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October 19, 2017
Only One Minor Incident Reported on First Day of Fair
On October 18, 2017, the Franklinton Police Department responded to an incident at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds that began with an argument and led to a fight. During the altercation, witnesses told Officers one individual fired a BB gun at another individual, who sustained a minor injury to his back. Officers from the Franklinton Police Department and Rayburn Correctional Center quickly responded, after a foot pursuit, 2 individuals were taken into custody. Neither had a weapon on them at the time and a search of the area did not reveal any weapons. Another individual was located and taken into custody and later charged with Disturbing the Peace by Fighting.
The investigation continues and with more arrests to follow. Chief Olander Smith said, "We will not tolerate anyone fighting or causing a disturbance which would interrupt the Fair”. He commended officers for their quick response to the situation and apprehending the persons involved.



October 19, 2017
Organized Crime Snuffed Out Over A $7 Waffle House Tab
In the early morning hours of Saturday, October 14, 2017, Pearl River Police Officers responded to a call at Waffle House of two subjects that had left without paying their $7.00 bill and had fled in a U-Haul van. The van was located and Richard A. Brown, a resident of Indiana, fled on foot.  Stayshawn D. Stephens, driver of the van and a resident of California, was apprehended. With the assistance of K-9 Scout, Brown was located in a wooded area near I-59 and apprehended.
Officers found and seized several fake identification cards, counterfeit credit cards and credit card skimming devices, as well as a Waffle House receipt for $7.41.
The investigation uncovered an interstate criminal organization involved in a highly sophisticated identity theft scheme operating out of Los Angeles, California. Stephens and Brown had flown into New Orleans and are alleged to have driven to various gas stations and illicitly installed credit card skimming devices in the gas pumps.
Brown and Stephens were booked on numerous charges. This is still an ongoing investigation, and the Pearl River Police Department is currently working with the U.S. Secret Service Financial Crimes Taskforce and other local agencies.
Pearl River Police Chief “JJ” Jennings said, “Let this be a lesson on etiquette as well; pay your bill and tip your waitress.”



October 19, 2017
Goodbee Man Stabbed by His Girlfriend
A Goodbee couple is facing charges after two separate domestic violence incidents, one of which resulted in the man being stabbed multiple times.
Early Tuesday morning (October 17, 2017), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Jones Road off Tantella Ranch Road in Goodbee after neighbors called to report a disturbance.
Responding deputies found Patrick Day (31) of Goodbee suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was located in the woods across from a residence and airlifted to a local hospital. His wounds are not believed to life threatening.
His girlfriend, Kristin Copeland (28) was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for one count of Aggravated Second Degree Battery.
Upon release from the hospital, Day will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on warrants for domestic abuse battery/strangulation, criminal damage and aggravated assault with a firearm. These charges stem from an October 7, 2017 domestic violence incident between the couple.



October 19, 2017
Tickfaw Resident Booked on Child Pornography
Troopers with the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit conducted a joint undercover online investigation with the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office that led to the arrest of 52-year-old Vernon E. Sweeney Jr., (52) of Tickfaw.
During the execution of a search warrant on October 17, 2017, Troopers found evidence that Sweeney, a registered sex offender, was in Possession of Child Pornography. The investigation is ongoing. Sweeney was booked on one count of Distribution of Child Pornography (Under Age of 13), and Fifty Counts of Possession of Child Pornography.



October 19, 2017
Two Killed in Crash on I-55 High-Rise
Early Wednesday morning (October 18, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle crash on the elevated section of I-55 that claimed the lives of nterstate 55 northbound near milepost 21. The crash has claimed the lives of Earl J. Daigle (78) and his passenger Anna Nimon (73), both from Schriever.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Daigle's vehicle was struck from behind by a truck driven by Brian D. Gregoire of Ponchatoula. Daigle’s vehicle crashed into the right bridge rail, overturned, and then struck the left bridge rail. Nimon, the front seat passenger, was pronounced deceased on-scene and Daigle died after being transported to North Oaks Health Systems. Gregoire was not injured in the crash. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts and impairment is not suspected as a contributing factor. The investigation is ongoing. Any criminal findings will be forwarded to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office pending the outcome of the investigation.



Obituary
Stella McDaniel Heth, age 71 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. 


Obituary
Johnnystein Brock departed this life on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the age of 72 at Lakeview Medical Center, Covington, LA. She was born in Columbia, Mississippi and attended Washington Parish Elementary and High Schools. She was a person with special needs but she never wanted to be treated differently than other people.


October 19, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Cardareus Carter was booked 10/18 on the charge of Attempted Arson
Emelda Matthews was booked 10/18 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Attempted Arson, Theft Under 750, and Failure to Appear








October 18, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Anthony Voltolina was booked 10/17 on the charges of Contempt of Court (6 counts)
Brady Caughlin was booked 10/17 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property (2 counts), Simple Burglary, Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of Heroin
Travis Singley was booked 10/17 In From Court
Brandon Ishee was booked 10/17 on the charge of Probation Violation
Shanita Weary was booked 10/17 In From Court
Kent Magee was booked 10/17 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Failure to Pay Fine, and Contempt of Court (2 counts)



October 17, 2017
Three Jailed for Attempted Arson
Source: Picayune Item

Two Slidell Men and one from Pearl River County, Ms. Have been jailed after the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department, in combination with the state fire marshal’s office, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Lamar County Swat Team, averted an alleged attempt to intentionally set a home on fire.
The case began with a tip that Don Osbourn (54), a Pearl River County resident, enlisted the help of two men to burn the unidentified home down on Oct. 11, 2017. A team of investigators set up surveillance on the residence on October 11th and, just before 8 pm, they observed a suspect, later identified of Mikell Milling (43) of Slidell emerge from a shed near the home. Milling, who was wearing a gorilla mask, climbed onto the roof and poured flammable liquids through a vent pipe into the attic.  At that point, Milling was taken into custody.
The investigation determined that Osbourn hired Milling to burn the home and Joseph Gilley (43) of Slidell was also involved in the plot. Osbourn was arrested later on the night of October 11th and Gilley was picked up October 12th in St. Tammany Parish on a warrant.



Obituary
Leon C. Sampere, age 83 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. He served in the National Guard, was a Past President of Bogalusa Rotary Club, and a longtime member of MCCA.


Obituary
Earl Dyson, age 63 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 at his residence.


Obituary
Brother Tom Warren, age 83 of Franklinton, died October 13, 2017. Tom was a skilled, hardworking business man and a member of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.


October 17, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Keith Smith was booked 10/16 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Terry Baham was booked 10/16 In From Court
Derion Clark was booked 10/16 on the charge of Aggravated Assault
Selena Quave was booked 10/16 In For Court



October 16, 2017
Franklinton Police Arrest Convicted Felon
On October 15, 2017, at approximately 9:00 pm, Franklinton Police Department Officers were dispatched to a complaint of illegal discharge of firearms in the 1000 block of T.W. Barker Drive. Witnesses told Franklinton Police Department Dispatch a black male was seen running down Mason Street, following the shots. As Officers arrived in the area they observed a black male standing in the area. Officers spoke with the male who was identified as Lamarius Lowe of Franklinton.
During the course of the investigation and for Officer safety, a pat-down was conducted of Lowe where Officers discovered a firearm concealed on Lowe's person. Officers arrested Lamarius Lowe for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.
The initial complaint of illegal discharge of a firearm is still under investigation and may produce additional charges at a later date for Lowe.




October 16, 2017
Man Enters Bar With Samurai Sword – He's Arrested!
Source: Ponchatoula Police Department
Chief Layrisson reports that Shawn Verret was arrested after walking into a local bar holding a samurai sword around 2:00 am on October 15, 2017.
It was determined that earlier in the night, Verret was involved in a verbal altercation with another male inside of the Stray Cats bar and was asked to leave. Verret walked to his vehicle and a short time later he re-entered the bar with a mask on top of his head while holding a samurai sword. Verret was once again asked to leave the premises.
Officers quickly arrived on scene and located the mask and sword. Luckily, there were no injuries. Verret was taken into custody and charged through the state with Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Wearing a Mask in a Public Place, Terrorizing, and also Failure to Appear warrants through the city of Ponchatoula.
Shawn Verret is a convicted felon with a long criminal history that dates back to 1994. He has been arrested for numerous burglaries, numerous charges involving possession of illegal drugs, domestic abuse battery, and 4 armed robberies just to name a few.



October 16, 2017
Slidell Man Fires “Warning Shots” at his Friends
Samuel Sollberger (24) of Slidell is in jail after he fired “warning shots” at his friends during an argument. Slidell Police responded Saturday night (October 14, 2017) to the report of gunshots near the intersection of West Hall Avenue and Weilwood Drive. When officers arrived, they located several people fleeing.  Sollberger’s friends claim that a verbal argument led to Sollberger kicking them out of his house. As the friends were leaving, they allegedly heard someone inside of residence screaming for help. When they attempted to go back inside of the residence, Sollberger started firing his shotgun and pistol “over their heads as warning shots”. No one was hurt during the altercation.
Sollberger claimed that his friends were aggressive, and refused to leave his residence after he repeatedly asked them to leave. Sollberger then fired several rounds towards his friends as “warning shots”. Investigators located a Mossberg Maverick 12-gauge shotgun and a Raven Arms MP-25 pistol inside of the residence, which are believed to be the guns used during the altercation.
Sollberger was booked into the Slidell City Jail for Illegal Discharge of a Weapon. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.



October 16, 2017
Slidell Man Dies in Early Morning Crash
The Slidell Police Department is investigating an early morning (October 16, 2017) crash which claimed the life of John Parker (20) of Slidell. The crash occurred on Gause Boulevard West in front of the Grande Theater.
The preliminary investigation indicates that Parker, for unknown reasons, crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a pickup truck, driven by Ronald Cittandino (56) of Slidell, hauling a trailer full of sand.
Parker sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Both Cittandino and his 10-year-old passenger were uninjured.



Obituary
Debra Jean Richardson passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at her home near Enon. She was born in New York, raised in Florida, and lived in Atlanta and New Orleans before moving to Washington Parish nearly 40 years ago.


Obituary
TerryLee P. Airhart, Sr., age 67, passed away on Oct. 14, 2017 at his residence in Bogalusa. He served in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam Era.


Obituary
Leon Thomas, Sr., age 88, went home to be with The Lord October 15, 2017. Mr. Thomas worked many years at the Bogalusa Coca-Cola Company then was self-employed as a Vendor in the Bogalusa area. He was a Veteran in the U.S. Army and a member of Ben's Ford Missionary Baptist Church.


October 16, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Allen Matherne was booked 10/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI or other
Jason Seal was booked 10/14 In From Court
Chad Carden was booked 10/14 In From Court
Jeanne Bowers was booked 10/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Failure to Appear
Zachary Davis was booked 10/15 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Regina Canoy was booked 10/15 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jennifer Smith was booked 10/15 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Richard Myers was booked 10/15 on the charges of Filing or Maintaining False Public Records, Insurance Fraud, and Failure to Appear
Walter Hopkins was booked 10/15 In From Court and on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Lamarius Lowe was booked 10/15 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Carrying a Concealed Weapon



Obituary
Judith Carol Brown resident of Crossroads Community passed away Friday Oct. 13, 2017 at her residence at the age of 71.


Obituary
Merrel Flynn, age 88 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2017 at his residence. He was a Supervisor in the Printing Dept. at the Crown Zellerbach Multi-Wall bag division until he retired. Merrel loved the outdoors and loved to hunt and fish with his family and he also was of the Baptist Faith.


October 14, 2017
Election Results for Washington, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa
WASHINGTON AND ST. TAMMANY PARISHES: Alan Zaunbrecher won over Reginald Laurent 62% to 38% in a race for District Judge, Division H. The race for District Judge, Division E was much closer with each getting a statistical 50%. However, with 100% precincts reporting, Billy Burris received 16277 votes and Jay Adair received 15985.
WASHINGTON PARISH: The Washington Parish Fire District 2 millage renewal has been approved with 57% and the Washington Parish Fire District 8 millage renewal has been approved with 66%.
ST. TAMMANY PARISH: In the State Representative District 77 race, Rob Maness (REP) with 37% appears to be in a runoff with Mark Wright (REP) with 25%. Lisa Ward received 21% and Casey Revere received 18%. The runoff election will be held November 18, 2017.
Also in St. Tammany Parish, Council Member, District 2: Dave Fitzgerald (REP) with 70% of the vote has won the seat. Joe Freeman (DEM.) received 18%, Marvin Lawson (NOPTY) received 3%, and Clark Taylor (IND) received 9%. St. Tammany Fire District 8, Proposition 1: The 9.75 mil renewal was approved 62% to 38%. St. Tammany Fire District 8, Proposition 1: The 9.80 mil renewal was approved 61% to 39%. St. Tammany Fire District 8, Proposition 1: The 14.63 mil renewal was approved 59% to 41%. St. Tammany Fire District 12, Proposition 1: The 10 mil renewal was approved 67% to 37%.
TANGIPAHOA PARISH: For Clerk of Court, Gary Stanga has won over Arden Wells 79% to 21%.In the race for Justice of the Peace, Ward 2: Vickie Blades has won with 69% of the vote. Juandalynn Brumfield received 20% and Margie Simmons received 11%.
 


October 14, 2017
Statewide Election Results
In a statewide election for Treasurer, John Schroder (REP) with 24% and Derrick Edwards (DEM) with 31% are headed for a runoff on November 18, 2017. Other candidates for Treasurer received the following vote percentages:  Angele Davis (REP) 22%, Terry Hughes (REP) 3%, Joseph Little (LBT) 2%, Neil Riser (REP) 18%. John Schroder garnered 40% of the vote in Washington Parish, 35% in Tangipahoa Parish, and 52% in St. Tammany Parish. Derrick Edward received 20% of the vote in Washington Parish, 21% in Tangipahoa Parish, and 17% in St. Tammany.
Also in a statewide referendum, all three Constitutional Amendments have been approved by the voters. Constitutional Amendment 1: Exemption of property taxes for construction sites passed with 66%, Constitutional Amendment 2: Homestead exemption for unmarried surviving spouse passed with 67%, and Constitutional Amendment 3: Dedicate any new taxes (gas) into the Construction Subfund with 53%.



