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December 15, 2017
Former DA Investigator From Bogalusa Pleads Guilty in Federal Court
MICHAEL J. COTTON (68) of Bogalusa and former Investigator for the District Attorney's office, has pleaded guilty to the one count Bill of Information charging him with soliciting sexual favors from a woman in exchange for obtaining a bond reduction for her boyfriend.
Between December 28, 2013, and July 10, 2015, COTTON offered to intervene in legal proceedings and obtain favorable legal outcomes for three females charged with crimes, their friends, family, and significant others who were charged with crimes in exchange for sexual favors.
In July 2015, COTTON demanded sexual favors from a 23-year-old female in exchange for seeking a bond reduction from $25,000 to a $30 signature bond for her boyfriend, a defendant in the Washington Parish jail.
Between December 2013 and March 2014, COTTON requested sexual favors from a 28-year-old female in exchange for arranging for her to retain custody of her minor children and eliminating a drug testing condition she had as the result of prior legal issues.
In January 2014, COTTON used his position to obtain a significant bond reduction for an incarcerated 23-year-old female with whom he had a relationship that involved sexual activity. 
COTTON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle set sentencing March 14, 2018.
“Mike Cotton was a profoundly corrupt member of the law enforcement community who victimized some of the most vulnerable women in Washington Parish,” stated Special Agent in Charge Eric J. Rommal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation New Orleans Field Office. “His guilty plea is an important first step toward holding him accountable for his abuses of power.”



Obituary
Byron “Red” Schilling, a native of Mt. Hermon and long-time resident of Bogalusa, died peacefully on December 14, 2017, at the age of 93.


December 15, 2017
A Bit of Christmas Comes to Franklinton Nursing Homes
Chief Olander Smith and Officers of the Franklinton Police Department and the Corbett W. Penton Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #47 visited Heritage Manor and Good Samaritan Living Center this morning (December 15, 2017). They also brought along the Franklinton High School Demonaires under the Direction of Kyle Jones to entertain the residents with a few Christmas songs. Officers gave each resident a Christmas gift and wished each one a Happy Holidays. Chief Smith gave the Administration and staff fruit baskets and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.
Chief Smith would like to thank the Demonaires for providing the entertainment and the Officers and staff of the Franklinton Police Department for working to put this event together.




December 15, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Agnes Moran was booked 12/14 on the charges of Simple Assault (2 counts)
Leroy Carroll was booked 12/14 In From Court
Shawn Stewart was booked 12/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana



December 15, 2017
Help ID This Grinch Who Stole $300 From a Store Employee



December 15, 2017
Shoplifters Use Hammers to Intimidate and Steal
Slidell Police are investigating a bold shoplifting incident where two suspects, armed with hammers, chased and intimidated a store employee, busted open glass electronics cases, and stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. This happened Monday morning (December 11, 2017) at the Wal-Mart.
Slidell Police is asking for anyone with information to contact Detective Scott O’Shaughnessy at 985-646-4348 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.




Obituary
John Russell Farace, age 71 and a resident of Franklinton, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.


December 14, 2017
Two Tried Stealing an ATM in Loranger – Now in Jail
Early this morning (December 14, 2017) around 2:00 a.m., a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy saw a truck backed up to an ATM in the parking lot of the Loranger Supermarket. They were trying to load it into the back of their truck.parking lot but fled when the deputy approached. Deputies pursued he truck until it crashed into a fence. The two suspects then fled on foot into a wooded area. 
At approximately 8:15 a.m., the subjects were spotted by TPSO detectives, they again fled on foot, but were quickly apprehended. It turns out that the truck was stolen from Kenner and had a stolen license plate.  
Arrested were Alfred Cobb (25) and Leonard Williams (33), both of Ponchatoula.
Detectives are still actively investigating the incident, therefore the charges are pending on both subjects. The TSPO is currently assisting the Kenner Police Department with an investigation into the stolen pick-up, as well as multiple stolen vehicles that have been recovered in Tangipahoa Parish from the Kenner area.




December 14, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Davin Green was booked 12/13 on the charges of Vehicle Burglary (2 counts)
Delvin Jones was booked 12/13 on the charge of Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements
Tyrese Cotton was booked 12/13 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Failure to Use Turn Signal, License Plate Light Required, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Failure to Appear, and Resisting an Officer (2 counts)



Obituary
Sharron Wallace, age 66 and a resident of Franklinton, passed from this life on December 12, 2017 at her residence.


Obituary
Layman Mitchell, age 60, died December 12, 2017.


Obituary
Alvenia E Nichols, age 68, died December 7, 2017.


December 13, 2017
Help Catch These Victoria Secret Robbery Suspects
The Mandeville Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday night (December 12, 2017) at Victoria Secret in the Premier Shopping Center. Five (5) individuals made out with stacks of merchandise valued in excess of $1,500.00. Two of the thieves were armed; one with mace, the other with a stun gun. One of the suspects sprayed two of the employees with the mace while a third employee was shocked with the stun gun. The suspects fled in what was described as a silver Honda with a temporary license plate.
The suspects were described as African American females; three were light skinned and two were dark skinned, and all were between 5'5" and 5'10" in height. They are all believed to be in their 20's. One of the subjects had red hair, another had a pony tail, a third one had a thick braid, and the shortest suspect had a blue baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Mandeville Police Department at (985) 626-9711.” 




December 13, 2017
Bogalusa Man Charged With Impersonating an Officer
On December 11, 2017, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Demontrey Lavon Mingo (22) of Bogalusa for impersonating a law enforcement officer.
A Franklinton area resident called the Sheriff’s Office reporting that an unknown male had come to the door of the residence and wanted to come inside. Although he was not dressed in a uniform and did not provide any law enforcement identification, he insisted that he was a law enforcement officer and needed to enter the residence. After being refused entry, the man then attempted to persuade the homeowner to step outside. The homeowner again refused and stated that a call was being made to the Sheriff’s Office. At that point, the unknown male fled on foot.
Two hours later, the impersonator returned to the area and was confronted by a neighbor who was aware of the ongoing issue. The neighbor called the Sheriff’s Office with a description of the man who once again fled. Responding deputies located and arrested the impersonator, identified as Mingo, on Highway 10 outside of Bogalusa. 
“The alert homeowner and the neighbor did the right thing,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “It appears that Mingo had criminal intentions and was using the scam of being an officer to gain entry into the residence.”



December 13, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Michelle Knight was booked 12/12 on the charge of Attachment
Shawna Cassidy was booked 12/12 In From Court and on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Malik Watkins was booked 12/12 In From Court
Tena Warren was booked 12/12 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs



December 13, 2017
Angie Christmas Parade is Saturday



December 13, 2017
Take A Picture With Santa in Bogalusa December 15



Obituary
ELLERY GIVENS, AGE 58 and a resident of Mt. Hermon, died early Tuesday morning December 12, 2017 at Tulane Medical Center.


Obituary
GILES LEONARD STOGNER, SR., AGE 84 and a resident of the Warnerton Community, died at 5:00 am Tuesday December 12, 2017 at Lakeview Medical Center.


December 12, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Crenarta Baker was booked 12/11 on the charge of Telephone Harassment/Obscene and Contempt of Court
Jashma Crumedy was booked 12/11 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Ike Roberts was booked 12/11 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts) and Obstruction of Justice
Corey Ruffin was booked 12/11 In From Court
David Creel was booked 12/11 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Megan Young was booked 12/11 on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts) and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Demontrey Mingo was booked 12/11 on the charges of Impersonating a Police Officer and Attachment
Ricardo McGowan was booked 12/11 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Scottie Route was booked 12/11 In For Court



Obituary
PAMELA “PAM” JARRELL BATEMAN, AGE 58 and a resident of Franklinton died Monday morning December 11, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center.


Obituary
Eleanor Glynn Bigelow Applewhite, age 90, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa.


Obituary
SAMUEL JEFFERSON JERRELL, SR., age 85 and a resident of Thomas, died Thursday, December 7, 2017 at his residence.


Obituary
Frank Lee Bridges, Jr. was called home to be with the Lord on December 3, 2017 at his residence.


Obituary
Mr. Willie Fortenberry, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the age of 87 at Heritage Manor.


Obituary
Gary Charles Jefferson, age 63 and a resident of Bogalusa, died December 6, 2017.


December 11, 2017
Take a Pic With St. Nic
Don't forget to come to the front lobby at Riverside Medical Center from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, December 14th to take a Pic with St. Nic.



December 11, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Nolan Waguespack was booked 12/08 In For Court
Ladell Lewis was booked 12/09 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Possession or Dealing in Unregistered or Illegally Transferred Weapons, Theft 750 or Less (2 counts)and Failure to Appear (5 counts)
Joshua James was booked 12/10 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment
George Diggs was booked 12/10 In For Court
Unshon Brister was booked 12/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Ricardo Burnette was booked 12/10 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction



December 8, 2017
Slidell Man Breaks Handcuffs During Arrest for Robbery
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Leval Butler (35) of Slidell for an early morning robbery today (December 8, 2017) at the Shell station on Highway 11.
STPSO reports that Butler entered the Shell station wearing a mask over his face. While threatening the clerk’s life, Butler removed an undisclosed amount of money from the register and fled on foot.
Responding deputies quickly established a perimeter and located Butler nearby with the stolen cash still on his person. Butler resisted arrest and broke a pair of handcuffs in the process. However, he was taken into custody and booked on the charges of Simple Robbery, Resisting an Officer with Force, and Simple Criminal Damage to Property
.


Obituary
Hubert H. Mizell, age 103, died December 7, 2017.


December 8, 2017
Bogalusan Arrested for September Shooting
On Tuesday December 5, 2017, Bogalusa Police Department officers arrested Yamaria Brumfield (22) of Bogalusa and booked him on felony warrants for Attempted First Degree Murder (3 counts).
Brumfield is accused of shooting multiple gun shots at two passing vehicles that were traveling on Bayer Street on September 8, 2017.  One of the bullets went through a car door, striking a female victim in the right leg.



December 8, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Danny Stogner was booked 12/07 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Probation Violation
Joshua White was booked 12/07 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Steven Bedgood was booked 12/07 on the charge of Probation Violation
Louis Crawford was booked 12/07 on the charge of First Degree Rape
Yamarai Brumfield was booked 12/07 on the charges of Attempted First Degree Murder (3 counts)
Tyvonta Fortenberry was booked 12/07 on the charge of Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements
Ashton Hines was booked 12/07 on the charge of Principals and Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property



December 8, 2017
Entergy Donates $2500 to Bogalusa Help Center
Entergy Customer Service Representative Eunice Harris presents a $2500 check to Gene Hayman, Volunteer & Board of Directors President of the Bogalusa Help Center. Also on hand to receive the funds were Patricia Branch, Vice President, and Wade Adams, Special Assistant to President Hayman. The Bogalusa Help Center celebrated its 30-year anniversary of helping others in November.
"I have seen the passionate work, first hand, of Mr. Hayman, his board members, local volunteers, and volunteers from more than a thousand miles away. And it just warms my heart to see such needy customers being served in the Entergy territory". And Entergy is proud to be a part of that passion” says Harris.


December 7, 2017
Declaration of Emergency Declared in Washington Parish
Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr signed this afternoon a Declaration of Emergency due to the Winter Weather forecast.



December 7, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jason Grimes was booked 12/06 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling (2 counts), Theft of Firearm (8 counts), Theft 25000 or more, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (8 counts)
Jeffrey Ingram was booked 12/06 In For Court
Geremie Middleton was booked 12/06 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction




Obituary
On Thursday, December 7, 2017, our beautiful Bettye Wicker Schilling Fussell of Kentwood was called to meet our glorious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Obituary
Hester J. Hartfield, age 74 and a resident of Angie, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA.


