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Obituary

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

 

 

Obituary

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

 

 

September 1, 2014

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

 

 

September 1, 2014

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

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

 

 

Obituary

Bobbie Ward O'Quinn, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 68, born on April 8, 1946 in Tylertown, MS, passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA.  Bobbie retired from Nellie Byers after 32 years of service. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

 

 

August 29, 2014

Drowning Dangers Still Present as Summer Season Comes to an End
As families celebrate this Labor Day Weekend, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reminds parents and caregivers that the potential risk of drowning, whether in a swimming pool or natural body of water, is still present.
Since 2000, DCFS has investigated 65 accidental deaths caused by drowning in an outdoor body of water. On average, four Louisiana children die each year in pools, lakes, rivers, canals, ponds and ditches.
"Hotter temperatures in Louisiana mean we often spend our Labor Day celebrations in the water," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "Whether swimming in pools, or boating in our lakes and bayous, it is important that someone always keeps an eye on children and is able to recognize when someone needs help and respond quickly in order to prevent tragedy."

 

 

August 28, 2014

Riverside Hospital Board of Commissioners Meet Today at 4 pm
RMC's Board will meet today at 4:00 pm at which time they are expected to address the St. Tammany Parish Hospital/Family Medical Center contract issue.  RMC contends that continuance of the contract, first made in 2002, exports revenue from Washington Parish and could lead to the demise of RMC.
At the August 25, 2014 meeting of the Washington Parish Council, the ball was more or less placed in RMC's court in that the Parish Council approved renewal of the contract conditional on approval of both the Riverside Medical Center Board of Commissioners and the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Board of Commissioners.
Resolution of the issue in a way that benefits residents of Washington Parish is the hope of us all. 
(Barring technical problems, the meeting will be broadcasted live on our Washington Parish TV channel at 4pm and video of the meeting will be saved in our Video Library)

 

 

August 28, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Steve Jarrell was booked 08/27 on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence (2 counts)
John Clifton was booked 08/27 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Loud and Abusive Language), Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Battery on a Police Officer, and Possesion of Marijuana
Joshua Foxworth was booked 08/27 on the charges of Hit and Run, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, No Insurance, and Failure to Appear

 

 

August 28, 2014

FPD Announces Sobriety Checkpoint
The Franklinton Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint this weekend. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

 

 

August 27, 2014

SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESPONDS TO SHOOTING AT LOCAL MOTEL
Shortly after 3:00 a.m. on August 26, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots having been fired at a motel located on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered that thirty-two shots had been fired at the occupants of a second floor room.  The shooters had fled by the time officers arrived.
One of the suspected shooters was wounded and is being treated at an undisclosed medical facility.  Others are being sought.
During the course of the investigation, Sheriff’s deputies recovered eight weapons and narcotics during a search of a Bogalusa residence.
Names, addresses and details of the incident are not being disclosed at this time so as not to hinder the ongoing investigation.  Once the investigation is concluded, further details will be released.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “It is disturbing that a gun battle of this magnitude occurred in our parish.  Our detectives and deputies are working hard to solve all aspects of this case.  One positive outcome of the investigation has been the removal of eight dangerous weapons from the streets of Bogalusa.  I congratulate our staff for their quick and professional response to this incident.”

 

 

Obituary

DARRELL RAY MCINTYRE, AGE 55 and a resident of the Bolivar Community passed away early Wednesday August 27, 2014. He was born June 1, 1959 and was a carpenter by trade. Darrell was a huge NASCAR fan and was a friend to everyone he met. He was a simple man with a wealth of knowledge and talent. No one could ever say that Darrell didn’t love people and that people didn’t love Darrell.

 

 

Obituary

GLENN RAYMOND ARDOYNE, AGE 61 and a resident of Franklinton died at 12:00 pm Tuesday August 26, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a former resident of Westwego and a member and former Chief of the District 2 Volunteer Fire Department. He was the Chaplain and a longtime member of the Franklinton Masonic Lodge #101 who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. Glenn loved being on his property near Stony Point where he raised all types of barnyard animals and livestock. He was a loving husband and father that will be missed by his many friends and family.

 

 

August 27, 2014

Sheriff’s office makes multiple arrests in overnight drug deal / shooting
Four people are in custody today after an overnight drug deal went bad in Oak Harbor near Slidell.
The individuals in custody are:  Jimmy Coyne (DOB: 1/17/91 – 300 Stonehill Rd, Folsom), Kelsey Schoenbeger (DOB: 12/19/95 – 28484 Wildwood St, Lacombe), Donice Garrett (DOB: 1/7/91 – 84158 Hwy 25, Folsom), and Jonathan Vines (DOB: 11/18/90 – 3350 Blanco St, Slidell)
The Sheriff’s office received a 911 call at approximately 12:30 am this morning reporting gun shots outside a residence on Cape Breton Drive.
Detectives have determined that the individuals named above, along with others, were at the house during an attempted drug deal.  During the exchange, shots were fired and one man was struck by gunfire.
That man, whose name is not currently being released, was transported to a south shore hospital where he underwent surgery this morning for injuries sustained to his abdomen and buttocks.  He is out of the intensive care unit and is expected to be released in a day or two.
This investigation is ongoing and other arrests are expected to be forthcoming.  Bond information and booking photos will be distributed as they become available.  Additional details about the incident will be released as the investigation progresses.
The individuals listed above are expected to be booked later today with the following offenses:
Vines:
L.R.S. 40:966(A)(1) – possession with intent to distribute Schedule I C.D.S. (marijuana)
Coyne:
L.R.S. 14:95.1 – convicted felon in possession of firearm;
L.R.S. 14:95(E) – illegal carrying of weapon during drug transaction;
L.R.S. 14:64 – armed robbery;
L.R.S. 14:64.3 – armed robbery with firearm (additional penalty);
Conspiracy to commit L.R.S. 14:64 – armed robbery;
L.R.S. 40:966(A) – possession of marijuana
Garrett:
L.R.S. 14:64 – armed robbery;
L.R.S. 14:64.3 – armed robbery with firearm (additional penalty);
Conspiracy to commit L.R.S. 14:64 – armed robbery;
L.R.S. 40:966(A) – possession of marijuana
Shoenbeger:
L.R.S. 14:64 – armed robbery;
L.R.S. 14:64.3 – armed robbery with firearm (additional penalty);
Conspiracy to commit L.R.S. 14:64 – armed robbery;
L.R.S. 40:966(A)(C) – possession with intent to distribute Schedule I C.D.S. (marijuana)
Conspiracy to commit L.R.S. 40:966(A) – distribution of Schedule I C.D.S. (marijuana)

 

 

August 27, 2014

Parish Council Has Contentious Meeting Monday Evening
With an overflow crowd attending Monday's (August 25, 2014) Washington Parish Council meeting, the Council moved from their Council Chambers to the large courtroom in the courthouse to hear from representatives of Family Medical Clinic, Riverside Medical Center, St. Tammany Parish Hospital and persons from the audience.  At the heart of the issue being considered was a resolution allowing Family Medical Clinic to renew a contract under which they are employees of St. Tammany Parish Hospital.  One hospital service district is not allowed to provide services in another hospital service district; however, approval by the Washington Parish Council makes it possible.  FMC and STPH has contracted under such approval since 2002.
The positions taken Monday evening by the respective parties appear to be as follows: 

  • FMC wishes to continue operating as employees of STPH and will not accept a similar contract with RMC
  • STPH wishes to continue the contract with FMC
  • RMC does not want FMC to continue such a contract with STPH, citing loss of revenues that will lead to the closure of RMC

The Parish Council heard from representatives of each of the parties and also heard from several in the audience in the meeting that lasted over three hours.  Council members urged the parties to reach a compromise.  Failure to do so will result in disastrous consequences for the residents of Washington Parish.  A consequence could be the closure of FMC and their relocation to St. Tammany Parish.  RMC representatives also forecasted the closure of RMC if revenues continue to be exported to St. Tammany Parish.
In the end, the Council voted to approve an amended resolution approving a five-year extension of the current FMC/STPH contract conditioned on approval by both the RMC Board of Commissioners and the STPH Board of Commissioners.
To view the meeting in its entirety, go to our Washington Parish Channel page and click on the Government meetings folder in the Video Library.

