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September 30, 2017


Lavelle Penton
January 29, 1938 - September 28, 2017

Lavelle Penton, age 79 and a resident of Angie, passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA. He was born on January 29, 1938 in Washington Parish, LA. He was a member of Monroe Creek Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Adams Penton of Angie, LA; two sons, Bruce (Donna) Penton of Folsom, LA, and Richard A. Penton of Lenoir City, TN; his sister, Lucille Ellis of Tylertown, MS; his brother, Donald Penton of MS; and a step-grandson, Kevin Alford of Louisville, TX.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Odine and Verlie Penton; and a sister, Myrtis Terrell.
Visitation will be held at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home on Monday, October 2, 2017 from 12:00 P.M.-3:00P.M. Funeral Services will begin at 3:00 P.M. with Elder Tommy McNair, Elder Billy Reyer, and Elder Glen Stewart officiating. Interment will follow at Singley Cemetery in Angie, LA.

Tob Wilson Road Shooter Found Guilty

Source: WPSO Press Release
Khiri K. Daniels (27) of Kenner, who terrorized a homeowner on Tob Wilson Road in the Clifton community of Washington Parish August 28, 2015, was found guilty today (September 29, 2017) of attempted first degree murder, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He will be sentenced at a later date for his crimes.
Daniels and an accomplice confronted the homeowner in his yard and forced him inside his house where they physically assaulted him. The homeowner broke free but as he ran from the residence, Daniels shot the homeowner in the lower back and Daniels and his accomplice then fled. Using the homeowner's video security system and DNA evidence, Washingon Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to identify Daniels as the intruder with the pistol.
Detectives learned Daniels fled Washington Parish, hid out in New Orleans, and then fled to Lawrenceville, Georgia. Daniels was arrested in Georgia and extradited to Louisiana.  Although this is the first time Daniels has been arrested for a crime committed in Washington Parish, he has a lengthy criminal history of arrests for similar offenses of armed robbery, simple robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery.

Bogalusa Resident Dies in Single Vehicle Crash

Early Thursday (September 28, 2017) morning, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on US 190 west of LA 1077 in St. Tammany Parish that claimed the life of  Gladys Shareca Myres (36) of Bogalusa.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Myres was driving westbound on US 190., entered the eastbound lane in an attempt to pass another westbound vehicle, lost control of her vehicle, exited the left side of the roadway and impacted a tree. Myres was severely injured in the crash. She was transported to North Oaks Health where she succumbed to the injuries she sustained in the crash.

Slidell Man Indicted on Drug and Firearms Charges

Kenneth Martin (43) of Slidell was charged yesterday (September 28, 2017) in an eleven-count Indictment for conspiring to distribute and to possesses with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of heroin, and for possession of three firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking.
If convicted of the drug charges, MARTIN will face a minimum of five years and a maximum of forty years imprisonment. If convicted of possessing of a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking conspiracy, MARTIN faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of life imprisonment, all of which must be consecutive to his sentence for other counts.
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the Indictment is merely an allegation and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for September 28, 2017

Joshua James was booked 09/28 on the charges of Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Public Intimidation, and Contempt of Court
Justin Crain was booked 09/28 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, License Plate Light Required, and Illegal Blue Electric Lights
Brittany Purvis was booked 09/28 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Louis Peters was booked 09/28 on the charge of Parole Violation
Logan Jarrell was booked 09/28 on the charges of No License Plate, No Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attachment, and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Richard Martin was booked 09/28 on the charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property and Resisting an Officer
Charles Picard was booked 09/28 on the charges of Theft of Goods Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Probation Violation
Natoya Toomer was booked 09/28 on the charges of Failure to Appear, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Probation and Parole Hold


Veronica Causey
September 17, 1958 - September 22, 2017

Veronica Causey was born on September 17, 1958 in Bogalusa, LA. The fourth of five children born to the late Edgar Causey, Jr. and Mary L. Causey.
Veronica was educated in the Washington Parish Public Schools system. She graduated from Franklinton High School in 1976 and she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. in 1980.
Veronica worked as an elementary school teacher at the following schools: Franklinton Elementary, New Orleans Private School-St. Joseph Academy and St. Leo The Great. Veronica’s last employment was with J.K. Haynes Charter School, Baton Rouge, LA. She always believed that teaching was not her job, but her calling.
After her health started failing, Veronica was called to rest from St. Tammany Hospital on Friday, September 22, 2017.
She is survived and sadly missed by her beloved mother, Mary R. Causey; (4) siblings, Waver Causey of Baton Rouge, LA; James Causey, Larry (Stephanie) Causey of Franklinton, LA and Carolyn C. Peters of Elkhart, IN, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her father, Edgar Causey, Jr.
Visitation will be Friday, September 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM with the funeral following at 11:00AM at Crain and Sons Funeral Home - 2000 Washington Street, Franklinton, LA with Pastor Cecealine Tate, Officiating.
Crain and Sons Funeral Home in Franklinton is in charge of arrangements.

