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February 22, 2017
Accident Near Franklinton Leads to Two Arrests
Following a single vehicle accident on Hwy. 436 near Franklinton on Wednesday (February 22), the driver was identified as Valerie Sumrall (38) a resident of Jenkins Road north of Franklinton. Jenkins had fled the scene of the accident and she had three outstanding warrants for her arrest.
Washington Parish Patrol Deputies and Drug Task Force Detectives notified the Rayburn Correctional Center canine team which also responded to the scene. Sumrall was soon arrested. Learning that a second person had been in Sumrall’s vehicle, the RCC canine team prepared to search nearby woods. When the canines were unloaded from the truck, a man stood up in the woods and surrendered. He was identified as Lonzell Sims (17), a resident of Harvey Road north of Franklinton and is accused of having a quantity of Xanax pills in his pocket. 
Sims is booked into the jail on one charge of possession of Schedule IV drugs. Sumrall is booked on the charges of careless operation of a vehicle, driving under suspension, no insurance, resisting arrest by flight, switched license plate and two counts of failure to honor written promises.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Sumrall is one of those folks referred to by our jail staff as a frequent flyer. That is an unfortunate commentary on the lifestyle she has chosen and the poor decisions she makes. Obviously she is not serving as a good role model for Sims who doesn’t seem to be starting his adult life in a good manner. I can only hope this is a wake-up call for him and that someone can intervene in his life and get him on the right path. Congratulations to our patrol deputies and our Drug Task Force detectives for their actions in this matter. Thanks also to the fine officers from Rayburn Correctional Center who are always willing to assist us.”
 
 
Obituary
HAROLD KEITH THOMAS, AGE 52 and a resident of Thomas passed away tragically on Sunday February 19, 2017. Keith was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. His smile and kind spirit will forever live in the hearts and minds of many. Keith was a valued employee of Double D Meat, Inc. for over 20 years, working in several different capacities through the years. He loved hunting, fishing, farming and baseball. Keith was an avid LSU fan and enjoyed any outdoor activity. Most importantly, he cherished the time spent with his wife, children and grandbabies.
 
 
February 22, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tamara Spears was booked 02/21 In From Court and on the charges of Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Kristie Lewis was booked 02/21 on the charges of Careless Operation, Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, and Negligent Vehicular Injuring
Leon Smith was booked 02/21 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs
Shedrick Bennett was booked 02/21 In For Court
Tracey Knight was booked 02/21 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court
Danny Chain was booked 02/21 In For Court
 
 
February 21, 2017
Grand Jury Returns Indictments in Fatal Shooting and 2 Rape Cases
District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted five people Friday (February 17) with second degree murder and other charges related to a Slidell shoot-out that resulted in the death of Javonte Donaldson (19) a year ago in January.
Indicted are Christover A. Davis (22) of Slidell for second degree murder, Anthony Akeem Ussin (26) of Slidell for principal to second degree murder, Cody Winchell Hartley (20) of Slidell for principal to second degree murder and obstruction of justice,  Joshua Calvin Gayles (22) of Slidell for attempted second degree murder, principal to second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, three counts of attempted armed robbery with a firearm, and obstruction of justice, and Amira Shantell Bickham (19) of Slidell for principal to second degree murder and three counts of attempted armed robbery with a firearm.

The grand jury also returned indictments in two additional cases:
* John Eugene Burgess, 58, of Lacombe, was charged with four counts of first degree rape of a victim under the age of 13 in the rape of three victims, who were ages 10, 5, and 9 at the time of the crimes, between March and September 2016.
* Trey Allen Boudreaux, 18, of Pearl River, and a 16-year-old juvenile were charged with first-degree rape of a victim who suffered from a physical or mental infirmity. The crime occurred between Dec. 1, 2015, and August 23, 2016.
Photos not available for Amira Bickham or those indicted in the two rape cases.
 
 
Obituary
Cora Sue Williams Pope passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. at Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa, Louisiana after a lengthy battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Although the disease robbed her of her memory slowly over the last several years, God was gracious to only take away her ability to communicate in the last few weeks. She never lost her beautiful smile.
 
Obituary
Ethylene Seals Hartzog, age 97, a resident of Angie, LA, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017 at her home in Angie, LA.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.
 
 
Obituary
Cynthia L. Dyson made her debut into the world on April 16, 1955 and passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. Cynthia graduated Franklinton High School 1973 and was employed by the Washington Parish School System for over 32 years.
 
Obituary
Rodney Wayne Brown, Sr. humbly gave a silent sigh and went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. He was born on October 25, 1955, in Bogalusa, LA. he graduated Bogalusa High School in 1973 and Southern University in 1978.  He continued his education and was employed for many years in the Bogalusa City School System.
 
February 21, 2017
Truck Driver Killed in Crash near Franklinton
After 3:00 PM on Monday (February 20, 2017), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA 10 east of Franklinton. The driver of a log truck, Christopher Rex Blansett (30) of Sumrall, MS was killed in the crash.

Troopers determined that April Bertoniere (36) of Bogalusa was travelling eastbound in a Ford Explorer and was driving at a slow rate of speed partially in her lane and partially on the right shoulder. Christopher Blansett was driving a log truck also eastbound and attempted to pass Bertoniere when she abruptly turned left from the shoulder to enter a private drive on the westbound side of the road. Blansett aggressively applied the brakes in an attempt to avoid crashing into Bertoniere which caused his load to shift and slide forward and through the cab of his truck.
Blansett was killed. Bertoinere was not hit or injured. All drivers were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol is not suspected to have been a contributing factor. As the crash investigation progresses, any violations of Louisiana Law will be forwarded to the Washington Parish District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
 
 
February 21, 2017
Good News for Crawfish Lovers

 
February 21, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Justin Stafford was booked 02/20 on the charge of Attachment
Claudia May was booked 02/20 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks on Closed Account (2 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300, Theft 750-5000, Theft of Goods, and Failure to Appear
 
 
February 20, 2017
Amite Inmates Escaped Yesterday – Captured Today
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Daeshawn Woolridge (19) and Christopher Woolridge (23) who escaped the parish Jail in Amite yesterday (February 19) about 3:00 pm are back in custody today as of roughly 10:00 am this morning.
Daeshawn Woolridge is a Department of Corrections inmate incarcerated on two Attempted second degree murder charges, Aggravated assault by a drive-by shooting and a Parole violation.  His brother Christopher, a parish inmate, was being held on two FTA warrants, Aggravated flight, two counts of Aggravated battery, two counts of Resisting arrest and an Attempted second degree murder charge.
Sheriff Edwards described an immediate multi-jurisdictional response that set up and maintained a perimeter within which the brothers were known to be. The area was described as a large wooded with dense undergrowth. The two were spotted attempting to break the perimeter and apprehended without any injuries to members of law enforcement.
 
 
February 20, 2017
Walthall County S.O. Dispatcher Dies in Fire
Walthall County Sheriff Kyle Breland announced the loss of Dispatcher Clarence Louge in a house fire on February 18. Louge had been employed with the Walthall County Sheriff's Department for 3 years but had 20+ years experience as a dispatcher. 
Sheriff Breland said, "I honestly have no words to express my emotions right now. It's hard losing a good employee, but losing a great friend is something that simply cannot be put into words. He will definitely be missed by those that knew him. The countless number of lives that have been saved just by him answering a phone will never be known. I am praying for his family and those of us that were close friends with him."
 