 

August 27, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Stephen Dillon was booked 08/26 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kenneth Gerald was booked 08/26 on the charge of Simple Battery
Lakilia Bearden was booked 08/26 on the charges of Forgery, Theft by Fraud, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Billy Hill was booked 08/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
Chad Hinton was booked 08/26 on the charge of Criminal Trespass
Katrina Sibley was booked 08/26 on the charge of Failure to Return Rental Property
Ondre Bickham was booked 08/26 on the charge of Illegal Possession of a Handgun by a Juvenile
Steve Jarrell was booked 08/27 on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence (2 counts)

 

 

August 26, 2014

DCFS Collects More than $2 Million in Arrears Through Casino Intercept Program
September marks three years since pilot launch 
More than $2 million in Louisiana gambling winnings have gone directly to the children of non-custodial parents who are behind on child support. As of June 2014, the Department of Children and Family Services' (DCFS) child support casino intercept program has collected $2,052,985.80 from 1,526 non-custodial parents who owed back child support.
The program, which launched in September 2011, collects child support arrears from casino winnings totaling more than $1,200 at 19 state-licensed casinos.
"It is a tremendous accomplishment to collect more than $2 million through casino intercepts in this amount of time," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "Each collection made, large or small, proves that this program is an essential tool for collecting what is owed to Louisiana's children."
August is national Child Support Awareness month. Research has shown that child support collections significantly reduce the federal, state and local costs of providing cash assistance to single parent families.
To date, Boomtown Belle has intercepted the most money of Louisiana casinos - $191,006. The single largest collection to date came from the Boomtown Belle in June 2014 totaling $23,465.
For more on the story, click here

 

 

August 26, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tregg Scott was booked 08/25 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts), Failure to Pay Fine, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Demetria Dickerson was booked 08/25 on the charges of Second Degree Battery and Home Invasion
Yancy Holmes was booked 08/25 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs
Bryan Sharp was booked 08/25 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension and Attachment
Stephen Dillon was booked 08/26 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kenneth Gerald was booked 08/26 on the charge of Simple Battery

 

 

Obituary

Peggy Lorraine Bannister Huth, age 87, born on July 16, 1927 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at her resident in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Phyllis Alice Lightweis Hunstock passed away peacefully on August 22, 2014 surrounded by family and friends at the age of 90. Born and raised in New Jersey, she met her soul mate and spouse of 69 years during World War II. Following their marriage, she moved south and spent most of her adulthood in Louisiana.

 

August 25, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Monica Truax was booked 08/22 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Probation Violation
Christian Alvarado was booked 08/22 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana
Corbin Ikerd was booked 08/22 In From Court
Ivan McGee was booked 08/23 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Open Container in Vehicle
Alvin Magee was booked 08/23 on the charges of Attachment and Failure to Appear
Rondy Vernon was booked 08/23 on the charges of Battery of Infirm, Criminal Damage to Property, Disturbing the Peace, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Armond Hull was booked 08/24 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts)
Samanatha Howell was booked 08/23 In For Court
Richard Jordan was booked 08/24 on the charges of No Seat Belt and Probation and Parole Hold
Marlon Harwell was booked 08/24 on the charge of Obscenity
Kevin Hutchinson was booked 08/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear (5 counts)

 

 

August 22, 2014

Slidell mother arrested for DWI with triplets in the vehicle
A 41-year-old Slidell mother was arrested Thursday evening for driving while intoxicated after she was pulled over for driving erratically with her three young children in the vehicle.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday a deputy was dispatched to Willow wood Subdivision near Slidell after several residents called to report a white GMC SUV driving recklessly through the neighborhood.
Residents told deputies the vehicle nearly ran over three people that were standing in their own yard, a man walking his dog and several mailboxes as well as narrowly avoiding at least one collision with another vehicle.
The suspect vehicle was observed pulling into the drive-thru at a local fast food restaurant on Gause Boulevard East and a traffic stop was initiated.
The deputy noted a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s breath, slurred speech, and extremely glossy eyes. The driver, Licia Greenleaf (DOB 02-10-1973; 109 Dillon Drive, Slidell) was unsure on her feet and could not stand without support.
The deputy also observed a set of triplets under the age of 3 in the back seat. The children were properly restrained in approved car seats.
Greenleaf admitted to having taken prescription medication (Lexapro and Xanax) and drinking wine before leaving her residence.
She registered a .209g% on the Intoxilyizer and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for 14:98 Driving While Intoxicated and 32:58 Careless Operation. Her children were released into the custody of a friend, and the case was forwardedto the state Department of Children and Family Services.

 

 

August 22, 2014

BOGALUSA MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO INTRODUCE CONTRABAND TO THE JAIL
An ongoing problem in the administration of any jail is the introduction of contraband.  While drugs are the primary type of contraband which persons attempt to smuggle into the jail, there are other items also, including tobacco and weapons.  Persons who attempt to bring in banned items include not only friends, but also parents and other family members.  The Washington Parish Jail staff is always on the alert for attempts to bring contraband into the jail.
Concerned that an attempt might be made to introduce contraband into the Washington Parish Jail during the evening of August 21,  Warden Jim Miller and detectives with the Washington Parish Drug Task Force set up surveillance which resulted in the arrest of David Shane Kellis, 39, Bogalusa.
Kellis was observed dropping off a container of synthetic marijuana and cigarettes into a trash receptacle located inside the public area of the jail building. The plan was for an inmate trusty to retrieve the trash bag while cleaning the area and bring the bag and its contents into the jail.   Kellis was arrested and placed in the jail with bond set at $50,000 on charges of Attempted Introduction of Contraband and Possession of Schedule I narcotics.   He posted bond and was released on August 22.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “The introduction of contraband into a jail is a serious matter which could result in harm to an inmate or an officer.  Anyone who has thoughts of bringing any banned item to the jail must understand that they will be arrested and placed in jail if we catch them.  We have zero tolerance for anyone who would attempt such an act.”

 

 

August 22, 2014

Qualifying Continues for November 4 Election
On the second day of qualifying (August 21), with one day remaining for candidates to qualify for certain offices on the November 4 ballot, the following persons were added to the roster of candidates.
District Judge, Division L:  Nanine McCool
Bogalusa City Marshall:  Willis M. Yarbrough
Washington Parish School Board, District 1:  "Liz" King
Washington Parish School Board, District 5:  Mary S. Adams
Washington Parish School Board, District 9:  Lesley D. McKinley
Bogalusa City School Board, District 4:  Patricia "Tee Tee Red" Holmes and Adam B. Kemp
Justice of the Peace, Ward 9:  Albert J. Brumfield is now reflected as being a candidate in Ward 9 instead of Ward 1)
Mayor of Bogalusa:  Wendy O'Quin-Perrette
Bogalusa Councilman-at-Large:  Teddy Drummond, Presious "PJ" Johnson, and Frank D. "Doug" Ritchie
Bogalusa Councilman, District A:  Penny Douglas Williams
Bogalusa Councilman, District D:  Malinda White
Bogalusa Councilman, District E:  Sherry Fortenberry and Edward Sartin, Sr.

