Jessica Lynn Phelps
June 16, 1989 - April 29, 2023
A Pearl River man, 38 year-old Nickolas Lee Barringer, was arrested by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office for aggravated arson after he set a house on fire Friday (April 28, 2023) afternoon with his grandmother inside.
At approximately 3:15 p.m. Friday, fire personnel were dispatched in reference to a residential structure fire in the Hickory area. An elderly woman was inside the home when the fire started, but escaped and called 911 from a neighbor’s residence. Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, detectives with the STPSO were called to the scene.
Detectives learned the elderly woman’s grandson, Nickolas Lee Barringer of Pearl River, had set the house on fire after texting his grandmother saying he was going to do so following an argument.
Barringer was arrested Friday evening and charged with aggravated arson. Barringer will also be booked on an outstanding warrant for Telephone Harassment.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Margaret Stockstill, age 38 and of Franklinton, guilty of negligent homicide in the death of her best friend’s fiancé. The jury deliberated until after 11 P.M. Thursday (April 27, 2023) night, after the two-week long trial.
This was Stockstill’s second trial for the same incident. She was originally found guilty of second-degree murder in June of 2018. Her attorneys appealed the conviction. The Louisiana 1st Circuit affirmed the original verdict but the Louisiana Supreme Court overturned the verdict and remanded the case for a new trial.
Stockstill faces up to 5 years in prison when she appears before District Judge John Keller for sentencing on June 1, 2023.
On Sunday (April 23, 2023), six (6) juveniles were dropped off in front of the Lodge at Percy Quin State Park. The juveniles then broke into the Lodge and began vandalizing the interior. Every fire extinguisher was discharged inside of the Lodge. vending machines and video games were damaged, candy and change were stolen from the machines, and twelve (12) 43 inch Skyworth televisions were stolen.
The juveniles then went next door to the Convention Center, where they broke into the building. Again, they discharged all the fire extinguishers and caused over $10,000 in damage to the interior of the Convention Center.
The Pike County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division along with McComb and Amite County School Resource Officers were able to identify the six juveniles and recover one television. The juveniles will be transferred to the Pike County Youth Court for Burglary, Felony Malicious Mischief and Grand Larceny. More charges may be filed against the juveniles and/or their parents/guardians as the investigation is ongoing. The parents/guardians can be ordered by the Court to pay for damages and stolen property.
If you or anyone you know may be in possession of one or more of these televisions are encouraged to call the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 601-783-6767, Central Dispatch at 601-783-2323, or Pike County Crime Stoppers @ 601-869-7141. You may also leave an anonymous tip on the Crime Stoppers of South Central Mississippi Facebook page.
All of the televisions serial numbers have been entered into the national database as stolen.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Jimmy Travis reports two people are behind bars in connection with the April 15, 2023 murder of Romero "Sparky" Watkins Jr. TPSO had responded in the early morning hour to reports of a shooting at the intersection of Wardline and Durbin Road in Hammond and found Watkins, Jr. deceased in the driver's seat of his vehicle.
Detectives were able to identify a suspect, 25 year-old Jervarion "Jay" Smith of Hammond. On Thursday (April 27, 2023), Smith was taken into custody without incident and was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on the charges of second degree murder and Obstruction of Justice. Also arrested was 20 year old Lagaria "Breezy" Bryant of Amite on the charge of Obstruction of Justice.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public and the Louisiana State Police for their help in this investigation.
***All persons accused of a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty***
Kaitlyn Hodges (age 23 with Crestview, Fl. address) was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.
Dale Jones (age 24 with Covington, La. address) was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.
Wainwright comes to Southeastern with over 24 years of experience in higher education and will be the 15th president of Southeastern Louisiana University. Most recently, he has served for seven years as chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC). During his tenure at NTCC, he helped lead exponential growth and success for the institution, including expansion of campuses and tripled enrollment that led NTCC to become one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation.
On March 14, 2023, the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud/Auto Theft Unit New Orleans Field Office (LSP-IFAT-NFO) was contacted by Homeland Security Investigations regarding the seizure of illegal items being imported into the United States.
The investigation revealed that on March 8, 2023, investigators from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) identified a suspicious shipment from Bulgaria with a final destination in Amite, La. The contents of the package were determined to be two counterfeit General Motors Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plates.
