July 24, 2024

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for July 22-23, 2024

Xavier Jordan (age 18 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (3 counts). No bond set at this time.

Akoshma Morris (age 31 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Resisting by Flight/Aggravated Flight and Disturbing the Peace/Loud & Abusive Language by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Shaquille Barnes (age 26 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities and Resisting an Officer by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Eric Brister (age 55 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting an Officer by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

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

Obituary

Dr. Ralph Lucius Brock

January 23, 1925 - July 21, 2024

Obituary

Adam Quentin Doty, Sr.

April 27, 1984 – July 22, 2024

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days
















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

Today   A 100% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 83. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Tonight   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Calm wind. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday   A 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday Night   A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Calm wind.
Friday   A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph.
Friday Night   A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Calm wind.

July 23, 2024

Double Homicide in Amite This Morning

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) needs the public’s assistance in a double homicide investigation that occurred this morning (July 23, 2024) just outside of the city limits of Amite.

Just before 5 a.m., a woman called 911 reporting having been shot at a mobile home in the 600 block of M.L.K. Street. Amite Police initially responded to discover the woman and a man both dead from gunshot wounds. While the identity of the victims is being withheld at this time, they are believed to be a live-in boyfriend and girlfriend both in their late 20s.

TPSO Criminal Investigations detectives, with assistance from a State Police Crime Scene Team, are actively working this investigation, but could use the public’s help especially to determine any motive or suspects.

Sheriff Gerald Sticker encourages anyone with information about this crime and/or those responsible, to contact the Criminal Investigations Office at 985-902-2008. 

If you’d prefer to share information anonymously, you can do so through Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s tip line at 1-800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip! 

You may be eligible for a cash reward.

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 87. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday   A 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 83. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Wednesday Night   A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Calm wind.
Thursday   A 80 % chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 85. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night   A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Calm wind.

July 22, 2024

Independence Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

Shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Monday (July 22, 2024), Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop A responded to a single-vehicle crash on LA 441 at Herman Hutchinson Road. The crash claimed the life of 64-year-old Tommy Moseley of Independence.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Honda motorcycle, driven by Moseley, was traveling northbound on LA 441. For reasons still under investigation, the Honda failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road to the right, struck a culvert, and entered a ditch.

Moseley, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. While impairment is unknown, standard toxicology samples will be taken and submitted for analysis. This crash is still under investigation.

Troopers would like to stress the importance of utilizing proper safety equipment, such as DOT-approved helmets. Properly wearing an approved helmet decreases the chances of traumatic brain injury. Additionally, Troopers encourage all riders to take an approved motorcycle safety course. Motorcycle riders can gain more information on helmet guidelines and rider safety courses by visiting https://www.lsp.org/services/training/motorcycle-safety/.

Crash Near Bogalusa Claims Life of Pedestrian

Sunday (July 21, 2024) night, shortly before 10:00 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on LA Hwy 21 near Lees Creek Road in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of a pedestrian. The pedestrian's identity is being withheld pending notification to next of kin. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred as the pedestrian was walking in the southbound lane of LA Hwy 21. At the same time, a 2005 Buick LeSabre was southbound on LA Hwy 21. For reasons still under investigation, the Buick struck the pedestrian in the southbound lane of LA Hwy 21.

The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Buick was properly restrained and uninjured. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from the pedestrian and the driver of the Buick for analysis.

Pedestrians and motorists are urged to remain vigilant while on roadways and pay close attention to their surroundings. Crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following some basic safety guidelines. Pedestrians should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and avoid walking on the roadway in dark areas. Pedestrians must assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night. Pedestrians should cross roadways in well-lit, designated areas and always walk facing traffic. These simple steps can enhance safety for pedestrians.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for July 19-21, 2024

Jatoby Lampton (age 23 with Tylertown, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 3 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $30000.00.

Tristian Mizell (age 28 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court and Resisting an Officer by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Stanley Davis (age 66 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Theft/Shoplifting (2 counts) and Criminal Trespass by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $5000.00.

Jessie Williams (age 52 with Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under Suspension, and Ran Stop Sign by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $3500.00.

Kimberly Stevens (age 50 with Franklinton, La address) was booked on the charge of Criminal Damage by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $5000.00.

Ridaisha Morris (age 20 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Simple Battery (2 counts) by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $2500.00.

Marley Balde (age 19 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Battery and Simple Battery by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $7500.00.

Jessica Gorsuch (age 37 with New Orleans, La. address) was booked on the charge of Principle to Criminal Damage by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $3500.00.

Joshua West (age 42 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of License Plate/Improper Lighting, Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, Resisting by Flight/Aggravated Flight, Aggravated Obstruction of Commerce/Roadway, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule III Drugs, and Contempt of Court by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $50500.00.

