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May 31, 2021

Former TPSO Captain Admits Defrauding TPSO and Other Businesses

United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announces that Kevin Stimage, age 44, pled guilty on May 27, 2021 to a Bill of Information charging him with Theft from Programs Receiving Federal Funds and faces up to ten years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a mandatory special assessment of $100. Sentencing is set for September 21, 2021.

According to the Factual Basis, Stimage was a Captain with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. An investigation by the FBI revealed that in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, Stimage reported having worked, on average, 40 hours per week at TPSO, approximately 40 hours per week at Off-Duty Detail A (a motor vehicle dealership), and, beginning in 2018, approximately 30 hours per week at Off-Duty Detail B (an apartment complex), for a total of approximately 110 hours per week.  However, location data and surveillance revealed that Stimage was only working a portion of the claimed hours, and was defrauding TPSO, Off-Duty Detail A, and Off-Duty Detail B by not working all of the claimed hours. Stimage also received regular payments from other off-duty details, including two healthcare facilities and operated a seasonal fireworks business in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

As a result of this scheme, the defendant defrauded Off-Duty Detail A out of wages worth $158,275 in 2018 through 2021, Off-Duty Detail B out of wages worth over $54,215 in 2018 through 2021, and TPSO out of wages worth $28,596 in 2019 and 2020.

Click here to read the Factual Basis.

U. S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on this matter. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Myles Ranier and Chandra Menon.

Slidell Man Charged With Murder of His Cousin

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Christopher Aaron Burns, age 30 and of Slidell, in connection with the murder of his 40-year-old cousin, Matthew Cetrone. 

Shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday, May 30, 2021, STPSO deputies were dispatched to the 58000 block of Lynn Road near Slidell in reference to a reported shooting. The victim, who was identified by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office, was transported to a local-area hospital where he subsequently died. 

The investigation revealed that for unknown reasons, Burns exited the residence firing numerous rounds from a firearm. At some point, the victim went outside to investigate the sound of gunfire and was fatally wounded. Burns was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on a single count of Second Degree Murder. No bond has been set at this time.

“I am extremely pleased with how quickly my personnel were able to make an arrest in this case,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “My prayers go out to the victim’s family.”

Obituary

Bennie George Schilling

December 16, 1948 - May 30, 2021

Obituary

Betty Rose Ladner Phillips

May 14, 1932 - May 29, 2021

Obituary

Nellene McBeth Crawford

May 28, 2021

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May 30, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for May 29, 2021










Shawn Hano was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Driving Under Suspension by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Tyler Dufrene was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Simple Battery With Injury by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Cody Martin was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Kevin Parrish was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000 and Simple Burglary by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

James Stewart was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Issuing Worthless Checks Under 1000 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Heath Vince was booked on the charges of Forgery and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

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Obituary

Dixie Sorrell Williams

January 16, 1929 - May 28, 2021

May 29, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for May 28, 2021





Christopher Helton was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (2 counts) and Simple Assault by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Marty Palmer was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage, Simple Assault, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Kordarrius Mingo was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Emerald Stewart was booked In From Court.

Mastin Myrick was booked on the charges of Sexual Battery and Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

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May 28, 2021

NOAA Predicts Active Atlantic Hurricane Season

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season. However, experts do not anticipate the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020. 

For 2021, a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher) is expected. The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30. 

“Now is the time for communities along the coastline as well as inland to get prepared for the dangers that hurricanes can bring,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Although NOAA scientists don’t expect this season to be as busy as last year, it only takes one storm to devastate a community,” said Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator. "With hurricane season starting on June 1, now is the time to get ready," said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.

For more information on how to prepare a family and business plan, go to www.getagameplan.org

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Traffic Violations Leads to Franklinton Man's Arrest on Drug and Gun Charges

On May 27, 2021, Richard Lonterry Andrews, age 35 and a resident of Happy Acres Road southwest of Franklinton, was arrested by detectives with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force. The arrest occurred near the intersection of Black Jack Road and N. Lee Road.

