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June 29, 2016
Bogalusa Pub Patrons Turn in Baton Rouge Drug Dealer
Early this morning, WPSO officers responded to a complaint about a man trying to sell drugs inside the Pub Lounge on South Columbia Street.  Several patrons at the bar pointed out the man who was found to have 39 various colored Ecstasy pills in a plastic baggie.  Pokeyto Kendre Peters, 30, a resident of South Harrells Ferry Road in Baton Rouge, was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with Possession With Intent To Distribute Schedule I Drugs. 
Sheriff Randy Seal praised the job done by the patrol officers and also said, “This is yet another example of the benefits which come from the fine cooperation we have between the public and the Sheriff’s Office. I encourage any citizen who has knowledge of a crime to contact our office at (985) 839-3434 or simply pass the information on to any of our fine officers. Crimes can also be reported through our website or by sending a private message to our Facebook page.”


Obituary
Guynell A. Hess, age 73 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away at 2:58 AM on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Southwest MS Regional Medical Center in McComb. 


June 29, 2016
Video Leads to MS. Woman Jailed for Washington Parish Burglary
WPSO detectives have arrested Shelby Leigh Ann Nowell (23) a resident of Poplarville, Mississippi for the burglary of a business on Highway 10 east in Bogalusa.  A video surveillance system at a parish business showed a male and female burglarize a vehicle parked in front of the business, then use a tool obtained from that burglary to break out a glass panel on the front of the business to gain entry. Once inside the business, the couple stole merchandise, cash and the cash register for a total loss to the business of more than $5,000.
Video of the burglary was shown to members of the public who confirmed the identity of the female as Nowell, a resident of Pearl River County. With assistance from the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Parish detectives were able to recover the cash register and locate and arrest Nowell who was transported to the Washington Parish Jail.
Nowell has confessed to the crime and the male suspect in the crime is expected to be identified and arrested.


June 29, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Myesha Anderson was booked 06/28 In For Court
Tina Rowell was booked 06/28 In From Court and on the charge of Failure to Appear
Julie Pierce was booked 06/28 on the charges of Expired License Plate, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Obstruction of Justice, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Terry Penton was booked 06/28 on the charge of Probation Violation
James Magee was booked 06/28 on the charges of Criminal Damage, Theft 750-5000, Criminal Damage, Vehicle Burglary, and Attachment
Haylee Parker was booked 06/28 on the charge of Attachment
Elbert Miller was booked 06/28 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks Over 500 and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100 (2 counts)
Brian Wheat was booked 06/28 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Pokeyto Peters was booked 06/29 on the charge of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs


June 28, 2016
Washington Parish Government Gets “A” on Report Card
Mr. Wilson Lagraize with the auditing firm of Kushner Lagraize commented on the recently completed Washington Parish Government 2015 audit, announcing the audit earned an “unmodified” opinion and is the cleanest audit since he began nine years ago.   Of significance, Lagraize noted the net position is much improved and bonds payable have been reduced (expected to be paid in full in 2017).  He attributed the much improved position to extensive cuts to expenses, reduction of positions, management of employee benefits, teamwork, and wise use of monies received from the tax increase.  
Stating that Washington Parish is “a poor parish”, Lagraize said the challenge in the future is to be frugal as the parish provides its many services with limited money. 
View video of Lagraize's comments below.



June 28, 2016
Riverside Medical Center & OLOAH Working Together
At the Washington Parish Government meeting Monday (June 27) evening, Riverside Medical Center Commissioner Brent King announced that RMC and Our Lady of the Angels Hospital are preparing to enter into a contract whereby OLOAH will manage RMC, including the hiring of a CEO.  Details are expected to be completed within 60 days.  
Our Lady of the Angels Hospital CEO Rene Ragas also spoke to the Council and emphasized, as did King, the benefits of the two Washington Parish hospitals working together.  Ragas stated that “we identified very quickly after coming to Washington Parish that there was no need for two hospitals to work independently” and went on to say that the goal is to make the community better and ultimately result in better care and better access to health services.
View video of the announcement below.



Obituary
Mrs. Shirley Anthony passed away at the age of 60 on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center.  
Mrs. Shirley was a faithful and dedicated member of New Jerusalem Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Johnny Causey, Sr.


Obituary
JAMES WALTER KRUEBBE, AGE 88 and a resident of Franklinton died Sunday evening June 26, 2016 at his home. He was a native and former longtime resident of New Orleans where he had retired as a Captain in the Homicide Division of the New Orleans Police Department. He later worked at the United States Marshalls Office for 10 years. Jimmy was a past Master of the Invincible Masonic Lodge in New Orleans and was also past Master of the Masonic Lodge #101 in Franklinton. He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church of Franklinton who loved to travel, including throughout Europe and his favorite London, England. Jimmy enjoyed reading, playing golf and visiting each month with his police affiliated PALs group and walking with his group at First Baptist Church of Franklinton. 


June 28, 2016
TPSO Needs Help Locating Wanted Man
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance is locating wanted suspect Lamario Patterson (B/M, DOB 01-08-1988). Lamario Patterson is from the Natalbany area and is wanted on multiple charges ranging from failure to appear warrants, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest. 
Anyone knowing the whereabouts to Patterson is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.


Obituary
Benny Joe Hathorne, Sr. age 81, born on March 30, 1935 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.  He was a United States Veteran.


Obituary
DOROTHY FAYE YATES MARICELLI, AGE 84 and a resident of the Lee Road Community received her angel wings at 3:17 am Monday June 27, 2016 at the Lakeview Regional Medical Center. She was an ordained minister of the United Pentecostal Church International that liked to focus her attention to the mission field and also mentoring young families and new Christians. Dorothy greatly believed in the power of prayer and she did just that on behalf of her family, church or those in need. She and her husband were instrumental in the planting and building of a new church in Argentina and would often employ people around the house just for the opportunity to witness to them. She was affectionately known as “Ms. Dorothy” to the many people who often heard her on the local Swap Shop and she also liked to sew and make crafts. Dorothy enjoyed playing card games with her family and friends. According to her family, her life revolved around reading God’s Word, visiting and working alongside her church family and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.


Obituary
Charles Tatman Hudspeth, Jr., a resident of Bolivar, LA passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016. He was born on August 5, 1945 in Magnolia, MS and was 70 years old. He was the business owner/operator of R and H Dozer for over 40 years, as well as an avid outdoorsman and U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam. 


June 28, 2016
Attorney General Landry Arrests Three for Bank Fraud


Attorney General Jeff Landry announced today the arrests of Jason Lipscomb (of Ponchatoula), Brian Furber (of Port Orange, Florida), and Wanda Sue Lade (of Port Orange, Florida) each on Bank Fraud and Theft in the amount of $200,000.  Lipscomb was booked into the East Parish Baton Rouge Jail.  Furber and Lade were booked into the Volusia County Jail and are expected to be in Louisiana by weeks end. 
This investigation is ongoing and additional suspects may be arrested in relation to the complaint.
“My office is dedicated to investigating, arresting, and prosecuting those who commit fraud,” said General Landry. “While recent cuts to our budget may negatively impact our office’s efforts – we stay committed to eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse in Louisiana."


Obituary
Jimmie Lowe, a resident of Kentwood, passed away at 11:55 AM on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was born June 29, 1950 in Hopkins County, KY and was 65 years of age. 


June 28, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Thomas Graves was booked 06/27 In From Court
Quenterrious McGowan was booked 06/27 In From Court
Ernest Lester was booked 06/27 on the charges of 750-5000, Attempted Simple Burglary of a Religious Building, Criminal Damage, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Barrett Dunaway was booked 06/27 on the charge of Aggravated Assault


June 27, 2016
Statement From Bogalusa City Court Judge Robert Black
"I have read the complaint filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and have reviewed the allegations contained in the complaint concerning the procedures employed in City Court for misdemeanor offenses. 
The public should be assured that imposing jail time on misdemeanor violations is a matter that the Court does not take lightly. Incarceration is typically a matter of last resort.
The process begins with an arrest by police, after which the defendant is given an arraignment date. If the defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty after trial, the Court then would impose a sentence that almost always directs the payment of a fine or community service, but in default of either could result in jail time. In cases where a fine is imposed, the defendant is usually given at least 30 days to pay the fine if he or she is unable to pay at the time of sentencing. If the fine is still not paid within this additional period, the Court could impose the jail time but may consider a request for a further extension as an alternative to imposing jail time. 
In those cases where a further extension is requested, the Court has recently been requiring the defendant to pay a $50 extension fee to help defray the costs occasioned by the additional proceedings. These fees have not and cannot be used as compensation to the City Court Judge. 
It is the Court’s understanding that the collection of these or similar costs is utilized by other courts in Louisiana; nevertheless, the Court at this time has suspended this practice pending further review.
In the meantime we have agreed to postpone the hearing dates which are now set for July 13 and July 20 in federal court. The reasons we have agreed to do this are (1) to allow the issues raised in this complaint, which may affect other courts throughout this state, to be reviewed and considered by all interested parties and (2) to allow the attorneys to have further discussions to determine whether there may be ways to resolve these issues. 
The Court appreciates the concerns of the Southern Poverty Law Center and looks forward to discussions with the plaintiffs' attorneys. In the meantime, members of the public are invited to attend our misdemeanor court proceedings every Monday from 9:30 am until late afternoon and witness for themselves that each case is judged on an individual basis."  


