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December 22, 2014

Justices of the Peace and Constables Take Oath of Office



Judge William J. Burris presided over a "Swearing In" ceremony Monday morning at the Washington Parish Courthouse conducted for Justices of the Peace and Constables from Washington Parish.  Those newly elected to their posts will not take office until January 1, 2015 and they along with those re-elected will attend mandatory training in March, 2015 conducted by the Attorney General's Office.
Judge Burris told the group that they were an integral part of the justice system and performed valuable services to their communities.

 

 

December 22, 2014

Mt. Hermon Christmas Parade Held Saturday
The Fourth Annual Christmas Parade rolled through Mt. Hermon on Saturday.  Beginning at the intersection of Hwys. 38 and 438 and ending at Brook's General Store, the event was led by Santa Claus who gave up his normal sleigh for a ride on a fire truck.  Both parade participants and watchers enjoyed the event and look forward to a bigger and better one next year!  Check out the video.

 

 

December 22, 2014

Shop With A Cop Was Huge Success
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office held its first “Shop With a Cop” event in Slidell Saturday.  The smiles, laughter and joyful tears seen throughout the day were a very good indication that it certainly won’t be the last.

   

The event was a tremendous success, and plans are already underway to make it an annual tradition.  After participation by another organization fell through, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office stepped in at the last minute to secure funding and see that a group of local children did not go without gifts this holiday season.
Sheriff's Office employees committed to sponsoring approximately 65 children. The children were all referred to the Sheriff's office by the Youth Service Bureau.  “Words cannot express what this meant to these children and our employees,” Sheriff Jack Strain said. “Our employees stepped up to the plate like nothing I've ever seen.”
The day began with deputies volunteering their time to serve breakfast to the kids at the Sheriff's Administrative Building in Slidell.  Santa and his elves were on hand, along with a few Sheriff's office K-9's decked out in holiday gear.  And because no Christmas in Louisiana is complete without a baby alligator, there was one of those too!  The deputies and the families mingled and visited, while the kids filled their bellies and eagerly awaited what was next.
After the breakfast, each child was given $100 for a shopping spree at a local store.  The children were allowed to purchase gifts for themselves or for family members.  For the rest of the story, click here

 

 

December 22, 2014

Public Defender Office Employee Fired For Alleged Theft
An employee of the Public Defender’s Office in the 22nd Judicial District has been fired for allegedly taking $8,150 from the office’s probation fees, according to an audit report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.
The audit was performed for the state auditor by the LaPorte accounting firm of Covington.  The report said that officials of the defender’s office uncovered the theft last September while investigating “an unexpected decrease in probation revenue.” During the investigation, the report said, the office “discovered that an employee in the Covington office had misappropriated an estimated $8,150” of probation fees that were paid to the agency.
Revenues to fund the Public Defender’s Office come from court costs or fines imposed by the courts within the district and from the state. Probation fees are imposed by courts as part of defendants’ sentences. The report pointed out that “traditionally, collection of these fees is highly questionable.”
The report recommended that the public defender “should review its internal control” over probation fees and take steps to strengthen those controls. The report has been referred to the district attorney’s office.
The 22nd Judicial District encompasses St. Tammany and Washington parishes. Besides Covington, there are also offices in Slidell and Franklinton. The public defender provides legal representation to needy individuals in criminal cases.

 

 

December 22, 2014

Thirteen Washington Parish Stores Cited For Alcohol Sales to Minors
On two successive weekends in December, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office issued citations to clerks at thirteen parish stores for selling alcohol to minors.  Clerks at one store were cited two weekends in succession.  Deputies visited all retail alcohol outlets in the parish, using an underage teen to attempt to purchase alcohol.  
The clerks were cited for violation of Louisiana statute 14.93.11 which states, in part, “Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned for not less than thirty days nor more than six months, or more.”
Clerks at the following retail establishments were cited:

  • Food Depot, Cumberland Street, Bogalusa
    Chevron, Sunset Drive, Bogalusa (2 citations on 2 successive weekends)
  • Chevron, Highway 10 east, Bogalusa
  • S & P Truck Stop, Highway 10 east, Bogalusa
  • Tiger Den Exxon, Hwy 21 South, Bogalusa
  • Carolina One Stop, Carolina Street, Bogalusa
  • Discount Gas, Austin Street, Bogalusa
  • Chevron, Highway 10, Franklinton
  • Market Max, Washington Street, Franklinton
  • Valero, Washington Street, Franklinton
  • John’s Shop, Greenlaw Street, Franklinton
  • Chevron, Highway 21, Varnado
  • Texaco, Highway 21, Varnado

Sheriff Randy Seal emphasized that the Sheriff’s Office will continue to make random checks of all establishments which sell alcohol and will enforce state law which requires identification and forbids alcohol sales to minors.  He stated, “ I caution all employees to make certain they are following the law by requiring proof of age before selling alcohol.  If you sell or provide alcohol to minors, you will be held accountable.  The employees who followed the law and demanded proper identification are to be commended.” 

 

 

Obituary

Gaston A. Howard, 90, resident of Angie, LA passed away Friday, December 19, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Gaston was an Army Veteran and served in World War II. He was also a Deacon and member of Angie Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

GERALDINE “JERRY” WALKER McDANIEL, AGE 91 and a resident of the Stony Point Community died at 5:45 pm Friday December 19, 2014 at Harvest Manor Nursing Home in Denham Springs. She was a longtime member of Stony Point Missionary Baptist Church that loved gardening. Jerry loved cooking for friends and family and taking care of others that were in need. She was always a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

 

 

December 22, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jason Sanders was booked 12/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Shannon Fornea was booked 12/19 on the charges of Theft Under 500 and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Brenzel Warren was booked 12/19 on the charges of No Seat Belt, No Drivers License, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Theft Over 1500
Burt Morris was booked 12/19 on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Criminal Mischief and Obscenity
Demetrus Mingo was booked 12/20 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Monica Fogarty was booked 12/20 on the charge of Simple Escape
Nicole Gerbitz was booked 12/20 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, Careless Operation/Accident, Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Interfering With a Law Enforcement Investigation
Lindsey Daigle was booked 12/21 on the charge of Cyberstalking
Richard Miley was booked 12/21 on the charges of Simple Battery and Domestic Violence Battery

 

 

December 19, 2014

SHERIFF ARRESTS GRINCH - CHRISTMAS IS SAFE
Children throughout Washington Parish can sleep soundly tonight.  Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal has arrested the famed Christmas thief, The Grinch.
Grinch, 56, a green male who resides on Mount Crumpit near Whoville, had been hiding in Washington Parish, waiting to steal Christmas trees, ornaments, decorations and presents for parish children.
Sheriff Randy Seal said, “We received a tip from Cindy Lou of Whoville who told us Grinch was heading to our parish.  We set up surveillance and were able to spot his dog, Max, who was traveling on the shoulder of Highway 10 between Bogalusa and Franklinton.  We secretly placed a microphone on his collar and let him go.   Thankfully, he went to Grinch who was hiding in the woods near Highway 62.  Grinch tells his dog everything, so we were able to listen in on his plans to ruin Christmas.”
Once investigators had the evidence, they were able to apprehend Grinch after a short foot chase.  When told that they had listened while he confessed his plans to his dog, Grinch said, “How could it be so?  It came without ribbons!  It came without tags!  It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
“My hope is that residents of Washington Parish can now relax and have a very Merry Christmas,” said Sheriff Seal as he booked Grinch into the parish jail.  Then he turned to the Grinch and said, “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.  You really are a heel.”

 

 


December 19, 2014

Holy Family Catholic Church Burglarized
The Franklinton Police Department reports that Holy Family Catholic Church was burglarized early this morning. A residence nearby was also burglarized. Reports have been received that Fisher Methodist Church was also burglarized on Hwy 1056 in Richardson.
FPD declined to provide additional information since the burglaries are still being investigated.  Updates will be provided as they become available.
Anyone having information is encouraged to contact the police department at 985-839-2977

 

 

December 19, 2014

Flu - Bronchitis - Pneumonia
As I can attest, this is the season when we are more likely to be afflicted with the Flu, Pneumonia, and Bronchitis.  Our medical friends out there could elaborate much more, but symptoms of these three can be similar and often requires a visit to the clinic for a definitive diagnosis.
Yesterday, I was hit with debilitating weakness, chills, and disorientation.  After a nose swab, chest x-ray, and blood tests, Dr. Gavin with Riverside Medical Center diagnosed me with Bronchitis, which causes reduced oxygen to the brain and which I understand can develop into pneumonia.
First, we should get the flu shot.  Second, we should take the following precautions:
•Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
•Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
•Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
•If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
•While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
And third, see your doctor.

 

 

December 19, 2014

Governor Jindal on Cuba Deal
Today, Governor Jindal issued the following statement on President Obama’s plan to “normalize” relations with the communist dictatorship in Cuba, as well as the release of Alan Gross.
“I am happy that Alan Gross has returned to his family after being imprisoned — but he should have been released without conditions. This is just one more sign that shows the President has no strategy for leading on an international stage. His policy of appeasement toward Cuba and other threats is endangering national security and the American people. Negotiations like these confuse our friends and reward our enemies. Ruthless dictators like Assad, Putin and Castro think Obama is an easy mark and will be sorry to see him go."

 

 

December 19, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Sandra Gentry was booked 12/18 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Howard Dunaway was booked 12/18 on the charge of Attachment
Wiley Bell was booked 12/18 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Natoya Toomer was booked 12/18 on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting
Donna Scott was booked 12/18 on the charges of Theft 500-1500, Criminal Damage, Failure to Appear, and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Melissa Davis was booked 12/18 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300
Howard Caughlin was booked 12/18 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Jason Fazekas was booked 12/18 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jason Sanders was booked 12/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)

 

 

December 18, 2014

"Home for the Holidays" Supports Adoption From Foster Care
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced today a special holiday program focusing on adoption from foster care that will air across Louisiana Friday.
"A Home for the Holidays" special on CBS is sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a proud partner of DCFS in its efforts to promote adoption of children in the state's foster care system.
"A Home for the Holidays" will air on Friday, December 19th at 9:00 p.m. CST on CBS stations statewide.
Earlier this year, through the Dave Thomas Foundation's Wendy's Wonderful Kids program, DCFS was able to hire three adoption recruiters. The recruiters are working across the state to make permanent adoption connections for specific children who are sometimes hard to place, including sibling groups and older youth.
"DCFS and the Dave Thomas Foundation share a vision that every child deserves a safe, loving and permanent family," said Suzy Sonnier, DCFS Secretary.
For additional information visit
www.dcfs.la.gov/foster.
More than 450 Louisiana families adopted 627 Louisiana foster children during Federal Fiscal Year 2014. There are approximately 150 foster children freed for adoption in Louisiana who do not have an identified permanent placement.

 

 

December 18, 2014

Father and Son Arrested 
While conducting routine surveillance in the Bogue Chitto Heights subdivision of Franklinton, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle which had exited the woods and which was being driven in an unsafe manner.  The truck stopped as it pulled into a driveway at 42683 Magee Street.  The three men inside the truck were identified as John Lamparski, Sr., 49, John Lamparski, Jr., 29, and James Henry Marks, 23.  (Pictured left to right)

   
John Lamparski, Jr. was found in possession of an amber colored pill bottle containing a white substance which appeared to be methamphetamine, along with a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.
Detectives received permission from  Lamparski, Sr., to search the Magee Street residence.  Inside the residence, in a room identified as “John’s Man Cave,” detectives recovered several items which are used to cook methamphetamine, including several pounds of ammonia nitrate, salt, Drano, Coleman camp fuel and tubing inserted into cut bottle tops.
All three subjects were then arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated (in part), “It is almost inconceivable to me that a father and son would be involved together in the illegal drug trade.  Fathers and sons should be hunting, fishing, or playing ball together, not involved in the manufacture, sale and use of illegal drugs.”

