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August 31, 2021

Three Tangi Men Quickly Arrested for Murder in Franklinton

Very early Saturday (August 28, 2021) morning, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division responded to Franklinton to investigate a murder which had just occurred. Officers quickly arrested three Tangipahoa Parish men and booked them into the Washington Parish Jail on a charge of the second degree murder of twenty-three year old Xykie Barker, a resident of Tammy Lane.

The three Tangipahoa Parish men are: Elisha Brown (age 19 and a resident of Wood Scale Road in Hammond), Elijah Jaquarius Williams (age 19 and also a resident of Wood Scale Road in Hammond), and Travon Washington (age 20 and a resident of Driftwood Street in Amite). The three men remain in jail waiting for bond to be set. Meanwhile, the investigation continues.



“Kudos to our detectives who were on the scene quickly and promptly made an arrest,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Such despicable acts will not be tolerated. Our officers are continuing this investigation which was interrupted by Hurricane Ida. Meanwhile, the shooters are behind bars. Our officers have done their job and the fate of these men is now in the hands of the judicial system.”

STPSO Investigating After Apparent Alligator Attack

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an apparent alligator attack, which occurred around midday Monday (August 30, 2021). A resident in Avery Estates off Highway 90 in Slidell contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after her 71-year-old husband was attacked and apparently killed by an alligator while walking in flood waters following Hurricane Ida.

She told deputies she was inside her residence when she heard a commotion and went outside to see a large alligator attacking her husband. She immediately ran to her husband’s aide in an attempt to stop the attack. Once the attacked stopped, she pulled her husband out of the flood waters, and returned inside to gather first aide supplies. 

When she returned and realized the severity of his injuries, she immediately got into her pirogue and went to higher ground, which was approximately a mile away, to get help. When she returned her husband was no longer lying on the steps.

STPSO used high water vehicles and flatboats in an attempt to locate the victim, but as of this time all attempts have been futile. 

The incident is under investigation and no other information is available at this time. 

Sheriff Randy Smith warns residents to be extra vigilant with walking in flooded areas as wildlife has been displaced as well during this storm and alligators and other animals may have moved closer into neighborhoods.

Obituary

Willie Ruth Lewis

July 12, 1952 - August 24, 2021

Debris Pickup on Parish Roads to Begin Friday, Sept. 3rd

Source: Notification from Clark's Enterprise

Storm crews will be coming out to every parish road to pick up debris starting as early as Friday, September 3rd. Separate vegetative debris from other types of debris. Please place all debris by the road and away from/not under power lines or low hanging trees. Please avoid cutting trees into small chunks as it makes it more difficult/time consuming to load.  We can pick up whole trees. We will also have bobcat/saw crews that will be working ahead of the trucks.  

22nd JDC Court and DA Offices Closed Until September 3rd



Schools in WPSS & in Bogalusa Closed Until September 7th


Obituary

Cary Scott Brumfield

January 9, 1963 - August 27, 2021

August 29, 2021

Curfew Issued for Washington Parish


Hour-By-Hour Forecast (Wind Speed, Rain Chances, & Temperature) for Washington Parish

Source: weather.com

Sunday PM



Monday AM



Curfew Issued in Franklinton

The Town of Franklinton has issued a curfew starting at 5pm on Sunday, August 29th and tentatively ending at 6am Monday morning.

Only essential personnel are allowed to operate during this time. This includes but is not limited to; law enforcement, fire, EMS, medical, gas, water, sewer, power companies etc.

Please do not go out sightseeing. This causes an increase in harm not only to you but the 1st responders as well. Allow us to work safely clearing roads and reparing power lines without any undue traffic.

Everyone stay safe and God bless.

Chief Brown

Obituary

Mildred Miley Camp

June 17, 1930 - August 28, 2021

Obituary

Earnest Warren "Ernie" Loftice

May 20, 1945 - August 25, 2021

Message from Sheriff Seal

We will begin deploying double shifts for the duration of this event including adding detectives and other
special units to patrol duties.

