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December 30, 2019


Jerry Charles Miller
July 30, 1960 - December 26, 2019


Rita June Herring
January 31, 1922 - December 29, 2019


Linda Miller Stewart
February 11, 1949 - December 28, 2019


Martha Mary-Alice Carson
April 28, 1945 - December 28, 2019

Slidell Police Investigate Fatal Crash – Identity of Victim Unknown

Shortly before 6:00 p.m. yesterday (December 29, 2019), Slidell Police were called to the intersection
of Highway 190W and Maris Stella Street in reference to an accident involving a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle.

The preliminary investigation indicates that 68-year-old, Vincent Mancuso of Pearl River was traveling east on Highway 190W in his 2016 Ford F-150. It is believed that an unidentified black male was attempting to cross the highway near the intersection of Maris Stella Street. The male was struck by the Ford F-150, and later succumbed to his injuries sustained during the crash.

St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston is expected to release more information later in hopes of identifying the deceased.


Eld. J. W. Graves
November 2, 1934 - December 27, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 27-29, 2019

Victor Peters was booked In For Court
Roy Burnthorn was booked In For Court
Christy Thomas was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Resisting an Officer, and Battery on a Police Officer
Lester McGowan was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Improper Lane Usage, Open Container in Vehicle, Driving Under Suspension, and Attachment
Velicity Burkhalter was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Brian McCrory was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Terrorizing, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Today in History for December 30th

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December 28, 2019

Today is Pledge of Allegiance Day

The Pledge of Allegiance Day commemorates the date Congress adopted the “The Pledge” into the United States Flag Code. Congress formally gave recognition for the Pledge of Allegiance on December 28, 1945.

Learn more about the Pledge, the history, the Salute, and controversies by  clicking here.

Help TPSO Find This Missing Amite Teen

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your help in locating missing teen, 16-year-old Aurie Gordon of Amite.

Aurie was last seen at her residence Friday morning, December 27,2019. Her family says it’s not like her wander off and they are worried.

Anyone having information about Audie’s whereabouts is asked to call the TPSO at 985-345-6150 or local law enforcement. Sgt. Beth Russell is the lead investigator.

UPDATE: TPSO reported at 9:14 AM that Aurie has been located and is fine.

December 27, 2019


Laura Ann Young
December 29, 1962 - December 20, 2019


Patti Annette Burch
September 3, 1965 - December 21, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 26, 2019

Jessie Rupe was booked on the charges of Second Degree Rape (2 counts) and Attachment
Loretta Easterling was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear
Jeffery Wilkes was booked on the charge of Simple Burglary
Amber Pope was booked on the charge of Theft 5000-25000
Rabetha Remington was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Contempt of Court
William Strickland was booked on the charges of Expired MVI, No License Plate, No Insurance, Expired Drivers License, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

December 26, 2019


Joy Valette Anstead Adams
June 07, 1936 - December 22, 2019


Chadrick Allen Seal
October 23, 1979 - December 21, 2019

Arrest Made in Fatal Mandeville-Area Shooting Christmas Night

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s has arrested Harry Cleland (56) on the charge of Manslaughter in
connection with a fatal shooting incident that occurred at a residence in the 700 block of Highway 1085 in the Madisonville-area on Christmas night. 

The investigation reportedly revealed that Cleland and the deceased were involved in a romantic relationship and had been fighting. The argument escalated and at some point during their altercation Wednesday (December 25, 2019) evening, Cleland armed himself with a gun and the deceased armed himself with a machete. Cleland fired upon the victim, striking the victim multiple times before calling 911.

The remains of the deceased have been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, who will make an identification of the man, notify his next of kin and a determination of cause and manner of death.

The investigation is ongoing.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 23-25, 2019

Anthony Jordan was booked on the charge of Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor
Austin Jenkins was booked In From Court
Nicholas Miller was booked In From Court
Marvin Chinchilla was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, and No Drivers License


Jeanette Marie Anthony
June 04, 1962 - December 24, 2019

Today in History for December 26th

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December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve Shooting in Slidell Leaves One Dead

Christmas Eve morning (December 24, 2019), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a
Slidell-area residence following a domestic disturbance that ultimately left one man dead and his son injured.

At approximately 8:15 a.m. This morning, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Dockside Drive in Slidell in reference to reports of shots being fired. 

Deputies learned a 53-year-old man had punched his 51-year-old wife in the face before retrieving a gun and shooting the couple’s 15-year-old son in the arm.  He then fled to the garage and shot himself. He was transported to a local-area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The son was also transported to a local-area hospital and is being treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

“Unfortunately the holidays often bring about added stress in families and homes, which results in an increase in domestic disturbances,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Our prayers are with this family during his difficult time.”

