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Obituary
Rhonda Denise Watson age 60 passed away May 27, 2016 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Franklinton La after a lengthly illness. She was a resident of Bogalusa La, and Member of First Baptist Church. 


May 29, 2016
Slidell Resident Dies in Crash Saturday Morning
Yesterday morning (May 28, 2016), Slidell resident Brent Dupree (39) died in a single vehicle crash on Hwy. 190 east of I-10.  Louisiana State Police investigated and determined that Dupree's Dodge pickup crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left.  It then traveled through a ditch, struck a dirt embankment and overturned. Despite the fact that Dupree was properly restrained, he was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment is unknown, and a toxicology test will be performed following an autopsy. The crash remains under investigation.


May 27, 2016
Graduations and Summer 
A Message from Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal
As the school year ends and classmates start new paths, we at the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office want to congratulate all our graduates of the Class of 2016, and wish them the very best as they head out into the world. Some of our seniors may be preparing for college, others preparing for a career, and the rest still deciding. No matter where you are headed in life, we want to say congratulations, good luck, have fun, and stay safe!
A reminder to our community: As students of all ages are being dismissed for the summer break, remember to be safe and drive cautiously, as children will be out playing, riding bikes and enjoying the summer weather.
Of course, summer weather means higher temperatures, so remember these tips to beat the heat:
  • Take frequent water breaks
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle
  • Seek medical attention immediately for any signs of heat-related illness
We would also like to remind everyone traveling in a vehicle to always wear your seat belt and never drink and drive. Seat belt use is a very effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Do not drink and drive – instead, call on a designated driver to get you home safely. Not only do you risk your life when you drive impaired, you are putting the other drivers and passengers on the roadway at risk too.
While you are traveling the roadways, boating, camping, or fishing, please remember to practice safety at all times. Mind the speed limits and always be on the lookout for children at play and crossing the streets.
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office hopes everyone has a great summer! Congratulations again to all our graduates!
Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal


May 27, 2016
Bogalusan Captured by AG's Fugitive Apprehension Unit
Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that his Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) arrested Kelzon Clark, a suspect wanted for attempted murder in Bogalusa.  In March, Bogalusa Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Attempted Second Degree Murder against Clark. The warrant stemmed from a shooting incident where he allegedly entered an apartment shooting a victim three times, resulting in the victim suffering critical injuries. 
“Working closely with local law enforcement, our Fugitive Apprehension Unit efficiently made this arrest,” said General Landry.  Clark was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Facility as a fugitive. 


Obituary
Audrey Lee Thomas born March 28, 1948 passed away peacefully with her family at her side on May 26, 2016 at the age of 68.  She was a devoted housewife and mother and a resident of the Bush community.


May 27, 2016
Help Mandeville Police Identify These Suspected Thieves 
The Mandeville Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two individuals suspected in a theft.  On May 21, 2016 our victim had her purse stolen from her shopping cart while inside Home Goods, 3377 Hwy 190 Mandeville.  Within a short time after the theft, over $3,000.00 in withdrawals and fraudulent purchases were made. Detectives obtained images from the Target store on Hwy 21 in Covington where one of the stolen credit cards was used. The two pictured subjects are believed to have been in possession of the stolen card. 
Anyone who may have any helpful information is asked to call the Mandeville Police Department at (985) 626-9711. 

  


May 27, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jessica Ann Poupart was booked 05/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
Logan Jarrell was booked 05/26 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Troy Ann Singleton was booked 05/26 In From Court
Shelby Kayrane Lumpkin was booked 05/26 on the charge of Probation Violation
Tiffany Marie Knight was booked 05/26 on the charge of Parole Violation


May 26, 2016
WPSO Detectives Arrest Two Tangi Women Selling Drugs
WPSO Drug Task Force detectives, with information from WPSO patrol deputies, arrested two Tangipahoa Parish women yesterday (May 25) attempting to sell drugs near the intersection of Highways 16 and 450 in western Washington Parish.  Arrested were Michelle McCoy Winters (43) of Hammond and Sheila Ann Richardson, (31) of Tickfaw.  Seized in the drug arrest were $1,240 cash, a 2012 Mazda M3, 5 grams of  methamphetamine, marijuana, and assorted narcotic pills.  
WPSO and TPSO are collaborating on this arrest and other crimes which may have occurred in the two parish area. The investigation continues and is focused on burglaries which took place inside Tangipahoa Parish.
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Our patrol division did a fabulous job in gathering information about these two women and then passing it on to our Drug Task Force detectives who were then able to intercept and arrest them. All of these fine officers deserve a pat on the back and a hearty ‘thank you’ for a job well done.”




May 26, 2016
Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Awards $9,600
Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $9,600 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on May 21 in Woodworth.  LOGT reviewed a  20 cases that included public tips from informants.  A total of 30 subjects were apprehended and a total of 329 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.  The cases consisted of nine turkey cases, eight deer cases, two fish cases and one small game case.
Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  


May 26, 2016
Grow Cucumbers on a Trellis 
Growing vegetables on a trellis or lattice can lead to greater productivity and higher quality fruit on the vine. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to grow container cucumbers on a trellis.




Obituary
JAMES WAYNE KNIGHT, AGE 84 and a resident of Franklinton died early Wednesday morning May 25, 2016. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Wayne was retired from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. He was an active member of the Riverside Medical Center Board of Directors for 17 years where he served as Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee. Wayne enjoyed gardening and traveling, alongside his wife, to vacation spots throughout the country. He was an avid college sports fan, especially his beloved Ole Miss Rebels, and would often attend games while also watching them on TV any chance that he could.


Obituary
Billy Earl Bullock was born August 31, 1939 in Prentiss, Ms. departed this life on May 17, 2016, at Halcyon Hospice House in Atlanta, GA.  
At a very early age in life he moved from Prentiss to New Orleans.  H
e worked various jobs including a gas station attendant, and heavy equipment operator for Boh Bros. Construction Company.  
While visiting Mt. Hermon, he attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church.   
Billy was a dedicated, loyal, devoted husband and father. He loved to spend time with his family and close friends with good home cooked country food.


May 26, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kendrick Peters was booked 05/25 on the charge of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements
Byron Kaigler was booked 05/25 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs and Failure to Appear
James Jewell was booked 05/25 In For Court
Fletcher Nealy was booked 05/25 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery (2 counts), Second Degree Battery (2 counts), and Attachment
Sheila Richardson was booked 05/25 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Michelle Winters was booked 05/26 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs


May 25, 2016
Help Hammond PD Locate Wanted Suspect
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in locating 35 year old wanted suspect Timothy James Miller of Hammond.  Miller is wanted by the sheriff’s office on numerous counts of theft and burglary.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Miller is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.


