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November 21, 2014
The Honkey Tonk Priest Event At Franklinton Library
The Washington Parish library will be hosting a very unique program on Monday, December 15 at the Franklinton branch library. The program features Father Gabriel Farago a.k.a. the “Honky-Tonk Priest” as he discusses the music industry. In his discussion, he relates, from personal experience, how to market talent to become a country music star.
The program will run from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Father Gabriel will discuss the process of marketing talent and songwriting based on his long career. He will enlighten attendees with insights and pointers to help budding performers. Fr. Farago has experience working with up-and-coming performers that have appeared on shows such as the Voice and America's Got Talent. 
Seating space are limited so if you're interested please call 839-7806 to reserve a spot on Monday, December 15 at 6 PM or email GAN G.I. librarian at Gmail.com. 
Father Gabriel was ordained priest and has had many interesting stories to tell with regards to both Faith in the music industry. His stories are enlightening, uplifting and enumerating the ups and downs of the industry.
 
 
Obituary
Myrtis Elizabeth Toney Walters Bullock passed away in her home on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the age of 92. Myrtis was born and raised in Franklinton and graduated from Franklinton High School. Myrtis worked at two clothing stores in town, Blair’s and George’s. Every Sunday for many years, you could find Myrtis in the nursery at Bethel Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School and caring for the children as their parents attended service. Myrtis touched many lives with her devotion to taking care of everyone she knew, and she will forever be remembered for her sweet manner and loving touch.
 
 
Obituary
Vernice Carolyn Fremin Roussell Mitzenberg, born on January 11, 1916 in New Orleans, LA passed away on Friday, November 21, 2014 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA.  She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church for 95 years. She was the owner of Family Bakery.
 
 
November 21, 2014
SHERIFF’S  OFFICE  ARRESTS  “NOT SO SMART” THIEVES
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office recently arrested two thieves who might qualify for inclusion in an episode of World’s Dumbest Criminals.
During a residential burglary in the parish, several items were stolen, including an I-Pad.  Detective Damon Mitchell learned that the I-Pad had been used by the thieves because of pictures on the owner’s I-Cloud account that were not her or her family.  The pictures obviously were uploaded to her I-Cloud account after the I-Pad was stolen.  Antonio Dillon and Trinette Lee, who both reside at 30518 Old Columbia Road were identified in the uploaded photographs obviously enjoying their new electronic gadget.
Investigators went to the residence and located the stolen I-pad along with Dillon and Lee.  Both were arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Stolen Property.  Dillon was also charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana and booked on an outstanding attachment.  He was released on bond.  Lee was also charged with a bench warrant for Failure to Appear and is being held with no bond.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the arrests.  “Congratulations to Detective Mitchell on a job well done.  The I-cloud images were intended to be amusing, but the two thieves were not amused when they walked into the jail with handcuffs on their wrists.  We are grateful to them for producing the evidence that led to their own quick arrests.  It would be nice if more criminals were that cooperative.”
 
 
November 21, 2014
Adopt-A-Child Profile
Twelve year old Dale is quite the comedian, and the adults in his life enjoy his company because they know they will get a good laugh. He likes to play board games and learn new things.
Dale finds comfort in prayer on a regular basis and considers himself a Christian. When he grows up, he aspires to be a Country Singer and to own a Country Christian radio and television station. Dale is an animal lover, but he especially loves dogs. He is very affectionate towards them, and would spend lots of time playing with a family pet. In addition to enjoying typical teen fare, Dale likes to eat fruits and some vegetables. His all time favorite foods are pineapple and ice cream.
Dale is looking forward to the prospect of having his very own family, but would like his family to know that he needs to remain in contact with his brother, who is also available for adoption.
For more information about Dale or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.la.gov.
 
 
November 21, 2014
President Ignoring American People?
Today, Governor Jindal issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s Executive Order to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
Governor Jindal said, "The President is lecturing us and not listening to us. He’s bypassing Congress, and ignoring the American people. Unilaterally granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants does nothing to solve our immigration problem, it only makes it worse. Our border is not secure. If we want to solve our immigration problem, job one is to secure the border. Fed Ex can track every package it ships, surely America can figure out who is crossing our borders. I saw the crisis first hand over the summer — I went to the border. I saw folks illegally crossing it. We must secure the border.
“Granting amnesty by executive order is wrong. It will incentivize more of this illegal immigration. If the President wants to make the case that the law should be changed, he should go make the case to Congress and our people. This is an arrogant, cynical political move by the President, and it’s why so many Americans no longer trust this President to solve the problems we face.”
 
 
November 21, 2014
Grant Means More Deputies Working Tangipahoa Parish
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has received grant funding from the Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities thought the year.  
The 12 month grant, which began this October, will allow the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office to continue conducting DWI/Seatbelt saturation patrols as well as checkpoints throughout the parish, targeting individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics as well as people who are not wearing their seat belt.
Beginning November 22, 2014, , the TPSO is participating in the 'Click It or Ticket' seat belt enforcement mobilization program, targeting motorists who are not wearing seat belts. The Sheriff's Office will also participate in the "Buckle Up In Your Truck" traffic safety campaign.
This grant funding will also be used to increase the number of deputies on the streets. Those deputies will be looking for drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol as well as drivers who are not using their seatbelts and children who are not properly restrained in vehicles.  Funding has also been provided for programs targeting underage drinking and the illegal sale of alcohol to minors.
 
 
November 21, 2014
Lacombe man Arrested On Weapons Charges
A Tammany Trace ranger in Lacombe called 911 yesterday morning after an encounter with Pickens during which Pickens threatened the ranger.  The ranger had been trying to disburse Pickens from a makeshift encampment he constructed under the Bayou Castine bridge (approx. one mile west of Fontainebleau State Park).  When deputies arrived, Pickens had already left the area.
Deputies searched for Pickens throughout the morning, with patrol deputies working areas near the Trace and motorcycle deputies riding the Trace itself.  Just before noon, a parish employee called 911 to report Pickens was near the Koop Drive Trailhead, causing a disturbance.  Traffic and patrol deputies immediately responded to that area and located Pickens on the Trace near Sharp Road.
Deputies found Pickens with a loaded .22 handgun, which had an obliterated serial number, concealed in a bag.  Pickens also had portions of an expired (due to age) ballistic vest attached to his person and the front of his bicycle.
Pickens was arrested without incident at approximately 11:45 a.m.  After questioning, he was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on charges of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon, Disturbing the Peace, Simple Assault, Criminal Trespass and Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number.
Pickens is being held in the parish jail with a $100,000 bond.
 
 
November 20, 2014
Impact of Holiday Drinking and Driving
The December 26, 2013, edition of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate carried a very sad story of an Acadia Parish man who was arrested for a fourth-offense DWI after he caused an accident that killed one woman and sent two to the hospital on Christmas night.  This is a scene that should not be repeated during the upcoming holiday season. 
Statistics indicate there is an alarming increase in DWI offenses and alcohol-related highway deaths during the holiday season beginning Thanksgiving eve and continuing through January 2.  It is estimated that the number of DWI offenders increases 30% during the Thanksgiving holiday, 33% on Christmas Eve and a staggering 155% on New Year’s Eve.  During the extended holiday season, as many as 1,200 persons are predicted to be killed by drunk drivers nationwide and another 25,000 injured. 
Sheriff Randy Seal cautions all persons who drink during the holidays, or any other time, not to drive.  “If you drink, don’t drive.  Even one drink impairs a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.  Our deputies will be working throughout the holiday season and will arrest impaired drivers and carry them to jail. Once they get there, they can expect to stay locked up until they are sober.  Only then can they be released on bond. The minimum jail stay for DWI is eight hours.” 

 
Obituary
Michael W. Dillon Sr. born March 4, 1947 passed away November 19, 2014 at his residence at the age of 67. 