 
Obituary
LARRY MONROE MCELVEEN, AGE 79 and a resident of Franklinton died at 7:45 am Sunday February 19, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was retired as a school bus operator for the Washington Parish School System and a former longtime dairy farmer. Monroe served as the Ward 8 Justice of the Peace and as Police Juror man for many years. He was an active member of Lawrence Creek Missionary Baptist Church that enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
 
 
Obituary
James "Jimmy" Charles Schwartz, Sr., a resident of Kentwood passed away at 10:20 AM on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at his home. He was born October 27, 1941 in Kentwood and was 75 years of age. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Kentwood, Professional Photographer's Association of America, Louisiana Professional Photographer's Association, and a member of the Louisiana National Guard.
 
 
February 20, 2017
Help Slidell Police Locate These Suspects
The two male suspects are wanted for questioning regarding a shoplifting incident that took place on February 4, 2017 at Target.
The female suspect is wanted for questioning as part of an ongoing investigation into counterfeit currency.
 
 
February 20, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Judd Davis was booked 02/18 on the charges of Aggravated Flight From An Officer, Driving Under Suspension, Ran Stop Sign (6 counts), and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Arica Runfalo was booked 02/18 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
John Snow was booked 02/18 on the charges of Obstructing Public Passage, Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Rasheed Moss was booked 02/18 on the charges of Carrying Concealed Weapon, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Tampering With Sign Identifying a Firearm-Free Zone, and Resisting Arrest by Flight
John Crain was booked 02/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Resisting an Officer, and Second Degree Aggravated Battery
 
 
February 20, 2017
Two Inmates Escape From Amite Jail
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that at approximately 3:15 pm Sunday (February 19), two inmates escaped from the parish jail in Amite.  They are identified as Christopher Woolridge (b/m, DOB 11.13.93) and Daeshawn Woolridge (b/m, DOB 2.9.97). Surveillance footage confirmed a jail breach in which the Woolridge brothers were seen exiting the grounds, leaving their jail uniforms left behind.
With the assistance of Homeland Security, Louisiana State Police, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, Amite PD, Hammond PD, and St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office, all efforts are in effect to locate the subjects who were last seen near Bennett Rd. and McCoy Ln. (northwest of I-55 near Amite).
Anyone with information regarding the escape or the whereabouts of the two subjects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
 
 
February 18, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
James Collins was booked 02/17 In For Court
Daniel Levatino was booked 02/17 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery - Strangulation
Brent Newman was booked 02/17 In From Court
William McNeese was booked 02/17 In From Court
Jordan Burris was booked 02/17 on the charges of Domestic Abuse: Pregnant Woman and Domestic Abuse Battery
Jesse Patterson was booked 02/17 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine (2 counts) and Failure to Appear
Gilbert Robertson was booked 02/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts)
 
 
February 17, 2017
Two Former Franco’s Athletic Club Workers Indicted
District Attorney Warren Montgomery and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith announced the indictment and arrest of two former Franco’s Athletic Club employees today on charges of racketeering, theft, identity theft, and money laundering in a scheme that bilked the Mandeville company of more than $1.7 million.
Emily L. Davis (42) of Ponchatoula, the club’s former finance director, and Jennifer E. Thompson (45) of Mandeville, the human resources director are accused of taking more than $1.4 million in cash for their personal uses, erasing more than $165,000 in charges through the use of fictitious bank accounts, erasing more than $19,000 in personal loans from their employer’s 401K retirement fund, and laundering the proceeds by making cash deposits, totaling $300,000 in various personal bank accounts
The charges are based on an investigation by the joint Financial Crimes Task Force, headed by Sgt. Stefan Montgomery, Det. Jason Mire, and Assistant District Attorney Butch Ward.
Both women are in the custody of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
 
 
February 17, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Walter Hopkins was booked 02/16 on the charge of Simple Robbery
Alante Berger was booked 02/16 on the charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile
Michael Brice was booked 02/16 on the charges of Violation of Uniform Contolled Dangerous Substances Act (2 counts), Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Contempt of Court, and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Michael Chatman was booked 02/16 In From Court
Cody Hall was booked 02/16 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession With Intent to Distribute III Drugs
 
 
Obituary
Emma Mae Baker age 79 passed away February 15, 2017 at her residence. She was a retired LPN who worked at the Bogalusa Community Medical Center for many years.
 
 
Obituary
Carole B. Youngblood, born October 1, 1933 in Chattanooga, TN went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at her home in Bogalusa, LA. She was a loving caregiver of children in Onalaska, TX before moving to Bogalusa, LA.
 
 
Obituary
Brother Leon Smith, Jr., age 60 and a native of Franklinton, died February 14, 2017. After completing high school, he made New Orleans his home for 30 years and then returned home to Franklinton. Mr. Smith was a dedicated member of Greater Hayes Creek Church.
 
February 16, 2017
Bogalusa Man Arrested: Really Dangerous Drugs Found
The early morning hours of February 16 were anything but normal for a Bogalusa man. Armed with a search warrant, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force entered the home of Cody Jared Hall (26) on Bankston Drive in Bogalusa. Inside they found a large amount of illegal narcotics including heroin, marijuana, Suboxone, Gabapentin, $3,100 cash, and various drug paraphernalia items.  The narcotics, cash, and an automobile was seized. The heroin had traces of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and linked to numerous overdose deaths.
Hall was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, possession with intent to distribute Schedule III drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and sale, distribution or possession of legend drugs without a prescription or order.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented (in part), “Hall was a major drug dealer operating in a quiet residential neighborhood and he earned and deserved his arrest and trip to jail . . Somewhere along the way, this young man failed to learn some important and meaningful life lessons. Society is reaping the benefits of Dr. Spock’s permissiveness. If you don’t correct a child when he is small, he will have the parents crying as an adult.”
 
 
February 16, 2017
Baby Bottle Found with Illegal Narcotics During Traffic Stop
The St. Tammany Parish Highway Enforcement Unit arrested a Florida man for having a baby bottle full of “purple drank”, otherwise known as Promethazine Codeine.
Ernest Felton, II (23) of Coconut Grove, Florida was stopped for a traffic violation on I-12 and deputies located a baby bottle inside of the vehicle which contained approximately 4 to 5 ounces of a purple colored liquid, suspected to be Promethazine Codeine. This is a popular recreational street drug, which is really prescription-strength cough syrup, which goes by the slang term of “purple drank”. Felton was booked into the St Tammany Parish Jail for Possession of Schedule V CDS and for Driving Left of Center.
Felton has quite the extensive criminal history: Resisting Arrest by Violence (2009, Florida), Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon (2010, Florida), Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (2010, Florida), and Attempted Second Degree Murder (2016, Baton Rouge, LA).
 
 
February 16, 2017
Burglar Suspects Sought by Pike County Sheriff's Office
The Pike County Sheriff's Office advises they are trying to locate Karen Stevenson (19) and Jonathan LeBlanc (30).  The two are wanted for a Burglary on Osyka Progress Road on February 1, 2017 and February 2, 2017.
Stevenson and LeBlanc could still be in Pike County or may have travelled back to Louisiana. 
Anyone with information are asked to call 601-783-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033.
 
