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July 24, 2014

Wendy Perrette Will Be Candidate For Mayor of Bogalusa
Today, Wendy Perrette, a life-long resident of Bogalusa, confirmed that she will be a candidate for the office of Mayor of Bogalusa.  Perrette is a graduate of Bogalusa High School, Pearl River Community College, and Southeastern Louisiana University.  After earning her Masters in English Literature, Perrette taught two years at Annunciation Catholic School followed by fourteen years in the Bogalusa City School System.  She was employed for two years by the Daily News, covering meetings of the Bogalusa City Council and the School Board. 
A twelve year veteran Council member, Perrette serves as Councilwoman-at-Large and has served as Council President.  She is known for “speaking her mind” and is very involved in community activities. 
Qualifying for the office is August 20-22, 2014 with the election scheduled for November 4, 2014.

 

 

Obituary
IRENE BALINT FAZEKAS, AGE 90 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 10:40 am Wednesday July 23, 2014 at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie. She was a native of Albany and a former resident of Metairie. She worked at the church nursery of her former church Mid City Baptist Church and also at her current Mt. Hermon Baptist Church for over 45 years. Mrs. Fazekas also “baby sat” with numerous children for many years and she loved traveling around the country with her daughter and family.

 

Obituary

JOHN LOUIS WOODS, JR. AGE 46 and a resident of Franklinton died at 10:27 pm Monday July 21, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was a former longtime resident of Kenner but had lived in Washington Parish for the last 11 years. John was a Senior Superintendent of Construction with Carl E. Woodward Design and Build and he loved Chevy Corvettes.

 

 

Obituary

James Sherwood Adams born June 10, 1942 joined his Heavenly Father on Monday July 21, 2014 at the age of 72.

 

 

July 24, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Amanda Painter was booked 07/23 on the charges of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment, Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jacob Holmes was booked 07/23 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear
William Buck was booked 07/23 In From Court
Kevin Blackmon was booked 07/23 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated

 

 

Obituary

LEXIE CROWE DYKES, AGE 92 and a resident of Franklinton died early Tuesday morning July 22, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was a longtime member of Wilmer Missionary Baptist Church and a former seamstress at Rutter-Rex for over 30 years. Mrs. Lexie enjoyed working in her yard and tending her flowers. She loved cooking for her family and traveling when she could. She treated everyone with kindness and was a friend to all those she met.

 

 

Obituary

Donis "Donna" Quave age 81 passed away July 21, 2014 at Our Lady of The Angels Hospital in Bogalusa La. She was a resident of Bogalusa La.

 

 

July 23, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Eric Russell was booked 07/22 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Daniel Johnson was booked 07/22 In From Court
Brittney Brock was booked 07/22 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Wallace Westbrook was booked 07/22 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Bobby Sartin was booked 0719 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Holland Pittman was booked 07/22 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Amanda Painter was booked 07/23 on the charges of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment, Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

 

Obituary

TRACY MELINDA GERALD HAYDEN, AGE 44 and a resident of Thomas died Monday afternoon July 21, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. She was formerly a beautician and she liked horses. Tracy loved going to the beach but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family.

 

 

July 22, 2014

Metairie man wanted for failure to appear on drug charges arrested in Florida
On March 15, 2013, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Joseph Anthony Triguero (09-29-76; 3916 Henican Place, Metairie) on Interstate 10 in Slidell. It was determined that Triguero was transporting a large quantity of illegal narcotics, while working as a DJ/bouncer in Louisiana and Florida.
While searching the vehicle, detectives found approximately 60 Steroid pills, approximately two gallons of GBL, approximately 7 ounces of "Molly" powder or synthetic MDMA (ecstasy) and 11 vials of suspected steroids.  Detectives also seized $1,190.
GBL is a chemical that when ingested by humans is synthesized into GHB (the date rape drug) by the body. 
Triguero was arrested for various possession with intent to distribute narcotic violations and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
After bonding out of jail, Triguero failed to show up for his scheduled court appearance and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
During the month of July 2014, STPSO Narcotics detectives determined that Triguero was residing in Key West, FL. and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) was contacted to assist with locating and capturing Triguero.
On July 17, 2014, FDLE agents arrested Triguero in Key West. At which time, FDLE agents and Key West Police located a large quantity of MDMA, PCP and marijuana in his Florida home.  He was also found to have an outstanding warrant through Miami Dade County for narcotics violations. 
Triguero was booked at the Monroe County Jail in Florida on new possession with intent to distribute narcotics charges. 
When he bonds out of the Monroe County Jail, Triguero will be transported to the Miami Dade Jail to satisfy the pending narcotics warrant in Miami. 
Once that is resolved, he will be transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he will be booked for failure to appear in court on the following charges, stemming from his March 2013 arrest:
40:966 A/C Possession with Intent to Distribute Synthetic MDMA
40:969 A/C Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Steroids
40:966 A/C Possession with Intent to Distribute GBL (GHB)
40:1023 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
32:79  Improper Lane Usage
40:1041 Possession of Drug Proceeds
Triguero has an extensive criminal history, including arrests for theft, aggravated burglary, narcotic violations, stalking, extortion, arson and a myriad of other charges.

 

 

July 22, 2014

Performances Coming Up By the Franklinton Community Theater
For any who is looking for a unique experience, the Franklinton Community Theater will be performing a musical comedy called "Saturday Night At Old Smokey" at the Ten-Ten Club located at 1010 Bene Street in Franklinton on August 1, 2, 8 and 9. 
The event will include a "Dinner and Play at a most reasonable price of $30 per person.  The doors open at 6:00 pm, dinner will be served at 6:30 pm, and the performance will commence at 8:00 pm.
Advanced ticket is required and reservations should be made for groups of four to eight.  All others will be seated randomly.  Tickets are available in Franklinton at Leader Printing and Farmer the Dell and in Bogalusa at the Golden Pear Restaurant.
For more information call (985) 848-5845.

 

 

July 22, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Billy Seal was booked 07/21 on the charge of Extortion
Paige Lestelle was booked 07/21 In From Court
Cedric Manning was booked 07/21 In From Court
Mallory Gilmore was booked 07/21 on the charges of Cyberstalking and Attachment
Brittany Prevot was booked 07/21 on the charges of Protective Order Violation and Failure to Appear
Jose Betancourt was booked 07/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Open Container in Vehicle
Eric Russell was booked 07/22 on the charge of Theft Under 500

 

 

July 22, 2014

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Wins Press Club Awards
“Behind the Badge,” a television program produced by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Affairs Division, received two awards this weekend from the Press Club of New Orleans.
Lt. Greg Gonzales, producer of the series, was presented with second and third place awards at the Press Club’s annual Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony, which took place Saturday night in New Orleans. Chief Deputy Brian Trainor, Deputy Chief Danell Gerchow and Major Brad Hassert were also present to accept the awards on behalf of the agency.
The Sheriff’s Office was honored with a second place award for an episode on the agency’s Traffic Division and a third place award for its episode on the Investigations Division.
In the Traffic Division segment, Gonzales took viewers on a ride with our motorcycle deputies and showed them what it is like to be a traffic deputy on the streets of St. Tammany.
The Investigations Division episode highlighted the Major Crimes Unit and the work they did to solve a Mandeville home invasion case.
Both episodes aired in 2013.
“I am proud of Lt. Gonzales for the work he does to creatively educate the public on the many things the men and women of this agency do, and I am pleased that the many hours he spends both behind the camera and editing are being recognized with these awards,” Sheriff Jack Strain said.
This was the first year the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office entered the awards competition, which included entries from area media outlets and public relations professionals. 
The Sheriff’s Office began producing the “Behind the Badge” series in October 2006, with the goal of providing viewers with an inside look at the various roles the agency plays in the community.

"Behind the Badge" episodes will be available on our Washington Parish channel at 7pm weekdays and on demand  by going to our Video Library.

 

July 22, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Roy Angelo was booked 07/18 on the charge of Probation Violation
Nathan Ventry was booked 07/18 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Trevonne Mingo was booked 07/18 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice
Corbin Ikerd was booked 07/18 In From Court
Jerry Champagne was booked 07/18 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Steven Magee was booked 07/19 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Donald Wells was booked 07/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and No Seat Belt
Donald Williams was booked 07/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and No Seat Belt
Mario Sanchez was booked 07/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Careless Operation
Chrystal Ostarly was booked 07/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Connor Sullivan was booked 07/20 on the charge of Accessory After the Fact

 

 

July 21, 2014

Impairment and No Seat Belt Usage Contribute to Fatal Crash in St. Tammany Parish
Early this morning, at approximately 1:20 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on La. 40 mile marker 43 west of La. 1082 in Bush. The crash claimed the life of the unrestrained driver.
Initial investigation revealed that a 2001 Ford Ranger operated by Billy W. King II (W/M 35) of Bush was eastbound on La. 40. King, for reasons under investigation, veered right and over-corrected to the left causing the Ford to rotate counter-clockwise. The Ford continued, traveled off of the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, and overturned. King was ejected and he sustained life threatening injuries.
King, the sole occupant, was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office. Alcohol is suspected and a blood sample was collected for a toxicological analysis. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

Obituary

Denise Annette Gaeta, age 56, born on July 22, 1957 in New Orleans, LA, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at her residence in Covington, LA.

 

 

Obituary

IVA JANE BENNETT KNIGHT, AGE 98 and a resident of Franklinton died at 10:23 am Saturday July 19, 2014 at Ochsner Northshore Hospital in Slidell. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton who loved her pastors and church family very much. Iva was a former seamstress for Rutter Rex and later became self-employed for many years. She enjoyed working in her garden and tending to her plants every year. She was always a loving mother and grandmother to her large family.

 

 

Obituary

STEVEN LORENZO ELIE, SR. AGE 48 and a resident of the Stony Point Community died at 1:30 pm Friday July 18, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a former resident of St. Bernard Parish before joining his family in Washington Parish following Hurricane Katrina. Steven enjoyed model trains but his greatest passion was cars of all types. He had a true Heart of Gold and was always willing to help others no matter what the situation.

 

 

Obituary

SHARON KAY CORKERN, AGE 62 and a resident of Franklinton died at 5:42 am Thursday July 17, 2014 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. She was a former cook at Danny’s Fried Chicken and a longtime active member of Victory Baptist Church. She loved God and loved her church family very much. Sharon enjoyed children and often worked at the church nursery and helped care for numerous children of her family and friends. She was also a big Elvis Pressley fan.

 

 

July 21, 2014

2014-15 Louisiana Hunting Regulations Pamphlet Available Online Through LDWF Website
The 2014-15 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet is now available online through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website.
To access the document go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations . The printed version of the publication will be available in early August.
The 2014-15 pamphlet contains all dates and regulations that pertain to small game, deer and turkey hunting on private land and state wildlife management areas. Dates and regulations pertaining to hunting on some federal properties within Louisiana are also included.

 

 

July 16, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Roderick Lotts was booked 07/16 In For Court
Kelsey Magee was booked 07/16 on the charges of Attachment (3 counts)
Runeshia Abron was booked 07/16 In From Court
Ladell Dillon was booked 07/16 on the charge of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment
Brandon Strickland was booked 07/16 In From Court
Jacob Jarrell was booked 07/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Probation and Parole Hold, and Attachment
Anthony Dillon was booked 07/16 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Howard Hangon was booked 07/16 on the charge of Failure to Pay Fine
Akeno Magee was booked 07/17 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Russell Daniels was booked 071/7 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

July 16, 2014

Scam Reported Franklinton Police Department
On July 15, 2015, a Washington Parish citizen was contacted on their cell phone with regards to being the winner of a large cash prize and a new car. The caller advised the citizen to bring $1400.00 to the CVS parking lot to pay for the taxes and claim the prize. The citizen in turn contacted the Franklinton Police Department with the details of the apparent scam. Officers secured $1400.00 cash in the event an actual person arrived at CVS. A short time later the citizen arrived at CVS and received another call advising them to go into the store and purchase a Visa card. The citizen declined and agreed only to meet them in person. A few moments later, another call was received advising the citizen the deal was off and that no one would be meeting them at CVS. Had the later part of the transaction taken place, the caller would have the citizen give them the Visa card number and subsequently taken possession of the $1400.00. Of course the large amount of cash and new car would not have been delivered.
This is an example of a scam that happens on a daily bases. The Franklinton Police Department followed the scam all the way through in order to get yet another idea of how they take place. This is just one scenario in a thousand.
Chief Folse would like to caution area residents about scams such as the one detailed above. The best practice is that if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Unfortunately, our department has taken reports regarding scams where our citizens have fallen victim and handed over large amounts of money, only to receive nothing in return. In some instances, entire life savings have been lost.

 

 

Obituary

ERNESTINE KEATON GERALD, AGE 78 and a resident of Thomas died at 7:05 AM Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She was a dedicated, working women her entire life and was a longtime member of Crain’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Ernestine loved cooking for her family and friends and enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables.

 

 

July 16, 2014

Covington area man in custody after standoff with deputies
St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputies have taken a 22-year old Covington-area man to a northshore hospital for evaluation after a brief standoff outside his parents’ home this afternoon.
Shortly after noon today, a passerby called 911 to report that the man was outside the home in the River Oaks subdivision with a gun pointed at his own head.
When deputies arrived, the man was initially uncooperative and the Sheriff’s office SWAT team was called to the scene.  As team members were arriving at the residence, patrol deputies who had been at the scene were able to take the man into custody without injury to anyone involved.  Special thanks to Mandeville Police for their assistance with this incident.  Approximately six of their units, along with Chief Richard himself, responded to the scene to assist.
The man was transported to Lakeview Hospital, where he will undergo evaluation by hospital personnel.

 

 

July 16, 2014

Nearly four pounds of heroin seized from Slidell-area home
In April 2014, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office narcotics detective assigned to the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, along with FBI agents, initiated an investigation into Adam Landry (DOB 8/10/1980).  Landry was suspected of trafficking narcotics.
On Saturday morning, July 12, 2014, St. John Parish narcotics detectives along with Homeland Security Investigations conducted a traffic stop on Landry in St John Parish.  During the stop it was determined that Landry's girlfriend, Miranda Davis (DOB 2/13/1983) and their three small children were also in the vehicle. 
Following a search of the vehicle, St. John Parish detectives and H.S.I. investigators discovered more than 100 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle. 
Believing the couple's residence at 1015 McBeth Drive in Slidell contained additional narcotics, the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force obtained search warrant for the residence and found 3.9 pounds of Heroin; Street value: $150k to $180k, ½ pounds of Marijuana; Street value: $2500, a loaded .40 caliber pistol, a loaded 9mm pistol, a loaded Ruger .223 assault rifle, $1,370 in U.S. Currency, and a prescription bottle of Dilaudid liquid.
Miranda Davis was arrested by the STPSO and booked at the St. Tammany Parish jail on two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I (Heroin/Marijuana); Simple Possession of Schedule II (Dilaudid liquid); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of Drug Proceeds; and Possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS.
STPSO Detectives are seeking arrest warrants for Landry, who is still incarcerated in the St. John Parish Jail.

 

 

July 16, 2014

SECRETARY LACERTE INVITES VETERANS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) today announced a July schedule of town hall meetings with LDVA Secretary David LaCerte to be held across the state.  The purpose of these meetings is to allow Louisiana Veterans to share experiences they have had with the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system including VA clinics,hospitals, and mental health services.
Secretary LaCerte met earlier in July with Veterans in Bossier City, Monroe, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles and Lafayette. Today's announcement expands the July town hall meeting schedule in order to allow more Veterans to participate in their local area.  Additional meetings for the month of August will be forthcoming.
LDVA will compile the information Veterans share at the townhall meetings and will share findings with local, state, and federal elected officials as well as key staff at VA in hopes of influencing positive change and increased transparency. 
For the current schedule of meetings, go to http://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/News.aspx.

 

 

July 16, 2014

Slidell attorney and Bogalusa Native Alan Black Announces Candidacy for District Attorney
Tuesday evening Alan Black spoke to those assembled at the Bogalusa Council meeting to announce his candidacy for District Attorney, his first announcement before a public assembly.
Black emphasized his Washington Parish roots, his thirty years experience as an attorney in Slidell, and his understanding of the diversity betwen the parishes. 
The election currently pits Black against Roy Burns, Jr. and Brian Trainor for the position of District Attorney.  Incumbent Walter Reed has chosen not to seek reelection.

