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March 4, 2015

Bogalusa Author Speaking at Franklinton Branch Library
Sharon Ball the author of “Apollo 2 the Magnificent” will be speaking at the Franklinton branch library on Thursday March 5,  2015 at 6 o'clock. She will do a book talk and discuss the writing process. The book will be available for sale and Mrs.Ball will be glad to sign copies. For more details on the book see “Apollo 2 the Magnificent” on Facebook.
“Apollo 2 the Magnificent” is the story of a young rooster that ends up dumped into the yard of a retired couple. The pair is not happy to be awakened by the crows of the rooster every morning. They also feel that the rooster can be dangerous and harmful. The story charts the funny up and down relationship that the couple shares with the young fowl. In one instant, the relationship between bird and brethren changes…
Mrs. Ball is a retired elementary school teacher from the Bogalusa City School System, teaching for over 33 years. Her book will be available for sale at the book talk/signing and is also available on amazon.com for $3.99 (Kindle) and $14.42 (paperback).

 

 

March 4, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Melvin Bridges was booked 03/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Tacarra Warren was booked 03/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Anthony Leco was booked 03/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Benjamin Roberts was booked 03/03 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

March 3, 2015

Spring Brings Family Fishing Action at LDWF's Family Fish Fests
With spring just around the corner, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced they will again host a series of Family Fish Fest events across the state.
The first 50 registrants for each event will receive a complimentary rod and reel, and the first 100 registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag. Competitive categories are available for nearly all legal fish species, and every participant is automatically entered into a raffle for outdoors prizes courtesy of event sponsors.
For information on costs, activities, locations, and other details, click here.

 

 

March 3, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Devin is a handsome 15-year-old New Orleans Saints fanatic! You can find him rooting his team on to victory each Sunday during football season. When not watching a Saints' game, Devin enjoys looking at bright, shiny sport cars. You will see this car lover light up if taken to a car show or a race.
Devin is very athletic. He enjoys swimming, gymnastics, and track and field. He aspires to run track professionally one day. Devin can be quite shy around adults but when it comes to his peers, there are no strangers. He is engaging and always ready to involve his peers in games of physical competition such as racing, or football. Devin is not a picky eater. He enjoys good southern dishes such as gumbo, fried chicken and shrimp.
If your family would like to nurture and mold a future athlete into a young man full of purpose, please do not hesitate to inquire about Devin today.
For additional information about Devin or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

March 3, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Chelsie Pounds was booked 03/02 In For Court
Jessica Creel was booked 03/02 for Drug Court
Donald Dawson was booked 03/02 In For Court
Daniel Martin was booked 03/02 for Drug Court
Ike Roberts was booked 03/02 In From Court
Geremie Middleton was booked 03/02 In From Court
Monica Simmons was booked 03/02 In For Court
Elissa Smith was booked 03/02 In From Court

 

 

March 3, 2015

AG Buddy Caldwell’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Ranked #1
According to a state-by-state breakdown released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) recovered more than $118,815,109 in criminal case recoveries during 2014, earning a #1 ranking nationally as compared with all other states. Additionally, the Attorney General’s MFCU achieved a #2 national ranking for civil Medicaid fraud recoveries during 2014 totaling $126,489,951. The state of New York is ranked #1 for civil Medicaid fraud recoveries during 2014 with $375,982,304. The state of Texas is ranked #3 for civil Medicaid fraud recoveries totaling $23,316,669.

 

 

March 2, 2015

Two From the "Big House" Need a Furever Home
Both Callie and Bella are in the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office The Big House Program and is in search of a "furever" home! 

  
If you’re interested in obtaining more information about The Big House Program or meeting or adopting one of the dogs in the program, please contact Danell Gerchow at (985) 768-1165 or e-mail her at

danellgerchow@stpso.com for the necessary paperwork.
Click here to read their appeal in their own words.

 

 

March 2, 2015

STPSO Issues Statement on Breen Shooting and Investigation
Just before 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning, the Sheriff’s office received a call from a woman who reported she had just shot her husband during an altercation in their home.
Deputies responded to the home on Hwy 437 near Folsom and discovered the husband, Dr. Wayne Breen, in the home with apparent gunshot wounds to his body.  Breen’s wife was still at the scene.
Breen was pronounced dead at the scene.  Sheriff’s investigators brought Mrs. Breen to the Sheriff’s office for questioning.
Initial findings of the investigation indicate that, early Sunday morning, the couple had an argument over personal issues in their relationship.  That argument escalated into a violent physical altercation and ultimately ended with Mrs. Breen shooting her husband.
The couple had a history of domestic issues, including reported physical violence committed by Mr. Breen.  In 2012, Mrs. Breen obtained a restraining order against him; that order has since expired.
The investigation into this matter continues as detectives work to determine whether or not any criminal action was committed by Mrs. Breen.
“An autopsy is being performed this morning by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office, and the Sheriff’s office Crime Lab is conducting scientific analysis of evidence collected from the scene.  Once our investigators are able to compare these results with their own findings, a determination will be made whether this shooting was justified,” Sheriff Jack Strain said.
“As the investigation continues, we will continue to provide as much information as possible.  Our most important concern right now is to allow our investigators the time to carefully and methodically work through the process of determining the facts surrounding this case,” Strain said.

 

 

March 2, 2015

Justices of the Peace/Constables Training This Week
More than 650 Louisiana justices of the peace and constables are expected to attend the Attorney General’s 45th Annual Training Conference, the largest training conference of Louisiana elected officials held each year. The training course, slated for March 3-6 at the Paragon Resort in Marksville, will provide the officials with information about their duties, jurisdiction, and other responsibilities associated with serving as a justice of the peace or constable.
“Beyond their ability to perform marriages, many people aren’t quite sure what a justice of the peace does,” says Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. “The important work they do includes handling a variety of small claims cases, usually for little or no cost. Without justices of the peace and constables, our legal system would literally be overwhelmed.”

 

 

Obituary

Frederick Lee Boone, age 58, born on January 14, 1957, passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

Obituary

Oneal Wheat, age 68, born on November 9, 1946, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at his residence in Crossroads, MS.
Oneal was a veteran and served in the United States Army. He was a member of New Life Pentecostal Church.

 

 

March 2, 2015

Doctor Killed by Wife Near Folsom
Source:  Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
Dr. Wayne Breen, a Covington area physician, was shot and killed by his wife in their Folsom-area home early Sunday morning, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office received a call from Kacie Breen, the victim's wife, at about 3 a.m. She said an altercation between the two had resulted in her shooting her husband.
"The wife called and said there had been an altercation and she had shot him,'' said Capt. George Bonnett, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.
Bonnett said there have been no arrests in connection with the deadly shooting. He said the Sheriff's Office's investigation continues.
Breen, an obstetrician/gynecologist, was affiliated with Doctors for Women Medical Center on Louisiana 21 in Covington.

 

 

March 2, 2015

Coral Bells – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 2, 2015
Coral bells (Heuchera) is a plant for shady containers and landscape beds. They get their name from the nodding flower stems that are produced in spring. Foliage colors include green, burgundy, purple, red, gold, orange and brown. Some have variegated patterns.
Coral bells make a nice filler plant in a short-term combination planting. They provide colorful foliage and nodding flower stems. Blooms appear late spring and continue through summer. Deadhead dead flowers to encourage repeat blooming through summer.
Fall, late winter or early spring is the time to plant coral bells. Well-drained soil is important. Irrigate lightly and only when needed.

 

 

Obituary

Michael David Gerald born June 16, 1958 passed away at St. Tammany Parish Hospital February 25, 2015 at the age of 56. He was a native and long time resident of Bogalusa and a member of I.B.E.W. Electrical Union.

 

 

Obituary

Georgia Elaine Mizell age 91 passed away Feb 27, 2015 at St Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a resident of Bogalusa La and a member of Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church.

 

 

March 2, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jennifer Nelson was booked 02/27 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Kasey Stafford was booked 02/27 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Christopher Tynes was booked 02/27 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Donald Vice was booked 021/27 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I
Kerry Forrest was booked 02/27 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule III With Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Bobby Brock was booked 02/27 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs and Failure to Appear
Michael Spikes was booked 02/27 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Bobby Brumfield was booked 02/27 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Bobby Ramsey was booked 02/27 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs
Michael Butler was booked 02/27 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Jermaine Williams was booked 02/27 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule II, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of an Alleged Substance, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs
Logan Thompson was booked 02/27 on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule V Drugs
Roger Breau was booked 02/27 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Brandon Magee was booked 02/27 on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of an Alleged Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Cheri Grayson was booked 02/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Kyle Gornor was booked 02/28 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Ryshon Donaldson was booked 02/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts), Injuring Public Records, Driving Under Suspension and Improper Lane Useage
Richard Holmes was booked 02/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Dana Wilkerson was booked 02/28 on the charges of Criminal Mischief, Driving Under Suspension, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Careless Operation
Chelsie Pounds was booked 03/02 In for Court 

 

 

 

 

 

February 27, 2015

Sheriff's Office Rounds Up Drug Dealers in Washington Parish 
Before sunrise the morning of February 27, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal and his deputies were working on the east side of the parish to serve warrants and arrest suspected drug dealers.  Armed with warrants for sixteen drug dealers, officers descended on several residences throughout the Bogalusa area.  Bogalusa Mayor Wendy O’Quinn Perrette accompanied the Sheriff and his deputies on the roundup.
The Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force coordinated the drug arrests and was assisted by Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives, agents from the Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole and officers from Rayburn Correctional Center.
With warrants in hand, officers sought several individuals for the sale of illegal narcotics and were able to locate and arrest six persons on the warrant list plus an additional six persons who were in possession of illegal drugs.  A significant amount of drugs was seized, including marijuana, cocaine, pills and heroin.  In addition, officers seized several thousand dollars of drug money, drug paraphernalia and two semi-automatic pistols.
To read the names and view pictures of those arrested, click here.

 

 

 

February 27, 2015
Heroin Use on the Rise in Washington Parish
The February 27 drug roundup conducted by Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal and his deputies highlights a growing heroin problem in Washington Parish.  Previous drug arrests have been mostly for cocaine and prescription pill sales.  Heroin has not been an issue.   Half of the latest round of warrants and arrests were for the sale of heroin.
Sheriff Seal emphasizes that heroin is a very dangerous drug which is making a strong comeback in Washington and St. Tammany parishes.  Although statistics are not available for Washington Parish, the Associated Press reported that 2014 heroin arrests in St. Tammany tripled the total for 2012 and 2013.  Similar increases are being experienced in Washington Parish.
“Heroin is a very dangerous drug,” said Seal.  “The initial rush felt by a heroin user is soon replaced by clouded mental functioning, nausea and vomiting, drowsiness, hypothermia and coma or death in the event of an overdose.”
Click here to hear from Pete, a heroin abuser, a warning from Sheriff Seal, and more on this story.

 

 

February 27, 2015

Video of Bogalusa Council Meetings Now on City Website
The most current and archived meetings of the Bogalusa City Council is now available for viewing on Bogalusa's website at
www.bogalusa.org.  Under "City Services", click on Council Meeting Videos.  Those interested can watch the most current meeting and, by clicking on "Next", can watch previous meetings.  The most current meetings are added within a day or two.

 

 

February 27, 2015

New Synthetic Marijuana in Louisiana
Gov. Bobby Jindal and officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), and Louisiana State Police (LSP) announced the ban of a new synthetic marijuana compound called "5f-ADB" this week. The designer drug, sold under the name Blue Nugs, is being detected more frequently in Louisiana and has been identified in other states across the nation.
PARENTS, PLEASE TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN
Blue Nugs is dangerous and addictive, with health risks including:

  • Severe agitation, anxiety and paranoia;
  • Fast, racing heartbeat and elevated blood pressure;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Muscle spasms, seizures and tremors;
  • Intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes; and
  • Suicidal and other harmful thoughts and/or actions.

"This drug, and others like it, is poison," said Dr. William "Beau" Clark, coroner of East Baton Rouge Parish. "They may call it synthetic or marijuana, but it is not - it is poison. The effects on humans are devastating and potentially deadly."

 

 

Obituary

Howard Elmo Knight, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, born February 18, 1947 and passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from diabetic complications.
Elmo served in the United States Army for 11 years as SP5. He retired from the Washington Parish Correctional Center and was a security guard at North Shore Mall for 15 years. He was a member of Highland Baptist Church in Bogalusa and a member of Center Masonic Lodge #244 in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

February 27, 2015

Cash – Firearms – Drugs Seized in Natalbany
Source:  ActionNews17.com
Sheriff Edwards reports that at approximately 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Hammond Police Department, Louisiana State Police and the DEA executed a narcotics related search warrant at several residences located on Hwy 1064, Natalbany.  
For the past two months agents have been making controlled narcotics purchases from  four (4) mobile homes and as a result agents located approximately $20,000 of cash currency, various amounts of cocaine, marijuana, illegal prescription medications, crack and stolen firearms.   Two of the residences were occupied by children.   
Arrested this morning were:  Michelle Leonard (42), Shontell Leonard (42), Jateren Leonard (21), and Joardan Leonard (24). 
All of the children related to this case were released to their mothers.

 

 

Obituary

FREDDIE FUSSELL STRINGFIELD, AGE 89 and a resident of Franklinton died at 8:40 AM Friday, February 27, 2015 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

 

 

Obituary

Elmer "Donnie" Varnado Jr. age 56 passed away passed away Feb. 27, 2015 at Ochsner's North Shore in Slidell La. He was a resident of Bogalusa and a US Army veteran serving in the first Gulf War.

 

 

February 27, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
James Sumrall was booked 02/26 on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Disturbing the Peace (Simple Drunk)
Darren Harris was booked 02/26 In From Court
Jumetrus Bearden was booked 02/26 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Steve Price was booked 02/26 on the charge of 2nd Degree Battery
Classie Bearden was booked 02/26 on the charge of Obstruction of Justice
Christopher Kimble was booked 02/26 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500, Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300, and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100

 

 

Obituary

David Joseph "Horse Doctor" Sanderson, age 64, born on April 27, 1950 in Marrero, LA, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.  He will be forever loved and never forgotten.