 
February 16, 2017
Pearl River Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Former Girlfriend
Ronald A. Brown (58), formerly of Pearl River, pleaded guilty Monday (February 13) to attempted first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for shooting his girlfriend in 2015. District Judge Raymond S. Childress sentenced Brown to 25 years in prison for the attempted murder and 10 years on the firearm charge, with both sentences to be served at the same time.
On April 27, 2015 the victim arrived home and found Brown hiding inside her kitchen. The two struggled, the victim got to her vehicle, and Brown shot her in the head as she tried to get away. The victim drove herself to the Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Brown shortly afterward.
Five years earlier, Brown had pleaded guilty to attempted second degree kidnapping for holding a knife to a different victim’s neck and preventing her from leaving for three hours. In that case, he was given a five-year sentence with all but 18 months of it suspended, and five years of probation.
 
 
February 16, 2017
Lacombe Man Shoots Self After STPSO Pursuit
Source: SARA PAGONES | THEADVOCATE.COM 
A  man shot himself in the head, crashing his vehicle in Lacombe early Thursday morning during a pursuit by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies, Capt. Daniel Seuzeneau said.
The man had made suicidal threats earlier in the evening, Seuzeneau said, and deputies were pursuing him when he crashed on U.S. 190. Deputies discovered that the man had shot himself once in the head.
He was transported to a hospital and is still alive, Seuzeneau said.
No law enforcement officers involved fired their weapon, he said.
The Sheriff's Office has not released the man's name. An investigation is underway.
 
 
February 16, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Catherine Jenkins was booked 02/15 on the charges of Simple Arson, Resisting an Officer (2 counts), and Aggravated Assault
Tonia Howard was booked 02/15 In From Court
Spencer Collins was booked 02/15 In From Court
Patrick Spencer was booked 02/15 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana Prohibited Acts - Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Jessica Hunt was booked 02/15 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Angel Spencer was booked 02/15 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
 
 
February 16, 2017
Covington Man Arrested for Burglarizing Cars
St. Tammany Sheriff’s detectives have arrested Brandon Joseph Gray (27) of Covington after he burglarized several vehicles at a Covington-area condominium complex.  On February 4, 2016 six vehicles were burglarized and four days later three more were hit. Sunglasses, electronics, shoes, makeup, wallets, purses, cash, credit cards, clothes, perfume, BBQ and kitchen sets, a skateboard and even a pack of gum were stolen out of the vehicles while their owners slept. In all cases, the vehicles had been left unlocked.

Gray was arrested February 8 after surveillance video caught him making multiple charges at local businesses using credit cards that was stolen out of some of the vehicles. He has been booked for bank fraud (2 counts), simple burglary (9 counts), and criminal damage.
It is unknown at this time if Gray acted alone or with others. Detectives are also looking into the possibility that Gray is responsible for other vehicle burglaries in surrounding neighborhoods.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are possible.
 
 
February 15, 2017
Governor Re-Appoints Bush Resident to Commission
Yesterday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions. Mary Lee Oliphant, of Bush, was reappointed to the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission. Ms. Oliphant is a realtor associate with Gardner Realtors and a dog breeder. She will serve as a commercial dog breeder on the Commission.
The Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission was created within the office of the governor for the purpose of assisting the governor's office of community programs to ensure and promote the proper treatment and well-being of animals.
For a complete list of the Governor's announced appointments, click here.
 
 
February 15, 2017
STPSO K-9 Finds Missing 14-year-old Child with Autism
Late Tuesday (February 14) night, St. Tammany Parish deputies were dispatched to Lacombe after a 14-year-old autistic child went missing. Deputies searched for hours and then called in K-9 Freya, who is a Bavarian Mountain Hound, and her handler, Deputy Ron Olivier. K-9 Freya, who specializes in finding lost children, took the scent from the missing child’s clothes, and started searching. After approximately twenty minutes, K-9 Freya found the missing child, curled up, hiding in the woods.
The 14-year-old, although scared, was in good health. The entire search lasted about three hours. Sheriff Randy Smith says, “This potential tragic story finished with a happy ending. Our canines are amazing animals who are invaluable to our deputies and citizens.”
 
 
February 15, 2017
Slidell PD Busts 2 With Stolen Assault Rifle and Narcotics
Employees from a Slidell McDonald's called Slidell Police Saturday (February 11) after witnessing suspicious subjects armed with guns in the parking lot. The subjects left before officers arrives but the employees provided information on their vehicle. Officers in the area conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle matching that description and identified the occupants as Kendall Blakely (27) of New Orleans and Timothy Marques (33) of Biloxi.
During the traffic stop, officers observed an assault rifle and a burning marijuana cigarette inside the vehicle, which led to the immediate pat-down of both subjects. Officers recovered nearly 8 grams of cocaine and three pills, believed to be Xanax, as well as the marijuana cigarette. Further investigation revealed that the rifle was reported stolen out of New Orleans.
The two were charged with numerous firearms and narcotics violations.
 
 
February 15, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Nicholas Barber was booked 02/14 on the charge of Protective Order Violation and Home Invasion
Jessica Phelps was booked 02/14 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Christopher Holmes was booked 02/14 on the charges of Falure to Appear (2 counts)
 
 
February 15, 2017
Help Slidell PD Identify These Theft Suspects
 
 
February 14, 2017
Parish Council Makes RMC Board Appointment
The Washington Parish Council, in a unanimous vote Monday evening, appointed Lori Schilling from Ward 2 to the Riverside Medical Center Board of Commissioners to fill the vacancy created when Rachel Gill's term expired December 31, 2016. The Council had two applicants to consider, Lori Schilling and Rachel Gill. (See video beginning at 10:05)  The appointment is the latest in other new commissioner appointments made recently. Richard Watts (from Ward 1) and John Edward Nichols (from Ward 6) were appointed December 19, 2016.
In other business, the Council
  • heard from Washington Parish Library Director with information about expanded services, events, and training. (beginning 4:30 into the video)
  • appointed Jerome Warren to the Washington Parish Planning Commission.
  • heard from Merlin Duke with a reminder that the parish would celebrate its Bicentennial in 2019.

Chairman McMasters announced that, following the Council meeting on February 27, Public Participation is invited as the council reviews the Home Rule Charter.

 
February 14, 2017
Litter Problem in Washington Parish Highlighted
At the Washington Parish Council meeting Monday (February 13, 2017) evening, the continuing litter problem was emphasized. The problem is discussed often by Parish President Richard Thomas and councilmen.  Road Supervisor Donnell Merritt's report included the fact that 367 bags of garbage had been picked up during the month. President Thomas then elaborated on the problem. Litter is not unique to Washington Parish. Click here to read about similar problems in neighboring St. Tammany  
Councilmen also commented on the problem later in the meeting during Council discussion.
 
