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April 30, 2021

Wanted in St. Tammany for Cruelty to Juveniles



Obituary

Scarlett Deanna Taylor

June 14, 1970 - April 29, 2021

Osyka, Magnolia, Mt. Hermon Men Charged With Sexual Battery

The Pike County Sheriff's Office reported today that, after an extensive Human Trafficking investigation, 67-year-old Robert Earl Varnado of Osyka, was charged with 7 counts of Sexual Battery. Varnado was arrested as the result a traffic stop in May 2020. During the traffic stop Robert Earl Varnado, a previously convicted felon, was in possession of a firearm. He was subsequently indicted on 7 counts of Sexual Battery; including Sexual Battery with a child less that 14 years of age and Sexual Battery with a child at least 14 but less than 16. 

48-year-old Leroy Taylor of Magnolia was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery of a child under the age of 14 and was subsequently indicted on that charge. 

25-year-old Edward Taylor of Mount Hermon, Louisiana, was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery of a child under the age of 14 but less than 16 and was subsequently indicted on that charge.

Jail Inmate Arrested for Assault

Anthony Donnell Lucas, age 51 and an inmate in the Washington Parish Jail, was arrested on April 30, 2021 for assault on another inmate. The assault occurred on April 29, 2021 and was recorded on surveillance video. Lucas was observed physically assaulting another inmate without provocation. Based on review of the incident and video documentation, a warrant was obtained for the arrest of Lucas.

Lucas has been in jail since September 2020 on two counts of failure to appear in court. He was previously arrested in January 2020 for distribution of illegal drugs. In January 2011, he was booked on two counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute and failure to appear in court. An arrest in 2005 was for possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute. Lucas’s last recorded community address was Davis Street in Bogalusa.

“Our corrections deputies are constantly on the alert for misbehavior in the jail,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Just because you are locked up doesn’t mean you can’t be arrested again. We have a sophisticated camera surveillance system throughout the jail and video always portrays an accurate picture of what occurs. We have phenomenal jail deputies who do an outstanding job monitoring inmates and protecting the citizens of Washington Parish twenty-four hours per day.”

St. Tammany Fugitive Arrested in Franklinton

On April 30, 2021, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office of the possible location of a fugitive from St. Tammany Parish. Washington Parish deputies, accompanied by officers from the Franklinton Police Department, went to a residence on 14th Avenue and arrested Jake Mills, age 24, on outstanding warrants from St. Tammany Parish for contempt of court and sexual battery.

Mills was transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked as a fugitive. He will be held in Washington Parish until he is transferred to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

“We are pleased to cooperate with our law enforcement partners in St. Tammany Parish,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “and they are always willing to help us when we need them. Fugitives need to understand that law enforcement efforts are not limited to parish boundaries.”

Fugitive Sought After High Speed Chase/Accomplice Jailed

On April 29, 2021, bail bond agents were attempting to take two parish residents into custody at 21358 Highway 436. One of the suspects, Rodney Wayne Smith, a 45 year old resident of that address, and a fugitive from Pearl River County, Mississippi, was in handcuffs and located in the rear seat of the bounty hunter’s vehicle when he managed to get into the front seat and speed away. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives responded and pursued the fleeing vehicle which turned north on Highway 62 and north again on Highway 424 when officers lost sight of the vehicle near Hubert Grantham Road. The vehicle was later found abandoned down an embankment about thirty yards from the roadway off Highway 424. Smith was not on scene, but did steal an Anderson Arms AR15 from the vehicle when he fled on foot.

Drug Task Force detectives were called to the scene along with a canine team from Rayburn Correctional Center. Officers were unable to locate Smith, but were able to determine he fled in the woods west of Highway 424 and somehow was able to shed his handcuffs and shackles. A warrant has been obtained for Smith for vehicle theft, aggravated flight from an officer, theft of a firearm and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Smith’s accomplice was arrested at the residence on Highway 436. Heather Jones, age 36 and a resident of Avenue D in Bogalusa, was booked into the Washington Parish Jail based on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. Jones has a previous arrest in September 2020 for possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs.