Obituary
Father Joseph Emile Cazenavette J.D., age 50, passed away on December 3, 2017 at his parents’ home in Bush, Louisiana.


Obituary
Rosie Lee Smith, age 74, departed this life Friday, December 1, 2017.


Obituary
On Thursday, November 30, 2017, God sent his Angels to 1423 North Royal Street in Bogalusa, La, to claim the soul of Glenda Pierce Montgomery.


December 6, 2017
Kentwood Christmas Parade is Monday, December 11th



December 6, 2017
I-10 Traffic Stop Leads to Big Drug Bust
A traffic stop on I-10 in Calcasieu Parish has led to the arrest of Mai Ly Thuy Johnson (35) of Covington for multiple narcotics and weapons charges and her husband Dujuan Jerel Johnson (36) for Money Laundering.

When Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies made a traffic stop Monday (December 4, 2017) on  Dujuan Jerel Johnson, they found him in possession of $72,600. He was arrested for Money Laundering. The investigation continued and on Tuesday, led officers to an apartment in the River Chase area of Covington occupied by Mai Ly Thuy Johnson. There, Troopers and Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office discovered a Century Arms AK-47 Pistol, $9,614.00 in currency, approximately five grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a 20 ton hydraulic press [machined to press and brand kilograms of narcotics], vacuum sealer, table top currency counter, a stolen Ruger LCP .380 handgun, 3.3 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of $825,000.and several other items used for the distribution and manufacture of illegal narcotics.


December 6, 2017
Tip Leads to Arrest of Two Slidell Students on Gun Charges
A Crimestoppers tip has resulted in two Slidell Junior High students being arrested for numerous charges resulting from a firearm being brought to school last Friday. A 14-year-old initially brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to Slidell Junior High School and a 12-year-old took possession of it. The 12-year-old reportedly showed the gun to several students throughout the day, none of whom notified school officials or the school resource officer. The 12-year-old went even further and began threatening some of the students through social media. Both students were arrested and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.
Slidell officials are disturbed at how long (almost 24 hours) it took for the incident to be reported. So far, Slidell Police have identified twelve witnesses (all students) who physically saw the gun, or had knowledge of the gun being at school on Friday.



December 6, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Joshua White was booked 12/05 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Lanika Warren was booked 12/05 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Probation Violation
Aaron Taylor was booked 12/05 on the charges of Principals, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, and Contempt of Court
Callie Painter was booked 12/05 In From Court
Louis Tate was booked 12/05 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction




December 5, 2017
Narcotics Task Force Makes Multiple Arrests in Pearl River Area

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force wrapped up two unrelated narcotics investigations last month in the Pearl River-area that resulted in the arrests of four individuals and arrest warrants issued for another. Nearly one half ounce of Methamphetamine intended for distribution, more than 300 prescription pills intended for distribution, assorted drug paraphernalia, and 16 firearms were seized as a result of these two investigations.
Arrested were James Smith (62), Glynn Acy, Jr. (51), and Nicolas Payne (32), all of Pearl River. A summons was issued for Glynn Patrick Acy, III for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Arrest warrants were issued for Geoffrey Bennett of Pearl River for Flight from an Officer and No Seatbelt.
The STPSO Narcotics Task Force in comprised of detectives from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Mandeville Police Department, Covington Police Department and Slidell Police Department.



December 4, 2017
Just Throwing Drugs Out the Window Doesn't Work
Monday morning (December 4, 2017), Bogalusa Police Department Patrolman Josh Oalman was traveling behind a vehicle on W. 8th Street and could not read the license plate due to it being covered up. After the vehicle turned on Avenue B, Officer Oalman attempted to make a traffick stop. Officer Oalmann observed the driver lean over and throw several objects out of the front passenger window then continued driving. After a short distance, the driver pulled over and stopped the vehicle.
The driver was identified as Brandon Thomas (20) of Bogalusa. Officers located 3 white pills identified as Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride.
Thomas was arrested pm the charges of Possession of Schedule lll Narcotics, Obstruction of Justice, Improper Equipment (display of license plate) and a Probation/Parole Hold.



December 4, 2017
WP Council Replaces Brent King on RMC Board
The Washington Parish Council voted Monday evening (December 4, 2017) to replace Brent King as a Riverside Medical Center Commissioner, following the recommendation of the Council's Personnel Committee, and voted to appoint Dr. William A. Ferrante to the position.
The vote followed input from James Caleb Martin, Chris McClelland, Kenneth Seal, James T. Thomas, and Brent King. The Council heard comments that King was being “railroaded”, that there was “no reason for King to be removed”, that King “has done a fine job”, that King “has done his level best”, and that replacing King was an “injustice”. Councilman Mike Fussell voted against and all other Councilmen voted for the resolution to appoint King's replacement.
In addition to routine business, the Council voted to reappoint Tammy Magruder to the RMC board and voted to appoint Cynthia August to replace Violet Tate on the RMC board.
President Richard Thomas provided a report to the Council that included his announcement of the resignation of Public Works Director Leo Luchessi, Finance Director Donna Graham provided a report, and Donnell Merrit provided his report on road work performed in the parish.
Click here to watch video of the meeting in its entirety.




December 4, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Cherish Lorio was booked 12/04 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
William Freeman was booked 12/04 on the charge of Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Rickey Pittman was booked 12/04 on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Marijuana, License Plate Improper Lighting, Expired Drivers License, and Failure to Pay Fine
Brandon Thomas was booked 12/04 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Obstruction of Justice, Proper Equipment Required on Vehicles, and Probation and Parole Hold
Romel Harris was booked 12/04 on the charges of No Seat Belt, Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows, Ran Stop Sign, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, No Drivers License, Speeding 41 & More Over Limit, Failure to Appear, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Careless Operation, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Damien Owens was booked 12/04 on the charges of Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Terrorizing


December 4, 2017
Mandeville Snowball Stand Owner Pleads Guilty To Paying Teen Girls for Sex Acts
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Anthony Barton Fortune (57), owner of a Mandeville snowball stand, pleaded guilty as charged Monday (December 4, 2017) to paying four teenage girls money and drugs for sexual favors. District Judge Peter Garcia sentenced him to a total of 15 years in prison on the charges of Purchase of Commercial Sexual Activity of persons under 18 (5 counts), Production of Pornography,  Sexual Battery, Indecent behavior with a juvenile (6 counts), Distributing Xanax to persons under 18 (2 counts), and Distributing marijuana to persons under 18 (2 counts).
The crimes came to light when Mandeville police received a report that the snowball stand owner was paying teenage girls for sexual activities. Police later found about 40 photos of the girls posing nude and performing sex acts in the defendant’s apartment, which is connected to the back of the snowball stand. Two of the victims were 14 years old, one was 15, and another was 16 at the time of the crimes.
The victims supported the resolution of the case.



December 4, 2017
Son Arrested Following Fight with His Father
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an aggravated battery that occurred between a father and son Saturday night (December 2, 2017) in the Lacombe area. Responding to a 911 call in Lacombe, deputies found a 57-year-old man unconscious inside the home. A family member at the residence told deputies the victim had gotten in a fight with his son, Casey Melerine (27) who was arrested on the charge of Second Degree Aggravated Battery.
The father was transported to a south shore hospital, where he remains in critical condition with a head injury.



December 4, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Linda Clark was booked 12/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Herbert Brunet was booked 12/02 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Turn/Accident, and Improper Lane Useage
Roy Angelo was booked 12/02 on the charge of Theft of Goods
Patrick Smith was booked 12/03 on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Darryl Singleton was booked 12/03 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence (2 counts), and Battery on an Officer With Injury
Patrick Scott was booked 12/03 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs


December 4, 2017
Mandeville Man Arrested in Homicide and Burglaries
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested George Dargis (39) of Mandeville for a domestic related homicide that took place at Mandeville area residence and for four business burglaries that occurred early Saturday morning (December 2, 2017).
Responding to a report of a possible homicide on Smith Street in the Mandeville area, deputies found a deceased female. Dargis was quickly identified as the suspect. He was also a suspect in the burglaries of Eddie's grocery, the Dollar general in Lacombe, Lishman's in Lacombe, and the Lacombe Car Wash.
Later Saturday morning, detectives were notified that Dargis was in University Hospital after he had been involved in a car crash on the Twin Span bridge. The NOPD handled the crash.
Following his release from the hospital, Dargis was booked into Orleans Parish Prison as a fugitive and then transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail where he was booked on the charges of Second Degree Murder, Simple Robbery, Simple Burglary (2 counts), and Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business.



Obituary
VESTA EDGAR SHARP, AGE 95 and a resident of the Lee Road Community, died at 8:40 am Saturday December 2, 2017 at his home.


Obituary
Doyle Mizell, age 84 and a lifelong resident of Bogalusa, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa.


Obituary
LINDA CUNNINGHAM PASCALE, AGE 73 and a resident of Franklinton, died Friday evening December 1, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center.


Obituary
RICHARD LANE HOLMES, II, age 40 and a resident of Franklinton, died Thursday evening November 30, 2017.


December 1, 2017
Three Grinch’s Caught Shoplifting Christmas Presents
Three New Orleans Grinch’s are behind bars for trying to steal three Razor Scooters and a 55” television from Walmart, but they didn’t stop there. The trio then decided to flee from Slidell Police.

Slidell Police responded to a report Thursday (November 30, 2017) of three females shoplifting at the  Walmart. As Slidell Police arrived, the three jumped into a car and sped away. They then jumped from the vehicle and ran from officers. After a brief foot chase, all three females were apprehended.
Officers located over $1,000 worth of merchandise in the trunk of the vehicle, all of which was believed to be Christmas presents.
Booked for Resisting an Officer by Flight and Theft Over $1000 were Deshante Thomas (19), Mikail Hardiway (20), and Andrelle Weaver (23), all from the New Orleans area.



December 1, 2017
Reminder: Christmas in the Park in Bogalusa
Christmas in the Park in Bogalusa reopens tonight, Friday December 1 and runs through Sunday, December 3. Drive-thru is 6-7pm and walk thru is 7-9, weather permitting.


December 1, 2017
D. A. Varnado Store Museum's Christmas Festival



Obituary
Robert John Duncan, age 87 and a resident of Bogalusa went to his Heavenly Home on November 30, 2017 after a long battle with cancer.


Obituary
Mrs. LaTisa Shanks Hinton departed this life, Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at her residence after a lengthy illness at the age of 42.


December 1, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Ricky Roach was booked 11/29 In From Court
Bruce Pierce was booked 11/29 In From Court
Adam Thomas was booked 11/30 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Whitney McNeese was booked 11/30 on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Charles Westmoreland was booked 11/30 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Useage, Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, and Failure to Appear
Justin Stafford was booked 11/30 In For Court and on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Failure to Appear
Brett Smith was booked 11/30 on the charges of Criminal Damage and Failure to Appear
Kevin Hartfield was booked 11/30 on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Willard Dugas was booked 11/30 In From Court
Mary Young was booked 11/30 on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (3 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear (2 counts), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia



December 1, 2017
Help Locate Missing Twin Brothers from Slidell



December 1, 2017
One Arrested, Two Wanted for Slidell Armed Robbery
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested James Johnson (26) of Slidell and are looking for Kendrick Wise (23) and Malik Crawford (20), both of Slidell, following an armed robbery that occurred in Slidell last weekend.