 

 

July 16, 2014

Statement from Sheriff Strain about Walter Reed, District Attorney’s race
(Editor's Note:  The November 4, 2014 election of a District Attorney for Washington and St. Tammany Parishes has become better defined with Incumbent Walter Reed deciding not to run for the office.  Candidates for the office now include Roy Burns, Jr., Alan Black, and Brian Trainor.  The statement by Sheriff Strain includes an endorsement of Brian Trainor for the office.)
“Walter Reed has been our District Attorney for most of my 32 year career in law enforcement.  During that time, Walter has assembled a highly dedicated team of professionals, each committed to helping keep St. Tammany a safe place.  I can honestly say that our parish is a better place for Walter’s efforts and he and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
“With Walter’s decision not to seek reelection, I am confident that the men and women of the District Attorney’s office will continue the work he began nearly 30 years ago.  One candidate in the upcoming election has the unique ability to do so, having served as both an assistant district attorney and as my chief deputy.
“Brian Trainor impressed me greatly with the work he did at the D.A.’s office.  His commitment, work ethic and his intellect led me to recruit him to work at the Sheriff’s office.  Over the past two years, Brian has done an outstanding job as my chief deputy and is highly respected throughout our agency and the statewide law enforcement community.  He will make an outstanding district attorney for the residents of Washington and St. Tammany parishes.

 

 

Obituary

BETH WHEAT JONES, AGE 87 and a resident of the Bonner Creek Community died at 11:00 am Monday July 14, 2014 at her daughter’s home. She was a former longtime telephone operator at Southeast Louisiana Hospital who enjoyed visiting on the phone with family and friends.

 

 

July 16, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Efriem Williams was booked 07/15 on the charge of Probation Violation
Reece Carroll was booked 07/15 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Rodrick Jones was booked 07/15 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Contempt of Court
Alexander Winters was booked 07/15 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Possession of Stolen Property
Williams Cotton was booked 07/15 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Caleb Thibodeaux was booked 07/15 on the charges of Theft Over 1500 (2 counts), Aggravated Burglary, and Theft 500-1500
Sharmon McNabb was booked 07/15 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Theft 500-1500
Dustin Stringer was booked 07/15 on the charges of Simple Battery With Injury and Criminal Damage
Kelsey Magee was booked 07/15 on the charges of Attachment (3 counts)

 

 

July 15, 2014

Deputy injured assisting another during traffic stop for stolen vehicle
A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy was injured early Tuesday morning while trying to assist another deputy making a traffic stop on a vehicle that was reported stolen in Slidell.
At approximately 3 a.m. a K-9 deputy with the Sheriff’s Office attempted to make a traffic stop on a black Ford Mustang, which had previously been reported stolen through Slidell Police, in the parking lot of the Value Travel Inn on Yaupon Drive in Slidell. While attempting to detain the driver of that vehicle, the K-9 deputy, Sgt. Robert Edwards, became involved in a physical altercation with the driver, Frederick Jackson.
Meanwhile, the passenger of the vehicle, Starlet Overby, jumped into the driver’s seat and attempted to drive off.
As Overby was exiting the parking lot of the Value Travel Inn, she crashed the vehicle into another St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office vehicle which had responded to the scene to assist. Overby also came very close to striking the driver of that unit, Deputy Amanda Vasquez, and her partner, Deputy Edward Stone.
In an attempt to stop Overby, Deputy Stone shattered the driver’s side window and was able to gain control of the vehicle and detain Overby.
With the assistance of Slidell Police, K-9 deputies apprehended Jackson following a short foot pursuit.
Overby and Jackson were both transported to a local hospital and treated for injuries before being booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Starlet Dawn Overby (DOB 10/17/1973; 909 Crossgates Blvd., Slidell) was arrested on the following charges:
14:30A Attempted First-Degree Murder (three counts)
14:108:1 Aggravated Flight from an Officer (two counts)
14:55 Aggravated Criminal Damage
Frederick James Jackson (DOB 12/17/1979; 2797 Eighth Street, Slidell) was arrested on the following charges:
14:108:2 Resisting a Police Office with Force (two counts)
14:69 Illegal Possession of Stolen Things
32:79 Improper Lane Use
32:232 Ignoring Traffic Signal
Deputy Stone sustained minor injuries to his hand and was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

 

 

July 15, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Dedrick Briggs was booked 07/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Useage, No Drivers License, Open Container in Vehicle, and Contempt of Court
Jermaine Lacour was booked 07/14 In From Court
Eldridge McDonnell was booked 07/14 In From Court
Kenneth Mixon was booked 07/14 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Dennis Vanslyke was booked 07/14 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

July 14, 2014

Amtrak Train Collides With 18-Wheeler Near Amite
At approximately 1:30 p.m. today, an Amtrak train traveling southbound on Hwy 51 from Chicago,  collided with an 18-Wheeler at the Diamond B Construction railroad crossing.    Preliminary investigation reveals  that the driver of the 18-Wheeler neglected to yield at the crossing.  This caused the Amtrak to strike the truck directly into the driver’s side door, ejecting the driver from the tractor trailer as a result of the impact.   The driver has since been transported to a near by medical facility  and is being treated for his injuries.   He is reported to be in stable condition.
All passengers onboard the Amtrak headed to New Orleans were evaluated and no injuries reported. 
The 193 Amtrak passengers have been loaded onto four Charter busses provided by the Tangipahoa Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) and are being transported  New Orleans.

 

 

July 14, 2014

UPDATE:  Arrest Made In Franklinton Murder
On July 10, 2014 the Franklinton Police Department received a 911 call from a resident at 1510 Parker Street. The subject advised he arrived home from work and there were people in his home and one person was deceased.
Officers responded and located Eric Warren (b.m. 5/26/97) suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest. After subsequent investigation and interviews, officers were able to obtain arrest warrants for Demontez Martin (b.m. 11/11/96) for First Degree Murder and Shneille Jenkins (b.f. 7/18/93) for Accessory to first degree murder. The two were booked into the Washington Parish Jail on Friday, July 11.  Jenkins was released Friday on $25,000 bond.  Martin remains in jail without bond.
Detectives will continue their investigation into the case and request information from anyone having knowledge of the crime.

 

 

July 14, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
David Stucker was booked 07/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Unauthorized Use Of A Motor Vehicle
Lashondra Spurlock Whitaker was booked 07/11 on the charge of Failure to Return Rental Property
Krystal Anderson Thomas was booked 07/11 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Failure to Appear, and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
John Thomas was booked 07/11 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, and Failure to Appear
Stephen Seal was booked 07/11 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Demontez Martin was booked 07/11 on the charge of First Degree Murder
Shnelle Jenkins was booked 07/11 on the charge of Accessory to Murder
Charles Mingo was booked 07/11 on the charges of Simple Burglary and Failure to Appear
Matt Fleming was booked 07/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Attachment
Kevin Stalley was booked 07/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Della McIntyre was booked 07/11 on the charge of Theft By Shoplifting
Keenen Ingram was booked 07/12 on the charges of Aggravated Burglary, Theft Over 1500 (2 counts), and Theft 500-1500
Oliver Johnson was booked 07/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, No Drivers License, and Attachment
Roan Bickham was booked 07/12 In From Court
Anthony Dillon was booked 07/12 on the charges of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon and Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Ginger Warden was booked 07/13 on the charge of Principals
Charles Sibley was booked 07/13 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear
Dedrick Briggs was booked 07/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Useage, No Drivers License, Open Container in Vehicle, and Contempt of Court

 

 

July 14, 2014

Is Your Child Fully Prepared to Head to School?
Health officials remind parents to be certain their child is up-to-date on vaccinations
The new school year is approaching, is your child ready? Preparation isn't limited to getting uniforms and school supplies. Every child should be protected before heading to the classroom and that means being certain they are up-to-date on their childhood vaccinations. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reminds parents that ensuring children have received their necessary vaccinations is not only important, it's the law.
"Other parts of the country have seen a resurgence of measles, including Houston, which had a large outbreak last year," said DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert. "These vaccinations protect our children from these terrible diseases. Getting vaccinated is a simple process with big rewards. These vaccines help keep children healthy, so they can spend more days in the classroom learning and out of the doctor's office."
For more information, click on the following link:  http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/3067

 

 

July 11, 2014

Franklinton Residents Ask Mayor and Board of Aldermen For Assistance
Three residents appeared before the Board of Aldermen Tuesday eveningasking for help with a dangerous situation that exists on Bene Street.  Joey Knight reported illegal activity that includes blocking the street, intimidating motorists and area residents, drug activity, and gunfire.  Knight reported that the Bene Street and Knight Road area, a once peaceful community, has developed into its current atmosphere after construction of a housing project that attracted a criminal element.  The problem is especially bad on the weekends.  He also suggested that the housing project was not built in accordance with town regulations, including being built too close to the street. 

Knight said the situation had been reported to the Franklinton Police Department without results.  Donna Taylor supported Knight's comments and asked the Council's assistance.  Mayor Wayne Fleming asked Alderman John Daniels to get with Police Chief Donald Folse and investigate the problem.

To view video of the Council meeting, go to our Washington Parish TV page, click on the "Government Meetings" folder in the Video Library.  Fast forward to 23 minutes and 30 seconds to see comments by Knight and Taylor.

 

 

July 11, 2014

Possible Homicide Being Investigated in Franklinton
Yesterday, the Franklinton Police Department responded to a residence in the 1500 block of Parker Street regarding a reported death. Officers and detectives arrived on scene along with Northshore EMS. The victim was subsequently pronounced deceased and investigators have presumptively determined the death to be a possible homicide.
Additional information will be forthcoming as details of the case are made clear.
Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to contact Detective William Brumfield at 839-2977.

 

 

July 11, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Keith Byais was booked 07/10 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense), Failure to Honor Written Promise, and Attachment (2 counts)
Rockella Ellis was booked 07/10 on the charges of No Seat Belt and Failure to Appear
Jennifer Cosse was booked 07/10 on the charge of Probation Violation
Jeffrey English was booked 07/10 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold, Possession of Marijuana, and Aggravated Incest
Matthew Stevens was booked 07/10 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

 

July 10, 2014

UPDATE TO MISSING PERSON STORY EARLIER THIS DATE

We have just learned that 39 year old Shailey Michelle Tripp has been located at a hospital in Mississippi.  The details surrounding her disappeared are undetermined at this time; however Mississippi authorities are currently enroute to her location. 

 

 

July 10, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Keith Byais was booked 07/10 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense), Failure to Honor Written Promise and Attachment (2 counts)

 

 

Obituary

Valerie Penton Vaughn age 50 passed away July 7, 2014 at Our Lady Of The Angels Hospital in Bogalusa La. She was a resident of Angie La. and a member of Main Street Baptist Church in Bogalusa.

 

 

Obituary

RONALD EDWIN LEE, SR., age 67 and a native of St. Bernard Parish now residing in Franklinton died at 1:56 PM Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at his residence.  He enjoyed his work as a route salesman. He also enjoyed time fishing and working on cars.

 

 

July 10, 2014

VANDERHOFF SENTENCED TO LONG PRISON TERM
District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Stephen Vanderhoff Jr., 27 of Slidell, was found guilty as charged on Thursday, April 24th, 2014, of 2 counts distribution of methadone.  22nd Judicial District Judge Allison Penzato today sentenced Vanderhoff to 49 years in prison on each charge as a career criminal.  Judge Penzato ordered the sentences to be served concurrently.  A 12 member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated 2 hours before returning the guilty verdicts.  Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the state’s case for the two day trial. .
Vanderhoff was arrested in June 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after he was observed selling drugs in July 2009.  Deputies obtained information from confidential sources that Vanderhoff was selling methadone.  Deputies and confidential informants conducted a drug buy that resulted in a warrant for the defendant’s arrest.  Vanderhoff was arrested on the 2009 warrant after it was learned that he was a prisoner in the St. Bernard Jail.
Vanderhoff has been arrested at least ten times over the past 10 years and has prior convictions for theft twice, possession of hydrocodone, and simple burglary in 2005 and simple burglary and attempted simple burglary in 2010.
Distribution of methadone is punishable by imprisonment for not less than 10 nor more than 30 years.  Vanderhoff faced a minimum of 30 years in prison as a four time offender.

 

 

July 10, 2014

Office of Motor Vehicles Employee Arrested for Theft
Hammond – On July 8, 2014, Louisiana State Police Detectives assigned to the Hammond Field Office arrested 46 year old Gezelle Y. Buchanan of Pine Grove, LA for felony theft and malfeasance in office. Buchanan was an employee of the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) in Hammond, LA.
While employed with the OMV, part of Buchanan’s job duties included clearing insurance flags from customers’ records. In order to do so she was required to collect monetary fees from customers and document those fees paid in the appropriate OMV databases. An audit conducted by OMV found that during a nearly two year period she collected fees from customers but did not remit the money to OMV. Investigators determined Buchanan manipulated the OMV computer databases to show payments were made, but she kept the money for herself. It was determined she kept over $15,000.
An arrest warrant was obtained through the 21st Judicial District Court charging Buchanan with felony theft and malfeasance in office. Buchanan was placed under arrest and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Prison on the above listed charges.

 

 

July 10, 2014

Mississippi Resident Killed in Tangipahoa Parish Crash
Tangipahoa, LA- Shortly after 3:00 pm Monday afternoon, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash at the intersection of LA 1057 and LA 1061 near the Village of Tangipahoa. The crash took the life of a passenger, 40 year old Marcus Ingram of Tupelo, MS.
Troopers’ investigation revealed that the crash occurred as a 2013 Ford F-150, driven by 29 year old Mark Konzelman of Osyka, MS, was stopped in the southbound lane of LA 1061 at its intersection with LA 1057. After coming to a stop, Konzelman attempted to turn left onto LA 1057 failing to yield to oncoming traffic and entering into the path of an eastbound 2005 Peterbilt 18 wheeler. Upon entering the intersection, the Ford F-150 was struck on its passenger side by the Peterbilt resulting in both vehicles leaving the paved roadway and coming to rest approximately 200 feet from the intersection. 
Konzelman received moderate injuries in the crash. Front seat passenger in the Ford pickup, Ingram, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. 
Driver of the Peterbilt 18 wheeler, 52 year old Richard Powers of Kentwood, LA, was not injured in the crash.
All occupants were properly restrained at the time of the crash and impairment is not suspected pending toxicology analysis. Charges are pending for driver of the Ford F-150, Mark Konzelman, upon further consultation with the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office.

 

 

July 10, 2014

Twenty Year Old Amite City Man Killed in Two Vehicle Crash
Amite City – Shortly after 8:00 am on July 8, 2014, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on US Hwy 51 north of Old US Hwy 51 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash took the life of 20 year old Kyle A. Rigdon of Amite City, LA.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Rigdon was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala southbound on US Hwy 51. At the same time, 19 year old Adrian J. Seiber (also of Amite City) was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Impala northbound on US Hwy 51. Rigdon was attempting to make a U-turn to travel northbound on US Hwy 51. Upon pulling into the northbound lanes of US Hwy 51, Rigdon’s Impala was struck on the passenger side by Seiber’s Impala. The impact caused Rigdon’s Impala to leave the roadway.
Despite the fact that he was wearing his seat belt, Rigdon suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Seiber was also properly restrained, yet suffered only minor to moderate injuries. A one year old child in Seiber’s vehicle was not properly restrained, and she was transported from the scene with minor injuries. Driver impairment is not suspected on the part of either driver; however, toxicology samples were taken from both and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

 

 

July 10, 2014

GOVERNOR JINDAL AND ALLIED MATERIALS & EQUIPMENT PRESIDENT STEVE PACK ANNOUNCE EXPANSION OF U.S. FLAG FACILITY IN BOGALUSA
Governor Bobby Jindal and President Steve Pack of Allied Materials & Equipment Company announced Allied will make a $340,000 capital investment, retain 21 jobs, and create 21 new direct jobs at the company’s Bogalusa facility, where it manufactures the field of stars for the U.S. flag.  The project will result in another 12 indirect jobs.
“Our decision to increase our investment in our manufacturing facility in Bogalusa was driven by our experiences,” Pack said. “The availability of a productive workforce coupled with current economic policies should lead to additional success of our operations in Bogalusa. Allied has enjoyed the cooperation of the Washington Economic Development Foundation, from whom we leased our building, the Mayor’s Office and most recently the Governor’s Office. The current economic policies of Louisiana have facilitated our expansion.”
“I want to express my gratitude to Allied Materials for its commitment to Bogalusa,” Bogalusa Mayor Charles Mizell said. “We have been fortunate to have them in our industrial park for 13 years. They have increased their investment and their payroll over the time they have been here. This announcement of new investment and additional jobs here on the eve of our city’s centennial is a fitting birthday gift for Bogalusa.”