October 14, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joshua Crawford was booked 10/13 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Heroin, and Failure to Appear
Brandon Dueitt was booked 10/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container in Vehicle, and Careless Operation
Johnny Sandifer was booked 10/13 In From Court
Timothy Graves was booked 10/13 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Simple Battery, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment (2 counts), and False Imprisonment
Scottie Route was booked 10/13 In For Court
George Diggs was booked 10/13 In For Court
Jumarcus Palmer was booked 10/13 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Pay Fine



October 13, 2017
Franklinton: Water - Sewer - Gas Rates to Increase
Residents of Franklinton may soon see their water, sewage and gas bills jump. Three ordinances were introduced at the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday (October 10, 2017) to increase water, sewer and gas rates. The Board will hear comments and vote on the ordinances at their 6:30 pm meeting October 24, 2017.
Water: While the flat rates will increase minimally (From $18 to $19 for residential and $21 to $22 for commercial), residents will see a 25% increase (from $2.00/1000 gallons used to $2.50/1000 gallons used); commercial users will see a 23.8% increase (from $2.10/1000 gallons to $2.60/1000 gallons).
Sewage: Sewage rates will see a bigger jump. The flat rates will increase from $19 to $22 for residential and $25 to $35 for commercial. Residential usage rates will jump $41.67%, from $3.00/1000 gallons used to $4.25/1000 gallons used. Commercial usage rates will jump 28.57%, from $3.50 /1000 gallons used to $4.50/1000 gallons used.
Gas: Residential users will see an increase in the monthly charge of 58.62% (from $7.25 to $11.50). Commercial users will see an increase in the monthly charge of 75.61% (from $10.25 to $18). Usage rates will apparently remain unchanged.
To hear the new rates proposed in the ordinances, click here - the proposed ordinances begin at 2:00 minutes into the video.
To view the current rate structures, click here and then go to Chapters 20 and 11.

 
October 13, 2017
The Two Candidates for District Judge, Division "H" in the 22nd JDC
Websites: https://reginaldlaurent.com/ and http://www.azforjudge.com/ 
 
 




October 13, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Nicole Castilow was booked 10/12 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Luther O'Neal was booked 10/12 on the charge of Aggravated Arson
Steven Seals was booked 10/12 on the charge of Parole Violation
Dale Williams was booked 10/12 on the charges of Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Lacristin Wells was booked 10/12 on the charge of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Joshua Crawford was booked 10/13 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Heroin, and Failure to Appear
Brandon Dueitt was booked 10/13 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container in Vehicle and Careless Operation
Johnny Sandifer was booked 10/13 In From Court



Obituary
Lamar Friend Brewer, age 91 and a longtime resident of the Bush communty, went home to be with The Lord on October 10, 2017. She was a retired employee of the St. Tammany Parish School Board System and of the Baptist faith.


Obituary
Jessica Caine Travis, age 28 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Amite.


Obituary
Stephanie "Stevie" Hoppen, age 67 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington.


Obituary
Johnnye Mae Sibley Butler went to Glory to join her Lord and Jesus Christ on October 12, 2017 at the age of 103. She completed Grambling High, received her Undergraduate and Masters Degrees from Southern University, and did further study at Southeastern University. She taught at Washington Parish Elementary School and Franklinton Elementary School.



October 12, 2017
Covington Man Booked on Child Pornography
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has arrested Victor Loraso (36) of Covington on charges of child pornography, and he is asking the public for their assistance and information on the alleged perpetrator.
“Today’s arrest is another step forward in making our communities safer,” said General Landry. “However, our work is not done. I am asking anyone with information or concerns about Victor Loraso to please contact my Cyber Crime Unit.”
The arrest followed a joint investigation between the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Unit, Homeland Security investigations, the Louisiana State Police, and the Covington Police Department.
If anyone has information relative to Loraso, please call Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit at 800-256-4506.



October 12, 2017
Infant Left in Car All Day is Found Dead
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office began an investigation Wednesday (October 11, 2017) into the death of an 8-month-old baby boy after he had been left in a car from about 8:00 am until about 4:30 pm Wednesday.
The child's guardian thought she had dropped the child off at a daycare on her way to work Wednesday morning but she had not. She returned to the daycare to pick up the child but the baby was not there. Returning to her vehicle, the guardian found the infant unresponsive in the back seat, still in his car seat. Subsequently, the child was pounced dead at the scene.
It is believed the baby was inside the vehicle all day at the female guardian's place of employment in Hammond. “The guardian has been very cooperative and working with detectives. She’s obviously distraught. This is a tragic situation and that’s why we remind parents all the time that tragedies like this aren’t supposed to happen but they do," Sheriff Edwards said.
Sheriff Edwards would like to report that the ABC Academy, a daycare center in Natalbany, has no involvement with the case or with the child’s death.
Upon completion of this investigation, all evidence and findings will be sent to the DA’s office for review.



October 12, 2017
Washington Parish Fair Parade Route Information
The lineup for all parade entries (except for marching bands and dance groups) will be at the Eastgate Shopping Center, at 9:30 am. All streets on the parade route will be closed and floats will be brought onto Washington Street. This change will also mean there will be new and additional street closures.
At 9:00 am, all Westbound traffic will be diverted off Hwy. 10 onto Section line Rd. (High School Road) and  traffic coming onto Washington St. from Woods Rd. will be directed to Section Line Rd.
The parade will still start at 10:00 am and travel its traditional route from the intersection of 15th Ave. and Washington St. (First Finance). Once the route is closed, there will be no vehicle traffic allowed on the route. If there is an emergency on the route, contact an officer and emergency services will be contacted.



Obituary
Doris Taylor died October 7, 2017. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


October 12, 2017
Stop by the Tourism Commission Booth at the Fair!
The Washington Parish Tourism Commission will again provide an informational display during the Washington Parish Free Fair. It will be located in the front of the Old Armory building, with Junior Fine Arts and the Washington Parish Genealogical and Historical Society.
The Fair provides a great opportunity to inform our many visitors of all the attractions the parish has to offer and the Tourism Commission also provides local residents with information on attractions and activities in our surrounding area. The tourism office maintains brochures throughout the year, and local information is sent in packets in response to visitor queries.



October 12, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joe Mcanally was booked 10/11 In From Court
Hans Wagner was booked 10/11 In For Court
Christopher Holmes was booked 10/11 on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Distribution of Legend Drug
Eugene Austin, Jr. was booked 10/11 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Andre Johnson was booked 10/11 on the charge of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s)
Lamariel Lewis was booked 10/11 on the charges of Reckess Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Ran Stop Sign, Aggravated Resisting by Flight, No Drivers License, and No Proof of Insurance
Dona Mixon was booked 10/11 on the charges of Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Distribution of Legend Drug



October 11, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Toby Mizell was booked 10/09 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Joseph Jarrell was booked 10/10 on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Ryad Syouf was booked 10/10 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Violence Simple Assault
David Miller was booked 10/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia



October 11, 2017
Sheriff Seal Offers Advice for Fair Safety
With the 2017 Washington Parish Free Fair rapidly approaching, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal reminds parish residents and visitors to be cautious as they enjoy the fair. This is great advice based on years of experience.



Obituary
Captain Russell Paul Magee, 49, departed this life on October 2, 2017 at his Mt. Hermon residence at the age of 49. He worked as a Crew Boat Captain for 28 years with Seatran Marine. He enjoyed listening to music, working on his vehicles, and spending time with family and friends.


October 11, 2017
TPSO: Help us get this guy off our streets!
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your help in locating 22-year-old Marquanvius Jones of Hammond. Jones is accused of committing sexual battery during an incident that occurred on August 23, 2017, at a residence in the Hammond area. After a thorough investigation conducted by the TPSO, a warrant has been issued for Jones’ arrest.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jones is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-554-5245. Be a part of the solution and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000!
Jones is also welcome to visit the  TPSO and turn himself in! Jones can contact Juvenile Detective Suanne Guaraggi at 985-345-6150 or 985-902-2011.



October 11, 2017
Shoplifters Flee But Caught in Ponchatoula
Source: Ponchatoula Police Department
Chief Layrisson reports the arrest Sunday (October 9, 2017) of Megan Butler (26) and Joshua Lacoste (28) who were stealing from Walmart and then fled in a stolen vehicle. Walmart called PPD about the shoplifting and Officers located the vehicle as it was leaving Walmart. The suspects attempted to outrun the Officers but abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Butler was quickly apprehended and Lacoste was apprehended a short time later.
Megan Butler was charged with Theft by Shoplifting, Resisting an Officer by Flight- Vehicle, Resisting an Officer by Flight- Foot, and Possession of Stolen Property.
Joshua Lacoste was charged with Resisting an Officer by Flight- Vehicle, Resisting an Officer by Flight- Foot, and Possession of Stolen Property. He is also on probation out of St. Tammany Parish.



October 11, 2017
Pearl River Man Accused of Child Molestation
Source: Pearl River Police Department
The Pearl River Police Department reported today (October 11, 2017) that Michael Pippins was arrested last month on the charge of Aggravated Crimes Against Nature (victim under 13 years old) following a lengthy investigation. Pearl River Detectives Steven Gaudet Jr. and Tommy Benasco worked with the Child Advocacy Center to obtain a forensic interview of the child victim.
Pearl River Police Chief Jennings said, "Betrayal is too kind a word to describe any situation in which a trusted adult puts a small child through a living nightmare for years, and yet this is what has happened . . . there isn't a sympathetic soul here in Saint Tammany for this kind of evil".



October 11, 2017
AK-47 Lands Two in Jail
Source: Ponchatoula Police Department
On October 9, 2017, Chief Layrisson reports that a routine traffic stop Monday (October 9, 2017) led to the arrest of Earl Pines (25) and Julian Alexander (28).
Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had no visible license plate. Pines was the driver and notified the officers that there was a weapon in the vehicle and cooperated with the officers’ commands to secure the weapon for officer safety. The weapon was a semi-automatic AK-47 rifle.
However, Pines could not be in possession of a weapon due to an ongoing protective order and Alexander, the passenger, is currently on parole.
Earl Pines was charged with a Violation of a Protective Order and Julian Alexander was charged with Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.



October 11, 2017
Slidell Police: Man Wanted in Multiple Jurisdictions
According to a report by the Slidell Police Department, James Ratliff (30) is wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for Simple Escape, by the Hammond Police Department for Forgery, and by the Rockwell County (MS) Sheriff's Office for Larceny.
Ratliff came to the attention of SPD when a complaint was made about a person who was using yellow and white caution lights and driving an white Crown Victoria in order to get through traffic. Ratliff was identified as that person.
Anyone with information about James Ratliff’s whereabouts is asked to call your local law enforcement agency or 911.



October 10, 2017
Nate Was Only a Close Call – But Washington Parish Was Ready
Hurricane Nate may have only been a “close call” but Washington Parish was ready had Nate seriously impacted the area. Parish President Thomas describes the necessary  communications, preparations, and coordination that occurred.



October 10, 2017
Bogalusa Squirrel Hunter Rescued from Swamp
A Bogalusa squirrel hunter was rescued from the Pearl River canal swamp late Monday night (October 9, 2017) after becoming lost in the woods. The elderly hunter launched his boat at Poole’s Bluff, traveled south down the canal and went into the woods to hunt. As dark settled, he became disoriented and was unable to find his way back to the canal and his boat.
When the hunter failed to arrive back home after dark, his wife drove to Poole’s Bluff, saw her husband’s truck and trailer still in the parking lot and notified the WPSO who responded along with a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent. While searching, two gunshots were heard and the search was directed in that direction.
The hunter was located, he was safe, and the hunter followed the Wildlife and Fisheries boat back to the landing.
Sheriff Randy Seal praised the work of his detectives and the Wildlife and Fisheries agent and advises hunters to hunt with a companion, keep a cell phone on their person, and let someone know exactly where they will be hunting.



October 10, 2017
Another WPSO / DEA Drug Bust in Bogalusa
The Washington Parish Drug Task Force and the DEA have once again combined their resources to make more drug arrests in Bogalusa. On October 5, 2017, officers from both agencies served search warrants at a residence on North Roosevelt Street and a barbershop on Austin Street.
Michael Miller (30), a resident on North Roosevelt, was arrested on the charges of four counts of heroin distribution, two counts of cocaine distribution, possession of marijuana and convicted felon in possession of a firearm, $3,096 cash, one vehicle, two semi-automatic pistols and various illegal drugs were seized at the residence. This is Miller’s fourth stay in the Washington Parish Jail, having previously been booked in May 2007, February 2009, and August 2011 on multiple drug charges and other offenses. 
Also arrested on October 5, was La’Damion Keys (23), a resident of Union Avenue. Keys was arrested at the barber shop and jailed for two counts of possession with intent to distribute schedule 1 drugs, possession with intent to distribute schedule 2 drugs, possession with intent to distribute schedule 3 drugs, and obstruction of justice.




Obituary
The sweet Angel of Mercy moved in quietly on October 7, 2017, and bore spirit of James Ray Keys at the Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington.


October 9, 2017
Two Robberies in Slidell Over the Weekend
One suspect is in custody and another is at large after two separate robberies at Slidell area gas stations over the weekend.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Office deputies responded early Sunday morning (October 8, 2017) to the report of an armed robbery at a service station on Brownswitch Road. The cashier advised a female entered the store, implied she had a firearm, demanded money and fled in a silver Acura with an undisclosed amount of cash. Deputies soon located the vehicle, initiated a traffic stop, recovered the stolen cash and arrested Angelica Mims (26) of Slidell on the charge of Armed Robbery and Resisting an Officer.
Deputies responded Sunday night to a second armed robbery, this one at a gas station on Highway 11. The cashier reported she was robbed at gunpoint by a man in a ski mask. The black male suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and is still at large. Anyone with information related to this incident, please contact Detective Jason Dammon at 985-726-7833.



October 9, 2017
Quilts Presented to WPSO for Crime Victims
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal thanks Sandy Miller and her quilting group for quilts donated to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. “These quilts will be used by our deputies as comfort items for victims of crime,” stated Sheriff Seal. “Victims, especially children, gain great comfort from having a soft quilt to warm them, or in the event of a house fire, to use as a replacement item. I appreciate Sandy Miller and the other lovely ladies who make the effort to fashion these quilts and then donate them to us for victims of crime.”


October 9, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Robert Goldman was booked 10/07 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Driving While Intoxicated, and Open Container in Vehicle
Chad Carden was booked 10/07 In From Court
Qwandarious Rowe was booked 10/07 In From Court
Darrell LaSalle was booked 10/07 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation)
Glenn Ammons was booked 10/07 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)



October 7, 2017
Washington Place Shelters Opening
Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr. advises that two shelters will be open today (October 7, 2017) at 5:00 P.M. for citizens who do not feel safe in their home. Please make plans to be in the shelter before dark.
The locations are 1) Franklinton High School gymnasium, 1 Demon Circle in Franklinton and 2) ESM Methodist Church -   Family Life Center, 510 Ave B in Bogalusa.
No pets allowed. Please bring necessities



October 7, 2017
Plea in Sex Case of Franklinton Boy and Texas Woman
Martha Ojeda (41) of Pflugerville, Texas, pled guilty as charged Thursday (October 6, 2017) to a one-count Bill of Information charging her with interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a 15-year-old from Franklinton.
According to the court documents, in late February 2017, Ojeda met the 15-year-old, who resided in Franklinton, Louisiana, on a social networking website. From February until early April, they exchanged sexually explicit correspondence  on numerous occasions that included images and videos. 
On about April 8, 2017, Ojeda traveled by commercial bus and then by taxi from Texas to the minor’s Franklinton home.  Ojeda and the minor then traveled to New Orleans, where they stayed in a hotel room together and engaged in sexual intercourse.  On about April 9, 2017, Ojeda and the minor traveled to Texas, eventually living together in Pflugerville until the minor was recovered by Special Agents with the FBI on May 12, 2017.
Ojeda faces up to 30 years in prison followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set sentencing for December 14, 2017.



