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December 09, 2022

December 08, 2022

Obituary

Mildred S. Crockett

August 26, 1927 - December 6, 2022

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for December 5-7, 2022

Brandon Ishee (age 24 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked In From Court

Danny Woodward (age 43 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Probation Violation by Probation and Parole. No bond set at this time.

Michael Wilson (age 49 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Intentional Littering, Attempted Criminal Damage to Property, and Threatening a Public Official by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $5000.00 bond.

Devon Cotton (age 33 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Heather Miller (age 41 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Bond Surrender by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10000.00.

Ritchie Martin (age 46 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden, Disturbing the Peace/Loud & Abusive Language, and Resisting an Officer by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $2500.00.

Washington Parish Animal Shelter's Secret Santa Program

The Washington Parish Animal Shelter has announced their Secret Santa Program for their wonderful shelter pups! Here are a few things you need to know:

*  To become a Secret Santa, please message the shelter with the name of the pup you would like to be Santa for. (985)-205-2023

*  You can drop off your donated items to your pup during our business hours. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am- 4pm. 

Here are some things the pups would love: collars, leashes, enrichment items, beds (any shapes, sizes, colors), sheets, toys (hard or soft, but please no raw hides. They are a major choking hazard),  treats (hard bones or soft chewy ones), dry dog food (Purina), wet dog food (any brand), towels, and any other type of bedding (please not human made electric blankets as they are not waterproof).

From the folks at the Animal Shelter: “As always, we are so greatly appreciative to all who donate and participate in our programs for our pups. Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing all our Santa's.”

Learn more and be sure to "Like" their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Washingtonparishanimalshelter/

Washington Parish Native Graduates From FBI National Academy

The Covington Police Department has announced the graduation of Lieutenant Bret Miller from the FBI National Academy Session 284. 

Lieutenant Miller has spent the last 10 weeks in Quantico, Virginia, at the FBI Training Center, where law, behavioral science, forensic science, the terrorist mindset, communication, health and fitness, and leadership development are covered. 

Bret is a native of Washington Parish, the son of Denver Miller and grandson of Carruth and Junie Belle Leggett Miller. After Denver's death, Bret was raised by David and Jo Ann in Mt. Hermon where he graduated from High School. After serving his country in the U.S. Army, Bret was employed with the Covington Police Department. He resides in Abita Springs with his family, wife Nancy and their three children.

Obituary

Robert Lee Bickham

September 6, 1949 - December 2, 2022

AG Landry Warns of Child Products Recently Recalled

As part of his efforts to make Louisiana a safer state for all citizens, Attorney General Jeff Landry is warning Louisiana parents and guardians to take note of several child products that have been recently recalled.

Attorney General Landry listed the following recalled products:

  • Shake Look Touch Books by Scholastic
  • Kidoozie Play Tents and Playhouses by Epoch Everlasting Play
  • Toy Box with Bins by Monti Kids
  • Silicone Baby Toy Bear Activity Toys by Konges Sløjd Denmark A/S
  • First Choice Glass Baby Bottles by NUK (sold exclusively on Amazon.com)
  • Ride-On Toys by Huffy Corporation Children’s Outdoor Kitchens by Big Game Hunters (imported by DOM Sports and sold exclusively at Amazon.com)
  • Kidoozie Activity Desk Toys by Epoch Everlasting Play
  • Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings by Hard Rock
  • MamaRoo and RockaRoo Infant Swings and Rockers by 4moms
  • Children’s HearMuffs by Hearing Lab Technology/Lucid Audio
  • Children’s Sandals by Kolan (sold exclusively on Amazon.com)
  • Infant Bath Seats by Yuboloo (sold exclusively on Amazon.com)
  • RIDGE Jogging Strollers by UPPAbaby
  • Miffy First Lights by Mr Maria
  • Cityscape Travel Jogger Strollers by Baby Trend
  • Flynn Twin Full Bunk Beds With Ladder by Hillsdale Furniture(sold only at Value City Furniture and American Signature Furniture Stores)
  • Toddleroo Rotating Cabinet Latches by North States Industries
  • Children’s Hairclips by BE Jewel Accessories
  • Ladders Sold With Bunk Bed and Hutch Sets by Canyon Furniture Company (sold exclusively at Rooms To Go)

For more information on these recalled products (including pictures and descriptions) and remedies for their consumers, view the Fall 2022 Safety Box at agjefflandry.com/safetybox.