 

July 10, 2014

Gov. Jindal On Missile Attacks In Israel: Hamas, Other Terrorists Are Perpetrators
BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal issued the following statement on the developing situation in Israel:
"As I watch the horrific images of missiles flying into Israel, I am reminded of the instructions in Psalm 122 – 'Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  May those who love you be secure.  May there be peace within your walls.'
"We must condemn the terrorist attacks on the people of Israel. Let’s be clear about this: Hamas and other terrorists are the perpetrators. There should be no ambiguity here. The people of Israel must know that America stands with them, that their struggles are our struggles, and that we completely support their right to defend themselves."

 

 

July 10, 2014

DHH Reports 2014’s First Human Cases of West Nile Virus
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reported the state's first human cases of West Nile virus of 2014. The three cases were recently confirmed in Livingston Parish and were all asymptomatic, meaning these individuals did not know they were infected, and only found out while donating blood or having blood work.
For information on the symptoms and safety tips to protect you and your family, go to http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/3062

 

 

July 10, 2014

Missing Person in Hammond
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for you assistance in locating missing person, 39 year old Shailey Michelle Tripp of Hammond, LA. 
Tripp was last seen at her residence located at 14396 Meadow Trace (apartments) on July 7, 2014. 
Yesterday at approximately 4:00 p.m., Tripp’s blue 2011 Suzuki sedan was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly on HWY 190 in Hammond.
Tripp is about 5'3" tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds, with short/dark hair.  She was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and blue jeans. 
Detectives are asking anyone knowing the whereabouts of Tripp to please come forward and contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245 or the TPSO @ 986.345.6150 ext. 2088.

 

 

July 9, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Sean Smith was booked 07/08 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Probation and Parole Hold
Broderick Lotts was booked 07/08 on the charges of Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile and Simple Battery

 

 

Obituary

Hilda Joyce Magee, 87, passed away on Sunday, July 6th at Christwood Retirement Community in Covington after a courageous five-month battle with cancer.
Born in Hammond, Louisiana, on June 29, 1927, she was valedictorian of her Hammond High School graduating class before earning a degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and working part time in medical administration while being a full time mom. She and her family lived in Franklinton and Baton Rouge before moving to Mandeville in 2002.
Joyce never met a stranger, always striking up a conversation with everyone she met along the way. Even in her last days, she was sweet and funny with everyone around her; her sense of humor never waned. Joyce and her beautiful smile will be terribly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Active and involved until her illness, she was a proud founding member of the Pierre de Mandeville chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a regular at Christwood’s Bible study classes. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Covington.

 

 

July 8, 2014

Roy K. Burns, Jr. Announces Candidacy For District Attorney
Speaking at the Washington Parish Council meeting Monday evening, Roy K. Burns, Jr. announced that he will be a candidate for District Attorney of Washington and St. Tammany parishes.  Burns is a resident of Bush, Louisiana and has practiced law as both a prosecuting attorney under former District Attorney Marion Farmer and as a defense attorney in private practice.  Burns has stated, “I will punish those who hurt others and rehabilitate those who hurt themselves.  Everyone will be treated the same, regardless of who they are, what color their skin is, where they are from, or what their income is.”
In his remarks to the Council, Burns expressed his understanding of the financial challenges facing Washington Parish government and expressed his desire to help address them. 
He has emphasized his commitment to serve as a full-time District Attorney, to bring positive changes to the office, and to retain the “good and valuable employees” of the District Attorney's Office.
Announced candidates for the office of District Attorney now includes Roy K. Burns, Jr. and Slidell Attorney Alan Black in an election to be held November 4.  Current District Attorney Walter Reed has not announced if he will qualify for reelection.

 

 

July 8, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Stacy Sumrall was booked 07/07 on the charge of Criminal Damage
Johnny Taylor was booked 07/07 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Dylan-Buzz Busby was booked 07/07 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Careless Operation, and Open Container in Vehicle
Demetris Mingo was booked 07/07 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine
Myra Watson was booked 07/07 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Shekeil Ratliff was booked 07/07 on the charges of Protective Order Violation, Resisting an Officer, Forgery, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

 

July 7, 2014

Busy Fourth of July Weekend for St. Tammany Deputies
The Fourth of July holiday is typically a busy one for law enforcement, and 2014 has been anything but uneventful for St. Tammany deputies.  Since the start of the three day holiday weekend, deputies responded to nearly 1,400 calls for service. 
Click http://www.stpso.org/blog/?p=1678 for a summary of a few incidents that the Sheriff’s office investigated this Fourth of July.

 

 

Obituary

Greg McCardle, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 52, born on December 23, 2014 in Bogalusa, LA, died on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Clara Ernestine "Ernie" Shetler, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 88, born on October 31, 1925 in Bogalusa, LA, died on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.
She was a member of Superior Avenue Baptist Church.

 

 

July 7, 2014

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that wanted suspect Verdale Moore is now in custody.
**UPDATE** On Story Earlier This Date

With the assistance of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, TPSO Detectives located Moore at a private residence in Osyka Mississippi where he was taken into custody without incident.   
Moore is being transported to the Pike County Jail for processing and to await extradition.
Details surrounding Moore’s arrest will be reported at tomorrow morning’s Press Conference. 

 

 

July 7, 2014

LDWF Agents Recover Missing Boater from Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents are investigating a single vessel incident that claimed the life of a Picayune man on July 5 in St. Tammany Parish.
LDWF agents were notified of a boating incident and a missing boater on the Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish around 5 p.m. on July 5. LDWF and St. Tammany Parish Sheriffs Deputies began searching that evening, before calling off the search at dusk. The following day, July 6, agents and sheriff’s deputies continued the search.
Agents were able to retrieve the deceased body of James. R Mann, 45, of Picayune, MS the morning of July 7 and turn him over to the St. Tammany Parish Corner’s Office.
According to surviving passenger, Terry L. Jenkins, 49 of Walkiah, MS, the vessel was just up river of the Walkiah Bluff water control structure. The men launched their boat off the bank before starting the engine. As the vessel was adrift, it was caught in a swift current which carried the vessel over the water control structure. Mann was ejected from the vessel and Jenkins jumped out of the vessel in an effort to save Mann. Jenkins was not able to locate Mann. Jenkins then self rescued and called for help.
Neither man was wearing a personal floatation device (PFD).
Along with LDWF and St. Tammany Parish Deputies, Missisippi Wildlife, Fish and Parks assisted as well as the Pine Grove Fire Department.

 

 

July 7, 2014

DHH Adds Two New Synthetic Marijuana Compounds to Banned List
Two new dangerous designer drugs have been banned by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals through an emergency rule enacted today. Commonly called "Train Wreck 2", FUB-AMB (methyl (1-(4-fluorobenzyl)-1 H-indazole-3-carbonyl valinate) has been added to the schedule of Controlled Dangerous Substances after consultation with state and local health and law enforcement officials. Also added to the schedule of Controlled Dangerous Substances is "Kali Berry 2", 5-fluoro-AMB ((S)- methyl 2- (1- (5- fluoropentyl)- 1H- indazole- 3- carboxamido)- 3- methylbutanoate). Both compounds will be considered Schedule 1 controlled substances.
Dr. Mark Ryan, director of the Louisiana Poison Control Center said, "These are designer drugs in the purest sense. They are being developed for the sole purpose of being abused."
For more information, go to http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/3059

 

 

July 7, 2014

Bogalusa police investigating fatal quadruple shooting, car
crash
(Source: WWLTV.com)

BOGALUSA, La. -- The Bogalusa Police Department is investigating a quadruple shooting and car crash that claimed the life of two people Sunday.
The shooting happened at about 4 p.m. near intersection of Grove Avenue and Ott Street.
According to Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper, two vehicles were speeding through the area and exchanging gunfire when they hit a massive oak tree.
Culpepper said two people are dead and two people are critically injured. It's not clear if the victims suffered their injuries through the car crash or from the gunfire.
The injured are being treated in a New Orleans-area hospital.
The identities of the victims haven't been released. Police haven't announced any arrests in the case.

 

 

Obituary

EVA MAE JONES SPINKS, AGE 87 and a resident of Franklinton died at 7:00 am Friday July 4, 2014 at Good Samaritan Living Center. She was a member of First United Pentecostal Church of Franklinton and also attended Bogue Chitto Heights Baptist Church on occasion. Eva loved to share her Christian testimony with others and always encouraged people to go to church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was forever a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her large family.

 

 

Obituary

Donna Kay Young Varnado, a resident of Poplarville, MS, age 57, born on May 30, 1957 in Bogalusa, LA, died on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA.

 

 

July 7, 2014

Inmate Escapes From Tangipahoa Parish Jail
AMITE, LA-  Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that late last evening, 20 year old Verdelle Anthony Moore, escaped from the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.
Moore was arrested on February 4, 2014, and was awaiting trial on charges relating to the shooting death of 37 year old Sandra Butler of independence, LA.
Sheriff Edwards has dedicated all available resources to locating Moore, and is asking anyone with information is to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

 

 

July 7, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Chazmon James was booked 07/03 In For Court
Cory Dillon was booked 07/03 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Molestation of a Juvenile (3 counts)
Lauren Boone was booked 07/03 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Mark Mizell was booked 07/03 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Quinn Schneider was booked 07/04 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear
Corbin Ikerd was booked 07/04 In From Court
Stacy Xedos was booked 07/04 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Sean O'Quinn was booked 07/04 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Driving While Intoxicated (5th Offense), and Failure to Appear
Clifton Turner was booked 07/05 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Lane Moore was booked 07/05 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Thomas Alvester was booked 07/05 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Ran Stop Sign, and No Drivers License
Marc Fortney was booked 07/65 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Timothy Stevens was booked 07/06 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Deta McGowan was booked 07/06 on the charges of Sexual Battery, Failure to Appear (2 counts), Failure to Honor Written Promise, and Attachment

 

 

Obituary

CHARLOTTE ANN PASSMAN SPENCER, AGE 59 and a resident of Franklinton died at 8:20 am Thursday July 3, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton where she attended the Circle of Joy Sunday School Class, sang in the sanctuary choir and served on several committees. Charlotte was a loan originator and administrative assistant at Magee Financial and was a member of the Franklinton Chamber of Commerce. She was also active in the Waverley Club, Winbury Club and Magnolia Belles women’s groups.
Charlotte enjoyed going RV camping with her family and loved working alongside her husband in her flower garden. She liked to read and go out to dinner with her friends in the Supper Club, who will serve as honorary pallbearers. She cherished all the time spent with her children and grandchildren and was a real joy to all her many friends.

 

 

Obituary

Flora Sloan Magee entered her heavenly home on July 3, 2014. A member of Memorial Baptist Church of Bogalusa, LA. She enjoyed years of service to churches and community. She served the local campfire organization as leader for a Blue Bird Group, as well as a Campfire Girls group, assisted by Mrs. Gloria Alford. She spent several years working with Bogalusa Assembly Order of Rainbow for Girls, earning the Grand Cross of Color at the State level. She was honored but humbled to be elected to the office of Worthy Matron of Jessamine Chapter #82 Order of the Eastern Star in Bogalusa, LA, a total of four terms, resigning in the middle of fourth term due to illness.

 

 

Obituary

Mary B. Pounds, age 88, born on April 19, 1926 in Bogalusa, LA, died on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Kara Ann Penton, age 23, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at home in Slidell, LA. Penton, a Covington, LA native, was a student.

 

 

July 3, 2014

Arrest made in Walgreens robberies
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives, working together with Covington Police Department detectives, identified and arrested a man wanted for robbing two local Walgreens stores over the weekend.
Michael Williams (DOB 12/2/1970; 70406 First Street, Covington) was arrested Tuesday evening (July 1) and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of simple robbery from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and a second count of simple robbery from the Covington Police Department.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday (June 28), Williams entered the Walgreens at 70997 Louisiana Highway 59 in Abita Springs. While a cashier was retrieving change for another customer, Williams reached into the register and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash. After a brief struggle, he fled the store.
At approximately 2:15 a.m. Sunday morning (June 29), Williams entered a second Walgreens store. This time it was in the city limits of Covington at 1203 U.S. Highway 190 Business (Claiborne Hill). There he pretended to purchase a pack of gum and when the cashier opened the register, he reached in and grabbed another handful of cash.
“I am proud of our detectives and the work they did with their counterparts at the Covington Police Department to quickly identify a suspect and to make an arrest in the case,” Sheriff Jack Strain said. “It took some good old fashioned police work and the detectives left no stone unturned, sending the message that crime, no matter how big or small, will not be tolerated in St. Tammany Parish.”
“The short time it took to make an arrest in this case is a perfect example of agencies working together for a common good,” Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz said. “Our close relationship with Sheriff Strain’s office is one of the reasons the City of Covington and St. Tammany Parish continue to be a safe and desirable place to live.”

 

 

Obituary

ELI JAMES SPICER passed away early Tuesday morning July 1, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. He was born June 16, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, the infant son of Katie Freeman and Jimmy Spicer of Pine.

 

 

July 2, 2014

Meth Lab Bust In Kentwood

Sheriff Edwards reports that on June 30, 2014, TPSO narcotics agents were led to a Kentwood residence on South River Rd. to investigate allegations of illegal drug activity.  Prior to agent’s arrival, patrol deputies responded to the Kentwood home to assist DCFS (Department of Child and Family Services) in locating Adam Thibodeaux and Sonya Boney.  While at the residence, deputies made positive contact with the couple and 

permission to enter and search the residence was granted.  

Upon entering, deputies immediately detected a strong chemical odor that is typically produced as a result of the manufacturing of methamphetamines.  Deputies also reported observing unlabeled prescription narcotics displayed on the countertop.  At this time, the TPSO Narcotic’s Unit was contacted for further investigation. 
Once agents arrived, they were able to positively report the presence of methamphetamine in the residence.  Agents additionally located precursor materials used to manufacture methamphetamine, a loaded firearm, processed methamphetamine, and a bag of unknown prescription pills.
Subsequently, Sonya Boney (White/Female DOB 12/10/1986) who resides at 69591 South River Road in Kentwood Louisiana was charged with:
1.            Operation Creation of a Clandestine Lab
2.            Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
3.            Possession of SCHII CDS “Methamphetamine”
4.            Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of CDS
Adam Thibodeaux (White/Male DOB 01/21/1982) resides at 69591 South River Road in Kentwood Louisiana was charged with:
1.            Operation Creation of a Clandestine Lab
2.            Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
3.            Possession of SCHII CDS “Methamphetamine”
4.            Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of CDS
Two (2) children were removed from the care of the parents and released to a relative pending the investigation.

 
 

 

July 2, 2014

Gov. Jindal On Hobby Lobby Decision: Court Rejects Obama Admin. Assault On Religious Liberty
The Court has made clear today that the Obama administration's assault on religious freedom in this case went too far - but this assault will not stop, in our courts, in our schools, and in the halls of power. It will take believers who are willing to risk their fortunes and public ridicule and the modern slings and arrows to stand up for what's right.
For their courage, I thank the Green family for what they have done to protect the rights of all believers to live according to their faith in the public square. Today, I urge all believers to pray for them and for the future of our nation. Remembering Paul's letter to the Corinthians, let us be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, and let all we do be done in love.”

Click Here For More of Governor Jindal's Comments

 

July 2, 2014

Governor Jindal Joins Wounded Warrior Project to Sign Legislation to Support Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities
Monday, Governor Bobby Jindal ceremonially signed SB 432 by Senator Sherri Buffington, which prohibits any person with a disability, including veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injury, from being denied admission to any public facility because of a disability. It also prohibits individuals with disabilities from being denied the use of a cane, service dogs, wheelchair, crutches, or other device of assistance.

