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April 16, 2024

Hammond Man Killed in Tangipahoa Parish Crash

Monday (April 15, 2024) evening, shortly after 5:15 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Hwy 190 at South Baptist Road in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 45-year-old Eric Cook of Hammond.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as a 2018 Honda CRV, driven by 24-year-old Victoria Reid of Covington, was eastbound on U.S. Hwy 190 approaching the intersection at South Baptist Road with a red traffic signal. At the same time, a 2020 Toyota Corolla, driven by Cook, was northbound on South Baptist Road, approaching the intersection at U.S. Hwy 190 with a green traffic signal. For reasons still under investigation, the Honda traveled into the intersection while the red traffic signal was still displayed and struck the Toyota.

Despite being properly restrained, Cook sustained severe injuries as a result of the crash. He was transported to a local hospital before he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Reid was properly restrained and sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash. She was also transported to a local hospital. This crash remains under investigation.

Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while in a motor vehicle. Never drive impaired, fatigued, or distracted, follow all traffic laws, and always ensure every occupant is properly restrained. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.

SCAM ALERT: A Message From the WPSO

Beware! There's a new scam targeting bank accounts circulating, and it's crucial to stay vigilant. Recently, one of our Washington Parish community members, let's call her Linda, fell victim to a sophisticated scam that started with an email claiming her Google account was compromised.

Linda shared her experience where she received an email prompting her to call a phone number supposedly from Microsoft. Upon calling, she spoke with someone claiming they work for Microsoft, who informed her that her bank account, specifically with Hancock Whitney Bank, was under threat, not her Google account.

The scammer then transferred Linda to another individual claiming he was located at the Hancock Whitney Headquarters. This scammer convinced Linda to transfer $12,000 to a new account to supposedly secure her funds. However, the situation escalated when she was asked to send an additional $50,000, divided into two bundles, to different addresses via FedEx.

Thankfully, Linda realized something was amiss and sought help from her local Hancock Whitney Branch in Amile, Louisiana. They confirmed her suspicions and urged her to stop any further transactions.

This incident serves as a stark reminder for all of us to remain cautious and double-check before taking any action, especially when it involves financial transactions or sensitive information. Let's look out for one another and ensure the safety of our community members, particularly the elderly who might be more vulnerable to such scams.

Stay alert, stay safe, and spread the word to protect each other from falling prey to these deceitful tactics. Together, we can combat fraud and safeguard our community's well-being.

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 15, 2024

No bookings reported for April 13-14, 2024

Steven Cotton (age 32 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released April 16, 2024

Kendrick Johnson (age 45 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Proper Equipment Required on Vehicles by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Wesley Penton (age 41 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), and Contempt of Court (3 counts) by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Ronnie Pigott (age 53 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Travis Tynes (age 25 with Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of No License Plate, No Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, and Contempt of Court (4 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $3900.00.

Kelsey Thomas (age 20 with Magnolia, Ms. address) was booked on the charge of Non-Consensual Disclosure of Private Picture by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Kayden Jacobs (age 18 with Walker, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Speeding 11-20 Over Limit, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA by the Franklinton Police Department. No bond set at this time.

William Burch (age 31 with Independence, La. address) was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $538.00 bond.

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

Obituary

John "Big Daddy" Jones

June 26, 1966 - April 13, 2024

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   Partly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Wednesday   Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday   Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

April 15, 2024

Bogalusa City Council Agenda for April 16, 2024

The Bogalusa City Council will meet at 5:30 PM on April 16, 2024 at City Hall. The meeting will be streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/mthermonwebtv

The Agenda includes the following:

GUEST SPEAKER:

  • David Wolf Speaking on the 2024 Millage taxes.

ADOPTIONS OF RESOLUTIONS:

  • A RESOLUTION of the Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Environmental Audit Report 2024.

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES:

  • AN ORDINANCE for Public Records Request as it pertains to persons with disabilities. 
  • AN ORDINANCE requested by the Planning & Zoning for the Dollar General Sign Installation. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS & ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES:

  • Amend the agenda to take an Ordinance off the table.
  • AN ORDINANCE relating to a General Spending Freeze in the City of Bogalusa as proposed by the Bogalusa City Council. 
  • AN ORDINANCE to set new rates for the residential fees for new construction. 