 

 

December 18, 2014

Meet Mick – a 2 yr. Old Rat Terrier Needing a Home
Mick was confiscated from a cruelty case in St. Tammany Parish.  He was found in deplorable living conditions and was scared and timid.  Now Mick has come out of his shell and loves to be around other dogs. His favorite thing is to have his tummy rubbed and he is always willing to be by your side. He has learned basic commands, to shake, and to play fetch and has shown no aggressive tendencies.  He needs room to play and a home that can give him continued attention. A secured fence yard at the time of the home visit is required. No exceptions. A kennel in the back yard will not be approved.
Mick is up to date on all vaccines, neutered, tested negative for heartworms, and is micro chipped.
Mick has been given a second chance on life so come take a chance on him. If you are looking for a great loving family dog, which is also looking for you, then come adopt Mick!
For those not familiar with The Big House Program, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office has partnered with Doggone Express, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Mt. Hermon, LA. Doggone Express helps Louisiana prisons and jails establish training programs called “From the Big House to Your House.”   All canines will be available for adoption immediately following their training. The St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter adoption fee is $65.
If you’re interested in meeting or adopting Mick or another one of the dogs in The Big House Program, please contact Danell Gerchow at (985) 768-1165 or e-mail her at
danellgerchow@stpso.com for the necessary paperwork.

 

 

December 18, 2014

Deputies Taking Children Christmas Shopping
After funding from another organization fell through, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office stepped in to see that some local children did not go without gifts this holiday season.
Sheriff's Office employees have committed to sponsoring approximately 65 children for the "Shop With a Cop" program.  The children were all referred to the Sheriff's office by the Youth Service Bureau.
This Saturday, deputies will serve the children a pancake breakfast at the Sheriff's Administrative Building in Slidell. Santa and his elves – along with a few Sheriff's office K-9's decked out in holiday gear – will be present to visit with the children at the breakfast.
After the breakfast, each child will be given $100 for a shopping spree at a local Wal-Mart store.  The children will be allowed to purchase gifts for themselves or for family members. A uniformed Sheriff's deputy will accompany each child while he or she shops. The program provides an opportunity for positive interaction between these children and local law enforcement.
The Youth Service Bureau provides advocacy, counseling, education and intervention for at-risk youth and their families. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office wanted to ensure that these children, who range age from infant to 17 years old, enjoy a special Christmas this year with lots of love and attention.
Sheriff's office employees, the St. Tammany Deputy Sheriff's Association, members of the local business community and the Covington Criminal Defense Bar Association donated the funding to make this event possible.  Additionally, the deputies are donating their time on Saturday for the shopping spree.
Sunrise on Second, the Creole Bagelry,  Not Just Donuts and Chick-Fil-A have all donated food for the breakfast.

 

 

December 18, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Johnathon Spencer was booked 12/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation

 

 

December 18, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Devin is a handsome 14-year-old New Orleans Saints fanatic! You can find him rooting his team on to victory each Sunday during football season. When not watching a Saints' game, Devin enjoys looking at bright, shiny sport cars. You will see this car lover light up if taken to a car show or a race.
Devin is very athletic. He enjoys swimming, gymnastics, and track and field. He aspires to run track professionally one day. Devin can be quite shy around adults but when it comes to his peers, there are no strangers. He is engaging and always ready to involve his peers in games of physical competition such as racing, or football. Devin is not a picky eater. He enjoys good southern dishes such as gumbo, fried chicken and shrimp.
If your family would like to nurture and mold a future athlete into a young man full of purpose, please do not hesitate to inquire about Devin today.
For additional information about Devin 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

 

 

December 17, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Peggy Mezquite was booked 12/16 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Alex Wilson was booked 12/16 In For Court
Daimen McGrath was booked 12/16 on the charge of Forgery
Bonny Morgan was booked 12/16 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
John Lamparsio was booked 12/16 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Failure to Use Turn Signal
James Marks was booked 12/16 on the charge of Failure to Appear
John Lamparsio was booked 12/16 on the charges of Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear (3 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

December 17, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Juan is a friendly, active and well-mannered 14-year-old teen who loves McDonald's hamburgers and vanilla ice cream. Juan spends most of his time outdoors and looks forward to helping with any outdoor chore duty, such as lawn care. He loves watching his favorite cartoon, Sponge Bob Square Pants and playing with dinosaur figurines.
Juan is very social and has no problems making friends at school. This young man looks forward to being part of a family who will provide an environment complete with love, acceptance and stability. If your family enjoys the outdoors as much as Juan, inquire today!
For additional information about Juan 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.

 

 

December 16, 2014

Mississippi Man Cited for Drowning Deer in Mississippi River

Not from our area - just though it was unusual
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited a Mississippi man for allegedly drowning a deer in the Mississippi River in Concordia Parish on Dec. 11.
LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason cited David E. Hayes, 40, of Natchez, Miss., for not possessing non-resident basic hunting and big game hunting licenses, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, hunting from a moving vessel and taking deer from a vessel while the deer was swimming.
Sgt. Mason was contacted by a witness who just observed a subject driving a boat in the Mississippi River on the Louisiana side approach a deer swimming in the river.  The witness then saw the operator of the vessel wrap a rope around the deer’s antlers and drown the deer.
Sgt. Mason arrived in the area and observed the vessel in the area matching the description gave from the top of a nearby levee.  From the levee, Sgt. Mason was able to look down into the vessel and identify an 8-point buck lying in front of the vessel.
Sgt. Mason then made contact with the subject and identified him as Hayes and observed that he was in possession of a dead wet deer with no apparent wounds.  After a brief interview, Hayes admitted to drowning the buck in the river on the Louisiana side.
Hunting from a moving vessel carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking deer from a vessel while the deer is swimming, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting without a non-resident basic hunting and big game hunting licenses each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  A civil restitution charge of $2,033 for the replacement value of the deer may also be imposed.

 

 



December 16, 2014

Picayune Woman Arrested for Bogalusa Business Theft
On December 12, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigative division received a tip that a theft had occurred at the Pub Lounge in Bogalusa.  The theft had not been reported by the business owner, but he admitted that he had noticed some money missing.  
Detectives questioned Wanda Lynn Zagorski, 24, a resident of Picayune, who admitted to burglarizing the business and stealing an undisclosed amount of cash.  Zagorski was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail.  She remains in jail with bond set at $5,000.
“This is another example of the excellent work of our investigative division,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal.  “This theft was solved quickly, even before the business owner had reported the burglary.  Captain Sorrell and the detectives who work under her are to be commended for their prompt action in this matter.”

 

 

December 16, 2014

Franklinton Police Announces Sobriety Checkpoint
*********NOTICE, CHANGE OF DATE**********
The Franklinton Police Department is issuing a public advisory regarding a sobriety checkpoint that will be conducted.
The Franklinton Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Thursday, December 18, 2014 in Franklinton. The checkpoint will begin at approximately 5:00 P.M., and will conclude at 1:00 A.M. at a location to be determined.

 

 

Obituary

BRANDY ANN MACHELLA, AGE 40 and a resident of Franklinton died at 5:15 pm Saturday December 13, 2014. She was a wonderful, loving caregiver to her mother and others. Brandy adored her granddaughter and was always loving and sweet to her nephews, the oldest of which nicknamed her “Bingo”. She loved life and was a friend to all the people she met.

 

 

December 16, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Emerald, 13, and Jade, 12, look forward to being part of a family who enjoys sports, board and card games, and taking family vacations. Emerald has no lack of self-esteem, as she describes herself as smart, friendly, and fun. Jade is a bit more modest, as she just describes herself as smart. When asked what their favorite restaurant is, both girls responded without hesitation that it is Taco Bell.
Like most teens her age, Emerald is quite particular about what she wears and how she looks in it. In addition to her love for fashion, Emerald likes school for the social and academic atmospheres. Neither girl has a favorite subject, as they like all of their classes.
Both girls are excited at the possiblity of having a new forever family. Emerald's ideal family would have other children, but she would like be the oldest of the group. Jade also wants other children, but had no preference regarding her placement order in the family. Emerald and Jade enjoy living in Louisiana so much that she made a special request to remain with a family within the state.
For additional information about Emerald and Jade 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.

 

 

December 16, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Cedric Yarbrough was booked 12/15 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Second Degree Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault

 

 

December 15, 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 December 15-20
***LOOK GOOD - FEEL BETTER (Spend an afternoon with certified professional cosmetologists to Look Good…Feel Better as they demonstrate skin, nail and hair tips that can enhance your appearance and improve your self-image while undergoing cancer treatment.)
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP (Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips.)
***YOGA (Yoga techniques appropriate for anyone going through a cancer experience regardless of physical strength or abilities.)
***CHRON’S DISEASE SUPPORT
***SURVIVE DAT! (Breast cancer support group for young survivors.)
***BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

For more information, click here.

 

 

December 15, 2014

Louisiana Hunters for the Hungry Give Back this Holiday Season
Louisiana’s deer hunting season is in full swing, and hunters are heeding the call to give by donating part and sometimes all of their harvest to families in need this holiday season.
Hunters for the Hungry, founded in the 1990s by a group of well-meaning hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, is helping the hunting community route excess wild game to families who struggle with food security. Last year, the program provided nearly 40,000 pounds of protein that went directly to feed the hungry.
Hunters interested in donating part or all of their harvest after a day in the field can bring their field-dressed game to any processor in the Hunters for the Hungry network. To view the network of processors, visit
www.hunters4hungrylouisiana.org.
Donated deer are processed at no cost to the hunter, and all donations are tax-deductible. Many hunters opt to keep the more desirable cuts of meat, such as the tenderloin and back strap, and then donate the rest of the deer to be ground and used in recipes like spaghetti, casseroles and sausage.
The donated protein is routed to area food banks and local charities that directly serve those in need.

To learn more about their work, visit Hunters for the Hungry online at www.hunters4hungrylouisiana.org, or call the Development office at 225-765-2860.

 

 

Obituary

JOSEPH LOUIS HUNSTOCK passed away peacefully at his home on December 14, 2014 surrounded by family and friends at the age of 91. He was born and raised in Denham Springs, Louisiana. While serving in World War II, he met his soul mate and spouse of 69 years, his beloved Phyllis Lightweis Hunstock who entered her Heavenly home this past August.  He lived his life fully and saw beauty in all things. He treasured God, his family and his friends. He embodied a quiet strength that richly blessed all who knew him. He was a Godly man who lived his faith by example rather than words. He loved unconditionally and gave from his heart.

 

 

December 15, 2014

Franklinton Police Conducting Sobriety Checkpoint
As required by the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Franklinton Police Department is issuing a public advisory regarding a sobriety checkpoint that will be conducted.
The Franklinton Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in Franklinton. The checkpoint will begin at approximately 5:00 P.M., and will conclude at 1:00 A.M. Motorists will experience minimal delays and should have the proper documentation, i.e., proof of insurance, driver’s license, etc., available if requested.

