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September 30, 2021

Mississippi Man Sentenced for Robbing Kentwood Bank

United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Steven Williams, age 35 and of Jackson, Mississippi, was sentenced on September 28, 2021 to 13 years and 8 months in prison followed by (5) years of supervised release for bank robbery. Williams was further ordered to pay $5,136.00 in restitution and a $100.00 mandatory special assessment fee.  

According to court documents, Williams used a firearm on November 21, 2016 while robbing the First NBC Bank in Kentwood, Louisiana. A FBI press release at the time stated “a lone male entered the First NBC Bank, pointed a gun in the air and ordered everyone to the floor, and then proceeded to rob the bank. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the robber fled the bank.”

He previously pleaded guilty to bank robbery by assaulting and putting in jeopardy the life of another by using a dangerous weapon.  

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Kentwood Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles D. Strauss.

Obituary

William Gill, Jr.

January 13, 1957 - September 10, 2021

Obituary

Bernita Cox Phelps

July 26, 1945 - September 29, 2021

Bogalusa Police Department Response to Violent Crimes

Today (September 30, 2021), the Bogalusa Police Department provided the following press release:

"In response to the city’s recent increase in violent crime, the Bogalusa Police Department has formed a Violent Crimes Task Force to combat the problem. The Task Force is comprised of Officers from the Bogalusa Police Department and one member from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, and has been in operation since mid September. During the first two weeks the Task Force has also received support from the Louisiana State Police and Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, as well as federal agencies.

During these first two weeks, the Task Force has made their presence known to Bogalusa’s criminal element. Below are some of the statistics, which shows not only the problems we face, but the impact we are making.

  • Arrests - 18 Felony and 6 Misdemeanor
  • Firearms seized - 17
  • Heroin seized - 178 grams
  • Methamphetamine seized - 122 grams
  • Cocaine seized - 96 grams
  • Marijuana seized - over 4.3 pounds
  • A small of amount of scheduled narcotics and THC Edibles
  • Approximately $9,000 cash (proceeds of narcotics sales) and two vehicles seized
  • 5 Search Warrants executed

A number of the offenders removed from the community are career criminals. We continue to make progress in several ongoing violent crime investigations. We will not rest and we will not turn our city over to violent thugs and drug dealers. We will continue to aggressively pursue the criminals preying on our citizens. We appreciate the support from the good citizens of the community, and hope that our citizens will come forward with information regarding crime in their neighborhoods. Together we can make Bogalusa a better, safer place to live."

Slidell Police Investigating Shooting Death of 18 Year-Old

Shortly before 9:30pm Wednesday (September 29, 2021), Slidell Police responded to a report of gun shots at the Canterbury House Apartments located at 301 Spartan Drive.

When officers arrived, they found 18-year-old Tacolby Burton deceased along the rear fence line of the complex with several gunshot wounds to his body.

Slidell Police detectives are at the very early stages of the investigation and are asking anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Obituary

Ruthie Elaine Dykes

December 31, 1964 - September 23, 2021

Obituary

Shirley Ann Creel Morgan

July 12, 1946 - September 28, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 29, 2021










Joseph Harper (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $11000.00.

Sakinah Ford (Picayune, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Johnny Cardwell (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Derrick Ishman (Bogalusa, La. address) 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), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $175000.00.

Jordan Simmons (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Aggravated Second Degree Battery by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Carlos Walker (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs, and Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $200000.00.

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September 29, 2021

Stolen Firearm and Stolen Vehicle Lands Man in Pike County Jail

On Monday (September 27, 2021), Pike County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the 4000 block of Van Norman Curve Rd. Deputies determined that Jeremy Walton was trespassing on the property and had run into the woods prior to deputies’ arrival. No one was injured on scene. 

While canvassing the area, deputies found a blue F-150, parked on the west side of the old Magnolia Electric building. Detectives were able to contact the owner and determine the vehicle was stolen. Walton was seen in the same vehicle earlier that day. Walton was later taken into custody in the same area. 

Walton was charged with Felony Taking of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Stolen Firearm with more charges pending.

Two Wanted by Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for 18 year old Razion Florant and 42 year old Kerry Watkins in regards to a shooting which injured two victims Monday September 27, 2021 on Mandella Rd in Independence, La.