 
Obituary
CLARICE MILEY JONES, AGE 75 and a resident of Bogalusa died at 2:00 pm Wednesday November 19, 2014 at her home. She was a longtime member of Bonner Creek Baptist Church, where she was formerly active in the church choir and other activities. Clarice enjoyed gardening, cooking and sharing those meals with her family. 

 
Obituary
Nellie Ruth Crain, age 93, born on May 2, 1921 in New Orleans, LA, passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. 

 
November 20, 2014
Toys for Tots Donations Needed
The Covington Police Officers’ Recreation Association’s annual Caroline Darby Memorial Toys for Tots campaign for 2014 has officially started. Toys for Tots is held each year, providing toys for children in the community that may not have been able to get Christmas presents otherwise.
With the community’s help, last year toys were presented to over 600 needy children in the Covington area. The support of our community ensured these children were able to have a merry Christmas and could not have been done without your help.
The distribution date for this year is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9am – 12pm at the Greater Covington Center, 317 N Jefferson Ave. The Covington Police Officers’ Recreation Association is asking the community for donations of toys or monetary donations. Anything the community can give will go directly to making this Christmas memorable for our children.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to “CPORA Toys for Tots” and mail them to Covington Police Department, PO Box 1059, Covington, LA 70434. For more information, or if you need toys to be picked up, please call 985-898-2641.
Thank you for the support you give each year to ensure the future of our community is able to have a memorable and happy holiday!

 
November 20, 2014
Adopt-A-Child Profile
Jodie is a cute 12-year-old who is active and has a lot of personality.  Like most boys his age, Jodie enjoys playing outdoors, and his favorite game to play is basketball.  He is a great team player but loves getting the ball so that he can show off his dribbling skills.  Jodie has a remote control car that he also loves to play with outdoors.  His favorite indoor activity is playing video games.
Jodie currently is in the fourth grade. He appreciates positive reinforcement like a trip to McDonald's or the Arcade as a reward for good behavior.  Jodie is a grateful child and would benefit from a family that is patient and willing to provide him with the guidance he needs.
For additional information about Jodie or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.
 
 
November 20, 2014
Independence Man Arrested On Rape and Molestation Of 4-Year Old
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 61 year old Joseph Underwood of Independence, LA.
Underwood was taken into custody yesterday without incident on charges of Aggravated rape and molestation of a 4 year old juvenile.   After the allegations of abuse were investigated and during post polygraph interview, Underwood of his own free will admitted to being sexually aroused around the juvenile.   With additional statements given by the suspect, Underwood was taken into custody and subsequently charged.   Underwood was an acquaintance of the victim’s family.
 
 
November 20, 2014
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Derreck Robertson was booked 11/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Careless Operation and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100
Scotty Pierce was booked 11/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Welton Conerly was booked 11/19 In From Court
Richard Brown was booked 11/19 In From Court
Brent Newman was booked 11/19 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Corey Bufkin was booked 11/20 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk and Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500
 
 
November 19, 2014
Food For Fines At Library Is Success
On Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Mr. Emmett guy of the Washington Parish Library shepherded a donation of over 200 pounds of food items and 50 pounds of books to the Bogalusa Help Center.
The Food For Fines program runs twice a year, in April and from October through the end of November. The cans of food were donated in place of paying fines on overdue items during this period and help raise the amount of goods necessary to support the help center through another difficult period.  One non-perishable food item may be donated in lieu of every three dollars owed on overdue items.
This is the third donation to the Help Center and the library is seeking out other groups to partner with to get the donations to Bogalusa Help Center and to help make a difference in our communities.
 
November 19, 2014
Louisiana Black Bears On Comeback Trail
The bear species nicknamed “teddy” more than a century ago that inspired the iconic stuffed toy still popular today will likely survive at least another century, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.
The threatened Louisiana black bear, one of 18 subspecies of black bear in North America, has less than a 1 percent chance of going extinct in the next 100 years.  The bear was once found throughout Louisiana, eastern Texas, southern Arkansas and western Mississippi. Habitat loss and overhunting has since reduced and fragmented the population resulting in its listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1992.
The species was nicknamed the “teddy bear” in 1902 when President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt famously refused to shoot a tethered bear while on a hunting trip.
Since originally being listed as threatened in 1992, the Louisiana black bear population has grown and the habitat has recovered to the extent that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering “delisting,” or removing the bear from the threatened species list.
For more on this story, click here.
 
 
November 19, 2014
French Colonial Culinary History Event At Library
Mr. Jerry Laiche, a noted author, Librarian and entrepreneur, will be conducting two programs for the WPL. The programs will be conducted on Monday and Tuesday, December 8th and 9th in Franklinton and Bogalusa, starting at 6:30 pm. He’ll be highlighting the origins of Creole cuisine as discussed in his book, The Petticoat Rebellion: A Culinary History of French Colonial Louisiana (Volume 1) .
Mr. Laiche and his wife will be in costume and will serve period refreshments. The book, as described on Amazon.com:
“The Petticoat Rebellion chronicles the creation of New Orleans' Creole Cuisine with recipes, historical essays and historical fiction. Creole cuisine is the integration of European (in this case French) and African cooking methods and ingredients with the methods and ingredients found in the New World. All of the ingredients found in the recipes throughout the book have been historically verified to have existed in the French Caribbean and Louisiana during the 18th century. The cooking methods found herein (except where specified) can be done at an open hearth as well as using modern ranges and ovens.”
Please feel free to attend, but please call ahead and register, Franklinton 985-839-7806 or Bogalusa 985-735-1961.
 
 
November 19, 2014
Adopt A Child Profile
This sibling group of three is constantly on the go. In their free time, they enjoy getting together with friends and family.
Cersten is an upbeat 15 year old who loves to sing. She is taking art lessons because she loves to draw and paint. She is creative and expresses herself through her art. Cersten is affectionate and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She may be shy and quiet at first, but she opens up after getting to know you.
Enthusiastic 14 year old Hannah enjoys doing hair and makeup, and shopping for new outfits. She is affectionate and quick to make bonds with those she cares for. Hannah is a natural leader, as her peers tend to give her the final say on decisions made about their activities. She is also active and need parents who do not mind having fun, but makes sure Hannah is not always the one making the decisions for everyone else.
Cristen is an energetic 12 year old boy who has a big smile and loves to laugh. His favorite thing to do is ride his bike around the neighborhood. If Cristen had it his way, he would spend the entire day outside. He is naturally curious and loves to explore how things work by taking them apart. He also enjoys building and can play with Legos for hours.
This trio is looking for a family who can keep up with their active personalities. They would benefit from a household with a strong male figure and who can provide the structure and support needed for their teenage years. If your family is ready to increase its household by three, inquire about these teens today!
For additional information about Hannah, Cristen and Cersten or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.la.gov.
 
 
November 19, 2014
Entergy Launches Energy Efficiency Programs
Customers of Entergy’s Louisiana utilities can start saving energy and money through new energy efficiency programs being rolled out this month. 
Entergy Solutions: A Louisiana Program, a suite of Quick Start energy efficiency programs sponsored by Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C., provides customers a variety of ways to cut energy use at their homes and businesses.
Initiatives aimed at residential customers include the following: 
* Residential Solutions Program: Qualified participating contractors will help customers analyze their energy use at home, identify energy efficiency improvement projects and install low-cost, energy-saving measures. 
* Lighting & Appliances Program: Customers are offered rebates to purchase energy efficient products including CFL & LED lighting, advanced power strips, room A/C units, and variable speed drive pool pumps.
* Coolsaver A/C Tune-up & HVAC Replacement Program: Trained technicians will focus on improving the energy efficiency of existing residential A/C or HVAC units. Incentives are also available for the purchase of high efficiency replacement A/C units.
For more information, please visit EntergySolutionsLA.com or call toll free (855) 770-9122.   To view the full Press Release, click here.
 