A task force detective observed Andrews committing traffic violations. He stopped him and, along with other detectives, discovered a quantity of crack cocaine, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs in Andrews’ vehicle along with a loaded semi-automatic pistol. Andrews was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on three counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic offense.

Andrews has four previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail beginning with a 2006 on charges that include felony possession of stolen property, possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, several counts of failure to appear in court, several traffic offenses, and two counts of contempt of court.

“This was a good arrest,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our detectives removed not only illegal drugs but also an illegal weapon from our community. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. If you are involved in the illegal drug culture, expect to be arrested sooner or later. Time is on our side and eventually we will catch up with you, and when we do, you’re headed to jail.”

Woman Charged With False Report of a Crime / Terrorizing, Injuring Public Records

On May 25, 2021, Aimee Lynette Galloway, age 46 and a resident of Galloway Road, was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with two counts of false report of a crime, terrorizing and injuring public records.

The incident leading to Galloway’s arrest began the previous day when she reported an ex-boyfriend attempted to gain entry into her house by kicking in the door. The investigation revealed that the accused person was actually working in Lafayette at the time of the falsely reported crime. After a thorough investigation by several Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, it was determined that the reported crime did not occur.

Galloway has two previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail. In 2012, she was arrested for two counts of failure to appear in court. In 2019, she was arrested for contempt of court.

“This is the same woman who was involved in an incident a few days ago on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “This is the same woman who reported she was carjacked on May 20th by the same individual she later accused of trying to gain entrance into her house. It seems as if Miss Galloway has some serious issues she needs to explain to a 22nd Judicial District Court judge.”

Franklinton Man Booked on 5th DWI and More

On May 24, 2021, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy responded to reports of a reckless driver on Highway 10 near the Stoney Point area. The deputy was able to locate the vehicle being driven in a reckless manner and stopped the driver.

The officer encountered Timothy John Goss, age 43 and a resident of Washington Street. Goss, who had a pistol in his possession, was unable to successfully complete the roadside sobriety test and was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. Upon his arrival at the jail, Goss refused to take the breath intoxilyzer test and was booked into the jail on charges of 5th offense driving while intoxicated, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and being a fugitive from the Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole for a 4th offense driving while intoxicated conviction. Goss has one previous documented stay in the Washington Parish Jail. He was arrested in 2009 for driving while intoxicated, failure to appear in court and a traffic offense.

“It is always good to remove an intoxicated driver from our highways,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “The life of every motorist is jeopardized when a drunk driver is on the road. Drink and drive and you are facing possible time in the parish jail. Drunk drivers don’t just get tickets. They also earn a free ride to jail.”

WPSO Drug Task Force Arrests Franklinton Man

On May 25, 2021, a detective with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force was patrolling inside the Town of Franklinton when he encountered a driver committing traffic violations. Once he stopped the vehicle, he discovered the driver, 27 year old Jamal M. Abron, a resident of Lenora Street, did not have a valid driver’s license. That was the least of Abron’s concerns.

Other detectives arrived on the scene and conducted a search of Abron’s vehicle. The search revealed a large quantity of illegal pills broken down into smaller bags for sale. Abron was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession of illegal drugs and traffic offenses. In addition, it was discovered he had an outstanding warrant from the 22nd Judicial District Court.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Possess or sell illegal drugs, and you are destined for a trip to jail when we catch you. I am so grateful for the constant vigilance of our narcotics detectives as they roam throughout the parish on the lookout for illegal drug activity.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for May 26-27, 2021



Vernon Lowe was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $5000.00 bond.

Dwayne Elzie was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, False Imprisonment, Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot, Criminal Damage, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Ran Stop Sign, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $4250.00.

Donnie Magee was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $500.00.

Tyler McNabb was booked In From Court. Bond set at $40000.00.

Purvis Provost was booked In From Court.

Stephen Parker was booked on the charge of Molestation of a Juvenile by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $200000.00.

