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December 6, 2016
Slidell Regional Police Academy graduates Basic Reserve Academy
Slidell Regional Police Academy Class #21 completed their certification over the last six months and graduated in November.  The class had five participating agencies: Orleans Parish Constables Office, Pearl River Police Department, Slidell Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office. 
Front row: Joe Martin SPD, Zachary Starks SPD, Steve Pokorski SPD, Guy Butterworth PRPD, Ethan Herrle SBPSO, Andrew Palmeri SBPSO, David Cantrelle OPCO
Back row: Keith Lutz SBPSO, James Gregorio PRPD, James Sparacello TPSO, Nicholas Engolia SPD, Lauren Eidson SPD, Tammy Varnado TPSO, Robert Allen SPD



Obituary
Altha Magee Welch, age 82, born on March 27, 1934, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Franklinton, LA.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Douglas Karl Creason, a resident of Angie, LA, age 54, born on July 17, 1962, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA.
Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Mary Louise Mitchell of Crossroads, MS, age 89, born on February 19, 1927, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday, December 4, 2016.


December 6, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Michelle Lawshe was booked 12/05 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
David Bonnette was booked 12/05 on the charges of Aggravated Assault, Resisting an Officer, and Failure to Appear
Dayne Bonnette was booked 12/05 on the charge of Simple Battery With Injury
David Bonnette was booked 12/05 on the charges of Attempted Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Simple Battery With Injury, and Contempt of Court


December 6, 2016
"Winter on the Water" is December 10 at Mandeville



December 6, 2016
Man and His Dog Rescued from Lake Pontchartrain
Shortly before 2pm Monday (December 5th), STPSO received a call for help on Lake Pontchartrain, close to the Highway 11 bridge in Slidell.
A Picayune man, and his dog Remington, were fishing when the weather took a turn for the worse. Their boat capsized during the inclement weather leaving the man and Remington stranded in the middle of Lake Pontchartrain.
The STPSO Marine Division quickly responded and helped rescue the man and Remington. Both are in good health and grateful for the first responders.


December 6, 2016
Driver Cited in Fatal Cross Over Crash in Slidell
Sunday (December 4, 2016) evening, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle collision on Interstate 10 in Slidell that claimed the life of 25 year-old Ciara M. Lemon of Marrero.
The on-scene investigation led Troopers to determine that Kilian R. Webster Jr. (24) of Marrero lost control of his vehicle during a heavy rain storm.  After crossing into the opposing travel lane, Webster's vehicle was hit on the passenger side by Theresa A. Sanchez (31) of New Orleans.  
Despite being properly restrained at the time of the crash, Ciara Lemon, a passenger in Webster’s vehicle, sustained severe injuries and died at Oschner Medical Center-Northshore.  A 5 year-old in Webster’s vehicle suffered moderate injuries and was also transported to Oschner Medical Center-Northshore. Theresa A. Sanchez and two of her passengers were transported to Oschner Medical Center-Northshore, for treatment of minor injuries. 
Kilian R. Webster Jr. was cited for Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension and No Child Restraint.


Obituary
ELD. HOMER GRAVES, AGE 84 and a resident of Pine died at 11:40 pm Sunday December 4, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a former truck driver for Oil and Gas Companies in the area. Eld. Graves was an ordained minister in the Landmark Missionary Baptist Association where he pastored the Monroe’s Creek, Saul’s Street, Bethlehem, Faith and Oak Grove churches during his 50 years of preaching God’s Word. He was recently awarded a plaque for his longtime service to the Lord and was also a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. In earlier years, he loved to play the guitar and enjoyed listening to country music. He adored his grandchildren and they also loved joking around with Paw Paw. Homer was always a loving father and grandfather that cherished the time spent with his family.


Obituary
Lennie Estelle Wells Adams, age 82, of Baton Rouge was called up to do the Lord's work on the afternoon of December 3, 2016.  She was a member of Ben's Ford Missionary Baptist Church.


December 5, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Christopher Whaley was booked 12/02 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Switched License Plates, Contempt of Court, and Possession of Marijuana
Kellie Wempren was booked 12/02 on the charge of Forgery
Smith Warren was booked 12/02 In For Court
Anthony Dillon was booked 12/02 In For Court
Kristopher White was booked 12/02 In For Court and on the charges of Vehicle Burglary (5 counts), Attempted Burglary, and Possession of Stolen Property
William Davis was booked 12/02 on the charges of Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Off-Road Vehicles Prohibited on Highway
Teddie Williams was booked 12/03 on the charges of Hunting Without Resident License, Hunting Without Resident Big Game License, Failure to Secure Registration in Louisiana, Hunting Deer Outside Legal Hours, Hunting Across Public Road/Right of Way, Hunting From Moving Vehicle/Aircraft, Driving Under Suspension, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm
Catlin Williams was booked 12/03 on the charges of Hunting Deer Outside Legal Hours, Hunting Across Public Road/Right of Way, Hunting From Moving Vehicle/Aircraft, Hunting Without Resident License, Hunting Without Resident Big Game License, Failure of Non-Resident to Secure Registration in Louisiana, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm
Andrew Williams was booked 12/03 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Driving Under Suspension, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Failure to Appear
Lade Terrell was booked 12/03 on the charges of Intimidating of a Witness, Disturbing the Peace (Fight), and Simple Battery
Chatarra Gatena was booked 12/03 on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Destyn Freeman was booked 12/03 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear
Jonathon Lewis was booked 12/03 on the charges of Forgery, Theft 750-5000, Intimidating of a Witness, Disturbing the Peace (Fight), Failure to Appear (3 counts) and Simple Battery
Akoshma Morris was booked 12/03 on the charges of Child Desertion (4 counts), Letting a Disorder Place, and Cruelty to a Juvenile (4 counts)
Kevin Johnson was booked 12/03 on the charge of Contempt of Court



December 5, 2016
Update on December 2, 2016 Story
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office advises that Aaron (or Arron) White (29) of Amite is not wanted as a non-compliant sex offender as reported in the original press release.  Mr. White was released from registering as a sex offender after completing his probation.   


December 2, 2016
Sex Offenders Wanted by TPSO for Non-Compliance
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office has identified six individuals who are non-compliant sex offenders and have active warrants for their arrest.  These persons were convicted of certain sex offenses and are required by Louisiana State Law to register as a sex offender through the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office if the violator lives within the Parish of Tangipahoa. 
The six are 1) Aaron White  (white, male, D.O.B. 11/25/1987) last known address 64253 Hayden Road Amite, 2) Bobby SHARP (white, male, D.O.B. 05/15/1989)  last known address 22288 Tom Perrin Road Ponchatoula, 3) Gary SLOCUM (black, male D.O.B. 03/10/1971) last known address 10068 Drake Lane Tickfaw,  4) Ross Patrick BERNARD (white, male D.O.B. 10/16/1976)  last known address 28550 Vennette Court Ponchatoula 5) Joseph Frank BEDFORD (white, male D.O.B. 04/12/1975) last known address 53175 South Cason Road Independence, and 6) Steven MARTIN- (black, male, D.O.B. 03/25/1970) last known address 13161 Briggs lane Amite. 
Any offender needing to schedule an appointment to register as a sex offender should contact the TPSO’s Sex Offender Compliance Unit at 985- 985-748-3334.



December 2, 2016
Tangipahoa Sex Offender Roundup Nets Eleven
On December 01, 2016, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office conducted a “Sex Offender Roundup” with the assistance of Probation and Parole and arrested eleven non-compliant sex offenders.  The offenders are required to register through TPSO. 
The approximately 290 registered sex offenders living in Tangipahoa Parish are subject to periodic  compliance checks to ensure the safety of the community and that sex offenders are fully complying with all sex offender registration requirements.
Those arrested were 1) Dennis Tyrone MARSHALL (black, male, D.O.B. 08/31/1973) of 711 Barnes Street, Hammond, 2) Robert LINDSEY ( black, male, D.O.B. 07/14/1965) of 211 Scanlan Street Hammond, 3) Charles LOVING (black, male, D.O.B. 08/06/1960) of 43229 Landry lane Hammond, 4) Ronald JORDAN (black, male, D.O.B. 04/11/1981) of 13080 Quick Boulevard Hammond, 5) David Dewayne DUNOMES- ( black, male, D.O.B. 12/13/1965) 106 Magazine Street Hammond, 6) Stephen PEA (black, male, D.O.B. 06/03/1961) 431 North 2nd Street Ponchatoula, 7) Christopher RATLIFF (white, male, D.O.B. 12/25/1981) 21046 Weinberger Road Ponchatoula, 8) Calvin Cedric BRIDGEWATER (black, male, D.O.B. 05/29/1992) 1203 Martin Luther King Drive Hammond, 9) Robert lee SMITH- (black, male, D.O.B. 01/10/1954) 65010 Dunomes Lane Roseland, 10) Gary TATE (white, male, D.O.B. 07/08/1951) 12648 Center Street Tangipahoa, 11) Sedric WATTS- (black, male D.O.B. 01/04/1970) 13444 Old Baton Rouge Highway Lot 233 Hammond.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office take violations as they pertain to sex offenders very seriously and will continue to monitor compliance.   “I think by any standard of measure, this operation was a success.” says Edwards. 



