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October 31, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 28-30, 2021



Anthony Marange (Covington, La. address) was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery by the Franklinton Police Department. Released on $2500.00 bond.

Quantrell Porter (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked In From Court and on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts), Failure to Pay Fine, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office.

John Campbell (Covington, La. address) was booked on the charges of Protective Order Violation and Possession of Schedule 3 Drugs With Intent to Distribute by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $7500.00.

Matthew Azcona (Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Obstructing Public Passage(s) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Keesha Dawson (Franklinton, La address) was booked on the charge of Simple Arson by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Larry Covington (Amite, La. address) was booked on the charges of Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering, Aggravated Assault/Domestic Violence, Attempted Escape, Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence, and Public Intimidation & Retaliation by the Franklinton Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Arthur Jones (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Cyberstalking and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Justin Watson (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin (3 counts), Possession of CDS in Presence of Juvenile, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs/MOJO, Possession of CDS with Weapon Present, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Marijuana, and Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Dustin Bryant (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Carena Franklin (Atlanta, Ga. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Javorius Scott (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Switched License Plates, No Proof of Insurance, Child Restraint Violation (2nd Offense), Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, Child Desertion, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

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October 30, 2021

October 29, 2021

Strain Trial Day 5: Second Accuser (Video from WWLTV)

Loggers Encouraged to Apply for $25,000 Grant



Career Inmate Arrested on St. Martin Fugitive Warrant

Today (October 29, 2021), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office corrections deputies arrested Quantrell Kjuan Porter, age 44 and a resident of Bund Street in Bogalusa (when he is not jailed), on a fugitive warrant from St. Martin Parish.

Porter is familiar with the inside of the Washington Parish Jail, having several arrests in Washington Parish since 2008 that have included charges of distribution of illegal drugs, possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice, resisting an officer, numerous counts of failure to appear in court, failure to pay court assessed fines, fugitive from another jurisdiction, home invasion, aggravated battery domestic violence, aggravated criminal damage to property, failure to honor a written promise, and contempt of court.  

“Mr. Porter has been an active participant in criminal activity,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “In addition to his numerous Washington Parish arrests, it seems he has also been arrested in St. Martin Parish. He seems to have mastered the art of ignoring court orders and failing to appear in court. When our court system is finally finished with him, we will be glad to hold him for the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office.”

DOTD To Make Final Pass for Debris Removal

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) advises that the final pass of Hurricane Ida debris removal in St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, Livingston, St. Tammany, and St. John the Baptist Parishes will begin on Wednesday, November 3. Debris removal operations from state highways will be complete in St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, Livingston, St. Tammany, and St. John the Baptist Parishes after this pass.

As a reminder, residents should keep hurricane debris out of the roadway and out of the line of sight for motorists. Debris should not be placed in ditches because this could lead to flooding during rain, nor should it be placed on street corners because this could cause line-of-sight issues.

Residents are encouraged to follow the below tips to assist in the debris removal process:

  • State contractors are only able to remove debris from state right-of-way.
  • Do not push debris into the roadway. Multiple sweeps will allow debris that cannot fit at one time to be removed.
  • Please don’t put debris on power lines, fire hydrants, utility stub-outs, or anything that would hinder the claw that grabs the debris. Multiple sweeps will pick up what may not fit initially.
  • Construction and demolition debris, as well as vegetative debris, are some of the items traditionally picked up first.
  • Debris on commercial, agricultural, and undeveloped properties will not be removed.
  • Dark-colored bagged debris will not be removed.
  • Certain debris, such as refrigerators and freezers, engines, and other materials that have to be disposed of in a different manner may be picked up at a separate time and/or sweep.

DOTD would also like to remind citizens that debris removal progress can be seen at www.511la.org. The page is updated daily at 6:00 am to reflect data from the previous day following disposal of debris material.

Crews continue to work swiftly throughout southeast Louisiana to repair damaged signs and signals, as well as clear debris off state routes. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution, be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment, and refrain from driving around "road closed" barricades, as crews are near the road and oncoming traffic. Don’t drive distracted or impaired, and be extra cautious.