Deputies were dispatched to the J&K Apartments on Brownsvillage Road Saturday (November 25, 2017) in response to a Pearl River man's report that he had been robbed at gunpoint and beaten by three men while visiting a friend.
Arrest Warrants were obtained for Kendrick Wise, Malik Crawford and James Johnson. Johnson was located at his residence; while there, two stolen firearms were recovered and Johnson was charged with Armed Robbery, Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms (2 counts), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Contempt of Court for Failure to Appear, and Illegal Carrying of Weapon During Crime of Violence. 
Anyone with information about this crime or the whereabouts of Wise or Crawford is asked to call (985) 898-2338 or 911.



November 30, 2017
Pioneer Christmas is This Weekend in Franklinton
Pioneer Christmas at Mile Branch Settlement begins Saturday, December 2nd and ends Sunday, December 3rd. A horse parade will kick off the festivities Saturday at 10 am and thereafter, enjoy the baking contests, cookie decorating, cotton candy eating contests, sack races, and entertainment like Joel Galloway all day both days!


November 30, 2017
STPSO K-9s Locate Elderly man & Apprehend Suspect
“It was all in a day’s work” for St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s K-9s who located a missing elderly man and apprehended a fleeing suspect on Tuesday (November 28, 2017).
First, early Tuesay morning, a STPSO deputy attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven erratically on I-12. The driver did not stop, turned off his headlights, and exited the interstate. Following a pursuit by numerous deputies and Slidell Police, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete culvert and the driver fled on foot. K-9 Marko and his handler began tracking the subject. K-9 Marko successfully located George Dargis (39) of Mandeville hiding near a fence line in a patch of trees and apprehended him.
Then, a 93-year-old man was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon and K-9 Freya, a tracking hound who specializes in finding missing persons, and her handler were called to the scene. K-9 Freya located the man deep in the woods on the 13-acre property where he had fallen and was unable to get back up. The man was transported to a local hospital but was in good condition.




November 30, 2017
Santa Claus is Coming to Mt. Hermon
Old Saint Nick will be making his way to the Mt. Hermon on Saturday, December 16, 2017 and is inviting everyone to attend the Mt. Hermon Community Christmas parade beginning at 10am. The parade will start at Rawl's Pharmacy on Hwy 38, will proceed east to Brooks' Store, then make its way back to Rawl's.
Santa Claus will be in front of the Mt. Hermon School and will be available for any pictures that families might like to take with their own cameras or phones.
For more information, please contact Mrs. Darlene Garcia at (985) 335-6050.



Obituary
MARY O’BRIEN ERWIN BABINGTON, AGE 95 and a resident of Slidell, died at 12:07 pm Wednesday November 29, 2017 at the Park Provence assisted-living center.


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Patricia Ann Knight Bingham, age 70 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at her residence.


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NICK HARVEY SMITH, AGE 84 and a resident of Thomas, died at 7:45 pm Tuesday November 28, 2017 at his home.


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Rachael Ann Lipscomb Lites, age 34 and a resident of Hammond, Louisiana, passed from this earthly life Tuesday, November 28, 2017 and into the care of her Heavenly Father and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


November 30, 2017
Amite: Skeletal Remains Identified
On November 20, 2017,  a rabbit hunter discovered human skeletal remains in a wooded area near East Factory Street in Amite. With the assistance of the LSU FACES Laboratory, the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office has been able to positively identified those remains as 50-year-old Amite resident Leonard Hickerson.
Hickerson was reported missing by family members on August 9, 2017. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Amite City Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office, and the LSU FACES laboratory are all still currently investigating the case



November 30, 2017
Slidell Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Child Sex Offenses
William Harvey Watson (24) of Slidell has pleaded guilty to charges of sexual battery of a victim under 13, as well as 250 counts of possession of child pornography and 27 counts of production of child pornography of a victim under 13. District Judge Reginald Badeaux sentenced Watson to 30 years in prison on the sexual battery charge and 25 years in prison on each of the other charges, with all of the sentences to be served at the same time.
While briefly babysitting a 4-year-old girl in February, 2017, Watson touched the child's  vagina in a sexual way, took off her clothes, and posed her for sexually explicit photos. He confessed to touching the girl and to having a sexually transmitted disease. The child’s mother became suspicious and, after questioning, the girl described what happened.
During its investigation, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office found 473 images and 10 videos of child pornography. A majority of the images and videos were identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as known child victims. All of the images and videos were of children under 13 and most were of children under age five.
Watson admitted to being sexually attracted to children and downloading the illegal material to attempt to satisfy those urges. While searching the computer, the Sheriff’s Office also found several pornographic images of an 8-month-old girl, whom Watson had posed for sexually explicit photos. During the investigation, Watson admitted to previously getting in trouble years earlier for sexually abusing an 18-month-old girl in Texas.
Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford, who prosecuted the case, and the victim’s family urged the court to give Watson the maximum possible sentences of 99 years in prison on the sexual battery and production of child pornography charges and 40 years on the possession of child pornography charges. After Badeaux sentenced Watson to a maximum of 30 years, Alford filed a motion, asking the judge to increase the sentence.



November 29, 2017
Traffic Stop Leads to Arrests of Bogalusa and Angie Men
Tyrell Davon McGowan, (30) of Bogalusa and Trevor D. Smith (25) of Angie were arrested on numerous charges by Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputy Tyler Lindsey on November 22, 2017. While patrolling in the Angie area, Deputy Lindsey observed a vehicle with no license plate or inspection sticker and made a traffic stop.
As Deputy Lindsey approached the suspect vehicle on foot, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. As McGowan and Smith exited the vehicle, Deputy Lindsey noticed they were very nervous and searched each man for weapons as he detained them. McGowan gave permission for Deputy Lindsey to search the vehicle. The search revealed several packages of narcotics and a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol which turned out to be stolen.
McGowan was charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs (4 counts), possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs (3 counts), possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV drugs, distribution of Schedule I drugs (3 counts), possession of legend drugs without a prescription, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present, possession of a stolen firearm, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, no license plate and no inspection sticker.
Smith was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.



November 29, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Terry Kemp was booked 11/28 In From Court
Jarvis Diamond was booked 11/28 In From Court
Stacey Grimes was booked 11/28 on the charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm (5 counts) and Possession of Stolen Property
Andrew Hunt was booked 11/28 on the charges of First Degree Rape, Oral Sexual Battery, Sexual Battery, and Aggravated Crime Against Nature



November 29, 2017
Bogalusa Man Indicted on Murder and Armed Robbery
A Washington Parish grand jury indicted Dakeithan D. Matthews (22) of Bogalusa, Tuesday (November 28, 2017) on charges of second degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm. Matthews is accused of shooting to death Jon Kelly Smith, of Lumberton, Mississippi, and using the handgun to rob another victim on July 1, 2017.
Pearl River County Sheriff's Office had contacted Bogalusa Police Department and advised that Smith, who had been shot three times while in Bogalusa to collect a debt, had travelled back to Mississippi and had died from his gunshot wounds.
Matthews was arrested by BPD on July 12, 2017.



Obituary
William Alec Leon Simmons, age 32 and a resident of Kentwood passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite.


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PATRICK “SONNY” CONQUES, AGE 76 and a resident of Franklinton died at 12:30 am Tuesday November 28, 2017 at North Oaks Medical Center.


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Russell Wiley Crawford, age 77 and a resident of Spring Creek, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center in Independence.


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Wanda Dykes McDaniel, age 78 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 in Leesburg, VA.


November 29, 2017
Franklinton Man Indicted in Death of Tylertown Man
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Joshua Cole Stinson (36) of Franklinton, on a charge of running a stop sign on July 12, 2017 that resulted in the death of Curtis Simmons of Tylertown, Mississippi.
The fatal crash occurred on LA 25 at the intersection of LA 438. Following the impact, Simmons' truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and collided with a culvert. Simmons was not restrained at the time of the crash and was ejected from his vehicle.



Obituary
Hazel Pitre Hunter, age 86 and a native of Golden Meadow passed away on November 24, 2017 in Mt. Hermon.


November 28, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Brandon Miller was booked 11/27 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Theft of Firearm (8 counts), Theft 25000 or More, Criminal Conspiracy to Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (8 counts)
Joseph Busby was booked 11/27 on the charges of Attempted Simple Burglary and Vehicle Burglary
Scottie Route was booked 11/27 In For Court
Percy Griffin was booked 11/27 on the charges of Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Assault With a Firearm



November 26, 2017
WPSO Arrests Five – Seeks Another
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested five area residents in connection with a residential burglary that occurred on Highway 60 in Bogalusa. The burglary was interrupted when the homeowner arrived home to see a vehicle backed up to his front door. The suspects quickly drove away but the homeowner discovered that  numerous firearms, jewelry and a large sum of money were missing.
The burglary investigation has resulted in the arrests of Dustin Stanley Bailey (35) of Bogalusa, Chelsie Lynn Bourne (25) of Bush, Joshua C. Grimes (32) of Bogalusa, Stacey Todd Grimes (48) of Bogalusa, and Brandon Michael Miller (27) of Bogalusa on a variety of charges that include burglary of an inhabited dwelling, theft of firearms, theft of more than $25,000, criminal conspiracy to burglary of an inhabited dwelling. possession of Schedule III drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present, contempt of court, obstruction of justice, accessory after the fact, and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. 
Jason Todd Grimes is being sought as a fugitive. Any person who knows his location is asked to call Detective Kody Glenn as (985) 839-3434. A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of Jason Todd Grimes.
Numerous stolen items have been recovered, including $14,000 in cash.



Obituary
Nead Tate died November 21, 2017 at the age of 88.


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Bonnie F. Pierce died November 20, 2017 at the age of 67.


November 26, 2017
Franklinton-Area Man Charged With Burglary
Alex Keith Magee (30), a resident of Wilson Road in Franklinton, is in the Washington Parish Jail charged with the October burglary of a residence on Jamieson Creek Road and the theft of a dirt bike and attempted theft of a motorcycle. The homeowner had a home security camera system that captured the burglary as it occurred and the burglar was identified as Alex Magee.
Magee was located an arrested November 22, 2017. He has been in the jail three previous times, including a 2007 burglary. Magee is a suspect in other related offenses.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “Another burglar off of our streets and into our jail. That is good. I compliment the homeowner for having a video security system. That is a great tool for any homeowner and helps to quickly identify thieves and others who would are up to no good.”



November 26, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Octaria Moore was booked 11/24 In For Court
Dustin Glover was booked 11/24 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court
Elisjah Hatcher was booked 11/26 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Patrick Parker was booked 11/26 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery



Obituary
GERALDINE GIBSON PASSMAN, AGE 80 and a resident of Franklinton, died at 8:30 pm Saturday November 25, 2017 at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home.


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Richard Nielsen Seals passed away peacefully at home in Bogalusa on November 25, 2017 at the age of 87.


November 27, 2017
LSP: Hit and Run Driver Removed Body from His Windshield
Saturay night (November 25, 2017), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal hit and run crash on US 190 in Slidell that claimed the life of Calvin Lefort, Jr. (59) of Slidell. A fluid trail from the suspect vehicle would ultimately lead to the arrest of Larry Dean Kellett (48) of Slidell.
Troopers determined that Lefort was riding a bicycle westbound on US 190 and was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by Kellett. The impact caused Lefort to become lodged in the windshield of Kellett’s van. Following the crash, Kellett stopped his vehicle on the shoulder, removed Lefort from the windshield,  dumped his body near the ditch, and then fled the scene. A passerby later observed Lefort’s body and called 911. Lefort was transported Slidell Memorial Hospital where he died.
Troopers further determined that the suspect vehicle was dripping fluid after the crash and followed the fluid trail to the residence of Kellett’s girlfriend, where Kellett and his van were both located. Kellett admitted his involvement in the crash. Kellett was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Negligent Homicide, Felony Hit-and-Run, and Driving Under Suspension.