Please do not go sightseeing. This impairs law enforcement and other emergency services' ability to work safely clearing roads and repairing power lines. 

It is an honor to serve this Parish!  We are ready.  Call if you need us.  

Praying for God's protection to you and your family.

God bless Washington Parish!


Randy "Country" Seal

Washington Parish Sheriff

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for August 28, 2021






Patrick Brown (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Bond Surrender by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Elisha Brown (Hammond, La. address) was booked on the charge of Second Degree Murder by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Elijah Williams (Amite, La. address) was booked on the charge of Second Degree Murder by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Travon Washington (Amite, La. address) was booked on the charge of Second Degree Murder by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Today in History (Hurricane Katrina hits SE Louisiana in 2005)

Tropical Outlook Today

Disturbance 1. Hurricane Ida is an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane expected to make landfall in SE (near Houma) Louisiana soon. Maximum sustained winds is at 150 mph. Rapid weakening is expected after landfall. Ida is moving at near 15 mph on a northwest track which should continue until it makes a northeastward turn Monday night. Hurricane conditions are expected in the Hurricane Warning area, spreading inland over a portions of Louisiana and Mississippi tonight and Monday. Expect damaging winds and heavy rainfall (10-18 inches) across southeast Louisiana.

(scroll below the graphic of Ida to see the rest of the tropical disturbances)

Disturbance 2. Tropical Depression Ten is no threat to us as it moves North.

Disturbance 3. Tropical Depression Eleven is no threat to us as it moves North.

Disturbance 4. An area of low pressure located just east of the Delmarva Peninsula is no threat to us and is expected to away from the east coast of the United States.

Disturbance 5. A tropical is expected to emerge off the coast of west Africa by Tuesday and a tropical depression is likely to form toward the end of the week while the system moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph over the eastern tropical Atlantic. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 20% and formation chance through 5 days is at 80%. 





Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 

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August 28, 2021

Washington Parish's Shelters of Last Resort to Open



Town of Franklinton Prepares for Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

An Emergency Meeting of the Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen was held Friday (August 27, 2021) evening in preparation for the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

The Mayor was authorized and did declare a State of Emergency. Two other items on the Agenda were approved. First, the Mayor was authorized to sign a 72-hour contract for street clearing in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Second, the Mayor was authorized to sign a Public Assistance contract in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

It was noted that the contracts would only be made if the employees of the Town was in need of assistance.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for August 27, 2021






William Tynes (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Kaleb Schneider (Franklinton, La. address) was booked (no charge listed) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Wade Givens (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Melvin Levi (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS by the Louisiana State Police. Released August 28, 2021. No bond information available.

Obituary

Larry Carl Watterson, Sr.

November 20, 1951 - August 21, 2021

Obituary

Geremie G. "Jermiane" Middleton

November 14, 1979 - August 12, 2021

Ida: The probable path (cone), arrival time of winds, wind speed probabilities, and rainfall potential.


Tropical Outlook Today

Disturbance 1. Hurricane Ida is forecasted to make landfall as a Cat 4 Hurricane near Houma on the Louisiana Coast. All of Southeast Louisiana is under a Hurricane Warning. This poses significant risk to people and property. Rainfall for our area is forecasted to be anywhere from 6 to 20 inches. Tropical storm-force winds are expected to arrive in our area after daybreak Sunday morning through Sunday afternoon (a bit earlier just to our South). 

Disturbance 2. Tropical Depression Ten is expected to become a tropical storm later today. The system is located about 820 miles ESE of the Leeward Islands and moving NNW at 7 mph. It is expected to remain over the open Atlantic.

Disturbance 3. A low pressure located over the central Atlantic could form into a tropical depression within the next couple of days. The system should drift eastward through today, head northeastward Sunday toward the central north Atlantic, and be absorbed by a frontal system by midweek. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 60% and formation chance through 5 days is at 60%. 

Disturbance 4. A tropical wave is expected to emerge off the coast of west Africa by the middle of next week.  Thereafter, gradual development is expected toward the end of next week as the system moves west-northwestward to northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. Formation chance through 48 hours is near 0% and formation chance through 5 days is at 50%. 





Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 

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August 27, 2021

Parish President Thomas Declares State of Emergency



Sandbag Locations in Tangipahoa Parish

In preparation for what is expected to be a Category 3 hurricane approaching the south Louisiana coast this weekend, Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller will open self-serve and ready-made sandbag locations at 15 locations throughout the parish effective this morning, Friday, Aug. 27.

Miller said self-serve sandbag stations will be set up at the 13 rural fire stations across the parish. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels and may fill as many sandbags as they need from these locations.

For elderly or physically impaired residents, ready-made sandbags will be available at Tangipahoa Parish Government’s Public Works office, located at 44512 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, east of Hammond, and at the Roseland Public Works shop, located at 63101 Commercial Street in Roseland.

Power Company Contact Information

Cleco

Call 1-800-622-6537

Outage map: https://outage.cleco.com/


Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Call  1-866-672-9773

Outage map: https://www.wste.coop/report-outages/


Entergy

Call 1-800-968-8243

Outage Map: https://www.etrviewoutage.com/map?state=LA

State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Generator Safety Ahead of Ida

As Louisiana residents prepare for Tropical Storm Ida, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) is encouraging all families to keep safety in mind when utilizing portable generators.

“You often hear the phrase ‘Get A Game Plan’ when we’re talking about preparing for tropical weather systems threatening our state, but that game plan has got to include best practices for safe generator use,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning.

Generators produce carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill without warning. That’s why it’s also imperative to have a carbon monoxide detector for your home, especially if you plan on using a generator.

The following generator safety tips are simple, but effective in saving lives:

  • Do not place generators inside of any structure including garages, carports and sheds
  • Instead, place the generator at least 20 feet away from your home, down-wind away from open doors, windows and vents
  • Before refueling, turn the generator off and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes
  • Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet
  • Instead, use a heavy-duty, outdoor extension cord to plug appliances into generators
  • Do not use in rain or wet conditions
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby
  • Have a carbon monoxide monitor for your home

Message from Parish President Thomas on TS Ida



Sandbag Locations in Washington Parish



Obituary

Lampton "LC" Terrell

October 1, 1922 - August 26, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for August 25-26, 2021










Cainan Flynt (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Obstruction of Highway, and Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $7500.00.

Darin Virgil (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Jordan Anthony (Kentwood, La. address) was booked on the charge of Theft of Auto/Vehicle by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Joseph Freeman (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Simple Burglary, Theft of Firearm (2 counts), Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Attempted Theft Over 100 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Travis Singley (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Attempted Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Jermichael Roberts (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Tropical Outlook Today

Disturbance 1. BIG THREAT TO US - Tropical Storm Ida remains on track to become a major hurricane, delivering significant impacts to portions of southern LA and southern MS. Damaging winds will be possible beginning overnight Saturday/early Sunday along the coast, spreading inland through the rest of the day on Sunday. Heavy rainfall (8 to 16 inches possible) will likely lead to flash flooding. It is stressed to continue preparations for this system, as this storm has the potential to deliver life-threatening weather conditions beginning early Sunday through Monday.

Disturbance 2. NO THREAT TO US - An area of low pressure located over the central Atlantic about 600 miles east of Bermuda may develop into a tropical depression over the weekend but then accelerate northeastern Sunday toward the central-north Atlantic. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 50% and formation chance through 5 days is at 60%. 

Disturbance 3. NO THREAT TO US - A tropical wave located about midway between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles is expected to develop into a tropical depression during the next couple of days. The disturbance is forecast to move west-northwestward today, then turn northward Saturday. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 70% and formation chance through 5 days is at 80%. 





Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 

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August 26, 2021

The Reality of COVID-19 in St. Tammany (video)

The short version

Click here for the full-length video

Obituary

Jackie Marie Brown

May 11, 1966 - August 23, 2021

St. Tammany Sandbag Locations

Self-serve sandbags will open Friday, August 27, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. at the following locations:

  • Covington Public Works Barn @ 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington 
  • Koop Drive @ 21410 Koop Drive, Mandeville Building B
  • Fritchie Public Works Barn @ 63119 HWY 1090, Pearl River
  • Airport Road Public Works Barn @ 34583 Grantham College Road, Slidell
  • Keller Public Works Barn @ 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
  • The Old Levee District Site @ 61134 Military Road (HWY 190), Slidell

These locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle.

Update on Tropical Depression Nine

Tropical Depression Nine is forecast to approach the Gulf Coast at or near major hurricane intensity on Sunday. The risk is of life-threatening storm surge, damaging hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall Sunday and Monday along the northern Gulf Coast.

Today's Message from ADAPT

Learn more and "Like" ADAPT's Facebook page and visit their website.

ADAPT, INC. is a nonprofit organization whose goals are 

  1. To prevent child abuse and neglect before it happens by delivering research based prevention programs.
  2. To provide child abuse prevention and direct services to victims which includes a variety of programs and services.
  3. To provide sexual assault prevention and direct services to assault victims which includes: operating a 24/7 crisis hotline; providing hospital and law enforcement victim advocates 24/7; providing sexual assault information, prevention education, professional training, awareness campaigns, inter-agency collaboration, and victim support and counseling.
  4. To provide prevention and educational services targeting substance abuse. 

Obituary

Patrice "Pat" Elaine Hunt Dial

July 13, 1957 - August 25, 2021

Tropical Outlook Today

Disturbance 1. The area of low pressure 150 miles south-southwest of Jamaica is expected form into a tropical depression or tropical storm later today or tonight. The system is expected to enter into the Gulf of Mexico Friday night and move toward the central or northwestern U.S. Gulf coast, potentially bringing dangerous impacts from storm surge, wind, and heavy rainfall to portions of the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle by Sunday and Monday. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 90% and formation chance through 5 days is also at 90%. 

Disturbance 2. A trough of low pressure located over the central Atlantic about 600 miles east of Bermuda is likely to become a tropical depression late this week or this weekend while the system moves slowly eastward at 5 to 10 mph. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 40% and formation chance through 5 days is at 70%. 

Disturbance 3. A tropical wave located over the central tropical Atlantic about 1000 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands could become a tropical depression by the weekend while the system moves toward the west-northwest or northwest at 10 to 15 mph. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 40% and formation chance through 5 days is at 50%. 



Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 

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August 25, 2021

Gov. Edwards Reports COVID Death of One Year-Old Child

Today, Governor Edwards reported that the Louisiana Department of Health confirms the death of a child under the age of 1– the first of the fourth surge of COVID-19 in the state, which is largely driven by the stronger, more contagious Delta variant and the state’s lower vaccination rates. Today, the Louisiana Department of Health reports 110 deaths from COVID, including this young child, bringing the total deaths in the state from COVID-19 to 12,226.

“Each COVID-19 death in Louisiana has been heart wrenching, but the loss of such a young child, who could not be vaccinated yet, is tragic and a stark reminder of the difficult circumstance we are in throughout Louisiana. Right now, we are seeing younger people hospitalized. They are getting sicker than in the previous surge and, unfortunately some of them may die. Already, this week, we have confirmed 6,146 COVID cases in children and last week there were 63 pediatric cases of COVID admitted to the hospital. Even children who are not hospitalized or very sick are contagious,” Gov. Edwards said. “The Delta variant, which now accounts for all of the COVID cases in our state, is far more contagious than previous strains of COVID as our strained hospitals prove. We have hope in the form of safe and effective vaccines, but only if many more of us who are eligible and able to actually take them and only if we slow the spread of this illness through masking and distancing as well. All Louisianans, regardless of their age or health status, are worthy of our care and attention. Every person lost to this virus, young or old, leaves a hole in the fabric of our communities.”

TPSO Looking for Two Burglary Suspects

On August 16, 2021, The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office detectives began investigating a residential burglary in Loranger. TPSO detectives were able to identify two suspects:  Joseph Robertson (age 56) and Larry Myrick (age 44).  