Obituary

Flora Ann Haley Magee

December 7, 1934 - October 28, 2021

Police Actions at the Fair & Alderman Recall Election are Topics at Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting

At the Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday (October 26, 2021) evening,  (beginning at 3:10 into the video) resident and WPSS Board Member Frankie Crosby advised those present that a recall election would be held on March 26, 2022. No comments or questions followed Crosby's announcement and the subject of the recall was not identified. However, Crosby has previously questioned Alderman Heath Spears' qualification to serve as an alderman based on his residency and spearheaded a recall petition. See the Proclamation of the Recall Election below the video.

Spears, who was not present at this meeting, has related in the past that a fire at his Bickham Street residence temporarily prevented his occupancy, that it was temporary and unavoidable, and has insisted that he does live at his Bickham Street residence.

Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown provided his report beginning at 7:00 into the video. Brown provided his department's statistics and an update on police actions related to the recent Washington Parish Fair. Brown acknowledged the assistance provided by Louisiana State Police and Rayburn Corrections and reviewed measures taken to prevent criminal activity at the fair. Brown related that persons were identified possibly intent on engaging in criminal behavior; they were intercepted prior to  entering the fairgrounds and weapons were confiscated. As a result, no criminal arrests were made by FPD during the fair.

Mayor Route announced that a program recognizing Veterans would be held on November 9th, reminded the public that Trick or Treat would be on October 30th from 6 PM to 8 PM with a Trunk or Treat at Town Hall, and that the work continues to establish a park behind Popeyes on Washington Street. 

 



Halloween Safety Message from AG Jeff Landry (Video)

Halloween is Sunday and that means little princesses, monsters, and superheroes will soon take over our neighborhoods. Attorney General Jeff Landry is encouraging our State’s families to be vigilant so we can make Halloween a safe, fun-filled night of tricks and treats.

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October 28, 2021

Victim Testimony - Day 4 of Jack Strain's Trial (Video from WWLTV)

Magnolia (MS) Drive-by Shooting Suspect Caught in Louisiana

A suspect in an October 21, 2021 drive-by shooting in Magnolia, MS, in which two persons were injured, was apprehended after a chase that led into Louisiana. 

The Pike County (MS) Sheriff's office advised that deputies attempted to stop a vehicle matching the description of the drive-by shooter(s) vehicle. Instead, the driver of the vehicle fled southbound on Interstate 55, crossed the state line into Tangipahoa Parish, exited westbound onto LA. 440, turned into a wooded area near LA. 1049 and LA. 440, and the driver and passenger fled into a wooded area.

Angus Armstrong was taken into custody after a coordinated effort by St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana State Police, Baton Rouge Police Department, U.S. Customs, Pike County (MS) Sheriff's Office, Osyka (MS) Police Department, Magnolia (MS) Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Tangipahoa Police Department, Kentwood Police Department, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The second individual in the vehicle was not apprehended.

Armstrong was booked into St. Helena Parish Jail awaiting extradition.

Stolen Firearms Recovered at Magnolia and Mt. Hermon Residences

The Pike County (MS) Sheriff's Office reported today that on Monday (October 25, 2021) deputies were dispatched to Irma Drive in Magnolia in reference to Burglary of a Residence. Multiple firearms were taken.

Deputies obtained video and identified the suspects. Search warrants were conducted at a residence on Bala Chitto Road in Magnolia, MS and on Highway 38 in Mt. Hermon, LA. As a result, investigators detained four male juveniles and one female juvenile and recovered all of the missing firearms.

The juveniles were released to their legal guardians and face a hearing in the Pike County Youth Court for Burglary of a Dwelling, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of a Dwelling, and Possession of stolen firearms.

Rayburn Correctional Center Employees Recognized

Parish Council Appoints Redistricting Advisory Panel

The Washington Parish Council met Monday (October 25, 2021) evening and appointed members of the Redistricting Advisory Panel. Appointed were Kay Kay Varnado (District 1), Seth Descant (District 2), Michelle Goode (District 3), William Lewis (District 4), Brent Jones (District 5), Jerome Warren (District 6), and Stuart Varnado (District 7). To facilitate the work of redistricting of council districts by the end of the year, the Council voted at the meeting on October 11, 2021 to appoint Marshall Buddy Jenkins as a consultant to the Washington Parish Council (as recommended by the Infrastructure Committee) and  established an Advisory Panel. Jenkins “crunches” the numbers to comply with redistricting requirements and makes recommendations to the Council, who will vote on how council districts lines will be drawn. The Advisory Committee will participate and provide for transparency in the process.