Obituary
JUDIETH ANN MCQUEEN MAGEE, AGE 62 and a resident of the Lawrence Creek Community died at 10:30 pm Thursday December 1, 2016 at her home. She was a former longtime employee of the Washington Parish Council on Aging and a member of New Beulah Baptist Church near Tylertown. Judieth loved to play the piano and sing. She enjoyed doing genealogy for most of her life and liked to drink coffee while visiting with her family and friends. Judieth cherished the time spent with her grandchildren. 


Obituary
Jean Gunnells Trout, a resident of Kentwood, passed away at 4:55AM on Friday, December 2, 2016 at her home. She was born August 22, 1944 in New Orleans and was 72 years of age. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and would love to help anyone. 


December 2, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jessica Thomas was booked 12/01 on the charge of Obtaining Possession of CDS by Fraud
Keith Sandifer was booked 12/01 on the charge of Simple Battery
Roderick Brumfield was booked 12/01 on the charges of Aggravated Assault, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Bruce Pierce was booked 12/01 on the charges of Second Degree Battery and Failure to Appear
Nicholes Gonsoulin was booked 12/01 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Snooky Miner was booked 12/01 In For Court
Annette Arceneaux was booked 12/01 In For Court
Lasean Williams was booked 12/01 In For Court


December 1, 2016
Franklinton Man Indicted in Rape of 5-Year-Old
A Washington Parish grand jury indicted Lance J. Grandison (31) of Franklinton, Wednesday (November 29) of aggravated rape of a victim under 13.
Grandison is accused of raping a 5-year-old girl who was left in his care about five years ago. The victim, now 11, disclosed the rape to her mother, who contacted the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Grandison was arrested on a warrant about seven months later.



December 1, 2016
St. Tammany Detectives Need Help Identifying Tire Slashers
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are looking for the individual(s) who damaged the tires on several vehicles in a Covington-area neighborhood over the weekend.  Several residents on Eighth Street near Covington woke up Sunday morning to find the tires on their vehicles had been slashed overnight.
A similar occurrence happened earlier this month at a Slidell-area apartment complex. Residents at the Lakeside Apartments, on Lakeshore Boulevard North near Slidell, woke up on Nov. 6 to find the tires on more than 30 vehicles in the apartment complex had been slashed overnight.
It is unknown at this time if the Slidell and Covington incidents are related.
If you have information about the Slidell cases, please call Detective David Miceli at 985-726-7845.
If you have information about the Covington cases, please call Detective David Carrick at 985-276-1338.


December 1, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Daquantas McGowan was booked 11/30 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, No License Plate, Failure of Non-Resident to Secure Louisiana Registration, No Drivers License, and No Seat Belt
Timothy Watts was booked 11/30 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Careless Operation/Accident, Driving Under Suspension, No Seat Belt, and Contempt of Court
Glenn Castle was booked 11/30 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Simple Arson, Obstruction of Justice, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Nicholas Vaughn was booked 11/30 on the charge of Theft of Firearm
Olajawn Magee was booked 11/30 on the charges of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI or Other, Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Turn/Accident, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm
Dejanique Collins was booked 11/30 on the charges of Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Jimell Magee was booked 11/30 on the charges of Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Johnathon Barber was booked 11/30 on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of Inhabited Dwelling, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (Morphine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Roderick Butler was booked 11/30 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Jessica Thomas was booked 12/01 on the charge of Obtaining Possession of CDS by Fraud
Keith Sandifer was booked 12/01 on the charge of Simple Battery
Roderick Brumfield was booked 12/01 on the charges of Aggravated Assault, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction



December 1, 2016
Help Covington PD Identify These School Vandals
The Covington Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying two suspects responsible for vandalizing Covington High School sometime during the Thanksgiving Holidays. On November 25, 2016, school officials contacted the Covington Police Department, reporting that several areas of the school were spray painted with vulgarities. During the course of the investigation, school officials were able to review the surveillance footage, showing a white male and white female responsible for the vandalism. (See attached still shots obtained from the surveillance footage)
If you have any information on the identity of these suspects, please contact the Covington Police Department at 985-892-8500. You may remain anonymous.


December 1, 2016
Slidell Man Sentenced for Operating a Ponzi Scheme
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHN SPOSATO (64) of Slidell, was sentenced Wednesday (November 30) for his role in promoting and operating a national Ponzi scheme.  Sposato was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $2,559,725 in restitution.
The press release says Sposato promoted numerous companies as investment entities that offered participants the chance to invest in various low-risk, high-reward investment vehicles, including international bank instruments, cutting edge oil remediation and recovery products, and real estate transactions.  SPOSATO told investors that the alleged investments were safe, secure, and never at risk.
SPOSATO did not actually invest the money but used it to make retail purchases for himself and his friends for various goods and services, including luxury items such as a new Chevrolet Camaro for one girlfriend and breast augmentation surgery for another girlfriend.  In total, between about January 2010, and April 2014, approximately forty-eight (48) individuals invested approximately $811,305 with SPOSATO and his companies.


Obituary
At age 69, on November 24, 2016, Lendsey Leroy Norman entered into eternal rest in Franklinton, Louisiana at about 8 p.m. Lendsey Leroy Norman, a family man, enjoyed spending time with his loved ones and lending a helping hand to friends in the community. His bright smile and kind words found ways to touch most people he encountered. He was a traveler but loved his roots and family heritage to the fullest. Lendsey was a chef by profession who loved music and played both the trombone and the guitar. 


Obituary
Sunrise for Mrs. Geneva Smith Gray came on January 30, 1925 and sun set on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at The Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa, La. 


Obituary
Helen Mae Miller, age 75, departed this life 
on November 9, 2016 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond.  She was
born in Franklinton and graduated from Vernon High School.  
 


November 30, 2016
Make Your Christmas Poinsettias Last 
Poinsettias will soon be finding their way into homes as part of the holiday décor. Today, there are many options to choose from, but if you want that poinsettia to last into the New Year, proper care is important. LSU AgCenter reporter Craig Gautreaux has the story.



Obituary
Robert 'Dudley' Penton, born in Bogalusa, Louisiana in February, 1932, passed away on Monday, November 28 at the age of 84. Dudley joined the Air Force and married while stationed in Washington, DC.  He returned with wife and first child to Bogalusa, where his family grew to three boys and one girl. Dudley served churches in Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina and attended New Orleans Baptist Seminary.  


November 30, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Patrick Smith was booked 11/29 on the charge of Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Joshua Smith was booked 11/29 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Derrick Gibson was booked 11/29 In From Court
Harold Willie was booked 11/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Following Too Close With or Without Accident
Tommy Burton was booked 11/29 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary and Criminal Damage
Daquantas McGowan was booked 11/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, No License Plate, Failure of Non-Resident to Secure Louisiana Registration, No Drivers License, and No Seat Belt
Timothy Watts was booked 11/29 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Careless Operation/Accident, Driving Under Suspension, No Seat Belt, and Contempt of Court


November 29, 2016
Fugitive Arrested in Angie After Fleeing Into Woods
Responding to an unsubstantiated report of domestic violence on Monday (November 28), WPSO deputies encountered Kelzon Terrel Clark (23) of Angie. When a deputy attempted to handcuff him, Clark broke free and fled into nearby woods.  A manhunt ensued with assistance from a canine team from Rayburn Correctional Center.
The canine team and handlers located Clark hiding in a densely wooded area, taken into custody without incident, and booked on the charges of being a fugitive from Bogalusa and resisting an officer by fleeing on foot. 
Clark was wanted by the Bogalusa Police Department for Assault By Drive-By Shooting (2 counts), Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instruments, and Attempted First Degree Murder (2 counts)
“Based on the evidence of all the charges against him, I think Mr. Clark has found a new home inside the Washington Parish Jail,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our officers and officers from Rayburn Correctional Center did an excellent job identifying Clark, locating him in the woods and placing him in jail. I am so grateful for the outstanding working relationship we have with Warden Tanner and the staff at RCC. They are always ready to assist, day and night, regardless of the hour.”



November 29, 2016
Fugitive Arrested at Riverside Medical Center
On November 28, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy working a detail at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton noticed a person who was acting in a suspicious manner. The deputy determined the man to be Justin Wayne Stafford (29), a resident of Nobles Cemetery Road in Franklinton, had three outstanding Failure to Appear Warrants (for Possession of Cocaine, Traffic offenses, and Disturbing the Peace by fighting.
The deputy took Stafford into custody and, during a search at the jail, discovered that Stafford had cocaine and Suboxone pain strips on his person. 
Sheriff Randy Seal congratulated the deputy on his quick action in apprehending Stafford. “Our alert deputy did an excellent job in this matter. Only Stafford knows why he was at the hospital and it is beyond reason to understand why anyone would bring illegal drugs into a hospital setting. The alertness of our deputy may have prevented another crime.”


November 29, 2016
Help Pearl River PD Identify This Suspect
The Pearl River Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating the suspect in the pictures below for theft and car burglaries.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Daniel Hunter at (985) 707-9710.



Obituary
PATSY DUNCAN JENKINS, AGE 74 and a resident of Franklinton died Monday November 28, 2016 at her home. She enjoyed crocheting, especially the baby blankets she made for countless children through the years. Patsy also loved to cook for her family and friends. She enjoyed making a Christmas light display at her home each year and loved the Holidays. She also had a special place in her heart for her pet dogs.