 

 

Obituary

Dorothy Williams Pierce age 94 passed away Feb. 26, 2015 at AMG Hospital in Bogalusa La. She was a resident of Angie La and member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

 

 

February 27, 2015

Lawns Require Late-Winter, Early-Spring Care
By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
Although our lawns are still dormant this month, you can begin to plan your strategy to have an attractive, healthy lawn this summer. Because the grass is still dormant, most lawns look relatively bad now, so don’t judge yours too harshly at this point.
You should go ahead and identify areas where grass has died out completely and only bare soil remains. These areas will have to be repaired in April or May.
Lawn thinning can be caused by several common problems, including insects and diseases, poor soil fertility, too much shade, and wear and tear from dogs, children or foot traffic.
Winter weather does not stop the lush growth of winter weeds in lawns. Most annual cool-season weeds will not cause significant damage to a healthy lawn, so control is generally not critical.
I would, however, recommend that you mow your lawn now and occasionally hereafter to keep any cool-season weeds from flowering and setting seed. This will reduce annual cool-season weed problems next year.  To read more recommendations and tips, click here.

 

 

February 26, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Officer Arrested
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a member of the jail staff  the afternoon of February 26.  The jail officer is alleged to have used inappropriate force on an inmate while the inmate was handcuffed.  The incident occurred the evening of February 24.
According to Chief Deputy Mike Haley, the inmate was handcuffed and  in the presence of four officers when one of the officers struck the inmate several times in the head and face with his hand.   The Sheriff’s Office immediately launched an internal investigation and consulted the District Attorney’s Office on the matter.
The officer, Steve Price, 42, a resident of Military Road in Angie, was charged with Second Degree Battery, a felony.  He was booked into the Washington Parish Jail and later released on $10,000 bond which was set by the Court Magistrate.  He has been terminated.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “I have said all along that we will enforce the law, regardless of who the offender might be.  In this case, the offender was a member of our staff, but we have to treat our staff the same as we would any other person.  We take no joy in arresting Mr. Price, but we must do our job as the law requires.”

 

 

February 26, 2015

Kendrick Taylor Faces Possible 30 Year Sentence
FRANKLINTON---District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Kendrick Taylor, age 38 of Franklinton, was found guilty on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, of attempted possession of 28 to 200 grams of cocaine.  The 12 person Washington Parish Jury deliberated for an hour before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Martin Coady.   Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. prosecuted the State’s case in the 2 day trial.
On July 15th, 2013, after a motel employee discovered that the defendant, Kendrick  Taylor, was processing crack cocaine in his motel room, The Franklinton Police Department established surveillance.  Subsequently, when the defendant returned and observed the Police, he fled through an adjacent drainage canal.  The Police located over 175 grams of cocaine in the drainage canal while attempting to apprehend the defendant.  Taylor was arrested when he exited the canal.
Judge Coady will sentence Taylor on March 6th, 2015.  Attempted possession of 28 to 200 grams of cocaine is punishable by imprisonment for up to 15 years.  Taylor could face from 7 ½ to 30 years in prison if found to be a career criminal due to a prior armed robbery conviction in 1998.

 

 

February 26, 2015

Daniel Read Gets 20 Years for Molestation of a 4-Year Old
COVINGTON-----District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Daniel Read, age 35 of Slidell, pled guilty on February 24th, 2015, to molestation of a juvenile. 22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Read to 20 years in prison without the benefits of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.  Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia and Julie Knight prosecuted the State’s case.
The victim and her family supported the plea agreement.
Read was arrested in April 2012 by the Slidell Police Department after a 4 year old female victim was sexually abused.  The abuse came to light when a member of Read’s family observed the victim in a state of undress with the defendant in his room, and informed the victim’s mother.  Both families contacted police to report the sexual abuse.   During the subsequent investigation, the victim disclosed that Daniel Read had molested her.
Molestation of a juvenile is punishable by imprisonment from 5 to 40 years with 5 years to be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

 

 

Obituary

David Sanderson, age 64, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete.

 

 

February 26, 2015

Gov. Jindal on Obama Veto of Keystone
Governor Jindal issued the following statement after President Obama's veto of the Keystone Pipeline:
“The President made it official today - he’s a pawn of the radical left. Besides kowtowing to his political base, there is no logical reason not to build the Keystone Pipeline right now. This should not be a partisan issue. The President's own administration said building it wouldn’t cause significant environmental harm.
"The President is shirking his responsibility to deliver good paying jobs to American workers. They are ready to work; they just need the Obama administration to get out of the way. The President needs to do what’s best for America, not what’s best for fringe environmentalists.
"Congress should override the President’s veto and pass the Keystone Pipeline once and for all.”

 

 

Obituary

Reba Theresa Adams, age 58, born on August 28, 1956 in New Orleans, LA, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at her residence in Meraux, LA.

 

 

February 26, 2015

DA Investigator Fired After Arrest
Source:  Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
District Attorney Warren Montgomery last week fired an investigator who earlier that 

day had been arrested in St. Tammany Parish on charges of simple battery and simple criminal damage to property.
Mark Bamford, 46, of Mandeville, was arrested Friday (Feb. 20), said Capt. George Bonnett, a spokesman for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.  Click here for the story.

 

 

February 26, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Antoinette Franklin was booked 02/24 In For Court

Donald Dawson was booked 02/24 In For Court
Kendrick Taylor was booked 02/24 In From Court
Walter Hines was booked 02/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Failure to Appear
Michael Levens was booked 02/24 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Brandon Carroll was booked 02/24 In For Court and on the charge of Attempted Theft
Jason Fazekas was booked 02/24 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense) and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Bradley Banks was booked 02/24 on the charge of Attachment
Kenique Simmons was booked 02/25 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Ernest Lester was booked 02/25 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs W/O Prescription or Order, and Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line)

James Sumrall was booked 02/26 on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Disturbing the Peace (Simple Drunk)
Darren Harris was booked 02/26 In From Court

 

 

February 24, 2015

St. Tammany Sheriff's Race
Source:  Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Heading into this election year, longtime St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain has nearly $200,000 in available campaign funds, far more money than his two announced challengers at this stage.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith has $13,586. Jennifer "Hap'' Werther, who has said she will challenge Strain, did not file a fund-raising or expenditure report with the state for 2014.
The sheriff's race could be the premier local race on the parish's large Oct. 24 election ballot.
Strain said he doesn't have a target fund-raising goal or an estimate of how much the campaign might cost. In the most recent parish-wide campaign, last fall's district attorney's race, the candidates spent more than $1.5 million, he said.
"Will it be expensive? Yes,'' Strain said. "Will it be $1.5 million? I don't think so.''
Read the article here.

 

 

February 24, 2015

Figs thrive in Louisiana landscapes
Source:  Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
Figs are one of the most widely planted fruit trees in home landscapes in Louisiana. With little care, they will produce crops of juicy, sweet figs every July.  Now through early March is a good time to purchase fig trees from local nurseries and plant them in the landscape. Although not huge as trees go, fig trees will grow 15 feet or more high and wide. Make sure you have adequate room where you plant a fig tree.
Plant them in a sunny location away from large trees with overhanging branches so they will receive at least six hours of direct sun daily. More is better.  Pruning established figs is best done by late February. Pruning helps maintain vigor, create the desired shape of the tree and control its size.  Although figs can produce well here without it, fertilizer may boost production and the vigor of the trees. A general recommendation would be to apply a general-purpose fertilizer following label directions in February or early March.
For information on varieties and other tips, click here.

 

 

Obituary

Rufus S. Page, Jr., a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 83, born on January 24, 1932 in Wiggins, MS, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.
He was a United States WWII Veteran. A member and former Deacon of Highland Baptist Church.

 

 

February 24, 2015

Poole's Bluff – Parish Roads – Litter are Topics at Parish Government Meeting
The Washington Parish Council met Monday evening and described progress on several projects in the parish. 

  • Public Works Director Leo Lucchesi advised that parish roads were being paved in February, something he described as “unheard of”. 
  • Lucchesi also informed the Council that work on Poole's Bluff was progressing with pilings being driven in the past week.
  • Transportation Manager Lavell Gerald reported that culverts were being replaced and some bridges were being replaced with culverts. 
  • Gerald also reported that in the 3-day Mardi-Gras week, 83 bags of trash were picked up. 
  • President Thomas also spoke of the huge litter problem and that using the Sheriff's Office “8-4” prisoners for litter pickup is helping address the problem.

In addition, Parish President Richard Thomas proclaimed the month of February as Career and Technical Education Month.  Accepting the Proclamation was Sheila Singletary (above with Thomas) with Northshore Technical College in Bogalusa. 

 

 

February 24, 2015

Parish Council Hears Questions About Reservoir Commission Term Limits
Jalon Beech, a resident of the Oak Grove Community in Washington Parish, addressed the Parish Council Monday evening mainly concerning expired terms of Washington Parish Reservoir Commissioners.  Specifically, Beech advised that her investigation revealed that the terms of Bob Bateman, William Jenkins, Charles Mizell, and Huey Pierce had expired and that only Michael Burris' term has not expired.  Beech questioned how the Commission could meet in June, 2014, transact business without a proper quorum, and spend millions of dollars.  She asked that Parish Council to investigate the term limit issue of the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission.
Beech also reiterated her opposition to the project, stating they had failed to show a need for the reservoir.  She expressed her opinion that the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers would not approve the permit.

 

 

February 24, 2015

Texting While Driving Kills
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal cautions parish drivers of all ages to be aware of the dangers of texting while driving.  “With daylight saving time ending in a few days and  school holidays and the summer break rapidly approaching, more drivers will be on our roads.  It is important that all drivers practice safe driving habits at all times and texting while driving should not occur.
Statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety state that texting while driving causes 25% of all car accidents and an average of eleven teen deaths EVERY DAY. 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Council says driving while texting produces the same impairment as driving after consuming four beers.  The texting driver is six times more likely to cause an accident than an intoxicated driver.
Other alarming facts from various websites include:

  • When a driver is going 55 miles an hour and looks at a text, the car travels the length of a football field without any eyes on the road.
  • Teens who text while driving spend ten percent of their driving time outside of their driving lane.
  • Forty-eight percent of youth report being in a car while the driver was texting.  Often, that driver is the parent.
  • Texting while driving takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country.  The car approaching you on a two lane highway may be driven by a texting driver.

While all would admit that Driving While Intoxicated is a dangerous practice, the same is true for those who Drive While Intexticated.
The bottom line, says Sheriff Seal, is “don’t text and drive, because texting while driving kills.”

 

 

Obituary

Barbara Jean Zitzman Holden, age 73, born on December 13, 1941 in New Orleans, LA, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

February 24, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Bethany Primeaux was booked 02/23 for Drug Court

Keith Garrett was booked 02/23 for Drug Court
Jessica Creel was booked 02/23 for Drug Court
Darrius Andrews was booked 02/23 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Old Fine
Antoinette Franklin was booked 02/24 In For Court

 

 

February 23, 2015

Bogalusa Councilwoman Gloria Kates Responds to Article
In a February 18 article headlined as “Ordinance Draws Residents' Criticism at Bogalusa Council Meeting”, we described reactions to the introduction of an Ordinance to accept the Bogalusa Comprehensive Resiliency Plan.  Included in our remarks was the following:  “After the Ordinance's introduction, Councilwoman Gloria Kates  reviewed the plan submitted by Dana Brown Associates.  In general, Kates found that implementation of the plan would lead to, among other negatives, the demise or destruction of the Poplas community in Bogalusa as a residential community.  She disagreed with assessments contained in the report and suggested the plan be given more study and additional surveys be made to confirm or disprove those contained in the plan's report.
On February 21, Councilwoman Kates responded “Note:  This was not my perception at all”.  She requested, “  Please do a retraction of statement dated February 18, 2015 on the Mount Herman New Right Now to reflect the following.
Please click here, to read Councilwoman Kates' comments regarding the meeting of February 21, 2015.

 

 

February 23, 2015

Folsom's Magnolia Park Has Something for Everyone
Amy Althans, a Folsom resident, writes about the many a varied events scheduled in Magnolia Park, located in the heart of Folsom.  She writes, “Whether you just want to stretch your legs along the well-lighted and paved walking trail, join one of the nine exercise classes held each week or get into the Sunday afternoon pickleball game, you have lots of opportunities to get moving.
Yoga is held on Monday, Thursday and Saturday with Jazzercise on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and a Pilates class on Thursday.  Pickleball is open to all ages on Sunday afternoons. ”  Pickleball?  You have to check it out!  To read more, click here.

 

 

February 23, 2015

Oriental Star Magnolias – Ornamental Plants of the Week for February 23, 2015
Source:  LSU Ag Center: 
www.lsuagcenter.com
The Oriental magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) is one of the most spectacular of the spring-flowering trees because its flowers are so large.
Unlike the evergreen Southern magnolia, the Oriental magnolia is deciduous and loses its leaves in winter. Appearing before the foliage in February and early March, the fragrant flowers are tulip-shaped and 4 to 6 inches across. They may be flushed pale pink to purple on the outside and white on the inside.
Long-lived and reliable, Oriental magnolias grow 15 to 20 feet tall and need a sunny, well-drained location.
The related star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) is smaller, growing 10 to 12 feet tall, and is more shrublike. The white or pale pink flowers are star-shaped and wonderfully fragrant.
Blooming in late January to early March before the foliage emerges, the star magnolia is an excellent choice for small gardens.

 

 

February 23, 2015

Riverside Medical Center Board Meets Thursday



The RMC Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Hospital's Cafeteria

 

 

February 23, 2015

What's Happening at STPH This Week



The following is a partial list of activities at ST. Tammany Parish Hospital this week:

  • 02.23   Children in the Middle - Children's Version (ages 6-12)
     Children, ages 6 to 12 years, can receive help with issues they may confront as their parents divorce.
  • 02.23   Co-Parenting for the Adults
     Learn methods and communication skills that can help keep children out of the divorcing parents’ issues.
  • 02.24   Play & Learn (ages: 16 mos. - 4 yrs.) a 3-week session
     This is an educational program designed for parents, grandparents, or caregivers and their children to have fun and learn… together!
  • 02.25   Ballet (ages 2 and older)
     Do you have an aspiring dancer in your family? Join Kristen Zornman for a 3-week series for young ballerinas.