Public Participation.

Administrative Remarks.

Other Council Discussion.

Announcements: Next Council Meeting will be held on May 7, 2024.

Two More Juveniles Arrested in Connection to April 13, 2024 Homicide

The Bogalusa Police Department has advised that today (April 15, 2024), BPD Detectives have arrested two additional juveniles (age 14 and 15) for their involvement in Saturday (April 13, 2024) morning’s deadly shooting of a 16 year-old. 

A 15 year-old was taken into custody shortly after the shooting on charges that included 1st Degree Murder. Click here for that initial story 

The preliminary investigation revealed that an undisclosed, occupied residence was shot multiple times, by multiple different calibers and individuals. Further investigation revealed that while the juveniles were shooting into the residence, the deceased juvenile sustained a fatal gunshot wound. Physical evidence, statements and the investigation in its entirety thus far, indicate that there was no opposing gunfire during this incident.

Numerous search warrants were executed. Detectives ultimately recovered three firearms which are suspected of being utilized in the shooting.

All three juveniles were booked with the following:

  • 1st Degree Murder
  • 4 counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder
  • Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property
  • Illegal Possession of a Handgun by a Juvenile
  • -Failure to Seek Assistance 

Each were turned over to the Florida Parish Juvenile Detention Center.

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Obituary

Melva Louise Parker

August 5, 1930 - April 13, 2024

LSU AgCenter's Weekly Message

April is a Time to Fertilize Lawns

All turfgrasses commonly grown in Louisiana – including centipedegrass, St. Augustinegrass, bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, carpetgrass, and bahiagrass – are “warm-season” grasses. It’s recommended that these turfgrasses be fertilized between April and August.

Applying nitrogen-containing fertilizers (including weed and feed products) too early or too late can contribute to weed growth and to incidence of the disease large patch. If applied too late, grass may also be less cold hardy when cold temperatures arrive.

While fertilizing at the wrong time promotes weed growth, fertilizing at suggested times and rates helps turfgrass compete with weeds. This is an important part of lawn weed management.

We encourage taking a soil test to determine whether soil pH needs to be adjusted and if nutrients other than nitrogen are needed, but nitrogen fertilizer recommendations are made on a default basis. The forms of nitrogen applied in most fertilizers do not tend to stay in the soil for long. In our climate, they are largely either taken up by the plant or leached out of the soil with rain or irrigation water relatively quickly.

The amount of nitrogen recommended annually varies depending on the type of turfgrass.

Centipedegrass and carpetgrass are the least demanding. For both, 1 pound per 1000 square feet of actual nitrogen per year is sufficient. This can be supplied as 1 pound of slow-release nitrogen in April or 0.5 pound of readily soluble nitrogen in April and June.

For St. Augustinegrass and zoysiagrass, 1 pound per 1000 square feet of actual nitrogen in either slow-release or readily soluble fertilizer is recommended in April and June, for a total of 2 pounds of nitrogen. An additional pound of nitrogen can be applied to St. Augustinegrass in August, if desired.

Bermudagrass has the greatest nitrogen demand. Anyone who has tried to keep bermudagrass out of their lawn or flower bed may find this surprising, but the higher rate is needed to maintain turfgrass quality. For bermudagrass lawns, 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 1000 square feet can be applied in April, June, and August. An additional application in May is suggested for hybrid bermudagrass.

The amount of fertilizer needed to get 0.5 or 1 pound of nitrogen depends on the concentration of nitrogen in the fertilizer. For example, if you’re using a slow-release fertilizer with the analysis 16-0-8 (16% nitrogen, 0% phosphate, and 8% potash), 6 pounds of the fertilizer provides 1 pound of actual nitrogen.

Many slow-release fertilizers provide some potassium/potash and sulfur, as well as nitrogen. Sulfur, like inorganic forms of nitrogen, is readily leached out of soil if not taken up by plants, and in soil test reports, we often see that sulfur is low.

Potassium is not lost from the soil as readily as nitrogen and sulfur, but some is generally leached out over time. Supplying some on an annual basis is likely to be beneficial.

