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November 30, 2020

Unrestrained 10-Year Old Dies in Tangipahoa Parish Crash

On Sunday, November 29, 2020, shortly before 5:00 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on LA 442 east of LA 1065 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash took the life of 10-year-old Salvador Arjon Jr. of Loranger.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2002 Dodge Caravan, driven by 35-year-old Maria Bernales, was eastbound on LA 442 when it exited the roadway. The vehicle entered a drainage ditch and overturned multiple times. Arjon was ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Arjon was one of four unrestrained juveniles inside the vehicle when the vehicle crash occurred. The other three juveniles sustained minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital. 

Impairment is not suspected to be a causal factor in the crash. As part of the ongoing investigation, a blood sample was taken from Bernales for scientific analysis. Charges will be forwarded to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office once the investigation is completed. 

Troopers wish to remind everyone that children depend on adults to ensure they are properly restrained in an age and weight appropriate seat. For more information on child restraint laws and best practices please visit the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission website. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.

Mother Wanted for Kidnapping in St. Tammany Parish

Christmas Festival in the Fairgrounds is December 5-6

D. A. Varnado Store Museum's Annual Christmas Festival will again be in the Fair Grounds in Franklinton, Louisiana. The festival will be in the Commercial Building on December 5 & 6. There will be booths, vendors, raffle, music and Santa. In support of the museum, this annual event is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. 

It's also Holiday time inside the Varnado Store Museum in Franklinton! 

The new exhibit includes this beautiful collection of porcelain dolls on loan from Donna Stier with vintage dolls, bride dolls, Barbies, ballerinas and more. One is a night light. One is made of an umbrella. 

The Holiday Time exhibit inside the exhibit will be open only two weekends, Saturday and Sundays the 2nd and 3rd weekends in December: December 12 and 13, December 19 and 20, or by special appointment. 

The gift shop inside the Museum has wonderful gift items for all ages. 


Daisy Lee Tynes Lang

December 04, 1937 - November 29, 2020


Harold R. Baham

March 13, 1930 - November 30, 2020


Johnnye Annell "Nell" West James

September 1, 1933 - November 30, 2020


Vivian Sue Bond Allen

October 22, 1944 - November 29, 2020

Washington Parish Deputy Assaulted While Making Arrest

On November 23, 2020, after responding to a report of a man behaving erratically in the parking lot of a church southwest of Franklinton, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Terry Harris was assaulted by the person creating the disturbance. After a physical struggle, during which Lt. Harris was struck repeatedly on his head and face, the suspect was placed in restraints.

The initial call reported that a man was screaming and yelling at the church. Lt. Harris arrived and encountered the man on Sanders Road, at which time the man charged Lt. Harris and assaulted him. During the struggle, Lt. Harris was able to radio for backup. Franklinton Police officers responded and the suspect was placed in handcuffs and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

Medhat Amon Alhashimi, age 30 and a resident of Highway 450, was booked into the jail on charges of resisting an officer with force or violence and battery on an officer with injury. This arrest marks the seventh time Alhashimi has been booked into the Washington Parish Jail since his first arrest in 2009. Previous criminal charges include possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, theft, issuing worthless checks, possession of stolen property, parole violation and failure to appear in court. His latest arrest, in 2019, was for an outstanding warrant from Livingston Parish.

“Lt. Harris showed great restraint in his handling of Alhashimi,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “He used just enough force to restrain the suspect until backup officers arrived. During the heat of the struggle, and while being repeatedly assaulted, Lt. Harris displayed bravery and professionalism to prevent the incident from escalating. I am grateful to the Franklinton Police officers who provided assistance.”

Law Enforcement P.O.S.T. Academy Graduates

On November 25, 2020, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief of Corrections Jim Miller had the honor of pinning badges on two new graduates from the Louisiana Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission training academy in Slidell. The two new officers, one from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and one from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, are now certified law enforcement officers.

Chance Johnson began his Washington Parish law enforcement career as a corrections deputy working under the supervision of Chief Miller. Patrick Fair, now a certified deputy for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, is the nephew of Chief Miller.

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “What a privilege it is to formally welcome these fine young men to the law enforcement family. They are great assets to the communities they serve and reflect the quality of young officers that are entering the profession to protect and serve the citizens of our respective parishes as they enforce the laws of the State of Louisiana and our nation. I look forward to working with Chance and Patrick in the years to come.”