“If you know where Rodney Wayne Smith is located, please call and let us know,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “He is armed, so do not try to apprehend him yourself. Call us at (985) 839-3434 and give us whatever information you have. We will take it from there. Callers may remain anonymous. We need to take Smith into custody before anyone gets hurt.”

Exchange of Gunfire in Road Rage Incident Leads to Washington Parish Man's Arrest

On April 29, 2021, Bryan Michael Williams, age 33 and a resident of Jim Stuart Road, was arrested for an incident which occurred April 25, 2021 on Lee Road. According to eyewitness testimony, evidence collected from the scene, and an investigation, it was determined that Williams was driving his vehicle with a trailer attached on Lee Road when he drove too close to an oncoming vehicle, striking and breaking the side mirror of the oncoming vehicle.

After knocking off the mirror, Williams stopped his vehicle, verbally confronted the occupants of the victim vehicle and then retreated to his truck and retrieved his pistol. According to eyewitness testimony, Williams began firing at the occupants of the victim vehicle with his pistol. The victim occupant retrieved his own weapon and returned gunfire in self-defense. Williams then fled while the victims remained on the scene to speak with responding deputies. Officers responding to the scene conducted an initial investigation and then referred the incident to detectives.

Further investigation by the detective division, including taking sworn statements from the victims, resulted in Williams being identified as the aggressor and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Williams’s truck, trailer and ATV were located at his residence and officers noticed bullet holes in both vehicles and the trailer, consistent with reports of returned gunfire during the confrontation.

Williams was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on April 29, 2021 charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and battery. He has three previous arrests in Washington Parish. In 2007, he was arrested for battery. In 2013, he was arrested on another battery charge. He was arrested again in 2013, charged with battery on a police officer, resisting a police officer with force or violence, entry and remaining on premises after being forbidden, disturbing the peace with loud and abusive language and disturbing the peace by being drunk.

“It is so fortunate that no persons were struck,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “At any time gunfire is exchanged, there is always the possibility of someone being wounded or killed. Thankfully, all parties escaped unscathed. Road rage incidents such as this are totally without excuse. I appreciate the hard work of our deputies and detectives to solve this matter and make the arrest.”

Obituary

Marion Russell Pierce

November 12, 1941 - April 28, 2021

Obituary

Evelyn Rae Whitfield Starns

May 21, 1955 - April 28, 2021

Obituary

Krystal Ann Mizell Creel

May 15, 1980 - April 27, 2021

Obituary

Cherlyn Johnson Prater

June 8, 1954 - April 29, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 29, 2021








Trenton Statham was booked on the charges of Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Improper Equipment, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, No Drivers License, No Proof of Insurance, and Failure to Change/Secure Registration by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $75000.00.

Darren Rupe was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs and Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3500.00 bond.

Brian Williams was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm (2 counts) and Simple Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $25000.00 bond.

Gregory Cook was booked on the charges of Speeding 41 & More Over Limit, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, No License Plate, Contempt of Court, and No Proof of Insurance in Vehicle by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Talage Ratliff was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Loud and Abusive Language by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Alvin Carter was booked on the charges of License Plate Improper Lighting, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Failure to Use Turn Signal by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Hayrane Harris was booked on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Richard Hunt was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (4 counts) and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Heather Jones was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

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April 29, 2021

Multi-Agency Arrests Made in Tangipahoa Parish

On April 26, 2021, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office along with of assistance from the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Fugitive Task Force, Louisiana State Police Fugitive Task Force, and Hammond Police Department learned the location of two wanted fugitives, 22 year-old Laqontre Deonte Turner of Tickfaw and 19 year-old Arman Burnett Jr . of Hammond. 

Chief Jimmy Travis reports that Turner was being sought by law enforcement for numerous warrants to include Second Degree Murder, two counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder, and Aggravated Assault by Drive-by Shooting for an incident that occurred on April 20, 2021 on Mashon Rd.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned two suspects went to a residence and fired multiple rounds into a trailer occupied by a woman and small children. Detectives were able to positively identify Burnett and Turner as suspects responsible for the drive-by shooting. Detectives suspect the motive in this incident stemmed from an ongoing dispute between local street gangs, “Jungle Life Mafia" and "La Familia." 