Abram Major (age 53 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs (2 counts), Possession of Schedule V Drugs, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 3 Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $40000.00.

Trevor Graham (age 29 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Criminal Mischief/Trespass/Occupation of a Business, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Drug Free Zone Violation of Uniform CDS, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, and Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $200000.00.

Joseph Gorum (age 17 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of 1st Degree Rape/Anal (2 counts) by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $500000.00.





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   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 8am. High near 88. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 1pm and 4pm. High near 89. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday Night   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind. 
Wednesday   A 100% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 82. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night   A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Calm wind.

July 21, 2024

Obituary

Carol Williams Baughman

December 26, 1939 - July 20, 2024

Obituary

Albert Ray Magee

February 6, 1945 - July 20, 2024

Obituary

Vivian Cooper Smith

January 27, 1934 - July 20, 2024

Neighbor Stabs Neighbor in Slidell

Slidell Police arrested 40 year-old Anthony Davis of Slidell on Friday (July 19, 2024) evening after Davis allegedly stabbed his neighbor following an argument between the two. 

Shortly after 6pm on Friday, Slidell Police received a report that a victim of a stabbing arrived at a local area hospital in serious condition. At the hospital, Officers discovered the male victim had suffered a penetrating stab wound to the chest, which caused his lung to collapse. While speaking with the family of the victim, officers determined that the incident took place at a residence in the Breckenridge neighborhood. 

The stabbing was found to be a result of a verbal altercation that took place between the victim and Anthony Davis, who lived nearby. During the verbal altercation, Davis retreated to his residence and armed himself with a large knife. Davis then returned to the victim’s residence and stabbed the victim in the chest. 

As officers responded to the location where the incident occurred, they located Davis walking nearby. Anthony Davis was taken into custody without incident, arrested, and charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder. 

The victim is reported to be in stable condition. 

This investigation remains ongoing.

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



Life Saved by Slidell Police - Narcan Worked!

This past week, Slidell Police officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle after observing it had several equipment violations and that it was driving in a manner consistent with impairment.  As officers spoke to the vehicle's operator, it was immediately evident that the operator was impaired.  During the initial stages of the investigation, it appeared that the driver of the vehicle was the only occupant - that was until officers located a male subject "slumped over" in the rear seat, barely clinging to life. Officers quickly recognized this as a drug overdose and administered Narcan. The Narcan worked successfully, allowing the male to regain consciousness, and the male subsequently received necessary medical treatment on scene from paramedics and he was transported to a medical facility for further treatment.

As officers furthered their investigation, it was discovered that the operator of the vehicle was not attempting to seek any form of medical attention for the subject suffering from an overdose and that the operator made no mention of the subject suffering to officers during their contact, which more than likely would have led to the death of the individual had it gone undiscovered by the officers. 

The vehicle's operator was subsequently arrested for Driving While Intoxicated - 2nd Offense, Possession of a Schedule II CDS - Fentanyl, and Failure to Seek Assistance, along with several traffic charges.

***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 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 88. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight   A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind.
Monday   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 87. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Monday Night   A 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Low around 72. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm. 
Tuesday   A 100% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 87. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
Tuesday Night   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind.

July 20, 2024

Woman Arrested After Falsely Claiming to be Amite Inmates' Attorney

Connie Jones, age 44 and of Hammond, was arrested Friday (July 19, 2024) following an attempt to get access to inmates at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail by lying about being their attorney. She was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on the charges of False Presentation, Practicing Law Without a License, and Criminal Trespassing.

On Friday afternoon, as TPSO Narcotics detectives were at the parish jail re-booking two existing inmates with additional charges, they encountered Jones who presented herself as those inmates’ attorney. Detectives knew Jones was not an attorney nor a paralegal in Louisiana or anywhere else in the U.S. Following confirmation of other methods of misrepresentation during the incident, Jones was placed under arrest. During Jones’ booking, detectives were made aware she had come to the jail with additional people who were waiting in a car in the parking lot. After engaging with the occupants, detectives ended up arresting one of the individuals for having synthetic marijuana in their possession. 

Sheriff Gerald Sticker wants to applaud the TPSO Narcotics team for their investigative diligence and advanced situational awareness to quickly identify and take control of this attempted security breach in progress.

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

Obituary

Myra Helen Graves Dawsey

May 3, 1936 – June 24, 2024

What Candidates Qualified for November 5, 2024 Election?

The qualifying period has ended for candidates in Louisiana's November 5, 2024 election. To search for candidates in a parish  and a little more about them, go to https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/candidateinquiry and make your choice of parish.

