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September 28, 2016
Clowns Up to No Good?  What's this about?
Reports of clowns in the woods and near schools have put parents and law enforcement on the alert.  But so far, all we can determine is that pranks have inspired rumors which may be inspiring more pranks. The phenomenon of “clowns in the woods” has received attention in other parts of the country and numerous Facebook posts have contributed to concerns of parents.
In Washington Parish, the one reported incident near Varnado School was investigated and nothing was found to be credible.  A Tuesday (September 27) incident reported to the Covington Police Department was investigated but the kids admitted they “made it up”.  The St. James Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a call Monday (September 26) of two unidentified persons at a supermarket wearing Halloween masks (pictured here).  However, they did not act aggressively and left the store when the manager demanded they leave.  
Our suggestion:  as Halloween draws near, don't wear a clown costume!


September 28, 2016
Franklinton:  Two Key Resignations Add to Coming Changes
The resignations of long-time Fire Department Chief Chad Manning and Code Enforcement Officer Bob Walters are just two of the changes coming to the Town of Franklinton.  The town's government will also have a new look after the November 8 election.  Mayor Wayne Fleming chose not to run again and voters will choose between Richard Dillon and Greg Route.  Plus, ten candidates are vying for the five aldermen positions.  
Chad Manning's letter of resignation (see the video beginning at 9:00) was read by Mayor Fleming at Tuesday (September 28) evening meeting of the Franklinton Board of Aldermen. Manning indicated he will remain a member of the Fire Department.  The Board approved the appointment of Justin Wascom to head up the Fire Department which has twenty volunteers.   . 
The Mayor also read the letter of resignation from Bob Walters as Code Enforcement Officer (beginning at 8:10 into the video).  The Board voted to advertise for Walter' replacement.
In other business, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen passed a resolution designed to explore lower rate options on bonded debt not to exceed $1,050,000, introduced an amended ordinance regarding adjudicated properties, passed a resolution to further the funding for fencing at the airport, passed a resolution required for L-Gap funding to purchase a dump truck, acted on alcohol permit applications, granted two parade permits, and heard reports from Franklinton Police Chief Olander Smith, Fire Department Chief Chad Manning, and Merty Fitzmorris on financial statements.



Obituary
Ralph Vernon Sturgeon, Jr., age 80, born on January 27, 1936 in Independence, Kansas, passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at his residence in Madisonville, LA. He was a United States Air Force Veteran.


Obituary
Mrs. Mattie Lou Carter Burton, born August 5, 1929, passed away Tuesday September 27, 2016 at Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa, LA at the age of 87.


Obituary
James Edward Magee died September 27, 2016.  Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Reginald Morrow died September 19, 2016.  Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


September 28, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Stephanie Mangrum was booked 09/27 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Amanda Sumrall was booked 09/27 on the charges of Possession of Cocaine 28 to 200 Grams and Open Container in Vehicle
Stacie Creel was booked 09/27 on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine)
Larry Duncan was booked 09/27 on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Alexis Dixon was booked 09/28 In From Court


September 27, 2016
Washington Parish Council Hears Concerns From Reservoir Opponent
The Washington Parish Council mainly took care of routine matters Monday (September 26) evening but also heard from a couple of residents with concerns and heard a report from President Richard Thomas on the recent sewage spill that contaminated the Bogue Chitto River.  The Council
  • held a Public Hearing and then approved an ordinance that added two roads (S. Lee Road and N. Choctaw Road) to the No Thru Truck Routes
  • heard from Jalon Beech (beginning at 2:50 into the meeting), an opponent of the Washington Parish Reservoir proposed project.  Mrs. Beech expressed concerns over the re-appointments of some members to the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission, the reported statement by one of that the commission intended to continue their efforts, and that taxpayer funds would continue to be squandered.
  • heard from Betty Bankston (beginning at 6:20 into the meeting) with a concern over trucks on Tanglewood Drive entering the subdivison in which she lives.  Subdivision rules prohibits trucks entering the subdivision.
  • Heard a report from President Thomas regarding the sewerage spill that contaminated the Bogue Chitto River (beginning at 10:50 into the meeting). Thomas also reported on the flag-raising ceremony in Franklinton, announced that the ceremony would also be held in Bogalusa on September 30 at 10:00 am, and reported on the resignation of Gary Fenner from the board of Washington Parish Fire District No. 9.
  • Heard a report from Road Supervisor Donnell Merritt. (beginning at 10:00 into the meeting) 



Obituary
FANTASIA MIRACLE COYLE, AGE 4 MONTHS and a resident of Franklinton was carried by the Angels into Heaven in the early morning of Monday September 26, 2016. She lived a short and difficult life but always remained a happy baby and inspired those that knew her. She was only on Earth for a short time, but she gave her family memories to last a lifetime. Fantasia was her momma’s “Chipmunk” and she will be forever missed.


Obituary
Emily Gatlin Magee, a resident of Slidell, LA, age 92, born on March 22, 1924 in Franklinton, LA, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Park Provence in Slidell, LA.


September 27, 2016
New Details Released About Unidentified Homicide Victim
After nearly two months, St. Tammany detectives are still looking for information to help identify a homicide victim whose badly decomposed body was found July 29, 2016 on Hwy. 90, just east of the intersection of Highway 433 in St. Tammany Parish.  
An autopsy determined that the body was that of a male who was approximately 5’10” tall and approximately 65 years of age, or older. The only distinguishable mark was a scar on the victim’s chest from a prior open heart bypass surgery. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and the death was ruled a homicide. 
DNA testing suggests the victim was a white male with fair skin, brown or hazel eyes, and dark brown hair.  In addition, both of the victim’s arms were dismembered, along with one of his leg’s (just below the knee). The extremities have not been recovered. It is a possibility that the suspect intentionally cut off the limbs in an attempt to hide tattoos or prominent scars.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Timothy Crabtree at 985-898-2338 or call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. 


September 27, 2016
New Orleans and Lafayette No Longer Sanctuary Cities
Hours after the announcement of a Congressional hearing investigating the sanctuary policies of the Crescent City, the City of New Orleans has changed its illegal mandates upon law enforcement.
"This Spring, I advocated for legislation in Louisiana that would have increased public safety by incentivizing government to follow the law," said Attorney General Jeff Landry. "Because of this effort – Lafayette Parish no longer has a sanctuary policy and the City of New Orleans has now changed its policies to allow the NOPD to cooperate with federal authorities."
General Landry, who testified at this morning's hearing, chastised the Administration for "not only deciding to not enforce the law, but for also using their power to coerce local jurisdictions in my State to institute sanctuary policies."


September 27, 2016
Slidell Man Arrest for Use of Counterfeit Money
Blake Christopher Durand was arrested Monday (September 26) for outstanding arrest warrants regarding using counterfeit money. Blake Durand used multiple counterfeit one-hundred dollar bills to purchase an Apple Watch in Slidell last May. Blake Durand was positively identified, and Detective Seymour obtained arrest warrants for Monetary Instrument Abuse, Illegal use of counterfeit trademark, Theft by Fraud, and Money Laundering. 


September 27, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Quenterrious McGowan was booked 09/26 In From Court
Jeremy Barber was booked 09/26 on the charge of Molestation of a Juvenile
Johnny Baldassaro was booked 09/26 on the charges of Second Degree Rape -Forcible Rape (2 counts)
Jason Carter was booked 09/26 on the carges of Disturbing the Peace (Loud and Abusive Language) and Resisting an Officer (Flight on Foot)


September 26, 2016
Bogalusa Fire Fighters Fill the Boot Fundraiser for MDA
Supporting Kids and Adults with Muscle-Debilitating Diseases
Members of the Professional Fire Fighters Association Local #687 are set to kick off the fire fighter’s annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) find urgently needed treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases. More than 80 fire fighters from the PFFA Local #687 will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s drive on October 1st from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the intersection of Avenue B and Willis Ave.
“For more than sixty years, fire fighters have stood on the front lines with MDA in the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of these life-threatening muscle diseases,” said Fundraising Coordinator, Chase Miller. 
MDA’s spirited Fill the Boot campaign is an honored tradition in which thousands of dedicated fire fighters in hometowns across America hit the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, using their collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger.


September 26, 2016
Covington Man Pleads Guilty to 79 Counts of Child Pornography
Christopher Cote (33), of Covington, pleaded guilty Thursday (Sept. 22) to 79 counts of child pornography, which was discovered during an undercover investigation last year. District Judge Peter J. Garcia sentenced Cote to 18 years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
The case began with an investigation by the multi-agency Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in which an undercover officer identified Cote online as a potential child predator and engaged in chat room conversations with him about a year. Task force agents, representing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and Louisiana Attorney General’s Office (now the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation), then went to the defendant’s residence in April 2015. When Cote consented to allow the agents to look at his computer, they found a suspicious file and seized the laptop for further forensic examination. During the analysis, agents discovered 79 pornographic images of children, ranging in ages from toddler to 7 years old.
Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Authement prosecuted the case.


September 26, 2016
Kentwood Man Shot and Killed in Amite Nightclub
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that Nathan Diamond (47) of Kentwood was shot and killed by Samantha Watkins (34) of Independence on  Friday  September 23, 2016.
The shooting occurred at Mr. J’s Nightclub on McCoy Lane in Amite following an  altercation between Diamond and Watkins.  Diamond allegedly punched Watkins in the face and Watkins produced a handgun and shot twice, hitting Diamond once in the right shoulder.
Watkins immediately exited the nightclub and surrendered to deputies.  She was charged with one count of Second Degree Murder.


September 26, 2016
Habitual Offender Gets Life for Raping Carnival Worker
District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Alvin Davis (57) of Slidell, as an habitual offender to life in prison Monday (September 26) for raping a 21-year-old woman who was part of a traveling carnival in 2014. 
In a hearing before the sentencing, Davis admitted to a criminal history dating back to 1974 that includes 13 prior felony convictions and one misdemeanor conviction. 
District Attorney Warren Montgomer said (in part), “The jury saw through the attempts to blame the victim and cloud the facts. My office will continue to prosecute sexual predators to the fullest extent of the law.”


September 26, 2016
DNA Leads To Arrest For A Home Invasion
After a nearly year-long criminal investigation, Slidell Police have arrested convicted felon, Jonathan David Konrick for burglaries where money, jewelry, and a handgun were stolen.  But he messed up.  In one burglary, he cut himself and left blood on the scene. Also, a witness linked Jonathan David Konrick to selling the stolen handgun days after the initial residential burglary. 
Konrick was arrested September 23, 2016 on two warrants, one for Simple Burglary, and one for Home Invasion. He was arrested just two blocks down the road from another reported home invasion.  
Jonathan David Konrick has been arrested six previous times, and is on probation for his felony convictions from an October 2012 Attempted Burglary, a December 2012 Burglary, and an April 2013 Burglary. Currently Jonathan David Konrick is a suspect in other burglaries and home invasions, and Detectives are actively working on those cases. Detectives are urging anyone who has addition information on Jonathan David Konrick to please contact them at 985-646-4347 or contact Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111.


Obituary
MARILYN TONEY VESSIER, AGE 86 and a resident of Franklinton died at 5:30 pm Sunday September 25, 2016 at the Resthaven Living Center. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist that loved reading and painting, including watercolor, charcoal, oil and many different types of paintings. Marilyn was a former World History professor at Southeastern Louisiana University and she loved to travel the United States and even to Europe with her friends and family. She, along with her husband, enjoyed attending and dancing at square dance events throughout our area.


Obituary
Hollie Renee Frazier, age 41 and a resident of Greensburg passed away September 25, 2016 at her residence. 


Obituary
Benjamin True Robinson, age 93 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away September 25, 2016 at his home. He was a U. S. Air Force Veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. 


