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April 12, 2021

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Franklinton Man Charged With Attempted Murder

    Ryan A. Jones, age 28 and a resident of Timber Ridge Road in Franklinton, was arrested on April 11, 2021 and booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of attempted murder, domestic abuse battery and aggravated assault.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint about the crimes and learned that Jones, while armed with a pistol, physically assaulted a female and threatened to kill her and a male companion while firing his pistol. Due to the nature of the crime, several deputies, along with a Louisiana State Trooper, responded to Jones’ residence and were able to arrest him without incident.

Jones has a previous 2019 arrest for criminal damage to property, disturbing the peace and leaving the scene of an accident.

“This could have escalated into a very serious situation,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Anytime a firearm is involved in the commission of a crime, there is the potential for deadly violence. I am so grateful he was arrested without incident and I appreciate the good work of all officers involved.”

Washington Parish Man Charged with Domestic Abuse with Child Endangerment

Jonathan Walter Magee, age 40 and a resident of Highway 430, was arrested April 7, 2021 on charges of domestic abuse with children present. The arrest came as the result of a complaint from the victim and an initial investigation by a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy who determined the abuse had occurred.

The patrol deputy and a patrol lieutenant located Magee, arrested him, and transported him to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked on five counts of domestic abuse with child endangerment. Magee has previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail beginning with drug possession, assault and a protective order violation in 2006. In 2007 he was arrested again for domestic abuse, protective order violation, indecent behavior with juveniles, simple battery, resisting arrest by flight, disturbing the peace and traffic offenses.

“Never will we tolerate known abuse of a spouse or other family member,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Magee’s history of domestic abuse demonstrates some underlying issues that he must address. Otherwise, such behavior is likely to continue. I appreciate the fine work of our officers in making this arrest.”

Missing Boater Located Saturday AM in Tchefuncte River

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office report that Laura Thomas (26) of Covington, a boater missing since Friday night, has been located but is reported to be in critical condition.  

LDWF enforcement agents, STPSO deputies and the U.S. Coast Guard were alerted about a missing boater around 9 p.m. on April 9, 2021 in the Tchefuncte River. Thomas had been last seen in the area north of the Three Rivers Boat Launch, on a black and gold personal watercraft. 

The search party responded to the scene immediately and had to halt the search due to poor weather conditions around 2 a.m. on April 10th. Authorities resumed the search at first light on April 10th. A good Samaritan found the missing personal watercraft in the Tchefuncte River around 10:30 a.m. on April 10th. STPSO deputies then found Thomas around 11 a.m. with only her head above water while wearing a life jacket.

She was transported to the boat launch where emergency medical services brought her to the Lakeview Regional Medical Center and is listed in critical condition. 

Angie-area Man Charged With 9 Counts of Cruelty to Animals

Allen Douglas Magee, Jr., age 42 and a resident of Jess Peters Road in the Angie area, was arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on April 10, 2021 and booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with nine counts of cruelty to animals and two outstanding warrants for failure to pay a fine and failure to appear in court.

The investigation into the animal abuse began on March 8, 2021 when a Sheriff’s Office sergeant responded to a report of animal cruelty. Based on his observance of numerous dogs which were chained without food or water available and at least one dog with obvious medical issues, the sergeant enlisted the assistance of an investigator who in turn obtained the help of the Washington Parish Animal Shelter.

A further investigation revealed cruelty to several dogs as well as dead dogs on the property. The living dogs were seized and transported to the animal shelter for evaluation by a veterinarian. All dogs tested positive for intestinal and heart worms in addition to other serious physical issues. Eight of the dogs were medically euthanized and a ninth was transported to a veterinary clinic for surgery.

Magee has two previous stay in the Washington Parish Jail on charges ranging from attempted introduction of contraband into a correction facility to four counts of failure to appear in court and one count of contempt of court. He was released from his current charges on April 11, 2021 after posting bond in the amount of $30,150.00

“This was an egregious case of animal cruelty,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I am grateful to our patrol sergeant, our investigator and the staff of the Washington Parish Animal Shelter for their diligence in investigating this very unpleasant case.”