In Washington Parish, some races of note and those qualifying include:

U. S. Representative 5th Congressional District: Julia Letlow, M.V. "Vinny" Mendoza, and Michael Vallien Jr. 

Member of School Board District 2: "Chad" Dorsett is the only candidate who qualified.

Mayor Town of Franklinton: "Greg" Route  and Darwin Sharp.

Mayor Village of Angie: Darryl Knight  and Denise Robinson.

Mayor Village of Varnado: Paris C. Sumrall is the only candidate who qualified.

Chief of Police Village of Angie: Gilbert Hartzog Jr. is the only candidate who qualified.

Chief of Police Village of Varnado: Louis Adams is the only candidate who qualified.

Aldermen Town of Franklinton (5 to be elected: "Patrice" Crain, Frankie Crosby Sr., Seth Descant, Lee R. Dillon, Richard L. Magee, Jeamie Mccullen, "Steve" McCune, and Randy Reed.

Aldermen Village of Angie (3 to be elected): and only 3 qualified - John F. Dawsey, Laurie Ball Pittman, and Terrance "Fit" Robinson.

Aldermen Village of Varnado (3 to be elected): James L. "Jimmy" Ezell, "Chris" Jones, Kimberly Suzi Kennedy, Dustin J. Sumrall, and Brian "Walk-Walk" Walker.

Councilman District B, City of Bogalusa: Melvin "Chester" Abram, Ellen Carter, Wilton R. Dunaway, and Marilyn D. Lott .

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, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight   A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Sunday   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 8am. High near 87. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Sunday Night   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind. 
Monday   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 88. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
Monday Night   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind. 

Legislative Audit Advisory Council & City of Bogalusa (July 18, 2024)

In case you missed it, the Louisiana Legislative Audit Advisory Council met on July 18, 2024 and the City of Bogalusa was on their Agenda. The Council reviewed the findings of the Investigative Report dated July 10, 2024 and released July 15, 2024. 

The report was reviewed and questions were asked and answers provided by Mayor Tyrin Truong and Comptroller Jerry Bailey. The Council also heard from other interested persons. The possibility of the City being placed under Fiscal Administration was brought up but the Council indicated that the appointment of a Fiscal Administrator was not a consideration at this time.

Click here to see the full version of the video. Fast forward to 9:20 

Click here for a previous story and link to the report.

Southern Maids Dairy Farm - Franklinton

In this episode of Crawfish Tales, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain is in Franklinton, Louisiana, at Southern Maids Dairy, a dairy goat farm owned by Nathan and Erin Miller. Scroll down on the right side of this page for the full episode of This Week in Louisiana Agriculture.

July 19, 2024

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for July 18, 2024

Sarah Duncan (age 32 with Tylertown, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Bank Fraud and Identity Theft by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $2500.00 bond.

Steven Briggs (age 34 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear and Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000. Bond set at $2500.00.


Jachrystal Bell (age 24 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $20000.00 bond.

Nigal Lee (age 45 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $20000.00 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***

Obituary

Rickie Karl Stier

March 11, 1954 - July 16, 2024

Obituary

Billy Wayne Crosby

April 12, 1940 - July 9, 2024

Former Tangipahoa Parish Jailer, Inmate Arrested Following Fight

Today (Friday, July 19, 2024), the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reported that a former jail employee and an inmate have been arrested following a physical altercation between the two.

Jaden Lamark, age 20, was booked on one count each of Simple Battery and Malfeasance in Office. He had been a TPSO Corrections employee since December 2023. Sanchez Harold, age 36, was booked on one count of Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee. He had been in the jail since July 3 on fugitive warrants out of other jurisdictions.

Lamark and Harold got into a verbal argument through closed cell doors that resulted in Harold throwing an unidentified liquid at Lamark. Lamark then called for the closed cell to be opened and proceeded to physically hit Harold multiple times. Harold was taken to the medical office and assessed for injuries.

Following the incident, Lamark was immediately written up then placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. Harold remained in custody at the jail during the investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, Lamark was terminated from his position with TPSO and placed under arrest while Harold was rebooked in connection with the incident.

“As I’ve said since before I became sheriff 19 days ago, I have a new set of standards for this agency and the men and women that represent it. This behavior is far from those standards and will not be tolerated,” said Sheriff Gerald Sticker, “I stand with every person in this agency as long as they’re doing their part to stand with each other to preserve the credibility of the work we do and the service we provide to the public who entrusts us with their safety.”