Obituary
Delos R. "Dickie" Williams Sr., age 83 passed away September 24, 2016 at his residence in Bogalusa La. He was a member of Lees Creek Baptist Church and member of the Sun Lodge. 


Obituary
Roy E. Crittenden, a 90 year old U.S. Veteran and resident of Tangipahoa passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary.  Born Kerrville, TX, Roy’s family moved to Tangipahoa Parish in 1932 from Fernwood, MS. He attended school in Tangipahoa graduated from Kentwood High School. He attended LSU until he was drafted by the U.S. Army.   After returning from the military, he went back to LSU and received a degree in Agriculture. He came home to run the family dairy and joined Spring Creek Baptist Church in 1955. Later in life, he became a dedicated caretaker at Camp Moore. 


Obituary
Mrs. Thelma Bridges, age 83 and a native of Bogalusa, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Lady of the Angels Hospital.  She was a member of New Jerusalem M. B. Church, Oakvale, Ms and a retired cook. 


September 26, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
David Gubert was booked 09/23 on the charges of Theft of $25000 or More and Criminal Trespass
Lance Grandison was booked 09/23 on the charge of Aggravated Rape
Jennifer Freeman was booked 09/23 on the charge of Probation Violation
Bradley Moses was booked 09/23 on the charge of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine)
Frederick Mangrum was booked 09/23 on the charge of Molestation of a Juvenile
Jerry Bickham was booked 09/23 In For Court
Nichoas Vaughn was booked 09/23 on the charges of Failure to Use Turn Signal, No Drivers License, and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Emmitt Warren was booked 09/24 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jamal Tucker was booked 09/24 on the charges of Probation Violaation, Bench Warrant Failure to Appear (2 counts), Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100, and Speeding 11-20 Over Limit
Brenda Bardwell was booked 09/25 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Ran Stop Sign, Improper Lane Useage, and Open Container in Vehicle
Edward Polkey was booked 09/25 on the charge of Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon


Sepember 24, 2016
Did You Know of a "Boil Water" Advisory at Mt. Hermon?
Well, neither did I!  As it turns out, the advisory was issued September 22, 2016 and will automatically be rescinded by 4:00 P. M on Saturday September 24, 2016. Should the samples fail, the BWA will continue and news media will be notified.  It was apparently publicized on New Orleans television stations.  But what about local news outlets?  Maybe we missed it.  
The advisory is that “The Mount Hermon Water District of Washington Parish is issuing a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) as a precaution to portions of the water District due to a drop in pressure in some areas because of a contractor breaking a water line on Hwy 438. Affected areas are North of Silver Creek, specifically along Hwy 438, Hwy 1055, River Road, Bill Simmons Road, Holmesville Road and Frankie Miller Road. This BWA does NOT affect the Mount Hermon School. Affected customers should consider boiling their water for 1 minute prior to human consumption. This BWA will be in effect until samples can be collected and analyzed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Samples will be collected on Friday September 23, 2016 and, if samples are negative for bacteria, the BWA will automatically be rescinded by 4:00 P. M on Saturday September 24, 2016. Should the samples fail, the BWA will continue and news media will be notified.”


September 24, 2016
Recreational Water Advisory for Bogue Chitto Lifted
State health and environmental officials report that residents can resume use of the Bogue Chitto River in Louisiana for recreational purposes.  Officials in Mississippi have also lifted a similar advisory for the portion of the river in Mississippi.
This updated advice follows water testing results by DEQ that show bacteria levels at six sites in Louisiana to be below the threshold of concern in the Louisiana sections of the river south of the site of a levee breach at the City of Brookhaven’s wastewater treatment plant last Friday.  The breach resulted in the discharge of approximately 1.3 million gallons of storm water-diluted sewage to the river (revised from an initial estimate of 6 million gallons).


September 24, 2016
Troopers Suspect Impairment in Fatal Washington Parish Crash
Shortly after 8:10 PM on Friday August 23, 2016, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on LA 436 approximately ½ mile north of LA 21 in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of 49 year-old Lance Anthony Vonhallenbeck of Covington.
Apparently Lark W. Starnes (54) of Abita Springs was driving northbound on LA 436 at a high rate of speed when he ran off the right side of the roadway and crashed into a utility pole and a tree.  Both Starnes and his passenger, Lance Anthony Vonhallenbeck, were unrestrained and Vonhallenbeck was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office. Starnes suffered moderate injuries and was transported to North Oaks Heath Systems. Troopers suspect impairment to have been a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending Starnes’ release from North Oaks Hospital.


September 23, 2016
Tip From the Public Helps WPSO Recover Stolen Harley-Davidson
On September 20, 2016 Criminal Patrol Deputies received a tip that a Harley-Davidson motorcycle was parked behind an abandoned house near the intersection of Highway 1070 and Highway 438. Upon arrival Deputies observed the motorcycle behind the house in some very tall bushes. After Deputies obtained the VIN number it was determined that the motorcycle was listed as stolen out of Jefferson Parish. At this time no arrest has been made and the case remains under investigation by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. 
“People who have been a victim of a theft deserve to have their property back. I appreciate the public’s help in locating this stolen motorcycle. I want to personally thank Deputies Glenn and Lindsey for their quick response and recovery of this stolen motorcycle. If you have information about an incident please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 985-839-3434.” said Sheriff Seal


Obituary
ROBERTINE V. “ROBBIE” HOLMES, AGE 72 and a resident of the Stoney Point community died at 8:00 am Thursday September 22, 2016 at North Oaks Medical Center. She was a member of Canaan Baptist Church that enjoyed cooking and baking cookies with her great-grandchildren. Robbie’s favorite hobby was doing arts and crafts, such as canvas and yarn types for Christmas and other Holidays. She also enjoyed making bracelets and other simple jewelry.


September 23, 2016
Choosing The Right Rose - September is Right Time
Early September is the time to cut back roses, and the end of September is a great time to plant them. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why all roses are not the same. That means it’s very important to pick the right type roses for your needs.



September 23, 2016
Red Flags Raised about Clinton's Adviser



September 23, 2016
Suspect Wanted in Theft of Donation Box
Slidell Police Department is asking the public's assistance in locating Jerrell Johnson.  Johnson has been identified as the suspect who stole a donation box full of money intended for the victims of the recent Baton Rouge flood. 
If you know the whereabouts of Jerrell Johnson, please contact Detective Taylor at 985-646-6181 or Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111. 



September 23, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Adam Populis was booked 09/22 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100
Jacqueline Briest was booked 09/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Open Container in Vehicle
Efrem Williams was booked 09/22 on the charges of Failure to Complete Sex Registration and Payment of Fines, Failure to Give Notification of Sex Offender, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts)
Lance Tyrone was booked 09/22 In From Court
Jarriell Jones was booked 09/22 on the charge of Probation Violation
Datchi Schillings was booked 09/22 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense)
David Gubert was booked 09/23 on the charges of Theft of $25000 or More and Criminal Trespass
Lance Grandison was booked 09/23 on the charge of Aggravated Rape


September 22, 2016
Ceremony Opens New La. National Guard Center in Franklinton 
The Louisiana National Guard's new Readiness Center in Franklinton, Louisiana was officially opened today with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  The new 41,221 square foot facility on 12.39 acres in Franklinton's Industrial Park contains classrooms, a library/learning center, a food-service area, an equipped physical fitness area, a maintenance area and much more.
Video of the ceremony may be viewed below.



September 22, 2016
What's Going on at the Magnolia Chapter of the Humane Society?
The Magnolia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana in Franklinton has a number of things going on:  projects, short-term fundraisers, a “needs” list, and of course adorable cats, kittens, dogs and puppies for adoption.
  • Cans For Cats.  We collect aluminum cans, etc to sell and fund our Community Cats Spay/Neuter Project. 
  • Coins For Cats.  We ask people to donate their pocket change to support out Community Cats Project. 
  • Tee Shirts for Sale.  We have tee shirts for sale most of the time through Booster.com. The current one is $15 and can be purchased  here.  This will end in a couple of weeks.
  • Enter Your Pet Photo.  This fun fundraiser is active until September 30th.For more on this click here.  Any pet photo can be entered for $10 and votes are $1 each. All pets entered will be in our 2017 Pet Pals Calendar. 
  • Spay/Neuter Events.  Our next spay/neuter event is Saturday, October 15. Dog fee is $65 and cat fee is $35 which includes rabies vaccination. 
  • Needs.  We always need newspaper, Clorox wipes, dish soap, paper towels , cat food, dog food, and cat litter. 
For more information, call (985) 241-4290  or visit our Facebook page.


Obituary
Annie Elizabeth Moses Royster departed this life peacefully on September 16, 2016 in Angie, Louisiana. Annie was reared in a devoted Christian home, her spiritual training began at Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church, and later joined Wesley Ray United Methodist Church.
Annie graduated from Wesley Ray High School in 1971. Annie continued her education and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Institutional Management (Dietician) from Grambling State University in 1974.


September 22, 2016
Blue Grass Event in Angie Begins Today
The Great Southern Blue Grass Event in Angie, Louisiana begins today(September 22) and runs through Saturday (September 24).  The event and R. V. Park is located on Highway 21 (10 miles north of Bogalusa and 25 miles south of Columbia, Ms.).
For 24 years The Great Southern RV Park has hosted two Bluegrass Events each year.  The first one is held the third weekend in April, and the second is held the fourth weekend in September.
Admission is $20 per day or $55 for the three days and children 12 and under get in free with a parent.
You will find great amenities and great music.  For more information call 985-516-4680 or 225-241-0125 or click here to go to their website.


September 22, 2016
Washington Parish Tourism Office to Sponsor Fair Booth
The Washington Parish Tourism Commission will again provide an informational display during the Washington Parish Free Fair. We are located in the front of the Old Armory building, with Junior Fine Arts and the Washington Parish Genealogical and Historical Society.
Any local event organizers or TOURISM-related businesses that have brochures, upcoming events flyers, or materials for display in the booth are encouraged to deliver them to the tourism office as soon as possible. This includes parade organizers, museums, festivals or street fairs, art shows, music or holiday events, as well as bed & breakfasts, cabins, or campgrounds, recreational outlets, restaurants, and locally produced products.
The Fair provides a great opportunity to inform our many visitors of all the attractions the parish has to offer, and we also try to provide local residents with information on attractions and activities in our surrounding area. The tourism office maintains brochures throughout the year, and local information is sent in packets in response to visitor queries.
Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm. The office is located at 1950 Washington St. in Franklinton. You may mail or drop off items at that location.
For more information, contact the office at 839-5228 or email wptour@bellsouth.net.


September 22, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Dawanna Thomas was booked 09/21 on the charge of Parole Violation
Patrick Caminita was booked 09/21 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Jessica Naquin was booked 09/21 on the charges of Theft Under 750, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Stephen Athey was booked 09/21 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery (2nd Offense), Domestic Abuse - Child Endangerment (2 counts), Domestic Abuse - Pregnant Woman, Public Intimidation, and Contempt of Court
Tamara Spears was booked 09/21 on the charges of Forgery (4 counts)
Adam Populis was booked 09/22 on the charge of Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100
Tiffany Thomas was booked 09/21 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Lawrence Fowler was booked 09/21 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Possession of Marijuana
Jacqueline Briest was booked 09/22 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Open Container in Vehicle


September 22, 2016
Used Tire Thief Busted in Slidell
On Saturday, 09/17/16, SPD K-9 Officer Clint McCall witnessed Kevin Ballard driving a truck loaded with used tires and coming from behind the Firestone on Gause Blvd. The business was closed and Officer McCall initiated a traffic stop.  
SPD Officer O'Shaughnessy checked the business and found that the fenced in area where used tires are secured had been broken into. A witness saw a person taking the tires and the witness's description Ballard.  The business's manager verified that numerous tires had been taken.  
Mr. Ballard was arrested for the theft. Chief E.J. Howard stated "though this is a minor theft, we will do everything we can to protect our local businesses. The help of our citizens and community is very important to this effort, and as in this case, can result in a perpetrator being caught and arrested". 


