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January 21, 2017
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January 21, 2017
Tangipahoa Sheriff Arrest Three of His Own Employees
TPSO Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that six arrests were made January 19, 2017 after a four-week long investigation that partnered TPSO and the District Attorney's Office and focused on allegations of suspected  illegal criminal bond activity.  
Sheriff Edwards discovered that employees, Criminal Records Supervisor Sgt. Sonja Dyson Evans (55) of Kentwood, Latecial Milton (50) of Roseland, and Crystal Knight (31) of Amite, had indeed participated in illegal criminal bond activity. Evans was charged with Forgery (15 counts), Injuring public records, and Malfeasance in office. Milton was charged with one count of Malfeasance in office. Knight was charged with 19 offences to include Forgery, Injuring public records, Malfeasance and Illegal consideration of criminal bail bonds. During the investigation, the accused were either terminated or put on administrative leave.
Additionally arrested were Racquelle D. Collins (43) of Tickfaw, Robert Smith (63) of Roseland and Kedrick Carlson (31) of Hammond for there participation and knowledge of illegal criminal bond activity.  
Due to the on-going investigation and to the sensitive nature of the allegations, limited details are available at this time.   Future arrest and additional charges are expected to be forthcoming. 
Sheriff Edwards states (in part), “No one is above the law. I will not allow for any employee who allegedly engages in criminal activity to tarnish the good character and dedication of the many great women and men who unselfishly serve the residents of Tangipahoa Parish with integrity and professionalism.”

January 21, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Benjamin Holmes was booked 01/20 In From Court
Charles Jones was booked 01/20 In From Court
Joshua Smith was booked 01/20 In From Court
Whitefeather Norris was booked 01/20 on the charges of Distribution of Legend Drug and Failure to Appear
Timothy Goings was booked 01/20 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Theft 5000 - 25000, Possession of Stolen Property, and Forgery (20 counts)
Adam Thomas was booked 01/20 on the charges of Simple Assault and Contempt of Court

January 21, 2017
Mandeville ROTC Instructor Charged
On January 20, 2017, the Mandeville Police Department received a Crime Stoppers Tip concerning an ROTC Instructor at Mandeville High School having inappropriate relationships with female students. During the course of the investigation, the instructor was identified as Hosea McGhee (B/M 48 YOA) of Slidell. 
A search warrant was obtained for McGhee’s phone, which resulted in locating a large number of inappropriate text messages to at least one juvenile. McGhee was placed under arrest for 1 count of Computer-aided Solicitation of a Minor. McGhee was later transported to the ST Tammany Parish Jail.
The case is still under investigation and additional charges are expected.

January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017
Bogalusa Farmers Market Opens April 1
Great News! The Bogalusa Farmers Market will open April 1, in conjunction with Our Lady of the Angels Hospital's Family Fest. The event will be in Goodyear Park from 9 am. to 1 pm. 
Even better, the market will be held each Saturday at the same time and same location. 
According to Market Manager Michael Norman, Bogalusa Farmers Market is part of the Washington Parish United Initiative, a non-profit organization and a collaboraive effort of a number of organizations.
They are currently actively recruiting vendors for the market. So If you grow, raise, sew, bake, paint, craft, etc., please visit and message them for more information. You may also send an email to or call Michael Norman at 985-807-4447.

COLBY CRISTIN GLASGOW, AGE 24 and a resident of Gulfport died Wednesday January 18, 2017 at the Garden Park Hospital. He was a native of Washington Parish and a 2011 graduate of Pine High School. He enjoyed going to the beach and also worked maintenance at properties near the coast. Colby loved deer hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He liked to ride his four-wheeler and had a good friend in his pet dog Kipper.

January 20, 2017
Man Calls That He Was Robbed While Buying Drugs 
The “victim”, the perpetrator, and a third individual all ended up behind bars after a Slidell man called  Wednesday night  to report he was robbed while purchasing drugs.
After Zachary Stampley (27) met Devin Pearson (19) to buy pills, Pearson ,Pearson pulled out a gun and robbed Stampley of his cell phone and his wallet, which contained $350. He also took back some the Xanax pills he had just sold Stampley. Pearson ws located Thursday morning by the st. Tammany Parish SWAT team at his mother's residence and arrested on the charges of Armed Robbery and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (Xanax).
While executing the warrant on Pearson, deputies attempted to detain Alexis Parks (19) but resisted deputies and was arrested on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer by Violence and Battery on a Police Officer. 
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, “As with most violent crimes, there is always a common denominator…drugs. We will continue our crackdown against narcotics here in St. Tammany Parish. Expect to see more from our narcotics task force in the months to come.”
As the investigation continues, additional charges could follow.

January 20, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
William Allred was booked 01/19 on the charge of Attachment
William Magee was booked 01/19 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (4 counts), Attachment, Failure to Appear, and Distribution of Legend Drugs
Patrick Parker was booked 01/19 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Justin Cleveland was booked 01/19 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Domestic Violence
Jaysha Bourland was booked 01/19 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear

January 20, 2017
Troopers Seize Over $411,000 Worth of Cocaine 
Early Wednesday (January 18) morning, Louisiana State Police troopers conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 12, which resulted in the seizure of approximately 13.7 kilos of cocaine. Troopers booked the driver, Patrick David Spearman (48) of Georgia into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for possession of over 400 grams of cocaine.
Troopers initially observed Spearman commit a traffic violation on Interstate12 eastbound near the Tangipahoa/St. Tammany Parish line. During the course of the traffic stop, Troopers requested consent to search Spearman’s Ford Edge. Spearman refused a consensual search. Troopers deployed K9 “Rex”. Rex gave a positive response to the vehicle and a subsequent search yielded approximately 13.7 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of $411,000.00.

January 19, 2017
Fraudulent Credit Card Operation Shut Down by STPSO
A Slidell couple’s fraudulent credit card / identity theft operation has been shut down by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and resulted in 115 counterfeit credit cards, equipment used to make credit cards, and more than $25,000 worth of high-end shoes being seized.
Roland Celestine (24) and Gariuan Hampton (22), both of Slidell, were arrested last week for Bank Fraud, Identity Theft, Monetary Instrument Abuse and for violating the Anti-skimming Act.
Celestine and Hampton would first steal credit card numbers by utilizing skimming devices, and/or by purchasing stolen identities from the “dark web”. The couple would then take pre-paid gift cards, reprogram the magnetic strip with the fraudulent credit card information, and emboss their actual names on the credit cards. The duo would then use the cards to make fraudulent purchases at local retail stores.
A majority of the purchases made were high-end shoes that are often used as currency amongst the young adults because they are easily liquidated for cash, traded, and/or used as collateral.
The investigation continues.

January 19, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kirsty Bates was booked 01/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility
John Burkhalter was booked 01/18 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Demond Peters was booked 01/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Contempt of Court

ROSETTA THOMAS JAMES, AGE 82 and a resident of the Hays Creek Community died at 5:20 am Wednesday January 18, 2017 at the Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe. Rosetta was a beloved wife, mother, sister, sister in law, and grandmother. She worked at Rutter Rex Manufacturing Company for 31 years as a seamstress and including the last 5 years as a floor supervisor. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends and being active in her community and church of Hays Creek. Everybody knew that if they visited “Aunt Zet” that she was going to feed them something delicious. Rosetta’s pastimes included reading, watching soap operas and working in her yard. She and her husband especially enjoyed traveling in their later years with her brothers in law and sisters in law. She had a wonderful relationship with each of her grandchildren and adored her great-grandchildren. 