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 10, 2021

Allen Magee was booked on the charges of Cruelty to Animals (9 counts), Failure to Pay Fine, and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $30,150.00.

Joseph Carter was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Simple Burglary, Criminal Damage to Property Less Than 1000, Theft 1000-5000, Criminal Damage, and Attempted Auto Theft by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Megan Kemph was booked on the charge of Possession of Stolen Things 1000-5000 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Miracle James was booked on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Resisting an Officer (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.



April 10, 2021

STPSO Detectives Locate Drugs, Firearms While Looking for Missing Juvenile

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives located a cache of drugs and firearms while assisting members of the US Marshals, who were searching for a missing juvenile at a Slidell-residence Friday (April 9, 2021) morning. Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division, along with members of the US Marshals Service, went to a residence on Preachers Oak Lane in Slidell early Friday morning in an attempt to locate Robby Ray, a 16-year-old reported missing out of Clarksville, Tennessee. Ray was believed to be staying at the residence.

Upon arriving at the home, members of law enforcement made contact with the resident, Kolby Warren (DOB 9/9/1999) and explained they were looking for Ray. While there, detectives noticed multiple firearms and narcotics lying in plain view. Detectives secured a search warrant for the home and subsequently seized $17,586 and seven firearms, one of which had been reported stolen.  Detectives also seized approximately 201 grams of marijuana, eight bottles of promethazine hydrochloride with codeine, 42 THC pods, oxycodone and various drug paraphernalia.  

Warren was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on numerous drug and firearms offenses. 

Members of law enforcement were unable to locate the missing juvenile, Robby Ray at the address, and he is still currently listed as missing.  Ray is 16years old, from Clarksville, Tennessee; and is approximately 5’10”.  If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Robby Ray, they are asked to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office by calling (985) 898-2338.

Bogalusa Council Deals With Tax Exemption, Tax Collections, and Burials

At their meeting on April 6, 2021, the Bogalusa City Council considered the adoption of seven Resolutions, introduced three Ordinances (Public Hearings and voting on April 20th), held Public Hearings and voted on three Ordinances, heard from the public during Public Participation, and received Administrative Remarks from Mayor Wendy Perrette. 

The two hour and eighteen minutes meeting was largely devoted to three issues:

  • Consideration of Resolutions to deny or approve a $53,000,000.00 Industrial Tax Exemption for International Paper (24 minutes and 17 seconds, beginning at 4:30 into video of the meeting). After considerable discussion and clarification of the Resolution, the Council voted to approve the exemption application
  • Consideration of a contract for between Avenu Insights & Analytics, Inc. and the City of Bogalusa for the collection of taxes (35 minutes and 27 seconds (beginning at 49:35 into video of the meeting). During discussion of the Ordinance, it was noted that businesses were apparently operating without a license and without paying taxes and resulting in loss of revenue to the City. In the end, the Council approved the Ordinance.
  • Consideration of an Ordinance amending previous ordinances pertaining to burials in the Bogalusa and Ponemah cemeteries (45 minutes and 50 seconds, beginning at 1:14:10 into video of the meeting). Since the 2016 flood that caused considerable damage at Bogalusa Cemetery, the Council has received reports and passed ordinances and amendments regulating burials. However, issues continue to arise. In the end, the Council voted to table the Ordinance until they receive a report from the Cemetery Commission.

Also of note (beginning at 29:30 into video of the meeting), was a description by Councilman Mark Irvin of the Resolution supporting the Washington Parish Government's grant application that is planned to extend and straighten Willis Avenue to Sullivan Drive, install two roundabouts, and improve  traffic to and from International Paper. The Council approved the Resolution.

Mayor Perrette (beginning at 2:01:50 into video of the meeting) noted that the City, for the first time since 1990, has not requested or made a Revenue Anticipation Loan. She also reported that the City received $2.7 million from the Cares Act, monies that is being used for sewer improvements and the rest reserved as a cushion.  

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 8-9, 2021





Jeremy Payne was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse/Pregnant Woman by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3500.00 bond.