Obituary
DAIL PITTMAN, AGE 63 and a resident of Goodlettsville, Tennessee died Tuesday morning November 29, 2016 at his sister’s home in Pine. He was chemist/lab manager for SGS Services in Tennessee, where his nickname was “Chief”, for 28 years after working in the Laplace and Ponchatoula areas years earlier. Dail loved playing poker with his grandsons and was an avid cook, outdoorsman and gardener. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and spending time with family. To all those that knew him well he was full of life and a little bit of mischief. Dail was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother. 


November 29, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Brandon Lewallen was booked 11/28 on the charge of Attachment
Aimee Humphries was booked 11/28 In From Court
Justin Stafford was booked 11/28 on the charges of Attachment (3 counts), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Christopher Bangs was booked 11/28 on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts)
Kelzon Clark was booked 11/28 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)



November 28, 2016
Mississippi Thief Strikes in Washington Parish
Antonio Patrick Peters (30), a resident of Connerly Road in Tylertown, Mississippi, is in the Washington Parish Jail charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling. 
On November 15, Peters decided to venture into Washington Parish to burglarize a home on Frankie Miller Road in Mt. Hermon. He entered the home and stole several items.  However, a passerby witnessed the burglar leaving and provided a description of the truck and a direction of travel.
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to identify Peters as the driver of the truck. He was located inside the parish, arrested and placed in jail. The investigation into this theft is ongoing and it is likely that more arrests will be made.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “These homeowners had been away from their home for only a very short period of time, only to return and discover they had been burglarized. It is so frustrating to know that things you have worked hard to obtain can be taken away by a thief who is too lazy to earn an honest wage. I congratulate our detectives for being able to identify Peters and put him in jail. The next step is recovery of all the stolen items. If you have received or purchased anything from Antonio Patrick Peters, please call our office at (985) 839-3434.”


November 28, 2016
Request From Mandeville Police to Identify Suspects
The Mandeville Police Department is investigating a shoplifting incident that took place on November 18th at the Gap Store located in the Premier Center in Mandeville. We are asking for the public's help identifying three (3) females suspected of stealing over $700.00 in store merchandise. 
Anyone with information is asked to call the Mandeville Police Department at (985) 626-9711. 
   


November 28, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Antonio Peters was booked 11/23 on the charge of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Malcolm Lee was booked 11/23 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Druving Under Suspension
Thomas Winters was booked 11/24 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Michael Bickham was booked 11/24 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Allen Taylor was booked 11/25 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Darrin Kennedy was booked 11/26 on the charge of Attachment
Steven Seals was booked 11/26 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 and Attachment
John Stafford was booked 11/27 on the charge of Simple Battery and Second Degree Battery


Obituary
LYNETTE BRAUD OSWALD, AGE 87 and a resident of Stony Point, died at 10:30 am Friday November 25, 2016 at her home. She was raised in Norco and was a former resident of Destrehan before moving to the Stony Point Community near Franklinton nearly 40 years ago. Lynette was a secretary at the former D.H. Holmes Department Store. She enjoyed cooking and reading but her favorite hobby was being outdoors working in her garden or yard or riding the fields of her property. Lynette was a devoted wife and mother that cherished the time spent with her sons and family.


Obituary
Douglas Glenn Spears, age 74 and a resident of Spring Creek, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at his home. 


November 26, 2016
Thanksgiving Crash and Grab Ends in Arrest
Slidell resident Alfred Nevis (46) spent Thanksgiving in jail after he drove his vehicle through Jack’s Beverage at 1126 Old Spanish Trail in Slidell.   Slidell Police responded after a passerby reported that a vehicle had driven through the glass doors of the establishment around 5:45am Thursday morning.  The front of the store was completely destroyed. Surveillance videos recorded a gold Ford Explorer driving through the front of the store, reversing out, and then stopped in the parking lot. The eager shopper then ran into the business, and seconds later ran out with his hands full of bottles of alcohol. 
Officers and detectives found the vehicle and Alfred Nevis, who confessed, and said  he battles an addiction to crack cocaine, and the bottles of alcohol he stole were traded for crack cocaine before he returned home. 
Nevis was charged with Burglary of a Business, Criminal Damage, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 
Chief E.J. Howard stated, “while businesses are closed overnight and holidays, Law Enforcement works twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. With the help of the community Slidell Police Officers were able to quickly solve this crime within hours.”


Obituary
Leah Beth Houeye Simpson (Mrs. Joseph H. Simpson), a resident of Amite, passed away at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 which would have been her 68th Wedding Anniversary.  Leah Beth graduated from Ella Strickland Grammar School, Amite High School, Northeastern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and attended Nortwestern State College.  She worked for the State Welfare Department, Western Union Telegraph, Amite Nursing Home, Hood Memorial Hospital, Lallie Kemp Hospital, Capitol Home Health, and as a Legal Nurse Consultant.  She opened and ran the Country Lane Bed and Breakfast and Camping and Trail Riding business until 2012 and volunteered in a number of community projects.


Obituary
Oletta Bankston Arnold passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the age of 97. 
She was a member of Esther and Martha’s Willing Workers Class at Superior Avenue Baptist Church and worked in the church nursery for many years.


November 23, 2016
TPSO Makes Arrests in Two Burglaries
On November 22, 2016, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Burglary Unit arrested Matthew Estes (white male, DOB 11/11/88) and Randall Newman (white male, DOB 12/13/88) for their involvement in two separate burglary investigations
Matthew Estes is being accused of committing a vehicle burglary in the Pumpkin Center area on October 28, 2016. Matthew Estes turned himself into law enforcement after Estes was identified via a Crime Stopper tip.  At the time of his arrest Matthew Estes confessed to his involvement in the burglary. Matthew Estes is currently on felony probation for possession of stolen property and theft.
Randall Newman was identified as possible suspect in a residential burglary which occurred in the Robert area and reported on November 21, 2016. Randall Newman was located and questioned in regards to the burglary. Randall Newman subsequently confessed to the burglary of the residence. Detectives were able to recover a piece of jewelry from the burglary that was valued at $3,000.00.



November 23, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Justin Williams was booked 11/22 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense) and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment
Kenneth Wheat was booked 11/22 In From Court and on the charge of Contempt of Court
Quinton Balderas was booked 11/22 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense), Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment, Domestic Abuse Battery:  Strangulation, Public Intimidation, Simple Assault, and Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)
Gregory Dunaway was booked 11/22 on the charge of Probation Violation
Mitchell Polkey was booked 11/22 on the charges of Theft 750 or Less, Simple Burglary, Failure to Appear, and Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Information
Sarah Blackwell was booked 11/22 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Joshua Jones was booked 11/22 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs
Donald Tate was booked 11/22 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction



November 21, 2016
Franklinton Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter
DeMontez Martin (20) of Franklinton, has pleaded guilty to shooting and killing Erick Warren (17) in Franklinton on July 10, 2014.  He was sentenced by Judge Martin Coady to 20 years in prison with eight years suspended.  The victim's family indicated they supported the plea agreement. 
One witness told Franklinton Police that Martin brought a shotgun and a pistol with him and that Martin and Warren got into a verbal disagreement over how to replace the stock on the shotgun. According to the witness, Martin picked up the pistol, waved it around, and pointed it at several people, before firing one shot at Warren. Martin then fled the house with his girlfriend and hid the weapons.
Martin, who turned himself in to police about five hours later, told police that Warren was like a brother to him and that the shooting was an accident. He said the pistol belonged to Warren, who was playing with it. Martin said he took the pistol from Warren, removed the clip and was trying to get the bullet out of the chamber when Warren reached for the gun. The gun went off accidentally, Martin said.


November 21, 2016
Slidell Man Found Guilty for Sick Toddler’s Positive Cocaine Test
Larry Bickham (60) of Slidell was guilty Friday (November 18) of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and simple cruelty to a juvenile for allowing his 17 month old daughter to be present during the manufacturing, distribution, or purchasing of cocaine.  He faces up to life in prison if sentenced as a habitual offender.
The child was rushed to the emergency room at Ochsner Hospital in Slidell on May 1, 2014 by a temporary caregiver, after showing signs of having a seizure.  Kayla Gregg, the child's mother, was no longer living with Bickham and had left the baby with him.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery said: “At the heart of this case is a beautiful little girl, who at just 17 months old tested positive for cocaine in her system. She had no say in her father’s drug addiction. But the jury rightly held her father responsible for the harm his addiction caused this little girl.”


Obituary
Bill Monroe Branch, born November 10, 1947 passed away peacefully November 22, 2016 at Northshore Specialyu Hospital in Covington, La. He was an employee at the Gaylord and Crown Zellerbach paper Mill. He was a resident od Varnado and was member of the Southern Baptist Church of Varnado.


Obituary
Catherine Clement George Swilley passed into eternal peace on November 21, 2016. Born in Richton, Mississippi on April 26, 1927, she moved with her family to Bogalusa when she was six months old and was a lifelong Bogalusa resident. Educated in the Bogalusa City School System, she attended Soule Business College in New Orleans and returned to Bogalusa where she was employed by Washington Bank.  
The devoted wife and mother of four, she was a dedicated homemaker. She served for years as a Cub Scout den mother, and was a member of Bogalusa Civic League, and Hillside Garden Club. A lifelong member of Superior Avenue Baptist Church, she loved her Sunday School Class, the Esther and Martha’s Willing Workers class.