Joanne Theresa Duncan age 53 resident of Bogalusa passed away January 19, 2017 at her residents. She is a member of Crossroads United Pentecostal Church. 

Harold Owens McDaniel passed away January 18, 2017. He was born on January 26, 1930 in Spring Creek, where he lived all his life. He passed away peacefully with all his family surrounding him at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. Harold was a graduate of LSU in Dairy Science, a U.S. Veteran of the Korean War and a 65 year member of the Spring Creek Masonic Lodge.  He was a retired dairy farmer, serving as President of Dairy Farmers Trucking Assn. for 35 years. 

Mildred Carroll Hillhouse, age 86, a native of Varnado, passed away at Resthaven Living Center after a lengthy illness.

Brother Roosevelt Nunnery, affectionately known as Roe was born on February 26, 1952 and died January 11, 2017.  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and brother in law. Roosevelt said his farewell to his loved ones, and went home to eternal rest. 
Roosevelt attended New Orleans City Schools. He was employed by Poole Lumber Company until he retired in 2014. He was a member of Glorious Church in White Sand, Mississippi. 

January 19, 2017
Help STPSO Identify These Two Suspects

January 18, 2017
Mayor Wendy Perrette Focused on Achieving Goals 
Some in Bogalusa have, over the last several months, expressed their dissatisfaction with the performance of Bogalusa's leaders. Recall Petitions have even been filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State's office targeting Mayor Wendy Perrette and Councilmen Doug Ritchie and Teddy Drummond.
Today, Mayor Perrette issued a positive statement declaring her commitment to bringing the City back.
“While I fully understand the frustration of a community that believes themselves to be under-represented, I can only do that which was I was elected to do and that is represent each and every citizen of the City Of Bogalusa to the best of my ability and I will continue to do so.
We are a community that is both diverse and vibrant. My administration will continue to work to achieve the goals we set two years ago when we began this journey: to bring the City back from the brink of financial ruin, repair and update the infrastructure, and work to improve the quality of life in the City of Bogalusa.
While I admit we have far to go, we have achieved much in this very short period of time. We will stay focused on bettering the City.”

January 18, 2017
Bogalusa Council Has Productive Council Meeting
The Bogalusa City Council handled routine matters at their Tuesday (January 17) meeting, voted to approve two ordinances related to the airport, introduced an ordinance to approve a revenue-anticipation note (Public Hearing on February 7), and held a Public Hearing on and voted to approve an ordinance closing the cemeteries from dusk to dawn (whose purpose is primarily to prevent or reduce vandalism).
The Council heard from several residents (beginning 28:25 into the video) with legitimate concerns. One, however, was told he was out of order for verbally attacking Police Chief Bullen (beginning 40:00 into the video).
Mayor Perrette updated the Council (beginning 21:40 into the video) on various repairs being made, that Arbor Day will be at Cassidy Park on Saturday (January 21), that trees are being planted at the park, that work was done by the Jr. ROTC at the cemetery, that improvements made at Ponemah Cemetery was made possible by a private donation, on the use of revenue-anticipation funds, that water project work improvements will soon begin in Richardsontown, that the City has received no money from FEMA yet for reconstruction of the playground in the park, that changes will be made to water billing, and the Senior Citizens Building re-opening will be March 11.

January 18, 2017
Washington Parish Inmate Gets 5 Years for ‘Shank’
Jason Jarrell Spikes (31), an inmate in the Washington Parish jail, was sentenced Friday (January 13) to five years in prison for possessing a homemade knife that was found in his bunk. Security officers had testified that on February 27, 2016, they noticed Spikes appeared to be either sick or impaired in his cell. When officers went to check on Spikes further, they searched his cell and found a “shank,” apparently made from a broken microwave plate, under the edge of his mattress.
Spikes was convicted previously of three drug felonies, and he has a pending attempted murder charge, as well as other charges that stem from his incarceration in the parish jail. A hearing before District Judge William J. “Rusty” Knight on February 17 will determine whether Spikes will be sentenced as a multiple offender. If so, he faces from 20 years to life in prison.

TONY TRUMAN HARRISON, AGE 71 and a resident of Franklinton died Tuesday afternoon January 17, 2017 at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was a native of Enterprise, Alabama and had lived in Franklinton for over 45 years. Tony worked for many years with the Department of Agriculture before retiring as the Assistant to the Milk Market Administrator. He loved fishing and even handmade his own baits that he shared with his family and grandsons. Tony also enjoyed deer hunting and the outdoors. He was also a huge Alabama Crimson Tide football fan and always loved watching the games and following the team each year. 

January 18, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Susan Audibert was booked 01/17 on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law
Shamar Alexander was booked 01/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs and Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine)
Leekiba Gholar was booked 01/17 on the charge of 2nd Degree Rape (Forcible Rape)
Amanda Sumrall was booked 01/17 on the charges of Possession of Cocaine: 28 to 200 grams and Open Container in Vehicle
Malik Watkins was booked 01/17 In From Court
Ricky Tullos was booked 01/17 In From Court
Melvin Mark was booked 01/17 In From Court
Tina Williams was booked 01/17 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of Access Card
Devverron Morris was booked 01/17 In From Court
Chelsea Whaley was booked 01/17 on the charges of Forgery and Theft Under 750
Glenn Castle was booked 01/17 In For Court

At the age of 62 Roy Milton “Head” Burton was called from Earth to his eternal home. On January 10, 2017, he transitioned peacefully at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends.  He was a member of Magee’s Temple Church of God in Christ in Franklinton where he was a member of the Executive Board, Deacon Board, Usher Board, Pastor Aid, Male Chorus, Yard Crew, and whatever his hands found to do. Roy graduated from Franklinton High School and worked at many jobs: Mid Gulf Construction in New Orleans, LA, Wood s Slaughter House in Franklinton, LA, Paper Mill Construction in Bogalusa, LA, Windmill Nursery, and Washington Parish School System as a School Bus operator (Bus # F8)

January 18, 2017
Murder Suspect of McComb Man Caught in Wyoming
Jeremy McElvin, one of four suspects accused of killing Cort Gatlin (29) of McComb in the summer of 2016, was arrested in Sheridan, WY on January 18, 2017. He is awaiting an extradition hearing and will be transported back to Pike County, Mississippi. PCSO credits Sheridan Police Department and the U.S. Marshal's Task Force with McElvin's apprehension. The other three suspects were  Anthony J. Dauden, Bridget Dillon, and Exzavion Reed.
Dauden has previously told authorities how the four obtained a gun, talked Gatlin into getting into a car, drove to a residence on Summit Holmesville Road, beat Gatlin, taped his hands and mouth, and drove to Alford's Bridge.  Dauden said McElvin then shot Gatlin in the neck three times.  

January 18, 2017
Armed Robbery Suspect Moved From Hospital to Jail
Source: Robert Rhoden, | The Times-Picayune  
The armed robbery suspect accused of exchanging gunfire with Slidell police has been  released from a hospital and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail, authorities said today (January 18). Michael Donato, 26, of Slidell, who was wounded in the shootout, was released by a New Orleans hospital Tuesday night and booked on the North Shore with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, armed robbery, attempted second-degree murder and being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, said Trooper Dustin Dwight of Louisiana State Police.
Police said Donato tried to rob the Mr. Joe Chinese restaurant in a commercial strip at Gause Boulevard at Rue Rochelle on Friday at about 7:30 p.m. When police arrived, officers and the suspect fired at each other before Donato was apprehended, authorities said. Bullets shattered the windows of several businesses at the commercial centers.