On April 26, 2021, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office along with the Attorney General's Office, State Police, and Hammond Police Department located both Burnett and Turner at a residence on Woodhaven Road in Tickfaw. Burnett was later booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on one count of Aggravated Assault by Drive-by Shooting and one count of Resisting an Officer by Flight on Foot. 

Turner was arrested on his outstanding warrant for Aggravated Assault by Drive-by Shooting as well as numerous felony warrants which include Second Degree Murder and two counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder. These charges stem from his involvement in the Trail Ride Homicide which claimed the life of 21 -year-old Zion Hutcherson of Baton Rouge. Turner has been on the run since the homicide, hiding out between Louisiana and Texas . Hutcherson was an innocent bystander who was tragically struck by a bullet when two local gangs "La Familia" and "Purple City Boys" decided to exchange gunfire in an open field where hundreds of people were enjoying a peaceful gathering. Click here for previous related stories

During this investigation, two residential search warrants were obtained and executed at locations connected to Turner on Woodhaven Rd. in Tickfaw.  The search results yielded a large amount of illegal narcotics, heroine, numerous firearms, drug paraphernalia, and a large amount of US Currency.

The search of a white Chevrolet Colorado vehicle used by Turner to flee from authorities was also conducted. Approximately 100 grams of suspected marijuana and a handgun were seized from the vehicle.

Outstanding coordinated efforts were made by the TPSO and assisting agencies leading up to these arrests.  Additional arrests relating to the homicide of Zion Hutcherson are forthcoming as the investigation is on-going. 

Obituary

Donald Blaine Malley

October 24, 1968 - April 25, 2021

WPSO Arrests Two After Car Chase

On April 29, 2021, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on Highway 424. The occupants of the vehicle refused to stop and sped away at a high rate of speed before their vehicle finally ran out of gas on Lawrence Creek Road. Both occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. During the arrest, officers recovered a quantity of illegal drugs along with a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver.

The driver, Trenton Kyle Statham, age 21 and a resident of Highway 62, was booked into the jail on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, obstruction of justice and several traffic offenses. He has previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail since 2018 on charges including possession of a controlled dangerous substance with a weapon present, possession of illegal drugs, theft, burglary, attempted theft, multiple counts of failure to appear in court and multiple counts of contempt of court.

The passenger, Darren Michael Rupe, age 24 and a resident of Tanglewood Drive, was booked into the jail on charges of possession of illegal drugs and obstruction of justice. There is no record of previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail.

“Often, behavior defies logic,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “The behavior of these two young men makes absolutely no sense and it seems they may have adopted a lifestyle that will bring only negative outcomes. The opportunity to turn their lives around lies in front of them and I hope each of them can make better choices in the future.”

Two Non-Parish Residents Arrested North of Angie

On April 28, 2021 while responding to a report of suspicious persons on Highway 21 north of  Angie, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies encountered a man standing in the middle of the highway and a woman leaning over an adjacent guard rail. When questioned by the deputies, the man and woman appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance.

Both were searched and a small quantity of illegal drugs were discovered in Milton’s possession. Additionally, while one deputy detained the couple, the other deputy discovered Adams’ car partially submerged in a pond near the Mississippi state line. Both were arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

Tyler S. Adams, age 23 and a resident of Sandy Hook, Mississippi, was charged with various traffic offenses plus an outstanding warrant for contempt of court. Mandi Elizabeth Milton, age 23 and a resident of Holden, Louisiana, was charged with possession of illegal drugs and introduction of contraband to a correctional facility.

“At this time, jail is the best place for this pair in order for our detox program to address their health issues,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “While their offenses may seem minor, the mere fact they were on a major highway right of way presented a danger to the public. I am so pleased our deputies were able to respond quickly and prevent a possible tragic occurrence.”

Convicted Felon Arrested by WPSO on Firearms Charges

Donald Fredrick Dawson, age 34 and a resident of Highway 38, was arrested April 27, 2021 and booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of possession of a stolen firearm, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, failure to appear in court and a traffic violation.

The arrest occurred at the intersection of Highway 438 and Silas Johnson Road. During the encounter with Dawson, narcotics detectives discovered the handgun which had been reported stolen in Washington Parish. Detectives also discovered Dawson had a warrant for failure to appear in court for possession of heroin.