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings November 25-26, 2020

Michael Cowart was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear

Travis Parrott was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts)

Twanna Meiners was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, Possession Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Assistance Sought in Washington Parish Kidnapping

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a kidnapping and car jacking offense that occurred in the Hackley community at a local business on Sam Thomas Rd. A customer parked at the business gas pumps, leaving their keys in the vehicle and their children in the car. A suspect vehicle is seen on the business security camera pull up and a male gets out of a black truck and then get inside the vehicle and drives off with the small children inside. 

The Sheriff’s Office responded and located the two small children, an eight-yr old and an even younger juvenile on the side of the roadway on Hwy 38. The children were not harmed. Shortly afterwards Deputies recovered the stolen vehicle abandoned in the area of Hwy 430 and Hwy 38. 

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest who may have information as to the identity of the suspect who took the vehicle with the children inside. If you have information as to the identity of this person of interest call Detective Corbet Hunt or Detective Chad Cassard at 985-839-3434.

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November 26, 2020

Washington and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Offices Requests Public’s Assistance in Homicide Investigation

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office (TPSO) and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO) are investigating a homicide that occurred in Tangipahoa Parish. 

During the weekend of November 21st, TPSO made an arrest of an individual who admitted to the homicide of a female acquaintance. The suspect advised Detectives that he had disposed of the body on the side of the road somewhere within the areas of Thomas to Mt Hermon inside of Washington Parish. The body is supposedly inside of a black bag. The suspect was not familiar with the area and described the area as a narrow paved road near a culvert or small bridge with possibly a couple of curves just past the bridge. 

TPSO and WPSO are seeking the help of the public in helping locate the body by keeping an eye out for any large black bags in the ditch or near the roadside. Both agencies, the Franklinton Police Department and the Louisiana Search and Rescue K9 dog teams have been conducting daily searches in the parish but due to the large area to search, they are asking if someone sees something suspicious that could possibly be the missing female remains, please call the Sheriff Office 985.839.3434.

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November 25, 2020

Entergy Commits to Address Sound Issues at Bogalusa Plant

Addressing the Washington Parish Council meeting Monday (November 23, 2020) evening, Entergy Representative Jody Montelaro advised that Entergy is committing to address the sound issues raised at the two previous meetings of the Council. Sound testing has started and a plan is being made to mitigate the noise levels. Coordination has involved Entergy representatives, Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta, and residents in the area. A timeline will be developed for what will be done and when. 

Questions were asked and comments made by Parish President Thomas, Council Members and residents. One resident advised that he resided 2270 feet from the plant, was having sounds levels of 60 to 80 decibels, and could not even hear his central air unit.

In other business, the Council 

  • approved an Ordinance adopting the 2021 Annual Operating Budget and the Capital Outlay Budget for the Washington Parish Government
  • approved an Ordinance entering into a contract with Landworks, Inc. for the operation of the Choctaw Road Landfill
  • approved resolutions of appointment for the Washington Parish Fire District No. 5 Board of Directors (Freddie Jefferson and Willie Peters), the Washington Parish Fire District No. 3 Board of Directors (Justin Porche and Larry Magee), and the Washington Parish Utility Gas District No. 2 Board of Directors (Gary Wheat and Dennis Warren)
  • approved the engagement of Kushner Lagraize, L.L.C. to perform audit services for the Washington Parish Government.

During the Public Participation segment, Darryl Peterson reported that the Washington Republican Parish Executive Committee endorses the 10 mil tax renewal proposition on the December 5, 2020 ballot. Peterson stated that they see where tax dollars are being spent wisely. Peterson also advised that he is a candidate (#216) for Republican State Central Committee District 12E.

President Thomas reported that the parish government central office has been hit hard by COVID-19, with four having tested positive. Thomas also commented on the importance of passing the tax renewal proposition on the December 5, 2020 ballot. Click here for more on this in a previous article.

Finance Director Donna Alonzo and Public Works Director Ken Wheat provided reports to the Council. Following Council Discussion, the meeting adjourned.

