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March 23, 2017
Can You ID This Cyber Stalking Suspect?
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking the public’s help in identifying the male subject in the attached photo.
This subject is wanted for questioning regarding a recent and active cyberstalking investigation being led by the TPSO. 
Anyone with information is being asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
March 23, 2017
LDE Revokes a St. Tammany Child Care's License
The Louisiana Department of Education today (March 23, 2017) revoked the license of Kidzone Preschool,an early learning center in St. Tammany Parish, and terminated its public funding after a toddler escaped the preschool's play yard and wandered into traffic. Staff there failed to report the incident to the Department's Division of Licensing and did not provide the child's parent with all of the details. The three-year-old reportedly left the school, was nearly struck by a vehicle, and was taken to the school whose staff had not noticed the child was gone.
"It's fortunate this young child is safe, but that doesn't change the fact this early learning center failed in its responsibility to care for its students," said State Superintendent John White. "We cannot tolerate such negligence, nor can we allow child care facilities like this one to operate in Louisiana."
Click here to read the full Press Release
March 23, 2017
Fatal Crash on Causeway Thursday Morning
Causeway Police report a multi-car accident that happened around 2:30 am Thursday morning (March 22) on the Southbound lanes of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge claimed the life of one person.

A woman, who police believe was intoxicated, driving a compact car allegedly ran into a truck causing the truck to hit the guardrail. One person in the truck was killed and another was transported to the hospital. 
March 23, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Mark Tarver was booked 03/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Turn Signals, Obstruction of Justice, and Driving Under Suspension
Alvin Magee was booked 03/22 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Drunkenness), Simple Battery With Injury, and Vehicle Burglary
Jennifer Dubea was booked 03/22 on the charges of Simple Robbery and Forgery
Lenzie Watson was booked 03/22 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense)
Willie Bickham was booked 03/22 on the charges of Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting an Officer, and Contempt of Court
Skylaar Moorre was booked 03/22 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Simple Escape
Kendric Lampley was booked 03/22 on the charges of Domesstic Abuse Battery (Strangulation) and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
William Williams was booked 03/22 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), Domestic Abuse (Child Endangerment), False Imprisonment, and Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)
Curtis Hart was booked 03/22 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Andrea Sumrall was booked 03/22 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Joseph Shelby was booked 03/22 In For Court 
Michael Shane Lott, age 47 and a resident of Franklinton, passed away March 19, 2017 at his residence. He was a member of Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Franklinton.  He loved his job as a sheetrock finisher.  He loved his family and spending time with them.  
March 23, 2017
Slidell Man Sentenced for Defrauding Investors
Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JOHN GIBSON (32) of Slidell, was sentenced Wednesday (March 22) after pleading guilty to mail fraud.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced GIBSON to 18 months incarceration, and ordered restitution in the amount of $213,597.35. Upon release from prison, GIBSON will have to serve three years of supervised release.
GIBSON admitted that from 2008 to 2014, he solicited funds from individuals by falsely representing that he would use their funds to establish investment accounts. GIBSON admitted that he defrauded his investors by diverting their investment funds for his own personal use and benefit.
March 22, 2017
Homeowners Team Up to Nab Thief
Early this morning (March 22), Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a 911 call regarding a burglary in progress on Highway 430. While enroute, they  learned the suspect had been detained by homeowners, but that the suspect was struggling.
Immediately upon arrival at the scene, deputies restrained and arrested Alvin Gregory Magee (52), a resident of Turnage Road near Franklinton. Magee was transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with disturbing the peace by drunkenness, simple battery with injury and burglary of a vehicle.

The scenario began when a homeowner who was dressing to go to work heard someone coughing outside of his residence and then saw Magee rummaging through the contents of his vehicle. Magee then went to the house next door, grabbed the handle of the storm door, and was attempting to open it. The first homeowner caught up with Magee, took him to the ground, and yelled for help. The second homeowner helped restrain Magee while the homeowner’s wife called 911. During the struggle with the homeowners, Magee bit one of them on the arm. When deputies arrived, they noticed Magee had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and slurred speech.
Magee is a regular resident of the Washington Parish Jail, having been locked up twenty times since 2008, including his latest incarceration. All of his previous arrests were for similar offenses and most were alcohol related.
“Alcohol is a liar and a thief,” says Sheriff Randy Seal. It promises a good time, but ultimately steals every semblance of a meaningful life. Mr. Magee is only one example of the tragedy of regular consumption of alcohol. The homeowners in this matter did a good job by capturing and restraining Magee until our deputies arrived. This is a good reminder for everyone to always lock your vehicles, keep a close watch on your neighbor’s house and call the Sheriff’s Office immediately if you need assistance.”
March 22, 2017
Pearl River Man Pleads Guilty to Raping Two Girls
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reported that Jeremy M. Guild (27) of Pearl River, pleaded guilty Monday (March 20) to two counts of forcible rape for raping two girls, ages 5 and 7 at the time. District Judge Raymond Childress sentenced Guild to 40 years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

The rapes were reported in July 2015 by the older girl’s stepmother. The child revealed to the stepmother that while staying at a relative’s home, Guild came into the room where she was sleeping and raped her. During their investigation, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies learned about the second victim, who revealed a similar story, but Guild also infected the 5-year-old with an STD.
Assistant District Attorney Becky Jo Hollen prosecuted the case.
March 22, 2017
Blues & BBQ Event in McComb March 23
March 22, 2017
Help STPSO ID This Man
March 22, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Brian Creel was booked 03/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
David Morgan was booked 03/21 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Lawrence Walls was booked 03/21 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts), Failure to Pay Fine (2 counts), and Contempt of Court
Brooklyn Magee was booked 03/21 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Holly Jones was booked 03/21 on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts)
March 22, 2017
TPSO Seeks Information Regarding Apparent Homicide
On March 15, 2017, at approximately 12:25 pm, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office began investigating the death of Alphonse Reid (35) of Kentwood.  He was found inside a silver Infinity G37x bearing a Mississippi tag located off of I-55 at the LA 440 exit on the north end of the Tangipahoa Parish. Reid's death is the result multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.   

It was learned that Reid recently moved to Kentwood from the Arkansas area. Detectives have been actively interviewing multiple subjects and gathering information connected to the victim’s death.
At this time, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking once again for the public's support in providing any information about this crime.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
March 21, 2017
Mt. Hermon Pharmacy Burglarized – Arrests Made
During the evening of March 17, Washington Parish Sheriff Office deputies and detectives responded to a burglar alarm at Rawl's Pharmacy in Mt. Hermon. They discovered that forced entry had been made through a rear window.
Nearby on Highway 38, officers noticed young persons in a vehicle which obviously was having mechanical problems. Eye witness accounts and evidence collected at the crime scene led to the identification of a 16 year old male in the vehicle as the person who had entered the pharmacy. He was arrested and later transported to the Florida Parishes Detention Center.
While officers were still at the scene, an additional eye witness came forward and reported that another young man was concealing an item that was believed to be a pistol. Deputies located the pistol and discovered that the serial number had been filed off. The young man in possession of the pistol was determined to be Kody Allen Singletary (17), a resident of South Wood Drive in Slidell. Singletary was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

“This is another good example,” said Sheriff Seal, “of the importance of the partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and residents of Washington Parish. I am grateful to the witnesses who came forward to provide valuable information and to our officers who did an excellent job in quickly solving this crime.”
Our most precious love, Madison Claire Peco, left this world on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the age of eighteen, and is resting in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is in the Heavenly realms where there is Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory, still our heart aches.
Larry James Burris, Sr. was born November 13, 1943 in Clifton and departed this life on March 19, 2017 at Acadiana Management Group in Mandeville. Larry was a construction worker and self-employed. 
March 21, 2017
D. A. Montgomery to Host Reception for Crime Victims
District Attorney Warren Montgomery will host a reception April 4 at 5 p.m. at the Justice Center in Covington to honor crime victims in St. Tammany and Washington parishes as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Crime victims in both parishes are invited.