 
November 19, 2014
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Antonio Dillon was booked 11/18 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Marijuana, and Failure to Appear
Derreck Robertson was booked 11/18 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
 
 
November 18, 2014
SHERIFF ASKS FOR PUBLIC’S HELP TO IDENTIFY CARJACKER
A carjacking which began in Lawrence County, Mississippi, this week ended in Washington Parish, Louisiana.
On November 17, a female walked into the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Bogalusa substation and reported that she had been carjacked in Monticello, Mississippi.  The victim, who works in the healthcare industry, was traveling on Highway 27 enroute to pick up a co-worker.  As she traveled, she noticed an older man seated on the side of the highway and holding his chest.  Thinking he might be having cardiac complications, she stopped to assist him.
She helped the man into her car with the intention of driving him to the emergency room.  Once he entered her vehicle, he produced a pistol, pointed it at her head, and demanded that she drive him to where he directed her. More on this story.

 

November 18, 2014

Adopt A Child Profile
Nine-year-old Devonte has a dimpled smile made for the camera! Although Devonte is not shy around others, he often prefers activities that require his complete attention. Devonte takes his leisure activities very seriously and is not easily distracted by others while watching his favorite cartoons on the Disney Channel or playing with his toy trucks.
On a sunny day, Devonte can be found spending his time on the basketball court, as basketball is one of his favorite outdoor activities. He enjoys shooting hoops or playing a one-on-one game. Devonte takes pleasure in receiving treats for a job well done. Whether it's for completing a task or doing well in school, his face lights up when appreciation for his efforts to improve is expressed. Devonte has a healthy appetite and rarely resists home-cooked meals and treats.
Devonte would benefit from a family with a lot of love and patience where he is the youngest in the family. He is most empowered when he is given the spotlight. If your family is interested in learning more about Devonte, please inquire today.
For more information about Devonte or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.la.gov.

 

 

November 18, 2014

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED RAPE--MANDATORY LIFE IN PRISON--
District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Hector Perez, 33 of Bush, was found guilty as charged on Friday November 14th, 2014, of aggravated rape.  The 12 member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated for 1 hour before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge William Burris.  Assistant District Attorney Bruce Dearing was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case for the 4 day trial.
Perez was arrested in April 2009 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a girl was sexually abused.  The abuse occurred from 2006 when the victim was 8 years old and lasted until 2009.  The victim saw a child sex abuse video at school and reported her abuse to the school counselor.
Judge Burris will sentence Perez on December 19th, 2014.  Aggravated rape is punishable by imprisonment for life without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. 

 

 

 

November 18, 2014

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED RAPE--MANDATORY LIFE IN PRISON--
FRANKLINTON--- District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Aaron Kitzler, 43 of Franklinton, was found guilty as charged on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, of aggravated rape.  Kitlzer was found not guilty for an alleged molestation of another victim.  The 12 member Washington Parish Jury deliberated for 2 hours before returning the verdicts to 22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner.  Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case for the 3 day trial.
Kitzler was arrested in April 2013 by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office after a girl under age 13 was sexually abused.  The girl was abused from 2009 when she was 9 years old until 2012.   The victim told a family member about the abuse.
Judge Gardner will sentence Kitzler on November 10th, 2014.  Aggravated rape is punishable by imprisonment for life without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

 

 

November 18, 2014
MAN FACES FROM 20 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON 22 ARRESTS---8 FELONY CONVICTIONS OVER 18 YEARS
District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Gino Crucia, 36 of Gretna, was found guilty as charged on Monday, October 27th, 2014, of possession of heroin.  A twelve member St. 

Tammany Parish Jury deliberated 20 minutes before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Peter Garcia.  Career Criminal Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Crucia and two others, Craig Staples, 34 of Slidell, and Bridget Weaver, 40 of Gretna, were arrested in March 2014 by the Slidell Police and St. Tammany Parish Deputies after a traffic stop on I-10 near Old Spanish Trail.  Crucia, Staples, and Weaver were riding in a gold vehicle after they were observed making a drug buy in another Parish.  The drug buy information was forwarded and the vehicle was stopped as it arrived in Slidell.  A search of the vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia while heroin was found in Crucia’s sock.
Weaver and Staples pled guilty to possession of heroin on July 14, 2014.  Weaver was sentenced to 5 years probation and Staples was sentenced to 5 years suspended and 5 years probation. 
Judge Garcia will sentence Crucia on November 13, 2014.  Possession of heroin is punishable by imprisonment from 4 to 10 years.  Crucia faces from 20 years to  life in prison if found to be a career criminal due to prior convictions for possession of cocaine and methadone in 2006,  possession and distribution of alprazolam in 1999, and possession of cocaine in 1996.

 

 

November 18, 2014

MAN SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS FOR SEX CRIME
District Attorney Walter Reed reports that Robert Stanley Lane, 56 of Slidell, was sentenced today, Thursday, October 16th, 2014, to 60 years in prison for molestation of a juvenile under 13 years of age.  22nd Judicial District Judge William Knight sentenced Lane and ordered the sentence to run consecutively to a 15 year sentence Lane is currently serving for a 2012 

conviction for indecent behavior with a juvenile under the age of 13 years.  Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of preparation and presentation of the State’s case.
Lane was arrested in October 2013 by the Slidell Police Department after a child was sexually abused in 2010.   The victim was 7 years old at the time of the abuse.  The victim learned from a school video that this incident was sex abuse.  The victim told a family member who told the victim’s father.  Two previous victims testified that they were also sexually abused by the defendant.
Molestation of a juvenile under age 13 is punishable by imprisonment for not less than 25 nor more than 99 years.

 

 

Obituary

RODNEY WAYNE NOBLES, AGE 62 and a resident of Pine passed away Sunday morning at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was born February 7, 1952 and enjoyed Bar-B-Q, music and cooking for others. He was always a loving husband, wonderful father and special Paw Paw that cherished all the time spent with his family.

 

 

November 18, 2014

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal Hosting Thanksgiving Luncheons
The following was released by Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley
"Washington  Parish Sheriff Randy Seal is hosting three Thanksgiving luncheons for senior citizens of Washington Parish.  You are invited to attend.  The Thanksgiving luncheons will be held as follows:

  • Thursday, November 20, 11:00 a.m., Franklinton
    First Baptist Church
  • Friday, November 21, 11:00 a.m., Bogalusa
    American Legion Home
  • Monday, November 24, 11:00 a.m., Varnado
    Varnado High School

Historically, several hundred people will be served lunch at each gathering.  We anticipate similar crowds this year.  In addition to lunch, musical entertainment will be provided by Right Direction.
Looking forward to seeing you there."

 

 

November 17, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jacob Jarrell was booked 11/17 for Drug Court
Pamela Duhon was booked 11/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

November 17, 2014

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT STPH THIS WEEK
Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of November 17-22.

***CHRON’S DISEASE SUPPORT
***ACTIVE PARENTING
***HANDLING ENTITLEMENT
***SURVIVE DAT! - a breast cancer support group for young survivors
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP
***YOGA

For more information or to register for a class,  click here.


 

 

November 17, 2014

Adopt A Child Profile
Larynso is a bright, intelligent and outspoken young man who aspires to play professional football. Larynso enjoys participating in basketball and swimming. On days that Larynso spends indoors, he loves playing board games and video games and reading books.
Larynso is an animal lover. He loves playing with dogs and other pets. His favorite color is green and his favorite foods are hamburgers, pizza, and macaroni and cheese. Larynso is quite the entertainer, as he likes clowning around and making others laugh and smile.
For additional information about Larynso, or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

Obituary

JOHNNY EDWARD DYKES, AGE 65 and a resident of Franklinton died at 6:20 am Sunday November 16, 2014 at his home. He was born May 30, 1949 in Aberdeen, Maryland and was a proud U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart. Johnny worked for over 20 years at Borden, Inc. before becoming disabled. He was a member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church and also attended San Pedro Missionary Baptist Church. Johnny loved fishing, hunting, and being outdoors. He also loved the Christmas season and Christmas Lights, even placing a big light display at his home each year. But, he loved most of all spending time with his grandchildren and family.

