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November 30, 2021

Louisiana Awarded Grant to Improve Alzheimer's Care

Well-Ahead Louisiana, the chronic disease prevention and healthcare access arm of the
Louisiana Department of Health, has been awarded $345,000 in federal funding through the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.

State Rep. Malinda White (I-Boglausa) co-authored Act 73 in the 2021 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, which calls for an increase in general education about Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases, as well as a specific effort to educate healthcare providers on early detection, the link to chronic diseases and effective care planning.

“Being a caretaker for a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s opened my eyes to the travesty of this cruel disease,” said Rep. White. “I was honored to carry a bill that would help bridge the efforts to educate citizens across Louisiana about Alzheimer’s. I hope to connect the dots through this effort to detect Alzheimer’s at its earliest stage and at the very least, delay its onset. Hopefully, we will eventually find a cure.”

Obituary

Henry James McMillan, Jr.

December 13, 1950 - November 29, 2021

Obituary

Joyce Irene Spillman

March 30, 1943 - November 27, 2021

Obituary

Carl Lejuene Burnett

November 16, 1933 - November 27, 2021

Drowning at Poole's Bluff

The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office advises that at least one person drowned in the Pearl River at Poole’s Bluff either yesterday (November 29, 2021) or last night. One drowning victim has been recovered and identified as Joe Newby, a resident of Covington.

Another suspected drowning victim has been identified as Eric Josh Williams, a resident of Holden. Officers are continuing the search for Williams.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is the lead agency on this matter. Assissting in the search are officers from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division.

Updates will be provided as made available.

Obituary

Randy Pittman "Country Cool" Fortenberry

July 16, 1956 - November 21, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for November 29, 2021






Paul Carter (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Probation Violation and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Russell Dans (Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (Principle), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $50000.00.

Asjuan Magee (Franklinton, La. address) was booked In From Court

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November 29, 2021

Life is tough on a buck

Source: Dr. Bronson Strickland, MSU Extension Service

Each year in Mississippi, thousands of hunters spend time in the woods hoping to see and harvest a buck. Last year, hunters in the Magnolia State harvested about 122,000 bucks, producing venison for the table and antlers to admire for a lifetime.

Even without having to worry about hunters, however, life for a buck is no cakewalk.

First, at the age of about a year, a buck’s mother kicks him out of the house and forces him to leave her range and go make life for himself. The yearling buck may establish his new home range a mile or two away but sometimes much farther.

Over the course of a buck’s life, he not only needs to figure out where to find valuable forage plants, where the oak trees are dropping acorns, and where the safe places are to be bed and ruminate, but he also has to determine where he falls in the buck social hierarchy.

Many hunters think that only the oldest, most dominant bucks will breed during the rut, but this is not true. Bucks in every age class, including yearling bucks, will breed given the chance. If an older, dominant buck is not in the neighborhood, then a younger, subordinate buck will have a breeding opportunity.

So, how do bucks sort out their social hierarchy? In short, they fight it out. Starting after they turn 1 and especially 2 years old, bucks engage in a behavior biologists call “sparring.” Sparring is not an outright fight, but rather an opportunity for two bucks to push each other around to sort out which one is stronger.

Most of the time, when two bucks have their antlers locked together, they are simply sparring. On some occasions, when two evenly sized bucks refuse to back down, they will fight. This is the behavior hunters try to mimic with rattling antlers. When two bucks fight, it draws a crowd. Other bucks will often run to the scene when they hear bucks fighting.  

Typically, a fight will last from a few seconds to a couple minutes, and it stops when one of the bucks simply gives up and runs away. Of course, when fighting occurs, there can be some unintended consequences. Eyes can be gouged out, bucks can be gored in the neck and shoulders, and some bucks get their antlers locked and both die of exhaustion.

