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October 21, 2014

STATE RELEASES SCHOOL REPORT CARDS
The Louisiana Department of Education today released school report cards summarizing and evaluating academic achievement for the 2013-2014 school year.
"School and school district report cards are tools that parents and educators can use to understand what is happening in their schools and what choices they can make in response," said Superintendent White. "Student performance statewide was steady in 2014, and letter grade ratings reflect this. As the state transitions gradually to higher expectations, it will become more challenging for schools and districts to maintain high ratings."
How did we do in our area? 
Washington Parish School District scored an overall letter grade of B in 2014 (same as 2013), Bogalusa City School District scored a D in 2014 (same as 2013), Tangipahoa Parish School District scored a C in 2014 (same as 2013), and St. Tammany Parish School District scored a A in 2014 (same as 2013).
Click here to view the entire news release with links to more detailed information.

 

 

October 21, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Demetrus Wilson was booked 10/20 on the charges of Drug Court, Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Brandon Ellis was booked 10/20 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Deina Woods was booked 10/20 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle, No Drivers License, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions and Contempt of Court
Brandon Walker was booked 10/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

October 20, 2014

Gov. Jindal: We’ve Reached The “I’m So Mad" Stage of the Obama Crisis Management Plan
Following a story in the New York Times today reporting that President Barack Obama is said to be showing “deepening frustration” and “anger” behind closed doors because of his administration’s lackluster response to the Ebola crisis, Governor Bobby Jindal declared that “we’ve reached the 'I’m so mad' stage of the President’s crisis management plan."
Governor Jindal said, “We have reached the ‘I’m so mad’ stage of the President’s crisis management plan. There are four stages of the President’s crisis management plan. Stage one: I got this. Stage two: I’m so mad. Stage three: More money will fix the problem. Finally, stage four: Republicans are obstructing.
“We’ve seen this process play out time and time again. The opposite approach is to start leading from the beginning of a crisis and not pass the buck. Now, we have an Ebola czar after the President’s own staff recognized the leadership void. The reality is that when there’s a crisis, you don't need a czar, you need a President who will take charge.”
Click here to read the story of Governor Jindal's Executive Order dealing with travel to Ebola stricken countries by certain Louisianians.

 

Obituary

BOBBY MCELVEEN, AGE 84 and a resident of the Sunny Hill Community died at 6 pm Sunday October 19, 2014 at his home. He retired after 35 years of service at Dairyman, Inc., was a longtime member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and a United States Army veteran. Bobby was an avid deer hunter who enjoyed tending his very large gardens over the years. He was always a devoted father and grandfather to his loving family.

 

 

October 20, 2014

Suspect Wanted By Tangipahoa Sheriff

On Saturday October 18, 2014, several warrants were issued for the arrest of 25 year old Julian Alexander of Natalbany, LA.  These warrants were initiated after Alexander fled from deputies during a traffic stop.  
Alexander was traveling on New Geneessee Rd. in a blue Chevy Caprice when he was pulled over for a traffic violation.  As deputies attempted to exit their patrol unit’s, Alexander put his vehicle in gear and fled from deputies at a high rate of speed.  At this time, deputies engaged in pursuit of Alexander reaching speeds in excess of 80 mph.  During the pursuit and as a result of Alexander’s dangerous and reckless driving, he failed to navigate through a turn on Spookhill Road, ran off the road and crashed into a ditch.   Alexander then exited his vehicle and fled on foot headed south. 
Having already been able to identify the subject as Julian Alexander, deputies returned to the suspect vehicle for processing.   During the roadside investigation, deputies located a clear plastic baggie of suspected marijuana in the suspect’s vehicle.  Deputies additionally located Alexander’s wallet which verified the suspect’s identity.  
Subsequently, several warrants have been issued for Alexander’s arrest. 
-La.R.S. 32:1301, Defective Equipment/ Unsafe Motor Vehicle
-La.R.S. 14:108.1C, Aggravated Flight from an Officer
-La.R.S. 14:108, Resisting an Officer- Flight on Foot
-La.R.S. 40:966E, Possession of Marijuana
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Alexander is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or Mr. Alexander is welcome to turn himself in at either one of the Sheriff’s Office locations.  

 

 

Obituary

HARRIET CROWE BULLOCK, AGE 98 and a resident of the Stoney Point Community died at 3:40 pm Friday October 17, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was a lifelong member of Stoney Point Missionary Baptist Church who enjoyed time outdoors. She always enjoyed working in her yard and tending her garden.

 

 

October 20, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Bradley Perry was booked 10/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Willie McClain was booked 10/17 on the charge of 1st Degree Murder
Kelly Stokes was booked 10/17 In From Court
Joseph Stallings was booked 10/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Careless Operation, and No Proof of Insurance
Angela Laurent was booked 10/18 on the charge of Purse Snatching
Lauren Bateman was booked 10/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Lee Allen was booked 10/18 on the charge of Attachment
Daniel Milton was booked 10/18 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Frank Cangelosi was booked 10/18 on the charges of Bench Warrent for Failure to Appear(2 counts) and Probation and Parole Hold
Tiffany Knight was booked 10/18 In From Court
Kevin Smart was booked 10/18 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Angel Guerra was booked 10/18 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Resisting an Officer
Michelle Burton was booked 10/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Obedience to Police Officers and Traffic Signs
Christopher Smith was booked 10/19 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Fight
Christopher Giterrez was booked 10/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Contempt of Court
Timothy Brown was booked 10/19 on the charge of Attachment
Cevan Hewitt was booked 10/19 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI and Ran Stop Sign
Kennis Roberts was booked 10/19 on the charge of 2nd Degree Murder
Harry Scott was booked 10/19 on the charge of Accessory After the Fact
Brian Jackson was booked 10/19 on the charge of a Stolen Firearm
Anthony Voltolina was booked 10/19 on the charges of Second Degree Battery and Failure to Appear (3 counts)

 

 

Obituary

Effie Miley Fleming, age 89, born on November 5, 1924 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at her residence in Franklinton, LA.

 

 

October 17, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joshua King was booked 10/16 on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Attachment and Probation Violation
Stephanie Sheets was booked 10/16 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment and Improper Lane Useage
Bradley Perry was booked 10/16 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage

 

 

October 16, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Carolyn Spurlock was booked 10/15 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Gene Magee was booked 10/15 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Joshua King was booked 10/15 on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Attachment, and Probation Violation

 

 

October 15, 2014

ANGIE MAN FOUND GUILTY FOR POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE DRUGS
District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Bernard Terrell Forrest, 33 of Angie, was found guilty as charged on Thursday, October 9th, 2014, of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.  A twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated 45 minutes before returning the 
guilty verdicts to 22nd Judicial District Judge William Burris.  Assistant District Attorney Bruce Dearing was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.

Forrest was arrested in October 2012 by the Louisiana State Police after a traffic stop on Interstate 12 near exit 57.  State Troopers developed information that revealed Forrest was transporting drugs from Houston.  Surveillance provided Troopers with the defendants travel plans and Forrest was pulled over for traffic violations as he entered St. Tammany Parish.  Troopers searched the rental truck and found over 400 grams of cocaine and over 200 grams of marijuana.  
Judge Burris will sentence Forrest on January 8th, 2015.  Forrest could be sentenced to life in prison if found to be a career criminal.  Forrest has 3 prior convictions for distribution of cocaine in 2007.  Forrest also has a prior conviction for battery on a police officer in 2007 and possession of cocaine in 2005.

 

 

October 15, 2014

CANCER CENTER SCHEDULES FREE BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital will hold free breast cancer screenings from 9-11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at Walmart, 880 N. Highway 190, Covington. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (888) 616-4687 or by visiting www.marybird.org/stph. A clinical breast exam will be provided to women of all ages. Mammograms will be available to women 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months. Insurance will be billed for mammograms, but there will be no charge for women without insurance. The free screenings are made possible by donor gifts.

 

 

October 15, 2014

Slidell Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges 
A joint law enforcement effort has led to the arrest of a Slidell man on 17 counts of child pornography, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
Investigators on Tuesday arrested 27-year-old Brian Michael Clark, of 1128 Tupelo Street, on 16 counts of possessing and a single count of distributing pornography involving juveniles. The arrest resulted from a joint investigation involving the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana State Police, and Slidell Police Department. Clark was booked into the Slidell City Jail without incident.
Clark is charged with violating a state law forbidding a person to produce, distribute, possess, or possess with the intent to distribute pornography involving juveniles. If convicted as charged, he faces up to 20 years in prison on each count of child pornography.
“These predators are sharing child pornography and, like all online criminals, they are always attempting to stay one step ahead of the law,” said Attorney General Caldwell. “That’s why it’s critical that my office continues to utilize the best technology, with upgrades as often as possible, to stop them in their tracks.”
The Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes which have victimized children from infants to 17 years of age. To report suspected cases of Internet crime, call 1-800-256-4506.

 

 

October 15, 2014

MEN FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED OF ARMED ROBBERY --SENTENCED TO LONG PRISON TERMS
District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Regis Chatman, 22 of Covington, and Jamaal Calloway, 19 of New Orleans, were found guilty as charged in separate trials in August and were sentenced today by 22nd Judicial District Judge William Burris.  Judge Burris sentenced Calloway as a career criminal to 75 years in prison for armed robbery and 40 years in prison for felon possessing a firearm and Chatman to 40 years in prison for armed robbery with a firearm.  Judge Burris ordered Calloway’s sentences to be served concurrently.  Career Criminal Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s  cases.
Chatman and Calloway were arrested in June 2013 by the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Department after an adult male victim was robbed at gunpoint near Abita.  The Victim was returning to a shelter where he had left his motorcycle during a rainstorm when the robbers approached him from behind.  Chatman brandished a gun while the robbers escaped with about $500.00.  Calloway took the gun from Chatman and fired shots in the air as the two were fleeing the scene.
Armed robbery with a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 15 to 104 years.  Felon possessing a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 10 to 20 years.   Calloway was found to be a career criminal due to prior convictions for simple robbery and simple burglary in 2012.

 

 

October 15, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Bridget Roach was booked 10/14 on the charges of 1st Degree Murder, Attempted 1st Degree Murder, and Armed Robbery (2 counts)
David Allen was booked 10/14 on the charges of 1st Degree Murder, Attempted 1st Degree Murder, and Armed Robbery (2 counts)
Christian Henry was booked 10/14 on the charges of 1st Degree Murder, Attempted 1st Degree Murder, and Armed Robbery (2 counts)
Robert Taylor was booked 10/14 on the charges of 1st Degree Murder, Attempted 1st Degree Murder, and Armed Robbery (2 counts)

 

 

October 14, 2014

Four Arrested On Charges Of First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder, and Armed Robbery
The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of four persons for the murder of Demarauis Wilson, the stabbing of Christopher Ramsey, and for two counts of Armed Robbery.  The Sheriff's Office was notified by Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa after the victims arrived at their emergency room for treatment.  Wilson died from his injuries and Ramsey was transferred to University Hospital in New Orleans. 

    

David Allen, Robert Shane Taylor, Bridget Martin Roach and Christian "Chase" Henry (pictured above left to right) were each arrested without incident and charged with First Degree Murder of Demarauis Wilson, Attempted Murder of Christopher Ramsey, and Two Counts of Armed Robbery. They remain in parish jail.  No bond has been set at this time.
The crimes apparently were committed at a mobile home positioned behind 2228 South Columbia Road in Bogalusa.  The apparent motive was to rob the victims of an unknown amount of crack cocaine and heroin.

 

October 14, 2014

Parish Government Informed About Native American Cultural Day
Jo Ann Miller, representing the Museums of Cassidy Park, informed the Parish Council Monday night of the Native American Cultural Day event scheduled for November 8, 2014.  The Saturday event will be between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm and admission is free.
Seven Native American tribes, all from Louisiana, will be represented on the grounds of Cassidy park.  Four are federally recognized tribes:  Coushatta, Chittimacha, Tunica-Biloxi, and Jena Band of Choctaws.  Three are state recognized tribes:  United Houma Nation, Clifton Choctaw, and Choctaw Apache.  Visitors will be treated to examples of traditional dwellings, dance, beadwork, storytelling and much more.  The event is not a "pow-wow" but more of an educational experience.

 

October 14, 2014

2014 Fair Poster Presented to WP Council
Washington Parish Fair Poster Chairman Kay Bell presented the 2014 Fair Poster to the Parish Council Monday Night.  The poster, the work of one of Bell's students Taffenie Corkern Mizell, will be displayed in the chambers of the Parish Council.  Posters commemorating previous year's fairs, most contributed by Virginia Killingsworth, are also displayed in the chambers.  Accepting the poster on behalf of Washington Parish Government was Parish President Richard Thomas.

 

 

October 14, 2014

Washington Parish and City of Bogalusa Cooperative Agreement Approved
The Washington Parish Council Monday night approved an Intergovernmental Agreement between the parish and the City of Bogalusa, presented in the form of a Resolution stated as follows:
Resolution No. 14-664 – Resolution entering into an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Bogalusa, Louisiana and the Washington Parish Government for drainage, paving, sidewalk and other street improvements on a portion of Austin Street.
Speaking in favor of the Resolution, Parish President Richard Thomas explained that Bogalusa will be paying for materials and the parish will furnish the equipment and trucks.  Thomas stated that the cooperative effort is “proving that the parish, cities, towns, and villages in Washington Parish all work together to make this parish better.”

In addition to acting on more routine matters, the Council accepted the resignation of Dr. Mark James and approved the nomination of Dr. Frank Voelker as medical staff representative on the Washington Parish Hospital District Board.

 

 

October 14, 2014

Legislative Auditor Report - Franklinton Clerks "Borrowed Money"
Records from the Town of Franklinton indicate that utility payments totaling almost $23,000 were received by two clerks and were not deposited in the town’s bank account or were not recorded in the utility system during a 13-month period, according to a report issued Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.

The investigative audit said the town’s former utility clerks, Carmen Freeman and Capriece Dawson, were responsible for “collecting, recording and remitting utility payments for deposit,” but failing to do so may have resulted in violations of state law. The report said that the office received at least $22,929 that went unrecorded or un-deposited between January 1, 2013 and February 14, 2014.

Freeman and Dawson told town officials on March 18 that they “borrowed cash receipts collected from town utility customers” during the period, according to the state auditor’s report. Both were “terminated immediately.”
Purpera’s report has been delivered to the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s office.

To read the Legislative Auditor News Release, click here.

 

 

October 14, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Ashley Miller was booked 10/13 on the charges of Theft Over 1500 and Theft by Fraud (2 counts)
Lance Smith was booked 10/13 In From Court
Alvenio Culpepper was booked 10/13 on the charges of Criminal Damage, Simple Escape, Resisting an Officer (Flight On Foot) and Contempt of Court

 

 

October 13, 2014

STREET CLOSURES FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER, 15TH
Franklinton Police Department Issues Advisory
The Fair parades will roll through downtown on Wednesday morning at 10:00AM. Washington St. from T. W. Barker Ave. to 15th Ave. will be closed at approximately 9:15AM to allow floats to get into East Acres to line up. At 9:30AM the entire parade route will be closed and will remain closed until the route is cleared. There will be Franklinton Police Dept. Officers, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Officer’s from Rayburn Corrections Center at intersections to monitor the traffic and assist with pedestrians. Remember, for public safety purposes, once the route is closed there will be no vehicle traffic allowed on route.
Weather is looking good and we expect a large crowd for the parade. Keep an eye on the little ones, especially around the trailers and floats that are moving. If there is an emergency on the route, contact an officer and medical services will be contacted.

 

 

October 13, 2014

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT STPH: OCT. 13-18
Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of Oct. 13-18. For more information or to register for a class, click here
. .LIVING TOBACCO FREE
. .SURVIVE DAT!  (Breast Cancer Support)
. .BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT
. .NEW FAMILY CENTER TOURS
. .NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP
. .YOGA

 

 

October 13, 2014

AG Caldwell Seeks to Block Ebola Waste Disposal in Louisiana 
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is seeking a temporary restraining order to block the disposal of incinerated waste from the Dallas Ebola victim’s personal items and belongings at a Louisiana landfill.
It has been reported that six truckloads of potential Ebola contaminated material collected from the apartment where the Dallas Ebola victim became ill were brought to Port Arthur, Texas on Friday to be processed at the Veolia Environmental Services incinerator. From there the incinerated material is slated to be transported to a hazardous waste landfill in Louisiana for final disposal.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says, “We certainly share sadness and compassion for those who have lost their lives and loved ones to this terrible virus, but the health and safety of our Louisiana citizens is our top priority. There are too many unknowns at this point, and it is absurd to transport potentially hazardous Ebola waste across state lines. This situation is certainly unprecedented and we want to approach it with the utmost caution. We just can’t afford to take any risks when it comes to this deadly virus.”

 

 

Obituary

Nettie F Williams age 90, passed away Oct. 13, 2014 at Good Samaritans Nursing Home in Franklinton, La. She was a resident of Angie La, and a member of Monroe Creek Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.

 

 

October 13, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Lucas Luper was booked 10/10 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Open Container in Vehicle
Tommy Bell was booked 10/10 on the charges of Entry/Remain On Premises After Being Forbidden and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Jackie Redmond was booked 10/10 on the charge of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s)
Curtis Hodges was booked 10/10 In From Court
Robert Galloway was booked 10/10 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Patrick Glenn was booked 10/10 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Christopher Smith was booked 10/11 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Scheddule II, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Failure to Dim Headlights, Failure to Appear, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Dawayne Stein was booked 10/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts) and Failure to Pay Fine (2 counts)
Mitchell Magee was booked 10/11 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property, Criminal Trespass, Futitive Other Jurisdiction, Issuing Worthless checks 300-500, and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Michael Cheese was booked 10/11 on the charges of Aggravated Rape, Intentional Exposure of Aids Virus, and Failure to Appear
Donny Chiasson was booked 10/11 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, and Domestic Abuse-Child Endangerment (2 counts)
Amy McSween was booked 10/12 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Tonya Kimball was booked 10/12 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace-Domestic Violence

 

 

Obituary

Harold Woodward died Wednesday October 8, 2014 in Bogalusa, La. He was a resident of Franklinton, La. He was 69 year old.