 
February 14, 2017
Bogalusa Councilwoman Kates' Letter Re: Cemetery Assistance
Bogalusa Councilwoman Gloria Kates has written a "Thank You" letter to those who responsible for  garnering assistance to repair damages to cemeteries that occurred during last year's flooding events.
During the January 17, 2017 meeting of the Bogalusa Council, Melvin Abrams pointed out the disrepair that existed at Bogalusa Cemetery. After reaching out to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office, an assessment team arrived in Bogalusa on January 25th, and on Feburary 7th Ryan Seidemann (from the AG's office) provided the good news that FEMA help is available and how to access it.
Click here to read the letter
 
 
 
Obituary
Gloria McClanahan McKinnon, a resident of Mt. Hermon, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at her home in Sunny Hill.  She was born April 12, 1923, in New Trenton, Indiana, and was 93 years of age.  She was a member of Mt. Hermon Methodist Church. 
 
 
February 14, 2017
Agencies Team Up to Arrest 84 in Tangipahoa Parish
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced the success of Operation Resolution – a crime-fighting initiative with his Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, the Hammond Police Department, the Ponchatoula Police Department, Probation and Parole, Homeland Security Investigations, and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
Operation Resolution resulted in the arrests of 84 people in Tangipahoa Parish on crimes ranging from armed robbery to illegal carrying of weapons to drug possession with intent to distribute.
“Operation Resolution’s success is a great example of what can be done when law enforcement agencies, from every level, work in collaboration,” said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.
 
 
Obituary
Bobby Ray Kato, originally from Bogalusa, LA, and a resident of Queens, NY., passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 in LaPlace, Louisiana.
 
 
February 14, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Demontreal Gatlin was booked 02/13 on the charge of Attachment
Nicholas Little was booked 02/13 on the charge of Arson With the Intent to Defraud
Leigh Cutrer was booked 02/13 In From Court
Casey Morgan was booked 02/13 on the charge of Attempted Armed Robbery
Laken Jordan was booked 02/13 on the charge of Attempted Aggravated Robbery (With Knife) and Attachment (2 counts)
 
 
February 13, 2017
Attorney General Unit Nabs Franklinton Man in Michigan
Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced the arrest of Nathan Stover (24) of Franklinton for 250 counts of Sexual Abuse Images and/or Videos of Children (under the age of 13). He was arrested by Michigan State Police as a fugitive from Louisiana. He was then extradited and booked into the Washington parish Jail as a result of a joint investigation between the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crime Unit and Michigan State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Franklinton Police Department, and the Louisiana State Police. 
“The Louisiana Department of Justice is doing all we can to make our State a safer place,” said General Landry.”
 
 
Obituary
KENNETH RAY DUNCAN, AGE 69 and a resident of Pine died Saturday morning February 11, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was formerly a small-engine mechanic that also did odd jobs and repairs. He worked at many dairy farms in the area through the years and also worked as a truck driver. Kenneth enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially his favorite raccoon hunting.
 
 
Obituary
PAUL KENNETH MIZELL, AGE 66 and a resident of Enon died at 7:40 am Sunday February 12, 2017 at his home. He had retired as a Maintenance Supervisor with the Southeast Louisiana Hospital. Paul was a member of Enon Baptist Church and upon retiring he spent a great deal of time mowing and maintaining the church and cemetery grounds, which he enjoyed doing. He would visit the Enon Quick-Stop each morning to grab a cup of coffee and “check on the local news”. Paul loved deer hunting and spending time in the woods riding his ATVs. He enjoyed traveling on vacation and had visited the Rocky and Great Smokey Mountains often through the years. He had a special place in his heart for his pet Chihuahua Sweet Pea. Paul was a loving father and brother that cherished the time spent with his family.
 
 
Obituary
Pauline Connolly Wayne, age 92 and born in Kentwood, passed away February 11, 2017. She graduated from Kentwood High School, attended Southeastern Louisiana University, and worked at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office before becoming a court reporter for the 21st Judicial District. Pauline retired in 1986 and had many interests.
 
 
Obituary
Patricia Lynn "Momma Pat" McFarlane born December 2, 1955 went home to the lord on February 10, 2017. She was a member of The Way Church of Denham Springs, La.
 
 
February 13, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Terry Cox was booked 02/10 In For Court
Nicole Castilow was booked 02/10 on the charges of Hit and Run, Driving Under Suspension, and Failure to Appear
Jonathan Simmonds was booked 02/10 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation) and Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Daniel Varnado was booked 02/10 In From Court
Brittnie McClendon was booked 02/11 on the charge of Forgery
Clyde Courtney was booked 02/11 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Branden Knight was booked 02/11 on the charges of Impeding Flow of Traffic, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Terry Melancon was booked 02/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense), Improper Lane Useage, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI (or other), and Attachment (2 counts)
Clifton Pittman was booked 02/11 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Theft of Goods
Dustin Milton was booked 02/11 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Tyrell McGowan was booked 02/11 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Darius Dobson was booked 02/11 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows
Zachary Catha was booked 02/11 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Simple Burglary
Teresa Stohlton was booked 02/12 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Forgery
Steven Lewis was booked 02/12 on a Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Destiny Craft was booked 02/12 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Child Endangerment (2 counts) and Domestic Abuse Battery
Jennifer Hosey was booked 02/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Switched License Plates, No Insurance, and Driving Under Suspension
Brandon Cooper was booked 02/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Geremie Middleton was booked 02/12 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Rodney Williams was booked 02/12 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Lamarcus Traylor was booked 02/12 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Vehicle on an Officer, Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Careless Operation/Accident, Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Possession of Marijuana
 
 
February 10, 2017
Riverside Medical Center Chili Cook-off Fun
A great time was had by all at Riverside Medical Center's 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off that raised money for the American Heart Association. 
Winners were:  (1st Place) Sheriff Randy "Country" Seal, (2nd Place) Team: Tammy & Emily Team: Thelma & Louise" from Riverside Medical Center's Kitchen, and (3rd Place) Mike and Natalie Sharp Team: Tigers!
Serving as judges were Billy Ray Breland, Aubrey Posey, Lisa Tanner, Ella Rose Bickham, Pete Thomas, Henry Harrison, Tammy Magruder, Sherrie Magruder, and Brent King.
 
 
February 10, 2017
Good Detective Work Lands CA Man in WP Jail
California resident Delvin R. Jones (36) is now in the Washington Parish Jail charged with buying a zero-turn lawnmower for $8066.49 using a stolen credit card in September of 2016. The purchase was made over the phone and the lawnmower was delivered to a Washington Parish address.  The local business owner later received a letter that the card had been stolen.

WPSO detectives determined that the New Orleans owners of the credit card had recently been to California on vacation. They also obtained a California license plate number from a person who noticed a strange vehicle in the yard where the lawnmower had been delivered and wrote down the license plate number. Detectives identified the fraudulent purchaser as Delvin Jones from Oakland, California. A warrant for Jones was listed in the national criminal justice database.
Jones was stopped for a traffic offense in Austin, Texas in January, 2017 and he was arrested. Officers with the WPSO traveled to Austin to bring Jones back to Washington Parish.
The lawnmower has not been recovered and the case remains under investigation. It is suspected that Jones may have committed similar thefts in other parts of the country.
 
 
February 10, 2017
GM&O Historical Society Event Sat., February 18
 
 
February 10, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kimber Schneider was booked 02/09 In From Court
Matthew Shinners was booked 02/09 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI or Other
 
 
Obituary
Dennis Ray Brown departed this life at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in with his loving wife and family by his side on Saturday night, February 4, 2017. Dennis was reared in St. John Temple Church of God in Christ, graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1973, served in the Air Force, relocated to Georgia, and was employed at Univar USA from 1995 until his death.
 
