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Obituary
DUSTIN ALLEN MCCAIN, AGE 17 and a resident of Franklinton passed away Tuesday August 15, 2017. He was student at Franklinton High School Class of 2018 that always had a big smile on his face. He loved to joke around with everyone he knew and enjoyed hanging out with his friends. Dustin also enjoyed fishing and playing baseball and basketball. He had a kind and loving heart and was loved by so many people. Dustin will be remembered forever by all those that knew him.


August 18, 2017
Angie Woman Killed in Head-On Crash Near Varnado
Friday (August 18, 2017) night, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on LA 436-1 south of Varnado. The crash has claimed the life of Hazel Marie Caruso (71) of Angie.
Troopers determined Caruso's vehicle entered the opposing lane of traffic and crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by Josie Leslie Hartzog (66) of Angie. 
Caruso was not wearing her seatbelt. She was severely injured in the crash and was subsequently airlifted from the scene in critical condition. During the flight, Caruso experienced complications and succumbed to her injuries. Hartzog and two of her passengers were all wearing their seatbelts. They suffered minor to moderate injuries in the crash and were transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital by ambulance.


August 18, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Briana Sky Lee was booked 08/18 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Eric Causey was booked 08/18 on the charges of Loitering and Contempt of Court
Jamie Pilarczyk was booked 08/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Chelsea Whaley was booked 08/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Montel McClain was booked 08/18 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs



August 18, 2017
Arrest Made After Princess Abita Statue Damaged
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested Andrew Corkern (20) of Mandeville for damaging and stealing a portion of the town-owned bronze Princess Abita statue last month.
On July 23, a vendor from the Abita Community Market contacted the Sheriff’s Office after he noticed the bronze feather was missing off the town’s statue. An investigation led detectives to obtain a warrant for Corkern’s arrest on August 3. The investigation also uncovered that Corkern was accompanied by other individuals, some of which are underage. A search warrant was executed at Corkern’s residence, but the bronze feather was not recovered.
Corkern was charged with Simple Criminal Damage $500-50,000, Theft Under $750, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile
If anyone has information about this case, please call Det. Stephen Lucia at 985-276-1337.


Obituary
Versie Lou Overstreet, age 77 and a resident of Angie, passed away at her home on Friday, August 18, 2017.


Obituary
At the age of 74, Mary Estelle Foster Raborn entered into eternal rest on Friday, August 18, 2017, surrounded by her family.


August 18, 2017
Masonic Lodge Donates Stuffed Animals to FPD
The Franklinton Masonic Lodge #101 has made a donation that is expected to be put to good use. A supply of stuffed animals was donated to Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith. Officers will keep the stuffed animals on hand for use when working with young victims, as a means of comfort during tough times they are facing.
Pictured along with Chief Smith are Greg Barber, Jerome Walker, and Ricky Bellinger.



August 18, 2017
Progress on the Washington Parish Animal Shelter
Washington Parish Government is making progress on the Washington Parish Animal Shelter.  A rough draft of the Washington Parish Animal Shelter ordinance will be looked at during the Infrastructure Committee meeting on August 22, 2017. Click here to read it. Introduction of the ordinance is tentatively set for August 28, 2017 at the regular meeting of the Washington Parish Council. A Public Hearing is tentatively set for September 11, 2017 to be followed by a vote by the Council on the same date.
The facility will be on parish government property at 23046 Yacc Road at the intersection with LA. State Hwy. 10, between Franklinton and Bogalusa. The existing 3250 square foot building has been renovated with plumbing, electrical, HVAC and venting systems updated to building code standards. Competitive bids will be solicited to construct a dedicated waste water system, kennels and build fencing and gates. Funds are in the 2017 budget to hire contract labor, but additional funding is required to complete the remaining brick and mortar portion of the shelter. The existing building plus new outdoor extensions will total approximately 5,500 square feet.


August 18, 2017
Bogalusa PD Charge Hammond Man With Drug Distribution
Source: Bogalusa Police Department Press Release
Officers from the Bogalusa Police Department conducted a traffic stop on West 9th street Thursday (August 17, 2017) on a vehicle that was involved in an ongoing narcotics investigation. The driver was about to make a drug sale.
Officers searched the area near the drivers seat and located a bottle of promethazine syrup and two small clear baggies containing a powdery/crystalline substance.  Using a field test kit, officers confirmed the substance to be Methamphetamine.
The driver, identified as Saul J. Addision, Jr. (37) of Hammond, was charged with Distribution of Schedule 2 narcotic, Distribution of Schedule 4 narcotic and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Drug Free Zone.


August 18, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Christy Magee was booked 08/17 In From Court
Stephen Duck was booked 08/17 on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Alex Wilson was booked 08/17 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Resisting by Flight - Aggravated Flight, Leaving Scene of Accident, Criminal Damage, Resisting an Officer - Flight on Foot, Failure to Report an Accident, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs
Rodney Thompson was booked 08/17 on the charge of Simple Burglary



Obituary
RHONDA A. VERBERNE, age 63, passed away Thursday morning August 17, 2017 surrounded by loved ones, after a brief illness.


August 17, 2017
Franklinton Woman Dies in Crash With 18-Wheeler
Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded Wednesday (August 16, 2017) afternoon to a three vehicle fatal crash on LA 440 near the intersection of Vernon School Rd. The crash has claimed the life of Sandra Williams (47) of Franklinton.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Owen McPherson (50) of Harvey was driving a 1995 Peterbilt tractor-trailer on LA 440, missed his turn, stopped in the roadway, and began backing onto Vernon School Road. As he was backing up, the cab-tractor portion of McPherson's truck was between a hillcrest and a sweeping curve and obstructing the lane of traffic. Another Peterbilt tractor-trailer, driven by  Billy Mingo (43) of Bogalusa was approaching and, when Mingo saw his lane was blocked, sharply applied his brakes. Mingo’s braking caused his tractor-trailer to rotate clockwise and block both lanes of traffic. Sandra Williams was eastbound on LA 440 and her Tahoe crashed into the rear axles of Mingo’s trailer.
Owen McPherson was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail for Improper Backing, Aggravated Obstruction of a Roadway, and Negligent Homicide.


August 17, 2017
UPDATE
Alex Wilson has turned himself in and is being held at the Washington Parish Sheriffs Office.

August 17, 2017
Wanted by the Franklinton Police Department
Patrolman First Class James Harper conducted a traffic stop on Tuesday (August 15, 2017) on a white Ford Mustang for disobeying a stop sign. The driver, Alex Wilson of Franklinton, handed PFC. Harper his driver's information and then fled the stop at a high rate of speed driving through school traffic. Wilson lost control and crashed into a sewage lift station at the intersection of 18th Avenue and Mason Street. Wilson then fled the scene on foot.
During an inventory search of the vehicle, a clear plastic gallon freezer bag was located which contained approximately 98 grams of suspected marijuana.
A warrant was issued charging Wilson for disobeying a stop sign, aggravated flight from an officer, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal damage to property - felony, possession with intent to distribute a schedule 1 narcotic - marijuana, resisting an officer and failure to report an accident.


August 17, 2017
Burglary Suspect Wanted by Pike County S.O.
The Pike County Sheriff's Office is trying to locate and apprehend Alton Ellis Simmons (36). Simmons is wanted for a Burglary on Magee Road in Summit on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
Please call Central Dispatch at 601-783-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033 with any information.



August 17, 2017
Correction to August 16, 2017 Story
Our article of August 16, 2017 “Two Found in Bogalusa With Needles Still in Their Arms” incorrectly reported that both Jamie Pilarczyk and her husband were found at Our Lady of Angels Hospital passed out with tourniquets and needles in their arms.
In fact, we were advised by the Bogalusa Police Department today that "A nurse advised the officers of the Bogalusa Police Department that she entered the room, found the patient's wife with a tourniquet and needle in her arm." Corrected reporting does not include that Jamie Pilarczyk's husband was found with a tourniquet and needle in his arm. In addition, corrected reporting does address the husband remaining in the hospital or a warrant being issued for his arrest.