 

 

December 15, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Timothy and Anthony are two handsome, high energy brothers who would love a family to call their own. Timothy is 5 years old and the younger of the two.
Engaging Timothy in a game of sports such as football can be utilized as an avenue to impute positive skills that would be useful to him later in life. He also enjoys playing with race cars and board games.
Seven-year-old Anthony, on the other hand, is described as very affectionate, quiet and engaging. Like his younger brother, he also enjoys playing football and board games. Anthony needs his family to be very attentive and patient with him as he grows.
Both boys look forward to a home that includes a mom and a dad. Timothy and Anthony have a sister who is also in foster care that they insist on maintaining contact with. The boys would thrive in a home where there are no other children.
For more information about Timothy and Anthony 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

RHONDA JO VINCE GRIMES, AGE 48 and a resident of Bogalusa died at 10:20 AM Sunday, December 14, 2014 at her residence.

 

 

Obituary

Mrs. Dolly Sue Linder passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA., she was 79 years of age.

 

 

Obituary

AVA NELL CRAIN BRELAND, AGE 76 and a resident of Thomas died at 2:00 am Saturday December 13, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a former longtime employee of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, first as a deputy then later as an Assistant Warden of the Parish Jail. Ava was proud of her public service to the community for 25 years. She also enjoyed traveling the world and even lived in different countries of Europe for more than a decade. Ava was always a loving wife, mother and grandmother and adored the time spent with her family and grandchildren.

 

 

Obituary

Elder Lavelle Knight passed away Saturday December 13, 2014 in Hammond LA at the age of 84, he was a resident of Bogalusa, LA. Elder Knight was a member of Love Missionary Baptist Church and was currently pastoring at Pearl River Missionary Baptist Church in Sandyhook, MS., and had pastored 57 years at various churches in Louisiana and Mississippi.

 

 

Obituary

Linda Darlene Crain age 61 passed away December 12, 2014 at North Oks Hospital in Hammond La. She was a resident of Bogalusa.
There were many things in the life that Darlene loved and was proud of. She was proud of the years she worked for South Central Bell/Bell South, and retired from there after a little more than twenty years. For the last 16 year she has enjoyed managing Cash For Checks and also worked many years at Zesto. One of her favorite things in life was to cook, something she learned from her mother, She especially enjoyed cooking for and delivering food to others, and was always the first to offer help to someone in need. She always bought raffle tickets or dinners or participated in whatever way she could to help others. On many occasions, at Cash For Checks, she was seen sharing her own money with her customers that were unable to pay off their loans on time.
Darlene typically worked 6 days a week, (13 hours a day), but she enjoyed occasionally getting together with friends to shoot pool and play cards.
Out of everything in her life, she was most proud of her four beautiful granddaughters. Although we know Darlene would hate to leave her 3 fur babies "Sudi", "Shadow", and "Danzie", we know that she is thrilled to be reunited with her sweet, loving, mother.

 

 

December 15, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Nicole Davis was booked 12/12 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Christopher McClain was booked 12/12 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Rodney Wood was booked 12/12 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Probation Violation
Marty Palmer was booked 12/12 In From Court and on the charge of Theft Under 500
Alvenio Culpepper was booked 12/12 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
James Spikes was booked 12/13 on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Wanda Zagorski was booked 12/13 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Business/Commercial Burglary
Johnnie Young was booked 12/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Harold Bourque was booked 12/14 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)
Lauren Bateman was booked 12/14 on the charges of Prohibted Acts and Possession of Schedule I Drugs

 

 

December 12, 2014

METH  LAB  DISCOVERED  IN  WASHINGTON PARISH
On December 11, at almost midnight, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call for assistance from Louisiana Probation and Parole agents.  The agents had visited a residence on Heidelberg Road near Franklinton and detected a strong chemical smell inside the house.
Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force detectives went to the scene and discovered two operating ammonia methamphetamine labs in the back bedroom of the house.  Detectives rendered the labs safe and collected evidence along with drug paraphernalia and packaged methamphetamine. 

  
Christopher McClain, 41, and Nicole Christine Davis, 31, were arrested and charged with Manufacture of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Each is in the Washington Parish Jail with no bond set.
Upon learning of the midnight arrests, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal complimented Probation and Parole agents and the Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force for a job well done.  “Meth is a very toxic poison which produces a quick high and a quick addiction.  The manufacture of meth is very dangerous.  All officers involved did an outstanding job in shutting down this illegal meth lab and putting the operators in jail.”

 

 

December 12, 2014

FUGITIVE APPREHENDED
On December 12, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the Bogalusa Police Department, the U. S. Customs Service and the U. S. Marshal’s Service, apprehended James Jerrod Spikes, Jr., 36, a resident of Bogalusa.
Sheriff’s Office investigators developed information that Spikes was hiding out in the Oak Hill housing complex in northeast Bogalusa.  At 7:54 a.m., he was located hiding in an apartment and taken into custody without incident.
Spikes was wanted by the Bogalusa Police Department for his involvement in a shooting incident in Bogalusa on September 11, 2014, which resulted in one person being shot.  He was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Illegal use of a Weapon.  Bond has not been set.
Sheriff Randy Seal was quick to praise all law enforcement personnel who participated in the capture of Spikes.  “We consider him to be a dangerous individual and there always is concern for the safety of officers who must confront and arrest persons whom we know are usually armed.  I am so grateful this arrest went as smoothly as it did.  All officers involved did a great job.”

 

 

December 12, 2014

Town of Franklinton Employees Arrested for Stealing Utility Payments
Franklinton, LA – In June 2014, the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Hammond Field Office received a complaint from the Franklinton Town Clerk’s Office following the discovery of billing and payment irregularities in the town’s water utility bills. The complaint alleged that two town employees were suspected of mishandling funds collected from Franklinton residents for water and utility service payments.
During the course of the investigation, an audit conducted by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office brought to light suspicious activity by two employees, Carmen Freeman (W/F 39) pictured right and Caprice Dawson (B/F 42) picture missing, both of Washington Parish. Freeman’s and Dawson’s official duties included processing the billing and payments of all customers utilizing the town’s water services. The audit indicated that from January 2013 to February 2014, Freeman and Dawson processed over 230 payments amounting to over $22,000; however, the funds were never deposited into the town’s account. 
Further investigation by LSP Detectives revealed that both Freeman and Dawson fraudulently mishandled and diverted the payments for their own personal gain. Subsequently, arrest warrants for Freeman and Dawson were issued by the 22nd Judicial District Court on charges of Felony Theft, Computer Fraud, Second Degree Injuring of Public Records, and Malfeasance in Office. Freeman turned herself in on December 10, 2014 and Dawson turned herself in on December 11, 2014. Both were booked without incident at the Washington Parish Jail in Franklinton.
To read the October 13, 2014 Legislative Auditor's Report, click here.

To read the June 9, 2014 Legislative Auditor Report, click here.

 

 

December 12, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Say hello to six-year-old Jamarion! Aside from having adorable looks, Jamarion is loving, full of laughter and a great helper. Since Jamarion possesses a high energy, he is looking for a family that can keep up with him. He enjoys expending his energy through riding his bike, playing the Wii and going to karate. As you can probably see, Jamarion is a fan of baseball or at least the gear belonging to the sport!
Jamarion is in first grade. He enjoys visiting the park and learning new things. Jamarion would really thrive with a patient family. Jamarion would love to find a family where he can grow, explore, and remain forever.
For more information about Jamarion 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.

 

 

December 12, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Mitchell Polk was booked 12/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Paul Walker was booked 12/11 on the charges of Theft Under 500, Simple Battery, Resisting an Officer (2 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Joseph Peoples was booked 12/11 In From Court
Capriece Dawson was booked 12/11 on the charges of Theft Over 500, Computer Fraud, Injuring Public Records, and Malfeasance in Office
Darrell Bridges was booked 12/11 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Nicole Davis was booked 12/12 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Christopher McClain was booked 12/12 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

December 11, 2014

Sexual Predator Arrested
Sexual predators are not always male.  In this matter, the predator is a female.
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detective division was contacted by a concerned parent that her young teen-age son had been sexually exploited by a twenty-three year old female..  The investigation into the mother’s allegations indicated that not only her son, but also another teenage boy, had been sexually victimized by a woman identified as Arlesha Shantel Brister, 23, a resident of Highway 430 in Franklinton.
Detective Captain Tommie Sorrell interviewed Brister about the allegations.  Brister’s response was to disconnect her telephone and relocate to Tylertown, Mississippi.
An arrest warrant was obtained for Brister and she was featured on the Sheriff’s Office website’s Most Wanted page as a fugitive.  The following day she was arrested by the Walthall County Sheriff’s Office as a fugitive from justice.  Brister was extradited back to Washington Parish.
During interviews following her arrest, Brister acknowledged sexual contact between her and one of the young juveniles.  She would not provide details, claiming a medical condition clouded her memory about the full extent of the sexual contact.
Brister remains in the Washington Parish Jail with bond set at $30,000.
Sheriff Randy Seal responded to Brister’s arrest.  “Captain Sorrell and our detective division did an excellent job in this matter.  Brister is now in jail where she belongs.  It doesn’t matter if a predator is male or female.  The bottom line is the person is a predator and belongs behind bars, far removed from contact with any children”  

 

 

December 11, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Say hello to five-year-old Vallen! Aside from having adorable looks, Vallen is tenderhearted and sweet to the core. He loves to play with trains and watch "Thomas the Train" movie. Since Vallen possesses a high energy, he enjoys the outdoor life and is looking for a family that can keep up with him.
Vallen's lively personality requires the lime light most of the time. He would benefit from a family that allows him to shine as the youngest child. If your family has the capacity to embrace Vallen and match his excitement for life, you may be the family Vallen is hoping to spend the rest of his lifetime with.
For more information about Vallen 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.

 

 

December 11, 2014

Juvenile Victim Finds Closure
In May 2013, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Jerry Wayne Duncan, a 59 year old parish resident.  Duncan was charged with multiple counts of sexual offenses against juveniles.  His bond was set at $225,000 and he has remained in the Washington Parish Jail since his arrest.
On December 3, 2014, Duncan, now 61,  was convicted of the charges against him.  Sentencing is set for January 2015.    After the conviction, one of his victims told Detective Captain Tommie Sorrell that she was relieved and could finally close this chapter in her life.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Our detective division did an excellent job investigating the allegations against Duncan and bringing him to justice.  The criminal justice system has done its job  and Duncan should soon be inside prison where he belongs.  After his arrest, I encouraged parish parents and grandparents to report any suspicion of sexual exploitation of children.  We will respect your privacy, we will investigate, and we will do all within our authority to arrest predators and put them in jail.  One of our primary responsibilities is to protect our children and that is what we will do.”

 

 

December 11, 2014

She Tried Send Contraband to Inmate
On December 8, Washington Parish Jail Warden Jim Miller, intercepted a greeting card mailed from a parish address to a jail inmate.  Close inspection of the card revealed two strips of Suboxone, a narcotic, fastened to the inside flap of the envelope.  The name of the sender and the return address were printed on the outside of the envelope.
Warden Miller and Sgt. Anthony Stubbs went to the  Highway 439 address listed on the envelope and talked to Regina Carol Wheat, 45, the person who mailed the card to the inmate.  During the conversation, Wheat admitted to mailing the greeting card and the Suboxone to the inmate.
Wheat was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Attempted Introduction of Contraband.  She was released on December 11 after posting a $2,500 bond.
Suboxone is a habit-forming narcotic which is used to treat opiate addiction.  It is distributed in sublingual strips.  The misuse of Suboxone can cause addiction, overdose or death, especially in a person using it without a prescription.