The purpose of the reception is to honor survivors of crime and the service providers who support them in their fight for justice. It will be held on the second floor, just outside the District Attorney’s Office, 701 N. Columbia Street, in Covington. Service providers will be on hand to discuss the programs they offer. Montgomery’s staff also will provide an update on proposed state legislative changes to sentencing guidelines, including those for violent crimes.
Those who wish to attend must R.S. V. P. to
damontgomery@22da.comor 985-809-8349.
March 21, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Natoya Toomer was booked 03/20 on the charges of Theft Under 750 (8 counts), Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Failure to Appear (3 counts), Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Daniel Roach was booked 03/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Cassi Green was booked 03/20 on the charge of Simple Robbery
Niki Kennedy was booked 03/20 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Theft 750-5000
Justin Provost was booked 03/20 on the charge of Parole Violation
Ashley Hunt was booked 03/20 on the charge of Parole Violation
Cynthia Magee was booked 03/20 on the charge of Probation Violation
Bradford Forrest was booked 03/20 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
On St. Joseph’s Day, March 19, 2017, Loretta Lang Stewart entered the Kingdom of Heaven. She was born in Bogalusa on February 6, 1951. She was a graduate of Pine High School and Sullivan Vo-Tech School of Nursing. An outstanding nurse, Loretta was most recently employed by Vital Health Services. She was also a faithful member of Annunciation Catholic Church.
Mary Evelyn Duncan Cutrer, a resident of Kentwood passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home in Kentwood. She was born December 27, 1936 in Mt. Hermon and was 80 years of age. She was a member of Tangipahoa Baptist Church.
Hunter Fornea, a resident of Varnado, LA, born on May 13, 1989, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the age of 27.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.
March 20, 2017
State Rep White's Scheduled Town Hall Meetings
Louisiana State Representative from District 75 Malinda Brumfield-White has Town Hall meetings scheduled for March 23 @ 5:30pm at Franklinton Town Hall and March 28th @ 5:30pm in at Bogalusa City Hall.
White states, “As your representative of District 75, I feel it is my duty to keep you informed on what is going on in the legislature and how it impacts District 75. Please join me for one of the two town hall meetings held in our parish. We want to hear from you!
March 20, 2017
Spring Art Show and Sale March 26 near Franklinton
The Washington Parish Art Association will hold its annual member Spring Art Show and Sale on Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 2pm to 5pm.
The event will be held again at the home of Sara Nelson in Clifton, just north of Franklinton via Hwy 25. Follow signs.
March 20, 2017
Pair Arrested for Residential Burglary Near Franklinton
Responding to a citizen’s report of a suspicious vehicle at a residence on Jack Jones Road near Franklinton on March 15, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered that the residence had been burglarized and numerous items had been stolen.
The deputies located a vehicle matching the description provided and observed a female carrying items from the vehicle into another residence. The female was questioned and admitted that the items had been given to her by Randee Jerrell (30). Knowing that Jerrell was on parole, deputies summoned Probation and Parole agents to assist in the search for him. He was located hiding in his residence on Jack Jones Road. 

Randee Jerrell (30) was charged with burglary and parole violation. Andrea Sumrall (32), a resident of Bogalusa, was charged with possession of stolen property.
“Once again, an alert citizen provided information about a crime which had been committed in Washington Parish,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I can’t over-emphasize the importance of our residents alerting us to unusual activity so that we can follow up. It is so important to watch your neighbor’s house and your community. Let’s continue to partner together to identify and arrest criminals.”
March 20, 2017
Slidell Man Gets 10 Years in Prison for Rape
Charles J. O’Neill (38) of Slidell pled guilty to second degree rape on March 13 and  District Judge Martin E. Coady sentenced him to 10 years in the Department of Corrections and required O’Neill to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender.
O’Neill invited the victim to his home on June 2 last year, and when she arrived, he locked the doors and raped her. After she had left, he sent the victim a battery of text messages, apologizing for what he had done and begging her not to report the crime.
O’Neill was arrested and admitted in a statement to officers that the victim did not consent to intercourse.
March 20, 2017
Two Slidell Men Indicted on Rape Charges
A St. Tammany Parish grand jury on Wednesday (March 16) indicted John Colvert Braxton (35) and Charles Michael Morgan (56), both of Slidell, on aggravated rape charges in separate cases.
Braxton is accused of raping a child on many occasions, beginning in 2013, when she was 10 years old. The victim disclosed to her mother that Braxton woke her in the middle of the night many different times, brought her to the living room, and raped her while others in the home were sleeping. Braxton also is charged with aggravated crime against nature.
Morgan is accused of raping a boy from the time the child was 4 or 5 years old through age 7. The victim told his mother that Morgan touched him inappropriately, showed him pornography, and raped him.
March 20, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Neil Gendusa was booked 03/17 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Prentiss Sigrest was booked 03/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs
Danny Todd was booked 03/17 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Adonis Ard was booked 03/17 on the charges of Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Careless Operation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Gregory Peterson was booked 03/17 on the charge of Failure to Pay Fine
Robert Allen was booked 03/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Jeremy Norman was booked 03/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Failure to Appear
Wallace Stogner was booked 03/18 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kody Singletary was booked 03/18 on the charge of Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number
March 20, 2017
19-Year-Old Killed in Mandeville Shooting
Early Saturday morning (March 18), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies responded a shooting on Ridgewood Loop in Mandeville and found that Vincent Cuccia (19) had been shot several times.  Cucchia was rushed to a nearby hospital but he died as a result of his injuries.
St. Tammany Parish detectives arrested Jake Mills (19) on the charge of second degree murder. The investigation led investigators to believe an argument took place over a female. The argument escalated, which resulted in Cuccia being shot by Mills.
Sheriff Randy Smith says, "This was a senseless killing which resulted in the ruined lives of two young teenagers - one dead and the other who could potentially be sentenced to prison for the rest of his life. Sad."
MARY NELL BUSBY PARSLEY, AGE 78 and a resident of Franklinton died at 12:40 am Friday morning March 17, 2017 at her daughter’s home. She was the owner operator of Mary’s Sugar and Spice cake shop for over 30 years and a member of The Order of the Eastern Star. Mary was also a member of the Franklinton Garden Club where she served as treasurer for 21 years. She loved baking, sewing, quilting, painting, floral arranging and gardening. Mary was a woman of vast talents and interests. She was member of Canaan Baptist Church.
RHONDA SUZANNE BRYANT GOINGS, AGE 43 and a resident of Franklinton died at 5:34 pm Friday March 17, 2017 at Tulane Medical Center. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and later became a Registered Nurse. Rhonda worked at Tulane Medical Center,  North Oaks Hospital, Lallie Kemp Hospital and most recently as a home health nurse working throughout Washington Parish. Rhonda enjoyed reading and loved to sing. She adored her daughter and cherished their time together.
Goldie Evie Singley, age 95, died Friday March 17, 2017. Evie was born in Picayune and was a lifelong resident of Angie. She was an active member of Monroe Creek Baptist Church and the Eastern Star of Pine. She touched many lives by visiting elderly people in the community and greeting with them with her warm smile and Christian love. 
Patricia Blackwell Pierce was born March 17, 1927 and went home to be with The Lord on March 17, 2017 at the age of 90. She was resident of the Sun community and served as Post Master at the Sun, La. Post Office for 26 years. She was also a member of the U.S. Postal Union and was of the Baptist Faith.
Ernestine Johnson was born January 3, 1958 in Bogalusa and died peacefully in her home on March 11, 2017. She joined Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and later became a member of Christ Way Ministries.
Twins Carrington Finn Massengale and Courtland Harding Massengale, passed away on March 9, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.
March 17, 2017
Puppy Shooter Arrested
From a WPSO Press Release
In late February, a concerned citizen contacted the Magnolia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana and reported five abandoned puppies at the intersection of Monroe Creek Road and Frank Kennedy Road near Angie. The Magnolia rescuer discovered that someone had shot and killed each of the puppies. The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office began an investigation.
Following up on a tip, a detective interviewed Shawn Glen Jones (25), a resident of Dogwood Valley Road, who had a female dog of the same breed as the puppies. Jones first stated that he had given away the puppies but could not identify the person to whom he gave them. He later admitted the puppies were his, that he had dropped them off at the location where they were found,  but denied shooting them.