For more information on these and more activities, click here.

 

Obituary

Mrs. Phyllis Jean McAdams Miller, age 76, of Madison, Indiana entered this life on January 6, 1939 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.  She was of the Christian faith and was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She had resided in the Bugalusa community in Louisiana for nearly forty years returning to Madison in 2012. She enjoyed card games, computer games, cooking, her family and playing Yahtzee. Phyllis died on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 10:30 p.m. at the Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover, Indiana.

 

 

Obituary

MYRTLE LEA WATSON MILLER, AGE 95 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died early Thursday February 19, 2015 at her home. She was a longtime member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist church that enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She and her husband always made a nice garden but she especially enjoyed growing wonderful tomatoes each year.

 

 

February 23, 2015

Governor Jindal Declares State of Emergency Due to Winter Weather

Governor Bobby Jindal issued a proclamation today declaring a state of emergency as a result of winter weather that is moving through Louisiana.

To read the STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION, click here.



Obituary

JEWEL MAXINE TILLMAN WRAY, AGE 98 and a longtime resident of the Mt. Pisgah Community died shortly before midnight Friday February 20, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center. Maxine was born in Casa, Arkansas on November 27, 1917 to the late William Henry Tillman and Annie Lisa Dempsey Tillman. She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church where she taught children’s Sunday School for many years. Maxine enjoyed working in her yard, reading, cooking for and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

Obituary

JAMES HAROLD “JIMMY” SIMMONS, AGE 71 and a resident of Franklinton died early Friday morning February 20, 2015 at his home. He was a member of Springhill Baptist Church and former longtime employee of Southern Natural Gas. Jimmy was an electrician, both self-employed and as an off-shore electrician. He loved traveling and camping with his family. Jimmy enjoyed parking his camper at the Washington Parish Fair each year to spend time with family and friends and he was a big NASCAR fan.

 

 

Obituary

Benjamin Noah Henley passed away Friday evening, February 20, after a three year battle with Parkinson's.  He was 85 years old.
He was born to Jewell Ivie Henley and Benjamin Charles Henley, December 12, 1929, in Harrison, Arkansas.  He graduated from Harrison High School, attended the University of Arkansas before entering manager training for West's Department Stores in Russellville, Arkansas.   He co-owned and operated Walter's Department Store in Harrison until 1981 when he became a regional sales representative, traveling out of state for  wholesale ladies apparel and accessory companies from Chicago and St. Louis . Later,  he completed 30 hours in banking at Northwest Arkansas College and became Assistant County Supervisor for Carroll County, handling farm loans until he retired in 1995.  While in Harrison, he was a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church, a veteran of the US Army, the Chamber of Commerce, the Civil Service Commission, the Distributive  Education Program and many civic organizations.
After retirement, he and his devoted wife, Donna, of  thirty years, moved to her home town in Bogalusa, Louisiana, where he was loved and adored by all who were fortunate to know him.  He was an avid golfer, Bridge player and fisherman and was a former member of Dionysus, a Krewe of  Bogalusa's Carnival Association.  He was King Lagniappe in 2006 and an active member of the Bogalusa Country Club.  He attended First Baptist Church until he was no longer able to attend.  

 

 

Obituary

Mellonee Elizabeth Boughan, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 90, born on April 23, 1924 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA.
Mellonee was a member of First Baptist Church in Bogalusa, LA. She taught with the Bogalusa School System 31 years.

 

 

February 23, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Carl Rogers was booked 02/20 on the charge of Aggravated Rape
Ericka Taylor was booked 02/20 In For Court
Tyron Warren was booked 02/20 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Susan Smith was booked 02/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Terry Vince was booked 02/20 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Ethan Fletcher was booked 02/21 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

 

 

February 20, 2015

Home of Civil Rights Leader Added to National Historic Register



A ceremony was held today announcing the addition of the original home of late civil right leader Robert “Bob” Hicks to the National Historic Register.  The event was held in front of the home located at 924 East Robert "Bob" Hicks Street in Bogalusa.  Notables included Hicks’ widow, Valeria, daughter Barbara Hicks Collins, other family members, other citizens involved in the Civil Rights Movement, as well as  representatives of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation, Executive Office of Secretary of State, Parish President Richard Thomas,  and local other and  state dignitaries.  

A video documentary of the event is being prepared and announced when completed.

 

 

February 20, 2015

Pharmacy Burglaries Suspects Arrested
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested three men over the weekend believed to be responsible for several burglaries that occurred at pharmacies in Covington, Slidell, Madisonville and Hammond.
After St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Parker conducted a traffic stop on the men’s vehicle,  the three men gave inconsistent stories as to where they were coming from and where they obtained the Texas rental car they were driving.  Dy. Parker observed two pills, believed to be oxycodone, in plain view inside the vehicle while he was looking for the rental agreement.
The vehicle matched the description of one used in the burglaries and a k-9 was called to the scene.  Additional narcotics were located as well as a large sum of cash. 

   
Arrested on various charges were Franco Lee of Bogalusa, Derramy Foster of Mandeville, and Kerry Walker of Humble, Texas. 
The men also face additional charges from Covington Police, Slidell Police, Madisonville Police and Hammond Police departments in reference to the pharmacy burglaries.

 

 

February 20, 2015

Attention HS Seniors:  Sheriff Offers Scholarship
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal announces that he is once again offering a $500 Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship to an eligible parish high school graduating senior for assistance in furthering their education and training. 
There are no restrictions on the purposes for which the scholarship money is spent.  The scholarship is a gift to help defray the rising costs of tuition and related expenses in higher education.  The only limitation is that the student be a permanent resident of Washington Parish and that the scholarship will be used for attendance at an institution of  higher education within the State of Louisiana.  Students must be enrolled as full-time, undergraduate students.
Completed applications must be submitted to Sheriff Seal’s office by April 1, 2015.  Further, applicants must be eligible for admission to the school indicated on the application.  The scholarship winner will be determined by May 1. 
High school students who want to apply for the scholarship should contact the Sheriff’s secretary, Christina Branch, at (985) 839-3434, extension 1048.  Be prepared to furnish an email address so that the application and guidelines can be emailed to you.
Sheriff Seal stated, “I am pleased to be able to offer this scholarship to a parish high school student.  The scholarship is made possible through the contributions of parish citizens to the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program.  Thank you, honorary members, for helping to make this scholarship possible.”

 

 

Obituary

Lee V. "C.C." Hopkins, age 85, passed away on February 19, 2015 in Mandeville, LA. He retired from Temple Inland after forty-five years of service.

 

 

Obituary

Dora Lee Davis Mohon, born December 19, 1939, left this earth on February 17, 2015 at St. Tammany Hospital with her loving family by her side.  Warmly known as "Dora the Explorer" to many in the community, she was a devoted leader and advocate for many local organizations in addition to being gainfully employed before retirement. She was a member of the Varnado High School Band Booster Club, Relay for Life, LSU First Aid Unit, Explorer Post 200 Advisor for forty years, Boy Scouts of America, Blue Birds, Red Cross, Washington Parish Fire District #6 board member for fourteen years and many other charitable organizations.

 

 

February 20, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Nicholas Whittine was booked 02/19 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of Access Card
Michael Turlich was booked 02/19 In From Court
Cuarry Fortenberry was booked 02/19 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Amanda Beal was booked 02/19 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and No Seat Belt
Michael Cook was booked 02/19 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Ritchie Martin was booked 02/19 In For Court
Kandra Blackwell was booked 02/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Speeding 11-20 Over Limit
Antione Graves was booked 02/19 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Steven Briggs was booked 02/19 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace
Luis Bertrand was booked 02/19 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, No Drivers License, Expired License Plate, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, and Theft 500-1500
Tonya Barber was booked 02/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Probation Violation

 

 

February 20, 2015

Be Careful Near Railroad Crossings

Three died in DeSoto Parish accident this week

In an effort to prevent tragic accidents at railroad crossings, Louisiana highway safety officials are warning motorists to remain alert when driving near railroad crossings. Three motorists died in a tragic vehicle-train collision in DeSoto Parish over the Mardi Gras holiday.
Although crashes and deaths have declined statewide and in the U.S. in recent years, Louisiana still suffered 27 fatal and injury collisions involving trains in 2013.  Someone in the U.S. is struck by a train every three hours and 95% of train-related deaths involve drivers trying to beat a train or people trespassing on railroad tracks.
· Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly.
· Never drive around lowered gates
· Do not get trapped on the tracks during stop-and-go traffic
· If your vehicle ever stalls on a track with a train coming, abandon your vehicle immediately.

 

 

February 19, 2015

Lost Franklinton Hunters Rescued in Wildlife Refuge

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies used the agency’s helicopter to locate and help rescue two Franklinton men who went missing in the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge while hog hunting Wednesday.

At approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Pearl County Sheriff’s Office (Mississippi) notified the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office about the two hunters that were lost in the wildlife refuge. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office helicopter responded to the scene and located the two men, who were identified as Timothy Gerald and Tommy Alsobrookes both from the Franklinton area. 

After locating Gerald and Alsobrooks, the deputies aboard the helicopter were able to direct a boat crew from the Pine Grove Fire Department (Mississippi), who transported the men back to the boat launch.  It was learned after their rescue, that the two men, who refused medical treatment, were hog hunting with a large group and somehow got separated during the hunt   They were able to find their way to the river bank and start a small fire.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s marine deputies and agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also assisted in the search.


 

February 19, 2015

Booze Heist by Angie Woman and Bogalusa Woman
Source:  Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
A pair of women accused of swiping more than $1,000 in liquor from a Walmart led Slidell police on car chase before finally being caught with the help of a police dog named "Scout'' on Wednesday night (Feb. 18), authorities said.
Rhonda Fields, 40, of Bogalusa, and Kristina Cleland, 25, of Angie, are accused of stealing the liquor from Walmart and also being in possession of hundreds of dollars worth of other stolen merchandise, the Slidell Police Department said.

  
Police said that during questioning the pair admitted to being part of an organized theft ring that for months targeted stores in the Slidell area and then sold the stolen items.
Fields and Cleland were booked into the Slidell City Jail and will be transferred to the St. Tammany Parish jail in Covington, where bond will be set.
For details on the chase and apprehension of the two, click here.

 

February 19, 2015

Annual LDAF Shade Tree Sale Dates Set
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will hold its annual shade tree sale on various dates throughout the state, Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said.
“Our orchard-grown hardwood and pine seedlings are descended from superior stock,” Strain said. “Since the seedlings can be purchased in small packets, they are manageable for just about any home gardener.”
Two types of seedling packets will be offered:  1) Pine seedling packets contain 20 advanced generation loblolly with the exception of the Opelousas location, which will have advanced generation slash pine.  2) Hardwood seedling packets contain two seedlings including water oak, sawtooth oak, willow oak, shumard oak and bald cypress. Pine packets are $6 each and hardwood packets are $2 each.
Packet species content may vary in some cases, depending on availability.

All seedlings are bare-root, and come with planting and care instructions. They will be available on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved in advance.
“Some years we sell out of certain species before the week is out, especially some of the hardwoods, so we encourage folks to come early during the sale,” Strain said.

The tree sale dates and locations in our area are:

Hammond Office
47076 N. Morrison Blvd.
Hammond,
985-543-4057,
March 2-6 from
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  USDA Office
1111 Washington St.
Franklinton,
985-839-5688
, March 3-5 from
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

 

February 19, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Tyrene is a feisty preteen who enjoys playing basketball. Whether he is playing alone, practicing his jump shot, or playing on a neighborhood team, Tyrene is in utter glory on the basketball court! Tyrene's favorite players are Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and LeBron James. It's no secret that Tyrene wishes to play in the NBA someday.
Tyrene is spontaneous, spunky and loves playing with other children. He hopes to find a family that loves his personality and can provide him with a lot of attention. Tyrene would love a family who will allow him to remain in contact with his three siblings in the foster care system.
For additional information about Tyrene or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

Obituary

Victor "Jug" Pierce born March 13, 1930 passed away February 18, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital at the age of 84.He was a resident of Sun, La.and was a War Veteran. He attended the Methodist Church in Sun, La.

 

 

February 19, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Ian Gorsche was booked 02/18 on the charge of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
Montrell Magee was booked 02/18 on the charges of Battery on a Police Officer (5 counts)
Cedric Anders was booked 02/18 In For Court
Nicholas Whittine was booked 02/18 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of Access Card

 

 

February 18, 2015

Ordinance Draws Residents' Criticism at Bogalusa Council Meeting
An Ordinance authorizing the City to accept the Bogalusa Comprehensive Resiliency Plan was introduced Monday evening and began an hour long response from residents who packed the Council Chambers.  After the Ordinance's introduction, Councilwoman Gloria Kates  reviewed the plan submitted by Dana Brown Associates.  In general, Kates found that implementation of the plan would lead to, among other negatives, the demise or destruction of the Poplas community in Bogalusa as a residential community.  She disagreed with assessments contained in the report and suggested the plan be given more study and additional surveys be made to confirm or disprove those contained in the plan's report.
Comments made by residents were more direct.  In often heated responses and impassioned pleas, the Council was urged to reject the plan and preserve the history of one of Bogalusa's primarily black communities.  The plan was characterized by one as “diabolical” and an attack on the residents' ancestors and descendants;  another stated it was an attack on the “black community” to destroy it; and may asserted that the plan should be abandoned.
Other Council members and the Mayor suggested (or stated) that Kates' analysis of the plan was inaccurate and residents were reminded that many meetings, well-publicized but often poorly attended, had been held over the last three years for residents to provide input into the twenty-year plan. 

(To read more, click here.
In other business,

  • Teresa Keller and Pastor James Magee, representing Sweet Beulah Baptist Church on Roosevelt Street, came before the Council requesting the City of Bogalusa pave the street in front of the church.  They advised the problem has been communicated to four administrations but never acted on.
  • Mayor Perrette addressed the problems of the streets, the restrictions she is under in using available funds, disagreed with the idea that the Poplas community will be destroyed, implored the communities to come together, and her administration will not be “a white thing or a black thing but a right thing”.
  • Mayor Perrette announced the addition of the original home of late civil right leader Robert “Bob” Hicks to the National Historic Register.  A ceremony would be held on February 20 at 10:30 at 924 East Robert “Bob” Hicks Street.