May 25, 2016
Slidell PD and U.S. Marshals Arrest Man After Stand-off
Early this morning, Slidell Police and the U.S. Marshals arrested 29-year-old Valere Frazier, who was wanted for an attempted murder case out of Coushatta, Louisiana.
After a thirty minute stand-off, Frazier was taken into custody - without incident - at a residence on the 1300 block of Westlawn Drive in Slidell.  Frazier has warrants from the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Criminal Damage, 2 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Frazier.  Plus, Frazier was wanted for fleeing from a Slidell Police officer on May 10, 2016, during a traffic stop, and was wanted by the Louisiana State Police for insurance fraud.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith says, “This is another example of a great partnership between local, state and federal law enforcement, which helped take a violent criminal off our streets. Criminals do not have jurisdictional boundaries which is why we all must work together to keep our citizens safe.”
Frazier is currently being held at the Slidell City Jail, and will later be extradited to Red River Parish.


May 25, 2016
Lacombe Sex Offender Gets 20 Years for Failing to Register
Alva Thompson, 44, of Lacombe, was sentenced Monday (May 23) to 20 years after pleading guilty to failure to register as a sex offender for the second time. 
Thompson has seven prior felonies on his record, including aggravated incest.  After release from prison on the incest conviction, he failed to register and the charge landed him back in prison.  Upon his next release from prison, he again failed to register as a sex offender.  In November 2015, officers went to arrest Thompson on several outstanding warrants, but he noticed them following him and fled in his vehicle, weaving recklessly through yards in a residential area. A huge ditch stopped him, but he dashed out of the vehicle and tried to run away. Police caught up to him, but he fought them. He was charged with flight from an officer, resisting an officer, battery of a police officer, and possession of a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance (clonazapam).
Thompson was scheduled to go to trial this week, but he instead agreed to plead guilty, settling all of the charges.


May 25, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Steve Oalmann was booked 05/24 on the charges of Simple Arson and Criminal Damage
Daniel Jenkins was booked 05/24 on the charges of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment, Domestic Abuse Battery:  Strangulation, and Second Degree Battery
Marcus Mingo was booked 05/24 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Royce Ruffin was booked 05/24 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Obstruction of Justice, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, and Littering
James Brumfield was booked 05/24 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Frederick Scott was booked 05/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, and Drug Traffic Loitering
Joseph Carter was booked 05/24 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Tracy Barber was booked 05/24 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction


May 24, 2016
U. S. Senate Candidates Forum June 11
The Republican Executive Committee of Washington Parish will host a public forum for the voters to meet the Republican candidates for United States Senate on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 4pm to 6pm.  The forum will be at the First Pentecostal Church, 14532 Highway 21, Bogalusa, Louisiana.  
All four of the announced candidates will attend.  They are Representative Charles Boustany, Representative John Fleming, Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy, and Colonel (USAF Ret.) Rob Maness.  There will be a question and answer period and the opportunity for the voters to interact with the candidates.
Everyone is invited to attend.


May 24, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Eric Rein was booked 05/23 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, Failure to Use Turn Signal, and Expired License Plate
Angela Rowell was booked 05/23 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Carla Thomas was booked 05/23 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Ryan Thomas was booked 05/23 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Curtlin Bush was booked 05/23 on the charge of Attachment
Courtney Martin was booked 05/23 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Steve Oalmann was booked 05/24 on the charges of Simple Arson and Criminal Damage


Obituary
JOSEPH “J. W.” WILLIAMS, AGE 89 and a resident of Franklinton died at 11:19 am Saturday May 21, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center. He was retired after a long career with the maintenance department of the East Baton Rouge Parish Government. J.W. was a Merchant Marine during World War II and an outdoorsman that enjoyed squirrel and deer hunting and camping. He was formerly a member of the Cruising Cajuns and alongside his wife had visited all 50 states. J.W. liked horses and enjoyed woodworking. He adored his wife of 63 years, the love of his life, and enjoyed spending time with his family.


Obituary
Geraldine Hennick Morris, a resident of Franklinton, LA, age 79, born on August 29, 1936 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Our Lady Of The Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA.


Obituary
PAULETTE JONES SPEARS PHELPS, AGE 69 and a resident of Franklinton died at 5:21 PM Sunday, May 22, 2016 at her residence.  She was retired from the Washington Parish Clerk of Court Office. She was a member of Crain’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church but attended New Beginnings Church.


Obituary
BETTY CAVES BREWER, AGE 67 and a resident of Pine died Sunday afternoon May 22, 2016 at her home. She was a member of Poplarhead Missionary Baptist Church who enjoyed drinking coffee while relaxing on her porch. Betty formerly did crocheting, including baby gifts and unique dolls for her family and friends. She always tried to take care of the needs others and loved spending time with her grandchildren and family.


Obituary
Sister Mildred Weary Spikes Peters was born on September 1, 1934 and passed away May 21, 2016.
Sister Mildred joined Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and remained a faithful servant there until her heath failed her. She served in several capacities in the church, and was president of the senior choir for 29 years.
Sister Mildred was formerly educated at Wesley Ray High School and continued her education at Southern University & A & M College in Baton Rouge, LA. She taught school in the Washington Parish School in the Washington Parish School System for 40 years.


May 23, 2016
Suspects From Amite and Pearl River Identified in Ms. Burglary 
Source:  Jeremy Pittari, The Picayune Item
Investigators into the April 1 burglary in Pearl River County of B&C Small Engine have been identified. Bradley Willis (36) of Amite, Louisiana has been identified as the owner and driver of the vehicle used to move the merchandise stolen and was arrested in St. Bernard Parish during a routine traffic stop.  He is in custody on the charges of Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Burglary and Commercial Burglary.  Also in custody are Ronald "Roach" Willis of Picayune charged with Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Burglary and Commercial Burglary, Tabetha Ruby of Amite charged with Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Burglary and Commercial Burglary, and Anne Marie Saul charged with Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Burglary.
Still wanted are Carl Hodge, Jr. (35) for Receiving Stolen Property, Samuel Clark (25) for Accessory After the Fact of Commercial Property, and Chad McQueen (40) of Pearl River, La. for Receiving Stolen Property.
More than $27,000 worth of merchandise was taken.  Some of the stolen property was found in Tangipahoa Parish.  A search Warrant executed at Hodge's property found some of the stolen property from the burglary plus property stolen from Ascension Parish and other areas of Louisiana.
Pictured left to right are McQueen, Hodge, and Clark.




May 23, 2016
Two From Hammond Indicted on Murder Charges
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that BARON SMITH (30), a/k/a “Gee Gee,” and CALVIN ALEXANDER (30), a/k/a “Payday,” a/k/a “Cardee,” have been charged by a federal grand jury with the October 9, 2015 double murder of QUNADELL BEARD and ELLIOT SMITH, which took place in Tangipahoa Parish.  ALEXANDER has also been charged with distributing heroin in February 2015, which led to the overdose death of ERIC FERRARA. 
If convicted both ALEXANDER and SMITH face a mandatory life sentence. ALEXANDER could face the death penalty, however the Attorney General has not yet decided if the government will seek the death penalty in this case.
The case was a joint investigation between the TPSO and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from Hammond Police Department.