 

 

December 11, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kenneth Magee was booked 12/0 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Useage, and Open Container in Vehicle

Cordaro Levi was booked 12/10 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Carmen Freeman was booked 12/10 on the charges of Theft Over 1500, Computer Fraud, Injuring Public Records, and Malfeasance in Office
Tanya Barnett was booked 12/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Careless Operation
Carley Provost was booked 12/10 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear
Mitchell Polk was booked 12/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

December 11, 2014

Congress Under Obamacare?
Senator Vitter today sent out the following letter:
"Dear Friend, Today, Senate Republicans took a big step forward. We voted to approve my proposal to make sure all Members of Congress and staff live under Obamacare like the rest of America.
After an illegal executive action last year, insiders in Washington and the Obama administration decreased their own Obamacare burden – but didn’t extend that help to you and your family. They carved out a special exemption and subsidy for themselves. I’ve been fighting to end that exemption every day.
The Obama administration created an illegal administrative fix that guarantees Members of Congress and their staffs not only get employer-sponsored healthcare coverage, but huge taxpayer-funded subsides if they go into the same Obamacare exchanges you do.
But today, Republicans in the Senate made a strong, principled statement in supporting my proposal. Washington should have to live under Obamacare just like everybody else until we repeal it. And we won't be complicit in Obama's illegal rule designed to protect Washington insiders.
Do you think Congress deserves an Obamacare exemption? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on this and any other issue important to you. Please contact me with your ideas at any of my state offices or in my Washington office. You can also reach me online at
www.vitter.senate.gov.
Sincerely,
David Vitter
United States Senator

 

 

Obituary

Henry Anthony Marquez, Sr., a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 64, born on September 27, 1950 in New Orleans, LA, passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.
He was a Vietnam Veteran and served in the United State Army.

 

 

December 11, 2014

DCFS Warns of Phone Scam
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is warning the public of a potential scam that has been reported.  The scam starts with a phone call that tells the listener that they have won a Walmart rebate card that can be picked up from their local "Food Stamp Office." The caller then asks for the person's credit card information and tells them they will be billed $1.95 to receive the rebate card.
All members of the public should be aware that DCFS does not participate in giveaways and never asks for credit card information from clients.
"We take any and all attempts of fraud, including a phone scam like this, very seriously," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "We are working with law enforcement to get to the bottom of this, but strongly caution the public in the meantime. If you receive a phone call regarding a rebate card available at your food stamp office, it is not from DCFS and you should not give out your information."

 

 

December 11, 2014

Knights of Columbus Donates to STPSO Reserves
On behalf of the STPSO Reserve Division, Sheriff Jack Strain accepted a $200 check from Grand Knight Dick Olsen with Knights of Columbus Council 10176 out of Folsom. The donation was in thanks for the work the reserves do to help keep the community a safe and enjoyable place to live.

 

 

December 10, 2014

Can You ID This Man Who Exposed Himself?
On Oct. 20, a man entered Baja Tans at 1102 North Highway 190 in Covington and began asking questions about spray-on tanning.  The female employees started to explain the process to the male, at which time, he asked if the spray tan would affect his "skin disorder.” The man then lifted his shirt and pulled down his pants and underwear, exposing his genitals to the female employees.  The employees described the subject as a white male, approximately 40 years old, approximately 5’8” with a bald head. He was wearing a green shirt and blue shorts.
The same day, a man matching the same description entered the Private Beach Tanning Salon at 2180 North Causeway Boulevard in Mandeville and began asking questions about the tanning process.  The male then asked an employee if he could show her his tan line, to which she stated he could. The male then pulled down his shorts.  Upon reviewing the security camera footage of this incident, it was discovered the male appeared to be masturbating behind the counter while conversing with female employee. 
If you have information about either of these instances or recognize the man in the photo, please call Detective Matthew Rowley at 985-726-7827.

 

 

December 10, 2014

Increased DWI Patrols Throughout Holidays
Louisiana law enforcement agencies are joining forces Dec. 12 - Jan. 1 to combat the high number of drunk-driving-related crashes in the weeks leading up to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
December was one of the deadliest months on Louisiana roadways in 2013, with 55 fatal crashes and 59 persons killed, according to preliminary figures. Alcohol use was a factor in more than half of the fatalities.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is a state and national campaign aimed at keeping impaired drivers off of the roadways and reducing deadly crashes. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is coordinating the statewide campaign by providing grants to local law enforcement agencies and the Louisiana State Police to fund overtime patrols and checkpoints.
"Getting arrested for DWI – or worse, causing a tragic accident – is not a Christmas memory you would ever want. If you’re drinking, don’t drive. Besides the risk of a crash, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over means there will be a greater police presence and a much higher chance that you’ll get caught,” said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

 

 

December 10, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Alyssa is a beautiful girl with a caring and nurturing personality. She is very reserved when she initially meets someone and it takes her time to become comfortable with people. She gets along very well with other children and once she becomes comfortable with someone, her true personality shines through.
Alyssa describes herself as a bookworm because she loves to read. Her favorite colors are pink, lime green and purple. Alyssa wants to be part of a family she can call her own and would benefit from a family that is patient with lots of love to give.
For more information about Alyssa 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

BOBBY EARL JOHNSON, AGE 67 and a resident of Albany died at 1:00 am Wednesday morning December 10, 2014 at his home. He was a longtime correctional officer for the Louisiana Department of Corrections both at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and later at Dixon Correctional Institute. Bobby enjoyed being outdoors working in his yard and loved fishing. He was a very good self-taught “shade-tree” mechanic and was an excellent handy-man, able to fix just about anything.

 

 

Obituary

MARY JOYCE SPEARS HOOKS, AGE 66 and a resident of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi died at 7:55 PM Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis. She was a LPN and was employed with a nursing home. She enjoyed gardening and doing jig saw puzzles.

 

 

December 10, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kelly Hobgood was booked 12/09 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Arleshia Bristser was booked 12/09 on the charges of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile (2 counts)
Wanda Posey was booked 12/09 In For Court
Kenneth Magee was booked 12/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Useage and Open Container in Vehicle

 

 

December 9, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Bethany Primeaux was booked 12/08 In From Court
Christopher Holmes was booked 12/08 on the charges Theft 500-1500, Possession of Stolen property, and Failure to Appear
Regina Wheat was booked 12/08 on the charge of Attempted Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institute
Anthony Morris was booked 12/08 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances, Failure to Appear, and Failure to Pay Fine

 

 

December 9, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Aryana is a five-year-old diva who loves looking good and making new friends. She has a loving personality, and she loves to laugh and smile! It is very important to Aryana that she remain in the social scene, receiving as much attention as anyone can offer.
She loves visiting the park to play in the open field and on the swings. To exert some of the energy this little diva has, she needs a family that enjoys the outdoors as much as she does. Aryana enjoys riding her bike and indoor and outdoor swimming.
Aryana is in kindergarten this school year. Aryana's favorite restaurant is McDonald's, so using McDonald's as a reward will score points for you with Aryana. Her favorite meal is the chicken nugget kid's meal.
Aryana looks forward to having a family that she will never have to leave. If your family is looking for an exciting way to help an adorable little sweetheart who enjoys attention and the lime light, Aryana may be the girl for you.
For more information about Aryana 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

DOROTHY ALINE SPINKS WALTERS SMITH, AGE 73 and a resident of Slidell died late Monday night December 8, 2014 at Greenbrier Community Care Center in Slidell. She was a former longtime resident of Franklinton where she was a member of Bogue Chitto Heights Baptist Church. Dorothy was a delivery person for the Bogalusa Daily News for many, many years. She had a real love for reading, all types of books and novels, which she passed on to her family. Earlier in life, Dorothy was active in tending her flowers and garden. She was always a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

 

 

Obituary

JOHN LANE CARLTON, AGE 55 and a resident of LaPlace died at 9:26 pm Sunday December 7, 2014 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was a longtime truck driver for Gaubert Oil that never met a stranger. John was always friendly and out-going to the people he met and he was never afraid to share his testimony and love of God with others. He enjoyed being with his family and cared about them all very much. John especially loved spending time on his favorite Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

 

 

Obituary

Mavis Duncan Parker age 90 passed away December 6, 2014 at her residence here in Bogalusa. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

 

 

December 9, 2014

Jindal Moves to Further Protect Sexual Assault Victims
Today, Governor Jindal issued an Executive Order that further protects sexual assault victims by directing hospitals and health care centers to directly bill the Crime Victims Reparation Board instead of victims for a defined list of eligible medical expenses.
This order also extends the time period by which a victim of sexual assault must notify appropriate law enforcement to be eligible for reparations from 72 hours to 1 year.  To ensure that women in every parish have access to services, DHH medical doctors will also create regional plans for how sexual assault exams are handled, covering items like who buys the rape kits, where are they stored, and who is performing the exam.
To read more about and the actual Executive Order, click here.

 

 

December 9, 2014

Three arrested in robbery of 17 year old
Three teenagers have been arrested for first-degree robbery after robbing another teen of his cellphone in Slidell Monday evening.
Bernard Brown Jr. (DOB 4/13/1995; 222 S. Queens Drive, Slidell) and Marquise Cordier (DOB 7/24/1997; 13116 St. Stephen Drive, New Orleans) have been arrested for L.R.S. 14:64.1 – first-degree robbery and L.R.S. 14:92 – contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. They were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
A Slidell 16-year-old has also been arrested for first-degree robbery and has been booked into the Florida Parish Juvenile Detention Center.
Shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Brown, Cordier and the 16-year-old followed a 17-year-old juvenile home from a fast food restaurant on Brownswitch Road in Slidell. As the victim entered the courtyard of his apartment complex, he was approached by the three teens, who robbed him of his phone before fleeing the area.
Deputies later located Brown, Cordier and the juvenile at Brown’s home on South Queens, at which time they were taken into custody.

 

 

December 8, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Dedrick Briggs was booked 12/06 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Francine Williams was booked 12/05 In From Court
Marty Galloway was booked 12/05 In From Court
Cornell Lucas was booked 12/06 on the charges of Driving Without Headlights, Failure to Use Turn Signal, Open Container in Vehicle, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Schedule Drugs
Eric Lucas was booked 12/06 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Kelly Scott was booked 12/06 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Terry Wilson was booked 12/06 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace-Simple Drunk, Resisting Arrest, and Entry/Remain On Premises After Being Forbidden
Steven Hunt was booked 12/06 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Resisting an Officer

 

 

December 8, 2014

This Week at St. Tammany Parish Hospital
Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of December 8 through 13.

  • SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION
  • CAREGIVER SUPPORT
  • STORY TIME (“Mary and the Octopus”)
  • LOOK GOOD … FEEL BETTER (improve your self-image while undergoing cancer treatment)
  • NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP
  • YOGA

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

 

December 8, 2014

Louisiana Awarded Grant to Address Child Trafficking
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), HP Serve and LouisianaChildren.org have been awarded a prestigious federal grant to prevent and investigate child trafficking for those in, or at risk of involvement with, the child welfare population.
"Protecting children is the most important thing we do at DCFS," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "Sadly, child trafficking is becoming more prevalent, but this grant will be invaluable in our work to prevent trafficking and serve those children who have already been victims of abuse and neglect."
To read the Press Release in full, click here.