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

Slidell Man Facing 5 to 40 Years for Fentanyl Distribution

District Attorney Collin Sims reports that today (Friday, July 19, 2024), a St. Tammany Parish jury deliberated less than an hour before returning guilty verdicts against 43-year-old Majuangy Evans of Slidell for Distribution of Fentanyl, Conducting a transaction involving proceeds known to be derived from a drug law violation and Possession of Methamphetamine. Assistant District Attorneys Christina Fisher and Casey Allen prosecuted the case. Judge John Keller presided over the three-day trial.  Detectives Ben Williams and Brittany French with the Slidell Police Department led the investigation.

Testimony established that detectives with the Slidell Police Department were alerted by a concerned citizen that the Majuangy Evans was conducting drug transactions at various gas stations throughout Slidell. Detectives began surveilling Evans. On the morning of December 21, 2022, detectives observed Evans stop at a gas station on Natchez Drive. Evans purchased fuel for his vehicle but did not immediately depart. Instead, Evans sat in his vehicle and scanned the parking lot as if looking for someone. A few minutes later, a van arrived at the gas station. A male wearing a hospital wristband and dressed in a hospital gown exited the van and immediately entered the passenger seat of Evans’s vehicle. Detectives then observed Evans and the second male engage in what appeared to be a drug transaction. As the second male exited the defendant’s vehicle, the detectives approached on foot. After detaining the male in the hospital gown, detectives noticed in the area he had been standing was a plastic baggie containing what was later confirmed to be Fentanyl. The male acknowledged he had just purchased the drugs from Evans but the jury was not permitted to hear that information. Detectives arrested Evans and a search of his person resulted in the recovery of $614 cash.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Evans’s residence on Eleventh Street in Slidell. During the search of the residence, detectives found $5,000 cash in the pocket of a jacket hanging in a bedroom closet. A small amount of methamphetamine was found in the same bedroom.

Before the trial commenced, Evans informed the court that he would forego an attorney and represent himself at trial. During the taking of testimony from Detective Williams, Evans spent several hours cross-examining Williams, attempting to discredit him. After the prosecutors rested their case, Evans testified on his own behalf. During his testimony, Evans admitted to being a drug dealer. He claimed he “quit the game” eight days prior to his arrest because he knew the police had been alerted to his drug dealing activities. Evans claimed the large sums of money police recovered from his person and residence resulted from his skill and talents in playing “number crunching games.” When asked to explain his gas station lot meeting with the male in the hospital gown, he said he had lent money to the man in the past and the man drove himself from the hospital simply to repay Evans. Evans conceded he had sold drugs to the man in the past but was steadfast in denying he had sold him any drugs during this particular encounter at the gas station.  

Sentencing of Evans is scheduled for October 10, 2024. Distribution of Fentanyl carries a sentence of between five and forty years in prison. At the time of this incident, Evans was on parole after having served 19 years in prison on a 45-year sentence he received for a drug trafficking conviction out of Jefferson Parish.

Roseland Man Wanted After Skipping Rape Trial

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to be on the lookout for a rape suspect believed to be armed and dangerous. Gerald Stevens, age 55 and of Roseland, is wanted for Failure to Appear for his trial date Monday (July 15, 2024) in a Third Degree Rape case involving a juvenile from 2021. 

Stevens was seen as recently as Wednesday afternoon at a relative’s home in Roseland. He was traveling in a blue and silver Chevrolet Silverado Z71 with Louisiana license plate Z277939. Stevens was armed with a rifle at the time and making threats about harming himself.

Sheriff Gerald Sticker encourages anyone with information about Steven’s whereabouts to contact the Criminal Investigations Office at 985-902-2070. Law enforcement officers are encouraged to use caution when interacting with Stevens.

If you’d prefer to share information anonymously, you can do so through Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s tip line at 1-800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip! 

You may be eligible for a cash reward.

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

July 18, 2024

MAKE AMERICA GREAT ONCE AGAIN: Republican National Convention - NIGHT 4

A Pearl River Based Recreation District Secretary Arrested for Theft of More Than $25,000

The former secretary of a local recreation district has been arrested after stealing more than $25,000 from the district. Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Financial Crimes Division were notified in January by board members of the Pearl River-based St. Tammany Recreation District 7 concerning the possibility of missing funds in the district’s account.

The subsequent investigation uncovered that between March 2023 and December 2023, former secretary, 36 year-old Brittany Ward had written numerous checks to herself on the recreation district’s account and had signed a board members name to the checks. It was also learned that she had taken cash from the concession stand deposits before bringing them to the bank. In total, detectives learned, Ward had taken $25,277.

On Wednesday (July 17, 2024), after a warrant was issued for her arrest, Ward turned herself in and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center for Theft Over $25,000 and Forgery.

Obituary

Clotial B. Jackson

October 14, 1945 - July 14, 2024

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for July 16-17, 2024

Crenarta Baker (age 34 with Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of Home Invasion, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault (2 counts), Battery of Infirm, Attempted Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Theft Less Than 1000 by the Franklinton Police Department. Bond set at $30000.00.