Obituary
Miriam R. Allen, age 77 and of Henleyfield, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in Lakeview Hospital in Covington. She was born in Crossroads. Miriam was full of laughter, loved to dance (she had no problem teaching you how to do the gig), loved her family and enjoyed living life to the fullest. She was a member of Annunciation  Catholic Church of Bogalusa and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Picayune MS. Her smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed.


August 17, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jordan Mareno was booked 08/16 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Jorge Delvalle was booked 08/16 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Owen McPherson was booked 08/16 on the charges of Improper Backing/Accident, Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, and Negligent Homicide
Rickey Nelson was booked 08/16 on the charge of Aggravated Kidnapping



August 17, 2017
Two-Year-Old Kentwood Boy Killed in Fatal Crash
Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded Wednesday night (August 16, 2017) to a fatal pedestrian crash on LA 10 one mile west of LA 1058 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash has claimed the life of two-year-old Kaleb Dyson of Kentwood.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as a large group of choir members were standing in the parking lot of the Mt. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church. Kaleb Dyson ran from the parking lot toward LA 10. Dyson’s mother, 37-year-old Waynata Dyson, ran behind her son in an attempt to stop him. However, Kaleb entered the roadway and was struck by a vehicle driven by Shyrlee Ann Hammond (57) from Spencer, NY.
Kaleb Dyson was taken by ambulance to Hood Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival.


August 17, 2017
Wanted by Slidell Police Department



August 16, 2017
Fatal Crash on LA 436 in Washington Parish
Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded last night (August 15, 2017) to a two vehicle fatal crash on LA 436 near the intersection of Lewis Rogers Road. Troopers determined that a white Chevrolet truck crossed the center line in a curve and crashed into a black Chevrolet Silverado driven by Wade D. Smith (41) of Franklinton. Both vehicles caught fire.
Several residents near the crash heard the collision and responded to assist the drivers. Brandon Holubar, Byron Graham and Shane Thomas were three of the first on-scene. Despite the fire, the three men entered the cab of the black Silverado to assist the trapped driver.
Troopers are presently working with the Washington and St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office to identify the driver of the white Chevrolet and notify the next of kin. Wade Smith was transported to North Oaks Health Systems with moderate injuries.


August 16, 2017
Two Found in Bogalusa With Needles Still in Their Arms
The Bogalusa Police Department responded Tuesday (August 15, 2017) to Our Lady of Angels Hospital after a nurse reported that she entered a patient's room and found the patient and his wife passed out with tourniquets and needles in their arms. 
Officers searched the room and located assorted pills identified as Oxycodone, Tramadol, Percocet and Clonazepam; also found were two tourniquets, a zip lock bag containing cotton filters, a measuring cup, a spoon, short straws, a baggie of suspected heroin, a baggie of a brown crystallized substance and thirteen hypodermic needles.
Jamie Pilarczyk (34) of Baker was arrested and booked on Possession of Schedule 2 Narcotic (2 counts), Possession of Schedule 4 Narcotic (2 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Pilarczyk's husband will remain a patient in the hospital and a warrant will be issued on him for the same charges. He will be arrested on the warrant once he's released from the hospital.


Obituary
BARBARA KENNEDY TAYLOR, age 71 and a resident of the Stateline Community, died early Tuesday morning August 15, 2017 at her home. She was longtime member of Stateline Missionary Baptist Church where she formerly sang in the church choir. Barbara worked as a bank teller and then a teacher's aide. She loved to sew, take pictures, watch birds from her front porch, cook for her family and friends, and spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


August 16, 2017
Attempted Rape Reported at Folsom Library
Source: Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
A 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday (August 15, 2017) after trying to rape a woman inside the Folsom branch library, police said Wednesday. The teen, whose name was not released because of his age, was being held Wednesday at the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center in Tangipahoa Parish and charged with attempted third-degree rape.
No information was released on the victim.


Obituary
Donald Paul Taliancich, age 76 of Bush, died on Monday, August 14, 2017. Paul was a graduate from LSU in Engineering, worked on the Apollo Program at Michoud and retired from Stennis Space Flight Center.


August 16, 2017
Bogalusa Man Charged With Beating Up Ex-Girlfriend
The Bogalusa Police received a complaint Thursday (August 10, 2017) from a victim that her ex-boyfriend came to her residence on Sunset Drive, kicked in her door and beat her up. According to the victim, the suspect, later identified as Allen S. Henry III (30) of Bogalusa, forced his way into the residence. Henry began to beat the victim's head against a glass in the bedroom, kicked her while she was on the floor and then fled.
The victim was transported by ambulance to the emergency room of Our lady of Angels Hospital, where she was treated for her injuries and released.
On Friday (August 11, 2017), the victim called the Bogalusa Police Department and stated that Henry was at a residence on Plum Street. Officers responded to the residence, located Henry and placed him under arrest. Henry was booked on the charges of Battery Domestic Abuse, Home Invasion and Violation of a Protective Order.


August 16, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Candace Applewhite was booked 08/15 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault and Domestic Abuse Child Endangerment
Edward Bright was booked 08/15 on the charge of Contempt of Court



August 16, 2017
Annual STPH Health Fair is August 26
St. Tammany Parish Hospital will hold its annual Fall Health Fair from 8:30 a.m. to noon August 26, 2017 at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion, 16300 Highway 1085, Covington.
The free event will offer numerous free health screenings for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), peripheral artery disease (PAD), carotid artery disease, blood pressure, flexibility and body mass index (BMI). Participants must check in no later than 11 a.m. for the free screenings.
Medical professionals will be available to discuss various health topics, including diabetes education, sleep apnea, stroke, breast health, wound care, proper hand washing techniques, tobacco cessation, CT/MRI, hospice and advance directives, nutrition and supplements.
Representatives from NAMI of St. Tammany will be available to discuss mental health issues and STPH Parenting Center will offer information on car seat safety.
For more information, call (985) 871-6080 or visit stph.org.


August 16, 2017
STPSO Operation Targets Underage Alcohol Sales
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted two undercover operations (August 7 and August 9) targeting Juvenile Underage Drinking Enforcement. The operations were funded by a federal grant through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. STPSO wants to ensure that alcoholic beverage outlets do not sell alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age.
A total of 65 businesses on both sides of the parish were checked and 18 clerks were issued summonses for non-compliance. Penalties can result in fines of not less than $500 nor more than $1000 or imprisonment for not less than thirty days nor more than six months, or both.


August 16, 2017
Mandeville Man Arrested For Vet Clinic Burglaries
Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Property Crimes Division arrested Michael Blake Jackson (35) of Mandeville for four separate burglaries of two different veterinary clinics that occurred over the past three months in the Mandeville/Covington area.
Medications (typically meant for animals) was taken by the suspect who was captured by security cameras wearing a ski mask, latex/rubber gloves and a pair of flip flops. Video clips were posted on the STPSO social media pages and garnered several tips from the public. Detectives used these tips, as well as evidence obtained through the investigation, to identify Jackson as the suspect responsible for the burglaries. In one of the security videos from the Covington-area clinic, the letters EMS can be seen on the suspect’s undershirt. Detectives have since learned that Jackson worked as a mechanic for a local ambulance company in the metro area.
A search of Jackson’s vehicle and residence located the ski mask, flip flops and latex/rubber gloves.  Detectives also located a GPS device and pry bars believed to have been used during the crimes and some of the stolen prescription bottles.
Jackson was arrested on four counts of Simple Burglary of a Pharmacy.