May 23, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jeremy Kihneman was booked 05/20 on the charges of No Turn Signal and Driving with Suspended License Due to previous DUI (Or Other)
Michael A. Dykes was booked 05/20 on the charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile
Tommy Freeman was booked 05/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, Open Container in Vehicle, Driving Under Suspension, and Contempt of Court
Victoria Williams was booked 05/21 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Danielle Swartz was booked 05/21 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Suzanna Stafford was booked 05/21 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Attachment
Shamar Alexander was booked 05/21 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Theft of Firearm
Chadwick Sandifer was booked 05/21 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Justin Stafford was booked 05/21 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Cocaine:  28 to 200 grams, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Attachment
Samuel White was booked 05/22 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Theft of Firearm
Kenneth McLemore was booked 05/22 on the charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Speeding 41 or More Over Limit, and Open Container in Vehicle
Bryan White was booked 05/22 on the charges of Simple Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment (2 counts)
Eric Rein was booked 05/23 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, Failure to Use Turn Signal, and Expired License Plate


Obituary
BESSIE REE SEALS ARD, AGE 89 and a resident of the Hilltop Community passed from this life to her eternal home on Friday May 20, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital surrounded by her family. Bessie was a charter member of Forest Haven Missionary Baptist Church in Stateline. She worked for many years in sales at the former Morgan and Lindsey’s and Gibson’s stores in Bogalusa and later as a lunchroom worker at Pine School before retiring as a lunchroom supervisor at the Angie Junior High School. Bessie enjoyed gardening, cooking and caring for her beautiful flower beds. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who cherished spending time with her family and fellowshipping with her church family.


Obituary
Artelia Keen Easterling age 94 passed away May 20, 2016 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was a resident of Angie La and a charter member of Memorial Baptist Church in Bogalusa La. 


May 20, 2016
Lt. Gov. Nungesser Promoting Washington Parish
Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser was in Washington Parish today, May 20, 2016, visiting both Bogalusa and Franklinton.  In Franklinton, Nungesser met with area leaders at the Franklinton Town Hall and presented his ideas on how his office could help promote Washington Parish.  In addition, during the approximately hour long-meeting, Nungesser also shared his experience on how to deal with FEMA and listened and answered questions of those present.  One of the issues was repairing damages at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds caused by the March floods.  The meeting adjourned to the fairgrounds to see progress on the new bridge that is almost complete.  




May 20, 2016
Louisiana Safe Boating Week Set For May 21-27
The state of Louisiana has issued a proclamation that recognizes May 21-27 as “Safe Boating Week” in Louisiana, which signifies the beginning of the spring and summer boating season.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) again reminds all boaters to be safe, responsible and knowledgeable while on the water.  Safe Boating Week is a time for all boaters to inspect their vessels to ensure that all required safety equipment is on board and that vessels are in good working condition.
LDWF reminds everyone that alcohol use is one of the leading causes of boating crash incidents and fatalities on the water.  Alcohol consumption impairs a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. Penalties for DWI are serious.
In 2015 Louisiana reported 22 boating fatalities.  In 2013 and 2014 Louisiana reported 15 and 18 fatalities, which were the lowest and second lowest boating fatalities ever recorded for Louisiana.  So far in 2016 Louisiana has reported six fatalities.
For boating and PFD regulations, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating and for required courses, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.


May 20, 2016
Police Seeks Help to Identify Shoplifting Suspects
The Covington Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify a group of shoplifters responsible for two high-dollar thefts of baby formula at the Walmart Neighborhood Market (2800 US Hwy 190) in Covington on April 20 and May 5.
The suspects are described as a heavyset white male, a heavyset white female and a slender white female. During one of the thefts, the suspects had a small child with them. In one incident, they were driving a silver Chrysler 300 and in the other a compact blue colored sedan.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Covington Police Department Investigations Division at (985)867-1200 or Crimestoppers at (504)822-1111. Callers can remain anonymous and could receive up to a $2,500 reward from Crimestoppers.




May 20, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Philip Aasen was booked 05/19 on the charges of Terrorizing, Carrying Firearm/Weapon on School Property, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Wearing or Possessing Body Armor in School Zone
Terry Jefferson was booked 05/19 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Jeremy Kihneman was booked 05/20 on the charges of No Turn Signal and Driving with Suspended License Due to previous DUI (Or Other)


Obituary
Katherine Alexander Watts, born January 4, 1927 in Tangipahoa, Louisiana was
 embraced by God Tuesday at 12 noon at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home in Kentwood.  
Katherine attended Tangipahoa colored school in Tangipahoa.  She was very well known for her stylish dressing and shopping. 


Obituary
Bobbie Jean Smith Mickell, born July 10, 1952, died May 15, 2016.  " Bob", as she was affectionately known by friends and family, 
attended school at Central Memorial High School and later attended Job Corps in Gathrie, OK.  She loved to cook and held numerous jobs that fulfilled her passion for cooking. 
Bob joined Harry's Chapel United Methodist Church at an early age and later moved her membership to Fully Committed Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Tina Graham and served until her death.


May 19, 2016
Pre-Dawn Raid in WP Yields Drugs, Weapons, Money
Before dawn on May 18, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force executed a search warrant, seizing large quantities of drugs, cash and weapons. Arrested were Kerry Wayne Forrest (43) and Kenneth Wayne Williams (35), residents of Ann Street in Bogalusa.  Both Forrest, whose street name is Pooky Wayne, and Williams, whose street name is Koaltree, have lengthy criminal records. 
Drug Task Force detectives seized 39 grams of heroin, 49 grams of crack cocaine, 24 grams of powder cocaine, 14 grams of methamphetamine, 8 grams of marijuana,  numerous narcotic pills, $17,052 cash, 1 AR-15 rifle, 3 shotguns, 1 pistol, 16 cell phones, and 4 sets of scales used to weigh drugs
Each man was placed in the Washington Parish Jail without bail on numerous charges. 
“We have done our job,” said Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. “Now it is time for the rest of the justice system to do their job to obtain convictions and make certain these two men spend many years in prison. The streets and roadways of our parish are not safe as long as career criminals are allowed to roam free. I’m certain there are other drug dealers out there waiting to take the place of the two men we arrested. Let me assure them that their time is coming also and we always have room in our jail for one more.”




Obituary
Willie (Billy) Cassady age 52 of Bogalusa, LA passed away May 16, 2016.  Billy worked clearing trees and right a ways for electrical power companies.


May 19, 2016
Troopers Seek Person of Interest in Fatal Hit and Run
Troopers have identified a person of interest in a fatal hit and run crash that occurred on LA 3234 (University Ave.) west of US 51 in Hammond on May 11, 2016 that claimed the life of 26 year-old Erin Gerhard of Independence, LA.  Gerhard was riding a skateboard in the right westbound lane of University Ave, when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. After the impact, Gerhard was thrown into the left westbound lane, where he was struck by another vehicle. Both vehicles fled the scene after the crash. Gerhard was severely injured in the crash and was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. 
The person of interest is described as a black male driving a dark colored four-door sedan, possibly a Pontiac Grand Prix. He was last seen at a gas station in the area shortly after the crash.
Anyone with information pertaining to this individual’s identity is encouraged to contact Louisiana State Police Troop L at 985-893-6250.