In other business, the Council 

  • heard from a SBA Disaster Assistance Public Information Officer, 
  • introduced an ordinance to amend the 2021 WPG annual operating budget, 
  • introduced an ordinance adding Nobles Cemetery Road to the “No Thru Truck Routes” ordinance, 
  • approved a resolution removing Sanford Road from the Road System Maintenance List, 
  • approved two resolutions correcting terms of expiration for the Washington Parish Communications District, 
  • approved a resolution changing the polling place of Ward 4, Precincts 10, 10A and 11 from the Palestine Baptist Church Hall to the Rio Fire Station for the December 11, 2021 election, 
  • approved a resolution of appointment for the Washington Parish Fire District No. 9. Board of Directors, and 
  • heard reports from Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff.

President Thomas (beginning at 14:50 into video of the meeting) reported on COVID-19 in the parish and efforts to improve broadband including the naming of Tommy Thiebald to head the effort.

Finance Director Donna Graham reported on the budget and stated she was astonished at the increase in sales tax revenue. Graham also reported that 150,000 cubic yards of debris was picked up, with the cost for 128,000 cubic yards to be reimbursed 100% by FEMA and the remainder to be reimbursed at 80%.

Public Works Director Ken Wheat provided a report that recognized the tremendous work done by WPG employees to timely complete cleanup following Hurricane Ida.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 27, 2021








Jeremy Forbes (Sandy Hook, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (5 counts) and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $12500.00.

Tiffany Knight-Martin (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Talage Ratliff (Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Terrorizing, Criminal Mischief/False Report of a Crime, Resisting Arrest by Providing False Booking Info, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Angela Westmoreland (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Protective Order Violation by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Jeremy Westmoreland (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm and Simple Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Wilton Grimes (Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (3 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Laken Vaughn (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Conterrio Johnson (Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Contempt of Court, and Bond Surrender by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $75000.00.

Ashton Sheridan was booked In From Court

Natalie Jordan (Pearl River, La. address) was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Bogalusa Police Department. Released on $5000.00 bond.

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  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. 

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October 27, 2021

First Day of Jack Strain's Sex Abuse Trial (Video from WWLTV)

Bogalusa Men (Brothers) Each Sentenced to 10 Years for Drug Offenses

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans has announced that Bogalusa brothers Jonzarrion Harris, aka “Gee” (age 21) and Trevion Harris, aka “Trigga” (age 24), were each sentenced by United States District Judge Wendy B. Vitter to 120 months’ imprisonment, 5 years of supervised release and  mandatory  special assessment fees after pleading guilty to indictments charging brothers Trevion, Jonzarrion, and Demarquiez Harris several narcotics offenses. 

According to court documents, Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms identified Trevion Harris as a methamphetamine trafficker in Bogalusa. Using a confidential source, beginning in November of 2018 and continuing through May 1, 2019, agents made controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Trevion, Jonzarrion, and Demarquiez Harris in amounts ranging from two (2) grams to as many as eight (8) ounces.

This prosecution was part of an extensive investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Bogalusa Police Department of individuals suspected of trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine and/or firearms in the Bogalusa area.  The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney AndrĂ© Jones.

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Washington Parish Jail Deputy Assaulted by Inmate

A Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail Deputy was assaulted today (October 27, 2021) by an inmate who has a history of assaulting law enforcement officers.

While attempting to intervene in a situation involving several inmates, a jail deputy was physically assaulted by 21 year-old inmate Eddie Anthony Jackson, who first pushed the deputy and then struck him multiple times in the head and face with a closed fist. Eventually, the deputy was able to restrain Jackson and escort him to a secure holding area. The entire incident was captured on the jail camera surveillance system and reviewed by a supervisor who obtained an arrest warrant for Jackson’s arrest on the assault charges.