Bogalusa Schools Switching to Virtual After Thanksgiving

A Message to the families and students of Bogalusa City School System:

“In an abundance of caution for our students, faculty, and staff, we have decided to continue our learning virtually until December 7, 2020 after the Thanksgiving holiday. With the continued spike in COVID 19 in recent days, we feel that this is the best decision for everyone. We know that you will be enjoying family and friends over the holiday, so with that in mind, we feel it better to see what the COVID spikes will be and make a decision from there if needed. Our teachers, staff, and central office will be at our facilities the week after the holiday to continue providing instruction and any other needs; just children will be virtual.

Please stay tuned to our website (https://www.bogschools.org/) for information as it becomes available.

From our family to yours, please have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy your family and friends. These times are unlike any we have seen before, but together we will get through it, stronger and ready for what lies ahead in educating our children.”

WPSS Update - No Change in Delivery of Instruction

Jingle Paws Event at the Washington Parish Animal Shelter

The Washington Parish Animal Shelter invites you and your pets to their first annual Jingle Paws event on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 23046 Yacc Road, Franklinton, La 70438. So load up your family and your fur babies!

The event is their first ever fundraising and low-cost vaccine clinic and all proceeds will go towards the shelter and the animals. So much to do!

  • Pictures with Santa. One FREE 4x6 printed copy and an emailed copy. (Additional prints will be $5.00) 
  • Food, beverages and hot chocolate
  • A cake walk from R&R bakery and homemade
  • A raffle. You won’t want to miss the chance to win gift cards to your local favorite restaurants or to your favorite shops
  • Door prizes
  • Low-cost ($10) vaccines for your dog or cat. We’re offering Microchipping ($20) and personalized ID/Name tags

Of course, puppies and adult dogs will be available for adoption. All well-behaved animals are welcome, especially, if they are dressed in ugly sweaters. 

Call 985-205-2023 if you have questions or concerns.

Washington Republican Parish Executive Committee Endorsements

The Washington Republican Parish Executive Committee has endorsed the following:

  • Luke Letlow #39 for U. S. Representative, 5th District
  • Eric Skrmetta #68 for Public Service Commission, Division 1
  • Seth Descant #90 and Heath Spears #95 for Aldermen - Town of Franklinton
  • Darryl D. Peterson #216 for Republican State Central Committee Member, 12th Senatorial District, Division E

RPEC also supports

  • a vote of NO on the CA NO.1 (Act 10, SB44) that "Allows out-of-state resident to serve on a public postsecondary education board of supervisors"
  • a vote of YES on the Parish-wide Proposition for a "10 Mills Renewal - PC - 10 years for Roads and Bridges"
  • a vote of NO on the Fire Protection District No. 7 ($29.67 Parcel Fee - BOC - 10 years)


Joseph Victor Krebs

June 24, 1930 - November 25, 2020

COVID-19 Surge Puts Louisiana Back to Phase 2

Yesterday (November 24, 2020), Governor John Bel Edwards announced tighter COVID-19 mitigation measures and step back to Phase 2 in order to protect public health. Cases are increasing, hospitalizations have climbed back up to more than 1,000, the highest level since August, and to date, the virus has claimed the lives of more than 6,300 Louisianans. According to the latest report by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Louisiana had 474 new cases per 100,000 people last week, which is higher than the national average for states, which is 356 per 100,000 people.

The Governor’s updated Phase 2 proclamation  takes effect on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 and run for four weeks. It calls for reducing occupancy at some businesses, decreasing gathering sizes, limiting indoor consumption at many bars and urges everyone in Louisiana to avoid gatherings with people outside of their everyday households. Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since mid-July, will continue. In addition, Gov. Edwards encourages any business that can allow its employees to work remotely to do so. He has directed all state agencies to do the same.

Gov. Edwards said, “The data clearly tells us that we have lost all of the gains we had made and that our current mitigation efforts must be increased in order to adequately slow the spread.” 