Obituary
SADIE MAE WILKES, the nearly 4 month old daughter of Katie Slocum and Travis Wilkes of Mt. Hermon passed away Monday November 21, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center. She was born July 26, 2016 at Lakeview Medical Center. Sadie had a beautiful smile that everyone loved seeing. She enjoyed sitting on her Paw Paw Poley’s lap. Though she was only here for a short time, Sadie gave us memories to cherish for a lifetime. Sadie will be forever missed.


Obituary
Elijah Jace Roberts, infant son of James and Alyssa Roberts of Denham Springs, passed away a few hours after his birth on November 20, 2016 at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge. 
How very softly you tiptoed into our world, Almost silently; Only a moment you stayed, But what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.


Obituary
Charles Ray Fontenot, born October 18, 1951 went home to be with the Lord on November 20, 2016 at the age of 65. He was loved LSU and loved family and friends and also loved to eat.


November 21, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Montrell Laquez Magee was booked 11/21 on the charges of Battery on a Police Officer (8 counts), Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee, Interference with Medical Treatment, Second Degree Battery, and Battery on ER Personnel or Healthcare Professional (4 counts)
Jackie Brister was booked 11/21 In From Court
Tyler Barnett was booked 11/21 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana
Homer Pittman was booked 11/21 on the charges of Aggravated Assault, Criminal Mischief (4 counts), and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Spencer Collins was booked 11/21 In From Court
Kimberly Owens was booked 11/21 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Sales Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Contempt of Court
Justin Williams was booked 11/21 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (3rd Offense) and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment



November 20, 2016
Help TPSO Identify These Shoplifting Suspects
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking the public’s assistance in identifying the two subjects in these photos.  
The subjects are accused of a shoplifting from the Shell Station on Hoover Rd. across from Cypress Point Hospital off of Airport Road on October 24, 2016, at 6:05 p.m..  The subjects were captured on surveillance video stealing four 1-Gallon jugs of anti-freeze and four cases of Budweiser beer from the cooler.
Anyone able to identify the subjects in these photos is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. 



Obituary
Elmer Ray White, age 77 and a resident of Kentwood passed away at on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at his home. He was a member of New Covenant Church of God. 


November 20, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Laura Michelle Jenkins was booked 11/20 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Theft of Auto/Vehicle
Montrell Laquez Magee was booked 11/21 on the charges of Battery on a Police Officer (8 counts), Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee, Interference with Medical Treatment, Second Degree Battery, and Battery on ER Personnel or Healthcare Professional (4 counts)


November 19, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Steven Warren was booked 11/19 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine 
Jesse Ordell Walker was booked 11/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, No License Plate, and Open Container in Vehicle
Joseph Quinton O'Berry was booked 11/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Keiasha Mosley Brister was booked 11/19 on the charges of Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear (5 counts)
Ronald Gene Hill was booked 11/19 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
Daniel Phillip Chappetta was booked 11/18 on the charge of Simple Battery With Injury
Jared Michael Stuart 11/18 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Michelle Esther Escamilla was booked 11/18 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery
Laquisha Dyson was booked 11/18 on the charge of Failure to Return Rental Property
Monica Mikell Fogarty was booked 11/18 In For Court
Brian Bruce Long was booked 11/18 on the charges of Indecent behavior With Juvenile (2 counts) and Sexual Battery
Stephen Lane Athey was booked 11/18 on the charge of False Imprisonment



November 19, 2016
Stolen Rare $1 United States Silver Certificate
The Mandeville Police Department is currently investigating the theft of a rare $1 United States Silver Certificate bearing serial number 000000. The certificate was stolen from Basics Fine Lingerie, located at 1281 N. Causeway Blvd. Mandeville, LA. The victim last observed the certificate on October 20, 2016.
The certificate was packaged in a Paper Money Guaranty holder with a label bearing certification number 1606400-017 on the front and certification number 1606401-001 on the back.
If you have any information regarding the certificate please contact Detective Jason Readeau of the Mandeville Police Department at 985-624-3119 or 985-626-9711.


November 18, 2016
Slidell Man Gets 20 Years Child Pornography
Michael Fagan (58) of Slidell, pleaded guilty to 38 counts of pornography involving juveniles Tuesday (November 18), just as his trial on the charges was set to begin. District Judge Allison Penzato sentenced Fagan to 20 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence on each of the charges, but the sentences are to be served concurrently. Upon his release, Fagan also will be required to register as a sex offender.
Fagan was arrested in August, 2015, during an undercover investigation by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes unit. An investigator was looking into online child pornography when he received an alert that implicated Fagan. Officers seized electronic devices at Fagan’s Slidell residence, conducted a forensic investigation on the scene and discovered dozens of images of child pornography.
Before trial, Fagan initially rejected a plea offer that would have given him 15 years in prison. 


November 18, 2016
Two New Orleans Men Tries to Outrun STPSO Deputies
Yesterday (November 17), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Deputies attempted a traffic stop on a stolen Kia on Highway 11 but the vehicle sped off and was pursued.  The short pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed into another vehicle and a tree near Eden Isles and flipped before catching fire.  Deputies put the fire out using a fire extinguisher.  
One of the occupants was quickly taken into custody and the second person tried to elude capture by jumping into the bayou, After being informed about alligators in the bayou, the second person swam to shore and was taken into custody.  
Gerald Smith (20)  and Tyrin Hamilton (19), both of New Orleans, were arrested for Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Resisting an Officer, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Aggravated Flight from and Officer.



November 18, 2016
Aryan Brotherhood Gang Member Sentenced to 10 Years
JEFFERY HOWARD (46), of Nicholson, Mississippi, was sentenced November 17th after previously pleading guilty to use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire and was sentenced to 10 years followed a three (3) year term of supervised release.
According to court documents, the New Orleans Joint Terrorism Task Force (“JTTF”) became aware of HOWARD, a known member of the Aryan Brotherhood, a violent white supremacy prison gang. HOWARD, who was allegedly involved in the trafficking of methamphetamine, sold drugs to an undercover law enforcement officer on numerous occasions. During one of the drug sales, HOWARD volunteered that he would be willing to commit a murder in exchange for money. HOWARD later accepted payment to commit a murder.


Obituary
PATRICK R. McGUIRE, age 69 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away at his home on November 14, 2016 at the age of 69.


November 18, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Michael Gazaway was booked 11/17 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Careless Operation
Tammy Lynn Branch was booked 11/17 on the charge of Probation Violation
Entre Dillon was booked 11/17 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling (2 counts) and Contempt of Court
Travis Singley was booked 11/17 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances
Tanya Voth was booked 11/17 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Disturbing the Peace - Loud and Abusive Language, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances



November 17, 2016
Washington Parish Burglar Captured in St. Tammany
When WPSO deputies responded to a burglary in progress October 22 on James Creel Road, the burglars were gone but home surveillance video provided a picture of the vehicle used in the burglary. The video was released to social media and several tips led to Entre Dillon, 29, a resident of Williams Street in Franklinton.
Detectives determined that Dillon had visited a Biloxi, Mississippi pawn shop and sold items taken in the James Creel Road burglary. Warrants were obtained for Dillon’s arrest.  Dillon was located and arrested by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Fugitive Recovery Task Force at a residence in Abita Springs. 
Dillon is now in the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held on charges of contempt of court and two counts of burglary of an inhabited dwelling. 
“This is another example of several law enforcement agencies working together to apprehend a thief,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I appreciate all the work of the various agencies in this matter and want to assure all criminals that we will continue to spread a wide net to find you. You can try to hide, but eventually we will catch you.”


November 17, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Deana Louise Clawson was booked 11/16 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Ran Stop Sign, and Obstruction of Justice
Clark Anthony Baham was booked 11/16 on the charge of Simple Battery
Jamberlynn Shawnta Brown was booked 11/16 In For Court
Tyran Ormond Williams was booked 11/16 In From Court


November 16, 2016
Teacher Pleads Guilty to Giving Students Marijuana in Brownies
A former teacher who supplied marijuana-laced brownies to two students last year has pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of marijuana to a student and two counts of obstruction of justice. Camille Breaux Brennan (31) of Mandeville, a former teacher at Archbishop Hannan High School, is set for sentencing before District Judge Raymond Childress on January 5.
Under the plea, Brennan is expected to receive a sentence of 10 years in jail with seven of the years suspended, and upon her release she will be on probation for five years. She also will be ordered to undergo substance abuse and mental health evaluations and have no unsupervised contact with minors. The victims and their parents were consulted and have indicated that they are in agreement with the plea.
Brennan admitted to giving two Hannan students brownies, laced with marijuana and then asking the students to lie in an attempt to cover up the crime. Brennan even destroyed a written statement by one of the students. The crime came to light when one of the students became ill and admitted to a family member that she had eaten two brownies containing marijuana and that a teacher had supplied them. The family member also uncovered conversations between the student and Brennan on social media in which they used made-up names and discussed the making of marijuana brownies. Brennan told authorities that she supplied the brownies to make the two students happy. Brennan was suspended immediately and then fired from Hannan.


November 16, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Thomas Lavelle Davis was booked 11/15 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Robert Harvey was booked 11/15 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Matthew Stogner was booked 11/15 on the charge of Failure to Appear
William Spangler was booked 11/15 on the charges of No License Plate, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, Possession of Cocaine 28 grams to 200 grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Obituary
Mrs. Hannah E. Jones was born November 17, 1927 to the late Mr. & Mrs. Oliver (Daisy) Pierce. She departed from her earthly house to her home in glory at the age of 88 on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at her residence.