But there’s another deadly outcome that can take many months to manifest: the brain abscess. These abscesses occur when the antler pedicle is broken, or when the skin around the antlers is cut or torn, and a bacterium named Trueperella pyogenes invades. This bacterium is commonly on the skin of deer and poses no threat until it is allowed to enter the body through a cut in the skin. When it gets in the tissue of a buck, the bacterium can cause an area of infection -- an abscess -- to form beneath the skin of the forehead. If the infection invades the cranium and enters the brain, the buck will die.

Some studies have shown this disease to occur at a very low rate: about 2% of bucks. However, other studies have shown it to occur in up to 35% of bucks, which would make it a significant source of mortality. No studies have been done in Mississippi, but the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) sees cases of the disease every year.

Brain abscesses are not as well known as other deer diseases like hemorrhagic disease or chronic wasting disease, but they can be important, nonetheless. My colleagues with MDWFP report that many of the calls they get regarding a buck behaving strangely are ultimately determined to be cases of brain abscess.

The lifespan of bucks is generally less than does, and the brain abscess is one reason why. Learning about all the trials and tribulations bucks go through will help you appreciate seeing one even more. To report a sick deer, visit the MDWFP app, mdwfp.com, or call 601-432-2199.

For more interesting articles on wildlife, visit http://extension.msstate.edu/natural-resources/wildlife

TPSO's Mounted Division Rodeo will be Jan. 21-22

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is pleased to announce the return of the 10th Annual Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Mounted Division Rodeo! The rodeo will be held January 21 and 22, 2022 at the Florida Parish Arena in Amite.  



Obituary

Chris St. Alexandre

March 16, 1971 - November 26, 2021

Obituary

Maxie Cooper Gerald

March 15, 1932 - November 27, 2021

Murder Suspect Sought by Hammond Police

On Saturday (November 27, 2021) afternoon the Hammond Police Department responded to a shooting on Clinton Court. Officers found the victim, Andre Brown, age 37 and of Hammond, lying in a driveway. HPD Officers, along with Hammond Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance, began attending to the multiple gunshot wounds that Brown had sustained. Brown was transported to North Oaks Medical Center via Acadian where he succumbed to his injuries.

HPD Detectives spoke with several witnesses and learned that the 28 year-old Hammond resident Lonnie Pennington had arrived at the residence in a black Honda Accord and approached Brown. Pennington demanded that Brown, “Give me my money.” and then shot Brown multiple times.

Detectives have secured a warrant for Pennington's arrest on the charges of Second Degree Homicide, Illegal Carrying and Discharge of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Obstruction of Justice.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Lonnie Pennington is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa's anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245. Be a part of the solution and you may be eligible for a cash reward.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Covington Police Investigating “Senseless” Shooting

Sunday (November 28, 2021) afternoon, Covington Police Department officers were patrolling the area of W. 29th Ave. and heard multiple gunshots. It was quickly determined that a suspect, 21 year-old Nigel Magee, was shooting at an unknown subject and while doing so, fell out of the moving vehicle he was in. It was also determined that when Magee fell out of the vehicle, he dropped his cell phone that also contained his identification card. Magee attempted to get his cellphone back but decided to abandon that mission due to the unknown subject returning gunshots at him. 

Luckily for Mr. Magee, the Covington Police Department was able to secure his personal belongings and secure a warrant for his arrest due to his part in this shooting incident. At this time, no one is known to be injured from this senseless shooting and the matter has been taken over by the Criminal Investigations Division. Nigel Magee currently has an active warrant for Illegal use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities. 

If any members of the public know the whereabouts of Magee or information relative to this shooting investigation, you are urged to contact the Covington Police Department at 985-892-8500. 

The Covington Police Department also has a free tip submitting app called “Covington PD.” To download the free app, search for “Covington PD” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Once downloaded, you can anonymously send a tip directly to investigators.

Walk-Through Life of Christ Live Presentation is Dec. 3-4 and Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas



Washington Parish Jail Bookings for November 27, 2021






Timothy Barton (Independence, Mi. address) was booked on the charges of Cruelty to Infirm and Simple Assault by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Latorious Levi (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and Driving Under Suspension by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $4000.00 bond.