September 22, 2016
Help Slidell Police Locate These Wanted Persons
If you have information as to the whereabouts of these persons, contact detective Knight at 985-646-4351.



September 22, 2016
Help the Slidell Police Identify These Persons
The Slidell Police Department is seeking to identify the two females pictured who are wanted for questioning in reference to multiple thefts.  Each time the subjects were seen travelling in a Nissan Altima with License Plate XLY925.  Please contact Detective James Seymour at 985-646-4363.
The male pictured is a suspect in shoplifting and fled the scene in a red 2001 two-door Honda Accord.  Please call Detective Taylor at 985-646-6181.
You may be eligible for a reward and you may remain anonymous.



September 21, 2016
Franklinton Fall Decorating Contest Is Underway!
It’s time for the Fall  Decorating Contest.  The Franklinton Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual decorating contest to show Franklinton’s pride and spirit to the hundreds of visitors in our community during the fair week. 
So… get those unique, clever, creative ideas together and plan your display. Linda Crain, the Chamber's Executive Director, says “We hope many individuals, businesses, schools, and organizations will participate.  We have had great response in past years, and  fair visitors tell us how much they enjoy seeing the decorations around town. It is part of the fair experience for them.
To enter your display, you must register by calling Linda at the Chamber of Commerce (839-5822) by noon on Thursday, October 13. There are no material requirements for displays, just creativity and imagination. However, the decorations must reflect fall idea rather than Halloween.  This year’s fair theme is “The Fair Past, Present and Future,” but you are not required to use the fair theme.  You may use your own special ideas.
Judging will begin promptly at 8:00 Saturday morning, October 15. 


September 21, 2016
Help Slidell Police Locate This Cyber-Stalking Suspect



September 21, 2016
Man Caught After Swapping New Shoes for His Old Ones
Donald Joseph Payne Jr. was arrested this past Sunday wearing shoes he stole from Rack Room Shoes at 350 Town Center Parkway. According to witnesses, Payne swapped his old pair of Nikes for a new pair boots, and walked out the store without paying. Officer Chopin found the suspect in another store where he was arrested. 
During a search incident to arrest of Payne, Officers found methamphetamine in his pocket. Donald Payne was charged with Theft of Goods and Possession of Methamphetamine, and two warrants were served for Failure to Appear in court.


Obituary
Geneva Holmes Holston of Bogalusa was granted her angel wings and went to be with her beloved Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 21, at the age of 74. Her final days were surrounded by family and friends that she had touched in some way throughout her memorable life. "MeeMaw", as she was lovingly known by her family, was born in Oakley, Ms. and later moved to Bogalusa with her family where she spent the rest of her days. 
She was a faithful member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church for 30 + years and was employed by Walter S. Adams, CPA, a very close, and dear friend. MeeMaw enjoyed church activities, music, watching Jeopardy and The Wheel of Fortune, playing word games and puzzles, and, most of all, spending time with her cherished family. 


September 21, 2016
Help Pike County S.O. Locate This Burglary Suspect
The Pike County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division is asking for the public's help in identifying the woman in the photos below.  She is wanted in connection with recent attempted burglaries at the storage facility on Weaver Rd. near Hwy 98E.



Obituary
Bernice Fedele, age 69 and a resident of Kentwood passed away at 6:38 PM on Monday, September 19, 2016 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. 


September 21, 2016
Judge Rules Against D. A. in “Legal Advisor” Lawsuit
22nd Judicial District Ad Hoc Judge Marion F. Edwards has ruled against District Attorney Warren Montgomery's in his lawsuit against St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and the St Tammany Parish Government over legal representation.  
In a statement by Montgomery, he states “I appreciate the time, effort, and commitment the judge gave to this case. It was important to me that my obligations under the law to serve as the legal adviser to parish government be clarified by the court. My conscience is clear that I did the right thing in filing this lawsuit, based on our interpretation of the law and the vote of the people rejecting Proposition 5 in November of 2015. In the coming days, I will analyze the judge’s ruling and make the appropriate decisions.”



September 21, 2016
Slidell Man Pleads Guilty to Double Shooting in 2010
Rhamad R. Jackson (27) of Slidell pleaded guilty Monday (Sept. 19) to two counts of manslaughter and one count of burglary of an inhabited dwelling for shooting two men and burglarizing the home of one of them nearly six years ago.  District Judge Reginald Badeaux sentenced Jackson to 20 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. 
On December 9, 2010, Jackson shot and killed Adrian Adrian Thicklin and Olajuwon Johnson.  Jackson said he was walking to a friend’s house on the night of the shootings, when he heard someone call to him from a car and saw Thicklin pull out a handgun. Jackson then pulled out his own gun and fired, killing both men. Thicklin was found with eight gunshot wounds in the driver’s seat of a blue Lincoln Town car, and a gun was found next to him. Johnson was found with multiple gunshots a short distance from the car in a front yard. 
Though witnesses heard the gunshots and saw Jackson running from the scene, there were no independent witnesses to the shooting. Jackson later turned himself in, surrendered his weapon and stated that he shot Thicklin and Johnson in self-defense. Property matching the description of Thicklin's property was found in Jackson's car.


September 21, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Michelle Cosse Magee was booked 09/20 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts)
Chad Allen was booked 09/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine) and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100
Wilton Grimes was booked 09/20 on the charge of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine) and Contempt of Court
Lunden Marks was booked 09/20 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Disturbing the Peace (Loud and Abusive Language), Resisting Arrest, and Public Intimidation
Racheal Shoemaker was booked 09/20 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Victoria Dahlem was booked 09/20 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Rozzie Scott was booked 09/20 on the charges of Negligent Homicide, Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Illegal Discharge/Use of Weapon
Michael McBeth was booked 09/20 on the charges of Resisting an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule V Drugs, and Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Steven Tayor was booked 09/20 In From Court
Brandon Creel was booked 09/20 on the charge of Parole Violation
Dawanna Thomas was booked 09/21 on the charge of Parole Violation
Patrick Caminita was booked 09/21 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Obituary
IRIS TODD BURNS, AGE 84 and a resident of Franklinton died at 5:00 pm Tuesday September 20, 2016 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. She was a longtime member of Victory Baptist Church where she was active in Sunday School and youth activities, often helping raise money for their trips. Iris was retired after working at Thrifty Drugs for many years. She loved camping and spending time on the Bogue Chitto River, even going on a family tubing adventure this summer. Iris was a dedicated volunteer at the Mile Branch Settlement since 1989 with the Quilt sales and other needs. She was a true caretaker of others since early in her life and always cherished the time spent with her large family. 


Obituary
Fred W. Bennett, Sr., age 88, born on February 9, 1928, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at his home in Bogalusa, LA. He was a United States Army Veteran. A life member of the Magic City American Legion Post #24, the VFW and 40 & 8. He retired 30 years from Bell South and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers.


Obituary
Kendra S. Keller died September 20, 2016.  Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


Obituary
Hiram D. Hunter died September 17, 2016.  Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.


September 20, 2016
"Meet and Greet" for New Riversde Medical Center CEO



September 20, 2016
Fracking Project in St. Tammany Abandoned
Source:  Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
Helis Oil & Gas Co. is throwing in the towel on its controversial drilling operation inSt. Tammany Parish. The company said Tuesday (Sept. 20) that after a lengthy review of geologic, engineering and other data from its exploratory well northeast of Mandeville, it will not proceed with a second phase involving the controversial hydraulic fracturing, or fracking process.
"Helis has determined that the prospect lacks appropriate commercial viability, so the company will not pursue the project any further. Helis intends to permanently abandon the well and secure the site in accordance with regulatory requirements and its leases," spokesman Greg Beuerman said.
St. Tammany Parish Councilman Jake Groby, who strongly opposed the drilling project, reacted to the decision, saying, "I'm having a great morning. I think it's very good news for the citizens of St. Tammany who were concerned about their water quality, their land quality and air quality.
For more on the story, click here.


September 20, 2016
Walthall County Sheriff's Rodeo is Saturday
For some good clean family fun, the Walthall County Rodeo in Tylertown is the place to go on Saturday, September 24.  Gates open at 4:30 pm and there will be free kid activities from 5:00pm until 7:00 pm. 
For more information, call the Walthall County Sheriff's Office at (601) 876-3481.




Obituary
WILLIAM OTTIS JENKINS, AGE 76 and a resident of Pine died Sunday afternoon September 18, 2016 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. He was a longtime member of Midway Missionary Baptist Church that enjoyed playing and listening to music. Ottis was a well-known auto mechanic and tractor mechanic to his family, friends and community. He enjoyed raising his chickens and loved gardening. Ottis cherished the time spent with his large family and had a special friendship with his pet dog Lady.


Obituary
BILLY EDWARD SMITH, AGE 77 and a resident of Franklinton died at 11:45 am Sunday September 18, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Billy was born on March 20, 1939 and was an avid Saints and LSU fan. He was a loving father and all of his children were dear to him.


Obituary
James Ray Austin age 47, a resident of Husser, LA, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at North Oaks Hospital in Hammond, LA.


September 20, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Regina Canoy was booked 09/19 In From Court
Linda Pittman was booked 09/19 In For Court
Aaron Sowell was booked 09/19 In For Court
Anthony Dillon was booked 09/19 In For Court
Shelton Ard was booked 09/19 on the charge of Second Degree Battery
Rachel Woodard was booked 09/19 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Patrick Williams was booked 09/19 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Improper Lane Useage
Jessie Patterson was booked 09/19 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Fugitive Other Jurisdiction, Criminal Neglect of Family (Non-Support), and Failure to Appear
Michelle Cosse Magee was booked 09/20 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction (2 counts)
Chad Allen was booked 09/20 on the charges of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine) and Issuing Worthless Checks 0-100
Wilton Grimes was booked 09/20 on the charge of Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine) and Contempt of Court
Lunden Marks was booked 09/20 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery, Disturbing the Peace (Loud and Abusive Language), Resisting Arrest, and Public Intimidation


September 19, 2016
Washington Parsh President Endorses John Kennedy for Senate
Today, Washington Parish President Richard “Ned” Thomas and other local elected officials joined together to endorse John Kennedy for U. S. Senate.  
"John Kennedy is a fierce advocate for Louisiana taxpayers, and he has an impressive record of fighting for greater transparency and against government waste," said Parish President Thomas. "That is why I am joining with other Washington Parish officials in support of his campaign."  
“Throughout my career in public service, I’ve worked with both Democrats and Republicans to fight government waste,” said Treasurer Kennedy. “I’m honored to have the support of Washington Parish elected officials, including Parish President Thomas, who are committed to good government and transparency.”
Other local leaders endorsing Kennedy include Angie Mayor John Dawsey, Varnado Mayor Paris Sumrall, Parish Council Member Christopher Workman, Bogalusa Councilman at Large Teddy Drummond, Bogalusa City Prosecutor Merlin Duke, School Board Member Eleanor Duke, School Board Member Dewitt Perry, School Board Member John Wyble, and Republican Parish Executive Committee Member John Nichols.
Kennedy(R) has been leading in the polls at 30% against Foster Campbell (D) at 15%, Caroline Fayard (D) at 14%, Charles Boustany (R) at 11%, John Fleming (R) at 9%, Troy Hebert (I) at 7%, and Rob Maness(R) at 6%.  


Obituary
Earnest Edward Harry, Sr., age 85 and long-time resident of Angie, departed this life Saturday, September 17, 2016. 
He was a loving husband and an all around family man, a devoted father and grandfather. 
After his retirement, Earnest enjoyed planting crops, tending his animals and spending quality time with his great grandchildren.