MAJOR CHANGES to Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions include the below:

Washington Parish Jail Bookings November 22-24, 2020

Megan Hall was booked on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (3 counts), Contempt of Court (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving Under Suspension

Medhat Alhashimi was booked on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence and Battery on an Officer With Injury

William Ashwell was booked on the charges of Improper Equipment, No License Plate, No Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, Contempt of Court, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Michael Branch was booked on the charges of Battery of a Dating Partner, Theft Less Than 1000, and Protective Order Violation

Tara Bates was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Bond Surrender

Lori Moticheck was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery

Homas Paul Motichek was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery

Malcolm Haley was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Failure to Appear, Possession of Stolen Property, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm

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November 24, 2020

Two (One a Former TPSO Employee) Charged in Bribery Scheme

United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today (November 24, 2020) that Sonja Dyson Evans (age 58 and of Ponchatoula) and Shawanda Dove (age 51 and of Amite) were charged on November 23, 2020, in a bill of information with one count of use of an interstate facility with intent to carry on unlawful activity.

According to the bill of information, at the time of the offense, Evans was employed by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office as a Criminal Records Division Supervisor. From January 2016 through January 2017, both Evans and Dove used cell phones to carry out a bribery scheme. Evans solicited and accepted bribe money from Dove in exchange for fraudulent bonds used for the release of incarcerated persons. 

If convicted, both women face a maximum penalty of five (5) years incarceration, a $250,000 fine, a three (3) year term of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.00.

An information is merely an accusation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Tracey Knight is in charge of the prosecution.

For previous related stories, click here and click here.

Entergy Louisiana Acquires Washington Parish Energy Center

Entergy Louisiana, LLC has completed the purchase of the Washington Parish Energy Center, an approximately 361-megawatt facility that will deliver a modern, cost-effective, low-carbon and reliable source of power to the company’s grid.

Constructed by a subsidiary of Calpine Corporation, the natural gas-powered plant is located near Bogalusa and will operate as a peaking facility.

(For previous related stories, click here and click here and click here and click here.)

“We continue to seek opportunities to add to our clean-energy portfolio, and the Washington Parish Energy Center is another step in us meeting those goals,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO. “The plant also helps ensure we continue to deliver reliable power to our customers at some of the lowest rates in the country.”

On April 21, 2017, Entergy Louisiana and Calpine signed a plant purchase and sale agreement, which was unanimously approved by the Louisiana Public Service Commission. The total cost of the plant is approximately $261 million.

The unit will provide Entergy Louisiana with needed peaking and reserve generating capacity. The company currently depends upon older, less efficient natural gas-powered plants to help meet peak demand, but start-up times make them less effective as peaking resources. Modern combustion turbines like the two in Washington Parish are specifically designed to start and ramp up quickly to meet customers’ immediate energy needs.

"We extend our thanks to Entergy Louisiana for being a valued partner during the development and construction of this facility," said Caleb Stephenson, Calpine executive vice president and co-head, commercial operations. "This project demonstrates Calpine’s commitment to develop and deliver commercial solutions for our utility customers, and we look forward to working with Entergy again.”

Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electric service to more than 1 million customers and natural gas service to more than 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area. It has operations in southern, central and northern Louisiana. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 8,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of $11 billion and approximately 13,600 employees.

Osyka Police Stops Stolen Car Suspect

On Saturday (November 21, 2020), Osyka police responded to a report of a stolen car entering into Osyka from Osyka Progress road. 

Following a brief car chase, the vehicle's tires were disabled and Osyka Police was able to take Willie E. Well of Kentwood, Louisiana into custody. 

Help Locate This Missing Person from Kentwood

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in locating Richard Ballard, Jr., age 59 of Kentwood.

Mr. Ballard was reported missing by his family on November 18, 2020. Ballard has not made contact with his family in a few weeks and they are concerned.  At this time, foul play is not suspected.

Anyone with information on Richard Ballard’s whereabouts is asked to call the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-345-6150. Detective Matt Dean is the lead investigator.

Source: Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc.


Sheila Marie Spears

August 8, 1996 - November 23, 2020


Shelby Gerald Dubourg

May 8, 1997 - November 22, 2020


Silas Partman

June 14, 1927 - November 19, 2020

Parish President Thomas on the 10 Mills Tax Renewal

The December 5, 2020 ballot includes a tax renewal proposition for all Washington Parish voters. THIS IS A RENEWAL AND NOT A NEW TAX. The tax, first approved in 2002, has made possible the construction, improving, maintaining, and resurfacing of  Washington Parish roads and bridges. Its renewal will make possible the continued progress achieved in making Washington Parish a great place to live, work, and raise our families. The tax has made improvements possible in all of our parish communities. Through cooperative endeavor agreements, Washington Parish Government has also been able to assist with improvements for the City of Bogalusa, the Town of Franklinton, the Villages of Angie and Varnado, Washington Parish Library, Bogalusa School System, Washington Parish School System, and others. President Thomas says it best and provides more information in the video.