May 19, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Rick Borer was booked 05/18 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Brandon Spurlock was booked 05/18 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics With Intent (2 counts), and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance (2 counts)
Russell Knight was booked 05/18 on the charge of Hit and Run
Kerry Forrest was booked 05/18 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (4 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of an Alleged Substance, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kenneth Williams was booked 05/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of an Alleged Substance, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Desean Brumfield was booked 05/18 on the charge of Probation Violation


May 19, 2016
Hammond Woman Sentenced in Tax Fraud Scheme

RAVEN HUGHES, age 28, of Hammond, was sentenced today in U. S. District Court after previously pleading guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft for engaging in a multi-year tax fraud scheme.  She was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $119,050 in restitution to the IRS.  
According to court documents, HUGHES obtained the name and social security number of unsuspecting individuals and used that information without their knowledge or authorization to prepare 148 false tax returns that claimed large tax refunds in 103 different names.  Once the tax refund checks were received, HUGHES falsely endorsed and cashed the checks.  


May 18, 2016
Woman Shot in Pearl River - Suspect Captured
On Wednesday May 18th Law Enforcement Officers from the Pearl River Police Department and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s apprehended Randy Lee Lail in reference to a late night shooting of 25 year old Destiny Dill of Slidell during an altercation at a friend’s house on Peach Street in Pearl River. After searching throughout the night and with assistance from the public, Lail was found hiding in nearby I-59 Trailer Park. 
Lail is being charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and other Probation Violations. 
Dill is in a New Orleans Area hospital in Critical but Stable Condition awaiting surgery to her lower jaw. 


May 18, 2016
Female Rescued from Lake after Apparent Attempted Suicide
Today, (May 18, 2016) just after 11:00AM Mandeville Police responded to Lakeshore Drive in the area of Carroll Street on a 911 call of a fully clothed female in Lake Ponchartrain. Upon MPD’s arrival the responding officer located the female about 150 yards off the breakers and heading south.
Marine units from the ST. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to assist. An assisting MPD officer hailed a Good Samaritan and his boat at the Jackson Street Boat Launch. The citizen (who was not identified) ferried the officer to the female who was struggling to stay afloat. The female was subsequently pulled from the water and brought back to shore where St Tammany Fire District IV paramedics were waiting. The female was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. 


May 18, 2016
AG Declares Obama Transgender Mandate Unlawful 
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that he would vigorously defend the State and its citizens from unlawful action threatened by the Obama Administration’s recent mandate that public schools allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex.  He asserted the Administration’s threat to remove the State’s Title IX monies jeopardizes the safety of the student body and creates a public education funding crisis.
“Let me perfectly clear: President Obama and his appointees do not have legal authority to require our children to share locker rooms and bathrooms with children of the opposite sex,” wrote Attorney General Jeff Landry. 
“The policy position adopted by the Obama Administration irresponsibly creates an environment in which children may be more easily exposed to sexual predators,” continued Attorney General Jeff Landry. “Furthermore, these irresponsible and illegally promulgated rules place the mental well-being and privacy rights of ninety-nine percent of Louisiana’s children at risk without any demonstrable evidence of benefit to the less than one percent of the population this policy purports to benefit.”


Obituary
Edwin "Lightening" Simmons born May 15, 1954 went home to be with The Lord on May 17, 2016 at the age of 62. He was an Employee for the City of Bogalusa with 35 years of service and also worked for the Bogalusa Daily News and the Washington Parish District Attorney's Office. He served as Assistant Advisor for Venture Crew 785 B.S.A for 5 years, and was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.


May 18, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Curtis Spikes was booked 05/17 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Criminal Trespass
Quinton Balderas was booked 05/17 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Jessica Bourland was booked 05/17 for Drug Court
Jarrett Mitchell was booked 05/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Failure to Use Turn Signal, and Failure to Appear
Kimberly Jones was booked 05/17 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Briste Williams was booked 05/17 on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Marijuana
Tiffany Dunn was booked 05/17 In For Court


May 17, 2016
Pearl River Foster Mom in Jail on Battery Charges
Terry Crowe (age 65), a Pearl River foster mother, has been charged with three counts of cruelty to the infirmed, two counts of aggravated second degree battery and one count of aggravated battery after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives determined she had battered three of the special needs adults in her care.  All three had visible marks and bruises.
The charges came after two of the special need adults, ages 18 and 22, that were in her care told a teacher at the high school where they attended that Crowe had hit them and battered another 36-year-old special needs adult that was living at Crowe’s home.   
Two of the individuals, the 18-year-old and the 36 year, were foster children that had been placed in Crowe’s care. The 22-year-old had been adopted by Crowe, but all three had been in her care for several years.  Five additional special needs individuals, four adults and one 11-year-old child, also lived in the home and were being cared for by Crowe.  However, it is not believed at this time they had been battered by Crowe.   
The 11-year-old has been removed from the home by the Department of Child and Family Services and the adults are receiving 24-hour care from Adult Protective Services. 
Crowe remains in the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where she is being held on a $55,000 bond. 


May 17, 2016
Sen. Mizell's Bill on WP Reservoir Moving Forward
Senate Bill 373, written to stop the Washington Parish Reservoir project as it has been proposed, continues to move forward.  SB373 had previously been approved by a Senate Committee and on May 16 the House Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee also approved the bill with amendments.  As amended, SB373 
  • will leave the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission in place, 
  • commission members will be replaced and named by the Governor as soon as possible, 
  • prohibits the use of eminent domain to obtain property for a reservoir, 
  • require that all commission meeting be held subject to Louisiana's Open Meeting Law, and 
  • require prior notice of all meetings be posted on the Washington Parish Government's website. 
Senator Mizell presented the bill to the committee.  Jerry Thomas, the original author of the bill creating the commission spoke in favor of SB373, and Representative Malinda White also supported the bill as amended.  Parish President Richard Thomas and numerous other Washington Parish residents supporting the bill were present but, with no one present opposing the bill, SB373 was approved as amended.
SB373 must still be approved by the House and Senate and be signed by Governor Edwards.  




May 17, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Darnell Brock was booked 05/16 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Matthew Stevens was booked 05/16 In From Court
Talage Ratliff was booked 05/16 In From Court
Keshunta Selders was booked 05/16 In From Court
Ravon Brumfield was booked 05/16 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Curtis Spikes was booked 05/17 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Criminal Trespass


May 16, 2016
Video Camera Leads to Burglary Arrest of Bogalusan 
Derek Moss, 25, a resident of Plum Street in Bogalusa, has been arrested  by detectives of the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office after they recognized him from surveillance video at one of two businesses on Highway 21 South that were recently burglarized.  In the video, Moss approached the camera, looked directly into it, and then cut the camera cable when he realized he was being recorded.  
When Moss was arrested, he confessed to his participation in the crimes. The investigation continues and more arrests are possible.  Moss was charged with Felony Criminal Damage, Criminal Trespass, Burglary of a Vehicle, and Theft.  His bond has been set at $9,000 but he is on probation and the WPSO states it is unlikely that he will be released.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, in part, “This is another example of the importance of security surveillance cameras” and encouraged all parish businesses and homeowners to seriously consider the installation of camera systems. 