 

 

October 12, 2014

Louisiana State Police Arrest One Of Their Own
Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A arrested a State Police Sergeant this morning after he was involved in an off duty hit and run crash on I-10 while driving his personal vehicle. Sergeant Damien L. Dyson, Sr., 34 of Baton Rouge, was arrested for DWI and several other charges after he caused a collision on I-10 in Ascension Parish.
The incident occurred shortly before 2:15 a.m. as Dyson was traveling westbound on I-10 west of LA Hwy 22 in a 2008 Cadillac STS. At the same time, 21 year old Kevin Gomez-Castellanos of Gonzales was also traveling westbound on I-10 in a 2004 Ford Taurus. As Gomez-Castellanos was traveling in the left hand lane, Dyson's vehicle struck the rear of the Taurus at a high rate of speed causing the Taurus to run off the roadway into the median striking several trees before coming to rest upside down. Gomez-Castellanos was properly restrained and was uninjured in the crash.
After causing the collision Dyson continued traveling westbound on I-10 before exiting at LA Hwy 44 and pulling over onto the shoulder. His vehicle had sustained heavy front-end damage. Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to the location of the Taurus, and a Gonzales Police officer identified Dyson as a Trooper. State Police officials were notified, responded to the scene and assumed responsibility for the investigation.
Troopers suspected Dyson of being impaired, and he submitted to standardized field sobriety testing. After performing poorly on the tests, Troopers placed Dyson under arrest for DWI. He was transported to the Gonzales Police Department where he submitted to a chemical test for intoxication, the results of which were 0.175 grams % BAC.
Dyson was placed under arrest for Driving while intoxicated (first offense), Hit-and-run driving, Careless operation, and Possession of alcoholic beverages in motor vehicles. He was transported to and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on the above listed charges. Dyson was immediately placed on administrative leave. Dyson is a six-year veteran with State Police, and prior to his arrest he had been assigned to the Protective Services section.
“As law enforcement professionals, we have not only legal responsibilities but also high standards of integrity that must be upheld at all times while serving the citizens of Louisiana,” stated Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson. “Following a thorough criminal and administrative investigation, the Department will review all findings in this matter and take swift steps to ensure an impartial and appropriate course of action.”

 

 

October 12, 2014

Assurances From Obama and CDC About Spread of Ebola In U. S. is Proving False
A nurse who was part of the team treating the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the United States, Thomas Duncan, has contracted the disease.  Texas officials say the nurse wore full protective gear and complied with CDC guidelines when she had contact with Duncan.
CDC Director Tom Frieden said the fact the worker was infected with Ebola shows there was a breach of protocol.  Frieden said, at this time, it appears only one person may have had contact with the health care worker while she may have been infectious. However, the case in Texas indicated a professional lapse that may have caused other health workers at the hospital to also be infected, he added.  “Unfortunately it is possible in the coming days that we will see additional cases of Ebola,” Frieden said.
A union for registered nurses said the Texas health care worker's case in Dallas showed that not enough is being done to educate health workers on how to manage patients who show signs of infection.
“Handing out a piece of paper with a link to the Centers for Disease Control, or telling nurses just to look at the CDC website - as we have heard some hospitals are doing - is not preparedness,” said Bonnie Castillo, a registered nurse and senior official with National Nurses United.

 

 

October 10, 2014

Which is it - Sheriff's Office or Sheriff's Department?
There really is a difference.  Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley provided information that distinguishes between the two terms.  And there really is a difference.
A "Department" refers to a division of the executive branch of government, or in our case would incorrectly indicate that the Sheriff's Office is only a branch of Washington Parish Government.
The correct designation "Office", as in Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, indicates a virtually autonomous local government official who occupies a constitutional office which exists and functions independently of the governing body of the parish.  Accordingly, parish governments have no authority over parish sheriffs or their deputies.
Now you know!

 

 

October 10, 2014

Former DHH Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing more than $1 Million from State Medicaid Program
How could this have happened?  Over $1 million and over an almost four year period!
A former accountant for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has pleaded guilty to defrauding the state out of more than $1 million, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Deborah Crowder Loper, 47, of 9642 Hardwood Drive, Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count each of felony theft by fraud and malfeasance in office for intentionally using her position of public trust to defraud DHH by misappropriating public funds for personal use, largely to foot the bill for a gambling addiction.

As part of the plea, Loper is set to receive a 10 year prison sentence, with five years suspended, and five years of active supervised probation. She has also agreed to pay $1,018,424 in restitution to State of Louisiana.  (Don't hold your breath!)  Formal sentencing is set for Dec. 4 before 19th Judicial District Court Judge Richard “Chip” Moore.
For more details, if you can stand it, click here

 

 

October 10, 2014

CAPT. TOMMIE SORRELL GRADUATES FROM FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal announces the graduation of Capt. Tommie Sorrell from the 257th session of the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia.  Capt. Sorrell supervises the Criminal Investigation Division of the Sheriff’s Office. 


The academy session attended by Capt. Sorrell included two hundred and ten law enforcement officers from forty-nine states, twenty-six countries, three military organizations and three federal civilian organizations.  

A graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degree, Capt. Sorrell has a long history of law enforcement experience with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Bogalusa Police Department.  She has served also as an Adjunct Instructor and lecturer at area colleges.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented on Capt. Sorrell’s graduation.  “It was my privilege to nominate Capt. Sorrell for the FBI Academy.  She has a track record of excellence and I knew she would be a good candidate for the rigorous Academy training.   Her graduation is a testimony to her academic prowess and her skill as an investigator.  It is an honor for the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office to have been capably represented at the national level.  Congratulations, Capt. Sorrell, on a job well done.”

 

 

October 10, 2014

Three Washington Parish Fugitives Jailed

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office took three fugitives into custody this week after searching for them for several weeks.

Jason J. Spikes, 29, Bogalusa (pictured top right), was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail, charged with three counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Criminal Damage to Property, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs.  He remains in jail with bond set at $175,000.
On October 8, members of the Washington Parish Drug Task Force and detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office, paired with federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents to arrest Spikes who was wanted in connection with an August shooting that occurred at the Sportsman’s Inn Motel south of Bogalusa.  Spikes was located hiding in a bedroom inside an apartment in at the Camelot Apartments north of Bogalusa.  He was arrested without incident.
Gregory S. Cambre (pictured left) and Monique Armand Cambre (pictured bottom right), both 49, and residents of Jenkins Road, have been sought since August 5.  They turned themselves in on October 8 and each remains in the Washington Parish Jail charged with one count of Distribution of Schedule III Drugs.  Bond for each has been set at $75,000.
The Cambres, husband and wife, knew they were wanted and had made several prior promises to turn themselves in.  Since early August, they have been reported to be traveling to and from St. John Parish.  Time, coupled with good investigative work, finally caught up with them.

 

 

October 10, 2014

FRANKLINTON NATIVE DR. KEITH MAGEE DONATES TO LIBRARY
On Thursday, October 9, Dr. Keith Magee, a native of Franklinton and professor of the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, donated to the Washington Parish Library his work  “A Prayer For Our Children”.  It is a gift of prayers, meditations, scriptures, quotes and liturgy intended to inspire all who love children to pray for their protection, prosperity and possibilities to fulfill their dreams.
As a youth, he suffered from Dyslexia and his struggle to overcome this disability inspired him to become a scholar, pastor and activist.   His studies have taken him through the prestigious halls of Ohio University, the University of Pennsylvania, University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, Georgetown University, Harvard Divinity School and Grace International Bible College. 
Dr. Magee commented that literacy and the library were his salvation in his youth .  As a young boy in Franklinton, Dr. Keith L. Magee learned the importance of giving back to make the world a better place.   “My grandfather,”€ he said, “told me I had to pay rent every day for being on this earth.  ‘If you don’t make a deposit,’ he told me, ‘no one can make a withdrawal.’”€

 

 

October 10, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Roderick Lotts was booked 10/09 In For Court
Donald Richardson was booked 10/09 on the charges of Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Highway, Negligent Homicide, and Negligent Vehicular Injuring (2 counts)
Tommy Warner was booked 10/09 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Lucas Luper was booked 10/09 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Open Container in Vehicle

 

 

October 9, 2014

Horse farm owner arrested for raping mentally challenged women
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office detectives have arrested a Covington-area man for raping a mentally challenged woman at a local horse farm, and they are now looking for other possible victims.
Vincent Datrio (DOB 6/13/1964; 77606 Hwy 21, Covington) is the owner of Parkview Farms, a horse farm on Hwy 21 near Covington, which allows mentally handicapped and emotionally distressed individuals use the facility and ride the horses there in exchange for them doing work around the farm.
On Sept. 29, a 21-year-old mentally handicapped woman was at the facility when Datrio lead her to an office on the property, where he proceeded to rape her.  Because of the victim’s mental capacity, Datrio was arrested for L.R.S. 14:42 – Aggravated Rape, and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. He is being held on a $200,000 bond.
Detectives believe Datrio may have victimized others at the farm.  Anyone who thinks they may know a victim or may be a victim of Datrio, is asked to call Detective Justin Parker at 985-726-7852.

 

 

October 9, 2014

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE
FRANKLINTON-- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Charles Toon, 36 of Foxworth, 

Mississippi, was found guilty Thursday, October 2, 2014, of negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated.  Toon had been charged with vehicular homicide before the Jury found him guilty of 

the responsive verdict.  The twelve member Washington Parish Jury deliberated for 45 minutes before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge 

 Scott Gardner.  Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Toon was arrested in December 2013 by the Louisiana State Police after an adult male victim was killed in an auto crash near Franklinton.  The defendant crossed the center line ran head on into the victim’s vehicle.  A passenger in the defendant’s car suffered moderate injuries.  Toon was found to be impaired.
Judge Gardner will sentence Toon on October 10, 2014.  Negligent homicide is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years.  First offense driving while intoxicated is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 6 months. 

 

October 9, 2014

MAN FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED FOR POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE II DRUGS HAS 9 PRIOR CONVICTIONS
COVINGTON-- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Justin Granger Smith, 38 of Slidell, 

was found guilty as charged on Thursday, October 2, 2014, of possession of methamphetamine.  A twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury returned the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Martin Coady.  Assistant District Attorney Harold Batholomew, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Smith and Joseph Rizzuto, 38 of Slidell, were arrested in May 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a traffic stop near Slidell. Deputies were conducting surveillance of Smith’s mobile home after receiving complaints from citizens.  Smith and Rizzuto spotted the Deputies while leaving the residence and stopped to question why they were there. Deputies smelled the odor of burnt marijuana and made a traffic stop after the two had driven away.  A search of their truck revealed drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine
Rizzuto is awaiting trial on October 27, 2014, for possession of methamphetamine.
Judge Coady will sentence Smith on November 6, 2014.  Smith could be sentenced from 20 years to life in prison if found to be a career criminal. Smith has prior convictions in Arkansas for 3 counts of theft by receiving in 2002, felon possessing a firearm in 1999 and 1998, aggravated assault in 1999 and 1998, criminal mischief in the first degree in 1998, and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling in St Tammany Parish in 1994.
Possession of methamphetamine is punishable by imprisonment for up to 5 years.

 

 

October 9, 2014

Harassment complaint leads to arson arrest – of the complainant
An investigation into a complaint of telephone harassment has led to the arrest of both the suspect and one of the complainants.
The information on the two arrestees is as follows:
Melvin Lacrouts (DOB 9/28/1986; 2750 Soult Street, Mandeville) – harassment suspect (pictured top right)
Brent Golden (DOB 5/6/1988; 774 Monterey Drive, Mandeville) – complainant (pictured bottom right)
On Sept. 27, deputies responded to a home near Mandeville in reference to a complaint of harassing phone calls.  The victim told responding deputies that her ex-boyfriend, Melvin Lacrouts, had called her numerous times and sent her several text messages over the previous 24 hour period. She told deputies that when she did not respond to the calls or texts, Lacrouts showed up at her friend’s home and entered the residence without permission looking for her and her current boyfriend, Brent Golden.
Lacrouts also had a run-in with Covington Police that same night when he confronted the woman and Golden at a Covington restaurant.
The next morning, while attempting to locate Lacrouts, deputies observed a boat on fire outside his Soult Street home. The fire quickly spread to the house, which was unoccupied at the time.  The fire was investigated by Fire District #4 personnel and subsequently ruled an arson.
Later that day, deputies made contact with Lacrouts and arranged for a meeting with him.  After questioning, deputies took Lacrouts into custody and booked him into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges:
LRS 14:62.3 – Unlawful Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
LRS 14:285 – Harassing Communications.
Through the course of the investigation, detectives determined that it was Golden who set fire to Lacrouts’ boat.  Golden was arrested on Oct. 8 and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for one count of LRS 14:52 – Simple Arson.

 

 

October 9, 2014

Two Separate Crashes on the North Shore Leave Two Residents Dead
Troop L- Yesterday evening, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L remained busy investigating two separate fatal crashes occurring at nearly the same time in St. Tammany and Washington Parish. The crashes resulted in the deaths of two north shore residents and closed portions of Interstate 12 in Covington and LA 21 in Bogalusa during the investigations.
Covington – The evening’s first crash occurred at approximately 8:30 pm on Interstate 12 eastbound near the Pinnacle Parkway exit in St. Tammany Parish. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Nissan Maxima, operated by 26 year old Chandler Laurent of Lacombe, and a 2002 Peterbilt 18 wheeler, operated by 35 year old Maykel Fernandez, were in the right lane traveling eastbound on I-12 near Pinnacle Parkway. Laurent, for reasons under investigation, failed to slow with traffic and rear ended the rear of the Peterbilt. Laurent suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.
Fernandez was restrained and not injured. Fernandez voluntarily submitted to a breath alcohol test, which indicated that he had no detectable signs of alcohol in his system. Due to the extent of the vehicle damage, restraint use is unknown at this time for Laurent. Impairment is not suspected at this time; however, a blood sample was collected from Laurent for a toxicological examination.
Bogalusa – The evening’s second fatal crash occurred at approximately 8:50 pm on LA 21 southbound near Bogalusa in Washington Parish. The crash killed 69 year old Howard Woodward of Franklinton, LA.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Ford truck, operated by 40 year old Donald Richardson of Bush, LA, was southbound on LA 21 while a 1997 Dodge truck, operated by Woodward, was traveling northbound. Richardson, for reasons still under investigation, veered left and crossed the center line entering the northbound lane. As the Ford entered into the oncoming lane, it impacted the Dodge in a head-on collision. Woodward was not properly restrained at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office. Two additional passengers in the Dodge pickup were transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital with moderate injuries.
Richardson was restrained and transported to Our Lady of Angels Hospital in Bogalusa where he was treated and released. Impairment is not suspected on the part of Richardson or Woodward; however, blood samples were collected from both for a toxicological examination. Richardson was subsequently arrested and booked at the Washington Parish Jail for Negligent Homicide, two counts of Negligent Injuring, and Driving on Right Side of Road.

 

 

October 9, 2014

AG Caldwell Calls on EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to Limit Federal Regulation of Louisiana Lands, Waters 
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined ten state attorneys general and six governors in denouncing a proposed rule that would expand federal regulation of state lands and waters.
Attorney General Caldwell said, “This is just the latest example of the EPA trying to limit state rights. Under this rule, Louisiana land that doesn’t even have water on it could fall under federal regulation because it could potentially get wet.” Caldwell added, “Louisiana property owners need reassurances that their farms and backyards won’t be regulated by the Clean Water Act.”

 

October 9, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Lee Kelly was booked 10/08 on the charge of Attachment

Dominick Holts was booked 10/08 on the charges of 2nd Degree Murder, Illegal Discharge of Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Brittany Grubbs was booked 10/08 on the charge of Accessory After the Fact
Damion Thompson was booked 10/08 on the charge of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
Gregory Cambre was booked 10/08 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Ii Drugs
Monique Cambre was booked 10/08 on the charge of Attachment
Haleigh Perry was booked 10/08 In For Court
Jason Spikes was booked 10/08 on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (3 counts), Attempted Criminal Damage to Property and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Donald Richardson was booked 10/08 on the charges of Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Highway, Negligent Homicide, and Negligent Vehiclular Injuring (2 counts)
Tommy Warner was booked 10/08 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk

 

 

October 8, 2014

Mayor Mizell Emphasizes Fiscal Responsibility at Council Meeting
Last evening the Bogalusa City Council approved one Resolution, Introduced Four Ordinances (Public Hearings October 21, 2014), and held a Public Hearing on one Ordinance.  To view details, click here.
The Council also heard from residents during the Public Participation segment of the meeting, received reports from City Department Heads, and heard from Mayor Mizell as he primarily addressed financial challenges and fiscal responsibility.

  • City revenue increases are important and a recent visit by Lt. Governor Dardenne was used to highlight that need.
  • The amount of revenue that can be raised locally is limited.  That is a reason Bogalusa has been focusing on activities that bring in visitors.
  • The Mayor had promised not to raise taxes but to give residents "mor bang for their buck."
  • August's sales tax revenue decrease is not consistent with the recent trend and hopes this was an error in reporting.
  • The City has been aggressive in obtaining grants; however, most grants require a match from the City - funds the City does not have.
  • Recent upgrades in computer assisted accounting will both give residents information and give the mayor information for better decision-making.