August 15, 2017
WP Road Crews Getting it Done!
Once again, Washington Parish Road Supervisor Donnell Merritt reported on the amazing amount of work performed that contributes to keeping our communities safe and looking good. Supervisor Merritt, President Thomas, and a number of the Councilmen commended the road crew.
During the month of July, the road crews put out 36 tons of cold mix on 18 roads covering 38 miles, put out 397 tons of hot mix on 14 roads covering 29 miles, put in 21 culverts, graded 117 roads covering 234 miles, hauled 396 yards of gravel on 8 roads covering 18 miles, bushhogged 165 roads covering 250 miles, picked up 138 bags of garbage on 12 roads, straightened and maintained signs on 18 roads, installed 33 signs, cleaned around 8 parish locations, sprayed around 54 bridges and signs, and blacktopped 3 roads.
Showing all of us how to get work done!



August 15 2017
Washington Parish Council's Latest Meeting
During the Washington Parish Council meeting Monday (August 14, 2017) meeting, the Council
  • introduced two ordinances (Public Hearings on August 28, 2017), one was a routine ordinance required to levy taxes and a second ordinance accepting Carriage Lane as a parish road.
  • adopted a resolution to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Bogalusa relative to adjudicated properties.
  • approved the appointment of Robert Klerk to the Board of Directors of the Mt. Hermon Water District.
  • heard an update from Gary Parker on the Pearl River log jam and on developments affecting the Pearl River canal (beginning at 10:00 into the video).
  • heard reports from President Thomas and his staff (beginning at 29:20 into video of the meeting). President Thomas advised that the animal shelter would be discussed at an upcoming Infrastructure meeting, advised that a bridge was completed at RCC, explained problems with and work done on the Swamp Road bridge, reported on improvements done in the Angie community, reported on a decline in losses of signs, and expressed condolences to the family of recently deceased civic leader Merlin Duke.



August 15, 2017
STPSO's K-9 Division Staying Busy
Over the last couple of weeks, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Office's K-9 Division has been busy saving lives and locating criminals.
In one case, K-9 Thor and his handler helped locate a suspect wanted for forcing his way into an elderly woman’s Covington area home demanding money. The suspect fled after getting a small amount of money but Thor tracked him and the suspect was found hiding in a wooded area.
K-9 Nero got in on the action in another case.  He and his deputy arrested four following a vehicle burglary near Abita Springs.
A deputy with the K-9 Division located three Armed Robbery subjects in Pearl River. They had just robbed a clerk at a Slidell area grocery store.  
K-9 Thor and his handler found a Covingon woman's ex-boyfriend inside her house. There was an active protective order in place against the man. He was also wanted on warrants stemming from an earlier incident where he broke into the home.


August 15, 2017
Former Employee Robs Slidell Truck Stop
A former employee of the Travel Centers of America truck stop (1682 Gause Boulevard) didn’t disguise himself well enough Sunday night (August 13, 2017), after pulling off a robbery.
Clarence Burkett (28) of Slidell tried to disguise himself with sunglasses and a hoodie when he demanded the cashier give him all the contents inside of the cash register. She did and he fled, but was caught about an hour later at a local Slidell motel. Burkett tried to flee again but the presence of K-9 Scout changed his mind.
Officers located evidence of the robbery inside of the motel room, and placed Burkett under arrest for Simple Robbery. Burkett is currently on probation for a previous theft charge, and has an extensive criminal history.


August 15, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Gary Spears was booked 08/14 on the charges of Driving Without Headlights, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Switched License Plates, Failure of Non-Res to Secure Registration in Louisiana, No Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Tessie Starnes was booked 08/14 on the charge of License Plate Light Required, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Craig Jefferson was booked 08/14 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (4 counts), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Justin Thomas was booked 08/14 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Timothy Pavolini was booked 08/14 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Distribution of Legend Drug (4 counts), Resisting an Officer, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Chester Alsobrooks was booked 08/14 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Ryan Fortenberry was booked 08/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, Resisting an Officer, and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Tyrease Brumfield was booked 08/14 on the charge of Probation Violation
Gwen Issac was booked 08/14 on the charges of Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, Child Restraint Violation, and Driving Under Suspension
Tammy Garcia was booked 08/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Heroin
Selena Rogers was booked 08/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Heroin
Scottie Route was booked 08/14 In For Court



August 14, 2017
Franklinton Man Found Guilty of Raping 5-year-old Girl
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Lance Grandison (32) of Franklinton guilty August, 2017 of raping a 5-year-old girl about six years ago. Grandison faces a mandatory life sentence without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence at a hearing August 25, 2017 before District Judge William Knight.
Grandison knew the family of the victim who had been left in his care when the incident occurred in 2011. The victim disclosed the rape last year to her mother, who contacted the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Grandison was arrested later on a warrant.
The jury deliberated about 38 minutes before returning a unanimous guilty verdict to first-degree rape. Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia and Casey Dieck prosecuted the case.


Obituary
CHARLES CULLEN BATEMAN, AGE 89 and a resident of Hammond died early Monday morning August 14, 2017 at Heritage Health Care. He was a longtime resident of Franklinton and a United States Army veteran of the Korean War Era. Charles was a former mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office within the town of Franklinton for many years. He was also a successful pine tree farmer and a real steward of the land.


August 14, 2017
Covington Man Indicted on Rape & Child Pornography
A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Richard Jackson Miller (49) of Covington, Monday (August 14, 2017) on 164 counts of pornography involving juveniles, first degree rape of a victim under 13, pornography involving juveniles under 13, indecent behavior with a juvenile under 13, and obstruction of justice.
Miller is accused of uploading dozens of pornographic images of juveniles between January and October 2009. He also is accused of raping an 8-year-old girl, taking pornographic images of her, and behaving inappropriately with a 9-year-old girl, all between Jan. 1, 2015, and May 31, 2017.


Obituary
Merlin Duke, age 76 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington.


August 14, 2017
Addressing the Log Jam on the Pearl River
Source: La. Rep. Malinda Brumfield-White
South of Bogalusa on the Pearl River between Louisiana and Mississippi is BIG log jam. According to Louisiana State Representative (District 75) Malinda Brumfield-White, there are many reasons this log jam has grown to this level in a short period of time. Funding, access and bringing two states together to tackle the growing problem has been a monumental task but one worth pursuing to resolve safety hazards, drainage issues, river quality, navigable waters, and flooding backed up in Bogalusa. White went on to say that Louisiana and Mississippi authorities have expressed their willingness to work together to obtain funding to tackle the problem.
The 1st Annual Pearl River Clean Sweep has been scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017. For more information on the cleanup effort and to participate, click here.
 
 
Obituary
Minnie Lou Travis Hutchinson passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Harvest Manor Nursing Home in Denham Springs at the age of 93. Minnie Lou was a lifelong resident of Tangipahoa, retired as the Clerk of The Village of Tangipahoa where she worked for 43 years,  was an active member of Tangipahoa Methodist Church and served in numerous clubs and organizations.


August 14, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Trent Brown was booked 08/13 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling Resisting an Officer by Providing False Booking Info, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), and Contempt of Court
George Diggs was booked 08/13 In For Court
 
 
Obituary
Natalynn Kate Schilling, daughter of Chelsey and Austin Schilling, was born and passed away August 11, 2017. She was so beautiful and perfect in every way possible! She had the biggest blue/green eyes, head full of dark hair, big feet, long fingers/toes, and a perfect little button nose! She was a long awaited gift from God who needed her back so quickly. As it has been so different without her brother it will be just as different without her. We had so much planned for her life and, although we will not get to watch her grow, our promise to her is we will always love you and remember you as the days go by. We will keep pushing forward and await the day we are together forever.
 