May 16, 2016
Three Arrested for St. Tammany Car Burglaries 
Three men arrested over the weekend in Florida have been tied to “felony lane gang” car burglaries in St. Tammany Parish.  Thomas Hankerson (DOB 4/29/1991), Corey Hall (12/30/1993) and Cedric Camper (DOB 11/11/1997) all of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, were taken into custody by the Florida Highway Patrol near Tallahassee, Fla., Friday.
The arrests came after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives tied the three to at least five recent car burglaries.  One of the suspects used a stolen credit card and detectives traced them to Florida, where authorities there made the arrests.
The “felony lane gang” is a name law enforcement personnel have given a loosely-knit group of criminals that target ball parks, recreation areas and fitness center parking lots, looking for purses and valuables left inside vehicles.  
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain urges all residents to always lock their vehicles and not to leave valuables in plain sight.


May 16, 2016
Wanted by the Bogalusa Police Department
Kelzon Clark, a black male born 11/15/1993, is wanted by the Bogalusa Police Department for Attempted Second Degree Murder.  Please call 985-732-3611 if you have any information.




Obituary
Vicki Lynn Foil, a resident of Bogalusa, La, passed away Saturday May 14, 2016 at Rest Haven Living Center at the age of 60.


Obituary
Jimmy Karl Polk, age 81, born on May 3, 1935 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at his residence in Sandy Hook, MS.  He was a United States Veteran.


May 16, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Skylarr Moore was booked 05/12 on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Marijuana, Attachment, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Lionell Burton was booked 05/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Terry Vince was booked 05/12 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary and Theft 750-5000
Zorrann Sartin was booked 05/12 on the charges of Improper License Plate Lighting, Open Container, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Donna Whitmer was booked 05/12 on the charge of Parole Violation
Taurus Gibson was booked 05/13 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Adolfo Wilson was booked 05/13 In From Court
Derek Moss was booked 05/13 on the charges of Criminal Damage, Vehicle Burglary, Criminal Trespass, and Theft 750-5000
Bernard Ciravola was booked 05/14 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Toby Miller was booked 05/14 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Michael Pate was booked 05/15 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Darnell Brock was booked 05/16 on the charge of Contempt of Court


May 13, 2016
Rumored Attempted Kidnapping in Mandeville
MPD Spokesperson Statement
"I have received a few telephone calls today from a concerned citizen and a media outlet or two over rumors floating around about a possible attempted kidnapping earlier this week in Old Mandeville. Here are the few facts that the Mandeville Police Department has concerning this alleged incident.
We did take a report from the 1100 block of Villere Street on Tuesday May 10th just before 4:00pm. Upon getting off of the bus a, 9 year old child reported to the grandparent that a black van driven by a female stopped and asked “another” 9 year old child if he wanted some “ice-cream and a ride.” The first child, who reportedly witnessed this, ran home at that time. At this point we do not know who the other nine year old is or relationship (if any) with the female driver of the black van. 
In summary I did not send out a full blown release to alarm the entire city over uncorroborated and minimal third hand information. We take every complaint, especially of this nature very seriously and will always act promptly upon any investigative leads! The moment that any information materializes that is of a community sensitive nature we will release it."


May 13, 2016
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day     
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day was held April 22 at Thomas Elementary School where 320 students went home with increased knowledge and awareness of potential hazards on the farm and in rural areas. Aubrey and Minnie Posey are the Safety Day Coordinators and wish to thank everyone who made a monetary donation, which enabled every child to have a goody bag, T-shirt, and an information packet. 
Thank you to Cargill, Inc. employees who came out to help with the events of the day.  Standing in the photo are (L to R) Willie Core, Elizabeth Laiche, and John Bowzer.


Obituary
Michael Angelo “Stack Rooster” Hall was born January 11, 1964 and May 5, 2016.   He was a lifelong Bogalusa area resident, was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. for many years and attended Bogalusa High School.  Michael enjoyed being outdoors and he worked with Magic City Lawn Care before taking ill. He also loved spending time outside watching his nieces and nephews play. He was an excellent artist and had a passion for art.


May 12, 2016
Skateboarder Struck Twice and Dies – LSP Asking Public's Help
Erin Gerhard (age 26) of Independence died Wednesday night after being struck twice by vehicles whose drivers fled the scene.  Gerhard was on a skateboard in the right westbound lane of University Avenue west of US 51 in Hammond when he was struck by an unknown vehicle.  After the impact, Gerhard was thrown into the left westbound lane, where he was struck by another vehicle. Both vehicles fled the scene after the crash. Gerhard was severely injured in the crash and was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. 
Presently, Troopers are seeking a truck and a dark colored sedan. Anyone with any information pertaining to the crash is encouraged to contact the Louisiana State Police Troop L at 985-893-6250.


Obituary
George Kenneth "Pat" Patterson, age 97, born on April 7, 1919, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.


Obituary
THOMAS MELVIN ADAMS, AGE 86 and a resident of Isabel died at 6:40 pm Wednesday May 11, 2016 at his son’s home. He was a former truck driver for many years with Smith and Smith, Inc. in Franklinton and a member of True Light Baptist Church who enjoyed gardening and the outdoors. Melvin was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He enjoyed bird watching and listening to gospel music and going to gospel concerts. Melvin adored his family and loved spending quality time with his grandchildren.


Obituary
STEVEN THOMAS INGLES, SR., AGE 64 and a resident of Franklinton died early Tuesday morning May 10, 2016 at his home. He was the former owner/operator of Clarity Pools of Covington that enjoyed gardening and landscaping. Steven was an avid sports fan that loved the News Orleans Saints, NASCAR and also soccer, in which he coached young people for many years. He liked caring for his Coy fish in their pond but especially enjoyed cooking for and spending quality time with his beloved family.


Obituary
Anthony Todd Myles made his debut into this world on October 18, 1969, in Los Angeles, CA.  When he was six, the family moved to Bogalusa where he completed the 11th grade.  Anthony joined the Job Corp where he earned his GED and a Brick Layer’s certificate. He also attended Louisiana Technical College and earned a Welder’s certificate.  His stepfather taught him to hunt wild game and to fish. Tony loved the outdoors. He also loved to cook and was a great cook—grilling and cooking for his kids.
Tony’s work history included working as a laborer in numerous jobs: offshore, a welder, Discount Tire, Bogalusa School Board and Joe Miles Lumber Mill.


May 12, 2016
Serenita Raspberry Angelonia Blooms Profusely (video)
The Louisiana Super Plants program recommends beautiful plants shown to be reliable through research. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a 2016 spring Super Plant called Serenita Raspberry Angelonia. It’s a compact, neatly growing plant that provides a carpet of colorful flowers through the summer.