Verrian L. Morris died January 16, 2017.  Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

January 18, 2017
Traffic Stop in Tangipahoa Parish Results in Drug Arrests
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office deputies initiated a traffic stop Saturday (January 14) morning and that resulted in the arrest of Michael Nelson, Jr. (28) and Jacoby Nelson (23).  As deputies approached the driver (Michael Nelson, Jr.), they saw a bag of suspected illegal narotics in a clear plastic bag in plain view. When deputies attempted to detain him, the driver began to resist and to yell at the passenger (Jacoby Nelson) to destroy the evidence. Neither claimed possession of the narcotics. 
Also located on Michael Nelson, Jr. was large sums of various narcotics packaged for street level sales. A large sum of money was located on Jacoby Nelson. Ultimately, processed methamphetamine, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, ecstasy pills, OxyContin, Klonopin , marijuana, Xanax pills, and over $2,000 in cash was found. 
The two were arrested on numerous charges and booked into Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

January 17, 2017
Recall Petition Filed on Bogalusa Mayor / Two Councilmen
A Recall Petition was filed on January 3, 2017 with the Secretary of State's office requesting an election to recall Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette and Councilmen at Large Teddy Drummond and Doug Ritchie.  The petition designates Malcom Dmetritch Moses as Chairman and Keith Davon Merrill as Vice-Chairman.
Within 180 days after the petition was filed, at least a third of qualified electors in Bogalusa must sign the petition and the petition submitted to the Registrar of Voters. The Registrar of Voters would then validate the signatures. Washington Parish Registrar of Voters indicated there were approximately 6861 qualified electors in the fall 2016 election and, therefore, approximately 2287 validated signatures would be needed for the recall to go forward.  If the required numbers of signatures are validated, Strickland expects the recall would be on the ballot in the fall of 2017. According to the Clerk of Court's Office, cost to the City for the recall would be approximately $16,000 if it is the only item on the ballot; if other items are on the ballot, the cost should be around $4,000.
Why is this recall effort being made?  The Mayor and members of the Council have been increasingly criticized by a relatively small number of people.  Most recently, the appointment of Kendall Bullen as Bogalusa Police Chief by Mayor Perrette and confirmation by a majority of the Council came under attack.  
Most issues are not new. The Mayor and Council have been struggling for some time with a dwindling tax base while having to address a need to maintain streets and other infrastructure. The Mayor has an “open door policy” and council members do their best to respond to citizens but the challenge of responding to critics and trying to satisfy everybody has led to two and three hour Council meetings.

January 17, 2017
It's Baseball Time in Bogalusa

January 17, 2017
Osyka Burglary Suspects Sought
The Pike County Sheriff's Office is needing the public's assistance to identifying and apprehending suspects involved in a burglary on US Hwy 51 north of Osyka, Ms on January 12, 2017. Two of the suspects appear to be white males and an unknown suspect in the vehicle. 
Please call the Investigations Division at 601-783-5468 or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033 with any information.

January 17, 2017
Richard Reed Gets 2 Years in Prison 
Source:  Robert Rhoden, | The Times-Picayune  
Richard Reed, brother of former North Shore District Attorney Walter Reed, was sentenced to two years in state prison Tuesday (Jan. 17) for obscenity and impeding a witness in a 2014 groping incident at The Chimes restaurant in Covington. State District Judge Peter Garcia sentenced Richard Reed, 68, saying, "Much about this case is particularly disturbing." 
Reed must pay restitution to the victim, register as a sex offender and remain on probation for five years after completing his prison sentence.
Police said Reed put the woman in his car and drove away, leading to a kidnapping charge. Covington police officers eventually stopped Reed, who flashed a DA's office badge, trying to give the impression that he had credentials with the office, authorities said.

January 17, 2017
Angie Man Arrested on Drugs, Weapons, and Traffic Charges
A Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy made a traffic stop along La. 21 north of Bogalusa January 15 on a car which had no visible license plate. The deputy noticed a strong odor of marijuana, the driver had no license, and was very nervous.  A criminal background check revealed the driver had an outstanding warrant for previous traffic offenses. 
Deputies discovered a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol between the driver’s seat and the center console, along with bags of marijuana which was later weighed and determined to be 35.05 grams, $778 in cash, and a drug scale. 
Charles Anthony Martin (23), a resident of Angie, was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail on two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, one count of possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present, one count of failure to have a driver’s license, one count of running a stop sign and contempt of court. 
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “There is only one reason for carrying a concealed fully loaded semi-automatic pistol, and it is not to go squirrel hunting. When one of our deputies approaches a vehicle, there is no way to know who is in the vehicle and whether or not anyone in the vehicle has a weapon. Traffic stops are always tense times for officers and I am pleased to know that this one had a good ending. Not only was our deputy safe, but he was able to take a drug dealer out of our community and into jail where he belongs. Good job, deputy!”

Jimmy Wayne Wheat, age 70, born on January 4, 1947 in Pearl River County, MS, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at his home in Bogalusa, LA.

January 16, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jakyren Ladner was booked 01/16 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Mandy Adamson was booked 01/16 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana
Brandon Magee was booked 01/16 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Battery on a Police Officer
Derlon Crain was booked 01/16 on the charges of Theft 750 or Less, Criminal Trespass, and Driving Under Suspension
Loretta Easterling was booked 01/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear

January 17, 2017
STPSO Investigating Overnight Fatal Shooting
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting Sunday (January 15) night shooting, which resulted in one person being fatally shot. Shortly after midnight (Monday, January 16), deputies responded after a homeowner in Slidell confronted a subject who was acting erratically in the front yard of his residence and shot the man.  The deceased is identified as Seth Flores (22).  
A press conference will be held at 4:00 pm today by Sheriff Randy Smith and St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston to provide more details of the investigation.

JIMMY EARL MCELVEEN, AGE 65 and a resident of Franklinton died Saturday afternoon January 14, 2017 at the Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport, MS. He was a 1969 graduate of Franklinton High School and a former longtime dairyman. Jimmy worked for the Washington-St. Tammany Electric Co-Op for over 20 years, most recently as a dispatcher. He enjoyed being on the water and liked spending time at his camp on the Pearl River. Jimmy loved tending to his Catalpa-worm trees and working in his yard. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and he adored his young granddaughter.

January 16, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joseph Treadway was booked 01/13 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Sexual Battery
Jason Branch was booked 01/13 In From Court
Rodney Toomer was booked 01/13 on the charges of Attachment and Failure to Appear
Caprice Nichols was booked 01/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Improper Turn/Accident, Driving on the Shoulder, and Attachment
Wayne James was booked 01/14 on the charges of Parole Violation and Failure to Pay Fine
Broderick Reed was booked 01/14 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions
Ronald Alexander was booked 01/14 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Attachment (2 counts)
Jermaine Magee was booked 01/14 on the charges of Speeding 10-20 Over Limit, Driving Under Suspension, Resisting Arrest, Resisting an Officer, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Failure to Appear (4 counts), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jamar McGowan was booked 01/14 on the charges of License Plate Light Required, Switched License Plates, No Drivers License, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, and Theft Under 750
Sandra Provost was booked 01/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Tyranza Owens was booked 01/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Charles Martin was booked 01/15 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, No Drivers License, Contempt of Court, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present

DAVID LEE SMITH, SR., AGE 60 and a resident of Franklinton died at 5:15 am Saturday January 14, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He was small-engine repairman and a former electric lineman. David loved rabbit hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was always a loving husband and father and he adored his grandchildren. 