Detectives learned that Jones had obtained a .22 caliber rifle just prior to the shooting. It was determined that Jones did not have the rife when he abandoned the puppies, but returned to his home, picked up the rifle and ammunition, returned to the location and shot the puppies.
Jones was arrested on March 15, 2017 on five counts of cruelty to animals. He remains in jail with bond set at $15,000.
“Our detective did an outstanding job in this matter. She worked diligently until she had sufficient evidence to arrest Shawn Jones,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Once again, tips from concerned Washington Parish citizens helped us solve a crime. If any person has additional information about this crime, I encourage you to contact Detective Demi Rice at the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.”
Diane Rita Kinkaid Schwegmann, 73, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at The Carpenter House of St. Joseph in Gulfport, MS. Mrs. Schwegmann was in New Orleans, raised in Algiers, and lived in Varnado for the last 36 years.
Linda Faye Burns Robinson Brown departed this life on March 12, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA. She attended Calvary Bible U.P.C. in Marrero, LA at an early age, where she received the precious gift of the HOLY GHOST. Later she became a member of Apostolic Faith UPC.
March 17, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Andrea Sumrall was booked 03/16 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property
Skylaar Moore was booked 03/16 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure o Appear
Tanya Voth was booked 03/16 In From Court
Alexandre Easley was booked 03/16 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Bradford Forrest was booked 03/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No Turn Signals
Mindy Saunders was booked 03/16 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Travis Parrott was booked 03/16 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Michael Penton was booked 03/16 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jody Miley was booked 03/16 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 300-5000
March 17, 2017
Man Arrested For Exposing Himself to Teenage Girls
Yesterday, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office posted the story on social media of a man exposing himself to young females and they posted a description and picture of the suspect's truck. STPSO reports that almost immediately, the phones began ringing providing the identify of the man.
With the assistance of the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office, Derrick Lockhart  (40) of Ponchatoula was picked up at his home early this morning (March 17, 2017) and charged with two counts of obscenity.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office thanks everyone who called in with information about this crime.
March 17, 2017
Slidell Woman Faces Up To 4 Years for “Smurfing”
CRYSTAL LANGDON (35) of Slidell, pled guilty yesterday (March 16) to buying cold medications with the knowledge that they would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. She engaged in a activity known as “smurfing,” which involves various individuals going to the same or nearby stores and each making individual purchases of cold medication, which are then grouped together in order to make a batch of methamphetamine.
“Smurfing” is designed to get around restrictions of the sale of over-the-counter cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine, a precursor chemical that can be processed to create methamphetamine. 
LANGDON admitted to participating in this “smurfing” activity from May through June of 2015 and to buying over the counter cold medication that she gave to another individual so that he could use it to produce methamphetamine at a house on Swan Street in Slidell.
LANGDON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of four years, a fine of up to $25,000, and 3 years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set sentencing for June 15, 2017.
March 17, 2017
Help SPD Identify These Suspects
March 16, 2017
STPSO Arrests Man on Shoplifting and Ag Assault With Firearm
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives arrested Ian Lacour (28) of Covington, Tuesday (March 14, 2017) evening for shoplifting (2 counts) and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Lacour was booked with one shoplifting incident that occurred March 14 at the Murphy gas station on Hwy 190 in Covington. He had also been sought and was booked with a shoplifting on March 12 at the Chevron on Hwy. 190 near Three Rivers Road. In that incident, Lacour was stopped by the cashier at which time he is reported to have produced what appeared to be a firearm and fled the premises.
March 16, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Alton Portrie was booked 03/15 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense), Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Contempt of Court
Arlandus Owens was booked 03/15 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Aaron Taylor was booked 03/15 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, and Contempt of Court
Kennith Pierce was booked 03/15 In From Court
Derrick Gibson was booked 03/15 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Shawn Jones was booked 03/15 Cruelty to Animals (5 counts)
Samantha Bates was booked 03/15 on the charge of Probation Violation
Randee Jerrell was booked 03/15 on the charge of Parole Violation
Mary Jane Myers was born on May 2, 1950 and died March 13 2017. She joined Mr. Zion Missionary Baptist as a young child and remained active until her death. Mary Jane grew up in Varnado and was a graduate of Wesley Ray High School (Class of 1968). She was an educator in both Washington Parish and Bogalusa City School, where she inspired many young minds. She was always willing to share the gospel whenever the opportunity presented itself. She was loving, caring, giving, devoted, a faithful mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Her children and grandchildren were the joys of her life, which she often expressed through her soulful cooking.
Margie Bailey Evans Cleaver, 79, of Bogalusa, LA., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bailey, Jr. was born in Bogalusa, June 24, 1937 and peacefully passed away March 11, 2017 at Rest Haven Nursing Home.
March 15, 2017
Franklinton Board of Aldermen Recognizes BG Basketball Team
The Franklinton Board of Aldermen's meeting of Tuesday (March 14, 2017) began by recognizing the accomplishments of Coach Barry Seal and the Bowling Green girl’s basketball team. The team won the District South State Championship 3-A and was runner-up in state-wide 3-A. Mayor Richard Dillon made a presentation to the team on behalf of himself and the Board of Aldermen and also presented  each with a “Key to the City”.
March 15, 2017
Contentious Franklinton Board of Alderman Meeting
Although they have had their moments, Franklinton Board of Aldermen meetings characteristically are routine, with reports of progress and accomplishments, and without much disagreements.  Tuesday's (March 14, 2017) meeting began by recognizing the accomplishments of Coach Barry Seal and the Bowling Green girl’s basketball team.

But as the meeting continued, two issues consumed most of the time.  The first concerned a request for a donation by Mike Daniel and Stuart Varnado on behalf of the planned Alive Christian Music Festival (starting at 13:25 into the video). Two weeks ago, Daniel and Varnado first made the request and advised that the proposed festival would an annual event to be held at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds. This year's event is scheduled for April 22.  An often testy discussion followed about whether or not the Town should or could make such a donation.  The Board voted to ask for an Attorney General's Opinion on the matter and also voted to approve a donation should they receive a favorable decision from the Attorney General's Office.  Johnny Daniel also had comments regarding the matter (starting at 56:50 into the video).