On March 14, 2023, CBP identified a second suspicious package from Bulgaria with a final destination to a different address in Amite, La. The contents of the second package was determined to be two Ford VIN plates. Further investigation revealed that the number/letter sequence of the Ford VIN plates had not been used by the Ford Motor Company, however the sequence was specific to a 2019 Ford F-250. On the same date, CBP identified a third suspicious package from Columbia to the same address as the first package in Amite, La. The package contained multiple forms of identity which were determined to be counterfeit. Through investigative means, detectives were able to identify 27-year-old Tijuan Rayun Self as a suspect and determined his residence to be the same address as the final destination of the first and third packages.
On March 17, 2023, detectives obtained and executed a search warrant at Self’s residence in Amite. During the search, a 2019 Ford F-250 truck, valued at $67,000, was located on the property. The F-250 was determined to be stolen from a dealership in Tylertown, MS on February 20, 2023 by means of fraudulent financing through the use of a counterfeit identity. Detectives were also able to determine that the VIN located in the second package was used during the fraudulent purchase. Also located in the search was a 2020 Diamond Seed double axle trailer, valued at $16,000 and was reported stolen by Brookhaven Police Department in Mississippi on January 24, 2023. Additionally, multiple credit cards in various names other than Self’s were located, five of which were linked to over $2,000 in fraudulent purchases.
As a result of the investigation, Tijuan Rayun Self was arrested for Illegal Possession of Stolen Things (2 counts), Attempted Crime of Motor Vehicle Alteration or Removal of Identifying Numbers (1 count), Attempted Unlawful Possession of Fraudulent Documents for Identification Purposes (2 counts), Attempted Identity Theft (2 counts), Unauthorized Possession of Accessed Device (5 counts) and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Prison.
The LSP-IFAT-NFO continues to investigate crimes related to auto theft and insurance fraud. Citizens can report suspected fraud to the LSP-IFAT via: email@example.com.
“When someone discovered a skull fragment somewhere in or around Lake Pontchartrain in 1985, he or she turned it over to … well … honestly, nobody knows. Ultimately it was placed in the custody of the State Archaeologist, who submitted it to the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) lab in Baton Rouge. Initial anthropologic analysis revealed the decedent was a female and 25-35 at the time of death, but the science of the time gave little to go on. DNA analysis was attempted by the North Louisiana Criminalistics lab, but was unsuccessful in development of a full profile.
Fast forward to 2009, when the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office DNA lab tested the relic again. Unfortunately, the sample’s DNA had degraded to the point that only a partial profile was developed, insufficient for entry into the nationwide database. The source was confirmed to be a female, but the mystery continued.
In January, during investigation of another case involving identification of skeletal remains discovered, a photocopy of a single page of an inventory sheet from FACES lab from the1980s was found, listing the female skull as “unidentified, parish of discovery unknown.”
Because the origin of the relic had never been known, no Coroner’s Office had ever investigated before. St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston assumed jurisdiction and assigned it to Cold Case Investigator Chris Knoblauch. Since the age of the artifact was unknown, and to determine if it warranted investigation in a current forensic or criminal context, Carbon-14 testing was the next step, and samples were sent to Beta Analytics in Florida.
The results were astonishing.
Last month, investigators received the results of the testing which dated the bone between 1634-1504 BC, making it approximately 3,500 years old. This age is consistent with the Late Archaic Period in Louisiana and suggests the decedent was a contemporary of the Poverty Point Culture. The bone is therefore designated as prehistoric remains of an indigenous person.
In accordance with state law, once the remains were determined to be over 50 years old and to have no contemporary forensic context, Preston released jurisdiction over the remains to the Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism’s Division of Archaeology. The specimen has always been and will remain curated at the LSU FACES lab under the protection of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
Two weeks ago, Coroner’s Office staff met with local Native American and other community leaders at the Bayou Lacombe Museum to brief them on the circumstances of the find. STPCO has also informed the Louisiana Intertribal Council, and the leaders of both the Jena Band of the Choctaw Nation and the United Houma Nation regarding the significance of this find.
“I often say that no Coroner’s case is ever closed”, Preston said. “It took a while as science progressed, but we have been able to identify the historical origin of this woman to the extent possible, and have taken steps to properly honor her life. I’m grateful for the work of our DNA Lab and Investigations staff, the Beta Analytics lab, Native American Community leaders, state authorities. I reiterate that we will never give up on any case. We hope to participate in the repatriation ceremony which may be held in the future.”