(For those qualifying August 20, please scroll down to the story)

 

 

August 22, 2014

Liz King Announces Candidacy
In a facebook post, Liz King of Mt. Hermon announced that she will be a candidate for Washington Parish School Board, Ward 2, District 1.  King stated that she "would appreciate the opportunity to be a voice for our community's beloved school."  She faces incumbent Dan Slocum in the November 4 election.

 

 

August 22, 2014

CORRECTION:
In our report yesterday of candidates qualifying to run for office on November 4, 2014, we should have listed Mike Garic (not Mike Cario) as a candidate for Bogalusa City Marshall.  Our apologies to Mr. Garic.

 

 

August 22, 2014

Washington Parish Council To Address Controversial Resolution Monday Evening
The Washington Parish Council will once again address a controversial Resolution they originally passed on July 7, 2014 that approving Family Medical Clinic to renew a contract with St. Tammany Parish Hospital District.
The Agenda item related to the issue reads as follows:  Consideration of adopting of WP Resolution No.14- 653 - Rescinding due to prematurity of Resolution No. 14-651, which resolution authorized Family Medical Clinic, Inc. to enter into an agreement with St. Tammany Hospital Service District No. 1, d/b/a St. Tammany Parish Hospital.  
Dr. Chris Foret, Gerald Foret, and representatives of Riverside Medical Center appears to be scheduled to address the Parish Council regarding the issue.
At the heart of the controversy is a business relationship between Family Medical Clinic and St. Tammany Parish Hospital.  The physicians of Family Medical Clinic are employees of STPH under a contract made possible by Parish Government approval.  Normally, one hospital service district is not allowed to have a medical practice in another district. 
In his remarks to the Parish Council on July 7, 2014, representing the physicians of Family Medical Clinic, local attorney Richard Watts stated he had drafted the Resolution for the Council's consideration.  In addition he stated that passage of the Resolution would be in the best interest of all parties involved, that the Board of Commissioners of RMC were in in support of the Resolution, that the CEO of RMC had volunteered to come and speak in support of the Resolution but it was felt it was not necessary and that RMC is not equipped to treat patients with heart attacks.
At a subsequent meeting, RMC Attorney John David Allen, CEO Dr. Kyle Magee, RMC Hospital Board President Lionel Jones, and other RMC representatives urged the Parish Council to rescind Resolution #14-651.  They stated that assertions made by Watts were inaccurate, RMC is not in support of the Resolution, RMC had been misled regarding the date that the Resolution would be considered by the Council, no consultation was made with RMC, no RMC representatives were present on July 7, the Resolution makes possible a contract dangerous to the survival of RMC, and medical care revenue is being exported to St. Tammany Parish. Despite recognizing that they had passed the Resolution with inaccurate and incomplete information, the Parish Council failed to rescind the Resolution. 
At the August 4 meeting, the Parish Council revisited the issue but tabled the matter.

 

August 22, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joe Polkey was booked 08/21 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jessica Virgil was booked 08/21 on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Criminal Damage to Proprty
Natoya Toomer was booked 08/21 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Daniel Varnado was booked 08/21 on the charge of Probation Violation
David Kellis was booked 08/21 on the charges of Attempted Introduction of Contraband Into a Penal Institute and Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Monica Truax was booked 08/22 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Probation Violation
Christian Alvarado was booked 08/22 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana

 

 

August 22, 2014

MAN SENTENCED AS HABITUAL OFFENDER
COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Jason Hoover, 36 of Covington, has pled guilty as charged to operating a methamphetamine laboratory.  22nd Judicial District Judge Richard Swartz sentenced Hoover to 30 years in prison as a career criminal.  Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Hoover was arrested in March 2014 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force following up on a complaint received by the Covington Police Department and found a meth lab at Hoover's residence. 
Judge Swartz sentenced Hoover as a career criminal due to a prior conviction for attempted possession of a firearm by a felon in 2012.  Hoover also has prior convictions for possession of schedule II drugs in 2009 and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2007.  Operating a meth lab is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for not less than 5 nor more than 15 years.


 

August 22, 2014

MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON 
COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that William Branch, 30 of Slidell, was sentenced to life in prison today by 22nd Judicial District Judge A. J. Hand.
Judge Hand sentenced Branch as a career criminal to two life sentences to be served concurrently.  Branch has prior convictions for bank fraud in 2010, possession of marijuana in 2007, possession of cocaine in 2005, and theft in 2005.  Branch was found guilty as charged of armed robbery with a firearm and convicted felon possessing a firearm on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014. 
Branch, along with Adriena Williams, 37 of Bogalusa, and Bernell Earl, 42 of Bogalusa, were arrested in July 2013 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after an adult male victim was robbed at gunpoint near Slidell.  Williams called the victim and lured him to her location with a story of car trouble.  The victim was then approached at gunpoint and his personal property was stolen.  The three robbers fled the scene in a black Lincoln sedan.  The victim called 911 and reported the vehicle description helping Deputies stop the getaway car five minutes later on Interstate 10.  A search of the vehicle revealed the victim’s valuables and the guns used in the robbery.
Williams pled guilty to simple robbery on December 9th, 2013, and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.  Earl was found guilty as charged January 8th, 2014, and was sentenced to life in prison on April 4th, 2014.
Armed robbery with a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 15 to 104 years.  Convicted felon possessing a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 10 to 20 years. 


 

August 22, 2014

MEN FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED OF ARMED ROBBERY--CODEFENDANTS GUILTY IN SEPARATE TRIALS--
COVINGTON---District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Regis Chatman, 22 of Covington, and Jamaal Calloway, 19 of New Orleans, were found guilty as charged this week in separate trials.  Chatman was found guilty Tuesday August 12, 2014, of armed robbery with a firearm. Calloway was found guilty Thursday August 14, 2014, of armed robbery with a firearm and felon illegally possessing a firearm. 
Chatman and Calloway were arrested in June 2013 by the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Department after an adult male victim was robbed at gunpoint near Abita.  The Victim was returning to a shelter where he had left his motorcycle during a rainstorm when the robbers approached him from behind.  Chatman brandished a gun while the robbers escaped with about $500.00.  Calloway took the gun from Chatman and fired shots in the air as the two were fleeing the scene.
Judge Burris will sentence Chatman and Calloway on October 8th, 2014.  Armed robbery with a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 15 to 104 years.  Calloway’s sentence may be enhanced to not less than 66 nor more than 208 years in prison if he is found to be a career criminal due to prior convictions for simple robbery and simple burglary in 2012.     

 

 

August 22, 2014

Hammond Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges 
A Hammond man has been charged with 16 counts of child pornography after an investigation led by Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) revealed the suspect had possessed and distributed pornography involving juveniles.
Investigators on Wednesday booked 19-year-old Brandon Brown, of 47164 Milton Road, into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on 15 counts of possessing and a single count of distributing pornography involving juveniles.  The attorney general’s CCU began investigating Brown based on a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Upon the execution of a search warrant at Brown’s residence, agents located numerous pornographic images and videos of children under 13 years of age.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison on each count.