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J. L. MAGEE, AGE 61 and a resident of Angie, went to his Heavenly Home on Friday November 24, 2107 at 10:25 pm after a long hard fought battle with cancer.


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DIANNE GUY WALL, AGE 71 and a resident of the Sunny Hill Community died Friday evening November 24, 2017 at her home.


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Frankie M. Spencer, born in Varnado, Louisiana and a former resident of Magnolia, MS, passed away at the age of 92 on November 23, 2017, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS.


November 26, 2017
WPSO Searching Searching for Escapee
Update: Timothy John Williams was captured Saturday night in Bogalusa. He was discovered at a house on Michigan Avenue. Williams resisted arrest; however, after a brief struggle, Williams was subdued and handcuffed inside the house, and returned to the Washington Parish jail.
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for Timothy John Williams (30), who escaped from a work assignment Friday night. Williams is a white male, six feet one inch tall and bald. He sometimes goes by his street name of Kojak. The last known address for Williams is 430 Huron Avenue in Bogalusa.
Williams was being held on a $3,500 bond for a theft charge and was assigned to clean and perform other chores in and around the jail. Sometime during the night he was able to escape detection and walk away from the jail.
Although Williams was jailed on a non-violent offense, anyone who encounters him should use caution. Any person who knows a possible location for Williams is asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434. It is not necessary to reveal your identity.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “All of the details of this escape are not known at this time, but we are reviewing the entire time frame beginning with just prior to noticing that he was missing. Our search for him extends throughout Washington Parish and beyond. He is listed on the national criminal justice database, so any arrest anywhere in the United States will alert arresting officers that he is wanted for escape. At this time, our efforts are focused on locating Williams and we will not cease searching for him until he is found. If anyone has contact with Williams, please encourage him to call and turn himself in. That certainly would be the easiest route for him to take at this time.”




November 24, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Amber Palmer was booked 11/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Samuel Wood was booked 11/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Duane Whitney was booked 11/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (3 counts)
Alex Magee was booked 11/22 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Theft of Auto/Vehicle, and Attempted Theft Auto/Vehicle
Sheyenne Seal was booked 11/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Marijuana
Trevor Smith was booked 11/22 on the charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Tyrell McGowan was booked 11/22 on the charges of No License Plate, Expired Inspection Sticker, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (4 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs (3 counts)
Shawn Thomas was booked 11/22 on the charge of Failure to Appear



Obituary
Jabus “Jay” Kelly, age 77, left this world on November 23, 2017.


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ROBERT JOSEPH ESTAVE, JR., AGE 48 and a resident of Franklinton, died Wednesday afternoon November 22, 2017 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge.


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Douglas Dakota "Cody" Jones, age 32, was suddenly and unexpectedly called to his heavenly home on November 20, 2017.


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MITCHELL WAYNE POLKEY, AGE 32 and a resident of Bogalusa, died Sunday evening November 19, 2017.


November 22, 2017
Bogalusa Council Hears About Events, Issues, & More
At last evening's (November 21, 2017) meeting of the Bogalusa City Council, Mayor Wendy Perrette addressed the Council and the audience (beginning at 1:11:10 into video of the meeting) and spoke well of the working relationship with Bogalusa City Schools Superintendent Lisa Tanner, reminded all of the Christmas Parade on Thursday (November 23rd), remarked on the recent Young Adult Retreat sponsored by the Bogalusa Police Department, and encouraged all to participate in Small Business Saturday on November 25th.
Department Heads Louis Busby and Landon Tims provided reports on the Airport, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation. Busby provided updates on grants that continue to upgrade the airport. Tims' report included information on the progress in demolishing condemned structures in the City, street repairs with the assistance of the Parish and DOTD, he thanked the Council for passing a resolution that makes possible the cleaning up of Bogalusa Creek, and announced the replacing of the Poplas Recreation roof and various other work being peformed.
An issue regarding activities for seniors at the Senior Center was discussed. Council woman Kates initiated the discussion by suggesting there was a lack of program activities for persons at the Center, that the Center was inadequately funded, and that language in the ordinance providing funding was not as approved by the voters. Kates introduced a resolution to correct language in the ordinance. While expressing support for the Senior Center but needing time to review the issue, a Council majority voted to table the resolution.
The Council also heard a presentation by Charlotte Champagne with United Way and heard a very positive presentation from Lisa Tanner, Superintendent of the Bogalusa School System. The Council also heard from residents with input on various issues and concerns. 




November 22, 2017
18th Annual Bogalusa Lighted Christmas Parade is Tomorrow



Obituary
Marjory B. Herrington, a resident of Hattiesburg and a former resident of Bogalusa, died Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at the age of 83 at Provision Living in Hattiesburg.


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Beverly Ann Pittman, age 80 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.


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William Robert "Bobby" Bates, age 62 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Tuesday, November 21,2017.


November 22, 2017
Kentwood Man Booked on Child Pornography
Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) has arrested Randolph Ard (62) of Kentwood on 10 counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children under the age of 13. He was arrested and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail following a joint investigation between General Landry’s CCU, the State of Louisiana Probation and Parole Office, and the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office.
Ard is a registered sex offender who has previously been convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles and pornography involving juveniles.two registered sex offenders on multiple charges of child pornography.
“These horrendous Internet crimes against children continuously inflict damage, said General Landry. “Every time one of these videos or images is viewed, the child is re-victimized.”



November 22, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Dustin Bailey was booked 11/21 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Theft of Firearm (6 counts), Theft of 25000 or More, and Criminal Conspiracy to Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling
Zechariah Crain was booked 11/21 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Contempt of Court (2 counts), and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Brittany Prevot was booked 11/21 on the charge of Probation Violation
Chelsie Bourne was booked 11/2 on the charge of Accessory After the Fact
Stacey Grimes was booked 11/21 on the charges of Accessory After the Fact and Obstruction of Justice
Joshua Grimes was booked 11/21 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present (2 counts)



November 22, 2017
Small Business Saturday Is November 25
Shoppers are encouraged to patronize locally-owned small businesses this holiday weekend, and then year-round. This strengthens our local economies by supporting local businesses, our friends an neighbors,  and the jobs that are created locally. 
On Saturday, November 25, Louisiana will join a national movement in celebrating Small Business Saturday, to recognize the strength, value and importance of locally owned small businesses to their communities and the state.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said, “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they do so much to showcase the skills, talent and culture that can only be found in Louisiana.



November 22, 2017
BOLO From St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office



November 22, 2017
BOLO From St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office



Obituary
Jonathan Mitchell “Johnny” Nicholson, born in Columbia, MS. and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away at the age of 54 on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa.


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Bonnie Sue Miller Foil, born in Mt. Hermon and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away at the age of 83 on Monday, November 20, 2017 at her residence.


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Walter Lee Magee, born August 12, 1944 departed this life Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the age of 73 at Oschner Hospital.


November 21, 2017
Bogalusa Police and Young Adult Retreat a Success!
Bogalusa Police Department Press Release
Over the weekend of Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th, Chief Kendall Bullen and the Bogalusa Police Department hosted the first “Bogalusa Police and Young Adult Retreat”, located at Deep South Bible Camp near Henleyfield, MS.
The youth enjoyed the weekend playing basketball, volleyball, fishing and gathering around a bonfire on Friday night. Chief Bullen and the Bogalusa Police Department would like to thank Ben Lewis, Spade Morris, and Raymond Morris for speaking positive and encouraging words to the youth.
We would also like to thank the sponsors of the retreat: Travis’ Hometown Supermarket, Poole’s Bluff Bait Shop, Spade Morris, Kenita Nicoulin, Councilwoman Tamira Smith, Councilman Teddy Drummond and Councilman Scott Ard.
Chief Bullen stated that he w
as pleased with the success of the retreat and plans to have more in the future.



November 21, 2017
Bedwell Sworn in as Washington Parish Councilman
Phillipp Bedwell was administered the Oath of Office Monday evening (November 20, 2017) by District Judge-Elect Billy Burris at the meeting of the Washington Parish Council.
Bedwell was appointed by the Council on November 6, 2017 to fill the vacant seat in District 5, a vacancy created when Councilman Pete Thomas resigned due to losing his house to a fire and relocated out of the district.  The District includes the Stateline area, Thomas, Pine, Ben’s Ford and the area around the Bogalusa Library and YMCA.




November 21, 2017
Bogalusa: Two Arrested in Joint BPD and WPSO Action
On Monday (November 20, 2017) the Washington Parish Sheriff's Department requested the assistance of the Bogalusa Police Department at a residence in the 900 block of Avenue H. The Officers were at the residence looking for a large sum of money from an earlier theft. 
Verbal consent to search the residence was given and Officers located a baggie containing a white powder substance of suspected cocaine lying next to a scale in the living room area. Officers entered the bedroom and located a loaded syringe with a spoon lying next to it. Officers also located twelve pills, multiple syringes and spoons, and an ashtray containing roaches of suspected marijuana.
Duane J Whitney (37) of Bogalusa was arrested on the charges of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Legend Drugs (3 counts), Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Marijuana. Amber N. Palmer (32) of Bogalusa was arrested on the charges of Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.



November 21, 2017
Credit Card Fraud Suspects Sought by Pike County S.O.
The Pike County Mississippi Sheriff's Office Investigations Division is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and apprehending the suspects involved in a credit card fraud investigation. The card numbers were used on October 31, 2017 at Wizard's Electronics in Summit, MS.
Suspects vehicle is described as a black Chevrolet Impala with aftermarket wheels and tinted windows. Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime, please call Central Dispatch at 601-783-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033. 




November 21, 2017
Reward Offered: Man Wanted for Questioning
Tradarrius Youngblood is wanted for questioning by the Tylertown Police Department.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for credible information on the whereabouts of Youngblood. Call 601-467-1878.




November 21, 2017
Money Seized Following Lacombe Arrest
In late October, the STPSO Narcotics Task Force, which is made up of members from STPSO, Mandeville Police Department, Covington Police Department and Slidell Police Department, began investigating Anthony Foster (31), who is convicted felon, after it was reported that he was selling crack cocaine from his residence located at 61060 N. 31st Street in Lacombe.
On November 14, 2017, STPSO Criminal Patrol deputies were dispatched to the residence in reference to Foster being involved in a disturbance with some individuals. Patrol deputies observed narcotics in plain view and contacted Task Force members, who in turn obtained a search warrant for the home. Detectives located approximately three pounds of high grade marijuana, 13 grams of cocaine, hydrocodone and Xanax tablets, a digital scale, a Hi-Point .45 pistol with an extended magazine, and $5,042. They also discovered a bank account held by Foster which contained an additional $8,209.62. All funds were seized as suspected proceeds from the sale of narcotics.
Foster was charged with numerous drug related offenses and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.