To view the meeting in its entirety, go to our Washington Parish TV page and click on the meeting under “Government Meetings”.  (Not available until later on Wednesday)

 

 

February 18, 2015

Governor Jindal On the Halting of Obama's Immigration Order
Yesterday, Governor Jindal issued the following statement after President Obama’s immigration executive order was halted by a federal court:
Governor Jindal said, "Louisiana joined this lawsuit because what the President is doing to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens is unconstitutional, and we’re glad the court agreed. On his own volition, President Obama ignored the law and the will of the American people. President Obama did this on his own because he knows the American people reject the idea and he couldn’t pass it in Congress. Fortunately, the rule of law is something President Obama cannot sidestep. Now it’s time for Congress to once and for all secure the border."

 

 

February 18, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Say hello to sweet, peaceful and well-mannered teen, Autumn. This 13 year old enjoys being outside and her favorite activities include visiting the park, swinging and jumping on the trampoline. Autumn also enjoys pizza, puzzles and playing on her iPod.
Like most teens, she likes school for the social scene and academics. She says that math is her favorite subject and likes working on school challenges head on. Autumn's favorite color is purple, so any caregiver who buys Autumn an outfit with purple in it is sure to gain points with her! When speaking with Autumn about career choices, she maintained that her dream of becoming a Veterinarian is still alive and well. She enjoys animals and making them better when they are hurt.
Autumn embraces the idea of having a family to call her own. She wants the parents who consider being part of her life to understand that she expects unconditional commitment. She is looking for a family who will be there through thick and thin and even throughout her adulthood. Autumn requires one-on-one attention and would love a family that would allow her to be the only child or the youngest child.
For additional information about Autumn or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

Obituary

Larry Lavelle Beall age 66 passed away Feb. 17, 2015 at his residence near Franklinton La.

 

 

February 18, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Matthew Stevens was booked 02/13 In From Court
Danica Pounds was booked 02/13 on the charges of Theft 500-1500 and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Michael Jenkins was booked 02/13 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold and Failure to Appear
Robert Blackwell was booked 02/13 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary (3 counts)
Shelton Blackwell was booked 02/13 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary (5 counts) and Contempt of Court
Michael Jarrell was booked 02/13 on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Brenton Stokes was booked 02/13 on the charge of Domestic Abuse (Child Endangerment)
Jenna Cosse was booked 02/13 on the charges of Domestic Abuse (Child Endangerment) and Possession of Marijuana
Mitchell Magee was booked 02/14 on the charges of Entry/Remain On Premises After Being Forbidden and Criminal Mischief
Kelly Barnes was booked 02/14 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Larry Lofton was booked 02/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Leaving Scene of Accident, and Careless Operation
Stephen Lee was booked 02/14 on the charges of Simple Battery With Injury, Battery on a Police Officer, and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence
Mark Tarver was booked 02/14 on the charges of Second Degree Battery, Disturbing the Peace (Fight) and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Kenneth Toney was booked 02/15 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Failure to Dim Headlights, Improper Lane Useage and Resisting an Officer
Chad Bryant was booked 02/15 on the charges of Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Renita Preston was booked 02/15 In for Court
Roger Barber was booked 02/16 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Careless Operation, and Driving Without Lights
Steven Warren was booked 02/16 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Ashley Rizzutto was booked 02/17 on the charges of Theft by Fraud (6 counts)
William Phillips was booked 02/17 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Daniel Burton was booked 02/17 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs
Teretha Johnson was booked 02/17 on the charge of Simple Arson
Matthew Brock was booked 02/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, Careless Operation, and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500

 

 

 

 

February 16, 2015

What's Happening at STPH February 16-21


Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations for the week of February 16-21.
***SURVIVE DAT! - a breast cancer support group for young survivors
***DENTAL HEALTH - the importance of proper at-home oral health practices and regular dental visits for the importance of proper at-home oral health practices and regular dental visits for birth to one year old
***1, 2, 3, 4 PARENTS - teaches positive discipline skills and the social/behavioral stages as children progress through those first four years.
***BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT - designed for people who have sustained brain injuries because of trauma, stroke, aneurysm or other neurological incidents.
***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents as well as professionals.
For more information or to register for a class, click here.

 

 

February 16, 2015

Sparkle White Gaura – Ornamental Plant of the Week for February 16, 2015
A new gaura that has performed well as a perennial in LSU AgCenter landscape trials is Sparkle White. This gaura was a 2014 All-America Selections bedding plant winner.
Gaura brings airy elegance to the garden with its long, slender stems sporting a large number of dainty white flowers tinged with a pink blush. This beauty is perfect for mass planting in sun-drenched landscape beds, in groupings with other perennials or in larger containers.
Home gardeners will appreciate that this season-long bloomer also has excellent heat tolerance and a more uniform flowering habit than other seed gauras. Commercial growers can use Sparkle White as a first-year flowering perennial or as an annual, showing its wide range of uses.
Late winter through the spring is a great time to plant this gaura and other varieties available at Louisiana garden centers.

 

 

Obituary

Edward Dale Emmons, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 79, born on November 12, 1935 in Newton, MS, passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Good Samaritans Nursing Home in Franklinton, LA.  He was a United States Veteran.

 

 

Obituary

MYRTLE LEE McKENZIE SINGLEY, AGE 89 and a resident of Angie died at 11:38 AM Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Bogalusa.  She was a member of Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church.

 

 

Obituary

Walter Fred Thomas, 77, went to be with the Lord Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Tennessee State Veterans Home after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

 

 

Obituary

The home going of Mrs. Mildred Strahan Ard took place Friday February 13, 2015 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital. She was 89 years old and spent her life being a blessing to all those that knew her. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend.
Her special calling was to be a nurse and after graduating from Enon High School she entered Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial Nursing School and became a registered nurse in 1946.
She married her sweetheart Ralph Steven Ard on January 3, 1947. They were happily married for 56 years until the Lord called him home on July 13, 2003.

 

 

February 16, 2015

Trees Benefit from Fertilizer
By Dan Gill - LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
February is an excellent time to fertilize trees. Most trees are just beginning to enter a growth phase – or will within a few weeks. Fertilizing this month provides them with nutrients just when they can use them most effectively.
Most of us tend to take our landscape trees for granted. Lavishing attention on our lawns, shrubs and flower beds, we forget that trees are growing, living plants, too. And they require some of the same care. In particular, the benefits of fertilizing trees are often overlooked.
For more details, click here.

 

 

February 15, 2015

KAUNDRA  MAGEE  CAPTURED
Kaundra Lopaz Magee, 39, who escaped from the custody of a Washington Parish jail officer while being transported from a local hospital to the jail was captured February 15, 2015, at approximately 11:50 a.m.
Magee escaped from custody shortly after 2:00 a.m. on February 14, 2015, and fled on foot down Carter Street in Franklinton.  An intense manhunt was launched including the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Franklinton Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole, Rayburn Correctional Officers and canine teams, and the United States Marshal’s Office.  The manhunt continued throughout the day on Saturday and throughout most of the night Saturday night.  The search resumed early Sunday morning.
At approximately 11:50 a.m., Sunday, February 15, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detective searching in the area of East Gate Shopping Center on Highway 10 east in Franklinton, heard a noise coming from a large drain pipe which crosses under Highway 10 near the shopping center.  The detective investigated and discovered Magee inside the drain pipe.  The detective entered the drain pipe and captured Magee without incident.  Magee was still wearing handcuffs which were on him at the time of the escape.
Magee was transported to the Washington Parish Jail, examined by medical personnel and provided appropriate medical treatment for wrist swelling apparently caused by the handcuffs he had been wearing for the past thirty-six hours.
According to Magee’s statements after his arrest, he hid in woods in east Franklinton throughout the ordeal.  He was aware of the search and reported seeing officers in the dense woods as he was hiding.
At the time of the arrest Magee was tired, wet and hungry.  In addition to medical treatment, Magee was also provided with dry clothes and a meal.
Sheriff Randy Seal complimented all officers on the fine work they did in the search for Magee.  “The search efforts paid off.  All the officers involved went above and beyond the call of duty in the search effort. Just like Magee, they too were tired and hungry, but they never gave up.  Their fine efforts led to his capture.  Citizens of Franklinton can sleep well tonight.”
Magee will face additional charges as a result of his escape from custody.

 

 

February 14, 2015

UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR KUANDA LOPAZ MAGEE

4:10 pm 
After his escape from custody early this morning, officers from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Franklinton  Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole, Rayburn Correctional Center and the United States Marshal’s Service conducted an intensive manhunt in and around Franklinton, LA.
Numerous leads were pursued but none produced Magee.
The manhunt continues and likely will go throughout the night.
Many may remember Magee from the multi-day manhunt for him in 2011 in Washington Parish, Tangipahoa Parish and neighboring Mississippi counties.
Magee has the potential for violent behavior and should be considered dangerous.  It is unknown whether he might be armed at this time.  It is possible that he may have changed clothing or at least discarded his blue jail jumpsuit.
Franklinton area residents are encouraged to lock their houses and their cars and to leave outside lights burning throughout the evening.

 

 

February 14, 2015

Manhunt in Progress for Dangerous Escapee Franklinton Area
At approximately 2:25 a.m. this morning, Washington Parish Jail inmate Kaunda Lopaz Magee, 39, escaped from custody.  Magee is  a black male, 6’2” tall, 165 pounds.  His last known address is 2215 Williams Street, Franklinton, LA 70438.   
He is charged with Aggravated Rape, Auto Theft, Driving Under Suspension and Failure to Appear.  His bond is set at $305,500.


During the night, Magee complained of severe pain in his shoulder related to a previous injury.  EMS was called and assessed Magee in the jail.  EMS recommended that Magee be transported to Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton for further assessment.  Magee was transported to Riverside Medical Center in handcuffs, shackles and a waist chain secured to the handcuffs.  After treatment at the hospital, Magee was released to return to the jail.  

Enroute to the jail, Magee was able to escape from the transporting vehicle, fleeing on foot going east on Carter Street.  Magee had shed the shackles while in the back seat of the transporting vehicle.  When he fled, he still had handcuffs and the waist chain attached.
Participating in the  search effort are Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Franklinton Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Probation and Parole Agents, Rayburn Correctional Center,  and the United States Marshal’s Service.
Canines tracked Magee until it was determined that he likely entered a vehicle and fled the area.  Magee has family and friends in the Franklinton area.
Anyone encountering Magee should use extreme caution as he has a tendency to be violent.  Any member of the public who knows of the location, or possible location, of Magee is asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434. 
Reward is now $2,500 for anyone who can provide specific information which leads to the location and apprehension of Kuanda Magee.

 

 

February 13, 2015

Sheriff's Office Reopens Cold Case – Reward Offered in 2008 Murder
On January 1, 2008, Larkie Toups (left), a resident of Lafourche Parish, was in Bogalusa to visit with friends.  Toups was 46 years old at the time.   After a period of drinking at a friend’s house, Toups became disoriented and wandered away from the residence.  A former Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy encountered Toups and transported him to the Budget Inn.  Once Toups was secure inside the room., the deputy left.  That was the last time anyone, other than suspects in his disappearance and murder, reported seeing him alive. 

  
There have been recent developments in the case, and remaining family members  have  reserved a burial plot for Toups by his parents and  is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the discovery and recovery of the body of Larkie Toups.
Any person with information that might lead to the discovery and recovery of the body is asked to contact Capt. Tommie Sorrell at (985) 661-2024.  Callers may remain anonymous and will be issued a P.I.N. number to claim the reward if their information is valid.
For more on this story, click here.

 

 

February 13, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Spencer Collins was booked 02/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, Careless Operation, and Driving Under Suspension

 

 

February 13, 2015

Three Charged With Night Hunting Violations Near Kentwood
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations in St. Helena Parish on Feb. 12.
Agents cited Walter Prine, 20, of Denham Springs, Aaron Morris, 20, of Denham Springs, and Stefan Reynolds, 25, of Gonzales, for harvesting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours, from a moving vehicle, from a public road, possession of illegally taken deer and failing to follow deer tagging requirements.  The violations occurred in the Kentwood area of St. Helena Parish between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. on February 1, during which time they shot and killed five deer from various roadways.  The deer were then transported to a residence in Ascension Parish.  Agents found that no effort was made to clean or butcher the deer which had to be disposed of since they were not fit for human consumption.
Harvesting a deer during a closed season and taking a deer during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a moving vehicle and failing to follow deer tagging requirements each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
The men could also face civil restitution in excess of $8,000 for the illegally taken deer.
Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Lt, Will Roberts, Senior Agent Ronnie Robbins and Sgt. Toby Miller.

 

 

February 13, 2015

Armed Robbery Suspect Sought in Tangipahoa Parish
Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public’s help in gathering the whereabouts of 35 year old Anthony Lewis. Lewis is being sought by the TPSO’s Criminal Investigative Unit for the following crime Detective Stephen Jenkins is the lead investigator. . 
On December 1, 2014, TPSO took a report of an ARMED ROBBERY at the address of 49060 Morris Rd. The listed subject was identified by the victim as the person who robbed him.
This subject should be considered armed and dangerous and caution should be used when dealing with him. He is also said to be a narcotics dealer, so he could possibly be in possession of illegal narcotics and a firearm when contact is made.
TPSO is currently holding warrants for ARMED ROBBERY and SIMPLE BATTERY.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Lewis is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.445.5245.

 

 

February 13, 2015

Man Found Guilty of Aggravated Flight From Officer May Be Sentenced As Career Criminal
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Steven Jermaine Charles, age 36 of Houma, was found guilty as charged today of aggravated flight from an officer. The twelve member St. Tammany Parish Jury deliberated one hour before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Scott Gardner. Assistant District Attorney Jason Cuccia prosecuted the State’s case.
Charles was arrested in May 2014 by the Slidell Police Department after fleeing from Police when ordered to stop for outstanding warrants. Charles ran four stop signs and drove on the wrong side of the street before coming to a stop in a driveway. Charles then fled on foot jumping two fences before the canine unit chased him into a pond. Officers convinced Charles to return to shore where he was found to have no driver’s license or insurance and had two small unrestrained children in his vehicle.
Judge Gardner will sentence Charles on March 2, 2015. Aggravated flight from an officer is punishable by imprisonment for up to two years. Charles could be sentenced as a career criminal due to prior felony convictions for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, introduction of contraband into a penal institution, felony possession of marijuana, and possession of cocaine.

