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July 31, 2015

Heated WP Reservoir Meeting 

At a 3:00 pm meeting yesterday, the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission heard from the public and it became especially heated at 9 minutes and 20 seconds into the meeting.  

Phillip Bedwell expressed his opinion that the Commission would be in violation of the Open Meetings Law if they went into Executive Session as stated in the posted Agenda.  After being advised that the Executive Session was legal, Bedwell advised he would file a complaint with both the Louisiana Attorney General's Office and the District Attorney's Office.

Jalon Beech told the Commission members that “this commission has been an abomination”, “the reservoir is not needed”, “I do not thank you for your service”, and, otherwise, expressed her dissatisfaction with the commission's efforts.

Winford Pittman related how the reservoir project has affected his family.  In strong terms, he stated that they would never take his family's property.  

After hearing from the public, the Commission went into Executive Session.  When the meeting resumed, the Commission voted unanimously to appeal the recent Army Corps of Engineering decision to deny their permit to proceed with building the reservoir.  Watch the video.




July 31, 2015

What About Our Local Sheriff Races?

In St. Tammany Parish, incumbent Jack Strain will apparently face announced challengers, Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith and Jennifer "Hap'' Werther.   But the qualifying period has not come and gone!  Strain ran unopposed in his last election in 2011.  

In Washington Parish, incumbent Randy Seal will face Scott Blair but, once again,  the qualifying period has not come and gone!  

Sorry, but we have no information on the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's situation.

Campaigns for most offices seem to be getting off to a slow start this year, from local to state offices including the race for Louisiana Governor.  But you can bet that, like the summer temperatures, they will heat up soon.  Elections will be October 24, 2015.



July 31, 2015

National Farmers Market Week Declared

The week of August 2 through 8, 2015 was declared “National Farmers Market Week” by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.  “While many people often enjoy the benefits of their local farmers markets, this is a way to bring additional attention to those who do not frequent these markets,” said Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.




“It’s important to support your farmers markets because it’s a great way to buy fresh, Louisiana grown fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat products among other things. It’s a way to visit with our local producers and support the local economy, not to mention all the added health benefits of buying fresh food,” said Strain.  

Strain emphasized the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) allowing senior citizens to buy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey at farmers markets and roadside stands.  Seniors who applied for the program this year have until November 30 to visit their local farmers market or roadside stand to utilize their vouchers. While the program is closed for this year, applications will be accepted again in March of 2016. Strain encourages senior citizens 60 years and older who meet certain income requirements to contact their parish Council on Aging next year to participate.

For a list of local farmers markets, go to the LDAF website at www.ldaf.la.gov. 



July 31, 2015

Extreme Heat Can Harm Pets & Livestock

Heat indices are running into the triple digits these days and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., says if your pets are left outside, make sure they have plenty of water and a shaded area in which to retreat.

“These excessive temps bring new meaning to the dog days of summer. As a veterinarian by profession, I’m asking you to be mindful of heat conditions when animals, including livestock, are outside,” said Strain.

The American Veterinary Medical Association says never leave a pet in a vehicle on warm days. Those temperatures can quickly reach dangerous levels. Pets can succumb to heatstroke easily.

“A dog’s tolerance for extreme temperatures – hot or cold- vary based on their size, body composition, fur coat and their basic health. If a dog seems weak, doesn’t take commands like it normally does, pants harder and drools more, it could be suffering from heat stress,” added Strain.

Livestock such as cattle can also suffer from excessive heat. “A cow will typically find a shaded area if there is one. You’ll sometimes see them standing in a pond. They’re just trying to stay cool like you and me. But if they have nowhere to get some relief from the heat, they are also at risk of heat stress.”



July 31, 2015

#1 Killer of Children Outside of Car Crashes

Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Heatstroke is the number one killer of children, outside of car crashes. That’s why The Louisiana State Police has partnered with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars. In 2014 there were at least thirty heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles. 



Troopers urges all parents and caregivers to do these ...three things: 

1) NEVER leave a child in a vehicle unattended 

2) Make it a habit to look in the backseat EVERY time you exit the car

3) ALWAYS lock the car and put the keys out of reach. And, if you ever see a child left alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 right away. 



July 31, 2015

Former Pearl River Mayor & Town Clerk Face Ethics Charges

Source:  Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune   



Former Pearl River Mayor James Lavigne, already under indictment for theft and malfeasance, is now accused by the state Ethics Board of breaking several laws through misuse of town funds. The Ethics Board also filed charges against former town clerk Diane Bennett Hollie, who had been indicted along with Lavigne.

The charges against Lavigne, filed by the Ethics Board July 16, accuse him of violating state law by using the town's credit card for personal purchases, receiving free residential garbage pickup and improperly giving himself and town employees annual bonuses.

The Ethics Board filed charges against Hollie at the same time, accusing her of violating state law by using a town credit card for personal purchases, receiving payroll checks to which she was not entitled, and receiving free services from town maintenance staff members.

The Ethics Board has requested the charges be heard by the Ethics Adjudicatory Board.

For more on the story, click here.



July 31, 2015

Have You Seen This Purse Thief? 

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who stole an employee's purse at Applebee's restaurant on July 9 around 7pm and the man who appears to have helped her.




The victim reported one of her credit/debit cards was used 9 minutes later at a gas station in Mandeville.

The female suspect is described as a white female, 25-35 years of age, 5' 4" to 5' 8", medium to heavy build, brown hair (in a ponytail), wearing a tan or brown tank top, grey shorts and flip flops.

The male suspect is described as a white male, 24-30 years of age, bald, wearing a grey t-shirt, shorts and flip flops.  The male has a tattoo on his right arm in the shape of a rectangle or square with an unknown design in the middle. 

If you have any information about this case or recognize either of the two individuals caught on camera, please call Detective Matthew Parker at 985-276-1331.



Obituary

Ruth Blackwell, a resident of Angie, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015.



Obituary

Barbara Joanne Miley born April 3, 1941 went home to be with The Lord July 30, 2015.She was a long time resident of Bogalusa and was of the Baptist Faith. 