Richard Andrews was booked on the charges of No Turn Signals, Expired License Plate, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $75000.00.

Tylina Imboden was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Theft Less Than 1000 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $11000.00.

Devin Bertrand was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Kenneth Dewhirsst was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $750.00.

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May 27, 2021

Two Arrested, One Sought in Pearl River-area Homicide

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two Slidell men and are looking for a third in connection with the murder of a 20-year-old Pearl River man. 

Shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2021, STPSO deputies were dispatched to the 73000 block of Mike Talley Road near Pearl River in reference to an individual who had been shot. The victim, who has been identified by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office as 20-year-old Nicholas Livingston of Pearl River, was pronounced dead on the scene by medical personnel. 

Over the past week, STPSO detectives have interviewed numerous individuals and gathered evidence in connection with the incident. Through their investigation, they learned that on May 21, 2021 a large party was taking place on Mike Talley Road. As the party was breaking up an altercation broke out and shots were fired. As they were leaving, Amarjaye Thomas (19), Jawaun Gaines (18), and Malike Batiste (19), fired upon a crowd of people and Livingston was struck.

Early Thursday (May 27, 2021) morning, warrants were issued for the arrest of Thomas, Gaines and Batiste on one count each of Second-Degree Murder

Thomas and Gaines were picked up at their Slidell-area residences early Thursday morning. Batiste is still wanted. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338.

“Shootings like this will not be tolerated in St. Tammany Parish,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I am proud of our detectives who worked hard on this case to identify the individuals responsible, and I hope these arrests help to bring closure to the family of the victim and the community so they may begin to heal.”

Obituary

Wilda Faye Collins Ray

May 15, 1925 - May 25, 2021

Obituary

Lois Williams Owens

August 05, 1949 - May 23, 2021

WPSO Drug Task Force Detectives Arrest Four

While on patrol in the northwest portion of the parish, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force encountered four individuals in possession of methamphetamine. Three of the individuals also had outstanding warrants.

The driver of the vehicle, Christopher Scott Bagert, age 31 and a resident of Sherry Adams Lane in Angie, initially gave officers the name of Christopher Ard. Once he was at the jail, his true identity, Christopher Scott Bagert was discovered and it was learned he had an outstanding warrant from the 22nd Judicial District Court. Bagert was booked on the outstanding warrant in addition to current charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest by providing false information and having no driver’s license. Bagert has been in the Washington Parish Jail seven previous times since 2010 on charges that included stalking, assault, automobile theft, domestic violence, possession of stolen property, disturbing the peace, traffic violations, possession of illegal drugs, driving while intoxicated, failure to appear in court, probation violation, and contempt of court. 

A vehicle passenger, Alton Adams, age 42 and a resident of Walking J Lane in Sandy Hook, Mississippi, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and contempt of court.

Another passenger, Wilton T. Grimes, age 31 and a resident of Robin Lane in Mt. Hermon, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of contempt of court. Grimes was arrested in 2016 for possession of morphine and contempt of court and again in 2017 on an outstanding warrant from the 22nd Judicial District Court.

The fourth passenger, Chelsey Hayden, ae 28 and a resident of the Franklinton area, was booked into the jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“These arrests speak for themselves,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Good job, officers. I appreciate your hard work and diligence in removing illegal drugs from our community.”

Memorial Day Program in Richardson

A Memorial Day Program will be presented by American Legion Post 24 under the big oak tree in the Fisher Methodist Church Cemetery in Richardson on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 10:00 am. There will be a short program followed by a 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps. 

Light refreshments will be served in the church immediately following the program. Please come if you can and bring your own lawn chair! Everyone is invited to attend. 

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May 26, 2021

Obituary

Keith Hebert

October 14, 1958 - May 24, 2021

Obituary

Julia Eran Crain

February 27, 1951 - May 26, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for May 25, 2021











Timothy Goss was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (5th Offense), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $150000.00.

Ronald Johnson was booked on the charge of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Rakheem Jackson was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $7500.00.

