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April 30, 2024

Covington Man Killed in Crash on I-12

On Monday (April 29, 2024), just before 7:00 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 12 near LA Highway 59 in Mandeville. The crash claimed the life of 65-year-old Paul Dugas, Jr. of Covington. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Dugas was driving a 2007 Toyota Corolla west on Interstate 12 near LA Highway 59. For reasons still under investigation, the Toyota traveled off the roadway and impacted a tree. 

Dugas, who was properly restrained suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Impairment on the part of Dugas is unknown and routine toxicology results are pending. 

Speeding, impairment and lack of seatbelt use continue to be the leading causes of fatal crashes. Troopers encourage the public to have a plan in place to avoid driving impaired. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a situation. Troopers would like to remind motorists of the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel. While not all crashes are survivable, wearing a seatbelt greatly reduces the chances of being killed or seriously injured in a crash.

Large Quantity of Assorted Drugs Seized in Slidell

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division recently began investigating 52
year-old Donald “Buckshot”  Plaisance, a Slidell resident who was suspected of conducting illegal drug activity at his home in the 57000 block of Cedar Avenue.

Through a joint investigation with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, STPSO narcotics detectives learned that Plaisance was storing large quantities of marijuana and counterfeit prescription pills at his Slidell residence and distributing them in Jefferson Parish and St. Tammany Parish. 

On Thursday (April 25, 2024), narcotics detectives executed a search warrant at Plaisance’s residence, where they located and seized the following items: 

  • 2,499 orange pills which tested positive for methamphetamine (Counterfeit Adderall 30mg)💊
  • 246 blue pills which tested positive for cocaine (Counterfeit Viagra)💊
  • Approximately 14 grams of suspected methamphetamine
  • 45 white oxycodone pills💊
  • 118 grams of suspected marijuana 
  • 8 THC vape cartridges
  • Assorted drug paraphernalia
  • $2,300 cash 💵









Plaisance was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center.

“𝘞𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘴,” 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐟𝐟 𝐑𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐲 𝐒𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐡 said, “𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱𝘴 𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘶𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘦. 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘑𝘦𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘚𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘧𝘧’𝘴 𝘖𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘦.”

Open Letter From Franklinton Alderman Seth Descant to Franklinton Mayor Greg Route




Click here to learn more (including video) of the last meeting on April 23, 2024

Slidell High School Teacher Arrested for Sexual Misconduct With Student

Earlier this morning (April 30, 2024), Slidell Police arrested 35 year-old, Alexa Wingerter, a
Slidell High School teacher, following a lengthy investigation into allegations made regarding inappropriate relationships with students at Slidell High School.

In early March, the Slidell Police Department launched an investigation after receiving complaints that Wingerter was having inappropriate relationships with male students at Slidell High School; as well as sending inappropriate photographs and messages via text message, and by utilizing various social media sites.

Over the course of the past month, Slidell Police investigators conducted multiple interviews and executed several search warrants. As a result, investigators found sufficient evidence to support that Wingerter was involved in an inappropriate and sexual relationship with at least one 18-year-old male student, as she acted in the capacity of the student’s educator. Evidence was also found that Wingerter was purchasing alcohol for her students at local bars in Slidell.

Based on the current facts of the on-going investigation, a warrant was issued for Wingerter for L.R.S. 14:81.1 (Prohibited Sexual Conduct Between an Educator and Student) and 14:93.13 (Unlawful Purchase of Alcoholic Beverages on Behalf of Persons Under 21).

The investigation is still on-going. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Scott O’Shaughnessy at scott@slidellpd.com or 985-646-4348.

Obituary

Cary Mark Camp

July 17, 1959 - April 25, 2024

STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! - It is against the law to purchase alcohol for underaged individuals.

Northshore Charter School’s Washington Parish Youth Coalition members joined forces with the Bogalusa Police Department and Travis’ Supermarket manger, Dave Provenzano, to implement the National Sticker Shock Campaign on Thursday, April 25, 2024. 

This campaign is aimed at educating, informing, and reminding the public that it is against the law to purchase alcohol for underaged individuals. 

Stickers were placed on windows and walls at Travis’ in Bogalusa, LA. We would like to thank Mr. Provenzano for his compliance with and support of Louisiana law RS 14:93.11, the Bogalusa Police Department, and Northshore Charter School students for helping enforce this program. 

If your business would like to participate in the National Sticker Shock Campaign, please contact Jana Pounds at Adapt: 985-735-0160.




Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 29, 2024

Alexxis Hall (age 20 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Things Under 1000, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Principals, and Underage Operating While Intoxicated by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Damon Tibbet (age 46 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Possession of Heroin by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Charles Jones (age 48 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Contempt of Court (2 counts), and Failure to Appear by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $3900.00.