June 27, 2016
Bogalusa Judge Halts Jail Time for Minor Fines
Source:  Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
A Bogalusa judge accused of running a "modern-day debtors' prison" agreed Monday (June 27) to temporarily quit jailing people unable to pay court costs or fines for minor crimes. City Judge Robert Black said he would also suspend his practice of charging defendants $50 for extensions on their payment deadlines. 
"It is the court's understanding that the collection of these or similar costs is utilized by other courts in Louisiana," Black said in a statement. "Nevertheless, the court at this time has suspended this practice pending further review."
The Southern Poverty Law Center had sued Black last week, calling his policies unconstitutional. The advocacy group is representing four defendants fearful of doing jail time because they can't afford to pay fines associated with traffic violations or other misdemeanors.
For more on the story, click here.


June 27, 2016
Cleco Customers Get $475 Credit in July
Source:  Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
Cleco customers will get a break on their July electricity bills thanks to a one-time $475 credit kicking in this summer. The credit is one of several incentives state regulators approved as part of a buyout offer for the utility.
If a customer's July bill is lower than $475, the credit will continue to apply to the following month's bill until it runs out.
For more on the story, click here.


June 27, 2016
TPSO Seeking Burglary Suspect
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public's help in locating Christian Matthew Boudreaux (B/M, 11-27-1994) 1344 Old Baton Rouge Hwy., who is wanted for a June 20, 2016 residential burglary at the Woodstone Drive apartment complex in Hammond.  He was observed exiting an apartment with televisions in hand but dropped them and fled when confronted by bystanders .  
Anyone knowing Boudreaux’s whereabouts is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.


June 27, 2016
National Night Out Against Crime August 2 in Tylertown
Walthall County Sheriff Breland invites the public to come out and enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment as part of our Walthall County National Night out against crime on August 2nd, 2016 from 5:30 until 8:30 in Holmes Water Park. "We want everyone to come join us as a way to meet some of newer deputies and investigators, but also as a way to show the criminal element that our community can come together and fight crime both with civilian and law enforcement deterrence."- Sheriff Breland


June 27, 2016
AG Landry Affirms Commitment to Enforcing Pro-Life Laws
Attorney General Jeff Landry issued the following statement after the United States Supreme Court ruled against abortion clinic regulations: 
“In 2014, our duly elected legislators almost unanimously passed Act 620 to require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court today ruled against common-sense legislation passed by the State of Texas. Our law is both factually and legally different from the Texas law. The outcome in the Texas case was heavily based upon the facts and record in that particular situation. 
My office and I will be carefully reviewing the impact of the opinion, if any, on the Louisiana's admitting privileges law; however, we remain committed to enforcing our state's pro-life and pro-woman laws. Under my watch, the Louisiana Department of Justice will continue to do all we legally can to protect the unborn, their mothers, and all Louisiana women.”


June 27, 2016
Help Sought Locating Hammond Wanted Person
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) is asking for your assistance in locating wanted subject Montrey Odell Collins (B/M, 7.10.1977) with a last known address on Simpson Place in Hammond. 
Collins is wanted by the TPSO’s Street Crimes Unit on the charge of (Felony) Possession of Stolen Property. Collins is accused of attempting to sell a diamond ring that was reported stolen from a residential burglary that occurred on E. Morris Ave. on November 11, 2015. 
To date, Collins has eluded authorities. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Collins is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crime Stoppers directly with your information. 


June 27, 2016
Slidell PD Asks Public's Help to Find Missing Man



Obituary
JOHN W. BRUMFIELD, AGE 63 and a resident of Springfield died early Sunday morning June 26, 2016 at his home. He was a former security officer with Inner-Parish Security and a United Stated Navy veteran of the Vietnam War Era. John enjoyed camping with family and friends and being in the great outdoors. 


Obituary
Myrtle Candace Dyson Johnson of Franklinton died June 23, 2016.  She attended 
Washington Parish Training School and furthered her studies at Southern University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Secretarial Science. She was the 17th Miss Southern University for 1947-1948 and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in 1947.  
Myrtle taught school at Jones Creek School in Varnado and Franklinton Elementary School from which she retired.  
Myrtle was a devoted lifelong member of Sweet Home Church of Christ Holiness. She was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Franklinton. She also participated in charitable works and was an inspiration to other breast cancer survivors after she won her own battle against the dreaded disease. 


June 27, 2016
WPSO Deputies Arrest Man for Theft From Church
Recently, a Washington Parish church located on Highway 10 between Bogalusa and Franklinton reported the theft of the church’s central air-conditioning unit and the attempt to gain entry into the church building.  
Patrol deputies took the initial report and soon thereafter recovered the air-conditioning unit which had been sold to a third party. Evidence connected Ernest Joseph Lester, 33, a resident of Highway 10, to the theft and attempted entry.  After Lester was identified, a patrol Sergeant spotted him at a Franklinton gas station and arrested him without incident on June 27. Lester was placed in the Washington Parish Jail with bond set at $12,500 on charges of Theft, Attempted Simple Burglary of a Religious Building, Criminal Damage, and Fugitive.  
Lester has a history of theft and drug related offenses and is well known to the Sheriff’s Office.
“Kudos to our patrol division for solving this crime within forty-eight hours,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “I’m pleased that the unit was recovered and the church can once again have services during these hot summer months in a cool building. This fine congregation and pastor deserves better than to suffer at the hands of a thief.”


June 27, 2016
Burglar of RMC Office in Franklinton Arrested
A man who entered an unlocked office at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton and stole a purse has been identified and arrested.  Ricardo Clines (26) of Hammond has been charged with Burglary of a Business.  He had been arrested previously for the same offense in Hammond and is a traveling criminal targeting medical facilities in multiple areas.  He would identify himself as a radiology technician wanting to transfer to that facility.  
On June 16, the WPSO issued a media release with picture asking the public to help.  Tips from the public started coming in and enabled detectives to identify Clines who had arrested in Houma by the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was returned to Washington Parish and bond has been set at $25,000.


Obituary
James L. "Jimmy" Pittman, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. He was a Crew Boat Captain for Jade Marine of Belle Chase, LA for many decades. 


Obituary
Janice Lynelle Miller, the 5th child of Carruth S. Miller and Junie Belle Leggett Miller, passed from this life at her home in High Point, NC at the age of 59. Lynelle was a wonderful loving mother, sister, aunt and friend and was a nurse, artist and poet. Lynelle was a member of the Church of Christ.


Obituary
Mrs. Josie “Jo Warren” Mizell, a resident of Franklinton, LA, passed away on June 25, 2016, at the age of 81.


July 27, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Amy Miller was booked 06/23 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Driving While Intoxicated, and Obstruction of Highway
Jeffery Green was booked 06/23 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Simple Drunk), Resisting an Officer, and Simple Burglary
Shelby Nowell was booked 06/23 on the charge of Business/Commercial Burglary
Melissa Thomas was booked 06/23 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Theft of Firearm, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Matthew Stevens was booked 06/23 In From Court
Joshua Yates was booked 06/23 on the charges of Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear, Failure to Pay Fine, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Snooky Miner was booked 06/24 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (3 counts) and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Ronald Strahan was booked 06/24 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
George Jones was booked 06/24 on the charges of Sexual Battery, Aggravated Assault, and Attachment
Lavarion Jefferson was booked 06/24 on the charges of Theft of Firearm, Aggravated Burglary, Armed Robbery, Theft Under 750, and Home Invasion
Kendrick Martin was booked 06/25 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Kathleen Hawsey was booked 06/25 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Amanda Miller was booked 06/25 on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting an Officer, and Driving Under Suspension
Trevonne Mingo was booked 06/25 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Use Turn Signal, No Proof of Insurance, and Resisting an Officer
Adrionne Peters was booked 06/25 on the charges of Theft 750-5000, Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Sheleton Miller was booked 06/25 on the charges of Aggravated 1st Degree Rape and Aggravated Crime Against Nature
David Easley was booked 06/25 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Domestic Abuse (Pregnant Woman), Domestic Abuse (Strangulation), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts)
Maren Schilling was booked 06/25 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Ricardo Clines was booked 06/26 on the charge of Business/Commercial Burglary
Otis Hart was booked 06/26 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Cory Rousset was booked 06/26 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage


Obituary
EDWARD WARREN, AGE 68 and a resident of Franklinton died Thursday, June 23, 2016 while working in his garden.  He loved God and his family, he enjoyed working in his garden and giving to all who had needs. He watched Sheppard Chapel faithfully.


July 24, 2016
Weight Loss Clinic Coming to Riverside Medical Center
Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton has announced that Ideal Protein is coming to Riverside!  "Starting July 11th, we will be accepting appointments for our new weight loss clinic. Call 795-4257 for an appointment or private message us on FB "
According to Ideal Protein's website, the “Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is a medically designed protocol containing 2 key components – weight loss and a healthier lifestyle education to assist you in maintaining your results after dieting. Our protocol has evolved for over 20 years, but was originally developed over 2 decades ago by Dr. Tran Tien Chanh who focused his career and research on nutrition with a particular emphasis on the treatment of obesity and obesity related issues.”
Do you need some help?  Give them a call. 