Todd Frisbie was booked In From Court

Tammy Branch was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court

Cody Jones was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Kyle Gornor was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Resisting an Officer



April 09, 2021

Bush Resident Killed in Crash on LA 21

On Thursday, April 8, 2021, shortly before 6:00 PM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L were dispatched to a two vehicle fatal crash on LA 21 near Nolan Lane in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 34-year-old Randy Len Dupriest Jr. of Bush.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Dupriest was traveling northbound on LA 21 in a 2018 GMC Sierra. Dupriest’s vehicle traveled into the southbound lane and struck a 1995 Peterbilt Tractor Trailer head-on. Despite being properly restrained, Dupriest sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on-scene. The driver of the Peterbilt was also properly restrained. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated for injuries sustained in the crash. Troopers do not suspect impairment on the part of the driver of the Peterbilt. As part of the ongoing investigation, standard toxicology tests are pending analysis. 

Runaway 13-Year-Old Slidell Girl Being Sought



Severe Weather Expected Tonight

The National Weather Service (an hour ago) advises that a few severe storms will be possible this afternoon, but the main threat will be overnight tonight into Saturday morning.

Hail will be the main threat this afternoon, but all modes of severe weather will be possible tonight, with the main threat being damaging wind gusts.

Additionally, locally heavy rainfall could lead to ponding of water in low lying and poor drainage areas or isolated flash flooding. The greatest threat will be across areas generally north of the I-10/12 corridor.



Mt. Hermon Farmers Market POSTPONED



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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 7, 2021



Gerderius Nelson was booked on the charges of Vehicle Burglary (2 counts) by the Franklinton Police Department. Bond set at $4000.00.

Chelsea Whaley was booked on the charge of Probation Violation by Probation and Parole. No bond set at this time.

Jonathan Magee was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (4 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Nathan Ventry was booked on the charge of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $10000.00 bond.

Kendrick Parker was booked on the charge of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon by the Bogalusa Police Department. Released on $5000.00 bond.



Obituary

Montrell La'Shay Quinn

July 26, 1996 - April 03, 2021

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Madison D. "Matt" Easley

July 20, 1949 - April 02, 2021

Mt. Hermon Farmers Market is Saturday

Plan a visit to Mt. Hermon, Louisiana on April 10th from 8:00 to noon for the “first-ever” Mt. Hermon Farmers Market! There will be BBQ and lots of local crafts, animals, and products for sale. Plus, it is rumored that Mr. Owen Tufts has agreed to play his guitar to jazz it up a bit. 

If you're local, it's easy to find. If not, you will find it in the Rawls Pharmacy parking lot located at the intersection of Highways 38 and 438.

The organizers and the rest of us are really excited to see how it turns out! We'll let ya know.

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Pedestrian Killed in Tangipahoa Parish Crash

On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, shortly after 12:30 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L were dispatched to a fatal pedestrian crash on LA 22 near Sam Arnold Loop in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 39-year-old Scott R. Gagnon of Bangor, Maine.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Gagnon was walking westbound in the center of the eastbound lane of LA 22. While walking in the roadway, Gagnon was struck by a 1998 Toyota Corolla, which was traveling east on LA 22. Gagnon sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Corolla was properly restrained and sustained minor injuries. There were no signs of impairment by the driver of the Corolla. As part of the ongoing investigation, standard toxicology tests are pending analysis. 

According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2019, there were 6,205 fatalities involving pedestrians. The following guidance is offered to all pedestrians to maintain safety while walking. 

Highlights of Bogalusa District A 7th Annual Clean Up Day

Submitted by Councilwoman Kates

I would like to share that our 7th Annual District A Clean Day on Sat, March 27, 2021 was a success. A Special thank you to our participates: Larry Brown, Tim Burris , Gloria Kates, Thomas Kates, Andrew Laurent, Glendora McEleve, Jerry, Joel Miller Sr., Jennifer Nelson, Chris Penton, Regina Powell, Patrick Rhodes, Eric Yarbrough, Stephanie Yarbrough, the Washington Parish Community Service team: Ms Hillary ,McMillan and Mr. Beck. 

This year there was a concentration in District A in the areas of High Litter around Ann St., Austin St, Bayer St, Church st College St., Convenience St., Dauphine St., Davis St., North Border Dr., North Royal St., Poplas St, Redmond St, Seal St., just to name a few of areas visited. 

