the candidates at the top of this page to visit their websites and watch the messages below.


November 12, 2015

16th Annual City of Bogalusa Christmas Parade

The City of Bogalusa is pleased to present "Christmas in Bogalusa" Thursday November 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, November 25.  The parade will line up at First Bani on Columbia Street and disband at the Old Bogalusa High Schoo Parking Lot.

For more information contact Kay Kay Varnado at (985) 732-6200 or email

November 12, 2015

WPSO Busts Resident for St Tammany and Washington Parish Crimes

On November 4, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Danny Chain, 26, a resident of Highway 430. Chain was placed in the Washington Parish Jail and remains there with his bond set at $20,150. He is charged with Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Identity Theft, Theft by Fraud, and two counts of theft.

Acting on a request for assistance from St. Tammany Parish detectives about criminal activity there, Washington Parish detectives investigated and enough evidence was gathered to obtain a search warrant of Chain’s residence. Detectives from both parishes searched Chain’s residence and recovered stolen property, including a stolen firearm that was found hidden in an air-conditioning duct.

The investigations continue and more charges may be added.  Sheriff Randy Seal commented (in part) “St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain is a true friend to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office . . . As I’ve said many times in the past, criminals need to understand that our ability to apprehend them extends far beyond parish lines.”

November 12, 2015

Christmas Festival at Fairgrounds Dec. 5 & 6

The "Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas Across the Street" is scheduled for December 5-6 at the fairgrounds in Franklinton.  The festival times are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday.  

The Pioneer Christmas Parade will kick off the festivities at 10am on Saturday and there will be arts and crafts, food, a Santa appearance, raffles, and much more.

Put it on your calendar and don't miss some good old-fashioned Christmas entertainment.


November 12, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

John Brice was booked 11/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)

Catherine Taylor was booked 11/10 on the charges of Theft Over 1500 and Failure to Return Rental Property

Crayson Henley was booked 11/10 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Ronald Hammons was booked 11/10 on the charge of Theft of Utility Property in Excess of 100

Boyd Lowe was booked 11/10 on the charge of Theft of Utility Property in Excess of 100

Porsha Taylor was booked 11/10 on the charges of Aggravated Assault and Attachment

Jacob Jarrell was booked 11/10 on the charge of Contempt of Court

Jeramie Young was booked 11/10 on the charge of Failure to Register and Notify as a Sex Offender

Charles Washington was booked 11/10 on the charge of Failure to Register and Notify as a Sex Offense

Leslie Drevitson was booked 11/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation

November 11, 2015

Veterans Recognized at RMC Ceremony

The service of our military veterans was recognized on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Veterans Day Flag Ceremony held at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton.  It was a well-attended and impressive ceremony.  

Dr. Kyle Magee welcomed everyone and thanked our veterans for their service.  The new flag that will be flown was presented by Senator Ben Nevers and Lions's Club President Jim Adams.  Franklinton High School's JROTC raised the flag and Claire McGuire led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  The 21-Gun Salute by the American Legion Magic City Post 24 was impressive.

November 11, 2015

Louisiana Senate District 12 Candidates Debate

Tuesday evening's (November 10, 2015) debate between Louisiana Senate District 12 candidates Beth Mizell (R) and Mickey Murphy (D) had good, if not great, attendance. Thanks to the moderators and to the candidates. 

November 11, 2015

7th Annual Franklinton Chamber Jingle Bell Run Dec. 5

The Franklinton Chamber of Commerce 5-K Jingle Bell Run/Walk is scheduled for 8:00 am on December 5, 2015 at the fairgrounds.  The course through the fairgrounds will start and finish at the Fair Stage.  

Trophies will be awarded for 1st place overall male and female runners and medallions will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age group.  T-shirts will be given to all pre-registered participants and while supplies last on race day.

Registration forms are available at the Franklinton Chamber office until noon on December 4 or you can download the form from the Chamber's website at  click here.  Contact Billy Burris at Billy Burris at 985-839-0032 or Linda Crain at 985-839-5822 for additional information. 


I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7

Linda Sue Thomas age 53, a lifetime resident of Varnado La passed away Nov. 10, 2015 at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans La surrounded by her loved ones. Linda was a quiet humble person loved by everyone she met. She has always loved animals espically her dogs which were her babies. 