July 31, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Michael Crain was booked 07/30 In From Court

Sheila Odom was booked 07/30 In From Court

Omunkakwe Jackson was booked 07/30 on the charges of Proper Equipment Required, Driving Under Suspension, Expired License Plate, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

Stanley Miller was booked 07/30 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Open Container, and Attachment (3 counts)



July 30, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Steve Merritt was booked 07/29 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts)

Harold Catha was booked 07/29 on the charge of Second Degree Battery



July 30, 2015

Suspects of Nearly 100 ATM Burglaries Busted in Slidell

For almost a year, close to 100 local check cashing businesses, across the New Orleans Metro Area, and small businesses with Automated Teller Machines (ATM's), have been plagued by an organized group of individuals who have been able to make away like bandits with over $500,000 in cash.

Police from the Slidell Police Department, Gretna Police Department, Kenner Police Department, New Orleans Police Department, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI, have been on high alert in recent months.

On Sunday morning (July 26th), their luck ran out when Slidell Police caught them in the act burglarizing the Cash Cow in Slidell.    The two suspects, 36-year-old Marvin Hudson and 44-year-old Allden Jones fled the business, a high-speed pursuit ensued, they barricaded themselves inside of a residence on Morrison Road in New Orleans East, but surrendered after a 30-minute standoff.  Police recovered a stolen vehicle and over $12,000 in cash stolen from Cash Cow.

More arrests are expected.



July 30, 2015

More Join Dr. Wayne Breen Wrongful Death Suit

Four more children from Dr. Wayne Breen's first marriage have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against their stepmother, Kacie Breen, who shot and killed Dr. Breen on March 1, 2015. That marks the second such civil legal action against Kacie Breen, who has not been arrested or charged with a crime in the shooting.  The first wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Sean Breen and the second is being filed by Bridget Marie Breen Dunbar, Patrick Vernon Breen, Ryan Michael Breen and Devin Thomas Breen.  

Kacie Breen shot and killed her husband, Dr. Wayne Breen on March 1, 2015.  The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office conducted a lenthy investigation and the District Attorney's Office continues to investigate.  

Legal wranglings have proliferated to the point where attorneys have hired attorneys to represent them over requests for sanctions and removal of attorneys.



July 30, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile:  Meet Braydon

Braydon is an outgoing and friendly 10 year old who enjoys fishing, football and video games. He will in the 6th grade for the upcoming 2015-2016 school term. He needs a creative adult to teach him how to remain focused on completing a task. 

Despite his tendency to be very active, Braydon can be redirected with a reward for good behavior. In addition to all the activities he enjoys, he enjoys being the center of attention. Braydon always manages to maintain a contagious smile and a sense of humor.

Braydon desires a family that will hang in there with him through the rough times and growing pains to help him grow into a great young man. He would thrive in a family where there are no other children, as he prefers center stage at all times.

For additional information about Braydon, or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.



Obituary

KAYLYNN ANN KING, the infant daughter of Christopher Keith King and Christian Frazier King was delivered into the arms of Jesus Tuesday morning July 28, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. 



Obituary

BRUCE PAUL FONTANA, AGE 64 and a resident of Franklinton died at 12:40 am Tuesday July 28, 2015 at Tulane Medical Center. He was a native and longtime resident of New Orleans where he retired as a paramedic and fireman with the New Orleans Fire Department. Bruce was a member of Hays Creek Southern Baptist Church where he often helped with Vacation Bible School and made beignets and funnel cakes for others. He volunteered at the sugar cane syrup mill in Mile Branch Settlement and because he was a master gardener he was put in charge of the settlement’s landscaping for this upcoming year. Bruce also volunteered with Hillcrest Baptist Church distributing Thanksgiving meals each year to those in need. He was a member of the chainsaw crew with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Team and just recently was appointed as a chaplain for the team. 



July 30, 2015

AG's Fugitive Apprehension Unit Arrests Six Men in Hammond 

Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell (pictured below left) announced today that investigators with his Fugitive Apprehension Unit have arrested six men wanted in the Hammond area on Tuesday as part of a joint investigation between the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit, the Hammond Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit and the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

Arrested were Datrayyus Brown of Hammond for Failure to Appear for Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, and Obstruction of Justice; Kenneth Chaney of Fluker for Theft by Fraud, Failure to Return Leased Movables, Theft by Fraud, and Felonious Bad Checks; Donald Devall of Hammond for Failure to Appear for Armed Robbery, Simple Battery and Domestic Abuse Battery; Earnest James of Hammond for Failure to Appear for Accessory After the Fact of  Second Degree Murder, Montrell Robertson of Hammond for Domestic Abuse Battery, Deunte Robinson of Natalbany for Second Degree Battery, Aggravated Assault, and various traffic and municipal charges 

Since Attorney General Caldwell created the FAU in 2008, the Unit has captured 1,228 fugitives, clearing 2,855 warrants. Law enforcement agencies needing assistance locating and apprehending a wanted individual can contact the Fugitive Apprehension Unit at (225) 326-6100.




July 29, 2015

Slidell Man Sentenced On Child Pornography and Incest Charges 

A 56-year-old Slidell man pled guilty Monday to 35 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles, two counts of production of pornography involving juveniles, and one count of aggravated incest after an investigation turned up more than 350 such images on his computer. Each possession count represents 10 images. The images depicted children from toddlers to 13 years old. The production and incest charges stem from photos Emerson took of a child related to him.   

Judge Elaine DiMiceli, sitting in temporarily for Judge William J. Burris, sentenced the defendant, Patrick Emerson, to 20 years in prison on the possession charges and 25 years on the production and incest charges.  All of the sentences are to run concurrently without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. 



July 29, 2015

Have You Seen These Shoplifters?

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff' Office detectives looking for two females who stole groceries from entered the Winn Dixie grocery store, located at 2985 E. Gause Blvd. Slidell.