 

 

December 8, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
There is no stopping this outgoing 12-year-old. HT is a happy child who loves school, watching cartoons, playing outside and doing anything fun. He enjoys the great outdoors and constantly being on the go. He finds satisfaction in being able to accomplish tasks independently.
He is a good student who is always a teacher's favorite in any classroom setting. HT has two brothers who he would like to remain in contact with, if possible. HT loves the idea of having a family to call his own, and does not mind if his new family consisted of one or two parents.
This 12-year-old would add excitement to any family committed to working with him to reach his full potential.  If your family has love and a sense of adventure, do not hesitate to inquire about him today.
For additional information about HT, 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.

 

 

December 8, 2014

Legislative Auditor Report On St. Tammany Rec. District #4
In a report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, thirteen substantial irregularities were discovered in the Lacombe-based St. Tammany Parish Recreation District No. 4.  They included the following:

  • They paid relatives of children who attended its after-school program to supervise them
  • They hired a relative of a district employee to work in its “art studio” program
  • The after-hours program expenses exceeded revenues by approximately $15,000 
  • The arts program expenses exceeded revenues by $8,000
  • Assets of the district were not tagged and labeled
  • Some computer equipment could not be located
  • Former employees were using lawn maintenance equipment for personal use
  • The district does not have “a current job description for the director and other employees
  • The district paid the director a salary, but it also paid a trainer an “additional $35,000 to possibly perform some of the duties of the director
  • The district paid an insurance premium of $9,824 to an insurance company for coverage from August 2011 to August 2012, but the commercial and general liability coverage was not provided, meaning “the district was uninsured during this period.”

The review engagement was performed for the state auditor by the Mandeville certified public accounting firm of Griffin and Co., LLC.  To read the entire report, click here.

 

 

Obituary

Todd William Corkern, 51, resident of Pine, LA, passed away at his residence on December 5, 2014.

 

 

Obituary

James Rudolph Graham, age 93, born on March 27, 1921 in Sumrall, MS., passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.  He was a WWII veteran, a lifetime member of the Masons, a member of Emmanual Missionary Baptist Church, and a retired Woodmill Supervisor at Crown Zellerbach.

 

 

Obituary

Nora Virginia Richardson, 84, resident of Baton Rouge and former resident of Varnado, LA, passed away December 6, 2014 at The Crossing in Baton Rouge, LA.

 

 

December 7, 2014

Don't Be A Victim This Holiday Season

“With all of the excitement of the holiday season it is easy to forget there are thieves out there waiting to prey on individuals who have let their guard down this holiday season,” St. Tammany Sheriff Strain said. “It is important to remain vigilant and to practice good common sense when out shopping this holiday season.”
Sheriff’s Office detectives are currently investigating 12 vehicle burglaries that occurred in west St. Tammany Parish last Wednesday. In all of the cases the perpetrators broke a window in the vehicle and took what they could quickly grab off the seats, including purses, cellphones and other electronics.
“The best practice is not only to lock your vehicle doors, but also to refrain from leaving valuables out in the open inside your car,” Strain said.  “If you can’t bring it inside with you, hide it under a seat or in a locked trunk and out of the view of would-be thieves.”

 

 

December 7, 2014

Warren Montgomery Elected District Attorney
Complete but unofficial election results give Warren Montgomery 52% of the vote yesterday for Office of the District Attorney for Washington and St. Tammany Parishes, defeating Brian Trainor in a hard-fought campaign in which Trainor received 48% of the vote.  Trainor won in Washington Parish with 58% of the vote but fell behind Montgomery in St. Tammany Parish with 46%.
Warren Montgomery replaces embattled Incumbent Walter Reid who chose not to run again, having served for thirty years.


The campaign was noteworthy in that both Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain endorsed and campaigned for Trainor.  However, Montgomery was able to portray Trainor as being part of the established “machine” and himself as independent.

 

 

 

December 5, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile

Chassidy is a friendly, well-mannered 15-year-old who loves playing basketball, volleyball, and track and field sports. Although she is a bit shy at first, Chassidy enjoys interacting with friends and warms up to new people. 

If Chassidy had a choice, she would ride her bicycle for hours on sunny days. On quieter days, she spends her time on the computer or cell phone playing games. When it comes to favorite foods hamburgers and pizza are her favorite. Though Chassidy is not quite sure what career path she desires, she does know that she desires to be successful at whatever she chooses.

She is excited about a family who will help her to discover her unique talents and gifts. Chassidy is very likeable and pleasant to be around. She is considerate and does well with other children. Chassidy would prefer a family that either has children in their immediate family or extended family.

For more information about Chassidy 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.

 

 

December 5, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Phillip Jarrell was booked 12/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless 

Operation
William Holland was booked 12/04 In For Court
Steve Tarver was booked 12/04 on the charge of Sexual Battery
Joyce Fillingame was booked 12/04 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Ricky Tullos was booked 12/04 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Ran Stop Sign, No Drivers License and Careless Operation
Derrick Briggs was booked 12/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI

 

 

December 5, 2014

Entergy $1000 Donation to Washington Men's Club
Entergy Customer Service Representative presents a $1000 donation to the Washington Men’s Club.  On hand to receive the Entergy check are President Melvin Keith and Treasurer Janola Walker, who also is an Entergy employee in the Bogalusa area.
The mission of the Washington Parish Men’s Club is to engage in community programs and activities that provide solutions to the root causes of the educational, economic, health, and other problems that are common to disadvantaged youth in Washington Parish.  The Club partners with YMCA, YWCA, and faith-based groups to offer them information and learning experiences that assist them in choosing healthy lifestyles.  The purpose is to: 1) increase youth involvement in volunteer community service; 2) decrease high-school dropouts; 3) decrease alcohol and drug use; 4) increase the number of students who pass the LEAP test; and 5) decrease youth entrance into the juvenile justice system
The Men’s club consists of 25 men across Washington Parish, but especially from Bogalusa, who work one-on-one with disadvantaged youth.  The club has given more than 25 scholarships in the last five years.

 

 

December 5, 2014

Unrestrained Driver Dies in Tangipahoa Parish Crash

Yesterday at approximately 1:00 pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash. The crash occurred on I-55 southbound approximately 1 mile south of La. 40 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of Linda Crozier of Brookhaven, Ms.
Initial investigation revealed that a 2008 Toyota Prius, operated by Crozier (W/F 67), was traveling southbound on I-55 near mile marker 39 in the left lane. Crozier, for reasons under investigation, veered to the right, traveled off of the roadway to the right, and struck a tree. Crozier was not restrained, received life threatening injuries, and was transported to North Oaks Hospital where she later died. 
Impairment is not suspected; however, blood and urine samples were collected from Crozier for a toxicological analysis. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

December 4, 2014

Gallaspy Donates Book Proceeds to Cassidy Park Museums
More than 800 copies of John Gallaspy's highly researched, hugely inclusive and happily intriguing account of Bogalusa's first hundred years: “The City That Refused To Die,” have sold or otherwise been distributed since the tome was completed in time for Centennial celebrations on July 4.
Additional copies are being made available for Christmas giving, but the giving has already begun at the hands of the author. Gallaspy donated thousands of dollars from early book sales to help with the Centenial “when the city ran out of money.” And on Monday, with his wife and creative partner Dixie at his side, he presented a check for $7,000 to the Friends of the Cassidy Park Museums.
“I planned, in a general way, to give proceeds to some charitable entity that would benefit Bogalusa,” Gallaspy said. “After visiting with (Museums Director) Lorraine Bourn while I was gathering information, I decided to give it to the Friends of the Museums.
“We have thoughtlessly demolished almost every one of our historically significant monuments in Bogalusa, and I think now the only hope of preserving a very unique past is to do it through the museum, which is very competently managed.”
Bourn was delighted with the gift.  “John and Dixie Gallaspy have always been avid supporters of the museums,” she said. “Their generosity will allow us to increase the number of classes offered in our Heritage Craft School and do some much needed improvements to the buildings.”
Gallaspy also presented two copies of his work, which has been described by readers as the best book ever written about Bogalusa, to the Museums for sale. Copies of the latest printing are additionally available at Delta Printing for $30.
For more information about the museums, including that on gift memberships which enable free class participation, visit www.museumsofcassidypark.org online or leave a message at 735-9188.

 

 

Obituary

JOHN LARRY BICKHAM, AGE 78 and a resident of Denham Springs went to sleep Tuesday night then woke up with Jesus early Wednesday morning December 3, 2014 at his home. He was born near Franklinton on December 14, 1935 and graduated from Franklinton High School in 1954, where he was a member of the Varsity Basketball Team, the FFA and an FHS cheerleader. John was voted best All-around by his classmates and attended First Baptist Church. After graduation, he began employment with the Louisiana Highway Department in January 1957 until his retirement in 1994. He also served in the National Guard and later became an engineer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
He was a baseball coach in the Central Area Youth League and coached basketball while a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church. At the time of his passing John was a member of Greenwell Springs Baptist Church.

 

 

December 4, 2014

Senator Vitter's Staff To Meet With Constituents
In a letter to constituents, Senator David Vitter states, "Dealing with federal government agencies can often be confusing and frustrating. To assist you with any problems you may be having with any federal government agency, my staff will be conducting satellite office hours in your area so you don’t have to travel as far as you may need to reach one of my regional offices.
You’re invited to attend these office hours and meet with a member of my staff to discuss any problems you may have with a federal government agency such as the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, or other federal agencies. Constituents unable to attend these office hours can always call my Southeast Louisiana regional office in Metairie at (504) 589-2753 to speak to a member of my staff. My Metairie office, located at 2800 Veterans Blvd., Suite 201, is open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday."
Upcoming satellite office hours are scheduled as follows: 

Tangipahoa Parish
Monday,

December 8
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Ponchatoula City Council Chambers
125 West Hickory Street
Ponchatoula

 

St. Tammany Parish
Tuesday,

 December 9
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Mandeville City Hall
3101 East Causeway Approach
Mandeville  

 

Washington Parish
Tuesday,

 December 9

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Franklinton Town Hall
301 11th Avenue
Franklinton 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 




December 4, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
This engaging 11-year-old has a big personality and loves to explore. Rogers is not shy when it comes to asking questions, as his thirst for knowledge keeps him active in learning new things. Rogers loves school. He has a very vivid imagination which enhances his artistic ability.
Rogers has no problem meeting new people and making friends, as he is a social butterfly. His social personality sometimes gets him into trouble because he likes to talk during class. Despite talking during class, Rogers is a well-behaved young man.
Rogers enjoys board games and eating at fast food restaurants. He is a very loving child who is always concerned about his younger siblings. If he is not adopted with his two brothers, Rogers would like to stay in contact with them. If you are looking for a loving young man to bring into your family, do not hesitate to call about Rogers.
For additional information about Rogers 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

 

 

December 4, 2014

Missing Woman Located in Marsh Near Big Branch
Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Operations Division located a missing Madisonville woman in the marsh near Big Branch Tuesday evening. 
At approximately noon on Tuesday, December 2, Margaret “Peggy” Reynier  left a residence at 24558 U.S. Highway 190 in Lacombe on foot.  After being reported missing at about 4:15 p.m., members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Operations Division were called out.    
It is believed that Reynier became disoriented and followed a path that led into the marsh, where she  continued walking and became lost.  At some point she shed her wet clothing and covered herself in mud and marsh grass in an attempt to keep warm. 
While canvasing the area, deputies heard a subject yelling for help in the distance. Searching on foot, they followed the yells until they found Reynier huddled on the ground, approximately 300 yards into the marsh.  She was naked, disoriented and very cold.  Deputies gave the subject a jacket to wear and escorted her out the marsh and Fire District 4 transported Reynier to the Louisiana Heart Hospital for examination. 