Another issue was raised by a Franklinton businessman regarding the Farmers Market (starting at 41:21 into the video).  The issues concerned what types of businesses are allowed to sell at the Farmer's Market location, who has authority over and monitors activities at the Farmers Market, whether or not taxes are collected,  and what permits and licenses are required.
March 15, 2017
Cassidy Park Museums Cook-off and BBQ This Saturday
The 10th Annual Cassidy Park Museums Cook-off and BBQ will take place Saturday, March 18 from 2-5 pm. This event was cancelled last year by the March flooding and destruction that took place, but the park is mostly back and the weather should be wonderful for this event.
The event benefits the museums, which had to relocate temporarily to 750 Avenue F and is open 1-4 pm each Saturday and Sunday. It is unlikely the museums will return to the park, but they hope to find a new permanent location. This event will help in keeping the salvaged items on display and the doors open.
Bring your appetite!
March 15, 2017
TPSO Now Hiring Corrections Deputies
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is now seeking qualified full-time Corrections Deputies. TPSO offers a starting annual salary of $22,000 plus $6,000 State Supplemental pay of P.O.S.T. Certified and a  competitive Benefits Package that includes paid group health premiums, paid term life insurance premiums, ten paid annual leave days, and ten paid sick leave days.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a High School diploma or GED is required.
Contact the Recruiting Officer at 985-902-2063. You can download an application from
March 15, 2017
STPH Receives Patient Safety Award

St. Tammany Parish Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that STPH is in the top 15 percent of 3,005 U.S. hospitals for patient safety.
“Patient safety is our highest priority at St. Tammany Parish Hospital,” said Patti Ellish, president and CEO of STPH. “We are pleased to be recognized by women for the quality care our physicians, nurses and staff provide each day at our hospital.”
Click here to read more about the award.
March 15, 2017
LDWF's Boating Safety Campaign

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are encouraging boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the kickoff of the boating season.
LDWF will be participating in the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course campaign by providing seven free boating education courses across the state from March 19-25.
“We are excited to be a part of the Spring Aboard initiative and are always looking for ways to get the public involved in one of our free safe boating courses,” said Lt. Col. Sammy Martin, Louisiana’s state boating law administrator.  “We feel that safe boating course offers something for any skill level on the water and encourage everyone that boats to take one.”
Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone in Louisiana born after Jan. 1, 1984 who operates a motorboat over 10 horsepower. 
To register for an LDWF boating education course please visit
March 15, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Brittany Parsons was booked 03/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and Possession of Marijuana
Chantel Walker was booked 03/14 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule III drugs, Distribution of Legend Drug, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, Contempt of Court, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance
Rhonda Beall was booked 03/14 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100 and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Justin Brumfield was booked 03/14 on the charges of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Disturbing the Peace (Drunkenness), and Resisting an Officer (2 counts)
Timothy Rester was booked 03/14 on the charges of Aggravated Battery Criminal Damage to Property and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Devin Schilling was booked 03/14 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
John Boone was booked 03/14 on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)
EBALEE HALEY LEWKO, AGE 92 and a resident of Loranger died at 2:45 pm Monday March 13, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a native of Franklinton and a graduate of Franklinton High School. She then married and, alongside her husband, lived in New York City, Diamondhead, MS, Franklinton and in St. Tammany Parish for many years. Ebalee was a reader at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Diamondhead, worked in the cafeteria of Franklinton High School, and volunteered at Lakeview Hospital in Covington. She was a seamstress that also enjoyed crafting, crocheting and needle point. Ebalee loved her flowers and working in her flower garden. She was proud to be part of a military family as her husband served during World War II, her son in the Vietnam War and her grandson as a U.S. Marine in the Persian Gulf.
Clinton Morris, age 81, passed away March 11, 2017. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.
Louise Martin Chambliss, age 70 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Southeast Regional Medical Center in Kentwood.
Nancy Genell Pierce Tullos, age 80, born on December 11, 1936 in Varnado, LA, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 at her home in Bogalusa, LA. She was a lifelong member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church, and retired from the Bogalusa School System.
March 14, 2017
Bogalusa Man Arrested – Released – Arrested Again
From Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Press Release
March has not been a good month for Nicholas Tyler Vaughn (21), a resident of South Dogwood Drive in Bogalusa. He was arrested March 1 for fraudulent acquisition of a credit card and possession of drug paraphernalia, released March 9, and was back in jail March 10 on the charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Vaughn was spotted by a WPSO patrol sergeant in the Sportsman Inn Motel parking lot as he was exiting a pickup truck and with a hypodermic needle protruding from a front pocket of his trousers. A subsequent officer safety search of Vaughn revealed four aluminum pouches which Vaughn admitted contained heroin.
“Heroin is an awful drug,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Once it gets its venomous talons into a person, it controls that person’s life until either intervention and rescue or death. Today’s heroin is even more dangerous with the introduction of fentanyl, a highly toxic drug, which is often mixed with the heroin, frequently leading to the death of the user. Our patrol deputies, our detectives and our Drug Task Force work diligently throughout our parish to help remove illegal drugs from our streets. I congratulate our fine sergeant for making this arrest and, perhaps, saving Vaughn’s life.”
March 14, 2017
Watch Last Night's WP Council Meeting
March 14, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Amanda Beal was booked 03/13 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice and Failure to Appear
Melvin Levi was booked 03/13 In From Court
March 14, 2017
Another Washington Parish Citizen Scammed
The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office described today another scam of a female parish resident. It all began with internet conversations with a new social media friend whom the female citizen had never met. The new “friend” sent pictures of himself and said he was in the military. The “friend” said he would like to come to Washington Parish to meet her for a possible romance. But he needed money for an airline ticket.
The victim was sent $3,000 in checks from the Teachers Credit Union in South Bend, Indiana. She was asked to cash the checks and to send a Money Gram to another female in Connecticut who would in turn send her “friend” the money. She did as requested and he then asked for more money. 
The victim became suspicious and learned the checks from the Teachers Credit Union were counterfeit and found her the internet contact information for her “friend” had been deleted.
The victim has now lost the $3,000 she sent in a Money Gram and also must refund her bank for the $3,000 in counterfeit Teachers Credit Union checks she cashed there.
“There is no end to the schemes that these crooks will devise to steal money from an honest citizen,” said Sheriff Randy Seal (in part). “They will come up with all types of stories to tug at a person’s heartstrings, whether it is romance, an ill child, being in jail in another state or a foreign country, or even being stuck at an airport.”
March 14, 2017
One Teen Arrested and One Teen Wanted for Lacombe Shooting
From a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Post
Adrian Cox (17) is wanted for attempted first-degree murder and simple kidnapping after he shot a 23-year-old Lacombe man March 5, 2017. A 15-year-old was arrested March 8 and is in Florida Parishes Detention Center charged with Simple Kidnapping, Attempted Armed Robbery, and Attempted First Degree Murder.
The victim and a friend had been sitting in a pickup truck when they were approached by Cox, armed with a pistol, and the 15-year-old, armed with a baseball bat. Cox demanded the victim's friend leave, demanded the victim turn over his property, and demanded the victim drive to the victim's home.

Cox and the 15-year-old rode in the bed of the pickup and, as they approached the victim's home, Cox fired approximately five shots through the rear glass of the truck. Two of the shots struck the victim and the truck crashed into a ditch. Cox and the 15-year-old fled and the victim was able to run home. Deputies found the victim in his driveway with a gunshot wound to his upper back and a second gunshot wound to the back of his arm.
Cox should be considered armed and dangerous, and any person who has information regarding the whereabouts of Adrian Cox is urged to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if the information leads to the arrest and conviction of Adrian Cox.
March 13, 2017
Marijuana Plants and Paraphernalia Found at Franklinton Residence
Tyler Lee Robinson (30), a resident of Robert Road south of Franklinton, was arrested March 9, 2017 after Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force detectives reportedly found drug paraphernalia and marijuana plants growing on his property.