Both are wanted for Aggravated Battery. 

If you have any information on their whereabouts, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-554-5245. Sergeant Detective Bridges is the lead detective on this case and can be reached at 985-902-2014.

Debris Pickup Deadline in Bogalusa is Oct. 4th

The City of Bogalusa has advised that the last day to put debris on the roadway for pick up is Monday, October 4th. Debris placed on City roadways after Monday won’t be picked up until November. 

Debris must be divided into three piles: vegetation, construction, and white goods. 

Obituary

Ta'Nahj Ja'Quan Moses

October 11, 2010 - September 17, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 28, 2021



Donna Miller (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Resisting an Officer by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Keegan Causey (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $5750.00 bond.

Carl Fichter (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Drivers License Not on Person, Proper Equipment Required on Vehicles, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Orlando Burkhalter (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs and Driving Under Suspension by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Katy Toney (Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of Second Degree Battery, Cruelty to Infirm, Theft Less Than 1000, Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000, Simple Assault, and Disturbing the Peace/Loud & Abusive Language by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Gerald Easley (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Probation Violation by Probation and Parole. No bond set at this time.

Stephon Crosby (Covington, La. address) was booked In From Court.

Jamyren Ladner (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Principals/Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Principals/Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities, Principals/Illegally Supplying Felon With Firearm, Principals/ Illegally Supplying Felon With Ammo, and Aggravated Assault/Drive By Shooting by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Obituary

Connie Jo Bahm Morgan

October 24, 1957 - September 24, 2021

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September 28, 2021

Obituary

Brandon Wayne Sheridan

December 12, 1983 - September 27, 2021

Obituary

Delora Jean Davis Bridges

May 29, 1935 - September 27, 2021

Obituary

Corine Weary

June 14, 1919 - September 27, 2021

Slidell Police Resolve Mental Health Crisis

Monday (September 27, 2021) evening, Slidell Police responded to the 200 block of Meadowmoss Drive in reference to an individual experiencing an apparent mental health crisis. When officers arrived, the individual brandished a hand gun and threatened self-harm. Officers began negotiating with the person for several minutes, utilizing de-escalation techniques. 

During the stand-off, the subject fired one shot from the handgun. Luckily, no one was injured from the discharge of the weapon. Officers utilized extreme restraint and continued to talk with the individual, attempting a peaceful outcome. 

The person was eventually subdued (without injury) and transported for a mental evaluation. The incident is currently under investigation.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal stated, “We constantly train and prepare for these types of situations. There could have been many different outcomes from this incident, but the important thing is…everyone is safe. I’m proud to say my officers utilized their training and showed restraint. We thank God no one got hurt.”

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Obituary

Rev. Edward Fitzgerald Sartin

November 12, 1964 - September 17, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 27, 2021






Jeremy Peavy (Raleigh, Ms. address) was booked on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Christina Williford (Zachary, La. address) was booked on the charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Joseph Yarbrough (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Second Degree Battery and Hate Crime by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $20000.00 bond.

Obituary

Jean Marie Watts

March 31, 1958 - September 24, 2021

Obituary

George Jeffery Griffin

June 28, 1945 - September 25, 2021

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September 27, 2021

STPSO: Narcotics Investigations Results in Six Arrests

Following a months-long investigation, members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division, with the assistance of members of the STPSO Special Operations Division, K9 Division, Major Crimes Unit and Criminal Patrol Division, executed search warrants Friday (September 24, 2021) at two Slidell-area residences and made six arrests

At the homes, which were located in the 37000 block of Ben Thomas Road and in the 800 block of Magnolia Street in Slidell, detectives seized the following items: approximately 7 grams of crack cocaine, approximately 2.5 pounds of marijuana, approximately 5 grams of fentanyl/heroin mixture, 3.8 grams of MDMA pills/powder, seven Vyvanse pills, five Tramadol pills, 60 Hydrocodone 10mg pills, 14.9 grams of powdered cocaine, two Suboxone 8mg strips, 63.9 grams of methamphetamine, 29.5 grams of heroin, and a Glock 9mm with a tactical pistol light and an extended magazine. Detectives also seized $1,712 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug sales and a 2015 Nissan Altima, which was used to facilitate the drug sales.