DENNIS L. MILEY, SR. AGE 63 and a resident of Bogalusa died late Monday November 9, 2015 at his home. He worked for many years in mobile home moving and transport. Dennis also worked as a volunteer at the Sunshine Mission in Columbia, MS for 6 years. He enjoyed cooking and eating outdoors with his friends and family and he loved spending time with his grandchildren and family.

November 11, 2015

DA Montgomery Opposes Proposition No. 5 on Nov. 21 Ballot

Warren Montgomery, District Attorney for Washington and St. Tammany parishes, has issued a statement opposing Proposition No. 5 on the November 21, 2015 ballot in St Tammany Parish.  The amendment to the Home Rule Charter would remove the District Attorney’s Office as the legal representative for the Parish President, Parish Council, and the boards and agencies created by parish ordinance.

Montgomery gives a number of reasons that the proposition “is not in the best interests of the people of St. Tammany Parish.”  He cites lower costs for taxpayers, more independence, and accountability as reasons to vote against the proposition.

Click here to read his statement.

November 11, 2015

Andrew Elson, MD Joins Cancer Center Staff 

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital announces the addition of radiation oncologist Andrew Elson, M.D. to its medical staff.

Dr. Elson is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN., earned a Medical Doctorate from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, IA. completed a preliminary year internal medicine residency at Tulane University Hospitals and Clinics in New Orleans, LA., a radiation oncology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI., and research fellowships at the University of Iowa Department of Radiology in Iowa City, IA and at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion, SD. 

“We are proud to welcome Dr. Elson to the Cancer Center,” said Charles Wood, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “Through his knowledge of the latest cancer treatment strategies, he will help to continue advancing world-class medicine in this community-based setting. It’s important for people to know they can receive the best care right here in Covington.”

November 10, 2015

Washington Parish Council Met Monday Evening

During the Washington Parish Council meeting Monday evening, the Council

  • approved an ordinance to amend the 2015 Annual Operating Budget for the Washington Parish Government.
  • approved a resolution adopting the Washington Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan 2015.
  • heard from parish resident Virginia Corkern who asked for clarification of rumors that Riverside Medical Center had purchased Thomas Clinic for $400,000.  (See video beginning at 3:40 into the meeting)
  • President Thomas presented a Proclamation to a representative of NTCC.  (See separate article an video beginning at 8:25 into the meeting)
  • heard a report from Public Works Director Leo Lucchesi with updates on the parish government's expansion program, installation of new scales at the landfill, preparation of a new cell at the landfill, DODT road transfer program, and work on the animal shelter.  (See video beginning at 12:45 into the program)
  • heard a report from Road Supervisor Donnell Merrit regarding the amount of hot and cold mix used, replacing 34 stolen road signs, grading, and mowing.

In addition (beginning at 17:20 into the meeting), President Thomas reported on litter, road sign theft problem, closing of offices on Veterans Day, and developments on the animal shelter.

November 10, 2015

Riverside Medical Center on Thomas Clinic Acquisition

On November 10, 2015 Dr. E. Kyle Magee confirmed that it was “in the works” for Riverside Medical Center to acquire Thomas Clinic.  Stating that it was “strategically the right thing to do” for RMC, Dr. Magee describes how it will benefit RMC as well as the community where the clinic is located.

In addition, Dr. Magee commented on recent additions of health care providers and the increase in services to the community that Riverside serves.

November 10, 2015

Proclamation in Appreciation of NTCC Issued

Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas read a Proclamation Monday evening in appreciation of Northshore Technical Community College and recognized their 85th Anniversary.  Accepting the Proclamation was Cynthia Smith, College and Career Transition Coordinator.  

In presenting the Proclamation, Thomas recognized the “tremendous influence NTCC has had on Bogalusa, Washington Parish, and the surrounding parishes (in) providing opportunity for continuing education in training to improve our quality of life”.  NTCC was founded in 1930 and was the first of its kind in Louisiana.

November 18, 2015 was proclaimed to be Northshore Technical Community College Anniversary Day.