Dawson had previously been on parole for a manslaughter conviction and has been in the Washington Parish Jail several times since 2006 on various charges, including a 2011 arrest for murder which resulted in the manslaughter conviction. Other offenses during the years include domestic violence, aggravated assault, battery, violation of a protective order, telephone harassment and failure to appear in court.

“I’m grateful to our alert narcotics detectives who were able to take an illegal handgun out of our community,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “When officers make a traffic stop, they never know who or what they might encounter. Even the simplest traffic violation sometimes produces someone who has an outstanding warrant for a violent offense. I salute our officers who work daily to help make Washington Parish a safe place in which to live.”

Obituary

Larry Smith

September 03, 1948 - April 27, 2021

Obituary

Dorothy Irene Dunnigan LeStage-Wion

April 02, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 28, 2021








Cindy Oxner was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $5000.00 bond.

Eddie Oxner was booked on the charges of Improper License Plate Display, Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $5000.00 bond.

Gage Benight was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass and Theft Less Than 1000 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $2500.00.

Tyler Adams was booked on the charges of Careless Operation With Accident, Obstruction of Highway, Leaving Scene of Accident, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3550.00 bond.

Mandi Milton was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs and Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

David Jacobson was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Failure to Appear, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at S$3750.00.

Roseph Williams was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $2500.00.

Kevin Nuber was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5250.00.

Asjuan Magee was booked on the charges of Aggravated Burglary, Theft Less Than 1000, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3500.00 bond.

Hammond Homeowner Fights Back During Home Invasion / Kills One Attacker

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Jimmy Travis reports that TPSO detectives identified five suspects and with the assistance of the Hammond Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit and the LA Attorney General’s Office Fugitive Task Force arrested four of the active participants in a tragic armed robbery and home invasion.

Antwon Lewis Seymore, age 23 and of Ponchatoula, Christopher Austin Jr.(a.k.a. CAPONE), age 20 and of Hammond, Seionta Dasheawn Bells, age 22 and of Ponchatoula, and one 16 year-old-male juvenile have been taken into custody. The fifth suspect was identified as Devin Mitchell, age 26 and of Hammond. Mitchell was killed as a result of this incident. All are believed to be members of or associated with the two local street gangs known as “200X” and “La Familia”. 

The incident occurred on April 12, 2021, around 1:00 a.m. at a residence on E. Louisiana Ave. in Hammond. Two homeowners arrived home a short time before 1:00 a.m. As they were approaching their residence, they noticed several subjects walking on the street. Before they even had a chance to get out of their vehicle, two unknown males opened their car doors, pointed guns in their faces, and pulled them out of the vehicle. The accused subjects began aggressively attacking and beating the couple. Fighting back, the victims were able to break free from the subjects and retreat to inside their residence.

Unbeknownst to the couple and while the attack was taking place outside, several other subjects made entry into their home - which, at that time , was occupied by family members (one adult and two small children). While inside the residence the violence continued. The accused continued to attack, beat, and pistol whip the residents. Multiple shots were also fired inside of the residence.

During the horrific attack, one of the homeowners, fearing for his life and the lives of his family, armed himself with a pair of scissors and began stabbing one of the attackers, 26 year-old Hammond resident Devin Mitchell.  Mitchell subsequently succumbed to his injuries.

As of yesterday, all four subjects are behind bars and charged with First Degree Murder, Attempted Second Degree Murder, (3) counts of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, and (2) counts of Armed Robbery, and Home Invasion.

Three adult victims were transported to the hospital and treated for their injuries.  

“This is a situation where the homeowner was forced to use deadly force to protect his family and himself from armed intruders that entered his home,” states Chief Travis. “The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division did an outstanding job identifying and coordinating the quick apprehension of these dangerous suspects.”

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April 28, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 25-27, 2021





Cornelius King was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Resisting an Officer, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000, Interference With Medical Treatment, and Simple Escape by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Donald Dawson was booked on the charges of No License Plate, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.                                                          

Rodrius Quinn was booked on the charge of Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Brandi Owens was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $300.00 bond.

Lisa Kuhn was booked on the charges of Telephone Harassment and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $2000.00 bond.