November 21, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Gerald Jones was booked 11/20 In From Court
Alex Miller was booked 11/20 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs, Attachment (4 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Calvin Massengale was booked 11/20 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court



November 21, 2017
Two Arrested in Ponchatoula on Gun and Drug Charges

Ponchatoula Police Department and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted each other on an incident which led to the arrest of Dylan Jordan (18) and Christian Harrell (17) for multiple drug-related charges and possession of stolen firearms.
On November 19, 2017, a citizen called PPD regarding a strong smell of marijuana coming from a vehicle that recently left the Walmart parking lot. Ponchatoula officers located the vehicle at the Circle K gas station just west of the interstate. Ponchatoula officers began to identify the occupants as the TPSO arrived to assist with their K-9 unit. With the help of the K-9, officers retrieved large amounts of marijuana, money, and firearms. Once the search was completed, the incident was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office.
Jordan was charged with Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Firearms while Possessing CDS, and Possession of Stolen Firearm. Harrell was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Firearms while Possessing CDS, and 2 Counts of Possession of Stolen Firearm.



November 20, 2017
Dummyline Road #2 To Be Closed for Repairs
Washington Parish Public Works crews will begin replacing five culverts on Dummyline Road #2 beginning Monday, November 27th. The road is expected be closed from then through Friday December 1st.  Detour signs will be posted at Spencer Cemetery Road and Gill Road.
Work is expected to last one week, weather permitting.



November 20, 2017
Great News for High School FFA Members
Today (November 20, 2017), Governor John Bel Edwards announced the creation of a statewide scholarship agreement between the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Student Association (FFA). The agreement calls for a $500 one-time scholarship for every Louisiana FFA member who graduates from a Louisiana high school and a $1,000 one-time scholarship for each state champion to any LCTCS college, beginning with the high school graduating class of 2017-2018. The scholarship offer will be valid for the fall semester following high school graduation only.
“Having a college degree or becoming certified in a certain specialty is one of the most important assets anyone can have who is interested in securing a good paying job, which is something our community and technical college system and the FFA understand,” said Gov. Edwards.



November 20, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Ashanti Blackburn was booked 11/18 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment, Simple Assault, Battery on a Police Officer, and Resisting an Officer
Luckey Pope was booked 11/18 on he charge of Oral Sexual Battery
Hugh Cutrer was booked 11/18 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, and Failure to Appear



Obituary
Marion Stiller LeBlanc, a long-time resident of Rio and more recently of Robert, passed away on November 19, 2017 at 11:58 a.m. at the age of 93.


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Alberta W. Robinson died November 17, 2017 at the age of 83. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


November 20, 2017
Undercover Operation Targets Underage Alcohol Sales
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office recently conducted two undercover operations targeting Juvenile Underage Drinking Enforcement (aka, J.U.D.E.) on both sides of the parish. A total of fifty five (55) businesses in St. Tammany were checked for compliance over a two-day period and fifteen (15) clerks were issued summonses for non-compliance.
The operations were funded by a federal grant through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. These compliance checks involve the use of a commissioned STPSO deputy who has not reached the age of 21.
With the holidays approaching, deputies want to ensure that alcoholic beverage outlets in St. Tammany Parish are in compliance with L.R.S. 14:93.11, which prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age. Penalties for violations of this statute can result in fines of not less than $500 nor more than $1000 or imprisonment for not less than thirty days nor more than six months, or both.



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Theophile “Ted” Titus, age 83 of Kentwood, passed away on November 18, 2017 at home surrounded by his family and loved ones.


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MARY ANN CASTILOW WOODWARD, AGE 59 and a resident of Varnado died at 8:00 pm Friday November 17, 2017 at Baton Rouge General Hospital.


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Michael J. Kellar, Sr. , age 69 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017 at University South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama.


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Patricia Renee Toney Sibley, a native of Franklinton, Louisiana and a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed away at the age of 56 on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at The Crossing in Baton Rouge.


November 20, 2017
Convicted Felon from Roseland Sentenced for Gun Possession
Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced the sentencing of DAVID SUMERA (31) of Roseland for possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. He was sentenced to 51 months followed by three years of supervised release.
According to court documents, on July 5, 2016, an undercover joint Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Hammond Police Department operation arrested SUMERA for selling a Smith & Wesson Model SD9VE, 9mm semi-automatic pistol to an undercover officer.  SUMERA was prohibited from possessing firearms because of previous convictions for simple robbery and possession of hydrocodone.



November 20, 2017
Hammond Woman Was Operating Fraudulent Tax Preparation Business
Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ROJONAH HARRIS (35) of Hammond was sentenced November 16, 2017 for aiding and abetting in the preparation of false tax returns. She was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay $1,115,578 in restitution.
HARRIS owned and operated a tax preparation business in Hammond and, in various ways, fabricated and falsified supporting documentation to generate large refunds for clients.  HARRIS charged substantial tax preparation fees for the preparation and transmittal of these tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service. She earned not less than $582,090 in return preparation fees for preparing tax returns for tax years 2011 through 2013.
In total, between tax years 2011 and 2014, HARRIS prepared and filed not fewer than 267 false and fraudulent tax returns, resulting in inappropriate and unnecessary refunds of not less than approximately $1,115,578. 



November 18, 2017
Illegal Dumping of Tires in Washington Parish
Parish President Richard Thomas Jr is asking for the public's help. He welcomes any Information that will help with the ongoing investigation of illegal dumping of tires at Richardson Landing. Thank you to the WPG Crews helping with the clean up!



November 18, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Wilson Rowell was booked 11/17 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Jael Quave Marshall was booked 11/17 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Patrick Mizell was booked 11/17 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Anthony Robinson was booked 11/17 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Joseph Crutchfield was booked 11/17 on the charges of Principal to Attempted Theft, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Brandon Carroll was booked 11/17 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Leroy Carroll was booked 11/17 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Ashley Castle was booked 11/17 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Neva Stephens was booked 11/17 on the charges of Obstruction of Justice, Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Kevin Crutchfield was booked 11/17 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, Failure to Appear, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA
Marquita Mobley was booked 11/17 on the charge of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery
Leonardo Tate was booked 11/17 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Dantwuan Woods was booked 11/17 on the charge of Failure to Appear and Speeding 41 & More Over Limit
Kristene Jarrell was booked 11/17 on the charges of Theft of Animals/Dogs and Theft 750 or Less
Jakyren Ladner was booked 11/17 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA




November 17, 2017
ID of Town Crier Burglary Sought by FPD
The Franklinton Police Department is asking if anyone can identify the individual in these photos.
Franklinton Police Department Detectives are seeking information on this individual for an early morning burglary at the Town Crier on Washington Street. If anyone has any information please contact Sgt. James Folks and 985-839-4474 Ext. 106




Obituary
"Bobby" John Robert Langford, age 63 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017 at his home.


November 17, 2017
Bogalusa Police Arrests Eight on Drug and Gun Charges
Bogalusa Police Department Patrol Officers Bryce Jarreau and Will Seals responded Thursday evening (November 16, 2017) to a complaint about people standing in the road smoking marijuana and holding guns on the corner of St. John Street and Caston Avenue. They found six males standing behind a vehicle with the trunk open.
The vehicle owner gave Officers consent to search his vehicle and, in the trunk of the vehicle, officers located a Colt ..380 pistol with an obliterated serial number, a Diamondback AR-15 pistol, five individual packaged baggies of suspected marijuana and eight xanax bars. Under the front passenger seat of the vehicle, officers located another pistol.
Officers got a consent to search the residence form the homeowner and inside the residence officers located a quarter pound of suspected Marijuana, scales for packaging and selling narcotics, baggies for packaging narcotics for street sale, liquid THC, other drug paraphernalia and marijuana gleanings scattered throughout the residence.
Quave J. Marshall (18) of Bogalusa, Anthony W. Robinson Jr (20) of Bogalusa, Joseph Crutchfield (19) of Bogalusa, Kevin T. Crutchfield (44) of Bogalusa and Ja'kyren D. Ladner (18) of Bogalusa were arrested on the charges of  Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 4 Narcotics, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, llegal Carrying of a Weapon while in Possession of a Controlled
Dangerous Substance, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile, and Illegal use of a Controlled Substance in the Presence of a Minor.
Neva A. Stephens (35) of Bogalusa was arrested on the charges of Obstruction of Justice, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile, Illegal Use of a Controlled Substance in the Presence of a Minor, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Narcotics.
A 15 year old male juvenile was arrested on the charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 4 Narcotics, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon by a Juvenile, and Illegal Possession of a Handgun by a Juvenile.
A 16 year old male Juvenile was arrested on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Obstruction of Justice.




November 17, 2017
Franklinton Man Guilty of Kidnapping and Rape in Home Invasion
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Deonta Miller (18) of Franklinton pleaded guilty Tuesday (November 14, 2017) to second degree rape, second degree kidnapping, and aggravated burglary in a home invasion last year in Franklinton.
Miller, whose trial was set to begin Tuesday, was sentenced by District Judge William Knight to a maximum of 40 years on the rape charge, 20 years on the kidnapping charge, and 20 years on the burglary charge, with all of the sentences to be served at the same time.
In December last year, Miller posed as a delivery man and gained entry into the victim’s home, where he stole a large number of guns and other valuables. He also forced the female victim to drive her car, full of the stolen goods, onto a desolate road and raped her. He then got the vehicle stuck in a ditch, and the victim escaped when he fled into the woods.
The evidence showed that an accomplice helped plan and execute the crimes. The alleged accomplice, Robert Lester, died while awaiting trial on the matter in jail.
Assistant District Attorney Lewis Murray prosecuted this case.

For more on this story,click here.


November 17, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Rayen Schillings was booked 11/16 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jeffery Schillings was booked 11/16 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Dylan Jenkins was booked 11/16 on the charges of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Battery on a Police Officer, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Theft 750 or Less (2 counts), Theft 750-5000, Theft of Firearm, and Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence
Ronald Alexander was booked 11/16 on the charges of Contempt of Court (4 counts), Failure to Comply in Person Sex Offender Reg T-1, and Failure to Appear



Obituary
Johnny A. Leos, age 73 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.


Obituary
Jesse Ladner, age 60 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away November 13, 2017.


November 16, 2017
Covington: Help Find These 3 Runaway Teens



Obituary
Marilyn Alleno passed away at  the age of 77 at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.


Obituary
James Robert "Jimbo" Miller born April 15, 1969 went home to be with The Lord on November 14, 2017 at the age of 48.


Obituary
Trinity Sondra Tourne' Cothern passed away at the age of 77 on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at her residence in Bogalusa.


Obituary
Flora Elaine (Blades) Williams, age 90 and a native of the Spring Creek Community, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2017 at North Oaks Hospital.


November 16, 2017
WPSO Deputy Catches Man Weighing & Wrapping Drugs
While working a DWI detail on November 14, 2017, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy Jay Dupre observed a red pickup truck sitting motionless at the intersection of Frank Dillon Road and Hwy. 38. Deputy Dupre parked directly behind the red pickup truck and, with his blue lights flashing, approached the driver's side window. In clear sight was a scale used to weigh drugs and what appeared to be drugs that the driver was weighing and wrapping in aluminum foil.The male driver was so busy weighing and wrapping the drugs that he had not noticed the flashing blue lights behind him or the deputy standing next to the driver's side window – that is, until Deputy Dupre loudly announced his presence.
Once the driver exited the vehicle, Deputy Dupre searched him and discovered illegal drugs on his person as well a variety of other illegal drugs in the vehicle. The driver, Branden Lane Knight (29), was arrested and charged with possession of Schedule III drugs, possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and sale, distribution or possession of legend drugs without a prescription.
This is Knight’s second arrest in 2017. He was arrested and charged in February with possession of Schedule II drugs, possession of Schedule IV drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.



November 16, 2017
Help Slidell Police ID This Theft Suspect
Slidell Police are asking for your help identifying this suspect, who stole money from a handicapped, elderly lady. Somehow, this suspect obtained the victim’s ATM card, and was able to withdraw several hundreds of dollars out of her bank account. The video is from the First Castle ATM, located at 1402 Gause Boulevard, on Thursday, September 7,2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Giardina at 985-646-6172 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.