Obituary
Huey Wayne “Captain Tubby” Marvel passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016.  Wayne was born in Bogalusa on December 26, 1944 and was known as “Zeke” by many of his childhood friends. He joined the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict serving in the Phillippines. After returning from overseas, he obtained his captain's license and operated tug boats for many years from St. Louis on the Mississippi River to the end of the Intracostal Waterway at Carrabelle, Florida.
When Wayne was not working on the River he was a talented and avid drummer and his main mode of transportation was his beloved Harley Davidson, Geraldine. He never had pets because he was always on the waterways with his work, but upon retiring back home in Bogalusa he became very attached to his nine cats.





Obituary
ELD. WILLIE J. PASSMAN, AGE 82 and a resident of Franklinton died at 4:35 pm Monday November 14, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center. He was a United States Army veteran that enjoyed the outdoors. He liked to farm his cattle and spend time on his back porch watching the birds, squirrels and other wildlife that would come to feed on his planted vines and fruit trees. Bro. Willie J. was a minister of the Lord Jesus Christ for 48 years. He was the pastor of Crain’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church for nearly 33 years, as well as several other churches in Washington Parish. He was loved certainly by his own church family but also by the countless others he had the privilege to serve during his ministry. 


Obituary
GERALDINE “JERRY” MCDANIEL WASCOM, AGE 91 and a resident of Franklinton died early Tuesday morning November 15, 2016 at her home. She was a longtime member of Stoney Point Missionary Baptist Church and had retired from the Conservation office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Jerry loved growing and tending to her beautiful flowers and flower garden, especially her favorite daylilies. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and baking cakes and other sweets. Jerry also liked to cook meals and cherished the time spent with her extended family.


Obituary
THOMAS WADE ANDERSON, AGE 62 and a resident of Franklinton died at 8:05 pm Monday November 14, 2016 at North Oaks Medical Center. He was born October 30, 1954. Wade was also a former resident of Kentwood and had worked as a dairyman at numerous farms in the area for many years. 


Obituary
Sheila M. Harris born August 6, 1947 went home to be with The Lord on November 14, 2016. 
She was born in Bay Springs, MS. And a long time resident of Bogalusa. She was a devoted mother and homemaker and loved her family.


Obituary
ANTHONY POMES, AGE 59 and a resident of Franklinton began his Heavenly Journey early in the morning on Thursday November 10, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was a native and former resident of New Orleans where he graduated from Chalmette High School. He also lived in Covington for several years and has been a resident of Washington Parish for the last 10 years. Anthony was a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy for 7 years and was currently a carpenter for Donahue Favret Contractors. He was always a hard worker and talented with his hands, as he built his own home among many projects he worked upon through the years. Anthony enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He loved to ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and liked to watch the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. Anthony was always a loving husband and father and he will be sadly missed.


November 15, 2016
Former Slidell Guardsman Indicted on Fraud Charges
RANDY M. KILEY, SR., (63) of Slidell, a former Sergeant Major in the Louisiana Army National Guard, was charged Thursday, November 10th, with wire fraud and making false statements in furtherance of an alleged scheme to defraud the United States Department of Defense.
The press release says Kiley misrepresented his marital status to receive increased Basic Allowance for Housing and Family Separation Allowance pay.  Although Kiley and his former fpouse divorced in 2005, Kiley failed to report the change in his marital status and from July 2005 through July 2014, submitted four forms requesting the allowance pay and falsely claimed that he was either married or not divorced. 
KILEY faces a possible maximum sentence of twenty years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and/or five years of supervised release.
U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.


November 15, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Larry Magee was booked 11/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and No Drivers License
Tori Gonsoulin was booked 11/14 In From Court
Nicholes Gonsoulin was booked 11/14 In From Court
Gary Spears was booked 11/14 In For Court
Shawn Thomas was booked 11/14 In For Court


November 14, 2016
Can You Help Bogalusa Police Identify This Man?
If anyone can identify the man in these pictures, you are urged to contact the Bogalusa Police Dept. at (985) 732-6238 or call 911.  
He has several tattoo's on his arms and legs and sports a goatee. 



Obituary
Earl Reese, age 79 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA. He was a United States Army Veteran. He was very active in all bodies of the Masonic Order.


Obituary
Ronald Joseph Adams, age 63 and a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Our Lady Of The Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA. He was a United States Veteran.


November 14, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Richard "Ricky" Martin was booked 11/10 In From Court and on the charges of Simple Assault, Disturbing the Peace, and Contempt of Court
Jessica Archuleta was booked 11/10 on the charge of Theft 750 or Less
Anthony Parta was booked 11/10 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (3 counts)
Jacob Jones was booked 11/11 on the charges of Improper Lane Useage and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Joseph Barnmun was booked 11/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Open Container in Vehicle, and Speeding 41 or More Over Limit
Justin Carter was booked 11/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and Failure to Appear
Mark Freeman was booked 11/12 on the charge of Theft by Shoplifting Over 100, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs (2 counts)
Byron Palma was booked 11/12 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Careless Operation/Accident, and No Drivers License
Larry Magee was booked 11/14 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and No Drivers License


Obituary
Ether Mae Stewart age 91 passed away November 11, 2016 at her residence in Foxworth Ms. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bogalusa La. 


Obituary
Larry Stevens Phillips, a resident of Kentwood passed away at 8:58 AM on Friday, November 11, 2016 at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg. He was born October 15, 1949 in Kentwood and was 67 years of age. 


November 11, 2016
Thomas Community Health Center Celebrates 20 Years
Riverside Medical Center, a community critical access hospital, announces the 20th celebration of Thomas Community Health Center.
On Thursday November 10th, the clinic held a celebratory barbeque lunch for its patients. Barbeque chicken, potato salad, beans and cake were served outside and the weather could not have been more perfect. Local leaders such as Mayor Fleming, Mayor-Elect Richard Dillon, Clerk of Court Johnny Crain, State Representative Melinda White, Sheriff Randy Seal, Parish President Ned Thomas and Parish Councilman Pete Thomas were in attendance.
Beginning with a vision of bringing quality health care to his hometown, Dr. Jerry Thomas opened his clinic in 1996. The clinic has grown from a small rural health clinic into a progressive healthcare center. Dr. Thomas recently added Amber Creel, Family Nurse Practitioner and Chase Branch, Physician Assistant to the center and together they see up to 700 patients per month. Under the management of Riverside Medical Center and the new CEO, Peter Sullivan, the Center is growing and adding new providers.


November 10, 2016
Hostage Report Results in Narcotics Arrest by WPSO
Yesterday (November 9), when the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified that a female was being held hostage in a residence on Smith Road in Franklinton, deputies responded and learned that Laurie Burris was not a hostage but in a dispute with the four persons at her residence. 
Michael Shea Pittman (25), known to be involved in the drug trade in Washington Parish, was arrested on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Another person outside the residence, Joseph Ray Carter (39) of Franklinton was arrested on the charge of Contempt of Court. 
The Complainant, Laurie Burris (58) was arrested on Failure to Appear (2 counts).
“The report by Ms. Burris of being held hostage did not work out well for her,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “As it turns out, she was not being held hostage, but was wanted for outstanding warrants. Her call also led to the discovery of illegal narcotics and the arrests of two other individuals. This developed into a bad day for outlaws and a good day for honest law-abiding citizens of our parish. Our alert deputies and detectives did their usual good job and removed three criminals from our streets.”



November 10, 2016
Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening of Southern Twang
Dina Burns and her staff invite everyone to the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for Southern Twang, their new business located at 1054 Tanglewood Dr. in Franklinton.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, at 10:30 a.m.   Come by and enjoy the ribbon cutting ceremony, along with delicious refreshments.  Browse the store filled with items for your décor, gifts, home, and floral needs.  There is also a bridal registry. 
If you would like to contact the store, the phone number is 985-205- 5649.


November 10, 2016
The Christmas Classic Car & Truck Show is December 3
The Classic Car & Truck Show takes place at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds on Saturday, December 3.  It is in conjunction with Mile Branch Pioneer Settlement’s “Pioneer Christmas” and Varnado Store Museum’s “Christmas Festival”.  
The beautifully restored cars and trucks will be on display at the main stage area, and owners will be on hand to talk with anyone interested in their vehicles.  
There is no admission for spectators.



Obituary
Robert Max Oliver Sr. born September 30, 1948 passed away November 9. 2016 peacefully at his residence at the age od 68. He was a resident of Angie and was a retired Correctional Officer at the Rayburn Correctional Center and was a member of Bens Ford Missionary Baptist Church.


Obituary
La’Delrick Deshun Magee was called home on November 5, 2016 at the age of 24 in Bogalusa, La. 


Obituary
Sandra Marks, born April 21, 1959 in New Orleans, Louisiana, died November 3, 2016. She grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and relocated to Beaumont, Texas. Sandra had a great love for family, music, and stuff animals. She was witty and had a contiguous smile.


Obituary
Jerry Leon Sheridan of Varnado, Louisiana passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016.  Mr. Sheridan served in the United States Army for over 20 years and then worked for many years in New Jersey before retiring back home in Varnado. He was a loving father and grandfather. 