Emily Barton (Topeka, Ks. address) was booked on the charges of Cruelty to Infirm and Simple Assault by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

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November 28, 2021

November 27, 2021

Obituary

Melissa Rena Granger

November 05, 1968 - November 26, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for November 26, 2021






James Tate (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Second Degree Battery and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Emmanuel Tate (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Cruelty to Infirm and Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Jason Marks (Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear, Disturbing the Peace/Loud & Abusive Language, and Simple Assault by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $359.00.

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November 26, 2021

Obituary

Frederick Lee Varnado, Jr.

April 13, 1983 - November 20, 2021

Obituary

Leroy Anthony Barrios

July 25, 1934 - November 25, 2021

District A : 7th Annual Fall Clean Up Day

Submitted by Bogalusa Councilwoman District A Gloria Kates

I would like to share that our 7th Annual District A Fall Clean Day on Saturday, November 20 , 2021 was a success. A special thank you to our participates: Larry Brown, Gloria Kates, Thomas Kates, Andrew Laurent, Glendora McEleve, Regina Powell, the Bogalusa HS Jr ROTC under the Direction of First SG Rogers and Lt Col Harris (Cadets names: Wilson Glover , Raven Lee, Gregory Brown, Robin Williams, Mariah miles. Katerina Harry, Adam Doty, Ashton Williams, Dany Duong, Tyler Williams and Albert Jones). Also, City Court of Bogalusa Community Service team Ms. Hillary, Mr. McMillan and staff of four; The City of Bogalusa Public Works Department in their manicuring our vacant lots and securing ditch cleaning throughout the district , and Public Works and Parks Directors in requesting that Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Corrections Department for the preparation of the event. 















There was a concentration in District A in the areas of high litter, branches, and tires around Austin St, Bayer St, N Border, Church St.,, College St., Cobourne St., Dauphine St., Davis St.,, Louisiana Ave., Peters St., Poplas St, Redmond St, Seal St., Second Ave., Second St. and Wabash St., just to name a few of areas visited throughout District A . 

Many residents adopted a block and adopted their own property to clean up. Reportedly, resident Joel Miller, Jr. participated in a joint effort with the Burris, Williams, along with myself, as well as  numerous individual projects to clean up properties in the Poplas Area. In addition the Batiste , Brown, Burris, Williams families, and many others participated by adopting a site.

A special thanks again to Amwaste Management for allowing the project usage of 30 ft roll-off dumpsters, Keep Louisiana Beautiful for donating hand sanitizer, and car stickers, and LA Minority Health for face mask donations. 

The event was from 08:30 AM to Noon with lunch following. All are appreciated for this much needed and ongoing task. 

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November 25, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for November 23-24, 2021



Gene White (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000, and Criminal Trespass by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10000.00.

Victoria Kennedy (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $2500.00.

Anthony Mitchell (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10000.00.

Kenyatta Scott (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Drug Free Zone Violation, Transactions Involving Proceeds From Drug Offenses, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Shawn Turner (Baton Rouge, La. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business, and Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000 (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Deanthony McGowan (Sandy Hook, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Drug Free Zone Violation, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Jamar McGowan (Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Drug Free Zone Violation, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Clifton Durham (Magnolia, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Aggravated Assault/Domestic Violence, Illegal Carrying of Weapon, and Domestic Abuse Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Issac Youngblood (Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $5000.00.

Joey Kelly (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Terrorizing by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10000.00.

Obituary

Anna Leigh Carter Peters

May 11, 1956 - November 23, 2021

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November 24, 2021

Rayburn Correctional Job Fair is December 2nd



Bogalusa Police Arrests 3 on Numerous Charges / Officer Attacked by Pit Bull

On Tuesday, November 23rd, Officers with the Bogalusa Police Department Violent Crimes Task Force executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 700 block of Avenue C. The Search Warrant was the culmination of an extensive investigation into the sale of heroin and other illegal narcotics by Jamar McGowan from his residence.