 

 

December 4, 2014

St. Tammany Narcotics Task Force Takes Down Drug Operations
During a two week block in November, the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force, which is made up of St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives and officers from the Slidell and Mandeville Police Departments, executed seven search warrants, arresting eleven individuals and issuing summons to six more.

Among those arrested were members of the Thompson family drug dealing operation on the east side of the parish.  Marcel Thompson has an extensive criminal history including possession of stolen property, armed robbery, aggravated battery, resisting an officer, aggravated rape and drug distribution. He is a convicted felon, and he has pled guilty to crimes such as aggravated battery, unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, possession of stolen property and drug law violations.
“The work of the St. Tammany Narcotics Task Force in these cases will take more than a dozen dangerous drug dealers off the streets of our parish.  Combined efforts such as these are an indication of how well law enforcement throughout St. Tammany works together for the protection of our citizens,” Sheriff Jack Strain said. 

To read more details of the operation and of those arrested, click here.

 

December 4, 2014

Drivers Urged to Use Headlights
Law enforcement agencies are urging drivers to “Please turn on your headlights at night, when it is raining and when there is fog.”  With heavy fog lately, this is an action that may save lives.  Plus, it's the law. 
Louisiana RS 32:301 mandates the following:
Every vehicle upon a highway within this state shall display lighted lamps and illuminating devices as hereinafter respectively required for different classes of vehicles subject to exception with respect to parked vehicles at any of the following times:
(1) At any time between sunset and sunrise.
(2) When, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernable at a distance of five hundred feet ahead.
(3) When moisture in the air or precipitation necessitates the continuous use of windshield wipers.
(4) While driving in a tunnel.

 


December 4, 2014

Washington Parish Booking Information
Edward Craft was booked 12/03 In From Court
Robert Dykes was booked 12/03 In From Court
Phillip Jarrell was booked 12/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation

 

 

Obituary

CHEYENNE GRACIE HOLLOMAN, AGE 3 and the daughter of Tasha and Richard Penton of Pine went to be with Jesus early Tuesday morning December 2, 2014 at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. Gracie dealt with a rare genetic disorder her entire life, but she always wore a smile and had a unique personality that touched everyone she knew. She was always a fighter throughout her many treatments and was polite to the medical staff despite the pain she may have endured, as long as she could watch her favorite Sponge Bob Squarepants programs and videos. Gracie and her family received a lot of support from the community during her illness and they wish to thank Trinity Baptist Church, as well as Bogue Chitto Baptist Church and the countless others who helped in any way during these difficult times. Though she only lived on Earth a short time, Gracie gave us memories to last a lifetime and she will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.

 

 

Obituary

EOLA ROSEANNA BILLIOT FONTANA, AGE 86 and a resident of the Clifton Community died at 7:30 am Tuesday December 2, 2014 at Northshore Specialty Hospital. She was a native and longtime resident of New Orleans where she was a former secretary at Antoine’s and a member of the traveling singing group the Southern Traveliers. Eola, along with her husband, was an accomplished bowler, which she enjoyed very much. She had a wedding decorating and catering company for many years and she also sewed costumes for many Mardi Gras Carnival Crews. Eola enjoyed playing cards with her friends and family, even later in life. She retired to Washington Parish in 1984 where she became the secretary at Hillcrest Baptist Church and worked in the church nursery for many years. She became a member of Hillcrest Church and later attended Clifton Baptist Church near her home.

 

 

December 3, 2014

Arrest Made in Tallulah for Burglaries in St. Tammany
Early Tuesday morning, business owners throughout St. Tammany Parish arrived at their shops and stores to find front windows broken and cash registers stolen from within.  Stores in Mandeville, Slidell and throughout unincorporated St. Tammany parish were affected.The Sheriff’s office and Mandeville and Slidell police departments quickly assembled a team of investigators to work the case.  Working together, the group identified a suspect within a few hours.
Investigators were able to determine that Gary Howes (765 Sylvan Dr, Baton Rouge – DOB: 3/16/1960), burglarized 14 businesses throughout the parish Monday night, stealing cash registers, cash and video surveillance equipment from the businesses.
Warrants for Howes’ arrest were prepared yesterday by various jurisdictions.
Howes was located this morning in Tallulah, Louisiana with the assistance of the Madison County Sheriff’s office.  He is being held there as a fugitive from St. Tammany.  Upon extradition, he will be booked in St. Tammany on multiple counts of business burglary.

 

 

December 3, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Brian is a 12-year-old middle schooler. While school is not Brian's favorite hang out, he does enjoy computer class above all the other subjects. Brian is not yet sure about what he wants to be when he grows up, but it could have something to do with animals. Brian loves dogs and would love a pet-loving family that will take time to help Brian decide what he likes to do most. Brian is a picky eater, but like most pre-teens his age, he loves to eat pizza and hotdogs.
Brian loves to play with toys and watch movies. While playing outside, Brian loves to put everything he finds in his pockets. He is quite the collector and explorer! Brian would like to be placed with his brother who is also in care, but if that is not possible maintaining contact is a definite must.
For more information about Brian 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.

 

 

December 3, 2014

La. AG Caldwell Sues President Obama
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell today joined a group of 17 states in filing a suit challenging President Barack Obama’s recent executive orders aimed at immigration.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, asserts that the Obama administration violated the Take Care Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the federal Administrative Procedure Act when they implemented the President’s deferred action plan concerning the immigration status of millions of undocumented immigrants.
Attorney General Caldwell said, “The Take Care Clause mandates that the President take care that the laws be faithfully executed— not rewrite them or ignore them under the guise of some type of executive discretion. We will not tolerate this blatant violation of our Constitution.”
The multistate coalition includes Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

 

 

December 3, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Richard Hunt was booked 12/02 on the charges of No License Plate, Driving With Suspended License Due To Previous DUI, and No Insurance
Terry Wilson was booked 12/02 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace-Simple Drunk
Phillip Fowler was booked 12/03 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
George Roberts was booked 12/03 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and No Drivers License.

 

 

December 2, 2014

Washington Parish man drowns attempting to save grandson
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an apparent drowning Saturday morning at the Indian Village boat launch in Slidell.
Shortly after 6 a.m., a nearby resident called 911 after reportedly hearing calls for help.  While in route, dispatched received another call in regards to drowning victim at the boat launch.
When they arrived, deputies found a male, later identified as Rodney Varnado of Bogalusa, laying on the boat slip just outside the water. He was unresponsive, not breathing and cold to the touch.  Despite rescue efforts, Mr. Varnado was not able to be resuscitated.
After questioning individuals at the scene it was discovered that Mr. Varnado was driving a 12 foot flat boat with five other individuals, including three of his grandsons, aboard when the boat began taking on water.  According to witnesses, when one of Mr. Varnado’s grandsons fell overboard, he jumped in the water in an attempt to save him.  He was able to return the boy to the boat, but shortly afterwards the motion of the boat caused the other occupants to fall overboard.
All the individuals were able to make it safely to shore; however, they soon realized Mr. Varnado was not with them.  After a brief search, he was located underwater and pulled to the shore at the slipway. It was estimated that he was underwater for five to 10 minutes.
His body was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office and the scene was turned over to Wildlife and Fisheries agents for further investigation.

 

 

December 2, 2014

Handling Firearms Safely After the Hunt
With Louisiana hunting seasons in full swing, hunters are reminded that safe firearm handling does not end with the hunt. Proper transport and storage of firearms will keep everyone safe when the hunt is over. Hunters are reminded of the following basic safety practices:
• Completely unload firearms at the conclusion of the hunt and keep the action open.  Be sure all shells or cartridges are removed from both the chamber and the magazine.
• When in a vehicle, boat or on an ATV, transport firearms unloaded with the action open and in a secure position - preferably in a case.
• Always be sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction.  This basic rule applies in the field, in a vehicle and in the home.
• When cleaning a firearm or putting it away for storage, double check to be sure it is completely unloaded.  Anytime you pick up a firearm, make it a habit to make sure it is unloaded before doing anything else.
• Keep fingers off the trigger and outside of the trigger guard whenever handling firearms in a situation where you do not intend to shoot.
• Store unloaded firearms and ammunition in separate and locked locations.
• Consider use of a lock to make your firearms inoperable while being stored or transported.
• Children and even adults are often curious about firearms, so make sure your firearms are inaccessible to persons who may be visiting your home.
• Discuss firearm safety with members of your household and set rules for firearm access and handling. 
Gifts of shotguns, rifles and handguns will be received during the holiday season.  Be sure that anyone receiving these gifts understands and practices safe firearm handling.  A Hunter Education class is an excellent way to acquaint a new hunter or shooter with firearm safety.
Additional tips and reminders for safe firearm handling in the home are available from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe
http://www.projectchildsafe.org/ .
For more information about Hunter Education, visit
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/hunter-education or contact Fred Kimmel at 225-765-2355 or fkimmel@wlf.la.gov .

 

 

December 2, 2014

UTILITY SCAM HITS WASHINGTON PARISH BUSINESSES
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is receiving complaints from parish businesses which have been targeted for a scam stating there is an irregularity in their payment which may result in electrical service being disconnected. 
“Scammers are targeting Entergy customers who are directed to transfer funds electronically, sometimes through the system known as Money Pak.  We don’t want you to fall victim to this scam,” warns Entergy.  While you may pay your Entergy bill by phone or credit card, it is ONLY through BillMatrix, a third-party vendor we use for this purpose.  If a call sounds suspicious, call 1-800- ENTERGY (368-3749) to speak with an Entergy customer service representative.”
Sheriff Randy Seal cautions parish residents.  “While businesses are being targeted now, residential customers may be next.  If you get a call demanding immediate payment, hang up and call your utility company to speak with a customer representative.  The call you receive may sound legitimate and may even include a call-back number which has features that might fool you into thinking you are communicating with your utility company.  Don’t call that number!  Call your utility company instead.  Do not willingly send your money to con artists.  You will never see it again.

 

 

December 2, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile

Thirteen-year-old Lovely and 11-year-old Aramis are a very close sibling duo with a special bond. Lovely and Aramis desire to be adopted together and are both outgoing and make friends easily. This sibling duo looks forward to a fun-filled summer of activities and adventure.

Lovely is an energetic teenager who loves to sing, praise and dance in church and listen to all types of music. Lovely acts as her brother's caregiver, as she is always making sure her little brother is happy.

Aramis is very athletic and loves playing football at school and at the neighborhood park. He hopes to one day play in the NFL, especially for his favorite team, the New Orleans Saints. Aramis also enjoys doing tricks on his bicycle and giving advice to his big sister, Lovely.  Lovely is in the eighth grade and Aramis is in the fourth grade. They enjoy school. 

For additional information about Lovely and Aramis 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

V. L. Thomas, age 75, died on Monday, December1, 2014 at his home. He was a resident of Bogalusa, LA. He was a member of Memorial Baptist Church and retired from the store business.