 

 

February 13, 2015

Douglas Casborn of Slidell Sentenced to 27 years in Prison As Career Criminal
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Douglas Casborn, age 54 of Slidell, pled 

guilty as charged on Monday, February 9th, 2015, to aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated obstruction of a highway, and possession of cocaine. Casborn also pled guilty as charged to two counts of first degree robbery. 22nd Judicial District Judge William Knight sentenced Casborn to 27 years in prison as a career criminal. Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. prosecuted the State’s case.
Casborn has prior felony convictions for forgery, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, distribution of cocaine, aggravated battery, and theft.
Casborn was arrested in October 2014 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Officer after a traffic stop. The Deputy attempted to stop Casborn’s vehicle after realizing that Casborn‘s license plate matched that of a vehicle that was was involved in robberies earlier in the month. Casborn sped away running red lights at a high rate of speed on Highway 433 until he ran off the road at Silver Oak. Casborn wrestled with the Deputy before being arrested. Casborn was found to be in possession of cocaine.

 

 

Obituary

Brenda Ann Perkins Stogner, age 65, of Bogalusa died Feb. 6, 2015. Brenda was born Aug. 22, 1949, in Fredrick, Md., to Melvin and Helen Pierce Perkins.  She was a scanning manager at Winn Dixie for 20 years. She went back to school to become a certified nursing assistant for Family Home Health.

 

 

Obituary

BETTY PHELPS CARNEGIE, AGE 69 and a resident of Franklinton died Thursday afternoon February 12, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center. She often attended Springhill Baptist Church with her family and especially enjoyed listening and dancing to her brother play music with his band LA Express.

 

 

Obituary

MARGARET ANN BENNETT GERALD, AGE 72 and a resident of Thomas died Thursday morning February 12, 2015 at her home. She was a member of New Beginning Baptist Church and a personal care-giver for many years that sat with and provided support for numerous people in her community. Margaret enjoyed shopping and making crafts. She also loved gardening and tending her flowers.

 

 

February 13, 2015

Loranger Man Killed in Single Vehicle Crash
Yesterday evening at approximately 6:15 pm, Troopers from Troop L responded to a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on La. 442 westbound at mile marker 19 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of Craig Chapman of Loranger.
The initial investigation revealed that a 2001 Mercury Marquis, operated by Chapman (W/M 55), was traveling westbound on La. 442 near La. 1065. Chapman, for reasons under investigation, veered to the left, exited the roadway, lost control, and struck a culvert causing the Mercury to overturn.
Chapman, the sole occupant, was unrestrained and partially ejected during the crash. He received life threatening injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment is suspected and a toxicological sample was collected for analysis. Those results are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

 

 

February 12, 2015

Folsom Woman Pleads Guilty in $400,00 Fraud
Source:  Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
Donna Sue Davis of Folsom pleaded guilty Monday in a scheme that used a disabled relative to defraud Medicaid of $400,000.  The Attorney General's Office said Davis pleaded guilty to five counts of theft, five counts of exploitation of the infirmed, one count of principal to filing and/or maintaining false public records, and two counts of forgery. She is scheduled to be sentenced May 21.
Donna Davis, Randall Duane Davis and Rachel Wedekind, who all lived on Graci Road in Folsom, were booked in August 2013 on a number of charges ranging from racketeering to Medicaid fraud and exploitation of the infirm.
The three were accused of presenting false claims to the state on behalf of their disabled relative between January 2009 and Aug. 21, 2013. The adult relative is bedridden and has cerebral palsy.

 

 

February 12, 2015

Albert Woodfox Indicted for Murder 
A West Feliciana Parish grand jury today returned a murder indictment against inmate Albert Woodfox for the 1972 brutal murder of Angola Corrections Officer Brent Miller, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

(Note:  Woofox is one of "The Angola Three", three prison inmates – Robert Hillary King (born Robert King Wilkerson), Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace – who were put in solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary, a.k.a. Angola Prison, after the 1972 killing. Robert King spent 29 years in solitary confinement before his conviction was overturned and he was released. Wallace, before being released October 1, 2013, and Woodfox spent 40 years of solitary confinement as of 2013. The prisoners have been the subject of two documentary films and international attention. In July 2013 Amnesty International called for the release of 71-year-old Herman Wallace, who had advanced liver cancer.  He was released October 1, 2013, re-indicted on October 3, 2013, and died on October 4, 2013 before he could be re-arrested.  As of  November 20, 2014, Albert Woodfox was the longest-standing solitary confinement prisoner in the US.)

Two juries have found that Woodfox undeniably planned and carried out the murder of Officer Miller with other inmates in 1972. Today’s grand jury decision is the third time he has been indicted for Miller’s murder.
Woodfox was originally convicted in 1973 for the stabbing murder of Officer Miller. Woodfox’s 1973 conviction was overturned on grand jury issues. He was re-indicted, re-tried, and unanimously convicted again in 1998. That conviction remains pending after being overturned in Nov. 2014 by the Fifth Circuit on similar grand jury procedural issues.
Attorney General Caldwell said, “The facts of the case remain solid. Despite Woodfox’s last ditch efforts to obtain a ‘get out of jail free’ pass on grand jury selection issues, the proof of his guilt in committing the murder is undeniable.”
Prior to arriving at Angola, Albert Woodfox began committing a series of crimes which escalated from minor offenses to violent crimes, including seven armed robberies and five aggravated rapes. After holding a pistol to a deputy’s head during a prison transport in order to escape, Woodfox was sent to the Louisiana State Penitentiary on his convictions of armed robbery and aggravated escape. At the time of Officer Miller’s murder, Woodfox faced five death penalty sentences for aggravated rape.
“We will continue to fight to ensure that this dangerous man is held fully accountable for his actions,” said Caldwell.

 

 

February 12, 2015

Felix Adams, Jr. (Age 22) Found Guilty of Murder
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Felix Adams, Jr., age 22 of Slidell, was found guilty as charged of second degree murder, armed robbery, and obstruction of justice on Thursday, February 12th, 2015.  The twelve member St. Tammany Jury deliberated an hour and a half before returning the guilty verdict to 22nd Judicial District Judge Alison Penzato.  Assistant District Attorneys Julie Knight and Harold Bartholomew, Jr. prosecuted the State’s case.
Adams and four accomplices were arrested by the Slidell Police Department after an adult male victim was killed.  Adams shot the victim in the head while robbing him of drugs.  The victim was mortally injured by the gun shot and was left in a ditch where he died.  The vehicle where the shooting occurred was set on fire in an effort to obstruct the police investigation.
One accomplice, Trenton Johnson, age 20 of Slidell, was the driver of the vehicle where the shooting took place and pled guilty to manslaughter on December 19th, 2014.  Johnson was sentenced by Judge Penzato to 25 years in prison.
Another accomplice, Darion Causey, age 22 of Slidell is set for trial in March 2015 for obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact charges.  A third accomplice, Bobby Isidore, age 21 of Slidell, is awaiting trial in March 2015 on second degree murder and obstruction of justice charges.  The final accomplice, Kishion Griffin, age 19 of Slidell, is awaiting trial in March 2015 for second degree murder.  
Judge Penzato will sentence Adams on March 2, 2015.  Second degree murder is punishable by imprisonment for life without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

 

 

February 12, 2015

Louisiana's Longest Married Couple
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and First Lady Supriya Jindal held a reception at the Governor’s Mansion to honor Louisiana’s longest married couples. Ten couples were recognized with a proclamation celebrating their anniversaries. This year, the longest married couple in Louisiana is Lawrence and Varrie Player of Benton, who have been married for 80 years.
The Players married in 1935, when Lawrence was 21 and Varrie was 15. The couple has 8 living children, 35 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.  When asked what the secret is to making their relationship work, the Players said, “[Do] unto others as you would have done to you and good things will come your way.”

 

 

February 12, 2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Graduates 15 New Agents


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy today, Feb. 12, graduated its 28th class of cadets into the ranks of LDWF Enforcement Division agents at a ceremony in Baton Rouge.
At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training equal to that of other state law enforcement officers.
The graduating agents fill vacancies in LDWF’s Enforcement Division and will be assigned to a field-training officer for their first six months of duty.  Now part of the agency’s commissioned officer staff, the agents will join the ranks of those patrolling land and water to primarily detect game, fish and boating law violations.  These duties require travel into Louisiana's forests, swamps, fields, streams, bayous, lakes, marshlands, the Gulf of Mexico and on the state roadway system.
Class Photo: Front row from left to right: Eric Little, Blaine Wagner, Chelsea King, William Holomon, Mason Spillman, Patrick Dempsey and William Carpenter.  Back row from let to right: Andrew Arton, Torris White, Lloyd Pearson, Nathan Vanya, Lukas Breed, Clinton Branton, Gary Levron and Jerod Coats.

 

 

February 12, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Blake is an 8-year-old who loves video games and the Disney movie, Cars. He is sure to make you laugh with his silly personality. He is respectful toward adults and has great manners. Blake is easily motivated when it comes to requires tasks both at school and home.
Blake is a growing and learning best ways to interact in social situations, and how to make and maintain friends. He has an older sister and brother with whom he would love to continue contact with on a regular basis. Blake is very curious about the world around him and how things operate which can sometimes be a challenge.
The family who expresses interest in Blake will need to dedicate a lot of personal time with him to make sure he stays on target, especially with school work. Blake is bright, delightful, and willing to put in the work required for him to reach his full potential.
For additional information about Blake, or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

Obituary

Elaine S. Bankston age 89 passed away February 10, 2015 at Forrest General Hospital. She was a resident of Bogalusa.

 

 

February 12, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Delester Mingo was booked 02/11 on the charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile
Samantha Moss was booked 02/11 on the charges of Theft Under 500, Criminal Trespass, and Criminal Damage to Property
Spencer Collins was booked 02/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Careless Operation

 

 

February 12, 2015

Jeremy Wise of Slidell Sentenced to 25 Years

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jeremy Wise, age 26 of Slidell, pled guilty as charged on February 11, 2015, to possession of marijuana 3rd offense, possession of cocaine, possession of alprazolam, and home invasion.  22nd Judicial District Judge William Burris sentenced Wise to 15 years in prison for possession of marijuana 3rd offense, 5 years in prison for possession of cocaine, 5 years in prison for possession of alprazolam, and 15 years in prison for home invasion.  Judge Burris ordered the three drug sentences to be served consecutively with each other for a total of 25 years and concurrently to the home invasion.  Assistant District Attorney Bruce Dearing prosecuted the State’s case.
Wise has three prior felony convictions for burglary, three for possession of marijuana, two for injuring public records, one for possession of testosterone, and one for theft.
Wise was arrested in August 2014 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Slidell Police Department after a search of a Slidell mobile home.  Police went to the trailer hoping to arrest a wanted man when Wise opened the door.  Wise denied knowing the fugitive before consenting to a search.  Police found a marijuana cigarette in an ash tray and alprazolam, cocaine, and marijuana hidden in a closet.

 

 

February 12, 2015

Jindal:  Obama Tells ISIS What We Will Not Do

Governor Bobby Jindal issued the following statement on President Obama’s Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) request:

"Yesterday, Americans watched President Obama telegraph in detail what we are willing and not willing to do to defeat ISIS terrorists. No one can possibly explain why our Commander in Chief would do this.  It’s just an inexcusable approach to military strategy. President Obama does not like to use the words Radical Islam. The President refuses to own up to the challenges we face. He is letting this threat fester and it's metastasizing by the day."

 

 

February 11, 2015

St. Tammany Sheriff's Office Looking for Hit and Run Suspect
A STPSO Facebook post reads as follows:
"We are currently looking for a suspect that was involved in a hit and run crash that occurred last night involving one of our patrol units.
The deputy was traveling eastbound on Louisiana Highway 40 near Sharp Chapel Road when it struck the suspect, which was stopped in the roadway.
After impacting with the patrol vehicle, the suspect fled into the woods and is still on the loose.
The suspect is described as black in color, with four legs and a yellow tag with the number 121 in its right ear. It was last heard Mooing as it entered the wood line.
The deputy was unhurt in the crash and we are hoping the cow fared just as well and made it back safely back home."

 

 

February 11, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Frances Burton was booked 02/10 on the charges of Accessory After the Fact and Resisting an Officer
Tyrone Pigott was booked 02/10 on the charge of Insurance Fraud
Timothy Barrett was booked 02/10 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Resisting an Officer, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Chad Sylvest was booked 02/10 In For Court

 

 

February 11, 2015

Petunia – Ornamental Plant of the Week
Source:  LSU Ag Center
Petunias are a great flowering bedding plant to add to your landscape prior to the end of winter/beginning of spring.
You can select from many varieties. Wave, Easy Wave, Tidal Wave, Madness and Supertunias are some you will see at garden centers.
Plant spreading petunias 18 inches apart and clumping petunias 12 inches apart in the landscape. Avoid planting too deep. Soil should be slightly acid and well-drained and amended with organic matter, such as new landscape bed soil. Fertilize at planting with a slow-release fertilizer. Irrigate petunias a couple times weekly to establish them and then once every seven to 10 days when rainfall is lacking.
Petunias provide a cascade of nonstop color for three to four months in mid- to late spring, and sometimes until early summer. They can be lightly pinched and deadheaded after their initial bloom is completed to encourage a re-bloom.
These plants are ideal in landscape beds in front of woody shrubs and in combination with ground covers and similar plants.