H. V. “Sonny” Jenkins, 82, of Bogalusa passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at his residence.

January 16, 2017
Ladies Night Out Training in Mandeville
Would you know what to do if you were abducted, locked in a trunk, bound by duct tape, rope or zip ties? 
Don't miss the women's training being held at the Mandeville Community Center on January 19, 2017 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. 
Learn about home security, vehicle security, situational awareness, behaviors criminals exhibit before they strike, how to escape from a trunk, duct tape, zip ties and rope.
Free appetizers will be provided.

January 16, 2017
Two “Career Criminals” From Tangipahoa Caught After Pursuit 
On January 14, 2017 Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel reported the arrest of Joseph Ryan Trapen (21) of Tickaw and Cali Nobles (27) of Ponchatoula, two armed and dangerous "career criminals" suspected of over 40 -50 vehicle burglaries, 4 possible aggravated burglaries, multiple counts of auto theft, and much more. The couple also expended their crime spree efforts from the Ponchatoula area into multi-jurisdictions.
After a two-day search, the two were located in the Pontchatoula area and were caught in the act of committing a burglary.  The two led deputies in a vehicle pursuit in which the suspects crashed and then fled on foot.  They stole a pickup truck and fled to Livingston Parish. 
TPSO and LPSO Detectives and K-9's located the two.  Trapen was non-compliant and displayed a handgun that was later discovered as stolen.  Trapen lost control of the weapon and was taken custody with only minor injuries. He was taken to Lallie Kemp Hospital for wounds from the K-9 apprehension.  Nobles was taken to the LPSO jail.
The investigation is on-going and the two face numerous charges. 

Paul Wayne was born on July 30, 1924, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and passed away on January 12, 2017, at the age of 92. Paul graduated from Amite High School, Southeastern Louisiana University, and LSU. Paul served in the Navy during WWII in the U.S. Seabees from 1944-1946, coached at Mt. Hermon, and was principal at Roseland Elementary and Amite High School.  

On Sunday, January 8, 2017, Melissa Nicole Davis Williams went home to be with the Lord peacefully at her home. Melissa was born in Bogalusa and graduated from Varnado High School.  She worked at Home Help, Bogalusa Charity Hospital, Southeast State Hospital, and Pride and Hope for ten plus years.   

January 13, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jackie Robinson was booked 01/12 In From Court
Kristin Warner was booked 01/12 on the charge of Parole Violation
Kentrell Burns was booked 01/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property
Jael Marshall was booked 01/12 on he charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Matthew Stevens was booked 01/12 on the charge of Probation Violation
Toby Miller was booked 01/12 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Failure to Appear
Briana McNeese was booked 01/12 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Juanita Bossier was booked 01/12 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Fugitive Other Jursisdiction

January 13, 2017
Burglary Spree Stopped by STPSO Detectives
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have recovered over $16,000 worth of property, and stopped a one man burglary spree that has plagued the Slidell area since late November of 2016.
Steven Barrios (27) is accused of burglarizing over twenty storage units and three surrounding businesses on Highway 190E in Slidell over a month period.  Barrios is accused of stealing over $25,000 worth of property, and causing thousands of dollars in property damage. Detectives say he was stealing 4-wheelers, power tools, vehicle parts, engines, and electronics and trading the stolen items for cash.
Barrios was located last week at his grandmothers house in Slidell and booked on the charges of Simple Burglary (26 counts), Theft over $750 (6 counts), Theft under $750 ( 2 counts), Theft of a Motor Vehicle (4 counts), Criminal Trespass (5 counts), Criminal Damage over $500.00 (4 counts), and Criminal Damage (5 counts)
The investigation is still ongoing and more charges are expected.

January 13, 2017
Package Theft Suspect Wanted for Questioning
Can anyone help Detective Rummel in identifying this suspected thief?  If so, call 985-646-4348 or Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111
The subject is wanted for questioning about a package theft from the front of a residence on Independence Drive in Slidell.

January 13, 2017
St. Tammany Parish Hospital Earns Reaccreditation
St. Tammany Parish Hospital announced it has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 
Patti Ellish, president and CEO, attributed the achievement to STPH staff by stating (in part), “it’s the people who make us what we are.” 
The reaccreditation follows a rigorous unannounced onsite survey Sept. 13-16, 2016 by a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors who evaluated areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. 

January 13, 2017
Entergy Earns Two Emergency Response Awards
Recognizing Entergy employees’ expertise in restoring power to those affected by major outages, the Edison Electric Institute has awarded two emergency response awards to the company. Entergy received EEI’s Emergency Recovery Award and the Emergency Assistance Award. This marks 19 consecutive years (every year since 1998) EEI has awarded Entergy with a national storm restoration award. 
The awards were for exemplary work to restore power following severe thunderstorms and flooding in 2016 and for helping other utility companies recover from devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. 
“The tireless work of Entergy’s crews to quickly and safely restore service to customers, and to lend assistance to neighboring electric companies, demonstrates the industry’s strong commitment to customer service,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. 

Sister Martha Marie Warren (Known to so many as Ms. Mott) was born as a twin in the Vernon Community of Washington Parish. She graduated from Vernon High School in1955 and was an event baseball player for Vernon High. Sister Mott, became a faithful member of Plainview Church of Christ Holiness U.S.A. at an early age.

January 12, 2017
First Meeting of New Franklinton Board of Aldermen
Tuesday (January 10, 2016) the newly-elected Franklinton Board of Aldermen held their first meeting. They
  • heard from applicant for an Alcohol Permit at Stop 2
  • received the financial report from Merty Fitzmorris
  • heard comments and suggestions from resident Frankie Crosby
  • received an update on sewerage and drainage improvements being made
Mayor Dillon and the Aldermen provided comments, especially regarding the need to provide the public with information about resources in and near the town for the use and enjoyment of residents.

January 12, 2017
Correction of January 10, 2017 Story: “Businessman Yancie Mosely Pleads to Series of Charges”
The facts of the news story of January 10, 2017 that “Businessman Yancie Mosely Pleads to Series of Charges” was from a Press Release by Lisa Frazier Page, Public Information Officer of Warren Montgomery's District Attorney’s Office. 
Today, we received a correction from Lisa Frazier Page that states: “The news release that I sent Wednesday about defendant Yancie Moseley contains an error. One of the initial stolen items was pawned at Doug's Pawn Shop, and that investigation led to Moseley, who works at a jewelry store. Moseley was not an employee of the pawn shop. I regret the error.”

Martha M. Crain, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 97, born on February 19, 1919, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.

January 12, 2017
Livingston Parish Sheriff Letter to Sheriff Seal
In a letter dated December 7, 2016, Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office following August floods.
Sheriff Ard said (in part), "That support when I needed it most was a God-send. In the field, it wasn't us or them - we were (and are) all on one team. I'd say a winning team! Folks might have seen different colored uniforms and different shaped badges, but I believe they 'felt' and they 'saw' us working as one. For many, that spelled hope. To me, it also meant strength".
To read the entire letter, click here.