 

 

November 17, 2014

Adoption Reception Held At Governor's Mansion

Despite cold temperatures, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today held its 16th Annual Adoption Celebration at the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge to celebrate the 627 Louisiana foster children adopted by 459 families between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014.
Balloon artists, face painters, children's activities and the St. Michael the Archangel High School Jazz band entertained families who adopted foster children last fiscal year.
For more on this good story, click here.

 

 

November 17, 2014

Hammond Resident Arrested in Cutting Attack
Tangipahoa Parish Deputies arrived at a Milton Road residence in response to a disturbance call and found a 19 year old black male lying on the ground with a large stab wound to the face.   
An investigation revealed that three Hispanic subjects were engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim  when one of the subjects, 25 year old Quebin Gutierrez ran into a near-by trailer to retrieve a knife.  He then ran back to the scene and handed it to 27 year old Melvin Pannillidia  who cut the victim in the face leaving a 4 inch laceration. 
After the incident, 17 year old Josue Mejia (Christian) allegedly grabbed the knife from Pannillidia and fled the scene in an effort to hide the weapon.  
All three subjects were located and charged.  Melvin Pannillidia was charged with second degree aggravated battery by cutting.  Quebin Gutierrez was charged with principle to second degree aggravated battery for providing the weapon and Mejia with accessory after the fact to second degree battery for attempting the hide the weapon.  

 

 

November 17, 2014

AG Caldwell Joins 20 States in Opposing Maryland Gun Restrictions 
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined 20 other state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief opposing Maryland laws restricting Second Amendment gun rights.
The brief filed Wednesday in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Kolbe v. O’Malley asserts that Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013 violates citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment by imposing a ban on the possession of commonly used weapons. The attorneys general contend that Maryland law must be subject to strict scrutiny because its restrictions extend to possession of a protected weapon by a law-abiding citizen for self-defense in the home.
Attorney General Caldwell said, "You know something is definitely wrong when legislatures continually try to criminalize the full exercise by Americans of their Second Amendment rights to protect themselves while at the same time decriminalize the possession and use of drugs. These continuing and repeated assaults on our Second Amendment rights have got to stop."
West Virginia led attorneys general from, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming in filing the brief.

 

 

November 17, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tiffany Knight was booked 11/14 In From Court

Marrio Haynes was booked 11/14 on the charges of Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Annelisha Richardson was booked 11/4 In For Court
Howard Holden was booked 11/14 In From Court
Dayon Dyson was booked 11/14 on the charges of Attachment (3 counts)
Shay Kagler was booked 11/15 on the charges of Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear (2 counts)

 

 

November 14, 2014

American Pickers in Washington Parish?
American Pickers are interested in coming to our area and will be looking for places with old items to pick.  This is exciting news for Washington Parish.  The show will likely be shooting in January 2015.
If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to  Mike and Frank, email your name, number, city, state and a description of the collection. Include photos if possible.
americanpickers@cineflix.com or call and leave a message at 1-855-OLD-RUST. 

For more on this and a list of what they are looking for and what they are not looking for, click here.

 

 

November 14, 2014

DA Candidate Forum Held Thursday Evening
The Republican Women of Franklinton sponsored a District Attorney Candidate Forum Thursday evening at the Methodist Church.  While Brian Trainor was unable to attend, his representative Tammy Keaton and Candidate Warren Montgomery and answered questions by Forum Moderator Beth Mizell.  To view their remarks, click on the video below.

 

 

Obituary

Louise Elaine Barber, age 86 was called home to her final resting place on Thursday, November 13, 2014. She was born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, but spent her entire life in Franklinton, with her late husband of 60 years and her children. While she worked most of her life as an accountant, her passion was her art, the subjects of which reflected all she loved. She enjoyed a long and beautiful life, and will be missed by all who were privileged to know her.

 

 

Obituary

Clarence (Pops) Guilott passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon at the age of 88. He was a member of the Hebron Baptist Church and was a pioneer for the Bush Volunteer Fire Dept. He was Army Veteran of WWII. He enjoyed traveling with family and friends. His favorite hobby was catching white perch.

 

 

Obituary

Casey Lewis passed from this life on November 13, 2014, at the age of 45. He was a man whose heart held wisdom beyond his years, and to those who knew him well, he was a great inspiration and blessing. He loved nature and often said that the woods and rivers of Washington Parish, where his footsteps still echo, were his church. He and his dearest friends in life, Kelley Dupont hunted and fished these woods and rivers as often as time allowed, making memories all along the way. In his solitude, Casey enjoyed nurturing and growing green plants and unusual flowers. He was a true woodsman and naturalist in every sense of the word.

 

 

November 14, 2014

Guest Archaeologist Scheduled at Native American Museum
LSU-educated archeologist Joseph Yarbrough will speak on Native Americans and help people identify their stone points at the Native American Museum in Bogalusa's Cassidy Park at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23.
Yarbrough's exhibits include the Indigenous Peoples of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin and New Orleans in the Civil War. The subjects of his authored papers range from pirates to slavery in Louisiana.
Yarbrough does consulting work for the Florida Seminole Nation, FEMA, Louisiana State Parks and Plaquemines Parish. He's a long-time consultant on Fort Pike, Fort Jackson and cannons. And his lifelong project is cemetery archeology in his resident St. Tammany Parish.
Admission is free of charge.

 

 

November 14, 2014

Adopt A Child Profile

D'Janae is an adorable, fun loving girl who embraces her femininity. She loves the glitz and glam that comes with dressing up, getting her nails done, and fancy hair dos with pretty bows 

and other hair accessories. She enjoys shopping and keeping up with the latest trends in fashion. 

When it comes to music, D'Janae enjoys listening to both Hip Hop and R&B. When asked who her favorite musician is, she could not decide, as she claimed to love many different songs by different musicians. D'Janae is not shy by any stretch of the imagination. She makes friends easily, and doesn't mind offering her friends free advice at any given moment. She also enjoys being outdoors riding her bicycle and swimming.
D'Janae is looking for a forever family that will make her feel like a princess. It doesn't matter to D'Janae if her new family is a one or two parent household as long as she can be the youngest in the family. She also doesn't mind having a few pets around the home either.
For more information about D'Janae or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.la.gov.

 

 

Obituary

Edna Joyce Haarala Wascom, a residence of Bogalusa, LA, age 82, born on May 13, 1932, passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Our Lady Of The Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

November 14, 2014

State Implements Tool for End-of-Life Care Planning
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced today wider implementation of a document that makes it simpler for individuals to discuss and plan their own end-of-life care decisions with their physician. The form, called the Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment or LaPOST, is a voluntary document that allows individuals to state their preferences for the kinds of care they would like to receive when facing a serious, advanced illness that may eventually limit their ability to speak or direct their own care.  LaPOST encourages important communication between doctors and patients, enables patients to make informed decisions, and helps makes these decisions travel easily across care settings.  To read the entire news release, click here.

 

 

November 14, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Dylan Seal was booked 11/13 In From Court and on the charge of Contempt of CourtJohn Robinson was booked 11/13 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Levern Ezell was booked 11/13 on the charge of Attachment
Melissa Morvant was booked 11/13 on the charges of Insurance Fraud (2 counts) and Theft Over 1500
Kevin Stogner was booked 11/13 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

 

 

November 14, 2014

Hicks Historic Marker events Saturday, November 22
Dignitaries from Washington D.C. to Washington Parish, La. have expressed support for the recognition of Bogalusa's deceased Civil Rights leader Robert Hicks and the ceremonies that will take place Saturday during the unveiling of the historical land marker to his memory. And several of them plan to be in attendance.  For more on the story, click here.

 

 

Obituary

CHARLES O. VOLZ, AGE 91 and a resident of Franklinton died at 4:30 AM Thursday, November 13, 2014 at his residence.  He was a World War II U.S. Navy Veteran. He was a baker for many years and also was a minister for 76 years. He was a member of Lighthouse Pentecostal Church at Sheridan.