June 24, 2016
Jury Finds Slidell Man Guilty of Raping Carnival Worker
A St. Tammany Parish jury found Alvin Davis, 56, of Slidell, guilty Thursday (June 23) of raping a 21-year-old woman who was part of a traveling carnival in 2014. Davis may face mandatory life at his August 1 sentencing.   a candidate for sentencing under the state’s habitual offender law, may face a mandatory life sentence at a hearing on Aug. 1 before District Judge Scott Gardner.
The victim had gone to Davis’s trailer with her boyfriend on Jan. 18, 2014, to buy marijuana, and the three of them—the victim, her boyfriend, and Davis—smoked together. When the boyfriend left to go to the store with two other men, Davis began making sexual advances towards the woman. She pushed him away, but he shoved her on the bed. When she tried to get up, he punched her in the face so hard that she fell to the floor. Davis then picked her up, pushed her on the bed and forcibly raped her. Afterwards, she left the trailer and walked to the trailer where she was staying.
Davis has 13 prior felony convictions and one misdemeanor conviction on his criminal record.


June 24, 2016
Bogalusa Man Gets 15 Years for Indecent Behavior with a 6-year-old Girl
Bobby K. Harris, 44, of Bogalusa, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for indecent behavior with a juvenile under 13. District Judge Richard Swartz issued the sentence Monday (June 20), after Harris pleaded guilty to the crime.
The crime came to light on May 17, 2013, when a 6-year-old girl told her grandmother that Harris had touched her inappropriately earlier that week. The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified, and then-Capt. Tommie Sorrell, now an investigator for the District Attorney’s Office, learned during an interview that Harris also had shown the child pornography, watched her undress, and touched her genitals in a sexual manner.
Harris later confessed to the crime during an interview with Major Thomas Mitchell and Det. Damon Mitchell.
Swartz ordered Harris to serve his sentence without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.


June 24, 2016
Sheriff Seal Takes Oath of Office for Second Term
Twenty-second Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery administered the oath of office to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal who will begin his second term in office on July 1, 2016. Sheriff Seal then administered the oath of office to his administrative staff consisting of Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Haley, Chief Civil Deputy Anthony Stubbs, Deputy Chief Shannon Lyons and Chief of Corrections Jim Miller.  To read his comments, click here.
  


Obituary
Myrtis Marie Terrell, a resident of Angie, LA, age 75, born on June 17, 1941, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA.


July 24, 2016
Two Fatal Crashes in Tangipahoa Parish on Thursday
Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to two separate fatality crashes in Tangipahoa Parish Thursday morning. The crashes claimed the lives of 68 year-old Bobby Joe Benson of Winfield, AL and 64 year-old James L. Pittman of Kentwood, LA.
The first fatal crash occurred shortly after 9:00 AM on I-12 near Hammond.  Bobby Joe Benson's vehicle abruptly exited the roadway to the left, entered the center median where it then crashed into a light pole and cable barrier system. He died shortly after being taken to North Oaks Hospital.  Physical evidence was not indicative of a fatal crash and Benson was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision. Presently, Troopers are investigating Benson’s medical history as a possible contributing factor to the crash. 
The second crash occurred shortly after 9:30 AM on LA 38 near Kentwood.  James L. Pittman was riding a motorcycle behind a vehicle driven by 21 year-old Kayla Stilley of Kentwood.  As Stilley;s vehicle slowed to turn into a private drive, Pittman's motorcycle crashed into the rear of Stilley's vehicle and then crashed head-on into a truck driven by 81 year-old Huey Collier of Greensburg.  Pittman was pronounced dead after being taken to Hood Memorial Hospital. 


June 23, 2016
Franklinton Business Owner Arrested for Tax Violations
On June 22 WPSO detectives arrested Hussein Ali Faour (43) of Franklinton and owner of Dor's Food Mart on twenty-three felony counts of Criminal Penalty To Account For Local Tax Monies and twenty-three misdemeanor counts of Criminal Penalty For Evasion of Tax. His bond was set at $15,000. He met the conditions of bond and was released.  
Investigating fraudulent tax practices, a search warrant for his business and a storage unit resulted in the seizure of business records and a large quantity of alcohol and tobacco products which were on the premises without proper permits.  
Thus far, the Sales Tax Division has uncovered several hundred thousand dollars of collected sales tax that Mr. Faour failed to remit as required by law. 
Sheriff Randy Seal commented (in part), “Sales tax collected by a business does not belong to that business. It belongs to the citizens of Washington Parish and . . . Mr. Faour was remitting only a portion of the sales tax collected by his business and was using the remainder of the tax money for business purposes.” 


Obituary
Thomas Q. Grass age 48 passed away June 23, 2016 at Our Lady of The Angels. 


Obituary
GLADYS CREEL JOHNSON, AGE 93 and a resident of Franklinton died at 1:27 PM Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at her residence.  She was a member of Centenary Methodist Church. She worked as a clerk in the register of voter’s office for many years.


Obituary
EARNEST EVON MARTIN, AGE 78 and a resident of Franklinton died at 3:15 PM Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at his residence.  He was a boat pilot for 50 plus years enjoying every day. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids.


Obituary
The sweet Angel of Mercy moved in quietly on June 15, 2016 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital – Bogalusa, LA and bare the spirit of Frances Magee at the age of 86.
She was manager of the Genesis Singers.


June 23, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Mark Conerly was booked 06/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Hussein Faour was booked 06/22 on the charges of Criminal Penalty to Account for Local Tax Money (4 counts)
Amy Miller was booked 06/23 on the charge of Failure to Appear, Driving While Intoxicated, and Obstruction of Highway
Jeffery Green was booked 06/23 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Simple Drunk), Resisting an Officer, and Simple Burglary


June 22, 2016
Lavarion Savaon Jefferson Wanted by the Franklinton PD
The Franklinton Police Department is asking the public’s help in locating Lavarion Savon Jefferson, a 18 year-old black male wanted for  (10) counts Theft of Firearms, (1) count Aggravated Burglary, (1) count Armed Robbery, (1) count Theft under $750.00, and (1) count Home Invasion.
Savon should be considered ARMED & DANGEROUS!  Do not approach.
Please call 985-839-4474 if you see Savon Jefferson.
Jefferson has several addresses in Franklinton and family in the Bogalusa area.


June 22, 2016
Cattle Discovered in Abandoned Trailer on I-12
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) are asking for any information about a trailer load of cattle found along I-12 heading east near Hammond, La. around 6:30 Monday morning.  The gooseneck trailer contained 18 head of cattle and two flat tires. There were no tags on the trailer to identify the owner.  The cattle are being held at a local stockyard.
“We are looking for any information that may help us reunite these cattle with their owner. We are also working with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office to determine who left these cattle on the side of the road and why,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
Anyone with information is asked to call the LDAF at (866) 927-2476, the TPSO at (985) 345-6150 or the Tangipahoa Parish Humane Society at (985) 351-0181.


June 22, 2016
Franklinton Theater Production in August - Get Your Tickets




Obituary
ROY ERNEST SMITH, AGE 78 and a resident of Franklinton died 9 AM Saturday, June 18, 2016 at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Texas. 
He was an ordained minister having ministered in the Baldwin, Louisiana area for several years. He enjoyed the outdoors. 


June 22, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
David Shook was booked 06/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation
Pamela Cochran was booked 06/21 In From Court
Gregory Honaker was booked 06/21 on the charge of Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Roundell Guest was booked 06/21 on the felony charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile
Ezekiel Odom was booked 06/21 on the misdemeanor charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile and Attachment
Dantray Young was booked 06/21 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm (3 counts)
Dylan Seal was booked 06/21 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Simple Assault
Mark Conerly was booked 06/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle


June 21, 2016
Bogalusa City Court and Judge Robert Black Named in Suit 
SPLC lawsuit: Louisiana judge operating modern-day debtors’ prison
Bogalusa City Court Judge Robert Black is operating a modern-day debtors’ prison by illegally jailing indigent people unable to pay fines or court costs – including a man fined for stealing $5 worth of food to feed his family, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by the Southern Poverty Law Center in federal court.  
The suit claims that Black's and the City Court's unconstitutional practices have affected, and will continue to affect, hundreds of low-income people with citations for traffic tickets or misdemeanor violations in the City of Bogalusa.  The suit is filed on behalf of Ebony Roberts, Rozzie Scott, Latasha Cook, and Robert Levi and all others similarly situated to seek a declaration that Defendants’ practices are unconstitutional, to seek an injunction to enjoin them from continuing these practices, and to seek damages to recover the illegal extension fee for those who paid it in the past year. 
To read the class action complaintclick here.