September 19, 2016
Bogalusa Man Interrupts Attempted Murder Trial to Plead Guilty
Marcus Bullock (31)) of Bogalusa pleaded guilty Thursday (September 15) to two counts of attempted murder and one count of being a felon with a firearm for shooting a man over car repairs. 
Bullock’s trial was nearly complete when he decided to plead guilty.  He could get over 33 years without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence on September 27.
Bullock was arrested March 31, 2015 after pushing his way into the victim’s home to discuss a repair involving his ex-girlfriend’s car. Bullock demanded $60 for a part, but the victim declined to pay. The victim told Bullock that he would discuss the matter with the girlfriend the next day, but Bullock responded that “tomorrow’s not gonna get here.”
Bullock then pulled out a revolver, struck the victim in the face, pointed the gun at the victim’s head and pulled the trigger three times.  The gun failed to fire twice but the third round struck the victim's cheek, traveled under the skin and exited the back of his head.  Bullock also fired at the victim’s fiancé. 


September 19, 2016
Mandeville Man Convicted of Beating & Stabbing Ex-Girlfrend
A St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Hardy Cornwell (48) of Mandeville of aggravated second-degree battery and attempted false imprisonment Thursday (September 15) for severely beating his ex-girlfriend and restraining her with duct tape March 8 on his boat at Marina Beau Chene.  He faces up to 30 years at sentencing on September 26.  
Answered a report that a victim may be in danger,  detectives heard a female voice crying out for help from inside and found the victim with a bruised and bloody face and a fresh head wound that required eight surgical staples.  The victim stated Cornwall had held a knife to her neck, threatened to kill her, put duct tape around her head, covering her eyes and mouth, bound her wrists, beat her, and stabbed her in the hand with a filet knife.  The jury rejected Cornwell’s claims that they sometimes engaged in unusual sexual behavior. 
Cornwell has at least one prior conviction for manslaughter in Oklahoma in 2002, for which he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was released after serving about nine years.


September 19, 2016
Tips From the Public Leads to SPD Arrests 
The Slidell Police Department has announced that tips from the public resulted in the arrests of three wanted persons. 
Monica Thomas was wanted on warrants for Illegal Transmission of Monetary Funds, identity Theft, and Theft.  Anthony Cousin was wanted on warrants for Felony Theft and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Theft.  A third person had been wanted for questioning in reference to a theft.



September 19, 2016
Body of Pontchatoula Man Recovered from Lake Pontchartrain
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal single vessel incident in St. Tammany Parish after the STPSO recovered the body of George A. Charrier (67) of Pontchatoula from Lake Pontchartrain Friday.
Charrier's body was found about nine miles from the north shore of Mandeville and about 60 yards east of the Causeway Bridge at mile marker 13.1. Charrier's 14 foot vessel was found partially submerged between the bridge spands.  It is unknown what caused Charrier to enter the water or how long he was in the water.  
Charrier was found with a personal flotation device on his body though it was not properly fastened or secured. His body was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office to determine a cause of death.


Obituary
CORA LEE MORGAN MCDANIEL, age 84 and a resident of the Stony Point community, entered Heaven’s gates on September 16, 2016.  A consummate wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Nannie, as she was affectionately known, was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. Among her many specialties were her homemade popcorn balls that she lovingly made each Halloween for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the many children of her church. She enjoyed drinking coffee and passing the time visiting with her many friends in the Stoney Point Community. She was a retired school bus driver for the Tangipahoa Parish schools, as well as a retired dairy farmer. Her joy, contagious laughter and fun-loving nature will be greatly missed.  
Cora Lee had an unwavering faith in God. She was a longtime member of Stoney Point Missionary Baptist Church and adored her large church family.


Obituary
ERICA JEAN EASLEY, AGE 24 and a resident of Franklinton died Friday evening September 17, 2016 at the Ochsner Medical Center. Thou she battled illness all of her life, Erica touched the lives of so many people. Through the countless doctor visits, hospital stays and surgeries she remained an inspiration to all those she encountered. Erica was an animal lover and was very involved with the Paws for a Cause animal rescue organization. She took in stray dogs and cats any time she had the chance. Erica adored her children and cherished the time spent with them.


September 19, 2016
Help Hammond PD Find This Thief Suspect
The Hammond Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a subject who is wanted for the theft of approximately $165 of merchandise from the Runway Chevron on Highway 190 East. The suspect entered the store, took three cases of Red Bull and three cases of Budweiser, and then exited without paying for the cases. The suspect was seen leaving in a black vehicle.
If anyone knows the identity of the suspect, please contact Detective Joey Drago at 985-277-5756 with the Hammond Police Department Criminal Investigations Division or call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa's anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL). Be a part of the solution, and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.


Obituary
A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Irene Nolan McCain Prest, age 93 and a resident of Verda, LA., passed peacefully at Marigold Place in Alexandria, LA on Thursday, September 15, 2016. She graduated from Hammond High School in 1940 and Southeastern Louisiana College in 1944. Irene loved her family and her church, serving as UMW president many years. 


September 19, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Alton Wilson was booked 09/16 on the charge of Theft 750 or less
Tony Prewitt was booked 09/16 on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts) and Failure to Pay Old Fine
Joshua Gault was booked 09/17 on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Distribution of Legend Drugs, Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Morphine), Public Intimidation, and Simple Escape
Kristopher White was booked 09/17 on the charges of Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Driving Under Suspension, and Possession of Stolen Property
Frederick Taylor was booked 09/18 on the charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Theft 750-5000, and Criminal Trespass


September 17, 2016
Bogue Chitto River Contaminated
On Friday, September 16, a levee breach at the City of Brookhaven’s sewage plant released approximately six million gallons of storm water-diluted sewage to the East Branch of the Bogue Chitto River.  A water contact advisory for swimming and fishing in the Bogue Chitto River for its entire length in Louisiana. 
The contaminated river water will likely reach Louisiana by Sunday. This raw sewage waste may temporarily increase contaminate levels (fecal coliform readings) in the river to levels unsafe for swimming and fishing.  
Microorganisms can enter the body through the mouth, nose, eyes and ears, as well as through cuts and wounds. Therefore, swallowing the water or immersing one’s head increases the risk of illness.
Illnesses associated with poor water quality include diarrhea, sore throats, stomach cramps or vomiting. Children, the elderly or people with a weakened immune system are at greater risk of getting sick when swimming in waters that harbor natural and man-made contaminants.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is developing a water monitoring plan. When results are in, DEQ will advise the Department of Health.


Obituary
Evie Corine Seals Ard, AGE 99 and a resident of the Hilltop Community passed from this life to her eternal home on September 15, 2016 in her home surrounded by her family. Evie was born on June 5, 1917 and was a charter member of Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church in Pine. She worked for many years along with her late husband, Cecil, as a farmer and specifically as a dairy farmer. She also worked several years as an independent Avon distributor. Evie loved the outdoors, working with her animals, planting beautiful flowers and growing vegetables in her garden. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of the Pine Community. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who cherished spending time with her family.


September 16, 2016
Two Wanted by Bogalusa Police Department
Yesterday (September 16), the Bogalusa Police Department publicized information on two wanted persons.
Tracy Burnett is wanted for Failure to Appear, DWI, Simple Battery/Domestic Violence and Simple Possession of Marijuana.  
Candace Breshears is wanted for Failure to Appear for Theft by Shoplifting and Failure to Appear for No Insurance with accident.
If you have information that could lead to the location of these persons, contact the Bogalusa Police Department at (985) 732-3611.



September 16, 2016
Raffle Tickets at Tylertown PD to Benefit MHP Trooper
Trooper Mitchell Chappell of the Brookhaven Troop M District was responding to a call on September 11th during inclement weather, when his patrol car hydroplaned sending him into a deep ravine. Trooper Chappell was transported to The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he remains in the Critical Care Unit.
Raffle tickets are available at the Tylertown Police Department for a raffle sponsored by Wicker Building Supply with all proceeds to go to Trooper Chappell.  A Suppressed HB15 rifle valued at $1500.00 is being raffled, tickets are $10 and the raffle will be on October 7th at 1:00pm. You do not have to be present to win.  
The rifle and suppressor is being donated by Helanbak in Columbia, Ms. 



September 16, 2016
One Arrested and One Wanted in Slidell Theft
With the assistance of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ronnie Williams, Jr. was arrested early Thursday morning (September 15), on an outstanding warrant of Felony Theft and Criminal Conspiracy To Commit Theft. Detectives Burtanog and Taylor conducted a criminal investigation into the theft of a purse from the Time Out Bar and Grill located in Olde Towne Slidell. The purse contained $2,000.00, an iPhone, and other personal items. Detectives reviewed surveillance video and then issued warrants for Ronnie Williams Jr. and Anthony Cousin.
Initially, Ronnie Williams Jr told detectives that he didn’t know Anthony J. Cousin; however, after a little investigative work, Detective Burtanog found a photograph of Williams and Cousin together on Facebook.
Anthony J. Cousin (34) remains wanted for Felony Theft and Criminal Conspiracy To Commit Theft. If you know the whereabouts of Anthony Cousin, please call Crime Stoppers or Detective Burtanog at 985-646-4353.



September 16, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Rodney Dykes was booked 09/15 on the charge of Probation Violation
Robert Smith was booked 09/15 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Failure to Appear, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


September 15, 2016
Rodeo September 24 in Tylertown to Benefit Sheriff's Office
TNT Rodeo is Sponsoring a fundraiser rodeo to benefit the Walthall County Sheriff's Office. Theme is : Backing The Blue ! The Sheriff's Office will provide a concession stand. 
Come out and enjoy some family fun and excitement. 



Obituary
Mr. George Harris III, age 69 passed away at his residence.


Obituary
Geraldine McIntyre, age 86 and a resident of Kentwood, passed away at 4:40 PM on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Pontchartrain Guest House in Mandeville. 


September 15, 2016
Mrs. Bessie Lee Watson, born on September 14, 1932, departed this life on September 7, 2016 at her home in Mt. Hermon, LA. 
Bessie was a member of Crystal Springs AME Church where she remained faithful until her illness prevented her attendance. 


September 15, 2016
Controlling Mosquitoes May Be Putting Bees At Risk
Controlling mosquitoes to protect the public’s health can place other insects such as bees at risk if not done correctly. Recent research by the LSU AgCenter says that risks are low for bees if proper protocols are followed. 



September 15, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Burlon Bateman was booked 09/14 on the charge of Theft 750-5000
Snooky Miner was booked 09/14 In For Court
Linda Pittman was booked 09/14 In From Court
Tammy Branch was booked 09/14 In From Court
Herleshia Williams was booked 09/14 In For Court
Pamela Duhon was booked 09/14 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Courtney Magee was booked 09/14 on the charges of Theft by Shoplifting Under 100 and Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Brandon Creel was booked 09/14 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated


September 15, 2016
Pike County Sheriff Looking for These 2 Burglars
The Pike County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help identifying the two men in the attached photos. The two men are involved with burglaries at Rick's Automotive and Bus Supply on Hwy 98 E.  (I know - I know, these pictures are not great)



September 15, 2016
District Attorney’s Criminal Division Chief Receives Top FBI Award
Collin Sims, Criminal Division Chief under District Attorney Warren Montgomery, received the 2016 FBI Directors Award Thursday (Sept. 15) in Washington, D.C., for his work as part of a team that investigated and prosecuted the violent Harvey Hustlers street gang in Jefferson Parish. Sims’ work on the case as an Assistant U.S. Attorney was among his final assignments before joining the Montgomery administration last year.
FBI Director James Comey presented the annual award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors within the agency. 
The work of the task force and prosecutors over several years dismantled the Harvey Hustlers street gang and several of its spin-offs, resulting in the federal and state convictions of 65 people of a variety of drug and violent crimes, including murder in aid of racketeering and homicide. 
The investigators and prosecutors also were recognized in February by the Metropolitan Crime Commission with the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award.