If a soil test shows that phosphorus is needed, it’s fine to use a fertilizer like 8-8-8, 10-10-10, or 13-13-13 for a limited number of applications. For example, 5 pounds of 10-10-10 would supply 0.5 pound of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash, while 10 pounds of 10-10-10 would provide 1 pound of each.

However, especially when fertilizing centipedegrass, it’s important not to overapply phosphorus/phosphate. Repeated use of fertilizers like 8-8-8, 10-10-10, and 13-13-13 may lead to a buildup of too much phosphorus and harm turfgrass.

Let me know if you have questions.

Click here for previous LSU AgCenter's Weekly Messages

Dr. Mary Helen Ferguson is an Extension Agent with the LSU AgCenter, with horticulture responsibilities in Washington and Tangipahoa Parishes. Contact Mary Helen at mhferguson@agcenter.lsu.edu or 985-277-1850 (Hammond) or 985-839-7855 (Franklinton).

Wills for Heroes is April 20th in Franklinton



Obituary

 Carlton S. Faller, MD

August 18, 1932 - April 14, 2024

Covington Patrol Division is on a roll!

Covington Chief Michael Ferrell states, "I am proud of the hard work and dedication of our Patrol Division. Their proactive approach is instrumental in deterring criminal activity and protecting out citizens."

Chief Ferrell has advised that Covington Police officers, in the past few days, have recovered:

  • A stolen vehicle from Tangipahoa Parish
  • A firearm stolen from Mississippi
  • Three illegally possessed firearms
  • Deadly fentanyl, crack, powder cocaine, and methamphetamine

Police Chief Michael Ferrell: "I am proud of the hard work and dedication of our Patrol Division. Their proactive approach is instrumental in deterring criminal activity and protecting out citizens."

In addition to proactive patrols, members of our community play a vital role in identifying suspects involved in criminal or suspicious activity. CPD's online reporting system is available at https://www.covla.com/tips

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Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   Sunny, with a high near 82. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Tonight   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday   Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a south wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday   Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

April 14, 2024

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   Increasing clouds, with a high near 81. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight   Mostly clear, with a low around 57. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday   Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Monday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southeast wind around 10 mph.
Tuesday   Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Tuesday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind around 15 mph.

April 13, 2024

Bogalusa: 16 Year-Old Shot & Killed - 15 Year-Old In Custody - Other Arrests Expected

In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 13, 2024, Bogalusa Police Officers responded to the area of Union Avenue in reference to shots being fired and found a 16 year-old deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. 

A 15 year old is in custody and has been charged with 1st Degree Murder, Attempted 1st Degree Murder (4 counts), Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Illegal Possession of a Handgun by a Juvenile, and Failure to Seek Assistance. 

Bogalusa Police state that additional arrests are expected in the near future and that Detectives are currently working many leads. 

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact BPD at 985-732-3611. All callers may remain anonymous.

“Crimes of this magnitude are a tragedy and shake a community to its core. I assure the public that the men and women of the Bogalusa Police Department will exhaust every effort and resource to seek out and arrest the other individuals responsible.” - A/Asst. Chief Tervalon 

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 12, 2024

Beyonce Pittman was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Loud & Abusive Language,
Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, and Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property by the Franklinton Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Stacy Sumrall (age 42 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Criminal Trespass, Principle to Criminal Damage, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Jennifer McDaniel (age 51 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked In From Court

The photo of persons pictured were released by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office in accordance with their updated policy, guided by legal and ethical considerations. 

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***


Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   Sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight   Clear, with a low around 53. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 57. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Monday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Help WPSO Locate Bendrick Fortenberry

The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office has asked for the public's assistance in locating 30 year-old Bendrick Fortenberry who is wanted concerning an incident that occurred on March 24, 2024, at the Dollar General located at 31015 Highway 438 in Franklinton, Louisiana.

Click here for more images of Bendrick Fortenberry

At approximately 4:30 PM, WPSO Deputy Dillon Kent responded to a call regarding a male individual, identified as Bendrick Fortenberry, who was refusing to leave the premises. The complainant reported that Fortenberry had been previously banned from the store and was refusing to leave. During the interaction, the store employee alleged that the individual knocked her down and punched her in the face. Despite efforts by the WPSO to locate Fortenberry, he has not yet been found (confirmed Saturday morning at 8:45 AM). 