May 12, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Dustin Diddon was booked 05/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Joshua Flynt was booked 05/11 on the charges of Simple Battery and Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Edgar Talley was booked 05/11 on the charge of Attachment
Alonzo Traylor was booked 05/11 on the charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder
Tiana Cooper was booked 05/11 In From Court
Johnny Crosby was booked 05/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs With Intent to Distribute,Distribution of Schedule III Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Skylarr Moore was booked 05/12 on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Marijuana, Attachment, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs


May 12, 2016
Trinity Baptist Church Event May 23-25




May 11, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Cayla Montgomery was booked 05/10 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Driving Under Suspension
Freddie Slaughter was booked 05/10 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Kenneth Lang was booked 05/10 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (4 counts), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs W/O Prescription or Order
Antwone Jefferson was booked 05/10 on the charges of False Imprisonment - Armed With Weapon, Failure to Appear, Battery of Infirm, and Aggravated Battery
Joshua Ard was booked 05/10 on the charges of Attempted Burglary (2 counts)
Brandon Brister was booked 05/10 on the charge of Parole Violation
Toni Fortenberry was booked 05/10 on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Jumarcus Palmer was booked 05/10 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice and Failure to Pay Fine
Arthur Dorsey was booked 05/10 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Michael Witt was booked 05/10 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Essie Hicks was booked 05/10 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Dustin Diddon was booked 05/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Joshua Flynt was booked 05/11 on the charges of Simple Battery and Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Edgar Talley was booked 05/11 on the charge of Attachment


May 10, 2016
St. Tammany Parish Government Responds to Montgomery Petition
Following District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s lawsuit against Parish President Pat Brister and the Parish Council, regarding civil representation of parish government, Parish Government officials have responded (72 pages worth, can you believe?)  At issue is who is legal adviser to the parish government:  the District Attorney or a legal department staffed and paid by the parish government.  Despite attempts to resolve the issue, it will now be resolved through the courts.
For those who may be interested in the parish’s position, the documents can be seen by clicking here.  
To read District Attorney Warren Montgomery's Petition for Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief (11 pages worth), click here.
A hearing will be held May 16 at 1 p.m. in Courtroom 2 (Division J) before  Ad Hoc Judge Marion Edwards in District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s lawsuit against Parish President Pat Brister and the Parish Council.  The hearing will be held on Exceptions to be filed by Ms. Brister and/or the Parish Council.  A hearing on the preliminary injunctive relief motion filed by District Attorney Warren Montgomery will be held May 23 at 9 a.m. before Judge Edwards.


May 10, 2016
Slidell Police Featured Suspects Today
If you can identify the following pictured persons, please call the Slidell Police Department. 
  • Person in picture 1 was involved in a quick-cash theft that occurred at 727 Fremaux in Slidell on January 30, 2016.  Call Detective James Seymour at 985-646-4362.
  • Persons in picture 2 were involved in a shoplifting at 230 Town Center Parkway in Slidell on July 16, 2016.  Call Detective Giardina at 985-646-6172.
  • Persons in pictures 3 and 4 are wanted for shoplifting at 310 Town Center Blvd. in Slidell on June 23, 2015.  Call Detective T. J. McNulty at 985-646-4362.
  • Persons in picture 5 are wanted for shoplifting at 39184 Natchez Drive in Slidell on January 14, 2016.  Call Detective T. J. McNulty at 985-646-4362.
  • Persons in picture 6 and 7 are wanted for questioning in a theft at 200 Town Center Parkway in Slidell on January 11, 2016.  Call Detective James Seymour at 985-646-4362.




May 10, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Charles Gates was booked 05/09 on the charges of Impersonating a Police Officer, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Steve Marshall was booked 05/09 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy, Driving with Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Vehicular Negligent Injuring
Robin Ishman was booked 05/09 on the charge of Aggravated Battery
Jessica Martin was booked 05/09 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Tiana Cooper was booked 05/09 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment


May 9, 2016
Evolution Violet Salvia is New Super Plant
Louisiana Super Plants are outstanding plants that grow well in Louisiana landscapes. The newest edition is a tough, compact plant with beautiful flowers called Evolution Violet salvia. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the Evolution Violet is a super plant you need to add to your yard.




May 9, 2016
Train Day in McComb - Saturday, May 14



May 9, 2016
Franklinton Man Arrested for Impersonating a Police Officer
Charles Gates (age 44), a resident of Thigpen Road in Franklinton, has been arrested for Impersonating a Police Officer.  The arrest followed a complaint from an elderly resident that she had been scammed by someone identifying himself as a police officer  and who called three times asking for money to help a relative of the victim. The victim was instructed to send $150 by Western Union, which she did, and then realized she had been scammed.
Gates was traced through his cell phone number and he was arrested by WPSO detectives and La. Probation and Parole agents and placed in the Washington Parish Jail  with his bond set at $60,518. He is charged with Impersonating a police officer, Fugitive from another jurisdiction, and Failure to appear.
“No law enforcement officer will ever call and ask for money over the telephone,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I regret very much that this lady was scammed out of $150, and I am glad our detectives could identity Gates and make the arrest.”


Obituary
WESLEY THOMPSON, SR., AGE 84 and a resident of Folsom died early Saturday morning May 7, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was a member of Lee Hill Baptist Church and a former foreman for Prestressed Concrete. Wesley enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather that cherished all the time spent with his family and friends.


Obituary
ELAINE WHITT BARNES, AGE 89 and a resident of Franklinton died at 9:40 pm Saturday May 7, 2016 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Pine First Baptist Church that formerly sang in the church choir. Elaine loved playing bridge with her friends and enjoyed shopping for and collecting antiques. She was a wonderful cook that also enjoyed sewing doll clothes, costumes and things for her family.


May 9, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Melissa Hickman was booked 05/06 In From Court
Joshua May was booked 05/06 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), Domestic Abuse (Child Endangerment), Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear.
Laurel Gay was booked 05/06 on the charge of Cruelty to Infirm
Jeremy Sketoe was booked 05/06 on the charge of Second Degree Rape (Forcible Rape)
Daniel Young was booked 05/06 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Brian Nichols was booked 05/07 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated  
Anthony Colman was booked 05/07 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Open Container in Vehicle
Jeremy Penton was booked 05/07 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Christopher Miller was booked 05/07 on the charge of Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Andrew Pierce was booked 05/07 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear
Corbin Ikerd was booked 05/07 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Jessica Thomas was booked 05/07 on the charge of Probation Violation
Juan Hernandez was booked 05/08 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated and No Drivers License
Charles Gates was booked 05/09 on the charges of Impersonating a Police Officer, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction


May 6, 2016
STPSO Advisory:  Beware of the Felony Lane Gang
A loose knit organization of traveling criminals, commonly known as the “Felony Lane Gang” have reappeared in our area. They travel the southern states targeting large parking areas such as ballparks, gyms, and similar areas where women frequently leave purses in their car, in plain view. Please be mindful of this because they will break your window, steal your valuables, and pose as you at your local bank as they drain your account. These are not your local criminals, and are extremely difficult to identify. They commonly use rental cars, switched tags, wigs, and sunglasses to avoid capture. Please remember to always lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables in plain sight.


Obituary
Albert Z. James Jr. (Junior), age 64, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans.  
A. Z. was employed as a commercial roofer for many years. He accepted Christ at an early age. Thus, he renewed his faith in our Lord and served as a dedicated member at Second Baptist Church until his health declined.