June 21, 2016
Ms. Man Gets 10 Years for Fatal Hit and Run
Daniel Coy, 26, of Gulfport, received the maximum sentence of five years in prison Monday (June 20) for negligent homicide for causing a crash last year that killed the driver of an 18-wheeler over the Middle Pearl River near Slidell.  He was also sentenced to 10 years in prison on a hit-and-run charge but five were suspended.
On November 3, 2015, used the right shoulder to pass two 18-wheeler trucks that occupied the left and right lanes. The shoulder narrowed as Coy attempted to pass, and he struck the guard rail, which caused him to swerve and slam into the 18-wheeler driven by Steven Shawn Clark, 26, of Alabama. Clark’s vehicle then went over the guard rail, hit the water, and sank. Rescue divers had to be called in to help locate the truck and Clark’s body.
Coy fled the scene, but Louisiana State Police officers were able to track him down with information from witnesses.
Several members of Clark’s family gave a victim impact statement before Coy was sentenced.


Obituary
Louise Pounds Hartzog, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 78, born on March 6, 1938 in New Orleans, LA, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.


June 21, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Richard Jordan was booked 06/20 In For Court
Jacqueline Daniels was booked 06/20 In From Court
Keenan Moses was booked 06/20 on the tahe charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear (4 counts)
Justin Stafford was booked 06/20 In From Court
Joseph Peoples was booked 06/20 on the charges of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, Obstruction of Justice, and Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Laken Harris was booked 06/20 In From Court
Donmaneisha Love was booked 06/20 In For Court
Christian Herring was booked 06/20 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Attachment (2 counts)
Carla Wake was booked 06/20 on the charges of Attempted Theft Over 100 and Forgery
Keith Edwards was booked 06/20 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), Domestic Abuse With Child Endangerment (2 counts), Simple Battery, Resisting by Flight (Aggravated Flight), and Contempt of Court (2 counts)
David Shook was booked 06/21 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation


June 20, 2016
Slidell Man Pleads Guilty to Operating Ponzi Scheme
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHN SPOSATO, age 64, of Slidell, pled guilty today to wire fraud for his role in promoting and operating a national Ponzi scheme.
According to court documents, since approximately 2010, SPOSATO was affiliated with, owned, or operated numerous different companies and represented to potential investors that the companies were all investment entities that were safe, secure, and never at risk.
In fact, SPOSATO did not actually invest the money in any legitimate investment vehicle, instead using 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.  In total, between about January 2010, and April 2014, approximately forty-eight (48) individuals invested approximately $811,305 with SPOSATO and his companies.
SPOSATO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than twenty (20) years, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine per count.  U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for October 5, 2016.
For more details of the scheme, click here.


June 20, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Randy Miller was booked 06/17 on the charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile
Tevondria Solomon was booked 06/17 In From Court
Donald S. Stone was booked 06/17 on the charge of First degree Rape (Aggravated Rape)
Wendy Perret was booked 06/18 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs and Possession of Schedule II Drugs


Obituary
Ronald “Ronnie” Jeffery Jones, 56, born in Independence, currently residing in Wilmer, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. Ronald Jeffery Jones was a wonderful man that was loved, is missed, and will be forever cherished. He was an amazing, father, husband, brother, grandfather and friend to all that knew him. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also had a passion for collecting antiques. 


Obituary
Faye Graham, a resident of rural Kentwood passed away at 8:25 AM on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at her home. She was born March 23, 1930 in Tylertown, MS and was 86 years of age. She was a member of Wilmer Baptist Church. 


Obituary
MARY JANE MAGEE DIER, AGE 80 and a resident of Franklinton died at 12:04 pm Friday June 17, 2106 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a born in Washington Parish on October 27, 1935 to the late TC Magee and Bonnie Hunt Magee. Mary was a Franklinton High School Graduate of 1954 and had retired after many years of service with the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church.


Obituary
HOLLIS STOGNER, SR., AGE 75 and a resident of Franklinton died at 8:37 pm Friday June 17, 2016 at his home. He was a former employee of Zona Feed Mill and later hand-planted countless pine trees throughout the area for Crown Zellerbach. Hollis enjoyed tinkering with small engines, playing dominoes and watching different types of sports like football, baseball and tennis. He liked fishing and always got laughs from watching his favorite Tom and Jerry cartoons. Hollis was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Franklinton who enjoyed visiting with and poking-fun at his family and grandchildren.


June 16, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Brittany Anthony was booked 06/16 on the charge of Theft 5000-25,000
Shelby Lumpkin was booked 06/16 on the charges of Probation Violation and Contempt of Court
Michael Fox was booked 06/16 on the charge of 1st Degree (Aggravated Rape) and Attachment (3 counts) 
Megan Morrell was booked 06/16 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Chad LaFrance was booked 06/16 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Amanda Freeman was booked 06/16 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Randy Miller was booked 06/17 on the charge of Carnal Knowledge of Juvenile


June 16, 2016
Franklinton Pastor Sentenced to Five Years Probation
Cox pled guilty and testified in trial of U. S. v. Walter and Steven Reed
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JERRY COX, age 72, of Franklinton, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to structuring financial transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.
U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced COX to five years probation and a $100 special assessment.  In October 2015, COX pled guilty and cooperated with the United States, including testifying in the trial of United States v. Walter and Steven Reed.
According to court documents, in September 2011, COX made, and caused to be made, a series of cash withdrawals from Citizens Savings Bank and Resource Bank that were designed to evade certain reporting requirements under federal law, namely the obligation of financial institutions to report currency transactions over $10,000.  COX did so as part of a pattern of activity totaling $102,050 in a twelve-month period.  


June 16, 2016
Senator Beth Mizell's Cursive Writing Bill Signed Into Law
Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to a mandate that cursive writing must be taught in Louisiana’s public school classrooms.  The governor’s office announced Tuesday that Edwards had signed the requirement bill by Republican Sen. Beth Mizell, of Franklinton, into law.
The measure requires public schools, including charter schools, to introduce cursive writing instruction by third grade. Instruction will have to continue through 12th grade.
The mandate will take effect on July 1, 2017, to give schools time to prepare. A handful of states have similar requirements, including Arkansas.


June 16, 2016
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office 2017 Budget Adopted
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain today announced that the 2017 budget for the Sheriff’s office has been adopted after a public hearing was held at the Justice Center.  
The budget addresses the agency’s projected revenue and expenditures for the fiscal year period covering July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. 
The Sheriff’s office maintains three major funds, which govern the agency’s operations: a general fund, a jail fund, and a commissary fund. 
  •  The general fund is related to all enforcement and general administrative functions of the Sheriff’s office.  (Current Fund Balance is $13,652,382 - Projected expenditures for FY 2017 is $43,939,715)
  • The jail fund provides for the daily operation of the parish jail.  ( Current Fund Balance is $2,721,389 - Projected expenditures for FY 2017 is $21,905,721)
  • The commissary fund is revenue generated by sale of goods and services to inmates in the jail and is used for the purchase of goods, maintenance of the jail, and for the betterment of the inmates.  (Current Fund Balance is $606,022 - Projected expenditures for FY 2017 is $759,812)


Obituary
EUNICE MARIE WOOD BURDEAUX, AGE 79 and a resident of Franklinton died early Thursday morning June 16, 2016 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton and had retired from the Louisiana Department of Family Services. She enjoyed camping and working in her yard. Eunice loved spending time with her grandchildren and family but her true passion was riding horses and showing her beloved Tennessee Walking Horses. 


Obituary
Mr. James “Jimmy” F. Foster, age 73, passed away on Thursday June 16, 2016, at his residence in Bogalusa, LA


Obituary
Della Bonnie Lee Dillard, age 94, born on July 1, 1921 in Carnes, MS, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at her residence in Bush, LA.


Obituary
BOBBIE NELL BLAIR BERRY, AGE 83 and a resident of the Springhill Community died at 8:25 am on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at her home. She was a longtime member of Springhill Baptist Church where she formerly taught Sunday school and vacation bible school and played the piano for many years. Bobbie enjoyed gardening and tending to her roses. She liked to sew and watch birds feed from the many feeders she kept around her home. Bobbie helped care for many young children in the community but truly cherished the time spent with her own grandchildren and family.


June 16, 2016
Last Roadblock to La. 3241 Has Been Removed
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on April 12, 2016 issued a Record of Decision in adopting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Final Environmental Impact Statement, issued in June 2012. This means the LADOTD will be able to use federal funds to construct the project.
The four-lane highway is a 19.8-mile route (Route Q ) selected by USACE beginning at the intersection of Louisiana 21 and Louisiana 41 near Bush.  It follows an abandoned railroad corridor, and  connects with Louisiana 434 north of Lacombe.  The route will destroy 305 acres of wetlands and require the fewest bridges and culverts.
However, the route runs directly through the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, travels through a large section of the parking lot for the Louisiana Heart Hospital, travels through a park-and-ride facility on LA 434, travels through a piece of property owned by the parish school board that is designated for a future school and and through property owned by Weyerhaeuser that is slated for future residential development.
The project is broken into three design projects:  LA 435 to LA 40/LA41, LA 36 to LA 435, and I-12/LA 434 Interchange to LA 36.  
Now, some 36 years and eight months after the first public meeting where it was discussed, Louisiana just MAY - JUST MAY -  be on the path to be completed.