November 10, 2015

STPSO Officer Saves Injured 14-Year Old

Sgt. Matt Roth with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is being credited with saving the life of 14-year-old Cameron O’Brien.  While riding dirt bikes with Sgt. Roth’s son, Cameron crashed the dirt bike he was riding. The foot peg from the bike stabbed Cameron in the knee.  Using the training he received as an employee of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Roth was able to tie a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and keep Cameron calm.  


The sweet angel of mercy moved in quietly on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 and bore the spirit of Demorace Pigott, at the Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA. 


Mr. Joseph R. Sartin, 53, of Bogalusa, Louisiana passed away at his home on Wednesday, November 4, 2015.  He attended Bogalusa High School and later received his GED. Throughout his years, Joseph has worked for the Bogalusa City School System, City of Bogalusa, Jenkins Building Supply Store, etc. 

November 10, 2015

South Shore Woman Tied To Mandeville Car Burglaries

On November 2nd, the Mandeville Police Department investigated five car burglaries in the Magnolia Ridge Subdivision. Electronics, cash, and credit cards were among the items taken.  Detectives have now tied 25 year old Christina Hebert of 4948 Wabash Street Metairie to those burglaries. Hebert, who was originally arrested by the Jefferson Parish Office on November 5th for the “Joe Vitt” car burglary incident was identified by her distinctive skull tattoo on her leg. An image of the tattoo was captured on surveillance video on November 2nd from the Target store on Veteran’s Blvd as she was exiting the store after using a stolen credit card from the Mandeville burglaries. Hebert purchased among other items, hair dye and pet supplies.

On November 9th Mandeville detectives, with the help of Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on Hebert’s home where numerous suspected stolen items were recovered.  A hold has been placed on Hebert who remains behind bars in Jefferson Parish as Mandeville Police obtain burglary arrest warrants for Hebert.  Detectives are still following up on additional leads and additional arrests are forth coming.


November 10, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Daniel Henley was booked 11/09 In From Court

Steven Taylor was booked 11/09 In From Court

Christopher Taylor was booked 11/09 In From Court

Casey Painter was booked 11/09 In From Court

November 9, 2015

Murphy Campaign Files Formal Ethics Complaint

BOGALUSA, LA—Senate District 12 candidate Mickey Murphy today filed a formal ethics complaint against Beth Mizell and the Louisiana Republican Party alleging that they are coordinating PAC donations using state employees and resources.

Click here for the Press Release

Click here for the Ethics Complaint

November 9, 2015

Positive Audit Released on Northshore Technical Community College

A Louisiana Legislative Auditor's financial audit of Northshore Technical Community College for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 finds that, over the past five fiscal years, this college (a part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System) has seen its total revenues increase and its expenses decrease.  

Since 2011, despite the college’s federal revenues dropping 21% and state appropriations dropping nearly 7%, its tuition revenues have increased by nearly 129% mainly due to tuition rate increases when the college changed from a technical college to a community college in 2011.  

In addition, the audit notes increased enrollment from 3,532 students in 2011 to 3,672 students in 2015.  

November 9, 2015

State Senate Candidates Debate Tuesday

The two candidates in the state Senate District 12 race will participate in a debate Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Bogalusa City Hall.

Republican candidate Beth Mizell and Democratic candidate Mickey Murphy will take turns answering questions in the public debate, which will be held in the city council chambers. 

Daily News Publisher Justin Schuver will moderate the debate. 

Click here for the Daily News Article. 

Video of the debate will be posted here on Wednesday.


November 9, 2015

Craigslist Thief Surprised by Slidell Police

A Wal-Mart customer had his cell phone stolen Saturday afternoon.  Browsing through Craigslist that night, he was shocked to see his stolen phone listed for sale.  He immediately contacted Slidell Police.

An undercover officer contacted the phone number listed on the advertisement, which was 18 year old India Carmouche. Not knowing the person contacting her was an undercover officer, Ms. Carmouche agreed to meet the officer at a local restaurant in order to sell him the stolen cell phone. Ms. Carmouche was in for quite a surprise when the officer identified himself as a police officer and placed her under arrest. To make a bad situation worse, Ms. Carmouche tried to flee from the officer, but was quickly apprehended by other officers who were doing surveillance in the area.

She was charged with possession of stolen property and resisting an officer.

November 9, 2015

Rabbiteye Blueberry – Plant of the Week

Rabbiteye blueberry will fit into any home landscape and make a great edible addition.   Native to Louisiana, Rabbiteye blueberries produce fruit at an early age, and harvest typically begins in mid- to late May and continues to early July in Louisiana.