The deputy received a laceration and other injuries. He was evaluated by Northshore EMS and then transported to Riverside Medical Center for treatment.

Jackson’s current stay in the Washington Parish Jail is his fourth since June 2018 when he was arrested for theft of a firearm and burglary. In July 2018, he was arrested again on charges of arson, aggravated battery, theft and probation violation. 

Jackson faced numerous charges after an April 2019 arrest. At that time, he was booked into the jail on charges of two counts of aggravated assault in a drive by shooting, two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, two counts of illegal discharge of a weapon, two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and resisting an officer.

He was arrested again in April 2021 for aggravated assault with a firearm, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, battery on a police officer with injury, resisting a police officer with force or violence, aggravated battery and simple escape. In addition, the Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole placed a hold on his release. Bond for Jackson was set at $157,500. He now faces additional charges for assault with injury on the corrections deputy.

“This is the second time this week one of our officers has been assaulted,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Each time, thankfully, our officers were able to subdue their assailants. Young Mr. Jackson has a despicable record of violence which is absolutely unacceptable in a civilized society. He is slowly but surely earning a place in a state penitentiary. His prison sentence will be well deserved.”

Violently Resisting Armed Man Arrested by WPSO

Chad Wayne Guy, age 32 and who lists a Robert, Louisiana address, was arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday (October 25, 2021). Deputies responded to a report of screams coming from a parish residence and encountered Guy who had reportedly physically abused a female acquaintance while she held an infant in her arms. Guy was armed with a box cutter.

Guy violently resisted the deputies before he was restrained and placed in the backseat of a patrol unit. Even then, he continued to resist, banging his head against the barrier separating the front and rear seats.

At the time of the arrest, Guy was reportedly in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with those crimes in addition to domestic battery with strangulation and child endangerment, false imprisonment while armed with a weapon, resisting a police officer with force or violence and criminal damage to property.

Guy has a history of fighting with law enforcement officers. In 2012, he was charged with battery on a Washington Parish jail employee and failure to appear in court. In 2013, he was arrested again for failure to appear in court. He faced another failure to appear in court charge in 2015 as well as a failure to pay a court assessed fine. Later in 2015, he was arrested again for failure to pay a court assessed fine In 2018, he was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to pay court ordered child support.

Commenting on the arrest, Sheriff Randy Seal said, “To say Mr. Guy has an anger management problem might be an understatement. It seems obvious he has no regard for others. Violently resisting law enforcement officers is never a good tactic. You might be big or strong, but you are never big enough or strong enough. You will go to jail where you belong. I’m pleased neither of our officers were injured and that Mr. Guy could be jailed awaiting an appearance before a 22nd Judicial District Court judge.”

Plan for the Bogalusa Lighted Christmas Parade

Obituary

Randall Tyrone Schilling

August 16, 1959 - October 26, 2021

Obituary

Patricia Ann Henry Hebert

May 6, 1942 - October 26, 2021

Obituary

Mona Lisa Taylor McMillan "Woodward"

September 21, 1978 - October 24, 2021

Obituary

Kevin Bryce "Da Bull" Blackmon

October 10, 1966 - October 10, 2021

Unrestrained Woman Killed in Tangipahoa Parish Crash

This morning (October 27, 2021), shortly before 10:30 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on I-12 near the interchange of I-55 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 77-year-old Nannette Briggs of Lafayette, Louisiana.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser was eastbound on Interstate 12. At the same time, a 2022 International HX was stopped eastbound on Interstate 12 due to traffic congestion. For reasons still under investigation, the driver of the Toyota was unable to stop and impacted the back of the International’s trailer with its passenger side. After impact with the trailer, the Toyota traveled off of the roadway and overturned.

Briggs was a passenger in the Toyota Land Cruiser and was not properly restrained. She sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Toyota was properly restrained and sustained moderate injuries. He was transported to a local area hospital. The driver of the International HX was properly restrained and was not injured. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Man Charged With Assaulting Girlfriend on Their Way to Bogalusa

A Baton Rouge man has been arrested on assault and battery charges after he reportedly held a gun to his girlfriend’s head and threatened to kill her Tuesday (October 26, 2021) evening in St. Tammany Parish.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office reports that at approximately 4:30 pm Tuesday, STPSO deputies were dispatched in reference to a couple who got into an altercation, which turned physical, while driving through St. Tammany Parish on their way to Bogalusa. Responding deputies learned the male driver, Jarmine Alexander (age 19 and of Baton Rouge), pulled over on Highway 59 near Mandeville and assaulted his girlfriend after the two got into an argument. 