Click Here For More Information

 

 

Obituary
Boonnark K. Williams a long time resident of Bogalusa and retired entrepreneur passed away on Monday June 30, 2014 in Walker, La. After a valiant battle with lung cancer. She was 66 years of age.

 

July 1, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Eulalio Escoto was booked 06/30 - Drug Court
Ernest Lester was booked 06/30 on the charges of Theft 500-1500, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), and Possession of Schedule III Drugs 

 

 

July 1, 2014

Drug Activity Leads To Three Arrests in Tangipahoa Parish
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s agents arrested three in connection with illegal drug activity.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that at approximately 2:00 a.m. this morning, agents form the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office Narcotics Unit, along with agents from Louisiana Probation and Parole conducted a compliance check on parole violator Shaune McMorris at 525 5th Street Independence, Louisiana.
As agents were approaching the Independence residence, parole violator Shaune McMorris (w/m/dob 09/08/1977), fled on foot toward a near by wooded area. While fleeing, agents witnessed McMorris discard  approximately 10.6 grams of “Gl

ass” methamphetamine with a street value of $1,272.00, and a two liter bottle containing precursor materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  These items were later recove

red along with McMorris. 

As a result of a search of the stated residence, agents located numerous amounts of drug paraphernalia in the form of needles, spoons, and glass methamphetamine pipe, and packaging materials, all items needed to manufacture meth.
Two other subjects were additionally located at the residence and subsequently charged. 
Agents, at the culmination of this investigation where able to place the following subjects under arrest:
·        Shaune McMorris (09/08/1977): Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine), Operation/Creation/Possession of Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory, Probation and Parole Violation.
·        Mary Louise Medley (09/13/1977): Possession of Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, FTA for No Seatbelt.
·        Robert Lovetro (09/15/1968): Possession of Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

 

 

July 1, 2014

Detectives looking to identify suspect who robbed local drug store
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for robbing a local drug store.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a white male entered the Walgreens at 70997 Louisiana Highway 59 in Abita Springs. While a cashier was giving another customer change, the man reached into the register and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect then fled the store and left in what appeared to be a silver four-door Pontiac Grand Am.
From the store’s surveillance video, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has obtained photographs of both the suspect and the vehicle.
The man is also believed to have robbed a Walgreens store inside the city limits of Covington in a similar manner.  Contact Covington Police for more information about that crime.
If anyone recognizes this suspect or vehicle, please contact Detective Matt Vasquez at 985-726-7830.

 

 

July 1, 2014

False Report Leads To Arrest in Tangipahoa
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel H. Edwards reports the arrest of 34 year old Casie Baker of Wardline Rd. in Hammond, LA.  TPSO detectives are also currently seeking the arrest of her alleged accomplice 37 year old Robert Spark Anderson of the same residence. 
On June 3, 2014, Casie Baker allegedly filed a fraudulent police report stating that her Wardline Rd. residence was burglarized.   During th
e burglary, she reported that the alleged suspects illegally entered her residence and stole a Savage .308 bolt action rifle with attached Bushnell scope and a Yildiz 12 gauge shotgun. Upon notice of the incident, detectives began an active investigation.  As a result, it was learned that a Yildiz 12 gauge shotgun matching a description of the reported stolen weapon was sold to Bayou Pawn Shop in Hammond, LA, on June 2, 2014.  Through further investigations, detectives learned that Baker herself sold both of the stated firearms to the local pawn.   

On June 25, 2014, video surveillance footage revealed that indeed on June 2, 2014, Baker and a male subject, Robert S. Anderson, walk into the pawn shop with the weapons. They then sold the weapons to the establishment for cash.   Detectives also noted Anderson to have an extensive criminal history with numerous felony convictions. 
On June 30, 2014, detectives arrested Casie Baker on charges of illegally supplying a felon with a firearm, criminal mischief and theft by fraud.   
A warrant for Anderson’s arrest has also been issued.

 

 

June 30, 2014

Bogalusa Council Meets Tuesday Evening
The Bogalusa City Council will meet at 5:30 pm Tuesday, July 1 at City Hall and among the Agenda items is one that was tabled at the last meeting.  The ordinance to provide for inspection of rental houses before they are rented brought a number of landlords to the council meeting in opposition to the ordinance.  The ordinance was tabled at the last meeting with council comments that it needed some work.
INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES:
AN ORDINANCE setting Millage Tax Rates for 2014 as required by law. (Introduced by Vice-President Perrette). 
(Bring back to the table):
AN ORDINANCE to provide for inspection of rental houses in Bogalusa before occupancy by the tenant begins. (Introduced by Councilman O’Ree).

PUBLIC HEARING:
AN ORDINANCE requesting proposals for the operation of the Deli in the Park. (Introduced by Vice-President Perrette). 
AN ORDINANCE to revise the 2014 Budget. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
AN ORDINANCE to amend and re-enact Section 4-3 of the Bogalusa Code to make it unlawful for any person engaged in any business of selling or serving alcoholic beverages as described in R.S. 26:90(3) and defined in Section 4-2 to permit any person below the age of twenty-one (21) years to frequent, hang around or loiter at or in such place of business. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
The Council invites the attendance and comments of the public.  Mayor Charles Mizell will also address the Council and the public and department heads will give their reports at this first meeting of the month.
(If you are unable to attend, you can view video of the meeting on our Washington Parish Channel.  Simply click on the Government Meetings folder in the Video Library.  The video will be available on Wednesday morning.)

 

 

June 30, 2014

Murder Arrest Made in Tangipahoa Parish
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 45 year old Springfield resident Robert E. Jenks. 
Jenks was taken into custody on June 28, 2014, after allegedly shooting and killing 55 year old Harold Bart Oliphant Sr. in a Ponchatoula bar on HWY 22.    The 2 subjects were engaged in an altercation when Jenks armed himself with a handgun and shot the victim in the abdomen.   The victim later succumbed to his injures at approximately 8:00 p.m. at a nearby medical facility.
Jenks was arrested on scene and charged with second degree murder and possession of a fire arm in an alcoholic beverage establishment.

 

 

June 30, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kenneth Lewis was booked 06/27 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Kimberly Jones was booked 06/27 on the charge of Vehicle Burglary
Marion Catalano was booked 06/27 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Movable, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Roderick Tillman was booked 06/27 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Theft by Fraud
Charles Anthony was booked 06/27 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Corbin Ikerd was booked 06/27 In From Court
Zerron Mingo was booked 06/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Obstruction of Highway
Brandon Ellis was booked 06/28 In For Court
Jamarcus Harrison was booked 06/28 In For Court
Derolodi Bickham was booked 06/29 on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting an Officer, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions (2 counts) and Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Highway
Jeremy McKenzie was booked 06/29 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Christian Herring was booked 06/29 on the charge of Probation Violation

 

 

Obituary

Betty L. Thomas Aldridge born February 17, 1934 passed away June 27, 2014 at Our Lady of Angels Hospital at the age of 80. She was a long time resident of Bogalusa and Washington Parish.

 

 

Obituary

Mr. John Elette Cooper, 99, passed away on Thursday June 26, 2014, after a short illness. Mr. Cooper was a native of Bogalusa and a resident of Bogalusa for almost 100 years. Mr. Cooper was Citizen of the year in 1992 and has been selected as Citizen of the Century for the Bogalusa Centennial. He also had the distinction of being the oldest active member of the Louisiana American Legion. He was a member of E.S.M. Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Seabees during World War II.

 

 

June 27, 2014

Covington-area man arrested on pornography, oral sexual battery and attempted rape charges involving a juvenile
A former teacher and Boy Scout leader from New Orleans who was living in the Covington area has been arrested on warrants for possession of child pornography, oral sexual battery and attempted simple rape involving a juvenile.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are now looking for other possible victims.
Dennis Mischler (DOB 4/17/52; 81245 OK Lane, Covington) was arrested May 29 on a warrant for possession of child pornography and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. He was released on May 31 on a $100,000 bond with the stipulation that he have no unsupervised contact with minors.
As the investigation into the matter continued, Mischler was arrested again on June 25 on warrants for two counts of oral sexual battery and one count of attempted rape, both involving a juvenile. He was booked again into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
The most recent arrest stems from incidents that date back to 2005-2006.
Mischler is currently being investigated for similar crimes in another jurisdiction.
Detectives believe Mischler may have been victimizing children for many years and they are looking for additional victims not only in St. Tammany and Orleans parishes, where he was a scout leader for many years and worked as a teacher for 31 years; but also in Arkansas, where he lived for a period of time following Hurricane Katrina.
Anyone who believes they have information concerning this case or believe they may have been a victim of or know a victim of Dennis Mischler, are asked to call Detective Warren Keller at 985-276-1339.

 

 

June 27, 2014

Meth Lab Bust in Kentwood 

 

Foster 

 

Cortez 

 

Castleberry

 

Brown

 

 

Brewer


KENTWOOD, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 5 subjects connected to illegal drug activity on the north end of our parish.
On June 23, 2014, Deputy Rod Graham responded to an area off of S. River Rd. in Kentwood in reference to a report of suspicious activity.   Deputy Graham canvased the area and observed two subjects flee on foot from the residence of 69062 S. River Rd.   As Deputy Graham exited his vehicle, he distinctly detected the chemical odor which is produced from the manufacturing of methamphetamines.  
As a result of and pending investigation, Deputy Graham detained 3 subjects that were standing outside of the residence upon his arrival, Terence Brewer (w/m 02/02/1995), Daniel Cortex (w/m 04/06/1992), and Amos Foster (w/m 06/23/1962).    Deputy Graham also made contact with a b/m, later identified as Eric Brown (07/21/1978) who was behind the suspect residence seated inside a white Lincoln.  Brown refused to exit the vehicle while continuing to reach towards the floor board ignoring Deputy Graham’s verbal commands.   As Graham got closer to the vehicle, he could see that Brown was reaching for a .38 caliber pistol which was along side of a large quantity of suspected methamphetamines.   After several minutes of resisting, Brown complied and exited the vehicle and was detained.
While this was taking place, the TPSO Narcotics unit and  assisting deputies conducted a search of the residence only to find 15 “Shake and Bake” 1 Pot Meth Labs, approximately 47 ounces of methamphetamine oil, numerous amounts of drug paraphernalia and last but certainly not least, 3 juveniles ages 8 – 14.  Marie Castleberry (w/f 01/29/1977), was also in the residence at the time of the search.
Additionally, Narcotics agents located used/unused precursor materials throughout the residence in the refrigerator, several closets, and the attic. Several firearms were also recovered and seized by agents.
At the culmination of this investigation, deputies and agents where able to place the following individuals under arrest for their various charges:
Eric Brown b/m 07/21/1978 of 69062 South River Road Kentwood, Louisiana was charged with 15 counts Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1 count Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, 1 count Possession of CDS II while in Possession of Firearm, 3 counts Child Endangerment (drug law), 1 count Fugitive other Jurisdiction (Mississippi Probation and Parole warrant), and 1 count Resisting Arrest
Marie Casselberry w/f 01/29/1977 of 69062 South River Road Kentwood, Louisiana was charged with 15 counts Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1 count Possession of CDS II while in Possession of a Firearm, and 3 counts Child Endangerment (Drug Law)
Amos Foster w/m 06/23/1962 of 209 West Factory Street Amite, Louisiana was charged with 11 counts Manufacturing Methamphetamine and 1 count Possession of Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine)
Daniel Cortez w/m 04/16/1992 of 305 North Bay Street Amite, Louisiana was charged with 11 counts Manufacturing of Methamphetamine
Terence Brewer w/m 02/02/1995 of 14048 Stateline Road Kentwood, Louisiana was charged with 11 counts Manufacturing of Methamphetamine
Narcotics agents have located the two individuals who fled the scene that evening.  Through investigative measures, agents were able to identify several other individuals who may be involved this conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamines in our parish.   Sheriff Edwards feels confident that additional arrests are imminent in the near future.

 

 

June 27, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kyle Hamm was booked 06/26 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Zachary Abram was booked 06/26 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Theft of Firearm, Theft of Auto/Vehicle, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, and Resisting by Flight - Aggravated Flight
Kimberly Anglin was booked 06/26 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs and Cruelty to Infirm

 

 

Obituary

James Newton Ingram, age 64, born on July 21, 1949 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Jean Davis Woodward, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 83, born on September 21, 1930 in Pearl River County, MS, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Trinity Neurologic Rehab Center in Slidell, LA.
She was a member of Superior Avenue Baptist Church.

 

 

June 26, 2014

MAN SENTENCED FOR 10 CONVICTIONS -- Life in Prison --
COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Beau Ledoux, 21 of Covington, was sentenced by 22nd Judicial District Judge Martin Coady on June 19, 2014, to life in prison for each aggravated kidnapping conviction, 55 years in prison for each armed robbery conviction and 30 years in prison for attempted armed robbery.  Judge Coady ordered all sentences to run concurrently. 
Ledoux was found guilty of 5 counts of aggravated kidnapping, 4 counts of armed robbery with a firearm, and 1 count of attempted armed robbery with a firearm on Thursday, May, 15th, 2014.  A twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated for 3 hours before returning the guilty verdicts to Judge Coady.  Career Criminal Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case in the 4 day trial.  
Ledoux along with 3 codefendants were arrested in June 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after 4 adult victims and 1 minor victim were held against their will and robbed at gunpoint.  The victims were tied together in their Covington area home with zip ties and rope while the perpetrators roamed the house looking for valuables.  The intruders wore masks and gloves to avoid being identified and fled the scene with stolen loot after 2 hours.  The victims were able to get free and call police.  Information from an informant revealed the identity of the robbers.
The 3 codefendants are Jonathan Hudson, 29 of Slidell, Christopher Allo, 35 of Abita Springs, and William Ledoux, 18 of Sun.  Hudson is charged with 5 counts of aggravated kidnapping and 5 counts of armed robbery with a firearm.  Allo and William Ledoux are charged with 4 counts of armed robbery with a firearm.  All three are awaiting trial.
Aggravated kidnapping is punishable by imprisonment for life.  Armed robbery with a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 15 to 104 years.  Attempted armed robbery with a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 7 ½ to 49 ½ years.


 

June 26, 2014

WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT
COVINGTON---District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Shawn Singleton, 54 of Baton Rouge, has pled guilty as charged to theft over $1500 on Monday, June 9th, 2014.  22nd Judicial District Judge Martin Coady accepted the guilty plea and ordered a presentence investigation.  Assistant District Attorney Harold Batholomew, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.  
Singleton and Angela Lyle, 46 of Biloxi, Mississippi, were arrested in November 2012 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after they were accused of stealing victims’ money.  Singleton and Lyle worked for a mortgage and credit repair business and received thousands of dollars from dozens of victims.  The money was paid by the victims hoping to improve their mortgage and credit problems.  Singleton pled guilty to keeping the money instead of forwarding the payments appropriately.     
Lyle is awaiting trial for theft over $1500.
Judge Coady will sentence Singleton after the presentence investigation is completed.  Theft over $1500 is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years. 

 


June 26, 2014

WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX CRIMES
COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Traci Beaucoudray 35 of Slidell, pled guilty to indecent behavior with a juvenile and attempted computer aided solicitation of a minor under 17 on Monday June 9th, 2014.  22nd Judicial District Judge Martin Coady accepted the guilty plea and ordered a presentence investigation.  Assistant District Attorney Harold Batholomew, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Beaucoudray was arrested in June 2013 by the Slidell Police Department after sexually explicit texts were found on a juvenile victims’s telephone.  The mother of the victim saw the texts on her minor daughter’s phone and contacted police.
Judge Coady will sentence Beaucoudray on July 18th, 2014.  Indecent behavior with a juvenile is punishable by imprisonment for not more than seven years.  Attempted computer aided solicitation of a minor is punishable by imprisonment from two and a half years to five years in prison.

 

June 26, 2014

Two Arrested in Church Burglary
KENTWOOD, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 2 in connection with a church burglary that occurred on June 15, 2014, at the Lewiston Baptist Church on Lewiston Rd. in Kentwood.
Sheriff Edwards reports that the church burglary was discovered early that Sunday morning.  Upon deputies arrival, they searched the area located a broken window and which appeared to be a point of entry.  
 The alleged suspects then went through the office areas of the church, including the Pastor’s office which was reported to be locked.   A LED TV and several AC Window Units were reported to missing since the last time church was occupied by staff members.  