Anyone with information on the whereabout of Robertson and Myrick is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-554-5245. Detective Murtagh is the lead detective on the case and can be reached at 985-748-3330.

Slidell-Area Man Arrested for Having Sex With Animals

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Kenneth Ord Starling, age 52 and of the Slidell area, on August 25, 2021 and charged him with 32 counts of Sexual Abuse of Animals.

Detectives began investigating Starling after a complaint was made into his possible inappropriate behavior involving animals. A search warrant executed at his Victoria Way residence reportedly resulted in the discovery of numerous images and videos of animals being sexually abused. While being interviewed by STPSO detectives, Starling reportedly admitted to engaging in sexual intercourse with two of his dogs. 

Starling has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail and St. Tammany Parish Animal Control has taken possession of the animals that were at Starling’s residence, at the time of his arrest. No bond has been set at this time.

“As a dog owner myself, I find this behavior unthinkable and very disturbing,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

FPD Chief Justin Brown: Updates on Recent Shootings and Comments on Guns, Violence, and Our Youth.

Obituary

Vickie Williams Gill

June 21, 1960 - August 24, 2021

Obituary

Raymond Bernard Robin, Jr.

October 21, 1955 - August 24, 2021

Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting of August 24, 2021

The Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday (August 24, 2021) evening and voted to approve the hiring of Nicholas Raiford and Kevin Todd for the Police Department and also approved the hiring of Jordan Pierre and Trevocote Warren for the Public Works Department.

Municipal Clerk Ellen Waskom provided a financial report, concerns about COVID-19 were expressed by the Mayor and several of the Aldermen, and comments regarding animal control issues were made by Alderman Descant. Police Chief Brown, in response to a resident, spoke about the three recent shootings and also spoke about guns, violence, and our youth.

Obituary

Louise Russell

December 14, 1953 - August 21, 2021

BOLO on Covington Area Shoplifting Suspect

 


Obituary

Lindsey Ray Butler, Sr.

December 04, 1945 - August 17, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for August 24, 2021






Natosha Daily (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Bond Surrender and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10000.00.

Kaitlin Gullung (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Dona Spears (Poplarville, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Bond Surrender and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $3500.00.

Obituary

Melvin Berlet Holiday, Jr.

September 14, 1946 - August 22, 2021

Obituary

Roderick Chapman

November 24, 1950 - August 23, 2021

WP Council: Change in Meetings Due to COVID

Washington Parish Council Clerk Sarah Cook has advised that, due to a significant increase in the COVID cases throughout the parish recently (including the Council), the Council meeting on September 13, 2021 will be virtual (via Zoom). 

In addition, the meeting of the Infrastructure Committee, scheduled for August 26, 2021, has been canceled and will be rescheduled.

Today's Message from ADAPT

Learn more and "Like" ADAPT's Facebook page and visit their website.

ADAPT, INC. is a nonprofit organization whose goals are 

  1. To prevent child abuse and neglect before it happens by delivering research based prevention programs.
  2. To provide child abuse prevention and direct services to victims which includes a variety of programs and services.
  3. To provide sexual assault prevention and direct services to assault victims which includes: operating a 24/7 crisis hotline; providing hospital and law enforcement victim advocates 24/7; providing sexual assault information, prevention education, professional training, awareness campaigns, inter-agency collaboration, and victim support and counseling.
  4. To provide prevention and educational services targeting substance abuse. 

Tropical Outlook Today

Disturbance 1. A tropical wave over the south-central Caribbean is likely to develop into a tropical depression late this week or over the weekend while it moves west-northwestward to northwestward over the northwestern Caribbean. It should move near or across the Yucatan on Saturday and into the western Gulf of Mexico by Sunday where conditions could be favorable for additional development to occur. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 40% and formation through 5 days is at 80%. 

Disturbance 2. A broad trough of low pressure over the central tropical Atlantic about 800 miles southeast of Bermuda is likely to form into a tropical depression late this week or this weekend while the system turns eastward over the central Atlantic. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 30% and formation chance through 5 days is at 80%. 