Mandeville Man Charged in Theft of School Band Instruments

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Weylin Leon (40), a Mandeville-area man, Monday
(December 23, 2019) in connection with a theft that occurred at a Mandeville-area high school on December 13, 2019.

School administrators had arrived at the school and noticed a glass door leading to the school band room had been shattered and three students’ instruments had been taken.

Using surveillance video at the school and information obtained at a local pawn shop, STPSO detectives were able to identify Leon as the person responsible.

Leon was located in the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he was being held after being booked on December 20, 2019 for an unrelated Contempt of Court charge.

Monday afternoon, Leon was rebooked and the following charges were added: Simple Burglary, Theft Over $1,000, Theft Under $1,000 (2 counts), Criminal Damage to Property, and Criminal Trespassing.

The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges are possible.


Craigory Partman
July 20, 1960 - December 20, 2019


Mary Pierce
December 23, 2019


Lily Belle Fletcher Matheny
March 23, 1925 - December 24, 2019


Kenneth Jack Barlow
February 25, 1939 - December 23, 2019

Today in History for December 24th

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December 23, 2019

7 Arrested in Natalbany Following 2-Month Drug Investigation

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports (6) adults and (1) juvenile were arrested today
(December 23, 2019) at a residence on Magee Rd. in Natalbany. Narcotics Agents executed an arrest warrant for 41-year-old Jerry Joseph Morgan, Jr. who was wanted by the TPSO on two outstanding heroin distribution charges.

Multiple subjects were present at the Magee Rd. residence when agents arrived to execute the arrest warrant. Immediately upon arrival, three male subjects attempted to flee as agents approached the house.  37-year-old Michael Alexander Sr. of Independence, one 16-year-old male juvenile, and 41-year-old Jerry Joseph Morgan, Jr., were swiftly met by law enforcement and detained without incident.  Morgan, who was subsequently charged on outstanding warrants, was found to be in possession of approximately 29 grams of heroin, .7 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded syringe of suspected methamphetamine, and a large quantity of US currency at the time of his arrest.

Multiple discarded items were located on the ground directly in the pathway of the three fleeing offenders. Items recovered include a clear plastic bag of about 47.8 grams of suspected heroin located just a few feet from where Morgan was apprehended. A second clear plastic bag containing a suspected 3.3 grams of heroin was recovered along with a purple Crown Royal bag containing numerous preloaded syringes, and a yellow tourniquet. Additionally, two unspent 9mm rounds and a black digital scale was located on the ground where the (3) fleeing males were standing upon agents arrival.  A total of 2.8 ounces of heroin was taken off the streets because of these arrests.

Assisting deputies came in contact with several other subjects: 26-year-old Attrell Anderson, 40-year-old Laurus Haynes, and 19-year-old Michael Alexander, Jr.  Upon smelling burnt marijuana emanating from inside of Anderson’s Sierra pick-up truck, agent’s conducted a pat-down search of the subjects for safety purposes. At this time, Michael Alexander, Jr. was taken into custody after deputies located a loaded and stolen Cobra Model 380 concealed in his right pant leg. He was charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

Due to these findings, agents continued their investigation by obtaining and executing a search warrant for all vehicles, buildings, and persons present on the Magee Rd. property. As a result, located in the center console of Hayes' Nissan Altima vehicle was a blue package containing suspected MOJO (synthetic marijuana) and seized from Anderson’s Sierra pick-up was a quantity of suspected marijuana (approximately 1 gram), a half full-pint size medicine bottle of Promethazine tablets, and a large amount of cash. Both subjects were taken into custody and charged.

Those arrested were: Michael Alexander Sr., 37-years-old of Independence, Michael Alexander Jr., 19-years-old of Hammond, Cody John Blake, 28-years-old of Hammond, Laurus “RED MAN” Terrell Haynes, 40-years-old of Natalbany,, Attrell Anderson, 26-year-old of Independence, Jerry Morgan, Jr., 41 of Independence, and one juvenile.

1-Year Anniversary of Tangi Unsolved Double Murders

Today (December 23, 2019), Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards shares that December 23,
2019, marks the one-year anniversary of the brutal shooting deaths of a mother and child. In the early evening hours of December 23, 2018, 42-year-old Daytra Miller and her 13-year-old child Robert West Jr. were gunned down in their Labruzza Lane residence and shot to death.   
Still one year after this brutal attack, no arrests have been made. In a plea for the public's help in January of 2019, Sheriff Edwards offered an additional $10,000 reward for someone to come forward with information surrounding the events that took place that evening increasing the reward to $12, 500. 
To date, no one has come forward. “Somebody knows what happened to this family,” Edwards said. “And without your help, I don’t want to say it’ll never be solved, but it’s going to definitely be challenging.” In most homicide cases, authorities believe they know the killer’s identity but they need witness to cooperate.
Today, as we continue to pray for the victims and their families, please remember that we still need your help. Anyone having information related to this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers, 800.554.5245, or the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Detective Dale Athmann, 985.634-9181.