The two females entered the store on July 4 and placed $216.16 of groceries in their shopping cart.  Once the items were scanned and bagged, one of the subjects quickly departed with the groceries, while the other attempted to pay with a faded and tattered check. Ultimately, the system declined the payment. The clerk handed the check back to the female and asked if she had another form of payment, to which the female replied "Don't worry about it" and departed the store.

Witnesses reported seeing the subjects depart in a grey GMC Yukon.

If you can provide any information on the subjects in the photos, please contact Detective Jason Dammon at 985-726-7833.



July 29, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile:  Meet Chelsey

Chelsey is an outgoing teen who loves shopping, styling her hair, and spending time with her friends. This Louisiana native has the taste buds to prove her southern roots as eating crawfish is one of her favorite foods. This energetic girly-girl enjoys swimming, fishing, and cheering in her spare time. 

Chelsey is a fan of softball, but does not play on a team. She loves watching others play the game. Chelsey is a good student and performs well academically. She loves being the center of attention and makes friends easily. Chelsey is looking forward to being adopted, but requests that her family live in Louisiana - the place she loves.

For more information about Chelsey or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit www.dcfs.la.gov.



Obituary

IDA ROSE SEAL, AGE 78 and a lifelong resident of Pine passed away Monday evening July 27, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a charter member of Pine First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and sang with the church choir. Ida Rose especially enjoyed working with small children. She retired after a career at Rutter Rex of 36 years. She enjoyed sewing, doing crafts, and spending time with family and friends and she loved to laugh. Ida Rose was always a loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. She will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. 



July 29, 2015

La. Ethics Board Filed Complaint Against Walter Reed

Source:  James Varney, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune   

Months after former north shore District Attorney Walter Reed was indicted on federal charges, the Louisiana Board of Ethics for Elected Officials have filed a complaint against him.

The complaint stems from Reed's compensation for work, as district attorney, for the St. Tammany Parish Hospital. Because state law dictates the district attorney is to provide such representation he should not have been paid, the complaint says.

Between June 1994, when Reed began handling the duties personally, and March 2014 he received 237 checks totaling $572,067.75, the complaint says.

To read the full story, click here.



July 29, 2015

Free Business Ownership Program August 28 in Mandeville




Obituary

James Bernard McClendon born on June 16, 1938 died on Monday, July 27, 2015. James was the son of Jesse McClendon and Myrtle McClendon Stuart. He was a native of Mobile, AL before moving to Washington Parish. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and owner/operator of Mac’s Flowers and Supplies, a wholesale silk flower business. He attended Enon Baptist Church. 



July 28, 2015

Franklinton Crash Claims Lives of Two

Franklinton, LA-  A fatal two-car crash Sunday night shortly before 10:00 PM on LA 16 near the intersection of LA 450 in Washington Parish claimed the lives of 84 year old Marguerite Orr of River Ridge, LA and 35 year old Justin Farley of Dubach, LA.

Farley, the driver of one vehicle, lost control of his vehicle and struck the drivers side of the second vehicle driven by Cynthia Stokes.  The impact severed Farley’s vehicle in two separate pieces. Despite being restrained at the time of the crash, Farley was ejected from his vehicle and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office. Marguerite Orr was a passenger in Stokes’ vehicle, was transported to Northoaks Hospital in critical condition, but succumbed to her injuries. 

Troopers suspect Farley was impaired at the time of the crash.  Stokes provided a voluntary breath sample with no trace amounts of alcohol present. 



July 28, 2015

Pet Adoption Day in Bogalusa Saturday, August 1





Obituary

TALMADGE COLON CROWE, SR. AGE 83 And a resident of Amite died Monday afternoon July 27, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. He was a longtime member of Canaan Baptist Church and a United States Army veteran. Talmadge was a lifelong dairyman that enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. He was an avid deer hunter and cherished all the time spent with his family and grandchildren. 



July 28, 2015

Kacie Breen Gives More Details of Events Leading to Husband's Shooting

Source:  James Varney, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune   



Offering her most detailed version to date of the events that led to her fatally shooting her husband, Kacie Breen filed court papers Monday (July 27) in St. Tammany Parish seeking to have a wrongful death lawsuit against her dismissed. A son of Dr. Wayne Breen from his first marriage filed the lawsuit.

In a motion for summary judgment, Kacie Breen described an escalating series of violent altercations with her husband as their marriage unraveled. Often drunk and belligerent, Dr. Breen's behavior finally made her fear for her life in the early hours of March 1,  Kacie Breen said.

For the full story, click here.



July 28, 2015

'Bootstraps to Briefcases' Veterans Conference

Are you a veteran looking to start your own business, or already have your business running but need some expertise? Then come to the "Bootstraps to Briefcases" third annual Louisiana Small Business Veterans Conference hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University on Thursday, July 30 in Baton Rouge.

Every year, the federal government awards over $500 billion in contracts and a significant share of those contracts are specifically allotted to small businesses. Federal agencies are required to award a certain percentage of these contracts to veteran-owned small businesses. 

SETTING:   American Red Cross, 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816 | Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. (Registration begins at 8:30 A.M.)

SBA POINT OF CONTACT:

 504-589-6688; EMAIL: jo.lawrence3@sba.gov

REGISTRATION:

https://www2.lsbdc.org/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=7350042



July 28, 2015

STQN Names 3rd Quarter Medical Director Award Recipients

The St. Tammany Quality Network has presented its third quarter Medical Director Award to two recipients, for their work in developing and presenting continual medical education to St. Tammany Parish Hospital physicians and clinical staff as well as spearheading a statewide initiative for safer pregnancies and deliveries. 

Dr. Robert Faucheux developed an educational course on childhood vaccines, which has had a spotlight in the media lately. 

Dr. Rachael Cresap was recognized for spearheading a statewide initiative that aims to lower the amount of early deliveries and encourages women to wait the full 40-weeks of pregnancy unless medically indicated.  

“Drs. Faucheux and Cresap have shown exceptional leadership in improving patient care at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.” said STQN Medical Director Dr. Mike Hill.

  

To learn more about the St. Tammany Quality Network and its initiatives, go to www.stqn.org. 