Earl Keith Cannon, a resident of Kentwood passed away at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at his home. He was born July 24, 1924 in Carber, FL and was 92 years of age. He was a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. 

January 12, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joseph Easterling was booked 01/11 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Aggravated Kidnapping, and Failure to Pay Fine
Charlotte Branch was booked 01/11 In From Court
Tammie McGee was booked 01/11 on the charges of Battery of Infirm and Simple Drunk

January 12, 2017
Help STPSO Catch This Thief!
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who stole a wallet from a Slidell-area convenience store.
At approximately 7:45 a.m. on Christmas Eve, the woman pictured here entered the Time Saver Convenience Store located at 501 Voters Road, Slidell and observed a wallet, left behind by a previous customer, on the counter of the store. 
The woman distracted the store clerk and secured the wallet in her shopping bag prior to leaving the store. 
The woman is known to frequent this store and is believed to reside in the Kingspoint area of Slidell.
Contact Detective Donald Plaisance at 985-726-7825 if you have information about this crime.

January 11, 2017
Thief Arrested in Bogalusa
Washington Parish deputies responded to he theft of a purse from a vehicle at a business on Highway 21 in the Bogalusa area yesterday (January 10) and received a description of a suspicious female in the area who was looking in vehicles.  Deputies observed a female matching the description but she fled. When she emerged from her hiding place, the female returned to her residence where deputies were waiting. 
Kasey E. Woodard (25) was taken into custody and admitted taking the purse and other items from the vehicle. She consented to a search of her residence. Inside, deputies found the victim’s wallet, identification and credit card. All items were returned to the victim.
Woodard was charged with Vehicle Burglary and Probation Violation.
“Another thief taken off of our streets,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our deputies did their usual good job and I cannot brag on them enough. There is only one place suitable for a thief and that is the Washington Parish Jail.”

January 11, 2017
WP Council Elects Officers/Hears From Residents
The Washington Parish Council met Monday evening (January 9) and elected Reginald McMasters as Chairman and Chris Workman as Vice Chairman.  In addition to taking care of routine matters, the Council
  • received a quarterly report from Beth Putenam with the LSU Ag Center (beginning 4:42 into the video)
  • listened to concerns from resident Richard Magee (beginning 20:00 into the video)
  • heard from a resident concerning internet options (or the lack thereof) in the parish (beginning 36:55 into the video).  
  • heard a report from Parish President Richard Thomas (beginning 52:10 into the video). Public Works Director Leo Lucchesi gave an update (beginning 57:10 into the video) on the "bridge to culvert" program and a 2016 building permit summary for the parish.  Road Supervisor Donnell Merritt provided a report (beginning 1:02:00 into the video).

January 11, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jerry Avants was booked 01/10 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Demontrey Mingo was booked 01/10 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Improper License Plate, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Driving While Intoxicated
Eugene Allen was booked 01/10 In From Court
Amari Jordan was booked 01/10 on the charges of Violation of Uniform Conrolled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Attachment
Haylee Parker was booked 01/10 on the charge of Probation Violation
Eddie Phelps was booked 01/10 on he charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

January 11, 2017
STPSO Arrests Five for First Homicide of 2017
In what authorities are calling a drug deal gone bad, five are behind bars.  St. Tammany deputies responded to a shooting in Slidell on Sunday (January 8).  Three individuals, Christover Davis, Cody Hartley, and Anthony Ussin were negotiating a deal to sell marijuana to Javonte Donaldson, Amira Bickham, and Joshua Gayles.
The group agreed on a price and met.  Both groups came armed with guns, anticipating that the drug deal could go bad.  It did and both sides began exchanging gun fire at each other. Christover Davis fatally stuck Javonte Donaldson, who suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. Joshua Gayles shot Christover Davis once in the abdomen, however, Davis’ injury was not fatal. The two groups fled, leaving detectives with several pieces of the puzzle to put together. Over the course of less than forty-eight hours, detectives were able obtain arrest warrants for all of the involved parties. All of now in jail.  
Christover Davis (22) is charged with First Degree Murder,  Cody Hartley (20) is charged with Principal to First Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice, Anthony Ussin (26) is charged with Principal to First Degree Murder, Amira Bickham (19) is charged with Principal to Attempted First Degree Murder, and Joshua Gayles (22) is charged with Principal to Attempted First Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, “We want to send a strong message. If you think you are going to act like a bunch of gang members on the Northshore, think again. We will not tolerate it. The sad thing is that now a family is mourning the death of a loved one and five others are going to spend a very long time behind bars.”

January 11, 2017
Gas Station Robbery Suspect Arrested Minutes After Robbery
William Meadows (25) of Slidell was arrested over the weekend after he robbed a Slidell-area gas station on Sunday, January 8. Meadows entered the Shell gas station on Hwy 11 wearing a ski mask, showed the store clerk a large knife, demanded the clerk lie face down on the floor, opened the cash register, removed an undisclosed amount of money, and fled the store.
Shortly after the robbery, St. Tammany Parish deputies located Meadows hiding behind some bushes several blocks away, arrested without incident, and booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail for one count of Armed Robbery.

January 10, 2017
Businessman Yancie Mosely Pleads to Series of Charges
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reported that Yancie Moseley (74) of Franklinton, pleaded guilty Monday (January 9) to a series of charges related to his receiving and failing to report stolen merchandise at Doug’s Pawn Shop in Bogalusa. Moseley pleaded guilty to felony illegal possession of stolen things over $1,500, failure to report daily entries of secondhand goods, and disposing or changing the identity of things during a 30-day period by the dealer.
Moseley was sentenced to eight years in prison for the illegal possession charge, but the sentence was suspended, and Moseley was placed on a five-year probation. He was also sentenced to 60 days in prison on the misdemeanor reporting violations and ordered to pay restitution.  
Guns and jewelry stolen from a Mandeville homeowner in 2015 by Danny Chain, Jr. (27) of Franklinton was sold to Moseley at Doug’s Pawn Shop. Chain later admitted selling other stolen items to Moseley. Moseley then used his business practices to conceal the items and failed to meet certain reporting requirements of the transaction. The victim has claimed the stolen items were valued at between $25,000 and $40,000, while Moseley disputes that value.

Jesse James Grice, Sr., age 79 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away January 10, 2017 at 4:50 a.m. at St. Helena Parish Hospital. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. 

JOANNE NORRIS SMITH, AGE 65 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died Monday afternoon January 9, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. JoAnne was a longtime deputy clerk with the Washington Parish Clerk of Court office. She was a member of the Bogue Chitto Homemakers and also the Country Bumpkins. JoAnne enjoyed crocheting, often making baby blankets, quilts and mittens that she provided to family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time with those she loved and she had a special place in her heart for her pet dog Tucker.

January 10, 2017
Rayburn Correctional Center Boxing Championship is February 9

LOUIS SHELBY KNIGHT, JR. AGE 61 and a resident of Franklinton died at 3:36 pm Monday January 9, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a former dairyman and the owner of Knight Gravel Pit near his home. Louis enjoyed fishing and searching for and collecting arrowheads. He also collected different types of guns and loved many types of woodworking and restoring old wooden furniture. 

JO ANN JENKINS WILLIAMS, AGE 69 and a former resident of the Hilltop Community, died Sunday night January 8, 2017 at the Carrington Place in Baton Rouge. She enjoyed reading novels and working word search puzzles. Jo Ann also enjoyed watching her favorite old television programs.