Throughout this past week, TPSO Investigators were able to identify 2 alleged suspects, 23 year old Sterling Dyson of Wilmer and 23 year old Bryce Landry of Kentwood. 
On June 24, 2014, Deputies came in contact with Bryce Landry at a residence on North Oak St. in Amite.   nfortunately, Landry was taken into custody at this time on 2 outstanding warrants (one being a theft charge).   Subsequent to arrest, and in a voluntary statement, Landry stated that he did illegally enter the Lewiston Baptist Church and took several items that he loaded into a pickup truck.   He then stated that he sold these items to an unknown male for money.   Landry was additionally charged with 1 count of burglary of a religious building.
On June 23, 2014, Sterling Dyson of Wilmer, LA was taken into custody without incident and charged with 1 count of burglary of a religious building. 
Both subjects remain in the Parish Jail.

 

 

June 26, 2014

Rape Suspect Sought in Tangipahoa Parish
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies are actively searching for 64 year old Willie E. Davis of Blytheville Ar.  
Davis is wanted by the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office in Luxora, Arkansas on 2 counts of forcible rape.   There is reason to believe that Davis may be hiding out in our parish eluding arrest.
Davis is a black male, stands approximately 5’9” tall and weighs about 210 pounds. 
Sheriff Edwards is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Davis.  Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Davis is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245

 

 

June 26, 2014

Arrest Made in Home Improvement Fraud
HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 37 year old Robert Allen Baham of Independence on 2 outstanding warrants for home improvement fraud and contracting without a license.  On February 24, 2014, the sheriff’s office contacted by a Hammond resident who reported that she entered into a contact with Baham to complete home improvement work on her Natchez St. residence.  The contract stated that Baham would begin the improvement project in July of 2013, with an expected completion date if October 2013. 
The homeowner stated that they gave Baham, $22,000.00 in July to begin the project.  To date, the project has yet to be completed and Baham has been no where to be found.   The complaint stated that in early August, she began to see Baham less and less, until finally not at all.   Upon further investigation, lead Detective John Suter learned that Baham already had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for the same crime.  On June 23, 2014, at approximately 8:00 p.m., deputies located Baham in the Independence area and placed him in custody. 
Sheriff Edwards urges homeowners to be cautious when hiring contractors. “Consumers should ask contractors for references and seek referrals from friends and neighbors.”  Edwards said.  “Additionally, consider hiring local companies and ask to see contractors’ state-issued registration cards.”

 

 

June 26, 2014

Covington woman arrested in SNAP fraud case
A Covington woman, who recently made news headlines after her 17-year-old autistic son was beat up while walking home from the Covington library, was arrested June 20 following an investigation into SNAP benefit fraud.
Christine Kelley (DOB 5/3/1976; 3013 Eleanor Lane, Covington) was picked up Friday morning by St. Tammany Parish Sheriffs Deputies in downtown Covington and was arrested on a felony theft warrant.  The arrest came after the state Department of Children and Family Services completed a lengthy investigation into the SNAP (food stamp) benefits Kelley was receiving for her family.  Kelley is accused of lying on her benefit application, stating she was divorced and not claiming her husband’s income. Since 2008, she has reportedly received $55,000 in fraudulent SNAP benefits.
Kelley was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail and was released on bond the same day.

 

 

Obituary

Verdie L. "Jack" Beeson, age 75, born on May 11, 1939 in Monticello, MS, passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

June 26, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
William Cotton was booked 06/25 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Lucian Meyers was booked 06/25 on the charges of Theft Under 500 (2 counts) and Criminal Trespass
Medhat Alhashimi was booked 06/25 on the charges of Drug Court (2 counts), and Theft Under 500, Theft Over 1500 (2 counts)
Timothy Brumfield was booked 06/25 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Domestic Abuse Battery - Strangulation, and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Patrick Spencer was booked 06/25 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property (2 counts) and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
James Taylor was booked 06/25 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Kyle Hamm was booked 06/26 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Zachary Abram was booked 06/26 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Theft of Firearm, Theft of Auto/Vehicle, Aggravaated Criminal Damage to Property, and Resisting by Flight - Aggravated Flight

 

 

June 25, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Wanda Zagorski was booked 06/24 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-300
Keith Jones was booked 06/24 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Philip Strong was booked 06/24 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Jerry Rayborn was booked 06/24 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kenneth Davis was booked 06/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Probation Violation
Welton Coneerly was booked 06/24 on the charges of Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics With Intent and Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Christopher Magee was booked 06/24 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts) and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm

 

 

June 24, 2014

Property Crimes Detectives have a busy start to 2014
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes Division has busy start to 2014.
So far this year, the detectives assigned to property crimes have recovered in excess of $317,500 worth of stolen merchandise, have arrested 275 individuals and executed warrants for 157 more. From January 1, 2014 to June 10, 2014, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has handled 882 property crimes cases.
Included in those numbers are the recent arrests of three Slidell men, which cleared 77 vehicle burglaries in unincorporated areas of Mandeville and Slidell, as well as the recent arrests of two juveniles for burglarizing a Slidell-area church.

Here is a brief rundown of cases

 

 

Obituary

MARY LOUISE MAGEE BRUMFIELD, AGE 80 and a resident of Franklinton died at 8:23 AM Monday, June 23, 2014 at her residence.  She was a retired history teacher of over 40 years, having taught in the Terrebonne and Washington Parish School Systems and at Bowling Green School. She loved her students. She was a lifetime member of Clifton Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member and served in the music and other ministries.
She was married to her high school sweetheart, Jackson Louis Brumfield, in New York City on the television show “Bride and Groom” in 1954.

 

 

Obituary

Audra Fay Galloway Blackwell age 73 passed away June 23, 2014 at her residence in Bogalusa La. She was a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.

 

 

June 24, 2014

Caught in the Act
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 28 year old Tickfaw resident Michael Wayne Elliot.   Elliot was charged with numerous narcotics related offenses as he was caught in the act of attempting to inject an illegal narcotic intravenously.
On Monday June 23, 2014, at 1:15 a.m., Deputy Travis Pittman was conducting a security check at the Happywoods Deli located on Happywoods Rd.    Pleased to see that the business owners installed added security measures to better protect their store from being burglarized, he turned around to find a white male, later identified as Elliot, sitting in a parked car near by.   As Deputy Travis Pittman approached the vehicle, he could see in plain sight that Elliot was in the act of preparing a syringe for intravenous drug use.   Also, Elliot had displayed all the components of preparing the elicit narcotic laid out on the dashboard and console of his 2014 Chevy Malibu.  As Deputy Pittman ordered Elliot to exit his vehicle, two syringes fell from the subjects lap.  
Subsequent to arrest, Pitman located two Alanzopram pills (Xanax), six Valium pills (Diazepam) and one 15mg Oxycodone pill, and a handgun inside of Elliot’s vehicle.   Elliot was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, 2 counts of possession of CDS IV, possession of CDS II and possession of a firearm with a controlled substance.

 

 

June 24, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
George Miller was booked 06/23 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Jeremy Penton was booked 06/23 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No Turn Signals

 

 

June 23, 2014

CrossFit No Surrender Raises Over $30K for Cancer Center
(Covington, La.) On Saturday, June 7, participants joined in the fight against cancer at CrossFit No Surrender’s 24 in 24 event benefiting Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.
More than $30,000 was donated to the Center through sponsorships, donations and workout participation fees.
“This year’s goal was to raise $30,000 for the Cancer Center,” said CrossFit No Surrender owner, Shane Venezia. “I’m proud to say 24 in 24 not only met that goal, but exceeded it.”  Venezia’s dedication to fundraising in support of cancer awareness was inspired by his younger sister’s battle with breast cancer several years ago.
Twenty-four different workouts were held in 24 hours – every hour, on the hour – for a pledge per workout. The programming reflected the variety of strength, cardio and body weight exercises that comprise the CrossFit experience.  An impressive 12 people completed all 24 workouts. Each workout was dedicated in honor or memory of someone touched by cancer. As part of the event, there was a cancer survivors walk in which approximately 100 people participated.

Successfully completing 24 workouts in 24 hours (from left): Jonas Haas, Erica Marion, Holli Hall, Lisa Dantin, Earl Dantin, Shane Venezia, Kasey Boudreau, Hutch Gonzales, Sam Mearridy, Lauren Duncan, Joe Matta, and Andre Gremillion.

 

 

Obituary

James Lamar Bryan, age 71, departed this life on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Franklinton, LA, following a lengthy illness. A native of Abbeville/Dothan, AL, he and his family came to Bogalusa in 1973 when he was serving Super Five and Ten Stores as vice president of its chain, as supervisor of numerous locations, and manager of its Bogalusa store. When Super Five and Ten closed its local store, Lamar became the first Manager of American Fabrics Manufacturers in Bogalusa, LA. He will be remembered as a new resident who immediately became involved in community activities beginning with church membership at Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church where he served in various offices; was one of the first organizers of the Magic City Carnival Association; served as president of Jeans and Queens Dance Club; as president of the Bogalusa Rotary Club, and as Director of the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce. For more than twenty years, until his health declined. Lamar and his wife Mary owned and operated B & B Tools of Louisiana, serving areas of South Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

 

 

Obituary

Bobbie Hymel Jenkins, age 86, born on October 15, 1927 in Pearl City, MS, passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA.
She was a member of Ben's Ford Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Robert Junius Pigott, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 91, born on March 30, 1923 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA. Robert was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII. He was a 50 year Mason. Retired from Tembec Corporation of St. Francisville, LA. Devoted member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Varnado, LA.

 

 

June 23, 2014

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Recent Theft Reports
Washington Parish has seen a rise of reports about thefts from residences both vacant and occupied.  Many thieves are targeting residences when they know the home owners are not home.  Often the thieves will come to a residence in the middle of the day and blow their vehicle’s horn or knock on the door to determine if anyone is home.  Sheriff Randy Seal is requesting the public to be aware of any suspicious vehicles and persons not generally seen in a neighborhood and report these sightings.  
Any property or dwellings that appear vacant have also recently been targeted by thieves searching for scrap items.  These thieves will locate such a property and can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage just to steal enough scrap items to generate a $50-$60 profit in selling the items as junk.   
A.T.V.s and Zero-Turn Lawnmowers tend to be another hot ticket item for thieves.  Citizens should take precautions to keep such items secured and locked and possibly under camera surveillance.
Another precaution the public is asked to take is to avoid leaving valuables inside of a locked or unlocked car.  Recently there has been been a total of five vehicle burglaries and/or criminal damages reported by citizens parking their vehicle near a river and returning to find someone has stolen items from their vehicle or caused damage.   
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is vigilantly taking measures in countering these thieves and bringing them to justice, but collaboration with the public and other surrounding agencies is always essential for any policing organization.    
Some recent activity and arrests in the parish includes:
On June 19th, Deputy Kevin Bond responded to a call from a property owner of a Dairy Barn on Chess Bankston Rd who observed a vehicle backed up in the middle of the day on his property.  After investigating that complaint, Deputy Bond was able to arrest Justin Wallace (pictured top right) for Attempted Theft and Criminal Trespassing.  
On June 19, 2014, Criminal Investigators along with the Drug Task Force arrested Anthony “Spuds” Lee (pictured second from top at right) and Rodriguez Daniels (pictured third from top at right) for Felony Possession of Stolen Property for being in possession of a stolen A.T.V. from Walthall County Mississippi.  Arrest warrants were obtained for their arrest following a joint investigation with Walthall County Sheriff’s Office.  Other charges could be forthcoming on this crime duo that may clear other theft related incidents.  
On June 18, 2014, Captain Tommie Sorrell investigated a burglary occurring on S. Columbia Road in Bogalusa where many items including appliances were stolen from a residence.  Captain Sorrell located the stolen items and followed the clues left behind by the criminals, which lead to the arrest of James A. Casey (pictured fourth from top at right) for Possession of Stolen Property.  The other suspect was identified as Keith Rodell Jones who was apprehended by Bogalusa Police Department and arrested on a Traffic Attachment and for being in Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Jones remains in the Bogalusa Jail, but he will be arrested on an active warrant for Simple Burglary once he completes that jail sanction.  
Criminals have kept investigators busy, especially during the summer months when crime rates often peak.   Investigators are asking anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of Nathan Womack (pictured bottom right) to call the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office (985) 839-3434.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Womack is wanted for Simple Burglary for his role in breaking into a shed in the Mt. Hermon area.   Investigators are also asking anyone with information pertaining to the malicious damage to a house undergoing renovations on David Drive in Franklinton in May 2014 to also please call.  

 

 

June 23, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Ike Roberts was booked 06/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Off-Road Vehicles Prohibited On Highway, and Careless Operation
Corbin Ikerd was booked 06/20 In From Court
Ryan White was booked 06/21 on the charges of Resisting Arrest and Attempted Escape
Leonard Erwin was booked 06/21 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation) and Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)
Daniel Levatino was booked 06/21 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Judd Davis was booked 06/22 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear

 

 

Obituary

BETTY DONOVAN COLLINS, AGE 93 and a resident of Franklinton died at 8 AM Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home.  She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and the widow of Jack G. Collins.

 

 

Obituary

Gloria Faye Mullins, age 72, born on December 2, 1941 in Myra, LA, passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Alban Cleveland Bush Jr. 90 years old, a resident of Bogalusa slipped peacefully to our Lord at Matthews Memorial Health Care Center in Alexandria, LA on June 18, 2014.
Jr. was devoted to his wife and eight children. He lived a very full life. Shortly after he graduated from Bogalusa High School, A. C. enlisted in the U. S. Navy on the first anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He served with distinction earning the Purple Heart. Jr. married his sweetheart Dorothy Adams while at the Naval base in Norman, OK. After the war, they returned to Bogalusa to make it their life long home. Jr. worked as an instrument repairman at the Paper Mill for 35 years. Though he spent many long hours there, he found time to volunteer as a little league football coach, scout leader, Eucharistic minister, minister to the home bound, on the Annunciation Catholic School Board, active 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and member of the American Legion.

 

Obituary

Marcia Quave born September 21, 1971 passed away June 14, 2014 at the age of 42. Marcia was born in Belem, Brazil and a resident of Bogalusa.

 

 

June 19, 2014

LSP to begin Online Application Process for Concealed Handgun Permits

The Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Permit Unit is responsible for issuing and managing concealed handgun permits statewide and processed over 26,000 applications in 2013. In an effort to expedite and improve the application process, citizens can now utilize the Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit website to submit an online application. The online application creates a more efficient process and when properly utilized applicants can expect to receive their permits quicker than when submitting the traditional paper application packets.
For more information, go to http://chp-web.dps.louisiana.gov/.

 

 

June 19, 2014

Franklinton PD Reports Arrest
On Friday, June 13, 2014, the Franklinton Police Department received a report regarding theft of $6,341.00 Specifically, a 76 year old Franklinton resident took out two personal loans totaling $3671.00 and had checks written from her personal account totaling $2670.00.  Due to the victims cognitive limitations, she was unaware of the requirements set forth by receiving the loans.  Once the money was deposited into her account, a reported family member identified as Kamaneisha Brown 31151 Hwy 438 Franklinton, La., proceeded to systematically draw down funds from the account.  The case was investigated by Detective James “Tiger” Folks.  Detective Folks obtained a warrant and Brown was subsequently arrested at her residence by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Charges include 5 counts of forgery and 1 count theft of assests of an aged or disabled person.  Brown is currently being held in the Washington Parish Jail, bond is set at $15,000.00.
Major Justin Brown relayed Chief Donald Folse’s sentiments in commending Detective Folks for his efforts and subsequent arrest.  The Franklinton Police Department is committed to the protection of our citizens and we will thoroughly investigate any and all crimes reported to our office.  Cases against the elderly and those with cognitive disabilities have increased slightly over the past few months.  All cases have been closed by arrest and the defendants are awaiting trial.  It should be noted that charges involving the aforementioned victim criteria carry a heavier penalty under Louisiana Law.