July 28, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Daryl Smith was booked 07/27 on the charges of Possession With intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Driving Left of Center (Crossing Center Line), and Possession of Schedule II Drugs

John Trotter was booked 07/27 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Criminal Damage

Rebecca Thomas was booked 07/27 on the charges of Sale, Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order (2 counts)



July 28, 2015

Northshore Child Seat Checkup Event




Troop L will be conducting FREE child safety seat inspections today and every Tuesday from 3-6 pm.

This is a great opportunity for members of the community to make sure their most precious cargo is properly secured in their vehicle. Aside from checking for factory recalls on the seats, Troopers and technicians will ensure a proper fit and installation.

Troop L is located at 2600 N. Causeway Blvd. Mandeville, LA. The child passenger seat inspections will be conducted weekly from 3-6 pm every Tuesday with the exception of major holidays or inclement weather.



July 28, 2015

Husser Resident Dies in Crash Near Loranger

Charles Harper, age 55,  died in a two-car crash after 8:00 PM Sunday night near Loranger.  He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Bruce Pierre also of Husser.  Apparently, Pierre was travelling at a high rate of speed and, failing to brake, crashed into the rear of a truck towing a utility trailer operated by Nathaniel Colona of Loranger.  Harper was not restrained, was ejected from the vehicle, and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office.  Pierre was transported to Northoaks Hospital with minor injuries. 

Troopers suspected Pierre was impaired at the time of the crash.  Once released from the hospital, Pierre will be booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for DWI, Vehicular Homicide, Careless Operation and No Driver's License. Troopers do not suspect alcohol to have been a factor on behalf of Colona. 



July 27, 2015

More Details on Recent Bogalusa Audit Report

Robert Neilson's comments to the Bogalusa City Council last Tuesday (July 22) emphasized a surplus at the end of 2014 of $721,000, exceeding the projection of $500,000.  A good thing to be sure.  However, a review of the 111-page recently completed report reflects numerous problems, including  

  • The City's Pension Plan is critically underfunded.
  • The General Fund improperly borrowed from restricted funds to the tune of $549,772 (current).
  • The City is in violation of bond covenants.
  • The City's general fund had a negative fund balance of $1,353,251 at December 31, 2014.
  • The City owes Choctaw Landfill $866,323; $543,823 of which is non-current.
  • The City improperly paid an active employee in lieu of taking leave in the amount of $47,695.
  • There is lax enforcement of water cut-offs and an absence of a policy that establishes the reasons and authority for billing adjustments.
  • Decisions are being made without complete financial information.

A "Management's Response" is included regarding each of the findings in the report reflecting that Mayor Perrette is committed to resolving the problems, long-term solutions are being developed, and policies are being developed that did not previously exist. 

It is important to note that the Audit Report is for the period ending December 31, 2014.  Mayor Wendy Perrette, whose term of office began in 2015, has been addressing issues and is developing a financial plan to improve the City's financial condition.

Readers are should click here and and scroll down to page 80 of the report for the relevant information. 



July 27, 2015

Have You Seen This Shoplifter?

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who was caught on video shoplifting at a Covington-area store.

A black male was caught stealing various items from the store before fleeing in a black two-door Honda Accord with Alabama personalized license plate JUDY33. The vehicle is reported stolen out of Alabama.



July 27, 2015

Operation Fishnet Nets 15 Heroin Arrests

Last year investigators with the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Taskforce received credible information of a loosely organized group of individuals responsible for distributing significant amounts of heroin in west St. Tammany Parish.  

The Narcotics Taskforce, which is comprised of detectives with the Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department and Mandeville Police Department, began an extensive 14 month long multijurisdictional investigation that came to an end Friday morning with the arrest of more than a dozen individuals.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that a Mandeville area resident, Scottie D. Fisher, was distributing large quantities of heroin to persons in both Tangipahoa and St. Tammany parishes, who in turn would facilitate the distribution of the heroin on his behalf.  

Click here to read details of the operation, names and images of those arrested, names of those still wanted, and a statement from District Attorney Warren Montgomery.



July 27, 2015

Red Bean and Rice Cookoff Raises Money for Worthy Cause



The Sixth Annual West St. Tammany Red Beans 'N Rice Cookoff was held today in Covington offering folks all you can eat for only $8.  The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office won the Community Service Award for raising the most money.  They raised $1,160 by raffling off a pair of earrings and through employee donations made for "dress down" days. All of the proceeds from today's event goes to suicide prevention and crisis response.



July 27, 2015

Stealing Eggs Land Two in Big Trouble

Although it did not happen in our neck of the woods, we thought you would appreciate the story.  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited two men (Paul A. Canik, 47, of Grand Chenier and Christopher M. Trahan, 24, of Lake Charles) for taking alligator eggs without a valid egg collection permit.  Turns out that this is against the law.  The two had sold the eggs for $10,460 (which they probably forfeited), their two boats were seized, and they stand to pay a fine of up to $900 and 120 days in jail.

Good thing they were caught by the Agents instead of  "momma alligator"!  They would have been in more trouble than they were in with the Agents.  



July 27, 2015

Open House for STPH And Ochsner Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic

Ochsner Health System and St. Tammany Parish Hospital will host an open house and ribbon cutting for the new pediatric subspecialty clinic. The new clinic will feature pediatric subspecialties, such as cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, pulmonology and general surgery. Patients and their parents will be able to self-refer to the clinic, and local pediatricians will have the benefit of referring their patients to subspecialty care in their service district. 

The Open House event will be at 71211 Hwy. 21, Covington (Behind the Bone and Joint Clinic of STPH) on August 13, 2015 between 4:30 and 6:00 pm.



Obituary

Emily Ruth Simmons Penny, age 73, born on August 17, 1941 in Springhill, LA passed away Sunday July 26, 2015 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Franklinton LA. Mrs. Penny was a life long resident of Bogalusa and a retired teacher of the Bogalusa School System where she taught for 26 years at Long Avenue School.