Henry Miller was booked on the charges of Careless Operation, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS in Presence of Juvenile, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Expired Drivers License, and Possession of Heroin by the Bogalusa Police Department. Released on $25000.00 bond.

Gavin Dean was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Illegal Carrying of Weapon, Possession or Dealing in Unregistered or Illegally Transferred Weapons, Possession of Marijuana, and Impeding Flow of Traffic by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $7500.00.

Rollenda Camp was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released 05/25/2021.

Miracle James was booked on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, Battery on a Police Officer, and Simple Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $4000.00.

Andra Carter was booked on the charges of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $119688.00.

Wilton Grimes was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $4500.00.

Chelsey Hayden was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $3500.00.

Christopher Bagert was booked on the charges of Speeding 1-10 Over Limit, No Drivers License, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arresst by Providing False Booking Info, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $6500.00.

Alton Adams was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $3550.00.

Jamal Abron was booked on the charges of Ran Stop Sign, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Contempt of Court, and No Drivers License by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10050.00.

Aimee Galloway was booked on the charges of Criminal Mischief/False Report of a Crime (2 counts), Terrorizing, and Injuring Public Records by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

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Mayor & Board of Aldermen Meeting Began Controversial / Became Productive

Tuesday (May 25, 2021) evening's meeting of the Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen started off with accusations of racism and insubordination by Frankie Crosby against Police Chief Justin Brown (beginning at 3:30 into video of the meeting). Crosby stated that a Facebook page by the Chief suggested Brown to be a “disingenuous and uncaring Chief of Police”. Chief Brown refuted the charges and stated that he answers to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen and said to Crosby "I do not answer to you". 

Crosby stated he was elected and Brown was appointed. However, Crosby was elected to the Washington Parish School Board and does not exercise any authority or have supervision over the Franklinton Police Chief. In addition, Crosby was placed on the Agenda as “Mr. Frankie Crosby of FOCUS Franklinton to address the Mayor and Board”. However, Crosby later admitted that he was not speaking as a representative of FOCUS Franklinton. 

After the “rocky” start, the meeting was productive. The Mayor and Board addressed non-controversial personnel matters, awarded bids on surplus equipment, introduced an ordinance to levy sales taxes approved by the voters (Public Hearing and vote to be held in two weeks), and heard departmental reports from Municipal Clerk Ellen Waskom (beginning at 23:40 into video of the meeting) and Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown (beginning at 28:30 into video of the meeting).

Members of the Board provided comments (beginning at 46:25 into video of the meeting): Mr. Butler spoke about the water line break at the hospital; Mr. Descant spoke about Animal Control challenges and responses by Amwaste to waste collection issues; Mr. Sharp emphasized the detail and value of the financial information provided by the Municipal Clerk; Mr. Spears praised the employees of the town.

Mayor Route addressed numerous concerns and pending actions. They included

  • a recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission to rezone acreage adjacent to Hillcrest Baptist Church
  • the need to address water line issues, as emphasized by the water line break at the hospital. Such breaks necessitates a Boil Water Advisory. The Town is pursuing a grant to fund improvements
  • paperwork has been completed to revamp the Town's bond indebtedness. This will be create a savings of approximately $19,000 per month
  • the Town's new Facebook page and website will be completed soon
  • Board Member assignments have been changed: Animal Control (Descant and Sharp), Police Department (Sharp and Spears), Fire Department (Descant and Sharp), Public Works (Butler and Spears), Sanitation (Crain and Descant), Code Enforcement (Route and Butler), Airport (Butler and Spears), Economic Development and Recreation (Descant and Crain), Beautification (Citizens Planning Committee), and Human Resources (Crain and Spears)
  • the need to review and update certain fees (particularly “tap” fees) in the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20
  • a discussion on the upcoming LMA conference

May 25, 2021

Obituary

Lorene Jones Bullen

June 16, 1935 - May 24, 2021

Mandeville Man Gets 25 Years for Rape and Sexual Batteries

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Richard Michael Deidrich, age 22 and from Mandeville, pleaded guilty on Monday, May 24, 2021 to two counts of sexual battery of a victim under 13 for crimes in 2016 and one count of second-degree rape in a separate case that occurred in 2020. Deidrich was sentenced to 25 years without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence by District Judge Vincent Lobello.