May 6, 2016
Appreciation Dinners Served to Servicemen




May 6, 2016
Franklinton Drug Dealer Arrested
While working inside the Town of Franklinton on May 5, the Washington Parish Drug Task Force arrested Rodney McCullen, 42, a resident of T. W. Barker Drive. McCullen was arrested following a traffic stop of a vehicle on 15th Street in which he was a passenger.
The owner and driver of the vehicle granted permission for a vehicle search. During the search of the vehicle, a Drug Task Force detective discovered a bag which McCullen admitted was his. Inside the bag was a container containing two marijuana pipes loaded with marijuana, rolling papers, a digital scale, a pill grinder with residue and other drug paraphernalia.


May 6, 2016
Angie Drug Dealer Nabbed in Multi-Agency Operation 
During the morning of May 3, 2016, a joint operation conducted by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, United States Postal Service Inspectors and Rayburn Correctional Center resulted in the arrest of Brian Adonius Jackson, 22, at his residence on Jerry Moses road in Angie, Louisiana.




May 6, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Emerson Moses was booked 05/05 on the charges of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile (2 counts), Aggravated 1st Degree Rape, and Failure to Appear
Cadareus Carter was booked 05/05 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Damage, Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk, and Possession of Marijuana
Darrence Roberts was booked 05/05 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Open Container, and Simple Obstruction of Highway
Tara Leonard was booked 05/05 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Rodney McCullen was booked 05/05 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of CDS with Weapon Present, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Possession of Scheule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Darrick McCray was booked 05/06 on the charges of Off-Road Vehicles Prohibited on Highway, Aggravated Resisting By Fight, Resisting an Officer - Flight on Foot, and Simple Obstruction of Highway


May 5, 2016
Plant Sunpatiens Before Summer Heat (video)
It’s important to get some plants into your garden or landscape before the heat of summer is here. The Sunpatiens is one of them and, as the name suggests, it grows well in full sun — unlike other impatiens that prefer shade. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to select and care for your sunpatiens plants.




Obituary
GLADYS BEATRICE CROCKETT PIERCE, AGE 87 and a lifelong resident of her family’s homestead near Pine died at 2:10 pm Wednesday May 4, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a longtime member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church that enjoyed cooking and caring for her plants. Through the years, Gladys loved tending her garden and caring for her farm animals. She also for many years provided child-care to numerous families in the area. Gladys was always a loving mother and grandmother that cherished the time spent with her family and grandchildren.


May 5, 2016
Assist Slidell Police Locate These Suspects




May 5, 2016
Mt. Hermon and Kentwood Men Arrested in Theft Case
Today, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office advises that Kody Henry Love, 23 years of age, from Mt. Hermon and Louis Wayne Reisner Jr,. 22 years of age from Kentwood have been arrested for a crime that was committed over one year ago.
The two are charged with felony theft after they were identified as being the subjects accused of stealing equipment from a mechanics shop off of Travis Ln in Kentwood, LA. on March 11, 2015.
The duo have been booked into the parish jail and are awaiting bond.


Obituary
Huey L. "Sawmill" Jenkins, Sr. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 with his family at his side. He was born on Thursday, August 25, 1927 to Tera Fussell and Ross Jenkins and was a life resident of Folsom, LA. 


May 5, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jackie Robinson was booked 05/04 on the charge of Speeding 21-40 Over Limit, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Expired License Plate, No Insurance, No Seat Belt, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Resisting an Officer, Failure to Appear (3 counts), and Ran Stop Sign (6 counts)
Dustin Hughes was booked 05/04 In From Court
David Bonnette was booked 05/04 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Chris Green was booked 05/04 on the charges of Improper Equipment, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
Alvin Crumedy was booked 05/04 In From Court


May 4, 2016
The D. A.'s Legal Dispute With St. Tammany Parish
A hearing will be held May 16 at 1 p.m. in Courtroom 2 (Division J) before  Ad Hoc Judge Marion Edwards in District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s lawsuit against Parish President Pat Brister and the Parish Council, regarding civil representation of parish government. The hearing will be held on Exceptions to be filed by Ms. Brister and/or the Parish Council. A hearing on the preliminary injunctive relief motion filed by District Attorney Warren Montgomery will be held May 23 at 9 a.m. before Judge Edwards.


Obituary
Andrew Brian Kennedy, a resident of Angie, LA, born on October 20, 1993 in Covington, LA, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 at North Oaks Hospital in Hammond, LA at the age of 22.


Obituary
RALPH JOSEPH TABOR, AGE 62 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 10:00 pm Monday May 2, 2016 at his home. He was born September 15, 1953 and was raised in Choctaw in Lafourche Parish and was also a former resident of Metairie and Folsom. Ralph had lived in Washington Parish for the last 13 years and was a truck driver for Blue Line Rentals. He enjoyed going to dirt-track races and traveling to the mountains. He collected guns and liked classic cars and motorcycles. Ralph enjoyed riding four-wheelers and loved spending time with his family at their cabin in Arkansas.


Obituary
BILLY WAYNE JONES, AGE 70 and a resident of Enon died at 9:30 pm Tuesday May 3, 2016 at his home. He was a former boiler-maker for several different companies that often traveled the entire country working. Billy was a huge sports fan that loved New Orleans Saints football, all the different sports of his favorite LSU Tigers and horse racing including the Kentucky Derby, which he looked forward to each year.


May 4, 2016
Bogalusa Awarded $800,00 Grant for Water System
The City of Bogalusa has been awarded $800,000 that Bogalusa's Public Works Director James Hall says will fund work started last year in the Richardson Town area and bring it to approximately 40% completion.  The work, which will go out for bids and then begin in a couple of months, includes replacement of pipes, joints, and valves.  Rehabilitation of the City's water distribution system is a on-going effort by the City who applies each year for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).  
In addition, Washington Parish was awarded $750,000 that will be used to upgrade the Bogue Lusa Water Works water system by constructing a new water well near Bogalusa. 
The announcement yesterday by Governor Edwards of awards are part of $13,734,879 awarded to local governments across the state for Fiscal Year 2016. The CDBG Program helps communities provide a suitable living environment and expand economic opportunities for their residents, particularly in low to moderate income areas. The block grants are awarded to the state annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 


May 4, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Deta McGowan was booked 05/03 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Failure to Pay Fine.
John Thompson was booked 05/03 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Joseph Stallings was booked 05/03 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Brian Jackson was booked 05/03 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I
Lenard Lee was booked 05/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jackie Robinson was booked 05/04 on the charge of Speeding 21-40 Over Limit, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Expired License Plate, No Insurance, No Seat Belt, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Resisting an Officer, Failure to Appear (3 counts), and Ran Stop Sign (6 counts)


May 3, 2016
Help the Sheriff's Office Identify This Burglar
In recent burglaries, the public has been very helpful in identifying burglars whose images were captured on surveillance video. Once again, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal asks the public to view pictures from surveillance video of a parish business.  The business, on Highway 25 in western Washington Parish, was burglarized on May 1 at about 1:35 am.  
If anyone has any information about this burglary or can identify the burglar, they are asked to call investigators at (985) 661-2021.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Although the images are grainy, they might provide enough detail for someone to recognize the burglar. Perhaps the distinctive clothing he wore will alert someone to who he might be. The public has been great to respond to us in such situations and we are always grateful for any information. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you know anything.”