In addition to providing an edible crop, blueberries were chosen as a Louisiana Super Plant because they require low maintenance, have very few insect and disease problems, are ornamental, provide food for wildlife and offer fall foliage color.

Click here  to learn more on planting and growing recommendations. 

November 9, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Shawn Thomas was booked 11/06 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Ran Stop Sign, Driving Under Suspension, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of CDS With Weapon

Keithen Ishman was booked 11/06 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm

Thomas Clawson was booked 11/06 on the charge of Second Degree Battery

Kelly Quinn was booked 11/06 on the charge of Second Degree Battery

Thaddeus Baham was booked 11/06 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm

Malcolm Beal was booked 11/08 on the charges of Hit and Run, No Drivers License, Speeding 1-10 Over Limit, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Distribution of Schedule I Drugs (2 counts).

Ashnia Anders was booked 11/08 In From Court

Joshua Oncale was booked 11/08 on the charge of Failure to Appear

November 7, 2015

Reminder:  Early Voting Times and Locations

Voters may vote early for the November 21 election from November 7 through November 14 between the hours of 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (except for Sunday November 8 and Wednesday November 11 which is a Holiday).  

For the locations, click here.

November 7, 2015

New Episodes on MHTV Outdoor Channel

Avian Influenza preparedness on Across the Fence, archery deer hunting on Arkansas Game and Fish, hound adventures on Benson's Kennel, Clinton Anderson rides Brundy for the first time on Down Under Horsemanship, Texas hybrid striper fishing on Fox Sports Outdoors, meat for the freezer on Growing Deer TV, a bull elk hunt on Kentucky Afield, bowhunting in Michigan, catfishing on TP Outdoors Adventures, desert bighorn sheep on Texas Parks and Wildlife, wintertime bass fishing on Outdoor Oklahoma, alpacas and more on Michigan Magazine, and sure shot game calls on Texas Country Reporter.

Plus, new episodes of Rural Heritage, Small Town Big Deal, Tennessee Uncharted, Fieldsports Britain, Illinois Outdoors, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Paradise Louisiana, and the farm shows:  AGPHD, American Rancher, SUNUP, Real Virginia, FARMWEEK, and TWILA (This Week in Louisiana Agriculture).

Check them out on our Washington Parish TV page.

November 6, 2015

Prayer in the Park Tomorrow (Dec. 7) in Bogalusa

Area pastors, civic leaders, churches, and religious organizations are gathering together to “Pray for Bogalusa.” in Bogalusa's Cassidy Park Saturday, November 7 at 10 am. The theme verse for the event comes from 2 Chronicles 7:14 which states, “If My people who are called by name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their lands.” 


HARRY HERMAN ZWICK, AGE 71 and a resident of Franklinton died at 8:45 PM Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Chateau Terrebonne Health Care in Houma, Louisiana. He was born in Deer Park, Washington and attended Gonzaga Prep in Washington State. He resided in Buras until 2005 and then became a resident of Franklinton for the past ten years. He was owner/ operator of Crown Z welding for thirty plus years. He was Captain of Buras Volunteer Fire Department. 

November 6, 2015

Washington Parish Man Charged with Aggravated Rape

Eddie McBeth, 60, a resident of Highway 62 in the Pine area, was arrested by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives on November 4.  McBeth is charged with Aggravated Rape and being a Convicted Felon In Possession Of A Firearm.

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report of the sexual assault on a developmentally disabled person and conducted an investigation into the allegations.  The investigation revealed that the assault did occur and a warrant was obtained for McBeth’s arrest.  Due to the sensitive nature of the crime, additional details will not be released.

McBeth was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held with his bond set at $350,000.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the arrest. “All crimes are bad, but this type crime is particularly despicable.  Persons who prey on anyone, especially those with special needs, deserve only one outcome, and that is jail.  I congratulate our detectives for making this arrest.”