Lora Tolar Blades
April 18, 1952 - December 22, 2019


William D. "Dub" Watts
December 01, 1926 - December 20, 2019


Cleo Carter Guy
March 12, 1941 - December 22, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 21-22, 2019

Colton Owens was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage and Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden
Jamie Hardin was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Stephon Crosby was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Aggravated Second Degree Battery, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
Donna Rogers was booked on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Kayla Myres was booked on the charge of Exploitation of the Infirm
Ernest McLain was booked on the charge of Probation Violation
Tyron Nelson was booked on the charges of Simple Burglary and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Donald Rogers was booked on the charges of No MVI, Driving Under Suspension, Switched License Plates, Possession of Stolen Things Under 1000, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, and No Proof of Insurance
Judd Taylor was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear
Kelzon Clark was booked on the charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault/Drive-By Shooting, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon, and Disturbing the Peace/Loud and Abusive Language

Today in History for December 23rd

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December 21, 2019

Chance Johnson Named WPSO Corrections Deputy of the Quarter

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal recently honored Corrections Deputy Chance Johnson, a resident of Franklinton, as the Corrections Deputy of the Quarter.

Sheriff Seal commented. “Chance does an excellent job as a corrections deputy. His abundant energy and enthusiasm for the job are an example for all. I appreciate everything he does for the Sheriff’s Office and all of Washington Parish.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 20, 2019

Leon Batson was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy, and Negligent Vehicular Injuring
Heather McLemore was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts)
Jamie McLemore was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts), and Failure to Appear
Anna Seals was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000


Donna Penny Miller
September 04, 1965 - December 17, 2019

Today in History for December 21st

December 20, 2019

Slidell Man Arrested After Man Shot During Scuffle

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested John Couvilier (27) of Slidell after he shot another man during a scuffle Thursday afternoon (December 19, 2019).

Shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday, an individual was dropped off at residence on Jay Street near Slidell.  That man and John Couvilier (the homeowner), got into an altercation and Couvilier produced a gun. While the two men were fighting over the weapon, the victim, a 26-year-old man, was shot. The victim was transported to a local-area hospital, where he was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound, and was released.

A warrant was issued for the Couvilier’s arrest in connection with the incident, and he was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of Aggravated Second-degree Battery, Possession of a Firearm or a Concealed Weapon, and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm.


James "Jim" Ramser, II
January 27, 1975 - December 18, 2019


Matthew James Stringer
May 18, 1986 - December 18, 2019


“Butch” Ernest Joseph Miller
October 9, 1948 – December 17, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 19, 2019

Melvin Mark was booked on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Flight, Failure to Use Turn Signal, and No Drivers License
Larry Smith was booked In For Court
Letesha Smith was booked on the charges of Aggravated Burglary, Armed Robbery, Criminal Damage to Property Under 500, Second Degree Kidnapping, and Purse Snatching
Derrick May was booked on the charges of Failure to Pay Fine and Theft Less Than 1000
Daniel Jenkins was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Disturbing the Peace/Domestic Violence, Attempted Home Invasion, Criminal Damage, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Domestic Violence/Child Endangerment (3 counts)

Today in History for December 20th

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December 19, 2019

Bogalusa Council Chooses Leadership for 2020

On December 17, 2019, the last regularly-scheduled meeting for the year of the Bogalusa City Council, Dale Branch presided over the process for the Council to choose a Council President and Vice-President for 2020. Mark Irvine, District E Councilman, was chosen as President. Danielle Keyes, District B Councilwoman was elected as Vice-President.

The president presides at meetings of the council; in the absence of the president, the vice-president presides.

The rest of the meeting was primarily devoted to a Public Hearing and the eventual Council approval of an Ordinance approving and adopting the City of Bogalusa Operating Budget and Capital Budget for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2020.

Letter to the Editor from Bogalusa Councilwoman Gloria Kates

Christmas Message from Sheriff Randy Seal

At the Seal residence and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, we say “Merry Christmas” in
acknowledgement of the true reason for this significant observance. As I prepare to celebrate my eighth Christmas as your Sheriff, I offer my sincere gratitude to our wonderful staff, each of whom works hard daily to serve and protect all residents of Washington Parish. Their unselfish devotion to duty enables each of us to enjoy the peace and beauty of our beautiful rural parish.