Terry Bonds (age 46 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Cocaine (28 to 200 Grams), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present (2 counts), Transactions Involving Proceeds From Drug Offenses, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $13000.00.

Thomas Hebert (age 67 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked In From Court

Mary Haik (age 65 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Protective Order Violation by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $5000.00.

Entre Dillon (age 36 with Tylertown, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Prohibited Acts, Speeding 21-30 Over Limit, and No Drivers License by the Franklinton Police Department. No bond set at this time.

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***

Bogalusa Man Arrested; 2 Firearms and Approximately 1 Pound of Cocaine Seized

👮‍♂️  Bogalusa Proactive Police Officers Strike Again!   ðŸ‘®‍♂️

The Bogalusa Police Department report that, over the weekend, BPD Officers encountered 46 year-old Terry Bonds of Bogalusa during a traffic stop. During that traffic stop, Bonds was reportedly found in possession of approximately one pound of suspected cocaine, a small amount of suspected marijuana and two firearms, with one of the firearms being reported stolen. Bonds is also a convicted felon, thus prohibited from possessing firearms. 

Aside from the large package of suspected cocaine, Officers also located several smaller packages of suspected cocaine, ready for distribution. 

Bonds was later booked into the Washington Parish Jail on the charges of Possession of Cocaine (28 to 200 Grams), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm (2 counts), Possession of CDS With Weapon Present (2 counts), Transactions Involving Proceeds From Drug Offenses, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Appear. Bond was set at $13000.00.

"It is a great outcome for the community when narcotics, firearms, and individuals who engage in this criminal behavior are removed from our neighborhoods. I commend our Officers greatly for their hard work and dedication to serving Bogalusa." - A/Asst. Chief Tervalon

Traffic & Misdemeanor Amnesty Day is May 4th in Washington Parish



Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   Areas of dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 86. North wind around 5 mph.
Tonight   Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 63. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Wednesday   A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Wednesday Night   Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind around 5 mph.
Thursday   Partly sunny, with a high near 85. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Thursday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

April 29, 2024

WPSS Statement Re: New Title IX Rules

"The Washington Parish School System stands in solidarity with Dr. Cade Brumley, State Superintendent of Education, regarding the recent changes to Title IX rules issued by the U.S. Department of Education.  Dr. Brumley has expressed serious concerns about the impact of these rules, which expand the interpretation of discrimination on the basis of sex to include gender identity and other categories.  

The new Title IX rules, set to take effect on August 1, 2024, could have significant implications for schools, including requirements related to locker rooms, restrooms, and the use of pronouns. 

These rules also have potential conflicts with Louisiana’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which governs school sanctioned athletic participation based on biological sex.

Dr. Brumley has been vocal in his opposition to these new rules, citing their potential to endanger students and undermine equal opportunities for females.  He is currently working with the Office of the Governor and the Attorney General to review the rules and assess their overall impact.  Legal challenges to the rules are expected, contesting what is seen as an overreach of the federal government’s authority.

In light of these developments, the Washington Parish School System is not changing policies and procedures related to any new Title IX rules and is placing a resolution on their May 16, 2024 board meeting joining other school systems across the state of Louisiana to refrain from altering policies or procedures at this time."

Click here for story of La. Attorney General Suit

La. AG Murrill Files Lawsuit Re: New Title IX Rules

Today (April 29, 2024), Louisiana Attorney General Liz Murrill is leading the charge against the Biden
administration’s illegal expansion of Title IX rules, which would apply burdensome requirements on nearly every school, college, and university in Louisiana and across the nation. This would deprive women and girls of the equal educational opportunities they struggled for decades to secure, and cost states billions of dollars to implement.

Click here for WPSS Statement Re: New Title IX Rules

For more than 50 years, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 has protected the rights of both sexes to fully participate in our education system without being subjected to discrimination on the basis of “sex”—a term Congress intentionally used to refer to the basic biological distinction between the human male and human female. 

With the change, the Department of Education is eliminating these protections, which were especially meant to protect women and girls. The rules rewrite Title IX, requiring all schools, colleges, and universities that receive federal assistance across the country to disregard the concept of biological “sex.” In their view, prohibited discrimination on the basis of “sex” includes discrimination on the basis of “gender identity”—a term that has no defined or commonly accepted meaning. 

The final regulations stand to harm students, parents, teachers, school districts, and states whose own constitutional rights are now in jeopardy, especially their right to Free Speech. If the school chooses not to comply, they risk losing essential Title IX funding while simultaneously facing lawsuits from the federal government and other proponents of these radical mandates. Yet this is also the outcome should the school fail to comply adequately, with standards remaining as vague as "gender identity" itself. In other words, Title IX funding is threatened whether you comply or not, creating an impossible situation for everyone involved. 