Governor Eases Some COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

Following months of sustained improvement in COVID hospitalizations and an increase in the supply and availability of vaccines, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that some mitigation measures will be eased and, starting Wednesday, April 28, the statewide mask mandate will be lifted. Mask policies in Louisiana will be set by local leaders and business owners. 

Masks will still be required on public transit and in state government buildings, K-12 schools, early childhood education centers, colleges and universities, and healthcare facilities and it is recommended that people wear masks in public or when they are with unvaccinated people outside of their households.  Gov. Edwards said. “I want to be clear: this is not the end of wearing masks in public . . .”

For the Governor's press release and much more information and recommendations, click here.

Mayor Route Announces New FB Page, Website and More

Although the the Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting Agenda for Tuesday (April 27, 2021 was bare and the meeting was brief, important information was provided. 

. . Mayor Route revealed that the Town would soon have both a new Facebook page and website where residents will be able to get news, announcements, event calendar, town services information, and much more. An APP will also be available that residents can put on their cell phones.

. . Also, the Mayor and others have had conversations with the owner of Popeyes for the establishment of a children's park next to Popeye's. Additionally, the Mayor announced that Cargill has plans to invest $10 Million at their plant in Franklinton and is expected to reveal more information later this year. 

. . The Franklinton Social and Planning Committee has organized a COVID Memorial on  May 31st, Memorial Day, to honor victims, service providers, caretakers and first responders. The “candle-light” event will be at the Flagpole in Franklinton and will be for all of Washington Parish, not just for Franklinton. 

Ellen Waskom provided a financial report and alcohol permits were approved for Akita Sushi and Dollar General Store #6110 on 11th Avenue. And residents were reminded to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.

14 Miles of Bike Trails in Our Backyard

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April 27, 2021

Parish Council Addresses a Loaded Agenda

The Washington Parish Council met at 6:00 PM on April 26, 2021 and heard an update from Entergy, acted on six ordinances, introduced five ordinances, adopted two resolutions, heard concerns from the public, heard the President's Report (including the reading and presentation of two proclamations), and conducted a review of part of the Home Rule Charter.

Entergy Representative Patrick Hamby provided an update on the progress of noise abatement efforts at the power plant outside of Bogalusa. Questions were asked and comments made by members of the Council and by nearby resident Perry Mickenheim. (beginning at 3:05 into video of the meeting)

Six ordinances, previously introduced and Public Hearings having been held, were acted on (beginning at 12:25 into video of the meeting)

  • Two were approved to facilitate the sale of two pieces of property by Washington Parish Government. One parcel was 40.34 acres and the other was approximately 11 acres.
  • One was approved related to a community development block grant for Bogalusa Lusa Water Works District.
  • One was approved for WPG to apply for and administer a grant through the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (LCDBG-CV) HVAC improvements program
  • Two were approved for acquisition of property and to execute a Conservation Servitude with the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Five ordinances were introduced that will have Public Hearings and considered for approval at the next meeting on May 10, 2021. (beginning at 18:35 into video of the meeting)

  • One to levy taxes for 2021 millage at the same rate as prior year on property subject to taxation in Washington Parish.
  • Three to accept roads as parish roads: Déjà Vu Lane, Poole Drive, David Drive, Kelli Lane, and Denis Road (sometimes referred to as Denise Road).
  • One to abandon 0.15 miles of Robert Stuart Road, Parish Road No. 5-153.

Two resolutions were adopted (beginning at 20:35 into video of the meeting)

  • One was agreeing to accept State Roads from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Road Transfer Program.
  • One was in Support of the Application to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana (FRTPL) by the Northshore Off Road Bicycling Association For Grants to Federal, State, Local Government Agencies, Non-Profit Organizations and Commercial Entities to Acquire, Develop and/or Maintain Motorized and Non-Motorized Trails.