To view the meeting in its entirety, go to our Washington Parish TV page.

 

October 8, 2014

Teen Suspect Arrested in Livingston Parish Arson
A 17 year old from Tangipahoa Parish is accused of arson in connection with a fire at a Livingston Parish timber company. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) firefighters responded to a wildfire on Selders’ Lane in Independence, La. on March 25, 2014. The fire burned approximately 43 acres which included 15 acres of Weyerhaeuser Timber Company property. The blaze resulted in $4,563 of damage.
“When the fire was started, weather conditions were extremely dry and windy. These conditions can cause the fire to spread quickly and create an even more dangerous  situation,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
Austin Tycoty Brewer was picked up by authorities in Hammond, La. on October 2. Investigators say Brewer admitted he started the blaze. Investigators say Brewer did not disclose a motive for setting the fire but during questioning, Brewer reportedly said, “I guess I was being bad.”
Brewer is charged with one count of simple arson and was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail. Bond was set at $25,000. Officials say Brewer bonded out of jail.
If convicted, Brewer could receive a fine up to $15,000 and/or two to fifteen years behind bars.

 

 

October 8, 2014

Governor Bobby Jindal Issues Executive Order to Protect Teachers' Right to Freedom of Speech
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal issued an Executive Order to protect freedom of speech and the rights of teachers.  The Executive Order was issued after recent reports surfaced in The Alexandria Town Talk about teachers who were quieted by local school officials after voicing concerns over Common Core.
In a story published in The Alexandria Town Talk, entitled Educators feeling pressure ‘from top on down,’ a teacher said she was “written up” by school administrators for writing a comment from her personal Facebook account about the Common Core. The comment criticized Common Core.
The story quotes the teacher as saying, “We are not to voice our opinions in any public forum…We are to be neutral or in favor of…This is a hot national debate. Why can't I comment? I did not say a word about anything locally.”
Another teacher said there is a “climate of fear” in her school district and said “teachers have been told not to talk to the press without going through the chain of command, which begins with the principal and ends with the superintendent.”
To read the Executive Order, click here. 
To read a related story, click here.

 

 

October 8, 2014

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell Encourages Parents of Teens to Take Part in National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month 
In recognition of National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is calling on parents and community advocates to raise awareness about all forms of medicine abuse, including abuse of over-the-counter cough medicines containing the cough suppressant dextromethorphan or DXM. Caldwell said the state passed Act 176 this year to ban the sale of DXM to minors, adding Louisiana to several states that have passed similar measures.
Approximately one in 25 teens report abusing excessive amounts of over-the-counter cough medicine containing DXM to get high, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 2013 Monitoring the Future Survey.
For more information on this problem, click here

 

October 8, 2014

Oschsner - St. Tammany Parish Hospital Partnership
Yesterday, St. Tammany Parish Hospital (“STPH”) and Ochsner Health System (“Ochsner”) celebrated the formation of a long-term, strategic partnership focused on increasing local access to care, improving quality and reducing the cost of healthcare for area patients.
“Our partnership represents an entirely new business model for this region,” said STPH President and CEO Patti Ellish. “The joint operating agreement strengthens our ability to deliver on our promise of not-for-profit community health and wellness.  The two organizations announced several programs for which growth and development in western St. Tammany is a priority, including pediatric subspecialty care, comprehensive neurosciences care, such as stroke care and neurosurgery, and an expansion of cardiovascular and thoracic programs.
For more on what this partnership means to the healthcare industry in our area, click here

 

 

October 8, 2014

Keep Our Kids Safe - The Fair & Halloween Are Coming Up!
With both the Washington Parish Fair and Halloween this month, our kids may be more vulnerable than normal.  We all want to enjoy and see our children enjoy the festivities.  However, it is a time to be extra vigilant with regard to safety. 
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal has a number of great safety recommendations:
> Groups are safer than being alone.  Try to move around the fairgrounds with others instead of alone.  This is especially important for children and teen-agers who may not have parental or adult supervision.  Large crowds often attract predators. 

> If someone you don’t know offers you something to eat or drink, refuse it.  There is always the possibility that the food or drink has been tampered with.
> Do not bring alcohol or illegal drugs to the Fair.  If you are caught with either, you will be arrested. 

> Do not bring a firearm to the Fair.  The Sheriff’s Office has zero tolerance for such behavior and you will go to jail if you have a firearm.
> Fighting will not be tolerated on the fairgrounds.  If you have a disagreement, settle it responsibly.  Fighting will earn you a trip to the parish jail.
> Stay in well-lighted areas at night and do not wander into adjacent woods.
> Keep cash and credit cards secure. 

For more to help keep our kids safe, click here

Halloween night, offenders are not supposed to have their front porch lights on, nor are they supposed to answer the door. For the safety of you, your children, and the registered sex offender, if there is not a light on do not trick-or-treat at this residence.

 

 

October 8, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Marris Jefferson was booked 10/07 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Useage, and Ran Stop Sign
Efrem Brock was booked 10/07 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)

 

 

October 7, 2014

Louisiana Residents to Vaccinate Pets for Rabies
Three cases of rabies in a pet have been identified in Louisiana.  DHH officials also confirmed a cat in Washington Parish was reported positive for rabies in September, a dog was reported in Lafayette Parish in January, and several people were reported bitten by a puppy and exposed to its saliva.
These incidents illustrate the importance of using caution around unfamiliar animals, even seemingly harmless puppies or kittens, and for getting your own vulnerable pets vaccinated against rabies.”
For more information and how to protect your family and pets, click here

 

 

October 7, 2014

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX CRIMES
District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Caleb Hughes, 28 of Slidell, pled guilty today to forcible rape, sexual battery and failure to register as a sex offender.  22nd Judicial District Judge Raymond Childress accepted the guilty pleas and sentenced Hughes as a career criminal to 40 years in prison for forcible rape, 10 years in prison for sexual battery.  Judge Childress also sentenced Hughes to 5 years in prison for failure to register as a sex offender and ordered the sentences to be served concurrently.  Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Hughes was arrested in January 2014 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a minor victim was sexually abused.  Hughes and the victim were friends before the sexual abuse began.  Hughes threatened physical harm if the victim didn’t continue to comply with the sexual abuse.  The victim ultimately told a parent.
Hughes was sentenced as a multiple offender due to a prior conviction for rape of a child with force in Massachusetts in 2005.  Forcible rape is punishable by imprisonment from 5 to 40 years.  Sexual battery is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years.  Failure to register as a sex offender is punishable by imprisonment from 2 to 10 years. 

 

 

October 7, 2014

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE
District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Robert Stanley Lane, 56 of Slidell, was found guilty Thursday, October 2, 2014, of molestation of a juvenile under age 13.   A 12 member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated for 15 minutes before returning the guilty as charged verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge William Knight.   Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Lane was arrested in October 2013 by the Slidell Police Department after a child was sexually abused in 2010.   The victim was 7 years old as the time of the abuse.  The victim learned from a school video that this was sex abuse.  The victim told a family member who told the victim’s father.  Two previous victims testified that they were also sexually abused by the defendant.
Judge Knight will sentence Lane on October 16, 2014.  Molestation of a juvenile under age 13 is punishable by imprisonment for not than less than 25 nor more than 99 years. 

 

 

October 7, 2014

Long Term Care Partnership Program
The mission of the Louisiana Long-Term Care Partnership Program,  operated under the direction of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, is to encourage individuals to plan for the high costs of long-term care.
Many individuals mistakenly believe that Medicare will cover long-term care costs. The reality is that Medicare pays for very little long-term care and that middle income individuals are at especially high risk of impoverishment because of the asset and income limitations attached to public sources of payment.
For more on this, click here

 

 

October 7, 2014

Sheriff’s deputy captures man wanted by Slidell Police
Following a vehicle pursuit Monday evening, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy arrested a man wanted by Slidell Police for robbing the same gas station twice in three days.
On Thursday, October 2, Slidell Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Circle K gas station on Front Street in Slidell. On Friday, investigators released the surveillance video of the incident in hopes someone could identify the robber. While investigating several leads, the same suspect struck again on Sunday, October 5. Both times the suspect entered Circle K, implied he had a weapon, and took an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was able to elude police on both occasions.
Early Monday, October 6, Slidell Police identified 54-year-old Douglas Casborn as the suspect in the robberies. Around 4:15 p.m. Monday, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy spotted Casborn driving a Mazda pickup truck near Bayou Liberty and Front Street. When the deputy attempted to stop Casborn, he fled, and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended near the Kings Point subdivision, where the deputy took Casborn into custody. He was found to be in possession of crack cocaine.
Slidell Police detectives interrogated Casborn, late Monday evening, about the robberies at Circle K. Casborn cooperated with authorities and stated he was desperate due to a drug addiction.
Casborn now faces two counts of first degree robbery, aggravated flight from an officer, possession of a schedule II narcotic and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

October 7, 2014

Sexual Battery Suspect Arrested in Pontchatoula
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 31 year old fugitive Brandon Scott Hudson of Ponchatoula, LA.   Hudson was wanted by the Hammond Police Department on a sexual battery charge for a crime that allegedly occurred in the parking lot of a local establishment on October 5, 2014, within the city limits of Hammond, LA.
On October 6, 2014, the sheriff’s office was notified that the alleged suspect was at a residence on Tiger Creek Lane in Ponchatoula.  The sheriff’s office and detectives with the HPD responded to stated residence and located Hudson hiding in the bathroom.   At this time, he was taken into custody without incident and subsequently charged as being a fugitive.

 

 

October 7, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Amy Landrum was booked 10/06 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jacob Jarrell was booked 10/06 In From court
Jermaine Bunch was booked 10/06 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I
Vernon Pettigrew was booked 10/06 on the charges of Theft Under 500 and Criminal Trespass
Shircreasia Madison was booked 10/06 In For Court
Marris Jefferson was booked 10/07 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Useage and Ran Stop Sign

 

 

October 6, 2014

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT STPH: OCT. 6-11
Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of Oct. 6-11.
**CO-PARENTING CLASSES 
**PLAY AND LEARN
**BREAST CANCER SUPPORT
**BALLET
**SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION
**CUDDLE BUDDIES
**CAREGIVER SUPPORT
**BLOOD CANCER SUPPORT
**NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP
**YOGA
To learn more of these programs, click here

 

 

Obituary

CYNTHIA ELLEN “CINDY” BROOKS, AGE 43 and a resident of Denham Springs died at 12:20 pm Friday October 3, 2014 at her home. She was a former resident of Washington Parish who enjoyed getting her hair and nails done. Cindy worked as a nanny for her two sweethearts, Chase and Trey. She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, at their many family gatherings.

 

 

October 6, 2014

Single Vehicle Crash Kills Zachary Man in St. Helena Parish
Early Friday morning at approximately 6:30 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on La. 37 near La. 449 in St. Helena Parish. The crash claimed the life of Cody J. Damico of Zachary.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2010 Pontiac driven by Damico (W/M 29) was traveling eastbound on La. 37 near mile marker 41. Damico, for reasons under investigation, veered left, crossed the center line, traveled off of the left portion of the roadway, struck a utility pole, overturned, and came to rest in a ditch. Damico was ejected, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash, and was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Helena Parish Coroner’s Office.
Damico was not restrained and impairment is unknown at this time; however, a blood sample was collected for a toxicological analysis. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

October 6, 2014

SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEIZES SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA AND CASH
On October 5, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle traffic accident at Highway 16 and C.C. Road.  Reports from the scene indicate the driver was driving in a reckless manner and lost control of the vehicle which rested on its side off the roadway.  The driver was out of the vehicle and was later medically assessed by firefighter first responders.  There were no obvious injuries.
Upon arriving at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant was advised that witnesses had observed the driver place a black bag in the woods away from the vehicle after the accident.  The Lieutenant searched the immediate wooded area and located the black bag which contained a significant amount of synthetic marijuana.  The driver was then placed under arrest.
Once the wrecker was able to pull the vehicle to an upright position, the Lieutenant discovered additional synthetic marijuana inside the vehicle.  The total amount of synthetic marijuana recovered was 145 grams.  In addition, the driver had over $1,400 on his person.
The driver of the vehicle, John Tate, Jr., 46, a resident of 317 20th Avenue in Franklinton, remains in the Washington Parish Jail charged with one count of Possession With Intent to Distribute synthetic marijuana.  No bond has been set at this time.
Sheriff Randy Seal spoke of the arrest.  “Synthetic marijuana is a toxic and dangerous substance.  It is often marketed as a safe alternative to marijuana.  It is not.  It contains herbal mixtures and chemicals that are not safe to consume.  I congratulate our fine Lieutenant for his good work and our concerned citizens who provided information in this matter.  As we continue to work to clean up this parish, we need the help of our honest citizens who are as tired of drug dealers as we are.”

 

 

October 6, 2014

Tangi Sheriff Needs Help Identifying Thief
Do you know this person?  Contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.4245.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in identifying the female in this photograph.   This female is wanted for questioning regarding 2 thefts that occurred at a convenient store on Pumpkin Center Rd. last week. 
This female was observed by a surveillance camera early last week arriving at a convenient store on Pumpkin Center Rd. in a Grand Marquis before entering the establishment.  The female then walked into the store, took a large amount of alcohol and exited without making a payment.    The next day, the same female was identified as she returned to the location in a red Ford Focus and proceeded to do the same thing.  This time, the subject was seen placing bottles of alcohol, lighters and cigars into her purse before walking out without paying.  She was seen fleeing in an unknown direction.

 

 

October 6, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Destyn Freeman was booked 10/04 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), No Seat Belt and No Tail light
Justin Morris was booked 10/04 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information, and Intentional Littering
Michelle Jenkins was booked 10/04 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Simple Drunk) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Terena Ward was booked 10/04 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information, and Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
William McGowan was booked 10/04 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm (3 counts)
James Washington was booked 10/04 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Christopher Webb was booked 10/04 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule Ii Drugs
Ernest Elias was booked 10/05 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Page Strahan was booked 10/05 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Britt Miley was booked 10/05 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
John Tate was booked 10/05 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribuate Schedule I
Amy Landrum was booked 10/06 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

October 3, 2014

Gov. Jindal: Stop Flights From Ebola-Stricken Countries
Governor Bobby Jindal called on the Obama Administration to shut down flights coming into the United States from Ebola-stricken countries.
Governor Jindal said, “We should stop accepting flights from countries that are Ebola stricken. Even countries in Africa have cut back on or stopped accepting flights from countries with Ebola outbreaks.
"President Obama said it was ‘unlikely’ that Ebola would reach the U.S. Well, it has, and we need to protect our people. But the Obama Administration keeps saying they won’t shut down flights. They instead say we should listen to 'the experts.' In fact, they said it would be counterproductive to stop these flights. That statement defies logic. How exactly would stopping the entry of people potentially carrying the Ebola virus be counterproductive? This seems to be an obvious step to protect public health in the United States."

 

 

Obituary

George Wilbur Jones, Sr., age 78 and a resident of Varnado, LA, passed away on Friday, October 3, 2014 at his residence in Varnado, LA.
George was employed for 18 years at Joe Miles Lumber Company and worked at Fornea and Sons Trucking. He quit school at an early age to go to work to help provide for his mother and father and brothers and sisters. He has been a hard worker all of his life. He loved his family and he loved his Lord. He was a gentle, humble man and never raised his voice to anyone. Everyone loved him and he will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. He loved to farm and shared his crops with many people. He also loved to fish and spend time at his camp on the Pearl River. His life was his family; his wife; children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always told his wife and children how much he loved them and appreciated everything they've done for him. Little did he know, it was him who taught his family how to love and serve unconditionally. This was his true testimony of his love for God and his family.

 

 

October 3, 2014

SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEIZES WEAPONS, DRUGS AND CASH

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


On September 30, 2014, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the Vernon community at the residence of Essie Williams, 25362 Charlie Conerly Road.  Officers discovered drugs, cash and weapons.  Five arrests were made, including a grandmother, two of her sons and one of her grandsons.
A large quantity of marijuana was discovered along with crack cocaine and powder cocaine.  $6,338.01 cash was in plastic bags inside the house and in the trunk of a junk vehicle in the yard.  $3,900 of the cash was in $1 bills.  Several cases of beer and numerous cartons of cigarettes were in the residence.  One shotgun, one rifle and a .357 magnum revolver were also seized.
Click here for more on the story 

 

 

October 3, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Charles Toon was booked 10/02 In From Court
Leslie Starnes was booked 10/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear (5 counts)
Allen Magee was booked 10/02 on the charge of Attempted Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute

 

 

October 2, 2014
SHERIFF OFFERS TIPS FOR FAIR SAFETY

With the dates of the Washington Parish Free Fair rapidly approaching, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal cautions parish residents and visitors to be cautious as they enjoy the fair.  
First and foremost, know where your children are at all times.  Each year, several children become separated from their parents.  Most children have no identification on them and some are too young to give addresses and phone numbers. 