As a result of the investigation, detectives arrested six individuals.

Wayne Bernard (age 26 and of Slidell), Eric Adams (age 28 and of Slidell), Cordell Kirsh (age 23 and of Slidell), Jasmine Kirsh (age 31 and of Slidell), Ella May Smith (age 66 and of Slidell), and Samuel Sanders (age 61 and of Slidell). 



Broadband Info Meeting in Bogalusa Oct. 1st



Move Your Storm Debris by October 3rd

Washington Parish Government would like to remind all residents who have debris in their yards from Hurricane Ida that you should move the debris to the side of the road no later than Sunday, October 3rd. 

The debris will only be removed from the right of way and not from private property.

Please call Washington Parish Government at 985-848-2920 or 985-335-1307 to report your address after you have moved the debris to the side of the road.

Mountain Bike Festival is at Bogue Chitto State Park Oct. 2-3, 2021

Louisiana State Parks has announced the upcoming inaugural Rollercoaster of Love Mountain Bike Festival at Bogue Chitto State Park on October 2-3, 2021. The festival will conclude with the first mountain bike race held on the newly-constructed mountain bike trails inside the park. Hosted by the Northshore Off-Road Biking Association, the weekend mountain bike festival will include events for mountain bikers of all ages from a Funduro race, mountain bike riding instruction, and the Mega Zeph Mega Jam, mountain bike jump party featuring plenty of jumps and aerial stunts. Refreshments will be available from Tangipahoa Parish locally-owned brewery Gnarley Barley.

“With the increase in popularity of mountain bike riding, we wanted Louisiana to feature some of the best trails around. Through the hard work of my office, Louisiana State Parks, the Northshore Off-Road Biking Association, and so many more, we were able to expand the existing 4 miles of bike trails to 14 miles, over some of the most diverse terrain in the area,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “We are inviting everyone to come out and experience a world-class event on our world-class mountain bike trails in south Louisiana.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 25-26, 2021










Johnell Matthews (Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows, and Drivers License Not on Person by the Franklinton Police Department. Bond set at $2500.00.

Sidney Burns (Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Careless Operation, Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Drivers License Not on Person, Bench Warrant Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court (3 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $6659.00 bond.

Joera Lane (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Driving While intoxicated, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Ran Stop Sign, and Failure to Provide Proper Info by the Franklinton Police Department. Bond set at $3500.00.

Gage O'Keefe (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Proper Equipment Required, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $30000.00.

Ondre Bickham (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of No MVI, Proper Equipment Required, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Failure to Appear (2 counts) by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $30000.00.

Jill Lowe (Texarkana, Ar. address) was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on September 27, 2021.

Carnell Smoot (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on September 27, 2021.

Obituaries

Edward Charles "Big Ed" Saulsberry and Janet Holland Saulsberry

September 23, 2021 and September 22, 2021

Tropical Outlook Today

Disturbance 1. NOT A THREAT TO OUR AREA. An area of low pressure associated with the remnants of Peter is located a few hundred miles east-southeast of Bermuda.  Peter could briefly become a tropical depression again during the next day or two while it moves northeastward near 10 mph. By midweek, environmental conditions are expected to become unfavorable for further development. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 50% and formation chance through 5 days is at 50%. 

Disturbance 2. NOT A THREAT TO OUR AREA. Hurricane Sam is expected to remain a major hurricane for several days and move northwest at 8 mph. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Disturbance 3. KEEP AN EYE ON THIS. An area of low pressure located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is likely to form into a tropical depression in a few days while it moves westward to west-northwestward at 5 to 10 mph over the central tropical Atlantic. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 40% and formation chance through 5 days is at 80%. 

Disturbance 4. KEEP AN EYE ON THIS. A tropical wave is moving offshore the west coast of Africa and is likely to form into a tropical depression in a few days while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph over the far eastern tropical Atlantic. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 40% and formation chance through 5 days is at 80%. 