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of Bendrick Fortenberry  is asked to come forward and assist law enforcement in their efforts to ensure the safety and security of our community. Contact the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office at 985-839-3434.

Together, as a community, we can help bring resolution to this situation and prevent further harm. 

Obituary

Jordan La'Dame Peters

January 23, 2024 - April 2, 2024

April 12, 2024

Three Charged in Sting Operation Targeting Child Sex Trafficking

Covington Police Chief Michael Ferrell today (April 12, 2024) announced that three individuals had been charged with crimes related to targeting children for sex, stemming from a joint investigation led by the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General Liz Murrill's Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) and hosted by the Covington Police Department (CPD), with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Secret Service (USSS), the Mandeville Police Department (MPD), and the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office (WPSO).

Arrested on Thursday (April 11, 2024) and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center were

- Wendell Swaithes, Jr. (age 74 and of Mandeville) charged with one count of Computer-Aided Solicitation of a Minor and one count of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles.

- Karam Abdalbaqui (age 25 and of Gretna) charged with one count of Computer-Aided Solicitation of a Minor and one count of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles.

- Randolph Burge (age 45 and of Picayune, MS, charged with one count of Computer-Aided Solicitation of a Minor, one count of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles, and one count of Obstruction of Justice.

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

The arrests followed an undercover operation aimed at identifying those utilizing websites and online platforms to meet and engage with minors for sexual activity. Investigators placed decoy advertisements on websites known to be associated with prostitution and commercial sex and made themselves available on other common mobile dating applications. It is alleged that the defendants responded to a location in Covington, intending to engage in sexual activity with a minor.

"Through dedicated police work and collaboration, we were able to identify and arrest these individuals, preventing them from inflicting harm on any child," said Chief Ferrell. "These arrests signify a significant victory for our community and a warning to those who try to prey on our most vulnerable."

Obituary

Karen "KayKay" Lynn Barber Hoelzel

June 18, 1965 - April 11, 2024

STPSO Narcotics Detectives Got Another One!

Beginning in January 2024, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division began investigating 42 year-old Eddie Encinia, who was believed to be distributing methamphetamine in St. Tammany Parish. During their investigation, detectives seized approximately 40 grams of
methamphetamine from Encinia, which led them to obtain a search warrant for his residence in the 35000 block of Garden Drive near Slidell.

Then, Detectives executed the search warrant on February 29, 2024 and seized an additional 145 grams of methamphetamine (more than 5 ounces) and more than 9 grams of marijuana.

Then, warrants were obtained for Encinia’s arrest, but he went into hiding.

Then, Detectives with the STPSO Narcotics Division, with the assistance of the STPSO Criminal Patrol Division, apprehended Encinia Tuesday (April 9, 2024) at a relative’s home on North Pine Street within Slidell city limits.

Encinia was booked into the Saint Tammany Parish Correctional Center for Distribution of Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Bond has been set at $205,504.00.

“I don’t want residents to get discouraged when they send in a tip and don’t see any arrests immediately,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Sometimes, good investigations take time, and our narcotics detectives are very thorough and make sure all the Is are dotted and the Ts crossed to make a good case.”

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 9-11, 2024

Lori Smith (age 61 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Pedestrians on Highways or Interstate Highways, Resisting an Officer, and Failure to Appear (2 counts) by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $6000.00.

Angela Ritchie (age 39 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10000.00.

Bobby Melton (age 41 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $5000.00.

Charles Lewis (age 59 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Pedestrians on Highways or Interstate Highways, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Contempt of Court by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $5050.00.

Kayleen Ballard was booked on the charges of Theft Less Than 1000, Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Bogalusa Police Department. Released on $6000.00 bond.

Joseph Giallondardo (age 27 with Mandeville, La. address) was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Possession of Stolen Property, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $2550.00.

Gary Spears (age 49 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on Bench Warrant/Failure to Appear (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Beionca Pinestraw (age 42 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Bond Surrender, Failure to Appear (4 counts), and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $58500.00.

Christina Klimenko (age 37 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $25000.00.

Djamian Harry (age 31 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Transactions Involving Proceeds From Drug Offenses, Resisting an Officer, and Driving Under Suspension by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $150000.00.