I am grateful also to their wonderful families who sacrifice so much so each officer can fulfill his or her duty. Their unwavering support deserves the appreciation of each of us. We must never forget that our officers will be on duty patrolling our parish on Christmas Day while most of us are celebrating with our families.

My gratitude extends to the wonderful citizens of our parish who support the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office in our efforts to fight crime. Our staff always tries to do the right thing at the right time and for the right reason. Your prayers and support are so valuable assets for each of our employees as they strive to help keep Washington Parish a safe place in which to live and raise our families.

I wish each resident of our parish a very blessed and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! May 2020 be a year of blessing for all.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 18, 2019

Crystal Sandifer was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Contempt of Court (2 counts), No MVI, No Proof of Insurance, and Driving Under Suspension
Gerroy Gould was booked on the charges of Attempted Burglary of a Business and Illegal Possession of Burglary Tools
Johnathan McDaniel was booked on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Theft of Firearm (4 counts), and Attempted Theft of a Firearm (4 counts)


Gilda Ann Franklin
September 26, 1946 - December 14, 2019

Sandy Hook Man Arrested for Two Washington Parish Burglaries

Gerroy Mykala Gould, a twenty-one year old resident of Sandy Hook, Mississippi, was arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office for two business burglaries which occurred in Angie along Highway 21.

On December 17, a burglary in progress was interrupted by Lt. Chris Hickman and deputy Chad Cassard. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered Gould hiding behind the business wearing a camouflage jacket and a medical mask. Nearby was a crow bar which had been used to attempt entry into the business and a black pair of socks which Gould had been using as gloves. Gould confessed to the attempted burglary, after which he was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

On December 18, another business reported an attempted burglary and all evidence pointed to Gould as the burglar. During interrogation by Detective Captain Tom Anderson, Gould confessed to that burglary as well.

Sheriff Randy Seal responded to the report of Gould’s burglaries. “As I recall, it was Aristotle who said something to the effect that all rascals are not thieves, but all thieves are rascals. I cannot disagree with that statement and I am glad this particular rascal has been caught, cuffed and jailed. Good job, officers!”

Today in History for December 19th

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December 18, 2019

Slidell Man Gets 49½ Years for Sexual Battery of a Juvenile

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Charles Morgan (59) of Slidell has been sentenced
as a multiple offender to 49½ years in prison for sexual battery of a juvenile under 13.

Morgan went to trial and was found guilty by a St. Tammany Parish jury on August 29, 2019. Morgan sexually abused a boy on multiple occasions over several years. The crime came to light in August 2014, when the victim responded with reluctance to a family member’s suggestion that they visit the defendant’s residence. When the adult family member asked why victim did not like spending time with Morgan, the victim revealed that Morgan had sexually assaulted him on multiple occasions over several years. One of the victim’s parents then immediately notified law enforcement.

The Slidell Police Department investigated the case and Assistant District Attorneys Luke Lancaster and Tiffany Dover prosecuted the case. District Judge Richard Swartz, Jr., presided over it and sentenced Morgan on December 11, 2019 as a multiple offender. Morgan has prior felony convictions for possession of cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as multiple DWI convictions.

Lock Your Doors or Lose Your Stuff

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is reminding citizens to lock their car doors this holiday
season. With all of the excitement of the holiday season it is easy to forget there are thieves out there waiting to prey on individuals who have let their guard down.

Early Wednesday morning (December 18, 2019), STPSO deputies were dispatched to the Eden Isles area of Slidell in reference to two individuals dressed in dark clothing, walking around the neighborhood pulling on vehicle door handles. Deputies patrolling the area located Chance Evans (19) and and a 16-year-old male walking in the neighborhood. The two teens, who are both from the Slidell area, admitted they were looking for unlocked vehicles in order to burglarize them. They also admitted to having made access into two unlocked vehicles.

Evans was arrested on one count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. The juvenile was released to the custody of a responsible adult.  The investigation into the vehicle burglaries remains ongoing and additional charges are possible.

“Vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity,” Sheriff Smith said.  “Even if you are parked in your own driveway or just running into a store for a quick minute, it is imperative to always lock your vehicle doors and to never leave purses or valuables in sight.”

Anyone who believes they may be the victim of a vehicles burglary is asked to call the STPSO at (985) 898-2338.


Rev. Marvin York
December 15, 1930 - December 12, 2019


Robin Ann Redmond Garlotte
October 23, 1962 - December 15, 2019

Independence Man Sought in Fuel Theft

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 43-year-old
Robert Michael Shannon of Independence, LA.

Shannon is wanted by the TPSO on charges of felony theft, possession of stolen property, and criminal damage to property. He is being accused of stealing diesel fuel from an Independence gravel pit in mid-October. Shannon was last seen driving a white 2005 Ford F-250 (bearing LA License Plate, C757696).