November 16, 2017
STPSO Makes Arrest in November 3rd Lacombe Shooting
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Herman Williams (24) of Pearl River and charged him with Aggravated Burglary With a Dangerous Weapon and four counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder in a shooting that occurred at a Lacombe-area residence.on November 3, 2017.
When STPSO deputies responded to a report of a shooting on Mirmar Street in Lacombe, they found Jared  Kirsch (24) of Slidell laying immediately inside the front doorway of the residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Deputies also located four other individuals inside the residence who had sustained non-life-threatening injuries after Kirsh and Williams forced their way into the home and gunfire was exchanged. Detectives said the incident was likely drug related and the home was not chosen at random. Williams was not immediately identified, as he had fled the scene before deputies arrived.
On November 4, 2017, a warrant for his arrest was issued, and with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, Williams was located in New Orleans on November 14 and taken into custody.



November 16, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jason Dutruch was booked 11/15 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Ricky Roach was booked 11/15 In From Court
Patrick Brown was booked 11/15 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Movable and Failure to Appear




Obituary
Gary Edward Reviere, age 75 and a resident of Carriere, MS, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Slidell Memorial Hospital.


Obituary
Pauline "Jewell" Lowe, born in Poplarville and a resident of Bogalusa for over 60 years, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at her residence at the age of 85.


Obituary
Kurtis Leon Strong died November 13, 2017. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
SAMUEL HARRY “BUD” LAWRENCE, JR., AGE 34 and a resident of Varnado, died Sunday morning November 12, 2017 at his home.


Obituary
LAURACHEL FONTAINE “LAURIE” GROS, AGE 56 and a resident of Enon, died Sunday, November 12, 2017 at her residence.


November 15, 2017
Washington Parish Reservoir: It Would Take a Miracle!
In an over 2-hour meeting Tuesday evening (November 14, 2017), The Washington Parish Reservoir Commission tried to re-group and find a path forward to build a reservoir in the parish. Obstacles in that path include the inability to obtain property by eminent domain, inadequate funding to pay for engineers and lawyers and consultants, and community opposition to the current “footprint” (proposed Oak Grove location).
Commission President William A. Jenkins made a valiant and organized attempt to bring some clarity on how the commission should proceed to accomplish the purposes for which it was established.
Discussions primarily focused on alternate site locations, the need to stop spending the limited funds (approximately $800,000) remaining, and the (already settled) eminent domain issue.
Senator Beth Mizell, Representative Malinda White, and Parish Councilman Phillipp Bedwell, as well as numerous other parish residents, provided input.


For additional background information, click here and here and here.



November 15, 2017
Covington Attorney Re-Arrested on 20 New Charges
Tuesday (November 14, 2017), the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI) – under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Landry – re-arrested Victor Loraso (36) of Covington for multiple Internet crimes against children.
Last month, General Landry arrested Loraso (36 of Covington) on child pornography charges and asked the public for their assistance and information on the alleged perpetrator. New charges include 10 felony counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13), eight felony counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (over 13, but still minor), and two felony counts of Distribution of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13).



November 15, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Geremie Middleton was booked 11/13 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense)
Allen Henry was booked 1114 on the charge of Probation Violation
Ronald McMorris was booked 11/14 on the charges of Theft 500-25000 (2 counts) and Criminal Conspiracy
Christopher Ghersanich was booked 11/14 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hol
Branden Knight was booked 11/14 on the charges of Obstructing Public Passenge(s), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug Without Prescription or Order, and Possession of Marijuana



November 15, 2017
Tangipahoa Crash Claims Life of Greenwell Springs Woman
Grace Diane Magee (29) of Greenwell Springs died in a crash early Wednesday morning (November 15, 2017) on I-55 south of LA 440 in Tangipahoa Parish.
Troopers determined that a pickup driven by Joni Diane Magee (51) was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer rig driven by Dustin M. Curran (29) of Halls, Tennessee. The force of the impact pushed Magee’s vehicle off the right side of the roadway, where it overturned and impacted several trees. None of the occupants in the pickup truck were properly restrained at the time of the crash. Grace Dianne Magee was seated in the front passenger seat of the pickup and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Two other passengers in the pickup, including a nine-month-old child, as well as the driver, Joni Magee, all sustained minor injuries in the crash.
Curran was uninjured in the crash. Speed is considered a contributing factor in this crash. Curran was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for Following too Closely, Negligent Homicide & three counts of Negligent Injuring. Any additional charges will be forwarded to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office.



November 15, 2017
Slidell Man Dies in Fiery Crash
Troopers on the Northshore responded to an early Wednesday morning (November 15, 2017) crash on I-59 near Slidell that claimed the life of Leonar C. Lebell (49) of Slidell.
Troopers determined that Lebell crashed into the rear of a Tractor-Trailer as he attempted to overtake it. The tractor-trailer was driven by Gheorghe Ciota (58) of Shelby Township, Michigan. Following the crash, Lebell’s vehicle caught fire and became fully engulfed in flames. Lebell sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on-scene.



Obituary
Ethel Lee Manning died November 8, 2017 at the age of 86. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


November 14, 2017
Update on Fatal Deputy-Involved Shooting in Hickory
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has released an update on the shooting by STPSO deputies on Saturday (November 11, 2017) that left one man dead in the Hickory community. Deputies had responded to a report that a man had forced entry into the home on Holifield Lane, was shooting inside the residence, and was holding a female hostage. 
When deputies arrived, the suspect exited the residence with the gun, and, despite deputies’ commands to drop the weapon, pointed it at deputies. In response, deputies fired at the suspect, who then quickly re-entered the residence. Deputies made entrance into the home and located Longoria lying on the floor.
Deputies escorted the uninjured female hostage out of the residence and secured the scene. EMS personnel began to render aide to Longoria; however, he succumbed to his injuries.
After speaking to witnesses, detectives know that, prior to deputies’ arrival, Longoria had held both the ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend at gunpoint and had shot at the boyfriend as he fled the residence.
As is standard in such incidents, the deputies involved, Deputy Christopher Graham, Deputy Eric Restel and Deputy Matthew Nelson, have been placed on temporary administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.



Obituary
ROSE MARIE ROWELL, age 60 and a resident of Franklinton, died Monday evening November 13, 2107 at Riverside Medical Center.


Obituary
Lillie Mae Hodges, age 85 an a native of Bogalusa, went home to be with The Lord on November 11, 2017.


Obituary
DR. JERRY N. BARLOW, AGE 72 and a resident of Covington, went to be with the Lord on Saturday night November 11, 2017 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.


November 13, 2017
Man Accused of $39,217.67 Bogalusa Wal-Mart Theft
Source: Bogalusa Police Department Press Release

Bogalusa Police Department Public Information Officer Percy Knight has reported that Wal-Mart contacted BPD on Saturday, November 11, 2017 about a theft involving an employee.
During the investigation, it was learned that on Friday, November 11, 2017,  Ronald McMorris (20) of Bogalusa was working a register at a check out line when he loaded forty-one (41) different gift cards for two people. McMorris is accused of swiping and loading cash on the gift cards at his register without taking payment from the suspects, for a total of $39,217.67.
McMorris was charged with Theft over $5,000.00 (2 counts) and Conspiracy to Commit Felony Theft.
The suspects that received the gift cards are wanted for questioning. They are both described as black males possibly riding in a black Chevrolet Tahoe.



November 13, 2017
Two Killed in St. Helena Crash
At approximately 5:40 PM on Saturday November 11, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded Saturday (November 11, 2017) to a fatal two vehicle head-on crash on LA 16 east of Pine Grove in St. Helena Parish. The crash claimed the life of Ronette Spann (30) of Baton Rouge and  James Dorsey (47) of Independence.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Spann was driving eastbound, crossed into the westbound lanes and crashed head-on into a truck driven by Dorsey. Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt and both sustained fatal injuries.



November 13, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Benjamin Thomas was booked 11/10 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Charles Wise was booked 11/10 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness an Attachment
Shawn Daughetry was booked 11/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Judy Gros was booked 11/11 In From Court
Gregory Stafford was booked 11/11 In From Court
Kendrick Baker was booked 11/12 on the charge of First Degree Rape (Aggravated Rape)
Quentin Porter was booked 11/12 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Aggravated Domestic Violence Assault, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Domestic Abuse Battery, and Failure to Pay Fine


November 12, 2017
Suspect Killed by St. Tammany Deputies in Hickory
A man is dead following a hostage situation that occurred at a Hickory-area home Saturday night.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office were dispatched to Hollifield Lane in the Hickory area shortly before 10:00 p.m. Saturday (November 11, 2017) in response to a report of a man shooting a gun inside a residence and holding a female hostage.
When deputies arrived, the suspect exited the residence with the gun and pointed it at deputies. Deputies fired, killing the suspect. No other injuries were reported.
As is standard in such incidents, the deputies involved have been placed on temporary leave pending an investigation. No other information will be released at this time.
The investigation is ongoing.



November 12, 2017
Human Skull Found by Hunter Near Slidell
A human skull was discovered by a hunter Friday (November 10, 2017) in the woods of the wildlife refuge adjacent to the Palm Lake area in Slidell.
Investigators turned the skull over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office.
There were no immediate signs indicating foul play and no other skeletal remains were found in the area.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also responded to the scene.
The investigation is ongoing.



Obituary
Charles Philip Keaton, a native of Bogalusa an a longtime resident of Hemphill, Texas, passed away at the age of 69 Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at his home.


Obituary
Virgie Hughes, born in Bogalusa and a resident of Tylertown, Ms., passed away at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson, Louisiana on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the age of 63.


Obituary
JERRY M. BRUMFIELD, AGE 82 and a resident of the Springhill Community died Thursday afternoon November 9, 2017 at his home.


Obituary
On Friday, November 3, 2017 at 6:30AM the angel of death came and silently claimed the soul of 68 year-old Rayford U. Bickham.


November 10, 2017
Pearl River Man Convicted of Robberies During Crime Spree
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Elliott W. Galloway (43) of Pearl River of two counts of first degree robbery and one count of attempted simple robbery for a crime spree he committed in April. Galloway, a multiple offender, faces 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced December 14, 2017 by District Judge Peter Garcia.
The first crime occurred at the Purple Cow convenience store and gas station just after midnight on April 15 this year, when Galloway entered the store and demanded money from the cash register, while placing his hand in his sweatshirt. Fearing he had a gun, the clerk handed over the money. Later, Galloway attempted to rob a Racetrack convenience store. Shortly afterwards, Galloway robbed the Circle K. He ordered the clerk to give him all the money in the register or he would start killing people. As the clerk put the money in a bag, Galloway ordered her not to call the police right away, put his hand in his pocket, and threatened her again.
Deputies later arrested Galloway, slouched in the seat of a car matching the description provided by victims. His door was open, he was parked near another gas station, and he actively resisted as officers tried to arrest him. A pocket knife was recovered from the seat of the car.
Galloway admitted to the robberies and to threatening to kill the clerk, but he claimed he never implied he had a gun. He also said he’d spent 17 years of his life in jail. Galloway’s prior convictions include first degree robbery in 1997, obscenity in 2003, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 2009, methamphetamine possession in 2009, heroin possession in 2010, aggravated assault in 2016, as well as a hit and run and two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated. Galloway blamed his drug and alcohol use for his troubles and said he would live longer in prison.
The jury deliberated for an hour, including a lunch break, before returning the guilty verdict. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Authement prosecuted the case.