Many residents adopted a block and adopted their own property to clean up. Reportedly, residents Joel Miller Jr. and Terrence May has volunteered to clean up numerous properties in the Poplas Area. In addition the Baptiste's Family, Hill Jones Family, Breaux Family, Boris Brown, Hebert Lewis, Magee Family, and Mon Morris, and many others participated by adopting a site. 

A special thanks again to Amwaste Management (Trash was full in One and one fourth of the 30 ft roll-off dumpsters), Keep Louisiana Beautiful donating Face Masks, Hand Sanitizer, Trash Bags and Car stickers, and Standard of Bogalusa Housing Clean Up Crew at Oak Hill Housing and Redmond Heights Housing. site, Joe Black ( Quality Care), Ms Robin for her kindness of water on N. Border Drive.

The event was from 08:30 to Noon with luch following. All are appreciated for this much needed and on going task. 

A final note of congratulations to the Cemetery cleanup held on Saturday as well. Let’s clean it ALL up.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 4-6, 2021



Arica Runfalo was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $7500.00.

Steven Seals was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Bond Surrender, Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (6 counts), Theft Less Than 1000, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3500.00 bond.

Jermaine Barnes was booked on the charges of Criminal Conspiracy and Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $11000.00.

Christian Herring was booked on the charges of Resisting Arrest by Flight, No Drivers License, and Possession of Heroin by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $500.00.

Richard Lee was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.



Obituary

Geraldine Johnson Davis

June 13, 1949 - April 04, 2021

Obituary

Muriel Broussard Woodward

January 12, 1936 - April 02, 2021

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 1-3, 2021

Devonte Hughes was booked on the charges of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Ran Stop Sign, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $7500.00 bond.

Percy Smith was booked on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold by Probation and Parole. No bond set at this time.

Ryan Hunt was booked on the charge of Theft of a Motor Vehicle 5000-25000 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Sterling Williams was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Laura Hudson was booked on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $750.00.

Keith Jones was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Failure to Appear (2 counts) by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Eddie Jackson was booked on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, and Probation and Parole Hold by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.



Obituary

Sharon Ann Owens

February 24, 1948 - April 03, 2021

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April 02, 2021

Loranger Coach Accused of Assaulting School Principal

In the afternoon of March 30, 2021, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office responded to Loranger High School regarding a verbal argument that escalated into a physical altercation between Coach Michael Washington and the school principal, Gary Perkins. 

TPSO reports that the incident took place in an administrative office over a disagreement involving a training reimbursement. 

An investigation identified Coach Washington as the aggressor and determined that Washington physically assaulted Principal Perkins during the argument, knocking him to the ground.

Michael Washington, age 40 and a Ponchatoula resident, was issued a misdemeanor summons on the charge of simple battery.

No serious injuries occurred as a result of the incident. 

Obituary

James Milton Penton

September 26, 1931 - April 1, 2021

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April 01, 2021

Hammond Teacher Accused of Inappropriate Conduct

At about 5:00 PM today (April 1, 2021), a Hammond High Magnet School teacher, wanted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office after being accused of inappropriate and criminal conduct toward students through social media, turned himself in to TPSO detectives at the Hammond Substation. Hill will be transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for processing. 

The school’s administration began looking into these allegations after 27-year-old Assistant Basketball Coach and teacher Jonathan J. Hill, was accused of making contact with a student via social media – which is against school policy. On March 22, 2021, Hill was contacted and placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation conducted by the school authorities into the allegation. As the internal investigation progressed, additional allegations surfaced leading the school’s administration to notify the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office; this was done on March 25, 2021.

Chief Jimmy Travis states during TPSO’s investigation into the allegations, detectives discovered that Hill sent inappropriate and sexually explicit messages to several juveniles through social media. Detectives obtained a warrant for Hill’s arrest on two counts of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile, two counts of Computer-Aided Solicitation of a Juvenile, and three counts of Prohibited Conduct between Educator and Student. 

With the assistance of the Hammond Police Department and the Gretna Police Department, numerous attempts were made to locate the accused, including visiting his residence in Gretna, LA.