 

 

Obituary

GARY PAUL JONES, AGE 66 and a resident of Franklinton died Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at St. Tammany Hospital in Covington.

 

 

November 12, 2014

Adopt a Child Profile
D'Quincy is a 15 year old who named eating as one of his favorite activities. When it comes to food, D'Quincy loves Louisiana's Cajun cuisine. He named crawfish, gumbo, and shrimp creole as just a few of his favorites. When not eating Cajun cuisine, he enjoys typical teenage foods like pizza, burgers and fried chicken. He works off his excess calories with tree climbing.
Like most teens his age, D'Quincy also enjoys playing video games, with his favorite games being those that involve racing cars or motorbikes. D'Quincy takes time to warm up to new people, but given extra time, he is known to engage in thought-provoking conversations.
While he looks forward to his own family, he prefers a smaller sibling group where there are just one or two children over a larger sibling group. D'Quincy does not have a preference to a one or two parent family, as he just looks forward to the support and sense of belonging he desires.
For additional information about D'Quincy or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

November 12, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Dequitney Gordon was booked 11/12 In For Court
Joseph Busby was booked 11/12 on the charge of Probation Violation
Tai Nguyen was booked 11/12 In From Court
Kayla Brock was booked 11/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Sherman Stringer was booked 11/12 In From Court
Robert McDuffie was booked 11/12 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Filing or Maintaining False Public Records
Terry Thompson was booked 11/12 In From Court
Undra Brown was booked 11/12 - No charges listed
Fredrick Brown was booked 11/12 on the charges of Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Improper Equipment, No Drivers License, Misrepresentation During Booking and Attachment
Colby Dufren was booked 11/12 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s), and Failure to Appear

 

 

November 12, 2014

2015 Miss La. Teen USA Katherine Haik Receives Presentation
Monday evening, Washington Parish President Richard Thomas and the Parish Council had the opportunity to meet and recognize local resident Katherine Haik, the 2015 Miss Louisiana Teen USA.  Katherine is a freshman at Franklinton High School and the daughter of Jennifer and Tim Haik.  Miss Haik stated it was an honor to represent Louisiana and her hometown of Franklinton.
In other business, the Council

  • approved an Ordinance amending the 2014 Budget while recognizing the much improved current financial situation of the parish compared to a year earlier. 
  • recognized and commended Veterans who had given so much
  • recognized the success of the Native American Cultural Day November 8
  • indicated that research into possible fracking Ordinances is underway

The Council also heard President Thomas' report that included

  • the "bridge to culvert" program is progressing.  Forty seven bridges are being converted to culverts where appropriate.  The project is a $3 to $5 million dollar project funded by grants.
  • a situation has been addressed where those preparing to drill oil wells in the parish had pumped so much water from a branch that the branch had actually starting flowing backwards.  Parish government officials had received assurances that water would not be pumped from waterways in the future.
  • the Poole's Bluff improvement project is progressing well

To view the meeting in its entirety, go to our Washington Parish TV page.

 

November 12, 2014

RMC Speeds Up Implanted Cardiac Device Checks
CareLink Express™ Service Allows Clinicians in Franklinton and the Washington Parish area to Treat Patients with Cardiac Devices More Quickly 
Riverside Medical Center recently became one of the first hospitals in Southeast Louisiana to use CareLink Express™ Service, a newly launched remote monitoring system that enables clinicians in healthcare facilities to quickly obtain data regarding the status of implanted Medtronic cardiac devices, facilitating faster treatment decisions. An industry-first, the system enables a device technical expert to remotely review device data and send the information to the hospital within minutes.
“Incorporating CareLink Express into our facility will enable us to provide better service to our cardiac device patients by providing them faster access to care, while improving our patient flow and decreasing costs related to delays that occur while waiting for a device checks to be completed,” said Dr. Kyle Magee, CEO of Riverside Medical Center.  “We are already seeing cost and time savings, and anticipate that this technology will continue to positively impact patients with implantable cardiac devices. For more on this story, click here.

 

 


November 12, 2014

Adopt a Child Profile
When asked what he would like to pursue for a career, Dale responded that he'd like to one day become a carpenter and a race car driver.
Dale is a handsome blonde haired, blue eyed teen who knows how to charm anyone. He enjoys receiving compliments from his peers on his looks and charisma. Dale is in the eighth grade and his favorite subject is computer laboratory because it is the class that allows him to surf the web for interactive educational games. He enjoys using his creativity to build things electronically.
Dale is a picky eater, as his appetite relies a lot on how he is feeling at the moment. However, pizza and snack foods always win over home cooked meals. When asked what he would like to pursue for a career, Dale responded that he'd like to one day become a carpenter and a race car driver. To win points with Dale, his family would do good to treat him to a race car show.
For more information about Dale or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.la.gov.

 

 

Obituary

MARY FRANCES CREEL STATHAM, AGE 77 and a resident of the Bolivar Community died at 4:50 PM Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
She was a lifelong member of Sunny Hill Baptist Church. She loved her flowers, enjoyed embroidering and loved her “Boys”.

 

 

Obituary

Betty Jo Thomas Breath age 76 passed away November 11, 2014 at her residence in Bogalusa La. She was a member of Edgewood Missionary Baptist Church.

 

 

November 12, 2014

District Attorney Candidate Forum Thursday
The public is invited to meet the candidates for District Attorney for the 22nd Judicial District, Washington & St. Tammany Parishes, on Thursday, November 13 at 6 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church Hall  on Pearl Street in Franklinton.  Candidates for the runoff election on December 6, Warren Montgomery and Brian Trainor, have been invited. 
The forum is being hosted by the Republican Women of Franklinton who invite the public to come out and support the event. 
There will be questions in a short forum format and the public may submit their own questions to be asked.

 

 

November 12, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jackie Redmond was booked 11/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Thomas Carter was booked 11/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Natashia Snell was booked 11/10 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Driving Under Suspension, and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kyle Hamm was booked 11/10 on the charges of Forgery and Theft 500-1500
Charles Smoot was booked 11/10 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule Drugs, Obstruction of Justice, No Turn Signals and Failure to Appear
Patrick Spencer was booked 11/10 In For Court
Disaree Anderson was booked 11/10 In For Court
Jasemine Brumfield was booked 11/10 In From Court
Patrick Spencer was booked 11/11 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of Stolen Property (2 counts), Simple Burglary, and Theft of Firearm
Ronald Spurlock was booked 11/11 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Dequitney Gordon was booked 11/12 In For Court

 

 

November 10, 2014

Adopt A Child Profile
Polite Siblings Dream of Careers in Music and Basketball
Warren (left) and April (right) wish to maintain contact with their brothers.
April is an intelligent 13 year old who is passionate about the arts. She enjoys writing poetry, playing the piano, listening to music and writing her own music. Because of her love of the arts, she aspires to pursue a career in the music industry, especially audio engineering.
April has three younger brothers whom she is very close to. She would like to be adopted with her 11 year old brother, Warren, if possible. However, she hopes her forever parents will support her desire to maintain contact with brothers, John, 8, and David, 9.
Warren is an 11 year old who is very mature and insightful. Many say he is wise beyond his years. Warren is known to be polite, respectful and soft spoken, especially to adults. He enjoys playing football, basketball and video games. Warren hopes to play professional basketball for his favorite team the Miami Heat.
Warren considers himself to be an intelligent young man with a good vocabulary. Like his sister April, he would like for them to be adopted together. Warren desires to continue contact with his younger brothers as well.
For additional information about April and Warren or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

November 10, 2014

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT STPH
Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of November 10-15, 2014:
***CO-PARENTING CLASSES
***INFANT/CHILD CPR
***BRINGING UP BABY
***SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION
***1, 2, 3, 4 PARENTS (teaches positive discipline skills and the social/behavioral stages as children progress through those first four years.
***CAREGIVER SUPPORT
***NEW FAMILY CENTER TOURS
***BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT
For more information or to register for a class,  click here.