October 7, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Doretha Williams was booked 10/06 on the charges of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s) and Domestic Abuse Battery
Rodney Hatcher was booked 10/06 In For Court
Jeffery Ingram was booked 10/06 In For Court
Jeffery Jarrell was booked 10/06 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine
Shelton Ard was booked 10/06 on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property and Theft 750-5000
Randal Turner was booked 10/06 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Amber Thomas was booked 10/06 In From Court



Obituary
ROBERT LOUIS BENNETT, SR., age 65 and a resident of Stateline Community, died early Friday morning October 6, 2017 at his home.


October 6, 2017
State of Emergency Declared by WP President Thomas
Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr. today advised that he has declared a State of Emergency. Click here to read his statement


October 6, 2017
Big Drug Bust Made in Bogalusa
Agents with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force and the DEA executed a search warrant in Bogalusa Monday (October 2, 2017) that yielded heroin, promethazine, hydrocodone, suboxone, xanax, marijuana, four handguns, a large amount of ammunition, body armor, digital scales and $1,086 in United States currency.
Arrested on multiple charges were Darius J. Dobson (23) of Bogalusa and Markus Kortez Mark (22) of Angie. 
“Neither one of these fellows deserves to roam free in society,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Judging by the cache of drugs, weapons and ammunition they possessed, it seems obvious they had devious plans in mind. They certainly were not on their way to Sunday School. Our officers and the DEA agents did a great job in arresting them and preventing future crimes. I am so pleased with the excellent working relationship our narcotics officers have with DEA. They are a valuable resource to us and we appreciate all that they do.”



October 6, 2017
WP Sheriff Randy Seal Files Lawsuit Against Drug Companies
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal announced today that he has joined several other Louisiana Sheriffs in filing a lawsuit against drug companies which manufacture, distribute and fraudulently market opioids, leading to increased crime and delinquency throughout Washington Parish. At no cost to the taxpayers of Washington Parish, he has engaged the services of Laborde Earles, a leading Louisiana accident and personal injury law firm, and Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s leading law firms which has spearheaded similar lawsuits in other states across the country.
Sheriff Seal’s lawsuit was filed October 5, 2017 in the 22nd Judicial Court. Sheriff Seal and his fellow Sheriffs seek compensatory and punitive damages for the millions of dollars they spend each year to combat drug-related crimes and the societal economic burden of opioid abuse created by the drug companies’ deceptive marketing campaign that fabricates the safety and efficacy of long-term opioid use.
The lawsuits allege the defendants aggressively sought to create a false perception in the minds of physicians, patients, health care providers and clients that using opioids to treat chronic pain was safe for most patients and that the drugs’ benefits outweighed the risks.
Click here dto read the full press release



Obituary
BUFORD MIZELL, age 89 and a resident of the Springhill/Enon Community, died Thursday morning October 5, 2017 at his home. He was a United States Army veteran, served 35 years with the Louisiana National Guard, was a business teacher at Sullivan Vocational School for over 30 years, and was a longtime member and deacon of Enon Baptist Church. Buford enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He also enjoyed camping with his family all along the Gulf Coast and liked to visit with his neighbors, friends and family.


Obituary
Kody Ryan Kundler, age 19 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in Magnolia, MS.


Obituary
Carolyn Sibley (known also as “Jackie”) passed on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at her residence at the age of 62.


October 6, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jonathan Barber was booked 10/05 on the charge of Parole Violation
Michael Turnage was booked 10/05 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Rodney Davis was booked 10/05 on the charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile
Cody Ansley was booked 10/05 on the charges of Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Probation Violation
Hunter Palmer was booked 10/05 on the charges of Theft of Firearm, Contempt of Court and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Megan Cowan was booked 10/05 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
LaDamion Keys was booked 10/05 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs
Michael Miller was booked 10/05 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, and Distribution of Schedule I Drugs (3 counts)
Darren Tezeno was booked 10/05 on the charge of Theft 750-5000



October 5, 2017
WP President Thomas' Letter on TS Nate
Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr. today (October 5, 2017) issued a statement to all citizens of Washington Parish regarding Tropical Storm Nate.


October 5, 2017
Sheriff Seal Cautions About New Scam
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal cautions elderly residents about a new scam which has been reported in Washington Parish.


October 5, 2017
We Have Two New Pages for the WP Fair Season
Two pages have been added to our website to keep everyone abreast of schedules of events at the Washington Parish Fair.
Our "WP Fair 2017 Program" page has the Official Stage Program, as well as the schedule of "Special Events" and of the Mile Branch Settlement's Daily Schedule of Events. The direct link to this page is https://mthermonwebtv.sharepoint.com/Pages/WPFair2017Program.aspx
Our "Down by the Branch" page has the schedule and biographies of the entertainers. The direct link to this page is https://mthermonwebtv.sharepoint.com/Pages/DownbytheBranchEntertainment.aspx
Visit as often as you need and share this with your friends. SEE YA AT THE FAIR!



October 5, 2017
Get Free Wristbands From Franklinton PD
Source: Franklinton Police Department Release
It's Fair time again!!!! And the Franklinton Police Department will once again be offering free wristbands for children and special needs individuals. These bands are neon green and made from Tyvek, so they cannot be easily removed. Individuals are asked to write the child's name, emergency contact person and phone number on the underside of the band for each person. These bands are available at the Police Department from today until the start of the Fair, then they will be at our Command Post at the Fairgrounds.



October 5, 2017
STPSO Employee Arrested for Malfeasance
Source: STPSO Release
Jordan Hollenbeck, a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force was booked Thursday (October 5, 2017) on one count of malfeasance in office following a joint investigation by the STPSO and the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office that he had released confidential information to possible suspects related to ongoing narcotics investigations. These actions jeopardized cases and other officers’ safety.
“I hold all of our employees to a higher standard. When a public servant betrays the trust of the people he or she serves, that individual must face the consequences,” said Sheriff Randy Smith.
Hollenbeck has been employed with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office since November of 2008.



October 5, 2017
Help Tylertown PD ID This Person of Interest
Can you help Tylertown Police identify the lady in this picture ? She is a person of interest in a shoplifting case.
All people are innocent until proven guilty.



October 5, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Christopher Borchers was booked 10/04 In For Court and on the charge of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Fredrick Warren was booked 10/04 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Brittney Harrell was booked 10/04 In For Court
Breona Harrell was booked 10/04 In For Court



Obituary
Gladys Shareca Myres was called home to our Lord at the age of 36 on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at North Oaks Hospital in Hammond, LA.


October 4, 2017
Bogalusa Mayor's Report Full of Good News 

The Bogalusa Council heard a report Tuesday (October 3, 2017) evening from Mayor Wendy Perrette that was full of positives for the City. The Mayor reported on the success of the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, reported on the New Life United Pentecostal Church 12th Annual Back the Badge service, praised the work performed by the Garden Club and volunteers at Cassidy Park, advised the deli in the park has opened, encouraged participation in the United Way campaign, reported that one condemned house (on Avenue B) demolition and cleanup has completed and others are planned, gave information on the upcoming meeting designed for the public to learn how to purchase adjudicated properties, reported that RCC has been and will continue helping with cleanup in the City, announced "Girls Night Up" will be October 5th, announced the Fair Flag Raising Ceremony will be held October 6th, announced that the Varnado High School football team will be honoring police and firefighters October 6th, reminded everyone that Business on the Block activities will be October 27th at Cassidy Park, and encouraged all to attend the Farmers Market.
Additionally, the Council heard remarks from Reginald Laurent (candidate for 22nd JDC Division H judgeship), approved two resolutions, introduced five ordinances (to be discussed and voted on at the October 24th meeting), held a Public Hearing and approved one ordinance, heard reports from the police and fire departments, and heard comments and suggestions from residents during the public participation segment of the meeting.
Click on our Government Meetings page above to view video of the meeting. (Suggestion: fast forward to segments you want to watch)


October 4, 2017
Reports by Bogalusa Police and Fire Departments



October 4, 2017
Alert WPSO Patrol Sergeant Makes Drug Arrest
While on patrol, September 30, 2017, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol Sergeant Randy Reviere made a traffic stop on a suspicious truck carrying a red 4-wheeler that was unsecured. The tailgate of the truck was not locked in place to secure the 4-wheeler and other items in the bed of the truck.

The driver, Anthony Scardina, III (41) of Loranger did not have a driver’s license on his person. A criminal check indicated Scardina had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge. Scardina was advised he was under arrest and a subsequent search revealed Scardina had methamphetamine, a firearm, cash, and other drug related items in his possession. All items were seized and placed into evidence.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Good arrest, Sgt. Reviere! I appreciate your being alert to this situation and making certain Scardina transitioned out of our community and into our jail. I am grateful for the excellent work you and all of our officers do on a daily basis.”



Obituary
Clyde Wayne Spears, age 67 and a resident of Mt. Hermon, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton.


Obituary
John Wyatt Daniel, age 17 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017.


October 4, 2017
Bogalusa Man Arrested for Attempted Murder
On October 2, 2017, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael James Hortman (51) of Bogalusa on the charges of aggravated domestic violence battery and second degree attempted murder.
Responding to a 911 call from a woman in obvious distress, patrol deputies responded to the residence but could not locate anyone there. As it turned out, the victim had fled the residence and drove to the Bogalusa Police Department. Deputies learned that Hortman had used a pistol to strike the victim in the head and made threats of death and violence towards the victim. Hortman aimed the pistol at the victim’s head and pulled the trigger. When the weapon didn’t discharge, he reloaded the pistol and fired several rounds inside the residence.
Hortman fled to McComb, Mississippi where he was located and arrested by the McComb Police Department. He was returned to Washington Parish and placed in the  Parish Jail.
Sheriff Randy Seal bluntly stated his disdain at what had occurred. “This was a totally inexcusable event. No man is ever justified in abusing his wife, or anyone else, in such a manner. There is only one place for a man who would do such a despicable thing, and that place is jail. I am so pleased that the victim is safe and that our officers responded and handled this situation so quickly.”



Obituary
Darrence Toddrell Roberts, Sr. AKA “Mr. Say Dat Dinn” transitioned from his temporary life on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa.


Obituary
The sweet Angel of Mercy moved in quietly on September 28, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa and bore the spirit of Patricia Ann Peters at the age of 59.


October 4, 2017
Sheriff Seal Honors Corrections Deputy of the Quarter
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal is pictured with Shaniquial Warren who was recently recognized as the Corrections Deputy of the quarter.
Sheriff Seal stated, “Shaniquial Warren is an outstanding lady and an outstanding employee. It is an honor for me to recognize her as the Corrections Deputy of the quarter. While working in the jail, she performed her duties in an exemplary manner, gaining the respect of her fellow employees who recommended her for this honor.
I am pleased to announce that Shaniquial has recently transferred to the position of dispatcher where she will be responsible for receiving calls from the public and relaying those calls to deputies. This new position carries tremendous responsibilities and I am confident Shaniquial will excel in her new duties.”



October 4, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Shelly Turnage was booked 10/03 on the charges of Improper Equipment, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Arlene Butler was booked 10/03 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
James Butler was booked 10/03 In For Court



Obituary
Richard Earl Rester, age 71 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away October 2, 2017 at his home. He was a U. S. Army Veteran .


Obituary
Stephen Barney Sims, born in Tylertown, Ms. and a resident of Grand Isle, passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Cut Off. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was also an avid fisherman.


Obituary
Leonard McCant, Jr. passed away September 28, 2017 at the age of 69. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Houston Walter Wheat passed away September 28, 2017 at the age of 72. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Bubba Strahan, age 62 and a resident of Crossroads, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017 at Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis. He was born on December 31, 1954 in Bogalusa.


October 3, 2017
Ms. Man Crashes Going to See a Voodoo Doctor
Source: Slidell Police Department Release
A man, heading to Slidell to see a “voodoo doctor”, rammed through a fence at the Slidell Municipal Airport and then crashed into a utility pole Monday (October 3, 2017) morning. The man claimed he was running from the police…the only problem was, there were no police chasing him. The story only gets more bizarre. 
Kevin Bolton (43) of Hattiesburg, fled into a nearby patch of woods after the crash. Prior to crashing, several people reported seeing Bolton driving erratically through the Town of Pearl River and on I-12.
Police later located Bolton in the Belair Subdivision wearing nothing but his underwear. Bolton alleges that he had to strip off his clothes because snakes were crawling up his pants. Bolton, who authorities believe was under the influence of some type of narcotic, was booked into the Slidell City Jail on charges of careless operation of a motor vehicle and hit and run. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation is still on going.



October 3, 2017
Early Voting Ends Saturday October 7



Obituary
JAMIE LEE “RED” ADCOX, age 19 and a resident of Pine, went to his Heavenly home in the early morning hours of Saturday September 30, 2017. He was a 2016 graduate of Pine High School where he was a five year member of the Pine Raider baseball team and he was voted Mr. P.H.S. during his senior year. Jamie worked with the bridge construction crew of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and attended Crain’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Jamie loved hunting, fishing, playing softball and spending time with his family and friends. He will always be known and remembered for his kind loving nature, outgoing personality and infectious sense of humor. Jamie would tell ya’ll “I Got This”


October 3, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Devin Schilling was booked 10/02 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Ecstasy/Molly/MDMA), and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs
Lavelle Bickham was booked 10/02 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Harrison Turner was booked 10/02 on the charge of Business/Commercial Burglary
Michael Hortman was booked 10/02 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault
Adrionne Peters was booked 10/02 In From Court
Marcus Mark was booked 10/02 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Darius Dobson was booked 10/02 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics With Intent, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Michael Levens was booked 10/02 on the charge of Probation Violation



October 2, 2017
FPD Hosting Open Range Day (Sight in Your Rifle)
The Franklinton Police Department will be hosting an open range day beginning at noon Saturday, October 14, 2017.  Hunters will be offered the opportunity to sight in their hunting rifles at 100 yards. Louisiana P.O.S.T Firearms Instructors will be on hand as well as NRA and Hunter Safety Instructors.
Participants are required to wear safety glasses and hearing protection. You will need to provide your own firearm, ammunition and targets.Youth participants under the age of 17 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
ALL firearms will be checked by the range safety officer prior to firing. Weapons found to be a safety hazard will not be allowed to fire. Please limit one (1) rifle per shooter.
The Franklinton Police Department Shooting Range is located on Boat Ramp Rd. near the softball and soccer fields.



October 2, 2017
BPD Finds Man Asleep and in Possession of  Meth
Source: Bogalusa Police Department Press Release
On Saturday. (September 30, 2017), the Bogalusa Police Department received a call about a driver being asleep in a vehicle on the shoulder of Louisiana Avenue. Officers Cody Wilson-Hunt and Quinton Spears responded.
The officers located the the driver, Dennis E. Bates (51) of Bogalusa, who was still asleep in his vehicle. Bates told the officers that he was having mechanical issues with his vehicle. Officers observed a travel bag sitting on the passenger seat of the vehicle and asked Bates if he had any illegal narcotics in the bag. Bates stated that he did not.  Bates unzipped the bag and the officers observed in plan view a cylindrical glass pipe with with white residue on it protruding from the bag. Officers searched the travel bag and located two small plastic bags that contained a clear crystal substance, suspected to be Methamphetamine, two glass smoking pipes, two straws and a digital scale. 
Bates was arrested on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4 counts) and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.