 
Obituary
Caldonia Smith Pack was called home to rest on February 1, 2017. She joined New Zion Missionary Baptist Church and was a loyal and faithful member until her health failed. She loved the Lord and encouraged others to do so too.
 
 
February 10, 2017
Accused Slidell Drug Dealer Arrested (Guns, Drugs, Cash Seized)

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force on January 27th seized a large amount of narcotics, three loaded firearms and more than $1,400 in cash, while conducting a search of a known large-scale dealer’s Slidell-area home.
Working with Probation and Parole officers, STPSO narcotics detectives responded to a tip of drug dealing at the Carroll Road home of Jamar Wilson (28) and found what resembled a pharmacy of illegal narcotics: 16 grams of heroin, Xanax pills, promethazine, marijuana, narcotics packaging materials, a digital scale, and other unidentified narcotics. Detectives also located two handguns, one of which had been reported stolen out of Pearl River County in Mississippi and $1,428 in cash.
A third loaded handgun was located on the person of  Wilson who is confined to a wheelchair after being shot during some of his past narcotics-related activities. Wilson was booked into jail on numerous drug and firearms charges.
 
 
February 10, 2017
Slidell Police Department Career Opportunities
 
 
February 10, 2017
Hammond Man Killed in Crash on I-55 Near Independence
On Thursday (February 9, 2017), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on I-55 north of LA 40 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash has claimed the life of Hammond resident Michael R. Varnado (56) and injured two others.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Carlton W. Walker (34) of Roseland was driving north on I-55 in the right lane, failed to slow for congested traffic and crashed into the rear of a 2012 Volvo Tractor-Trailer. Varnado, a passenger in Walker's vehicle, was pronounced deceased on-scene. Walker and a second passenger, Melanie Mathis (40) were transported from the scene by Acadian Ambulance to North Oaks Health System and treated for moderate injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Wesley Moody (50) of Hattiesburg was not injured in the crash.
 
 
February 9, 2017
Mt. Hermon Man Gets 35 Years On Rape Charge
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reported that, on Tuesday (February 7), David Peek (56) of Mt. Hermon was sentenced after pleading guilty to forcible rape (35 years), aggravated incest (25 years), and 27 counts of possession of child pornography with children under age 13 (20 years). The sentences will be served at the same time. Peek is required to register as a sex offender if ever released from prison. The victims' families agreed to the terms of the plea.

The victim was 8 or 9 years old when Peek began fondling her and then had sex with her in his home. Several years later, a teacher became concerned and notified her parents. After the girl reported the abuse to her father, the family contacted police. Then another victim came forward with reports of inappropriate sexual conduct at Peek's home when she was between the ages of 9 and 12. 
Peek had claimed that any inappropriate touching was accidental or happened while he was sleeping. Investigators also found numerous images of child pornography on Peek’s phone.
 
 
February 9, 2017
Help Slidell PD Locate These People
Slidell Police are asking if anyone has information on the people in these photographs, to please call the Slidell Police Department at 985-643-3131 or Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111.
 
 
February 9, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Christina McCain was booked 02/08 In From Court
Frederick Taylor was booked 02/08 on the charges of Simple Burglary (2 counts), Theft Under 750, Vehicle Burglary, Theft 750-5000, Theft of Goods, Criminal Trespass, and Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Delvin Jones was booked 02/08 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of Access Card and Theft 5000-25000
 
 
Obituary
Clifton Adam Breaux passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the age of 86. He was a passionate master gardener, who grew everything from sugar cane to massive sunflowers, to incredible vegetables. If it had seeds, he could grow it well!
 
 
February 9, 2017
Traffic Stop Turns Up 150 Ecstasy tablets
A Houston man, while traveling thru St. Tammany Parish on his way to Biloxi, was arrested January 31 on drug charges after 150 Ecstasy tablets were found in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop conducted by a deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Highway Enforcement Unit.

When the deputy approached the vehicle, he smelled the distinct odor of marijuana, and he requested permission to search the vehicle. While searching the vehicle, the deputy located a small bag of marijuana under the center console in the front seat and two bags of Ecstasy tablets concealed inside a pair of socks in a duffle bag on the back seat.
Dominic Walker (21) of Houston, Texas was arrested and booked for Possession with Intent to Distribute Ecstasy, Possession of Marijuana and Improper Lane Use.
 
February 8, 2017

12 Charged in Amite Inmate Murder Described as “Shark Feeding Frenzy”

Soon after being booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on January 30 for a probation violation, Tommy Joe Smith (40) of Independence, Louisiana was beaten to death. Following an investigation that included 40 interviews, twelve of the twenty-one inmates on the dorm are accused of the brutal murder.  Click here to read the full Press Release.

 
 
Obituary
BRENDA ANN MILLER HOLLIDAY, AGE 56 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died early Tuesday morning February 7, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. She had many pets like her dogs and cats and she also loved her horses. Brenda liked working in her yard, tending her flowers and feeding the many birds that visited her property. She also enjoyed watching her favorite game shows each day and spending time with her family.
 
 
Obituary
MALLOYE JONES, AGE 79 and a resident of Pine passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of February 8, 2017. He was a member of New Beginning Baptist Church and a former supervisor with Kaiser Aluminum. Malloye loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors, especially rabbit hunting. He was a devoted family man and cherished the time spent with his grandchildren.
 
 
Obituary
RONALD JOE WOODWARD, AGE 64 and a resident of Varnado died early Wednesday morning February 8, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He worked at numerous dairy farms throughout the area for many years. Joe loved being outdoors often checking on and taking care of his farm animals. He had recently planted sugar cane that he planned to turn into syrup using his new mill.
 
 
February 8, 2017
Bogalusa Council: Family Fest, Farmers Market, Cemetary Repairs, & Finances Discussed
The Bogalusa Council had a productive meeting Tuesday (February 7) evening, even with unnecessary "preaching" and uninformed commenting and questions that contribute to lengthy meetings. The Council
  • Heard from Jennifer Mizell with Our Lady of the Angels regarding the Second Annual Family Fest and the opening of the Farmers Market on April 1 at Goodyear Park. (beginning at about 3:00 into video of the meeting)
  • Heard from Ryan Ryan Seidemann and Christine Halling with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office regarding badly needed assistance to the Bogalusa Cemetery repair process with funds from FEMA. (beginning 10:20 into video of the meeting)
  • Adopted a resolution in furtherance of water line improvements for the Richardson Town community.
  • Introduced four ordinances that will be up for Public Hearings at the next meeting: one providing for the operation of a food truck, one providing for the operation of CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp. (D/B/A CenterPoint Energy Louisiana Gas) in the City, one authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Progressive Waste Connections, Inc., and one authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement related to work provided by Raybourn Correctional Institute.
  • Held Public Hearings on and adopted two ordinances: one implementing the collection of the 1% sales tax approved by voters on November 8, 2016 and one authorizing a $950,000 Revenue Anticipation Note (providing for operating funds until property taxes are collected, at which time the note will be paid)

The Mayor pointed out that, during her administration, reliance on a revenue anticipation note has been reduced from $1.9 million to $950,000 the last two years,  spoke about opening of the Farmers Market, and reminded everyone of upcoming Mardi Gras activities.
During Public Participation, the Council heard and responded to residents' concerns.