During Public Participation, resident Richard Berry addressed the Council regarding Riverside Medical Center's failure to accept People's Health Insurance. (beginning at 34:45 into video of the meeting)

Washington Parish President Richard Thomas presented his report (beginning at 38:30 into video of the meeting)

  • Thomas read and presented a Proclamation Honoring the Washington Parish Library’s 75th Anniversary.
  • Thomas read and presented a Proclamation Honoring Robert Harrison and the Harrison Racing Team for winning the Gulfport Dragway Ford vs. Chevy Dragster Class Competition in March of this year.
  • Thomas provided an update and comments on COVID-19 in Washington Parish.
  • Brief comments were provided by Finance Director Donna Graham, Public Works Director Ken Wheat, and Transportation Supervisor Donnell Merritt.

The meeting was concluded with a review of the Home Rule Charter, Section 1-01 through 2-10 -24. (beginning at 57:50 into video of the meeting)

Obituary

Fanessa Anthony

February 20, 1966 - April 21, 2021

Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy of the Year

On April 27, 2021, the Bogalusa Rotary Club recognized Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Chad Cassard as the Deputy Sheriff of the Year.   Detective Cassard was presented a plaque in honor of his recognition by Rotary President Justin Schuver.

Sheriff Randy Seal, pictured with Cassard and Schuver, spoke of Cassard’s contributions to law enforcement in Washington Parish.  “Detective Cassard serves our parish well.  First as a patrol deputy, and now as a detective, he is diligent in his efforts to combat crime in Washington Parish.  I extend my appreciation to the Bogalusa Rotary Club for this well-deserved honor.”

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Obituary

Robert Wayne Mixon, Sr.

August 27, 1942 - April 26, 2021

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Wayne Arnez James

July 14, 1967 - April 21, 2021

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Cedric DeShawn Payne

October 01, 1978 - April 19, 2021

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Gaylord Mouton Bickham

July 17, 1933 - April 24, 2021

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Busy Days for the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office

April 22 – 24 were busy days for the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. In addition to managing routine calls for service, officers made several significant arrests.

  • Christopher Micheal Burke, 20, a resident of Superior Avenue in Bogalusa, was arrested on April 22 south of Bogalusa for possession of illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine and marijuana. He was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail on three counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, obstruction of justice, introduction of contraband into a correctional facility and possession of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of a juvenile who was asleep in a car seat at the time of the arrest.
  • Also on April 22, officers arrested Steve Oalmann, Jr., 45, a resident of Red Bird Lane. Oalmann had two outstanding warrants from Tangipahoa Parish and during the arrest he fought with officers before being subdued. He was booked into the Washington Parish Jail for battery on a police officer, resisting a police officer with force or violence and being a fugitive from Tangipahoa Parish. Oalmann has two previous stays in the Washington Parish jail on charges of arson and criminal damage to property.
  • On April 23, officers arrested Ladarrius Taboah Carter, 31, a resident of Brock Road. Carter was arrested north of Bogalusa when he was found to be in possession of a significant amount of methamphetamine. He was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic offense. Carter has several previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail on charges of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, several counts of possession of illegal drugs, several counts of failure to appear in court and two counts of contempt of court.
  • Keith Hamilton Garrett, 67, a resident of Sundance Lane, was arrested April 23 and booked into the Washington Parish Jail for aggravated battery. He has previous stays in the jail on two counts of driving while intoxicated, battery and several remands from the court.
  • Also on April 23, officers arrested James Vonshay Thompson 26, and Zachery Xavier Abram, 24, both residents of A. Moses Road. Thompson and Abram were booked into the jail for being convicted felons in possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. Thompson has previous arrests for burglary, failure to appear in court, contempt of court and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Abram’s six previous arrests were for various charges, including two counts of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, theft of a firearm, theft of a vehicle, three counts of burglary, two counts of probation violation and criminal mischief.
  • Jerry Elzie, III, 22, a resident of Nurcelia Cotton Road, was arrested April 24 for possession of illegal drugs, resisting arrest by flight, attempted introduction of contraband into a correctional facility and a traffic offense. Elzie has previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail for illegal possession of a stolen firearm and criminal conspiracy.

“The arrests of these seven individuals by our officers is a fine example of their dedicated and conscientious work in protecting the innocent citizens of Washington Parish,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Their criminal activity was absolutely unnecessary and is indicative of a mindset that is contrary to the expectations of the vast majority of our parish residents. I am so pleased with their outstanding efforts to arrest lawbreakers and bring them before the courts of justice.”