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September 26, 2021

September 25, 2021

Hit & Run Crash / Motorcyclist Severely Injured

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on September 22, 2021, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a serious injury hit and run crash involving a motorcycle on LA Hwy 16 in front of Tall Timber’s Truck Stop in St. Helena Parish.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling westbound on LA Hwy 16. At the same time, a white SUV possibly a 2000-2006 Chevrolet Tahoe / GMC Yukon) was traveling eastbound on LA Hwy 16. As both vehicles approached the entrance into Tall Timber’s, the SUV attempted to make a left turn, and traveled into the path of the motorcycle. This resulted in the front of the motorcycle striking the rear right portion of the SUV. 

The SUV was seen on surveillance video turning around in the parking lot, then fleeing the scene westbound on LA Hwy 16. The driver of the SUV was described as a black male possibly in his late 30’s with short hair / bald.

The driver of the motorcycle was transported to a local hospital with severe injuries.



Woman Killed in Washington Parish Crash

Shortly before 2:00 p.m. on Friday (September 24, 2021), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a three vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 25 south of LA Hwy 16 in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of 63-year-old Connie Rodriguez of Franklinton.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Rodriguez was traveling northbound on LA Hwy 25 in a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe. At the same time, a 2020 Freightliner utility truck and a 2018 Freightliner utility truck were traveling southbound on LA Hwy 25. For reasons still under investigation, Rodriguez crossed the centerline into the opposing lane, which resulted in the Chevrolet side-swiping the 2020 Freightliner and subsequently striking the 2018 Freightliner head-on.

Restraint use on the part of Rodriguez is unknown at this time. The drivers of the Freightliners were properly restrained and sustained minor injuries. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from all three drivers for analysis. 

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 24, 2021



Daquantas McGowan (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, and Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $95000.00.

Bobby Thomas (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS with Weapon Present, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, Aggravated Second Degree Battery, and Contempt of Court by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $40250.00.

Jashadric Owens (Mandeville, La. address) was booked on the charges of Speed Unsafe for Road Conditions, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, and Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering by the Bogalusa Police Department. Released on $10000.00 bond.

Quave Marshall (Metairie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $50000.00.

Kelajawon Collins (Covington, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Resisting an Officer by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $10000.00.

James McGowan (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Shekeil Ratliff (Osyka, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of No Drivers License, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Amber Thomas (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, and No Drivers License by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Bryan Disotell (Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Attempted Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Protective Order Violation by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10000.00.

Kenneth Foster (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $250000.00.

Chelsea Kuechler (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3500.00 bond.

Obituary

Richard M. “Mike” Nastasi

October 15, 1948 - September 24, 2021

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September 24, 2021

Help TPSO Identify This Suspect

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reports that on September 14, 2021, a blue Honda Civic was stolen from Bedico, La. Inside the car was the victim's purse.

Two days later (September 16, 2021), the person pictured here was captured on surveillance video attempting to make a purchase using the victim's credit card.

If you can assist in identifying this person, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-554-524

The Annual TPSO Rodeo will be January 21&22, 2022



Obituary

Cindy Trahan

August 04, 1951 - September 23, 2021

Obituary

Joyce Corkern Creel

November 27, 1952 - September 23, 2021

Obituary

William Jewell Russell, Jr.

December 21, 1931 - September 21, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 23, 2021






Bailey Lee (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Bond Surrender by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Daniel Fremin (Kentwood, La. address) was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Thomas Hebert (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Introduction of Contraband into Penal Institute, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Cody Williams (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Theft 1000-5000 and Malfeasance in Office by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $5000.00 bond.

WP Planning Commission September 21, 2021

Among the topics of discussion were training requirements for commission members, the development plan for Deer Park Development, and issues regarding permits for older (30 years +) mobile homes.

WP Infrastructure Committee on September 23, 2021

The main items on the Infrastructure Committee Agenda for September 23, 2021 were discussions of redistricting and AmWaste services.

Two Teens in Custody After Shooting in Franklinton

Today (September 24, 2021), Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown issued the Press Release below.

On Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at approximately 1:51pm, the Franklinton Police Department responded to the Fairground Apartments located at 1129 Parker Street in reference to multiple gunshots; this is the 3rd such incident received at this location in a matter of a few months.  Upon arrival, officers were alerted to a subject believed to be involved in the shooting.  The subject was detained and subsequently found to be in possession of approximately 25 grams of marijuana and a stolen  handgun.  Although not believed to be the actual shooter in this incident, the 15 year old juvenile was wearing an ankle monitor from a previous armed robbery.  The juvenile was remanded to Florida Parish Detention Center and his probation was revoked.