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that on Wednesday (April 26, 2023) a 12-person jury in St. Tammany Parish unanimously found Jacques Anthony Garnett, age 56 and of Atlanta, Georgia, guilty as charged on first-degree rape of a victim under the age of thirteen. The rape occurred in Slidell, Louisiana. District Judge Reginald Badeaux presided over the trial.
At sentencing on June 14, 2023, Garnett faces a mandatory life sentence, without the benefit of parole or probation.
Brandi Dohre and Elizabeth Authement prosecuted the case.
(Details are withheld to protect the victim.)
Washington Parish School System Superintendent Frances Varnado provided an update on the WPSS, describing student achievements, facilities being remodeled, enrollment information, testing that is ongoing, graduation information, and much more. See the video beginning at 3:50.
Tiffany Carney made a presentation and answered questions regarding the Balloon Festival at the Franklinton Fairgrounds scheduled for June 2-4, 2023. See the video beginning at 9:30. For the latest, go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063881687785
Brent Jones with the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office made a presentation regarding a proposal for consolidated dispatch of calls for service. Ideally, dispatching for all law enforcement and fire departments would be under one umbrella, the WPSO. Jones emphasized that consolidated dispatch is more efficient. Many questions were asked and after a lengthy discussion, the Board took the matter under consideration. See the video beginning at 15:40.
The Board addressed construction plans for facilities for the Police Department. A major part of the project is for training facilities. A lengthy discussion was held regarding architectural plans, what the department needs, funding, and alternatives (such as the old Armory building). No action was taken but further discussions regarding the matter will be had. See the video beginning at 44:40.
The Board held a lengthy discussion regarding the providers of wrecker service inside the Town of Franklinton. See the video beginning at 1:06:25
Bids were opened on properties advertised. See the video at 1:20:40.
Departmental reports were provided by Police Chief Brown and Fire Chief LaSalle. See the video beginning at 1:27:40.
Mayor Route's closing comments were on the success of the recent cleanup event in the Town, the upcoming Watermelon Festival, and the upcoming National Day of Prayer event.
Jonathon Barrington (age 28 with Franklinton La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.
Nevers Nichols (age 41 with Angie, La. address) was booked In From Court
Autumn Bonnet (age 26 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Probation Violation by Probation and Parole. No bond set at this time.
Alex Koenitzer (age 34 with West Bend, Wi. address) was booked on the charge of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.
Clarence Henry (age 69 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Violent & Tumultuous Manner, Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.
Kenneth Toney (age 42 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Probation Violation by Probation and Parole. No bond set at this time.
Brandon Morris (age 19 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering, Illegal Tinted Windshield/Side Windows, Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Child Restraint Violation, License Plate/Improper Display, and Obstruction to Driver's View or Driving Mechanism by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.
Randy Williams (age 29 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, and Contempt of Court (3 counts) by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.
Mackayla Hart (age 23 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Aggravated Assault With a Fiearm, Contempt of Court (2 counts), and Failure to Appear by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.
Shaon Meaux (age 41 with 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.
Matthew Stevens (age 36 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked In From Court
Lamontae Roberts (age 24 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Paarish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.
Adam Thomas (age 36 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Bond Surrender by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.
Reece Carroll (age 44 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Simple Arson and Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that on April 20, 2023 Frank Anthony Brugier, age 63 and of Abita Springs, pled guilty to 150 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles and 1 count of Sexual Abuse of an Animal. District Judge William H. Burris sentenced him to 35 years in prison, to be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.
In April of 2022, a special agent from the Louisiana Cyber Crimes Unit of the Attorney General’s Office, received a cybertip concerning the possible possession and distribution of juvenile pornography. The information he received included the defendants IP address and a description of the video in question. The video showed a pre-pubescent female exposing her private parts.
The agent did some further investigation and found that the defendant was a registered sex offender, having been convicted in 2006 of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree, out of Independence County, Arkansas.