January 10, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Chris Helton was booked 01/09 on the charges of Aggravated Assault (3 counts), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (5 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jason Spikes was booked 01/09 In For Court
Dustin Diddon was booked 01/09 In For Court
Candace Applewhite was booked 01/09 In From Court
Jeremy Phelps was booked 01/09 In From Court
Derek Moss was booked 01/09 In For Court
Orrin Thomas was booked 01/09 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear

January 10, 2017
Armed Robbery at Hammond Motel Monday Morning
Monday (January 9, 2017) morning, Hammond Police was responded to La Quinta Inn & Suites in reference to an armed robbery.  Two victims, who were staying in the hotel, said they were robbed at gunpoint by three suspects. The suspects entered the victims’ room and held the victims at gunpoint while binding the victims’ wrists with zip ties and covering their heads with pillowcases.
The suspects stole several items belonging to the victims and left the room. Once the suspects left, the male victim was able to break free and lock the bedroom door. Then he jumped from the second story window and ran to a nearby business to call police because all phones in the room were destroyed.
Police believed that another female, who was travelling with the victims, may have been a suspect in the robbery. When video surveillance confirmed this belief, warrants were issued for the arrest of Bianco  (21)  from Dallas, Georgia. Two additional suspects have not been identified. The investigation is ongoing.
If anyone knows the identity of the suspects, please contact Detective Lyle Newell at 985-277-5757 or call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa's anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL). Be a part of the solution, and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

January 9, 2017
St. Tammany Deputies Rescue Two Dogs From Cold
Release from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office
Our furry friends are like family here in St. Tammany Parish. Deputy First Class Brian Lizana and Chance Wood rescued two small puppies who were left out in the sub-freezing temps with very little shelter. The owner was hospitalized recently due to a medical emergency, and some concerned neighbors called to let us know the dogs were out in the 24-degree weather overnight. When deputies arrived, the pups were extremely cold, but very friendly. The deputies let the pups hang out in the warm back seat of their police unit and fed them some peanut butter crackers and dog snacks. The pups seemed very grateful to be be rescued from the cold.
The dogs were brought to a safe and warm place until the owner is able to return back home.

January 9, 2017
Franklinton Chamber Sponsors Small Business Seminar
The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center is holding a Business Development Training seminar for anyone in our area who is interested in starting a small business or maximizing an existing business.    
The seminar, sponsored by the Franklinton Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm at the LSU Ag Center, 211 11th Avenue in Franklinton.  For more information, contact Eual Hall at (225) 771-4105 or Linda Crain at (985) 839-5822.
There is no cost to attend the seminar but please make reservations for seating. 

January 9, 2017
Woman Robbed at Gun-point in Online Buy/Sell/Trade Transaction
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is reminding residents to be cautious when meeting people they connect with through online buy/ trade/sell sites after a woman was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night (January 5, 2017).
Pretending to be a 15 year-old girl, Devin Stogner (17) lured the woman to a Slidell residence saying he was interested in buying some jewelry she had advertised for sale. When she arrived, Stogner, dressed in a dark-colored hoodie and camouflaged ski mask, jumped from the bushes, produced what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun, demanded the lady open her car door, and robbed her of her purse and cellphone and then fled from the area.
Investigators identified Stogner as the suspect in the robbery, arrested him Friday morning, and booked him on one count of armed robbery. The victim’s purse and cell phone were located at his residence, and the firearm, which was determined to be a BB gun, was located in his bedroom.

January 9, 2017
STPSO Unit Finds Missing Juvenile from Houston
Sheriff Randy Smith’s Highway Enforcement Unit potentially saved a young female juvenile from becoming a victim of human trafficking. Early Friday morning (January 6, 2017), a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy was conducting proactive enforcement on I-12 near Mandeville and stopped a vehicle for traveling with their high beams (bright lights).
The deputy discovered that a female juvenile reported missing by the Houston Police Department on January 5, 2017. Also inside of the vehicle were three adult males, all discovered to be illegal aliens from Guatemala. All three of the illegal immigrants were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents. The female juvenile was taken to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in Covington. Authorities from Houston Police Department were contacted and arrangements were made for the young female to get safely transported back home.
Sheriff Smith initiated the Highway Enforcement Unit less than two months ago. So far, the unit has been a success as several proactive arrests have been made, including seizing two kilos cocaine back in November of 2016.

January 9, 2017
St. Tammany Investigating First Homicide of 2017
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the first homicide of 2017 in St. Tammany Parish.
Around 8:00 PM yesterday evening (Sunday, January 8), deputies were called to the scene of a shooting in the 1900 block of Highway 190W in Slidell. Two subjects suffered gunshot wounds and were transported to nearby hospitals. One of the subjects were pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
The investigation is still on-going, but the motive appears to be narcotics related. More details will likely be released tomorrow.

BRENDA GAIL TAYLOR, age 53 and also known as Khallie Bruening, died at 10:50 PM Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Cornerstone Hospital, Bossier City, Louisiana. She had worked as a lab tech. She enjoyed drinking tea, listening to music and watching movies.

January 9, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Katy Tony was booked 01/06 on the charge of Simple Kidnapping
Julie Fricke was booked 01/06 on the charge of Simple Kidnapping
Kent Magee was booked 01/06 on the charges of Attachment (3 counts)
Wayne James was booked 01/06 on the charges of Parole Violation and Failure to Pay Fine
Alenjandro Resendiz was booked 01/07 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Aggravated Assault With a Firearm
Chassity Pounds was booked 01/07 In For Court
Amy Chiasson was booked 01/08 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment (4 counts)
Barrical Harris was booked 01/08 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Driving While Intoxicated, Theft Under 750, Ran Stop Sign (6 counts), Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, No Seat Belt, Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Edwin Walker was booked 01/08 on the charge of Probation an Parole Hold
Chris Helton was booked 01/09 n the charges of Aggravated Assault (3 counts), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (5 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

January 6, 2017
Freezing Conditions and More Tonight

January 6, 2017
WP President Issues Executive Order Due to Weather
Washington Parish President Richard Thomas issued an Executive Order effective 1:00 pm today due to Washington Parish being under a Winter Weather Advisory.  Read it below.

January 6, 2017
Husband and Wife Arrested for Cruelty to Juveniles
Acting on a complaint from a concerned citizen, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies went to a rural residence on the west side of the parish to check on the welfare of young children. Deputies observed a house in disarray, food items scattered throughout the kitchen and dirty clothes on the floor throughout the house, even partially blocking access to the bathroom and toilet.
Deputies determined the children were not being bathed or fed regularly and were locked in a bedroom during the day so that the parents could sleep undisturbed. Additionally, it is suspected that the couple was selling their food stamp benefits for cash. Department of Children and Family Services personnel documented the living conditions, talked with the children, and removed the children from the home. 
Jessie R. Hoyt (28) and Kayla Hoyt (26) were each booked into the Washington Parish Jail on four counts of cruelty to juveniles. In addition, Kayla Hoyt is charged with resisting arrest by flight from an officer due to her attempt to flee on foot.   
Sheriff Randy Seal expressed dismay at the treatment of the children. “It is almost beyond belief that any couple would abuse their children in such a manner.” 