The victim told deputies Alexander held a pistol to her head, threatened to kill her, and punched her several times before they got back in the vehicle. Deputies located Alexander in the vehicle, in the area of Highway 21 and Dillard Road. He had dropped off the victim already with a family member before deputies located him.

Alexander was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on one count of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm (Domestic Violence) and one count of Battery on a Dating Partner.

Deputies located the pistol used and some of Alexander’s clothing, where he discarded them behind a house on St. Ann Street in Abita Springs.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 26, 2021






Jonathan Miller (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Contempt of Court, and Proper Equipment Required by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $3500.00.

Michael Ammari (San Antonio, Tx. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault and Disturbing the Peace by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Kyle Gornor (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault/Domestic Violence, Self Mutilation, Resisting an Officer, Contempt of Court, and Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Roger Kent (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Probation Violation by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released October 26, 2021.

WPSS Opts Out of Mask Mandate

The Washington Parish School System advised late Tuesday (October 26, 2021) that WPSS is eligible to opt out of the mask mandate. This follows Gov. John Bel Edwards announcement that he is lifting Louisiana's statewide mask mandate in all settings except for K-12 schools. The Governor’s updated order allows school districts to opt out of the mask mandate as long as they continue to follow the existing quarantine guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to better separate exposed students and faculty members from others and avoid outbreaks on campus. 

Since all WPSS schools are following CDC and LDH quarantine and isolation guidance, WPSS will no longer require wearing masks in school buildings. Anyone who wishes to continue wearing face coverings in school buildings is encouraged to do so. Masks will still be required on buses. 

This will go into effect on October 27, 2021.

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Obituary

Mary Elizabeth Haley Penton

June 15, 1936 - October 24, 2021

Today's Message from ADAPT

The National Red Ribbon Week Theme, Drug Free Looks Like Me™. Created by Marin Wurst, a 7th grader at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio. The Theme is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free!

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. 

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October 26, 2021

Gov. Edwards Lifts Mask Mandate, Except for K-12 Schools

Today (October 26, 2021), Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he will lift Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate in all settings except for K-12 schools, after sustained improvement across the state in terms of new cases, test positivity and hospitalizations. The Governor’s updated order allows school districts to opt out of the mask mandate as long as they continue to follow the existing quarantine guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to better separate exposed students and faculty members from others and avoid outbreaks on campus.

Masks will still be mandated by federal regulation, including on mass transit and in health care facilities. They will not be mandated in most places, including government buildings, college and university campuses and businesses. 

Local governments and private businesses may choose to continue to require and enforce mask requirements under the Governor’s order, which goes into effect on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

Click here to read the full press release.

Get It Growing: Here’s how to grow strawberries

It’s now the time of year to plant strawberries. But, you don’t have to be a commercial producer to grow them. On this edition of Get it Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard provides some tips for you to successfully grow these delicious fruits.

Obituary

Edward Aaron Logan

January 7, 1927 - October 25, 2021

Man Arrested Saturday of the Fair After Foot Pursuit

On Saturday, (October 23, 2021), a Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to the scene of an automobile accident near the Washington Parish Fair in Franklinton to assist the Franklinton Police Department officer already on the scene. Two young children were in one of the vehicles along with the driver who was subsequently arrested.

In the course of the accident investigation, the deputy observed a bag which had been removed from one vehicle by the driver who would later be arrested. An inspection of the bag revealed a large quantity of heroin.

As more deputies and FPD officers responded to the scene, the driver fled on foot into a nearby wood line and jumped down a ravine into a creek, then began to climb the embankment on the opposite side of the creek. Officers were in pursuit and eventually were able to subdue and capture the driver, identified as Michael L. Burton, Jr., age 37 and a resident of Emma Hart Road. As officers attempted to place handcuffs on Burton, he physically resisted before officers were able to control him. He was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. Bond was set at $75,000.00.