November 10, 2016
Burglars Sought by Pike County Sheriff's Office
Pike County Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm activation at the BDS Country Store (Dudley Rimes Rd. Magnolia, MS) on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at approximately 12:30 am.  When they arrived they found the business's front glass broken out. Suspects entered the business and stole several boxes of cigarettes and cigars. There appeared to be a piece of asphalt used to break the glass. There was an undetermined amount of cash, and assorted tobacco products taken. 
The Sheriff's office is asking the public to help identify burglars. The above crimes are currently under investigations, anyone with additional information that will assist law enforcement with this case or cases please contact the Sheriff’s Office, 601-783-6767 or Crime Stoppers 601-684-0033.



November 10, 2016
Slidell Man Claims God Told Him to Steal GPS from Ambulance
Jason Milto (43) from Slidell told deputies he was “Following God’s message” when he took a GPS out of an ambulance in Lacombe this past weekend.  Deputies did not buy his story and he was booked on the charge of Simple Burglary.
When they responded to a nursing home report of a man trespassing at the facility, deputies located Milto and he admitted to trespassing and said he was doing so because he was “Following God’s message.” He then began emptying his pockets and one of the items in his front pocket was a GPS with a printed label reading “Medic 31”.  Milton admitted to taking the GPS out of a Fire District 3 ambulance, which was parked at a local automotive repair shop.
When asked why he took the GPS, Milto told the deputy that God led him to do it, telling the deputes “I was led to pull on the ambulance’s door handle and get in to it.”  


November 10, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Anthony Voltolina was booked 11/09 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Christopher Hampton was booked 11/09 on the charge of Attachment
Laurie Burris was booked 11/09 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)
Micah Pittman was booked 11/09 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Joseph Carter was booked 11/09 on the charge of Contempt of Court


November 9, 2016
Washington Parish Council Makes Appointments
At their meeting Tuesday (November 7), the Washington Parish Council approved one ordinance and made three appointments by resolutions.
Following a Public Hearing, the Council approved an ordinance to amend the 2016 annual operating budget for the Washington Parish Government.  
The Council approved a resolution to appoint Tammy Magruder to the Board of Commissioners of the Washington Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 (Riverside Medical Center) to complete the term of James W. Knight, deceased.
The Council approved a resolution of appointment of Dr. Eric Payne to the Board of Commissioners of the Washington Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 (Riverside Medical Center) as per recommendation by the medical staff of Riverside Medical Center.
The Council approved a resolution of appointment of Erroll Soldani to the Board of Commissioners of the Fire Protection District No. 9 of Washington Parish.  Soldani replaces Gary Fenner who resigned effective December 31, 2016.
Parish Road Supervisor Donnell Merritt presented his road report for the month of October (beginning at 7:45 into the video of the meeting).



November 9, 2016
Franklinton Alderman Seat in Limbo
A Washington Parish Clerk of Court spokesperson has advised that a determination will be made tomorrow (November 10) whether or not a runoff will be necessary for a Town of Franklinton Alderman seat.  The runoff would pit candidates Darwin Sharp against Doug Brown and would be on the December 10 ballot.
Ten candidates for Aldermen vied for five seats on the Board of Aldermen in the November 8 election. The Louisiana Secretary of State unofficial returns reflect the five candidates with the most votes as:  T.J. Butler (685 votes), Patrice Crain (664 votes), John Daniel (624 votes), Heath Spears (616 votes), and Darwin Sharp (552 votes).  Doug Brown is shown as having received 549 votes.


November 9, 2016
STPSO Deputies Capure Man Wanted for Simple Escape
Kenneth Easley (49) walked off of his job site in Slidell yesterday but was taken into custody last night with the assistance of the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force on the charge of Simple Escape. Easley was sentenced to 20 years in prison for 6th offense D.W.I. and was assigned to the St. Tammany Parish Work Release facility in Slidell. 


November 9, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Daniel Jenkins was booked 11/07 In From Court
Jason Vincent was booked 11/07 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Thomas Schuler was booked 11/07 on the charge of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm
Joe McNally was booked 11/07 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Tavarus Jenkins was booked 11/07 on the charge of Domestic Abuse: Pregnant Woman
Eric Breland was booked 11/08 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 300-500
Steven Regan was booked 11/08 on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction


November 8, 2016
Washington Parish Election Results
With all precincts reporting, the following are the results of today's election.
  • Richard Dillon defeated Greg Route for Mayor of Franklinton 51% to 49% and 726 votes to 704 with a  63.2% voter turnout.
  • Successful candidates for Franklinton Aldermen are T.J. Butler (685 votes), Patrice Crain (664 votes), John Daniel (624 votes), Heath Spears (616 votes), and Darwin Sharp (552 votes).
  • Scott Ard won the seat on the Bogalusa Council, District D with 53% of the vote.
  • Winners of the three seats to be filled for the Village of Angie are Darryl Knight, Gilbert Ball, and James Holmes.
  • All four tax renewals on the ballot for Bogalusa were approved.  They were for 1)Municipal Services, 2) Sewerage, Water, Streets, Parks, 3) Fire Department, and 4) Sales Tax Renewal


November 9, 2016
Presidential Electoral Map As of 8:47 am 




Obituary
James Earl Curry died November 4, 2016.  Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Thomas Lee Butler died November 8, 2016.  Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time. 


Obituary
Shondrika Whittine died November 7, 2016.  Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


November 7, 2016
Con Man in Jail for Defrauding Elderly WP Resident
An elderly Washington Parish lady reported to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office that she had been defrauded by a male and female she met at a Washington Parish flea market.  The two expressed interest in furniture the lady had for sale and came to her house to see it.  While the female was supposedly using the victim's bathroom, the male engaged the victim in conversation.  However, it was a ploy for the female to have access to the rest of the victim's house.  The two then left without buying any furniture.
The victim realized her bank card was missing, and the following day $590 was charged to her card. WPSO detectives were able to trace the fraudulent transaction to a business in Marion County, Mississippi and identify the user of the card as Emmanuel Hatcher (37), a resident of Sandy Hook, Mississippi.
Detectives located Hatcher, he confessed and was arrested for issuing worthless checks (2 counts), contempt of court, fraudulent acquisition of a credit card and theft of assets from the aged. Detectives identified Hatcher’s female accomplice and are in the process of obtaining warrants for her arrest.
“This is a good example of why we should never allow any person to come into our house unless we know them,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “Don’t be deceived by smooth talkers and always be wary of strangers. Know someone before you do business with them. There are plenty of con men just like Emmanuel Hatcher who will tell you anything in an effort to gain access to your house or your assets. Stay on alert and always call the Sheriff’s Office if you believe you have been victimized.”


November 7, 2016
WPSO Locates & Arrests Covington Man on Tangipahoa Crimes
Update on November 5 Story
Glenn Edward Castle (28) of Covington was arrested on November 5 by detectives from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office on the charges of Obstruction of Justice, Simple Arson, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm and being a fugitive from Tangipahoa Parish. He also faces charges of Armed Robbery, Second Degree Kidnapping and Aggravated Second Degree Battery in Tangipahoa Parish.
In Tangipahoa Parish, Castle is accused of robbing and kidnapping an elderly Loranger resident. After hitting the elderly man in the head with a hammer, Castle tied the victim up, stole firearms from his residence, fled with the victim in the victim’s pick-up truck, pulled over near a wooded area, and tied the victim to a tree before fleeing.
Anonymous information was received by WPSO detectives that Castle was hiding out on Sleepy Hollow Road in Franklinton and Castle was arrested without incident.  Detectives discovered a pistol believed to have been used in crimes committed in Tangipahoa Parish and located the kidnapping victim's vehicle which Castle confessed to burning. 


November 7, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Marshall Yvonne was booked 11/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Jessica Slade was booked 11/04 on the charge of Simple Battery
Brittney Walker was booked 11/04 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jeannie Craig was booked 11/04 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Trevor Graham was booked 11/04 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Brandon Thomas was booked 11/04 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Earl Seal was booked 11/04 on the charges of Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Resisting an Officer, and Driving Under Suspension
Barry Lucas was booked 11/04 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs (2 counts) and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance (2 counts)
Rico Dawson was booked 11/04 on the charges of Business/Commercial Burglary and Criminal Damage
Yancy Crain was booked 11/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and Driving Under Suspension
Tremarrio Magee was booked 11/05 on the charges of Unauthorized Enbtry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)
Glenn Castle was booked 11/05 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Simple Arson, and Obstruction of Justice
Stephen Quinn was booked 11/05 on the charge of Contributing to Delinquency of Juvenile
Ervin Hart was booked 11/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Craig Painter was booked 11/06 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Alvin Magee was booked 11/06 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jessica Fodor was booked 11/06 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Driving Under Suspension, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance


Obituary
William J. Roberts Jr. born February 1, 1923 passed away November 6, 2016 at the Rest Haven Living Center at the age of 93. He retired from the Gaylord Box Plant with many years of service and loved life and his family and loved to travel.


Obituary
Jean-Paul Rohrer a resident of Franklinton, LA. passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  Jean-Paul, also known as JP by friends, was an avid NASCAR fan and loved his guns and target shooting, hunting and fishing.  He was a forty year old "kid" and will be greatly missed by family and friends.  


