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June 19, 2024

Tropical Disturbances Today



1. Western Gulf of Mexico: Tropical Storm Alberto, located over the western Gulf of Mexico  about 295 miles SE of Brownsville, TX, is lumbering WNW towards the coast of Mexico at 8 MPH with maximum sustained winds at 40 MPH. It is bringing heavy winds, coastal flooding, and gusty winds to coasts of Texas and northeastern Mexico through Thursday. Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent and formation chance through 7 days...high...80 percent.

2. Southwestern Gulf of Mexico: Another broad area of low pressure is forecast to develop over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for gradual development of this system through early next week while it moves slowly west-northwestward or  northwestward. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent and formation chance through 7 days...low...30 percent.

3. Southwestern Atlantic Ocean: An area of showers and thunderstorms located several hundred miles east of the Bahamas is associated with a surface trough of low pressure. Environmental conditions are marginally conducive for some gradual development of this system during the next few days while it moves westward or west-northwestward. The system is forecast to approach the coast of the southeastern United States by the latter part of this week. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent and formation chance through 7 days...low...20 percent.

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. East wind around 15 mph.
Tonight   A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 73. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Friday   Sunny, with a high near 93. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 71. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

June 18, 2024

Bogalusa Police Arrest 18 Year-Old for Vehicle Burglaries

Investigators with the Bogalusa Police Department have arrested 18 Year-Old Zhyion E. Brock and charged him with 3 counts of Vehicle Burglary, 2 counts of Attempted Vehicle Burglary, Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Illegal Possession of a Firearm, and Fugitive from an Outside Agency. 

The vehicle burglaries took place in the northern region of Bogalusa between Bankston Drive and continuing to Caswell Avenue on June 10, 2024. Following the burglaries, Officers observed the suspect vehicle on Avenue B, and the vehicle fled. The vehicle crashed out on West 9th Street, but the driver eluded officers. The vehicle was later determined to have been stolen out of Washington Parish. 

Detectives identified Brock and obtained warrants for his arrest for the burglaries. 

On June 17, 2024, Brock was arrested, without incident, at a residence on Davis Street after the patrol Shift answered a call of a suspicious person, and possibly of an attempted burglary in progress. At the time of Brock’s arrest, he was illegally possessing a firearm. Brock also had a fugitive warrant from Washington Parish Sheriff's Office in relation to the stolen vehicle. 

Detectives believe another suspect is involved in the recent burglaries and are working to identify this person. Detectives are asking the public to call the Bogalusa Police Department (985-732-3611) or the Investigations Division (985-732-6238) if anyone has any information regarding these burglaries.

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

Tropical Disturbances Today
















1. Southwestern Atlantic Ocean: A surface trough and upper-level of low pressure is located several hundred miles east of the Bahamas. Environmental conditions could be conducive for some gradual development of this system during the next few days while it moves westward or west-northwestward.  The system is forecast to approach the coast of the southeastern United States on Friday. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent and formation chance through 7 days...low...20 percent.

2. Southwestern Gulf of Mexico: Another broad area of low pressure is forecast to develop over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for gradual development of this system early next week while it moves slowly northward or northwestward. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent and formation chance through 7 days...low...20 percent.

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Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. East wind around 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight   A 10% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday   A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. East wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday   A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. East wind around 10 mph.
Thursday Night   Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

June 17, 2024

29 Year-Old Jerome Wilson of Bogalusa Sentenced to 144 Months

Jerome Wilson, age 29 and a resident of Bogalusa, was sentenced on June 11, 2024 to 144 months in prison for drug and firearm violations, followed by five years of supervised release, and a mandatory $400 special assessment fee, after previously pleading guilty before U.S. District Judge Darrel James Papillion, to a four-count superseding indictment. 