Upon entering the residence, Officers encountered Jamar McGowan, Kenyatta Scott Jr., and DeAnthony McGowan in the front living room. As Officers were securing the three suspects, a large and aggressive pit bull dog, weighing over 100 pounds, entered the living room and attacked one of the Officers. As the dog was biting the Officer, the Officer had no choice but to shoot the dog, killing it. The Officer went to Our Lady of the Angels E.R. for treatment of leg wounds, as well as rabies treatment. The same dog attacked a female outside of the residence earlier this month, and she suffered multiple lacerations and a broken leg.

A search of the residence was conducted. Officers located two 9mm handguns in the living room where the suspects were located. Over 8 grams of Heroin, 1.6 pounds of Marijuana, a small amount of a Schedule II Narcotic and drug paraphernalia were seized. Over $2,000.00 in U.S. Currency, believed to be proceeds from the sale of illegal narcotics, was also seized.

Jamar McGowan was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Drug Free Zone, and Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic.

Kenyatta Scott, Jr. was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Drug Free Zone, and Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic.

DeAnthony McGowan was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Drug Free Zone, and Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic.

Jamar McGowan is a Convicted Felon with four previous arrests by the Bogalusa Police Department, including prior drug offenses. Kenyatta Scott Jr. has three previous arrests by the Bogalusa Police Department. Two of these arrests were made earlier this year involving felony weapons and drug offenses, for which he was currently out on bond on both arrests. All three suspects were booked into the Bogalusa City Jail and transferred to the Parish Jail. The case will be referred to District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s office for prosecution.

The following statement was also offered by the Bogalusa Police Department

"When we arrest suspects for offenses involving marijuana, we often receive many negative comments by advocates of marijuana legalization. While those individuals are entitled to their opinion, the Bogalusa Police Department will continue to enforce the law currently in place, until such time as these laws are repealed. We do not make laws, we enforce them. Below is the current law for Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana."

Man North of Franklinton Arrested for Threatening Neighbor

On November 23, 2021, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy responded to a complaint in a rural area north of Franklinton. Upon his arrival, the deputy encountered the owner of the residence who complained that his neighbor was intruding on his property and threatening him with a firearm.

Based on evidence at the scene, including eyewitness statements from the homeowners along with a photo of the neighbor trespassing on their property and aiming a rifle at one of the residents, the deputy arrested Gene Arthur White, age 75, and transported him to the Washington Parish Jail. White, who had outstanding warrants for other offenses, was booked for aggravated assault with a firearm, criminal trespass and criminal damage to property.

“If anyone has a grievance with a neighbor, a civil conversation is always best in an attempt to resolve differences,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Intruding on a neighbor’s property and pointing a rifle is a sure sign for a negative outcome. I sincerely hope that Mr. White, who has no previous arrests in Washington Parish, will be a better neighbor in the future.”

Obituary

Herbert "Sonny" Wilson, Jr.

April 30, 1959 - November 22, 2021

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November 23, 2021

Obituary

Alice Magee Bickham

November 22, 1953 - November 17, 2021

Obituary

Kathlean Short Baham

November 24, 1949 - November 12, 2021

Maryland Man Arrested at Bogue Chitto State Park

On November 21, 2021, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy responded to the Bogue Chitto State Park after receiving a complaint that an impaired person was creating a disturbance. When the deputy responded to the park, he encountered 18 year-old Noah Gabriel Burrows, who gave his address as Silver Springs, Maryland.

Burrows, who was at the park with another man, was speaking unintelligibly and hindering the public’s access to the park. The other man advised that he and Burrows had been consuming mushrooms. Northshore EMS arrived at the scene and attempted to assess Burrows who would not cooperate. At this time, the deputy placed handcuffs on Burrows and, with the assistance of a park ranger, attempted to place Burrows in the ambulance. During the process, Burrows licked the deputy on the forearm and continued to resist. He was then placed in the patrol vehicle for transport to the Washington Parish Jail.