September 14, 2016
What Has Parish Road Workers Done For Us Lately?  A Lot!  



September 14, 2016
Animal Shelter - Main Topic at Washington Parish Council Meeting
Washington Parish resident Ginger Corkern came before the Washington Parish Council Monday (September 12) evening with comments, questions, and criticisms regarding the animal shelter project. While expressing her support for an animal shelter in the parish, Corkern's stated objections included the license fee and excessive restrictions contained in the St. Martin Parish model that Washington Parish is using, the length of time the project has been in development, the waste of taxpayer money as the project has developed, and confusion on where the shelter would be located.  Corkern also questioned on how the shelter would be paid for and stated her objection to any consideration of property taxes to pay for it. Corkern encouraged council members to actually read any proposed ordinance before they voted on it.
Council Chairman Pete Thomas, Parish President Richard Thomas, and Public Works Director Leo Lucchesi provided answers and a history of the animal shelter project.  Council Chairman Thomas stated that the St. Martin model was only a model. Other models would also be looked at.  President Thomas reviewed the history of the project and emphasized that taxpayer money has not been wasted.  A $142,000 grant was provided for the mandated shelter, the State required plans drawn by a professional engineering architect, and then $85,000 was withdrawn by the State Legislature.   Approval for the shelter to be located at the prison was approved and then withdrawn.   Approval for the prison to run the shelter was approved and then withdrawn. However, all materials purchased for the shelter's construction is available and will be used.  And funding, without going to taxpayers, is planned from rabies eradication monies through the Health Department. 
The shelter is nearing completion and final cleanup  is scheduled for the week ending June 24.  The 3,250 square foot parish-owned building is located on the grounds of a DPW facility on YACC Road at the intersection of LA. State Hwy. 10, between Franklinton and Bogalusa. 
View video of the discussion below, beginning 23:10 to 44:10.  And for more information,click here.  



September 14, 2016
Beth Mizell to Hold Town Hall Meeting Oct. 1



September 14, 2016
Washington Parish Fair Flag-Raising Scheduled
Washington Parish President Richard Thomas announced Monday evening (September 12) that Flag-Raising ceremonies, kicking off the Washington Parish Free Fair, has been scheduled.  
  • Franklinton:  Friday, September 23rd at 10 am on the courthouse steps.
  • Bogalusa:  Friday, September 30th at 10 am at Bogalusa City Hall.
The Washington Parish Free Fair, which began in 1911, will be held October 19-22, 2016 and is expected to live up to its national reputation, thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who make the fair possible.


September 14, 2016
“Fake Gun” Could Have Cost Man His Life
Last night (September 13), when Slidell Police Department Sergeants Deckelman and Irwin witnessed Wilburn McCullom pointing a black gun at another person, they  were were faced with a deadly force situation.  The two sergeants drew their service weapons and gave the order for McCullom to drop his gun.  He did and was taken into custody.
Upon securing and examining the gun, the sergeants learned the gun was an airsoft gun. Wilburn McCullom, a transient, was found with another real looking airsoft gun, several knives concealed on his person, and in possession of an open container of alcohol.
The situation could have ended much differently.  This is a prime example of the difficult circumstances and split second lethal force decisions law enforcement officers have to make every day in America.  One moment the officers were simply driving up to the Chevron station at Gause and Tyler in Slidell and the next moment they were drawing their weapons and prepared to stop a threat by an apparently armed man.



September 14, 2016
3rd Annual Washington Parish Library Book Festival Oct. 1
Revision of submission by Melanie Charrier
The Washington Parish Friends of the Library (WPFL) will partner once again with the Washington Parish Library (WPL) in hosting the Third Annual Book Festival at the Franklinton Branch of the library on October 1, 2016 from 10am to 2pm. The event is free and open to the public and will offer something for folks of all ages:  concession stand, prize drawings, story-telling, puppet shows, free children books, technical services demonstrations (free music downloads, free movie streaming, and Ancestry.com for those genealogy buffs), information on computer classes, and used books sale.
Visit the Boy Scout Troop 104 Tent and with over a dozen local and regional authors of adult and children’s books.
The Book Festival is part of an ongoing concerted effort to bring awareness and information to the community about the ever growing services offered by the Washington Parish Library.  It will also be a great place to spend the first Saturday of “Fair” month!


September 14, 2016
Help Find This Slidell Runaway 



Obituary
BETTY JEAN PITTMAN THOMAS, AGE 84 and a resident of the Bonner Creek Community passed away at 9:00 pm Tuesday September 13, 2016 at the Resthaven Living Center in Bogalusa. She was a longtime member of Bonner Creek Baptist Church where she formerly taught Sunday school. Betty was a school bus driver for the Franklinton Schools for 32 years and also drove the Bowling Green School athletic teams and Bucanette dance team for many years. She enjoyed listening to gospel music and spending time with her family.


September 14, 2016
Register Now for STPSO Citizens Academy



September 14, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Edward Pittman was booked 09/13 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Shawn Gerald was booked 09/13 on the charge of Attachment
Jason Spikes was booked 09/13 In For Court
Rodney Hatcher was booked 09/13 In For Court
Spencer Collins was booked 09/13 In From Court
Lee Steele was booked 09/13 on the charges of Simple Battery, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
William Phelps was booked 09/13 on the charge of Cultivation or Production of Marijuana and Failure to Appear
Kelsey Magee was booked 09/13 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Simple Battery


September 13, 2016
WPSO Responds to Domestic Violence Complaint – 4 Arrested
When Washington Parish deputies responded to a domestic violence complaint at a Lee Road address, they found themselves in the midst of a squabble that resulted in the arrests of four persons.  
The complaining person, Kelsey Magee (24) was arrested on two counts of Failure to Appear and one count of Simple Battery.  
Magee’s boyfriend, William Cody Phelps (28) was arrested for growing marijuana when a large marijuana plant was discovered growing in Phelps’ bathroom. 
Lee A. Steele (44), a resident of John D. Wood Road in Franklinton, was charged with Simple Battery, Failure to Appear and being a fugitive from another jurisdiction. 
Finally, Tyler Brock Phelps (22) was arrested for two counts of Failure to Appear. 
The Phelps brothers are well known to the Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Wow! I remember being on the drug roundup in December 2013 when William Cody Phelps was arrested on Avenue E in Bogalusa. All of these latest shenanigans are just another example of the results of the illegal drug trade which spills over to burglaries, thefts and other crimes against law-abiding citizens. I congratulate our deputies for sorting through this entire mess and making the four arrests.”
   
   


September 13, 2016
Don't miss it! BB&HF September 23-24
You won't want to miss the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival at Cassidy Park on September 23-24!! For tickets and information, click here.



September 13, 2016
Madisonville Man Gets 25 Years for Sexual Battery of Child
Raymond F. Reno (45) of Madisonville, pleaded guilty Monday (September 12) to sexual battery of a victim under 13 and 56 counts of child pornography of victims under age 13. District Judge Peter Garcia sentenced Reno to 25 years in prison on the sexual battery charge and 10 years on the child pornography charges with the sentences to run concurrently.
The crime was discovered in August 2014, when a mother read in her then 6-year-old daughter’s diary that Reno had touched the child’s private parts with his hands.  The mother called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, which brought in the Children’s Advocacy Center. The victim revealed in those interviews that Reno had touched her on top of her clothes and on her skin and that he also may have taken a picture of her private parts.
During Reno’s arrest, Sheriff’s deputies used a search warrant to seize a variety of undeveloped film, SD cards, and a camera computer, all of which led to the 56 pornography charges.


September 13, 2016
Troopers Arrest Slidell Man with Over 31 Terabytes of Suspected Child Porn
An investigation by the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit led to the arrest on Monday (September 12) of 73 year-old Slidell resident Lanier Lively. The investigation began in April as Detectives started gathering evidence that Lively was sharing explicit pornographic files over the internet involving juveniles.  When detectives with LSP and Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant Monday, they found approximately 23 electronic devices totaling over 31 terabytes of suspected child pornography.
Lively was arrested without incident and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. The investigation is on-going and additional charges are possible.
The LSP Special Victims Unit predominantly focuses on rescuing victims of sex crimes and arresting individuals who commit crimes involving the exploitation of children and the trafficking of humans for sex. “There is no more appalling criminal than those who target our children,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent. 


September 13, 2016
Slidell Man Leads Police on High Speed Chase into Mississippi
Shortly after 9:30 pm on Friday, September 9, SPD Officer Stokes initiated a traffic stop of a suspected impaired driver, Marcus Stewart (24) of Slidell.  However, Stewart fled in his vehicle, swerving in and out of travel lanes, disregarding traffic lights, and speeding in excess of 80 mph. The chase went to Pearl River and then into Mississipp on I-59 where he reached even greater speeds and forced other vehicles off 
the road.  Stewart was observed throwing suspected narcotics from his vehicle.
Several agencies became involved in the chase and SPD Officer Herzog deployed his Stinger Spike Strip to puncture the tires on Stewart's pickup truck.  With his front two tires flat, Stewart entered the median on I-59 and bailed out of his vehicle.  He fled on foot and, even after being tased, continued to physically struggle and resist arrest, but ultimately the officers were able to handcuff him, bringing an end to the incident. 
Marcus Stewart was charged with Failure to use Turn Signals, Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Resisting An Officer, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. According to Marcus Stewart, he fled because he was scared of going to jail for driving without a valid driver’s license and for being in possession of marijuana.


September 13, 2016
Hammond PD Needs Help Identifying Robbery Suspect
The Hammond Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a subject who is wanted for the robbery of the Dollar General located at 1100 Southwest Railroad Avenue at approximately 1:26 pm yesterday (September 12).  the suspect pretended to buy a candy bar when he informed the cashier he had gun and demanded the cashier give him all the large bills from her cash register. After she handed over the money, the suspect left in a two-door, older model, blue-colored Chevrolet Cavalier.  
If anyone knows the identity of the suspect, please contact Detective Kelvin James at 985-277-5755 with the Hammond Police Department Criminal Investigations Division or call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa's anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL). Be a part of the solution, and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.


September 13, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Spencer Collins, Hunter Jones, Chad Thomas, Judy Gros, Bernice Johnson, Blanca Martinez, William Jenkins, Cornell Williams, and William LaBlanc were booked 09/12 In From Court
Joseph Billings was booked 09/12 In For Court
Nicholas Bullock was booked 09/12 on the charge of Domestic Violence Battery
Steven Westbrook was booked 09/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine
Tyler Phelps was booked 09/12 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts)
Lee Steele was booked 09/13 on the charges of Simple Battery, Failure to Appear, and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Cody Phelps was booked 09/13 on the charge of Cultivation or Production of Marijuana
Kelsey Magee was booked 09/13 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Simple Battery



September 12, 2016
Crash Near Bogalusa Claims Life of Florida Man
Early Sunday morning, Louisiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on LA 21 three miles south of Bogalusa.  The crash claimed the life of 25 year-old Tallahassee, Florida resident, Daniel Elwood.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Mr. Elwood was driving southbound in the northbound lane of LA 21 and crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by 17 year-old Jodi L. Vasbinder of Covington.  Elwood was not restrained at the time of the crash, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office. MS Vasbinder was properly restrained at the time of the crash, suffered moderate injuries and was airlifted from the scene to North Oaks Medical Center.  Vasbinder’s front seat passenger, 19 year-old Nathan Nicolasi, was also properly restrained at the time of the crash, sustained minor injuries, and was transported by ambulance to Our Lady of Angels Hospital in Bogalusa.  


September 12, 2016
Bird of Paradise is Attractive and Tough Tropical (Vdeo)
It’s important to plant all tropicals well enough ahead of cold weather. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to one of the tropicals best suited to handle cold weather — the Bird of Paradise.