Prepare a written note with the child’s name, the parent’s name, the parent’s cell phone number, the parent’s address and any other necessary information.  Place that information in the child’s pocket or other location so that law enforcement officials can quickly identify a lost child and locate a parent or other responsible adult.   Always know what your child is wearing so you can give that information to officers.
Teach your young child your name.  When asked the name of their mother or father, some young children simply say “Mommy” or “Daddy.”  Try to make certain your child knows your name.
Always designate a meeting point at the fair in the event you are separated from your children.  Suggestions are the train near the rodeo arena or the bell near the stage.
Advise children who may become lost to seek out a uniformed officer who will take them to the Sheriff’s command center near the entrance to the midway.  Children will be able to remain at the command center until claimed by parents.
Please note this very important parking notice.  The Fair Association has relocated the parking area for disabled persons.  In previous years, this parking was located behind the Sheriff’s Office command center.    Parking for disabled persons is now located adjacent to the maintenance barn near the north end of the rodeo arena.

Click here for more information from Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal.

 

 

October 2, 2014

Louisiana Ranked Among Top States for Combating Human Trafficking
The state of Louisiana has once again been recognized among the top states for its efforts to combat human trafficking. The rankings were released by Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedoms to survivors.   Governor Jindal said, “Human trafficking is a heinous crime and we must do everything we can to eradicate it. There are millions of women living in slavery today who hope every day for a way out of this terrible industry.
For more on the story, click here.

 

 

October 2, 2014

Co-ed Softball Tournament October 11
The 1st Annual Double Elimination Co-ed Softball Tournament will happen on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Avenue B Sports Complex in Bogalusa, Louisiana.  Registration is scheduled to begin at 9 am with games beginning at 10 am.  Cost is $180 (cash only) and participants are asked to RSVP by Wednesday October 8 to Wendy Nielsen at 985-516-7363 or email: 
nielsens_pharmacy@yahoo.com.
The event is sponsored by Nielsen's Pharmacy and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.  All proceeds benefit Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

 

 

Obituary

Edna W. Simmons born March 21, 1933 passed away September 30, 2014 at her residence at the age of 81. She was a longtime resident of Bogalusa and a member of the Terrace Missionary Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Ruth Elois Simmons Miller was born January 20, 1935 in Bogalusa, La. She went home to be with the Lord on September 28, 2014.  She was a faithful wife, mother, MawMaw and friend, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

 

 

October 2, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Lewis Gray was booked 10/01 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Essie Williams was booked 10/01 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Lucas Luper was booked 10/01 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Domestic Violence
Edward Bright was booked 10/01 In For Court
Michael Baggett was booked 10/01 In From Court
Allison McCarthy was booked 10/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Emmanuel Varnado was booked 10/01 on the charges of Theft Over 1500 and Failure to Appear
Andrea Burkhalter was booked 10/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Linda Pittman was booked 10/01 on the charges of Aggravated Assault and Contempt of Court
Britney Magee was booked 10/01 on the charges of Aggravated Assault and Criminal Damage to Property

 

 

October 1, 2014

Washington Parish School Board Meetings Announced
The Personnel Committee of the Washington Parish School Board will meet on Monday, October 6, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the School Board Office.  The Board will meet as a committee-of-the-whole on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.. The Board will meet in regular session on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 6:30 P.M..   Meetings will be held at its regular meeting place, the Parish School Board Office, 800 Main Street, Franklinton, Louisiana.

 

 

October 1, 2014

STPH VOLUNTARILY IMPLEMENTS MANDATORY FLU SHOT POLICY
COVINGTON - St. Tammany Parish Hospital recognizes its responsibility in providing for the

safety and well-being of our community, healthcare providers and our employees. Because of this commitment, all hospital employees and healthcare providers must receive an annual influenza vaccination by Dec. 15 or wear a surgical mask while at work during influenza season.
“Our staff is the first line of defense during flu season, which is why we are taking this voluntary precaution,” said Chief Nursing Officer Kerry Milton BSN MHA. “We will provide the vaccine at no cost to all hospital employees as well as physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers as we have done in years past to ensure the safety of our employees and patients.”

 

 

October 1, 2014

Governor Jindal:  Louisiana Prepared To Deal With Ebola
Governor Bobby Jindal held a meeting of Unified Command Group (UCG) today to  ensure the state is prepared if a case of Ebola were to be present in Louisiana.  Governor Jindal said, “First and foremost, it’s important to note that there are no known cases of Ebola in Louisiana. However, if there ever were a case in our state, Louisiana is prepared. For the last several weeks, the state has been working to ready Louisiana’s public health and medical infrastructure, including procedures for emergency medical workers, hospital physicians and regional emergency response coordinators.
“While we certainly hope that we never have an Ebola case in Louisiana, we are committed to ensuring that our health care system and our emergency responders stand ready and prepared.”
Click here to read of the precautions taken by the various state agencies. 

 

 

October 1, 2014

Lacombe man arrested for burglaries, investigators looking for other vicims
Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office have arrested a Lacombe area handyman for the burglary of two residences where he had previously performed work.
Louis Angel Castro (26184 E. Chestnut, Lacombe – DOB: 3/20/1975) was arrested yesterday and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for two counts of L.R.S. 14:62.2 – simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
Castro was identified as a possible suspect in a burglary on E. Chestnut St. in Lacombe and another in the Coin du Lestin subdivision near Slidell.  Detectives found Castro near his home yesterday and, when questioned, he admitted to the burglaries.
Castro worked as a handyman and performed lawn care at residences throughout the parish and detectives suspect he might have burglarized other former clients.  The types of items he stole from the two known burglaries include jewelry, watches, firearms, and household electronics.
Anyone who hired this individual and noticed property missing from their residence is asked to call Detective Sergeant Brian Beech at 985-726-7850. 

 

 

 

October 1, 2014

Husser Resident Arrested On Kidnapping, Sexual Battery, and Rape Charges
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 25 year old Grant P. Carruth of Husser, LA on multiple charges kidnapping, sexual battery and rape.
On September 30, 2014, at approximately 12:30 am, Carruth was taken into custody and charged with 2 counts Second degree kidnapping, 1 count Aggravated Rape, 1 count Sexual Battery, and 1 count of theft.
Over the past month, the TPSO has been investigating two separate cases involving the kidnapping and sexual assault of two female victims.   In both cases, the suspect allegedly approached the victims and identified himself as a Narcotics Officer.  The suspect would then place them in handcuffs and tell them that they were being arrested.  The victims were transported to undisclosed locations within Tangipahoa Parish where they were forced to performed sexual acts against their will.  In both cases, the alleged suspect would then drive the victims to other locations where they were released and subsequently contacted the sheriff’s office.
The first case was reported on August 11, 2014, and the second incident on September 20, 2014.    Similarities in both cases led investigators to believe the same person was responsible for both crimes.  Investigators believe that in the second incident, the suspects aggressive behavior progressed and he became more violent toward the victim.
With the information gathered from both cases, investigators were able to identify Carruth as a primary suspect which both victims were able to positively identify. Investigators issued arrest warrants for Carruth and he was subsequently taken into custody in Husser, LA. without incident. Sheriff Edwards stated:  “These allegations are serious violent offenses and through the efforts of our investigation we were able to quickly apprehend the suspect.”
Sheriff Edwards would like to thank the Louisiana State Police and the Amite City Police Department for their assistance in this investigation. TPSO requests anyone having further information pertaining to this investigation to please contact Detective Mike Moore @ 985-345-6150 or Detective Dale Athmann @ 985-634-9181.

 

 

October 1, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
June Hernandez was booked 09/30 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Jonathan Barber was booked 09/30 In From Court
Teddie Williams was booked 09/30 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Curtis Martin was booked 09/30 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Catlin Williams was booked 09/30 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Lewis Gray was booked 10/01 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Essie Williams was booked 10/01 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs

 

 

September 30, 2014

First Responders Being Killed On Our Highways At Alarming Rate
More first responders are killed by traffic crashes than by any other line-of-duty cause. Across the United States preventable “Move Over” violation crashes kill an average of 1 tow truck driver every 6 days, 23 highway workers and 1 law enforcement officer every month, and 5 firefighters every year. In an effort to protect emergency workers and citizens from passing motorists, 49 states have passed “Move Over” laws requiring motorists to take prudent action when approaching stopped vehicles on the shoulder.
“First responders across our state and the nation routinely risk their lives to provide emergency services to citizens in need on our roadways,” stated Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson.  Whether approaching a law enforcement vehicle, tow truck, or your local neighbor changing a flat on the side of the road, slow down, exercise extreme caution, and MOVE OVER to keep them safe. 

Click here to read more.

 

 

 

September 30, 2014

Click It or Ticket Campaigns Working
Louisiana motorists are buckling up at record high rates in 2014 but males, African-Americans and pickup truck occupants lagged behind.  Hispanics used seat belts at rates higher than both whites and African-Americans.
"Our annual Click It or Ticket campaigns have played a major role in raising awareness of the importance of always buckling up,” Lt. Col. John LeBlanc said. Louisiana has what is called a “primary enforcement” law, meaning that officers can stop and ticket people they observe violating the seat belt law.
Click here for the complete News Release from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

 

September 30, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Zachary Hyatt was booked 09/29 on the charges of Possession of Firearm with obliterated Serial Number and Carrying Firearm/Weapon on School Property
Bennie Davis was booked 09/29 In From Court
Joshua McClendon was booked 09/29 In For Court
Angelia Arnold was booked 09/29 In From Court
Jamberlynn Brown was booked 09/29 In For Court
John Lamparski was booked 09/29 on the charges of Failure to Appear (5 counts)
Phishala Fowler was booked 09/29 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Decarlos Taylor was booked 09/29 on the charge of Possession of Stolen property
Alex Wilson was booked 09/29 In For Court

 

 

Obituary

The five-month old daughter of Andrew Kaufman and Dixie Smith went to Heaven Sunday morning September 28, 2014 at Ochsner Medical Center-Northshore in Slidell. Aubree was born April 15, 2014 and though she was only on this Earth a short time, the precious memories we have will last a lifetime. We will forever cherish how she touched our lives.

 

 

Obituary

Bruce Jarrod Fornea, a resident of Foxworth, MS, age 31, born on February 3, 1983 in Bogalusa, LA, died on Friday, September 26, 2014 in Hammond, LA.

 

 

 

 

September 29, 2014

MT. HERMON STUDENT ARRESTED FOR GUN POSSESSION ON CAMPUS
Acting on information provided by other students, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Mt. Hermon School student Zackary Hyatt, 17, who was in possession of a .357 revolver.  The revolver, with a partially obliterated serial number, was located in the student’s car which was parked on campus.  The arrest was made the morning of September 29, 2014.
The Sheriff’s Office and school officials have been on alert for the past few days due to an alleged threat of a possible shooter at the school.  Officers were at the school again early this morning.  No shooter and no specific threat have been identified and it is believed that today’s arrest is not related to the previous alleged threat.
Hyatt was placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with  Possession of a Firearm at School and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.  No bond has been set at this time.
Hyatt alleges that he purchased the pistol several months ago as protection after having been robbed by a former student.  He states that he had no intention of removing the pistol from his car.  The pistol will be submitted to the crime lab for analysis and detectives are working to locate the person who allegedly sold the pistol to Hyatt.
Chief Deputy Mike Haley stated, “This investigation is ongoing.  Our detectives will continue to talk with Mr. Hyatt to gain as much information as possible about his motives and the person who sold him the pistol.”
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Based on information we have at this time, we do not believe this incident is related to the previous rumor last week of a possible shooter at the Mt. Hermon School.  This appears to be a case of very bad judgment on behalf of Mr. Hyatt.  We do, however, consider this to be a very serious matter and are glad this pistol is now off of the street and secure in our evidence locker.  I commend our detectives for a job well done.”

 

 

September 29, 2014

MT. HERMON STUDENT ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION
On September 24, 2014, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office  arrested a Mt. Hermon School student on campus for marijuana possession.  Acting on information provided to the Sheriff’s Office, a deputy confronted Curtis Quavis Martin, 17, when he stepped off of the school bus after it arrived at the school.
Martin was in possession of several ounces of marijuana concealed in a breath mint container.  He was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Possession of Marijuana.  He was released on bond later the same day.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “While we were providing security at the school following an unconfirmed threat, we received information that Mr. Martin would be bringing marijuana to the school.  Our deputy performed his duty and made the arrest, preventing the distribution of the marijuana to others.  This was a good arrest and I commend our deputy.”

 

 

September 29, 2014

Riverside Medical Center Announces TeleStroke Partnership with Tulane Medical Center
Riverside Medical Center in partnership with Tulane Medical Center announced the launch of its innovative InTouch TeleStroke program. The program is a form of telemedicine that provides Riverside Medical Center patients with enhanced in-house stroke care and 24-hour access to Tulane Medical Center’s specialized stroke experts.
The collaboration brings together innovative TeleStroke equipment and specialized care from Tulane’s Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke center. Using TeleStroke system carts and a two-way live video, audio and image sharing system, consulting stroke neurologist and neurosurgeons from Tulane Medial Center can evaluate a Riverside Medical Center patient in real time to diagnose a stroke and determine the best course of action.
“During a stroke, time is of the essence, because time lost is brain lost,” said Dr. Kyle Magee, CEO. “Tulane’s TeleStroke network provides on-demand access to stroke experts within minutes of entering the Riverside Medical Center emergency room and reduces treatment time.”
Together, Riverside Medical Center and Tulane Medical Center provide quality care to stroke patients and follow national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
As part of the TeleStroke partnership, Riverside Medical Center stroke patients will have streamlined access to Tulane Medical Center when needed for advanced care.
“We are committed to enhancing healthcare in the community, and we want to keep Riverside Medical Center patients close to home whenever possible,” said Sheryl Martin-Schild, M.D., PhD, Vascular Neurologist and Medical Director of the Tulane Stroke Program.  “Stroke patients will likely stay at Riverside Medical Center, but it’s comforting for patients, family and staff to know specialized care is available nearby at Tulane Medical Center, when necessary.”
For more on the story, click here

 

 

Obituary

Dannie Phillip Garrett, Jr, 69, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 28th with family at his bedside. He was born the oldest son of Dannie Phillip Garrett, Sr and Mildred Bankston Garrett on September 1, 1945 in Franklinton, LA. He was a longtime resident of Baton Rouge and most recently Prairieville, LA where he owned and operated his businesses, Fireplace Wholesale and Pelican Land Services. Phillip was an avid outdoorsman, the love of which he learned from his father. He experienced great joy in sharing this passion with many others through the years. He pulled many fish from the waters around Grand Isle and killed more whitetail deer than he could count. It has been said that he knows more about deer than most deer know about themselves.

 

 

Obituary 

William "Bill" Woodward, age 86, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, born on June 2, 1928 in Bogalusa, LA, died on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

September 29, 2014

St. Tammany Parish Hospital Events This Week
Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of September 29 - October 4.

  • A Bereavement Support Group will meet from 3-4 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Madisonville Conference Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1202 S. Tyler St., Covington. The group is free and open to the community. For more information, contact Ada Marion at 985-871-5974 or amarion@stph.org.
  • StoryTeach, which teaches children from Pre-K through 8 about feelings, values and social skills will be held from 10-10:30 a.m. Oct. 3 at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. The cost is free for members and $3 for nonmembers. To register or for more information, contact ksupan@stph.org or 985-898-4435.
  • Expecting families are invited to tour the St. Tammany Parish Hospital New Family Center, 1202 S. Tyler St., Covington from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 4 and 18. Meet in the third floor lobby to learn all about the private birthing suites, rooming in, skin-to-skin program and more. Free. For more information, call 985-898-4436.
  • St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center holds its new baby support group from 11:15 a.m. to noon every Thursday at 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents as well as professionals. Free. To register or for more information, contact ksupan@stph.org or 985-898-4435.
  • Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital will offer free Tai Chi classes from 9-10 a.m. and free meditation classes from 10-11 a.m. every Thursday at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion, 16300 Highway 1085, Covington. The classes, led by yoga and Tai Chi instructor Erlinda R. Nye and certified medication instructor Ellen LaRocca LMT CPSM, are free and open to the public.
  • Free yoga classes will be held from 10-11 a.m. every Friday at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion, 16300 Highway 1085, Covington. These free classes, led by Wendy McKee, Certified Yoga Instructor, incorporate yoga techniques appropriate for anyone going through a cancer experience regardless of physical strength or abilities. Registration and a medical release are required. To register or for more information, call 985-789-0793.

 

 

September 29, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Josh Geraldson was booked 09/26 on the charge of Criminal Damage To Property
Michael McWhorter was booked 09/26 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Damian McWhorter was booked 09/26 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Alexis Collins was booked 09/26 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Drugs, Open Container in Vehicle, and Failure to Appear
Gregory Victor was booked 09/26 on the charge of Possession of Schedule Drugs
Robert Abshire was booked 09/26 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, No Seat Belt, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, Expired MVI, Expired Drivers License, Inadequate Windshield, Expired License Plate, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Comply-Duty of Offender to Notify Law Enforcement, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and No Insurance.
Gerald Williams was booked 09/26 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Christopher Brock was booked 09/27 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Stacy Sumrall was booked 09/27 on the charge of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery
Jody Riley was booked 09/27 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Use Turn Signal
Ronald Garcia was booked 09/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, No Drivers License, and Open Container in Vehicle
Cecil Simmons was booked 09/28 on the charges of Failure to Comply-Address Change (2 counts) and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Tregg Scott was booked 09/28 In For Court 

 

 

September 26, 2014

Tourism Commission Fair Booth Promoting Washington Parish
The Washington Parish Tourism Commission will again provide an informational display during the Washington Parish Free Fair. We are located in the front of the Old Armory building, with Junior Fine Arts and the Washington Parish Genealogical and Historical Society.
Any local event organizers or TOURISM-related businesses that have brochures, upcoming events flyers, or materials for display in the booth are encouraged to deliver them to the tourism office as soon as possible. This includes parade organizers, museums, festivals or street fairs, art shows, music or holiday events, as well as bed & breakfasts, cabins, or campgrounds, recreational outlets, restaurants, and locally produced products. 
The Fair provides a great opportunity to inform our many visitors of all the attractions the parish has to offer, and we also try to provide local residents with information on attractions and activities in our surrounding area. The tourism office maintains brochures throughout the year, and local information is sent in packets in response to visitor queries. 
Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm. The office is located at 1950 Washington St. in Franklinton. You may mail or drop off items at that location. 
For more information, contact the office at 839-5228 or email
wptour@bellsouth.net.