 
 
February 8, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Matthew Slade was booked 02/07 on the charge of Possession of Heroin
Eli Saba was booked 02/07 on the charges of Carrying Firearm/Weapon on School Property, Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile, and Possession of Alcohol Person Under 21
Shawn Stewart was booked 02/07 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
 
 
February 8, 2017
Hospital Guild Donates $50,000 to STH Foundation
The St. Tammany Hospital Guild has announced a donation of $50,000 to St. Tammany Hospital Foundation as their annual donation in 2017. The funds were generated through the sales from the hospital gift shop staffed by volunteers.  This is the largest donation made by the Guild since it was founded in 2003.
The Guild also raises funds through bake sales and jewelry sales to offer educational scholarships for hospital employees.
The foundation then uses the funds “in support of programs, projects and equipment for St. Tammany Parish Hospital,” said Nicole Suhre, executive director of St. Tammany Hospital Foundation. “
If you are interested in volunteering just four or more hours per week, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Shirley Primes for the hospital, Parenting Center and hospice at 985-898-4008.
Pictured Left to right: Melanie Byrd, foundation specialist at STH Foundation; Ron Rome, 2016 Guild president; Shirley Primes, STPH volunteer coordinator; Patti Ellish, president and CEO of STPH
 
 
February 7, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Albert Weysham was booked 02/06 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Manufacture of Schedule II, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Nicholas Whittington was booked 02/06 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Lauren Weysham was booked 02/06 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Gararth Brown was booked 02/06 In For Court
Donald Richardson was booked 02/06 In From Court
Tamara Spears was booked 02/06 In From Court
Collins Palmer was booked 02/06 In From Court
Vivian Graves was booked 02/06 In From Court
Antonio Dillon was booked 02/06 on the charge of Probation Violation
Adreane Kuhn was booked 02/06 on the charges of Forgery (24 counts) and Theft Under 750 (24 counts)
Mark Falgoust was booked 02/06 on the charge of Aggravated Battery
James Wise was booked 02/06 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Michelle Tyrney-Dimarco was booked 02/06 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Ja'Keithon Cotton was booked 02/06 In For Court
Dawayne Stein was booked 02/06 on the charges of Switched License Plates, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
 
 
February 6, 2017
WPSO Deputies Rescues Juvenile From Meth Lab
On February 5, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a mobile home on Beau Drive near Franklinton, acting on a complaint that an illegal methamphetamine lab might be operating at that address. Deputies encountered Albert J. Weysham (50) at the front door and saw another man reaching down inside the cushions of a chair. Fearing the man might be reaching for a weapon, deputies entered the residence and detained Nicholas Whittington (37), a resident of another address on Beau Drive. Deputies also encountered Lauren E. Weysham (28), a resident of Attley Walters Road near Franklinton, sitting on a couch. Deputies saw, in plain sight, a piece of aluminum foil with a small amount of a white substance which appeared to be methamphetamine, a glass pipe containing burnt residue, and a black multi-colored smoking pipe also containing burnt residue. All three occupants admitted to using the methamphetamine which had been manufactured at the residence that day and were taken to jail.
Lauren Weysham informed the deputies that a one and a half year old child was in an adjacent bedroom and deputies removed the child from the residence due to strong fumes from an unknown source and the large amount of cigarette smoke in the residence. A representative of the Department of Children and Family Sevices removed the child to a temporary foster home.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This situation makes me sick. I am disgusted to know that three adults would intentionally endanger the health of a young child by manufacturing and using methamphetamine while the child was present. There is absolutely no excuse for this type of irresponsible and reckless behavior. Kudos to our deputies for rescuing this young child from a potentially life-threatening situation and putting these three irresponsible persons in jail.”


February 6, 2017
8-Year Old Rescued After Being Submerged in Pond 
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that shortly before 3:00 p.m., yesterday (February 5, 2017), TPSO deputies responded to a Fluker residence where Acadian Ambulance Services was already on scene to help the mother, step-father, and other family members rescue an 8-year old female who was submerged inside of a Polaris ATV in a pond.  A story by Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune identifies the child as Maddie Aldridge, daughter of entertainer Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge and the niece of Britney Spears.
The incident occurred about 100 yards from where her family was standing and watching.  Apparently, the child maneuvered the ATV to avoid running over a drainage ditch, overcorrected, and entered the pond.  The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes. Within seconds the child’s family members reached the pond, dove in and attempted to rescue the child to no avail. The child was trapped and secured by the seatbelt and the ATV’s safety netting. Acadian Ambulance Services arrived within two minutes and assisted in freeing the child from the cold waters.  
Currently, the child is reported to be in stable but critical condition. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking you to keep this family in your constant prayers as they try to cope with this horrible incident.


February 6, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Aumbriana Williams was booked 02/03 on the charges of Careless Operation, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Justin Chatellier was booked 02/03 on the charges of Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Smith Warren was booked 02/03 In For Court
Kristopher White was booked 02/03 In For Court
Jene Martin was booked 02/03 on the charges of Simple Battery and Attachment (2 counts)
Leigh Cutrer was booked 02/03 In From Court
Jennifer Davis was booked 02/03 on the charge of Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility
Nathan Stover was booked 02/03 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Brandon Walker was booked 02/04 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
April Stover was booked 02/04 on the charges of Forgery, Theft of Goods, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Jeffery Freeman was booked 02/05 on the charge of Contempt of Court



February 6, 2017
Deputy Prevents Crash in Walthall County
Saturday (February 4, 2017) Walthall County responded to multiple reports of a truck almost crashing head on with oncoming traffic. The truck was travelling on Hwy 98 near Stogner's fish camp. Once in the area Deputy B. Dunaway acted quickly and parked his patrol car in the middle of the highway to block oncoming traffic from the truck. 
Deputies were able to stop the truck and the driver was charged with DUI, No drivers license, possession of alcohol in a dry county, and reckless driving.
Sheriff Breland said (in part), "Two thumbs up to Deputy B. Dunaway for his quick thinking and taking action to help protect the citizens of Walthall County. It's small quick actions like this that help prevent fatalities on our roads. 


February 6, 2017
Burglar Wore Ankle Monitor to Residential Burglary
A New Orleans man is under arrest after traveling from New Orleans to Slidell to commit a residential burglary. There was just one problem; the ankle monitor he was wearing was equipped with a GPS.
John Davis (56) was arrested for burglarizing a residence, where he stole jewelry, electronics and firearms. Following up on a tip, Slidell Police Detectives began to look into John Davis as a potential suspect. Detectives learned that Davis was wearing an ankle monitor as a condition of bond following an arrest in New Orleans and that Davis' monitor pinged nine times at the residence where the burglary took place.  
Armed with information from the ankle monitor, Slidell Police Detectives and members of the Louisiana State Police traveled to New Orleans and arrested John Davis. Some of the stolen property has been recovered, but detectives are asking that if anyone has information, please contact the Slidell Police Department or Crime Stoppers.