Obituary
On May 3, 2016 James Monroe "Jimmy" Rushing was ushered into heaven to life eternal with the God he served for most of his life.  The character of his life might be summed up as he was sincere, earnest, loyal, and a man who feared God. He was a man of high standards, integrity, courage, and faith serving God. What he preached, he practiced, what he believed, he believed with heart and soul.
Jimmy was born in New Orleans, on August 15, 1918 and lived in Bogalusa since 1938. He finished high school in Covington where his parents operated a small store and meat market. Jimmy worked at several small business establishments then went to the Bogalusa Paper Mill for 16 years. With a love of the meat market, he opened Rushing's Food Store in the Pleasant Hill area in 1955 - 1983. 
Jimmy helped in the building of Westside Emmanuel Church where he served in numerous capacities: Sunday School teacher, Training Union teacher, RA leader and brotherhood for men, served on numerous committees and as a deacon, serving numerous times as chairman.
As a patriotic American he served in the Navy in the Pacific on Saipan from 1944 - 1946.


May 3, 2016
Driver Killed in Single Vehicle Crash on LA 437
Late Monday night, Louisiana State Police troopers worked a fatal crash on La. 437 south of La. 40 that claimed the life of 38 year-old Mohssen Hajighassem Jr. of Westwego.
The victim's vehicle ran off the left side of the highway, he over-corrected, and went off the right side and into a ditch.  His vehicle overturned, he was ejected from the vehicle, and sustained severe injuries.  Hajighassem was pronounced deceased on-scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. As part of the on-going crash investigation, blood samples were obtained and will be analyzed by the Coroner’s Office.


May 3, 2016
Former D. A. Walter P. Reed and Son Steven P. Reed Convicted
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that a federal jury has convicted former District Attorney for the 22nd Judicial District, WALTER P. REED, age 69, and his son STEVEN P. REED, age 44, both of Covington.
The jury found WALTER P. REED guilty on 18 of 19 counts.  WALTER P. REED was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, false statement on income tax return, and mail fraud.  Steven P. Reed was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering, and wire fraud.
“We thank the jury for its careful deliberation in the Walter and Steven Reed trial,”  stated U.S. Attorney Polite.  “The defendants’ actions were not innocent mistakes, as Walter Reed claimed in his testimony.  They were crimes.  As a community, we are tired of hearing, and accepting, excuses from public officials who violate the public trust to enrich themselves.  The time for excuses is over.”
U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon set sentencing for September 15, 2016.


May 3, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joseph Bickham was booked 05/02 In From Court
Brent Newman was booked 05/02 In From Court
Sherrie Magee was booked 05/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500, and Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300


May 2, 2016
Angie Man Dies in ATV Accident
An ATV accident on May 1, 2016, claimed the life of Andrew Kennedy, 22, a resident of Angie. A passenger on the ATV was injured and her status is not available at this time.
According to a witness, Kennedy was driving the ATV on Henry Kennedy Road in the early evening when he made a turn and the ATV flipped over, landing on top of Kennedy and his passenger.  When WPSO officers arrived, they discovered both riders on the side of the road being treated by members of Fire District 5.  Both riders were transported by Northshore EMS to local hospitals.
The investigation is ongoing and a crash scene investigator should visit the scene this week in an attempt to reconstruct the accident.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “It is so tragic for any family to lose a loved one in such a situation. We offer our sincere sympathy to the Kennedy family during this time of grief and mourning.”


May 2, 2016
Covington Police Chief Announces Operation Angel
Today, Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz, joined by many government and community leaders, announced a change in law enforcement practices in St. Tammany Parish with the beginning of Operation Angel.  Saying, “ We think we should give those suffering from addiction the help they need instead of handcuffs”, Lentz went on to describe how Operation Angel will work. “An individual suffering from and addiction simply appears at their police department and ask for help. The addict surrenders any drugs or paraphernalia they have without the fear of being arrested. An “Angel” will walk them through the recovery process.”
That process will occur at a facility on the grounds of the old K Bar B ranch in Lacombe called Giving Hope Retreat operated by the New Orleans Mission.  Help will be provided for addicts ranging from alcohol to heroin, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  The only requirements they have is that the individual wants help and wants to change their life.


May 2, 2016
Summer Camps Offered in McComb June 13-17
  


May 2, 2016
Public's Help Sought to Locate Runaway
Statement from Pike County Sheriff's Office
The Pike County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division is seeking the public's assistance in locating a runaway juvenile. Alinda Lang left her residence without permission on April 29, 2016. Lang was last seen wearing white shorts and a white Polo shirt with pink stripes walking down Ward Jackson Road in Pike County, Ms. Lang is 5'8" 150 Lbs. Brown Hair, Hazel eyes. Please contact Pike County Sheriff's Office at 601783-5468 or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033 with any information.


May 2, 2016
Slidell Felon Gets 40 Years for Possessing Gun
Marcel Thompson, 40, of Slidell, was sentenced Thursday (April 28) as an habitual offender to 40 years in prison for possessing a gun as a convicted felon and another five years for simple possession of cocaine after an undercover operation in late 2014. District Judge Allison Penzato ordered the sentences to be served concurrently without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
Thompson was convicted April 8 for selling to a confidential informant on multiple occasions in November 2014.  When Slidell Police executed a search warrant, officers found a gun at Thompson’s home and cocaine at his mother’s house.
Thompson initially acknowledged that the gun and drugs belonged to him. During the trial, though, he said he was intoxicated when he made the statement and that he claimed the drugs out of fear that his mother and other family members might be arrested.


Obituary
WALTER JAMES LEDET, AGE 83 and a resident of Kentwood died at 2:55 pm Saturday April 30, 2016 at his home. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force during both the Korean War and Vietnam War. Walter was a former member of Acy’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church but had recently been a member of the Pentecostals of Lee Road church. He was a former dairyman that enjoyed gardening and wood working. He owned several motorcycles and loved riding as much as he possibly could.


May 2, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Fredrick Brown was booked 04/29 on the charges of Failure to Appear (5 counts) and Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information
Donna Mullen was booked 04/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Use Turn Signal
Steven Rodgers was booked 04/29 on the charges of Second Degree Murder, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Marty Galloway was booked 04/29 on the charges of Driving with Suspended License Due to Previous DUI or other and Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics With Intent
Lance Tyrone was booked 04/29 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Possession of CDS with Weapon Present, Resisting an Officer, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Emmitt Warren was booked 04/29 on the charge of Attachment
Payton Cassidy was booked 04/30 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Choka Crosby was booked 04/30 on the charge of Criminal Damage
Ricky Jefferson was booked 04/30 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Isai Rojas was booked 05/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and No Drivers License
Mandi Gill was booked 05/01 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense), and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment (2 counts)
Jeffrrey Kuchin was booked 05/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Earl Clark was booked 05/01 on the charge of Aggravaated Assault with a Firearm
Glenn Wells was booked 05/01 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Resisting an Officer
Justin Saucier was booked 05/01 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Driving Under Suspension and Obedience to Police Officers and Traffic Signs





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