 

 

September 26, 2014

Mammo and Bone Density Special for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Riverside Medical Center is again offering a $60 Cash Special during the month of October for a Mammogram or Bone Density Screening ($100 for both). You must have a doctor’s order for either service. To schedule an appointment, please call 795-4336.

 

 

September 26, 2014

Scam caller claims to be with Sheriff’s office
Sheriff Jack Strain is warning residents of yet another scam that appears to have made its way to St. Tammany Parish.
Over the weekend, a Slidell woman was contacted by a man claiming to be a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office lieutenant.  The man requested she go to a CVS store and buy a “MoneyPak” card to pay a fine.  If she did not, he threatened, a warrant would be issued in her name for failure to appear for jury duty.  (A “MoneyPak” is a card used to reload prepaid cards or add money to a PayPal account without using a bank account).
When the woman questioned the man, he provided a fictitious supervisor’s name and badge number and told her the name of a local judge, saying that judge would be signing the warrant.  She was then told deputies would be at her residence within moments to arrest her.
Minutes later, the Sheriff’s office received a call reporting a residential burglary at the woman’s home.
Responding deputies, finding no evidence of a burglary and after speaking with the scared and confused woman, realized the call was part of a scam.
The Sheriff’s office does not solicit or accept “MoneyPak” cards as payment of a fine or in lieu of a warrant being issued, nor do we make initial contact via phone regarding the collection of a fine.  We also do NOT accept any form of payment over the phone.
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this or any scam, is asked to call our non-emergency dispatch line at 985-898-2338.

 

 

September 26, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Kizzy Thompson was booked 09/25 on the charge of Attachment
Larry Alderson was booked 09/25 on the charge of 1st Degree Murder, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Discharge/Use of Weapon, Armed Robbery, and Aggravated Robbery
Brooke Ramsey was booked 09/25 on the charge of Accessory After the Fact

 

 

September 25, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Heath Vince was booked 09/24 on the charge of Possession of Schedule Drugs
Christina McCain was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Shaun Hobgood was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Drugs (2 counts)
Amanda Woodward was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Dylan Jenkins was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Drugs (2 counts), Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Unauthorized Entry
Curtis Martin was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance
Jerry Galloway was booked 09/24 on the charge of Bench Warrant Failure to Appear
Melissa Jenkins was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Drugs (2 counts), No Proof/Must Carry Registration, and No Insurance
Talage Ratliff was booked 09/24 on the charges of Battery of Infirm and Attempted Simple Robbery
Kizzy Thompson was booked 09/25 on the charge of Attachment

 

 

Obituary

Perry Ison Seal, a resident of Varnado, LA, age 88, born on September 24, 1925 in Varnado, LA, died on September 23, 2014 at Collins State Veterans Home in Collins, MS.
He was a WWII veteran and served in the United State Navy. He was a member of the Magic City American Legion Post #24. He was a member of Forest Haven Baptist Church. He was a Fireman in Baton Rouge, LA. He retired from the Paper Mill 45 years. He was a Beef Cattle Farmer and farmed until 84 years.

 

 

September 25, 2014

National Night Out to be Held Oct. 14 in St. Tammany
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will join other South Louisiana law enforcement agencies in celebrating National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.
National Night Out is designed to strengthen neighborhood communication, form relationships between law enforcement officers and members of the public and stimulate anti-crime efforts in communities.
Numerous National Night Out parties will be hosted throughout unincorporated St. Tammany Parish on Oct. 14, and residents are encouraged to attend one of these parties to participate in this annual event.
Sheriff Jack Strain and his deputies will make an effort to attend as many parties as 

possible throughout the parish to meet residents and share crime prevention and awareness tips.
If your neighborhood or community is interested in participating in National Night Out, contact Sgt. Scott Lee at 985-276-1395 or email the location of the event, time and contact information to scottlee@stpso.com.
A listing of all registered block parties and events will be posted on our website, www.stpso.com, prior to Oct. 14.

 

 

September 25, 2014

Former DCFS Audit Director Sentenced Today
More and more, high ranking government officials are in the news for wrongdoing.  On September 23 we had a story that former Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Bruce Greenstein was indicted on nine felony counts of perjury.  In the story below, former St. Tammany Coroner Peter Galvan (who is currently already serving time in a federal prison) pleaded guilty today to three counts of felony theft.  No end in sight!

Now we have this oneDelrice Augustus, former director of the Bureau of Auditing and Compliance Services for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), was sentenced today for theft from a federally funded entity.  Augustus pleaded 

guilty on May 28 to using a state credit card for more than $25,000 in personal purchases.
"We are pleased that justice has been served for the citizens of the state of Louisiana," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "DCFS has no tolerance for fraud of any kind. I am proud that our internal checks and balances uncovered this elaborate scheme which involved multiple criminals.
On March 18, 2014, DCFS fiscal employees questioned purchases made on a state credit card assigned to Augustus' Administrative Assistant, which prompted further investigation and subsequent findings. Within 24 hours of the discovery, Augustus was arrested by state police and a more in depth investigation launched. The investigation eventually led to the identification and prosecution of two additional DCFS employees, both of whom are awaiting sentencing for their role in this scheme.

 

 

September 24, 2014

Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Sentenced for Felony Theft 
Former St. Tammany Coroner Peter Galvan pleaded guilty today to three counts of felony theft, announced criminal prosecutors with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Public Corruption Unit.
Galvan was sentenced in St. Tammany Parish District Court to three years in the Department of Corrections, served concurrent with his federal sentence, and one year in state prison, served consecutive with the federal sentence. He was ordered to pay $350,000 in restitution, of which he has paid $50,000 rendered by check today to the city of Slidell. The remaining $300,000 is due by October 31.  It is estimated that Galvan stole a total of $584,969 from the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

He is currently serving a two-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in October to the federal charge of conspiring to steal government funds.

Click here for more on the story.

 

 

September 24, 2014

Franklinton Council Approves Resolution Regarding Airport
The Franklinton Board of Aldermen met in regular session Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30 pm at City Hall and among other items, approved a Resolution to facilitate acceptance of a $935,000 grant that is spread over five years.  The current year's funding is $165,000 for fencing.  In other business, the Board

  • Heard from Washington Parish School Board Candidate Matthew Tate (pictured right)
  • Established Halloween Trick or Treat hours.  The time set is for October 31, 2014 between the hours of 6 pm and 8 pm.
  • Heard a report from Fire Chief Chad Manning
  • Heard  a financial report from Myrtie Fitzmorris
  • Commended the employees for jobs well-done
  • Announced the October 14 meeting is moved to October 21 due to the Fair

To view video of the meeting, go to our Washington Parish TV page and click on the Government Meetings Folder at the bottom of the video player. 

 

September 24, 2014

Getting ready for the Bogalusa Blues fest
The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival is in the process of being staged. The tents and signs are going up, and the park is abuzz with activity. And it's only going to increase!
Come join us Friday and Saturday at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa.

 

 

Obituary

Bernadine Sprehe Magee age 92 passed away Sept. 23, 2014 at Good Samaritan's Nursing Home. She was a resident of Varnado La.

 

 

 

 

 

September 24, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Patrick Mark was booked 09/23 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Alton Thompson was booked 09/23 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear
Jeffrey Barber was booked 09/23 on the charge of Probation Violation
Craig Peters was booked 09/23 on the charges of Simple Burglary (3 counts)
Vito Saraceno was booked 09/23 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Dustin Hughes was booked 09/23 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Drugs and Ran Stop Sign
Marion Catalano was booked 09/23 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Heath Vince was booked 09/24 on the charge of Possession of Schedule Drugs
Christina McCain was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Shaun Hobgood was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Drugs (2 counts)
Amanda Woodward was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Dylan Jenkins was booked 09/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Drugs (2 counts), Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Resistsing a Police Officer With Force or Violence, and Unauthorized Entry

 

 

September 23, 2014

Dr. Kyle Magee's Announcement Highlight of Parish Council Meeting
Addressing the Washington Parish Council Monday evening, Dr. Kyle Magee, Chief Executive Officer of Riverside Medical Clinic, reported that an agreement "in principle" had been reached between Riverside Medical Center, Family Medical Clinic, and St. Tammany Parish hospital. 
Resolution of the ongoing dispute between the parties, which has played out publicly over the last few months, resulted from a series of "productive" meetings between the parties.  Dr. Magee stated that the agreement will strengthen the relationship between the parties.
We congratulate all of those involved, persons wanting the best for each of their institutions and, above all, wanting the best healthcare for residents of our area.  

 

 

September 23, 2014

Mississippi Resident Killed in Washington Parish 18 Wheeler Crash
Franklinton, LA- Shortly before 11:00 am this morning, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on LA 62 less than a mile north of LA 10 in Washington Parish. The crash took the life of the 18 wheeler driver, 57 year old Joey Dunaway of Kokomo, MS.
Troopers’ investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Dunaway was traveling south on LA 62 in a 1999 Western Star log truck when, for reasons under investigation, he failed to maneuver a left curve in the roadway and ran off the west side of the highway. As the log truck left the paved roadway, it rolled onto its right side and caught fire engulfing the cab of the truck. Dunaway was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office. Due to the extent of the fire, restraint use is unknown and toxicology results are pending.

 

 

September 23, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Pernell Mingo was booked 09/22 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II (3 counts) and Possession of Schedule 3 With Intent to Distribute
Russell Holden was booked 09/22 on the charge of Drug Court
Kimbo Robinson was booked 09/22 on the charge of Drug Court
Keith Garrett was booked 09/22 on the charge of Drug Court
Willie Bickham was booked 09/22 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Failure to Appear
William Morris was booked 09/22 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Steven Snow was booked 09/22 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Scott Jenkins was booked 09/22 on the charge of Probation Violation
James Gatlin was booked 09/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Patrick Mark was booked 09/23 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

Obituary

Michael Robert Holden, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 72, born on June 12, 1942 in Bogalusa, LA, died on Monday, September 22, 2014 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

September 23, 2014

Former DHH Secretary Indicted on Perjury Charges
Former Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Bruce Greenstein has today been indicted by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury on nine felony counts of perjury, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
The grand jury indictment accuses Greenstein of lying under oath on numerous occasions when asked about his role in the bid process in which DHH, under Greenstein’s leadership, doled out a nearly $200 million contract to his former employer, Client Network Services Inc(CNSI) to provide Medicaid billing and fraud oversight services.
For more on the story, click here

 

 

September 22, 2014

Riverside Medical Center's Scheduled Activities
The RMC Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday, September 25 at 4 pm in the hospital cafeteria.  Two other events are scheduled in early October, widely celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

  • A Breast Cancer Survivor's Brunch is scheduled Wednesday, October 1 at 9 am in the hospital cafeteria and
  • A Breast Cancer Awareness Community Tea is planned for Thursday, October 2 in the hospital cafeteria

For more information on these activities, call Riverside Medical center at 985-839-4431

 

 

September 22, 2014

Parish Council Meeting Tonight
The Washington Parish Council will meet in regular session in the courthouse in Franklinton at 6 pm tonight.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Matthew Tate, a candidate for Washington Parish School Board, is scheduled to address the Council.  Otherwise, the Agenda consists of routine matters.  But you never know when the Agenda will be amended!

 

 

Obituary

VIVIAN JOETTA STEVENS, AGE 58 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died shortly before 10:00 am Saturday September 20, 2014 at her home. Joetta enjoyed caring for her many pets and barnyard animals. She was a real caregiver and cherished all the time spent with her grandchildren and family. Joetta was a very good cook and enjoyed drinking coffee while passing time just swinging on her front porch.

 

 

September 22, 2014

This Week's Activities At St. Tammany Parish Hospital
STPH has announced that the following events/programs are scheduled this week:

  • Connect With Your New Sibling, September 20
  • Surviving Homework, September 24
  • Tai Chi and Meditation, September 25 and every Thursday
  • Yoga, September 26 and every Friday
  • Infant/Child CPR, September 27

For more information on these programs, click here

 

 

Obituary

Mrs. Dorothy Hewitt Speights, age 69, passed away at Rest Haven Living Center on Saturday, September 20, 2014. She was a resident of Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

September 22, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Asiah Morris was booked 09/19 on the charge of Contributing to Delinquency of Juveniles
Adolfo Wilson was booked 09/19 on the charge of Principal to Attempted Theft
Yamahri Brumfield was booked 09/19 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Shirchreasia Madison was booked 09/19 In For Court
Sherman Stringer was booked 09/19 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Frank Wempren was booked 09/19 on the charges of Simple Burglary (2 counts), Possession of Stolen Property, and Criminal Damage
Corbin Ikerd was booked 09/19 In From Court
Shaun Givens was booked 09/19 on the charge of Attachment
Jermy Brown was booked 09/19 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Allen Henry was booked 09/19 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Christopher Magee was booked 09/20 on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling

 

 

September 20, 2014

‘The Big House Program’ Canines Available For Adoption

Rocky, Raysa, and Roxie are the first three 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 has partnered with Doggone Express, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Mt. Hermon, LA.  Doggone Express helps Louisiana prisons and jails establish training programs called “From the Big House to Your House.”  Inmates work with dogs brought to the jail from local shelters to teach them basic skills such as sitting, staying, name recognition and other abilities 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.

For more information, click here and If you’re interested in meeting or adopting Rocky, Raysa, or Roxie, please contact Danell Gerchow at (985) 768-1165 or e-mail her at danellgerchow@stpso.com for the necessary paperwork.

 

Obituary

Robert H. “Bob” McNeese, age 71, passed away on Friday, September 19, 2014 at his home in Baton Rouge after a courageous battle with cancer. Bob was born December 21, 1942, to Doris and Robert S. McNeese in Bogalusa, LA. He graduated from Bogalusa High School and the College of Engineering at LSU, where he was a member of ROTC and a drummer for the LSU Tiger Band. He then served his country as a Captain in the United States Air Force, which fueled his life-long love of aviation. Bob was the first employee at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge and was the Director of Facilities Management until his retirement in 2009. Bob was a pilot and a musician. In addition to his love of planes and music, he was an avid railroad enthusiast. He always looked forward to vacationing in Colorado with his wife Priscilla.

 

 

September 19, 2014

DEPUTIES MAKE ARRESTS AFTER OBSERVING ILLEGAL DRUG TRANSACTION
On the afternoon of September 18, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force detectives observed an illegal drug sale in the parking lot of a service station on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa.  After the sale was completed, both the seller and buyer went their separate ways.  Deputies pursued them and arrested two persons.  
Roxanne Bernadette Fortenberry, 25, Bogalusa, was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule II Drugs.  She was placed in the Washington Parish Jail with bond set at $5,000.  She met the conditions of her bond and was released later in the day.
Pernell D. Cotton, 36, Varnado, was arrested and charged with three counts of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs.  Cotton is in the Washington Parish Jail with no bond.
A significant amount of illegal drugs and cash were seized from Cotton along with the Chevrolet Tahoe he was using to transport and sell drugs.
“Let this be a lesson to drug dealers,” said Sheriff Randy Seal.  “We are watching you and will arrest you when we have cause to do so.  I commend our Drug Task Force detectives for their continued effort to identify and arrest drug dealers in Washington Parish.”

 

 

September 19, 2014

Legislation Provides for Special Deer Hunting Season for Honorably Discharged Louisiana Veterans on Private Lands
Honorably discharged, Louisiana resident veterans will have extra hunting dates on private lands during the 2014-15 Louisiana deer hunting season.   This season will run concurrently with the open Youth Season in all zones. 
This special deer season, which is available for youth (ages 17 and younger) and physically challenged hunters, precedes the opening weekend of regular firearms season.
The 2014-15 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet contains the complete listing of all deer season dates in the 10 designated deer areas in the state. To view the booklet on line, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations .

 

 

September 18, 2014

16-year Old Files False Police Report
In an attempt to identify a possible suspect in a complaint filed by a 16 year old girl about a suspicious man near a bus stop, an investigator with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office this morning conducted a stakeout near that location. 
The investigator did not observe any suspicious vehicles matching the description given by the girl.  While there, he noticed the girl and her mother arrive to wait for her bus.  The detective approached them and asked – since they were at the scene of the complaint – if the girl could help re-enact the incident.
The girl was immediately hesitant with her response and her ability to provide any additional information.  Within a few minutes, she admitted to the detective and to her mother that, while she did see a vehicle matching that description in the area yesterday, she fabricated the story about the driver’s attempted interaction with her.
The girl was arrested for falsifying a police report and was released to the custody of her mother.

 

 

Obituary

ELIZABETH BLACKWELL THOMAS, AGE 83 and a resident of the Thomas Community died at 6:30 AM Wednesday, September 17, 2014. She passed away peacefully at her home with family by her side. She was a long time member of Thomas First Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening.

 

 

September 18, 2014

Strain Reminds Horse Owners to Protect for Mosquito Borne Diseases
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M, is reminding horse owners to be vigilant in protecting their horses and vaccinate their animals for both Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and the West Nile Virus (WNV).
So far, there are seven reported cases of EEE and one case of WNV.  Horses are infected the same way humans are infected – by being bitten by infected mosquitoes.
If a mosquito bites an infected bird, EEE or WNV can be spread to horses, dogs, cats and humans. These mosquito-transmitted diseases can cause inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord. The diseases cannot be spread from horses or other animals to humans.