Obituary
BILLY RAY GOINGS, age 56 and a resident of Mt. Hermon, died at 12:50 am Monday morning October 2, 2107 at his home. He was a longtime iron worker and an employee of South Steele for well over 30 years. He was a member of Bogue Chitto Baptist Church. Billy Ray enjoyed fishing and loved to coon hunt. He also loved to work in his vegetable garden and enjoyed watching his sons or grandsons play baseball.


October 2, 2017
Sen. Mizell Supports Amendments on Oct. 14 Ballot
Senator Beth Mizell is encouraging voters to vote YES on all three of the Constitutional Amendments on the October 14, 2017 ballot.
CA No. 1 provides for protection for homeowners and businesses from paying property taxes while their new home or business is under construction.
CA No. 2 provides tax relief for the surviving spouse of an emergency medical responder, technician, paramedic, volunteer firefighter, or a law enforcement or fire protection officer.
CA No. 3 dedicates any new fuel tax to be used for cost of public construction projects and not for more government employee wages and benefits.
Click here to watch her video



October 2, 2017
USDA: Area Parishes Eligible for Disaster Assistance

Ten parishes are eligible for disaster assistance as a result of extreme and continuous rainfall in 2017 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. The parishes, which are contiguous to primary natural disaster areas in Mississippi include: Concordia, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Madison, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Washington and West Feliciana.
“The USDA determined there was significant crop loss from excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred starting in April,” said Strain. Strain said farmers located in these parishes are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible areas have eight months from the disaster declaration date to apply for emergency loans to help cover losses.
The parishes listed were designated natural disaster areas on September 29, 2017.



October 2, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Tonious Clark was booked 10/01 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense) and Resisting Arrest (2 counts)
William Vizer was booked 10/01 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Ddrug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, and Possession of Heroin
Michael McBeth was booked 10/01 on the chargs of Resisting an Officer and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Clyde Terrell was booked 10/01 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit and Possession of Heroin
Twanna Meiners was booked 10/01 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (3 counts), Attempted Theft by Shoplifting, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Dennis Bates was booked 10/01 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4 counts) and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Timothy Williams was booked 10/01 on the charge of Theft 750-5000



October 2, 2017
Troubling Legislative Auditor Report on St. Tammany Government Entities
An effort to rebuild the accountability infrastructure of St. Tammany government was initiated by Act 774 that was passed in 2014. So how is that working out?
In a report released today (October 2, 2017) by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, many of the entities are failing to address identified deficiencies. Purpera states, ““It does no good if these governments fail to make the needed changes.”
Who are the culprits? Well, they include the City of Slidell, the Town of Abita Springs, the Town of Madisonville, the Town of Pearl River, the Village of Folsom, and many others. Overall, LLA auditors and independent CPAs issued 66 reports for these entities that examined such areas as payroll and personnel, board oversight, ethics, capital assets, travel and expense reimbursement, and several other aspects of their internal financial operations.
Read the report here.



Obituary
PATRICIA ANN RESTER GRAVES, age 70 and a resident of Franklinton, died Saturday afternoon September 30, 2017 at Tulane Medical Center. She was a 1965 graduate of Franklinton High School and later worked as a seamstress at Rutter Rex for over 20 years. Pat was a member of Oral Missionary Baptist Church who loved to read and do word search puzzles. She also enjoyed playing Bingo and different card games. When she was more able, Pat always loved cooking for and spending quality time with her family.


October 1, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Anthony Scardina was booked 09/30 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear
Harvey Darden was booked 09/30 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
George Bennett was booked 09/30 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Expired License Plate, and Expired MVI
Mandy Cerigny was booked 09/30 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear
Nicole Grant was booked 09/30 on the charges of Theft 750-5000, Vehicle Burglary, Theft Under 750, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Crystal Thomas was booked 09/30 on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (2 counts), Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Chad Carden was booked 09/30 In From Court
Frederick Cambas was booked 09/30 on the charge of Theft 750-5000



October 1, 2017
Mississippi Woman Arrested in Fatal Hit and Run
Early Sunday (October 1, 2017) morning, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two-vehicle hit and run fatal crash on I-12 near the Tangipahoa/St. Tammany Parish line. The crash claimed the life of Albert J. Watson 59) of Denham Springs.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred when Watson's vehicle was hit from behind by the vehicle driven Deana Marie Collier (52) of Sandersville, MS. The impact caused Watson’s vehicle to exit the right side of the roadway, strike a tree and overturn. He was transported to North Oaks Health Systems by Acadian Ambulance in critical Condition but succumbed to his injuries shortly after his arrival.
After the impact, Collier drove approximately a quarter mile beyond the crash scene, turned off her lights, and called her son. She made no other calls or attempts to render aid to Watson. Collier was speaking to her son when Troopers first discovered her. Collier performed poorly on a standardized field sobriety test. She was transported to North Oaks Health Systems by Acadian Ambulance, where she was treated for minor injuries. After her release, Collier was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for Vehicular Homicide and Felony Hit-and-Run.



September 30, 2017
Pine Man Dies in Crash in Washington Parish
A single vehicle crash just after midnight Saturday (September 30, 2017) morning occurred on LA 62 just east of LA 424 in Washington Parish and claimed the life of Jamie Lee Adcox (19) of Pine. Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Jamie Lee Adcox's truck exited the roadway, overturned, slid on its roof as it crashed into a driveway embankment, became airborne, and ultimately crashed into several small trees.  Adcox was ejected from his vehicle and sustained fatal injuries.


September 30, 2017
Back The Badge Service in Bogalusa October 1st



Obituary
Oscar L. Bedwell, age 71 and a resident of Isabel, passed away on September 29, 2017, at Baton Rouge General Hospital. He lived and worked in Baton Rouge until retirement.


Obituary
LC Graham, age 88 and a resident of Kentwood passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017 at his home. He was born October 1, 1928 in Amite.


September 30, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jacolby Howard was booked 09/29 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Mercedes Wilson was booked 09/29 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Contempt of Court




September 30, 2017
Pedestrian Killed in Crash on I-12 in St. Tammany
Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal pedestrian crash on I-12 east of US 190 in Covington Friday (September 29, 2017) night. Troopers determined that a yet unidentified white male pedestrian was standing/walking in the right westbound lane of I-12 and was struck and killed by a 2017 Freightliner Tractor Trailer driven by Sem Garza (67) of Santa Rosa, TX . The pedestrian was killed in was westbound in the right lane and struck the pedestrian.
Troopers are currently working with the St. Tammany Parish Cororner’s Office as they attempt to identify the deceased. Garza was uninjured in the crash.



Obituary
Lavelle Penton, age 79 and a resident of Angie, passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington. He a member of Monroe Creek Baptist Church.


September 29, 2017
Tob Wilson Road Shooter Found Guilty
Source: WPSO Press Release
Khiri K. Daniels (27) of Kenner, who terrorized a homeowner on Tob Wilson Road in the Clifton community of Washington Parish August 28, 2015, was found guilty today (September 29, 2017) of attempted first degree murder, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He will be sentenced at a later date for his crimes.
Daniels and an accomplice confronted the homeowner in his yard and forced him inside his house where they physically assaulted him. The homeowner broke free but as he ran from the residence, Daniels shot the homeowner in the lower back and Daniels and his accomplice then fled. Using the homeowner's video security system and DNA evidence, Washingon Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to identify Daniels as the intruder with the pistol.
Detectives learned Daniels fled Washington Parish, hid out in New Orleans, and then fled to Lawrenceville, Georgia. Daniels was arrested in Georgia and extradited to Louisiana.  Although this is the first time Daniels has been arrested for a crime committed in Washington Parish, he has a lengthy criminal history of arrests for similar offenses of armed robbery, simple robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery.



September 29, 2017
Bogalusa Resident Dies in Single Vehicle Crash
Early Thursday (September 28, 2017) morning, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on US 190 west of LA 1077 in St. Tammany Parish that claimed the life of  Gladys Shareca Myres (36) of Bogalusa.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Myres was driving westbound on US 190., entered the eastbound lane in an attempt to pass another westbound vehicle, lost control of her vehicle, exited the left side of the roadway and impacted a tree. Myres was severely injured in the crash. She was transported to North Oaks Health where she succumbed to the injuries she sustained in the crash.



September 29, 2017
Slidell Man Indicted on Drug and Firearms Charges
Kenneth Martin (43) of Slidell was charged yesterday (September 28, 2017) in an eleven-count Indictment for conspiring to distribute and to possesses with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of heroin, and for possession of three firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking.
If convicted of the drug charges, MARTIN will face a minimum of five years and a maximum of forty years imprisonment. If convicted of possessing of a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking conspiracy, MARTIN faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of life imprisonment, all of which must be consecutive to his sentence for other counts.
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the Indictment is merely an allegation and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.



September 29, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Joshua James was booked 09/28 on the charges of Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Public Intimidation, and Contempt of Court
Justin Crain was booked 09/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, License Plate Light Required, and Illegal Blue Electric Lights
Brittany Purvis was booked 09/28 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Louis Peters was booked 09/28 on the charge of Parole Violation
Logan Jarrell was booked 09/28 on the charges of No License Plate, No Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attachment, and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Richard Martin was booked 09/28 on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property and Resisting an Officer
Charles Picard was booked 09/28 on the charges of Theft of Goods Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Probation Violation
Natoya Toomer was booked 09/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Probation and Parole Hold



Obituary
Veronica Causey, age 59 and a resident of Franklinton, was was called to rest from St. Tammany Hospital on Friday, September 22, 2017. She graduated from Franklinton High School in 1976, graduated from Southern University in 1980, and worked as an elementary school teacher.


September 28, 2017
Motorcyclist Killed in High Speed Crash on LA 22
Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L are investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash on Wednesday (September 27, 2017) involving a motorcycle that occurred on LA 22 near the Tangipahoa and St. Tammany Parish lines and that claimed the life of Andrew Joseph Alessi (42) of Baton Rouge. 
STPSO received several calls of a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed.The information was relayed to area law enforcement. Shortly thereafter, a patrol officer with the Madisonville Police Department observed the motorcycle and radar indicated the motorcycle was traveling 123 mph in a 35 mph zone. Soon afterwards, Troopers were notified of a crash. Henry J. Jacobs III (53) of Abita Springs was in the process of making a legal right turn when Alessi attempted to pass Jacobs’s truck on the right shoulder. After entering the shoulder, Alessi crashed into the right side of Jacobs truck and was ejected from his motorcycle.
Alessi suffered severe injuries and was transported to North Oaks Health Systems by Acadian Ambulance and later died from his injuries.



September 28, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Melinda Collette was booked 09/27 on the charges of vehicular Homicide, Driving While Intoxicated, and Negligent Vehicular Injuring (2 counts)
Lynn Breedlove was booked 09/27 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated




Obituary
Clarence Raymond Dutruch, age 95 and a resident of Bush, passed away peacefully at his home on September 26, 2017. He served in the United States Army during World War II and later worked at Kaiser Aluminum in Chalmette for most of his working life only leaving for a brief period to help construct the first span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.


Obituary
Larry C. Jacobs, age 63 and a resident of Houma, passed away early Sunday morning, September 24, 2017, at Terrebonne General Medical Center. He was a 1973 graduate of Bogalusa High School and served in the U. S. Army. He was employed with various companies throughout his professional career such as Houston Shell, International Shipping, and and Gulf Oil.


September 27, 2017
Grand Jury Indicts Bogalusa Man in 2015 Murder
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Brandon Odell Lotts (31) of Bogalusa on Tuesday (September 26, 2017) of second degree murder, two counts of attempted second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and five counts of possession with the intent to distribute illegal drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and Oxycodone.
Lotts is accused of shooting to death Trevante Toney, a 21-year-old man from Lumberton, Mississippi, during an incident in Bogalusa on September 29, 2015. Lotts was arrested on a warrant in California on June 8 this year. Lotts also is accused of attempting to kill Thelonious Williams and Charles Jenkins during the same incident.



Obituary
Tommy Carney, age 84 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Jamestown, Mississippi, graduated from Columbia High School, attended Pearl River College, and served in the U. S. Army. He moved to Bogalusa and established Carney Sales and Service which served Bogalusa for nearly 60 years.


Obituary
James Allen Farr, age 66 and a native of the Crossroads Community, passed away on September 26, 2017 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Gonzales.


Obituary
Jacqueline "Jackie" Mitchell Williams, age 90, passed from this earthly life on Saturday, September 23, 2017.


September 27, 2017
Bogalusa Man Charged with Attempted Murder of His Wife
Bogalusa Police Departments Officers responded Tuesday (September 26, 2017) to the report of a man shooting at a female victim on Mercedes Street. The victim stated that Richard Martin (22), the victim's estranged husband, fired several shots at her vehicle.
Officers determined that one shot struck the vehicle and the bullet was located in the the back of the drivers seat headrest. It was later discovered that Martin also shot 4 rounds into a residence on Florence Avenue.
Martin was reported to be walking in Oakhill Projects. When officers arrived, Martin ran and hid in a nearby wooded area. When Officers located Martin in the wooded area, he ran and went into an apartment in Oakhill projects but was found hiding in a closet.
Martin was charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder, Illegal use of a Dangerous Weapon, Possession or Carrying a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property and Resisting an Officer.
Major Percy Knight would like to acknowledge the good work for the apprehension and arrest of the suspect to Patrol Shift "C" under the command of Capt. Wendell O'Berry.



September 27, 2017
Franklinton FD and PD Reports for September



September 27, 2017
Washington Parish Flag Raising Ceremonies Coming Up!
The Washington Parish Fair Flag Raising, the official kick-off for the Fair Season, will once again be held in both Franklinton and Bogalusa. The event in Franklinton will be Friday, September 29th in front of the Courthouse. The event in Bogalusa will be on Friday, October 6th in front of City Hall.


September 27, 2017
Celebrate Recovery 5K is Nov. 4 at WP Fairgrounds



September 27, 2017
New Restaurant Choice in Franklinton
The Red Brick Café, located at 980 Lee Street in Franklinton, is excited to announce their Grand Opening on Friday, September 29th at 11 am. They are offering breakfast from 6 am to 2 pm, lunch from 11 am to 2 pm and are open from 6 am to 8 pm, Monday Through Saturday.
Please join Mrs. Sophia Kleinpeter and her staff as they cut the ribbon for their official opening, and invite everyone in to sample their goodies.