 

 

August 21, 2014

Busy First Day of Qualifying
Qualifying for offices began Wednesday and will continue through Friday, August 22.  Those qualifying Wednesday are as follows:
District Judge:  Ray Childress (District A), August "A. J." Hand (District B), Richard "Rick" Schwartz (District C), Peter J. Garcia (District D), William J. Burris (District E), Martin E. Cody (District F), Scott Gardner (District G), Alison Hopkins Penzato (District H), "Reggie" Badeaux (District I), William "Rusty" Knight (District J), Mary Deveraux (District K), and Dawn Amacker (District L)
District Attorney:  Alan Black, Roy K. Burns, Warren Montgomery, and Brian F. Trainor
Bogalusa City Judge:  Robert J. Black
Bogalusa City Marshal:  Mike Garic, John W. Sumrall, Jr., and Dewitt Williams, Jr.
Parish School Board:  Daniel "Dan" Slocum (District 1), John E. Wyble (District 2), Bruce L. Brown, Sr. (District 3), John E. Breland (District 4), Robert Boone (District 5), Dewitt Perry (District 6), Lee Alan McCain (District 7), Emma "Lois" Route and Matthew Tate (District 8)
City of Bogalusa School Board:  Paul D. Kates (District 1), Eleanor W. Duke (District 2), "Rev" Raymond Mims (District 3, Curtis Creel (District 5), Calvin F. Hymel (District 6), Brad Williams (District 7)
Justice of the Peace:  Albert J. Brumfield, Jr. and Darwin R. Sharp (Ward 1), David C. Miller (Ward 2), Billy W. Passman (Ward 3), Kay Lewis (Ward 5), Donna Lambert Phillips (Ward 6), Bradford A. Kemp, Sr. (Ward 7), Jack Whaley (Ward 8), Rodney Bond (Ward 9)
Constable:  Terry Morgan (Ward 1), Jeremy Freeman and Colston Martin, Jr. (Ward 2), Robert K. McDaniel (Ward 3), "Bo" Pierce and Lavon D. Seals) (Ward 5), Donald Mizell (Ward 6), David Scott (Ward 7), Ronnie Nielson (Ward 8, and Robert D. Stafford (Ward 9)
Mayor of Bogalusa:  "Tina Ratliff" Boley and Charles Mizell
Bogalusa City Prosecutor:  David Marlin Duke
Bogalusa Councilmen:  Shawn Chatmon Ratliff (Councilman at Large), Gloria W. Kates and George Williams (District A), Justin Arnold, Erma Dixon, and Tamira Mose Smith (District B), Oneita H. Graham and Brian McCree (District C), "Big John" Magee (District E)

 

 

August 21, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Darrell Swindle was booked 08/20 on the charges of Business Burglary and Theft of Firearm
Tillis Morris was booked 08/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Hit and Run, No Seat Belt, Proper Equipment and Theft of Auto
Sonya Boney was booked 08/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs

 

 

Obituary

James Miller, age 70, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at his residence in Angie, LA.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

 

 

Obituary

RICKY WAYNE GILL, AGE 51 and a resident of Bogalusa died at 12:37 pm Monday August 18, 2014 at Ochsner’s Hospital in New Orleans surrounded by his family. He was a former Pile Driver for Cajun Constructors and a member of Isabel Baptist Church. Ricky loved classic cars, especially his favorite Chevrolet’s and enjoyed riding motorcycles and horses. He was an artistic person that often painted and did drawings.

 

 

August 20, 2014

Washington Parish Booking Information
Billy Dixon was booked 08/19 In From Court
Douglas Dendinger was booked 08/19 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice, Intimidating of a Witness, and Battery on a Police Officer
Henry Sarmiento was booked 08/19 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Desmond Martin was booked 08/19 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Richard Andrews was booked 08/19 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line), Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, No License Plate, Expired MVI, and Failure to Use Turn Signals
Jasper Hunt was booked 08/19 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Criminal Trespass

 

 

August 20, 2014

Franklinton Police Department Press Release
The Franklinton Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint this weekend. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

 

 

August 19, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Dominique James was booked 08/18 In From Court
Donte Woodard was booked 08/18 In From Court
Billy Dixon was booked 08/18 In From Court
Randee Jerrell was booked 08/18 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Drugs
Joella Jones was booked 08/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear

 

 

August 19, 2014

MEN FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED OF ARMED ROBBERY--CODEFENDANTS GUILTY IN SEPARATE TRIALS--
District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Regis Chatman, 22 of Covington, and Jamaal Calloway, 19 of New Orleans, were found guilty as charged this week in separate trials.  Chatman was found guilty Tuesday August 12, 2014, of armed robbery with a firearm. Calloway was found guilty Thursday August 14, 2014, of armed robbery with a firearm and felon illegally possessing a firearm.  Two twelve member St. Tammany Parish Juries deliberated 1 hour each before returning the guilty verdicts to 22nd Judicial District Judge William Burris.  Career Criminal Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s 2 cases.  
Chatman and Calloway were arrested in June 2013 by the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Department after an adult male victim was robbed at gunpoint near Abita.  The Victim was returning to a shelter where he had left his motorcycle during a rainstorm when the robbers approached him from behind.  Chatman brandished a gun while the robbers escaped with about $500.00.  Calloway took the gun from Chatman and fired shots in the air as the two were fleeing the scene.
Judge Burris will sentence Chatman and Calloway on October 8th, 2014.  Armed robbery with a firearm is punishable by imprisonment from 15 to 104 years.  Calloway’s sentence may be enhanced to not less than 66 nor more than 208 years in prison if he is found to be a career criminal due to prior convictions for simple robbery and simple burglary in 2012.     

 

 

Obituary

David Ethan Pounds, age 57, born on November 4, 1956 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.   He retired from the Louisiana National Guard after 20 years of service.

 

 

Obituary

BERRY L ANN BURNS STRINGER, AGE 60 and a resident of Bogalusa died at 11:04 pm Friday August 15, 2014 at Good Samaritan Living Center. She was a former cook at Main Street Café and a retail clerk at several businesses. Berry loved spending time outdoors especially at the Bogue Chitto River. She enjoyed camping on the river with her children, often with lots of other children, friends and family.

 

 

Obituary

JAMES LEVERN SHARP, AGE 78 and a resident of Enon died at 10:30 pm Friday August 15, 2014 at his home. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War Era and a member of Sharp’s Chapel Church of God. He was a former engineer and inspector with the Louisiana Highway Department. James was a big sports fan but especially LSU and New Orleans Saints football and NASCAR. He loved gardening and watching old Western movies. James was always a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

 

 

Obituary

Joann P. Petrolia age 66 passed away August 15, 2014 at her residence here in Bogalusa La. She is survived by two sons, Charles Sorrell of Red Bluff Calif, and David Lavinghouse of Bogalusa La.

 

 

August 19, 2014

Tangi Sheriff Needs Help In Amite Burglary
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public’s assistance in gathering information regarding a business burglary that occurred in the early morning hours of August 5, 2014.
At approximately 12:41 a.m., suspect(s) made entry into a local business, Star Equipment located in Amite, LA.  When detectives arrived on the scene,  it was observed that a large portion of the fence surrounding the area that housed the company’s equipment inventory was compromised.  It is believed that the suspect(s) cut through the fencing, and gained entry into the secured area.
While inside of the yard, it was observed that the suspect(s) purposely and repeatedly attempted to avoid detection from the security cameras as they  proceeded to steal 5 Kubota lawnmowers and a 20 foot trailer.
Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone is able to identify this person of interest and/or anyone with information regarding this burglary to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

 

 

August 19, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joseph Busby was booked 08/15 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Corbin Ikerd was booked 08/15 In From Court
William Beal was booked 08/15 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
John Robinson was booked 08/15 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Jessica R. Thomas was booked 08/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Billy Boyette was booked 08/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot) and Resisting Arrest
Sylvia Brumfield was booked 08/16 on the charges of Theft Under 500 and Simple Battery
William Brown was booked 08/17 on the charge of Simple Battery
Clinton Spears was booked 08/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Timothy Holden was booked 08/17 on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting

 

 

Obituary

Barbara K. Bennett born April 17, 1942 passed away August 14, 2014 at Heritage Manor nursing home in Covington, La. At the age of 72. She was a long time resident of Rio and a member of Palestine Baptist Church

 

 

August 16, 2014

Franklinton Police Advisory On "Purge" Threats
As some of you may have seen or at least heard about, "Purge" threats have been making there way around social media. The "threat" has even been found here in Franklinton and the police department has taken all appropriate precautions regarding the event.
For those not familiar with the "Purge," a simple internet search will take you to the 2013 movie in which any and all crime is legalized for a 12 hour period. The Purge Anarchy; An American Tradition (2014) is a follow-up to the original movie. In both movies, lawlessness is the theme and acts of violence to purge undesirables from the community surrounds the plot.
The Franklinton Police Department has received numerous phone calls regarding the social media post about our town and the matter is currently being investigated. The act of causing the general public to be in fear for their safety by communication of information that the commission of a crime of violence is imminent is deemed Terrorizing. Therefore, this matter is being treated as a criminal offense and the original author of the message is being sought. Anyone sharing the social media threat can also be charged under the terrorizing statute.
Facebook and Instagram have been contacted and searches are underway to identify those individual accounts where the "Purge" message has been posted. Despite removal of the post, information is able to be obtained through source code and website data.
One key aspect to remember is the "Purge" is a movie. In order for the event to transpire, there must be a suspension of government and that is not going to happen. Be assured that the Franklinton Police Department will continue to provide services and ANYONE caught acting in a manner consistent with the perceived threat will be dealt with accordingly.
Please go about your business as planned and do not let an internet hoax prevent you from enjoying your weekend.