September 29, 2017

Motorcyclist Killed in High Speed Crash on LA 22

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L are investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash on Wednesday (September 27, 2017) involving a motorcycle that occurred on LA 22 near the Tangipahoa and St. Tammany Parish lines and that claimed the life of Andrew Joseph Alessi (42) of Baton Rouge. 
STPSO received several calls of a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed.The information was relayed to area law enforcement. Shortly thereafter, a patrol officer with the Madisonville Police Department observed the motorcycle and radar indicated the motorcycle was traveling 123 mph in a 35 mph zone. Soon afterwards, Troopers were notified of a crash. Henry J. Jacobs III (53) of Abita Springs was in the process of making a legal right turn when Alessi attempted to pass Jacobs’s truck on the right shoulder. After entering the shoulder, Alessi crashed into the right side of Jacobs truck and was ejected from his motorcycle.
Alessi suffered severe injuries and was transported to North Oaks Health Systems by Acadian Ambulance and later died from his injuries.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for September 27, 2017

Melinda Collette was booked 09/27 on the charges of vehicular Homicide, Driving While Intoxicated, and Negligent Vehicular Injuring (2 counts)
Lynn Breedlove was booked 09/27 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated


Clarence Dutruch
Died September 26, 2017


Larry C. Jacobs
May 21, 1954 - September 24, 2017

September 28, 2017

Grand Jury Indicts Bogalusa Man in 2015 Murder

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Brandon Odell Lotts (31) of Bogalusa on Tuesday (September 26, 2017) of second degree murder, two counts of attempted second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and five counts of possession with the intent to distribute illegal drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and Oxycodone.
Lotts is accused of shooting to death Trevante Toney, a 21-year-old man from Lumberton, Mississippi, during an incident in Bogalusa on September 29, 2015. Lotts was arrested on a warrant in California on June 8 this year. Lotts also is accused of attempting to kill Thelonious Williams and Charles Jenkins during the same incident.


Tommy Carney
December 17, 1932 - September 26, 2017 


James Allen Farr
July 18, 1951 - September 26, 2017


Jacqueline "Jackie" Mitchell Williams
April 9, 1927 - September 23, 2017

Bogalusa Man Charged with Attempted Murder of His Wife

Bogalusa Police Departments Officers responded Tuesday (September 26, 2017) to the report of a man shooting at a female victim on Mercedes Street. The victim stated that Richard Martin (22), the victim's estranged husband, fired several shots at her vehicle.
Officers determined that one shot struck the vehicle and the bullet was located in the the back of the drivers seat headrest. It was later discovered that Martin also shot 4 rounds into a residence on Florence Avenue.
Martin was reported to be walking in Oakhill Projects. When officers arrived, Martin ran and hid in a nearby wooded area. When Officers located Martin in the wooded area, he ran and went into an apartment in Oakhill projects but was found hiding in a closet.
Martin was charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder, Illegal use of a Dangerous Weapon, Possession or Carrying a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property and Resisting an Officer.
Major Percy Knight would like to acknowledge the good work for the apprehension and arrest of the suspect to Patrol Shift "C" under the command of Capt. Wendell O'Berry.

Franklinton FD and PD Reports for September

Franklinton Fire and Police Department Reports September 2017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Washington Parish Flag Raising Ceremonies Coming Up!

The Washington Parish Fair Flag Raising, the official kick-off for the Fair Season, will once again be held in both Franklinton and Bogalusa. The event in Franklinton will be Friday, September 29th at 10 am in front of the Courthouse. The event in Bogalusa will be on Friday, October 6th at 10 am in front of City Hall. 

Celebrate Recovery 5K is Nov. 4 at WP Fairgrounds

New Restaurant Choice in Franklinton

The Red Brick CafĂ©, located at 980 Lee Street in Franklinton, is excited to announce their Grand Opening on Friday, September 29th at 11 am. They are offering breakfast from 6 am to 2 pm, lunch from 11 am to 2 pm and are open from 6 am to 8 pm, Monday Through Saturday.
Please join Mrs. Sophia Kleinpeter and her staff as they cut the ribbon for their official opening, and invite everyone in to sample their goodies. 