September 27, 2017
Reminder: Softball Tournament in Franklinton Oct. 7



September 27, 2017
Four Arrested for “Tree Tackling” at Christmas Tree Farm
Four, including a juvenile (16) from Carriere and a juvenile (16) from Pearl River, have been arrested by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives for criminal damage at Shady Pond Tree Farm in Pearl River. The investigation began on September 4, 2017 when STPSO deputies responded to an incident in which trees were split in half and damaged to the point they would not survive. Agents with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry assisted with the investigation and deployed cameras throughout the farm.
Then on September 24, 2017, STPSO deputies responded to another incident where more trees were destroyed. In total, 62 trees were damaged, valued at approximately $6,000. The four suspects were identified following review of the surveillance footage. During interviews, investigators learned the act of destroying the trees is called "tree tackling."
Arrested were the two juveniles and Frank Deets II (17) from Pearl River and Wade Glass (17) of Lacombe.
This is an ongoing investigation, and more arrests are possible. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office asks for the public’s help with any information related to the investigation. Please contact Detective Zachary Bruno 985-726-7846 with information.



Obituary
DONNIE RILEY, age 90 and a resident of Franklinton,  died Monday September 25, 2017 at Good Samaritan Living Center. He was a member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church, a United States Army veteran of the Korean War Era, a retired foreman with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and was a beef cattleman throughout his life. He was a member of the Washington Parish Cattleman’s Association as well as a former member of the Mt. Hermon Ruritan Club. Donnie loved working on his farm and truly had a “green thumb”. He could plant just about anything and it would grow perfectly. Donnie enjoyed the outdoors as well as small-game hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed playing his guitar, singing and listening to his favorite country music.


September 26, 2017
WP  Council Updated on Northshore Charter School
Northshore Charter School CEO/Principal Dee Dee McCullough, COO Felicia Workman, and Board President Bubba Bourne appeared before the Washington Parish Council Monday (September 25, 2017) evening and provided information that some council members freely admitted not knowing. The three representatives described the school's environment, goals, challenges, accountability, plans to meet the increased demand, efforts to close achievement gaps, and successes and dispelled some misunderstandings. Northshore 1) is a public school, 2) does not charge tuition, 3) is funded with taxpayer monies, 4) does not pay board members (100% volunteer), 4) does not “pick and choose” students, and 5) has operated “in the black” from the beginning.
Northshore Charter started in 2013 with 23 students and now have 630 and is a K-12 school. They were initially denied approval as a Type 1 charter school by the Bogalusa School System but was authorized as a Type 2 school under the oversight of BESE. As of July, 2017 they became a Type 1 under oversight of the Bogalusa School Board. This was the result of BESE's efforts to return charter schools to the oversight of local school districts and to encourage charter schools and traditional school districts to work together. As a Type 1 school, Northshore could accept any student but as a Type 2 school, only students from the Bogalusa School District will be accepted.
The fact is that the Bogalusa School District and Northshore Charter School competes for the same students and during the presentation, the relationship between the two was described as “complicated”. In answer to a comment from Councilman Lewis about the relationship, Bourne responded that “we can be friends and compete or we can be enemies and compete. Either way we compete. So we choose to be friends and compete”.
View video of the segment beginning at 2:40 into the meeting.




Obituary
Wayne Peter Bourgeois, age 57 and a resident of Franklinton, passed away on September 24, 2017. He was born in New Orleans on October 10, 1959. He graduated from Abramson High School and went on to work at Textron Marine for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He will be greatly missed by all.


September 26, 2017
Parish Councilman Comments on WP Reservoir Project



September 26, 2017
Donations for Florida Hurricane Victims
Source:  Franklinton Police Department Facebook Post
The Franklinton Police Department in partnership with the Franklinton Fire Department is asking anyone who wishes to donate items to be sent to Florida for hurricane relief to please bring the items this Saturday, September 30, 2017, to the Washington Parish Fairgrounds during the Safety Expo from 10am to 2pm.
Items in need are cleaning supplies, toiletries, diapers and baby formula.
We cannot accept clothing items due to restrictions at the distribution center in Florida.



September 26, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Detrich Magee was booked 09/25 on the charges of Improper Turn/Accident, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Ran Stop Sign, Criminal Damage to Property, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, No License Plate, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, No Proof of Insurance, and Driving Under Suspension
Sidney Ritchie was booked 09/25 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs




September 25, 2017
BPD Traffic Stop and Pursuit Leads to 10 Charges
On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Officer Bryce Jarreau attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle with no license plate traveling on Florence Avenue. The vehicle would not stop and the pursuit went from Florence Avenue and then down Riverside Drive. The suspect vehicle failed to stop at the intersection of Sullivan drive and struck a vehicle causing the suspect vehicle to spin around about three times.
The driver, Detrich D. Magee (27) of Bogalusa, was apprehended and placed under arrest.  During the inventory and search of the vehicle, Officers observed a small blue pill, suspected Ecstacy in plain view in the drivers side door handle.
Magee was arrested and booked on the charges of Turning-Signal Required 100 Feet Prior to Turn, Speeding,  Disobeyed Stop Sign, Criminal Damage to Property, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession of Ecstacy, Vehicle License Required, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, No Insurance, and Driving While License is Suspended.



Obituary
On Sept. 24th, 2017, Jeppie Wayne Bourn age 83, died peacefully at his home. He loved his family and friends more than he could ever express with words. He expressed his love with actions to help his country, his community, and most of all his family.


Obituary
Lydona Lassley Dunaway, age 64, passed away Friday September 22, 2017 at Marion Nursing Home in Hamilton, AL. She was a resident of Bogalusa most of her life until she moved to Alabama to be near her daughter in 2013.


September 25, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Chad Carden was booked 09/23 In From Court
Angela Ard was booked 09/23 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Attempted Theft by Shoplifting, and Contempt of Court
Kirby Martin was booked 09/23 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 (6 counts) and Unauthorized Use of Access Card (6 counts)
Lamonte Robert was booked 09/23 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 (2 counts) and Unauthorized Use of Access Card (2 counts)
Kieanna Mitchell was booked 09/23 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 (6 counts) and Unauthorized Use of Access Card (6 counts) and Failure to Appear
Wilton Grimes was booked 09/23 on the charge of Attachment
Christina Ricks was booked 09/23 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Expired License Plate, Expired MVI, and Expired Drivers License
Vaughn Jelks was booked 09/24 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Lasean Williams was booked 09/24 In For Court
Jonathan Lewis was booked 09/24 In For Court
Jeffrey Goings was booked 09/24 In For Court
Pablo Balderas was booked 09/24 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery



September 25, 2017
OLOAH Announces "Girl's Night Out" Event Oct. 5



September 25, 2017
Slidell Fatal Shooting Suspect in Custody
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots fired shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday (September 24, 2017) in the parking lot at 4854 Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell and discovered a 20-year-old man in the parking lot of the apartment complex with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to Slidell Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Frank William Beckendorf (20) of Slidell was identified by witnesses as the shooter and was still at the scene when STPSO deputies arrived. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with Second Degree Murder. A verbal altercation between the victim and the suspect reportedly led to the shooting. 



Obituary
On September 22, 2017, our mom, Virginia Leah Conway Killingsworth, slipped peacefully through the pearly gates to her heavenly home. She was blessed to live 99+ years, and according to her funeral notes, the years were good and rewarding. She was born in Clinton County, Missouri, lived in Plattsburg, Missouri, and after marriage, lived in Tennessee and Mississippi before moving to her permanent home in Franklinton.


Obituary
Hazel H. Peters passed away September 20, 2017. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Dana Lynn Wilkerson, age 38 and and formerly of Marrero, passed away at her home in Franklinton on Monday, September 18, 2017.

September 23, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Keith Ezell was booked 09/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation and Expired Drivers License
Michael Turnage was booked 09/22 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Michael Weldon was booked 09/22 on the charges of Aggravated Second Degree Battery and Criminal Damage to Property
Cedric Manning was booked 09/22 on the charges of Attachment (4 counts)
Timothy Henderson was booked 09/22 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Norwood Warren was booked 09/22 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction




Obituary
MICHEAL TAYLOR, age 64 and a resident of Mt. Hermon passed away at 8:35 pm Thursday September 21, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center, surrounded by his beloved family. He was a 1971 graduate of Mt. Hermon High School, where he was an outstanding player for the basketball team, and a longtime member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. Micheal retired from Temple-Inland after 34 years working as a millwright. He always enjoyed attending the retired millworkers luncheons and visiting with his old friends and coworkers. Micheal enjoyed hunting and the outdoors and also liked working on his tractors and lawn mowers. He adored his grandsons and cherished the time spent with his family. Micheal had a special Maltese companion, Brees, that was always by his side.


September 22, 2017
The Next Ice Age or Hwy. 3241 - Which Will Come First?
Source: SARA PAGONES - THEADVOCATE.COM 
An article in The New Orleans Advocate (Click here to read it) reports on Tuesday (September 19, 2017), Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson outlined pending projects in St. Tammany Parish.
The article reported that, included in that outline was “a north-south highway from I-12 to Bush that was first proposed nearly 50 years ago. He said that Gov. John Bel Edwards has asked him to make building the highway, which Wilson described as mandated by the state constitution, a priority.”
But the article goes on to say that “Louisiana has $13.4 billion in unmet highway needs and an additional $15 billion in projects that officials want to see built, the transportation secretary said. But the department is working with an annual budget of just $600 million a year. “ Wilson also predicted that funding will become more difficult in the future.
Sooo, don't get too excited because kicking the 3241 can on down the road seems likely and may get further delayed by the coming of the next ice age.




September 22, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Rachel Shoemaker was booked 09/21 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine and Failure to Appear
Shelsie Brumfield was booked 09/21 In From Court
Alex Weary was booked 09/21 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Malik Warren was booked 09/21 In For Court
Matthew Slade was booked 09/21 on the charges of No Turn Signals, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Failure to Appear
Jimmy Boyette was booked 09/21 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present



September 22, 2017
STPSO Make Arrest in Airport Road Homicide
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Cesar Roy Ronaldo Rivas Castillo (37) early this morning (September 22, 2017) on the charge of Second Degree Murder for the homicide that occurred Tuesday night (September 19, 2017) on Airport Road north of Covington. Deputies has responded to a vehicle in a ditch and found one occupant in the vehicle with injuries not consistent with the crash. An autopsy revealed the victim died of a gunshot wound to the head.
STPSO investigators have been working with ICE and believe that both the victim and the suspect are undocumented immigrants. The victim, whose identity has not been released, was a Hispanic male in his late 30’s.
“Having started this case with no leads and no apparent suspects and then having it solved with an arrest in under 48 hours is a testament to the abilities and determination of the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives,” said Sheriff Randy Smith.



September 22, 2017
Two in Custody After Late Night Shooting Near Slidell
Two suspects are in custody following a shooting that took place late Thursday (September 21, 2017) night at a campground in the Slidell area. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputies arrived to find a 24-year-old male, with a gunshot wound to the leg. According to witnesses, the victim and the two suspects were arguing over money the victim allegedly owed to one of the suspects. Christopher Foster (26) reportedly shot the victim once in the leg and two two suspects fled the scene. The victim was transported to University Hospital and is in stable condition.
STPSO Criminal Patrol deputies located suspects shortly after midnight Friday on Highway 434 in the Lacombe area. They were taken into custody without incident.
Christopher Eric Foster (26) of Picayune was booked on the charge of Aggravated Battery and John Michael Brady (56) of East Wareham, Massachusetts was booked on the charges of Simple Battery and  Accessory After the Fact.



September 22, 2017
Pearl River Man Indicted in Killing of Ex-Wife and Her Boyfriend
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Jason Matthew Magee, III (37) of Pearl River on Thursday (September 21, 2017) on two counts of first degree murder.
Magee is accused of shooting his ex-wife, Jennifer W. Magee, and her boyfriend, Donald A. Gros, to death on June 19, 2017 at a home near Highway 41 and Max Mercer Road in Pearl River. Magee was apprehended the next day by the Pearl River Police Department without incident as he was walking on I-59.



September 21, 2017
Franklinton PD's Safety Expo is September 30



Obituary
Francis Yvonne Rushing, age 79 and a resident of Franklinton, died September 17, 2017. She was born in Tylertown and raised on a farm near Clifton. She attended Bethel School and later Washington Parish High School.


September 21, 2017
Off Duty Slidell Police Lieutenant Killed in Fatal Crash
Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a two vehicle fatal crash in Slidell on Wednesday (September 20, 2017) night that claimed the life of Ray Dupuy (52), a Lieutenant with the Slidell Police Department.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Gina Marie Groglio (29) of Pearl River was driving a 2014 Honda Civic eastbound on Brownswitch Rd. and attempted to turn left into a private drive. She traveled into the path of Dupuy's 2012 Hondo Motorcycle that was traveling westbound on Brownswitch Rd. The front of Dupuy’s motorcycle crashed into the passenger side rear corner of Groglio’s vehicle.
Dupuy sustained severe injuries in the crash, was transported to Ochsner Medical Center – Northshore, and then to University Medical Center - New Orleans. Shortly after his arrival at UMC, Dupuy succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. Groglio was uninjured in the crash and was cited for Improper Turning.
The crash investigation is ongoing. Troopers will consult with the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Office for any additional charges pending the completion of the investigation.



September 21, 2017
City of Bogalusa Auctioning Tax-Adjudicated Properties



September 21, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Louis Clark was booked 09/20 on the charges of Sexual Conduct Prohibited With Person in Correctional Institution and Sexual Battery
Frederick Brown was booked 09/20 In From Court
Jerry Galloway was booked 09/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and Improper Lane Useage



September 21, 2017
Covington Man Arrested in Stabbing of Roommate
Chief Tim Lentz announces that last night (September 20, 2017), at approximately 11:15 PM, the Covington Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing and found a male victim suffering from a stab wound to the head.
Witnesses identified Timothy Logan (59) as the suspect in the stabbing. The two men were reportedly arguing over rent, when Logan became enraged and stabbed the victim in the head with a kitchen knife. When the victim screamed for help, other roommates subdued Logan and called 911.
The victim was initially transported to an area hospital in serious condition and later transferred to a south-shore hospital for further treatment. Timothy Logan was taken into custody and transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he was booked on one count of attempted second-degree murder.



September 20, 2017
Bogalusa Corrections Officer Charged With Sexual Offenses
Source: Bogalusa Police Department Press Release
Bogalusa Corrections Officer Louis Clark (61) of Bogalusa was arrested today (September 20, 2017) in reference to alleged criminal sexual contact with an inmate while on duty.
Warden Scott Adams received a complaint from a female inmate in reference to Officer Clark allegedly having sexual contact with her. Warden Adams forwarded this information to the Chief’s Office, Clark was placed on Administrative Leave on September 1, 2017, and an investigation was conducted that resulted in the issuance of two warrants for Clark’s arrest:  (1) Malfeasance in office; sexual conduct prohibited with persons in the custody and supervision of the Department of Public Safety and (2) Sexual Battery.
If convicted, each offense carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. The case remains under investigation by the Bogalusa Police Department and will be forwarded to the 22nd Judicial District Court for prosecution.

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette issued the following statement: “I was made aware of this situation by the Chief of Police & Warden. These actions violate the values & mission of the City of Bogalusa and its Police Department, they will not be tolerated. This is an ongoing investigation. Further details will be given at a later date.”