On Thursday, September 23, 2021 at approximately 11:40pm, after working exhaustively to locate the shooter in the aforementioned case, detectives located their suspect at a residence just outside of town.  After a brief stand-off where the suspect barricaded himself in the residence, officers were able to take him into custody without incident.  The suspect, a 17 year old male who was recently released from Florida Parish Detention Center has an extensive criminal history involving illegal weapon possession.  The suspect was arrested on multiple charges to include; Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Illegal Possession of Weapons, Illegal Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial number and Possession of a Firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Both of these juveniles pose a serious threat to the community and have been given more than enough opportunity to correct their behavior.  It’s obvious they have chosen to continue their criminal activity, without regard for human decency and public safety. Once again, they will be spending some time at the Florida Parish Detention Center.  Hopefully, the public will receive some reprieve and they will remain there for an extended period of time.  Our town is beyond tired of this senseless and repetitive criminal activity; recidivism in criminals shouldn’t be tolerated.   

Washington Parish Free Fair Information

In case you have missed it, the Washington Parish Fair Association is publishing information about this year's parade, availability of Fair Flags, 4-H Exhibit/Dairy Entry, the 4-H Pumpkin Decorating Contest, the Rodeo Queens Contest, Better Baby Contest Registration, 2021 Fair Souvenirs, Mile Branch Settlement, carnival ticket presale, the entertainment lineup, and much more. 

Click here for their Facebook page and all they are planning


Obituary

Earl Thomas

July 12, 1933 - September 22, 2021

Obituary

Regina Gail Dykes Pugh

September 23, 1957 - September 22, 2021

Tropical Outlook Today

There is no immediate threats to the U.S. at this time but Hurricane Sam bears watching.



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September 23, 2021

Obituary

Stacy Ann Varnado

June 11, 1966 - September 14, 2021

Obituary

Larry Oneal Newkirk

June 18, 1960 - September 13, 2021

Obituary

Leavenell Brock Magee

August 08, 1945 - September 14, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 22, 2021



Andrew Pernell (Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting an Officer, and Failure to Report Accident by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Jamichael Spikes (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering, Illegal Carrying of Weapon, Carrying Firearm/Weapon on School Property, and Resisting an Officer by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Cody Young (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set a this time.

Obituary

Shannon Spurgeon Hunt

April 27, 1966 - September 22, 2021

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September 22, 2021

Arrest of 16 Year Old in in Fatal Crash Near Madisonville

Following an extensive investigation, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested the 16-year-old driver involved in the late night crash near Madisonville on August 4, 2021 that claimed the lives of two teenagers. 

The vehicle was occupied at the time by four 16-year-old local females. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it ran off the roadway, impacting two trees, a utility box and two signs. Two of the occupants were pronounced dead on the scene by medical personnel. The driver and another passenger were transported by medical personnel to a local hospital with injuries. 

The driver has now been arrested and booked into the Florida Parish’s Juvenile Detention Center on the charges of two counts of Vehicular Homicide/Driving Under the Influence, First Degree Vehicular Injuring, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (1st Offense), Possession of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Schedule IV CDS, Reckless Operation, and Unlawful Operation by a Child Less that 17 (Between Certain Hours Prohibited). 

Missing Adult Last Seen Near Bush



STPSO Looking for Another 16 Year Old Runaway



STPSO Looking for Runaway 16 Year Old



Arrest Made in Drive-By Shooting at SMCC

Last week (September 14, 2021), officers of the Southwest Mississippi Community College (SMCC) Police Department and Detectives with the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at 6036 Magnolia Progress Road, Magnolia, MS in Pike County.

A firearm was located in Bryan “BJ’ Cameron’s room at the residence and is believed to be one of the firearms used in the Drive by Shooting on SMCC campus on September 9, 2021. Also, in Cameron’s room forty-four (44) grams of marijuana were found.

Cameron (age 18) was arrested and booked for Drive-By Shooting, Conspiracy to Commit Drive-By Shooting, Shooting into a Motor Vehicle (x2), Possession of Weapon on School Campus by SMCCPD and Possession of Marijuana With the Intent to Distribute enhanced by Possession of a Firearm by the PCSO Narcotics Division.