January 6, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Willard Dugas was booked 01/05 on the charges of Failure to Wear Hunters Orange and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Tanya Voth-Singley was booked 01/05 In From Court
Michael Magee was booked 01/05 on the charges of Driving Without Headlights, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Crimina Damage to Property Under 500, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Jessie Hoyt was booked 01/05 on the charges of Cruelty to a Juvenile (4 counts)
Joshua White was booked 01/05 In For Court and on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Principle to Theft of Firearm, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm

January 5, 2017
Riverside Medical Center's 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off
Riverside Medical Center has announced that it's time for their 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off Contest and that they need contestants!!!! The contest is scheduled for February 10th from 12-2pm. All proceeds go to support American Heart Association!! 
Please Call Britney Bell at 795-4141 to sign up!! 

January 5, 2017
Help Slidell Police Identify This Suspect

January 5, 2017
Missing - 17 Year Old Female Runaway From Slidell

Daniel J. Branigan, age of 61 and a resident of Varnado, suffered from renal failure and pulmonary disease and died on Monday, January 2, 2017.  He was a native of Chalmette and was a proud graduate of Salmen High.

January 5, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jaquen Causey was booked 01/04 In From Court
Shonda Williams was booked 01/04 In From Court
Katrina Grimes was booked 01/04 In From Court
Christopher Guillory was booked 01/04 on the charge of Simple Battery
Efrem Williams was booked 01/04 on the charges of Failure to Complete Sex Offender Registration Payment of Fines, Failure to Give Notification of Sex Offender, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
Justin Jones was booked 01/04 In From Court
Michael Weaver was booked 01/04 on the charges of Expired MVI, No Turn Signals, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Drivers License Not on Person
Stacy Brumfield was booked 01/04 In From Court
Myron Mark was booked 01/04 on the charges of Second Degree Battery, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment, and Simple Battery (2 counts)
Shawn Ezell was booked 01/04 on the charges of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s), Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment, Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense), and Domestic Abuse Battery
Tyrone Fox was booked 01/04 on the charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile
Amanda Fox was booked 01/04 In For Court
Amanda Freeman was booked 01/04 on the charge of Probation Violation
Kayla Hoyt was booked 01/04 on the charges of Cruelty to a Juvenile (4 counts) and Resisting Arrest
Ethel Allen was booked 01/04 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Desmond Martin was booked 01/04 on the charges of Attachment and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Ervin Hart was booked 01/04 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kenneth Wheat was booked 01/04 In From Court

January 4, 2017
Lost Outside Franklinton
Found on Bogalusa highway outside of Franklinton a golden lab mix, it has been fixed and is sweet and well trained. Call 985-205-5186

January 4, 2017
OLOAH Pharmacy Supervisor Dies From Crash Injuries 
Source:  Robert Rhoden, | The Times-Picayune 
Joseph "Chris" Bruno (60) of Bush has died as a result of a December 29 crash on La. 21 in Sun. Authorities say the crash occurred when Bruno's motorcycle hit a car exiting a private driveway. Bruno's motorcycle hit the car broadside and Bruno was thrown from the bike. Bruno was flown by helicopter to Lakeview Regional, where he died. The driver of the car, Emelda Mingo, was taken to Our Lady of the Angels for treatment for minor injuries
Bruno had served as the pharmacy supervisor at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa since 2006 and had been a registered pharmacist for 39 years. He was on his way home from work when the crash occurred.
Mingo was cited with failure to yield from a private drive and a blood sample taken.  Any additional charges depend on the results of the blood test, the outcome of the investigation and consultation with the district attorney's office.

BEVIE HUNT STUART SIMMONS, AGE 86 went to her Heavenly home on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Born April 12, 1930, she was a member of Pine First Baptist Church and volunteered at Mile Branch Village for many years. She graduated as salutatorian of Pine High School in 1946. She loved her church and was a vital part of her Ladies Mission Group who has sown over thirty thousand baby diapers and blankets for a mission in Africa. She was an expert seamstress and made many baby blankets for grandchildren, great grandchildren and family friends. She also became an excellent quilter and made quilts and Swedish blankets for children and grandchildren. Likewise, she will forever be remembered for her expertise in the kitchen-especially her cakes and jellies. She was happiest when surrounded by family and friends and when doing something for others. She leaves a legacy of faith, love, service, commitment and determination.

JOHN WINSTON RILEY, 70 and a resident of Franklinton died at 9:48 PM Monday, January 2, 2017 at Our Lady of Angels in Bogalusa, LA. He attended Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Church. He was a welder installing fence for Arco Fence Company and Landmark Company. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening.

Leon Givens, Jr., U.S. Veteran and resident of Kentwood passed away at 12:35 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017 at his home. He was born April 19, 1937 in Franklinton and was 79 years of age. 

On Sunday, January, 1, 2017 God sent his angels to come to his residence in Bogalusa, Louisiana to claim the soul of Roby Marcellos " Porkey" Brock. His battle with sickness has finally come to an end. Roby was born September 26, 1967 in Bogalusa and was a former member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He 
attended Bogalusa High School and had done various jobs including construction in Bogalusa as well as later in Nebraska. 
Porky was a kind and friendly person with a winning smile and an easygoing personality. He will be greatly missed for his tender heart and his sensitivity. All that knew his agreed that he was truly a good person.

January 4, 2017
Three Armed Robbery Suspects Sought by Pike County SO
The Pike County Sheriff’s Department asks the public to help identify three suspects who robbed the Dollar General store on Highway 750 West in McComb, Mississippi December 29, 2016.  
Three suspects entered the front doors, two of whom displayed handguns while demanding money. The suspects departed with cash and a large undetermined amount of change. The Pike County Sheriff's office is asking the public to help identify the suspects involved. 
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office aat 601-783-6767 or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033. 

January 4, 2017
New Years Day Shooting Leads to Arrest in Covington
Murray Isiah Brown (20) of Covington was arrested January 3, 2016 by the Covington Police on the charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder.  
In the early morning hours of New Years Day, police responded to an altercation between two females possibly involving firearms.  The two females declined to pursue charges and the large crowd was dispersed. However, an hour later, police received reports of shots fired in the same area. Responding officers were able to locate multiple shell casings and began interviewing witnesses. Shortly thereafter, three subjects came to the Covington Police Department with a bullet hole in the windshield of their car.
An investigation revealed that Brown fired multiple shots at the victim, striking the windshield of his vehicle and narrowly missing the occupants.
The investigation into this incident is still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Covington Police Department at (985)892-8500, or CrimeStoppers at (504)822-1111.

January 4, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Roderick Magee was booked 01/02 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery - Strangulation
James Butler was booked 01/03 on the charges of Aggravated Flight From An Officer and No Drivers License
Jarvis Diamond was booked 01/03 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm an Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs
Kasey Woodard was booked 01/03 on the charge of Probation Violation
Carla Thomas was booked 01/03 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Driving Under Suspension

Madeline Smith Freeman, age 69, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at her home in Bogalusa, LA. 
Madeline was a very active member of Ben's Ford Baptist Church. She was a loving spouse, mother and grandmother. Her singing was a ministry for God. She sang in the Messenger's Group, and Mile Branch Settlement, as well as many revivals and camp meetings across the United States, and wrote several gospel songs.