September 12, 2016
Wanted Persons by Mandeville Police Department
The Mandeville Police Department needs your assistance to locate these individuals. Please contact us with any information at 985-624-3119 or 985-626-9711.



Obituary
INEZ MCCAIN THOMAS, AGE 91 and a resident of Franklinton died at 11:00 am Sunday September 11, 2016 at Good Samaritan Living Center. She was a former cafeteria cook with the Washington Parish School Board, working at Franklinton Primary and Franklinton Elementary for many years. Inez was an expert at canning the vegetables grown in her family’s garden and she taught many of her neighbors and friends how to can as well. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church near her home and she enjoyed traveling with her grandchildren to Gatlinburg, TN.


Obituary
Sylvia Ann Martin Cothern, age 73, of Bogalusa, passed away on September 11, 2016. Sylvia was born in Mandeville and graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1961.  


Obituary
BETTY JO RAMSEY McWILLIAMS, AGE 70 and a resident of Pine was called home to God and his Angels on Sunday morning September 11, 2016, with her loving family by her side. She was born on November 21, 1945 and raised in Walterboro, SC where she was also married. She lived in Havelock, NC, and Beaufort, SC then moved to Buras, LA in 1976, before retiring along with her husband to Washington Parish near Franklinton in 2003. Betty loved spending time with her family and her pet dogs Bone and Lady.


Obituary
PAUL JERRY BROOKS, AGE 58 and a resident of Covington died at 7:25 am Saturday September 10, 2016 at his brother’s home. He was a longtime member of Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church that enjoyed spending time with his large family and especially his grandchildren. Paul was a grocery manager for Jr. Food Mart for many years and later for Wal-Mart. He also enjoyed his pet dogs.


Obituary
Lucille Harris Hodge age 78 passed away September 9, 2016 at her residence in Bogalusa La. She was a member of Calvary Christian Fellowship. 


September 12, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Sarah Beninato was booked 09/08 on the charges of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Ran Stop Sign, and Speeding 31-40 Over Limit
Lanika Warren was booked 09/08 In From Court
Jasper Stephens was booked 09/08 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (4 counts)
John Adam Trotter was booked 09/08 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Attachment
James D. Sykes was booked 09/08 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Ben Thomas was booked 09/08 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Ezra Bateman was booked 09/08 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Amber Graham was booked 09/08 on the charges of Second Degree Battery, Cruelty to a Juvenile(s), and Child Desertion
Justin Wayne Stafford was booked 09/08 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy, and No MVI
Derlon Crain was booked 09/08 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Carey Samuel Gendron was booked 09/08 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 (2 counts)
Demond M. Torregano was booked 09/08 on the charges of Hit and Run, Possession of Marijuana, Driving Left of Center (2 counts), and Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment
Marris Jefferson was booked 09/09 In From Court
Carvin Williamson was booked 09/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense) and Careless Operation
Dequitha Dykes was booked 09/10 on the charge of Simple Battery
Crystal Oliver was booked 09/10 on the charges of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance, Obstruction of Justice, and Resisting an Officer
Paul Walker was booked 09/10 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Melvin Mark was booked 09/10 on the charges of Driving Without Headlights, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Ran Stop Sign (4 counts), Improper Lane Useage, Resisting an Officer, Driving While Intoxicated (3rd Offense), Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI, and Failure to Pay Fine
Kemyata Scott was booked 09/10 on the charges of Sexual Battery, Second Degree Kidnapping, and Second Degree Rape (Forcible Rape)
Gregory Fornea was booked 09/10 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense), Expired License Plate, No Seat Belt, Open Container in vehicle, and Driving Under Suspension
Natialia Holmes was booked 09/10 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Jennifer Bateman was booked 09/11 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Littering
Jimmy Smith was booked 09/11 on the charges of Failure to Appear (2 counts) and Probation Violation
Danny Stogner was booked 09/11 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment



Obituary
PEGGY CHILES VARNADO, AGE 81 and a resident of Franklinton died early Friday morning September 9, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church that enjoyed working outside and tending to her plants and flowers. Peggy was in charge of the Franklinton Country Club kitchen for many years and also owned a catering business. She was an avid football fan but her most important hobby was spending time with her large family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Obituary
Barbara Gayle Cantrell, 63, of Bogalusa, Louisiana passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016 at St. Tammany Hospital. 
She graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1971 and worked as school secretary at Head Start in Bogalusa for years. She later worked at the Bogalusa Department of Motor Vehicle for…years. Gayle devoted her life to her family. She was a loyal and dependable friend. She was kind and genuine to everyone she came in contact with. Gayle could always be counted on for a listening ear, shoulder to cry on or aid in a time of need. She was hard working and constantly put the needs of others above her own. Gayle had a compassionate, empathetic heart and was a blessing to all who knew her.


Obituary
Anderson “Jake” Burris went peacefully to his savior on September 2, 2016 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home.  Anderson attended Washington Parish schools.  His career was in construction as a very efficient Dozer Operator for Creel Bros. and Burris Dozer Service.


September 9, 2016
Make a Difference for These Kids Battling Cancer
Six year old Ian Stewart was diagnosed in January, 2016 with T-Cell Leukemia and eleven year old Allen DeDon was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in July, 2016.  A blood drive is being sponsored by Heritage Manor and Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton for Friday, September 30 from 1pm to 6pm.  
Let's help these guys out!  Send a text to Nikki Crain at 985-335-6365 or to Suzy Potter at 504-939-9609.



September 9, 2016
Drug User That Endangered Child Now in WP Jail
Slidell resident Demond M. Torregano (26) was arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office September 8th following a complaint from residents of Charlie Conerly Road in the Mt. Hermon community.
According to the residents, they were driving on Highway 440 when their vehicle was struck by another vehicle which then sped away. The residents gave a description of the vehicle and the deputy located the vehicle nearby being driven erratically.  After stopping the vehicle, the deputy noticed a strong smell of burned marijuana both on Torregano’s person and in the vehicle, marijuana in plain view, and a one year old child in the vehicle.  Torregano failed a roadside sobriety test and was visibly impaired. 
Torregano admitted to the hit and run and to marijuana use.  
The one year old boy was turned over to a relative who was summoned to the scene and Torregano was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Hit and Run, Driving Under Suspension, Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment and Driving Left of Center. 


September 9, 2016
Pike County Murder Suspect Arrested in St. Tammany
Exxavion Reed (25), AKA “Zabo”, one of two sought by the Pike County Sheriff's Office, has been arrested in St. Tammany Parish by the US Marshall task force out of New Orleans. The arrest is a result of a joint effort between local law enforcement agencies in Louisiana and Mississippi as well as the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotic He is being held until an extradition hearing is held and will released to the Pike County Sheriff Office at that time. 
On September 6th, the PCSO requested the public's assistance in locating Reed, along with Jeremy Douglas Mcelvin AKA "Jeezy" (28), as part of their investigation into the murder of Cort Gatlin.
If the public has any information in this case, please contact the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 601-783-5468, Central Dispatch at 601-684-3213, or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033.


September 9, 2016
Known Drug Dealer Back in Jail
For the second time in less than three years, Washington Parish Drug Task Force detectives visited the home of known drug dealer Jasper Stephens (57) in Bogalusa and arrested him for Distribution of Schedule II drugs (4 counts).   
This latest arrest on September 8 follows arrests August of 2011 and December of 1013 and was the result of an undercover operation by the Drug Task Force. At this time, Stephens has not posted the $75,000 bond and remains in the Washington Parish Jail.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Stephens never stopped selling drugs, even after his 2013 arrest. He is a slippery criminal but not slippery enough to avoid arrest forever. It takes time to build a case that will be accepted by the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, but our Drug Task Force detectives are willing to take as long as necessary to build a solid case against a known dope dealer. Mr. Stephens is back in jail, which is exactly where he belongs. I want him to know one thing for certain. Jasper, if you make bond on these latest charges and go back to selling illegal drugs or committing any other crimes, we will eventually catch you again. There is always room for you in the Washington Parish Jail and you are building enough cases to eventually send you to the penitentiary for a very long time. The day that the court sentences you to the penitentiary is the day we will transport you there.”


September 9, 2016
Kentwood Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Possession
Eric Brown (38) from Kentwood, Louisiana, pled guilty to Thursay (September 8) to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Methamphetamine.
On June 22, 2014, a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s deputy responding to a suspicious person in Kentwood, observed individuals flee the residence.  The deputy also saw Brown and several males at the rear of the residence and detected an odor consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  The deputy then noticed, in plain view of the vehicle Brown was sitting in, twenty-four zip-lock baggies containing approximately three grams of methamphetamine and a Smith and Wesson .38 special revolver on the vehicle’s floorboard. 
The deputy then met with a female at the residence who told the deputy that she and BROWN resided at the residence and that Brown “cooked” methamphetamine in their bedroom the previous night.  Deputies and DEA Task Force Officers searched the residence and found three inactive methamphetamine labs in a refrigerator in the master bedroom.
Brown faces a maximum term of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000. 


Obituary
De’Shonda Luuan Foster departed this life at the age of 39 on September 1, 2016 at her home.
At an early age De’Shonda joined New Triumph Baptist Church and later joined Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.  She  
attended Bogalusa High School where she ran track and was a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JRTC).  De’Shonda graduated from Varnado High School in 1966.


September 9, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jasper Stephens was booked 09/08 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs (4 counts)
John Adam Trotter was booked 09/08 on the charges of Theft of Auto/Vehicle and Attachment
James D. Sykes was booked 09/08 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)
Ben Thomas was booked 09/08 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Amber Graham was booked 09/08 on the charges of Second Degree Battery, Cruelty to a Juvenile(s), and Child Desertion
Justin Wayne Stafford was booked 09/08 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Left of Center/Wrong Side of Hwy, and No MVI
Derlon Crain was booked 09/08 on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property
Carey Samuel Gendron was booked 09/08 on the charges of Theft 750-5000 (2 counts)
Demond M. Torregano was booked 09/08 on the charges of Hit and Run, Possession of Marijuana, Driving Left of Center (2 counts), and Driving While Intoxicated With Child Endangerment




September 8, 2016
Slidell Police Department Wanted Persons
The following persons are wanted by the Slidell Police Department for various reasons.  More detail on each may be found at the Slidell Police Department Facebook Page.  (Look under posts for September 9, 2016).
If you can assist the Slidell Police Department in identifying/locating these persons, call the Criminal Investigations at (985) 643-3131. 



September 8, 2016
St. Tammany Parish S. O. Offers Lady Beware Course
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has several spots left in its next Lady Beware course.  Lady Beware is a comprehensive, personal safety and awareness course sponsored by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. Classes are open to both male and female. You must be 18 years of age or older, but high school students are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The course if provided FREE OF CHARGE!!!  Registration deadline is September 16.  For more information or to register for the class, click here.



Obituary
McKenzie Ella Wright, age 2, born on November 4, 2013 in Birmingham, AL, a resident of Bush, LA, passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2014 at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, LA.


Obituary
Another Angel has gained his wings. Ronald Glenn Anders transitioned from earth to glory on Sunday, September 4, 2016.  He was born April 20, 1960 an was 
known as “Ole Skool”. He was a loving son, father, uncle and friend with an outgoing personality.