June 16, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jeffrey Kuchin was booked 06/15 on the charges of Criminal Damage Under 500 (3 counts) and Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile (2 counts)
Amos Andrew Beliew was booked 06/15 on the charges of Parole Violation, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Sexual Battery (5 counts)


June 15, 2016
More Than $5,600 of Missing Funds in Bogalusa 
An investigative audit dated June 8, 2016 into missing funds in Bogalusa found that between September 2015 and February 2016, $5,612 in property tax and utility service payments were received but not deposited into the city’s bank accounts, the Legislative Auditor said in a report released today.  City officials began an investigation, the investigation was turned over to the Louisiana State Police, and then the Louisiana Legislative Auditor was requested to review the records. They have completed their report and delivered it to the District Attorney and others as required by law. 
Auditors found that former water clerk Jodi Herrington was primarily responsible for receiving, recording, and processing 89% ($5,006) of the missing funds. These records further indicate that Ms. Herrington altered City records to conceal property tax payments collected but not deposited and may have violated state law.  Herrington denied taking any of the missing money.
As of the date of the audit, the City had not taken any action to recover the missing funds, and no charges had been filed against the former clerk.
However, the audit included a response from Mayor Wendy Perrette of how controls were being improved to prevent similar future problems.


June 15, 2016
Three From Ms. Charged With Washington Parish Burglaries
Three Tylertown residents are in the Washington Parish Jail facing charges of burglaries committed in the parish. On June 2 and June 6, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives investigated residential burglaries which occurred on J. Warren Road and Highway 38 in the Hackley community.
Descriptions of the suspects and their vehicles led to the arrests of (pictured left to right below) Fredrick Brown (29), Alexzandra Weary Brown (24), and Calvin B. Guy (27).  When the trio was arrested, they had pictures of the stolen property and evidence of their criminal activity on their cell phones.  They remain in jail at this time on a number of charges with bonds set for each. 
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Each time a thief is arrested and jailed is a victory for Washington Parish homeowners who should not have to put up with outlaws breaking into their houses. I appreciate the hard work of our detectives to solve these burglaries and am grateful to community witnesses who provided information. If anyone has information about any crime which was committed in Washington Parish, I encourage them to call our office at (985) 839-3434 and report what they know. Their names will not be used and any information is helpful in solving crimes.”



June 15, 2016
Senate Candidates Answer Questions at Forum
The Republican Executive Committee of Washington Parish hosted a public forum for the voters to meet the Republican candidates for United States Senate on Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Bogalusa, Louisiana.  John Kennedy, John Fleming, Charles Boustany, and Rob Maness attended and answered questions on securing the border, the illegal aliens issue, sanctuary cities, the federal budget, income taxes, protecting Social Security, the Affordable Care Act, the court system, and more.  
Learn more about the candidates for this very important elected position.




Obituary
Doris Johnnie Mae Pigott born January 31, 1934 went home to be with the lord June 9, 2016 at the age of 83.


June 15, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Elgrie Payne was booked 06/14 on the charges of Theft 750 or less, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Trikeyda Johnson was booked 06/14 In From Court
Sherry Liner was booked 06/14 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Courtney Miley was booked 06/14 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
James Spikes was booked 06/14 In For Court
Jennifer Nelson was booked 06/14 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks


June 15, 2016
Slidell Man Gets Over 9 Years for Drugs and Firearms Offenses
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that THOMAS BROWN, age 46, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, was sentenced to 111 months imprisonment today on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine, and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.
In July 2015, DEA agents observed BROWN supplying heroin to a targeted trafficker.  After further investigation, agents obtained and executed a search warrant at BROWN’s residence and found 188 grams of acetyl fentanyl, 66 grams of heroin, 150 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, and 17.9 grams of marijuana.  Most of the narcotics seized were hidden between a furnace and a wall in a hallway closet, and the drugs had been packaged for sale.  Near the narcotics agents also located a loaded .45 caliber pistol, a .38 caliber revolver, and a loaded 20-guage shotgun.


Obituary
Hazel Oliver Smith (age 87) and a resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away at 4:15AM on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at her home.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Kentwood and Friendship Circle Sunday School Class, and was a graduate of Mt. Hermon High School. Mrs. Smith loved her flowers and her garden and doing jigsaw puzzles with her friends. 


June 14, 2016
Blood Drive Sponsored for Child With Leukemia
Washington Parish Government is sponsoring a Blood Drive to benefit Ian on June 21st from 9-4pm at 909 Pearl Street Franklinton. To schedule an appointment, please call Jeannine Bickham at (985) 839-7825.
If you are unable to donate at the blood drive, please go to the Blood Center located in Bogalusa.




June 14, 2016
What is the Washington Parish Road Crews Doing For Us?




June 14, 2016
WPSO Sheriff's Office Seeks Burglary Suspect
On June 9, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of a theft from a Franklinton area business located on Highway 16.  Surveillance camera video revealed a male who entered the unlocked office area while the employee was briefly out of the office.  The male suspect exited the office with the employee’s purse.
Witnesses who saw the male suspect in the building described him as wearing glasses and having a “lazy eye.”  Any person who can identify this person is asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “Please help us to identify this man so we can locate and arrest him.  If you are the man, and recognize yourself in the picture, I encourage you to go ahead and turn yourself in at the Sheriff’s Office, because we will be looking for you and we will find you.”


June 14, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Delverix Bickham was booked 06/13 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Laken Harris was booked 06/13 In From Court
Joseph Bickham was booked 06/13 In From Court
Steven Seals was booked 06/13 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise
Brian Hall was booked 06/13 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts), Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling
Joshua "Fat Boy" Foster was booked 06/13 on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Attachment (3 counts), Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, and Failure to Appear
Amanda Sumrall was booked 06/13 on the charge of Theft 750 or less
Elgrie Payne was booked 06/14 on the charges of Theft 750 or less, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)


June 14, 2016
Bogalusa Animal Control Has Pets for Adoption/Foster




June 13, 2016
Mandeville Police Chief Announces Retirement
Mandeville Police Chief Rick Richard announced his resignation today as the chief of police for the City of Mandeville effective July 1, 2016. Chief Richard took over the department in January of 2010 and has implemented many changes to modernize systems, update policies, standardize equipment, educate the officers, and foster leadership roles within the department.
In announcing his retirement, Chief Richard said (in part), “I am convinced that being the Chief of Police in Mandeville is the absolute best Chief’s position in the state. My immediate plans are to spend as much time as I can with my kids and my grandchildren, then I’ll go from there. The Lord has blessed me with health and the financial ability to do this, so it’s time to get working on the bucket list while I can.” 


June 13, 2016
Man Who Robbed ATM Service Technician Arrested
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Slidell man minutes after he robbed an ATM repair man Sunday.
The ATM repair technician was working on a machine in a parking lot off N. Military Road near Slidell shortly before noon on Sunday when he was approached by a man wearing a mask and a hood.  The man, now known to be Shayne Thomas of Slidell, implied he had a weapon and demanded money.  He took an undisclosed amount of money out of the ATM that was being serviced and fled on foot.
Responding deputies located Thomas minutes later at a nearby business.  He was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for First Degree Robbery. The stolen money was recovered.


June 13, 2016
La.'s AG Office Wins National Award for Fighting Medicaid Fraud
Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has been selected to receive the United States Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s Award of Excellence in Fighting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse.
Landry praised the unit said (in part), “Our team last year obtained 91 indictments, 73 convictions, and 25 civil settlements or judgments – recovering $17,905,243.” 


June 13, 2016
St. Tammany Sheriff to Take Back Work Release Program
Source:  SARA PAGONES|THEADVOCATE.COM
When Randy Smith takes the oath of office as St. Tammany Parish sheriff on July 1, he will fulfill a promise he made during his campaign by bringing the work-release program back in-house.   The Slidell work-release facility was privatized three years ago under Smith’s predecessor, Jack Strain.
The program enables convicts nearing the end of incarceration to work at jobs in the community during the day and to sleep at the work-release facility — essentially a low-security prison — by night. About 150 inmates are currently housed at the facility on Production Drive.
To read more on the story, click here.


Obituary
Camille Ridgdell died on June 11, 2016.   Brown-McGehee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
CAROLYN FRUGE’, AGE 71 and a resident of the Bonner Creek Community died at 9:30 am Sunday June 12, 2016 at her home. She was a lifelong member of Bonner Creek Baptist Church and a former fashion coordinator at West Brothers Department Store in Franklinton. Carolyn enjoyed working in her yard, camping and traveling. She was a fantastic cook and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends and was always a loving wife, mother and grandmother.