Obituary
REV. TERRY LYNN MCCAIN, age 66 and a resident of Franklinton, died early Wednesday morning September 20, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He retired from Southern Natural Gas after 25 years as a heavy equipment operator and pipeline worker. Terry was a former member of the Louisiana Army National Guard. He was an Evangelist and had preached at countless churches throughout Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Terry was an avid outdoorsman that loved hunting of all types and enjoyed fishing. He was a longtime active member of the Great Southern Beagle Club and loved to run his dogs each year. Terry was always a loving husband and a devoted father, grandfather, brother and friend that cherished the time spent with his family.



September 20, 2017
Bogalusa Man Accused Attacking Causeway Police
Source: rrhoden, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Gregory D. Alexander (31) of Bogalusa is accused by Causeway Bridge Police of injuring two officers after a traffic stop last Friday (September 15, 2017). Alexander, driving  a silver Jaguar, was reported to be driving erratically. He was stopped in Mandeville after crossing the Causeway and placed into the back of a police car after officers found him in possession of brass knuckles. According to Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou, Alexander started banging on the inside door of the police car, prompting Sgt. Michael Dufrene to open the door to try to calm him down. That is when Alexander reportedly jumped out of the rear of the police vehicle and struck Sgt. Dufrene and Officer Christian Coyle in the head with handcuffs (which he slipped in front of him). Alexander fled into an alleyway but was caught. During a scuffle, he tried to disarm Officer Coyle before eventually being subdued.
Dufrene received a cut on the forehead that required eight stitches.
Alexander, who reportedly has a lengthy criminal record, was booked on numerous charges and remained in St. Tammany Parish Jail Tuesday with a bond set at $250,000.



September 20, 2017
TPSO Looking for Contractor Fraud Suspect
Matthew Gehegan (28) of Hammond is being sought by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office for posing as licensed contractor and defrauding a Ponchatoula flood victim. The victims received FEMA assistance, payed Gehegan in advance of the work, and after months of delays he walked off the job.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Gehegan is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
Sheriff Edwards offers tips when dealing with contractors.
-- Check them out thoroughly. A Louisiana contractor's license can be verified at lslbc.louisiana.gov.
-- Get a written contract with a start and completion date and warranty information. Do not rely on a verbal commitment.
-- Never render full payment before a job has been completed.
-- Lastly, trust yourself.  When you meet the contractor, pay attention to your instinct. Are there any red flags about their personality? Are they pushy? Anxious? Smell of alcohol? If so, don’t use them.



September 20, 2017
Theft Suspect Eludes Slidell Police
Yesterday (September 19, 2017), Slidell Police began searching for a man who was allegedly stealing from Home Depot, fled from SPD officers, drove his truck into the lake, swam across the lake, and ran across the I-59 interstate. At last report, the suspect has not been caught.He was last seen in the area of Brownswitch Road/Robert Road extension/Interstate 59/Lincoln Road/Dean Road
Police report they are “pretty certain we know who he is and he will ultimately be caught. This individual is believed to be part of a very large theft ring, possibly in the amount of up to a quarter million dollars.”
The suspect is described as a white male, skinny, 6 ft. in height, wearing a long sleeve grey shirt and grey shorts, and wearing no shoes. He was driving a dark colored GMC pick-up with Alabama license plates.



September 20, 2017
STPSO Investigating Possible Homicide N. of Covington
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are currently working a possible homicide that occurred overnight (September 19, 2017). Deputies responded around 10:15 pm to the Airport Road area north of Covington in reference to a vehicle in the ditch. Deputies observed one occupant in the vehicle with injuries not consistent with the crash.
Detectives and crime lab technicians were called to the scene as well as representatives from the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, who took possession of the body.
We have no other information at this time. More information will be provided when it becomes available.
If anyone has any information, please call (985) 898-2338.



September 20, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Charises Mark was booked 09/19 on the charge of Battery on a Police Officer
Jeffery Ingram was booked 09/19 In For Court
Rachael Spears was booked 09/19 on the charges of Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs (3 counts)
Anthony Morris was booked 09/19 In For Court
Joseph Harvey was booked 09/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Open Container in Vehicle
William Verlander was booked 09/19 on the charges of Failure to Provide Proper Info and Failure to Appear



September 19, 2017
Parish Leaders from Region 6 Meet in Franklinton
The Washington Parish Council hosted the Annual Meeting of Region 6 of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana Monday (September 18, 2017) evening at the Franklinton Country Club. Region 6 covers the parishes of Ascension, Livingston, Tangipahoa, E. Baton Rouge, St. Helena, E. Felicina, W. Feliciana, St. Tammany, and Washington. The event was funded by member dues and at no cost to taxpayers. The approximately three-hour event saw Parish leaders meet to take care of association business but they also managed to have an enjoyable evening. There was good music, good food, time for socializing, and door prizes. Guest Speaker Ted Jones was a hit with amusing stories gained by rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jimmy Davis, Earl Long, and many others.
The video is a sampling of the sights and sounds of the gathering and of Ted Jones' stories.




Obituary
STEVE DOYLE MILLER, age 65 and a resident of Mt. Hermon, died Monday morning September 18, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a 1970 graduate of Mt. Hermon High School that enjoyed watching baseball and women’s basketball. He worked for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and later retired as a correctional officer at Washington Correctional Institute after many years of service. Steve was member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and also a member of the Mt. Hermon Hunting Club, where he enjoyed hunting and running Beagles and deer hounds each year. He played the piano and guitar and also loved to sing and listen to country music. Steve was formerly the lead singer of Louisiana Express and played and sang in other bands through the years. He loved riding and tending to his horses and also enjoyed watching old western movies with his favorite being Gene Autry. Steve had a special place in his heart for his pet dog Briscoe Darlin.


Obituary
Gladys Alford, age 81, died peacefully after a battle with leukemia on Monday, September 18, 2017 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA. She was born in Franklinton. She was a member of Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church where she helped with the shut-in ministry and bereavement ministry until her health no longer allowed her to minister.


Obituary
Pamela Jean Martin was called home at the age of 59 on September 15, 2017 at her residence.


Obituary
ALBERT JOHN WEYSHAM, JR., age 51 and a resident of Franklinton, died Thursday evening September 14, 2017. He was born in New Orleans, lived in Slidell for many years, and moved to Franklinton about six years ago. He from Slidell High School in 1984 and was an entrepreneur of several businesses for many years before becoming an information technology professional for Marsh McClellan Insurance. Al enjoyed sitting by the bonfire visiting with his friends and family. He was an avid National Rifle Association supporter and had an extensive gun collection. Al had a special place in his heart for his pet dog Max.


September 19, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Vickie Dugan was booked 09/18 In From Court
Darryl Singleton was booked 09/18 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, Failure to Transfer Registration, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No License Plate, and Attachment
Wayne Call was booked 09/18 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, and Resisting an Officer
Austin Pitre was booked 09/18 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Appear




September 18, 2017
Missing St. Tammany Man Found in Critical Condition
Robert Anthony Olsen, Sr., who was reported missing by family members on Friday (September 15, 2017) shortly before 4 pm, was found Sunday (September 17, 2017) by STPSO Special Operations deputies and the LASAR K-9 Team. He is in critical condition and was airlifted to St. Tammany Parish Hospital.
Olsen had last been seen working outside near his residence on White Oaks Lane off of Louisiana Highway 435 in St. Tammany Parish. The area is rural and the surrounding property is heavily wooded. Olsen was located on a nearby large tract of land following an extensive search that involved STPSO Criminal Patrol deputies, STPSO's K-9 Division, Louisiana Search and Rescue K-9 Team, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, and Mr. Olsen’s family and friends. 



September 18, 2017
Are You 18-24 and Need a Job?
The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) and the Business Career Solutions Center (BCSC) will hold a "Holiday Season Recruiting Day". The event is a statewide job fair for out-of-school youth ages 18-24 and will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM at area BCSC's across the state. The event is designed to supply young adults with employment opportunities and possible career pathways.
In Bogalusa, the BCSC is located at 420 Avenue B and in Hammond, the BCSC is located at SW Railroad Ave., Suite 201. Click here for a list of other locations.



September 18, 2017
WP Public Works Announces Road Closures
Washington Parish Public Works has announced two road closures that will be in effect for approximately one week in order to install culverts.
Beginning, Thursday, September 21, 2017 a section of Jim Suart Rd, between Jim Stuart Cut Off and Zack Magee Rd will be closed and beginning, Monday, September 18, 2017 a section of Bateman Street, between Hwy 10 and Magee Street, located in Bogue Chitto Heights will be closed. 



September 18, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Clyde Smith was booked 09/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Simple Escape, Failure to Appear (3 counts), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Chad Carden was booked 09/16 In From Court
Troy Hingle was booked 09/16 In From Court
Billy McBeth was booked 09/16 on the charges of False Personation of a Peace Officer, Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), False Imprisonment, and Domestic Abuse Battery
Dawayne Stein was booked 09/16 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA



Obituary
Claude E. Nunnery, born in Franklinton and a resident of Independence, passed away at the age of 80 years on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home.


Obituary
Reather Dunaway Miller, age 85, passed away on September 16, 2017 in Bogalusa.


Obituary
THOMAS ALFRED “TOM” FISHER, age 70 and a resident of Franklinton, died early Saturday morning September 16, 2017 at Good Samaritan Living Center. He was a longtime self-employed truck driver.


Obituary
REID CORKERN, age 59 and a resident of Florence, Alabama, died Friday September 15, 2017 at his home. He was a native and longtime resident of Franklinton where he graduated from Bowling Green School in 1975 and later graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University. Reid was a former off-shore and tugboat worker for many years. He moved to Florence nearly 6 years ago, where he enjoyed attending Emmanuel Baptist Church and he liked to sit and relax along the banks of the Tennessee River. Reid was a New Orleans Saints fan and he loved to attend their big playoff games and other sporting events through the years. He also enjoyed spending time on the porch watching the many birds that came to his feeders each day. He had a special place in his heart for his pet Chihuahua Mona.


Obituary
Frank P. McKnight Jr., age 89, passed away Wednesday September 13, 2017, at St. Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, AL.


Obituary
Terry Blunt passed away peacefully on Friday, September 15, 2017 at his home. He was born in Chicago, graduated from Crain High School, served 22 years in the U. S. Army, and was employed by the Chicago Transit Authority for 13 years. Later in life, he attended Malcom X College and obtained a degree in Criminal Justice.


September 16, 2017
Help Locate This Missing Elderly Man




September 16, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tiffany Wheat was booked 09/13 on the charge of Probation Violation
Ezekiel Odom was booked 09/14 on the charges of Probation Violation and Contempt of Court
Jermaine Magee was booked 09/15 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Prohibited Acts, Driving Under Suspension, and No Proof of Insurance
Tamara Spears was booked 09/15 In For Court




September 15, 2017
Two Appointments Made to the WP Reservoir District
Today (September 15, 2017), Governor John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions. Included in the appointments were Ben W. Nevers and George Brent Nobles, both of Bogalusa, to the Washington Parish Reservoir District.
Ben W. Nevers is the former Chief of Staff to Governor John Bel Edwards and a former State Senator and Representative. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Washington Parish President.
George Brent Nobles is a licensed engineer and professional land surveyor and the owner of Nobles and Associates, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by a member of the Washington Parish Council.
The Washington Parish Reservoir District was formed to study the feasibility of developing a reservoir in Washington Parish and to search for a potential site.



September 15, 2017
Reminder: Open Road Cruisers Car Show Tomorrow



September 15, 2017
Senator Beth Mizell Elected to Executive Board
Louisiana State Senator Beth Mizell (R) was elected August 8, 2017 to the Executive Board of the Women's Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures during the NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston.
The Women's Legislative Network is dedicated to promoting the participation, empowerment and leadership of women legislators across the country. The Network sponsors informational policy forums and training workshops on topics of interest to women legislators and hosts networking events for women legislators at NCSL meetings.
"It is a real privilege for me to serve on the board of the Women's Legislative Network," said Senator Mizell. "I look forward to working with women leaders throughout the country and the world as together we face the challenges of an ever-changing global economy and society."



September 15, 2017
Free Family Event in Pearl River October 13th
An event to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime and Fire Prevention Month will be hosted by the Pearl River Police Department and the Pearl River Fire District 11 on October 13, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm in downtown Pearl River.
The free family event will have refreshments, a smoke house, face painting, a bounce house, door prizes, display of emergency vehicles, and child fingerprinting.



September 15, 2017
STPSO Reestablishing Junior Deputy Explorer Post
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is reestablishing its Junior Deputy Explorer Post No. 1324 and boys and girls interested in future careers in law enforcement between the ages of 14 and 20 are invited to an informational open house Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Pearl River Training Center. 
The Law Enforcement Explorer Program, which is a program of Boy Scouts of America, provides young adults interested in future careers in law enforcement an awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences and other activities.
Participants will receive career-focused training and will serve the community by assisting the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in non-enforcement and volunteer liaison capacities.
For more information, call Sgt. Barry Sicard at 985-863-6507. 



Obituary
Emily Blackburn humbly gave a silent sigh and went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the age of 74. She was a graduate of Central Memorial High School and attended Grambling State University.


Obituary
Patricia Kay Taylor Russell, age 63 and a resident of Slidell, passed away at her home on September 13, 2017 surrounded by her family after a long fight with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. She was a homemaker most of her life. She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


September 14, 2017
The Nanette Krentel Death investigation
Nanette Krentel, the wife of St. Tammany District 12 Fire Chief Steve Krentel, died July 14, 2017 and her body was found in the couple's Lacombe house which had collapsed during an intense fire. But how did she die?
The St. Tammany Coroner has ruled that her death was a homicide caused by a single gunshot wound to the head. But St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith, while not disputing the Coroner's opinion, has expressed concerns regarding the Coroner's determination and continues to investigate.
Click here to read all about it.



September 14, 2017
Reminder: Mile Branch Settlement Open in Franklinton
DID YOU KNOW? Starting September 1st, MILE BRANCH SETTLEMENT will open on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for class and group tours. The cost is $5.00 per person, and tours can be arranged by emailing dphelpsmilebranch@yahoo.com. This historic pioneer village, located on the Washington Parish Fairgrounds, is a must see!



September 14, 2017
Help Slidell Police ID These Suspected Thieves
According to the Slidell Police Department, these persons used a stolen credit card at a Wal-Mart store. Afterwards, they fled in a dark colored SUV. If you have any information, please contact Detective Michael Giardina at 985-646-6172.



September 14, 2017
Reminder:  Bluegrass Event in Angie Sept. 21-23
For more information, click here.



Obituary
DALE MCELVEEN, age 76 and a resident of Mt. Hermon, died early Wednesday morning September 13, 2017 at his home. He was a loving husband, supportive father and a good provider for his family and friends. Dale began his career as a carpenter/general contractor, served as an overseer of Silver Creek Ranch for 15 years, and a dedicated employee of Ace Hardware of Franklinton for the last 12 years.


Obituary
Robbie Holmes Neilson passed away on September 12, 2017, at the age of 93, surrounded by her family at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.  Robbie was born in Daisetta, TX, on August 1, 1924. Robbie (aka “GiGi”) was beloved by all who had the true blessing of knowing her.  A piece of our hearts is lost forever.