  • Count 1 charged Wilson with conspiring to distribute Fentanyl.
  • Count 2 charged Wilson with conspiring to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking activity.
  • Count 3 charged Wilson with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
  • Count 4 charged Wilson with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, on December 6, 2022, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) agents surveilling the 1900 block of Frenchmen Street in New Orleans saw Wilson driving a white Dodge Challenger with one passenger. Agents then saw Wilson, his passenger, and a third co-defendant apparently engaged in illegal narcotics transactions, all while possessing firearms. Soon after, Wilson took a firearm from the car and put it atop the right rear tire to allow easy access while selling drugs. Wilson was later arrested after a brief pursuit. Subsequently, officers obtained a state search warrant for the white Dodge Challenger and recovered a Sarsilmaz, Model Sar9, 9-millimeter pistol, from the center console. A criminal history check revealed that Wilson had two prior felony convictions and was not legally allowed to possess a firearm.

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Obituary

Sheila Cheyenne Sims

November 21, 1961 - June 12, 2024

Obituary

Margie Rae Williams Walker

May 29, 1943 - June 16, 2024

12 Year-Old Slidell Boy Injured in Father's Day Accident

A 12 year-old boy is listed in stable condition after being struck by a vehicle in Slidell on Father’s Day (June 16, 2024), shortly before 1pm. The preliminary investigation indicated the young boy ran into the roadway, while chasing his dog. A Ram 2500 pickup truck, which was traveling east on Fremaux Avenue, struck the boy. 

As a result of the collision, the child received severe injuries and was rushed to Slidell Memorial Hospital before being transported to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, where he is currently listed in critical condition.

Traffic investigators are still analyzing evidence and witness statements, but do not suspect impairment or speed to be contributing factors in this accident. The crash remains under investigation.

In an update this morning (June 17, 2024), the boy's parents report  that their son, Grayson Manning, has a very long road ahead. “Grayson had three emergency surgeries that according to doctors went well. One to implant something to keep the fluid and swelling in the brain down, one to repair the face and skull injuries, and one to save functioning in his eye. He has an MRI scheduled to assess spinal injuries. He will have reconstructive jaw surgery and orthopedic surgery on his pelvis scheduled for later this week. Once this is complete they will attempt to remove the breathing tube.”

Suicide and Overdose Data from St. Tammany Parish

An early analysis of data shows an increase in suicides but a decrease in accidental overdoses compared to the same period last year, according to St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Christopher Tape. 

As of June 14, 2024, lives lost to suicide in St. Tammany Parish is up by 20% from the same period last year. The most common method was by firearm use. Decedents range in age from 17-76.

As of June 14, 2024, accidental overdose deaths in St. Tammany Parish fell 21.7% from the same period last year. There have been 36 such deaths compared to 46 for the same period last year.   These decedents range in age from 19-73. The most common fatal toxins were fentanyl and methamphetamines, although many had ingested a combination of toxic substances. 

Help is available. For information about suicide prevention, contact St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide (STOPS) at 985-237-5506. “For those having suicidal thoughts and for those suffering with addiction, help is also available through a variety of sources,” Tape said. “Among other resources, people in crisis can call or text 988, a free, 24-hour service that is available in both English and Spanish. And, of course, 911 is always the first, best resource in an acute situation.”

“Although our agency is typically thought of as a resource dealing only in death, preventing unnecessary deaths is part of our mission,” Tape said. “I appeal to everyone in our community to look out for their friends, family and neighbors, and to reach out without hesitation if there is an opportunity for help.”

Tropical Disturbances Today
















1. A broad area of low pressure is forming over the Bay of Campeche. Environmental conditions appear conducive for additional gradual development, and a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form by midweek while it moves slowly westward or west-northwestward toward the western Gulf coast. Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent and formation chance through 7 days...high...70 percent.

2. An area of cloudiness and thunderstorms in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean, several hundred miles east of the Bahamas, is associated with a surface trough and an upper-level area of low pressure.  Environmental conditions could be conducive for some development of this system during the next few days while it moves westward or west-northwestward.  The system is forecast to approach the coast of the southeast United States on Thursday or Friday. Formation chance through 48  hours...low...10 percent and formation chance through 7 days...low...30 percent.

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   A 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 86. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. East wind around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday   A 40% chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. East wind 10 to 15 mph. 
Tuesday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday   A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. East wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night   Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

June 16, 2024

Obituary

Vivian Marie Barlow Ready

May 23, 1934 - June 15, 2024

Tropical Disturbances Today
















1. A large area of disturbed weather is located over Central America, the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, and the adjacent waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea. A broad area of low pressure is forecast to form from this system over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Monday or Tuesday. Environmental conditions appear conducive for subsequent gradual development of the low, and a tropical depression or tropical storm could form by midweek while it moves slowly westward or west-northwestward. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent and formation chance through 7 days...high...70 percent.