November 6, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Justin Carter was booked 11/04 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Jonathan Stogner was booked 11/04 on the charges of Forgery, Identity Theft, and Theft by Fraud (7 counts)

Ricky Applewhite was booked 11/04 on the charges of Parole Violation and Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute

Danny Chain was booked 11/04 on the charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Failure to Pay Fine, Identity Theft, Theft 500-1500, and Theft by Fraud

Bridget Roach was booked 11/04 on the charge of Probation Violation

Eddie McBeth was booked 11/04 on the charges of Aggravated Rape and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm

Aquanis Roberts was booked 11/04 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts) and Failure to Appear

Ricky Fletcher was booked 11/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Yield

Jessica Jenkins was booked 11/05 on the charge of Parole Violation

Tina Rowell was booked 11/05 on the charge of Probation Violation

David Allen was booked 11/05 on the charges of 1st Degree Murder, Attempted 1st Degree Murder, and Armed Robbery (2 counts)

Brandon Spurlock was booked 11/06 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics With Intent (2 counts), and Violation of Uniform Controlled Substances (2 counts)

Lanika Warren was booked 11/06 on the charges of Failure to Return Rental Property and Attachment (2 counts)

Shawn Thomas was booked 11/06 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Ran Stop Sign, Driving Under Suspension, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Schedule Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

November 5, 2015

Veterans Day Flag Ceremony at RMC Tuesday, Nov. 10

***Special Invitation to All Veterans***

Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton is having a Veterans Day Flag Dedication ceremony Tuesday, November 10 at  10 am.  Riverside is receiving a new American flag from the Lions Club and the JROTC from Franklinton High School will assist in raising flag. 

Put this on your calendar as one way to honor  all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

November 5, 2015

Four Missing Georgia Teens Located in Slidell Area

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies located four missing Georgia teens in Slidell Thursday morning.  The teens, a 17-year-old girl, a 15-year-old girl and two 16-year-old boys, left Georgia Tuesday morning in a blue Jeep Patriot.

Authorities with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a ping on one of the teens’ cellphone led them to believe the group was in the Pearl River, La., area.

Notice was given to all deputies to be on the lookout for the Jeep Patriot with a Georgia license plate, and an alert deputy located the vehicle shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday morning parked behind a fast food restaurant less than a mile from the Sheriff’s Office Complex on Brownswitch Road in Slidell.

The teens told the deputy they had travelled through several states and started having vehicle trouble while driving through St. Tammany Parish.  They spent the last of the money they had buying breakfast Thursday morning and were unsure as to where they would be headed next or how they would get there.  The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and the teens’ parents are now on their way from Georgia to pick them up and bring them back home.

November 5, 2015

St. Tammany Fracking Fight Heard by Appeals Court

Source:  Robert Rhoden, | The Times-Picayune  

The protracted controversy over fracking inSt. Tammany Parish returned to the courtroom on Thursday (Nov. 5) where attorneys presented oral arguments to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge and answered questions about how much control the state and individual parishes have when it comes to oil and gas drilling in Louisiana.

A three-judge panel heard from attorneys for St. Tammany government and Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany, which seek to block a proposed drilling and fracking project near Mandeville, and attorneys for Helis Oil & Gas Co. and the state Department of Natural Resources. St. Tammany is appealing a Baton Rouge judge's ruling in April that the parish cannot use its zoning regulations to block the drilling project, which is proposed northeast of Mandeville on land zoned for residential use.

The panel did not issue a ruling Thursday.  Attorneys said they hope to get a decision from the appeal court in about a month. Regardless of the outcome, the case is likely headed to the state Supreme Court, they say.

To read more, click here.

November 5, 2015

Washington Parish Detectives Solve Tangipahoa Thefts

On October 29, Washington Parish detectives received a tip that a vehicle stolen in Tangipahoa Parish might be in the area. Washington Parish detectives located the stolen vehicle and then went to the residence of Ronderrick D. Brown on Pin Oak Road in Mt. Hermon. Brown was a suspect in other stolen vehicle cases and detectives wanted to question him.

At Brown’s residence, detectives identified items that were reported to have been in the stolen vehicle as well as other items which had been reported stolen from a Kentwood business. Brown, 23, was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. He is charged with possession of stolen property and being a fugitive from another agency. His bond has been set at $25,000.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Thieves will steal from anyone and routinely travel from parish to parish to prey on honest, hard-working citizens. They need to realize that parish lines don’t provide them any protection from law enforcement and we will pursue them whenever and wherever it is necessary to do so. I congratulate our detectives for locating this criminal and arresting him.”