Reminder: Softball Tournament in Franklinton Oct. 7

Four Arrested for “Tree Tackling” at Christmas Tree Farm

Four, including a juvenile (16) from Carriere and a juvenile (16) from Pearl River, have been arrested by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives for criminal damage at Shady Pond Tree Farm in Pearl River. The investigation began on September 4, 2017 when STPSO deputies responded to an incident in which trees were split in half and damaged to the point they would not survive. Agents with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry assisted with the investigation and deployed cameras throughout the farm.
Then on September 24, 2017, STPSO deputies responded to another incident where more trees were destroyed. In total, 62 trees were damaged, valued at approximately $6,000. The four suspects were identified following review of the surveillance footage. During interviews, investigators learned the act of destroying the trees is called "tree tackling."
Arrested were the two juveniles and Frank Deets II (17) from Pearl River and Wade Glass (17) of Lacombe.
This is an ongoing investigation, and more arrests are possible. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office asks for the public’s help with any information related to the investigation. Please contact Detective Zachary Bruno 985-726-7846 with information.


Donnie Riley
December 11, 1926 - September 25, 2017

September 27, 2017

WP Council Updated on Northshore Charter School

Northshore Charter School CEO/Principal Dee Dee McCullough, COO Felicia Workman, and Board President Bubba Bourne appeared before the Washington Parish Council Monday (September 25, 2017) evening and provided information that some council members freely admitted not knowing. The three representatives described the school's environment, goals, challenges, accountability, plans to meet the increased demand, efforts to close achievement gaps, and successes and dispelled some misunderstandings. Northshore 1) is a public school, 2) does not charge tuition, 3) is funded with taxpayer monies, 4) does not pay board members (100% volunteer), 4) does not “pick and choose” students, and 5) has operated “in the black” from the beginning.
Northshore Charter started in 2013 with 23 students and now have 630 and is a K-12 school. They were initially denied approval as a Type 1 charter school by the Bogalusa School System but was authorized as a Type 2 school under the oversight of BESE. As of July, 2017 they became a Type 1 under oversight of the Bogalusa School Board. This was the result of BESE's efforts to return charter schools to the oversight of local school districts and to encourage charter schools and traditional school districts to work together. As a Type 1 school, Northshore could accept any student but as a Type 2 school, only students from the Bogalusa School District will be accepted.
The fact is that the Bogalusa School District and Northshore Charter School competes for the same students and during the presentation, the relationship between the two was described as “complicated”. In answer to a comment from Councilman Lewis about the relationship, Bourne responded that “we can be friends and compete or we can be enemies and compete. Either way we compete. So we choose to be friends and compete”.
View video of the segment beginning at 2:40 into the meeting.

WP Council 09252017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.


Wayne Peter Bourgeois
October 10, 1959 - September 24, 2017

Parish Councilman Comments on WP Reservoir Project

Councilman Workman on WP Reservoir Project from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Donations for Florida Hurricane Victims

Source:  Franklinton Police Department Facebook Post
The Franklinton Police Department in partnership with the Franklinton Fire Department is asking anyone who wishes to donate items to be sent to Florida for hurricane relief to please bring the items this Saturday, September 30, 2017, to the Washington Parish Fairgrounds during the Safety Expo from 10am to 2pm.
Items in need are cleaning supplies, toiletries, diapers and baby formula.
We cannot accept clothing items due to restrictions at the distribution center in Florida.

September 26, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for September 25, 2017

Detrich Magee was booked 09/25 on the charges of Improper Turn/Accident, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Ran Stop Sign, Criminal Damage to Property, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, No License Plate, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, No Proof of Insurance, and Driving Under Suspension
Sidney Ritchie was booked 09/25 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs

BPD Traffic Stop and Pursuit Leads to 10 Charges

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Officer Bryce Jarreau attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle with no license plate traveling on Florence Avenue. The vehicle would not stop and the pursuit went from Florence Avenue and then down Riverside Drive. The suspect vehicle failed to stop at the intersection of Sullivan drive and struck a vehicle causing the suspect vehicle to spin around about three times.
The driver, Detrich D. Magee (27) of Bogalusa, was apprehended and placed under arrest.  During the inventory and search of the vehicle, Officers observed a small blue pill, suspected Ecstacy in plain view in the drivers side door handle.
Magee was arrested and booked on the charges of Turning-Signal Required 100 Feet Prior to Turn, Speeding,  Disobeyed Stop Sign, Criminal Damage to Property, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession of Ecstacy, Vehicle License Required, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, No Insurance, and Driving While License is Suspended.