2. Southwestern Atlantic Ocean: A trough or an area of low pressure is forecast to form by midweek a few hundred miles northeast of the central Bahamas. Environmental conditions could be conducive for some development of this system thereafter while it moves westward or west-northwestward. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent and formation chance through 7 days...low...30 percent.

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


This Afternoon   A 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Steady temperature around 83. Southeast wind around 10 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight   A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Monday   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 86. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Monday Night   A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. East wind around 10 mph.
Tuesday Night   A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

June 15, 2024

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 13-14, 2024

Albert Shoemaker (age 40 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charge of Theft of Livestock by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $7500.00.

Joel Smith (age 58 with Madisonville, La. address) was booked In From Court

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

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

Bogalusa City Court responds to Cuts in Mayor's Proposed FY2024 Budget

A Press Release from Judge David Merlin Duke 

Mayor Tyrin Troung’s proposed FY2024 budget, introduced to the Bogalusa City Council, includes a 16% cut to the salaries of Bogalusa City Court employees. This includes a reduction in the Judge's salary, which violates both the Louisiana Constitution and the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

Additionally, the budget proposes salary cuts for two of the three court clerks, placing their pay below the starting salary for general laborer positions in the public works department.

State law and the city charter mandate that budgets must be passed before the start of a fiscal year. However, despite operating on a calendar fiscal year, the City of Bogalusa has yet to approve a budget for 2024.

The City Court, as the third branch of city government, is uniquely targeted in the Mayor’s budget, with proposed salary cuts for every court employee.

The Bogalusa City Court, established in 1914 alongside the creation of the City of Bogalusa, is a state court of record that handles civil matters, adult misdemeanors, juvenile delinquency, and child-in-need-of-care cases in the 4th Ward of Washington Parish.

Judge David Merlin Duke, a native of Bogalusa, was elected in 2020 and began his term in 2021.

For further information, please contact Judge David Merlin Duke at 985-732-6204 or 985-261-1020, or via email at judgeduke@bogalusa.org

Obituary

Willough McGriggs

February 6, 1951 - May 8, 2024

Today's Message from ADAPT

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

Heat Can Escalate Quickly



Tropical Disturbances Today



No threats to our area today and not likely in the 7-day projection below, but . . .

Southwestern Gulf of Mexico: A broad area of low pressure is forecast to form over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico early next week. Environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development of this system, and a tropical depression could form by the middle part of next week while the system moves slowly westward or west-northwestward. Impacts consist of heavy rains over portions of southeastern Mexico and Central America during the next several days. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent and formation chance through 7 days...medium...50 percent.



Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight   Mostly clear, with a low around 72. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Sunday   A 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Light east wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Sunday Night   A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 83. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. East wind 5 to 10 mph. 

June 14, 2024

Tropical Disturbances Today
















1. Offshore of the Southeastern U.S. (AL90): The low pressure area offshore of the southeastern U.S. coast has become a little better organized since yesterday.  However, upper-level winds remain strong, and the system is forecast to merge with a front over the western Atlantic Saturday or Sunday. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent and formation chance through 7 days...low...20 percent.

2. Southwestern Gulf of Mexico: A broad area of low pressure is forecast to form over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico late this weekend or early next week. Environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development of this system, and a tropical depression could form during the early or middle part of next week while it moves slowly westward or west-northwestward. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent and formation chance through 7 days...medium...50 percent.

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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


Today   Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.
Tonight   Mostly clear, with a low around 72. Calm wind.
Saturday   Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 73. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Sunday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Sunday Night   A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

June 13, 2024

A Homicide and Two Missing Kids in Loranger

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards says detectives are investigating a homicide on N Cooper Road in Loranger where two small children are also missing. 

Detectives say 35 year-old Callie Brunett of Loranger was found deceased in her home early this morning (June 13, 2024), after having been missing for over 24 hours. Callie’s two small children, Jalie (age 6) and Erin (age 4) are unaccounted for. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding their whereabouts to contact 911 immediately. 