September 13, 2017
Three Greensburg Men Arrested Following Narcotics Complaint
Troopers from Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division in Hammond arrested three Greensburg residents on September 7, 2017 for multiple narcotics violations. The arrests were the result of an ongoing criminal investigation at the request of Sheriff Nathaniel Williams of the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Pursuant to a search warrant, Troopers searched the residence of Jamar J. Martin (33) and seized approximately two pounds of Marijuana , three Oxycodone pills, three pints of Promethazine, 63.5 grams of powder cocaine, 35 grams of crack cocaine, a Smith & Wesson .357 revolver, and $8,917.00 in U.S. currency.
With the assistance of Louisiana Probation and Parole, Troopers also arrested Trendale Hall (35)  and  Yakei Devoya Porter (35).
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are pending.



September 13, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Tanya Voth was booked 09/12 In From Court and on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jonathan Barber was booked 09/12 on the charge of Parole Violation
Kendrick Brown was booked 09/12 on the charges of Battery on a Police Officer, Failure to Appear (2 counts), Failure to Pay Fine, and Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)
Levi Roth was booked 09/12 on the charges of Speeding 41 & More Over Limit, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction



September 13, 2017
Slidell Man Convicted of Molesting 8-Year-Old
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Latroy O. Simmons (26) of Slidell, guilty Friday (September 8, 2017) of molestation of a juvenile. He faces 25 to 99 years when sentenced November 2 by District Judge Reginald Badeaux.
Simmons was staying with the family of an 8-year-old girl in 2014, when he molested her. The victim was asleep one night when she was awakened to Simmons, grabbing her legs. He continued touching her inappropriately until a noise startled him, and the victim ran into the bathroom. After suffering emotional problems and struggling in school for two years afterwards, the girl opened up and disclosed the incident to her mother, who called the police.
The Slidell Police Department investigated the case. Assistant District Attorneys Blair Alford and Luke Lancaster prosecuted it.



Obituary
Robert H. Bullen, Jr., passed away at age 88 on September 11, 2017 at his home in Bogalusa surrounded by family and friends. He was born on July 4, 1929. He was a member of Pettitt Memorial Baptist Church and was a veteran of the Korean War.


Obituary
ELIZABETH ANN “BETTY” ALFORD WALTERS, age 79 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 9:05 pm Monday September 11, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a 1955 graduate of Franklinton High School and a former employee of the Louisiana State Welfare Department. Betty was a longtime member of Bethel Baptist Church who enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. She was an excellent cook, especially seafood and her favorite sweet treats. Betty also enjoyed making delicious jellies and jams and even made candles. She had a special place in her heart for her pet dogs Sable and Precious.


Obituary
Denyse Galloway, age 65, passed away on the morning of September 7th, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. She was born in Bogalusa, raised in Varnado and lived all of her adult life in Bogalusa, where she enjoyed a 40+ year career in nursing and respiratory therapy.


September 12, 2017
What Does it Take to Maintain our Parish Roads?



September 12, 2017
Franklinton Man Gets Life for Rape of 5-Year Old
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Lance Grandison (32) of Franklinton, has been sentenced to mandatory life in prison for raping a 5-year-old girl about six years ago. Grandison was convicted in August of first degree rape, which carries a mandatory life sentence without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
Grandison knew the family of the victim, now 11, who had been left in his care when the incident occurred in 2011. The victim disclosed the rape last year to her mother, who contacted the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Grandison was later arrested on a warrant.
A Washington Parish jury voted unanimously to convict him on August 10 , 2017. The sentencing hearing was last Thursday (September 7, 2017). Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia and Casey Dieck prosecuted the case before District Judge William Knight.



September 12, 2017
Bogalusa Council Facilitates General Dynamics Expansion
At a noon meeting of the Bogalusa City Council Monday (September 11, 2017), Washington Industrial Development Foundation Director Ryan Seal spoke in favor of an ordinance that facilitates the expansion of General Dynamics that will mean an additional 200 jobs and make them the largest employer in the parish with over 900 employees. General Dynamics has been a tenant in the Industrial Park since 2013 and approval of the ordinance will extend the current lease to 2023. The City will be expanding parking for General Dynamics and will make “cosmetic” improvements to the facility's interior.
In other business, the Council approved three resolutions, introduced six ordinances that will be considered for approval at their next meeting, and approved two other ordinances after holding Public Hearings. Council actions facilitated the acquisition of a new fire truck and improvements at the airport, improvements that will initially be paid for by the City who will be reimbursed entirely by grant funds.
For more details, view the video.



September 12, 2017
Bogalusa Police and DEA Present Drug Prevention Program
On Monday, September 11th, the Bogalusa Police and the DEA hosted a drug prevention program at the Northshore Charter School in Bogalusa. The program included area speakers, who talked to the students and showed the video titled "Chasing the Dragon" about Opioid/Heroin addiction.
Host speakers were Agent George Cazenavette of the DEA and Major Percy Knight of the BPD. Other speakers included Dr. Rebecca Desfor of Our Lady of Angels Hospital, Shane Jones of the US Attorney's Office, Councilwoman Gloria Kates, Fredrick Tommy Seals and Tracey Galloway, who shared testimonies of their own drug addiction and recovery with the students.
The DEA and BPD will be hosting another drug prevention program on Monday, September 18th at the Bogalusa High School starting at 8:30 AM for the Jr. High students and 10:00 AM for the High School Students. Also on September 18th at 1:00 PM the program will be presented to the students of
Youthbuild Bogalusa.
If anyone would like the drug prevention video presented to their Church or organization, contact Major Percy Knight at 985-732-3611. 



September 12, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Victor Gavin was booked 09/11 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500 and Contempt of Court
Jonathan Barber was booked 09/11 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Resisting Arrest (2 counts)
Arica Runfalo was booked 09/11 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Brandon Toussaint was booked 09/11 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Tashonna Wallace was booked 09/11 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Obstruction of Justice
Jacob Jarrell was booked 09/11 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, Driving Under Suspension, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Jermaine Wilson was booked 09/11 on the charges of No Seat Belt, No MVI, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, No Proof of Insurance, Classification and Required Equipment, Contempt of Court, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia




September 11, 2017
Sheriff Seal on Drive-By Shooting Investigation


Today, Sheriff Randy Seal gave insight into the investigation of the drive-by shootings that occurred on April 11, 2017 in the Mt. Hermon and Richardson communities. The investigation resulted in the arrests of Dakota Tetreau (age 19), Bailey Koon (age 17), and Desmond Warren (age 18).
Click here to read the statement and watch the video


September 11, 2017
Help STPSO Locate This Missing Person



Obituary
Marshall Todd Branch, age 52 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017 at North Oaks Hospital in Hammond.


Obituary
Sherry Flynn Irvine, age 78 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away September 10, 2017 in Nashville,  Tennessee. Brown McGehee Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
DONALD WAYNE BEDWELL, age 72 and a resident of Baton Rouge died at 8:25 pm Saturday September 9, 2017 at the AMG Specialty Hospital in Zachary. He was a native of Washington Parish but a longtime resident of Baton Rouge where he was the owner/operator of Glass Unlimited. Donald was a United States Navy veteran of the Vietnam Era and a member of the Lion’s Club. He enjoyed listening to his favorite old country music.


September 11, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Sonia Reynolds was booked 09/10 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace, Battery on a Police Officer, and Resisting an Officer
Robert Harvey was booked 09/10 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
David Rugg was booked 09/10 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Distribution of Legend Drug, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Edward Pittman was booked 09/10 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment (2 counts), Simple Battery (2 counts), Criminal Damage (2 counts), Contempt of Court (2 counts), and Failure to Appear (2 counts)




September 10, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kennard Flowers was booked 09/09 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Ran Stop Sign, and Open Container in Vehicle
Torrence Ellis was booked 09/09 on the charges of Speeding 31-40 Over Limit, Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, Driving Under Suspension, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Timothy Duffy was booked 09/09 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Alexandre Easley was booked 09/09 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Tikyah Magee was booked 09/09 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Disturbing the Peace/Fight
Derrick Mark was booked 09/09 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear (4 counts)




September 10, 2017
Walthall Sheriff's Benefit Rodeo is Sept. 23



September 9, 2017
Bogalusa Council Meeting Called for Monday, September 11
A meeting of the Bogalusa City Council will be held Monday, September 11th at 12:00 noon in the War Room at Bogalusa City Hall. The agenda calls for consideration of four resolutions, the introduction of six ordinances, and public hearings on three ordinances. The agenda includes times for public participation, administrative remarks, and Council discussion.
A previously-scheduled meeting for September 5, 2017 was cancelled due the lack of a quorum.



September 9, 2017
K-9 Lex Helps Apprehend Suspect Near Bush
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s K-9 Lex assisted in the apprehension of a suspect Thursday (September 7, 2017) morning at a residence in the Bush area. Deputies were at the residence in reference to an unrelated incident when they observed a Honda 600XR dirt bike on the property. Deputies recognized the dirt bike as stolen from a “BOLO” issued Wednesday by St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office. The dirt bike had been reported stolen from the backyard of a Covington residence sometime between the evening of August 31 and the early morning of September 1.
After the stolen dirt bike was spotted on the property, the area was searched and the suspect, Christopher Miller (30) from Folsom was located and apprehended with the assistance of K-9 Lex. Miller was found hiding in the residence in a hall bathroom under a large pile of debris.
Miller was charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting an Officer, and Theft Under $1,000



Obituary
Leonard E. Fountain, age 78 and a resident of Bogalusa, died September 8, 2017. Arrangements are under the direction of St Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, Chalmette, Louisiana and are incomplete at this time.


September 9, 2017
Juvenile in Custody in Slidell Shooting
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that took place Friday (September 8, 2017) evening in the Slidell area. The male victim arrived at Slidell Memorial Hospital by private vehicle shortly after 7 pm with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.
The subsequent investigation led detectives to the scene of the shooting, the victim’s residence located at 301 Lakeshore Blvd. in the Slidell area. The victim was shot during an apparent armed robbery and is in guarded but stable condition following surgery.
One person, a juvenile, is in custody at this time and the investigation remains ongoing.



September 9, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Romel Harris was booked 09/08 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows, Ran Stop Sign, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, No Drivers License, Speeding 41 & More Over Limit, Failure to Appear, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Careless Operation, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Dakota Tetreau was booked 09/08 on the charges of Aggravated Assault - Drive By Shooting (18 counts), Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property (22 counts), and Discharge of a Firearm from a Vehicle (11 counts)
Desmond Warren was booked 09/08 on the charges of Aggravated Assault - Drive By Shooting (18 counts), Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property (22 counts), and Discharge of a Firearm from a Vehicle (11 counts)
Gwendolyn Honore was booked 09/08 on the charge of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institute
Shonnon Carlson was booked 09/08 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Helois Richardson was booked 09/08 on the charge of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institute




September 8, 2017
Mt. Hermon Shooters Arrested and Jailed
Early in the morning of April 11, 2017, between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m., numerous residents of the peaceful community of Mt. Hermon in rural northwest Washington Parish woke to the frightening sound of gunfire as numerous bullets struck their residences. In some instances, the bullets struck within inches of where someone was sleeping.
Three of those responsible were arrested today by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office after a thorough and diligent investigation.





Obituary
Hugh Vernon Frazier, age 82 and a resident of Kentwood and a great Daddy, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington.


September 8, 2017
Non-Compliant Convicted Sex Offender Booked
Kylie Nicole Bellard (32) was charged Thursday (September 7, 2017) with failing to register as a sex offender when she recently moved from an address on Strahan Road in Amite to a new address in Baton Rouge. Additionally, Bellard was found to have an active social media account which she is not allowed to have.
Bellard was convicted May of 2006, of attempted cardinal knowledge of a juvenile.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards wants the public to know that the TPSO has over 300 registered sex offenders in Tangipahoa Parish and that their Sex Offender Compliance Unit frequently conducts compliance checks.
To find out if a sex offender is registered in your neighborhood, please visit www.tpso.org and click on “Sex Offender Registry”. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Compliance Unit at 985-748- 3334.


September 8, 2017
Who is Operating This Tractor?
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in identifying the man operating this tractor. The tractor was reported stolen from an uninhabited residence in the S. Airport Road area on August 13, 2017.  After weeks of investigating, we received this picture from an anonymous source of an unknown man driving the stolen tractor in the Independence area.
This gentleman is only wanted for questioning at this time. We are unable to say if he was involved in the theft or not.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.


September 8, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Robert Abshire was booked 09/07 on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order and Parole Violation
Hermon Garrett was booked 09/07 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Kyle Hamm was booked 09/07 on the charges of Parole Violation and Failure to Appear
Tremale Jenkins was booked 09/07 on the charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Chandra Barnes was booked 09/07 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jessica Roberts was booked 09/07 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Roderick Toomer was booked 09/07 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Anthony Mitchell was booked 09/07 on the charges of Improper Turn/Accident, Improper Lane Useage, Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, Resisting Arrest by Flight, and Failure to Appear
Ashley Bordelon was booked 09/07 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS



September 8, 2017
Missing Person Sought by Tylertown PD



September 8, 2017
Slidell PD Wants Help Catching the “Shower Cap Bandits”
Slidell Police are asking for the public’s assistance with identifying two “shower cap bandits” who shoplifted hundreds of dollars of merchandise from Hibbett Sports located at 150 Northshore Boulevard in Slidell on August 22, 2017.
The suspects are described to be two black females wearing shower caps and carrying two large bags. As the two females “shopped”, they helped themselves to hundreds of dollars’ worth of merchandise by stuffing it into their bags. The suspects fled from the store and attempted to pepper spray the manager when he tried to stop them. Witnesses observed the females get into a grey Infinity G-35.
These two females are believed to be linked to multiple other shoplifting incidents across the Slidell area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joel Hoskins at 985-646-4349 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.
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September 8, 2017
TPSO Investigating Death of Gunshot Victim
UPDATE: A preliminary autopsy report revealed that the victim’s death was self-inflicted.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently trying to determine what happened to a man that was found dead lying beside a vehicle on Stafford Road near HWY 442 Thursday (September 7, 2017) afternoon.
The body of a 25-year-old black male was discovered by a TPSO deputy when he stopped to check an abandoned vehicle located several feet off of the roadway on Stafford Road. The victim was observed to have a single gunshot wound to the head.
Anyone having information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.


Obituary
Rose Butler age 83, transitioned into eternity peacefully on Monday, September 4, 2017, at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa. Rose was born in Bogalusa and attended Central Memorial High School.


September 7, 2017
Breast Cancer Survivor Brunch at RMC Oct. 6
Mark your calendar now and register for Riverside Medical Center’s Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Brunch. The event will be on October 6, 2017 at 10 am.
The speaker will be Stephanie Broussard and live entertainment will be provided by Jessica McLain and Stuart Varnado.
RSVP by calling Britney Bell at (985) 795-4141 or via email at bbell@rmchospital.com.


September 7, 2017
Can You ID This Wanted Suspect
Message from the Ponchatoula Police Department
The Ponchatoula Police Department is seeking the public's help to identify the woman pictured below. She is wanted for Unauthorized Use of an Access Card. We believe that she was driving a blue Volkswagen Beetle.
Please contact us at (985) 386-6548 if you have any information on this subject. We appreciate your help!