 
 

August 15, 2014
Entergy’s The Power to Care Fund Raises $2.3 Million for Customers in Need
Qualifying Louisiana customers receiving $828,197 in bill-pay assistance
Generous donations to The Power to Care of nearly $1.6 million from Entergy customers and employees in 2013 have been matched by shareholders for a total of $2.3 million in assistance funds for customers in need. 
Matching check presentations are being made to local nonprofit partners throughout the Entergy service area, including the Salvation Army right here in the Bayou State. This well-known service and outreach organization is receiving some $828,197 in assistance thanks to $581,676 in donations and $246,521 in matching funds.
To read the full press release, click here

 

 

August 15, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jeffery Sheridan was booked 08/14 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Phillip Lorio was booked 08/14 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Jody Erwin was booked 08/14 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Aggravated Flight From An Officer (2 counts), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and No Seat Belt
Janene Boni was booked 08/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs and Resisting an Officer
Christan Johnson was booked 08/14 In For Court
Starlet Overby was booked 08/14 In For Court
Terry McClain was booked 08/14 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence

 

 

Obituary

PATRICIA SOMMER SMITH, AGE 83 and a resident of Franklinton died at 2:40 am Tuesday August 12, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was a native of Chicago, Illinois that had a residence near the Stony Point Community since 1984. She was a 1953 graduate of Depaw University in Greencastle, Indiana where she was Phi Beta Kappa, PEO and a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Her husband’s U.S. Naval service took her to Guam following graduation where she taught typing and business courses to the native people, many whom continued to contact her years after.
Patricia and her husband traveled throughout Europe, visiting all its different countries and Germany on numerous occasions for U.S. Navy Reunions. She also visited Japan, the Philippines, and lived in Hawaii for several years before settling in Metairie for many years prior to permanently moving to Franklinton following Hurricane Katrina. Patricia loved the country living she experienced in Washington Parish and enjoyed listening to music and playing the piano.

 

 

Obituary

Lloyd Stogner, age 67, born on August 3, 1947, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at his residence in Franklinton, LA.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

 

 

August 14, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joshua Foxworth was booked 08/13 In For Court
Kurtis Strong was booked 08/13 In From Court
Shelia Johnson was booked 08/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Negligent Vehicular Injuring, and Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy
Tiffany Rester was booked 08/13 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Roger Collier was booked 08/13 In From Court
Bobby Brumfield was booked 08/13 on the charge of Probation Violation
Jeffery Sheridan was booked 08/14 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

 

August 14, 2014

SECRETARY LACERTE INVITES VETERANS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) today announced an August 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.
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.
The August schedule of meetings is as follows:
◾Tuesday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. in Ponchatoula at the Ponchatoula Community Center (300 North 5th Street, Ponchatoula, La.  Telephone:  Representative Pugh, 985-386-7844)
◾Thursday, August 14 at 9:00 a.m. in Abbeville at the Vermilion Parish Library (405 E. Victor, Abbeville, La.  Telephone: Senator Perry, 337-643-6425 or 337-517-7313)
◾Thursday, August 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Rayne at the Ballroom (401 Gossen Park Drive, Rayne, La.  Telephone:  Senator Perry, 337-643-6425 or 337-517-7313)
◾Tuesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Slidell at the Slidell City Hall Meeting Room (2055 Second Street, Slidell, La.  Telephone:  225-219-5000)
◾Wednesday, August 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Reserve at the Southeast LA Veterans Home (4080 W. Airline Hwy, Reserve, La.  Telephone:  985-479-4080)
◾Wednesday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. in Luling at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center (274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling, La.  Telephone:  Senator Smith, 985-764-9122)
◾Thursday, August 28 in Jackson at the Louisiana Veterans Home (4739 Hwy 10 in Jackson, La.  Telephone:  Representative Havard, 225-634-7470)

 

 

Obituary

Lesha VanEpps, a resident of Franklinton, LA, age 51, born on August 7, 1963 in Walthall County, MS, passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS.

 

 

Obituary

Morgan Louis Jones born December 5, 1946 passed away August 6, 2014 in Covington at the age of 67. He was a native of Bogalusa.

 

 

August 13, 2014

Health Department Issues Warning to Travelers and People Enjoying the Coast
There's still plenty of time this summer to enjoy the coast or the beach, whether it's along the Gulf Coast or the Caribbean. Before heading out, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) wants to warn travelers, beachgoers and fishermen about two diseases, Vibrio vulnificus and the chikungunya virus. 
Vibrio vulnificus
Louisiana's warm gulf waters are inviting, but may pose a risk for individuals with chronic liver disease or weakened immune systems. Vibrio vulnificus, one of the flesh-eating bacteria, has infected eight people in Louisiana this summer. The infections occur by exposing open wounds or cuts to warm seawater or brackish (briny) water, or by eating raw shellfish. This bacteria is commonly found in seawater and shellfish throughout the world, and is more abundant during the summer months. Louisiana typically reports five to 15 cases each year. The bacteria can invade the bloodstream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness with symptoms like fever, chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock) and blistering skin lesions. Other symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or fever.
Chikungunya Virus
DHH is also encouraging travelers headed to the Caribbean to "Fight the Bite" in the same manner they would protect themselves against the West Nile virus. Mosquitoes in the Caribbean may transmit the chikungunya virus (CHIKV) to residents and tourists. It's also being spread in parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
The virus causes fever and joint pains within three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Other symptoms can include muscle aches, headaches, joint swelling or rash. Chikungunya disease very rarely results in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling.
For more information, go to http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/3085

 

 

August 13, 2014

Louisiana Century Farm Program Seeking Applicants
The Louisiana Century Farm Program is preparing to recognize and honor Louisiana’s farmers, ranchers and forestry landowners who have owned family farm land for 100 years or more.
“This is an opportunity to have your family farm recognized for the many years it has contributed to the agricultural industry in the state of Louisiana,” said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
To be eligible for the program, one must be able to answer yes to each of these questions:  Has the farm been in your family continuously for at least 100 years? Does the farm have at least 10 acres of the original founder’s land? Is at least one owner a resident of Louisiana? Does the farm produce at least $1,000 in farming income annually?
**Tree farms have different requirements.
“This is an opportunity to document your families’ agricultural legacy in the area in which you live,” added Strain.
Applications are currently being accepted through December 31, 2014. There is no cost to apply. Applications may be found online at www.lsuagcenter.com/CenturyFarms or for more information, contact the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Lillie Adams Wiley at (318) 949-3225.