“This is all for a political agenda, ignoring significant safety concerns for young women students in pre-schools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across Louisiana and the entire country. These schools now have to change the way they behave and the way they speak, and whether they can have private spaces for little girls or women. It is enormously invasive, and it is much more than a suggestion; it is a mandate that well exceeds their statutory authority. This all coming from the people who don’t even know how to define the word ‘woman.’ I’ll always stand up for children and families across this state,” said Attorney General Liz Murrill.

In the case, named Louisiana v. The U.S. Department of Education, Louisiana is joined by the States of Mississippi, Montana, and Idaho.

Spring Squirrel Hunting Season Begins May 4 in Louisiana

The Louisiana spring squirrel hunting season begins May 4 in most parts of Louisiana and lasts until May 26, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) said. Squirrel hunting is the perfect gateway for hunting and a great introduction for youth into the sport.

A basic hunting license is all that is needed to hunt squirrels and those 17 and under are not required to have a youth license to hunt squirrels. Squirrel hunting is relatively inexpensive and there are many LDWF public lands on which hunting opportunity is available. Louisiana has two species of squirrels; gray and fox squirrels.

The bag limit is three per day during the spring with a possession limit of nine.

Spring squirrel season is closed on the Kisatchie National Forest, some national wildlife refuges, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property and some state WMAs.

For a complete list of WMAs and public lands open to squirrel hunting and more information on WMA squirrel hunting, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/assets/Resources/Publications/Regulations/2023-2024-LDWF-Hunting-Regs-LR.pdf.

To purchase a hunting license, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/hunting-licenses-permits-tags.

All visitors to LDWF WMAs must have either a WMA Access Permit, Senior Hunting/Fishing License, Louisiana Sportsman’s Paradise License or Lifetime Hunting/Fishing License. Go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/wmarefugeconservation-area-licenses-and-permits for more information.

For more information on squirrel hunting in Louisiana, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/subhome/small-game or contact LDWF Small Game/Wild Turkey Program Manager Cody Cedotal at ccedotal@wlf.la.gov.

Who Stabbed This Mother of Four To Death in Hammond?

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is asking the public's assistance in locating the suspect of
a homicide which claimed the life of a mother of four on Saturday (April 27, 2024). Sheriff Daniel Edwards says that shortly after 2:30 PM on Saturday, deputies responded to a reported stabbing on W. Pleasant Ridge Road in Hammond and located 31 year-old Carol Allen (pictured below) of New Orleans in the backseat of a vehicle with multiple stab wounds to her body. Life saving measures were attempted by deputies; however, Allen later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

Sheriff Edwards says at this time, detectives are seeking any information which could help identify the suspect(s) in this heinous crime. 

As such, Sheriff Edwards asks anyone with information pertaining to the death of Allen to contact Sergeant Matt Dean at 985-902-2018, 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!

Amite Man's Reckless Rampage: Arrested by WPSO After High-Speed Chase and Collision with Law Enforcement

On Friday (April 26, 2024), at approximately 3:16 PM, Sgt. NeSmith of the Washington Parish 
Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Northwood Drive in Bogalusa, La., in response to reports of a disturbance. Dispatch informed Sgt. NeSmith that the individual causing the disturbance was driving a red Dodge pickup, trespassing on properties and yelling out the window.

Upon arrival, Sgt. NeSmith observed the red Dodge exiting the rear of a residence. Sgt. NeSmith attempted to approach the vehicle, but the driver fled the scene upon seeing law enforcement, and the vehicle was pursued, with Deputy Seal joining in the pursuit.

The suspect, identified as 36 year-old Jeremy Kihneman of Amite, led officers on a dangerous chase through residential areas, driving at excessive speeds and endangering the public. The pursuit culminated on Lewis Lane, where Kihneman spun out in a yard and lost control on the dead end road.

Deputy Seal attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle, resulting in a collision between the suspect's vehicle and Deputy Seal's unit. Despite this, Kihneman resisted arrest until Sgt. NeSmith and Deputy Seal were able to safely apprehend him.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Kihneman was under the influence of a controlled substance and had also consumed alcohol. Additionally, weapons were found in his possession, including a firearm and homemade brass knuckles.

Kihneman was transported to Our Lady of the Angels Hospital for medical evaluation due to his intoxicated state. After being cleared by medical personnel, he was taken into custody and charged with multiple offenses including disturbing the peace, criminal damage to property, resisting arrest, and aggravated flight from an officer.

Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal commends the swift and coordinated efforts of Sgt. NeSmith, Deputy Seal, and all involved in ensuring the safety of the community and bringing the suspect to justice.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 27-28, 2024

Jeremy Kihneman (age 36 with Amite, La. address) was booked on the charges of Disturbing the
Peace/Loud & Abusive Language, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000 (3 counts), and Resisting an Officer by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10000.00.


Elizabeth Mizell (age 35 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Ignition Interlock Device Offenses by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $3500.00 bond.

Amber Robins (age 38 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Improper Equipment, Driving Under Suspension, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $1366.70 bond.

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   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 78. Southeast wind around 15 mph. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Tonight   A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday   A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the morning.
Tuesday Night   Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Wednesday   A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

April 28, 2024

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   A 20% chance of showers between 11am and 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph. 
Tonight   Increasing clouds, with a low around 67. Southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Monday   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 81. South wind 10 to 15 mph. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Monday Night   A 60% chance of shows and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. 
Tuesday   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind around 5 mph.

April 27, 2024

Obituary

Ila Breaux Pittman

August 10, 1930 - April 22, 2024

April 27, 2024 Election Results: All Tax Propositions Approved on Washington Parish Ballots

Unofficial results from the Secretary of State's Office reflect that all of the propositions on the ballot in Washington Parish have been approved by voters.

  • The Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice District Proposition (Millage Extension and Rededication) has been approved by 68% of voters.
  • The Washington Parish School District No. 2 Proposition (4.83 Mills Continuation for 10 Yrs) has been approved by 76% of the voters.
  • The Fire Protection District No. 4 Proposition (Millage Renewal) has been approved by 85% of the voters.
  • The Fire Protection District No. 8 Proposition (Millage Renewal) has been approved by 79% of the voters.

To get more detailed information on these election results and election results in other parishes, click here.

Obituary

Alma J. White

January 14, 1957 - April 27, 2024

The YMCA is Reaching Out Across Washington Parish

A YMCA representative from Bogalusa came to the Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting on April 23, 2024 and described programs that available to young people in Franklinton and other Washington Parish communities. In a energetic presentation, Mr. George Corkern described how the Y is reaching out!

Click here for the YMCA Facebook page

The YMCA is sponsoring an event at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds on May 4, 2024, the 1st Annual Family STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)  Event. (See the Flier below the video)

Watch the video clip below and plan to be at the Fairgrounds in Franklinton on May 4th!

 

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 26, 2024

Keith Jones (age 34 with New Orleans, La. address) was booked on the charges of No Taillight, Expired License Plate, License Plate Improper Lighting, No Drivers License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), and Probation and Parole Hold by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Jashaun Hal (age 18 with Columbia, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of First Degree Robbery, Illegal Carrying of Weapon, Illegal Possession of a Handgun by a Juvenile, and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm. No bond set at this time.

Jessica Strain (age 35 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Contempt of Court (3 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $27050.00.

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

Bennie Davis (age 41 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $1500.00 bond.

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***

Message From the WPSO – About Our Farmers

"Dear Washington Parish, as we stride into the heart of farm season, our roads may be graced with the presence of mighty tractors and other agricultural machinery, painting a picturesque reminder of the dedication that fuels our farming communities. 

To all those who travel our roads behind these indispensable machines, we humbly urge patience and understanding. Behind each wheel sits a farmer, driven by a commitment to provide for their families and nourish our communities. 

In the timeless words of Paul Harvey, "So, God made a farmer! God said I need somebody to get up before dawn and milk cows and work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board. So, God made a farmer! I need somebody with strong arms." These words echo the resilience, strength, and tireless spirit of those who labor tirelessly to sow the seeds of abundance. 

To our farmers, we offer a heartfelt thank you. Thank you for your sweat-soaked days and calloused hands. Thank you for braving the elements and overcoming challenges with unending resolve. Your labor sustains us all, nourishing not just our bodies, but our souls with the fruits of your labor. 

Let us all extend a hand of gratitude and support to these unsung heroes of our communities. May their fields yield bountiful harvests, and may their spirits remain ever resilient."

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph.
Tonight   Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph.
Sunday   A 20% chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph.
Sunday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Monday   A 70% chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
Monday Night   A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. 

April 26, 2024

Town of Franklinton Meeting of April 23, 2024

The Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting last Tuesday (April 23, 2024) evening addressed an Agenda with important presentations and reports but too often devolved into arguments, name calling, and disruptions from those in attendance. This started early, beginning at 4:20 into the video, and resumed at 1:08:15 into the video.