August 13, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Nicholas Benedict was booked 08/12 In For Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Donyale James was booked 08/12 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI or Other, Improper Display of License Plate, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court
Tammy Branch was booked 08/12 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Walter Boyd was booked 08/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Child Restraint Violation
Shawn Fox was booked 08/12 on the charges of Aggravated Resisting by Flight, No Proof of Insurance, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, Resisting an Officer, and Improper Turn/Accident
Johnny Ray Jenkins was booked 08/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Pay Old Fine, Open Container in Vehicle, and No Insurance
 
 
August 12, 2017
Lafayette Kidnapping Fugitive Arrested in Slidell
Sources: Slidell Police Department and theadvocate.com
Yesterday (August 11, 2017), Slidell Police and the U. S. Marshall's Task force arrested Lawrence Handley (49) at a motel in Slidell. Handley was wanted out of Lafayette for Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Second Degree Kidnapping and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Attempted Second Degree Kidnapping.

According to The Advocate , police believe Handley orchestrated the kidnapping of a woman by two men. The two men drowned in the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway in Port Allen while trying to get away from police.
Click here to read all about it!
 
 
August 12, 2017
Teen Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges Before First Day of School
After investigating complaints of suspected drug use and sales by a teenager, the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force searched the residence of and arrested Mitch Maggio (18) of Mandeville. Detectives orchestrated the timeliness of the search of the residence to coincide with the first day of school the following day.

During the search, detectives discovered 128 grams of high grade marijuana, suspected THC Wax or "dabs," a 9mm handgun, morphine pills, Xanax pills, tramadol pills, clonazepam pills, a small amount of suspected "Molly" also known as MDMA, several grams of suspected cocaine, a digital scale, and other drug paraphernalia.
Detectives believe that the confiscated drugs were intended to be distributed/sold to other students as the school year began.
The STPSO Narcotics Task Force is comprised of detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Mandeville Police Department, Slidell PD and Covington PD.
 
 
August 12, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Parrish Thompson was booked 08/11 on the charges of Theft Auto Recovery, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Driving Under Suspension
Mallory Gilmore was booked 08/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Stacie Glenn was booked 08/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Berry Knight was booked 08/11 on the charge of Theft Under 750
Scott Conover was booked 08/11 on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Henry Allen was booked 08/11 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), Home Invasion, and Protective Order Violation
Darryl Harris was booked 08/11 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (5 counts), Possession of Schedule 3 Drugs With Intent to Distribute, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, and Obstruction of Justice
 
 
August 11, 2017
Man Who Reportedly Beat Puppy Arrested by SPD
Yesterday (August 10, 2017), Slidell Police responded to the Wal-Mart parking lot on Natchez Drive in reference to a man who was kicking and beating a puppy. Witnesses called police after they heard a dog “screaming bloody murder”, then saw Louis Ladner (39) of Kiln, Mississippi repeatedly kicking and beating a young dog.

Officers located Ladner and found the young pit bull puppy in the trunk of his car. Ladner told officers he went inside Wal-Mart for about twenty minutes and, when he returned, the dog came at him and his infant child. Ladner then proceeded to beat the dog for approximately ten minutes, according to witnesses. The puppy, which had no signs of visible injuries, was turned over to the care of a responsible person.
Ladner was charged with Cruelty to Animals and on warrants for Aggravated Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Operation of a Clandestine Lab though the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
 
 
August 11, 2017
Time to Plant Fall Tomatoes
Summer temperatures may still be hot, but it’s time to plant fall tomatoes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how planting heat-set tomatoes now can mean a nice harvest in the fall.
 
 
Obituary
John Edwin Smith passed away at the age of 94 on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the home of his daughter, Kathy Smith Grosche. In civilian life, he was a Master Plumber and owned Smith Commercial Plumbing.
He was a Veteran of World War II and served in the European Theatre as a Sergeant with the United States Air Force. He was a member of the 350 Bombardment Squadron which was part of the 100th Bomb Group, they were known as the Bloody 100th due to the terrible losses incurred. He flew 33 missions over Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland.
 
 
Obituary
Sara May Fairchild Mitchell, age 97 and a resident of Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa, passed away on August 10, 2017 at Our Lady Of The Angles Hospital in Bogalusa. She was a member of Mt Pleasant Baptist Church.
 
 
Obituary
DAVID JOSEPH MOAK, SR., age 64 and a resident of Franklinton, died at 1:30 pm Thursday August 10, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was a foreman with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development with 30 years of service. David loved to tinker with things in his garage, mechanic work, carpentry and even small electronics. He liked to take things apart and rebuild them. David loved to drink his coffee and watch old movies or his new favorite show “How It’s Made” on the Discovery channel. He always enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren and he had special place in his heart for his pet German Sheppard Sarah.
 
 
August 11, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
David Stucker was booked 08/10 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Leshon Whitson was booked 08/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
 
 
August 11, 2017
TPSO and HPD - “You Can Run, But You Can't Hide”
Wednesday (August 9, 2017), the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office detectives released surveillance photos of a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred August 5, 2017 in Pontchatoula. Wednesday night, Hammond Police stopped an individual matching the suspect's description and contacted TPSO. TPSO responded, conducted an interview and arrested Donny McKay (29) of Pontchatoula on the charge of Simple Burglary.
Good job, guys. That's the way it should work.
 
 
August 10, 2017
Mt. Hermon Arrested for Sex Crimes Against Children
After a complaint about a Washington Parish man sending inappropriate text messages to two young girls, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office began an investigation which led to the arrest on August 2, 2017 of Karl R. Kirksey, Jr. (54), a resident of Floyd Grabert Road in Mt. Hermon. He was released on bond August 3, 2017.

The investigation determined that not only had Kirksey sent inappropriate text messages to the two young juveniles, but also he had committed sexual battery on them.
Any parent or guardian who has concerns about any contact their child may have had with Karl R. Kirksey, Jr., is asked to call Detective Demmie Rice at (985) 661-2021, extension 2004.
 
 
August 10, 2017
Sewerage Update & More at Franklinton Aldermen Meeting
At the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday (August 8, 2017), Jay Pittman with Spangler Engineering provided the Aldermen with an update on sewerage and drainage improvements.  Pittman reported that the problems experienced in the area of 15th and Alford has been alleviated and residents should no longer see overflow of the man-hole covers. Another focus of work is, with the Washington Parish Fair coming in October, to complete improvements near the fairgrounds area. Pittman reviewed the problem of infiltration of rain water into the town's sewerage system and spoke about how residents could help in this regard. (See his report beginning at 3:05 into the video)
In other business, the Aldermen approved a resolution to facilitate the transfer of the old National Guard Armory and property back to the Town of Franklinton, learned that twenty-four new business applications have been received in 2017, were told that about sixty unpaid town bills have been turned over to a collection agency, discussed how to save the remaining old concrete street markers, and were informed of a Safety Expo planned for area kids (see separate article).
 
 
Obituary
BARBARA DURDEN ALFORD, age 74 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died Wednesday afternoon August 9, 2017 at her home. She was a longtime active member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary for many years, served on the finance committee, was a member of the church choir and played the piano on occasion. She worked alongside her husband in their Tangi-Wash Dairy and on the farm and was always a dependable help-mate in the family business. Barbara enjoyed watching the basketball games at Bowling Green and loved following her granddaughters during their softball and soccer games.
 
 
August 10, 2017
Safety Expo Announced for September 30, 2017
Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith announced Tuesday (August 8, 2017) that the Police Department will have a Safety Expo for young people (from elementary through high school) at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds on September 30, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm. Participating in the event includes the Louisiana State Police, Franklinton Fire Department, Washington Parish School Board, Washington-St. Tammany Electric, and  Northshore EMT. They will have free drinks and hot dogs.
The Chief said that it doesn't matter where the kids come from. The focus is to educate kids about anything that can hurt them.
 