Detectives say Callie’s car is also missing, described as a black 2012 Chrysler 200 with Louisiana license plate 859GML. 

Sheriff Edwards asks anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the children or vehicle to contact Lt. Jacob Schwebel at 985-902-2037, OR Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa if you wish to remain anonymous. To submit an anonymous tip, call 1-800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip!

This is a very active investigation, and updates will be provided once more becomes available. 

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 12, 2024

Dylan Miley (age 30 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Parole Violation,
Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Prohibited Acts by Probation and Parole. No bond set at this time.

Chardon Branch (age 35 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts) by Probation and Parole. Bond set at $25000.00.

James Woodard (age unknown with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment, and Aggravated Battery. No bond set at this time.

Chadwick Sandifer (age 49 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Probation Violation, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs by Probation and Parole. Released on $30000.00 bond.

Filding Crain (age 65 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, Disturbing the Peace/Loud & Abusive Language, and Resisting an Officer by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $3500.00.

Charles Stogner was booked on the charges of Off-Road Vehicles Prohibited on Highway, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, Resisting Arrest by Flight, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $8500.00.

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   Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind.
Tonight   Mostly clear, with a low around 69. Calm wind.
Friday   Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.
Friday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 72. Calm wind.
Saturday   Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 72. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

June 12, 2024

ADAPT is Hiring! Victim Advocate in Hammond Area



Obituary

Frank Moise Saizan

March 2, 1963 - June 7, 2024

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 11, 2024

Bryant Myers (age 27 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee (2 counts) and Simple Escape by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Trevon Allen (age 28 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Attempted Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Principle to Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Justin Davis (age 36 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Jerimah Rheams (age 31 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Battery of a Dating Partner, Simple Kidnapping, and Failure to Appear 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***

Tropical Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1.  Florida Peninsula and Offshore Southeast U.S. (AL90):  

An elongated area of low pressure is now over the Florida peninsula. Some slow development is possible while the system moves northeastward offshore of the U.S. Southeast coast tonight through late week. Formation chance through 48 hours is at 10% and formation chance through 7 days is at 20%. 

Disturbance 2.  Southwestern Gulf of Mexico:

A broad area of low pressure could form over the weekend across the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Environmental conditions appear conducive for some slow development early next week while the system moves slowly westward or west-northwestward. Formation chance through 48 hours is near 0% and formation chance through 7 days is at 20%. 



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 90. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
Tonight   Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Calm wind.
Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.
Thursday Night   Clear, with a low around 69. Calm wind.
Friday   Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 72. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

June 11, 2024

Obituary

Lena Pauline Cotton

February 23, 1937 - June 9, 2024

Obituary

Mary Pauline Maynor

June 11, 1941 - June 8, 2024

LSU AgCenter's Weekly Message

Many Milkweeds Support Monarchs

Many people know of milkweeds because they’re hosts of monarch butterflies. Butterflies often need two types of plants. They need larval hosts, or plants to eat while they’re caterpillars, and they need nectar plants to sip sugary nectar from when they’re adults. It’s while gathering nectar that they unintentionally spread pollen from plant to plant, thereby serving as pollinators. (Some butterflies acquire sugary liquids from other sources, such as tree sap and rotting fruit.)

While most butterflies will take nectar from many types of plants, many only eat leaves of certain plants while they’re caterpillars. Monarch butterflies use milkweeds as both larval hosts and, along with other plants, nectar sources. Part of the special relationship between monarchs and milkweeds are chemical compounds called cardenolides. These are toxic to most animals but tolerated by monarchs. As the caterpillars consume milkweed, cardenolides build up in their bodies, and this deters many insects and other animals from eating them.

Within the past 40 years, losses of milkweed habitat in the US and of oyamel fir forests in Mexico (where migratory monarchs from the eastern US overwinter) have contributed to smaller monarch populations.

Milkweeds are in the dogbane family (Apocynaceae). Garden centers often offer tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica; AKA bloodflower or scarlet milkweed) for sale. This milkweed grows easily in a wide range of soil conditions and often spreads by seed. Flowers have red, orange, and yellow coloration.