In June of 2022, the agent obtained a search warrant and searched the defendant’s residence, seized the laptop and was able to view 150 pornographic files of juveniles under the age of 13 and 1 file of Sexual Abuse of an Animal. In a later interview, the defendant admitted to viewing and storing the files on his devise.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Iain Dover. Special Agent Brian Brown with the Cyber Crimes Division of the Attorney General’s Office investigated the case.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that on Tuesday (April 25, 2023) a St. Tammany Parish jury found Randall Sturdivant, age 54 and of Lacombe, guilty of 12 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles under age 13.
On November 15, 2021, a Louisiana Probation and Parole Agent conducted a check on the defendant, at his residential complex in Lacombe. Sturdivant had been on “parole and supervised release” and as part of those guidelines, the agent inspected the defendant’s cell phone. He found a video of a pre-pubescent girl engaged in vaginal intercourse with an adult male. The agent arrested the defendant for this violation and seized his phone and computer. As per protocol, the agent contacted a Special Agent in the Cyber Crime Unit at the Attorney General’s Office. He handed the items off to her and she obtained a search warrant in order to conduct a more thorough search.
The cyber-crime agent found a total of 12 videos wherein prepubescent children, including toddlers, were being vaginally raped and or posed in a manner in which their genitalia were exhibited. The agent then interviewed the defendant in jail where he admitted that he had downloaded the child porn and had saved them to a secure folder on his cellphone.
Because of his multiple prior convictions, including multiple sex offenses that occurred in other parishes (indecent behavior with a juvenile and attempted indecent behavior with a juvenile) he is facing life in prison when he is sentenced by District Judge William H. Burris on July 19, 2023.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Iain Dover and Fred Treschwig. The investigation was handled by Special Agent April Lucia with the Cyber Crime Unit of the Attorney General’s Office, Probation and Parole Officer Steve Everly, and Sergeant Angie Cook with the Sex Offender Registry Division of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Terrell Haynes. a/k/a "Redman," age 44, was sentenced on April 18, 2023, to 145 months imprisonment, 5 years of supervised release, and a $300 mandatory special assessment fee by U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. Haynes previously pled guilty to conspiring to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and 1 kilogram or more of heroin. He also pled guilty to distribution of methamphetamine and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
According to court documents, Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) agents began investigating the drug trafficking activities of the Jungle Life Mafia street gang in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana in 2019. The investigation spanned two years and included surveillance and six controlled buys of narcotics, including fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine, from Haynes. The execution of a search warrant at Haynes’s residence led to the seizure of a Taurus Model Millennium PT111 G2, nine-millimeter pistol and $8,146 in U.S. currency.
This case was investigated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Hammond Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshals Service.
This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
This case is also part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney J. Benjamin Myers of the Narcotics Unit.
Chief Jimmy Travis says on April 20, 2023, detectives began investigating the theft of a 2021 Keystone Passport camper which was stolen from an Amite area residence sometime within the past month.
Chief Travis asks anyone with information surrounding the location of the camper, or the identity of the suspects to call Sergeant Russell Walker at 985-748-3337, OR if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip! You may be eligible for a cash reward.
At approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday (April 25, 2023) a family member contacted the STPSO to report Johnson missing. Investigators learned Johnson had told the family member at approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday morning that his vehicle would be left on the I-10 Twin Spans. They also learned the vehicle had been located and removed from the bridge Tuesday afternoon.
Members of the STPSO Marine Division searched Lake Pontchartrain until late Tuesday night with no success. They resumed their search at daybreak Wednesday (April 26, 2023) and at approximately 9 a.m., a boater called to report he had located a body in the lake near the Twin Spans.
The body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, who will determine a cause and manner of death. Foul play is not suspected at this time.
A Las Vegas, Nevada man, 49 year-old Reonans Rodrick Nelson, was arrested after five kilograms of suspected cocaine was found inside a hidden compartment in his vehicle’s floorboard during a traffic stop Tuesday (April 26, 2023) night at approximately 9:15 PM.
A deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a silver Kia Sorento for improper lane use on Interstate 10 just west of the Mississippi State Line. Contact was made Nelson, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle. Nelson refused to disclose his travel itinerary and K-9 Echo was deployed for a vehicle sniff.
K-9 Echo provided a positive narcotics odor alert, and a search of the vehicle uncovered one plastic bag containing suspected Marijuana in the front center console. Deputies then discovered an aftermarket hidden compartment built in the vehicle’s floorboard. The hidden compartment contained 5 kilograms of suspected cocaine. A total of $1,495 in suspected proceeds from narcotics transactions was also located in Nelson’s possession.