Obituary
DORIS TYNES, AGE 87 and a resident of the Stateline Community died just before midnight Friday February 3, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital. She was a former LPN for over 20 years at Riverside Medical Center and later at the Southeast Louisiana Hospital. Doris was a longtime member of Stateline Missionary Baptist Church where she enjoyed playing the piano for many years. She loved traveling on vacation, including annual trips with friends to Gatlinburg and many cruises through the years. She also enjoyed working in her yard, tending her flowers and watching the many birds that visited her property.


Obituary
Matthew Stogner age 35, born March 2, 1981, passed away on February 3, 2017, at his residence in Bogalusa, La.


February 3, 2017
Bogalusa Man Arrested After Foot Chase
A Washington Parish deputy stopped a Ford F-150 near City Limits Road in Bogalusa for a traffic offense February 1 and ended up in a foot chase. 
The passenger gave his name as Brad D. Sharp and gave a date of birth. But no record was found and he was asked to exit the vehicle. He immediately fled.  The foot pursuit went down several streets, through the yard of a residence and then into woods. While running through the woods in the dark, both the passenger and the deputy became entangled in thick vegetation.
The deputy discharged his taser, striking the passenger on his lower right side. The passenger attempted to crawl away but the deputy was able to take him into custody. 
During a search, a digital scale and $1,504 cash was discovered in his pockets. While in the Sheriff’s Office vehicle, the passenger stated that he was having difficulty breathing due to swallowing a bag of marijuana. He was transported to the hospital and treated by  emergency room personnel. While at the hospital, the passenger also admitted to swallowing ecstasy and Percocet.
The subject was finally identified as Brandon D. Short (30), a resident of Redmond Heights. After being discharged from the emergency room, Short was booked on the charges of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice, resisting an officer and resisting an officer by flight. He got out of jail the same day after posting bond.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated. “It is always dangerous when a deputy has to stop a vehicle at night. The deputy has no idea who is in the vehicle, what their intent might be or whether or not there are any weapons present. This night-time stop became even more dangerous for our deputy when the suspect fled on foot and the deputy chased him through dark woods. Thankfully, no one was injured and the bad guy was taken into custody. This is yet another example of the great job our deputies do to protect us, even while we are at home sleeping.”


Obituary
Kathryn Shaw Kuss, age 91 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away at 1:13PM on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Kentwood where she served many years as church hostess and along side of her husband, Deacon Charles Kuss, Sr., served on many committees. She was a lifetime member of the Kentwood Garden Club. 


February 3, 2017
Ben Nevers Resigns as Governor's Chief of Staff
Ben Nevers, former State Senator, will step down as  Gov. John Bel Edwards' Chief of Staff effective February 28, according to a Press Release.  Former Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), Mark Cooper, will assume the role of Chief of Staff.
“Ben Nevers has been one of my closest friends in the legislature and a fierce advocate for the people of Louisiana for more than 30 years,” said Gov. Edwards. 
Nevers said (in part), “After all these years, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my wife, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “
For the full text of the Press Release, click here.


February 3, 2017
Bogalusa Man Arrested for Heroin Possession
Harvie H. Miller (58), a resident of Avenue E in Bogalusa, was arrested by a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy on February 1 and booked into the Washington Parish Jail on one count of possession of heroin and one count of possession of methamphetamine. He was released the same day after posting a $10,000 bond.
Following a traffic stop on Superior Avenue, the deputy observed a plastic bag that fell out of Miller's wallet.  Miller admitted the bag contained heroin and additional heroin plus methamphetamine was discovered in the vehicle.   
“Heroin and methamphetamine use and abuse is common among all age groups,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “In this case we have a fifty-eight year old man driving our streets while possessing these illegal drugs. I congratulate our patrol deputy for being alert and getting these drugs out of our community.”


February 3, 2017
MS. Trio Responsible for Burglarizing Coin-Operated Devices
Two suspects are behind bars and warrants have been issued for a third, after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives solve a series of burglary cases that spanned three states. On December 22, 2016, STPSO received reports of several burglaries of coin-operated air compressor units. 
Investigation has revealed a total of 49 air compressors had been burglarized in multiple jurisdictions in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. A total of $23,520.25 had been taken and the total cost of the damage is estimated to be more than $28,000. From the surveillance videos, St. Tammany detectives identified Gary Mucha (DOB 08-26-1980) of Gulfport, Mississippi. 
Mucha was arrested in St. Martin Parish on December 27, 2016 alongside John Middleton (DOB 08-04-1980) and Brandy Johnson (DOB 10-06-1982) both of Gulfport, Mississippi after the trio was caught preparing to break into a coin-operated device there. 
Mucha and Middleton are now in custody and have confessed to the burglaries. Johnson has not been apprehended.


February 3, 2017
Three Teens Identified in Vehicle Burglaries / Stolen State Police Equipment Recovered
Three Tangipahoa teenagers have been identified in multiple vehicles burglaries in the Madisonville area. Among the vehicles burglarized was a locked, unmarked State Police Unit, which was parked in front of a trooper’s residence. The trooper’s department-issued rifle and a small amount of K-9 training-aides were taken during the burglary. State Police recovered the stolen rifle Thursday, and St. Tammany Parish detectives, working with State Police and ATF, found the stolen training aides.  
Randy Charles Purcell (17) of Ponchatoula, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon with the assistance of Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and booked on charges related to an aggravated burglary that occurred Wednesday morning near Ponchatoula. Detectives have also arrested Bradley Greenlee (17) of Springfield and a 16-year-old Ponchatoula boy who was booked into the Florida Parish Detention Center. 
This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.


February 3, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Brandon Short was booked 02/02 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, and Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)
Chasity Gros was booked 02/02 on the charges of Burglary and Unauthorized Use of Access Card
Aumbriana Williams was booked 02/03 on the charges of Careless Operation, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Justin Chatelier was booked 02/03 on the charges of Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia



Obituary
JAMES C. PASSMAN, AGE 78 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died Thursday morning February 2, 2017 at his home. He was a native of Washington Parish but was a former longtime resident of Metairie. James retired from the New Orleans Police Department and later moved back to Mt. Hermon. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War Era. James was an active member of Silver Springs Baptist Church where he enjoyed leading and participating in the Sunday Bible Studies.


Obituary
Donna Ann Fincher of Bush passed away on January 31, 2017 at the age of 59. 


February 3, 2017
Former Covington Resident Charged with Wire Fraud and Conspiracy
BILAL AHMED, a/k/a “Bill,” (41), formerly of Covington, was charged February 2 in a three count Indictment charging him with two counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
AHMED is charged with devising a scheme to defraud others which he posed as a wealthy individual who stood to received millions of dollars, including from his native country of Pakistan. AHMED presented false documents to others resulting in wirings totalling $70,000 to be made in interstate commerce.
If convicted, AHMED faces a statutory maximum sentence of twenty years in prison for each of the wire fraud counts, and a five-year term of imprisonment on the conspiracy charge. He also faces substantial monetary penalties, supervised release, and restitution.
U.S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the Indictment is merely an allegation and that the guilty of the defendant must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt
U.S. Attorney Polite commended special agents of Homeland Security Investigations and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, who investigated the case. 