Tropical milkweed has gotten a bad rap among some. Converse to what one might expect, the leaves of tropical milkweed tend to stay green for longer in the fall than those of native milkweeds. In coastal Louisiana (approximately USDA Hardiness Zone 9B and warmer), the plant is likely to be evergreen. This encourages monarchs to remain in the US instead of migrating to Mexico. When the butterflies don’t migrate, there is more opportunity for a protozoan parasite called Ophryocystis elektroscirrha to build up in their populations. For this reason, gardeners who grow tropical milkweed are encouraged to cut the plant back to close to ground level in the fall.

While tropical milkweed is most readily available in garden centers, a number of milkweed species are native to Louisiana, and many of these are found in one or more of the Florida Parishes. Some grow well on drier sites, while others are better adapted to wetter ones.

Butterfly weed (A. tuberosa) has orange, yellow, or red flowers and grows on well-drained sites. It’s not easy to transplant this plant from established stands because of its fleshy taproot, but it can be grown from seed or from root cuttings.

Other milkweeds that one might find on well-drained sites in the Florida Parishes include clasping milkweed (A. amplexicaulis), pinewoods milkweed (A. humistrata), pineland milkweed (A. obovata), Michaux’s milkweed (A. michauxii), white milkweed (AKA redring milkweed, A. variegata), whorled milkweed (A. verticillata), green comet milkweed (AKA green-flowered milkweed, A. viridiflora), and green antelopehorn (AKA spider milkweed, A. viridis). Despite the name, common milkweed (A. syriaca), another milkweed of well-drained sites, is not widely distributed in Louisiana. It’s only reported from a few parishes in the northern part of the state.

On wetter sites, you might find aquatic milkweed (A. perennis) or fewflower milkweed (A. lanceolata). Longleaf milkweed (A. longifolia) may be found on both well-drained and moist sites.

Swamp milkweed (AKA rose milkweed, A. incarnata) is a pink- to white-flowered species that’s found on wet sites in other parts of Louisiana. While it’s not likely to be found growing naturally in the Florida Parishes, this is one of the milkweeds that’s more readily available for purchase as plants or seeds.

Besides tropical milkweed, two other non-native milkweeds are balloon plant (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) and giant milkweed (Calotropis gigantea). Both species grow quite large and can be grown as annuals in Louisiana. Giant milkweed sometimes survives the winter in southern Louisiana.

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).

Youth Council Presentation at Parish Council

The Washington Parish Youth Coalition, with ADAPT Executive Director Rusty Fornea and Staff, gave
an informative presentation at the Washington Parish Council meeting Monday (June 10, 2024) evening. VERY INFORMATIVE! The youth coalition is made up of youth from all of our schools, public and private, 

Click here for the Washington Parish Youth Coalition Facebook page

Click here for ADAPT's Facebook page

Washington Parish Youth Coalition at Washington Parish Council meeting on June 10, 2024 from Mt. Hermon Web-TV on Vimeo.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 8-10, 2024

Jon Mooney (age 34 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $7500.00.

Michelle Jenkins (age 49 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of CDS in Presence of Juvenile, Open Container in Vehicle, Simple Escape, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $40000.00.

Larodiah Harris (age 19 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Cruelty to a Juvenile(s), Alcohol Possession by Person Under 21, and Contributing to Delinquency of a Juvenile by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $7500.00.

Kenneth Williams (age 43 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked In From Court

Skylaar Moore (age 33 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3rd + Offense) by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $10000.00.

Patrick Graves (age 47 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Second Degree Battery, and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $50000.00.

David Schilling (age 54 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Heroin, Illegal Carrying of Weapon, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $7500.00.

Charles Taylor (age 24 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked In From Court

Scott Bridges (age 48 with Kentwood, La. address) was booked In From Court. Released June 10, 2024.

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***

Tropical Disturbances Today

Eastern Gulf of Mexico and Offshore Southeast U.S.: A trough of low pressure over the eastern Gulf of Mexico is expected to move northeastward across Florida during the next day or so and offshore of the U.S. Southeast coast later this week.  Environmental conditions are expected to be generally unfavorable, although some slow development is possible when the system is offshore of the U.S. Southeast coast. Formation chance through 48 hours is near 0 percent and formation chance through 7 days is at 20 percent.