 

 

Obituary

Samuel Gregory Genco, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 65, born on November 30, 1948 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.
Retired Co-Owner of Genco's Amusement and Distribution Co., Bogalusa School Superintendent, Member of Annunciation Catholic Church, Member of the Knights of Columbus, Past King of MCCA and Bogalusa's outstanding citizen.

 

 

Obituary

Nicholas Michael DiFabrizio, born December 15, 1968, passed away on July 25, 2014.
The new star that appeared in the heavens tonight is called "Nicholas". A precious gift of 45 years. Always gentle in touch and feelings. A very special brother and son quietly slipped away. Nicholas was musically gifted in piano recording his own dreamscape journeys. Spiritually poetic more imaginative then ordinary speech with beauty of thought and artistic effect shown in his book of poem's, "Modern Day Angel". Loving memories of you dearest Nicholas will keep you forever close to us in our thoughts, our hearts and our soul.

 

 

Obituary

Dennis Michael DiFabrizio, born in Charleston, West Virginia, passed away July 22, 2014 at the age of 67.

 

 

August 13, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Trevor Owens was booked 08/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Levern Ezell was booked 08/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving Left Of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy, Obstructing Public Passage(s), and Possession of Marijuana
Bregette Craft was booked 08/12 on the charges of Probation Violation, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Simple Battery
Jeffery Myers was booked 08/12 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Jennifer Smith was booked 08/12 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Cheqvity Short was booked 08/12 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Roy Short was booked 08/12 In From Court
Gary Colston was booked 08/12 on the charges of Criminal Damage and Attachment
Joshua Foxworth was booked 08/13 In For Court

 

 

August 12, 2014

Proactive Interstate 12 Traffic Stop Leads to Significant Marijuana Seizure
Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson is pleased to announce the discovery of approximately 300 lbs. of suspected marijuana during a proactive interstate traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish.
Discovery of the contraband took place shortly after 9:00 am yesterday morning following a traffic stop on Interstate 12 near its junction with Interstate 55. Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L on routine patrol observed a 2015 Mazda CX-5 commit a traffic violation while traveling east on the interstate. Upon speaking with the driver, 26 year old Carlos Davis of Greenwood, MS, Troopers became suspicious of Davis’ behavior and subsequently requested a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 to respond to the traffic stop after Davis refused consent to search the vehicle. Following a positive alert by the TPSO K-9, Troopers’ search revealed the presence of approximately 300 lbs. of marijuana in the back seat and rear cargo area of the vehicle.
Davis was consequently placed under arrest without incident and met with Louisiana State Police Detectives to further the investigation. In coordination with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, a successful controlled delivery of the marijuana was conducted at a residence in Jackson, MS leading to additional arrests. Davis was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. Investigators estimate the street value of the seized narcotics to be approximately $250,000.

 

 

Obituary

DOUGLAS ELDEE LADNER, AGE 85 and a resident of Pine died at 4:00 am Monday August 11, 2014 at his home after a courageous 24 year battle with cancer. He was a longtime member of Pine Missionary Baptist Church that loved working in his garden. He enjoyed raising his chickens and formerly worked in the maintenance department at Resthaven Living Center. Douglas was born in Lumberton, MS on September 6, 1928 and married Molly Duncan on March 1, 1956. He always loved his family and cherished all the time spent with his grandchildren.

 

 

Obituary

Isabel Thomas Hayman age 90 passed away August 10, 2014 at Resthaven Living Center where she was a resident.

 

 

August 12, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Darrius Andrews was booked 08/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Marcus Kagler was booked 08/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kana Gilbert was booked 08/11 In For Court
Joe McNally was booked 08/11 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 (2 counts), Theft Under 500, and Simple Burglary
Leanin Dempjian was booked 08/11 In For Court
Cody Angley was booked 08/11 on the charge of Simple Battery
Trevor Owens was booked 08/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

 

 

August 11, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Herbert Parker was booked 08/08 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Nicholis Kephart was booked 08/08 on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Anthony Kephart was booked 08/08 on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Domestic Violence Battery
Ricky Knight was booked 08/08 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Lisa Guidry was booked 08/09 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Attachment (3 counts)
Gregorio Torres was booked 08/09 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Tony Kirkland was booked 08/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Judy Dale was booked 08/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage

 

 

August 11, 2014

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest in Tangipahoa Parish
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 26 year old Loranger resident Janaviene Bicknell after a traffic stop leads to the discovery of illegal narcotics.
On August 10, 2014,  at approximately 10:45 p.m., Deputy Ethan Dunn was patrolling the area near Hwy 1064 and Hwy 1065 when he observed a black Lincoln Navigator traveling west on Hwy 1064 with its front bumper hanging and beating on the tires as it traveled down the roadway.
At this time, Deputy Dunn initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle near the intersection of Hwy 1064 and Brownville Rd.  After following the vehicle for a short distance, the driver then pulled the Navigator to the side of the road and brought it to a stop.   Dunn then made contact with the driver identified as Janavieve Bicknell.   Bicknell was unable to provide a driver’s license, vehicle registration or insurance verification.  Dunn also learned that Bicknell had numerous outstanding arrest warrants and was wanted for questioning in reference to a recent burglary. 
Bicknell was subsequently taken into custody.  As a result of the roadside investigation, deputies also located drug paraphernalia and small amount of suspected methamphetamine inside of Bicknell’s vehcile.
Janavieve Bicknell was charged with LA R.S. 40:967C (Possession of Schedule II Drugs), R.S. 40:1023 (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), 5x FTA's for Traffic Offenses, and was issued a citation for R.S. 32:415 (Driving Under Suspension) and a Notice of Violation for insurance.

 

 

Obituary

OTTIS BARBER, AGE 85 and a resident of Thomas died at 1:34 AM Friday, August 08, 2014 at his residence.
He served in Japan in post-World War II. He was a Baptist minister for 38 years and a lifelong member of Lawrence Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He served his church and community all his adult life and will be sadly missed by family and friends.

 

 

August 8, 2014

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF SEX CRIME
FRANKLINTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Randy Jones, 59 of Bogalusa, was found guilty on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014, of attempted sexual battery of a child under age 13.  Jones was initially charged with sexual battery of a child under 13.  The 12 member Washington Parish Jury deliberated for 2 hours before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner.  Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case for the 3 day trial.
Jones was arrested in August 2013 by the Bogalusa Police Department after a female child victim was sexually abused.  Jones was an acquaintance of the victim and invited her on a bike ride where he sexually abused her.  The victim reported the abuse to a family member.
Judge Gardner will sentence Jones on August 20th, 2014.  Attempted sexual battery of a victim under 13 years of age is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 49 1/2 years. 

 

 

August 8, 2014

MAN PLEADS GUILTY AS CHARGED DURING TRIAL --SENTENCED TO LONG PRISON TERM AS CAREER CRIMINAL—
COVINGTON—District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Melvin Burton, 48 of Harvey, pled guilty as charged on July 24th, 2014, to aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated obstruction of a highway, theft of goods and possession of heroin.  The trial was in its third day while the Jury was in deliberation when Burton decided to change his plea from not guilty to guilty as charged.  22nd Judicial District Judge Raymond Childress accepted the guilty pleas and sentenced Burton to 20 years in prison for each charge and ordered the sentences to run concurrently.  Career Criminal Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Burton was sentenced as a career criminal due to convictions in Orleans Parish for simple robbery in 1991 and theft in 1996 and 2010 and also simple escape in Jefferson Parish in 2000.  Burton has been arrested at least 30 times and has been convicted at least 22 times.
Burton along with Freeman Harris, 36, and Alexandra Smith, 33, both of New Orleans, was arrested in April 2014 by the Slidell Police Department after a car chase.  Burton and Harris were observed shoplifting at a local department store but sped away recklessly westbound on I-10 before they could be apprehended.  The Slidell Police Department employed a tactical vehicle intervention to disable the car and cause it to spin out while keeping all traffic clear of the incident.  Heroin was found after a search of the vehicle. 
The 2 codefendants, Freeman Harris, 36, and Alexandra Smith, 33, both of New Orleans, were less involved and both pled guilty as charged previously.  Freeman pled guilty on July 10th, 2014, to theft and possession of heroin on and was sentenced to 4 years in prison on each charge to be served concurrently.  Smith pled guilty on June 17th, 2014 to possession of heroin and was sentenced to 10 years in prison suspended and 5 years probation.
Possession of heroin is punishable by imprisonment for not less than 4 nor more than 10 years.  Aggravated obstruction of a highway is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years.  Aggravated flight from an officer is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years.  Theft of more than $500 but less than $1500 is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years. 