The proposition reads as follows:

Shall the Parish of Washington, State of Louisiana (the "Parish"), renew the levy of a ten (10) mills tax on all the property subject to taxation within the Parish (an estimated $1,932,569.00 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2022 and ending with the year 2031, dedicated solely for the purpose of, constructing, improving, maintaining and resurfacing Parish roads and bridges, including incidental drainage and the acquisition of equipment therefor, with the proceeds of the tax subject to being funded into bonds for such capital purposes to the extent and in the manner provided by the laws of Louisiana?

Each of us have the choice to vote YES or NO. Vote YES!

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November 23, 2020


Diana Marie Ramirez Danos

August 26, 1946 - October 1, 2020


Steven Paul Griggsby, Sr.

June 21, 1951 - November 21, 2020


Bruce Walters

November 18, 1944 - November 21, 2020

Plan a Visit to Bogalusa's Christmas in the Park

Organizers of Bogalusa's Christmas in the Park say “things may have to be a little different” this year. 

  • No Character hall - But our characters will make special appearances at various times.
  • No Story Time with Mrs. Claus - But you might see her around.
  • However, you will be seeing Mr. Claus himself! Santa will be in a new outdoor space to ensure everyone’s health & safety! So you will get your yearly Santa photo! 
  • There will be a few new lighted additions, as well as bringing back a bit of nostalgia! 
  • As a always, photo frames, selfie stations, and picture ops with be set up around the park! 
  • The Bogalusa Children’s Carolers will be joining us again also! 
  • Stay tuned for new updates at we get closer to opening night! Visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bogalusachristmasinthepark.

Mark the dates: November 26-29, December 4-6, 11-13, and 18-25. Drive Thru times will be from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Walk Thru times will be from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Pricing: Vehicles are $10, Adults are $5, Students age 5 to 18 is $1, and ages 5 and under are free. 


Hilda Sumrall Carnegie

May 30, 1925 - November 20, 2020


Loraine Lillian Dykes

March 7, 1933 - November 22, 2020

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings November 21, 2020

Christopher Sorey was booked on the charges of Obscenity, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness

Terry Buckhanan was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Resisting an Officer, and Disturbing the Peace/Loud and Abusive Language

Datchi Schillings was booked on the charges of No Taillight, Ran Stop Sign, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Jack Brister was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, 1st Degree Murder, Attempted Home Invasion, Armed Robbery (2 counts), and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon

Bobby Matthews was booked on the charge of Theft Less Than 1000

November 21, 2020

Slidell-area Man Wanted in Connection with Shooting

Chalmers Latrell Gillin, age 37 and a Slidell-area man, is wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred Tuesday (November 17, 2020) night near Slidell.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 2100 block of Bluebird Street in reference to gunshots. The subsequent investigation revealed that a family dispute at a residence on Bluebird Street escalated into a fight, and numerous shots were fired at a vehicle occupied by two of the individuals involved in the dispute. One of those individuals sustained a single non-life threatening gunshot wound and had left the scene prior to deputies’ arrival. He was located by deputies at an area hospital, where he was being treated for his injuries.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Chalmers Latrell Gillin, in connection with the incident, on the charges of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Illegal use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities, and Possession of Firearm by Person Convicted of Certain Felonies.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Chalmers Latrell Gillin is asked to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338.

This is an ongoing investigation, and no additional information will be provided at this time.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings November 20, 2020

Cassie Jenkins was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Careless Operation

Floyd Owens was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine

Edward Lewis was booked on the charge of Probation Violation


La'Boris Tremaine Pittman

June 23, 1985 - November 17, 2020


Johnny Ray Weary

August 29, 1950 - November 13, 2020


Shelia Marie Sharp

July 15, 1964 - November 19, 2020

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November 20, 2020

Two Arrested on Osyka Police Department Warrants

Two have been arrested on warrants issued by the Osyka Police Department. 