 

 

Obituary

Mattie Elizabeth Jenkins age 85 passed away June 17, 2014 at her residence in Sun La.

 

 

June 19, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Julie Brown was booked 06/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
David Mulina was booked 06/18 on the charge of Forgery
Katherine McCain was booked 06/18 on the charges of Theft Under 500 and Theft by Fraud (2 counts)
Steven Warren was booked 06/18 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

Errica Shreve was booked 06/18 In For Court
Joshua Fitzmorris was booked 06/18 In For Court
James Casey was booked 06/18 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Kristina Cleland was booked 06/18 on the charges of Theft by Fraud and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kamaneisha Brown was booked 06/18 on the charges of Theft of Assets From Aged and Forgery (4 counts)

 

 

June 18, 2014

Meth lab found at Lake Ramsey home
Members of the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force responded Tuesday morning to a home at 13501 Riverlake Drive in the Lake Ramsey area north of Covington after receiving an anonymous tip that narcotics were being made at the residence.  A search of the home uncovered a recently active meth lab.  Narcotics detectives also recovered ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine from inside the home, and evidence of a previous meth lab was found in a burn site at the rear of the residence.  St. Tammany Parish Fire District 12 and Acadian Emergency Services were called to the scene to assist as deputies searched and secured the scene.
Brett Chisesi (DOB 10/6/1972) was arrested for L.R.S. 40:983, operation and creation of a clandestine laboratory.  His 9-year-old, who also lived at the residence, was brought by a family member to a nearby hospital for evaluation.  The investigation is ongoing, and Chisesi may be charged with additional related offenses as it progresses.

 

June 18, 2014

Washington Parish Man Wanted by Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Gaming Division
Jeffery Sheridan, Jr., age 25 of Angie is one of one of four individuals wanted on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Cheating and Swindling.
The investigation began in May 2014 after detectives were notified by Harrah’s Casino Surveillance of possible cheating and swindling incidents at the Black Jack table. On two separate occasions, Lewis was observed awarding bets to four different casino patrons who appeared to personally know Lewis. The bets awarded were not winners and cost Harrah’s Casino a total of $32,022.50.
The four (4) other individuals are identified below. Arrest warrants have been issued for each of them for Conspiracy to Commit Cheating and Swindling (2 counts) and Cheating and Swindling (2 counts).
1)Breana Lewis, age 24, of New Orleans, LA  2) Cornelius Wells, age 34, of New Orleans, LA 3) Jeffery Sheridan Jr., age 25, of Angie, LA
4)Clifford Earl Carter, age 31, of New Orleans, LA 
5) Annette Davis, age 43, of Gretna, LA
If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of any of these individuals, they are urged to contact Louisiana State Police Gaming Division at (504) 533-6919, Louisiana State Police Troop B at (504) 471-2775 or their local police department.

 

 

June 18, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kelvin Warren was booked 06/16 on the charge of Drug Court
Daniel Seals was booked 06/16 on the charge of Drug Court
Melissa Cummings was booked 06/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear
William Magee was booked 06/16 on the charge of Bench Warrant Failure to Appear
Jatory Caleb was booked 06/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Leonard Newman was booked 06/16 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Carl Pritchard was booked 06/17 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, Improper Lane Useage, Open Container in Vehicle, and Failure to Appear
Robert Carter was booked 06/17 In From Court and on the charges of Careless Operation and Failure to Appear
Gary Davenport was booked 06/17 In From Court
Eddie Roberts was booked 06/17 In From Court
Finney Riley was booked 06/17 In For Court
Kelly Long was booked 06/17 In For Court
Shane Kohler was booked 06/17 In For Court
Ellie King was booked 06/17 In From Court
Wanda Zagorski was booked 06/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Tavarus Jenkins was booked 06/17 In From Court
Daimen McGrath was booked 06/17 on the charge of Forgery
Julie Brown was booked 06/18 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
David Mulina was booked 06/18 on the charge of Forgery
Katherine McCain was booked 06/18 on the charges of Theft Under 500 and Theft by Fraud (2 counts)
Steven Warren was booked 06/18 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

 

 

June 17, 2014

One arrested, second sought in armed robbery
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested one suspect and are looking for a second in an armed robbery that occurred early Saturday morning near Abita Springs.
Shortly after midnight, an Abita Springs-area man was getting into his vehicle outside his Mill Road home when he was approached by two masked individuals .
The individuals pointed a gun at the resident, who in turn gave them money and his cellphone. 
As the victim ran away he reported hearing gunshots.
Derrick Endries (DOB 01/08/1991; 72373 Nursery Street, Abita Springs) was arrested Monday on the following charges:  L.R.S. 14:64 – Armed Robbery, L.R.S. 14:55 – Aggravated Criminal Damage, L.R.S. 14:94 – Illegal Use of Weapons, L.R.S. 14:37 – Aggravated Assault, and L.R.S. 14:92 – Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Detectives have issued a warrant for the second individual, a 16-year-old Covington juvenile. Once located, the juvenile will be arrested and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center with L.R.S. 14:64 – Armed Robbery.

 

 

June 16, 2014
Bogalusa City Council Meeting Tuesday, June 17
The Bogalusa City Council will meet at 5:30 pm tomorrow evening with a full agenda of resolutions, proposed ordinances, and public hearings on previously introduced ordinances.  In addition, Mayor Charles Mizell will address the Council and those in attendance for the meeting.  The Council and the Mayor always encourages attendance by the public and invites the public to express their opinions and provide their suggestions.  If you are unable to attend, you can view the meeting by going to our Washington Parish Channel and clicking on the "Government Meetings" folder in the Video Library.  Below is a breakdown of the Agenda: 
INTRODUCTION OF RESOLUTIONS: 
A RESOLUTION whereas the City of Bogalusa has received a Louisiana Community Development Block Grant to adopt the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 504 Grievance Procedure. (Introduced by Vice-President Perrette).
A RESOLUTION expressing the intent of the City of Bogalusa to use its Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan for Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) Programs, adopted August 3, 2010, which is still in effect, for the City’s Fiscal Year 2013 Louisiana Community Development Program and all future programs, until such time as the requirements for the plan change under the LCDBG Program. (Introduced by Vice-President Perrette). 
INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES: 
AN ORDINANCE requesting proposals for the operation of the Deli in the Park. (Introduced by Vice-President Perrette). 
AN ORDINANCE to revise the 2014 Budget. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
AN ORDINANCE to amend and re-enact Section 4-3 of the Bogalusa Code to make it unlawful for any person engaged in any business of selling or serving alcoholic beverages as described in R.S. 26:90(3) and defined in Section 4-2 to permit any person below the age of twenty-one (21) years to frequent, hang around or loiter at or in such place of business. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
PUBLIC HEARING:
AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Bogalusa to enter into a contract with the low bidder American Pride for sand and gravel (Introduced by Councilman Drummond).
AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Bogalusa to enter into a contract with the low bidder Kennedy & Son Backhoe Service for red clay gravel. (Introduced by Councilman Drummond).
AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Bogalusa to enter into a contract with the low bidder Robertson Oil for gas and diesel. (Introduced by Councilman Drummond).
AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Bogalusa to enter into a contract with the low bidder Bogalusa Lumber Company for corrugated culverts. (Introduced by Councilman Drummond).
AN ORDINANCE to amend Ordinance No. 1985 requiring all bids and proposals submitted to the City of Bogalusa for review, be opened in the Council Chambers four days prior to the Council’s Agenda deadline which is Friday, 12:00 noon. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
AN ORDINANCE to provide for inspection of rental houses in Bogalusa before occupancy by the tenant begins. (Introduced by Councilman O’Ree).

 

 

June 16, 2014
Message From the Museums of Cassidy Park
Come and join us in the park between the museums as we take part in the Bogalusa Centennial Celebration on June 30, 2014 from 4:00 - 7:00 P.M.  The Museums of Cassidy Park are sponsoring "Pioneer and Heritage Day."  We will provide music for your enjoyment, games for the children, demonstrations of basket weaving, paper making and woodcarving, and simple refreshments.  Bring your chairs, listen to the music, and sip a glass of lemonade or eat a piece of watermelon.  We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

June 16, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Ronald Cotton was booked 06/13 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Donnin Brown was booked 06/13 on the charges of Resisting Arrest and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
James McCain was booked 06/13 on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Schedule 3 With Intent to Distribute, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
George Miller was booked 06/13 on the charges of Hit and Run, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile (2 counts)
Kevin Mizell was booked 06/13 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts) and Theft Over 1500
Billy Boyette was booked 06/13 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace (Simple Drunk)
Shnelle Jenkins was booked 06/13 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Hector Maldonado was booked 06/14 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Kevin Frilot was booked 06/14 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Trenton Adams was booked 06/14 on the charge of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling
Antione Graves was booked 06/15 on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Obstruction of Justice
Derrick McGowan was booked 06/15 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle, Domestic Abuse:  Pregnant Woman, Simple Battery, Failure to Appear, and Driving Under Suspension
Murry Duncan was booked 06/15 In For Court
Ronald Strahan was booked 06/15 In For Court
John Brice was booked 06/15 In For Court
Matthew Shoemaker was booked 06/15 In For Court

 

 

June 13, 2014
WASHINGTON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS TWO GRETNA MEN
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal announces that his office has arrested two Gretna men.  Matthew Peter Verdin, 29, and Allen Payne, Jr., 62, both from Gretna, were arrested for Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor.  Verdin, a part-time assistant basketball coach and student at Southeastern Louisiana University, and Payne, a retired legal assistant, committed the felonies in an undercover internet sting conducted in March of this year by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.
A Washington Parish deputy, posing as a 16 year old female named Madison, communicated with Verdin and Payne through internet ads, email and cell phone text.  During these communications, both men indicated they wished to have sexual contact with Madison, sent indecent images of themselves and requested indecent images of Madison with specific instructions on what they wanted to be shown in the images.
Verdin and Payne were arrested at their homes in a predawn raid on June 11.  Participating in the arrests were cyber crime experts from Washington and Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Offices along with the United States Marshal’s Office.  The two men were booked into the Jefferson Parish Jail as fugitives and then transported to the Washington Parish Jail.  They were released on June 12 after posting $50,000 bonds.
“Anytime we have the opportunity arrest child sexual predators, we will do so.  We are fortunate to have a certified cyber crimes expert on staff and he is always on the lookout for those who attempt to sexually exploit our children.  I encourage all parents and guardians to make certain they know what their children are doing on the internet.  While the internet is a valuable resource tool, it can also be a dangerous trap for children.  Always monitor what your child is doing on the internet, on social media and through the use of cell phone texts.”

 

 

June 13, 2014

Governor Jindal Signs Pro-Life Bills Into Law
Today, Governor Jindal signed two bills into law that will advance the dignity of human life and the safety and well being of women and children.  The two pieces of legislation, HB 388 by Rep. Katrina Jackson and HB 305 by Rep. Frank Hoffmann, were included in Governor Jindal’s 2014 Legislative Package.
HB 388, known as the “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act,” requires that a physician performing an abortion have active admitting privileges at a hospital that is not more than thirty miles from where the abortion is performed.  The bill brings abortion providers up to the same standards for all physicians in ambulatory surgical centers so they have the ability to admit a patient and to provide diagnostic and surgical services in the case of complications.  It also  clarifies that the "Women's Right to Know" law applies to both chemical abortions and surgical abortions. 
HB 305 by Rep. Frank Hoffmann provides that no individual or organization that performs elective abortion or its affiliates may provide instruction or materials in public elementary and secondary schools or in charter schools that receive state funding.  This bill assures Louisiana families that their children are not being targeted by abortion-providing organizations, consistent with current Louisiana law that prohibits school curriculum from promoting abortion.

 

 

June 13, 2014

Sunday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
This weekend, communities across the nation and throughout the world will unite to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal proclaimed June 15, 2014 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Every year an estimated 4 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. That's just a small part of the problem. Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported. In Louisiana, more than 7,300 cases of abuse involving older and vulnerable adults were reported last year.  "Elder abuse, neglect and exploitation is a crime against Louisiana's aging population," Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert. "All Louisianians have a moral and legal obligation to stand up and take action against this serious issue by reporting abuse and not turning a blind eye."  There are several types of elder abuse:  Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Caregiver Neglect, Exploitation, Emotional Abuse, Abandonment, and Self-neglect. 
Anyone who suspects a vulnerable adult is being abused should contact DHH's Adult Protective Services at 1-800-898-4910. Visit the Adult Protective Services website at: www.dhh.la.gov/aps.

 

 

Obituary

Willie Millie Tucker, age 77 passed away June 12, 2014 at Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans. She was a resident of Bogalusa and member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

LOUIS A. “TOPPER” DAWSEY, AGE 82 and a resident of the Blond Community died early Thursday June 12, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a member of The Pentecostals Church of Lee Road and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War era. Mr. Dawsey was a carpenter that worked in construction for many years often helping build things for his family and his church family but he may be remembered for delivering fertilizer to countless farms in the area as he drove a spreader truck later in life. He also enjoyed gardening and recently loved spending time on his front porch.

 

 

Obituary

Ms. Valerie Charmaine Sauls Boudreaux age 45 passed away June 9, 2014 at her residence in Houma, La. She was born Feb. 28, 1969 and was a native of Bogalusa La.

 

 

June 13, 2014
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Bruce Brumfield was booked 06/12 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
John McGowan was booked 06/12 In From Court
Clarissa Bellue was booked 06/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Contempt of Court
Ronald Cotton was booked 06/13 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Donnin Brown was booked 06/13 on the charges of Resisting Arrest and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
James McCain was booked 06/13 on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of
Schedule 3 With Intent to Distribute, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs

 

 

June 12, 2014

MOST  WANTED FUGITIVE  FOUND  HIDING  IN  BUSHES
Lemuel A. Holloway, 57, a resident of  Azalea Court in Bogalusa, after numerous false promises to the Sheriff’s Office that he would turn himself in, was located on June 11 hiding in bushes behind his house.
Holloway, a former employee of Cook-Richmond Funeral Home, scammed several people by continuing to collect insurance payments and keeping them for his own use.  He was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Theft of Assets From the Aged.  His bond has been set at $10,500.  

 

 

Obituary

TAYLOR DELANE MILLER, AGE 19 and a resident of Pine died Monday June 9, 2014 at the Interim LSU medical center in New Orleans after a recent automobile accident. She was a member of Pine First Baptist Church and a Pine High School graduate in 2013. Taylor loved playing softball and was a member of the Franklinton Association for many years and also the Pine Lady Raiders softball team. She most enjoyed spending all the time she could with her family and friends.

 

 

June 12, 2014
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Matthew Verdin was booked 06/11 on the charges of Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor and Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s)
Allen Payne was booked 06/11 on the charges of Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor and Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s)
Malik Magee was booked 06/11 on the charges of Second Degree Battery, Simple Battery, and Hate Crime
Kinay Mingo was booked 06/11 In From Court
Michael "Micha" Pounds was booked 06/11 on the charge of Telephone Harassment/Obscene
Lemuel Holloway was booked 06/11 on the charges of Theft of Assets From Aged, Theft Under 500, and Attachment
Bruce Brumfield was booked 06/12 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery

 

 

June 11, 2014

SHERIFF CAUTIONS DRIVERS ABOUT CHILD SAFETY
With summer temperatures rising, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal advises parents and other drivers to use great caution when it comes to leaving children in hot cars.  He advises each parent or driver who transports children in their vehicle to view the following website:   www.safercar.gov/parents/heatstroke.htm   This excellent website includes valuable information concerning the danger of leaving children unattended in vehicles.
In ten minutes, temperature in a vehicle can rise 20 degrees Fahrenheit.  Even with outside temperatures in the 60s, the interior of a vehicle can heat up to well above 110 degrees in a short time.  Cracking a window does not help.  A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s and a child may die when the body temperature reaches 107 degrees.
Drivers and other passengers should never leave a child alone in a car, even if the windows are partially open.  Always check and double check when you exit a vehicle to make certain no child is left behind in a restraint device.  Always look and then look again before walking away.
Sheriff Seal also advises drivers to never leave a child alone in a car with the motor running.  This happens too often when a driver has to make a quick stop at a convenience store or other business.  Situations like this are an open invitation to car theft with the child inside and there is always the possibility of a mechanical malfunction that could jeopardize the life of a child.
“We can never exercise too much caution when it comes to safeguarding our children,” said Sheriff Seal.  “Always go the extra mile for safety in all situations when a child is involved.  Children should never be left unattended, whether in a car, around a pool, on the riverbank or anywhere else.”