 

 

August 8, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kenneth Lang was booked 08/07 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Joseph Shelby was booked 08/07 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary
Charles Lewis was booked 08/07 on the charges of Attempted Theft and Criminal Trespass
Ronald Jones was booked 08/07 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Troy Samford was booked 08/07 on the charges of Attempted Theft, Criminal Trespass, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Herbert Parker was booked 08/08 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

 

 

August 7, 2014

Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festivel Poster

Submitted by Marcelleh Haneman

The excitement is growing for the third annual Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival on September 26-27. And besides a stellar lineup and lots of opportunities for family fun with a decided Louisiana flavor, the attraction now includes the chance to purchase what is sure to become a collector's item fashioned by a native son whose talents in the visual arts have earned him widespread critical acclaim.

Bogalusa born Richard Thomas, whose huge mural of local music legends has long greeted visitors to the Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans and whose four-frame 1989 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster of Fats Domino remains the top selling Jazz Fest poster of all time, has created a three-frame poster for BBHF III.

“I have a reason for loving Bogalusa,” the community minded Thomas said. “I decided to find a way we could work together.”

To get a poster, tickets or additional information on the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, visit www.bogalusablues.com.

Click here to read the full article.

 

 

Obituary

CHRISTY SMITH BARBER, AGE 53 and a resident of Franklinton died early Tuesday August 5, 2014 at North Oaks Regional Medical Center. She worked at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Robert where she enjoyed the duties she had and the friends she worked with. Christy enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and cherished all the fun times spent together. She was a devoted family member to her siblings, husband, children and granddaughter but had a special partner in her pet Yorkie Jaxon. She will be sadly missed by all that knew her. 


 

Obituary

Roselyn Virginia Wynn Vise, age 79, and a resident of Franklinton, passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of August 5th, 2014.   Miss Rose, as she was affectionately known, was born in Etowah County, Alabama on October 17, 1934. She often spoke of becoming a Christian when she visited a Methodist Camp Meeting at the age of 11. She met the love of her life while she was in high school and married Calvin Vise on September 8, 1951. Her dream was to have a big white house filled with children. Rose and Calvin began their marriage in Birmingham, AL and relocated to St. Bernard, LA in 1957 when Calvin was transferred with Southern Natural Gas Company. They were transferred again in 1966 to Franklinton where Rose found her big white house.

 

 

August 7, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tiffany Wheat was booked 08/06 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Dennis Vanslyke was booked 08/06 on the charge of Theft By Fraud
Justin Terrell was booked 08/06 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100

 

Obituary 
Kathleen H. Beard, age 89, passed away in Ridgeland, MS on Wednesday August 6, 2014. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Obituary

Betty Lou Duncan age 80 passed away August 6, 2014 at Our Lady Of Angels Hospital. She was a resident of Bogalusa and a member of Church of United Faith.

 

 

Obituary

Christopher Hunter Lewis, aged 53, died August 5, 2014 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.
He served as Justice Court Judge of the 5th Ward of washington Parish. LA. Chris was an active member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Bogalusa and served as Senior Warden of the church vestry. He was a member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Polled Hereford Association. He served the community in many ways as a participant in numerous organizations both civic and social. Chris and his wife Kay have, for many years, owned and run Lewis Insurance of Angie, LA.

 

 

Obituary

EARLANE SCHILLING BATEMAN, AGE 83 and a resident of Enon died after 10:00 am Tuesday August 5, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center where she was a former Nurse’s Aid for over 20 years. She was a longtime active member of Enon Baptist Church who would always be there for people in need. Earlane enjoyed crocheting, dancing and visiting the Smokey Mountains with her family. She was an excellent cook, especially her famous lemon pound cake, and was very good at making jelly of all different types which she shared with others. She loved angels and collected numerous figurines and statutes. Earlane was loved by all that knew her and will be sadly missed.

 

 

August 6, 2014

Hunter Education Reminder
As hunters begin to prepare for the 2014-15 hunting season, one thing they should not overlook is hunter education.  In the rush to prepare for the hunting season, hunters sometimes overlook the hunter education requirements and find themselves struggling to schedule a class at the last minute.
Hunters who have not completed hunter education should review the requirements for Louisiana and any other states where they plan to hunt.  Now is the time to register for a class and avoid the last minute rush.
Louisiana law requires that hunters born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, obtain Hunter Education Certification prior to hunting in Louisiana, unless they are under direct supervision of a qualified person.  A qualified person is someone who is a licensed hunter and was born before Sept. 1, 1969, or a person who is 18 years of age or older and has proof of Hunter Education Certification.  Direct supervision means the supervising person is in direct line of sight and within normal voice contact of the hunter they are supervising.
The minimum age for Hunter Education Certification in Louisiana is 10 years old.  However, it is a requirement that 10 and 11-year-olds must be supervised while hunting, even if they have received Hunter Education Certification.
For more information, go to http://wlf.louisiana.gov/news/38174

 

 

August 6, 2014

WASHINGTON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS FOURTEEN DRUG DEALERS – SEEKS ELEVEN MORE
August 5, 2014, was a good day for the honest, hard-working citizens of Washington Parish and a bad day for drug dealers.
A months long Sheriff’s Office investigation into the sale of illegal drugs in Washington Parish resulted in a drug roundup on August 5, when officers from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Franklinton Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Rayburn Correctional Center and the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole saturated the parish with twenty-five warrants in hand.  Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal accompanied the officers on the roundup.
Arrested during the August 5th  roundup and placed in the Washington Parish Jail were:
Cynthia A. Amacker, 55, Bogalusa, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Jessica M. Archuleta, 32, Franklinton, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Adarrio Darnell Berry, 35, Franklinton, Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, $75,000 bond
Kimberly H. Cox, 36, Tylertown, MS, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Issuing Worthless Checks, Failure to appear, $75,000 bond
Felix Herbert DiCharry, 43, Bogalusa, Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, no bond.
Charles A. Forbes, 54, Bogalusa, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Steven Jermaine Green, 26, Angie, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Patrick Hart, 37, Franklinton, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Morris LaPaul Jefferson, 34, Bogalusa, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Attachment, Simple Battery, $75,000 bond
Joshua Lee Martin, 31, Franklinton, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Failure to Appear, no bond
Mona L. McMillan 35, Thomas, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Brenton Morris, 25, Bogalusa, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond
Sade Janey Sims, 27, Franklinton, Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, four counts of Failure to Appear, $75,000 bond
Tiara Nicole Wilson, 23, Franklinton, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, $75,000 bond.
Each of the fourteen arrestees remains in the jail at this time.
Missed during the roundup but still a target for arrest are:
Gregory S. Cambre, w/m, 49, believed to be out of the parish
Monigue Cambre, w/f, age unknown, believed to be out of the parish
Greg Conerly, b/m, 26, Bogalusa
Johnny Crosby, w/m, 36, Bogalusa
Veronica Gatlin, b/f, 48, Bogalusa
Randy Jerrell, w/m, age unknown, Thomas
Landon Jones, w/m, 22, Franklinton
Byron Kaigler, b/m, 30, Franklinton, believed to be in the Hammond area
Jamar McGowan, b/m, 30, Angie
Clifton Earl Raford, b/m, 58, Angie
Justin Terrell, w/m, 30, Thomas
Anyone knowing the location of any of the above wanted persons should notify the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434.
A bonus during the drug roundup was the recovery of a Honda four wheeler which is reported stolen out of North Carolina.  The vehicle was recovered at the resident of wanted suspect Jamar McGowan in the Angie community.
Sheriff Randy Seal was quick to comment on the investigation and arrests.  “We have been targeting these drug dealers for a long time.  We knew they were selling drugs and it took a while to make a solid case against each one of them.  They have been arrested now and will have to face a judge and jury to explain why they knowingly sold drugs in our parish.  We missed a few on this roundup because they weren’t home, but we will get them soon.  You can count on that.”
“I am sick and tired of drug dealers and their related crimes,” said Sheriff Seal.  “Most burglaries and thefts in our parish can be directly tied to the drug trade.  We know the names of other drug dealers and we are working daily to build cases against them.  Once we have enough evidence to sustain a conviction, we will obtain a warrant for their arrest. The Sheriff’s Office Drug Task
Force has done an excellent job and I commend them for their efforts.  I am very grateful to  the other agencies which provided manpower to make these arrests. We have a great relationship with each of these agencies and it is good to have the DEA involved in our efforts to combat the drug trade in Washington Parish.”
“If you are a drug dealer, child molester, sexual predator, thief, wife beater or any other kind of criminal, I am putting you on notice,” continued Sheriff Seal.  “We are watching you and we will always have room for you in the Washington Parish Jail.  Once we catch you, it will be our pleasure to give you an escort directly to jail.”