November 10, 2017
Community Meeting in Kentwood on 20 mil Tax Proposal
Representatives of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board will be at Kentwood City Hall on Monday, November 13th at 6pm to meet with members of the community about the proposed 20 mil tax proposal.


November 10, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

John Stewart was booked 11/09 In For Court
Logan Crain was booked 11/09 on the charge of Probation Violation
Antonio Dillon was booked 11/09 on the charges of Simple Burglary, Criminal Damage, Theft of Firearm, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Darrius Miller was booked 11/09 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs and Monetary Instrument Abuse (Counterfeit Moneys)



Obituary
Billie Ervin Magee, native of Franklinton and resident of Hammond, departed this life at the age of 82 on Friday, November 3, 2017 at North Oaks Hospital in Hammond, LA.


November 9, 2017
Former Probation and Parole Officer Arrested
The Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI), under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Landry, today arrested a former Tangipahoa Parish Probation and Parole Officer.
Shane Chaisson (39) of Robert was arrested on one felony count of Malfeasance in Office. While working as a Probation and Parole Officer, Chaisson allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a person under the supervision of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. He was arrested and booked into the Livingston Parish Jail as a Fugitive from the LBI and later transferred to Tangipahoa Parish Jail.  
“Our elected and appointed officials are expected to respect the public’s trust and follow the law,” said General Landry. “My office is dedicated to investigating crimes and bringing to justice those who break the law, especially public servants who abuse their power. I am proud of my LBI agents for their professionalism and dedication to ending public corruption.”


November 9, 2017
WPSO Deputy Seizes Marijuana and Counterfeit Money
Early in the morning of November 9, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Jay Dupre observed a vehicle driving erratically on Highway 21 in the Angie area. He made a traffic stop on the vehicle which contained four males and discovered both marijuana and counterfeit one hundred dollar bills inside the vehicle.
An occupant of the vehicle, Darrius Dvante’ Miller (18) of Terrytown (a New Orleans suburb), was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs and possession of counterfeit money.
“Shortly after midnight, when most honest citizens are asleep in their homes, our patrol deputies are working throughout the parish to protect everyone,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “In this situation, Deputy Dupre made a brave night-time stop on a vehicle containing four unknown males. He handled the entire matter in a professional and safe manner and was able to get both illegal drugs and counterfeit money out of our community. The drug dealer went to jail and our deputy went home to be with his family. That is a good ending.”



November 9, 2017
WP Jail Inmate's Girlfriend Busted
Acting on information provided by jail personnel from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, agents from the WPSO Drug Task Force and the DEA conducted surveillance in the Sheriff’s Office parking lot the evening of November 8, 2017. Jail personnel had discovered a plan by inmate Michael Miller (30) of Bogalusa for his girlfriend, Shirae Gabrelle Brister (26) of Bogalusa to bring in contaband to the jail for him during visiting hours.

Agents surveilled Brister as she drove around Franklinton and entered the Sheriff’s Office parking lot with the contraband items concealed in a fast food restaurant bag as Michael Miller had directed her to do. She exited with the bag in hand, entered the jail lobby, exited the lobby quickly with the bag and placed the bag back in her car. Agents approached her vehicle and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. A subsequent search of Brister’s car revealed the fast food bag which contained both tobacco and marijuana.
Brister was charged with possession of marijuana and attempted introduction of contraband. Inmate Michael Miller was charged with attempted introduction of contraband.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Persons who possess a criminal mindset never stop trying, even while they are in jail. Miller is a career criminal and it seems that Brister is doing her best to be the same. Three great groups of people combined their efforts to prevent this contraband from entering the jail. Our fine jail personnel, our Drug Task Force agents and our partner Drug Enforcement Agency officers did an outstanding job. Even while our good citizens are enjoying the comforts of home, our officers are on duty and working hard to protect and serve everyone in Washington Parish.”



November 9, 2017
Mandeville Man Pleads Guilty to Molesting Two Girls
District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Adam Parenti (44) of Mandeville, pleaded guilty Monday (November 6, 2017) to one count of molestation of a juvenile and two related sex offenses. District Judge Reginald Badeaux sentenced Parenti to 25 years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender.
One of the victims was 12 years old in August 2012, when Parenti began assaulting her. The sexual abuse included buying her sex toys, forcing her to use them in his presence, and eventually using them on her. He molested a second 15-year-old victim in a similar way between May and December of 2013. He also forced the children to ingest narcotics and drink alcohol.
Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford prosecuted the case.



Obituary
Lionel Edwin “Chip” Conerly, age 82 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on November 8, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa.


Obituary
Bennie Ray Netto, a native of Bogalusa and resident of Lafayette, passed away at the age of 60 on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Vermillion Health Care Center in Kaplan, LA.


Obituary
James Kenneth Allen, age 81 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Richard Murphy Hospice House in Hammond.


November 9, 2017
Phillipp Bedwell Appointed to Washington Parish Council
The Washington Parish Council approved the appointment of Phillipp Bedwell Monday (November 6, 2017) to fill the vacant seat in District 5, a vacancy created when Councilman Pete Thomas resigned due to losing his house to a fire and relocated out of the district.  The District includes the Stateline area, Thomas, Pine, Ben’s Ford and the area around the Bogalusa Library and YMCA.
Bedwell will take his oath of office as soon the required paperwork is completed by the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office. It is anticipated this will be at the next scheduled meeting on November 20, 2017. Bedwell will serve as Councilman until a special election called and he is prevented by the Parish Charter from being a candidate in that election.


November 9, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Gary LeBlanc was booked 11/08 on the charge of Arson With Intent to Defraud
Nicole Summers was booked 11/08 In From Court
Cordero Brown was booked 11/08 In From Court
Anthony Turner was booked 11/08 on the charges of Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics and Principals
Christopher Mizell was booked 11/08 on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear
Adreane Kuhn was booked 11/08 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
William Stricklin was booked 11/08 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Hermon Thomas was booked 11/08 on the charges of Aggravated Arson (5 counts)
Shirae Brister was booked 11/08 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Introduction of Contraband Into Penal Institute



November 8, 2017
Porsche Burned and Owner Arrested for Arson
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested two men, one from Tangipahoa Parish and the other from Pearl River County, Mississippi, for a scheme designed to defraud an automobile insurance company. A third person is being sought for his involvement in the crime.
On September 19, 2017, the WPSO received a report of a vehicle fire off of Westmoreland Road in the western part of the parish. The burned Porsche was located. It had been placed on concrete blocks and the wheels had been removed. Criminal Patrol Sgt. Randy Reviere obtained two key pieces of evidence at the scene: a burned but readable license plate and a pair of pliers with a last name written on one of the handles.



November 8, 2017
Bogalusa Farmers Market Needs More Support
Nancy Brown, manager of the Bogalusa Farmers Market, came before the Bogalusa City Council Tuesday (November 7, 2017) and bluntly stated "we are not being supported by the community". Brown stated that the market, opened since April of 2017 on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, has been struggling to survive. She said "no one shows up" despite their efforts to get the word out. The Bogalusa Farmers Market has been regularly promoted on the Facebook pages of Our Lady of Angels Hospital, the City of Bogalusa, Mt. Hermon Web TV, as well at their own page at https://www.facebook.com/BogalusaFarmersMarket/.
In an effort to be more visible, the market is being moved to the parking lot near Tractor Supply on Superior Avenue. Previously, the location was in Goodyear Park.



November 8, 2017
Assisted Living Facility Cook Gets 12 Years for Rape of 78 Year Old
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jerry Kan (59), a former cook at a memory-care facility in Mandeville, was sentenced Wednesday (November 8, 2017) to 12 years in prison for raping a woman who lived there. District Judge William Burris ordered that Kan serve the sentence for third-degree rape without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
A St. Tammany Parish jury, who found Kan guilty of the crime August 10, 2017,  rejected Kan’s claim that he had consensual sex in August 2016 with the woman, who was 78 years old at the time. She had been diagnosed with dementia and placed by her family in Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living.
In a statement recorded by police, Kan admitted having sex with the resident after chatting with her in the dining room and escorting her to her room. Prosecutors argued that because of the woman’s condition, she was unable to give consent to sex, and the jury ultimately agreed and returned a unanimous guilty verdict.



November 8, 2017
Mandeville Man Gets 30 Years for Molesting Three Girls
Dwayne Callahan (55) of Mandeville was sentenced by Judge William J. Burris Monday (November 6, 2017) to 30 years in prison for the sexual battery of a victim under 13 and 10 years each for two counts of molestation of a juvenile. The sentences are to be served at the same time. He had been found guilty by a jury on May 24, 2017.
The sexual battery charge and one of the molestation charges stem from crimes that took place between 2001 and 2007. In one incident, Callahan entered a room where two girls were sleeping in bunk beds. He began touching one of the girls in a sexual manner, and when she said “no,” the other girl looked up and saw Callahan’s hand in the victim’s pants. The girls told family members, who contacted police. When the girl who witnessed the incident disclosed at the Children’s Advocacy Center what she had seen, she also revealed that Callahan had touched her the same way when she was 4 years old.
The other molestation charge dates back to between 1997 and 1999, when Callahan was accused of molesting another girl in a similar way. The girl revealed the abuse during counseling.



November 8, 2017
Crash in Pearl River Claims A Life
Terri Crawford (36) of Pearl River died Monday night (November 6, 2017) when her vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree at the intersection of 16th Section Road and Teat Blackwell Road in Pearl River.
Crawford was transported by Acadian Ambulance to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. She was not wearing a seatbelt at time of crash and speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.



Obituary
Sherrie Elizabeth Smith, age 67 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on November 6, 2017 at Our Lady Of Angels.


Obituary
Gladys Montez Jackson Kliesch, age 73 an a resident of Kentwood, passed away November 6, 2017 at her residence.


Obituary
Denzie (Mo) Wilson departed this life at the age of 86 on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Heritage Manor, Franklinton.


November 8, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Gary Crumedy was booked 11/07 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Steve Marshall was booked 11/07 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Percy Guitreau was booked 11/07 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Genger Cossich was booked 11/07 on the charge of Probation Violation
Rodney Dykes was booked 11/07 on the charge of Probation Violation
Kristin Warner was booked 11/07 on the charges of Theft Under 750, Possession of Marijuana, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Orlin Salmeron-Alvarenga was booked 11/07 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction



November 7, 2017
The Litter Problem in Washington Parish
Litter is cigarette butts, baby diapers, soda cans, coffee cups, beer bottles, plastic bags, empty deer corn bags, and so much more. Litter is dirty, ugly, costly, and can be dangerous.
A Message From Washington Parish Government
"As you all know, litter is a problem in Washington Parish. Here is some information that you may not know.
Washington Parish Government has a four man crew employed by Parish Government to specifically pick up litter on parish roads. This crew alone picked up 218 bags of litter off the parish roads in two weeks time.
Our landfill supervisor has gone into the schools with a program talking about littering and what the children can do to help stop the littering problem. Unfortunately, it is a daily problem that as a parish, we all should do our part. You ask what you can do? Take time in your neighborhoods and communities to do what you can to remove the litter, form groups in your community and neighborhoods to do a Litter Watch, be aware of those who litter and report them to the Sheriff's Department. We all can do something to help.
As you travel the roads in Washington Parish, you will see the parish van, crew and trailer with logo of Washington Parish Government doing what they can do to remove the litter. I say again: a problem throughout Washington Parish.
Let's all be a part of the solution not the problem. Do what you can to help stop the littering."