In 2016, the defendant, in his family home, committed a sexual battery on a twelve-year-old neighbor during a game of hide and seek. While investigating this charge, investigators uncovered additional acts of sexual battery against the same minor. The 2020 charge of second-degree rape involved the rape of a teenager outside her home following her high school graduation party.

The parents of the victim in the 2016 incident and the victim in the 2020 incident prepared written statements that were shared with the court prior to sentencing.

The Mandeville Police Department investigated the 2016 charges and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the 2020 incident.

Obituary

Samantha Marie Magee

October 13, 1979 - May 16, 2021

Obituary

Ira Konrad Batiste, Sr.

December 18, 1955 - May 18, 2021

Your Latest Parish Council Meeting: Tourism Commission, Entergy Plant Update, & More

At the Washington Parish Council meeting Monday (March 24, 2021) meeting,

  • Henry Harrison and other members of the Tourism Commission introduced Patricia “Patty” Alford as the Office Manager, replacing Kathi Mayor who is retiring (beginning at 2:25 into video of the meeting). The Tourism Commission also provided punch and cake for those in attendance.
  • Entergy Representative Patrick Hamby provided an update on noise abatement progress at the power plant outside of Bogalusa City limits (beginning at 9:30 into video of the meeting).
  • Introduced an ordinance granting a contract with Amwaste of Louisiana, LLC for solid waste collection and transportation. A Public Hearing on the ordinance and council vote will be held at the next Council Meeting in two weeks.
  • Approved two resolutions. One was authorizing an Intergovernmental Agreement Between the Washington Parish Government and the Village of Angie. The second was to accept recently completed sidewalk improvements funded by a State and Federal Project. 

During the Public Participation segment, parish resident John Stevens addressed the Council regarding problems he is experiencing caused by the nearby solar power plant.

In the President's Report to the Council (beginning at 20:40 into video of the meeting)

  • Parish President Richard Thomas provided an update on COVID-19 in Washington Parish, encouraged residents to make arrangements for vaccination, and encouraged residents to prepare for hurricane season. 
  • Public Works Director Ken Wheat reported that agreement is pending for the solar power plant near Kat Kaw Road to remedy drainage problems. Wheat also reported on major improvements being made at both the Courthouse and the Washington Parish Jail. Funding for the improvements were made possible by grants.
  • Alex Sumrall and Donnell Merritt also provided reports.

Robert Stafford announced that a Memorial Day service will be held by American Legion Post #24 at Fisher Methodist Church Cemetery on Monday, May 31st at 10:00 am.

Following Council Discussion and a review of the Home Rule Charter Section 2-11 through 4-03, the meeting adjourned. 

Obituary

Yvonne Grace Malley Griffith

November 13, 1927 - May 24, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for May 24, 2021






Derrick McClain was booked on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault and Failure to Appear (4 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $1550.00.

Jennifer Abelseth was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Ashley Hollie was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear, Contempt of Court (3 counts), and Bond Surrender (4 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $38750.00.

Bradley Ingraffia was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation and Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