November 7, 2016
Covington Man Gets 20 Years for Forcible Rape
Keith J. Lafrance (35) of Covington, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the forcible rape of a woman two years ago. 
On Sept. 22, 2014, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office responded to an anonymous call that a woman had been severely beaten at a home in Covington.  The victim said Lafrance had attacked her, punching, kicking, and hitting her repeatedly with her mobile phone so hard that it shattered. He also berated and raped her, threatened to kill her, took her car to another location, and ordered her to stay inside without her car or mobile phone until she healed. 
Lafrance had pleaded guilty in June to domestic abuse aggravated assault and domestic abuse battery, for a July 2014 incident, involving the same victim. He pushed her down, kicked, beat, and threatened her alternately with a kitchen knife and gun. Police also found Alprazolam and marijuana on him, and he also pleaded guilty to possession of both. He was sentenced to three years in prison on each of the drug charges and one year for each of the domestic abuse charges. All of the time was to be served concurrently.


November 7, 2016
Caroline Darby Memorial Christmas Wish
From Lt. Douglas Wade Sharp Memorial Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 43
The Annual Caroline Darby Memorial Christmas Wish for 2016, formerly known as Toys for Tots, is getting under way with the Covington Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 43. It’s that time of season again, when children are looking forward to, and getting excited, about the arrival of Santa Claus. Unfortunately, there are children that will not receive anything for Christmas unless the community steps forward with donations of toys or money.
Last year the Caroline Darby Memorial Christmas Wish put a smile on the faces of over 500 children in the Covington area that are less fortunate than others. We are asking for the community to assist us with the donation of new toys or monetary donations. Please help us in assuring the unprivileged children in our area have a Merry Christmas. Our tentative distribution date is Saturday December 10, 2016 9am-12pm at the Greater Covington Center, 317 N Jefferson St., any donation that you can assist us with will be greatly appreciated.
Please make checks payable to: FOP Lodge # 43 and mail donations to:  Covington Police Department, 
FOP Lodge # 43, PO Box 522, Covington LA 70434
For more information or if you need toys picked up, please call 985-892-8500 and ask for Tammy Bushnell.


November 7, 2016
Burn Ban Issued for Most Parishes in Louisiana
Due to the extremely dry conditions within the state, State Fire Marshal, H. Butch Browning and, Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner, Mike Strain have issued a cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1563. Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government. This order is effective as of 2:00pm, November 5, 2016 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.
This burn ban order DOES NOT include the following parishes: Bossier, Iberville, St. Landry, St. Mary.
This ban shall not apply to prescribed burns by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, by those trained and certified by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, or by those who conduct prescribed burning as a “generally accepted agriculture practice” as defined by the Louisiana Right to Farm Law
(R.S. 3:3601 et seq.).
Violation of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.


November 5, 2016
Elderly Man Hit with Hammer - Tied to Tree in Loranger
Source:  Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
Glenn Castle Jr., (28) of Roseland man is wanted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office for robbing an elderly Loranger resident, hitting him in the head with a hammer and tying him to a tree. Authorities say Castle robbed and kidnapped the man Wednesday at the victim's home on Louisiana 1062. After hitting the man in the head, the robber tied him up, stole guns from the home and left with the victim in the victim's pickup truck.
The crime was discovered after a neighbor called 911, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said. The victim was still in a hospital Thursday, she said.
Castle is wanted on charges of aggravated second-degree battery, armed robbery and second-degree kidnapping. He was thought to be driving a bluish-gray 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, with Louisiana license plate C402966.
The Sheriff's Office asked that anyone who has seen Castle or knows his whereabouts call the agency at 985.748.8147 or Tangipahoa Parish Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.


November 4, 2016
Bogalusa AARP Chapter Highlights “Take A Stand” Campaign
The biggest agenda topic at the Bogalusa AARP meeting October 27 was the National AARP “Take A Stand” Campaign which urges the presidential candidates to share their position on Social Security.
Why is it important?   Because 60 million Americans rely on Social Security benefits and 170 million are paying in now and counting on it for their retirement.  Social Security keeps 22 million Americans out of poverty.  Particularly affected are 15 million elderly, minority families, and 1.1 million children.  These facts make Social Security and possible cuts a major issue of concern for AARP.
Emma Dixon, president of the Bogalusa Chapter of the AARP, shared a letter from U. S. Senator Bill Cassidy addressing his support of Social Security.  
In other business, the chapter recognized the late Roy Dale Freeman, longtime former president of the Bogalusa Chapter and provided information on Caregiving and support for Caregivers.


November 4, 2016
Free Trapping Workshops Scheduled for Dec. 3 & 10
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association will hold trapping workshops Dec. 3, in Abbeville, and Dec. 10, in Benton.
The Dec. 3 workshop will be held at Palmetto State Park in Abbeville, located at 19501 Pleasant Road. The Dec. 10 event will be held at Cypress Black Bayou in Benton, located at 135 Cypress Park Drive.
Both workshops, which are free, will begin at 8 a.m. with a meet-and-greet and run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Anyone age 14 and older interested in learning the basics of trapping is invited to attend. Lunch will be provided.
To register for either event or for more information, contact LDWF biologist supervisor Jennifer Hogue at 337-373-0032. The registration deadline is Nov. 20.


Obituary
CYNTHIA PATRICIA ARD SEALS, AGE 64 and a resident of Pine passed away to her eternal home early Thursday morning November 3, 2016 at the Tulane Medical Center. Patricia was a member of Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church that enjoyed gardening and planting flowers. She had retired from the Washington Parish School Board after 20 years of service as a bus driver for the Angie and Wesley Ray schools. Patricia also enjoyed riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle and loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors. She cherished the time spent with her family and the ones she loved.


November 4, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Brandon Miller was booked 11/03 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, and Failure to Appear
Shelia Nathan was booked 11/03 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Marshall Yvonne was booked 11/03 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Jessica Slade was booked 11/04 on the charge of Simple Battery


November 4, 2016
Trio Arrested in Mini-Storage Burglaries
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a trio of men responsible for a rash of mini-storage burglaries which occurred earlier this year.  
Detectives arrested John Paul Corter (31) of Pearl River, Jeffrey Applewhite (53) from Slidell, and Randall Durham, Jr. (25) of Abita Springs on numerous burglary and theft charges. Detectives believe these men may be responsible for burglarizing other self-storage businesses in St. Tammany Parish, Washington Parish, and Mississippi. Approximately $4,000 in stolen property has been recovered thus far. The investigation is still on-going, and more charges are expected to follow.
If you have information about these crimes or other unreported mini-storage thefts or think you may have been a victim of these individuals, please call Detective Matt Bauer at 985-726-7844.



November 4, 2016
TPSO Detective Picked as Lafayette’s New Chief of Police
Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Detective Toby Aguillard has been appointed by Lafayette Parish Mayor-President Joel Robideaux as Lafayette's new Chief of Police.  
Aguillard served TPSO for eight years as Director of the Internet Crimes Against Children Division and Supervisor of the TPSO Sex Offender Registration Office.  Aguillard previously served Cameron Parish as a deputy sheriff right out of high school, worked his way through college and law school, and served as both an assistant district attorney and assistant attorney general.
Aguillard will lead the department of 320 employees with an average annual budget of over $32, 000,000.


November 4, 2016
Fire Danger Increasing
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., urges citizens to use caution as wildfire risk remains elevated due to dry conditions across much of our state.
“Nearly two dozen parishes have already instituted burn bans as dry weather continues,” Strain said. “Fortunately, we have had very little wind but that is about to change as a cool front is predicted to move through the state bringing lower humidity and increased wind. It is a recipe for potentially dangerous wildfires.”
Strain said everyone needs to do their part to help prevent wildfires.
  • Don’t park vehicles or equipment on dry grass
  • Re-fuel machinery in areas void of vegetation
  • Never throw lit cigarettes on the ground, use an ashtray.
“Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) firefighting crews stand ready to take action if needed,” Strain said. “Our surveillance planes fly routes daily looking for smoke from wildfires.”


November 4, 2016
Help Mandeville Police Identify This Person
The Mandeville Police Department needs your assistance in identifying this subject. The subject was involved in an incident at Bed, Bath, and Beyond Mandeville on November 3. If you have any information please contact MPD at 985-626-9711. 


November 3, 2016
Discord Evident at Bogalusa Council Meeting
The Bogalusa City Council met on Tuesday (November 1) and, as usual, the meeting was well-attended.  But also, as usual, the Council and Mayor were on the receiving end of complaints and accusations.  Issues contributing to a lengthy meeting included improvement of North Roosevelt Street, vandalism at the Bogalusa Cemetery, the selection process for the next Police Chief, police mistreatment of black residents, and Mouton community issues.
In addition to hearing from all who wanted to speak, the Council accomplished the following:
  • presented a resolution to the family of Former Councilman Randy Hodges
  • approved a resolution for the Capital Improvement Plan for 2016
  • approved a resolution requesting Administration to blacktop the 1400 block of North Roosevelt Street
  • introduced five ordinances: (1) accept the lowest bid to blacktop the 1400 block of North Roosevelt Street, (2) to authorize the purchase of property at 1041 Avenue D, (3) to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Washington Parish Tourism Commission to change zoning in the triangle at Louisiana and Virginia Avenues, (4) to approve rezoning at 423 Carolina Avenue in order to open a home care/sitting service, and (5) to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract for the Runway 18 Obstruction Removal, Part 1 at the airport.  Public Hearings will be held on the ordinances on November 15.
(Video of the meeting is provided in two parts below)



November 3, 2016
17th Annual City of Bogalusa Christmas Parade Nov. 24
The 17th Annual City of Bogalusa Lighted Christmas Parade will be November 24, 2016.  The parade, with a theme of "Christmas in Bogalusa", will begin at 5pm on Columbia Street at First Bank and end in the old Bogalusa High School parking lot.
Ya'll come!