September 8, 2016
Slidell Psychologist Pleads Guilty in Scheme
Beverly Stubblefield, Ph.D. (62), of Slidell, Louisiana, and John Teal, Ph.D., (46) of Jackson, Mississippi, both clinical psychologists,  pleaded guilty today for their involvement in a fraudulent psychological testing scheme that preyed upon Medicare recipients living in nursing homes throughout the Southeastern United States.
They were charged October 22, 2015, along with co-defendants Rodney Hesson, Psy.D., (46) and Gertrude Parker (62), both of Slidell, who were originally charged in June 2015 in connection with a large-scale Medicare Fraud take-down.
Stubblefield and Teal admitted practicing at Nursing Home Psychological Services, Inc. (NHPS) and Psychological Care Services, Inc. (PCS), both owned and operated by Hesson and Parker.  Psychologists  administered tests to nursing home residents throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Alabama.  In addition, Teal and Stubblefield admitted that a large number of these tests were not medically necessary and many testing services were not provided and that some of the patients were incapacitated and could not meaningfully participate in testing.  From 2010 through 2015, more than $5.6 million in fraudulent claims were made to Medicare.  
Hesson and Parker are scheduled to begin trial on Oct. 11, 2016.  An indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Since 2007, nearly 2900 defendants have been charged with billing Medicare for more than $10 billion.


September 8, 2016
Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty to Firearms Possession
A Mandeville Police Department traffic stop for speeding on July 30, 2016 has resulted in a guilty plea today by SALVADOR ACOSTA-SALAS (34) of Mexico to Possession of a Firearm by an Illegal Alien. When stopped for the speeding, ACOSTA-SALAS exited his truck and produced a Mexican identification card but did not have a driver’s license.  The officer asked ACOSTA-SALAS if he had any weapons on him or in the vehicle. ACOSTA-SALAS advised that he had a pistol in the center console of the truck. The officer entered the cab of the truck and retrieved a Taurus Model PT 111 Pro, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol.  ACOSTA-SALAS illegally entered the United States prior to July 30, 2016.  He faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a fine of $250,000, three years supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment.   U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier set sentencing for December 15, 2016.


September 8, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Pauline Catalano was booked 09/07 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Alex Resendiz was booked 09/07 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment
Isaiah Alexander was booked 09/07 on the charges of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of CDS With Weapon Present, Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Subsstance, and Carrying Firearm/Weapon on School Property
Haylee Parker was booked 09/07 on the charges of Possession of Scheule I Drugs (Morphine), Resisting an Officer, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance
Jonathan Nicholson was booked 09/07 on the charge of Probation and Parole Hold
Jerri White was booked 09/07 on the charges of License Plate Expired, No Proof of Insurance, Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Failure to Honor Written Promise
Christopher Broom was booked 09/07 on the charges of Expired MVI, Proper Equipment Required on Vehicles, No Proof of Insurance, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Jonathan Jones was booked 09/07 on the charges of Failure to Appear (5 counts)
Ricky Holmes was booked 09/07 on the charges of Attachment (4 counts)
Prescott Martin was booked 09/07 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Brian Lewis was booked 09/07 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Proper Equipment Required
Martha Olivia was booked 09/07 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Sarah Beninato was booked 09/08 on the charges of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Ran Stop Sign, and Speeding 31-40 Over Limit



September 7, 2016
Pike County Looking For Wanted Man 
The Pike County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate James Mercier (39) who is wanted for Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. 
If you have any information on his location please call 601-783-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033.
 


September 7, 2016
St. Tammany Hospital Guild Donates to Food Bank
The St. Tammany Hospital Guild recently donated 239 pounds of food to the Covington Food Bank from its summer food drive.
“We know that with the recent floods the Food Bank has been inundated with requests,” said Guild President Ron Rome. “We at STPH are thankful to receive food donations from our Guild to assist people in our community.”
The St. Tammany Hospital Guild is an organization of about 100 members who donate 25,000 hours each year in 20 of the hospital’s departments. The Guild also raises money through sales in the hospital gift shop to provide nursing and allied health scholarships for fall and spring semesters. The scholarships are awarded to deserving hospital staff members who are furthering their education in medical fields.
If you are interested in in volunteering just four or more hours per week, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Shirley Primes for the hospital, Parenting Center and Hospice at 985-898-4008.
Pictured from left to right: Charles LaRose, Guild Vice President; Ron Rome, President; Yvonne Cleland; Elliott Peralta; Rich O’Regan


Obituary
MILDRED HEMBREE STUART, AGE 86 and a longtime resident of Pine was carried by the Angels into her promised heavenly home on Tuesday September 6, 2016 at 2:45 pm. A pastor’s wife for many years, she lived a life of faithful dedication and service to her Lord and Savior. 


Obituary
KATIE JEAN MILLER WHITE, AGE 73 and a resident of Franklinton died early Sunday morning September 4, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center. She was an avid horsewoman and rider earlier in life that enjoyed watching football games on TV, especially her favorite LSU Tigers. Katie was a former activity director at an elderly care facility and also liked to watch courtroom drama TV shows. She was a loving mother and grandmother that cherished the time spent with her young grandchildren.


September 7, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Tammy Branch was booked 09/06 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Brandon Jefferson was booked 09/06 In From Court
Pauline Catalano was booked 09/06 on the charge of Contempt of Court
Alex Resendiz was booked 09/07 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Domestic Abuse:  Child Endangerment


September 6, 2016
Update on the Arrest of “Joey” Mixon  for Murder 
Charles Joseph “Joey” Mixon (41) of Bogalusa was arrested for murder on August 3rd and remains in jail with bond set at $800,000.  However, there are still details of the murder, including motive, that have yet to be resolved.  The investigation is ongoing.  
Following a report of the murder on August 2nd to the Bogalusa Police Department, WPSO responded to the reported scene of the murder on Shorty Bush Road, south of Bogalusa, and found Mixon outside the residence.  He later confessed to detectives that he had shot the female victim and and led detectives to the site where he had disposed of her body.  That her body had been burned made positive identification impossible.  Forensic evidence has  positively identified Mixon’s victim as Christin M. James (36) of Mandeville. 


September 6, 2016
Rape Case Evidence Destroyed by Facility Director
On Tuesday September 6, 2016 the Mandeville Police arrested Julie Henry (55) of Mandeville for failure to report abuse of adults and obstruction of justice. Henry was the Associate Program Services Director for the Beau Provence Memory Care Facility located at 100 Beau West Drive in Mandeville.
Jerry J. Kan (58) of Mandeville had been arrested August 29th for first degree rape of a 78 year-old female resident at Beau Provence. Through further investigation, MPD learned Henry was advised of the rape by the Beau Provence staff but instructed the staff not to report the incident to police. The Beau Provence staff turned over secured evidence to Henry relating to the rape which she destroyed.
Henry was employed by the Beau Provence as the Associate Program Services Director since November of 2015.


September 6, 2016
Ghost Arrested for Theft and Attempted Purse Snatching
When the “Ghost”, aka Thomas Washington (49) of Bogalusa, attempted to snatch the purse of a female shopper at an Angie store on Thursday, September 1st and then stole a buggy full of merchandise, he didn't get away with it.  
As it turns out, another shopper concerned with the attempted purse-snatching victim's safety escorted her to her vehicle.  The two then witnessed the “Ghost” leaving with his loot in a vehicle being driven by a female.  The victim's escort followed the vehicle and got the license number.  
The vehicle was registered to a Bogalusa female who told a WPSO detective stated she was unaware that Washington had stolen the merchandise. She stated he asked her for a ride and she complied.  The investigation determined that the woman was truthful in her statement to the detective.  Washington was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail.


September 6, 2016
Bogalusa Man Breaks Out Windows – But Didn't Get Far
After Matthew Perry (32) used a baseball bat to break out the windows of woman's SUV last Friday (September 2), he left but didn't get far.  A responding WPSO deputy saw Perry near the scene of the crime, ordered him to remove the knife Perry had in a belt, and detained him.
As it turns out, Perry lived at the residence with the female victim and, according to the victim, Perry attempted to argue with her.  When she refused to engage in the argument, he broke out the back passenger and cargo windows of the vehicle.  
After taking the victim’s statement, the deputy placed Perry under arrest and transported him to the Washington Parish Jail on the charge of Criminal Damage to Property.
Sheriff Randy Seal complimented the deputy on the manner in which he handled the complaint. “Our deputy handled the complaint in a professional manner. Even after realizing that Mr. Perry was armed with a knife, the deputy responded calmly and was able to take Mr. Perry into custody with no harm to anyone. Mr. Perry’s action toward the victim’s vehicle seems to be a good example of someone allowing their anger to control their actions. In this case, Mr. Perry’s inappropriate anger management earned him an arrest, a trip to jail and, eventually, an appearance before a judge.”


September 6, 2016
Murder Investigation in Pike County - Know These Men?
The Pike County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating the following two individuals in relation to the murder of Cort Gatlin.
Exzavion Trevon Reed AKA "Zabo" is a 25 year old black male that is approximately 5'8" and approximately 170 LBS.
Jeremy Douglas Mcelvin AKA "Jeezy" is a 26 year old black male that is approximately 6'1" and approximately 200 LBS.
It is possible that the two are riding in a black 2007 Chevy Caprice that has a white stripe on the hood. The vehicle has a Missisippi License plate marked PLC 571.
If you have any information that could lead to the arrest of these two individuals, please contact the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 601-783-5468, Central Dispatch at 601-684-3213, or Crime Stoppers at 601-684-0033
  


Obituary
Joseph “Elvis” Day went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday September 5, 2016. He was born on September 3, 1929 in Spring Creek, Louisiana. He served his country in the U.S. Army in the Korean War from 1952 until 1954. 


September 6, 2016
Watch Out for Flood Damaged Cars



September 6, 2016
Time To Prune Roses (Video)
Some roses will bloom beautifully in the fall, if you take care of them now. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the importance of pruning your roses before it’s too late.



September 6, 2016
Citizens Academy Offered by Slidell Police
SPD Chief E.J. Howard invites citizens to attend the 2016 Slidell Police Department's Citizens Academy. This course gives citizens the opportunity to experience different aspects of the Police Department and to glimpse into what a police officer may experience on a day-to-day basis. This will be the 8th annual Citizen's Academy. 
The class is free and open to the first 40 qualified applicants of Slidell and the surrounding area.  Applicants must be at least 19 and a background check will be conducted.  Class will start September 14 at 6pm at SPD headquarters and then each Wednesday evening for 7 weeks at the Regional Training Academy.  
Applications can be picked up in Chief Howard's office.  Contact Toni Gebbia at (985)646-4200.


September 6, 2016
Fatal Labor Day Crash in Slidell Closes I-10
Around noon Monday, State Police responded to a three vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 10 westbound near Old Spanish Trail in Slidell. The crash claimed the life of 26 year-old Steven Fernandez of Bergenfield, New Jersey.
Milton Frank (66) of Lacombe lost control of his vehicle on the I-10, crossed the median and was hit head-on by a vehicle driven by Steven Fernandez.  Frank's vehicle then was hit by a second vehicle driven by Irvin Darensbourg (24) of New Orleans.  The three vehicles came to final rest within the westbound lanes of I-10.  
Despite being properly restrained, Mr. Fernandez sustained fatal injuries during the crash.  Danielle Carballeira, a 26-year-old Statin Island, NY resident, was a front seat passenger in Fernandez's vehicle.   Carballeira and Frank sustained moderate injuries in the crash and were each transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans.  
Impairment is not suspected to have been a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation. Any criminal charges will be referred to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office pending the outcome of the crash investigation.