A further search of Burton’s vehicle and possessions revealed a quantity of cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and other illegal drugs in addition to the heroin. He was booked into the jail on five counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, three counts of distribution of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of minors, resisting an officer, obstruction of justice and being a fugitive from the Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole.

Burton had another significant drug arrest in 2015. After a Washington Parish deputy sheriff responded to a disturbance at the Sportsman Inn south of Bogalusa, he learned that the suspect in the matter was being detained by the Bogalusa Police Department at a business on Cumberland Street. BPD reported the suspect had guns and illegal narcotics in his vehicle. Burton was identified as the suspect and arrested on charges of two counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, seven counts of possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with a weapon present and three counts of failure to appear in court. Burton was arrested again in 2016 on four counts of contempt of court.

“Both the 2021 and 2015 arrests demonstrate the wonderful working relationships we have with both the Bogalusa and Franklinton Police Departments. Both police departments, along with departments in Angie and Varnado, work closely with us at any time we need assistance and we are quick to respond to them when they request assistance. Burton’s latest arrest is a strong indicator of his strong disdain for the law, his fellow citizens and children in his custody. I congratulate the fine officers of the Franklinton Police Department for their good work in making this arrest and I extend my sincere appreciation to our deputies who assisted. Was Burton headed to the fair with the illegal drugs? We may never know the answer to that question, but we do know the illegal drugs are no longer in circulation. Neither is Mr. Burton.”

Obituary

LaJohn Magee, Jr.

December 20, 2005 - October 23, 2021

Obituary

Brenda Gayle Forbes

July 21, 1958 - October 26, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 25, 2021










Chad Guy (Robert, La. address) was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, False Imprisonment/Armed With Weapon, Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000, and Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Jason Ricker (Franklinton, La address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Determination of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Contempt of Court by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Reece Carroll (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Ricky Applewhite (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Parole Violation by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Toby Crain (New Orleans, La. address) was booked on the charges of Theft of a Motor Vehicle 5000 to 25000 and Possession of Stolen Things Under 1000 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Damien Perkins (Prentiss, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Careless Operation With Accident, No Insurance, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released October 25, 2021.

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October 25, 2021

Tangipahoa and Kentwood Men Charged With Theft of Motorcycles

Last Tuesday (October 19, 2021), Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation regarding a theft of two motor bikes, a yellow 2012 Suzuki RMZ450, and a blue 2018 Yamaha YZ250, that took place in the Hammond area. 

Chief Jimmy Travis reports that during the course of this investigation, Detectives learned Steven Newsome (age 20 and of Tangipahoa) and Cedric Brumfield Jr (age 19 and of Kentwood) were responsible for this theft. 

Late in the evening of October 19, 2021, Steven Newsome was taken into custody and subsequently charged with two counts possession of stolen things, two counts auto theft, and one illegal entry into an inhabited dwelling. At the time of his arrest, Newsome was currently on probation for auto theft, and aggravated assault with a firearm. Steven Newsome is a suspect in several other open cases regarding theft in the area.

On October 20, 2021, Cedric Brumfield was taken into custody and subsequently charged with two counts of auto theft. 

As the investigation continued the 2012 Suzuki RMZ450 was located in a wooded area adjacent to a residence Newsome was known to frequent. This is an ongoing investigation and if you have information regarding this theft, the location of the 2018 Yamaha YZ250 or have purchased items from either of these persons please call The Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s Anonymous Tip Line at 1-800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips. Detective Foster is the lead investigator on this case and can be reached at 985-902-2035. 

Every person accused of any crime is considered innocent until proven guilty.

John Paul Seals Charged with Murder and Arson

After an intensive investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, John Paul Seals, age 41 and a resident of Wisconsin Street in Holden, was arrested on Thursday (October 21, 2021). Seals is in the Washington Parish Jail charged with second degree murder, simple arson and obstruction of justice.

The murder investigation began October 11, 2021 when a Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant responded to a report of a burned vehicle on Monroe Creek Road. The officer discovered a severely burned and unidentifiable body adjacent to the burned vehicle and summoned detectives who assumed control of the investigation. The victim’s body was transported to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for an autopsy. As the investigation continues, it is anticipated that identification of the victim, as well as motive for the crime, will be forthcoming.