 

 

June 11, 2014

Juveniles arrested in connection with burglary at Slidell-area church
Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office have arrested three Slidell-area juveniles in connection with the burglary of a Slidell-area church.  The church burglary was discovered by employees of St .Genevieve Parish Church, 58189 Highway 433, Slidell, when they arrived to work the morning of June 9. Entry had been made into a business building located behind the church, and a safe inside had been destroyed.
The “poor box” containing approximately $2,100 was taken along with several bottles of wine and jewelry that was being stored in the safe.  The suspects also destroyed several computer monitors and damaged several doors throughout the building during the course of the burglary. It appears that forced entry was made through an outer, locked door. 
On June 10, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Detectives Ray Smith and Matt Bauer identified a Slidell juvenile as being one of the individuals responsible for the church burglary, which occurred during the early morning hours of June 9.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives and detectives from the Slidell Police Department, who were looking for the same individuals in connection with a business burglary at Max’s drink shop, began tracking down and locating the subjects involved.  Altogether, five juveniles were located and interviewed. 
Three of the juveniles admitted to burglarizing the church.  They were charged with LRS 14:62.6, simple burglary of a religious building, and transported to Florida Parishes Detention Center.  The other two admitted to burglarizing the Slidell business.
Some of the money and property that was taken from the church has been recovered.  Investigators continue efforts to recover the remaining property.

 

 

June 11, 2014
Audit Reflects Improvement in Parish Government Financial Picture
The audit of Washington Parish Government's finances has been completed for the year ending December 31, 2013 and, in a report presented to the Parish Council Monday night, the financial picture is much improved.  The auditor characterized the most current report as being "a lot more positive" as opposed to "gloomy" last year.  He stated that he can see a "light at the end of the tunnel and it is not a freight train." 
The General Fund, impacted by ever-increasing state mandated expenses and reduced revenues, was the hardest hit over recent years.  A voter approved tax increase is expected to help with the General Fund in the future, but for the year ending December, 2013 "belt-tightening" was credited. 
Not only does the General Fund balance now appear manageable but all funds balances are in good shape.  In addition, Parish President reported that the parish's debt was reduced by $1,300,000 in 2013 and the parish is expected to be debt-free within about two years.

 

 

June 11, 2014

Two Vehicle Crash Kills Unrestrained Motorist in Washington Parish
Warnerton – Sunday evening at approximately 6:30 P.M., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash on La. 25 at the intersection of La. 438 near Warnerton in Washington Parish. The crash took the life of Taylor Miller (W/F 19) of Franklinton.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Miller was operating a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina eastbound on La. 438 approaching La. 25 near mile marker 38 and a 2012 Peterbilt operated by Cameron Lee (B/M 38) of Tylertown, Ms. was traveling northbound on La. 25. Miller, for reasons under investigation, approached the stop sign at La. 25, failed to yield, attempted to cross La. 25, and was struck on the right side by the Peterbilt.
Miller was not restrained and was air-lifted to the Interim LSU Hospital LEVEL 1 Trauma Center in New Orleans. Troopers were notified Tuesday that Miller died from injuries sustained from the crash. Impairment on Miller’s part is unknown and a blood sample was unable to be collected. Lee was restrained, not injured, and he voluntarily submitted a breath sample revealing no detectable alcohol in his system. The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

June 11, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Eric Sartin was booked 06/10 on the charge of Attachment
Cidny Stinson was booked 06/10 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Lane Moore was booked 06/10 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of Access Card and Theft Under 500
Derrick Townsend was booked 06/10 on the charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile
Murry Duncan was booked 06/10 on the charge of Molestation of a Juvenile
Dustin Bryant was booked 06/10 on the charges of Theft of Animals/Dogs and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Jonathan Nicholson was booked 06/10 on the charges of Principal to Vehicle Burglary, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Attachment (2 counts)
Ayinde Fortenberry was booked 06/10 on the charge of Armed Robbery
James Newman was booked 06/10 on the charges of Resisting Arrest and Possession of Stolen Property
Roy Forbes was booked 06/10 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise, Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Aggravated Assault With a Vehicle on an Officer, and Resisting an Officer
Bobby Brock was booked 06/10 on the charges of Obtaining Possession of CDS by Fraud (5 counts)

 

 

June 10, 2014

Governor Jindal Signs Bills to Crack Down on Human Trafficking and Protect Victims
Yesterday, Governor Jindal signed four bills into law that will crack down on human trafficking in Louisiana. HB 1025 by Rep. Neil Abramson, HB 569 by Rep. Julie Stokes, HB 1105 by Rep. Valarie Hodges, and HB 1262 by Rep. Barry Ivey will help ensure criminals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that victims of human trafficking are identified and protected. These bills were included in Governor Jindal’s 2014 Legislative Package.
The Governor said human trafficking occurs when a person is forced to provide commercial services against

her will, often related to sex – and it is occurring at alarming rates in

Louisiana. The Governor said these new laws will further punish criminals in order to deter participation in this terrible industry, as well as provide victims more protection and a way out.

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June 10, 2014

Fifteen Louisiana Residents Sentenced After Fraudulently Receiving DCFS Benefits
Fifteen Louisiana residents have been convicted of receiving more than $116,000 in ineligible benefits after an investigation by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services' (DCFS) Fraud and Recovery Unit.   "DCFS does not tolerate those who fraudulently obtain benefits," said DCFS Chief of Staff Tia Embaugh. "We encourage anyone who suspects someone is committing DCFS benefits fraud to report their suspicions immediately by calling our toll free number or by reporting the fraud online."
Individuals are encouraged to report cases of suspected fraud in SNAP, FITAP, CCAP or the Kinship Care Program by calling the DCFS toll-free hot line at 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578) and selecting option 7 from the main menu or by visiting www.dcfs.la.gov/reportfraud.
DCFS seeks to recover ineligible benefits from individuals who receive them due to fraud or error by intercepting federal income tax refunds, withholding eligible benefits through recoupment or through administrative or court ordered repayment.

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June 10, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Aaron Sowell was booked 06/09 In From Court
Kenneth Rabalais was booked 06/09 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Nathan Stover was booked 06/09 In From Court
Kevin Rester was booked 06/09 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kelly Stokes was booked 06/09 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Failure to Appear
Kelly Long was booked 06/09 In From Court
Ladansia McClain was booked 06/09 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300 and Attachment (2 counts)
Nicholes Gonsoulin was booked 06/09 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery - Strangulation, Domestic Violence Battery and Criminal Damage
Eric Sartin was booked 06/10 on the charge of Attachment
Cidny Stinson was booked 06/10 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Lane Moore was booked 06/10 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of Access Card and Theft Under 500

 

 

June 10, 2014

UPDATE BY WASHINGTON PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE ON "JOEY" DUNCAN
Murry “Joey” Duncan was brought to the Washington Parish Jail today and booked on one new charge of Molestation of a Juvenile.  Bond was set at $30,000 on this charge.  Duncan was returned to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for housing.
Duncan now faces 127 criminal counts:
117 Child Pornography
6      Video Voyeurism
1         Aggravated Incest
2         Molestation of a Juvenile (East Baton Rouge Parish)
1         Molestation of a Juvenile (Washington Parish)

 

 

June 10, 2014

PARISH MAN ARRESTED FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF JUVENILE
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Department of Children and Family Services regarding sexual abuse of a juvenile female by an adult male.  
Investigator Captain Tommie Sorrell investigated the matter and discovered that the victim was a thirteen year old female who resided in a foster home.  The investigation revealed that Derrick Townsend, 26, a resident of  Highway 438,  would travel to the foster home at night, knock on the bedroom window, and lure the child outside.  He then would take the child to a nearby vacant mobile home where he would engage in sexual conduct with her.
Two other foster children residing in the home admitted that Townsend had also approached them about having sexual activity but they refused.  
Townsend was arrested on June 10 and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile.  Bond was set by the Magistrate at $15,000.
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the arrest.  “Sexual predators who prey on children deserve only one outcome and that is prison.  If any parent or other adult suspects that a child is being sexually exploited, they are encouraged to call our office so that we can investigate.  We work closely with the Department of Children and Family Services to protect vulnerable children in our parish. Protecting our children will always be a priority for your Sheriff’s Office.”  

 

 

Obituary

Patricia Ann Wilkens Herron born December 27, 1942 passed away June 8, 2014 at her residence in Slidell at the age of 71. She was a Correctional Officer/Secretary for Rayburn Correctional Institute over 20 years and also coached for the Northeast Athletics Association for 12 years.

 

 

July 10, 2014

Financial Irregularities at Franklinton City Hall

Rumors began in March of this year that financial irregularities had been found at Franklinton City Hall and that utility and tax payments made by residents and businesses were being diverted to persons employed by the town.  The employment of two clerks was terminated without explanation.  When asked to address the rumors and the terminations, Mayor Fleming declined to comment and referred questions to town attorney Ellen Creel.  Ellen Creel responded by denying knowledge of any problems and denying any basis for the rumors.
A request under the state's Public Information Act for any records related to the problem was not answered, a violation of state law.
The town employed CPA Minda B. Raybourn to perform an audit of the town's finances, an audit apparently completed May 2, 2014 but only now being made public.
In a May 2, 2014 report addressed by CPA Minda B. Raybourn to Franklinton Mayor Wayne Fleming and the Board of Aldermen, Raybourn identified problems, the extent of which still has not been fully disclosed.  The report “identified certain deficiencies in internal control that I consider to be material weaknesses” defined as "a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the entity's financial statements will not be prevented, or detected and corrected on a timely basis.” 
Raybourn noted in the report that “ Upon inspection of some of the property tax collections, I noticed some of the collections were paid on 12/30/2013 were deposited weeks and in some cases over a month to two months later. Upon a closer look of these payments that were deposited, the date that was stamped on the tax notice was covered with white correction fluid. In addition, the amount that was due was marked through with ink and penalties were handwritten on the notice and added to the bill. The clerk was asked about the penalties that were assessed on payments that were made timely and the clerk stated she did not know the reason. The clerk was asked why the money was received timely, receipted, the receipt altered, and the money deposited so late, the clerk stated she did not know.
In addition, while conducting the audit, “a customer came to the office to dispute the bill that was sent. The customer provided receipts which were not reflected on her account history in the utility billing system. Following this, a sample of customers whom pay primarily with cash were selected for confirmations. The customers were mailed a six month printout of their account history including the current balance due. All of the responses from these customers stated they did not agree with the balance reflected. Most customers indicated they almost always did not receive a utility bill in the mail. Instead, they contacted the clerks at Town Hall for their balance due either through telephone or they walked in at the front office. There were some customers who provided handwritten receipts or bill marked "paid". These payments were researched and some were not posted to the customer's account. In addition, there were some payments that were posted days or weeks later.”
Raybourn noted, “ Both clerks admitted to borrowing from the utility collections. They have been relieved of their duties. I have notified the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office and the office of the District Attorney of the 22"'' Judicial District of the events described. The total amount of collections in question is $47,431.”
Questions remain.  What is being done to determine the extent of diversion of funds?  Will those who diverted collections to their personal use be charged with a crime? 

We have requested further information from Mayor Fleming, the District Attorney's Office, and the Legislative Auditor's Office.  Updates will be provided as we receive them.

 

 

July 9, 2014
Unprovoked Physical Attacks In Franklinton
(The following release received from Major Justin Brown of the Franklinton Police Department)
This morning when I arrived at the office I was informed that we had two reported cases of battery last night.  Specifically, two individuals located at separate locations were ambushed and attacked by a group of juveniles.  Both subjects were struck in the face and subsequently rendered nearly unconscious.  Both victims reported being approached in a rapid manner by a group of four to five black juvenile males.  One of the juveniles struck the victim in each case and fled on foot.  One of the victims was treated at Riverside Medical Center with mild to moderate injuries.  Both attacks were on and around the Bene and Parker Street areas.
The Franklinton Police Department will spare no effort in apprehending the persons responsible for the aforementioned crimes.  This is an issue that has plagued our nation over the past year and we will not continue to allow it to happen here in our town.  I suggest fear should be the order of the day, not by the public who we swore to protect but the cowards who are about to be put in jail for these senseless crimes. 
I have assigned two investigators the sole task of arresting the perpetrators.  They will be caught and they will go to jail.  If the public has any information they would like to share, please feel free to contact the Franklinton Police Department at 985-839-2977.

 

 

June 9, 2014

Homeowner Murdered In Hammond Home Invasion
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public’s assistance in gathering information regarding a homicide that occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. this morning on Bailey Dr. in Hammond.
Homeowner’s of the Bailey Dr. residence were awakened by the sound of their back door being kicked in.    Within moments the homeowner, 30 year old Brandon Simms, exchanged gunfire with the intruder resulting in the homeowner’s death. 
After the attack, the alleged suspect(s) fled the residence in an unknown direction.   The only information we have at this time regarding the alleged suspect is that  he is an unknown black male. 
Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information connected to this incident to please come forward and contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

 

 

June 9, 2014

ANOTHER WARRANT OBTAINED FOR MURRY “JOEY” DUNCAN
Murry “Joey” Duncan, 45, a Mt. Hermon Special Education teacher has been previously arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office for numerous crimes involving juveniles.  The crimes,  related to Duncan’s role as a teacher and a church volunteer, involved sexual contact with seven different children.
In late May, Sheriff’s Office investigators received a disclosure from another child who claims to have been sexually abused by Duncan inside a school classroom.  Forensic interviews conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and the Bogalusa Children’s Advocacy Center disclosed that “Mr. Joey” kept the student in the classroom one day while allowing all the other students to go to gym class.  Duncan inappropriately touched the boy and instructed him not to tell anyone.
The boy’s account is similar to accounts from other boys around his own age where Duncan also touched their “private” areas.
A warrant has been obtained for the arrest of Duncan on the new charge of Molestation of a Juvenile.  In the near future he will be brought back to Washington Parish from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, arrested and booked on the new charge, then return to Baton Rouge.

 

 

June 9, 2014

Government Bodies Scheduled To Meet

The Washington Parish Council is scheduled to meet tonight at 6pm at the Washington Parish Courthouse in Franklinton.  Although the Agenda items appear routine, you never know when the Agenda will be amended to include an item or items of interest.  A segment is always included for residents to address the Council and Parish President Richard "Ned" Thomas will give his report to the Council.
Tomorrow evening at 5:30 pm, the Franklinton Board of Aldermen will meet at City Hall.  Delayed now for about three months is a forthright report to the residents and businesses of the town on apparent irregularities in the collection of utilities.  An audit was completed and turned over to the Legislative Auditor.  When will we know the results of the audit?  When will the Legislative Auditor make public their findings?  How many dollars are involved?  How will any possible overcharges to the residents and businesses be addressed?  At the very least, the Franklinton Board of Aldermen and Mayor should let the community know what occurred.  We'll see!
If you are unable to attend these meetings of your local governing bodies, you can watch video of the meetings the following day on our Washington Parish channel.  Simply click on the "Government Meetings" folder in the video library and then click on the meeting you wish to watch.