February 2, 2017
Celebrate Recovery Meets Each Tuesday in Franklinton



Obituary
Dudley James Cooper, age 85, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA. He was born in Bogalusa, LA on July 5, 1931. He was a carpenter for over 25 years. Dudley and Margaret owned and operated Coop's for over 24 years.


Obituary
BOBBY WAYNE BROWN, AGE 83, passed away near 11:00 am Tuesday morning January 31, 2017 at the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson, LA where he had resided for the last three years. After high school, Bobby joined the United States Army and later attended college using the G.I. Bill. In college he joined the ROTC while rising to the rank of Lieutenant in the Army. After a brief time as a teacher, Bobby became a refuge manager and game warden for the U.S. Department of the Interior, serving at Big Lake in Arkansas and Lacassine in Southwestern Louisiana before retiring in 1998. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Lake Arthur, LA before he became ill.


February 2, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Dylan Miley was booked 02/01 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Charles Martin was booked 02/01 on the charge of Possession of a Firearm or Concealed Weapon by Person convicted of Domestic Abuse Battery
Kenneth Wheat was booked 02/01 In From Court
Richard Tynes was booked 02/01 on the charge of Probation Violation
Jacob Reeves was booked 02/01 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Taylor Marange was booked 02/01 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court
Harvie Miller was booked 02/01 on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Jamie Hardin was booked 02/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)



February 1, 2017
Franklinton Man Arrested for Deer Hunting Violations
After a month-long investigation into deer hunting violations, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Franklinton man January 30 for alleged deer hunting violations in Washington Parish. 
Johnny D. Tarver (31) was cited for taking over the daily limit of deer, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, intentional littering and intentional concealment or destruction of wildlife.
Agents began investigating Tarver after receiving a tip on December 20, 2016 about Tarver possibly harvesting three deer on the same day.  Agents determined that Tarver harvested a six point, five point and spike deer on December 25 in Washington Parish.  Hunters were only allowed one antlered and one antlerless deer. 
Agents also learned that Tarver threw the deer remains, antlers and meat into the Bogue Chitto River near Clifton in Washington Parish after Tarver got word of the investigation.
In addition to jail time and fines and community service work, Tarver may also face civil restitution totaling $4,874 for the replacement value of the three illegally taken deer.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Darryl Galloway and Sgt. Toby Miller.


February 1, 2017
D.A.’s Bogalusa Juvenile Program Van Gets Upgrades
District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s juvenile community service program in Bogalusa benefitted recently from new safety features added to its van by the City Prosecutor’s Office.
The van is used to transport juveniles under court supervision to pick up litter throughout Bogalusa as part of the youths’ punishment. City Prosecutor David Merlin Duke financed the installation of lettering across the vehicle’s sides and most recently a caution light bar atop it to alert motorists.
The surplus van was donated a couple of years ago by the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center which is supervised in Bogalusa by Mike Breland. The program’s previous van was at least 30 years old.
The public officials in the attached photo are (from left to right): David Merlin Duke, Bogalusa City Prosecutor; Tonia Deleon, Juvenile Court Clerk; City Court Judge Robert J. Black; District Attorney Warren Montgomery; Darrell Darden, Juvenile Investigator; Joseph Dominick, Executive Director, Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center; Mike Breland, Supervisor, Juvenile Community Service Program.


February 1, 2017
Causeway Police Officer Arrested for Theft and Malfeasance
An investigation requested by Causeway Police Chief Nick Congemi into missing evidence has resulted in an arrest today (February 1, 2017) of Causeway Police Sergeant William Jones Jr.(44) by members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Corruption Unit, for one count of felony theft and malfeasance.
When $6,300 and narcotics were discovered missing from the evidence room of the Causeway Police Department, Chief Congemi asked Sheriff Randy Smith to investigate.  The investigation led investigators to the evidence officer, Sergeant William Jones Jr., who ultimately confessed to the theft. His confession was recorded and Jones' employment was terminated and he was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.


Obituary
On Tuesday January 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm, an Angel of the Lord came to the Louisiana Heart Hospital and took Floyd Joseph Ordoyne Jr. to his Heavenly Home at the age of 54. He was a resident of Mt. Hermon and a proud former veteran of the U. S. Army and the U. S. Navy. Floyd served on the USS Nimitz during Desert Storm. He was an active member of the Brockdale Apostolic Church near Tylertown and he will be missed greatly by his beloved church family. 


Obituary
Mildria Cora Swilley George, age 94, born in Bogalusa, LA on October 4, 1922, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at her home in Bogalusa, LA.


February 1, 2017
Four More Arrested in TPSO Illegal Bonding Investigation
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports four additional persons have been identified as being engaged in illegal bond activity. They are 47 year old Shawanda Dove (47) of Independence, 43 year old Bridget Harper (43) of Hammond, 40 year old Ronald Berry (40) of Hammond, and 34 year old Donald Bickham (34) of Hammond. Dove and Harper have been arrested on warrants charging them with Conspiracy for the Illegal Consideration of Criminal Bail Bonds, Conspiracy to Commit Forgery, False Personation, and Injuring Public Records. TPSO is currently looking for Berry and Bickham.
The TPSO press release states that Berry was freed from jail on a $280,000 property surety bond on November 4, 2016 and Berry coordinated the illegal bond with several other persons either directly or indirectly. Berry was being held on numerous narcotics related charges for possession and distribution. Berry’s girlfriend, Bridgette Harper and brother, Donald Bickham, coordinated payment to Shawanda Cortez Dove, who through another party obtained forged bond paperwork resulting in Berry being released. 
Six others were arrested on January 19 (see our January 21 story), including three TPSO employees, in connection with illegal bonding activity.
If you have information relating to the whereabouts of Berry and Bickham please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.


February 1, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Harley Atkinson was booked 01/31 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Robert Wilson was booked 01/31 In For Court
Jonathan Varnado was booked 01/31 In For Court
Roy Angelo was booked 01/31 on the charges of Simple Burglary and Resisting an Officer
Daniel Vanslyke was booked 01/31 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Cocaine 28 to 200 grams
Clarissa Bellue was booked 01/31 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Sale Distribution or Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Failure to Appear (3 counts) and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Dylan Miley was booked 02/01 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present



February 1, 2017
STQN Announces Medical Director’s Awards
Press Release from STQN
The St. Tammany Quality Network (STQN) presented its 2016 fourth quarter Medical Director’s Award to Dr. Joseph Landers, an STPH internist and hospital medicine physician, and Dr. David Toups, medical director of the STPH Emergency Department, for facilitating clinical adherence to best practices for sepsis care.
“Beginning with Dr. Toups and his team in the Emergency Department and extending to Dr. Landers and the hospital medicine team on the inpatient units, we want to ensure patients are receiving evidence-based care that can improve sepsis clinical outcomes,” said Dr. Michael K. Hill, STQN medical director and former chief of staff at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines sepsis as “a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.” Early identification and treatment are crucial to minimizing the impact of sepsis, and Dr. Toups and Dr. Landers have implemented interventions that will improve patient outcomes.
The St. Tammany Quality Network continuously strives to keep the medical and nursing staff at St. Tammany Parish Hospital informed of best practices and how to best serve the patients of western St. Tammany Parish.

 


 




 

  


 

 

 

 


  

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