 

 

December 2, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joseph Busby was booked 12/01 for Drug Court
Charles Martin was booked 12/01 In From Court
Darren Baham was booked 12/01 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Kitwana Neal was booked 12/01 on the charges of Aggravated Assault With A Firearm, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Carl Davis was booked 12/01 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Sean Smith was booked 12/01 In From Court
Polanski Warren was booked 12/01 on the charges of Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility and Possession of Marijuana
Jasmine Magee was booked 12/01 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Resisting an Officer
Matthew Cotton was booked 12/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Improper Lane Useage, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Failure to Use Turn Signal

 

 

December 1, 2014

Two Arrested In Murder of Slidell Man
Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office have made two arrests in the weekend homicide of a Slidell man, Sheriff Jack Strain announced today.  Arrested are seventeen year old Clayton Maricle (pictured right) and forty-one year old Marty Anderson (pictured below left), both of Slidell. 
Saturday evening, the Sheriff’s office received a call from a Slidell woman who said she believed Maricle, her nephew, was involved in the stabbing death of Nicolas Carmen whose body was found early Sunday Morning.  Maricle’s aunt reported she received a call from Anderson, who was with Maricle, requesting she pick Maricle up and take him out of town, though he didn’t disclose a reason.  While driving Maricle to a family camp in Nicholson, MS, Maricle made admissions to his aunt about the stabbing, which occurred at approximately 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening.
Working with deputies with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s office, Maricle was located at the camp yesterday afternoon at approximately 5:00 p.m. and taken into custody without incident.  Maricle admitted his role in the homicide.
Detectives located Anderson – who was with Maricle and Carmen during the incident – in St. Bernard Parish and returned him to St. Tammany for questioning.  Detectives determined that Anderson helped Maricle dispose of evidence after the homicide and booked him into the St. Tammany Parish Jail with one count of obstruction of justice.
Maricle was in St. Tammany on a weekend furlough from a boys group home in Branch, Louisiana.

 

 

Obituary

Rodney Carl Varnado, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 65, born on July 13, 1949, passed away on November 29, 2014 in Slidell, LA.

 

 

December 1, 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 December 1 through 6.
***BREATHE EASIER
***BREAST CANCER SUPPORT
***BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
***INFANT MASSAGE
***BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP
***YOGA
***NEW FAMILY CENTER TOURS
For more information on these programs, click here.

 

 

December 1, 2014

Ms. Market Bulletin Dec. 1 Edition Available
The latest edition of the Mississippi Market Bulletin is now available.  View it here by clicking on the logo near the top of this page.  Aside from many items for sale in the issue, featured recipes include the following:  Raspberry & Almond Shortbread, Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars, Snowballs, Fudge Puddles, and Christmas Crunch. 

 

 

December 1, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile

McKinley is a sharp 14 year old who loves to draw! He describes himself as calm and easy to get along with. He also enjoys reading, playing chest and checkers, and watching television. McKinley is quite the social butterfly, as he can hold a conversation with a complete stranger. His other hobbies include cooking, baking, and any type of crafts. 

McKinley is currently in the seventh grade and his favorite subject is science, while math is his least favorite. When he grows up, he aspires to be a professional dodge ball player.

McKinley would like an adoptive home with other children, but no more than two. He said that he is not picky when it comes to a one or two parent family. McKinley would just like the family to know that he would like to have a pet or two!

For additional information about McKinley 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

SILTON ERWIN, AGE 82 and a resident of Franklinton passed away at 2:30 pm Saturday November 29, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center.  Mr. Silt was so many things to so many people. He wore many hats, most of which were LSU. He was devoted. He was loyal. He possessed a work ethic unlike what many have seen and that is so hard to come by. He loved mowing his grass and feeding his birds. He loved riding his bike. He loved playing pool with his “Pool Pals” in the afternoons. He deeply loved his family. Most importantly he loved his God. He is remembered as a man with a quiet, steadfast faith, often found reading his Bible or playing old gospel music on the radio. He had said for years that when his time came, he was ready-knowing he would enter into the gates of Heaven and embrace the Heavenly Father.
His earthly body was tired. It had traveled many miles during that life of his. In his new eternal body, Paw Paw is no doubt singing, clapping and tapping his foot to the beat of the Heavenly Choir and maybe a little Ronnie Milsap.

 

 

Obituary

Mary Amanda "Mandy" Garner Edwards age 38, passed away on November 29, 2014 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA.  Mandy was a member of Berry's Creek Pentecostal Church and was a Probation Officer with the State of Alabama and Mississippi.

 

 

December 1, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Melvin Fuller was booked 11/26 on the charges of Hit and Run, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Report Accident
Bernie Hart was booked 11/26 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation/Accident

Mikaela Moran was booked 11/28 In For Court
Wilton McCain was booked 11/28 on the charges of Attachment (6 counts)
Casey Painter was booked 11/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, and Open Container in Vehicle
Halie Turner was booked 11/29 - NO CHARGES LISTED
Heather Turner was booked 11/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Kasey Blackwell was booked 11/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Speeding 11-20 Over Limit
Tiffany Knight was booked 11/29 In From Court

 

 

Obituary

Mr. Richard Arlen Kuhn passed away at his home Tuesday, November 25, 2014. He was born September 7, 1931.

 

 

November 28, 2014

Shop Safe & Smart This Holiday Season
Whether hitting the mall or surfing the web, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell urges caution when knocking out holiday shopping lists. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section expects an increase in reports of scams during the flurry of the holiday season, and offers the following tips.

  • Protect Your Identity
  • Know Store Return Policies
  • Ask For Gift Receipts
  • Review Your Financial Statements

When Shopping Online

  • Pay With A Credit Card
  • Look For A Secure Checkout
  • Know With Whom You Are Dealing
  • Watch Out For Look-Alike Websites
  • Beware of Fake Gift Card Offers

For more details on how to protect yourself, click here.


 

 

November 28, 2014

Governor Jindal Blasts New Obama Emission Rule
Governor Bobby Jindal has issued the following statement on President Obama’s new job-killing ozone rule.
Governor Jindal said, “President Obama’s new environmental regulations are reckless and based on a radical leftist ideology that will kill American jobs and increase energy prices.
“Under the President’s proposed new plan, Louisiana's metro areas would be put into what the EPA calls a “non-attainment zone,” which would effectively hand control over these areas to the federal government. It would force companies to limit production that is vital to our economy and buy unnecessary expensive technology.  At the same time, the American people will be subjected to higher energy prices and more regulations.
“This is exactly the type of policy and top-down governing that the American people rejected on Election Day a few weeks ago. President Obama doesn’t trust the American people or American companies. He believes the government in Washington knows what’s best and that’s why he wants to force this new job-killing regulation on the American people.
“Instead of pursuing the top-down energy policies of the Obama Administration, we should be on a path towards an unprecedented era of energy independence and job growth. By embracing our resources and technological abilities, we can make energy cheaper and more abundant. But unfortunately, the President won’t do that because his administration is full of  ‘science deniers’ who want to make energy more expensive and push our country in the direction of energy austerity.”

 

 

November 28, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Eleven-year-old Tyrene is a feisty preteen who enjoys playing basketball. Whether he is playing alone, practicing his jump shot, or playing on a neighborhood team, Tyrene is in utter glory on the basketball court! Tyrene's favorite players are Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and LeBron James. It's no secret that Tyrene wishes to play in the NBA someday.
Tyrene is spontaneous, spunky and loves playing with other children. He hopes to find a family that loves his personality and can provide him with a lot of attention. Tyrene would love a family who will allow him to remain in contact with his three siblings in the foster care system.
For additional information about Tyrene 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

NELDA HAYNES STEVENS, AGE 88 and a resident of Lafayette died at 2:35 pm Monday November 24, 2014 at Lafayette General Hospital. She was born August 21, 1926 in Lincoln County, Georgia but was a longtime resident of Franklinton, where she attended First Baptist Church. Nelda was a Registered Nurse and worked at the Franklinton Health Unit for many years.

 

 

November 28, 2014

Slidell man arrested for drive by shooting
Giovonta Williams (316 Tiffany St, Slidell – DOB: 4/18/93), a Slidell area resident man is in the St. Tammany Parish jail on charges related to a drive-by shooting Wednesday night.
The Sheriff’s office received a call at approximately 8:30 Wednesday night reporting that gunshots had struck her house.  The investigation revealed that a father and his two sons were driving through a subdivision when another man drove past them on the road and fired several rounds at their vehicle.  Some of the rounds struck the complainant’s house.
Deputies were able to determine the license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle, and located the suspect at 1:30 this morning at his residence on Tiffany St.  He was taken into custody without incident. 
During questioning, Williams admitted to firing shots at the other vehicle.  Detectives are still investigating the motive behind the shooting.  Williams was booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail on Assault by drive by shooting, Aggravated Criminal Damage, and Illegal Use of a Weapon.  Williams is being held on $140,000 bond.

 

 

November 26, 2014

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Narvin Winston was booked 11/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Gwendolyn Hemphill was booked 11/25 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Steven Cotton was booked 11/25 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Christian Herring was booked 11/25 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Contempt of Court
Jonathan Newman was booked 11/25 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
David Temple was booked 11/25 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts)
Stephanie Dyson was booked 11/25 on the charge of Theft 500-1500
Richard Culbreath was booked 11/26 - No Charges Listed
Byron Johnson was booked 11/26 on the charges of Littering, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Possession of Schedule 3 With Intent to Distribute, and Failure to Appear

 

 

November 25, 2014

2014 Youth Hunter of the Year Competition
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) are encouraging hunters 15 years of age or younger to enter the 2014 Youth Hunter of the Year competition.
The contest is for Louisiana resident youth and requires young hunters to submit a story about their hunting experience along with photographs of the hunt.  LDWF and LOWA will then select a male and female youth hunter of the year based upon the stories and photos that are received.
This is not a big buck or turkey contest. The program is about youths enjoying a hunting experience, with or without success, and keeping the hunting tradition alive in Louisiana.
For more information, click here

 

 

November 25, 2014

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Dontae and Delores have no trouble making new friends as they are both polite to anyone they meet. These two siblings stay work off their extra energy by participating in sports in their community.
Dontae is an active pre-teen with a winning smile! This 12 year old enjoys outdoor activities such as football, basketball, and bike riding. He enjoys playing and taking care of animals, such as dogs and cats. Dontae makes friends easily, and enjoys school for the opportunity he gets to spend time with friends during the lunch break. In his free time, Dontae enjoys playing video games on his Nintendo DS. The adults in Dontae's life say that he has good manners, shows respect to his elders and does not have a problem completing chores and following rules.
Delores is a spunky, friendly nine year old who is quite the athlete as she just placed third in a local community track meet! She loves running and is usually the first one at practice. Delores works hard to excel in her craft. She also enjoys attending church, and participating in the many youth activities. She is part of a group that leads worship service at church, as she is a member of the Praise Team. Delores looks forward to choir practice where she can see and interact with her church friends.
Dontae and Delores are part of a larger sibling group that they wish to remain in contact with. They are not picky regarding a one or two parent family. They are just looking forward to a place to call home and a family that will love them unconditionally.
For additional information about Dontae and Delores 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

VIRGINIA RUTH ALFORD, AGE 61 and a resident of the Mt. Pisgah Community died at 10 AM Monday, November 24, 2014 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home.  She was a member of Temple Baptist Church. Virginia was a support professional at the Franklinton Association for Challenged Citizens. She loved working and riding horses and enjoyed working with her flowers. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family.

 

 

Obituary

CARMELA “MILLIE” ABRUZZESE VARNADO, AGE 75 and a resident of Enon died at 9:27 AM Monday, November 24, 2014 at St. Tammany Hospital in Covington.  She was a born in Boston Massachusetts and she became a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan. She enjoyed cooking and gathering with her family for meals. Her grandchildren were the love of her life.