Alica Mixon (age 51 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) and Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $6500.00.

Marquez Smith (age 24 with Sandy Hook, Ms. address) was booked on the charge of Principal to 2nd Degree Murder. Bond set at $150000.00.

Scipio Burton (age 23 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $175000.00.

James Taylor (age 47 with Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $35000.00.

Kaleb Schneider (age 24 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Probation Violation. Bond set a $10000.00.

The photo of persons pictured were released by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office in accordance with their updated policy, guided by legal and ethical considerations. 

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   Sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight   Clear, with a low around 49. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the morning.
Saturday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 53. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Sunday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 57. South wind 5 to 15 mph.

April 11, 2024

April is National Donate Life Month! 💚💙

From: Riverside Medical Center

Did you know that April marks National Donate Life Month? It's a time to honor the generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors, celebrate the lives saved through donation, and raise awareness about the importance of registering as a donor. Here are some eye-opening statistics to consider:

  • 🔹 Every 9 minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list.
  • 🔹 More than 110,000 individuals are currently awaiting a life-saving organ transplant in the United States.
  • 🔹 On average, 20 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant.
  • 🔹 One organ donor can save up to eight lives, and one tissue donor can enhance the lives of up to 75 people.
  • 🔹 Nearly 60% of adults in the U.S. are registered organ donors, but there is still a critical need for more donors.

During National Donate Life Month, we encourage everyone to take action by registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor and having open conversations with their loved ones about donation. Together, we can make a difference and give the gift of life to those in need. Register today and help save lives!

https://donatelife.net/how-you-can-help/



Hammond Pedestrian Dies in Crash

On Saturday (April 6, 2024), at approximately 9:30 pm, officers with the Hammond Police Department responded to a crash with injuries involving a pedestrian on North Cherry Street at the intersection of Chrystal Street. The crash claimed the life of Curtis Young, 72 years old of Hammond.

The initial investigation by the HPD Traffic Division revealed that Young was leaving the Yellow Store, located at 310 East University Avenue, on foot when he walked onto the road. At the same time, Davis Lenear, 51 years old of Ponchatoula, was traveling southbound on North Cherry Street and struck Young who was standing on the centerline of the road. Young was transported to North Oaks Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries later in the night. Lenear, who was uninjured, was transported to the Hammond City Jail where he was charged with Driving without a License.

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Begins Tomorrow

The annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival will take place April 12th through April 14th. For more
information about the festival, please visit http://www.lastrawberryfestival.com/

Louisiana State Police report that over 300,000 visitors are expected in the downtown Ponchatoula area. This increased traffic is likely to overload the surrounding interstate system causing dangerous backups from heavily congested off-ramps. This type of traffic could force intermittent closures of interstate exits. In an effort to improve the flow of traffic and ensure that everyone has a safe festival weekend, Troop L urges motorists to follow the following alternate route advisories when entering and leaving the Ponchatoula area.

Ponchatoula Man Killed in Tangipahoa Parish Crash

Wednesday (April 10, 2024) morning, shortly after 10:00 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a three-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 22 near West Timberlane Drive in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 59-year-old Andrew Monistere of Ponchatoula.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Monistere, was westbound on LA Hwy 22. At the same time, a 2022 Chevrolet Camaro and a 2022 Ford F-250 were both eastbound on LA Hwy 22. The 2022 Chevrolet Camaro was directly in front of the Ford. For reasons still under investigation, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro traveled across the centerline directly into the path of the eastbound vehicles. To avoid a collision, the 2022 Chevrolet Camaro traveled off of the roadway to the right and into a ditch. The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro then struck the Ford head-on.

Monistere was unrestrained and sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash. He was transported to a local hospital before he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the 2022 Chevrolet Camaro was properly restrained and was uninjured. The driver of the Ford was also properly restrained and sustained moderate injuries. The driver of the Ford was transported to a local hospital. This crash remains under investigation.

Obituary

Shayla Trene' Allen

November 1, 1981 - March 28, 2024

WPSS Superintendent To Be Named

UPDATE (8:12 PM): We have been advised that Jennifer Thomas is the new WPSS Superintendent.