The investigation carried detectives throughout Washington Parish and into neighboring Marion and Walthall Counties in Mississippi. Seals was identified early on as a suspect and detectives were able to gather sufficient evidence to formally charge him with the crime.

Seals is no stranger to the Washington Parish Jail, having been arrested in Washington Parish numerous times beginning that have included arrests for aggravated assaults, simple battery, false imprisonment, domestic violence battery, unauthorized entry into a place of business, aggravated battery, multiple counts of failure to appear, theft of a firearm,  probation violation, distribution of illegal drugs, simple battery, obstruction of justice, disturbing the peace, home invasion, criminal damage to property, and on a fugitive warrant from East Baton Rouge Parish.

“I offer my sincere appreciation to our detectives for their thorough investigation of this heinous crime,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I’m also grateful to the office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal and both the Marion County and Walthall County officers who provided assistance.”

Fair Incident Lands Parish Man in Jail

On Thursday (October 21, 2021), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were summoned to a camp ground adjacent to the fairgrounds on a report of a man threatening others with a knife.

Washington Parish deputies, accompanied by Bogalusa Police Department officers and officers from Rayburn Correctional Center, encountered a camper who reported a man wearing a cowboy hat was threatening people with a knife. The victim pointed out a nearby camper where the alleged assailant was staying.

When officers approached the camper, they encountered William Benny Creel, age 54 and a resident of Camp Road. Creel appeared to be intoxicated and refused all verbal orders from the officers. Creel was subdued and handcuffed after a brief struggle during which he tried to reach into a pants pocket. Officers then located a fixed blade knife, a set of brass knuckles and a .38 caliber derringer pistol on Creel’s person.

Creel was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with aggravated assault, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of resisting a police officer with force or violence. He was released the following day after posting a $7500.00 bond.

Creel has no previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail, but was convicted of a federal offense in 2010 and sentenced in 2011 to twelve months federal prison time and twenty four months supervised federal probation.

“This is a family fair and we have no tolerance for violence or any other misbehavior,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I’m pleased no one was injured and thank both the Bogalusa Police Department and Rayburn Correctional Center for their assistance.” 

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 23-24, 2021










Raymond Magee (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Principle, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II, and Resisting an Officer/Flight on Foot by the Franklinton Police Department. Released on $30000.00 bond.

Troy Eakin (Denham Springs, La. address) was booked on the charge of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $750.00 bond.

Phillip Fowler (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.

Benjamin Thigpen (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Stalking by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $3500.00.

Cody Young (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Criminal Damage by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $3500.00.

Michael Burton (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drug (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (3 counts), Distribution of Schedule III CDS, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA (2 counts), Resisting an Officer, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering, and Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $75000.00.

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October 24, 2021

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for October 22, 2021



William Creel (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence (2 counts), and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $7500.00 bond.

Otis Jupiter (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, No Drivers License, and Ran Stop Sign by the Franklinton Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Deric Marcell (Baton Rouge, La. address) was booked on the charges of Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number by the Franklinton Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Samantha Moss (Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Brandon Robertson (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $15277.00.

Casey Dedon (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Failure to Appear by the Franklinton Police Department. Bond set at $10000.00.

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October 22, 2021

Lacombe Teen Threatens to "Shoot Up" School

A Lacombe-area 13 year-old juvenile was arrested Friday (October 22, 2021) morning after he reportedly threatened to “shoot up” his school. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were notified of threats made via Snapchat that a student planned to shoot up Monteleone Junior High.

Working together with school officials, the STPSO School Resource Officer assigned to the school was able to quickly identify the student who made the threats and determine that the student had not shown up for school on Friday. Deputies located the juvenile Friday morning at his residence. The teenager reportedly confessed to making the threats via social media.

He was taken into custody and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on one count of Terrorizing.

“We have made it very clear that law enforcement and the school system will take threats like this seriously,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.  “We will continue to work with our schools and investigate any and all threats at our schools or to the students and faculty who attend them. Parents I urge you, to please speak with your children about the seriousness of actions such as these.”