 
August 10, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Chatarra Gatena was booked 08/09 In From Court
Joshua Benoit was booked 08/09 In From Court
Darren Magee was booked 08/09 In From Court
Crystal Thomas was booked 08/09 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Trespass, and Theft 750-5000
Stephen Duck was booked 08/09 on the charge of Criminal Trespass
David Stucker was booked 08/09 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Dudley Autin was booked 08/09 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Child Restraint Violation, Driving Under Suspension, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Improper Lane Useage
Brittany Parsons was booked 08/09 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Damien Ponton was booked 08/09 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Contempt of Court
 
 
August 10, 2017
Students Gain Experience as STPH Volunteers
Students who volunteered at St. Tammany Parish Hospital this summer gained a better understanding of a hospital setting and received valuable workplace experience. Students age 15-20 served at least eight hours per week in various clinical and office settings.
Shirley Primes, volunteer coordinator said in part, “Students are able to observe the day-to-day operations of the hospital and determine if they are interested in the medical field.”
Student volunteers were: Bria Bauchamp, Valentina Broussard, Ann Byerley, Joshua Devier, Jaques du Passage, Caroline Ellzey, Madeline Frolich, Miles Gensler, James Guice, Megan Hellbach, Katie Higgins, Jarrell Logan, Griffin Lowry, Kristian McHugh, Cooper Meilbaum, Mackenzie Miller, David Needles, Andrew Norlin, Alexander Oliveri, Linsey Parkins, Anna Rawls, Elizabeth Schell, Bailey Sitarz, Paul Stolin, Todd (Beau) Taranto, Anna Thames, Patrick Thompson, Hallie Walters, Elizabeth Wangler and Grace Williams. 
For more information about St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s student and adult volunteer programs, contact Shirley Primes at (985)898-4008 or 
sprimes@stph.org.
 
 
Obituary
DONNA GAINES RICK, age 61 and a resident of Wilmer died at 12:15 pm Wednesday August 9, 2017 at her home. She worked as a Tool Attendant with Starcon and other companies through the years. Donna enjoyed travelling, sewing and crocheting, fishing, motorcycling, and lighthouses. 
 
 
Obituary
On Saturday August 5, 2017, God sent his angels to Biloxi, MS to claim the soul of Myranda Louise Peters the young age of 24. Myranda was born in Biloxi and graduated from Bogalusa High School where she was a cheerleader. Myranda also graduated from Northshore Technical College in Bogalusa, as an CNA and worked as a cashier at Food Depot.
 
 
Obituary
Sister Alfreda Smith, age 79, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Sister Smith was a member of the Greater Center Baptist Church in Angie and was retired from the Bogalusa Medical Center as a cook. 
 
Obituary
Margaret B. Callihan, age 93 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet in Baton Rouge.
 
 
August 9, 2017
Fugitive Ashley Alford Captured by U.S. Marshalls
Ashley Harvey Alford, wanted in Walthall County for accessory after-the-fact of murder, was taken into custody Tuesday (August 8, 2017) by the U.S. Marshall Fugitives Task Force. The Walthall County Sheriff's Office report of the capture did not include where she was found or other details of the arrest, only that she is being transported back to Walthall County.

Alonza Glen Mays was murdered August 5, 2016 and found face-down in a ditch off Firetower Road in Tylertown. Donnifer Peters of Tylertown was charged with first-degree murder. Alford of Jayess, Ms. was initially charged with burglary of a vehicle and felony possession of a firearm. The additional charge of accessory after-the-fact to first-degree murder was added shortly afterwards.
 
 
August 9, 2017
Bogalusa Police Finds Meth Following Police Pursuit
On Tuesday (August 8, 2017) at approximately 9:00 PM, Bogalusa Police officers were patrolling in the area of Avenue L and observed a Nissan Frontier make two turns without using a turn signal. The officers activated their emergency blue lights to initiate a traffic stop. However, the vehicle failed to stop and a police pursuit began with additional units from the Bogalusa Police Department and the Washington Parish Sheriff's Department assisting.
The vehicle turned into a driveway of a residence located in the 1300 block of W. 9th Street and stopped. The driver, identified as Shawn Fox Sr. (41) of Bogalusa got of the vehicle and threw a clear plastic bag on the ground that contained a white powdery substance. The substance in the bag was identified as  Methamphetamine.

Fox was arrested and booked on the charges of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, No Insurance, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Drug Free Zone.
 
 
August 9, 2017
New York Woman Arrested in Cell Phone Fraud Scheme
A New York woman, who was stealing identities and opening fraudulent cell phone accounts, was caught in the act and arrested by Slidell Police late last week.
An alert Sprint employee contacted SPD last Friday (August 4, 2017) when she recognized Yarenis De La Cruz (32) of Bronx, New York, as being the woman responsible for opening several fraudulent cell phone accounts. An inter-office email, sent by the Sprint Corporation, alerted employees about De La Cruz. De La Cruz was going from city to city, acquiring new cell phones on pre-existing customer accounts by utilizing fake identifications, and selling the phones online.

De La Cruz had active warrants from the Lafayette Police Department and the Broussard Police Department for theft and fraud related charges in relation to the Sprint fraud case. When SPD arrested her, De La Cruz had six suspected stolen Apple iPhones and one Apple iPad in her possession. More charges are expected to be filed against De La Cruz, as the investigation continues.
 
 
August 9, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Andrew Toomer was booked 08/08 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Battery (2 counts), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Brandon Jefferson was booked 08/08 on the charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile
Lanika Warren was booked 08/08 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Distribution of Schedule III Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Keaton Johnson was booked 08/08 on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present and Possession of Marijuana
Jermaine Wilson was booked 08/08 on the charges of No Seat Belt, No MVI, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Proof of Insurance, and Classification and Required Equipment
Gilbert King was booked 08/08 on the charge of Probation Violation
Joshua James was booked 08/08 on the charge of Vehicle Burglary
 
 
Obituary
Frank Benjamine Bedwell, age 46 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017. He was born February 6, 1971 in Independence and is a veteran of the US Army.
 
 
Obituary
James Michael Feltman, resident of Vicksburg and native of Kentwood,  went home to be with his Lord on August 6, 2017 at the age of 64 years. Mike has been involved in the food and beverage industry for 40+ years. Most recently, he worked at Waterview Casino as Director of Non-Gaming Operations, as well as John Folse’s White Oak Plantation as General Manager.
 
 
August 8, 2017
Bogalusa Teenager Arrested for Theft
On August 7, 2017, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol Lieutenant Chris Hickman responded to a complaint from residents of Yellow Branch Road that a suspicious male was going to their residences asking for a ride away from the area.
When Lt. Hickman responded to the scene, he encountered Andrew Vaughn (17), a resident of South Dogwood Avenue in Bogalusa, walking in the roadway. Vaughn was in possession of items which had been stolen from a vehicle at one of the residences. He was arrested on one count of burglary of a vehicle and one count of criminal mischief.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “It doesn’t matter if you are 17 or 77 or anywhere in between. If you steal from others, you are going to jail when we catch you. And, we will eventually catch you. Thanks are in order for the alert residents who called us and for Lt. Hickman who quickly took Vaughn into custody.”
 
 
August 8, 2017
Sheriff Saving Mattress for Third Burglary Suspect
Eric Terrell Butler (31) and Darnell Reed (46), both from Bogalusa, went to jail August 4, 2017 for the burglary of a business on Highway 21 south. Surveillance video in the business captured an image of the third thief. (See image on left)
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal asks for the public’s help in identifying the third burglar. “Two out of three is a good batting average, but we need three out of three of these thieves in our jail. We are saving a mattress for the third one and we need to identify him quickly. Please help us out in this matter and let’s get this thief off of our streets. Many thanks to the Bogalusa Police Department for their valuable assistance in this matter. We value the good working relationship we have with Chief Bullen and his officers.”
Any person who can identify the third person is asked to call Lt. Tom Anderson at (985) 661-2021, extension 2059. Callers may remain anonymous.
 