  • Joseph Dominick of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center made a presentation, beginning at 18:00 into the video.
  • Representatives from the YMCA made a presentation, beginning at 33:00 into the video.
  • Training for the Town's Gas Department was approved, beginning at 47:30 into the video.
  • Departmental Reports were provided

However, the Agenda item “to advertise for bids for playground equipment” generated controversy, as it has at previous meetings of Board. The proposed playground is expected and proposed to be located on Chess Jones Road and funded by a combination of grants, donations, and other public funds. The Mayor and Aldermen are all in favor of a playground. However, some Aldermen insist on more information than has been provided and adherence to laws that govern the process. 

No agreement was reached regarding the playground issue but a Special Meeting was scheduled for 6:00 PM on May 6, 2024. Will the issue be resolved then? Stand by!  

LSU AgCenter's Weekly Message

There are Legions of Lilies

Many people end up with potted Easter lilies after Easter. Besides being attractive adornments for altar rails, Easter lilies are perennials in the landscape in most parts of Louisiana. Plant them in a well-drained site with full to partial sun exposure. They may benefit from some afternoon shade in our climate.

Plant them so that the bottom of the bulb is approximately 6 inches below the surface, considering both soil and mulch. For example, you can place the bulb 4 inches below the soil surface and then add 2 inches of mulch. I’ve seen plant spacing recommendations ranging from 4 to 18 inches. The bulbs will multiply if healthy, so planting them farther apart may delay when you’ll need to divide them.

The leaves of potted Easter lilies will generally die back sometime after they’re planted. Dead foliage can be removed. New growth will likely emerge, but you probably won’t get more flowers till the following year. Outdoors, Easter lilies flower later in the growing season than those that are “forced.”

Easter lilies are poisonous to cats, so be aware of this, especially if you have potted plants indoors.

Besides Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum, L. wallichianum, and hybrids), there are other Lilium bulbs that can be grown in the Louisiana landscape. The Stargazer bulbs that my mother recently gave me are in a group referred to as the Oriental hybrids. These have resulted from crosses among different Lilium species. They have large, fragrant flowers and, among Lilium species and hybrids, are some of the more tolerant of our warm climate.

While many Lilium species are native to Asia, pine lily (L. catesbaei) and Carolina lily (L. michauxii) are native to Louisiana, including parts of the Florida Parishes.

Besides the many Lilium species, we call a lot of other plants lilies, too.

Peruvian lilies (Alstroemeria species and hybrids) are popular cut flowers. Most are not reliably hardy in the landscape in Louisiana, though parrot lily (A. psittacina) is naturalized in the southeastern US and spreads readily.

Less closely related to Lilium and Alstroemeria lilies are the popular daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.) and lilies of the Nile (Agapanthus spp.). Southern swamp lily or seven sisters (Crinum americanum) and spring spiderlily (Hymenocallis liriosme) are white-flowered wetland plants native to Louisiana that I would encourage you to consider planting in poorly drained areas of your yard. I recently saw spring spiderlilies flowering at the Louisiana State Arboretum near Ville Platte. Southern swamp lilies begin flowering a little later in the season.

Let me know if you have questions.

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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).

STPSO Narcotics Division “Rocking & Rolling” AGAIN!

Members of the STPSO Narcotics Division flooded areas and conducted traffic stops throughout the parish Tuesday (April 23, 2024) in areas known to be frequented by drug dealers.

  • During their patrols in Lacombe, detectives stopped 31-year-old Slidell resident Darryl Stokes in the 20000 block of W Spruce Street off of N Pontchartrain Drive. A search of the truck driven by Stokes led to the discovery and seizure of 2.5 grams of marijuana, more than 66 grams (2.35 ounces) of crack cocaine, and $3,902 in cash. It was later learned Stokes is on parole in Louisiana until 2031 for a conviction regarding possession of hydrocodone, possession of marijuana, resisting an officer with force or violence, possession of oxycodone, possession of alprazolam, possession of zolpidem, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine over 28 grams. Stokes was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center.
  • During their patrols in Slidell, detectives stopped 45-year-old Lacombe resident Charles Stiglet in the 500 block of Sunset Drive. A search of the SUV driven by Stiglet led to the discovery and seizure of 4.5 grams of methamphetamine, 1 gram of crack-cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Stiglet was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center.
  • Detectives also assisted the 1st District Criminal Patrol Division with a call for service in the 37000 block of Buck Provost Road in Pearl River. Their investigation led to detectives obtaining a search warrant for the residence of 63-year-old Pearl River resident Rodney Allen Ridenour. Detectives seized more than 18 grams of methamphetamine resulting in the arrest of Ridenour. It was later learned Ridenour is on parole in Louisiana until 2029 for a conviction regarding possession with the intent to distribute a schedule II CDS, two counts of possession of a schedule II CDS, possession of a schedule III CDS and transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses. Ridenour was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center.