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Robert Shannon is urged to contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 985-748-3309, Lt. Blane Sanders, local law enforcement, or Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa at 800.554.5245.

TPSO Investigating Loranger Residential Burglary

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Burglary Task Force is currently investigating a residential burglary that occurred on Highway 40 in Loranger, Louisiana on December 3, 2019.

Around 3:00 p.m., someone broke into a residence on HWY 40 in Loranger by forcefully gaining access through a back door. It is believed the suspect(s) rummaged through the victim's home for about twenty minutes, before fleeing with the homeowner's cash and jewelry.

TPSO detectives obtained video surveillance that captures the suspect vehicle, a dark grey Buick Enclave with tinted windows, drop at least one subject off under the victim's carport around 3 o'clock on Dec. 3rd, and return about twenty minutes later to retrieve the suspect(s).
If you recognize this vehicle or have information related to this burglary, we are asking that you please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.  Detective James McGovern is the lead investigator on this case, (985) 902-2031.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 16-17, 2019

Michael Packard was booked In From Court
Thaddeus Baham was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Brooke Applewhite was booked In For Court
Kayla Johnson was booked In From Court

Today in History for December 18th

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December 16, 2019

Parish Couple Arrested - AGAIN

Nicholes Paul Gonsoulin, 31, and Tori Breanne Corkern Gonsoulin, 29, were arrested on December
10, 2019 for burglary of a Highway 16 business in southern Washington Parish. The Lee Road residents have been arrested several times, the latest being in April 2019 for drug offenses. On the latest charge of burglary of a business, each was able to post a $2,500 bond for release, Nicholes after being in jail two days and Tori after a four day stay in jail.
Washington Parish patrol deputy Mike Thomas, along with officers with the Sheriff’s drug task force, investigated the burglary and were able to identify the Gonsoulins based on information gained from a concerned neighbor of the business. Drug task force detectives encountered the pair on Highway 60 and located some of the stolen property in their vehicle. The Gonsoulins admitted to the burglary and were arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

The latest stay in the Washington Parish Jail was number ten for Nicholes Paul Gonsoulin who was first arrested in 2007. Arrests since that time were for various offenses including battery, disturbing the peace, criminal damage to property, domestic violence and drug offenses. Tori Breanne Corkern Gonsoulin was in the jail for her fourth time since 2016. Previous arrests were for drug offenses and cruelty to a juvenile.

“I suppose this is a prime example of a couple that does things together, wrong things,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “If they continue on this track in life, they can expect only dour outcomes. That is sad.”

Tylertown Man Arrested for Washington Parish Burglary

Joseph Henry Erwin (39), a resident of Pigott Road in Tylertown, Mississippi, was arrested on
December 6, 2019 and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling and two counts of burglary of a vehicle. Erwin remains in jail with his bond set at $10,000.

When Washington Parish patrol Sergeant David Cupp and deputy Chad Cassard responded to a report of a burglary in progress on Ralph Drive near Bogalusa, they discovered Erwin being detained by a neighbor of the victim. The neighbor, who had been watching the property at the request of the property owner, observed Erwin and another male on the property. The neighbor confronted the burglars and was able to detain Erwin while the other burglar fled into the woods and was unable to be located.

The officers placed Erwin in handcuffs and then searched the property, discovering some stolen items in the adjacent woods. Erwin then was transported to the jail.

Erwin’s current stay is his fourth in the Washington Parish Jail, beginning in 2007 with a drug arrest. Subsequent arrests were for drug offenses, traffic offenses, multiple counts of resisting an officer, and criminal damage to property.

“No person should have to be the victim of burglars,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Burglars, or as I prefer to call them, sneak thieves, are generally lazy ne’er-do-wells who are too lazy to work for an honest wage. They constantly prey on honest citizens. Mr. Erwin is exactly when he belongs, in jail, and I hope we are able to locate and jail his partner in crime.”

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Seeks Theft Suspect

Press Release from Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in locating 50-year-old Ronald James Bickford of Hammond, LA. Bickford is accused of a theft that occurred on December 14, 2019, at the Tractor Supply Store located on Hwy 190 W. in Hammond, LA.

The male in the attached photo, identified as Roanld James Bickford, was observed on video surveillance stealing a pair of Carhartt boots (valued at $154.99), Husqvarna gloves (2 pair, valued at $17.99), and a Ridge Cut shirt (valued at $ 24.99).

Bickford also has an FTA warrant for 1 count of domestic abuse and battery.

Anyone knowing of Bickford's whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. TPSO Detective Earl McFarland is the lead investigator on this case.