 

 

August 6, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Myron Mark was booked 08/05 In For Court
Cindy Stinson was booked 08/05 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)
Jessica Archuleta was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Travious Nelson was booked 08/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense), Driving Under Suspension, and Hit and Run
Adarrio Berry was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Drugs
Joshua Martin was booked 08/05 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Failure to Appear
Kimberly Cox was booked 08/05 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100, and Failure to Appear
Mona McMillan was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Sade Sims was booked 08/05 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule Drugs and Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Morris Jeffeerson was booked 08/05 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule Drugs, Attachment, and Simple Battery
Steven Green was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Ii Drugs
Felix Dicharry was booked 08/05 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Distriution of Schedule I Drugs
Charles Forbes was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Drugs
Cynthia Amacker was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Drugs
Shaun Warren was booked 08/05 on the charge of Simple Battery
Brenton Stokes was booked 08/05 on the charges of Probation and Parole Hold and Distribution of Schedule Drugs
Tiara Wilson was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Drugs
Patrick Hart was booked 08/05 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule Drugs

 

 

August 5, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
John Brice was booked 08/04 In For Court
Rashaad Pittman was booked 08/04 In For Court
Christin Ulvik was booked 08/04 In For Court
Leonard McCants was booked 08/04 on the charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder
Dustin Hobgood was booked 08/04 In From Court
Frank Anderson was booked 08/04 on the charge of Probation Violation
Myron Mark was booked 08/05 In For Court
Cindy Stinson was booked 08/05 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)

 

 

August 4, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Lauren Boone was booked 08/01 on the charge of Probation Violation
Michael McHugh was booked 08/01 on the charge of Probation Violation
Jessica Naquin was booked 08/01 In From Court and Failure to Appear
Urian Morris was booked 08/01 on the charge of Aggravated Rape
Kera Moseley was booked 08/01 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Computer Fraud (2 counts)
John Robinson was booked 08/01 In For Court
Johnathan Boudreaux was booked 08/01 on the charges of Careless Operation, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Switched License Plates
Corbin Ikerd was booked 08/01 In From Court
Frank Anderson was booked 08/01 on the charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, Illegal Discharged/Use of Weapon, Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
James Stringer was booked 08/02 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Kevin Knight was booked 08/02 on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass
Orrin Thomas was booked 08/02 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation, Domestic Abuse Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, and Failure to Appear
Leonard Clanton was booked 08/03 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Kylor Lee was booked 08/03 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Improper Lane Useage, and Driving Under Suspension
Amanda Haynes was booked 08/03 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language
Anthony Boxwell was booked 08/03 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Simple Drunk), Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Battery on a Police Officer
John Brice was booked 08/04 In For Court

 

 

August 3, 2014

Louisiana State Police Seek Help Identifying a Fatality Hit and Run Vehicle
Friday night at approximately 11:00 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a serious injury crash involving a 4-wheel all-terrain vehicle on La. 10 at mile marker 197 west of Interstate 55 near Kentwood. The crash involved an unknown vehicle which rolled over a pedestrian and fled the scene.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2014 Can-Am Outlander 4-wheeler, operated by Matthew J. Mahler (W/M 22) of Vacherie and another 4-wheeler were traveling westbound in a drainage ditch that runs along the north side of La. 10 next to the westbound travel lane. Mahler, for reasons under investigation, struck a culvert in the ditch, flipped the Cam-Am, and was ejected. Mahler came to rest in the westbound lane of La. 10. Mahler's companion on the other 4- wheeler was attempting to render aid to him as an unknown vehicle (a small dark colored sedan) was westbound on La. 10 approaching their location. The companion attempted to alert the operator of the on-coming sedan; however, the sedan struck Mahler and continued westbound on La. 10 failing to stop.
Mahler sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to St. Helena Parish Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Mahler was not wearing a D.O.T approved helmet, alcohol is suspected on Mahler's part and a blood sample was collected for a toxicological analysis. Those results are pending.
Troopers believe that the unknown vehicle could have lower front bumper and undercarriage damage as a result of hitting/rolling over Mahler. This crash remains under investigation, and Troopers ask that anyone with any information regarding this crash please contact Louisiana State Police Troop L at 985-893-6250 or their local law enforcement agency.

 

 

August 1, 2014

Governor Jindal Highlights Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal highlighted the 2014 Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday which begins Friday, August 1 and ends Saturday, August 2 at midnight. On both of these days, most retail purchases are exempt from the four-percent state sales tax. Governor Jindal encouraged families to take advantage of this time to purchase school supplies and other materials for the upcoming school year.
Governor Jindal said, “With school quickly approaching for our children in Louisiana, the sales tax holiday is a great opportunity for families to purchase any back-to-school supplies their children may need for the upcoming school year.  Whether buying school materials or looking to make a bigger purchase, we encourage everyone to take advantage of this holiday and visit local stores this weekend.”
Included in the tax holiday is the four percent state sales tax on individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use and the first $2,500 spent on individual purchases. Items not eligible for the tax exemption include vehicles, most meals, laundry services, and purchases of taxable services such as hotels and sporting events.

 

 

August 1, 2014

2014 Motor Vehicle Law Amendments to Affect Louisiana Drivers
Beginning August 1st, 2014, numerous laws and amendments passed during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session will affect motorists throughout the state. Troopers would like to highlight several changes that both drivers and passengers should be aware of while operating a vehicle on Louisiana’s roadways.
The School Zone Cell Phone Ban is of of particular interest at this time of the year.  Motorists are now prohibited from using any type of hand held wireless communications device while traveling through schools zones during posted hours. The law includes use of a cellular/wireless device for engaging in a voice call, accessing, reading, or posting to a social networking site, and/or writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication. The school zone cell phone ban does not apply if the device is being used to report an emergency, is being used in a hands-free manner, or while the vehicle is lawfully parked. Upon first violation of the school zone ban the fine is $175, subsequent violations can be up to $500, and if a crash occurs during the time of the violation, fines can be increased.
For more amendments that you should know about, go to http://www.lsp.org/news.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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