Antonio Peters (age 52 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked In From Court

Richard Gaiser (age 17 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charge of Molestation of a Juvenile or Person With Physical/Mental Disability by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Treyvion Tate (age 25 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked In From Court

Dean Kelly (age 53 with New Orleans, La. address) was booked In From Court

Devin Schilling (age 32 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Transactions Involving Proceeds From Drug Offenses, and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present. Bond set at $75000.00.

Dustin King (age 37 with Poplarville, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Person Under 17 YOA (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, and Possession of Stolen Property. No bond set at this time.

Quenton Alexander (age 40 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse/Aggravated Assault and Domestic Abuse/Aggravated Assault/Child Endangerment by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Deborah Barrios (age 50 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.

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 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 10am. High near 92. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 85. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Friday Night   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind. 
Saturday   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 88. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
Saturday Night   A 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Low around 72. Calm wind.

July 17, 2024

Hammond Toddler Dies in Accidental Shooting Incident

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reports that a Hammond 3-year-old has died following a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. 

Just after 1 p.m., a 911 call reported the incident at a home on Red Fox Drive in Hammond. It was reported that the 3-year-old boy had gotten a hold of a gun and accidentally shot himself in the face.

A parent immediately attempted life-saving measures which first responders continued upon arrival, but, unfortunately, the child could not be saved.

While the investigation into this tragic incident is ongoing, Sheriff Gerald Sticker is asking the public to join him in prayer for this family, but also reminding the public about the importance of gun safety.

The TPSO advises always securing your firearms in a location that is not easily accessible to children. Also, consider storing firearms in lock boxes and/or gun safes as additional safety measures. Finally, consider obtaining trigger locks for all weapons.

A Message From Bogalusa Major Troy Tervalon

HONOR, INTEGRITY, COURAGE, SELFLESSNESS, DEDICATION, HUMBLENESS, COMMITMENT, SACRIFICE.  

These are just a few of the things I envisioned nearly 29 years ago when I made the decision to begin my career in law enforcement.

Over the past 18 months, the men and women of the Bogalusa Police Department have stepped up to the overwhelming responsibility given to them and together we have made a huge impact on crime, community relations and commitment to keeping our citizens safe in these trying times. 

I am humbled and overwhelmed by the many calls and texts that I have received.

I am grateful for James T Smith and the leadership and friendship he has shown me over the years and I can honestly say, that myself, and the entire staff of the Bogalusa Police Department look forward to him serving in his new role as Chief James Smith. 

We pledge our complete commitment to the citizens of Bogalusa and their safety and look forward to that task.

Please continue to pray for our city and the Bogalusa Police Department. 

Obituary

Karl Von Miller

May 5, 1958 - July 16, 2024

Obituary

Rita Faye Jones

September 28, 1968 - July 13, 2024

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Juvenile Accidentally Shot at Goodbee-area Residence

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Major Crime Unit are investigating after a juvenile was accidentally shot Tuesday (July 16, 2024) evening at a residence in the Goodbee area.

Shortly after 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Eagle Landing Drive in reference to a 15-year-old female who had been shot while sitting in the living room of the home. A male relative at the home told detectives he was handling a firearm in another room of the house, when the gun accidentally fired and the bullet travelled through a wall and struck the girl.

She was airlifted by emergency medical personnel to an area hospital.

The incident is still under investigation and no additional information is available at this time.

Editor's Note: We have received unofficial reports that the victim was a student at Mt. Hermon School but have been unable to verify this. More will be reported when the information is available.

Three Covington-area People Arrested - Drugs, Cash, Gun, and Vehicle Seized

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office reports that three Covington-area people have been arrested on narcotics charges following two unrelated investigations.

June 28, 2024

On the morning of June 28, 2024, detectives with to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Proactive Enforcement Unit and the Narcotics Unit conducted a traffic stop on a Hyundai Elantra on Highway 437 near River Road in Covington.

During the stop, detectives suspected the driver, 29-year-old Covington resident Matthew Shinners was operating his vehicle while under the influence of illegal drugs. Further investigation led to the discovery of nearly a half ounce of cocaine and nearly a half ounce of methamphetamine underneath Shinners’ driver’s seat. Detectives also discovered items indicative of street level drug dealing.

A search warrant was obtained and executed at Shinners’ residence located on Bleu Lake Drive in Covington. That search resulted in the discovery of additional cocaine, marijuana, clonazepam, cyclobenzaprine, suspected counterfeit Viagra and an assortment of drug paraphernalia.