Nelson was arrested on the following charges and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center: Driving on Roadway Laned for Traffic, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Cocaine), and Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses. Nelson was also issued a summons for Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (Marijuana). The Kia Sorento and the cash were seized, pending forfeiture.
Washington Parish School System Superintendent Frances Varnado provided an update on “a lot of great things happening in Washington Parish School System”. See the video beginning at 2:40. Varnado described student achievements, facilities being remodeled, Pre-K enrollment information, testing that is ongoing, and graduation information,
Toby Cortez provided an update on the Mountain Bike Trail project at the Bogue Chitto State Park. See the video beginning at 7:15. This is a big deal. Since it's inception, the project has attracted 50,000 additional visitors to the park. President Thomas later expressed his opinion that our state park is the #1 state park in Louisiana.
In other business, the Council
Washington Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff provided their reports. See the video beginning at 18:45. Thomas announced a gathering to recognize the National Day of Prayer, the event to be at noon on May 4, 2023 at the flagpole across from the First Baptist Church in Franklinton. Thomas also recognized the retirement of Transportation Supervisor Donnell Merritt, who has worked for parish government for 38 years, and presented Merritt with a Certificate of Appreciation for his service. Danny Knight was recognized as Transportation Supervisor to replace Merritt. Reports were provided by Finance Director Donna Graham, Public Works Director Ken Wheat, Transportation Supervisor Donnell Merritt, and Animal Shelter Manager Kelsey Knight. Knight was recently awarded a scholarship, chosen as one of five out of over100 nominations. The scholarship was awarded by Southern Utah University for their Executive Leadership Certification Course in Animal Services. Knight elaborated on the scholarship as well as on improvements being made at the shelter.
Following comments from Council Members, the meeting adjourned.
Responding deputies learned two female juveniles (both 14 years of age) were riding an ATV (four wheeler) when they failed to maneuver a curve and crashed into a tree. Both girls were ejected from the ATV. Neither girl was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The girls were transported by emergency medical personnel to separate area hospitals. The 14 year-old passenger ultimately succumbed to her injuries.
St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston identified the deceased teenager as Samia Rogers of Williams Road near Slidell. Preliminary findings are consistent with blunt force trauma as the cause of death and accident as the manner of death. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
“This is any parent’s worst nightmare. Whenever a child is involved in a tragic accident, it really hits home and affects everyone involved,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of both girls.”
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 27 men and women to date in “Operation April Showers.” This operation is a multi-month investigation targeting those that Sell and Possess Controlled Substances in Marion County, Mississippi.
The round up began on Friday April 21, 2023, at 77 Game Reserve Road, Columbia, where the Sheriff’s Office served a residential search warrant. The search yielded a marijuana grow, a large quantity of marijuana, cocaine, and firearms.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Columbia Police Department and the Mississippi Department of Probation and Parole for their assistance this weekend.
The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to search for the following wanted persons. If you know their whereabouts or see them, please contact the Sheriff’s Office 601-736-5051 :
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is asking the public's assistance in identifying three suspects in a business burglary in Roseland.
Chief Jimmy Travis says deputies responded to a burglary alarm just before 3AM on Sunday April 23, 2023 at ATV Zone, a well known off-road vehicle dealer located on Commercial Street in Roseland, LA. When deputies arrived, they found the front door glass shattered and no suspects on scene.
As seen in the attached security footage, three subjects are seen briskly navigating through the showroom floor. The subjects appear to struggle in moving a dirt-bike and eventually attempt to carry it out the store. Fortunately, they were unable to leave the store with the bike because the security bars on the doors did not allow enough clearance room for the dirt-bike to pass.
Detectives also have knowledge of similar burglaries occurring throughout various other parishes where ATVs appear to be the target.
Chief Travis asks anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects to call Detective Bobby Bradberry at 985-902-2045, OR if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip! You may be eligible for a cash reward.
Rayburn Correctional Center welcomes Academy 231 to the team. They are Cdt. Angel Mason, Cdt. Berkley Lavigne, Cdt. Christina Murray, Cdt. Joseph Tynes, Cdt. Ronald Taylor, Cdt. Sinclair Harry, and Cdt. Terrry Mitchell.