So far, three victims have bravely come forward. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who has information related to this case to please come forward. Please feel free to contact the TPSO by calling (985) 345-6150, or reach out to TPSO Detective Preston Bennett via email:  bennettp@tpso.org

Good Friday

Good Friday is a day commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus - please read the accounts in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John for a complete understanding of what happened. MatthewMarkLukeJohn

Soldiers, guided by Jesus' disciple Judas Iscariot, arrested Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus was then interrogated, and tried. Jesus was eventually brought to the Roman governor Pontius Pilate who eventually handed Jesus over to be crucified. Jesus carried his cross to the site of execution where he was crucified along with two criminals. Jesus agonized on the cross for six hours. During his last three hours on the cross, from noon to 3 pm, darkness fell over the whole land.  Upon his death, there was an earthquake, tombs broke open, and the curtain in the Temple was torn from top to bottom. The centurion on guard at the site of crucifixion declared, "Truly, this was God's Son!" 

Having been declared dead, Jesus' body was buried. But at dawn on the first day of the week, . . .please read Matthew, chapter 28.

Wanted by STPSO for Possession of Stolen Things



Two TPSO Corrections Officers Accused of Excessive Force

Two Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officers have been arrested and are facing charges after investigations into two separate incidents revealed the use of excessive force when handling offenders.

Both employees, 34-year-old Jarrod Rebaldo of Luling, LA. and 50-year-old Vera Chester of Hammond, were placed on administrative leave pending separate investigations into allegations of misconduct. After a thorough investigation into each incident, both individuals were arrested and charged. Both subjects have been terminated from the department.

On March 17, 2021, a warrant was obtained for the arrest of Jarrod Rebaldo on charges of simple battery and second degree battery. On March 22, 2021, Rebaldo was taken into custody and booked in the parish jail.

Yesterday, March 31, 2021, Vera Chester, who is also accused of giving false statements, was arrested and charged with simple battery, aggravated battery, and injuring public records.

Two Wanted in Connection with Slidell-area Shooting

Warrants have been issued for two individuals who are wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred Wednesday (March 31, 2021) morning near Slidell.

Mikel Slack (age 20) is wanted on two counts of Attempted Second-degree Murder, and Lamani Allen (age 21) is wanted on one count of Accessory to Attempted Second-degree Murder.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 1400 block of Ellingsworth Drive near Slidell at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday in reference to a shooting. Detectives learned that two individuals were seated in a vehicle outside a residence when Slack approached and began firing upon the vehicle. One individual was struck in the leg and transported to a local-area hospital, where he was treated and subsequently released. It was also learned that Allen assisted in transporting Slack from the scene.

Both Slack and Allen are believed to be in the Algiers area.

Anyone with information about the crime or the whereabouts of Slack and/or Allen is asked to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338.

STPSO Seeking School Crossing Guards

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is currently seeking applicants to work as school crossing guards. Apply online at https://www.stpso.com/job-opportunities/



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Obituary

Lash LuRue “Lash Boy” Brice

October 21, 1951 - March 29, 2021

Trespasser Identified and Arrested - That Was Fast!

Yesterday (March 31, 2021), Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal asked for the public’s help to identify a trespasser caught on surveillance video as he prowled around a residence on Highway 1072 during the early morning hours of March 26, 2021. Tips began to come in immediately and the trespasser was identified. He has been arrested and now faces a date with a 22nd Judicial Court Judge.

Arrested was Huey Clifford Green, Jr., age 41 and a resident of Plantation Road. Green has been in the Washington Parish Jail on several occasions. He was released from jail on March 16 after being arrested March 9 for possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Seal expressed his appreciation for the many concerned citizens who responded with accurate information. “Once the appeal for help went out through various local media outlets, numerous residents called and identified the trespasser. This made it easier for us to quickly arrest him. While the incident may seem minor to some, the quick identification and arrest of this man may have prevented an additional crime. It is so good to be your Sheriff. You are the best.”

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for March 31, 2021





Christopher Strahan was booked on the charges of Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy, Expired License Plate, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Open Container in Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $5000.00 bond.

Rushawn Fabre was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court (3 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $3300.00.

Edward Gabriel was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs and Possession of Schedule III Drugs by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $5000.00.