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 23, 2021





James Thompson was booked on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No License Plate by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $7500.00.

Zachary Abram was booked on the charges of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No License Plate by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $7500.00.

Jerry Elzie was booked on the charges of Speeding 31-40 Over Limit, Resisting Arrest by Flight, and Possession of Marijuana by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Quenterrious McGowan was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Nevers Nichols was booked on the charges of Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles, Cruelty to a Juvenile (3 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

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Mildred Oxner Samford

August 30, 1944 - April 24, 2021

April 24, 2021

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Dora Mae Murray

September 21, 1924 - April 23, 2021

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Pauline Jacob Branch

April 03, 1930 - April 22, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 23, 2021






Ladarrius Carter was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Improper Lane Usage, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $75500.00.

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

Todd Frisbie was booked In From Court

Keith Garrett was booked on the charge of Aggravated Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $7500.00 bond.

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Obituary

Michael David Henderson

December 24, 1967 - April 21, 2021

April 23, 2021

Wanted by Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office

The TPSO is asking for your assistance in locating two wanted subjects. 

  • Kevin Parrish, age 48 and a Roseland resident, is wanted out of Washington Parish for felony theft. Parrish is a white male, approximately 5’9’, and 160 pounds. 
  • Christopher Austin, age 20 and a Hammond resident, is wanted on two failure to appear warrants by the TPSO. Austin is a black male, stands about 5’6”, weighing approximately 120 pounds. 

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800 – 554 – 4245.

Tow Truck Operator From Bush Killed in I-12 Crash

On Friday, April 23rd, 2021, shortly before 6:00 AM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash on Interstate 12 eastbound near LA 21 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 23-year-old Tyler Patrick Quave of Bush.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Quave, a tow truck operator, was in the process of assisting a stranded motorist on I-12 eastbound right shoulder. Quave parked his tow truck partially on the right shoulder and partially in the right exit lane to Brewster Rd. The truck’s emergency recovery lights were activated and Quave was wearing his uniform company shirt with reflective material. While loading the disabled vehicle, Quave was standing in the exit lane to the left of the tow truck. As Quave was loading the vehicle, a 2017 Nissan VN200 Van was traveling eastbound on the exit ramp to Brewster Rd. The driver of the Nissan failed to change lanes and sideswiped the tow truck and struck Quave. 

Quave sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Nissan was not injured. Impairment is not suspected as a contributing factor in this crash. As part of the ongoing investigation, routine toxicology tests are pending analysis. At the conclusion of the investigation, Troopers will consult with the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office in reference to any criminal or traffic charges. 

Troopers urge citizens to remember that Louisiana’s “Move Over” law keeps EVERYONE safe. The “Move Over” requirement applies not only to first responders such as law enforcement, ambulance, and fire/rescue crews, but also to highway workers, tow and recovery truck operators, and any vehicle utilizing hazard/warning lights. Please MOVE OVER to keep them safe!

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 22, 2021



Willie Stogner was booked on the charges of Aggravated Rape, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court (3 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $250850.00.

Tyler Jones was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Probation Violation by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $250.00.

Steve Oalman was booked on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Battery on a Police Officer, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Christopher Burke was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Introduction of Contraband into Correctional Facility, Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering, and Possession of CDS in Presence of Juvenile by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.



Obituary

Judy Ann Margiotta

January 09, 1945 - April 20, 2021

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April 22, 2021

Mt. Hermon Man Arrested for Rape of Child

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputies traveled to Jones County, Mississippi today (April 22, 2021) to pick up a Mt. Hermon man who was wanted for rape of a child. Law enforcement officers in Jones County identified the wanted man during a routine seat belt inspection operation yesterday (April 21, 2021) and realized he had outstanding warrants from Washington Parish. They immediately took him into custody and notified the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Arrested was Willie Clay Stogner, age 43 and a resident of Woodrow Duncan Road. He was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on charges of aggravated rape, three counts of contempt of court and failure to appear in court.

“We’ve been looking for Stogner for some time,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “We had information he had traveled outside of Washington Parish and knew that eventually he would be caught. I am so grateful to our law enforcement partners in Jones County who apprehended Stogner and held him until he could be brought back to the confines of the Washington Parish Jail.”