The Washington Parish School Board is meeting at 4:00 PM today (April 11, 2024) in a Special Board Meeting that should result in the employment of a new Superintendent with the Washington Parish School System. 

Although the meeting begins at 4:00 PM, it is unknown when a decision will be announced. The Agenda calls for the Board “to enter into Executive Session under LA R.S. 42:17A (1) concerning the discussion of character, professional competence or physical or mental health of candidates for the position of Superintendent.”

Afterwards, the Board is to return to Regular Session and then “Consider a motion to employ the Superintendent with the Washington Parish School System.”

Stand by!

RCC Captain Randall Williams Graduates From “STAR” Program

B.B. Rayburn Correctional Center's  Captain Randall Williams is one of the Louisiana Department of Correction's first graduates of the “Security Trainer Academy Readiness” Program, also known as the “STAR” Program. The “STAR” Program is comprised of two parts. Part 1 of this training program is an instructional day covering multiple training topics pertinent to the success of the delivery of training content in courses taught by Security Academy Trainers who work full time in the various DOC Facility Training Academies. Part 2 of this training program provides the participants with the opportunity to deliver training content of course material from courses that they normally teach in the Training Academy. 

The first "STAR" program graduated seven individuals on Tuesday (April 9, 2024), under the direction and training of DOC Training and Development Deputy Director, John DiCarlo.  The graduates include Lieutenant Colonel Brittany Allen (LSP), Major Travis Gaddy (LSP), Master Sergeant Shunlekee Pendleton (LSP), Major Lorella Pierce (EHCC), Captain Dexter Walker (EHCC), Major Takiyah Sanders (DCI), and Captain Randall Williams (RCC). 

Child Custody Dispute Leads to Shooting in Angie

On Wednesday (April 10, 2024), at approximately 12:45 pm, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s
Office deputies responded to a residence in the Angie area following reports of a domestic dispute related to a child custody disagreement. As deputies were en route, a report of gunfire with at least one shooting victim was dispatched. The victim was transported to Our Lady of the Angels Emergency Room in Bogalusa prior to the deputies’ arrival. 

It was determined that an exchange of gunfire had occurred between a subject at the residence and three individuals who arrived at the scene by vehicle. The investigation is currently ongoing, with evidence being collected by law enforcement officials. At the time of this release, one subject, 23 year-old Scipio Burton, has been charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder, while another subject, 24 year-old Marquez Smith (picture not available), has been charged with Principal to Attempted Second Degree Murder.

The shooting victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released from medical care.

Further updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.

The photo of the person pictured above was released by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office in accordance with their updated policy, guided by legal and ethical considerations. 

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

Bogalusa Police Reports the Arrest of 2 Convicted Felons Possessing Firearms

The Bogalusa Police Department Criminal Patrol Division has been busy lately apprehending criminals within the community and reports the following:

On Tuesday evening, April 8, 2024, Officers arrested Takavious Ball-Haynes after he fled from Officers in his vehicle. During the pursuit, Ball-Haynes threw a handgun from the vehicle, which was later recovered.  Ball-Haynes ultimately stopped and was arrested and found to be in possession of an assortment of illegal narcotics. Officers discovered that Ball-Haynes was a convicted felon, thus being prohibited from possessing a firearm.

On Wednesday evening, April 9, 2024, Officers were searching for a vehicle that was involved in a hit and run that occurred days prior. Officers located the vehicle, which was being operated by Djamian Harry. Harry was found to be in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine, other assortments of illegal narcotics, and a firearm. It was discovered that Harry was a convicted felon, and is currently on parole for similar offenses. Officers were also able to confirm that Harry was operating the vehicle during the hit and run.

Assistant Chief Tervalon applauds the hard work of the men and women of the Bogalusa Police Department.

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today   A 20% chance of showers between 8am and 10am. Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 73. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 25 mph. 
Tonight   Clear, with a low around 48. Northwest wind around 10 mph.
Friday   Sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Night   Clear, with a low around 49. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 82. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Saturday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 53. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

April 10, 2024

Obituary

Benny "Ben" Morgan

December 21, 1933 - April 9, 2024

Detectives Investigate Pumpkin Center Burglary

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the suspect of an attempted burglary in the Pumpkin Center area of Hammond. Sheriff Daniel Edwards says on March 15, 2024, an unknown white male attempted to enter a residence on Pumpkin Center Road. 