“The detectives with our Narcotics Division work hard every day to identify and arrest individuals who are bringing dangerous drugs into our neighborhoods,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

Obituary

Samuel Merwin Raborn

January 28, 1954 - April 24, 2024

Obituary

Mary Lynn Foster Jordan

July 19, 1955 - April 24, 2024

Obituary

Christy Maples Williams

December 15, 1988 - April 23, 2024

Obituary

Shirley Jones Thomas

January 5, 1940 - April 25, 2024

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 24-25, 2024

Malcolm Beal (age 33 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Probation and Parole
Hold by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

John Tate (age 55 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Proper Equipment Required on Vehicles, Driving Under Suspension, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting an Officer, and Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS. Bond set at $30000.00.

Mark Woods (age 62 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs by the 22JDC. No bond set at this time.

Todd Dykes (age 58 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $2500.00 bond.

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

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  1. To prevent child abuse and neglect before it happens by delivering research based prevention programs.
  2. To provide child abuse prevention and direct services to victims which includes a variety of programs and services.
  3. To provide sexual assault prevention and direct services to assault victims which includes: operating a 24/7 crisis hotline; providing hospital and law enforcement victim advocates 24/7; providing sexual assault information, prevention education, professional training, awareness campaigns, inter-agency collaboration, and victim support and counseling.
  4. To provide prevention and educational services targeting substance abuse. 

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 84. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday   Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday Night   Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Sunday   Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
Sunday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

April 25, 2024

RCC's Chase Team Helps Find Fugitive in Walthall County

Earlier this month, Rayburn Correctional Center’s Chase Team assisted Walthall County Sheriff’s Office in the apprehension of a fugitive near Kokomo, Mississippi. 

Tracking Dogs “Biggie” and “Pine” led the team through heavily thick underbrush to the suspect. After a brief foot chase the suspect was taken into custody without incident and turned over to Walthall County Deputies. 

RCC’s K-9 members that assisted with the suspects apprehension are Tracking Dogs “Biggie” and “Pine”, Colonel Chesley Spears, Lt. Colonel Richard Forbes, Major Jacob Waskom, Major Mickey Dillon, Captain Jonathan Stringer and Lieutenant Patrick Magee. 

Obituary

Arnold Manning

September 24, 1939 - April 19, 2024

Obituary

Valine Causey

November 6, 1940 - April 19, 2024

70 Year-Old Kentwood Man Killed in Crash

Wednesday morning (April 24, 2024), shortly before 9:30 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 1057 near Pittman Road in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 70-year-old Samuel Raborn of Kentwood.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Raborn was northbound on LA Hwy 1057 in a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado. For reasons still under investigation, the Chevrolet traveled off of the roadway to the right and struck an embankment.

Despite being properly restrained, Raborn sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. As part of the ongoing investigation, a toxicology sample was obtained from Raborn for analysis.

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.

Slidell Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash

On Tuesday (April 23, 2024), around 11:30 pm, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B were notified of a single-vehicle crash on US 90 in Jefferson Parish. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 44-year-old Xavier Gonzales of Slidell.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Gonzales was driving a 2023 Chevrolet Bolt east on Highway 90 near Nine Mile Point Road. For reasons still under investigation, the Chevrolet ran off the left side of the roadway and entered the grass median before impacting a bridge support.

Gonzales, who was unrestrained at the time of the crash, suffered fatal injuries and died on scene. Impairment is unknown, standard toxicology samples were collected and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

STPSO Says, “Our Narcotics Detectives did it again!”

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office says, “Our Narcotics Detectives did it again!”

✅ Illegal Narcotics Off the Street
✅ Illegal Firearms Off the Street
✅ Arrests Made

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division began investigating after receiving information that illegal narcotics activity was occurring at a residence in the 100 block of Shamrock Driver near Slidell.

On Saturday (April 20, 2024), narcotics detectives executed a search warrant at the residence and located and seized the following items: Counterfeit Oxycodone tablets pressed with Fentanyl, Fentanyl powder, Crack cocaine, Methamphetamine, Suboxone, Paraphernalia associated with personal use of narcotics, 2 Firearms (1 rifle and 1 pistol), and Marijuana.

As a result of this investigation, four individuals were arrested: 

  • 23 year-old Paige Thompson 
  • 44 year-old Axel Jarquin 
  • 45 year-old Stuart Duncan 
  • 27 year-old Jake Rizk 

“Our residents continue to send the message they will not tolerate illegal narcotics being sold in their neighborhoods,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Keeping our neighborhoods safe takes a partnership between law enforcement and our residents. We are blessed to live and serve in an area that respects, appreciates and works with law enforcement.”

Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Says "🚨 Join the Force! 🚨"

Are you ready to protect and serve your community? The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for a dynamic individual to join our team as a full-time Corrections Deputy!