WPSO received information from a citizen that led them to an abandoned barn on Robert Road. While at the barn, detectives encountered Robinson who the WPSO say initially denied knowledge of paraphernalia found at the barn. Robinson then consented to a search of his residence where detectives found drug paraphernalia and the marijuana plants. Robinson reportedly admitted the plants were his and that he regretted planting them.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This is another example of the value of a concerned citizen who reported a suspicious circumstance. I encourage all of our parish residents to report any unusual or suspicious circumstances to the Sheriff’s Office. As spring and summer rapidly approach, bringing out lawnmowers and all-terrain vehicles, thieves will be looking for easy targets to steal. I encourage all residents to always secure their equipment and to immediately report any thefts to our detective division.
March 13, 2017
Sheriff Seal Honors Fallen Deputies (of 77 Years Ago)
"Today we honor two fallen Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies.
On March 3, 1923, Deputies Wiley Pierce (age 42) and Robert Crain (age 35) were shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men for making moonshine.
It is believed that upon finding the still, the deputies dismounted, tied their horses, and began to dismantle the still equipment.  However, two men engaged in the illegal moonshine operation were watching nearby and opened fire, killing both deputies. The suspects attempted to hide the bodies in the swamp.
Of the two men involved, one, John Murphy, was executed by hanging at a public execution held in Franklinton; and the other, Gideon Rester was given a life term at the state penitentiary. There he perished in a battle with prison inmates. Deputy Pierce was survived by his wife and six children and Deputy Crain was survived by his wife and four children.
Sheriff Seal stated, “Every law enforcement officer that died in the line of duty should be remembered and documented like this for all time.  It is true what the Bible says in John 15:13 that Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
(We apologize for missing this on March 3rd)
March 13, 2017
Four Wanted in Tangipahoa for Passing Counterfeit Money
Over the past few months, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office Financial Crimes Unit has been investigating multiple complaints of subjects in the community passing counterfeit U.S. Currency at retailers within Tangipahoa Parish. Arrest Warrants have been obtained for Tanner Hurst (24) of Hammond, Robert Charles Blanda (33) of Ponchatoula, Samuel Ray Quinn (39) of Hammond and Donny Dorrell McKay (28) of Hammond.
If you know of the location of any of subjects or know the whereabouts of persons engaged in activities involving counterfeit money please call the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office Financial Crimes Unit, (985) 902-2031 Detective Travis Pitman or Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
Vera Elizabeth Carrier Holtzclaw, age 79 and a life long resident of Bogalusa, passed away on March 11, 2017 in Slidell, Louisiana.
March 13, 2017
Help SPD ID This Woman
March 13, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Olivia Pittman was booked 03/10 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (Morphine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of Marijuana
Justin Miley was booked 03/10 on the charges of Expired MVI, No Proof of Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (Morphine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jacob Ard was booked 03/10 In From Court
Nicholas Vaughn was booked 03/11 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Stolen Propery, and Theft Under 750
Billy Boyette was booked 03/11 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Melanie Williams was booked 03/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Speeding 1-10 Over Limit
Kristal Rome was booked 03/11 In From Court
Steven Warren was booked 03/11 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Driving Under Suspension, and Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)
Steven Glover was booked 03/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under Suspension, Careless Operation, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Attachment, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Anthony Penix was booked 03/12 on the charges of Second Degree Battery and Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment
Nicholas Guaraggi was booked 03/12 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Tyler Phelps was booked 03/12 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Michael Cook was booked 03/12 on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info and Failure to Appear
March 11, 2017
Public's Help Sought in Pike County Thefts
The Pike County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division would like to make the public aware of recent thefts in the Southeast section of Pike County.
PCSO received a report that a 3/4 HP water well pump had been taken from a residence on Emerald State Line Road. Suspect(s) turned off power to the residence and pulled the pipe from casing and then removed the pump. In another incident, PCSO responded to Silver Drive in reference to a water well holding tank taken from a residence. The next day, PCSO responded back to the same residence, where suspect(s) came back and removed a 1.5 HP water well pump.
Anyone with information on these thefts or other crimes please call Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033 or the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 601-783-6767.
Thayer Willis Seal passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas, surrounded by his family. He was born in Bogalusa and raised in Varnado. Known as “Red” when he was young, Thayer graduated from Varnado High School where he was the quarterback for the football team. He married his high school sweetheart and worked his entire life at the Bogalusa mill and later the mill in St. Francisville.
Janet Mingo Kelly was born on October 1, 1941 and died February 28, 2017. She relocated to Oakland California in the late 1970s where she lived for nearly 30 years before she decided to move back home with her family in 2000. Janet loved her family and friends, and will be greatly missed. 
March 9, 2017
Charges of Racism Made and Refuted at Council Meeting
Bogalusa resident Theresa P. Keller came before the Bogalusa Council Tuesday (March 7, 2017) and leveled charges of racism against the City's leaders with the goal of turning the black community into a ghetto. Following Keller's over twelve minutes of prepared comments, Mayor Wendy Perrette refuted the charges. The Mayor, stating she was “appalled” at the charges, said she was working “for us all” and that the City of Bogalusa has moved forward from the past.
It is not an uncommon theme expressed at Bogalusa Council meetings. Racism has been alleged during deliberations about paving of city streets, provision of city services, votes by the Council, and the recent promotion of Kendall Bullen as Chief of Police.
COME ON, BOGALUSA!  Much has been and is being done to improve city finances and make Bogalusa a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Work together.
March 9, 2017
Two Bogalusa Council Ordinances Questioned
When they met Tuesday (March 7, 2017), the Bogalusa Council took care of routine business but two ordinances were questioned during Public Hearings. An ordinance introduced by Councilwoman Gloria Kates to amend and implement a smoking ordinance was questioned by Phillipp Bedwell and, after council discussion, was tabled. An ordinance to authorize payment of overtime to department heads who work during times of a called state of emergency was questioned by resident Theresa Keller and, after council discussion and input from Mayor Perrette, was approved.
Regarding the smoking ordinance, Bedwell pointed out (beginning 8:55 into the video) contradictions in the wording of the ordinance and representation being made that the ordinance would not apply during festivals and parades. Bedwell also objected to the government (and Bogalusa Council in this case) intruding into private business. The Council eventually tabled the ordinance to correct the wording of the ordinance. Resident Foots Quin also objected to “overreach” of the Council.
Regarding the overtime ordinance, Theresa Keller (beginning 23:00 into the video) referenced the City's Charter and objected to payments for overtime to department heads. Keller cited the City's limited finances and made numerous other objections. However, when it was pointed out by Mayor Perrette that this ordinance was being offered upon the recommendation of GOSEP and that the overtime payments would made with FEMA funds, Keller withdrew her objections. Residents Foots Quin and Deborah Corsetti also spoke regarding the ordinance. The ordinance was approved by the Council, with Councilman McCree voted against it.
March 9, 2017
Sex Offender Arrested at Sheriff’s Office for Drug Possession
On March 7, 2017, Donn “DJ” Schillage (53) arrived at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office on March 7, 2017 to update his sex offender registration requirements. A routine warrants checked revealed that Schillage had two outstanding attachments issued on February 14, 2017 for a drug and burglary charge.
Upon a search of his person incidental to arrest, deputies located a small amount of methamphetamine in his pocket.
In addition to the open warrants, Schillage was booked on a possession charge.
March 9, 2017
Japanese Magnolias Can Be Planted Now
Japanese magnolias are beautiful spring flowering trees and now is a good time to plant them. With a variety of flower colors and styles, they are a striking sight in Louisiana landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains where to plant your Japanese magnolia and how to take care of it.
JOYCE EVELYN POUNDS RICE, AGE 69 and a resident of Franklinton, died at 11:45 am Wednesday March 8, 2017 at Good Samaritan Living Center. She worked at Winn-Dixie in Ferriday and later in Franklinton before retiring as the Seafood manager. Joyce enjoyed reading and using her computer to keep up with her many friends and family. She was a big NASCAR fan and enjoyed the times she went to the races, especially the time she saw Dale Earnhardt win at Talladega.
TESSIE MIZELL ROGERS, AGE 92 and a resident of Isabel died at 7:00 pm Wednesday March 8, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center. She worked at the Mizell Grocery Store in Isabel for 23 years and also at Hall’s Catfish House for 12 years. Tessie was a faithful member of Berry’s Creek Pentecostal Church for 60 years. She enjoyed working in her yard and tending her flowers. She also enjoyed completing word puzzles and quilting. She was a great cook that loved spending time with her family and friends.
Charlotte Lang Leonard, age 70 and a resident of Bush, passed away on March 8, 2017 after a lengthy but courageous battle with cancer.
Ewing Allan Rihn, age 92, born on November 10, 1924 in San Antonio, TX, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017 at his home in Franklinton, LA. He was a Merchant Marine and served in the United States Marines and he was a member of the VFW.
BILLY WAYNE “BILL” JENKINS, AGE 75 and a resident of Pekin, Illinois for the last 17 years, passed away Saturday March 4, 2017 at Pekin Manor. He was born in Franklinton, Louisiana, graduated from Zachary High School and Southeastern Louisiana University. He attended the LSU Fire School and became a certified firefighting instructor. While living in Franklinton, Bill was the dispatcher for the local fire department. He was an animal lover that enjoyed playing fantasy baseball and reading. Bill was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and LSU Tigers football and baseball teams and had a special place in his heart for his pet cat Miss Kitty and dog Pepe.
Ruth Brooks of Franklinton passed away on Saturday March 4, 2017.
Anthony James Callahan, born to May 10, 1960, died March 2, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Mandeville, LA at 7:00 a.m.
Anthony graduated Covington High School in 1979 and attended SLU for 2 ½ years. He loved playing baseball from a kid, after college and started his own softball team in 1985 in Franklinton, LA where he sponsored many tournaments on Sunday evenings at the Hill Park. He went on to coach little league with the Franklinton Dixie Little League Association where he remained from 1986-2008. He enjoyed coaching so much because he loved working with kids. He was everyone’s dad, paw paw and uncle. He was a member of Outreach Full Gospel Church and worked as a boilermaker, a scaffle builder and rigger for 30 plus years. 
March 9, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Levern Ezell was booked 03/08 In From Court
Troy Hingle was booked 03/08 In From Court
Gary Mizell was booked 03/08 on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Theft 750-5000
Tommy Clark was booked 03/08 on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Carl Lacombe was booked 03/08 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
March 8, 2017
Christian Music Festival Coming to WP Fairgrounds
Plans are currently being made for the ALIVE 2017 Christian Music Festival that will be held on April 22, 2017 in the Washington Parish Fairgrounds. This is the first year of the festival, but plans are to make this an annual event and grow it each year. Two of the organizers, Mike Daniel and Stuart Varnado, recently spoke at the Franklinton Town Council meeting to request their support and partnership.