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May 24, 2021

Obituary

Daphne Elizabeth Sumera

July 3, 1957 - May 24, 2021

Troopers Investigate Fatal Crash on I-55 Near Manchac

On Sunday, May 23rd, 2021, just before 01:00 A.M. Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L were dispatched to a three vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 55 near Manchac in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash has claimed the life of one driver. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification to next of kin.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as a 2014 Toyota Corolla was traveling northbound on Interstate 55. For reasons still under investigation, the Toyota Corolla veered onto the right shoulder and crashed into a 2000 Ford Explorer that was parked and abandoned on the right shoulder. After striking the Ford Explorer, the Toyota Corolla traveled over the right guardrail and landed upside down in the water becoming completely submerged. Due to the previous impact, the abandoned Ford Explorer was forced into the lanes of travel and struck a 2010 Toyota Tacoma in the left lane.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office divers and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents responded to assist with recovery efforts of the submerged vehicle and the driver of the Toyota Corolla. Despite their efforts, the driver of the Toyota Corolla was not properly restrained and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s office. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. As part of the ongoing investigation, a blood sample was taken from the driver of the Toyota Corolla for routine scientific analysis. The driver of the Toyota Tacoma was given a chemical breath test and showed no signs of impairment. This crash remains under investigation.

While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Not wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes.

Obituary

Brittney Mitchell

January 23, 1992 - May 23, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for May 22-23, 2021


Joshua May was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, No Turn Signals, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, and No Drivers License by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $4000.00 bond. 

Eugene Allen was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Heroin, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Improper Lane Usage, Ran Stop Sign, and Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10000.00. 

Felicia Buras was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $2500.00 bond.

Drake Mareno was booked on the charges of Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Expired License Plate, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3500.00 bond.

Jeffrey Miley was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (4 counts) and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

William Hardin was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Matthew Thames was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Daymon Sandifer was booked on the charge of Terrorizing by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Angela Dluca was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment, Attempted Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Possession of Heroin, and Careless Operation by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

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May 22, 2021

Tropical Weather Disturbances

Disturbance 1. An area of low pressure previously over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico has moved inland over southeastern Texas.  Tropical cyclone formation is not expected.  However, the system could produce heavy rainfall over portions of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana today.  Formation chance through 48 hours is at 0% and formation chance through 5 days near 0 percent.

Disturbance 2. Ana, the first named storm of the season, has formed about 180 miles northeast of Bermuda. Considered a subtropical storm, Ana is a low pressure system with a well defined center of circulation. Ana is moving west-southwest but is expected to weaken and turn northeastward on Sunday and Monday. Ana is expected to dissipate in a couple of days.



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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for May 21, 2021






Brian Peterson was booked on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $2500.00 bond.

John Tate was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Cartez Carter was booked on the charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Battery of Infirm by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Shaun Hobgood was booked on the charges of No Turn Signal, Impeding Flow of Traffic, No Seat Belt, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Attempted Manufacture of Schedule II Drugs by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $25000.00 bond.

May 21, 2021

Obituary

Joseph Cornelius, Jr

February 05, 1953 - May 07, 2021

Obituary

Lizzie Ruth Magee

October 11, 1931 - May 17, 2021

Washington Parish Man Accused of Battery and Carjacking

On Thursday (May 20, 2021), a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeant responded to a call for assistance on Highway 21 south of Bogalusa. Arriving at the scene, he discovered a distraught woman hiding in the restroom of a business. The woman stated that she had been pulled from her car which was then forcibly taken from her. 

The officer located the vehicle on the premises and arrested the driver, Timothy Dewayne Mizell, age 51 and a resident of Hunt Road,. Mizell was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of carjacking and battery.

“I’m so pleased this lady was not harmed,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Whatever the circumstances, Mr. Mizell seems to have over-reacted. Our officer did a good job, possibly preventing the entire situation from escalating.”

Two Arrested Thursday by WPSO Drug Task Force

Nicole Tompkins, age 23 and a resident of Benny King Road, and Logan Knight, age 24 and a resident of Bogalusa, were arrested Thursday (May 20, 2021) by Washington Parish Sheriff's Office narcotics detectives. 

Tompkins was arrested in the Warnerton area after narcotics detectives discovered she was in possession of several types of illegal drugs, including methamphetamine. She was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of two counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic offense. Tompkins has three previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail on charges that include distribution of illegal drugs, possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs, failure to appear in court, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a traffic offense.