 

 

February 11, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Tyrene is a feisty preteen who enjoys playing basketball. Whether he is playing alone, practicing his jump shot, or playing on a neighborhood team, Tyrene is in utter glory on the basketball court! Tyrene's favorite players are Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and LeBron James. It's no secret that Tyrene wishes to play in the NBA someday.
Tyrene is spontaneous, spunky and loves playing with other children. He hopes to find a family that loves his personality and can provide him with a lot of attention. Tyrene would love a family who will allow him to remain in contact with his three siblings in the foster care system.
For additional information about Tyrene or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

Obituary

Eugene Milton Ford, a resident of Baton Rouge, LA, age 87, born on January 2, 1928 in Norfield, MS, passed away on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Sunrise Senior Living in Baton Rouge, LA.  He was a lifetime Member and Deacon of First Baptist Church. He was a former Board Member at the Bogalusa Community Medical Center. Active Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. A World War II Veteran. An Avid Golfer.

 

 

Obituary

ESSIE MAE MILLER TONEY LAMBERT, AGE 85 and a resident of Baton Rouge died at 5:18 pm Monday February 9, 2015 at Ochsner Medical Center. She was a native and former longtime resident of Washington Parish where she worked as the secretary of Thomas School for many years. Essie was a very good seamstress often making clothes for her family and later worked at Rutter Rex and Dillard’s Department Store as a seamstress. She had a green thumb that could grow just about anything and she loved tending her beautiful flowers. Essie enjoyed making crafts and earlier in life loved riding horses on trail rides.

 

 

February 11, 2015

Troopers Discover Fatal Crash Scene Involving Fleeing Amite Suspect
Shortly after 3:30 pm Tuesday afternoon, Troopers were called to assist the Amite Police Department with a fleeing vehicle traveling west on LA 16 in Tangipahoa Parish. As Troopers were responding to the location, the suspect vehicle, later identified as a 2005 Ford Focus, turned onto LA 1046 continuing westbound at a high rate of speed. Upon turning onto LA 1046, the pursuing Amite Police Department unit lost sight of the Focus and terminated the pursuit. Troopers responded to the area the vehicle was last scene and discovered the Focus had traveled approximately 300 feet off of the paved roadway and crashed into a residence adjacent to the intersection of LA Hwy 1046 and LA Hwy 441 in St. Helena Parish. The driver of the Ford Focus, 30 year old Benjamin Zanders Jr. of Independence, LA, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. 
Troopers’ preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred as the Ford Focus was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on LA 1046. Upon reaching the intersection with LA 441, Zanders failed to stop and traveled across both lanes LA 441 continuing off the roadway striking the support columns of a raised house. Zanders was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Helena Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment is also suspected to be a factor in the crash pending the results of a toxicology analysis.

 

 

February 11, 2015

Coggins Test Required Annually for Horses
Source:  LSU Ag Center
Horse owners should keep in mind that all horses in Louisiana must be tested annually for equine infectious anemia. More than 30 racing quarter horses in California were recently diagnosed with the virus, so it is critical that horse owners follow regulations, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker. 
Equine infectious anemia (EIA), also known as swamp fever, is an infectious viral disease that affects horses, mules, donkeys and zebras. There is currently no effective treatment or vaccine and animals that test positive must be euthanized or sold for slaughter only.
Diagnosis of the virus was not possible until the 1970s, when Leroy Coggins developed a test, which became known as the Coggins test. Today’s tests can produce results in less than one hour.
For more information, click here.

 

 

February 11, 2015

UPDATE ON RIVERSIDE MEDICAL CLINIC AND FAMILY MEDICAL CLINIC




Despite Riverside Medical Center's offer to continue negotiations and intervention by Washington Parish Government, St. Tammany Parish Hospital has failed to resume negotiations for the continued operation of Family Medical Clinic. 
RMC has expressed sincere hopes that the physicians of Family Medical Clinic will seek their other available options to continue delivering healthcare in Franklinton.
In the meantime, Riverside Medical Center is continuing to grow and to seek joint ventures with other hospitals that will cooperate willingly for the mutual benefit of both parties in providing outstanding medical care for the residents of Washington Parish. The future of RMC is brighter than ever, and it is certain that RMC will continue to provide quality healthcare for the people of Washington Parish.
To read today's full text of Riverside Medical Center's communication, click here.

 

 

February 10, 2015

Parish Council Meeting Dominated by Reservoir Issue
The Washington Parish Council took up a number of matters Monday evening, but most of the time was devoted to the Washington Parish Reservoir issue.  Oak Grove community resident Winfred Pittman gave his opinion and description of "eminent domain" and "expropriation" as it relates to the reservoir project.  After Mr. Pittman's remarks, Former Senator Jerry Thomas expressed that he would never support a reservoir project that would flood homes, churches and cemeteries and commended the project's opponents.  Council members Thomas and Fussell also delivered comments on the issue.
In other business, the Council

  • approved the purchase of property at 2185 Greenlaw Avenue in Franklinton. 
  • was informed Washington Parish Library Director Al Barron had been awarded the Anthony H. Benoit Award by the Louisiana Library Association
  • heard a report from Parish President Richard Thomas

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

 

February 10, 2015

Former Senator Jerry Thomas Commends Reservoir Opponents
Dr. Jerry Thomas, former Senator and Coroner, appeared before the Washington Parish Council Monday evening and commended those in opposition to the Washington Parish Reservoir project.  Thomas stated in his remarks that he would never support a project that would flood cemeteries, homes, and churches. 
Listen to his remarks in the video below.

 

 

February 10, 2015

Scams Continue in Washington Parish
Attempts by scam artists to steal from Washington Parish citizens seems never ending.  The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to receive inquiries from parish residents about phone calls they receive either offering prize money or threatening to have the caller arrested.
While it is impossible to list all scams, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal offers these common-sense warnings.
* If the caller says you have won a cash prize and you have to pay money to receive your cash prize, it is a scam.
* If the caller says you will receive a cash prize if you purchase an insurance policy to guarantee the cash prize, it is a scam.
* If the caller says you have an outstanding warrant and will be arrested unless you pay money, it is a scam.
* If the caller says he or she is with Publisher’s Clearing House and you have won a cash prize, it is a scam.
* If the caller says he or she  is with the Internal Revenue Service and you owe back taxes, it is a scam.
* If the caller says a friend or loved has been in a car wreck and needs for you to send them money, it is a scam.
* If  the caller says a friend or loved one has been kidnapped and you must send ransom money, it is a scam.
* If the caller says a friend or loved one is in jail anywhere in the world and wants you to send money, it is a scam
Sheriff Seal says, “If it is too good to be true, it’s a scam.  If it is a law enforcement agency or the IRS threatening you, it’s a scam.  The best thing to do is hang up the phone.  Warn your friends and family members to do the same.  If you are the victim of a scam, call and report the scam to law enforcement.”

 

 


February 10, 2015

New Chamber Board Member Monica Rester Sworn In
Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors’ Board member Monica Rester, Marketing Director for Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, was sworn in Monday, February 9, 2015.  Board member and attorney R. Bradley Lewis did the honors, while 2015 Board of Directors President Kurt Wamsley presides.



The Chamber Board now consists of Officers: Kurt Wamsley-President, Ramona Augustine -1st Vice-President, Cindy Allen-2ndVice-President, Kim Venier -Secretary, Jennifer Johnson-Treasurer, Board Members: Greg Castorena, Tina Lobrano, Lisa Fairchild, Brad Lewis, James Massey, Wendy Nielsen, Monica Rester and Marilyn Bateman-Executive Director.
The Chamber's Newsletter notes that plans are underway for the Festival in the Park (scheduled for May 8-10), with Mother’s Day essays, the Duck Race, Museum events, Queen’s Pageant, stage entertainment, and much more.
Put it on your calendar!

 

 

February 10, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Say hello to six-year-old Jamarion! Aside from having adorable looks, Jamarion is loving, full of laughter and a great helper. Since Jamarion possesses a high energy, he is looking for a family that can keep up with him. He enjoys expending his energy through riding his bike, playing the Wii and going to karate. As you can probably see, Jamarion is a fan of baseball or at least the gear belonging to the sport!
Jamarion is in first grade. He enjoys visiting the park and learning new things. Jamarion would really thrive with a patient family. Jamarion would love to find a family where he can grow, explore, and remain forever.
For more information about Jamarion or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.la.gov.

 

 

February 9, 2015

Lacombe Man Arrested for Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile
A 47-year-old Lacombe area man has been arrested after he was caught having sex with a 16-year-old girl.
A Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agent was patrolling the Lake Road Boat Launch at approximately 10:40 p.m. Sunday when he discovered Clint Woods (DOB 11/02/1967; 60281 South Oak Lawn, Lacombe) in his pickup truck with the underage girl.
Deputies responded to the scene and Sheriff’s office investigators were called out to investigate the incident.  After further investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for Woods’ arrest.
He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Woods was previously a public school bus driver; however, according to the St. Tammany Parish School Board, the girl was not currently enrolled in the school system.  Any questions related to Woods’ employment should be directed to the school system.
Woods was also issued a citation from Wildlife and Fisheries for trespassing.

 

 

February 9, 2015

What's Happening at St. Tammany Parish Hospital February 9-14


Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations February 9-14
***CO-PARENTING CLASSES - for divorcing parents who want to keep their children from becoming children in the middle 
***CANCER SUPPORT - for family members and friends challenged by cancer diagnosis
***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips
For more information, click here.

 

 

February 9, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joseph Treadway was booked 02/06 In From Court
Kinoski Wilson was booked 02/06 In For Court
Michael Rhoades was booked 02/06 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Stevon Harvey was booked 02/07 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault and Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation)
Jill Magee was booked 02/08 on the charge of Stalking
Bryan Williams was booked 02/08 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation)

 

 

Obituary

MARGIE NELL THOMAS SHERIDAN, AGE 78 and a resident of Franklinton died early Saturday February 7, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a longtime member of Lawrence Creek Missionary Baptist Church and had retired as a supervisor after a long career at Rutter Rex. She enjoyed sewing and traveling with her family, often to the mountains. Margie loved her family dearly and adored spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren

 

 

Obituary

TONI LYNN MARTINEZ COOPER, AGE 55 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died Friday evening February 6, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a native of New Orleans that had lived in Washington Parish since 1998. Toni enjoyed reading and working crossword puzzles. She enjoyed listening to her favorite music and had a special friend in her pet Yorkie “Gizmo”. Toni was always a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family and cherished their time spent together.

 

 

Obituary

Jennifer Joann Meiners born May 22, 1974 passed away February 4, 2015 at Our Lady of Angels at the age of 40. She was a resident of Poplarville, MS.

 

 

Obituary

Rosemary Anglin McElveen, 89, passed away on Feb. 3, 2015, at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. She was a resident of Tangi Pines Nursing Home in Amite, where she had many friends and truly appreciated all the kindness and care shown her there, but her heart always resided in Bogalusa, where she was born and lived until recently.
She grew up on Superior Avenue, and Superior Avenue Baptist Church was an integral part of her life. She took an active role from her early years until her health made attendance impossible. Rosemary was also active in school, serving as a majorette at Bogalusa High School and later at Southeastern.
After a brief time at Southeastern, Rosemary took a job at Washington Bank. She worked in the banking industry for many years as a teller and then a loan officer. She loved interacting with people and touched the lives of many as she assisted them with their banking needs.

 

 

February 9, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Allen is a very friendly 10-year-old who socializes easily with others. He prefers being outdoors over indoors any day. Like most children his age, Allen enjoys playing video games, but not as much as he loves engaging in any outdoor activity.
Allen is a wrestling fan and often challenges his friends to a lighthearted wrestling match. On a sunny day, he likes to go bike riding with his friends in the neighborhood.
Allen has the kind of personality and charm that makes him a pleasure to have around. He readily volunteers to help with chores around the home and is always eager to receive praise. For parents that enjoy cooking and watching loved ones enjoy the food, Allen would bring a smile to your heart. While he does not name any favorite foods, Allen is known to have a healthy appetite and willing to try anything once.
Allen is in the 5th grade this school term and does not mind getting up each morning for school where he can socialize. He applies himself to his studies, respects his teacher, gives his undivided attention to instructions from the teacher, and gets the job done.
Allen is very energetic and would love a family that will stay active with him. He loves other children and requests that there be other children in the family. If you believe you are the family for this blue-eyed, full of life, little handsome boy, please inquire today.
For additional information about Allen, or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

February 7, 2015

Parish Businesses Suffer When Checks Bounce
Most small business owners operate on a slim profit margin.  They must contend with rent or mortgage payments on their building, insurance, taxes, ever-increasing product costs and numerous other costs before they can make a profit.  When customers buy products and then pay with a worthless check, the business owner suffers.
Nineteen persons have been identified as issuing worthless checks to parish businesses.  Those persons are:
Amy Sharp Lee, Brittany Beard, Darren R. Bickham, Lee Lewis, Jamie Webb, Grant K. Judy, Jerry Johnson, Hannah L. Crain, Dwayne Rodrigue, Jimmy Catchings, Lillie R. Broadway (Vogt), Kenya Carter, Sandra Wilson Ratcliff, David Rogers, Helen Barnes, Vernon Freeman, Rebecca M. Magee, Michelle Yarbrough, Shernell Jackson.  (pictured left to right and down)



Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal expressed frustration over the number of back checks being given to parish businesses.  “Our parish business owners are trying to make an honest living providing products to parish citizens.  Worthless checks hurt them as well as every honest consumer.  We have active warrants on each of these individuals and will gladly arrest them and put them in jail.  If any person on this list reads this article, I suggest they turn themselves in immediately.  Otherwise, we will introduce them to handcuffs when we find them.”

 

 

February 6, 2015

Great Event in Bogalusa Saturday for Railroad Enthusiasts

If you are a railroad enthusiast, the place to be this Saturday is the old passenger depot on Austin Street in Bogalusa, Louisiana.  You will learn railroad history, hear railroad music, and there will be a railroad flea market with model trains and unique railroad artifacts, railroad T-shirts, sweatshirts and other items will be on display and for sale.
The GM&O Historical Society preserves the history of the GM&O and will also meet Saturday with officials coming from Texas, Tennessee and Alabama.  The GM&O, or Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad, began in 1940 through a merger with Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad and later merged with the Illinois Central Railroad, currently Canadian National.
GM&O Historical Society member Terry “Foots” Quinn is the one to contact for more information at 985-516-0084.