 

 

Obituary

Phillip Roy Jarrell born May 21, 1962 passed away November 21, 2014 at his residence at the age of 52. He attended Calvary Christian Fellowship Church.

 

 

November 25, 2014

DHH to Address High Rates of ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment in Louisiana Children
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) will host a free symposium on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Louisiana on Dec. 9, 2014. The symposium, which is open to parents, teachers, health care professionals and other stakeholders, will address the frequency of diagnosis, medication rates, and proper use of ADHD medications.
Louisiana has the second highest state ADHD prescription rate in the United States at 4.7 percent for the population as a whole and for boys ages 12 to 18 the rate is 13.6 percent. ADHD medication use has risen 35.5 percent from 2008 to 2012; young adult use has nearly doubled. Louisiana also has the highest treatment rate for girls ages 12-18 and women 19-25. In response, the state legislature called on DHH to study how to ensure the proper utilization of ADHD medication in the state.
"With the alarming rate of ADHD medication use in Louisiana, we see an urgent need to gather doctors, parents, teachers, and members of the community to explore this issue and develop recommendations to curb these troubling trends," said DHH Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert,  For more information, click here.

 

 

November 25, 2014

St. Tammany Parish Hospital Events 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 24-29
***BABYSITTER TRAINING
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP
***YOGA
For more information or to register for a class, click here.

 

November 25, 2014

Mobile Pet Shelter for Disasters Becoming a Reality
Construction is expected to begin in December for a mobile pet shelter scheduled to be in use by the 2015 hurricane season.
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said, “The evacuation, transportation and sheltering of household pets during disasters has become necessary as a lifesaving measure. What we have experienced in the past are victims who have refused assistance unless their pets were accommodated.” 
The plan includes 48-53 foot transport trucks with assembled pet cages and staff to assist parishes with the evacuation, transportation and sheltering of evacuees’ pets.  The LDAF’s current pet sheltering plan can accommodate thousands of pets at mega pet shelters.
For more on this Press Release, click here.

 

 

November 24, 2014

Deputy Assists in Baby's Birth

Saturday evening, Deputy First Class Donald A. Plaisance, Jr. and new recruit Deputy Bryce Morse, who has been in the patrol division for less than a week, were dispatched to a medical emergency on Slemmer Road in Covington.
DFC Plaisance came into contact with an unidentified female who pointed to a car and stated, “She’s in there.”  DFC Plaisance looked in the vehicle and observed an Hispanic female sitting in the front passenger seat of a small vehicle with her left foot propped up on the dashboard and a baby’s head lying on the seat between the legs of the female.  The baby was not moving or making a sound.  Click here to read what happened next!

 

November 24, 2014

Jail Personnel Revives Unreponsive Inmate

Near midnight Saturday night one female inmate at the St. Tammany Parish Jail woke when she heard a second inmate making a strange noise and found her unresponsive.  The first woman alerted deputies, who initiated lifesaving measures  including CPR and resuscitation through the use of an A.E.D. (automated external defibrillator).

The deputies’ unwavering efforts to save the woman’s life led to her pulse being restored, though she continued to require assistance breathing.  Adian Ambulance and Fire District personnel arrived a few minutes later and transported the woman to a local hospital, where she remains under treatment and evaluation. 
When the woman was brought into the jail Saturday, her medical screen revealed no issues and her drug screen results were negative. She was originally booked for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. She has since been released from the jail on a medical bond. 
“I am extremely proud of our deputies’ efforts to save this woman’s life.  Without their immediate intervention, she would almost certainly have died.  Fortunately, their training and their instant actions combined to restore her heartbeat and give E.M.S. personnel time to get her into emergency care at the hospital,” Sheriff Jack Strain said.

 

 

November 24, 2014 

Mississippi Dies In Sunday Crash Near Sun
A 33-year-old Mississippi woman died Sunday evening at the Louisiana Heart Hospital after she was involved in a vehicle crash that occurred earlier that evening in Sun.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sonia Taylor, 33, of Foxworth, Miss., was driving a 2003 Dodge Stratus southbound on Louisiana Highway 21 near the Sun town limits.
At the same time, Lenzy Williams, 58, of Bogalusa, was also headed southbound on La. 21 in a 1993 Chevrolet Corvette.  Click here for more on the story.

 

 

November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Holiday Seat Belt Crackdown
Last year’s long Thanksgiving break was one of the most dangerous holidays of the year on Louisiana roadways. This year, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is coordinating a statewide Click It or Ticket campaign over the extended Thanksgiving holiday aimed at saving lives by convincing more motorists to buckle up.

In 2013, during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday, there were 409 fatal and injury crashes that killed five and injured 689 motorists in Louisiana.

Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director Lt. Col. John LeBlanc said the commission is providing grants to 50 state and local law enforcement agencies as part of Click it or Ticket, a nationwide high-visibility seat belt enforcement and public information campaign.  Click here

for more on the story.

 
 
Obituary
Alice Marie Crain Terrell was born on November 7, 1947 and passed away on November 23, 2014. She lived most of her life in Pine, LA with her late husband, Clyde Terrell where they operated Pine Seafood and Fish House for many years together. She was also retired from the Washington Parish School System where she worked as a para professional for twenty years. Alice will be remembered for the way she loved people. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her family and friends. She loved being in the kitchen where she enjoyed cooking especially on special occasions for those she dearly loved. She was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church.
 
 
Obituary
Mary Kathleen Stephenson, a resident of Varnado, LA, age 80, born on May 26, 1934 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, passed away on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Forest Manor Nursing Home in Covington, LA.
 
 
November 24, 2014
A Winner At The Library
The Franklinton Branch of the Washington Parish Library recently had a "Read for a Thanksgiving Gift Card" drawing. Ms. Stacy Davis was presented the Thanksgiving Gift Card to Jack Brown's Grocery. The reading challenge was sponsored by the Friends of the Washington Parish Library. Pictured are Ms. Stacy Davis(center), Ms. Antrezia Bickham (left) and Mrs. Carmen Jones (right).
 
 
November 24, 2014
Deputies recover vehicle from Lake Pontchartrain
Divers with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office dive team yesterday afternoon recovered a vehicle which went over the railing of the Causeway and into the lake.
The vehicle was traveling on the south bound span at approximately 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning when it left the travel lane and flipped over the railing.  The incident occurred near the 16 mile marker (eight miles from the northshore).
Deputies with the Sheriff’s marine division searched the area in boats and located the vehicle a short time later near the draw bridge.  The driver, believed to be the lone occupant, was still in the vehicle when it was recovered.
Fire District 4 personnel extricated the body, which is being turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office for identification and family notification.
Causeway Police are working the crash incident.
 
 
November 24,2014
Adopt-A-Child Profile
Leon is a handsome eight year old who is a cowboy at heart! He loves anything related to cowboys and animals, especially horses. He cannot leave the home without wearing his cowboy boots, and dreams of riding a horse one day. Leon has a healthy imagination, as he easily slips into the character of a cowboy. Currently, Leon is in the second grade.
Hakeem is a quiet, adorable seven year old who has a friendly smile and personality. He enjoys spending his free time reading his favorite books and sitting in front the television watching his favorite cartoons. Hakeem is currently a first grade student who is a teacher's dream to have in the classroom. Hakeem is very attentive in class and encourages others to follow his lead by example.
These two brothers would like a family to adopt them as a sibling group, and help them to maintain contact with their other sister and brother in foster care.
For additional information about Leon and Hakeem 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
STAFF SERGEANT DANNIE LEE GADDY, SR. AGE 82 and a resident of Franklinton died at 10:50AM Sunday, November 23, 2014 at his residence.
He was a veteran of the Air Force having served during the Korean War. He loved animals especially cats and dogs. He was known for caring for the stray cats in the area.
 
 
Obituary
Gloria Alford Hyde age 80 passed away November 21, 2014 at Highland Community Hospital in Picayune Ms. She was a resident of Bogalusa La, and member of Pine First Baptist Church.
 
 
Obituary
Mildred Rowand Warner, a former resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 88, born on August 7, 1926 in Lindenwold, New Jersey, passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in Monroe, LA.
 
 
November 24, 2014
Impairment is Suspected in Crash that Kills Unrestrained Passenger
Last night at approximately 7:20 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle crash which occurred on La. 1064 north of US 190 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of the driver’s father.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Kia Sport, operated by Amber Hoyt (W/F 22) of Holden
and occupied by front passenger Douglas Hoyt (W/M 45) of Holden, was traveling south on La. 1064. A. Hoyt, for reasons under investigation, failed to negotiate a left curve, exited the roadway to the left, overcorrected, and lost control. The Kia crossed La. 1064, exited the roadway to the right, continued down an embankment, and struck a tree. D. Hoyt was not restrained, received life threatening injuries and was transported to North Oaks Medical Center where he later died.
A. Hoyt was restrained, received injuries, and was also transported to North Oaks Medical Center. Impairment is suspected on A. Hoyt’s part and samples of her blood and urine were collected for a toxicological analysis. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation. A. Hoyt was charged with Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, DWI, and Vehicular Homicide and will be booked upon release from North Oaks.
 
 
November 24, 2014
Speed, Impairment, and No Seat Belt Use are Factors in Tangipahoa Parish Fatal Crash
Friday night at approximately 7:50 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle crash which occurred on La. 443 north of US 190 in Tangipahoa Parish. The high speed crash claimed the life of a Husser man.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1997 Dodge pickup, operated by Steve Savoie (W/M 28) of Loranger and occupied by front passenger Adam Capdeboscq (W/M 35) of Husser was traveling south on La. 443 at a high rate of speed. Savoie, for reasons under investigation, veered to the left, exited the roadway, and lost control. The Dodge struck a culvert, overturned, and rolled over several times. Capdeboscq was not restrained, was ejected, received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office.
Savoie was restrained and fled the scene on foot; however, he was apprehended by State Police shortly after. Impairment is suspected on Savoie's part and samples of his blood and urine were collected for a toxicological analysis. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation. Savoie was arrested and booked in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite for Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Hit and Run, Suspended License, and Vehicular Homicide.
 
 
November 24, 2014
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Corey Ruffin was booked 11/20 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace-Simple Drunk and Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500
Parrish Thompson was booked 11/20 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Theft by Fraud and Forgery
Emmit Warren was booked 11/20 In From Court
Frankie Crosby was booked 11/20 In From Court
Tristan Sullivan was booked 11/20 NO CHARGE LISTED
Trinette Lee was booked 11/20 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Stephanie Wilson was booked 11/20 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Curtis Hodges was booked 11/20 In From Court and on the charge of Simple Escape
Aaron Jerrell was booked 11/21 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Charles Jones was booked 11/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage and Open Container in Vehicle
Katherine Boyd was booked 11/22 on the charge of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery
Tiffany Knight was booked 11/22 In From Court
Rhonda Goings was booked 11/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and No Proof of Insurance
Dominic Billiot was booked 11/22 on the charges of 1st Degree Robbery, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Obstruction of Justice
Hulon Anderson was booked 11/22 on the charges of 1st Degree Robbery and Resisting an Officer
Snooky Miner was booked 11/22 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kenny Clark was booked 11/23 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace, 2nd Degree Battery and Criminal Damage to Property
Johnathan McCollum was booked 11/23 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
 
 
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