Shinners was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on the charges of Driving on Roadway Laned for Traffic, No Driver’s License on Person, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine), Possession with the Intent to Distribute Schedule II CDS (cocaine), Possession of a Schedule IV CDS (clonazepam), and Sale, Distribution or Possession of Legend Drug Without Prescription (2 counts).

July 3, 2024

On the morning of July 3, 2024, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and the Proactive Enforcement Unit concluded a month-long investigation into Covington residents 39-year-old Roman Perry and 34-year-old Andrea Gibson.

Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence on Violet Street in Covington, where the couple resided with two juvenile children.  

A search of the home led to the discovery and seizure of counterfeit pills suspected to contain fentanyl, hydrocodone pills, cocaine and a loaded handgun.

Further investigation led to the seizure of $59,968 believed to be proceeds from drug transactions and a 2017 Audi SUV believed to have been used during drug transactions.

A criminal history check revealed both Perry and Gibson were convicted felons and prohibited from possessing firearms. Furthermore, Perry is actively on parole until November 2039 for multiple convictions related to narcotics offenses.

As a result of this investigation, Perry and Gibson were arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center for the following offenses: Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a CDS, Possession of Schedule II (hydrocodone), Possession of Schedule II (fentanyl), Possession with the Intent to Distribute Schedule II (cocaine), Transactions Involving Drug Proceeds, and Possession of a CDS in the Presence of a Juvenile (2 Counts).

“Once again I want to thank the men and women of our Narcotics Unit and our Proactive Enforcement Unit for the work they do every day to identify the sources of illegal narcotics in our community and to arrest those individuals who are selling these dangerous drugs in our neighborhoods,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “They are a group of dedicated, determined and highly trained individuals.”

Obituary

Donald B. Woodard

February 19, 1941 - July 16, 2024

Stolen Vehicles (Worth Over $300,000) Located at Goodbee-area Storage Facility

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 29 year-old Tyler Stewart, a Madisonville-area man, after stolen vehicles were located at a storage facility in the Goodbee area.

Early Saturday (July 13, 2024) morning deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s 3rd Patrol District were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle located near a storage facility in the 73000 block of Highway 1077. Responding deputies located several high-end vehicles parked at the facility, and STPSO Property Crimes detectives were called in to investigate and four vehicles, with a total worth of more than $300,000, were recovered.

All of the vehicles had been reported stolen out of Houston area, and the VIN plates on the vehicles had been switched or altered. Approximately 12 and a half pounds of marijuana and a small amount of Adderall were located inside one of the vehicles. STPSO Property Crimes detectives traced the stolen vehicles back to Madisonville-area resident, Tyler Stewart. 

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Stewart on four counts of Possession of Stolen Vehicles Over 25,000 and one count each of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges and/or arrests are possible. If anyone has information that could be helpful in this investigation, they are asked to call Detective Alexis at (985) 276-1337.

Fast Food Restaurant Burglary Spree Ended - Two Arrested

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reports that two Tangipahoa parish men have been arrested in connection with multiple fast food restaurant burglaries in at least a dozen jurisdictions across southeast Louisiana and south Mississippi.

Sanchez Harold, 36 and of Roseland, was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 for Simple Burglary and a Parole Violation.

Charles Ray Phillips, Jr., 34 and of Amite, was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail Tuesday, July 16, 2024 for Simple Burglary and Criminal Damage to Property following transport from another facility.

On April 28, 2024, a burglary was reported at a fast food restaurant on University Avenue in Hammond area. Workers arrived to find the drive through window damaged and the business’ safe open and empty. As detectives investigated this case, they learned of similar incidents being investigated in the city limits of Hammond, Amite and Franklinton from the same night. As the investigation continued, detectives learned the crimes were continuing into Ponchatoula and expanding the Northshore into Livingston and St. Tammany parishes as well as to the southshore in Jefferson Parish and north into Columbia and McComb, MS.

In a separate press release today, Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown advised that "Sanchez Harold faces charges including Burglary of a Commercial Building (Felony) and Criminal Damage to Property (Felony). Charles Ray Phillips, Jr. has been booked for Simple Burglary and Criminal Damage to Property related to the burglary at Wendy’s Restaurant, located at 709 Washington St on April 29, 2024. The arrests follow a rigorous two-month investigation led by Sgt. Chris McElveen and Lt. James "Tiger" Folks of the Franklinton Police Department. This investigation involved extensive review of video surveillance footage and collaboration with multiple law enforcement agencies utilizing advanced License Plate Reader (LPR) technology. Sanchez Harold, known for previous criminal activities, is currently on parole for prior offenses. Lt. Folks, who had previously apprehended Harold in 2013 for the burglary of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Franklinton, noted Harold's prior conviction and sentencing to prison for that incident."