At the jail, Burrows was booked on charges of disturbing the peace and assault on a police officer. During the booking process, he continued to resist by grabbing jail deputies. His friend, who was also impaired, was transported to the Sheriff’s Office to await someone to pick him up.

“This was a bizarre situation,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “While it is not uncommon to encounter persons under the influence of drugs, it is unusual to find someone who confesses to consuming mushrooms. This is a good example of the danger of ingesting any type of foreign substance whether orally or by smoking or injection. The use of any sort of mind-altering substance never leads to a good outcome.” 

Angie Man Back in Jail – The 8th Time

After being arrested last year and again earlier this year for terrorizing and falsely reporting a crime, Talage Wayne Ratliff, age 40 and a resident of Wilbur Dillon Road near Angie, was arrested once more on November 18, 2021 for the same offenses. This is the eighth Washington Parish arrest for Ratliff.

His previous charges have included arrests fir for theft, felony possession of stolen property, attempted simple robbery, battery of an infirmed person, distribution of illegal drugs, failure to appear in court, aggravated rape, false imprisonment, terrorizing, criminal mischief, disturbing the peace with loud and abusive language, false report of a crime, resisting arrest by providing false booking information and being a fugitive from another jurisdiction. He was still in jail on November 22, 2021 with his bond set at $15,000.

“There is no logical explanation for what he does,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Falsely reporting a crime is serious in that it is time consuming for deputies and interferes with their ability to respond to legitimate calls for service. It seems that Mr. Ratliff would have learned his lesson by now. Obviously, he hasn’t.”

Bogalusa Lighted Christmas Parade is Saturday



Obituary

Windell Ray "Wink" Keating

June 13, 1966 - November 21, 2021

Obituary

John Ray Ladner

July 30, 1962 - November 22, 2021

Obituary

Scott Everett Spears

August 7, 1981 - November 19, 2021

Obituary

Minister Louis Bond Jackson

March 15, 1939 - November 14, 2021

Washington Parish Council: Major Issues Nearing Completion

During the Monday (November 22, 2021) meeting, the Washington Parish Council received information and took actions regarding some major issues. First, noise abatement measures are complete at the Entergy facility near Bogalusa. Second, the draft of the proposed ordinance regulating solar panel projects is nearing completion. Third, debris cleanup following Hurricane Ida is complete with the exception of six stumps. 

Entergy representative Patrick Hamby advised the Council (beginning at 6:55 into the video) that noise mitigation measures at the Entergy plant near Bogalusa are now complete and testing is planned for next week. The target noise level is 45 decibels. 

The Council approved a resolution for a fourth extension (for 90 days) of the "moratorium on the approval or permitting of all solar panel farms or utility scale solar projects, commercial solar power plants or operations similar thereto". Prior to approving the resolution and beginning at 52:20 into the video, the Council was advised that the draft of the proposed ordinance was nearing completion. The draft of the proposed ordinance is being prepared by a group of four attorneys, each expert in their fields, retained by the Council. It was ultimately agreed that the draft would be provided to all interested parties and be brought to the Council at a special meeting. The Planning Commission and all interested parties will be invited. The ordinance will then be introduced followed by a Public Hearing and vote by the Council two weeks after introduction.