September 7, 2017
Blue Grass Event in Angie Sept. 21-23
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September 7, 2017
Slidell Police Need Help to ID Armed Robbery Suspect
Slidell Police are asking for the public’s assistance with identifying a man who robbed a Shell gas station at 1610 Gause Boulevard near I-10 last Friday (September 1, 2017) evening around 4:30 am. The clerk said the man brandished a firearm, demanded cash from the register and fled. The suspect is described to be a black male in his 20’s or 30’s, thin/average build, short dread locks, and wearing a black hoodie with “007” written across the front.
This suspect is believed to be linked to other crimes in the Slidell area, particularly another armed robbery at a Shell gas station on east Gause Boulevard on August 18,2017.
If you have any information about this robbery, please call Detective T.J. McNulty at 985-503-3477. Tipsters may also call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


September 7, 2017
82-Year-Old Dies in Amtrack/Truck Crash Near Slidell
A Slidell-area man died Wednesday (September 6, 2017) evening when an Amtrack passenger train crashed into his small pickup at Carr Drive. The train was departing Slidell and headed southbound with 51 passengers onboard.
Evidence suggested that the pickup truck driver bypassed the crossing arms and drove onto the railroad track into the path of the train. The vehicle was pushed off the track and landed in a nearby marsh. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene by representatives from the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. No one else was injured.


Obituary
Donna Elaine Welch, age 43 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa. She was born in Pascagoula and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.


Obituary
Darius Rodell Bickham, age 36, passed away September 1, 2017. He  was born in New Orleans. Darius accepted Christ at an early age at St. John’s Temple Church of God in Christ in Franklinton. He attended Franklinton High School, graduated from Emerson Academy in Slidell, and attended both Southern University New Orleans and the University of New Orleans. With a love for cooking, Darius worked as a chef at several restaurants in the New Orleans area including Spirits in the Hilton Riverside Hotel, Hooter’s, and Copeland’s.


September 7, 2017
Fugitives Returned from MS. To Mandeville
On Wednesday September 6, 2017 Patrick Cole (34) and Tara Beisel (31), both of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, waived extradition in Mississippi and were brought back to Mandeville where they were officially booked with last week’s (Thursday, Aug 31st) auto theft and kidnapping.
Mandeville Police had received a frantic call from a mother whose vehicle was stolen, with her small child inside, when she went inside a gas station. Soon afterward, MPD received a call of a small child in the roadway three blocks away. The thieves later admitted to putting the child out after stealing the car and the child was quickly retrieved and reunited with its mother. The mother's cell phone had been left in the vehicle and police used it to track the thieves as they traveled into Mississippi where Harrison County deputies apprehended the pair.
Cole and Beisel were additionally booked with one count each of possession of stolen property after detectives tied the pair to a second stolen vehicle that was recovered the following day (Friday Sept 1st) in the parking lot of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Store. The second vehicle in question was stolen from the couple’s home state of Oklahoma and had stolen Florida license plates.


September 7, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Shelly Turnage was booked 09/06 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Appear, and Driving Under Suspension
William Magee was booked 09/06 In From Court
Holly Ard was booked 09/06 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jeffrey Goings was booked 09/06 In For Court



September 6, 2017
An Evening With the Angels
A Message from Our Lady of the Angels Hospital
Please join us for heavy hors d'oeuvres, provided by your favorite area restaurants, an open bar, live music, live and silent auctions, and more ,as Our Lady of the Angels Hospital Foundation hosts its annual fundraising social on October 28, 2017 beginning at 6:00 pm at the American Legion Magic City Post 24.
All proceeds help to enhance the exceptional service lines and innovation delivered at Our lady of the Angels Hospital every day.



September 6, 2017
MD Benefit Golf Tournament is September 16 in Bogalusa
The Muscular Dystrophy Benefit Tournament takes place Saturday, September 16th at the Bogalusa Country Club. The 2-person scramble will be hosted by the Bogalusa Firefighters Association and is $100 per person to enter. Team registration begins at 7:30 am and tee time is set for 8 am. Food and beverages will be provided and there will be cash prizes awarded.
For information contact fire department headquarters at 985-732-6218.


September 6, 2017
BOLO on St. Tammany Burglary Suspect



Obituary
SPENCER WILLIAM GRAVES, age 20 and a resident of Franklinton, died Monday afternoon September 4, 2017 at West Jefferson Medical Center following a work-related accident. He was a 2015 graduate of Bowling Green School where he was a member of the Buccaneer Basketball team and football team. He was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and enjoyed attending Trinity Baptist Church. Spencer loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, riding his ATV, boating, skiing and snowboarding. He had a special place in his heart for his pet Golden Retriever Jax. Spencer loved to spend time with his family and hang-out with his friends.


September 6, 2017
Bogalusa Police Stop Swaying Vehicle – Find Meth, Crack, & More
Early Wednesday (September 6, 2017) morning, a Bogalusa Poice Department officer attempted to stop a vehicle after observing the vehicle turn without using a turn signal and the vehicle swaying from one side of the road to the other. The driver would not stop until a road block was initiated by other officers at the intersection of Sabine and Lucerne streets.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Anthony J. Mitchell (37) of Bogalusa and the passenger was identified as Ashley M. Bordelon (28) of Monroe. Verbal consent was obtained to search the vehicle. Inside a tin container in plain view on the seat, officers found a small bag of crystal methamphetamine, one piece of crack cocaine, a crack pipe and two tablets that were later identified as Xanax/Alprazolam.

Mitchell was arrested on the charges of Turn Signal Required, Improper Lane Usage, Careless Operation, Suspended Drivers License, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Xanax, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled  Dangerous Substance in a Drug Free Zone. Bordelon was arrested on the charges of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of  Methamphetamine, Possession of Xanax, Possession Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Drug Free Zone.


September 6, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kasey Thomas was booked 09/05 on the charge of Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Lester Anthony was booked 09/05 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (Ecstasy/Molly, MDMA), Resisting an Officer, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Christopher Williams was booked 09/05 on the charges of Cultivation or Production of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Nigena Wilson was booked 09/05 on the charges of Obstruction of Highway, Ran Stop Sign, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs (2 counts), Resisting an Officer, Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Open Container in Vehicle and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Donald Rogers was booked 09/05 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Resisting an Officer (2 counts), Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Contempt of Court (2 counts), and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Daniel Vanslyke was booked 09/05 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (2 counts), Resisting an Officer, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jesse Drummond was booked 09/05 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court
Gail Gorsuch was booked 09/05 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Rebecca Wheat was booked 09/05 on the charges of Open Container in Vehicle, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Larry Roberts was booked 09/05 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Open Container in Vehicle and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS
Joshua Smith was booked 09/05 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace, Improper Supervision of Minor by Parent or Legal Custodian, Child Desertion and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Kristie Barrington was booked 09/05 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace, Improper Supervision of Minor by Parent or Legal Custodian, and Child Desertion
Darron Dillon was booked 09/05 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation)



September 6, 2017
Folsom Man Charged in Fatal Ponchatoula Crash
David Brunet (33) of Folsom has been charged with negligent homicide in the crash that claimed the life of Justin Settoon (29) of Ponchatoula, according to Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson.
The Ponchatoula Police Department reports that the August 29, 2017 crash occurred as Settoon was crossing W. Pine Street in the pedestrian crosswalk on his bicycle. Brunet failed to stop at the red traffic signal at the intersections of W. Pine and S. 8th streets and struck Settoon.
Settoon was transported to North Oaks Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries on the morning of August 30, 2017.


September 5, 2017
Open Road Cruisers Benefit Car Show September 16th
The Open Road Cruisers will have their annual benefit car show at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa on Saturday, September 16 from 9am -2pm. Cash awards will be given for hot rods, cars, trucks, and bikes, including Top 20, Best of Show, Specialty Awards and more. There will be a 50/50 raffle, food, music, kids' activities, and more.


Obituary
Cynthia Cotton Stevens, age 54 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at her home in Bogalusa.


September 5, 2017
Keep an Eye on Hurricane Irma!



September 5, 2017
Search Conducted of Choctaw Motel Room in Bogalusa
On Tuesday (September 5, 2017) at about 12:30 am, Officers from the Bogalusa Police Department and Deputies from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant on a room at the Choctaw Motel located on South Columbia Street after receiving information about narcotic sales from that location.
During the search of the motel room, officers located a tin container that contained 18 folded foil bundles of suspected heroin, 2 pieces of crack cocaine, cash, and a digital scale, which is used for packaging and selling drugs.
The occupants of the room were present at the time of the search and were identified as Jesse Drummond (50) of Bogalusa and Gail Gorsuch (48) of Bogalusa.
Drummond and Gorsuch were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


September 5, 2017
Pike County S. O. Looking for Brazen Thieves
The Pike County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) involved in the theft of a 2007 Caterpillar Skid Steer with Grappling Bucket. The theft occurred on September 1, 2017 from the 3100 block of Osyka Progress Rd. Witnesses saw a white male in a black dually pickup with a trailer parked on Hines Circle at the time of the theft. The Skid Steer was driven from Osyka Progress Rd to Hines Circle, where it was loaded.
Any information please call Central Dispatch 601-783-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033.


September 5, 2017
TPSO Busts Up the Family Business!
Source: Press Release from Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office
Agents from the TPSO, the Hammond Police Department, and DEA arrested five suspected druggies September 1, 2017 at a Natalbany residence and seized cash and cocaine. Arrested were Adrienne Alexander (38), Laquita Thomas (28), Corey Marshall (46), Joseph Alexander (25), and Julian Alexander  (28) on various narcotics and other charges.
Pursuant to an ongoing investigation and armed with a search warrant, agents searched the home on Natalbany Road Extension in Natalbany. They found high-grade marijuana, crack cocaine, a digital scale with suspected marijuana residue, lortabs, and an undisclosed amount of cash.



September 4, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Allen Morris was booked 09/03 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Brandon Spears was booked 09/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Lanika Warren was booked 09/03 on the charge of Possession of Heroin



September 4, 2017
Passed Out Angie Man Booked by Bogalusa PD
Bogalusa Police Department officers responded Friday (September 1, 2017) to a report of a person who was passed out on the sidewalk next to the Texaco Convenience Store on Avenue F. After several attempts, officers were able to wake the individual who was identified as Donald Rogers (58) of Angie.
At first, Rogers gave officers a fake name. Officers attempted a “pat down” but Rogers started backing away and then started running. Officers gave chase and caught him in front of the store. Rogers resisted the officers but was finally handcuffed and placed under arrest.
Rogers had a back pack with him that contained a pack of cigarettes with suspected heroin in the cigarette pack. Jail   personnel observed Rogers attempting to conceal an item that was inside his shoe. The item was a pill bottle key chain that contained 6 blue pills identified as Oxycodone and 7 green pills identified as Alprazolam.
Rogers was booked and with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule 2 Narcotics, Possession of Schedule 4 Narcotics, Introduction of Contraband (City Jail) and 2 counts of Resisting an Officer.


Obituary
ANGELICA HOPE LERAY, age 20 and a resident of Mt. Hermon, passed away Wednesday August 30, 2017. She was a 2015 graduate of Mt. Hermon High School where she enjoyed playing for the Lady Yellow Jacket Basketball Team. Angelica was also a member of the Christian Club at Mt. Hermon. She put God first in her life and loved attending the Bogue Chitto Baptist Church youth services and traveling to youth camps. She enjoyed watching funny movies and bowling, but the most important thing to her was time spent with her family. Angelica was excited about the upcoming birth of her son Xander Reed LeRay, but they will spend eternity together in Heaven, watching over us.
 
 
Obituary
Ms. Mildred Elaine Hill age 74, was a resident of Bogalusa, LA, born on December 19, 1942 and passed away peacefully while surrounded by her three girls on September 2, 2017.
 
 
September 4, 2017
Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival Sept. 29-30
 
 
September 4, 2017
Woman Rescued from Bogue Chitto River Near Bush
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Division was dispatched to the Lock Three Canal on the Bogue Chitto River in the Bush area just after noon on Sunday (September 3, 2017) after a 68-year-old woman got caught in the current of the low head dam’s sill while attempting to rescue her dog.
The woman’s dog was swimming and became caught up in the current. A male friend attempted to rescue the dog and was able to grab the dog’s collar, but the collar slipped off and the dog went over the sill. The woman then entered the water in another failed attempt to save the dog and became caught in the sill current herself.
A STPSO arrived in a rescue boat and, with members of Fire District 9, were able to locate the woman, grab her out of the current and pull her to safety. Acadian Ambulance was standing by at the boat launch and transported the woman to the hospital with moderate injuries.


September 3, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Lavita Sowell was booked 09/02 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language
David Creel was booked 09/02 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery - Strangulation, Domestic Abuse - Child Endangerment (2 counts), and False Imprisonment (3 counts)
David Bonnette was booked 09/02 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)



September 2, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Amanda Watson was booked 09/01 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100 and Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500
Melissa Hull was booked 09/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation


September 1, 2017
Bogalusa Police Investigating Shots Fired at Homeowner
The Bogalusa Police Department received a call Wednesday (August 30, 2017) around 10 am about several gunshots on Main Street.
A homeowner on Main Street stated that she and her husband observed two black males at their residence and, after confronting them, the two males walked away from the residence. According to witnesses, the two males then fired four or five shots at the husband and the suspects left the scene running.  The victim wasn't struck by any of the bullets.
Officers from the Rayburn Correctional Center responded with their tracking dogs to help locate the suspects but the suspects were not located.
As soon as the suspects are identified, warrants will be issued for their arrest. This matter is still under investigation.


Obituary
Jack Coulon, age 84 who resided in the Pine Community, passed away on August 31, 2017 at his residence. He was retired from the Box Plant in Bogalusa where he was manager and was a US Navy veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.


September 1, 2017
Porterweed Adds Beauty to Your Landscape & Nectar
Porterweed is a summer plant that is not too well known. But as horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, porterweed can enhance your landscape in multiple ways.



September 1, 2017
Two Bogalusans Arrested in MS. on Drug Charges
Source:  Jeremy Pittari – picayuneitem.com
Pear River County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bo Penton was on patrol near Highway 43 North on August 21, when he saw a vehicle being driven in a careless manner, prompting a stop as the vehicle turned onto Liberty Road, Sheriff David Allison said.
While Penton spoke with the driver, identified as Leah Bunn (41) of Bogalusa and the passenger identified as Clint Walters (26) of Bogalusa, he detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, Allison said.
Both suspects were detained and narcotics investigators were called to the scene. During the search of the vehicle, investigators found Adderall, suboxone, Xanax, marijuana and some drug paraphernalia, leading Bunn to be arrested for three counts of felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of paraphernalia. Walters was arrested for possession of paraphernalia, Allison said.


September 1, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Hussein Faour was booked 08/31 on the charge of $750-5000
Dana Williams was booked 08/31 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Cole Hopkins was booked 08/31 on the charge of Theft Under 750



 


 

  


 

 

 

 


  

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