As part of a collaboration among the 12 involved agencies, Harold and Phillips, Jr., were identified as suspects in the case. Harold was taken into custody on July 3, 2024 for the TPSO case while Phillips was taken into custody on the same date for the Franklinton case. Both are pending additional jail bookings in the multiple jurisdictions they are accused of committing these crimes in.

Sheriff Gerald Sticker and the TPSO Criminal Investigations Division is grateful to our partner agencies, especially Denham Springs Police, Town of Livingston Police and Franklinton Police, for their team work on ending this growing crime spree. 

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

Obituary

Edna Ann Manton Steele

April 6, 1974 - July 16, 2024

Obituary

Helen Henry Lewis

August 21, 1932 - July 9, 2024

Bogalusa City Council Confirms Appointment of New Police Chief

At their meeting Tuesday (July 16, 2024) evening, the Bogalusa City Council confirmed the appointment of James “Smitty” Smith as the next Chief of the Bogalusa Police Department. Smith, a 28 year veteran of the department, is coming out of retirement and will serve as the department’s first African American chief in its 110 year history. See the video, beginning at 1:08:15.

Prior to the Mayor's nomination of Smith, hearing from the public, and confirming Smith's appointment, the Council addressed the Agenda.

  • The Council introduced three ordinances which will be discussed and voted on at the next meeting on August 6, 2024. 

  • The Council, following a Public Hearing, approved an ordinance that authorized the payment of costs and fees (in the amount of $2100.00) in Genco vs City of Bogalusa. (See the video beginning at 9:30 and continuing to 39:20). This matter generated a lengthy discussion, a number of comments and  strayed off the topic into the issue such as of public records requests.

  • The Council heard from residents during Public Participation, (beginning at 39:40 into the video of the meeting). As is often seen at Bogalusa Council meetings, many of the comments from the public were disrespectful to the Council and took up time for no reason. 

Following the confirmation of Smith, the meeting adjourned. 

The next Council Meeting will be held on August 6, 2024 

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days














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

Today    A 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 2pm and 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 106. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight   A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 74. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday   A 100% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 1pm and 4pm. High near 93. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday Night   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Friday   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. High near 86. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph. 
Friday Night   A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind.

July 16, 2024

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Washington Parish Jail Bookings for July 15, 2024

Yasmmen Thomas (age 34 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear. No bond set at this time.

Jason Youngblood (age 44 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, No License Plate, No Proof of Insurance, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $10000.00.

Kayla Mitchell (age 36 with Poplarville, Ms. address) was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction. No bond set at this time.

Jasmine Magee (age 32 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Aggravated Battery by the Franklinton Police Department. Bond set at $10000.00.

Crystal Duncan (age 38 with Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $55947.00.

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   A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 107. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight   A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 75. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Wednesday   A 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 107. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday Night   A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday   A 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 94. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.
Thursday Night   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Calm wind. 

July 15, 2024

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Obituary

Fran Sharp Perry

January 2, 1953 - July 13, 2024

Obituary

Patricia Ella "Pat" Knight Thrash

January 17, 1943 - July 13, 2024

Five Juveniles Arrested Following Chase from Covington

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Gerald Sticker reports that five teenagers have been arrested on multiple charges following a multi-agency pursuit that started in Covington and ended in the Hammond area.

● A 16-year-old female has been booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on one count each of Possession of Stolen Property, Aggravated Flight and Resisting an Officer (By Foot).

● A 15-year-old male has been booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on the same charges as the female but with an additional count of Vehicle Theft.

● A 14-year-old male and two 16-year-old males have been booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on two counts of Vehicle Theft and one count each of Aggravated Flight and Resisting an Officer (By Foot).

In the early morning hours of Friday, July 12, 2024, the Covington Police Department attempted to pull over a vehicle following suspicious activity in a residential area. The vehicle, which was driving without lights in a residential area – a tactic sometimes employed during burglaries – failed to pull over and instead fled at a high rate of speed. The pursuit ended up on I-12 into Tangipahoa Parish and then onto I-55 north with Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s deputies and Louisiana State Police joining.

The vehicle ultimately came to a stop near Wardline Road in the Hammond area where five occupants, all wearing masks and gloves, ran from the vehicle. The 16-year-old female was taken into custody on scene. The remaining four male teenage suspects were located and taken into custody at various locations in the parish over the course of several hours following the incident. It was later learned the vehicle used in the incident had been reported stolen from Tangipahoa Parish the day before.

While this investigation remains ongoing, Sheriff Gerald Sticker is grateful to our partner agencies for their collaboration to end the pursuit safely for all involved and proud of the TPSO Criminal Investigations team for working quickly to locate and arrest all suspects involved.