On November 17, 2020, the McComb Police Department arrested Cedrick Carter, Jr. (pictured left) on warrants charging him with Uttering Forgery and Felony Conspiracy to Commit a Crime. 

On November 19, 2020, the Mississippi Highway Patrol arrested Johnny Ray Badon (pictured right) after a traffic stop on warrants charging him with Uttering Forgery and Felony Conspiracy to Commit a Crime. 

STPSO Funded for Checkpoints, Underage Drinking Enforcement

As an ongoing commitment to keeping our roadways safe, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $167,750 grant by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to be utilized as part of the statewide Fatal and Injury Crash Reduction Effort.

The primary objective of this effort is to reduce fatal and injury crashes on Louisiana roadways, and funds will be used to supply additional manpower to conduct extra seat belt enforcement, DWI patrols and underage alcohol enforcement in St. Tammany Parish.

“Our goal is to save lives by using these funds to raise awareness with the goal of reducing the number of fatal and injury related crashes in St. Tammany,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

As part of these efforts, the STPSO will increase deputy patrols in neighborhoods and on our highways during weekends and holidays. These are the times when statistics show most alcohol related crashes occur. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will also use this funding to conduct sobriety checkpoints throughout the year.

As part of this grant, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in the state-wide Click It or Ticket, Buckle Up in Your Truck and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns to educate residents on the importance of wearing seat belts and not drinking and driving.

“We want people to know that we are out there every day looking for drivers that are under the influence or otherwise impaired,” Sheriff Smith said. “We hope the additional patrols of our roadways and sobriety checkpoints this funding provides will serve as a deterrent. If you choose to consume alcohol, don’t drive, have a designated driver or call a cab. If all options fail, call us and we will find you a safe ride.” 

State Fire Marshal’s Thanksgiving Gathering Safety Tips

As the holiday season begins, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to ensure all Louisiana families are aware of how to stay safe, not only in the kitchen, but in gathered settings as well.

“We know the holidays this year are going to be different, especially Thanksgiving, when coming together for an extended meal is at the core of the day’s tradition,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning, “But Louisiana families have to take precautions against COVID-19 just as we stress taking precautions to avoid fire hazards while cooking that traditional meal.”

First, it is recommended to avoid gatherings, of any size, that involve people who do not live in your immediate household. However, if you’re planning to have family members gather at your home, who don’t reside in your home on a regular basis, or you plan on visiting a family member’s home:

  • Keep the group small and outdoors
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wear face coverings when not actively consuming food and beverages
  • Wash your hands frequently and disinfect shared serving utensils after every use
  • If you’re feeling sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and avoid gatherings with anyone

Second, if you’re cooking at home, here are the top cooking safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove
  • Stay in the home when you are cooking any food item
  • Keep children at least three feet away from the stove, sharp objects and hot foods and/or liquids
  • Keep electrical cords, matches and lighters out of the reach of children
  • Keep the kitchen space clear to avoid tripping hazards
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms

Also, if you’re planning to fry your turkey this year, consider testing out the appropriate oil level a few days ahead of time with water instead. Fill up your pot with water, dip the turkey in, and if any water overflows, you’ll need to use less oil when you actual conduct the fry on Thanksgiving. And don’t forget to fully defrost that turkey before dropping it into the oil.

State Sales Tax Holiday November 20-21, 2020

A state sales tax holiday to provide relief for Louisiana residents recovering from hurricanes Laura and Delta, in addition to the COVID-19 public health emergency, will take place Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21.

Act 16 of the 2020 Second Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature exempts the first $2,500 of most consumer purchases from the 4.45% state sales tax. The exemption applies to in-store purchases as well as transactions completed online or by telephone.

Eligible transactions include:

  • Buying and accepting delivery of tangible personal property
  • Placing tangible personal property on layaway
  • Making final payment on tangible personal property previously placed on layaway

The sales tax holiday does not apply to:

  • Business or commercial purchases of tangible personal property
  • Prepared meals
  • Rentals or leases of tangible personal property
  • Sales of taxable services
  • Vehicles subject to license and title

The sales tax holiday exempts eligible purchases from the 4.45% state sales tax only. Local sales and use taxes apply to all purchases.