 
August 8, 2017
Mandeville PD Make Arrest in Rape of 53-Year-Old
Last night (August 7, 2017) Mandeville Police Detectives arrested Ronald Douglas Moore, Jr. (25) of Lacombe for Saturday night’s rape of a 53 year-old female victim. Moore was charged with 1st Degree Rape, Aggravated Burglary and Attempted 1st Degree Murder. Moore is currently on probation for prior burglary and drug charges.

The 53 year old victim (who was driven to the hospital by a friend) reported that she was asleep on her living room sofa when she was awoken by a white male standing over her and rubbing on her body. The victim stated that she was overpowered by the subject, beaten and then raped for an extended period of time. Before leaving, the suspect reportedly took the victim’s ID and threatened to kill her if she reported the rape.
Mandeville Police Chief Gerald D. Sticker expressed his thanks to the men and women of the Mandeville Police Department, the St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the St Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, Louisiana Probation and Parole, and citizens who actively participated by calling in tips and the 100,000 plus views and shares on social media.
 
 
Obituary
Clarice Cowart Keaton, age 88 and a resident of Bush, went home to be with the Lord on August 7, 2017. Clarice was a retired Food Supervisor with the St. Tammany Parish School System and a member of Hebron Baptist Church in Bush.
 
 
Obituary
Virginia Earline Wickham, age 85 and a resident of Brookhaven (formerly of Tangipahoa), passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 at her home.
 
 
Obituary
Joyce Rita Besson Simoneaux passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 surrounded by family at her home in Bush. She was born on November 29, 1927 in Shadyside, LA.
 
 
August 8, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Andrew Vaughn was booked 08/07 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary and Criminal Mischief
Robert Williams was booked 08/07 In From Court
Kristie Lewis was booked 08/07 In From Court
Meagan Petrolia was booked 08/07 In From Court
Christina Seal was booked 08/07 In From Court
Matthew Wesley was booked 08/07 In From Court
Burt Morris was booked 08/07 on the charge of Simple Battery of Infirm
 
 
August 8, 2017
Bogalusa: A Traffic Stop – Drugs Found – Escape Attempted
Source: Bogalusa Police Department Press Release
Following a traffic stop at Shenandoah and Cumberland Streets on Saturday (August 5, 2017), Bogalusa Police Department officers observed the driver, identified as Benjamin Caldwell (31) of Bush, stumbling and swaying when he exited the vehicle. Officers conducted a pat down on Caldwell's clothing for weapons and located two used syringes in Caldwell's pants pocket. He gave consent to search the vehicle and there officers located suspected crack cocaine, nine pills identified as Alprazolam 2mg (also known as Xanax bars), and another used syringe.

After he was arrested and placed in the rear seat of the police unit, Caldwell kicked out the rear door glass in an attempt to escape. Caldwell had the upper portion of his body out of the window when the officers got back to the police unit. Officer placed Caldwell back into the police unit and transported him to the Bogalusa City Jail. Caldwell had seven days left before finishing his parole.
Caldwell was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Xanax, Criminal Damage to Property,  Simple Escape. Possession of Cocaine, Expired License Plate, Expired Motor Vehicle Inspection Sticker, Second Offense of Driving While Intoxicated, and Parole Hold.
 
 
August 8, 2017
Bogalusa: BPD To Start Reserve Division 
The Bogalusa Police Department is looking to start a Reserve Division. The Reserve Division will ride with the full time Officers. This is a great opportunity for you to help your community and to be a bridge between the Department and the Community.
To get information contact SGT Jeff Bergeron at 985-259-1556.
 
 
August 8, 2017
Councilwoman Kates Submits Comments On Our Article
Bogalusa Councilwoman Gloria Kates has submitted “clarification and comment” regarding our August 3, 2017 news article titled  “Bogalusa Council: New Fire Truck – Specialty Attorney Approved”. Click here to read Kates' letter. As reported, among other actions at the August 1, 2017 meeting, a Public Hearing was held and the Council approved an ordinance to hire Briney Foret Corry, LLP as the City's Civil Service Attorney. Councilwoman Kates and Councilman McCree voting against it. 
Kates reviews the “numerous concerns” expressed by the opposition at the meeting. However, each of the objections raised were refuted and explained to the satisfaction of all but Kates and McCree. City Attorney Dale Branch advised the hiring was consistent with the City's charter and recommended the hiring.
See the video beginning at 10:40 into the meeting at
https://vimeo.com/228105968.
 
 
August 7, 2017
Meet Bogalusa's Two Newest Police Recruits
Today (August 7, 2017), Bogalusa Police Department and Chief Kendall Bullen announced the hiring of Casey Hidalgo and Justin Dicarlo. The two were also sworn in today by Judge Robert Black.
Hidalgo and Dicarlo will start their 13 weeks of training at the Slidell Regional Police Academy on August 14th.
Congratulations to Casey and Justin.
 
 
August 7, 2017
STPH Reveals Plans to Expand Facilities

St. Tammany Parish Hospital filed plans today for the Covington Planning and Zoning Commission to review on September 18, 2017 . Construction is expected to begin this fall and centers on increased capacity for private rooms, parking, critical care, obstetrics, interventional cardiology, imaging and surgery.
 
 
Obituary
OPAL LAVERA PENTON BRELAND, age 81 and a resident of Franklinton, died Saturday morning August 5, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center. She was an active member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, directed the Help Center of Churches, was a member of the Franklinton Garden Club and of the Mile Branch Settlement. Opal was retired as an LPN with Riverside Medical Center after 15 years of service.
 
 
Obituary
WAYLON WATSON, age 40 and a resident of Franklinton, died Friday August 4, 2017. He was an offshore worker for Island Operating with 22 years of service. Waylon loved riding on the river, hunting and fishing and cooking outdoors for everyone to enjoy.
 
 
Obituary
John Pearson Brooks Sr. age 59 passed away on August 4, 2017 at his residence in Franklinton.
 
 
August 7, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Justin Morris was booked 08/05 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace, Switched License Plates, and No Insurance
Gilbert King was booked 08/06 on the charge of Sexual Battery
Dwayne Butler was booked 08/06 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Assault and Domestic Abuse Battery
Marteisha Lucas was booked 08/06 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Robert Booth was booked 08/06 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Lance Smith was booked 08/06 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Benjamin Caldwell was booked 08/06 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Simple Escape, Expired License Plate, Expired MVI, Driving While Intoxicated, Probation and Parole Hold, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
 
 
August 7, 2017
Mandeville Police Conducting a Rape Investigation
At approximately 6:30 Saturday (August 5, 2017) morning, Mandeville Police responded to an area hospital on the report of an alleged rape that was reported to have taken place at the victim’s residence on Monroe Street.
The 53 year old victim (who was driven to the hospital by a friend) reported that she was asleep on her living room sofa when she was awoken by a white male standing over her and rubbing on her body. The victim stated that she was overpowered by the subject, beaten and then raped for an extended period of time. Before leaving, the suspect reportedly took the victim’s ID and threatened to kill her if she reported the rape.

The suspect is described as a White male, approximately 5’7” in height, weight around 140 pounds, lean build, wearing a horizontal brown striped crew neck t-shirt, knee length grey shorts, black ankle socks, tan tennis shoe with an oval tattoo on the exterior of his calf, approximately 4 inch around of a dark unknown image. Suspect may have fingernail scratch marks about his face and neck and head. Attached is a composite of our suspect. Anyone having any information is asked to call the Mandeville Police Department at (985) 626-9711 or Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.
 