 

 

June 9, 2014

Franklinton Resident Among Multiple Arrestees in Tangipahoa Parish

During the week of June 3- 6, 2014, detectives from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating several burglaries that occurred recently in the Bedico area.
Over the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify several persons of interest who were allegedly connected to the burglaries. Detectives identified Jason Carl Lowe, who resides at 27284 May Edwards Road, as a possible suspect. On June 4, 2014, detectives went to Jason Carl Lowe’s residence in Ponchatoula to speak with in reference to a recent burglary. Once at the residence, detectives made contact Lowe and several other subjects, Tabitha Perilloux Lowe, James Franklin Elam, Naomi Lynn Manton, and Dennis Aaron O’Keefe. 
As Detectives were interviewing Lowe, he subsequently confessed to committing burglaries in the Bedico area and stated that he was allegedly assisted by James Franklin Elam.  Lowe also advised he recently traded an item that they stole form one of the residences with Angel Perilloux for illegal narcotics.
At this time, detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence of Angel Perilloux located at 39716 W Sam Arnold Loop Ponchatoula, LA.  Once at the residence, detectives along with member of the Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force located numerous items of stolen property, including two firearms and a large amount of suspected marijuana.  Also located it the residence was a large amount of  illicit hallucinogenic mushroom grows, syringes and a tourniquets, and multiple illicit drug paraphernalia items. 
During the investigation, it was additionally revealed that Tabitha Perilloux Lowe and Dennis Aaron O’Keefe were wanted by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office on numerous outstanding warrants.  All subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Parish Jail.
Detectives booked the following;
1)         James Carl Lowe (W/M DOB 12-05-1977), 27284 May Edwards Road Ponchatoula, La; Charges: 2 counts of simple burglary
2)         James Franklin Elam (W/M DOB 10/17/1989), 2020 N 8th St. Ft. Smith, Arkansas; Charges: 2 counts of simple burglary
3)         Naomi Lynn Manton (W/F DOB 02/08/1981), 79519 Hwy 25 Folsom, LA; Charge: Possession of drug paraphernalia
4)         Dennis O’Keefe (W/M DOB 04/14/1981), 15323 Fisher Rd. Franklinton, LA; Charge: Fugitive St. Tammany Parish
5)         Tabitha Perilloux Lowe (W/F 10/1515/1979), 27284 May Edwards Road Ponchatoula, La; Charge: Fugitive St. Tammany Parish
6)         Angel Perilloux (W/F DOB 10/07/1980), 39716 W Sam Arnold Loop Ponchatoula, LA; Charges: 4 counts of possession of stolen property, Illegal possession of CDS in the presence of a person under 17 yoa, Possession of a firearm while in possession of CDS

 

 

Obituary

MARY EVELYN YATES, AGE 62 and a resident of Franklinton died Saturday June 7, 2014 at her home. She was a Registered Nurse at Good Samaritan Nursing Home and had worked previously at Riverside Medical Center for several years and at other area hospitals. Mary Evelyn had been a nursing professor in El Paso, TX early in her career. She enjoyed working in her yard and plating her flower garden. She had a special place in her for her pet dog and best friend Ellie Mae.

 

 

Obituary

FLORENA JENKINS DURDEN, AGE 99 and a resident of Franklinton died at 4:28 pm Friday June 6, 2014 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She was a graduate of Franklinton High School in 1933 where she was an accomplished basketball player. She, alongside her family, operated Durden Brothers Grocery in Franklinton for many years. Mrs. Flo was a longtime dedicated Christian and a member of Trinity Baptist Church that stayed very active in life by doing her yard work and excellent cooking even into her later years. Mrs. Flo had perfected her chocolate cake and it was a priority at all the family gatherings. She continued to have basketball and sports play a role in her life as she enjoyed following the exploits of her grandchildren and later her great-grandchildren. Time spent playing dominoes and cards with her family and friends were some of her favorite memories. She was always a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

 

 

June 9, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Disaree Anderson was booked 06/06 In From Court
Terry Thompson was booked 06/06 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Brandon Brister was booked 06/06 In From Court
Kenneth Chaney was booked 06/06 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
James Cotton was booked 06/06 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Valerie Carroll was booked 06/06 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear
Roderick Lotts was booked 06/06 In From Court
Jason Smith was booked 06/06 In From Court
Homer Pittman was booked 06/06 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm and Failure to Appear
Ronald Strahan was booked 06/06 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Tiffany Martin was booked 06/06 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Shane Cox was booked 06/07 In From Court
Adam Thomas was booked 06/07 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Michael Rodosta was booked 06/08 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated and Vehicle Negligent Injuring
Stanley Miller was booked 06/08 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Failure to Pay Fine
Levern Ezell was booked 06/08 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy, Obstructing Public Passage(s), and Possession of Marijuana
Kizzy Thompson was booked 06/08 on the charges of Forgery (2 counts), Theft by Fraud, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Aaron Sowell was booked 06/09 In From Court

 

 

Obituary

Edmond John Salathe, age 92, born on September 7, 1921 in New Orleans, LA, a resident of Angie, LA, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

 

Obituary

Lillian Amacker Fontenot, age 90, born on March 15, 1924 in Pearl River County, MS, a resident of Baton Rouge, LA, passed away at The Hospice Butterfly Wing in Baton Rouge, LA.

 

 

June 6, 2014

Doggone Express rolls into St. Tammany
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain and Parish President Pat Brister announced today the creation of a new training program at the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Unlike the many other training programs already in place there, this time the inmates will be the ones performing the training.
Doggone Express, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Belle Chasse, 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, and other abilities that will make them more adoptable.  The dogs will also emerge from the training fully kennel trained.

Click Here For More On This Story

 

 

June 6, 2014

COUNTRY  CLUB  EMPLOYEE  ARRESTED
On June 5, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Lisa Ann Bickham, 33, a resident of Bennie Morris Road in Franklinton, charging her with Burglary of the Franklinton Country Club.
WPSO Sgt. Robert Harris, the investigator who responded to the reported burglary, stated that country club officials had reported the theft of $1,730.30 in cash plus several checks which were made payable to the country club as deposits for future events.  Sgt. Harris and patrol Lieutenant Warren Vallaire discovered damage which had been done to parts of the building, filing cabinet contents which had been disturbed and boxes of candy and snacks which had been scattered on the floor.  There was no evidence, however, of an actual break in.
Suspecting that the reported burglary actually was staged to cover theft by an employee, Sgt. Harris brought in Major Thomas Mitchell of Rayburn Correctional Center to administer polygraph exams to two employees, one of whom was Bickham.   Bickham failed her polygraph exam and then asked to speak to Sgt. Harris in private.  She admitted her guilt and acknowledged she was having personal financial issues.
Bickham was placed in the Washington Parish Jail where she remains with no bond set at this time.

 

Obituary

W. G. "Dubb" Penton, age 73, born January 12, 1941 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, MS.

 

 

June 6, 2014

Three arrested for vehicle burglaries
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives clear more than 75 vehicle burglaries with arrests of three Slidell men.
During the course of the investigation of numerous vehicle burglaries over the past several months, detectives identified suspects through video surveillance footage obtained from one of the victims.
On June 5, 2014, detectives questioned Wayne Fisher (DOB 12/7/1994; 36275 Salmen Ave., Slidell), Darren Vine (DOB 12/20/1996; 301 Lakeshore Drive No. 4210, Slidell) and Gregory Simms (DOB 2/13/1994; 387 Kostmayer Ave., Slidell) in connection with 77 vehicle burglaries that have been reported in unincorporated St. Tammany Parish.
All three confessed to committing multiple vehicle burglaries in at least 15 subdivisions on both ends of the parish throughout the past six months.
Fisher, Vine, and Simms were arrested, and each was booked in the St. Tammany Parish Jail with three counts of simple burglary and one count of attempted simple burglary. 
The Slidell Police Department was notified when Sheriff’s office investigators determined that several additional burglaries occurred in their jurisdiction.  The suspects are facing several additional charges of simple burglary with that agency as well.
Curtis Keels (B/M DOB 12/22/1994) and Chamar James (B/M DOB 2/27/1996) are currently wanted for questioning in this case.  Anyone who has information about their whereabouts is asked to call Detective Matt Bauer at 985-726-7844.

 

 

June 5, 2014

Operation Broken Heart Nets 19 Child Exploitation Arrests 
Louisiana ICAC Task Force Remains Aggressive in the Hunt for Child Predators

June is National Internet Safety Month, and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force affiliates have joined forces in the latest effort to keep Louisiana’s children safe as they as they embark on summer break. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell today announced the arrest of 19 individuals as a result of Operation Broken Heart, a coordinated law enforcement effort aimed at apprehending those offenders who engage in child sexual exploitation.
Attorney General Caldwell says, “June is Internet Safety Month, and the top priority of our Internet Crimes Against Children task force is to make sure kids across Louisiana are safe as they suddenly find themselves with more free time and less supervision during the summer months away from school.” 

Click Here to read more about the IACC task force and recommendations for keeping our children safe.

 

 

Obituary

BENJAMIN MORRIS “BEN” FISHER, AGE 56 and a resident of the Hackley Community died early Monday afternoon June 2, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a Chief Engineer on Supply Boats for Hornbeck and other offshore companies and attended Deliverance Temple COGIC in Kentwood. Ben enjoyed any type of fishing and had even done commercial fishing and shrimping. He loved gardening and though he was rough on the outside was just a “big ole teddy bear”. He put his family first as he was a wonderful husband and stepfather to his step-children and grandchildren. Ben was a great friend to those that knew him well.

 

 

June 5, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Marty Palmer was booked 06/04 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility
Steven Seals was booked 06/04 on the charges of Probation Violation, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court
Lasean Williams was booked 06/04 In From Court
Michael Erwin was booked 06/04 on the charges of manslaughter and Second Degree Battery
Mark Smullen was booked 06/04 In From Court

 

 

Obituary

DOROTHY ELLA WELCH WOOD, AGE 82 and a resident of Franklinton died at 11:45 am Tuesday June 3, 2014 at her home. She was a graduate of Franklinton High School and a renowned hairdresser in the Mandeville and Covington areas. Dorothy was the owner of the former Pizzazz and Razz-Ma-Tazz hair salons. She was an avid outdoorswoman who enjoyed fishing most of all. She had a special place inher heart for her pet Chihuahua Molly. Her greatest accomplishment was being a devoted mother to her three children, who love her dearly and will miss her greatly.

 

 

June 4, 2014

PARISH MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSING STOLEN VETERANS’ GRAVE PLAQUES
On May 29, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Amos Andrew Beliew, 33, a resident of Bill Talley Road, and charged him with being in possession of six military veterans’ grave plaques which had been stolen from Brown McGehee Funeral Home.   Beliew, who worked as a part-time grave digger, apparently removed the plaques from the funeral home property, cut them up, and attempted to sell them to a local scrap metal dealer.
Recognizing that the pieces were from military grave plaques, the owner of the scrap metal business notified the Sheriff’s Office of the attempted sale.  A subsequent investigation revealed a total of six military grave plaques valued at $1,000 each.   Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to piece the plaques together and determine they were for soldiers who served in World War II and Korea.
At this time, Beliew remains in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Possession of Stolen Property.  His bond is set at $5,000.

 

 

June 4, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Alex Wilson was booked 06/03 In From Court
Tamara Spears was booked 06/03 on the charges of Forgery, Theft Under 500 (2 counts) and Attachment
Marty Palmer was booked 06/04 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility
Steven Seals was booked 06/04 on the charges of Probation Violation, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court

 

 

June 4, 2014

Class Offered by Museums

Cassidy Park Museums will offer a Pine needle basket class on Sat. June 21st, 10:00 am- 12:00 noon in the Pioneer Museum classroom.  Tuition - free for museum members, $10 non members; Materials Fee:  $5.  Class size limited. Call to reserve a place - 985-335-4340.
 

 

June 4, 2014

Multi-Vehicle Crash Leaves Two Dead on US 190 in St. Tammany Parish
Mandeville - Yesterday evening at approximately 4:45 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a multi-vehicle crash on US 190 in front of Troop L Headquarters in Mandeville. The crash involved four vehicles, blocked US 190 northbound, and claimed the lives of two north shore residents. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Mandeville Police Department, Louisiana Probation and Parole, and St. Tammany Fire District 4 from Mandeville assisted Troop L with traffic congestion during the investigation.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2013 Ford Edge operated by Gordon Johnson (B/M 54) of Covington was southbound on US 190 in the left lane near Troop L. A 2007 Toyota Avalon operated by Corinne Talbert (W/F 63) of Madisonville, a 2005 Toyota Tundra operated by Adrien Deynoodt (W/M 46) of Covington, and a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe operated by Jose Martinez (O/M 27) of Covington were northbound on US 190 also near Troop L. Johnson, for reasons under investigation, veered to the right, sideswiped a 2007 Jeep, gradually exited the roadway to the left, and entered the grass median. Johnson continued southbound in the median, entered the northbound lanes and drove south in the center lane. The Ford continued south in the northbound center lane for approximately half of a mile striking the Toyota Avalon head on. The Ford became partially airborne as it rotated and was struck by the Toyota Tundra in the left lane. The Ford, also while airborne, struck the right front corner and the top right side of the Chevrolet before coming to rest against the Toyota Tundra partially in the median.
Johnson and Talbert sustained life threatening injuries and were pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. Deynoodt received minor injuries and Martinez was not injured. All parties were restrained. Deynoodt and Martinez voluntarily submitted to breath tests and no detectable alcohol was found in their systems. Impairment is not suspected on Talbert’s part and it is unknown if impairment contributed on Johnson’s part. Blood samples were collected from Johnson and Talbert so toxicological analyses could be performed. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

June 3, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Gary Touchstone was booked 06/02 In From Court
Jonathon McCain was booked 06/02 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kevin Knight was booked 06/02 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Hunter Stokes was booked 06/02 on the charges of Criminal Damage and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Todd Williams was booked 06/02 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Debroxton Warren was booked 06/02 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), No Drivers License, and Improper Lane Useage

 

 

June 2, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Alexis Pendergrass was booked 05/30 on the charge of Simple Battery
Michael Packard was booked 05/30 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Telephone Harassment/Obscene
Jesse Pittman was booked 05/30 on the charge of Stalking
Lorenzo Anders was booked 05/31 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Possession of Marijuana, and Introduction of Contraband-Penal Institute
Shane Cox was booked 05/31 In From Court
Delveriz Bickham was booked 05/31 on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, Theft From Exterior of a Vehicle, Failure to Appear, and Attaachment
Joshua Foxworth was booked 05/31 on the charges of Hit and Run, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, No Insurance, and Failure to Appear
Anthony Maagee was booked 06/01 on the charge of Monetary Instrument Abuse (Conterfeit Moneys)

 

 

June 2, 2014

Bogalusa City Council Meets Tuesday

The Bogalusa City Council is scheduled to meet at 5:30 pm, Tuesday June 2 at City Hall to take up the following items on their Agenda:

INTRODUCTION OF RESOLUTIONS: 

  • A RESOLUTION adopting rules and regulations for online auctions for surplus property. (Introduced by Vice-President Perrette).


INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES: 

  • AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Bogalusa to enter into a contract with the low bidder for sand, gravel, and red clay gravel. (Introduced by Councilman Drummond).
  • AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Bogalusa to enter into a contract with the low bidder for gas and diesel. (Introduced by Councilman Drummond).
  • AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Bogalusa to enter into a contract with the low bidder for corrugated culverts. (Introduced by Councilman Drummond).
  • AN ORDINANCE to amend Ordinance No. 1985 requiring all bids and proposals submitted to the City of Bogalusa for review, be opened in the Council Chambers four days prior to the Council’s Agenda deadline which is Friday, 12:00 noon. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).
  • AN ORDINANCE to provide for inspection of rental houses in Bogalusa before occupancy by the tenant begins. (Introduced by Councilman O’Ree).

PUBLIC HEARING:

  • AN ORDINANCE to authorize the Mayor of the City of Bogalusa to enter into a contract with the low bidder for a contractor on the Drainage Rehabilitation Project at the George R. Carr Memorial Airport.(Introduced by Vice-President Perrette).
  • AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor Charles E. Mizell to execute on the behalf of the City of Bogalusa a Quit Claim Deed to Wick Communications Co. to property located in Block 22 of the Southeast Bogalusa Addition of the L.A. Pierce Revised Addition to the City of Bogalusa located in Headright 39, Township 3 South Range 13 East, Washington Parish; said parcel of land contains 0.067 acres or 2,896.96 square feet. (Introduced by Councilwoman Graham).

Mayor Charles Mizell will address the Council and those in attendance and Department Heads will make their monthly reports.  The Council will also hear from residents who wish to address the Council during the Public Participation part of the meeting,

 

Obituary

JEWEL FREEMAN passed away at 1:35 am Sunday June 1, 2014 at his home in Bogalusa. He was born October 28, 1932 and was 81 years young. Jewel was a well-known auto mechanic at Hagedorn Motors in Bogalusa for 25 years and a member of Pine Missionary Baptist Church. He was a man that was loved by all those that knew him.

 

 

 

 

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