As seen in security footage, the suspect pulled up to the residence driving a navy blue Chevrolet Silverado and proceeded to jump the homeowner's fence. The subject is then observed walking around the residence and attempts to enter the back door.

The subject is observed to be a white male, seen wearing a blue shirt and gray shorts with tan camouflage Crocs. 

Sheriff Edwards asks anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect to contact Detective Mark Francois at 985-902-2036, 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.

Suspect Sought in Independence Church Burglary

UPDATE (3:31 PM - April 12, 2024: Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the suspect has been identified as Michael Grand, a resident of Arkansas. Grand is currently in custody in Jefferson Parish on other charges and will be extradited to Tangipahoa Parish upon release.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is asking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect of a church burglary. Sheriff Daniel Edwards says on April 8. 2024 at around 5:30 PM, deputies responded to a burglary alarm at Faith Temple Church on Fontana Road in Independence. Upon arrival, deputies located a door forced open in the rear of the church.

After reviewing security camera footage (see below), an unknown white male was observed breaking into the door with a pry bar. The subject is then seen wandering the church opening doors until the alarm sounded. As the alarm sounded, the suspect ran out the door and fled in his vehicle, a maroon SUV believed to be a Jeep Compass. 

Sheriff Edwards asks anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect to contact Sergeant Wylie Foster 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.

Washington Parish Republican Executive Committee Members Sworn In

On May 9, 2024, the Washington Parish Republican Executive Committee took a significant step forward as it members were officially sworn in by 22nd Judicial District Court Judge Ellen M. Creel. This ceremony marks a pivotal moment for the local Republican Party, reinforcing its commitment to effective governance and community engagement. Judge Ellen M. Creel administered the oath of office, instilling a sense of duty and responsibility in each member of the committee. Their dedication to upholding Republican values and serving the constituents of Washington Parish was evident throughout the ceremony. "We are honored to have Judge Creel preside over our swearing-in ceremony," said Brent Jones, Chairman of the Washington Parish Republican Executive Committee. 

Newly elected and installed officers of the committee are Brent Jones, Member at Large, Chairman; Brenda Simon, representing District 5, Vice Chairwoman; Janene Stewart Dunaway, representing District 3, Treasurer; and Joannie Miller, Member at Large, Secretary. Additional members of the Executive Committee are Nolan D. Simon, Member at Large, Chase Anderson, representing District 6; Carley King, representing District 7; Suzi Bourne, representing District 1; Derek Danton, representing District 2; Dr. John Wyble, Member at Large and Randall Garcia, Member at Large.

The Washington Parish Republican Executive Committee consists of a diverse group of individuals who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles. As stewards of the Republican Party in Washington Parish, they are committed to promoting transparency, accountability, and conservative principles. “This swearing-in ceremony signifies the beginning of a new chapter for our committee. We look forward to collaborating with elected officials, community leaders, and residents to advance our shared goals and priorities. Moving forward, the Washington Parish Republican Executive Committee remains steadfast in its mission to support Republican candidates, advocate for conservative policies, and engage with the local community. Through open communication and active involvement, they aim to foster a prosperous and thriving Washington Parish for generations to come.” remarked Chairman Jones

During the meeting, Chairman Jones recognized the following individuals and thanked them for their service to the Committee: Sara Cook, Carol Nobles; Don Crist and Ginger Corkern. Jones gave special recognition to former members Don Crist and Ginger Corkern. “Their dedication over the years has been nothing short of exceptional. We are immensely grateful for their service. As you embark on new journeys and opportunities, please know that your legacy within our committee will endure. Your leadership and guidance will be sorely missed, but your influence will continue to shape our committee for generations to come.” Said Chairman Jones.

For more information about the Washington Parish Republican Executive Committee, please contact Chairman Brent Jones at 985-515-5222 or via electronic mail at cbrentjones@me.com.