In other business, 

  • Small Business Administration representative Barbara Nitis made a presentation (beginning at 2:40 into the video) on assistance available to residents in the wake of Hurricane Ida. The number to call is 800-659-2955
  • AT&T representatives Britt Ikerd and Eric Jones (beginning at 9:55 into the video) provided an overview of efforts to improve broadband to the Parish and requested a resolution in support of their application for a competitive $90 million Gumbo grant from the State of Louisiana
  • an ordinance was introduced to adopt the 2022 Annual Operating Budget and the Capital Outlay Budget for the WPG. A public hearing and vote will held on December 6, 2021
  • approved a number of resolutions of appointment. Huey Newcomb, Judy Howard, and John McCrary were re-appointed to the Washington Parish Fire District No. 5. Board of Directors; Troy Crain, Penny Moses, and Jerome Warren were re-appointed to the Washington Parish Planning Commission; Michael Harang, Thomas Garic, and Ricky Brumfield were re-appointed to the Washington Parish Fire District No. 2. Board of Directors; John Nathaniel, Gary Pierce, and Christine Whittington were re-appointed to the Washington Parish Fire District No. 6. Board of Directors
  • a resolution was approved to engage Kushner Lagraize, L.L.C. to perform audit services for the WPG
  • a resolution was approved in support of expanding Louisiana Highway 25 and Mississippi Highway 27 to four lanes.

Parish President Richard Thomas (beginning at 1:10:00 into the video) commented on the recent ground-breaking of the Hwy. 3241 project (finally becoming a reality after 32 years), provided comments and described the recent Larry Wells Memorial Highway dedication ceremony at Mt. Hermon School as “wonderful”, remarked on the efforts expanding Highway 25 to a four-lane, and provided the latest COVID-19 statistics in the Parish.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for November 21-22, 2021



Noah Burrows (Silver Spring, Md. address) was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Aggravated Assault Upon a Peace Officer by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3500.00 bond.

Destinee McClain (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $5000.00 bond.

Jeffery Wilkes (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $45000.00.

Victor Green (Angie, La. address) was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $100000.00.

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November 22, 2021

Intruder Arrested by WPSO After Chase and Fight

On November 19, 2021, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy responded to a report of an intruder on property located on Highway 438. On his arrival at the scene, the deputy encountered Joshua Edward Foxworth, age 35 and a resident of Bene Street in Franklinton. As the deputy attempted to handcuff him, Foxworth actively resisted and fled on foot.

After a foot pursuit of approximately 200 yards, another deputy arrived and joined the chase. The second deputy was able to overtake Foxworth who actively fought. A third deputy arrived on the scene and was able to assist in subduing the resistant Foxworth.

During an interview with deputies, the property owner reported that Foxworth talked nonsensically when confronted and asked to leave the property. He asked for the keys to the property owner’s car which he had tried to enter and began to walk away only after learning that deputies were headed to the location.

Foxworth was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with five counts of resisting a law enforcement officer with force or violence, theft of a motor vehicle, criminal trespass, criminal damage to property and failure to appear in court. As of November 22, 2021 he remains in jail with his bond set at $30,000.

Foxworth has been in the Washington Parish Jail two dozen times beginning with a 2006 arrest for burglary and attempted criminal damage to property. Future arrests over the years were for similar charges in addition to domestic violence, possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, three separate counts of driving while intoxicated, trespass, battery of the infirmed, hit and run, disturbing the peace, three separate counts of assault, several counts of resisting an officer and several counts of failure to appear in court. All total, he has been charged over the years with more than 70 criminal offenses.

“It seems Mr. Foxworth has some behavioral issues that have not been addressed,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I’m pleased that no one was injured during this incident and that Mr. Foxworth was safely detained. I hope he can get the help he obviously needs before someone is hurt.”

Tylertown Man Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges

During the early morning hours of November 20, 2021, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy responded to West Old Columbia Road and Highway 430 in response to a report of an occupied vehicle sitting stationary in the roadway with no headlights. On arriving at the scene, he encountered Carroll Yvonne Wilson, age 30 and a resident of Glorytown Road in Tylertown, Mississippi. Wilson was asleep in the car. The engine was running and the vehicle was in park.