The event will provide positive entertainment for the community, an event that’s family-friendly, uplifting and encouraging, and something set aside from what society is teaching our young people. It will showcase local talent with plans to eventually add a nationally recognized Christian artist to join local talent. The main goal is to provide free entertainment while winning souls to Christ through music.
More information about the Christian Music Festival can be obtained by calling Mike at 515-0532 or Stuart at 515-0542. The group also requests that you join their Facebook page by searching ALIVE 2017 Christian Music Festival and clicking the "like" button.
March 8, 2017
Washington Parish Resident Scammed for Over $4000
A Washington Parish resident was recently scammed out of more than $4,000. The victim sent the money to buy a vehicle listed on a buy, sale or trade group on Facebook. The victim then became suspicious and also found the Facebook advertisement had been deleted.
Realizing that she had been scammed out of her money, the resident contacted the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Detectives followed up on the reported crime, but were unable to solve it since most crimes of this type originate overseas and the cash was likely overseas as well and unable to be traced. Detectives forwarded information about the scam to the FBI Cyber Crimes Unit.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “If it sounds too good to be true, it likely isn’t true. Never, never, never send money to anyone you do not know, especially if your only contact with them is through social media. There are plenty of people, both domestic and foreign, who have absolutely no conscience and will tell any lie to cheat you out of your hard-earned money. Theses thieves continue to fabricate new schemes designed to do only one thing, and that is to steal from honest people. Please take every precaution to make certain that you are not their next victim.”
March 8, 2017
Covington-Area Man Wanted After Stabbing
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are looking Marc Ingram (51) of Covington after witnesses say he stabbed a 39-year-old man following an argument Tuesday afternoon in the Lee Road community.

The altercation between the victim asked Ingram to leave his home and Ingram refused. A scuffle began and Ingram is accused of stabbing the victim in his abdomen and fleeing in a black 2000 GMC Denali with Louisiana license plate number KIC 818. The Denali has a broken rear left window.
The victim’s wound was non-life threatening and he was treated at different hospital and released.
Ingram is wanted for aggravated second-degree battery. He was reported to be at a local hospital with unknown injuries but left before deputies arrived.
If you know the whereabouts of Marc Ingram Sr., please call Det. Lopez at 985-726-7826.
March 8, 2017
New Trial Refused for Slidell Man Convicted of Child Cruelty
District Judge William J. Burris rejected a request Tuesday (March 7, 2017) to grant a new trial to Larry Bickham (60), a Slidell man convicted November 18, 2015 of child cruelty for exposing his 17-month-old daughter to cocaine in 2014.

Bickham’s attorneys were seeking a new trial with claims that prosecutors offered a sentencing deal to inmate Kelvin Rushing in exchange for his testimony. During the trial, Rushing had testified for prosecutors that Bickham smoked crack in the toddler’s presence and sometimes blew the smoke into her face to get her to sleep. But after listening to nearly two hours of testimonies, Burris found that claim without merit.
Burris also rejected a claim by Bickham’s attorneys that a letter turned over to them by prosecutors after the trial might have exonerated Bickham and changed the outcome of the trial. Burris found that the substance of the letter, which had been written by an inmate to a prosecutor not connected to the trial, had been covered during the trial.
Bickham is scheduled to be sentenced April 17.
March 8, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Travis Singley was booked 03/07 In From Court
Scott Freeman was booked 03/07 In For Court
Douglas Smith was booked 03/07 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation/Accident, and No Drivers License
March 7, 2017
Open Road Cruisers: A Bogalusa Event
Joseph Charles Giglio, age 85, passed away on March 6, 2017 at Timeless Grace assisted living in Carriere, Mississippi. Much like his wife, Sally Bateman Giglio, who preceded him in death, his spirit and zest for life will continue to inspire and impact the many lives he touched and influenced through the years.
Lucille K. Boutwell, age 88, born on July 22, 1928, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017 at her home in Bogalusa, LA.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