 

 

November 10, 2014

SHERIFF ADVISES CAUTION IN FIRING WEAPONS
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal advises parish residents and visitors to use caution when firing their weapons, whether hunting or target shooting.
On Saturday, November 8, a South Choctaw Road resident reported hearing gunfire, which is not uncommon in rural areas. As she lay in bed reading that afternoon, she heard a loud noise 

outside her open window and discovered a bullet on the floor next to her bed. Apparently, a shot fired in the direction of her house had skipped off of her tin roof, came through the open window, and landed on the floor within two feet of her.
The Sheriff’s Office investigated and determined that the 9 mm bullet likely was fired from the vicinity of Mizell Loop Road. The deputy was unable to locate anyone in that area who might have been firing a weapon.
With rabbit and squirrel season in full swing and with the full impact of deer and quail season rapidly approaching, Sheriff Randy Seal advises all shooters to be fully aware of their surroundings before firing a weapon. “Always know your surroundings. Never fire a weapon in the direction of a residence, any other building, or any area where people may congregate. A trophy buck or any other game animal is not worth risking harm to anyone.”
Target shooters are advised to always have a proper backdrop to capture bullets. Hunters are advised to carefully obey all Louisiana hunting regulations which may be found online at
www.lwf.louisiana.gov.

 

 

November 10, 2014

Hunter Orange Reminder
With deer hunting season underway, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds deer hunters that the wearing of hunter orange (fluorescent orange) clothing is not only required by law, it is a very important safety practice.
During the open firearms season for deer, any hunter in possession of buckshot, slugs, primitive firearm or centerfire rifle must display on their head, chest and/or back a minimum of 400 square inches of “hunter orange”.  There are some exceptions to this requirement:
Hunter orange is an unnatural color and dramatically improves a hunter’s visibility to other hunters.  Some hunters are concerned that deer will be alerted to a hunter’s presence if they wear hunter orange.  Research into deer vision indicates that while deer see color, they don’t see it the way most humans do.  Deer are essentially red-green color blind, meaning that red, green and orange all look about the same to a deer.  Hunter orange does not look much different to a deer than the various shades of green clothing many hunters wear.  For the exceptions mentioned above and more on this topic, click here.

 

 

November 10, 2014

La. No. 1 for Cracking Down on Human Trafficking
Friday, Governor Jindal highlighted that Shared Hope International ranked Louisiana the top state in the nation for cracking down on human trafficking. The No. 1 ranking shows that Louisiana continues to be recognized as a national leader in combatting the sex trafficking industry.
Governor Jindal said (in part), “This report shows just how far Louisiana has come in our mission to eradicate human trafficking. Human trafficking is a terrible industry that preys on our women and children and treats them like property rather than human beings."  For more on this story, click here.

 

 

Obituary

RAWLEY JOE BARBER, AGE 80 and a resident of Franklinton died at 7:14 AM Monday, November 10, 2014 at his residence.
He was a member of Acy’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He retired from the Washington Parish Government Landfill Department. He was a dairyman for many years helping McVea Dairy and other local dairyman.

 

 

Obituary

Marshall Lee Crosby, Sr. age 44 passed away November 7, 2014 at his residence here in Bogalusa La.   His wishes were to be cremated and no memorial services are planned.

 

 

November 10, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Paige Lestelle was booked 11/07 on the charge of Probation Violation
Dustin Pounds was booked 11/07 on the charges of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment (2 counts), Domestic Violence Battery, and Criminal Damage
Russell Holden was booked 11/07 for Drug Court

 

 

November 7, 2014

RARE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE TOMORROW

Native American Cultural Day, Saturday, November 8 in Bogalusa's Cassidy Park, will offer visitors a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with representatives of seven different Louisiana tribes in order to learn about and even experience their cultural traditions. And the event is free of charge.

 The Native Americans will be dressed in traditional attire and will demonstrate the stomp dance and craft making, including bead work, jewelry, and pine needle, river cane and palmetto frond baskets. Beads, baskets and alligator and gar fish jewelry will be available for purchase.

 Activities will include storytelling, drumming, stick ball and net throwing. Everybody will be invited to join in the dance, and the kids in the crowd will get to try out their skills at drumming, net throwing and bracelet making.

 Numerous full sized traditional dwellings will be erected in the park, with one slated to remain a permanent addition.

 The tribes will add to the sensory experience by offering traditional foods for purchase.

 The event, hosted by the Museums of Cassidy Park and the Intertribal Council of Louisiana/Institute for Indian Development, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The participating tribes are the Chitimacha, Choctaw Apache, Clifton Choctaw, Coushatta, Jena Band of Choctaws, Tunica-Biloxi and the United Houma Nation. 


 

November 7, 2014

Adopt A Child Feature
DeShaun is an active 10 year old who describes his ideal family as one that enjoys sports and has other children. He also added that he'd like to be the youngest of the children in the home. DeShaun is self-confident, as he comfortably describes himself as handsome and athletic. His favorite activities are swimming and shooting hoops on the basketball court with friends.
DeShaun enjoys school because of the social and academic fulfillment, but does not have a favorite subject. Adults describe him as resilient and that he has the potential to do great things. He continues to progress socially, as he discovers his ability to create success in his daily interactions. DeShaun has two sisters that he would love to maintain contact with after he is adopted.
For more information about DeShaun or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.la.gov.

 

 

November 7, 2014

Bogalusa Council Approves Controversial Ordinanace
A contentious ordinance discussed and tabled at the October 21 meeting was taken off the table and approved at the Bogalusa Council meeting Tuesday evening.  The ordinance approved a zoning change at 544 East Avenue from A-3 Residential to B-Business in order to open a reception hall.  Opponents and proponents of the zoning change reiterated their positions.  Opponents again expressed their belief that the reception hall at the location would generate noise, traffic problems, and crime.  Those in favor of the reception hall pointed to community support for a place to hold anniversaries, reunions and young people to meet and hold activities.
In the end, the Council voted to approve the ordinance.  Voting to approve were Councilmen O'Ree, Ritchie, Graham, and Williams.  Councilman Drummond voted against approval and Councilmen Perrett and Hodges were not present.

In other business, city department heads made their monthly reports and Mayor Mizell spoke about the Native American Cultural Day coming up November 8 at Cassidy Park.

To view the meeting in its entirety, go to our Washington Parish TV page and click on meeting on the Government Meetings Channel.

 

 

November 7, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Clara Penton was booked 11/06 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court
Brandon Jefferson was booked 11/06 on the charges of Third Offense Domestic Abuse Battery, Criminal Damage, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Failure to Appear
James Warren was booked 11/06 on the charge of Attachment

 

 

November 6, 2014

Adopted Child Featured Profile
Luke is a lovable 13 year old who enjoys participating in outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, gardening and basketball. Don't let this outdoors-man fool you, as he is just as content staying indoors watching TV and doing craft projects.
Luke is a very creative teen. He loves designing, sewing clothes, and making quilts. Luke enjoys interacting with friends and exchanging ideas about new projects he can get involved in. He is a teacher's favorite, as he always offers to help with classroom chores. When it comes to food, he has a typical teenager's diet of enjoying fast food, especially pizza.
Because Luke is very active, he is looking for an active family who can keep up with him. Luke has no preference of having a one or two parent family as long as their commitment to him is strong. He would also like his potential family to know that he is a pet-lover, and having one or two around would be a treat!
For additional information about Luke or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

November 6, 2014

Washington Parish Council Meets Monday
The Washington Parish Council will meet at the Courthouse in Franklinton Monday, beginning with Public Hearings on two previously introduced Ordinances at 5:30 pm and move on at 6:00 pm to meet in Regular Session to consider a number of items on the Agenda.
The Public Hearings will include an Ordinance to amend the 2014 Annual Operating Budget and an Ordinance establishing "No Thru Truck Routes".
In Regular Session, a presentation will be made to Katherine Haik who is the 2015 Miss Louisiana Teen USA.  In other business, the Council will take up routine matters and hear a report from Parish President Richard Thomas, Jr.
The public is invited to attend.  If unable to attend, you can view video of the meeting on our Washington Parish TV page the following day.