Jeppie Wayne Bourn
November 30, 1933 - September 24, 2017


Lydona Lassley Dunaway
October 2, 1952 - September 22, 2017 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for September 23-24, 2017

Chad Carden was booked 09/23 In From Court
Angela Ard was booked 09/23 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100, Attempted Theft by Shoplifting, and Contempt of Court
Kirby Martin was booked 09/23 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 (6 counts) and Unauthorized Use of Access Card (6 counts)
Lamonte Robert was booked 09/23 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 (2 counts) and Unauthorized Use of Access Card (2 counts)
Kieanna Mitchell was booked 09/23 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 (6 counts) and Unauthorized Use of Access Card (6 counts) and Failure to Appear
Wilton Grimes was booked 09/23 on the charge of Attachment
Christina Ricks was booked 09/23 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Expired License Plate, Expired MVI, and Expired Drivers License
Vaughn Jelks was booked 09/24 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Lasean Williams was booked 09/24 In For Court
Jonathan Lewis was booked 09/24 In For Court
Jeffrey Goings was booked 09/24 In For Court
Pablo Balderas was booked 09/24 on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery

OLOAH Announces "Girl's Night Out" Event Oct. 5

Slidell Fatal Shooting Suspect in Custody

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots fired shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday (September 24, 2017) in the parking lot at 4854 Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell and discovered a 20-year-old man in the parking lot of the apartment complex with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to Slidell Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Frank William Beckendorf (20) of Slidell was identified by witnesses as the shooter and was still at the scene when STPSO deputies arrived. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with Second Degree Murder. A verbal altercation between the victim and the suspect reportedly led to the shooting. 


Virginia Conway Killingsworth
June 29, 1918 - September 22, 2017


Hazel H. Peters
September 19, 1922 - September 20, 2017

September 25, 2017


Dana Lynn Wilkerson 
July 6, 1979 - September 18, 2017 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for September 22, 2017

Keith Ezell was booked 09/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation and Expired Drivers License
Michael Turnage was booked 09/22 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Michael Weldon was booked 09/22 on the charges of Aggravated Second Degree Battery and Criminal Damage to Property
Cedric Manning was booked 09/22 on the charges of Attachment (4 counts)
Timothy Henderson was booked 09/22 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness
Norwood Warren was booked 09/22 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

September 23, 2017


Micheal Taylor
May 16, 1953 - September 21, 2017

The Next Ice Age or Hwy. 3241 - Which Will Come First?

An article in The New Orleans Advocate (Click here to read it) reports on Tuesday (September 19, 2017), Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson outlined pending projects in St. Tammany Parish.
The article reported that, included in that outline was “a north-south highway from I-12 to Bush that was first proposed nearly 50 years ago. He said that Gov. John Bel Edwards has asked him to make building the highway, which Wilson described as mandated by the state constitution, a priority.”
But the article goes on to say that “Louisiana has $13.4 billion in unmet highway needs and an additional $15 billion in projects that officials want to see built, the transportation secretary said. But the department is working with an annual budget of just $600 million a year. “ Wilson also predicted that funding will become more difficult in the future.
Sooo, don't get too excited because kicking the 3241 can on down the road seems likely and may get further delayed by the coming of the next ice age.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for September 21, 2017

Rachel Shoemaker was booked 09/21 on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine and Failure to Appear
Shelsie Brumfield was booked 09/21 In From Court
Alex Weary was booked 09/21 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Failure to Appear (3 counts)
Malik Warren was booked 09/21 In For Court
Matthew Slade was booked 09/21 on the charges of No Turn Signals, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Failure to Appear
Jimmy Boyette was booked 09/21 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present

STPSO Make Arrest in Airport Road Homicide

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Cesar Roy Ronaldo Rivas Castillo (37) early this morning (September 22, 2017) on the charge of Second Degree Murder for the homicide that occurred Tuesday night (September 19, 2017) on Airport Road north of Covington. Deputies has responded to a vehicle in a ditch and found one occupant in the vehicle with injuries not consistent with the crash. An autopsy revealed the victim died of a gunshot wound to the head.
STPSO investigators have been working with ICE and believe that both the victim and the suspect are undocumented immigrants. The victim, whose identity has not been released, was a Hispanic male in his late 30’s.
“Having started this case with no leads and no apparent suspects and then having it solved with an arrest in under 48 hours is a testament to the abilities and determination of the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives,” said Sheriff Randy Smith.