Danny O. Branch, Sr.
May 17, 1957 - December 13, 2019

Franklinton Board of Aldermen Address Police Department Matters

At the Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting last Tuesday evening (December 10, 2019), reports
were provided by Public Works Director Reginald McMasters (beginning at 2:50 into video of the meeting), Town Clerk Ellen Waskom (beginning at 13:20 into video of the meeting), Police Chief Justin Brown (beginning at 9:20 into video of the meeting), and Engineer Jay Pittman (beginning at 18:20 into video of the meeting). In addition, the Board referred an application by ALIVE productions to committee for consideration, approved an engagement letter to Minda Raybourn for auditing services, and cancelled the last scheduled meeting of the year for December 24, 2019.

A lengthy discussion was held regarding pay for Franklinton Police Department officers and the department's uniform policy (beginning at 38:00 into view of the meeting). The hourly rate for patrolman was proposed to increase to $14 per hour before certification. Following certification and the probationary period, the hourly rate would increase to $16 per hour. Chief Brown also proposed a change in the uniform policy. In the end, the Board approved both the pay and uniform proposals for the Police Department.

Forecast for the Next Few Days

Our forecast is for a wet day and night, then colder. A slow warming will begin Thursday through Sunday. Then, who knows?

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 14-15, 2019

Todd Williams was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
John Bowden was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Contempt of Court, and Speeding 11-20 Over Limit
Darren Weary was booked on the charges of Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court
Shiela Lucas was booked on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
William Robinson was booked on the charges of Driving Without Headlights, Expired License Plate, Possession of Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs/Ecstasy, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Distribution II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Stephen Beal was booked on the charges of Simple Burglary (2 counts) and Vehicle Burglary (2 counts)
Jonathon Lewis was booked on the charges of Resisting Arrest (2 counts), Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order
Thaddeus Baham was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

Bogalusa Strong Meeting: Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center

The monthly Bogalusa Strong meeting tomorrow (December 17, 2019) features a presentation by
Randy Gomez, Director of Business Development with Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center.

A major step in addressing our addiction crisis in Washington Parish will be the opening of the Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center in Bogalusa. The results of addiction are seen in the tragic losses of lives, the destruction of families, and has impacted our criminal justice system.  Woodlake will offer a full continuum of care of addiction and recovery services that will enhance resources for substance use disorder treatment for all  Washington Parish and surrounding area residents.

The meeting is at the Bogalusa Country Club from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. The lunch buffet opens at 11:45 AM.

What is Bogalusa Strong?
Bogalusa Strong is a collaboration of community members, leaders, businesses and organizations working together to improve quality of life by promoting physical, social, and environmental health. Supported by Mayor Wendy Perrette, the Mayor’s Wellness Council, Our Lady of Angels Hospital, LSU AgCenter, and the Louisiana Department of Health Well-Ahead Louisiana, Bogalusa Strong works to empower a vision for a healthier community. Bogalusa Strong meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the Bogalusa Country Club (except for holiday conflicts).

Today in History for December 16th

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December 14, 2019

Pedestrian Dies in Crash on LA 59 in St. Tammany Parish

On Friday, December 13, 2019 shortly after 6:00 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L
responded to a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on LA 59 northbound near Mire Dr. in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 55-year-old Richard Smith of Dallas, TX.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Smith was standing in the center of LA 59 attempting to direct traffic for a Peterbilt Tractor-Trailer that was positioning into a private drive from LA 59. The tractor-trailer was driven by 56-year-old Karen Davis of Grand Prairie, TX. Smith was struck by a northbound concrete truck. Smith sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene.

As part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were collected for scientific analysis. Both drivers were properly restrained and uninjured in the crash. Both drivers provided Troopers with a breath sample which detected no evidence of alcohol. Davis was cited for L.R.S. 32: 281 (Improper Backing). The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.


Lisa Michelle Courtney
January 02, 1986 - December 12, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 13, 2019

Michael Bonner was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court
Janish Allen was booked In For Court
Jason Isbell was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, No Drivers License, No Insurance, and Switched License Plates
Colby Stokes was booked In From Court
Robert Abshire was booked In From Court
Ariel Bolton was booked on the charge of Bank Fraud
Timothy Goings was booked on the charges of Speeding 31-40 Over Limit, Contempt of Court, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

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December 13, 2019

Sexual Messaging Lands Loranger Man in Jail

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reports today that Joshua Jones (34) of Loranger was arrested
yesterday (December 12, 2019) for indecent behavior with a juvenile.

The investigation began in November of 2019, after allegations surfaced that Jones was sending sexually explicit messages and pornography to a 15-year-old female victim. Jones first met and began sending messages to the juvenile through Facebook in August, 2019. When asked to stop and/or after being blocked, Jones would continue sending the juvenile messages through alternate fake Facebook accounts.