Obituary

Sidney Wayne Young, age 71, born on July 30, 1943, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA.  He retired 30 years from the Bogalusa Fire Department. He was a faithful member of Ben's Ford Baptist Church. 



July 27, 2015

Natchez Crape Myrtle – Ornamental Plant of the Week 

The premier crape myrtle in Louisiana historically has been Natchez. Plants reach 35-40 feet tall at maturity and are among the first crape myrtles to flower in May. Flowers last through the summer. The chocolate-colored exfoliating bark is another great landscape feature of this plant. 

Crape myrtles do best in well-drained soil and need eight hours of direct sun daily to bloom well.



July 27, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Myra Neese was booked 07/24 on the charge of Theft Over 1500

David Neese was booked 07/24 on the charge of Theft Over 1500

George Jones was booked 07/24 on the charge of Aggravated Arson

Christopher Kimball was booked 07/24 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense)

Daryl Fortenberry was booked 07/25 on the charge of Simple Battery

Tacarra Warren was booked 07/25 on the charges of Failure to Return Rental Property, Resisting Arrest, Issuing Worthless Checks 100-300, and Failure to Honor Written Promise

Kevin Prilot was booked 07/26 on the charges of Simple Burglary and Failure to Honor Written Promise

Lateef Murry was booked 07/26 on the charges of Sale, Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs W/O Prescription or Order, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Honor Written Promise, and Driving Under Suspension



July 24, 2015

WP Sheriff's Office Solves Burglary 

A Highway 38 burglary investigation ended on July 21 after a canine chase and  the apprehension of John Lamar Robinson, 25, a resident of Highway 430. 

It all began on the morning of July 6, when the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence on Highway 38.  The homeowner returned home and surprised two males, one of whom fled in a vehicle and the other who fled on foot.  Deputies requested the assistance of the canine team from Rayburn Correctional Center which responded and tracked the man through the woods but were unable to locate him. 

It was determined that several items, including a Glock semi-automatic pistol and a coin collection were stolen from the residence.   

Click here  to read the rest of the story that includes a pawn shop in Tylertown and a dog chase off Highway 438.



July 24, 2015

Lafayette Grand Theater Shooting

LAFAYETTE, LA- At approximately 7:30 pm on July 23, 2015 first responders from Louisiana State Police Troop I, the Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies responded to an active shooter incident at the Grand Theater on Johnston Street in the city of Lafayette. Initial reports indicated that a white male had opened fire in the theater wounding numerous patrons.

Two victims are deceased, nine other victims were hospitalized, and the shooter is dead.  The deceased are identified as Mayci Breaux (W/F age 21 of Franklin, LA) and   Jillian Johnson (W/F age 33 of Lafayette, LA).  The shooter is identified as John Russell Houser (W/M age 59 of Phenix City, Alabama) who had been staying at a motel in Lafayette. 

To read the entire Louisiana State Police story, click here.



July 24, 2015

Slidell Police Increase Security at Slidell Grand Theater

Statement by the Slidell Police Department

Due to the unfortunate shooting incident in Lafayette, LA, the Slidell Police Department will be working a security detail, around the clock, to ensure the safety of the moviegoers at The Grand Theater in Slidell. The management of The Grand Theater and the Slidell Police Department want our citizens to feel safe knowing that we will have our officers there on a full-time basis.



July 24, 2015

Jury Convicts Pearl River Man of Multiple Drug Charges 

FRANKLINTON—A Washington Parish jury found Warren Gonzales, 33, of Pearl River, guilty Wednesday (July 22) of six counts of drug possession, resulting from a police traffic stop in January, when officers discovered heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, and other prescription drugs. As a multiple offender, Gonzales faces up to life imprisonment when Judge Martin E. Coady sentences him Aug. 11.  

Assistant District Attorney John Alford prosecuted the case, which was investigated by Lt. Brent Goings and Detective Jason Garbo, both of the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force. The task force was conducting operations in Bogalusa on Jan. 20, when officers stopped a vehicle pulling a trailer with no lights. Gonzales was a passenger in the vehicle, driven by his girlfriend at the time, Teresa Rouse. 

When a routine check by officers showed the tag on the vehicle was registered to another vehicle, Rouse allowed officers to conduct a search. Officers discovered a black magnetic box that contained the drugs. Rouse, a co-defendant, testified during the trial this week that the drugs belonged to Gonzales. 

Rouse pled guilty to all six counts and was sentenced to probation. Gonzales rejected a plea agreement that offered him a 20-year sentence. 



July 24, 2015

13 Graduate From St. Tammany POST Academy

Twelve deputies and a Pearl River Police officer graduated from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office P.O.S.T. (Police Officer Standards and Training) Academy in Pearl River at a ceremony held Friday morning.



The newly sworn in Louisiana-certified peace officers completed more than 500 hours of academic and physical training, evaluation and testing at the academy and received P.O.S.T. Level I certification by the State of Louisiana.

Major Brad Hassert presented the Oath of Office to the following graduates:  Deputy Christopher Bickham, Deputy Terry Cederholm II, Deputy Kenneth Krebsbach, Deputy Sean Lamb, Deputy Blake O’Brien, Deputy Nico Paternostro, Deputy Don Powers Jr., Deputy Mark Stevens Jr., Capt. Steven Ball, Officer Madison Barbin, Deputy Grant Candies, Deputy Adam Krail, and Deputy Matthew Tanner.

Four awards were given to the members of each of the two classes who performed the best in four categories of instruction: academics, driving, physical fitness, and firearms.

The "Top Cop" award for academics went to Deputy Mark Stevens Jr. for Session 20  and Deputy Matthew Turner for Session N-9.

The "Speed Racer" award for driving went to Deputy Kenneth Krebsbach for Session 20  and Capt. Steven Ball for Session N-9.

The "Gunslinger" award for firearms went to Deputy Sean Lamb for Session 20 and Capt. Steven Ball for Session N-9.

The "Fitness" award went to Deputy Don Powers Jr. for Session 20 and Deputy Matthew Tanner for Session N-9.