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December 07, 2022

Man Caught Trying to Steal STPSO Hummer Outside of Jail – Dumbest Criminal Award?

Tuesday (December 6, 2022) morning two employees with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Maintenance Department were walking around the back of the jail when they observed a man climb into the driver’s seat of a marked STPSO Hummer, which was parked behind the jail. 

When the two employees approached the man and asked what he was doing, he told them he was a lieutenant with the STPSO Narcotics Division, and he was taking the hummer to be serviced.   

Knowing this information to be false, the STPSO employees alerted a nearby supervisor with the STPSO Operations Division who took the man, 52 year-old Pete Dunhurst of Covington, into custody and called for a patrol deputy to make a report.

The patrol deputy who responded knew Dunhurst, having arrested the man last month when he was caught breaking into a residence near Covington. He claimed to be a lieutenant with the STPSO Narcotics Division during that incident as well.  

STPSO reports that Dunhurst is not employed and has never been employed with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office or any law enforcement agency.

To add to his problems, Dunhurst was found to be in possession of a pistol with an obliterated serial number. Dunhurst was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on the charges of Vehicle Burglary, Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer, and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.  

Obituary

Mary Nell Jacobs - Mingo

September 17, 1932 - December 3, 2022

Obituary

Johnny Ray Fields

January 11, 1954 - November 22, 2022

Suspect Sought in Fluker Murder

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Jimmy Travis reports this morning (December 7, 2022) that Jywan Jones of Independence remains at large and wanted for a murder that occurred on November 22, 2022 in Fluker. 

This is apparently related to a previous story we reported (click here to read); however, there are inconsistencies regarding the date the murder occurred and an issue regarding custody of the suspect. We are working to clarify the inconsistencies.

Chief Travis asks anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jones, to call the Sheriff's Office at 985-345-6150, OR if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1.800.554.5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip! You may be eligible for a cash reward.

15 Year-Old Missing Kentwood Girl

Sue Ann Williams, age 15 and of Kentwood, was last seen leaving Sumner High School around 9:00 a.m. on December 3, 2022. Sue Ann is a white female, 5'2 tall and approximately 110 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. 

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office's Chief Travis advises this morning (December 7, 2022) that Sue Ann is still missing and asks the public's assistance in locating her. 

Chief Travis asks anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Williams, to call the Sheriff's Office at 985-345-6150, OR if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1.800.554.5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip!

Two From Covington Die in Crash Near Loranger

Tuesday (December 6, 2022) shortly after 4:00 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 40 near LA Hwy 445 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the lives of 67-year-old John Bitter and 64-year-old Janice Pellegrin, both of Covington.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as the driver, John Bitter, was eastbound on LA Hwy 40 in a 2011 Nissan Sentra. For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan crossed the center-line and exited the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the Nissan impacted a tree.

Despite both occupants being properly restrained, they both sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Bitter was pronounced deceased on the scene. Pellegrin was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. Impairment is unknown, but a standard toxicology sample was obtained from the driver for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Kentwood Man ID'd as Suspect in Abita-area Homicide

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have obtained a warrant for the arrest of 27 year-old Tyrus Brock of Kentwood in connection with the May 2, 2022 homicide which occurred on Pansy Street in the Abita Nursery Subdivision. Click here for the original story

Brock is currently being held in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on unrelated charges. A hold has been placed on him by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Once he fulfills his requirements in Tangipahoa Parish, Brock will be transported to the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center, where he will be booked on one count of Second-degree Murder.

As reported previously, STPSO deputies were dispatched to the area of Pansy and Progress Streets on May 2, 2022 in reference to gunshots being heard. Responding deputies located a deceased black male, with what appeared to be gunshot wounds, inside a vehicle on Pansy Street. The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Kawon Moore.

As a result of their investigation, STPSO detectives have identified Brock as one of the individuals responsible in Moore’s death. The case is still being actively investigated and additional arrests may come at a later time.

“This arrest brings our homicide clearance rate for 2022 to 100 percent,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “This is a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the detectives in our Major Crimes Unit.  We truly have the best of the best working to keep the citizens of St. Tammany safe.”