 
August 7, 2017
Murder Suspect Surrenders in Tangipahoa Parish
Murder suspect Stephen Antonio Brown (38) surrendered Friday (August 4, 2017) to Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Detectives. Brown has been booked with Second Degree murder as well as numerous other unrelated charges. This case is still active and the investigation is on-going. Additional charges and arrests may be forthcoming
Brown was identified as the primary suspect in the July 31, 2017 shooting death of Leroy T. Sims (19) in Hammond. According to TPSO, illegal drug activity is at the source of the motive in this case.
 
 
August 5, 2017
Suspect Jumped in Canal – HE COULDN'T SWIM!
Thursday (August 4, 2017) evening, following surveillance during an undercover operation in the Slidell area, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force Detectives moved in to arrest Kyle Jerome Anderson (31) of New Orleans.

First, Anderson took off at a high rate of speed and rammed head-on into an unmarked STPSO unit, causing heavy damage to both vehicles. Then, Anderson fled on foot and jumped into a nearby canal. BUT HE COULDN'T SWIM! Anderson immediately began yelling for help and that he could not swim. One of the detectives jumped into the canal, rescued Anderson from drowning, and arrested him without further incident. The female passenger of the vehicle driven by Anderson sustained injuries from the crash and has not been charged at this time.
A search of Anderson’s vehicle revealed a small amount of suspected crack cocaine, narcotic paraphernalia, over $1,000 in cash and two semi-automatic pistols. Anderson was charged numerous drug and firearms related charges.
 
 
August 5, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Lonell Burton was booked 08/04 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Failure to Pay Fine
Darnell Reed was booked 08/04 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary (2 counts), Simple Burglary, and Resisting an Officer
Justin Saucier was booked 08/04 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Calvin Guy was booked 08/04 on the charge of Theft of Firearm
William Dykes was booked 08/04 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Drug Free Zone Violation, and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Kenneth Miller was booked 08/04 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation, and No Seat Belt
Randy Courtney was booked 08/04 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation, Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics With Intent to Distribute, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs
Damion Magee was booked 08/04 on the charges of No Seat Belt and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Lance Smith was booked 08/04 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Bennie Davis was booked 08/04 In From Court
Cody Hall was booked 08/04 In From Court
 
 
August 4, 2017
BPD Respond to Report of Meth Operation in Residence
Source: Bogalusa Police Department Press Release
Bogalusa Police Department patrol officers from Shift "D" got information Thursday (August 3, 2017) about a large amount of Methamphetamines in a residence located in the 800 block of Avenue D. Officers obtained a search warrant to search the residence for narcotics.
A suitcase contained marijuana, suboxone, a scale and empty baggies for resale of drugs. A jacket contained pills packaged for sale, 17.47 grams of meth packaged for sale and empty baggies. A large case of cold medicine, used in the preparation of crystal meth, was also found in the search of the residence.

Randy S. Courtney (40) of Bogalusa was arrested on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 2 Drugs (3 counts), Conspiracy to Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 2 drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 3 Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 4 Drugs (2 counts), Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Drug Free Zone, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (Marijuana).
Courtney had a large amount of cash on him at the time of arrest.
 
 
Obituary
Margarite Crawford Brooks Fontenot, age 84 and a resident of Kentwood where she was born, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Landmark Nursing Home in Hammond.
 
 
August 4, 2017
BPD and WPSO Team Up to Solve 5 Burglaries
Earlier this week, Washington Parish Sheriff Department Detective's were interviewing Eric Butler (31) of Bogalusa for business burglaries in Washington Parish. Butler confessed that he, along with Darnell Reed (46) of Bogalusa, had burglarized several businesses in Bogalusa. Captain Charles Helton, head of BPD's Detective Division went to the Washington Parish Jail and also interviewed Butler. Butler confessed that he and Darnell Reed burglarized the House of Seafood on South Columbia Street, the Chevron Convenience store on Marshall Richardson Road, Citi Trends on Richmond Street. and NAPA Auto Parts on Superior Avenue.

Detective Helton arrested Reed on August 2nd and Butler on August 3rd on warrants charging them with Simple Burglary (4 counts).
An additional arrest warrant will be obtained on Darnell Reed for Simple Burglary of the Jr Food Mart located on Superior Avenue.
 
 
Obituary
Gwendolyn Gail Lane, age 51 of Folsom, was born in Bogalusa and passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017.
 
 
August 4, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Amber Thomas was booked 08/03 In From Court
Qwandarious Rowe was booked 08/03 In From Court
David Arcos was booked 08/03 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Resisting an Officer, No Insurance, No Drivers License, and Failure to Change/Secure Registration
Hunter Thomas was booked 08/03 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Joshua West was booked 08/03 on the charges of Switched License Plates, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, No Drivers License, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jasmine Magee was booked 08/03 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language
 
 
August 4, 2017
Slidell: Five “Lost” Suspects Arrested
Early this morning (August 4, 2017), Slidell Police arrested five people who were caught trying to steal a truck in the Carolyn Park Subdivision at around 3:15 am. The resident awoke and saw Robert Clarence (25) of New Orleans inside of her truck with the engine running. When Clarence saw the homeowner, he fled with four other individuals in a green Chevrolet pickup truck.
Responding officers quickly found the suspect vehicle. The victim positively identified Clarence and the vehicle he was driving. The suspects could not give explain why they were in the neighborhood except to say they “were lost”.
Robert Clarence (25) of New Orleans was arrested for Attempted Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Damage, Switched License Plate, Possession of Marijuana, and Driving Under Suspension. Eric VanBuren (19) of New Orleans, Lawrence Toliver (25) of Thibodeaux, Jaquan Brown (17) of Opelousas, and a 15-year-old juvenile from New Orleans were arrested for Principal to Attempted Theft of a Motor Vehicle and  Possession of Marijuana.

 
 
August 3, 2017
National Farmers Market Week and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
August 6-13, 2017 has been declared National Farmers Market Week by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue.
“There’s nothing healthier than fresh fruits, vegetables and other locally grown products. When you visit a farmers market, you often get to meet the person who is actually growing your food. What a wonderful way to support the local economy, as well,” said Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) has again secured a grant from the USDA to participate in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) allowing senior citizens to buy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey at farmers markets and roadside stands. This program helps to increase access and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by seniors, as well as supports local farming producers. Seniors who applied for the program this year have until November 30 to visit their local farmers market or roadside stand to utilize their vouchers.
Applications are still being accepted at this time. Strain encourages senior citizens 60 years and older who meet certain income requirements to contact their parish Council on Aging to participate.
 
 
August 3, 2017
Bogalusa Council: New Fire Truck – Specialty Attorney Approved
At the Bogalusa City Council meeting Tuesday (August 1, 2017), Mayor Perrette presented a 50-Year Anniversary Certificate to Josh Stogner with Double D Meat, Inc., an ordinance was introduced to approve a Cooperative Agreement with the Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs, a Public Hearing was held and then the Council approved an ordinance to hire Briney Foret Corry, LLP as the City's Civil Service Attorney, and a Public Hearing was held and then the Council approved an ordinance to acquire a new fire truck.
Regarding the fire truck acquisition, Fire Chief Moody remarked that the truck was much needed and is the first new fire truck purchased since 2009. Cost of the truck is $376,062.25 and will be financed at the rate of approximately 2.8%. The vote to approve was unanimous.
The hiring of a Civil Service Attorney has been discussed at previous meetings. Opponents point to the added cost to the City and say City Attorney Dale Branch can perform the work needed. However, Mr. Branch, and others, explained that civil service appeals is a specialty area of attorney work and recommended the hiring. In the end, the Council voted to approve the hiring with Councilwoman Kates and Councilman McCree voting against it. (See the video beginning at 10:40 into the meeting)
During Public Participation (beginning at 33:00 into the video of the meeting), residents Terry Quinn, Melvin Taylor, and Malcom Moses spoke.
 