Jerome Warren (age 40 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked In From Court and on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.
Frank Smith (age 25 with Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked In From Court
Byron Johnson (age 44 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked In From Court
Kenneth Lenoir (age 43 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked In From Court
Allen Mendoza (age 35 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Resisting an Officer by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.
"Four years ago, I entered the campaign for Sheriff of Washington Parish. I had to suspend my campaign due to an unexpected deployment with the military. On this deployment I served as the Deputy Director of Combined Joint Engineers in Afghanistan with the 4th Infantry Division. I am a lifelong resident of Washington Parish and a devoted husband and father. I have 2 beautiful daughters, Ella Rose Martin and Mary Elizabeth Martin. My wife, Angela Martin, is a registered nurse in the Washington Parish health care system. During Hurricane Katrina, Bogalusa floods, and tornadoes that struck our area, I was serving our parish as a leader with the Louisiana National Guard. I have a DSCA Level II certification that will allow me to better serve the Sheriff’s Office when we must work with other officials and departments in the parish and surrounding areas during times of disaster.
I have a Master’s Degree in Geological Engineering from Missouri Science and Technology. I worked in the Emergency Operation Center with NASA in Michoud, Louisiana. I am currently a state employee with the Louisiana Military Department as the Contracts and Quality Assurance Manager which requires me to manage a 50-million-dollar budget each year.
Under my administration I plan to add more patrol deputies. We will fund these new hires by cutting the salaries of the top 5 positions in the department and reallocating that money for the additional deputies. I will promote a positive culture in the Sheriff’s department that will assure the citizens that the focus will be on serving the people. I will place a strong emphasis for all peace officers to be trained in de-escalation of force. This training will drive home the question of, “Is this morally justified, or is there another option?” It will include how to speak to citizens and how to treat them with dignity and respect, while maintaining control of the situation.
I am involved in our children’s sports in Washington Parish as a basketball and football coach. I have seen firsthand that the opioid epidemic is destroying too many lives on a daily basis. Our children are our future, and their lives are in jeopardy. We must act now. I will reinstitute a program that educates youth at an early age about the dangers of drugs because I believe knowledge is power.
The citizens are told that the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office does not have money. This is not true. I have a plan that will allow us to hire more deputies and provide raises. This will be a major step in decreasing crime and slowing the drug epidemic. I will be with you every step of the way as we rebuild the culture of the Sheriff’s Department for a better tomorrow. I have served our country, I have served our state, and I have served our Parish. I am asking for your support to make me, Kenneth Martin Jr. your next sheriff. Let this election be about leadership and not about politics.
You can contact me at 985-335-7001 or visit www.KennethMartinForSheriff.com"
Crystel Klobus (age 43 with Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5500.00.
William Lott (age 61 with Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.
Mason Buff (age 29 with Bay City, Tx. address) was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.
Jermy Davenport (age 31 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility, Possession of Marijuana, Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering, Switched License Plates, No Insurance, Expired Drivers License, No Taillight, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $21658.32.
John Busby (age 33 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $1500.00.
Lena Bonner (age 40 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $1000.00.
Edgado Garcia (age 53 with Baton Rouge, La. address) was booked on the charges of Hit and Run, No Drivers License, Ran Stop Sign, and Failure to Change/Secure Registration by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $2000.00.
Alex Koenitzer (age 34 with West Bend, Wi. address) was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office is asking the public's assistance in locating two stolen dirt bikes from the Kentwood area. Chief, Jimmy Travis reports to dirt bikes were stolen from a residence on Line Creek Road (Highway 1053) in Kentwood, sometime in the last 2 days.
These dirt bikes are both like green in color, and are described as:
The attached photos depict each bike as they were when taken.
Chief Travis asks anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the dirt bikes, or has information on who took them to call the sheriffs office at 985-748-8147, OR if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip! You may be eligible for a cash reward.
Terry Wilson (age 70 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked In For Court. Released April 21, 2023.
Emmitt Cain (age 55 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $75000.00.
Sonya Perrodin (age 52 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Driving Without Headlights, Switched License Plates, No Insurance, Failure to Change/Secure Registration, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.
Mary Nicholson (age 32 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Indecent Behavior With Juvenile(s) and Pornography Involving Juvenile(s) by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.
Joshua Oncale (age 28 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm and Terrorizing by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.
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