Obituary
Emelda Smith Wilson, age 95 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital.


Obituary
JUDSON THEODORE “J. T.” STOGNER, age 71 and a resident of Franklinton, died Sunday night November 5, 2107 at his home.


Obituary
TERRY LAMAR VARNADO, SR., age 56 and a resident of the Stony Point Community, died early Saturday afternoon November 4, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center.


November 7, 2017
Angie Teans Arrested After Burglary Investigation
On November 6, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested two Angie teens, Justin Gunnell (17) and Gary Crumedy (17) following an investigation of a residential burglary on Fornea Road and a theft of firearms that occurred at another residence. Evidence and testimony pointed to Gunnell and Crumedy as prime suspects. When confronted by detectives, both young men confessed to the crimes.
Gunnell was charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling, criminal damage to property and five counts of theft of firearms. Crumedy was charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling and criminal damage to property.
“It concerns me,” said Sheriff Randy Seal, “to see young men like these two involved in criminal activity. It is not a good start for them, but the arrests give each young man an opportunity to assess his direction in life and to set positive goals for the future. It is my sincere hope that the stark reality of this arrest signals the beginning of a new course for each of them.”



November 7, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Reid Calderone was booked 11/06 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Korey Hampton was booked 11/06 on the charges of Possession With intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence Under 17 YOA
Dale Dyson was booked 11/06 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)
Mark Mascaro was booked 11/06 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Byron Palma was booked 11/06 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Justin Gunnell was booked 11/06 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Theft of Firearm (3 counts)
Brooke Applewhite was booked 11/06 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Heroin
Gary Crumedy was booked 11/06 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Zachery Abram was booked 11/06 on the charges of Criminal Damage and Criminal Mischief
Daniel Varnado was booked 11/06 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Heroin




November 7, 2017
Strain Commends President Trump’s Tax Effort
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., has commended  President Donald J. Trump’s efforts on tax reform which includes cuts for America’s farmers, ranchers and foresters.
“It is absolutely imperative for the future of agriculture and forestry in the state of Louisiana and the rest of the United States that we address the inheritance tax or “Death Tax”. The inheritance tax often prohibits farms from being transferred from generation to generation because of the excessive taxation which undermines our future ability to produce food, fuel and fiber,” said Strain.
“A lowering and restricting of tax rates will put more money in the pockets of our citizens and will ultimately allow farmers and other business owners to have more money to invest and help grow the economy,” added Strain. “Lower tax rates for consumers will also increase their purchasing power for better nutrition for all American families.”



Obituary
Edward William Sharp, Sr., age 75 and a native of Sun, passed away Monday, November 6, 2017 at his residence in Franklinton.


Obituary
Wilma Bridges Chand, a native of Kentwood and a resident of Meridian, MS, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the age of 86.


Obituary
Sherilyn Harry Peters, age 66 and a native of Angie, died October 30, 2017.


November 6, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Mark Woods was booked 11/04 on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Justin Saucier was booked 11/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under Suspension, and Failure to Use Turn Signal
Shelia Taylor was booked 11/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and No Drivers License
Leroy Bickham was booked 11/05 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit and Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense)



November 6, 2017
Durwood Alford Williams, 79 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on November 3, 2017 at Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa.


November 4, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Scott Shubert was booked 11/03 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Marcus Raine was booked 11/03 on the charges of Aggravated Battery, Simple Kidnapping, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Byron Smith was booked 11/03 on the charge of Molestation of a Juvenile
Mario Trejo was booked 11/03 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI
Derrick Gibson was booked 11/03 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense) and Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility
Nikko Pittman was booked 11/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jeremy Woods was booked 11/03 on the charge of 750-5000



Obituary
ALLEN VIRGIL JONES, age 53 and a resident of the Oak Grove Community, died Thursday night November 2, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.


November 3, 2017
Ponchatoula Police Arrest Convicted Felon/Sex Offender

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson reports the arrest of Scott Reggio (50) following a report from the Microtel Inn & Suites regarding a television that was stolen from a room that Reggio stayed in last week. Officers were informed that Reggio had another room booked for the night of November 1st and were able to locate him at the hotel. Once in custody, Reggio informed the officers that he had a gun located inside of the hotel room. Reggio is a convicted felon and a registered sex offender.
Reggio was arrested for outstanding warrants through the TPSO for non-support and as a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
Warrants for the stolen television are still pending further investigation.



November 3, 2017
Homeowner Arrested in “House Rolling Incident”
In the early morning hours on October 27th, the Mandeville Police responded to the report of a disturbance in the Sanctuary Subdivision involving an irate homeowner and a group of local high school students who were taking part in their yearly ritual of “rolling or toilet papering” of homes of fellow students. The homeowner got dressed, armed himself and went looking for the teens.
Craig Scott, the homeowner, located the teens in another section of the neighborhood, blocked the street preventing their escape and confronted them with his semi-auto pistol. This led to his arrest for Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Obstruction of a Roadway on November 2, 2017.
The MPD press release reported, “Though he had ample opportunity, Mr. Scott never once called 911 or requested police assistance. The end clearly did not justify the means this situation.” This incident is still under investigation and additional charges could still be brought against those responsible for “rolling the house” which is technically considered criminal mischief by statute.



Obituary
Charles Ray Wilson (Mingo) departed this life at the age of 62 on October 28, 2017 at Our Lady of Angels in Bogalusa.


November 3, 2017
Slidell Man Gets Life in Prison for Raping 6-Year-Old
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jack Conklin (61) of Slidell, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday (November 2, 2017) for the aggravated rape of a 6-year-old girl. District Judge August Hand also sentenced Conklin to 50 years for sexual battery of a victim under 13 and 50 years for production of pornography. In issuing the sentence, Hand called Conklin a “predator” and said this was the worst case of this type that he has seen in all of his years on the bench.


Obituary
Ms. Henrietta Hammond, age 95 and a resident of Bogalusa, departed this life on Saturday, October 28, 2017.


November 3, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Shirae Brister was booked 11/02 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, Distribution of Schedule III Drugs, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Brandon Brister was booked 11/02 on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, No Drivers License, No Insurance, Possession of Stolen Property, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Stolen Property
Dominick Holts was booked 11/02 on the charges of Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility



November 3, 2017
Can You ID This Tylertown PD Shoplifting Suspect?
If so, call Tylertown Police Department at 601-876-4440.



November 3, 2017
BOLO on Theft Suspect - Know Her?



November 2, 2017
Covington Teacher Arrested After Biting Student
Heather Marcotte (28), a former Northlake Christian School teacher, is in jail after admitting she bit one of her students, according to a STPSO press release. She was arrested Wednesday (November 1, 2017) and charged with felony cruelty to a juvenile.
The incident was reported to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office on October 25th by a parent of the two year-old. The mother told deputies that, when she went to pick up her son at school the day prior, she observed what appeared to be a bite mark on her son’s right cheek.
The mother said an administrator at the school informed her that her son’s teacher reported that she left the mark on the child when her mouth accidentally hit his face and that the teacher had been terminated following the incident.
The case was turned over to detectives with the STPSO Juvenile Crimes Division for investigation. During that investigation, Marcotte admitted to biting the child after she became frustrated and agitated with the child’s behavior.



November 2, 2017
Alert Neighbors Help Solve Lee's Creek Burglary
Today (November 2, 2017), the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Anthony Joseph Mitchell (38) of Bogalusa for burglarizing a residence in the Lee's Creek community. WPSO reports that Mitchell was interrupted when the home security alarm sounded.  He fled with a stolen pistol, but not before alert neighbors were able to get a description of his getaway vehicle.
Through a series of interviews, WPSO detectives determined that Mitchell was the burglar, he was located and arrested on the charges of theft, burglary and failure to appear in court. Additionally, he was charged with a previous theft of a utility trailer in another burglary.
Mitchell had just been released from jail on September 9th after an arrest for drug and traffic related offenses.
Sheriff Randy Seal praised the reporting by the alert neighbors and the good work of his officers in apprehending Mitchell.



November 2, 2017
WPSO Arrests Pair for Burglaries in Thomas Communty
The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested Charles Timothy Martin (39) and Jennifer Leah Massey (34), both parish residents, for residential burglaries in the Thomas community.
The WPSO press release accused Martin of burglarizing residences on Johnny Martin Road and Cleve Kennedy Road, and he is charged with theft of an automobile, burglary of an inhabited dwelling, three counts of theft and three counts of failure to appear in court. Massey is charged with possession of stolen property and being an accessory after the fact to the burglaries.
Martin and Massey had recently returned to Washington Parish after having been incarcerated in Jackson County, Mississippi, for over two months for residential burglaries in Ocean Springs and Vancleave. They had been released after posting bonds but Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell indicated that the investigation is continuing and it is possible that more charges could be filed.
The investigation into the Washington Parish residential burglaries is also continuing. Meanwhile, any person who purchased property from Charles Timothy Martin is asked to contact Detective Kody Glenn at 985-839-3434.



November 2, 2017
Shooting in Bogalusa Last Saturday
On Saturday, October 28th at 11:10 pm, the Bogalusa Police Department received a 911 call about a shooting on Martin Luther King Drive near Charlevoix Street.
According to witnesses, the victim and several other people were sitting around a fire when the suspect walked up and shot the victim one time. The bullet traveled through the victim's left hand and then into his abdomen. The victim was transported by a passer-by vehicle to Our Lady of Angles Hospital for his injuries.
Witnesses stated that the shooting stemmed from an earlier altercation between the victim and the suspect. The victim was later transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he underwent surgery to remove the bullet.
The BPD Detective Division is looking at a person of interest in this case.



November 2, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Cainan Flynt was booked 11/01 on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Alcohol Person Under 21, and Possession of CDS in Presence of Person Under 21
Kenneth Newman was booked 11/01 In From Court
Edward Craft was booked 11/01 In For Court
Kahdijah Davis was booked 11/01 In For Court
Barrett Harmon was booked 11/01 on the charge of Theft of Utilities



Obituary
Clayton E. Jackson, born March 14, 1965, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2017 in Baton Rouge.


November 1, 2017
Bogalusa Police Quickly Solves Fraud Case
Source: Bogalusa Police Department Press Release
Tuesday (October 31, 2017), the Bogalusa Police Department was notified by a victim that someone had made fifteen (15) unauthorized and fraudulent transactions using her credit card. Charges of $5,085.75 had been made using the credit card and the victim stated that her credit card company reimbursed her $1,525.00.
The victim's credit card statement indicated that the transactions were made by a local business, Bogalusa's Best Electronics Repair. The victim had conducted business with the local business on October 5, 2017 and used her credit card to make a $60.00 transaction.
Officers interviewed the owner of Bogalusa's Best Electronics Repair, Jeremy Woods (36) of Bogalusa. During the interview, Woods confessed that he had memorized the victim's credit card information and used it to make the transactions.
Woods was placed under arrest and booked on the charge of Theft between $1000.00 and $5,000.00.
Major Percy Knight would like to commend Patrol Shift "B" and the Detective Division for solving this case in a timely manner.



Obituary
Franklinton native Margie Crowe, age 72 and a resident of Richton, MS, passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the Bedford Alzheimer's Facility in Hattiesburg, MS. 


Obituary
On Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 at 3:28 p.m., the angel of death came and silently claimed the soul of 58 year old James Louis “BO” Weary of Varnado.


November 1, 2017
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Charles Murray was booked 10/31 on the charge of Attachment
Crystall Mizell was booked 10/31 on the charge of Probation Violation
Richard Holmes was booked 10/31 In From Court





 

  


 

 

 

 


  

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