 
Obituary
Veda Hall Carlisle born June 27, 1925 passed away August 2, 2017 in Poplarville at the age of 92. She was born in Bogalusa and was a longtime resident of the Crossroads Community. She was a faithful and longtime member of Mitchell Chapel Church of God. Veda worked at Movie Star for 35 years in Poplarville and the Wal Mart Store for 13 years.
 
 
August 3, 2017
Franklinton Boy (13) Drowns in Livingston Parish
Source:  theadvocate.com
Jarrett Varnado (13) from Franklinton drowned after he disappeared below the water's surface while swimming in Gray's Creek near 18680 Guitreau Lane, in Port Vincent, according to Port Vincent Police Chief Matthew Allen. Authorities were able to recover his body and he was pronounced dead by the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office. 
No foul play is suspected, but Port Vincent police continue to investigate the incident, Allen said. 
Port Vincent police were assisted in the investigation by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, District 4 Fire Department, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Acadian Ambulance Service.
 
 
August 3, 2017
Double D Meat Co. Recognized at Council Meeting
Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette made a presentation Tuesday (August 1, 2017 to Josh Stogner representing the Stogner family, owners of Double D Meat Company. The presentation was an official recognition of Double D's positive impact on the City of Bogalusa and the surrounding area.
According to their website at www.doubledsausage.com
, the company has grown in popularity to producing 18,000 lbs. of product daily.
 
 
August 3, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Stephen Jones was booked 08/02 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Open Container in Vehicle, and No Taillight
Stacy Xedos was booked 08/02 In For Court
Jeffrey Ingram was booked 08/02 In For Court
Carl Kirksey was booked 08/02 on the charges of Indecent Behavior With Juveniles (2 counts) and Sexual Battery (2 counts)
 
 
August 2, 2017
Deputy and Suspect Injured Near Foxworth, Ms.
A deputy and suspect was injured early Wednesday (August 2, 2017) as the Marion County Sheriff's Office was conducting a safety checkpoint at the intersection of Highways 586 and 587 in the Foxworth community.
According to the sheriff, Stephen Kitchens drove up to the checkpoint and was asked to step out of the vehicle after he could not produce a valid license. Kitchens refused, and fled from the scene. He was stopped at the intersection of Highway 98 West and Highway 35 South a short time later.
Kitchen, who was armed with a knife, was tased following a physical altercation. Kitchens then struck a deputy with his vehicle in an attempt to flee. Another deputy then fired shots at Kitchens and struck him in the leg. Kitchens again fled but was again stopped and taken into custody.
The deputy received medical treatment for his leg and released from the hospital.
Kitchens was transported to Forrest General Hospital where he is listed as stable with non-life threatening injuries. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, no driver's license, and possession of paraphernalia.  
 
 
August 2, 2017
California Man Found With 2 Lbs. Of Marijuana
Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit arrested Donald Roots-Scott (23) of Sacramento, California in possession of approximately 2 pounds of high-grade marijuana following a traffic stop on I-12 Tuesday (August 1, 2017).
Roots-Scott was stopped after deputies observed him in a rental car with California plates and speeding at 86 mph. He admitted that his driver’s license was expired and that he had marijuana inside the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 2 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were hidden inside two cereal boxes. Roots-Scott told deputies he was transporting the marijuana for distribution in nearby Mississippi.
Roots-Scott was booked with Exceeding the Maximum Speed Limit, Expired Driver’s License, and  Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS
 
 
Obituary
JOHN EVERETT BUSBY, AGE 52 and a resident of Franklinton died early Wednesday morning August 2, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a longtime truck driver for Dairymen, Inc. and Rocco Trucking and a member of Bogue Chitto Heights Baptist Church. John liked to fish and was a talented mechanic that could work on just about anything. He adored his young grandson and enjoyed spending time with his family.
 
 
Obituary
Alvia Mae Richmond died July 28, 2017. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.
 
 
Obituary
Howard L Byrd died July 22, 2017. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.
 
 
Obituary
Otha Pigott died July 22, 2017. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.
 
 
August 2, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kevin Blackwell was booked 08/01 on the charge of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Mitchell Buff was booked 08/01 on the charges of Improper Backing/Accident, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Driving While Intoxicated - Underage
Vonneisha Gordon was booked 08/01 In For Court
Jimmy Adams was booked 08/01 In For Court
Larry Taylor was booked 08/01 In For Court and on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
 
 
August 1, 2017
Covington Man Arrested for Rape of a Juvenile
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Jackson “Rick” Miller (49) of Covington for rape involving a juvenile. Miller was arrested July 11, 2017 after the parents of two local girls (ages 8 and 9) reported to deputies that Miller took inappropriate pictures of their daughters.
One of the girls also described being sexually abused by Miller, saying the abuse has been going on for the past two years. Miller was booked for two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count of first degree rape.
Because of the nature of the case and the age of the victims, we cannot release any additional information.
 
 
Obituary
Bruce Lionel Adams, a family man and a generous soul and Washington Parish native, died on July 31, 2017 at the age of 68. He was a member of Bens Ford Baptist Church. Bruce worked 40 years at Temple Inland before retiring in 2008.
 
 
August 1, 2017
Bogalusa Burglary Suspect: In Jail – Out – In Again
Darnell Reed (46) of Bogalusa is back in jail on a new Simple Burglary charge after being arrested by BPD Monday (July 31, 2017), just before midnight. Reed had been arrested July 24, 2017 by BPD for Simple Burglary of Tobacco Discount on Memphis Street and released on bond July 27, 2017. That arrest came after Reed was identified on video surveillance and located on Columbia Street carrying a large plastic bag that contained merchandise stolen from Tobacco Discount.

Reed's most recent arrest came after a BPD officer saw Reed walking with a large trash bag in his hand on Columbia Street. When the officer turned around to investigate, Reed ran but was captured and arrested. The bag Reed was carrying was full of merchandise that included women's shoes, purses, hair dryers and hair pieces. Officers checked Classy Hair and Wigs, which sells these type of items, and observed the front glass to the building had been broken out and burglarized.
Reed was charged with Simple Burglary of Classy Hair and Wigs. The Washington Parish Sheriff's Department also has an active warrant on Reed for Simple Burglary.
 
 
August 1, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Amanda Page was booked 07/31 In For Court
Howard Hanson was booked 07/31 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Henry Darling was booked 07/31 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence (3 counts), Simple Battery (2 counts), Attempted Escape (2 counts), Theft Under 750, and Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business
Raymond Camardelle was booked 07/31 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Phelix Causey was booked 07/31 on the charge of Parole Violation
Judd Taylor was booked 07/31 In For Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Anthony Provost was booked 07/31 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Chad LaFrance was booked 07/31 In For Court
Eric Butler was booked 07/31 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Adrian McGee was booked 07/31 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100 and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
 
 
August 1, 2017
LDWF Agents Rescue Three From Burning Trailers
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents rescued three people and a dog from a fire inside a trailer park in St. Tammany Parish last Friday (July 29, 2017).
LDWF Sgt. Keith Francis and Corporal Richard Clark were on patrol when they observed a trailer completely engulfed in flames inside Bob’s Trailer Park off of Hwy. 190 on the eastern side of Slidell around 10:45 p.m.
The burning trailer was padlocked from the outside and the agents were informed that no one was inside. Due to the heat and size of the fire, both trailers adjacent to the fire were smoking, melting and beginning to catch fire. Agents rescued an elderly woman and a man and his dog from one of the trailers and an elderly man from the other trailer.
Firefighters responded quickly and put out the fire and no one was injured in the incident.
The St. Tammany Parish Fire District 1 are investigating the cause of the fire.
 
 


 



 

  


 

 

 

 


  

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