June 10, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jason Cooley was booked 06/10 on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Cocaine 28 grams to 200 grams, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting an Officer (2 counts), and Obstruction of Justice
Joseph Bickham was booked 06/10 In From Court
Richard Williamson was booked 06/10 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Roeyon Crosby was booked 06/10 on the charge of Accessory After the Fact
Kendrick Martin was booked 06/11 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Kyle Kathmann was booked 06/11 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Michaael Weaver was booked 06/11 on the charge of Parole Violation
Kilisca Pittman was booked 06/11 on the charge of Theft 750 - 5000
Brian Ellison was booked 06/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Improper Lane Useage, and Expired Drivers License
Shannon Smith was booked 06/11 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Charles Welch was booked 06/12 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangermenet (2 counts)
Calvin Guy was booked 06/13 on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Theft 750-5000, Convicted Felon in Possession of Direarm, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Delverix Bickham was booked 06/13 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)


June 10, 2016
STPSO Warns of IRS Scam

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is aware of a scam where residents are receiving calls from individuals who identify themselves as IRS employees. The alleged representatives indicated that the residents owe back taxes and if those taxes are not paid a warrant will be issued for their arrest.
The STPSO is working with the appropriate agencies and advises that there is no need to notify the St Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office if you receive a call.  Simply do not respond to the call and do not send them any form of payment.  The IRS does not make phone calls to collect back taxes, and it does not request iTunes or similar cards as a form of payment.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, and you are unsure if you owe taxes or not, you are encouraged to hang up and contact the IRS yourself to make an inquiry.


June 10, 2016
Road Rage Incident Lands Alabama Man in Jail
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested an Alabama man after he fired a gun during an apparent road rage incident near Covington this morning.  The incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. on I-12 near the La. 1077 exit and consisted of an Alabama driver firing two to three shots into the air from the window of his car after the victim pulled in front of the Alabama driver.
Responding deputies located the vehicle in the River Chase parking lot and waited for the driver to exit a nearby business.  Pierre Newberry (DOB 12-26-1992) of Selma, Alabama was arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.


June 10, 2016
Slidell Man Facing 20 Years After Conviction
Alfred Simmons, 39, of Slidell, faces from 20 years to life in prison as an habitual offender after a St. Tammany Parish jury convicted him last week of possessing cocaine and marijuana. 
The Slidell Police Department was conducting surveillance of a house on Beechwood Drive in Slidell on March 18, 2015, when officers observed Simmons go there and leave shortly afterward. When Simmons was then stopped for a traffic infraction, officers found large quantities of marijuana, synthetic marijuana, and crack cocaine.
Simmons has four prior felony convictions: aggravated burglary and armed robbery in 1996, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 2000, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a drug commonly known as Ecstasy in 2008, and possession of cocaine in 2012. He is set for sentencing by District Judge August Hand on July 14.


Obituary
Ada Agusta Jones died June 9, 2016.  Brown-McGehee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Theresa A. Wells born February Feb. 11, 1945 passed away June 9, 2016 at Our Lady Of The Angels Hospital. She was a resident of Resthaven Living Center. 


June 10, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Malcolm Haley was booked 06/09 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Charles Spiers was booked 06/09 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Alexzandra Brown was booked 06/09 on the charges of Simple Burglary and Principal
Fredrick Brown was booked 06/09 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Simple Burglary
Shelby Lumpkin was booked 06/09 on the charges of Probation Violation and Contempt of Court
Danny Woodward was booked 06/09 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs


June 9, 2016
15 Year-Old Arrested in Last Week's Natalbany Murders
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that TPSO detectives have arrested a 15 year-old male made an arrest in one of the two-homicide investigations from last week that left two black males dead in Natalbany and are working toward identifying the killer in a subsequent homicide that occurred the following day that claimed the life of 18 year old Marquise Lightfoot.
The 15 year-old was taken taken into custody last night and charged with two counts of First Degree Murder for his participation in the shooting deaths of 24 year old Charleston Mitchell and 31 year old Randy Bickham that took place on June 2, 2016.  Detectives now believe these killings were drug-related and that both cases are connected.   
Sheriff Edwards reminds the public that the TPSO is offering a $5,000.00 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting death of 18 year old Marquise Lightfoot.  Contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. 


June 9, 2016
Franklinton PD Offers Self-Defense Course
The Franklinton Police Department will be hosting a public self-defense class on July 26th and 28th from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at the Police Department. This class is FREE and open to the public. Instruction will include awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progress through the basics of hands-on self-defense instruction. Class size is limited and you must preregister by contacting Officer Brian Davidson at 985-201-3937. Dress for the class is athletic/comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.


June 9, 2016
Slidell Man Charged with Defrauding Investors
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHN GIBSON, age 31, of Slidell, was charged today  with mail fraud.
According to court documents, GIBSON solicited funds from individuals by falsely representing that he would use their funds to establish investment accounts from 2008 to 2014.  During this time period,GIBSON defrauded his investors by diverting their investment funds for his own personal use and benefit.
GIBSON faces the maximum penalty of twenty years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000 or the greater of twice the gross gain to the defendant or twice the gross loss to the victim. 
U.S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.


Obituary
Eric Kevin Garic, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, born January 3, 1964, passed away at his residence on June 7, 2016 at the age of 52.


Obituary
Marie Ann Duhon, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away at Lakeview Regional Medical Center on Tuesday June 7, 2016 at the age of 59.


June 9, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tabitha Hagan was booked 06/08 In For Court
Ray Mizell was booked 06/08 on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Violence Battery, Public Intimidation, and Failure to Pay Fine.
Frankie James was booked 06/08 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Chelsey Gossett was booked 06/08 on the charge of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s)
Terry Baham was booked 06/08 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Useage, and Open Container in Vehicle
Brandon Hymel was booked 06/08 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Malcolm Haley was booked 06/09 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)


June 8, 2016
LDWF Academy to Enroll Up to 23 Cadets 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin housing and training up to 23 cadets in September of 2016 at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge.  Successful completion of six months of intensive physical and academic training is required to graduate.  This class of graduating agents will fill field office vacancies around the state.  Each cadet is assigned to a parish and must reside in that parish upon completion of the academy.
The opening dates that applications will be accepted for the “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” position will be from June 6 to 30.  
“We are looking for men and women who have a love for the outdoors, want to enforce conservation laws and can make it through a demanding six months of training,” said LDWF Col. Joey Broussard, head of the Law Enforcement Division.
For more information, click here.


June 8, 2016
Two Being Sought in Hammond Shooting 
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that two suspects have been identified and are being sought by the TPSO for a shooting that occurred last Friday afternoon, June 3, 2016, on Wardline Rd. in Hammond.
19 year old Hakeem “BUG” McClain and 19 year old Tyshon Coleman, both of Hammond, LA, have been identified and accused of shooting a 22 year old black male. During an argument between the three subjects, allegedly Coleman grabbed a handgun from “Bug’s” waistband, , and shot the victim.  All parties then fled the scene.
With assistance from the Hammond police Department and through evidence gathered at the crime scene, detectives were able to link both of these subjects to this crime. The duo each face Attempted Second Degree Murder charges upon their apprehension.
The victim in this shooting sustained non-life threatening wounds as a result.


Obituary
Mary F. Alford, a resident of Franklinton, LA, born March 9, 1936, passed away Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA at the age of 80.


June 8, 2016
Pearl River Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of Firearms

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that STEVEN LONG, age 30, of Pearl River, Louisiana, pled guilty June 7, 2016 to illegally possessing five firearms in his home on March 10, 2016, after having previously been convicted of three narcotics felonies in St. Tammany Parish.
If convicted, LONG faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.  U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for September 7, 2016. 


June 8, 2016
New Location for OLOAH Neurology Clinic 




June 8, 2016
Today is National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention Day
On average once every nine days an innocent young child tragically dies due to heatstroke in a vehicle.
  • Always Look Before You Lock
  • Always check the back seats of your vehicle before your lock it and walk away.
  • If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely.
Keep in Mind a Child’s Sensitivity to Heat.  In 10 minutes, a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees and even at an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees.
A child dies when his/her body temperature reaches 107 degrees.
If you see a child in a hot car, don't hesitate to act.


June 8, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Gary Bickham was booked 06/07 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Resisting an Officer, and Failure to Appear
Cody Ansley was booked 06/07 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Attachment
Robert Hodge was booked 06/07 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Christopher Borchers was booked 06/07 on the charge of Possession of Schedule III Drugs


June 7, 2016
Washington Parish Jail – A Revolving Cast of Characters 
Today, as most days, the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office jail sees persons charged with a wide variety of criminal activity placed in their care.  Charges include domestic violence battery, violations of probation and parole, arson, criminal damage, traffic offenses, crimes against the infirm and aged, resisting an officer, driving while intoxicated, thefts, possession of and distributing drugs, illegally possession firearms, discharging firearms, being a fugitive from another jurisdiction, burglaries, assaults, frauds, stalking, rapes, and murders.
The jail is only one part of the criminal justice process.  Players in that process includes law enforcement officers, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, judges, and many employees from the Clerk of Court and District Attorney Offices who facilitate in the complicated process to provide protections to law abiding citizens and due process to those accused of violating the laws.
The jail stays at or near housing capacity and is made up of a revolving cast of characters.  With the Washington Parish Deputies and Detectives and other area law enforcement officers doing their jobs, offenders are brought to the jail to begin answering for their criminal activities.  While there, Warden Jim Miller and his staff must see that inmates are fed, their health needs are met, and that they are afforded the rights granted by the law and the courts.  Surrounded by accused criminals, the jail can be a dangerous place to work.  
Most criminal activity is bondable, so offenders get out – making room for others to take their place.  One of the problems seen is that many of those who get out fail to appear in court and are then picked up again on attachments and Failure to Appear charges.  It is a vicious cycle but as Sheriff Randy Seal often says, “There is always room for one more.”