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 89. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Tonight   Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 67. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.
Thursday Night   Clear, with a low around 69. Calm wind.

June 10, 2024

Obituary

Melissa Ann Frilot

October 26, 1966 - June 8, 2024

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
Tonight   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 89. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 66. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 91. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

June 09, 2024

Obituary

Louis Warren "Jaguar" Lawson

August 24, 1928 - June 8, 2024

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 94. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight   Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Monday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night   Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Sunny, with a high near 91. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night   A chance of thunderstorms before 7pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 69. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

June 08, 2024

Obituary

Jeffery L. Alessi

September 23, 1960 - June 7, 2024

Obituary

 Lita McGehee Varnado

June 26, 1958 - June 7, 2024

Obituary

Wendy J. Hanhart

October 13, 1969 - June 5, 2024

Bogue Falaya River Bridge in Covington - Update

An update by the City of Covington on construction of the new Bogue Falaya River Bridge states that the project is on schedule and target. Work ongoing right includes widening US 190 on the south side to create new lanes onto the new bridge for northbound traffic (next to Walgreens – where the giant mound of dirt is right now). 

The estimated project completion date is Spring-Summer 2025. However, it’s possible the traffic shift onto the new bridge will happen before that. A lot depends on the weather/hurricane season, etc. The work being done now will dramatically increase traffic flow and be a big relief for daily drivers who are currently waiting 10-15 minutes to get through the intersection at peak times. The old bridge will be used as a two-lane bridge for southbound traffic, and the new bridge will handle northbound.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for June 6-7, 2024

Ethan Jenkins (age 25 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Karris Saunders (age 47 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Elizabeth Patrick (age 32 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.


Brandon Ishee (age 26 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked In From Court

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

Robert Bridges (age 43 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Aggravated Assault 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***

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 93. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph.
Tonight   Clear, with a low around 70. Calm wind.
Sunday   Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph.
Sunday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 72. Calm wind.
Monday   A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Monday Night   A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

June 07, 2024

BEWARE: Card Skimmers Found in St. Tammany Parish Stores

Detectives with the STPSO Financial Crimes Unit worked together with detectives with Jefferson Parish Sheriff's to identify one individual after skimmers were found at three stores in St. Tammany Parish. They are attempting to identify another individual believed to be involved.

Warrants were obtained for the arrest of 32 year-old Petru Golvan of Washington State, on three counts each of Theft by Skimming and Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud, after he was observed on camera installing the devices at the stores. Golvan is current incarcerated in Jefferson Parish, where he was previously arrested on similar charges.

“In the past we have found skimmers on gas pumps and ATM machines,” Sheriff Smith said. “But the criminals are getting more brazen, and we are now starting see a new trend of them being placed on credit/debit card readers at checkouts inside retail stores.”

Sheriff Smith urges residents to look closely at credit/debit card readers before using them and if anything looks suspicious (not fitting tight, gaps or extra plastic or the look doesn’t match other readers in the same business), to make the business aware and use another reader.

He is also asking business owners to inspect their credit/debit card readers often and make STPSO  aware of any that appear to have been tampered with.

Two Arrested in Covington for Crimes Targeting Children for Sex

A joint operation led by the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General Liz Murrill's Cyber Crime Unit and hosted by the Covington Police Department, with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Secret Service, and the Mandeville Police Department, led to the arrest of two men for crimes related to targeting children for sex.

  • William Clayton Byrd (30), of Biloxi, MS, was arrested on June 5 and charged with one count of Computer-Aided Solicitation of a Minor (Felony).

  • Philip Edward Walton (22), of Belle Chasse, was arrested on June 6 and charged with one count of Computer-Aided Solicitation of a Minor (Felony) and one count of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles (Felony).

"This successful operation is a testament to the tireless dedication of our investigators and our commitment to working alongside our partners to ensure the safety of our community's most vulnerable members," said Chief Michael Ferrell. "Protecting our children continues to be our top priority."

The Covington Police Department encourages anyone with information regarding child exploitation to contact them at 985 892-8500 or report it online at www.covla.com/tips

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