The deputy woke the driver and removed him from the vehicle. Another deputy arrived to assist and the deputies asked for permission to search his vehicle. Permission, laced with an obscenity, was granted. Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered two concealed pistols, a quantity of marijuana and two forms of candy infused with THC which is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. The pistols were a Taurus 9 mm semi-automatic and a Tec-9 9 mm semi-automatic.

Wilson was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked on charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with weapons present, possession of tetrahydrocannabis, obstructing a public highway and failure to appear in court. He was released from jail the same day after posting a $3,550 bond.

“What a blessing that an innocent motorist did not come along and strike the stationary vehicle,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “There must have been a reason he was in possession of two semi-automatic pistols and I seriously doubt if the reason was legitimate. I applaud our deputies for responding quickly and removing a potential hazard from our roadway.”

WPSO Investigating Alleged Rape / Can You Help?

On Sunday (November 21, 2021), a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy responded to a report of a female in distress at a parish  residence. When he arrived at the scene, he encountered a young woman who had knocked on the door of the residence while calling out for help. She alleged she had been raped and then thrown out of a vehicle by her assailant. The homeowner called the Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

The 28 year-old woman alleged to the deputy that she had walked to a convenience store on Columbia Street in Bogalusa about 2 a.m. that morning. She said an unknown black male picked her up and drove her into the parish near the intersection of Highway 450 and North Martin Road. She stated he pointed a pistol at her and raped her twice. Then, she stated, he opened the vehicle door and forcefully pushed her out into the roadway while he drove. She did not know her attacker but recalled that he drove a black four door vehicle with front end damage.

The victim, who had visible injuries, was evaluated by Northshore EMS and then transported to Riverside Medical Center. The WPSO detective division was notified and has assumed the investigation. Any person who might have knowledge of this incident is asked to call Detective Demmie Rice at (985) 661-2021. Callers may remain anonymous.

“Help us solve this crime,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “If you have any information whatsoever, please call Detective Rice. It is very important we locate this man and solve this crime before it happens to someone else. Let’s work together to help make Washington Parish safe.”

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Brandon Holubar Graduates Law Enforcement Academy

The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office has announced that Brandon Holubar graduated from the Louisiana Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission Academy on November 19, 2021 as a certified law enforcement officer. Holubar, who began his career working as a corrections deputy, will be assigned to patrol duties.

The eighteen week academy prepares an officer for law enforcement duties through a rigorous curriculum including Louisiana law, firearms training and physical fitness. Holubar, who formerly served as a United States Marine, successfully passed all phases of his training.

Holubar is the nephew of WPSO Lieutenant Monica Barber who attended his graduation ceremony and had the privilege of pinning the badge on the new patrol deputy.

“Deputy Holubar has served us well as a corrections deputy and I am confident he will continue the same level of excellence as a patrol deputy,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Washington Parish is blessed to have a wonderful cadre of professional officers who work hard daily to keep our parish safe. I am pleased and honored to be their Sheriff.”

Slidell Police Recover Firearms From Two Convicted Felons in Separate Incidents

Last Friday (November 19, 2021), Slidell Police responded to a Slidell motel after receiving information from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office about a man who supposedly was in possession of a stolen vehicle and a firearm. Slidell Police located 22-year-old, Phillip Otis of New Orleans at the motel. Otis was in possession of a stolen vehicle, as well as a firearm. Otis, who is a convicted felon, was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and for being a fugitive from Jefferson Parish.

Later, on Saturday (November 20, 2021) morning around 3:00am, a Slidell Police officer observed a motorcycle on Gause Boulevard performing a “burnout”. Officers attempted to stop the motorcycle, which was being driven by, 29-year-old, Corey McMooain of Slidell. McMooain fled on Interstate 10  towards New Orleans. During the chase, McMooain tossed a firearm onto the interstate. McMooain was eventually apprehended and a firearm was recovered. It was discovered that McMooain was also a convicted felon. McMooain was arrested and charged with Careless Operation, Resisting an Officer by Flight, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal says, “We will continue keep our community safe by being proactive in getting criminals and illegally possessed firearms off our streets. My message has always been clear to the criminals...If you come to Slidell to commit a crime, you WILL get caught and you WILL be prosecuted. Great job to our officers who have been working hard and keeping busy protecting and serving the citizens of our community.”