Knight was arrested on Wabash Street in Bogalusa on charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“More good arrests and more illegal drugs taken out of our community,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “If you are involved with illegal drugs in any form or fashion, you should be aware that our Drug Task Force detectives and other officers are constantly working throughout the parish and are always on the lookout for illegal drug activity.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for May 20, 2021



Nicole Tompkins was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No Turn Signals by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $30000.00.

Logan Knight was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Tricia Cortez was booked In For Court

Chad Allen was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear, License Plate Light Required, No Drivers License, Improper Display of License Plate, and Driving Without Headlights by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $1052.00.

Dorman Kellis was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Turn Signals, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $30000.00 Bond.

Timothy Mizell was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Carjacking by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $10000.00 Bond.

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May 20, 2021

Two Slidell Stabbing Cases Result in Arrests

Slidell Police reported today (May 20, 2021) that Edward "Alex" Kruebbe, Jr., age 17 and of Slidell, is in custody for a triple stabbing that occurred Tuesday (May 18, 2021). Slidell Police had been dispatched at around 3:00 am to LaQuinta in reference to a stabbing in progress. When officers arrived, they located three juvenile victims who were stabbed multiple times. All victims were transported to local area hospitals with serious/critical injuries. However, all victims are expected to recover. According to witnesses, the juveniles were verbally arguing outside of the motel and the situation escalated. 

In a separate incident, around 5:30pm, Slidell Police responded to Days Inn in reference to a stabbing in progress. When officers arrived, they found the clerk of the motel stabbed multiple times. The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to recover. During the preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the motel clerk asked two guests to leave due to non-payment. An altercation ensued resulting in the clerk being stabbed multiple times. The two suspects have been identified as 24-year-old, Devin Wellman (homeless), and 36-year-old, Mariel Lewis (Harvey, LA). Wellman and Lewis both were arrested and charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder. Both remain in the St. Tammany Parish Jail with a bond set at $1,500.00.00. 

Pearl River Man Indicted on Sex Abuse Charges

District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Doyle Eugene Glaze, Jr., age 44 and of Pearl River, Wednesday on one count of first degree rape of a victim under 13 and three counts of aggravated crime against nature of a victim under 13.

Glaze is accused of sexually abusing three different victims under the age of 13 between January 2015 and August 2019. Detective Sarah Ryals of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation that led to Glaze’s arrest.

Assistant District Attorney Ysonde Boland presented the case to the grand jury.

Two Drug Arrests Reported in Pike County

On Monday (May 17, 2021), Officers with the Pike County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding drug activity on River Ridge Road. Upon their arrival, officers approached Eric “Rick” Bass and determined he had an active, felony arrest warrant. The Pike County Narcotics Division assisted in the search of the residence where approximately 90 grams of Methamphetamines were recovered. Approximately 141 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also recovered during the search. Bass was arrested on the active warrant and charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, and Drug Paraphernalia.

Also on Monday (May 17, 2021), Narcotics Agents with the Pike County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on Tarpley St. in Osyka, Mississippi. The traffic stop led to the seizure of approximately 7.2 grams of marijuana, 10.2 grams of MDMA, 11.6 grams of methamphetamines, 8.9 grams of powder cocaine, 2.4 grams of crack cocaine, and 60.1 grams of THC edibles, along with drug paraphernalia and a stolen firearm out of Texas. Jeremy “Chubby” Dawson of Magnolia, Mississippi, was arrested and charged with Traffic Violations, Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute x 6, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of Paraphernalia and transported to the Pike County Jail.

Sheriff Seal: Franklinton Man Earns “Ticket to Jail”

On Wednesday (May 19, 2021), a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol Sergeant responded to a report of an intoxicated man creating a disturbance at a parish residence. Fred Allen Howell, II, age 45 and a resident of Main Street in Franklinton, was arrested and charged with being a fugitive from the Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole, two counts of failure to appear in court and battery of an infirmed person.

When the officer initially arrived at the scene, Howell had left after physically assaulting a resident and knocking him to the ground, then going to his truck and returning to the residence armed with a hammer. Other residents were able to take the hammer from Howell, at which point he drove off in his truck.