November 5, 2015

Ponchatoula Man Gets 30 Years for Federal Conviction

MELVIN JACKSON, age 35, of Ponchatoula was sentenced today to 30 years for his participation in a drug conspiracy and his participation in a May 11, 2012, shooting and robbery that took place outside of Roy’s Lounge.    

At trial, which was held on April 11, 2015, the Government presented evidence that JACKSON, who had a prior conviction for attempted murder, was caught on video in 2012 exiting Roy’s Lounge with several associates after a night of gambling.  Once outside, JACKSON removed a firearm from his shirt and gave the firearm to his friend, MELVIN DOKES.  DOKES then shot the victim, a fellow gambler, four times.  As the victim lay bleeding on the ground, JACKSON stood over him and took several hundred dollars out of the victim’s pockets.  JACKSON and DOKES then fled.  

After their arrests by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and while out on bond, Jackson continued to sell heroin on the North Shore.  His drug dealing activity was brought to the attention of federal agents. 

November 5, 2015

MBP at STPH Recognizes Lung Cancer Awareness Month

During November, recognized as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital encourages people to learn their risk factors, and take a free online risk assessment at or call 985-898-4581 for more information. While smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer, other risk factors including age and family history of cancer are also responsible for Louisiana’s leading cause of cancer deaths.

Go to and click on Cancer Center Recognizes National Lung Cancer Awareness Month  for more information.

November 5, 2015

Appeal of La.'s Planned Parenthood Contract Termination 

Yesterday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals filed an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit seeking to overturn a lower court’s ruling halting DHH’s termination of Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid provider contracts with Louisiana.

Governor Jindal said, “The State of Louisiana has the authority to determine which organizations are qualified Medicaid providers.  It is clear for multiple reasons that Planned Parenthood is not qualified to do business in our state. We are going to continue fighting to terminate Planned Parenthood’s contracts with the state.”

November 4, 2015

Bogalusa City Council Marred by Disorder

The Bogalusa Council met in regular session Tuesday evening (November 3) with an Agenda that included, as usual, approving previous meeting minutes, consideration of resolutions and ordinances, council  discussion, and comments from the Mayor.  The Agenda also provides for Public Participation, a time for the public to speak to the Council.  

Fate Ferrell, a Bogalusa resident who is well-known for often harshly criticizing council members and the administration, began berating the Council (beginning at 8:10 into the meeting).  Council President Teddy Drummond responded to Ferrell and, as the discussion became disorderly, advised Ferrell to sit down.  The heated exchange continued with Mayor Wendy Perrette asking Ferrell to sit down as he was being disrespectful and the Deputy City Marshal attempting to persuade Ferrell to sit down.  He finally did.

Other residents addressed the Council asking for assistance with the mosquito problem, a suggestion for resolving a street safety problem, and a request to resurface a street in bad need of repair.

Mayor Perrette addressed the Council and those in attendance beginning at 18:16 into the meeting.

After the meeting concluded, police officers found it necessary to intervene in arguments outside City Hall.  A similar situation occurred a few weeks ago.   City Hall and Council meetings are a place and time to conduct orderly business.  And while officials dealt with the disturbances, hopefully the differences of opinions will expressed and resolved maturely.  

Video of the meeting can be viewed on our Government Meetings page or at (click on Council Meeting Videos on the home page)

For other messages in support of the re-election of Aubrey Posey for Washington Parish Council District 7, click here.


Mildred Garner Cheatham Palmer departed this life in her childhood home in Bogalusa on November 3. She was ninety-one years old.  Mildred was a life-long member of Lee's Creek Baptist Church.


Paul Joseph Poché, Jr. passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the age of 90. He attended Destrehan High School then volunteered for the United States Army during World War II serving under General George Patton. He served in Germany and was later deployed to Normandy two weeks post invasion of the Battle of the Bulge. He was a 5 battle star Corporal in the Army acting as gunner. On his return to civilian status, Paul worked for Shell Oil Refinery in Norco, Louisiana as a pipe fitter retiring in 1982 with more than 30 years of service. An avid sportsman, Paul loved to hunt, fish and camp and spent his retirement actively involved in his community and church. He lived his life as a friend to all and stranger to none. He was born and raised in New Sarpy, Louisiana and was a longtime resident of Franklinton, Louisiana where he spent the last 30 years of his life. 