Two in Custody After Late Night Shooting Near Slidell

Two suspects are in custody following a shooting that took place late Thursday (September 21, 2017) night at a campground in the Slidell area. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputies arrived to find a 24-year-old male, with a gunshot wound to the leg. According to witnesses, the victim and the two suspects were arguing over money the victim allegedly owed to one of the suspects. Christopher Foster (26) reportedly shot the victim once in the leg and two two suspects fled the scene. The victim was transported to University Hospital and is in stable condition.
STPSO Criminal Patrol deputies located suspects shortly after midnight Friday on Highway 434 in the Lacombe area. They were taken into custody without incident.
Christopher Eric Foster (26) of Picayune was booked on the charge of Aggravated Battery and John Michael Brady (56) of East Wareham, Massachusetts was booked on the charges of Simple Battery and  Accessory After the Fact.

Pearl River Man Indicted in Killing of Ex-Wife and Her Boyfriend

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Jason Matthew Magee, III (37) of Pearl River on Thursday (September 21, 2017) on two counts of first degree murder.
Magee is accused of shooting his ex-wife, Jennifer W. Magee, and her boyfriend, Donald A. Gros, to death on June 19, 2017 at a home near Highway 41 and Max Mercer Road in Pearl River. Magee was apprehended the next day by the Pearl River Police Department without incident as he was walking on I-59.

September 22, 2017

Franklinton PD's Safety Expo is September 30


Frances Yvonne Rushing
April 16, 1938 - September 17, 2017

Off Duty Slidell Police Lieutenant Killed in Fatal Crash

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a two vehicle fatal crash in Slidell on Wednesday (September 20, 2017) night that claimed the life of Ray Dupuy (52), a Lieutenant with the Slidell Police Department.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Gina Marie Groglio (29) of Pearl River was driving a 2014 Honda Civic eastbound on Brownswitch Rd. and attempted to turn left into a private drive. She traveled into the path of Dupuy's 2012 Hondo Motorcycle that was traveling westbound on Brownswitch Rd. The front of Dupuy’s motorcycle crashed into the passenger side rear corner of Groglio’s vehicle.
Dupuy sustained severe injuries in the crash, was transported to Ochsner Medical Center – Northshore, and then to University Medical Center - New Orleans. Shortly after his arrival at UMC, Dupuy succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. Groglio was uninjured in the crash and was cited for Improper Turning.
The crash investigation is ongoing. Troopers will consult with the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Office for any additional charges pending the completion of the investigation.

City of Bogalusa Auctioning Tax-Adjudicated Properties

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for September 20, 2017

Louis Clark was booked 09/20 on the charges of Sexual Conduct Prohibited With Person in Correctional Institution and Sexual Battery
Frederick Brown was booked 09/20 In From Court
Jerry Galloway was booked 09/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs and Improper Lane Useage

Covington Man Arrested in Stabbing of Roommate

Chief Tim Lentz announces that last night (September 20, 2017), at approximately 11:15 PM, the Covington Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing and found a male victim suffering from a stab wound to the head.
Witnesses identified Timothy Logan (59) as the suspect in the stabbing. The two men were reportedly arguing over rent, when Logan became enraged and stabbed the victim in the head with a kitchen knife. When the victim screamed for help, other roommates subdued Logan and called 911.
The victim was initially transported to an area hospital in serious condition and later transferred to a south-shore hospital for further treatment. Timothy Logan was taken into custody and transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he was booked on one count of attempted second-degree murder.

September 21, 2017

Bogalusa Corrections Officer Charged With Sexual Offenses

Source: Bogalusa Police Department Press Release
Bogalusa Corrections Officer Louis Clark (61) of Bogalusa was arrested today (September 20, 2017) in reference to alleged criminal sexual contact with an inmate while on duty.
Warden Scott Adams received a complaint from a female inmate in reference to Officer Clark allegedly having sexual contact with her. Warden Adams forwarded this information to the Chief’s Office, Clark was placed on Administrative Leave on September 1, 2017, and an investigation was conducted that resulted in the issuance of two warrants for Clark’s arrest:  (1) Malfeasance in office; sexual conduct prohibited with persons in the custody and supervision of the Department of Public Safety and (2) Sexual Battery.
If convicted, each offense carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. The case remains under investigation by the Bogalusa Police Department and will be forwarded to the 22nd Judicial District Court for prosecution.