After an extensive investigation into the facts surrounding this case, the information and evidence gathered positively identified Jones as the man responsible for committing this heinous crime.

Jones was located at his place of employment in Robert, LA. and taken into custody without incident. Based on the investigation, detectives feel there my be other victims. Anyone having information related Jones or this investigation is asked to contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff‘s Office Juvenile Division at 985-902-2011 or Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.

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Stacy D. Kennedy
September 03, 1974 - December 10, 2019

3 Plead Guilty In Robbery & Murder of Bogalusa Store Owner

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Levi Lee (17) of Tylertown, MS. and Lance Rouse (25) of Picayune, MS. pleaded guilty Wednesday (December 11, 2019) in the shooting death of a convenience store owner during the robbery of his store in Bogalusa last year.

Lee pleaded guilty, as charged, to second degree murder and two counts of armed robbery and was sentenced by District Judge William H. Burris to life in prison. Rouse pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two counts of armed robbery, and Burris sentenced him to 100 years in prison—40 years on the manslaughter charge, which is to be served consecutively to 60 years on the armed robbery charges (60 years on each count to be served concurrently).

A third person, Melissa Smith (30) of Tylertown, MS. and the girlfriend of Rouse, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and was sentenced by Burris to 20 years in prison on each count, to be served concurrently.
The crime took place on December 28, 2018, when Lee and Rouse robbed the J and Z Quik store, located at Highway 21 and City Limits Road in Bogalusa, about 4:20 a.m. The business owner, Abdulrahman Taleb, was confronted at gunpoint in the parking lot and shot in his leg during a struggle with the robbers. The incident was captured on video, and the robbers were later identified as Lee and Rouse. The victim died two days later from his injuries. Lee and Rouse got about $250 from the cash register and also robbed a customer inside the business of about $180. A woman, later identified as Smith, waited for Lee and Rouse in the passenger side of the vehicle.

When Lee, Rouse, and Smith were identified, warrants were issued for their arrests, but they fled from the area before their apprehension. They picked up a juvenile from a Mississippi motel, and she accompanied them on their attempted escape. Law enforcement officials in Alabama spotted the group, engaged in a vehicle pursuit of them, and ultimately arrested them.

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the case, was able to recover one of the shotguns and pieces of the other one.

Lee and Rouse also are each facing two additional aggravated burglary charges in St. Tammany Parish. They are accused of entering a Covington home late one night just days before the Bogalusa robbery and holding a woman at gunpoint in her bedroom while they stole her valuables, including two shotguns. The shotguns matched the description of those used in the Bogalusa robbery.

Additionally, Lee pleaded guilty to aggravated arson for setting a fire in the Bogalusa jail, and Burris sentenced him to an additional 20 years in prison. That time is to be served concurrent to his life sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Iain Dover prosecuted this case. The victim’s wife and daughter were consulted and agreed to the terms of the plea, and both gave impact statements before Burris during the hearing.

Bogalusa Council Meeting Agenda for December 17, 2019


A Public Meeting of the BOGALUSA CITY COUNCIL will be held as follows:
TIME: 5:30 p.m.


1. Call to Order.

2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Roll call:

DALE BRANCH: Election of President and Vice-President for the upcoming year.

4. Approval of the minutes held at the City Council Meeting December 3, 2019.
AN ORDINANCE to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with Central Service Association related to the Utility Billing Services in accordance with the attached documents. (Introduced by Councilwoman Keys).
AN ORDINANCE approving and adopting the City of Bogalusa Operating Budget and Capital Budget for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2020.
9. Public Participation
10. Administrative Remarks
11. Other Council Discussion
12. Announcements: Next Council Meeting will be held Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
13. Adjournment

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Judy Gray at 985-732-6211 ext. 249 describing the assistance that is necessary.

As required by LA. R. S. 42:14, the City Council will allow a public comment period at any point in the meeting prior to action on an agenda item upon which a vote is to be taken.

Full Agenda for Last Meeting of Current Washington Parish Council

When the they meet Monday evening (December 16, 2019), the Washington Parish Council will take
up a full agenda of items. This will be the last meeting of the current Council. The new Council will be composed of two returning members: Reginald McMasters (District 6) and Rusty Fornea (District 5) and five new members: Joe Culpepper (District 1), Shawn Rice (District 2), Kim Wagner (District 3), Clark Harry (District 4), and Carley King (District 7).

The Agenda includes Public Hearings on four Ordinances. Following the Public Hearings, the Council will approve the 2020 meeting schedule, vote on four Ordinances, introduce one Ordinance, and vote on one Resolution. They will also hear from the public during Public Participation and receive the President's Report from recently reelected Parish President Richard Thomas.