September 6, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Marris Jefferson was booked 09/02 In From Court
Matthew Perry was booked 09/02 on the charge of Criminal Damage
Tiffany Williams was booked 09/02 on the charge of Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Howard Seals was booked 09/02 on the charges of Failure to Dim Headlights, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Contempt of Court
Cindy Williams was booked 09/02 In From Court
Jameson Mingo was booked 09/02 on the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of CDS With Weapon Present
Christie Silvas was booked 09/02 on the charges of Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Christopher Bennett was booked 09/02 on the charges of Contempt of Court (2 counts) and Failure to Pay Fine
Dominic Kuckler was booked 09/02 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Kenneth Warren was booked 09/03 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated
Jill Magee was booked 09/04 on the charge of Disturbing the Peace - Simple Drunk
Terrence Fornea was booked 09/04 on the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Movable and Criminal Trespass
Robert Garrett was booked 09/04 on the charges of Attachment and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Rusty Gore was booked 09/04 on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Hit and Run, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Demile Kagler was booked 09/05 on the charge of Failure to Appear
Charlotte Branch was booked 09/05 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Jessica Jenkins was booked 09/05 on the charges of Disturbing the Peace (Simple Drunk), Resisting an Officer, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
Thomas Sapp was booked 09/05 on the charge of Simple Burglary
Kasey Woodard was booked 09/05 on the charge of Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Rashanda Magee was booked 09/05 on the charge of Possession of Shedule II Drugs and Failure to Appear
Timothy Goings was booked 09/05 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), and Domestic Abuse (Child Endangerment)


September 5, 2016
3-year-old from Bush Drowns Over Labor Day Weekend
On Sunday, September 4th at around 10:00 am, family members at a Bush community residence discovered their 3-year-old daughter unresponsive in their swimming pool. 
The mother told STPSO that the toddler was in the living room watching television and playing. The mother walked away for a few minutes, and when she returned, the toddler was nowhere to be found. After frantically searching the house, another family member discovered the toddler unresponsive in the swimming pool. The mother started CPR until emergency crews from Fire District #9 and Acadian Ambulance arrived. The toddler was airlifted to Bogalusa Charity Hospital. Despite desperate attempts to restore life to the child, doctors pronounced her deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, “This is any parents worse nightmare. Whenever a young child is involved in a tragic accident, it really hits home and affects everyone involved. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We hope they find comfort during this heartbreaking time.”
The names of those involved are not being released as the family requests privacy during this tragic time.


September 5, 2016
La. Auditor Report on Reducing Incarceration Rate
Louisiana could reduce its incarceration rate and save money doing what other states have done to reduce their nonviolent prison populations, the Legislative Auditor said in a report released today. Currently, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the U. S. and incarcerates a higher number of nonviolent offenders than the national average. Auditors found that 59% of individuals incarcerated from 2009 to 2015 were convicted of nonviolent offenses only, meaning they had no violent convictions in their past.
Among the strategies mentioned in the report is
  • reducing the use of mandatory minimum sentences 
  • reducing the use of the habitual offender law for non-violent offenders 
  • sentencing certain nonviolent offenders to probation 
  • expanding rehabilitation programs at the local level 
  • increasing re-entry services at the local level 
For more details of the report, click here.


Obituary
Nathan W. Bush, 73, passed away September 2, 2016, at Our Lady of the Angels Medical Center. A native of Bogalusa, Nathan served in the U.S. Army reserve, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University, and was an accomplished banker for many years. After retiring from the banking industry, Nathan enjoyed farming, traveling, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren.


Obituary
KENNETH LOYD ALFORD, AGE 49 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 11 PM Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Fern Crest Living Center, New Orleans, LA. He was employed by Bradley Reid Logging. He liked to stay busy working in the outdoors and enjoyed fishing.


Obituary
Judith D. Grimes Correnti (67) a native of bogalusa and resident of Independence, passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Passage Hospice in New Orleans. Judi will be greatly missed. 


September 5, 2016
Mother Teresa on Abortion and Countries

 
 
September 2, 2016
Two New Offerings at BB&HF This Year – They're Big!
The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival is adding to its range of offerings in its fifth year, and the news is BIG! 
First, thanks to Carmen and Ted Jones, a band from the recently resurrected Louisiana Hayride will take the Heritage Stage at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 23.  And the heritage runs deep.  The Louisiana Hayride is considered the second most influential program in country music history, behind only The Grand Ole Opry.  It's where Elvis Presley got his start and it was the home for the likes of Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Faron Young, Tex Ritter, and Bob Wills.
Second, The BBHF will add showings of a documentary based on the widely beloved and recently deceased Dixie Gallaspy's “charm” school, which was a veritable rite of passage for generations of Bogalusa girls.  The film was produced by Bogalusa's native son, the late Steve Richardson, who captured the essence life in the small southern city.
The BBHF takes place Sept. 23-24, 2016. For more informationclick here.



September 2, 2016
Rush-Hour Police Chase Lands Houston Man in Jail
Yesterday afternoon (September 1) STPSO Deputy Zachary Bruno was flagged down on the I-12 near Slidell by a woman who warned him of an approaching truck driving erratically, passing people on the shoulder, and running 18-wheelers off of the road.  Sure enough, shortly thereafter a stolen Dodge Ram truck flew past the deputy on the shoulder.  
Deputies chased the truck from Slidell to Lacombe, Louisiana, where the truck lost control, flipped several times, and landed in the tree line. The driver, identified as 36 year-old Kelly Akins from Houston, Texas, did not suffer injuries and fled.  When he was located, Akins was holding a gun but gave up peacefully. 
The truck Akins was driving was stolen out of Alabama and he was in illegal possession of a firearm and multiple different types of narcotics and paraphernalia. Atkins was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail with on charges of Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Resisting an Officer, Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Narcotic, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Narcotic, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and several traffic related offenses.


September 2, 2016
A Reminder of Safety During the Hunting Season
Responsible hunting is a time-honored tradition that plays an important part in managing Louisiana’s wild game populations. Responsible hunting means respecting game animals, hunting ethically and, most importantly, hunting safely.
With hunting season beginning and firearms in use and in transport, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) are urging hunters to prevent firearm accidents in the field, at the range, at home, and everywhere in between. 
Remember, the hunt isn’t over until you are S.A.F.E. 
  • Store firearms responsibly, 
  • Always practice firearm safety, 
  • Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner, and 
  • Education is key to preventing accidents.
Safe and secure storage of firearms when they are not in use is the number one way to prevent firearm accidents.


September 2, 2016
Missing McComb Man's Body Recovered from Bogue Chitto River
On Thursday, September 1, 2016 Pike County (Mississippi) Deputies responded to Alfords Bridge at Johnson Station Road on the Bogue Chitto River and recovered a body later identified as a missing person from the City of McComb.  Cort Gatlin B\M age 29 of 809 Ave E. McComb Ms was reported as missing by relatives on August 30 and was last seen on August 26.  His body was discovered at September 1, 2016 at approximately 5: 51 pm. 
Chief of Investigations Greg Martin reports that the victim had gunshot wounds and evidence of trauma and an autopsy ruled the death as a homicide.  Martin also reports that although they have a couple of people of interest, no motive for the homicide is known at this time
Anyone with additional information that will assist law enforcement with this case, please contact the Sheriff’s Office, 601-783-6767 or Crime Stoppers 601-684-0033.

Obituary
HUNTER JAMES STOKES, AGE 21 and a resident of Mt. Hermon died at 6 PM Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at his residence.  He was a country boy at heart.  


Obituary
Evelyn Louise Dickens, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 88, born on July 22, 1928, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton, LA.


Obituary
James Alton Seal, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, age 70, born on September 17, 1945 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Vietnam Conflict.


Obituary
Jimmy Oneal Jackson passed away at the age of 47 on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.


September 2, 2016
Man Points Gun at Girlfriend and Sets House on Fire
Stephen Abdalla (46) of the Hammond area facing several charges after pointing a gun at his girlfriend, barricading himself inside of a house, and then setting the house on fire.
STPSO deputies responded Thursday morning to a disturbance and discovered a woman outside who stated her boyfriend was inside the house and had just pointed a .357 revolver at her.  As deputies approached the house, they could see Abdalla inside waving the firearm and destroying the inside of the home. Abdalla then locked himself inside and refused to cooperate with authorities. The St. Tammany Parish S.W.A.T. team was called to the scene and began negotiating with Abdalla. After a couple of hours of negotiations, Abdalla was “talking out of his head” and decided to set the inside of the house on fire. The S.W.A.T. Team entered the house, Abdalla tried to escape through a window, and he was quickly apprehended.  The fire was extinguished causing minimal damage to the home.
Abdalla is currently being treated at a hospital for lacerations sustained during the incident. Upon his release, Abdalla will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of  Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Felony Criminal Damage, and Simple Arson.


September 2, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Jeffery Jarrell was booked 09/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine
Michael Brock was booked 09/01 on the charge of Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle
Homer McKenzie was booked 09/01 on the charges of Attempted Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Attachment, and Criminal Damage to Property Under 500
Thomas Washington was booked 09/01 on the charges of Theft of Goods and Attempted Purse Snatching
Jesse Walker was booked 09/02 on the charges of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction and Failure to Appear
Matthew Perry was booked 09/02 on the charge of Criminal Damage



September 1, 2016
RMC Announces New Physician Assistant
Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton today announced the arrival Mr. Chase Branch to its Thomas Community Health Center beginning September 1st. “We are very excited to welcome Mr. Branch to our Riverside family. His clinical expertise and commitment to the health of Washington Parish are truly an asset to Riverside”, said Kristina Knight, Community Outreach Director.
Mr. Branch is First Lieutenant in the Louisiana Army National Guard and served our country as a Physician Assistant in Afghanistan under Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Thomas Community Health Center is located at 51704 Highway 438 in the Thomas community. To make an appointment, call (985) 848-9955.


September 1, 2016
St. Tammany Detective’s Lunch Break Interrupted by Shoplifters
Three shoplifters from Hammond were at the wrong place at the wrong time Tuesday afternoon. The good news is that a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective was at the right place at the right time. The detective was on his lunch break in Slidell, saw several subjects running out of Dillards, and engaged the three subjects in a high speed chase down I-12.  The suspects were eventually stopped, ironically directly in front of the St. Tammany Parish Law Enforcement Complex in Slidell. 
The three suspects had just stolen over $1,200 worth of merchandise from the department store. However, all of the stolen merchandise was recovered and the three were arrested for felony theft and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.  The suspects were identified as: Austin Oliver (DOB: 6/29/84), Erica Oliver (DOB: 10/27/82), and Carshonda Barze (DOB: 3/23/88), all from Hammond, Louisiana.
   


September 1, 2016
Troopers Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Tangipahoa Parish
Shortly after 6:00 AM on Wednesday August 31, 2016, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal pedestrian crash on the I-55 East Service Rd. north of LA 22 in Ponchatoula. The crash claimed the life of 29 year-old Holden resident, Kyle Alan Russell.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Russell was walking in the northbound lane of the Interstate 55 East Service Rd. As Russell was walking in the northbound lane, he was struck by a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer operated by 28 year-old Ponchatoula resident Owen Alberto Quiroz-Apodaca. Mr. Russell was severely injured in the crash and was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Mr. Quiroz-Apodaca voluntarily submitted to a breath test, which showed no amounts of alcohol present. 


Obituary
David H. Seal, age 56, born on October 15, 1959, passed away at his home in Bogalusa, LA on Thursday, September 1, 2016.


Obituary
HERSHE PROVOST OLIVER, AGE 77 and a resident of Enon died at 4:10 PM on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at her residence. She was a member of Mt. Zion Pentecostal Church and enjoyed her Quilting Ministry.


Obituary
Mark Douglas Schneider Samford, age 34, a former resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Miami, FL where he had been living since 2014.


September 1, 2016
Washington Parish Jail Booking Information
Terrell Hoffman was booked 08/30 on the charge of Distribution of Schedule II Drugs
Debra Walker was booked 08/31 on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction
Christy Gill was booked 08/31 In For Court
Bridgette Nielson was booked 08/31 on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs (2 counts), Sale Distribution or Possession of Legend Drugs Without Prescription or Order, Resisting an Officer, Failure to Use Turn Signal, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving With Suspended License Due to Previous DUI or Other, Attachment (2 counts)and Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs
Darrin Kennedy was booked 08/31 In For Court
Joseph Carter was booked 08/31 In For Court
Jeffery Jarrell was booked 09/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay Fine




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