 

 

Obituary

THOMAS LOYD GRAVES, AGE 76 and a resident of the Hays Creek Community died at 6:00 pm Tuesday November 4, 2014 at East Jefferson Hospital. He was a graduate of Franklinton High School in 1956 then joined the U.S. Air Force and spent time in Germany. Thomas later graduated from the Vo-Tech school and then graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a degree in pastoral ministries. He served 32 years with Enron and Houston Pipeline Companies before retiring to Washington Parish.
Thomas Loyd pastored several churches in the area and even volunteered into the mission field, both locally and foreign countries. He was a member and the chaplain of the Franklinton American Legion Post 0113 and served in prison ministry at Raybourn Correctional Center for several years. Thomas was an accomplished welder and carpenter. He also was very good at woodworking and drafting, even the drafts of many homes in the area.  He was always a loving husband, father and grandfather that enjoyed serving the Lord and visiting with his family and friends.

 

 

November 6, 2014

Computer Aided Sex Crimes Arrest in Tangipahoa Parish
On November 5, 2014, deputies began investigating an alleged sex crime that was reported by the father of a 14 year old female.  The father stated that when arrived at his Ponchatoula 

residence at approximately 12:45 pm, he found his 14 year old daughter in a compromising situation with an unknown 22 year old male subject.  
When deputies questioned the male subject about the incident, he stated that he met the young female on a social media site.   Christopher Dwyer, 22 of Baton Rouge, LA, revealed that he met the young girl on-line.  They spoke in chat rooms for a few weeks before arranging to meet.   He then drove to Ponchatoula, LA to meet the female at her residence where he then engaged in illegal sexual activities. 
Dwyer was subsequently arrested and charged with Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and Computer Aided Solicitation of a Juvenile for Sex. 

 

 

November 6, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Nicholas Benedict was booked 11/05 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle (3 counts)
Roderick Johnson was booked 11/05 on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery
Anthony Cooper was booked 11/05 on the charge of Theft 500-1500

 

Obituary

Jeffery Arnold Johnson, age 45, born on June 7, 1969 in Bogalusa, LA; passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at his parents home in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

ELAINE ANN GAILLARD, AGE 44 and a resident of the Warnerton Community died at 7:00 pm Tuesday November 4, 2014 at her home. She was a native of New Orleans and had lived in Washington Parish for 8 years. Elaine was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church who truly adored her church family. She enjoyed shopping with her family and loved going out to eat, or “walk-and-eat”, as she would say. Elaine loved being with all her family and was a real sweetheart to those that knew her.

 

 

November 6, 2014

STPSO Locating Owners of Stolen Property
After making several arrests in connection with a recent string of burglaries, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office are now trying to reunite owners with some of the recovered stolen property.
The burglaries occurred mainly in the Bel-Air subdivision near Slidell over the course of the past two months.
Detectives identified a suspect, Chase Sterling Hurst, who was selling some of the stolen property to local pawn shops.
On October 7, detectives located and, after a brief foot pursuit, arrested Hurst in the Eagle Lake mobile home park.  While executing a search warrant of the trailer where Hurst was staying, detectives recovered several items suspected to be stolen property from the burglaries, as well as the tool used to force entry into some of the residences.  Narcotics and drug paraphernalia were also found in the trailer.
Two females who resided in the trailer, Faith Landry Lopez and Brionne Comeaux, were found to be in possession of some of the stolen property and narcotics and were also arrested.
Many recovered items (valued at approximately $10,000) have already been returned to the owners; however, detectives are asking anyone who lives in the Bel-Air subdivision and recognizes property in the attached photos to contact Sergeant Brian Beech at 985-726-7850.

   

 

 

November 5, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Harlon Causey was booked 11/03 on the charge of Simple Rape

Dustin Hobgood was booked 11/03 on the charge of Drug Court

Wilmer Ford was booked 11/03 In From Court

Nina Whiteside was booked 11/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Korneisha Johnson was booked 11/03 In For Court

Sommer Watts was booked 11/03 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery and Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence

Tanner Rochester was booked 11/03 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace

Sara Cooper was booked 11/03 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Larry Cotton was booked 11/04 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Criminal Conspiracy, and Failure to Appear

Aaron Sowell was booked 11/04 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Cullie Cotton was booked 11/04 on the charge of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder

Christopher Smith was booked 11/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, Careless Operation, and Child Restraint (1st Offense)

Michael Mims was booked 11/04 on the charge of Probation Violation


 

November 5, 2014

Republicans Control US Congress

Republicans have recaptured control of the U.S. Senate and expanded their edge in the House of Representatives, giving them a majority in both houses of Congress for the final two years of President Barack Obama's presidency.  For more coverage of National and World News, click on the Voice of America image above.



November 4, 2014

Multi-Parish Election Results for November 4, 2014



The December 6 runoff election will see incumbent Mary Landrieu facing "Bill" Cassidy for U.S. Senator,  "Jamie" Mayo and Ralph Lee Abraham vying for the 5th Congressional District seat, incumbent Eric Skrmetta facing Forest Bradley Wright for Public Service Commissioner District 1, and Warren Montgomery and Brian Trainor for District Attorney of Washington and St. Tammany Parishes.  Incumbent Dawn Amacker handily defeated challenger Nanine McCool for 22nd JDC District Judge in Division L.



November 4, 2014

Final Results of Election Results of Washington Parish Only Races - All Precincts Reporting


 

 

Winning their elections outright were incumbent Daniel Slocum defeating Liz King (Washington Parish School Board District 1), challenger Robert Boone defeating incumbent Mary S. Adams (Washington Parish School Board District 5), incumbent Matthew Tate defeating Emma Route (Washington Parish School Board District 8), Adam Kemp defeating Patricia Holmes (City of Bogalusa School Board District 4), inumbent Rodney Bond defeating challenger Albert J. Brumfield, Jr. (Justice of the Peace Ward 9, incumbent Lavon Seals defeating challenger Bo Pierce (Constable Ward 5), Councilmen at Large Teddy Drummond and Frank D. "Doug" Ritchie defeating Presious Johnson and Shawn Ratliff, and challenger Brian McCree defeating incumbent Oneita Graham (Bogalusa Councilman District C)    

Facing one another in runoff elections December 6 will be incumbent John W. Sumrall and Willis M. Yarbrough for Bogalusa City Marshall; incumbent Charles Mizell and Wendy O'Quin-Perrette for Mayor of Bogalusa; incumbent Penny Williams and Gloria Kates for Bogalusa Councilman District A; Tamira Moss Smith and Justin Arnold for Bogalusa Councilman District B; and Sherry Fortenberry and Edward Sartin, Sr. for Bogalusa Councilman District E. 



November 4, 2014

Adopt a Child Featured Profile
Michael is a tall and handsome 12-year-old who loves being the center of attention. At any time Michael can be found with a smile on his face and an eagerness to please. This energetic boy enjoys outings and exploring new things.
His favorite thing to do is play with his action figures and Hot Wheels. Michael is a friendly pre-teen who is shy, as it takes some time for him to warm up to new people. Michael is not a picky eater and also does not hesitate to inform the cook if more seasoning is needed on a dish.
Most of the time he follows rules both at home and school when structure is a priority. Michael prefers spending time alone in his own world where his imagination can run free. Like most kids his age, Michael becomes engulfed by video games and his favorite cartoons.
Michael would benefit most from a family with no children or no older children. The right family for Michael will possess the patience, understanding, structure, time and love needed to help this handsome young boy grow into the enriched young man he aspires to be.
For more information about Michael or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.la.gov.