Obituary

Curtis Phillip Neal born July 12, 1948 passed away peacefully July 24, 2015 at his residence at the age of 67. He was of the Methodist Faith and he was a Tug Boat Captain for Bertuci Marine until he retired. 



July 24, 2015

STPSO Wins Awards gom the Press Club of New Orleans​

“Behind the Badge,” a television program produced by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Affairs Division, received two awards from the Press Club of New Orleans for the Public Relations Program/Promotion category.  

Lt. Greg Gonzales, producer of the series, was presented with first and third place awards at the Press Club’s annual Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony, which took place Saturday night in New Orleans.  

This was the second year the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office entered the awards competition, which included entries from area media outlets and public relations professionals. 

The Sheriff’s Office began producing the “Behind the Badge” series in October 2006, with the goal of providing viewers with an inside look at the various roles the agency plays in the community.

“Behind the Badge” airs on St. Tammany Access Channel 10 and WLAE Channel 32 out of New Orleans. Past episodes can be viewed on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Website atwww.stpso.com.









Obituary

Russell Rudolph Adams, 79, resident of Isabel, LA passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 at his residence. Mr. Adams was retired from the United States Air Force and was employed at Spencers Feed and Seed in Folsom and also at Bogue Chitto Tubing and Canoeing in Isabel, LA. 



Obituary

Camella Peters Spikes, a resident of Bogalusa, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2015.



July 23, 2015

Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Pastor Moves On

Submitted by Rev.  Micah C. Rutland

It has been our pleasure to serve this community for the last three and a half years through the ministry of Mount Hermon Baptist Church, but the time has come for us to move on.  My family and I wish to thank the community for letting us serve the Lord with you.  To those whom we never, met, if you will have faith in Jesus we can meet and serve Him in Heaven. To those with whom we have worked and served, thank you, you have meant the world to us and we will pray for you – please, pray for us.  To those whom we have missed somehow, please know, we have tried our best, but we know it was not good enough, but it was never going to be – that’s why we need Jesus.  

Mount Hermon, may  the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face to shine upon, direct your every path, and give you His peace – the peace that passes all understanding:  The Peace of Jesus Christ, His Son, and, hopefully, Your Lord.  Amen and Shalom

For the full letter, click here.



July 23, 2015

An Evening of Decadence in Bogalusa on Monday




An Evening of Decadence is next Monday the 27th 5:30 pm at 437 on Columbia Street! Come enjoy sweet treats, a cash bar, and good company!

Go to https://www.facebook.com/bogalusa.louisiana for a chance to win two tickets.



July 23, 2015

Sunflower – Ornamental Plant of the Week 

Sunflowers are among the easiest flowers to grow, and their flowers thrive in the heat of our summers.   Depending on the variety, sunflowers will bloom anytime from about 55 to 75 days after planting the seeds. 

Sunflowers come in heights ranging from 1 to 8 feet and come in a wide range of flower colors:  Brilliant yellow, creamy white, bronze, mahogany, rusty red, burgundy and orange, with some types producing flowers with more than one color. 

If you want to grow sunflowers for the delicious, nutritious seeds, make sure you choose varieties bred for seed production, such as Mammoth Russian (also known as Mammoth), Russian Giant and Gray Stripe. These tall-growing sunflowers produce a single, enormous flower at the top of the plant. To grow a really big seed head, apply general-purpose fertilizer when the flower head begins to appear.



July 23, 2015

Kids Classes Coming Up at Museums of Cassidy Park

Three classes are coming up at the Museums of Cassidy Park for kids.  

  • Dream Catcher/Bracelet Making for Kids - On Friday July 31 from 9am to 11am Ruth Rolling and Sandra Hancock will offer this class for children 8 years old and up.  Members get in free, but material fees apply.  Call Hancock at 256-507-1051 for information and to sign up
  • Kids Pottery Class - A spot remains in a Pottery Class for children that will be held Saturday, August 1 and August 15 from 9am to 11am.  Members get in free, but material fees apply.  Call Ruth Rolling at 985-974-0630 for information and to sign up
  • Paper Making Class for Kids - This class will take place at 10am Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8.  Members get in free, but material fees apply.  Call Millicent Canter at 985-750-5213 for information and to sign up.



July 23, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile - Meet these Twins

These twins are sure to capture the heart of any family. Carla and Tristen are an inseparable pair who could not imagine being without each other for one day. Though similar in many ways, this eight-year-old duo each have a unique personality. 

Carla is very independent young lady with a sense of who she is and what she wants to do in her life. She is a girly girl who loves dressing up and being the center of attention. She enjoys school and loves exploring and learning new things. Carla enjoys being involved in various activities, in and out of school. She loves spending time with her brother more than anything. 

Tristen is a very energetic and active young man who loves to play with his twin sister. He also loves playing with trucks of any kind. Tristan is a huge fan of Monster Jam and hopes to attend a show in the future. Tristen does not mind attending school, but would prefer running freely in a park moving from one activity to the next. 

Both Carla and Tristen expressed that it does not matter whether their family has one or two parents as long as their family is able and willing to give them the attention and love they both deserve. 

For additional information about Carla and Tristen, or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.



July 23, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Kamaneshia Brown was booked 07/22 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise

Zarius Brown was booked 07/22 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

Kimberly Owens was booked 07/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Sale, or Distribution, Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescripation or Order, and Contempt of Court

Janice Rhoades was booked 07/22 on the charge of Theft Under 500

Donald Barze was booked 07/22 on the charge of Failure to Appear



July 23, 2015

Two Trucks Crash on Interstate Near Lacombe Causing Fatality

Shortly after 1:00 PM on July 22nd, 2015, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a fatal crash on Interstate 12 between Lacombe and Slidell. The crash involved two commercial motor vehicles and claimed the life of 37 year old Rahn Taylor of Metairie.

Rahn Taylor was operating a 2007 International 18 Wheeler next to a 2007 Mack Truck operated by 55 year old Kenneth Bacchus of New Orleans. Taylor’s vehicle sustained a tire failure on the right front steer axle. After the tire failure, Taylor’s vehicle swerved to the right and crashed into the left side of Bacchus’s vehicle. Taylor’s vehicle then ran off the right side of the roadway and impacted several trees along the tree line. Bacchus’s vehicle came to a controlled stop on the right eastbound shoulder. 