TORNADO WARNING & Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Washington Parish



Tornado Watch From 6:07 AM to 1:00 PM Today for Washington Parish

 


Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 3pm. Some storms could be severe, with large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain. High near 75. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 25 mph becoming northeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 3 and 4 inches possible.
Tonight   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph becoming west after midnight.
Thursday   Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 73. Breezy, with a northwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Thursday Night   Clear, with a low around 48. West wind around 10 mph.
Friday   Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

April 09, 2024

State Office Buildings Closed April 10th

The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness  and the Louisiana Division of Administration advises that due to the timing of a possible significant weather event during rush hour and business travel, all state office buildings on Wednesday, April 10 will be closed. GOHSEP would like to ask all drivers to limit driving on the roads between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If you must be on the road, please drive safely. The winds are expected to affect all large trucks.

This office closure applies to all nonessential employees, including those authorized to work from home. 

Bogalusa City Schools Closed April 10th



WPSS classes will be held virtually April 10th



Obituary

Elizabeth McNeese Stillwell

October 18, 1943 - April 7, 2024

Obituary

Lea Kim Hartzog

June 15, 1959 - April 8, 2024

Obituary

Dr. Danielle Jenene Keys

October 27, 1978 - April 2, 2024

Obituary

Mildred Marie Sheridan Seal

December 14, 1938 - April 8, 2024

Obituary

James Edward Cooper

April 9, 1985 - April 2, 2024

Fugitive Linked to 2020 Washington Parish Murder Apprehended in Kentucky

The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office (WPSO) has announced the successful capture of 27 year-
old Trevion Mark, a fugitive connected to a homicide investigation dating back to 2020. Mark, apprehended in Kentucky, has been swiftly extradited and booked into the Washington Parish Jail, facing a multitude of charges including racketeering, obstruction of justice (counterfeit/forgery), second-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping, and possession of cocaine.

The arrest follows an incident on April 12, 2020, when a WPSO deputy responded to reports of gunfire at 58141 Hwy 1074. Upon arrival, the deputy discovered a white male victim with fatal gunshot wounds. Despite valiant attempts to revive him, the victim succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

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An investigation led WPSO deputies to a silver Ford Mustang abandoned in the Enon area, later identified as Mark's vehicle. Eyewitness accounts placed Mark at a nearby Dollar General store, where he was promptly apprehended by WPSO deputies after illegal narcotics were discovered in his possession during a routine pat-down. Subsequent inquiries solidified his connection to the homicide case. Mark had bonded out of jail on November 16, 2023 while waiting a trial scheduled for February 6, 2024.

Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal emphasized the significance of Mark's apprehension, praising the relentless dedication of law enforcement personnel and investigative teams. "Trevion Mark's capture signifies a crucial breakthrough in our pursuit of justice for the tragic events of April 12, 2020," Sheriff Seal remarked. "We are immensely grateful for the support and collaboration of our law enforcement partners throughout this process."

Currently held at the Washington Parish Jail with bond set at $250,000.00, Mark awaits legal proceedings following his extradition. His recent apprehension in Kentucky came about on March 27, 2024 through the vigilant efforts of a deputy from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office in Warsaw, Kentucky. During routine patrol near a Love's Travel Stop, the deputy observed suspicious activity, leading to Mark's arrest. Two female companions traveling with Mark were also detained for outstanding warrants in Texas. Despite providing false information initially, Mark was correctly identified and transported to the Carroll County Detention Center before being extradited to Washington Parish Jail.

The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office extends heartfelt gratitude to the community for their invaluable cooperation and assistance in bringing closure to this case.

Severe Weather Forecast for Wednesday

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 7-8, 2024

La'Damion Keys (age 29 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Distribution of Schedule II CDS, Resisting an Officer, Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $75000.00.

Trevion Mark (age 27 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Racketeering, 2nd Degree Murder, Possession of Cocaine (28 grams to 200 grams), 2nd Degree Kidnapping, and Obstruction of Jusstice (Counterfeit/Forgery) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $250000.00.

Travon Washington (age 22 with Amite, La. address) was booked In From Court

Valerie Sumrall (age 45 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (2 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3+ Offense), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $6050.00.

Jeremy Forbes (age 40 with Sandy Hook, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Franklinton Police Department. Bond set at $750.00.

The photo of the person (pictured left) was released by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office in accordance with their updated policy, guided by legal and ethical considerations. 

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***