Leona Anita Daniels Burris, born on March 13, 1938 in Clifton, Louisiana, passed away February 26, 2017.  She joined Bethel Holy Church at an early age and was an active member until her death. Leona was a stay at home mom and a devoted wife for many years. She dedicated her life to shopping, cleaning and listening to gospel music.
March 7, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Elbert Davis was booked 03/06 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery / Strangulation, Domestic Abuse / Child Endangerment (2 counts), and Domestic Abuse Battery
William Washington was booked 03/06 In From Court
Michael Williams was booked 03/06 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Stephen Lee was booked 03/06 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
March 6, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Walter Hines was booked 03/03 In For Court
Brandon Miller was booked 03/03 on the charge of Probation Violation
James Johnson was booked 03/03 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, No Insurance, and Improper Lane Useage
Reggie Conerly was booked 03/03 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Andrew Staffiers was booked 03/04 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Darrick Sams was booked 03/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Speeding 41 or More Over Limit
Leigh Cutrer was booked 03/04 In From Court
Dana Wilkerson was booked 03/04 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kristy Wilkerson was booked 03/04 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Richard Hunt was booked 03/04 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Tony Wells was booked 03/04 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Teresa Fleming was booked 03/05 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Timothy Thomas was booked 03/05 on the charges of Home Invasion, Simple Battery (3 counts), and Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile
Paul Kates was booked 03/05 on the charge of Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Reginald Robinson was booked 03/05 on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100
Maxine Varnado of Kentwood passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017. She was a long-time member of Spring Creek Baptist Church, where she served her class, church, and the community. She enjoyed her years in the Sunshine choir, and loved her church & church family.
MARY JENKINS, AGE 97 and a resident of Enon died at 10:00 am Saturday March 4, 2017 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was a native of Denver, CO and a longtime resident of Woodville, MS before retiring to Enon in the late 1980’s. Mary was a former telephone operator, a clerk at Marten’s Drug Store and City Drug Store and later retired after several years at the Russell Company in Woodville. She enjoyed doing crafts and quilting. Mary also loved traveling.
Linda Gill Seals of Bogalusa, LA, born September 16, 1943, passed away on Saturday March 4, 2017, at Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge, LA at the age of 73.
Wilbur “Billy” Ray Nobles, our sweet husband, dad, pawpaw and friend joined our Heavenly Father on Saturday March 4th at 2:45p.m. at the age of 93.
Martha Gayle Mooney, age 59, born on May 24, 1957 in Baton Rouge, LA, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at her home in Zachary, LA. A beautiful soul loved by many. Listening to music, gardening, and cooking were some of her favorite things in life.
Shira Easley, age 75 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at St. Helena Parish Hospital. After attending college at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, she moved to Baton Rouge, where she was employed as an accountant/bookkeeper. For most of her professional career, she was employed at Kean’s Fine Dry Cleaning, formerly known as Red Stick. She was a member of Jefferson Baptist Church, where she was a member of the choir, Bible Study groups, taught Sunday School for many years, and participated in the Women’s Ministry. She thoroughly enjoyed studying God’s word and sharing it with others. She had many friends. She was also a Red Cross Chaplain, volunteering for many disaster relief operations in the southern and western regions of the United States. Upon retiring, she moved back to her hometown of Kentwood and became a member of New Zion Baptist Church.
March 6, 2017
Hammond Man Indicted on Drug and Gun Charges
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DEVONTE WEST (21) of Hammond was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to court documents, on February 20, 2017, WEST and his cousin MAURICE LLOYD, JR. were victims of a shooting in front of WEST’S residence after WEST and LLOYD completed a drug transaction. Lloyd was fatally wounded in the shooting.
A search of WEST’S residence revealed approximately two ounces of heroin, some Roxicodone pills and multiple firearms.
For the drug possession count, WEST faces a maximum term of twenty years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000. For the gun possession count, WEST faces a minimum term of five years imprisonment to run consecutive to any other sentence imposed.
Luke “LV” Warner, born April 13, 1941 in Franklinton, entered into eternal rest on Friday, February 24, 2017. LV attended Washington Parish School. He spent his early years living in Chicago and, after returning to Louisiana, worked for Boh Brothers Construction Company. 
Sidney” Bo-Pete” Davis Jr., was born on August 13, 1945 in Bogalusa and passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He attended Central Memorial High School, served in the United States Army, and was retired from Washington St. Tammany Charity Hospital.
March 3, 2017
Behavior Health Facility Nurse Arrested for Sexual Battery
An employee of a Lacombe-area behavioral health facility has been arrested for sexual battery after he was observed touching an elderly patient inappropriately.
Management at Beacon Behavioral Hospital contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office late Monday night after a staff member reported seeing George Terrebonne, a registered nurse who was working at the facility, in a patient’s room touching a 78-year-old Alzheimer’s patient in a sexual manner.
Terrebonne (66) of Covington was arrested for Sexual Battery and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. He was released March 1 after posting a $35,000 bond.
The investigation is ongoing.
March 3, 2017
TPSO Arrests Convicted Sex Offender
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of convicted sex offender Jerry Wayne Parker (38) of Amite. He is charged with Pornography involving juveniles, Failure to notify of change of registration information, Possession of schedule II, Possession of drug paraphernalia, and a hold was placed on Parker for the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office for the charge of Unlawful use of a social networking website. 
Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives had received a complaint on January 23, 2017 regarding a white male later identified as Parker. Parker was accused of contacting a female on Facebook and engaging in unwanted sexually explicit behavior. When it was learned that Parker had been convicted in 2007 in Bossier Parish of Computer Aided Solicitation of a Juvenile and that Parker resided in Amite, the case was turned over to TPSO.

During the subsequent investigation, it was discovered Parker was in possession of pornography involving juveniles.  A search warrant was obtained and a small quantity of suspected methamphetamine and pipes believed to have been used to ingest illegal narcotics were located inside the residence. 
Additional charges may be forthcoming as the investigation is on-going. 
March 3, 2017
Arrest Made in Abita Dollar General Armed Robbery
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have made an arrest in the armed robbery that occurred last week at the Dollar General on Highway 59 near Abita Springs.
At approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday, an alert patrol deputy saw a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle used during the armed robbery, parked outside the Abita Springs Walgreens, just blocks away from where the armed robbery occurred Friday afternoon.
Michael Mitchell (35) of Covington was sitting inside the vehicle at the time and was arrested and booked in to the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of Armed Robbery.
March 3, 2017
Help Identify These Loranger Dollar Store Burglars
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public’s assistance in gathering information in a February 6, 2017 burglary of the Dollar General in Loranger. This incident occurred around 4 a.m. while the business was closed. It appears that the two black male perpetrators parked their vehicle (unknown type) in the front parking lot and entered the building through the front door without damaging it. Upon entering the building, the males went to the safety deposit box, attempted to open it, but were unsuccessful. 
The two then exited the store and fled in their vehicle in an unknown direction.  One male is seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with black undershirt, red shorts, red underwear, black tennis shoes, and having a moustache.  The other male is seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes.
Anyone with information leading to the identification and arrest of the perpetrators are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
March 3, 2017
Wanted Fugitive Arrested by Slidell Police After Chase
Kevin Harrison (21) was arrested last night (March 2, 2017) after he fled from Slidell Police officers. Officer McCall recognized Harrison, who was standing in the parking lot of the Circle K gas station on Old Spanish Trail, as a wanted person. When officers approached him, he fled on foot. Officer Stokes and his partner, K9 Scout, tracked Kevin Harrison, who was ultimately apprehended by K9 Scout.
Kevin Harrison was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for minor dog bite wounds and released.