Damarcus Miller was booked on the charge of Sexual Battery by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $50000.00.

Nigell Johnson was booked on the charges of Simple Arson, Simple Burglary, Simple Assault, and Failure to Appear by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.



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Obituary

Joseph Luther Pasterio

July 16, 1960 - March 23, 2021

March 31, 2021

La. Attorney General Unveils "Take-Back" Box at WPSO in Franklinton

Louisiana's Attorney General Jeff Landry was in Franklinton today (March 31, 2021) to address the opioid epidemic. Landry said, " I am here because of the commitment by Sheriff Seal, Chief Bullen, Chief Brown, and their law enforcement agencies to stand with me to protect the families from Angie to Mt. Hermon, Bogalusa to Thomas, Franklinton to Varnado, and everywhere in between."

Landry spoke of the acceleration of overdoses: from July 2019 to July 2020, more than 1,700 Louisianans died from overdoses. Our State’s total is 53% more than the number that died during the same time period the year before, a spike twice as steep as the national average.

Actions he has taken to combat the epidemic include

  • holding manufacturers and distributors accountable
  • educational campaigns for parents, co-workers, and others
  • making Naloxone available to first responders

In addition and part of the reason for his visit to Franklinton, Landry unveiled a drug take back box that is available to the public 24/7 at the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office in Franklinton. The take back box is a safe and secure spot for people to dispose of their no-longer-needed medications and keep them from the hands of addicts or potential addicts.

This life-saving opportunity is made possible through a partnership between the Attorney General's office, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators.

Sheriff Randy Seal and Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown encouraged all residents to do their part and use the take back box to dispose of medications.

Rape Suspect Wanted by the Bogalusa Police Department

The Bogalusa Police Department Detective Division recently began an investigation into allegations of the rape of a juvenile, as well as narcotics trafficking to juveniles. The results of the investigation led to arrest warrants being issued for the suspect, Kenyatta Gemel Scott Sr., age 43 and of Bogalusa, Louisiana. The arrest warrants issued for Scott are for Second Degree Forcible Rape and Oral Sexual Battery.

On Friday, March 26, 2021, Detectives also obtained a search warrant for Scott’s residence on Avenue I in Bogalusa,  Officers executed the search warrant but Scott was not there. However, during a search of the residence Detectives uncovered evidence of narcotics trafficking. Located in Scott’s bedroom Detectives located 58 grams of methamphetamine, 929 grams of marijuana, 529 tablets of ecstasy, prescription legend drugs, and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking. 

During a search of vehicles at the residence, Detectives located 27 grams of marijuana and 37 Schedule IV prescription pills. The narcotics were located in a vehicle belonging to Kia Jefferson, who was on scene. She admitted to possession of the drugs found in her car, and was arrested for Simple Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Schedule IV Narcotics. There is no evidence to suggest that she was in any way involved with the narcotics found in the residence.

In addition to the forcible rape and oral sexual battery charges, arrest warrants are being sought for Scott for a number of felony narcotics charges. 

Scott is currently at large. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Bogalusa Police Department Detective Division at (985)732-6238, or after hours at (985) 732-3611. Callers may remain anonymous.

Obituary

Katherine Lanell Brock Edwards

September 13, 1948 - March 29, 2021

Obituary

Eddie Jerry Adams

July 19, 1956 - March 21, 2021

Sheriff Seal Asks Public's Help to Identify Trespasser

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal asks the public’s help to identify a trespasser who was observed by a homeowner early in the morning of March 26, 2021 on Highway 1072. Video surveillance captured images of the intruder who is described as a white male with long hair on the back of his head and who was wearing blue jeans, a green shirt and a cap. The intruder held a white bag in his left hand and possibly had a red identification tag on his arm.

“Help us identify this intruder,” said Sheriff Seal. “We don’t know his intentions but we do know he had no business prowling around this residence in the early hours of the morning. A boat, motor and tractor were under the carport and easily accessible to the intruder. Let’s identify him so we can make an arrest.”

Any person who might be able to identify this man is asked to call Detective Randy Reviere at 985-839-3434, extension 1051. Callers may remain anonymous.

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