Disturbance 3. A tropical wave over the far eastern tropical Atlantic may have some development over the next several days while it moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 20% and formation chance through 5 days is at 30%. 



Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 

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August 24, 2021

Vaccine Locations in Washington Parish as of August 24th



Obituary

Danielle Lynn Dillon

April 08, 1978 - August 23, 2021

Obituary

John Denman "Denny" Stringfield

July 3, 1979 - August 23, 2021

Obituary

Mary Genelda O'Bryant Jenkins

July 16, 1940 - August 22, 2021

Obituary

Lester Anthony

June 07, 1947 - August 22, 2021

Obituary

Gisele Francis Lee

August 29, 1962 - August 04, 2021

Obituary

Larry Sheridan

May 10, 1951 - August 14, 2021

Obituary

Monica Alicia Causey

December 08, 1971 - August 18, 2021

Parish Council Hears of Animal Shelter Accomplishments

Washington Parish Animal Shelter Manager Kelsey Knight (beginning at 3:30 into video of the meeting) presented a report to the Parish Council Monday (August 23, 2021) that included accomplishments since the shelter opened in the summer of 2019 at 23046 Yacc Road (at the intersection with LA. State Hwy. 10, between Franklinton and Bogalusa). Click here for the Animal Shelter's Facebook page and the latest information. Also, click here for previous articles related to the animal shelter.

Knight provided a visual presentation and information on facility improvements, care provided to animals at the shelter, events held at the shelter, publicity received, success in adopting-out the animals (567 dogs since April, 2021), and much more. In addition, Knight reported that the shelter will have its first spay and neuter procedures on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Spay and neuter services will soon be open to the public at low cost for residents of Washington Parish. This has been made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Humane Society of Louisiana which paid for all necessary surgical equipment.  

Knight announced the "Cupcakes and Canines" event to be held on September 3, 2021, an event that includes free pupcakes (cupcakes for your pets), low cost vaccinations, microchipping, paw print painting, and local vendors.

In other business (beginning at 13:45 into video of the meeting), the Council approved two ordinances, introduced one ordinance, and adopted four resolutions.

President Thomas reported (beginning at 20:15 into video of the meeting) COVID-19 Washington Parish statistics and efforts to improve broadband availability. Finance Director Graham, Public Works Director Wheat, Transportation Supervisor Merritt, and Alex Sumrall provided additional updates for the Administration. 

Council Chairman Reginald McMasters announced that, at least the next two Council meetings will be held by Zoom only.

FBI Agent Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

An agent with the New Orleans FBI Field Office was arrested Sunday (August 22, 2021) after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called to her Slidell-area residence shortly after 10:00 PM Sunday night. A resident at the Clipper Estates home had called 911 and upon arrival, deputies learned that Amberly Boyle (age 43) had got into an altercation with her wife.

An investigation into the incident led to the arrest of Boyle. She was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for misdemeanor domestic abuse battery. Bond has been set at $2500.00.

Authorities with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office are working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigations on this ongoing investigation, and no additional information will be provided at this time. 

Today's Message from ADAPT

Learn more and "Like" ADAPT's Facebook page and visit their website.

ADAPT, INC. is a nonprofit organization whose goals are 

  1. To prevent child abuse and neglect before it happens by delivering research based prevention programs.
  2. To provide child abuse prevention and direct services to victims which includes a variety of programs and services.
  3. To provide sexual assault prevention and direct services to assault victims which includes: operating a 24/7 crisis hotline; providing hospital and law enforcement victim advocates 24/7; providing sexual assault information, prevention education, professional training, awareness campaigns, inter-agency collaboration, and victim support and counseling.
  4. To provide prevention and educational services targeting substance abuse. 

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for August 23, 2021






Staci Magee (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on he charges of Criminal Mischief/Depriving Use or Access to Property, Criminal Trespass, Disturbing the Peace/Loud & Abusive Language, and Resisting an Officer by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3500.00 bond.

Stanley Gill (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Probation Violation by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Tessica Pierce (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Aggravated Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.