The Covington Police Department is actively investigating this incident and charges are pending. Residents who believe they may have been the victim of a burglary in the West 30's community in Covington are asked to call 985 892-8500.

Daniel Callihan Formally Booked in Brunett Case

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Gerald Sticker announced today (July 15, 2024) the formal booking of one of two suspects in the Brunett case. On the morning of June 13, 2024, 35 year-old Callie Brunett of Loranger was found deceased in her home on Cooper Road and her  two small children, Jalie (age 6) and Erin (age 4) were unaccounted for. Callihan and Victoria Cox were implicated in the crimes and the two were later located in Jackson, MS and taken into custody. Jalie was found alive but Erin was found deceased. On June 20, 2024 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux announced the indictments of Daniel Callihan and Victoria Cox.

Callihan is the primary suspect in the murder of Callie Brunett and her 4-year-old daughter, Erin, as well as the kidnapping of her other daughter, 6-year-old Jalie. Cox is charged with accessory after the fact to murder, first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping of a child, and second degree kidnapping.

Daniel Callihan, age 36, was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on Monday, July 15, 2024 on the following warrants:

  • 3 cts First Degree Murder (includes Indictment warrant)
  • 2 ct Aggravated Kidnapping of a Child (includes Indictment warrant)
  • 1 ct Second Degree Kidnapping (Indictment warrant)
  • 1 ct Armed Robbery
  • 1 ct Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
  • 1 ct Simple Arson
  • 2 cts Theft of a Firearm
  • 1 ct Burglary of a Residence

Following the booking, Callihan was arraigned at the Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse on the charges included in the previously announced indictment by the 21st JDC District Attorney’s Office. Following the court appearance, Callihan was transported back to a facility outside of the parish.

Callihan and Fox also face charges in Mississippi. 

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

Rash of Vehicle Burglaries in Slidell – 2 Arrested

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is urging residents to lock their car doors following a rash of vehicle burglaries which occurred last week in the Slidell area.

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Burglary Unit have arrested two Mississippi men in connection with the more than 10 unlocked vehicles that were burglarized last week in the Bluffs neighborhood near Slidell.

One of the men responsible, 32 year-old Grant Johnson of Picayune was located Thursday (July 11, 2024)) morning still in the area after an approximate two-hour search. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center. The second individual was identified by STPSO Burglary Unit detectives as 30 year-old Matthew Loveless. He was located late Friday (July 12, 2024) night at a Picayune-area residence and was booked into the Pearl River County Jail as a fugitive out of St. Tammany.

Five firearms were taken during the burglaries. Detectives have recovered two of those guns but believe the rest have already been traded for illegal narcotics. All vehicles that were burglarized had been left unlocked, and detectives believe there may be more victims who have not made a report.

“Vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity,” Sheriff Smith said.  “No matter how quick of a trip you may be making or how safe your neighborhood is, it is imperative to always lock your car doors and to never leave firearms or valuables in your vehicle.”

Anyone who believes they may be the victim of an unreported vehicle burglary in the Bluff’s neighborhood, is asked to contact the STPSO Burglary Unit at (985) 726-7832.

Bogalusa Mayor Nominates James “Smitty” Smith as Police Chief

In a Facebook post this morning (July 15, 2024) Mayor Tyrin Z. Truong posted the following:

“This morning, I am excited to announce to the City that I have chosen Mr. James “Smitty” Smith as the next Chief of the Bogalusa Police Department. Mr. Smith is a 28 year veteran of the department. Many in the community affectionately know him as “RoboCop” because of his reputation of being firm but fair. During his time on the force, he served as the Internal Affairs Officer—helping hold his fellow officers accountable. He was also one of only two community policing officers, going into neighborhoods other officers refused to go to. Mr Smith is a veteran, having served in the United States Army. Upon confirmation, he will become the department’s first African American chief in its 110 year history. The Administration looks forward to the leadership he will bring to policing in Bogalusa. Together, we will take a more community-centric approach geared toward continuing to drop our homicide rate, keeping officers visible, and fostering a better relationship with the youth of our city. Please join me tomorrow night at City Hall at 5:30 to support this historic nomination.”

The nomination requires City Council approval. Though not on the Tuesday (July 16, 2024) Agenda, the matter will apparently be added.

Obituary

Eva "Lynn" Walley

April 13, 1944 - July 4, 2024

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for July 13-14, 2024

Stephen Lassiter (age 48 with Slidell, La. address) was booked In For Court

Timothy Ard (age 60 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Lisa Beard (age 53 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Entry/Remain on Premises After Being Forbidden and Disturbing the Peace/Loud & Abusive Language by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

***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 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 107. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.
Tonight   A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 74. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Tuesday   A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 107. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 75. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Wednesday   A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
Wednesday Night   A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.