Pike County Traffic Stop Results in Arrests and Seizures

On April 16, 2021, Agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by Denonta Thadison (driver) and Phylicia Jones  (passenger). Thadison led police on a chase for approximately 12 miles until Thadison and Jones were taken into custody. Agents located approximately 30 grams of crack cocaine and 6 grams of marijuana that Thadison and Jones discarded during the pursuit. Agents also seized $240 in U.S. Currency that was on Thadison’s person.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, with assistance from the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, subsequently executed a search warrant at Thadison and Jones’ McComb residence where agents seized 130 grams of powder cocaine, 90 grams of crack cocaine, 9 grams of heroin, one dosage unit of Klonopin, four handguns, and $10,500 in U.S. Currency.

Denonta Thadison, 33, was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Aggravated Trafficking of Cocaine, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Klonopin, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felony Fleeing. 

Phylicia Jones, 33, was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Aggravated Trafficking of Cocaine, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of a Klonopin.

This investigation is ongoing, with more arrests expected.

Covington-Area Man Wanted for Attempted Murder

Brian Purvis, a Covington-area man is wanted on attempted murder and robbery charges following an incident, which occurred Wednesday (April 21, 2021) evening in the Bush area.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 83000 block of Jenkins Cemetery Road in reference to an attempted armed robbery.  A male and female told responding deputies they were parked outside of the residence when they were approached by Brian Purvis, with whom they were acquainted. He produced a firearm and demanded property and valuables. As the victims drove off, Purvis fired upon them,  striking their vehicle.

As deputies responded to the scene, Purvis and a white female, later identified as 41-year-old Tiffany Smith (AKA Tiffany Whitehead), fled the residence on foot into a heavily wooded area. Responding deputies, with the assistance of an STPSO K9, attempted to locate Purvis and Smith for several hours. K9 Lex located and apprehended Smith hiding near a creek under heavy brush, but Purvis eluded capture and is still wanted.

Smith was transported to a local area hospital and later released. She was subsequently transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where she was booked on one count of Accessory After the Fact. She was also booked on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear. Bond has been set at $52,500.00.

Warrants were issued for Purvis’ arrest on Thursday morning for two counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Attempted Armed Robbery.

Anyone who has information about Purvis’ whereabouts is asked to dial 911 or call (985) 898-2338.

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Obituary

Damrin Lee Chambers Thomas

December 10, 2004 - April 18, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 21, 2021


Duane Whitney was booked on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Resisting an Officer (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Probation and Parole Hold by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $50000.00.

Ashton Sheridan was booked In From Court

Richard Ard was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $2500.00 bond.

 

Obituary

Dorothy Alice Hughes

July 05, 1925 - April 20, 2021

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April 21, 2021

Fatal Golf Cart Crash Near Abita Springs

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal golf cart crash, which occurred Tuesday (April 20, 2021) night near Abita Springs.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to Quimet Drive northeast of Abita Springs after a family member called to report an elderly female had crashed a golf cart.

Responding emergency personnel located the woman pinned under the golf cart and unresponsive. Medical personnel pronounced her dead on scene and the body was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office to determine cause and manner of death.

The incident is under investigation and no additional information will be provided at this time.

Obituary

Herman  (Bob) Stillwell, Jr.

December 6, 1941 - April 19, 2021

Polk Named Corrections Deputy of the Quarter

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal has recognized Corrections Deputy Blaine Polk as the  Corrections Deputy of the quarter ending March 31, 2021.

“I am so pleased to honor Deputy Polk,” stated Sheriff Seal. “He has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic and performs his daily duties with enthusiasm and professionalism. He is an integral part of the WPSO team and a valuable asset to Washington Parish.”


Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 20, 2021








Julie Gerber was booked on the charge of Criminal Damage by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Patrick Mizell was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $10,000.00.

Timothy Holden was booked on the charge of Home Invasion by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

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

Melanie Trotter was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Gary Loup was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10,000.00.

Derodrick Spurlock was booked on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Deborah Barrios was booked on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $5000.00 bond.

Paul Paige was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000 and Criminal Trespass by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3500.00 bond.



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