Kevin Harrison was wanted for several felony probation violation warrants, which stemmed from past arrests for possession with intent to distribute both schedule 1 and schedule 4 narcotics, illegal possession of stolen things and child desertion. In addition, Kevin Harrison was charged with resisting an officer.
Susan Lancaster Stewart, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 65, born on December 12, 1951, passed away on March 2, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA. She was a volunteer for Little League, with the Southwest Athletic Association, and Bogalusa Sports Association. She was involved with scouting for the Boy Scouts, and a Horizons Camp Fire Leader. She was active in Cancer Awareness and involved in Relay for Life. She helped with the Children's Choir at Memorial Baptist Church. She was a volunteer in the School System. Susan was also an active donor for the Blood Center.
John Huey Barnes, Sr. was born September 1, 1939 in Franklinton and died February 25, 2017. He attended Washington Parish High School, earned a B. A. Degree in Business Administration, and served his country in the United States Air Force. John resided for a time in Los Angeles working for Ford Motor Company but returned to Franklinton and then moved to Baton Rouge where he was active in politics and served as a lobbyist.
Bennie Ruth Spivey was born on January 28, 1935 and died February 23, 2017. She graduated from Central Memorial High School in Bogalusa and furthered her education at Southern University in Baton Rouge. Bennie Ruth was self-employed as a Tax Preparer and humbly served the Bogalusa community for over 35 years. 
Darcie Ann Harris died February 24, 2017. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.
March 3, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Roy Burnthorn was booked 03/02 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs and Attachment
Robert Williams was booked 03/02 on the charges of Ran Red Light, Switched License Plates, No Insurance, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Cultivation or Production of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Aaron Ford was booked 03/02 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Tyrone Hart was booked 03/02 In From Court
Tanya Voth-Singley was booked 03/02 In From Court
Lavelle Bickham was booked 03/02 on the charges of Attachment, Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts)
Krystal Chapman was booked 03/02 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs
Shun Chapman was booked 03/02 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Marijuana, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Brian Chapman was booked 03/02 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Improper Turn/Accident, No Drivers License on Person, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Glenn Castle was booked 03/02 In For Court
Lenzie Watson was booked 03/02 In For Court
EDDIE ELMO MCNEESE, AGE 77 and a resident of Pine died at 8:30 Wednesday March 1, 2017. He was retired as a project engineer with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and a longtime member of Pine Missionary Baptist Church. Elmo was a former member of the United States Army Reserve. He enjoyed spending time on the porch watching the many birds that visited his property each day. Upon retiring, he and his wife sold numerous items at the many auctions in the local area. Elmo loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
March 2, 2017
Bogalusa Man Jailed for Possession of Illegal Drugs
Robert Williams, Jr., (34), a resident of Avenue L in Bogalusa sits in the Washington Parish Jail charged with two counts of possession to distribute Schedule I drugs, one count of cultivation or production of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, running a red light, switched license plate and no vehicle insurance.

After stopping a pickup truck for running a red light, a WPSO deputy observed a leafy green plant (that appeared to be marijuana) in a plastic container in the rear of the truck and the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the truck. The driver had no vehicle insurance and the license plate displayed on the truck was registered to another vehicle.
A pat down of Williams and search of the truck revealed a digital scale in a pocket of Williams’ trousers, $455 in cash, a solid block of marijuana weighing a total of 62.2 grams, 2 plastic bags containing marijuana, and 54 Ecstasy pills.
“I can’t over-emphasize the good job our patrol deputies do protecting the citizens of our parish,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “While most of us are home asleep, our deputies are working throughout the parish to help keep us safe. They are an extraordinary group of men and women and I am so pleased to be their Sheriff.”
March 2, 2017
Two Promoted at the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal today announced the promotion of two veteran officers. Anthony J. Romano, Jr.,  is promoted to Lieutenant for Criminal Patrol Shift C and David Cupp to Sergeant in the Criminal Patrol Division, Shift B.
March 2, 2017
STPSO Deputy Pursues/Fights Suspect
A St. Tammany Parish motorcycle deputy is considering himself lucky as he narrowly avoided from being struck by a vehicle after pursuit Wednesday afternoon.
The deputy tried stopping Joshua Price (26) of New Orleans after he was clocked going 48 miles per hour through the Kingspoint Subdivision, where the speed limit is only 25 miles per hour. Price refused to stop and almost struck the deputy.

Price stopped in front of a residence and tried to barricade himself inside. The deputy struggled and fought with Price until backup arrived. The most disturbing part about this incident is not the fact that Price almost ran over the deputy, but that several of his family members watched and antagonized the deputy while he was struggling to handcuff Price.
Price was eventually detained, after being pepper sprayed, and was charged with: Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Resisting an Officer by Violence, Possession of Marijuana, and Speeding.
The family members, whether agree or disagree, did not commit a crime and were not arrested. Sheriff Randy Smith says, “It’s a shame the family didn’t help deescalate the situation. This is sometimes the unfortunate reality of being a law enforcement officer. Things could have turned a lot worse for the deputy, so we're are grateful he is ok.”
March 2, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Elbert Miller was booked 03/01 In From Court and on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100 and Contempt of Court
Patricia Mingo was booked 03/01 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Christina McCain was booked 03/01 In From Court
Jessica Thomas was booked 03/01 on the charge of Probation Violation
Damion Thompson was booked 03/01 on the charges of Attempted Armed Robbery and Aggravated Battery
Kenneth Lenoir was booked 03/01 on the charges of Sexual Battery (2 counts)
Tyler Vaughn was booked 03/01 on the charges of Fraudulent Acquisition of a Credit Card and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Nadia Collins was booked 03/01 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Kimberly Henry was booked 03/01 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Possession of Schedule I Drugs/Morphine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Introduction of Contraband Into Penal Institute
Johnny Gill was booked 03/01 on the charges of Driving Left of Center/Crossing Center Line and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Snooky Miner was booked 03/01 In For Court
Tonya Kimball was booked 03/01 on the charge of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery
March 2, 2017
Welcome Spring – Message from Sheriff Randy Seal
As winter comes to a close and we welcome spring, we at the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office remember that spring is a great time in our community – a new baseball season begins, spring break is approaching, and graduation draws near for our students. We celebrate these good times in our community.

I want to remind you that with the warmer weather, children may be playing near our parish roads. Please take extra caution and slow down when driving through residential neighborhoods, and remember, children learn by watching us. If you're traveling with a child, please practice good driving habits, including:
* Wear your seat belts.
* Obey speed limits.
* Teach them why it's important to slow near schools and neighborhoods.
* Don't text while driving.
* Make sure children are in the correct car seat.
For many more driving safety tips, please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at:
Thank you for keeping Washington Parish safe. We look forward to the great times that spring will bring!
Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal
March 1, 2017
Railroad Depot Museum in McComb Vandalized
The McComb Police Department along with the Pike County Sheriff’s Office arrested two juvenile males in reference to the burglary and vandalism of three rail cars at the Railroad Depot Museum in McComb, Mississippi. Logan Regan, 18, was also arrested and charged with burglary (3 counts), felony malicious mischief (3 counts), and contributing to the delinquency of a minor (2 counts).
A fundraising drive has been started to help offset the costs of cleaning and repairing the interior and exterior of the damaged rail cars. If you'd like to contribute, no donation is too small or too large, with all donations fully tax deductible. Please mail your check to McComb Railroad Museum, P. O. Box 7220, McComb, MS 39649.
March 1, 2017
STPSO Highway Enforcement Unit has Busy February
The St. Tammany Parish Highway Enforcement Unit had a productive and busy February. Here are some of the noteworthy incidents:
  • On February 9th, a traffic stop on I-12 identified  Ezequiel Guardiola Carreon (37), a known drug trafficker and illegal alien with a record of numerous arrests and who had been deported several times. Carreon was taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol and has since been deported.
  • On February 15th, a traffic stop on I-12 resulted in the arrest of Shannon Thompson (42) of Texas. Thompson was in possession of approximately eight ounces of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.
  • Also on February 15th, a traffic stop was conducted on a known money smuggler. He has been stopped multiple times with large amounts of cash, proven to be “dirty money” from narcotics trafficking. Deputies located and sized $7,800 of suspected “dirty money” during the traffic stop. The investigation is still on-going in this case.
  • On February 23rd, the St. Tammany Parish Highway Enforcement Unit arrested Christopher Cleaver (39), for driving a stolen vehicle on I-12.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, “After only a few months, the Highway Enforcement Unit has proven to be successful. Proactive enforcement on our interstates will continue. We are catching some bad criminals, and taking them off the streets. There is no doubt in my mind that bigger things have yet to come.”











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