Prevention includes avoiding mosquitoes, removing standing water and using mosquito repellants that are safe for horses and humans. Horses can also be vaccinated. So far, there is no vaccination approved for people.
State Public Health Veterinarian with the Department of Health and Hospitals Dr. Gary Balsamo said, “You should protect yourself from mosquitoes no matter where you live in Louisiana. Eastern Equine Encephalitis is not the most common threat, but it does result in the most severe symptoms in humans.”

 

 

September 18, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings


George Crain was booked 09/17 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension and Attachment
Devonta Flowers was booked 09/17 on the charge of Criminal Damage
Ashley Magee was booked 09/17 on the charges of Criminal Damage and Aggravated Assault
Claudia Morris was booked 09/17 In From Court
Melissa Cummings was booked 09/17 In From Court
Demarauis Wilson was booked 09/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Crawford Polk was booked 09/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Jamie Hardin was booked 09/18 on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Angela Dykes was booked 09/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Resisting Arrest
Samson Martin, Jr. was booked 09/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation

 

 

September 18, 2014

SHERIFF’S OFFICE HOSTS TRAINING EVENT
September 9-11, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal hosted a three day jail legal issues update in New Orleans.  Sheriff Seal joined eleven other Louisiana Sheriffs and a total of ninety-eight participants from five states for the training event.  Training was conducted by the  National Institute for Jail Operations and focused on constitutional jail requirements.  Participants were provided not only statutory and case law relating to various jail issues but also practical advice on how to implement jail management procedures designed to help make jails defensible in the event of litigation.
Sheriff Seal stated (in part), “This is the second year our Office has hosted a national training event and we are already planning another one for 2015.”
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley serves as a member of the NIJO Jail Training Advisory Committee.

 

 

September 17, 2014

3rd Annual Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival - Don't Miss It
The population of Bogalusa is expected to increase by about half next weekend when people from across the region gather at Cassidy Park to celebrate the third annual Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival Sept. 26-27.
Since its inception, the festival has attracted accolades and big crowds due to top-notch musical lineups. And its hand-crafted, Louisiana-focused, family friendly atmosphere prompts visitors to return regularly and to bring their friends.
This year, the two-stage lineup includes JJ Grey & Mofro, the Ruthie Foster Band, the Devon Allman Band, Mike Zito and the Wheel, Johnny Sansone with guest Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles, Big George Brock, Paul Thorn, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Big Daddy O, the Petty Bones, Keenan Knight, Trent and Zac, and the Mandeville High School Jazz Band.
Approximately 20 food vendors will offer succulent regional specialties, and about that many art vendors will provide opportunities for visitors to purchase a wide range of the unique, hand crafted products of their creative imaginations.
Besides all that, there will be art classes and train rides for the kids, a splash pad and playground, harmonica workshops for people of all ages, canoe rides, free admittance to the on-site Pioneer and Native American museums, and much more to occupy those who aren't dancing in front of the stage while the music fills the air.
The BBHF opens from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and continues from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are just $10 per day in advance, and children 12 and under get in free. Check it out and purchase tickets online at www.bogalusablues.com.

 

 

September 17, 2014

National Hunting and Fishing Day Activities, September 20
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on September 28. NHFD is a national event celebrated by all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September.
Events include exhibits on LDWF management programs, shooting and fishing demonstrations, exhibits from local chapters of Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club and CCA, and supporting businesses from the local communities. Attendees have the chance to try their skills at the shooting ranges, fishing ponds and boating activities, as well as learn about wildlife through interaction with live animals.
For more information, go to http://wlf.louisiana.gov/news/38455

 

 

Obituary

Wesley Bowman, age 83 and a native of Louisiana, passed away on Sept. 13, 2014.  Mr. Bowman was a doting husband and a nurturing parent and grandparent who was dearly loved by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a good man and a good friend. Mr. Bowman served in the United States Army as a young man, seeing duty in the Korean War. He was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as a switchman for 42 years. Mr. Bowman was also a proud member of the Williams Boulevard Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and actively involved with the Bus Ministry for many years. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. 

 

 

September 17, 2014

Progress On Bogalusa Community Center Revealed
At last evening's Bogalusa City Council meeting, discussion regarding establishment of a Community Center began during a Public Hearing on an Ordinance authorizing the Mayor 

to enter into a contract with RLC Architecture for a Community Center and Safe Room.  Residents Gloria Kates and Fate Farrell provided favorable comments regarding the establishment of the Center.  Kate's comments primarily supported the establishment of a Safe Room for citizens displaced by storms, a situation she had experienced in 2002.  Farrell's questions and comments spoke to the location and inclusion of a Boy's and Girl's Club.  Mayor Charles E. Mizell provided information that the location being considered is near the Sports Complex on Avenue B.  An environmental impact study has been completed on the proposed site and funding, in the form of grants, is being explored.  The Council approved the Ordinance.

In other business, the Council heard concerns regarding litter and possession of too many dogs by some - a situation that can be disturbing to neighbors. 
Mayor Charles Mizell touted all the events in Bogalusa and complimented the Bogalusa Police Department.  Councilman Michael O'Ree encouraged residents to become involved in resolving problems in our communities.  He stated that if we do nothing or say nothing, we are at fault as well.  His comments received a standing ovation.
Go to the Washington Parish TV site and click on the Government Meetings folder to view video of the meeting.

 

 

September 17, 2014

Congressional Candidate Predicts Oil & Gas Boom
Speaking before the Bogalusa City Council last evening, Congressional Candidate Harris Brown predicted an oil and gas boom in our area, producing 300,000 jobs that will pay $2500 per week. 
Harris, a resident of the northern part of Louisiana, has a background in row-crop farming, tree farming, oil and gas industry, and volunteerism.  Brown characterizes himself as a solid conservative who will cut taxes, pass flood insurance reforms, create jobs, repeal Obamacare, end over-regulation and defend our Second Amendment rights.

 

 

September 16, 2014

Deputies locate body in Lake Pontchartrain
(Update on previous story)

At approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies located a male body floating in the lake just east of the Twin Spans.  The man is believed to be the same person seen jumping over the side rail of the  westbound twin span over the weekend.
Sheriff’s office marine division deputies were entering day three of the search for the man after motorists reported seeing him exit his vehicle and jump from the bridge at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
Since that time, deputies have been canvassing portions of eastern Lake Pontchartrain with boats equipped with underwater imaging devices and helicopters.
Investigators are on the scene and the body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for a positive identification.

 

 

September 16, 2014

Free P.A.D. Screenings Sept. 29 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital
Are you at risk? Get screened for free!
Peripheral Arterial Disease is the narrowing of the arteries outside the heart that causes diminished blood flow.
Am I at risk?  P.A.D. affects 8-12 million people in the United States, 1 in every 20 Americans older than 50 has P.A.D., 1 in every 3 people with diabetes has P.A.D.  Typical signs and symptoms include:  Claudication: fatigue or cramping in the leg muscles while walking or climbing stairs, Pain the legs and/or feet or legs that heal slowly, poorly or not at all, Poor nail growth and decreased hair growth on toes and legs, Sores or wounds on toes, feet or legs that heal slowly, poorly or not at all.
The screenings are noninvasive and only take minutes.  Call (985) 871-6088 for an appointment.

 

 

September 16, 2014

Program on Government Contracting Offered
If you have considered the possibility of government contracting but didn't know where to start, the Southeast Louisiana Business Center program "Government Contracting: Everything You Wanted to Know Plus a Little Lagniappe" is a good place to start.  It is offered Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 9am to 11am at the St. Tammany Administrative Complex - Building B, 21454 Koop Drive in Mandeville, Louisiana.  There is no cost to attend.
Topics include:  Should you market to the government?, How to get started, things "TO DO", Are you ready to bid?, set aside programs, and subcontracting.
For more information, call (985) 549-3831 or email lsbdc.slu@lsbdc.org

 

 

September 16, 2014

2014 Book Festival This Saturday
Please forward this information! Share with all your Facebook friends, and pass along by word of mouth!!!
Saturday, September 20th, 2014, the Washington Parish Library will be hosting it's first annual BOOK FESTIVAL with more than 25 International, Regional, and Local Authors to meet and participate in book talks. The event is sponsored by Barnes and Nobles and The Friends of the Washington Parish Library.  It will be held at the Franklinton Branch.  Call (985) 839-7805 for more information.
There will be something for the whole family. Don't miss it!

 

 

September 16, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Christopher Williams was booked 09/15 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Battery, and Public Intimidation (2 counts)
Justin Brumfield was booked 09/15 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Marijuana, Discharge of Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Pauline Catalano was booked 09/15 In For Court
Hussein Faour was booked 09/15 In For Court and on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500
Jacob Jarrell was booked 09/15 In For Court
Genesis Salcedo was booked 09/15 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Joe Tippy was booked 09/15 In From Court
Kelvin Warren was booked 09/15 In From Court

 

 

September 15, 2014

SKIN CANCER SCREENING IN BOGALUSA
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital will hold a free skin cancer screening from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Neilsen’s Pharmacy, 1619 Columbia St., Bogalusa. The screening is available to patients who have not had a physician perform a skin screening in the past 12 months and includes a visual exam performed by a physician. For more information, call (888) 616-4687 or go to www.marybird.org/stph

 

 

September 15, 2014

ANOTHER SCAM HITS WASHINGTON PARISH
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal warns parish residents of yet another scam that has claimed at least one victim in the parish.
The victim received a call from a woman who claims to work for Grand Central Gift Awards, a company that is under contract by the federal government to distribute federal grants in the amount of $7,000 each.  The victim is instructed to go to a local chain drug store and purchase a $299 green dot reloadable card.  The victim then is instructed to call (206) 855-3333 and give the pin number to the card.  The caller advises that the grant process has already been started and that the $7,000 grant check will be mailed soon.
Did the parish resident receive a check for $7,000?  No.  The only thing he received was a hard lesson in how the scam operates.  It was a lesson that cost him $299.
Sheriff Randy Seal cautions parish residents about becoming scam victims.  “If someone calls and offers you anything for free, hang up on them.  It is a scam!  The caller may have a sweet voice, or the caller may have a convincing story, but it is a scam.  Don’t fall for it.  Just hang up.  You can always report scams to our office, but there is little we can do.  Most scams originate outside of the United States, even though they may have a local telephone number.  Just hang up on them.”

 

 

September 15, 2014

Child Passenger Safety Emphasized
Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force will be conducting FREE Child Safety Seat Check events across Louisiana this Saturday, September 20, 2014 in order to reduce the number of children injured and killed in motor vehicle crashes. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 123,000 children under the age of 13 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2011. Crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 13.
Adults - Pay Attention:   Nearly 3 out of 4 child restraints are installed improperly.  Louisiana State Police urges everyone to help reduce injuries and the tragic loss of life by buckling up themselves and their children — Every trip, Every time.

 

 

September 15, 2014

ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP  LEADS TO  DRUG  ARREST
It started out as a routine traffic stop by a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputy.  It ended in the arrest of a Bogalusa female for Possession to Distribute Schedule I Drugs.
On September 6, while patrolling Highway 21 south of Bogalusa, a WPSO patrol deputy observed a vehicle pull slowly into a motel parking lot and then exit on Highway 21.  The vehicle was being driven in an unsafe manner.  The deputy activated his emergency blue lights and was finally able to get the driver to pull to the shoulder of the road.  The driver had no driver’s license and no proof of insurance.  He was issued a citation.
While talking with the driver, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.  He asked for permission to search the vehicle and the driver gave permission for the search.  Inside the glove box, the deputy discovered a plastic bag containing 57 grams of  marijuana.  The driver denied knowing the marijuana was in the car but a passenger admitted that the illegal drugs belonged to her.
Arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail was Katina Patrice Harrell, 41. Bogalusa. She was later released on a $30,000 bond. 
Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the value of patrol activities in the parish.  “Our deputies move throughout the parish, either responding to calls or looking for suspicious activity.  This arrest is a prime example of good, pro-active law enforcement.  If criminals think we sit around waiting for a call to come in, they are mistaken.  We are on the move so that we can more quickly respond to any situation that develops.  I commend our fine patrol deputy for being alert and taking another drug dealer off of our parish roads.”

 

 

September 15, 2014

Great Programs Available At STPH
For the week of September 15 - 20, St. Tammany Parish Hospital is offering the following 

programs:  Co-parenting classes for divorcing parents, Toddler Talk, Bringing Up Baby, skin cancer screenings, prostate cancer screenings, a Boot Camp for New Dads, Connect With Your New Sibling, new baby support group, Tai Chi and meditation, and yoga.  For more information on these programs, go to http://www.stph.org/News/Default.aspx?nid=679

 

 

September 15, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Jeffrey Berry was booked 09/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Paul Ard was booked 09/12 on the charge of Attachment
Daniel Hamilton was booked 09/12 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Letina Self was booked 09/12 In For Court
Corbin Ikerd was booked 09/12 In From Court
Patrick Spencer was booked 09/12 In For Court
Vikki Vince was booked 09/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, and Open Container in Vehicle
Kurt Danos was booked 09/13 In From Court
Jessica Smith was booked 09/14 on the charges of Attachment and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Christopher Williams was booked 09/15 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Aggravated Domestic Abuse Battery, and Public Intimidation (2 counts)
Justin Brumfield was booked 09/15 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Marijuana, Discharge of Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Pauline Catalano was booked 09/15 In For Court

 

 

September 15, 2014

Deputies attempting to locate man in Lake Pontchartrain
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office is attempting to locate a man who reportedly jumped off the eastbound twin span this morning.
At approximately 8:30 Sunday morning, the Sheriff’s office received a number of 911 calls from motorists on the twin spans who reported seeing a black Cadillac pull over to the shoulder at mile marker 258 (approximately two miles from the north shore). Witnesses said the male driver exited the vehicle and jumped over the side rail of the bridge.
Sheriff’s office patrol deputies, along with Sheriff’s marine division boats are on the scene attempting to locate the man. Deputies are also trying to identify the man through documents in the vehicle, which was registered in Mississippi.

 

 

Obituary

SANDRA BARBER CALLIHAN, AGE 59 and a resident of Franklinton died early Sunday morning September 14, 2014 at Regency Hospital in Covington. She enjoyed cross-stitching and tending her flowers. But her favorite pastime was fishing as she could spend hours enjoying the peaceful time. She was always a loving wife and mother.

 

 

Obituary

JAMES EARLIE STAFFORD, AGE 75 and a resident of Talisheek died Friday morning September 12, 2014 at his home. He was a former longtime retail manager with Woolworth who enjoyed fishing. He played football as a young man and later in life loved watching it any time he could.

 

 

Obituary

Sidney "Sid" Averette died Saturday, September 13 at Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA. He was 73 years old.  He was a veteran and served in the United States Air Force for more than 20 years from which he retired as Master Sergeant. During his time in the Air Force he traveled throughout the world and settled back in Bogalusa after his retirement.

 

 

Obituary

Nettie Faye Keaton age 74 passed away Sept. 12, 2014 at West Jefferson Hospital in Marrero La. She was a resident of Bogalusa La, and member of Palestine Baptist Church

 

 

September 13, 2014

Pink High Heel Fun Run/Walk
Lots of fun and a worthy cause.  This describes the 4th Annual Pink High Heel Fun Run/Walk sponsored by the Mt. Hermon Ladies Ruritan Club at the Washington Parish Fair Grounds on Saturday, October 25.  This is a colorful event - a family event  that benefits the Sallie Astor Burdine Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  We have all had friends and family members touched by breast cancer and by participating in this event, we can help make a difference.  
For more information, go to the Mt. Hermon Ladies Ruritan Club page or call 985-515-3979 or email:  pinkfunrun@yahoo.com.  See Ya'll there!

 

Obituary

Archie Vernon Stewart of Lee's Creek Community and member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church was born in 1930 and passed away Sept. 11, 2014 at AMG Specialty Hospital in Bogalusa.

 

 

Obituary

Patty Lou Hines Henley, a native of Bogalusa, and resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana passed away in her home on Thursday, September 11, 2014 surrounded by loved ones, and went to be with her Lord and Savior in Heaven. She was born August 17,1928 in Tylertown, MISS. Pat was an amazing mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend that opened her heart and home to everyone. She was an incredibly hard worker, and made a lasting impact on everyone she knew.

 

 

September 12,2014

RMC Blood Drive Monday
All are invited to Riverside Medical Center Monday, September 15 for a blood drive from 2 pm to 7 pm.  The Blood Mobile will be parked in front of the hospital.  The blood drive is a joint effort between Riverside Medical Center and The Blood Center.  Please come and donate.

 

 

September 12, 2014

Native American Cultural Day Set For November 8
Now through the end of the year will be a busy time for most of us.  Football season is underway, the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival is coming up, and the Washington Parish Free Fair will be enjoyed by most.  Plus, we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas between now and the end of 2014.
But you have to put on your schedule a unique, first-of-its-kind event to be held at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa on November 8.  The Native American Cultural Day will consist of seven Louisiana Native American tribes sharing their culture through traditional dance, dress, and crafts.  The tribes include the Coushatta, the Chitimacha, the Jena Band of Choctaws, the Tunica-Biloxi, the United Houma Nation, the Clifton Choctaw, and the Choctaw Apache.  Representatives of these tribes are travelling from across the State of Louisiana to Bogalusa in order to share their culture with us.
This educational and informative event is hosted by the Museums of Cassidy Park and the Intertribal Council of Louisiana/Institute for Indian Development, Inc. 
Admission is free.  Put this event on your schedule.  For more information, go to  www.museumsofcassidypark.org

 

 

September 12, 2014

Bogalusa City Council meets Tuesday, September 16 at 5:30pm
The Agenda for Tuesday's Bogalusa City Council meeting includes the Introduction of one Resolution, the Introduction of One Ordinance, and Public Hearings on two Ordinances previously introduced.  The Ordinance being introduced is to revise the revised budget. 
Time is set aside under the Public Participation part of the meeting for persons to address the Council.  Mayor Charles Mizell will address those in attendance and the Council.  Be there if you can and watch the meeting after Wednesday morning by going to the Video Library on our Washington Parish TV page and clicking on Government Meetings.