Obituary

Naomi "Ms. Lou" Kemp

November 3, 1933 - December 5, 2022

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Bogalusa City Council Meeting of December 6, 2022

Maintaining order was difficult during the Bogalusa Council meeting Tuesday (December 6, 2022) evening, especially following the introduction of a Resolution "supporting the investigation regarding the Eric Nelson and the Bogalusa Police Department incident December 2021". Bogalusa Police Officers escorted some from the courtroom/council chambers and Mayor Wendy Perrette closed the door behind them. Council President Kenny Kellis effectively communicated and acted to restore order and proceed with the Council's business.  Click here and Click here for related articles and background and see the video beginning at 23:30.

The Council did address a full Agenda and heard from residents regarding other issues. More on the meeting will be provided later.

Bogalusa Council 12062022.wmv from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 Americans who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, which led to the United States declaring war on Japan the next day and thus entering World War II.

December 06, 2022

WPSS: EIS Parapro Assessment is December 15th



WPSS Hiring School Food Service Worker



Obituary

Elizabeth "Ann" Hopkins

January 9, 1948 - December 2, 2022

Obituary

Aaron Jerry Lee Cox

January 1, 1982 - December 3, 2022

Obituary

Rufus Warren, Jr.

May 18, 1942 - November 28, 2022

Franklinton's Boil Water Advisory Lifted

Franklinton's Mayor Gregory Route has issued the following Press Release:

The BOIL WATER advisory has been lifted for the Town of Franklinton. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your patience while we resolved the issues.

Obituary

Rebecca Oden Beebe

June 30, 1936 - December 5, 2022

Obituary

Carolyn Munn Smotherman

June 6, 1943 - December 4, 2022

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December 05, 2022

Santa Coming to Franklinton Town Hall on Dec. 16th

Obituary

Jeanette Singleton McGehee

December 18, 1930 - December 3, 2022

Obituary

Wayne Bryant

September 21, 1961 - December 4, 2022

Obituary

Mattie Odeal Mizell Sharp

July 25, 1926 - December 4, 2022

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for December 4, 2022

Gary Spears (age 48 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, No MVI, No License Plate, Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering, and Intentional Littering by Wildlife and Fisheries. Bond set at $7500.00.

Theresa Prizie (age 57 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Second Degree Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $8500.00.

Fields Hartzog (age 46 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Second Degree Battery and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $7500.00.

Jyren Roberts (age 21 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs/Tetrahydrocannabinols or Synthetic Cannabinoids and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $5000.00 bond.

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December 04, 2022

Obituary

William L. Bedwell

February 3, 1946 - December 1, 2022

Obituary

Herbert Ray Brooks, Sr.

February 18, 1947 - December 3, 2022

Obituary

Kenneth Dale Proffitt

April 2, 1942 - December 2, 2022

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for December 2-3, 2022

Zachary Netherland (age 25 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold by Probation and Parole. No bond set at this time.

Keegan Causey (age 30 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Probation Violation by Probation and Parole. No bond set at this time.

Roderick Taylor (age 52 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (4th Offense), Improper Lane Usage, Proper Equipment Required, Careless Operation, and Open Container in Vehicle by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $100000.00.

Jason Youngblood (age 42 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of No Bike Headlight and Bench Warrant/Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $400.00 bond.

Alvin Chandler (age 66 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Criminal Trespass by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10000.00.

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December 03, 2022

Man Arrested for Covington Murders Transferred After Escape Attempt

 This afternoon (December 3, 2022), The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's advised that 49 year-old Antonio Tyson, who was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail earlier this week by Covington Police, has been transferred to the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola after a failed escape attempt.

Tyson was in St. Tammany Parish Jail accused of murdering and burning the bodies of 71 year-old retired Priest Otis Young and 73 year-old Ruth Prats. Tyson had been arrested November 28, 2022 and charged with First Degree Murder (2 counts), Second Degree Kidnapping (2 counts), Obstruction of Justice (2 counts), Resisting an an Officer, and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things.

Tyson was rebooked on one count of Attempted Escape after he damaged jail property in his attempt to escape from the St. Tammany Parish Jail. Determined to be a flight risk, Tyson was transferred to Angola Saturday (December 3, 2022) morning on an emergency return order.  He was transported without incident.

David Burns (age 72) was arrested for one count of Principle to Attempted Escape after it was learned he assisted Tyson in his escape attempt.  

Franklinton Under Boil Water Advisory - Again

At 3:47 PM today (December 3, 2022), we received a press release from Franklinton Mayor Gregory Route stating the following:

"Out of an abundance of caution the Town of Franklinton will be doing a system wide Boil Water Advisory due to power failure at Mason St. Well. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and are working to resolve the issues quickly."

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