In a bittersweet moment, LaJulia Conerly has found her wings and has set off on flight, safe into the Arms of God and those gone before her waiting and anticipating her arrival as she make her way into heaven.  Born August 4, 1952, she parted this life and transitioned to her heavenly home on Friday, December 30, 2016.
LaJulia graduated from Central High Class in 1970, attended Southern University, and Pearl River Community College where she received an Associate Degree in Business and Clerical Practices. LaJulia worked at the Washington Parish Clerk of Court Office as a Certified Deputy Clerk for 35 dedicated years. LaJulia was a faithful and dedicated member of House of Prayer and Life Full Gospel Church in Franklinton. 

January 3, 2016
Two Arrested For Counterfeit Money in Washington Parish
Two men, one from Washington Parish and one from St. Tammany Parish, were arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on January 1 for passing counterfeit money in Washington Parish. Booker T. Adams (38) of Bogalusa is charged with Monetary Instrument Abuse (counterfeit money), two counts of Theft of Goods, and four counts of Failure to Appear on a narcotics charge and non-support charges. Romello Phier Brown (21) of Covington is charged with Monetary Instrument Abuse (counterfeit money).

After receiving complaints from two businesses of a man passing counterfeit $100 bills, a patrol deputy spotted the vehicle involved at another local business and stopped it.  The driver was identified by witnesses as the one who had passed the counterfeit bills.
Romello Phier Brown, the driver, and Booker T. Washington, his passenger, each had counterfeit money in their possession at the time of the arrest amounting to $700. The counterfeit money looked legitimate except that it was marked with wording “For Motion Picture Use Only.” The investigation continues in an effort to determine the source of the counterfeit bills.
Sheriff Randy Seal cautions parish businesses about being on the alert for counterfeit money. “Any business receiving bills from a customer should always examine both the front and the back of the bills. In this case, both the front and back of the bills was clearly marked to indicate that the bill was not United States currency. I applaud our detective and patrol divisions for solving this case and making these arrests so quickly.”

January 2, 2016
Bogalusa Councilwoman Kates Letter on the Smoke Free Ordinance
Bogalusa Councilwoman Gloria Kates submitted a Letter to the Editor on December 30, 2016 regarding Bogalusa's Smoke Free Ordinance. To read the letter, click here.

AUDRY FAYE PITTMAN STAFFORD, AGE 88 and a resident of Franklinton died early Sunday morning January 1, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center. She worked alongside her husband in their medical office for many years and was a charter member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Audry attended Sunday School at Hillcrest and was very involved, along with her many friends, in the church kitchen ministry. She was a member of the Winterset Club and a former member of the Franklinton Garden Club. Audry loved gardening and tending to her yard and flowers. She was a true servant at heart to her family, friends, neighbors and church family. 

Mildred Carter Pittman, 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Riverside Medical Center. Born January 4, 1927, she was a life-long resident of the Plainview Community and member of the Plainview Baptist Church. She was a Registered Nurse for a short time before starting her family. She was a wonderful Christian stay-at-home Mom to her five children.

January 2, 2017
Bogalusan Caught After Escape from St. Bernard Jail
Source:  Beau Evans, | The Times-Picayune  
Shawn Landry (18) of Bogalusa and an inmate in St. Bernard Parish jail, escaped during a work detail on New Year's Eve and allegedly stole a truck in Chalmette. Landry was captured at a home in Slidell after a daylong search by deputies from sheriff's offices in St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes.
Authorities say Landry ran away from a corrections officer around 8:30 p.m. Saturday while taking garbage outside the jail in St. Bernard Parish. Landry was considered a "trusty prisoner."  After escaping, authorities believe Landry burglarized a car in Chalmette and found keys to a truck parked nearby. He then allegedly stole the truck, which was found abandoned around on Highway 11 in Slidell.  
Authorities said Landry has been serving a one-year sentence for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He also will face a stolen auto charge in St. Tammany once released from St. Bernard. Now, authorities said, Landry will face additional charges of escape from jail, burglary and vehicle theft.

January 2, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Anthony Dillon was booked 12/30 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Stolen Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Marijuana, and Resisting an Officer
Marrio Haynes was booked 12/30 on the charges of Theft 5000-25000 (2 counts), Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Vehicle Burglary (2 counts), and Simple Burglary
Bryant Travis was booked 12/30 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary, Vehicle Burglary, and Attachment
David Hunt was booked 12/30 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Michael Dobson was booked 12/31 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Illegal Tinte Windshield/Side Windows, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, No Proof of Insurance, and Resisting an Officer (5 counts)
Calvin Cittadino was booked 12/31 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense), Careless Operation/Accident, and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI (or other)
Tyler Phelps was booked 01/01 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Kenneth Newman was booked 01/01 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Contempt of Court
George Grace was booked 01/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Obstructing Public Passage(s), Open Container in Vehicle and Expired Drivers License
Carl Pritchard was booked 01/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts), Contempt of Court, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Romello Brown was booked 01/01 on the charge of Monetary Instrument Abuse (Counterfeit Moneys)
Booker Adams was booked 01/01 on the charges of Monetary Instrument Abuse (Counterfeit Moneys), Failure to Appear (4 counts), and Theft of Goods
Shawanda Mingo was booked 01/01 on the charge of Simple Kidnapping

January 2, 2017
Lake Charles Man Arrested For Attempted Murder of Ex-Wife
On Saturday December 31, 2016 at 12:32am, the Mandeville Police Department responded to a call of a disturbance on Heavens Drive and located a female with serious injuries to her neck.
The female advised that her ex-husband, Adrian Daigle (37) of Lake Charles came to her residence to visit her. She stated she had several relatives visiting her because her current husband recently died. She stated he followed her into her bedroom, pushed her onto to the bed, and grabbed her around the throat. She stated she felt her larynx was crushed which made breathing difficult and prevented her from screaming for help. The victim stated Daigle grabbed a box fan cord from the floor and wrapped it around her neck, attempting to strangle her. Relatives in the residence heard the struggle and intervened at this time.
Daigle stole the victim’s computer server and fled in a vehicle the victim had borrowed from a friend. Officers located abandoned vehicle in a nearby parking lot and ,after a brief search of the area, located Daigle and placed him under arrest without incident on the charges of attempted second degree murder and and theft. 
The victim was transported to a local hospital for serious injuries to her neck/larynx. She is expected to make a full recovery.

January 2, 2017
Who Dat Burglar Apprehended in Slidell
Slidell Police has arrested Jules C. Johnson for the June 12, 2016 burglary of the Who Dat Shop in Olde Town.  Police learned that two suspects wearing hoodies approached the rear of the business, found and strangled one employee behind the business causing him to pass out. While the one suspect was strangling one employee, the other suspect armed with a knife kicked in the door of another employee who lived in an apartment above the store, in a thwarted attempted to commit a burglary. The two suspects were later seen on video surveillance burglarizing another residence next to the Who Dat Shop.
Johnson was charged with Aggravated Burglary (2 counts), Second Degree Battery, and False Imprisonment. The case is still an active investigation. Another suspect is being sought and further details will be released at a later date.

January 2, 2017
New Year’s Day Crash Leaves One Dead in Hammond
Early Sunday (January 1, 2017), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two-vehicle wrong direction fatal crash on I-55 in Hammond that claimed the life of Christian Delgado (23) of Hammond.
Troopers determined Delgado was driving southbound in the northbound lane of I-55 and crashed head-on into a northbound 2016 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Kenneth Mebane (46) of Greensboro NC. Delgado was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Mebane was not injured. Presently, impairment is suspected to have been a contributing factor in this crash. 








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