Shortly thereafter, the Sheriff’s Office got another call from residents stating that Howell had returned and was creating another disturbance. When the patrol sergeant arrived back on the scene, Howell was still there, very agitated and unsteady on his feet. Howell was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

“Going to another residence, creating a disturbance, then punching a resident, is a ticket to jail,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Such behavior won’t be tolerated and I am grateful to our officer for getting an intoxicated and belligerent man out of our community and into our jail.”

Franklinton Man Jailed After Fight With Officers

Late Tuesday (May 18, 2021) evening, while on patrol in the Bogue Chitto Heights area west of Franklinton, detectives assigned to the Washington Parish Drug Task Force observed a suspicious male outside of a residence shining a flashlight into parked vehicles. Detectives stopped and encountered the man, at which time they discovered he had various illegal drugs on his person. As detectives were searching him, the man  began to resist and fight with officers before being subdued.

Detectives arrested James E. Graves, age 29 and a resident of North Deforest Drive, and booked him into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of three counts of possession of illegal drugs, assault on an officer and an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court.

“I’m not certain what Mr. Graves was doing at that time of night,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal, “but it seems obvious that he was not being a good neighbor. I appreciate our narcotics detectives being alert and possibly preventing a vehicle burglary. The fact that Mr. Graves chose to resist was not a good choice and I am glad he was subdued without injury to anyone.”

Wanted by the Bogalusa Police Department

The Bogalusa Police Department Criminal Investigation Division has advised that Natoya N. "Polly" Toomer is wanted on the charges of Forgery and Theft by Fraudulent Means.

If located, please contact BPD Detectives at 985.732.6238; after hours, contact the Dispatcher at 985.732.3611.

Help from the public is greatly appreciated.

Obituary

Bennett Mullins, Jr.

September 16, 1933 - May 19, 2021

Obituary

Barry Scott Stringfield

August 13, 1953 - May 18, 2021

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May 19, 2021

“Garbage Tax” on the Ballot for Bogalusans Oct. 9th

At their meeting on May 18, 2021, the Bogalusa City Council approved a resolution (see video beginning at 12:00 minutes) calling for a special election to authorize the levy of a 5-mil, 10-year tax on October 9, 2021, renewing what the bond attorney described the “garbage tax”. Anticipated revenue is projected at $413,000 per year. The funds received is intended to pay for garbage disposal and any additional funds would go to the General Fund. Numerous questions were asked by council members and the public and answered by the bond attorney, Mayor Perrette, and Fiscal Administrator Richard.

Mayor Perrette read two proclamations:

  • a proclamation recognizing the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Bogalusa Branch of the Washington Parish Library and 
  • a proclamation recognizing older adults and naming May 2021 as Older American Month.

During Public Participation, the Council heard from residents Joel Miller (regarding flooding issues),  and Amwaste District Manager Dusty Fortenberry. 

Fiscal Administrator Richard provided an update on his status as fiscal administrator. He said that he had reported to the Court and that his duties will soon end. Richard reviewed the problems that were identified, progress made toward resolving them, and gave additional recommendations. His remarks begin at 47:30 into video of the meeting.

Woman Accused of Using Debit Card of Deceased Person

Source: Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Chief James “Jimmy” Travis has reported that Tonya Lynn Hare, age 44 and of Hammond, was arrested on May 18, 2021 by the TPSO's Financial and Cyber Crimes Unit for illegally using the debit card of a deceased person. Hare is accused of withdrawing approximately $1,800 from several ATM’s machines, subsequently liquidating the bank account. 

During the investigation, detectives observed Hare on security camera footage withdrawing the cash just moments after learning of the deceased person's passing. The deceased’s bank records also coincided with Hare’s transactions.

Hare reportedly confessed and is charged with (1) count each of Exploitation of the Infirm, Identity Theft and Bank Fraud. She is currently being held in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail without bond on a Probation and Parole violation.