November 4, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jonathan Barber was booked 11/03 on the charge of Probation Violation

Christina McCain was booked 11/03 In For Court

November 4, 2015

One Killed, Two Injured in Crash Near Lacombe

Yesterday morning, LSP Troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on US 190 near Lacombe that claimed the life of 23 year-old Angela Maria Mangini of Slidell, LA.

The preliminary investigation led crash scene investigators to determine Mangini was was westbound on US 190 when her vehicle exited the right side of the roadway, she overcorrected to the left causing her vehicle to begin to rotate counter-clockwise as it traveled into the eastbound lane.  A pickup driven by 48 year-old Anthony Andrew Batiste of Lacombe “T-Boned” Mangini's vehicle.  Mangini was pronounced deceased on scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. Batiste and his front seat passenger, 37 year-old Anthony Roberts also of Lacombe, LA, were both transported to Slidell Memorial Hospital with moderate to severe injuries. All parties involved in the crash were properly restrained. 

November 3, 2015

STPH Opens Primary Care Office in Folsom

COVINGTON – St. Tammany Parish Hospital hosted an open house and ribbon cutting on Thursday for STPN-Folsom at its all-new medical office at 82525 Hwy. 25.

“I am so proud that St. Tammany Parish Hospital is bringing a primary care office to Folsom,” said James Core, Vice-Chairman, STPH Board of Commissioners, and resident of Folsom. “The care and experience these physicians bring will be an excellent addition to our community.”

STPN-Folsom, or Family Medical Clinic, which includes Dr. Libeau Berthelot, Dr. Christopher Foret and Dr. Mark James, opened its new location to patients on Oct. 19. It is the only primary care provider in Folsom and its board-certified physicians care for patients, newborn to geriatric, for comprehensive primary care needs. Its affiliation with St. Tammany Parish Hospital gives patients of STPN-Folsom seamless access to all STPH resources, including the new electronic health record, MyChart.

STPN-Folsom is now taking appointments at their new location, 82525 Hwy. 25, Folsom, by calling 985-839-9895.

November 3, 2015

Ten Arrested in Counterfeit Check Scheme

The Mandeville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of the U.S Secret Service Louisiana Financial Crimes Taskforce, arrested Mr. Kevin Pierce and 9 other individuals for their participation in a Counterfeit Check producing and cashing scheme.

Click here for the names of those arrested and details of their scheme.

November 3, 2015

Mandeville PD Joins "No-Shave November" 

Statement from Mandeville Police Department

You may notice MPD officers sporting facial hair during November. As a means to promote cancer awareness, we are participating in NO SHAVE NOVEMBER. Annually, November has been declared No Shave November. No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. Learn more at


Mary Frances Copping, a resident of Hammond, LA, age 80, born on June 27, 1935 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Heritage Health Care in Hammond, LA.

November 3, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Melody Elkins was booked 11/02 on the charge of Failure to Appear

David Thomassen was booked 11/02 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Possession of Stolen Property

Darryl Harris was booked 11/02 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Raymond Bridges was booked 11/02 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Protective Order Violation

November 3, 2015

Slidell Man Gets 40 Years for Manslaughter

Andrew J. Sumner, 22, of Slidell, has been sentenced to 40 years at hard labor for manslaughter in the 2012 death of a woman who was stabbed to death and set on fire in her Slidell apartment. Judge Allison H. Penzato sentenced Sumner Thursday (Oct. 29) for his role in the killing of Ashley King, who was stabbed 13 times and burned in her home.

Sumner was an acquaintance of King on Feb. 22, 2012, when he brought his then-best friend, Devin Baham, with him to her Slidell apartment ostensibly to buy prescription pills. The men actually had concocted a plan to rob King, but when she grew suspicious and began asking questions, Baham attacked her, stabbing her repeatedly.

For the rest of the story, click here.

November 2, 2015

Jewelry Show at Riverside Medical Center Nov. 3 & 5

The Riverside Foundation is presenting their First Annual Jewelry Show featuring Premier Designs.  The show will from 9:30 am to 1 pm on November 3rd and 5th at the Riverside Medical Center Lobby.  