 

 

November 4, 2014

Sweet Potatoes:  Healthy Eating with Great Taste
The new issue of the Mississippi Market Bulletin contains five recipes featuring sweet potatoes.  Recipes include Sweet Potato Biscuits, Sweet Potato Marinated Confetti Slaw, Sweet Potato Savory Stir-fry, Sweet Potato Cocoons, and Sweet Potato Pie.  I can't wait to try them! 

Click on the Mississippi Market Bulletin image at the top of our News Right Now page, scroll down to "View Current Issue and click it", and look for the recipes. 

 

 

November 4, 2014

Tangipahoa Resident Murder Under Investigation
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that in a joint investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators began delving into the death of 33 year old Hammond resident Kimberly Bowman of Wardline Rd. in Hammond, LA.  
Bowman was allegedly last seen on October 19, 2014, leaving her Wardline Rd. residence headed to the grocery store. On October 20, 2014, Bowman’s charred remains were 

discovered inside her 2008 Ford Taurus near Desire St. in New Orleans, LA.   An autopsy of Bowman’s remains revealed that she died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. 
This past weekend, the TPSO, NOPD and DEA began working together in an effort to connect the events that lead to Bowman’s death.  It is unclear at this time where the actual homicide took place.  Investigators from all agencies are diligently working to gather information regarding the shooting.
Through further investigation and with assistance from the public regarding information surrounding this case, an arrest is imminent.
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

 

 

Obituary

John Brown Wheat, Jr. age 84, born on March 27, 1930 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.  He was a member and deacon at First Baptist Church in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

November 4, 2014

Peeping Tom Arrested in Slidell
Alphonse Tillman, age 28 and residing at 4154 Upperline St, Slidell was arrested last night and booked with Peeping Tom and Possession of marijuana.
On Monday a female resident of the Military Road / I-12 area called to report seeing a man peering through her living room window.  The woman’s father, who was at the residence at the time, called 911 after seeing the man run away.  Deputies began canvassing the neighborhood and located one other female resident in the area who had recently noticed someone outside her window, but had not called 911 to report the incident.

Detectives began nightly surveillance in the area in an effort to catch the man in the act.
Last night, a third victim’s boyfriend called 911 to report a similar incident and provided a description of the man’s car after seeing him drive away.  Patrol deputies in the area located an identical vehicle with a driver (Tillman) matching the description provided by the victims.  During the stop, deputies discovered a small amount of marijuana in Tillman’s vehicle.
The third victim positively identified Tillman as the man peeping through her window.
Tillman is still being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail Tuesday afternoon; his bond has not yet been set.  Investigators suspect Tillman might have more victims.  Anyone who recently noticed any unusual persons outside their residence is asked to call Det. Timothy Crabtree at 985-726-7839.
NOTE: Tillman’s booking photo is being withheld due to the possibility of photo lineups being presented to additional victims.

 

 

November 3, 2014

Adopt a Child Featured Profile
Twelve year old Saphire loves being the center of attention. This pre-teen believes in "girl power" as she proudly walks into any room with confidence. There is never a day that Saphire will turn down a shopping trip or getting her nails done. She also never shies away from compliments on her attire.
She is not shy when it comes to her opinion. If there is something she strongly believes in, Saphire must hear convincing proof that she should consider another point of view.
While Sapphire does not mind other children in her potential adoptive family, she wants to make sure they know that she requires a lot of love and attention. She has three other siblings that she would need to remain in touch with, especially her twin brother who is also in foster care.
For additional information about Saphire or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

November 3, 2014

Meth Lab Busted in Kentwood
Kentwood, LA - On Friday November 2, 2014, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 49 year old Samuel Avery of Kentwood, LA on multiple narcotics related charges.  
During an investigation involving an alleged disturbance between Avery and 2 other subjects, deputies came across precursor materials typically used for the manufacturing of methamphetamines in a white bucket outside of Avery’s Kentwood residence.   As deputies walked around the house in an attempt to make contact with Avery, they could smell a strong odor of lighter fluid emanating from an open window of the residence.  While making negative contact with Avery, deputies then relocated to another Kentwood location where it was believed Avery was enroute. 
When deputies arrived at the location, they observed Avery in a green Ford F-150 which was also occupied by a male subject and a young female later identified as his daughter.   At this time all occupants were asked to exit the vehicle pending investigation.  While assisting the young female out of the truck, deputies could see in plain view plastic bottles containing suspected methamphetamine.
Avery was then taken into custody and charged with Manufacturing of CDS II, Possession with the intent to distribute CDS II, Simple battery and Cruelty to a juvenile.
The child was safely placed in the custody of a family member.

 

 

November 3, 2014

Body found in Slidell area
Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office are investigating the discovery of a man’s body in a ditch yesterday morning along Dean Rd. near Slidell.  The body, of a man believed to be to be in his 50’s, was found at approximately 8:30 a.m. yesterday morning after a passerby noticed and called 911.
Investigators are awaiting the results of a coroner’s autopsy to determine cause and manner of death, along with positive identification of the man.
Toxicology tests are also pending.
More information will be released when it becomes available.

 

 

Obituary

KENNETH “KENNY” LLOYD MIZELL, AGE 57 and a resident of Franklinton died at 6:10 AM Sunday, November 2, 2014 at his residence.
He was owner/operator of Mizell Recycling for the past 20 years. He was an avid LSU fan.

 

 

Obituary

Guy Randall O'Quin, age 53, born on August 14, 1961 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at his residence in Covington, LA. He was a member of First Baptist Church. He was an EMT for 16 years for Acadian Ambulance Service. He worked 13 years at Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Robert, LA. He was a Fishing and Hunting Sportsman and worked at Land Of Sports.

 

 

Obituary

Robert Wyatt Smith, Sr., 85, a former resident of State Line, died November 1, 2014 at Forest Manor Nursing Home. He was retired from A&P.

 

 

November 3, 2014

Activities At STPH This Week

Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of November 3-8.
***BREASTFEEDING INSTRUCTION
***PLAY AND LEARN FOR PARENT/CHILD COUPLES
***PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS
***BREAST CANCER SUPPORT
***BALLET
***BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
***CUDDLE BUDDIES
***BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT
***PREPARING FOR CHILDBIRTH
***BLOOD CANCER SUPPORT
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP
***YOGA
For more about what's happening at STPH, click here.

 

 

November 3, 2014

PARISH RESIDENTS REPORT ANOTHER SCAM
Washington Parish residents have reported yet another scam.  According to complaints received by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, the new scam involves someone calling a resident and 

claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.  The caller alleges that the resident owes money to the IRS and threatens to seize all of the resident’s assets unless money is  forwarded immediately.   The caller states that the money must be sent by a prepaid Green-dot or Visa card. 
Sheriff Randy Seal advises parish residents to hang up immediately if they receive such a call.  It is not legitimate and generally originates from a foreign country.  The caller definitely is not affiliated with the IRS. 
Sheriff Seal states, “People who call and threaten citizens in such a manner are nothing but common criminals.  Don’t give them the pleasure of listening to their threats or promises and do not send them any money.”
Washington Parish residents might want to consult a website that outlines many of the hundreds of scams that are active in the United States.  The website is
www.scamawareness.org.

 

 

November 3, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Mitchell Jackson was booked 10/31 In From Court
Ruby Duncan was booked 10/31 In From Court
Chandra Barnes was booked 10/31 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Tiffany Knight was booked 11/01 In From Court
Jairo Arboleda was booked 11/01 on the charge of Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee
Entre Dillon was booked 11/01 on the charges of Attachment (3 counts)
Christopher Magee was booked 11/02 on the charges of Driaving While Intoxicated and Speeding 11-20 Over Limit
Angela Thomas was booked 11/02 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Georgetta Augillaro was booked 11/02 In For Court
Harlon Causey was booked 11/03 on the charge of Simple Rape