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette issued the following statement: “I was made aware of this situation by the Chief of Police & Warden. These actions violate the values & mission of the City of Bogalusa and its Police Department, they will not be tolerated. This is an ongoing investigation. Further details will be given at a later date.”


Rev. Terry Lynn McCain
November 28, 1950 - September 20, 2017

Bogalusa Man Accused Attacking Causeway Police

Source: rrhoden, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Gregory D. Alexander (31) of Bogalusa is accused by Causeway Bridge Police of injuring two officers after a traffic stop last Friday (September 15, 2017). Alexander, driving  a silver Jaguar, was reported to be driving erratically. He was stopped in Mandeville after crossing the Causeway and placed into the back of a police car after officers found him in possession of brass knuckles. According to Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou, Alexander started banging on the inside door of the police car, prompting Sgt. Michael Dufrene to open the door to try to calm him down. That is when Alexander reportedly jumped out of the rear of the police vehicle and struck Sgt. Dufrene and Officer Christian Coyle in the head with handcuffs (which he slipped in front of him). Alexander fled into an alleyway but was caught. During a scuffle, he tried to disarm Officer Coyle before eventually being subdued.
Dufrene received a cut on the forehead that required eight stitches.
Alexander, who reportedly has a lengthy criminal record, was booked on numerous charges and remained in St. Tammany Parish Jail Tuesday with a bond set at $250,000.

TPSO Looking for Contractor Fraud Suspect

Matthew Gehegan (28) of Hammond is being sought by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office for posing as licensed contractor and defrauding a Ponchatoula flood victim. The victims received FEMA assistance, payed Gehegan in advance of the work, and after months of delays he walked off the job.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Gehegan is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.
Sheriff Edwards offers tips when dealing with contractors.
-- Check them out thoroughly. A Louisiana contractor's license can be verified at lslbc.louisiana.gov.
-- Get a written contract with a start and completion date and warranty information. Do not rely on a verbal commitment.
-- Never render full payment before a job has been completed.
-- Lastly, trust yourself.  When you meet the contractor, pay attention to your instinct. Are there any red flags about their personality? Are they pushy? Anxious? Smell of alcohol? If so, don’t use them.

Theft Suspect Eludes Slidell Police

Yesterday (September 19, 2017), Slidell Police began searching for a man who was allegedly stealing from Home Depot, fled from SPD officers, drove his truck into the lake, swam across the lake, and ran across the I-59 interstate. At last report, the suspect has not been caught.He was last seen in the area of Brownswitch Road/Robert Road extension/Interstate 59/Lincoln Road/Dean Road
Police report they are “pretty certain we know who he is and he will ultimately be caught. This individual is believed to be part of a very large theft ring, possibly in the amount of up to a quarter million dollars.”
The suspect is described as a white male, skinny, 6 ft. in height, wearing a long sleeve grey shirt and grey shorts, and wearing no shoes. He was driving a dark colored GMC pick-up with Alabama license plates.

STPSO Investigating Possible Homicide N. of Covington

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are currently working a possible homicide that occurred overnight (September 19, 2017). Deputies responded around 10:15 pm to the Airport Road area north of Covington in reference to a vehicle in the ditch. Deputies observed one occupant in the vehicle with injuries not consistent with the crash.
Detectives and crime lab technicians were called to the scene as well as representatives from the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, who took possession of the body.
We have no other information at this time. More information will be provided when it becomes available.
If anyone has any information, please call (985) 898-2338.

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for September 19, 2017

Charises Mark was booked 09/19 on the charge of Battery on a Police Officer
Jeffery Ingram was booked 09/19 In For Court
Rachael Spears was booked 09/19 on the charges of Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs (3 counts)
Anthony Morris was booked 09/19 In For Court
Joseph Harvey was booked 09/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Open Container in Vehicle
William Verlander was booked 09/19 on the charges of Failure to Provide Proper Info and Failure to Appear

September 20, 2017

Parish Leaders from Region 6 Meet in Franklinton

The Washington Parish Council hosted the Annual Meeting of Region 6 of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana Monday (September 18, 2017) evening at the Franklinton Country Club. Region 6 covers the parishes of Ascension, Livingston, Tangipahoa, E. Baton Rouge, St. Helena, E. Felicina, W. Feliciana, St. Tammany, and Washington. The event was funded by member dues and at no cost to taxpayers. The approximately three-hour event saw Parish leaders meet to take care of association business but they also managed to have an enjoyable evening. There was good music, good food, time for socializing, and door prizes. Guest Speaker Ted Jones was a hit with amusing stories gained by rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jimmy Davis, Earl Long, and many others.
The video is a sampling of the sights and sounds of the gathering and of Ted Jones' stories.