Despite wearing a seatbelt, Rahn Taylor sustained fatal injuries in the crash. He was pronounced deceased on scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.   Bacchus was not injured.



July 22, 2015

Assistant DA Julie Knight Resigns

Source:  James Varney, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune   

North shore prosecutor Julie Knight has resigned effective July 17, 2015.  The Da's Office declined comment when asked if Knight's resignation had been requested or expected.

A often successful prosecutor in high-profile cases, Knight was embroiled in controvery and named as a defendant in a suit brought by Douglas Dendinger, which claims civil rights violations and wrongful prosecution. Leigh Ann Wall, another former assistant district attorney also named as a defendant in Dendinger's lawsuit, had left the district attorney's office earlier.

In August 2012, according to a federal lawsuit, Knight and a handful of other public officials were on the steps of the Washington Parish Courthouse when Douglas Dendinger served former Bogalusa Police Department Office Chad Cassard with papers in a civil case.

The incident did not sit well with the cops and prosecutors, according to the lawsuit.  Dendinger wound up being arrested at his house hours later, and jeered at by Knight and others when he walked, handcuffed, into the Washington Parish jail, the lawsuit alleged.



July 22, 2015

Adopt-A-Child Profile - Meet Fabian

Nine-year-old Fabian loves video games. Despite having an outgoing personality, Fabian chooses to spend most of his free time playing video games and learning new techniques on electronic devices. In fact, the only thing Fabian likes doing more than playing video games is eating pizza! 

Fabian is an intelligent young man who excels at Math and Science. He is still trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up, but thinks it might have something to do with designing (you guessed it) video games! 

Fabian would like his potential family to know that he wants to maintain contact with his siblings who are also in foster care. He is known to have had some social skill issues when it comes to his siblings and peers, but with a family willing to spend time teaching and modeling appropriate social interaction, it is believed that this handsome young man can turn things around.

For additional information about Fabian or other children in need of adoption, call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1 (800) 259-3428. If you are interested in providing a safe and stable home for a child who needs one, please call today or visit www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.



Obituary

CASEY JACOB COLLINS, JR., The infant son of Casey Collins, Sr. and Amanda King Collins was delivered into the arms of Jesus Monday night July 20, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. 

“You didn’t have time to make fingerprints on our wall, instead you made fingerprints on our hearts.” 



July 22, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Patrick Glenn was booked 07/21 In From Court

Loretta Bunch was booked 07/21 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold

Clyde Picou was booked 07/21 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

George Keating was booked 07/21 on the charges of Theft Over 1500, Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling, Criminal Damage, and Aggravated Burglary

Dustin Hobood was booked 07/21 on the charges of Simple Burglary and Theft Under 500

Phillip Johnson was booked 07/21 on the charges of Failure to Appear (3 counts), Driving Without Headlights, and Driving Under Suspension

Lakilia Bearden was booked 07/21 on the charges of Forgery, Theft by Fraud, and Failure to Appear (3 counts)

John Robinson was booked 07/21 on the charges of Aggravated Burglary and Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)

Jeffery Jarrell was booked 07/21 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Kamaneisha Brown was booked 07/22 on the charge of Failure to Honor Written Promise



July 22, 2015

Covington Man Arrested for Armed Robbery

Update on story from yesterday

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Milton Reed, a Covington-area man, in the armed robbery that occurred Monday night at a Mandeville-area gas station.  Reed was charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault.

At approximately 11 p.m. Monday night, Reed entered the Danny and Clyde’s gas station located on Louisiana Highway 59 just north of Mandeville, walked behind the counter and attempted to open the cash register.  Threatening the store employee with a hammer, he gained access to the register and fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.



July 21, 2015

Former Bogalusa City Councilman Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Assault of Police Officer 

Former Bogalusa City Council member Daniel D. Stogner pled guilty Monday (July 20) to aggravated assault of a police officer for an incident last year when he pointed a gun at officers who responded to his call about a disturbance at his home. 

Judge Richard A. Swartz sentenced Stogner to a suspended five years in prison, as well as five years of probation, and a $1,000 fine plus court costs. Swartz also ordered Stogner to forfeit his weapon, undergo a mental health evaluation, and have no contact with the victims. 

Stogner called police about a disturbance at his home on Foggy Bottom Road in Angie about 11:30 p.m. on March 28, 2014. But when officers responded, Stogner became increasingly irate and hostile, disrupting the investigation. 

Stogner approached Officer Jonathan Williams aggressively, cursing at him. Williams then tried to arrest Stogner, who ran into his home, retrieved a shotgun, and pointed it at the deputies on the scene. Williams managed to use his Taser on Stogner, which caused the former city official to drop his weapon. Stogner was arrested and charged.  



July 21, 2015

Mt. Hermon Man Gets 15 Year Sentence 

Sixty-three-year-old Bobby Duncan pled guilty Monday to a host of charges stemming from a 2013 incident in Mount Hermon, when he attacked his elderly mother, shot at a family friend trying to help her, set the family’s home on fire, and then shot at responding officers. 

Duncan was sentenced to 15 years in prison without the benefit of parole on five counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of attempted second degree murder, second degree kidnapping, and simple arson over $500. He was sentenced to 10 years for cruelty to the infirm. The sentences are to run concurrently. 

 Deputies from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on June 21, 2013, about a family dispute at a home on Duncan Road in Mount Hermon.  Duncan had struck his mother, Ruby, several times during an argument with her. He also threatened to kill her.  When a family relative, Kelly Stokes, tried to help, Duncan threatened to kill her if she did not get back. Stokes ran, and Duncan fired three shots at her. The shots missed, and Stokes was able to call the Sheriff’s Office. 