June 7, 2016
Jasmine Fragrance for Your Garden or Patio
Colors and foliage can enhance a garden or patio area. But, pleasant smells can also add to that outdoor experience. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the fragrant jasmine plants.




Obituary
CHINESEY MCKENZIE BRANCH, AGE 88 and a resident of Pine died at 7:15 pm Monday June 6, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a longtime member of Forest Haven Missionary Baptist Church that always loved to read her Bible. Chinesey enjoyed working in her yard and tending her flowers, while also helping take care of the family farm. She also enjoyed baking cakes, especially her famous pound cake, for her family and often baked a cake for the sick or those in need. 


Obituary
HELEN CRAIN FLYNT, AGE 83 was born in Washington Parish on September 14, 1932 and died at her home in Franklinton early Tuesday morning June 7, 2016. Helen was a member of Crain’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Helen’s loves of life were her family, working in her yard, riding motorcycles and camping with her husband. She will be missed by her husband, children, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and all those who knew and loved her.


June 7, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Amber Pope was booked 06/06 In From Court
Cordero Brown was booked 06/06 In From Court
Lisa Dunaway was booked 06/06 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Tillman Pittman was booked 06/06 on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Discharging Firearm in City Limits
Shonda Williams was booked 06/06 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts), and Obstruction of Justice
Ryan White was booked 06/06 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Brian Smith was booked 06/06 on the charge of Theft 5000-25000
Matthew Stevens was booked 06/06 In From Court
Michael Thomas was booked 06/06 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Ran Stop Sign
Gary Bickham was booked 06/07 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Resisting an Officer, and Failure to Appear


June 6, 2016
Alligator Hunting Bids Open Through June 15
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will continue to accepting bids through June 15 for alligator hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) properties and state wildlife refuges for the 2016-2018 alligator harvest seasons.  Hunters are chosen through a bid system.
A total of 30 alligator hunting opportunities are available for bid (including areas in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes) and from 10-90 tags depending on the area awarded. 
For information on the properties available to be bid on, other details, applicant criteria, and application form, click here.


Obituary
Kiniaki Williams (age 33) died on May 31, 2016. Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Benton Bernard Kennedy Sr. born September 24, 1933 went home to be with The Lord on June 4, 2016 at the age of 82. He owner of Kennedy Fish Traps and he was a member of Angie Baptist Church . Benton served his country by serving in the United States Air Force.


Obituary
Velmon Cotton died on June 5, 2016.  Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


June 6, 2016
Washington Parish Watermelons Resolution Approved
SR188, introduced by Senator Beth Mizell, was passed today!  The resolution requests the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry to develop and adopt an official logo for watermelons produced in Washington Parish and authorizes the LDAF to adopt rules for determining which products and producers will be allowed to use the logo.
The resolution recognizes 
  • the economic and historical relevance to Washington Parish and Southeast Louisiana,
  • that Washington Parish watermelons are known for their quality, flavor and sweetness, and 
  • watermelons are fraudulently being sold as being from Washington Parish.
To read resolution, click here.


June 6, 2016
Newest Revelations in John Kennedy's Waste Report
In his latest edition of the Waste Report, Louisiana Treasurer and U. S. Senate Candidate John Kennedy provides examples of what the State Department has spent $5.8 million of our tax dollars to do IN OTHER COUNTRIES!
- $700,000 to preserve a Buddhist temple in Vietnam
- $100,000 for a log house museum in Russia
- $100,000 to repair a historic railroad station in Paraguay
- $917,500 to restore a Mosque and fort in Pakistan
- And, perhaps the most ironic of all, Congress has borrowed money from China to help fund a Buddhist temple IN CHINA.
Shame on Congress.  Congress should use our tax dollars to pay down the $19 trillion national debt instead of building Buddhist temples in China.


June 6, 2016
Loranger Resident Killed in Madisonville Crash
A Friday night (June 3) crash in Madisonville claimed the life of 31 year-old Brent D. Cyprian of Loranger.  Louisiana State Police determined that Cyprian’s vehicle crossed the center line, Cyprian over-corrected, his vehicle overturned as it went through a ditch and it crashed into a tree on the vehicle’s passenger side. Cyprian was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He sustained severe injuries and was transported to Lakeview Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, Cyprian succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Emergency Room Doctor. 


Obituary
ELVIN RAY SCHILLING AGE 66 and a resident of Enon died early Saturday morning June 4, 2016 at his home. Ray was a member of Mount Zion United Pentecostal Church and a former longtime diesel mechanic for Marvin Bennett Trucking. He loved worshiping the Lord and had a special place in his heart for his church family. Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors and often spent time bird watching from his porch. He always cherished the time spent with his family and grandchildren.


Obituary
Mary L. Easterling Bohnenstiehl, 68, resident of Bogalusa, LA passed away Friday June 3, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.


Obituary
Herbert Wayne Smith, born April 5, 1952, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016, at the age of 64.  He was a resident of Bogalusa and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Poplarville, Miss., and the Bogalusa American Legion Post 24. He was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army.


Obituary
Elbert E. Miley, 69, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016, at his residence in Bogalusa.  He was employed by Crown Zellerbach/Gaylor Papermill for 33 years and retired from the National Guard after serving 20 years.  Elbert enjoyed antique cars, spending time with his family, and most of all going to ballgames to watch his grandchildren play.


June 6, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tyler Phelps was booked 06/03 on the charge of Protective Order Violation
Dondriel Bivens was booked 06/03 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts), Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), Resisting Arrest, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Norman Tribe was booked 06/04 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana
Fredrick Weary was booked 06/04 on the charge of Possession of Marijuana
Dana Sims was booked 06/04 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Edward Bright was booked 06/04 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, No Taillight, Improper Lane Useage, and No Drivers License
Ashford Hollins was booked 06/05 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Marshall Brown was booked 06/05 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Useage, and Expired Drivers License


June 3, 2016
$5000 Reward Offered in Natalbany Homicides
Sheriff Edwards is offering a $5,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for 3 deaths in 2 separate homicide cases that occurred in Natalbany, LA over the past two days.
On June 2nd , Randy Bickham (24) and Charleston Mitchell (31), were gunned down in their vehicle on Haynes Lane and, on June 3rd  the body of Marquise Lightfoot (18) was found lifeless in a nearby yard on Jimmy Drive.  Although the two cases may not be related, Detectives do believe that these were not random acts of violence.  Sheriff Edwards and the TPSO are sending out prayers for those suffering as a result of these shootings and that justice will be served.
Sheriff Edwards thanks and commends Hammond Police Department, LSP Crime Lab, and HSI (Homeland Security) for assisting.  
Anyone with information are asked to contact Crime Stoppers.  All tips remain anonymous.


Obituary
Mary Louise Smith age 74 passed away June 1, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a resident of Franklinton La. 


Obituary
Richard Lee "Spence" Spencer, Jr., a resident of Bush, LA, age 48, born on December 17, 1967 in Baltimore, Maryland, passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Bogalusa, LA.


June 3, 2016
Public's Assistance Helps Nab Theft Suspect
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal announces the arrest of Jonathan Anders, a resident of 13th Street, Franklinton, for the recent theft of a zero turn mower that was stolen from Mt. Pisgah Road, Mt. Hermon on May 31, 2016.  The homeowners’ dog was struck in the mouth and injured while protecting the property.
Anders was booked into the parish jail on the charges of Theft of $750 or more but less than $5000, Driving Under Suspension, and No License Plate. Bond was set at $5500.00.
The public provided creditable tips that assisted in the investigation. Once WPSO Detectives received the information, they tracked down the suspect vehicle (a picture of which was obtained by surveillance video) with Anders driving it. Evidence in the vehicle linked the vehicle to the offense. “The public’s help in solving this case is just another example of how the community and the Sheriff’s Office is working together to make our community safer by taking criminals off the street and putting them in jail where they belong. We need and appreciate the public’s help.” Said Sheriff Seal.   “The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has purchased a riding mower from Jonathan Anders or has information about this or other criminal activity please call investigators at (985) 661-2021.”


June 3, 2016
STPSO Credited with ATM Skimming Fraud Conviction
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite praised the work of Secret Service Agents, La. Financial Crimes Task Force, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office with their investigation that led to the guilty plea on June 2, 2016 of MIHAI ALEXANDRU DINU (age 41) of Romania to bank fraud related to the use of ATM “skimming” devices.
According to court records, the investigation began in January of 2015 into the unauthorized collection of debit card numbers through the installation of “skimming devices” on various ATM machines and the subsequent illegal use of fake debit cards in the Eastern District of Louisiana.  
DINU and another man were captured on surveillance video using fake debit cards to withdraw funds from three local bank accounts.  DINU also participated in a similar ATM skimming conspiracy in Virginia prior to arriving in Louisiana.
DINU faces a maximum sentence of thirty (30) years in prison, a maximum of $250,000 in fines, and up to three (3) years of supervised release.  U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown set sentencing on  September 8, 2016.


June 3, 2016
Natalbany Has Third Homicide in Two Days 
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the discovery of a deceased body found in the yard of a residence off of McGee Lane on Jimmy Drive in Natalbany.   
At this time, the scene is being treated as a homicide investigation until further information is gathered.   It is not yet determined, however possibly related to yesterday’s double homicide.  
The LSP Crime Lab has been called to the scene to assist with the investigation.  
There are no other details to report at this time.  We will keep you updated as the investigation unfolds.