 

 

Obituary

ROSE HALEY McCLENDON, AGE 80 and a resident of Slidell died at 1:10 pm Wednesday September 10, 2014 at Ochsner Medical Center-Northshore. She was a native of the Hackley Community, and attended Thomas School where she played basketball but had resided in Slidell for over 16 years. Rose enjoyed gardening, cooking for others and often bowling with her family. She loved watching basketball, and was a big sports fan, including New Orleans Saints football.

 

 

September 12, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Alcraigious Smith was booked 09/11 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Attachment
Jeffrey Berry was booked 09/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Careless Operation
Paul Ard was booked 09/12 on the charge of Attachment

 

 

September 11, 2014

Washington Parish Planning Committee Meets Tuesday
The Washington Parish Planning Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the Council Chamber at the Courthouse.  The only specific items on the Agenda falls under Old Business and includes the following Topics:
> Noise – Commissioner Rogers
> Animals Shelter – Commissioner McKenzie
> Mobile Homes – Commissioner Warren
> Multiple Housing – Commissioner Thomas
> Sanitation – Commissioner Jones
> Towers – Commissioner Cooper
>  Fracking – Commissioner Cooper
Although many of these topics are of interest to many of us, the topic of fracking is particularly timely.  High prices are being paid landowners for leases in anticipation of drilling, wells are producing oil nearby in Tangipahoa Parish, and fracking is a big issue in nearby St. Tammany.

 

 

September 11, 2014

Hunters Reminded to Practice Treestand Safety
As the opening of the 2014-15 deer season approaches, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding hunters to make pre-hunt checks to ensure treestand safety and use appropriate safety gear to reduce the chance of accidents in the field.
Each year, a few hunters are injured when they fall from stands or their stands fail. Nearly all of these injuries can be prevented if hunters follow basic treestand safety rules. 
To review these rules and prevent an injury or worse, go to http://wlf.louisiana.gov/news/38448

 

 

September 11, 2014

AG Caldwell Warns Louisiana Citizens of IRS Telephone Scam 

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is warning citizens of a phone scam in which the caller claims
 to be an IRS official and attempts to intimidate the victim into making a payment via pre-loaded debit card or wire service.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and are often threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of business or driver's license. Calls often become hostile when the victim does not cooperate.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, Attorney General Caldwell and the IRS caution you that there are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will not:
1.      Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
2.      Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3.      Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4.      Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
5.      Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

•      Instruct the caller that you will contact the IRS.  The IRS can be reached at 1.800.829.1040 or www.IRS.gov.
•      If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should report the scam to the IRS at
www.IRS.gov and also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov.  Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your report.

 

 

September 11, 2014

STPH 1st HOSPITAL IN LOUISIANA TO EARN DHH WELLSPOT DESIGNATION
St. Tammany Parish Hospital is the first hospital in Louisiana to be designated a WellSpot by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals as part of the agency’s recently launched Well-Ahead Louisiana campaign to improve health and wellness throughout the state.
A WellSpot is a place, space or organization that has implemented voluntary changes to make healthy living easier for the citizens. There are three levels, and all WellSpots must be a tobacco-free environment, which STPH became in 2008.
“We are so proud to announce St. Tammany as Louisiana's first hospital to receive WellSpot designation,” said J.T. Lane Public Health Assistant Secretary. “Their designation as a Level Two WellSpot is evidence of their commitment to their patients, staff and to the community. DHH is proud to call St. Tammany a partner in wellness.”
To see the criteria STPH met to receive this designation, click here

 

 

September 11, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Kevin Stalley was booked 09/10 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Kristen Domingu was booked 09/10 In For Court
Christopher Rome was booked 09/10 on the charge of Attachment
Nathan Stover was booked 09/10 on the charge of Possession of Schedule I Drugs

 

 

September 11, 2014

Shooting in Independence - Suspect Sought
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday September 10, 2014, leaving one man in critical condition.
At approximately 4:00 pm, deputies responded to a residence on Blackcat Rd. in Independence regarding a disturbance with a firearm.   Upon arrival, it was learned that a 25 year old male subject had been shot.  The suspect is stated to be an unknown black male approximately 5’8” tall with dreads wearing a white Tee, jeans.  Allegedly the victim was standing outside of the Blackcat Rd. residence when the slender black male exited from the passenger side of a green Expedition and approached him.  After a few words were spoken, the unknown subject pulled out a pistol and fired one time at the victim before quickly fleeing the scene.  The older model Expedition was said to be driven by a bald, light skinned black male.  Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding this shooting to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.  
The victim is reported to be in critical but stable condition.

 

 

September 10, 2014

Slidell Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges
Michael D. Forsyth, of 717 Edgelake Road in Slidell, was arrested Tuesday as a result of a joint investigation involving the Attorney General’s CCU, Louisiana State Police, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations. An undercover investigation into the downloading and distribution of child pornography led agents to execute a search warrant at Forsyth’s residence, where they found numerous pornographic images and videos of children under the age of 13. Forsyth was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on 20 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles.
Attorney General Caldwell said, “It used to be that protecting our children meant locking the doors and windows, having a good watchdog and a pistol in the nightstand. Today, criminal predators sneak into our children’s bedrooms past locked doors and windows, watch dogs and pistols and, undetected through the internet, prey on our children. We now must use new and modern methods to stop these criminals. That is why our Cyber Crime Unit employs the latest technologies to provide new safeguards for our children."  Caldwell concluded, “Our children are messages we send forward to a time we may never see. We must make their journey a safe one.”

 

 

Obituary

Ruth Byrd born December 25, 1932 passed away September 8, 2014 at her residence in Picayune, MS at the age of 81. She was of the Baptist Faith.

 

 

September 10, 2014

LDWF Agents Issue 55 Citations for Hunting Over Bait During Opening Weekend of Dove Season
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents issued 101 dove hunting related citations during the opening weekend of dove season on Sept. 6 and 7 statewide.  Of the 101 total citations, 55 were for hunting doves over a baited area, including four from Washington Parish.  Most of the other charges were for hunting with an unplugged gun, hunting without a basic hunting license, placing bait, hunting from a moving vehicle, and taking non-game birds.  Agents also seized over 300 doves associated with the citations.
Dove season began on Sept. 6 with a daily bag limit of 15 doves and possession limit of 45 doves.  Please check the LDWF dove hunting web page found at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove for more information.
Hunting over a baited field for doves, placing bait, and taking non-game birds each brings a state penalty of $400 to $950 in fines and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting with unplugged guns and from a moving vehicle each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without a basic hunting license brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

 

 

September 10, 2014

Red light running is a top cause of crash deaths and injuries
Broadside 'T-bone' crashes are especially dangerous
Running through a red light or other traffic control is the most common cause of urban crashes and is also a leading cause of crashes that result in deaths or injuries. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission points out that crashes at intersections often involve a vehicle being hit broadside, which is one of the most dangerous types of collisions.
"Even when it involves a vehicle equipped with side airbags, a broadside hit can cause a rollover––one of the most dangerous events for occupants that can happen in a crash," said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

 

September 10, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Narvin Winston was booked 09/09 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Ladansia McClain was booked 09/09 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Sidney Cotton was booked 09/09 In From Court
Kevin Stalley was booked 09/10 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

 

September 9, 2014

Karl Bickham Sworn In As Washington Parish Enforcement Officer
Wayne Kuhn, attorney for Washington Parish Government, did the honors Monday night of swearing in Karl Bickham as Washington Parish Code Enforcement Officer.  Bickham's duties include enforcing parish ordinances, visiting construction sites, and checking permits of those doing business in the parish.  Bickham was administered the Oath of Office and received the support of the Washington Parish Council.

 

 

September 9, 2014

Two DA Candidates Address Parish Council
Two candidates in the November 4 election for District Attorney, Brian Trainor (right) and Alan Black (left), appeared before the Washington Parish Council Monday night.  After their introductory remarks, the candidates took questions and comments from Council members.  Discussions regarded the District Attorney's Diversion Program for non-violent first time offenders, costs of incarceration, and the willingness of the candidates to work with Washington Parish regarding the cost of operation of the District Attorney's office.  Each of the candidates committed to being tough on violent criminals, to offering programs for the first-time, non-violent offender, and to the DA being available more often in Washington Parish. 

 

 

 

September 9, 2014

United Way Washington Parish Campaign Kicks Off
The Washington Parish Campaign kicks off Thursday, September 11, 2014 with a luncheon at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Bogalusa located at 541 Avenue F in Bogalusa.  The Keynote Speaker will be William S. Wainwright, Ph.D., Chancellor of the Northshore Technical Community College.  Tickets are $10. 
Washington Parish President Richard Thomas announced a Tailgate Party at the Courthouse in Franklinton Friday, September 12 at noon.  Hot dogs and chili will be provided for a $5 donation and great door prizes will be given out.  The Tailgate Party is hosted by the WP Government, WP Sheriff, WP Assessor, WP Clerk of Court, the District Attorney, and the Mayor of Franklinton.

 

 

September 9, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Naomi Manton was booked 0908 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Corwin Norred was booked 0908 In From Court
Cortney Forrest was booked 0908 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Jimmy Yates was booked 0908 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Jarius Caston was booked 0908 on the charges of Possession of CDS with Weapon Present, Driving Without Headlights, No Proof of Insurance and Possession of Marijuana
James Perry was booked 0908 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Arkell Tynes was booked 0908 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Michael "Micha" Pounds was booked 0908 on the charge of Fraud - Attempting to Obtain CDS
Wilson Jones was booked 0908 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)

 

 

Obituary

BETTY SUE FORTENBERRY MILLER, AGE 84 and a resident of Mt.Hermon died at 11:50 am Sunday September 7, 2014 at Heritage Healthcare Center in Hammond. She was a longtime member of Bogue Chitto Baptist Church and former First Grade teacher at Mt.Hermon School for over 30 years. Mrs. Betty enjoyed playing the piano and crocheting.

 

 

September 8, 2014

Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival Coming Up
The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival is working hard to transform its community by offering a truly extraordinary experience for music lovers, and those who want to steep themselves in Louisiana culture, in a beautiful, family-friendly environment on the last weekend of September. 
We offer two days of music by: J.J. Grey and Mofro, Ruthie Foster, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Johnny Sansone with Chief Monk Boudreaux, Big George Brock, Paul Thorn, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Big Daddy O, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, the Petty Bones, Keenan Knight, Trent and Zac and the Mandeville High School Jazz Band.
While the music is the primary focus, there is a lot more. About 20 food vendors will offer mouth watering dishes like shrimp and grits, boudin egg rolls, and wings and Creole rice. And about a score of art vendors will offer hand-crafted items including paintings, jewelry, belts and bags made from retired New Orleans fire hoses, and goods carved from trees downed by Hurricane Katrina.
Visitors of all ages will also have the chance to take part in Harmonica Workshops, take canoe rides through our Cassidy Park venue and along the Bogue Lusa Creek, and to get educated in our Pioneer and Native American museums.
Children 12 and under get in free of charge.  BBHF also offers them art classes, a splash pad and playground, and their own Kids' Zone.
For additional information, please visit bogalusablues.com online or check us out on Facebook. We are also available for on-air appearances the week leading into the festival. Anyone who is interested in that, please let me know asap for a booking.

 

 

September 8, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Lester Bankston was booked 09/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Ricky Crain was booked 09/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Chad Lorio was booked 09/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Obstruction of Highway
Corbin Ikerd was booked 09/05 In From Court
Stephen Morris was booked 09/06 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot) and Attachment (2 counts)
Kennis Roberts was booked 09/06 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice and Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II
Tony Normand was booked 09/06 on the charges of Possession of Schedudle II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Use Turn Signal
Travis Parrott was booked 09/06 on the charges of Attachment (6 counts)
Kurt Danos was booked 09/06 In From Court
Katina Harrell was booked 09/06 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I
Lonnie Holmes was booked 09/06 on the charges of Improper Passing or Backing, Switched License Plates and Hit and Run
Sarah Jones was booked 09/06 on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Principle to Criminal Damage
Jeremy Bickham was booked 09/07 on the charges of Hit and Run, Battery on a Police Officer, Criminal Damage, Driving Under Suspension, Disturbing the Peace, and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Angel Magee was booked 09/07 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot) and Ran Stop Sign
Jessica Catalano was booked 09/07 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Naomi Manton was booked 09/08 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

 

 

September 8, 2014

DRUG TASK FORCE MAKES BOLD APPEARANCE IN BOGALUSA
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force made a bold appearance Friday night, September 5, on the streets of Bogalusa.   Sixteen officers, comprised of Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies, Bogalusa police officers and Franklinton police officers worked several neighborhoods in Bogalusa looking for signs of drug activity.  Sheriff Randy Seal accompanied the officers as they targeted areas which are known to be hotbeds of illegal drug dealing.
During the evening, several groups voluntarily dispersed when officers entered the area in which they had gathered.  Most fled quickly on foot when officers appeared, some leaving drugs behind.  At one abandoned house, dominoes were left on the porch in playing position and drugs were left behind, scattered both inside and outside the house.
Six arrests were made during the evening.  Three were arrested and remanded to the custody of the Bogalusa Police Department for processing.  Three others were arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.  Those three were: 







 






Travis C. Parrott (left), 26, Bogalusa, who was arrested on five outstanding attachments. Parrott remains in jail without bond. 

Stephen Darnell Morris (middle), 22, Bogalusa, who was arrested on two outstanding attachments and Resisting an Officer by Flight on Foot.  Morris remains in jail with bond set at $4,750.
Tony Joseph Normand (right), 35, Fort Smith, Arkansas, and formerly of Bogalusa, who was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Normand remains in jail with bond set at $5,000.

 

 

September 8, 2014

ILLEGAL WEAPONS SEIZED BY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
During the aftermath of the August 26 shooting at the Sportsman’s Inn in Bogalusa, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives seized eight weapons and assorted illegal drugs at a residence on Dauphine Street in Bogalusa.  The weapons were common types used in criminal activity by drug dealers either to protect themselves or to intimidate citizens and law enforcement officers.
Weapons seized included two SKS assault rifles, one M4 .223 rifle, two semi-automatic 9mm pistols, one semi-automatic .380 pistol, one semi-automatic .40 caliber pistol and one .22 rifle.  It is believed that some of the weapons were involved in the motel shooting and they have been turned over to the crime lab for analysis.  Crime lab results will be used in the prosecution of the three motel shooters.

 

 

Obituary

DOROTHY SHERIDAN LADNER, AGE 91 and a resident of Franklinton died at 8:00 pm Saturday September 6, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a member of Springhill Baptist Church and a longtime Licensed Practical Nurse for Heritage Manor and later at Riverside Medical Center. She enjoyed gardening and playing music, which she was well known for her piano playing, and loved watching old movies. She was most proud of her service during World War II in Washington, DC as a decoder for the OTS department.

 

 

Obituary
Pearl Edna Barkman age 74 passed away Sept. 6, 2014 at Our Lady Of The Angels in Bogalusa La. She was a resident of Bogalusa La and retired production supervisor for American Fabric.

 

 

September 8, 2014

Crash Leaves One Dead, One Seriously Injured in St. Tammany
Sunday morning at approximately 7:10 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L were notified of a single vehicle crash on LA 433 east of I-10 in St. Tammany Parish. Upon further investigation, Troopers concluded the crash took place at approximately 4:30 am and resulted in the death of the vehicle’s front passenger and serious injuries to the driver, 31 year old John Cole both of Slidell, LA.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Cole, an off-duty Slidell Police Officer, was traveling west on LA 433 in a 2005 Jeep Wrangler, when for reasons under investigation, he failed to maneuver a left curve in the roadway causing the Jeep to run off road to the right. Upon leaving the roadway, Cole overcorrected to the left and lost control of the vehicle resulting in the Jeep entering a ditch and overturning. Cole was not properly restrained at the time of the crash and was transported to the Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans with serious injuries.
Front seat passenger in the Jeep, 31 year old Daniel Hanlon, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.
Impairment is suspected on Cole’s part and a blood sample was collected for a toxicological analysis. Those results and charges are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

Obituary

Dorothy Victoria Jones, a resident of Foxworth, MS and former resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 96, born on August 27, 2014 in Walthall County, MS, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Marion General Hospital in Columbia, MS.

 

 

Obituary

Carey A. Alford, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 79, born on December 5, 1934, passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.
He was a retired dairy farmer and feed and seed salesman. He worked different areas in farming and loved being a cattleman.

 

 

September 5, 2014
Large Marijuana Takedown In Tangipahoa

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and with the support of the Hammond Police Department seized nearly 320 large marijuana plants, and over 250 pounds of processed marijuana, with an estimated street value of an approximately 1 million dollars, yielding 4 arrests.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the discovery of a “cartel like” marijuana grow located deep in a wooded area in the Village of Tangipahoa.  Click Here for the rest of the story.