Source: Press Release from Louisiana Department of Revenue


Jo Ann Dupre Holden

July 02, 1949 - November 19, 2020


Paul Mitchell Boone

July 10, 1936 - November 19, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings November 19, 2020

Trevor Coglaiti was booked on the charge of Failure to Pay Fine

Caleb Thibodeaux was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Timothy Stogner was booked on the charges of Manufacture of Schedule II CDS, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts), Possession of Heroin, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Bench Warrant Failure to Appear

Shaun Hobgood was booked on the charges of No Turn Signals, Impeding Flow of Traffic, No Seat Belt, Sale Distribution Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Attempted Manufacture of Schedule II CDS

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November 19, 2020


Cynthia Jones

June 18, 1953 - November 18, 2020


Pattyce Donaldson Simpkins

March 3, 1940 - November 18, 2020

Washington Parish Jail Bookings November 18, 2020

Arthur Jones was booked on the charges of Automobile Accident, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, No Insurance, Failure to Transfer Registration, Failure to Pay Fine, and No License Plate

Larry Newkirk was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle

Phillip Fowler was booked on the charges of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Resisting an Officer, and Bench Warrant Failure to Appear

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November 18, 2020

Man Arrested: “Could Not Outrun the Radio”

Shortly after midnight on November 18, 2020, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Randall Garcia was patrolling on Highway 1072 when he observed a vehicle with no license plate. Deputy Garcia activated his emergency lights and siren, but the driver simply increased his speed and would not yield to the patrol vehicle. After an extended chase, the driver failed to navigate a sharp turn and crashed his vehicle into a bridge railing.

In the dark, and with no other officers on the scene, Deputy Garcia held the uninjured driver at gunpoint until Sgt. Michael Thomas and Franklinton Police Department Officers Jared Stubbs and Brandon Manning arrived for backup. The driver, Arthur A. Jones, age 42 and a resident of Bud Slocum Road, was removed from his vehicle. At that time, it was determined that Jones had two outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Jones was transported to Riverside Medical Center for evaluation. Once he was medically cleared, he was transferred to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked on charges of aggravated flight from an officer, no insurance and invalid registration, in addition to the outstanding warrants. During the process, Jones told Deputy Garcia that although he might attempt to outrun the patrol vehicle, he could not outrun the radio.

Jones has previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail that include charges of domestic violence with strangulation, criminal damage, possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and home invasion. 

“The frightening element involved in any chase is that the officer doesn’t always know who is driving or why the person is fleeing,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “It may be someone who thinks he can avoid being stopped or it may be someone who has just committed a felony or who is wanted for felony charges elsewhere. Also, the officer never knows whether or not the driver is armed. There is always significant danger for the officer, especially when he or she is alone. I congratulate Deputy Garcia for a job well done and I extend my heartfelt thanks to the fine officers of the Franklinton Police Department who are always willing to assist us at any time.”

One Dead, One Injured Following Alton-Area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting which occurred Tuesday (November 17, 2020) evening in the Alton area.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 62000 block of N. 16th Street in reference to a shooting. Witnesses on-scene told deputies individuals entered the home, which was occupied by several people at the time, and starting firing. The perpetrators fled the area before deputies arrived. 

One individual was pronounced dead on-scene and another individual was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The body of the deceased was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, who will make an identification and a determination of cause and manner of death.

This is an ongoing investigation, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information to call (985) 898-2338. Information can also be provided anonymously via our tip line at https://www.stpso.com/report-a-crime/ or by calling Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward through Crimestoppers.


Robert "Rusty" Fornea

July 29, 1944 - November 17, 2020

Drive-Thru Community Health Fair is Friday in Bogalusa

Our Lady of Angels Hospital in Bogalusa invites you to join OLOAH and their community partners for a free drive-thru health fair this Friday (November 20, 2020) only from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Bogalusa First Church. 

Our Lady of the Angels Hospital is proud to be the only acute care hospital in Washington Parish, as well as the second largest private employer in Washington Parish.

With a large array of outpatient and inpatient services available, there's no need to travel for your healthcare services. From lab work to Nuclear Medicine, MRI or CT scans to Labor and Delivery and Women’s Services, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital can provide for just about all of your healthcare needs.

Our Lady of the Angels Hospital

433 Plaza Street

Bogalusa, LA 70427

Phone: (985) 730-670000