  • Position: Full-Time Corrections Deputy
  • Location: Washington Parish, LA
  • Starting Salary: $14.25 per hour + Benefits

What We Offer:

  • ✅ Competitive starting salary
  • ✅ Hospitalization insurance
  • ✅ Retirement program
  • ✅ Other amazing benefits

Requirements:

  • 🔍 Minimum age of 18 years
  • 🎓 High school diploma or GED
  • 🔒 Pass a criminal background check
  • 💊 Drug-free lifestyle
  • 🚗 Valid driver’s license and dependable transportation
  • 💪 Ability to work with both male and female criminal offenders

Ready to make a difference? Apply now! 📝 Applications available at: 💻 Online: www.wpso.la.gov (Employment Tab)

Join us in ensuring safety and security for our community. Apply today and let's make a positive impact together! 🌟

Obituary

Brent Jude Hymel, Sr.

January 30, 1945 - April 24, 2024

Obituary

Patricia Ann Conerly Williams

April 2, 1950 - April 17, 2024

Obituary

Deacon Hayward Partman, Sr.

June 29, 1930 - April 23, 2024

One Arrested, One Wanted for Tangi Village Homicide

UPDATE: April 25, 2024 - 4:30 PM. Haynes has been taken into custody! 

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office announces a suspect has been arrested and another is now wanted in connection with a homicide at Tangi Village Apartments on Tuesday (April 23, 2024). Sheriff Daniel Edwards says 21 year-old Tyrell "Rell" Brister of Hammond has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting death of 28 year-old Malcolm Toney also of Hammond.

On Tuesday, deputies responded to a shooting at the Tangi Village Apartments on Quick Boulevard in Hammond shortly after 11:30 AM. The victim, later identified as Toney, was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Through a course of interviews, Brister was identified as the shooting suspect and was taken into custody late Wednesday (April 24, 2024) afternoon.

Brister has been booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on the charges of (1) count - Second Degree Murder, (1) count - Aggravated Battery, (1) count - Aggravated Assault by Drive By, (1) count - Home Invasion, (1) count - Simple Criminal Damage to Property, (1) count - Illegal Discharge of a Weapon, and (1) count - Second Degree Battery.

Through the course of the investigation, investigators have identified a second suspect identified as 39 year-old Monica Haynes (also known as Monica Sims). Haynes is known to be driving a maroon colored sedan. Haynes is currently wanted for the charges of (1) count - Accessory After the Fact to Second Degree Murder, (1) count - Accessory After the Fact to Aggravated Battery, (1) count - Accessory After the Fact to Aggravated Assault by Drive By, and (1) count - Obstruction of Justice.

Sheriff Edwards asks anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Hayes (aka Sims) to contact Detective Russell Walker 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!

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 85. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Tonight   Increasing clouds, with a low around 61. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday   Partly sunny, with a high near 85. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Friday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Southeast wind around 15 mph.
Saturday   Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Saturday Night   Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph.

Family Day is Saturday in Cassidy Park

Bogalusa Parks, Recreation, & Culture Commission shares the following breakdown of what you can expect for Family Day 2024, which is Saturday (April 27, 2024) from 11am to 4pm:

  • All children’s activities will be FREE! 
  • Non-Profits —  giveaway’s, free health screenings and more ! 
  • Churches - games , treats, face painting and more ! 
  • We will have a variety of food and sweet vendors selling their delicious food 
  • Several craft vendors will be selling their homemade items — so stop by and support them ! 
  • We have a great line up for the stage all day ! 
  • Police & Pals will take place behind Browns Soul Kitchen - they have a HUGE obstacle course they will be racing children through 
  • Train with a Firemen is happening in the grass area near the swings .. they have a man made obstacle course and a SMOKE HOUSE !!! 
  • Train pick up will be near Blueberry Circle 
  • Bogalusa Soccer Club will be in the grass area playing soccer games with the children !

We want to give a HUGE shoutout to Bogalusa High School JROTC for volunteering to help us! Without their help this event would not be possible!

April 24, 2024

Obituary

Marcus Franklin Ballard, Jr.

August 2, 1947 - April 23, 2024

Obituary

Peggy Sanders Dieterich

August 8, 1943 - April 10, 2024

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for April 23, 2024

Jasmine Magee (age 32 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Simple Battery, Tampering With Electronic Monitoring Equipment, Principle to Criminal Damage, Disturbing the Peace/Loud & Abusive Language, Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Resisting an Officer, and Public Intimidation and Retaliation by the Franklinton Police Department. Bond set at $7500.00.

Joseph Hill (age 44 with Tylertown, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Improper Equipment, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $7500.00.