Meanwhile, Ruby Duncan also was able to get away from the house. When deputies arrived, Bobby Duncan had set the house on fire and fled into the woods. Deputies spotted him in a field and ordered him to come out with his hands raised. Instead, he took cover behind a tree and shot at the deputies, who returned fire. After a brief pause, deputies heard a single shot. When Duncan emerged from behind a tree, he appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound under his chin. He was arrested and taken to University Hospital in New Orleans for treatment. 



July 21, 2015

Man Robs Mandeville Station With Hammer

At approximately 11 p.m. Monday night, a heavy set white man entered the Danny and Clyde’s gas station located on Louisiana Highway 59 just north of Mandeville.  He walked behind the counter and attempted to open the cash register.  During a confrontation with the clerk, the suspect produced a hammer, threatened to hit the clerk, and took an undisclosed amount of cash.  

After exiting the store, he entered a dark gray sedan and fled the area and deputies were unable to locate the suspect or his vehicle.   

He is described as being 6 foot to 6 foot, 3 inches tall and weighing approximately 300 pounds.  He was bald with a goatee and is believed to be more than 40 years of age. 

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 985-898-2338 or 911.



July 21, 2015

Northshore Child Seat Checkup Event

Troop L will be conducting FREE child safety seat inspections today and every Tuesday from 3-6 pm.  This is a great opportunity for members of the community to make sure their most precious cargo is properly secured in their vehicle. Aside from checking for factory recalls on the seats, Troopers and technicians will ensure a proper fit and installation.

Troop L is located at 2600 N. Causeway Blvd. Mandeville, LA. 



July 21, 2015

Did You Know Alligator Snapping Turtles Are in Danger?

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) today released  juvenile Alligator Snapping Turtles into the Calcasieu River Basin as part of a reintroduction program for this species. The Alligator Snapping Turtle has experienced significant population declines throughout its range. Commercial harvest of the Alligator Snapping Turtle has been banned since 2004 in Louisiana, although recreational take is still allowed. 

Since 2012, LDWF has operated a head start program for the turtles at a hatchery near Monroe.  The purpose of this program is to ensure a reliable source of young turtles to supplement populations in the wild. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will determine in 2017 whether or not the Alligator Snapping Turtle will be listed as an Endangered Species.



July 21, 2015

Over $200,000 in Cocaine Seized in Tangipahoa Parish

Sunday night was a busy night for Troopers in Tangipahoa Parish as two separate traffic stops led to the arrest of four individuals for possession of cocaine valued at over $200,000.00.

Arrested were Lester Sleby and Lydia Charles both of Charlotte, NC and Samatha Lyons of Dauphine, AL and Stephen Pearce of Pensacola, FL.  In each case, permission to search was granted to Louisiana State Police Troopers and all were provided rooms in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.  



July 21, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Britt Miley was booked 07/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Theft of Auto/Vehicle

Anthony Voltolina was booked 07/20 In From Court

Daniel Lawrence was booked 07/20 In From Court

Kristina Cleland was booked 07/20 In From Court

Melton Warren was booked 07/20 on the charge of Attachment

Jeffery Seal was booked 07/20 on the charges of Attachment and Failure to Appear

Marvin McNeese was booked 07/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Don Brown was booked 07/20 In From Court

Raven Hughes was booked 07/20 In For Court

Dawayne Stein was booked 07/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear



July 21, 2015

Independence Woman Dies on Interstate 12

Shortly before 4:00 pm on July 20, 2015, Troopers from Louisiana State Police investigated a crash that took the life of 57 year old Maggie Lynn of Independence, LA.

Apparently Lynn and 56 year old James Kinchen of Tickfaw, LA were stopped on the grass portion of the shoulder of Interstate 12 westbound loading another vehicle onto a trailer.  At the same time, 26 year old Mekdad Zidan of Baton Rouge, LA was traveling westbound on Interstate 12 and  lost control of his vehicle which began to rotate clockwise and struck both Lynn and Kinchen.

Lynn sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Kinchen received serious injuries and was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.  Zidan was properly restrained and received minor injuries. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash. Speed is suspected to be a factor on the part of Zidan who was charged  with Reckless Operation and Negligent Homicide.



 



 


 

 

 

 

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Parish Council hears about road repairs, stolen sign

Published 8:25 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Discussions on improving parish roads and stolen or missing road signs dominated Monday night’s Washington Parish Council meeting. Washington Parish Director of Public Works Leo Lucchesi said 64 parish roads are scheduled to be paved in 2015. The parish has completed paving 34 roads.



Melons delicious despite difficultiy 

Published 8:31 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rotary Club of Bogalusa members were recently treated to a local delicacy, and one a bit more rare these days than in years past — namely watermelons grown by John Gallaspy. 



Hollywood South providesdinosaur-sized excitemen

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Although they are not exactly Hollywood movie stars earning millions, Washington Parish residents cast as extras in the Universal Studio futuristic blockbuster “Jurassic World” said the experience is thrilling nonetheless. Franklinton’s Ken Knight, Tyfanni Cassidy and Kasey Hartzog and her children Brooke and Aden, appeared in the movie as park visitors.. 



Centennial Tree cut down byvandal

Published 8:50 am Monday, July 27, 2015 

The live oak tree the Bogalusa Rotary Club planted in Cassidy Park on March 10 was destroyed sometime Thursday. The tree was cut at the base. The top of the tree was found a few feet away, still adorned with the small American flag that lay on the ground. 



Rotary Club installs officers for

2015-16

Published 9:20 am Friday, July 24, 2015

The Rotary Club of Bogalusa recently installed new officers for 2015-16. Among them are President Merlin Duke, Vice President Bill Moon, Secretary R.L. Palmer, Treasurer Larry Miller, Sergeant-at-arms Ellis Sampson and At-Large Director Chyrll McCrary. 



Bogalusa surplus exceedsprojections

Published 9:07 am Friday, July 24, 2015

The City of Bogalusa received a positive audit and financial report from city auditor Robert Neilson during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Neilson revealed to City Council members that the city had a $721,000 surplus at the end of 2014. The previous administration of Mayor Charles Mizell estimated the city would have a $500,000 surplus at the end of 2014.