 

 

February 6, 2015

District Attorney Restricting Outside Civil Law Practices by Assistants
Source:  Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune   

District Attorney Warren Montgomery has banned his assistant district attorneys from accepting new outside civil law work until his office sets a new policy on the matter. He also ordered assistant district attorneys to provide to the office a listing of all outside civil law work they currently handle.
Montgomery, who took over in January as the new DA for the 22nd Judicial District in St. Tammany and Washington parishes, said in a January 29 memo to his staff that he does not anticipate a permanent ban on outside civil law practices. But outside legal work will be governed by a new policy in which the assistant district attorneys will have input, he wrote.
Outside law practices by former District Attorney Walter Reed and some of his assistants became a hot issue in last fall's campaign. Reed maintained a lucrative outside civil law practice while he also drew a salary as a full-time district attorney. Some of Reed's assistants also had busy outside legal practices.
The memo also said that any private legal work handled by assistant district attorneys between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. will require "formal personal leave of absence.''

 

 


February 6, 2015

Louisiana Operation Game Thief Issues Rewards
Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $16,200 to diligent citizens statewide in 2014 and has paid out a total of $358,900 since inception in 1984.  Awards for 2014 consisted of 17 deer cases, 10 migratory game bird cases, six turkey cases, three fish cases and two alligator cases.
LOGT provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.
Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511.

 

 

February 6, 2015

Gov. Jindal to President Obama: Medieval Christian Threat is Under Control, Deal with Radical Islamic Threat Today
Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, President Barack Obama lamented that through history “people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”  Insisting that Christians should not “get on our high horse” to criticize offenses committed by other faiths, the President cited the Crusades and the Inquisition among the abuses of Christianity. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ,” he added.
Governor Bobby Jindal issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s remarks. 
"It was nice of the President to give us a history lesson at the Prayer breakfast.  Today, however, the issue right in front of his nose, in the here and now, is the terrorism of Radical Islam, the assassination of journalists, the beheading and burning alive of captives.
We will be happy to keep an eye out for runaway Christians, but it would be nice if he would face the reality of the situation today. The Medieval Christian threat is under control Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today."

 

 


Obituary

Former resident of Franklinton, Robert H. Simmons died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Adler Hospice Care Center in Aldie, Virginia. Mr. Simmons was born and raised in Franklinton and graduated from Southwestern Louisiana Institute in 1941. After military service in World War II, he worked for the United States government in Washington D.C. until his retirement in 1978. Following retirement, he and his wife, Betty, returned to Franklinton where they lived until relocating to The Windsor Senior Living Community in Mandeville, Louisiana. After the passing of his wife in 2009, he relocated to the Washington D.C. area where he resided until his recent passing.

 

 

February 6, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Nine year old J'Von is a handsome, fun-loving boy who loves the great outdoors! On any given day, he can be found outside playing all kinds of sports including football, baseball and soccer. Visiting neighborhood parks serve as incentive for J'Von to go the extra mile with school work and chores as he loves sunshine, green grass and open fields. He enjoys exploring nature on four-wheelers and flying his remote control helicopter.
J'Von is an enthusiastic helper around the house, as he is always ready and willing to do chores, but prefers to play over doing chores any day. He is enrolled in the fourth grade, and while English and history are not his favorite subjects, he does enjoy his math and science. J'Von enjoys solving problems with numbers, conducting science projects, and learning how things work.
J'Von is open to adoption and looks forward to having a family to call his own. He expressed that he wouldn't mind having a brother, sister or both! He also considers it a plus if there is a pet in the home too.
For additional information about J'Von, or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

Obituary

Winnie Ruth M. Byrd, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 89, born on July 9, 1925 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA. She was a lifelong member of Union Avenue Baptist Church. She worked 17 years as a Ward Clerk at the Bogalusa Medical Center.

 

 

February 6, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Amber Pope was booked 02/05 In For Court
Christopher Smith was booked 02/05 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Failure to Dim Headlights, Failure to Appear, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Craig Peters was booked 02/05 In For Court
Shavanda Ard was booked 02/05 In From Court
Eddie McCoy was booked 02/05 In From Court
Sara Knight was booked 02/05 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Joey Hepting was booked 02/05 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA

 

 

February 5, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile
Thirteen year old Jamie describes herself as the ultimate tomboy, as she loves sports and hanging out with the boys. Despite her rough and tumble nature, Jamie said she also enjoys dressing up like a "girly girl" at times.
She enjoys school for the academics but also for the chance to interact with her friends. Jamie is in the 7th grade and has been commended on her excellence with class assignments and tests. Like most teenagers, Jamie likes to watch TV and listen to music. Her favorite TV shows include just about any program on the Disney Channel, Sponge Bob, and Sanford and Son.
Jamie said that she wants to be adopted and would prefer a family with no children or children who are younger than she is, because of her desire to be the center of attention. While Jamie would prefer a single parent household, she is open to all family compositions. Like all teens, Jamie needs strong parents who will give her structure, discipline and unconditional love.
For additional information about Jamie, or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit
www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.

 

 

February 5, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Shari Brumfield was booked 02/04 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Obstruction of Justice
Jasmine Magee was booked 02/04 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace and Resisting Arrest
Daniel Blanc was booked 02/04 In From Court
Brian Greer was booked 02/04 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Melody Travis was booked 02/04 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Johnny Cardwell was booked 02/04 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
Mary Mayfield was booked 02/04 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and Probation Violation
Kyle Billingsley was booked 02/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation and No Insurance

 

 

February 5, 2015

Chase Ends in Apprehension of Fugitives From Walthall County
At noon on Wednesday, February 4, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call for assistance from Walthall County.  Mississippi officers were in pursuit of two persons in a stolen truck and it appeared the pursuit would go into Washington Parish.
Numerous Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives responded to the area to provide assistance.   Walthall officers pursued the stolen truck through portions of Walthall County, down into Washington Parish, back into Walthall County and then again into Washington Parish where officers from both jurisdictions were able to apprehend the fugitives in the Stateline community.  The two fugitives were driving a pickup truck stolen out of Jackson, Mississippi, and are suspects in several crimes in Walthall County.
The driver of the stolen truck was Brian Keith Greer, 31, a resident of Ruth, Mississippi and the passenger was Melody Nicole Travis, 37, a resident of Jayess, Mississippi.  Each of the fugitives is suspected of thefts and burglaries in both Washington Parish and Walthall County and are in the Washington Parish Jail without bond awaiting extradition to Mississippi.  Investigations continue in both locations. 

  
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the arrests and the level of cooperation with Walthall County.  “Criminals frequently run back and forth from Walthall County into Washington Parish.  We work closely with the Walthall County Sheriff’s Department to identify those persons and frequently share information with Walthall County officers.  The apprehension of these two fugitives is a good example of that cooperation.  Listen to my words, criminals.  Whether you are in Mississippi or Louisiana, we will pursue you if you commit crimes in Washington Parish.  There is always a place for you in the Washington Parish Jail.”

 

 

February 5, 2015

St. Tammany Parish Grand Jury Returns True Bills in Two Cases
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that the St. Tammany Parish Grand jury met today and returned true bills on three defendants in two cases. Chief of Trials Ronnie Gracianette presented the cases to the Grand Jury
Clayton Maricle, age 17 of Slidell, and Marty Anderson, age 41 of Slidell were arrested in January 2015 by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after an adult male victim was stabbed to death. The Grand Jury returned true bills in the case and charged Maricle with second degree murder and Anderson with obstruction of justice.
To read a nola.com article with details of the story, click here.

Michael White, age 41 of Slidell, was arrested by the Slidell Police Department in January 2015 after a pedestrian was run over and died of his injuries after being taken to the hospital. The Grand Jury returned a true bill in the case and charged White with vehicular homicide.

 

 

February 5, 2015

Covington Man Sentenced for Murders of Magnolia Men
Source:  Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
A Covington man has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting deaths of two men in Mississippi, a story from the Sun Herald reports. Nicholas Schilling pleaded guilty Monday to the 2011 shootings, the paper said.
The paper said Schilling faced two counts of murder in connection with the shooting deaths of the two Magnolia men, Robert Anthony Criswell and Joshua Adams, in Kiln, Miss. Authorities said the men were shot and killed in Kiln. Authorities said their bodies were later found near Abita Springs, in the back of Criswell's Tahoe.
To read an initial report of the incident, click here.

 

 

February 5, 2015

Five Arrested for Beating and Robbery in Mandeville
Source:  Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Five teenagers were arrested Tuesday night for allegedly beating and robbing a 20-year-old Lacombe man along the Mandeville lakefront. The victim was knocked unconscious and treated at the Louisiana Heart Hospital, Mandeville police said.

   
Arrested Clarence D. Brown, 17, of Lacombe; Tyler A. Hufker, 17, of Mandeville; Antony N. Rodriguez, 17, of Lacombe; and two 16 year olds, who are juveniles. All were booked with second-degree robbery which carries a minimum three-year sentence upon conviction.
Mandeville police the victim met up with the suspects for a supposed drug transaction, Lt. Gerald Sticker said in a news release. Instead, the man was robbed of his wallet and knocked unconscious, he said.  The victim was treated at the hospital for a concussion, Sticker said. 
Brown, Hufker and Rodriguez were booked into the parish jail in Covington; the juveniles were booked at the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.

 

 

February 5, 2015

St. Tammany Deputy Helps Save Man's Life
A St. Bernard Parish woman credits a St. Tammany deputy with helping save her husband's life.
Jackie Hoffman and her husband, Frankie, were traveling through St. Tammany on Interstate 12 on Jan. 4 when Frankie starting having chest pains.  Jackie said she started to panic but then saw Deputy Keith Meshell's patrol vehicle.
Jackie was able to get Deputy Meshell's attention, he used his emergency lights to assist the couple in safely exiting the interstate, and then rendered aide.  He monitored Frankie and kept him calm, while  reassuring Jackie and their 13-year-old daughter that he would be alright. He called 911 and saw to it that they made it safely via ambulance to the hospital, where it was discovered that Frankie was indeed having a heart attack.
"My husband had a 95 percent blockage in a main artery and if not for the help of Deputy Meshell, the staff and doctors, he may not have made it," Jackie Hoffman wrote. "There are no words to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Deputy Meshell for all he did for us that day."

 

 

Obituary

MARSHALL WAYNE CARTER, AGE 73 and a resident of Pine died at 12:58 am Wednesday February 4, 2015 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. He was a longtime member of Pine Missionary Baptist Church and retired as a dispatcher with Washington-St. Tammany Electric Co-op. Marshall enjoyed fishing, bird hunting and working in his garden. He loved to travel with his family, often visiting the mountains. Marshall loved sports and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports or whatever activities they had. He was always a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

 

 

February 4, 2015

Covington Area Man Arrested for Cyberstalking
A Covington area man is in jail after sending numerous text messages to his estranged pregnant girlfriend and his mother, threatening to kill them and other family members as well as himself.
After learning of threats being made via text message by Donald Taylor (DOB 12/11/1981; 20067 Helenbirg Road, Covington) on January 27 and fearing that Taylor would make good on his threats, detectives obtained warrants for his arrest on the charge of cyberstalking..
On January 31, after a day of searching for Taylor in the Baton Rouge area, a very alert member of the Street Crimes Unit was traveling eastbound on Interstate 12 near the Airport Road exit when he observed a man matching Taylor’s description driving a white Chevrolet Suburban.  The deputy initiated a traffic stop and, after positively identifying the driver as Taylor, took him into custody.
Desmond McPipe (DOB 4/22/1992; Maple Ave., Slidell) was a passenger in the vehicle with Taylor and was arrested on drug charges.  Donald Taylor was charged with drug offenses, improper lane use , and two counts of Cyberstalking.  

 

 

February 4, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Courtney Martin was booked 02/03 on the charges of Theft Under 500 and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100

Jonathon McClendon was booked 02/03 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Michael Morton was booked 02/03 on the charge of Failure to Return Rental Property
Russell Doyle was booked 02/03 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk and Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense)
Vernon Hunt was booked 02/03 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Nathan Thomas was booked 02/03 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Shari Brumfield was booked 02/04 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Obstruction of Justice

 

 

February 3, 2015

Letter to the Editor from Dr. E. Kyle Magee
"After hearing the response from the public, Riverside Medical Center is making one final attempt to seek a formal, binding agreement with St. Tammany Parish Hospital regarding their operation of Family Medical Clinic. At the Riverside Medical Center board meeting on January 29, 2015, the Riverside Board of Commissioners approved a resolution expressing their desire for St. Tammany Parish Hospital to return to negotiations—specifically, to enact a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement in accordance with the provisions of LA R.S. 46:1077 and healthcare privacy laws."
The letter outlines a time table of events outlining what has happened and invites STPH to contact RMC by February 9 to enact a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement.

Click here to read the entire Letter from Dr. Magee

 

 

February 3, 2015

Bogalusa Police Department Most Wanted
If you have any information on the whereabouts of the below-listed fugitives, please call the Bogalusa Police Department at 985-732-3611.  You can remain anonymous, by calling 985-732-6238 and selecting the option for the TIP LINE, or you may contact Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111.The public's involvement in the apprehension of Wanted Fugitives is GREATLY Appreciated.













Pamela Reams
Identity Theft 












Crystal Ostarly
Forgery & Theft












Ashley Rizutto
Forgery & Theft 
 






DeCarlous Taylor
Simple Burglary
 






Terena Ward
Theft







Roderick Ramsdell
Poss. Stolen Prop.

 

 

February 3, 2015

14 Deadbeat Parents Top Most Wanted List
2015 POSTER FEATURES 14 NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS WHO OWE MORE THAN $10,000 IN CHILD SUPPORT 
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today released the 2015 Louisiana Child Support Most Wanted poster. It features the names and photos of 14 non-custodial parents who owe nearly half a million dollars in past-due child support. (Some from our area)

Each of these non-custodial parents has not paid child support in at least six months. The poster includes each non-custodial parent's last known address, number of children and how much they owe.
"DCFS and Louisiana's District Attorneys work tirelessly to collect the child support owed to the children of our state," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "Though we continue to increase the amount of child support we collect each year, even earning commendation from federal officials last year, we have non-custodial parents who continue to neglect their responsibility to their children."
Members of the public who have information on the whereabouts of any person on DCFS' "Most Wanted" poster should notify authorities or call 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578) and choose Child Support (option 1) and then option 5.
To read more on this press release and the names on the "Most Wanted", click here.