 

 

September 5, 2014

Mississippi man arrested for stealing money from Scholarship Fund
A Mississippi man has been arrested for stealing more than $4,000 from a scholarship fund set up to honor a local girl who died in an automobile crash.
You may remember that after a four-day search last March the body of Northshore High School graduate and University of New Orleans student Haley Howard was located when her submerged vehicle was pulled from the Irish Bayou on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain.
Following her death, Howard’s friends and family established a scholarship fund in her memory and a fundraising run/walk was held April 6 to benefit that fund.
Jonathan Lee Holcomb, manager of a sporting goods store in Slidell, was instrumental in setting up that event.  Click Here to read what he did next.

 

 

September 5, 2014

Four connect on dating website, end up in jail Monday night
Four individuals who met on a dating Website ended up in jail Monday night after their first date did not go quite as planned.
The four spent time at two different restaurants/bars in the Madisonville area, then boarded a yacht that was tied to the dock along Water Street in Madisonville.  At approximately 9:00 p.m., the group started the watercraft’s engines, which caused it to break free from its moorings and travel across the Tchefuncte River.  Before coming to rest, the boat struck another yacht, a smaller boat and a pier.  The four individuals then fled on foot.  It only got worse.  For the rest of the story, Click Here

 

 

September 5, 2014

SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES MAKE FRANKLINTON DRUG ARREST, SEIZE PISTOL
On September 4, 2014, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives assisted Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole Agents and Franklinton Police Officers in a residence check on 16th Avenue in Franklinton.  The objective of the residence check was to determine the whereabouts of Alvester Thomas who was supposedly living at that address.
Upon arriving at the residence, officers encountered a male and female who were inside.  The male, identified as Dedrick Eugene Cooper, 37, was acting suspicious so was searched by officers who discovered a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, marijuana, cocaine and  $160.42 cash in his trouser pockets. 
Cooper was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.  He was charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs,  Possession With Intent To Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance With A Weapon Present. Bond has not been set at this time.
After discovering the weapon and narcotics, officers asked the homeowner, identified as Kathlyn Magee, 44, for permission to search her residence.  She granted permission. During the search, officers discovered 22 grams of marijuana, crack cocaine and $480.50 in cash.  Magee admitted that the drugs and cash were hers. 
Magee was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.  She was charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Failure to Appear.  Bond has not been set at this time. 
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Drug dealers throughout our parish need to understand that we are on their trail, so it is best for them either to  get out of the drug trade or get out of the parish.  We may not catch them today, but we will continue to pursue them until they are in jail.  It doesn’t matter if they are selling drugs in Franklinton, in Bogalusa, or anywhere else.  We are looking for them and will eventually find them.  As they can see from this arrest, all law enforcement agencies are working together to rid our neighborhoods of drug dealers.”

 

 

September 5, 2014

BOGALUSA MOTEL SHOOTERS IDENTIFIED AND ARRESTED
Shortly after 3:00 a.m. on August 26, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots having been fired at the Sportsman’s Inn Motel located on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered that multiple shots had been fired at the occupants of a second floor room occupied by two California males and one Bogalusa female.   There was evidence that as many as thirty-two shots had been fired in the direction of the room in which the three were staying.  There is no evidence of return gunfire from the motel room and none of the occupants of the room were struck by the flying bullets.
For the rest of the story, Click Here

 

 

September 5, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Bookings
Dedrick Cooper was booked 09/04 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Kathlyn Magee was booked 09/04 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I, and Failure to Appear
Gereme Middleton was booked 09/04 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Failure to Appear
Ronald Sandifer was booked 09/04 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, and Contempt of Court
Ronald Strahan was booked 09/04 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Smith Warren was booked 09/04 on the charge of Criminal Trespass
Spencer Collins was booked 09/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Lester Bankston was booked 09/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Ricky Crain was booked 09/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Chad Lorio was booked 09/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Obstruction of Highway

 

 

Obituary

FRANKIE PENNY, AGE 96 a resident of Mt. Hermon died Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She loved crocheting, gardening, quilting and traveling. She belonged to the Mt. Hermon Garden Club and the Bogue Chitto Homemakers Club.
She was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. She was a retired registered nurse of over 30 years, having been employed at Pikes Medical Center in Kentwood for the majority of her career.
She was also the last living Real Daughter of the Sons of the Confederate Veteran of Louisiana. Her father enlisted in the Civil War at Camp Moore on May 13, 1862 and fought with the 3rd Louisiana Calvary.

 

 

September 4, 2014

Washington Parish Council meets Monday
The Washington Parish Council meets in regular session, Monday September 8, 2014 in Council Chambers at the Courthouse in Franklinton.  Two persons are on the Agenda to address the Council:  Alan Black, Bogalusa native and candidate for District Attorney, and Ed Glockner to speak on concerns with the Fire Districts.
Also on the Agenda are consideration of two Resolutions:

  • Resolution No. 14-661 – A resolution approving the holding of an election in Washington Parish Fire Protection District No. 1, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, December 6, 2014, to authorize the incurring of debt issuance of bonds therein.
  • Resolution No. 14-662 – A resolution approving the holding of an election in Washington Parish Fire Protection District #7, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, December 6, 2014, to authorize the levy of special taxes therein.

The Council will also swear in Code Enforcement Officer Karl Bickham, hear Parish President Richard Thomas' report, and hear from the public during the Public Participation segment of the meeting.  The public is invited to attend.

 

 

September 4, 2014

Governor Jindal Reminds Hunters to Take Advantage of Sales Tax Holiday
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal highlighted the 6th Annual “Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday" that runs from Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th, and reminded hunters to take advantage of the holiday to purchase the supplies they need for hunting season.
Governor Jindal said, “This sales tax holiday is a great way for our sportsmen and their families to save money while preparing to explore our state’s hunting grounds and the great outdoors. Outdoorsman can purchase guns, ammunition, safety gear and many other accessories all tax free, and the holiday also helps boost sales for our hunting stores, further growing our economy. Louisiana is the Sportsman's Paradise and this weekend provides a great opportunity for our people to purchase the supplies they need to get outside and experience all Louisiana has to offer.”

 

 

September 4, 2014

Louisiana's Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Upheld 
Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman upheld Louisiana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
In the Sept. 3 decision, Feldman ruled that the state’s ban does not violate the equal protection or due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Siding with the state’s attorneys, the Court also agreed that states have a legitimate interest in defining marriage through the democratic process.
The decision is the first of its kind in the country, as all other states have lost this battle.

 

 

September 4, 2014

Washington Parish Sheriff Hosts Training Event
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal is hosting a training event next week in New Orleans.  Due to the lack of hotel space in our parish, he has enlisted the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office to serve as  co-host.
Training will be provided by the National Institute For Jail Operations, a branch of the National Sheriffs’ Association.
Subjects covered will include Evolution of Corrections Law, Prisoner Communication, Access to Courts and Counsel, Use of Force, Civil Litigation, Duty to Protect, Prisoner Discipline, and Prisoner Searches.
The training has been approved by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association for continuing education hours for Louisiana Sheriffs.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has approved the training for legal continuing education hours for those Sheriffs who are also attorneys.
As of today, 87 persons have registered for the conference and will be attending from Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Kansas and Indiana.

 

 

September 4, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Shirley Hughes was booked 09/03 In For Court
Richard Davis was booked 09/03 on the charges of Theft by Fraud and Forgery
Barry Gholar was booked 09/03 on the charge of Sexual Battery
Todd Branch was booked 09/03 In For Court
Kelrick Hayes was booked 09/03 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)

 

 

September 3, 2014

BOGALUSA MAN ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED RAPE OF MINOR
Acting on a complaint from a family member, and following a thorough investigation, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Walter A. Johnson, 67, a Bogalusa resident, for aggravated rape of a minor.
Due to the age of the child and the nature of the crime, further details will not be released.
Johnson is being held in the Washington Parish charged with Aggravated Rape.  Bond has been set at $300,000.
Participating in the investigation were Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigator Damon Mitchell, Washington Parish Deputy Demi Rice, Rayburn Correctional Center Major Thomas Mitchell and the Children’s Advocacy Center.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the investigation and arrest.  “As a parent and grandparent, I am appalled at the thought of any adult committing sexual battery on a child.  Our staff did an excellent job gathering evidence to make an arrest in this

 matter.  I am so pleased with their hard work and the great working relationship we have with Rayburn Correctional Center and the Children’s Advocacy Center.”

 

 

September 3, 2014

Ward 2 Incumbent Constable Withdraws From Race
Colston Martin, two term incumbent Constable for Ward 2, withdrew his candidacy for the position Tuesday.  Martin cited personal reasons for his withdrawal and added that it has been his privilege to serve his community for the past twelve years.
Martin's withdrawal from the race results in Jeremy Freeman, the only other candidate in the November 4 election, to become Ward 2's Constable effective January 1, 2015.

 

 

September 3, 2014

Littering Issue Raised At Bogalusa Council Meeting
Littering, an issue addressed at previous meetings, was once again raised at the Bogalusa Council meeting Tuesday evening.  "Foots" Quin, a frequent visitor at Cassidy Park, decried the litter problem which includes condoms even in the newly contructed Splash Pad.  Quin challenged the police department to write tickets to those caught littering and suggested better signage at the park.
Mayor Charles Mizell responded that his administration has tackled the litter problem since he took office.  Acknowledging the lack of littering arrests. the Mayor suggested that such arrests are hard to make and that the solution is to increase awareness.
In other business, department heads made their reports to the Council. 
Robin Day reported on the continued revival of the downtown (Columbia Street) business district, Louis Busby reported on grant approvals for the improvement of the airport and increased use of the facilities there, Jerry Bailey reported on increased sales tax revenue, Sandy Bloom advised that property adjudicated to the City due to tax sales will be available for sale soon, and Landon Tims advised of upcoming events in the City of Bogalusa.
To view video of the meeting, go to our Washington Parish TV page and click on "Government Meetings" in the Video Library

 

 

Obituary

Albert Joseph Stewart Sr. born July 7, 1954 passed away September 2, 2014 at his residence at the age of 60. He was a native and a resident of Bogalusa. He attended the Church of United Faith Pentecostal Church here in Bogalusa.

 

 

Obituary

BETTY RAE SCHILLINGS TALLEY, AGE 77 and a resident of Franklinton died at 12:20 am Wednesday September 3, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She loved gardening and cooking for her family especially Sunday dinners. Betty enjoyed making crafts, playing Bingo and was a big football fan, both LSU and the Saints. She truly cherished all the time spent with her many grandchildren and family.

 

 

September 3, 2014

L.D.W.F. Providing Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on Private Land Leases on Sept. 6 Opening Day
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will provide public dove hunting opportunities for the Sept. 6 season opening on leased private land in three parishes.
The 2014-15 dove season opens Saturday, Sept. 6 in the north and south zones and hunters have multiple options available. LDWF has leased private land, the nearest location to us is in Wilmer, Tangipahoa Parish that is 152 acres prepared native grass pasture.   
For more information, go to http://wlf.louisiana.gov/news/38437

 

 

September 3, 2014

Gov. Jindal Issues Statement on ISIS Murder of Second American
Governor Bobby Jindal released the following statement after a member of ISIS murdered a second American citizen:
“The President said last week that his Administration currently has no strategy to deal with ISIS. There is no need to even comment on that, it speaks for itself.  I have no doubt about the President’s sorrow over the two murders of American citizens by ISIS.  I am certain that this grieves him deeply. And while grieving is important, it is no substitute for a strategy.  Let’s speak very plainly and directly about this – The Obama Administration does not have a strategy at all.   It’s not that we have a flawed foreign policy; we don’t have a foreign policy.  The President appears to simply careen from international crisis to international crisis, with no discernable governing principles.  The world is safest when America is strongest. A weak America invites chaos. And we are seeing exactly that on the world stage right now.  Peace through strength is not a slogan.  It is a truth. We can have peace through strength, or we can have chaos and war through weakness.”

 

 

Obituary

HOLLIS WAYLON JONES, AGE 73 and a resident of Bogalusa died early Tuesday September 2, 2014 at Rest Haven Living Center. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War Era and a member of the Masonic Lodge #101 of Franklinton. Hollis was a member of Bonner Creek Baptist Church and a former longtime truck driver for Blossman Petroleum. He was an avid sports fan that loved watching baseball and LSU football. Hollis enjoyed playing cards with his friends and cherished the fun times with his family. Everyone who knew him recognized that he always lived his life to the fullest.

 

 

September 3, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Rabiaad Pittman was booked 09/02 In For Court
Arthur Phelps was booked 09/02 In From Court
Smith Warren was booked 09/02 In For Court
Christopher Guillory was booked 09/02 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Failure to Appear, and Theft Over 1500
Walter Johnson was booked 09/02 on the charge of Aggravated Rape
Ondre Bickham was booked 09/02 on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (3 counts)

 

 

September 2, 2014

Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival: Food and Art, too!
The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, Sept. 26-27, 2014, attracts thousands of visitors every year by assembling top blues and other local music genre performers and setting them loose on two stages in a beautiful tree-filled, creek-graced central park. With a focus on family, we offer a Kid's Zone, Harmonica Workshops and Canoe Rides. And children 12 and under get in free of charge.
But there's lots more to the celebration of heritage and culture. That includes a tempting variety of scrumptious Louisiana foods and a wide selection of handcrafted art. This year, there will be approximately 25 food and 25 art vendors, according to Pam Knight, BBHF Food/Art chairperson.
Above all, Louisiana is known for its music and its food, and the BBHF aims to satisfy!
“Not only is the music lineup incredible this year, we've really upped our game with the food and art vendors as well,” she said. “The variety of Louisiana cuisine and culture in the food, and the quality selection from art vendors with original handcrafted merchandise will surely please festival goers.
“My returning personal favorites include boudin egg rolls with mayhaw pepper jelly, crawfish stuffed bread, and plenty of barbeque. Additional items featured this year will be Crawfish Monica, wings with Creole rice, shrimp and grits, and the list goes on.”
To further enrich the visitor experience and as part of its goal to support and promote area artists, the BBHF also provides opportunities for artists of handcrafted items to bring and sell their creations. That makes for a win/win/win situation. 
“In the art department, we'll showcase everything from beautiful handcrafted mixed metal jewelry to paintings from revered local and regional artists,” said Knight. “New additions this year will be handmade belts and bags from retired fire hoses from the city of New Orleans, and hand carved wooden goods from downed Katrina trees. And those who fancy themselves a musician, they can pick up one of the handcrafted cigar box instruments that will be offered this year. There will be a vast array of items for the most discerning buyer.”
To check out the lineup, for additional information or to purchase tickets, visit bogalusablues.com

 

 

Obituary

Edward “Arnold” Cooper Jr. Was called home on Monday, September 01, 2014 at 58 years young, while surrounded by his loving family.

 

 

Obituary

JOHN GEORGE SEAL, AGE 77 and a resident of the Canaan Community died early Sunday August 31, 2014 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He was a retired dairy farmer and cattleman that also sold bulls and cattle throughout the area. John was a longtime active member of Canaan Baptist Church who was never afraid to witness to others about his faith. He loved playing football as a young man and later watching football with his family. John liked to play his guitar and sing and listened to country music, especially his favorite artist George Jones. He was always a loving husband, father and grandfather that cherished the time spent with his grandchildren.

 

 

September 2, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kenneth Foster was booked 08/28 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Criminal Conspiracy, and Contempt of Court
Joshua Budde was booked 08/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Willie Cassady was booked 08/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Driving Under Suspension
Marvin Magee was booked 08/29 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation)
Russell Holden was booked 08/29 In From Court
Myron Mark was booked 08/29 In For Court
Anna D'Angelo was booked 08/29 on the charges of Theft by Fraud, Theft Under 500, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Corbin Ikerd was booked 08/29 In From Court
Christopher Mizell was booked 08/29 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Daniel Roach was booked 08/30 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
John Peters was booked 09/01 on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (3 counts), Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Resisting a Police Officer

 

 

Obituary

Kenneth M. Wilson age 81 passed away Friday August 29, 2014 at his residence in Varnado, La. He is retired from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Dept., and a member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Jessica Marie Ezell, age 92 and a resident of Bogalusa, Louisiana died August 29, 2014 at Resthaven Living Center.

 

 

September 1, 2014

Mississippi Motorcyclist Dies on Interstate 12 in Tangipahoa Parish Crash
Tangipahoa Parish – Early Saturday morning at approximately 12:45 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle that occurred on Interstate 12 eastbound near Interstate 55 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash took the life of Larry Seemann of Osyka, MS.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Seemann (W/M 49) and a 2012 Buick operated by Marlo Green (B/M 38) of Missouri City, TX. were eastbound on I-12, near mile marker 38, west of I-55. Seemann, for reasons under investigation failed to yield; struck the rear of the Buick, lost control, and was ejected. Seemann suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.
Marlo was restrained and impairment is not suspected on his part. Seemann was wearing a helmet, which was not D.O.T. approved and impairment is unknown on his part. Troopers collected a blood sample from Seemann for a toxicological analysis; those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

September 1, 2014

BBHF Poster Available Now Online
Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival Executive Chairwoman and Producer Malinda White announces that the 2014 BBHF Poster created by New Orleans artist, Richard C Thomas goes on sale beginning September 1, ONLINE ONLY!  The cost is $40.00 for unlimited, unsigned poster, $80.00 for 1-300 limited edition signed by artist, $120 for 1-100 limited edition signed by artist and includes an approved Henry Roeland Byrd aka Professor Longhair signature stamp.  All posters will have the BBHF official stamp!  Don't wait till festival day when you get a guarantee delivery of this collectible 2014 poster to your door in weeks.

Go to http://www.bogalusablues.com/

 

 

 

 

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