June 3, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Michelle Yarbrough was booked 06/02 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300 and Simple Battery (2 counts)
Jamie Seals was booked 06/02 on the charges of Simple Battery and Domesstic Abuse:  Child Endangerment
Brenzel Warren was booked 06/02 on the charges of Theft 750 or more but less tshan 5000, Failure to Appear (2 counts), Resisting Arrest by Flight and Business/Commercial Burglary
Anthony Pittman was booked 06/02 on the charges of No Drivers License, Driving Without Headlights, and Resisting by Flight (Aggravated Flight)
Linda Pittman was booked 06/02 on the charge of Accessory After the Fact
Jarod Jones was booked 06/02 on the charge of Theft 750 or more but less than 5000
Darryl Singleton was booked 06/02 on the charge of Simple Burglary


June 2, 2016
Louisiana Needs “Belt Tightening” – Not More Taxes
As Louisiana's regular session ends, Governor Edwards and legislators will begin an 18 day (June 6-23) special session with Edward's stated goal of raising an additional $600 million in taxes.  This is above and beyond the $1.2 billion raised in the first special session earlier this year.  
The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry is urging the legislature not to raise additional taxes so soon after the tax increases approved in the first special session.   And their reasons make a lot of sense.
  • Officials do not actually know if the state needs more revenue yet.  The state is only now beginning to collect the taxes raised from the first special session.  Official state economists have publicly noted that the state will not know the amount raised (or the amount of the deficit if any) until later this year or even early next year.
  • The economy is in a recession.   Our economy is not just stalled but is “contracting.”  More than 15,000 jobs were lost in Louisiana in the last year. 
  • The state budget is substantially larger than last year. The state budget will be roughly $28 billion – more than $2 billion larger than last year.   The Governor is requesting more revenue to ensure every program and office is fully funded across state and local government. While TOPS and the private hospitals are again facing reductions, many areas of state government are funded at levels higher than prior years.
  • Virtually no attempt has been made at alternatives to the state’s budget challenges, other than raising revenue. The Governor’s stated goal is to fully fund government at this new higher level with no budget reductions for Fiscal Year 2017. There are no plans for reforming costly programs such as corrections, retirement, or Medicaid.


June 2, 2016
Double Homicide Reported in Natalbany
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Sheriff’s Office began investigating a double homicide that occurred early this morning on Haynes Lane. in Natalbany.  
At approximately 3:45 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received calls that gun shots were heard near the intersection of Haynes Lane. and North Oak.  When deputies arrived, they located two unresponsive black males inside of a vehicle on the side of the roadway.  The two victims are identified as 31 year old Randy Darnell Bickham of Springfield, LA and the other 31 year old Charleston Mitchell of Hammond, LA. 
The crime scene was processed and results are pending.  Motive has not been confirmed and suspect(s) have not been identified.   
Anyone with information regarding this tragic shooting is asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.


Obituary
Alexis Brianne Levi, born on February 3, 2016 in Bogalusa, died May 28, 2016.  “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise” Luke 23:43


June 2, 2016
Bogalusa Man Pleads Guilty to Drugs and Gun Charges
CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR (35) of Bogalusa pled guilty Monday (June 1) to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride, possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base (“crack”), and felon in possession of a firearm.  U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle set sentencing for September 7, 2016. 
A search of TAYLOR’s home found him to be in possession of crack cocaine and a stolen Beretta, Model 96, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol.  TAYLOR has a prior felony conviction and is prohibited from possessing a firearm by both state and federal law. 
If convicted, Taylor faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment and a fine of $10,000,000 on the cocaine hydrochloride charge,  a maximum of 20 years and a fine of $1,000,000 on the crack cocaine charge, and a maximum of 10 years  and fine of $250,000 on the gun charge.  


June 2, 2016
WPSO Seeks Help in Identifying Theft Suspect
On May 31, 2016, at approximately 12:00 pm, a resident homeowner on Mt Pisgah Rd, Mt Hermon reported a theft of a zero turn Toro Riding Mower, Model 5050 that was stolen from underneath his carport. The suspects are seen in what appears to be a white, 90’s Dodge Dakota pickup truck. The homeowners’ dog was struck in the mouth and injured while protecting the property. 
“The public has been great to respond to us in such situations and we are always grateful for any information. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you know anything.” Said Sheriff Seal.
If anyone has any information about this theft or can identify the vehicle or suspect, they are asked to call investigators at (985) 661-2021.


June 2, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jennifer Hosey was booked 06/01 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100 and Attachment (2 counts)
Russel Dexter was booked 06/01 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Union Grantham was booked 06/01 on the charge of Possession of Schedule I Drugs
Bobby Spears was booked 06/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Failure to Pay Fine
Charles Rhines was booked 06/01 on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI (or other)
Charles Sanders was booked 06/01 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Jonathan Anders was booked 06/01 on the charges of Theft of 750-1000, Driving Under Suspension, and No License Plate
Dawayne Stein was booked 06/01 on the charges of Attachment (2 counts)
Michelle Yarbrough was booked 06/02 on the charges of Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300 and Simple Battery (2 counts)


June 1, 2016
Franklinton Murder Suspect Caught Within An Hour
Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith said that Demario G. Warren (age 30), suspect in Tuesday's early morning murder of 33 year-old Kaniaki Williams, was in custody within an hour.  According to Chief Smith, Warren was identified as the murder suspect early on and was captured in a traffic stop by an FPD Officer without incident and within blocks of the the murder location.  
Warren had been released from prison only five months earlier after serving eleven years on an Armed Robbery conviction.  
FPD was contacted at 1:58 am Tuesday about a victim with a gunshot wound at the 2500 block of Greenlaw Street.  Upon arrival, officers found Williams unresponsive.  He was transported to Riverside Medical Center and then airlifted to North Oaks Medical Center where he died.  
Warren was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on the charges of First degree Murder and two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and is being held without bond.  The assault charges stem from the crimes against two other persons in the house where the shooting occurred.  Information regarding motive is not being released at this time. 


Obituary
EMMA THOMAS BARBER, AGE 100 and a resident of Thomas died Tuesday May 31, 2016 at the La Maison Leisure Living Center in Denham Springs. She enjoyed tending to her flowers, gardening and working in her yard when she was able. Emma liked to cook for her family and loved reading her Bible.


June 1, 2016
Free Fishing Weekend is June 11 and 12
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites Louisianans and non-residents alike to participate in this year’s free fishing weekend on June 11 and 12.  Free fishing weekend provides an opportunity for anglers to fish without a fishing license on any of the state’s public waters.
In conjunction with free fishing weekend, several fishing events will be offered throughout the state and, in our neck of the woods, include the Bogue Chitto Fishing Rodeo from 9am to noon (Call 985-839-5707)
Also, in an effort to provide accessible and successful fishing opportunities, LDWF will stock several ponds throughout the state with adult channel catfish, including Zemurray Park. Although no license is required, anglers are reminded that all fishing regulations still apply.
With the exception of free fishing weekend, anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com/start.php.


Obituary
BARBARA HUSSER MCELVEEN, AGE 75 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 4:40 pm Tuesday May 31, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and a former longtime nurse at Southeast Louisiana Hospital. Barbara was an Honorable Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star who enjoyed cooking and gardening. She loved reading all types of books and camping. Barbara liked making crafts, quilting and crocheting small items like doll clothes.


June 1, 2016
Rotary Club Food Fest and Auction is June 5



June 1, 2016
DFC Ricky Steinert Recognized As STPSO Deputy of the Year
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year, Deputy First Class Ricky Steinert, has been honored by Slidell Elks Lodge No. 2321.  Steinert has served at STPSO for ten years and previously worked for Natchitoches Police Department and the Louisiana State University Police Department.
DFC Steinert is a standout among his peers, always going above and beyond to ensure the safety of the people of St. Tammany Parish.  In 2015, DFC Steinert led his team in arrests, particularly DWI related arrests.  In a press release, Steinert is commended for his calm demeanor while making split-second, life-saving decisions,  professionalism, true courage, and motivation to work.  The press release states, “His personnel file is full of commendations from members of the public, his superiors and the District Attorney’s Office.”  
Elks Lodge President Elect Randy Bergeron, Exalted Ruler Williams Graff and Law and Order Night Chairmen Carol and Pat Massarini presented DFC Steinert with a plaque recognizing his service to the residents of St. Tammany Parish. 
 


June 1, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Kenneth Wheat was booked 05/31 on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Stephanie Dyson was booked 05/31 on the charges of Theft 750 or less, Theft 750-5000, Criminal Trespass (2 counts), and Switched License Plates
Jerry Raynes was booked 05/31 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Donald Fontenot was booked 05/31 on the charge of First Degree (Aggravated) Rape
Cory Dykes was booked 05/31 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Michelle Schilling was booked 05/31 on the charges of Forgery and Theft by Fraud
Demario Warren was booked 05/31 on the charges of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assauilt with a Firearm (2 counts) 




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