Town of Franklinton Receives Memorandum of Appreciation



Bogalusa Police Charge 18 Year Old With Shooting of 13 Year Old

The following statement was released by the Bogalusa Police Department:

On Monday, September 20th, the Bogalusa Police Department was notified of shots fired in the 1100 block of Main Street with one subject hit by gunfire. Upon arrival, Officers discovered that a 13 year old child had been shot while walking down Main Street, shortly after getting off of the school bus. The child suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and responding officers rendered first aid until the arrival of emergency medical services. While officers worked the shooting scene, it was discovered that a single vehicle crash had occurred on Main Street at North Avenue, a short distance from the scene of the shooting. Officers learned that a male subject had exited the vehicle and fled on foot. After a brief search, Officers encountered the subject on the area of Columbia and East 6th Street and he was taken into custody. The child was transported by ambulance to the Emergency Room, and later flown to a trauma center.

Based on information obtained during the initial investigation, the subject apprehended due to the vehicle was crash was considered a suspect in the shooting, but there were no eye witnesses to the shooting and no firearm was recovered. The suspect, Andrew Pernell, 18 years of age, was identified as the driver of the crashed vehicle and was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, and resisting an officer. Pernell denied any involvement in the shooting. He was booked into the Bogalusa City Jail and the investigation continued. On Tuesday, September 21st, Detectives located a 9mm handgun near the scene of the vehicle crash, believed to be used in the shooting. Other evidence was also obtained linking Pernell to the shooting. On Tuesday evening, Detectives charged Pernell with Attempted Second Degree Murder, Illegal Use of Weapons, and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.

The victim sustained serious injuries, but is currently in stable condition.

The investigation into Pernell’s activities continues. Anyone with any information involving this latest shooting is asked to call the Bogalusa Police Department or Crime Stoppers.

Mayor Perrette Holds STOP THE VIOLENCE Press Conference

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette held a Press Conference on Tuesday (September 21, 2021) afternoon, attended by parish leaders and law enforcement, to address the recent surge of violence in Bogalusa and the partnership of other law enforcement agencies. She issued a plea for residents to come forward with any information. Reiterating her message were Parish President Richard Thomas and District Attorney Warren Montgomery. Also speaking was Darlene Cusanza, CrimestoppersGNO President & CEO. Cusanza described the mission of Crimestoppers  and how they can help with crime in Bogalusa.

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Royce Clifton Dowdy

October 03, 1927 - September 20, 2021

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Sylvia Ann Brooks

September 22, 1938 - September 20, 2021

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Jason Paul Dutruch

September 30, 1980 - September 20, 2021

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Tessie Lizette "Tess" Starnes

April 11, 1985 - September 18, 2021

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Fear and Frustration Evidenced at Bogalusa Meeting

The Bogalusa Council met Tuesday (September 21, 2021) evening under less than ideal conditions. They met in a smaller road due to damage to the Courtroom roof and seating was limited. The Council addressed items on the Agenda and heard from residents who mainly addressed recent shootings and violence in Bogalusa. 

Video guide: 
02:30      Life Saving Awards Presented 
05:30      Marvin Austin, Jr. on recent violence and shootings 
14:00      Ordinances introduced and Ordinances adopted 
31:20      Public Participation: Bradley Austin, Debbie McCloud, Christopher Matthews, a teacher at      Central Elementary
49:15      Administrative remarks from Mayor Perrette 
55:45      Council Members' remarks

 

September 21, 2021

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John Arthur Magee

March 18, 1953 - September 13, 2021

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Timothy L Porter

April 08, 1969 - August 30, 2021

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Royce Dowdy

October 03, 1927 - September 20, 2021

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Ezzie Charlene Nastasi

November 21, 1926 - September 19, 2021

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Thomas Edward Barnes

July 20, 1952 - September 19, 2021

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James Wesley "Jimmy" Sibley

May 2, 1939 - September 20, 2021

Self Defense Class for Women is Oct. 9th in Ponchatoula

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for September 20, 2021






Justin Carter (Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Monetary Instrument Abuse/Counterfeit Moneys by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Ezra Bateman (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Kelli English (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.