November 2, 2015

Canines in Search of a Furever Home

The canines pictured below are participants in the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office The Big House Program and are in search of a “furever” home!

For those not familiar with The Big House Program, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office jail established a training program called "The Big House."  Inmates work with dogs brought to the jail from local shelters to teach them basic skills that will make them more adoptable. The dogs also emerge from the training fully kennel trained.  The program is designed to help inmates gain marketable skills in canine training and to provide them an opportunity to emotionally bond with other living creatures while saving shelter dogs in the process.

If you’re interested in meeting or adopting one of the dogs in The Big House Program, please contact Danell Gerchow at (985) 768-1165 or e-mail her at for the necessary paperwork.



Alvin Burt, age 93, born March 3, 1922 in Bogalusa, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015.

Alvin along with his ten siblings were raised on Burt Hill where they helped their parents, Will and Lucy Burt on their farm. Alvin was baptized at Union Avenue Baptist Church at the age of 13. He graduated form Bogalusa High School and joined the Army and later attended Louisiana State University. Alvin married Frances Givens and they had two children, Donna and Chris. Alvin and his family attended Monroe Street Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School.

Alvin worked for the Coca Cola Bottling Co., owned B&W Service Station and Burt's Mobil Service Station on Columbia Street. He and his wife Frances had an Antique Shop. Alvin was a bus driver for the Bogalusa School System from 1960 until he retired in 1983. Alvin was also an Insurance Agent for National Life and Accident.

After the passing of his first wife Frances, Alvin joined the Jeans and Queens Square dancing group and he met Margie Talley Kahl. They married and settled in Bush, La. Alvin joined Hebron Baptist Church and served as a Deacon for 28 years. Alvin and Margie traveled to every state in the union and each Province in Canada. While they traveled the nation they helped build churches through a mission organization.

Alvin Belonged to the Magic City Masonic Lodge and the Sun Masonic Lodge with over 50 years of Service. He served as Master Union twice. Alvin was also a member of the American Legion Post #24 and the Washington Parish Sheriffs Posse.

November 2, 2015

Slidell's “No Shave November” Challenge 

Slidell Police officers are challenging Slidell residents to participate with them in “No Shave November”.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith approved that officers can stop shaving for the month of November if they pledge to donate $25 to an organization that promotes cancer awareness, research, or support. “The idea is to raise awareness for men’s health concerns, particularly prostate cancer, where one in six men will be diagnosed in their lifetime with the disease,” says Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith.

Slidell officers are looking for support from their local community to put down their razors for a month, and to participate in the good cause. Throughout the month, officers and citizens who choose to participate will be featured on Facebook in order to show off their “cop staches”!

Any citizen wishing to participate is asked to contact the Slidell Police Department’s spokesman, Sergeant Daniel Seuzeneau, at 985-646-6181 or

November 2, 2015

Muhly Grass – Ornamental Plant of the Week

Gulf Coast muhly – or pink muhly grass is one of the most stunning grasses in the fall landscape in Louisiana. This perennial coastal native ornamental grass has received a considerable amount of attention the past few years.

Not likely to be noticed in spring and summer, muhly grass becomes quite a show in the landscape during fall with its attractive, green, fine-textured foliage that will be covered with a pink cloud of wispy flower heads.

Flowering usually begins in late September and continues through November. The flowering effect is amplified when the grass is planted in large masses. By late summer, a mature planting of muhly grass will grow to about 30-36 inches tall with a spread of 3-4 feet.

For pruning and other information,  click here.


James Alan Lee was born to the late Edna Norred and Tom Lee on January 24, 1941 in Alabama. James departed this earth on October 29, 2015.  He will be greatly missed but never forgotten by his family and friends.  He had a great love for life and the people around him.


Otis Alexander passed away October 27, 2015.  Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

November 2, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Gerald Jones was booked 10/30 on the charges of Negligent Injuring and Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Thomas Graves was booked 10/30 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI (or other), and Careless Operation

Lavelle Bickham was booked 10/31 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling

Joseph Bickham was booked 10/31 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Attachment (2 counts)

Jody Adams was booked 10/31 on the charges of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Expired Drivers License

Roy Fox was booked 10/31 on the charge of Attachment


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