November 3, 2016
Former Bogalusa Councilman Randy Hodges Recognized
Randy Hodges, who represented District E on the Bogalusa Council for eight years and who died October 26, 2015, was recognized for his service Tuesday (November 1) evening.  Mayor Wendy Perrette, who served on the Council with Hodges, presented the Resolution to his wife Sondra. Mrs. Sondra remarked how Randy loved serving on the Council and the Mayor said that he had took his service seriously.
In addition to his service on the Bogalusa City Council, Hodges had served Bogalusa as a Police Officer and Washington Parish as a Sheriff's Deputy.


November 3, 2016
Sheriff Seal Expresses Hope for Juvenile Drug Dealer
In a press release today (November 3), Sheriff Randy Seal expressed his hope that a juvenile drug dealer would change his ways.  “I am hopeful that this young person will face the consequences of his decision and turn away from a life of crime. This young person has time to make amends and live life within the law.” 
Seal was referring to a October 31 incident in which a WPSO Criminal Patrol Deputy stopped a vehicle and detected a strong odor of marijuana.  The driver and four passengers were instructed to exit the vehicle and a “pat down” search of one revealed a small bag of suspected marijuana.  After receiving permission to search the vehicle, the deputy confiscated a large plastic bag containing approximately 24 individually wrapped bags of suspected marijuana, as well as a grinder believed to be used to grind up the suspected marijuana.  
The one passenger confessed to owning the marijuana and paraphernalia and was placed in the custody of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.


November 3, 2016
WPSO Deputies Respond to Fatal Motorcycle Crash
Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Press Release 
On Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Jean P. Rohrer was traveling on Fisher Road near CC Road off of Highway 25 South at a high rate of speed. According to a witness, the motorcycle accelerated and passed her. As she continued on Fisher Road she saw the motorcycle in the ditch. It appears that the driver of the motorcycle lost control and crashed. Jean P. Rohrer was pronounced dead by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office.
Sheriff Seal said “Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars. When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they're more likely to be injured or killed. The federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2014, the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 27 times the number in cars. Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. 
We wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mr. Rohrer.”


November 3, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Vennette Foster was booked 11/02 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Domestic Abuse: Child Endangerment, and Contempt of Court
Chase Breland was booked 11/02 on the charge of Simple Arson
David Landry was booked 11/02 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine (2 counts)
William Kennedy was booked 11/02 on the charge of Probation Violation
Kellie Brown was booked 11/02 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300 (2 counts), and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100-300


November 2, 2016
Time Change Reminder from Sheriff Randy Seal
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal reminds all parish residents to set their clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.  Also, 
  • This is also a perfect time to check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make certain they are working properly and to replace batteries if needed.
  • Time settings on home security alarms may need to be adjusted also if they are not automatically self-adjusting.
  • Any residents or business owners who have time sensitive lighting features should adjust them to make certain that lights come on at the proper time.
  • Since the end of daylight savings time means it gets dark earlier in the evening, all drivers should be alert for pedestrians and anyone else who might be on our parish roadways.
Sheriff Seal stated, “Although this has become a routine event for the first Sunday in November, it is always good to be reminded of the time change. Remember, our deputies will be patrolling throughout the parish at all times. If you need us, call us.”


November 2, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Reginal Crosby was booked 11/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container, and Improper Lane Useage
Trent Brown was booked 11/01 on the charge of Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment
Bradford Forrest was booked 11/01 on the charge of Attachment
Vennette Foster was booked 11/01 on he charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment
Emmanuel Hatcher was booked 11/01 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300, Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100, and Contempt of Court


November 2, 2016
Entergy Warns of Energy Bill Scams
Entergy Louisiana reminds customers to be wary of a scheme whereby the con artist calls and tells the customer their electric bill payment is past due, and that service will be disconnected if payment isn’t made. Frequently the scammer directs the customer to transfer funds through “MoneyPak”, “Green Dot” or other third party card or transfer system.
While you may pay your Entergy bill by phone or credit card, it is ONLY through BillMatrix, a third-party vendor Entergy uses use for this purpose.
You should never give your personal information to strangers. If a call sounds suspicious, call 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) to speak with an Entergy customer service representative.
If you believe you are a victim of this scam, you should notify the proper authorities, such as the local police or the state attorney general’s office. 


November 1, 2016
Riverside Medical Center Designated a WellSpot
Riverside Medical Center has been designated a Level Two WellSpot by Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals for its commitment to making healthy choices easier. WellSpots are organizations or companies that have made small, sustainable changes toward improving health and wellness.
“We are extremely proud of our team for achieving this designation. As a provider of health-care in our parish, health and wellness are our top priority”, states Kristina Knight, Community Outreach Director.
All WellSpots are required to implement either a smoke-free or tobacco-free policy, depending on WellSpot category. Other examples of healthy designation benchmarks include breastfeeding friendly policies, work-site wellness programs, and consistent health messaging. 


November 1, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Daniel Jenkins was booked 10/31 In From Court
Vickie Sue Dugan was booked 10/31 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Reginal Crosby was booked 11/01 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Open Container, and Improper Lane Useage


November 1, 2016
Bogalusa Town Hall Meeting Thursday, November 3
A town hall meeting regarding education is scheduled for Thursday, November 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Bogalusa City Hall.



November 1, 2016
Sheriff Seal Announces Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheons
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal will host his annual Senior Thanksgiving Luncheons at two locations this year. Each luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided and there is no charge for the meal.
The east side luncheon will be Tuesday, November 15, at the American Legion Home on Highway 10 east in Bogalusa.
The west side luncheon will be Thursday, November 17, at Franklinton’s First Baptist Church located at 950 Self Street.
Sheriff Seal encourages all senior citizens to attend. “We are reminded in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to give thanks in all things. It is my privilege to furnish this annual meal for our senior citizens and I look forward to joining you on this very special occasion as we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy as citizens of our beautiful parish.”


Obituary
Robert “Bobby Preston Davis, age 73, passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Franklinton, La. He is a graduate of Istrouma High School and Southeastern University, where he earned his degree in accounting. He was the owner of Classic Tours and Promotions and worked for Gulf State Utilities, now Entergy, for many years. He served as BIC Alliance’s distribution manager for over 30 years, and helped launch BIC Alliance, publisher of BIC Magazine. He was a loving father and grandfather who will be missed dearly.


Obituary
Larry Ray Holmes passed away, October 18, 2016 in Kankakee, Michigan. He was born January 9, 1958 to Ora Lee Causey Holmes and the late J.D Holmes, in Walthall County General Hospital, Tylertown, MS. He married Patricia Dyson and to this union two children were born; Natalie Patrice Holmes and Larry Ray Holmes Jr.


November 1, 2016
AG Landry Announces Sex Offender Arrest in Slidell
Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced the arrest of a registered sex offender on several charges of attempted misconduct with a juvenile.
Gary Mead (42) of Shalimar, Florida was arrested for Indecent Behavior with Juvenile, Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor, Attempted Carnal Knowledge with a Juvenile, and Unlawful Use of Social Media. 
“Our office will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of making our communities safer,” said General Landry. “We will do all that we legally can to bring child predators to justice.”
Mead was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail as a result of a joint investigation by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, the Mandeville Police Department, the Covington Police Department, and the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.  
Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes that have victimized children from infants to 16 years of age. To report child exploitation, call the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation at 800-256-4506.


November 1, 2016
Slidell Man Murdered in Picayune – Arrest Made
Source:  Julia Arenstam|www.picayuneitem.com
The Pearl River County Sheriff's Office has arrested Richard L. Carver (18) in the murder of Mark Johnson (39) of Slidell.
Neighbors reportedly heard Carver and Johnson arguing inside a home and the altercation, involving the use of two firearms, continued outside the home.  The investigation located one firearm and determined that the victim was shot while inside a vehicle.  More shots were fired after he exited from the passenger side door. Johnson's girlfriend was found uninjured in the back seat of the vehicle with the doors locked.  Carver fled the scene before deputies arrived.
Carver was located and arrested during a traffic stop in Picayune.  


November 1, 2016
Gambling Habit Leads to Hammond Man's Theft Arrest
On Thursday, October 27, 2016 the Hammond Police Department Criminal Investigations Division arrested Jacob Kyle Cunningham, 53 years old of Hammond, for Felony Theft.
The arrest follows a complaint from the owner of N’Awlins Sports who was concerned about internal theft. The owner, Mike Lester, noticed the store had not been making as much money as it once had, so he started reviewing camera footage. He immediately found that Cunningham had been making cash sales and not ringing up the purchases.
HPD questioned Cunningham and he admitted he was stealing money to support his gambling habit, and he frequently bought scratch-off tickets with the money. Cunningham also admitted that he had been drinking on the job. Cunningham estimated that he had stolen approximately $5,000 in cash and approximately $1,000 in merchandise over the past year.







 

  


 

 

 

 


  

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