 

 

Obituary

DEBRA BOUNDS, AGE 55; And a resident of Loranger died early Monday February 2, 2015 at her home. She was a native and former resident of Washington Parish that worked to become a LPN and later a RN. Debra worked as a nurse for Dr. Jerry Thomas for many years and later finished her career at North Oaks Medical Center. She was always comforting to her patients and they loved her for it. Debra was the nurse that her co-workers looked to when they needed help. She enjoyed the peace and quiet of the outdoors and loved to spend time on her property and at her camp. Debra was always a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister that cherished the time spent with her family.

 

 

February 3, 2015

New Social Media Threat Emerges in Washington Parish
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal cautions parents about a new social media tool which has emerged in Washington Parish and is being used as a mechanism for bullying.
Yik Yak was launched in 2013 and works by combining the technologies of GPS and instant messages.  Very simply, it is an anonymous bulletin board on which users can post comments to be read by anyone within a limited geographical area.
On its website, Yik Yak describes itself as “…an anonymous messaging app that allows users to create and view posts—called Yaks—within a ten mile radius.  Users can also expand the conversation by posting replies to existing Yaks.”
The misuse of Yik Yak to bully two students has already been reported in Washington Parish.  The Sheriff’s Office has been notified and the WPSO Cyber Crimes Investigator is handling the complaints.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented.  “Since I took office, we have developed a mechanism for investigating crimes involving all social media, including the internet.  Our Cyber Crimes Investigator has been certified in Mobile Forensics, Computer Forensics and Cyber Investigations.  He provides a valuable service to parents, local schools and law enforcement throughout the parish.”
“I strongly encourage parents to closely monitor their children’s use of all social media,” stated Sheriff Seal.  “While social media itself is not bad, the misuse of social media as a tool to threaten, bully, or disseminate false information can be a criminal act.  We will aggressively go after anyone making social media threats to any individual, group, school or school function.”
Any parent, teacher or other person who knows of cyber bullying or threats on any form of social media is asked to report the matter to the Sheriff’s Office at 839-3434.

 

 

Obituary

John Michael Dodds, III, a resident of Baton Rouge, LA, age 74, born on June 22, 1940 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Monday, February 2, 2015 at Care Center Nursing Home in Baton Rouge, LA.
John was a Veteran and served in the United States Marines.

 

 

February 3, 2015

Governor Jindal Urges Parents to Get Children Vaccinated
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Jindal issued the following statement on the importance of vaccinations:
Governor Jindal said, “I urge all parents to get their kids vaccinated. Vaccinations are required for children to attend public school and pre-K. Just about every private school requires vaccinations.  Here in Louisiana, we actively encourage vaccinations and help low-income families vaccinate their children.
“I worked in health care for a long time. I have no reservations about whether or not it is a good idea and desirable for all children to be vaccinated. There is a lot of fear mongering out there on this. I think it is irresponsible for leaders to undermine the public’s confidence in vaccinations that have been tested and proven to protect public health. Science supports them and they keep our children safe from potentially deadly but preventable diseases. Personally, I would not send my kids to a school that did not require vaccinations. Vaccinations are important. I urge every parent to get them. Every one.”

 

 

February 3, 2015

Louisiana Sees Decline in Highway Crashes/Fatalities

Alcohol and seat belts still major factors in deaths

There were fewer fatal crashes on Louisiana roadways in 2013 than 2012, resulting in lower overall fatalities and a drop in crash-related deaths involving pedestrians and bicycle riders, according to newly finalized data.
The 2013 Louisiana Traffic Records Data Report indicates Louisiana’s fatal crashes fell slightly to 651 in 2013. These crashes claimed the lives of 703 people.
The decrease in overall fatalities is attributed to tougher impaired driving and seat belt laws, more robust enforcement, and strategically targeted public information campaigns that have helped educate Louisianans about the causes of traffic crashes.
Louisiana’s 2013 highway crashes cost the citizens of Louisiana $5.7 billion dollars – that’s $1,905 for every licensed driver in the state.
Click here, to read further details in the press release.

 

 

Obituary

GEORGIA RAE SUMRALL, AGE 89 and a resident of Franklinton died at 10:45 pm Friday January 30, 2015 at Lakeview Medical Center. She was member of Trinity Baptist Church that enjoyed listening to gospel music. Alongside her family they had a grocery in Franklinton and later started the Hi-Way Pack near their home in the 1960’s. Georgia was a caretaker of her family and loved for people to visit and drink coffee. She liked to go out to eat with her family and loved her beautiful flowers.

 

 

February 3, 2015

St. Tammany Sheriff Warns of New Phone Scam
A new phone scam targeting the elderly has been reported to the Sheriff’s office by various residents over the past few days.
The basic technique of the caller is similar to other scams we’ve reported recently.  The caller makes some sort of threat against the person answering the phone and demands a cash payment to resolve the problem.
In this latest scam, the recipient of the call is told that a relative is being held hostage and will not be released until money is either wired via Western Union or a “Green Dot” card is obtained from a local retail outlet.
Green Dot cards are financial instruments that can be pre-loaded with funds, which are retrievable by anyone who has been given the code imprinted on the card.
Other recent scams have involved callers falsely claiming the victim has a warrant for their arrest or owes a large sum of money to the IRS for unpaid taxes.  The callers may identify themselves as Sheriff’s deputies or other government agents.
We want to remind our residents again that the Sheriff’s office DOES NOT initiate phone calls such as these.  Anyone who receives a call similar to these, or is in any way suspicious of a call from someone demanding an immediate cash payment, is asked to call the Sheriff’s office.
“The scammers making these calls are committing the worst type of fraud imaginable – preying on the elderly,” Sheriff Jack Strain said.
“Unfortunately, almost all of these calls are originating from overseas.  The best way we can protect our residents is to educate them and encourage them to call us if they are at all suspicious,” Strain said.

 

 

February 3, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Erik Boudreaux was booked 02/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Ashley Brooks was booked 02/02 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction


Richard Hart was booked 02/02 on the charges of Obstructing Public Passages, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Resisting an Officer With Force or Violence
Jessica Naquin was booked 02/02 In From Court
Daimen McGrath was booked 02/02 In From Court
Cortney Forrest was booked 02/02 on the charge of Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Byron Johnson was booked 02/02 In From Court
Katrina Johnson was booked 02/02 In For Court
Courtney Martin was booked 02/03 on the charge of Theft Under 500
Jonathon McClendon was booked 02/03 on the charge of Theft Under 5000

 

 

February 2, 2015

Armed Robbery in Franklinton:  Suspect and Witness Sought
At approximately 6:45pm on February 1, 2015 the Franklinton Police Dept. responded to an armed robbery of Dor’s Food Mart 1312 Washington St. While in route to the call a Patrol Officer briefly came into contact with a witness who related information on the possible suspect(s). Due to the urgency of the incident, Officers were unable to gain any details from the witness.
Franklinton Police Department Detectives are seeking the witness who stopped the Officer, so more information may be obtained. If you have any information on this incident please contact Det. Sgt. William Brumfield at the 985-839-4474.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

 

Obituary

Keith Wayne Page, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 57, born on August 23, 1957 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.

 

 

February 2, 2015

Warren Williams Sentenced to 40 years
Career Criminal Should Not Have Run From Police
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that 22nd Judicial District Judge Richard Swartz sentenced Warren Williams, age 37 of Slidell, today to 40 years in prison.   Williams was sentenced as a career criminal.  Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. was in charge of prosecution of the State’s case.
Williams was arrested after a traffic stop by the Louisiana State Police.  The Trooper was checking William’s license plate when Williams jumped back in the vehicle and sped away.  Williams traveled in excess of 100 miles per hour eastbound on the shoulder of I-12 between Covington and Lacombe.  Williams exited at Highway 434 south and ran other vehicles off the roadway before crashing his car into a ditch.  Williams fled on foot only to be arrested a short time later hiding under a house.  Williams was convicted of aggravated obstruction of a highway and flight from an officer in June 2014.
Williams has prior convictions for possession of marijuana 5th offense in 2007, possession with intent to distribute cocaine in 2007, possession of marijuana in 2002, 2 counts of possession of cocaine in 2002, 2 counts of possession of cocaine in 1998, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine in 1998.

 

 

February 2, 2015

Audit Finds Deficiencies in State Fire Marshall's Office
The Office of State Fire Marshal needs to improve its regularity in inspecting schools, universities, state buildings, health care facilities, day care centers, group homes, detention facilities, and others according to a report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera. 
The report cited deficiencies in timely inspections, re-inspections, imposition of fines, and tracking of complaints.  The report from the state auditor said that management of the fire marshal’s office claimed that inspectors are “not always able to conduct their inspections in a timely manner because of other required responsibilities, such as conducting final building inspections, arson investigations, amusement ride inspections, and fireworks inspections.”

For the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014, the state fire marshal had a staff of 175 employees, including 54 inspectors, down from 182 employees in 2011. A study says the office should have 70 inspectors, 16 more than it now has.  For the complete press release, click here.

 

 

February 2, 2015

Attempted Murder Suspect Sought by STPSO
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man wanted for shooting another man in the leg Sunday afternoon at the soccer fields located on Sullivan Road in Slidell.
A warrant for attempted second-degree murder has been issued for Bonifilio Perez (Hispanic/Male; DOB 11/17/1971). His last known address was 913 North Pine Street, Slidell.
The victim, a 27-year-old Hispanic man, told deputies that he and Perez had been involved in an ongoing feud regarding Perez’s infatuation with the victim’s wife and Perez had made previous threats against his life.
The victim was at the soccer fields on Sunday afternoon when Perez pulled into the parking lot in a black Toyota Tundra and fired a 9mm handgun out of the truck window before driving off.
The victim sustained a serious, but non-life threatening gunshot wound to his right shin.
Perez is known to be armed and should be considered dangerous.  If anyone has information about his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911.

 

 

February 2, 2015

3-D Printing Educational Event at Library
If you've seen any TV shows or news on the "Maker Movement" in the country, then you'll know, to quote Paul Harvey "The rest of the story".  Makers use three dimensional (3-D) printing to do things that could only be done by  extremely expensive machines tools in the past. Complex shapes and mechanisms that took days to form, can be done in hours at very low cost today. Everything from rings that work as a planetary gear set to artificial limbs can be made and this is on the beginning of the uses for these emerging tools. The maker movement uses the technology to make very complex objects with little cost.


Already there are "maker spaces" in libraries throughout the country and even a few in Louisiana. The technology can even be used to make replacement parts for items that were long ago written off because no parts were available to fix what was broken. Parts can now be printed to fix our broken machines. 
The Washington Parish Library at the Bogalusa Branch, will host a "maker night". On Tuesday, February 24, starting at 6 pm, Mr. Todd Giglio of the Pearl River County School System will demonstrate the capability of three-dimensional printing.  This will include open-source files that can be printed, what software requirements are necessary and different variations in 3-D printers.  Mr. Giglio will "print" demonstration objects to show the public and highlight what this revolutionary technology can do for society. He will also highlight the various types of printers and files, from sliding-bed machines, which print horizontally to machines with heated plates that print vertically. 
If you are interested and plan to attend, please call ahead at 985-735-1961. 

 

 

February 2, 2015

What's Happening at ST. Tammany Parish Hospital This Week


Here's a glimpse of what's going at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and its off-site locations February 2-7
***BREAST CANCER SUPPORT - This free support group is open to anyone receiving treatment or who has completed treatment for breast cancer.
***PLAY AND LEARN - Parents and their children, 16 months to 4 years, are invited to play and learn together through music and movement, arts and crafts, and storytime
***SIGN LANGUAGE FOR BABIES - Teaches children from birth to 2 years basic sign language
***BALLET - A 3-week ballet series for aspiring young ballerinas
***CUDDLE BUDDIES - A learning and support opportunity for parents and a social playtime for babies
***TAI CHI AND MEDITATION
***NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP - Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to seven months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips

 

 

Obituary

JEFFREY D. LEWIS, SR., AGE 65 and a resident of the Bonner Creek Community died at 10:00 am Friday January 30, 2015 at Canon Hospice in New Orleans. He was the owner of Lewis Consulting Services and a longtime member of Bonner Creek Baptist Church. Jeff loved his church, his church family and his Lord and Savior. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather always showing that love to his wife, children and grandchildren. Jeff enjoyed fishing, camping with family and friends and spending time with his buddies during their morning and afternoon coffee breaks. He thoroughly enjoyed making his rounds through town to visit his many friends and would help anyone that asked with whatever they may need.

 

 

Obituary

REBECCA “BECKY” HUNT RESTER, AGE 96 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 11:45 am Friday January 30, 2015 at Good Samaritan Living Center. She was a longtime member of Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church and she was especially thankful to her church family and said the church would never know what a blessing they were to her. Mrs. Becky enjoyed watching and listening to the Gaithers and loved cooking for her family and others. She was a hard worker all her life and worked alongside her husband on their dairy farm for many, many years. Mrs. Becky enjoyed sewing and often sewed her family’s clothes. She loved for people to visit with her and drink her famous coffee. Earlier in life she enjoyed working in her yard and tending her beautiful flowers.

 

 

February 2, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Ashley Miller was booked 01/30 on the charge of Probation Violation
Patrick Beall was booked 01/30 on the charge of Theft Over 1500
Kelly Scott was booked 01/30 on the charges of Theft Under 500 and Criminal Trespass
Joseph Treadway was booked 01/30 In From Court
Tamara Spears was booked 01/31 In From Court
Earl Jones was booked 01/31 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Criminal Damnage (2 counts), Theft 500-1500 (2 counts), and Contempt of Court
Michael Davis was booked 01/31 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Criminal Damage (2 counts), and Theft 500-1500 (2 counts)
Ashton Spencer was booked 01/31 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy
Herman Thomas was booked 01/31 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Obstructing Public Passagaes, and Open Container in Vehicle
Erik Boudreaux was booked 02/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Ashley Brooks was booked 02/02 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Richard Hart was booked 02/02 was booked 02/02 on the charges of Obstructing Public Passages, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

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