Alexandria Brown (age 32 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked In From Court

Ronald Alexander (age 45 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Failure to Register As Sex Offender and Failure to Appear (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $12680.63.

Glenn Burton (age 35 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Fail to Comply in Person Sex Offender Reg T-1 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time. 

Travarris Varnado (age 25 with Magnolia, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Improper Equipment, Expired Drivers License, No Insurance, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

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***

Cracking Down on Seat Belt Usage in Pickups

The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office has advised that law enforcement is cracking down on seat belt usage. The message to pickup truck drivers and passengers is that it is the law for everyone in a vehicle to buckle up – even in pickups! 

It is all part of the "Buckle Up in Your Truck" campaign that runs from April 23rd through April 27th. The campaign is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, state observation surveys and fatality data show that pickup truck drivers and passengers fall well behind occupants of other kinds of passenger vehicles when it comes to wearing seat belts. 

First offense tickets cost $50, and subsequent violations are $75.

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 northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight   Mostly clear, with a low around 59. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Thursday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday   Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph.
Friday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph.

April 23, 2024

Covington Area Man Arrested – 780 Fentanyl Pills Seized

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Narcotics Division recently seized approximately 780 fentanyl pills from a man suspected to be dealing in the Covington area: 23 year-old Derrick McDowell. 

On April 18, 2024, after receiving information that McDowell was regularly distributing narcotics in and around the Covington area, members of the STPSO Narcotics Division conducted a traffic stop on McDowell in the area of Joseph Road and Highway 36 near Covington. During that traffic stop, McDowell was found to be in possession of approximately 273 counterfeit pressed pills suspected to contain fentanyl. The pills were packaged for distribution, and McDowell was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia indicative of narcotics distribution. 

This traffic stop led to the execution of a search warrant at McDowell’s residence in the 200 block of Vintage Drive near Covington. Detectives discovered approximately 507 more counterfeit pressed pills suspected to contain fentanyl, approximately 23 dosage units of Vyvanse, approximately 2.8 grams of marijuana and more additional drug paraphernalia indicative of narcotics distribution during that search. Approximately 492 of the suspected fentanyl pills were located in a WD-40 can that was outfitted with a hidden compartment on the bottom. 

McDowell admitted to regularly distributing fentanyl pills to St Tammany Parish residents. 

He was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center.

“𝘍𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘭 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘥𝘳𝘶𝘨, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺,”𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐟𝐟 𝐑𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐲 𝐒𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐡 said. “𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘕𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺.”

Bogalusa Rotary Club Honors Sergeant John O’Hern as 2024 Deputy of the Year

The Bogalusa Rotary Club, renowned for its commitment to community service, once again
celebrated excellence in law enforcement at its annual luncheon. The event, a cornerstone of civic appreciation, took place today (April 23, 2024) with gratitude to all attendees for their continued support and participation.

At the heart of this year's ceremony stood Sergeant John O’Hern, recognized as the esteemed Washington Parish Deputy of the Year. His dedication and outstanding contributions to public safety and community well-being were celebrated amidst his family and a full audience of Bogalusa Rotarians.

Sergeant O’Hern's accomplishments exemplify the essence of law enforcement, reflecting a moral compass guided by a steadfast commitment to service over self. Among his notable achievements:

· Life Saving Award: Recognized for his courageous actions in rescuing two individuals from a severe vehicle accident, Sergeant O’Hern exemplifies valor and selflessness.

· Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician: Demonstrating a commitment to the safety of young passengers, Sergeant O’Hern's dedication extends beyond the call of duty.

· Mentorship and Leadership: Serving as a Field Training Officer, Sergeant O’Hern mentors and guides rookie deputies, instilling safe patrolling practices and fostering professional growth.

· Community Engagement: Active participation in Highway Safety Commission checkpoints contributes to safer roadways, while an impressive record of 38 solo arrests underscores his commitment to upholding law and order.

In addition to his professional achievements, Sergeant O’Hern is a devoted husband to Lacie O’Hern and proud father of two children, Mason and Zoe. Balancing the demands of law enforcement with family life, he exemplifies dedication and resilience, embodying the values of service and sacrifice.

Sergeant O’Hern, expressing gratitude and humility, shared his favorite quote from John Wayne, underscoring the importance of a moral code and integrity in the face of adversity. With the full armor of God and a pledge to uphold the values of honor and service, he reaffirmed his commitment to his fellow deputies and the community.

"It’s a testament of dedication to his fellow deputies," remarked Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal. "As Deputy of the Year, Sergeant O’Hern pledges to continue to serve, protect, and bring honor to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office."

In honoring Sergeant John O’Hern, the Bogalusa Rotary Club celebrates not only an exemplary law enforcement officer but also a beacon of integrity and service in the community.