Sights and Sounds of PJAL Region 6 Annual Meeting 09182017 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.


Steve Miller
August 12, 1952 - September 18, 2017


Gladys Alford
September 30, 1935 - September 18, 2017 


Pamela Jean Martin
January 01, 1958 - September 15, 2017


Albert John Weysham, Jr.
August 2, 1966 - September 14, 2017

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for September 18, 2017

Vickie Dugan was booked 09/18 In From Court
Darryl Singleton was booked 09/18 on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, Failure to Transfer Registration, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No License Plate, and Attachment
Wayne Call was booked 09/18 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, and Resisting an Officer
Austin Pitre was booked 09/18 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Appear

September 19, 2017

Missing St. Tammany Man Found in Critical Condition

Robert Anthony Olsen, Sr., who was reported missing by family members on Friday (September 15, 2017) shortly before 4 pm, was found Sunday (September 17, 2017) by STPSO Special Operations deputies and the LASAR K-9 Team. He is in critical condition and was airlifted to St. Tammany Parish Hospital.
Olsen had last been seen working outside near his residence on White Oaks Lane off of Louisiana Highway 435 in St. Tammany Parish. The area is rural and the surrounding property is heavily wooded. Olsen was located on a nearby large tract of land following an extensive search that involved STPSO Criminal Patrol deputies, STPSO's K-9 Division, Louisiana Search and Rescue K-9 Team, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, and Mr. Olsen’s family and friends.  

Are You 18-24 and Need a Job?

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) and the Business Career Solutions Center (BCSC) will hold a "Holiday Season Recruiting Day". The event is a statewide job fair for out-of-school youth ages 18-24 and will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM at area BCSC's across the state. The event is designed to supply young adults with employment opportunities and possible career pathways.
In Bogalusa, the BCSC is located at 420 Avenue B and in Hammond, the BCSC is located at SW Railroad Ave., Suite 201. Click here for a list of other locations

WP Public Works Announces Road Closures

Washington Parish Public Works has announced two road closures that will be in effect for approximately one week in order to install culverts.
Beginning, Thursday, September 21, 2017 a section of Jim Stuart Rd, between Jim Stuart Cut Off and Zack Magee Rd will be closed and beginning, Monday, September 18, 2017 a section of Bateman Street, between Hwy 10 and Magee Street, located in Bogue Chitto Heights will be closed.  

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for September 16, 2017

Clyde Smith was booked 09/16 on the charges of Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot), Simple Escape, Failure to Appear (3 counts), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Chad Carden was booked 09/16 In From Court
Troy Hingle was booked 09/16 In From Court
Billy McBeth was booked 09/16 on the charges of False Personation of a Peace Officer, Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), False Imprisonment, and Domestic Abuse Battery
Dawayne Stein was booked 09/16 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA


Claude E. Nunnery
April 19, 1937 - September 16, 2017


Reather Dunaway Miller
January 12, 1932 – September 16, 2017


Tom Fisher
January 1, 1947 - September 16, 2017


Reid Corkern
September 19, 1957 - September 15, 2017


Frank P. McKnight Jr.
Died September 13, 2017


Terry Blunt
February 16, 1946 - September 15, 2017

September 18, 2017

Help Locate This Missing Elderly Man

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for September 13-15, 2017

Tiffany Wheat was booked 09/13 on the charge of Probation Violation
Ezekiel Odom was booked 09/14 on the charges of Probation Violation and Contempt of Court
Jermaine Magee was booked 09/15 on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Prohibited Acts, Driving Under Suspension, and No Proof of Insurance
Tamara Spears was booked 09/15 In For Court

September 16, 2017

Two Appointments Made to the WP Reservoir District

Today (September 15, 2017), Governor John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions. Included in the appointments were Ben W. Nevers and George Brent Nobles, both of Bogalusa, to the Washington Parish Reservoir District.
Ben W. Nevers is the former Chief of Staff to Governor John Bel Edwards and a former State Senator and Representative. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Washington Parish President.
George Brent Nobles is a licensed engineer and professional land surveyor and the owner of Nobles and Associates, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by a member of the Washington Parish Council.
The Washington Parish Reservoir District was formed to study the feasibility of developing a reservoir in Washington Parish and to search for a potential site.