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$5000 Grant Awarded by International Paper for BHS

The Teach One to Lead One community mentoring program, brought to Bogalusa High School by District Attorney Warren Montgomery (pictured below left), has been awarded a $5,000 grant from International Paper’s Bogalusa Mill and the International Paper Foundation.

Funds will support efforts to mentor at-risk junior high and high school students at Bogalusa High School. The community-based mentoring program teaches Universal Principles that help to develop character and leadership skills and guide students in pursuing lives of purpose and potential.

“We wouldn’t be able to offer this wonderful program to our children without this significant contribution from International Paper,” Montgomery said. “This is an excellent example of the public sector and industry working together for the good of our community.”

Teach One To Lead One (T1L1) is a nationwide program with chapters throughout the country, including North Louisiana. Montgomery heard about the program, worked with school administrators to implement it at Bogalusa High, and recruited mentors from the community.

Walter Allen (pictured below right), T1L1’s Louisiana Chapter Director, also praised International Paper’s commitment to the Bogalusa community. “With their support, our hope of developing community leaders becomes a reality," Allen said.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings December 12, 2019

Willie Beverly was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000 (2 counts), Vehicle Burglary, and Possession of Stolen Things Under 1000
Joseph Graves was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Krynicki Baker was booked In For Court
Emmitt Warren was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000 and Contempt of Court
Raymond Magee was booked In For Court
Judy Martinez was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Resisting an Officer
Cherish Lorio was booked on the charge of Parole Violation
Cody Ansley was booked on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under Suspension, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Christopher Flot was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Probation Violation

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December 12, 2019

Drug Arrest Made in Parish Jail Parking Lot in Amite

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest last week of James Brown (61) of Amite.
Brown was taken into custody in the parking lot of the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

While Lt. Mike Moore and TPSO K9 Ace were patrolling the parking lot at the parish jail, K9 Ace alerted on a vehicle owned by Brown. As a result of a free air sweep, deputies located and seized 6.5 grams of methamphetamine, numerous hydrocodone tablets, and a scale.

Brown was subsequently charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute CDSII, the introduction of contraband into a penal institute, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Impaired Driver Arrested for Drug Possession

On Wednesday (December 11, 2019), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies Chad
Cassard and Kyle Stogner conducted a traffic stop on Highway 1075.  The driver of the vehicle, Melissa Desoto, 45, a resident of Pine Ridge Road in Bogalusa, was found to be in possession of various illegal drugs including crystal methamphetamine and numerous prescription pills for which she had no prescription. 

Desoto was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where she was booked on four counts of possession of illegal drugs.  She remains in jail with her bond set at $5,000.

“An impaired driver is a danger to all others who are on the road,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal.  “I congratulate Deputies Cassard and Stogner for intercepting this driver and making this arrest.”

STEM Cafe is Saturday at Bogalusa High School


Essie Mae Harvey
January 21, 1929 - December 03, 2019

Kentwood Man Charged in Animal Abuse Case

On Monday December 9, 2019, deputies responded to Hookfin Rd. in Kentwood as the result of an
anonymous complaint regarding the apparent abuse and neglect of several horses in a nearby pasture. When deputies arrived, they were directed to an area where they located three horses.

One horse was observed lying on the ground with shallow and labored breathing - unable to move, a second horse was seen standing in the distance (appearing to be underweight and malnourished), while a third - who escaped through an area of broken fence - was subsequently located in a neighboring field. The pasture that housed the horses was filled with metal debris and showed no signs of fresh water or food for the animals. Astonished by the heartbreaking scene, deputies immediately contacted TPSO Mounted Detective Sgt. Jill Hutcheson and Detective Glynn Cacioppo who quickly responded to the scene. 

With assistance from the Tangi Humane Society, multiple attempts were made to hoist the suffering horse up from the ground to his feet in hopes of getting blood flowing back into his legs. Unfortunately, all efforts were to no avail. Too weak to even drink or eat from a bucket, the horse was hand fed by detectives, as a member of the Tangi Human Society placed a bottle of water into the horse’s mouth to provide him with fluids. After about two hours of rendering care and aid, the horse stopped breathing and quietly passed away.

The two remaining horses were seized and removed from the property by the Tangi Humane Society.  During the investigation, detectives were able to identify the neglectful owner but he was not located during the on-site investigation.

On Wednesday (December 11, 2019), after meeting with detectives, Christopher O’Neil Gordon (33) of Kentwood was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals as the result of being accused of causing long term malnourishment, unnecessary pain and suffering, and subsequent death of one of the animals in his care.

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