Man's Leg Amputated When Struck by Train in Slidell

Slidell Police report that a 66-year-old man, who is possibly suffering from dementia, was struck by an Amtrak train Saturday (November 20, 2021) night in Slidell. Slidell Police were contacted around 9:30 PM by an Amtrak train engineer who stated his southbound train struck a person, who appeared to have been sleeping on the tracks.

Slidell Police searched the area of Highway 11 and Indiana Avenue, and located the man suffering from a amputated leg. Officers quickly applied a tourniquet, which presumably saved the man’s life.

The victim was transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans, where he is currently listed in critical condition. An emergency room doctor informed officers that had it not been for their quick response and application of the tourniquet, the man would not have survived.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal says, “I am very proud of our officers for their quick response and performing lifesaving measures on this gentleman. Our officers are educated on a lot more than just law enforcement techniques, during their annual continuing education training. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim and for his road to recovery.”

No reports of injuries were reported from the passengers on the train.

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November 21, 2021

Obituary

Kathryn Suzanne Howard Faul

August 01, 1962 - November 20, 2021

Obituary

Thomas Dale Baker

October 12, 1938 - November 20, 2021

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for November 20, 2021










Joe Crain (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DWI (or Other) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Carroll Wilson (Tylertown, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Obstructing Public Passage(s), Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs/Tetrahydrocannabinols or Synthetic Cannabinoids, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3550.00 bond.

Ramone Alexander (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Thomas Washington (Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Theft/Shoplifting by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Austin Lang (Angie, La. address) was booked In For Court

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

Cecilia Dykes (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.

Terri Jones (Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

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Obituary

Robert Carey Bateman

September 10, 1932 - November 19, 2021

November 20, 2021

Portion of Hwy. 38 Renamed in Honor of Fallen Native Son

The Lance Corporal Larry L. Wells Memorial Highway Dedication was held today (November 20, 2021) at Mt. Hermon School, in effect renaming Hwy 38 from Clifton to the Tangipahoa parish line.  

Larry Wells joined the marines shortly after graduating from Mt. Hermon School in 2002. Larry was deployed twice during the Operation Iraqi Freedom war. During his second deployment his unit was sent to the holy Shia "Wadi al Salam" cemetery of An Najaf, Iraq where some of the most intense fighting occurred. On August 6, 2004 Larry was hit by sniper fire. He was the only Company C, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) Marine that died during the vicious fighting against Sadr's Mahdi Militia.

In 2005 the Fanguy family started a scholarship fund that would give one Mt. Hermon Senior each year a $300 cash scholarship. To apply for the scholarship seniors write a 500 word essay on “What Freedom Means to Me”. Joni says this is a way to keep Larry’s memory alive.

In 2020 Joni Fanguy Sanders contacted Senator Beth Mizell’s office on the process of renaming Highway 38 in memory of Larry. On March 9, 2020 the bill was introduced to the Senate. All non Covid-19 activity in the senate was suspended soon after. A year to date the Senator pre-filed the bill again which passed and was signed by the Governor on June 1, 2021. 

Watch the video below and Click here to learn more about Larry. 

Kentwood Man Dies in Single Vehicle Crash

Shortly after 6:30 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 10 near LA Hwy 1054 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 38-year-old Frederick Varnado of Kentwood, Louisiana.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Varnado was eastbound on LA Hwy 10 in a 2000 Toyota 4Runner. For reasons still under investigation, the Toyota exited the roadway to the right. After leaving the roadway, the Toyota traveled through the eastbound ditch before impacting a tree.

Varnado was unrestrained at the time of the crash and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. Impairment is suspected and a toxicology sample was obtained from Varnado for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.