Reminder: Open Road Cruisers Car Show Tomorrow

Senator Beth Mizell Elected to Executive Board

Louisiana State Senator Beth Mizell (R) was elected August 8, 2017 to the Executive Board of the Women's Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures during the NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston.
The Women's Legislative Network is dedicated to promoting the participation, empowerment and leadership of women legislators across the country. The Network sponsors informational policy forums and training workshops on topics of interest to women legislators and hosts networking events for women legislators at NCSL meetings.
"It is a real privilege for me to serve on the board of the Women's Legislative Network," said Senator Mizell. "I look forward to working with women leaders throughout the country and the world as together we face the challenges of an ever-changing global economy and society."

Free Family Event in Pearl River October 13th

An event to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime and Fire Prevention Month will be hosted by the Pearl River Police Department and the Pearl River Fire District 11 on October 13, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm in downtown Pearl River.
The free family event will have refreshments, a smoke house, face painting, a bounce house, door prizes, display of emergency vehicles, and child fingerprinting.

STPSO Reestablishing Junior Deputy Explorer Post

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is reestablishing its Junior Deputy Explorer Post No. 1324 and boys and girls interested in future careers in law enforcement between the ages of 14 and 20 are invited to an informational open house Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Pearl River Training Center. 
The Law Enforcement Explorer Program, which is a program of Boy Scouts of America, provides young adults interested in future careers in law enforcement an awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences and other activities.
Participants will receive career-focused training and will serve the community by assisting the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in non-enforcement and volunteer liaison capacities.
For more information, call Sgt. Barry Sicard at 985-863-6507. 


Emily Lee Blackburn
September 07, 1943 - September 09, 2017


Patricia Kay Taylor Russell
August 20, 1954 - September 13, 2017

September 15, 2017

The Nanette Krentel Death investigation

Nanette Krentel, the wife of St. Tammany District 12 Fire Chief Steve Krentel, died July 14, 2017 and her body was found in the couple's Lacombe house which had collapsed during an intense fire. But how did she die?
The St. Tammany Coroner has ruled that her death was a homicide caused by a single gunshot wound to the head. But St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith, while not disputing the Coroner's opinion, has expressed concerns regarding the Coroner's determination and continues to investigate.

Reminder: Mile Branch Settlement Open in Franklinton

DID YOU KNOW? Starting September 1st, MILE BRANCH SETTLEMENT will open on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for class and group tours. The cost is $5.00 per person, and tours can be arranged by emailing dphelpsmilebranch@yahoo.com. This historic pioneer village, located on the Washington Parish Fairgrounds, is a must see!

Help Slidell Police ID These Suspected Thieves

According to the Slidell Police Department, these persons used a stolen credit card at a Wal-Mart store. Afterwards, they fled in a dark colored SUV. If you have any information, please contact Detective Michael Giardina at 985-646-6172.

Reminder: Bluegrass Event in Angie Sept. 21-23

For more information, click here


Dale McElveen
November 19, 1940 - September 13, 2017


Robbie Holmes Neilson 
August 1, 1924 - September 12, 2017 

Three Greensburg Men Arrested Following Narcotics Complaint

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division in Hammond arrested three Greensburg residents on September 7, 2017 for multiple narcotics violations. The arrests were the result of an ongoing criminal investigation at the request of Sheriff Nathaniel Williams of the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Pursuant to a search warrant, Troopers searched the residence of Jamar J. Martin (33) and seized approximately two pounds of Marijuana , three Oxycodone pills, three pints of Promethazine, 63.5 grams of powder cocaine, 35 grams of crack cocaine, a Smith & Wesson .357 revolver, and $8,917.00 in U.S. currency.
With the assistance of Louisiana Probation and Parole, Troopers also arrested Trendale Hall (35)  and  Yakei Devoya Porter (35).
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are pending. 

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information for September 12, 2017

Tanya Voth was booked 09/12 In From Court and on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jonathan Barber was booked 09/12 on the charge of Parole Violation
Kendrick Brown was booked 09/12 on the charges of Battery on a Police Officer, Failure to Appear (2 counts), Failure to Pay Fine, and Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)
Levi Roth was booked 09/12 on the charges of Speeding 41 & More Over Limit, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction